INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Grier holds the massive chair now because the Miami Dolphins’ chief decision-maker, but he typically leans on the teachings of mentors corresponding to Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame coach Invoice Parcells. That is why he could not assist however snicker when requested how he’ll bridge Parcells’ old-school quarterback draft guidelines with a brand new period stuffed with QB transfers and one-year starters.
Will Grier, the Dolphins’ basic supervisor, cross a quarterback off the board if he wasn’t a three-year starter, by no means received 23 video games or posted a 2-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio — very similar to Parcells typically did? Grier says he’ll take parts from his mentor’s guidelines, however observe his personal philosophy.
“The Invoice mannequin when it comes to a two-and-a-half- or three-year starter, that does have loads [of weight] since you need guys which have had the sport reps and sport expertise,” Grier mentioned. “However the way in which the sport is now, quite a lot of these guys are one-and-done the place they sat their freshman 12 months and one thing occurred they usually turned like a one-year starter or one thing. I believe it’s important to take it on a case-by-case foundation with every participant.”
That designation is essential as a result of the highest two quarterbacks within the 2019 NFL draft — Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins — are each one-year starters.
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“The large factor proper now could be the intelligence and the management stuff. I believe that is actually essential as a result of clearly all of those guys can throw,” Grier mentioned. “Folks wish to say guys have huge arms and no matter, however the guys that ‘do not have nice arms’ change into good gamers on this league. What separates them is the psychological make-up.”
Grier, 48, has been in command, snug and extra like himself than he has in years, a number of folks near him mentioned on the NFL scouting mix. That may very well be a product of Miami clearing out the kitchen for him to change into lead chef this offseason, or it may very well be the Dolphins lastly having a plan that coincides with how Grier was taught to construct a staff.
“The way in which I grew up there in New England, I’ve by no means been [wanting to] spend cash — large cash — on a man to return in, as a result of to me, I would moderately have three actually good gamers than one perhaps nice participant who could or could not affect what you are doing,” Grier mentioned. “You construct up your offensive line and line of defense. You begin there and then you definately work.”
It is robust to distinguish between smoke screens and agency plans in the course of the NFL offseason. If Grier is being forthright, it’s troublesome to think about the Dolphins mortgaging a major variety of picks (over a number of years) to commerce up from the 13th total choose to land their quarterback on this draft. With speak heating up about Murray going to Arizona with the No. 1 choose, Miami won’t have an opportunity to nab its selection of QB — even in a trade-up this 12 months.
What does appear clear is Ryan Tannehill will not be the Dolphins’ beginning QB in 2019. Miami was inspecting the commerce marketplace for Tannehill with groups on the mix, sources instructed ESPN. With little progress so far, a launch appears to be the almost certainly possibility.
Grier mentioned he had “a extremely good speak” with coach Brian Flores, offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea and assistant head coach/QBs coach Jim Caldwell in the course of the last weekend of February, making an attempt to determine what to do with the quarterback place. If Tannehill is not the selection and the Dolphins cannot discover their franchise QB by the 2019 draft, then all eyes will flip towards the 2020 draft, which might function Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Georgia’s Jake Fromm.
However the 2020 draft is way away, and there isn’t any assure Miami might be in prime place then to pick whom it needs. Additionally, these school quarterbacks have not had their warts revealed by NFL scouts, have not performed out their 2019 seasons, nor even declared for the 2020 draft. It is a scary proposition to wager on the unknown, even when that finally ends up being the route Miami takes.
“When folks begin rating lessons now earlier than anybody has sat down and talked to guys, it is type of laborious to do as a result of everybody is aware of that the psychological a part of the sport, particularly for the quarterbacks, performs an enormous half,” Grier mentioned. “Till anybody sits down and talks to these gamers and will get to see how they be taught soccer, how they course of data, how they are going to be within the locker room, what sort of management they carry, you possibly can’t actually say as a result of the intangibles are what make folks nice. … I do not make any judgments on any lessons till we actually sit down and get to know the gamers first.”
Dolphins basic supervisor Chris Grier is open to discovering a quarterback on this draft to interchange Ryan Tannehill. Joel Auerbach/Getty Pictures
A number of executives from rival groups mentioned the Dolphins’ plan to rebuild is healthier than any plan Miami has had lately, however the lingering query is how a lot endurance proprietor Stephen Ross could have with Grier and Flores.
What we’re studying is what qualities Grier and Flores search of their quarterback, whether or not they land him in 2019 or 2020.
Flores has talked about a number of instances that humility is important, referring to his workers’s try and construct a staff with out many egos. He seeks gamers who work laborious, can take robust teaching and can talk a staff mission over a person one — and all of it begins with the quarterback place.
Grier values signal-callers who possess intelligence and management, and he additionally has a particular affinity for gamers who’ve labored their means up from the underside to earn what they’ve — very similar to what he and Flores have finished of their careers.
“You at all times search for gamers which have had some form of adversity of their lives,” Grier mentioned. “It may very well be the smallest factor, nevertheless it additionally exhibits a bit little bit of their character and the way they’ve labored to beat issues.”
The Dolphins’ QB philosophy and very best QB traits have gotten clearer, however the laborious half continues to be on the horizon: discovering the appropriate one that satisfies the standards.