- Suh Signs! Ndamukong Suh receives nearly $60 Million signing bonus with $114+ Million total over 6 years
- 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
Directly related to the Dolphins such as news items
The Dolphins have waived:
WR Armon Binns – Injuries, and competition hurt his chances to stick.
WR Ryan Spadola – Nice grab in the Dallas game, but too little, too late.
OT Cory Grissom — Camp Body who never really impressed.
C Tyler Larsen – Not yet ready for the NFL.
DE Rakim Cox – Didn’t flash enough to stick in a position that is deep.
CB Steven Clark – Camp body.
QB Brady Quinn – I never got the impression he had a shot.
TE Brett Bracket – Great story, hope he makes the practice squad.
The Dolphins have placed on IR:
RB Mike Gillislee – A luxury as the position is now looking deeper then expected.
TE Arthur Lynch – A project for the future if he catches up technically.
DT A.J. Francis – A.J. has nine lives.
Time To Close The Preseason.
It’s almost time for the fourth pre-season game. (Thursday, 7pm) Most fans just look forward for this game to end, and the regular season to begin. For some of the younger players this is the Super Bowl. It’s their final chance to impact the coaches decisions come cut down day as they trim the roster to 53 rostered players, and 10 practice squaders. For the veterans, much like the fans they want to get their work in, and escape as quickly as possible healthy.
Pay particular attention to special teams because if a roster spot is up in the air, the better player on special teams will in most cases be awarded it.
Some tough decisions will have to be made. Will Philbin really consider keeping 6 receivers, or 5 running backs? Is Shelly Smith going to cement his place as starting guard? Will Darkwa, or Williams stick, or will both? A case can be made for either player. These are the tough decisions that face the coaching staff.
What about Kicker? Will Sturgis be ready? Will the team carry two kickers on the active roster? So many difficult decisions await, but be sure most are already determined barring a breakout performance by someone Thursday night.
Marino is back
For years the Dolphins have tried to lure the ex QB, and current Hall Of Famer back into the fold. They’ve had moderate success using Dan in an unofficial capacity, but now it is official. Dan Marino will officially be an advisor for the club. What exactly that will entail nobody has said, all we hear is speculation.
Whatever it entails, you have to feel this will be Dan’s stepping stone into bigger and better things.
I know Miami’s offense has struggled getting into the end-zone aside from the first drive of the pre-season, but I am much impressed with the overall development of the offense. The offensive line looks like they’re coming together in a fairly quick fashion. There may yet be a bump in the road on the right side, but that is to be expected. This line appears to be improved over last year’s group already, and it’s only game 3 of the pre-season. Get this, against Dallas, Miami amassed 200 yards rushing, and 10 rushing first downs. The line allowed only one sack for -1 yard. Yes, they look much improved over the struggling group that ended the season.
I suggest tempering expectations because Dallas is not currently known for their defensive prowess, but how can you not be satisfied with that effort?
The questions I have still surround the quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. While you can see improvement in the quickness he is delivering the football, he still has yet to prove he can be a legitimate force inside the red-zone. Hopefully for Tannehill, Lazor has a remedy for what ails him, and the offensive’s lack of big plays in close. That said, Tannehill had a pretty flawless preseason until his final throw, which was intercepted inside Dallas’s 10 yard line.
Knowshon Moreno was a move I was pretty much soured on initially, especially once he arrived a bit out of shape, but you’ve got to be encouraged with the way he contributed against the Cowboys. He was running with authority, picking up blitzes, and looked in mid-season form.
On defense, Miami still has questions especially at LB, but they’ve had a pretty solid preseason from a points allowed standpoint. Only six teams have surrendered less then Miami’s 50.
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- Landry is as advertised. Crafty, always seems open. Caught a very poorly thrown ball for potential td. A fast db would have caught him.
- Whoever mentioned designed QB runs as part of this offense was right. Looked like a college practice at times. Looks like each QB had a carry.
- If it’s this hot against NE we should run every play. Weather will be a factor in that game.
- As you all know our punter is a STUD. Reggie Roby was the only one I ve seen that was More impressive.
- Tannehill throwing into tight windows!
- 89 runs like a yeti. Blocking Te only.
- Finnegans can still run blanket coverage on beautiful deep ball be tannehill. I don’t know how much they will connect but Tannehill has definitely worked on his deep ball. He now has an arc.
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Daryn Colledge reportedly agrees to a one year deal with Miami, and will serve as depth along the offensive line. He’s primarily a LG which will allow Miami to move one of the existing guards to center while Mike Pouncey recovers from his hip surgery.
He is catching on quick as his twitter feed says #Phinsup!
My Thoughts On the Kevin Coyle Interview:
This is the time of year when every new player reminds one of that shiny used car you just drove off the car lot. You did your research, and fell in love with the prospect of what this car can do for you. Maybe you were looking for comfort, and reliability? Or possibly something to hold you over until you could afford something better. In either case, you had expectations, and you felt comfortable this car would most likely suit your needs. That is how a coach sees every new player he is assigned. He may need to tune the engine, or tinker inside the dash, but the overall car is perceived as an upgrade, and a value. That’s the impression I get when I listen to coaches talk this time of year. Every player is a blessing, and each one is exactly what the team needs.
Here is most of Coyle’s Q&A interview from the other day. See if you don’t get a similar impression. I’ll comment under his answers as appropriate.
You can listen to the entire interview at www.miamidolphins.com
Bottom line the defenses job is to keep points off the board. We’ve finished 7th in 2012, and 8th in 2013. There are only 4 teams in the league that have been in the top 8 both seasons, those are SF, Seattle, Cincinnati, and us.
The bottom line is keeping other teams out of the end zone and giving yourselves a chance to win. Like every team in the league there’s areas we need to get better at, but when all is said and done if we keep people from scoring points that’s the job of the defense, and really that’s what it is. We’ve been doing a really good job of that. We’ve been very good in the red zone, we were 5th in the red zone last year, and first the year before. Quarterback ratings against us last year, we were 5th in the league at 77.3%. There’s a lot of positives. We’ve had the 2nd least amount of touchdowns against us over a two year period. Seattle being the only team that’s been better then us, so yeah, there’s quite a few things to build on, but we want to be the best in the league in all these things so, uh, I feel that we’ve made great progress, but we’re not where we want to be. We want to build a championship defense that is going to take us to the Super Bowl.
I wonder to myself how coach would have responded if someone brought up Darren Sproles. He absolutely killed us in the Saints game, and it seemed we didn’t have an answer. Then there was Graham. It’s great to point out the positives, but the defense got outscored 8 times. That’s a lot in a 16 game season. I wonder too, how he felt about the final two games. No sugar coating, just an honest opinion.
The Miami Dolphins have signed Brent Grimes to a reported four-year, $32 million deal that includes $16 million guaranteed, per ESPN source.