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Dolphins waive Gaffney; sign TE Miller, make Matthews happy

Jabar Gaffney's career with the Dolphins lasted, oh, six games and he was active for only three of those. Gaffney, inactive last week against Buffalo, was waived a couple of hours ago.

The Dolphins are filling the roster spot with tight end Kyle Miller, who they claimed off waivers from Indianapolis. Miller was on the Colts' active roster one game and was headed back to their practice squad when he got the call this afternoon that he was claimed by Miami.

Miller is scheduled to arrive in South Florida Tuesday evening.

Gaffney?

Another disappointment.

Look, with the performances of Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong -- signed after training camp as stop-gap, desperation moves to help the wide receiver corps -- we should now be understanding that these moves that pick up somebody else's discards after training camp rarely work to any great degree.

The Dolphins, you'll remember, signed Gaffney in early October when he finally got healthy after missing all of training camp and being cut by the Patriots for having a calf injury.

But Gaffney didn't learn the Miami playbook very quickly. He was inactive three weeks before he finally got on the field. Then he played three games in which he caught four passes.

He was not the veteran presence fans hoped. He was not an obvious upgrade to Marlon Moore, actually. And now he's gone.

That depature clears the way for rookie Rishard Matthews to continue being active in games going forward.

Miller, meanwhile, is a 6-5 and 260-pound first year player from Mount Union. He was an undrafted free agent pickup by the Colts and was on the practice squad until the New England game when he was activated.

Miller is a developmental player.

The Dolphins have five tight ends on their active roster.

 

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Irelands last draft was rated an A by several sports analysts. Lot's of good players for one draft

We've had this conversation over and over and over again. I just don't get which part you're not getting. Where was it written that the Dolphins were going for it this year. Look at ALL the change (rookie QB, rookie HC, new coaches, new schemes). They traded Marshall for a couple of picks and Davis for a couple of picks. THIS was NEVER going to be the year. Add it all up. They've been stockpiling for future years. So how does TRADING for a WR make any sense? Who are you suggesting? Subsequently, how would signing a WR make any sense? Where was the money coming from to sign a Vincent Jackson, and with all the problems on the team how would a move like that make any sense. It would simply take us from 5-11 to 7-9. More mediocrity. The correct move was to be patient and do this properly, and that involves DRAFTING WRs and not signing bandaids to big dollar contracts.

Craig,

So waiting until the 6th round to draft B.J. Cunningham was the way to go??? You just drafted a rookie QB with the 8th pick so you would think that MAYBE you want to add some players around him to help him develop. The Colts traded up to get T.Y. Hilton in the 3rd round plus they drafted two TE's (Fleener & Dwayne Allen) to go with Reggie Wayne. Why??? B/c they're a team that understands that they are building around their first round pick!!!

Either Ireland & his personnel staff don't know sh#t about drafting WR's or TE's or they don't understand that a young QB's needs more than two players that can catch a football to develop. Take your pick or maybe it's both but Ireland through five seasons as GM Ireland has been a failure.

Well guys Im out, the troll just impersonated me @ 10:57 AM. Have fun impersonating me troll.

Ireland picked ANOTHER bust QB? Shocking! lol

With Gaffney OUT!! Does Egnew Get To Play?

Matthews was already Active With Gaffney!!1 More Active Spot Opened UP!!

Maybe the Kid Takes Egnews Place in Practice on the Scout Team! Maybe the Kid gets CUT NEXT WEEK!!

ON THE CB!!! THE FINS HAVE PICKED UP A COUPLE THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS!!!

SOME OF U ARE JUST DELUSIONAL!! IF U THINK!! EVERY YEAR IS SUPERBOWL OR BUST!!!

U GUYS MUST NOT EVEN WATCH BASKETBALL!!! ARE THE HEAT GOING TO FIRE SPOELSTRA IF HE DOESN'T WIN A TITLE? NO!!

AND HE HAS REAL TALENT ON HIS TEAM!!

TO WIN CONSISTENTLY IN THE NFL!!! U HAVE TO STICK TO A PLAN!!! PHILBIN HAS A PLAN!!

Just Cause!! HE DOESN'T LIKE IMMATURE SELFISH PEOPLE!!! Doesn't Make Him a Bad Coach!! THE MAN IS SMART!! HAS INTEGRITY!! AND IS WILLING TO LISTEN TO OTHERS(SHULA)!!

Funny How Some Say!! It Was OK To Get Rid Of Zach!! BUT HANG ON DANSBY's JOCK!!! PITIFUL!!

Zach(A REAL DOLPHIN) was done MENTALLY! But HE WAS ONLY 1 SEASON REMOVED FROM A PROBOWL!!! SOMETHING DANSBY HAS NEVER PLAYED IN!! AND ZACH HAD 165 Tackles in 06 His last Full Season as a Dolphin MLB!! And 94 Tackles in DALLAS IN 08!! AS A SHELL OF HIMSELF!!

WHEN HAS DANSBY RECORDED 94 TACKLES IN A SEASON??? EVER IN HIS LIFE!!!

"By no means am I blaming Philbin for our record. I had this team at 4-12 because of all the change. So the team is actually going to do better than I had predicted. But where I take exception is to this idea that we trade Marshall, Davis and start a rookie QB and people expect us to be a playoff team and for that Ireland should be fired. If it was about Ireland keeping his job then Davis and Marshall should have been kept but long term, to me, that's not what would have been best for this team. For that reason, Ireland deserves one more year."

Ireland simply cleaned up the messes he made by drafting Davis & trading for Marshall in the first place. That doesn't make him a hero that both personnel moves were failures.

One more year??? For what??? For more failures??? Forget that. Time to cut our losses & turn the page. We have a good amount of draft picks for next year so let's find a guy who knows what he's doing.

By the way, it's funny that so many people got their noses out of joint lasdt year because Barkley decided to stay in school one more year. Looks like from all reports, his stock has really plummeted this year. Is he the second coming of Blaine Gabbert?

Craig,

No. He's actually much worse.

Craig, this (of all week's) is the week to pick against Seattle. They are 1-4 on the road, and traveling a LONG distance. So understand the pick.

Here are my reservations:
- Defense is above-par, and defenses travel well. The strength of their defense is also their secondary, which means if we have no run game, we probably don't score.

- Russell Wilson is a gamer (and mobile). Lately, we've had problems with mobile QBs, so worried some there.

- I feel right now they might be better Coached.

- They have Playoff aspirations, so might have more to play for.

- Don't like the rut our team is in right now.

All that said, I think it's basically 50-50 who wins, since again, they're coming all the way over here and playing at 1pm.

Kris,

Funny how we didn't listen to each other Pre-Season and now are saying what the other guy said. But ultimately you're right that this is an evaluation year. I got so wrapped up in good feelings with the 4-3, I thought maybe we could show more. But I need to take a breath and let it all play out. I still have faith in Philbin, just hope we get the talent to make his system work.

db, y do u get all bent out of shape it's an f'n blog relax.
lol

"Irelands last draft was rated an A by several sports analysts. Lot's of good players for one draft."

Eyot,

Great. Our O-line is still pathetic & this team is lacking talent across board but let's throw him a ticker-tape parade for FINALLY having a good draft.

DC,

I told you it was an evaluation year, not kris.

Ireland will never have a .500 team without Parcells pulling his puppet strings. The guy is just a friggin disaster.

home,give us an update on n.korea and s.smith.
lol

The reason our offense sucks is b/c we can't run the ball & we can't pass protect. When defenses are tackling your RB's in the backfield as soon as the touch the ball you know that you have deficiencies on your O-line.

So this is the idea that the Fins have let the season go.. and are evaluating talent for next year. Matthews closed the gap between himself and Gaffney so they gave the chance to the rookie..

Ireland need to change his philosophy in drafting and acquiring FA's. He is still in the Parcels era and evaluating talent accordingly. Being talented does not necessarily mean you can adapt a different system Ireland need to bring in players who can play or learn the WCO and be successful. Without the right players to fit his scheme Philbin will not be a success in Miami. Philbin need the players that he can win with not just players be it good or bad. Perfect example is guys like Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Chris Carter, they were good great with their initial teams but when signed by another team were not nearly as successful.
The balance needs to be perfect.

The reason our offense sucks is because Tannehill is terrible.

WHDPs,

LOVE the fact you can be OBJECTIVE. Team started last year 0-7 and all you can spout is NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE. You weren't talking like this just THREE short weeks ago. It was 'I was wrong about Hartline. I was wrong about Tannehill. I was wrong about Smith'. Will I was wrong about you because I thought you were one of the guys that COULD look at things OBJECTIVELY and it's obvious you're nothing more than a fickle fan!

Dophins by EVERYONE'S estimation have an outstanding draft and you want to focus on why they didn't draft or trade for a WR. Why? Because that would be the quick fix! So they draft Tannehill to fill a BIG need, they draft Martin to fill a BIG need, and they draft Vernon to hopefully draft a BIG need. Where in that plan did they go wrong? Would you have preferred they not draft Miller? Are you going to be the guy 2-3 years from now that's on here calling Miller a steal in the 4th round? It's an unfinished product, bud. We weren't one or two players away. You wanted to sign a big FA WR....with what f8cking money? Tannehill can get his WR in the frist or second round in April. I'm pretty confident if Ireland had taken a WR in the 3rd or 4th round back in April, you be saying 'why did he draft a WR in the 3rd or 4th round', as you most likely have done a number of times on here with Turner and Hartline.

Exactly Opti... they need to fit the system and this last draft it seems Ireland listened to Philbin.. Should be good draft this year..

chew on this.
putz c.carter drops fifi's td paxx.
if putz carter catches that 1 f'n paxx. phinz in p/o's.
who kno's what could have happened.
momentum and an sb win huh.
1 paxx...

YG, both of you did. But I said it first before the Season even started. I just got over-excited when we starting strong, thought (kind of like Kris) this was a 2008 quick start to a new leadership team. But looks like it's not, that was just the team playing over their level. Now they've come back to Earth. To your point YG, this offseason, next Season will tell us a lot about what we have in Philbin (and his system, development of talent, etc.).

I know Moore is better then Tannehill and I suspect even Devlin has to better.

Karma is a u know what. Ireland refused to sign Plax even though he had more TD's last year than Hartline had his whole career.
He refused to sign Winslow and Shockey, and allt Fasano does is drop passes. And the other 4 are useless.
Funny how people blame Tannehill when our receivers cant get open or they fumble.
Oh well... All Seattle's corners are 6'3" and up and they are very good againt the run.
Another embarrasing home loss should be the demise of Ireland.

Opti,

Are you saying that Ireland didn't draft players that fit Philbin's scheme in April? Are you saying Philbin had no input into these guys? I don't even know what it means to say 'draft a guy who fits your scheme'. I get the premise but to me it's the most overused phrasing going. A football played for the most part is either a good football player or he isn't. Does Gronk 'fit a scheme'? How about Jimmy Graham? Drew Brees? What's the scheme? Seems to me Tannehill 'fits the scheme' but would you pass on 'RGIII for example because he 'doesn't fit the scheme'. You draft for TALENT. I don't want Ireland drafting 4th or 5th round guys in the 2nd round because 'they fit the scheme'. None of is know how long Philbin's going to be around. If he's gone in a year or two do you have to get rid of all his players because 'they don't fit the scheme'. I'm fine with finding guys that 'fit' but you draft for TALENT.

Posted by: The Rise of Bill Polian | November 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

On the TE's you mentioned... where are they playing and how are they doing this year?

Agreed on Tannehill, its him to blame when no one is open or when he is getting blindsided before he throws the ball or right as he is throwing the ball..

matty,

I agree that i the last draft Ireland DID listen to Philbin. Guys want to paint Ireland as 'inflexible' and stuck in Parcells' ways. I don't see that at all. What I saw was a GM who worked well with Philbin and got players he can use. I don't believe Philbin wanted Marshall and Davis on the team and Ireland saw to it that they were gone and that they got a return for it. Your GM and coach need to work in tandem and that's what I've seen to date.

bpa.
don't give an f if it's a center.battle it out and the also ran plays rg/lg and becomes a pb'er.
fi'ng simple...

What do guys see as the game plan for Sunday? No question we need to run the ball but can we? Does Bush bounce back? Do we see more of Thomas or Miller? Thoughts?

77, i kno moore is better too but the coaches have selective sight like 98% of these boogers, i mean bloggers.
lol

Was just thinking, the last 2 drafts, offensive players were taken in the 1st 2 rds.

2011

Pouncey, then traded up to the 2nd rd and got D Thomas

2012

Tannehill, then Martin 2nd rd

So If I were a eutting man, I would wager 2013's 1st rd pick will be a defrensive player, then a wr 1st rd. Just a matter of will that defrensive player be a db or mlb(T'eo).

After selecting Vernon to be groomed for the pass rusher position. It's unlikely Ireland spends a 1st rd pick on a pass rusher. Think about it, where does that leave Vernon? A 3rd rd pick for a st's player is a very high pick to spend in that area.

betting man

Agreed Craig.. That is what will save Irelands job, listneing to his coach as to what the coach needs. Each coach has a system and not everyone regardless of the talent level can just be plugged into it. It will take another draft or two to get "his" guys in and lead this team back to the once proud franchise it was..

None of you guys are foolish enought to think that anything you write here is interesting, enlightening, or informative, right?

It's godawful, actually.

Happy Thanksgiving!

its entertaining.
lol

Lol im glad 2 watt and 77 know something that the coaches who coach the players everyday dont know..

Let's sum up Ireland's ability to fill this roster with winning talent in one statement: 5 roster spots are taken up with tight ends, yet they all have non-starter talent except for Fasano who is average at best. That is 5 roster spots taken up with sub par talent!

Im sorry to tell you this Mass but they are evaluating for next year it seems

ireputz is stock piling acorns/te's 4 the winter.
lol

y doesn't any team pix ^ irecorns cuts/busts huh.?
lol.
becuz dey b like the ebola virus, stay away.
lol

What Where the Holes? Before this Season?

QB, RT, TE, Secondary!

We Fixed 2 of the 4! With No Cap Space And Limited Picks!! AGAIN!! EGNEW WAS THE 3rd TE TAKEN! AND WAS RATED AS THE 3RD BEST TE!! AND TE WAS A BIGGER NEED THAN WR! AT THAT POINT!

AND WE ADDED 2 OTHER VALUABLE PICKS!! Vernon And Miller! Vernon Helps Solidify! The D-Line And Pass Rush! AND L.MILLER MAKES LETTING REGGIE GO! EASY!

AGAIN!!

THE HOLES ARE SIMPLE! For Next Year!

LB, WR, CB, FS, OG! TE's Are Not that Special!!

Agreed! That We are Building Thru the Draft!! NOW DOES THAT MEAN NO HIGH $$$ FREE AGENTS!!

ONLY FILL HOLES THRU THE DRAFT?

IF THAT'S THE CASE SAY NO TO WALLACE AND FINLEY!! THE FINS WILL DRAFT!! THE PLAYERS!! NOT SIGN SOMEBODY ELSE'S!(Which Dashi is OK With)

Expect Next Year! To Be the Rebuilding Year!! This is a Evaluation Season!! U Guys are going to be jumping off the Cliff!! NEXT YEAR!!

Get Rid Of The Insubordinate! And Those Who Don't Want It!! OR Don't Fit!!

The Fins Have the 5th Youngest Offense In THE NFL!! BUT THE 14th Youngest Defense!! THE DEFENSE NEEDS YOUNG TALENT!! Specially at THE LINEBACKER POSITION!!!

Ross said he wants to retire Tannebusts jersey,this week at half time.LMAO

Posted by: Stu | November 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM


Hope they dont repeat wasting the 4 years on Chad Henne.


irecorns where r they now segments will have to air for 9 straight seasons 2 fill the air time.
lol

2 watt they get picked up pretty quick.. Loo at the Jets roster lol

Any HC we have is doomed when Ireland cant supply him with even an average QB.

Nat hes a rookie... give him time and give him talent around him.. You will see a drastic improvement next year..
those writting him off already cant be serious after 10 games and the lack of talent around him..

We still dont have THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITION....after all these years.

Agreed Craig.. That is what will save Irelands job, listneing to his coach as to what the coach needs. Each coach has a system and not everyone regardless of the talent level can just be plugged into it. It will take another draft or two to get "his" guys in and lead this team back to the once proud franchise it was..

MattyB,

I'm 40 years old & have been a Dolphin fan for a LONG time. The reality is that this has not been a 'proud franchise' since Huzienga bought the team. It's been straight downhill ever since. The Dolphins are about to have their 4th consecutive losing season & once again be drafting in the top 10.

With our former, Number 1 overall pick beginning to decline--what exactly gives you confidence that Ireland is the guy to FINALLY turn this franchise into a consistent winner???

Nat hes a rookie... give him time and give him talent around him.. You will see a drastic improvement next year..
those writting him off already cant be serious after 10 games and the lack of talent around him..

Matty B.,

What's so sad is that I think SOME people really are serious about writing off Tannehill. If there is a worse fan base than ours in sports I hope I'm never exposed to it.

These must be the same guys that praised Henne until the day he was cut. Surprise. You're wrong again.

WHDP,
The confidence that I have is the fact that you can tell that Ireland is listening to his HC through the draft. I trust Philbin for a few reasons, he seems to have brought the same mentality over from GB.. You see where they are now. Even though he didnt call plays in the game, you can tell of his abscence during the playoffs last year and at the beginning of this year, their offense struggled.
He developes players and needs his type of guys to fit. I really feel and see signs that Ireland is taking on Philbins opinion and philosophy.
Honestly that is what im basing it off of. The ability to adapt from your talent management style to the Head Coaches that you brought in to coach the team.

Sorry Nat it seems that youre wrong kiddo.. Theres a difference between evaluating a kid over 10 games and saying hes a bust and evaluating him over the course of 2 years..
He was forced to start bc Garrard got hurt and Moore couldnt beat a rookie..

Craig M@11:26,

What I am saying is that the WCO is based on the QB reads and finding the open man. If you get the fastest WR available that might not be a positive move because then the QB would have trouble in his reads, looking down field waiting for the receiver to get open and missing on an open receiver on a short 7 yard pick up. Short passes , deep routes, crossing paatterns, Slots , all of these gets too confusing if every one is not on the same page. Last year Brady had over 5000 yards and more that half were yards after the catch. Thats not too many deep balls, just confusing the D. good players running their routes.

awesome! another craptastic TE added to the collection!

FIRELAND draft was rated a, A ok how many players that FIRELAND drafted has made a impact on this team how many are play makers. I seen two guys Tannehill I seen flashes. And IMO it was Sherman who picked him. And Vernon made some good plays. Other than that no one else!

It does seem like Philbin is extremely picky in keeping Players that he wants to play for him. Now, I don't know if that's good or bad.

Mike Mayock needs to be the new GM. Fire Irescum ASAP!

All I care right now is to make sure RT doesn't get hurt either way. Got to say it again. This organization got on that 8 slot back in April the second coming of Joe Montana. As of now and we all know it for a fact that he is assisted by absolute CRAP. R Bush is not anymore the fireworks show he was on the Saints. Thomas showed some flashes earlier last year in the beginning but flawed miserably totally the rest. This time around we all know nothing is there except concussions. 1st year Cane Miller got to put on more weight and muscle to be a full body authentic RB. He looks to me even more skinnier than Mark Anthony. Don't need to waste my time on the WR core. Can't find a word. The fact of the matter is we have a long time investment in this Montana facsimile. He's got nothing and I repeat nothing in supporting cast. Agreed here with someone that said let Matt go for the rest of the year. We cannot risk losing the best thing the organization has drafted in more than a decade. Who needs here another #13. As if we don't how that one ended up.

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