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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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I have said very little about the receiver situation in Miami because frankly.... there isn't much we can do about it until the FA season begin and the draft comes and goes. I will however make a remark based on what our nemesis the New Jersey Wets did... By going after and signing FA Braylon Edwards, NY set some games on fire using him at his best. I am no BE fan, never thought he had the best hands around, But, having watched him in the season and the playoffs, he made a HUGE contribution to that club. He will now be the guy we have to cover every friggin week just as it was with Al Toon and many others down the years. Miami simply needs to step up and get this position filled. I have said nothing as I said because what is there to say? But I fear they will not get this done and we will go off half cocked into a season with half what we need at receiver saying once again... "We have faith in who we have on the field"... frankly, outside of Bess and Hartline... I don't.... I hope Miami gets smart here... I am a bit concerned they will not.

Derek,
You are a B o n e s m o k e r.

Afterbirth lmao

Po your holding it down.

What was wrong with that post by Derick?

Get ONE thing straight Armando, the best NFL info man is Chris Mortenson! If he said it I'd believe it. Adam spews out every rumor that comes his way. Mort actually puts rumors to actual scenarios, and says nothing, unless there's a logical fit (like you had to do for mr. needs to clear his throat)..

To the guy who thinks Ginn "wasn't being utilized properly" or "is just like Deshaun Jackson" needs to re-watch the film from 2009. Dropped balls (many deep); flinching well before getting hit; running out of bounds\sliding down (w/ nobody in sight) is what ted ginn is. Now go watch Jackson play; he's a man! There's the difference.

the problem with ginn is that he has no one to mentor him. most wideouts dont return punts and kicks:they focus on route running with one QB. ginn should of had a veteran receiver to help him progress and learn the nuances of being a WR. the fins need to get some vets on the receiving corp to mentor the youth. hester of the bears doesnt return kicks anymore; ginn definitely should not either. too small a frame ala pat white. we need to have a legit QB competition; it should be wide open with thigpen getting a chance!!!

porter gone
crowder gone
boldin for a 3rd me like that!
ronnie back
penny back as the backup
jt back
ginn back or maybe we can still trade him for cribbs
and finally wilson GONE GONE GONE and rolle from cardinals in along with dansby bottomline boldin rolle and dansby has a chance of coming to the dolphins a big one let's make it happen trifecta and if not boldin than antoino bryant!

I agree we have a lot of holes, however with Ricky and Ronnie and a bigtime playmaker at WR, I think we are dangerous. Even great teams have weaknesses. Grater offensive production can make up for a lack of goods on defense. And I hope that the young defenders come into their own next year (especially with Porter out of the way). Saying that I wouldn't mind giving up picks for Marshall, just not this years #1.

I also think Wilfork would be a mistake. Men of his size don't stay healthy long in the NFL.

1. resign JT
2. Cut porter, Wilson,
3. Get Boldin, Use a 3rd or 4th if possible, would even consider 2nd.
4. Keep crowder, he is a tackling machine, fell of this yr, but pretty sure tackler whne he gets u.
5. Keep Ginn on KR/PR only & situational @ WR
6. Draft a lb, NT,Saftey,WR, Speedy TE,
7. Keep Brown, he's a monster I think he has proven his value to us.
8. resign Penny, as #2 but let Penny, Henne, & thigpen duke it out.
9. Trade pat white if any takers, if not dunno he cant play slot, bess i slocked that up, we have too many small wr's as it is
10. If $ is right go after wilfork

Keep Ginn, but as a returner and 5th wr. Bring in Carlos Dansby. Kick Porter to the curb. Pick up Donte Stallworth.

Didn't Porter say he wanted to play for a team out west? Mabe a trade with Arizona and a later draft pick for Boldin.We need to get rid of Wilson,I think Ginn can be good he is fast but I think he is afraid to get hit.Keep Pennington as a backup or maybe a QB coach.What about Tyler Thigpen, I think Chad Henne and Tyler should compete for the starting QB position. I am not saying Tyler is any better,it's just that I think either one of them can be a starter.Bring back Tayler and we also need a nose tackle. I Cant wait until the draft , I trust the coaches in what ever they do..

i can't wait to see Big Tuna cut Joey Porter and Wilson, and trade the dumbest players in the NFL (Crowder and Ginn); they just don't get it..

Ayodele has to go, he was the weakest link IMO slow, gets cought in the wash and hits the wrong gaps on running plays. Wilson a close 2nd with missed coverage and missed tackles.

The middle of our D lets us down this yr.

Ayadole and Porter with Wilson MUST be shown the door...i dont think there is any doubt about that really........

But my biggest fear is that this regime WILL NOT address the WR situation properly this year....

That would be a massive massive mistake.....

I havnt lost faith in this regime yet..but this year they must EARN their money and make the moves we need...simply saying they have faith in the personnel they have is NOT GOOD ENOUGH....!!!!

The big areas they need to address are linebackers and recievers. It was really nice to see sperano at the senior bowl, that should give him a real good idea of what will work... Ginn is great, just underdeveloped. Don't give up on him yet, the fins need a go-to guy that is stronger physically and mentally. Someone who he could see working everyday and learn from... Crowder and Porter are a joke. Crowder is a tipical gator, loud mouth, great talent, but total headcase! He lacks the leadership to run a high powered defence.
All and all I'm really happy with the Parcell game plan. He knows what he needs and I'm sure he will take care of it.

I know most people have a problem with Pat White but I say we keep him. In Henne's first year I garuntee he wouldn't have played well. I know Pat White had the "deer in the headlights" look everytime he went into the game, but I would give White one more year to develop him and then see where that leaves us. We might be able to get a pick or a trade for him if he develops well. Then we can pick up another developmental qb.

Since Ginn can't catch or run routes why don't the Dolphins use him for what Ohio State originally recruited him for? Defensive Back. Ginn may not like to get hit but maybe he likes to do the hitting.

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