The Film Room: Follow “The Miami Model” for Rebuilding

by Spiro Kasabian @nyspawtsguy

Dave Gettleman took a lot of heat for claiming that the New York Giants were trying to follow the Kansas City model for transitioning to their rookie quarterback when Daniel Jones was selected to play behind Eli Manning in Year One.

His thought was that the Giants could try to win in 2018/2019 with EliManning and then pass the torch off to Daniel Jones. Well, we all know how that turned out.

I would like to offer a better, more team-oriented model for our New York Giants to follow. Let’s call it “The Miami Model”. Of course, referring to the Miami Dolphins, who are being coached by another Bill Belichick disciple in Brian Flores. The Dolphins finished Flores’ first year at 5-11 but battled hard and were making progress by the end of 2019. In 2020, the Dolphins improved to 10-6 and narrowly missed the playoffs. Joe Judge is hoping to follow a similar path.

Dolphins Plan:

1) Brian Flores fired everyone – The first thing Brian Flores did was fire several of his coaches, including his Offensive Coordinator, his offensive line coach (Dave DeGuglielmo), and his Safeties coach. Flores said, “We are evaluating everything”.

Judge is doing the same. Outside Linebackers coach, Bret Bielema, has already left to take another job. The Offensive Line coaches Marc Colombo (notoriously fired mid-season) and Guges (not retained) are being
moved on from. Judge is getting who he wants on his staff to follow his vision.

2) The Dolphins drafted well – The biggest contributors to the Dolphins 2020 success were homegrown players drafted by the Dolphins. DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Xavien Howard, Jerome Baker, Jason Sanders, and Myles Gaskin, amongst others, were
all drafted by the Dolphins. Under Flores, each one took a step up and developed.

The Giants have a similar young cast of players that will be counted on to step up and develop into big-time contributors. ie: Crowder, Thomas, Peart, McKinney, Coughlin, Holmes, and Brown.

3) Flores signed Veterans to fit his system – The likes of Ted Karras, Byron Jones, Kyle Van Noy, Eric Rowe, Emmanuel Ogbah, and our very own Ereck Flowers were all added in the 2020 offseason. All of these players fit what Brian Flores wanted to accomplish on both sides of the ball and were big contributors.

Joe Judge and his coaches will now be in year two of implementing their system (hopefully with a real offseason program this time around) and will be adding veterans to this current roster that fit what they want to do. ie: Martinez, Bradberry, and Logan Ryan.

The New York Giants finished the 2020 NFL season at 6-10. They completed the 2 nd Half of their season at 5-3 and showed progress while building a young, competitive roster. They will need another good 2021 offseason to be able to turn this squad into a competitor like the Miami Dolphins did in year two of Brian Flores’ tenure.

Mr. Glass-Half-Full’s Take:

Count me as one of the dudes that think the Giants will be fighting for 9+ wins next year. We have seen what a positive culture that fosters player development can do for a young team in the Dolphins. The two heavyweights in the division seem to be heading in the wrong direction (Dallas and Philadelphia) and the Giants own the WFT. The Dave Gettleman-Joe Judge marriage needs to hit on one more offseason and this team will be rolling toward success.