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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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First we were mad when the Miami News disappeared and the Herald stood as the only newspaper in town. Now we are anxious that the Miami Herald will disappear too(it won't). What a World!

Dishpan,

Are you talking about Plaxico Burris? If so, I would love to bring him in at #2 wr. But I'm sure he isnt clean enough for this holier than thou fo. LOL.............

DD,

I NOTICE DB AND YOU ARE MORE HAPPY TALKING DRAFT THEN REAL GAMES WHICH MEANS YOU BOTH ARE VERY KNOWLEDEGBALE ABOUT THE GAME THAN MOST OF US .


I ATE RICE ONLY FOR DINNER SINCE I WAS WORKING TO PAY THE FLORIDA UNEMPLOYED FAN LIKE D.BREED .

OSCAR,

IS THE MIAMI HERALD CLOSING IT'S DOOR ?

ALoco,

Im retired not unemployed. It's no one's business but my own on what I'm retired from. Just rest assured neither yours or any other currently employed American's hard working dollars are being skimmed off to me.

DB, apparently he prefers Miami, perhaps more so because he's got a home there. I'd love to have him

ALoco..I think Armando is being "locked out" by the Herald.... Come on Miami Herald open up the ol' checkbook so I have something to do. LoL.

Thanks for the compliment. But I'm no more knowledgable then you or anyone for that matter. I just try to voice my opinions. Isn't that what this forum is for? I had Ramen, all I could stomach.. 100 degree fever

ALoco,

I will give you one piece of good advice. Working for others is the poorest way to retire early! LOL......................

DB,


WE PAY YOUR RETIREMENT DB, THAT WHY THE US ALLOW US TO WORK LEGALY IN THIS COUNTRY ,I WENT TO WORK AT 10.00 AM UNTIL 10;30 PM TO PAY FOR YOUR SALARY .

DD,

If I were a Herald exec and read some of the total garbage my sports guys put up in here. I would create a mandatory 8 day no pay lockout too.

Can you imagine what's going thru one of the execs mind when reading some of these topic thier sports writers come up with here. The guy has to be saying to himself, "Are we really paying these guys for this garbage?"

DB ,

EXPAND PLEASE ON YOUR COMMENT @ 12;07.I MA Y LEARN SOME THING .

ALoco,

That's a shame buddy. I actually have enough money to pay you even more not to work. LOL.............

DD.


THERE'S ANY NEWS ABOUT THE HERALD NOT PAYING ARMANDO ?

DB.. The quality is not like it was. I suppose this rings true for a lot of things. I would hate to see this blog come to an end though. I wonder if they would grant access to those who want to give a go as a guest. I'm not sure the content would be any better. It would certainly be cheaper!!! There just seems like plenty to discuss, and views to be exchanged.

ALoco,

Expanding on comment 12:07. Dont be afraid to start your own business or in the least seek a commission pay only job. The safety net of working for another or always working hourly. Is the same bed of thorns you'll still be sleeping on when you're 70.

Working hourly is a form of slavery designed to keep you in servitude until you're no longer physically or mentally able to serve no more. Remember that!


No one retires early working by the hour and neither will you!

DYING,


THANK YOU FOR THST BUT I MAKING 22 DOLLARS AN HOUR SO IF I GO TO WORK FOR MYSELF , IT ALWAYS GO END UO IN FLAMES .

DD,

This blog is still pretty autonomous. A single blog maybe up for a week but what we talk about does vary and creates new topics within the topic.

That's how we give the blog autonomousy without the Herald having to change thier entire format to allow it to do so.

Actually the Herald already has that incorporated into the Fins forum. But I never go there because there are 2-3 longtime idiots there who think no one should be there but them. They are under the dillusion it isnt a public forum and it's thier own private boys club.

ALoco,

If you indeed make $22hr doing what you are doing. Then you should consider with the knowledge and experienced learned. How much greater would you earn if you can begin doing what the guy who started that company is doing.

If you are an employee of a company you already know up to 75% of what it takes to sucessfully run that kind of company. Start focusing your energies on what it would take to start your own company and dont be afraid to fail!

Rob, they are interesting but I fear too slow for oLb. Jordan doesn't open up his hips and looks like a solid 4-3 DE ithink they like 6'4 6'5 255 type players there

for the record I have never posted on SS

Howdy beerphin,

A race between DE Cameron Jordan and OLB Koa Misi (or his given name Nawa'akoa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa Misi) would be a coin toss affair/ photo finish type race. Misi clocked a 4.75 at his combine. We shall see what Jordan runs but I bet it's damn close.

It may be a stretch for Jordan to handle an OLB conversion or even an experiment. I will say this after watching Roth do it, I know I will never say never again. Most ALL 3-4 DLine guys are dropping into coverage on occasion now which is why you even see a guy like Holoti Ngata in coverage sometimes.

In getting a player like Cameron Jordan or Adrian Clayborn it would be looking for more pass rush ability and results from the DE position. The tallys were Starks 3, Langford 3 and McDanials 2.5. Merling was hurt and had goose egg sacks but had never posted many prior anyways.

This extra umph on our pass rush should get us off the field on third down more often and create turnovers.

Again the whole premise being the value of the OFF players not being worthy of the 15th pick if we have to stay.

Cheers,

dm1dophan from earlier,

Adrian Clayborn has alot of potential and some skills that translate well to the NFL. His senior season was not as awesome statwise as his junior year but I believe he got a lot more attention from double and sometimes triple teams in his senior year.

I saw a guy that would stay on his feet well and scrape to the sideline and not give up the corner. He has good redirect for a guy of his size and I saw plenty of high motor plays.

Because Locker had a worse season did he get lazy too? It happens all the time. I listed Cameron Jordan first as I think he brings a little more to the table but he may be gone inside the top 14.

Aldon Smith would be a pass rush specialist and may be an option as well. I am not sure he can get it done vs the run in the NFL. He is built much more like a LB than Jordan or Clayborn. I am not convinced they want to move Misi inside. If they don't then that what would your rotation be?

Cheers,

honestly don't see it as a need anyways but a small upgrade. Crowder needs to go he hasn't played anywhere near the level he was at b4 hi contract. Edds n Dobbins playing with Dansby... I actually think Alama-Francis will be a starter if Misi doesn't improve faster. Smith to me seems like he's a rush specialist but he also is more athletic than any other 3-4 olb prospect. I think he could take on the role of LolB dropping into coverage and using his speed to cross the field... but Misi would then have to be traded He could still grab a 3rd rd pick or maybe even a late 2nd... He has potential he just didn't finish strong last year but who did when it comes to rookie OLBs? Would Misi be an upgrade over Crowder at ILB? if so then the move makes sense cut/ trade Crowder and you have immediate upgrade at that position and Alama-Francis who should be starting anyways csn be the fall back if the rookie doesn't pan out immediately. Smith seems like he is a little raw might need a year...

I love tripping.

We can guess endlessly who they will pick or if they will trade down but realistically there is just no way to know what they are really thinking, too many different options. However, with the expectations for improvement so great in 2011, it is hard to see them not trading down IF there is an opportunity to do so. None of these rookie QB's will help them save their jobs in 2011, and trading down gives them a better chance to get two starters rather than just one.

I would agree to get the best player available at the 15 spot whether that is offense or defense because we need impact players on both sides, the offense needs more help for sure but as someone has already stated don,t pass up relly good defensive guy for a olineman who is just okay just because we need olinemen.NOW NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER UNLESS WE GET A QB , NO QB ,NO PLAYOFFS HENNE SUCKS, I LIKE ORTON IF WE COULD GET HIM.

Pretty sad when the fan base is hoping to get Orton. Shows you what low standards they've gotten accustomed to. Let's bring in mediocre players and somehow hope for magic. Let's forever be 5 players away from being a top 5 team.

Unless Nick Fairly or Petterson falls to #15 I dont see a defensive player being taken by Miami period. First of all our defensive front 7 and the depth at those positions doesnt warrant it. 2nd of all there isnt a super fs in this draft.

That may be our weakest defensive position of all. Clemons isnt awful but if there was a super fs available I could see pulling the trigger. Dont forget Allen was resigned in a restructured deal. So nickel corner may be fixed now.

With no dire need on defense the primary focus is unquestionably to add at least 2 day one starters on offense. The most practical way to do that is trading down and getting a 2nd rd pick.

Selecting a qb 1st or 2nd rd gives us the least chance of landing 2 day one starter. It still isnt impossible, just more highly improbable. My deal is about giving ourselve the best chances possible of overcoming this improbability.

Cosmic Drip @ 8:19.....

You seem to have the pulse of the Dolphins fans correct.....

and yes to PLAXICO BURRIS!

A olineman 1st or 2nd rd gives the best chance of adding a good young starting lineman for years to come. That's a dire need for this tesam. Jake Long needs a new young partner in crime.

A wr 1st or 2nd rd gives us the chance to draft #1 wr quality and push him into the @2 wr spot. Also this makes sense because Marshall enters his 7th season. This new wr also will be the bridge after Marshall at #1 wr. When he's in his 4th season Marshall will be in his 11th season and on the way out the door.

So it also makes great sound sense from a furturistic changing of the guard standpoint too.

Kris,

I wont hold my breath on this holier than thou fo going after Plaxico. I would welcome having him too. It saves a draft pick for another area.

Kris- Now that I think about it, signing Burris would be like getting that extra 2nd rd pick. It gives us that extra starter a 2nd rd pick would bring.

I hope the fo is into the old adage that there's more than one way to skin a cat. This is another way to skin the lack of 2nd rd cat! LOL...........

Cosmic Drip @ 8:19.....

Unfortunately thats the best we can expect lately.

If we signed Plaxico, in reality we are no longer binded to trading down. Though trading now would give us the great opportunity to add 3 new starters on offense. Guess we need all the help we can get on that side of the ball.

Though advocating Grossman are actually advocating more of Henne. Both have big arms and are better at checking down than up.

Neither seems to have killer instincts. Henne does have the slight advantage being younger. Therefore we havent seen as much of Henne as Grossman yet. But I dare to say Henne may be treading the same course has grossman in his brief career.

"Those avocating Grossman"

rob @1:45,
when you look at the players that are available on the defensive side of the ball that should end up going in the top 15 smith is the one that makes the most sense. clayborn is a de, which they don't need. smith, although he may be a pass rush specialist, is more what ireland seems to be hinting at with his comments about not ignoring the defense and there being a need to get a pass rush from the right side, opposite wake.
as far as clayborn is concerned, it's not just my opinion. i have heard plenty of people comment on how his dissappointing senior year hurt him as a prospect. sometimes people read too much into it, i know. maybe i am doing the same. i'm a big fan of greg little and would like to see miami take a shot at him even though he didn't play his senior year. i'm just saying the games i saw him play in this year weren't his best work. he looked like he wasn't giving the best effort; thus the lazy comment.

FOLLOW UP ON LAST NIGHT.

IN TODAY'S WORLD ,HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO LEAVE A GOOD JOB AND PART WAYS WITH ALL THEY SAVED TO START A NEW BUISNESS WITH BIG QUESTION MARK WHERE IT FAILS OR NOT ?

dm1dophan,

Taking a pass rush specialist at #15 overall is is absolute insanity. Even doubly so when you dont have a 2nd rd pick.

If you want insanity lets go all out and select a place kicker at #15. A one trick pony at #15 overall? Please rethink this buddy, it's scary insane.

dm1dophan,

That's why the nfl draft has later rds. You can get your 1 trick ponies there. I would personally wanna string Ireland up for taking a one trick pony 15th overall. Geesh!

Armando, its not like the Fins can do anything they like in the draft. They can only trade up or down if they can make a deal with another willing barterer. If they really love Cam Newton, they might trade next year's first round pick and others to move up to get him. If you are Ireland or Sparano and feel you have to make good this year because it could be your last, why not sacrifice future picks? And would it be difficult to convince Ross that getting a QB today is the best choice, given his thoughts of wanting a more dynamic offense?

My point is that its ALL B.S. guess work on everyone's part about what the front office is going to do. Even the front office has no clue if their plan will work out. Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D might fall apart. Could they pick a pass rusher? Well, sure, but that could be Plan F. Just saying!!!!!!

ALoco,

That's when most start new businesses or carrers. Adversity sometimes brings out the best in some of us. Others will always have nothing but excuses to offer themselves.

There's always a good excuse for not getting started. Losers bank on that.

Mike B,

If I were a nfl gm I would begin putting my offseason plan together after gm 8 of the season. By the midpoint of the season your team's most glaring deficiencies have began "consistently" rearing it's ugly head.

What I believe a great gm should have is a very sound offseason plan of execution, not just a draft plan of execution.

DB...

I read your comments on the "good ole boys" wanting "choir boys"....and i think you are right....this FO will probably not go for it....But maybe Ross has pressured them enough to change thier minds....we did land Marshall....and few saw that one.....

I am also big on Bob Sanders'.....I think we can build like the patriots...and collect talent like the jets.....why limit ourselves to just one way.....

your thoughts....

ALoco,

Dont bind yourself to the things others bind themselves too. Some are destined to do great things bad economy or not. Just remember, failure isnt failure. Its a part of the process of succeeding.

Thats why some never succeed. They see failure as an ending, not a bright and new beginning. That's the grand ole illusion of failure my boy! LOL...............

DB,

(( FAILURE IS PART OF THE PROCESS ))LOL

THIS IS THE PART I AM AFRID OF , LET ME START A NEW BUISNESS WITH YOUR MONEY SO IF WE WIN WE , SPLIT THE MONEY AND IF WE FAIL ,YOU LEARN SOME THING FROM THAT PROCESS AND I GO BACK TO MY JOB WITHOUT LOSING A DIM .

Kris,

I could be wrong, but I really think Reshad Jones is our future at ss. Sanders is a ss.

If Sanders could be had on the real cheap I have no objection to giving him a looksee in camp. I just dont think it's mandatory to after him. Y-Bell is solid against the run and that's Sanders specialty when healthy.

I also would not be surprise is Reshad Jones takes Y-Bell's starting spot if he proves he can be better in coverage. Jones had a big reputation for delivering the big hit in college.

So I think he'll be a great run stopper. Coverage is what we sorely miss most at the ss position. Im not sure if Sanders is a huge upgrade in that area than Bell.

Im really more optimistic about Reshad Jones as our future at ss until he proves otherwise. But giving Sanders a looksee for pennies on the dollar isnt out of the question.

DB,

YOU GOT ME THINKING, DO YOU KNOW OF A NEW BUSINESS DOESN'T REQUIRE MONEY TO STAR AND IF WE SUCCSED ,WE CAN PUT MONEY IN THE BUSINESS .

ALoco,

Seems you're locked into the same fear factor most train themselves into to have excuse not to succeed. It's a bad economy but billions of dollars are still being made.

You dont have to quit your job. Start small. I dont care if you buy an item for $1 and sell it for $1.30 cents. That's still 30% profit.

Everyone wants to start big. That's why they never see the tree for the forest. Remember, every million dollars begins with 1 cents. Rich isnt a condition its an attitude.

DB@11.06...........VERY EDUCATED COMMENT ON HOW TO GET RICH .I WILL PRINT IT OUT IF YOU ALLOW ME AND KEEP IT IN MY WALLET .


ALoco,

People never see things right up underneath thier noses. They gamble on stocks and try to bank and make thier money grow.

Aloco, are thier any thrift shops in your town?
If so, it's a gold mine right up underneath your nose. They have plenty of items that you buy for pennies on the dollar and resell for anywhere from 30% to 1000% return on your dollar. Depends what that item is. They dont always know what they have.

Aloco, always remember, rich isnt how much money you have its an attitude. Adopt that attitude for life and sooner or later the money takes care of itself. Many fail by seeking huge amounts of money first. Rich is an attitude!

DB...thanks for the thoughts....i'll let that swirl around a bit

YW Kris!

ALoco,

Although you may or may not have ever make more money than Bill Gates. You can still be a heck of a lot more successful than him even for a day.

Say you do a deal and turn a 50% profit for the day and Gates does a deal and turns a 15% profit. Yes he's made more money but you were more truly successful. Keep this mindset and someday you could be on the road to great wealth too.

Few realize its all about positioning in life. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. The super rich prepare themselves for great luck and the super poor dont. They only condition themselves to being poor for the rest of thier lives.

Remember being rich and being poor both take great preparation. What are you preparing for?

ALoco,

Always remember too that a true entrepenuer is anyone thats willing to take a dollar and try and turn a dollar. It's all about mindset.

Anyone turning a profit is an entreprenuer, no matter how great or small. Keep this as a lifetime mindset and I can nearly 100% guarantee that sooner or later preparation will meet opportunity and you'll have great monetary wealth too.

ALoco,

Just by telling you what I have today has increased your potential future earning power by the ten of thousands in the least. Anyone else that has read what Ive written to you too.

So I'll just consider this as my great philantric contribution to the blog today! LOL.........

DB,

THESE LAST POSTS ARE GOLD MINE IF SOME ONE TAKES THEM TO HEART AND I DO .


P.S....UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,DB IF THE BEST BLOGGER BY FAR ON THIS FOURM .

some random thoughts this morning.....

I see that Atogwe is available after being released by the Rams. Good player that causes turnovers. My question for people is, can he be signed now or do teams have to wait until the CBA is agreed to before we sign him? If we can sign him before March 3rd then we need to do this. Do people see this guy as a FS or a SS safety because at some point I could also see him being better than a declining Yeremiah Bell. If we miss on him I would also like to see them take a good look at Donte Whitner who will be available in FA and who I think would be a better add than Bob Sanders.

I also think I guy we should be looking at is Palxico Burress. I know everyone is going to say stay away from this guy but assuming he can still play I think he would be a great compliment to Marshall. DB, I know you want the Dolphins to take a WR in the first round but this would allow them to use their picks on someone else. He has a home in miami and by all accounts would be happy there.

Lastly, for all the guys that can't see past anything but taking Cam Newton at 15, why would you not prefer to have Vince Young? He's more of a known commodity and while he does have some blackmarks on his resume, one thing we know is he has can play. Yes his leadership is questioned but for all we know Newton could be the same and we don't even know if he can play in the NFL. For me, the guys that want a new QB, the signing of Young is a much more reasonable add. We don't have to spend a pick on him and the financial commitment and length of term is going to be less, plus you've got one guy who thinks he owns the world and another guy who needs to redeem himself. Seems like an easy decision to me.

ALoco,

Almost forgot to let you know. The easiest part about money is making. The hardest part is managing it. Have grace discipline in managing your money and stick to your guns no matter how great the temptation.

If your money aint making money you're getting poor my boy! LOL..........

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