There was a time over 30 years ago when everything Don Shula did was unmatched.
When he was in the prime of this coaching career, Shula and then general manager Bobby Bethard could find players in the middle to the late rounds of the NFL Draft and make them superstars.
Mark Clayton of Louisville was an eighth round draft pick. Mark Duper was a surprise second-rounder from Southeast Louisiana. Shula proved that if a player was good enough to be drafted, he and his coaching and scouting staff could find you.
Then there is the Don Shula and his staff that we want to forget. Yes, the Miami Dolphins had a few poor drafts.
And over the past decade, the Dolphins, with different coaches and personnel in position, have made choices that Dolphins fans want to forget.
These are the five moves the team and its fans want to forget.
The defensive end lasted all of three seasons in Miami and never started a game in Aqua and Green. Bosa may have been a late first or early second round pick, but he was way out of his league. The Boston College product was one of many missteps in the Dolphins drafting process in the middle of the 1980s.
To think I would miss school to see players like Kumerow drafted. He will forever be inked to Paul Zimmerman who asked “Who?” when his name was called by the commissioner of the NFL, the Draft analysts were left speechless over this pick in 1988. He and Bosa also show that it may not have been the lack of a running game that hurt this team as much as it was a poor pass rush.
He is arguably the worst first round pick of the Dolphins since their inception in the AFL/NFL. This pick also shows Jimmy Johnson wasn’t always as astute about draft picks as he was in Dallas. Thinking Avery could resurrect the running game and find the team’s inner Emmitt Smith. Avery played in the XFL after two seasons in the NFL.
Ted Ginn, Jr.
I have always hated this pick. The franchise was struggling and could have chosen Brady Quinn. The team needed defensive help and could have had Patrick Willis. Management took Ginn and had to wait until 2012 to select a franchise quarterback.
When the Dolphins took Smith in 1989 and showed he could be the workhorse running back Dan Marino needed in the backfield, Seminoles and Dolphins rejoiced. He was out of the league by 1992. A series of personal problems led to his ouster. He continued to have legal issues well after his playing days.