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Interesting.......Offensive linemen cast aside by Dolphins are outperforming ones kept.
Date: September 29, 2021 08:30AM

Really interesting article in the Miami Herald pointing out the bad moves made concerning Olinemen:

The Dolphins have made myriad missteps in selecting offensive linemen early in the draft this century, from Wade Smith to Jonathan Martin to Dallas Thomas, among others.

Whether any of the three linemen selected in the first 42 spots of the past two drafts — Austin Jackson, Rob Hunt and Liam Eichenberg — become very good long-term starters remains a question. It’s too soon to know.

But here’s another offensive line mistake that has bitten the Dolphins this season: Players who were on the roster this year and then jettisoned have outperformed the players here.

The Dolphins were so eager to dump left guard Ereck Flowers a year after signing him to a three-year, $30 million contract that they paid him $6 million simply to go away.

They dealt him — along with the 258th pick in past April’s draft — to Washington for the 244th pick, which was used on running back Gerrid Doaks, who was released.

The cap savings was negligible: Miami is carrying $8 million in dead money for Flowers this season. Flowers was going to count for $10 million on the cap for the Dolphins if he had stayed on the team, so Miami’s cap savings was only $2 million, while its cash savings was $3 million — an insignificant amount for billionaire owner Stephen Ross.

Fast forward six months. Flowers has allowed no sacks and just three pressures in three starts for Washington and Pro Football Focus ranks him the 18th-best guard in the league so far this season.

Then there’s Jermaine Eluemunor, who never received first-team reps with the Dolphins during training camp, was cut on Aug. 24, and signed with Las Vegas.

With the Raiders, he has permitted just one pressure and no sacks and made a great block on a run to set up Las Vegas’ game-winning field goal on Sunday.

PFF rates Eluemunor 39th among NFL guards.

So interesting that players continue to flourish elsewhere confused smiley


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Re: Interesting.......Offensive linemen cast aside by Dolphins are outperforming ones kept.
Posted by: colonel ()
Date: September 29, 2021 08:56AM

We see the same thing in other sports. Baseball for instance. A ball player barely making the line up on one team is traded to another and suddenly has the opportunity to maybe start and play in consecutive games. During that opportunity, the guy makes great plays on the field and gets on base, scores, and gets rbis to boot. Now the guy is important to the new team. He has taken the opportunity and fared well. Of course there are flops too. Sometimes, even when the opportunity presents itself, the player is unable to play at a high enough level and is either traded again, or sent down to the minors. The NFL doesn't have farm teams so players are traded or let go.

Real talent, IMO, is never a flash in the pan. Although it may take a while for that talent to emerge. Superstars, however, show special talent right away and but for the grace of God, keep performing like the energizer bunny at a very high, often spectacular level for many years.

I will give two examples: The greatest pitcher I ever saw. Sandy Koufax. He was wild for many seasons and matured into a 3 time CY YOUNG winner during the time when only one pitcher in MLB received the award. He dominated. He was spectacular. Left the game on top.

The second player: Pete Rose. Tough as nails ball player. Mr. Hustle was fun to watch and helped power the Big Red Machine for years. Top flight ball player from the start. Most hits than any ball player. Talent laden.

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Re: Interesting.......Offensive linemen cast aside by Dolphins are outperforming ones kept.
Posted by: tsstamper ()
Date: September 29, 2021 09:03AM

Yeah, it's coaching, in my opinion.

I don't think Flowers wasn't Plan A for 2020 free agency at the OL position (I believe both Thuney and Scherff were hoped for ahead of him, but both were tagged). However, he had a good 2019 in Washington with Bill Callahan as the coach there and a move to G. He's having a good season there so far in 2021, likely because they have Scherff (especially) and other talent along the line. It's like he's really good when there are others better than him on the line...but not at all cut out to be the best guy on the line. But, as preferred options went off the table, we signed him and hoped he'd be more than he is.

Having a couple really solid OL FA in 2020 - which would imply keeping them beyond that single season - would make all the difference in the world, in my opinion. Our OL coach is a rookie coach...co-OC's. Meanwhile, if we were really trying to play best 5, Jesse Davis wouldn't be among them and it would leave 5 super young, inexperienced guys. So, we sacrifice talent for experience and, ostensibly, leadership. Cherry on the top - we completely rearranged the positions (multiple times) so no one really gets comfortable in their position and with who lines up next to them.

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Re: Interesting.......Offensive linemen cast aside by Dolphins are outperforming ones kept.
Posted by: 808phan ()
Date: September 30, 2021 11:32PM

Apparently Miami needs as many FA veteran players as possible that don't need coaching. The lack of quality experienced position coaching here equals a shit show.

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Re: Interesting.......Offensive linemen cast aside by Dolphins are outperforming ones kept.
Date: October 01, 2021 05:37AM

For the past few decades......starting mostly with picking Donavan McNabb over Drew Breez.....over and over consistently Miami has made the wrong choices. We make wrong choices on players, draft picks, coaches. If we have a 50/50 shot we screw it up every time. And if we don't screw it up....we let players like Laundry go for close to no compensation. All those draft picks. 3 #1s. What a waste. It's so disheartening as a fan to be disappointed from every single direction a team makes. Ross is the only one that can stop it. He needs to show some backbone. Get pissed off. Do something drastic. They were just rewarded with a new training facility. The Bills font have half the luxuries Miami has. That team hits like a freight train. This team better WTFU.


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