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What to think about the Dolphins, what to do with Carpenter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- You saw the good and you saw the bad during Sunday's 24-21 overtime loss here. As I wrote in my column that appears in Monday's Miami Herald, this game had plenty of both and you can choose to view it as a failure today or as a game with promise for tomorrow.

Frankly, I'm so sick of covering a loser, I really want to believe this game is the start of something good for the future.

And so I see Ryan Tannehill's 431 yards as a big deal. This was the second most yards any rookie QB in NFL history has thrown for in a game -- behind only Cam Newton's 432 last year versus Green Bay. It also the most passing yards by a rookie on the road.

The 431 yards tied for sixth most in Miami history. Of the top eight such performances in club history, Dan Marino has the other seven and Tannehill joins that list.

It was also a breakout day for Brian Hartline and Cameron Wake and Sean Smith and others. All good.

But ...

This was a loss, folks, and this season is officially in a tailspin. So tomorrow looks good. Today looks like a heaping pile.

The Dolphins have played well enough to be 3-1 this year. They seem every bit as good as the Jets and Cardinals to whom they have lost in overtime the last two weeks. But the fact is the Dolphins lost against two teams that aren't any better than them. And this game was lost while wasting many great, great performances.

So even when guys play great, these Dolphins find a way to lose.

And if you cannot win when half a dozen players are having great days, when can you win?

Then there is this:

Mike Sherman's play-calling puzzled me in crunch time again this week. Last week the Dolphins offensive coordinator went away from the running game in the fourth quarter and they blew a lead.

This week, the Dolphins had a 21-14 lead with 3:45 to play. The team just converted a first down on two running plays. Sherman runs on first down again. Then on second down and eight from the Arizona 43 yard line he runs again, right?. It only makes sense against a defense that was blitzing right up the middle all day, right? You want to run clock, right?

Nope. Sherman called a pass.

And the Cards blitzed. And Richie Incognito missed the blitzer who had a free run at Tannehill right up the gut. And the Dolphins quarterback got hit and sacked and stripped of the ball. Former Dolphins defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday recovered at his own 43.

The Cardinals then converted the turnover into a game-tying touchdown drive in regulation. And they won in overtime.

Frustrating play-calling.

There was also the mounting problems with kicker Dan Carpenter. Last week, he missed two field goals including a possible game-winner.

This week he missed a 51-yarder that was no gimme by any means, but nonetheless a makeable kick. Carpenter, so solid before the season that Miami didn't even bring a kicker to camp to compete against him, could have turned a 13-0 lead into a 16-0 lead.

The miss meant more than three points. It was a momentum killer. It heartened the Cardinals and gave their crowd hope. It wasn't long before the Cardinals took a 14-13 lead.

So what should the Dolphins do about Carpenter now? I asked Joe Philbin if he's concerned about Carpenter now and whether a move might be necessary.

“We’ll have to take a look and see how he did," Philbin said. "When you send your field goal kicker out there, hopefully you know they’re going to make kicks. I’m not sure that’s a concern right now at this moment.”

Not concerned? Really? If not now, then when?

Does Carpenter have to help blow a couple of more games?

The trouble is the Dolphins are financially committed to Carpenter. They aren't really going to cut him at this point. Do they bring in a kicker to send him a message that he has to get his stuff together?

That might end up being another thing that an already worried kicker has to think about. Of course, it might also light the proverbial fire under Carpenter.

No easy answers. None.

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afc least.

Am watching NFL PRIMETIME right now and just saw the Pats-Bills highlights with stats. The Pats out gained the Bills 245 to 45 yards in the 2nd half! You wonder were the hell that Bills D is and one thing for sure the Bills are regretting the day they gave Fitzpatrick that huge contract another 4-12 finish and Gailey, Fitz and the whole lot are out.

They should go sign FA Carson Wiggs out of Purdue. He was one of the top kickers in college last year. Bring him in for a week and see if can compete. Kid has a big leg (career long of 59).

This team is getting better and better every week. losing sucks, but the season is still young. I have a feeling the Dolphins finish strong this year.

"Dolphins CB Sean Smith asked the coaching staff to let him match up with No. 1 wide receivers going forward, and he responded by helping to hold Larry Fitzgerald to 64 yards in Week 4.

Fitzgerald scored a touchdown, but it came on a wide receiver screen where Fitz lined up in the slot. Smith is an outside corner and that wasn't his coverage assignment on that particular play. Smith came down with two interceptions and tackled well, allowing Fitzgerald to do little after the catch. This is a big year for Smith, as it's the final season on his rookie deal."

Best game that I've seen from Smith since he's become a Dolphin. Same goes for Hartline. Two guys in a contract year...Is that a coincidence or just maturation??? I remember this happened with Soliai as well & keeping him turned out to be the right decision for us.

After this week vs. Bengals, it's not inconceivable that we go on a 6-game win streak. Say we lose this week (my prediction), we'd be 6-4. Looking at the division, we may be right back in the thick of things, which would be amazing in a rebuild year.

"This team is getting better and better every week. losing sucks, but the season is still young. I have a feeling the Dolphins finish strong this year."

Lucnyc,

Agreed.

Sorry, meant to say 7-4.

After this week vs. Bengals, it's not inconceivable that we go on a 6-game win streak. Say we lose this week (my prediction), we'd be 6-4. Looking at the division, we may be right back in the thick of things, which would be amazing in a rebuild year.

DC,

IF Tannehill had another WR or another TE to throw the ball to I don't think that would be a crazy prediction BUT he doesn't. See Armstrong's performance from last week & see Naanee's performance yesterday.

I believe it will be the lack of depth at WR will end Ireland's tenure in Miami.

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Lawrence,

Why are you on a Dolphin blog after you took acid??? LOL!!! I'm a HUGE Eno fan.

ANOTHER GREEN WORLD GREAT ALBUM ALSO!!! ENO!!! SOUNDS SO AMAZING RIGHT NOW!!!

We Have RB's | October 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM

I happened to catch the 09 Sugar Bowl between Satan's Alabama team Vs. Utah which I immensely enjoyed given the beating Utah gave the Crimson tide and one thing jumped off your screen during the game, Utah's giant physical CB, Sean Smith.

I really felt we got a steal when the Pats passed on him for Connecticut's Darius Butler and still do given Butler who was supposed to be an Asante Samuel type is today a journeymen type.

In that Sugar Bowl Smith looked like a BEHEMOTH & Brute CB, he had a pick and a sack on a corner blitz. I thought to myself this guy is going to be a great Pro. and have been wondering were that physical corner was since we made the pick. I believe in his case he may have been a little overwhelmed by the Pro game and the level of speed and hitting which came with all that self doubt we saw with him in his 2nd Season.

This Yr. he has seems a different player, hopefully he was the early product of sub par Coaching and the beneficiary of a more DB minded Coach in Coyle. We will see moving forward but I personally if you read my posts never really ripped him because I always felt there was more there.

Odin, Is that you?

"This Yr. he has seems a different player, hopefully he was the early product of sub par Coaching and the beneficiary of a more DB minded Coach in Coyle. We will see moving forward but I personally if you read my posts never really ripped him because I always felt there was more there."

Fin4life,

The lack of turnovers has been an issue but my biggest criticism of Smith has been his inconsistency. I've seen him play at a very high level & whenever I believed that MAYBE he has turned the corner....he didn't. We'll see what happens.

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Lawrence,

One of my favorite albums ever made. Enjoy!!!

I say we give Greg Camarillo a call. He's got to be better than Naanee & Armstrong.

Or Jabar Gaffney. Naanee is a f#cking joke!!!

Another tough loss yesterday, But like Armando says they played tough, And like I said Friday if the Fins play error free they can beat some teams.
Hey at least they did'nt get beat 34 to 0.

RB, Has he caught a pass this year?

I have made Chicken Tikka Masala for Mr. Tannehill. He will enjoy very much with cucumber raita and mango chutney, yes?

Also, it was not a one-point win. Dolphins 30-Steelers 26 was the final.

Posted by: wes | October 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM

Thats the way I remembered it!

I also remember holding my breath the whole time Griese was running for his life!
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As for the play calling, I think it's all second guessing. Reaming SPorano, Henning and Daboll for playing conservative and now Sherman for keeping his foot on the gas?
Puh-Lease!

Besides, Kolb would have had time, time outs, the two minute warning and Fitzgerald. The Cards have been awesome with 4th quarter comebacks since last season when their hot streak started.

Most importantly probably, EVERYBODY and their Brothers know, our biggest weakness is our secondary.

So I have no problem putting the game in Tannehill's hands as opposed to our secondary. The Cards were staking the box and we needed at least one more first down before we could seriously run out the clock.

No second guessing this play call from me.

get rid of Carpenter. 3-1 with a Kicker or 1-3 with Carpenter. Dude kicked in the snow in college and can't kick in the heat I guess. Dump him

Come on Armando, I'm patiently awaiting Philbin Presser..........ALL OF IT-LOL!

Seriously, it should be interesting.

Oh yeah....and please, PLEASE don't edit to better fit some preconceived biases and opinions.

PLEASE?

Odin, he had his presser at 10 AM, Say's he'll need to look at the TAPES ..LOL

I do agree with many of you with Solai, that fat SOB have been crushing every C in the NFL and is top 5 DT in the league.

BTW - We NUMBER 1 against the RUN! Yeeeeeeeeeah!!!!

(we are 30th against the pass. Boooooooooo!!!!)

With this team, in this particular situation, I would try and get an established "Shut-Down" Corner in Free Agency(saving picks for other needs). Provided all the details of course(age, abilities, price tag, etc, etc).

If not, I wouldn't have any problem using another first rounder on one.

Either way, it's starting to look like the WR position. Of course we could use TWO new WR's and/or TWO new CB's. But with Smith's apparent emergence and Marshall in the nickle, one real good corner goes along ways towards a great secondary.

I think the same can now be said about WR. We get that True No. 1, Hartline and Bess look pretty good as 2nd's and 3rd's.

Amazing what good solid Quarterback play will do for your receivers!

Odin, he had his presser at 10 AM, Say's he'll need to look at the TAPES ..LOL

Posted by: Just passing by | October 01, 2012 at 05:08 PM

10 AM? In the MORNING? Psssssssssfpt, you know I'm not tuning in-lol.

No, I'm talking about how Mando has gotten into the practice of typing the complete transcript. I like it and comp[ared to some Blog topics, Philbin's transcript is a WEINER!!!!

Whoop-WHOOOOOOOOP!!!!

Odin, of course there #1 against the rush, There # 30 against the pass.
Do you trust Ireland in making such deccissions?I dont.

I was wondering if we can call a vote as to who we should blame for the OT loss to the redbirds.I will begin by nominating the usual suspects going by the posts on the blog
1Ireland
2Philbin
3Sherman
4Carpenter
5Smith
6Tannehill
7Bush

If you have anymore nominations please submit by posting them dont sweat it this is a boothless vote from the confort of where you are looging in.

Team loss.
They win together, They lose together.


this is a boothless vote from the confort of where you are looging in.

Posted by: who can we blame for the L | October 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
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I haven't been able to loog in confort today.

Team loss.
They win together, They lose together.

Posted by: Just passing by | October 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
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The sun rises in the East.

Christmas will be on December 25th this year.

This season was about making progress implimenting a new attitude bc of the future and where its going, ideally surprise everyone and snewak into the playoffs i get it. but if not? the best possible scenario would be great progress from tannehill, a true gamechanger at WR developing Martin developing to the point we can let Long go in free agency and the 12mil it would take to keep him move martin over yet get one more high draft pick to land a stud wr or jarvis jones whos better than von miller at olb and two high 2nd rd picks and build a dynasty. Can O. Vernon make a play? no moves whatsoever. Nanaue really? looked like a retard with cp

The team is playing very hard and i think being coached well. I do see alot of positives but im not gonna get crazy with expecations for this year.

Sadly i'm thinking about next year already again. It is getting easier to identify our needs though.

It looks like priority one should be resigning our own...Bush, Smith, Hartline etc.

Beyond that it looks like the top draft picks need to be at corner and wr.

A stud corner like Peterson would be an awesome addition.

I don't have a lot of trust in Ireland. I wanted him fired along with SpOrano and was fit to be tied when he was retained. It wasn't a secret either. I posted it repeatedly........UNDER MY OWN REAL SIGN IN NAME(AH-(poosies)-CHOO)-LOL.

Having said that though, these last two drafts have put him in better standing with me. Not just that either. His obvious willingness to work closely with Philbin has helped my opinion of him as well. The peek we got of these instances with Hard Knocks were pretty informative.

And then finally, reagradless of how any of us feel, he's more than likely going to get at least one more off-season.

As long as this team keeps improving like it has, I don't see him getting the axe. He's stockpiled a bunch of picks and finally cleaned up the salary cap mess that Parcells created. Soooooooooo.........one can make a very convincing argument that Ireland has EARNED the right to hang around for one more season.

I'm not saying I fully buy all that. But as long as he's letting Philbin have his way, I'll go along for one more ride!

It IS what it IS!!!!

I think I'm still in shock from the game yesterday. How the hell can we put up stats like that and still lose? So glad to see the team fight like they did, but just can't comprehend the outcome. That game was in the bag. Carpenter has been great for the Fins and would hate to see him go but this one was tough to take.

How about the 3rd and 2 and instead of bringing in Lane to pound it out the ball gets tossed BACKWARDS 9 yards and Bush is buried for a loss. Bonehead play calling and coaching has cost us the last 2 games.

Carpenter looked terrible, I was at the game and he was barely making 35 yard kicks @ halftime. Something is going on with hime for sure

I was wondering if we can call a vote as to who we should blame for the OT loss to the redbirds.I will begin by nominating the usual suspects going by the posts on the blog
1Ireland
2Philbin
3Sherman
4Carpenter
5Smith
6Tannehill
7Bush
If you have anymore nominations please submit by posting them dont sweat it this is a boothless vote from the confort of where you are looging in.

Posted by: who can we blame for the L | October 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
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I was thinking of playing along. Then you go and discredit the whole excercise by including Ireland on the list.

The players he gave to Philbin and Co beat the Raiders and played well enough to take the next two into overtime.

This alone, in my opinion exonerates Ireland of all responsibilty. He had nothing to do with playcalls, kicking field goals, covering receivers or catching passes.

Though I will say, had Ireland suited up in either game, we might be 3-1 right now. He was known as a Field Goal Kicker that would make the tough ones and miss the easy ones.

Maybe at Cinci Ireland will suit up and give Carpenter asome competition. Carp will have the short ones and Ireland the long ones.

Bottom's Up!!!!

Odin,
I see your using your name again, you must really be proud of Tanne's accomplishments.

Tannehill gets a pass IMHO, Only his 4th pro game, Also he has 1 hot looking wife, Which gives him another pass.

Christmas will be on December 25th this year.

Posted by: More Astute Observations | October 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM

Right Ha-Ha!

Apparently you no NOTHING of the Mayan Calender!

Be afraid my Friend........be VERY AFRAID!!!!

I think you should have included Coyle and maybe even ross to the list of nominations

Look bottom line? Our kicker makes two field goals and the Dolphins are 3-1 and sitting in first place by themselves.

Everyone knows that. But there are a handful of other plays or missed plays that were left on the field that could have won the game as well.

I hate singling people out as the reason the team won. It is very rare in football that one person on a team causes a loss, usually a few things come together to cause a loss. But yeah, it's pretty bad that our kicker seems to have trouble all of the sudden in pressure situations. Not a good sign. But who in the hell is out there sitting on the couch who will be better than him? I highly doubt we can find a kicker midseason, isn't there a reason why they aren't playing?

And Armando blames Sherman for calling the pass play while exonerating Incognito for completely whiffing on a block? It doesn't matter what the play call was, if they ran and Incognito missed the block we could have fumbled or lost yards. Either way he missed the block. That wasn't a play call issue imo as much as it was a player making another bad play, missing his block. Hold him accountable Armando. You guys hold Tannehill and some other guys accountable foir every thing they do but Incognito gets a pass because Sherman should have called a run? DID YOU SEE THE DEFENSE THE cards were in?! Yes we just ran two times for a first down. THAT'S WHY ON THAT PLAY THEY STACKED THE BOX AND WE HAD TWEO MEN IN A ONE ON ONE SITUATION! You have to call a pass!

Those two runs were the first of their kind on the day. Did you not notice the Cardinals totally shutting down our run game but allowing a rookie qb to throw for 43o something?! Come on already, Incognito makes that block and we get a completion on that play.

How about the 3rd and 2 and instead of bringing in Lane to pound it out the ball gets tossed BACKWARDS 9 yards and Bush is buried for a loss. Bonehead play calling and coaching has cost us the last 2 games.

Posted by: DieHardFan | October 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM

YEP! If anyone wants to point any fingers at play calling, THIS is "The ONE"!

I myself won't go as far as to say Coaching costed us the Game(s). But I'm sure thats one call Sherman would like to take back.

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Richard Marshall cost us 2 games in a row. Vonte and his grandma is laughing...

odinseye we need a WR from free agency as well. The wrs coming out in the draft are very mediocre looking. It doesn't seem any of them will be worth a top 10 pick. And there are some really good free agent wrs next year that we can grab.

So yeah, if they can grab a WR and a shutdown corner back they can move Marshall to the nickle spot and we will be in business.

2013 free agent wide receivers.

Lee Evans – BAL
David Reed – BAL (R)
Donald Jones – BUF
Steve Smith – CAR
Johnny Knox – CHI
Brandon Tate – CIN
Josh Cribbs – CLE
Mohamed Massaquoi – CLE
Donald Driver – GB
Greg Jennings – GB
Derrick Mason – HOU
Austin Collie – IND
Blair White – IND (R)
Jason Hill – JAC
Kassim Osgood – JAC
Brian Robiskie – JAC
Dwayne Bowe – KC
Robert Wallace – MIA (R)
Julian Edelman – NE
Wes Welker – NE
Devery Henderson – NO
Ramses Barden – NYG
Victor Cruz – NYG (R)
Louis Murphy – OAK
Arnaz Battle – PIT
Emanuel Sanders – PIT (R)
Mike Wallace – PIT
Deon Butler – SEA
Malcom Floyd – SD
Brandon Gibson – STL
Sammie Stroughter – TB
Anthony Armstrong – WAS (R)
Brandon Banks – WAS (R)
Jabar Gaffney – WAS

I agree with Phins78 to a degree. The players have to make plays on the field. The Naanee fumble on his first catch that I can remember as a Fin was just an example of what a horrible free agent signing that was. I hold Ireland responsible for the lack of WR and Secondary depth, especially after unloading arguably the best players at that position.

But the players we have on this team, need to make plays. Carpenter should be on notice as well. Professional kickers make most of these kicks.... period.

As for the play calling? Far from perfect but this can't be placed all on Sherman's shoulders.

Fire Ireland and bring in quality personnel where we need it and we will be on the right track

Odin...

that is the DOUBLE -EDGED sword....

Brent Grimes – ATL *************
Chris Owens – ATL
Domonique Foxworth – BAL
Leodis McKelvin – BUF
Darius Butler – CAR
Captain Munnerlyn – CAR
D.J. Moore – CHI
Sheldon Brown – CLE
Mike Jenkins – DAL *********************
Danny McCray – DAL (R)
Cassuis Vaughn – DEN
Aaron Berry – DET (R)
Alphonso Smith – DET
Sam Shields – GB (R) ************
Brice McCain – HOU
David Caldwell – IND (R)
Jerraud Powers – IND
Derek Cox – JAC
Sean Smith – MIA
Asher Allen – MIN
Josh Barrett – NE
Jabari Greer - NO
Brian Witherspoon – NYG
Brandon Hughes – PHI
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – PHI *************
Bryant McFadden – PIT
Quentin Jammer – SD ***********
Antoine Cason – SD
Shawntae Spencer – SF
Ronald Bartell – STL
Bradley Fletcher – STL
Aqib Talib – TB *******
E.J. Biggers – TB
Ryan Mouton – TEN
Kevin Barnes – WAS

Phins78 is on. A number 1WR, will open up the field for the rest of the offense. Another starting CB and one more pass rusher and we are in business.

Obviously some of those players will be re signed by their perspective teams. But some of the better players who play on contending teams will not be able to stay due to salary cap issues. Hopefully we find a couple of good players off of these lists. I don't want to count on a rookie WR picking up Philbins plays in his first season. Greg Jennings would be an ideal fit.

Yes, all of the plays that didn't work were horrible calls and the coaches faults. If they had just called the right plays every time the Dolphins would have played a perfect game with no mistakes.

Hey is there still room inside that vacuum some of you seem to live in?

What's Up PHINLAMD????????
Long time no blogged, Team looking better then there 1 and 3 record,2 games lost in Overtime..
It's only a matter of time till they get over that hump where there'll ne no OT and they beat those teams in 60 minutes.

PHINS 78,

I totally agree and posted as much last night.

First and foremost, it wasn't a play call issue. It was an EXECUTION issue. Begining of story, END OF STORY.

And yeah, the Cards were stuffing the box all game trying to force Tannehill to beat them. And Tannehill handled it beautifully IMHO. At least when you consider it was his 4th start in the Big Leagues.

Also, the FUNNIEST part of this? You know damn well, had we just ran it and punted, when the Cards came back, Armando would be RIGHT HERE railing Sherman for being conservative.

For the record, I like Sherman's agressiveness and Tannehill's. And it's not just Tannehill following orders. After last weeks WETS game, Sherman even mentioned one of Tannehill's audibles to go deep. At Crunch Time mind you!

Of course I wish we would have had some better execution. But the Kids got the right menatlity in my opinion. I can see him easily being a Gunslinger Type when he gets alittle more confidence and some better receiver options. That's the mentality we need in this day and age. That and an OC with some Kah-Hoonies!!!!

It was a SUPER TOUGH TWO losses to take. But I've seen enough good things and improvements to ease the pain!

I agree fins4ever. Seriously, I'm starting to finally see some signs that this team could be turning the corner sooner than later. Now what to do with the guy who doesn't seem to be able to judge talent at wr and CB? Because if he is doing the picking at the two positions we are in most need of I don't see it going well.

Odin, You old SO-AND-SO, How many village's have felt you anger this season so far????

With this team, in this particular situation, I would try and get an established "Shut-Down" Corner in Free Agency(saving picks for other needs). Provided all the details of course(age, abilities, price tag, etc, etc).

If not, I wouldn't have any problem using another first rounder on one.

Either way, it's starting to look like the WR position. Of course we could use TWO new WR's and/or TWO new CB's. But with Smith's apparent emergence and Marshall in the nickle, one real good corner goes along ways towards a great secondary.

odinseye | October 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM

odin,

IMHO, there are 2 schools of thought here last Thursday the Giants dismantled the Panthers with great pass rush. They've lost since week 1 the Prince, Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster (1st three CB's on team) and A.Rolle (F.S.) last week in that win and last night K.Phillips (S.S.) they've gotten them back and lost the other so on but keep plugging away with monster pass rush which I felt the real key to Miami yesterday as well.

Unfortunately for us the WR draft class in 2013 doesn't look great. So with the FA period which comes first anyway we go best available at WR and T.E. Then if stuck between picks 5 to 10 again would make a play for one of two LSU players. Barkevious Mingo (stud D.E.) or (S.S.) Reid either makes our pass D better immediately!!

We talk about the DB's on the Dolphins team but had we stayed put in 09 we could have taken JPP to play opposite Wake or E.Thomas to pair with emerging R.Jones who nobody talks about and we would look much better at DB today with either helping make us better than 30th, so no more position picks out of supposed need but B.A. PLAYMAKER, period.

The WR class in 2013 FA looks great with G.Jennings, D.Bowe,Mike Wallace, Malcolm Floyd, Ramses Barden (rising stock) and even Victor Cruz and Emanuelle Sanders (both restricted) At T.E. think Jermicheal Finley (2012 franchise tag) Fred Davis and underrated Delaine Walker. Outside Finley it's a weak FA class so if someone like Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert or Joseph Fauria fall to one of our 2's then make a move. I get the feeling in looking over the WR's in 2013 FA that this is were our money will go because some of the players are young very proven players, real strong class with everybody waiting out FA in the rookie CAP ERA.

My point is I wouldn't set a plan in stone but go into FA try and nab good young players at positions of need setting up a strong D draft class (WR, T.E., DE, CB & S) all positions of need but go best available in FA and the best available are the WR's although there are a few S's as well in LeRon Landry, P.Chung, K.Pillips and Jarius Byrd but some of these guys have had injury trouble and I happen to really like LSU's Reid in the draft. My fav. player is B.Mingo though who looks like a JPP clone whom along with E.Thomas we passed on for Odrick and Misi in a stupid trade down instead of going with either of 2 no-brainer elite players.

So again if up to me we go WR in FA then address DE or S with top 10 pick we will probably have then T.E. in Rd-2 were there are a couple in a best available scenario better than anything we have now.

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