The Dolphins finished last season as a competitive team, winning five of their last nine games and finishing things off with the lively comeback victory at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots.
But the reality is that what happened in November and December will have little, if any, impact on what happens to the dolphins from September.
Simply put, the notion that speed can be affected from one season to the next is quite false.
“I have no (transfer), to be honest with you,” Flores said Monday during a Zoom media session. “I think 2019 is the past and every year is a little different. This year is no different from that position. The things that happened a year ago – good or bad – we are just focused on getting better every day “Last year is last year. Just trying to improve, get better, build some team chemistry and learn and grow as a team right now. Not really worried about something that happened a year ago.”
The close end Mike Gesicki expressed the same feeling in his offseason media session after he was asked about his strong end to the 2019 season, which included the game-winning prisoner in New England.
“It was great for our team to end the season on that note and all that,” said Gesicki, “but it’s something that is a different game in the past right now, and (we) are just a little more focused on hopefully helping. this team to win more games in the future just because that’s where I’m right now, just kind of focus on this season and move on to when training camp rolls around and to be ready to go in there and compete. “
A quick look at part of Dolphin’s story would really serve as a precaution against expecting too much after a losing season that ended in a positive way.
Take, for example, 2006.
Last year, in Nick Saban’s first season as Dolphin’s head coach, the team won its last six games after starting 3-7 and went into the season with a lot of speed – if you believe that type.
In the 2006 season, the Daunte disaster and the dolphins stumbled to a 6-10 finish that ended with Saban’s departure to the University of Alabama.
More recently, it was the 2012 season that followed a similar pattern.
Last year, the Dolphins recovered from a 0-7 start to go 6-3 in their last nine games and finished 6-10. In 2012, Ryan Tannehill arrived as the first round and the Dolphins went 7-9 in Joe Philbins first year as head coach.
So when you think about the Dolphins going 5-4 after starting 0-7 last year, plus the arrival of a first-round pick at quarterback (this time Tua Tagovailoa), you can see the similarities.
This is not to suggest that the Dolphins are heading for a 7-9 season like they had in 2012 or a 6-10 finish like in 2006. This exercise is simply to point out that although the 5-4 end of 2019 was fun , it will not affect what happens in 2020.