Below is the depth chart the Dolphins released Monday evening in advance of their preseason opener against Jacksonville. Look at the depth chart, study it, memorize if you wish.
Then consider the fact it is already obsolete.
True enough, the depth chart below is meant to meet NFL guidelines concerning the release of a depth chart. That's it. Coaches aren't even paying it any mind. It is not even how the Dolphins are truly lining up these days in practice.
Consider that Sean Smith moved ahead of Eric Green for Monday's drills. Consider that Randy Starks and not Phillip Merling is getting first-team snaps at RDE. Also consider I believe that was done to send Merling a message because he's a gamer but not, shall we say, a practicer -- a player who excels during practice.
Consider that Cameron Wake is buried on fourth team when, in fact, he's getting some second team repetitions in practice these days.
Also consider that Brandon Frye is getting snaps at offensive tackle. And that Donald Thomas is expected to shoot up the depth chart starting by next week when the next one is released. (That's me predicting that based on what I've been told.)
So is this depth chart a waste of valuable Internet space? Am I filling up the Internet with Dolphins propaganda?
Check out where Ernest Wilford finds himself today. He's fifth among five tight ends. Now you tell me, what chances you think he has of climbing out of that hole?
Check out Ikechuku Ndukwe mired at right tackle despite the fact he was a guard all of last year. Ndukwe better play like a man these next three weeks or something tells me he'll be job hunting in early September.
Finally, you see how Courtney Bryan is ahead of rookie Chris Clemons at SS. Don't pay attention to that. Clemons is making this team and, as I wrote in the previous blog, he's got a chance to push for a starting job in the dime package.
So have fun with the "official" but very tentative depth chart.
WR 19 Ted Ginn, 82 Brian Hartline, 11 Anthony Armstrong, 87 Chris Williams, 14 James Robinson
LT 77 Jake Long, 63 Andrew Gardner
LG 65 Justin Smiley, 76 Brandon Frye, 60 Mark Lewis
C 64 Jake Grove, 67 Joe Berger
RG 61 Shawn Murphy, 57 Andy Alleman, 66 Donald Thomas
RT 72 Vernon Carey, 68 Ike Ndukwe, 75 Nate Garner
TE 80 Anthony Fasano, 88 David Martin ,81 Joey Haynos, 86 John Nalbone, 18 Ernest Wilford
WR 15 Davone Bess, 83 Greg Camarillo, 17 Brandon London, 84 Patrick Turner
QB 10 Chad Pennington, 7 Chad Henne, 6 Pat White
FB 36 Lousaka Polite
RB 23 Ronnie Brown, 34 Ricky Williams, 38 Patrick Cobbs, 26 Lex Hilliard, 45 Anthony Kimble
LE 70 Kendall Langford, 94 Randy Starks, 90 Rodrique Wright, 79 Ryan Baker
NT 95 Jason Ferguson, 96 Paul Soliai, 93 Louis Ellis, 62 Joe Cohen
RE 97 Phillip Merling, 78 Tony McDaniel, 71 Lionel Dotson
SLB 99 Jason Taylor ,74 Quentin Moses, 49 Tearrius George, 98 Matt Roth
ILB 52 Channing Crowder, 53 Reggie Torbor, 48 Orion Martin
ILB 51 Akin Ayodele, 58 William Kershaw, 59 J.D. Folsom
WLB 55 Joey Porter, 56 Charlie Anderson, 50 Erik Walden, 91 Cameron Wake
LCB 25 Will Allen, 24 Vontae Davis, 32 Jason Allen, 22 Joey Thomas
RCB 21 Eric Green, 31Sean Smith 33, Nate Jones, 27 Will Billingsley
FS 28 Gibril Wilson, 29 Tyrone Culver
SS 37 Yeremiah Bell, 47 Courtney Bryan, 30 Chris Clemons
P 2 Brandon Fields
K 5 Dan Carpenter
KO 5 Dan Carpenter, 3 Connor Barth
H 2 Brandon Fields
KOR 19 Ted Ginn, 87 Chris Williams
PR 15 Davone Bess, 87 Chris Williams
LS 92 John Denney
Today's Classic Training Camp Moment is more about a former Dolphins player than about the Dolphins themselves. Guard John Bock played gritty, sometimes ornery dude who was undersized but endowed with a big heart. He played with the Dolphins from 1996-2000.
But he didn't start his career in Miami. Fact is, it started with the Buffalo Bills 15 years ago. Well, I asked him for a Classic Moment and he sent me the following e-mail on Monday:
"15 years ago [Sunday] I was playing in my first NFL game for Buffalo on Monday night. Late in the 3rd quarter Marv Levy called for me. He let me know that my wife had just gone to the hospital and was in labor. He asked me if I wanted to play or go right to the hospital. I told him it wouldn't do my daughter any good if I didn't have a job. He put me in and I played really well. After the game one of the equipment people gave me his old pickup truck and I received a police escort to the hospital. The officers were going so fast that I couldn't even keep up with them.
"Long story short, I got to the hospital on time to witness the birth of my daughter, Ashley. My wife was beside herself because 15 players showed up and all the nurses were out getting autographs while the guys ate wings and pizza in the waiting room."
The life of an NFL player ... amazing.