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    Football Outsiders ranked all 32 teams by the strength of their players under 25, using a number of factors including games and downs played, position, and so on, and ended up with Miami at #2. While the original story is behind the ESPN Insider paywall, James Walker has a good write-up on the Dolphins status on the list. He does manage to leave out perhaps the most striking detail though, and that's the fact that in these same rankings this time last year, Miami was ranked 29; their jump of 27 spots was the largest of any team. I've been happy with the job Dennis Hickey and Mike Tannenbaum have done up to this point, but this really puts their organizational philosophy into perspective in a quantifiable way.
    This is the most talented team Miami's had in years, but a good portion of its talent is young and needs more experience.

    "The organization has struggled from a personnel standpoint over the years. For instance, they drafted me in the second round. . . . You don't recover from those types of mistakes." - Rob Konrad

  • #2
    Good stuff!!!

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    • #3
      Thanks Christopher, great find. It really does quantify what I felt was happening. For those who remember the old Redskins who stocked their roster with over 30 players that well ran dry very quickly and they had traded all of their future draft picks to get these "proven veterans", a flawed approach from which the franchise has never recovered. Football is a young man's game, the more young talent the brighter and more sustainable your future. We have a great start, but beware it needs to continue each and every year.

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      • #4
        Absolutely. Banking on veterans backs yourself into a corner. Either you win immediately, or that window slams shut, and the cupboard is bare. Building a team from youth and your own draft picks might not be as exciting in the offseason as making the big free agent splash, but ultimately it gives you a much better shot at success.

        "The organization has struggled from a personnel standpoint over the years. For instance, they drafted me in the second round. . . . You don't recover from those types of mistakes." - Rob Konrad

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        • #5
          Nice! It gives all of us Dolphins fans hope for 2015, and beyond..................

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          • #6
            I definitely like the infusion of youth with the sprinkled in proven veteran.
            Last edited by FinFan in KC; 08-29-2015, 12:23 AM.
            Can we sign this guy?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FinFan in KC View Post
              I definitely like the infusion of youth with the sprinkled in proven veteran.
              This is the best forumula in my opinion. I think a young team with a few select veterans who know how to win is the key. Great article.

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