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Head Coach: Brian Flores
2020 was clearly a rebuilding year for Miami. The benched a known commodity at QB early on for a rookie who, as a whole, wasn’t impressive at all. Their RBs were a bunch of unknowns. The receiving corps was average at best. The O line wasn’t very good. So how in the h@ll did this rebuilding project win 10 games? A bit of lick, great coaching,, A D that lived on big plays, and outstanding special teams. In a league of fireworks, the “Phins showed that you can always win with good old fashioned fundamental football.
2021 Draft Picks
1-6 WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
1-18 DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
2-36 S Jevon Holland, Oregon
2-42 T Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
3-81 TE Hunter Long, Boston College
7-231 T Larnel Coleman, Massachusetts
7-244 RB Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati
The Dolphins had 4 picks in the top 42… and did well with them. Waddle is a star, and while he does have a history of injuries, he’s a big play guy who… most importantly… Tua knows him, as they played together for 2 years at ‘Bama. Phillips is a similar gamble, but with a similar upside. Grabbing TE Hunter Long in the 3rd round was a steal.
Key Pick Ups
Will Fuller – WR (from Texans)
Jacoby Brissett – QB (from Colts)
Malcolm Brown – RB (from Rams)
Fuller is a game changer, and will stretch the field. Brown will give the backfield depth, and Brissett is in a good position to mentor Tua…. and, if need be, take over if he falls on his face.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB (to Football Team)
Kyle Van Noy – LB (to Patriots)
Ted Karras – C (to Patriots)
Van Noy might be missed. Karras was solid but not irreplaceable.
Offensive Coordinators: George Godsey, Eric Studesville
2020 Points Scored: 404 (15th)
Myles Gaskin could be a break out star, and having a far improved receiving corps will speed up Tua’s development.
Defensive Coordinator: Josh Boyer
2020 Points Allowed: 338 (6th)
15% of opposing teams’ drives ended in a turnover… the best percentage in the league. This was a defense getting it’s feet in 2020, and could be dominant in 2021.
A great kicker,, a decent punter, and possibly one of the best all around units in the NFL.
If Things Go Well
If Tua improves, and the O line can keep him off his back, the Dolphins are a shoo in playoff team.
If They Don’t
The possibility that the O line may not improve, and more so that Tua might turn out to be a flop…. could lead to a disappointing season. The D and special teams will keep it from getting out of hand,.
It isn’t hard to imagine that Tua may end up being a bust. Like Ohio State, ‘Bama sends more that it’s share of “system” QBs to the NFL, and the last Tide QBs who succeeded at all were three nobodies named Stabler, Starr, and Namath. No one since then. But like last year, unless he’s terrible, this will be a good football team.
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