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What they do, not say: Pass-rush edition

First the news: ILB Rashad Jeanty signed a contract today with the Philadelphia Eagles. He went with the Eagles even though the Dolphins and the Jets also offered him similar one-year deals.

The reason the South Florida native went north?

A source tells me he was simply more comfortable with the situation in Philadelphia over that with the Dolphins and Jets. He felt he had a better chance to start there than in Miami or New York.

On another front:

If you are a Dolphins In Depth reader with any standing or memory, you know I've told you to be wary of what the club and its personnel say but always accept what those folks do as gospel.

We remember this lesson from the Gibril Wilson lovefest of last offseason that led to his departure. We learned it when Cam Cameron loved on Daunte Culpepper publicly while I told you the kid was on the outs -- and months later he was cut. We learned this when Dave Wannstedt went on and on about how valuable Dan Marino was and how he could write his own ticket in the waning years of his career and, meanwhile, the Dolphins had him come to their offices to void his contract and usher him out.

It is not always about what they say. It is about what they do.

Well, the Dolphins last year where seemingly thrilled with Cameron Wake exploding onto the NFL scene with 14 sacks. They repeated time and again how pleased they were with rookie Koa Misi's development as a pass-rusher even though he showed good-not-great ability and good-not-great results with 4.5 sacks.

(For the record, I think Misi will be fine as a pass-rusher. He's more an effort guy, a high-motor guy. He's not the most gifted guy on the field, but he'll get his stats because he never quits and works hard. And he'll probably be a bit better when he learns the game and techniques better.)

So the Dolphins seemed quite pleased with their pass-rush and obviously the 39 team sacks for the season was good enough to tie them for 10th in the NFL.

But ...

While the Dolphins seemed satisfied in what they said about their pass-rush, their deeds yelled otherwise.

Even as many folks were hoping GM Jeff Ireland would improve the offense during the season any way he could -- perhaps putting in a waiver claim on Randy Moss -- he instead went with a waiver claim on outside linebacker Shawne Merriman when San Diego cut him loose.

Obviously, Ireland and the Dolphins saw a need to improve the pass rush at the time even as Wake was going nuts on offensive tackles.

Recently, The Miami Herald reported, the club interviewed former linebacker Bryan Cox for a defensive line coaching position. Although the club has yet to finalize anything on that front, a club source says part of the intrigue with Cox would be getting him to 1.) help defenders upgrade their pass-rush skills 2.) bring a more aggressive and perhaps even emotional approach to the front seven.

So, again, pass-rushing is on the club's mind.

What does that mean?

Obviously, the team is not afraid of improving an area of the team that is already fairly stout. It's a good idea because, after all, the New York Giants long ago wrote the recipe for defeating Tom Brady and the Patriots and that was hurry him, rush him, sack him, and hit him time after time.

This also suggests we should not lose sight of available pass-rushers in the coming draft and eventual free agency. I won't go into names here. It's too early for that. Or you can do it in the comments section. But, I tell you, do not sleep on additions to the pass-rush this offseason even as everyone is focused on offense.

Sure, the Dolphins haven't said they want to add a pass-rusher. But remember, it's about what they do, not necessarily what they say.

[NOTE: This will be the last blog update until Feb. 28. The Miami Herald, you see, imposes mandatory furloughs on its employees to reduce salary costs. It does so twice a year, lately. I am on mandatory furlough this week so I will not be working for The Herald thus not allowed to update this blog.

That doesn't mean I'm off this week. I will still be on my morning radio show, Armando and the Amigo, every morning 6-10 from Monday to Friday on 640-Sports in South Florida and streaming live on the web. If anything Dolphins related happens, you can bet I'll be discussing it on the air and taking calls about it, too. So you can tune in or call, if you wish.

I will also be live on my twitter account which is under my name. Please follow me to get my tweets. Later this week I will be sharing information on the NFL scouting combine. I'll hope to be back here with you on Feb. 28.]


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Sanders WAS a great player but that's all over now. He simply can't stay on the field any more and his history of brain injuries (why don't we start calling concussions what they really are)is both serious and frightening.

Bob Sanders should retire from the game for his own sake.

we need RB & WR as well as a Pass rushing LB and DE......
although we they had 39 sacks.... the dolphins where not able to pressure QB's on a constant basis in every game......

This blog is fun, can I join? Youll have to forgive me, this is my first time being a TROLL so I am not very good at it yet. The Herald smells like rotten bananas.

Darryl D.

It is fine that you disagree with my 1:16 post. But your response is full of folly. It doesn't even come close to addressing our priorities.

You suggest that there are no good offensive players available at @15, (and later) in this draft cycle. Only defensive playmakers?

And if the very best (NFL unproven) person power ranked happens to be a defensive player, we should ignore the fact that our offense is second place priority? Whether it be 1st round or 3rd, etc.?

As you so aptly typed, we concentrated on defense last year.

At the mercy of glory, mind you. And you are all for more entrenchment?

Don't get me wrong. I am all for more defense. But offense is this franchises greatest derelict. And if you you must choose between the BEST offensive or defensive player available at #15, choose the best 15th offensive player.

Your folly is - and it is glaring: That it is better to go a second year with a defensive player, because none of the offensive draft choices merit consideration by comparison.

Get for real guy. You can have a boat load of D talent stacked on the bench at the expense of our offense. Look, there he sits, picking up splinters and sucking on a thumb. Because we are over stocked at D.

Meanwhile, our offense is again, overwhelmed, and our trenches are filled with the consequences.

Dan.... I agree. Indy would have never have cut ties with Sanders if they thought for a second he was healthy. The guy was like their version of Troy Polomolu. His style of play, and his lack of size make him a candidate to be a member of the injured list every season. I can't argue his play on the field. But to many injuries make the risk to high. At some point the injuries aren't a fluke, but just a sad reality. Some team will take a chance on him. But can you count on him?

GulfDolphin, from your lips to God's ear brother. We need offense, our D will look better if our O improves!!!! Good post! Forget Sanders guys....

Gulf Phin...Your posts are vey articulate, and well thought out. I still stand firm on the thought that we have to address the offense in the first round.

My point about how we focused on the defense last year was that we may have passed on better avaialble offensive talent because the team thought we were set. We shouldn't make that mistake again.

I hope you don't think I am making these posts for my ego, or at the comfort of being able to say I told you. This isn't my style. But the defense is not fully complete. There is room for improvement. At fifteen we can find a player that matches this need. Now I never said that by no means should we ignore the possibility of drafting an offensive player. In fact I have posted recently that if Newton is there(this is not hiding behind the thought he will most likely be gone) or taking WR's Young, or Jones. I am saying that leaving open options does not get you stuck on being focused on 1 side of the ball. A mistake I think we made last year.

FYI and Beerndrums....

I saw your post earlier and you guys are right...without a doubt there is a troll here...

I'm used to handiling them weather its NJ or one of the many personalities from one of the resident psycho's.....

For me it doesn't matter because in the end they are just words on a keyboard...

but thanks....its the true poster's such as yourself's that make this board what it is.....the TROLLS will come and go....they will say a lot...and in the end offer nothing......

With this discussion about how the draft is loaded with good defenders it makes me wonder why the staff loaded up on defenders last season.

Are these GM's not able to tell that the 2011 draft is loaded with D when drafting 2010?

Perhaps someone can explain to me why it was not folly to go after a DE last year with the 1st pick and pass on a true impact offensive player like Dez Bryant.

As I have hammered on this blog, the team has a glaring weakness at the #2 WR. With zero vertical aspect to the offense teams can bracket BM and cheat up to stuff the run, which is exactly what the Dolphins saw all year long.

So what position would Roth had been playing had he not been released only to be plugged right in as a starter for the Browns?

Didnt Roth get moved to LB and would he not have been playing the same position as Misi?

I wish the staff decision making was not leaving me wondering what they were thinking.

can anyone enlighten me as to the brilliance in letting Roth go for nothing, JT? Drafting Ordrick over Dez and on and on.

Where is the pulling guard this O-line is sorely missing?

I'd like to feel more confidence in the staff than I do....

Oregon... This is the point I am making to a tee. I recognize that the draft is a crap shoot. I also recognize that we desperatley need help on the offensive side of the ball. Go back to last years draft, and the script was flipped. We had aquired BM, We believed that we had one of the better running attacks. We believed Henne was going to be much improved. Thought the line would be fine. We were so focused on the defense that good offensive players were ignored to fill voids on the defense. And I'm not sure this was totaly accomplished. It is easy in hindsight to say we should have drafted player X look at what he did. I think it is a major mistake if we focus on offense alone. But this is why we come here. To voice and share our opinions. This doesn't mean I'm right about it, doesn't mean I'm wrong. Just my thought.

Its clear....(trolls aside).....that mentioning Bob Sanders is not a popular choice.....

But I will remind you that even though Bob Sanders has only played 9 games in the past 3 years....

But when he did/does play....OMG!!!

2007 Defensive player of the year....

A TRUE playmaker....

Always around the ball....

Gets turnovers...

Recovers turnovers

forces turnovers

A leader

Adds depth at a postion of GREAT need

inspires others to increase there level of play

He should be had for cheap....after all he signed the biggest contract for a defensive contract in NFL History a few years ago....which leads me to believe his cutting was more of a buisness decision (money) than personal (lack of playing)......

Bob Sanders should be looking to re-establish himself among the NFL elite defender's I am sure he can be had for a a million or so a year....

I know its not popular....but I like it....and I hope Ireland is exploring ALL options to IMPROVE this team.....

Ocala Howie says:
February 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Calling all MOB
War is eminent, its us against the herald…
All we need now is our leader NJ to declare it…

These fools are serious???????? They actually say this krap

Kris agree with you on Sanders, but how cheap can he be had.

Hey on this Sentinel stuff. I was just over there and it is true. They are posting wierd cra p over there. I went to tell one of the dudes over there about this war they speak of. My name was faked two times in a matter of minutes. They are a sad bunch. It is definetly NJ, looks like his handy work.

Conchita/arrozo/monitor, no one cares you greasy spuc-ball. go make yourself a taco and drink a 12 pack of Corona with the rest of your jobless, greasy amigos

Not a greaseball, you sound racist to me

I think DB pointed out some time back that the D is going to face a much tougher test next season.

The Dolphins played alot of lame offensive teams last year and the good ones GB, were decimated with injuries.

The D seemed unable to hang with high powered offenses too. The run D did jel toward the end of the season.

However, the Dolphins do not get after the QB well. by the end of the season teams were zeroing in on Wake, realizing the Dolphins do not have much else.

Still all that said, the D is about 8x better than the offense.

And lets not kid ourselves. The problem is not all about talent or who the QB is.

Mr FG's scared, conservative approach to offense is a MAJOR problem for this team putting points on the board.

Guys whether Sanders is cheap or not is irrelevant, he can't stay on the field so what difference does it make. If we sign a safety I would rather take a chance on Otogwe and pay more. First things first, he has to be able to play period.

Daryl Dunphy....I always enjoy your post....but your one at 6:39 PM sounds alot like what I would imagine the conversations about Drew Brees went....

I think we need to look at any and every option to improve this team before we just dismiss any person.....

I know its a risk...and I will be the first to admit that I don't think he won't miss a few games...but I think this guy is worth a look....a kick of the tires if you will...and if he passes inspection.....lets see how many miles we can get out of him....

He is instincts and mentorship alone are worth it...if he can pass it on....

sorry sammo meant to say pussyboy lowlife loser with nothing better to do with his life. that's you

Kris..That is a very good point. I didn't think about it that way. Sanders is a gamechanging player... The injury bug is a tough one to overcome. Natrual talent on the other hand is the great equalizer... Not many better then Sanders..


Dolfandave and others.....I just read the article above on Aotogwe....in the aticle (which is brief).....it contrast Sanders and Atogwe....

Even though the the article clearly tries to slant twards Atogwe......it still makes some good points for Sanders....

I would also caution against bringing in a standout from a less than mediocre team.....over a standout from a SB championship team...

Sanders could be lightning in a bottle......

We could always look t sanders and offer some sort of incentive laden contract.

Paying for playing time and performance with limited gauranteed money.

It jusr depends on the market for someone like him.

NH Dolphan...that kind of along the lines of what.....talking about....

but instead of taking a man of Sanders' stature (history)...I say pay him a million or 2 a year for two years.....I think he is a proven commodity.....he isn't a one year wonder like Soliai....

The jets have collected talent in recent years and it has paid off.....with 2 AFC championship games....The understand that big time players's make big time plays....in big time situations.....

We need to draft well and build the team..but you add talent at any and all postions whenever possible

Kris, Sanders playing an average of 3 games over the last 3 years is not an answer

The great Pass Rush debate...

Since I played football on the sand lots, schools and parks as a youth the formula has always been the same. From pop warner all the way through to watching the NFL, pressure on the opposing QB has always been the best way to shut down a passing game.

The most successful DEF's in the NFL over the years have been able to heat up the enemy's QB. The 85 Bears, The Steel Curtain, The Doomsday Def, The No Name DEF, The 2000 Ravens... they all could get after the QB.

When an OFF looked unbeatable Pats 18-1, The good Manning teams, the Marino lead SB Fins... the opposing DEF gets to the QB and it breaks rhythm, stops first downs, changes timing, causes errant throws...wins games.

The 2010 Fins did a decent job on the pass rush but it was far from consistant or being able to dial it up when needed.

To echo a good friend and really good blogger in Darryl Dunphy, the Fins need to keep the window of possible draft picks open far enough that they don't pass up a great player for a lesser player at a needed OFF position.

Case in point. I really like QB Colin Kaepernick. I also believe elevating our QB play is as pressing of all needs as we have. I don't believe he offers good value at #15 as he needs to learn more of the Pro game before he would have a good chance to be a starter. Instead of forcing the pick at 15 in the 1st I think it would be better to maneuver into the 2nd round and take him prior to another team like Minn grabbing him. This would allow for extra extra picks to be gained and the player to be taken at more of his rated draft value.

Moral of the story, we really have to keep all of our options open and not take potentially valuable DEF pass rush weapons off our list if the OFF player(s) don't have great value at 15.


The Herald furloughs you and I stop reading the Herald for the duration. Way it is.


The fans have lambasted this regime for getting injury prone players on the roster. Only to watch those injuries pull them from games or lower their performance if they tried to play through them.

The other VERY viable reasoning is that Pro Bowl caliber player or not, he doesn't fit the Bifecta's size mantra. Bob Sanders is VERY small for a Safety. He has great heart, leaping ability, diagnoses plays with the best of them...his body just doesn't hold up to the NFL pounding.

I think they will pass for these two reasons on even an incentive laiden contract. The roster spots themselves are very valuable to coaches and I don't think the want chance using it up.

I see why you want to get Sanders signed, I just don't think it will happen.


So the Fins would like to pick up another pass rusher, if they can. Is that news? Every team would like to do that whether they have a Cam Wake or not on the roster.

The QB position aside, cause that is a whole nother discussion, just what do the Fins REALLY need?

An OG and a RB. That's it.

Incognito will move to Center so need a Guard, Ricky is gone so need a RB to run with Ronnie.

After those two needs, any other moves would be upgrades.

The D is fine with Will Allen and Odrick coming back from injury, and too early to say that Clemons is not the guy at Safety, after just one year as a starter.

Misi will improve and the D line is stocked, Soliai will be signed.

The NEEDS are 1) a stud OG and 2) a quick RB as a change of pace for Ronnie, who will be resigned just not at the price he is seeking.


my premise is that what we need is never available when we pick. Tedd Ginn is one example. Or Pat White. Historically we draft a weaker player at a position where we could have a really strong player that we may not need.

Why not just pick the best player available at any position? So what if we get a little stocked up. Trade the stock for the players that we need. Right now judging from (especially the Pat White pick) the Phins have drafted from need rather than the best available player. They might have picked up a lineman or a running back.

I have been focused on DE lately and have two players that would make really good additions to increase pass rush ability from our DEF.

The DE from Cal Cameron Jordan and Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn. They both have great on field motors. They have very similar stats and body types.

In Cameron Jordan 6'4" 288lbs, 4.75-4.8 40. I see a little more fluidity vs Clayborn. I love the violence that he brings when he goes for a tackle. He hits like he wants to erase the ballcarrier. He has the bloodlines as his father Robert Jordan played TE for the Vikes for 12 years. With his bodytype and the way he carries it he may be able to slim down and try to be an OLB. A very active producer that by all accounts blew up the Senior Bowl practices as the most unblockable guy there. Has a wide array of moves. Can get skinny to spilt double teams.

In Adrian Clayborn 6'4" and 285lbs, 4.75 40. Adrian Clayborn gives great effort on evcery snap. The thing that stuck out to me most is his ball awareness. He was able to play through his man or men trying to block him and was still finding the ball. He was sometimes battling through double and triple teams including chip blocks but still kept coming in most cases. He is a tad more stiff then Jordan but looks to anchor vs the run better. He comes across as stout at the point of attack. He is very adept at keeping people of of his legs trying to cut block him. Doesn't stay blocked long. Has a great club move too. Hustles to the sidelines to keep outside leverage.

Either of these guys I would be fine with as a 15th pick. Even with the guys we have as Cam Wake is the only person that has one side taken care of. I would even say that moving Misi inside with Dansby would be worth the attempt if Jordan can play OLB as I know he has more tools to get to the QB. Misi is sturdy and great hustle player so he could rush from ILB on occasion.


I dont see 1st rd urgency for a pass rusher. There were many times qb's got passes off just moments before the pressure got there.

What I think we need most is better overall coverage in our secondary. The most brow raising were positions were ss(Bell) and nickel(Sapp).

Lets face it guys, Y-Bell is a very good run support ss but absolutely sucks as a pass defender. His man is usually open very early and often. As you well know Benny pretty much played just as his last name indicated, just a "SAPP".

If these two alone could hold thier coverage assignments for about another 1/2 second alone it would equal more pressure plus sacks on opposing qb's. Hopefully Reshad Jones can supplant Y-Bell and Carroll or someone else can oust Sapp.

I think Edds maybe a very pivotal 3rd down coverage ilb upon his return too. So these are just a few of the most glaring reasons of why pass ruch and coverage works hand in hand.

Sometimes the pass rush will be truly explosively and protect shotty coverage defender. Then at times the pass rush needs for the pass defenders to hold up thier end of the bargain too.

The only real improvement I would like to see from the pass rush itself is Misi becoming a 7-10 sack a year guy. I also think Odrick will be a great addition to our pass rush if in 2011 he can prove not to be injury prone.

Guys 39 sacks isnt 1st rd urgency to draft a pass rusher. We need better pass coverage.

Also like I said, if neither proves to be injury prone Odrick and Edds can play big factors in our pass defense game. Why the urgency to draft a pass rusher 1st rd when we dont even know what kind of gems we may have in these two alone.

Not to mention resigning Soliai who now plays like a legit starting NT. If everyone remains fairly healthy in 2011 Nolan has so many interchangeble pieces in our front 7 it will make feel like a kid in a candy store.

Dont be surprised to see Ireland draft a LB with the 15 pick.

1st off trading down is unlikely. Other teams need the draft picks just like the Dolphins do.

Well aside from the cheatriots who do this draft FA thing at another level then the Dolphins.

Ireland will go with the best player available or in other words stick with his board.

And with the way the draft is shaping up could land either DE/OLB Robert Quinn of North Carolina and DE/OLB Aldon Smith of Missouri on the board with Miami picking at #15.

Misi moves to inside LB and either guy adds a potential impact pass rusher opposite Wake.

Who knows if the young CB's could learn to catch a INT the D could start to create fear in opposing teams.

Only areas in our defense that I would even balk at making major changes are:

1. Nickel corner- The most chronic of all.

2. SS- If Reshad Jones can prove to be better in coverage while still sufficient in run defense. He should overtake Y-Bell.

3. FS- While not awful, Clemmons needs to step it up bigtime in 2011 as far as passes defensed and picks.

I almost palced Sean Smith as #4, but realized there really isnt a category for a guy needing "spiked gloves."


Where's the lb going to play? It wont be an olb because we have Wake and just spent a 2nd rd'er on Misi. I dont see 1st rd urgency for an ilb because we have Dansby and Crowder's play isnt near disatrous enough to warrant spending a 1st rd pick on the position when we have so many glaring deficiencies on offense.


it really boils down to the quality of player available at the time the team picks.

The QB's WR's O-linemen are not of the quality to be picked that high.

IF Ireland can maneuver a trade back then all this changes.

But as this thing stands I will not be at all surprised to see the Dolphins draft a LB with the 1st pick.

Passing on impact guys while picking bust players is how GM's lose all credibility.

There will be a good db battle in camp between Sean Smith and Will Allen. If Allen loses I believe he maybe our newest nickel corner.

IF they draft DE/OLB Robert Quinn of North Carolina and DE/OLB Aldon Smith of Missouri,

then Misi moves inside and Crowder is shown the door.

This staff is cut throat.

Very sharp, Armando. It is true about Brady, he's not that good when he's severely pressured(and hit). Now, what do we do about the other poster boy in our Division? Hmm..


The only kind of player with that kind of impact to make us salivate like that is cb Patrick Peterson. Peterson is already projected as a shutdown corner in the nfl. It would take a true miracle to make him fall so far.

I also think we should get into the Namdi Asomogha sweepstakes whenever fa begins. He can not be franchised because he was released due to performance glitch in his contract. Boy do the Raiders wish that they could have that mistake back! LOL..........

Peterson is likely gone before the 10th pick.

He is projected as a Pro Safety also.

If Namdi Asomogha and VY were the two major FA signings this year I would be stoked.

I doubt Namdi Asomogha would want to go to the Dolphins anyway.

Who would want to play for Sparano?

Besides I think I heard somewhere that he wants to play along side Revas or however you spell that wets name.

Plax said publicly that he wants to play in Miami

rob in oc,
your statements about the pass rush debate are interesting and as ireland said, "the defense cannot be ignored." he seems to be looking to increase team speed and at the same time upgrade the pass rush opposite cam wake. i don't believe he will try and do it with a de. with starks on the right side and solai in the middle i think he will try to upgrade the right olb position and i think the person on the radare is aldon smith. when you look at the defensive players in the top fifteen he is the one player that stands out above all as the guy they would want more than any.
this fits with the philosophy of putting pressure on the passer because it does a few things. it creates more sacks and it creates opportunities for more turnovers. fumbles, interceptions along with better field position is i what i think ireland wants to improve on.
however, there is only one problem with the whole idea. miami needs help on offense and with no 2nd rd pick ireland is taking a big chance in taking that pass rusher in the first and not having another pick until the 3rd. if the defense can provide that kind of pressure on the passer and create the turnovers and provide the offense with better field position the offense needs to produce. otherwise, it wouldn't be the best decision.
finally, you lost me with the clayborn thing. the guy is probably one of the most overrated players in this year's draft and should drop when the time comes. he's lazy and this season proved it. he should have come out last year because he hurt himself with a poor senior year.


It seems solb in the 3-4 defense is the toughest for incoming rookies to master. Hell, Misi was the top rookie rolb this year.

Also Misi played a little ilb in college but predominantly played DE. It may be a little much to ask a rookie to come in after predominantly playing DE in college, learn rolb, then a year later say now we want to move you inside.

He still hasnt completed the learning curve at one position, now your telling him forget about that we need you to learn another. The reality of some of these things when we entertain them in our minds. Are not quite as simple as when they actually have to be played out.

You also have to remember just because a guy is a great pass rusher doesnt mean is a great run stopper too. If he is one dimensional then you have to use two guys to play one position.

I believe we already have the components on our team to be a better 2011 defense. EVERYONE just needs to stay relatively healthy.

That means no key players to IR nor any injuries forcing them to miss more than 2 games max during the season. But I would love to see Asomogha and Vonte playing together. LOL........


Misi is fine. Cameron Wakes are not found everyday. I guess if they want to improve the pass rush(which is always a good idea) it would come from the linemen, very good DB's or scheme.

Yeah DB,

I understand that this may break with conventional perspective.

All I am saying is do not be surprised if the Dolphins draft a LB at #15.

Ireland will go with the best player available and that very well could be DE/OLB Robert Quinn of North Carolina or DE/OLB Aldon Smith of Missouri

I can hear it now,

We like how Misi has position versatility and I feel he can get in there and do some of the things we want..... bla bla bla.

I'd prefer to see the team trade back, add another pick and draft a speed WR or impact pulling G but it could be a LB at #15.

I dont see Ireland reaching with the #15 pick.

He has a long term career to think about way beyond after he gets canned by the Dolphins.

Also as far as what will be our starting front 7(barring preseason injury) plus our overall depth in front 7 personel. I believe we're in the top 5 defensively as far as that concerns.

Dont forget former 2nd rd pick Merling will also be in the defensive rotation. But I expect Odrick if he stays healthy will start ahead of him.

If we can keep EVERYONE healthy in 2011 I absolutely love our front 7, both the starters and the depth.


Dying Breed...The evolution of spread offenses dictate that the defense must change their thinking when defending these attacks. Smart coordinators are matching their best corners on the inside recievers in nickel situations because the slot recievers create havoc. We need to stay ahead of the curve and find a cover guy up to this challenge. If not we will continue to struggle getting off the field on third downs. The old thinking that you put your third corner on this reciever is going to be thing of the past. Think about it. The outside corners have better faster atheletes helping over the top if need be. They also have the sidelines as protection. In the middle of the field most of the time your help is coming from a linebacker, and you have to cover witdh as well as length. IMO aquiring another cover corner is another piece we should be thinking about.


The best pulling guard hands down Fla St Seminole Rodney Huston. He's a little undersized as far as the way this front office likes them(6'2 282lbs). But the guy is a beast.

He plays LG for the Seminoles. Incognito could even move to RG.




That's why we're keeping Will Allen. Im still thinking Will Allen will be our nickel corner in 2011.

ALoco..I have a cold. Nothing else to do today. But to answer your question nope! I love it. Beats opiate addiction. How was your dinner?

I'll just be happy when this fo realizes it isnt always the size of the dof in the fight that counts. Sometimes its the size of the fight in the dog. That's why the fins should fing a way to get Seminole pulling LG Rodney Huston.

Plax wants to be a dolphin

If we had Long and Huston on the left side. It maybe equal to a 21st century version of Upshaw and Shell for the Raiders in the 70's.

I always forget about him (Allen) Damn cold!!

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