Miami Dolphins Should Draft Robert Griffin III If They Hire Mike McCoy
Wednesday, I wrote this article explaining how the Dolphins would be in trouble regardless of who they hired as head coach, and I was called out by some for being too "negative".
Today, I'm going to be positive; well, as positive as I can possibly be about the Dolphins.
If the reports are true and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is the front-runner for the Dolphins job, it will be a good fit for Miami...
...if they trade up to draft Robert Griffin III.
Harbaugh landed in the perfect situation for him (young, talented team with a good defense, good offensive line and a few skill players on offense to work with while trying to help their quarterback improve), and odds are he wouldn't have replicated his success with the Dolphins had he flown back to South Florida with Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland last January.
But it will be a good foundation for something great.
The McCoy-RG3 pairing makes sense because of one man, the one man in the NFL you're all sick of hearing about.
Timothy Richard Tebow.
(SOME READERS: Okay, to the comments I go; dear Gator jock-sniffer, Tebow sucks, get over it.)
No seriously, what is Griffin but a more athletic and faster Tim Tebow, only with a better arm?
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McCoy's offense in Denver finished last in passing yards, but finished first in the NFL in running the ball. The primary backs were Tebow and a looks way past his prime Willis McGahee, and Denver's offensive line is worse than ours (I know you're thinking how that could be possible, but its true, the Broncos don't have a Long or Pouncey that can make their other linemen a shade better).
Now look at the Broncos receivers: Eric Decker, Eddie Royal, Demaryius Thomas and the poo-poo platter of tight ends that includes former Dolphin (for one week) Dante Rosario.
Compare that to Griffin having Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas at running back, Brandon Marshall (if he's not serious about his Twitter-flirting with Jay Cutler), Davone Bess and Brian Hartline as his receivers, Charles Clay and Anthony Fasano as the tight end combination and the fact that McCoy would likely use Clyde Gates as a deep threat similar to how he uses Royal makes for a Broncos-East type offense—but with more talent in the passing game and a better offensive lineman.
Keep in mind, this same offense defeated the Steelers in the Wild Card game, and the Dolphins would have a defense better prepared to stop New England (which is what we have to deal with because we are in the AFC East, not the AFC West).
Not to mention my main point: Griffin can play like Tebow, but has a much better and more accurate arm, which means that defenses will have no other choice but to respect the passing game with him under center, and Miami's offensive line, while it needs work (and plenty of it), is better than Denver's.
Should the Dolphins trade up to draft Robert Griffin III?
But this could only work with Griffin. There's no other quarterback like him, as he was born to run a unique offense like this. Also, the only way I'd trust McCoy is with an offense like this.
This season was the first year he's called the plays in Denver. With Kyle Orton and a more conventional offense, Denver went 1-4 while Orton was starting and the Broncos were running their conventional offense.
McCoy could turn out to be a great NFL head coach, and the Dolphins must obviously feel the same way, based on the fact that they've called him in for two interviews (they also called in Joe Philbin and Todd Bowles). However it's the players that make the coach in the end, and for McCoy to become the next great NFL coach, he'll need the next great dual-threat NFL quarterback.
First thing I'd do if I were McCoy: demand that Ireland trade up for Griffin. He'll already be on the right track if he does that.
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