Miami Dolphins VP Mike Tannebaum is responding to those critics of the team’s offseason moves with confidence.
With free agency almost a week old, the Miami Dolphins have plenty of their fans (and members of the media) wondering exactly what the team’s plan is for the 2016 season and beyond. So far, the moves executed by the team’s front office have been a little puzzling.
After signing free-agent defensive end Mario Williams and trading for linebacker Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, the team parted ways with young stars like defensive end Olivier Vernon (who became expendable with the signing of Williams) and running back Lamar Miller, who signed with the Houston Texans. The team also let go several veterans, including Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.
Inside the team’s facility, there is plenty of confidence that things are heading in the right direction…there is so much confidence that the team’s VP of football operations, Mike Tannebaum, told a local TV station that this year’s team would be victorious in a game with the 2015 squad:
"Tannenbaum is so pleased with the way the offseason has gone he told Steve Shapiro, sports director for WSVN-TV, the 2016 Miami Dolphins “would beat the crap out of the 2015 Dolphins.”The comment, made in a telephone conversation between Shapiro and Tannenbaum, was reported on-air by Shapiro on Sunday night’s “Sports Xtra” broadcast."
Tannenbaum points to the signing of running back C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet (which the Denver Broncos have until Tuesday afternoon to match) and several other role players as proof that things are turning in the right direction. It might be a hard sell to fans, for example, in letting go of a 1,000-yard rusher in Miller for someone who ran for 720 yards last season…even with the Super Bowl ring Anderson would be bringing to South Florida.
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