The real importance of the Chris Chambers trade
Why, you scream? How is this possible? Where's your passion about what it means for Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan? What are your thoughts about whether it means the Dolphins have given up on this season?
I don't give a hoot about what it means for Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan. And I don't really care about what it means about the rest of this season.
I only care about what happens with that second round pick. Nothing more.
If I am a Dolphins fan I am instantly hoping the Chargers lose the rest of their games. You see, the more the Chargers lose, the higher that pick will come in the second round.
More importantly, what are the Dolphins going to do with that second round pick? That's the main thing to care about. It doesn't matter if Miami goes offense or defense (they better not feed us the we're drafting a returner junk again). What really matters is that the Dolphins turn that pick into a starting-caliber player that contributes, like, soon.
One thing I found out when I suggested the Dolphins should explore trading Jason Taylor is that not many of you are confident Miami would do the right thing with a draft pick if such an exchange were made. Based on the history of the past five or so years, I kind of see your point -- which leads me to wonder whether the Dolphins can translate the pick they got in return for Chambers into good player.
I believe in Randy Mueller. He doesn't just sit around and wring his hands. He works to make things better. Does it always work out? No. This just in: The guy is not perfect. But at least he has a plan.
His plan going forward is obvious. He wants the Dolphins to become a second-level offense while adding playmakers to the defense, which it sorely needs as evidenced by the current third-down efficiency rate.
Mueller is tired of a popgun offense that gains yards in 4, 5, 6-yard clips when it's going really good. He wants an offense that gets to and beyond the secondary with some sort of consistency. He wants players that deliver 30, 40, 50-yard plays. That's attacking the second level.
On defense, he badly needs a shutdown cornerback. The Dolphins don't have a corner that will come up with a turnover, much less an interception return for a touchdown. Pat Surtain was that type of player. Sam Madison for a while was that. I remind you both those guys were second-round picks.
So don't get too caught up in what the trade means now. This season is toast, in case you haven't noticed. The importance of this trade, the meaning of this trade will be decided on draft day 2008. And hopefully the Dolphins will find an impact offensive or defensive player with San Diego's pick