Clearing out the notebook as we head to today's interview session with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland:
Occassionally my job is to play fireman, putting out fires started by rumor-mongers or amateur bloggers posing as reporters with sources that are neither accurate nor credible.
One such continual fire fanned by various blog sites includes the seemingly annual rumor the Dolphins are about to change, tweak, adjust or altogether scrap their uniforms. The latest such rumor appeared on uniwatchblog.com.
I'm not even going to repeat what the blog "reported." But I will tell you it is not true.
Dolphins president and chief operating officer Bryan Wiedmeier tells me that nothing about the Miami uniform is changing for the 2009 season. Regardless what unnamed uniform sources may be saying, the president of the team is saying otherwise.
So Miami's current white, aqua and orange continues unchanged in 2009.
Not long after Jason Taylor became a free agent, nearly a dozen teams started calling to express interest in the possible future Hall of Famer.
The Bills called. The Packers called. The New York Jets called. Tampa Bay is interested as is New Orleans. The New England Patriots have shown interest through owner Robert Kraft, who has been quoted as saying if Taylor wants to play for the Pats, he (Kraft) can see that happening.
The Dolphins have not called or talked to the Taylor camp but remain are a darkhorse possibility because they would be interested under the right circumstances and they have home field advantage because Taylor lives in South Florida.
I draw two interesting points from this: Every single team in the AFC East has shown interest before the Dolphins have. Despite all this, the leading candidate to get Taylor remains the New England Patriots.
Nothing is likely to be done anytime soon. The timetable for getting this thing ironed out is around draft time, if not immediately afterward. Stay tuned.
The Dolphins did some fine work in finding undrafted college free agents last season. Davone Bess was one such find. Dan Carpenter was another.
The Dolphins are looking for more after this draft. A team source tells me the club would like to sign two or three college free agents that are more than just training camp bodies, but would actually have legitimate chances of making the team.
The club is looking high and low for such players.
And that's where the names Vincent and Victor Anderson come into play. Both are under-the-radar safeties who have the feel of college free agents with the chance to make a team. Both worked out in front of six teams at the Missouri Western Pro Day.
The Dolphins were one of the six teams.
Agent Jeffrey Wolf says Victor ran a 4.40 in the 40 and bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times -- impressive numbers for a 6-2 and 215-pound man. Vincent, also 6-2 and 215, ran a 4.42 and did the bench 23 times.
Anyway, file the names and keep them in mind.
After he conducts his NFL-mandated pre-draft press conference with the media today, Ireland will head to an online chat with Dolphins fans at the team's website, miamidolphins.com.
Ireland's decision to make himself available to fans is not the norm among NFL types so the Dolphins are breaking some ground here. He will be online starting around 10:45 a.m. and will stay for about 30 minutes. That means he'll answer maybe 20-25 questions.
If you want to post a question prior to the chat you can do so at http://www.miamidolphins.com/newsite/dolfanzone/qalive/qalive_login.asp.
The club will filter the crazy questions and comments so that means many of you are eliminated. But you should return here for the press conference update and to post your zaniness because, well, I've grown fond of you.