Two of the biggest headaches on the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Zac Taylor and offensive line coach Jim Turner, once coached together on the Miami Dolphins from 2012 - 2013. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo was the defensive backs coach for that same team.
Now, the Bengals are saddled with their mediocre coaching, while the Dolphins have found a strong defensive identity under head coach Brian Flores.
Thus, it’s as if the Bengals’ coaching staff is comprised of the scraps of that Dolphins team, making Cincinnati’s coaches what Dr. Hodgie Smodgie called “dolphin sausage.” Watch below to hear our comments and predictions for the matchup between the Dolphins and the team that took their leftovers and turned them into four wins in two years.
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When media members noted that Cincinnati would be a poor spot for Joe Burrow, fans came to the defense of the franchise they love by noting that the Bengals had had more recent success than the Dolphins. The reality, though, is that the Dolphins (7-4), like most franchises, evolve and learn from their mistakes.
Miami has rebuilt its offensive line through the NFL Draft just this year, adding guard Solomon Kindley in the fourth round of the 2020 Draft and tackle Robert Hunt in the second round. The result has been that, no matter who the quarterback is, the offensive is able to move the chains.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick stepping in for the injured rookie, Tua Tagovailoa, is a far cry from Brandon Allen playing in place of Burrow. That’s for two reasons. 1: The Dolphins actually have a capable mentor and decent backup quarterback on their roster. 2: Their investment in the offensive line ensures that the offense can function even with a journeyman at the helm.
The Bengals have much to learn from the Dolphins in terms of making necessary changes and hiring competent (and fresh) coaches.