This is going to be all over the place when it comes to talking about the Miami Dolphins today. Sports Illustrated's Peter King posted his Monday Morning Quarterback article today, and in it, he spends time dissecting the Miami Dolphins last 10 years. It's a pretty good breakdown of all the things that have gone wrong for the Dolphins - whether through bad luck, bad decisions, or bad timing - since trading for Ricky Williams 10 years (and 11 days) ago.
I won't go indepth about King's writing, since I can't explain it better than he did, but I will give you the introduction he used:
"In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi (sort of), "What the hell's going on down there?!"
"In Miami, I mean.
"In the last 10 years this franchise has been the most luckless, clueless, hapless club. To wit:
"Head coaches (seven): Dave Wannstedt, Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles and now Joe Philbin.
"Starting quarterbacks, minimum four starts (13): Jay Fiedler, Ray Lucas, Brian Griese, A.J. Feeley, Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon(!), Trent Green, John Beck, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne and now, evidently, Matt Moore. Unless they sign Alex Smith this morning, and if so, Smith would be in line to be the 14th starting quarterback in the last 11 seasons.
"Offensive coordinators (seven): Norv Turner, Chris Foerster, Scott Linehan, Mike Mularkey, Dan Henning, Brian Daboll and now Mike Sherman.
"Defensive coordinators (six): Jim Bates, Richard Smith, Dom Capers, Paul Pasqualoni, Mike Nolan and now Kevin Coyle.
"The most bizarre moves, and aftermaths, of the last decade of Miami Dolphins football -- actually, decade plus 11 days, considering that the Dolphins traded for Ricky Williams 10 years and 11 days ago:
King then lists the five "most bizarre moves". He has them listed as:
- The ridiculous inability to find, develop and decide on a quarterback who could be even half as good as Dan Marino.
- The ill-fated hiring of Nick Saban.
- The one you've all forgotten. (Mike Tomlin)
- Trades that stunk.
- Drew Brees.
Make sure you head over to SI.com to read the MMQB, and see exactly what King says about the Dolphins. It's worth the read.