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The Miami Dolphins plan for backing up Mike Pouncey and what that means for Nick Mangold

The Miami Dolphins plan for backing up Mike Pouncey and what that means for Nick Mangold
Published On: Fri, May 19
Jan 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Carter guard Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins (51) blocks Team Irvin defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the St. Louis Rams (99) and Team Carter center Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers (53) blocks Team Irvin defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson of the New York Jets (91) in the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Ive explained to people within the Miami Dolphins organization the fundamental difference between them and me when it comes to thinking about talent acquisition.

(Yeah, jokers I know. Theyre smart and Im dumb. Very funny.)

The difference is that with practically no exceptions Ive encountered in the 27 years Ive covered the NFL, coaches and personnel men plan for success. They make moves with the expectation that things will work out. They set up rosters believing the men on that depth chart are going to work hard, stay healthy and play well.

Me? I approach it from a different mind-set. I consider plans for failure.

I take disasters into account. I think about what happens if guys are busts. If guys get injured. If injured guys fail to heal. And considering the real possibility that everything scripted in the teams offices will not go as planned, I think about what could be done to address the trouble before it happens.

Hey, Ive lived in Florida most of my life. NASA is just up the road. So I believe in a fundamental NASA credo: Redundancies are good.

Thats one reason a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the Dolphins still needed to address the center and running back postions. And a couple of days ago I circled back to the running back position as needing better depth.

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