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The Dolphins priority has got to be pass-rush

Yesterday I presented to you the positions of need for the Dolphins.

Yesterday I asked you to give me what you believe to be Miami's priority in the coming April 25-26 draft.

Today I'll tell you I believe the priority for the Dolphins will be pass-rush, followed by cornerback, followed by wide receiver.

Why pass rush?

Because that's Bill Parcells running the draft and he believes in knocking down the quarterback and winning at the line of scrimmage. Because a great pass rush instantly improves your secondary. Because a great pass rush gets the defense off the field. Because a great pass rush can turn a promised field goal try into a punt. Because Joey Porter was Miami's sack leader in 2008 and he is 32 years old. Because Matt Roth was second on the team in sacks last year with only five. Because Jason Taylor is more likely to sign with New England after the draft. Because Cameron Wake has great pass-rush potential but has shown it only in the CFL.

None of this means the Dolphins won't add a cornerback. It doesn't mean they will turn their backs on a receiver. Fact is, they're probably going to pick the highest player on their board regardless of position.

But pass-rush is very important in my opinion. And that makes it the priority area the Dolphins cannot overlook.

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d4l, it will be who ever is there. unless they move up. as long as they do not pull a browns move.

Clueless as usual, the pass rush is fine, DB should be a priority and shoring up the O-line.

Agree 100% it gonna be pass rush 1st, but if a top db is there at 25 like Sean Smith it will be hard to pass up.Also i think O-line is gonna be drafted before WR too. We need more depth to replace our injury prone gaurds if they go down again.

i think its db unless someone big falls to them on the pass rush side. its true that a good pass rush makes your db's better but if you dont have any db's its a moot point.

I still think the trifecta will go BPA from their board.
With that said a lot depends on how things shake out with teams trading up and down in the 1st, including possibly Miami.
I see CB Butler @ 25, OLB Sintim @ 43, NT Brace @56, as our first 3 picks if they are still on the board when we pick at those spots.

Pass rush still gets addressed early, but I think Miami has Darius Butler rated very high with his big upside.
Just a wild hunch of how I read the trifecta's musings to date...IMO

Can't say I'd be disappointed at all if we ended up with that scenario to Day 1...would you? :)

I hope a CB that they like falls into their lap in the first round so they can more strongly consider re-signing JT. It would ruin his whole career if he wound up playing in New England for a few seasons and Dolphins' fans wound up rooting against JT for years.

Marino could have gone to Minnesota to throw to Randy Moss when Wannstedt didn't want him in Miami, but he wanted to remain a Dolphin for life. Dolfans understood JT going to Washington last year. We will not understand him going to New Englad.

You win the game at the lines, offense and defense......very simple and at this point we need DT... a pass rusher who can plug the middle able to stop the run and pressure from the inside.... after that... WR, OLB.... CB etc..etc... and I don't think Jason Taylor is the answer either.....good player, nice to have him at the right price.....

"Good afternoon my name is scoop..may I take your order please?"

Practice up Mando!

I've decided to give you an exclusive one on one interview..PSYCH..LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Ok Mando, is it true or not that NFL rules prohibit the fins from signing JT till after the draft ot lose the Redskins pick?

If thats the case no more stories on JT please, JT aint going to the Patsies, he is a Dolphin again.

And the pick is in..."In the third round, with the 87th pick, the Miami Dolphins select,out of Stillman College...Sammie Lee Hill!"
A 6'4 330lb behemoth who is powerful yet light on his feet. Ready to raise havoc on AFC eastern division centers and blow up the middle.

It's funny, because there are not a lot of positions open at OLB, and the draft is deep in linebackers, so you would think that would not be an early pick. And yet we know it will.

I also agree we're going BPA within our positions of need (which are a lot). That means just about anybody's name could be called. I do think we're seriously looking at CB for round one, but only if the right guy slides to us. If not, you'll see a linebacker or lineman. Then in round two you'll see WR.

The only question is, will the addition of a player this size and an appetite to match, cause a heated rivalry with the Big Tuna at the team's buffet lunches? Could be interesting to watch. What do think, Menace??

AFTER LOOKING AT THE ROSTER AND TTHE NEED WE GO CB TWICE. DARIUS BUTLER THEN SEAN SMITH THERE'S NO GOOD DT AND ONLY RAJI CAN PLAY TOUGH ENOUGH TO PLAY THE NOSE. BY PICKING BUTLER, AND SMITH THEY GET TWO LOCK DOWN BACKS THAT CAN PLAY TIGHT AND PREVENT THOSE QUICK SLANTS. CB IS A HARD POSITION TO GET IN THE DRAFT AND THESE TWO ARE THE BEST THIS CLASS HAS TO OFFER. I KNOW JENKINS IS OUT THERE AND THESE GUYS ARE NOT THE BALLHAWK HE IS BUT THEY ARE FASTER AND JUST AS PHYSICAL. TAYLOR WANTS TO BE WITH HIS FAMILY AND COULD HAVE SIGNED WITH THE BILLACHEATS ALREADY IF THAT WAS IT SOME PEOPLE DO PUT FAMILY OVER MONEY AND THE TEAM NEEDS A PASS RUSHER. KNOWING THAT TAYLOR WOULD NOT ONLY TAKE LESS MONEY AND THEY CAN BOLSTER THEIR LB HE CAN HELP BRIDGE THE GAP UNTIL THEY FIND THAT GUY WHO THEY ALREADY DID IN WAKE.IF THAT THING JEFF WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS TRUE CHAD WOULD BE STARTING AND NOT CHAD SO THERE LADIES YOU HAVE IT............... THEY GET....... BUTLER.......SMITH...... MURPHY...

parcells will always take the best player available that fits regardless of position.

I still believe they should look at WR first. Kenny Brit is a good fit at one (hey that rhymns). Making from for Chad Henne to florish next year. Or, if they could get a veteran WR on the cheap, then go CB, then DE.

Shaggy, you were not paying attention last season. Each week we saw QB after QB given enormous amounts of time. Porter's sack total can be misleading, because our QB pressure was not consistent- not even close.

In fact, I've said here before that I think ou CBs played outstanding football given the amount of time they had to cover. Therefore, I wouldn't look for a CB until after WR.

In any case, I agree with Armando that pass-rushing DL/LB is our priority. And I'll bet a box of doughnuts that Parcells does, too.

Lastly, BP is not a "best available player" guy- that was the mantra of a previous administration, whose name should be forgotten. Was Jake Long the best player available last year? Noper, BP drafted the player he needed for his system and needs. He will do the same this year.

Anyone wanna take the box of doughnuts bet?

One more thing, if there is not a player in the DL/LB position worthy of our pick when it rolls around, BP will trade down (as opposed to simply taking the best available player).

WE WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL AND I WISH WE WILL WINTHE AFC EAST ALSO,PLEASE SIGN OUR HONEY AND THE BEST PLAYER EVR IN NFL HISTORY EVEN BETTER THAN DAN THE MAN MARINO, TUNA AND CO SHOULD SIGN HIM TODAY BEFORE JETS OR NEW ENGLAND TRICK HIM IN JOINING THEM THE IN DEVIL ROLE ON THEIR TEAM WHICH COULD BE THE END OF OUR DREAMS OF TAKE THE AFC EAST BY STORM SO PLEASE GOD HELP US AND KEEP THEM BUSY WITH OTHER STUFF THEN WE CAN TRICK THEM AND HAVE JASON THE BUTTER OF OUR FUTURE TEAM COM HOME AND COOK SUPER BOWL DINNER FOR US,PRAISE THE LORD ADN GO FINS AND JESUS IS THE BEST QB EVER AFTER DAN MARINO.

need bad to get a better QB and give jason a 3 years contract w/12 mil and call it a day,jason did a lot for us and can help our young studs in time of need as he did in his last year here to guide the young in the 1-15 season,come home jason and love us as one.

I see it as OLB Sintim, CB Butler, WR Britt, not bad for first two rounds!


Pass rush is definitely the top priority. When the Phins had Trace Armstrong and Taylor wreaking havoc in the backfield, Madison and Surtain were at their best. By the way, both were 2nd round picks. So, pass rush first , then get some CB's.

I believe the priority is all 3 positions DB,WR,OLB

dat said we draft the best player available in those 3 positions.

Count on it !!

Unless Ron brace is around we draft a NT or 2 in day 2 or later.

In the trade with the raiders the dolphins moved up in the fourth round so they really have four picks that should produce starters. I agree that pass rush in important, but JT would be a good leader and transition for another two years. CB should be the first pick unless a player in another position falls down the board. I think the first second round pick should be a NT to plug up the middle, I think we have the talent at LB to get to the QB, but we need a NT to take on multiple blockers so the LBs can get free. The other 2nd rd pick should be WR. 3rd and 4th round picks should be interior OL and OLB/DE. The dolphins need to trade Beck and J.Allen away for more draft picks.

After looking at how Parcells drafted when he was at the Cowboys and Jets in the past I doubt the Dolphins will take a WR on the first day. Some analysts say that this is one of the deepest WR classes. Parcells was able to get P.Crayton in the seventh round. Other than Keyshawn Johnson, Parcells usually doesn't pick a WR in the early rounds. Unless one of the top WRs falls far in the draft I don't see Miami taking a WR early, they would probably trade out of the pick so a team could move up and take that WR, and in doing so pick up extra picks.

I read on CNN Si that this years crop of dbs won't be a first round pick in any other year.
I think they are going to take the best player available at 25 period.

Mando, kind of stating the obvious here, aren't you ? Of course they're going pass rushers in this draft...and to add to what you're saying, this draft is chock full of candidates. This is the Trio's MO on draft day...I would be surprised if they use either of the first 3 picks on WR. And that's fine with me...we need defensive help more than offensive help, the last 6 games last year showed that...

"Ok Mando, is it true or not that NFL rules prohibit the fins from signing JT till after the draft ot lose the Redskins pick?"

BWS -- That's an April fools joke complments of Phin Phantic that had some surprising legs. No offense to the site, but it makes you wonder about the sources for a lot of other stuff we read (more details on that blog).

The question is whether or not we as fans, and you as reporters are on the same page as the decision makers on the Fins.

Can we all erase the 08 season from out databases, delete it from memory and go back to coming off the 07 season, going into the 08 draft.

What was the plan? What did we as fans need for our team to do?

The answer is simple, we need a team built by the best, to last. We dont need anything more than anything else.

We need a young pass rusher

We need a # 1 DB

We need more help on the O Line (C - G)

We need more help at the D line (NT)

We need a # 1 WR

We need, we need, we need....

Welcome to year 2 of the rebuild, I hope for at least 9 - 7, 10 - 6 would be nice, but as long as these guys continue to build a younger, stronger, faster team. I am happy..

Don look at what we have to do to win now, look at what it takes to win for a while...

Haven't you be screaming about receiver, then Cb and others before we got here? If you truly believe that the line is where the game is won then you are a convert. Your column also said yesterday that we were fine at the nt position.
I disagree with that assessment. We currently have little to no pressure up the middle. Our guys were pushed around there last season. A strong nose tackle creates holes on the interior of the offensive line. This allows surprise blitzes from inside linebackers, safeties etc. Creating double team situations on the inside leaves someone a lane to the ball.

Miami will pick a DL that has upside, like ARM said Parcells luvs big guys puting fear in the back of quarterbacks heads, Miami really doesnt need a big CB unless Vontae Davis is available, honestly a decent CB will do good with big lineman running after these Qbs, theres Micheal Johnson 6'7 mayb 270 fast and long reminds me of JT but better. Theres Hood 6'4 300lbs hes no joke and yeah theres Brace but i would get him with my second second round pick if available.

I have no problem with the priority being a pass rusher....but I think it is also a priority for several teams. And there are question marks whether some of the players can transition from down lineman to rush linebacker. Again, Miami will draft whomever is highest on its board. If a receiver is rated higher than a pass rusher that is who they will take...

This is the real Ace. The real Ace does not mention any of the following words:references to Jason Taylor.
Begging player to return or stay
1-15
or stupid statements like giving JT a 3 year contract

We have three big needs:

1. pass rush, Porter isn't going to have that many sacks again ever.

2. CB (the WR's we play against this year are brutal)

3. WR, sooner of later you actually need to score a decent amount of points to win a game.

I think we pick best available at those three positions, with weight given to what the drop off is at each spot. If at 25, the trifecta has 1 CB, 3 WRs and 2 pass ruchers rated high, then I think they'd pick CB, and so forth.

Without a doubt football is won in the trenches. That's why we languished for years. Thats why we've never sniffed another super bowl since '84 even with Dan Marino here 15 of those years. Thats why Buffalo ran on us and Bruce Smith ran over us and Jim Kelly shredded us in the 90's during what was supposed to be Dan & Don's glory years. Thats why we were so tantalizingly close in games through 3 quarters but withered in the 4th
Thats why an immobile guy with clay feet named Vinny brought a Jets team back from 30-7 in the 3rd to beat us in '00. Its why JJ's teams tanked it from Thanksgiving onward.

No pass rush = no pass defense.

If your qb can't even see upfield and is running backwards for his life pass coverage never even gets to be an issue.

Last 2 super bowls. How were the games won?
Long sustained drives where the qb scrambled to make extra time for last minute come from behind wins. Great defensive lines close the deal and that never happens.

Give Parcells credit for adreesing the lines. We are not even close to being done there.
Beat NE, the 'Burg, Indy, Giants, Chargers, Cards? You don't have to mathch up at every single skill position talent wise - you'de never get there with Moss,Welker, LT, Sproles, Gates, Reggie Wayne,Ward,Jacobs,Fitz, Boldin etc.. Its a moving target week to week.
Kill the head and the body dies. You saw - Brady goes down - the Pats go down.Does Jim Sorgi leading the Colts scare you? Please. We saw the Giants and Cards before Warner and Eli and it wasn't pretty. How many last minute games did Big Ben pull out by buying an extra 2-3 seconds shedding someone or stepping up through a deteriorating pocket?


Try not to see the world the way you want to see it (prancing wrs with clean unis, man up corners who can cover an NFL receiver for 5+ seconds) but rather see it the way it is.

Keep your prima donna wrs, your 4.4 cover guys and give me some cave men beasts on both sides of the line who will kick some *** when the game is won in the 4th. I'll take the ring and you can enjoy your trip to the a meaningless game in Hawaii 2 weeks after the season when no one is watching.



i will be happy with any one from each position ....
DE's/LB's
1. Robert Ayers
2. Lawrence Sidbury
3. Marcus Freeman
CB's
1. Darius Butler
2. Alphonso Smith
3. Sean Smith

WR's
1. Hakeem Nicks
2. Kenny Britt
3. Brian Robiskie

That guy.....
we don't need cave men but we need wise men ,men with the smart ,we need jason and no one else

if pass rush is indeed the priority of priorities the dolphins would be complete fools not to sign jason taylor.

100 percent we need jason,hope he will forgive the fins and come back to save us all and love all as one

Klndry: I've not been screaming about anything. I do not scream. I have written that CB is a problem because, well, it is. I have written the team badly needs a No. 1 receiver because, guess what, it does.

But I recognize if the rest of the AFC is loading up with receivers and Tom Brady is coming back, the best way to overcome that is to knock him and all the other QBs on their keyster time after time after time.

George, you must have missed the fact that two starters are gone from the secondary.

mr ross should call tuna after lunch today and tell him to sign JT for 2 years to bring the magic to dolphins

Armando,

Make up your mind... Forever you've been screaming for a wr... Yesterday cb was our most pressing need. Today its pass rush... I understand that these are all big needs from the Dolphins and I get it, you're just trying to make the articles more interesting, but come on, all of these can't be the singular biggest need.

I think the pass rush and cb out weigh the need for a wr. I was impressed with the over achieving wr's last year and even though I think we should draft a receiver, it doesn't HAVE to be in the 1st round. Jason Allen is not a viable starter (nice way of saying bust) and Will Allen is a free agent next year. We need one if not two cb's to develop. Pass Rush is a big need too, as you said, it makes the cb's job easier and the Dolphins need pressure from someone other than Porter. We have two young players with alot of potential in Roth and Wake at OLB, but drafting another LB to throw in the mix is important as well.

So... considering, I guess I would say that Cb, pass rush, wr, and nt are our biggest needs in that order. But I agree Mando, that with the first pick, the Dolphins will most likely pick the best player available from those positions...

i agree with armando about the keyster thing but what about preventing our interception machine Chad from delevering these interceptions again and again

souljabeats: I don't SCREAM DAMMIT!

Seriously, you say yesterday I said CB was the priority. In truth, yesterday I asked you the blog world, to tell me what YOU thought was Miami's greatest priority. And I made the case for ALL the big needs such as OLB, CB and WR. So how did you read that and translate it to mean Armando is screaming for a CB?

yes, armando souljahbeats is right .you did scream for a CB but we can forgive you if you tell the truth

Armando,

Sorry, scream is not the right word, I'll give you that. How about, "You've been lobbying for a receiver for ever..."

better?

Jed screams for JT...

jed can't scream,he has no teeth.

Mando,

If Maualuga, Butler, or Nicks is available at 25, who would you go with? I'd be happy with either of the three.

Mando,

By the way, if Sedano moves to the morning spot, would you be interested in moving to his current time slot should it be offered to you? I would totally lobby for you. The numbers on your blog recently make a strong case for you to have a regular spot on the air. I know us hardcore Fins fans would greatly appreciate that.

OMG all you Jason Taylor lovers get a life... you make it seem like we are doomed if we dont sign him. Who cares we did it w/o him last year. I good really care less were he signs and even if he does sign. Also I was so for drafting a WR at the end of the year but now i totally see Trifecta is trying to do. The Bears made it to a superbowl with no offense...guraneted that didnt win but i mean come on! I think we have a 20 times better offense then they did! But PASS RUSH PASS RUSH PASS RUSH!!! I think Merling and Langford will be pretty good. They showed some potential last year. OLB or CB....I personally would like to trade down to get more picks!

is it just me, or do we hav a solid, pretty good offense? Its not the patriots or the cardinals, but dam good none the less. we have cp as starting quarterback, ch as back up. three up and coming receivers in bess, camarillo, and ginn (in that order), and a solid line (except for injuries). So why would we spend picks on wr? I agree with pass rush, and 2 cb in second round, unless some good wrs drop to us

iowa4life...
jason has the ability to change our destiny to better future if we gust sign him and make him happy again to guide our young nice new players who i call "the jason bunch" go jason .

yeah, souljah, i scream for jt -- you are a freak.
what i really scream for is the failings of the education system in the united states because its produced a bunch of retards such as yourself.
but, yeah, i really do think the dolphins could use the 2006 nfl defensive player of the year. seems rather simple to figure that one out.

jed, we can bring the 1989 defensive player of the year also.why you always screaming about your favorite man jason?LOL

and london at the end of that list, i like him lately.

Oh no! Not a personal attack from some toothless redneck that doesn't even know me!

... Jed, don't get upset at me because I don't think the Dolphins should bring your boyfriend JT back because he is old, past his prime and not committed to football.

And my girl friend keeps screaming at me to buy her a bloody wood coffe table,what should idO? may be i can find some old thing and paint the hell out of it and if she says any thing i will say oh dear it's antiuqe

jones from B.England

soulj...at least jason looks better than your cave man boy friend, and he will come back to lead our "jason bunch"

Let me guess and Matt Roth is going to be our shutdown corner...numbnuts

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