The Miami Dolphins front office and coaching staff know that the team is not good enough right now to compete in 2012. The Dolphins coaches have watched the poor preseason performances we all have. The Dolphins roster, right now is simply not full of talent. For this reason, Jeff Ireland and his staff will be fixated on the waiver wire and the cut lists from the other 31 NFL teams. According to the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley:
So the Dolphins obviously realize their current roster of players isn’t good enough. It’s very bad when your roster is in this bad of shape with less than 2 weeks until the season opener, right? I mean, if the Dolphins are relying on signing up to 10 players, who weren’t good enough to make their original team, how can that possibly be a good thing?
What this tells me is that the Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland realizes there’s a problem, which is good because we all see it. The issue is that he is the one who has been assembling this Dolphins roster for 4.5 years. I know, I know that Bill Parcells was here for some of that time, but if Ireland gets credit for finding guys like Cameron Wake, he can get the blame when the roster simply isn’t good enough. Jeff Ireland has always been known as a good talent evaluator. BUT, while it seems he’s good at finding ‘depth’ players, he lacks the ability to find the game-breakers and Pro Bowlers.
The Dolphins most obvious areas of need are at wide receiver, offensive line, and cornerback. The wide receiving corps is terrible. Outside of Davone Bess and Brian Hartline (who’s injured), the Dolphins don’t have a receiver on the roster than can consistently get open and catch the football. That doesn’t help your franchise QB of the future grow. The offensive line was dealt a blow when Jake Long went down yesterday. But that unit was lacking depth (and a starting caliber right guard) to begin with. Apparently Jake Long is going to be okay, but still, the Dolphins need to find some backup players in the event that any of the offensive linemen get hurt.
Finally, the cornerback position is an area of need after the trade of Vontae Davis. With Davis, the Dolphins had three starting caliber corners, which is needed in today’s pass-happy NFL. Now, they have Nolan Carroll (who’s actually had a good camp) as the nickel CB and not a lot of experience behind him. Right now, the Dolphins 4th cornerback is Quinten Lawrence. You read that right. Can you imagine playing the Patriots and having Quinten Lawrence trying to chase Wes Welker or Brandon Lloyd around the field? Tom Brady will eat the Dolphins lunch if they don’t upgrade at cornerback.
Like Adam said, the Dolphins will be active between now and Saturday. A name that was being tossed around on Twitter today was TE Chris Cooley, who was cut by the Redskins. Cooley is a sure handed receiver, but is surely past the prime of his career. Yesterday, the talk was about Jabar Gaffney, who was cut by the Patriots. It seems as though every veteran that is cut is an upgrade over the Dolphins current roster. Seriously, Peter King of SI.com/NBC said on Twitter that Jeff Ireland should call Gaffney. Today, other reporters/writers are saying the Dolphins would be crazy not to call Cooley. Is the roster THAT bad, that every single veteran that gets cut is an upgrade? Apparently so….and apparently the Dolphins realize it too.