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After busy Day 1, what’s next for Dolphins on Day 2?

 

As expected, the Miami Dolphins filled one of their major holes within the first few minutes of free agency. They signed LT Branden Albert to a 5 year deal worth approximately $47 million ($25 guaranteed).  Albert will immediately be penciled in as the Dolphins starting left tackle.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Albert’s signing comes just a day after the Dolphins added a new starting safety, Louis Delmas.  Two days, two new starters.  Oh yeah, and they traded Jonathan Martin for a conditional 7th round pick!  But the Dolphins aren’t done yet, not by a long shot.  The Dolphins have a number of holes to fill this offseason, not the least of which is to rebuild virtually their entire offensive line AND find 2 quality defensive tackles.

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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 interview Pats executive Nick Caserio

 

The Miami Dolphins moved quickly after learning that the ‘front-runner’ for their open GM position was no longer interested in the position.  Friday morning reports surfaced that the Dolphins would be interviewing Nick Caserio, the Director of Pro Player Personnel for the Patriots.  The Dolphins are thought to have 3 other candidates still in mind for the open GM position, but apparently still wanted to reach out to Caserio.  The others still in contention include Brian Gaine (Dolphins), Dennis Hickey (Bucs), and Lake Dawson (Titans). It’s believed that Gaine and possibly Dawson have already been told they are finalists for the position.

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Caserio is an interesting name and probably jumps to the top of the Dolphins wish list.  He’s been with the Patriots since 2001 and has been everything from a scout to their wide receivers coach.  He would come from a winning program in which he was surrounded by sound football personnel.  Most importantly, he’s seen first hand how a perennial contender is built. I think the bigger question is whether or not he would want to leave the Patriots to come to a Dolphins team that is rumored by NFL execs to have the plague.

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Lifeless Dolphins should be embarrassed after 19-0 loss to Bills

 

We all saw this coming, didn’t we Dolphins fans?  I know I did and you can check my Twitter timeline if you don’t believe me.  I hoped this Dolphins team was different.  I hoped that this Dolphins team would avoid a big let down after a big win.  But this Dolphins team looked just like every other Dolphins team we’ve watched for the last 10 years (except for 2008).   The Dolphins, riding a 3 game winning streak and coming off of a huge win over the Patriots, with their playoff lives on the line, came out lifeless against the Bills on Sunday.  In fact, if they hadn’t come out to the stadium at all, they would’ve scored the exact same number of points.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

To call this loss a disappointment is a disservice to previous disappointing losses.  The Dolphins, as they usually do, got all of our hopes up, controlled their playoff lives for 1 week…..and then proceed to take a crap on our hopes and dreams.  Happy Holidays folks!  The Dolphins offensive line, which has looked good for the last few weeks, blocked as well as a roll of toilet paper would block a scud missile.  The Dolphins running game?  They were only going up against the 23rd ranked defense in the league.  They totaled 14 yards on 12 carries.   I’ve run further trying to elude a bumble bee.

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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.

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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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