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Looming Bush contract talks a dilemma but also an opportunity

At some point within the next month the Dolphins and the agent representing Reggie Bush will discuss what precisely to do about the contract status of the team's most impressive player so far this season.

Bush, the NFL's second-leading rusher, is in the final year of his contract. And although neither side pushed the other to get an extension signed before the start of this season -- with both thinking they held a good hand and both comfortable of the future -- the questions now begin to resonate:

Can the Dolphins afford to keep their best player before he hits free agency?

Can the Dolphins afford to let their best player walk away in free agency?

A few weeks ago, before he exploded onto this 2012 season, Bush was seemingly being set up for replacement by the Dolphins. Not only had they not talked to super agent Joel Segal about a new deal but last year they drafted Daniel Thomas in the second round and this year added highly regarded Lamar Miller in the fourth round.

In the world of well-run NFL franchises, that's how it is done. You acquire a running back. Use him up. Then you let him go before having to spend big money on what is increasingly a diminishing asset in today's pass-happy NFL.

The Dolphins did that with Ronnie Brown. And that's what they seemed to be doing with Bush.

Fact is, that still may be the plan. If the Dolphins decide re-signing Bush to a contract extension is too expensive, they might simply move forward with their younger, albeit unproven replacements that are already on the team and were drafted to be the next and less expensive guys up.

But Bush has thrown a wrench into this possible course of action by simply being everything the Dolphins could have wanted from him and much, much, more.

He is a threat from anywhere on the field as his 65-yard run Sunday against Oakland proved.

He has been not only willing, but actually eager to be a workhorse. He led the team with 216 carries last season and is on pace for 320 carries this season -- although that probably won't be sustainable.

Bush is the team's hardest working player. I did not say he's one of Miami's the hardest working players. He is the hardest worker on the team. It is a rare day when practice ends and Bush isn't pushing a sled or running sprints afterward. 

Bush also has stayed relatively healthy, reporting for duty in 17 of a possible 18 games.

The guy has been a beast. Even offensive coordinator Mike Sherman marvels at his ability to run between the tackles and stay fresh.

"I remember Reg when he came out of college and they didn’t ask him a whole lot in that regard, and he was so much faster than everybody else that is was easier to run around them than through them," Sherman said. "But, when I study the tapes form last year, certainly he did that numerous times, and has done that for us too. The durability is what amazes me. He’s out there today like he didn’t even play a game yesterday running around and doing what he does. (He’s) a very impressive young man, no question about that.”

Bush's value around  the league has increased dramatically since he arrived in Miami. And his value in Miami has increased dramatically the past couple of games. So it stands to reason the longer the Dolphins wait to attend to a possible contract extension, the higher the price to re-sign Bush will get because somebody will surely be happy to sign a 27-year-old playmaker in his prime.

Now, I suppose the Dolphins can play hardball and say they'll think about Bush's status at the end of the season, gambling that he slows down and his value declines. That would be an ironic way to attend to this matter because if that's the approach the Dolphins would be banking on Bush not playing as well as he currently is while also hoping, for the team's sake, that he plays better than he is now.

Segal, meanwhile, can play hardball as well. He can simply set a price for Bush and say if the Dolphins don't meet it, he'll become a free agent and go to the highest bidder. And if Bush continues his current trajectory, he's going to be more expensive after the season than he is now. The Bush camp would be betting that Bush is hitting his stride and what you see the past two games is what you'll see the next 14 games.

What makes most sense? Everyone needs to be reasonable.

The Dolphins need to realize Bush is one of their few offensive weapons and they should be in the business of adding weapons for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, not subtracting them.

The Dolphins should realize that Thomas has proven nothing so far as a player. Banking on him to replace Bush is wishful thinking at this point. Yes, Miller was very, very promising in his first game on Sunday, gaining 65 yards as Bush's replacement.

But they should like the idea of having both Bush and Miller in what amounts to a stable of one home run hitter and a player who was a home run hitter in college.

Segal, meanwhile, needs to realize his client has it pretty good down here. He gets the carries he wants. He lives in a town he likes. The team is going to improve as Tannehill gets more experience. And because the Dolphins know Bush best and have milked him for his highest pro production, maybe it would serve him to stay here.

So what is Reggie Bush worth?

That's not my business to judge. It's up to Reggie Bush, his agent, and the Dolphins. But you can believe this is a topic that will soon be on the table for the team and the player. And it will be very interesting to see how it eventually plays out.

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bowe would look good in aqua...

can any of ya'll just c tebow killing the phins lb's as a te.?
lol

IF Reggie keeps playing at the level he is at now, AND stays healthy, Miami MUST re-sign him. I wouldn't wait until season's end, but at least get near the mid-point to see how Bush is holding up.

But don't kid yourselves, Dolfans, there will be no hometown discount whatsoever. Reggie Bush is approaching what is likely the one and only time in his career that he will be able to sign a big contract- and he already took a modest (though fair at the time) deal to sign with the Dolphins last year. Not to mention the fact that his agent, Joel Segal, doesn't play.

In spite of the fact that the RB position is not only de-valued in today's NFL, but also that Miami has depth there, the Dolphins need to step up to the plate and pay this guy whatever it takes.

What kind of message does it send if a guy who not only outperforms his contract, but is THE hardest worker on the team, doesn't get rewarded with a new deal? What sort of team are you building when a veteran leader, the type of guy who can connect coaches to players, the type of guy who hasn't been in any sort of trouble whatsoever while on the Dolphins, is shown the door?

Such a mistake by Miami's front office would send the message to all players that they better look out for themselves- that the Dolphins organization is a stepping stone to bigger and better things in another city.

Miamatt, you franchise him, you pay him top 5 money, without the risk of giving a long term contract to a 28 yr old RB.

Please Explain How is Ryan Clady Better Than Jake?

Same Draft and Got Drafted Way Lower. Clady has only been to 2x Pro-Bowls and 2x All-Pro(Last one Being in 09!)

No Comparison. The Only Comparison is Joe Thomas and Jake Owns him.

Again Jake's Contract will not Hurt the Cap!! It' will be a $1 Mil Increase and the Way the NFL IS We Won't See it til the end of the Contract. By then we Are Renegotiating or Jake's Retiring.

But Again!!

We have been Missing a LT since WEBB Left/Reitired in 2000. A 8 Year Stretch.

Everyone has been complaining We Don't Have a O-Line. We Waste to Many Picks On The Line!! Wahh!! Waahhhh!!

NOW THAT WE HAVE A YOUNG SOLID O-LINE!!!! GET RID OF THE CORNERSTONE!!!!!! ASININE!!! INSANE!! NO COMMON SENSE!!

With The Starting 5 we have we shouldn't have to waste a High Pick On a Linemen for the Next 3-4 Years. Cognito is 29. And Jerry is Still Iffy!!

Now this doesn't mean we shouldn't draft a Linemen Each Draft in the Bottom of the Draft. ACORNS. FOR THE NUTCRACKER

Look how that DT Randall is Working Out. Next Year he makes McDanniel Expendable. Vernon will be solid Depth, A Part of a Rotation.

On the Soliai thing. Ireland knew we were Switching to a 4-3. He already saw the Writing on the Wall with Sporano and picked players for a different D. Odrick is Really a DT. The Key is Signing Starks. If we can't Sign Starks then Yes Keep Soliai. But NExt Year Our Starting DT's Should Be Starks and Odrick.

We Probably Draft another DE next Draft. But Both Lines are Pretty Solid.

Give Coyle a Chance to Pick a Safety. Dashi believes Good Coaching Staff's Work as a Unit. Head Coach at the Top, The OC & DC are Second in Command. And Help the Coach make decision on their Side of the Ball.

Sporano didn't get along with his staff, because he didn't pick his staff. U think Nolan had input on Defensive Players? Or Henning or Daboll on Offense?

Philbin lets his coaches give him advice on what they see and what they want and he makes the Scout go out and look for players. This 1st Crop of FA's Shows who's in control. Philbin cut ALL of IRELAND's Veteran FA Except Naanee & Marshall. And Naanee must be a Favor.

P.s. Mando Don't Do it U are Risking Injury if U Ask Incognito that Question. Knocked down in the Locker Room. Laying on the Floor. Talking about B!tch Stay Down. HA! HA!

Don't do it. THat is the 1 Guy U don't Question in that Locker Room. Reggie Has Never looked so Go Because He Never has had such a LT.

Kris, got to disagree on your valuation of offensive tackles. I don't have as much love for the interior guys but your tackles are as important as your WR, TE, CB, S, or DE in the NFL. These guys prevent turnovers -at least the great ones do - like Long. Sign him up pronto.

Craig, nice point re: Westbrook and their current version McCoy. Both are similar in skill set to Bush. A gamebreaker RB has a role and Philly has always paid the RBs in this offense.

Reggie had a good season for us last year & in two games this year he has played extremely well HOWEVER the fact that Reggie is going to be 28 years old next year trumps everything. You just don't pay RB's big money at that age.

This is another example of why wins this season really don't matter. After the season we'll finally have cap space but that doesn't mean we should use it all on our own players. This is the time to REBUILD not reload. Fans get too attached to players. For example we actually kept Ronnie for a season too long & fans whined that we let him go even though Ronnie was injury prone & his explosiveness was gone. With Bush, Long, Hartline, Starks, & Smith about to be FA people need to come to grips with the reality that there's simply not enough money to go around.

Right now the only player I'd be offering an extension to is Starks who CLEARLY has earned it. Starks has done nothing but produce year in & year out, stay healthy, & do whatever has been asked of him. The other guys still have more proving to do BUT if Hartline continues to play like he did this week then he'd be the next guy I'd lock up. And if Long doesn't pick up his play ASAP he's going to make the decision to let him walk an easy one. Notice how Philbin only praised Incognito & Pouncey (who has a GREAT draft pick) on the O-line.

BTW--As for Smith...I don't see what anyone likes about him. Since he's been drafted his play has inconsistent at best & he doesn't force turnovers. We need better CB's who make plays & Ireland ABSOLUTELY did the right thing by getting value for Vontae who was also too inconsistent.

mike:

I agree the franchise tag is another option, and that between Bush and Long one of them gets the tag.

The reason I believe it will be Long is that he has clearly been playing hurt for a fair bit of the past two seasons, and his play hasn't been as consistent as you would like. Still, I have to believe Long's agent will be after the biggest contract ever signed by a LT, and that's where things get sticky. No doubt they would get such a contract on the open market, durability concerns notwithstanding.

You can say that the smarter play is to lock up Bush for one more year with the franchise tag, and that is a valid viewpoint. But as we have seen, playmakers are not easy to come by, and the price tag won't necessarily reduce with time. A big contract for Bush will be far below what Long will command on the open market. Not only that, but if you consider how deals are structured, a contract for Bush likely will be a 5-year deal with lots of money up front, but lots of flexibility for the Dolphins to cut ties after years 3 or 4 of the deal, respectively. Even though he IS a 28 year old running back, it is fair to say that he is a low-mileage 28. I acknowledge that Reggie's injury history creates risk, but so far it looks like his conditioning and the grass field at Joe Robbie Stadium are working to alleviate that.

Given the money that an increasinly achy Long will command to re-sign long term, and the dearth of playmakers on the Miami roster, I'd rather see the Dolphins lock up Bush and play wait-and-see for a year with Jake Long.

I'M SO GLAD THAT WE ARE NOT THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF THE LEAGUE LIKE HORSEFACE ELWAY AND THE BRONCOS ARE.

Craig, nice point re: Westbrook and their current version McCoy. Both are similar in skill set to Bush. A gamebreaker RB has a role and Philly has always paid the RBs in this offense.

Mark,

I agree with you that a game breaking RB always has a role BUT you just don't sign a RB to big money @ 28 & discount the injuries he has had before he came to Miami. We just drafted Miller & I know if he stays healthy he's going to be a game breaker. I like what I've seen from Thomas but I definitely need to see more.

NOODLE ARM MANNING CAN NO LONGER THROW PAST 40 YARDS, AS MANDO REPORTED LAST SUMMER.

Tebow can throw it 80 yards and rush for 750 in a season with very few turnovers.

Guys,

Its game 3 of a 16gm regular season. Lots can happen. injuries, great season, lousy season. Lot's will play into what happens during the offseason. Even if Bush's extended before the end of the season. I pretty guarrantee it wont be before game 8. More likely it depends upon if he puts together a 2 consecutive strings of 1,000yd plus season injury free seasons.

As for Jake Long, the poster saying he isnt a wco fit, I only shake my head. There are probably upto 30 other nfl teams that would want Jake Long, regardless of the offensive system being ran.

Jake Long's a fit for any and every offensive system out there. He's not being asked to play qb, rb, wr, nor te. The wco asks its olinemen to have good athleticism. Long has the rare combination of both power and athleticism.

Tell us again how that doesnt make Jake Long a wco fit on the oline?

Manning like look Chad Henne with less arm strength in the first quarter last night. The Colts absolutely made the right call here b/c Luck is going to be great.

***"Manning looked like...."

Agreed.

U can Franchise Reggie. That's why He wants to work a Deal. Next year he can Only sign a 2 year Deal. This Year he can Sign a 4 year deal. So Let's put Reggie at 3yr/$25Mil

Jake Can Wait. Jake Himself is Waiting. Like They Said 120% puts jake at $14 Mil. a Year. Again 8yr/$100 Mil Puts him at $12.5 a Yr. Jake's Rookie contract paid Him $11.6 a Yr. So We are Only paying him $1 Mil More A Year. It will get done before the ProBowl. Jakey Needs Spending Money. Guarantee the Salary to ProBowl's Made. For the Fans. Like they Did With Ricky.

U have to look at it this Way. If Mario Williams is Worth $100 Mil the Guy Who defends him 1-on-1 is worth the Same, U know Like a Top 5 Wr Vs Top 5 CB.

If someone can find a CB that Can Stop Calvin Johnson and Revis is Good but he won't Consistently stop Calvin. He would be worth $140 Mil. and Revis is Asking For that Money as an Extension. Heck they PAy Crommartie $10+ Mil a year.

And Didn't Santonio sign for 5 yr/$45 mil last year. Don't expect the fins to be throwing hartline that kind of money. Now D.Bowe? Hell Yeah!! That Would Eliminate 1 Major Problem with a Proven Solution. No Need To Draft a WR, If We Sign Bowe and Jennings. And No Naanee(That Has to be a Double Negative)

Will you guys please let the season play out before getting overly carried away with the Bush comments? Everything depends on how this season plays out.

Even after that, the fo has several diffrent options available to them.

Armando, you see what happens when you toss shyte into the kiddies sandbox? They spread it all over themselves.

RBs Chad Henne is leading the NFL in passing right now. He's 2/2 for 11.5 per attempt, QB rating 117.

You don't like interior linemen? How about Center, let's say Mike Pouncey. Besides having to do some offensive calls, he also has to snap the ball, pass protect and block. These great Centers(I remember Dwight Stephenson) cannot be evaluared well until after the Game, to see the havoc they created.

As I told you last summer, Henne will be Jax's starting QB by game 6.

YG,

I don't know what games you have been watching this season BUT Jake has NOT played like an elite LT that earns more $10 Million a year. He was getting beat by J.J. Watt against the Texans & then Shaughnessy against the Raiders. Tannehill took too many hits from the blind side (one that could have killed him).

If Jake continues to play like this I'd rather move Martin to LT & draft a RT, keep Martin @ RT & draft a LT, or sign a good Tackle who is substantially less expensive than Long.

Pouncey is playing at an elite level through 2 games. Miami's best linemen and that's saying alot considering Jake Long is on this roster.

And guys relax on Jake Long he's one of the best in the game. He is a big reason why Miami ran the ball so effectively if not thee biggest reason. Miami needs to resign him, period. Re-sign Reggie, period. Re-sign Starks period.

Long - arguably the best Left Tackle in the game.

Reggie - Miami's best play maker and so far the leagues 2nd league rusher. Tannehill needs him. Thomas can't stay healthy.

Starks - so under valued but not by me. He's a monster vs the run and an underrated rusher.

Anybody have much of an opinion on Greg Jennings in GB? I believe he's hurt right now but this has been a very productive QB in the NFL over the last few years. He's only 28 years old and in the last year of his contract. My guess is he's a favourite of Philbin's. Peter King talked about this yesterday in his column (and there's a link to another article about this, that I haven't looked at) but he mentioned a few teams might give a second for him. Is this something we should consider (assuming we had him signed). I think he fits what we need and I can see Philbin pushing hard for him but should we wait and draft someone younger, less expensive who might or might not work out or go this route. This assumes of course, as Peter suggests, that the Packers would trade him. I might consider it for the later of our two seconds next year. Thoughts?

As I told you last summer, Henne will be Jax's starting QB by game 6.

Couch,

Only if Gabbert gets hurt like he did this week. Henne is not consistent enough to be a starter in the NFL. He never was & he turns the ball over too much. Think Rex Grossman.

Should have said 'very productive WR'....my bad.

If Miami doesnt resign Bush they are dumb. im done with this team. they finally found a playmaker is his prime and they dont resign him. arent they rebuilding so they should sign him b.c he is a piece to this team. instead of subtracting players from tannehill they need to add playamkers like bush. keep miller and trade thomas. they can get sumthing good for thomas but if they dont get bush im done with this team,.

Pouncey is playing at an elite level through 2 games. Miami's best linemen and that's saying alot considering Jake Long is on this roster.

And guys relax on Jake Long he's one of the best in the game. He is a big reason why Miami ran the ball so effectively if not thee biggest reason. Miami needs to resign him, period. Re-sign Reggie, period. Re-sign Starks period.

Long - arguably the best Left Tackle in the game.

Reggie - Miami's best play maker and so far the leagues 2nd league rusher. Tannehill needs him. Thomas can't stay healthy.

Starks - so under valued but not by me. He's a monster vs the run and an underrated rusher.

AndyNJ,

Can't sign everyone & there's still Hartline in the mix for a new contract.

Guys,

stop speculating on Free Agency already lol. It's 2 weeks into the season. If last offseason didn't show much it was by design. Get productive even if minimally productive players on the cheap and build with youth. It was only 1 game but it sure was fun watching a young offensive line and explosive RB(s) tear a supposedly good front 7 into pieces.

Miami is going Green as in Green Bay. They won't over spend for FA. You don't win that way long term. What did the Marshall and Dansby spending spree show us? Nothing. 1 is gone and the other is just a good player.

Dante,

Trade Thomas??? LMFAO!!! Just a thought BUT maybe we should let him recover from the concussion he just had & see him play first....

I swear...if we let go of Reggie Bush for a 3rd round draft pick I will go postal and never watch another game...

We Have RB's,

I don't agree. I guess I could turn it around and say I don't know what games you are watching, as it applies to Long. Again guys want to focus ONLY on QB pressures when it comes to the QB and that's just not football. The team ran for 245 yards on Sunday and Long was a big part of that. The two tests he's had against Houston and Oakland will be two of the toughtest tests he'll fac this year. I thought he equipped himself very well. I don't think it's fair to say he's not playing like an elite LT does. Respectfully I think you need to go and watch the LT play of some of the guys in the league and then say that Jake Long isn't playing well. Now if you're arguing that he's not worth $10 mil plus a year, I think that's another conversation altogether but he's still one of the best and I believe that will show again this year with another Pro Bowl spot.

Andy,

So you didn't see Jake getting beat & Tannehill getting hit hard in the first half???

WHRB's,

Seeing it your way, I have a wonderful suggestion you should love.

Lets allow Jake Long to walk, then next year when the new LT gets our franchise qb(Tannehill) placed on IR for the year. Lets not debate it, lets celebrate it. I mean neither of us should be shocked if thats what it comes down too(Long walking, Tannehill IR 2013). Right?

pro bowl < super bowl.

AndyNJ,

I agree with you. The blueprint on how to win is clearly there with GB, NE and Pittsburgh. These are not franchises that throw up all over themselves and throw big time money around. You've used examples of players that were signed to big contracts and they didn't work out. I like Bush a lot, but only at a reasonable price. There's a right way and a wrong way to do this and the 'Skins and Cowboys continually show us the wrong way.

Not sure Kris and I are saying the same thing, but my POV is try to sign Long again. But don't do it if it means you can't do any of the other things we need to do. So, give him decent money, yes. Make him the highest paid lineman in the league, NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Anyway, again, I put my faith in Ireland in this regard. He's got a pretty good track record when it comes to getting a deal done that doesn't kill the team's future.

People saying Long not good enough to keep, have you penciled in our new starting LT too? Good ones dont fall from the trees you know.

Oh, ok, I get it. You want to move Martin over to LT. The same Martin who's at times prone to the bull rush and at times struggles with speed rushers. IR for Tannehill in 2013, here we come.

Oh, I get it. Lets use next year's #1 pick for a LT. Let's keep using draft picks to replace the draft picks we let go. Hmm... at this rate we should be a playoff team by 2031. Congratulations guys, youre geniuses!

Also Craig, I was just at Yankees Stadium for a tour a couple weeks ago. Nice stadium, I mean palace. All the trimmings, banners, trophies, etc.

What I didn't see was a 2012 World Series Champions banner. And I won't see it there. Because that will be displayed in Washington, when the Nationals win the World Series this year.

"I don't agree. I guess I could turn it around and say I don't know what games you are watching, as it applies to Long. Again guys want to focus ONLY on QB pressures when it comes to the QB and that's just not football. The team ran for 245 yards on Sunday and Long was a big part of that. The two tests he's had against Houston and Oakland will be two of the toughtest tests he'll fac this year. I thought he equipped himself very well. I don't think it's fair to say he's not playing like an elite LT does. Respectfully I think you need to go and watch the LT play of some of the guys in the league and then say that Jake Long isn't playing well. Now if you're arguing that he's not worth $10 mil plus a year, I think that's another conversation altogether but he's still one of the best and I believe that will show again this year with another Pro Bowl spot."

Craig,

Really??? A LT's main job is to protect the QB's blindside & he didn't do that very well. Tannehill took one particular shot against Oakland that could have very easily knocked him out for the season. If Brady, Manning, Brees, or Rogers were hit like that the coaches would crucify that player. Did you notice how Philbin (a former O-line coach with an extensive resume) singled out Incognito & Pouncey??? Do you think he just forgot to mention Jake Long who is the team's highest paid player???

BTW--Pro-Bowl selections are made by the fans & are not necessarily the best indicator of who the best players are. The All-Pro team selections are more legitimate.

We Have RBs,

I did see that. I also saw in week 1 Joe Thomas getting handled by Trent Cole who sacked Brandon Weden in week 1 and get him constantly killed on other occasions in week 1. I also saw Jordan Gross get beat by just about anyone the Giants lined up against him in the 2nd half. I saw Duane Brown (Texan's and his big new contract) get Matt Schaub decleated twice vs the Jags pathetic pass rush.

Direct TV bro. I see them all!

Some guys deserve contracts and Bush is one of them. He goes out of his way, above and beyond and it shows. Tremendous work ethic and character. Not many guys like that!!

Talking about guards, apparently you never saw the famous photo(included in the great book, Instant Replay, by Jerry Kramer), of Kramer, Fuzzy Thurston, leading Paul Hornung downfield. Same can be said here about Larry Little and Bob Kuechengerg leading Csonka, Kiick or Morris

CraigM,

Youre throwing up all over yourself paroting "good teams dont shell out big money". Thats ranks with the greatest lie ever told. Good teams pay thier own superstars in thier primes. They just dont usually overpay for fa's from other teams.

They definitely dont let 27yr old superstars walk. Present just one case the teams you mentioned have done that? They may have franchised that 27yr old player 2yrs in a row to milk his services a couple more seasons until he's right at 30. But the new cba no longer allows a vet to be franchised 2yrs in row.

Most times the situations are different for different players. A whole lot more plays into than the simpleton approach you're trying to sell. Stick to be a keyboard gm.

YG,

I don't see why a healthy discussion on Long's play this season needs to turn into 2013 predictions so just relax. Has Jake's play been great before this season??? Absolutely but you can't deny that his body has taken a beating (he hurt his knee a few weeks ago) which may be the reason he's not playing at an elite level.

At the end of the day NO ONE on here is going to make the call on Long. With that said I have total & complete confidence in Philbin when it comes to O-line play & if we should keep Long. If you look at his coaching experience this is area of expertise.

It is clear to me that few here understand the Running and its importance.

I'm pretty sure Bush will want to go to a competitive team. Wasnt it him that said this team still stinks?

I have total & complete confidence in Philbin when it comes to O-line play & if we should keep Long. If you look at his coaching experience this is area of expertise.

Posted by: We Have RB's | September 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

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We all said the same thing about Sparano.

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Fin 1984

"I did see that. I also saw in week 1 Joe Thomas getting handled by Trent Cole who sacked Brandon Weden in week 1 and get him constantly killed on other occasions in week 1. I also saw Jordan Gross get beat by just about anyone the Giants lined up against him in the 2nd half. I saw Duane Brown (Texan's and his big new contract) get Matt Schaub decleated twice vs the Jags pathetic pass rush.

Direct TV bro. I see them all!"

NJAndy,

LOL@Andy!!! Sadly I don't have Direct TV. I live in Manhattan & it's either Time Warner or Verizon Fios.

Obviously LT's (even the best) get beat. I'm probably being too critical of Jake BUT I do worry that his body (especially his knee) has taken a beating. I did not like that HUGE shot that Tannehill took. That guy absolutely crushed him & he did not see the defender at all. I'm VERY cognizant that Tannehill is this franchise's future & I don't want to see him taking hits like that. This is a HUGE season for Tannehill's development & we need him to learn by playing in all 16 games.

Tannehill was sacked once on Long's side Sunday. It wasnt Long's fault for two glaringly obvious reasons:

1. The defense had set up an overload blitz on Long's side. Tannehill should have also saw that at the line.

2. Not only did Tannehill miss that at the line of scrimmage. He drifted right into on Long's side when dropped back into the pocket.

Sure Long occassionally gets beat one on one. Every great LT does. Richmond Webb didnt win them all against Bruce Smith and vice versa. There were times Smith would beat Webb so bad, it made Webb look like a rookie.

You have to also remember, a qb as to help his linemen out with good pocket presence too. Just because a qb is sacked it doesnt always mean its the lineman's fault. The qb has to get the ball out of his hands on time, have good pocket presence, then at times a sack is just due to plain old great coverage by a team's db's.

Also could means your wr sucks. They cant get open soon enough, making the qb hold the ball longer. There's so much more that goes into a qb being sacked than you simpleton's seem not to be bright enough to consider.

"We all said the same thing about Sparano."

LOL@Fin 1984!!! That's true & we were all wrong!!! However the O-line has looked MUCH better this season than it has looked in the past two seasons. Sure Martin is a rookie BUT he's clearly an upgrade to both Carey in 2010 & Columbo last year who are not on an NFL rosters.

BTW--I just read that Vernon Carey is officially retired!!!

WHRB's,

If youre talking about not resigning Long it greatly affects the approach going into 2013. You mean to tell me you dont resign Long then dont have a viable plan of replacement too?

Sucks here sometimes. It gets spewed dump this player, that player, and people clamoring dont present a plan after. Its dolfan hysteria, plain and simple.

Then when the team plays worse than the year before the same people scream what a "talentless team" we are. Last I checked, we werent a team that can afford to let any pro bowl calibre talent walk.

You guys do remember this is the Miami Dolphins, not the Steelers, Packers, Patriots. Right?

new blog up in case you fellas didn't see it

People pulling out Big Guns Football knowledge here. I guess I'll leave, have to prepare my lunch. But one last repeated thought before I depart, The Intention has always been to score First.

Mike Nolan did a great against Manning last nite.

Dashi thinks Atlanta is going to the big game this year

"Tannehill was sacked once on Long's side Sunday. It wasnt Long's fault for two glaringly obvious reasons:

1. The defense had set up an overload blitz on Long's side. Tannehill should have also saw that at the line.

2. Not only did Tannehill miss that at the line of scrimmage. He drifted right into on Long's side when dropped back into the pocket.

Sure Long occassionally gets beat one on one. Every great LT does. Richmond Webb didnt win them all against Bruce Smith and vice versa. There were times Smith would beat Webb so bad, it made Webb look like a rookie.

You have to also remember, a qb as to help his linemen out with good pocket presence too. Just because a qb is sacked it doesnt always mean its the lineman's fault. The qb has to get the ball out of his hands on time, have good pocket presence, then at times a sack is just due to plain old great coverage by a team's db's.

Also could means your wr sucks. They cant get open soon enough, making the qb hold the ball longer. There's so much more that goes into a qb being sacked than you simpleton's seem not to be bright enough to consider."

YG,

You make all excellent points & maybe that monster hit wasn't Jake's fault. I haven't seen the replay. However as I said I will defer to Philbin to make a determination on Jake. Just as I deferred to Philbin on Matt Flynn.

WHRB's @ 1:21 PM,

On that I 100% agree.

If I know the Dolphins, they will delay and delay until bad feelings develop between Bush and the team. Once the bad blood occurs, the Fins will sign him. What a dysfunctional ball club.

The other part of the story is that Reggie's running well because the OL is blocking well. That's why Miller got yards too.

I say let jake long go, hes never fully healthy hes not playing as dominantly as he did his first 2 yrs, and will cost 12mil, we still have Starks Hartline Bush and Sean Smith to sign. Long will eat up all the cap space, i think Ireland took martin as an eventual replacement anyway, move him over and get a thrird rd RT


I offer a disclaimer right-off. I likely don't know as much about Caps and money, but I have been a Dolfan
for over 40 years. If consensus has it that a great RB wears-down quickly after age 30, then give Reggie a 3 year contract at the $5 million per that someone mentioned before. But load him up with incentives such
as $100 grand for MVP, $250 grand for being a starter in a Pro-Bowl, etc. My understanding is that we will have close to $60 million in cap-space next year. Sign guys we want at a going rate and get on with getting us some help at DB, WR, and O-line. Go Dolphins !!!

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