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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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The best thing about this is, if Ireland goes with defense, like he is prone to do, he will be FIRED by the boss.

Ross has made it clear that he wants a Dynamic, Explosive, Exciting, Aggressive offense on the field and if Ireland ignores that and addresses defense and leaves the offense as is or pay it little attention, he will be canned and I will be a happy lad.

Ross can ask for whatever he wants, doesn't mean he will get it. Doesn't every single team want an explosive offense??? They don't grow on trees. It takes a long time to put that together. This team hasn't had a dynamic offense since Marino retired. Don't expect one next year with Tony Half-Brain Sparano in charge.

Mando, is there a question of whether you'll be back?? It sounded like it.

These bloggers sure have limited reading and comprehension skills. Armando clearly explained he is on mandatory furlough for one week and back on Feb 28, yet several bloggers now have asked whether he will be back. What a dumb society the USA has become.

armando,

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need a qb

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2 watt,

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2 watt,

change that, i want same as hungry but w/carmalized red onion .

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(So does Pink Vodka Sauce...)
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go back to the ss

A couple of interesting quotes....

"At Football Outsiders, one of the statistics that our game charters compile is the number of times a quarterback threw an interception that the defender dropped.

Although there are still a handful of games uncharted, our numbers currently have Sanchez leading the league with 15 dropped interceptions; no other quarterback has more than eight. So although Sanchez seemingly improved by cutting his interceptions down to 13, the reality is that he threw 15 other passes that easily could have been picked had defenders held on to the ball.

The argument for Sanchez's improvement was largely based on the idea that he was playing smarter and limiting his turnovers, but the only thing that Sanchez really improved was his luck.

"Who was the unluckiest quarterback this past season? Henne. He threw 19 interceptions on the season but had only one dropped interception. That won't happen again.

Henne remains a talented player, and the odds of his experiencing a rebound next season are pretty good."

Henne ranked as the league's 17th-best quarterback, according to Football Outsiders' stats. Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick was 18th. The Jets' Mark Sanchez was 20th.

"Before GM Jeff Ireland decides to blow a first-round pick on Jake Locker or Cam Newton, he may want to consider investing in more linemen and receivers to help out the guy who is already on the roster."

I suggest the Henne bashers ought to get a little perspective.

oregon that article points out only one stat out of many and evades all the rest. i'll bet henne had far more passes batted down, threw more to a covered receiver when another was wide open, threw way off target more than the others, checked down more than the others, threw deep less than the others, and has less pocket presence than the others. Hows that for a little perspective?

the 5 yrd baltimore fasano TD pass still lingers my grandma could've made that pass with her left arm and shes been gone for a long time now

Anyone think keeping Clemons over Atogwe a good idea?

Hohum,

that sounds like a pretty slanted perspective.

Alot can still be said on the other side in that Henne had very little support in being successful last season.

Such as; very poor protection and little running game, zero speed at WR and zero inclination by the coaching staff to call deep pass plays, demonstrated over coaching and handcuffing by the staff.

Henne is captain check down because that is what the staff demanded of him.

Attacking Henne is the easy answer.

That said, Henne has room to grow. He has a some accuracy issues, he does tend to stair down receivers. Personally I'd like to see more emotion from him.

But being realistic, he is very young and his support is shoddy. QB is extremely difficult to play even when you have good coaching and are surrounded by talent which of course Henne has neither.

I am hopeful the Dolphins sign VY and that he supplants Henne. But I openly want to see a more dynamic style of offense too.

Time will tell the tale.

Oregon,

Highly doubt VY comes cheap released or by trade. Im thinking his trade value is at least a 2nd rd'er. That's not including signing him to at least a mid level starter contract.

IMO, bringing in VY means you are basically committing to him as your franchise future. The bright side is that he's a proven commodity and would still be cheaper than moving up to draft a Cam Newton.

I dont know what the ceiling is on VY as far as eventually becoming a franchise caliber qb. But the "known" is that he can play on this level. So if The Titans would accept a 2012 2nd rd'er for him I would be ok with pulling the trigger on that.

But it still means being totally aware that possible baggage does come with him. Hopefully there's far more good outweighing the bad.

Oregon, even still...little of your argument accounts for so many batted down passes, passes off target and throwing to the guy double covered rather than the guy wide open. It's funny, everyone says not enough deep passing plays were called. Do we really know that? I don't think we do. I know I've seen him under throw and over throw wr wide open deep. I see Sanchez winging all over the field in super clutch situations and hitting his receivers, and I'm no Sanchez fan either. Yeah, better players around him will help, and he does have room to grow...but the things that concern me most have nothing to do with the play calling or the players around him, its the areas that are all on him that he failed at way to frequently last year.

Actually if I were Ireland I would begin negotiating now to get VY for a 3rd rd pick. If that fails offer a 3rd and 6th rd pick.

Then if this ploy fails offer a 2012 2nd rd pick as my final offer. But who knows they may bite on the 3rd and 6th rd pick rather than getting nothing when they release him.

When you think about it from the standpoint of adding more speed to the offense VY makes sense. Even though it's at qb, our offense can use the injection of speed however we can get it.

Let's face it, Henne needs a super breakout season to remain the future starter here. If not, he's a fa in 2012 and very few will be behind resigning him to a starter's salary. I dont think he could beat out VY and we would try to resign him to a backup qb contract at best.

Even if we were to get VY I would still go after Ricky Stanzi if he were still available 4th-5th rd. I would do it anticipation of Henne walking in in 2012 free agency. Especially if beaten out by VY.

This way Stanzi already has a full season of learning the offense underneath his belt as backup.

"I am deeply disappointed in Chad Henne", Bill Parcells, September 2010.

DB, Stanzi at 6'4", has good size and is smart, but as far as passing, he looks like Henne, the critical passes, those thrown under pressure, are under or overthrown. My opinion....

Stanzi doesn't have a great arm he rainbows his deep balls

no tag on DeAngalo Williams, trade down draft O-line and sign him! I'd much rather have a RB with speed than waste a 1st rounder on Ingram

Kaepernick or Newton, forget the rest.

DB,

a 3rd and 6th for VY would be a pretty good deal.

I'm sure that many teams are looking him though.

Even with the baggage, winning talks and he wins games.

South Florida and VY leaves some question marks though.

Hopefully he could rise to a Mike Vick level of maturity transition and really see the opportunities in front of him.

America is the redemption country. Everyone loves a comeback.

As far as Stanzi, I think it's an either or. If you sign VY then use the draft to address other needs and think about a QB to groom in the 2012 draft.

Those 3-6th round picks are still a premium where potentially good players could be landed.

TE, RB, DT, WR.

I was reading the Dave Hyde draft winds series and there are some good players sitting in the middle of the draft.

Love the idea of DeAngelo Williams hopefully he will take Ricky's numbers and that way his jersey still has value

Hohum,

I don't recall alot of batted down passes but it does not seem like Henne stands very large in the pocket. Well what pocket there ever was for him last season.

I am a believer that all pro QB's ought to be 6'4 + because some many O-linemen are now commonly 6'4-6-7.

Being able to see is just critical when you consider how fast every thing is happening there in the eye of the storm.

Also Henne's lack of mobility is a real issue.

The line play has been abysmal and extending plays has become a very important aspect of the game.

Now I'm making more points on your side.

It is a tough situation. The team has many needs. Too many needs and failings to jettison a young QB, IMO.

QB more than any other position is predicated on the performance of the rest of the offense.

And lets face it the rest of the offense is pretty poor.

Give him a deep threat, some blocking, a running game and a less panicked, fearful staff and we all might be surprised at how well he performs.

Oh, and as far as deep pass plays the line was not able to even block to allow those to happen. Even in max protection.

No QB is going to be successful without good line play. Not Brady or Peyton or Matt Ryan.

Drew Brees one of the best QBs in the league

Oregon,

This is Henne's last season under his rookie contract. That's I would like to bring in a rookie, preferrably a 4th-5th rd'er to groom as a backup.

So if say a VY beat him out as starter in 2011, that rookie would still have a full season underneath his belt as far as learning the offense at least.

If Henne walks or isnt resigned in 2012, the backup is already in house and has had a full year to at least fully digest the entire offense. Never know say if it's VY, if thats the route we go, becomes injured in 2012.

If we wait until 2012 to draft a rookie qb we could be in even greater trouble having to play a true rookie backup qb. Gotta think ahead.

DB
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Go Dolphins

Aloco when have you ever given the blog a new subject?

FOXNFL,

LET'S START NOW.....

YOU CAN SUGGEST A NEW SUBJECT . LIKE WHERE THE BIG MONEY SHOULD GO TOWARD ? A RB OR A QB OR OL OR DL .

ANOTHER SUBJECT.... DO GM OF AN NFL TEAM DESERVE TO BE PAID FOR FULL YEAR OR JUST 3 MONTH WORTH OF REAL WORK ?

ALoco, Got your wish. Let's talk about squirrels. Where should we start:

Squirrels
Squirrel Monkeys
Squirrel Mail
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Rocky The Squirrel

Or we can even talk about Foamy the squirrel. Where would you like to start? LOL.........

Hmmm....... ALoco, would you like to talk about squirrel money?

Aloco, do you think we should totally do away with the traditional and go to all disposable underwear?

If so, would you consider it sexy to change your girlfriend or wife's disposable briefs?

Saints cut Jeremy Shockey.

Short term help for our offense?

Also Aloco, would you consider it sexy to have your girlfriend or wife change your disposable briefs?

DB,

FOOTBALL ALL THE TIME GIVES ME A HEAD PAIN .I RATHER TALK ABOUT NEW THINGS OR NEW SUBJECTS .. YOU CAN BRING A NEW FOOTBALL TOPIC DB .

SHOKEY IS DAMAGED GOODS .

ALoco, Utdolfan just did, its confirmed Jeremy Shockey has been cut by the Saints. WOW!

WHEN A PLAYER LIKE SHOKEY BECOMES TOO FAMOUS OR BECOME TOO FULL OF HIMSELF ,IT'S TIME TO GET READY OF HIM .HE'S ABOUT ME,ME,ME .

Saints drafted the UM kid in 2010. Thats why Shockey's being let go. UM replaces UM. I would take Shockey as a Dolphin. Nothing in the draft as good as Shockey is now.

Wouldn't be at all surprised if Miami showed interest in Shockey but with the caveat that he is only a short-term stopgap.

This is a definitely a fading player nearing the end and smart teams like the Saints don't just cast off guys without reason.

He wouldn't be a HUGE upgrade at this point (a shadow of what he once was) but I could see a motivated Shockey possibly providing at least a little 'oomph' to a position that has been subpar for the Dolphins.

Not worth big money, though.

Shockey is worth it even for just a year. Saves us from drafting a TE this year. If we can get VY, saves us from drafting a QB this year. Focus on oline, rb, wr. Sparano and the new OC are gone anyway after 2011, let the new regime handle the QB situation from there.

The water skiing squirrel is always a classic.

Squirrels are just rats with hair though.

SQUIRRELS ARE NOT RATS..... THEY R CUTE,RATS ARE DEVILS .

The TE is an extremely dynamic position.

I played it in HS. An athletic, skilled TE can really change the game.

I'd take a pass on Shocky. Hate to say because he's younger than me but he's old!

Virgil Green – TE – Nevada could be an interesting pick mid draft.

Fassano is not very good.

Giants drafted Shockey.

If there is one thing I don't ever want to see again its Patrick Cobbs handling returns. It's the same as saying we aren't even going to try to run it back.

I JUST PEED ON MYSELF AND IT FELT GOOD

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