Key Additions: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen, Eric Rowe, Christian Wilkins, Dwayne Allen, Jordan Mills, Michael Deiter, Brian Flores, Allen Hurns
Key Returns: Xavien Howard, Devante Parker, Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil, Kenyan Drake
Key Departures: Ja’Wuan James, Cameron Wake, Danny Amendola, Brandon Bolden
|Week 1||Sept. 8th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Baltimore Ravens (CBS)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New England Patriots (CBS)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Dallas Cowboys (FOX)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)|
|Week 5||Bye Week|
|Week 6||Oct. 13th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Washington Redskins (FOX)|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 1:00 PM ET||@ Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 8||Oct. 28th 8:15 PM ET||@ Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 1:00 PM ET||vs. New York Jets (CBS)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 4:05 PM ET||@ Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
|Week 11||Nov. 17th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 1:00 PM ET||@ Cleveland Browns (CBS)|
|Week 13||Dec. 1st 1:00 PM ET||vs. Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 1:00 PM ET||@ New York Jets (CBS)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||@ New York Giants (CBS)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||@ New England Patriots (CBS)|
As 2018 began, there was a certain amount of hope that all the pieces would finally fit together and make another playoff run. What happened, however, was yet another season in 7-9 purgatory. Part of this was due to injuries over the three-year stint with Adam Gase when they went 10-6, 6-10, 7-9. Capping off a decade of the Dolphins languishing in mediocrity where they won too many games for a top tier pick and lost too many for serious playoff contention.
After the season, ownership decided to part ways both with Gase and GM Mike Tannenbaum. The coaching opening was filled from the ranks of the New England Patriots as Brian Flores was named the next Dolphins coach. For the GM, Chris Grier was promoted to the role from within the Dolphins family. Among the first series of events, the Dolphins took an approach to free agency that has not been seen in a number of years. The free-agent acquisitions that were brought in were team-friendly contracts where the players can have an impact on the team at a much more reasonable dollar value. There was some casualty as the team cut its ties with Ryan Tannehill and fan-favorite Cameron Wake. Also, former first round pick, Ja’Wuan James, was allowed to test the free-agent market and sign with the Denver Broncos.
With some free agency departures, it has left the Dolphins with a lot of holes and question marks for first-year coach Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier. The consensus was that the game plan for the Dolphins was to tank for a year and put themselves in position to secure the top pick and get either Tua Tagovaiola (Alabama) or Justin Hebert (Oregon) in the 2020 Draft. Although the idea of “tanking” was not a thrilling prospect, the team would need to do something in the short term in order to get out of the mediocre purgatory they have been in.
Offseason acquisitions, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen, and Eric Rowe were all smart budget moves for a team looking to alleviate salary cap constraints. In the first round, the Dolphins selected Christian Wilkins (Clemson), who will be a force on the defensive. The third-round pick, Michael Dieter (Wisconsin), will certainly help shore up the offensive line as he could play center or guard. As far as quarterback, there are numerous rumblings that Rosen will be the better option to start, after his rookie campaign struggles of 11 TDs, 14 INTs, and 45 sacks, which contributed to the 3-10 record that ended his time with the Cardinals. I simply do not agree with that thinking. Fitzpatrick should start and provide the learning opportunity to Rosen that he didn’t receive his first year.
The Dolphins and their fanbase will be in for a rough year as they could be competitive, they will not be in contention for a playoff run. The schedule is a tough one as they start off with home games against the Baltimore Ravens and the Patriots. With games against the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cleveland Browns, the Dolphins could have their hands full. For the Dolphins fans out there, I can’t stress this enough, but please be patient this season. A season like this will be needed so the team can build long-term success.