Dolphins grade poorly according to SI.com
SI.com, the cyberspace outpost for the Sports Illustrated mother ship, is no different. And in his midseason grading, SI.com writer Don Banks, who I've known for 25 years and covered the Florida High School basketball state finals with two decades ago, takes the Dolphins to the woodshed.
Per Banks, the Dolphins win, er, lose by claiming the worst coaching hire award. He picks Cam Cameron and reasons it thusly: "The Dolphins are a train wreck, and it's certainly not all Cameron's fault. But at 0-8, you can't claim his presence has been a difference maker."
Cameron is not the only casualty of Banks' strafing run. His worst acquisition in the entire NFL so far? Joey Porter. "The Dolphins gave the mouthy ex-Steelers linebacker a five-year, $32 million deal, including $20 million guaranteed. It's those kind of calls that has Miami in the desperate condition it's in."
The runner up for worst acquisition? Banks picks Trent Green, who will be costing the Dolphins a fifth-round draft pick in April even though his only contribution was to lead the NFL in interceptions until he went out for the season with a concussion.
The Miami front office gets something of a reprieve in the worst front office category because Banks picks the San Francisco front office as the worst so far after signing duds Tully Banta-Cain, Darrell Jackson, Michael Lewis, and Ashley Lelie. But the reprieve is short-lived as Banks picks the Dolphins front office as the runner up for worst in the NFL.
It sounds harsh, but that is the national view of the Dolphins. And you thought this local guy was tough on the team?