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Welcome Tyrell Johnson, Miami's newest addition

Yes, the Dolphins have been slimed by some notable NFL names as a team to avoid. Warren Sapp and Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark have been critical of Miami and said players are staying away from Miami for various issues.

Free agent safety Tyrell Johnson, signed Thursday after four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, doesn't agree. He said his visit in Miami on Monday went well. He said he "felt comfortable" with Miami's coaches. And he disagrees Miami is a bad place to continue a career.

"I think that's a negative way to look at it," Johnson said Thursday. "I feel like any team in the NFL is a place to go play. It's a privilege to play in the NFL and any team can compete for a playoff spot. it's a coin flip every year. Look at the Lions a couple of years ago and look at them now. They're a playoff-caliber team every year now, I would think.

"I don't believe in that saying."

Johnson didn't visit any other team during free agency. He said he had another visit pending but cancelled it.

Johnson was a second-round pick in the 2008 draft but never quite met expectation in Minnesota. He started games sporadically but the Vikings wanted more and Johnson never provided it.

Johnson, meanwhile, believes he's ready to give more with the change of scenery. He will compete at both free and strong safety for the starting job as the Dolphins plan to use interchangeable safeties anyway.

"I've been through it," he said. "I've been on top. I've been on the bottom. I've been benched. I've been inactive. I've been hurt. You just grow up as a person, a player, as a father. You grow up as a human being going through some things. Sometimes you have to go through some things to get some things."

Johnson has been though some things off the field as well.

In September of 2011 he was arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired. Authorities said Johnson was arrested after registering a .12 blood alcohol level in a state where .08 is the legal limit.

"Terrible decision on my part," Johnson said. "Terrible judgment call. It shouldn't have happened. I paid my dues for it. I did everything to handle my business there and that's behind me ... You live and you learn. That's behind me. I made a mistake.

"I've apologized and greatly feel sorry for that mistake. You live and you learn and I'm focused now on getting better and making better decisions in the future. "

Johnson also finished the 2011 season on the injured reserve list after he tore a hamstring in November. Johnson said Thursday the injury is still not completely well. He estimated he's at "85 percent."

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All I read was snark snark snark

I wonder if this means Reshad Jones is moving to Strong Safety.
That may be a more natural fit for the former Bulldog.

Well I wish him well. A good schematic defence does't have to have a pro bowler at every position.

I think they were just looking for a younger Y.Bell and someone who could fit a role. They want to be able to defend the growning trend of spread offences in the league.

Cool...I guess...whatever...

Hes a Miami dolphin now so I wish him well, has to have some talent as a 2nd round pick...I'd hope

He the potential is there (2nd rd pick).....

Now its up to Philbin and crew to coach him up......

potential acorn? probably.....but his upside has got to be better than most.....

Armando... Have you noticed how many bloggers Ohio Dolfan is stealing from you? Click on his name and you will see. I'm sure he'd be happy to have you join his blog as well.

Can we build a team acquiring only safe, cheap players? When do we get ever get an 'uh oh' player that other teams worry about?

"Dolphins signed SS Tyrell Johnson, formerly of the Vikings.
The 43rd pick in the 2008 draft, Johnson underachieved in Minnesota, starting just 27 of 49 games over four seasons. He was primarily a special teamer last year, playing roughly 30 percent of the defensive snaps. A liability in deep coverage, Johnson is a candidate to replace Yeremiah Bell as the Dolphins' in-the-box safety."

Well.....At least we're signing depth in the secondary. I'll take it.

At this point I'm dying to see what we do with our first draft pick.


Armando... Have you noticed how many bloggers Ohio Dolfan is stealing from you? Click on his name and you will see. I'm sure he'd be happy to have you join his blog as well.

Posted by: FYI | April 05, 2012 at 07:49 PM

There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | April 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM

There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

He is talented but never really produced, decent signing since we needed a safety just hope he's healthy. Reshard Jones will probs be the SS as he always should have been.

He still has to make the roster, no?

Well if we are trying to stay positive maybe this guy will be a good player, but we need to add some impact players on both sides of the ball. It always seems like we are adding players that nobody else really wants, not all the time but alot of it. WE NEED TO HAVE A WINNING SEASON WE DESERVE IT!


There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | April 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM


There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

Posted by: Rolfan Dick | April 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM

LOL. How old are you? Nanny Nanny boo boo stick your head in doo doo LMAO

There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | April 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM


There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

Posted by: Rolfan Dick | April 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM

LOL. How old are you? Nanny Nanny boo boo stick your head in doo doo LMAO
Posted by: Dolfan Rick | April 05, 2012 at 08:06 PM


There is not a bit of football related content in this post. Could that be the reason folks go elsewhere????

Scott,

I heard someome mention that Philbin was interested in Sims Walker of the Jags.

While he's not an impact player either, I think he would fit well in our new offence. Don't know if it was just talk or what.

coach him up and make him a strong defensive interceptor
GO DOLPHINS!11

Sims sucks. Gimme a break. Another cast off from a crap team. Dolphin fans want to believe everyone else's cast off disappointment will magically become useful Sad. That is why we suck for so long. Always looking for bargains.

Hope he's at least as good as Benny Sapp...we'll be signing Yeremiah Bell after week 1, if that's the case.

Ladies and gentlemen your 2012 Washington Nationals. Play ball!

Miami Sucks its actually the Washington General that you meant. The Globetrotter punching bag. Pathetic that you didn't know that. Probably you have the same football knowledge.

Big surprise that the fanbase on here would slag this move. They'd criticize if we spent a draft pick on the position and they'd criticize if we pick a guy up in FA. It's the Dolphin fanbase way...

Oh what?.....no comments about nobody wants to come here? Nobody wants to work for Ireland or Ross? Where are all those guys? Night off?

Craig only losers with no other offers say what a great place Miami is.

wow this is pathetic, we are so deprived that people on this blog are saying a back up safety, who is always hurt is a decent signing. what a joke, this guy isnt even going to make the team

No one wants to sign with this team bc of the ownership and upper management. Until ireland goes away and Ross just shuts his hole and signs checks true talent will avoid the dolphins like the plague.

Tyrell Johnson?

God, I hate to be negative all the time, but it's not easy!

We cut Bell(our leading tackler for years), to sign and underacheiving safety.

The guys on probation for DUI and he's freaking INJURED to boot!

I hope he's a Head Hunter, but damn if I can get all excited about it.

PS: The DUI and second chances, yeah........I'm all for it. But SERIOUSLY, the torn Hammy is SERIOUS!

Slutsky,

As far as us needing more depth at the Safety position I think this was a good signing on paper. Do we need more talent than what we signed during Free Agency??? No doubt.

At Number 8 I'm starting to think that we might actually take Tannehill. Regardless we're definitely going to address WR & a pass rusher so it's really just a matter of what round we take them in. After the draft I think it's very possible that we might go back to looking at FA's @ Guards like Jake Scott & Kyle Kosier.

I was originally against taking Tannehill at 8 but now I'm starting to think that it makes a lot of sense. We have Moore & we have Garrard so let the kid sit for a season (maybe two) if he's not ready.

This signing is minor. What's MAJOR are Mando's comments regarding players avoiding the Dolphins like the plague.
I guess we truly know how damaging Ireland's "Hooker" question was, and perhaps even worse Ross hanging Sparano out to dry.

What else? I'm numb.

Big surprise that craig m would talk about other bloggers. His new nickname should be Mr. Originality!

Go back to ohios blog and leave this one for fans who don't have a summer house in irelands as* like you!

"PS: The DUI and second chances, yeah........I'm all for it. But SERIOUSLY, the torn Hammy is SERIOUS!"

Odinseye,

It's a signing for depth since we only had three Safeties with Reshad Jones, Clemons, & Culver. The guy had surgery in November & we wouldn't have signed him unless he passed a physical.

I've been extremely negative during this FA with good reason but it's more important what we do later this month in the draft.


Oh what?.....no comments about nobody wants to come here? Nobody wants to work for Ireland or Ross? Where are all those guys? Night off?

Posted by: Craig M | April 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM

I'm not one of those guys, but is this the signing YOU want to use to throw it in their faces? Really?

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Craig M is 1 funny dude! Miami signs a back up criminal who had no other visits and he wants the fans to give a show of hands & have people eat crow because he wanted to sign here. LMAO

A guy who is more qualified to be your cashier at your local supermarket than a starting calber NFl player. Craig, ever heard the term, beggers can't be choosers?

Imagine the rambling we'd get from you if he was a starter let alone a pro bowl caliber player!

Miami's has signed 5 backups as FA's and all of a sudden Miami, Ross & Ireland are a hot bed to lure NFL talent?

Gotta love it!

Do you think Ireland knows he has an entire roster full of Tyrell Johnsons? We have enough acorn type backups. It's time to start acquiring starters.

We Have Draft Picks,

I agree, this draft is really the priority now. This one could make or break us for the next season and half. Ireland's job is on the line big time. You know it, I know it, EVERYBODY knows it(deservedly so or not).

I'm OK with the Tyree Johnson signing. The only point I was making is that I'm nbot going to get all excited about it. It is what it is, and there is a part of it I like. VERY LOW risk, with the POSSIBILITY of VERY HIGH rewards. I'm not going to knock it for now.

I what I think is being missed here is the very important "nugget" of information that has leaked out of Davie. In Coyles defense our safeties are going to basically be: INTER-CHANGEABLE?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but does that sound eerily similar to a Tampa Two?

**BREAKING NEWS**
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You heard it here FIRST! Kevin Coyle and the Miami Dolphins will be running a **VARIATION** of the Tampa Two!

PS: I'm kind of surprised more people haven't commented on this. This is the REAL biggest news since the Marshall trade.


PS: I'm kind of surprised more people haven't commented on this. This is the REAL biggest news since the Marshall trade.

Posted by: odinseye | April 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM

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Silence, old gypsy woman!

Meet Yeremiah's replacement in his own words:
"I've been through it," he said. "I've been on top. I've been on the bottom. I've been benched. I've been inactive. I've been hurt. You just grow up as a person, a player, as a father.

He was on top from draft day 2008 until the 2nd preseason game that year. After that he was no longer on top he was on the bottom, the bench and the inactive list and finally IR with a torn hamstring that has not fully recovered.


ESPN now reporting:

Joe Philbin has resigned!!!

Odin,
It's not necessary to call Coyle's version of the defense a variation of the Tampax Two.
You can just simply call it the Bengals Defense

Tyrell Johnson has already leapt the entire depth chart and is now our No 1 DB.

Tyree Johnson probably came into the league in much the same way Sean Smith did. He probably thought he was Da Shyt and was gonna make gazillions!

Well, at least now he understands just how fleeting an NFL career can be. Whatever happens, you can bet on one thing, Tyree will be playing with a chip on his shoulder and we will see the absolutely BEST he has to offer.

Hopefully he bounces back and plays BETTER than his original 2nd round ranking. Either way, low risk vs. possible High Reward!

I like it! GO TyRee!!!!

Home says

U mean this fish, caught in net!?

Minnesota Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired early Tuesday.

Johnson
Johnson

The Minnesota State Patrol says the 25-year-old Johnson was stopped about 2 a.m. for failing to signal a merge on an interstate ramp while driving in Minneapolis.

During the stop, the trooper noticed Johnson had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. The state patrol says Johnson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent during field sobriety tests. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08 percent.

Johnson was booked into the Hennepin County jail and released.

The Vikings say they're aware of the incident but declined further comment.

Johnson was a second-round draft pick in 2008 who lost his starting job this season to Jamarca Sanford. Johnson dropped what would've been a game-saving interception at the goal line in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Last month, the Vikings waived quarterback Rhett Bomar not long after he was arrested on charges of drunken driving during training camp. He did not play in the first three exhibition games.

The player really Sucks!

What a disappointment 4 the Dolphins!

GM Jeffrey,

What did u do to/with safety Y-Bell?

Awesome runstopping safety, that set the tone for the Miami Defense w Bone Crushing Hits!

R U Kidding Home!

Jefrrey

U got rid of play maker, run stopper Y-Bell


What do we Got Now , Jeffrey?!!!!

With all due respect and fairness, Bell was a BIG liability in pass coverage.

In playing a defense with inter-changeable Safties(Tampa Two)Bell wouldn't "Fit In" and his lack of coverage skills would be exploited even moreso.

I'm still holding out hope that Bell returns at a reduced rate. Having said that though, he really doesn't seem like a good fit for the new defense.

So Jeffrey, u fired B-Marsh, prob our best WR EVER!!!

and what was ur plan?

Now we have nothing at #1 WR spot !!!

So with all the areas of need, Jeffrey, ...

U created two more areas of need and

Trade 4 more garbage after GIVING AWAY OUR GOLD!

2012 MVP of the NFL Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall
In the Best Shape of His Life w 4 TDs if motivated properly w the right QB

Jeffrey what have u done ?

C, Mon Miami Herald Bloggers!

U Got Game!

Let's Hit It !

In the day and age of the Pass Happy NFL, run stuffing safeties with a lack of coverage skills are going the way of the true Full Back. Their Dinosaurs that are quickly becoming obsolete.

We need safties that can step up in run support. But more IMPORTANTLY, we need interchangeables that can cover and help disquise defenses!

The kind of guys that will help confuse and frustrate Brady, the Mannings, Rodgers, etc, etc.



So Jeffrey, u fired B-Marsh, prob our best WR EVER!!!

Posted by: Home, Late Nite on the Herald

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I think this would come as news to Paul Warfield.

Odinseye

Man in touch w his Neanderthal Alpha Male Miami Dolphin Defensive Setting the Tone w Knuckle Busting Bone Crunching Intimidating Helmet Splitting Light Out Hits with 220 Lbs of lean muscle and exact timing Smack Down Hits Defensive captain Y-Bell play calling Football Instinct Give It All I got, Earth Shattering veteran safety

That despite working w rookies & Fraud Poser Boy CB sean smith that cannot get low, is not fast enough, cannot cover Big TEs, Big WRs, and def not small shifty WRs that smith was hired to cover, set a Miami Dolphin franchise record dropping 12 + Potential INTs, and have been Shucking & Jiving Running my mouth playa loud noise BS for helping this team at choking w 3 losing seasons

Clueless starting CB sean smith

Odin

Never underestimate the power of physical intimidation

and setting the tone by a safety w physical play

Remember Ronnie Lott &

J. Lynch

I wonder if Sherman remembers getting fired EXACTLY one season after giving Tannehill the QB job by DEFAULT?

Sherman had passed over Tannehill numerous times in favor of a couple of "Wanna Be's". With Tannehill entering his Senior Season and nobody else to speak of on the Roster, Sherman basically had no choice but to start Tannehill. The REST of course is History(and so was Sherman and his entire staff).

I get the feeling that Sherman and Philbin have GRAVE reservations about Tannehill, thus, so too does Ireland.

You don't make Ginormous Reaches for a guy out of desperation and fear.

Dalton was deemed a 2nd to 3rd round talent by every talking head out there. Yet he's playing just like a 1st round franchise type of QB.

Gabbert on the other hand, is a guy that graded out as a mid to late 1st rounder by the talking heads and played like a 2nd to 3rd round project. This talking head annointed 1st rounder played so bad he'll be competeing with our very own Chad Henne for a JOB!

Screw the Talking Heads, screw Tannehill! Thank God Sherman and Philbin know better!

Tannehill = colossal mistake for d fish

LB Luke - Boston college

better than Zach Thomas

Oh yeah!

Signing this guy, is it a regression or an improvement ?
In what sense this player is better than Y. Bell ?
More stupid and incoherent moves.


In what sense this player is better than Y. Bell ?

Posted by: marchcool

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He is more of a fan of existentialist writers such as Sartre and Camus than Bell was.

CAN ROBOTS MAKE GRAVY? IT WOULD BE COOL TO HAVE A ROBOT THAT WOULD MAKE ME SOME GRAVY!

The season is losed. We all know it.

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