The Media keeps talking about the same old positions that the Miami Dolphins need to upgrade–But here’s what they’re missing

As usual, everyone has all kinds of opinions of what the Dolphins need to do to improve.  And as usual, the so-called Dolphins experts and insiders are just re-hashing each other’s words.

We keep hearing about the Dolphins’ need to upgrade at linebacker, offensive line, and defensive backfield.   We don’t dispute those needs, but we’re also not going to be the one-millionth article that states the same old thing.

Instead, we’re going to discuss  a few vital needs where the Dolphins are sorely lacking.
Head Coach.
Let’s start off with the dire need for a new head coach.  Not much we can say here, except that this is one need that we know will not be filled.  Stephen Ross has already assured us of another non-playoff season next year by foisting Clueless Joe upon us again.  So let’s move beyond this one and concentrate on positions where the owner does not dictate who we’re stuck with.

Kicker.
Caleb Sturgis isn’t a good kicker.  He’s unreliable.  His leg isn’t strong.  His aim is off.  And no opponent fears him.  Sturgis has never blown a game-winner in overtime or anything dramatic like that.  This is partially due to the fact that his misses earlier in the game ensure that we don’t make it into overtime.  But he misses early and often, and his misses sap all the life out of his teammates.

In December alone, when it most counts, Sturgis missed FOUR field goals.  To make matters worse, Joe Philbin keeps relying on the guy as though he were Sebastian Janakowski.   Philbin is the only man on earth who thinks that sending out Sturgis to try a 53-yarder is a good idea.

On a positive note, Sturgis does have five career tackles, which is about the same amount as Dion Jordan.

Fullback.
The problem here is compounded by the fact that Joe Philbin doesn’t believe we need a fullback to begin with.  So Philbin needs to realize he is wrong (which he never realizes), and then find the right player.  For several years now, the Dolphins have not kept a full-time fullback on the roster.  Instead, they’ve dropped a tight end into the backfield.

The results speak for themselves.

The Dolphins are atrocious on third-and-short situations.  Even worse at 4th-and-short.

Part of that is because of Philbin (he refuses to go for it on fourth-and-inches and instead sends out Sturgis to miss field goals.   And when we do go for it on rare occasions, Philbin refuses to try a simple QB sneak).

Remember a few years ago when we had Lousaka Polite?  The guy was a first-down machine.  The defense knew he was gonna get the ball, and they couldn’t stop him anyway.  THAT’S what we need again.

Punter.
We didn’t even bother to look up Brandon Fields’ stats this year because just going from memory, he wasn’t good.   Earlier in his career, he was a game-changer with the ability to take us from deep in our own territory to deep inside the opponents’.  But those days faded.    Coming off a great 2013, Fields got elected to the Pro Bowl and got himself a nice fat raise.  And then it’s like he stopped trying.   He had a very average 2014 that needs to be corrected immediately.

Defensive Backs.
Look, it’s pretty simple.  After Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes, the Dolphins have no cornerbacks of note.  Will Allen and Jamar Taylor simply are not NFL-caliber backs.  RJ Stanford gets picked off the streets at the end of the year, and he ends up playing better than any of the other guys.  That is pretty sad.

We need a major improvement here.  Darrell Revis has played for about 47 teams, but Joe Philbin is one of the few coaches who doesn’t think we need him.  Of course not.  In Philbin’s mind, Will Allen is a much better CB than Revis.

Our safeties were adequate when they were healthy and not getting themselves suspended.  But adequate is not enough to win championships.   The Dolphins need to toughen up the guys they have and find some improvements via free agency as well.  Watching Jimmy Wilson run around out there trying to catch up to receivers has gotten really old really fast.

Your thoughts, Dolfans?

 

 

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  1. forgot a new defensive coordinator

  2. My thought after seeing the fire and intensity with which the 4 divisional teams played today:
    Not a matter of X’s and O’s. What truly lacks in Miami is true grit and a winning spirit. Players become what the environment is, look at Ellerbe for one case,
    Sad to say but in terms of intensity we are light years behind a good 8-9 teams in the NFL at the moment, and if you think otherwise just consider off you are not deluding yourself.
    We need a new coach not because Joe is Clueless Joe, which he is, but because we need a true motivator and leader to shake off the complacent halo lingering way too long in the Dolphins franchise.

    1. Did you see when Tom Brady was screaming at the ref? The Dolphins players scream at their own coach.

  3. I’m going to say what I’ve been saying all along (first on this site)……Until the Dolphins get a true legitimate #1 WR, the offense will continue to sputter along. Mike Wallace is NOT A #1 RECEIVER! !!! He’s a great #2 who is paid like a #1. Sorry… I don’t care how fast he is….. He’s 5 foot 10 or 11 and that’s not the height a #1 needs in today’s game. Yes, he had TDs this year but imagine if he had #1 numbers for receptions & yardage (90+ receptions and 1100 or more yards).

    Brian Hartline is super #3 and so is Gibson and maybe Matthews. Is anyone else tired of seeing defenses give us a 20 yard cushion every down because our WR corps is not respected?

    I know we need help at LB, DB and still OL but for God’s sake go out and get Amari Cooper (if possible), Devante Parker, or Kevin White with our first pick. Then focus on LB and OL.

    I would love to hear some thoughts about this.

    1. Forgot to say….. lookat these names:

      Calvin Johnson

      Dez Bryant

      AJ Green

      Demaryious Thomas

      Julio Jones

      Sammy Watkins ( eventually)

      Mike Evans ( eventually)

      Josh Gordon ( minus the drama )

      Marshall & Jeffery

      Kelvin Benjamin ?

      Fitzgerald ( in his prime )

      Jordy Nelson

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        Bryan, thanks as always for the comments. I think you wrote the same or similar comments last week, but our site was hacked over the weekend! I had to remove a few of the latter comments to make sure we got up and running again. My Internet provider couldn’t provide details of the hack, but whenever people tried to type in DolphinsTruth.com, it took them to some different websites based in New Jersey. Now I’m not saying that a Jets fan was responsible for the hack, but it does make it more dramatic and maysterious knowing that the culprit wanted to direct my readers to a group of New Jersey sites instead

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      I hear your point loud and clear. That’s why little guys like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman have never been a game-changing receiver and why they have no championships, despite playing for offensive juggernauts the last decade.

      1. Did Wes Welker have Demaryious Thomas and Randy Moss playing with him?

        Relying on guys like Welker & Edelman as your #1 WR will get you nowhere and at best a ticking clock until they get pounded into the ground. Check out their injury histories

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