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Olshansky another failed Miami Cowfin

You know by now that Igor Olshansky was cut late Tuesday by the Dolphins.

And with that, another former Dallas Cowboys castoff fails in Miami.

Olshansky is gone from his third team in four seasons because, how to put this delicately, he stunk of late. He had one tackle in the last month, which is only one more than you or me or any of our pets. Last week, during preparation period when he should have been highly motivated to practice hard and perform so he could get on the field against his former Cowboys teammates, Olshansky laid an egg. He suffered a calf injury.

And so he was inactive for the Thanksgiving Day game versus Dallas.

Womp, womp, womp.

So after much consideration the Dolphins signed formerly cut Ryan Baker as an upgrade to Olshansky. Baker was cut two months ago.

Another former Cowboy turned Dolphin has thus failed. (For the complete story on Miami's roster moves click here.)

Note to Jeff Ireland: Please, with respect, stop signing Cowboys discards. There's a reason they were discarded by a team that isn't exactly Super Bowl caliber. If you've got to sign discards, how about adding folks from the Green Bay Packers or New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers? Those teams run 3-4 defenses. Those teams score tons of points on offense. And those teams have done something in recent years neither the Cowboys nor Dolphins have done in a long time: They've won Super Bowls.

If you have to pick through someone's trash can, do it in a rich neighborhood, not the same old housing project that isn't producing results for you lately.

This year, more than any other since the current administration took over, the reach for former Cowboys has not really worked too well. Joe Berger was cut. Nate Jones was re-signed. And then cut. Lousaka Polite was cut. Marc Colombo was signed and has started but everyone knows he is more part of the problem that is the 2011 Dolphins than part of the solution.

Linebacker Kevin Burnett, another former Cowboy, signed a $21 million contract in July. The jury is still out on him because he has shown flashes of improvement lately, but overall, he has not played up to his contract.

The one shining success in adding former Cowboys to the Dolphins this year has been Matt Moore. He's been a revelation in that he has been many things the Dolphins hoped to get in a starting quarterback but never did from Chad Henne. He came to the Dolphins as merely a backup with no hope of competing for the starting job, so even in that regard, the Dolphins misjudged his abilities.

But at least Moore's been a good addition -- good work by the personnel department. He has so far played himself into deserving a chance to compete for a job in Miami in 2012.

Otherwise, the continued addition of former Cowboys has been a failure. It stopped working after 2008 when Anthony Fasano and Jason Ferguson and Akin Ayodele were added.

Igor Olshansky is only the latest example of that failure.

[Injury update: Dan Carpenter is practicing and ready to go. He will kick Sunday barring an unforeseen setback ... Vernon Carey did not practice today and will likely be listed as questionable on Friday.]

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DD, what's up man? You're talking to the choir with me bro. I've been fed up with this FO since '09. I was willing to give them a chance last year, and they failed. I wanted a change before THIS year.

I just know Craig (from posting here). He sees things half-full instead of half-empty. We're not going to change him, that's who he is. We just gotta work with him to show him the light!!

DA, agreed we stink, I see no problem in writing about it.

Darryl,

ANY of those guys would be great but they are all currently employed and I don't think going anywhere. A J Smith is a guy who has always been regarded as a top GM but I think you could make a case that he's done a lousy job in San Diego. He let Brees get away for NOTHING, got fleeced by Ireland by trading up to draft Ryan Matthews, let Sproles get away, jerked Vincent Jackson around and has had a spotty draft resume. So, he's had his failures too.
The thing that doesn't get talked about is the things that Ireland has stayed away from. He wouldn't sell the farm for Orton (turned out to be a good move), signed Moore as a FA, fleeced SD in the Matthews tradeup, stayed away from taking Ingram in the first, stayed away from Dez Bryant (a troublemaker and not a huge difference maker so far) and avoided trading up for a QB like Gabbert last year, despite pleas from many (including the writer of this blog) to do so. He wasn't swayed to draft Mallett, which I think would have been a wasted pick (time will tell). He didn't chase D'Angelo Williams and through big money at him, which would have been crazy and he did the same with Ahmad Bradshaw, moves that would have crippled this organization for a long time.

So as much as people want to come down on him, there has been some good. We just don't hear about it....we hear about 'another failed ex-Cowboy'.

The LAST post from the last blog.....
-----------------------------------------------------While I am amused, can you get a copyright for poor writing?

What does the application look like?

I seek a copyright for my writing style which demonstrates I never learned to end a sentence properly. My writing style demonstrates that I always have an unfinished thought, can't remember to use proper nouns, or I have drifted off to sleep while writing my post. I deserve this copyright because no other human being ever failed in English as miserably as I did.

Really?

Posted by: New Coach Wanted | November 30, 2011 at 02:50 PM
-----------------------------------------------------

New Coach Wanted.....

Let me tell you this.....

FLATTERY will get you everywhere.....you sly dog.....

Buster....don't look now....but we got an admirer......

Armando, you do a great job. You need not respond to ignorant anonymous posters on this blog.

craig, shut yo nouth, foo, befo u send mando out

There's 5 Games left, dusty. If for nothing else, it would provide the opportunity to evaluate Players, specially the Rookies. Where has the long term Vision of most gone?

Mando, I don't want a verbal beatdown, I just want to know if there was any news from practice today? And if Carey will be playing or not?

Craig M...I think it is the reponsibilty of us fans to show our dissatifaction. Perhaps the people in charge will take notice. I realize that the team doesn't make decisions from fans on a blog. Nor should they. But if enough people start standing up to be heard, hopefully the message will be clear. Look at Philly for instance. 1 bad from Andy Ried. and the fans are ready to put him to the sword. I'm not sure that is smart. But the point is. they will not stand for poor performances. And that is less then a season.

Not denying that this year's Draft has been above average to excellent.

This Cowboy castoff's thing sucks, they play no better than the castoff's of Gilligans island would play.

That being said, Mando... Matt Moore? I don;t think tey found anything here. He has had the luck of playing for a team that seems to have come together as a unit. Chad Henne in the same role wins those games, maybe even the Giants game. JMO.

I find this to be a 100% failure, Matt Moore is just the best of the failures. Moore was a failure due to the fact that we needed competition to beat out or make Henne better. Not to be worse, or at best, just as good.

agree oscar on 5 games left and evaluating players? what was the disagreement there. spranao sucks either way, cant wait till last game has ended and we can his ass on black monday

DA,

That's fine to say but it's also acceptable to challenge Armando on some of this stuff too. I expected nothing from Olshansky when they signed him, so who cares! It's being brought up to harp on Ireland and company again. So they bring ex-Cowboys in, who cares. They're bringing guys in they are more familiar with. It's not like they are asking this guy to be a starter. Would it be better for them to roll the dice on guys they don't know as well?

The 'Matt Moore led the Panthers to a last place finish last year', when the guy had only played 4 games last year was the comment that really riled me. Basically he was condemning Moore before he'd even had a chance in Miami. It was the same stuff we heard about Daboll from others because the Browns were last in offence last year. How about we give these guys a chance before we condemn them.


And you ask why I don't write about positives? I call it as I see it. And right now I don't like what I see.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | November 30, 2011 at 03:15 PM


Tell the truth Armando. Someone whizzed in your Cheerios and it has something to do with your "Hiatus".

How are we going to help you work through this if you don't open up to us BROTHER?

Come on.........you can trust us..........we're your "Faithfuls"!

PS: Yeah, Miami stinks, sucks, blows, pukes, chokes..........;)

Huh? You like THAT, dont'cha?

pouncey has been good. thomas has done nothing and we had to trade up to get him. gates has sucked. clay has shown promise. kerse pointless. wilson showed flashes. nothing fantastic out of this draft other than pouncey. dont overrate it like everyone did when they took garbage players like misi couple years ago. that draft was horrible

Oh, dusty, we are still NOT mathematically eliminated from the Playoffs.

Craig M...I'm not going to try and talk you off of your position. If that is your opinion..I will respect it.

I know that Ireland has done some good things. Everything you mentioned above he deserves credit for. But...His job is to fill this roster with quality players. To fill it with depth. To have a plan that develops players, and makes them better when they get here. He has failed miserably in those areas. Name one player outside of Wake that has come here that is better as Phin? name one aspect of our team that is reasonably decent that we can build around? There is none. That is the problem. We can sight, or try and find the little things he has done well. If you want to do that..Fine. But IMO..Ireland has not done his job, he has not been accountable, and his time here should be limited. Compaire it to the Chad Henne experiment. The time has come where it is obvious there needs to be a change. Let him go for the greater good. If he succeeds somewhere else..let it go. It isn;t meant to be here. Not in the cards.

BTW..If he is retained. And proves me wrong. I have no problem saying so. This isn't about me being wrong, or right. It is about finding the right guy.

Oh, and Mando, what's up with Carpenter? Is he never coming back this year? Can we get an injury update? Pretty please.

Darryl,

I have NO problem with the fans or Armando expressing disatisfaction with this team. The team has been mediocre for WAY too long. Changes need to be made, no question. But I think fair needs to be fair. Jeff Ireland is not the guy he's been portrayed to be. I don't know the guy personally and he may be one of the biggest a**es out there but lets judge him on the talent he's assembled on the field. Peter King for one thinks the talent level is pretty good. There have been others who have said the same thing. They can't ALL be idiots. Maybe, just maybe, with some more changes, this team plays better. What would you have said about SF last year Darryl if you'd been a fan? Likely, get rid of the coach AND the GM. Failed on Smith etc... Dramatic turnaround with Harbaugh and a few other changes. It COULD happen here too. I'm not saying Ireland stays for SURE, I'm simply saying it's not ALL bad.

Bravo mando. Keep nailing these abusers of our franchise. They get worse every year.

Funny that parcells didn't like 2009. That was my favourite draft for approach. They went for playmakers in the secondary and qb early in that draft. Vontae has been OK when sober, Smith has shown flashes. White.... hmmm, don't know what he was thinking there. So the approach was good at least, talent evaluation. Everyone could see pat white wasn't a 2nd round pick. Smith and Vontae were good values.

The approach in the last two drafts has been abysmal by approach. Non value players all over the place. Misi as a 2nd pick after 10 sacks in 3 years at Utah still blows my mind. Not like he was playing sec competition each week.


Look, Dolphins win or win more than they lose = Words happy. Dolphins lose, and lose, and lose, and lose = Words angry. That's how it works in professional football.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | November 30, 2011 at 03:25 PM


Excuse me people, but just let me say:

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Bro, you do not read and then pretend here that you know, DC. Read. Uff..

IMO San Fransciso is having a fluke year and will return back to normallosing self, during there remaing games.

Craig

You have to admit, in a nutshell, this FO has been obsessed with ex Cowjocks and too few have been worthwhile. Yes he should pursue more players from elsewhere. It's his full time job to know who they are.

Vontae has been OK when sober,
Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 30, 2011 at 03:57 PM

Now THAT'S how you write a zinger gentlemen!!!

Good job Mark, kudos.

Darryl,

I like what I'm seeing from Marshall right now. Not saying he's playing better than before he came here but he's playing better than at any time than he's been here. Moore is playing as well as he has in Carolina (yeah I know he had a nice streak at one point. He's playing as well as did then. I'm seeing good things from Odrick, Dansby and Burnett right now. Pouncey is playing well from the standpoint that we hardly ever notice him (a good thing). Davis has played well the last two games. Fasano has looked good lately (and I'm not a Fasano fan). At times Bush has looked explosive.

So I know I didn't answer your question. I don't believe anyone looks better than before he came here but I put that on coaching, rather than Ireland. That's why it's time for Sparano to go.

Did I miss something oscar? Have you heard about Carpenter? Or Carey? Or are we talking about something else?

DA,

But that's not news....it's just MORE of the same stuff. Gives us something that we didn't know before.

Craig M..Cool. I think we have made clear where we stand. I get your point. And you could be right. No worries. We will see how everything plays out. I don't care who the guy is, as long as we produce. If that guy ends up being Ireland..Great.

Ok, oscar told me to read, so I did, the SUN SENTINEL. And thanks to THEM, I found out Graham was cut (signaling the return of Carpenter). One question down.

Craig

This entire blog is nothing but a rehash of the same 10 or so thoughts from what I can see. Meaning, all us posters, including me. More of the same stuff.

Let me know when you see something that hasn't already been posted a hundred times already.


And you ask why I don't write about positives? I call it as I see it. And right now I don't like what I see.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | November 30, 2011 at 03:15 PM


Tell the truth Armando. Someone whizzed in your Cheerios and it has something to do with your "Hiatus".

How are we going to help you work through this if you don't open up to us BROTHER?

Come on.........you can trust us..........we're your "Faithfuls"!

PS: Yeah, Miami stinks, sucks, blows, pukes, chokes..........;)

Huh? You like THAT, dont'cha?


Posted by: odinseye | November 30, 2011 at 03:51 PM


DA,

Good point.....next blog article is yours to write, OK?


And you ask why I don't write about positives? I call it as I see it. And right now I don't like what I see.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | November 30, 2011 at 03:15 PM


Tell the truth Armando. Someone whizzed in your Cheerios and it has something to do with your "Hiatus".

How are we going to help you work through this if you don't open up to us BROTHER?

Come on.........you can trust us..........we're your "Faithfuls"!

PS: Yeah, Miami stinks, sucks, blows, pukes, chokes..........;)

Huh? You like THAT, dont'cha?


Posted by: odinseye | November 30, 2011 at 03:51 PM

Oops, sorry about the reposts guys.

ARMANDO, fess up?

We know how bad tha Dolphins are.

Tell us what happened with the "Hiatus"?

Surely they'll allow you to discuss it now.

The injury update is simple:

Dan Carpenter is ready to go for Sunday, barring a setback.

Vernon Carey did not practice today and was the only player not practicing. He will likely be questionable.

Thanks Mando, appreciate it!

Odinseye, it wasn't a big mystery for those who follow me on twitter or listen to my radio show.

I was on furlough. The Herald forces all employees to take them to save money.

Craig, if you think Mando's bad, then don't go read Omar Kelly. He's asking if Jake Long will ever dominate again.

Talk about a dumb question.

DC,

Actually I don't think Armando's bad. I like Armando. That's why I come here.

Just frustrated by some of the things I read. If I crossed the line Armando, I apologize.

Armando,

All joking aside! You know we love you Man!

Everybody wants to know, what happened with the "business decision" they asked you not to discuss?

Can you tell us about it now or not?

If it's still "Mums the word" just say so and I'll leave it alone. However, ALL OF US, YOUR FANS, we all want to know.

Armando may or may not want to discuss the 'hiatus' but I think it's fairly simple.

The Miami Herald is in dire financial straits and they have adopted the practice of occassionally furloughing employees as a cost-saving measure. In Armando's case, this doesn;t mean he is fired during these periods---but rather 'put on a shelf' for awhile, whether he desires it or not.

Virtually every paper not called the NY Times is facing economic hardship these days but it's particularly acute with the Herald as their English-speaking subscriber base in Miami has continued to dwindle.

Frankly, I don't think there will still be a Miami Herald (at least the physical version) in five years.


Odinseye, it wasn't a big mystery for those who follow me on twitter or listen to my radio show.

I was on furlough. The Herald forces all employees to take them to save money.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | November 30, 2011 at 04:16 PM

Thanks Mando, appreciate the reply.

However, the investigative reporter in me has to ask:

Why would they not want you discussing THAT?

Craig, you didn't cross the line. This is AMERICA. We're allowed to voice our differences of opinion. You're just a good....wait, aren't you from Canada?

Ok, you crossed the line, you can't speak to Americans like that!!!!

DC,

LOL.....yeah us Canadians are supposed to be mild-mannered and nice and not offend anybody. Looks like I wrecked it for the country....LOL.

Sorry, I missed that Armando replied to the question. Anyway, it confirms what I said.

I have no idea why some of you were coming up with these outrageous (and quite stupid) conspiracies.

The Miami Herald is going broke. That's pretty much the story.

Paul, The Miami Herald makes money. It is profitable as a singular entity. So there's that.

As for the New York Times, it borrowed $65 million from a Mexican businessman at very high interest in order to stay afloat and meet obligations. The idea it is in great shape is not accurate.

DC-ROTFLMAO!

Armando, agree with you on most things since you've been back. Especially the Dallas reject bit!

Good stuff! Everything, EXCEPT where I thought you miconstrued Davone Bess' words and misjudged the emotionally chraged post win locker room.

Other than that liitle piece-NICE!

**The Odinsider's OVERALL Sports Writers Critique**

*****5 STARS*****

Pretty good story in the Economist recently showing the various revenue streams the Times actually has, Armando. They are in fact in pretty good shape if you look at the entirety of their media empire.

You and I both know the Herald is facing very severe financial issues. The layoffs, staff reductions, reduced budgets, etc. are no secret and obviously events such as your unwanted "furloughs" speak to this reality.

Well I guess you were suspended Armando, there is no other logical reason why you didn't have a live blog for the Miami Dallas game or posted a blog for a week.


I have no idea why some of you were coming up with these outrageous (and quite stupid) conspiracies.

The Miami Herald is going broke. That's pretty much the story.

Posted by: paul | November 30, 2011 at 04:23 PM

Uh, BACK AT YOU!

What Mando said!

ROTFLMAO!

Odinseye---Uh, if I'm not mistaken you were the one coming up with the most outrageous and dimwitted conspiracies as to what was going on with Armando. None of which were even remotely accurate.

The Herald is in good financial shape? Yeah, sure. That would explain why they are FURLOUGHING their employees.

Stick to less complex issues, son.

I actually agree with Craig M fully. There is a lot to be positive about and this team may not have been winning close games but atleast we are competing every week. I don't want to just compete but with a lil bit of good QB play and better coaching this team would be looking a lot better from a standings point. Pat White was a gamble and bringing him to play QB wasn't the best choice but as far as busts go Merling and White weren't awful selections they just didn't work out. Merling looks like he can play and is on the team I wonder why they don't use him more often? That being said we are pretty deep on the DLine so I don't fault Tony.


Odinseye---Uh, if I'm not mistaken you were the one coming up with the most outrageous and dimwitted conspiracies as to what was going on with Armando. None of which were even remotely accurate.

Stick to less complex issues, son.

Posted by: paul | November 30, 2011 at 04:32 PM

Stick to a real sign in name PAUL.

Oh wait, let me guess, you read often, post rarely............RIGHT?

I'm not too dimwitted to know that combination = Troll ;)

beerphin, your name indicates that you aren't the brightest. Merling is obviousley in the dog house and won't be back next year. White was an awful awful selection a 5 10 180 pound QB in the second round!?

Go have a beer.

Bill Hozie, your Henne stats and comparison to Moore are altogether wrong.

Henne has 4 TDs and 4 INTs. He has never had a season where he's thrown more TDs than INTs.

His rating of 79 is lower than Moore's, which is 87.8. Moore has 8 TDs and 5 INTs.

Moore has a higher completion percentage by six percentage points -- 63 percent to 57 percent.

Moore has a lower interception percentage, a higher TD percentage and overall has played better than Henne has over a similar span of games.

So I'm quite comfortable with what I wrote.

HEY CRAIG, DON'T APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE!!

Speak your mind! I agree with you on most of what you said. They are the same people who are rooting for Dolphin loses! Andrew Luck isn't the answer, far from it! Some people just wanna look at the negatives on every corner.

DC, (re: Craig),
Indeed. Check out Omar Kelly on a regular basis, and try to choke down the bile from his self-centered diatribe of smug opinions. I'll take Mando, hence why I'm on this forum and not on Kelly's.
My only prop given to the Sentinel is that they sometimes trump a story way before the Herald will acknowledge it. But they've also been known to have jumped and been proven wrong.

Perhaps not, but you remain pretty dimwitted in most other regards.

Will you be regaling everyone with more flaccid and sad imaginary tales of sexual conquests later? Those are always good for a laugh.

beerphin,

Thanks for the comments. We're all frustrated. The team's not where we want it to be. Better days are ahead and it starts with a new head coach and a young QB. For me, Ireland still needs to be evaluated further. Some good, some bad. As others have said, a lot will depend on who the coach is and what he wants.

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