The Dolphins are built to lose. And it looks like their players hate it

Miami are taking a leaf from the Cleveland Browns playbook and are building for the future. But some of their musicians are understandably annoyed

Week one of Miami’s 2019 Tankapalooza was either a incite success or an epic flunk, depending on your perspective.

The Dolphins were hammered by the Baltimore Ravens 59 -1 0 in their season opener. It is hard to be this bad. The Ravens racked up 643 total grounds, with the Dolphins offering 64 of them on nine penalties. In a two-decade franchise operate of stanky football, this was the stankiest.

Some of the problems can be condoned: nearly two-thirds of the Dolphins roster is made up of new players, and they have a fresh-faced coaching staff. Brian Flores and his group came over from New England, hoping to channel some of that Bill Belichick brightnes into speedy success. When Flores first arrived, he preached culture and cultivate ethic. The Dolphins have since made a clear administrative decision: to build towards the 2020 and 2021 sketches, hoping to wait out the Brady-Belichick partnership that has monopolized the AFC East.

This is not tanking, Flores and the rest of Dolphins management hold: well outrageous. Tanking is losing tournaments on purpose; they’re just positioning themselves to be in pole position for the first overall select throughout this season and next. The detail that their program is the definition of a tank-job does not appear to pierce the minds of the team’s, umm, brain-trust.

Miami telegraphed their aims when they transactions away Laremy Tunsil, a top-five left tackle, and Kenny Stills, a respected veteran wide receiver. The Dolphins didn’t deal away aging veterinarians, Tunsil was about to enter his prime times, and Stills was already there. Both would have been perfect complements to a young quarterback.

And getting a young quarterback is the stately design: chow away one or two seasons in order to land one of college football’s next top superstar quarterbacks, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa at the end of this season or Trevor Lawrence of Clemson the following year.

It is a plan similar to the one the Browns rolled a couple of years back. The one that culminated in an extraordinary quantity of drawing assets, a star-loaded, childish roster, the firing of everybody in the building, unprecedented publicity opening the 2019 season … and a similar Week One beatdown at the handwritings of the Titans.

Tanking is great on paper: it’s fun to dream. But watching your team get curb stomped for 24 months is not( the Associated Press reported that the Dolphins’ field was half empty on Sunday ). And here’s the other thing: it’s hard. This isn’t basketball. Football prospects are no sure thing- there’s much less variability in the NBA. Plenty of units have had multiple draft collects in multiple years and whiffed on each and every one of them( assure the Browns any year prior to Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett’s entrances ).

Tanking constitutes appreciation on a spreadsheet or in video games. But things like human sentiments and contracts and wages make it more complex in the real world. Pro Football Talk reported on Sunday night that the Dolphins cupboard room is already close to a “mutiny” over the team’s attitude. The musicians’ future income will be held to whatever they put on tape during this season. Their current income will be restrained to team rendition and gameday bonuses. Multiple participates have already been in contact with their operators in order to get trade rotations in motion, according to the report.

We must revere the paradox of a player clamoring to get away from a crew that was specifically built to lose. We don’t want to be on this team that’s intentionally losing. But they’re on the team precisely because control thinks they stink. Exclusively three players impound any kind of league-wide value: 2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick; Xavien Howard an All-Pro caliber cornerback; and 2019 first-round pick Christian Wilkins.

Miami deprived their roster to the bones in the offseason, punted on free bureau, then cheaped out on a revolve morass of groaning mediocrity. That mediocrity was disclosed on Sunday to an almost amusing extreme. There could be no worse start for a rookie head coach-and-four. Or, if the goal is to be the worst, it led perfectly.

Stat of the week

Lamar
Lamar Jackson was brilliant on Sunday for the Ravens. Photograph: Brynn Anderson/ AP

After his magnificent action against the Dolphins, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the only quarterback in NFL history with a game of five-plus touchdowns, 300 -plus yards, 15 -plus gardens per aim, and three or fewer incompletions. Not bad for a running back.

Or not. Jackson frisked from the pocket on Sunday and shredded an incapacitated Miami defense. Sterner research will come, but the potential for Jackson to break the league with his legs and forearm is well and truly there. Good luck trying to stop him.

MVP of the week

Dak Prescott’s stat line against the Giant: 25 for 32, 405 gardens, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, 158.3 passer rating. Wow.

Prescott could not have wished for a better sport as he continues contract arbitrations. Sunday’s conduct pushed Dallas’ top brass closer to signing off on a mega-money, long-term deal. Owner Jerry Jones refurbished the status of negotiations from “probable” to” imminent” post-game.

Credit should go to new Dallas’ offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. The Cowboys offense has been stuck in the clay for years. Moore has opened it up and he plays to Prescott’s strengths. We investigated more pre-snap movement- flows, shiftings- and post-snap creativity than at any other time during the Jason Garrett era. Prescott feasted. Receivers were wide-open. It gaped easy.

Quote of the week

” They were who we thought they were “– Tennessee Titans tighten goal Delanie Walker.

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“They were who we thought they were.”

Delanie Walker quoting Dennis Green to jab at the Browns.

( via @TDavenport_NFL) pic.twitter.com/ XsKcLqMdd1

September 8, 2019

Walker had no time for the Cleveland hype train, which unexpectedly comes down to a stall during Sunday’s early slate. The Titan humiliated the Browns 43 -1 3. Baker Mayfield drop three interceptions in what was the worst game of his busines – high school, college or pro.

The Browns dedicated 18 penalties for 181 gardens, virtually interrupting the NFL record. Sunday was ugly, but don’t overreact. Cleveland are loaded with knack and it was a close game right up to the last minutes of the third quarter. The Browns will be a contender in the AFC.

Video of the week

Billy Marshall (@ BillyM_9 1)

Malik Hooker just made one of the best INTs I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/ 904 jX2FXyy

September 8, 2019

Colts refuge Malik Hooker gathered off an all-time interception to give the Colts a shot against the Chargers. Hooker has the uncanny ability to be in all the right places at all the right times, as though he wakes up to find a facsimile of that day’s game on his doorstep. The apathy with which he snags the pick, arm perfectly unfolded, in full flight, never bursting step, borders on art.

Elsewhere around the league

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Of track Tom Brady won his first recreation of the season. Photograph: Dave Shopland/ BPI/ REX/ Shutterstock

– The Patriots appeared as comfortable as ever in their 33 -3 earn against Pittsburgh, one of their top challengers in the AFC. The Patriots have a talented security to help prop up Tom Brady and his frightening pique. All the portions shape so seamlessly. And Antonio Brown hasn’t even territory hitherto. This Brady-Belichick thing is never going to end.

– Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles sustained a violated clavicle during his Jaguars debut. Foles is slated to be out somewhere between four-to-six weeks.

– What a tough break for Melvin Gordon. While Dak Prescott dealt with his contractual impasse by deliver a career-best performance, Gordon sat out. Think you can save this offense rolling without me? Pffft. The only snag? Gordon’s backup Austin Ekeler blended for 154 grounds and three touchdowns. Gordon has bested those figures only once his busines. Oops.

– Julio Jones pencilled a new contract over the weekend that could have far-reaching repercussions. The Falcons adept signed a three-year extension worth $66 m with $64 m guaranteed at subscribe. Jones focused on the guarantees in his cope and not the overall evaluate. Other virtuosoes with similar leverage will look to do the same moving forward.

– There were raised eyebrows when Adam Gase, who disappointed at the Dolphins, connected the New York Plane as chief manager. They promptly blew a 16 -0 lead to divisional challengers the Buffalo Bills in his first regular-season recreation in charge.


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