Did you really expect to get Orton? Realistically?
This is the front office that took Jake Long over Matt Ryan with their 1st pick. This is the front office that signs offensive linemen with zeal every year. This is the regime that picked up Jared Odrick and left us thinking, "who the hell is that?" We just don't make the moves that winners make. We don't take the risks that other teams do. Those teams are the ones who consistently make it to the playoffs. We need to take the big risks in order to get the big returns.
Yeah we have the occasional splash (i.e. Brandon Marshall, Karlos Dansby). But time and again, this is the group that takes the safe pick. We've switched around the line so much, that I don't know who is starting besides Long and Carey. Getting rid of Channing Crowder is a bigger move than the signing of any of the free agents this year - even Reggie Bush. Don't get me wrong, Bush is a great pickup but he isn't a starting RB and Daniel Thomas is an unproven commodity.
But that's what this office will do. They pick up the boring guys and washed up players who didn't cut it anywhere else. It's the Dolphin way.
If the Front Office truly thought that bringing in Orton was a good idea, then they should have done what they could to get the deal done. But these guys, in my opinion, lack the confidence needed to take RISKS!
Look at what winners do! The Falcons mortgaged this year and next years draft to get Julio Jones! The Patriots signed Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth (The latter whom I think will play to his potential this year) ! The Jests tried to get an elite cornerback, even though they already have one of the best to ever play the game in Revis. The Eagles got that cornerback to pair with two other very good cornerbacks!
But no, this is what the Dolphins do. They strive for mediocrity. They pick up marginally good players and players with "potential" rather than go for the player that has already made a name for himself. Yeah, Brandon Marshall is a great pickup, but he is never going to give us what he gave the Broncos unless we get the man that threw him those passes.
But let me say this...Chad Henne does deserve one more chance. Common belief is that the third year of a QB or WR is when they really "get it" and breakout. Well, technically speaking, this is Chad's sort-of-third year. Some QBs even take 4 years to become what they will be for the rest of their NFL career but I hardly think that Chad will get that opportunity here if he doesn't do it now.
With that I conclude with the free agents that should have been Dolphins this year.
This is my first post. I've been reading the Phinsider for a couple years now but never got around to posting my own thoughts. Let me know how I did. Please leave comments and your opinions. I realize this article doesn't have a real direction but it's just me venting about how boring our beloved franchise has become...