Towards the end of the 2018 season, all the talk was about the “Miami Miracle”.
Since then, we have confirmed that Gronk didn’t have the angle. And that the play was unlike anything else in franchise history. But truth is, it did nothing to alter the Dolphins’ season. Except for maybe driving the the team further down the draft pecking order. That won’t happen this year. As the Dolphins are destined to have the top pick in 2019, come one way or another.
After all, most of the talk this offseason has been around the team tanking. And if they are in fact doing whatever they can to land Tua Tagovailoa, it would probably upset a lot of the veterans in the locker room. But just like we learned from Adam Beasley prior to the Dolphins trade with Houston, players were ready to ‘revolt’.
So how do you think those same players felt, after the worst home loss in franchise history? Mike Florio, the man with more whisperers around the NFL than Lord Varys in King’s Landing, suggests a mutiny is forming.
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.
Now let’s not pretend that this outcome is much different, regardless of who the Dolphins still had on the roster. Everything about this team stinks. And time will tell how all of this shakes up for Chris Grier, Brian Flores, and the rest of the Dolphins’ organization. But if reports are true, there’s a time bomb waiting to go off in the locker room. When it does, the tank will be All Systems go.
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