MOBILE, Ala.—One essential component of the Dolphins’ offseason evaluation is determining whether this roster is on the cusp of contending or in need of a more prolonged rebuild.
Vice president Mike Tannenbaum has been optimistic since the end of last year’s disappointing season and is particularly encouraged by the jump he saw from teams like the Eagles, Jaguars and Rams this year. He also knows a 6-10 season signals Miami needs significant changes.
“I would say we have a lot of work to do,” he said. “I think to have sustainability in our system, you have to evaluate your own correctly. We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about that and trying to learn from what happened a year ago.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we do feel like things are going in the right direction. We’re going to have make some obviously hard decisions and choices along the way, but in terms of our view of the program and what we want it to be, we feel like it is going in the right direction.”
One area that needs correction is quarterback, where the team believes it already has an upgrade lined up with Ryan Tannehill progressing nicely through his rehabilitation from a knee injury. Miami is also addressing its depth behind Tannehill in order to avoid the mess it got into last summer.
The critical question for Tannenbaum, general manager Chris Grier and coach Adam Gase is whether they have the patience and job security to be realistic about the scale of this project. If they feel the pressure to turn things around immediately, some of those quick fixes might backfire in the long run.
The good thing for that trio is that owner Stephen Ross seems to fully support them as he seeks to create organizational stability. Nonetheless, those three seem averse to sitting through an all-out rebuilding year knowing the Dolphins were in the playoffs just last season.
“Things can change so quickly by just a handful of plays,” Tannenbaum said. “For us, we’re going to start 0-0. We have a lot of work to do but we also know there is great opportunity there if we work hard and do things the right way.”
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