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Dolphins get younger, faster with Wallace, Ellerbe, and Wheeler

The Miami Dolphins entered free agency with a lot of pressure to improve their roster.  Jeff Ireland knows that 2013 is a make or break year for him….and on the first day of free agency, he showed that he is swinging for the fences.  Shortly after the new league year started at 4pm on Tuesday, the Dolphins quickly agreed to terms of a deal with Mike Wallace.  The deal is for 5 years and will be worth $60 million with $30 million guaranteed.  The Dolphins plan to hold a press conference Wednesday morning to introduce Wallace.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins weren’t done there.  They actively pursued Jared Cook, the top tight end on the market, but ultimately lost him to the Rams.  The Dolphins are still in the market for a tight end….more on that in a bit.  News quickly leaked shortly after that the Dolphins had come to terms with a free agent of their own, Chris Clemons.  Clemons signed a one year deal, meaning the starting safety combo will return in 2013.  Clemons will need to show progress to get a longer term deal.  I would also expect the Dolphins to draft a safety next month.

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If I were Jeff Ireland……….Part 3 (Who to draft)

Alright Dolphins fans, this is the third and final installment of our offseason plan.  The Dolphins haven’t even gotten to the point where they have resigned any of their own free agents and we’re about to finish our full offseason plan.  Can you tell we’re anxious for the offseason to get underway?!  If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of our plans, you can click on here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

Some Dolphins have posed some good questions regarding our plan, most notably about our desire to sign Jermichael Finley.  It’s a risk, I’ll admit that.  However, if he is released and will only cost money, I think the potential upside far outweighs the downside.  Besides, how many other seam threat tight ends are out there?

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Part 3 – Which players to draft

Alright, so we’ve made it this far in our offseason plan.  We’ve added some speed and explosiveness on offense, adding Mike Wallace and Jermichael Finley, while resigning Reggie Bush.  On defense, we’ve resigned Sean Smith and Randy Starks, but there are two big needs remaining as we enter the draft.  We need to find a starting cornerback and a defensive end that can provide some pass rush opposite Cameron Wake.  We will also be looking for a QB for depth and a young receiver to add to the mix.  The rest of the draft will focus on depth.

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Dolphins show they aren’t ready for prime time with 19-14 loss to Bills

Two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins were 4-3 and fans were talking about the possibility of the playoffs….Two weeks ago, the Dolphins players looked like they were buying into Joe Philbin’s system and philosophies….Two weeks ago, Ryan Tannehill was proving doubters wrong, posting 85+ QB ratings week after week…..Two weeks ago, the Dolphins were headed to Indianapolis to take on the Colts and the winner would improve to 5-3…..Two weeks ago, the Dolphins had hope.

What a difference two weeks makes, huh?  The Dolphins that have showed up the last 3 games have looked nothing like the team that went on a 3 game winning streak.  The Dolphins are turning the ball over on offense, not creating turnovers on defense, not stopping the run, not blocking anyone, and their rookie quarterback has looked like a rookie quarterback.

Last night, the Dolphins offense through the first 3 and a half quarters made the NY Jets offense look like the Greatest Show on Turf, Rams team.  The Dolphins offense was so bad that they failed to convert a 3rd down through the air or on the ground until the 4th quarter.  For 3 quarters, their longest drive lasted all of 5 plays. The defense, to their credit, shut the Bills out in the second half.  The Dolphins had 2 chances with the ball late, but both drives ended with Ryan Tannehill interceptions.  The Dolphins fell too far behind and their comeback effort was too little, too late.  The Bills held on for a 19-14 win and moved into a tie with the Dolphins for second place in the AFC East at 4-6.

What I liked

Marcus Thigpen – Thigpen broke a 96 yard kick return for a touchdown in the first quarter. At the time, I had hoped that this would wake up the sluggish Dolphins team that fell behind 10-0 early.  Thigpen has now returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown this season and is really one of the only players on the Dolphins playing well right now.

Rashad Jones – Jones led the Dolphins with 14 tackles last night. His play this season has been much improved from the last few years. He needs to create more turnovers in the passing game, but he has been solid against the run.  However, it speaks volumes when your leading tackler on defense is the furthest guy from the ball when it’s snapped.  Jones made a ton of tackles, but I’d rather see Burnett or Dansby leading the team.

Situational Defense – The Dolphins defense that hasn’t been able to get off the field on 3rd downs, turned things around last night.  They held the Bills to just 2 conversions on twelve 3rd down opportunities.  That’s a stark improvement from recent weeks.  The Dolphins red zone defense also did a great job, keeping the Bills offense out of the end zone the entire game.  The Bills were 0-4 in the red zone and had to settle for field goals each time.

Brandon Fields – You know we’re stretching for positives when Brandon Fields is on the list.  Fields did a good job last night, averaging just under 50 yards per punt, with 2 of his 6 punts downed inside of the Bills’ 20 yard line.

Davone Bess’ TD Grab – Davone Bess caught the Dolphins only offensive touchdown of the game by doing a great job of keeping 2 feet in bounds, while falling.  The play was initially ruled incomplete, but the Dolphins challenged and it was overturned.  Great play by Bess.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)