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Live blog chat today at 1 p.m.

New week so let me tell you the newsy tidbit first:

The Dolphins are hosting a visit from West Virginia inside linebacker J.T. Thomas, according to the National Football Post. Count him among the half-dozen or so inside linebackers the team has shown considerable interest in since the interview and workout process began.

That suggest, well, the Dolphins are feeling a need to add help at inside linebacker. Now, I don't know about you, but with Karlos Dansby, Channing Crowder, Tim Dobbins, A.J. Edds, and Austin Spitler on the team, you might think the team is good at inside linebacker.

You would think wrong.

The club obviously wants to upgrade special teams, obviously wants depth because Crowder will be in the final year of his deal in 2011, and because Spitler is alright but not really great so far.

My suggestion?

Consider moving Koa Misi inside. He can play the position and the Dolphins could use a pick to add a superior pass-rusher, which is also a need. It will not happen, in all likelihood. But why not think outside the box?

I don't see Misi as a 15-sack player. I see him as a solid seven-sack player when he gets completely comfortable with the OLB job. Why not improve two positions at the same time and try to land a big playmaking pass rusher?

Just saying.

Anyway, today is live blog chat day here. We'll get it started at 1 p.m. I will hang here with you until your questions or comments are done. If you cannot be here then, leave your question or comment now and I'll answer those first.

See you then.

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Armando, Cobbs sounded like a spurned child who felt entitled to more touches than he got... What has Cobbs ever done in the NFL? I've never been impressed with ST ability. The only pasrt of his game that seemed to be a threat was when we used two split backs out of the shotgun and had both go for outs... smug maybe an exaggeration but he produced zero last year. I really don't care about his opinion on anything except on why he sucked so badly.

Mando, Nolan could possibly be our next Head coach - LOL

agreed fully on T. McDaniel he played great last year. Biggest improvement from a player I've seen. Also Soliai as well... 3-4 D Line maybe the toughest positions to fill.

We need to bring in a veteran QB like Palmer, Bulger, Young or a Mcnabb on the cheap. Additionally we need a speedy receiver (Ala V jackson, or Plaxico)and yes a good TE, We are going to keep Brown we just need to get sproles or Williams and we will be set. God I hope we pick OL first, Pouncy is a reach but we need him(or a stud)

armando,
with so many needs on offense alone, and the glaring need to keep pace with with the rest of the league's latest trend(bombs away), the lack of big plays from the recieving crew, and the owners desire to have an exciting offense, how will miami address those needs with such a limited draft? i know free agency will play a big role, but what positions do you see being reolved by the draft and which positions by trade or freeagency? please look at my blog titled "budtki's draft1,2,3,4" from your latest carson palmer aticle. and will you answer on the blog? i'm not a big e-mailer...

Hey Mando is moving players around and changing positions !
Now Im laughing

Hey how about Chad Henne moving to kicker and using the obvious height advantage over Carpenter.
For analysis reasons , he his much taller thus can reach distances that Carpenter can only dream of. He already has a low digit number and is from the same alma mater as Stephen Ross.
See just as easy as moving Misis to ILB.
Blog Hit !

ALoco, if you're equating a QB's smarts with winning then may I ask your opinion of Dan Marino's brain during the four-season stretch from 1986-89 when the team failed to make the playoffs (including a 6-10 season in 88?)

Was Marino suddenly a moron or was it (just maybe) the team around him being lousy?

Again, some of you guys seem to think QB's have magical powers to lift bad teams to great heights. You need look no further than Dan Marino to disprove that theory.

Armando left the chat session 10 minutes ago, fellas.

RICH,


POINT TO ME A 2 SEASON WITH 4-12 DAN MARINO HAD LIKE PALMER.


HOW YOU KNOW PALMER HAS THE SMART ? I KNOW HE HAS THE CONING ABILITY TO GET 14 MILLION A YEAR FROM CINC .

RICH,

ONE MORE Q;;;;;;;; DIDN'T PALMER HAD 7 SEASONS WITH CINC ,TO SHOW HIS SMART ?

Mando, What's your opionion on the future of Channing(Duhh)Crowder???? Nordic, or Selven????

I think the fins defense is solid, but there is room for them to be more polished. The offense needs improvement. They were soft and non-threatening. Its a shame that offense was the teams issue last season especially with the Marshall upgrade and Henne with a good number of starts under his belt from the previous year. I think we keep Rickky and scoop up D Angelo Williams. Also need an additional tightend. Fasano is serviceable.

All im going to say is Farve sucked the 3 years he played at Atlanta, he didn't really start playing good until his fifth year for GB. So what does that mean was he a stupid QB and then got smarter, no his team had a good OL and receiving core. Currently or receiving core stunk it up and our TE blew donkeys, so its not all Henne's fault, he is like Sanchez except he has better team around him (god i hate the Jets)

ALoco, do you have even the barest understanding of just how famously dysfunctional and cheap the Bengals have been as an organization for DECADES?

They have the smallest personnell staff in the NFL, a skeletal scouting department, high-school level practice facilities, and an owner (Mike Brown) who has written the book on being an incorrigible cheapskate.

And you SERIOUSLY think Palmer has been the reason that team loses so consistently??

Palmer has every reason in the world to WANT to get the hell out of Cincy. You're simply NOT going to win there with any kind of consistency because ownership has made it impossible.

Favre was a bachup with Atlanta. He barely played at all.


fin4life,

Cow Tippin?

Whut kinda Hillbilly you thank I am?

I read those comments this morning and started my day of with a big laugh, THANKS!

odinseye | April 11, 2011 at 02:52 PM

ODIN, I MEANT NOTHING BY IT PAL, IN ALL HONESTY I REALLY THOUGHT SMELT DIPPING WAS SOME SORT OF JOKE OR SOMETHING, I TELL YOU PAL IF YOUR A HILLBILLY THEN I`M DUMBER THAN THE CITY SLICKERS IN THAT BILLY CRYSTAL MOVIE. MY RESPONSE TO BEING TOLD WHAT IT MEANT BY REDSKY OUTTA TELL YOU ABOUT MY ABILITY TO SURVIVE IN THE WILD !

If forced to live in the outdoors I guess I`d be the guy looking to take some cows head off with a pocket knife before it would even cross my mind that I could catch fish with a net.

fin4life | April 11, 2011 at 01:38 AM

"Backup"...not sure his feelings about J.S. Bach.

Rich Aloco is a known user of Inheleants, Dont take anything he says serously

RICH,

GIVE IT A REST ..... HE WANTS OUT AFTER 7 YEARS ,82 MILLION IN THE BANK AND A CONTRACT FOR 14 MILL UNTIL 2014 .....


ROSS WILL NEVER SPEND A DIME INLESS IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE TEAM LONG TERM .........GET YOUNG AND FAST ..........

Cuban, lol. I'm getting the feeling that arguing with him about "intelligence" may be an exercise in futility.

Nolan as HC has been tossed around here before. He was the last person we wanted to lose during RossGate. If you think about it, not only isn't it far fetched, but perfectly sensible to consider him as the next HC if TS crashes and burns next season.

Continuity is important. By promoting him to HC the defense stays the same, and the offense has nothing to lose anyway. He's been an HC before, has something to prove now. I'd be more in favor of giving him a shot than anyone else I can think of at the moment. Seems like a win win win for Ross and Nolan. Plus it saves Ross the embarassment of another nationwide search for a coach.

How is blaming the Bengals personel dept for Palmers consistent failures any different than blamming our O-line, RB's and most of all our playcalling for Henne's lack of development?

I'm used to dealing with double standards when it comes to women, but come on, this is a sports blog!

Mock w/o tradeback- Trade Crowder for a 5th + 6th rd pick
1st Jake Locker QB
3rd Jordan Cameron TE
4th Ricky Elmore OLB
5th Greg Salas WR
5th Lee Ziemba OL
6th Stevan Ridley RB
6th Zane Taylor C
7th Andrew Jackson OG
7th Dom DiCecco SS

LOL at the buffoonery of lil aloco's posts.....

THE CUBAN BANANA IS HARD AT WORK .

I agree with rich, how many player have wanted out or refused to play for Cincy, tell me you don't think Palmer could have had better number if he had played with another team like a SF, Jaxs, or CHI. Lets see (young - Buc to SF, Dilfer - Bucs to Bal, Williams - Bucs to Was, Favre - Atl to GB) I use the bucs because they were so bad for so long this is what Cincy is worse than the Lions. They will be lucky if they win 2 games this year. Palmer is willing to retire not to play for them, that speaks alot


TO BE A KNOWLEDGEABLE FAN IS TO BE AN ODINSEYE A LIKE .

0x80, It Make's sence seeing how NO Assit. would sign with this toxic organazation seeing how Mr. Hollywood was looking for a HC while still having the fist pumper as the HC, I mean would yougo top a job knowing that come nov-dec your leader would be tossed out???

It's far more than blaming the Bengals personnell department, odinseye. It's the entire culture around that franchise...the fact that the proven cheapness of their owner has seeped into every aspect of what they do.

You think another team would still have Marvin Lewis around after all these years (and losses)? It's not loyalty. It's that (like the Raiders) no GOOD coach wants to be there and Lewis himself would be back to being an assistant if he quit.

If a great QB is able to overcome all that then you're going to have to explain how great talents like Archie Manning couldn't do it, how a Jim Plunkett saw only failure until landing in a winning situation or how even Dan Marino couldn't prevent 6-10 from happening at the very height of his physical prowess.

Winnint teams have winning ORGANIZATIONS. If Tom Brady was toiling away for the Lions the past decade you think he'd have rings? C'mon.

fin4life,

I didn't take offense in the slightest. Life's short, I put a premium on good laughs!

I grew up in the Chicago and Detroit ghetto's my entire life. A few years ago I had the chance to "escape" and I took it.

While I had heard of it before, last year was my first smelt dipping experience. The locals up here still make fun of me as the "city boy".

They can laugh all they want, we got two 5 gallon buckets full. Me and my 15 year old were cleaning and freezing smelt until 4:00 this morning.

Ah.......yucka, yucka!!!

EA,


WHY IS OUR DESTINY TO TAKE THE TRASH PLAYERS OFF OTHER TEAMS HANDS ?


WHY CAN'T WE DRAFT WINNERS AND SIGN FA WINNERS ?

IT'S BUGLING THE MIND WHEN THE NFL HAS THOUSANDS OF PLAYERS AND WE GO LOOKING IN THE TRSH PIN ?

I SEA THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE GANG OF DEFEET HAS ARRIVED,CUBEN,PLAESE GET A JOB SO MY TAXES CAN GO DOWN.

I think if you put Palmer in a stable, winning environment like the Steelers or Patriots his success rate would have been just as good as their own guys at the position.

Conversely, you throw Brady or Roethlisberger into a pit like Cincy or Oakland and I'll guarantee you their careers are FAR different at this point from a W/L perspective, despite the talent being the same.

To take it further, how many of you REALLY think Bob Griese is in the Hall-of-Fame today is he had played for a sad-sack franchise of that era?

Yeah, QB is definitely the most important position on the field but even the greatest ones CANNOT do much about things when the franchise they play for is a dysfunctional, perennial mess.

IT'S BUGLING THE MIND WHEN THE NFL HAS THOUSANDS OF PLAYERS AND WE GO LOOKING IN THE TRSH PIN ?

Posted by: ALoco | April 11, 2011 at 03:31 PM

"BUGLING"???????? LMAO, Lil Aloco, What's Bugling???????

IF WE KEPT PAT WHITE FOR 10 YEAR ,HE COULD HAVE WORKED OUT ....

RICH ARGUMENT @ 3;35 PM IS VERY WRONG...HOW YOU KNOW AFTER 7 LOUSY YEARS ,SOME HOW PALMER WILL BE A BRADY ?


Q... WHY YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SHOW HENNE THAT PATINET WITH BETTER TRACK RECORD THAN PALMER ?

Well, if your talking trash players(which Im thinking Palmer your speaking of) He is better than Henne and would be better than any rookie QB, and they could learn from him. But I agree with you that I would not pay him that ridiculous amount or trade anything above a third or fourth rd pick. He is a veteran QB with a lot of upside, Qb is a premium position so he might get it but I wouldn't until he has proven himself. All im saying if we can get him cheap give him a shot, QB is top spot so they have to be older with experience, or just a natural

TIME FOR WORK.....LATER

0x80, I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I wouldn't be surprised if Ross didn't give Nolan a wink and a nod after the failure to get Harbaugh.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time defending the BUNGLES...........

BUT!

-It's far more than blaming the Bengals personnell department, odinseye. It's the entire culture around that franchise...the fact that the proven cheapness of their owner has seeped into every aspect of what they do.

Cheapness? I think he sank(pun intended)a lot of money in Palmer. He also spent quite a bit keeping Ocho Dufus and signing Benson and Owens.

You ever stop to think he might be a little cash strapped because of all the money he invested in a QB that can't get it done. He went a step furthwer and broke the bank trying to surround this loser with talent. I understand the argument you're making, I'm just not buying it.

Guys, Dont be to in love with Nolan, He sucked as a head coach in San. Fran..........

EA, BEFORE I LEAVE... AGREE WITH ON GIVING PALMER A SHOT FOR 260,000 A YEAR .

PS... HE MAKES INTERSET NOW ON HIS MONEY AROUND 4 MILLION A YEAR .....LATER

Odin, Are you the real B Rabbit?

Just to be clear, I would only want a Palmer/Miami connection at the right price. There are questions, and it's not as if Aaron Rodgers was suddenly available.

Do I think he'd be a significant upgrade? Yes. And I also think he's capable of giving the team 4-5 years of good QB play...enough time to build a championship-caliber squad around him.

Do I think ANY of that would be a given? Of course not. But there aren't any givens with ANY of these guys, including each and every QB in the draft (not that Miami shouldn't also expend effort there in the search).

Of course, if the labor situation drags well into the Summer this all becomes a moot point and Henne keeps the job simply by default.

cocoa, seriously I'd be more surprised if he hadn't. Ross will have to do something if we are not getting anywhere by mid season, he has to have a plan B, and that would be by far the smoothest transition.

Wow Aloco he makes 4 million a year in intrest?????????????? Who's his bank???? I want that interest rate...........

Beerphin,

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Wink, Wink!

ARMADO, PALMER JUST WANT TO TAKE MR ROSS MONEY LIKE THE HYENA COWHER DID............HE IS PART OF THE COSPERACY.

Why is there so much talk about getting more pass rushers or ILB's? Some people here were insistent that the D rebuild was accomplished in 1 year. I guess not!

I don't pretend to have the answer for Miami's QB situation. None of us do (even if a few think so). There are no absolutes or guarantees out there.

I'm simply convinced that Henne is NOT that guy. Just not enough fire under that hood, despite his physical talents being more than adequate. I believe he can have a long career as a backup, but ultimately nothing more.

OK - well FA wish list

1) DWilliams
2) Lmankins
3) DSproles
4) MBulger or CPalmer or DMcnabb
5) VJackson or Simms-Walker
6) TE - are there in FA

Draft - OL, QB, WR/RB/TE, Def

could Crowder be a trade bait for SanDiego - we drop to 18 and get a 2nd and sprols as well and still get pouncy, they have like 3 2nd rd picks

Rich @ 4:01

Insert Palmer's name for Henne's in your post and I couldn't agree more.

I do think Palmer could help us this year. However, I'm convinced the cost will negate the possibility.

0x80, I agree. Ross might not know much about football but he's smart enough to know about lack of options.

Well if you don't see him as a 15 sack guy then it must be true. I hope the coaches and GM are listening to you because with your inside knowledge of their players they would be stupid not to do what you say.

Well said rich, and I believe he can be the guy. Hopefully that is the case and that would be a major problem solved.

Misi is a rookie. They tried to land Merriman not because Misi will never be good enough to play. It was an obvious upgrade at the time and we could have used his vet knowledge to help bring along some of the younger LBs we have now. But to think they were bringing him in because they were down on Misi for the future is a huge stretch.

FYI - most of Misi's sacks were a result of QB's running into him as they tried to elude pressure from Wake.

Being that he was just a rookie, I think Misi played well. Will he become good or better? Who knows?

Just because he started doesn't mean he's good or guaranteed to be good. How many other players over the years started & weren't worth anything? Aubrey Beavers? Travid Daniels? Or, how about another recent one, Chris Clemmons?

Just because players start doesn't automatically mean they qualify as good draft picks. In MANY cases, they start because there are no other options.

"I don't see Misi as a 15-sack player. I see him as a solid seven-sack player when he gets completely comfortable with the OLB job. Why not improve two positions at the same time and try to land a big playmaking pass rusher?"

Armando Salguero

"Dyingbreed, I would never put Misi in the box of "Can't be double digit sack guy," because who knows what's in the guy's heart."

Armando Salguero


I, for one, like the idea of moving Misi inside. I think he could really become something special there and replace Crowder (who I never liked anyway). Then, we can use our #15 pick on a pass-rusher if we can't trade down. It is an option to think about. I also like the idea of DeAngelo Williams (FA) in the Miami backfield. (Not so sold on Sproles). Then draft (or not) a runningback. We need another guard/center, a burner WR, and a catching TE would be nice. But, I'm thinking using the #15 pick on Ingram is a waste and I'm not sold on taking any of the QB's that high either! )

@0x80, cocoajoe,

I`ve been thinking about Nolan along those lines as well. I know some will argue that his time in S.F. was less than stellar but take into account that he was saddled with the 26 year old son of owner Dan York as his G.M., what huhh !! Yeah look it up, so in other words he pretty much hand picked the talent out there, which isn`t bad. The throw away garbage drafts of the York family became a thing of the past on Nolan`s watch and no that wasn`t coincidence.

That was the most abyssmal F.O. s.w. of Det. in the entire league from 99 to 2005. He put together a mighty fine D that Singeltary was the beneficiary of in all honesty. Why wasn`t he more successful ?

Because he rolled the dice on a Q.B. and missed big time (A.Smith), That and his penny pinching owners who were looking to max. profit instead of fielding a winner, It`s why when they finally start to make inroads the OC position becomes a revolving door, don`t forget that it`s Eddie DeBartelo`s family who took over that team when he was convicted of running a river boat gambling operation in Louisiana. He later would take them to court to regain control of his team leaving the Org. in limbo. Alot went into the problems that plagued that Franchise.He paid his dues just like others before him Belichek got his 2nd. shot after posting a similar outing as coach of the Browns, not sayin thats who he`ll be just stating fact.


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