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Do Dolphins truly have a plan or not to get another QB?

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As our lede would suggest, we are really wondering at this point, if the Dolphins are smart or if they have outsmarted themselves. Or, even worse for their fans, do they not really have a solid plan at all, especially when it comes to what to do with the most important position on the field, quarterback.

We already know that coach Adam Gase has publicly backed Ryan Tannehill to come off his ACL surgery and be installed as the starter for training camp and this fall. Gase said so at the NFL scouting combine in late February.

However, with the 11th overall pick and by giving every outward indication that they are strongly interested in drafting a quarterback, the Dolphins are at best, sending mixed signals.

Earlier this week they met with Heisman Trophy winning Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and worked him out, individually. As we wrote, there is strong belief in the Miami market and elsewhere that the Dolphins will look to take Mayfield and may even decide to trade up from  #11 to grab him.

If that is in fact your plan, and you already have Tannehill under contract and in the fold who you are backing, then why are you worried about having a significant veteran QB come visit and maybe sign with you?

Well, that’s what the Dolphins are doing by hosting and talking to former Broncos, Texans, and Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler at their facility on Friday.

Osweiler was supposed to be the “Heir Apparent” to Peyton Manning in Denver, when he retired after winning the Super Bowl three years ago. However, he jumped after one season as the Broncos starter on a huge four year $72 million free agent offer to go to the Houston Texans.

The Texans watched him struggle in 2016, eventually benched him, and then traded him and his massive contract to Cleveland with a draft pick before last April’s draft.

The Browns made no secret that they only wanted the draft pick from Houston and they didn’t really want Osweiler. He was released by Cleveland on the final cuts last September and actually, Osweiler ended up back with the Broncos as a backup during their miserable 2017 season.

Got all that?

Now he’s a free agent again and the 6-7 former Arizona State quarterback is looking for a home.

And on Friday afternoon, he found that home agreeing to a one year deal with the Dolphins:

The interesting part is he was with Gase in Denver, when Gase was the offensive coordinator there four seasons ago. However, none of this flirtation now, makes any sense with the Dolphins.

How can you have commitment to Tannehill, be thinking about drafting a future quarterback early, and also signing Osweiler and not confuse everyone in your own building about the plan?

Well, the Dolphins have gone and done it.

So that’s part of the current plan, if there truly is a plan?

Or, just like the Jarvis Landry situation, are the Dolphins almost “making it up as they go along” by putting the franchise tag on their best player, and then ending up giving him to Cleveland for a third round draft pick this year.

Maybe, the Dolphins don’t intend to draft a quarterback and are only signing Osweiler, so that if they need him for down the road because of injury poor play or whatever, he will be on the roster.

That would be prudent and very forward-thinking.

However, it looks more like the Fins are flying by the seat of their pants. Publicly showing that they don’t really know what they’re going to do and then expecting the fans to cheer on whatever it is that eventually do.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Kevin

    March 24, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Tannehill is the QB in 2018. He’s on a team friendly contract that got even more friendly when he renegotiated last week. Let’s not forget he started every game until the knee injury. Forget Mayfield… It’s all a smokescreen. Draft best LB on the board at 11, then best TE in 2nd round. If Fins don’t win 10 games this season I’ll consider it a failure.

  2. Al Scott

    March 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Why do we continue discussing the quarterback position, when need a young linebacker, and a tight end, we can find a quarterback in the later round to draft since Adam Gase is the quarterback whisper.

  3. JohnD

    March 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve been a Dolphin fan for a long time, and I wish I knew what the plan was. I can’t imagine that the plan is to trade up to take a QB because that’s going to cost a ton of draft picks that this team needs to try and build something out of this mess. If Mayfield is there at 11, and they love him then I hope they take him, but I don’t want to see them mortgage the future to do it. If it cost the Jets their 1st and three 2nd’s to move up three spots, what’s it going to cost the Phins to move up, 6,7 or 8? If god forbid Mayfield doesn’t pan out it would be an absolute disaster that would take years to overcome. At some point this defense needs to be fixed. They can’t continue to allow almost 400 points a season and expect to compete for anything, and getting mid round picks for Ajayi and Landry didn’t help matters either. Is there a plan? If there is, I don’t have any idea what it is.

  4. Joe

    March 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    The author of this article is an absolute moron Ryan Tannehill is far and away better than manu quarterbacks in the NFL based upon his 2016 season by most I mean he was the top 15 quarterback that year. I’m sure the dolphins hope that Brock Osweiler never throws a pass for them
    But It showed last year when you’re starting quarterback goes down you better have a good back up plan and Jay Cutler wasn’t a good plan. Now they don’t have to give up multiple drop to jump up the board to try for a quarterback like most quarterback needy teams of do .
    I do expect the Dolphins to draft our young quarterback, just not in the first round

  5. owensrd

    March 23, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    If they are in love with Mayfield, that is fine. If things don’t work out in the draft as far as Mayfield goes, you will have to have a backup QB. Evidently, Gase feels comfortable having Osweiler as the backup. Not so much with Moore. I guarantee you that if Miami gets Mayfield, then Fales and Osweiler, fight for third string and Osweiler probably gets released. I think fakes did well in the Buffalo game at the end of last season.

    • Gary Kraft

      March 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      What hell is wrong you people they know more than you or you would be working for them .so get over self after 65 years 365 days a year.i think I know more than you about football they will better team this year and make the playoffs. Forget a q back in first round .that is not going to happen

    • ricky Franquiz

      March 23, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Miami is keeping their options open & they don’t need to make explanations to this writer, any Dolphins fans or anybody else for that matter. Go annoy New England fans with your stupid medial stories.

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