Here's my take on the offseason needs for the Dolphins. As the song said in Smokey and the Bandit "We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there". I know most of you don't percieve that we are that far away, but read on.
We have to keep Linehan. I know that some of you aren't concerned...YOU SHOULD BE. Record wise, I don't know if the 8 (might be 10 at some point with the Jets and Bills) is unprecedented or not. But, that's almost 1/3 of the league looking for coaches. Yeah, there may be some college coaches that can come in. There also may be 1 or 2 coaches that just got fired who might take head coaches elsewhere. But at the end of the day, there could be 5 - 7 HC jobs that are suitable to assistant coaches.
To take care of this, I'd recommend that Huizenga back the brinks truck up to Linehan's house and make him a great deal. It won't hurt our cap and will maintain the integrity of our offensive attack. The 'Skins just did a similar thing with one of their AC's.
We need to get a high profile QB. Frerotte is a band-aid at best when it comes to the QB position. I'd love to see us get a first round QB (Linehan, Young, or Cutler.) In order to do this we need to be prepared to trade up in the first round. We need Saban's Dan Marino/John Elway. Not someone who we pick up at a steal in the 3rd or 4th round and hope we hit on. We need to get gutsy!
Obviously, we may choose to find our new QB via free agency. Maybe we pick up Patrick Ramsey from Washington. Maybe we figure out how to get Brees or Rivers (Though Brees' injury may complicate this). I'll leave it up to Saban to determine who's the right guy. BUT, we have to find THE right guy for our O. In order to properly do this, obviously we will have had to have kept Linehan around. If we haven't then we need to have a firm grasp of what our offense will ideally look like. So, we can choose the QB with the right attributes for our O. In later years, we'll obviously plan our O around the QB.
We've all read that Madison won't renegotiate his contract to stay a Phin. We also all know that he's making way too much money to not be uber dominant (which he hasn't). So, he's going bye-bye. We also need to get rid of Reggie Howard. With Poole coming back and Daniels proving to be a stud, we still need help. We'll have to address that somehow someway.
Sweaty ba!ls Mckinney needs to go. He just isn't the mauler we need at center. Center is the lynchpin of the whole O-line. We need someone in the mold of a Kevin Mawae. Someone who is just big strong and really really nasty! We also need to look at potentially a new LT.
Chambers had a great second half! You couldn't have asked for more DURING THE SECOND HALF. What happened during the first 10 games? Are his drops over for good? Is his focus going to be as good all next year as it wqas the last six games? These questions make me a little nervous. I don't want to make this into a "Chambers sucks" thread because I don't think he sucks. Should we bring in a good WR anyways? It would depend on whose available, but I would say yes. Worse case scenario is that we add another stud WR to compliment Chambers, Booker, and sometimes Welker.