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Riley Reiff to Dolphins at No. 8? Are you kidding?

Riley Reiff is a good football player, OK? I have nothing against the offensive tackle from the University of Iowa. I have watched a couple of games in which he has played and he's always performed well enough.

And that, coupled with his size and ability and smarts, is a reason he's considered a top of the first round type of talent. But to the Dolphins? Are you kidding me?

God, I hope not.

Seems Reiff to the Dolphins is a popular stream of thought among NFL draft analysts. ESPN's Mel Kiper penciled Reiff to Miami in his first and only (so far) mock draft. NFL Network talent analyst Bucky Brooks similarly has Reiff going to the Dolphins with the eighth overall selection. And NFL Network reporter Steve Wyche has the Dolphins picking Reiff as well.

I get it.

Reiff is an offensive tackle. He's perfect for the Dolphins to fill the void at right tackle -- even though he played left tackle at Iowa. And, of course, his connections to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz makes him a natural for the Dolphins because Miami coaches Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman know and respect Ferentz and value his players.

But ...

Riley Reiff, for all his attributes and gifts and the logic of filling an obvious void, would be a terrible pick for the Dolphins at No. 8. Why?


There is simply not a great deal of value of picking a right tackle in the top 10 selections of the draft. No, there's no rule that says this is a fact. No, there's no philosophy or statistic that has proven this to be the case. But work with me for a second and let me state my case ...

{UPDATE: Since posting this, I got a call from an NFL scout who reads the blog and he told me he has Reiff as a guard. And he said he's not alone in the thinking. So there's that.]

The draft is not only picking the right players, but also getting them in the right round to maximize their value. And in the top 10 a team with so many needs as Miami has should not be investing on a player that neither will score points, nor prevent points from being scored. The offensive right tackle will never, not even on his best day, throw a TD pass, or intercept a pass, or sack the quarterback, strip him of the ball and run it in for a TD. He will never make a game-changing play.

And that game-changer is the only kind of player that brings value to a team in the top 10 picks.

Said another way, I want my team to pick a quarterback, a cornerback, a wide receiver, a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE. I want playmakers drafted in the top 10.

I do not want grunts.

Grunts are wonderful additions later.


Because grunts don't lead a team to the playoffs or the Super Bowl. Playmakers lead teams to the playoffs or the Super Bowl.

That doesn't mean I am against drafting offensive linemen later in the first round or anytime after that. And some special offensive linemen deserve top 10 consideration depending on a team's relative needs and whether the player is a left tackle or center.

But a right tackle? Or a guard?

In the top 10?

Quick, who was Green Bay's right tackle this year while they went 15-1? Quick, who was the last right tackle to be named NFL MVP or even his own team's MVP?

Yeah, thought so.

A top 10 pick is a premium, premium draft choice. It should be used to select premium, premium NFL playmakers.

And right tackles, no matter how gifted, do not qualify. Reiff, by the way, is No. 77 in the video below.


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Aloco, Should'nt they be "Ape City Monkeys", Why Donkeys?



Now Pennington has joined sides with Sparano:

Quarterback Mark Sanchez is learning the New York Jets' new offense from one of the Jets' old quarterbacks -- Chad Pennington.

Sanchez met Pennington in South Florida recently for a crash course in Tony Sparano's offense, ESPNNewYork.com confirmed. Pennington brought an old Miami Dolphins playbook and began teaching the system and terminology to Sanchez. The two quarterbacks met more than once for classroom-type sessions.

Sanchez met Pennington in South Florida recently for a crash course in Tony Sparano's offense, ESPNNewYork.com confirmed. Pennington brought an old Miami Dolphins playbook and began teaching the system and terminology to Sanchez. The two quarterbacks met more than once for classroom-type sessions.
Posted by: The Jets will sweep us | March 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM

LMAOROTF, Short Passes,Lots of sacks and lose's, And a bunch of FG Kicking.

I saw Peyton throw and he is even better than before. And he looks so handsome too.


You are seriously dumb if you think Pennington doesn't know how to coach a QB. He is as smart as they come, and he is not so dumb to coach a QB away from their strengths.

FP4FGs couldn't teach his own baby to poop in its pants, thats how ignorant and dumb he is.

Two Things to think about Flag waving fan #1 Sporono is a moron,#2 Sanchez Suks., That is all.


Until someone pays you more than one penny to coach anywhere, your opinion is less than puke. You know nothing and you only look foolish laughing at them.

There is a reason they make more than you ever will at what they do. Like it or not.

Oh, OK, My bad, I thought this was a blog to express opinions. But let me ask one question,Did any team fear a Miami offense the past 4 years??, Thanks.

not sure if it's a real video of Manning throwing


theres no way that's him

Dumb reply. So Pennington is responsible now. Stick to your own argument. You won't find anyone smarter than Pennington on playing the QB position.

You have confirmed you are an idiot and not worth responding to anymore.

Flag waving fan, Skip over my posts, Dont have time for trolls looking for fights., Thanks again.

Some guy who knows less than nothing sits back and mocks those that know infinitely more than him, and get paid accordingly.

BW, Waver, I have nothing against Pennington, Nowhere in my posts says anything bad about Pennington., Please take a reader Course, Again Thanks.

Two Things to think about Flag waving fan #1 Sporono is a moron,#2 Sanchez Suks., That is all.
Posted by: FP4FGs. | March 03, 2012 at 01:10 PM

Or Anger Management class, Which ever helps you.

Please take a reader Course,

Posted by: FP4FGs. | March 03, 2012 at 01:10 PM

LOL. What kind of English is that? Was your momma a boat person?

I couldn't care les about Sanchez or Pennington! If Henne gets signed, wave bye-bye to Sanchez. They will trade him to Seattle with Pete Carroll.

Waving, What team hs feared a Dolphin Offense in the last 4 Years?

Afternoon all,

What the hell, why not tidbits off topic...

I saw where some of us were right about Misi being miscast as an OLB. The Fins gonna try him inside at ILB. This would seem to fit his skill set a little better imho. Nice motor but doesn't seem to have the explosion to come off the edge with consistent success. We shall see, jury out on Misi as of yet. I hope he can get better to become a keeper.

PeytonGate grows with mystical, cryptic vids popping up on youtube. Well played if its you Mr. Manning. Lame new CBA rules be damned...creep out and let the world see you spin it. Your move Mr. Ross. For the record I have mixed feelings about Manning being a Fin. There are plenty of pros and cons about him playing here with how things actually pan out proving one side right or wrong. Even if it's lame that it would only be a short term fix, it may be really good to have Philbin be able to mix his Off concepts with Manning's for a better future Offensive game plan.

Lastly, a TON of debate raged on last year with MANY of you falling for the old made new "10 yard split in the 40 being everything" okey doke. How many of the RB Ingam folks would still use our 2011 on Ingram? I would say not many. The 2011 stats...

1st Rd RB Mark Ingram 474 yards 3.9 avg. 5 TDs. Receiving 11-13 4.2 avg. 0 Tds

2nd Rd RB Daniel Thomas 581 yards 3.5 avg. 0 TDs.
Receiving 12-16 6.0 avg. 1 TD

3rd Rd RB DeMarco Murray 897 yards 5.5 avg. 2 TDs.
Receiving 26-35 7.0 avg. 0 TDs.

We can all wait until 2 more years down the road but the early returns are that Ingram has made a NON 1st round impact even with his much bally-hooed 10 yard split on his slow 40 time...On the freakin Saints no less. By the way, he was dead last in RBs on his own team in yards per carry avg, 4rth outta four.

Here endeth the rant.


Anyone Know The fins Record for the last 4 years for the first 8 games of each season?


Waving, What team hs feared a Dolphin Offense in the last 4 Years?
Posted by: FP4FGs. | March 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM

Still waiting for a answer, But doubt I'll get one., Oh well, Have a good day sir.

FP4FGs, we can only hope Pennington is perfect at teaching Sanchez the Sporano offense. They may start the season 0-7.

Ingram, I don't know how to judge him being on NO. Not even #2 overall pick Reggie Bush ever broke 700 yards on that team after several years, and yet he broke 1000 his first year on an inferior team. NO is not a team for certain RB's to shine, that is my take.

As far as the fins go I am good with the Pouncey pick, it was a major need and he proved his worth.

Anyone Else watching the "Godfather" Trilogy on AMC?,Fasinating Series.

Has Ireland been fired yet?

Aloco, I've got a great Recipe for Igauna if Godzilla takes a turn for the worse. Just saying.

Anyomne else think the Saints are going to pay a HUGE penalty over this mess? I believe Goodell (who has already made player safety a big priority) will bring down some of the most severe disciplinary action in the history of sports---not just football.

Look for them to lose multiple draft picks, have so many player suspensions that they will be unable to compete, and be fined (and sued by injured players) for massive amounts.

I also believe Sean Payton will likely have to sit out part or all of a full season.

The Saints are going down over this, folks.

mando, great article but greg cotye poured everything he had into today's RG3 read, what he wrote in that article is exactly how the huge consensous of dofans feel, but this time it is there for everyone to read and not just a watercooler conversation, he couldn't have said it any better, GREAT ARTICLE!!!votes for manning are in the minority as most fans fear(and rightfully so) his durability, as he will be in and out of games at best and is ONE good hit away from retirement. don't bring this looming uncertainty to miami, sacks are going to happen, they are inevitable, and when manning goes down again, so will the hearts of fans, hearts that have been crushed for so long that they are almost pushed to the point of abandonement

TJ, Have'nt you heard that the saint's are Goodalls #2 Team? next to the PATS?, Look for no Penilty for Roger's #2 team.

BTW, Those "Bountys" Have been going on for 20 years., Nothing here to see folks, Move along now.

Apparently, a large number of actual players aren't too concerned about player safety.


I too am fine with the Pouncey pick and after what his brother did in the league I thought the bloodlines suggested ok value at that spot in the 1st round.

The Saints have many weapons and throw a lot. Ingram is decent but not great at receiving which doesn't meld with Brees.

Bush came to Miami full of piss n vinegar with a run minded coach. Handed many more carries Bush maximized what was given him for the 1000 yards.

Thanks for the comments.


A post about Rilely Rief up for OVER 48 HOURS......ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????

Rilely Rief will lead us to the SB!

Yeah, I don't need the history lesson and I'm fully aware the Saints didn't invent the "bounty." Buddy Ryan was famously doing the same thing decades ago. No doubt others were as well.

The difference is the Saints were caught and have fully admitted to the scope of it. And with Goodell, you have a commissioner who has made player safety a huge priority (which I, for one, applaud).

The Saints will be massively penalized for this, mark my words. The league is simply not going to tolerate this nonsense any longer and will send a VERY strong message that those days are over forever.

Is it me or has this blog been going on for 870 posts?

Additionally, I have no idea where you'd think the Saints are a "favorite" in the league offices. The fact of the matter (and it's been reported extensively) is that the team's lousy media relations policy has irked many NFL types---especially how they handled things at the Super Bowl.

Not that that will mean more severe punishment---the two things are unrelated---but they certainly won;t be shown any favoritism.

It looks like the new name for the stadium will be the Charmin Bowl.

TJ, Someone in the adminstration addmited to It?

Or was it some former players? Just wondering.

The "SAINTS" were A Media darling after Hurricane Katrina.

Gregg Williams has already come clean about it and it's been reported 22 Saints players participated. Tom Benson has also been quoted as regretting it happened.

They have more than enough evidence, corroboration, and admission of wrongdoing to hand down severe penalties. It doesn't look as if the Saints are really disputing any of it.

Amazing how the Fins were'nt after Andrew.

Yes, they were a "media darling" after Katrina---as well as simply having a LOT of fans rooting for them (and by proxy New Orleans itself).

That's entirely unrelated from how some of their actions vis a vis their media relations were viewed at 100 Park Avenue.

I'm confident you recognize the difference.

TJ, I Do.,But the NFL alays..... AHHHHHNever mind, You know where I'am going with this..LOL

Just got back from Marlins Stadium(only about 8 blocks from my house). Now, that's a real Baseball stadium; seating sections are horizontal, almost on the same plane as the Field. Seats are ample, comfortable. 344 to left, 410 to center, 390 to right. BTW, if I saw 10 Anglos there was a lot, everybody waS mostly Cubans.

The Marlins have already sold enough season tickets to pretty much guarantee averaging 30,000 a game this year. We'll see if that holds up over time but for this year at least their attendance woes will be a thing of the past.

The ballpark does indeed look great.

Oscar,Did You just Text a employee about the Same thing?

Cant wait for the Marlins!!!!!!


Who, me? I don't even know how to text.

I wasn't at the Stadium that day, ALoco. But I heard about it at the Hospital later.

One issue missed is that you must also look at what's available in the draft. That alone would dictate not dfafting a RT at 8. I would attempt to trade down and pick up and extra pick. I would have also offered Henne and have him compete with Moore and a 2nd round pick Qb. Resign Carey to compete with Murtha and Jerry. Draft 1-Passrusher 2-Best athlete (best athlete favoring QB), 2B-(Best athlete among TE,OL,CB,S,OLB,WR)3-(same as above). I would favor Wheedon (sp?) as my Drafted QB in 2nd round. We have too many needs besides QB. This may take 2 drafts or a very good job with 1 or 2 free agents.

Funny you should ask about Green Bays right tackle. I think it was another Iowa left tackle Brian Bulaga. Also Ken Okeefe has connection to Iowa as their O coordinator for the last 13 years.

Amen, Armando; I certainly hope the Dolphins are in agreement with you. Another Offensive lineman in the first round; Oh hell no! I think Ingram would be the best pick. Look at how the Giants did it with their multitude of talented pass rushers.

Value like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I guess the arm chair crowd is not going to ever get it!

The fan base does not have a say. They only have a voice; and their voice is marginal when it comes to value.

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