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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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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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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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Latest Dolphins injury update: Wake questionable, Soliai probable

This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins face AFC conference rival and reigning world champions Baltimore Ravens. The challenges facing Miami will continue; Injuries to starters and key players, the inability of the offensive line to protect QB Ryan Tannehill and play makers not stepping up when needed and not living up to their expectations.

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The latest injury report from the Miami Dolphins is out and it is still probably the biggest area of concern for team and fans alike.  Below is the latest injury report, courtesy of Dolphins.com:

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Dion Jordan returns to practice for Dolphins & other Dolphins notes

The Miami Dolphins have had their share of injuries this preseason.  Well today, the Dolphins welcomed back their 1st round draft pick, Dion Jordan.  Jordan suffered a setback when he reinjured his shoulder during the Dolphins second preseason game (vs. Jaguars).  Jordan, you will remember, had surgery earlier this year to repair a torn labrum.  Jordan practiced for about 2 weeks and participated in the Dolphins first 2 preseason games, before reinjuring his shoulder.

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The Dolphins traded up to get Jordan, hoping that he would grow into a dominant defensive end compliment to Cameron Wake.  the results have been good when Jordan has been able to practice.  However, his school schedule and injuries have limited him to about 2 full weeks of training camp practices.  That’s simply not enough for him to be fully up to speed both in the defensive scheme and in on-the-field awareness.

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WHY did the Dolphins cut Richard Marshall??

In a surprise move this evening, the Miami Dolphins released cornerback Richard Marshall.  It’s a surprising move because Marshall was splitting 1st team snaps with Dmitri Patterson, opposite Brent Grimes.  It’s a surprising move because the Dolphins had 3 starting caliber cornerbacks, which is important in a pass-happy NFL.  It’s a surprising move because the Dolphins have been trying to gear up to stop Tom Brady…..and releasing a starting caliber cornerback and replacing him with a rookie or a Nolan Carroll does not help you stop Tom Brady.

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Marshall was signed prior to the 2012 season and played a total of 4 games for the Dolphins before being placed on injured reserve.  The move saves the Dolphins roughly $4.6 million and effectively ends the battle for the starting corner spot opposite of Grimes.  Dmitri Patterson has won and now must play up to the potential the Dolphins have seen in him. Continue Reading

Dolphins finally address secondary, sign Grimes to 1 year deal

The Miami Dolphins had a plan all along….it just took a little longer than many fans would like.  The Dolphins let Sean Smith walk away in free agency, which left a gaping hole in their secondary.  On Saturday, after what seemed to be weeks of negotiations, the Dolphins reached an agreement with former Pro Bowl cornerback, Brent Grimes.  As Jason LaCanfora reports, the deal is for 1 year and is worth $5.5 million with $3 million guaranteed.

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Grimes also received interested from the Browns, but they weren’t willing to spend quite as much as the Dolphins.  The negotiations for Grimes were tricky, as he injured his Achilles tendon in last season’s opener.  He’s now 7 months removed from the injury and is said to be making good progress in rehab.

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Miami Dolphins go gangnam style with celebrations

The Miami Dolphins had a lot to cheer about yesterday in their 30-9 demolishing of the Jets.  Two Dolphins players in particular had quite a bit of fun…..Gangnam Style!  If you’re asking yourself what Gangnam Style is, check out this video:

Gangnam Style is the the Korean rap senstation that has been watched over 115 million times on YouTube.com.  Honestly, I have no idea what this guy’s singing about…..but it’s a popular song.  Saturday Night Live even did a sketch about Gangnam Style a month ago.

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