- 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
Although the signings have slowed down across the NFL, the free agent activity in Miami is still moving along at a brisk pace.
CB Sean Smith is now a Kansas City Chief. He signed a 3 year deal worth around $18 million dollars. About $11 million of it is in guaranteed money.
The Dolphins hosted several free agents, most notably TE Dustin Keller (Jets), DE Michael Bennett (Bucs), LB Thomas Howard (Bengals), and OG Lance Louis (Bears).
As of this writing, Keller has left the Fins facility with no contract offer, though both sides said they will keep in touch. Keller was a 1st round pick for the Jets in 2008.
Bennett posted 34 tackles and 9 sacks with the Bucs last year.
Howard played for the Bengals for the past two seasons, and is familiar with defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.
Louis was a 7th round draft pick for the Bears in 2009, and has 28 starts for them since being drafted. Both Howard and Louis had injuries last season.
Update: It is being reported that DEMichaelBennettsigned Continue reading
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
I got 99 problems but a QB ain’t one!
How sweet it is to enter the off-season with that mindset. This off-season I am looking toward the draft to build this franchise for long term sustainable success and provide Tannehill with the support that he needs. However, the Dolphins have a lot of cash in their pockets and can do a bit of shopping if they so desire. The talk has naturally been focused on the wide receiver position with Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings and Brain Hartline available. But what about other positions of need? Here is a list of toys I would consider buying with the Dolphins credit card this off-season, I am limiting my choices to one player from a particular position of need and I have excluded wide receivers.
Ok so what if the guy looks like Fred Flintstone! It’s time for Eric to come home, and I don’t mean back to Houston with the Texans. Eric played his college ball at the University of Miami and it’s time for him to return to South Florida. Eric was r 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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Despite two early fumbles by the Miami Dolphins, one on special teams and one by FB Javorski Lane, the stingy Dolphins defense made numerous critical stops and forced enough turnovers to go with Ryan Tannehill’s error free performance to defeat the Bengals 17-13.
Tannehill outperformed Dalton, throwing 17-26 for 211 yards for 8.1 yards per attempt and zero interceptions. Dalton on the other hand was 26-43 for 234 yards 1 TD and 2 INT.
The Miami offense did all of it’s damage in the second and third quarters when it scored 7 and 10 points respectively, with Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush scoring the two touchdowns. Brian Hartline once again led the Dolphins in receptions but returned to earth from last week’s incredible performance with just 4 catches for 59 yards. Tannehill meanwhile spread out his passes to 7 different receivers.
The Dolphins defense contributed to the win with getting two critical early red zone stops to force field goals, and created 4 turnovers with Sean Smith and KoaMisieachforcing Continue reading