Tag: Dion Jordan

Vince Wilfork to the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The only debate in a Vince Wilfork to Miami scenario is whether he has anything left in the tank.

When the Dolphins traded up one spot in the 2004 draft to draft Vernon Carey and not Vince, I was livid, even more so after he ended up on the New England Patriots.

Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison via Wikipedia.org

Ten years later the Dolphins may have a chance to add him to a talented defensive unit and if the team decides an above average right tackle is more important, it will just be history repeating itself.

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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.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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)

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.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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A first look at players the Dolphins might target this offseason

 

By Cyrus Lassus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins offseason has begun and the time to make plans for 2014 has begun.  Many would say fire everybody, but I am closer to saying bring everybody back.

Randy Starks, Paul Soliai, Brent Grimes, Richie Incognito, Dustin Keller, Tyson Clabo, Chris Clemons, Bryant McKinnie and Nolan Carroll are the top unrestricted free agents and they are all NFL caliber starters at their positions, some of them Pro Bowlers.  Only Brent Grimes seems to qualify for a pay raise, so it should not be too costly to keep your best players.

Photo courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo courtesy of Dolphins.com

Other unrestricted free agents are in the fringe roster spot category Chris Owens, Austin Spitler, Marlon Moore and John Jerry, who actually is a starter for Miami’s beleaguered offensive line.  I have no problem with camp invites for all of those guys, along with the restricted free agents, RJ Stanford, Danny Watkins, Pat Devlin and Will Yeatman.

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Jeff Ireland’s resume cannot be defended

 

By Miami Jules (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

It was on a late Sunday afternoon back in November, when I said to someone. wake me up when the season’s over. What I meant by that was, that any effort I would make in trying to analyze upcoming games would be pointless, because in spite of any single game plan’s effectiveness, our offensive coordinator would just switch arbitrarily at some point (usually halftime) to something jaw-droppingly insane. I decided at that point to put my pen down and enjoy whatever was left of the regular football season while taking a literary nap. I have now, because the season has ended, been awoken from this nap… and I woke up in a bad mood.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

I will be looking forward to any and all news coming out of Davie starting now, I will go back on Twitter and will eagerly await the dismissal of he who carries a bigger self-centered attitude than clear vision of putting a winning franchise together, and that person of whom I speak  of is Mr. Jeff Ireland. What is left as the remnants of  hopes and dreams of a once illusioned filled fan base, are the ashes of all the passion that once ardently burned in the hearts and souls of all Dolfans worldwide. A quickly eroding local fan base, and I refer to local, because we are the ones in the best position to go to the stadium and cheer our team on while making the ownership feel appreciated and reciprocally compensated.

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Dolphins Gameplan: Attack Tom Brady

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

This week the Miami Dolphins host the New England Patriots in another must win game.  While the possibility exists that Baltimore could lose two or three of their remaining games, Miami is already dependent on at least one loss from the defending Super Bowl champion in order to secure the 6th spot in the AFC playoffs.  Surprisingly, should Miami win this game, two more New England losses could allow the Dolphins to jump all the way into the second spot in the AFC, which is accompanied by a first round bye and at least one home play off game.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The point is that the stakes are high and the best thing the team can do is win out, which looks doable.

The Patriots have just lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski for the season, which drops them down a peg.  Miami has had an excellent pass defense and has given up only one touchdown to a receiver all season long if you throw out last week’s three touchdowns against Pittsburgh.  Those TDs  seemed to be very much aided by the snow and ice on the field which caused many defenders to be unsure in their running and tackling technique on both teams.

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Could Dion Jordan line up at tight end soon for the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

It has been reported that Dion Jordan was working on the jugs machine after Dolphins’ practice and looked good doing it.

While it is not uncommon for defensive players to work on their ball skills, it seems to be a pretty good indicator that the Dolphins are at least exploring the option of giving him some offensive snaps.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

His good hands are an asset in his role as a part time linebacker who shadows the quarterback and covers elite tight ends, but he was a highly recruited tight end when he arrived on the Oregon campus and has measurables that put him in a category with the Jimmy Graham’s and Rob Gronkowski’s of the league.

If indeed he is getting ready to make his debut on the offensive side of the ball, Ryan Tannehill would benefit from having one more elite talent at his disposal.

Perhaps scoring 30 points per game will be the new Miami Dolphins dynamic and Dion Jordan may be a part of that plan.

Dolphins Gameplan: Quick passing attack a key to victory

By Matthew C (Follow me on Twitter @PhinManiacs)

The Miami Dolphins head to Pittsburgh today in a must-win game in order to have a good chance of making the playoffs. The Steelers remind me a lot like the Carolina Panthers. They have a quarterback that is hard to take down and can keep plays alive, a quarterback that can throw the ball deep with accuracy, and a receiving and tight end group that is one of the best in the league. Fortunately, the Steelers defense isn’t nearly as good as the Panthers. If the Dolphins can contain the Steelers on offense, they should be able to walk away from this game with a win.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

When the Dolphins are on defense…

Antonio Brown is one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL as he leads the NFL with 85 receptions. The good news for the Dolphins is that they have a legitimate shutdown corner in Brent Grimes who I assume will shadow him throughout the game, much like he’s done against other number one receivers such as Steve Smith, Vincent Jackson, and so forth. Grimes should have no problems handling Brown throughout the entire game.

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Dolphins very much alive in playoff race after dominating Jets 23-3

The Miami Dolphins were facing what was essentially a playoff game on Sunday when they headed to the Meadowlands to take on the reeling Jets.  The Dolphins responded and completely dominated the Jets from start to finish.  Yes, the Dolphins bumbled their way through a frustrating first half, but still took a 6-0 lead into the half.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

At the half, the Dolphins had outgained the Jets 265 to 39, in terms of yardage.  They also had 16 first downs in the first half, compared to 2 first downs by the Jets.  They were dominating the game in every way, except for the scoreboard.  After the half, the Dolphins came out and took control on the scoreboard, where it matters most.  The Dolphins moved the ball all day against the Jets defense, through the air and on the ground.

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Dolphins Game Plan: Quick passing game will be key

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus)

The Miami Dolphins will be without their best pass blocking running back in Daniel Thomas and it will force them to make adjustments as they prepare to face a heavy blitzing Jets team.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The team did not sign a running back, which is either a sign of apathy or a vote of confidence for the guys in the locker room.  I have to believe that it is the latter because Joe Philbin has some intriguing offensive weapons at his disposal that have yet to be truly unleashed.

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