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Welcome to South Florida Jabar Gaffney

Jabar Gaffney stayed in New England the past few weeks even after the Patriots cut him and he was without a team. Fact is, Gaffney hoped he'd be back with the Pats and as you'll see below, he saw other teams like the Dolphins as the "enemy."

But he's with Miami now.

And that means learning on the fly.

Gaffney and quarterback Ryan Tannehill worked on hand signals today, something that is important just prior to a road game (Miami plays at Cincinnati Sunday).

The portions of practice I saw didn't suggest to me the Dolphins are leaning heavily on Gaffney in the game plan. That obviously can change in the next couple of days.

Anyway, I present to you No. 10 of the Miami Dolphins -- Jabar Gaffney:

 

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Nobody milks the bull on the farm better than I do.

Romney won the debate while Obama stummbled all over his words, with that said Im still voting for Obama.

Mark and DC,

I have to go see a another specialist this morning. Their finalizing my neck surgery details. I'm still pretty nervous about the whole situation, but I don't think I can avoid it. It has to be done.

Anyways, if you guys have any comments or opinions on my 7:53 post about Tannehill facing the blitz let me know. I have to head out right now, but I'll check for them when I return.

Wish Me Luck!

Oh yeah, Mark........Rock On to you too My Good Man ;)

Good luck odin.

odin = aib.

Good luck odin, hope you get some good pain medication bro.

odin, forget about the pain medication just get some herbs mon.

One thing I'm hoping to see soon (like this weekend) is Tannehill reducing the critical mistakes (turnovers). He needs to protect the ball better. No turnovers, and we're in a totally different position today.

DC,

The critical mistakes that were made against the Cardinals were not even Tannehill's fault. One INT was b/c Hartline slipped & fell down on a timing route & the other INT & fumble were caused by breakdowns in pass protection.

This is a perfect example of why stats can sometimes be deceiving. Any QB (even Brady & Rodgers) can look incompetent when they don't have enough time. Our O-line has improved from last year--especially when it comes to running the football--but there have been LAPSES in pass protection that haven't given Tannehill a chance.

Odin, good luck my good man.

I did read that post on the blitz and it just confirmed what my eyes were telling me watching that game. And that is Tannehill looks the field and not the rush. He has the knack of seeing the open receiver and not locking on like all the experts here were saying a few weeks back. In fact every week there's been a criticism of Tannehill and the following game he does the exact thing the experts didn't think he could do. He gets better every week and that's so awesome.

Despite what his rating is I'm convinced that he is the real deal. He's also so much further ahead of where I thought he'd be right now. And I also know by the end of the year that the rest of the country will know that Ryan Tannehill is indeed a rock star.

WHRBs

I love our o line but that Cardinal game was the most disappointing part of the whole day. They are capabale of so much better, especially the interior line.

Through four games the two most glaring issues are WR & CB. Even if Hartline & Smith are re-signed (I'd be shocked if Smith is a Dolphin next year) whoever is GM needs to sign either a big-time WR or CB in FA & draft either a WR or CB with a high first round pick.

I don't believe Dansby will be on this team next year. When he was signed by us he was one of the best LB's in the NFL in pass coverage & that's just not the case any longer. His play is definitely not commensurate with the amount of money he is getting paid. Good bye & good luck Karlos.

I have no idea what will happen with Bush, Long, Starks, Hartline, or Smith for that matter. There simply is not going to be enough money to go around but I'm hoping that a new GM who is not named Jeff Ireland will be making those decisions. My best guess would be that at the very least we re-sign Starks & Hartline.

WHRBS,

We had the conversation about 10 days ago that our WRs and CBs are the worst in the league. Still feel that way?

I watched some of the action last weekend and there were a lot of teams that got lit up in the secondary. NO for one. Raiders. Lions. Bills. I'm not saying we're great back there and I'm not opposed to upgrades but as I said before we're not the worst.

WRs look WAY better than we thought. Bess ad Hartline have been great so far and Gaffney will help. On top of that we still have Matthews and Moore anxious to get on the field. This is a good thing.

To the Marshall and Dez Bryant lovers I say HA HA HA HA......

WHRBs,

I also say, Sean Smith, being held accountable to be more consistent could be a whole different player than we've seen before. He does have good skills. He loses focus and gets a bit lazy at time, as we've seen with the drops and the breakdown on the last play. Players and coaches holding him accountable could mean an All Pro down the road one day. That'smy true belief. We'll see if he can get it together or not.

"I love our o line but that Cardinal game was the most disappointing part of the whole day. They are capabale of so much better, especially the interior line."

Mark,

When it comes to running the football this O-line has been outstanding so far. The starting unit as a whole is much better than last years but bear in mind our RG was Carey & our RT was Columbo who are both out of football right now. Go figure....

Pass protection is a different animal in the NFL & it's more than just the five O-lineman who need to do their job. This is why you see Thomas on the field more than Miller. Miller is CLEARLY the better runner but sometimes it's the RB whose job it is to pick up a blitz coming up the middle or a TE chipping on the outside to slow a pass rusher down. EVERYONE on offense needs to do their job better to help Tannehill.

Bengals: 28
Fins: 27

God damn it!!!!!!!!!!

I feel that they will resign Hartline and Starks for sure. Hartline is proving his value and is a Philbin guy. Starks in a critical part of that D-line. I dont see Long being resigned unless it falls inline with his rookie contract. He will probably be expecting a Joe Thomas sized contract but you never know. Bush probably depends on how Miller and D. Thomas develope with the emphasis on Miller. Smith may be resigned at the right price.. Hopefully he lives up to his potential this year and gives them no choice but to resign him. I think he is the type of player that needs responsibility put on him and with him asking to cover Larry Fitzgerald last week it seems hes wanting that.. so good sign there

My God, it's the same five or six people posting here EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I'm not blaming you guys, but you have to realize how stale and lifeless that gets after awhile. It's not like you're constantly coming up with new and interesting material or opinions.

Seems like a fuinny place tO ask this, but does anyone know some good Dolphins blogs that maybe more than a dozen people are reading and posting on?

trace, didn't you see the stadium during the last home game? we are the last Dolphins fans left. In all honesty, this blog gets all it's traffic during the game.

I'm never here though, I prefer watching the game instead of saying a player should be cut after he misses a play.

By the way Craig and WHRBs, I full expect Sean Smith to be re-signed long term. As you've said Craig, decent CBs are among the rarest of breeds and no sense letting a 25 year old guy who is very competent go. he's staying and he's getting five mill a year plus to stay. We have loads of cap room and in no position to let our good players go. Of all our free agents, I think the least likely to be re-signed are Starks and Bush in order. Not saying they aren't great at what they do but these are the areas the team has the most talent. Got to think Odrick can easily slide in and do what Starks does if a true pass rusher makes the grade in round one.

"We had the conversation about 10 days ago that our WRs and CBs are the worst in the league. Still feel that way?

I watched some of the action last weekend and there were a lot of teams that got lit up in the secondary. NO for one. Raiders. Lions. Bills. I'm not saying we're great back there and I'm not opposed to upgrades but as I said before we're not the worst.

WRs look WAY better than we thought. Bess ad Hartline have been great so far and Gaffney will help. On top of that we still have Matthews and Moore anxious to get on the field. This is a good thing."

Craig,

Yes I still feel that way. It's the depth at each position which is frightening. If Gaffney is healthy that helps.

Did Hartline have the game of his life??? Absolutely but he's not Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald or Mike Wallace okay??? One HUGE game in a contract year does not 'seal the deal' for me in thinking that Hartline is a Number 1 WR. Hartline is a good player but let's see how he responds with tighter coverage against the Bengals who are pretty damn good on defense.

As for the CB's we have....We needed more of a pass rush & we got it. Smith played his best game of his career (two INT's) but still let up that last TD to Roberts. He's ranked 23rd best in the NFL according to PFF so far this year so he's hardly a 'lock-down' CB. After that Marshall had a terrible game & Carroll is hardly an upgrade..

While having a pass rush DEFINITELY helps out the secondary you can't expect our defense to generate a pass rush every time a QB throws the football. Wake was matched up against a rookie so he had a career day but he's not going to have 4 & a half sacks every game. Down the stretch our CB's simply were not good enough in coverage.

History tells us...Jabar will be cut sometime within the next 12 months.

Miss an assignment - cut
Question a coaches decision making - cut
Get involved with a "he said she said" - cut
Stand up to Philbin and his daddy daycare - cut
Don't buy tickets for your family to see the game - cut
Get injured - cut
Get hurt - cut
Start acting too Black - cut
Walk in on Ireland servicing Ross - cut

Odin....

Follow Jamican Paul's advice @ 10:09....the ONLY we poision our system's enough alchol (i know I do)....

So skip the pain meds...gets some HEBS MON...and tell the doc to stick that liver and stomach killing poision where the sun don't shine....

but all in all..I hope you get good news...

mattyfromNC,

You mentioned something along the lines of 'hopefully Long's contract will fall inline with his rookie contract'. Do you realize when Long signed, as a result of the old CBA, I believe he became the highest OL in the league? Some thing like $61 mil contract and I forget the guarantees but they were high. I am sure he'll be looking to be paid among the highest in the league and to be honest he deserves it.

The more I've thought about it, the more I think the team will try to resign Bush to a reasonable contract and franchise Long. They'll want to see for one more year what Long is and isn't capable of.

"Got to think Odrick can easily slide in and do what Starks does if a true pass rusher makes the grade in round one."

Mark,

You're nuts. Odrick couldn't shine Starks' shoes at this point. Has Odrick improved??? No doubt about it but Starks is one of the best 4-3 DT's in the entire NFL. That's a fact. I'll also remind you that he made the Pro-Bowl a couple years ago as 3-4 DE. It absolutely sickens me that he hasn't been re-signed by now.

Mark/WHRBs,

Not sure if you guys are still around or have jumped to the next blog. I have to agree with Mark. Smith's a keeper and about $5mil a year sounds about right to me. It's not a position for depth on this team, so if you're looking to replace Smith AND Marshall and cap ramifications as it applies to Marshall....then GOOD LUCK!

I'll also agree with Mark on Starks. I really like this guy but if it's about improving the team and being smart where the dollars go, then Starks is probably the odd man out. Think about it. Is he going to get better or stay the same or get worse. Like the other two. So you're going to spend big money for a vet, when we have other guys on the team that can step up. I'd like to keep them all but I'm not sure how we're going to do that and still have room to add. It's like your budget at home. You'd like to buy everything but reality is you can't.

Hartline would have had over 400 yards if he wasn't so freaking slow.

Does he have molasses in his veins?

Craig,
I believe his contract was worth 51 million with 25 guarnteed, I might be wrong, but the issue with Long now is that he keeps playing injured, which by all means is admirable, but once the body starts to break down its hard to recover when youre getting pounded day in and day out. Youve got 320 lbs on a knee that is hurting.. that becomes an issue when you give a player 60+ million dollars.. He deserves the contract if he can be there long term and thats what they have to decide..

Can't argue that it's an upgrade...think it was a solid move and probably best move that could be made at this point in the season. Maybe next year Wes Welker can return to Miami when the Pats put him out the door.

Great pick up and I mean Great given the need for a reliable 3rd WR, which is what Gaffney is. Reliable hands, knows how to run good routes and get open. Just what the Fins needed.

Get another reliabe Vet next off-season and the Fins are set at WR. Makes taking a WR high in the draft an option. Unless there's a can't miss guy on the board with the first pick.

Four "above average" WR's is what the Pack have, it works for them it will work for the Fins. It is what the Saints have had for many years too.

What the Fins really need in next year's draft is a stud CB to pair with Sean. I hope there's one to take in the 1st rd.

Or a stud safety to pair with Reshad - and replace Clemons.

Jabar Gaffney! Welcome to the Miami Dolphins! It's definitely not to late for turning this season into a playoff season! Just saying...

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