Opinion: Hey, Dolphins, Stop Winning!

By Stephen Diener

Before I begin, I’ll just say first that I know that this is a very contentious subject, but enough is enough! It has to be said, the Miami Dolphins need to stop winning.

I know it might sound absurd or even asinine, but let’s put this in perspective for a minute.

After the Miami Dolphins beat the Colts 16-12 yesterday for their second win of the season, the arguments began from the two sides of the fan base.

On one end you have the fans who want to see the Phins win at all costs. On the other end, you have the fans who love the Dolphins so much that they are rooting for them to lose this year in order to gain future success.

You can probably tell which side of the spectrum I’m on, but there is good reason for that. Think about it, what is the point of winning a few games this year only to see them fall out of the top 4 or 5 of the draft?

If you really care about the future success of this team, then you should be forward thinking and realize that a temporary loss is worth the future gain.

I’d rather see a 2-14 season this year that leads to drafting a player like Chase Young, Joe Burrow, or Tua, that can help you win and be a contender for the next decade than winning 5 or 6 games and missing out on those generational players only to be mired in mediocrity for the next ten years.

And I’ve heard the other side of the argument, “but Diener, you can get a great player later in the draft!” I know Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round, Russell Wilson was drafted in the second, and Lamar Jackson late in the first round. I’m aware of it all.

And I know there are no guarantees on the top picks, but these guys are about as close as you can get.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see the fight in this team. It’s great to see how the players are responding to Brian Flores’ fearless leadership. He does seem like the right guy for the job moving forward.

But it would also be great to see this team be able to draft someone who is going to make a real difference in the future.