- 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
- CB Will Davis out for season Miami placed CB Will Davis on the IR, ending his season
As the Miami Dolphins tend to do, they followed up Week 10’s pathetic loss to the previously-winless Buccaneers with a solid home win against the Chargers, bringing them to 5-5 and right in the thick of the AFC Wild Card hunt. Here are my observations from the team’s Week 11 performance…
- I thought Ryan Tannehill was good but not great in this one. He still held onto the ball too long at times and his accuracy wasn’t always on. He was solid on short and intermediate routes, but he once again continues to struggle with the deep ball. He had Mike Wallace for an easy touchdown and once again underthrew him and caused an incompletion. I also worry at times about Tannehill’s velocity, because he seems to throw a lot of passes on comeback routes that get jumped or close to it.
- I was pleasantly surprised with the running game in this one, as the backs got surprising help from our patchwork line and were able to move the ball on the ground. Daniel Thomas was the standout here, averaging 5.7 yards on Continue reading
With starting defensive tackle Paul Soliai currently recovering from a knee injury suffered in Week 2’s win against the Colts, the Miami Dolphins have beefed up their practice depth at the position by re-signing Isaako Aaitui and Al Lapuaho to the practice squad.
Aaitui (6-4, 315) is a familiar face to Dolphins fans, having originally joined the team’s practice squad in 2011. He went undrafted out of UNLV that April and did not sign with a team during the offseason.
Despite the slow start to his professional career, Aaitui had a strong camp with the Dolphins in 2012 only to be released during final cuts—a storyline chronicled on HBO’s Hard Knocks. The team was aiming to re-sign him to the practice squad, but he was claimed off waivers by the Jets and missed the entire season after suffering a torn ACL in his first practice with his new club.
The New Orleans Saints signed the 26-year-old defensive tackle in May, but he again failed to make a 53-man roster out of training camp and was waived on Aug. 31.
Cornerback Devin Smith—an undrafted rookie out of Wi Continue reading
4) Buffalo Bills
Former GM Buddy Nix invested heavily in Mario Williams, Mark Anderson, Marcell Dareus in 2011 and 2012 to add to stalwort Kyle Williams. The Bills are moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense under new DC Mike Pettine, and it appears that Williams and Dareus are good players but poor fits. Alan Branch has the size to play NT and versatility to play DE in the 3-4. Former 2nd and 3rd round picks Torrell Troup and Alex Carrington have ability, but their time is running out.
3) New York Jets
The Jets are #3 by default, as this is still a very good unit with youth. DE Muhammad Wilkerson, whom PFF ranked as the best 3-4 DE in the NFL last season aside from JJ Watt, had 5 sacks, 3 FF’s, and a TD last season. 1st Round pick DE Sheldon Richardson gives the Jets another young bookend, and also allows them to try Quinton Coples at OLB. NT is just OK with greybeard FA Antonio Garay battling Kendrick Ellis, a mammoth 3rd round pick in the 2012 draft w Continue reading
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 contributortoCamWake’s 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