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Another PR black eye on the horizon? Maybe

It's been a long offseason for the Dolphins, one filled with more perceived flubs and miscues than last year's four-turnover afternoon at Buffalo.

Trying to be a postive, glass-half-full person, I guess I can look past the fumbled termination of Joey Porter's contract, which had other teams and agents snickering because it was proof someone on the Dolphins simply cannot do math.

Then there was the poorly strategized manner in which the Jason Taylor situation was handled and the failure to celebrate a free agency victory by holding a press conference when a player of Karlos Dansby's stature was signed.

I can even -- eventually -- move past the Dez Bryant "is your mother a prostitute" fiasco because folks have apologized, other folks have accepted the apology, and an internal investigation into the matter is underway.

We can get past all those errors -- assuming more errors aren't on the horizon.

But at least one more possible error in judgment will be unveiled as early as Friday.

On Friday the Dolphins will conduct a three-day rookie minicamp and right there, among the rookie linebackers, A.J. Edds will be on the field wearing No. 54 -- the number worn from 1996-2007 by Zach Thomas.

It must be noted that on its face this isn't a bad thing. The Dolphins have many linebackers on the roster and every number in the 50s including 54 has been assigned. The Dolphins have also held back No. 54 for two years until now. The number is not retired.

I also recall the Dolphins in the past gave away Mark Clayton's number the year after he left via free agency. Clayton was a great player like Thomas, although not as beloved by fans.

But none of that changes the fact that the timing of this is terrible. The context of giving out that number now is bad.

You see, Zach Thomas is one of the most beloved players ever to play for the Dolphins. He lived right, played hard, and gave the Dolphins everything he had (including some brain cells following a handful of concussions).

The guy is an all-timer down here.

But only a couple of weeks ago, Thomas took the Dolphins to task for their treatment of brother-in-law Jason Taylor. He did it publicly on the radio and in print interviews and it made people notice. When you've torqued off Zach Thomas, you've probably made a mistake.

Thomas also rolled back the curtain on his feelings regarding his own dismissal from the Dolphins years ago.

He talked about how all he wanted to do the day he got waived in 2008 was say good-bye to his fans by talking to the media at the team training facility in a press conference. The Dolphins did allow Thomas to make phone calls to various media from the facility but told him if he wanted to do a press conference, he'd have to do it elsewhere. Thomas obviously feels hurt by that to this day.

And he said as much in recent weeks.

Well, the awarding of No. 54 on the heels of the former player's comments looks bad. I'm sure it is pure coincidence. I know there were several internal conversations about this very subject in recent days going all the way up the ladder to include coach Tony Sparano.

But that doesn't change the fact that it looks bad.

The timing of this makes it look like retribution.

It looks like: You criticize us, we give away your number.

Edds wore No. 49 at Iowa. The Dolphins should have given him that number for this coming rookie mini-camp. They should have let him wear it through training camp. And if, if, Edds earned a spot on the roster after training camp, they could have changed his number into the 50s. After all, a couple of the numbers currently taken such as No. 59 (J.D. Folsom) and No. 57 (Brian Johnson) might or might not be around for the start of the regular-season anyway.

Edds Moreover, if the Dolphins absolutely needed to give Edds No. 54, they could have turned a potential flub into a touchdown if they wanted. They could have called Thomas in, let him sign a contract for a day, and promptly allowed him to retire a Dolphin. He could have then handed that No. 54 jersey to Edds, and gotten his farewell press conference in one fell swoop.

Is there anyone who thinks that would not have been a feel-good moment?

It would have sown seeds of good will. It would have diffused an issue that might leave a bad taste in the mouth of some fans during a time they're deciding whether or not to buy tickets for 2010. (It also would have saved me from having to write this post.)

The point is the Dolphins are lately showing they do not have clear vision about what some fans, the rest of the NFL, the NFLPA, the media, or their alumni are thinking. They seem to be somewhat out of touch in that regard.

Thankfully, none of this has to do with actual football. From a football standpoint these guys are nails. They got it right from A to Z.

But when you blow stuff like the JT saga, or this little No. 54 issue, or prostitutegate, it affects the way the football team is viewed and respected. And the respect and good name of the Miami Dolphins is very, very, very, very important.

It is sad that tomorrow when the rookie camp opens, some focus that should be on how great this draft class might be will veer toward why A.J. Edds is wearing Zach Thomas's jersey. That alone shows you it's a mistake.

None of this is rocket science. But how many perceived black eyes can folks take in one offseason?

[Evening update: The link to the roster on the Dolphins website above has been altered by the team. It orginally showed Edds having been awarded No. 54, Koa Misi wearing No. 55, and John Jerry wearing No. 74. But that roster has been changed out. The Dolphins took down the roster they had on their website that showed the numbers for Edds and all the other rookies and substituted this roster instead. I would say the team felt some pressure from folks seeing Edds wearing No. 54 before it was ready to announce the move. It is also possible the team, after consideration or reading this blog, might have changed its mind and not give Edds No. 54 tomorrow after all. Maybe the Dolphins don't have a desire to create more PR problems. We'll see tomorrow when the rookie minicamp kicks off.] 

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I am pretty sure that Miami has already retired 13 (Marino) 39 Csonka, and 12 Griese ... and I hope they soon retire 99 Jason ..... Aside from that .... all other numbers are open and available ......

ZACK THOMAS WON MANY TITLES IN MIAMI MADE PLAYS IN THE CLUTCH NOT ONLY IN THE FIRST QUARTER ....NOTTTTTTTT!MIKE SILVER IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH ZACK.ZACK' JASON' PAT SURTAIN 'SAM MADISON' ORANDE GADSDEN' 'HAVE TO QUIT AND LEAVE THE NEW FINS ALONE.THIS IS A NEW ERA .GIVE IT UP'YOU GUYS ARE VERY SENSITIVE 'THIS IS NOT FAMILY 'IT'S A NEW BUSINESS . NEW ERA.I'AM GLAD BILL AND JEFF ARE STARTING AGAIN 'STOP LIVING IN THE PAST 'WE HAVE'T WON CRAP'OK!@!! WE ARE DUE' WE'RE WAY PAST DUE' WE NEED A RING'NOT FORMER PLAYERS TRYING TO BRING BAD VIBES TO THE TEAM 'JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE SENSITIVE'I'AM A DOLPHINS FAN FIRST //THE PLAYERS COME AND GO ''WEAK MINDED SENSITIVE PLAYERS GO AWAY..GET MEAN TOUGH SOB'S ....GO DOLPHINS!!!!FOR LIFE!

Get it together Mando, your loyal followers are turning on you. Turn out a story we want to hear...rapido rapido!

I can see that many people do not understand the word, "RESPECT". The reason the number 54 was brought up is that Zack was considering signing with the Dolphins and then retiring. Giving out his 54 to a rookie that hasnt even made the team yet tells one of the most beloved members that he is no longer welcome. Also the timing of all this( I understand we just had the draft) seems spiteful and something that I am starting to expect from Ireland and Parcelles

Wishing & Hoping won't make "this" go away.

Apparently "this" was the subject on ESPN's Outside The Lines this afternoon.

And the Local Radio has stirred "it" up plenty, including during interviews with Edds, regardless of what Mando's written.

Maybe it shouldn't be a Big deal.....But it is for the time being.

The media sure is being awfully delicate about a violent sport as of late.

Time to get over it. Dez will hear lots worse on the field and Zach was no Ray Lewis.

Who cares???

Meanwhile, Darren Sharper, John Henderson, and Adalius Thomas are FA's...Didn't we need a FS, NT, and OLB???

THE ONLY THING I REMEMBER ZACK DOING 'IS A PLAY IN THE BACKFIELD;' IN THE FIRST QUARTER..IN THE CLUTCH'' IN THE SNOW ''IN DECEMBER ..NOTHING. MARCUS PATTON HAD 4 STRAIGHT YEARS WITH 180..PLUS TACKLES 'I NEVER SEEN NO ONE IN KC OR THE SKINS TALKING ABOUT HIS NUMBER OR HIM''

Zach, JT and Dan are my all-time favorite players, bar none, and this business with snubbing the brothers-in-law is ridiculous. I'm all for letting go of the past and building a team that can win in the future. But letting go does not mean forgetting the past. Zach and JT helped the Phins to a lot of wins, and for them to be treated the way the Trifects has is shameful.
Let Zach sign a one-day contract so he can retire as a Miami Dolphin, give him his farewell press conference, and let the future of #54 sort itself out.

Mando:

Lets start calling this blog "as flipper turns" Oh my god...Who will be wearing Manny Fernandez's number...OMG is that Mark Duper?! Move oN!!!!! PLEASEEEEEEEEEE

ZACK IS A NICE GUY 'RETIRE HIS HEART 'THE NUMBER MOVES ON!NEXTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

The people that say a number is just number never touch the field and sweat and bleed for a team. The man life is in that number he. he gave you himself he lost some too. and ppl that can't respect that have some real issues. I agree i the grand veiw of things it seems small to you. How about the man that lived for this team and proved it to the fans that he would do whatever it took to help this team. Many pay cut when he didn't have to, to add cap room for free agaents. To add to the fact, we out here asking questions that have not barring on football. I know what it is to do be a Player for a team to give your all, just happy I never had to deal with this staff cause they may know football but don't know respect.

I may hate the jets, bill, and the cheaters but its some sad days to be a dolfan.

i can agree that this may be a bit of an overreaction, however i really really really like the idea of signing ZT for a day and letting him retire a fin, just to try to clean up our poor image right now and give us something positive to talk about instead

GO DOLPHINS FOR LIFE!

Who cares? blog fail! Any rumors of possible signings or trades? Or do we have to wait for schefter to break the story again!?!

Can't wait for the season to start so that we can get past all these petty stories! Is this REALLY important stuff? The fact that they gave a rookie Thomas' number has nothing to do with the organization getting back at Thomas for what he said. It's a number that was available...big deal!!

You want the Dolphins to be look at with respect, start making the playoff on a regular basis and start competing for the Super Bowl. That's how you get respect! This other kindgarten stuff has nothing to do with the real world.

Who cares???

Meanwhile, Darren Sharper, John Henderson, and Adalius Thomas are FA's...Didn't we need a FS, NT, and OLB???

Posted by: Heatup | April 29, 2010 at 04:12 PM

Heatup,

Haven't you heard? We can't work on making our team better right now.
We're too busy trying to straighten out NumberGate and QuestionGate.
The over-sensitive gang is just furious!

F'ing sissies. I can't wait for Dallas to come to town. Reshad Jones is going to hit Dez so hard it'll make a prostitue say Owww!!!!

It`s only a media black eye because `Mando says so.It`ll last until the next item comes along for us to comment on.
Zack retired and has been gone for two full seasons. They didn`t use his number then but now they`ve got 6 new linebackers coming to camp. So lets use the linebacker numbers. Zack will always be in the news in South Florida, he had an awesome career there so when wont he be commenting on the team? If they had to wait for him to say nothing about the Dolphins before they used his number again hell will have frozen over. It`s time to move on to 2010 and Rookie Camp and OTA`s and training camp. Lets leave the soap opera drama to CBS.

Heatup,
Jeff Ireland has left messages with the agents for Sharper, Henderson & Thomas to set up interviews with him.
He's just waiting for them to call him back.

If the agents for those players do not call back Jeff Ireland has a backup plan:
He's going to call the agent for OJ Atogwe and ask for an interview.
Ireland's got this covered bro.
Chill.

Pat S, I think it's time you and Zach move on. Business is business, he got payed so he should be able to sleep at night...

jets suck: here are three of the biggest kiss ups on this blog. They are Willi Chirino, Finhavenblows, and FPLD. Kiss Kiss Kiss

Armando,

Shouldn't the Dolphins have a committee or something to decide on things like retired jerseys, ring of honor etc (they probably do). If they don't I think that former greats Shula, Griese, Zonk should be a part of it. I do agree with the majority here though. I realize you have to put somthing on the blog but it seems you prefer the negatives more often than not. We do appreciate the opportunity to weigh in though!

I mean "he got paid". My bad, your bad

BREAKING NEWS Cat Stuck In Tree!! Armando u have become the Glen Beck of Dolphins Writers. Good for the blog hits, but bad for the IQ scores of ur readers. Im outta here.

organization becoming a joke with these guys running it. ross wont take much more of this

Apparently Bill Parcells uses 13 pieces of toilet paper when he wipes his ass. This is a blatant disrespect of Mr. Marino's #13 and is obviously intended to be a slap in the face.

Check out the story in tomorrow's blog entitled "Parcells wipes out Marino's legacy"

Sounds like Armando is just piling on, but when Miami wins again and it's been quite awhile since they have; maybe Mando will be gone too?

Armando,

I don't know what you're thinking. It seems to me That the Dolphins and the bloggers here are or should be your bread and butter.
The deeper the hole you seem intent on digging becomes, the less of an insider you'll be. Thus being severely limited in being able to deliver us, your faithful boggers, up to date info on our beloved Dolphins.

You're digging your own grave with this apparent vandetta Bro. Give it a rest.

Darren sharper left J-ville without a contract, theres still hope that he might visit the miami area.Besides its better news than this garbage, pretty soon the bloggers might put the beat writer out of business when it comes to something relevant!!

SLICKRICKDOG... Your posts belie your lack of intelligence before anyone even reads what you're trying to say... Take of the freaking caps button, imbecile! If you try to emphasize everything, you emphasize nothing, which is exactly what your posts (rants) are worth.

ARMANDO SALGUERO I AM TIRED OF THIS GARBAGE OF YOURS... RIPPING THE TRIFECTA EVERY CHANCE YOU GET BECAUSE THEY DON'T GIVE YOU ENOUGH ACCESS!!!!!!

I AM OVER IT. ALL DRAMA, STIRING THE POT, TMZ BULLSHYT!!!!! I WANT FOOTBALL, NOT WHINING, CRYING, OR CREATING CONTROVERSY

WHO CARES IF HE HAS ZACK THOMAS' NUMBER?

PEACE OUT.

Apparently Bill Parcells uses 13 pieces of toilet paper when he wipes his ass. This is a blatant disrespect of Mr. Marino's #13 and is obviously intended to be a slap in the face.

Check out the story in tomorrow's blog entitled "Parcells wipes out Marino's legacy"

Posted by: test | April 29, 2010 at 04:37 PM

I don't know if Zach's Hall of Fame worthy, but this post is.
Thanks for the best laugh I've had all day!

Heatup and The SMF,

I'm feeling pretty good about the NT and OLB positions at this point for whatever reason but I woulld love to see us land a veteran FS.

We have a pretty good sized payroll though and I really don't see us adding on another big contract.

SLICKRICKDOG,

Your all caps post was hard on the eyes.

However I'm with ya!!!!

TOUGH MEAN AND NASTY SOB'S!!!!

Somebodt mentioned signing Adlius Thomas. They said he could be a good mentor for our young linebackers.

Is it just me or does this sound like it would be getting Lil Wayne to babysit your children.

Darren Sharper? That's a completely different story. I like the kids we got and would be happy to go with them. Sharper however would be more than worth a 1 or 2 year deal.

Armando,

Keep this garbage up and you will lose loyal readers.

If he gets 8-10 sacks this year, we're not going to care what number he has on his jersey. (And neither will Zach) IT'S JUST A NUMBER

In order to "get back" at Ireland, Bryant smeared his mother's name in the press all across the country. Bravo Bryant!! Way to get back at that crack dealing hooker!!

odinseye,

Sharper would be awesome news. Specifically with all the negative garbage lately.

Whats the latest Mando??? Are we gonna talk to him or not???

lol @ truck

SO, back to football...
Bucky Brooks gave us a draft grade of B, and said Reshad Jones could be the sleeper pick. He also said McCoy was a solid pass-rusher. That would be pretty awesome if these late-round picks end up playing significant time this year. Would really boost up Ireland's rep (after all this hubbub).

Kirwan pretty much echoed the same thing, saying he's good enough to be a starter. Hope they're right!

I am so sick of the local media... This has been the best, most productive off season for the Dolphins in many years and all they talk about is crap

This is so much BS. Fans need to stop crying about yesterday and start looking forward to tomorrow. What is the big deal with another player wearing the same number of one of the greats of the past? Get over it and move on. I am a Miami Dolphins fan not a Miami Jasons or Miami Thomas' or Miami Marinos fan. The team is called the Miami Dolphins period!! Move on its 2010 and there has been a long enough drought for championships that we can thank those players from the past for!

Armando, until further notice you are a punk bi@tch

Yet another tissue eye patting mention of your boyfriend Jayson Taylor huh Mando. How many more can we expect?

You do remember Mr Taylor forcing his way out of Miami to go to Washington right? Because everything you write you get amnesia on that little tid bit for this great Miami Dolphin player.

Stop living in the damn past. No one in the past 20 years besides Marino should be in the Ring. That includes offsides Richmond Webb.

DC Dolfan,

I wouldn't mind Sharper coming in and solidifying our secondary.

However, I would much rather Jones start from day 1 and prove we don't need Sharper.

you are not making any since jesus you media people are crazy. man when i read title of article i was like oh no what now. then got to reading the story and was like. a number is worth another black eye? crazy!!!!!. this is not worthy of being written or read. my IQ just dropped two inches below plant life from reading this article

None of this in any way sways my love for the Dolphins. The media is running with the story because they need something to write about, these idiots are careless and unfortuanately have a negative impact on the fans. Remember Mando, if it wasn't for the funs you wouldn't have a job or the following you do. I'm over the story and all the negative crap the media is spewing. Let's focus on the positives, the playmaker most fans said we would never get, the upgrade in mlb, the great draft we had. As fans we allow this to happen by reading this crap and reacting to it exactly the way these hacks want us to. There is an old saying in the media...IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS.

One more example of Dolphin fans living in the past.... if they gave him #54 so what who cares??, its a number, move on!!!... so no one is allowed to use any numbers of great players, if thats the case then the NFL is going to have to go to Alpha Numeric Shirts!!!.... only 99 numbers!!

All real dolphin fans should care about is that they put on the field a competitive team, who cares what happens behind closed doors, this whole notion of the image of the franchise, no one really cares, are you ashamed of being a dolphin fan because of the prostitute incident??
where Cowboys fans ashamed when the whole drug problems etc happened in the 90's?? and many more stories in the daily history of the NFL.
You want a good image??, win Super Bowls and thats the bottom line the rest of this stuff is all b.s.

A punk bi-atch!

Damn Carlito, it's like that huh?

I don't blame you though. I'm looking forward to hearing about Incognito and Starks calling each others moms names, trading punches and fighting for a job!

Another meathead move by the guy looking for a date. Ireland is stone cold stupid.

I AM WITH CARLITO.

Wtf Mando? I don't usually criticize your posts but this is something of a reach. I think most Fin fans would much rather read about the rookie free agent TE from montana coming to rookie camp.

1. Mando is just doing his job, lay off damnnn.
2. It's called respect, somthing the dolphins should work on.

I do not like smear campaigns or manufactured controversy... this has gotten out of hand

Image? Image? Are you kidding me?

Some of these guys sound like they should do PR work for flower shop employees.

I love this new image we're developing.
It's straight up, no nonsense, blue collar football. Tough guys only!

You don't like it? Did we hurt your "feelings"? GOOD! Kick rocks! Join the jets! Get the F out of town with that sissy
s h i t and don't come back or it'll be beat down time Miami Dolphin style!

Why don't we all hop in a hot bath of mineral salts and search for our inner feelings........OMG what do you think the Marines who fought for Guadalcanal would say about everyone's feelings getting hurt? Toughen up and grow a pair and quit taking everything so personally. People make mistakes, they feel sorry, and then they apologize. No big deal. Quit making more out of this than it is.

who cares what Ireland asked him....thats between him and Bryant.

I'm sure if the dolphins make it to the playoffs that Armando will be writing about something negative no matter what...

and every single day I read these posts that the names Marino, Jason Taylos and Zach Thomas are always on.... THEY ARE DONE, FINISHED, NO MORE, MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, We should be talking about Brandon Marshall, Vonte Davis, Smith, Missi, Henne, etc...

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