man ross is a damn billionaire. he could easily foot the bill for the stadium upgrades. so we only draft austin cause it helps in the stadium upgrade vote? man you have to be kidding me. i would love to draft austin cause he adds a speed element to this offense thats been missing since the 80"s. i guess if we trade up for an ot that stadium vote is gonna fail miserably..... ridiculous!
Let's be honest....the Phin's offense has been flat out boring since Marino retired. Like watching paint dry. Other than Ricky Williams having a couple big seasons and seeing Ronnie Brown in the Wildcat, there has been little to get excited about. I think we have averaged around 16-18 points a game the past decade while the Patriots have averaged probably double that. We have to get playmakers to put points on the board and be able to compete with the top teams. Tavon Austin would also put fans in the seats, along with Mike Wallace. I say lets roll the dice.
If anything, in forthcoming years the rules will be slanted even more in favor of guys like Austin, and the passing game in general.
I suspect the referendum will pass, even if we draft a towel boy in the first round. A specialized election like that is decided by which side has the passion and money. That will be the supporters. The Dolphins no doubt will launch a media blitz in the final weeks, one that will be largely unopposed. It's a completely different situational landscape than a referendum thrown into a high turnout general election, in which case it would have no chance.
This is like Ned Lamont defeating Joe Lieberman in the primary then being thumped by Lieberman in November, when everyone had a say.
However, ck's point is good in that the Dolphins may handicap the situation as if they need a boost coming out of the draft. What's the joke about the gorilla who hit a driver to within 5 feet on a par 5? His second shot was another driver, traveling 500 yards. This Dolphin brass is capable of being so petrified they'll overplay anything.
I'd be devastated with Austin
Wait till 2nd tier of FA and sign players only to 1 year contracts i.e Clabo & Grimes
Roger Saffold OT
Ebon Britton OT/OG
Shelley Smith OG
Vincent Ray LB
Brandon Ghee CB
1 - Zach Martin OT/OG
2 - Kelvin Benjamin WR
3 - Jarvis Landry WR
4 - Cyril Richardson OG
5 - Antone Exum CB
6 - Ross Cockrell CB
7 - Marion Grice RB
And like I said, the strategy may not have anything to do with a Tavon Austin. It may be as simple as vetoing draft picks at 12 that are almost certain to drive the fanbase into the spitting mad frenzy that they've been at various points in the last 5 years. I mean jesus, if they come out and announce a pick as unpopular as Ted Ginn, complete with embarrassing YouTube videos of the "boos" during the announcement...that's the kind of thing that can feed back on itself in the media loop.
Personally I would be against the Owner having any say in Personnel Decisions but if Ross was the reason we drafted Tanny and is the reason we draft Austin, then I hope he gets involved.
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I love Jonathan Cooper. I love Sheldon Richardson. But now is not the time for those kind've picks, not with so much riding on popular sentiment..