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The type of QB Mike Sherman looks for

General Manager Jeff Ireland knows the quarterback search this offseason is the thing. He knows it's important. And he's eyebrows deep in working the problem.

He's so fired up about the issue, he's told coach Joe Philbin and his assistants and scouts not to breathe a word about Miami's plans, although everyone knows owner Stephen Ross has already identified Peyton Manning as his target if/when he becomes available.

But outside of names, what are the Dolphins looking for to drive their incoming West Coast offense?

"You like to have a guy that will let the system work for him instead of [him working for the system] -- go through his progressions," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said this week.

Believe it or not, the first thing Sherman looks at when searching for a successful quarterback is not the arm. It's the feet.

"I like to start with feet," he said. "I want to have a guy that has good feet. If you have good feet, you have balance at the top of your route. You're in good throwing position. I always start from the feet up on quarterbacks because we're going to do a fair amount under center as well as in the shotgun on quarterbacks.

"The timing and the rhythm of the play is so important. In the West Coast offense, tempo and rhythm is very important -- one, two, three. One, two, three. We time the drops. With [Brett] Favre for six years we timed his drops to see where he is in his time from point A to point B."

OK so feet is a big deal. What else?

"Other things in the West Coast offense is you like ot have a quarterback who is able to make a good decision, have a quick release, get the ball out as he goes through his progression."

So if you're judging the QBs available in free agency, the draft and through trade, judge the things Sherman is judging.

 

 

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If Barkley and Jones came out maybe not.

Texas,
Are you saying Cousins is on your top list?
Osweiler's footwork may be awkward, but his throwing motion is what everyone is going to tear apart. I think he moves his feet to accomodate his throw motion. What I understand is he's working with UCLA OC (as is Tebow) to change this as we speak.
*Foles, IMO, has no intangibles at all, and YES that matters to me (Tebow is proof positive).

I was surprised Barkley didnt come out. I though both Jones and RG3 needed another year of college.

I don't know Keenum's actual height, but my guess is around 6-1. I still like his overall play, though his throwing motion is suspect too (along with osweiler). Reminds me of Rivers - which can be good and bad.
Watched a lot of video on Cousins, and besides Weeden, he's the most NFL ready, and competitively driven dude of the 2nd-3rd rounders. He's got a fire in him that I really like, and he's one of the few that actually showed up bigtime in big games.
Foles and Tannehill can't come close to claiming that.
I might go out on a limb and predict Keenum becomes the hit surprise star of his class (excluding Luck and Griffin), but he is a risk to be sure.
IMO, Tannehill is the biggest risk. Foles 2nd biggest.

DC Dolfan, regarding Flynn, not only has Philbin seen the tape, but has kicked the tires and had a good look under the hood. Even if he could talk about him without risking tampering, why would he? IF Philbin thought Flynn could be the guy, why risk driving up his price by touting him to potential bidding competitors?

I was surprised Barkley didnt come out. I though both Jones and RG3 needed another year of college.
Posted by: Ron Son | February 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

yeah, that was turrible. oops. wrong barkley.

For the record, since I went and did this complicated sign in Twitter crap finally (caved, totally)...
Here's my list for our dear Mr. Ireland. He'll do the opposite, I'm sure.

1. Cousins (plays like Favre at times. Winner)
2. Weeden (best QB, but age is scary)
3. Keenum (think he'll surprise everyone)
4. Osweiler (depends on the result of his throwing-coach's teachings)

**STAY AWAY FROM:
1. Foles - Throws fine, loses games. Been there.
2. Tannehill - Throws fine, loses games. Echo.


JS - Yes my top 3 QB's after Luck then RGIII are:

Foles
Cousins
Tannehill

No order I think they all have positives and negatives but rate them right there together.

I don't get the knock on Foles for losing games as the rest of that team was just awful. The D for AZ was the worst and he was always playing catch up.

I know two things for sure 1: were not getting RG3 witch is a good thing 2: the fans on this site are the worst fin fans on the web.

the fin fans ARE UNIQUE ON THEIR LOW IQ ,

THE PROVE IS WE STILL LURKING IN THE CELLAR AFTER 14 YEARS LIVING THERE .

Dear Mr. Salguero

Matt Flynn

Add Casey Keenum somewhere in the draft

Chemtrails make me think Casey Keenum


Soiled :)

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Well, this team's better than their record last year. And, with the new coaching changes, I think we're going to make a stab at the play-offs no matter who winds up under center. Even Matt Moore can make 9-7 or 10-6 with the talent that's here! We're young and getting better with every game. Hence, the surge late in the season after everyone had climbed aboard the "Suck-for-Luck" train. With a few pieces, we're on our way! Yes, we need help on the right side of the O-line, a pass rusher, a "good" tight end, and help in the secondary. But, we're better off now than we were just a few years ago. Besides, we still have some players that haven't shown their true potential yet; first and second year players waiting for the lightbulb to come on! It's going to happen. Our new coaching staff likes to teach the game of football. That's what we've needed. Then, the Fins will be more confident on the field. You'll start to see some swagger! It'll be contagious!

Go Fins!!!!

SWAGGER,


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FIRST GET OUT OF THE CELLAR ..........

Vontaze Burfict bleeds swagger and brings pain. Hope we get him.

PriceMaster,

why don't u go and read NY sites/blogs. This is dolphons blog. It so funny how NY JETS became NY Giants fans now.

GET FLYNN HERE!!! Moore is nothing more than a back up QB!!!

SO BASICALLY HE'S LOOKING FOR MARINO TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT.....

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