These are not bad words but rather words of hope and inspiration. The same hope and inspiration we have all grown to embrace the last 20 years. It’s a usual song with similar lyrics, one that speaks to just how much more or less mediocre the upcoming season will be. The song's chorus rings loud, “Suck for Luck.”
I remember that one where we finally get the top draft pick, one that even Camarillo can’t deny, just to negotiate salary early on a left tackle whilst drinking Henne just to make the tears subside. Who wanted a franchise QB with that pick anyway. Who really cares that he’s still in the league, am I right?
As I push aside the sadness and hang on every Dolphins decision of the offseason, I think of teams that simply bite the proverbial bullet and suck for a time. This franchise needs to understand a thing or two about today’s NFL. As an armchair quarterback, I’m here to make my voice heard all the way up to that front office.
A rebuild is not letting a few young guys play whilst bringing in a couple of veteran retreads to balance out the average age. Bringing in some false narrative about veteran leadership just so fans feel a certain type of way. A rebuild is a commitment to sucking for a time, collecting draft picks and picking best player available. The Miami Dolphins have a few guys worthy of getting paid who can be our veterans.
The Xavien Howards of the world deserve to be paid, he is a franchise guy hitting his prime. He is your leader, he’s earned it. There are very few players with untouchable status on this roster but there are a few. Let the young guys play and coach them up. Let them transition to their prime and fail forward fast.
The 2019 Miami Dolphins do not have a bright future so why bring in someone else’s discards? You end up having to give them a deal that forces tough roster decisions elsewhere and it’s never worth it. Name me the last free agent signing that lived up to their contract? I simply can’t handle another knee jerk reaction sold as sizzle.
Miami has holes all over the roster. Did you know Kenyan Drake barely had 500 yards rushing this past season? That he lost carries to a guy in Frank Gore who’s turning 36 years old this year? Thousand-yard seasons fall off trees in this league for crying out loud. At this point the list of who to keep would be much more manageable than asking who to move on from.
See, I’m already thinking ahead by working on my fantasy football team name for next year. I already have a few I’m kicking around like, “Bring Me Tua Ring” or how about “Tagovailoa You’re It."
I am not disloyal or a bad fan for feeling this way. I am simply being realistic about today’s NFL and the path to success we see in the league year in year out. Eagles, Seahawks, Steelers, all come to mind. Teams that built out their roster whilst enduring bad quarterback play. Then the time came for those franchises to draft their guy. A guy who was elevated because the positions around him were already progressed.
That’s the vision I would like to see the Miami Dolphins employ. Let’s get back to a top 5 defense. Let’s get back to a top 5 run game. Let’s focus more on the 21 other positions this upcoming year and maybe just maybe we will hear the sweet strings of that “Vailoa-In 2020!”
This story was written by Steven Paulsen. Follow him on Twitter: @SarcasticPhin
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