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Opinion: The Dolphin Way

Everybody always mentions “The Patriot Way”, a term used to describe the New England Patriots’s winning ways and team-first culture.

Before the addition of Coach Flores, let’s be honest, players came here to enjoy the life in Miami. Football was always second to having fun, which is why the Miami Dolphins always seem to underachieve and could never be taken seriously.

From day 1, Flores has already thrown that “me first” attitude and the egos out the window. As a long time football player this excites me.

Fins fans are going to see something familiar in this years draft, what I like to call “The Dolphin Way”. I don’t see Miami trading up and forcing moves just because we all want the next Dan Marino. Instead, I see the Fins letting the draft come to them.

Now dont get me wrong, if we believe somebody is ‘the guy’ and we have to make a move, I’m sure they will. I don’t think Miami will give up the farm for one player, but for the right price you go get your guy.

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I believe Miami ends up with 1 of 3 players: Tua Tagovailoa, Isaiah Simmons, or Tristan Wirfs. I’ll be the first to admit that I dont want Tua, and quite frankly, I liked Oregon QB Justin Herbert more for a while. My concern with Herbert is calling his number when underpressure. So I’m not sold that either one is our next Dan Marino.

I would like what I call a ‘big ugly draft’. Big strong talented linemen, I know it’s not the ideal draft many would like, but unless you are one hundred percent sold on a QB you shouldn’t take him in the first round.

Now that it’s a real possibility that Miami selects Tua, it’s all people have talked about since the season started. Fitzpatrick coming back tells us a few things, if Miami is going to draft a QB, it’s someone who will most likely not start in the season opener. That or the door hasn’t been completely shut on Rosen and he just needs more time.

The bottom line is that Miami is going to sign plenty of offensive and defensive linemen to pair with the young guys they draft. I’m hoping when it comes to running backs, Miami avoids giving just one guy big money. That’s just not how this league works anymore. Most teams have multiple guys sharing the load and that’s what wins games.

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My final point, if Flores believes his QB is in the draft, I will stand by that decision. This is the toughest I’ve seen this team play in my life. Miami may have not had a lot of talent this past season, but they had heart.

Most people made fun of the Dolphins roster and frankly, said they weren’t going to win a game last season. However, when they bested the Patriots in Foxboro though, the Fins had the last laugh.

In Flores We Trust

Life long Dolphin fan from Ct. I grew up playing and watching football.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tracy

    March 9, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I love the idea that you’ve painted as the Dolphins way but I think you’ve blurred the lines between GM and Coach. The evidence is clear on what Flores has brought to the table but not so much on Grier.

    The Dolphins way must begin in the front office which is where we’ve overrated the last 2 first round DEs. Also where we’ve passed on a high valued LB that could’ve helped our defensive problem against TE coverage for an overvalued position that already had two starters.

    Grier is the key to the new Dolphins way but will he be brazen and bold enough to carve out a new future or better yet, will he be strong enough to forge for Miami a New Glorious Past.

    Great Post

    • creamofthecrop

      March 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you for your comment, I think you made very good points.

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