A few random thoughts on Super Bowl LV, and I’d love to hear what you guys think as well.
- So happy the Bills aren’t going. I know most of my readers hate the Jets the most, but for me, it’s always been the Bills. Their fans have been intolerable since the team was founded, and it is nice to know they won’t be winning the title.
- Speaking of teams we hate, I’m rooting against Brady too. I didn’t suddenly like the guy just because he quit the Patriots. I respect his incredible accomplishments, but I don’t want to see him win. Throw obnoxious Gronk into the mix, and I’m definitely rooting for the Chiefs.
- One thing I noticed in the games this weekend is the strong play by all 4 QBs. But more specifically, the experience they have. None of them panic in the pocket. They step up and make a play (except for Aaron Rodgers inexplicably trying to force a pass instead of running for the TD). The experience they have is extremely valuable. But it’s also familiarity with their own players. And familiarity with the system. Brady only had one year in his new system, but with his experience and leadership, he adapted in no time at all. Allen and Mahomes have 3 or 4 years in their systems, and Rodgers has a dozen. That is a huge advantage…especially an advantage over teams that change OCs every year like a certain team in Miami does.
- Which leads me to say that the Dolphins must severely vet their next OC. They MUST pick a guy who is for the long haul. They MUST pick outstanding assistants who can simply step into the OC role should something happen (rather than hire a brand new OC and learn a whole new system). Promoting a guy from within and keeping Chan Gailey’s offense would be the ideal scenario for us now, but it seems like nobody on the whole offensive staff is qualified. And that mars Flores’ record. Tua needs time to learn and grow and go through a rough learning season in order to get to the next level. But there should be ONE rough learning season, not one every year.
- Defense wins titles, they say, but none of the 4 defenses yesterday were lights out. Rather, it was scoring-at-will offenses that dominate the modern NFL. I hope the Dolphins realize that come draft day.
- Speaking of the draft, I am still very torn on who I’d want to select…or even what position(s) are our most needed. Watching Tyreek Hill yesterday reminds me that we still have Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson…who I feel are identical to Hill in their skill sets. DeVante Parker and Preston Williams can be our big WRs, and our TE in Gesicki gets better each year. As much as I’d love to add a true #1 WR in the draft, I don’t know if I’d spend pick #3 or #18 on one. Especially when there’s a rotating consensus about who the best WR in the draft is. Penei Sewell is a gigangtic OT who I’ve written about before. Should we be drafting him at #3 though? While we have plenty of young O linemen already, this kid is supposed to be elite, and I can easily envision packages with 6 down linemen instead of 5, and what extra protection for Tua could mean. I have not studied as Sewell as much as the others, so I’m mainly just going by Kiper and the numerous undits out there. If we want defense, we gotta grab Micah Parsons early. A need position is LB, and this kid seems like the real deal. And the wild card I’ve mentioned before is Patrick Surtain Jr. in the secondary. To have a stud corner play in our nickel and dime package instead of an afterthought like Nik Needham or Jamal Perry (no offense guys) could turn us into a shutdown defense.