Coaching staff set for 2020, roster still under renovation

The Dolphins brought back long time NFLer Chan Gailey to be the Dolphin Offensive Coordinator. After Patrick Graham, 2019’s Defensive Coordinator left at the end of the season to take the same position as DC for the New York Giants. The Dolphins then promoted Josh Boyer who was cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator for the Dolphins last season. Special Teams coach Danny Crossman returns, I think he did a great job last season. Wide Receivers coach Karl Dorrell is also back for 2020. Running Backs coach Eric Studesville also returns for 2020, despite the struggles of our run game which ended up with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the leading rusher. Ugh! Rob Leonard returns as Linebackers coach and Steve Marshall will be the Offensive Line coach. George Godsey will return as Tight Ends coach and the development of Mike Gesicki was a job well done.

It’s a little disconcerting to me that Patrick Graham left to take the same position with the NY Giants. No promotion, just a lateral move. It hurts a little, because defections bug me, when players or coaches just choose not to be with our team. Jim Caldwell also appears to be completely out of the picture now for whatever that’s worth. It’s not that Graham was so great last year and Caldwell basically stepped away early in the process due to “health reasons” last year so not a big deal.

To the roster. There will be so many additions to the team in the coming months of Free Agency, followed by the Draft and then once again followed by Free Agency. That will be huge. What’s as important are the subtractions, most notably Xavien Howard. What his situation is exactly is unknown, but I like to plan for the worst. Nik Needham and Ken Webster were our starting CB’s to end the season, and it’s not that they were bad, but if Howard is out for most or all of 2020 and maybe even off the roster period, we have a lot of work to do at CB. We all know OL, DL, DE, QB. RB, S were already big needs and now we may need to add CB.

The good news is we have tons of cap space for free agency. According to we have the highest available cap space in 2020 with $94.3M. I think the last time I brought this up we were just behind the Colts who are now 3rd. Regardless, we are flush with money to spend freely to improve the roster. Then we have 14 picks upcoming in the 2020 draft. 3 first round picks and 2 second round picks is a good way to get that started. We know the roster will be very different and I hope that GM Chris Grier and HC Brian Flores can start building a winner.



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531 Responses to Coaching staff set for 2020, roster still under renovation

  1. pheloniusphish says:

    Jacksonville, NC – The most racially integrated city in America year after year.

  2. D says:

    Tim Knight says:
    January 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    That’s because “spic” or “wop” was due to the melting pot in NE cities. There were Italian, Irish, Puerto Rican, Black and Jewish communities all living within blocks of each other. That was phase I of the melting pot.
    Its also because spic and wop and mic or paddy ran their course. Those were ways of denegrating those races to the same level as the n-word, but those races moved past it. They stopped letting it affect them. Again, its sad that those words were ever used. It shows the hatred the other races had over them, but it also shows how to get rid of them. Very much the point i was trying to make a bit up the page.

  3. Tim Knight says:

    David, if you listen to the lyrics of Frank Zappa tunes, he makes fun of PC and how words are just that, words. The other saying is actions speak louder than words. Just saying stuff means nothing in the big scheme of things. When it turns to physical violence, that’s a totally different situation.

    I get that an onslaught of verbal abuse (bullying) can be very hurtful and psychologically harmful. But that’s what he was trying to say. They are just words. You need to have the mental fortitude to treat it as such. A bully says you’re a weak faggot queer everyday and you say whatever you say tough guy. At that point that’s all it is. When the bully doesn’t like that you didn’t crawl into the corner giving them their sense of power, then they resort to violence, that’s the true violation.

    • i dont know much about Zappa, thanks for a little insight
      it may seem easy for the guy in the perp group to complain about the victims not liking the abuse
      but its also true that the offenders should find something more constructive to do with their lives, and use their energies to improve their own lives instead of disparaging and blaming others

      • pheloniusphish says:

        The “perp group?” You gotta guilty conscious white man?

      • Tim Knight says:

        Well most people of even average intelligence realize name calling is immature and ignorant. People who have deep hatred for others are usually dealing with their own dissatisfaction with their own lives.

    • D says:

      David its about what you are in control over. You cannot control a person from walking up to another wherever and just dropping a slur to get a reaction, you can oly control the reactin. So let that full of hate fucker spew his evil. Let him look like the asshole, but the more you let it bother you and let it control your action the more he wins and you lose. How do you ever expect to stop those words. Is there a solution to stopping people from saying them? Hasnt seemed to work so far hast it? When your idea of how it should work doesnt match up with the way it is, stop living in lala landand find an approach that does work, something you do have control over.

  4. Tim Knight says:

    I want to say, do you see how we took on a range of social issues on this blog without a single insult. We all allowed people to express their opinions. If only our sandbox immature government could do that.

  5. naplesfan2010 says:

    I would just love to get OT Thomas, Edge Epenesa, and RB Swift in the first round.

    • pheloniusphish says:

      Wouldn’t hurt my feelings .

    • D says:

      Ill stop at “I would just love to get OT Thomas” anything after that is icing for me. I would like a DT like Kinlaw, or maybe Raekwon Davis, maybe Swift, or a DE/DT like Lawrence to close it out. QB at 5 if they have their guy, but those other guys i really like.

  6. D says:

    Thomas is probably the only prospect that i would select, even if QB was high on my target. I dont think i could pass on Thomas for any reason.

  7. pheloniusphish says:

    I wouldn’t care if they slid back a spot or two and picked up more selections.

    • stangerx says:

      A slot or two? I’d be fine if we turned all our picks into second rounders. Always saw that as the value sweet spot anyhow. We’d have to end up with like 8 of them.

      • Tim Knight says:

        The 2nd round is always the sweet spot. Top talent at a better bargain.

      • D says:

        It has been for a while because there have been a lot of lower first talent type players spilling some first round talent into the second or third. n a typical year you have a top 8-10 that are all studs, you have another 10 thats probably tier 2 and then a big chunk of tier 3’s. this year is kinda weird. There are about 5 top tier talent, another 8-10 tier two after than and then an even crazier chunk of tier 3 thats probably going to run deep into the third round.

  8. Tim Knight says:

    D, you and I are on the same page about much of these subjects, as are many of us. That’s been my main point. I don’t associate with hateful people so therefore they don’t corrupt me. People who can’t control their emotions and resort to violence via their ignorance are the ones infested with frustration and a lack of moral control. They either learn to get over it, or they end up in jail or dead. Unfortunately innocent people become their victims sometimes. Not sure how to stop those who aren’t wired right.

    • D says:

      Id rather be part of the solution instead of the problem. As Michael Jackson once said, im starting with the man in the mirror….

      • Tim Knight says:

        Exactly right! That’s why I don’t become a part of groups (tribal mentality) and I’m not a fan of protests. All protests are tribal mentality. All they do is divide. Their voice eventually fades away but they needed to release that primitive, angry orgasm.

        I can’t think of any protest that has had a direct result in the change of anything. People don’t change in a day. It’s over everyday experiences where we form our true opinions. If a rally or protest changed your tune in one day, you’re easily influenced and that’s dangerous.

  9. naplesfan2010 says:

    The more i think about it the more i think we need to draft a TE high enough to have a chance to be a quality player. You need at least 3 you can count on for quality reps on the 46.

    • D says:

      I dont see it as necessary, the TE pool is middle heavy. No one is really quality enough to take early. Id look into adding a guy in FA that can tandem with the others TE’s aren’t expensive to take in fA unless your grabbing on of the games best.

      • D says:

        If i was Ross id give Travis Kelce the keys to my house and let him sleep with my hottest daughter if he would come to Miami, but other than that i think i dont think we need to get a top guy from FA nor the Draft. We got our stud TE, he just needs to keep improving. Id like to add some talent there but especially in the draft its just not a great year to get one.

    • Mike E. says:

      I was hearing this is a very weak class of TE’s.

      • D says:

        it is, its really shitty. I like the Vandy TE Pickney about the best because of his rounded skillset but i really dont think any of them are worth more than a 3rd.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        It doesn’t jump out to me as a strong class
        But I haven’t really looked into TE to be honest

        I would like to draft a TE, but I think it’s more like a day 3 thing for me

  10. Tim Knight says:

    Naples, Gesicki is coming into his own. We need a solid blocking TE and although Smythe seems okay, I think that’s all we see from him. He’s okay. He’s not a good receiver – okay blocker, kind of slow, questionable hands etc. All we need to do is add a couple of TEs who can do the little things we need them to do. It’s not easy to be loaded at TE when your teams needs more resources in other areas. It’s rare to see a team with two very good TEs. The Eagles with Ertz and Goedert are the best duo I can think of.

  11. wyoming85 says:

  12. sad but interesting news, Nike just announced that Kobe fans have purchased all of the Kobe Merchandise for sale to help out the family,

    Nike is donating millions to the Bryant family in Kobes honor

  13. The site where fans could buy Kobe Bryant’s shoes, jerseys, shirts and gear has now been turned into a memorial page for the Los Angeles Lakers star. A Nike spokesperson told NBC News that reports that it pulled Bryant’s products in the wake of the tragedy are incorrect, and that the company is assessing how to handle future releases.

    “We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe, especially his family and friends,” Nike said in a statement. “He was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sports and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever.”

    A search for Bryant on the site now yields one result: a purple and gold Lakers gift card.

    Matt Powell, senior industry adviser for sports at The NPD Group, a market research company, said Nike’s decision to not restock Bryant’s products at this time is a show of respect.

    “I think Nike did not want to appear to be profiting from this tragic accident,” Powell told NBC News.


    Prices for Bryant’s sneakers have surged on resale marketplace StockX, where a search for “Kobe” returned 553 pairs of shoes for sale. All of the sneakers are listed for hundreds of dollars, with some nearing the $1,000 mark.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, a pair of Kobe 5 Big Stage Home sneakers had a high bid of $924. StockX said it would donate all proceeds this week from Bryant-related merchandise to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

    “As is the case for any live marketplace, real-life events have ramifications on what people chose to buy and sell, and for how much. In the wake of Kobe’s passing, there was a surge in interest in products related to the basketball legend, including some of his most noted sneaker collaborations. The increased interest is a testament to his impact both on and off the court. Alongside Jordan, he was one of the most influential basketball players in the sneaker world,” the company said on its website.

    The NBA store continued to sell Bryant’s jerseys for the list price of $300.

    Alyssa Newcomb
    Alyssa Newcomb is an NBC News contributor who writes about business and technology.

  14. The Flying Pig says:

    pheloniusphish says:
    January 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Piggy says, “ But I don’t want to try to delve everyone’s subconscious.”

    You don’t know what fun you’re missing!


    Lol…in some cases there isn’t any delving required. Some wear there subconscious on their sleeve

  15. The Flying Pig says:

    I have a hard time justifying drafting a TE high

    But if Flores thinks like Belichick, we might get a TE in the first round

    Do you guys remember years ago, when the patriots drafted TEs all the time?

    They drafted a ton of TEs in the first round in Belichick a early years as I recall

  16. The Flying Pig says:

    Speaking of mistakes in the news

    This is horrible

    But try not to laugh

  17. The Flying Pig says:

    LMAO at this one

  18. olddolphan says:

    ALL THIS PISSING AND MOANING about the low quality of this class of tight ends!!! YOU guys must be in GREAT SHAPE after all this jumping to conclusions. FACT IS no one knows how this class will perform UNTIL THEY TAKE the field at the various playing fields of the teams that drafted them or signed them as free agents.

    THAT SAID, I believe the unanimous first team All-American TIGHT END, Florida Atlantic’s Harrison Bryant, will be a significant addition to some NFL team’s roster. His specialty is pass catching. He led Division 1 in touchdown catches this season. And, at 6′ 5″ and 245 pounds, he has the size needed to do some serious blocking in the NFL. Now I’m NOT saying he’ll make All-Pro his rookie year. But, in Lane Kiffin’s offense at FAU, Bryant became a primary offensive force last season for the 11-3 Owls, who crushed SMU in a December Bowl game. Bryant, I believe had 3 touchdown receptions in that game. And he’d look REAL GOOD in an NFL offense that needs a really good receiving threat at tight end.

    I believe Bryant will be off the boards by the end of the 3rd round. But, if he’s still there when Miami picks in round 5, I’d sure be happy if the Dolphins gave him a shot. This franchise could use a little love from the two local Division 1 football programs, FAU and FIU, which are both closer to Hard Head Stadium than is the University of Miami.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I knew you would mention him!

      Certainly round 4, 5 or 6 would be a great round to select a TE

      George Kittle was a 5th rounder

      Good TEs always drop a little especially when people say “it’s not a great year”

  19. The Flying Pig says:

    This one is a classic

  20. Krishna says:

    I think NE has always valued a TE. At one point they had 2 of the best.

    Gesicki showed up or Fitz found him or both?

  21. The Flying Pig says:

    You guys are pervs

  22. naplesfan2010 says:

    I said draft a TE high enough to make sure he has a chance of sticking on active list for games.
    We only have 2 TEs. You need at least 3 on the 56 to man all the sets and keep everybody fresh.

    As OD says, the guy from FAU is a very good slot TE / big WR hybrid, which is what we need.
    Not much of a blocker though.

    The Ravens have 3 excellent TEs, and they wrecked us with that.
    The Bucs also have multiple TEs they can depend on for QT.
    You can’t bet on a 7th round TE. But a high 5th and especially a 4th can be a factor. A guy from a Big Program taken in the 3rd should be a lock.
    I’d risk our 3rd on Cole Kmet, the guy from ND. Colby Parkinson out of Stanford, if he slides to the top of the 5th, would be a great sleeper pick at 6’7 251 and still gaining muscle.

    In FA there is Austin Hooper, age 25 (caught over 70 passes each of the last 2 seasons), Jacob Hollister who broke out for Seattle this past year, age 26, Ricky Seals-Jones, age 24, who caught 70 passes from Josh Rosen 2 seasons ago, Hunter Henry, age 25, Eric Ebron, age 27, Tyler Eifert, age 29.

  23. ocalarob says:

    we may take love in the first, i hear he’s better than hebert, at the senior bowl miami interviewed a lot of players, i heard most of them were offensive lineman.

  24. Mike E. says:

    The Free Agent TE isn’t very strong either. My guess is Smythe is around for another season and I wouldn’t rule out re-signing Clive Walford again

  25. D says:

    ocalarob says:
    January 29, 2020 at 8:00 am

    we may take love in the first, i hear he’s better than hebert, at the senior bowl miami interviewed a lot of players, i heard most of them were offensive lineman.

    The Flying Pig says:
    January 29, 2020 at 8:37 am

    I don’t think he’s better than Herbert or Tua

    But it doesn’t matter what I think
    Herbert is better, he is more refined, he knows more about reading defenses, he is a more “further along” product and there is less bad to work out of him. Still if you asked me who has the higher ceiling, id say Love, but its going to be a long road and its going to put lot of responsibility on not just getting good QB coaching but we are going to need something close to a QB guru. He is too much risk that way to deserve to be a 1st round QB IMO. 2nd round, i dont have a problem with. Perfect for a player with huge upside but raw skills. Late first if ya feel pressured to get him before someone else does, but no fucking way at 5.

    Id be in consideration of Herbert at 5, but id rather he be pick 18 too, just because i think there is a decent amount of risk with that pick too, beyond the normal risk of any selection.

    Id rather risk taking Tua with the risk of recovery and future injury than either of those two.

  26. D says:

    From what i heard they interviewed the QB’s too, but not just Love and Herbert.

  27. D says:

    naplesfan2010 says:
    January 29, 2020 at 5:50 am

    That’s a big concern with him, but Devante finally got healthy …..
    Henry is Jason Witten if he can stay healthy. He is a really smart and well rounded TE.

  28. stangerx says:

    I missed have missed it but the full opponent slate is out…. only learned cause Tim our Phins ticket guy called.

    The Fest planner in me is thinking come’on Bengals in October. Chargers or Seahawks wouldn’t be so bad either. Those West Coast teams don’t travel.

    Buffalo Bills
    New England Patriots
    New York Jets
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Los Angeles Chargers
    Los Angeles Rams
    Seattle Seahawks
    Cincinnati Bengals

    *The Dolphins will lose a home game in 2020 to play internationally. There have been no reports on which team they will face or where the game will be played.


    Buffalo Bills
    New England Patriots
    New York Jets
    Denver Broncos
    Las Vegas Raiders
    Arizona Cardinals
    SanFrancisco 49ers
    Jacksonville Jaguars

  29. Mike E. says:

    D – Both of those guys are off the field as much as they’re on it. They both scare me in that regard, but both of those guys are talented for sure. Henry is better all around, but both are good receivers.

  30. CavalierKong says:

  31. Mike E. says:

    Kong – To a guy who’s lived exclusively on the east coast I consider all of those west coast trips. I can see from your perspective how it’s different though. It’s all perspective . . .

    • stangerx says:

      One thing for sure is gonna be a lot of 4 PM games, but guess that is the standard 1 PM to Cav. 🙂

      • CavalierKong says:

        Yeah, that just means that my Niner buddy and I will get fewer Sundays to watch football together as the Niners usually play at 1:00.

        Speaking of times, I have always considered myself lucky that our late game starts at 5:20. It’s crazy to me that it is an 8:20 start time for you east coasters. If you want to watch the game you have to commit to nearly 1 AM. That is nuts.

      • CavalierKong says:

        Oh, I guess it’s more like you have to commit to midnight. Still nuts.

    • CavalierKong says:

      Very true. Perspective is a funny thing. As a west coast guy I’ve always thought the fact the ‘mid-west’ consists of states like Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana is bizarre. They are literally on the eastern side of the map. To me the mid-west should be the strip of states including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana.

      Don’t worry about me though, this usually doesn’t keep me awake tossing and turning, lol.

  32. stangerx says:

    Not wondering so much where the international game will be….. chances are London again. And they seem to like us there.

    • Mike E. says:

      There was a rumor about us playing the Pats en Mexico, but I think a rumor is all it was.

      • CavalierKong says:

        Goodell said there’ll be two games in Mexico over the next two seasons, so Miami is a possibility there. Hopefully we get London instead so our legion of fins fans across the pond get another game.

  33. steveccnv says:

    CavalierKong says:
    January 29, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    3 games out west. That’s rough.

    I may have to go to that Niners game. Their fans are pretty decent.


    Are you in Sacramento? Fly over for the Raiders game.

    • CavalierKong says:

      That would be cool. I might be able to make that happen, depending on when the game ends up being scheduled. Doggie is just a stone’s throw away, so maybe we can get him out there as well.

  34. Rockphin says:


    Joe Schad

    Preston Williams says he’s ahead of schedule in ACL rehab


  35. naplesfan2010 says:

    We led the league in number of passes dropped with 28.
    Buff 2nd with 26. Patriots 4th with 24.

    Falcons were best with 8.

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    Gesicki had 0 drops. Jakeem Grant had 1. Durham Sythe had 1.
    Clive Walford had 3 but that was a 37.5% because he only caught 4.
    Wilson had 5 and Parker had 6. Odell had 7.
    Preston Williams had 4. Isaiah Ford had 1. Julian Edelman had 13.
    Allen Hurns had 2 and Larry Fitzgerald had 0. Jarvis Landry had 5.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Parker had a 5.5% drop rate because he caught 72.
      Edelman caught 100, so his rate is not as bad as it looks from the number of drops.

  37. Rockphin says:

    Did Edelman play for the Dolphins last season? huh….

  38. Rockphin says:

    “West” is anything West of the Mississippi

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      That is correct.
      Midwest referring to Ohio and Indiana is left over from colonial days when the “Old Northwest” was Wisconsin and Michigan.

  39. wyoming85 says:

  40. Mike E. says:


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