The Miami Dolphins might not be openly tanking, but from the perspective of fans and the media, it’s clear the team is looking ahead to the 2020 NFL draft.
It became even more clear on Sunday afternoon when the Dolphins were whipped by the Baltimore Ravens at home.
Lamar Jackson and company came to town and put 59 points on the Dolphins en route to a 59-10 win.
Fans left at halftime, leaving thousands of seats open for the final 30 minutes of play.
After the game, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that several Dolphins players asked the team for a trade.
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, multiple Dolphins players contacted their agents after Sunday’s season-opening blowout loss and directed them to attempt to engineer trades elsewhere.
The players believe that the coaching staff, despite claiming that they intend to try to win, aren’t serious about competing and winning and by all appearances have bought into the notion that the Dolphins will take their lumps now in the hopes of laying the foundation via high draft picks for building a successful team later.
Head coach Brian Flores said earlier this week that the team is not tanking. However, the players on the team clearly feel otherwise.
Next up for the Dolphins is a battle against the New England Patriots.