- Fins fire OL coach Turner Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin Oneill were fired today by the Miami Dolphins
- Fins hire new GM Miami Dolphins announce Dennis Hickey as their new GM
- GM Jeff Ireland Resigns Dolphins announce that GM Jeff Ireland mutually agrees to part with Miami
- OC Mike Sherman fired The Dolphins terminated OC Mike Sherman
Part two – Defense
I don’t mind saying I found this much more difficult then the offense. So many good to great players equal in talent, and they were spread across 3 pretty darn good defenses. (No-names, Killer Bee’s, and JJ’s defenses) Add to that so many of the LB’s, and DL went through scheme switches, and therefore played multiple positions.
- Manny Fernandez – 17 unassisted tackles in SB VII. Amazing for a DT.
- Daryl Gardener (Also played RDT)
- Keith Trayler – On the tail end of his career, but he played well for us.
- Tim Bowens – Pure Grit. (Also played LDT)
- Bob Heinz – Unsung anchor of some outstanding defenses.
- Chuck Klingbeil – Underrated tackle.
- Vonnie Holiday – Worth a mention.
- Bob Baumhower – Great effort, relentless, and able to get push.
- Brian Sochia – Typical gap control player. Steady.
- Jason Ferguson – A cagy veteran.
- Doug Betters – A gentle giant until gameday.
- Vern Den Herder – Key cog for Arnsparger’s defenses.
- Jeff Cross – Tough physical end.
- Trace Armstrong – Didn’t play long, but his impact was felt.
- Jason Taylor – Potential first ballot HOFer.
- Bill Stanfill – It’s too bad sack records were not kept back then. Continue reading
Part one. Defense will follow.
This is an impossible task, and totally subjective which is what makes it both fun, and challenging. Some positions, like QB are easy; others like DE are brutally difficult.
The advantage I have in taking on a project like this is I’ve been a die-hard fan since Christmas Day 1971. I’ve seen almost every meaningful moment in franchise history. The disadvantage is I am old, and surely will forget someone I shouldn’t have.
Feel free to disagree, as I am using no specific formula, other then my perception of the player’s value to the team in the day he played. That being the case, a player like Larry Seiple could be in front of other punters who had a better average. Most positions I will list my top 3, unless I find it too unfair to do so, and no current day players will be included.
Here we go…
The obvious and far too easy position is QB.
- Dan Marino – Simply one of the best ever.
- Bob Griese – Very underrated QB who was as unselfish as they come. Hard to call a hall Continue reading
In a move that was pretty obvious the day he was hired it’s now official. John Benton has been named the new offensive line coach. In his first season in Miami he’ll be charged with a ton of change. He’ll need to improve the pass protection, the running game, and the culture. He’s got a full plate. To assist him will be Jack Bicknell Jr. formally from Pittsburgh. He was released by the Steelers in January after only one season of coaching their offensive line.
Let’s hope these two men are successful!
Pressure mounts, the media scrutiny becomes harsher, the fan base grows impatient, and all of a sudden instead of building a solid nucleus for the future you’re forced to make moves to attempt to win now.
That means Brent Grimes at 31 years old becomes a more of a priority, rather then developing the youngsters drafted. That means Oliver Vernon will occupy the game day lineup instead of a more athletic, yet raw Dion Jordan. That means instead of drafting a top WR you’re over paying for a FA WR like Mike Wallace.
The easiest jump for an NFL team to make is from 1-15 to 8-8. Going from 8-8 to 12-4 is much tougher. The schedule grows tougher, and your draft position drops. It’s how the NFL enforces parity.
The even larger issue is parity has an evil disguise which fools even the smartest NFL executives which is the perception of being close. Close means we’re 4 to 6 solid players away from our goal. Say, a LT, LG, RT, RB, DT, and a FS. Close means having some cap room to be aggress Continue reading