House cleaning is a good thing!
Seth McKinney, Kevin Carter, and Bennie Anderson are gone. Before it is over, Jeno James, Dan Wilkinson, Jeff Zgonina, Travares Tillman, Kendyl Jacox, Joey Harrington and a handful of others will be outta here as well.
The team also might not re-sign Darian Barnes, Damion McIntosh, David Bowens, Mike Lehan, Keith Adams, Toniu Fonoti, and Donnie Spragan, and might welcome back Sammy Morris and Travis Minor only at minimum-salary type deals.
With the exception of Bowens, who I think is a good backup, I think Randy Mueller is finally doing what Nick Saban should have done in 2005. He's getting rid of a lot of junk.
He's starting from scratch.
Thank You, Lord.
The brilliance of this roster revamping is so simple it astounds that no one carried it out before. It goes like this: The Dolphins have been awful for some time now. They were 6-10 last year. They haven't made the playoffs since 2001.
So the team needs recycling more than last week's newspaper.
With that coming recycle the Dolphins are about to get younger, they're about to get faster, and they're about to get a different attitude as the old players with the old attitude go someplace else.
Notice it doesn't say here they're about to get better. Fact is, a younger team may very well get worse results on the field next season. But you know what? That's good!
Another 6-10 or worse season will give the Dolphins another top 10 pick next year and higher picks throughout the draft. That will add more youth, and more viable young talent if they do their draft homework. It should also offer a better salary cap situation.
One of Miami's weaknesses for a long time was that it was consistently good. The Dolphins always hovered around 8-8 to 10-6. That kept them from becoming great because the lower picks simply didn't bring the kind of talent Miami needed to reach the next level.
So maybe taking one step back now will mean taking several steps forward in the future. And if it doesn't, what will have the Dolphins have effectively done with this refurbishment project?
They will have trashed a 6-10 team. If you ask me, that's not an altogether bad thing.