Here’s a novel concept for the Miami Dolphins within the offseason: construct a whole crew.
Stop wringing your palms over the quarterback place, cease pouring monumental assets into the offensive line, stop attempting to assemble the highest-scoring offense within the NFL.
Take a web page out of San Francisco’s ebook.
I deliver up the 49ers as a result of that’s the place Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel spent the earlier 5 seasons, so he is aware of their secret sauce, and right here it’s:
The 49ers aren’t profitable as a result of their seventh-round rookie quarterback, Brock Purdy, is enjoying properly; the 49ers are profitable as a result of they don’t want a so-called franchise quarterback to win.
The 49ers are profitable as a result of that they had the foresight to amass a superb working again (Christian McCaffrey), a superb tight finish (George Kittle), a superb vast receiver (Deebo Samuel), a superb left deal with (Trent Williams), a superb edge rusher (Nick Bosa), a superb security (Talanoa Hufanga), a superb particular groups participant (George Odum), a superb coach (Kyle Shanahan), a superb defensive coordinator (DeMeco Ryans) and so forth.
Get the image?
They’re a crew, not a quarterback.
Already this season the 49ers went from quarterback Trey Lance to Jimmy Garoppolo to Purdy.
And you realize what?
The 49ers may win with Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater or Skylar Thompson.
I’ve alluded to this many occasions — groups can win with backup quarterbacks within the NFL, and lots of accomplish that as a result of they’re full, well-rounded groups.
The 2015 Denver Broncos used beginning quarterback Peyton Manning and backup Brock Osweiler, and received a Super Bowl with their quarterbacks combining to throw 19 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.
The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, who used beginning quarterback Carson Wentz and backup Nick Foles, received a Super Bowl after shedding Wentz, who had thrown for 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions via 13 video games.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins (bear in mind them?) used backup quarterback Earl Morrall for a stretch of video games when their Hall of Fame quarterback, Bob Griese, was sidelined, and so they went on to famously win a Super Bowl.
There are extra success tales, however you get the purpose.
McDaniel and normal supervisor Chris Grier can attempt to construct a crew that depends on its quarterback to win, or they’ll attempt to construct a crew that wins as a result of it’s a whole crew.
Building a crew that’s greater than Tagovailoa would have two advantages:
— You’d have a whole crew (once more, see San Francisco);
— Your full crew may nonetheless win even when Tagovailoa was sidelined with a concussion.
Numerous Dolphins followers proudly identified the crew’s file would have been higher if Tagovailoa wasn’t sidelined.
Saying you possibly can’t win as a result of your quarterback is sidelined is neither an achievement nor an accomplishment, quite it’s a weak point, a flaw, a foundational error.
Your quarterback needs to be a frontrunner, however not the only motive you win.
The motive you win needs to be as a result of you possibly can’t be stopped, as a result of your crew is so versatile and well-built it could possibly beat its opponent in a wide range of methods.
The 49ers, who misplaced to Kansas City in Super Bowl 54 at Hard Rock Stadium in 2020, may not advance to the Super Bowl this 12 months.
That’s not the purpose right here.
The level is the 49ers are a well-constructed crew that present a blueprint for the Dolphins.
Your takeaway after watching San Francisco shouldn’t be that Purdy, their seventh-round decide, is main them to victory.
You takeaway needs to be the 49ers are profitable as a result of it doesn’t matter who’s enjoying quarterback.
The 49ers constructed a crew that’s greater than one participant or one place.
My offseason concern is the Dolphins will work extra towards constructing a high-scoring offensive juggernaut that does nothing however throw the ball.
My offseason hope is the Dolphins will work extra towards constructing a whole crew.
My hope is McDaniel, who was there when the 49ers have been laying their present basis, brings that line of considering to the Dolphins this offseason.