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Dolphins offseason wish list should include some big names

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins, after giving Brent Grimes the deal that he has earned, will field an above average defense yet again.

While most of the offseason attention is on the offense and how it needs 4 new offensive linemen, I find the idea of using a first round pick and a lot of money to fill two of those positions, offensive.

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Yes, assuming the rookie and veteran play up to their potential, the Dolphins would have a solid line, which is a step in the right direction.

However, steps in the right direction get you fired and back into rebuilding sooner or later. The team must take a leap into greatness while Starks, Soliai, Wake and Grimes are still great or they may as well start fresh already.

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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.

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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)

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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Stayin Alive: Dolphins’ comeback in the snow to beat the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins entered Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh with their playoff lives on the line.  The Dolphins were welcomed in by a snowstorm and a Steelers team that had been playing better than than their 5-7 record.  The Dolphins fell behind 7-0 early, but would rebound to take a 10-7 lead into halftime.  Ryan Tannehill was playing his first game in the snow and it showed in the first half.  He missed badly on a few passes and the offense looked out of sync.  However, the Dolphins came out of halftime strong and would take a 17-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter.

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And then, things got ugly.  The Steelers drove down the field and capped off by a 43 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.  On the very next series, with the game 17-14, Ryan Tannehill threw a pick-6 to Troy Polamalu.  That gave the Steelers a 21-17 lead and it looked like this game was going in the direction of so many games this season.  But the Dolphins responded immediately.  They drove the field and with some big catches by Charles Clay and solid runs by Daniel Thomas (yes, Daniel Thomas), the Dolphins capped off their TD drive with a beautiful catch by Brian Hartline, tip-toeing in the end zone.

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Dolphins coaching mistakes have lost games, playoff positioning

Dolphins fans, if you are a defender or fan of Joe Philbin, you might just want to move on to the next post on PhinNation.com.  When Joe Philbin was hired, I hoped that he would bring an exciting offense (and QB) that we saw him develop in Green Bay.  Unfortunately, the Dolphins offense has been less than stellar.  In fact, after over a year and a half in Miami, the Dolphins Philbin/Sherman offense is ranked 28th in the NFL.  That wouldn’t be so terrible if the NFL had 100 teams, but since there are only 32 teams, 28th isn’t very good…..at all.

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I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while, but due to a very hectic couple of weeks, I haven’t had time.  Well today, I do.  Let’s just put aside the fact that Jeff Ireland is not very good at GM’ing and the players are not developing at all under this coaching staff (in fact, some are regressing).   The Dolphins coaches, mainly Philbin and Sherman, have cost the Dolphins games.  And when the Dolphins are tied with 5 other teams for the last wild card spot at 5-6, even turning 2 of those games around would put them in a great position to make the playoffs.  Again, I fully understand that the players must play the game.  BUT, it is the coaches job’s to put them in the best position to win.  And right now, I have zero confidence that Philbin’s coaching staff is doing that.

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Is the glass half full for the Dolphins at mid-season?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus)

The Miami Dolphins are 4-4 thanks to a hard fought 22-20 overtime victory over the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals.

With the team being off until a Monday Night Football showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 11/11, it is a perfect time to take inventory of what has happened in the first half of the season and re-calibrate expectations for the 2013 season.

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There is a lot of good and bad to take into account when weighing who these Dolphins are and where they are going.

Miami is in eighth place and just a half game out of the playoffs with two games against the seventh seed New York Jets and a home game against the sixth seed San Diego Chargers still remaining.

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Pitiful Picks: No Dolphins, but plenty of rooting to do

The Miami Dolphins win on Thursday night allows us all to have a stress-free Sunday.  The Dolphins will not play again until NEXT Monday night against the winless Bucs.  In the meantime, there are a lot of games of interest and could impact the Dolphins playoff hopes down the line.  We’re going to pick some of those games and try to improve on our 15-19 record in Pitiful Picks on the season.

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Sitting at 4-4, the Dolphins are out of the playoff picture right now, but the events of today could improve their chances.   So let’s get to our Pitiful Picks and see how Sunday plays out:

Jets +7 over Saints

Like all of you, I will be rooting for the Saints in this game.  I know their offense is high powered, but the Jets defense (except for last week when we freaking picked them), has been good this season.  I think Rex Ryan will come up with a game plan to keep this game close.  As much as I’d like to see the Saints blow out the Jets, I just don’t see them doing it.  Prediction:  Saints 27 Jets 21

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Dolphins WAKE up and pull out win over the Bengals

The Miami Dolphins took the first step in saving their 2013 season last night.  They also might have taken the first step in saving their head coach’s and general manager’s jobs.   The Dolphins never quit despite blowing a 14 point lead for the second week in a row.  Their defense, which was exhausted from a never-ending 3rd quarter, ultimately made the play that decided the game.  This was a team win…. a win this team can build on…… a win that came on a short week when the team was surrounded by negativity.

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The Dolphins offense moved the ball effectively in the 1st half, running for 142 yards.  They built a 10-3 lead at the half.  Then, with the Bengals driving in the 3rd quarter, Brent Grimes stepped in front of an Andy Dalton pass and took it to the house, giving the Dolphins a 17-3 lead. The problem is that the Bengals drive consumed over 7 minutes of game clock and 14 plays.  After the Grimes TD, the Bengals got the ball right back and the Dolphins defense wilted, allowing a 12 play, 80 yard TD drive.

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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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