Monday, June 30, 2014

Dolphins sign Daryn Colledge to a 1 year deal

The Miami Dolphins have announced via their website that the team has signed OG Daryn Colledge to a 1 year contract. Terms of the deal have not been announced yet.

AUDIO: Cam Wake on Dion Jordan

Dolphins DE Cam Wake was on SIRIUS/XM NFL RADIO this afternoon and he had these words to say about Dion Jordan.

CLICK HERE to listen

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Samson Satele also coming for a visit on Monday

The Dolphins have also booked a visit with former Dolphin center Samson Satele on Monday as well according Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. I would rather have the Dolphins sign Satele over Colledge. Satele while not the greatest center in the world has experience with the position and he wouldn't kill Miami when Pouncey is out. If Hickey ends up signing both then that is a bad sign for Dallas Thomas, Sam Brenner, and Billy Turner as clearly the coaches wouldn't be liking what they have seen out of them in OTA's and feel the need to kick the tires on older vets who are marginal NFL players at this stage in their career. Satele was a 2nd round pick by the Dolphins back in 2007 but only lasted 2 seasons before being traded for almost nothing. Satele was ranked 31st out of 35 centers last year and dead last in the run blocking category for centers by Pro Football Focus.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Daryn Colledge Will Visit Miami on Monday

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that OG Daryn Colledge will visit Monday. The Fins have signed all but 2 players who have visited with Miami since GM Dennis Hickey has taken over. So when they invite somebody they plan on offering a contract to sign him. The fact they are meeting with Colledge a guard and not a Center tells me that Shelly Smith is probably going to be kicked inside to Center to start the season.

Colledge is a good pass blocker but a below average run blocker. Colledge will also visit with the Eagles.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mike Pouncey Out at least 3 months

The Dolphins offensive line problems will continue into 2014. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting Mike Pouncey had hip surgery today and is out at least 3 months. And no the rumor isn't true that he injured his hip from repeatedly putting his foot in his mouth this offseason with some of his statements. Let's not also forget though that Pouncey is facing some sort of disciplinary action and possible suspension from the league for his involvement in last seasons "Bullygate" scandal so it is possible Pouncey may not take the field till late October or early November.

The surgery was completed today and three months from today is September 23rd which is the Tuesday after the Week 3 game. So, Miami will not have Pouncey for the Patriots, Bills, and Chiefs games to open the regular season. That is if the rehab goes well and there is no suspension. Figure Pouncey will need at least a week to get into "game shape" and get worked back into the offensive line and then figure he will get a 1 or 2 game suspension. Smart money is on Pouncey's first game this year being Week 6 vs Green Bay if everything goes to schedule and he doesn't get a crazy suspension. The Dolphins have their BYE week during Week 5. This will give Pouncey an extra week to prepare and factors in a possible 1 game suspension he is facing. If the rehab doesn't go smoothly and he is out longer than 3 months or the suspension is more than 1 game and longer well then you are looking at late October or early November for his return.

Where do the Dolphins go now for center? Well, Nate Garner has played some center for the Fins in the past but he is brittle and always injured. He can't be depended on to hold down the spot for any extended period of time. Shelly Smith was working a lot during the early part of OTA's at center (in preparation for a possibly Pouncey suspension) but his level of play at center was poor. Terrible shotgun snaps and just beaten badly often. A sleeper name to keep an eye on his undrafted rookie free agent Tyler Larsen out of Utah St. He has experience playing center and is extremely strong. His lack of athleticism and experience playing vs top tier competition may be too much to overcome though.

In other Dolphins news Knowshon Moreno is officially having knee surgery and will be out 4-5 weeks. Moreno should be back by the first preseason game.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Knowshon Moreno May Need Knee Surgery

New Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno is probably going to need arthroscopic knee surgery on his "good knee." His bad knee is the one he suffered a torn ACL on back in 2011 and that is currently fine. At this point the damage seems minor and this isn't a major injury. In fact Moreno should be back in time for the start of training camp if all goes well.

Needless to say though this news isn't good as Moreno's start in Miami has been anything but good. He came in overweight, has been outplayed in OTA's by Lamar Miller, and now this knee issue. Moreno is on a very cheap one year deal so if things don't turn around Miami could release him prior to the season and have very little financial loss. If this injury isn't minor and some more issues are there putting Moreno on PUP or a more drastic possibility could even be putting him on IR, but I am sure Moreno wouldn't be very happy with that.

One also has to wonder if the Dolphins doctors and medical staff, who have a history of being bad, missed something on Moreno and the Fins unknowingly bought damaged goods in Moreno this offseason. Needless to say, for those of you who thought Daniel Thomas was done in Miami, think again. If Moreno misses a significant amount of time and this injury is more serious than thought, Thomas would be the leader to back-up Lamar Miller.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What to watch for: Thursday's team scrimmage

Back-up Running Back Battle


It's clear that the #1 running back on the roster is Lamar Miller.  Miller has taken the majority of the snaps on the first team offense and has excelled in the Dolphins screen game.  The question the Dolphins have in the backfield is, who will take over the #2 role.  Much to the dismay of Dolphins fans, Daniel Thomas and 2nd year RB Mike Gillislee  have filled that role during this weeks OTA's.  Newly acquired RB Knowshon Moreno has spent his time working on his fitness instead of taking first team snaps with the team as he came to Miami out of shape.  It will be interesting to watch which running back will split the reps with Miller tomorrow.


Linebacker Rotation



The Dolphins are testing multiple personnel looks this week at linebacker.  Koa Misi had been lining up at MLB this year to begin Dolphins organized team activities but  swapped once again this week with Dannell Ellerbe for a couple different looks.  I believe the Dolphins like Misi at middle linebacker and would expect to see him get the start in that spot tomorrow with Ellerbe on the strong side and Wheeler as the weak side linebacker.  I'm also looking to see the young guys nipping at the heels of Wheeler and Ellerbe.  Jonathan Freeny has had some good practices and Jelani Jenkins has filled in for Ellerbe on some first team defense.  Jordan Tripp is a promising young rookie, and could earn his spot on the team by showing up on days like tomorrow.  



Injuries

It's hard to tell this early in offseason practices who's on the mend, who's completely healthy or who's battling through nagging injuries.  A lot of players with injury history, or a lot of wear and tear on their bodies will usually take scrimmages off.  But I'm interested to see a few Dolphins players in particular.  WR Brandon Gibson, who injured his knee (torn patella) late last season, has been an active participant in most of the Dolphins activities this week including the WR skeleton drill.  Gibson has said that he should be 100% by training camp, but I wouldn't be surprised if the coaching staff sits him out tomorrow and lets some young guys get his reps. I don't expect to see DT Jared Odrick, who has missed all of the Dolphins OTAs.  And C Mike Pouncey and CB Cortland Finnegan were sidelined with undisclosed injuries today and we could see them all take a seat tomorrow alongside Brandon Gibson for tomorrows scrimmage.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Voting Day for Stadium Deal

The Miami-Dade commission will have there vote today on the Dolphins subsidy deal. In the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would complete the $350 million cost for the renovation out of his own pocket and in return the Dolphins would receive $4 million to host the Super Bowl. Ross plans to use a mix of team dollars, NFL money, and a possible Florida subsidy for construction.



UPDATE: The Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 7-4 in favor of the Sun Life Stadium modernization plan. Construction on the stadium is scheduled to begin later this year. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Koa Misi: The Answer?

During the 2013 offseason the Miami Dolphins made a splash in free agency by signing highly coveted young free agent linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to take over the middle of the defense. Ellerbe was the understudy of future hall of famer Ray Lewis in the Baltimore defense. The signing gave many dolphins fans hope for a bright future for Ellerbe and the Dolphins young defense. The Dolphins then cut veteran captain middle linebacker Karlos Dansby to make room for their new expensive linebacker. Ellerbe was quite the letdown at the center of the defense in his first year as the Dolphins middle backer leading the Fins to a 24th rank against the run and the 21st ranking in yards allowed. It is hard to comprehend when the Dolphins defensive line is composed of two pro bowlers, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft and a linebacking core that the dolphins spent nearly 50 million dollars to build. Many looked to the 2014 NFL draft to solve the linebacker problem but the Dolphins only used their 5th round pick (the 171st selection overall) to grab Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp. Which didn't give any answers to question marks on the Dolphins defense. The Dolphins now look to the 2014 offseason to make changes along there defense. In the early stages of OTAs the fins made the first big change by moving four year veteran outside linebacker Koa Misi to the middle linebacker position and moving Dannell Ellerbe to a more natural outside linebacker. 

Photo Courtesy of Naples Photos 

Misi was drafted by the Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL draft as a defensive end out of The University of Utah. Misi received all conference first team honors as a defensive end, but was later drafted as pass rushing outside linebacker. Misi has gone far beyond his expectations at the linebacker position. He has been one of the most consistent contributors on the Dolphins defense the past four years. He is especially good against the run and is known as one of the best clean tacklers on the Dolphins defense. Misi possesses all the skills to become a great middle linebacker. He is 6’3, 254 pounds which is slightly bigger than Ellerbe. He is a very fundamentally sound football player that is always around the ball whether its taking on a block and clogging up the front seven or burying the opposing teams running back limiting any yards after contact. But, Misi will need more than just the physical qualities of the Mike linebacker position to the lead the Fins defense.

With Misi’s new role as the middle linebacker he will be the quarterback of the defense responsible for a lot more than just clogging up the middle of the football field. Misi will be in charge of relaying plays from defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle to the field. He will also have to make sure everyone in the front seven is in the exact right position for the offensive unit across the line of scrimmage. Misi will have to stare into Tom Brady’s eyes and try his best to read what he has planned for his offense. Misi will have to rely on his instincts to be able to sift through all the commotion pre-snap to get his defense lined up correctly. Misi has shown the ability to adapt over his football career with moving from defensive line to linebacker and now to middle linebacker. Misi’s high football IQ from playing all over the field will come in handy in this position change. 

Misi has shown a great attitude that is very open to switching positions and taking on the middle linebacker roll, which reflects back to his very high character. This gives Dolphins fans hope that Misi can man the middle of the field and play a great leadership role on this Dolphins team. Which is something the defense lacked last year. He will be the voice of the defense. Misi was a team captain at the college level. He will now have to speak up and demand respect from the rookies to the veterans. Misi will not have to do this on his own, he will have the input of new linebackers coach Mark Duffner who last season helped develop middle linebacker Paul Posluszny into a pro bowler for the Jacksonville Jaguars in his seventh year. 

The Miami Dolphins don't have much to lose with this position change, we are still in the early stages of the switch. But something has to change in the interior of the dolphins defense. With all the money dedicated to the linebacker position the Dolphins must see some production or players will start getting cut. Koa Misi is one consistent bright spot on the Dolphins defense that would be a great solution to the Dolphins defensive problems if this position change is a success. Lets all hope Koa Misi is the answer. 



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Early predictions for the Dolphins final 53: Defense


DE Dion Jordan
Defensive Line


IN:  Cameron Wake,  Dion Jordan, Olivier Vernon,  Randy Starks,  Jared Odrick,  Earl Mitchell,  AJ Francis, Derrick Shelby

OUT: Isaac Autui, Terrance Fede,  Kamal Johnson,  Tevin Mims,  Anthony Johnson,  Garrison Smith

What to expect:  Even with the departure of DT Paul Soliai, this defensive line unit is still loaded with talent from top to bottom.  Led by Cam Wake, the defensive ends are fast and athletic while the defensive tackle position has both size and depth.  Dion Jordan is poised for a breakout season and should see far more snaps this year at defensive end, and Olivier Vernon will look to build on a terrific sophomore year (11.5 sacks).  Third year pro Derrick Shelby was impressive last season in his limited role and should make the roster specializing on special teams.  I expect newly acquired DT Earl Mitchell (Texans) to rotate with Jared Odrick and Randy Starks as starting DT's with AJ Francis beating out Isaac Autui for the final tackle spot.

Linebacker

IN: Dannell Ellerbe,  Phillip Wheeler, Koa Misi,  Jelani Jenkins, Jordan Tripp, Jonathan Freeny, Jason Trusnik

Koa Misi
OUT:  Chris McCain, Tariq Edwards,  Derrell Johnson,  Marcus Thompson,  Andrew Wilson

What to expect: This group will be especially interesting to watch once training camp opens up. Koa Misi has been working as MLB during OTA's with Dannell Ellerbe moving to his regular strong side position. Misi, a seasoned vet, fits the mold of a MLB but results will remain to be seen. From a fan prospective, it can't get much worse than last year from this group. I applaud the late round addition of LB Jordan Tripp and think he can be a day one contributor especially on special teams. I also expect big things from second year LB Jelani Jenkins who showed signs of improvement late last season. I have Jonathan Freeny and Jason Trusnik slotted to make the roster yet again this year, but believe the Dolphins could, and probably should, add a veteran linebacker to fill one of those roster spots before the season begins.


Cornerback


IN:  Brent Grimes,  Jamar Taylor,  Cortland Finnegan,  Will Davis,  Walt Aikens,  Don Jones

OUT:  Anthony Gaitor,  Jalil Brown,  

What to expect:  Brent Grimes will hold it down.  The pro bowler proved that last season.  The big question here is, who will hold down that #2 spot?  Last years rookies Jamar Taylor and Will Davis failed to show up in year one so the coaching staff brought in veteran CB Cortland Finnegan to push the young guys.  The Dolphins also drafted CB Walk Aikens, a big bodied corner to compete and play special teams.  I expect a hard battle among Taylor, Finnegan and Davis for the #2 role, but expect Jamar Taylor to eventually win the role to play opposite Grimes.  Don Jones will also make the roster for his great special teams play despite his offseason suspension.


Safety


IN:   Reshad Jones,  Louis Delmas, Jimmy Wilson, Jordan Kovacs, Michael Thomas

OUT:  Demetrius Wright

What to expect:  Not going to lie, this group scares me a bit.  Reshad Jones took a big step backwards after a big pay day and a great 2012 season. The Dolphins aren't sure what they are getting from newly acquired FS Louis Delmas who has only played a 16 game season once in his career.  The lack of depth in this unit is what scares me the most.  Jimmy Wilson has shown signs of good play, but is often inconsistent.  Michael Thomas hasn't been given an opportunity to show what he can do yet, and if Jordan Kovacs makes the team, it will be strictly as a special teams player.  On the bright side, Delmas shows an extreme passion for the game and will hopefully become a vocal leader for this defense.  I assume the Dolphins will give Jimmy Wilson a bigger role either at FS or continue to plug him in as the nickle corner if nobody from the CB unit steps up.  This group will likely ride with Jones and Delmas roaming the secondary, but  It wouldn't surprise me if hey bring in some more competition once first cuts are through.  


Special Teams


IN:  Brandon Fields P,  Caleb Sturgis  K

OUT: Everyone else

What to expect:  Brandon Fields is the most consistent player on the entire roster, and statistically the best punter in the NFL over the last 3 years.  End of story.  Caleb Sturgis had his ups and downs last year as a rookie, but I fully expect him to become more consistent with his accuracy in his 2nd year.  If not, maybe south Florida resident David Beckham still has some leg left.  

Early predictions for the Dolphins final 53: Offense


Brock Jensen
Quarterback

IN: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Brock Jensen

OUT: Pat Devlin

What to expect: Tannehill is the guy, and Matt Moore is one of the best back-ups in the NFL. The spot to watch this summer is the battle for the final QB slot between 3rd year QB Pat Devlin and undrafted rookie Brock Jensen. Jensen has a lot to prove at the next level, but the kid has been a winner thus far in his football career. The pride of Waupaca, Wisconsin, has two high school state championships under his belt and an even more impressive 3 national championships at the FCS level while at North Dakota St. including 2 MVP awards. Devlin has earned praise from the Dolphins coaches in the past, but with a low productivity ceiling and a new offensive regime in Miami, Devlin could be on the outs.

Running Back

IN:  Lamar Miller,  Knowshon Moreno, Marcus Thigpen, Mike Gillislee

OUT:  Daniel Thomas,  Orleans Darwka,  Damien Williams

What to expect: Lamar Miller is the starter this year, no question about it. Miami brought in FA Knowshon Moreno to add depth, but Miller will be the clear #1 in the backfield. I also expect the Daniel Thomas show to end this summer. Thomas, a 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft, never lived up to his potential in Miami and will likely be cut with the addition of Moreno. I expect 2nd year player Mike Gillislee to take some of the short yardage role that Thomas played last year, and believe Marcus Thigpen's diversity in the new offense will allow him to keep a roster spot this year.


Wide Receiver

IN:  Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Jarvis Landry, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Damian Williams

OUT:  Rantavious Wooten,  Stephen Williams,  Matt Hazel,  Ryan Spadola,  Kevin Cone,  Armon Binns, Gerald Ford

What to expect:  It will be interesting to see which of the 2nd tier WRs stick this year.  The Dolphins have a log jam at the back end of their receiving corps with only two realistic roster spots available.  With Brandon Gibson still rehabbing from a torn patella tendon, the other WRs will get more opportunities to impress the coaching staff.  Rishard Matthews showed his talents last year in place of Gibson late in the season, but reports of tardiness and immaturity issues have coaches questioning his role on the team.  Even still, I fully expect both Matthews and Gibson to make the final roster to fill out the top 5, and believe the final WR spot will go to the best special teams player.  Newly acquired Damian Williams is my bet to make the final 53, but will be pushed hard by oft injured Armon Binns and rookie Matt Hazel.  

Tight End

IN:  Charles Clay,  Arthur Lynch,  Dion Sims

#84 Michael Egnew
OUT: Michael Egnew, Kyle Miller,  Gator Hoskins

What to expect: I really like what the Dolphins are doing at the TE position. Charles Clay is a dynamic player and arguably the best weapon the Dolphins have on offense this year. I expect his versatility to show up all over the field in OC Bill Lazors new offense. Also, it will be interesting to see the growth of Dion Sims in his second year. I think Michael Egnew has finally wore out his welcome in Miami after being drafted in the 3rd round in 2011 as a pass catching TE who never really found his niche on offense. I'm very interested in undrafted FA Gator Hoskins who appears on tape to be a Charles Clay clone. I think the Dolphins would be wise to keep him around the facility and stash him on the practice squad.

Offensive Line

IN:  Brandon Albert, Billy Turner,  Mike Pouncey, Shelley Smith, Ja'wuan James,  Sam Brenner, Dallas Thomas, Jason Fox, Michael Phillip

OUT: Evan Frickenburg,  Tyler Larsen,  Micajah Reynolds,  David Arken,  Davonte Wallace,  Sam Longo

What to expect:  The Dolphins offensive line continues to be a hot topic of discussion.  When free agency opened this year, the Dolphins didn't hesitate to snag stud LT Branden Albert to secure Ryan Tannehill's blind side.  LT Albert and C Mike Pouncey are the only givens to start this year on the offensive line.  The Dolphins used their first round selection in the 2014 draft on RT Ja'Waun James who will likely be plugged in on day 1, but both of the guard positions are up for grabs.  So far, Dallas Thomas and Shelley Smith are getting the first team reps during OTA's, but 3rd round pick Billy Turner is waiting in the wings.  Competition is never a bad thing, and I for one fully embrace the notion of, "May the best man win."  









Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stadium Renovation Update

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez came on the Joe Rose Show on 560WQAM Tuesday morning to discuss the recent stadium proposals and agreements with the Dolphins, Heat, and David Beckham's soccer team. Gimenez stated that some of the key hurdles remaining before an agreement on the Sun Life Stadium renovation is placed is that the city would like to pay for Super Bowls and any other major events at the stadium after the fact and not before. The Dolphins and the city of Miami also need to bring in lawyers to determine what the value of a Super Bowl is and what fees the Dolphins should receive from it. Click here to listen to the full interview between Joe Rose and Mayor Gimenez.


UPDATE: The Miami Herald is reporting tonight the deal is pretty much done according to sources. The Dolphins and the mayor's office are just finalizing some paperwork. Some of the key points are..

-Miami-Dade County wouldn't have to pay the Dolphins for 10 years for any events. It's a delayed payment system and the first payment would come to 2024. So if the Dolphins host a Super Bowl before 2024, the Dolphins organization wouldn't see the money till 2024. This would allow Miami-Dade County to build up a hotel tax reserve.

-The Payments will be broken down like this...Super Bowls and World Cup Finals would bring the Dolphins organization $4 million. College Football Championship Game and World Cup Semi-Finals will bring the Dolphins organization a $3 million bonus. A College Football Semi-Final would bring the Dolphins organization $2 million. And all other big events (ie a WrestleMania or something along those lines) would bring the Dolphins organization $750,000.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mike Wallace Confident He Will Have a Big 2014 Season

Marc Sessler of NFL.com did an outstanding piece on Mike Wallace heading into his 2nd year in Miami. Wallace openly admits he did not enjoy Mike Sherman's style of offense last year. Wallace said..."I didn't feel like I knew what was going on." speaking of last seasons offense.

And if you are thinking Wallace is making some excuse for last season just remember under Sherman Wallace lined up on the right side of the field 90% of the time. He was never put into the slot and almost never moved around on the field. It was very easy for opposing defenses to know exactly where he was going to be.


Wallace also is very excited for what is going on with Miami's offense now under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. He feels this year nobody can key in on him because he will always be moved around. Many believe he will fill the Desean Jackson role of last years Eagles offense.

The bottom line in my opinion is the Dolphins paid Wallace a lot of money (although not as much as some people think if they break down the contract and read it correctly) and to never move him around like Sherman did was stupid beyond belief. Wallace. With the speed Wallace has you want to move him around you want to get him into the slot and take advantage of match-up's. And I know a lot of Dolphins fans and so called "experts" say Wallace had a bad season last year just remember he had a career high in receptions with 73 last season. If Bill Lazor does move Wallace around more it could be a big year for Wallace and open up the field for Clay and Hartline to have even bigger years than last year.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Stadium Deal with Miami-Dade County Almost Complete

New Look Sun Life Stadium
Sun Life Stadium will finally get it's makeover. After two failed attempts it looks like the third time was the charm for Stephen Ross and the Miami Dolphins organization The Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins and Miami-Dade County are close to finalizing a deal which will bring necessary upgrades to Sun-Life Stadium and keep the Dolphins in Miami for many years to come. The details are simple, Miami Dolphins principal owner Stephen Ross will pay in the ballpark of $400 million out of his own pocket to pay for upgrades for Sun Life Stadium and in return when he hosts a big-event at the stadium (ie Super Bowls, College Football Playoff games, Major WWE events, Major International Soccer games...etc) the county will in turn pay him a hefty "event fee." The fee for each event will be between $3 million to $5 million.

Miami-Dade mayor Carols Gimenez said the team and county "are close to agreeing to a deal." It just needs approval from the County Commission. The "Event Fee" money to be paid to Ross will come from County tourist taxes he stated. Giminez who spent most of Friday with Dolphins officials said he hopes to nail down the agreement sometime this weekend with a vote taking place in a couple weeks. That vote is expected to not be an issue and pass easily. 

So, what changes can you expect to be made to the stadium, the biggest change will be a canopy/roof to be added. Not an enclosed roof, think old Cowboys Stadium with a hole in the middle. It will be very similar to that. So the fans are protected by the rain and sun but the field is not covered. There will be new seats added and they will be blue or green not the orange they have now. Also there will be the addition of brand new video screens, lighting system, and sound system. The seats will also be moved much closer to the field which will generate more noise from the fans and create a bigger home field advantage.The other thing this deal does is lock the Dolphins into staying in Miami for many years to come as now there is no threat of the team moving to a different city (ie; Los Angeles.)

Construction on the stadium will take approximately 3 years and it's not going to disrupt any Dolphins home-games or any other events at the stadium during that time. The first order of business will be to win the bids of the 2018 College Football Championship game and Super Bowl 53 which will take place in 2019 (although with Atlanta getting a brand new stadium that might be tough to land) or Super Bowl 54 in 2020.

Here are some images of what the new and improved Sun Life Stadium will look like...


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rishard Matthews in the DOG-HOUSE!

It looks like Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews is in Joe Philbin's dog house for some of his behind the scenes behavior. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting Philbin had a long sit down talk with Matthews and laid out what he expects from him now and going forward. One of the reasons why Jarvis Landry was drafted was because the coaching staff isn't happy at all with Matthews and his antics.

Here is what Jackson had in his report..."The Dolphins haven’t been happy with Rishard Matthews for tardiness, lack of attention to detail and other issues --- one reason why they used a second-round pick on Jarvis Landry instead of being content with Matthews as their fourth receiver. Matthews admits it surprised him that Miami drafted two receivers (Landry and Matt Hazel).
But Matthews tells us he hopes a recent meeting with Joe Philbincleared things up. “I had some [missteps] my first couple years being young,” he said. “They want me to be more professional off the field, as well as on the field. That’s part of maturing. Little stuff, maybe being late to a couple of meetings. Coach Philbin sat down with me and gave me the ropes. We’re definitely on the same page.”
Even though Matthews has been productive, those ancillary issues have left him battling Armon Binns (who has looked very good), Damian Williams and former running back Marcus Thigpen for the fifth receiver job, barring injuries. Matthews has one less ally here with Jeff Ireland’sdeparture."

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/06/analysts-weigh-in-on-nba-finals-ex-bulls-standout-puts-down-heat-spurs-dumbfounded-dolphins-marlins.html#storylink=cpy



Dan Marino to Withdraw his Lawsuit against the NFL

A lot of Dan Marino news in the past 24 hours has come across the wire. The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting that Marino is going to withdraw his lawsuit against the NFL. Marino and his lawyers are confused as to how his name got attached to this lawsuit.

To me one of two things happened...a) This lawsuit was bogus from day one and Marino is feeling the heat of trying to get free money at the leagues expense by claiming he has medical issues OR b) Marino is about to take a job with the Dolphins in a front office role and can't be suing the league if he wants that job. Either way it looks like his lawsuit was much ado about nothing. Marino was famous for his "FAKE SPIKE," so I guess this is the "FAKE LAWSUIT."

BREAKING NEWS: Peter King reporting Marino Close to Joining the Dolphins Front Office


Peter King on the Dan Patrick Radio show today is reporting that Dan Marino is close to joining the Miami Dolphins Front Office.

CLICK HERE to watch the interview

Monday, June 2, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Dan Marino sues the NFL

Add Dan Marino to the list of former NFL players who are suing the NFL over concussions.The LA Times is reporting that Marino sued the NFL last week according to federal court records. Marino and 14 other former NFL players sued in the U.S. District Court of Philadelphia.

In the 18 page complaint no specific symptoms are mentioned for Marino. Marino's lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and unspecified financial recovery.

So the question has to be asked; is this a money grab and Marino jumping on the bandwagon trying to get an easy pay day or does Dan have legit symptoms and is suffering. Only Marino can answer that question but when you keep reading these stories of all these players who are just now jumping in and suing the NFL it seem like they are just trying to get a free and easy pay day.

In other Marino news he and former Dolphins Quarterback Damon Huard have teamed up and they have a new wine coming out. CLICK HERE to read more.