This is a year of foundation building as our Dolphins embark on a total rebuild, starting from scratch basically and building from the bottom up.
Don’t get me wrong there are some pieces in place and the Dolphins have more talent than what many seem to think.
Yes they are young but some of the young players are actually veteran players that’s been on this team for 2-3 years.
Make no mistake about it this team will compete week in and week out, they are not tanking. They are building a culture and trying to win now, the reality is that they are extremely young with quite a few inexperienced players in particular the backup players.
If the Dolphins start to suffer injuries it’s going to require an inexperienced young person to step in and be that next man up.
Much like I have aluted to throughout the off-season we need to keep expectations low as this team will most likely go through some rough times but at the end of the year this team will have developed a solid foundation to build on.
I cannot overstate the great job that’s been done by general manager Chris Grier putting the Dolphins in a position where they for the next two years will be in position to add top young college talent coming into the NFL in 2020 as well as 2021.
What’s even more amazing is how Chris Grier has also positioned the Dolphins to be one of the top teams when it comes to their salary cap in 2020, in excess of 100 million dollars.
Now I will agree that this situation we find ourselves in did not come without some pain as we lost some good players some veterans that we have loved and some young players that we thought would be part of our future.
It will most likely take most of the season to get over some of the things that has happened but the reality is the future is so bright for this team and we as Dolphins fans needed to have this done, In order to get us out of this spiraling cycle of mediocrity of 6, 7, 8 win seasons sprinkled in with a couple 10 win seasons that were not sustainable for the past two decades.
So even though this season might not bring as much success as any of us would like, the reality is that what is being done now should have been done years ago. We kept believing that we were a player or two away when in reality we were as dysfunctional as our record indicated over the years.
So as this year of foundation building take place don’t be overly critical of the team as the season unfolds because it’s really about 2020 moving forward.
Enjoy the games, root for the Dolphins to win but keep your eyes on that light at the end of the tunnel because it’s not that far away!