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Must never forget the RBs on Miami's radar

Enough about quarterbacks. We don't need no stinkin' quarterback!

(I jest.)

Yes, the Dolphins continue to be eyebrow deep in Ryan Mallet's visit, but they are also trying to address issues with their running back situation. Remember that Ronnie Brown, Patrick Cobbs and Ricky Williams are unsigned for 2011.

So the club today is also visiting with Kansas State's Daniel Thomas. He will be in town through Friday. Next week the club will be hosting a meet with Eastern Washington's Taiwan Jones, who is highly intriguing to me.

Thomas, a middle round candidate, looks the part of a Miami running back. He is 6-foot and 230 pounds. He isn't necessarily fast, having been timed in the 4.5 range. But he's something of a riddle on this one because he didn't run at the Indianapolis Combine and didn't the Senior Bowl due to a hamstring injury.

Thomas gained 1,585 yards on 298 carries in 2010.

He is by all accounts a great kid. Quiet. Son of a preacher. Team leader. That was very important to the Dolphins last year.

Jones, who is 5-11 and 195 pounds, is interesting based on his sheer speed and freakish hops. He had his pro day on Thursday and was timed in the 4.29 to 4.35 range, depending on which account you read and which scout is leaking the information. He also had a reported 41-inch vertical leap. There were 27 teams at his event.

Jones is not necessarily a full-time back. Teams think of him as a Chris Johnson type. If he produces like Chris Johnson, he'll be a stud. But I digress.

Jones comes with red flags. He has durability issues. He is coming off a broken foot that prevented him from participating in the Indianapolis Combine running drills. In fact, he was in a boot until a month ago. He had surgery on a sports hernia in 2009 that prevented him from participating in Spring practice last year. He also had a hand and shoulder injuries in 2009.

Oh, and he had a broken leg early in 2008.

Yeah, I know, it sounds like a disaster.

I didn't say he's a first overall pick.

I said he intrigues. He rushed for 1,742 last season and scored 14 TDs. He shared the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.

As you know the Dolphins need speed on offense. They need a home run hitter. Jones has scored on a 93-yard kickoff return and an 87-yard run from scrimmage.

I like him. A lot.

 

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To Many needs on the Mighty Air-breathers, QB,RB,Head coach,GM, I mean the list is long, After 3 years I would expect only a couple missing players, But I Stand by my perdiction of 3 and 13.... Feed the wolf....

F4L...

If Miami could nail that list down and me wake up to that roster Monday after the draft, I'd click my heals in joy! Then start freaking out about who they were going to shoot next year 1st or 2nd round draft pick on to play QB!
As fantastic as that list is, when it comes to QB and The 2011 Miami Dolphins… It's pay me now, or pay me next year. And what is at stake is the team’s future. That is no knock on your very solid list... just an addendum to remind us all the one position we need the most is going nowhere. I truly feel that Miami needs to improve it’s record (and I feel they will) should the take place. Not because it is what they want, but because I agree with another person who posts with us here who believes “Miami either progresses or will regress in a big way”… I don’t feel this fan base deserves that.
Should your list be even close to what they do, Miami should be a much better offensive team.

Talk to you guys later this evening....

Every one off the Cam Newton band wagon????

Cuban Menance,

The only way a 3-13 season would occur is if the defense regressed to the level of the 2010 offense. Plus, the 2011 offense would have to perform at or on a simlar level as in 2010. This combination could easily lead to a 3-13 2011.

With Mike Nolan at the defensive helm this is highly improbable. Unless the defensive unit his hit with a mega calamity of devasting season ending injuries at a single or multiple units as a whole. With little to no improvement on offense, keyed in with devastating multi poisitional injuries to our defensive units, 3-13 is then highly possible.

But under all of the right circumstances, California could have the one big one(earthquake) that makes it fall into the pacific ocean by noon tomorrow! LOL...............

Never understood that feed the wolf crap.

Basically, as long as the defensive level of play in 2011 doesnt wian from the levels of 2010. Its highly unlikely we slip to 3-13 in 2011.

But I could see us slipping to as low as 5-11 if the offensive level of plays worsen's over 2010 levels.

oscar,

If Sparano changed the 2011 fight slogan to "Dont do your mothers". By season's end we'll look like a sqaud full of mother-son incest whormongers! LOL...

Breed, The Fins had a decent Defense last year I'm thinking getting Deboll who's offense in cleveland was worse then Dan(The dead man)Hennings Offense, Plus no real RB Signed,Plus A Qb that 80% of the time is a pick six waiting to happend Plus The Fins lost to the Browns,Lions, And bills(At home none the less) Plus A head coach that loves to play it safe(FG city baby) and this leads me to believe a 3 and 13 season is not only a possibillity but almost a certain.... Oh Yeah, Also a Owner that's more clueless then Al(Insane in the membrane)Davis, At least Al has a reason, He's 102 years old.......LOLJMHO..

Wow! Just watching news and it says in Philadelphia they are going to begin giving condoms to kids as young as 11yrs old.

Hell, at 11yrs old I was just learning what hunching meant! LOL..............

If I was given a condom at the age of 11, my dumbass would have used it as a blow baloon. LOL................

Cuban Menance,

That's why I say as long as the defensive level of play in 2011 is at least on par with 2010, regression of offensive play should only decrease our record to 5-11 at worse.

If Henne is the starter and we begin 1-4 or worse. It may usher in the total end of the Henne era in Miami. In comes the stop-gap buying time for whichever rookie qb draftee, LOL............

Fight song? To a bunch of adult, millionaires? The only fight they could expect (from me) if they won't perform would be trying to get another job.

Breed, That's what Iam saying, Your Saying that you too can see a 5 and 11 team, Ross should have 86ed the fist pumper and Ireland right after the New England beat down(and it was a beatdown)but this Idiot(Ross) goes to the west coast tryng to woo a college coach(Where 90% never work out in the NFL)but not Firing Fisty first was the biggest Mistake this guy did, Sorry, just tired of seeing teams getting better but oin, our Mighty Air Breathers....Again JMHO..Did you Wonder why No other OC would take the job???, The Goverment should Declear The Davie pratice field a Hazardous waste dump so they could get Federal funding ... Again JMHO..

It would be wonderful if there were tiny chickens the size of bugs. I would really get a lot of pleasure from that and I bet you would too!

Let us support genetic modification that produces tiny chickens to amuse us!

Why the hell would anybody want a tiny chicken?

Heck, Even Buffalo looks like there putting a .500 team together.....

While its reasonable to assume the defense will be equal if not a little better, its equally reaonable to assume the offense will be worse. Think about it, Henne now has to adjust to a brand new OC, who according to Holmgren, his previous boss, is inflexible and ignores the WR's. Does that sound familiar? Wasn't that the exact thing we were trying to avoid? My concern with Dabol is he will try to make the players fit his scheme rather than make his scheme fit the players. Throw in a totally uncertain RB situation, and I'm not so sure it would be wise to expect much improvement on the offensive side of things. At the same time, I can easily see the other 3 teams in our division, all with more stability on their coaching staffs, improving much more.

I SEA THAST THEE GANG OF DEFEET ARE HERE,I GOTTO GO TO WORK TO SOPPORT THEM.

Thank you 0x80, To Many ?????????????, Again I hope I'am wrong but I see the fist pumper being 86ed during the bye-week if it's around the Bye week, Just Have 0 confidence in the F.O........

Well, nobody would force you to have a tiny chicken but I think it would be wonderful to have a dozen or so. I would keep them in a terrarium and their mischevious antics would give me hours of amusement.

Regular-sized chickens are useful as a food source but they have no entertainment value. I believe science has advanced to the point where we can also have tiny chickens for fun.

They could also serve(the tiny chickens) to scratch your as-hole. Perhaps?

Cuban, I was going to say, come on man but I looked at sch and you maybe right. If we play the way we did last year....7-9 will be looking good.

Add to that the cba situation preventing the new OC from having contact with the players, we will be asking an already challenged offense to switch to a whole new game plan with limited time to prepare. The timing couldn't be worse to bring in a new OC to help a struggling offense. TS has a tough task ahead of him to save his job.

OK Guys, Gotta run, I have a Date nite With "The Empress of pineapples", Got a bottle of Jagermiester in the Feezer so maybe the Cuban will get lucky tonite, You guys have a "Phintastic" Nite............

It would be wonderful if there were tiny chickens the size of bugs. I would really get a lot of pleasure from that and I bet you would too!

Let us support genetic modification that produces tiny chickens to amuse us!

Publicado por: Thinking About Tiny Chickens | April 17, 2011 at 07:13 PM

I always wondered personally why small drumsticks were refered to as Buffalo Wings ? I mean it`s not Buffalo and there not wings !! Maybe they can genetically alter Buffalo`s to actually have wings. It would be quit a sight a nearly 1 ton animal flying around !!!

I know that we all like to bash our offense. However, if our db's hold onto at least 80% of those dropped picks. We could just as easily have been 10-6 too. Especially when we consider the blown fumble call by the refs against Pitt.

Ask yourselves, "how many of those dropped picks end up being "cashed in upon" 2nd chance scoring opportunities for the opposing offense?" With 5 off our 9 losses being by 5pts or less, that's extremely huge!

Armando,

Please do not compare Belicheat to the mighty Warrior Chief Crazy Horse!

Belicheat is a liar and a cheat. He has mastered a GAME you dolt. A game that's played for entertainment purposes.

Crazy Horse was a leader of his peoples. He was a leader of real men. A leader of Warriors.

He was a brilliant military tactician. A great Warrior Chief that led his nation into real life WAR!

You want to compare a lying scumbag like Belicheat, who cheats at playing games to a Real Life Honorable Hero Like Crazy Horse?

I'm offended!!!!

I also know I may have a lot of doubters when I say this, but I believe Ryan Mallet could be a day one starter for which ever team he lands on.

Sure there are the mobility and character concerns. But when you take away these two things, you have as talented a rookie qb that has ever come into the league.

Would he have HUGE success being a 1st year starter? Probably not. But history suggests most dont. The Mannings and Elways had to "pay thier dues" in year one of starting too. Even Marino didnt start until very late in his first year.

Even starting very late in his 1st year, Marino may have been the "only" complete exception to this rule. Because Marino seemed to be hof bound the very 1st time he stepped on a field as a starter. But it doesnt hurt to already have Duper and Clayton as your starting wr's either. LOL............

Still, I do believe Mallet has the rare talent to be a day one starter if the character concerns and ability to evade a pass rush doesnt get in his way. There's no doubt he has everything else to get the job done on an upper-echelon level.

...We should be careful assuming that our defense will be better then last years squad. This was the assumption about the offense last year. The defense was greatly improved, but this is no guarantee that this side of the ball will be the dominant force many expext.

If we cannot get better at the nickel corner, and find more depth at inside linebacker. Good passing teams will continue to feast. The defense had its moments last year, but against good offenses we got fisted.(except GB, and the jets game 2) We hardly faced a top tier quarterback the second half of the year. So some of the stats we pilled up are a little fraudulent(Imo)

Inside linebacker could be the greatest concern. My early thoughts seemed to drift the way of nickel corner. But this draft is not a good one for cornerbacks after the 2nd round. Kendrick Burney could be a player we think about in round 4. Middle linebacker has players up and down the board. Again the assumption is that Edds will be able to challenge Crowder. We don't know this. We need more speed inside, and a guy that can help in those third down nickel packages. Dobbins proved he couldn't do it(his special teams skills keep him around) and Spitler played like a rookie,so I'm not positive what we have with him.

It is becoming clear that Internet will not be dominated by Commerce but rather by Education.

DB,

If Mallet is as good as you think, its just not likely he will be there at 15. While one can say Marino dropped way further, and one can say not every GM is always be best evaluator of talent at the right time, there are just so many QB needy teams drafting before us, with people like Shanahan and Elway evaluating the talent, its too likely one of them will see what he is capable of and take him. I personally am not passing judgement one way or the other, but if he is that good, one of those teams picking before us should definitely see it, thats all I'm saying.

Yes, 0x80, if Mallet is the Dolphins guy they would probably have to trade up.

in addition to the players i listed in a previous post that worked out for the team 3 players, edmond gates, charles clay and marcus gilbert interviewed with them at the combine. one other player worked out for them and several other teams at the FB position and that was montangi tonga who played on the defensive line in college. go figure.
anyway, that is all i can find to this point. concerns me if it is THE list. i hope not.

daryl @ 10:39,
i'm on board with your thoughts on the defense. it was better than it had been in quite some time but i still don't believe they are quite there yet. we still need that dynamic pass rusher opposite cam wake and we need an inside backer that can pair up with dansby. besides that, solai is still a question mark and can't take it for granted that "the one year wonder" will perform at the same level this year. therefore, we may end up moving starks into the middle to take his place if he does not. i've been stuck on aldon smith being our guy at the #15 if we are stuck there but i've come up with something else that i think works better. i will catch hell for this but i will be posting it shortly.

...Mallets physical skills are remarkable. So much is made of his character. This is the reason he is such an enigma. You cannot risk taking a guy that is going to be the face,and most important player of your franchise if you think he is a problem.

This isn't for any of us to decide. We don't get to hear the interviews. We do not know how Mallet has come off. It will be obvious if he slips into round 2 that teams did not trust him. If a team goes his way. He will have proven to someone, that the off the field stuff was not a big deal.

The red flag to me, is that Mallets 2 biggest weakneses on the field are his poise under pressure,and poor atheletisim. The first is something that can be corrected if the player is coachable. The second you are stuck with. This aside, with his cannon arm, and Big frame. there still are obvious questions about his ablity to be a leader of men,and his maturity. If there wern't he would be a sure fire top5 pick.

DB,

Two things about Marino:

1) His 1st. start came in week six of his rookie year vs. Buffalo at home I was there, we lost on a F.G. at regulation I think it was 35-38 or something very close to that score. If you were there you new we had something very special, he also made relief appearances vs. L.A. Raiders on Monday night earlier that season were he threw his 1st. career T.D. pass to Joe Rose, then played the second half vs. N.O. before Shula finally pulled the plug on David Woodley.

2) Mark Duper was 3rd. on the depth chart behind Nat Moore and Duriel Harris, he did see the field with Marino as both broke in together but was strictly a deep threat that year with the other 2 doing the dirty work along with Bruce Hardy and Joe Rose (T.E.`s) Mark Clayton was our rookie P.R. and looked shakey to say the least, he didn`t come on till 84 when the 3 of them blew up the scene.

I hear you on Mallett been reading every post you`ve put up for him but Marino`s acheivements that rookie year were all about his unbelievably quick release, teams kept trying to blitz him and he kept burning everybody with it, Def. Cor. didn`t get how quick it was until actually going against it head to head. There never was and never has been anything quite like it, he was unique that way.

DD.... GREAT POT NOT LIKE ODIN PF LATE ,JUST WRITING ANY CRAP COMING TO HIS MIND ............

PS....... I GOT A RAISE TODAY AT WORK .I AM SO HAPPY .I GOT 3 DOLLARS RAISE PER HOUR .

MY MARIA VERY HAPPY ,SHE CAN SHOP MORE .

DD.... GREAT POST NOT LIKE ODIN OF LATE

ALoco...Congratulations. Nice work!

You should buy some tiny chickens.

I AM SO HAPPY B/C BELEVE EOR NOT ,I GOT ANOTHER RAISE 3 MONTHS AGO AND THEN THEY GAVE ME ANOTHER ONE ON TODAY ,I JUST PUT A LOT OF EFFORT AND 1000 ERCENT IN MY WORK .I LOVE THE USA,

...Aloco. All of my employees get yearly raises, until they become salary. Then they get bonuses based on performance. I try and share the wealth. That is my belief.

ARMANDO WROTE ANOTHE NICE ARTICLE IN THE HREALD TODAY ;;;; THE DRAFR NOT IN THE DOLPHINS FAVOR ...GO READ IT ,IT'S A GREAT WRITING,,,,,,,,,,,,,WHY HE DOESN'T POST THESE NICE ARTICLES SOR US ?

DD,

YOU SOUND LIKE A GREAT OWNER ,DO YOU HAVE A JOB FOR DB ?

BASED ON THAKING TO PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG ''''''''''''''

POSTERS WHO MAKE GOOD OWNERS;;;;;
DD
ROB IN OC
ODIN

POSTERS WHO MAKE CHEAP OWNERS AND OYSY BOSSES;;;;;;;;

DB
OSCAR
ARMANDO

AND LOUSY BOSSES

ALoco,

Congratulations on your raise!

A lousy boss like me would have raised your pay by at least $5 an hour and made it retro beginning from the first day I hired you. You work 10hrs a day and deserve it!

I AM MOVING DB TO THJE GOOD OWNERS LIST AND ADDING OX80 TO THE LOUSY OWNERS LIST .

Armando's latest Herald article is total bs! What's with all of the "little bighorn and we are Custer" crap?

I know, why dont we just wave our little white flag already because Belichik has a lithany of high round draft picks. Commissioner Goodell even if there is a season. Lets just forego it an simply award Bill Belichik the Vince Lombardi.

For at least the next 5years anyway. Belichik just seems to have everyone else, even more us, so out gunned its no longer neccessary to play any NFL seasons.

Armando, I sure wouldnt like for you to have my back in a bar fight. You would see the numbers and run! LOL.............

they have at outside linebacker this year:
von miller
akeem ayers and
justin houston

i look at these three guys and, despite houston playing OLB only one year, i think he is the best out of all of them. i look at ayers and miller and i see speed but the strength just isn't there. i look at houston at nearly 270lbs and look at how much stronger he is when it comes to using his arms to overpower the offensive lineman and get to the quarterback or the running back and i just think this guy is definitely going to have the better career of the three. to me, miller and ayers need to run around offensive lineman to get to the quarterback and, where ayers is concerned, it looks as though too many running backs are able to break his tackles. once houston gets his arms around someone's legs they are going down; there is no doubt about that. so, what i am saying is, if miami trades down in the first and wishes to get that pass rusing OLB and they take houston i will not be disappointed with that pick.

DB,


WHY ARMANDO IS SO IN LOVE WITH WRITING ABOUT NEW ENGLAND ?

ARMANDO'S LATEST ARTICLE BASICALLY STATES WE SHOULD CRY UNCLE TO BELICHIK RIGHT NOW AND DONT EVEN WORRY ABOUT PLAYING THE 2011 SEASON. OR AT LEAST THE NEXT 5 SEASONS FOR THAT MATTER.

ARMANDO, ACCORDING TO YOUR LATEST HERALD ARTICLE: WHY SHOULD THE REST OF THE NFL EVEN BOTHER PLAYING FOOTBALL FOR THE NEXT 5YRS?

I KNOW, LETS JUST EXCLUDE THE PATS FROM EVEN HAVING TO PLAY, AND JUST AWARD THEM THE LOMBARDI. THEN EVERYONE ELSE CAN JUST PLAY FOR 2ND PLACE IN THE NFL.

DB,

If we trade all of our picks for next years picks like I've suggested, we would only have to cry uncle for 1 year instead of 5.

There is some method to my madness.


Aloco,

I'm sure you work hard. I'll double your pay and make you manager within a year.

ALoco,

Should the fins ever win another SB, everyone should celebrate by boycotting Armando's blog for an entire year. LOL............

0x80,

Then we would have a s*hitload of picks in 2012 and a new regime to boot! LOL.........

DB,

...and a new regime to boot...you see..its a WIN WIN situation! The thing is though, I'm not even joking!

DOES ANYONE HAVE AN IDEA WHAT ARMANDO'S TRADE VALUE IS ON THE OPEN MARKET?

I'LL TAKE ROTTEN BOLOGNA ON MOLDY BREAD IF ANY OF YOU ARE WILLING TO GIVE ME THAT FOR ARMANDO.

0X80,

IF WE CAN GET RID OF aRMANDO AT THE SAME TIME. THEN IT'S A DEAL! LOL...........

Fellow bloggers,

I'm willing to give Ireland the benefit of the doubt, at least until this upcoming draft. I really have lost all confidence that TS will ever be an NFL calibur head coach. Every time I hear him speak my confidence in his abilities drops two notches. I really don't think there is a coach in the NFL less qualifed than him, and we are in a division with possibly the two best head coaches in the league. Even Henne I am willing to give another half a season, I just can't see how TS evovles into an acceptable leader. He is the #1 thing we need to change.

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