Tag: Mike Wallace

Should the Dolphins draft a QB in the 1st round?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

After putting a lot of thought into the 2014 season and the future of the Miami Dolphins, I have come to a surprising conclusion heading into the draft.

The Miami Dolphins must draft a quarterback in the first round.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Ryan Tannehill is not a franchise quarterback as of yet and that is the first order of business until you can cross it off.

A right tackle or right guard is not worth giving up a chance at a franchise quarterback.

Not now, not ever.

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Would DeSean Jackson make sense for the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Philadelphia Eagles have cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the Miami Dolphins are among the teams that could be interested.

Photo Courtesy of Wigstruck via Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Wigstruck via Wikipedia

Bill Lazor was brought in as offensive coordinator because of the success of the Philadelphia Eagles offense last year and it would only make sense to bring in one of the leaders of that offense to shorten the learning curve.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver corps are coming into the season pretty banged up and Mike Wallace did not demonstrate that he was worthy of being called a number one receiver.

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Breaking down the odds of the Dolphins drafting Pro Bowlers in the NFL Draft

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I visited my local fair yesterday and was lured in by the chance of coming away with a big prize for a small price in their carnival games.

I came away feeling scammed and it reminded me of the NFL Draft.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

I did a numbers analysis of the past five drafts and discovered that 80 Pro Bowlers were selected out of 1272 selections, for a 6.3 percent early success rate.

15 were selected in the 2009 draft, 30 in 2010, 20 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and 4 in 2013.

Obviously, the last two drafts have not had as much time to develop and more Pro Bowlers are surely to sprout, but they have been included as they give a realistic picture of what this Dolphins regime can expect in their win or go home season.

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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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Jimmy Graham to the Dolphins?

Alright Dolphins fans, we’re in the midst of “rumor and speculation” season. So why not jump right into it.  On Friday, Jimmy Graham was given the non-exclusive Franchise tag by the Saints.  What that means is that Graham can shop his services to another NFL team, but the Saints would have an opportunity to match a contract offer by another team OR take back 2 first round picks.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.com

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia.com

I’m here to tell you today that the Dolphins should make an offer to Jimmy Graham…a big one…and give up the 2 first round picks if the Saints don’t match the offer.  OH MY GOSH, 2 FIRST ROUND PICKS, ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!  Listen, I don’t think the Dolphins will do this, but I think they should. They already missed on Graham once when they picked John Jerry 22 spots ahead of him in the 3rd round in 2010.  They shouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

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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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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)

Some TALL receivers the Dolphins could draft in the late rounds

 

By Julian (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The 2014 Senior Bowl was played this weekend and during the week of practices that preceded the game, quite a few players stood out and climbed up in the rankings. Not all players entering the draft played in the Senior Bowl, some because of eligibility or injuries, and others just decided not to participate. The rankings will change yet again in the weeks following the game and in order to stay current with these, I will be monitoring some of the more significant changes as they happen. Today I will concentrate on late rounds wide receivers only.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Miami enjoyed a healthy amount of receivers signings during the offseason last year, which included the most expensive WR signing of free agency, Mike Wallace. NFL analysts predicted Miami’s passing game would become its new found strength, as a result of these pricy off season moves. However, the Fins only ranked 20th in passing in the NFL.

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The Dolphins need a new General Manager; I’ll apply!

 

By Cyrus Lassus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)
Dear Mr. Ross,

I have followed the Miami Dolphins closely for over two decades and covered them for PhinNation in 2013.

It is very important to me that the franchise finds a General Manager capable of leading the team back into its rightful place amongst the NFL’s elite.

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Please allow me to boldly present my plan of action.

The first item on the agenda is to trade Mike Wallace, cut Marcus Thigpen and sign Ted Ginn Jr.

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Dolphins choke their way into the offseason with 20-7 loss

 

The Miami Dolphins entered Sunday’s must win game against the Jets with a chance to reach the postseason for the first time in 5 years and the second time in the last decade.  They had that chance despite playing an ugly, emotionless game against the Bills a week before.  As I said in my Pitiful Picks (and all week), I expected the Dolphins to get the help they needed from the Bengals or Chargers.  But my concern was if the Dolphins could take care of their own business, especially coming off of their bad loss to Chad Lewis and the Bills.  As it turned out, the Dolphins got the help they were looking for in Cincinnati and San Diego, but they couldn’t help themselves.   They choked. Again.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

This game started off pretty well for the Dolphins.  After a scoreless first quarter, the Dolphins took an early 7-0 lead on a Tannehill pass to Mike Wallace.  Little did we know, that was all the scoring our high powered offense would provide. A few possessions later, the Jets scored a game tying touchdown when Sheldon Richardson, a defensive lineman, ran it in from the 1 yard line.  On the very next possession the Dolphins went 3 and out and gave the ball right back to the Jets.  The Jets and their turnover prone quarterback marched 80 yards on 13 plays in just 2-1/2 minutes and scored another touchdown.

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Pitiful Picks: Will the Dolphins win & make the playoffs?

 

It all comes down to this Dolphins fans!  The Dolphins embarrassing loss last week seems like a distant memory, doesn’t it?  Thanks to a couple of games in other cities going there way last week, the Dolphins seem to have the best chance out of the 4 teams vying for the final playoff spot in the AFC.   By now you know what the Dolphins need to earn the 6th seed; They need to win AND they need EITHER the Bengals to beat the Ravens OR the Chargers to beat the Chiefs.  Pretty simple.

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Our final pitiful picks segment for the regular season will give you our thoughts on all of the biggest games that week 17 offers.  We’re 38-33 on the season and looking to close out the regular season with another good week. 13 of the 16 games this week will have some impact on what the final playoff brackets will look like.  I can’t think of a more exciting week 17 since I’ve been watching football.  I mean, 2 games are for their division titles with the winner hosting a playoff game next week and the loser going home and missing the playoffs…..there are 4 teams fighting for the last spot in the AFC playoff race….The current top 2 seeds in the NFC could both drop from having playoff byes to having to travel on the road in the wild card round.

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