There’s at least one NFL analyst who doesn’t agree with the direction the Miami Dolphins are going.
Former NFL head coach Dennis Green was candid about his thoughts on Miami’s outlook this season during Tuesday’s edition of NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp.
Green was especially critical of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and general manager Jeff Ireland’s decisions to part ways with running back Reggie Bush and left tackle Jake Long.
“I don’t think Ryan’s (Tannehill) a great quarterback,” Green said. “So, the key is going to be, how can they overcome losing two great players (speaking of Bush and Long).”
The former Vikings and Cardinals coach went on to say, “If you wanted your quarterback to be a good player and have a great year, then you should have signed the best players on your offense and when you don’t do that, you’re going to have problems.”
Green wasn’t done with his skeptical evaluation of the Dolphins. He later downplayed the significance of the team’s signing of Mike Wallace in March.
“I like Mike Wallace if he’s here to play, but Mike Wallace is no Reggie Bush,” he said. “Mike Wallace is a great guy with great speed. He’s made a lot of plays down the field, but Reggie Bush has scored a lot of touchdowns. And Mike Wallace is no Jake Long, either.”
Mike Wallace is no Reggie Bush? That’s where Green lost me. I can understand, to an extent, his concern with Tannehill and Ireland’s decision to not outbid the St. Louis Rams for Jake Long’s services, but to say Mike Wallace doesn’t measure up to Reggie Bush is borderline comical.
Wallace has scored 32 touchdowns over the past four seasons to Reggie Bush’s 24 since Wallace has been in the league. Bush made his fair share of highlights in Miami, but he had become an inconsistent runner by the time his second season in aqua and orange had concluded.
Running back is probably the easiest position to reload at in the NFL and second-year back Lamar Miller showed enough promise as a rookie to let Bush walk in free agency.
So, no, I don’t think Green’s take on Mike Wallace and Reggie Bush was fair.
But what about his other arguments? Does he make valid points concerning Ryan Tannehill and Jake Long? Tell me what you think in the comments.