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The Dolphins offseason plan? Possible version here

Jeff Ireland has "a plan" for the offseason. He isn't giving details of what that plan is. He has no intention of unveiling it for public scrutiny to the point where he told Dolphins coaches not to even talk about quarterbacks or needs or free agency during their recent media availability.

Makes sense.

But, let's face it, this isn't rocket science.

Miami's needs are easy to understand if you watched the team the last couple of years. The players that are or will likely become available are also public knowledge. And we know there is a finite amount of ways the Dolphins can actually add players -- through free agency first, the draft and, of course, trades.

So what does Ireland's plan likely look like?

Let's begin with the problems the plan must address:

The Dolphins need a starting QB first and foremost. They would love a franchise quarterback, of course, and that's the first order of business. But at the minimum they need a quarterback who will compete with Matt Moore for the starting job in training camp. That is known to everyone.

So how to address the QB question?

Peyton Manning, if relatively healthy, will be the team's top target if he's available. Simple. Ownership has sent this commandment down from the Dolphins version of Mount Sinai. I've written Manning is the QB priority if he's healthy and until Manning either stays in Indianapolis, or retires, or shows he is incapable of throwing the football (the latter of which will not happen), he will be the thing for Miami.

If Manning is out of the picture, I think the Dolphins go with Matt Flynn. The fact is Flynn will come with a starter's price tag and not a lot of certainty. But he comes with more certainty than any possible draft pick not named Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. Flynn in free agency seems to be more logical, given his history and connection to Joe Philbin, than say, using a first-round pick on Ryan Tannehill. Flynn is young and more experienced and probably more NFL starter ready than Tannehill. And if you pick up Flynn, you can free up use of the first-round pick for another major need while still having the option of drafting another QB -- perhaps Brandon Weeden -- later in the draft.

If the Dolphins cannot add either Flynn (who will have other options) or Manning (who is a huge wild card) in free agency, you can pretty much put the first-round card in right now for a QB.

Does that mean Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are out of the question? Nothing is out of the question, I suppose. But I don't see the Dolphins paying two first-round picks, plus more resources, such as a second and perhaps a third round pick, or perhaps even three first-round picks to go to the No. 2 overall spot where getting Luck or Griffin will be possible.

Using that many chips to go high enough for the two QBs could cripple the franchise for years if the QB it brings in return is not a franchise player. And as Bill Parcells said, they don't sell insurance for this stuff.

Moving on.

The club needs a right side to the offensive line -- with both right guard and right tackle a question mark. Marc Colombo is done. If he finds himself in a Dolphins uniform again in training camp, something went horribly wrong because he is simply not a starting-caliber NFL tackle any more. Assuming the club intends to fill one of the right side needs, either at guard or tackle, with an "on campus" solution -- such as John Jerry or Nate Garner or Lydon Murtha -- that still means the club needs to solve the other right-side problem by adding a body.

There are great free agency options such as Carl Nicks at guard. I love the prospect of Jared Gaither at tackle in free agency. But both will be very, very, very expensive. Nicks today said he's looking for a deal above $56.7 million that averages more than $8.1 million per season -- the deal signed by teammate Jahri Evans. No way the Dolphins pay that!

Despite their history for spending extravagantly on the offensive line in free agency, I think the Dolphins aren't going down that road. I think they'll try to solve their offensive line issue in the second wave of free agency or in the draft -- not the first round.

The club also needs a pass-rusher. The truth is I believe this is the top need and the only one that rivals quarterback. Simply, the Dolphins need to pressure the quarterback better, need to find a pass-rusher so good as to make Cameron Wake the complementary pass-rusher, and need to make sure this player is also a viable run-stopper on the edge. I know that Mario Williams will be available in free agency. Cliff Avril will also be on the free agent market.

But again, I don't see the Dolphins spending their money here. I see them spending draft picks here and an early pick at that -- probably their first pick assuming the quarterback issue is resolved in free agency.

There's a need at free safety. There's a need at tight end. There's probably a need at wide receiver because a high-priced or high draft pick QB needs as much help on the other end of his passes as possible.

These are all issues tackled in the second-wave of free agency or on the draft's second or third days. I assume the Dolphins still have very high hopes for Charles Clay as a hybrid tight end so they're not going to invest a high pick or a great deal of money there. They obviously didn't last year.

My big concern is that Miami will continue to be lulled into a sense of false security at WR. Davone Bess did not show well last year -- certainly not as well as he did the previous years. And while Brian Hartline had solid moments, he still hasn't proven he's a good No. 2 starting WR despite owning the job two seasons.

Me? I'd get the QB more help. I'd get Brandon Marshall some help. I'd get solid WR wherever I could find him. By the way, did I hear Green Bay may be parting ways with Donald Driver? I scoop him up. He'll be familiar with the system, he's an awesome locker room presence, he knows how to win, and he would make Flynn a nice security blanket.

Yes, he's 37 years old. I get that. But he was also Green Bay's best WR in the playoffs. I hope the Dolphins get that.

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Anyway I'm off to bed. But not drafting ANY QB was insane. Take care.

Henne wasw BP's blunder. It wasnt until 4-5 games in during 2010 the cpmment Parcells was very disappointed in Henne came out. You also have to remember Henning was getting ridiculed for the offense.

So to began 2011 off season many hoped with a new oc and a full season nunder his belt he would hopefully flourish. Then Henne goes down early 2011 and Matt Moore proves to be just as good if not slightly better than Henne.

In the draft center was the pressing need and Pouncey was available. We had no 2nd rd pick and no qb drafted 2nd rd started last year anyways. Matt Moore was t5he most starter ready qb we could get on the roster at the time.

Scratch that, TJ Yates did a good job for the Texans. Good but not great.

Package up Bess or Hartline, Misi, this years 1, 2 & next years 1 to get RGIII.
Posted by: Captain Obvious | February 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM

No

Lets see how Henne could do with a new offensive minded coach that wont handcuff him. He is the best value out there and would love to stay in Miami. A 2 yr deal would be at reasonable value. You all wanted Orton last year and look where that 60 Million would have went. Henne is young and showed improvement. Your thoughts as you see Manning carted off the field week 10 because he was on the PUP list for the first 6 weeks? Do not take the gamble. Flynn is intriguing but so was Kevin Kolb last year! Remember our defense blew chucks for 7 straight weeks before it started to come together. We have the pieces if they get on the same page early. Organized team activities this year would help Moore and Henne compete, we did not have that last year from the lockout.

Also; get rid of that practice bubble and make these boys play in the heat. New England wore us out last year in game 1. The bubble has been bad news. We used to own September.

Racemn2, let the new staff pick players, if they choose Henne to stay, so be it

Henne's a loser but maybe the new coaches can work magic!

Here's an interesting tidbit:

Posted by Mike Florio on February 21, 2012, 9:07 PM EST

The last remaining second-round quarterback on the roster, Chad Henne, becomes a free agent on March 13. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (via NFL.com) reports that the team won’t make Henne an offer.

Note: I got this off of PFT and not the SS.

F henne...don't be fooled into thinking anyone else can make him better...that is unless you want to see our team in the same spot we've been in the last 15 yrs

I DON'T THINK QB WAS THE #1 NEED COMING INTO THE OFF SEASON. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS LEADERSHIP.

THAT'S WHAT WE LACKED SINCE MARINO.

WE TOOK SO MANY TEAMS BACK UPS THINKING THEY WERE THE ANSWER.

NOW SOME OF YOU WANT TO GO DOWN THE SAME ROAD. EVEN THOUGH WE ALREADY KNOW WHERE IT ENDS.

WE TOOK A HURT QB BEFORE WHO HAD SOME GREAT SEASONS SO I GUESS SOME WANT TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD AGAIN. EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW WHERE IT ENDED UP.

MAYBE IT'S TIME TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

TRADE THE HOUSE FOR LUCK OR RG3. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE LESS FAITH IN THEM THEN IN THE FINS GOING 16-0.

OR STAY IN HOUSE AND LET HENNE AND MOORE DUKE IT OUT.

GET A REAL WIDEOUT.

NOT DRIVER.

STOP TRYING TO PATCH $HIT UP AND JUST FIX THE PROBLEM.

I AGREE WE NEED TONS OF HELP ON THE LINE.

I HATED THE MISI THING BUT NOW HE'S ON THE TEAM HE SHOULD GET A SHOT TO GET BETTER JUST LIKE THE REST OF OUR YOUNG TEAM.

AS FAR AS THE DRAFT IF WE STAY PUT GET THE BEST PLAYER REGARDLESS OF POSITION.

PLEASE DON'T TRADE DOWN.

NOW WE ARE BACK AT SQUARE ONE.

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.

THE LAST TIME WE GOT A NEW COACH WE WENT TO THE PLAYOFFS.

MAYBE WE SHOULD BRING IN A NEW COACH EVERY YEAR.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE///////


I JUST ATE FRENCH TOAST W/FIG GLAZE..VERY GOOD ;;;;

Package up Bess or Hartline, Misi, this years 1, 2 & next years 1 to get RGIII.

Posted by: Captain Obvious | February 21, 2012 at 04:30
PM

Don't you love these trade ideas? Let's send some team a few bums in exchange for a star, like they would even consider it. I'm looking to trade my old Honda Civic and two bicycles for a new Porsche 911. Any takers?


I think somone needs to teach Clue the difference between 'There' 'Their' and 'They're'.

Rehashing the the THOMAS trade again.....REALLY???????

only about the billionth time the night crew has went down that road......

Here is what we know about the Thomas trade....Ireland thought he was good enough to trade up for....

Thomas was on the squad last year.....he will MAKE the squad this year....and will probably be here the following football season barring any kind of major injury or set back....

How we got him doesn't really matter any more.....Just learn do deal in the reality that he is on our TEAM.....

and will be for the foreseeable future.......

Let me get this straight......

Ireland shows some balls.....and trades UP for a running back he thought had very good potential......and he gave away a 5th and a 7th...or whatever it was.....

To be fair....Murray who was taken later has far OUTPERFORMED the often injured Thomas.....but to be honest....Murray plays in Dallas....and Thomas for for us....Do you think that might be a factor......compare the lines gentlemen.......

I digress.....my point is this....if you guys can't handle Ireland trading up for THOMAS....and Thomas NOT being the THE BEST RB IN NFL HISTORY in one season......

How can you possibly justify your OWN COMMENTS about SELLING THE FARM for RG3....

If that trade UP scenario happens...and RG3 doesn't break Cam Newtons rookie passing record....

Drew Brees's Single season passing record,,,,

and TTom Brady's TD record.....

Then I am sure many of the same poster's that are screaming for this trade UP....will be screaming for a new QB....and Ireland fired all in just one measly season.....

We need a Right Tackle and a Right Guard. Matt Moore will go to the Pro Bowl if we get him some blocking.

I agree Kris. We give up 3 picks for an oft injured bum? WTF??? We already know in a couple of years we will let him walk and get nothing for him, this FO's trademark style.

Henne is going to the Jets and he is going to beat us twice a year.

henne couldnt beat a high school team, guy is complete garbage

I think we need to consider how the new Sherman offense will change routes for the receivers and then determine if our current receivers are going to be effective. I am obviously not an expert on West Coast offense. But as I understand it the QB will drop back 3-5 steps and fling it.

So, I assume receivers will need to run a lot of quick routes, which means they need to get off the line and get free from press coverage. I would also think that slant routes will become a big part of what they run.

So, the questions I think the coaches need to ask about Hartline, Bess, Beast and the other receivers are:

Can they get free from press cover quickly?
Can they get across the middle and catch the ball?
Can they get YAC after catching the ball on 5-7 yard routes?

Not sure about Hartline. The only catches I really remember him making are go routes and those were few and far between.

Armando, your premise to assume Manning is healthy is flawed due to his age and recent medical history. Everything else I agree with;get Matt Moore some competition in the form of Flynn in addition to receiver help. There are plenty of available free agent receivers. I'm not a Bess believer like yourself. He just does not create enough separation. An athletic TE, pass rusher and most important a replacement for the inept Marc Colombo are other needs. The other needs are strong reasons not to go after an injured QB (Manning) or Griffin in the draft. The Dolphins can win big with Moore at QB. The right side of the Dolpin's OL was poor last season. However Moore was able to play both Super Bowl participants close. The games against the Giants and Patriots were not dicided until the final minute....proof of my opinion that a Moore, Flynn QB combination will be the option the Dolpins could win with if they get some solid help at other positions.

I'm pretty sure that wasn't the original point Kris was trying to make, Lester.

Seriously though, this blog has become less about football and more about people whining and crying.

The kid was a rookie in a lockout season, it was his first year. Would you guys rather have had Ryan Williams? What about Mikel Leshoure?

Judge him this year after we fortify the line. He won't be our third RB option, he will be our second just like last year, and only because of the unexpected success of Reggie Bush.

I typically love draft season, but some of the people on here just regurgitate regurgitate regurgitate. Can't wait til it's over so everybody can complain about our draft this year.

Not that I have much faith in Ireland (I don't), but I'm very glad Armando is not the GM.

not gonna win anything with backup moore playing. get a real qb and go from there

Kris, are you aware that it's probably a better idea using J-Lo as a receiver than bringing in Donald Driver? 37 years old bro. Not good. I don't know many 37 year old receivers that amount to much in the NFL. While we're at it why don't we bring Zach back to play Mike Linebacker. Sam Madison's available too.

This is a young man's league. If you're as old as I am, you're a dinosaur and should be in a museum, not on the playing field.

achoooooooooo ! ! !

agree dc, but we do need a much better wr than hartline starting

Matt Moore starts, draft a backup QB in rd 3. Sign Super Mario no matter what he costs. Draft WR, draft TE draft RT or sign free agent. Sign WR free agent.

A real QB would make Bess and Hartline look like Welker and Cruz.

DC

What are your thoughts on the QB situation? Do you see QB as a priority?

For those that want to know.

"The Dolphins will learn whether they have the eighth or ninth pick in the first-round on Friday, when a 7 a.m. coin flip with the Carolina Panthers takes place."

Manning earned the trust of his HC & owner over the course of many hard earned years to have the ability to call his own plays at the line.

Think about Manning joining the Dolphins with a new HC & new OC.

Philbin & Sherman want to install their version of the west coast offense and create a disciplined system that ensures their very survival in today's NFL.

Manning has created his own play calling system called "Mid West Manning" and there is no need for an OC within this system.

If Peyton joins the Fins, I predict a huge power struggle between Philbin, Sherman & Manning that will unravel the teams chemistry and lead to a drama filled locker room with each picking sides.

Stay Away From Manning....Please!

manning cant even throw an out. no team should ever sign manning, hes done. get a real qb, trading up would be best.

NHFINSFAN that is one dumb point of view. Peyton does not expect to walk onto a new team and be the OC as well. Any OC will use the skills of his QB and Peyton will merely explain to him what works best for him and they go from there, just like with any vet QB.

The only problem is Peyton won't make it through half a season if he even ever plays again.

PriceMaster = Kris

Manning has created his own play calling system called "Mid West Manning" and there is no need for an OC within this system.

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | February 22, 2012 at 08:54 AM

Rhino...I may have over reached in my comments.
Point being that Manning was in a highly customized system for so many years that it may be a difficult transition for him into a system that is unfamiliar to him.

NH,

I would think Peyton, one of the best and smartest QB's in history, would transition easier than any other QB going to a new team.

disagree rhino, played in one system his whole career which he had control over

He had an OC his entire time. Your logic says that bad QB's transition easier than good ones is highly illogical.

phino he was the ocord, he called the plays

Peyton manning is a fit in any offense. That guy looks like he's playing chess while everyone else plays checkers.

thanks for stating the obvious mando! yea we need QB and pass rusher and right tackle or guard. you should take over Ireland's job.

hes not a fit anymore cause he cant even throw the ball over 15 yards

Some of you greatly underestimate Peyton Manning if you don't think he wouldn't know how to transition to a new team.

Agree, even if he gets some arm strength back, how long before his arm tires out and the bone spurs in his neck need surgery.

Besides, any OC not willing to adapt his playbook to a guy like a healthy PM is a pure idiot.

Reporting CHEMTRAILS in Florida again this morning!
Yesterday after 4:00 PM and until 6:00 PM we got annihilated by chemplanes spraying HUGE CHEMTRAILS.
There was no flight pattern that made any sense.
The planes would go diagonal, then straight up like a rocket, then loop around turning off and on the chemical sprayers.
I could see it all right from my balcony and i could see other people looking up going, "What the Hell is going on?"

I cannot believe this not front page news in Florida.

Armando, you must see this crap in the air they are spraying.
How come the Miami Herald does not have daily pics of these Aerosol Crimes?

This is preposterous!

Please help us in reporting and stopping the massive onslaught of chemtrails in south Florida and around the world.

talking about manning is pointless, his career is over

My sinuses have been stuffed up all morning and when I awoke my nose was running along with a major headache.
I know this is from the massive chemtrail spraying

bring back frank gifford.

Thank you Doctor Dusty Bottoms....

EVERTBODY....LISTEN UP!!!!!!

DUSTY BOTTOMS SAYS "TALKING ABOUT MANNING IS POINTLESS".....

So please change the conversation....

Stanger, I saw the chemtrails everywhere myself when I picked up my daughter at preschool at 5:00pm.
This chemical spraying all over south Florida is frightening.
What the heck are they doing this for?

I liked Chad Henne. If Brandon Marshall held on to the ball more Chad Henne would have had much better stats and still be our quarterback.

I'm all in for Peyton Manning.He will be fine and a great franchise QB for Miami the next 3 years.
That's unless we are all dead from the chemtrails.

Chump chad henne SUCKS fellow Dolphans.He is the main reason We're once again rebuild Our franchsie.You can't make chicken salad out of chicken s hit.GET OVER HIM!
Matt Flynn is the free agent We need.Let's keep Our drafts pick and built a solid foundation.D amn you f uckin egos.We want wins.Division titles.Playoffs wins.And Super Bowl rings. NO MORE M E D I O C R I T Y!

By the way, I heard an interview with bill Polian on the radio yesterday and he believes peyton will come back. I'm sure he knows peyton a lot better than the experts here.

Stranger, it could also be the massive amounts of coke you're snorting that is causing your physical ailments and paranoia.

Mark in Toronto,that's what i've been saying all along on Manning.
Any chemtrails in the skies in Montreal Canada today?
Sucks what they are doing here in the Florida skies.
I think I will Google chemtrails Canada 2012 and take a look myself.

DUSTY BOTTOMS SAYS "TALKING ABOUT MANNING IS POINTLESS".....

So please change the conversation....

Posted by: Kris | February 22, 2012 at 09:59 AM

Talking about anything is pointless. Any point to talking about mock drafts or who we should pick?

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