Don’t overlook Dolphins defense

It’s obvious that the focus of this offseason has been the offense. We traded for one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the NFL in Tyreek Hill. We brought in hands down the best LT available in free agency in Terron Armstead. We signed free agent RB’s Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, as well as tendering Salvon Ahmed. We signed FA WR Cedrick Wilson formerly of the Dallas Cowboys. The huge contracts and majority of trades and signings happened on the offensive side of the ball, but we very quietly brought back our entire starting 11 on defense, as well as most of the depth players behind them. You can ask “Was our defense that great last year that we stand pat?” Yes, and no would be my answer. I think we have a great mix of young and veteran players, and most of our veteran players are still young.

Our RDE Christian Wilkins had an elite year, and there’s no reason to think he won’t either play as well or better this season. We have some young players that just started to show how good they can be such as SLB/DE Jaelan Phillips and safeties Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones. Raekwon Davis came off an early injury and wasn’t 100% last year and I expect bigger things from our young NT. Our veteran CB duo is still among the best CB tandems in the NFL if not the best. While X is the big playmaker, whether it’s an INT, a forced fumble or fumble recovery, he’s always around the football making plays. Byron Jones is a very underated cover corner. A lot of teams just avoid X and throw at Jones, and Jones is a top 10 rated CB on PFF, if you care about such things. Jones isn’t a WR playing CB, he’s a CB who just blankets his guy. Zero INT’s, but he rarely gets beat bad. Our two young safeties Holland and Jones looked better as the season went on and Eric Rowe is also a fine player. Jerome Baker is another underrated player, he plays every down and and does it all, from making the routine tackles to blitzing, to covering RB’s and TE’s, #55 is there. CB Nik Needham is one of my favorites and just a guy who steps in and gets it done. AVG hasn’t really busted out, and he may never do it, but he’s a guy that gets a lot of pressure, in fact he had the second most QB hits on the defense with 20 behind Emmanuel Ogbah, who we re-signed to a big contract. He’s worth every penny.

One thing that is easy to skip past is that the huge investment in the offense will help the defense. If we can keep the chains moving and score more than we did last year, which I believe is nearly certain, then the defense will be on the field less, and won’t be forced to carry the team as often as it did. If we can jump on some teams and take some leads for a change, that puts the pressure on the opposing offense and makes them more one dimensional, and will play right into our strength, better pass rush and lockdown, playmaking secondary. We were 22nd in points scored and 16th in points allowed. Say we go up to midpack or better in scoring points, to 16th or better, I’m almost going to guarantee you that our points allowed will drop into the top 10.

This team should be a lot of fun to watch. The speed on the offense with Mostert, Hill, Waddle and Gesicki is going to be fun. All of a sudden, that left side of the line with Armstead and Williams will be plowing spaces for the run game, the screen game, and add in FB Alec Ingold, you just have to expect a better result running the football. We brought back blocking TE Durham Smythe, Michael Deiter is our C, and our best OL from last season, RG Robert Hunt should stay right there. There should be a fierce battle for the RT spot, between Austin Jackson, Liam Eichenberg, Larnell Coleman and Robert Jones, and potentially another player who is not yet on the roster, either a draftee or post June cut. I understand we have a new system but I feel we’re in good hands with Mike McDaniel. I don’t expect him to struggle implementing his system. The players like him, listen to him. he r-e-l-a-t-e-s to them. They get him. He’s charismatic. Our team will be all in, and we will be much better on offense, we have so much more talent. Talent wins. So while the offense will be much better, don’t overlook the Dolphins defense!



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  1. Tim Knight says:

    M13, sometimes when the time is right you go for it. Our roster is set to win now. It’s basically a 2 year run before some things change. We’ve done the build and develop for decades with not much success. Even if we traded a 2023 1st and 3rd to move up to wherever for a prospect we covet that we think can help our team this year and for years to come, I have no problem with it. Our 1st should be a low pick if all goes right this season. We’d still have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd next year.

    It’s about adding good players and winning. As a fan I’m tired of it always being about down the road and the future.

  2. bookman11 says:

    Do NOT trade ANY 2023 picks higher than a 4th rounder for ANYTHING this year. Smh.

    • Wyoming85 says:

      I don’t see anyone worth it unless someone has a bong mask on!

      • Tim Knight says:

        It’s about a top prospect on our board still there that we didn’t think would be. Happens all the time. The trade wouldn’t be for a developmental player, but a guy who we feel will play a major role in 2022 and beyond. If we could land a player who makes an impact like Jevon Holland at whatever position, would you do it?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Why? Having extra picks like we have allows us to do things like that when the time is right. It’s about winning and not just having lots of picks all the time. Go for it!!!

      Again we may not do that at all, but I’d be okay with it as a fan. I want to see us be in the mix for a championship, not keeping looking down the road. We didn’t do what we did this offseason for the future. It’s about beating the Bills and other top AFC teams.

      By the way we don’t have a 4th rounder next year, we traded that to acquire Hill. 😉

      • Wyoming85 says:

        I just don’t see anyone there to trade up for unless someone drops a lot!

        Then you have to wonder why?

      • Tim Knight says:

        Wyo, sometimes a prospect falls because other positions are going fast and a guy is still there. It doesn’t mean it’s a negative on a player.

  3. mf13ss says:

    bookman11 says:
    April 15, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    Do NOT trade ANY 2023 picks higher than a 4th rounder for ANYTHING this year. Smh.
    Agreed, Bookman. Mortgaging the future after everything we’ve done this offseason could seriously jeopardize our future.

    God forbid Tua goes down again (seriously injured), we may need every asset in our 2023 Draft cupboard to get a new and best chance QB of the future.

    • mf13ss says:

      What’s more, it being McDaniel’s first year as HC, he’ll get an automatic mulligan, regardless of our record in ’22. I think we need to see the new product on the field before we go “all-in”, so as to sacrifice future Draft capital.

    • Tim Knight says:

      How would it seriously jeopardize our future? So we make moves worrying about the worst case scenario? That’s not a winning attitude.

      We’ve been really good building for the future for a long time. Since 2019 we’ve had 6 1st round draft picks and we have two more next year. WTF are we waiting for? You guys want to keep doing this forever?

      Again… this is my suggestion not that the team will do it. It’s okay to disagree with me, I’m just stating I’d be cool with it because I think the time is now, not in 2024/25.

  4. bookman11 says:

    We need to keep the capital we have in 2023 imo. It will is our life line in case things don’t work out, OR we need to replace these large contracts with good younger players. We are set to compete this year. PLEASE do not throw away the capital we have for the shiny coin now. Haven’t we already done enough? Seriously?

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s not a shiny coin, it would be for a player that makes us better now and moving forward. We’d still have good picks in 2023. I didn’t say trade the entire 2023 draft.

  5. Wyoming85 says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 15, 2022 at 9:05 pm
    Wyo, sometimes a prospect falls because other positions are going fast and a guy is still there. It doesn’t mean it’s a negative on a player.
    But you’d still have to wonder to find out!

  6. bookman11 says:

    Maybe some of us (like me) think we have enough to win it now. Maybe we feel like why spend any of our draft capital next year, knowing we have players on 1-2 year contracts, on players for THIS year. Some of us think we are good already, outside of adding some other FAs and this years draft

    • bookman11 says:

      Use next years draft to replace the retirements and expiring contracts from our SB winning team so we can build a consistent winner. Lol.😉

      • Tim Knight says:

        I hope you’re right. All I’m saying is we’re all in to compete now and I’d be cool with doing more. If we win without doing anything I’m suggesting is way more better. LOL

      • bookman11 says:

        Who says really that we are “all in” this year anyway” Mile E? Chris Grier? Someone refresh me on where that came from?

      • Tim Knight says:

        I think it’s obvious and it has to do with some of the players we brought in. I think it’s a 2 year plan not meaning we can’t win this year, but that we’re set up to go for it for 2 years.

        Players like X, Byron, Armstead, Hill and other vet players on 2-3 year deals and guys who will become FAs along the way may not be here in 2024.

      • bookman11 says:

        Obvious to you? Who has stated we are all in this year?

  7. randydolfan1947 says:

    BACK ON THE BOARD after a long and unexpected absence.
    Myself and a co-worker flew to Baltimore for one of the biggest conventions on the circuit. That was over 2 weeks ago. The day after we got there I was sick as a dog. But my temperature remained normal. We landed Thursday morning and we were scheduled to return to Tampa Saturday evening. Got to BWI and, as the old saying goes, “Our luggage made it but we didn’t.” Our flight was cancelled at the last minute. Long story short, we didn’t get back to Tampa UNTIL TUESDAY!!

    By that time my sickness had gotten worse. Went to a nearby walk-in clinic which I’ve patronized many times in the last 5-6 years. Unfortunately the prescribed meds ONLY MADE MY CASE WORSE!! – – Two days later I saw a different doctor who prescribed the proper medications. –But he told me to take THE NEXT WEEK OFF (NOT exactly what I wanted to hear, since we were VERY busy at work). SO-O-O, for the second time in my life I took a full week off (the first time was when I caught the COVID). THIS FLU was much worse for me than the COVID. Anyhow, I worked all 5 days this week and I feel about 95% better than I did 2 weeks ago. Meanwhile THIS FLU doesn’t seem to be very contagious because NONE of my co-workers or family members caught it.

    LESSON TO BE LEARNED. When flying, take at least an extra week’s worth of your presrption medications, even if you only expect to be gone 2-3 days. I DID EXACTLY THAT. Meanwhile, some attending that Baltimore Show were stranded there an extra 6-7 days longer than they had planned. EVERY FLIGHT on every airline serving the 3 international airports in that area was overbooked BY PLENTY!! And those who tried to get back to Tampa by other means (car rental, train, etc.) reportedly had NO LUCK!! As bad as this was, it could have been FAR WORSE FOR ME.
    KEN–Happy 39th Birthday, again!!! You are a special person!!
    TWO other quick comments:
    1) Despite all the back-slapping and “atta-boys,” this front office still has to SHOW ME that they’ve solved our decade-long problem with the Offensive Line. I’ll believe it when I SEE IT!!
    2) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING definitely NOT as good this season as the prior two seasons when they won back-to-back Stanley Cups. I wouldn’t be shocked if they lost in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. All of a sudden they look like a team that got old really fast this season.
    HOPE EVERYONE ELSE on the board is in good health and feeling frisky!
    Talk to Y’all tomorrow!

  8. bookman11 says:

    Well if the airlines get rid of all the stupid covid restrictions on their employees we might see less cancellations

  9. Tim Knight says:

    Bookman, it’s not just me but a lot of NFL pundits and even Vegas odds for us have gone up. It’s about talent. We have a good amount of it and a lot of young players are a part of that. I don’t see our future being screwed by making some draft day trades to get better this year.

    I want the Bills and other teams to say fuck this team is not what we’re used to. These guys are tough to beat. The Bills have beaten us 7 straight times and kicked our ass in a bunch of them. That has to stop. I’m all in to win and knock them off. 🙂

    • bookman11 says:

      Ok. Then how do you know what we have done already is not good enough? Why mortgage more? Let’s go with this team!!!!

      • Tim Knight says:

        It’s been really good, I wouldn’t stop.

        The Rams keep adding good players and trading picks and they won the SB. They added Bobby Wagner this year. They know now is the time. Strike when you can. There is plenty of time to start over and bum everyone out which we’re quite used to. 😉

    • mf13ss says:

      I’m totally good with signing FAs such as Melvin Ingram or JC Tretter, but I’m not convinced enough to throw our ’23 Draft into the fire just yet.

      Patience is a virtue, and we may direly need those ’23 picks after we see what happens with a brand new HC, essentially a new team (in terms of how it’s coached), and our new vision for the future under McDaniel.

      • mf13ss says:

        I think it would be unprecedented for a new HC to spend from the future cabinet before anybody knows what he’s capable of doing first.

      • Tim Knight says:

        You don’t hire a new HC with the idea that it will be changed the following year.

        Why are you so worried about the future? How’s the past and present been so far? 😉

        Nope! I don’t want to mortgage the future to be competitive and possibly win now when the roster is right. I want make sure the 2024 team is in good shape with a team that I have no idea what it will look like. LOL

  10. Tim Knight says:

    Tua doesn’t have an Elway or Favre arm. So what? Brady didn’t either and won more than anyone taking what was there (big Joe Montana fan). Short routes to guys who get YAC, a running game (McDaniel’s specialty), and then hit you’re big TE and some other receivers for big plays from time to time. You don’t force anything. Tua is smart like that. Coach McDaniel is the best thing that could have happened for Tua. He sees what he does well and thinks it’s a fit in his offense.

    The run game is going to be huge and so will the speed. Forget last year’s offense, coach McD was hired to get the offense into the new era. Our offense was never good under Flores. I liked Flores and what he was building. But offense was not good for 3 years and then all the other stuff.

    Our offense will be based on high percentage plays on the ground and YAC in the passing game.

  11. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 15, 2022 at 10:59 pm
    You don’t hire a new HC with the idea that it will be changed the following year.

    Why are you so worried about the future? How’s the past and present been so far? 😉

    Nope! I don’t want to mortgage the future to be competitive and possibly win now when the roster is right. I want make sure the 2024 team is in good shape with a team that I have no idea what it will look like. LOL
    Bro, I hear ya!!! Seriously, I do! But… BUT(!), I’m not sure any rookie we could draft this year (barring a 1st rounder, maybe a 2nd rounder) could contribute immediately, so as to make a sudden impact on our fortunes in ’22.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I explained that. What if it’s a Jevon Holland level player at a position. The way he played last year he lived up to 1st round expectations.

      • mf13ss says:

        Regarding Jevon Holland (and I agree with ya on him), we didn’t wager future 1st, 2nd, or 3rd rounders to move up for him, right?

  12. mf13ss says:

    Audi, y’all. Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

  13. Tim Knight says:

    You have a 2020 #5 QB and a good core of players in all three phases right now. What are we waiting for? I don’t get that vision. When do we try to win, in 2024? That makes no sense to me.

    You don’t trade for Tyreek Hill and pay him what we did to win down the road.

    • steveccnv says:

      No one is saying we aren’t trying to win now, putting all in on a rookie 2nd rd pick reeks of desperation

      Now you’re throwing out there, if some great player falls we may trade up, that’s Needle in a haystack thinking, and I know you really don’t feel that way, you just want to trade next years picks years picks like it’s what we need to go all in

      You wanna go all in sign more FAs, I’d be fine with that

  14. Tim Knight says:

    So I’d say we just want to see the Miami Dolphins win and be in championship games. Is that right? LOL

    • steveccnv says:

      What does trading next years picks have to do with a championship?

      To get to the SB we need a running game, at least avg OL play, WRs to stay healthy and produce, Tua to play like he has many 1st drives for the entire game

      Some guys will need to have career years

      On D play like they did the 2nd half the last 2 years for the entire year

      Holland was great for us last year, but how many wins did he get us over say Rowe being the starter all year?

      Even Waddle didn’t push the needle that much

  15. bailbondmike says:

    Tim, I get what you are saying. I mentioned earlier that if there is a special player available, we should go get him. I think the problem some and me are having is with this draft class specifically. I am having a hard time trying to find who that guy would be. There are just a handful I would be willing to move up to get if they slide a bit.

  16. manitobafinfan says:

    RIP Mike Bossy … he was one of my Faves

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    I just glanced at yet another “Tua has no excuses now” story.
    I couldn’t eve bring myself to read it.
    Where did that phrase as applied to Tua come from?
    I never heard him whine about trying to play QB with the worst OL
    AND the worst Rushing attack in the NFL?
    I never heard the GM even HINT that Tua was under an ultimatum.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Plus we had a winning record during both of his seasons.
      Only 5 teams in each conference did that.
      Where’s the Big Disaster?
      We missed the playoffs by one game each year,
      the first as we recovered from a fire sale and rookie HC,
      and Brissett made sure of that the second.

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        Tua threw a very respectable TD to INT ratio for a rookie.
        Have you seen Peyton’s rookie INTs? and a lot of other rookie QBs?
        And his completion percentage was well above average,
        actually close to the best.
        Were too many of his passes short?
        He had the least time to throw in the NFL.
        How far can a WR run in 2 seconds?
        They run the 40 in 4.4,
        and that’s a sprint with no pads and no DBs in the way.
        … …
        I just don’t get the narrative that Tua is a bust risk.
        Darnold, yes. Mayfield maybe, but not Tua.

  18. Krishna says:

    I don’t know of any draft pick that’s a generational talent in this year’s 2022 draft or worth the risk of future capital. The draft is a crap shoot anyway….lol.

    I thought last year, there were about 5 that were worthy or had potential to star in the NFL with Lawrence, Pitts, Parsons, Waddle, and Chase. We got one of them plus Holland and Phillips.

    We have built on that through FA this year…we are all in and ready to see we what we got.

    Show me as OD says….no sense to take a flyer in the draft with future amassed capital.

    You need to manage your risk, capital, and strategy all at the same time. I want to see what we got…

  19. naplesfan2010 says:

    About the healthy debate that Tim is having,
    what about drafting Evan Neal for our RT?
    What if we give up 2 or 3 sacks max from the RT this year,
    with the potential to lock down the position at a pro bowl level for 8-10 years?
    Would that be worth one of our 2023 firsts?
    And whatever else it would take to move up to pick #6 or so to get Neal?

  20. Wyoming85 says:

    Tua’s show it year isn’t a wrong headline.

    But it’s a short conversation!

    I mean after you say that what else is there to talk about????

    It’s the same as “show me”. If that’s you argument what else are you going to talk about until the season?????

  21. Rockphin says:

    I would much rather the Dolphins stay paired with the draft picks they have as opposed to giving up future picks to move back into this years draft especially with the track record of this front office.

    Gave up a third to move up 8 spots for Liam Eichenbuerg
    Gave up a sixth to move up 7 spots for Curtis weaver
    Traded a 2019 2nd-round pick and a 2020 5th-round pick to Arizona for QB Josh Rosen
    Traded DE Charles Harris for a 2021 7th-round pick After using a first round pick to take him
    leonte carroo trade Up
    The running back that was LC3 before Carroo
    Whole drafts worth with little return

    This doesn’t even include the trade up for water which I think was unnecessary but can never be proven

  22. naplesfan2010 says:

    Beyond RT, I do not see any other position on the field where even a can’t miss first round draftee could step in and make a difference in the W-L record for 2022.
    I mean you could drop down to Charles Cross or even Ekwonu if Neal is too pricy,
    but no other OT is a lock to succeed.
    I do see Ingram possibly getting us another W, especially in an injury scenario or the playoffs.
    But that’s not going to take using any draft capital.

  23. Wyoming85 says:

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      They should organize a draft for NFL cheerleaders just like the one for players.
      CBS and ESPN would provide profiles and action vids of the 250 top prospects in the US.
      They could have a combine in Naples in February for the women to show off the skills needed to be a good cheerleader. Like scissor high kicks, bendover pompom shakes, etc. you get the picture.
      We could all do Mock Drafts of the various women, debating which ones would do best while sweating in the Miami sun for example.

    • Phindog says:

      All I see is six yummy body shots . 🐕👉👌

  24. naplesfan2010 says:

    The only other positions that make a difference in W/Ls all by themselves are
    1) WR, but we don’t need a first round WR with doubts when we have 2 superstar WRs already that we know can make plays in the NFL.
    2) QB, but the QBs this year are more shaky than Tua.
    3) EDGE rusher, but they come with some bust risk themselves (Dion Jordan?)
    and would need to beat out either Phillips or Ogbah,
    both of whom are playing well and in whom we have invested a ton.
    4) CB but we are set there as well.

  25. naplesfan2010 says:

    IF we could get Travon Walker at about pick 13, we could probably afford that, and he’d be worth trading up to get, but again, who do you sit down to make his playing time worth the extra draft capital?
    I’d rather stand pat and see if Tindall or Chenal or Anderson drops to us at 102.
    … …
    Now maybe we could be ready with a trade up to earlier into the 3rd to snag one of those guys or a similar talent.
    How much would that cost us?
    This is why I would’ve saved Devante Parker. To use him to trade up in the 3rd on draft day.
    oh well

  26. Rockphin says:

    F int auto correct

  27. Rockphin says:


  28. naplesfan2010 says:

    On the other hand
    the article below is depressing, as most of these players have not made much impact in the NFL,
    so maybe as Tim says, we need to try everything possible to move up or risk getting at best a rotational sub @ 102.

  29. randydolfan1947 says:

    BACK UP & AT ‘EM after 10, that’s right, 10 hours sleep!!!
    JESUS this shit REALLY knocked me for a loop!!
    ABOUT our forever hunt for a top notch Offensive Line; I’d trade an early draft pick NEXT SEASON for the “right” guy who can step in and protect Tua’s blind side RIGHT NOW. THIS WILL lengthen Tua’s career and allow us a chance to, dare I say it, FINALLY WIN A PLAYOFF GAME THIS CENTURY!!!
    BIG QUESTION IS: Is the Dolphins’ F.O. capable of recognizing the “right” guy??? Or do we need someone else making this ultra-important decision?? WADDYA SAY, FOLKS???

  30. uwantwat says:

    You’re correct, there is NO superstar draft prospect in this draft. We should keep next years picks in our pocket. This year, draft BPA and get some UDFA in. Might be a keeper or two amongst them.

  31. uwantwat says:

    What say we see what the NEW coaches think of the youngsters we kept.?Hell, AJ, Eich and Dieter were thrown to the wolves last year with a 1st year OL coach who had no idea what he doing. CoCos who couldn’t plan how to wipe my butt let alone plan a game. Then the sacked HC who wouldn’t even talk to his staff or players. They had NO chance to really succeed. Spite of this they won 9 games.
    Lets see what happens with the NEW coaching staff and F/As we bought in?
    Then make a judgement.

  32. Krishna says:

    I don’t even read the narratives on Tua…I’ve followed him for some time….few years at AL.

    I expect him to show up and get to another level with a fucking completely rebuilt O…lol!

    • Krishna says:

      My only concern ever about Tua was his ability to take a hit…

      He’s been coming off injuries for last two years…hope to see a healthy Tua.

  33. uwantwat says:

    I do too. He gets crucified by Florio and others of his ilk.

  34. uwantwat says:

    Nope exactly right. I used to read his site well before he sold out to NBC. Rosentall that entitled midget was one of his writers at the time. Any little piece of gossip made their bylines.It’s much worse now, I gave them away years ago. So indicative of the title of U75.

    • steveccnv says:

      Tua’s biggest knocks are his arm, height and health

      We’ve seen guys like Montana, Brees and Pennington excel with weaker arms

      Brees also had the height issue, but was slower in the pocket

      Health issues no one knows, so let’s forget about it for the moment

      Being short with only avg arm strength you need 2 of these 3, great speed or pocket presence, accuracy, ability to read a D at a high level

      Tua has the accuracy down, is pretty good in the pocket, but not great, although likely close enough, his ability to read a D needs some work, but decent

      Once Tua masters reading a D, he’ll take that next step and be elite

      Not sure it will happen this year, but with the new weapons and OL it might not matter

      I predict Tua has a better career, than Brees, as long as injuries don’t derail him

  35. sb7mvp says:

    This team already has enough youth and potential. We need more veteran presence and production. If we are going to trade future picks for players, they don’t need to be for this year’s draft. They need to be for players who can contribute now. However, there are actually players in FA that we could grab now without giving up picks.

  36. Wyoming85 says:

    I like it!

  37. uwantwat says:

    Seems a lot of people forget Brees sat behind the starter for the best of 4 years when with the Chargers. Aaron Rodgers sat for 4 years behind Favre in GB. Nowadays, you’re expected to be the perfect QB by year 2. Rubbish, it takes longer than 2 years to fully develop and they still need a team around them.

    • bailbondmike says:

      ^ I think this is why many more fail.

    • steveccnv says:

      Brees didn’t sit for 4 years, he played 1 game his rookie year, then was the starter

      He just wasn’t very good until Payton got ahold of him

      What would Brady be without belicheat?

      Big Ben without the Pitt system?

      Montana without Walsh?

      We know what Young was before Walsh

  38. uwantwat says:

    Yes…he is worth it.

  39. CavalierKong says:

    I believe it was DT3, good ol’ Daniel Thomas

  40. bailbondmike says:

    They should organize a draft for NFL cheerleaders just like the one for players.
    CBS and ESPN would provide profiles and action vids of the 250 top prospects in the US.
    They could have a combine in Naples in February for the women to show off the skills needed to be a good cheerleader. Like scissor high kicks, bendover pompom shakes, etc. you get the picture.
    We could all do Mock Drafts of the various women, debating which ones would do best while sweating in the Miami sun for example.
    THIS is the bestest idea I have heard in a very long time!!! I can see the posting and reposting on here of the top 250 highlight videos in my head right now!

    Of course, I may have to come up with an excuse to my wife for why I am more frisky than normal.
    BBM in February: “Hey Baby, it’s a little chilly here in Pensacola. You want to drive down to Naples for a few days?” lol

    Post of the year, so far!

  41. stangerx says:

    San Fran used 21 personnel (2 running backs and 1 tight end) the most in the NFL last year. A total of 425 snaps, 147 more snaps than the team that did it 2nd most.

    In 2021, the Dolphins ran 21 personnel 10 times (1% of their offense).

  42. bailbondmike says:

    Dang, Omar surprised me on this one to where I agree on all areas of “need”. Not that they are serious needs. Also like a good number of the players he talks about. I like the trade up targets but don’t want to do it, especially trading into 1st for who he talks about getting.

    “Best-case scenarios for Dolphins at positions of need in the NFL draft”

    • bailbondmike says:

      Some of the trade up targets are potential 2nd rounders though.

      I don’t care for his CB trade up target.

    • mf13ss says:

      I think Brandon Smith, ILB, PSU, could be a viable trade-up candidate for us… granted he falls to the 3rd round. We wouldn’t have to trade major future assets in order to procure him, say early in the 3rd round.

  43. mf13ss says:

    sb7mvp says:
    April 16, 2022 at 11:17 am
    This team already has enough youth and potential. We need more veteran presence and production. If we are going to trade future picks for players, they don’t need to be for this year’s draft. They need to be for players who can contribute now. However, there are actually players in FA that we could grab now without giving up picks.

    So let’s say a stud RT can be traded for… we’d have the assets by which to trade for him by keeping our fantastic 2023 Draft war chest intact post-2022 Draft. Great call, SB7!

  44. naplesfan2010 says:

    Well if they do the Cheer Combine
    aka the Underwear Olympics in Naples,
    you are all invited to my place for the after party.
    … …
    There’s a Dave and Busters here where we could continue Stanger’s awesome “night before” tradition of billiards, barbecue, and bourbon, then the next day we could tailgate at the Hertz Arena to watch our Dolphins select 7 new C’Leaders to take our team to the next level, then rally back to my place to wind down from all the excitement with any and all appropriate relaxers.
    … …
    Let’s all suggest this annual event to Goodell. It would make the league some big bucks in TV revs.

  45. naplesfan2010 says:

    per the draft idea above,
    Am thinking we should give this one an extension to her rookie contract.

  46. sb7mvp says:

    So we have to root against San Fran again this year right?

  47. mf13ss says:

    Mike E,

    This one’s for you! LOL

  48. Wyoming85 says:

  49. Mike E. says:

    Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

  50. Tim Knight says:

    Adding to what Stanger said earlier about the 49ers using more 21 personnel than any other teams in the league; that fits Tua’s skill set. I don’t think McDaniel would have taken the job if he didn’t believe that. Then we add all this speed at WR and RB including franchising Gesicki. It’s a good fit.

    Lots of people think speed is always about deep passes and breaking long runs. Sometimes it’s about being open often and getting chunk yards. It’s a ball control offense with big play opportunities. Not a vertical offense.

    • bailbondmike says:

      Yep, looking forward to it!

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think re-signing Smythe is a big part of it too. He can block and play a role in the chain moving pass game. Guys like him get open with all the speed stretching the field. The backs catching out the backfield will play a big role too. I see a lot of 12, 21 and 22 personnel in this offense. Of course we’ll see 11 personnel because everyone uses that. I expect less empty backfields though.

  51. randydolfan1947 says:

    MANITOBA: – – YOU WATCHIN’ the Jets at the Lightning right now?? – – It’s 4-4 after two periods. It’s had hard hits & cheap shots; great passing and lots of penalties (some UNcalled)!! Everything EXCEPT REALLY GOOD GOALTENDING!!! My Mrs. is watching “DR. JEFF, ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET,” right now while I, like any Canadian born male, am watching the NHL!!

    VERY entertaining game, BUT – – -, neither of these teams look like Stanley Cup Finalists right now.
    BUT, things can change during the last few weeks of the regular season, eh??

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Yes watching at local watering hole .. We lose today, they may as well stay there and golf … good intense game 👍👍

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Good to see you back.

      • randydolfan1947 says:

        AT MY AGE it’s good to be anywhere!!! But I’ve slept 12 of the last 24 hours in an effort to get past this bout with the devil. Should be just fine by Monday!!
        Update: STAMKOS SCORES for the Lightning, putting the Bolts up 5-4!! Fans ROARING at Amalie Arena.

  52. randydolfan1947 says:

    SERGACHEV puts the Bolts up 7-4 with just over 4 minutes to go. Is it time for the Jets to break out the golf clubs?

  53. Tim Knight says:

    OD, what do you think of the status of our team as it stands today?

    • randydolfan1947 says:

      TIM; I AM HOPING that our team is greatly improved over the team that went 9-7 last season. I really like the acquisitions during the off season so far. But the gaping hole on Tua’s blind side has yet to be addressed adequately in my opinion. And this team won’t go far in the playoffs if Eichenberg is our starting right tackle on opening day. We’ve GOT TO DO BETTER at right tackle. That’s why I favor moving into a position in the draft where we can find the “right guy” to play that position, even if we have to trade a high pick next season to get him.
      I’m only somewhat concerned about our rookie head coach. As you know, the Dolphins HAVE NEVER WON A PLAYOFF GAME WITH A HEAD COACH WHO HAS NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE AS AN NFL HEAD COACH!!! – – NEVER!!–
      But, of course, he has to SHOW ME!! STEVE ROSS has yet to make the “right choice” at the head coaching position during his long tenure as primary owner of the Dolphins. But even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut, so there is hope. But I, for one, am of the opinion that Ross has long since proven he’s utterly useless when it comes to picking the right people to run his franchise. And that’s NOT really an opinion. It’s a FACT!! AS of now, I’m unchanged in my opinion that Miami’s greatest need is a NEW OWNER who can pick the right people to run the franchise. And if our first-time NFL head coach turns out to be just another failure in Ross’s long history of head coaching failures, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

      BUT, as a lifelong fan, I always have at least a little hope that even Steve Ross can’t snuff out. – – The hope of upcoming Playoff Success like we had during the Robbie/Shula years!

      The calendar says I’m running out of time. I want at least one more Super Bowl Championship before I die!!

      • Tim Knight says:

        Fair enough! It’s time to try and win. I’m tired of draft and develop as we go through multiple HCs. The 2022 season is going to be very interesting. 🙂

      • randydolfan1947 says:

        Time to walk the Greyhound and hit the sack. The Dolphin playoff victory clock is ticking for both of us. Cancer plays no favorites. We both want to see a Dolphins playoff victory THIS SEASON!

  54. bailbondmike says:

    I did a $100,000 bond and GPS this afternoon on a wife for Aggravated Battery-Domestic Violence. Lady shot her husband. He is in a coma right now but in serious (not critical) condition and expected to recover. I had to load exclusion areas in the GPS consisting of victim living address and work address which is the norm but also had to load the hospital address.

    This whole case is a mess. The victim was arrested himself for Felony Battery by Strangulation on the wife back in November. In February, the judge approved a motion to lift the “No Contact Order” and changed it to “No Violent Contact” (not uncommon). Three weeks later he was arrested for Misdemeanor Domestic Battery on the Wife. He bonded out and was given another “No Violent Contact” order in this new case. A week Later they rearrested him for Contempt of Court in the Felony case for violating the “No Violent Contact” order for the misdemeanor battery charge.

    He was refusing a deal of Pre-Trial Intervention (which is a good deal if you are actually guilty) so the State filed to revoke his first bond in the Felony case due to his contempt of court charge. The judge approved it but then they recalled the warrant for having his bond revoked as he decided to take the plea deal for Pre-Trial Intervention.

    This is where it gets foggy (for me). My understanding is that the husband was under the impression that if the wife would go to the State Attorney office and do an affidavit requesting to drop the misdemeanor battery charge, the State would be willing to drop it and subsequently drop the contempt charge. Then all he would have to do is complete his Pre-Trial Intervention.

    He called his wife and asked her to come over so they could talk about it as they still just had the “No Violent Contact” order. He was temporarily living at the automotive shop he worked at. She went to see him and apparently declined his request to file an affidavit to drop his other charge. A verbal argument ensued and then it got physical where she said he knocked her down and they were fighting on the ground. She got away and got to her car. She was able to retrieve a gun from the car and she shot him.

    The arresting officers feel that if she was able to get to the car and retrieve a gun, he must not have been chasing after her. Therefore, she could have just as easily got in the car, locked the door, left and called the police.

    I was in an interview room with her to go over bond conditions and the GPS with her. She started to tell me more in there, but I had to shut her up since everything I do is audio and video recorded. I noticed MANY bruises on her.

    All right lawyers, does she have a case to beat this charge? I think so. I can find no other cases in his past other than what I have mentioned but don’t mean it didn’t happen. With the husband’s recent history, especially the violent battery by strangulation, I think it could be proven that her first instinct would be to protect herself.

    • randydolfan1947 says:

      GUYS WHO REPEATEDLY beat women need their nuts cut off!! – – Just that simple. I worked many shifts in both civilian and military hospitals as a weekend emergency room X-Ray tech. This guy doesn’t need rehab. He needs a VERY LONG SENTENCE in a penitentiary where he’ll meet some VERY LARGE MEN on a regular basis. I have absolutely NO SYMPATHY for those who repeatedly commit these gutless acts.


    • stangerx says:

      Seems “getting off” would mean self defense and whether he was an immediate threat to her when she pulled the trigger. A whole lot of mitigating circumstances though, which could produce a plea deal to a lesser charge.

  55. steveccnv says:

    Not sure how some of you guys think we’re going to draft a rookie, especially on the OL and think he’s going to somehow beat out a vet right away or any time during the season, and if he did…

    We don’t pick until 102, the chances of us making a trade or standing pat and getting an above avg starter is slim at best

    If our FO doesn’t think we have an RT, then go get an FA

    Just put Hunt out there and be done with it

    I’d rather have Hunt at RT, even though he may be a better guard, it’s a more important position

    • bailbondmike says:

      He (RT) is on the roster already. His name is Larnel Coleman! lol

    • Tim Knight says:

      The best 5 for what we want to run is what the coaches will do. Right now it looks like Armstead at LT and Deiter at C. Other than that I could see it being open based on who fits where. Outside of Collins it’s a young group competing.

      I saw an interview with Austin Jackson and he said one thing we know is we’ll be moving, so running and stamina is a part of our conditioning this year.

  56. uwantwat says:

    On all this RT talk, IMO just let these qualified coaches work with what we have. They’ll sort it out.
    Only player I still want is Tretter. But hell there must be a good RT from these players.: A.J., Eich. Robert Jones, Larnel Coleman and Robert Hunt. I prefer Hunt at OG though. Conor Williams has played RT in the NFL as well.
    The OL they settle on will be much better.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yeah man, when you have a HC that is all about blocking the play first – from everyone including WRs, and an OC that has been an OL coach, you know what’s happening here. We spend a lot of time talking about Tua and the passing game. It’s the running game that coach McD is known for. That’s where it all starts. That helps our opportunistic defense, field position and STs, all three phases.

  57. steveccnv says:

    Tua and Waddle picked up where they left off from Bama, game 1, he really didn’t play like a rookie

    I expect Waddle to get at least as many yards as he did last year, Hill will be the one that needs to get into a rhythm with Tua

    Gone are the days when our WRs caught a 5 yard pass, peeled back a couple of yards and got tackled behind where the reception was caught, Landry anyone

    Prediction, if Tua throws less than 10 picks we’ll have a playoff season, 10 or more and we may still get in but it will be week 18 before we clinch

  58. uwantwat says:

    Man I haven’t been this excited about our team in 30 years. Do i think it’s a SB team? Maybe not, but it will be a playoff team. In the AFC this year that’ll mean something, there are at least 12 potential playoff teams. It won’t be easy but we will be amongst the contenders rather than being a pretender.
    That’s a nice feeling.

  59. uwantwat says:

    Landry can keeping of another big payday! He’s always been OBJ’s bitch.

  60. Wyoming85 says:

    Which came first?
    The chicken, the egg, or the rabbit???

  61. Ken says:

    Our RT:

  62. randydolfan1947 says:

    “NOT SURE why some of you think we can draft a player and he’s going to beat out a vet right away” says one observer. WELL, it’s already happened. The Tampa Bay Bucs had a gaping hole at tackle when they signed Tom Brady to be their QB. So they went out and signed Tristan Wirfs in the 1st round to fill the gap. He helped lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl victory his first year in the NFL.. And he’s started every game at tackle since being drafted. Now I’ll admit you likely WON’T find a player of this caliber with pick #102. That’s why I favor using a very high draft pick for 2023 and trading that pick (along with a combo of other picks and players) to get a high enough pick in the upcoming draft to plug that huge hole at tackle. At THAT POINT, we will truly be “ALL-IN” for the upcoming season!
    OF COURSE there’s always the possibility that Coleman, Hunt or Eichenberg will be as good as Wirfs and we’ll be all set in the O-Line. But, in my heart, I DON’T THINK any of those three will “Get the Job done” well enough. I DO BELIEVE that our decade-long problems in the O-Line will remain just that if we DON’T make the huge move to move up in this draft.
    THIS TIME next year we’ll still be looking for “The Right Guy” at Tackle.

    • steveccnv says:

      Who is this guy from the draft you desperately want to plug and play at RT, and what is it going to cost us to get him?

      If he’s top 10 we’re going to have to use both 2023 1sts +

      Or we can get an FA on a 1 yr contract and reevaluate next year

  63. uwantwat says:


  64. uwantwat says:

    RE Landry post.

  65. Phindog says:

    Happy Easter everyone 🐕

  66. stangerx says:

    I really don’t get the suggestions of trading future picks for an RT in this draft. We are already set up to have Jackson (a mid-first pick) and Eich (a top half 2nd) to compete for the job. They’d both have to crash for us to get burned. And we could always switch Hunt to RT if both did.

    Plus if the guy we took was worth it — we’d be giving up on both Jackson and Eich without seeing what we had. That’s a waste of draft capital too.

    If I was gonna play with future picks would be to take a C. Maybe some 2nd/3rd day 2023 picks to move up to the 2nd for a guy who is a legit compete for Dieter.

  67. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

  68. bailbondmike says:

    TBH, with Armstead and Willams on the left and Hunt at RG, I am really confident with Deiter in the middle of them as our starting Center. Not to mention, Grier has said other teams have asked about trading for Deiter. So, there are other teams who view Deiter as a good Center they would want to start for them.

    We need a backup for Deiter and one that has versatility. I think it will be the guy they brought in on a visit in LT/OC Zach Tom. I don’t see us signing Tretter.

    I think they already have a picture of a starting 4 on the OL and it is just going to come down to who can win the starting RT position between Jackson, Eich and Coleman. The other 2 will be our backup OT’s. We also have LT Greg Little and OT Adam Pankey fighting for a roster spot.
    Can the vet Greg Little move to RT? Who knows? Everything about OT Kion Smith I read says he is not a good fit for the offense as he is lacking in athletic ability, but again, who knows?

    As backup OG’s, we have Kindley and Robert Jones. Could a rejuvenated Kindley win back the RG position and Hunt moves to RT?

    With this new offense and blocking scheme, I think Kindley could surprise everyone.

    I actually feel optimistic going into TC with who we have on the roster. That could all change after June 1 cuts also. We still have plenty of money.

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