Miami, we have a problem.
The Dolphins just threw a truck full of kerosene into the fire Monday, at least from the fans’ perspective, signing Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll to run the Miami “offense.”
The Dolphins ranked 30th last year in scoring and 457th in entertainment value.
Daboll, 35, was the Browns’ offensive play-caller for the past two seasons. They ranked 31st in scoring this year after regressing from 29th in 2009.
I know it’s difficult to evaluate coaches, more so assistants, because there are so many variables involved, but at first glance this isn’t the most appetizing move for a franchise in need of a major offensive overhaul.
First of all, it’s tough to have a good offense without a good quarterback, as Miami has learned for some time now. Daboll’s best quarterback in Cleveland was Colt McCoy in his rookie season last year who put up a passer rating of 74.5.
Also an offensive coordinator only has so much freedom. The head coach ultimately has the power over what types of plays are called. So you never know how much the coordinator is truly impacting the game.
The man did win three Super Bowls with the Patriots as a defensive assistant and receivers coach.
Daboll was also the Jets’ quarterbacks coach when Chad Pennington was there in 2007.
“A lot of the coverage knowledge that I have and understanding defenses comes from Brian,” Pennington told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “The year I spent with him, I just learned so much about how defenses attack offenses, and all of the nuances of coverage that I didn’t understand before.”
Still, for a fanbase starving for some hope—anything filled with promise to grasp onto—this signing doesn’t satisfy that hunger. Why in the world would a season ticket holder renew at this point?
I’m sure it’s a question owner Stephen Ross has asked himself quite frequently lately.
If major personnel changes aren’t made on the offensive side of the ball this offseason, why sit through such boredom on a Sunday afternoon in a city with so much else to offer?