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Round 1 newsy recap from Jeff Ireland

Here is the latest from the Dolphins and general manager Jeff Ireland following the end of the first round:

1. Mike Pouncey will start out as a center. He is penciled in as a center on Ireland's depth chart. "He's big, he's tough, he's disciplined, he's smart. He's very athletic ... I can't say enough good things about the kid."

2. Ireland talked to receiver Brandon Marshall on Thursday and might meet with him or, at the least, talk to him again Friday. "I know enough of the details. I reached out to him today because I was able to.  We'll talk a little more tomorrow. Right now I know enough to be dangerous, I guess you could say. We're going to continue to follow that situation. Until I get a chance to sit down and talk to him face to face, I'm not going to jump to any conclusions."

Marshall last week was stabbed in the abdomen by his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall. She was arrested. He was admitted to the hospital, treated and released. It is the second known domestic violence episode for the couple. It is the ninth domestic violence episode involving Marshall since 2005.

3. The Dolphins didn't have an opportunity to trade out of the No. 15 overall selection, according to Ireland.  "The phones weren't ringing so we took the pick," Ireland said. "When the phone doesn't ring you kind of lose your leverage if you're calling around. 'Do you want this pick, do you want this pick.' That's not the way I do it. They have to want the pick before you can trade. And the phone wasn't ringing."

4. Ireland seems very confident about this pick. He had no problem comparing Mike Pouncey to his identical twin brother Maurkice Pouncey. Maurkice was a starter and Pro Bowl player for the Steelers.

"There's a lot of things that both remind me of each other," Ireland said. "They remind me of each other so I didn't feel like I was going to be getting too much different than Maurkice. When you're watching Mike, he's got things to work on as all rookies do. But I think you're looking at pretty much the same type of player."

5. The Dolphins are known for doing the safe thing over the bold thing. Guilty as charged, if that's the way you look at it. "I think it's a good, safe pick," Ireland said. "I know what I'm getting. I know exactly what I'm getting with Pouncey. I feel pretty good we've solidified an offensive line here."

5. Players will likely be around camp on Friday. There is supposed to be a rookie camp next week. The schedule is not set in stone because it is all subject to the legal wranglings of the NFL and the, ahem, trade association.

6. Yes, the Dolphins are aware of the concerns about Pouncey's shotgun snaps.

"They do a lot of things with their center that most teams don't do," Ireland said of the University of Florida. "They pull him a lot. So what you see is when he's trying to pull out in space he's getting out so quick that he's doing something with the ball. I don't know that we'd be doing much of that as Florida did. But he improved at it over the season."

7. Ireland, confident at this press conference, started by saying, "The best way to start this is for me to say, 'Awwwright Miami.' I don't say it as well as Jim Mandich but my heart's out to his family."

Classy.

8. My column on what I think of the Pouncey pick is here. Please help a brother out and check it out. It makes me feel like I'm not working in vain. I also might talk you off the angry, Dolphins should have drafted a quarterback ledge.

 

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I like pouncy but I think he could have gone later in the first round. We need to do what ever it takes to get into the second round today and draft either koepernick, mallet, or Dalton

It wasn't luck....it was brains. Many of the old Dolphins were cast off's from other teams, free agents...it took brains to find them and make it work....something the current Dolphins management doesn't have!!

we're not moving into the second so we can just stop dreaming we have nothing to offer people

i see us taking dj williams in the third if he is even there

i rethar have a running back but all the good ones will be taken in the second and the rest are suspect

taiwan jones would be great but is still a risk i dont see us taking him till the forth

DYING BREED:

SEE AFTER YOU CALMED DOWN YOU SEE IT WAS A GREAT PICK.

WELCOME ABOARD...

There's a lot of guys eating crow this morning. They told us Mallett was the best QB in this draft, a 'franchise'QB. Obviously 32 teams don't agree with you. They told us 'I just want the Dolphins to draft a first round QB. You can't win in this league without a first round QB. If teams grab a guy in the second round or later they are not 100% sold on that guy that he is a franchise QB.' Guess what guys.....a lot of us tried to tell you that Mallett wasn't a first round talent and that's exactly what has happened.

CraigM,

Im extremely excited about our prospects of getting to and making a little noise in the playoffs now that the oline has been solidified.

We'll most likely add two more skill pieces on the offense in this draft, a couple more through fa, and like you said we're solid on defense. I love our chances of becoming at least a wildcard this season.

Doesnt seem like it now but the pieces to a playoff puzzle are now coming together. We will be a better team than 2010's.

There is no question it has been an epic fail on our offensive line to this point.

Tons of money spent on Grove, Smiley, Berger etc and I think Sampson Satele is still starting for the Raiders.

They had to do what they had to do though. It is what it is. Sparano has vowed to stop the rotating and tinkering and let this unit gel. Now we have added Pouncey to solidify and anchor the middle.

Time to find a dynamic TE, a RB, a speed WR and insurance at QB in whats left of the draft and free agency.

I am not opposed to resigning Ronnie or Ricky. They are going to help someone. It might as well be us.

latest on MALLET ......... HE SAID TODAY........ (( ANY TEAM PICKS ME UP , WILL BE RE AWARDED BIG TIME WITH MY PLAY ))..........


i believe HIM ,

I WONDER WHERE WAS THE QUILTY COACH WHEN WE PICKED POUNCY ?

DB,

Don't you be going all Jeykl and Hyde on me....you're making sense today. Ireland is a long way from finishing this off-season. I think if we can add guys like Murray and Green in the draft and maybe look at guys like Williams, Bush or Michael Bush in FA, this will be a better team. We had a lot of injuries on the line last year and an improved Jerry, Incognito at centre and add Pouncey to the mix and it should be a better line.

and we cant trade players?? so forget about that too

Armando, how do you feel about Carey at RT? I still think that they need to shift Him back inside at His natural position of RG. If that's the case, do you see Miami addressing that through the draft or via FA?

Apparently GM's now regard mobility in a QB as a major asset in todays game. They all want someone who can roll out of the pocket, make a play on the run, be effective on broken plays. I am guessing that is why the QB with the best arm was not selected in the first round, while 4 other QB's were selected ahead of him.

Craig M....your making a lot of sense....

but it doesn't mean I agree....lol


There's more than one way to skin a cat....

0x80,

If we can get Noel Devine in the 7th, at the k/o return position it will be:

"NO MORE COBBS!" LOL.....................

It is very difficult to win a SB with an average QB. An inescapable Truth.

MALLET HAS MOBILITY PLUS SLIDING IN THE DRAFT WILL HUMBLE HIM A LOT ,IT WILL MAKE HIM STOP DRINKING .

ALoco,

He's going to reward the team that picks him with a bong and keg party....his way of saying thanks.

My big worry is Sporano will play with the O-line configuration so much again that there will be no continuity again and postphone their progress to become as good as possible.

Do you know what this oick is going to bring to the season next year? The samething it brought last year, empty seats in the stands. Why? Miami fans need someone (Marino like) that will bring excitement back to field. Let's face it, an Offensive Lineman can't do that. Yes we were spoiled to have one of the greats in Dan Marino but it is time for a change in the organization's (play it safe) philosiphy or expect another year of 7-9 and a stadium full of empty seats.

Craig M.....eventuall everyone WILL come around.....what choice do we have??

Now we need IMHO more than anything is RB and TE. I do not see how we are going to score points without a serious weapon at each of those positions.

I really don't know how much Ronnie has left or if they have any intention of bringing him back. The only two TE's in the draft I like are Virgil and DJ. At RB I was hoping we'd have a chance at Hunter in the 3rd but now he is projected to go in the 2nd. I think for sure there will be a speedy guy availabe in the later rounds for at least returns and as a situational back.

The Game should be played to win Super Bowls and not only to make playoffs.

All is not lost if we dont get a young qb in 2011's draft.

SOME YOU FORGET A VERY NICE CLASS OF QB'S COME OUT NEXT YEAR TOO.

With the run on qb's this year less teams will be making a run on them next year.

ALL IS NOT LOST! LOL............

Now I would love to get Mallet. Do we give away our 3rd and 4th rders to do it and loose a shot at a top TE??

Would that even be enough to entice someone out or their 2nd rder??

GRAIG M

Q.POWERS HAS BEN SLIDING FAST ALSO DUE TO HIS KNEE TROUBLES ,THERE'S A REPORT THAT HIS KNEE IS BADLY DAMGED .


AS FOR MALLET ,I THINK THIS DRAFT HAVE BEEN MEAN TO A LOT OF GOOD PLAYERS LIKE MALLET,ANDY AND INGRAM WHO WAS VERY LUCKY TO GET PICKED BT SAINTS .


PS... I THOUGHT PATS WERE GOING TO PICK INGRAM AS 0X80 SAID .

PS...

OSCAR:

MOST QBs ARE AVERAGE AND MANY BAD ONES WON SUPERBOWLS.

ELI IS AVERAGE.

DILFER

WARNER

SIMS

YOU GONNA LOVE THIS ONE JOE MONTANA

BRAD JOHNSON DIDN'T HE WIN ONE WITH THE BUCS.

ALL I'M SAYING YOU NEED A COMPLETELY GREAT TEAM TO WIN.

DB, Craig & X0, pardon the length of this post.

DB & XO, Don't get me wrong. I EXPECTED they would take Pouncey. I know it's a need but I also know there are young proven olineman in FA. Not only that but Ireland wants to play Pouncey at C & didn't they just resing Incognito for that? Redundancy.

My preference was Mallett, Ingram, Gabbert or any playmaker for that matter. But, do we keep doing the same thing & wasting the same time, money & picks every year until these clowns get it right? IT's FUTILE! It completely shows our ineptitude.

Do you ever expect to be better than mediocre the way things are going? It's like groundhog day every year.

You can't progress when you have to address the same things year after year. Those aren't achievements that merit extensions. In the real world, it gets you on the unemployment line.

This team, thanks to Ireland, Tuna & Sparano, is stuck in quick sand. They will continue to rebuild the trenches & we will always be devoid of playmakers. Afraid to take risks.

Craig, just an FYI...not ONE player you mentioned is a game changer. NOT ONE. They are solid contributors. This team has a roster Chock FULL of them. We need explosive play makers if we want to go anywhere. Keep rebuilding the line is an exercise in futility. This team is in constant rebuilding mode which is PATHETIC.

Kudos to Jacksonville, Titans & Minnesota. Making bold trades & selections. Taking chances to fix what ails them. This teams coaching style & draft philosophy is completely devoid of that.

I'm actually hoping there isn't a season. Sub .500% football is not even worth watching.

Anyone buy our Sparano fist-pump action figure yet?

Don't be mad I selected Pouncey. I told Tony he could make the first pick of the draft since I hurt his feelings earlier this year by looking for a new coach. Sorry Tony! But I promise everyone I will make the next pick in the 3rd round!

As you know, I like to back-up picks with a second player of the same position (in case I make a boo boo bad pick). So look for another Center or Guard in Round 3! But don't tell any of the other teams! It is our secret!

And don't forget about the Sparano fist-pump action figures available now!!

dolphin fan in georgia,

Remember, game one is against the Pats at home. Guaranteed its a packed house!

An upset victory over Pats will get the season off to a very positive start and dolfans will began filling up stadium seats.

0x80,

There are still LOTS of good running backs available. I wouldn't panic. There aren't a lot of teams that realy need a running back, as the first round showed. On my chart there are probably 5-6 backs avaailable that I still like. I think we'll get one of them in the third. If you couple him with one of Reggie Bush, D'Angelo Williams, Michael Bush or Ronnie Brown I think we'll be just fine. I like Virgil Green or DJ Williams in the 4th but there are still other good TEs available too.

But,georgia my man,@10:51AM, that's exactly what Ross has been saying all along and now they do all the contrary. If anybody understands all this please give a call. Illuminate me!

Those not understanding this pick dont understand we've been tinkering with this damn oline for 4yrs now.

Do you still wanna be doing this bulls*it another 2-3yrd from now? Case closed.

Posted by: DyingBreed | April 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

You plainly made the case as to why Ireland & Sparano do not deserve jobs.

The reason we made 3 STRAIGHT SB APPEARANCES in the early 70's is because we had THE BEST DAMN OLINE IN THE NFL.

Posted by: DyingBreed | April 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Do you REALLY think football today is like it was 40 years ago? LMAO The easiest way to debunk your line of thinking is to say this. The Steelers just went to the Superbowl with 2 back up o-linemen STARTING all season.

Joe Shmoe,

Exactly why Pouncey pick makes sense.

"DO WE STILL WANT TO BE TINKERING WITH THE OLINE 2-3 YEARS FROM NOW?"

ASK YOURSELF THAT!

FINFAN,
Carey is staying at RT. He had down season last year but I guarantee you he would be a starting RT for alot of teams.

You are rationalizing, Justin.

Oscar,

I don't get it either. It's like Ross has one vision and his management is total opposite. It just doesn't make sense.

I would have felt better about this pick as a guard. But that would have made too much sense. Instead, let's continue trying to convert players from their natural postion to another.

Last year, they had Jake Long a LT pulling because of the inability of our guards to pull. So, we draft a pulling guard and convert him to center.

Makes perfect sense to me.

Joe,

Well you talk about gamechangers and kudos to teams like Minnesota this morning, but the Minnesota fanbase is pi**ed that they went out on a limb and picked Ponder. I guess as a fan you don't care whether the regime gets it right or not, as long as they take a chance and draft a 'potential' game changer. How is that any different from us picking Henne three years ago? There's NO difference. Ponder didn't have a first round grade attached to him and neither did Henne. The only difference is that Minny took their QB at 12 and we took ours at 53. Why does being ballsy make you better than what Jeff Ireland is doing? Let's watch and see what happens but I expect that move will cost Spielman his job. We're not going to agree on this Joe because we have different opinions on things. I consider guys like Long and Puncey 'game-changers' because they are the guys that give Henne time to throw and open up holes on the line. If you can do that, you can have success. Let's agree to disagree...you won't see it my way and I won't see it yours.

We had one pick in yesterdays draft and no 2nd rder for trade bait.

What is the one sparkling pick that would have made everyone feel better????

Joe Shmoe,

Been so long fans forget the 72 Dolphins werent just 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense. They could win a championship in todays nfl.

They had the best oline in football. Run thru you down with Czonka. Run by you with Morris. Mr. 3rd down with Kiick. Air you out with Warfield.

So what do you mean winning football games has changed over 40 years. Read the above again then honestly tell me that doesnt resemble the weapons of championship teams of now.

Joe Shmoe,

Exactly why Pouncey pick makes sense.

"DO WE STILL WANT TO BE TINKERING WITH THE OLINE 2-3 YEARS FROM NOW?"

ASK YOURSELF THAT!

Posted by: DyingBreed | April 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

We;ve already dealt with it for 3, why not 2-3 more? Everyone seems ok with it, why shouldn't I?

The pick shouldn't have had to have been made in year 4. THAT's THE POINT. It's been long enough time to build an o-line. 3 years? 4? Hell, why not a 5th, 6th or 7th try. It's ineptitude & it's a joke.

What makes you so certain Pouncey is the answer? The cure all antidote? Do you REALLY think Pouncey makes Miami a playoff team? LOLOLOLOLOLLOL Blind allegiance gets you NOWHERE.

The dolphins need play makers not OL. Can anyone name on this roster besides Carpenter who is going score alot of points for the Dolphins this year?

Joe,

Who is it you wanted at 15 again? Mallett? He's not even a first round talent. Nobody wanted him. Teams were trying to trade out of the first round and none of the teams in the second round thought enough of him to even trade back into the first round to get him. Is there any point that you and others will admit you were wrong on this guy?

Joe Shmoe,

Answer my post at 11:05 PM. I Dare YOU! LOL............

new blog up!!!!

If we are expecting free agency to be the anwser then who to say we will get the playmakers to come to Miami. Gruden said last night that one thing he learned as a coach that you can't put your job on the line in hopes that you can fill your team needs through free agency, that the draft is where you find that franchise QB.

You know it, Rick. Now watch NO get to the SB(Hurricane Wilma, youknow)

The Packers have drafted offensive linemen in the frst round the last two years now. The Pats have picked offensive linemen in the first round 2 out of the last 7 years and have drafted offensive linemen in the top three rounds 6 times in the last 10 years. Pitt, 4 times in the last 15 years they've taken OL in the first round. I guess none of these franchises really know what they are doing and are just re-tooling thir lines all the time?

Craig,

Both teams got their franchise QB in the first round and now they are building around him. Henne is not a franchise QB.

DB, LMAO To further debunk your outdated philosophy, let's look at the last 2 Superbowl winners.

GB, NO. Did they have elite o-lines? No, they didn't. Did they win the superbowl anyway? Yea, they did. In spite of their o-line play.

Why you ask? They had a QB who can overcome bad protection or an average running game & they had elite skill players. The formula for winning football games in 2010 is NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE to how games were won in the 70's. Miami won a SB with Griese only throwing 7 passes.

DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT CAN HAPPEN TODAY?

Miami can have the best o-line in the world & without the cast to make things happen, they will never win. Where is the Warfield, as you say? Where is the Kick, as you say? Where is the Zonka, as you say?

Do you REALLY feel like keeping this going? All you have done is strengthen my opinion LOL

dolphin fan in Gerogia,

Jon Gruden? There's a reason he's on the media side of things now and not coaching somewhere. He couldn't draft a QB to save his life.

What 'franchise' QB? I don't believe there was one on this draft. The Minnesota fanbase is
'disgusted' with Spielman picking Ponder at 12. That's what happens when a GM listens to the fanbase...you end up reaching for a guy you HOPE will be a 'franchise' QB. Wasted pick!

so what will the dolphins do? that just tell's everyone that kapernick or stanzi are not top qb's either, yet the dolphins will probably land one of them. duuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. way to go!

DB, you have Craigitis, I already answered you two times. Check em out.

Craig, you're at it again. I already said I would have wanted any playmaker. Ingram, Mallet, Gabbert.

ENOUGH ALREADY with your insistence on trying to portray yourself as right because no one drafted Mallett. LOL Who cares? I would have loved him, so what? You're trying to make infintile statements as if you know more than everyone else LMAO

Rationalization: a psychological defence mechanism to protect oneself against unpleasant Truths(or to profit by It).

Joe,

The point is you and everyone else rammed it down our throats that Mallett was a first round pick....you can't even take your medicine and admit you were wrong. That's OK, I didn't expect anything different.

NEW BLOG UP!!!!!

No need to argue. All this will be proven in due Time.

"The Packers have drafted offensive linemen in the frst round the last two years now. The Pats have picked offensive linemen in the first round 2 out of the last 7 years and have drafted offensive linemen in the top three rounds 6 times in the last 10 years."

Craig, I love how you conveniently left out the fact that GB was able to do this AFTER they acquired their QB, 2 WR's, RB, & TE. You build around the QB, not the other way around.

And they just won a Superbowl so they OBVIOUSLY know what they're doing. We are doing it the opposite LMAO SO that means what?

You're proving my point LOL

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