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Ireland shreds bogus Jake Long 'report', other stuff

A ridiculous article appeared in the South Florida media Saturday, seemingly reporting as fact that Jake Long's days with the Dolphins are numbered. The article cited no source. The article made the leap that because the Dolphins drafted Jonathan Martin to play right tackle, that must mean the team's left tackle was done in Miami.

Wrong.

The article irked the Dolphins public relations staff and, more importantly, made general manager Jeff Ireland upset enough to address it first off in his post-draft press conference.

Here is what Ireland said ... along with everything else said at that presser.

"Before we get started I want to clear the air on an article, I don’t normally go overboard on media speculation but last night I saw an article about Jake Long. I have plans to keep Jake Long right here for a long time. So, don’t get ahead of ourselves and you guys have a question, especially on that here on a press conference standpoint. You guys are obviously free to ask me about those things and I’ll give you an honest an answer as I can. We have plans to keep Jake around here. We drafted Jonathan Martin to be a tackle on this football team. A right tackle on this football team so let’s don’t speculate any further than that."

"We had a great day today though fellas. We have a great staff upstairs. I want to thank my scouting staff in particular Chris Grier, Brian Gaine, Chase Leshin, and those guys worked long hours and I got a great staff of scouts. Thank Joe (Philbin) and his staff did a tremendous job. We’re still in the process…we’re getting through the free agency process which has been very productive tonight. I think we got some really good guys but that’s talk about the five picks we had today. Obviously we went up and got Lamar Miller. My vision for Lamar is just to come in here and learn and develop. He’s got as natural run skills as I’ve seen. I thought he was one of the better run backs in this year’s draft. He’s got good hands. He’s very quick. He’s got exceptional change direction. I think he had over 2,000 yards in just 335 carries in just two years. He was just a one-year starter. He’s got some kickoff return ability to him. So, we just felt like he was too good a value to pass up. I’m in the business of collecting good football players. I’m in the business…when you put the board up you follow the board and I have a good friend of mine once told me that if you have a strength of your team you build it, and don’t be afraid to build it. And so that’s what we’re doing with Lamar. We have a strength at that position and we’re not afraid to build it."

"The next player was Josh Kaddu in the fifth round from Oregon. A linebacker. We feel like he can play really any linebacker position. We think he’s an outside linebacker. I don’t see him as Mike but I do see him as a Will or a Sam. Tremendous athlete. (The guy) is explosive. He can run. He’s got long arms. He can drop. He can cover. He’s got great range and we think he’s going to immediately have an impact on special teams. That’s our vision for him right now. He’s a good kid and we’re glad to have him as well.

"Sixth round we took the all-time leader receiver at Michigan State B.J. Cunningham. This guys just a good football player. He’s not the fastest. He’s not the biggest. He’s not the quickest. But he is one darn good football player and you can’t have enough of those guys in your football team. He’s got very good hands. He’s tough. He transitions catch to run very well and look forward to having him compete for a roster spot here.

"The next player we took was Kheeston Randall a defensive linemen out of Texas. He’s big. He’s 6’4”, 305 lbs. He runs really good. He’s got very long arms. We think he can play any position on the defensive line. A three, a five, a one. So he’s got versatility. Got a good chance of seeing him at the Senior Bowl. Had a good week of practice there and he’s smart and he’ tough and so we feel very good about Kheeston.

"Second seventh round pick was Rishard Matthews. Big, physical receiver. I think he had 91 catches I think this year for over 1,000 yards. I think a 15-yard average. He’s a team captain there. We had a good grade on this young man and you know he’s one of those receivers that he plays a lot bigger than he is. There’s some comparisons to some people in the league that I won’t get into but I don’t want to make any false predictions about the kid but feel very good about this young man. He can run well. He catches the ball as good as anybody. Has big hands and so we have very good vision for him as well."

(On if he was surprised to see Lamar Miller in the Fourth Round) – “We were. I expected him to go a little bit earlier but you know that’s the draft. And for whatever reason he was still sitting there I felt it was too good a value to pass up and so we went up to try to get him in front of a couple of other teams."

(On how do you vision giving Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, and Lamar Miller carries this season) -“That’s the coach’s job to get those guys carries. He’s a developmental running back right now so he’s going to have to learn how to be a pro and he’s going to be a little sprinkle back until he becomes a full throttle back. He needs to become a little bit more rugged and he has to learn to pass protect a little bit better. We certainly have a vision for his as a kickoff return for him. The guy can catch. We may be able to put the guy in different spots from the running back position, but he was just too good of a talent. I’m going to leave it up to my coaching staff to find the right position for him and the right number of plays and how we get him into the game."

(On drafting University of Miami players, what did you like about them) -“Well, we had a chance to visit with pretty much all of the University of Miami guys. We kind of had our own special day. It was a Miami Hurricane/Miami Dolphin Day and really had a chance to spend some time with them. We want to try to create a relationship with the Hurricanes and Al Golden. He’s been very good to me. I respect him very much as a head football coach and I know the way he coaches. I like the way he coaches his players. I believe in his program. I believe in him. We had good long talks about each of these players we drafted. I think from Al’s prospective and my prospective, I think we’re just scratching the surface of the ability of the two players from the University of Miami. Obviously, Olivier (Vernon) and Lamar (Miller), I think they’re two tremendous prospects. The ceiling is endless.”

(On selecting a WR later in the draft rather than higher, did you not see value in the position) -“Well, a little bit of both. I have confidence in the players I have on the roster. We still have some young players that are ascending. I think we’ve drafted a couple of good players. We definitely think can ascend, but again we’re in a reach. That’s not my philosophy. The board speaks to me when I’m in the draft and wasn’t going to reach for anything. I was going to let the board speak to you. Like I always said, if the value marries the need then you marry it together. In this case at the receiver position that it married together in the sixth round."

(On addressing the safety position, did you not see value in the position) -“Yup, I didn’t think this year’s draft at the safety position was a real strong draft. You can miss on some of those guys if you’re not put in the position to really get those guys."

(On having enough explosiveness at WR or is that not what you’re trying to do) -“Well, you’re always looking for explosiveness, but it’s not just the receiver position. Coach (Joe) Philbin will tell you, it’s about the offense and we got some tight ends and we got some running backs and receivers and we know it’s about scheming it to where we can get the ball to the best hands of the playmakers that we have. I have a lot of confidence in Joe and his staff to be able to scheme it up. We don’t play for a couple more months too so we’ll see what acorns fall off the tree."

(On if you believe the new offensive system will improve the receiver’s numbers this season) -“Absolutely, I do (laughing)."

(On how important was this draft for you) -“It’s extremely important. I go into every draft that it’s important. We’re trying to win championships. I just believe this is the best way to build a team. Like you said, my second time to be fully control of the draft. It’s extremely important for me. It’s extremely important to this franchise that we hit on a lot of these players, all of them. Again, maybe I am naïve that I think I can hit on all of them, but we put a lot of effort into scouting these players and interviewing them. Chasing them across the country and we definitely put ourselves in position to be drafting these players and feel like they’re all great kids. They’ll have a chance to compete and add depth to this football team."

(On worrying if the defense did not get address this draft) -“No, I’m not. I’m not worried about that. Really haven’t in particularly focused on one thing in the draft room and again the board kind of speaks to me and we’re trying to address some certain things and I’ll let the board speak to me. Again, I’m in the business of collecting good football players whether it’s a need position or not. I’m in the business of getting as many good football players on this football team as we can here during this process."

(On Cameron Wake’s contract status) -“Well, the official comment is I don’t talk about any kind of contract negotiations in the media. I’m just not going to do it."

Coach Joe Philbin also addressed the media. And here it is:

(On if he felt he improved the offensive line during the draft) – “We’re really pleased with Jonathan Martin. We think he has a chance to come in and compete for playing time right away. We’re excited about getting our hands on him and working with him. So again how much we improve…obviously we have some players on the roster, some young players as well, that need to develop. We need to take a good look at them. We got a good look at them for three days without the pads, so we may not get a true handle on where some of the younger guys on the roster are until we get to the padded work. It’s certainly an area we want to improve and I feel good about the draft pick that we made but we still have a lot of work to do."

(On seeing a player like RB Lamar Miller, UM, dropping to the fourth round) – “I think he’s an outstanding fit schematically. When you talk about explosive plays, the two statistics in football offensively that matter are protecting the football and creating explosive plays. We look at Lamar Miller as a back that has an opportunity create explosive plays. He’s a guy who we think can break tackles. He has very good speed. If you looked at our board, and Jeff said that it was hard to ignore the guy. I liked him very much, the scouting department liked him very much, so when you look at a guy that has that kind of ability, it’s hard to pass up a guy like that."

(On if he feels as though he has enough pulling guards on the team) – “We pulled a little bit there. We did some of those schemes during the three-day camp. I wouldn’t say that I’m totally sure yet, to be quite honest with you. We did a little bit of it, but not enough for me to say definitively one way or the other."

(On the way he feels that the roster has changed because of the draft) – “I’m delighted about the guys we’ve added to the roster. I really like the character of the guys. The passion for the game of football, that was really important. Jeff and his staff do a great job finding out those answers. In conjunction, our coaches watched, though not nearly as much as the scouts, but they commented on the fit as to a scheme standpoint. I’m delighted with the guys we’ve added at this point in time."

(On the upcoming rookie mini-camp and any goals he might have for it) – “Hopefully, if the play’s going to the right, to get everyone to step to the right and not run into one another. That’s honestly one of the primary goals. It’s going to be more of an orientation. It’s not going to be, let’s do a hundred up-downs and see whom we can run out of here. We’re going to get them oriented to the weight room, get them oriented to some of our player engagement programs, we’re going to get them adjusted to our practice structure, our practice tempo, our schemes, our classroom environment, our weight room environment, all of those things. What we want to do is to prepare them for the OTAs and get them a little bit comfortable – a little bit – with the playbook. We’re not going to go nearly as fast as we do with our other guys. In five practices, as I mentioned to you yesterday, we put in first down, second down, third down, red zone, two minute…we’re going to do first down and second down with these guys. If they can get half of it and remember 25 percent, seriously, we’re ahead of the game. So it’s more of an orientation than a real camp and it’s going to be slower paced, not nearly as fast as we move with the other guys."

(On QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, and his familiarity with the offensive playbook) – “Well, I was a little shocked when (assistant quarterbacks coach) Zac Taylor came...they met at 7:00 and he came back at 10:00 and said they were done. The guy’s already done. I said, gee, Zac, three hours and the kid knows the whole playbook. We might need to spend more time in coaches’ meetings if this is the problem. We’ve been here three months and the guy’s learned the offense in three hours. Again, I don’t know how many guys – I was talking to Kim Bokamper early this morning – how many guys were drafted today, two hundred fifty seven? I would guess that two or three other guys in the whole draft felt as comfortable as Ryan Tannehill did walking into a building. I would guess. And it may not have been anyone else, but there certainly weren’t a lot of guys that would have had the comfort level that he did today. And I think that’s good for a little while. Because he’s such a competitor, I don’t think it’s going to be an issue. I know we aren’t getting a complacent player because he feels like he knows a couple of people. That’s really the exact opposite. The only reason he’s here is because of his competitive nature and athletic ability. I think he and Zac…they met last night, they met this morning before you guys met with him at 10:00, he had already put in a good morning’s work. I think he’ll be off to a good start.”

(On if he was looking for a particular wide receiver make up in the players you drafted) – “Not really. I’m not really big into he’s an ‘X’, he’s a ‘Z’, he’s a slot, I think I told you guys that. It’s not that that I don’t believe in let’s have a go to receiver or a big guy that can win a one-on-one match up. I love to have those guys, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t think in terms of ‘X ‘ and ‘Z’. The way we teach the passing game is we have individual cuts. We have two man concepts. We have three man concepts. I think the more guys that you can get into different spots to create mismatches for the defense, the better you are going to be. So I don’t think we locked in, somebody asked me is he a ‘X’ or a ‘Z’, I don’t know, he is a receiver. We’re going to get him, we are going to watch him, we are going to get him on the field and see if he operates better inside or outside. We like the size of both of these guys. They are a little bit bigger targets as a wide out. (Rishard)Matthews is a little bit faster, but they are both physical guys. They are both competitive guys. I think it speaks highly, (B.J.) Cunningham is the all-time leading receiver in the history of the school and they have had some good football players roll through that campus. We liked the way he caught the ball over the middle, we like his competitiveness and (wide receivers coach) Ken (O’Keefe) went up there to watch him work out as did Chris Grier, I believe. So again, I am not good at that stuff, he’s an ‘X’ and he’s a ‘Z’ and all that.”

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Just the blatant contradictions in everything Ireland says irritates me.

"The next player was Josh Kaddu in the fifth round from Oregon. A linebacker. We feel like he can play really any linebacker position. We think he’s an outside linebacker. I don’t see him as Mike but I do see him as a Will or a Sam."

Okay, if you don't see him as Mike then why say he can play any linebacker position?!?!?

The guy totally makes up stuff as he goes.

Afternoon folks.

My take on it is winning is subjective. Meaning I believe the plan is to get this team to win on a CONSISTENT basis. You might have heard Philbin say something to the effect that he doesn't want, "a one year wonder."

Therefore, you guys are getting WAY TOO hung up over Tannehill starting this year or not. EVERYONE knows Miami is in a rebuild year. Tearing down the old systems and building new ones. That takes time. That isn't a recipe to make a run at the Playoffs.

Philbin won't even have all the players he'd like to in order to give Tannehill the best possible situation to come into. I'm sure he'd like more help at WR, oline, and some help on defense. It's not clear whether he'll get that this year.

So I believe as much as the media is trying to make this a controversy (Kris, you should be proud of me), there really isn't one. Sure, Tannehill will compete, but there's no reason to put him in there too early, or you risk the John Beck effect. He was put out on a team doing NOTHING, learned how to get clobbered, had his confidence shaken, and now has been let go from his SECOND backup job post-Dolphins, probably to be out of the NFL altogether.

Tannehill can learn next year, with everyone else having 1 year in the new system, hopefully some more weapons and the REAL push to escape mediocrity will begin in earnest.

Oh boy! You folks still think the Tannehill signing wasn't all about Ross? Tanne is Ross's signing period.

There will be no fair and honest competition.

This team is a bunch of liars and lie in their sleep. This is Ross's pick...no doubt about it.

Its a BEAUTIFUL DAY,
I have been very successful in any thing I've ever wanted to undertake. I expect Ryan Tannehill to be no less than I. We past and future med students are very gifted.

Good afternoon to you as well, DC Dolfan. I saw you at the Townhouse Tavern on 13th and R Street wearing a very chic black cocktail dress and pumps.

I don't even know what to say anymore about this Tanne signing.

A playbook is just that. Its a list of plays and assignments. Its not like its a blank book with just the name of the play. The playbook shows routes and progressions.

What makes anyone think Moore, Garrard or Devlin can't look at the playbook and learn the plays better than Tanne?

The Editor in the sunsentinal should put a sock in that "someones" face.


I read that article last night and at first was worried, but then saw who wrote it with no sources. The writer must have been drunk or smoking weed.

I doubt that Sir Charles.

I can't wait to see what Egnew can do. I don't know if these guys will pay off or not. What I'm pleased to see is us trying something NEW. This sounds like a direction that can pay dividends. I couldn't say that during the Sparano years. We played harder. We need to play SMARTER. Philbin seems to get it.

Sir Charles,

I would hit that.

Jus saying...lol....

another one of the DOLTS on here who will google a 1,000 "experts opinion's".....and ignore the other S0-CALLED ecperts....and quote the one's he agrees with.....lol....

In case you can''t understand context...I said I AM TOTALLY BEHIND THE PICK....AND I WANT HIM TO START DAY 1.....

since I typed it in ALL CAPS...i hope you find it easier to comprhend.....

DC.....good post.....

Second rd pk was OK, the rest of the draft was very Ho Hummm. I still dont see why Jeffery took Tannehill at 8. Makes no sense. Tannehill pk set the tempo for the rest of the draft. All down hill. Dolphins got no WR, no rush linbacker. Dont think that shiv from the Hurricans is gonna make the team, nor Miller or the rest, their all camp fodder, not to mention the free agents Jeffery signed, anyone heard of any of those players? Jeffery,, enjoy while u have the chance.

I've never liked Ireland and still think he will get his pink slip, eventually.

I have a lot more faith in Philbin though and I think he had a lot of influence over this draft. The coach knows the type of players he wants and is able to get the GM to be on the same page with him.

Contrast with Coach Fist Pump for Field Goals, who never seemed to know what he wanted. He could never settle on an offensive line, which was his speciality. I think Tannehill was drafted too high, but looking at where Weeden was picked, Miami could have moved no further back than to the high teens or low 20's and still have picked the guy they really wanted. Apparently, they couldn't find a partner to make that move.

I think the Dolphin fan base has to be about the most impatient fan base in all of pro sports. You guys are like a bunch of kids on Christmas morning who have your new present open and broken within about ten minutes. Honest to God!! Ryan Tannehill has been a Dolphin for last than 72 hours and already people have this guy starting. Would it be Ok if we let the guy breath first?

The plan is to have Moore and Garrard handle the QB duties this season. Why do you think they brought Garrard in if it's any different than that? Let the kid sit for a year and learn. There's nothing to be gained from having him play this year. Let's see what we've got on offence, let him build some chemistry with these guys and then see what we have to do next offseason. To me he doesn't get the job until it's clear as day that he's ready and he's the best man for the job. This nonsense that's he's better than the two guys we have right now are complete and total nonsense. If guys think he struggled in College, just wait until he sees how fast the NFl game is.

But by all means, impatient fansbase, let's throw him to the wolves and ruin his career, as the Browns did with Couch and the Texans did with Carr. You guys know better than Philbin and Sherman. You need to think for a minute what some of the top coaches in the game would do in this situation. Would Andy Reid start Tannehill right away? Would Mike McCarthy? Not a chance! But let's start testing our new toy right away until all the pieces break off and it's ruined.

No one think it odd that Tannehill is being hyped up like a savior but Luck and RGIII are not.

Everyone knows they will be great. Yet, with Tannehill, everyone must hype him up to greatness. If he is so good there would be no need to hype him up.

His play will decide his greatness. Not bloggers and owners hyping him up.

My God, they already going to retire the guys number in 15 years.

WHAT ARE THE PLAYERS MAIMI DOLPHINS HAVE DRAFT?? TELL ME

If Tannehill starts Day 1, I want that to be from winning a REAL competition and being the best option available. That would say a lot about him (and the other guys).

I just don't think him not starting says anything bad about him, more like one of the veterans did what you'd think they'd do and outshine a rookie.

And yes, Moore was 6-6 (I don't count the game he came in when Henne got hurt), but looked pretty good down the stretch after quickly learning on the job. Who's to say he can't be a sleeper star this year. If he's going to do it in his career he's gotta know THIS is his chance.

And maybe Garrard was hurt and driven out of Jax for something new (not necessarily better). There are a lot of unknowns, including what the Coaches want to do (as we know with Sparano, he had his "favorites" and made it seem like the others were garbage, when that might have not been exactly accurate).

Can someone confirm this. Devlin scored 34 on the wonderlic also.

Armando,

You're just as bad in leading the charge. I read your article this morning talking about if Tannehill is to succeed let's get him some WRs. Huh? None of us know how Philbin is going to utilize the current crop of WRs we have. None of us! We also don't know what we've got in some of the guys we have, Gates specifically. Guy had NO chance to show what he could do last year, with no mini-camps and a shortened training camp. It was clear he wasn't ready for the pro game. We also need to see more from Moore and Wallace. It takes WR about three years in this league to develop and become something. Guys that think the only way to go at WR is 1st and 2nd round picks, need to take a good hard look at the guys that have flopped in this league, taken in one of the top three rounds. Ask a Lions fan about that one and all the top ten picks they had at WR. Stevie Johnson, Victor Cruz, Colston, Welker and even our own Bess are great examples of guys that weren't drafted or were drafted very late. Brandon Marshall who everyone wants to continue to go on about was a 4th round pick.

None of us know how the two guys drafted yesterday or the guys from last year will pan out. Can we at least wait a year before we start calling for an influx of high draft pick WRs.

Is it just me or is Coach Philbin Eons & Light years smarter and much better versed and prepared as a head-coach? Just listening to Philbin speak as he breaks down his ideology , schemes and philosophy just make me feel he is the man to be for a long long time to come. All we ever heard from " NICKYDANOSE" SPARANO WAS TALK ABOUT HOW WELL HIS GUYS PLAYED ABD HOW THEY HUNG IN THERE!!! Never once being even in the same stratosphere when it come to X's and O's as coach Philbin! C-O-N-T-I-N-U-I-T-Y!!!! WE HAVE LACKED THAT SINCE SHULA SO LET'S LET COACH PHILBIN AND HIS STAFF HAVE AT IT BEFORE WE GRADE THEM!!!!

When Tannehill works out, are you going to change your nicks to an UGLY DAY?

Beautiful Day, I'm up in DC, listen to the radio, watch TV, so let me tell you, RG3 is being HYPED UP LIKE A SAVIOR.

That I promise you.

Not one drafted or undrafted free agent corner back, we got a safety as an undrafted free agent but he was the 12th best safety on the board, what can I say? Let's hope someone falls unto our laps!

Moore was 6-3 down the stretch. I'm not counting him out right now.

Unless of course, there will be no fair and honest competition.

Which I don't think it will be. How they gonna retire Tannehills number if they don't start him right away?

Craig, I'm just reading into it, but doesn't it look like Philbin believes he can work with what's already on the roster.

I mean, we really don't know if Sparano was under-utilizing the young receivers. Or didn't know how to use them best.

I agree, Philbin might turn this group into an effective offensive weapon. Until I see it on the field I just can't tell what holes we still have there.

Brad "Chilly" Childress = Joe "Philly" Philbin = Sham "Shammy" Shameron.

I'm in Northern VA (20 min from our nations capitol).....

and YES.....they have been calling RG3 the savior since the Redskins moved up....amonth ago.....

Orlando,

That's my knock on our haul from the draft....we did NOTHING to address the secondary. To me that's on the of biggest weaknesses on this team. Ireland is AGAIN going to trust David and Smith to get the job done back there and to me that spells disaster. We were top three last year in giving up plays over 20 yards. What have we done to address that? Instead of drafting WRs, I would have addressed CB. I think once the season gets going, we'll see that this was a bad mistake on Ireland's part. Smith and Davis are just inconsitent.

What other owner has ever said we want to retire your number on draft day?

Why do they have to hype this guy up if he is so good?

Who is they? Bloggers?

Even before the draft....RG3 has made @ least 3 apperances to the DC area......

And a lot of you folks think RGIII will be a BUST.

I saw a report on Luck with all the Indy fans. Trust me they are saying Luck is the saviot and more. We're just hearing from the Miami media. There were big time media events for both of the top two picks. 20,000 I think at the RGIII event.

DC, curious how the Cousins pick is playing in Washington. To me that was one of the dumbest picks of the draft, not because I don't like the kid (which I don't) but because it was SO uneccessary.

Whats really sad is how the Dolphin FO treat their players that perform well. Instead of rewarding them they trade or cut them. The way Matt Roth,Jake Long, Cam Wake, Brandon Marshall, Jason Taylor are treated is dysfunctional. Now there’s talk Reggie Bush wont be retained either. Hard to be a fan when they get rid of any player that becomes good. The franchise has no face, no player for the fan base to get attached to because they’re treated like cancer when they play well..

I know its a business but being cheap with great players is not good business. Andi its sickening to the fans and part of the reason the stadium is empty most Sundays. This is what the Pittsburgh Pirates did in baseball for 15 years. Play well and you are gone when your contract is up

People get stuck on the most trivial stuff sometimes.

Ross saying he wanted to retire Tannehill's # someday was a throwaway line. And a sign that he understands the mentality of the average Dolphins fan. We've been in the desert since Dan Marino at the most important position in all of sports. And more than anything else, that's what you hear from Dolphins fans. They want a franchise QB.

All Ross was saying was he's the same way, and hopes this is the guy. I don't see it as hyping the kid. I see it as HOPING he's the right choice.

Ross said Henne was the 2nd coming of Dan Marino. He has foot in mouth disease. Cant be a fan with the Ross/Ireland clowns running the circus.

Craig,

Yeah, it's being second-guessed here too. People are scratching their heads (kind of like us) saying, "we have so many holes to fill, why make this unnecessary pick when you have Grossman as an capable backup?"

But then some are speculating that (lol, kinda like us) the RG3 signing was because the Owner (Snyder) wanted him, and the Shanahans are protecting themselves with Cousins because they don't think RG3 will succeed.

I think it's more a sign that it's year 4 for Shanahan. And the team has been going in the wrong direction. And when people see Grossman/Beck as the QBs, they don't think Shanahan gets it. They're calling for his head if he doesn't win this year.

What these 2 picks did was give him time. As long as the future looks promising, fans are more likely to give Shanahan more time.

Ross also said coach Philbin didnt want Matt Flynn. But Philbin said he didnt know why Flynn chose Seattle over Miami. LMFAO!! Ross is a liar. And a cheapskate.

Oh, no doubt that RG3 will work out fine, just not as fast as Tannehill.

Well, we can all stop debating, the FACTS are in. Kiper said our draft grade was a C (Jets too). And Pats/Bills got a B-.

So there it is. I'm glad we finally know now. That really means a lot what Kiper thinks of a team's draft THE DAY AFTER IT HAPPENS!

Don't blame Kiper, he needs to support his reason to exist.

My wife works for the front office in washington. She says no one is hyping up RGIII because he's just one piece of the puzzle.

Here is why I like Kiper. Every draft he gets the most right.

http://www.insidethehuddle.tv/draft-hq/grading-gurus-mel-kiper

Alan,

EVERY organization in the NFL does this. Take a look at what the Pats, Steelers and Eagles do. When a player's contract exceeds his value and it's detrimental to the team. Pats shipped of Richard Seymour (a good player) and did the same with Moss and Assante Samuel. There have been others. Eagles shipped off Samuel this year for a seventh round pick, despite him still being a pretty good corner. Just doesn't make sense to pay him that kind of money, especially when you have other guys on the team that can do the job. Our team will have decisions to make on Long and Wake at some point too. Doesn't mean they don't want to keep them because they aren't good players, you have to do what's right for the team. These are the tough calls to make.

I guess that means Philbin really is a young Shula. Let's compare shall we.

SHULA:

as a player:

Cleveland Browns (1951–1952)
Baltimore Colts (1953–1956)
Washington Redskins (1957)

As coach:
Detroit Lions (1960–1962)
(Defensive coordinator)
Baltimore Colts (1963–1969)
(Head coach)
Miami Dolphins (1970–1995)
(Head coach)

PHILBIN

Never played the game.

Never head coached the game.

YEP, PHILBIN IS THE NEXT DON SHULA.

Why are you all concerned with left tackle? Who is the Giants left tackle? Who plays left tackle for the Packers? Jake Long is a great left tackle, but destroy your cap space to keep him? No, I think not. I would love to keep him, but not at the price he will require.

All you people with the negative comments should just stay off these comment boards,because you don't have a clue on what you are talking about.I have been a very knowledgable football & sports fan since I was a kid(40 years)& I can tell all you fools that Miami is Finally going into the right direction.It took Stephen Ross's desire to win to be smart enough to retain Jeff Ireland(A GOOD GM)& hire the best head coach & coaching staff available.Now if you idiots would just stop running your mouths you will find out this team will start out quick this year.Now I'm not so sure about our 1st game because we are playing Houston that we have never beaten,but I do know will finish 9-7 or better & probably make the playoffs in our 1st year under this new coaching staff.

u lose all credibility longtime when u said ireland is a good gm

THE NAY SAYERS ON THIS BLOG ARE TO THE DOLPHINS,WHAT
THE REPUBLICANS R TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. THEY WANT TO SEE
HIM FAIL, WITHOUT REALIZING THAT IF HE FAILS, WE ALL DO
THE SAME APPLIES TO THE DOLPHINS, PLEASE FOR THOSE OF
US THAT LOVE THE DOLPHINS,(NOT TO THE JETS FANS PRETEN
DING TO BE FANS) CUT THE BS. THE PRESENT FO, JUST FI-
NISHED THE DRAFT, THE R NOT GOING TO GET FIRE. SHOW SO
ME LOVE FOR THEM JUST FOR A WHILE LO NGER, TO SEE WHE
RE THEY TAKE US. SOME OF U SOUND SO FULL OF HATE, THAT
U ALL MUST BE PATS, OR JETS FANS. PLEASE, SHOW YOUR
TRUE COLORS. THE FO DID NOT DO AS WELL AS SOME OF US
WANTED, BUT THEY DID NOT DO AS SOME OF YOU MAKE THEM
OUT TO BE.

What if Tannehill comes in and has a Dalton effect and we make playoffs? 1 he'll be gaining much needed experience and 2 He'll know he is the leader and doesn't have to worry about supplanting Moore or Garrard. Let's say we go 8-8 w/ Moore it probably won't sit well if we were to cut Moore next year. It hurts his confidence if anything. I'd rather go 3-13 with Tannehill and have our future QB in place then to procrastinate another year.

honestly I do think Moore will do alright and win games for us but realistically he is gone next year no doubt. If I were them I'd trade Moore now before his value has a chance to drop. He may be able to garner a 4th rd pick. We paid Philly a 2nd for Feeley and Moore is way better than that bum. That way we don't have this QB controversy as well 1st Tannehill, 2nd Garrard, 3rd Devlin

I'm sure Cousins is pissed off. He was touted as a 2nd rd pick then fell to the 4th to compete for the backup QB position. While another rookie gets the sure start without a competition. There is no way they even give that kid a chance to be starter no matter how well he may play.

smoke screen to get more picks,he is on the last year of his deal and doesn't want to play in miami...he rather join the browns with all pro'linemen thomas and mack,blocking for richardson

One concern, if Tannehill knows 75% of the playbook as he said in an interview and it only took him 3 hours to learn the playbook, doesn't that mean the fish will be running college offense.

Sorry Jeffey but I don't believe you when you say you are on board with keeping Jake Long long term. If the injuries persist I don't see Miami shelling out the big contract to him again. 12 million is hard to swallow unless it's going to a stud QB or stud WR. Moving Martin to left tackle next year might be the smart move. Especially when they are going to have to shell out big bucks to Cam Wake. Or heck if Jake Long is tradable with his huge salary get what you can now. Draft picks or a nice wide out.

It seems like this draft was all about getting plan B's for the lineup next year. Martin, Miller et al. Which makes me think they know this year is a throw away. Miller total back up plan to losing Bush to free agency or injury.

Very very disappointed they didn't move earlier to get a WR. They could have traded back into the 2nd round to get Reuben Randle. Still a lot of quality wide outs in the third round even.

Instead of Kaddu they should have drafted a DB. It still looks like the defensive backfield and WR are the biggest holes. Hopefully they can pick up somebody after the final roster cut downs.

I AGREE HE SHOULD BE A CLEVELAND BROWN RIGHT TACKLE BLOCKING WITH LT JOE THOMAS AND C ALEX MACK AND HIMSELH PAVING HIGH WAYS FOR TRENT RICHARDSON AND JOSH CRIBBS TO DRIVE THROUGH!!!!!!!!!!

man for a professional sports writer you are naive.

Long is gone. Too expensive.

Ireland's "plans" for Jake Long are irrelevant. He becomes a free agent after this season, and he can and will go where he wants. I love how Ireland has plans for someone who, at that point, he will not have under contract. Ireland is quite an asset, minus the "et."

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