While most of the headlines are being taken by the NFL labor issues, we’re planning on continuing to analyze the Miami Dolphins Roster and see which players might be added this offseason. We’re keeping a pulse on the labor negotiations, but want to stay focused on Miami Dolphins football. The team went 7-9 last year and a paltry 1-7 at home, so the need for upgrades is glaring. Today we’ll recap the QB Situations/Solutions, Update the CBA progress, Address the Dolphins Defense, and speculate on one big free agent acquisition that might make sense for the Dolphins.
Mando takes a look at the current state of the Dolphins quarterback position. We found it interesting that the Dolphins have addressed the QB position in each of the last 10 years, except in 2010. That is a lot of time, effort, and cost (draft picks, etc) associated with finding the Dolphins next QB. There are a number of directions the Dolphins could go this offseason, but a lot of it will depend on the labor agreement. If the Draft comes before free agency, will they use the #15 pick on a QB? If free agency comes before the draft, will they look to sign a veteran to compete with Henne (Vince Young)? Will they look to trade for a veteran (Kolb, Palmer, Orton)? The options are there, but the direction the Dolphins choose will depend heavily on the timing of free agency vs. the draft.
We are just over 16 days away from what should be the start of the new NFL Year. On March 4th the NFL 2011 offseason officially gets underway. At least, it will if the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached. March 4th is like Christmas Day/Hanukkah/etc. for Dolphins fans. Usually, the Free Agency period begins and we get to see which players the Dolphins are targeting aggressively. It’s the day when we get to see what Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland have been planning since the Dolphins season ended in Foxboro in early January. However, this special day, that we have circled on our calendars might not happen….at least not on March 4th.
If the NFL Owners lockout the players, the Free Agency signing period will be delayed until a new CBA is reached. That means the NFL Draft could come and go before the Dolphins have a chance to sign any free agents. Certainly, this is a change from the normal operating procedure. We encourage all Dolphins Fans to take part in NFL Fan Strike, an effort to boycott NFL Licensed Merchandise until the CBA issues are resolved.
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Dolphins fans everywhere realize that the offense was the primary reason the Dolphins finished at 7-9 in 2010. If fans realize it, we can be sure that Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano know it too. In the above article Omar Kelly takes a look at what areas the Dolphins could look to upgrade this offseason. The one glaring, pending free agent is Paul Soliai. At the beginning of 2010, did we really think he would be such a valuable signing? Soliai was drafted in the 4th round a few years back and has improved each year. Last year was a bit of a breakout year for big Paul. If the money is right, it’s the best solution to the Dolphins nose tackle position.
Omar also mentions a pass rushing OLB to compliment Cameron Wake, among other areas. The offense will probably get a bulk of the attention, but the Dolphins know that they must also look to upgrade the defense. The defense improved dramatically under Mike Nolan, but upgrading the unit in Free Agency or the Draft is necessary if the Dolphins want to have a top flight defense in 2011.
Matty at ThePhinsider.com offers an interesting suggestion for a way for the Dolphins to upgrade their defense in 2011. Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the best CB’s in the league and he’s set to become a free agent once a CBA is agreed to. He is great in press coverage, the defense Mike Nolan often asks his CB’s to play. Signing him to a big deal would upgrade the defense, however it would create a logjam at the CB position. With the Dolphins recently restructuring Will Allen’s deal, and the growth of Sean Smith and Vontae Davis, where would he fit in? The Dolphins haven’t expressed any interest yet in Nnamdi, but if he was signed, we’d expect Smith or Davis to be traded. Perhaps they could garner a draft pick as compensation, or even an offensive weapon? Time will tell, but adding Nnamdi to the secondary would be the type of upgrade the Dolphins are talking about.
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