Skip ahead. Pretend it’s Draft Night 2020. We gather around the TV and anxiously await the picks. Will it be more exciting and profitable if the Dolphins can draft an elite player? Or will it be more exciting to reminisce about the time we beat the Colts in a meaningless 2019 regular-season game?
Don’t get me wrong. Watching the Dolphins win is always, always a great feeling. Seeing the excitement that Fitzpatrick brings to the game has been sorely lacking for years in Miami. The feeling was great, but as the afternoon wore on, reality set in.
Look at the chart below. All those teams bunched together like that. We could easily be picking 12th or 13th.
Denver’s miracle win really helped us out, and things are just as grim as they were yesterday. No better, no worse. Meaning, we were sitting fourth Sunday before the game, and we remain fourth afterward.
But it’s a bit frustrating to think that we could have been 2nd…with a strong chance to claim #1 overall still.
We’ll debate this more during the week, but management (and it all starts with Stephen Ross) have not conveyed a strong-enough message yet to Brian Flores. No, you don’t ask players to drop passes on purpose or to “miss” a tackle on purpose. But you DO take your coach aside and tell him to STOP IT with the bizarre trick plays, onside kicks, challenges, etc. Take consolation prizes this year, and save up for next year.
Case in point: That really cool trick play was a thing of beauty. But just imagine if we waited to unveil it until NEXT YEAR, when the games count. Save it for Week 17 next year when we are 7-8 and wanted to end the year on a positive note at 8-8. Go for a win THAT day for sure. But not this year. No, not this year with so much on the line.
The way our Offense played today, we could easily go on a 4-game winning streak (or even 5 games if the Patriots play their scrubs in week 17.) It’s improbable but very very possible that we end up at 7-9. We just can’t have that. We’ll get some decent rookies in the 2020 draft, but we want an elite player like Chase Young, and it’s looking very unlikely now.
Flores has to get it through his thick skull that this whole season is part of a long-term situation. The first win was important for morale, and that is over and done with. Each subsequent win hurts us. Each win takes us FURTHER, not closer, to a better team in 2020 and beyond.
So while these wins feel fun right now, and I’m imploring Flores to think about April. Think about April as he and other Dolfans around the world tune into the draft to watch all the top stars get picked by other teams. No Burrow for us. No Chase Young. No Tua. Not even Herbert.
1. Bengals, 1-11 (won Sunday)
2. Giants, 2-10 (lost Sunday)
3. Washington, 3-9 (won Sunday)
4. Dolphins, 3-9 (won Sunday)
5. Falcons, 3-9 (lost Thursday)
6. Lions, 3-8-1 (lost Thursday)
7. Cardinals, 3-8-1 (lost Sunday)
8. Jaguars, 4-8 (lost Sunday)
9. Jets, 4-8 (lost Sunday)
10. Chargers, 4-8 (lost Sunday)
11. Broncos, 4-8 (won Sunday)