News around the Miami Dolphins is probably going to continue to be slow until the Lockout is lifted and the new league year starts. We’ll continue to bring you everything we find interesting or applicable to the Dolphins until that time. In the mean time, we’ll give you the SportsCenter highlight version of the news every now and then, just to keep you posted on everything.
The link above is to the Sun Sentinel’s story about the possibility of the Dolphins taking part in Hard Knocks. It seems that in the midst of the CBA mess, no team wants to commit to having their training camp documented by HBO’s Hard Knocks series. The Tampa Bay Bucs were the team that the show wanted to film, but the Bucs declined. This has brought about the question as to whether the Dolphins should be interested. Of course, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion on this, but we would rather the Dolphins declined, if invited to take part in the series. While it would be awesome to get a full behind-the-scenes look at the Dolphins training camp, we can live without it. Hard Knocks would bring attention to the Dolphins and could ultimately end up being a distraction…which this team does not need. Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland would almost certainly be against it…however, it wouldn’t surprise us if Stephen Ross wanted some extra exposure for his investment in the team. We’d say the chances range between 5-10% that this could actually happen, so we wouldn’t go out and order HBO just yet.
The NFL Network, in the midst of the Lockout, is running a weekly series, unveiling the top 100 players in the NFL. The rankings are based on player voting, so take that for what it’s worth. This week at 8pm eastern, Brandon Marshall and Cameron Wake will be unveiled somewhere between 61-70. We know there’s a certain basketball game on around that time, so if you are interested, set your DVR. Jake Long has not been revealed yet, so at least we can take solace in knowing that his fellow players think he’s in the top 60…Our guess is that he would be somewhere in the top 20-30.
Greg Cossell has been a member of NFL films for over 30 years and he recently gave a pretty detailed breakdown on the Dolphins offense. He said it was the offensive line in 2010, that caused the Dolphins running game to sputter. Cossell says that he is disappointed in Chad Henne’s development and that he has had major issues with his accuracy (no freaking kidding). He also points to Chad’s decision making as a problem and a reason for his regression. A good read to see what an NFL Films ‘expert’ thinks of the Dolphins performance last year and what to expect in 2011.
On a recent interview, posted at Dolphins.com, Tony Sparano sat down and gave his thoughts on the Dolphins incoming draft class. It’s an interesting read to see how the coach sees his new players fitting in with the Dolphins system. He sees Mike Pouncey as a center; Daniel Thomas as a potential feature back; Edmond Gates as a speed threat at WR and kickoff returner; and Charles Clay as a versatile weapon as a FB/TE.