Either the Miami Dolphins have given up on the 2012 season already, or they know something we don’t know (which is likely the case).
That’s the only logical way to explain the moves, or lack there of, so far in free agency.
Now, we can postulate all we want without knowing the full story, but it’s not hard to see that new coach Joe Philbin has already lost a couple of wagers in his pursuit of this season’s top quarterback free agents.
Peyton Manning, who was all but guaranteed by the national media to the Dolphins when it became apparent the Colts were cleaning out the closet, obviously wanted to go to a team that didn’t suck and one where he wouldn’t have to play Tom Brady twice a year.
Matt Flynn, who has an established relationship with Philbin from their time in Green Bay, decided to sign a contract with Seattle where he’s all but guaranteed to start over Tavaris Jackson.
With those two off the market, Miami took the next logical course of action… and signed David Garrard. Yes, the guy who got cut before the start of last season. Yes, the guy who hasn’t hiked a ball in over a year. Yes, THAT DAVID GARRARD.
Looking at the last few years of management moves from the Dolphins, they have been in a constant state of rebuild even before their dismal 1-15 season. When Bill Parcells came aboard in 2008, he came with a basic fundamental: that any good football team has to be able to protect the passer (JEEEZ, THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, BILL! HERE’S A FEW MILLION AND A NIFTY TITLE TO GO WITH IT).
In the years since, the Dolphins have made countless moves at offensive line and really only ended up with three decent players: Jake Long, Mike Pouncey, and Richie Incognito. They’ve focused on the offensive line for five years — is now the time to find the franchise quarterback?
To look at Garrard as anything but a back-up or a veteran presence for the youngblooded Dolphins is foolish, and neither he or Matt Moore will be Miami’s quarterback of the future. Plus, the loss of Brandon Marshall has left a void in the offense that couldn’t be filled with all the Legadu Nanee’s of the world.
The way I see it, this Thursday’s draft is a defining moment for the Dolphins, and could make-or-break the team before the season starts.
Does the team draft David DeCastro or Riley Reiff, adding a sure-starter to what is already a promising, but still lacking, offensive line?
Do they go with a talented wide receiver, such as Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd, paired with Nanee to replace the void left by Marshall?
Maybe they draft a promising pass rusher, filling a hole recently left by the departed Kendall Langford?
These are questions the Dolphins management should ask before going with the forgone conclusion of Ryan Tannehill. As BVI put it last week, why blow your load on a QB that isn’t ready, that obviously needs to be developed, when other aspects of the team need just as much work?
But all signs point to Miami drafting Tannehill. Come Thursday, the Dolphins will either be giving up on the 2012 season, or they know something we don’t know. Can you guess which mindset the fans will have?