The Miami Dolphins are going to be bad this season. That was probably the case before they traded away franchise left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills on Saturday.
Additionally, the Dolphins dealt linebacker Kiko Alonso earlier today. The front office’s strategy in Miami is all about stockpiling draft picks.
Throughout the offseason, the Dolphins have been mentioned as a possible candidate to “Tank for Tua.” Right now, it certainly seems like the plan is either to lose as much as possible for the right to draft the Alabama quarterback No. 1 overall, or obtain the No. 1 pick and trade it to a QB-needy team for a haul of assets.
So are the Dolphins ‘tanking?’ Sure seems like it, but don’t tell that to first-year head coach Brian Flores.
Tanking seems like a dirty word to the former New England Patriots assistant.
“This game means a lot to me,” Flores said, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “I wouldn’t disrespect the game with that. Again, no, we’re not. We’re going to try to win every game. I think that’s disrespectful to even to say that. …. It’s disheartening to hear people talk about it, to even say that. For a guy who respects the game as much as the game has done for me, when people say that, it’s extremely sad.”
Of course, Flores is a head coach, and a first-time head coach at that. He’s going to go out every week and attempt to give his team the best chance to win.
The players the Dolphins do employ this year are certainly going to try to win every game. But they won’t be able to actually win often with the limited talent they have.
The franchise is preparing for a painful present in the hopes it gives them a brighter future, no matter what Flores says.