Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jeff Ireland to Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks have hired former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland as a "draft consultant." No word if they will find him a position inside the organization beyond this May's draft.

Dolphins Great Earl Morrall passed away

Former Dolphins QB and key member of the 1972 Undefeated Team Earl Morrall passed away on Friday. He was 80 years old.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OFFICIAL 2014 Dolphins Schedule

Week 1  Pats @ Dolphins
Week 2 Dolphins @ Bills
Week 3 Chiefs @ Dolphins
Week 4 Dolphins @ Raiders (LONDON)
Week 5 BYE
Week 6 GB @ Dolphins
Week 7 Dolphins @ Bears
Week 8 Dolphins @ Jags
Week 9 Chargers @ Dolphins
Week 10 Dolphins @ Lions
Week 11 Bills @ Dolphins (THURSDAY)
Week 12 Dolphins @ Broncos
Week 13 Dolphins @ Jets (Monday)
Week 14 Ravens @ Dolphins
Week 15 Dolphins @ Pats
Week 16 Vikings @ Dolphins
Week 17 Jets @ Dolphins

2014 Dolphins Schedule

The 2014 Miami Dolphins schedule will be released at 8pm tonight but the first leak has come out. The Detroit Free Press has the full Lions schedule and they are reporting the Dolphins play at Detroit in Week 10

UPDATE: The Buffalo Bills website is reporting Miami plays @ Buffalo Week 2. And the Bills travel to Miami Week 11 Thursday night on NFL Network

Monday, April 21, 2014

Report: CB Jamar Taylor considered quitting the Miami Dolphins last year

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor considered quitting the team last year. A 2nd round pick who the Dolphins had high hopes for never got a chance last season because of many injuries and missing so much time in training camp. Although for a player in his rookie year to consider quitting the league one must ask; did Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins do enough of a background check on the player and were there any warning signs of Taylor lacking the "heart" to play in the NFL?

In the article Taylor said...“It was to the point last year I thought I was done playing football,” Taylor told the Statesman. “I didn’t want to play anymore. I was out of it. Thank God for my girlfriend, my family, my pastors and God — because I made it through and kept working. I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m going to turn a lot of heads."

He goes onto say...“Coming back, not being myself, being slower, not as quick, not as agile — watching on Sunday, knowing you want to play, knowing you’re better than some guys and there’s nothing you can do about it,” 

Taylor will have a huge opportunity this upcoming season and will fight for a starting job. Let's hope he has the heart to be an NFL player and isn't another in the long line of bad picks made by former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dolphins 7 Round Mock Draft

The Draft is less than 3 weeks away. The prevailing wisdom as the off-season began (and even before) was that the Dolphins would go O Line in the first round. However, new General Manager Dennis Hickey and the organization have done such a good job with free agency signing Branden Albert, Shelley Smith and Jason Fox, they now have the ability to concentrate on Best Player available.  I think the Dolphins draft could go in lots of different directions. If the quarterback’s slip down the draft board, the Dolphins sit in a great spot to trade back and pick up more picks. And I still think a Dion Jordan trade could be on the table. But for this mock, I am not predicting any trades.

Round 1, pick #19. Linebacker, Ryan Shazier, Ohio State. Knowing the draft is deep at tackle, Hickey has the ability to go best player available with the Fins first pick. Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley, and USC wide receiver Marquis Lee would both be considerations, but they are off the board by 19. A lot has been made lately about the Fins bringing in more analytics; well Shazier jumps out on the stat sheet, having over 115 tackles per season the last 2 years. He was a team captain, and he fills a need that Hickey has been trying to fix since he got here, the line-backing core.  Shazier can play all three downs on the weak side in the Fins 4-3, letting Philip Wheeler and Koa Misi compete for the starting strong side. Also, Shazier played a lot of middle at Ohio State, not saying he would do that in Miami, but he gives the defense a lot of flexibility.
Round 2, pick # 50. Offensive Line, Billy Turner, North Dakota State.  The Dolphins really hope that Austin Seferian Jenkins is on the board, but I doubt he drops this far. They turn to offensive line with this pick. Turner was a four-year starter at North Dakota State. He started out as right tackle as a freshman, and then was moved to the left side for his final 3 years.  Some think he may be better suited inside at the next level, reports were he perfortrmed better at right guard then right tackle during senior bowl practices.  He is light on his feet and plays hard to the whistle. 
Round 3, pick #81.  Running Back, Tre Mason,  Auburn. The Dolphins go with the Tigers workhorse running back.  He averaged over 22 carries a game his Junior season. Racking up over 1800 yards on the ground with and impressive 5.7+ yards per carry. He had 47 carries of 10+ yards. Described as a decisive, one cut running back, he would fit perfectly into what the Fins are looking for. The unknown with Mason is how he will do catching the ball, he rarely did it in college, but Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller can always handle those duties.
Round 4, pick #116. Offensive Line, Michael Schofield, Michigan.  Dolphins double dip on the O Line.  Good size, good run blocker. Started 10 games at left guard as a sophomore. Started at right tackle his last 2 years in college.  He definitely needs to work on some things, but could develop into a starter. His versatility will allow the Dolphins to try him at multiple positions.  Besides, he is a Michigan man and Owner Steve Ross loves that.
Round 5, pick #155. Wide Receiver, Robert Herron, Wyoming. He is not huge, standing at only 5’9’’, but plays big. He is your prototypical slot receiver in the NFL. Though his timed speed was less than advertised (ran a 4.48) he has the ability to break big plays. Willing to go over the middle.
Round 6, pick #190. Quarterback, Stephen Morris, Miami. Hickey drafts a guy that is full of potential that had a horrible Senior season. He can compete with Pat Devlin for the 3rd quarterback this season.
Round 7, pick#234. Cornerback, Shaquille Richardson, Arizona. Tall corners are all the rage, and Richardson fits the bill standing at 6’1’’. He was a surprise combine snub but ran well at Arizona’s pro day.  


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dolphins showing interest in Tight End Jermichael Finley

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting the Miami Dolphins have had conversations with the agent of free agent TE Jermichael Finley. Finley is having another X-Ray and MRI done on his injured neck and will hopefully be medically cleared to come back and play in the NFL in 2014. If he is cleared Miami is one of the teams interested. Finley did visit with Seattle earlier this offseason.

To me adding another pass catching tight end is a must for the Fins. Michael Egnew's time is probably over in Miami and Dion Sims is a nice blocker but is very raw and not an offensive weapon that will help in the Dolphins passing game this upcoming season. The Dolphins need another receiving threat TE to pair with Clay in the worst way. A healthy Finley fits the bill but the big key is his health. If healthy and at nothing more than the vet minimum it would be a good value signing for Miami. Another 1 year "show me" deal to a guy who has done a lot in this league and is looking for that 2nd act of his career.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dolphins Reject Dion Jordan Trade Offer

There have been "rumors" for months that Philadelphia is interested in trading for Dolphins DE Dion Jordan. Now there is a report from Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times that Philly recently made Miami an offer for Jordan that the Dolphins rejected. The Eagles offered a 2nd round pick and OLB Brandon Graham for Jordan.

I would be stunned if Miami traded Jordan no matter what the offer is. The cap hit for the Dolphins is in the ballpark of $10 million if they were to pull off a trade. Not to mention Jordan is the future in Miami. Cam Wake is 32 years old and even though he still plays like a beast he will begin to slow down some in the next year or so. Miami has Wake's replacement on the roster in Jordan and in a league where pass rushers are at a premium why just trade one away? Not to mention Jordan missed all of the OTA's and was limited in training camp last year with an injury. That injury effected his season and production and it will be nice to see what a fully healthy Dion Jordan can do and we will get to see that this upcoming year. It makes zero sense for the Dolphins to trade Dion Jordan, so don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I know in this world fans and teams want instant results and are quick to label someone a superstar or a bust. A good player or a failure. In the case with Jordan though people need patience.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dolphins sign WR Damian Williams

ESPN is reporting the Miami Dolphins have signed Free Agent WR Damian Williams to a one year $800,000 contract. Williams did next to nothing last year in Tennessee catching only 15 passes for 178 yards. In such little production he managed two fumbles...losing one. While Hartline and Gibson recover from major injuries this signing is nothing more than a warm body to add at a very thin WR position on the Dolphins roster. If Williams is on the roster come September I would be surprised.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fins considering releasing WR Brandon Gibson

According to the Palm Beach Post WR Brandon Gibson may be released. It's a cut-throat world in the NFL and this is proof of that. Brandon's knee injury which will probably keep him out of almost all of training camp and miss every preseason games might lead to his release. Gibson is a quality player that the Fins have signed at a fair price but they can't afford him to sit out all of camp, especially installing a new offensive scheme. In this league if you are injured and not contributing you have little value.

Dolphins Preseason Schedule Released

Week 1 @ Atlanta
Week 2 @ Tampa Bay
Week 3 vs Dallas
Week 4 vs St. Louis

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dolphins won't play on Thanksgiving this season

The Dolphins won't be playing on Thanksgiving this season. It was a 50/50 shot that the Fins or the Bills would be playing the Lions on Thanksgiving but the NFL has decided to go with the Bills. The CBS game has the Detroit Lions this year and the only 2 AFC teams they host are Buffalo and Miami so there was a good chance of the Dolphins playing in a big-time nationally televised game.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In other Marino news...

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that Dan Marino is only interested in working for 2 NFL franchises. The Dolphins and the Steelers. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has stated recently that he plans to meet with Marino about a role with the franchise.What role Ross has in mind isn't known.

Marino visits Kelly in New York Hospital

At some point within the last week Dan Marino flew to New York to visit Jim Kelly in his hospital room as Kelly is fighting cancer. Kelly's wife put a picture of the two online from that visit. Since then Kelly has left the hospital to return home and continue his fight vs cancer.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fins hire new Athletic Trainer

In the wake of the Martin-Incognito saga the Dolphins were forced to fire athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill for his part in the scandal. Today the Miami Dolphins hired Pittsburgh Steelers assistant athletic trainer Ryan Grove to replace O'Neill.

WR Nate Burleson visiting with Dolphins Today

WR Nate Burleson is in Miami today visiting with the Dolphins according to various reports. Burleson has been a productive WR throughout his NFL career. His season was cut short last year when he was involved in a car accident. Burleson would be another weapon for the Dolphins offense and make them much more explosive if he were to be signed.

UPDATE: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that Burleson will visit with Miami some more on Friday and then fly to Cleveland and visit with the Browns.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dolphins Sign Two More Today

Today the Miami Dolphins have signed two members to the roster. Former Detroit Lions and Univerity of Miami  offensive tackle Jason Fox and former Falcons wide receiver Kevin Cone. Both are signed to one-year deals according to various sources.

 Fox has been oft-injured though apparently talented and at age 25 there still may be some upside left. At the very least he will compete with Garner, Thomas and possibly a rookie for the starting right tackle spot. At least someone else has has been signed to the O-line. Is it possible Hickey is setting up to go BPA in the draft?

Then in the case of Cone you have similar story, through with far fewer injury concerns. Cone could also be more talented than his one catch for twelve yards in four years would indicate. Coming from a very deep wide out corps in Atlanta, Cone kept his job as a special teams guys. At 6'2  and 216 lbs. at least we know GM Dennis Hickey sees the need for a tall big bodied wide out, I imagine he and Armon Binns (6'3") will be battling it out for the final roster slot.

UPDATE: The Dolphins have also signed WR Mike Rios today. Rios spent time in Arizona last season.