Dolphins’ Brian Flores says he won’t disrespect the game by tanking
The Miami Dolphins sure look like they are tanking. Most of their roster is built of 24 years old or younger, they just traded two of their best offensive players in left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills, and have a roster generally filled with more holes than answers.
But, new head coach Brian Flores isn’t going to disrespect the game by tanking. That’s not in his nature nor football’s nature. He said on Sunday, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald:
“This game means a lot to me. I wouldn’t disrespect the game with that. We’re not. We’re going to try to win every game. . . . We’re going come out, work hard, we’re going to fight. We’re going to play hard and try to win every game. That’s what you do. This team is motivated. We’ve got some talented players. We’re going to go out there and try to win every game.”
Though the Dolphins look like they are embracing the tank on paper, the reality is that Flores has instilled a blue-collar work ethic in the Dolphins.
The roster is inexperienced, yes. But, they aren’t going to lie down; their job, in the long run, is to win. If you win, you get paid.
Nevertheless, Flores’ Dolphins aren’t primed to win anytime soon. They’ve dealt away the old regime and massive chunks of the roster. There is an absence of talent on the roster. Luckily, that should lead to a high draft pick in a stacked quarterback class.
It doesn’t hurt that they also have the Houston Texans’ first-round picks for the next two years either.