Okay, alright… after taking final Thursday off from the Miami Dolphins’ Doomsday Meter column because of the Thursday Evening Soccer sport in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens, we now return to your often scheduled little bit of “doom and gloom” studying.
However, earlier than we do, let’s all give one final spherical of applause to this Miami Dolphins squad for giving us a spectacle of exuberant leisure the likes of which we haven’t seen throughout the first half of the 2021 NFL season of their convincing win over the perennial powerhouses from Baltimore. Nicely executed, fellas. Let’s stick with it in opposition to the Jets this week.
Now that that’s out of the best way, let’s take the aqua coloured glasses off for only a second and keep in mind that at 3-7, this crew has nonetheless vastly under-performed this season. No person likes to level fingers… Wait, who am I kidding? That’s what we do on this web site! Have you ever learn the remark part of any article, constructive or damaging, this season?!
So, what are we ready for? Let’s get to pointin’.
Brian Flores – Head Coach
MDDM Stage – 7.5
The final time we checked in on Brian Flores on this article was after Miami fell to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Flores was sitting at a blisteringly sizzling 9.0 on the MDDM. As you may see, after wins in opposition to Houston and Baltimore, that quantity has fallen some.
Flores nonetheless has loads of inquiries to reply after this season concludes. In spite of everything, Miami was anticipated to take the following step and discover themselves within the playoffs this 12 months. Some even thought they might problem the Buffalo Bills for the division crown, but as an alternative, it’s the New England Patriots who seem to be Buffalo’s largest menace in the intervening time, and Miami stays on the surface, trying in concerning the playoffs.
Nonetheless, Flores – a supposed defensive guru – has righted the ship defensively as of late. The Dolphins are permitting a mean of simply 15 factors per sport over their final three contests. They arrive off of a surprising win the place they allowed a mere 10 factors in opposition to an electrical Ravens’ offense – the bottom level whole in any sport began by former MVP, Lamar Jackson.
If Miami’s protection can proceed to place strain on opposing quarterbacks, they’ll concurrently take the strain off of Brian Flores and his MDDM stage will proceed to fall with every win Miami claims because the season rolls on.
DeVante Parker – WR
MDDM stage – 5.0
Arguably Miami’s primary receiver – though Jaylen Waddle is already giving him a run for his cash there – DeVante Parker was anticipated to contribute drastically in Miami’s offense this season. After beginning the primary 4 video games of the season, compiling a stat-line of 17 receptions for 242 yards and only one rating – Parker subsequently missed the next three video games on account of harm. Returning for the 26-11 loss to Buffalo, a sport by which he nabbed 8 balls for 85 yards, Parker has since missed the final two matchups in opposition to Houston and Baltimore (each wins).
As the good Invoice Parcells used to say, “The perfect capability is availability.” Sadly, Parker has typically been unavailable on account of a large number of accidents all through his profession. Sooner or later, it’s important to transfer on from these gamers. As an alternative, Miami appears to gather them, a minimum of on the broad receiver place, as Will Fuller has additionally missed most of 2021, as has Preston Williams, whereas Lynn Bowden Jr. and Allen Hurns’ seasons ended earlier than they even began.
Parker has two years remaining on his contract after this season concludes. He’s truly comparatively low cost in comparison with most beginning broad receivers within the NFL – counting solely $8,950,000 in opposition to the cap in 2022 and $9,000,000 in 2023. For cash causes alone, his MDDM ranking stays considerably low, as I don’t suppose it’s too seemingly Miami strikes on from Parker after this season is over, however it might behoove this franchise to amass more healthy receivers to encompass him with as he’ll inevitably miss extra sport motion over the following two seasons.
Liam Eichenberg – LT
MDDM Stage – 4.0
Earlier than anybody freaks out, let’s be clear… The Miami Dolphins is not going to be shifting on from Liam Eichenberg within the type of a lower or launch at any level this season, within the offseason, or throughout subsequent season. He was a 2021 second spherical draft decide, who at occasions, has carried out decently in his rookie 12 months, but inside latest weeks, Eichenberg has struggled mightily.
With that being stated, except he steps his sport up throughout the second half of the 2021 season, his function might be drastically diminished and he might discover himself a backup for the 2022 season.
Liam might not deserve the entire criticism for his poor play as of late, as Miami’s offensive teaching is clearly severely missing in a number of areas. And to Eichenberg’s credit score, he did carry out higher without any consideration deal with earlier than being moved to left deal with after Austin Jackson was moved to left guard. Eichenberg truly informed the media that he was higher suited to play proper deal with within the NFL, earlier than instantly being moved to left deal with by this teaching employees.
Sadly, with Greg Little occurring IR this week, Miami is operating out of choices on the left deal with place, and in need of shifting Austin Jackson again to his authentic spot alongside the offensive line, there isn’t a lot else left to attempt.
I nonetheless imagine that Eichenberg generally is a high quality lineman within the NFL, and it’s far too early to surrender on him as a prospect, however he’ll want to show issues round over Miami’s ultimate seven video games if he needs to present the choice makers in South Florida some confidence that he generally is a starter on this league going ahead.
Has your confidence on this crew grown during the last couple of weeks? Do you suppose Miami can rattle off a number of extra consecutive victories and discover themselves “within the hunt” earlier than it’s all stated and executed this 12 months? In case you ran this crew, would you allow Liam Eichenberg at left deal with or return him to the appropriate deal with spot he carried out nicely at earlier within the season? Let me know on Twitter at @MBrave13 or within the feedback beneath! Fins up!