The Miami Dolphins have been under complete reconstruction since Chris Grier took over as the General Manager for the organization.
Since then Chris Grier has taken a new approach to this ever so repetitive new era the Dolphins have gone through it seems like every three years. He hired Brian Flores as the head coach of the team after being the play caller of a Bill Belichick defense that shut down the Chargers, Chiefs, and Rams on the way to a Super Bowl victory.
Flores will be the first African American coach in the history of the organization. A move made by one of the few African American General Managers in the NFL in general. Miami Dolphins have been riding the wave of mediocrity for over a decade, the time for historic change is now after the disappointment of the last two tenure of coaches.
The rest of the staff put together by Flores and Grier has also broken the mold from past staffs brought together in Miami. This year’s staff has a total one hundred years of experience, and plenty of Super Bowl winning experience, that didn’t just come from the New England Patriots.
That type of wisdom will be necessary to morph the young players that Brian Flores has to work with for his five-year, fully guaranteed contract. Too many times the Dolphins have hired staff members that come from short successful runs at their positions.
Dave Caldwell, David Graham, and Chad O’Shea are coming from teams that have had elite players in their position groups over an extended period of time. Young players like Laremy Tunsil, Kenyon Drake, Kenny Stills, Xavian Howard, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Jerome Baker makes up one of the best young cores the Dolphins have had in over a decade.
A young talented core, to go along with a knowledgeable coaching staff with the ability to adapt to different situations makes the draft process for Chris Grier, and head coach Brian Flores very important to continue the optimism of the first year of the new regime.
So what does Chris Grier do to put his team in the best position to start bringing in the players that can bring the organization out of mediocrity?
First, he brings long time friend Marvin Allen from division rival Buffalo Bills, to be the assistant general manager. Allen has grown a reputation as an up and coming talent evaluators in the league due to his help building Buffalo into a playoff team just two seasons ago.
Next, Grier brings in someone who was responsible for selecting Khalil Mack and Derek Car in the first round of 2014, the Reggie McKenzie. He comes into Miami as the Senior Personnel Executive and will be working with Grier personally during the offseason.
Adding talent evaluators like them will be essential to making the first selection of Mike Flores’s head coaching career. Especially since there is so much talent in the top 20 of the draft.
Cap casualties like Alan Branch, Danny Amendola, and Ted Larsen are the start of the remolding of the band-aid players routine the dolphins are so used to using. Time will tell if Ryan Tannehill or Cam Wake will be the next players on their way out of the door as free agency is set to officially begin Monday.
Optimism is always the word when there is a complete overhaul of coaches and front office personnel. This time it just actually looks like the Dolphins have a clear-cut direction at which the organization wants too actually build on.