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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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@ 4:17 Sam Shields...2 int's and a sack V. Chicago..not bad for an undrafted rookie...

Mando...you said "I'll hope that I will back with you on FEB 28th." ...does that mean your job is in jeopardy? If so why?

DD,

Explore this idea:

Smith-Davis outside, Will Allen in the slot, and Carroll playing the dime.

This a great set when teams go 4 wide or on 3rd and extra longs. I think it could be a heck of a dime defensive package.

DD,

If I'm correct on Shields he played some WR in college too, so the fact he was undrafted just shows he was raw but with good athleticism. Regardless they are high on him.

Interesing idea about moving David inside. I'd have to think about that more but I can follow the thinking.

DD,

"The Island" is a great reason why if I were Fins gm I would explore what it takes to sign Asomogha. That may even free up exploring Sean Smith at free safety.

I don't have my "back up" over Vernon Gholston, it's simply a matter of the guy having produced absolutely nothing despite playing in one of the best defensive systems in the league...one that would make even a marginal talent look better because of the ability of the guys around him.

Had Gholston been a lower-round pick or an undrafted guy he would already be elsewhere or out of the league entirely.

No, there's no real 'harm' in looking at him but I think it would be pointless. He's a bust of the first order who has done nothing but take up a roster spot in NY.

Kiwanuka - proven player; FA; DE/OLB; pass rusher = lock it up

So...any thought on Bryan Cox returning to Miami as an assistant?

Just because the Herald no longer has the resources to report news when it happens doesn't mean we all have to wait.

I love it. Bring some of that fire and passion, Bryan!

I love the way Carrol began coming on as both a return specialist and a dime defender late in the 2010 season. Barring injury he definitely looks like a keeper here in Miami.

DB...Your right...It sounds great...I think we are on the same page as far as nickel play. IMO this is a quickly evolving position. One that coordinators have game planned around. Now it is time for the defensive guys to re-examine the importance of finding a capable guy. If your formula works(and I'm sure this is what the Phins are thinking) we improve immedietly.

Don't be suprised though if we see more VD playing inside some next season. It is a copycat league.
Whoever it is..We must get better at this position.

DB,

I had a good laugh at your Matt Millen comment. Gabbert is one of the few QB's I like in this draft. I might need to go back and re-look at him...LOL.

Dr. Roberts, my comment wasn't directed at you specifically but rather all the people afraid to give this guy a second chance. I think if Brian Cox was hearing working with this guy and Nolan was here, there may yet be hope for this kid. He's only 24 years old, despite having played three years in the league. The New York Jets, as we all know, have a very good defence and maybe the kid just never recovered from his disasterous rookie season. He got on the field very seldom last year partly because the guys they were playing were getting the job done. So I'd still be prepared to give him a chance, under different circumstances and a different coaching staff. I'm not prepared to call a 24 year old LBer a bust after only two years on the field.

dr. roberts,

When it was 1st reported Cox was seeking to become a Fin assistant. His first order of business should be to walk upto Crowder and punch him in the face. Then maybe it wakes Crowder up to what it's really about to be a tough guy.

They didnt come any tougher than Bryan Cox. His actions always spoke far louder than his mouth.

Put it another way, is Jerry Hughes a bust in Indy because he couldn't get on the field much in his rookie season? I think it's too early to write this kind of good young talent off. Who knows what goes into why some guys can't cut it early.

What's up Craig?(Reminds of the movie Friday)

Sheilds was from the U. He only played 1 year of corner in college. 3 years of reciever. It is amazing what he was able to do in such a short time.

DB,

You are right about Crowder. I would love for this guy to be gone from the team this year, I just don't see his replacement at this point. I don't see that guy in FA and I don't see the point in drafting another LBer. Maybe Edds helps at some point.

You guys are right about Carroll. Nobody talkes about this guy when people are running down management. Pretty good contributions from a guy who was taken in what, the 5th round last year. Really can't expect much more.

CraigM,

LOL. If any gm that was interested in Gabbert were watching espn and saw Matt Millen salivating all over him. Gabbert's draft stock may have just taken a huge hit on that event alone.

Matt Millen salivating all over you as a draft prospect is like death to the salesman. I wonder if Millen can be sued for slander in this case? LOL.......

Also I dont think anyone here si against inviting Gholston to a 80 man camp if the Jets dropped him. I think they're just against signing him to any legit money outright. He definitely has to prove himself.

Hey, fellas...NFL Network is showing that "History of the AFL" series right now and next up is the origins of the Dolphins.

Great stuff if you've never seen it.

DB,

Like Henne, I just don't think you can label a 25 year old guy a bust after only three years. Seems to me Cedric Benson was labelled a bust in Chicago and went on to have a couple of pretty good seasons in Cinci. Thomas Jones was considered a bust in Arizona and played well in Chicago, New York and KC. Teams need to watch that they don't give up on guys too soon. Having said that, it's not going to work out for Gholston in New York.

Caroll did drop that INT in the fourth quarter of the Clevland game....It cost me a huge 2 team parlay as we would have covered...Damn drops!!!!!

But on a more serious note..Caroll played fairly well. He had some ups, some downs. But did get better as the season progressed. That is really all you can expect. Especially from a guy that hadn't played much football in the previous year.

Could it be that Craig M and dr. roberts are ready to escape for sexual escapades.

OK guys.....I'm out for a while. Have a good President's Day. It's Family Day here in Ontario.....off to say hi to my family.

Cheers!

Cameron Jordan and Clayborn don't seem big enough for DE in a 3-4 scheme

Nolan Carroll should be considered as a starter in a year or two. I think S. Smith came on well last year but really fukd his chance up by dropping so many picks in his hands... I've never seen somone drop as many sure picks as this guy... He seems much more like a safety then a corner. Carroll on the other hand seems to get it and he is a burner. two best attributes for a corner smarts and speed

I know the dropped picks suck, and have had an impact on the outcome of some games. At the same time, think of them as deflected passes. A dropped pick is still actually a good play, still a defended pass. Also shows the defender was well positioned on the play. Just looking at the bright side.

My wish is to be Guatemalan maid named 'Consuela' who works at a Motel 8 in rural south Georgia.

Perhaps I will meet a nice American gentleman who will be a tender and considerate lover and has a Plymouth.

Gracias a Dios.

yea but when it hits you in the hands and it happens more than once than its a problem

Bryan Cox officially added to he dolphins coaching staff. That can't be anything but a good thing.

DR ROBETS ALREAD TOLD ABOUT BRIAN COX 2 HOURS AGO. I AM WORKING TODAY TO PAY FOR THE WELLFARE OF THE GANG OF DEFEAT THAT DOESENT WORK ALL DAY

The Dolphins may as well draft defense again because as long as Henne is their QB - the offense will suck out loud. Right now - their O-line is below average - their RBs are well below average their WRs/TEs are average at best. Maybe we can make some noise with a great D like Baltimore did and the Giants did and the Steelers so.

0x80,

Exactly right! Even a dropped pick still goes into PD or pass defensed. You still live to fight another play. Still those picks are better! LOL.....

Redsky long time no post on the other side! But I agree Brain Cox a defensive line coach or pass rush specialist coach is the best move TS made. But Matt Flynn should be consider a good look, there is plenty of QB's that were backups and had great career's


I think I don't have to mention all of them!!
You guys that follow football know who they are! I believe the PHINS should trade down if the top QB's are not there, but me personally I would trade down and pickup a second or or trade out of the first round and pickup two second rounds and future 2 round or two second and a third...... But hey I just a automotive Technician The loves my team!!

The SS blog was shut down due to the idiots who think they own the place, you know the NJs Tim O, and the mob as they call themselves, fkin idiots!!!

I've always liked Brian Cox.


But I sit here wondering WHAT ON EARTH
Mangini and Ross were discussing last month...


What ever it was...
It has led to the hire of three former
CLEAVLAND BROWNS Assistants !!!!
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CM


TELL US MORE!
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Why do you think that happened???
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ALoco:

YOU BETTER
W O R K !!
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I just awoke from a much needed nap, and had a dream that Ricky Williams stopped by my house.

He sat down on the couch, and drank a glass of iced tea, and took over the tv remote and changed the channel to a cartoon.

I asked him why he would choose my house to visit, upon which he replied, "you know why..."

I asked him if it was because I use to frequent his web-site, RunRickyRun.com several years ago?

He didn't answer. Asked for more tea.

I asked him about his future plans, including his continued involvement with the Dolphins. Although just a dream, Ricky said he is keeping his plans open, but felt his days with Miami are at an end.

He offered one peice of advise. That Miami was going to draft Ingram at 15, and Ingram would get better and better during the next four years. That he would put on an extra five pounds of muscle each year, and wouldn't suffer any major injury during that time.

He got up, and headed to the door. I followed him outside, and he went my neighbors house, picked up a shovel, and jumped back into a perfectly shaped 4' wide cylinder hole that was nearly 6' deep. And began digging some more.

That was weird. I think I'll go back to Ricky's web-site. I thought he quit writting there several years ago.

I see a foggish Omen here.

What KIND of tomato are you talking about??

TELL ME WHAT KIND OF TOMATO!!!

Marooned:

I often watch YouTube videos of Dan Marino when I want to feel happy...


I suspect, that soon, I'll be using them as a complete substitute for Football.....BECAUSE THERE'S A CHANCE THERE MAY BE NO FOOTBALL IN 2011!

Also...
The Dolphins win more when I watch YouTube.
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WHAT KIND OF SUACE IS IS GOOD ON A CUCUMBER?

The Aromas @
MONs VENUS
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Now that Henning is out of the picture and with no 2nd rd pick (barring a trade) getting the best player available in round 1 is a necessity. The rest of the draft can be dedicated to SPEED, SPEED and more SPEED! If that happens and Henne doesn't produce well then maybe we'll have some luck acquiring Luck. That is if the 49'ers don't dump the season (if there is one) to get the hometown kid.

Yes, Omar,

I often find myself watching you tube dolphin highlights. Nostalgic musings...

I realize there may be no league play in 2012, but at least the two sides sat down for four days in a row this past week trying to reach an agreement.

They aren't walking out on each other after an hour of cat fighting. That was the habit a few weeks ago.

Ray, you are a GREAT fan! I agree with your comments! Any guy that can fix cars has the knowledge to get to the heart of the problem! Your comments indicate that ability. Thanks.

If the pass rush is great, Vontae Davis, Will Allen, and Sean Smith don't have to be.

Trade up, trade down, draft this, draft that...it's all good, however the number one focal point really comes down to leadership. I'll give Sparano an A for effort, but an F for performance. Tony Sparano is the least competent HC in the league period. Just his lack of command of his own native language says enough. 2011 is going to be a wash season. Until we get a real HC that can challenge the minds of his competitors, this team is going nowhere.

Redsky Plaxico came out on Feb 4 I love to see him in a Phin uniform!!! Like you said if he is in good shape and still can play!!

I still remember when he caught that TD against the Pats to preserve the dolphins undefeated season, just for that alone I sign him...LOL

In order to fart silently, one must not push the fart out with the bowels. No no. One must relax, totally, and let the fart come out on its own without squeezing it out. It will then just slide out quietly. It's the very act of pushing the fart out that causes those embarrassing noises. This is especially helpful when in bed with a new girlfriend. No need to hold in the gas, just relax, relax and let it flow out naturally. If you eat well, healthy, they won't smell, and she'll never know.

Skinny Sheet - this is when it comes out long and skinny, coiling at the end. You are left wondering if that was all.

8 Ball - this is when you feel like you just took a huge dump and you look down in the toilet and see just a billiard ball sized turd.

Corn Sheet - self exlanatory

Mud Sheet - this is when it comes out in gobs of sludgy mud, half your rear is full of it and you need like 20 wipes to clean up.

Quality Dump - this is when you release a huge long log, clean and neat, you wipe and there is nothing. This is when you know its going to be a good day.

In mythology, the troll is self re-generating. If you wack off its head, it simply regrows into two monsters.

I think the recent garbage posters are the same ones that wrecked the S.S. blog.

Trollology...

timwe for a QB
trade up and get one
7-9 sucks
period

NJ PHIN FAN and his band of cronies are the ones who ruined the SS.

Posted by Patrick on Tins site.

It's funny, we don't really know each other but I've come to think of the small community on Tin's blog as some of the more knowledgeable football fans in Dolphindom. We even allow Home to play without busting his chops too bad. I find it humorous when I read the SS and MH blogs and the same people spend all day bantering with themselves. I don't have anything against them but it just strikes me funny. A message on those boards longer than 3 sentences is dismissed because the attention span is about 3 sentences. This is why I come here, but without Tin we go open loop...

Time to go to war against Patrick. We at the herald must band together to defeat those from Tins site and SS.

I am just watercoloring and eating almonds at my waterside Ft. Lauderdale condo and the moment takes me to the past.

A past when Gary Davis and Duriel Harris wore their satiny Dolphins pants with pride and elegance...a past where Norris Thomas and Guy Benjamin shared a closeness in those preseason huddles and after practice locker room that bespoke of a special time and a special bond.

The halcyon days of these men we call Dolphins. Indeed, yes, they were days scented with rose petals.

I miss those day's J.K

i hope THE NEW OC DEBALL IS WORKING HARD IN NEW TRICKS FOR HIS OL AND NOT HAVING JUST ENJOYING THE FLORIDA WEATHER .


I HOPE IRELAND IS ALSO WORKING SMARTLY TO SIGN A QB LIKE ORTON AND DRAFT A QB IN OUR FIRST PICK AND NOT SITTING IN HIS OFFICE ALL DAY TALKING IN THE PHONE ,THEN SIGN NO BODY PLAYER .

GET READY PEOPLE....... OIL IS UP 7 DOLLARS.... 4 DOLLARS GAS A GALLON .

I RECOMMEND EVERY ONE FILLLS HIS CAR WITH GAS,WHAT EVER THE PRICE IS ,THE PRICE WILL BE 4 DOLLARS BY WEEK END .

Let's get as many mediocre or cast off players as we can (Orton, Smiley, Grove, Gibril, Wilford, Sapp ect). Let's do everything in our power to prevent 1-15 again. Let's make sure that we are never againg laughed at as the worst team in the NFL and not worry so much about winning a championship.

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Inflation

Countries around the world in financial collapse or on the brink of financial collapse

Extreme bad news coming back to back to back now every month

No more perfume for this pig

Hug your children

The New World Orders Symphony of Destruction is in full progress

You were warned

You did nothing

Now you & your families will suffer

The End is Near

People have been saying the end is near for hundreds of years, and they will be saying it for a hundred more years. In a few million years the sun will burn out, then the world will really be over.

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