Tag: Bryant McKinnie

Updated Dolphins Mock Draft – Will they go OL in the 1st round?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins should be able to fill a lot of needs in the 2014 draft.  Here is my projection.

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With the 19th pick in the 1st round, the Miami Dolphins select:

C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Middle Linebacker

I believe the Miami Dolphins will have an elite defense in 2014, but it cannot happen without All Pro production from the middle linebacker.  Miami’s offensive line has gotten all of the headlines, but the linebackers were the biggest disappointment in 2013, and this man could turn the unit around.

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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.

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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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Monday Dolphins GM update: Dolphins interview 5 candidates

 

While the rest of us were watching the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, the Miami Dolphins executives were hard at work, interviewing candidates for the open GM position. The Dolphins are looking to find a replacement for Jeff Ireland and they appear to be moving very quickly to do so.  Remember, this is the most important time of the year for a general manager in the NFL.

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The senior bowl is less than 2 weeks away (January 25th), the combine is in late February (19th-25th, and free agency opens up in early March (11th). So, as you can tell, whoever the Dolphins new GM is, he will have a lot of work to do.  First, he’ll have to meet with Coach Philbin to see what type of players the Dolphins Head Coach wants for his systems.  Then, he’ll have to speak with all of the personnel staff (college and pro scouting).  And while all of those meetings are going on, he’ll probably be trying to re-sign some of the Dolphins key players whose contracts are up on March 10th (Brent Grimes, Bryant McKinnie, Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, etc.).

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A look back at Jeff Ireland’s tenure with the Dolphins

 

By Cyrus (@cyruslassus on Twitter)

The “Fireland” campaign has been going on for years and with the voice of the people getting louder and louder, Stephen Ross finally caved into the public pressure and mutually agreed to part ways with Jeff Ireland.

Dolphin fans everywhere view this move as addition by subtraction, but I will reserve judgement until the next general manager proves to be better and not just more likable.

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While it is easy to zero in on the mistakes he committed, I will start with some of the highlights of his tenure.

He was great at picking up acorns.

Cameron Wake was signed from the Canadian Football League and the three time Pro Bowler had his contract extended through 2017.  Many give Bill Parcells credit for the signing, but the extension was all Ireland.  Richie Incognito became a Pro Bowler in Miami after being released by two teams.  Dimitri Patterson, who had an injury shortened career year, was picked up off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns late in 2012.

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Martin won’t turn over text messages, investigator cancels further interviews

The Miami Dolphins are in the midst of a playoff race, so this is really the last thing I want to be writing about.  If you’ve noticed, we haven’t written much about the Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito saga over the past few weeks.  Why? Well, because the NFL’s investigation is still ongoing AND I’ve had enough of the story.  Let’s just get to the results of the investigation already!

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Anyway, on Tuesday we learned that NFL Investigator, Ted Wells canceled his second round of interviews with Incognito and eleven other Dolphins players.  According to ESPN, Wells met last week with Jonathan Martin, but at that meeting Martin refused to turn over the alleged text messages that helped to make this a national story.

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Dolphins Offense is the key to a win over the Bucs

The Miami Dolphins haven’t played a football game in 11 days and with all of the craziness that the last week has brought, it’s about time!  The Dolphins return to the field tonight to take on the Bucs in Tampa Bay.  The Bucs are 0-8, but if you look at their games and statistics more closely, you’ll see that they will be a tough matchup for the Dolphins.

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The question that everyone is asking is how the Dolphins will respond to all of the drama surrounding the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin situation.  Will the effects of being under the media microscope hurt the Dolphins ability to focus and play?  Or will the team come out and play as a united team in an ‘us against the world’ moment?  We’ll know after tonight’s game.

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Could the Dolphins be interested in Larry Fitzgerald or Jared Allen?

The NFL trade deadline is today at 4 PM. The Miami Dolphins team of Jeff Ireland and Steve Ross are hard at work. The future of this season and this franchise are decided in moments like this. Now that the deadline is set after week 8, teams can better decide if they are buyers or sellers, creating an intriguing market.

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Last year’s biggest move was made by the New England Patriots. They acquired cornerback Aqib Talib, who has made a significant impact on their pass defense.

This year, the biggest names rumored to be available are wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive end Jared Allen.

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins pull off a big upset against the Patriots?

The Miami Dolphins losing streak may be at 3 games, but our Pitiful Picks are making a comeback!  We were 10-14 entering last week’s games and after a 4-1 week, we’re now just a game under .500 at 14-15.  This is the week where we break back on top….hopefully the Dolphins can do the same.  The Dolphins have lost 3 straight games and are in desperate need of win as they head to Foxboro this afternoon.

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Here are our picks for week 8 of the NFL, GOOD LUCK!

Jets +6 over Bengals

When this game first came out, I thought it would be a 4 point spread.  With the 6 points, it’s hard not to like the Jets in this one.  I hate the Jets in general, but for this game, I’ll pick them with the points.  The Bengals are playing well of late, but the Jets defense is playing better than anyone thought they would this season.  As long as Geno Smith doesn’t turn the ball over all day, this should be a close one.  Prediction:  Bengals 24 Jets 20

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Reports: McKinnie to start at left tackle for Dolphins versus Patriots

It seems as though the Miami Dolphins are finally ready to make a change to their shaky offensive line.  Earlier this week, the Dolphins traded for Bryant McKinnie and on Saturday news started to break that McKinnie will in fact start this week against the Patriots.  Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald tweeted the follow out, just moments ago:


 

This means that 2nd year offensive tackle, Jonathan Martin will be move to right tackle and Tyson ‘The Turnstile” Clabo will be sent to the bench.

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After the Dolphins made the trade with the Ravens, we expected this move to happen.  It is, however, surprising that the move happened this quickly.  After all, McKinnie did not practice with the Dolphins until mid-week, so it is unclear how much of the offense he knows.  All we can do at this point as fans, is pray….a lot.  But if you think about it; How much worse can the combination of McKinnie and Martin be than the combination of Martin and Clabo?  We’ll see on Sunday.

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Trade for McKinnie shows the Dolphins are all in for 2013

The Miami Dolphins have traded for a 34 year old offensive tackle whose value is at an all-time low……And I could not be happier about it.   The Dolphins are said to have given up a late, conditional draft pick to acquire him.  The fact of the matter is that Bryant McKinnie is a beast of an offensive tackle, standing at 6 foot 8 and 360 pounds, with a pro bowl selection (2009) and a Super Bowl title (2013) to his name.

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He played every snap in last year’s playoffs for the Baltimore Ravens, which earned him a two year deal.  However, he came into camp out of shape and the Ravens decided to trade for Eugene Monroe and replace him in the starting lineup.

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