Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post on the Dolphins

CLICK HERE to watch Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post give his thoughts on the Dolphins and what is going on around the team since returning from the NFL Combine.

Albert Breer on the Dolphins

CLICK HERE to listen to Albert Breer of the NFL Network give his thoughts on the Miami Dolphins

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports on the Dolphins

CLICK HERE to listen to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com give his thoughts on the Miami Dolphins.

Koa Misi on the move

Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports that Koa Misi most likely will be moving positions on defense. With the Dolphins expecting to switch to a base 4-3 Defense Koa Misi won't have a home. Misi played defensive end in a 4-3 in college but that was college. On the NFL level thus far at SAM linebacker position Misi hasn't produced enough in the way of sacks in his first two years to warrant being moved to a defensive end spot in a 4-3. So the Dolphins plan on moving Misi to Middle Linebacker. The Fins feel Misi's knack of being around plays and his instincts and coverage skills make him a good fit for a middle linebacker.

Jason Taylor says Dolphins need to upgrade quarterback position

Matt Moore has to be telling himself with friends like this who needs enemies. First it was Brandon Marshall with his backhanded compliments at the Pro Bowl when he threw Moore under the bus. When Brandon was saying he was recruiting Matt Flynn to come to Miami and how the Dolphins need a better quarterback. Now its recently retired Jason Taylor who is throwing Matt Moore under the bus.

Jason Taylor on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM when asked what are the Dolphins biggest needs this offseason said this...."Well, this is a quarterback-driven league. Obviously, you see the way offenses have changed nowadays. The abundance of points being scored and yards being thrown for, when you have three guys break Dan Marino's record in one year, it shows the league has changed and the direction it's going in, so quarterback is the No. 1 position obviously in football right now. With that being said, Matt Moore did a really good job last year and I thought he grew over the course of the season and got better and better. Now, do you need to upgrade that position? Probably."


CLICK HERE to read a full transcript of the interview.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Worried about Peyton's arm, one person says don't be

He's Baaaaaaack (well almost)
Chris Weinke, remember him? Former QB at Florida St who won a National Championship and bounced around the NFL from Carolina to San Francisco; well he had the same injury Peyton Manning has and in 7 months had a full and total recovery. In fact Weinke said because of the rehab he gained velocity on his passes and had a stronger arm than before.

Albert Breer of NFL Network recently talked to Chris Weinke about his injury and comparing it to Manning's and Chris had to say..."In terms of the similarities between the two, the fusion and the nerve regeneration are exactly the same." 


 "As I just mentioned, you're taking baby steps along the way. As long as he continues to progress, what I found out, was at the end of the process my arm was actually stronger than it was prior to the surgery. The reason being is that you focus on the little muscles, you rebuild yourself really from ground zero, because of the atrophy, and when I came back, fundamentally I was better, I was stronger, and actually threw the ball with more velocity after the surgery than I did prior."

And tonight Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that sources close to him are reporting that Peyton Manning is throwing well and with reasonable expectations of improvement could be at full strength and 100% by May.

10 years to the day...

March 8th, 2002. What does that day mean to Dolphins fans? That is the day the Miami Dolphins traded for Ricky Williams.

March 8th, 2012. What does that day mean to Dolphins fans? That is the day where Indianapolis must either pay Peyton Manning $28 million or release him. And from all reports hand over Peyton Manning on a silver platter to the Miami Dolphins

I wonder what March 8th, 2022 will bring?

Fins OUT of RGIII race

John Clayton of ESPN on ESPN Radio Monday night said the RGIII race is now down to Cleveland and Washington. The Dolphins are out of the running because of what it would cost to move up to #2 and what St.Louis is demanding to move all the way down to #8. St.Louis feels if they move down to #8 they won't get the player they want so to move down that far they want more in compensation.

Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting the Fins are the leaders to land Peyton Manning and could also  have a plan in place to draft Ryan Tannehill in the first round as well to protect themselves. They would "double-down" on the quarterback position this year. It depends on what they see out of Manning leading up to the draft. If the progress Peyton is making isn't as good as they would like, the Dolphins would like to have a young quarterback of the future as insurance ready to go sitting behind Peyton and to protect themselves if Manning's injury comes back up and is a factor. Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has great insight on Tannehill as he coached him at Texas A&M. CLICK HERE to watch Albert Breer's report.

Ryan Tannehill
Now, there is a lot of "Buyer Beware" factor with Tannehill. For one he has only played quarterback on any level for a year and a half. He only has 20 starts as a quarterback in college. Most draft experts (ie Mayock, Kiper...etc) had a 3rd round grade on him after the season ended. They now have a 2nd round grade on him so taking him at #8 is a huge reach. Tannehill at this point in time though is considered to go somewhere in the Top 15 by most NFL people because of the position he plays and his upside. Most feel if you draft him he is a total project that is a ways away from being "NFL Ready."

Essentially if you are drafting Tannehill and allowing  him to sit, that is fine. If you are drafting him expecting him to play right away, trouble. Big trouble.

Monday, February 27, 2012

1972 "Perfect Reunion" Autograph Show this weekend

This Saturday March 3rd in New Jersey CSA is putting on a mega-autograph show which will have 31 members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins in attendance. A few of the players who will be there are Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Larry Little, Jake Scott, Dick Anderson, Mercury Morris, Paul Warfield, Manny Fernandez, Jim Kiick, and Don Shula!

According to unconfirmed reports this may be Don Shula's last autograph signing ever as declining health make it difficult for him to travel and do such shows at his age.

For those of you who don't live in New Jersey, don't worry you still have time to place pre-orders. Pay in advance for an item to be signed and once the show is over CSA will ship it to you. Shipping costs are included in the price. CLICK HERE to look at the price lists. The deadline to place Mail Order items is Thursday February 29th.

For those of you in the New Jersey area the show is at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ. If you go in person you can also get pictures with the members of the team.

Peter King on the Dolphins situation and Peyton Manning

Peter King gave his insight on whether Miami should go after Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn as well as other Dolphins issues. CLICK HERE to watch.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

NFL Network Report: Green bay won't tag Flynn

The NFL Network is reporting that Green Bay won't use its franchise tag on Matt Flynn.

RGIII meets with Dolphins

On the NFL Network Robert Griffin III confirmed that he had a meeting with the Browns, Redskins, and the Dolphins at the combine. He also said he has not had any meetings with Seattle and St. Louis.

UPDATE: Howard Eskin of NBC 10 in Philadelphia and WIP radio is reporting sources in the Redskins organization have told him they are prepared to give up their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks this year and their 1st round pick in 2013 to the Rams to move up and draft RGIII 2nd overall in the draft.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mort: Miami favorite to land Manning; Peyton is making progress fast

Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that Peyton Manning's arm is making progress and making progress fast. Mort went on to say that he believes Miami is the leading landing spot if/when Peyton is released. CLICK HERE to watch video of Mort

Peyton and Reggie to Miami?!

Orlando Alzugary of 640 WFTL who is at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis is reporting that he is hearing more and more scuttlebutt that Peyton Manning will be joining the Miami Dolphins and he going to try and bring Reggie Wayne with him.

UPDATE: Orlando Alzugary is now reporting that according to his sources the only team the Dolphins are in any competition with for Manning is his current team, Indy. If Indy decides not to pick Luck then Manning will stay in Indy.Otherwise its destination Miami. Essentially if Peyton Manning is playing football in 2012 it will be in either Indy or Miami.

Be sure to follow "The Big O" Orlando Alzugary on Twitter for updates from the Combine and Dolphins news and notes in general  @BigOshow

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Case For Making A Trade Up To Draft RGIII

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I am fully entrenched on the RGIII bandwagon. It's also been made known that the St Louis Rams have opened discussions for trading away that second round pick that would be needed to draft him. The Dolphins competition? The Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. Cleveland has the best ammunition for a trade up, holding the 4th and 22nd picks in the first round of this years draft. The cost for the Dolphins to outbid them would be high, possibly 3 first round picks. Is RGIII worth the risk? I believe so. He could stabilize the position for a decade or more. He could be the franchise QB Miami has been seeking since the day Dan Marino retired. The kid is a winner on the field, off the field and in the classroom.

Now some people are going to say 3 first round picks is way too much. But is it? Look at the Dolphins first round pick history over the past 25 years or so.  It's full of good, but not great players. What game changing, impact player have the Dolphins selected with their first pick in the last 25 years or so? They type of player you are supposed to get with that 1st round pick? 2 Very good left tackles in Jake Long and Richmond Webb. Tim Bowens was a very good defensive tackle. Troy Vincent was a pretty good cornerback. But no real impact, game changers. In fact, the last guy they drafted that was a game changing impact player was Dan Marino back in 1983. History has shown that the Dolphins get better players in the later rounds. One of the best players they have drafted in recent years, Jason Taylor, was a 3rd round pick!

The risk Vs reward is more than worth it in my opinion. Look back over the last 25 years of draft picks and tell me what 3 year period of 1st round picks you wouldn't give up in exchange for a young franchise QB? So the Dolphins would go the next two drafts without a 1st round pick. Whatever would they do!?!? Fill needs with lower picks and free agency. They seem to be better at that than using 1st round picks on impact players.

VIDEO of the Coin Toss that took place Friday Morning

CLICK HERE to watch the VIDEO of the coin toss as it happened this morning which Miami won the 8th spot in the 1st round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Dolphins WIN the coin toss

The Miami Dolphins have WON the Coin Toss and will select 8th in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Dolphins have only selected 8th once before in franchise history, and when they did they selected Larry Csonka out of Syracuse University.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Adam Schefter breaks down where Peyton Manning might end up

GB re-signs Finley; Matt Flynn will get franchise tag

Well the asking price for Matt Flynn probably just got a lot more expensive. With Jermichael Finley signing a contract before free agency even began to stay in Green Bay, it opens up the Packers to use their franchise tag somewhere else, most likely Matt Flynn. By placing the franchise tag on Flynn the Packers must be willing to pay Flynn $14.4 million if they can't trade him (paying him more than Aaron Rodgers) and they must create $14.4 million in cap space by March 13th. GB is roughly $10 mill under the cap according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and if they cut Chad Clifton and Donald Driver as expected that opens up another $10 million in cap space. Giving them all the room they need to tag Flynn.

Team to keep an eye on here is the Cleveland Browns. They have two first round picks and they have a coach who runs the west coast offense. They could trade away pick #22 and still keep pick #4 atop the draft. Also, a team like Seattle who's GM John Schneider who has ties to Green Bay and their front office might have sent messages through backdoor channels that a 2nd or 3rd round pick could be had by the Seahawks if Flynn were to be franchised making it a low-risk move by Green Bay. Philbin who has ties to GB as well could have done the same for all we know.

The one thing working in Miami's favor here is the Packers might have tagged Flynn to try and control where he ends up. The Packers might not want Flynn (who remember they have said outplayed Aaron Rodgers last preseason and in training camp) going to another NFC team (Seattle, Washington..etc). By tagging him they can make sure he is sent to an AFC team (Cleveland or Miami). Just something to keep in mind.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fans put up Billboard begging for Peyton Manning

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has a story up of how a group of fans have paid to put up a billboard proclaiming they want Peyton Manning in Miami. The billboard is not far from the teams training facility in Davie, Florida.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Brandon Marshall on his "Borderline Personality Disorder"

Dolphins officially announce Chad Henne won't be back

Bye Bye Loser!
Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting sources close to the Dolphins are saying that the organization will not extend Chad Henne any sort of offer to return to the team, even in a back-up capacity.

Jeff Ireland said, "Chad has done what we've asked him to do. I like Chad personally very well. He's very smart. Very intelligent. Very tough. A football guy. He loves being around the game and is a very good teammate," Ireland said at the Senior Bowl last month."But this football team didn't win enough games when he was quarterback here. But that doesn't mean he did everything wrong, or right," Ireland said of Henne, who produced a 13-18 record as a starter for Miami. "If he goes somewhere else, Chad's a good football player. He can play in this league."


Watch the video of Ireland on Henne (CLICK HERE)

Dolphins Special Teams Coach speaks

Darren Rizzi the Miami Dolphins special teams coach who was one of the few coaches who was a hold-over from Tony Sparano's staff sat down recently to speak about all the changes taking place in Miami. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Professional Liars

NFL executives and coaches are professional liars this time of year. With free agency a week or so away and the NFL combine about to start up and draft prep underway no team wants to show their hand. And if you have been reading quotes in recent days out of Washington and Seattle this could never be more true.

Miami, Seattle, and Washington have all be linked to both Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. All three teams have cap space and a huge void at the quarterback position that is no secret. So the quotes coming out of these city's from team representatives are comical to say the least.

First, lets look at Seattle and what their GM John Schneider had to say this past weekend. Schneider who was the main reason Green Bay drafted Flynn back in the day had this to say..."I just know if you panic at that position, it can set the organization back,” he said. “So we’re not going to do that. That might disappoint fans, because they want to see an instant guy. But really, you’re better off continuing to build your team.”

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

Give me a break! They aren't going to panic and will continue to build their team? Nobody with a brain honestly believes this for one second. The team is pretty much a ready built team in a terrible division. Give them a decent quarterback and they could easily win that division or at worse make the playoffs as a wild card. Reading between the lines this is a classic case of a GM wanting to hold his cards close to his vest and not show his hand. Saying one thing while waiting to do another.

It gets better though, that story is not surprising and a "classic case" of this type of stuff. What happened in Washington is downright funny. Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett told his pastor, yes his pastor, the teams plans for the quarterback position. That Washington is interested in Manning, has zero interest in Flynn, and is thinking about trading up for RGIII. Then this pastor goes on a team fan-site (much like this one) and spills the beans. Now the Skins are in damage control trying to spin the story. I mean we have a man of the cloth who is running his mouth. Imagine going to this guy for confession?! And does anyone else find it odd that Haslett is giving away company secrets to his pastor? Haslett has denied talking to the pastor about the teams plans for a quarterback all but calling this man of the cloth a liar.

The bottom line is this, believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. If you believe for one second what the Seattle GM is saying you are a fool. And for all we know Haslett might have planted the seeds of this "story" knowing it would get out. Maybe the team wanted this information to get out.  And I will bet everyone dollar to donuts that the fact everyone is coming out saying they have little interest in Flynn tells me they are all going to swing for the fences and try and get him. Downplay the interest then come Day 1 of free agency offer him the moon! These people are Professional Liars and don't ever forget it.

New QB On The Radar For Miami?

There is a new name on the QB list starting to pop up as a possibility for the Dolphins. Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill. Dolphins new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman coached Tannehill at A&M and says he is a winner. Tannehill was a receiver for A&M for the first two and a half years before moving to QB midway through his junior year. He threw for 5450 yards, 42 TD and 21 INT with a QB rating of 134.2 in his season and a half at QB. In Pat Kirwan's Mock Draft, he has Miami selecting Tannehill with their first pick.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Front Office Drama

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that people close to Carl Peterson are saying Mr. Stephen Ross and Peterson discussed a front office position with the Miami Dolphins. Although Ross wouldn't give Peterson a title that puts him ahead of Dolphins CEO Mike Dee or General Manager Jeff Ireland because Ross has a lot of faith in both of those individuals. When Peterson heard that he decided not to accept any "official" position with the franchise.

To me this is a clear sign that Petterson is waiting for Dee and/or Ireland to fail so he can come in and pick over the bones. He can also then tell his friend Mr. Stephen Ross "I told you so" and then probably get what he wants at that point.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee speaks on many issues

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee gave an interview the other day in which he talked about a variety of matters surrounding the Miami Dolphins. Stadium issues, the new coaching staff, the team and much much more CLICK HERE to listen.

A funny look at being a Dolphins fan through the years

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman speaks with the media

New Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman talked with the media for the first time since taking his new position. CLICK HERE to see what he had to say. In a 1-on-1 interview he had some more to say CLICK HERE to watch that.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Opinion On The QB Situation

In the article below, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network gives his opinion of the Dolphins QB situation and I agree to a certain degree. I'm not comfortable with Matt Flynn. The guy has played 2 games and had a great game last year against the Lions, a game in which there was no pressure on him at all. The Packers had clinched all there was to clinch, all he had to do was go out and have some fun with the rest of the Packers great offense. So you are going to give him a huge contract and entrust your franchise to him based on that? Think Kevin Kolb. How did that work out for Arizona?

Peyton Manning...is it three surgeries or four? Will he or will he not need more surgery? He can't throw certain passes. He's not healed enough to play. When will he be healed enough to play? Will he restructure to stay in Indianapolis? The Dolphins are close to being a playoff team but if you sign Manning with the HOPE that he MIGHT be ready to play next year and it doesn't work out, we're right back in the same boat again. Matt Moore at QB, a 7-9 or 8-8 record and no hope of drafting high enough again for a QB.

My opinion is shared by some, others think it would cost too much. I feel like the Dolphins should do whatever it takes to move up and pick Robert Griffin III. The Dolphins have spent the past 13 years trying to take the cheap way out at QB. 2nd round draft picks, trading 2nd round draft picks, free agent has beens. And how have they panned out? It's time for Miami to take a chance. So Miami loses some high draft picks. For a chance at an impact player at the most important position on the field it is worth it. Seriously. What game changing player have the Dolphins selected recently? Most of their best players have come via trade or free agency. Any needs could be filled through those routes. Most draft picks are a crap shoot anyway. If Griffin turns out to be all he is cracked up to be, Miami will be set at QB for years to come.

New Dolphins Defensive Coordinator speaks with the media

New Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle spoke with the media for the first time today since taking his new job with the Dolphins. CLICK HERE to watch.

Dolphins sign a DB

The Miami Dolphins have announced via their TWITTER page that the team has signed defensive back Quentin Lawrence. Quentin spent last year on the KC practice squad.

Mike Mayock with some thoughts

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network and a respected draft expert had some thoughts on the Dolphins situation he shared recently. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald gave some of Maycok's comments from a conference call earlier this week. CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

Mayock has serious questions about Matt Flynn and whether over the course of a season he can play well once opponents get tape on him. Mayock finds it difficult to justify drafting a right tackle in the Top 10 of the draft (and I totally agree with that.) And the Dolphins should consider drafting Ryan Tannehill who Mayock is very high on even though Tannehill is somewhat raw as a quarterback.

Jerome Messam officially signs with Fins

Pen has gone to paper and Jerome Messam has signed a 3 year deal with the Miami Dolphins. He received no signing bonus which is a clear sign that Messam is viewed by the organization as nothing more than a body for training camp.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Soliai's Returning to Dolphins unlikely

David Canter the agent of Paul Soiai said the odds of his client returning to the Miami Dolphins aren't good. During an interview on the Armando and Perkinss Show Canter went on and on about his client and how he will be one of the hottest properties in free agency this offseason, which he will. Yet, Canter didn't sound confident at all Miami will make a serious play for Soliai. In fact, when Armando asked him, if I put a gun to your head do you think Soliai will be back in Miami next year, give me a straight up or down Yes or No answer, his answer was No!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Former Dolphin, 49er Freddie Solomon Passes Away

Freddie Solomon, who played for the Dolphins for the first three years of his career before moving on to San Francisco has passed away. Solomon, who was 59 lost a year long battle to colon and liver cancer. Solomon was selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 1975 draft.

Coin Toss date/time set

The time and date of the coin toss that will determine whether the Dolphins draft 8th or 9th in the first round has been set. It will take place Friday February 24th at 7am.

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian to give it another go?

PAGE 6 of The NY Post is reporting that Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian were spotted flirting over a long lunch at a Beverly Hills Hotel this past weekend. Giving some credence to the the "rumors" that the two might be getting back together.

As a Dolphins fan 2 things immediately come to mind...

1) Don't Do It Reggie
2) Thank God Reggie is in the final year of his contract so the circus that follows Kim Kardashian and her latest boyfriend won't be around the Dolphins organization long-term!

Bob Griese's horse wins

Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback is a co-owner of a horse that won the $125,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. CLICK HERE to read more about it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Filling Needs Other Than QB

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the QB position is the fact that the Dolphins have major needs at other positions on the field. One of those positions of need is going to be defensive end as the Dolphins switch to the 4-3. Jason Taylor's retirement left a big hole at that position. One of the keys to beat the New England Patriots is to put pressure on Tom Brady. The Dolphins need to fill that spot Taylor vacated because it doesn't appear Koa Misi can be the guy that keeps Cameron Wake from getting all the attention. And regardless of all the negative attention the Patriots have received after their Super Bowl loss, they are still the team to beat in the AFC.

So what are the Dolphins options? I guess a lot depends on what they do at the QB position. In free agency, it appears Mario Williams will be available, but his price tag will be high. If the Dolphins sign Manning or Flynn, Miami likely won't have the cap space to sign him. But pairing Williams with Wake would likely cover some of their deficiencies in the secondary. In a perfect world (well, at least my perfect world) the Dolphins would sign Williams and trade up in the draft and select RGIII.

If the Dolphins do sign Manning or Flynn, there could be a couple of options available with their first pick. North Carolina's Quinton Coples or Alabama's Courtney Upshaw are both highly rated and could be there when the Dolphins get on the clock. Either would be an upgrade over Misi and provide Wake with a little relief from being constantly double teamed. 

Dolphins sign RB from CFL

Jerome Messam #23
Chris O'Leary of the Edmonton Journal is reporting the Dolphins have signed Jerome Messam out of the CFL. The deal the Dolphins offered Messam does not include a signing bonus. Messam played for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL and comes with his share of baggage. In the CFL he got into a fight where he punched and cracked his teammates jaw. Messam also pleaded guilty for an incident he was involved in at a London, Ontario nightclub; the details are sketchy on that whole situation. This past year on the field Jerome became the first running back in the last 12 years to rush for over 1,000 yards in the CFL. His season did end early when he tore his meniscus but he has had that surgically repaired and is on the road to recovery. Messam was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2011.

UPDATE: Reports are coming out of Canada that Messam hasn't officially signed the paperwork yet and is having 2nd thoughts.

Dolphins sitting at around $15.8 in cap space entering 2012

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel is reporting the Dolphins will be at or around $15.8 million in cap space entering this upcoming free agent period. That is before they make any tough roster decisions like the ones they will have to make on Yeremiah Bell and whether to let him go or to keep him. The Fins can also re-work the deal of Jake Long to lower his cap number and open up more cap space.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

NFL Network: Even with Peyton the Fins won't be good

Steve Wyche of the NFL Network when talking about Peyton Manning and where he might end up had some opinions on if Peyton Manning landed in Miami. CLICK HERE to watch. I can't believe the NFL Network pays this clown for this type of "insight." Click the link to watch for yourself, but the long and short of it is if Peyton goes to Miami neither he or the Dolphins will have success because anyone who has played QB in Miami since Marino has failed and looked like AJ Feeley. Therefore, Peyton will fail as well.  He didn't even say this in a "joking" way this was his insight on Peyton to Miami.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Dolphins complete coaching staff

The Miami Dolphins on their team website today named Blue Adams as assistant defensive backs coach, Charlie Bullen as a defensive coach/assistant, Ben Johnson as an offensive coach/assistant, Chris Mosley as assistant offensive line coach.  Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Mike Sherman will serve as QB coach.

Brian Gaine to stay with Dolphins

Alex Marvez of FOX SPORTS is reporting that Dolphins head scout and Jeff Ireland's right hand man Brian Gaine is out of the running for the St. Louis Rams GM position. Gaine will stay with the Dolphins.

Philbin keeps Running Backs Coach

Joe Philbin is keeping another coach from Tony Sparano's staff. Philbin will keep Jeff Nixon as the Running Backs coach.

Two People in America like Matt Moore

NFL Network did a piece the other night on whether the Dolphins need a quarterback. We now know why Brian Baldinger was FIRED by FOX and their broadcast team. The same guy who has killed Miami consistently for a decade saying they need to replace Dan Marino first and foremost before all else and he is now saying the Dolphins don't need to address the quarterback position. Then with a straight face he goes on about how Miami was a good offensive team last year...the team won 7 games last year! And for just fun you can watch Bills linebacker Nick Barnett mangle the english language and give some sort of opinion if you can make heads or tails of it. CLICK HERE to watch.

Mixed Reports on Manning

The information on Peyton Manning is all over the map. A couple days ago Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reported Manning is throwing like a late in his career Chad Pennington and Kravitz even used the term "noodle arm" while describing Peyton. The next day Chris Mortensen of ESPN said Kravitz is wrong and sources (errrr Peyton) told him that Manning is throwing the ball very hard.

Now, we have Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network on ESPN's Bill Simmons podcast with this report..."He can't throw the ball," said Lombardi. "I've talked to people who've caught the ball for him. He can't throw the ball to his left. He can't throw the ball across his body, because he doesn't feel it. People that catch the ball for him say he doesn't really have velocity on the ball yet." Lombardi is skeptical of any franchise hinging its hopes on Manning. The hope, of course, is that Manning will regain feeling in his arm as the nerve regenerates.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Matt Williamson of ESPN Scouts Inc talks about Dolphins offseason needs

Matt Williamson of ESPN Scouts Inc and former scout for the Cleveland Browns talks about the Miami Dolphins offseason needs and where they need to focus their efforts on upgrading this offseason. As well as Matt Flynn talk as well. CLICK HERE to listen.

You can bet on where Manning will go

An online gambling website, Bovada, has placed odds on what team Peyton Manning will sign with. Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post posted the odds from the gambling website. They are..

Arizona 2/1
Washington 5/2
Miami 3/1
NY Jets 7/2

Dab Marino is in favor of Peyton Manning coming to Miami

Dan Marino on the Joe Rose show on WQAM said he is in favor of Peyton Manning coming to Miami. Dan says its all about "winning" and Peyton can help you win then why not add him and playing in Miami is special.  CLICK HERE to listen to the audio.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daily Peyton Manning update

Well we spent a good 3-4 weeks with the Jeff Fisher updates here on the site and now it looks like we will be doing the same with Peyton Manning as Manning to Miami is the talk around the NFL. Wait, what, well, is it?

Michael Freeman of CBS is reporting that everyone (and he put emphasis on "everyone") he is talking to in NFL circles is saying Manning when cut by Indy will go to Washington. Take that tidbit for what its worth.

In other news Peyton is working out at Duke University with long-time friend and Duke football coach David Cutcliffe.

Dolphins players happy Brian Daboll is gone

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that one prominent offensive player (wild guess is its Brandon Marshall since he is in a throwing people under the bus mood of late) is happy Brian Daboll is gone. According to this player, Daboll would tell players one thing all week about what their role and what their playing time would be for the upcoming game. But on gameday do something totally different.

On defense though some players are upset about the possible switch to a 4-3 and think the team is a better 3-4 defense. Mike Florio of PFT pointed out this might be a case of guys knowing in a 4-3 they don't have a role on the Dolphins roster, so they are saying this because they are just upset not because they truly believe the Fins are a better 3-4 team vs a 4-3 team. The Dolphins have been quick to point out that last year (2011 season) the Dolphins played 52% of their snaps on defense in a base 4-3 defense.

Chad Pennington likely to Retire

Chad Pennington talked with Omar Kelly about playing football again and his future. Chad says he is leaning towards retirement. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Dolphins current salary cap situation

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel is reporting the Dolphins will have roughly $14 million in salary cap to play with this offseason. Omar said...

"Jeff Ireland critics aren't going to like to hear this, BUT it appears the Dolphins GM's thrifty ways in 2011 will pay off in 2012. The Dolphins were $9 million under the salary cap in 2011 and NFL teams can carry that figure over to what the 2012 cap will be. That means if the salary cap is $123 million the Dolphins are working with a budget of $131 million. So....Since the Dolphins have a cap figure of $116.636 million they should have $14.364 million to work with right now."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fins add another coach from Iowa

The Miami Dolphins have hired another University of Iowa assistant coach. Grad assistant Charlie Bullen has been hired as a defensive coaching assistant.

Ricky Williams Retires

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has informed the Baltimore Ravens he is going to retire. I am sure "HIGH TIMES" magazine will do a career retrospective on him next month!

Peyton Manning's Injury

ESPN's Sports Science did a breakdown of what Peyton Manning's injury is and what the recovery process is all about

Monday, February 6, 2012

Matt Flynn vs Peyton Manning

With the offseason now officially upon us the Dolphins are in the market for a quarterback and they are not afraid to make it known to anyone and everyone who is listening. The leaks and rumors from the front office have not been subtle about this issue. We have seen and heard Brandon Marshall throw Matt Moore under the bus on multiple occasions within the past couple weeks. Not to mention every TV, Radio, and NFL "insider" is reporting the Dolphins will do something. The names, we know them, Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn with the outside chance of Robert Griffin III. I am not going to focus too much on RG III here because I feel that has almost no chance of happening, but lets take a deep look at Flynn vs Manning and weigh some factors.

Experience: The obvious edge goes with Peyton Manning here. On one hand you have Matt Flynn who has a whopping 2 starts in his career. On the other you have a guy who has 2 starts in a Super Bowl. Not to mention Peyton is the greatest regular season quarterback that has ever played the game. And no, that isn't overstating it, the numbers don't lie! While I, along with many others, feel Flynn is ready to have his own team and be that franchise quarterback, when you put him side by side with Manning there is no comparison. Flynn will have a small learning curve and some bumps in the road, while with Peyton he has seen it all and done it all.

Brighter Future: The edge here would have to go to Matt Flynn. Peyton Manning has played his best football and coming off an injury he might never return to that level he was at ever again. Now, Kurt Warner at age 37 had some great years with the Arizona Cardinals, so in no way am I saying Peyton can't be great from here on out. But when you put him side by side with the younger Flynn, you would have to say Flynn's ceiling is higher as of today and there is more untapped potential there. Manning might be very good to great for a two to three year window, but he will be on the "downside" of his career, no two ways about it. Peyton has already peaked as a player.

Best Fit for Miami: I will have to say this is a PUSH.  Flynn is familiar with Joe Philbin and the offensive style Philbin will wants to play so they will all be on the same page from day one. With that said, this is Peyton Manning we are talking about. Manning makes any offense better by just being on the field. Manning is a fit on any team. Period.

Risk vs Reward: Matt Flynn is going to demand somewhere in the neighborhood of $21-24 million guaranteed over 4 years. Similar to what Kevin Kolb got. Oh, and guaranteed money is all that matters, don't get caught up in the other big number that means nothing Like the $60 or $70 mill, that is a phony number that is meaningless. The guaranteed money is all that matters salary cap wise. So, essentially Flynn will be an $8 mill a year guy which is middle of the road for an NFL starting QB. Not paid like an elite level guy but not paid like a Jason Campbell or Rex Grossman scrub level either. So with Flynn there is some risk, but not a huge risk financially. That really isn't a killer investment in a QB, its decent don't get me wrong, but not a back breaker if things go bad and he stinks the place up. On the other hand Peyton Manning has said (according to sources) he is willing to play for little or no guaranteed money. If that is the case, then Peyton Manning is NO RISK and ALL REWARD! If he can't play anymore or just loses it, you cut him and take no salary cap hit. If he is great, you just got the best deal in the history of the NFL!  Granted if Peyton reaches his bonuses and incentives you will be paying him upward of $15 mill a year, but honestly if he reaches those incentives you will be more than happy to pay him that and write that check with a smile.

So at the end of the day where does that leave us? Honestly I am not sure. While you can make a case for the Dolphins going after either guy, I think right now I personally am slightly leaning towards Peyton Manning. The Dolphins don't need Peyton Manning to be 100% or what he once was, it would be nice, but its not mandatory. If Peyton is 80% of what he once was they can win a ring with him.There is no doubt in my mind about that. Combine that with the fact he seems to be willing to work his contract where there is little to no risk being taken on by the team and I see it as a no lose situation.  With that said, if the Fins played it safe and went with Flynn...I wouldn't be upset!

Miami draws lowest rating of all of the National Metered markets

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that out of the 56 nationally metered markets, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market came in dead last with a 40.6 TV rating for Sunday Night's Super Bowl. Meaning only 40% of the TV watching people Sunday Night in the Miami area watched the Super bowl. And you wonder why Stephen Ross struggles to sell tickets!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Congrats to the NY Giants

Congratulations to the New York Giants on becoming Super Bowl Champions. If I had to live through Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots winning another ring it would have been like hearing the news Mason got parole.

Side note: The New England Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since the whole "SpyGate" went down. Just sayin!

Adam Schefter: Peyton Manning willing to play for NO guaranteed money

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported a bombshell this morning. Adam is reporting sources have told him Peyton Manning, once released by Indianapolis, is willing structure his contract with any new team in a way that he receives little or no guaranteed money up front. Manning is willing to earn every penny he makes based on performance.

One example would be Peyton takes little or even no guaranteed money up front but if he is the starting QB Week 1 he gets a big roster bonus on that day. And after the season a roster bonus based on how many games he started. And this is a formula Peyton is willing to use over the length of the contract. Meaning every year Peyton is playing for his money and little to nothing is given to him up front in any year.

Former scout and GM give insight on Matt Flynn

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald in his "SPORTS BUZZ" column today had a variety of opinions from a couple NFL "insiders" on how they feel about Matt Flynn and his future as an NFL starting QB.

Charlie Casserly of CBS--Flynn is “a little like Matt Cassel. Accurate, but not necessarily accurate deep. He doesn’t have a big arm.”

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy

Matt Williamson (former Browns scout) of ESPN's Scouts Inc--“Flynn worries me, considering what it’s going to cost in terms of the contract. Those guys like Kevin Kolb scare me. They look good in a really small sample size in good offenses.
“In terms of physical skills, there’s a reason Flynn was a seventh-round pick. He’s really cerebral, moves well, does everything well pre-snap. But he’s not overwhelming physically. He will be an average starter who maybe goes to a Pro Bowl once.”
Williamson see Flynn’s ceiling as that of Houston's Matt Schaub. If Flynn becomes another Schaub, he’s worth the investment.
Barry Jackson also that this interesting nugget from people close to Matt Flynn--A close associate of Flynn, 26, said he likes and respects new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, his former offensive coordinator in Green Bay. That would play into his decision if Miami and another team make comparable offers, but probably not if there's a big gap between offers.
One Packers front office official whose opinion I trust said he’s confident Flynn will be a quality starter: “He’s going to be good. He’s got moxie, accuracy, good control of the game.”

Some Random Thoughts

First of all, with today being Super Bowl Sunday, I want to give you my prediction. The Giants beat the NFC number 1 and 2 seeds on the road. They are on a roll and have luck on their side. They also have a good pass rush that can put pressure on Tom Brady, which is a MUST if you want to beat New England. Eli Manning is proving to be an elite QB and could have a field day against New England's secondary.
New York Giants 35  New England 27

Bill Parcells was not voted into the Hall of Fame. What a shame.

On to Eli's brother, and we all know who that is. Rumors and hearsay are swirling like a tornado. Peyton's camp says he's cleared to play, the Colt's say he isn't. There is an interesting video on FOX Sports in which Dr. Mark Adickes of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute talks about Manning's injury. In the video (he is on the phone with FOX) Dr. Adickes says it could take up to 1000 days for Manning to completely heel from his type of injury. Dolphin fans have seen what a neck injury can do to a QB. In 1999, Dan Marino sustained a neck injury and missed 7 games. When he returned, it was obvious he was not the same. Five interceptions on Thanksgiving Day at Dallas pretty much showed that. As we all know, that was Marino's final season. I'm NOT saying it is the same injury, just trying to give something to compare to.

I am in no way, shape or form saying don't pursue Manning if/when he is released, just use due diligence when deciding whether to sign him. And if you do sign him, make sure to have a contingency plan in case the injury resurfaces or he does not recover enough to play. Contingency plan meaning keep Matt Moore and draft one of the second tier QB's to develop. Not having an experienced back up behind Manning could lead to disaster if he is injured again.

How would you like to be Brandon Marshall's QB? He'll spend his offseason trying to replace you! I guess all those drops are on Henne and Moore. What I'm wondering is if Manning, Flynn or RGIII are throwing him passes next year that are slipping through his arms, will he go on a QB hunt in 2013? The guy is not a team player, he is a ME player. I would love nothing more than to see Miami replace him.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Random Dolphins News and Notes

-Former Miami Dolphins VP Bill Parcells did not make the Hall of Fame. Six new members were voted in and Bill wasn't one of them. With that said Bill might be making an appearance at next years ceremony though as Curtis Martin did make it in and it is expected he will ask Bill Parcells to induct him. Also, one year Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter didn't get in as well.

-Last seasons Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is the new offensive coordinator in Kansas City.

-And in the categeory of "Jesus works in Mysterious Ways" Tim Tebow might have job security for a while with the Broncos. According to the Denver Post the Broncos have Chad Henne on their short list of quarterbacks they want to sign this offseason to back-up Tim Tebow. Let's be honest with Henne as your back-up, Tebow has that starters job locked up for a long time! Looks like Jesus might come through for Timmy once again!

Peyton and Brandon together in Indy

Brandon Marshall and Peyton Manning took the stage together on Friday in Indianapolis in a "Building Our Kid's Success" event at a Super Bowl function. Was Marshall doing some more recruiting behind the scenes? Only time will tell..

Peyton Manning with Brandon Marshall

Dolphins add more coaches

The Calgary Herald is reporting the Dolphins have added an assistant defensive line coach and they went to the CFL ranks to get him. Randy Melvin is leaving the B.C. Lions to accept a multi-year deal with the Dolphins.

In other news University of Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe is leaving the Hawkeyes program to become the wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins. An official announcement is expected early next week.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dolphins to revamp stadium; make it like the Orange Bowl

Changes are Coming!
With the Floirda/Miami Marlins or whatever they are called now no longer using Sun-Life Stadium the Dolphins brass have big plans to revamp Sun-Life Stadium and they want to make it like the Orange Bowl and some major renovations and even new construction is coming. Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Dolphins CEO Mike Dee has some big ideas on how to make the stadium more friendly for fans, less friendly to opponents, and to get Miami back in the Super Bowl site rotation.

The long and short of it is this. The Dolphins have the biggest upper deck in the entire NFL. By 8,000+ seats over the next closest team (Washington.) The idea as of now is to tarp off some of the upper deck seats and change the official capacity of the stadium, meaning less tickets need to be sold to prevent local blackouts. (With that said, if Miami signs Peyton Manning throw it out the window the Dolphins will sell out every game for years.)

Next the Dolphins have the biggest gap between the first row and the sidelines/team benches. It's near 80 feet. The Dolphins want it to be closer to 18 ft. And they do that by adding 3,500 seats to the lower bowl inside the 20 yard lines. Currently the Dolphins have the fewest number of seats out of any stadium that competes and bids on Super Bowls, that will no longer work anymore. Also, for Miami to get another Super Bowl they must (yes must) add a canopy or roof of some sort. The idea is to build a canopy that covers and protects the fans from rain but the field will be in the open air.

DID YOU KNOW...

Peyton Manning and his wife own a condo in South Beach. And that both love the South Beach and South Florida area. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that several NFL sources and Miami Dolphins sources are telling him that the Dolphins will go hard after Peyton Manning and that Peyton and his wife are huge fans of the South Florida area. Peyton bought a condo in a condo unit that  is called Continuum. CLICK HERE to see what they look like.

UPDATE: Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that NFL Sources are telling him that Peyton Manning has a "short list" of teams he is willing to play for if/when he is released by Indy. And that the Miami Dolphins are in fact on that list.

Dolphins make it official and retain 4 coaches

Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting the Dolphins have officially announced they have retained 4 more coaches from Tony Sparano's staff. They are assistant special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, assistant strength coach Dave Puloka, and defensive quality control coach Dave Corrao. The team is also expected to announce in the next couple days the hiring of Lou Anarumo as secondary coach and Chris Mosley who will serve as a coaches assistant.

The Miami Dolphins still need to hire a running backs coach, a quarterback coach, a wide receiver coach, and an assistant head coach.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Per ESPN: Peyton Manning cleared to play NFL football

Next Stop Miami?
Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that the doctors have medically cleared Peyton Manning to resume his NFL career. Two doctors, including the one who performed the surgery have said the stability in Peyton's neck would allow him to play this Sunday as long as the nerves in his neck regenerated to a satisfactory performance level. This is the first step in returning to play, it doesn't mean Peyton is out of the woods yet but it is a giant first step in the right direction. This news couldn't come at a better time for Manning as he is about to be released by Indy and hit the open market. If healthy and a free agent Peyton Manning will be the biggest named free agent in NFL history and could be set to receive a record breaking contract. The Miami Dolphins are said to be one of the teams interested in his services.  CLICK HERE to read more about this news.

Miami Dolphins to add new coach

Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel is hearing that the Dolphins have reportedly hired Chris Mosley, a former Tampa Bay assistant coach who just took a job at Fordham University not long ago. In Tampa Mosley coached the offensive line before switching to defensive line. Considering Miami just hired Jim Turner as offensive line coach, this would likely mean the end of Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers time with the Fins, as it would be safe to assume Mosley will be coaching the defensive line. That isn't official yet though as Mosley could be coaching another position or be an assistant to an assistant coach at a position. More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE: Per Omar Kelly, Kacy Rodgers is staying with the Miami Dolphins as defensive line coach

Matt Flynn won't get franchise tag; Dolphins favorites for his services

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Matt Flynn will not get the teams franchise tag. Beat writer Tom Silverstein is reporting the Packers only have $7 million to use towards resigning Scott Wells and Jermichael Finley and if they throw the franchise tag on Flynn it fully guarantees Matt Flynn $14 million meaning they would have to clear near $10 mill in cap space just to franchise Flynn. On the other hand the franchise tag for tight ends is dropping from $7.3 million to $5.5 million making it almost certain that Finley will be given the franchise tag.  It is speculated by many around league that when Flynn hits the open market the Miami Dolphins are the favorites to sign him

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dolphins land Offensive Line coach

Jim Turner
Blayne Beal the associate athletic director of  Texas Tech is reporting that Jim Turner has left the program to take the offensive line coaching position with the Miami Dolphins. Now listen to his whirlwind story. Jim Turner was the offensive line coach at Texas A&M with Mike Sherman and once Sherman was fired, Turner was also on the open market. Texas Tech comes calling and Turner signs on to be their new offensive line coach. But before ever coaching a game at Texas Tech he is now gone! Mike Sherman gets the Dolphins offensive coordinator position and tells Joe Philbin he should hire this Turner guy, so Philbin reaches out to Turner. And today Turner told Texas Tech he is leaving and accepting the offensive line coach job with the Miami Dolphins. This past season the Texas A&M offensive line only allowed 8 sacks all year which was best in the nation. Jim Turner is also an ex-Marine.

Channing Crowder plans NFL return; Not with Miami

Channing Crowder is blasting Jeff Irleand in the press again. In an interview with NFL.com Crowder said he will return to the NFL next season but he refuses to play for a team that has Jeff Irleand as their general manager.  The exact quote was...“I wouldn’t go on a team with Jeff Ireland. I’m not very confident in him,” said Crowder, who has been hosting his Miami-based radio show from Indy all week. “He doesn’t know what he’s doing in my opinion. He’s real disrespectful, he doesn’t know how to deal with people and the whole Dez Bryant (situation) kind of showed to the world what he’s about, but guys in the building know what he’s really about.”


“He’s not a good person,” Crowder added. “He has no class, and I wouldn’t choose to go back and play there. And I would have to say it’s the only team I don’t want to play for.”

Peyton Manning could be a Free Man come Tuesday

Adam Schefter of ESPN on Mike and Mike this morning on ESPN Radio said he is hearing that there is a strong possibility  Peyton Manning will be released by the Colts on Tuesday. Which would allow Peyton to sign with any team he desires. Schefter said the potential landing spots for Peyton are Miami and Arizona. With the Jets and 49ers as secondary teams in the hunt and with Seattle and Washington in the mix as well, but Schefter doesn't see Washington or Seattle as serious contenders. Of course Peyton signing with another team has a lot to do with his health situation.

Don Shula gives Joe Philbin some advice: GET A QUARTERBACK!

Don Shula on with Joe Rose of WQAM yesterday said he has met with Joe Philbin already and he likes the man. Don went on to say has some advice for Joe; which was find someone to plug into the quarterback position.  CLICK HERE to listen to a short clip of the interview.

Matt Moore ranks dead last in one category

Every time news starts to come out about Matt Flynn to Miami or Peyton Manning to Miami there is always one fan in the crowd who shouts out, "hey we got Matt Moore he was OK last year." To which any football fan with a clue laughs and just says, no. Everyone from the Dolphins front office to Brandon Marshall is literally throwing Matt Moore under the bus these days spouting off to the media how the Dolphins needs a better QB. Here is one stat that backs them up. Pro Football Focus ranked NFL QB's this past season when they were "under pressure to avoid a sack" and guess who comes in dead last? You guessed it. Matt Moore. Finishing below Blaine Gabbert and Kevin Kolb. When teams pressure Moore, it was very ugly. I know, I know there is someone reading this saying, its not his fault blame the offensive line. Once again, No! While the offensive line needs to improve, this stat is based purely on the times every QB was pressured in games. And while some quarterbacks can make something out of nothing or at least not "hurt" their team in those situations. Matt Moore folds like a cheap suit time after time when opponents bring the heat and he goes down more times than not. The man can't handle defensive pressure at all and now the numbers back it up.