Advisory, this thread is entirely centred around semantics. In the spirit of Inigo Montoya I'm going to ask, "You keep using that word. Are you sure it means what you think it means?" The media have been talking about the Dolphins recently more than I remember in recent memory. They've talked about the players who have been cut, the players they might be drafting, and more significantly several have raised the question about whether the 2019 Dolphins season might be ground-zero for an outbreak of tanking in the NFL (as opposed to the NBA or MLB). Could the Dolphins be the typhoid Mary for NFL tanking? At the centre of those debates, though, a question keeps resurfacing - are the Dolphins tanking or is this just a legitimate rebuild - and is the distinction real, and does it matter? Those who argue that the Dolphins are definitely tanking point to the fact that the Dolphins have cut away tons of talent making it very unlikely they'll be able to win, despite the best efforts of Flores and whoever takes the field. Everyone is agreed that this is a Front-Office lead tanking job and not a Head-Coaching/player lead tanking job. As such, the essential point is that the players/coaches are NOT tanking, but the management IS tanking. On the flip side, those few arguing that this is simply a rebuild from scratch, want to define tanking as an intention to lose games/throw games, and that although a rebuild may see talent jettisoned, that's very different from intentionally pursuing losses. They say that since the Dolphins haven't been winning, since they've been stuck in mediocrity, since none of the cut players have been picked up by other teams, it all points to the fact that a severe pruning of the franchise was needed, and that this is exactly what Ross and Flores say it is - an extreme rebuild where the aim is always to win, but that mediocrity isn't acceptable. What's the difference, well, you could argue that if the team is tanking then winning (to whatever extent) is NOT acceptable, it's losses that are pursued. If they're not tanking, then losing isn't the aim, but instead it's about winning and building the right way. From the outside they might look the same, which makes this difficult, but internally, in conversations, in attitudes, that could make all the difference in character, team spirit, etc. So, Fins fans, what are your thoughts - are the Dolphins tanking, how do you define that, and does it make a difference?