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Ireland: Big is good, big and fast is better, and fast is a must

You know the Dolphins are a team lacking dynamic speed. They need plays that eat up yardage and the fastest way to get those on offense and special teams is to get, well, faster.

That is why the Dolphins will go into the draft and free agency looking for fast guys.

But fast guys, you must know, are often not big guys. Chris Johnson is not big. DeSean Jackson is not big. Mike Wallace is by no means big.

And that kind of runs counter to the marching orders Miami personnel people have been working under the past three years. Bill Parcells wanted big guys. He wanted physical guys that made up a physical team.

Unfortunately, that physical team was kind of plodding.

So the marching orders have changed for the personnel men. The Dolphins are looking for big, yes. But they want fast, too. And if fast means not quite as big as Miami previously wanted, an exception might be made, according to Miami general manager Jeff Ireland.

"Well, you're looking for big fast guys, too," he said during his appearance on Armando and the Amigo on 640 Sports here in South Florida. "We need to increase team speed not only on offense but on defense and special teams, too.

"They have to be the right type of guys, the right fit. Durability is a big thing for me. They got to be durable. That's something we had a little problem with this year, having a lot of guys miss games, guys are on [injured reserve]. But we've got to do a better job of increasing team speed, and if that means making an exception for a rare player, we might do that. But first and foremost, we're looking for big fast guys."

I truly believe that the Dolphins will be looking for speed at running back, speed at the punt and kick returner spots, speed in every aspect of the coming offseason.

That offseason, by the way, is split into free agency and the draft. We don't know which will come first because the NFL has an uncertain labor situation. Unless a new collective bargaining agreement is struck by March, it is likely free agency will be delayed indefinitely.

That obviously affects a team that typically fills needs in free agency and then fills out the rest through the draft.

The uncertainty has caused the Dolphins to adjust their plan of action for finding talent this offseason. The fact is the Dolphins will have two plans of action, according to Ireland.

"We're going to have a plan of action to go into it if [the labor situation] is resolved quickly," he said. "We're going to have a plan of action if it's resolved after the draft. There are a lot of unknowns and there's a lot of things you can't control. You just have to plan to attack when the time is there to attack. We're looking under every rock and looking over every acorn that falls out of the tree. Those are things I live by and we'll continue doing that same thing."

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Amando, thanks for stiking in there, probing, plodding and posting whatever you are able to gleen for this mob that follows your blog.

I am grateful. So are many here.

PS. (going back to to earlier blog, whether or not the brass reads these opinions from the fans?) I say they hear about one way or another.

To witt:Need any help writing as a ghost for you?

He-he...Just joking, don't have the "inside" advantage that you do.

However, if you ever need a bouncer, I got your back.

Gotta go, fishing

Yes, fast is a definate must. Fast is dynamic, fast is exciting... but fast needs to have football toughness. We don't want another Ted Ginn Jr.

Ted Ginn was durable and fast. I guess it's hard to get injured if you always run out of bounds though.

Ted Ginn is a waste of semen.

SPROLESSSSSSSS GOOD HANDS AND CAN HELP ON SPECIAL TEAMS

I was having flashbacks about this team earlier. the times when Marino was firing passes all over the field the Marks bros were catching them.That was the 80's last time we competed.Hopefully Tony Soprano Jr aka little meatball will help us w this problem, WTH Tony Sporano Jr lol?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8bzZEtOcb8

For those who have not seen this film clip I salute u. Check it out and vote for or against Chad Henne. I say trade him and begone w u lol. I think the song is by the dead schembecklers band or something lol/it is a really cool Irish song.

Trade down to get second rounder,
1st.Draft WR Blackmon okla state or Julio Jones if he falls,
2nd. Draft Kapernick or Ponder
3d. Best Center available ( oregon c maybe)
Then sign Zach Miller Te OAK
Sign Reggie Bush
Re sign Ronnie Brown
I would like to see something similar.
Trading down is the key , hope they dont blow the load on qb to early , if you must have a qb in 1st. you could still get one late first I believe ( locker , newton , stanzi) and get wide out later in 2nd.

Trade down in the first but not too far down and still be able to draft Mark Ingram in the first. Then sign Kaepernick in the second. Resign Ronnie Brown for sure without a doubt to atleast a three year deal. Sign Santonio Holmes or another speedy wide reciever, sign Asomugha the cornerback and put Benny Sapp and Sean Smith in the slot.Sign Logan Mankins and a few other good offensive line free agents to fill in the o-line. And last but not least use Henne or Hartline and our first or second rounder next year to get Kevin Kolb for sure. If we cant get him then sign Brady Quinn to battle with Henne he is a free agent. Dont pass on him again if you can help it.

Not bad Brian , until you mentioned Brdy Quinn. That guy is garbage. he couldnt beat out let see
Seneca Wallace
Kyle orton
Time Tebow
Carlie Frye
Derek Anderson
Also relying on FA's is too risky with the CBA in limbo.
Its easier to draft need immediately and fill skill positions later.
I wouldnt be upset id they drafted Cimmin OT from Wisconsin neither.
Nothing makes an offense look better than having
Jake Long at LT and another dominant RT at othr side with sliding V Carey to one of guard spots.
I still believe Rreggie Bush if used properly would help this teams lack of speed tremendously.
In my opinion

I have been sold on Kapernick for a while now.
Senior bowl talk is only backing that up

REGGIE BUSH IS NOT A FREE AGENT I WISH HE WAS

That was a decent post Brian until you brought up Kolb and Quinn. Kolb is unproven and is brought up in a west coast offense. The Phins don't run that kind of offense. Quinn is more of a bust than Ted Ginn and we got rid of him. I would be even more worried if our next season Quinn was the starting QB. Henne is better than him. I would say Orton is the best fit if Miami can get him. A pocket passer with a history with MArshall. 20-9 TD/int ratio last season. I am sorry if Heene was 20-9 TD/int ratio the Phins would have been in the playoffs.

I would love to see a Nnamdi Asomugha and Vontea Davis CB tandom in Miami. Shawn Smith can be moved to FS.

All you guys do is regurgitate the same names, the same supposedly "hidden draft gems" that have ALREADY made the actual leap from true obscurity to general public consumption.

And then you act as if you actually know ANYTHING about them. It's beyond comedy.

Why not just be honest about this stuff? The fact of the matter is that Armando knows little and YOU know even less.

We're talking about football players you've NEVER seen aside from a few plays on your television or on youtube and suddenly you're an expert.

What a hoot. Why not continue the farce with nonsense observations about their "movement in space" or "awareness" or "point of attack" bullcrap that you parrot from Mel Kiper or whoever in a desperate attempt to sound informed?

Sorry, guys. I call BS on nearly all of it.

I have been sold on Kapernick for a while now.
Senior bowl talk is only backing that up

Posted by: The digg | January 29, 2011 at 03:01 AM
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That's great you've been sold on him, Mr. Pioli.

Maybe you can spell his name right next.

The faster the better. Again, I can not emphasize how important the Oline equates to a sucessful season. Yes, a fast lineman might reach speeds in the 5 second range, but what more can you expect from a bulldozer player.

Speed kills, whether its a tad slower at the O-line, or instantaneous at the nimble and swifter positions: QB, RB, (swifter still) WR, ST slots.

Speed is still the key, and the NFL just keeps getting faster and faster. It is recorded in the hundredth of a second these days.

Speed unlocks the door to running up a score in the 3rd quarter. When have we ever done that?

For those here that want a great team yesterday, or are demanding a great team this coming year, please be reasonable. It rarely happens overnight, but it is in the making. Provided the OLINE takes priority for at least one more draft-year.

The FO need to apply 1/3 of our attention towards the Oline this off-season. Period! With an emphasize on speed mind you. The other 2/3rd needs to address smaller cavities that need fillings.

I am not enthralled with the dental staff we put together, pell-mell. This project of a revamped coaching staff concerns me greatly. But I am capable of seeing how this house-cleaning pans out.

Hypotheticals aside, the organization is truely knee deep in something. Whether that be quicksand, or pot of gold remains to be seen.

I advocate for these 3 drafts, in order of preference and need. Without a CBA, I can not adjust any further in regard to Free Agency. Neither can you, or the Fo.

An interior lineman as the 1st pick, trading down is exceptable w/me. It does not need to be Pouncey. He is too slow on foot. Remember, speed...

Secondly, draft either QB Dalton, or Sanzi, as a two year project, perhaps less. Not only are the two fast and nimble on foot, they both have quick thinking brains. Watching both, I'd take red headed dual threat Dalton.

Third, address the Special Teams blight. It is 1/3rd of the game. One third!

As far as the remaining picks, I don't care. Just spend them wisely. Just pray that the FO rolls the dice, and doesn't crapouth thats right, most of that staff hit the road, and good riddence. Let's hope the ones we've inherited has the guns and guts to pull off a heist of our division. Even if it takes just one more year to fully implement.

Next years draft options look better than this years. Whether it be acorns or golden nuggets, I beseech this franchise to pick accordinly.

When's the tide coming in?

TED GINN?

HE WAS LIKE A TRACTOR TRAILER.

HE CAN GO FAST BUT IT TAKES HIM A MILE TO BUILD UP SPEED.

NOW THEY THINK THEY NEED SPEED.

BIG DOESN'T MEAN SQUAT IF YOU CAN'T CATCH THE GUY WITH THE BALL.

ONLY GUYS THAT NEED TO BE BIG ARE THE ONES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LINE.

Gulf---good post with some salient points.

Agreed on nearly everything...but an actual upgrade at QB would be the oil on all those rusty parts. Look at the difference it made in 2008 on a squad that had NO business even finishing .500, let alone a division title.

The guy I've ALWAYS wanted to be the Dolphins coach quit Tennesse yesterday. I'll hope for the best in 2011 with Tony (and I DO like him) but if not...

I SAID LAST YEAR GET RID OF RICKY AND RONNIE.

I CALLED FOR MATT RYAN OR LONG, HENNE AND MARIO MANNIGHAM.

I ALSO WANTED VONTAE AND SHAWN.

I ASKED FOR BRANDON

ONE MORE PLEASE

I DON'T KNOW HIS NAME BUT IF WE MOVE DOWN I WANT THAT WR FROM PITT.

HE'S FAST AND THE BIGGEST GUY ON THE FIELD.

ONLY SAW HIM MAKE ONE CATCH BUT YOU CAN SEE IN THAT PLAY THAT HE GOES ALL OUT.

I WANT TO SEE MORE FIRST.

THAT QB FROM NAVADA SUCKS.

WELL I CAN'T REALLY SAY THAT

I SAW HIS VIDEO ARMANDO PUT UP AND FROM THAT I WALKED AWAY THINKING WHY.

GT WHY DO YOU LIKE TONY

JOHN BALDWIN IS THAT HIS NAME.

Justin--I like that he's a solid, honorable guy that the team has (mostly) played hard for during his tenure.

I like that he's prepared and runs a solid camp. I like the fact the players clearly respect him with few exceptions. I like that the Miami Dolphins won a division title with Tony Sparano as coach, in a year when NOBODY would have picked them without their head being examined.

He's far from the bad coach some ignorant fans make him out to be.

That said, I'd hire Jeff Fisher this morning if it was my team.

But not Cowher.

Go figure, right?

Extraordinary revelation. After three seasons they suddenly realize you need team speed. Um, didn't everyone else know this since around 1941? He wants durable players, not injured all the time. Um, didn't everyone else know this since 1941? He wants big strong fast players. Um, isn't that what everyone looks for?

Really Armando, these tidbits of information are saying nothing other than stating the utter obvious. Its like asking a guy what kind of girlfriend he is looking for and he responds, well I'd like a girl that is pretty, not fat, healthy, not sick, and better rich than poor.

POINTS TAKEN.

Near as I can figure, Bill Cowher is a more "attractive" name than Jeff Fisher based on that ONE Super Bowl title.

Well, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't this the SAME Steelers franchise that has had at least as much (or more) succes under Tomlin? The same franchise that DID have more success under Chuck Noll in the same time frame?

And I'm seriously supposed to view Cowher as some kind of football guru?

Sorry. No sale. The Steelers win because they are boring and CONSISTENT in what they do. Team first, always. Bill Cowher was along for the ride.

If Jeff Fisher had been the coach there all those years he would have had at least as much success, and I'd say more.

Fisher has been working with much less organizationally for a VERY long time.

I;d love to see him running Miami with a Stephen Ross that just gets the hell out of his way and gives him the $$ to get it right.

GT i think its out of line for you to criticize the majority of the dolphin fans. your rip us because you feel we are not experts, and because we might read up and repeat kiper or something. ya know its true we arent experts, but that includes you as well. dont preach down to us, last time i checked, none of our names are ireland and sparano. ok so were not experts,,but we do have the right to reveal our opinions as well as you do. this blog should be civil and not personal attack, so cut the fans some slack

Gt since you dont like how we evaluate talent, explain to us how YOU evaluate talent. what are your tools and techniques to evaluate top nfl talent?

i like jeff fisher as well, unfortunatly we wont get him. it seems really weird in a way that the titans can him after all other 31 teams have a coach. it almost seems like they wanted him fired, and screw up the mans career as well. wow, that seems a bit much

Where did I ever say I was an expert on talent evaluation??

I'm not. Either are you.

Furthermore, "dave," how did an obscure blog at 6 a.m. become anything even remotely resembling a "majority" of Dolphins fans??

I think it's a pretty safe bet that 99% of the world that identifies itself as Dolphins Fans never even posts here...and about one half of one percent that even does has even READ this blog.

Which leaves the 10 or 12 people that actually do post here.

But I'm NOT preaching down...just stating the obvious, friend.

Like it or not.

Dave--I think Jeff Fisher probably more fired the Titans than the other way around. At least that's how it looks.

I think he'd look TERRIFIC as Miami's coach---believe in him and his ability to attract both good players and a VERY solid, teaching assistant group---but we'll see if that's how it all hashes out.

I'll just say that I love the Miami Dolphins and think Jeff Fisher is a DAMN smart and competent NFL coach that can get this program back on track.

That's what we all want, right?

THE HNYEA COWHER WILL COME BACK AGAN AGAINST MR STEVV ROSS DOLPHINS OWNER FOR THJE JOB OF ((COACH)) but lippy the lion and hardy har will go to work aganst thjis!ALL WORK ON THE SOAP GAMNG

you never said you were an expert, but you didnt include yourself into the ones you chastised for knowing very little. this is why i asked what do you use for evaluation. your percentages of fans do this or that cant be proven or disproven, so we should let that go. but to say 99 percent of fans do this and that seems like it would be hard to come up with facts like that. but ignoring that, i am curious as to how you evaluate talent. would you share with all of us non experts?

i like Fisher as coach idea, but remember how awkward the hrbaush sparano situation was> ? imagine how awkward at this point or soon, to can sparano and bring in fisher. i guess its possible, but wow, lots o people would complain about Ross and Irelands incompetence. do you see a situation possible to bring fisher here?

You need speed and power. There is a lot of power in Miami but the speed is lacking. Speed also requires ability to make plays. No point in running past the ball if Henne can't deliver it. And since I can't remember a pass that Henne made that led a receiver, what are you gonna do.

Find a qb that can make passes. Then protect him. Then get speed.

Since there are few good qb's available get the oline fixed, get the rb's fixed and then get quality speed.

kaepernick is fast, he seems like he can make some plays for someone who picks him. he is moving up so fast, he may go in the first round

Can't we just sign Logan Mankins?

I know so much more now than ever before!

I'm so much smarter after reading this!

Thanks

Oh and by the way

Durable = Odrick?

Just saying

sparano filled the coaching staff with a bunch of no-name,lack of experience guys. he really wants to be in charge;this way he can make sure. on the other hand,lovie smith hired several x-coaches to help run his bears team; mike tice(former vikes H.C.)rod marinelli(former detroit H.C.) and another who slips my mind but i'll look it up. alot can be said for veteran experience with players and COACHES!

FROM 7:58 POST; MIKE MARTZ was the other former head coach who lovie smith hired to be the O.C. so the bears are blessed with a total of 4 guys who are/were head coaches in the NFL. talk about experience!

A couple of things guy, first we don't have a 2nd round draft choice so we can't trade it, and Blackon didn't come out this year so we can't draft him. Also we can't sign free agent until the CBA is approved. And the CBA may bot be approved until later in the SUMMER. Also, when the CBA is ratified, there may be a hard salary cap mean we get to sign less free agents.

GT Fisher's a good coach, but did you know that he's only had 6 winning seasons out of his 17 seasons with the Tennessee, look it up. He's for 17 season Tony S.

Big is good, big and fast is better, and fast is a must??

Sort of goes along with THIS leadership’s mantra... "is your Mom a prostitute"

What a joke.

The Dolphin owner ROSS, GM Ireland and the wannabe coach and his minions wouldn’t qualify to coach a Pop Warner Football Team.

The PROOF is in the pudding. Just look at the circus side show of hiring’s since ROSS screwed all us fans.

We have QB coaches who never coached QB’s before, and if I’m not mistaking, some of the coaches NEVER coached anyone before. If I’m wrong on that, please correct me.

Bottom line… There IS a fix and the fix is COWHER.

ROSS is unfit to be an NFL Team owner as he has already proven that he has zero knowledge about winning and having a staff which understands how to WIN and DRAFT.

Instead he keeps those useless ones and promises excitement. I take it that excitement wont be on the field as he probably will open up a Gentlemen’s Bar in the Stadium which will be about the only place that will have any fans as this stadium will be empty.

COWHER…

Bill Cowher is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, who in his 15 years helming the Pittsburgh Steelers won;

• eight division titles,
• earned 10 postseason playoff berths,
• coached 21 playoff games,
• advanced to six AFC Championship games (winning two)
• and made two Super Bowl appearances, winning one.
• Career regular season record: 149-90-1
• Career postseason record: 12-9
• 1992 AP NFL Coach of the Year
• 1992 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
• 2004 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year

Ross could have had COWHER.. ROSS failed to understand that COWHER just like any man wouldn’t play games as long as the Fins still had a Coach on the payroll aka Sparanio. All ROSS had to do was FIRE Ireland, Sparano and turn over the keys to COWHER, including the Master Key and the Dolphins would be off to a positive future. The stadium seats would be filled and there would be excitement for us fans once again.

Just look at the Steelers and how they STILL are winning with what COWHER built to last. The Staff remains just about the same. WHY?? Because IT WORKS and if it ant broke, don’t fix it.

But ROSS motto is…We isn’t broke so who cares about fixing it. I’ll just keep the same losers I have and run the fins further into the abyss.

PS;
It does not make any difference if we draft a #1 QB because we have a QB coach who has zero clue how to coach a QB which means instant failure.

the most impressive thing about this organization right now is that people still tune in...

A lot of the things you say here I agree with, but Cowher didn't build the Steelers. The Steeler personnel department did. Which include Tom Modrak and Tom Donahoe. Cowher had input on personnel matters, but these were the 2 guys that built the Steelers. And now Kevin Colbert acts in that capacity.The Steelers are successful because they divide personnel and coach, as do most teams in the NFL. Name me a team that is successful in the NFL that doesn't divide those duties. Ross was right not to give a coach ultimate authority on personnel.

Oh BTW the QB coach was an offensive coordinator for 6 years. I think an OC can be a QB coach don't you. A little but of knowledge goes a long way.

Ross simply wanted to keep Ireland because he has a crush on him, had nothing to do with giving a new coach ultimate authority. Ross has yet to do one thing right as owner of the team. He in fact has now set the team back a year. 2011 is nothing more than to let Sparano fail enough to justify firing him early so that real coaches will want to interview for the job.

big and fast. that's torrey smith. he's a playmaker and he goes up for the ball just like marshall and he breaks tackles and makes people miss.

Faster Cheaper,Stronger...., Sounds like a wild weekend in Thailand........

the biggest reason for the steelers success is the ownership. they had 3 coaches since 1969 and their success is due to one thing and one thing only. the organization is solid from the top down. rooney lives in downtown pittsburgh and still walks to the games every week. can you believe that. now that is ownership. these guys are down to earth football guys. not guys in three piece designer suits are a looking at an nfl franchise as an investment. that should be a requirement to buy a franchise. not only should you have the money but you should know and appreciate the game.

mike33076.

Great Point... The HUGE difference between the Steelers and the ROSS Dolphins is that we have unqualified people like ROSS and his GM, Coach, Coaches, making choices and decisions VS a winning combo Team lke the Steelers.

The Steelers surrounded themselves and built that franchise with people that have what it takes and COWHER was a huge part of what it took.

Wish we could say that about our Fins.

Is it me or do you think Jeff Ireland should be wearing a green Jacket with green slacks and a green vest with a green bow tie and walk with a sheleighly????Just wondering???, I hate to stereo=type people but I could swear this guy could pass himself as a poor mans leprechaun..(Except at the end of his rainbow, there's no pot of gold)...........

mike33076.

I don’t agree that an OC coach can be a QB coach. If that were ok, why do teams hire specialty coaches for each discipline?

If I want someone to fix the leaking pipe do I hire a master Plumber or the apprentice? If you want specialty, get people that know the job. We don’t have time for an apprentice program as the young ones are getting older on the fast track.

Wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell will now be the quarterbacks coach in 2011, a league source has confirmed.

Dorrell, 47, has NEVER coached quarterbacks in his 22-year coaching career, but has served as the Dolphins’ wide receivers coach for the past three seasons.

Mike33076...

I agree with your post @9:33.....I swear I fell asleep thinking about this same topic....The steelers have been winning consistently for many years.....they were a dynasty before Cowher got there and have won consitently after he left.....That is Personnel....and ofcourse having a top 10 QB.....

I disagree with your post @ 9:36 just because you are/have been an OC doesn't necessarily mean you are/have been a QB coach...or are even a good QB coach....good being the operative word....

I think your assumption and generalization is unfounded and you should probably take your own advice in that last line you posted @ 9:36....

And BTW....I would add that all that the majority of US posters on this blog is a little knowledge....yourself included....thats why your here and not on one of the 32 teams coaching staffs....

THERS THE VP OF THE GANG OF DEFEET,FORE YOR INFORMTION CUBEN,IRALAND IS GERMAN.

So, they've figured out that bigger is slower. Hey, it's a start.

Lil Aloco, That might be the stupidest post you ever made,Though we would have to look through the 185 thousand posts you've made to confirm this..I'am gonna go out on the limb here and say that's gotta be right up there with the post that you say Miami should give away there 3rd and 4th pick to move up to pick Jacory Harris....LMAOROTF Lil Aloco..(But I still love ya my Lil Friend)

Here's another hot tip: Get a new team Dr. (Penninton, Odrick)

Cuban, let me guess, you got married? Your whole outlook has gone sour and that usually happens with "I Do" LOL Still love ya bro

It doe's sour you Bobby.....Being married to a Narrsissit will do that, I mean her posts(Hot ashley/Pineapple Princess) Are exactly what she is, If she did'nt persue her career in the Medical profession she would have made a heck of a Dominatress...LOL..

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