Category: Opinion

Dolphins should cut Jonathan Martin…..today

 

Sorry Dolphins fans, but I’m done with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.  Done. D-O-N-E.  We’ve all been hearing about this bullying story since October and quite frankly, I’ve had enough.  It’s been an ongoing soap opera for almost 4 months now and it seems (as we thought) that it was overblown and was much to do about nothing.

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First, Martin leaves the team and claims that Incognito bullied him. Then, the racial, disgusting text messages come out from Martin’s camp.  Then, Incognito gives his side of the story and the texts seem like they were exchanged between friends. Then there’s the infamous ‘dinner’ accusation where Martin reportedly left a dinner after Incognito used a racial slur. A police chief and former Dolphins Anthony Fasano both dispute that claim.

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Should the Miami Dolphins draft Michael Sam?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

My first thought is that the Miami Dolphins have way too many holes to fill on the roster to take a defensive end in the 2014 draft, but what Missouri Tiger Michael Sam has done since August of 2013 has changed my mind.

He came out of the closet to his teammates, had a stellar season with 10 1/2 sacks and 18 tackles for loss, claimed Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in the SEC and then decided to become the first openly gay major professional athlete in America in the months leading to the NFL draft.

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The Miami Dolphins have to step up and draft this young man at whichever point his talent merits, as a matter of principle.

Whether he fills an immediate need or not is less important than making a statement to the world.

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Dolphins draft strategy could take them in a number of directions

 

By Julian (Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The Super Bowl was played on Sunday, and a new NFL champion was crowned, in the culmination of the 2013 season as it reached its climax and ushers in the off season. It is time then for teams to start planning, and for fans to start wishing for the inevitable changes that will affect our team. Now that the Senior Bowl has been played and some of the players entering the draft have had an opportunity to be evaluated by scouts, during the week of practice leading up to the game along with the game itself, we will take a more comprehensive stab at the 2014 Dolphins’ draft possibilities.

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Most Dolphins fans will agree that the area that will need the most upgrading will be the offensive line. I believe that other than center Mike Pouncey, the entire OL could be replaced. There are other areas we have questions about. The uncertainty of free agency raises questions about Miami defensive tackles. Most of us fans, would agree that stud corner Brent Grimes should be coming back even if he has to be franchised, especially given his Pro Bowl year, but the frequent injuries to corner Dimitri Patterson can definitely be seen as a problem which must be addressed. I have already discussed in detail, why also think the Dolphins could benefit from adding a tall wide receiver to its ranks, so do not be shocked to find I have included one tall receiver in each mock draft scenario.

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PhinNation’s Super Bowl 48 Party/Drinking Game…..Enjoy!!!!

 

Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for yet another football season to come to an end. Tonight, after Super Bowl 48 crowns a new champion, we will have over 7 months until a real NFL game is played.  Note: that is a long freaking time!  To help ensure that you enjoy this last bit of NFL football this season, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with some party and drinking game rules that are sure to make your Super Bowl Party a little more lively.

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That’s right, we know that many of you will be joining up with other football fans (and non-football fans) to watch the big game. And what better way to get everyone involved than a good, old-fashioned drinking/party game!  So here we go, grab your favorite alcoholic beverage (or non-alcoholic beverage) and let’s get the party started!

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Dolphins should go bargain hunting in Free Agency

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

Now that the Dolphins have a coaching staff and General Manager in place, we can start looking forward to free agency, which is about a month and a half away, and the draft, which will be almost two months later.

The Miami Dolphins would be wise to fill most of their holes in free agency with second tier free agents, so that they are not drafting based on need.

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The signing of these types of players is just as important as a good draft.

At quarterback, the team is solid with Tannehill and Moore.  34 year old Michael Vick is an option,  as he was coached by Bill Lazor in Philadelphia.  Trading or releasing Moore would free up $4 million.  Josh McCown, a former Dolphin, is the only other possible upgrade.  Pat Devlin may be better than the rest of the free agents on the market.

At running back, the Dolphins could sign a power back like Ben Tate or LeGarrette Blount, but they will be expensive. CFL Grey Cup MVP and former Dolphin, Kory Sheets, could be a better, under the radar, signing.  Green Bay Fullback John Kuhn is a proven as a blocker and in short yardage and pass catching.  According to his position coach, he changed the pass blocking protections when Aaron Rodgers was out, never gave up a sack and was great on third down pass protection.  I am sure Philbin would love to have him back on his team.

At wide receiver, the team could target Anquan Boldin, who at 33 is still an elite receiver.  Should the new GM decide to move Mike Wallace, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Hester are elite return men who can also run the go route and catch screen passes.  Armon Binns could be brought back in hopes that he develops as the big target Tannehill needs. (cont’d on page 2, CLICK HERE)

Some TALL receivers the Dolphins could draft in the late rounds

 

By Julian (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The 2014 Senior Bowl was played this weekend and during the week of practices that preceded the game, quite a few players stood out and climbed up in the rankings. Not all players entering the draft played in the Senior Bowl, some because of eligibility or injuries, and others just decided not to participate. The rankings will change yet again in the weeks following the game and in order to stay current with these, I will be monitoring some of the more significant changes as they happen. Today I will concentrate on late rounds wide receivers only.

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Miami enjoyed a healthy amount of receivers signings during the offseason last year, which included the most expensive WR signing of free agency, Mike Wallace. NFL analysts predicted Miami’s passing game would become its new found strength, as a result of these pricy off season moves. However, the Fins only ranked 20th in passing in the NFL.

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Time for the Dolphins to move on and prioritize this offseason

 

The Miami Dolphins just had a very public and very poor showing in front of the rest of the National Football League.  The Dolphins were turned down by 7 men for their open General Manager position.  We don’t need to rehash all of what happened because we all lived through it.  It was sad, disappointing, and frustrating.  We’ve all witnessed what has transpired over the last 5 months.  The Dolphins mediocre play on the field had it’s ups and downs….The Dolphins public relations department had its hands full with the Incognito/Martin fiasco….The Dolphins fired their General Manager and hired a new one, while keeping their head coach in place.

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But it is in the past, it’s time to move on.  Joe Philbin will be the Dolphins Head Coach in 2014….Dennis Hickey will be the Dolphins General Manager in 2014…..and Dawn Aponte will be the Dolphins capologist in 2014….and barring some major shakeup, Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins starting quarterback in September.

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Why Caserio should be the Dolphins next General Manager

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I have a feeling Nick Caserio will be the Dolphins new General Manager soon and I could not be happier about it.

A college quarterback who put in three years as a graduate assistant before joining the Patriots in 2001, Nick stands out as the best candidate for the job.

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In his thirteen years in New England he went from Personnel Assistant to Offensive Coaching Assistant to Area Scout to Director of Pro Personnel to Wide Receivers Coach and finally, Director of Player Personnel, a title he has held since 2008.

I am most impressed by his year as wide receiver coach, as it coincides with Tom Brady’s NFL record 50 touchdown season, and his current run as the director of player personnel.

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Part 3: A realistic Miami Dolphins mock draft

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The 2014 draft is being advertised as one that is offensive tackle and guard deep. The Dolphins have the obvious needs we all know about coming off the franchise record breaking season in sacks allowed, but the Dolphins also had other needs. The inability to stop the run was an understated worry, especially since the Dolphins defense ranked close to the top in the NFL in that department before Kevin Coyle joined the team. One has to take into consideration the shift from a 3-4 to the 4-3 defense and the impact this shift had in defending against the run. This article will not explore or analyze the 4 – 3 or even Kevin Coyle as a defensive coordinator, its focus will be the draft, however,  there are questions on the return of some of our current  defensive players and our secondary was still, if not plagued, but at least challenged by some of the star’s injury issues.

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Part 1 of this series, analyzed 5 players in the order I felt they should be drafted, unfortunately, it is very probable that some of these players may not be available on draft day when the Dolphins turn comes up. These are the 5 players previously analyzed in Part 1 of the series:

1-Cyrus Kuoandjio           OT

2-Anthony Steen             OG

3-DaQuan Jones             DT

4-JaWuan James            OT

5-Aaron Colvin                CB

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Part 2: Looking deeper into possible Dolphins draft targets

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The NFL  draft is more than just a 3 day event during which NFL team owners, managers, and coaches huddle in their “war room” hoping that the players they select will go on to be productive ones for their respective teams.  The process leading up to the selection of players on draft day, involves months of  the studying of film, careful evaluations, not just of the players but of the systems these players played in, along with meticulous analysis of players’ past athletic, academic and personal overall history and character. These evaluations and analyses are undertaken by each team’s scouts who then present their findings to the higher levels of the organization as a narrowed down package of yet additional evaluations and analysis to be made, followed by interviews.

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We, as fans or arm-chair draft analysts, obviously do not have access to this process and the best we can do is evaluate what we perceive to be the needs or weaknesses of our favorite team and try to match them with players who are entering the draft. We then hope that on draft day, after we have looked at film on these payers and studied what is available to us, the player we have in mind isn’t selected by a rival team 1 pick before our turn on the clock starts. It is for that reason, that I’ve prepared 3 different sets of selections and have tried to pass along to the reader as much information on these players as possible.

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