Even the most die-hard Miami Dolphins loyalist has to admit there is something wrong with the current Dolphins team. The big question is whether or not the problem is a lack of talent or poor coaching. The real problem is, it could be a little bit of both. It’s rare that I agree with Armando Salguero, but he wrote a blog yesterday about Peter King’s Monday Morning QB post on Monday. Mando disagrees with King’s assertion that Tony Sparano will be a very good coach at whichever his next coaching stop is AND that whomever the next Dolphins coach is, will have a good talent base to start with.
As Mando points out, it’s not really possible for Sparano to be a very good coach and for the Dolphins to have a good talent base….Otherwise, why would they be 3-8? We’ve brought this up before, but we are no closer to getting an answer. Think about it, just for a second. If the Dolphins have a talented enough roster to be a good team, then the coaching is not what it should be. Conversely, if the Dolphins have a ‘heck of a coach’, then their roster must not have enough talent to be successful. As I said above, it could also be a combination of the two. Maybe the Dolphins have a decent enough talent base, which a great coach could turn into a contending team….Or perhaps Sparano is a good enough coach that could do more if he had more talent at his disposal.
The truth is, there has to be a reason for the Dolphins dismal 3-8 record. You simply can’t have a talented roster and a ‘heck of a coach’ and have that bad of a record….unless you are decimated with injuries. Need a few examples? Look at the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams are loaded with talent, yet their coaches have made questionable decision after questionable decision. Norv Turner is more conservative than Tony Sparano….and THAT’S saying something. Andy Reid hired an offensive line coach as his defensive coordinator (with no D-coordinator experience). Reid regularly under utilizes one of the best running backs in the game, Shady McCoy. Good talent and bad coaching = bad teams….Both the Chargers and Eagles are 4-7.
Need an example of a very good coach without enough talent on his roster? How about Mike Shanahan in Washington? Shanahan has helped build the roster, so as a GM he has failed. BUT, he is a Super Bowl winning coach who’s team has Rex Grossman and John Beck as the his QB options. Did Shanahan forget how to coach? Or is the talent on the roster just not good enough?
We may never know which problem is more to blame for the 2011 Dolphins, whether it’s lack of talent or poor coaching. However, the Dolphins will most likely have a much different look in 2012. New Coach? New GM? A host of new players? The Dolphins will probably have all of the above and hopefully we won’t have to answer the question of coaching vs. talent.