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A thank you and look at Robert Griffin III

[First a thank you: As the year draws to a close, I want to thank you for another wonderful and record-breaking 12 months on this blog. Simply, this is the most popular blog at the Miami Herald as well as the most popular sports blog. It's been that way for years. Although other blogs at the Herald try to talk Dolphins, this is your Dolphins destination blog. And this, the final week of the year, was typical of that. On Tuesday, for example, Dolphins In Depth garnered 50.45 percent of the page views of all the blogs at the Herald -- that includes sports and non-sports blogs. That was No. 1 overall and easily No. 1 in sports, as Eye on the U had 2.9 percent of the page views, Heat Check had 2.42 percent of the page views, On Frozen Pond had 2.03 percent of the page views and the Greg Cote blog was fourth in sports and ninth overall with 2 percent of the page views. Those results are typical. You guys don't take holidays off from this blog. You guys come here in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and even overnight. So thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your comments. I expect 2012 to be even better. -- Armando.]

Did you watch Robert Griffin III play last night?

Griffin, known to his fans at RG3, was merely good for Baylor but you have to understand that by good, I mean amazing by recent Dolphins quarterback standards. He completed 24 of 33 passes for 295 yards with 1 TD pass, 1 TD run and no interceptions.

He had highlight his moments, such as his 24-yard TD run, his block to spring a teammate on a 36-yard TD run, and a 48-yard pass that set up Baylor's go-ahead score that made it 60-56 against Washington in the Alamo Bowl.  Baylor eventually won, 67-56.

Pretty impressive.

Griffin showed incredible accuracy in completing 72 percent of his passes but you must also consider three of his incompletions were a result of drops. He showed great mobility, great speed and good vision downfield.

He wasn't perfect. He missed a wide-open receiver streaking down the sideline on a fourth-down throw that he mistakenly directed into double-coverage toward the middle of the field instead. He held the ball too long in the pocket once, leading to a sack. He also fumbled once when he was blindsided on a strip-sack.

But overall, Griffin III continued to solidify his status as the second-best quarterback prospect in the April NFL draft behind Andrew Luck. But that's only if he declares for the draft, as everyone, including scouts and NFL personnel people, expect him to do.

"We went out in style!" Griffin shouted to his teammates as he paraded the Alamo Bowl trophy around the field. Then Griffin jumped into the stands where his parents, sister and fiance were sitting to share a moment with them. His parents, by the way, are already studying their son's NFL draft prospects and talking to agents.

Griffin gave a small indication of when he might announce his decision to stay in school or go pro.

"I want Baylor nation to enjoy this," he said. "It's not about me. I've got about two weeks. I'll enjoy this the next day, and then the next day, and then I'll make [my decision]."

Griffin III is rated the No. 10 overall prospect by Mel Kiper. That's conservative.

I don't see him getting past Washington if he comes out and they are picking five, six, or seven. There are even whispers Cleveland is interested in Griffin III. Yesterday, Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur told the local media there he would definitely find a way to catch RG3's game on television and the Browns had scouts at the game.

"Tremendous talent," Shurmur said of RG3.

The Dolphins?

Yes, they were represented at the game as well.

So assuming RG3 comes out, will the Dolphins be in position to land the second-best QB prospect? It won't be easy. If the Dolphins beat the Jets this weekend, they'll be 6-10. That will be better than Minnesota, Cleveland, Jacksonville,  and possibly Washington.

There's no way RG3 will get past Washington. Jacksonville has a young QB in Blaine Gabbert, but there is no one that can predict with certainty the Jaguars would not take a potential franchise quarterback. Obviously Cleveland is interested.

I believe the team to worry about is Washington. If they Dolphins want RG3, they would have to trade up ahead of the Redskins. And the Redskins, knowing this, would probably also be trying to move up to make sure teams behind them don't move ahead.

The price for such a climb? It will be steep. If Luck goes to Indianapolis with the first pick, the St. Louis Rams will probably auction off the second pick for a bounty of draft picks. If multiple teams such as Miami and Washington are involved, we're talking multiple first-round picks to make a deal.


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Ireland will pick one of the defensive players from this game as #1.

Howdy Bob.I will also forever be licking my woulds for past Miami Dolphins transgressions.I whimper and tremble when I hear the name Drew Brees.Over a bum named dante,i just heave the ball to Moss and Carter,don't forget i had an exceptional rb by the name of Robert Smith,plus a darn good offensive line and offensive coaches,culpepper.

I'm ok with drafting a great player on either side of the ball.Just as long it's not based on desperation and mortgaging.


Landry Jones fans... We don't want him. RG# fans. Only if we get him cheep.

Luck fans. Our only hope, break the bank and trade the farm for Luck.

He IS that good.

After watching the other two and Luck, there IS no comparison. RG3 and L. Jones need to remain in another year.

This is going to be a boring draft in 12.

What I'm done you people are crazy you would have my beloved team be crappy forever with drafting more o-lineman or some second hand QB that looks great against crap schools. You don't know nothing. RG3 has the goods. You folks are talking flash in the pan, the kid has improved every year in college. He no a scrambling QB he a passer if you look at his career stats and have seen more than 2 of his games you'd know this. All this he's another Vick or Pat White, he's not he's better than they were at this point. The kid is very smart he can read defenses he's a leader and a proven winner. Then you wanna compare the nobody's who play nobody's, be effing serious. He isn't Jamarcus Russell so he's not a gamble, you want Tannehill that's a gamble he's play one year as QB before that he was a wideout. Let be real people to do what this guy has done at Baylor shows me this kid is ready. I Miami don't take him we'll be sorry...again. By the way 6'2 220lbs is a good size circa Aaron Rodgers Joe Montana, Steve Young. One last thing if Marino thinks RG3 has the goods that must mean something...right.

Wrong again roe. This is simply "flash in the pan" excitement over someone who doesn't have the goods to be an instant NFL playmaker. Pure and simple.

WRONG!! A flash in the pan doesn't get better every year. A flash in the pan wouldn't have graduated college with a masters in 3 years.this guy will be great you watch.


ANYONE is better then Pat White for starters.

Also at 6'2" not bad but i am more comfy with someone a little taller. Luck is 6'4".

Mark Sanchez is a good example. although he is 6'2" he always gets throws batted down. he even looks like he's only 5'10" as he drops back.

RG3 is not ready for the NFL. At best he will need at least 2 -3 years to work on his behavior. he has been allowed by his coaches and trainers to look and run at will. He is always running for his life and we do not need another Vick Jr.

The kid is very intelligent and athletic but not a pocket passer and even if he is retrained to not run, he will always resort to the run.

A kid like this most likely will have success in the league but it's a novelty just like the wild cat was. He may bring a team along but as soon as teams figure him out, much like Vick, then you are left with?

The only NFL ready all around passer is Andrew Luck. L. Jones is to wissy washy.

RG3, not worth all the time it will take to get him up and running. Also just remember, the "O" line is going to be susceptible to injuries with RG3 running around like a chicken with his head cut off in the NFL.

Just my view.

you wont touch Luck with just Long, Davis and a first.Add two more first and your in..Not worth it.

You're welcome Armando! This is why Ross needs to take the Dolphins seriously. Because we do!

Come on people trade up for RG3? Are you kiddn me? I just do not see any thing close to Brady Manning Brees with this guy.

Cowher has been out too long. Replacing the whole staff sets us back to far because how do you evaluate talent otherwise? Still believe there should be a warrant out for Parcells for the $$$$ he took from Miami. The team looks like we have ok talent just hope we can do something in the draft. Might as well get rid of the 2nd round pick its jinxed. Take 10 minutes and check out what Miami has done with 2nd round picks since 2000. As for a coach think young hungry and smart enough to retain what we already have which is decent talent decent assistants. Played hard down the stretch and if we coulda came up with a few more TDs than FGs we would be OK

RG3 wasn't even the best QB in the game. The Wash QB threw for 438 yds and 4 TD's.

Also we are already losing 7 players to free agency so we can't trade a player on the roster because our roster is already 7 players short of the required 53.
If you want to pretend that you're a GM fine but act like a GM: read the depth chart and use salary cap figures.

Who really knows after Luck? Because I have been bitten in the butt a few times in projecting College QB's to the NFL(most recent example, Andy Dalton, whom I did not think much of), I have become very wary of considering these other than #1 QB draftees. Still, I believe there is more overall talent this year as compared to last year's QB class.

What better way to bring your frachise out of the darkness than to draft the best player in college football, this time Ross is going for broke, he would send way any draft picks in order to get RG3

I'm not sold on RG3. He was too "all over the place" for my liking. Athletic QB's aren't built to last in the NFL. I was actually more impressed with Price's play for Washington as they have a more pro-style over Baylor. The Dolphins need to solidify their O-line before thinking about drafting an elite QB. They have been averaging 2-3 QB's injured each year for how long now? Protect the QB!!! If I were Ireland, I'd go for Reiff or DeCastro.

It is unbelievable the amount of information that a good HC has to assimilate in order to make good decisions for the Team.

no more fuc3in ol for the number 1 pick. draft rg3 or luck. work fa or trades for lineman.

An early Happy New Year to all!

Well, this is new for me, but you have been my companions for the past Year, so, Happy New Year!

Only trade up for Luck and just say no to the scarmbling Quarterblack's! A true pocket passer wins Super Bowl's not an exciting athlete, who scores big on Madden

So That's what made them paused a bit.

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