Welcome to another eight weeks of NFL mediocrity.
At 4pm this afternoon, I was waiting with bated breath to see if the Dolphins would make a move that could open up their offense, give them a glimpse into how to play the Patriots and Jets, and at the very least, prevent teams like the Titans, Patriots and Jets (whom they're competing with for AFC Playoff spots) from picking up a potential big play wide receiver. Alas, they didn't even bother.
And I wasn't surprised at all.
Cowardice is the best way to describe the Miami Dolphins this season. All-Pro. Future Hall of Fame wide receivers with gas left in the tank (and that can help against division rivals on the road) don't just fall out of the sky. Yet, there was Randy Moss, falling right out of the sky and ready to land with anyone who wanted him.
But the Dolphins moved right out of the way and allowed the Tennessee Titans to pick him up. I have a feeling that in two weeks, when we can barely pass the ball to Marshall or Bess, and Moss is burning Jason Allen or Sean Smith (or even Vontae Davis), we will be reminded of how stupid this decision was.
Yet the arrogance of this organization, one that seems content to finish 8-8 every season and only get into the playoffs because of lucky breaks, again sent a message to its fans and to the rest of the team—we're just fine as we are right now.
Is taking Randy Moss a gamble? Yes. He's a diva, he's 33, he might have lost a step and he's already been cut loose by two teams with no hesitation...this season.
But in order to win, you have to take gambles.
Why did Moss get traded from New England though? Odds are it was because of his desire for a new contract and to talk about it at the very least. That, plus let's face it, Bill Belichick would trade his children for a third-round draft pick.
However, I'm pretty sure that after getting what they wanted for him, the Patriots would've been more than happy to welcome him back to a receiver corps that needs a deep threat.
Why did Minnesota waive him though?
Too many problems there to even begin. First off, the Vikings shouldn't have cow-towed to Favre the way they did, but this isn't Vikingfan Diaries; this is Dolfan Diaries so there's no reason to get into that. On top of that, Childress has proven to not be much of a people person. Just gogle Troy Williamson Minnesota Vikings and you'll see what I mean.
Moss needs a situation where a team is capable of making it into the playoffs along with a tough head coach. Sparano tries to fit the mold of being a tough head coach, and the Dolphins are certainly capable of making it into the playoffs. Honestly, I think this would've worked out well, at the very least it's worth the gamble.
A gamble that a certain basketball GM in the same city would've jumped on in a heartbeat. In fact, Sunday Night I wrote an article comparing the Heat and Dolphins, since on Sunday afternoon both of their games started at the same exact time. One of the readers even commented:
Yeah im from s .florida also and i was watching the miami heat game instead of the dolphins cuz even if the dolphins won, u kno they probably wont do anything this season in the tough division they're in. The heat are the team im following the most now, and i hope they win the championship, because its the only team in s.florida thats contending.
That comment was followed up by one so common to outsiders of Miami:
Sounds like a bunch of bandwagon fans. Lets only root for the team "that's contending".
Now my article discussed that I loved both teams, but that the Dolphins were my first sports love since the NFL has been my favorite sport since the age of four, but I felt a disconnect with them because of the last few years. With non-moves like this, my disconnect grows. Whereas with the Heat, more people in Miami feel a connection to them than ever before, something that in reality started after Dan Marino retired and Alonzo Mourning officially became Miami's top pro athlete (a status that he passed on to Dwyane Wade.)
While the fact that the Heat have been winning more has something to do with it, it's also because the Heat have been more likely and more willing to take risks.
Now what does this have to do with Randy Moss? Pat Riley would've claimed him the first chance he got. Pat Riley would've also drafted Dez Bryant while shying away from the Pat Whites of the world (no, Riley would not have asked Bryant if his mom was a prostitute either). Pat Riley also wouldn't tolerate settling for field goals.
He demands excellence at all times with the Heat and has since he first came here in 1995. To him a 42-40, eighth seed, one-and-done in the playoffs season is considered a failure. In fact, to Riley, any season that doesn't end with the Miami Heat hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy is considered a failure. He's been that way his entire career.
But this Dolphins team seems too content with mediocrity. If they finish 10-6 and sneak into the playoffs to be slaughtered at Arrowhead against the Chiefs, the season will be considered a success by the organization. That would lead to a free agency period, another chance at Randy Moss mind you, where they'll just play it safe—not take chances and not gamble.
It's clear in their game planning, and it's clear in how they acquire players. The Phins had the chance to step up to the plate and make a necessary risk to secure someone that would've pushed them from 8-8 and out of the playoffs to 11-5 and a scary team in the playoffs.
But it's a risk that wasn't taken. Instead, they just let a potential deep threat, the team's lone weakness on offense and someone who would've sped up the development of Henne, fall right through their hands like a pass being thrown to Ted Ginn.
And much like many Ted Ginn passes, a team that's good at pass defense was able to pick it off.
Watch they take it back for an easy six.
Then again, even if they would've acquired Moss, Dan Henning wouldn't have used him anyway.