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Ten issues facing the Miami Dolphins

The last month or so has been interesting because tons of stuff has happened with the Dolphins that have led to many notions of what is about to happen. Some of those notions are probably well-founded (such as Joey Porter is going to get cut) while others aren't.

I figured today would be a good day to address some of these flights of fancy based on what I know, what experience tells me and, in some cases, what is only an educated guess.

1. Joey Porter. He will get cut. The Dolphins need to get Cameron Wake into games and they can't have Porter being a "progress stopper." Porter cannot stay around as a backup because he'd be a locker room cancer in that role. So Porter has played his final game for the Dolphins. This I know.

2. Gibril Wilson. I was talking to a Dolphins source about Wilson and without prodding, he told me, "All I know is we can get rid of anyone we don't think can do the job without it hurting our ability to get other players." So that tells me the Dolphins are strongly leaning toward getting rid of Wilson if they haven't decided to do so already. A free safety is supposed to be the final line of defense and it seemed like Wilson was instead an open invitation to score touchdowns. Add to that the fact he didn't bring any game-changing plays to the table, and I think you get the idea.

3. Elvis Dumervil. ESPN's Adam Schefter, perhaps the best information man in the business, said during the playoffs that Dumervil would be on "Miami's radar" based on the fact former Denver defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is now Miami's defensive coordinator. Well, Salguero, a relative peon by comparison, is telling you this will not happen. Dumervil will not be a Dolphin in 2010. First, the Broncos aren't going to let him go. Secondly, Dumervil isn't an unrestricted free agent, but rather will be a restricted free agent. Third, the Dolphins will not pay multiple draft picks plus a huge contract for Dumervil when their list of needs is immense and the draft is the most viable way for filling those needs. So we'll see who is right on this one.

4. Brandon Marshall. The Denver wide receiver will be traded. And it will not be to the Dolphins. I'm thinking more likely it will be to a team like Chicago. That part is a guess. The trade of Marshall part of the equation? Book it.

5. Anquan Boldin. This is a totally different situation than Marshall. The price tag has dropped on Boldin and the Cardinals will be looking to get something for him this offseason because he's a free agent after 2010 and they've already identified a replacement for him in Early Doucet. The Dolphins like Boldin. He's tough. He's big. He is not a diva. Did he complain about his contract? Yes. He had a legitimate complaint. Does that make him a bad dude? Absolutely not. The Cards will probably ask a second-round pick for him. Somebody will offer a fourth. Depending on how high the selection, I'd say he could be had for a third rounder. Doesn't mean the Dolphins will do it. But they will absolutely discuss it.

6. Channing Crowder. Many of you on my twitter, which you should be following are asking if Crowder will be cut based on his agreement with Porter on several issues during their radio appearance this week. That is not Crowder's biggest concern. His concern should be having a great offseason so that next year he can start 16 games, which he has not done since arriving in 2005. Crowder finished fifth on the team in tackles last season. Fifth. He had fewer than half the tackles he had in 2008. It was a bad year for him. That's the type of stuff that gets you replaced, not a couple of sentences on one radio show. Bottom line: I think Crowder stays.

7. Ted Ginn Jr. Dan Marino, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, recently said Ginn has the makings of a No. 1 receiver, that all he needs is time to develop. Salguero the peon disagrees. Oh, Ginn has the speed. But he doesn't seem to have the temperment or quickness or hands to be a No. 1 receiver. Now, I would never question what's in a man's heart. But I've seen this guy run out of bounds too many times when he could have gained an extra couple of yards. I've seen him drop too many passes in pressure situations. And last year he he regressed rather than progressed. I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid any more. I leave that to Marino.

8. Ronnie Brown. Many of you have asked if the Dolphins are going to re-sign him to a new contract. He is under contract for 2010 if there is no salary cap. And it is a virtual certainty there will be no salary cap. So I ask you, what is Miami's motivation for giving him a new long-term contract now? It seems wiser to let him come to training camp and prove himself (yes, again). It also seems wiser to get a better grasp on what the labor agreement is going to look like. Signing him to a long-term deal now is simply not wise. I assume the Dolphins recognize this.

9. Chad Pennington. He only works for the Dolphins under a strict set of circumstances: That he is healthy, first and foremost. And that he accepts that he is the backup to Chad Henne. Pennington is one of those guys that gets it. He won't be trouble as a backup. He won't step on Henne's toes. And he would bring value as an insurance policy against a Henne injury that neither Pat White nor Tyler Thigpen can offer. He is experienced. He is a great leader. But his return is absolutely, positively not done. I would say his return right now is 50-50 at best.

10. Jason Taylor. He is the antithesis to Joey Porter in that he doesn't go off like a cocked pistol ready to shoot everything in order to hit a small target. Taylor is more calculating. He was every bit as angry in 2010 as Porter because he was, in fact, platooned more than Porter. Taylor lost more snaps than Porter did as the Dolphins used third-down to get Cameron Wake and even Charlie Anderson more snaps. That made Taylor so unhappy he cooled on returning for 2010. Now, he obviously understands that if Porter isn't coming back, his chances of returning on a one-year contract improve. But the Dolphins are making no commitment to Taylor. And he, frankly, is making none to them. He'd like to be back in Miami if he's going to get an opportunity to rush the passer and play significant downs. If that's not the case, life will not end for Taylor. He will play somewhere. But to pretend to know where is crazy at this early stage in the process. 

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enrique1085,
I follow ProFootballTalk, ESPN's NFL blog, Kissing Suzy Kolber, a few of the FanNation feeds and I keep up with Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Jay Glazer's stuff on their respective sites/feeds. I also try to read the Sentinel's Dolphins blog from time to time, but that one's almost as bad as "Dolphins in Depth."

Bebo

oh yea i saw the funniest thing on jim rome the other day!!! chris johnson!! this dude actually think he can beat bolt in a foot race!! get real chris!! he said maybe not in the 100 but 50-60 yrds he would win. dont he know that when bolt usually win the race!! the first 50-60 yards!! after that he's just cruisin!!

Ace, you know I was talking about (the kicker) Jay Feely. He did a decent job but his mouth got him run off. The QB Jay Feeley wasn't around that long either and it's easy to get them confused.

just check what Dan da man Marino thinks of tgjr.
tony martin left dolphins Danny welcomed back;speed kills people.cant teach that.

Kilndry,

Just because I know he's tired of all the crazy trade talks.

I 'am a complete jackA$$ who has no clue of what i'm talking regaerding the dolphins or football. Just ignore me.

phinsfan from birth73 is really stop the madness, BUSTED !!!

band wagon express what dan said in the palm beach post article regarding Ginn was

“You’ve gotta have him in the game just because of his sheer speed and his ability to get down the field. Even if he’s a decoy sometimes, (opposing teams) have gotta cover him. He’s a legit guy to get down the field. Anytime you’ve got that kind of speed you’ve gotta have him in the game.” But if he’s on your team, he’s a guy who needs to play for you, just because of pure speed.”

I agree with Dan too but taken into context he isn't advocating for Ted Ginn because he mentions using him as a decoy which if he truly thought he could be a #1 receiver he wouldn't have said even if you use him as a decoy.

I'm up in DC, bout to get ready for this blizzard, but wanted to tell you folks that it's jersey day at work, and I'm the sole Dolphins jersey in a swarm of Redskins. It feels great to represent the best team in the NFL. And remember, we argue here, but on the field we're all on the same team. Peace out!

Great point, DC Finatic!

I feel your pain DC in regards to the blizzard and the jersey; I lived in Detroit for 10 years and had to endure the endless winters there, and i always wore my Dolphins leather jacket everywhere I went

we should have drafted Shonn Greene at that the pat white pick. obvious mistake.

Trade Porter for Boldin

kyphinphan
not saying ginn is a #1.neither is Dan da man.

I think we should trade porter , a bag of footballs and a case of landshark beer for marshall and dumervil. Oh yeah , throw in a 6th rounder, Your thoughts ??.

LMAO A 2nd rounder for Pat White because he was a huge mistake? What the other teams won't know he was a mistake? A second rounder because he(Pat White) is a proven commodity? You a f'kin joking!! Name one team that would give up a second rounder for him?

Posted by: Ace | February 05, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Ace,

You do realise when the Dolphins picked White,their were so many other teams after him yeah? There's no way White would have fallen to the 3rd or 4th round. He was only a mistake because he was a luxury pick rather than a need pick. Many teams were interested in White in the draft and i doubt very much that these same teams would be somewhat put off due to his lack of playing time.

LMAO A 2nd rounder for Pat White because he was a huge mistake? What the other teams won't know he was a mistake? A second rounder because he(Pat White) is a proven commodity? You a f'kin joking!! Name one team that would give up a second rounder for him?

Posted by: Ace | February 05, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Ace,

You do realise when the Dolphins picked White,their were so many other teams after him yeah? There's no way White would have fallen to the 3rd or 4th round. He was only a mistake because he was a luxury pick rather than a need pick. Many teams were interested in White in the draft and i doubt very much that these same teams would be somewhat put off due to his lack of playing time.

josh
what did the case of landshark do to you to deserve this?

BEER
helping ugly people get lucky!!!!
dump porter keep the brew.

im a d*ckhead in real life

Wow Mando you are contradicting yourself. Last week you said Porter has some value Saying that he could provide the team with st least 8-9 sacks and some pressure on the qb. Now you so he is worthless and should just be cut? That's just stupid. Porter still has some decent years in him and most likely it won't be with the fins, but you definitely can get some value for him even if it's a 3 or 4 round pick, heck maybe even a second rounder. The guy isn't worthless, maybe he isn't the right fit for our team, but don't just cut the man and lose a potential player that may make a difference.

Rarely have I seen an excellent post by Armando descend into such nonsense so quickly, mainly due to the dogged persistence of the "Let's trade ----- for a 2d or 3rd round pick" crowd.

For example, re Pat White: "i doubt very much that these same teams would be somewhat put off due to his lack of playing time."

It's not White lack of playing time that would put a team off, it's the production/progress/skill-set/ability/quality that he "displayed."

And I LIKE White, and still have hope (blindly, perhaps). But NO team is giving up a 3rd or 4th for White.

Would You if you were a GM??? Fantasy League GM does not count.

don't get mad phinsfan from birth73 or should i say stop the madness. You got busted !!!! just come clean, stop the madness or should i say birth73. Busted !!!

Ginn better be on Henne's hip this offseason. This year is really going to be his make or break not just for the Dolphins but for his NFL career. As much as I doubt him I do have to give him credit for improving after the New Orleans game. After being benched for Hartline he was brought back slowly and I do not remember him dropping a pass the remainder of the year. He also made some tough catches in the final five games. If he can build on that and be a reliable reciever I see Miami keeping him past this season.

fake chalupa post at 12:27pm

Mark,

Nobody in the NFL would give a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or possibly anything else for Pat White.

Ok Armando... Bell will either be cut or a major contract restructure. He's due a huge bonus and the reason why Wilson struggled was because he ISN'T A FREE SAFETY.

You can blame the coaches for playing him out of position... Wilson will be back.

And the sooner we realize that Ginn won't be a #1 receiver the better... He can be a big contributor to this team as a return-man and #2-#3 receiver...

Bebo
you are a class act and a good sport .
thank god for spellcheck .
welcome aboard.

It's not White lack of playing time that would put a team off, it's the production/progress/skill-set/ability/quality that he "displayed

Posted by: The Seer | February 05, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Please tell me how a guy can display production/progress/quality etc when he only took about 7 snaps all season prior to the Steelers game then threw the ball maybe 5 times in the final game?? What i'm trying to say is that nothing Pat White did or did'nt do would put any team off.

phinsfan from birth73 = stop the madness. you see ,he no deny it . be man and admit it.

28 years covering South Florida football should speak on it's own for Salgueros credentials if you don't like his work don't read it you are more than welcome to read espn and profootballtalk and whatever you like. You don't need to come on here and slam the blog and the writer because it's not up to your "standards" whatever they may be. And then go on to rank on somebody's grammar like you an English teacher or something. Please man - get off the sofa or your computer table and go report from a football game if you so great and this is so boring to you.

I miss NJ at least he comes on here and talks about football while ranking on everyone.

@12:37


Then we should pursue a White for Ghoulston trade ASAP!!

After all, Ghoulston was drafted at the top of his draft class, and nothing he did on the field shoud put us off.
Plus, he's the answer to our LB problems....

AND, he was a five-star Rivals.com high school prospect, and has never done anything with the Jets to show otherwise.

If we can get Boldin for a 3rd rounder he should be a Miami Dolphin next year. He is clearly worth that. I would be shocked if Tuna doesn't nab him at that price.

Bebo Bear or Bebo - I am a full time employee making a good living and it's funny you are trying to guess my age loser. So I typed fast at work, didn't really proofread anything on a blog post and a sentence didn't make sense to you...

Do you want to actually talk football or try to be an English proofreader?? Seriously, wuit acting like a child

oh no...mispelling

***should of been quit not wuit

sorry everyone

Agreed Seer. Some of these suggestions are surprising.

Aplase612, why in heaven would anyone give a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or anything for an aging player with a bloated contract and a bad attitude when they know he will be cut before the Dolphins have to pay him his roster bonus?

Mark, I think White maybe has some value in trade still, MAYBE a 5th or a 6th but all the questions that teams would have had about him (i.e. too small, can he play from a pro set) those question marks got bigger last year with his limited play. He didn't just not complete a pass, most of his passes landed in the wrong stadium. And he was nearly crippled by a big hit. He was a risk in the draft, he's a bigger risk now.

DC Finatic - Get ready the best you can. it just Indy mid to late morning and it si really coming down and getting ugly. Also, your weather will be slightly colder proabbly and much more of a mess. The snow is coming your direction. Have fun, be safe and enjoy...

Good thing the Supre Bowl is not in Indianapolis this year, because it would be a nasty way to travel FOR SURE!!

DC Finatic - Get ready the best you can. it just Indy mid to late morning and it si really coming down and getting ugly. Also, your weather will be slightly colder proabbly and much more of a mess. The snow is coming your direction. Have fun, be safe and enjoy...

Good thing the Supre Bowl is not in Indianapolis this year, because it would be a nasty way to travel FOR SURE!!

The Seer,

Gholston has been in this league for afew years now and is considered a bust. Pat White has been in the NFL for 5 minutes so your statement is ridiculous.

I AM ALWAYS...,

Every team knew Pat White was a work in progress and is not NFL ready but still teams wanted him prior to the draft. If he was such a risk,why was he in such high demand?

Can we cut Ted Ginn Jr. and sign Tedd Ginn Sr.?

Per your revolutionary standards of analysis, Ghoulston has not taken enough snaps to be deemed a bust. It's just a lack of playing time.

And White in "High Demand"?!?! That's rich. Where, and by whom?

Dude, don't you think we'd all say yes to a 2d round pick if your Fantasy League nonsense was factual.

Your just a troll trying to stir things up, and you've done quite well.

I'm through with this Fantasy trading/FA-acquisition masturbatory nonsense.

Enjoy your weekend of Dungeons and Dragons.

From Fanball.com:

The News
There is speculation that Buffalo could make a move for Miami quarterback Tyler Thigpen, according to the Bills' official website.
Our View
Thigpen has great mobility, which would prove to be an asset, as the Bills have a shoddy offensive line. The club is actually yet to express real interest in the young quarterback though.


What does everyone think we could get for this guy? 3rd, 4th, 5th round pick??

Mark, I'm not convinced White was in that high demand that you mention. I personally think we may have been bamboozled.

And the interest he did garner was because sometimes players overcome and teams will take the risk despite physical shortcomings but teams still know it is a risk. With the action White saw this year he did absolutely nothing to allay any of the concerns teams had and many of those concerns were confirmed. He may well develop into a good player but it will definitely take time. I would be surprised if we could get even a 5th for him. Hell, we used a 5th on Thigpen who has a similar skill set but has proven he can pass in the league.

What do you think of getting Adalius Thomas from the Pats to play ILB? At 270, he could be a good force in the middle.

http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2010/02/05/patriots_thomas_outlines_where_it_went_wrong/

Indiana, I think we would be lucky to get our 5th back. This would work out great for the whole Pennington coming back to back up Henne theory.

Ther Seer,

If you were to ask alot of Jets fans what they all think of Ghoulston,i guarantee 99% of them would say he's a bust,which he clearly is.

I understand when White was selected by Miami,alot of teams were gutted because he was in high demand (fact).

Oh,by the way,i dont appreciate being called names either.What are you,like 8 years old and still in junior school? If thats the case,stay away and stick to Sesame Street.

WOOOOOW !! . I see it's amateur hour on here the past couple of hours . The buffoons are out in full force. I urge all the knowledgable football fans to ignore any posts by josh. He's simply cluless or just wants to rile up people. Post after post is about getting marshall and dumervile for a box of jock straps or signing every free agent out there. We had another buttwipe who actually thinks porter has real good trade value and might bring in a 2nd rounder. MY GOD !!! WILL the insanity ever end ???.

ALWAYS - It all depends on how bad they would really want Thigpen. As this is a very early report, it is interesting to know...

You took the words right out of my mouth NJ :)

"I understand when White was selected by Miami,alot of teams were gutted because he was in high demand (fact)."

I know this wasn't directed at me but I'm going to respond. This is supposition, not fact. I also read and heard reports of other teams being interested in White which is why Miami picked him when they did. These reports were given to explain why Miami picked him with a 2nd rounder because it was a shocking pick as most people had him projected in the later rounds. Just because it's reported doesn't make it true. There are a lot of games played on and before draft day.

I also read about Parcells and Belicheat going gaga over him. I still think we got played into picking him higher than we should have.

I wouldn't object to getting Thomas and also Wolfork from the Patriots...that would really tick off billacheat!!

reports say the jets want the raiders corner and now a report saying Thomas...the funny thing is, the Jets cannot get anyone unless they lose players since they finished so high and no CBA agreed upon

HAHA

Mark , pat white was NEVER in high demand in the draft and won't be now. The ONLY team that pat white was connected to in the draft was new england and they passed on him TWICE. NE played Miami like a fiddle baiting/scaring them to pat white while ne was to bust trying to help their defende taking Ron brace , Patrick chung and darius butler. If miami didn't take white , he would have dropped all the way to the middle to late 3rd. Right now miami will get lucky if they got anything higher than a 5th rounder. He will never be a starting qb in the nfl , he's an inaccurate passer while needing work on his mechanics and is to small and to small of a frame to get any bigger. He's going to get killed. His stock is way down right now.

" ne was to BUSY ". typo

good stuff, thanks mando!

Great wrap up of things Mando! I would say you are dead on with it.

I want to point out to those that keep spazzing out on anyone that says that RB Spiller could be a possibility @12... it is still that.

Based on what they do in FA will definitely shape what targets they should have.

No way in heck if they land say NT Casey Hampton that they will target NT Cody unless the value was too overwhelming. They would not have Hampton in the fold and spend a 2nd or 3rd round pick on Cody...but, if he is there in the 5th they might make trades to aquire him based on huge upside value.

By the same token if they get Anquan Bolden (best likelyhood at FA WR imho) they would most likely rule out WR Dez B in the 1st round.

If the Fins brass brings in ILB/OLB Dansby then they have much less pressure to take McClain (who I think will be simply a mediocre player) at @12.

My Spiller for #12 pick has NOTHING to do with what I feel Parcell's & Co will want and choose. That best case scenario would be a trade back situation to take advantage of deeper talent value.

My choice of Spiller @12 is based on a decent chance he will still be there (unlike S Eric Berry) and the fact that I feel he is absolutely the bst player bar none that we could get in that spot. Again, best player available should always trump drafting strictly for need. Especially long term.

I feel Spiller is an super football player that will make Def's miserable trying to match up in this tick tack foul, cant touch me downfield world that the NFL has become. He can play RB, WR, KR, PR on any given series. He will post big numbers and yes I see him as a RB Chris Johnson type. That is the whole point in the draft is to identify pro bowl caliber players and make trades or predict when you can draft them ahead of all others that might covet the same guy right?

Case in point, in 2007 we drafted WR Ginn which was a huge need. If RB Adrian Peterson would have fallen a few more spots from 7th to 9th in the 1st round in 2007 and the Fins snatch AP up instead of Ginn and his family, don't you think the Fins would be much farther along? Even with RB Ronnie Brown AP would bull his way into the lineup no doubt. Then they have no Hilliard and a possibly no Ricky but a much better backfield hands down.

It is a much better thing to have all your talent scouts and research unearth the best football players and draft them then to get lesser players due to need.

The arguement people have is "we can't afford not to go Def" My answer is if we get Dansby or Casey Hampton in FA and the Fins draft Def from the 2nd round on that would be still be a far more Def draft.

Also relating Spiller to Pat White in any way is the same as saying since we drafted DB Jamar Fletcher in the 1st round and he busted we should not go after Eric Berry db in the 1st round?? Every player has a chance to bust and everyone can be a star...trouble is you never know until you get them into the NFL what they are.

Should be really interesting to see what the Fins end up doing... or we could just ask NJ Fin... lol, just joking NJ Fin.

I dont know how everytime Pat Whites name comes up everyone wants to bash him. The guy got practically no practice time with quality personnel and not enough playing time in games to make an impression whether good or bad. Anyone who wants to write him off without actually getting a chance to watch him play is just foolish.

Indiana, I say a 5th because we had a need to fill when we acquired him so KC had the upper hand and still only got a 5th. As you say though, if Buffalo really likes him and sees him as the answer maybe that becomes a higher pick.

says a clearly biased fan from west virginia. LOL !!

Well yes very much so but if you didnt watch him play in college then you do not know the kids talent. I was in school all four years there that he was the qb so needless to say i didnt miss one snap the guy took. Some of these people watched him throw five passes and play very few plays and they have their minds made up. Does that not seem foolish to anyone else.

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