As we develop a weekly content schedule for the season, I wanted something to bridge the gap between the Sunday night game breakdown column and the Tuesday film review. So, here we are with a smorgasbord of information, statistics, snap counts, and whatever is prudent to the Dolphins game from the Sunday prior.
We’ll dive into the game data from Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, grab some quotes from the player’s and coach’s pressers, and continue to provide the most comprehensive coverage on the Miami Dolphins you can find.
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Adam Gase has been in the big chair for 41 games as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and it’s difficult to find a comprehensive victory. Playing a complete game is a tall order in the National Football League, but even Joe Philbin’s Dolphins teams had a handful of beat downs.
The team Miami handles with the most ease, under Gase, is the rival New York Jets. Miami whopped the Jets 34-14 at the Meadowlands in 2016, opened up a 20-point lead in the same building earlier this season, and finished off a second sweep in three years on Sunday.
This time, however, it was the defense carrying the water for the Dolphins.
The offense is down several starters, including the quarterback, but watching Kyle Shanahan draw up three touchdowns for Nick Mullens on Thursday makes one wonder why Gase (kid genius before Shanahan and Sean McVay arrived on the scene) can’t find any rhythm with his offense.
Miami’s offensive offense is 28th in both yards per game and plays ran. Only five teams have moved the chains less than the Dolphins and, at 20.8 points per game, the Dolphins rank 24th in scoring offense.
Even with the 7th best starting field position in the NFL (average start at the 30.6-yard line) the Dolphins are 29th in average drive time and 27th in third down conversion rate.
The defense got right on Sunday against the Jets, but the rankings are still unfavorable.
Miami are 25th in total defense and 19th in scoring defense with the turnover providing a saving grace. The Dolphins 15 interceptions are tops in the NFL. Takeaways and red zone defense are answer for the question, “how are Miami a winning team?” Miami’s 51.6% red zone-scoring-rate-allowed is 9th best in football.
|Player||Snaps (Percentage of Offensive Snaps)|
|QB Brock Osweiler||57 (100%)|
|RB Frank Gore||29 (51%)|
|RB Kenyan Drake||28 (49%)|
|RB Kalen Ballage||4 (7%)|
|WR Devante Parker||51 (89%)|
|WR Danny Amendola||47 (82%)|
|WR Jakeem Grant||29 (51%)|
|WR Kenny Stills||28 (49%)|
|TE Nick O’Leary||33 (58%)|
|TE Mike Gesicki||27 (47%)|
|TE Durham Smythe||9 (16%)|
|LG Ted Larsen||57 (100%)|
|C Travis Swanson||57 (100%)|
|RG Jesse Davis||57 (100%)|
|LT Laremy Tunsil||50 (88%)|
|RT Ja’Wuan James||40 (70%)|
|OT Zach Sterup||24 (42%)|
Just two weeks after showing up as a healthy inactive, Devante Parker out-repped the entire Dolphins wide receiver room. Parker caught one ball for eight yards on two targets – the second intended target was throw severely behind Parker.
Danny Amendola led the day with 47 yards on seven targets – in line with his usual production. Kenny Stills continues to be a forgotten man in the Brock Osweiler-led offense. Stills, nursing an ankle, caught his one target for 19 yards.
Jakeem Grant continues his path as a part time player in an offense starved for big plays. Grant caught one of two targets for 16 yards.
The Dolphins wide receivers currently rank 42nd (Parker), 53rd (Grant), 70th (Amendola) and 93rd (Stills). Albert Wilson was way out in front of the group (15th) before his season-ending injury.
Kenyan Drake is the other snub in this offense. Three carries are an unacceptable number for a player with the explosion and game-breaking speed of Drake. He was heavily involved in the passing game, however, to the tune of 26 yards on six targets.
Drake likely dug his own grave with some atrocious work in pass protection. He scored a 19.9 according to Pro Football Focus allowing a sack and a hurry on just three pass blocking reps.
Frank Gore’s 2.7 yards per carry clip was uninspiring, but it had more to do with the blocking up front. Of Gore’s 53 yards, 44 came after initial contact.
Miami had to shuffle the tackle position throughout the game as James and Tunsil both exited at different junctures in the second half. Swing tackle Zach Sterup had a forgetful day. He allowed three sacks on his 12 pass blocking reps.
Ted Larsen was nearly just as bad. He allowed six pressures (albeit all hurries) and put out a stinker of a run-blocking grade via a 28.8 – yikes.
The entire Dolphins offensive line laid an egg in the ground game. James (39.7), Swanson (36.4), and Davis (38.4) all dipped well below the Mendoza Line of run blocking grades.
Brock Osweiler received a failing grade. He didn’t stand much of a chance behind a beaten-down line, but he missed several throws, including a wide open Danny Amendola behind the Jets defense in the first quarter.
|Player||Snaps (Percentage of Defensive Snaps)|
|FS Minkah Fitzpatrick||65 (98%)|
|SS T.J. McDonald||62 (94%)|
|SS Reshad Jones||10 (15%)|
|FS Walt Aikens||6 (9%)|
|CB Xavien Howard||66 (100%)|
|CB Bobby McCain||54 (82%)|
|CB Torry McTyer||27 (41%)|
|CB Cornell Armstrong||14 (21%)|
|LB Kiko Alonso||66 (100%)|
|LB Jerome Baker||54 (82%)|
|LB Raekwon McMillan||36 (55%)|
|LB Stephone Anthony||1 (2%)|
|DE Robert Quinn||40 (61%)|
|DE Cam Wake||38 (58%)|
|DE Andre Branch||36 (55%)|
|DE Cameron Malveaux||28 (42%)|
|DT Davon Godchaux||37 (56%)|
|DT Akeem Spence||38 (58%)|
|DT Ziggy Hood||24 (36%)|
|DT Sylvester Williams||24 (36%)|
Raise your hand if you had T.J. McDonald outperforming all of his teammates Sunday. According to PFF, that’s what McDonald did – he registered a season-high 91.1 defensive grade with eight tackles, three run stops and an interception.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, pulling triple duty on the perimeter, in the nickel and at safety, was terrific in coverage. The Jets completed one of three balls on Fitzpatrick for 11 yards.
Bobby McCain sliding back inside to his more natural nickel position proved beneficial. McCain had a huge run stop, another open field tackle on third down, and allowed three of five passes to go complete for a pedestrian 35 yards.
Throwing at Xavien Howard is a rather futile exercise. Yet, the Jets targeted Miami’s best corner to the tune 50% completion rate (3/6) and a mere 31 yards.
Cam Wake returned to his all-pro form with a pair of sacks. He wasn’t done there; Wake totaled nine pressures (2 hits and 5 hurries) and shut down the run-game with three stops at two yards or less.
Jerome Baker’s pick six sealed the deal for Miami, but he had a hell of a game for the entirety of the contest. Three run stops, 15 yards on three pass targets and a passer rating allowed of 11.1.
Raekwon McMillan had a big day as well. Though the Jets completed two-of-two targets on McMillan, those receptions went for a total of eight yards. McMillan had three run stops and was charged with two missed tackles.
New York went after Kiko Alonso in the passing game, and found most of its success going that way. On Nine targets, Alonso allowed five completions for 85 yards, but an interception gave him a passer rating allowed of 48.1.
Davon Godchaux stepped up for a depleted defensive tackle rotation. Godchaux earned glowing grades from PFF along with a run stop and two pressures on Sam Darnold.
The Dolphins will be glossed over on every national talk show or podcast this week, but that doesn’t change the fact that Miami is within striking distance of the sixth and final wildcard spot.
Only a half-game behind the Bengals, if Miami can find five more wins the rest of the way, they’ll make a return trip to January football.
Even nine wins (four more) might accomplish a second playoff berth in three years under Gase. Miami is competing with Cincinnati (5-3), Baltimore (4-5) Tennessee (3-4), Jacksonville (3-5) and Indianapolis (3-5) for that final spot.
The Bengals and Ravens have treacherous paths the rest of the way and if the AFC South trades wins among one another, nine wins could be enough for a post-season berth.
If we can assume a pair of wins over the hapless Bills, Miami would need two wins in five games with the Packers (road), Colts (road), Patriots (home), Vikings (road) and Jaguars (home).
This team is banged up beyond belief. The long-term health of tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James are keys to any productivity from the offense (as is the health of quarterback Ryan Tannehill), but Miami figures to stay in this race till the bitter end.
Far crazier things have happened.
Chris Grier Updates Status of Miami Dolphins
Majority of the NFL General Managers met in Arizona for the NFL Meetings earlier this morning, and after some closed-door discussions, were available to the media.
Twenty-eight of the NFL’s 32 General Managers…. pic.twitter.com/gSTz6MNPou
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2019
While Chris Grier spoke candidly and somewhat transparently about the Miami Dolphins, it left us both relieved but slightly perplex.
As we’ll highlight below, Grier spoke of failed expectations and nonexistent success during his tenure with the team, specifically during the Ryan Tannehill era.
His demeanor and approach seems that of a remorseful man who has learned from his mistakes, but it still makes us wonder what Grier was really thinking or doing all of these years. Again, we’re convinced he didn’t have final say throughout his career, but was he just unable to create a convincing enough argument to counter Mike Tannenbaum or Adam Gase‘s desires? Did they not respect him enough? And if so, why?
A lot of this may just be our skepticism after watching such futility over the past 15+ years, but Grier’s comments still provide a shroud of mystery – even if what he’s trying to say is clear as day:
On Ryan Tannehill:
When asked to describe Tannehill’s 7-year career in Miami: “Inconsistent”
Grier was pressed further on how the organization came to a determination that they needed to move on from the Tannehill era and he was confident in his response; sticking with the ol’ company line of how he won’t “reveal” who determined what. But what stood out to me most was when the reporter mentioned that ‘(Grier) had a determination before he met with the organization (Brian Flores, Chad O’Shea, Jerry Schuplinski) but didn’t want to reveal what the determination was’.
Is it fair to say that Grier believed Tannehill was a worthy quarterback, as he stuck with Tannehill through 2016, again in 2017 when his knee was volatile and then again in 2018 when he was two knee surgeries removed and 7 years into his NFL career? Or do we blame Tannenbaum and Gase for these evaluations?
Grier went on to compliment Tannehill’s toughness, saying “he gave his heart and soul” to this team, but would then go on to admit that the team may have made a mistake in not drafting a quarterback to compete with Tannehill. Isn’t it Grier’s job to identify this talent and assist Tannebaum in building the roster?
When asked if he believed he made a mistake keeping Tannehill as the Dolphins quarterback for 7 years, he simply replied: “No.”
“He took a lot of blame for things out of his control. I wish him the best,” #Dolphins GM Chris Grier on former QB Ryan Tannehill, who was 42-46 with the team in seven seasons.
— Safid Deen 💯💯💯💯 (@Safid_Deen) March 25, 2019
On the Roster:
What is Grier’s #1 roster concern: “Franchise quarterback.”
Outside of the obvious choice of a franchise quarterback? “What we’ve talked about from Day 1…the building blocks…the offensive and defensive line. Losing Ja’Wuan (James) was a big blow…creates another piece you need to fill…..but I would say the offensive and defensive line right now; building for the future.”
With the team’s sights set on 2020, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miami trade down in the 2019 draft to try and acquire more draft picks to utilize on the trenches.
On the Tight Ends:
Not sure if someone is hearing the echos outside of Davie, but seems this staff is about to spend the offseason pumping up Miami’s tight ends. Previously, DeVante Parker received the annual award for “breakout player of the year” (only to never breakout), so we’ll see what this means for Mike Gesicki and company:
Dolphins GM Chris Grier, unsolicited, brought up how he's heard the coaches talk a lot about how to use TE Mike Gesicki in 2019.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) March 25, 2019
“There’s no tanking”
On Ryan Fitzpatrick:
Chris Grier sees Ryan Fitzpatrick as “a bridge to a new quarterback (in 2019 or 2020)”. While also using Fitzpatrick as an example as to why Miami isn’t tanking.
This is more ‘general manager speak’ from Grier, who can’t sell a fanbase and lockerroom on openly losing – between integrity, sales and keeping his job, Grier has to maintain that Miami is “trying” in 2019. As we all know, Ryan Fitzpatrick gives off that illusion maybe a little too well, as Miami is vying for the #1 draft pick in 2020, not another year filled with 6 wins.
Seems Grier shares a similar sentiment about Fitzpatrick’s futility, as this comment was probably one of the most eye-opening (and, frankly, insulting) of the day:
Chris Grier says Ryan Fitzpatrick “knows he’s not a long-term solution for any team” and came aboard willing to fill mentor role for whoever is the franchise QB.
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) March 25, 2019
On the NFL Draft:
Does Grier see himself drafting a QB in 2019 or 2020?
“(we are) looking into quarterback options in 2019 and in 2020.” And that “drafting a QB in both 2019 and 2020 is (also possible).”
On Xavien Howard:
Grier mentions that he has had “good talks with (Xavien Howard‘s) agent”, though a deal is still not close.
This seems like a public relations move on behalf of Grier in an attempt to defuse any negativity from the fanbase. He must understand that Howard is a budding star on a team devoid of stars this century – allowing Howard to walk will create immediate backlash; there’s no sense perpetuating that feeling now by acting like he’s above the contract talk.
On Robert Quinn:
Essentially, talks seem to remain fluid with multiple teams (the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints have been the two teams we’ve heard about publicly). Grier made it seem like there may be additional suitors, but you have to wonder how much of that is a ploy to drive up Robert Quinn‘s price.
Grier also mentions that if the team “has to keep him, we will”, but I believe that’s the general manager side of him talking in hopes of maintaining leverage in any trade. A team rebuilding for 2020 isn’t looking to absorb a ~$11m cap hit in 2019.
Unfortunately for us, this guy wasn’t one of those GMs available:
Bill Belichick drinking orange juice. Yes, this photo is important. pic.twitter.com/LOdxMgJxzt
— NFL Humor (@NFLHumor) March 22, 2016
Miami’s Primary Objective – The Secondary
Supplementing a strength vs. thinly spreading resources – Miami attacks its most important position in the defensive backfield
The hallmark of a championship roster in the National Football League is comprised of two ingredients – a quality quarterback, and a universally recognizable identity.
January’s final four offers the latest data point. Four top-shelf quarterbacks and four teams defined by dominant factions elsewhere on the 53-man roster. Whether it was Kansas City’s loaded play-making unit, New England’s swarming secondary, or the Saints and Rams relentless ground-game, each contender can point to one dependable, defining feature that carried these clubs to Lombardi’s doorstep.
The ultimate champion (New England Patriots) re-stocked the trophy case with its sixth Lombardi in 2018. The NFL’s anomaly for two decades is fueled by chameleon-like reinvention, while the other 31 compete amid a similar formula.
Four quarterbacks have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl dating back to the 2003 season. Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and one fluke showing by Joe Flacco comprises the entirety of Lamar Hunt trophies for the past 16 years. Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson; the NFC is no stranger to star power at the game’s most important position.
So we can all agree – the quarterback is the main course of the Super Bowl meal. The next fillet mignon served without a side dish will be the first, however.
Seattle’s Legion of Boom was one yard away from back-to-back titles. Denver’s dominant 2015 Super Bowl team was spearheaded by a pass rush that unleashed Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, and Malik Jackson from three separate angles. The saviors of the ’72 perfect season (2007 Giants) slowed a record-setting offense with a fierce four-man rush.
This is the portion of the article where we introduce Brian Flores’ Miami Dolphins.
We know that 2019 isn’t about collecting wins for the ‘Phins – it’s about building a foundation for continued success. A departure from the old model of patching together a 10-win team every two presidential terms.
The first step to this process is excepting that quarterback isn’t arriving this year. With Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins likely out of reach, Miami can shift its focus to the side dish – the identifying feature.
While other portions of the roster are under-cooked, the defensive backfield is only in need of a pinch of seasoning.
Xavien Howard is set to cash in with a mega-extension that will pay the lockdown cornerback more money than any player at his position. Minkah Fitzpatrick hit the ground running from the first game of his rookie campaign.
Supplementing Howard and Fitzpatrick is not only the easy choice, it’s easily executable. The strength of this year’s draft class is the vast number of elite defensive line prospects. Miami, picking 13th, falls just outside the range to land one of the surefire, instant-impact, front-seven players.
The next best feature of the 2019 rookie class is the glut of defensive backs that figures to come off the board in the 20-60 range. Box safeties, center fielders, perimeter corners and slot specialists; the time is now for Miami to go from “pretty good secondary,” to the league’s new no-fly zone as early as 2020.
The Draft Network’s cumulative big board has 10 defensive backs in its 20-60 range with three DBs in the top-20. The veritable side-dish offering is comparable to options available on the menu at The Cheesecake Factory – choices, choices, choices.
Miami’s new scheme is going to be defensive back driven – just as Flores had it in New England. He learned this philosophy from Bill Belichick who shares the same principles with Nick Saban. Create a pass rush with clever blitzes, games, and gap integrity, and lockdown the backend of the defense with solid cover-corners on the outside, safeties that can matchup in coverage, and range in man-free calls.
Patrick Chung is defined as the Patriots strong safety. He played 396 reps in man-coverage acting as a pseudo-cornerback in 2018.
Devin McCourty is New England’s free safety. He played 204 snaps in coverage as a corner.
Duron Harmon, the third safety, is strictly a sub-package middle-of-the-field patrolman – 526 of his 694 snaps were as the deep safety.
The three safeties accounted, respectively, for 85%, 96%, and 61% of the New England’s total defensive snaps in 2018
In Miami, Fitzpatrick is perfectly suited for one of these roles – likely the one occupied by McCourty. Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald don’t cover well enough to (46th and 75th graded coverage safeties by Pro Football Focus in 2018) to properly execute this defense.
With both veterans commanding large pay days in the coming years, and generally miscast in the defense, it’s safe to assume their futures are elsewhere.
This leaves the Dolphins with Howard, Fitzpatrick, Bobby McCain, and a bevy of unproven young corners in this ultra-important position group.
Hardly a Da Vinci Code riddle, Miami needs its Chung, Harmon, and a suitable corner opposite Howard. In 2019, again, since wins aren’t the primary objective, we’ll allow Eric Rowe first crack at the job with Cordrea Tankersley, Cornell Armstrong, Torry McTyer and Jalen Davis to compete for the right to replace Rowe if and when he suffers another injury.
Even less complex, Miami’s desire to trade out of the 13th pick is well-documented. Recouping an additional second-round pick, and sliding back into the 20’s is not only a possibility, it’s a probability this April.
And, with that, we devise this plan:
The Patrick Chung Role:
Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State – The human missile plays the game at a different speed while somehow staying in full control as a tackler. His angles are exceptional, he can blitz off the edge, and he’s more than adept at coming down to cover in single-high safety packages.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida – Rangier than Abram, CGJ excelled in man-coverage in 2018. He fits either of the two roles (Chung and Harmon) but his matchup coverage skills make it tough to take him off the field. Patriots Beat Writers are raving about his fit in the New England scheme, proving his value for Miami as well.
Nasir Adderley, Delaware – Like CGJ, Adderley has range to play the middle of the field, but he’s a first-round pick and 85% snaps type of player. Suited for either of these two roles, Adderley played cornerback in college so his matchup skills are right in-line with what Miami needs.
The Duron Harmon Role:
Juan Thornhill, Virginia – Thornhill won the combine with jaw-dropping jumping and timed metrics. His tape would suggest that he’s not the best fit for cover-1 but his closing speed and testing metrics showcase his elite deep-coverage. He, like Adderley, played cornerback early in his college career.
Deionte Thompson, Alabama – Speed, range, and elite ball skills put Thompson in-play here, but he takes the cheese a little too often.
Peaking at New England’s top defensive snap-takers in 2018, the thinking is clear. Defensive backs make up the majority of the reps on defense meaning we need bodies, a lot of them, on the back end.
|LB||Kyle Van Noy||946|
Five of the top eight snap takers came from the secondary. Miami will undoubtedly need to find its Van Noy and Flowers, but we’ll tackle that later.
Give me Jonathan Abram and Juan Thornhill in the first two rounds, an extension for Howard, and utilizing Minkah Fitzpatrick as the Swiss Army Knife, and let’s go.
It’s Miami’s best defensive position (two blue chip players (X and Minkah)). It’s one of the draft’s deepest positions as far as scheme fits and immediate impact players. If the Dolphins can execute this plan, then drop the quarterback into the fold in 2020 with carefully placed free agents, this rebuild doesn’t have to be a three-year process. With 11 picks in the 2020 class, and likely more coming, supplementing the trenches comes a year later.
Even in this practice, we still have second and third-round picks to address the lines. Rounding out the two-day 2019 mock draft in this scenario gives us something like this:
- (24) S Johnathan Abram – Mississippi State
- (35) DE Chase Winovich – Michigan
- (48) S Juan Thornhill – Virginia
- (79) OLB Justin Hollins – Oregon
This plan allows Miami to find out what it has with its young corners, defensive linemen, and interior offensive linemen en route to finding the quarterback in 2020. If Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage are as formidable as I think they’ll be, this sounds like a vessel primed to be captained by Georgia’s Jake Fromm.
A running game is said to be the quarterback’s best friend, but a defense that can consistently keep the opposition around 20 points per game alleviates a lot of pressure of your young signal caller.
Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love, whoever it is, asking the newly minted franchise quarterback to engineer three touchdown drives per game is the right recipe. It’s a recipe not just for immediate success, but sustained success.
Just as Stephen Ross wants it.
Dolphins Quarterback Prospect Film Room: Dwayne Haskins
The entire industry of draft scouting is propped up by projection. Anybody can read a box score, point to a highlight reel, or regurgitate the words of any on-air analyst, but it’s the ability to identify traits, and room for growth within those traits, that makes for the best scouts.
Dwayne Haskins is the ultimate projection player – his one season as a starter at Ohio State suggests as much. Starting off the season with some less than impressive tape, Haskins turned it on during at the most crucial point of the Buckeyes season.
Cumulatively, Haskins’ stat sheet was other-worldly. One of three mega-impressive Heisman candidates (along with presumed 2019 first overall pick Kyler Murray, and overwhelming favorite to be the first pick in 2020, Tua Tagovailoa), Haskins rivalry game (Michigan)and post-season (Northwestern and Washington) numbers elevated him into that exclusive club back in December.
Haskins turns 22 a week following next month’s draft. His body composition tells an unfinished story. A simple glance at some remaining baby fat is quite the indicator that this young man hasn’t even fully developed. Haskins is a studious worker both in the classroom and in the weight room leaving plenty of meat on the bone for whichever coach gets his hands on this impressive quarterback.
The combine didn’t do any favors for Haskins’ stock. We’ll showcase his heavy feet in some clips momentarily, but his forty-yard dash was up there with the offensive linemen (5.07). Still, the ball jumps off his hand and that was the primary takeaway from his workouts both in Indianapolis and Columbus during his pro day.
Now the Head Coach at Ohio State, Ryan Day (Haskins’ Offensive Coordinator), has spoken at length about Haskins’ leadership. In this article written back in August, Day praises the growth Haskins showed going from backup to starter during the 2018 spring and summer process.
“His leadership had to step up and he’s done that,” Day said. “Throughout practice he’s gotten stronger, especially from the spring.”
Day made an appearance on the Move the Sticks podcast back on March 6 of this year. Asked about Day’s background as a quarterback and the challenges of getting young quarterbacks ready to play, Day responded with the following.
Paraphrasing – “So much of Dwayne coming on this year was done leading up to the season. Understanding of protections and defensive structure, how to attack coverages and how the footwork times up with the progressions.”
A point of contention on the Locked On Dolphins podcast (via Brian Flores and Chris Grier themselves) has focused on the mental aptitude of the quarterback. Day continues to glow about Haskins jump in that department during the 2018 season when Bucky Brooks asked what it is that makes Dwayne such a special talent.
“His innate accuracy is among the best I’ve ever seen and I was around Matt Ryan at Boston College. The anticipation and touch is similar. He has a great feel for what’s going on in front of him. He’s really embraced the classroom and I thought he did a really good job with that, especially late in the season. He doesn’t get rattled and nothing is too big for him.”
Brooks continued the questioning with an inquiry about Haskins ability to raise to the level of franchise quarterback, the biggest stage for a quarterback.
“He’ll do great. It’s not [going to] happen overnight. Every day I think he’ll learn something because you never fail, you either win or you learn and he’s done well with that approach.”
The next question brought back the most intriguing answer – it was framed, “what’s the one thing that you absolutely love about [Haskins] and what NFL teams will love about him when they dig down deep and meet him?”
Day responded, “His overall spirit. He’s been raised the right way, his heart is in the right place, he cares about the people around him and he wants to be great. He will be ready for everything you throw at him, that’s the kind of kid he is.”
There is a connection that links Haskins to Miami. Ryan Day mentioned being on the Boston College staff with Matt Ryan in the interview with the MTS podcast. Day’s coaching path rerouted away from BC from 2005 to 2007, but Day was a graduate assistant in 2003 while Dolphins Current Head Coach, Brian Flores, was a played for the Golden Eagles.
So what about Haskins film? That’s why you click on this link, so let’s dive in.
Michigan State Game (More videos inside Twitter thread)
Dwayne Haskins vs. Michigan State – audio on. pic.twitter.com/LFfQjDeK3R
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) March 21, 2019
Northwestern (More videos inside Twitter thread)
Haskins vs Northwestern (Big 10 title game) pic.twitter.com/LWhmxqh8rX
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) March 21, 2019
Purdue (More videos inside Twitter thread)
Haskins vs Purdue pic.twitter.com/NaS07Mdxud
— DolphinsQBgifs (@DolphinsQBgifs) March 21, 2019
Strengths – Advanced from processing standpoint. Generates good spin via quality mechanics and torque both stationary and on the move. Can alter his release point when off-platform to maintain accuracy. Innate ability to recognize coverage and the routes designed to attack that coverage. Trusts his eyes and will play-off the defensive leverage against man, and plays with anticipation against zone coverage. Big time arm that opens up the entire playbook and forces the defense to cover the entire field.
Weaknesses – Mobility and throwing against pressure are not up to speed. Compromised pockets often alter his mechanics which can lead to over-throws and turnovers. No change of direction skills, often gets caught in quicksand in the pocket. Limited ability to step up and away from the rush.
Final Word – The potential for a quality starter is in there. He will only grow and improve with the more football he sees. If the right team drafts him (terrific offensive line and innovative play caller) he can become a star. If he goes into a situation with poor protection, he won’t make it to his second contract.
The Dolphins definitely should NOT trade up to draft Haskins. If he’s there at 13, it’s certainly worth considering, but the situation in Miami is not currently suitable for the things Haskins struggles with.
- Chris Grier Updates Status of Miami Dolphins March 25, 2019
- Miami’s Primary Objective – The Secondary March 24, 2019
- Dolphins Quarterback Prospect Film Room: Dwayne Haskins March 22, 2019
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