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The Miami Dolphins are team in transition.  No one knows what
to make of this roster.  Talent such as Pouncey, Landry, Suh, Timmons, etc
were allowed to seek employment elsewhere.  Vegas has the Miami Dolphins
at 5.5 over/under wins for 2018.  HUH?

Ok, let’s just put this out here.  Miami is not as bad as the
NFL experts claim them to be.  Are they Super Bowl contenders? 
Probably not, but, no one knows the actual outcome of any NFL season. 
Jacksonville was picked to finish LAST in the AFC South in 2017, only to finish
runner up in the AFC.

It seems as if this offseason was a retool, rather than the
dreaded “rebuild”.  Miami, coming off a 10-6 (2016) campaign, struggled in
2017.  Experts anointed Miami as the team on the rise in 2017.  They
had them at 7.5 wins AFTER Tannehill was injured.  Now, these very
experts pick Miami to win 5.5 games in 2018? 

What offseason are they watching?  

The way I see it, Adam Gase
spent the 1st year getting his feet wet.  After a poor 1-4
start, Gase made changes to his team, including cutting starting players. 
Miami then proceeded to go 9-2 the remaining 11 games.  Gases’ 2nd
season was a bit of a reality check for the hotshot coach.  Losing his
starting QB, starting LB going AWOL, Hurricanes, Jay Ajayi trade, etc. and
Miami still managed to squeeze out 6 wins.

Now fast forward to 2018.  Coaches/GM’s like to bring in
“their” players. Albeit three years into his coaching career, Miami has
retooled the roster to Coach Gases’ liking.  Landry, Pouncey, Suh, among others,
were players brought in by the previous regime, you know, the Failbin era. 
They didn’t fit what Adam Gase, Matt Burke, and Chris Grier are trying to

Suh was never going to be brought back to Miami, his contract said
so.  Landry is a productive WR, but would you rather have Antonio Brown,
or Jarvis Landry?  AB is an elite WR, Landry is a good WR.  Pouncey
couldn’t practice, thus leading to hiccups on the offensive line throughout the

Miami wasn’t going anywhere with these players on their roster, so
why not part ways, and get better in other areas. 

WITH Suh, Landry, and Pouncey, the Miami Dolphins have gone 6-10,
10-6, 6-10.  Not exactly stellar seasons.  Now, this doesn’t mean
these players didn’t have an impact on the team, but their impact wasn’t enough
to warrant their salaries.  So say what you may about the cuts Miami made
in 2018.  They were done to set the team up for their future.  Miami
has their future cap numbers in line and continues to build their team thru the

With the return of Ryan
Tannehill, the added Offensive line depth, key pieces added or maturing on
Defense, Miami should be an ascending team.  Adam Gase has admitted to
past mistakes, but he is young.  2018 will show if he has learned from his
ego and or mistakes. 

Adam Gase realizes this is a sink or swim season in Miami. 
Playoffs or bust.  Let’s hope it’s the before rather than the
latter.  If Adam Gase is to flame out in Miami, at least he did it with
his players.

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