At the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Miami Dolphins new head coach Brian Flores got his first taste of being around all the other leaders of franchises. And while he spoke on several subjects to the Miami Media Tuesday morning, he wanted to make very clear that he’s already tired of hearing about not trying to do everything the Dolphins can to win in 2019.
Specifically, Flores was almost insulted at the suggestion that Miami “tank” for the 2020 draft and the potential to get a quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.
The Dolphins put his full comments about the subject up on their social media for everyone to be clear about Flores his position:
"I think the term 'tanking' is disrespectful to the game… This game has done a lot for me personally… Football really leveled the playing field for me as a person." – Coach Flores pic.twitter.com/CxKbzgJEXx
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 26, 2019
Clearly, as Flores says, “the term tanking is disrespectful to the game.”
Still it doesn’t mean it hasn’t and won’t continue to go on, not only in the NFL, but in other sports where losing on purpose can benefit you in terms of your draft position, etc.
And, we have written earlier in this off-season that was some of the moves the Dolphins have made with dumping players or allowing them to walk away without replacing their talent level can be perceived that Miami is playing for the future.
There is no question the Dolphins have been salary cap-strapped and it’s part of the reason why they had to offload quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans and still absorb an 18 million dollar cap hit to do it for this season. They also cut veteran receiver Danny Amendola to save on his salary and allowed veteran Frank Gore to leave for division rival Buffalo, too.
Further, on defense, Miami let Pro Bowl veteran Cameron Wake walk away in free agency, also to Tennessee. And they appear to be on the verge of dealing defensive end Robert Quinn, likely to the Dallas Cowboys. after he only played one season in South Florida.
You couple that with having cut Pro Bowl defensive tackle in Ndamukong Suh last March in a salary cap move and Miami will have gotten rid of some of their premier defensive lineman that they’ve had in recent years and all basically because of the cap.
So, it’s easy to see why Fins fans would be angered and looking at this as, a rebuild with the eyes on 2020 and 2021.
And while that may be part of the motivation by GM Chris Grier and owner Stephen Ross, Flores is the guy that will be in front of the mics regularly. And, obviously, as he demonstrated Tuesday, he’s coming out of the Patriots organization that’s done nothing but win. Therefore, he doesn’t want to be hit right away with media implying “aren’t you trying to lose?”
Still, Miami’s actions now and for the seaason are going to speak for themselves.
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