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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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DB,

Good post about Dansby and Crowder. Teams would be smarter to run at Dansby than Crowder. That's the only part Crowder does well. I'm not a fan of his at all and can't wait until he's off his team but he does that art well. Not sure I would put him anywhere close to top 5 in the NFL however, in that regard.

Still not sold on your guy Stanzi. I know you were really singing his praises earlier but I just don't see it in him. I see him becoming an A J Feeley type, good when coming off the bench but I don't see him as an NFl starter at this point. Just my opinion of course, and he could still develop into a good NFL quarterback but I think he's a few years away.

Another fascinating proposition I love about Hunter is he's small enough to get lost in a crowd. Yet explosive enough to blow past people with 7-8 defenders in the box.

With 7-8 defenders in the box, once to the 2nd level there's nothing but daylight. This type of rb alone can make DC's pay for 7-8 in the box. When he gets 2nd level he can blow the top of off defenses.

CraigM,

I said Stanzi's a 4th-5th rd type steal. That's 2-3yrs away from being a starter. He needs work. My man crush about Stanzi is I feel when the lights finally come he could be the best of the entire 2011 qb class 5-6yrs from now.

Let's move on about the Stanzi thing. Im only speculating he could be the best 4-5yrs from now. Therefore making him the steal of the 2011 draft getting him say 5th rd. That's it.

Daryll, just read your yesterday's question regarding decertifying and your followup today.

You probably already know this but this will put the owners in a position of breaking the Sherman antitrust law. The Supreme court allows the owners to slide as long as there is a union.

It is important to score more points than the other team.

penne i'm sure is done; he was really done last summer in camp but kept him to coddle henne. well if we want to draft a smart qb like penne we should look at greg mcelroy of alabama. he's smart and accurate. best of all,he'll be a late rounder. the dolphins should love him because he has a broken bone in his throwing hand. i like kolb/v.young then draft a young qb to compete like mcelroy of bama. get julio jones too.

we're in great shape. no qb, no rb, 1 avg tight end, 1 slow $50 million receiver, beat up oline, no special teams, short picks.

Cocajoe,

the Sherman anti-trust act is not enforced as is. Plus the supreme court is decidedly activist and anti-union.

The supreme court would do nothing but side with ownership.

I predict the players will fold.

The owners are old white men with guareenteed money from the TV deals.

The players are on a shrinking time frame to make good money. The window on average is about what? 2-5 years?

To sit out a season is the equivalent of reducing your life long earning by about a quarter?

As far as C Pennington, to sign him again would simply be ridiculous.

The fact that he earned money last year is amazing. I'm sure he is a nice guy but he is just taking up a roster spot.

Sign VY!

penne with one arm > henne

Oregon,

CORRECT! Far toomany career issues with C Pennington's shoulder. I see him being released and no one picking him up.

My best advice to Pennington is begin your coaching career now. I would love to see him kept as part of the coaching staff and he could possibly be the next Jim Harbaugh in the next 5-7yrs if he opts for a college HC job within the next 3-4yrs.

Oregon, the Supreme court just this past May voted 9-0 against the NFL on exclusive marketing.

And you might want to read this:

To prevent the NFL from locking players out, “the NFLPA would sooner go out of business as a union,” said Richard Berthelsen, NFLPA general counsel. “This is not just a threat, it’s a reality, because we did it once before.” Decertification as a union is a strong possibility after the uncapped year. In Powell vs. NFL, in 1989, the Court of Appeals ruled that the players had to choose between being a union and using their right to strike under labor laws, or giving up their union rights and pursing their antitrust rights in court. The NFLPA decided to abandon its status as a union. Two years later, in McNeil vs. NFL, the judge ruled that the NFLPA’s change in status meant that the owners were no longer exempt from antitrust lawsuits (even though the owners argued that the NFLPA was just a “union in hiding”).

Tim English, NFLPA staff counsel, said the motive behind decertification is explained in player meetings like this: “There are two rooms. One is the labor room, and one is the antitrust room. When you have a CBA, you’re in the labor room. After the CBA expires, your economic weapon against the owner is to go on strike, and their weapon is to lockout players. But it’s more advantageous for professional athletes to get into the antitrust room, and the way to do that is to decertify.”

When the union decertifies, it remains a professional association that assists its members in financing, litigation and other activities but does not participate in collective bargaining. “We do every single thing we can think of to emphasize the fact that we’re no longer a union, including the Board of Player Representatives saying we’re no longer a union,” said English. “We change our tax category to a trade association, and we stop doing all the things that a union does, like player grievances and pension board. You have to announce you’re no longer a union and then act like it.”

Berthelsen said one of the conditions of the 1993 CBA was that the NFLPA could return to non-union status at the end of the agreement, and the NFL would not be able to challenge the legitimacy of it. “So the agreement we negotiated,” he said, “puts us right back to where we were—an organization whose players could not be locked out, and an organization that has the ability to sue.”

Once the union is decertified, it can file lawsuits against the league. The NFL would be subject to lawsuits on any restrictions they would continue to enforce, such as limits on free agency, the draft and a salary cap. “Those are restrictions that could be attacked under antitrust laws, absent a union,” Berthelsen said. “These restrictions could be challenged under the antitrust laws, so the NFL would be reluctant to go forward without an agreement.” He said during the period from 1987 to 1993, 20 lawsuits were filed by the NFLPA against the NFL, such as the McNeil case, mentioned above. “We’ve proven that we are willing to decertify and that we can be successful in litigation,” Berthelsen said. “The owners should believe it could happen, because it’s happened before.”

Cocoajoe...Great post@ 4:18...

There is also precedent in American Needle v. NFL where the NFL thought it was exempt to Anti-trust rulings. The Supreme court ruled that the NFL was not a single entity. But a group of 32 seperate teams. That the NFL is not exempt to anti trust violations. I believe this verdict was in may of 2010.

Also like you said in the past there has been litigation against the NFL. Mackey v. Nfl in 1976 was the players against the Rozelle rule. That was ruled in favor of Mackey in a district court in Minnesota.

So there is precedent in the past about favorable rulings for the players..

Dishpan...youre a lawyer any help?

This is a good arcticle that may make more sense then the jibber jabber I just offered.
http://m.si.com/news/sp/to_nfl_sports/detail/3440363/full;jsessionid=5DB90FA9046A12E70FE46A0C1E014592.cnnsi2

look at the bright side, if there is no game next season, we'll have at least 9 happier sundays than last season.

@ 4:33 I can't get the whole adress on the screen. I'm not sure what is available will get you to the write-up. You can try and google SI NFL decertification and the story may pop up. It is a good read.

Julio Jones blew up the combine. find the RB later in the draft WE MUST TAKE THIS MAN. a 40 in the 4.3s, freakish athletic ability, a top receiver in the NFL within 4 seasons

2010: ALoc vs Mama Mia. The US Supreme Court rules in favor of ALoco. Antitrust laws stated Mama Mia could not hold back her meatballs just because ALoco preferred to use his "secret" recipe sauce handed down for hundreds of generations.

The US Supreme also ruled ALoco could not have exclusive rights to the "meatball sub" either. ALoco is now seeking US patent rights to the "meatball pizza". GO ALoco!

Darryl, yes the Needle decision was what I was refering to last May. The whole thing as you're probably aware of, was about sports wear company not being allowed to market hats, I believe.

But the more important thing was the court said the NFL could NOT act as a single enity.

Those precedents are interesting especially the 2010 ruling and I am hopeful the players are able to prevail, however I see a supreme court that is willing to ignore precedent and make activist decisions to blatantly, shamelessly favor large corporate interests.

This is a activist, right wing court that is NO friend to workers, the public or unions.

Hell this is a court that believes a corporation has the same rights as a human being so don't hold your breath about this court favoring, workers or unions over rich old white men.

Why cant they all just get along and have a meatball meatloaf. Why argue about the meatballs in the meatloaf when its the ground chuck we all love!

DB....the following post is yours from.....4 DEC....i'll comment on it in the next post......

When a lock down corner isnt making plays in the passing game because teams fear to throw at him no one complains about stats. Could it be OC's would rather run at Dansby than Crowder?

Guys, because Dansby's more known for his lateral speed as a backer team have in the past targeted running right at him even before he became a dolphin. I suspect OC's may still think this is the best way to attack Dansby.

They may rather run at Dansby than Crowder just like a qb prefers to not throw at the shutdown corner as much. Dansby's doing a great job with the attention he's getting in run game. Crowder's doing a great job staying disciplined.

Posted by: DyingBreed | December 04, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2010/12/dolphins-may-not-miss-crowders-contributions/comments/page/5/#comments#ixzz1FCKoVMh6

W*hore houses, H*ooker corners, and Strip Joints will thrive. That's what most American men will do with thier "EMPTY" Sundays.

You didnt think they would all be out mowing the lawn did you?

Yeah, Julio Jones was the 1st guy i fixated on as hopefully the 1st pick for the Dolphins.

He probably will not get past St Louis.

I recall some comments from Ireland saying that WR would be a luxury pick, is not a priority and that they are happy with Bess, Hartline.

I would love to see a big speed WR to balance the field against BM. I know Hartline is young but I dont see him as the dynamic player that can knock the top off of opposing D's

Kris,

So again, how do you misconstrue that as meaning I said Crowder is a lockdown lb? It only suggest Crowder is strong at the point of attack which is true.

To your your point.....you never actually used the words shut-down ILB.....but surely you can see how a reasonable man would come to that conclusion....

but bottom line...YOU DID NOT SAY SHUT-DOWN ILB....from my perspective it seemed like you implied it.....

Any way my memory is horrible....and I defamed quite a few people.....

The conversation was between you and a poster caled deytreder......

not Mark in Toronto...and not Daryl Dunphy.....my apologies to both men respectivley......

and to you as well wor paraphasing....but not for my perception of what you said.......

Cocoajoe...Yes it was about apparel.

Oregon...A lot of interesting stuff going on with Unions all over the country. I wonder how this intertwines, if at all. I think I read where the NFLPA is trying to get this case heard in Minnesota, where there has been precedent.

The thing is if the Union is allowed to decertify, Football goes on and the two sides settle their differences in court. The NFLPA was able to re-establish their Union in I think it was 1993??? They(Gene Upshaw, and the PA) took a lot of heat for the CBA that is about to expire. I wonder if part of the reason was a comprimise to let the players re-form the union in trade for a weaker agreement?

What I haven't figured out is what if the courts rule against decertification. Then what? It would seem to me a risky move that would just enrage the owners even more, and make an agreement very very difficult. Perhaps even destroying the players union in the future.

Anymore thoughts on this topic would be greatly appreciated. I think I have a fairly good handle on the scenario. But am I missing something?

LOL Dying. A lttle humor goes a long way sometimes.

Oregon, you do have a point. Not a lawyer...I was pre-law and then pre-med (what's the diff?) Justices come and go but this is the same bunch that made the Needle ruling in May.

Julio Jones was a top 10 pick before the blazing combine. No way he was dropping before this freakish speed show. He may have just insured himself a top 5-6 pick.

If we didnt already have Marshall, Im sure there would be very strong consideration trading up to get him. Marshall totally rules this out IMO.

De-certifying then having trouble reforming the Union was a thought that occurred to me too.

The owners would love to see the union disbanded permanently and I would not be surprised if a reconciliation were to be pushed that required a ban on collective bargaining.

The players really are in the vastly weaker position. Livelihoods will not be at stake for the owners while the potential to never again be able to make big money is certainly at stake for players.

DB,

as you have pointed out I too can not see any moving up for the Dolphins.

Hindsight as 20/20 yet I just wish the team had picked up Dez Bryant last year.

It seems to me Ordrick was a luxury pick outright considering the play of Langford and Merling.

Oregon,

I dont see the Odrick pick as a luxury pick. I see it as the fo had totally given up on Soliai and were ready to cut bait. Soliai hugely surprised.

The fo had committed to moving Starks permanently to nose and were looking to replace him at DE with a quality pick. Odrick's injury may have saved Soliai's fin career.

Had not Odrick gotten injured early Soliai may have been head for the heap pile. Using a 1st rd pick to iniate thier Starks to NT plan, IMO meant Soliai was definitely on the way out.

I would have let JT stay, have him tutor Wake and add Dez.

That way the 2nd WR position is set and the team could focus on D in the upcoming 2011 draft heavy in talent on the defensive side of the ball.

I am still confused about the Dolphins going D last year when the talent was seemingly weighted on the offensive side then having to go offense this year when the opposite apparently is the case.

Guys,

Im really not looking nor seek to look too heavily into this cba bs. One thing everyone knows for sure is the NFL is not going out of business and eventually there will be football again.

For this too happen there will be an agreement of some type reached, it's only a matter of when. With tens of billions of dollars being on the lamb. This line of thought is inevitable. I guarantee it!

Darryl, I say fu&k the owners. I side with the players.

The Starks to NT always appeared a desperation move.

Starks really did not do much at NT the beginning of last season.

Also, I want offense so I could have a skewed perspective about the drafting of Ordrick.

Perhaps he will become a perennial pro bowler.

The entire fo missed the boat on the fact of Hartline not being able to consistently beat #2 corners deep. Hartline avg 16yds per catch his rookie season. With the addition of Marshall everyone assumed the #2wr position was set.

It was Hartline that deeply disappointed not being the vertical threat in single coverage everyone hoped he would be. His 16ypc as a rookie was very decieving.

Dying, you're right. Lot of money to be made or lost. Just a matter of who blinks first. And it looks like Sept. before that happens.

Longggggg summer comin' up.

This staff has no qualms about asking players to move positions.

To me the way this O-line shakes out is of real interest.

I'd love to see the staff ask Carey to move to RG and Incognito be asked to move to center.

Perhaps Carey can renew and extend his career at RG. He would be a high priced G but is there a price too high for a dominant O-line?

Incognito apparently has trouble pulling as the Dolphins were not able to get linemen on LB's last season.

maybe Incognito becomes a brutal, nasty mauler at Center.

That leaves a holes at LG and RT.

Just spit-balling here but Gallary/FA Raiders is considered a quality pulling LG and could be an answer.

Perhaps Tyron Smith, OT, USC could fall to the Dolphins at #15 and be a day 1 starter at RT.

A dominant o-line would make a lot of coaches and skill position players look good next year.

Ive now become a strong believer that in the nfl its not a matter of how fast you are. Its a very much stronger matter of how fast can you reach that top end speed.

A nfl qb has a little less than 3 secs to get rid of the ball. Thats not very long when you throw into account he has to make his progression of reads too.

Aguy may get open deep but if the qb has already gone thru his reads and the wr isnt open at that time. He may already be dumping down when he gets open.

The qb rarely has time to wait for the guy to come open. So it's more of a matter of how fast can that guy get to top end speed to become open deep.

Nfl speed is more the matter of how fast can the guy get to that top end speed. Not how fast he runs the forty. The qb holds a football he has to get rid of in a hurry, not a stopwatch.

'That leaves a holes at LG and RT.'

That is a typo and not quite what i was tying to say.

That would leave holes at LG and RT is what I was tying to write.

With the addition of Marshall everyone assumed the #2wr position was set.

Posted by: DyingBreed | February 27, 2011 at 05:22 PM

Might have been if there was someone to throw the ball to them. Hey, Hartline had an outstanding rook year and a not so good 2nd year. Could be a sophomore slump or maybe a 1 yr wonder. We'll see in the fall. Personally, it's kinda cool to see a white boy WR.

Hey guys. I'll pull up that case and read what it's all about. To be completely honest, I have no interest in the goings on with the labor situation because, quite frankly, there's nothing I can do but hope the Phins improve the next time they take the field. I will read the case and look into what the issues are with respect to the owners vs union. Certainly I can provide a forecast of some probability.

QB's have always had to throw WR's open. A deep pass route takes 5-6 seconds to open up and rarely has a QB had that much time.

The best QB's are able to read the D, know what cover they are in and frequently throw the ball before a players come open deep.

Doing so takes a lot of confidence and a willingness to be fooled occasionally resulting in a INT.

The Dolphins staff IMO does not teach the sort of confidence it takes to be aggressive throwing downfield.

This staff is far too risk adverse to allow the QB to be any more than a game manager.

Oregon, I keep reading about Carey moving to guard. Maybe some things changed since I played but a guard used to have to be more agile than a tackle. Please enlighten me if I'm wrong.

Cocojoe,

that is interesting. I recall reading something to that effect too that Carey might not have the athleticism to move to G.

This idea seems counter intuitive to me. I played TE and DE in HS so I did not line up to block a rushing DE but I have always thought that the most athletic linemen were asked to play Tackle because the bigger quicker D linemen were asked to rush from the edge.

I have always thought LT/RT were the more athletic positions on the line. Perhaps I am wrong.

Oregon @ 5:42 PM

You hit the nail on the head. And IMO, a direct result of the Parcells doctrine. Bigger(slower) and ultra conservative misson statement is something (hopefully) Ireland is starting to realize. Parcells stayed 2 years too many.

Im still not sure if oline was a glaring problem. Not when everyone was healthy anyway.

If you have no seam threat TE nor a guy who can blow the top off of a defense they are not going to play you honestly. Everyone's going to be much closer the line of scrimmage every play.

This makes it much more difficult on run blocking and the short to intermediate passing game too. It's almost always 3rd and longs. That's hell on great offensive lines and great qb's. Let alone a 3rd year yr qb in his 1st full season as a starter.

Basically not being a vertical threat offense has a domino effect of making your oline, qb, and recievers look very inadequate. You have no way to make defenses play you honestly.

As an aside, I don't see much up-side, from a business perspective, for decertification. The players, all of them, have a voice through union representation. While they always maintain standing to voice any concerns, in reality each player's 'voice' is represented by the union. And I strongly believe that's a good thing. What you gain by decertification is a situation in which athletes who know nothing about business, contracts or the measurable value of their talent, are thrust in a position of playing business men. With all due respect, I wouldn't trust, say, Pierre Garçon to adequately represent or advocate the player's interest when it comes to business.

Dyingbreed maybe you right on the OL but we still need depth and we need to address the problem threw the draft! We need depth on the offense side! I dont know C r a p but one thing I do know is we suck on offense and we need to draft all offense like we did last year on defense PERIOD!!

Patriots Nick Kaczur about to get cut

Oregon, I played spilt end in HS...it's been that many years ago. And DB in college so, I didn't have that much interest in the line. But I seem to remmeber guards being lighter, faster. Maybe the game has past me by...LOL

Defenses actually played us a little more honestly when we had Ginn and David Martin. Then we had at least a syblance of a seam and deep threat on offense.

BTW, in 2008 we actually finished 5th in rushing. That's what happens when a D has to play you a little more honestly. Problem then was Ginn actually catching the ball even if CP could throw it deep enough.

Ray,

No matter what we do on the offensive line, I think its critical to get a really good pulling guard. Incognito is good but pulling his weakness. Every great oline needs at least one great pulling guard. The value of having one is priceless.

I heard Mark Schlereth talking about O-line play once.

He was pointing out that it is always harder to pass block than to run block.

And the way he was talking a lot harder.

So if that's true and if the Dolphins are ever again going to be a aggressive passing offense then I say keep focusing on adding O-line talent so as to someday become a strong unit capable of excellent pass protection.

I have pointed this one out before but go back to the Dan Henning weekly interviews. The week after the @Buffalo game , I think week 3, before the O-line started with the injuries...

the line was not able to provide protection for a deep pass route even in max protection.

I recall Henning saying he called 3 deep pass plays, 2 of 3 were blown up by the Bills D even in max protection.

I think this O-line has a long way to go and I'd love to see Carey go to RG and the Dolphins draft a RT with the #15 pick.

Rodney Hudson is supposed a great pulling guard but because of his size(292lbs) there are question about how he would hold up at the point of attack in the nfl. Because of this some are looking at him as more of a zone blocking LG.

Still if he fell to mid rds(which I doubt) you could beef him up a season or two and he could be an absolute terror by yr 3.

Oregon,

Thats also why you need the adequate skill position weapons on offense. It changes the way defenses have to play you both run and pass. When you dont have these weapons you make it much tougher on your oline either way.

The old adage, "if you can run you can pass, if you can pass you can run" is so true. Basically meaning you need to have the proper weapons at both pass and run skill positions.

It goes a long ways to helping make your oline's job a lot easier, but you have to at least have adequate olinemen too.

dishpan, have you seen this:

That has long been planned because the CBA states that the union can’t decertify for six months once the CBA expires Friday.

Decertifying before the end of the CBA would place the case in front of US District Court judge David S. Doty, who has ruled on NFL labor issues since 1993. Ownership views him as pro-union and wants the CBA to expire so their cases can be heard in front of another judge.

Whether the NFLPA follows through on the plans remains to be seen. It likely is part of a strategy to get the NFL to budge off its economic demands before the CBA expires.

A union source said decertification would only be used if there was no progress on the CBA and a lockout by the owners appeared certain. Decertification would be done to file an injunction to prevent a lockout.

The union began going from team to team last summer to gain players’ approval for decertification if it was needed, and it got it unanimously.

As part of a union, the players have no rights to sue the league for restraints they might feel under the CBA. Decertification would pave the way for players to sue the league as individuals for such restraining mechanisms as franchise tags.

Yahoo! Sports reported players such as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, along with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and guard Logan Mankins, have been approached by the union to be part of an antitrust lawsuit in the event the union decertifies.

“We’re considering it,’’ Frank Bauer, Mankins’s agent, told Yahoo!

If the lawsuit is successful, players such as Manning and Mankins — who were tagged as franchise players — could become unrestricted free agents.

DB,

opposing teams certainly did not play the Dolphins in a balanced way last year. Opponents knew the Dolphins had zero vertical threat, loaded the box and gambled on the short pass routes.

From a QB perspective it had to be very tough even before the o-line injuries.

That said, I very much want to see upgrades on the O-line.

This staff is not going to do a 180 in philosophy and approach.

They will still demand a game manager QB, employ the plodding rush 1st offense approach and be risk adverse to throwing the ball deep.

Therefore I do not see opposing defenses changing how they game play the Dolphins any time soon.

Plus where is the seam threat TE or the speed deep threat WR?

Is it reasonable to believe that Ireland will find both in this draft?

Especially if the Dolphins draft a RB with the 1st pick?


2010: ALoc vs Mama Mia. The US Supreme Court rules in favor of ALoco. Antitrust laws stated Mama Mia could not hold back her meatballs just because ALoco preferred to use his "secret" recipe sauce handed down for hundreds of generations.

The US Supreme also ruled ALoco could not have exclusive rights to the "meatball sub" either. ALoco is now seeking US patent rights to the "meatball pizza". GO ALoco!

Posted by: DyingBreed | February 27, 2011 at 04:38 PM

I just spit out my bud light all over my screen reading that Breed..........

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