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Latest on Carey, Jerry, blackout, Marshall

The Dolphins are on the field and practicing. Vernon Carey is on the field but is not practicing.

The club's starting right guard is missing his second consecutive day of preparation for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Tomorrow is a big day. If Carey can do some work, his chances of playing will look much better. If he cannot practice tomorrow ... don't bank on him being ready for Sunday's game even though he said Monday he'd be ready to play.

And that would test Miami's offensive line depth. And that would test John Jerry.

Jerry is the first guy up at both right guard and tackle so if Carey cannot go, Miami would call on their second-year player.

Between you and me, it's time to call on Jerry anyway. The fact is Carey played well in spurts against the Cowboys and has done that most of this season. But the truth is Carey has been playing in spurts -- and only in spurts -- since 2009.

And the Dolphins have tolerated the inconsistency.

The team gave Carey a big contract after 2008 and the player hasn't been the same since. This season, the inconsistency led to his move from right tackle to right guard and a pay cut. Carey, 30, is unsigned for next year.

If Jerry were a good player, I'd tell you this is definitely Carey's final year in Miami. How much playing in spurts can one team take?

But the problem is Jerry so far hasn't been good enough to play in spurts himself. He started last year but it wasn't pretty. This year, he hasn't been better than Carey if you believe coaches. So he's sat and learned.

Well, it is December so it's time to stop sitting and show what you've got, in my opinion. Perhaps Carey not being available would be a blessing. Perhaps it would be an opening for Jerry to show all that he's learned and how far he's come. Obviously, it would benefit the Dolphins to know if Jerry is capable of filling the hole that an unsigned Carey would leave after this season.

Isn't that how it's supposed to work? The draft is supposed to fill in gaps and offer an orderly succession from an older veteran such as Carey to an up-and-comer such as Jerry. If the Jerry pick is correct, this would be a no-brainer.

Of course, not every pick goes quite according to plan. Already Jerry is biding his time on the bench while other players drafted behind him have become starters for their teams.

NaVorro Bowman in San Francisco, Major Wright in Chicago, Colt McCoy in Cleveland and the killer, Jimmy Graham in New Orleans, were picked after Jerry in the third round of the 2009 draft. All are starters for their teams. Graham is on his way to the Pro Bowl. Bowman is similarly a beast.

That is not opinion, but fact.

Here's another fact: The Dolphins need Jerry to show up before the start of the offseason. If he does, it would fill a hole for a team that has more holes than premium draft picks. If he doesn't, well, then the Dolphins might have to address the position again, either in the draft or free agency.

The Dolphins addressing the offensive line. We've been there before, haven't we?


Sunday's game between the Dolphins and Raiders at Sun Life Stadium will be shown on local television. The club along with CBS-4 have guaranteed to buy any unpurchased tickets, thus guaranteeing a sellout necessary to televise the game.

Fans living within 75 miles of the stadium that otherwise would be affected by a local blackout, will now have the game available to them on CBS-4.


I am told that Brandon Marshall will address his taxi cab incident that is all over the news after it was broken by the South Florida Times Wednesday evening.

Marshall is expected to say the issue has been resolved and is something that should not be blown out of proportion. Too late. Newspapers and websites from South Florida to South Dakota, from South Carolina to Southern California, have run with the story that on its face seems harmless.

Problem is, and Marshall will someday learn, nothing that involves him and being handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser will be deemed harmless.

Understand that the plan is for Marshall to address the issue. But Marshall is unpredictable. So we'll see. Check back later.


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Mark T,

Usually teams drafting olinemen mid to late rd dont need starters right away. When they need day one starters they draft them 1st rd.

Those mid to late rd starters, you have to also take into account those teams did not need day one starters, they became starters at least 2 years or more into thier careers. Then there's that extremely rare far out performed thier draft status prediction.

Hope you put those things into your formula too. Smart teams dont draft olinemen 3rd rd and farther with expectations they'll become day one starters. Unless of course you're Jeff Ireland.

quicker to laugh quicker to cry

Ireland drafted Sean Murphy 4th rd, and Donald Thomas 6th rd with expectations either could become day one starters.

That's pretty ludicrous. We got what we got in return!

Yg, if that's the case, then sign a mid level free agent to start in the meantime and go out and draft an interior lineman later. Look at Baltimore, lose Jason brown, sign matt girl, keep things moving. Continually reaching for need rather than taking the best player available is a surefire way to maintain a loser status.

Mark T,

Exactly as I said in an earlier post, need a day one starter on the oline draft him 1st or 2nd rd, or sign a fa. Drafting olinemen mid to late rds, even 3rd, your realistic expectation cant be day one starter.

Unless of course you have the oversized ego/stupidity of Jeff Ireland.

Not to say drafting a olineman 3rd rd and beyond wont extremely rarely net you a gem. But extremely rarely are the key words here when expecting a day one starter.

Its enough of a reach that ocassionally 1st and 2nd rd olinemen dont workout.

But at least with 1st and 2nd rd drafted olinemen, more often than not, you end up with a solid starter.

The only linemen drafted in the 1st or 2nd round in my opinion anyway are tackles. Those are the true athletes and the guys you have blocking against the other teams beat pass rusher more often than not. Those guys deserve money and elite draft status.

Great college interior linemen are drafted 1st and 2nd rd by teams needing day one starters. If a smart team thinks the guy needs time under his belt to further develop then they take them later.

Smart gm's never draft interior lineman mid to late when desperately needing a day one starter. Its either 1st-2nd rd or fa in this case.



(( BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE )).................

I remember Jimmy Johnson turning over the bottom 1/3 of the roster practically every week when he started coaching in Dallas. Why shouldn't we try the same thing for the last 5 weeks of this season? Maybe we hit on a player or two, or not, but either way, we're DOING something. Anybody....

BTW. what kind of job do all you guys have to be posting comments from 12:00 to 2:30 in the afternoon? I for one have to work.

Armando while you are looking for you posts on Graham, can you also get my posts from the same draft when i kept saying DRAFT HERNANDEZ DRAFT HERNANDEZ!!!


Everytime I catch up and see some things I want to comment on, the next blog thread has already been posted. Argh!

Craig M, DD, YG and others...

I see the Jimmy Graham debate as both sides being right.

I do believe he is already a premier TE in the NFL with his limited college football background and all.

I feel he is such a talent that he would make the Pro Bowl on many teams in the NFL.

I do hear Craigs argument saying he may not stand out near as much as in New Orleans as they have a great QB and a great play designer/caller in Peyton. (Although Peyton is not calling plays at the moment I'm sure he is very involved).

Graham would have to block more in Miami that is true but, I feel he is like a bigger version of Brandon Marshall so the Fins would send him out into routes more than any TE we have including Fasano.

Moore is definitely outplaying Henne and in many fewer games and with zero offseason or early year reps.

Moore is a far cry from Brees but is skilled enough to feed plenty of balls to Graham if he were a Fins TE.

In the end, most arguments on both sides of the Jimmy Graham fence hold water.

He is a stud.

He is tons better than Jerry.

Many people said he was too much of a project before the draft.

Miami needs a playmaking, field stretching TE in the Graham mold.

Fasano has had a pretty good year since Moore has been QB although the Fins could definitely use another TE.

Go Phins!


All this shows is how someone else should have the opportunity to select talent in Miami. Hopefully the Dolphins get serious about interviewing minority candidates for GM.

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