The good news is this week, the Dolphins, Steelers, and Texans all lost, so our 3 first round draft picks all became stronger.
The bad news is that the teams ahead of us, Washington and the Bengals, also lost. The Giants had a bye. So as of now, we pick 4th. I don’t think that is a strong enough spot to be in to ensure and elite player. We must continue to lose and hope the boneheads on Cincy and DC get a few wins. We still play the Giants and Bengals coming up. Both of those teams are very beatable, but Brian Flores simply must take his foot off the gas and relax.
A few extra losses on his 2019 resume will not hurt Flores. A few extra wins will devastate him. Think ahead 10 years and Herbert, Tua, and Burrow are all 10-year vets with Super Bowl wins for their respective teams. Will Dolphin fans remember “what could have been” in the 2020 draft, or will we remember a meaningless win against the Giants amid a 3-13 season? One of those things counts; the other does not.
Hopefully Flores understands that. His competitors do.
Washington and Cincy and the NY Giants have taken the ball away from veteran QBs, and given it to rookies. Ostensibly, it’s to jump start the team. But don’t be fooled: they are tanking. Watching Dwayne Haskins (Skins QB) lead his team today was painful. He’s an awful player. Poor Case Keenum has to sit back and watch this garbage, as do Eli Manning and Andy Dalton. But Ryan Fitzpatrick does not. Flores needs to remedy that immediately. He needs to sit Fitzpatrick.
Flores stubbornly sticks with a veteran who is all but guaranteed to NOT be in the Dolphins future plans, while our draft-pick competitors have turned to the rookies. Flores is playing for 2019 while our competitors are (correctly) playing for 2020 and beyond. It’s simply unwise.
I’m not too upset about the Dolphins’ embarrassing showing today. It was a game we could afford to lose, virtually meaningless in a season like this. We got 3 touchdowns, and I’m pleased with that. The defense looked suspect all day, but seriously, the massive amount of injuries just can’t be overcome. You have guys coming off the street to play for us. Unknown Ken Webster goes down, so we bring in unknown Nick Needham, who goes down. A minute later, Eric Rowe and Bobby McCain go down, replaced by two further unknowns. All of that, and the Bills couldn’t even reach 40? It’s not bad, all things considered.
My only gripe is that we had no answer for journeyman bum John Brown, who we made look like Jerry Rice out there.