The Miami Dolphins are coming off of not only one of the worst games in franchise history but possibly even league history. Even though the score of the game was a blowout, the score still did not represent how bad the game was actually.
As many Dolphins fans know, the Dolphins were outmatched in every aspect of the game. In addition to being outmatched, the Ravens never let their foot off the gas pedal. For example, up 35-3 with three minutes left in the first half, Miami finally made the Ravens offense punt, or so we thought. Baltimore decided to do a fake punt and gained 60 yards which eventually led them to score another touchdown before halftime.
A lot of Miami’s players looked lost or potentially even fed up with what was happening.
Moments after the game, reports came out that multiple Dolphins players talked to their agents about a possible trade. The reasons for players requesting to be traded varies from believing the coaching staff and front office is not serious about winning and that the team only cares about the future.
While most fans are frustrated by these reports and say trade them away, everyone needs to understand why a majority of Dolphins players are unhappy with the state of the franchise.
Releasing/Trading The Wrong Players
Days before the start of the regular season, Miami traded away two leaders, Kenny Stills, and Laremy Tunsil.
Tunsil, who was told he was not going to get traded and was supposedly deep in extension talks with Miami, was the best player on the offensive line and one of the best young left tackles in the league. Stills was a locker room favorite by both the media and players and managed to have 24 touchdowns in four years.
When reports first surfaced about a potential Tunsil trade, other reports came out that players would revolt if Tunsil was traded. Once the Tunsil trade was finalized, it came clear that Miami truly has no intention of winning this year. Even though Miami got a lot of draft picks in return, head coach, Brian Flores, showed he would rather risk drafting players compared to letting established leaders teach the younger players how to play and act like pros.
During the Dolphins final offseason cuts, they released players such as Vincent Taylor and Nate Orchard. Both players were considered starters and were prepared to have breakout years for Miami. The reasoning for the players to be cut was because of “scheme fit” but, if you have two players who were considered some of your best at their position you find a way for them to fit your scheme.
The biggest surprise cut that even got a lot of fans mad was longtime long snapper, John Denney. Denney was a very respected player in the Dolphins locker room and even a fan favorite. Cutting a player like Denney shows that Flores wants to build a team of players he knows instead of a team of players that the team already knew.
Releasing or trading away players that can help you win games and are highly respected in the locker room is not a smart move for any team. When you do that it shows the players that are still on the team that you are not serious about winning and the tank is serious.
Coming from New England and introducing the new TNT Wall players had to run to when they made a mistake, many people thought this would be the most disciplined football team Miami has had for a while. That was not the case. Throughout the whole game, many fans say the only bright spot was Preston Williams getting his first touchdown catch. Fans and the media roasted the Dolphins secondary and the offensive and defensive lines, as they were by far the worst three position groups.
After the abysmal Ravens game, not only did some players want out, but some players were unhappy with the coaching staff as well. Players feel like the coaching staff is not good at adjusting mid-game and putting players in the wrong position to be successful.
Two players that played below expectations on Sunday were Bobby McCain and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Both players are now playing safety when they both played corner last year. McCain was considered one of the top slot corners in the league while Fitzpatrick was saw as a top young corner. Now both players are adjusting to a new system and position while their previous position (cornerback) is considered one of the worst position groups on the team, outside of Xavien Howard.
The Dolphins now have a locker room full of players who: do not believe in the coaching staff already, are mad the team is not serious about winning for future success, tired of playing out of position, and most importantly, are not having fun. After taking a look back at everything can you blame for the players for getting mad, or for requesting a trade?
This story was written by Tanner Elliott. Follow him on Twitter: @Elliott302Tj
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