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I understand why everybody is so upset with Jeff Ireland, but all of this backlash is excessive.
Look, the Dolphins didn't want to overpay for Flynn. Nobody knows Flynn better than Joe Philbin. If Philbin believed Flynn was destined to become a franchise quarterback, then the Dolphins would've paid him whatever he wanted.
But clearly, Philbin had some hesitations. Overpaying for Flynn could've set the Dolphins back another five years, just like Daunte Culpepper and A.J. Feeley did.
Plus, like it or not, the Dolphins are rebuilding. They're years away from competing for a Super Bowl. So, the next most logical step is to draft a development quarterback in the second round.
Brock Osweiler is Miami's best option.
He's an absolute freak. Osweiler is 6'7", 240 pounds, has a strong, accurate arm and great mobility. Plus, he's marketable and has the charisma and swagger of a franchise quarterback.
All of the other second-round quarterback prospects have limitations or knocks—Kirk Cousins (amazing intangibles but average physical skills), Brandon Weeden (already 28, doesn't fit into a West Coast offense) and Nick Foles (Chad Henne 2.0, also doesn't fit into a WCO)—but Osweiler has the complete package. He's a special prospect who has infinite potential.
It's vital that the Dolphins let Osweiler develop, though. He was a little bit erratic at Arizona State, and comparisons to Dan McGwire are worrisome.
But, if the Dolphins properly groom Osweiler with discipline and patience, he could be the team's franchise quarterback within two or three years.
And hey, if he flops, it won't paralyze the team. It's only a second-round pick. If the Dolphins are in position to draft a blue-chip quarterback next year, they can easily justify drafting him.