Marco Rubio started his Tuesday on Twitter the way a lot of people do. He shared a Bible verse.
“The race is not won by the swift,” he wrote, quoting Ecclesiastes 9:11, and then he dove into a tweet storm.
Florida’s senior senator spent about an hour Tuesday letting everyone know he’s really, really excited about the Miami Dolphins’ rebuild in the wake of another trade Monday, which sent safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a first-round pick.
General manager Chris Grier has at least one supporter it seems. Coach Brian Flores does, too.
“[The Dolphins] have been historically awful the first 2 weeks of the season,” Rubio wrote to kick off a thread of eight tweets about his favorite team. “But which team is better off for the future?
“An uncompetitive 0-16 team with $160 mil in cap space & 6 of the top 65 picks in next years draft or a semi-competitive 3-13 team with limited cap space?”
That sure sounds like a man who wants Miami (0-2) to “Tank for Tua” and draft Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Rubio is a Miami native and still lives in Miami. He’s married to a former Dolphins cheerleader, and he has NFL takes he’s ready to share. Last week, the Republican told TMZ that quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL isn’t because of his talent. He also said Miami’s current roster is “built for them to draft high,” and he expects quarterback Josh Rosen to take over “eventually.”
“It’s just a matter of time before I think that happens,” he said.
His team-building analysis is surprising nuanced, taking into NFL contract structures and the value of draft picks. He even has a metaphor in there, comparing the remodeling of Hard Rock Stadium to the ugly product the Dolphins are putting on the field every weekend in Miami Gardens.
Rubio trusts the process. The race, after all, is not won by the swift.