Did the Dolphins make the right choice long-term sending off dominant young safety Minkah Fitzpatrick? What will the quarterback situation look like in 2020? What free agents will they be targeting off-season?
Monday Night football featured a winless Miami Dolphins team versus a heavily injured Pittsburgh Steelers team. Miami came out swinging, bringing Heavy blitz packages, signs of despair from 1st year coach Brian Flores who's manning a team that’s clearly in rebuilding mode. Miami has but little talent on the defensive line, but they remained highly competitive with a Roethlisberger-less Steelers offense in the 1st-half. With all this, the Steelers rallied in the second half, putting the Dolphins away early in the fourth and outlasting Miami 27-14. As a result of this match-up, which most thought wouldn’t affect the AFC race a great deal, another loss posed more questions for the Dolphins than it answered.
It’s difficult to measure mid season whether or not a team has made a strong trade, but it’s worth exploring, considering the Dolphins winless season thus far is all but over by the end of October. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick came up with two interceptions Monday night against his former team, taking revenge against the organization who let him go before the season even really got underway. Granted, it was rumored that Fitzpatrick did want to be traded, but as one of the cornerstones of an extremely young defense, the trade came as a surprise to football fans. His dominance Monday night proved how valuable he can be, and it seems odd that Miami would give him up so early on a clearly all-pro caliber player. Through the trade, the Dolphins acquired Pittsburgh’s first round pick, totaling their draft capital at eleven picks in the first three rounds of the next two seasons. With likely either the first or second pick in the draft being their own, the acquired Steelers’ pick could prove crucial to a successful rebuild by adding a mid first round talent. But with so many holes in their offense and defense, which position will the Dolphins turn to at the #1/#2 spot?
Ryan Fitzpatrick was under center for the Dolphins Monday night, and he was far from the magical self he’s formerly been. In a very lackluster two touchdown, two interception performance, it’s difficult to say whether or not either Fitpatrick or second year quarterback Josh Rosen have a future in Miami. After an abysmal year in Arizona, being traded to the Dolphins, and then quickly benched for a thirty-six year old journeyman quarterback, Rosen has not had the start to his career he anticipated. He seemed to have a big chip on his shoulder after falling out of the top ten in the first round, but that dominant personality he flaunted around the draft room has yet to surface on the field in his first two seasons.
In the upcoming draft, it’s not unlikely for the Dolphins to be looking at a quarterback once again, at least to compete with Rosen for the starting job(surely, Fitzpatrick isn’t the answer long term). Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, Justin Herbert of Oregon, and Justin Fields of Ohio State are all potential candidates to be the future in Miami. If the Dolphins were to stray from the quarterback position, it’s likely that Chase Young of Ohio State would be the alternative pick. Either way, the Dolphins are on the cusp of being competitive with teams, but a rebuild feels right moving forward. If the Dolphins are to truly be contending for a playoff spot in the next few seasons, they have all the capital they need in the next two drafts to fill their roster holes and spring onto the scene in the 2021 season.
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