Besides the fact they are wonderful creatures, of course, this is a team who I think are really heading in the right direction.
They have found their coach, and he’s been a good one. Brian Flores has come in and totally changed the culture of this Dolphins team. They are a respectable, hard-working and scrappy team. They aren’t a laughing stock anymore. And Flores has won the locker room. You can tell the players want to play for him.
The Dolphins also have a good quarterback situation, believe it or not. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been like a fine wine. He’s been in the league forever and is still playing at least at a respectable level. He still has a tendency of getting a little careless with the ball, but he is completing 70% of his passes and throwing for over 260 yards per game. Not too shabby. Fitzpatrick has thrown for 268.8 yards per game this season which is his second-highest mark for his 16-season career.
Meanwhile Tua Tagovailoa awaits behind Fitzpatrick for his opportunity; which seems to be nearing closer and closer. Honestly, if Tua doesn’t play this season, that’s not the worst thing in the world. Fitzpatrick is playing decently, Tua can focus on getting and staying healthy, and he can continue to learn behind Fitzpatrick. And how many times have we seen young quarterbacks sit behind veteran quarterbacks for a year or more and end up being good quarterbacks? Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith for about a year. Aaron Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for some time. Brady behind Bledsoe. We could go on and on, and those are GREAT quarterbacks too.
Look around the Miami offense. In addition to a good quarterback situation, they have a legitimate WR1 in Devante Parker, they have a quality tight end in Mike Gesicki, and the offensive line has greatly improved. The only thing they may be lacking some punch in is in their backfield. Jordan Howard hasn’t been able to stay healthy, Matt Breida hasn’t been much of a factor, and Myles Gaskin has been alright, but I don’t think he’s the guy going forward. Look for the Dolphins to draft a running back fairly early in the offseason.
I said before the season that I thought Miami would have a sneaky good defense this year. So far, they have been OK. Not great, but certainly not bad. They’ve shown up big time in a couple of games this year but they have also faded a bit in others. Xavien Howard is leading a decent secondary and Kyle Van Noy has been a nice addition up front. Jerome Baker has also taken a step forward this year. Give this team a couple of years with Flores at the helm, and I think they could end up having a solid defense. Fun fact, the Dolphins have allowed the fewest points to opponents (22.6) among teams with losing records this season. In other words, they have been the best defense who have a losing record so far this season.
Miami isn’t going to do much of anything this year, but I think they are at least heading in a good direction.