The Miami Dolphins find themselves at another fork in the road of their franchise and this time, none of them can lead to success.
Much has changed in Miami over the past three years. Internal and external structural changes of the football field. Coaching changes and changes in philosophy have taken the Dolphins down a different path than they were on. For nearly 20 years, the Dolphins have been circling, a continuous looping train, but Stephen Ross finally flipped the switch and Brian Flores was able to get off the track.
Now, after three years of rebuilding, it’s starting to emerge that the Dolphins have done nothing more than move on to another endless loop. Now they are wondering which path they should take now.
Deshaun Watson is an answer. A possible solution to the troubles of the QB Dolphins since Dan Marino. Upon entering Miami, he instantly becomes the best QB since Marino and that’s not in dispute. Watson comes with a lot of baggage and his arrival will also alienate a fan base that is stuck with a team that has been mired in defeat for too long.
Watson is also said to own the Miami Dolphins franchise. He could hold a proverbial knife to their throat. Demand more money, refuse to play, demand a trade. If Ross fires Flores, Watson is going to scream for Ross to hire his guy (s). And we know how it worked in Houston. This road will lead very well in one direction.
Tua Tagovailoa always plays good football and stands out statistically from other QBs in the league. However, Brian Flores doesn’t really want Tua, at least that’s the rumor. Flores did not publicly support her QB other than the “Tua is our QB” response. It is not an endorsement.
Many believe that the bridge with Tua is burnt or at least on fire. Why would he want to stick around? The Dolphins will have to make a decision on Tua’s future, but it doesn’t appear, if Watson’s rumors are true, that Miami really wants Tua. In other words, it’s a road that now probably goes one way.
Brian Flores and Chris Grier should be tied at the hip. If one goes, they should both go. Stephen Ross can’t trust Chris Grier to find a new head coach any more than he can trust Flores to lead his squad with a new GM. Neither are probably in the hot seat this year, but it’s hot and losing this year could immediately change that.
The problem is, Stephen Ross doesn’t know how to hire coaches. Tony Sparano was not his hire, but Joe Philbin, Adam Gase and Brian Flores are. And all of them have failed or fail. Can Ross go through another coach search? Who thinks he could get it right this time around? Many believe he will pursue Jim Harbaugh and it is a path that could lead in a direction.
The direction for the three possibilities leads nowhere. They all lead back to an endless circle. A search for a head coach who will rebuild the franchise. A change of culture, again. Change of personnel and ideology of the players. A search for a franchise quarterback who is not a retread and who can come and win in a year or two. It’s the same loop, the same trails that Miami has been on for almost 20 years and that doesn’t seem to change.
So is there a path on this new fork, which awaits them, which leads them to victory? May be. Maybe Watson is working and the franchise changes and his off-court issues are nothing. In the end, the Dolphins get a premium quarterback. Maybe Brian Flores finally finds the right coaching staff who can develop players and maybe Chris Grier starts recruiting players who can really make an immediate impact. Or, maybe Stephen Ross hires a footballer who hires a new GM and a new HC who wants to build his offense around Tua Tagovailoa and thus throws water on the flaming bridge. May be.