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@devskee Thanks, I appreciate it!
3 months ago on Miami at Cleveland: Keys to a Dolphins victory over Browns
@zoeman86 He's not on the hot seat because of these cuts, no proven talent was lost today. Some of these decisions could have been based on moves that will be coming tomorrow on the waiver wire.
3 months, 1 week ago on Dolphins 2013 roster cuts tracker
@zoeman86 There were a lot of players ahead of them on the depth charts at their respective positions. Even if they made the 53 they wouldn't have made much of an impact this season.
@zoeman86 Both Gray and Okpalaugo can be signed to the practice squad.
@Baseball386 That's a move that would make a lot of sense as well and it wouldn't surprise me if it happened. However, if the tight ends struggle again tonight, I expect them to either keep Miller or explore trade options.
3 months, 1 week ago on Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection
@GeorgeAvant I wouldn't over react over one preseason game. With the third string quarterback playing the second half its guaranteed that their performance later in the game will be lacklustre. Both the Dolphins starting offense and defense played well but the mistakes on special teams can't happen. Still, let's reserve judgement until the regular season.
3 months, 1 week ago on For the Dolphins, has anything really changed?
@PhinNation I also believe that playoffs should be the goal of this season and the standard for success. The Dolphins were two missed kicks from being 9-7 last year and with the moves made in the offseason improvement should be expected. Of course we have to take into account the difficulty of the schedule and how things actually play out this season but generally making the playoffs is a good way to measure success.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How do you measure success for the 2013 Dolphins?
@seanldonovan You make valid points. I like what I've seen from McNutt, I think he will make this team and contribute. Like Binns, Mathews is also dealing with an injury so his status going forward is up in the air.
While I'm quite satisfied with the WR core as a whole, I would prefer a player like Robinson over Tyms on the team.
If Bumphis and McNutt impress throughout camp and preseason then there is no urgency to sign a free agent at the position.
4 months, 1 week ago on Are the Dolphins too thin at WR ?
@seanldonovan Signing a player like Breaston, Robinson, Doucet or even Brandon Lloyd would give the Dolphins a solid plan B if one of their top 3 WR's goes down with an injury at anytime in the season. These free agents won't be available much longer as many teams around the league will be searching for injury replacements. It's better to act now and at least try out one of those options.
Also, aside from the top 3 of Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, the rest of the WR core is unproven. Signing a veteran would provide the team with a more proven target at the No. 4 spot.
@Tom Jackson Thanks! With several different routes to take with the 12th pick alone, the draft will definitely be exciting.There's also the possibility of trading up in any round with a package of picks. The success of these free agent signings will ultimately come down to the play of Ryan Tannehill.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Remaining needs for the Dolphins in free agency
@Miami Jules The TY Hilton debacle is one that the Dolphins can't afford to happen again this offseason. There are some options in FA that will make them better Wallace and Jennings in particular and they can also inquire about a trade for Percy Harvin if needed.
Bringing back Hartline was a solid move now they need to build on it and make a big splash.
9 months ago on Dolphins complete first phase of their free agency plan
@roseygolf If the front office feels that letting Smith walk would leave the roster to thin at cornerback and that the position would be difficult to address, using the franchise tag on Sean would be used as a last resort. However, it is being reported that the team will not use the tag on Smith.
I agree with you about Reggie, I would like to see him back as well. He was the Dolphins most dynamic playmaker this year but the fact that a knee injury affected most of his season along with him nearing the age of 30 must be taken into consideration. It would also be beneficial to Tannehill to have some consistency on offence (re-signing Bush and Hartline), although I wouldn't overpay for a running back after investing a fourth round pick on Lamar Miller. Also just because the Dolphins haven't reached out to Bush yet doesn't mean that a deal can't get worked out before March 12.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Sean Smith worth the franchise tag?
@KingShula @JasonLoucks @DolphinMicks I think the Dolphins are confident that Lamar Miller can be successful as the featured back and for that reason they are in no hurry to re-sign Bush. Depending on his price tag, Bradshaw could be a option for Miami, they had interest before acquiring Reggie.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Greg Jennings smitten, but are the Dolphins?
One of Ireland's strengths as a GM is that he is able to determine appropriate value for players and get solid returns. Look at the Vontae Davis trade for example. At the time it didnt look like Miami got nearly enough in return, however considering Davis' play along with the emergence of Smith, Im more than satisfied with a second round pick. The Dolphins need to force teams that are interested in Moore into desperation mode. The deal should only be done if it makes sense for the franchise, there's no pressure on Ireland to complete it before the deadline but the possibility is certainly being explored.
1 year, 1 month ago on Should the Dolphins trade Matt Moore? | October
@Miami Jules Agreed. The inability to win close games last year is what resulted in that horrible 0-7 start. There may not be many elite players on the Dolphins but there are several good players as you mentioned. With this noted, they must continue to play gritty and competitive football week in and week out in order to win games.
1 year, 1 month ago on Dolphins discover ability to win close games | October