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Jeff Ireland speaks from Senior Bowl

Jeff Ireland just spoke to the media in Mobile, Alabama, site of the Senior Bowl, and explained in detail the Dolphins' offseason plans for the quarterback position, confirmed the cap space amount the club has to work with, and gave up the name of the player Miami will draft in the first round of the April draft ...

... Actually, he didn't, but I just wanted to see how it felt to write that sentence.

Truth is the session, attended by The Herald's Barry Jackson, revealed precious little we didn't already know. It began with Ireland repeating something every Dolphins fan has known since January of 2000.

"We need a quarterback that can lead us over the hump," he said. "This is a quarterback league. We have to do our best to make our position better."

Ireland praised 2011 starter Matt Moore's toughness, but the inference was clearly made that Miami wants to upgrade from him in 2012. If Miami needs the QB to lead the team over the hump, it obviously does not have the QB to lead the team over the top.

Moore, however, remains under contract for 2012.

The truth is the Dolphins have to get better all up and down the roster. And Ireland recognizes that.

"We're 6-10, we've got to do a better job of putting wins together," he said. "We've got to build a roster to be better than good. Good is not good enough. We want championships. Are we rebuilding? I don't believe so. I like some core pieces of this roster."

I would imagine Ireland knows what kind of offensive and defensive talent he's searching for. On defense that might include personnel for the 4-3 scheme, which the Dolphins used a lot in pass situations last season anyway, but is also a scheme the team might go to as a base look in 2012.

Ireland said he told his scouts to start looking at 4-3 personnel in case Miami goes there.

"If we have to go to a 4-3, we have the personnel to make the transition," Ireland said. "We have to add pieces."

As a personal aside, I believe the Dolphins will use their first-round pick on a pass rusher. Quinton Coples of North Carolina is a player the Dolphins are heavily scrutinizing at the Senior Bowl. The Dolphins desperately need a pass rusher to add on the side opposite Cameron Wake.

That is not where Miami's needs end. Ireland said he would love to add an "explosive" tight end.

The team needs to rebuild the entire right side of the offensive line because Marc Colombo is clearly not the answer at right tackle and right guard Vernon Carey is a free agent.

John Jerry is a possibility at either right guard or tackle.

"John has come a long way," Ireland said. "He has a long way to go."

Ireland said he is still looking forward to seeing what Lydon Murtha can do.

There will be a couple of cornerback prospects worthy or selecting high in the draft and Ireland is not showing his hand in that regard. But it's clear he's not giving up on Sean Smith and Vontae Davis.

"I believe in Sean," Ireland said. "They [Smith and Davis[ have got to take another step in the right direction."

Deeper in the secondary, Ireland praised Reshad Jones, Chris Clemon and Tyrone Culver, but noted, "I don't think we got our hands on enough balls."

New coach Joe Philbin will revamp the offense but don't expect much work done at running back. Reggie Bush has a year left on his contract and Daniel Thomas will be in his second season.

"Daniel Thomas will be a fine player," Ireland said. "He has got to stay healthy."

Ireland said he would like to keep unrestricted free agents Kendall Langford and Paul Soliai. But neither is signed and it is improbable the club with be able to keep both and still find a pass rusher.


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Not the band mind you.

cmon we all have done it. :-)

I don't believe Henne will be franchised either but I do believe Philbin will take a look at him.
Franchising a player would guarantee him the average of what the five top paid players at his position receive and I don't think Ireland, Ross and Philbin are going to use up that much cap space for Henne. I also don't think that any other team is going to be willing to give Miami two first round draft picks for him, which is what they would receive if Henne was traded after being franchised.
That sounds like and Armando scenario to me.

franchise this people


Here's a novel idea...Let's get Irsay to renegotiate with Manning such that Manning would be willing to take $15M to $20M in March, instead of $28M (afterall, he's damaged and a risk) THEN, the Dolphins would pay his bonus and have him STAY in Indy. In return, the Colts would swap their #1 pick to us for our 8 or 9.

We would get Luck and the rest of our picks, and they would keep Manning without paying the bonus and would still get a top 10 draft pick.

I also wonder what, if any, compensatory picks they would be granted if Manning ends up retiring.

I have no idea if the league would allow this or what the cap implications would be.

I know it is Peyton manning but the Dolphins need a young QB who can lead this team for 10 years - not a 35 year old.


Where did I give credit to Ireland for anything to do with TEs? I'm just excited that the light has FINALLY gone on with this guy in that they need a TE with 'expolsive' capabilities.

If you'd read my post to Mark, you'd see that this was one thing you can't defend Ireland on. I'm not sure how you got it backwards what I was saying?

Thanks Professor Lou & IMAWriter for the update on Foles. I didn't see him play at all this year...

Jeff Ireland speaks from his ASS.

Come on people! I mean how gullible are you going to be when you read THE Scout's crap.

Once again.. THE SCOUT talks about rebuilding the O line????? Rebuild? Once again we read today that the Owner Ross gets flustered during a presser and says " I'm not stupid"...

"I'm looking for a franchise quarterback," Ross said with an emphatic tone. "That's the highest thing on our agenda!"

Yes Mr. Ross... ever since YOUR 2010 declaration that Chad Henne would become the next Dan Marino YES YOU ARE STUPID.

Yes Mr. Ross. YOU ARE STUPID because you kept Jeff THE SCOUT Ireland as your GM and once again, YOUR STUPID for allowing THE SCOUT to ONCE AGAIN, REBUILD the O Line.

Yes Mr. Ross.. YOU ARE STUPID for not understanding that YOUR GM, THE SCOUT Ireland wasted years on ACORNS and trading away for VALUE picks and the O Line is STILL being rebuilt?

Yes, Mr. Ross.. YOU are stupid for not seeing that Ireland is Stupid and wasted your money and this teams ability to become great.

For years YOU Mr. Ross and your SCOUT Ireland have promised THE FANS to upgrade and get a franchise QB and once again I have a question for you stupid.

Do you really think WE FANS are THAT stupid to trust you?

There are some interesting prospects for this team at the defensive end position outside of the first round should Miami go with the 4-3.
The first one is Vinny Curry from Marshall and the second is Julian Miller out of West Virginia.
At DT there is Kenall Reyes from Connecticutt and Akiem Hicks from Regina in Canada.
These players are the types of players teams pick up in mid to late rounds and turn out to be major contributors on the defense.

Craig, sounds like my mistake, I was really just glancing at the earlier posts. So you're right, probably mistook your joy for applause, my bad.

But, yeah, I agree, I don't want to give Ireland credit for doing something he should have done YEARS ago. I can't blame him for our QB failures in the past, and they did try with Henne, Pat White, Pennington, etc., so at least this FO is "trying" to fix the QB problem. But they haven't figured it out yet. I'm slightly more convinced they understand the importance of that need from Ross'/Ireland's words, but I'll need to see the action taken not to continue to worry about it.

Guys, the dude who's calling for Henne is just pulling your leg. Apparently that's his MO, talk up Henne when in truth he's just joshing.

Henne = Waterboy

Folks, it's pretty evident Miami does not have the ammunition required to move up and grab Griffin (let alone Luck).

I know some of you don't want to hear that, but it's reality. I think we tend to view things in our own bubble and forget there are other teams out there with the same needs. In this case, the Browns and Redskins would clearly be in that category and both---particularly Cleveland---can easily put together a more attractive trade than Miami is capable of.

He won't be coming here.

Flynn is the interesting possibility. At least with Philbin you have a coach who knows his abilities (and flaws) better than anybody. Whether or not Miami pursues him will be a strong indication of how Flynn is viewed outside the Packers system. Another Kevin Kolb or as someone with huge upside.

I don't know the answer to that. Neither do any of you.

If Philbin really thinks Matt Flynn can a top QB, then they will sign him. You he doesn't, you don't sign Flynn to compete with Moore, you sign Henne to a 1 year deal. Assuming RG3 is not possible.

The only thing good about Matt Flynn is he knows the system. We all have no idea if he can be the real deal. Only Philbin can answer that.

I would trade up for Blackman before RG3 anyway. That is my wish.

Scott, Burnett would probably play inside and dansby would go back outside. Dansby was a crazy force as an olb in a 43

jrs, excellent post. I also love Griffin but have to admit you're right about how unlikely it is. I don't think there's any way he gets past Cleveland, or that anyone can make a better offer than them. Good points about Flynn too. Not sure how I feel about Manning since his health is such a huge question mark right now. Time will tell with that.


”I've watched him a couple times,” Marino continued. “I’ve met him on our [CBS] set. He seems like a really good kid. He understands the whole process and what he’s doing. You can tell he’s a very athletic player, and he can throw it.”

However …

“He’s not as tall as I thought,” Marino said, a tinge of disappointment in his voice. “I thought he was taller. He’s not as tall.”

Griffin, coming off a Heisman Trophy-winning season at Baylor, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. That’s on the low side for an NFL quarterback nowadays, so if Griffin measures any shorter than that at the NFL Scouting Combine, that could send up a red flag.

Now the reason why I posted Dan's remarks is that he knows and calls them right.

It was Dan marino while Drew Bree's was injured that said that " Bree's is going to be a great QB d break records, he's that good.

Dan Marino seen in Bree's what no other Dolphin Executive like Jeff THE SCOUT Ireland, Bill TUNA Parcells or Tony FIST PUMP Soprano seen.

Dan says RG3 is short and I already know the kids short. I already had a red flag up on the kid regardless of my like for him.

Hence is why I am reiterating once again what we should do with our 1st pick.

We need to come out of there with something worthy.. Something that will make us contenders. We need to mover in and up and pick WR Blackmon.

We walk away with who most likely will be a future HOF WR and will be an IMMEDIATE IMPACT player and PLAYMAKER for us.

WE NED PLAYMAKERS... Even with a sub par QB this kid Blackmon will go after the ball like it was a gold bar from fort Knox.

Go all out and walk away with GOLD in Blackmon.

Sport Science: Justin Blackmon

I like Flynn,

He can come in and start right away. Who else can do that ?

Well, I appreciate Marino's thoughts but I also recall him heaping a LOT of praise on another guy not so long ago. A guy we are pretty familiar with named Chad Henne.

Dan was obviously a superior player, but his opinions on college talent are probably as likely to be wrong as anyone being paid to make those picks.

Not saying he IS wrong, mind you, only that I don't attach special weight to his opinion based on what he's said about others like Henne.

NYG, griffin is taller than brees

It was Dan marino while Drew Bree's was injured that said that " Bree's is going to be a great QB d break records, he's that good.

Dan Marino seen in Bree's what no other Dolphin Executive like Jeff THE SCOUT Ireland, Bill TUNA Parcells or Tony FIST PUMP Soprano seen.

Posted by: NY "G" | January 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM

Parcells, Ireland, and Sparano had absolutely NOTHING to do with Drew Brees not playing in Miami.

Zero. Zilch. Nada.

He was originally bypassed in the draft back in the Wannstedt/Spielman era and then not signed as a FA during the Saban/Mueller days.

None of the guys you mentioned were employed by the Dolphins at the time.

If you want to be critical of them, that's fine (and there's ample reason) but let's at least get the facts straight.

You wanna sign Matt Flynn fine. Not to big contract. Nothing close to it. He needs to prove himself.

I made sweet love to a roasted Cornish Game Hen today.

Mark in Toronto,

Correct! RGIII height at this time is unofficially until the combine. regardless height is only one part which I see as an issue.

The issue at hand is that the kid is not a pocket passer and when watching him I see that he resorts to the run vs remaining and allowing the play to develop.

Sometimes he remains in the pocket but for the most part he's running for his life. yes, the O Line comes into play also.

The standing issue is that the kid is being "allowed" to run for his life vs standing his ground and letting the play develop and mover up or where ever to avoid the pressure.

His trainers and coaches never worked on correcting that which is going to come back to haunt whoever drafts him as it is going to require years and years of behavior change and discipline to turn the kid into a pocket passer.

Now if your team is going to want a mobile QB on the run all the time, RGII is fine but teams that built and spent millions on protecting the pocket it's going to take millions to rework them. if we don't rework the O line then as this kid is running for his life we are subjecting the O line to injuries running all over in unknown directions to try and protect him. hence, loss of players worth millions.

Just my point of view.


Don't know how much of the Farm I'd give up for Blackmon, but he is appealing.

All I can imagine is Marshall and Blackmon drawing all the attention on the outsides. Thus creating mismatches and single coverage on the Tight End down the seams and Bush out of the backfield!

Not to mention and/or a slot receiver running underneath the clearouts!

I myself would be hard pressed not to over spend on Blackmon.

You gotta love the potential with Blackmon but agreed you don't want to OVERPAY in compensation just to move up for him. Going the 'quick fix' route rarely works in the draft, which is why you never see teams like the Patriots or Steelers doing that.

It would be semi-miraculous to see him still there when Miami selects. IF they could move up a couple of slots and grab him without giving away the farm, perhaps. Otherwise, I'd say no.


Thanks and I stand corrected.. The years fly by as we get older.


About signing Matt Flynn, I'm simply saying he won't cost us anything. Like draft picks or players. We need all our draft picks going into April's draft. This way we could use our picks to fill our needs. One last point about Matt Flynn, he knows Philbins system. My original point.


odinseye and ted,

I sure don't want the pats, jets or Bills or Colts to move in and take him.. Especially with all the wheeling and dealing the Pats do including a a wheelbarrow worth of picks.

And with the Rex knowing this may be his last year to get his QB to work... I can see Rex going all out also.

NY---tell me about it!

And thanks for not being offended by the 'correction.' Some people have thin skins with stuff like that, which I always find bizarre.

And by the way, if Parcells and Co. HAD been able to get Brees I don't doubt they would have screwed it up also!

There's a new Sheriff in town with Philbin.

Initially Tony ATTEMPTED to put together a ground and pound O-line. Then, in Hennings last year, and especially when Daboll came in, we asked our O-line to do more in pass protection.

Tony never got it right with the ground and pound and it looked just as bad later with the Carey move and the Colombo signing.

I guarantee that former O-line Coach Philbin will take a long hard look at the o-line and try to bring in some guys similar to the type Green Bay has used in the past(quicker, more athletic).

I would say only Long and Pouncey are safe. If I were Cogs or Jerry, I would get together and work on agility, strength and conditioning from NOW until July!

Rebuild, revamp, whatever you want to call it, it's happening under Philbin.

NY--I could see the Jets trying to make some desperation moves this offseason. Just fits with the overall psyche of that bunch and where they sit.

It's where I see Peyton ultimately playing if he gets a clean bill. Sharing the same stadium with his brother must have some appeal, although he might also be joining the Titanic (hopefully!)

Life is pointless. It's just an exercise in futility. All of us will die and be quickly forgotten.

It is all meaningless.

I don't get it. The defense works and you want to start by ripping it apart?!?!

Ted @ 5:54,

I wish I could express myself as well as you do.

You said it way better, that's exactly what I meant to say-LOL.



I totally agree. If Philbin thinks he has upside, sign him. Then forget drafting a QB. First pick for me has to be Blackmon if possible, best Tackle available, or rushing DEF end.

Picture a chimpanzee WEARING SOCKS!! HA HA HA!!! If I were a boy I would get an erection seeing that!! LOL!!!

At this point in Time, for all we know, Philbin might equal Cam Cameron as a HC, for he has done nothing to prove the contrary.

You liked my logic?

Who knows, maybe Philbin will use Clay like Finley. I think we can all see he does have some talent.

Oscar--It's entirely possible. Wouldn't be the first time an assistant came in with glowing reports and flopped, obviously. Nearly every team in the NFL has experienced that at one time or another.

All I would say at this VERY early point is that Philbin is clearly a bright guy and SEEMS to have some leadership qualities in his personality that perhaps a guy like Cameron lacked for the position.

Ultimately, all of this will rest on the talent he has at his disposal. There are no magic wands or pixie dust or amazing abilities that ANY coach has to overcome a lack of talent, especially at QB.

Seifert quickly went from 'genius' to 'bum,' just as Belichick went the opposite. All of it based on the kind of players they had to coach---not their own ability AS a coach.

That factor will determine how Philbin does. I think we all know that, deep down.

Sure. I remember when Pat Riley came to Miami he said he could take any 5 guys and win a Championship. The foibles of Youth, I guess.

The "Henne will be franchised" crap has got to be a joke right? Nobody actually believes that do they? Sometimes I can't tell on this blog...I think something is a joke and it simply turns out that the poster is a moron.

Same for Flynn....no way he gets franchised. Teams don't franchise backups...generally they franchise, you know, "franchise" players in order to keep them and keep them playing until a more equitable contract can be structured.

Did you read that stuff? The scoreboard at Gillette Stadium had the wrong down and that's what rushed Cundiff into his failed attempt! I knew there was something wrong with that FG try. Boston, Boston....

Ireland says he still believes in Davis and Smith. He says they need to take the next step.

This is the off season. Free Agency and the drfat. This is Ireland's time of year.

He can take the next step for them by getting us at least ONE MORE GOOD to GREAT pass rusher.

Davis and Smith are far from being the best CB duo in the NFL. But, if you get us another Great Pass Rusher they'd automatically be taking a GIANT step closer.

I think Ross has Ireland on some special Kool Aid. John Elway was one of the best quarterbacks ever. Great arm,smart, great legs. He was not able to lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl until his team gave him some run support etc....and so it goes. Ireland should know this or does he?

Yeah, like that snow-shovel they brought out to clean the spot for their FG attempt. Remember?

odin - agreed....and then add to the fact that DBs really aren't allowed to actually defend the receiver anymore.....yup, really need a great pass rush.

Without a great pass rush, any secondary is going to look like pooh given the current rules.

Or Belichick trying to get nominated for best Picture? Hmm..


The guy advocating franchising Henne is just trolling.

He posts under multiple names and busted himself night before last.

He also posts some of the most derogatory garbage on this blog. I mean the stuff he posts even offends me, and my "standards" are ALMOST un-offendable-lol.

I can't always ignore it, but I di believe that's the best thing to do.

(Watch as the attacks start because I told you this)

Todd B's,

Back atcha Bro. Blackmon is totally a beast! He reminds me of Andre Johnson from Texas. Also, I just see a true upside with Flynn. I really do. If I'm wrong, I can take it. But we could actually win some games. Just a few pieces, that's all it takes. By all means, let's keep our draft picks, unless there is a deal we just can't turn down.

"It's deja vu all over again."

its good to see ireland finally knows what we need in a qb, pass rusher, and stud te.

sounds like they will chase peyton hard. id be surprised though if he wanted to play here. i see him in san fran or new york

Peyton Manning will never play in the NFL again.

For those who do not know, the neck is connected to the spinal cord. Marino recovered somewhat from his Achilles heel injury. He never was right again after a very minor neck injury.

Manning has had a very serious multiple surgery neck injury and his rehab is taking far long than even the Dr.s expected. Even if a team signs him, its a huge gamble he can make it through a season.

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