- Fins lose lead and game to Bucs Stupid penalties and missed tackles put the Fins season in doubt
- Martin's season likely done ESPN reports Martin unlikely to return to Dolphins
- Rich Incognito suspended The Dolphins have now suspended Incognito indefinitely
- Fins keep season alive Cam Wake's sack/safety in OT preserves the Fins victory and season
Ireland’s plan taking shape, hinges on Tannehill
It’s clear to me that the plan GM Jeff Ireland had before last season is taking shape. The talent level on this team has increased dramatically from last year. At least on paper.
21 of our 22 starters are under 30 years old, and it’s not by coincidence. Every move made over the last 2 offseasons has been geared toward youth, speed, and upside under Philbin.
It’s why QB Ryan Tannehill (24) was drafted and started immediately, it’s why RB Lamar Miller (22) and LT Jonathan Martin (24) are starting instead of Long and Bush, it’s why Wallace (26) and Hartline (26) were priorities, and it’s why and Ellerbe (27) and Wheeler (28) were swapped out for Dansby and Burnett.
How does this NOT resemble a long-term plan?
The 1-year contracts signed by CB Brent Grimes, TE Dustin Keller, and RT Tyson Clabo weren’t a sign of desperation. All 3 came into Miami expecting multi-year deals, left Miami, then signed with the Dolphins after losing to Ireland in a blinking contest. They are immediate upgrades, and it would’ve been senseless to sign any of these 3 to long-term deals.
If Grimes/Keller/Clabo play well, they’ll likely be re-signed after the season to a 2-3 year deal for a reasonable price because they aren’t going to command 4-5 year deals at their age in the 2014 offseason.
If they dont work out in these 1-year deals? We don’t want them anyway. Everything about these signings are completely in Jeff Ireland’s favor.
My biggest personnel questions involve whether or not the new talent can get on the same page quickly because our first 6 games are brutal, and can QB Ryan Tannehill continue to develop?
Our excitement about Tannehill is a projection at this point, and there’s a realistic possibility that Tannehill doesn’t become a great QB.
We need to look no further than previous QB Chad Henne. Henne is an interesting parallel. He impressed the coaching staff in 2008 as a rookie, went 7-6 as a starter in 2009 with a poor WR unit, and gave us every reason in the world to think he’d take that next step up in 2010 after the Brandon Marshall trade. Well…Henne hit a wall, and went back.
This very well could happen to Tannehill, too, despite the upgrades at WR and TE.
If I’m making predictions for the 2013 season, I have the Dolphins at 8-8/9-7 and the Pats at 11-5/12-4.
Tannehill’s progress in the next 2-4 years is what matters to me because he’ll make or break the franchise. NFL.com ranked him the 2nd best QB in the AFC under 25 years old (Andrew Luck was #1), and it brought into context why I’m excited about the future.
Looking at the AFC’s QB’s…
These 5 QB’s are likely to be out of the league in 3 years:
Tom Brady, Patriots (36)
Peyton Manning, Broncos (37)
Matt Schaub, Texans (32)
Philip Rivers, Chargers (32)
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (31)
These 7 teams have no idea about their QB futures:
Bills – EJ Manuel
Jets – Geno Smith
Browns – Brandon Weeden
Jaguars – Blaine Gabbert
Titans – Jake Locker
Chiefs – Alex Smith
Raiders – Matt Flynn
That leaves 4 QB’s….Luck, Tannehill, Flacco, Dalton.
If Tannehill continues to develop, the odds are that he’ll be one of the AFC’s best as he enters his prime years.
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