- Fins sign OT Clabo Miami signs former Falcon OT Tyson Clabo to a 1 year deal
- Fins select CB Jamar Taylor Boise State CB Jamar Taylor is the Fins selection at the #54 pick
- Davone Bess traded to Browns Reports that WR Bess has indeed been traded to the Browns
- Miami takes DE Dion Jordan Miami trades up with the Raiders to select DE Dion Jordan
The Miami Dolphins used their franchise tag designation on 3-tech DT Randy Starks. At $8.45m against the cap in 2013, the franchise tag for Starks is above his current market value, but made the most economical sense as compared to the Dolphins other Free Agents such Reggie Bush, Jake Long and Sean Smith.
The franchise tag also buys the Dolphins extra time to workout a long term deal with Starks which would lower his cap figure, but an agreement has to be reached by July 15 or the franchise tag figure will be irreversible. This deadline effectively will allow the Dolphins to see how the draft in April plays itself out before making a long term decision. Strategically it was a very sound move by GM Jeff Ireland.
Randy is very good player, he finished in the top 15 at his position for QB pressures in 2012, and his play earned him a Pro Bowl selection as an alternate in 2012. Starks is an unsung hero along the defensivelinewho does not get the glory of sacks but he is a major contributorto Continue reading
Jeff Ireland has planned the work. It’s time for him to work the plan.
The Dolphins have the second youngest team in the NFL, a potential franchise QB in Ryan Tannehill, a projected $46-$47 million in cap room, and 5 of the first 82 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
WR Brian Hartline should be the only “must” among the Dolphins 11 Free Agents impending Free Agents following a 74-catch, 1083 season at 26 years old. Hartline’s camp likely will ask for the same $5-$7 mil/year contract that Pierre Garcon, Mario Manningham, Robert Meachem, Josh Morgan, and Laurent Robinson signed for last off-season. Robbing Tannehill of his go-to guy in Hartline will be counter-productive to building the skill positions. It’s simple: losing Hartline will require replacing a player of Hartline’s caliber.
Several Dolphins FA’s are in limbo. RB Reggie Bush and CB Sean Smith are likely on the outs given their expected price-tags, but could return for the right price. QB Matt Moore, OT Nate Garner, DT Tony McDaniel, FS Chris Clemons would be valu Continue reading
With the departure of Mike Nolan and Todd Bowles, the rumor mill on the Dolphins defense is heating up. The local media talks about the possible switch of the Dolphin defense from their 3-4 to the more traditional 4-3. It has some fans excited.
But not me. I’m here to tell you, switching from one to the other is not as easy as you think.
Many fans know the difference between a 3-4 and a 4-3….three down linemen and four linebackers versus four down linemen and three linebackers. But it is much more than just that. The entire ideology between the two schemes is different.
In a 3-4 defense, the job of the defensive line is to take on blockers and allow the linebackers to make plays. The NT, like big Paul Soliai (listed at 6’4, 355lbs) job is to control the A gaps between the center and the guard. He needs to be able to command a double team block on every play. They are not going to make a lot ofplays….they Continue reading
Site Columnist Brian Catanzaro posted a great article on the “Five keys to beating the Jets“. I’d like to add my thoughts on tonight’s game as the day winds down and kickoff approaches. Here are five things to watch for that should impact the outcome of the game.
1. Dustin Keller: any Dolfan can tell you the Dolphins defense is susceptible to tight ends. Keller opened up with three really good games but has been quiet the past two. Despite that Keller leads the Jets with 19 receptions for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns. If Keller has a good game Miami is in trouble because the linebackers and safeties will need to change their coverage, thereby opening up the running game and wide receivers.
2. Third down: I know, it’s cliché. But winning third down should mean winning the game. Extend drives, wear down the opposing defense, win the battle of field position, and get more opportunities to score.Both Continue reading
Over the last few weeks, there have been some complaints about the amount of negativity coming not just from this site, but from Fins media and blogs everywhere. Nevermind the NFL’s longest currentlosingstreak, the supposed strength of this team being ranked dead last in the NFL, the home record, the “Lame Duck” coach, etc.
No, there MUST be some good news in Dolfanland…..right?
This got me to thinking if there were any positives about the Dolphins right now. And honestly, there are a few glimmers of hope, and a few things that we as Dolphin fans can point to and give us hope, if not for this season then in the long run.
First, the team’s biggest weakness in the off-season, the QB, is not really a weakness. Chad Henne is by no means a strength of this team, but he is not the problem that so many fans thought he would be. Is he a long term answer? Way too early to tell. But at least he is not a hindrance to this offense.
Second, minus the Continue reading