The Miami Dolphins have started the 2017 regular season on a roller coaster, winning their first game, then dropping the next two while scoring a combined six points total, before coming away with two more wins - all while trying to find a rhythm for the offense. With the team sitting at 3-2 on the season, we are starting to get an idea of what the team is, and where they need to address things for next year.
But, what about this year? Now that the season has begun to play out, what would the Dolphins do today if they could go back and change one move they made in the offseason? Would it instead be a move or addition they didn't make?
There are several moves the team could have made this offseason, which would change where they are today. Obviously, injuries can not be changed, so losing Ryan Tannehill and Raekwon McMillan would have still happened. If you could change it, would you have signed someone other than Jay Cutler to replace Tannehill, though? The Dolphins did sign a guard this offseason - Ted Larsen - but also lost him to injury and have been working to solidify the offensive line ever since. Would you have added another lineman?
My change is someone who left the team that they should have found a way to keep. Tight end Dion Sims left the Dolphins to sign with the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $18 million contract. Miami traded a seventh-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for tight end Julius Thomas, who signed a two-year, $12.2 million contract after the trade. Basically, for a $300,000 2017 cap hit increase, the Dolphins swapped Thomas as the starting tight end over Sims.
Sims has six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown with the Bears this season, while Thomas has 12 receptions for 108 yards. Those numbers seem to lean in Thomas’ favor, but in reality, the Dolphins should be missing Sims. He is an all-around tight end, able to work in-line as a blocker and as a pass-catching threat. He is younger than Thomas, with more of an ability to fit what the Dolphins seem to need from their tight end position.
Taking a flyer on Thomas, who had success under head coach Adam Gase when Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, was not a bad move. It only cost the team a seventh-round pick, and they have a player who has previously been a dynamic threat from the position. However, it is not working out.
Sims, along with Anthony Fasano, could give the Dolphins a solid one-two at the tight end position. They may not have the spectacular, highlight type of play, but they could have been getting the job done for the Miami offense this season.
The move I would have made for the Dolphins, if I could go back and change something, was not letting Dion Sims leave. What would you have changed?