If Day 1 of the NFL draft taught us patience, Day 2 taught us both hope and bewilderment.
After initially trading down in the 2nd-round (originally 48th-overall), allowing the Miami Dolphins to obtain an additional 2nd-round pick in 2020 from the New Orleans Saints, the team went ahead and shipped that new 2nd-round pick (62nd-overall) along with their 5th-round pick in 2019 to the Arizona Cardinals for former first-round quarterback Josh Rosen.
Full terms, per source:
Dolphins trade: Pick 62
Cardinals trade: QB Josh Rosen, a 2020 fifth-rounder.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 27, 2019
There are so many aspects that play into this acquisition. What would have been an exciting draft night if Rosen was acquired last year turned into a somber occasion for some fans, and a reason to celebrate for others.
I guess it depends on how you personally view Rosen and how strongly you feel about the quarterback position. There are so many aspects that play into this trade, that I don’t think we’ll be able to judge if it’s successful or not for a few years.
Check out everything that goes into this acquisition down below:
History of Ineptitude, Future of Prosperity
Before we tackle the amazing value Miami received in this trade, let’s remind ourselves just how lost we’ve been as a franchise since Dan Marino.
I’m not going to list every incompetent quarterback this team has marched out there, but we are all aware that the only reason Miami has been mediocre the past two decades is due to the most prominent position on their roster being average at best.
It wasn’t too long ago that we were all clamoring for Miami to do whatever it took to solve the quarterback position. We were all done with Ryan Tannehill, fed up with the pathetic plug-and-plays like Jay Cutler, Trent Green and Joey Harrington, and tired of hoping our backup (Matt Moore mainly) could supplant our starter.
So Chris Grier went ahead and did something about it…and now there’s a large contingency of fans that are upset?
Unfollow your Ex in the morning and post a picture with your new girl the same night.
Josh Rosen, a straight savage. pic.twitter.com/x2G61bKLhC
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) April 27, 2019
This is where our inept history clashes with our hope for a prosperous future.
Without taking into account the 2020 QB class and the potential roster you need around them, acquiring Rosen can only be a good thing for Miami.
A former first-round pick who is projected to be a better player than most of the quarterbacks that came out in 2019, Rosen doesn’t have the shiny aura brand new draftees have, but unless previous scouting reports across the board are completely wrong, Rosen, on the surface, appears like the better player.
Add in a year of NFL experience along with a humbling journey from becoming widely desired (Arizona traded up to get him in 2018) to being largely unwanted, and you have a quarterback that is looking to instantly succeed so they can prove every doubter wrong.
We just wonder if Miami will even have the chance to properly evaluate him….
Playing with Players That Make Plays or “Playmakers”?
Out from all the dry heat in Arizona to the sunny and boisterous Miami beach, Rosen certainly upgraded his surroundings from yesterday morning to yesterday evening.
“It was an opportunity to add more competition and talent at the position in terms of creating that competitive environment,” – GM Chris Grier
Read More >> https://t.co/WMO8DZ4ox9
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 27, 2019
But other than beautiful beaches and a wild nightlife, did Rosen really step into a better situation?
After a rookie season worse than all the other 1st-round picks from the 2018 quarterback class, most excused Rosen’s performance due to the team that was built around him.
- “No playmakers!”
- “How can he succeed with a porous offensive line!?”
- “There’s no way you can get a clear read on him after last season!”
So we all clamor to potential and hope while ignoring the evidence before us.
I don’t want to discredit his lack of playmakers and porous offensive line affecting his play, but what exactly is Rosen getting into when he comes to Miami?
We have no idea who will be stationed where on the right side of the offensive line. Daniel Kilgore is returning from tearing his triceps at the age of 31 and was average at his best before that. Michael Deiter can provide the Dolphins with a solid starter at left guard, but we have absolutely no idea how he’ll perform.
At best, we have two starters on the left side and one starter roaming the right side of the line (Jesse Davis). And you’re only confident in one of those 4 players anyway (Laremy Tunsil).
From a porous offensive line to a leaky offensive line, it already seems like we have to institute the same “he has no OL” excuse in 2019.
Inside the #AZCardinals organization, there was frustration about OC Mike McCoy’s lack of creativity, inability to get David Johnson going, questions about how much he was putting on Josh Rosen’s plate. Going into last night’s game, players knew it was time. McCoy fired today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 19, 2018
Kenyan Drake is a pretty good running back, but David Johnson is better.
Larry Fitzgerald is 35 years old, yet he is still a better receiver than anyone on the Dolphins roster.
- Virtually no tight ends
- One reliable speed receiver (Kenny Stills)
- An unreliable big man (DeVante Parker)
And a whole lot of hope with the other positions (mainly Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant being able to return from their injuries without missing a step).
We can claim we have the better receiving options – and overall that is true – but going from one of the worst receiving rooms to a below-average receiving room may not be enough of an upgrade to benefit Rosen.
If Rosen threw for just 2278 yards and a 55.2 completion percentage last season, it better damn well be because of that offensive line, because Ryan Tannehill threw for 3294 yards and a 58.3 completion percentage his rookie year, and his best receiving options were Davone Bess and Brian Hartline.
Josh Rosen also had 3 college seasons under his belt while Tannehill had just one.
Miami Dolphins installed as 3/2 favorite to acquire Josh Rosen (https://t.co/WPHOXthwNo)
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 26, 2019
Each quarterback and each situation is different, but you can’t harp on Tannehill’s performance while excusing Rosen’s simply because one player offers hope and the other has already given us an answer.
My main reason for being skeptical of this trade centers around the same insane cycle we’ve been on throughout the Tannehill tenure.
What was our annual excuse with Tannehill? We couldn’t properly read the quarterback after 7 seasons because he never had more than 3 seconds to make a decision behind an anemic offensive line.
How are we going to properly evaluate Rosen after 1 season when he’s in the same boat Tannehill was in? How can you convince me we will be able to properly evaluate Rosen to the point that we can either skip on a QB in 2020 or confidently take one in next year’s draft?
This is where the Dolphins won the trade. A former 1st-round quarterback obtained for a very low 2nd-round pick and a 5th-round pick the following year? I’ll make that trade nearly every time I want a potential franchise QB!
By trading those two picks, Miami obtained:
- Potential franchise QB
- (if not a franchise QB) Very good backup for cheap
- Future trade chip
Getting a potential franchise quarterback is the perfect reason to make the trade, but even when you take into account the “worst” outcome of this trade, it really isn’t all that dismal.
MIA got Rosen (#10 last yr) & a 5th in 2020
ARI got #62
ARI already paid all the big $ for Rosen. He'll cost MIA ONLY $6.3M over the next 3 yrs.
Miami MAULED the Cardinals in value. Absolutely INSANE.
All because people didn't understand the CONTEXT of Rosen's 2018 season.
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 27, 2019
Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the Saints for a 3rd-round pick last year, and that was after he failed to play meaningful NFL snaps for 2 full seasons. Sam Bradford continued to receive $20m contracts based off of potential alone. Guys like Matt Flynn and Mike Glennon make out like bandits – all because teams “hope” they found the right quarterback.
If Miami sits Rosen on the bench behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, his value seemingly grows. You have teams that will wonder “what if Rosen’s potential isn’t tapped” and try and make a play for a quarterback they know Miami doesn’t need.
So you traded a 2nd-round pick and a 5th-round pick for, say, a 4th-round pick in 2020? That’s not a win, but that’s not a terrible result either.
Where you have to weigh Rosen’s value is on how it affects the rest of the roster. Did Miami just screw themselves over by failing to put a “team” around Rosen?
Personally, I wanted to build the offensive line before getting ourselves a new quarterback.
I know that’s counter-productive to setting your franchise up for success (I did just post an article about Miami doubling-down in 2019 and 2020, so this fits right up that alley), but how successful can this franchise be with a “potential” quarterback when they can’t keep him upright long enough to complete more than a bubble screen?
This is the kind of logic that nets us Jake Long instead of Matt Ryan, but Josh Rosen isn’t anywhere near what Matt Ryan was coming out of college.
I’m getting flashbacks of Ryan Tannehill’s uncertainty all over again, except this time it comes at the expense of potential OL or DE solutions in round 2.
On the surface, the Miami Dolphins obtained Josh Rosen for PHENOMENAL value, but how valuable is a franchise quarterback without a team to protect him? We’re going to certainly find out this season…
What Does it Mean for 2020?
The fear most of us (that didn’t want Rosen) currently have is that acquiring Josh Rosen eliminates the opportunity to draft a quarterback in 2020.
"This is singlehandedly the worst trade in the history of the Miami Dolphins." 🗣️
— DAZN CA (@DAZN_CA) April 27, 2019
While it does “hurt” that idea somewhat, it doesn’t eliminate Miami from taking a new QB in next year’s draft.
With a treasure trove of draft picks (counting for compensatory picks, Miami is up to 13 picks in 2020), the Dolphins should have the ability to trade up and select a quarterback – assuming they find a trade partner willing to give up the chance to draft one of those quarterback prospects. Not the safest of assumptions.
If they do find a trade partner, or find themselves drafting high enough to begin with, you’re right back to where you started with the plan 48 hours ago. Except now you have a potential franchise quarterback (2020 pick) with a phenomenal backup in tow.
What you don’t have is a team around that 2020 quarterback – and that’s where things can get interesting. How many of those 2020 draft picks did they have to give up to move up for their QB?
I assume they’ll be able to build their roster next year, but if 6 of those 13 picks go to the new team in 2020, what kind of roster are we going to build?
Did we not only waste Rosen’s 1 year trying to settle down the rest of our lineup, but the rookie year of our new franchise quarterback as well?
There are so many questions heading into the 2019 season. Most of us feared we would be in for a boring ride; instead, we’re all biting our fingernails hoping the Dolphins have a legitimate plan to get out of this mediocrity. For now, that plan starts with rooting for Josh Rosen.
Miami Dolphins 2019 Training Camp Guide – Safeties
Over the next two weeks, Locked On Dolphins will bring you your one-stop shop for all things Miami Dolphins 2019 training camp
Game-By-Game Predictions Part 1 – 7/24 (Part 2 coming in September)
For the majority of the Ryan Tannehill era, the Dolphins entered training camp as dark horse candidates to seize a wildcard playoff berth. Things have changed for the worse in 2019, but the step backward comes with the hopes of constructing a perennial AFC East contender capable of winning games in January.
That’s the big-picture snapshot of the Miami Dolphins rebuild. In the interim, however, establishing the core principles of the Brian Flores program, as well as developing young talent, both capture the forefront of this year’s training camp objectives.
Over the next two weeks, we will get you familiar with each player on the roster. With biographies, quick-hitter scouting notes, and a prediction on the player’s ultimate role on the 2019 Dolphins, this serves as your guide for Miami’s summer practice session.
Cross-training promises to serve as the buzz phrase of this rendition of Dolphins camp. No position offers more dual functionality than safety, especially in a defense undergoing sweeping schematic changes.
In the past, the safety spots have been directionally based, opposed to the traditional strong and free distinctions. This round-peg-in-a-square-hole philosophy led to frustration; so much so that Miami’s longest-tenured defensive player pulled himself from a game last November.
Now, these safeties will have specific roles designated to suit their respective strengths. The universal trait of the group will be the ability to come down and cover the slot, tight ends, and running backs.
Tony Oden is one of two holdovers from the previous staff. Oden has been coaching defensive backs since 1996, including a GA stop at Brian Flores’ alma mater Boston College.
Reshad Jones – 9 years of service (10th in MIA)
Opening Day Age: 31.5
Contract Details: 3 years remaining, $35M total, $13M guaranteed
Jones’ absence was the story of voluntary organized team activities. Amidst rampant trade rumors, Jones was present for mandatory work and an understanding has, apparently, been achieved between he and Coach Flores.
Jones is still a punishing hitter that excels defending both the strong and weak-side C-gaps on the defense. This scheme will put him back in a familiar situation playing in close to the line-of-scrimmage and sending him on a variety of run and pass blitzes. Jones played single-high, 20 yards off the ball, far too often last season.
Declining coverage ability, the occasional poor angle, and considerable medical concerns all add up to an uncertain future for Jones in Miami. The age and contract aren’t doing Jones’ long-term prospects any favors either.
Gotta love Reshad Jones. pic.twitter.com/gUs18ktATh
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) December 24, 2017
2019 Projected Role: Strong Safety, 100% snap-taker
Bobby McCain – 4 years of service (5th in MIA)
Opening Day Age: 26.0
Contract Details: 4 years remaining, $22M total, $9M guaranteed
After a stellar 2017 season, injuries and position changes led to a down year for McCain. Among the game’s best slot corners two years ago, McCain was rewarded with a new contract, but he was outplayed in the slot by 2018 rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick. In 2019, the two could be interchangeable working in slot coverage and as a single-high safety (as well as two-deep looks).
This scheme utilizes three safeties the majority of the defense’s snaps. McCain could serve as the middle of the field man in those three-safety packages, and come down in two-slot looks for man-coverage responsibilities.
McCain is a terrific leader, astute tackler, and an occasionally effective blitzer.
Let’s start it off with Bobby McCain. Man up with one of the game’s best. Engages, breaks it up – this is teaching tape. pic.twitter.com/aDEHjNBtFf
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) December 6, 2017
2019 Projected Role: Free Safety, Slot Corner 85% snap-taker
T.J. McDonald – 6 years of service (3rd in MIA)
Opening Day Age: 28.4
Contract Details: 3 years remaining, $17M total, $3.6M guaranteed
With one more year of guaranteed salary, McDonald needs to successfully transition into a new role to have a future in Miami. Inexplicably taking the job previously manned by Reshad Jones, McDonald’s inclusion into the defense wasn’t a positive one.
No longer among the top four, or even five, defensive backs on the roster, McDonald will come onto the field in sub-packages. He’s effective working downhill and should provide Miami’s dime package with a quality tackler and sound cover-man in the underneath shell.
McDonald robs Darnold on the INT. pic.twitter.com/J1Mc5jjusB
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) September 18, 2018
2019 Projected Role: Third Safety, Dime Linebacker (Dollar) 60% snap-taker
Maurice Smith – 2 years of service (3rd in MIA)
Opening Day Age: 24.3
Contract Details: 1 year remaining, $645K total, $0 guaranteed
It’s difficult to assess Smith’s value the last couple of years. He rarely made it onto the field, but that could just be another indictment of incompetent coaching. At his best, Smith plays the robber role, dislodges footballs, and steps in front of intermediate passes.
With 10 players acquired in the secondary since Smith arrived in Miami, he has an uphill battle to fend off the newcomers for a job, but he has another year remaining of practice squad eligibility.
2019 Projected Role: Camp cut, practice squad
2019 Dolphins Safeties at a Glance:
The decision to forego any acquisitions at safety this offseason was surprising. The most important position in the defense, Miami comes up a couple of bodies short unless McCain’s conversion is a success. He’s a bit undersized for the position, but he offers the instincts, tackling, and ball skills to provide some promise.
Jones’ role, and subsequent impact on the defense, is one of the more intriguing storylines of the year for the Dolphins.
With a lot of questions and fewer solutions, this group could be in for more changes next offseason.
Miami Dolphins sign cornerback Tyler Patmon
The Miami Dolphins have filled out the final roster spot by signing a familiar face: Tyler Patmon
After a Sunday night visit on July 21st, the Dolphins have officially signed cornerback Tyler Patmon. The corner was with the team during the 2015 season but failed to leave his mark during his first stint with the team.
Tyler Patmon has, however, managed to keep his career chugging along with time spent in Dallas in 2014 and 2015 and Jacksonville in 2017 and 2018.
The news was broken on Twitter by the official DEC Management account, who represents Patmon.
— DEC Management (@davidcanter) July 22, 2019
The team makes reference to Patmon’s first attempt with the team, but this time should be a better fit for Patmon considering the team’s roster makeup. With a few more years of experience under his belt, Patmon stands a better chance of getting a foothold and making an impact.
Tyler Patmon is also a special signing because of his being the 91st player under contract. The Dolphins have found some value in signing a player internationally, which has allowed them the ability to sign Patmon as a bonus player.
The Tyler Patmon the signing gives the Dolphins 91 players. Reminder that Durval Neto’s position on the roster allows Miami to keep the extra player courtesy of the Internarjonal Pathway Program roster exemption rule.
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) July 22, 2019
I can’t say for certain if Patmon will ultimately end up on the final 53-man roster. My initial inclination is that it’ll be an uphill battle, but stranger things have happened. He might be able to step in and make some waves with the experience he has over some of the younger defensive backs.
Remember The Dolphins (Part 3: The 2010s)
True. The final chapter of the Dolphins’ current decade has not yet been written.
At the dawn of the 2019 training camp, the stars of Miami’s 2019 Super Bowl Champion team have not yet emerged and had their names stamped into the NFL history books.
But going by on the widely-held assumption that the Miami Dolphins figure to be at the very bottom of the league in 2019, we’ll draw a line under the decade of the 2010’s as the Dolphins begin their ‘hard’ reboot to bring the franchise back to glory.
In this third part of our Remember The Dolphins series, we’ll trudge up some painful recent memories by taking a look back at the years 2010-2018 and try to pick out those individuals who perhaps deserve some more recognition for the part they played despite the team’s overall lack of success.
For the Miami Dolphins, the 2010’s was a decade filled with unfortunate drama. The Jonathan Martin bullying fiasco; Richie Incognito; the resulting ever-changing revolving doors which built the offensive line; Mike Pouncey’s “Free Hernandez” hat; Dion Jordan; overpaid Free Agents; terrible draft picks; Chris Foerster bringing his out-of-office habits into the team facility; Brent Grime’s wife; a queezy, litter-picking coach; Vontae Davis’ grandma; the “Go” and Go, Go” offense; Matt Burke’s incomprehensible defensive scheme; and last but by no means least, Adam Gase.
It was not exactly a fun-packed decade for fans.
From one year to the next, the 2010’s barraged the Dolphins with national embarrassment off the field and an on-field product which no one could quite figure out.
The 2010’s undoubtedly will be most remembered, for better or worse (depending on which side you sit) for the Ryan Tannehill years.
Landing in the NFL as a franchise’s heralded saviour is generally tough enough. But landing in a city already drowning in football mediocrity, with a fanbase tired of the lacklustre QB carousel and desperately thirsty for a leading passer under the scorching South Florida sunshine was inevitably going to be a recipe for division among fans.
Add in the ever-present shadow of Dan Marino and the unforeseen successes of other young QBs around the league and anything less than spectacular would be deemed a failure.
And that is the past decade of Dolphins in a nutshell…
Cameron Wake was nothing short of awesome as the team’s premier defensive player and remains a living legend, seemingly ready to finish his career in Tennessee. It’s scary to think that Wake spent 10 years with the Dolphins (2009-2018) in which he started 126/146 games, accumulated 98.0 sacks, 358 combined tackles, 97 tackles for loss and 213 QB hits. As Dolfans, we have just witnessed the end of the most successful Dolphins tale of the decade. But that alone was not enough to gain the team anything more than one playoff game.
Save for a handful of highlight performances in 2016 to drag Miami to the playoffs, including Jay Ajayi’s back-to-back 200 yard games and Andrew Franks’ overtime field goal over the Bills on Christmas Eve, the Dolphins continued their desperate struggle for success for another decade.
2010 started badly for Head Coach Tony Sparano, then entering his 3rd year. Chad Henne (301 of 490) threw for 3301 yards, 15 TDs and 19 INTs. The Dolphins had broken the bank to bring in WR, Brandon Marshall to help in Henne’s development and aid a struggling offense. Although Marshall hauled in 1014 yards, a lowly 3 TDs was the ultimate result. The Dolphins found themselves sitting at 30th in the league in points scored and achieved a 7-9 record.
Things didn’t exactly improve quickly, if at all.
2011 saw the firing of Coach Sparano who was temporarily replaced by defensive co-ordinator, Todd Bowles after a 4-9 start to finish 6-10.
2012 saw the arrival of Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill which produced a now-familiar 7-9 record. The QB/HC relationship lasted 3.5 years and left everyone a “little queezy”.
The Dolphins scraped .500 records in 2013 and 2014 before falling to 6-10 in 2015 under the final year of Philbin’s reign.
Nothing of note had begun to shine out from the shadows of mediocrity and the patience of Miami fans was beyond tested.
Enter, Adam Gase.
The Peyton-Manning-endorsed offensive ‘genius’ arrived in 2016 taking the Dolphins to the playoffs despite a season-ending knee injury to the starting QB. And whilst the victories of 2016 weren’t repeated, the rare taste of playoffs had bought Gase enough stature that even the team’s brightest stars weren’t safe from his methods and relationships continued to sour to the point of breaking and eventual trade.
Jarvis Landry had stolen headlines with some highlight-reel catches and was unanimously adored by the Dolphins fanbase. Jay Ajayi had bulldozed his way into the history books before his relationship with the head coach turned to ash. Both players were quickly gone, uncerimoniously – their departures embodying the Dolphins’ constant inability of retaining success.
A number of players publicly spoke out against Adam Gase, as prime examples of what the Dolphins had become at their core – divided, unstable and without direction.
But looking back over the dysfunction of the 2010’s, let’s try to pick a handful of names out of the rubble who (outside of the Miami Miracle) deserve to be looked at in a brighter, warmer light and be remembered despite the team’s on-field and off-field failures.
Position: Running Back
The Saints’ 2nd overall pick of the 2006 draft found his way to Miami in his 6th year, following a trade with the Saints in July 2011. That season, he provided a spark of electricity to Miami’s offense and rushed for 1000+ yards for the first time in his career and scored 6 rushing TDs with an average of 5.0 yards per carry. Bush remained with the Dolphins for 2 years (2011-2012) and despite having been labelled as injury prone during his time in New Orleans, managed to be a dependable on-field presence, rushing for 2072 yards and 12 TDs as a Dolphin, whilst hauling in a further 588 receiving yards and 3 TDs. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of The Week in 2011 following a 203 yard performance against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15.
Position: Running Back
The homegrown running back was drafted in the fourth round by the Dolphins in 2012 out of the University of Miami, sharing his rookie year with Reggie Bush. By his second season, Miller had adopted the starting role, but it wasn’t until 2014 when he really began to find his feet out of the Dolphins’ backfield. Miller’s totals of 1099 rushing yards and 8 TDs in 2014 remain his career highs, with a highlight 97 yard TD run against the Jets on 28 December 2014. Over the course of his 4 years in Miami, Miller started 48/61 games and rushed for 2930 yards and 19 TDs whilst catching 117 passes for 887 yards and a further 3 scores, before signing a 4-year $26m deal with the Houston Texans in March 2016.
Karlos Dansby came to Miami in 2010 after 6 years in the league with the Arizona Cardinals. His final 2 years in Arizona saw him tally 228 combined tackles including 17 for a loss, 5 sacks, 3 INTs and 3 forced fumbles. He was therefore a big-name target for the Dolphins in 2010 to help solidify the linebacker group under Tony Sparano. Dansby joined the Dolphins on a 5-year, $43m contract which (at the time) was the highest paid contract for an ILB in NFL history. In his 3 years at Miami, Dansby started 45/46 games and racked up 332 combined tackles, 1 INT, 5 forced fumbles and 6 sacks.
Position: Defensive Tackle
An absolute man-mountain, Paul Soliai was drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He became a staple on Miami’s defensive line and spent 7 years in Miami (2007-2013), working his way to a full-time starting spot in 2010. Soliai started 62 of 99 games in his Dolphins career and had a knack for swatting down passes with 12 deflections. A huge body in the middle of the Dolphins defense, Soliai was predominantly a space-eater but also racked up 117 solo tackles (160 combined) including 25 TFLs and 4.5 sacks. He signed with the Falcons in March 2014 and the Panthers in March 2016 before signed a one-day contract to retire as a Miami Dolphin on 19 April 2018.
Position: Wide Receiver
A productive fourth round pick of the Dolphins in 2009, Hartline spent 6 years in Miami (2009-2014). Hartline’s best years came in 2012/2013 following the arrival of Ryan Tannehill and he developed into something of a trusted safety blanket for the young QB and set a Dolphins franchise record for receiving yards (253) in Week 4 of 2012 against the Cardinals. With over 130 targets in each of those years, Hartline caught 150 passes for 2099 yards, but only 5 TDs which is an indication of the team’s lack of productivity in the red zone. Injured early in his career, Hartline started 69 of 92 games in Miami hauling in 4243 yards and 12 TDs with a catch rate of 57.1% and 8.1 yards per target. In the final game of 2014, Hartline suffered a PCL injury which ended his tenure at the Dolphins and a quick year in Cleveland saw the end of Hartline’s NFL career and he is now WR coach at Ohio State.
Position: Wide Receiver
Similar to Hartline (and more recently Jarvis Landry) Davone Bess spent his first NFL years with the Dolphins before being signed by the Cleveland Browns. Arriving with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Hawaii, Bess quickly exceeded expectations. He was primarily positioned at slot receiver until injury forced Greg Camarillo off the field. Bess finished his rookie year positioned 3rd amongst rookie WRs in receptions. During his time as a Dolphin, Bess hauled in 12 TDs and had dependable hands (63.8% catch ratio) with a 6.9 yards-per-target average and he amassed a total of 3447 yards receiving. Bess was traded to the Cleveland Browns in April 2013 before troubling issues saw him placed on the non-football illness list in December 2013 prior to a series of arrests.
After 4 years in Dallas and 2 years in San Diego, Kevin Burnett signed as a Miami Dolphin in July 2011. He started all 32 games at linebacker during his 2 years with Miami (2011-2012) and stole 1 Pick-6, had 5 sacks with 216 combined tackles and 15 TFLs. Although always the truest of professionals, the productive and dependable player was released following the mistake-riddled free agent signings of Darnell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler in March 2013.
Position: Defensive End
I liked Jared Odrick. Generally considered a surprising first round pick (28th overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 2010, he unfortunately suffered a foot injury in October 2010 cutting short his rookie season. Returning with a strong 2011 season, he registered 6 sacks and and an INT as a backup DE and didn’t take himself too seriously, evidence by his very odd Pee Wee Herman sack dance. Odrick spent 5 years in Miami (2010-2014) but suffered with injuries and started only 41 of 65 games. Alongside his INT, Odrick swatted down 11 passes and caused 3 forced fumbles, had 16.5 sacks and 129 combined tackles including 30 for a loss and 47 QB hits. Following his Dolphins career, Odrick spent 2 years in Jacksonville before his retirement after being placed on IR in December 2016.
A fifth round pick (145th overall) by the Dolphins in the 2010, Carroll was seen as a promising rookie and played a considerable amount on special teams. Fans will recall that during a kickoff return on 13 December 2010, Carroll was tripped over on the sidelines by the Jets’ strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi. Carroll was promoted to a starting role in 2012 and over the course of his 4 years in Miami he started 26 of 58 games, grabbed 5 INTs with 23 passes defended, 1 forced fumble and 3 sacks. He racked up 123 combined tackles before signing a 2-year $5m contract with the Eagles in March 2014.
And there we have it.
At the dawn of the 2019 season, with the imminent start of training camp, the Dolphins now have an opportunity to write the decade’s final chapter.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Brian Flores, the Dolphins seek to change the story of their long-term mediocrity. With a young group of talented players ripe for development, we can only hope that many of them will seek to etch their names into the future of Dolphins’ history from 2020 and beyond.
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- Remember The Dolphins (Part 3: The 2010s) July 22, 2019
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