Yesterday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year-deal. Fitzpatrick immediately becomes the best quarterback on the roster, especially after Miami traded long-time starter Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans.
Fitzpatrick did play great last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Fitzpatrick’s role with the ‘Phins is clear: he is the bridge QB for the next Miami signal caller. When will that guy be in the building you ask? The answer is after the 2020 NFL Draft.
All the moves the Dolphins have made this offseason have been pointing to a complete rebuild. Bring in a new coach (Brian Flores), get rid of your quarterback (Tannehill), and prepare to cut expensive veterans (Robert Quinn).
Miami is aware of the fact that they have been a pretty miserable franchise ever since Dan Marino left town and that’s why they are trying this hard reset. Bring in Flores, lose next year, and then draft your QB of the future. That quarterback is most likely going to be either Tua Tagovailoa, or Justin Herbert. But according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Miami has its eyes set on the left-hander from the University of Alabama.
I am not from Miami nor do I live near any Dolphin fans, but fans of the team have to be ecstatic for the direction of the franchise. Instead of suffering through mediocrity once again, the Dolphins have finally decided that it is time to start fresh and build this franchise the right way. It is going to stink in the short term with all the losing, but in the end it will be irrelevant when / if they become consistent contenders.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)