In the past few days, I’ve seen several articles about how you have to try to win in the NFL. Chris Grier said that tanking is impossible. Brian Flores says you must always play to win the game at all costs.
These gentlemen, who are in charge of the future of our organization, are dead wrong.
The question is… are they lying—which means they’re being wrong on purpose—or are they simply ignorant and not paying attention to the rest of the NFL?
Sadly, I think they are utterly ignorant and unaware.
And with the most extremely disinterested and unaware owner in the history of sports at the helm, you can see how the stupidity trickles down with no repercussions.
Let’s start with the incorrect notion that Flores keeps harping on, saying: “You must always play to win this current game and never mind the future of the organization.” Really?
So the Ravens have a meaningless game vs. the Steelers coming up. A tough division rival and they hate each other. Are the Ravens playing to win, or are they concerned with their future? The answer is the future. The Ravens have already declared that they will not play their starters. John Harbaugh Is intelligent enough to know that winning a meaningless game is truly meaningless, but future games are infinitely more important. Harbaugh gets it while Flores is lost.
The NBA penalizes you if you rest your starters and don’t even try. The NFL does not. The league would not punish the Dolphins, but Brian Flores himself punishes the Dolphins.
A few months ago, the Lions’ Matt Stafford went down. Detroit accepted it. They primed themselves for an elite player in the 2020 draft by not caring about meaningless 2019 games. Matt Patricia did not panic and sign somebody like Jay Cutler. Patricia is smart enough to understand that he’s better off taking his losses like a man and setting himself up for an outstanding draft in 2020. In this regard Patricia is so much smarter than Brian Flores.
These are just two very very common examples of coaches/organizations understanding that the future is always always more important than meaningless games in the present.
So don’t believe it for a second when Dolphin management lies to you and says that everyone always tries to win the current game and that winning meaningless games is important for this and that made up reasons. It simply is not true. Except, of course, if you lack the fundamental knowledge of building a franchise.
I’ll say this one last time: Not that Coach Brian Flores reads this column, But I want to congratulate coach Flores and that all-important fourth win last Sunday.
Matt Patricia thanks you for the Christmas present and is laughing at you very hard right now.