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The decisions made and choices looming at guard, receiver, safety

Barry Jackson making another cameo in Armando's blog with a couple of quick items and my latest Dolphins Sports Buzz post.

The common theme among safety, receiver and right guard this off-season has been this: In each case, the Dolphins opted to develop their own players instead of adding a sure-fire starter at any of the positions, even though a bunch were available this offseason. Yes, Miami added receiver Legedu Naanee and safety Tyrell Johnson, but both project as likely backups unless Johnson can win the safety job (which would be mildly surprising but not out of the question).

The decision appears final at safety, barring injuries or an intriguing acorn suddenly emerging (to use a Jeff Ireland-ism). With receiver, Ireland hasn't ruled out adding a veteran if he doesn't like what he sees from the unproven young players in the coming months. We address both of these positions in my current post on my Sports Buzz Blog.

With right guard, a final decision hasn't been made, but this much is clear: Veteran starter Jake Scott would love to play for the Dolphins. He visited here in April. The Dolphins haven't told him he's no longer being considered, but they haven't told him an offer is forthcoming, either. Ireland, when asked about Scott, wouldn't rule it out. But it's also clear Ireland and Joe Philbin prefer to give John Jerry every opportunity to win the job.

The Scott/Jerry decision isn't an easy one, but the Dolphins clearly prefer to give Jerry a chance - at least for the moment - before giving more thought to signing Scott, Kyle Kosier or any other veterans available.

Unlike Jerry, Scott has been an established, quality starter, starting every game the past six years. If you believe the numbers offered up by Pro Football Focus - which reviews every snap of every game - they would tell you that Scott graded out as the seventh best among 77 qualifying guards last season.

PFF rated him a smidgen above average as a run blocker and well above average as a pass blocker. He allowed two sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. But the Titans decided to replace him with an older Steve Hutchinson, who obviously has had a terrific career.

For perspective, Vernon Carey (who remains unsigned) was rated 44th among guards last season. PFF said Jerry played 180 snaps at guard - he also got work at tackle - and allowed one sack and three pressures. Scott graded out much better than Jerry as a pass-blocker, but Jerry graded out slightly better as a run-blocker, albeit in a small sample size.

Jerry, at 25, is six years younger than Scott - and that means something to the Dolphins.

"We're going to try to get Jerry established," Ireland said. "Jerry still has that developmental upside. He played well in some games."

Joe Philbin said earlier this offseason: "We've got to find a home for him. He's got to earn a spot."

Jerry now has a home and he is being given every chance to earn that spot, ahead of Nate Garner and whomever else the Dolphins might sign there. If he doesn't perform, the Dolphins will have another reason to rue taking him 73rd in the 2010 draft - 22 spots before New Orleans took Jimmy Graham.

Scott also visited Arizona but remains unsigned. He's not going to wait for any team if he gets an offer to his liking. The Dolphins must hope that Jerry either shows enough in OTAs the next few weeks or that Scott remains available for a while if Jerry doesn't.

Couple other notes:

### Joe Philbin told ESPN he would like to name a starter before the third preseason game. "You'd love to have it done by after the second preseason game," he said. "The third preseason game is when your first unit is going to get the vast majority of the snaps in terms of your preseason allocation. I'd say by the third preseason game we'd like to have the unit established." 

### It's obvious how much Matt Moore loves an offense where he's not being told - by Brandon Marshall or anyone - to throw him the damn ball. "There's no pressure to get the ball to any one specific guy," Moore said. "So you can just go back there and wing it."

### Though Moore called it "weird" and "awkward" that a rookie knows more about the offense than he does, he says it good-naturedly. The relationship among Moore, David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill has been very good, to the point that Philbin went out of his way this week to praise them for how they're helping each other. "It's impressive to watch," Philbin said.

### Oregon linebacker Josh Kaddu became the latest Dolphins draft pick to sign, joining Jonathan Martin, Rishard Matthews, B.J. Cunningham and Kheeston Randall.

For some notes on where the Dolphins stand at safety and receiver, and what Ireland is saying about each of those positions, plus the latest bad news for Warren Sapp, please click here on my latest Sports Buzz post:

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/

With Armando vacationing, David J. Neal will be at the next scheduled Dolphins availability next Tuesday and will post an update then. There will be four additional days of availability after next Tuesday, before camp opens in late July. I'll be on NBA Eastern Conference Finals duty next week (assuming the Heat makes it) but will have more Dolphins notes in buzz columns. Have a good weekend.

--- BARRY JACKSON

 

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Wow! You came out "SWINGING"(Pun intended) this morning(afternoon......ahem).

You must of saved a "Bump" for a wake up, eh?

It's a GOOD MORNING when you wake up to Meth.

Now go brush your money maker and freshen that Breath!

odin should stick to that other blog with his few hag groupies.

Has anyone noticed that the Miami Herald has less coverage of its own team than the other papers in Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach?

Maybe that is why this blog is a toilet bowl?

Hey Vanish Blue -

I'm working this side of the street.

SCRAM!

Introducing new terminology.

This morning I had a wonderful bowel movement and then flushed my odin down the toilet.

Has anyone noticed that the Miami Herald has less coverage of its own team than the other papers in Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach?
Maybe that is why this blog is a toilet bowl?
Posted by: Vanish Blue | May 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM

.

The blog is a toilet bowl because the team is a toilet bowl. Full of chit.

You folks realize this right?

Either Ryan is as good as folks say he is or he's not as good as folks say he is.

He has to play at a very high level or folks will be revisiting his #8 selection for years to come. He can't play at a Moore level. He has to play at least a Romo, Stafford or Shaub level. Anything less than that was a waste of a first round pick.

JackSparrow will judge Ryan after one or two games and call him a bust.

JackSparrow is a waste of time blogger.

crow is talking to sparrow........

ALoco go make some mint tea.

you h omos still at it huh?

Guys, JackSparrow is TheSMF, Pricemaster, and all those other names asking others to swallow his load.

LET SAY WE KNOW THAT SMF IS PRICEMASTER ,,,,,,,,,SOOOOOOOOOOOO


LIFE GOES ON ,LIFE IS SHORT ..........

Armando has already confirmed it. Life does go on, but why waste any time responding to such a person about anything?

IS ARMANDO LOOKING FOR A JOB YET ?

THE HEALD WILL FIRE 355 of the it's staff NEXT MONTH;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

THE HERALD WILL FIRE 35% OF IT'S OWN STAFF NEXT MONTH.

Aloco people in Miami can't spell, write or read. The Herald has no chance. It all trailer parks, boat people and dropouts there. This blog proves it.

VERY GOOD POINT---------@ 7;22 PM.......I WAS TOLD FL NO 47 IN EDUCATION IN THE NATION ,,,,,,,,,

Philbin = Cameron

Omar at the SS cant spell or use proper grammar. I dont think he finished High School.

Well it looks like Armando lost his lame radio show. Man was that ever awful. Armando is worse at speaking than he is at writing, if that is even possible. There really is no good sports writer in South Florida, no surprise.

JJ

Omar, like Armando, is a bible thumper. Only really stupid people fall for that silly, garbage propaganda.

Omar mixes drugs and alcohol. And then tweets how great he feels on the combination.

Yhe fins should change their name. A few suggestions:

The PartyHeads
The Dropouts
The Fidels
The Lost
The Losers

Fins should change their name to The Farce.

I choose not to judge Ryan until he takes ONE NFL stap in ONE meaningful game.

What I do is predict garbage in garbage out.

Ryan has to come out of the gates like Secretariat! Anything less than that was a waste of a draft pick.

Ryan has to come out of the gates like Secretariat! Anything less than that was a waste of a draft pick.

Posted by: JackSparrow | May 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM


You confirmed what I said. You will foolishly base your opinion on him after just one or two games. That is both ignorant and just plain silly. You obviously are a person desperately looking for something negative.


The only QB I remember coming out like Secratriat was Marino.

Not even these guys did:
Montana
Young
Manning 1
Manning 2
Brees

Add Elway to the list, he took almost the whole first season to start showing his worth, by his own admission.

JackSparrow is just eager to hate the team, put them down, and hope all the draft picks are busts. There are a few here like that, if they are not all him under different names.

We run Tannehill's old college offense and he still is NO where near ready. And then stupid Ireland tells us he's just as good as Heisman winner RG3 and u bozos believed him. Wtf? Lol

Who gives a flying turd what Sparrow thinks. It means nothing. Nobody is getting any prizes to be right or wrong.

M13, players in Washington are saying RG3 has a long way to go. So does Luck, and so does Tannehill.

Irescum is a MORON! This team will continue to stink until 2 years after he's fired.

Ross, save the Dolphins. SELL THE TEAM!!

That SOB Ross is filling out the roster with cheap scrubs.

Ross is doing a fine job. I'm impressed. Seriously. He is an up and coming fine GM in this league, and still young.

I meant Ireland. One too many single malts, hehe.

6-10 in Ireland's 4th year is terrific.

Fake me at 10:21 by a loser wussy blogger, typical miami fan on this blog. Coward. Imitate me all you want if that is what you need to get your jollies.

Ross inherited a big mess. He's righting the ship now. Maybe he made some mistakes, who cares now.

I'm pro Ireland, Philbin, Sherman.

Max, all those doom and gloom posters and fakers are TheSMF. He just posts to get someone riled up. Ignore them.

Once you get used to the little sting of pulling hairs out of your ahole, it becomes a craving hobby. I enjoy it thoroughly, although now I have to wait for some hairs to grow back.

Matt Moore WILL be the starting quarterback of this team in 2012 and he will lead them to the playoffs. Hartline, Bess, Moore, Rishard and Cunningham will do very well for this team as receivers and Fasano and Clay will also have much better seasons. In addition, Bush is going to be a nightmare of a mismatch when lined up as a receiver as well as Miller who will just blow the doors off a linebacker or a nickel.
I'm tired of the losing and I'm tired of the negativity and I'm saying right now that the team will win a minimum of 10 games this year.
The defense will be playing at a high level right out of the gate as compared to last year so that's a plus right there. Gives the team a much better chance of competing every week as compared to how poor they were due to the lack of conditioning because of the failures of Sparano last year. It will be extrememly tough for opposing offenses to run on them again this year and I believe we're looking at double digit sack numbers from Odrick, which is only going to help Wake. Wouldn't be surprised to see Vernon get a half dozen himself.
Turnovers are going to play a large part in the success of this team and that will be a huge plus for Miami in the 2012 season. Expect to see them be much more aggressive at going after the ball on the defensive side, especially because Philbin knows how to game plan and will be a big help for the defense. Coyle's experience with defensive backs will enable him to take the guys on the team to another level in their play.
The biggest difference, like I said, will be conditioning. The tempo in the practices to this point is not only going to put their offensive and defensive squads light years ahead of where they were last year but it should put them ahead of most of the competition. Practicing outside in the heat and humidity is a huge plus. Come game day in Miami they will have a defenite advantage over the other teams.
On the offensive side the mismatches that will be created, even by some of the new talent on the team, is going to be nightmarish for some defenses. They may struggle a little in the early going but by midseason they should be firing on all cylinders and they may run off 6 to 8 wins in a row.
The potential is there. If it were just another year with Sparano as the coach it would be a different story but you can see a huge difference in the philosophy of this coaching staff already. They are in the weight room, they are conditioning the guys physically for stamina and they have them moving constantly in practice In addition, they aren't letting mistakes linger on the practice field which was a big point of contention for some guys last year. Reggie Bush commented on how he couldn't believe that Sparano would call practice and be satisfied with mistakes that were made and just let them go rather than getting it right. Philbin already said they run it again until they get it right. What a refreshing way of thinking about things. Apparently, the team likes it too because they have commented to the positive on the subject. Go Miami!

Mando is it true the the blogger known as "Home is omnipresent or is it a conspiracy theory?

How can one person be everywhere at once or be dismissed from so many blogs?

Does Home like the Miami Dolphins or his his whole act a ruse?

What has Home done to Omar Kelly's blog on the SS?

Is it really Home or is it a conspiracy theory against Home?

Professor Lou is on drugs. The Dolphins stink and the only playoff they'll be involved in is the playoff for Matt Barkley. 3-13 without Brandon and a questionmark for a HC. Cheapskate Ross wont pay for top players or a good GM or HC.

Did Home commit blogging suicide again on the lame blog started by a divorced father and drunk weekend dad?

Is the chubby little drunk teacher with the substance abuse problem really going to waste his children's valuable time with this daily frivolous nonsense jabbering about a loser fire NFL team?

What about the other lonely Mob followers, who have lost their way in life and are pissing it away squawking about bullshiet that they like their lives, have no direction or control over?

In the end
Home is their Prophet

See I Can Write Like "Home" too

:)

Thanks Home!

All these years we have been wasting our lives.

We thought Omar was are friend and he loved us.

You were right all along.

We feel so stupid, again.

We promise to find hobbies and real friends.

Thank you Home,
Love
The Mob with piss in our faces

Stop imitating Home, Dr Feelgood!

You think we don't know it's you, even with intentional spelling errors like Home

are = our

Nice try and soon you too will feel the wrath of Home.

Joe Philbin = Cam Cameron II

THE BOYCOTT IS WORKING! DOLPHIN TICKET SALES ARE AT A 44 YEAR LOW! ROSS WILL SOON GET THE MESSAGE! KEEP UP THE BOYCOTT UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE'RE TIRED OF THE LOSING! HELP MAKE A CHANGE!

I think Ireland's two drafts since Parcells stopped running the show have been excellent. Do not include me in your stupid "boycott" (as if you were going to games in the first place).

Idiot fans like you do NOT represent me. Understand?

Jim, I hope you're not saying Ireland is better then Parcells. If thats what your spinning you are the idiot. We've gotten worse every year since Parcells left.

to be
OR
NOT
TO BE...........

THE
CELLAR........................... OUR DESTINY ............

I'm saying that I believe his two drafts since Parcells stopped running the show have been excellent.

Do you have a reading comprehension issue?

ONLY A MIAMI FAN WOULD USE THE WORD (( EXCELLENT )) TO RATE THIS CELLAR TEAM DRAFT ON THE LAST 2 YEARS...........


D.THOMAS WAS AN (( EXCELLENT )) DRAFT PICK ??????????

EXCELLENT..., MY FOOT ...............

GATES ? WAS AN (( EXCELLENT )) DRAFT PICK ?????????????

JIM................ CAN YOU EXPAND ON THE USE OF THE WORD (( EXCELLENT )) ?????

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