The Dolphins for the past two seasons were a Defensive team that didn’t have an offense to match their play. Tua was limited with the lack of a quality coaches, por offensive line, poor run game and a WR group that resembled a M.A.S.H unit. I need not bring up the Brian Flores drama…..
I am sure the Defense had to be frustrated by the ineptness of the offense how they always seemed to put the defense in bad positions or when the Defense made a great play the offense failed to capitalize on the opportunities.
This offseason things have changed, our much maligned GM Chris Grier used the money the team had and added weapons on the offensive side of the ball and improved the talent on that side of the ball. It was the final piece of a two-three year rebuild and the perfect move to supplement this roster.
The first move made was to move on from Brian Flores a Defensive minded HC and replace him with Mike McDaniel an Offensive minded HC and at the same time keep the Defense in tact by retaining the DC Josh Boyer and bringing back 95% of the players on that side of the ball.
We all knew what issues plagued this team last year, they were rated one of the worst offensive lines in the game as well as one of the worst rushing team in the NFL. We had “Dual OC’s” and it was obvious that it was a total mess as they started out the gates 1-7 after beating the Patriots week one.
Despite all of that our QB produced a winning record and some will say it was because of our Defense and that might be true to some extent but Tua also did not lose us many games with his play last year or for that matter since he’s been here.
Now let’s review the tranformation on offense this off-season. Looking at Miami’s tranactions this off-season we can see they focused on fixing the issues on offense.
Addressing the Offensive Line
- Mar 16, 2022 Signed/unrest FA OG Connor Williams to a Two-year contract (through 2023)
- Mar 24, 2022 Signed/unrest FA OT Terron Armstead to a Five-year contract (through 2026)
The Dolphins added two veteran linemen to this roster the work with the young linemen we drafted over the past two-three seasons as well as brought in Matt Applebaum to be Miami’s offensive line coach I have mixed feelings on this move as my research on him says he has not done that great a job, so I will have to see how things work out.
Addressing the Run Game
- Mar 16, 2022 RB Chase Edmonds Signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2023)
- Mar 17, 2022 RB Raheem Mostert Signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2022)
Miami’s run game has been subpar going back to Adam Gase and the strange thing is the RB’s coach Eric Studesville who was brought here by Gase has survived despite my calling him out over the years. I do recall in Denver he had better success and the Bronco’s back then ran the same run scheme that McDaniel will employ. I will hope for the best because we can’t get any worse!
Addressing the WR’s
- Mar 15, 2022 WR Preston Williams Re-signed One-year contract (through 2022)
- Mar 17, 2022 WR Trent Sherfield Signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2022)
- Mar 23, 2022 WR Tyreek Hill Traded for multiple 2022 and 2023 draft picks
The big surprise was the trade for Tyreek Hill as nobody saw that coming, in fact there were some grumblings just before the deals GM Chris Grier made by the same malcontents that’s been bashing our GM for the past few years despite me saying what a great Job he has done. Now these same folks are happy until something go wrong like an unforeseen injury (Remember Will Fuller)
Overall these additions to the offense (OT Terron Armstead, RB Raheem Mostert & WR Tyreek Hill) provides 3 starters to the roster on an offense that was one of the worst in running and blocking last year, this upgrade added to the likes of Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki should be enough fo Miami to contend for a playoff spot this year and compete for the AFC East title…at least on paper.