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Dolphins need someone to take Center stage….

 

Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Miami Dolphins are concerned about their offensive line.  Yes, the Dolphins are only 6 days into training camp. BUT, there are problems that keep surfacing, mostly around the center position. The problem is that Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins Pro Bowl Center, is probably going to miss the first 6 games or so of the 2014 season.  Who is going to step up and earn the starting center position heading into Opening Day?  That is the problem, no one is stepping up and showing that he is ready to fill the gap until Pouncey returns.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Shelley Smith gave it a shot, but he’s a natural guard, not a center…..and it showed. He had a number of bad practices early in camp and seems to have been replaced by Nate Garner. Unfortunately, Garner didn’t exactly take the job and run, like we the Dolphins had hoped.  Sam Brenner, who is another contender for the starting spot, is rehabbing an injury from earlier in camp.

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The Dolphins plan is clear heading into free agency….

 

Free Agency begins at 4pm on Tuesday, but the Miami Dolphins got a head start when they signed S Louis Delmas to a 1 year, $3.5 mil contract.  The deal is a low-risk high reward for the Dolphins, who essentially signed Delmas to a ‘show-me’ contract.  Delmas was able to sign before the 4pm free agency period because he was cut by the Lions a few weeks ago.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Delmas was a Pro-Bowl alternate in ’10 and ’11, so he has talent. He had knee injuries in 2012, but played all 16 games in 2013.  Delmas is known for his hard hitting and will be a good compliment opposite Reshad Jones.  Delmas’ signing means that the Dolphins will not be signing Jairus Byrd and not resigning Chris Clemons.  Jones and Delmas will be the Dolphins starting safeties in 2014.

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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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Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

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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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)

Dolphins show no heart in embarrassing loss to winless Bucs

 

Dolphins fans, we’ve had our share of low points over the last decade, haven’t we?  And yet, every time we reach a new low, the Miami Dolphins somehow find a way to fall even further.  I’m hesitant to say that we’ve officially reached rock bottom.  Because, who knows?  If you are a Dolphins fan that has full faith that the team will turn things around, you might not want to continue reading much more.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins had a chaotic week following the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation.  Many, like me, thought that they would be galvanized and come out against the 0-8 Buccaneers and play angry.  Well, they didn’t.  In fact, they fell behind 15-0 in the first half.   Ryan Tannehill did manage to lead the Dolphins down the field before the half, completing 8 of 8 and capping it off with a touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews to cut the deficit to 15-7.

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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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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

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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Does Dolphins’Incognito need help?

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus)

TMZ has released a video of suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito using the n word during a rage at a pool hall. In this case, he is using the version that ends in a instead of er.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

He has his shirt off and is clearly drunk. Mike Pouncey is watching and is not shocked or appalled by the behavior. He seems more amused than anything. I think this video actually proves three things.

1 – Richie Incognito does not hate black people, because he and Mike seem to have a legitimate bond off the field.

2 – Richie has legitimate emotional issues that make it hard for him to control his behavior.

3 – Alcohol is not his friend.

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