We could draft a clone of Dan Marino, and he would fail miserably, because there is no protection for him.
But no, let's laugh off the importance of a good OL. Let's wait until there's nothing left in free agency but table scraps to start to put together an OL.
And English soccer? What has that to do with American football?
OK, I was being sarcastic re: soccer. You keep baffling me with your priorities so I thought you might do better in your analysis if you changed sports.
Anyway....a top QB like, let’s continue to use the Marino example, are there once in a decade, maybe three decades. Did you know that since the HOF first round of 1983 (Elway, Kelly, Marino) only six other HOF caliber QBs have been drafted in the 1st round? (I’m not counting Brees (2nd) and Brady (6th) nor the recent batch of Mahomes, Mayfield). Six in 36 years. Hard to find, eh? You know how many all-pro offensive linemen (all-pro, not pro-bowl)? I stopped counting after 20 since 2007.
Question: which is harder to find? Rhetorical, don’t bother to answer.
And no, I’m not anointing any of the current QBs or even next year's crop to the HOF but you have to start with that guy when you get the chance, so don’t screw around, don’t gamble the guy will fall to you or that your tea leaves say your guy will be there a full year away....they will seldom fall in your lap like Marino did to Shula in ’83.
So that’s the first thing. The second thing. Leave Grier alone. This year is about saving money, building up cap room for beyond. Any half way decent OL’guy nowadays, eg., Jawan James, will command multi millions for what type of production? Answer: Jawan James. Are you kiddin’ me?!
The Fins are not going to jump in that pool just yet. Heck, a Jermon Bushrod or any of those we’ve signed in the last 10 years, some for big bucks, weren’t worth the paper their contract was written on. Yes, as the years go by they will become more expensive in FA and to resign after their rookie contract but if they are out in the market now they aren’t worth what they want nor what Miami is smart enough to not pay.
Miami has to draft them, and they have to nail it. They can’t afford a string of 2nd and 3rd round busts like Dallas Thomas, John Jerry, Billy Turner. The Colts for example, nailed it with their two starting guards, selected last year in rounds 1 and 2. You get the picks like Grier is doing, you have draft capital. Then you nail top starters, like we hope Tunsil develops into, and then fill in one guy or two. But you have to have the QB. Without it, I don’t care if you have a line of Mike Munchaks and Jonathan Ogdens, you ain’t winning.