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  • What's Next for the Miami Dolphins

    Everyone is talking, and by everyone, I mean media outlets, the failures of the Miami Dolphins. The word on the street is that the Dolphins have lost in free agency, as they have seen their selected and developed draft picks leave Miami for ‘greener pastures.’

    But let’s be honest here. Was Oliver Vernon really worth 17.5 million per season? No. Rishard Mathews – was he worth the 5 million per season? No. Mathews would have been the 4th best option on this team. Lamar Miller has the speed and the cut you are looking for in a running back, but can he get the first down on 3rd and 2 with a stacked box or – is he worth 6.5 million per season? The Dolphins set the threshold for these players, and fortunately for them, they were able to receive the compensation they valued.

    The only regret that the Dolphins should have is with Derek Shellby. The Falcons signed him to a very team friendly contract that should have been offered by the Dolphins.
    Nonetheless, what is next for the Dolphins? The silly thing about our front office, is that they believe they have solid depth at every position. This is solely based on the observation that is being made based on their free agent visits – specifically, the guard position. The Dolphins signed only 3 offensive linemen, and none of them have played the guard position. Adam Gase, can’t believe that the Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner, and Jamil Douglas are going to magically turn into elite guards? There are plenty of solid guards on the market right now – specifically – Evan Mathis and Louis Vasquez. Vasquez and Mathis were the starting guards for the defending the Super Bowl Champions. Both have experience working with Gase and his system based on Gase tenure with the Broncos. This seems like an ideal match, and it’s a little surprising that the Dolphins haven’t at least brought them in for a visit.
    To make matters worse, look at the Arizona Cardinals. Yesterday, the Cardinals traded their former first round pick, Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots. Cooper was a guard and with his departure, the Cardinals have already placed an offer to Mathis and are bringing other veteran guards in to showcase their skills.
    Isn’t that what the Dolphins should be doing?

    #Frustrated

    Furthermore the Dolphins lost out on the opportunity to add depth to their backfield with C.J Anderson offer being matched by the Denver Broncos. The Dolphins can’t feel comfortable going with J.J Ajayia, based on their flirtation with C.J. As such, it makes you believe that the Dolphins still need to find a valuable option. Ironically, there are some key free agents available, specifically Adrian Foster. Foster would make sense in two ways:
    1. When healthy (and that is a big if) he is the best available Running back on the market
    2. Showdown – Lamar Miller vs. Adrian Foster – who has the better year?
    The Dolphins could possibly use the draft to address this concern, but they have too many holes to fill to specifically select a running back in the first three rounds. The Dolphins would be wise to focus their first three draft selection on the following positions:
    1. Cornerback
    2. Defensive end
    3. Guard

    Who are the best fits based on the Dolphins draft selection:

    Round 1 – Mackenzie Alexander CB
    if Mack is there, you run to the podium. Based on Mack’s performance last season, you can’t argue with his production. Team refused to throw to his side of the feeling, aka the Revsis affect. Mack would come in and be the Dolphins true starting cornerback. His skill set reminds a lot of scouts of Patrick Surtain.

    Round 2 - Jonathan Bullard DE
    Bullard is starting to make noise in terms of draft risers. He can play either in a 3-4 or 4-3, but based on his game tape, he would excel with his hand on the ground. Bullard is your definition of a coach’s player. Plays through pain, is a “Yes Sir” response and would be an ideal match. The opposite could be true on Robert Nkemdiche, who could be a possible selection that offers top 10 talent in the 2nd round.

    Round 3 - Jack Allen – C
    Remember when Pouncey got hurt, Jamil Douglas tried to snap to Tannehill and caused a lot of chaos. The Dolphins do not have a reliable back up at center. Furthermore, Allen could definitely play Guard or the Dolphins could move Pouncey to Guard and Allen can take over at center. Either way, you draft Allen you improve your Oline.

    To recap, the Dolphins would be wise to sign two veteran free agents and focus on the draft on rebuilding their weakest units. Signing Adrian Foster and Evan Maths/Louis Vasquez allows the Dolphins to draft the best available players, which are Mack, Bullard and Allen.

    If the Dolphins follow this plan of attack, you might start thinking that the Miami Dolphins are headed in the right direction – and isn’t that what we want from our franchise?

  • #2
    I don't understand the love for Alexander so high. Most mocks have him much later in the first. What scares me is that most college teams stayed away from his side so maybe he got too used to that. Now he will face professionals( best of the best) who are not intimidated by him one bit.
    Last edited by AquaXI; 03-16-2016, 03:45 PM.
    The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.

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    • cuchulainn
      cuchulainn commented
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      Mack is considered the ''3rd'' DB after Ramsey and Hargreaves and most mocks are not based on BPA, but needs for each team. If you're going BPA, Mack is much higher than a lot of the guys going earlier in those mocks.

  • #3
    Its not like that brov.

    Mack uses his best assets.

    He's fluid to the point of contact , solid hip movement and lateral adjustments.

    Watch the game game Bama...he killed it.

    His shadowing in man coverage is probably the best of all draft class. Solid in zone 3 which is what Vance runs. His shadow work well in cover 1 and 3. His press zone coverage is his liability....He needs to bulk up against solid 6'5 WRs

    The only benefit to that is that we have Maxwell...whom will shadow the larger WR

    Back to Mack

    Syracuse played a lot of pressure D...which helps out the secondary. The best secondary is the one that plays for fewest amount of time. Mack hold the cover 0 and man coverage better than any CB in this draft class. His phyical triats align to Patrick Surtain.

    Honestly when i watched the Vand gamer I thought I was watching Patrick Surtain. HIs back peddling is exactly the same...2 step drop, jam inside, inside and then out. %^&*( with the WR every time.

    I love that about Mack.

    Next line against the WR, he goes 1 step drop inside, out, inside then jam

    He moves this techniques each time so that WR can run his hands through him....

    Special note - the inside out is your shadow on how your run with the WR. If inside - means you cut him. You go outside, so he only can cut inside...you do this when you have inside ILB or FS/SS help...it allows the CB to direct the tempo and get the WR off his route

    I could go on, but I'm sure i hooked you up mon


    Last edited by Bahamas; 03-16-2016, 03:53 PM.

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    • AquaXI
      AquaXI commented
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      You sure did I'm a pushover hehehe. Well after my comment I looked up Surtain and Revis both 5';11 with Revis being an island. I would regret it if Alexander became Revis2. The good thing is if we are Luke we might have Hargreaves Alexander and Apple to choose from. More likely Alexander and Apple. Was leaning towards Apple but listening to Cuch and You I'm getting weak.

    • cuchulainn
      cuchulainn commented
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      Good write-up, Dale...

    • Bahamas
      Bahamas commented
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      Thanks @cuch

  • #4
    What's next for the Miami Dolphins?? I know what would be next for them if they were a horse...they'd be taken out back & shot!

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    • Bahamas
      Bahamas commented
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      Don't shot...you would waste the bullet brov

  • #5
    Losing OV and Miller really doesn't bother me. OV was grossly overpaid and there is no way we could have paid him that kind of money. Miller was a nice RB but all these media pundits think so highly of him now but when he was on the Dolphins they didn't give him a second thought. He was also overpaid. We can get a replacement at a much cheaper price and we also have Ajayi.

    The trade with the Eagles for Maxwell and Alonso is going to define this offseason. It could turn out to be wonderful for us or it could be a disaster. I really like the Mario Williams signing. He is only 2 years removed from being an elite DE and I think his next 2 seasons with the Dolphins are going to be closer to that than how he performed last year and with these soaring salaries he is a relative bargain at $8.5M per season.

    My biggest disappointment so far is that we have not significantly upgraded the OG positions. Signing an aging Bushrod who has never played OG doesn't excite me. Its unlikely that Mathis will play for us and other than him its pretty slim pickings on the OG free agent market now. So its going to have to be a priority in the draft.

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    • cuchulainn
      cuchulainn commented
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      Agree on OV and Miller. We turned the #8 pick into 3 possible starters - Maxwell, Alonso, and the #13 pick.

      Wish we'd signed a solid OG, but that should be addressed in the draft. I think we will have a better team.

      Also wish we had Hard Knocks this year...

  • #6
    What's next? 4-12! No guards!

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    • #7
      No worries, Tannenbaum says this team can kick last years team's asses. I believe this team will be worse than last year's team.

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      • #8
        With all due respect I did find this post ironic when you talked about this front office not signing a true guard and listed the position as a top three priority. Then, you drafted a center to play guard. Why not sign Louis Vasquez right now? He is a true guard that can also play center. Then, the Dolphins don't have to waste a top draft pick on a position they should have filled earlier. Being cheap hasnt worked for the Dolphins in the past and it certainly isn't working for them now. This team needs GUARDS!! This team needs o-line depth from players NOT named Turner or Thomas. OV was definitely NOT worth the money. Matthews and Miller will prove they were. IMO

        The Dolphins should sign Louis Vasquez right now before the Titans sign him this weekend !! It just may very well save the draft for them.

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        • Bahamas
          Bahamas commented
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          100% with you brov...

        • Idahomer
          Idahomer commented
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          Don't understand that one either especially since Gase coached him. There has been absolutely ZERO interest in bringing him in.

          Now Mathis - GONE.. Beattles - GONE

          Soon Vasquez will be gone as will Evans. This FO is really freaking stupid when it comes to Oline, oh wait, so was the one before this one, and the one before that one. WTF is going on in that building!

        • DolphinsFreak
          DolphinsFreak commented
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          There's either a gas leak OR Ross has been instructed by Goodell to make sure they remain medicore until Brady retires. It doesn't matter to him, he's not a Dolphins fan and whether the team wins or loses he still gets a FAT paycheck. I wish I would have won that mega millions a few months back!

      • #9
        Apparently this front office doesn't think there is a need for upgraded OG's.

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        • Alpha
          Alpha commented
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          Well, we don't have any running game....and we haven't minded Tannehill getting crushed for 4 years. Why add Guards? Let's go for more injured DL!

      • #10
        We need an upgrade at both Center and Guard... but whatever. They have reviewed film of all these guys and the new coaches may be telling them that we have enough on the roster to work with. That does not mean Dallas Thomas will be the starter. They may intend on shuffling the OL around and starting Jamil Douglas at LG instead. Turner struggled in pass pro, but he seemed to be solid in run blocking.

        Most of the issues on the interior were with Dallas Thomas and Pouncey. On the outside, Jason Fox was abominable. PFF rated him the starting tackle worst in the game... hoping James can stay healthy this season... we already know that Albert won't make it thru an entire season.

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        • DolphinsFreak
          DolphinsFreak commented
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          I wonder if that is a PFF Record, for one team to have two players on a line that ranked worst at their positions. (Dallas Thomas and Fox)

        • cuchulainn
          cuchulainn commented
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          Wouldn't doubt it. You'd have be to damned bad to rate worse than Fox or Dallas at their positions... it's no secret that we were better with Satale at Center and Pouncey at RG than we've been with Pouncey at Center the past few seasons.

          Pouncey is undersized and over rated. He often gets no push during run blocking. Dallas gets beat regardless. He just isn't good enough. Turner has shown flashes, so I can see them giving him another shot. James and Albert are good enough, but nothing special. Almost all the real issues have been from injuries and a notable weakness on the interior line, and that includes Pouncey... would've loved to have gotten Mack last season and put Pouncey back at Guard.

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