With the Dolphins organization waiting for the Patriots season to end so the expected head coach to be Brian Flores, can come in and implement his new scheme as well fill out his coaching staff.
Until then, there is nothing better to do but to think of the what ifs.
The offensive and defensive fronts of the Dolphins are two of the worst units in the league. For the offense, which ranked 18th in yards per game, some of the blame can go to some very questionable play calling by former Head Coach Adam Gase, and some can go to the fact that the interior of the offensive line has been a problem for the last six years.
On defense, the 2018 defensive line helped jump the Miami Dolphins to a 3-0 start behind a rotation of Davon Godchaux, Jermaine Phillips, Akeem Spence, Vincent Taylor, Robert Quin Jr, Alan Branch, Charles Harris, and the Cameron Wake. After that hot start, the Patriots ran the ball down the throats of the Dolphins front, in the mean time not letting the then furious rush from even touching Tom Brady.
The release of Jermain Phillips mid-season here, and few injuries there, the Dolphins would finish with 31st worst rush defense in the NFL with many questions as to who is coming back from the remaining group after the disappointing finish.
Luckily for newly appointed Vice President of Football Operations, and General Manager Chris Grier, this is one of the best “Trenches” draft’s in a long time, but that solution will be discussed on a different day.
In the game of football, the trenches are where the game is won or lost in most cases, after that it depends on what type of quarterback you have under center. The Ryan Tannehill project will be coming to an end, as this past season should be the evidence needed to realize that the 30-year-old will never turn into a franchise quarterback.
In this year’s draft I think there are four sure-fire quarterbacks worth taking in the top 20. Heisman winner Kyler Murray, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Duke’s Danial Jones, and West Virginia’s Will Grier.
In the latest Mock Draft rotation, the hottest name’s out of the four are of course Murray and Haskins, two players I think are locks in the top 10. Daniel Jones is the trendy 6’5 230lb quarterback that everyone is looking for as far as a prototype, so his name could get hot in top 10 conversations as the process gets closer to the draft.
That leaves 6’2 223lb Will Grier, who I think is the best quarterback in the draft, being a match made in heaven for the Dolphins at the 13th pick.
Now how could I go on spew about the dolphins needing upgrades on the offensive and defensive lines then say that a quarterback is going to make every thing better?
That’s because both parties in this situation are looking for redemption. The Dolphins haven’t had a real quarterback since Dan Marino, Grier would be the most talented prospect drafted for the position by the Dolphins since Dan the Man. Going into a culture change, expected coach Brian Flores should bring his guy in from jump instead of going with Tannehill, which has done nothing but get coaches fired.
As for Will Grier, who has been one of the most productive quarterbacks dating back to his days at the University of Florida. During his two years at West Virginia, Grier was responsible for 7,354 passing yards, 71 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions in a pass happy Dana Holgorson offense. Keeping the Mountaineers in national spotlight with his consistent performances behind center.
Now we take it back to his Florida Gator days. Besides getting suspended by the NCAA for the violations for using Performance Enhancing Drugs, people have to remember he is the only reason the Gators were 6-0 heading into Death Valley after smashing the #3 Ole Miss Rebels behind his arm. In a John McElwain offense that was such a predictable pro-style offense, Will’s talent is the only reason the team got to such a hot start.
Don’t believe me? Just look at how bad the quarterbacks played in the offense once he transferred. My point is that Grier is the only prospect out of the four that has played in multiple types of offense’s and actually excelled at it, even showing the ability that truly separates quarterback prospects, accuracy that makes receivers around him look a lot better than they are.
Each prospect has their flaws, as Grier has shown a habit of making some questionable decisions in some clutch situations, but being in a pass dominant offense can be the blame, as compared to pairing him with a run game and taking some pressure off of him.
The clutch situations he showed as a Florida Gator, and the clutch plays he made as a Mountaineer is all the proof needed that he can be a very productive starter in the NFL.
It’s still the waiting game to see what type of offense 2019 Dolphins will be running until the coaching staff is filled out. Will Grier is the only player that has proven to be able run a new age offense, as well as an NFL pro-style offense. That could pay-off in the end for a team looking for a new face of the franchise.