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You Have to Pick One: Brian Flores or Tua Tagovailoa

Travis Wingfield



The data of new coaching hires from the last 15 years does not bode well for the Tank For Tua hive

Hiring a new Head Coach is the result of a plan gone awry. Sure, by the end of the imminently departed coach’s tenure, the fan base is ready to help him pack, but it’s always an az-5 option (a last ditch effort, for those that haven’t seen HBO’s Chernobyl).

Brian Flores has been a breath of fresh air in Miami, but the numbers are stacked against he and his new staff; any new staff, truthfully. Only 33.9% of new coaching hires — since 2004 — have kept said job for five or more years (discounting coaches hired in the last four years since the data isn’t complete).

The Dolphins alone are 0-for-5 in this regard.

Brian Flores is the 10th Dolphins Head Coach this century. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Of the 82 coaching hires since 2004, only 21 coached for a half-decade or more. Of those 21 coaches, only six have hoisted a Lombardi Trophy.

Expectations for Flores and the Dolphins are at an all-time low in 2019. Tanking, or otherwise, the results of first-time head coaches are usually quite poor. Those 82 new coaches have posted a cumulative record of 677-913-1 (.426) in their first season.

Only 37.8% (31-out-of-82) of coaches in this study registered winning career-marks with their respective organizations. One-and-done coaches make up 12.2% of new coaching hires since 2004 (10-out-of-82).

The good news, championships are prevalent among this group. Eight of the 82 coaches have won Super Bowls (nine in total when counting Tom Coughlin’s two rings). Essentially, new coaching hires this century are either strikeouts or homeruns.

The primary basis for this study was to figure out what Brian Flores’ odds are of surviving a last-place finish in 2019. A lot of pundits, and fans, are pulling for the Dolphins to strikeout this season in order to secure Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, but that will likely come at a cost.

Four coaches have retained their jobs after earning the number-one pick in the draft. Hue Jackson did it twice with the Browns, Lovie Smith with the Bucs, Steve Spagnuolo with the Rams and Jim Schwartz with the Lions.

The combined record post-number-one-pick for those four coaches was 44-91-1 (.326).

You won’t find many folks that are against the idea of Tagovailoa bringing his talents to South Beach, but the history tells us that if that’s the case, Brian Flores likely isn’t the man for the job. And while Flores could certainly survive a disaster season, the data tells us that coaches last-place-finishers aren’t worth retaining.

The last head coach to finish last, retain his job, and go on to win a Super Bowl was Jimmy Johnson.

That was 30 years ago.

It’s [highly likely] that you have to choose one or the other between Flores and Tagovailoa.




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    June 13, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Why even write a stupid article like this? Be positive you sound like Omar. Come on man what the hell you thinking Travis??

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    June 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    If those are facts I will choose Flores for sure and hope we can win as many games as possible this year that will mean that Rosen was the answer to our QB issues and them we can concentrate in upgrading other positions like DL , OL LB with high picks in the next 2 years

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    June 13, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Travis – I see the point of what you wrote however I really don’t think this is an either/or choice. I think the Cowboys example with JJ is a good one. The similarities between them (then) and the Dolphins (now) are fairly close. I personally believe that Flores is the right choice for this organization regardless of win/loss record in 2019. If we do have the worst record, it is somewhat expected and Flores will not be held responsible (by the people who count that is – fans, maybe). Now what he does after that… different story. Just my two cents but… I think Flores will have a long future with this team & I think we will finally address our QB issue to boot. Now whether that’s with Rosen or someone else – TBD.

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    June 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    The numbers are stacked against him and his new staff, not he and his new staff. FYI

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    Jarrad watson

    June 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I’m a fins fan and we just got Josh Rosen I’d be very disappointed with my team if we did this bill crap. Keep new coach and Rosen not tank for tua.

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    Daniel Meehan

    June 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    The reality is don’t fall in love with Tua, because as usual the dolphins are gonna mess this up.

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    June 17, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Tua is a wasted pick. As I said in a previous post….If QB is still something of interest and Rosen doesn’t work out this year, you look to 2020/21 for someone like Trevor Lawrence. He is far superior to Tua in every phase of the game. I’m in the #TurnAwayFromTua camp. No thank you….

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

      So, forgot to type it…. FLORES all day over Tua.

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      November 11, 2019 at 5:31 am

      Trevor Lawrence is not far superior to Tua or even Justin Fields. Stop that talk right now.

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Miami Dolphins Extend DeVante Parker

Jason Hrina



Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

One of the longest-tenured players on the team may very well be a Miami Dolphin for life.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins have extended DeVante Parker through the 2023 season.

All of the details are still being flushed out, but the deal is a 4-year, $40m extension, with an $8m signing bonus (which is guaranteed).

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Parker will earn $4.5m guaranteed in 2020, and $7.7m guaranteed in 2021.

Parker signs this extension in the middle of a career year. His 55 catches are 1 shy of his career-high (56, 2016), his 882 receiving yards surpass his prior career-high by 138 yards (2016), and his 6 touchdowns are only 3 less than his career total coming into the 2019 season.

Whether it’s Chad O’Shea‘s offense, a shift in Quarterback mentality, or the receiver finally coming into his own, Parker has shown that he can be a #1 receiver in this offense. Though some fans may be hoping for DeAndre Hopkins or Odell Beckham Jr. “elite”, the truth is, Parker isn’t that far behind.

His extension is in line with his production, and it’s fair to say that Parker’s potential still hasn’t been tapped. It’ll be interesting to see how much Parker builds off of his career-year, especially if the Dolphins can solidify their offensive line and give their receivers a chance to get open (more often).

Parker joins Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey as the only other 1st-round picks drafted this decade to have signed an extension with the team.

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Miami Dolphins roster move round-up: Week 15 sees several more changes

Shawn Digity



Miami Dolphins Linden Stephens
Linden Stephens defending Los Angeles Rams tight end Johnny Mundt

MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Miami Dolphins continue to change up the roster

The Miami Dolphins have continued their roster churning in Week 15, leading up to their prizefight against the New York Giants on December 15.

While it’s been a mainstay strategy for the Dolphins this year, to comb over the waiver wire and the free agency market, there was a significant uptick in waiver wire awards last, totaling four new players being claimed.

Last week’s claimed players included Trevor Davis, Mack Hollins, Zach Zenner, and Zach Sieler. Zenner’s Miami stint was short-lived; he was waived on Tuesday, December 10 to make room for the newest wave of Dolphins signees.

Along with Zenner’s release, the Miami Dolphins added cornerbacks Ken Webster and Ryan Lewis to the Injured Reserve list.

Those three transactions allowed the Dolphins to scoop a player from the New England Patriots’ practice squad, defensive back Nate Brooks, a second player from the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad, linebacker Jamal Davis II, and a third player, offensive lineman Adam Pankey, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers.

Nate Brooks is a rookie defensive back that played at North Texas and has spent time with the Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.

Jamal Davis II is also a rookie. He entered the league from Akron. As mentioned above, he spent time with the Titans earlier this year before the Miami Dolphins signed him.

Adam Pankey is the most traveled player the Dolphins have added. Pankey went undrafted in 2017 out of West Virginia and has had two runs with the Packers and a short one with the Titans.

On December 7, cornerback Linden Stephens was added to the roster in a last-minute shuffle before the Dolphins-Jets game. Cornerback Chris Lammons was released to make room for Stephens on the squad, per Adam Beasley.

Stephens has had tenures with the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. He formerly played at Cincinnati in college.

In practice squad news, cornerback Rashard Causey was added to the group on December 12, per Safid Deen. Causey played college ball at UCF and has spent time with the Denver Broncos.

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Dolphins Giants Week 15 Preview

Travis Wingfield



Dolphins set to run it back in New York

Who: Dolphins (3-10) @ Giants (2-11)
When: Sunday December 15, 1:00 East
Where: MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, NJ
Weather: 35 degrees, partly cloudy
Vegas Slant: Dolphins +3


The Miami Dolphins did not equip Brian Flores with a competitive roster for the 2019 season. Despite taking a path traveled by nobody else in the league, Miami sits with a better record than three teams in the league, and Sunday will pit the Fins up against one of those teams.

The Giants thought they were constructing a playoff roster that could run the football behind former number-two overall pick Saquon Barkley, and disrupt both the run and pass with an influx of high resources spent on the defensive line.

Even with half the cash payroll of the next lowest team on that notorious list, and 11 of its original opening day starters gone for one reason or another, Miami enter a week-15 road game as mere three-point dogs.

Still, with three or four new bodies working into the rotation every week, Brian Flores’ Dolphins have won three games since the bye week, and been within a score in the fourth quarter for all nine games.

Does either team want to win this game? Of course the players and coaches will want to be rewarded for a long, arduous work week, but what good does a victory do in the grand scheme of things? Flores has proven that he can coach his ass off, while Pat Shurmur is assured to lose his job whatever happens these final three weeks.

The cost, for the Giants, could be Chase Young. For Miami, perhaps even more severe as the best quarterback prospect of the last several years could suddenly be available because of medical concerns, should the team land in the top five.

A victory Sunday will likely remove Miami from that perch as the Lions and Cardinals are both underdogs, and would each jump the Dolphins with a one-game difference in the standings.

The Scheme:


Mike Shula’s scheme is as 11-personnel heavy as any in the league, but things have changed due to injuries. Without Evan Ingram to provide the ultimate flexibility between 11 and 12-personnel packages, the Giants have lacked much variety in his absence. Using 81% one back, one tight end (3rdmost in football), Miami will be afforded the opportunity to get creative on defense altering its pre-snap look from the same package.

The Giants are successful on just 41% of their plays from this personnel grouping, including 12 interceptions, 31 sacks and just 6.6 yards per passing play. New York only runs one other package (12-personnel) and also doesn’t have a lot of success out of that grouping. Adhering to old school principles, the Giants don’t throw from run formations, and the predictability has the Giants averaging just 5.7 YPA from 12-personnel.

The Giants rank 26th in total offense, 22nd in passing, 26th in rushing and 25th in scoring.


James Bettcher is a fan of sending pressure, and he will certainly try to heat up Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday. Fitzpatrick might have the last laugh with his ability to get the ball hot to the interior receivers working in behind the linebackers and winning one-on-one matchups with a young defensive backfield.

The Giants base is a 3-4 look, but elements of that defense are always sparingly used because of the nature of modern day football. Bettcher wants to get pressure out of his outside backers in Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter, using his interior backers in a more traditional, off-ball sense.

New York blitzes 28.7% of the time — exactly the middle of the pack at 16th— but it’s safe to assume they’ll turn that number up on Sunday. The G-Men are in the middle of the pack in hurry rate, knockdown rate and pressure rate. The Giants 94 missed tackles are 13th most in the league.

The Giants rank 27th in total defense 26th in passing, 20th in rushing and 28th in scoring defense.

The Players:


Eli Manning is Eli Manning. The Giants hung onto him for three years too long, and his storied career appears to be coming to an end in three weeks. Filling in for the injured Daniel Jones gives the Miami defense a chance to tee off on a quarterback for the first time since the home win over Sam Darnold and the New York Jets.

Manning can’t move, he can’t drive the ball, and there’s really no reason for him to be on a roster at this point. The Dolphins will hit him, turn him over, and dominate the Giants offense is he plays.

New York funneled a lot of resources into its offensive line, and it’s still one of the worst in football. Miami lacks true pass rushers, so it’ll be up to the stunts and games up front to get pressure. Expect Flores to blitz Manning relentlessly, likely with a lot of zero looks.

Holding Saquon Barkley has been easier for opponents this year. A lot of the Giants running game gets Barkley going horizontally, and he’s been able to make the big plays due to poor blocking and a nasty ankle sprain earlier in the year.

This game will be a big test for Taco Charlton, Vince Biegel, Andrew Van Ginkel, Charles Harris and the rest of the Miami edge players.


Markus Golden stands to wreck this game for Miami. He’ll come down off the offense’s left edge, and that position has been an issue for the Dolphins all year long. Sliding protection and using a back or tight end to chip Golden is the only way Fitzpatrick will have any time to throw.

On the inside, the Giants offer the beef that Miami’s interior line struggles with the most. Dexter Lawrence is massive, and those are the kind of players that give Daniel Kilgore problems up front.

Alec Ogletree remains a focal point of the Giants defense, and that presents a lot of opportunities for the Dolphins. Look for Miami to empty out the backfield from 12 and 11-personnel, find Ogletree in coverage, and go to work.

The New York secondary is full of inexperience. Rookie DeAndre Baker has worn the rabbit hat (teams go after him) all year long while Janoris Jenkins appears to have past his prime.

This is a slow defense and I’d be surprised if Chad O’Shea doesn’t have his way with it in the passing game.

The Medical:

(Coming Friday)

The Opportunities:

If Devante Parker can go, there isn’t a player in the Giants defensive backfield that can handle his skill set. Regardless, Miami’s passing schemes will create opportunities for whichever players are healthy, especially Allen Hurns inside on mismatches from 12-personnel against linebackers. Patrick Laird should draw some favorable matchups in the passing game in his own right — expect a big day for The Intern.

If it’s Eli, expect a lot of pressure sent to overwhelm a bad Giants line and quarterback. If it’s Daniel Jones, expect Miami to play coverage and take the ball away from the rookie. Either way, this is the day the Dolphins defense gets healthy.

The Concerns:

The Giants skill players can make some noise. Darius Slayton’s speed is a problem, and he’s been producing regardless of who’s under center. The Dolphins added yet another pair of defensive backs to the injured reserve, and that’ll provide a challenge against Slayton, Golden Tate and Sterling Sheppard.

Miami haven’t been able to block many pass rushes, and they’ve created almost nothing by way of the ground game, so the Giants talented front is an issue. There will be one-on-one opportunities aplenty for Markus Golden, Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams.

The Projected Outcome:

It doesn’t matter if it’s Daniel Jones or Eli Manning. Both are going to give the Dolphins defense opportunities to take the football away, and neither presents much fear to a unit that is full of undrafted free agents are largely unknowns. Manning doesn’t have the physical traits to scare anyone and Jones is on track for the most turnovers at the position per game of all time. If Jones plays, it will be on a tender ankle that robs the one trait he has — his mobility.

Miami beat the Jets in November in convincing fashion. Every other game since the bye week — with the exception of the Cleveland and Buffalo (home) games — have been white knuckle affairs. This game has the makeup of a blowout, but in favor of the road team.

A bitter, angry team off the loss last week responds to Brian Flores’ message and puts a beating on the Giants.

Dolphins 27
Giants 13


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