The Miami Dolphins were expected to be very bad, but they were alarmingly awful in their season opener on Sunday vs the Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins were shellacked 59-10 at home to start the season.
It was so bad and embarrassing, that multiple Dolphins players have told their agents that they wanted to be traded, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
The players don't want to be part of a tanking team. pic.twitter.com/ypl7TDiIX0
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 8, 2019
More from Florio at Pro Football Talk:
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, multiple Dolphins players contacted their agents after Sunday’s season-opening blowout loss and directed them to attempt to engineer trades elsewhere. The players believe that the coaching staff, despite claiming that they intend to try to win, aren’t serious about competing and winning and by all appearances have bought into the notion that the Dolphins will take their lumps now in the hopes of laying the foundation via high draft picks for building a successful team later.
It’s quite clear to anyone paying attention that the Dolphins are tanking. The roster is brutal, and they traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans just over a week before the season began.
Any decent veteran players on the Dolphins were surely quite unhappy about the roster entering the season (and especially after trading two of the best players right before the season began). But the humiliation of the Week 1 game may have pushed some players over the edge. That and potentially looking ahead to the Dolphins’ upcoming games:
Week 2: vs New England Patriots
Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 4: vs Los Angeles Chargers
The Dolphins are of course denying that any players have requested a trade, for what it’s worth (not much):
Amid report from PFT that several Dolphins today told their agents to attempt to engineer trades to get them out of Miami, Dolphins say nobody has requested a trade
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 8, 2019