I know the NFL is a game driven by fantasy football this decade, but sometimes it is wise to not get caught up in the names. Sometimes it is more important to understand the vision.
New Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is building an offense that spreads the ball around, attacks a defense's weakness, and pushes the pace.
That was his approach in Green Bay, where the Packers were No. 1 in points (35.0 per game) and No. 3 in the NFL in yards per game (405.1).
Of course any offense worth its salt needs a top shelf quarterback to get that done, and that quarterback needs weapons. But sometimes it is important to crawl before you walk, and that's what the Miami Dolphins appear to be doing.
Whether it be David Garrard, Matt Moore or Ryan Tannehill the Dolphins will/should have upgraded the quarterback position. Moore accomplished more than Chad Henne ever did in the second half of last season when the career backup replaced the three-year starter.
Garrard is an established, proven upper-echelon (top 15) NFL quarterback, and Tannehill, the team's first-round pick, has plenty of talent and upside.
Quarterback shouldn't be this team's main problem moving forward. Most of the concern surrounding the Dolphins involves the weapons available to them.
The only player on that list who has clearly established himself as a PLAYMAKER is Ochocinco, and he's 34, and coming off his worst NFL season.
However, many are overlooking the fact that the vision Philbin has for his offense features the team leaning on the rest of the offensive players to open up the field, convert first downs, and score in the red zone.
If you add Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller to that list of offensive weapons, the cards dealt features a few more spades. Put tight ends Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay and Michael Egnew in the mix and the targets become a little more potent.
Keep in mind that the Green Bay offense Philbin led last season featured the tailbacks and fullbacks catching 63 passes, and the Packers tight ends caught 67 passes.
That's 130 catches of Green Bay's 376 completions that don't come from receivers. That's one-third the Packers offense.
The vision of Philbin's offense is for the ball will be spread around, and if you become a little less obsessed about the status of the names you might be able to understand the vision.
Find the defenses weak link and attack him or it, whether it be with a tailback, receiver or tight end.
I'll be discussing this topic and the impending addition of Ray Allen on the Miami Heat during my usual Saturday sports talk show on WQAM (560AM) this morning. We'll also have Dolphins tight ends Charles Clay and Les Brown on with us during the show, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon.