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Joe Rose Show: Do The Dolphins Lack Confidence In Charles Harris?

Alex Donno
March 21, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Head coach Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins front office are trying to establish a new culture in the locker room. So far this offseason, they've said goodbye to Mike Pouncey, Ndamukong Suh, and Jarvis Landry - three team leaders, and three of their most productive players. Changes are happening, but what needs to happen next to make sure the changes are for the better?

Joe Rose and guest co-host Dave Hyde discussed the Dolphins' master plan Wednesday morning on The Joe Rose Show. 

"The idea of the new culture is great," said Rose, "but I will tell you, you still need guys who will make plays on Sunday. You're never going to get a perfect locker room. I don't know what you're looking for exactly - whether it's leadership or less guys bitching - but all of those things are going to happen. You need guys who will make plays. If guys are out there making plays, nobody is talking about the locker room."

Dave Hyde added: "Every year the blueprint is changing. Two years ago it was 'our own guys aren't worth that much.' Last year it was 'we're going to overpay for our own players.' Now, it's 'we've got to clean up the culture.' To beat the Patriots, you need a culture like the Patriots. I get that. But, you also need a quarterback, a tight end, and other great players. You need a good locker room but they've got to be good on the field, too. Have they improved that? That's the question."

Another question is: Why so many defensive ends when you lack quality at other spots? The Dolphins have overwhelming depth at that position with Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, and Charles Harris. 

Clearly, Miami is loading up at the position to try and make Tom Brady's life as miserable as possible for two Sundays every fall. It's a solid group, but where does Harris, 2017's first round draft pick, fit in? Rose wonders why Miami would make the move for Robert Quinn if they have confidence in Harris.

"I was told that this is going to be the breakout year for Charles Harris," Rose said. "He's been working his butt off every day, so I know he's not 'pulling a Dion Jordan' on you. They say 'he'll be part of the rotation now.' But, I don't see him starting now. For Charles Harris, there's nothing he can do. He's not starting. There's nothing he can do unless guys get injured. Charles Harris is going to be a backup first round pick."

"He's not going to be starting over Robert Quinn, who has seven years experience and is making eleven, twelve million dollars," said Hyde. "To me, it's the investment. You invested a first round pick in Charles Harris. Why would you block his progress when you need him on the field to develop?"

"It's a little bit of a head scratcher for me," noted Rose. "If they thought (Harris) would be really good, you would never have made that Quinn move, I don't think."

Harris had just two sacks in his rookie season, but coaches praised him throughout the year, noting how many ways he affected the game and how quickly he was learning. Will Harris be able to take a big step forward in year two?

Listen to Rose and Hyde discuss the Dolphins offseason on The Joe Rose Show podcast.