Miami Dolphins: Is the Dolphins Regime Really That Bad at Evaluating Talent?

Jason Clary@IamJClaryCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Offensive tackle Jake Long #77 of the Miami Dolphins drops back into pass blocking against the Indianapolis Colts at Land Shark Stadium on September 21, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Colts defeated the Dolphins 27-23.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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We have all seen it time and time again. Whether it is Dave Wannstedt, Cam Cameron, or Nick Saban, the Miami Dolphins have been wrong time, and time again.

With the mediocrity that is surrounding the Miami Dolphins team right now, especially on offense, more and more folks are jumping on the bandwagon that the current regime doesn't know the first thing about putting together quality components for a successful football team.

Yesterday, Cameron Wake and Jake Long were selected to the Pro Bowl, and they were the only two Dolphins selected to be on the team.

Remember the buzz surrounding Cameron Wake two seasons ago as he came into training camp as the Dolphins' new project?

Wake was a player that was looked over by many when he first tried to play in the NFL, and it wasn't until he set the Canadian Football League on fire that he was even considered to have NFL talent.

Miami took the risk with Wake, and in just his second year, the pass rushing specialist (who supposedly didn't have the pursuit, or the edge setting ability to be a complete linebacker) is now Miami's most electrifying defender.

Do some still question Jake Long's selection in the Draft? Yes. Should they? Absolutely not. Jake Long is already one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the NFL, and in his third year he has already been selected to three Pro Bowls.

Miami has done fine elsewhere with young talent as well. If you look at the Dolphins secondary, three of their four starters are either in their first or second year. Chris Clemons, Sean Smith, and Vontae Davis are quickly catching on, and Miami finally has a solid secondary.

Take it for what you will, but Miami's defense has shown huge strides this season because of immense talent, and also guidance from defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Even with a great defense this season, Miami has still managed to miss the playoffs. Almost all of the blame can be put on the team's offense.

What is the most important position on the offense? Without solid blockers, the offense won't go anywhere. Without a good running back, the offense can get one dimensional. Without a talented set of receivers, a quarterback has nobody to lean on. But all of these problems seem to get better with a franchise quarterback.

Since Miami drafted Dan Marino, they have not drafted a quarterback in the first round. Miami has not looked at drafting a quarterback in round one of the NFL draft through the 80's, 90's, and now the first decade of the 2000's.

For all of the other solid pieces Miami has put in place, second year starter Chad Henne still can't find a rhythm. Perhaps if Henne was given a better offensive line this season, he would have done better, but that doesn't exclude the fact that Henne has one of the highest interception totals among quarterbacks since his first start last season.

Through all of the successful investments in young, talented players, Miami has overlooked perhaps their biggest need, and the most important position in the game of football.

The three year plan and the Bill Parcells project has turned into somebody else's venture, and into an even longer trial and error process.

If you look at the most successful franchises over the last decade, they all have several things in common. Those franchises have a great quarterback, a great head coach, and great draft picks.

Right now, the Miami Dolphins have mediocre quarterbacks, an average head coach, and a good set of draft picks.

There was question whether the Miami Dolphins would keep Tony Sparano as a head coach, however, reports out of several media outlets state that Stephen Ross has decided to keep Sparano around for another season.

With that being said, only Sparano's job has been deemed "safe" (although stranger things have happened). 

No matter what other staff moves Stephen Ross makes, the current staff will either succeed or fail on the arm of their (hopefully) new quarterback.


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