- WR Hartline cut after 6 seasons WR Gibson was also released
- Mike Tannenbaum hired... ...as Dolphins' executive VP of football operations
- Philbin retained Coach Philbin was given a contract extension
- Fins season ends on low note Jets down the Fins to end their season 8-8
Ok, so I have had a little time to digest this year’s Dolphin draft. I generally try to take a day or two to avoid knee jerk reactions. Initially, I was underwhelmed. But now that I’ve thought on it, I’ve realized that this draft was ok. Not great, but not terrible either.
In the first round I think James will be the immediate starter on the right side of the line. I don’t see him as a dominating, Pro Bowler type. Think more along the lines of a Todd Wade or Vernon Carey type. I still think Miami could of traded down 5-10 spots and landed him, making him somewhat of a reach in my opinion. But if he can solidify the right tackle position, I’ll be happy.
In the second and third rounds, the Fins traded back and forth multiple times. Overall, I think the Fins may have lost some trade value here as they selected WR Jarvis Landry out of LSU and then traded back up for Turner.
For the record, I have no problem with this selection. Landry is a superb route runner, and has hands of glue. While he does not having blazing speed, his skill set is perfect for a WCO. If Landry becomes another OJ McDuffie type receiver, in a year or two no one will remember how much trading went on by Miami leading up to his selection.
In the 3rd round, Miami selected “versitile” OL Billy Turner. You should remember that Coach Philbin used that term last year in describing third round pick Dallas Thomas. But a lot of scouts like Turner, and talked about his high ceiling. I guess we will see if he can break the Miami tradition of selecting offensive linemen in the mid rounds who wash out.
In a radio interview on WQAM, OT Bryant McKinnie stated that he would be willing to move to the right tackle position if he came back to Miami.
Bryant, who will turn 35 in May, has never played right tackle. (But he believes he could make the transition.) This year’s NFL draft has some quality depth at right tackle position also.
But Bryant played decent last year for Miami, helping to stabilize an offensive line that was in disarry. By bringing him back as a one year stop gap, it allows the Dolphins to use their 6 NFL draft picks in other areas.
Plus, McKinnie would be the backup to LT Albert should Albert get hurt. Thoughts? Good idea to bring him back? Join us on our message board and share your thoughts on this at FinNation Forums
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When Miami released Dimitri Patterson and let Nolan Carroll move on to the Eagles, I had wondered if that meant that the Fins were going to allow Jamar Taylor or Will Davis step up into the #2 spot opposite Brent Grimes.
Taylor, a 2nd round pick, was a playmaker in college. But he battled a hernia problem for much of last season. Davis flashed big play potential in training camp last year. But the coaching staff felt he needed to develop more, so he was limited to playing in just 5 games. (Mainly due to injury.)
When the Dolphins brought CB Cortland Finnegan in for a visit, I realized that the coaching staff wanted another veteran back there. It makes sense. With Grimes locking down one side, you know opposing QBs are going to test the other CB.
But when I read that Miami signed Finnegan to a 2 year deal worth $11 million, I have to say I was not thrilled like so many other Fin fans. I didn’t have v Continue reading
I usually try to refrain from “knee-jerk” reactions to a Dolphins loss. I prefer to wait a day or so before posting anything, either on a message board or in an article. I give myself a chance to calm down and reflect on the game objectively. And yesterday’s loss to the Ravens is no different.
After the game, I was pissed. 6 sacks!??!? 4 in the 4th quarter?? 2 on the final drive?!?! @#!*&!
“Someone’s head should be on a platter!” I seethed.
But I decided to sleep on it. Maybe cooler heads will prevail?
Well after a night’s sleep, I still feel like Miami needs to make some big changes. QB Ryan Tannehill is on pace to be sacked a record 77 times this year, and that is UNACCECTABLE!! Miami is risking the health, both physical and mental, of their young QB.
The physical risk is obvious. The mental risk? Look no further than the QB who currently holds the sack record, David Carr. A promising young QB for the Texans, Carr was so rattled and shaken after his 7 Continue reading
Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins released CB Richard Marshall. The cut will save the Dolphins almost $3.5 million in cap space. But for a team that was under the salary cap by about $16 million before the move, I am not sure if that was really a big issue.
During training camp and preseason, Marshall had be rotating with Dimitri Patterson for the starting spot opposite Brent Grimes. By all accounts, Patterson has had a solid preseason.
But there are no reports that Marshall had played poorly. Although his play has not been stellar, many believed he had played well enough to at least warrant a roster spot despite his salary cap hit. ($4.55 million this season.)
According to a team source, Marshall was a great locker room guy and calming influence.
The Dolphins have to be excited about the additions of Will Davis and Jamar Taylor. But Davis, for all of his outstanding plays, still shows his inexperience. And Taylor has been battling injuries throughout camp. Multiple sources stated it appeared Taylorwasagainbattling Continue reading