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Salguero NFL pre-camp rankings No. 32 to No. 1

For some reason, this morning when I woke up I got this wild hair idea to give you my NFL ranking of teams from 32-1. Six hours later, I'm done writing.

So with no further delay, the Salguero NFL 2010 pre-training camp rankings:

32. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy is an upgrade for the defensive line, but folks in Tampa will soon see he's not in Warren Sapp's league -- good not great. The quarterbacking is suspect, they've exchanged experienced WR talent for inexperienced and untried WR talent, the running game is pedestrian, and there is nothing about the coaching staff or front office that induces confidence.

31. St. Louis Rams: Improvement! They were the NFL's worst team last year but the truth is until and unless the Sam Bradford pick takes hold, this team will be struggling near the bottom of the pack. Sorry, Lou, but A.J. Feeley can be a lockerroom killer. And, yes the offensive line will be somewhat better with Rodger Saffold, but the DL, 27th versus the run last year, is a leaky dike.

30. Buffalo: Very few folks with other options want to go to Buffalo -- not bigtime coaches nor players. It's the reason the franchise has struggled since the start of free agency in the mid-1990s. The quarterback situation is unresolved, the defense is transitioning to the 3-4, they dismissed one of their more effective playmakers in Terrell Owens, and everyone else in the division is good. That is no formula for success.

29. Jacksonville: The big free agent signings were, wait for it, a special teams player (Kassim Osgood) and a defender (Aaron Kampman) that had 3.5 sacks last year. They reached in the first round on Tyson Alualu, nobody is showing up to games, this is a train headed in the wrong direction.

28. Detroit: The Lions scored core players in the draft's first round (Suh and Best) while continuing to shore up the secondary in the third round (Amari Spievey). Kyle Vanden Bosch will bring veteran professionalism to the locker room and some solid production to the field. But look out for the biggest jump to come from the quarterback (Matt Stafford) and wide receiver (Calvin Johnson) positions. This team has stopped declining.

27. Oakland: They actually had a good draft! Cryptkeeper Al Davis didn't over-reach or make any head-scratching gambles -- those have backfired in recent history. But this team is still overcoming the mistakes of its recent past (JaMarcus Russell) and the coaching is simply not stellar outside of passing game coordinator Ted Tollner.

26. Cleveland: The Browns have straightened out their front office -- largely by raiding the Dolphins front office -- and are well on their way to returning to, um, mediocrity for the short term. Mike Holmgren and Tommy Heckert Jr. have done fine work turning the CB spot from a weakness to a strength by trading for Sheldon Brown and drafting Joe Haden. If T.J. Ward can stay healthy, the deep secondary is also taken care of. But the Cleveland offense, No. 32 last year, still reeks. Jake Delhomme is highly paid but highly inconsistent. And that will be this offense's story in 2010.

25. Arizona: To recap, they've lost Kurt Warner, Antrel Rolle, Karlos Dansby, Bertrand Berry, Bryant McFadden, and Anquan Boldin. And while I love Dan Williams and Daryl Washington as their first two draft picks, adding aging vets Joey Porter and Alan Faneca is not about getting better but plugging leaks poorly. The Cards, a Super Bowl team in 2008 and division winners in 2009, will be fighting Seattle for third place in the NFC West.

24. Seattle: Leon Washington (if healthy), LenDale White (if motivated) and Russell Okung (if he lives up to his draft status) should help the running game improve on last year's terrible (26th overall) rating. That should also take pressure of Matt Hasselbeck and perhaps help him stay healthy. Simply, if the QB is healthy, the Hawks can vie for mediocrity. If the job falls to Charlie Whitehurst, a talented but inexperienced career backup, it's going to be a looong season. 

23. Washington: They were perhaps the most active team this offseason, hiring an outstanding new coach, trading for a future Hall of Fame quarterback, and adding more horses at running back than a stable at the Kentucky Derby. All that is well and good, but the quarterback is not everything. Donovan McNabb can't do it all. The offensive line, and secondary are question marks. The drafting of Trent Williams will solve some of the OL problems once he gets over his rookie growing pains. 

22. Carolina: One does not get better by losing Julius Peppers, having a coach enter a season as a lame duck, having no first round draft pick, and using the second-round pick on a player (Jimmy Clausen) who probably will not play as he learns the NFL game. As horrible offseasons go, Carolina is right up there. Their best move might have been picking Brandon LaFell in the third round because at least he might start in 2010.

21. Denver: Josh McDaniels acts like he knows things no one else does. So he's traded away a franchise quarterback, a franchise wide receiver, gotten rid of a fine defensive coordinator, reached for Tim Tebow in the first round, traded away his starting TE, and pieced together an offensive line with a ton of question marks and one major injury -- the patellar tendon tear to left tackle Ryan Clady's left knee. McDaniels will also learn that there is a reason Akin Ayodele was cut.

20. Kansas City: New England Midwest got significantly stronger in the defensive backfield this offseason with the drafting of Eric Berry and Javier Arenas, who will be a fine nickel player. The rest of the defense, putrid against the run last year, is still a work-in-progress. The offense should be better with the addition of running back Thomas Jones and center Casey Wiegmann. Both are in the twilight of their careers, but serve as upgrades for this team nonetheless. It'll be interesting to see what new OC Charlie Weis can do for QB Matt Cassell.

19. New York Giants: Yes, this is a surprise but this team is starting to age and not very well. Despite an emphasis on the defensive line, opponents were able to run the ball quite well last season. Adding rookie Linval Joseph will probably only make up for the loss of Fred Robbins. Jason Pierre-Paul is a project player who as a rookie has the feel of a wonderful athlete but only an average football player. He needs much work. The Giants have no backup quarterback, having replaced David Carr with Jim Sorgi. If Eli Manning breaks down, this is a cellar-dwelling team. Otherwise, welcome to third place in the NFC East. Again.

18. Chicago: They were 7-9 despite the fact Jay Cutler threw 26 interceptions. Twenty-six interceptions! If new OC Mike Martz can get Cutler to cut that number in half, the Bears win 10 games this year. The expensive addition of Julius Peppers will work only if the player feels he has to live up to his salary -- something that hasn't always been the case. The return of linebacker Brian Urlacher will help but the release of Alex Brown remains a head-scratcher. Former Dolphins seventh-round pick Devin Aromashodu seems on the verge of stardom.

17. San Francisco: They added a future Pro Bowl player in Mike Iupati but reached badly for Anthony Davis. Safety Taylor Mays will remind the Bay Area of Ronnie Lott in the manner he hits, but definitely not in the manner he covers. The team also improved its return game by getting Ted Ginn for a fifth-round pick -- a good trade for them. But let's face it, the 49'ers look set at most of their positions save quarterback. If Alex Smith can finally become a solid NFL starter, this team wins its division. If Smith continues his roller coaster career, this team once again struggles to win eight games.

16. Pittsburgh: They want to go back to their old pounding running game personality because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be around for at least four games and possibly up to six games. The addition of Maurkice Pouncey to the offensive line will help that. Santonio Holmes is gone so the air around his former hotel room on the road has cleared. But that means second year player Mike Wallace needs to become the star his rookie campaign suggested he could be. The defensive front and linebackers are solid but the cornerback play is still a concern despite the re-aquisition of Bryant McFadden.

15. Houston: Signing a kicker and former Dolphins offensive tackle Wade Smith in free agency, while losing standout cornerback Dunta Robinson is not the way to improve a team. The Texans seem to be forever treading water around the 8-8 mark and this year bodes no differently as the defense seems weakened by the loss of Robinson and coming suspension of Brian Cushing. The offense has made no significant improvement. Matt Schaub will once again have to throw for nearly 5,000 yards to keep the Texans above .500

14. Tennessee: They are counting on this draft to help immediately and last year's draft to finally help because it certainly didn't contribute much in 2009. The Titans are obviously also banking on Chris Johnson being able to continue his torrid rushing pace which could be a reach because he simply doesn't have the size to carry 720 times in two years -- particularly not if he sits out most of the offseason and preseason in a contract squabble. The picking of Derrick Morgan should deaden the pain of losing Kyle Vanden Bosch.

13. New England: I'm sure there will be angry e-mails from Massachusetts. Too bad. Tom Brady is still great, but honestly, he's not working as hard these days as he once did. Wes Welker probably will not be around early in the season and it might take a while before he's 100 percent. The team doesn't have an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator and that's just weird. The cornerback spot is still a weakness despite the selection of Devin McCourty in the first round. And the running game ... well, what running game?

12. Philadelphia: The good news: Brandon Graham will be 2010's defensive rookie of the year and he will not fail any drug tests. Nate Allen will be solid in the deep secondary and Ricky Sapp will seem like a bargain if the Eagles let him rush the passer on a situational basis. The bad news: One does not improve by getting rid of a great quarterback and sending him to a division rival. The bet here is Kevin Kolb will not have a better season in 2010 than McNabb had in 2009. And trading away Sheldon Brown will not result in a net gain.

11: Cincinnati: If Antonio Bryant stays healthy and tight end Jermaine Gresham, a tight end with deer speed, is recovered from his knee injury, the Bengals slow-developing offense will finally give quarterback Carson Palmer weapons to work with. The prediction here is that Jordan Shipley will also become a favorite of the veteran quarterback. Cincy's defense is intact and actually improved the depth at corner with the addition of Brandon Ghee. Adam "Pacman" Jones? Special teams help. Nothing more.

10: Miami: They've come a looong way this offseason. Seriously. The addition of Brandon Marshall means the Dolphins finally have a consistent playmaker in the passing game. Adding inside linebacker Karlos Dansby and moving Randy Starks to nose tackle will help solidify the run-defense that fell from No. 10 in 2008 to No. 18 last year. The secondary remains a major question mark with the free safety spot a huge concern. If Chad Henne develops into a top-tier quarterback, this team should be back in the playoffs. If he doesn't, 8-8 here we come.

9: New York Jets: Yeah, they're making Super Bowl noises but that's just what it is -- noise. The Jets didn't improve by switching out Thomas Jones and Leon Washington for Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. They took a step back which isn't the best way for a running game to go. Their pass-rush, nearly non-existent last year, will be better with the addition of Jason Taylor, and Antonio Cromartie improves the secondary. But left guard is a concern as is at least one defensive end spot.

8: Minnesota: Will he? Won't he? And how is his ankle? All the questions about the Vikings revolve around Brett Favre and whether he'll play his 20th season or not. I believe he'll play. I also believe age will begin catching up to him. Simply, it is hard to expect another 33-TD, 4,200-yard season from a soon-to-be 41-year-old. The Vikings still have an excellent offensive line and running game and can bring pressure on defense, but they don't scare the elite teams with a diminished Favre or Tarvaris Jackson at QB.

7. San Diego: The Chargers upgraded by adding rookie running back Ryan Mathews, who will retrun dowhill running to the San Diego offense. But there is no visible upgrade in trading out Antonio Cromartie for Nathan Vashar and Donald Strickland, who are nothing more than backup players at this point. The idea of eliminating a player that's motivated only 75 percent of the time is a good one, but only when he's replaced by someone as talented and more motivated. The Chargers failed in that regard. This is still a highly talented roster, led by perhaps the NFL's best quarterback.

6. Dallas: The Cowboys have plenty of talent at all positions with the possible exceptions of left tackle and safety. Yes, Alex Barron is now in town and will compete with Doug Free to protect Tony Romo's blind side, but can he stay onside? The team cut Ken Hamlin, who is still on the market, but hasn't really replaced him. Owner Jerry Jones took a huge gamble in drafting Dez Bryant, who is clearly still out of shape after missing most of 2009 at Oklahoma State. But the kid has great potential and seems to be in the right place because he'll get advice from Michael Irvin.

5. Green Bay: The Packers needed to keep their talent early this offseason and did exactly that by re-signing offensive tackle Chad Clifton and rewarding playmaking safety Nick Collins. The other major assignment was shoring up the offensive line and GM Ted Thompson did that by selecting tackle workmanlike Bryan Bulaga with the first overall selection. The rookie might play at guard initially. The Packers are so solid they used their second and third round picks to address possible future needs. 

4. Atlanta: They have the franchise quarterback. Matt Ryan reminds of a young Tom Brady. The passing game and running game are in great hands. The secondary is better with the addition of Dunta Robinson. First round pick Sean Weatherspoon is going to be a star in the NFL someday and will be in sub packages as a rookie. The Falcons will also get an added punch by the return of 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry to the lineup, after he missed all but two games with a knee injury. This team has the feel of a comer. 

3. Indianapolis: The left guard question remains and there are questions about the return to health of safety Bob Sanders and receiver Anthony Gonzalez. But the Colts don't seem to be sweating the Gonzalez injury based on the expected improvement of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. On defense, Colts fans are going to love Jerry Hughes and Pat Angerer, who might become core players on the defense for the next decade. Oh yeah, Peyton Manning is pretty good.

2. New Orleans: Charles Grant is gone, but younger, better Alex Brown replaced him. Running back Mike Bell also left via free agency but the bad news is the Saints might have to pass more. Let's face it, the only things that can derail this team are complacency or a wave of injuries. Quarterback Drew Brees is likely to work toward preventing the former. That latter is a matter of fate. 

1. Baltimore: Anquan Boldin gives them an answer for third-down and crunch passing situations. Donte Stallworth comes with a new view of life after spending the past year on suspension. They drafted talented tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to offer yet more large targets for quarterback Joe Flacco to hit -- assuming Todd Heap isn't on the field, of course. Derrick Mason is back. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed haven't slowed down. Terrell Suggs is healthy again. And while house-sized defensive tackle Haloti Ngata recovers from pectoral surgery, the Ravens will give lots of training camp snaps to condo-sized Cory Redding and mansion-sized Terrence Cody at defensive tackle. Oh, almost forgot, if Suggs and Jarret Johnson and Antwan Barnes aren't getting to the QB enough, the Ravens will probably throw top draft pick Sergio Kindle in the mix as well. They're loaded!

[BLOG NOTE: I'll be off until next Wednesday, so I'll post again then. You have plenty to chew on until then, I'm sure. And remember to read my Sunday column in The Herald or online at on the Herald site because it will explain why I ranked the Jets and Dolphins practically together.]

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Menace,

As much as I dislike Ohio St and Michigan, they have been a pretty good pipeline for us since Parcells took over. I do find it interesting that Parcells has such a liking for the Big 10, also Utah as well. He seems not to have much liking for the SEC however, kind of odd considering the SEC's supposed supremacy in college football.

This year should be a growing year for the the phins. I love the challenge of a tough schedule because it make your team tough. We have seen what a soft 11-5 looks like (1 and done in the playoffs). I firmly believe that our 7-9 boys of last year were a way better team and could have done the same thing as the jets if giving a chance.

SORRY AGAIN Odin, Mandos "PEEPS were a "BUCKEYE" ...............On my 5th beer.....

Bootang,

Thats cause Parcells likes BIG and well BIG. Plus you get the added benifit of Soldiers used to playing in weather. We all know how that used to affect this team. You take away this december debacle and it almost seemed like we had a mentally tough team

our 7-9 boys of last year were a way better team and could have done the same thing as the jets if giving a chance.

Posted by: kris | May 16, 2010 at 08:43 PM

Kris, Does that mean the last two games Miami plays at the end of the year there gonna play there scrubs????????Just like the teams that played the jets last year????I hope so!!!!!!!

Menace,

I look forward to you with your 9th beer, should be fun

Kris,

I definitely think we could have beaten the Bengals and Chargers if we had played them in the playoffs and given the Colts all they could handle. You are right in that Parcells likes them big, and the toughness part is great as well.

Hot Ashley just grabbed the last one........Biatch.....TASER TIME........

Armando,

Enjoy the vaction. Looks like the bloggers on here have carried on quite nicely in your despite your AWOL status

:-)

renew, reresh, and be ready to write. Football is around the corner

Home,

I don't mind going off topic at all.
I'm not sure, but I don't think other bloggers have this issue in regards to you either.

I think the resentment stems from the repetitive novel length doom and gloom, it's all a conspiracy narative.

If the end is coming soon, then now more than ever, I want to enjoy what precious time I have left.

I don't want to waste my time looking for shadows in every corner or hiding in my closet with an aluminum foil helmet on.

I have goals my brother. If you could see the Barmaid at the local saloon, oh MAN! She's got TWO younger sisters too. The POSSIBILITIES just discombobulate my ADHD!

Oh GOD! So much to do....so little time :)

Bottoms Up!!!!

kris, I can not agree more. I also cannot stand it when a team, any team, does well in a season and then has to hear the haters talk about "Easy schedules" being the reason why they did well. That being the case and after the 08 season went so well but was dismissed so easily, I would much rather be successful in a season the no-one can condemn with talk of weal schedules. About the only exception to this thinking to me is backing into or getting pushed into a play-off run without winning the spot on your own. Even when Miami backs into a play-off spot I always have a negative feeling in my head wondering if they manage to win it all how long I will here "Miami was just lucky" be spoken the next season. This is also the sake reason for wanting a long run in Miami, instead of "One and Done" super bowl team.

** same...reason, not "sake"... my typo.

Bootang,

Agreed. This year we must capitolize and see what hapens when we get to the dance

Well put ODIN,The two younger sisters that is..........Screw Homes conspiracy's.......And thinking about twins, I've got two Ten ponders(Though one looks like a 8 pound er to me)(though thats only my Opinion) to go take care of.... Have A "PHINTASTIC" Nite guys...........

Kris,

That is a good point. I've always felt the same way.
Bring on the heavies NOW, it just makes the lightweights that much easier to dispence with later.

Soiled Bottom has a nice analogy for this:

The first thing you do when you get to church is knock out the toughest guy there.
Everybody else will fall right into line.

Derek,

We are on the same page. I have been around for those years as well. Since the retirement of Marino it has been one playoff debacle after another. In none of our recent playoff apperances have i felt confident. This year when we get in I am sure we make a formadible opponet

Odinseye,

Soiled is among my favorite posters on here. He always seems to lighten the mood.

U a mark man. Keep talking that ish.

Cuban,

Although I would perfer to earn our way into the playoffs, I think we all learned that the key is to just get there and then see what happens. I will take it anyway i can get it

Armando,

I shoudn't say this but....how did you manage to work JT in to this blog?

Family Guy is hillarious tonite.

"when you poop in your sleep you poop for real".

Nite Fin Fan!

Peace

Mando....what about a new blogg...????

I beleive we are a top 6 team....if we are injury free....i think this team has HUGE potential....just need Tight ends...our are TERRIBLE

If Big Ben & Lawrence Taylor ever had a baby together it would be...Rex Ryan. Go Phins

What's the good news fellow phin fans and please no Oil or immigration comments once football season starts our universe will be saved. Dang I miss football!

Dick Cheney and George Bush did have a baby together. They named it...Cam CaMoron.
Go Phins

I just immigrated out to the kitchen and Oiled myself up with some Bourban.

When do OTA's start?

Will the rookies get to mix it up with the vets?

There's so much info we need to know like what's our plan for Pat White, who's the starting safety, are there any FA or RFA that we are looking at. Can the TE block and catch? I could go on

10-4 dantheman

I've heard it reported that "inside sources" say the Trifecta will probably cut White.

I've also heard bloggers say we should try him at kick or punt returns.

Neither one really sounds like a bad idea. I just don't ever again, want to see Henne trot off as white trots on.

I would however like to get something out of the guy. After all, he was an expensive experiment.

Does anyone think BP would go after Vernon Davis next year? I WANT THAT GUY ON MY TEAM!!! Hes a beast and has the blocking tools BP covets. Maybe if the fans clamour enough Vontae will get the word to his bro!

I just immigrated out to the kitchen and Oiled myself up.

Posted by: odinseye

Odinsye, This is what pricemaster would love to hear from you. I hope the rookies get to work with the vets. It would be great to see.

It would be nice to get something for Pat White but what?

Odin what kind of Bourbon do you like?

Vernon Davis dominated Porter two years ago. SF pretty much left it up to VD to block Porter all game.

Carlito!

I KNOW you're reading this because I've just perfected my anti-HAARP WAVE inverter flux capacitator.

I saw your earlier post and I just wanted to tell you that I think it was a good first step.

Just remember my little Golfithian Friend, baby steps, baby steps and the next thing you know..................

If they can find a couple of plays, not a position, he would be able to show off his athletism and elusiveness. The Pat White I watched last year was not the same one that I watched at WVU. The kid is talented but just not at a NFL QB, I agree with Kick returner or Punt Returner maybe throw a couple of WR plays his way.

I believe Armando said there would be no new blogs until he returns from his absence on Wednesday.

I was reading some posts on a blog the other day that the question "What will Miami do if Marshall Gets hurt?" was asked. I really tough the question was unfare, since every team has to face the possible loos of key players. But, in my opinion, Miami could survive and win some games if it should happen. I believe the question did allow me to think a bit more about having another Big Guy to catch the ball. I don't believe it will happen this season, but in a draft/free agent season next year that should be easier to focus on skill positions, it may be a good idea to grab either a solid free agent or a higher round pick to make certain one guy going down could not hurt us as bad as with no back up would. I do not want to blow this receiver corps up, but Miami will have to continue to improve the position just out of due diligence.

ThunderBolt,

I don't know if Parcell's would want Vernon or not, but I would hope so.

Still, I think it's a moot point. If I were Singletary I wouldn't let the guy get away.

**thought... my typo...

Derek,

The hard part about getting supremely talented WRs in the draft is you have to have a high draft pick. I fully expect to be picking in the mid 20's. What does actually bode well for us is there are 4 super WR prospects in next year's draft, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Michael Floyd, and Jonathan Baldwin. A slow 40 time combined with a lot of good QB prospects could push a guy like Baldwin or Floyd into our laps. I would love that. As for our current roster, I am hoping Patrick Turner starts to play to his potential. It would make targeting a WR a moot point. As for if Marshall getting hurt, we could survive a game or two, but would be hurt a lot if it were anything longer.

Ace,

Bourban is my "off-season" drink of choice. I've tried them all at one time or another it seems.

For me, it always comes back to Jack Daniels and/or Jim Beam.

(Wow! I think I just wrote a new ad campaign. I wonder if I can't Ronnie to endorse it? I smell a royalty check!).

Did I just type that out loud?

Odinseye,

For me it's Wild Turkey or Jack. With Wild Turkey it is all about the flavor. Damn, I wish I had some right now.

Bootang25,
Agreed concerning drafting position next year in mid 20's.... I believe when I speak of a "High Rounder" I believe a solid guy can be taken as low as 2nd or 3rd round as long as the talent holds fast. And, as you have already pointed out, it is a loaded draft for skill next year. Not only is the draft loaded, but I know a read a piece recently that gave a list of Unrestricted Free Agent talent and Restricted talent that will be available... very strong list. As we are all aware of, a draft pick would certainly require at least a year or two in development. Perhaps another FA... or as you said, Pat T. coming alive will solve the issue. Running back will be at the very top of the list nest year so I would think a #1 pick may go in that direction... Thoughts?

Ace,

I would normally agree with you and I do LOVE Wild Turkey.

It's just too expensive for me.

What with court costs, fines, attorney fee's.........

Odinseye,

Just had a flashback to the late 80s. My buddy Wild Turkey was always around. The 101 proof variety that is. Those were good times.

Derek,

All great points, I do agree usually WRs take a little time. I wonder who our director of pro personnel is, as they may have the most important front office job in the next 10 months. Figuring out who will realistically be available next offseason is going to seem like a maze with no way out.

Trifecta supporter or basher, one can not say that we aren't aggressive in free agency or hesitant to spend money. 2 of our most glaring holes were ILB and WR, and once we saw stars were available in their prime, we did what we needed to get these guys. As we find ourselves with less holes, it helps us identify areas of weakness to address.

As for the RB position, I am of the opinion I will believe Ronnie Brown won't be a Dolphin only when he actually becomes a member of another team. I do believe the position needs to be evaluated, and how guys perform this season will dictate where RB lies on our list of priorities.

Derek,

I know you were addressing Bootang, but I have an opinion.

It's too early to tell because of all the variables. Will Ricky return? Will Ronnie hold up? What kind of season will Hilliard have?

The one thing I do know is that this upcoming college season, I'll be "scouting" RB's, TE's and OLB's. Always OLB's.

I think we will draft a RB pretty high, I just don't think it will be with our no.1.

Odinseye,

If I am drinking Jack, it is the first telltale sign to get the hell outta my way lol. If I drink, it's usually beer and only done to relax or with friends. Once you see me in the liquor store, or even worse, the liquor cabinet, you know things have gone horribly wrong. Lmao

Also making free agency more important is our lack of a 2nd round pick next year. That makes it a little more difficult as well

I hope that we do get Ricky for another season. I believe that his absence and his attention to taking care of himself will give him the legs for it. Odin, as far as taking an RB in the 1st. The only way I would want Miami to do that is if the guy was a lock for being a starting guy, much like Ronnie or Ricky were when taken. I certainly hope that whomever has been tasked with doing the player/personnel work for the next 10 months is on their game. Because as much as all of us talked about the importance of this seasons draft, Next years may be the one that places Miami into the upper echelon of teams if it is done right. Hell, they may be there now if Henne comes out slinging it with pride. Point being this, the Skill talent Miami takes next season to replace the guys starting or already nearing the apex of their careers now, will be the guys who carry this team for the next 5-7 years. Which we all hope will have a few runs involved.

Bootang,

I hear you. That's why I switch to Rum during the season.
If I'm drinking Jack and Henne throws an interception? OMG! It's just too risky.

I always gotta beat up on something when I drink Bourban, thank God it's USUALLY ONLY my guitar.

PS: We already got back one of the second rounders. I'm thinking we'll have just enough time to get back the other.

Bottoms Up!

Bootang25... Your statement
"As we find ourselves with less holes, it helps us identify areas of weakness to address".

Is so true... it also causes another issue. One we are already starting to see. When you are strong at positions, it becomes a business decision every time a guy is competing for a spot. We have a butt load of WR now when we did not have enough to field a decent team last year. That means good talent starts to get away or you learn as a team very quickly to trade those guys for areas of need. Something we have not done well thus far... and I am a Front office fan!
Talent evaluation now, is even more important and tougher to do when your team has nothing but bunk and your looking to fill every spot.

Derek,

I agree, next years draft will be just as important if not more so than this years.

Looking ahead it really makes me appreciate what the Trifecta has done so far. I'm not saying they haven't made their mistakes, but from here on out, we will be able to draft more and more for the best players avaliable and less for positions of need.

That's the advantage of having a solid foundation and that's the way it should be.

Derek,

Really good point. The 2 teams that I think are the absolute best at replenishing the roster are the Eagles and the Ravens. Those teams always seem to know when to move on from a player, and do a great job of drafting. While I think Parcells does have a strong opinion in our moves, I believe Jeff Ireland does a lot more than what he gets credit for. Ireland is still relatively new to all things GM, and I think with each hit and miss he learns something from it. Maybe the best thing out of all of this the last 3 years is we have true stability as it pertains to Head Coach and GM. Nothing Tony and Jeff have done has given any true indication that you would guess they wouldn't be in the same position in 2015. The organizations that have done the best are the ones that have stability, and where the GM and Head Coach relationship is great. I believe Jeff has a great understanding of what Tony likes in his players. In my major rebuttal to Armando when he posted the rebuilding blog, my main point was we have 6 or 7 guys who provide quality depth and leadership now, who would have been starters in 2007. Figuring out who to keep and who to let go will be the tricky part in the upcoming years.

And to go along with your statement Bootang, I would add that the day will come, and its not all that far away. Where Miami may just be Tony and Jeff up front. They may pull in another President, who knows, depends on how Ross like to run the top end of his investments. I knwo he was just picked as the biggest mover/shaker in New York real estate.. tells me he likes things to be the best.
I really like the way the Ravens run their team concerning talent and replenishment. I would watch for Washington to join that list as long as Snyder gives Shanahan the same lateral the his guy in Denver (forget the owners name) did. Shanahan can built a team... he just really struggles with a defense staying put. His offenses are very solid though.

Derek,

There are a lot of people that knock Sparano, over stupid things like fist pumping after field goals, and yes he did try to call the TO off of an INT. To me, those are things that happen with getting acclimated to being an NFL head coach. It is very obvious the players love playing for him. Sadly we had a cancer in Joey Porter, and a supposed leader in JT who did nothing to squash that last year. The Trifecta was quick to make sure that type of stuff doesn't happen again, ie Karlos Dansby and 7 of 8 draft pick being team captains. If you ever listen to Sparano, he is very intelligent. Whenever different positions are brought up, you can hear his football knowledge. I do not understand the people who dislike Sparano. I know you can't please everyone, but he seems genuine, a straight-shooter, and someone who will give you everything he has. What more could a player want?

Someone posted earlier about what it would be like without the annoying three. Boobyd12, NJ, and Home. Sorry home. Very nice posting in the last three hours. the way it should be

It has always been about the one thing Don Shula figured out very early. You may not have a locker-room full of players that "Like You" but your best chance of winning and having a successful team is having a locker room full of players that "respect you". Shula was not particularly liked by all his guys, but they damn sure knew what to do when he stated talking (listen!).... I believe that Sparano giving a damn and getting excited garners that respect, players, I feel, see that as a coach who WANTS to win... not just get paid and field a team. Its hard to give Tony hell when there have been guys like Madden, Gruden & Hank Stram. Those guys were twice as animated as Tony and sometimes looked like they would kill refs.

Been a pleasure talking with you guys tonight, I really like this blog when it is like this. It has unfortunately become a rare thing. I will talk to you all another time... Have a great night and Go Miami!

PS... The Jests suck!

Derek,

I am sure you have seen it, but after the Jets victory and winning the division, Tony is right in the middle of all the guys in the locker room. He starts with 'Why not us' which immediately draws a huge reaction from the team, and you can tell he had used that theme all season long. I like that what he starts talking about in minicamp and the OTA's are things he will build off of throughout the season. Of all the coaches to come into the league the last few years, him and Mike Tomlin are the 2 I like the most, and I see neither going anywhere anytime soon. Both players coaches who demand respect, as you stated.

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