• Fins thump Bears Fins thump Bears Miami climbs to 3-3 as they beat Chicago, 27-14
  • RB Moreno out for season RB Moreno out for season Miami placed the RB on the IR list, ending his season
  • DE Shelby arrested and suspended! DE Shelby arrested and suspended! Click here to join the discussion!
  • Fins run roughshod over Raiders Fins run roughshod over Raiders Miami manhandled Oakland 38-14 in front of a lively London audience

     

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Pre-Draft Off-Season grade for the Miami Dolphins

mitchell Pre Draft Off Season grade for the Miami Dolphins

Is DT Earl Mitchell an up and coming player?

Liked It:
1) Re-signed CB Brent Grimes (4-years, $32-mil w/ $16-mil guaranteed).
Re-signing this Pro Bowler was priority #1 for GM Dennis Hickey. He passed his first test.

2) Signed OT Branden Albert. (5-years, $46-mil w/$25-mil guaranteed)
One could argue the Dolphins “bought” LT Branden Albert because he earned more than the Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, and Anthony Collins on the market. If Albert’s back holds up, the Dolphins should have a Pro Bowl LT for at least the next two years. Hickey could not afford to strike out at at LT. And he didn’t.

3) Signed DT Earl Mitchell. (4-years, $16-mil w/ $9-mil guaranteed).
Prediction: Earl Mitchell will replace Paul Soliai in the starting lineup by the end of the 2014 season. I really like this signing. Despite playing out of place as a 3-4 NT at 6’3 – 300, the Texans allowed 3.1 YPC when he was on the field and 4.2 YPC when he wasn’t (according to Adam Beasley). He will finally get a chance to play in a 4-3 Defense, where he should hav Continue reading

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A very crucial off season begins.

Finally our GM search is over. Dennis Hickey is on board working to turn the Dolphins into a contender. It’s apparent that Hickey was at the very least Miami’s 4th or 5th choice for the position, and maybe as much as 8th.

None of that matters now. He’ll have full control over the 53 man roster, which simply means he has final say. If you believe what the team is reporting, they’ll be a collaborative meeting of the minds, and Coach Philbin will be providing his input and opinions as well. This can’t be a bad thing unless there is friction between the two men. Ross made sure in his mind that this would not be the case as one major quality he looked for in the search was he wanted someone who was a team player.

So while we write this you’d assume Philbin, his staff, and Hickey are scouring video positional breakdowns of the 2013 Dolphins. They’ll be faced with a ton of questions that need answering quickly. Here’s a small sample:

 

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Dolphins-Chargers Game Observations

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
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Dolphins-Bucs Game Observations

Warning: It is recommended that you do not eat up to 24 hours before reading this article. And even then, it is advised you have plenty of Pepto Bismol and a bucket ready. Proceed at your own risk.

I’ll get to the bigger picture stuff at the end, but here are my observations from the Miami Dolphins’ disappointing Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…

  • If Ryan Tannehill was a western, he’d be The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He was able to find a rapport with slot man Rishard Matthews to the tune of 11 completions and two scores, but aside from that this was another disappointing and concerning performance. Even when he’s not pressured, Tannehill appears jittery in the pocket, he doesn’t even see open receivers and his accuracy beyond 10 yards might be among the worst in the NFL. He has no chemistry with Mike Wallace, constantly underthrowing him or leading him out of bounds. And another thing that just baffles me is his reluctance to use his legs even when an opportunity presents itself. Every broadcastwe hearabouthow Continue reading
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With Soliai sidelined, Dolphins bring back Isaako Aaitui, Al Lapuaho

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.

 

Isaako Aaitui

Isaako Aaitui With Soliai sidelined, Dolphins bring back Isaako Aaitui, Al LapuahoAaitui (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

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