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mridge69 29.04.2018 08:00 PM

Like the Gesicki pick - addressed a real need
Also like Ballage who could a real asset on third down but must deliver on his potential.
We have signed another kicker - Greg Thomas to compete with
draft pick Jason Sanders . This looks a close contest

RUN RUN RICKY 30.04.2018 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by Crash11 (Post 2379065)
Well, we got a Kicker and as a project signed UDFA Riley Ferguson as a QB. Thought we had a very good Day 1 selecting clear areas of need (although I prefer Andrews & Goedert to Gesicki), Poor Day 2 and picked up a few good later round picks

Great to have Minkah. Pairing him with Jones and moving McDonald into a hybrid LB spot is an exciting prospect

Ferguson got signed by the Buccs. Without even a UDFA QB, the Dolphins either have a plan lining up elsewhere (perhaps Bridgwater will be released by the Jets) or are content to run the gauntlet with Tannehill/Osweiler and Fales.

Overall, I really like the draft class. I would've liked to see Lauletta or Falk come in as a developmental QB, but the pickup of Smythe and Ballage in the 4th fills a bigger need and schematically opens up the playbook with a blocking TE and another speedy RB.

The surprise at the end of the draft was taking Sanders over Eddy Pineiro. Pineiro had been heavily scouted by the Fins and was very accurate at college whilst Sanders has a huge leg but struggles with accuracy. Apparently that decision came directly from Darren Rizzi, so hopefully he sees something positive in the guy's future.

Crash11 01.05.2018 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by mridge69 (Post 2379066)
Like the Gesicki pick - addressed a real need
Also like Ballage who could a real asset on third down but must deliver on his potential.
We have signed another kicker - Greg Thomas to compete with
draft pick Jason Sanders . This looks a close contest

I watch Ballage and I 'm reminded of Daniel Thomas. Very tall, big framed, upright runne
Read a scouting comment on Ballage that wasn't too complimentary...."Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane"

RUN RUN RICKY 09.07.2018 01:26 PM

Just some rambling thoughts about some of the Dolphins's defense and some offseason moves as it's pretty quiet out there!

I actually have some optimism for the Dolphins this year at a time when the national media are absolutely slating the moves which Miami made this offseason. They consider the departures of Pouncey, Suh and Landry to be key to a further drop in pre-season rankings.

To those who followed the dolphins closely, it was clear that Pouncey’s health was a liability in recent years to the extent he couldn’t even practice. His level of play had fallen off a cliff from his former Pro-Bowl level and whilst he was still a serviceable centre, he was not the player he used to be.

Enter, Dan Kilgore, a veteran who lacks the accolades of Pouncey and the draft pedigree, but is a solid starter and will likely produce at the same level, if not better, than Pouncey has done over the past couple of seasons.

Landry was a target monster and Miami’s QBs (mainly Tannehill) propelled him to the giant contract which he has finally found in Cleveland. His attitude didn’t fit in line with Gase’s vision of the team and whilst his departure means one less consistent target, it also opens up the playbook and raises opportunities elsewhere across the field.

Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola bring a combination of speed, veteran leadership, work ethic and discipline which could do wonders for this receiving group, including an extra option in case of injury. The Dolphins want to throw the ball a lot this year with the return of Ryan Tannehill, who now has complete command of the system. The excision of Landry’s immaturity and the addition of discipline should be a huge beneficial factor to this offense.

Talking of huge, there’s Ndamukong Suh. He was an elite player and one who left a giant, expensive hole at DT. Despite his top-tier talent and ability, his paycheck wasn’t bringing more wins to the team and the defense still struggled as a whole. The man is a wrecking ball but reportedly not a leader of the defensive group – not one to rally the troops in times of need. He does what he does, and he does it extremely well, if not better than anyone else in the league not named Aaron Donald.

Returning players Vincent Taylor, Davon Godchaux and Jordan Phillips will form the DT rotation together with newcomer Akeem Spence. With any luck, newly appointed DL coach Kris Kocurek knows what Akeem can bring to the table from Detroit and can get the DT group playing up to the best of their ability.

Whilst they may lack some high-level star-power with the departure of Suh, the Dolphins seem to be acknowledging that doing the same thing over and again expecting different result is the wrong mentality to have. Gase seems to have significant control over the roster and the characters who will make his team. Freeing up cap space and room for development of other promising players, there is still reason for hope along the defensive front.

At DE, the addition of Robert Quinn also bolsters the pass rush and the Dolphins are now armed with an array of QB hunters – Cam Wake, Charles Harris, Andre Branch, Willie Hayes and Robert Quinn. Consistent pressure on the QB should do wonders for the Dolphins’ secondary which includes a fantastic and promising mix of veteran savvy, young talent and raw ability in Reshad Jones, TJ McDonald, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Walt Aikens, Xavien Howard, Cordrea Tankersley, Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain.

The LBs still give the most concern regarding the defense. Kiko Alonso didn’t live up to expectation after an impressive 2016 campaign, although he was playing out of position. Raekwon McMillan, the 2017 rookie LB, will undoubtedly be relied upon to command from the MLB spot and lead a trio of LBs to include Alonso, Stephone Anthony, Terence Garvin, Jerome Baker, Quentin Poling and Mike Hull. I'd expect that another LB will be brought in at some point over Training Camp or during the pre-season to compete, but on paper this certainly looks to be the weakest group on the defense. However, if they can outplay their perceived flaws and inexperience, despite the loss of Suh, the defense could be a pleasant surprise in 2018.

Crash11 12.07.2018 09:13 AM

Not happy with Amendola signing - just another Greg Jennings

I put my hopes into Jakeem Grant. He has big play ability and has to be creatively worked into any Dolphins gameplan

bryanod 23.07.2018 11:38 AM

Sad news on Coach S, the FG loving Wildcat confusing AFC East champ.

Dai67 04.09.2018 07:17 PM

Couple of days before the start of the season , not that optimistic but not full of dread like last year when Tannehill was lost for the season . 3rd season now for Gase in charge , so that's 3 drafts & Free Agencies to get the type of players that he wants on the squad , no excuses , looking to see improvements this year . Looking forward to seeing how the rookies fare this year especially Minkah Fitzpatrick .

Crash11 05.09.2018 01:31 PM

A lot to look forward especially getting to see Minkah but also Gesicki at TE a position the Dolphins have lacked any playmaker for years

Gase has gone all in on Tannehill. If he fails both may be out of the door and we start all over. Again

Alot of big names have gone. Hopefully now we come together as a team & it allows other names the opportunity to shine

bryanod 05.09.2018 01:47 PM

Hey there's people around!!!

6-9 wins looks about right to me and likely second place in the East. Feel a couple short, and I'm unsure over Matt Burke to get our D to stop bleeding vs the Run.

Csonka#39 08.01.2019 10:55 AM

4 months since anyone has commented in here.. even with the Miami Miracle and the firing of Gase.. no interest.. I have to be honest and say .. meh.. I get it.. I can barely be bothered either.. I sometimes turn up here, think about posting and then think.. nope.. nothing good to say.. so move along..

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