Category: News and Notes

Dolphins invite Fan Sites to take part in Training Camp!

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

Davie, Florida. The Miami Dolphins opened their last week of their training camp practices which are open to the public, by inviting  fan site’s writers to a especial web media event. Phin Nation was there along a few others sites, to report on the progress of the new offense among other topics of interest to our readers.

Photo Courtesy of Miami Jules

Photo Courtesy of Miami Jules

Tannehill looked solid on all routes and connected on fairly long passes with both Wallace and rookie sensation Landry. Matt Moore also looked very sharp in drills and during the outdoor portion of the workout, he wowed the crowd by connecting with Lamar Miller on a long pass. This one was the one play that generated the loudest reaction from the crowd in attendance.

There is no question that the one drive that Tannehil was in for during the opening game of pre-season, during which Tannehill connected on 6 out of 6 passes and culminated in a TD pass from number 17 to Brandon Gibson was no fluke. It is hard not to be excited about the Dolphins offense this year and being able to watch them practice contributes to and validates all the excitement.

We did not get to see the 11 on 11 drills unfortunately, either by design or because at around 2:30 PM, a lightning warning was announced, the stands were cleared for the safety of those in attendance, while the players, and fortunately for us, the media, were ushered back into the bubble where the players resumed individual drills.

The Dolphins are looking good, particularly the offense, and based on the first game of the pre-season and what we saw in practice on Sunday, Dolphin fans have something to look forward to during the regular season.

Dolphins need someone to take Center stage….

 

Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Miami Dolphins are concerned about their offensive line.  Yes, the Dolphins are only 6 days into training camp. BUT, there are problems that keep surfacing, mostly around the center position. The problem is that Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins Pro Bowl Center, is probably going to miss the first 6 games or so of the 2014 season.  Who is going to step up and earn the starting center position heading into Opening Day?  That is the problem, no one is stepping up and showing that he is ready to fill the gap until Pouncey returns.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Shelley Smith gave it a shot, but he’s a natural guard, not a center…..and it showed. He had a number of bad practices early in camp and seems to have been replaced by Nate Garner. Unfortunately, Garner didn’t exactly take the job and run, like we the Dolphins had hoped.  Sam Brenner, who is another contender for the starting spot, is rehabbing an injury from earlier in camp.

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After busy Day 1, what’s next for Dolphins on Day 2?

 

As expected, the Miami Dolphins filled one of their major holes within the first few minutes of free agency. They signed LT Branden Albert to a 5 year deal worth approximately $47 million ($25 guaranteed).  Albert will immediately be penciled in as the Dolphins starting left tackle.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Albert’s signing comes just a day after the Dolphins added a new starting safety, Louis Delmas.  Two days, two new starters.  Oh yeah, and they traded Jonathan Martin for a conditional 7th round pick!  But the Dolphins aren’t done yet, not by a long shot.  The Dolphins have a number of holes to fill this offseason, not the least of which is to rebuild virtually their entire offensive line AND find 2 quality defensive tackles.

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The Dolphins plan is clear heading into free agency….

 

Free Agency begins at 4pm on Tuesday, but the Miami Dolphins got a head start when they signed S Louis Delmas to a 1 year, $3.5 mil contract.  The deal is a low-risk high reward for the Dolphins, who essentially signed Delmas to a ‘show-me’ contract.  Delmas was able to sign before the 4pm free agency period because he was cut by the Lions a few weeks ago.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Delmas was a Pro-Bowl alternate in ’10 and ’11, so he has talent. He had knee injuries in 2012, but played all 16 games in 2013.  Delmas is known for his hard hitting and will be a good compliment opposite Reshad Jones.  Delmas’ signing means that the Dolphins will not be signing Jairus Byrd and not resigning Chris Clemons.  Jones and Delmas will be the Dolphins starting safeties in 2014.

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Latest news on Jairus Byrd, Branden Albert and the Dolphins

 

The Miami Dolphins are not waiting until Free Agency official opens at 4pm Tuesday afternoon. The Dolphins are using the pre-free agency negotiating window to reach out to representatives of their top targets.  Thus far, it seems like the Dolphins are focusing on two starting positions in particular; Left Tackle and Safety.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.org

The first reports that came out on Saturday linked the Dolphins heavily with Branden Albert, the soon-to-be free agent left tackle from the Chiefs.  It was believed that Eugene Monroe would be the Dolphins top choice at left tackle, but his camp is continuing to talk with the Ravens about returning. Not wanting to miss out on a top left tackle, the Dolphins moved quickly and seem pretty far down the road with Albert:

“Per a league source, all signs currently point to Albert signing with the Dolphins not long after the market officially opens on Tuesday.”

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Dolphins top choice at Left Tackle is Eugene Monroe

 

The Miami Dolphins have saved their pennies and will probably make some cuts/restructures to save some more before Free Agency opens up next week.  Not surprisingly, the Dolphins are planning to attack the free agent market to find a starting left tackle.  The candidates that will likely be available include Eugene Monroe, Branden Albert, Anthony Collins, Bryant McKinnie, and Jared Veldheer.  I say likely available because there is still time for their current teams’ to resign them before free agency opens.  Although that’s not likely to happen with the Dolphins and McKinnie.

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

As Armando points out in his post today, the Dolphins are poised to get aggressive in finding new offensive linemen. Remember, the Dolphins only solid linemen is Mike Pouncey and he’s on thin ice after the disclosures of the Well’s report.  They need a left tackle, a left guard and upgrades on the right side of the line.  There’s a lot of work to do.

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Latest Dolphins rumors with free agency just days away….

The Miami Dolphins are well positioned when it comes to cap space this offseason.  And yet, we see reports, like this one, that indicate the Dolphins are looking to trade Dion Jordan, Cameron Wake, and Mike Wallace.   However, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has a very reliable source in the Dolphins that disputes all of those rumors.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Personally, I really dislike the idea of trading any of those players, so I hope that Armando’s source is right?  Why am I against trading Wake, Jordan, or Wallace?  Let’s start with Cameron Wake, he’s only the Dolphins best player…on offense or defense.  He’s the type of game-changer that the Dolphins are looking to add more of.

The thought of trading Dion Jordan is idiotic. The Dolphins spent a 1st and 2nd round pick on him last season.  Why would you trade him?  Oh, because the coaching staff (that’s still in place, by the way) did not play him enough?  Or because the Dolphins didn’t foresee the emergence of Olivier Vernon?   Jordan has the ability to be special and he showed flashes of that in 2013. Are there things he needs to work on (i.e. defending the run)?  Sure.  But remember that he was a rookie that missed time recovering from his torn labrum.

Then there’s Mike Wallace.  First, the cap ramifications of trading him are not favorable.  More importantly, Wallace showed a unique ability to get open…..remember all of those long bombs that showed him getting WIDE open, only to have the pass over thrown or under thrown?  That’s not his fault.  Did he have some drops?  Absolutely.  But there are only so many Mike Wallace’s walking the face of the earth.  There are only so many guys that can strike fear in the heart of a defense and can take the top off of a defense.  Wallace can.  He and Tannehill should be working on the deep ball all offseason, so we should see improvement.  (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

Dolphins lose 2 candidates to keep Philbin & end up with a Hickey

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

Ring the bells, get the parade floats ready, the Miami Dolphins have a new General Manager!  His name is Dennis Hickey, a name which I’m sure will end up with a number of different memes if he doesn’t bring in the talent the Dolphins need.  Can you imagine?  Dennis the Menace?  Doo-Hickey?  The possibilities are endless.  The Dolphins swung and missed on a number of different candidates including 2 of their final 4, according to Armando Salguero.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

That’s right, according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins spoke with 2 of their finalists about becoming their new GM…..but 2 of the 4 candidates wanted the power to remove coach Joe Philbin.  Nick Caserio wanted to clean house immediately (that sounds familiar) and Lake Dawson wanted the power to fire Philbin after the 2014 season if he felt it was necessary.   Stephen Ross and his boatloads of loyalty, declined both requests saying that only he will have the power to decide if Joe Philbin should be retained.

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Dolphins swing and miss on Nick Caserio

 

The Miami Dolphins are developing a very bad reputation around the NFL.  They are the team that no one wants to work for. The latest example of this came late Saturday when the Dolphins offered their General Manager position to Nick Caserio of the Patriots.  The new job would come with a promotion and a much higher salary than Caserio was making in New England. He’d finally have a chance to be ‘the man’ in charge of a team’s personnel decisions.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Well, Caserio declined the opportunity to be the Dolphins new General Manager.  Truly unbelievable.  Caserio, as I mentioned on Friday, most likely used the Dolphins to get more money and a promotion from the Patriots.  We’ll probably see reports of his new salary and title within the next few days.

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Dolphins interview Pats executive Nick Caserio

 

The Miami Dolphins moved quickly after learning that the ‘front-runner’ for their open GM position was no longer interested in the position.  Friday morning reports surfaced that the Dolphins would be interviewing Nick Caserio, the Director of Pro Player Personnel for the Patriots.  The Dolphins are thought to have 3 other candidates still in mind for the open GM position, but apparently still wanted to reach out to Caserio.  The others still in contention include Brian Gaine (Dolphins), Dennis Hickey (Bucs), and Lake Dawson (Titans). It’s believed that Gaine and possibly Dawson have already been told they are finalists for the position.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Caserio is an interesting name and probably jumps to the top of the Dolphins wish list.  He’s been with the Patriots since 2001 and has been everything from a scout to their wide receivers coach.  He would come from a winning program in which he was surrounded by sound football personnel.  Most importantly, he’s seen first hand how a perennial contender is built. I think the bigger question is whether or not he would want to leave the Patriots to come to a Dolphins team that is rumored by NFL execs to have the plague.

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