I think what I'm trying to say is that I don't think we really have a foundation in place yet.
We don't...and that's why I have wanted Fireland gone all this time. But to me, the foundation does not include the OL. Foundational positions for me are includes QB, WR and TE on offense, and DE and DB on defense.
A play maker can be any position. A lineman can be a play maker.
I don't think I've ever disagreed with a statement on this board more than I disagree with this one. An offensive player cannot be a playmaker if he never touches the ball. Offensive playmakers put points on the board and directly change the outcome of the game - period.
He just needs to be there for a long time so we aren't having to address the position again and again and again.
Huh? What does longevity have to do with anything? Jake Long's been here 5 years...not a playmaker. I honestly have no idea what you mean.
A player that lasts 3-5 years isn't a solution.
So if we re-sign Long, will that make him a solution because he'll have been in Miami for 6 years?
And - I don't see your point. A player that lasts 3-5 years on a team can absolutely have a HUGE impact on that team and help make them champions. Hell, Peyton Manning single-handedly turned the Broncos into a legit contender over the course of one season, and I doubt he'll be in Denver more than three years. And what about the impact Marshawn Lynch has had on the Seahawks in just 3 seasons?
Great teams find long term solutions for problems. Either through the draft or FA. Baltimore had a foundation and then they added a few key players to make the super bowl run.
I'm confused. Anquan Boldin has been in Baltimore for three seasons and may get released. Does that mean he wasn't a solution?
Of all the people we've drafted and brought in there are very few positions on the team that I believe are long term solutions.
Well, yeah - that's what we've been talking about the past few years. The Dolphins have done a terrible job in the draft and free agency. But it's not because they haven't kept players long enough - it's because they haven't been able to find difference makers, instead opting to play it safe with lunchpail-types. I agree that we need long-term solutions, but a player isn't a solution just because he's on the team for 5 years. The goal should be upgrading, not keeping the same players forever because longevity is somehow a key to winning.