Hickey Hired as New GM

Posted by Mike Florio – profootballtalk.com

 

Dennis Hickey says “yes” to the Dolphins

 

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The Dolphins finally have a General Manager.  And the team can confidently say he wasn’t their second choice.  He was their third.  And perhaps lower.  Regardless, Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey has accepted the position, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.An 18-year employee of the Buccaneers, he became the director of player personnel under G.M. Mark Dominik in 2011. Hickey wasn’t considered for the team’s recently-filled G.M. job.  Hickey gets a clean slate with the Dolphins, and his job will entail more than merely finding players via the draft and free agency.  He’ll now have to navigate a potential mine field in Miami, tiptoeing around established relationships, finding a way to coexist with assistant G.M. Brian Gaine (who was a finalist for the job) and trying to enhance the reputation and perception of the football operation after a string of embarrassments.  Like many General Managers, Hickey may want to hire his own coach, eventually.  The better approach for owner Stephen Ross would be to tell Hickey, coach Joe Philbin, and executive V.P. of football administration Dawn Aponte that they’re all in this equally — and that if the team continues to struggle, everyone is getting fired the next time.

 

 

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615 Responses to Hickey Hired as New GM

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Gigi,
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    So if we fail in 2014, we blow the whole thing up and start over all over again… right?
    *
    I’m not sure it will turn out any better with King Carl being the shadow-czar of the clueless Ross… and I think you’ll agree.

    • Gigi says:

      I agree and I think with reports of people even refusing to be interviewed then two guys – Dawson and Caserio – turning down the job because they were forced to keep Philbin just are indications of the mess. Let’s hope this guy does a better job then Ireland not difficult to do much worse maybe he will draft guys who aren’t injured this year. :P

      • Marinofan13 says:

        Amen. And if Ross so chooses to blow it up next year, it’s time for him to sell. Hell, I wish he’d have already sold.

        • Old Dolfan says:

          MF-13:–you and I totally agree on this. –THE NUMBER ONE REASON THE MIAMI FRANCHISE HAS NOT WON ONE SINGLE PLAYOFF GAME UNDER THE ROSS REGIME IS STEVE ROSS, HIMSELF!! – – – Id like to hope Ross can PROVE ME WRONG!!—But the continuing influence of Metamucil Carl Peterson tells me that “The more things change, the more they’ll stay the same” under Ross!

  • SixThree0ne says:

    I’m going to post this just about everyday: Joe Philbin’s teams, the man who has been an OL coach at 7 different locations(college and pro) aka OL guru, have gave up the most sacks in the league twice in the last 5 seasons. His teams in the last 5 seasons have all been in the bottom third of the league in sacks allowed and consistently given up at least 37 sacks.
    __________
    51,38,41,37, and 58 last year.

    • Jahndoh says:

      In 3 of those seasons he reached the post season, including the year with 51 sacks when they won 11 games. In one of them he won the superbowl.

  • Walker says:

    At least his eyes don’t creep me out like a bushbaby or tarsier on ‘roids

  • Mike E. says:

    drg,
    *
    Sorry I missed you bud. I was just being facetious with Philbin. I don’t believe we settled, and I also don’t believe that we lost out on candidates that wanted to fire Joe. I think Ross made it clear he believed in Joe, so anyone coming in for an interview knew that ahead of time. If they felt they could change that, well, that’s on them. I’ll say this, while I don’t think Joe is the guy, maybe Ross is a better evaluator of people, and what they can accomplish than I am. I’d almost guarantee he is. WTF do I know, I’m an Optician, and a fanatical Dolphins fan, but that doesn’t qualify me to be a better talent evaluator than Ross, who is a billionaire, and runs a successful business. I hope Ross is right, and I hope Hickey and Philbin succeed, so our Dolphins can succeed.

    • convict says:

      That’s interesting Mike – because when this whole process started didn’t you want a GM to be given this authority, and feared it would impact who would apply? Now that its happened, you are ok with the process and decision making?

      • Tim Knight says:

        People do sometimes change their minds and go with the flow. As if we all know how to do it so much better. We bloggers have so much experience at it. LOL
        *
        Go Phins!!! What else is there?

  • Wyoming85 says:

    JM
    I’m with you on Barrow ILB LSU

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Anyone else watching the Pro-Bowl? I’ve gotta. Only two games are left before the LONG 7 month drought of no football.
    :(

  • BoulderPhinFan says:

    This is important. I hope it’s true.
    .
    “and that if the team continues to struggle, everyone is getting fired the next time.”

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Grimes on Marshall, huh?!

  • drg says:

    Mike,

    I can respect that. Regarding Philbin, I just haven’t seen enough evidence to believe he gives the team an edge and can be the leader we need. I’m convinced it’s not coming from Ross. Hickey is an unknown, but it’s clear he has a long way to go if he wants to earn the respect of his peers, the agents, and players. If all the GM does is bring great players in and work hand in hand with the coaches and Aponte then I’m great with that. I’m not saying the current setup can’t work, just that the odds aren’t in our favor at this point.
    *
    Like all you guys, I’ll see how it plays out. I’ll root for the team and whoever is with us. Live or die with them as always.

  • Mike E. says:

    Convict,
    *
    Do I have a choice? This is the way it is, and we know it wasn’t going to change. Just like anyone who would interview thinking they could fire Joe, it would be stupid for me to hope it was going to happen when it clearly wasn’t. At this point, knowing the parameters, I knew that would eliminate certain candidates, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I just find it funny the outrage at the hire, like anybody who’s complaining knows what he did in TB, exactly how much he was responsible for, and also knows that Lake Dawson, or Rick Reiprish, or Eric DeCosta were head and shoulders better than Hickey, because they came from a successful franchise. I remind them that the HC they’re angry with now ALSO came from a successful program, and does it really mean squat?

  • drg says:

    “Go Phins!!! What else is there?”
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    Tim,

    Exactly.

    • Tim Knight says:

      :)
      *
      Hope Hickey does a good job and works well will Philbin. We knew nothing about any of the GM cabdidates other than looking them up as we go. We were 8-8, not 4-12. Let’s get better. What’s so hard about that? It’s not that dire.

  • Mike E. says:

    Tim, drg,
    *
    Exactly, GO PHINS!!! Either that or bang your head against the wall and make little Dennis Hickey dolls and stick pins in them. lol
    *
    Perhaps the creation of the very first FIRE HICKEY banner is the making.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Greg Gabriel ‏@greggabe 1m
    Now that the Sr Bowl is over the lying season has begun. You can’t believe anything personnel people say about prospects. Always misleading
    ———
    Yup, this is TRUE.

  • Tim Knight says:

    For the record, not a fan of the Senior Bowl game. It’s an all-star game that showcases some talent, but it’s also controlled by both sides.

  • Ken says:

    We have a GM now just get me to the draft. Well FA first then the draft. Until then not much to be interested in.

  • Ken says:

    Didn’t see the Senior Bowl today I will have to catch a recap later. Not watching nor will I watch the pro bowl. I would rather put pins in my eyes than watch that.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Rob Rang ‏@RobRang Jan 25
    Taking the Senior Bowl game as well as the all-important practices into consideration, my 10 Risers/5 Fallers: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/rob-rang/24420410/2014-senior-bowl-auburns-dee-ford-headlines-list-of-risers-fallers

  • Ken says:

    Tony Dungy ‏@TonyDungy 27h

    “@D_Seneriz: @TonyDungy working w D. Hickey in TB, whats ur take on the Dolphins hire?” D. Hickey is a very good FB man. Dolphins did well!

    • Dbolt says:

      I figured Dungy would say as much…..also think Dungy may have originally pointed Miami in his direction as a potential candidate.

      • Ken says:

        I have always liked Dungy as both a coach and from what I have heard about him he seems like a really good person. So I liked the endorsement.

  • convict says:

    Mike E – I want to move on from this painful few weeks too. I’ve long been resigned to this organizational structure and decision making for a while now. It doesn’t mean though that I in any way think this is a way to run a franchise though. I fully support Hickey going into this offseason and hope that he makes some astute personnel decisions that upgrades this roster. Unfortunately, I’m not too confident that this leadership team will get it done.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    I’ve gotta say… this is the most competitive Pro-Bowl I’ve ever seen. I’m waiting for a QB to get killed.

  • herdfan says:

    I’m not liking these pro bowl uniforms. Just me?

  • finfanrob says:

    Marinofan13 on January 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm said:

    I’ve gotta say… this is the most competitive Pro-Bowl I’ve ever seen. I’m waiting for a QB to get killed.
    Reply ↓
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    yeah they should have signed that sanders fellow as gm. look at the talent he drafted

  • convict says:

    Can’t believe people are watching the pro bowl over the grammys.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Herd,
    *
    Yes, these Pro-Bowl unis SUCK. Pretty fugly if you ask me.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    FFR,
    *
    What you say is sad… but most likely true!

  • Dbolt says:

    I know it sounds crazy, but I bet somwhere Jamar Taylor feels better about himself after Grimes was beat by Graham for that TD. You can only do so much when you give up half a foot in height to a guy on a jump ball.

    • Ken says:

      Jamar Taylor forgot what it feels like to be on a football field.

      • Dbolt says:

        I have a feeling he is going to end up having a pretty big year for us in 2014……now that I said it, he will have Patterson’s everlasting nut problem.

        • Ken says:

          We just don’t know. This year’s draft class is just perplexing as to how none of them could get on the field. I just don’t get it. Still don’t.

  • Mike E. says:

    M,
    *
    I did not watch the Senior Bowl, and I’ve only watched a couple of practices. I haven’t been motivated to watch them for some reason.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    The Associated Press ‏@AP 1m
    AP PHOTO: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform ‘Drunk in Love’ at the 56th annual #GRAMMYs in Los Angeles
    ———-
    WTF cares, AP? I’d rather watch the Pro-Bowl than be exposed to that BS. SMMFH

    • convict says:

      Dude – change the channel. You are missing Taylor Swift RIGHT NOW.

      • Marinofan13 says:

        LMMFAO!!!
        :lol:

      • Marinofan13 says:

        What’s sad is that I work in the music biz (2nd job), and I’m not at ALL trying to watch this mess of Illuminati BS.

        • convict says:

          All these really important and good looking people just gave Taylor Swift a standing ovation. I just stuck my head in the garbage disposal.

        • Marinofan13 says:

          I’ve seen some BIG artists get chewed up and spit out being they can’t compete for air-time against the very few major labels that still exist.
          *
          They’ve monopolized the biz and there’s only one way in and one way out to become a “MAJOR” artist with any hope of getting ANY kind of rotational air-play. It’s just disgusting to me.

  • Ken says:

    Alright. I have had enough fun for tonight. Work starts anew tomorrow. I must get some rest. Peace to you all.

  • Mike E. says:

    M,
    *
    I feel stupid. I don’t get the #2 pencil joke, and I’m sure I should. Care to explain?

  • Tim Knight says:

    LT?
    LG?
    C Pouncey
    RG?
    RT?
    *
    LDE Wake, Jordan
    LDT?
    RDT Odrick
    RDE Vernon, Jordan
    *
    That’s our dilemma.

  • Mike E. says:

    Convict,

    You’ll probably enjoy this, and so will others as well. I’m just going over some mock drafts, and this is from Draft Daddy . . . . LMAO!!!
    *

    19. Miami Dolphins – OG David Yankey, Stanford

    Yankey gets picked by the Dolphins after Dawn Aponte forces him to sign a contract stating that he’ll never acknowledge that Jon Martin has, or has ever had, a sister.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 56s
    Source close to Lake Dawson insists that, for GM job, he never requested final say on whether MIA HC Joe Philbin would be back after 2014.

    • Mike E. says:

      This seems kind of silly to me that this is even an issue. If in the job description, as outlined by the boss, The HC was NOT going to be fired, why bother trying to change that? That’s on the person interviewing, not on the owner, who stated that Philbin won’t be fired.

  • marlins fan says:

    probowl is pretty darn good

  • Marinofan13 says:

    GRIMES!!!

  • The Flying Pig says:

    I wish they would call it team blue and red or orange and yellow

  • The Flying Pig says:

    LMAO @ Joe Cartoon

  • convict says:

    Pig – 100% agreed on needing more elite players. Why keeping Grimes is paramount. And I am coming around to your view of drafting RB/WR/TE high in this draft.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Every team has holes
      but the good teams have vision and see it through
      we are going to start the season with a few holes
      I hope we fill that DT hole Tim listed with Starks, resign Grimes and sign a premier LT
      after that we can do a lot of things in the draft
      I think drafting an elite OG can have a real positive effect on the offense
      but I do not believe we need to spend out early picks on OL just bc its our most glaring need
      adding speed at the skill positions will get us closer to what they have talked about since Philbin was brought in

      • Mike E. says:

        We unfortunately have a freaking crater where an O-line should be. It’s bad Piggy. We pretty much have to replace 4/5’s of the line. that’s a problem. I’m thinking 2 out of RD’s 1-4 should be OL.

        • marlins fan says:

          that is for certain as all 4/5ths are FAs

        • The Flying Pig says:

          I really think the likelihood of pulling 2 starters from the draft is slim
          but its possible
          even if they pull that off
          starting more than 2 is not a good idea
          so its more like max 2 of rounds 1-4
          BTW I have no problem with 2 picks in round 1-4

  • Marinofan13 says:

    For the record (1/26/14), I’m STRONGLY rooting for the success of Dennis Hickey.
    *
    GO PHINS!!! and HELL YEAH!!!

  • Mike E. says:

    Let’s say the Dolphins organization is absolved of any wrongdoing in the Jon Martin case. What happens next? Is he tradeable? Colts? Steelers? Does he retire?

    • Marinofan13 says:

      That’s what we’re waiting for, Bro. If we can trade him, that would be GRAND. The final verdict should be coming within the next week or two.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      He says he wants to play
      I believe he has some trade value
      but its got to be round 4-7 sort of value and probably on the low end
      and some teams just won’t touch him, even if he is waived
      ****
      Sometimes you can trade a player you don;t want for another player another team doesn’t want
      So it may not be a pick
      it may be a player that another team doesn;t want
      Would to hear suggestions of zone blocking players a team doesn;t want

      ******
      By the way, isn;t that report due by now….WTF

  • Marinofan13 says:

    THUS far, I think Eric Berry gets Pro-Bowl MVP.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1m
    Bucs GM Jason Licht and new MIA GM Dennis Hickey were scheduled to meet Weds to discuss future. Hickey would have been kept and evaluated.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      That doesn;t even make sense
      kept for the interview?

    • professorlou says:

      Exactly why I can’t stand this piece of shit people that call themselves journalists reporting everything but facts.
      They start talking about how players want to leave the team now and they take at fact value what they’re being told. They don’t try to dig deeper and see if the players themselves are actually saying that and what the actual reason is. They could be disgruntled players who are just trying to cause trouble or the gripe could be real but these idiots just report what they hear. That’s not a journalist. That’s a parrot; repeating what they hear. Real journalists dig deeper to find the truth. This guys are far from real journalists.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        yeah
        twitter has taken over
        its less reliable now than ever b/c social media has really taken a toll

    • professorlou says:

      I’d say the media idiots botched the reporting of the Miami GM search more than Miami supposedly botched the GM search.

    • professorlou says:

      But, the Bucs didn’t want him. Right.

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Wake out there for Grey team
    He wasn’t even running

  • The Flying Pig says:

    What I mean is
    if Martin is tradable
    you probably get more value in a player for player trade than a draft pick
    Look for OL who want off their current team, or current team doesn’t want them or are in the last year of their contract and expected to be allowed to test the FA market

  • Marinofan13 says:

    GRIMES!!!
    :D

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Grimes with the INT!
    Weeeeeeeeeeee

  • Mike E. says:

    Goodnight my friends!

  • Marinofan13 says:

    I must bail as well. Congrats to Derrick Johnson (my man out of Texas) for winning the DPotG! And the BALL-HAWK(!!!) clinched the game! Way to go, Brent!
    *
    Peace, and GO PHINS!!!

  • David says:

    Hickey wasnt our first choice, I’ve been thinking about that.
    How many of us think our first choice to live somewhere was the best?
    How many of us their first car was their best one?
    How many got divorced with their first choice, but happier with the next?
    How many are still on their first job, because dont You know the first is best, right?
    How can we trust Ross first choice?

    Alright, end point is i think Hickey should have been first choice, he has the experience and stability this team sorely needs. Im Rollin with it

    • David says:

      My avie cheerleader wasnt my first choice, but thats cause i fucked up, lol shes hot!

      • Walker says:

        Is she your daughter? JK Bro. I’m rolling with Hickey too, good post. Happy with Lazor, though I had to find out who he was first

        • David says:

          Lol rain always makes You cranky, just dont block the view when Goodell is handing the lombardi to Lauren

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I remember my first roll in the mud like it was yesterday
      (Piggy sighs)

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Also
      as I mentioned to Bat and I want to reitterate to any fans not feelin g very happy with the current state of the Dolphins
      ****
      If you don’t trust the judgment of the Dolphins brass, you probably don’t want thier first choice

      :D

  • The Flying Pig says:

    That was my Piggy fly by
    see you humans later
    Lots of work to act up on

  • professorlou says:

    I have a feeling we will be trading down in the first round and I also believe we’re going to see at least one player traded. I think we’re going to see Hickey pick guys on offense who are more geared towards the WCO on both the offensive line and at the skill position and I think some guys are going to be out of a job.
    That being said, I think he goes with a back like Seastrunk before he goes with someone like Hyde or Sims.
    I also think he’s going to bring in more speed on the offensive side of the ball because he knows the WCO. Ireland picked guys and expected Philbin to work with them. Based on the video I saw of him yesterday from Tampa I believe he’s going to work with Philbin to get him the guys he needs to make his offense work.
    That being said, I think we trade down and take Morgan Moses in the first round.
    Just a quick fly by. BBL

  • David says:

    We can almost expect that our new revamped OL will need some time to gel together, but we will need to convert third and shorts, and we will need to punch it in on the ground for 6 at times. Hyde gives us a powerback that can still get a tough yard or two when needed, even if the OL missed a defender or two on the play. And seastrunk would be the perfect match by providing speed and elusiveness. These two backs could help us extend drives, get less sacks, and score more points. Its not good to expect RT to carry the team when we have no OL, and no RB.

  • TryPod says:

    I have no opinion on Hickey. I truly don’t know how much affect someone in his position has on a team. he may be good, he may be bad- I don’t know. but I do feel as if the Dolphins come out of this looking even more inept than they already did. I don’t care if the “reporting” was anti-dolphins or not, perception is” reality”. it is apparent this organization has a troubled reputation within the league at the very least, and it continues to degenerate. someone needs to stop the bleeding.

    • David says:

      So the media is accurate? It makes a shitty perception to those that believe the hit pieces. So their perception shapes their reality, but all that does nothing to change the team, or the teams perception. I’m going with Miami over the media, the media has a shitty reputation and cant be trusted to give us unbiased reporting.

      • TryPod says:

        lol- you crack me up.
        if you think your perception is the perception that everyone else has or should have, you have a very inflated sense of your self.

        • David says:

          I dont think that, but i dont think the media shapes all of our perceptions, nor does the media make reality

          • David says:

            So because you dont care about antiDolphin bias or not, this means the team continues to degenerate? I’m not sure what You meant, and i dont see us continuing to degenerate just because of bias reporting

        • TryPod says:

          do you understand the various uses of quotes within a statement? I never said I believe the perception is true, I said perception is ” reality” . reality is a subjective term in this context. I did say the dolphins look inept, because that is how I see them.

          • David says:

            I understand that, but if the perception came from bias, its not proving that the team continues to degenerate. Its proving that naive beliefs can take someone down to the wrong conclusion. So you are certain the team is continuing degeneration? Care to expand on that?

          • TryPod says:

            you know everything I do- Ireland kept when sparano fired, going after harbaugh and Fisher while sparano still coach, orange carpet, veggie as owner, liking for assistant coaches, lol-ing for new gm, incognito- martin, Tom Tebow tribute at home game… what more do you need? I don’t need biased reporting to know this had been poorly managed.

          • TryPod says:

            lol
            veggie was supposed to be fergie, but on reflection, it may be more accurate the way it was first said.

          • TryPod says:

            those typos…
            liking and lol-ing = looking

          • David says:

            Ok thanks, but to be honest, some of this happened years ago. I’m actually hoping the continue degeneration part becomes used to be. Hickey is expected to give us more stability and experience. I’m hoping we are beyond all that. Thanks for Your explanation

          • TryPod says:

            years ago? the perception is based on history, both recent and past, but the things mentioned all happened in recent history (3 years +/-)

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I don’t like what has happened to this team’s repuation either
      the discussion on perception vs reality leads me on a path where I question whether I am actually writing this, so I won;t go there
      :D
      But yes, the Dolphins have been really on the defense lately
      it needs to stop
      I do not enjoy my football with so much drama
      ****
      when its the jests or raiders who are the circus, I just laugh about and don;t take it too seriously
      When its our team I try to ask our fans to tone it down….really, I want to ingore it, b/c I think its usually sensationalized and overstated to an annoying degree
      *****
      The truth is, I don;t expect it to stop soon
      At this point drama is most martketable thing about the team

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 10m
    Former Texans HC Gary Kubiak has emerged as favorite for Ravens OC job. Kubiak and Rick Dennison met Sunday in Baltimore w/ Ravens officials

    • Marinofan13 says:

      I find that VERY intriguing. If he lands that gig, the days of AFC North SMASHMOUTH football are all but over.

  • Tim Knight says:

    We just have to wait until the Martin/Incognito saga is settled and then we can move on from all the BS. Once the offseason gets rolling as we get closer to FA we can focus more on football matters and not who didn’t want to take a job here.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    CBSSports.com ‏@CBSSports 15m
    Titans RB Chris Johnson is likely headed to the free agent market, but he’ll have knee surgery first. http://cbsprt.co/CJ2Knee
    ———
    I’d pass on CJ2K in FA

    • Mike E. says:

      I agree. Not the type of RB we need anyway. Lamar Miller can do the things CJ can do, for a lot less, if we ever get the O-line fixed.

      • David says:

        We need to get rid of Miller and DT and get better RB in here. This will take some pressure of RT and extend drives. Miller and DT are two of the worst RB Miami ever had and will only marginally improve behind a new OL that wont be playing very well for a awhile. We need backs that can power through or run away until we get a great OL

        • Marinofan13 says:

          I disagree on Miller; I think he’ll be fine once the O-Line is properly fixed. As for DT3, he’s had his chances. He’s probably 1 more concussion away from retirement.

          • David says:

            Did you watch Marshawn Lynch against the niners? Think that helped Seattle even though Wilson had pedestrian stats? If Miami had a Marshawn Lynch, we would have made the playoffs

    • David says:

      Hes too expensive, and not sure his heart would be in it, agree, pass

  • Mike E. says:

    What kinda bothers me is the media and fans just looking to pile on. To me, as I’ve said before, the Dolphins made it clear that Joe Philbin is the Head Coach, and that the new GM will not have the power to fire him, I knew this, you knew this, we ALL knew this. So why do reporters like to use that information that Lake Dawson and Nick Caserio both refused the job because they didn’t have control over Philbin as a NEGATIVE against the Dolphins? It’s just an ongoing saga, that everything this organization does is clueless, and I think it started with the courting of Harbaugh. That was mistake, but that doesn’t mean that every single move we make is wrong, or that we don’t know what we’re doing. If Lake Dawson and Nick Caserio want to make it seem like they refused the job because of Philbin, they look like idiots for that, not us. If the job application said YOU DO NOT HAVE POWER TO FIRE THE HEAD COACH, then why bother going into the interview if that doesn’t work for you?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Agreed. Also who are Lake Dawson and Nick Caserio to get that sort of power, they haven’t even proven they can be GMs yet.

    • David says:

      Good points, I’m very non trusting of the media, truth is not important as salaciousness to them

  • Marinofan13 says:

    David
    on January 27, 2014 at 9:58 am said:
    *
    Did you watch Marshawn Lynch against the niners? Think that helped Seattle even though Wilson had pedestrian stats? If Miami had a Marshawn Lynch, we would have made the playoffs
    ———-
    I agree. We need a power runner to replace DT3 at this point.
    *
    I may be in the minority thinking that DT3 could still get it done behind a decent O-Line, but I truly believe he’s now a medical nightmare. He’s like Jake Long anymore in that he can’t get through a full season with his health.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I don’t know if I’d call him a medical nightmare. One thing we do know is he was not worth the 2nd rd pick and trading up for him. He’s a solid #2 back but he’s not special and I would open up the competition at RB this year with who we have and add another guy to the mix. Miller, DT, Gillislee, Marshall and draft or rookie FA.

  • Tim Knight says:

    David, a lot of teams would love to have a back like Marshawn Lynch. There are not many backs in the league that run as physical as he does and have the speed to break a big run. I’m not sure there are any.

    • David says:

      Could be, but there are plenty that are better than what we have. Miller and DT even sucked at pass protection, we seriously need to upgrade or try

  • Marinofan13 says:

    David,
    *
    Since you like Marshawn Lynch so much, what do you think of THIS “beast-mode” run?!
    *
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z68tZtN7kFY

    • David says:

      I love his effort even if i dont like his speed. I dont know enough about him, but I’m gonna watch him more. I’m liking Hyde because he is very physical, fast, can block well, and catches passes like a good TE. He has great hands

      Last year our backs didnt run well, didnt pass block or catch many passes. We can and have to do better

  • Mike E. says:

    I also hope that we told Caserio a boatload of lies, and that we misled him entirely about the direction we’re going in. Nothing like stealing the wrong test answers . . . . . :)

    • Tim Knight says:

      I don’t think they got into too many details, how could they cover the roster, our UFAs, FA and the draft in a couple of days. There is so much work that goes into that.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    David,
    *
    What do you think of Gaffney’s speed on this run (very first play on this link)?!
    *
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhXd2SHECyQ

    • David says:

      Thats a little better, I’m thinking he looks much better than DT, but i need more time to study Gaffney to give You my full opinion of him. I havent looked in depth for as many players as I want to, because I wanted to see who our new GM would be, and what kind of talent is he wanting.

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 54m
    MY TAKE: Is Dennis Hickey qualified to become the #Dolphins’ GM? http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/sfl-askomar,0,6671297.story

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Q: Plenty has been made about how Dennis Hickey is the runner up to the runner up, but is he qualified to become the Dolphins’ GM? – Jason, Plantation, FL.

    A: Not only is Hickey qualified, but he’s got more experience than most of the candidates the Dolphins interviewed courtesy of the 18-years he’s spent with the Buccaneers. And unlike most of the GM candidates, Hickey has been in charge of every side of the personnel department outside of managing the salary cap. He’s directed the player personnel department, evaluating free agents, the CFL, and roaming the waiver wire to find roster filler. He’s run the draft process for years, putting together Tampa Bay’s draft boards, which have produced better draft classes than most of the candidates he was competing against, and that includes the Patriots, Titans, Browns-Chiefs and Dolphins. I don’t know Hickey’s personality, nor his perspective on talent assessment. And I’m getting more acquinted with how he’s viewed in the scouting community (getting mixed reviews, which was the case for most of the candidates, especially New England’s Nick Caserio). But I liked Tampa Bay’s drafts, and thought the Buccaneers had a better, stronger talent base than the Dolphins, and have for years. I haven’t been shy about those views, and I’ve said that for a couple of seasons now. The Bucs have a better offensive line, better receivers, better tailbacks, and better linebackers than the Dolphins. Ironically, three of those areas are positions of need for Miami.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 4m
    Best thing about the new GM hire is he’s got absolutely no reason to be loyal to Ryan Tannehill, which is the best thing for this franchise.
    *
    GM’s usually lose their jobs for 3 reasons. Bad decisions, bad coaching, bad QB play. Dennis Hickey can at least address one of those now.
    *
    Bill Lazor inherited Michael Vick and Nick Foles, but the Eagles also selected a QB early to add to the competition. Make QBs compete folks.
    *
    RT @44ronclare what QB’s coming out do you like say later rounds? > I’d draft every single South squad QB from the Senior Bowl. EVERY ONE.
    ———-
    Ever get the idea that Omar can’t stand Tanny?!! WOW

  • Ken says:

    TryPod on January 27, 2014 at 8:30 am said:
    I have no opinion on Hickey. I truly don’t know how much affect someone in his position has on a team. he may be good, he may be bad- I don’t know. but I do feel as if the Dolphins come out of this looking even more inept than they already did. I don’t care if the “reporting” was anti-dolphins or not, perception is” reality”. it is apparent this organization has a troubled reputation within the league at the very least, and it continues to degenerate. someone needs to stop the bleeding.
    ___________________________________________________
    Good post. Pretty much sums up my feelings as well. +1 to Trypod

  • Bat says:

    Mike …Very sad to see you defeated and resigned to Bazooka Joe’s continued employment. The idea that not being able to get rid of Philbin is a negative, because Philbin is a negative. He’s done nothing…NOTHING..to merit indispensability. The GM search was hamstrung from the start by making a failed HC part of the deal. We were left with Hickey who was like the one Cheerio that you find underneath the wax bag before you throw the empty box away…The media and fans pile on because that is what we deserve…IMO

    • Jahndoh says:

      He beat 3 of the top 4 teams in the AFC this year. You keep saying ‘NOTHING’ and I’ll keep telling you this “something”.

  • Ken says:

    Mike E. on January 27, 2014 at 10:13 am said:
    I also hope that we told Caserio a boatload of lies, and that we misled him entirely about the direction we’re going in. Nothing like stealing the wrong test answers . . . . .
    ______________________________________________
    I don’t worry too much about this. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what our needs are coming up in the draft and FA.

  • Bat says:

    Telling Caserio “lies” would have required some measure of planning and forethought. Traits that no one connected with the GM search has ever exhibited…lol

  • David says:

    We should have known all along Hickey was the favorite. Everyone knows if You suck long enough You get a Hickey

  • Bat says:

    David …LOL …Good one ….

  • Tim Knight says:

    Ken, hopefully we’re a playoff team in 2014.

    • Ken says:

      We are going to need to kill it in the draft and or FA on the OL for that to happen.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Agreed. We need to draft some guys who make an immediate impact and fill some holes in FA and there will be quite a few. I think we’re going to see a significant change in personnel this year with a new GM and Philbin more involved. If Philbin has to win this year he should be able to target guys who can help the team now and not in 2-3 years. We have enough developmental types.

      • stanger says:

        No doubt that’s the big need, but we were one game away from making it this year with the shambled OL we had. We can debate whether that is a sign of a pretty good talent base or just that we are in a parity league where even average teams have a shot.

  • CavalierKong says:

    In my estimation we looked ridiculous during this GM search. We came out with, at best, our 4th or 5th choice. The guy we got comes from a team that was also looking for a GM and our guy didn’t even get an interview with them. Scary. All that being said, it’s done, he’s the guy and even though everything above is true, it doesn’t mean this guy will suck. Maybe he’ll do a good job for us. We can hope. I’ll support the team going forward and give this new regime a chance. Fingers crossed.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      That’s exactly where I’m at, CavKong. Let’s just WIN now.

    • Ken says:

      Pretty much my feelings. Hickey may be a decent GM after all is said and done and I am not going to bitch about him until he does something bitchworthy. However, it’s the whole process that really has left me with a bad feeling. We looked indecisive and really unsure of what we wanted for a GM. It was further frustrating that so many candidates turned us down. There are only 32 of thses jobs in the world. Shouldn’t be that hard to find qualified candidates who want the job.

  • stanger says:

    Wallace definitely has a point, but also displays a combination of ego and bad number sense in this quote. Wallace had 5 TDs. So he is talking 20-25 total. Jimmy Graham led the league with 16 receiving ones.
    *
    ““Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That’s the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that’s being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it’s over.”

  • Mike E. says:

    Bat,
    *
    I didn’t say that I think Joe is a great coach, you know I don’t think he is, but when the owner makes it clear Joe goes when I say so, that’s the way it is. I never had any delusions that some candidate was going to come in an woo Ross to the point where he would say, “OK, Joe’s gone, who do you like?” That wasn’t going to happen.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    I WANT to get Carlos Hyde, but I’m ONLY doing that if we get an additional 2nd Round pick. How can we make this work?

  • Ken says:

    My draft man crush is Zack Martin. No surprise. If he is not available then I want Yankey. If I am GM that is who I am targeting in round 1.

  • Bat says:

    Mike …No, Ross is much too smitten with Bazooka Joe to allow a quality GM candidate to come between them. I know we are stuck with Philbins inept stewardship for the foreseeable future. Even so, I will not cease to attack and ridicule him at every turn … As I said, don’t blame the media and fans for the fact that the team is perceived as a circus of losers. ..The people in charge made it so.

  • Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, I think we have a solid talent base but we have too many voids. Just going by who we have as UFAs and no guarantee we’re getting any of them back, we have major issues on the OL and at DT, and we have to address CB and S as well.

    • stanger says:

      For sure, but then most any team could say that right now…..even the two in the Superbowl.
      *
      We have re-signs, FAs and the draft to come with a fairly good cap situation. When it is all over, I find it hard to think we won’t be fielding a better team than last year.
      *
      And even if it is something to biotch about…….that our rooks got so little time in last year means they should be adding a good bit more than in 2014. If they’d shown it strong, that factor wouldn’t be there.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    David,
    *
    I think Carlos Hyde is the PERFECT back for us… but he won’t do squat unless we fix the O-Line. I can just imagine him running behind Albert-Dallas Thomas-Pouncey-David Yankey-Zack Martin: WINNING!

    • David says:

      He will do better with a better OL, no question, But hes 244 pounds now, he could bulk to 250 easily. Imagine a 250 pound battering ram, wearing out defenses in the fourth with a lead. There wont be jack shit they can do to stop us from moving the chains imo

  • Ken says:

    From East Coast Sports News Draft page:
    *Senior Bowl Week Practice Position Awards:

    – Fresno State QB Derek Carr was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Quarterback.

    – West Virginia RB Charles Sims was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Running Back.

    – Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Receiver.

    – Notre Dame OT Zach Martin was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

    – Pitt DT Aaron Donald was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman.

    – Wisconsin LB Chris Borland was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Linebacker.

    – Northern Illinois S Jimmy Ward was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back.

  • Jahndoh says:

    Hey Ken, I read your post to me yesterday. No worries my man. I don’t have your email address or I’d have just dropped you a note. I really knew that it wasn’t coming from a malicious place. You don’t roll that way, and I know it.

    Cheers!

    • stanger says:

      Maybe not on the board, but you haven’t sat next to him at a game and heard some of the nasty stuff that comes out of his mouth when the Phins give up a long pass for a TD. :)

    • Ken says:

      We’re cool. I didn’t think about that aspect of it when I posted it and you are correct it could have been seen as derogatory in that position. Never my intention. Get my e-mail from Walker or if you have Mike E’s e-mail he can get it to you as well. It would be cool to converse with you that way.

  • Old Dolfan says:

    JUST GOT BACK from a very cold but successful convention in Georgia. The low in Macon was 15 degrees on Friday and 13 degrees on Saturday, with plenty of wind. Was listening to a mid-Georgia radio station when their sports guy said “The reports that the Miami Dolphins interviewed BOZO THE CLOWN for GM and he turned them down ARE NOT TRUE. –It appears the assistant GM of the 4-12 Buccaneers is more than willing to take Miami’s money!” I took that with a grain of salt b/c Georgia is NOT exactly in love with Sunshine State sports teams. Nonetheless, it wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, either.
    ———-
    I believe any judgments on our new GM should be held until the first season is nearing an end. But my expectations are that this hire, like most of Ross’s prior hires, will not bring us success. The influence of ancient Metamucil Carl Peterson, by itself, is a difficult obstacle to overcome. But, hopefully, my skepticism based on prior failures by Ross will be proven wrong. Hopefully, we’ll have a very successful Free Agency period and a terrific draft of players who are actually healthy enough to play.
    ———-
    AS all of you know, I’m a “SHOW ME” kind of guy. I have little use for hype and publicity. I want TO SEE RESULTS, NOT LOSING SEASONS AFTER LOSING SEASONS. The upcoming season will be Philbin’s third. I NEED TO SEE PROGRESS—not 7-9 or 6-10.

    • Old Dolfan says:

      MF-13: ANSWER FOR YOU way up near the start of this article. ENJOY!!

    • stanger says:

      Man that’s cold for Georgia. Your thin FL blood must have been frozen solid…..maybe hearing that comment about Hickey got it flowing again. :)

      • Old Dolfan says:

        YOUNG STANGER: My friend, you forget I was born in Canada, spent 7 winters there, before my folks moved to balmy BUFFALO for 5 of the worst winters of my life!! – – Throw in 16 winters in COWLUMBUS, OHIO, and my so-called “thin FL blood” has a little more robust element to it. MRS. OD thought I was stark-raving mad to walk out of our hotel room IN MY WALKING SHORTS to fetch an item out of our parked car the morning it was 13!! – – I told her, “It will only take me about two minutes, honey!”

        • stanger says:

          OD — too right…..I forgot about the Northern background. I feel it more now than I used too, but Northern pride will never let me admit it. Normally, I go with something that starts with “I played rugby in the snow in shorts so….”

  • Jahndoh says:

    M13 is Yankee a 2nd round prospect? Was wondering how you had us get BOTH Martin and him in the draft? FWIW, I think Winston (or another affordable vet) has to be revisited for RT. It’s less risky then expecting Thomas and 2 rookies to step in and start….

    • Marinofan13 says:

      IMO, Yankey is more of a RG-type of Guard at the pro-level. I’m REALLY hoping that he drops to us in the 2nd Round. This is a bold prediction on my part and I think it may come to fruition.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    My full 2014 Miami Dolphins Mock Draft (1/25/14)
    *
    R1P19: Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame
    R2P18: David Yankey, OG, Stanford OR Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
    R3P17: Jimmie Ward, SS/FS, NIU
    R4P16: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
    R5P15: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
    R6P14: BRYANT McKINNIE, LT, BALTIMORE RAVENS?
    R7P19: Dri Archer, WR/KR, Kent State
    NOTE: we are hoping to get a Compensatory Draft Pick or two
    *
    FA: Brent Grimes, CB, MIA; Branden Albert, LT, KC; Eric Winston, RT, ARI; Randy Starks, DT, MIA; Tony McDaniel, DT, SEA; Pat Devlin, QB, MIA; Dustin Keller, TE, MIA (IF healthy)
    *
    UDFA: Logan Thomas, QB/TE, Virginia Tech; Isaiah Newsome, FS, Louisiana-Monroe; Franklyn Quiteh, RB, Bloomsburg; Jared Wheeler, C, Miami; Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky.

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    Howie,
    Denver 28 – Seattle 17

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Mike E
    Great post at 9:58
    Even if you disagree with the decision to keep Philbin its obivous that people are ignorantly piling it on
    Was clear as day that Philbin would be here going into the GM search
    Ross bending over to accommodate these guys who haven’t made their own name would have been a true sign of a desperate poorly run organization
    ****
    For that matter while going for Harbaugh was a little embarrassing, it was worth it if it worked
    Why not swing for the fences
    I have no problem with that in fact I thought it was a great move
    ****
    My problem with the organization is that they probably dragged the process on too long and offered too much transparency
    ***
    It would have been cleaner if we just had 3 candidates, met with each and hired 1
    I don’t think it was wise to add new names to the list every couple of days
    That is a very minor issue
    And it’s just PR when it’s said and done
    But when the sharks smell blood in the water they don’t stop
    ***
    What baffles me is why fans get involved in the piling on
    It’s one thing to ask for a guy like Ireland to be fired
    Maybe the owner will listen to please
    But when your complaints are about the owner, what response to you want?
    And if some one asks me to boycott the Dolphins my answer is a firm “go fuck yourself”

    • stanger says:

      What I’ve decided is that there always has to be a whipping boy, whether player, coach, FO guy, or owner. More than one is preferable.
      *
      Think part of the problem is that we lost the long-time bull whip target in Jeffey and folks are just test driving for his replacement.

    • TryPod says:

      I understand your point, and in-and- of-itself the harbaugh pursuit was not bad, but combined with the other examples…
      but you are right- I am not giving up my support of the Dolphins. raiders fans have lived with much worse for much longer, and they were a once proud franchise, too. but I am tired.. and leary of putting in faith that this time it’s going to be right when history tells me otherwise.

    • Tim Knight says:

      LOL
      *
      I think part of the problem was we were one of a only a few teams looking for a GM so we were out there on an island to be scrutinized.
      *
      As for people piling on the team and just bitching, that’s their problem. If it annoys you that much don’t follow them. It’s as simple as that. Most of what we did this offseason didn’t surprise me so I never had a reason to be outraged. I knew Philbin would be back, thought there was a good chance both Sherman and Ireland would be fired, and had no idea who the new GM would be or much about the candidates.
      *
      It’s over now and we know who we have going into the offseason. Now the focus for me is the personnel on the team. I woke up again today and did not wonder what Dawn Aponte was doing. LOL

  • Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, I believe last year’s draft class making more of an impact this season is as important as FA and the draft this year.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Remember, there are multiple ways to KILL a Draft. There is no one RIGHT way to do it. However… there are many WRONG ways to do it.

  • Jahndoh says:

    Well M13, without knowing the draft class very well yet, I gotta say that I like seeing a couple Pac-12 guys there! I do think Yankey’s a better prospect, but I can’t help but lean toward the public school prospect from UCLA instead. I think my wife snuck that into the marriage vows as some point.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Xavier Su’a-Filo would be an EXCELLENT consolation prize should Yankey already be off the board! WINNING!
      :D

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    I see Omar woke up this morning and decided to bash Tanny all day….SMFH!!!

    • Old Dolfan says:

      GDP—DO YOU really hate yourself enough to even bother to read ANY of Omar’s biased, racist, trash?? – – YOU KNOW I’ve boycotted OMAR’s column for most of last year and ALL of this year, right?? – – Got too much respect for myself to waste my time reading “Bovine Excrement!!”
      ———-
      HOPE YOU and your loved ones are doing well in 2014. Me and the Mrs. have been sick as dogs b/c of catching the flu on the convention circuit. This particular virus NOT COVERED by our flu shots, I’ve been told by a researcher (my scientist daughter). FLU shots put together based on estimates made in advance of flu season regarding which types of flu are most likely to affect most people. SEEMS like the flu CRYSTAL BALL was a bit foggy this season.

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    M13, I keep seeing Yankey as a first rounder, even ahead of Martin although Martin’s showing last week may have propelled him slightly higher at this point. Cyril Richardson at 6’5 335 may be around in the second along with Moses.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Cyril is too big
      Filo will be there in the 2nd and is probably a better pick at OG
      *******
      Moses is a very interesting prospect

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Son,
    *
    Look at my draft above. If Zack Martin is gone when we pick @ R1P19, I’m likely going with either Jace Amaro or Eric Ebron instead. Would you approve and would it still be a killer draft?
    :D

  • Jahndoh says:

    “My problem with the organization is that they probably dragged the process on too long and offered too much transparency”
    —–
    I actually agree with this. But it’s funny, because the media beef with both the Saban and the Parcells regimes was that they were too secretive and not transparent enough. At some point if you’re Ross, you have to realize that the media is NEVER going to work WITH you to build this team, and at that point telling them to “fuck off!” is less damaging then giving them little pellets of information that they can twist against you with some fantastical narrative that turns out to be bullshit shoveled high and deep.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Yeah I tend to agree
      I think these guys forfeited any good will from the organization
      ***
      But going forward the organization needs to be more cognizant of the media
      If the decision to hire a GM came a lot sooner, there would have not been so much time to 2nd guess

  • Jahndoh says:

    “My problem with the organization is that they probably dragged the process on too long and offered too much transparency”
    —–
    I actually agree with this. But it’s funny, because the media beef with both the Saban and the Parcells regimes was that they were too secretive and not transparent enough. At some point if you’re Ross, you have to realize that the media is NEVER going to work WITH you to build this team, and at that point telling them to “fuck off!” is less damaging then giving them little pellets of information that they can twist against you with some fantastical narrative that turns out to be bullshit shoveled high and deep.

    • Jahndoh says:

      Not sure how that double posted…never got the warning or anything. Also,
      STANGER:
      —-
      Capitalized it to get your attention, but I’ve read you say you’ve been having problems with the site recently, and I thought you should know it’s not just you. I have to reload pages 2-3 times every time to get them load right. Sometimes I get what looks like just source code. Sometimes I get a “website is not available” error, and the 3rd time, it usually loads. I’ve noticed (as weird as this is) that if I’m using the scrolling wheel on my mouse while the page loads it seems to increase the chances of getting a clean webpage.

  • marlins fan says:

    there once was a GM named Hickey
    who got a job where fans are pickey
    he’s good at his craft
    will lead us in the draft
    and all you haters can suck his ????ey

  • The Flying Pig says:

    M13
    As I have said before I like your free agent decisions a lot
    But of we signed Albert and Winston, why are we drafting Martin (who may be an OG) and an OG with our first 2 picks?
    Seems like overkill to me
    IMO, that is a good spot to get better at the skill position
    Or defensively

    • Marinofan13 says:

      It’s a built-in safety net in case one of our FA O-Linemen don’t pan out. What’s more, we still need depth on the O-Line. It’s kind of like the concept of drafting two CBs early with Vontae and Seanathan. And lastly, some of these rooks may need a year to get up to speed.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I don’t love using early picks as safety nets
        Once you get into the 3rd and 4th I’m okay with it
        I like the players
        But if those players were RB, WRs, TEs, DTs, DBs or LBs I would probably still like the players
        I don’t just view this offseason as an opportunity to fill holes
        I view it as an opportunity to get great
        So far our Dolphins don’t have a identity under
        Philbin

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Son,
    *
    If Yankey is gone before we pick in the 2nd Round, we can always fall back on Xavier Su’a-Filo. That’s the only reason I have 2 prospects listed at R2P18.

  • TryPod says:

    I see that jahn agrees with jahn. that is fortuitous.

  • BoulderPhinFan says:

    MF13,
    how do you expect us to sign all these guys with our cap situation? That’s like 40m in salary for next year.
    .
    FA: Brent Grimes (8-9m), CB, MIA; Branden Albert (9-10m), LT, KC; Eric Winston, RT (7-8 m), ARI; Randy Starks (7-8), DT, MIA; Tony McDaniel, DT, SEA (4-5); Pat Devlin, QB, MIA (1-2); Dustin Keller, TE, MIA (IF healthy) (3-4m)

    • Marinofan13 says:

      The only BIG contracts would be to Grimes, Albert, and Starks. The rest is actually gravy.

    • Jahndoh says:

      Winston is a vet minimum. That number isn’t even close on him. Devlin is also less then a mill…Also I Grimes, Albert, McDaniel and Keller would all be the lower numbers in your range.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I doubt Winston, Keller or McDaniel cost very much at all
      So that reduces the numbers greatly

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Orob, nice to see your love affair for Jeffro has now transitioned seamlessly over to Dickey, err Hickey! ;)

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    All the loudest gripers wanted Ireland and Sherman’s head on a platter and got it. Now that they have it it wasn’t enough, I think it’s bitching for the sake of bitching similar to what Jahn just said about the media when they bitched about the secretiveness of Saban and Parcell’s and now turn around and bitch about the current transparency. You can’t ever win with some no matter what you do. Bitch on bitchers you know you won’t stop.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    OD, no I don’t seek out Omar’s tweets, they happen to be off to the side of an online sports page that I regularly visit, so hard to miss some of them. Otherwise I’d never see his shit.
    Hey, you and the Mrs get well soon brother!

  • Tim Knight says:

    I find it amusing that there will be no bitching about drafting OL or a DT early in the draft this year. ;)

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Piggs and I might. We feel the need for speed!!!

      • Tim Knight says:

        I have no problem with that. Just because we have some needs up front doesn’t mean that’s all we’ll draft early. We might draft one OL in the 1st or 2nd, and then maybe one in both the 4th and 5th.

        • The Flying Pig says:

          That is more like it
          To a certain extent BPA comes into play
          But a lot of that depends on our signing before the draft
          We could easily begin the draft with big holes at 4 spots on the OL, CB and DT
          If That happens it will be an ugly offseason

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I will squeal about
        I think Prof Lou is with us in that fact too

      • Ken says:

        The need for speed ain’t going to matter when the QB has his ass planted in the ground again. We have speed. We need blockers.

    • Jahndoh says:

      LMAO…When you mock a guard to us though, I’m gonna give you relentless shit!

  • Old Dolfan says:

    YOUNG STANGER: Just read your reply re: “thin blood.” –Next time you see Mrs. OD, ask her “Is it TRUE your husband shoveled snow in OHIO in his walking shorts?”
    ——-
    OUT FOR LUNCH.

  • Ken says:

    The Flying Pig on January 27, 2014 at 11:22 am said:
    For that matter while going for Harbaugh was a little embarrassing, it was worth it if it worked
    Why not swing for the fences
    I have no problem with that in fact I thought it was a great move
    __________________________________
    I think going after Harbaugh was a great move. The problem was the manner in which they did it. We did not fire Sparano at that point. It was a gaff in protocol. We looked like we were hedging. I don’t think that cost us a shot a Harbaugh. He wasn’t comig as long as SF wanted him. But what I think it did is it set up Sparano to fail as he looked like a lame duck HC who did not have the confidence of the GM and owner.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Yeah keeping Sparano was a mistake
      I don’t even mind that he was still with the team when they went after Harbaugh

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    Boulder we have plenty of cap space with the way they design these contracts. We signed 200 mill in FA last year and still had cap space left. With a new guy here and with Philbin in position to really shape this roster I for one am expecting several surprises between FA period and the draft. Tough to predict but we have space to do almost whatever we want to.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Boulder,
    *
    I really admire your keen eye on the contract part of the matter. Some people think we have endless money to spend in FA, but you’ve always got that in mind.
    *
    Add this to your toolbox and bookmark it. The link I’m sending to you in particular is Tony McDaniel’s contract this past season with the Seahawks. He’s NOT going to go $4-5M this year, for example.
    *
    I hope you enjoy this site, Bro!
    *
    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/seattle-seahawks/tony-mcdaniel/

    • Marinofan13 says:

      And Eric Winston is NOT going to go $7-8M, for example.
      *
      http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/arizona-cardinals/eric-winston/

      • Jahndoh says:

        Yeah, I mentioned this above just now. Although I didn’t realize McDaniel was 29 years old…so he probably won’t earn more then 2Mper IMHO.

        • Marinofan13 says:

          Exactly. I did a lot of research to make sure my FAs could fit in under our cap. We can do this… we just need to make it happen now!

          • Jahndoh says:

            Well, we can’t exactly sign any free agents now. :-)

            Just a reminder, we’ve got a long way to go before we can do see anything tangible happening. The football drought between the SB and FA is a long one, then the drought between the draft and camp is endless too!

    • BoulderPhinFan says:

      It doesn’t matter what he made last year. I’m sure dansby didn’t make big money last year either. But I bet he will this year. These guys were on a 1 year contract so they can get a large long term contract next year. I guess we’ll see what mcdaniel will make this year. I can guarantee it’s more than 1 million.
      .
      We’re not the only team looking at these FAs. The numbers will be higher than what you saw them making last year.

      • Marinofan13 says:

        That’s entirely possible, but the numbers above serve as a good barometer of what their market value is.

      • stanger says:

        Boulder — I’m with you that M13’s wish list might be more than our current cap, even with anticipated carryover, can support but you can do magic with the cap on signings.
        *
        At least you can in a given year — backloaded, redos, etc. Just look at Wallace on the cap cheap in first year and $17 mil in year two.
        *
        At the same time……I’d like us to stay long-term smart. This team is not ready to burn the cap credit card to make a true push.

  • stanger says:

    “Sometimes I get what looks like just source code. Sometimes I get a “website is not available” error, and the 3rd time, it usually loads. I’ve noticed (as weird as this is) that if I’m using the scrolling wheel on my mouse while the page loads it seems to increase the chances of getting a clean webpage.”
    *
    Jahn — exactly what happens with me. And I use the scroll wheel a lot…….gonna see what happens when I don’t. That might be a great tip.
    *
    Since I seem to just fine everywhere else and this is a WordPress supported platform, starting to wonder if it is the backlash on changing the settings in response to all the torches and pitchforks on the dreaded page turn.

    • Jahndoh says:

      Oh…I didn’t know the setting had been changed. Kinda makes sense. 2 people verifying the problems is a good start to figuring it out I’d assume..but I’m not an HTML guy, so I probably got no ideas…

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      If I had to guess I’d say it’s a cache issue on the admin end. It needs to be backed up and thinned down this site is getting some age on it now and that stuff (older blogs) piles up. Just a guess and by no fucking means is that a suggestion, so I’m clear.

      • stanger says:

        Even if I know little about it…..that sounds logical too. All I know for sure is happens here and not elsewhere. So if it is me, it would be something particular to my system and settings and what I do versus other places.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    BRB…

  • Tim Knight says:

    Jahn, the draft is 2 weeks later this year so that sucks for us at the end of April but it’s a little closer to training camp. LOL

    • Jahndoh says:

      Yeah, another 2 weeks of draft hype is better then crickets, so I’ll take it…even if it means I’ll be sick to death of seeing Eddie Munster on each and every of the 100 ESPN channels.

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Boulder
    If you are resigning Grimes and Starks and caching one big $ FA (Albert) we can pull that off
    The real tricky part is if you want to keep Both DTs, that will take serious finessing
    And Clemmons will pose an interesting dilemma but an average safety in the NfL only has so much value so we are likely to keep him
    I think M13 free agents are very realistic given our cap room

    • GetterDone Phins says:

      I’d like to look at maybe passing on what it would take to sign Albert & get Anthony Collins as our FA LT. This would leave us more money for other needs.

    • BoulderPhinFan says:

      My point was that many teams are looking at these FAs and their prices almost always is higher than expected.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    I think the Hickey will work well with Philbin, Lazor & Coyle to get them the groceries they feel best to turn the corner with this team.

  • Tim Knight says:

    Ken, I agree with you that OL is top priority but that doesn’t mean we can’t add some speed to the team. Speed can be had in any round as well. I would like to challenge Thigpen this year as he did not have an impressive season as a return man.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      I agree on Thigpen, I was thinking of that last night watching McCluster and Patterson. We could get a blazer speed guy to challenge him and also vie for reps as a receiver.

      • Jahndoh says:

        Hey M13, you see this? LOL…I think it’s funny in an ironic way that I compared Patterson to McCluster last offseason and they’re both at the Probowl doing the same job!

  • Ken says:

    Off to lunch and then court. I am out. Peace to you all.

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Also
    Have no fear
    If we struggle with the salary cap this offseason and we can’t find room to sign everyone we want, Aponte will just castrate some dudes to free up some space
    I’m sure she has some witchcraft prepared to help out this offseason

    • GetterDone Phins says:

      See my FA LT idea above.

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Collins may be a decent option to consider as well.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        Yeah a cheaper LT is defiantly an option
        I think the Bengals are a zone blocking team
        But I’m not sure
        I want to make sure we get guys with experience in our scheme
        ****
        Albert is probably the best LT in the game
        At a minimum he is the best zone blocking OT
        If we sign him, it’s as sure thing as it gets, so that is the difference

    • Jahndoh says:

      Aponte is coming for you balls! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  • Tim Knight says:

    Jahn, check out Litte Head McShay in this photo. It looks like he just took some ludes and Kiper is going off slamming his pick. LOL
    http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/mcshay-kiper.jpg

    • Jahndoh says:

      LMAO!!! Kiper in turn looks like his head is about to start spinning with steam shooting out of his ears!

  • Tim Knight says:

    GDP, we might see more signings like Anthony Collins than the big names.

    • Jahndoh says:

      I think that’s a great outside the box thought right there GDP….

      • GetterDone Phins says:

        Thanks Jahn, he’s done very well in Cincy, and can play RT as well, he’s versatile & a little better for ZBS…IMO.
        His price tag will be high, but lower than Albert.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    BoulderPhinFan
    on January 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm said:
    *
    My point was that many teams are looking at these FAs and their prices almost always is higher than expected.
    ———-
    I hear ya, Bro, and I understand where you’re coming from. You make sense. Competition will naturally drive prices up.

  • BoulderPhinFan says:

    Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly

    Clay disappeared, Hartline struggled then got hurt, O-line was horrible, D-line did nothing, Carroll was bad,RBs struggled,Tannehill sucked
    Expand
    .

    Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly

    No disrespect to any Dolphins players, coaches, executives….but the only person who showed up to play the final 2 games was Brent Grimes.

  • herdfan says:

    So who here would volunteer to get the flu for $3,000? And if not, how much would it take for you to do it?
    *
    http://www.today.com/health/want-flu-3-000-scientists-seek-volunteers-virus-study-2D11996419

  • Marinofan13 says:

    I know there is one amongst us who has brought up the idea of signing Toby Gerhart in FA. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Nevertheless… we’ve STILL got to fix the O-Line even if we sign the pounder.
    *
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GerhTo00.htm

  • stanger says:

    Tis the mock draft season. Walter Football has us taking Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at #19. Why? …. cause “Brent Grimes was awesome this past year, but he’s now the top free agent cornerback. He’ll move on elsewhere if he’s not franchised.”
    *
    But Grimes will get franchised if they can’t come to a deal…..how could he not be? Would have been different if they said “At worst they keep Grimes for a year, bring in the stud CB to pair with him and learn next year. Could also then cut Patterson and use his $5 mil. elsewhere.”
    *
    Pre-combine mocks are bad enough when it comes to placement, but when it comes to team needs….these guys just look at lists of needs and FAs without any insight.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Hickey once coached DB’s many moons ago…I’m sure his 1st order of business will be to retain Grimes, especially after seeing what Revis did in Tampa.

    • stanger says:

      I hope they are willing to pony up to keep him long-term. It’s not really his speed that makes him so good so much as his smarts and athleticism. Those last. Could see him down the road as an all pro FS at 37.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    MF, Gerhart is an option, but I’d like to out bid NE for Blount, we get our pounder & it weakens them in the running game.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      I can not see Philbin being onboard with signing Blount. He’s a stud runner, but he’s got a LOAD of issues.

  • Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, that’s why I don’t spend much time looking at mocks. I look at positional rankings instead and top 100 – 300 lists, stuff like that.

    • stanger says:

      Since we have a GM, I’m at least starting to look to get familiar with the top names. Luckily though, the mocks closer to the draft are much more insightful……mainly cause the idiots read each other’s and when they ar wrong realize that they are idiots.

  • professorlou says:

    I’m thinking we trade down in round 1, maybe with someone like Carolina at #28 and pick up their 4th rounder as well.
    I also think Misi becomes the odd man out and is traded and we get a 2nd for him.
    So, going in we have our 1st, (2) 2nd’s, our 3rd, (2) 4th’s, (1) 5th, (0) 6th’ and (1) 7th. That’s 8 picks to start off with. If they decide to trade Thomas also we could end up with another 3rd or 4th rounder.
    We replace Misi with either Attaochu or Bradford.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      I’m not sure we’d trade down from R1P19 when the “meat and potatoes” are still on the shelf for the taking… meaning top-of-the-line O-Linemen who could contribute from day 1.
      *
      What’s more… IF we want a playmaker, we could get a stud TE there.

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins:
    1/26: “Dennis Hickey has a huge inclination to go for high character players. If a player is perceived to be a thug, gang-banger or have a drug issue that could knock them off Miami’s board. I could see Zack Martin being a fit.” – Charlie Campbell
    I know you are ragging on Walter but just posting info
    http://walterfootball.com/draft2014rumorsteams_1.php

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Drg,
    *
    For you…
    *
    Rob Rang ‏@RobRang 21m
    Utah OLB Trevor Reilly (@DraftScout’s No. 45-rated prospect) recently had RT knee scope. Hopes to return for Combine: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24421881/nfl-draft-utahs-reilly-no-45-rated-prospect-had-knee-surgery

  • Mike E. says:

    Wyoming,
    *
    Walter Football does a lot of research. Like any guy who puts his opinion out there, he’s going to be subject to disagreement, but I think he does a good job in general of analyzing talent, and writes pretty in depth reviews of a lot of players too. Mock drafts are difficult, because once you’ve done all your research about players, then you have to try to marry a player that best suits the need of a team, and where he should be drafted. It’s pretty darn hard to accomplish that. Not dissing M, because I know he watches a lot of college ball, but I think he’s being a little too rough on Walter.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      I’m not trying to diss Walter, but he seems to be out of touch.

      • Marinofan13 says:

        Allow me to re-phrase: Walter seems to be out of touch when it comes to the Draft. He might possess some other good data outside of the Draft.

    • Wyoming85 says:

      I don’t know crap about Hickey so I’m trying to gather that kind of info
      It might put some guys off the list though?

    • stanger says:

      Mike E — I actually pulled that one out because Walter is a big name and not some Joe Blow putting his thoughts out. Guys like him are scrambling for ever changing and new info on the prospects. Based on what I’ve seen, slotting a good fit for a particular team is something they worry about after the combine is over……not that they don’t feel the need to put out mocks with explanations though.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet 18s
    The #Ravens will announce the hire of new OC Gary Kubiak today at 3 pm. Unclear if there will be other staff changes

  • SB7MVP says:

    I remember when I used to have free time to watch draft prospects

  • Mike E. says:

    M,
    *
    I just know I’ve used his site for player comparisons, and he does some pretty in depth work on those. A mock draft is such a tough thing to do, as you already know. We know what we need every year, and we all miss so often on what actually happens, so imagine doing with the 31 other teams. It’s madness! lol
    *
    If you’re wondering, I’m not related to Walter. :)

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Wyoming85 on January 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm said:
    Miami Dolphins:
    1/26: “Dennis Hickey has a huge inclination to go for high character players. If a player is perceived to be a thug, gang-banger or have a drug issue that could knock them off Miami’s board. I could see Zack Martin being a fit.” – Charlie Campbell
    I know you are ragging on Walter but just posting info
    http://walterfootball.com/draft2014rumorsteams_1.php
    ****************
    Not sure how much influence Hickey had over the Blount and Talib picks for TB – but it doesn;t appear that way on its face
    Who was ragging on walterFootball?

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    ESPN Stats & Info ✔ @ESPNStatsInfo
    This will be 1st Super Bowl between 2 teams that outscored opponents by 10 PPG during regular season since Super Bowl XIX (49ers-Dolphins)

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Ireland & Philbin guy all the way ;)
    *
    Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin underwent ACL surgery on Monday.
    Colvin suffered the ligament tear in Senior Bowl practice. A second-day pick possibility before the ACL injury, Colvin now figures to be available in rounds 5-7. The good news is he suffered a “clean” tear, involving only the ACL. Colvin will have a chance to contribute late in his rookie season.

  • Rockphin says:

    Bat on January 27, 2014 at 11:05 am said:

    Mike …No, Ross is much too smitten with Bazooka Joe to allow a quality GM candidate to come between them. I know we are stuck with Philbins inept stewardship for the foreseeable future. Even so, I will not cease to attack and ridicule him at every turn … As I said, don’t blame the media and fans for the fact that the team is perceived as a circus of losers. ..The people in charge made it so.
    *
    I know you don’t give less than a crap, but if that is the case then I will be scrolling past your posts. You have joined the ranks of Home and others. Be Proud. LOL

    • GetterDone Phins says:

      Don’t let him bother ya…he posts like that for effect…tries to maintain a dark image…most of us take it with a very minute grain of salt….l9ol

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Bat is a VERY good person, IMO. Agreed with GDP that he posts as he does for effect. He’s a true Phin fan… otherwise, he wouldn’t be with us.

    • stanger says:

      Don’t worry about Bat……he’s the biggest Dolphins fan around. You just have to understand that he is paid to spread gloom and doom. Plus this is the open net and his boss checks his posts regularly.
      *
      His private e-mail to me after Ireland was fired included, “Not sure whether to cry till I collapse or just drink myself into forgetful oblivion.”

  • The Flying Pig says:
  • SB7MVP says:

    snow might be coming to the South. should be fun.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Curious… have you even seen snow? My couz’s from Australia saw snow for the first time when they visited me about a decade ago. They LOVED it!

      • Marinofan13 says:

        That should have read, “have you EVER seen snow”. The way I phrased it sounds chiding. Apologies, Bro!

  • Tim Knight says:

    Rock, Bat posts for his own amusement and he despises anything that he determines to be less than 100% effort or inept.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Aaron Wilson ‏@RavensInsider 1m
    Former Texan Eric Winston calls Ravens’ hiring Kubiak an ‘absolute home run’ praises Xs and Os acumen, people skills

  • SB7MVP says:

    MF13,
    I spent most of my life in MD, PA, and WV. A large reason why I moved South was having to deal with the snow so much, but it’s nice to have every once in a while. My daughter’s not old enough to remember the last time it snowed here and she’s big into that Frozen movie, so it’d be fun to build a snowman with her if I could.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Got ya, man! I replied to you above again just a second ago.
      *
      I just hope that y’all are safe in snowy/icy conditions being the South isn’t used to driving in as much.
      *
      I’m not a big fan of snow anymore, needless to say! LOL
      :D

      • SB7MVP says:

        Tell me about it, people can’t drive down here in perfect weather ;) Like I said though, it’s nice to have sometimes, but where I lived it snowed too much. I also miss skiing and other winter activities.

  • Tim Knight says:

    Didn’t Kubiak let Winston walk in HOU?

  • Randy says:

    Trypod,
    Hey, just throwing this out there if you’re lurking around. I just finished the last book of the Wheel lastnight. No real shockers. I thought he wrapped it up really quick in the last 30 pages or so. Also looks like they were doing their best to set up future books. Not surprised at all that Rand somehow survived, but I was really hoping they’d kill him in the end. With all the other people he killed off…not sure why he left Rand alive other than to have more books. Anway…great read…now I gotta finish the 2nd to last book in the Malazan series.

    • Wyoming85 says:

      I don’t know who is going to continue the series with the original author in the grave?
      I did like the ending
      the last 2 books by the new author were wrapped up pretty quick.

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Allright
    Piggy fly by over
    Time to make the doughnuts

  • SixThree0ne says:

    Baltimore has close to zero cap space. Ozzie needs to cut or re-structure someone like Suggs just to sign his rooke class.

  • Mike E. says:

    M,
    *
    What are your thoughts on Breno Giacomini?

  • SB7MVP says:

    left a reply to your reply MF

    • Marinofan13 says:

      SB7MVP
      on January 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm said:
      *
      Tell me about it, people can’t drive down here in perfect weather ;) Like I said though, it’s nice to have sometimes, but where I lived it snowed too much. I also miss skiing and other winter activities.
      ———
      I hear that, man. I might go snowboarding for the first time in a few weeks. It has advantages, but also disadvantages… but we know the South isn’t used to conditions like you are about to experience.

  • Tim Knight says:

    If Giacomini has a bad season do you think he’ll just blame it on Rio?

  • Randy says:

    Wyoming,
    They could have anybody they like continue to write books in the Wheel universe..just as Jordan himself wrote Conan books….whether that be Sanderson or another writer….or even several other writers for different books. They do that sorta thing all the time with well-established worlds. It’s really up to Jordan’s widow…I’m assuming she owns the intellectual product but maybe it’s the publisher…and whether or not she wants to continue it.

  • convict says:

    Interesting that Walter Football says that Hickey focuses on high character guys given the recent draft history of the Bucs taking chances on players. I see them as an organization that takes chances on players – whether Hickey did or did not have any influence on that is anyone’s guess. It’ll be interesting whether he takes risks with us.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    I’d at LEAST want my LT to be the “pass-protector” while my RT is the “run-blocker”. Ideally, both Tackles can do BOTH. Yes, we want BOTH.
    *
    Anything less is substandard in today’s NFL, IMO.

  • TryPod says:

    Randy,
    that’s exactly what my father- in-law said. even the part about additional books. I had a problem with 4Egwene dying the way she did and the lack of grieving her passing, among other things. Sanderson said the lady chapter I’d exactly how Jordan wrote it- no changes. he also said he is done with writing for the series, and that Mrs Jordan is not likely to give others the right to expand upon his stories, since he left almost nothing concerning the continuation of the story.

  • Randy says:

    TryPod,
    Interesting to hear that she isn’t interested in continuing with more books. I’d guess she’s probably a millionaire at this point, and probably doesn’t need the income. It kinda surprises me with the size of the fan base for the series…but maybe she just wants to honor what her husband did and not have it be bastardized. Of course, Tolkien’s people said the same thing about his stuff too…and now you can’t take a crap without wiping your butt with something written about Middle Earth. LOL

  • Marinofan13 says:

    If the QB is the most important position on the team (which it now is under “Goodell-law”), one must protect the investment.
    *
    Gotta have solid Tackles on both sides of the O-Line. And in this game of SPEED anymore, a solid Tackle (either side) can open up outside runs for a speedster RB like Lamar Miller. It also helps to have solid run-blocking WRs in terms of outside runs. Hines Ward and Joe Horn were GREAT at as much.

  • convict says:

    Maybe this will attract more free agents.

    ABC News ‏@ABC 2m
    Florida Supreme Court approves medical marijuana initiative to go on Nov. ballot, the Associated Press reports.

    • TryPod says:

      walker,
      it may turn out I was totally wrong about Florida and the medicinal marijuana initiative. it will be interesting to see. I am just dubious about it because of the religious right’s influence on state and local level politics.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Now IDEALLY we want to be able to run between the Tackles (it’s not all about outside runs). Fortify the interior ZBS O-Line with mobile “chess-pieces” who can reach the second level, and the rest is gravy for our RBs.
    *
    In studying Lamar Miller, I find he actually outruns his blockers. He finds the so-called hole SO FAST (and he’s so fast) that the proper blocking schemes have yet to take effect… a LOT of which were due to the O-Line not doing what they should have done. IMO.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      And THAT’S what happens when you have SMASHMOUTH O-Linemen trying to run a ZBS.

      • Marinofan13 says:

        It’s akin to having your small-town stage actor trying to execute a 5-Star movie role. It just doesn’t work, 9 times out of 10.
        *
        We need to draft for the SYSTEM we have installed what with Philbin.

  • Rockphin says:

    I haven’t gotten that far in the EOTW! NOOOOO! It cannot be unread. Egwene dying the way she did, doesn’t give away much, but now I am going to be thinking about it as I read.
    *
    also, I thought Rand had to die as per the prophecy to save the world? Hmmmmmmmmm! Don’t tell me! I read the whole series up until Jordan passed and then it took me a couple of years to pick up the first Sanderson book. I was on a cruise ship that had a “share” library and someone had left the book for the boat. I made it all the way to about 5 chapters from the end of the first sanderson book and then the cruise ended and I had to give the book back. I haven’t been able to get it a the library and I don’t want to buy the book to read only the last 5 chapters, and also don’t want to start the next one until I finish the last. Every time I think about going to the library it isn’t on the shelf. Been in a holding pattern for almost a year now.
    *
    Other than some of the names being unpronounceable and them spending too much time on the Seanchan, one of the best series I have ever read.
    *
    I have heard a lot of rumors about a movie / series of movies but I think it would lend itseft better to a series like Game of Thrones on HBO.

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    convict on January 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm said:
    Maybe this will attract more free agents.

    ABC News ‏@ABC 2m
    Florida Supreme Court approves medical marijuana initiative to go on Nov. ballot, the Associated Press reports.
    ___________________________
    Vote early and vote often my Florida neighbors, lol

  • Tim Knight says:

    M13, the problem was our OL wasn’t smashmouth either.

  • Randy says:

    Rock,
    Wow…sorry, bud. I didn’t even think about spoilers when I posted that stuff. My bad.

  • TryPod says:

    Randy,
    that is how I understood it; since he left about 2 lines in his notes about following Matt and tuon back to seanchan, she does not feel like it would be his story. protecting his legacy seems to be her concern at this point, but time and money can change a lot.

  • Mike E. says:

    Rock,
    *
    If it makes you feel any better, I talk with this girl at work all the time about GOT, and most of season 3 was ahead of the book. So then I drop a bomb on her by telling her something huge thinking it would be in season 3, (I haven’t watched them all yet, we’re up to 9, I’m saving them) and I screwed everything up. I totally expected it would have been in season 3, because up to that point, the show was way ahead of the book. Oops! :)

  • TryPod says:

    rock,
    I apologize! it was not my intent, nor was it Randy’s fault. I should have thought before I did that.

    • Rockphin says:

      no problem guys! LOL I will just smoke another one and I will forget what I read.
      *
      What do you guys think about the talk of a movie or series of movies? (Or like I suggest a series on HBO or Showtime? (starz or encore as distant 3 &4)

      • TryPod says:

        not sure at this point- the market seems to be inundated with this genre. if someone thinks they can make money at it, they may try…

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    “Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Hickey spent two years (1994-95) as an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. At Blinn, he coached the defensive backs and was responsible for recruiting in the state of Texas.”
    _____________
    Blinn is the JUCO school that Cam Newton went to before Auburn.

    • Al in MIA says:

      Blinn seems to be one of those PREP FOR MAJOR SCHOOL type of places.
      Hickey played DB at the JUCO level and also for Tulsa so he’s got an alumni friend in Charles Clay. Probably will favor keeping Clay at all costs lol.

  • Randy says:

    TryPod,
    The whole idea of those books being written based on the “cycle” really lends itself to continuous stories. There are tons of story lines…the Seanchan, The Black Tower, The White Tower, Rand and where he goes/what he does, Lan, Nynaeve and how they take back the Borderlands/Malkier, the Chosen who are left, how the whole world itself comes back together, the Aiel and their prophecy/Rhuidean….just tons of stuff.

    • TryPod says:

      you are right- I have thought of many of the potential story lines this book could foster. Matt was always interesting to me… but what of the white tower, the black tower, rand s 3 women, prequel s…

  • Al in MIA says:

    So it seems Ross liked the Hickey he got.
    Anyway, puns aside, at least Hickey spent a good amount of his years as a college scout (and within the last few years too) which is something I wanted in the new GM.

  • son of a son of a shula says:
  • Rockphin says:

    Guys, if you can without giving anything away, was there ever any clarification on what happened to Moiraine Damodred? At certain points after she disappeared they alluded to a possible return. Snakes & foxes.
    *
    Specifically the letter she wrote to Thom before she disappeared.

    My dearest Thom,

    There are many words I would like to write to you, words from my heart, but I have put this off because I knew that I must, and now there is little time. There are many things I cannot tell you lest I bring disaster, but what I can, I will. Heed carefully what I say. In a short while I will go down to the docks, and there I will confront Lanfear. How can I know that? That secret belongs to others. Suffice it that I know, and let that foreknowledge stand as proof for the rest of what I say.

    When you receive this, you will be told that I am dead. All will believe that. I am not dead, and it may be that I shall live to my appointed years. It also may be that you and Mat Cauthon and another, a man I do not know, will try to rescue me. May, I say because it may be that you will not or cannot, or because Mat may refuse. He does not hold me in the affection you seem to, and he has his reasons which he no doubt thinks are good. If you try, it must be only you and Mat and one other. More will mean death for all. Fewer will mean death for all. Even if you come only with Mat and one other, death also may come. I have seen you try and die, one or two or all three. I have seen myself die in the attempt. I have seen all of us live and die as captives.

    Should you decide to make the attempt anyway, young Mat knows the way to find me, yet you must not show him this letter until he asks about it. That is of the utmost importance. He must know nothing that is in this letter until he asks. Events must play out in certain ways, whatever the costs.

    If you see Lan again, tell him that all of this is for the best. His destiny follows a different path from mine. I wish him all happiness with Nynaeve.

    A final point. Remember what you know about the game of Snakes and Foxes. Remember, and heed.

    It is time, and I must do what must be done.

    May the Light illumine you and give you joy, my dearest Thom, whether or not we ever see one another again.

  • Randy says:

    son,
    LOL…damn right. It seems like we’ve been under a blizzard warning for about a month now. It’s just been frickin’ nasty up here this year. Thank Jahn we haven’t had a ton of snow with the extremely cold weather. People are getting extremely cranky…the kids are loving it b/c school is canceled every other day. They’ll be going to school until July at this point….then they won’t be so happy.

  • Randy says:

    Rock,
    I will just say you need to keep reading…you aren’t that far away from finding out what happened to Moiraine. And I’m all for a series…that’d be awesome…but there would need to be some serious editing of the books to get it on TV. But, I never thought they could do it with GOT and they did…so like TryPod said…if they can make money from it they probably will.

  • Mike E. says:

    Tim,
    *
    Did I say something here as well? Really sorry. I would never do that on purpose. :(

    • Tim Knight says:

      No remember texting, you said I just read about Joffrey’s wedding and I was very happy. You didn’t give it up but you got me thinking what it could be. It’s all good. I don’t follow the show that strictly and I can still enjoy it. I watch Boardwalk Empire all over the place. LOL

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    Al, yes that does bode well for Clay, though I think he cemented his spot anyway, but an alum as the GM certainly doesn’t hurt.

  • Rockphin says:

    http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/09/flight-from-shadow-wheel-of-time-trailer

    *
    Someone released a movie trailer of the WoT series last year. It actually looks like a cobbled together selection of clips from other movies, but it does look like it went pretty far into development. (actors selected, scenes filmed, etc.) then I herd on a subsequent blog post that it was bogus somehow.

  • Rockphin says:

    Adaptations
    The long-gestating and highly ill-advised Wheel of Time movie project is apparently still percolating at Universal Studios as it has done for the last few years, with no sign of any movement on it. The new Wheel of Time RPG appears to be effectively cancelled, with Red Eagle failing to raise any money for it from publishers and Obsidian Entertainment (the superb game development studio that had originally been hired to work on it if the money had been raised) moving onto other projects. It’s possible that the completion of the series will spark renewed interest from those quarters, but at the moment there is no news on them.

  • Rockphin says:

    what the hell is a “fan film”

    http://www.dragonmount.com/index.php/News/book-news/eotw/wheel-of-time-fan-film-launches-r644
    *
    here is another trailer of the “fan film” what ever that is…The production value doesn’t look like some guy did it in his garage..

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    what the hell is a “fan film”?
    You answered it yourself:
    like some guy did it in his garage.

  • convict says:

    You guys need some tea and biscuits for your book club?

  • Tim Knight says:

    Okay, going to see Billy Joel tonight. First we’re going to go to dinner somewhere near MSG. Have a good day/night, folks.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Our #10 GM candidate that ultimatley bowed to the power triangle of Ross, Aponte, & Philbin, will give his press conference @ 4pm, and promptly tell us he’s in charge… ;) ;)

  • Al in MIA says:

    MF13,
    Not sure where you are on the Hickey hire but it’s interesting against all forces of evil (sorry Bat lol). , Peterson didn’t get his wish LOL.
    And for that, we can both smile and extend him (Carl) a middle finger.

    • stanger says:

      It was interesting. Far as I can tell Peterson didn’t get one of his guys, but then neither did PhilDawn get theirs (Gaine). Pretty sure that both Cesario and Dawson were Ronin like Hickey.
      *
      Brings me back to Ross wanted an unaffiliated voice in there. Not saying to control things (that’s clear) but who be beholding to him as his inside guy.

  • Mike E. says:

    Tim,
    *
    Enjoy bro! Billy always puts on a great show!

  • Al in MIA says:

    GDP,
    Well, the media will surely come up with new angles now with Hickey in the Fins organization.
    At least for now, Old Dolfan can still ride that Tony Dungy HC dream.
    There’s a strong possibility that Hickey won’t be tossed if the team fails over the next two years and that opens up the possibly of Hickey bringing in Dungy who he worked with in TB.

  • convict says:

    I believe the press conference is tomorrow @ 4.

  • Bat says:

    Al …Peterson didn’t get his wish only because everyone but Hickey turned the job down or refused to even interview…oh, and your “slight” has been duly noted on your chart ..we’re meticulous record keepers …lol

    • Jahndoh says:

      Yeah, well, when you say “it’s always the last place you look” it’s because you stop looking once you’ve found your keys!

  • Jahndoh says:
  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Packer Report’s Bill Huber believes it’s “increasingly likely” free agent CB Sam Shields will hit the open market.
    Shields will surely seek to max out his contractual worth, which may put him out of conservative GM Ted Thompson’s price range. Cornerback is arguably the deepest position on Green Bay’s roster, with Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Davon House, and Micah Hyde all under contract for 2014. Shiels isn’t quite valuable enough to be a candidate for the Packers’ franchise tag.
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    This kid is just 26yo with 11 INT’s the past 3 seasons. I’d make a play at him if we can cut Patterson, Carroll & Clemons can walk, let Wilson/Don Jones fill Clemons spot, and draft a safety if still needed. Plus we’d have Taylor & Davis for depth too.

    • Jahndoh says:

      Yeah, he’d be worth Patterson’s money straight up IMHO. Patterson played well when he played this year, but I wouldn’t feel real comfortable going into the season with him penciled in as a starter…I don’t trust him to stay on the field.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Al, yep Dungy came to Tampa same year as Hickey, but I seriously doubt Hickey has much sway over Tony. If Dungy wanted to be here, he’d already be here…IMO.

  • Bat says:

    Jahn ..Ross loves Philbin so much, he’s pretty much made him “coach for life”…He’s like the pope of the Dolphins …once Ross stumbled onto someone who was comfortable with that, he had his man …lol

    • BoulderPhinFan says:

      I’m starting to think that the problem with the phins is Ross. So as long as Ross is the owner we’re in the same boat as the browns and the cowboys. The other dysfunctional organizations in the NFL.
      .
      Many people here thought that kubiak would have been a great OC. Now the ravens will hire kubiak and kick ass next year and then people will call newsome and harbaugh geniuses.

  • BoulderPhinFan says:

    mf13,
    I’m over ZBS. I hope we have a smash mouth rushing attack with WCO passing attack. Isn’t that what the niners and the seahawks run?
    We didn’t even run screen plays last year because, according to some, our o-line couldn’t block for it. WTF kind of o-line can’t block for screen plays? Are these guys professionals or what.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Jahn, yeah, that would be a great set of corners if we could have both Grimes & Shields. Really opens things up for the safeties and the nickel packages as well.

  • convict says:

    Shields is likely to get 6-7m/year, with quite a bit guaranteed. Not sure we can afford both him and Grimes – but who knows. Maybe he’ll give a discount to come back to Miami.

    • GetterDone Phins says:

      agreed, bring this Fla boy back….this is also why I’m for signing a LT like Collins for a little less than Alberts, so there will be a lil more money around these types of other FA’s.

  • marlins fan says:

    Mike E. on January 27, 2014 at 9:58 am said:

    If Lake Dawson and Nick Caserio want to make it seem like they refused the job because of Philbin, they look like idiots for that, not us
    _____________________________________________
    not sure about caserio but dawson said that wasn’t an issue

    • Jahndoh says:

      I don’t disagree with Mike’s sentiment, but this is true. Dawson went out of his way to say he liked Joe. Caserio also “reportedly” said he’d work with Joe too…but I can’t remember if that was a real report or a voodoo style tweet.

  • Rockphin says:

    http://thebottlenose.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/the-morsel-of-hope-im-clinging-to-for-next-season/
    *
    pretty good read. I agree with everything he says. (as many of you did while it was happening)

  • Al in MIA says:

    stanger on January 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm said:

    It was interesting. Far as I can tell Peterson didn’t get one of his guys, but then neither did PhilDawn get theirs (Gaine). Pretty sure that both Cesario and Dawson were Ronin like Hickey.
    *
    Brings me back to Ross wanted an unaffiliated voice in there. Not saying to control things (that’s clear) but who be beholding to him as his inside guy.
    ———–
    May very well be the deal. It may very well be a cunning move by a brilliant businessman.

  • marlins fan says:

    Tim Knight on January 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm said:

    Okay, going to see Billy Joel tonight. First we’re going to go to dinner somewhere near MSG. Have a good day/night, folks.
    __________________________________________
    LOL@ Tim, most billy joel fans stay in the closet.

    • Al in MIA says:

      LOL. Maybe Tim is just a fan of Miami 2017; perhaps thinking its about the Dolphins and a SB win :(

  • Al in MIA says:

    Rockphin,
    Thanks for the link.
    Also, saw this pic from another “thebottlenose” blog entry LOL
    http://thebottlenose.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/miami-dolphins-power-structure-official.jpg

  • Bat says:

    From PBP FWIW ..I understand that anything remotely negative about the Dolphins will be dismissed as “lies” by some, but nevertheless ….lol
    http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2014/01/27/miami-dolphins-power-structure-how-will-it-work-with-hickey-philbin-and-aponte/

    • Rockphin says:

      not lies, conjecture, speculation, down right GUESSING, but not lies…The article even says “maybe” this and that. What if this and that.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      “Aponte has gone from anonymous capologist to a household name among Dolphins fans. She aligned herself with Philbin this season and won a power struggle with Ireland”
      ********
      ^^
      After opening up the article with this credible and concrete fact – why not assume the whole thing is nothing but facts
      Of Course, it is a fact now that Aponte aligned herself, like a contestent on survivor, with Philbin seducing him with her capaolgy and that caused Ross to fire the innocent and universally loved Jeff Ireland, who no one but aponte wanted to see fired…
      I mean of course that is factual!
      ****
      If that is not just a fact well than all these unicorns and elves surrounding me must just be my imagination
      ***********
      Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      (Piggy slides down a rainbow into a pot of gold)
      Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • The Flying Pig says:
    • Al in MIA says:

      So basically, Angelo was not a fan of Ireland LOL:

      “”I believe, if you don’t have an elite QB, you build your offense the way New England did, from the inside out. Protect the quarterback with a good offensive line and run the ball. A large part of your passing game is going to be based off run action. On the other hand, if you have a quarterback who sets the standard at his position, you built it around him from the outside in, meaning with top-notch receivers.

  • marlins fan says:

    if hickey goes after Albert and Aponte says they cant afford him, my inclination would be to listen to Aponte, she seems to be doing a great job with the numbers as we have cap space and Brandon albert is not the only player that can play LT.

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Convict
    I don’t like tea, but I’ll take a cup of coffee and some cookies :-)

  • The Flying Pig says:
    • Al in MIA says:

      At the end of the day (as the article mentioned), Hickey didn’t pick the players (agreeing vs actually picking em are two different ball games). However, it should be interesting how he handles the role in Miami and what he and Philbin see eye to eye on (or what the two can learn from each other in terms of needs).

  • Bat says:

    Rock …Maybe …and maybe not … No theory presented seems implausible to me. ..It’s possible that someone with knowledge is speaking … All I know is that the situation is far from ideal …IMO

  • Al in MIA says:

    I should note that i disagree with what Angelo calls good WR. There is a difference between experience and inexperience & talent vs no talent. I think NE made wholesale changes to their WR core and it hurt them because they were leveraging the receiving ability of their TE. Both went to crap and their strategy backfield as nobody but rookies were tasked with handling the majority of throws from TBrady. I think Belichick knew the downside risk somewhat but looking ahead he knows that by year 3 (Brady’s final years), those young receivers will have hit their stride. Dobson was (I consider anyway) a top receiving talent coming out of college (had some consistency issues but he’s pretty big and has big hands and can play the WR pretty good).
    Thompkins & Edlemen were enough to offset Welker a bit who’s been on the decline (albeit not as draftic as I’m making it out to be). The Patriots can still draft another young WR this year and fill out their roster going forward with enough WR talent. Again to summarize, the Patriots had youth problems and not so much pure talent problems. Besides, why mention what the Broncos did? They basically tasked Tebow to throw to good WR (goes right against what Angelo was saying). Denver got lucky Manning was available, pure and simple. They did enough (like KC) around the QB position without addressing the QB position that all the next guy had to do is find the magic bullet (KC found it in SF going with Kaepernick, freeing up Alex Smith for the taking) and Denver did by the Colts sucking for Luck.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Wyoming, btw, Congrats for being the best in our straight up Pro Pick’em pool….you finished nice down the stretch bro! I caved…lol

  • SixThree0ne says:

    If you don’t have a QB, you forsake worrying about offense and build the D until you get a QB.

  • marlins fan says:

    The Flying Pig on January 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm said:

    Here is Hickey’s draft hisotry with TB
    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/01/examining-tbs-draft-record-with-new-dolphins-gm-hickey-involved-um-recruiting-news.html
    _______________________________________________________

    now that you look at it, it looks like a scary past, bowers was supposed to be the 1st player taken, price also had very high grades both are busts!

    • Al in MIA says:

      Again, Hickey wasn’t the shot caller so to link him to this history is murkey at best.

      • marlins fan says:

        read the article, it says he had great influence.

        • Al in MIA says:

          Doesn’t mean shit at the end of the day. Many executives give great input to a CEO but at the end of the day, the CEO calls the shots etc. See where I’m going with this?

      • The Flying Pig says:

        Yeah
        buit how else are you going to evaulate these guys

        • Al in MIA says:

          It’s a crap shoot really I guess. Hiring guys from winning organizations also may not work necessarily since many guys free ride the top guy to success.

      • professorlou says:

        I’d say the video from the TB website of Hickey talking about the draft to the press suggests otherwise. He was very involved in the process and I would tend to believe he’s the one who placed the call and gave the player’s name.
        I’d also go as far as to say that his influence was probably quite great since 2011 and I say that because that’s when he became the personnel director they gave him more power. Before that you can look and see the draft philosophy was completely different and that’s when he was only part of scouting.

  • Bat says:

    “Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP 2m
    Looks like Hickey only got a 2 year deal per @mortreport. Sounds fair considering he was Miami’s 8th or so choice.”
    *
    Shouldn’t be too hard for Bazooka Joe and Medusa to turn Ross against him if he steps out of line …lol

  • Wyoming85 says:

    GetterDone Phins on January 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm said:

    Wyoming, btw, Congrats for being the best in our straight up Pro Pick’em pool….you finished nice down the stretch bro! I caved…lol

    Reply ↓

    Wyoming85on January 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm said:

    Shit house luck ;-)

    • GetterDone Phins says:

      Naw, don’t be modest…ya done good. Glad you beat my buddy PatsFan, he’s usually at the top every year, he’s in his mid 60’s…lol.
      I get ancy when down a few picks in the standings and try to catch up all in one week by picking too many upsets, then I get more upset…lol

  • Rockphin says:

    Alright, time to GTFO of here. Nogtih all!

  • SixThree0ne says:

    Hickey got a 2yr deal and a gun with one bullet.

  • David says:

    Interesting story on the Florida Supreme Court ruling, the HIGHest court in Florida, lol

    Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince and and James Perry approved the amendment. Chief Justice Ricky Polston and Justices Charles Canady and Jorge Labarga dissented.

    In his dissent, Polston referred to “a constitutional amendment in disguise.” The ballot summary indicates that use would be limited to diseases, but the full amendment text refers to medical “conditions,” a much looser standard, Polston wrote.

    If a doctor thought the benefits of marijuana use outweigh the risks, a person sore from playing sports or anxious about a upcoming test could qualify, Polston wrote.

    The concept of medical marijuana has spread to 20 states and the District of Colombia since California first legalized it in 1996. People with cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases say marijuana eases their plight in ways that traditional medicine cannot. An increasing body of science shows that chemical substances found in pot can, indeed, be beneficial.

    Opponents, wary of substance abuse, say that FDA-approved, dosage controlled prescription medicine could use those same chemicals without risking the potential for societal damage.

    Bondi could not be reached for comment.

    Former Republican governor Charlie Crist, now seeking the office as a Democrat, said he favored the amendment. “This is an issue of compassion, trusting doctors, and trusting the people of Florida,” said Crist, an attorney who has been working for Morgan’s firm.

    Calvina Fay, executive director of St. Petersburg’s Save Our Society from Drugs, echoed Polston’s concerns that the proposal is too broad. The amendment “will allow anyone, at any age and with any condition to get pot,” she said in a statement.

    Interesting, but i dont think the good citizens of Fl would abuse the purpose of this law, lol. Anxiety over the Dolphin season should qualify , right?

  • SB7MVP says:
    • Jahndoh says:

      LOL! That’s pretty classic right there. Abstract for those who won’t click the link. You like that Sanchez was a Jet? You can thank Dawn for sending him there when she was VP of Football Administration for Cleveland.

    • David says:

      I remember this story

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    Ol Kory Sheets is getting a work out with the Raidahs, good luck to him

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Ok just to show you I still have a sense of humor
    https://twitter.com/search?q=miamidolphins&src=typd

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    David remember to vote early and often, I think it will pass in a landslide

  • David says:

    <<#<< FL soon to be the green arches, lol

  • SteveCCNV says:

    On ESPN Radio last week they were talking about a clock management coach, and I told my son and brother I could do that job, but you have to know someone to get a position like that. I said what am I going to say, I went to the same school as David Shula or that I went to the same church as Don Shula? My brother says or you could say you know Garo, and I said what do you mean, and he said weren’t you with me at the recreation/tennis center in Perrine, Fl. when Garo was playing tennis and I asked him for his autograph, then Garo said, would you like to hit some balls with me.
    !
    I wasn’t with my brother when he met Garo, but I forgot about this story, it’s just like my brother to ask for his autograph and hit some balls with him.

  • David says:

    Jahn, did You see the wording on the FL medical MJ.? Very vague, gottaloveit, lol

    • Jahndoh says:

      I think they should can the dog and pony medicinal show anyway and just legalize it everywhere. Bottom line on medicinal usage is that politicians and lawyers are out of their wheelhouse in what constitutes legitimate usage. In CA we have that vague wording, and the fact is, the Dr. asks you if you feel MJ helps your ailment (whatever that may be) and if you say yes, he recommends your usage. People who are “anti-drugs” hate that about it, but if they’d just legalize it, nobody would have to put on heirs. To stay compliant in CA it costs a minimum of $70 a year to get your recc. renewed.

  • GetterDone Phins says:
  • herdfan says:

    There’s a MMJ bill submitted in WV too. I think they want to pass it so we will all forget how pissed off we are about the fact they let our water supply get f’ed up.

  • GetterDone Phins says:
  • Jahndoh says:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1858276-breaking-down-miami-dolphins-quarterback-ryan-tannehills-deep-ball

    I’m not a BR fan, but this was extremely well researched, and it’s not a slideshow (which I despise).

    • Rhino says:

      good article. Sherman leaving would be a good thing in the context of this article. :)

      • Jahndoh says:

        I keep just missing ya Rhino. Yeah, it’s something that rather then makes things seem worse, makes them seem maybe like they’re fixable.

        Law of small numbers…means that if one of those throws (the one where Wallace made a mental error and stood with his foot out of bounds) is completed, he’s suddenly a top 1/3 deep passer in the league.

  • GetterDone Phins says:

    Jahn, I think Lazor and a better OL with a credible running attack will be just what the Dr ordered for the Phins and Tanny. I look forward to his 3rd year where I think he’ll really solidify himself as a perennial Top 10 QB!!!
    *
    Conclusion

    Quarterback Ryan Tannehill does not have the most accurate deep ball in the league. His deep ball accuracy in his short career has been mediocre. The same can be said for a surprising number of the best quarterbacks in the league. Worse can be said of several accomplished quarterbacks, such as Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco.

    Heading into the 2013 season, Tannehill’s deep-ball accuracy (as measured by Pro Football Focus, cited above) was statistically among the best in the league. Those numbers have come down considerably as Tannehill attempts to gain chemistry with an unfamiliar player. At times, the coaching staff and play design have worked against the two players as they attempt to get on the same page.

    However, film study shows that when you strip away extraneous noise such as “Hail Mary” plays, defensive penalties and plays severely influenced by pressure in the backfield, Tannehill is throwing catchable deep passes to Mike Wallace at an acceptable rate.

    This should give Dolphins fans hope that, in the long run, the noise of a small sample pool will give way to longer-term results that reflect the film.

  • Mike E. says:

    LMAO @ Bat – Medusa and Bazooka Joe. Very amusing . . . . :)

  • Mike E. says:

    GDP – What’s an acceptable rate? 1 out of 25?

  • The Flying Pig says:
  • Mike E. says:

    Piggy,
    *
    Seastrunk looks good. I love his name too. Like Randy said, reminds me of Otis Sistrunk

    • The Flying Pig says:

      He is the closest thing to McCoy and Jamaal Charles in the draft
      He may be better than those 2 in the pros
      His balance an lateral movement are amazing

  • Jahndoh says:

    Mike E,
    Here’s another quote. You may as well give the article some time though, it’s an interesting read no matter what your opinion is of the QB play.

    “Using data from the 2012 season as well as the 2013 season, we find that among the 31 passers that have attempted at least 50 deep passes during those years, Tannehill’s accuracy percentage (40.0 percent) ranks 17th in a tie with Robert Griffin III.”

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    Oh piggy dream big my friend. I have a hard time seeing them take a back early but I would love to have a game changer type player. I still think Miller’s best days are ahead of him and I like Gillislee too.
    How about some Storm Johnson as our big bruiser back? This mofo, he squirts out of trouble but when the hit needs to be made he brings the wood.
    The late stiff arm at 2.00 mark, mmmmmm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JWg31Tn8pg

  • Jahndoh says:

    I have to admit, I haven’t given Seastrunk a fair shot. His name makes him sound slow. I’ve seen him play, so I know he’s the kind of RB that can take over a game…I need to watch him some more.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      He is that kind of back but would we really take a back early again. I’d like it but I doubt it happens.

      • Jahndoh says:

        Agreed. Hickey’s a blank slate for me. I have no idea what his tendencies are (some very vague clues are out there) or what his philosophies are. But I know he has a strong relationship with Joe, and I choose to keep on believing in Joe, so sorry to the Bat’s out there…I’m feeling optimistic! :-P

        • son of a son of a shula says:

          I believe in Joe too. I just do. Dolphin lifer diehard, call me whatever, I choose to believe.

  • Mike E. says:

    Son,
    *
    I’m not sure about Miller as a feature back, it’s hard to see from the little we got if he can be a 20 carry guy. Can’t count on DT, and Gillislee is unknown as a Dolphins RB.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      With a better overall attack (scheme) better blocking and better running plays (please Lazor) Miller has the moves. Along with Gillislee being such an unknown is part of why I wonder if we’d look at another back early. DT I just don’t know, I still like his game and maybe he’ll still be here, hard to say.

  • Brian in NY says:

    It’s hard to say that Miller can’t be a game changer for us when he averaged only 11 carries per game this season. Yes, he does need work on his blocking, but he is a back with good size , so I think with some good coaching and some hard work put in during the offseason he can improve upon that .

  • Mike E. says:

    Son,
    *
    Probably right. We need a few big boys, OL, and DL too. If we could sneak him in there, I’d love that Chris Borland kid. I love players that just love to play the game.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      We just need a group that comes in to go to work. No f’n jokesters, no scrip club meetings, no bullshit. Get your shit wired tight and run this fancy scheme Lazor is going to put in place.

  • son of a son of a shula says:

    It has absolutely nothing to do with Tannehill whatsoever but if Tajh Boyd were sitting there at 50 when we pick I’d be hard pressed not to take him. Kid’s got game.

    • Brian in NY says:

      Too many other needs Son. Last time we took a flyer on a QB in the 2nd round we didn’t really need , it didn’t work out so well !

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Very true, I tend to get enamored with QB’s from time to time. I just like his presence how he plays, good arm, great runner.
        But you are correct.

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Boyd at 50
    Not sure about that
    he has talent
    but I think he is a 4th round talent or less

  • Al in MIA says:

    Son,
    I forget but arent you the QB guru around here or is that Brian? lol. Who’s the one that endorsed Kirk Cousins a couple drafts ago?

  • Tim Knight says:

    Wow!!!! That’s all I have to say about Billy Joel. There is a reason certain musicians are icons. I thought his vocals would be sub par at 65 years old. Nope! He and his band sounded like the records. He’s a fantastic piano player. He was so good I can’t even think about sleeping. I’m so hopped up. It looks like all of you are out for the night. If you get a chance to see him do it. He’s that good.
    *
    I saw Elton John like 10 years ago and he played with the same basic band setup that Joel did tonight and he blew me away the same way. There is a reason those guys are who they are. The talent level is so high it’s mesmerizing. Paul McCartney is another one I have to check off my bucket list. He’s 70 and playing Beatles songs with his band and it sounds like the 60’s records. Amazing!
    *
    Treat yourselves if you can. Tonight was an expensive night. But anything good or great in moderation is worth it. ;)

    • professorlou says:

      I’ve been lucky enough to see Elton several times, one of which was the night before his One Night Only Concert. He came in town with his band and did the whole show at our arena before he went to The Garden to record it. We were actually the first one’s to see that show which was kind of neat.
      Another time was when he came to town and did his Medusa Tour show with just himself and his piano and it was absolutely awesome. What was amazing was that even though his band wasn’t there he was able to make so much music with just his piano you were in awe. Some people were complaining because they thought his band wasn’t there but to not have an appreciation for what he was doing on stage was just moronic.
      Anyway, though I’d share that with you and his newest ablum is one of the best he’s ever done so I would go see him again in a heartbeat.

  • Tim Knight says:

    Something I looked at earlier but didn’t post. We have 19 UFAs that I counted. I expect about a 12-15 player roster turnover this year.
    *
    If some of you are right about players not playing 100% the last 2 games, that’s on them, not the coaches. Know what’s in front of you. If that was the case, I want them all gone.
    *
    We’ll see what the Hickey/Philbin dynamic is.

  • Tim Knight says:

    Power structure, Oy!
    1. Hickey – is in control of player acquisition
    2. Philbin – picks his final 53 for the games
    3. Aponte – balance the budget and well being of the team
    *
    That’s how I see it anyway.

  • TwiceTheThe says:

    son of a son of a shula
    on January 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm said:
    *
    We just need a group that comes in to go to work. No f’n jokesters, no scrip club meetings, no bullshit. Get your shit wired tight and run this fancy scheme Lazor is going to put in place.
    *———————————————
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  • TwiceTheThe says:

    Tim – glad you had a great time at the Joel concert. Even if one didn’t care for his music (a bit hit and miss for me, but definitely more hit than miss) one would have to admit the man has crazy talent and puts on a damn good show (saw him a number of years back). Worth the dough I’m sure!

  • professorlou says:

    Mike E. on January 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm said:

    Son,
    *
    Probably right. We need a few big boys, OL, and DL too. If we could sneak him in there, I’d love that Chris Borland kid. I love players that just love to play the game.
    *********
    Check out Carl Bradfore from ASU. He’s an OLB where Borland is ILB but he’s an animal.

  • Dbolt says:

    So Philbin very quietly makes a great hire to his coaching staff that will go relatively unnoticed:
    *
    “Marvez also reports that John Benton, the Texans’ offensive line coach from 2006-2013, has taken a job as the Dolphins’ assistant offensive line coach”

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Tim Knight on January 28, 2014 at 1:23 am said:
    Power structure, Oy!
    1. Hickey – is in control of player acquisition
    2. Philbin – picks his final 53 for the games
    3. Aponte – balance the budget and well being of the team
    *
    That’s how I see it anyway.
    *****************************

    Squeal that is so complicated Squeal the three headed monster will never work squeal how will that ever work humans can’t work together as a team squeal what has ross done squeal is this an alliance squeal who will they kick off the island
    :D
    BTW why do you thionk Philbin gets the final say on the 53
    I am under the impression Hickey does

  • The Flying Pig says:

    The Benton hire is a great hire
    those Texans OL’s have been some of the best int he league
    and they are a zone blocking team
    I can;t imagine a better hire and fit for our offiense
    *********
    but the more important question is:
    Did Philbin ever have coffee with Benton?
    Did he pass Benton on the street and wave?
    Have they ever carpooled together?
    if the answer is YES all I have to say is SQUEAL SQUEAL SQUEAL
    Another oinking buddy is hired by Philbin!
    Forget about football achievements, the fact is, THEY ARE FRIENDS

    ****
    Now shut up you lollipop eating zombies and dip your head in poo like the rest of us
    so is a bad hire

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Jahndoh on January 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm said:
    I have to admit, I haven’t given Seastrunk a fair shot. His name makes him sound slow. I’ve seen him play, so I know he’s the kind of RB that can take over a game…I need to watch him some more.
    *****************

    Watch hiim! and be Oinked Jahn, be Oinked…

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Okay
    monring fly by over
    busy day today

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Piggy
    did I miss a coach hiring or am I just slow?
    Who is Benton?

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Another day of freezing rain and bridges being closed!
    I’ve had more time off in 2 weeks than my vacation!!! :-)

  • TryPod says:

    Tim, Lou, whomever else,
    Elton John is probably my favorite solo artist of all time. I think the stuff he and taupin did in the 70’s while under his original contract is some of the best stuff ever written. he still had has voice and he still had range. there were somewhere around 10 albums produced and released during that time period, and every one of them has at least one #1 hit on it. amazing string and incredible talent. I have never been to see him live, and at this point I am afraid he is a shell of himself; I’m afraid I would leave the show disappointed. not a big Joel fan, but I certainly respect his talent.

  • Wyoming85 says:

    Dbolt
    that is great!!
    I like their running game!
    Pass Pro wasn’t very good at times.

  • TryPod says:

    on a somewhat related note, RIP Pete Seeger.

  • Mike E. says:

    I got a little upset this morning, I heard on the news that Pete Seeger passed away, I thought they said Bob Seger. Nothing against Pete, but Bob is just a lot younger.
    *
    RIP Pete Seeger

  • SixThree0ne says:

    Dbolt,

    Call me crazy but I’d think that Turner should Benton’s asst. Not the other way around. Maybe this is Philbin’s way of keeping his buddy around longer.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      I was thinking the EXACT same thing, 631. This is very strange.

    • Dbolt says:

      Depends on how it is setup. The OL coach looks at the unit as a whole and the assistant tends to work more individually on the fundamentals with the players and the nuances…..if that made any sense :)

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I don;t think there was an assistant last year
      So its one more person to help

  • TryPod says:

    victim of the page turn:
     Tim, Lou, whomever else,Elton John is probably my favorite solo artist of all time. I think the stuff he and taupin did in the 70′s while under his original contract is some of the best stuff ever written. he still had has voice and he still had range. there were somewhere around 10 albums produced and released during that time period, and every one of them has at least one #1 hit on it. amazing string and incredible talent. I have never been to see him live, and at this point I am afraid he is a shell of himself; I’m afraid I would leave the show disappointed. not a big Joel fan, but I certainly respect his talent.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    cover32 Dolphins ‏@cover32_MIA 27m
    Do not be shocked if recently hired John Benton replaces OL coach Jim Turner after the Ted Wells report comes out #Dolphins

    • Dbolt says:

      Have no clue who cover 32 Dolphins, but this could be true. Once again though from my own personal experiences the assistant coaches are typically the guys who drive home the technique details and do most of the on-field teaching while the head guy handles the classroom instruction period.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I can see that
      would be nice to finally get that wells report and move on

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Here is some stuff about Marino joining the Dolphins in some capacity int he future

    http://cover32.com/dolphins/2014/01/28/marino-would-be-no-secret-on-interest-in-joining-fins-in-the-future/

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP 37s
    Tom Gamble’s father, former Philly GM Harry Gamble, died this morning. Father’s illness was apparently big reason Tom was in Philly.

  • marlins fan says:

    Elton John was the best, growing up, my friend and I use to drive down Lauderdale strip in his starsky and hutch looking grand torino, hanging out the window hooting at chicks and listening to funeral for a friend, we would replay it over and over.
    you’re a bluebird on a telegraph line I hope you’re happy nowwww da-da-da-daaaaa

  • Mike E. says:

    I saw Elton John in the Sheep Meadow at Central Park, if you can call it “seeing him”. I was about half a mile away, but I heard him pretty well. I also saw Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band later that night at MSG. Crazy day!

  • Ken says:

    What’s up FMers? Cold as a snowman’s ass this morning. Not that I would know what that’s like.

  • Marinofan13 says:

    IMO, the John Benton hire is OUTSTANDING. He and Kubiak have been working together since 2006… and Kubiak learned the ZBS under the “godfather of the ZBS”: Alex Gibbs.
    *
    This is certainly an indication that we’ll be running the ZBS this year instead of going to a variation or total change of as much. I VERY much believe that Philbin/Lazor/Benton can be a WINNER.
    *
    Now lets see if Hickey can deliver the goods.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      And the timing of this hire is no coincidence as Kubiak was hired as the Ravens’ OC just yesterday. We didn’t want Kubiak to take Benton with him to Baltimore, clearly.

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  • Old Dolfan says:

    60 degrees on the drive into work in Tampa Bay. –Should top out in the mid-70’s. Meanwhile the geniuses who run the NFL decided to put the Super Bowl in Ice-and-Snow-friendly Meadowlands, the home of high taxes and low temperatures. We’ll be in the 70’s this weekend at empty Raymond James Stadium while SB XLVIII attendees will be freezing their balls off with temps falling into the 20’s.
    ————
    Long range forecast calling for clearing and temps in the 30’s for kickoff. –NFL got LUCKY on this one!! — A Super Bowl played in a blinding snowstorm or a “Wintry Mix” would be a fiasco of the highest order!! –Passing would be near impossible and the game would revert to a 1940’s scenario of running the ball and hoping to recover a fumble to win a 7-3 game.
    ———-
    Meanwhile hotels in south Florida are filled for the weekend. IF NFL/Steve Ross thinks taxpayers are going to pay one cent to refurbish a PRIVATELY OWNED STADIUM they are sadly mistaken. Ross’s underling, Mike Dee, insulted this state’s Republican hierarchy and absolutely KILLED any chance at the liegislature approving a partial public funding of Sun-Baked Stadium.!! – – Just another example proving that Steve Ross and the Dolphins’ franchise ARE NOT A GOOD MIX. –STADIUM will ONLY get much-needed dome with air conditioning ONLY IF Dolphins’ ownership pays for it. –Failing that, be sure to bring lots of sun-screen to all home games as long as Ross owns the team.

    • Jahndoh says:

      But they’ve paid MANY red cents. It’s ridiculous to be saying that. That stadium and nearly every other football stadium in the nation has had taxpayer dollars contributed to it. Not hosting a superbowl is not good, no matter how you spin it, and the outdoor stadium in the tropics will always be outdoors. Sorry, I know your issues with the heat and all, but it is what it is. An outdoor stadium in the tropics.
      It’s amazing to me that you think the owner should pay for an AC dome for your comfort while you rail against his effort to get some public funding to put some shade over a good portion of the stadium.

      I love ya though OD, but you’re talking from both sides of your mouth here gotta pick something. The dome, or the tax payer support. Something has to give.

  • SteveCCNV says:

    There’s a misconception about BPA at all cost that I’ve been reading on here for yrs, and there really is no such thing. No team has ever put together a draft board and just drafted players from it regardless of position.

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