- 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
As day two of the NFL free agency period begins to wrap up, there was still a tremendous amount of activity with Dolphin free agency. But unlike yesterday, Miami saw several key plays move on to other teams.
Yesterday we say TE Anthony Fasano sign a 4 year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
This morning, RB Reggie Bush signed a 4 year deal worth $16 million with the Detroit Lions.
I always liked Bush. His work ethic and attitude set the bar high for all the other players, and I wish him well with the Lions.
In the afternoon, big Jake Long passed a physical, and is currently in discussion with the St. Louis Rams. Although no deal has yet been signed, many sources are reporting it is close to being finalized.
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With the flurry of Fin related news, notes, and rumors, I thought I’d take a bit and give you the “Readers’ Digest version of this weekend’s latest info. “All the rumors fit to print!”
–Multiple reports have RB Reggie Bush NOT returning to Miami. Likely destinations include Detroit, San Diego, and Arizona. I liked Bush a lot during his stint in Miami. But the coaching staff obviously feels that RB Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas are ready to step up.
In addition, the newest internet rumor is that Miami is now interested in RB Rashard Mendenhall. However, I have not seen this posted anywhere but on message boards citing a member the NFL.com. So for the moment, I do not put a lot of stock into it.
–The Fins interest in WR Mike Wallace is apparently very real. Multiple sources say that Miami is in the driver’s seat to acquire the speedy receiver’s services. But like so many times over the last few years, Miami has been left at the alter by those they hotly pursued Continue reading
Miami Dolphins 2013 Draft Scenario’s
Current needs: OT, CB, WR, DE, FS, TE
Point of note: It is in my opinion that whatever occurs at the Left Tackle position with Jake Long and at the Cornerback position with Sean Smith will shape Miami’s early draft rounds more so than any other position.
*Each scenario holds precedence over the scenario that follows it.
1st Round Draft Scenario’s
|Jake Long leaves and Jonathan Martin stays at RT|
|1st round Priority: Focus should be on LT|
|OT||Luke Joeckel||(Top 5)||6-6||310|
|OT||Eric Fisher||(Top 10)||6-7||305|
|OT||Lane Johnson||(Top 20)||6-6||302|
|Jake Long leaves and Jonathan Martin moves over to LT|
|1st round Priority: Miami may wait till 2nd or 3rd round to draft RT|
|Note: The top RT DJ Fluker is a beast who can be a perennial pro-bowler. But DJ Fluker is suited for a power based MBS. Miami may wait for a prospect at RT that can fit into their ZBS in the 2nd or 3rd round. Miami can therefore pursue CB, FS or DE with its first selection.|
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The Dolphins are 10 games in and under .500. If you had asked me before the season if I would be shocked or disappointed with this record I certainly would have told you “no”.
After free agency and the draft it was clear this team continues to have a lack of talent across the roster, then combine that with implementing new offensive and defensive schemes under the new coaching staff. Then the preseason games did nothing to inspire confidence. My expectations were fairly low.
But once the regular season started, Miami did something few of us expected: they played well and after 7 games they were above .500, Tannehill was playing well, and the team thoroughly dismantled the hated NY Jets.
Everyone was talking about how surprising the Dolphins were and that the playoffs were a possibility, in no small part becauseeveryoneexpectedthe Continue reading
Two weeks ago Fin Nation was rocking with dreams of the playoffs after crushing the NY Jets. If the narrow loss to the Colts took some wind out of the sails, the blowout loss to the Titans opened gaping holes into the side of the ship. The Miami Dolphins are listing hard to port, in search of answers at every position from the coaching on down. What a stark contrast two weeks makes.
The disappointing 3-6 Buffalo Bills are next on the docket this Thursday evening. The Bills are disappointing primarily because their defense is ranked 31st in the league after spending a bazillion dollars on Mario Williams and others. A porous defense could be just what the doctor ordered for Miami’s struggling offense. Or for Bills fans, Miami’s anemic offense could be just what the doctor ordered for Buffalo’s struggling defense.
This game is a huge litmus test for Miami because this is the kind of team Miami should beat IF Miami is any good. Unfortunately the vibe for both teams is the opposite ofwhatI’dlike. Continue reading