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Mike Sherman: Dolphins not far from Super Bowl

Mike Sherman has a Super Bowl ring from his time with the 1997 Green Bay Packers when he was the team's tight ends and assistant offensive line coach. He wants another ring.

And he thinks the Dolphins are close enough to help him get that ... No, seriously, Sherman sees the Dolphins that went 6-10 last year as being a few tweaks away.

"I've watched the tape, I don't think we're that far away," Sherman said today during a 30-minute meeting in which Dolphins coaches met with the media. "We're missing a couple of pieces here and there and we have a chance to build upon what Jeff Ireland has put together here. After watching the tape, I feel like we get a couple of pieces here and there and we'll be close."


Sherman is clearly excited about Miami's personnel.

"We'll have some very explosive potential with the talent we have on offense," he said. "We have to fill some holes but overall we have some explosive players and that's exciting. If you have explosive players, you should have explosive plays."

When Sherman interviewed with the Dolphins he talked to coach Joe Philbin about what the ownership philosophy is in Miami. And Philbin convinced Sherman that Steve Ross is committed to winning a Super Bowl.

"I looked at tape when I was here and talked to Joe and wanted to know what the ownership philosophy was regarding the franchise and in the conversation with coach Philbin he was adamant about the fact that Mr. Ross wants to bring a Super Bowl, bring a Lombari Trophy to Miami. He's very passionate about that.

"So with that said, it was certainly a very telling statement, a convincing statement that led me to feel we have a chance to do that here with the current level we're able to add to this as well, and hopefully with our coaching we're able to do exactly what Mr. Ross wants to get done."

So I asked Sherman if he's thinking that in terms of years down the road or sooner than that.

"I never think much more than this year so next year or the following year, we're going to be as good as we can be this year," he said. "We'll see what happens and see how it goes. I don't think anyone would have picked the Giants necessarily to win the Super Bowl this year."

Short answer, Sherman doesn't see the Dolphins as a hopeless situation.

"No not at all," he said. "Not in the least."



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Hey Mark I'm with you BUT,,,,,,,BBBBUUTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

Lets not talk about it, just do it is how Parcells and crew worked. They didn't talk to anyone, we had no idea what was going on. Fans complained, reporters complained, Ross listened. He has now made all coaches available to the media and players as well.

So now we get interviews to read, and the reporters will pick apart every word that is uttered. The fans will blindly follow the media like everyone in this country does and THEY will pick apart every word.

My point is we can't have it both ways. We want them to talk and tell us what they're thinking but we don't want them to talk we just want them to play. Very confusing to say the least.

Parcells had it right with the media policy. It was hard not getting info but I forgot how twisted that info gets in Miami. I forgot how Florida reporters fancy themselves as part of the national enquirer and insist on injecting their shortsighted opinions into most every story they write.

I remember when the media had control of the locker room when Cameron was here and before that with Wanny. It was a f***ing clubhouse for anyone that wanted to kick back and play some cards while pulling info from players. During Wannys years I remember stories being written about how the team planned on playing against their upcoming opponent. Meaning player assignments, personnel adjustments, etc. And I couldn't believe the openness. Thought "f**k, it's hard enough to play another team without giving them info about the game plan.

I also remember LeBetard starting a fight between two players by telling the one player what the other had said about him, and then writing a proud story documenting the event! I was ecstatic when Parcells and Saban kicked them out.

I just don't know what is better, no info or constant info being scrutinized. Either way the team is going to be scrutinized so why give anyone quotes to use while doing it?! Auuuggghhh!

What up Double D!

I'm in the same boat as you. I have nothing against Philbin and nothing for him either. Let's just see.

You would just think that a vet like Sherman would know better than to say things like this though. Gives people like Mando less ammunition ....

Both Ross & Ireland have stated that upgrade at the QB position is the highest priority of the team.
1. Do we spend $35M on Flynn in free agency?
2. Spend half that and sign Tannehill with our first pick?
3. Or...do we mortgage the future and trade up for RG3?

One of those three scenarios will unfold over the coming weeks.

Any others I'm missing?

Manning should be off the table by now.

The guy got four procedures on his neck in less than 24 months and everyone is expecting him to recover his top level at 35.

Let's be realistic. Peyton won't return to the field in 2012 and perhaps he won't recover his full mobility ever.

That said even they contract expired, there are gonna be few "free agents" of quality. I mean Drew Brees surely will have a new contract with the Saints before draft. Also it's a matter of paperwork to exclude Alex Smith of free agency.

So Miami should be focused on Matt Flynn plus some quality challenger like Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton or Chad Henne.

If our new coaching staff evaluates Matt Flynn isn't a quality starter, then migrate all efforts on a trade with St. Louis for Sam Bradford or their 2nd overall pick.

Phins, I think it's great that the coaches talk to the media. The trick becomes how do you become accessible to the media, but tell them nothing at the same time.

I think hockey has it right in this regard. You ever listen to an interview by a hockey player? It's the same drivel over and over ...

"we're going to give it 100%, play good defense, and take advantage of our opportunities"

That's all they ever say. ANd when asked about other players or coaches, they only say good things. They never speak their mind and never give anyone any ammunition. And yet they are always praised as being the most accessible and polite to the media. That's the approach the Dolphins should take too. The same the Steelers have always taken until James Harrison got there.

Mex, I'd love a trade for Bradford if they want RG3. I'd give them our first. And I think they'd take it. Unless Cleveland or Washington offered the same.

We are closer then we were after the 1-15 season and the next year with not a great roster, an above average QB and an easy schedule we won the divison, so yes we are close. All that matters is getting a QB, all the other pieces are easy to get, or cover up for. The Pats are a 5 win team without Brady, especially with that terrible defense. Great QB's make everyone in an organization look good and smart.

No that guy and everyone else who didn't seem to understand Shermans quotes for some reason.

He said, "After watching the tape, I feel like we get a couple of pieces here and there and we'll be close."

A couple of pieces here and there = a couple on offense and a couple on defense.

"WE'LL BE CLOSE" = wE'LL BE F***ING CLOSE, not we will win the superbowl.

Being close is winning a round of the playoffs isn't it? A playoff team is a team that has a chance at the ring right? YES IT IS. And that's what he said. But by all means, even if you don't read the article just read Armandos headlines because you can certainly learn everything you know from doing that.

The IQ level in this blog has severely declined.

What if RG3 pulls an Eli and says "I don't want to play in Cleveland" and forces a trade?

Could happen...either Miami or Washington could be the landing spot, but we will need some leverage...like Jake Long or maybe Marshall?

NHF, if you can't trade up then, trade back & acquire more picks. Then take a shot on Weeden or Tannehill later in the first. Just make sure yo get more picks out of the deal.

Tannehill is younger & can be developed & Weeded is older but more ready to play.

Let Tannehill or Weeden compete with Moore.

The IQ level in this blog has severely declined.

Posted by: Phins78 | February 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM

The object is to win the superbowl, not be close. Your contributions to the blogs dimished IQ should not be over looked.

Another clueless coach who watches tape of this team and comes away convinced that we are loaded with talent. With all the talent that Ireland, Ross, and now Sherman think we have it's amazing we aren't coming off back to back Superbowl wins. It's the same crap as always. As long as you have no QB you cannot be a " few pieces away". This team is a franchise QB away from being a decent team that can maybe, just maybe, COMPETE for a wild card spot I'd everything goes our way. Sad but true. No qb and we'll just continue to be a pathetic and irrelevant franchise.

But Mark he didn't say anything. What did you read in his statement that could be construed as wrong? He said a couple of pieces here and there and we will be close.

What team with a couple of pieces here and there wouldn't "be close"? What's wrong with the truth?

We get a good starting QB and a stellar TE. (don't count Murtha out as our starting RT next season the guy is a beast!)

We get an OLB AND FS.

Someone please argue that by adding those four pieces we won't be close. I would love to see what your opinion is.

Phins, problem is QB play is at least 50% of the equation and we don't have it. So we aren't that close. It's really hard to find good qb play unfortunately. If it wasn't, every team in the NFL would have one.

I'm sorry, I shouldn't be arguing this. When Sherman was asked how long he thought it would be until the phins went to a superbowl he should have said "I don't know".

Then the media and fans could rip him for being stupid.

Or he could have said "it's going to take a long time"

Then the media and fans would rip him for not having confidence in their abilities as coaches.

Mark, in your opinion, what was the right thing he could have said that wouldn't have sent every half wit reporter and fan in Florida into a tizzy?

Once again Mark read what he said. He said " WITH A COUPLE PIECES HERE AND THERE WE WILL BE CLOSE".

And isn't QB the #1 priority for Ross right now? You're saying he stated "we are close". He did not. He said with a couple pieces here and there we WILL be close.

Am I in the twilight zone here today? Is there some reason why words that are written in an article are only being understood by me and like two other people in here?

Phins, if i read it again, it really isn't that bad to be honest. But the reference to the super bowl I guess made Armando very upset or sent him for a twirl. He never really said this is a super bowl team but he did infer that the team is not that far away from doing so.

It's a finite difference, a small one really. But sometimes that's all you need to give pessimists like Mando some fodder.

needs in order...

It seems to me that pretty much every team is a few players away fromt he superbowl.
In our case:
QB, complementary WR, RT, pass rusher, OLB, and SS away from a superbowl.

HE DIDN'T SAY WE'RE LOADED WITH TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'M LOSING MY F***ING MIND HERE! hOLY S**T WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE. eVERY POST HAS SOME NEW MADE UP THING sHERMAN SAID. None of this is true. He said nothing about being loaded with talent.

He said,,,,,,,,,ONCE AGAIN,,,, "With a couple of pieces here and there we will be close". Meaningggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg we're not close yet but if we keep building the team we will be.

And how is that wrong? Please for the love of God someone answer me. HOW IS THAT WRONG?!

get the 1st three in the draft and then the tackle, saftey, and TE via free agency

It's not wrong. But some of our pieces are pretty significant.
nothing wrong with what he said.
But we aren't talking back-up long-snapper, and 4th receiver pieces. As long as there is perspective.
I'm fine with hat he said.

beerphin, interesting you have MLB as our #2 need. We already ahve two pretty good ones on the roster. And it's a bigger need than RT?

Your thoughts?

This team was 11 points from being 11-5 last year and making the playoffs as a wild card. YEP, that's right, with the second hardest schedule in the league and a god awful coaching staff the team still lost 5 games by 3 points or less. This after being totally unprepared by said coaching staff until week 7!

Dansby and Burnett are outside backers in a 4-3 defense. We need a true MLB.

I know the Giants had Manning but they were not exactly jugernauts during the season. No one seen them coming. What 9-7? Won the Super Bowl by beating all the top seeds on the road. "You play to win!" I'm going to drink the Kool Aid. We have been coached so horribly so long the odds have catch up. I'm satisfied if we stick a fork in the Patriots

Wake and Misi would go back to DL

Unfortunately, reading comprehension is not a strong point for most people. I agree with Sherman. IF we ADD a couple of pieces here and there we WILL be close. To put it in lamen's term, We will be close IF we ADD a couple pieces here and there. That means were not close until we ADD the pieces. LOL

I KNOW DC will not believe we are close until there is a general consensus from the talking heads on ESPN to tell him we are close....

OH KRIS!!! Only thing we're close to...is Death!

30 years in the Wilderness.
1 Playoff appearance in a decade.
11-5, 7-9, 7-9, 6-10.
Tony Sparano said we'd be a better team.
Cam Cameron said we'd be a better team.
Nick Saban said we'd be a better team.
Dave Wannstadt...ahhh heck, you get the picture.

Please Mike Sherman, back up your talk. Talk is cheap. A ring is pretty dang expensive. Show me what you got.

Or else I'm going to offer Kris some beachfront property in Kansas.

Beerphin and JS don't count out Lydon Murtha. He had a freak injury this year but has been pretty durable since college and is a mountain of a man that can move well. We may not need a RT as much as you think. Not saying he IS the answer. But if he's haviung a strong offseason as I suspect he can be a very good RT. The guy was money in the little playing time he received. He has great hands and can move his feet quick for a tackle. Watch for him in training camp. I watch the o-line all of the time and was really impressed with what he brought.

beerphin, Dansby has played MLB in a 4-3 with Arizona. He switched between the two in his time.

he played both yea but he had the better season outside. The year he went to superbowl he played on the right

AGREED Phins78. We were only 5 wins away from being 11-5. SO CLOSE!

Last year we were only 7 wins away from 14-2 (just a bit outside).

Heck, in '08 we were FOUR games from being in the SuperBowl.


Phins, hope you're right. I'd hate for this team to blow another high pick on the o line. Enough is enough.

either way that is still only two starting linebackers on the team. Unless you'd keep Wake playing in a 4-3 but I see him being better at RE in a 4-3.

Mark, doesn't matter. Sherman says we only need a few pieces. Too bad those pieces are: QB, OLB, TE, #2WR, RG, RT, S, shutdown CB...essentially the core of our team.

So, Sherman really is saying "we have the bottom-half of the roster all set. We just need players 1-25!"

Trusnik, Spitler or Mitchell are the only other guys but I wouldn't want any of those guys starting...

Interesting beerphin but can't agree on the urgency you put on the position. We have two guys that CAN play the position and at that, it isn't a position of high importance anymore. I don't spend any draft picks on the LB corps.

Yeah we def don't need a mlb. And I don't understand why they couldn't keep Wake on the outside in a 4-3 with Dansby in the middle and Burnett on the weak side. Then we draft Coples for RE. qb IN THE SECOND (sign Flynn) and then OLB IN THE 3RD or free agency( along with TE).

wITH THAT DEFENSIVE FORMATION IT WOULD ALREADY OPEN wAKE UP EVEN WITHOUT cOLPES BECAUSE THE O-LINE WOULD HAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON 4 DOWNED linemen instead of 3 allowing Wake more room to rush. Odrick,Starks,McDaniel,Coples,Wake,Dnsby,Burnett, etc are you kidding me? That looks awesome from here.

I'd be tickled if we can actually make use of one of our dozen OL draft picks in recent years to actually fill that need. Murtha, whoever, don't care.
If not, FA choices are there if we do it right. No more rookie linemen.
Draft playmakers.

I'd like to see Gaither signed for RT

sorry bout the caps guys, new desk, slide shelf for keyboard and can't see the caps lock light and I barely look up from the keyboard when typing!

Close? ONLY 4 pieces huh? You just redefined dumb!

Stellar TE! An OLB! A FS! And, wait for it......a QB! I knew we were missing something MAJOR..A QB!

We've only been looking for 1 for what? 13 years? Don't forget the right side of the line. Their both FA's. Or some DB help!

Teams are lucky to fill 1-2 holes in 1 offseason. According to you, we need ONLY FOUR! Two of which are a QB & a STELLAR TE. Talk about easy! That's NOT a tall order!

And you talk about other people lowering the blog IQ? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

beerphin, with Dansby and Burnett already here, the third linebacker on the team only plays 40% of the snaps or so. I wouldn't use anything of any high value to get that third linebacker. That reeks of thinking Jamar Fletcher would be a great high round pick ... part time players are not top round draft picks.

In all seriousness, I like what Sherman said. But, what does anyone EXPECT him to say? Of COURSE he wants a SB ring. Of COURSE he thinks the team he just signed with can win one. Of COURSE he thinks it can happen just around the corner.

The guy probably thought Texas A&M was going to win a BCS Championship too. I don't want a Coach (or player for that matter) that thinks their team has no chance to win.

I just KNOW that it's easier said than done.

Yeah there are def options JS. Either way they will; need insurance at RT if Murtha regresses so we will see what they do.

"The lack of humility is a tremendous problem for this franchise.


Ughh.... Im so tired of hearing negative talk. Thats what you want. Humility? 6-10 is your humility. People got fired, lost their jobs. Open your damn eyes

problem with leaving Wake on the outside is that in a 4-3 the linebackers are used more often in coverage than they are rushing. I want Wake rushing the QB almost always.

Hey DC, LOOK UP, did you see that thing streaking over your head? That would be the point you missed.

Look at guys like Urlacher or Tulloch or Lofton and tell me MLB isn't important

"Sexy Rexy's team played with confidence...the result...BACK TO BACK AFC Championship games....with wins over the PATS once a year for the past few years..."

I think phins were like 4-1 or 4-2 against those same Jets that went to the afc champ games. So....

I miss the days of Zach Thomas

but beerphin, we have a pretty darn good MLB already - two even ...

that's true but if you get a great MLB then Burnett would be the third guy and it'd look a lot sweeter. I know we played a lot for him but he wasn't really consistent until the end of the season


I don't care what position they play, if they MAKE touchdowns, or CAUSE turnovers, they are who I want us to draft. Playmakers.

Most positions we have are adequately manned, but most all could use a star upgrade if it's available.
beast OLB? Sure.
monster saftey? Heck yes, please.
dangerous receiver? most welcome.
QB? Duh.

RT? Free agency please. Experience please.

I think our defense is capable of playing with the best as long as the new coach is as good as Nolan. Our offense had the disadvantage of mediocrity at QB. WIth a great QB I think we can compete with anybody in the league. The big question is whether we get that QB and fill in the few key holes.

Hey LOL are you seriously such a puss wad that you can't use your real name when debating me? Do you understand how pathetic that is? Man up bud. You don't see me changing names do you? No, I have the ballz to back up my opinions unlike some.

We've already got better depth at DL alot of those guys can play inside and out. Move Wake to RE and Odrick or Misi play on the LE. Odrick and McDaniel in the middle. maybe even Soliai or Langford/
darkhorse Merling...

Yeah, it's so hard to find a stellar te that the Patriots found two in one draft. Shall I keep picking apart your inane post or is that enough? LOL,,,,,great name by the way,,,I'll assume you're a 12 year old girl and will just refer to use as Sally from now on. Take it away Sally!

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