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Thoughts on the Dolphins/Ravens Bloodbath

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by KeyFin, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Triggercut

    Triggercut Well-Known Member

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    I guarantee you that if Miami drafts Tua, spends money wisely and draft picks to surround him with talent, the stadium will sell out, repeatedly. Just take some lomotil, watch another team, go away, whatever you gotta do.
     
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  2. Dorfdad

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    I did t like tannenbaum either but what did you expect Ross came into the NFL with no knowledge of running or building a team he thought mike would have given him the best chance to win fast. That didn’t work out and Ross has decided to burn it to the ground and build from scratch. I can’t blame Ross for finally trying something we have needed to do forever.
     
  3. Dol-Fan Dupree

    Dol-Fan Dupree Tank? Who is Tank? I am Guy Incognito.

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    I expected him to try to learn how to do it from experts and improve.

    He has not done that.
     
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  4. Makados10

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    Couple things...

    I believe there was an article that said they approached Gase about the tank... err rebuild and he said no thank you and that's why he was shown the door.

    No self respecting coach would sign up for this. You loose your player's trust and they'll ignore their coach. Flores will not survive the season.

    Ross will fire Grier as the sacrifical lamb for the tank. He'll bring in a new regime for a "fresh" start with picks and cap room.
     
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  5. Losferwords

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    Well we decided to take Jake Wrong instead of a Matt Ryan hence why we slipped back into mediocrity.
     
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  6. Rock Sexton

    Rock Sexton Anti-Homer

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    This will be my only comment this year.

    What we witnessed today was a damn embarrassment. This is the lowest I've ever felt as a fan and I don't care how many draft picks we have next year nor the cap space. There is no way in hell what we saw out there benefits the future of this franchise. Are we really supposed to expect a coaching staff like this - who can't even get the best out of these players - coach up a class of 13+ rookies from next years draft? Are we really supposed to expect there will be a foundation for this incoming mass of rookies to build upon? The product on the field today was not healthy. It was not right. It was an abomination.

    I literally wanted to tweet at their Twitter account "F-You" over and over again. But I didn't and frankly I'm tired of this clown show. They don't deserve my devotion anymore. God bless those of you who can subject yourselves to this for ............ quite honestly I don't know. What do you get out of it? You really like watching a Baltimore team not even back off when they're up 52-10 and attempting to run it down their throats again for another TD?

    I need a break. I'm getting nothing out of this fanhood. Not even small pockets of life inspiration.
     
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  7. Puka-head

    Puka-head My2nd Fav team:___vs Jets Club Member

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    I've watched damn near every Dolphins game since 1970. This one sucked sure as heck. Seen worse, seen better. Gonna see worse, gonna see better.

    Don't have to like it or accept it but...

    To those of you looking to cheer for another team or stop supporting the Phins all I can say is ALOHA! Peace Out! Don't come back when the Phins are champs again.
     
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  8. WestCoast Phins

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    This is exactly right. You can’t judge Flores by one game. You have to see if there is improvement over the course of a month or perhaps the whole season. Let’s see how the team develops. If they are playing better in a month, I will be encouraged by Flores.
     
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  9. djphinfan

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    I’m trying to figure out what what it was that he told us so, that we didn’t already know?

    You have any idea??
     
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  10. djphinfan

    djphinfan Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I think it’s important to understand that players are not gonna understand the Tunsil deal, it’s just not in players dna to sacrifice the teams best player for draft picks..it’s a red flag to them and tells them the season is over..hard to get up for that..just is.

    Right move though imo.
     
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  11. roy_miami

    roy_miami Well-Known Member

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    If its true they asked Gase if he'd be on board to tank they should have this first round pick stripped as a punishment.
     
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  12. Surfs Up 99

    Surfs Up 99 Team Flores & Team Tua

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    I do not believe Flores and his coaches are purposely trying to lose a game. We may be deficient of talent, but he is doing his best to win. The players need to own up too. They missed tackles, had blown assignments, fumbled, and dropped passes that negatively impacted the game also.
     
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  13. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

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    The problem Flores has is getting this team to believe in the direction of the team. When you lose consistently the players start to tune you out. Flores has to be able to keep motivating players even when they suck and that is the real challenge ahead.
     
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  14. JJ_79

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    The lowest I felt as a Dolphin fan, was the 62-7 clubbing we got from the Jags... What's sad funny in a kind of way is, when I look back to my Dolphin fandom days is, we almost never meet the expectations people in- and outside the Dolphins have in the team, we kind of always underachieve. I didn't have many expectations for this season and yesterday they managed to even underachieve those... I'm really surprised the team looked this flat especially the defense which supposed to be the strength of our HC. Our Coach looked really in over is head yesterday and I really hoped we would have a coach for a change. I'm curious what kind of face/identity we're going to see in the next 15 games...
     
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  15. Phins_to_Win

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    I get what your saying, but other teams have been able to right the ship without this horrendous display. Our problem has always been poor talent acquisition, and lack of vision moving forward. So our plan now is to scratch actual talent and rely on our talent acquisition...

    Don't get me wrong, I hope it works, but we could end up with a horrible team now, and with a handful of bad picks (as we tend to do) another mediocre team in the future.
     
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  16. cbrad

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    Absolutely true. It's an indictment of the GM's and coaches we've had, which ultimately leads back to the owner. If this tank job doesn't work then the real culprit is Ross. Nothing we can do about that though. I think that's when my enthusiasm will decline.
     
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  17. SkapePhin

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    This is what a tank looks like. It will be ugly. Its one thing when fans discuss the tank conceptually, but to live it is a different experience. We just need to swallow it.

    It's completely different for players though. You think these guys want to bust their brains and sacrifice their bodies for an effort they know is futile? No wonder so many are requesting trades. I guarantee everyone has already packed it in for the season after that.

    And sadly, I think Flores is a bit in over his head. He is really just an LB coach masquerading as a HC right now. I never thought he had the traits that you need to be an effective HC. I feel bad for him because he seems like a good guy, but this season won't end well for him, even if he kind of knew what he was signing up for.

    Kris Richard was my guy. I think he would have been the best longterm hire for this team.

    We will end up with the #1 overall pick, but who knows if Tua even declares. I', pretty confident that Flores won't be here past the rookie QB's first year though.
     
  18. Tin Indian

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    Exactly right! This team is so bad it isn't even going to be competitive out there. The last part is the fatal flaw in all of this. All you guys supporting the whole tank thing and saying it's ok are failing to see or admit that we don't draft well. In particular on the offensive line. I keep asking in the last 15 years who have we drafted on the o line outside 1st round picks that have produced for us? Other teams do it all the time. But we can't seem to identify nor draft these positions unless it is a no brainer like Tunsil falling in our lap.

    You guys are putting an awful lot of faith in a FO AND Scouting dept to suddenly do a 180 and bring good talent on board. I don't care what we got for Tunsil because you still have the same idiots pulling the lever on draft day.
     
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  19. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    The other side of that coin though is that the little bit of talent we did retain will eventually want out of Miami. We're essentially an expansion team at this point with 25% of our roster never playing a single NFL snap.
     
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  20. mlb1399

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    I hate to break it to our fans but we were traveling on this road already. I think they ripped the bandaids off which forced us to see the mess that is our organization now vs 3-4 years down the road.

    My only issue was trading Tunsil. I get why they did it but I think it sent the wrong message to the players who were buying in to the long game. Whoever is our franchise QB, will need an OL to block for them. Tunsil was a good, young piece for that future OL.
     
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  21. resnor

    resnor Derp Sherpa

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    Everyone needs to relax. NO ONE is happy about the prospect of losing every game. Has anyone been happy with being mired in mediocrity, at best, for the last 20 years? I don't think so. So now we're blowing it all up, and everyone is freaking out.
     
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  22. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I just see things way differently than you do. What you call mediocrity, I call a competitive team that was close to the playoffs. Maybe not every year, but most of the time if the dominoes fell a little differently then we had a shot. But the main thing was that every single week, we'd come on this board and talk about how we had a chance next Sunday.

    I mean, think about the past 5 years. How many games have you looked at on game-day and said, "There's zero chance we win?" Maybe at Gilette, the Minnesota game last season, every Ravens game and probably a few more? The vast majority of the time you had actual hope, which is the basis of sports to begin with.

    What bothers me so deep is that we don't have that anymore- there's literally zero reason to watch other than team pride. This will likely go down as the worst team in the history of the NFL and they'll talk about it for decades...just like the Champagne Toast each season. It's a major black eye on the organization and we're doing all this on the hopes that Grier picks the right QB and can rebuild this team with young players- even though what we saw on the field yesterday tells us that he clearly has zero clue. And then we also have to hope that Flores and his staff can develop that talent- even though our very solid secondary from last season looked like high school players yesterday.

    None of it adds up to trusting Grier and Flores to figuring things out.

    You talked about mediocre like it's a bad thing- but most of us will yearn for those 8-8 seasons as this plays out. It could easily be 5 years before we're back to 8-8 again.
     
  23. invid

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    It's not the W-L that I'm freaking out about, personally. It's that the team didn't even look ready to play the first game of the NFL season yesterday. That is a worrisome first impression from this coaching staff.
     
  24. Fin D

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    Holy **** where the hell have you been??!?!??!?!?!g
     
  25. SkapePhin

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    The "other" site was down for a bit, and just needed to dump my thoughts on yesterday's massacre somewhere. :p
     
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  26. cbrad

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    Differences of opinion of course, but I will never yearn for perpetual mediocrity (i.e., 8-8 seasons on average each year). I know what that feels like, constantly being reminded that we're not good enough to make the playoffs or go deep in them, yet not bad enough to get a franchise QB with an early draft pick.

    Sorry that was torture for me. What's happening now isn't psychologically problematic for me because I see a multi-year plan here. There was no such "plan" before except to hope that somehow this or that extra FA and extra time with the coach would produce a winning culture.
     
  27. texanphinatic

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    It could easily be a season or two. Let's say we draft Tua and he is the real deal. We use the rest of our picks and the bevy of FA money we will have and snag a legit edge rusher and build an average OL. We will likely see a surge just as we are likely to see the Bills and Jets throw in the towel, and perhaps Brady and BB too. Literally nobody will give a **** about this season if that happens.

    Nobody is really talking about the Browns going 0-16 because they have hype and hope. Nobody cares that the Astros were historically the worst baseball team ever once they won a World Series.

    I mean, I get that we weren't terrible, but look at New England, KC, Ravens if Lamar is for real, Rams ... we aren't in that league. We weren't particularly close. Gase took his talents to the Jets and tripped all over his dick. We were absolutely as insignificant then as we are now, except we were in for several seasons of a slow decline and then back to the 1-15 years. It's the same cycle we have been in since Marino left, and I think most of us were tired of it.

    This year is gonna suck, and maybe it won't work, but we are trying something new and there is an overaching plan other than grasping at straws and signing mediocre players to overpriced contracts only to watch as we stomped into the mud when we play an actually decent team again and again.

    I get it, you like winning and being competitive to a degree. You were saying we could even hope for a .500 season this year. It's tough to adjust expectation like that, and losing sucks. Nobody likes losing, but I think some just see the light at the end of the tunnel clearer whereas others just see the darkness. But it is what it is. You either accept it, or you find something else. Just breathe man.
     
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  28. RGF

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    I knew this was going to happen. Someone was going to try and talk meaningful sense around here. Shame on you.
     
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  29. invid

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    I understand this viewpoint, I just hope it doesn't cave in on itself when the young players that are supposed to be the pillars of this rebuild lose faith in the coach in his first season. Then we'll need 3 years of 10+ draft selections, and the success rate of those picks will be even more magnified.
     
  30. Surfs Up 99

    Surfs Up 99 Team Flores & Team Tua

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    But, but, but...i’ve been a fan since the Stone Age, watched every game on TV or a sports bar, and spent a small fortune on beer and pub food. I paid my dues. dag nabbit! I deserve a championship!
     
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  31. KeyFin

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    I understand your viewpoint, but it's not like we don't know why those 7, 8, or 9 win teams didn't make the playoffs. Last season Tannehill imploded behind that injured line. The year before, Cutler was obviously the wrong choice to lead the team...plus we lost our home field for the first half of the season. We can see clear mistakes and obstacles that ultimately cost us wins, and that's the GM's job to address them directly. I 100% believe in holding people accountable and growing as an organization from within.

    Why are the Pats great? Sure, they draft well, but the biggest factor is consistency. They do the same thing with the same team leaders, year in and year out. Some of Belichek's staff have been there 15+ years and that alone is a massive advantage. We haven't had that since Shula and guess what- we were a great team for decades under him. But it was also the owners, the GM, etc. plus a guy by the name of Marino. I personally think you need more than just a franchise QB- you need the front office and coaching leadership as well.

    Again, it's fine that we disagree...I just can't jump on board with an intentional 0-16 season. As a former athlete it's unfathomable to me to be put in that position knowing that all my hard work ultimately means nothing. Why even train? Why even try? That's what will start setting in over the next month or so. And the players are going to turn on Flores even if he's actually a pretty good coach.

    I just don't see it as viable when so many people are getting screwed over in the process (fans, players, etc).
     
  32. KeyFin

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    Yeah, I'm good...I actually started watching college football this year so that will fill in some gaps. And you're right, they could be competitive again after a few seasons- but the goal is 10+ wins, right? (AKA, playoff bound) It's just as likely that they won't be though. As you've seen, there are several here who believe Tua is a bust waiting to happen because he has amazing protection against inferior teams. The truth is, we just don't know but we're risking everything to find out.
     
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  33. cbrad

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    1-15 at worst dude. Can't go into the history books with a different kind of "perfect" season.
     
  34. KeyFin

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    Well, we signed 15 players this past week, so there's a chance we can assemble somewhat of an offensive line in the weeks to come. The secondary should catch their breath and figure out a few things as well- and we know we have plenty of weapons to score if the QB can get enough time to throw it. I still don't know if that will be enough to beat a bad team like Washington though- even if everything clicks.

    LOL, for the run game...I was 100% wrong on that. We could literally trade all our RB's today and it wouldn't make a bit of difference. Dieter may have graded out well but he's clearly not enough by himself to create a hole.
     
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  35. Phins_to_Win

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    I hear you man. We were maintaining an 8 and 8 record while continuing to have lack luster drafts and bad Free agent choices. I personally don't believe we were "stuck" on a mediocre treadmill, I think we had people in place that were responsible for acquiring talent that just seemed clueless, but we always seemed like a good draft class and a decent free agency away from putting a contender together. I go back through the drafts we have had over the years and its really astounding how many misses we had at supposedly safe draft positions. Then when you look at how many free agents came here that failed to workout, or immediately got injured before they even got a chance... its mind blowing that we stayed in the 8 and 8 class for so long.

    I'm willing to give this "rebuild" a chance, but I'm not happy about it. And as far as the players wanting to revolt, I agree with them. They shouldn't be asked to put their bodies on the line for this type of a tank approach. I suspect we are going to lose a lot of our young talent taking this route, which will lead to more holes to fill... at some point we will have more holes then we have precious draft picks... and then its right back to the drawing board.

    For the record I think that Baltimore did the right thing by embarrassing us this weekend. Its what you do when another team isn't respecting the game. I suspect it won't be the last ego punch we take.
     
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  36. Vertical Limit

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    There’s absolutely no way a team loses against us this season.. Every team is better faster and stronger than ours.. we don’t even look good condition wise.. we were huffing and puffing the whole game..
     
  37. cbrad

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    We'll see. I'm still on record both before and after our season opener pointing out how statistically unlikely 0-16 actually is, so I'm sticking with the prediction that we will very likely win at least 1 game.

    Usually, games like the one we saw aren't the "norm" even for bad teams. We'll see who's right.
     
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  39. jw3102

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    When I signed off months ago, I really had no intention of posting anymore. I have continued to keep up with the views of Dolphin fans by reading the posts on here and the other Dolphin forum.

    While I had no issue with rebuilding from basically scratch, I just never agreed with Grier being the individual responsible for selecting the talent for this rebuild. Other than Howard, Grier has done a terrible job of selecting players in the early rounds of the draft.

    When you look at the play on the field by the the players selected by Grier since he became the GM, it is no wonder the Dolphins are in the situation they are in today. While a complete rebuild was certainly needed after nearly 20 years of mediocrity, Ross selecting Grier to head this rebuild is just a continuation of the bad decisions he had made since becoming the owner of the Dolphins, IMO.

    Grier was also responsible for hiring a head coach with no prior head coaching experience and allowing this head coach to hire coordinators who have never been in these positions before. I worry that Grier will waste the draft picks the team has over the next two drafts on the type of limited talented players he has so often drafted since becoming the teams GM.

    Hopefully Grier has learned from his past draft mistakes. Because if he hasn’t, this rebuild is going to take many years and a new GM to get this team back to just mediocre again.
     
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  40. resnor

    resnor Derp Sherpa

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    Listen Key, none of our teams really in the past decade at least, were legitimate playoff teams, even if the dominoes had fallen differently during the season.
     

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