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Answers on Reggie Bush and Jake Long questions

The question of whether the Dolphins want to re-sign Reggie Bush after this season is no longer a question. I have learned the answer and wrote in my column for Monday's Miami Herald the Dolphins would like their leading rusher of the last two seasons to re-sign after this season is over.

Bush is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.

One caveat on that desire to keep Bush in Miami and it's an important one: The Dolphins have a price tag they are willing to pay for Bush. And if the Dolphins can get Bush for that price, then they'll be thrilled to have him.

If, however, Bush wants to break the bank and go to the highest bidder, the Dolphins will be equally happy to turn their lead running back duties to someone else. Who?

Well, again, I was told Sunday evening general manager Jeff Ireland is eager and excited about the possibility of Lamar Miller becoming a more vital part of the offense in 2013.

(Sorry, Daniel Thomas).

There's more.

What will the Dolphins do with long-time left tackle Jake Long after this season?

That's covered in the column as well. It is very telling that the Dolphins believe Jonathan Martin's first few days as an NFL left tackle were significantly better than his first few days as an NFL right tackle.

The team thought Martin to be an F-rated right tackle when he first showed up to training camp. He obviously got better from there and earned the starting job at the position. But when Long went down with a torn triceps injury and Martin was thrust into the starting job on the left side, the Dolphins actually thought Martin immediately performed like a C-plus left tackle.

And he's gotten better from there.

So what are the odds of Miami re-signing Long, who is a free agent after this season? Well, the Dolphins aren't against the notion if Long is going to sign a bargain contract. But the club recognizes someone without a viable answer at LT will be willing to pay Long probably more than the Dolphins are willing to pay.

So Long has one foot out the door.

The column also describes Ireland's plan for this offseason. It's all about adding playmakers. By the way, the best playmaker on defense Sunday was safety Reshad Jones. He recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass.

Jones is signed through next year so he's not going anywhere.

But he tells me that his agent Joel Segal and the team have talked about a contract extension and he hopes to get one done this offseason. "That's what I'd like to see," Jones said. "But I'm just playing and letting my agent and the team take care of the rest."

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ALoco,

COMPLETE and total nonsense.

Posted by: Craig M | December 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM

That describes Aloco accurately.

"limited experienced starting rookie qb"

JEFFROW.....


AGREE WITH POST @ 2;03 PM......


CRaig m......... ANY ONE FOLLOWING THIS TEAM CAN SEE THE HUGE CHANGE THIS YEAR FROM LAST 4 ....

THE DIFFERENCE ...........NEW COACHING.........

NOW IRELAND ISN'T DECIDING WHO TO DRAFT ,PHILBIN AND SHERMAN ARE......

THE ONLY WAY FOR OUR GARAGE MANAGER TO NOT GET FIRED ,IS TO BE A YES MAN TO PHILBIN...

ROSS WILL NOT HIS HC NO MORE FOR HIS MANAGER ,NO MORE ........

CraigM,

Check out OLB Anthony Barr(UCLA). Thats a guy I wouldnt mind having 1st rd. He leads the nation in qb sacks.

ALoco,

One other point, ALoco....It was ROSS who chose to extend Sparano, not Ireland. It's Ross' money and those decisions go through him. Criticize Ireland for his personnel decisions if you want but having a 'lame-duck' coach doesn't help any team. Right decision at the time....wrong coach.

ROSS WILL NOT FIRE

ALoco,

If we're going to give Ireland "all of the credit" for losing. Then even the most stubborn amonst us, have to give him at least "partial credit" for what's now going right.

Its not like he was balled up in a fetal position when those decisions were being made.

So, how many consecutive losing seasons will it take for Irescum to be fired? 4, 6, 8, 10, 12,? How many?

YG,

We 'friends' again today? Peace on earth and all?....

I'll check out the guy you mentioned. Thanks. Keep 'em coming....

I think the future looks bright.. having a rookie Q/B that only had 18 starts in college win seven games in the nfl with no one to throw to.. We are about to free up tons of money for free agency, and have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds ...

Craig M ............ WHAT BROUGHT US TO THE CELLAR ????


HAVING A HC ,AN EX PIZZA MAN ,A YES MAN TI IRELAND FOR 4 YEARS .........


NOW ROSS AND MIKE DEE HIRED PHIBIN TO BE THE ANTI IRELAND ,TO GET US OUT OF THE CELLAR........

THAT HOW ANY BUISNESS OPRATE THESE DAYS.......

ALoco,

You're delussional man. Philbon and Sherman coach....Ireland scouts and drafts. I believe Ireland will work better with Philbin and Sherman than he did with Sparano.

Don't forget....Ireland still has final say on all personnel. Make up what you want but you can't change that fact.

Sparano was only extended by Ross to give reparation payment for the way he botched the Harbaugh attgempted hiring.

Ross knew that he wanted Sparano out, but do to his "inexperience" as an nfl owner, he totally disrepected Sparano in the way he handled it. So it wasnt "really an extension". It reparation pay because Ross still knew that he would be dumping Sparano the following season.

More a great parting gift than anything else.

The irony of verdad's 10:54 post is that Jeff ireland was part of the scouting team that found jason Witten. SO Verdad, we do have a Gm that can recognize the Jason Witten's of the world, haha

WOW, some people!!

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

mark,

that wasn't irony, it was sarcasm. you missed it.

YG @ 2:16pm.....EXACTLY right.

People like to change the facts to meet their own argument.

CRAIG M...YES HE HAS THE FINAL SAY ,BUT HE GOT TO BE A YES MAN TO PHILBIN,OTHER WISE PHILBIN WILL LEAVE ......


IRELAND KNOWS THAT AND HE'S SCARED TO GET FIRED.......


YG........

PHILBIN AND SHERMAN COACHS THESE NEW PLAYERS,NOT THE MANAGER......

BELIEVE ME ,THE HAVE THE FINAL SAY TO WHOM TO COACH,NOT OUR GARAGE GUY....

CraigM,

Im alright with you. You just get the "misconception" Im 100% against selecting a pass rusher. That isnt true.

Yes, I had man love for T'eo, but only if in position to get him. Other than that I always favored trading back and gettinf the "BPA", almost regardless of position.

So if we pick middle of the pack and olb Anthony Barr(UCLA) is still available. I would love to make him the newest addition to our team.

one way to judge ireland is to focus on his missed picks and lack of playmakers.

another way to judge ireland is to compare him to what all the other gm's have done in the last 5 years.

add up the missed picks for all of them. add up the wasted free agent signings.

you might suddenly see ireland in a new light.

Ireland has used 14 draft picks on skill position players yet doesnt have one playmaker from 14 picks!

CraigM,

I would even be in favor of trading back to 32nd in the 1st rd if it meant getting an additional 2nd rd pick.

I actually think its a very great year for 2nd rd players this year. Plus with the new cba, they come at bargain basement price.

OK YG. We're going to butt heads....it's inevitable. We're both passionate about what we think is right for this team....nothing wrong with that. As long as we both keep it civil we'll both be good.

I got attacked by WHDPs yesterday for saying this team, with the exception of the Tenn, Hou and SF games has played well (I forgot of course the game in Buffalo). I had this team at 4-12 this year. They've far out-surpassed what I expected this year. This was never going to be a playoff team this year, and to be sitting where we are after 15 weeks, when we should have beaten the Cards and Jets, is remarkable to me.

with miami hitting on most of it's picks in last years draft, there will be a lot of room for maneuvering this offseason, one thing for certain, miami does have a dependable reciever that it can build around, as the patriots did with welker, so should miami do with hartline, but thigpen and mathews are keepers, i really believe that mathews plays with attitude and heart and will be able to bust a few with his toughness, agility and speeed, he has very good hands and will be a yak machine and at the very least an upgrade over progress stopper bess. hidden values are all over the place and mat moore is one of those, he would love to be the starter and miami could get surprisingly good value for him if they wisely draft another QB with huge upside, a true red shirt to develop and just as the excitement over tannehill this past year, so will the excitement be with another touted gun to back him up, we all no that moore is not what ross wants, we would wouldn't have drafted tannehill if that was the case, ross wanted a stud QB, so get another iron in the fire and build depth and hope for the future.

my opinion is that ireland still has to prove himself, but that he has earned another year or two now that he has his hand picked coach. i don't think there can be any fair evaluation of him for the years he was stuck between bully parcells and dumbo sparano.

verdad @ 2:24 PM,

Exactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Consider AJ Smith, he had the Chargers at super bowl cusp for about 3yrs. He's also been instrumental in tearing them down.

Once considered one of the nfl's greatest gm's. Now is all but formality he will be fired at seasons end.

Ireland is a turd.
Sorry to all the turds by comparing you to a J. Ireland.

YG/CRAIG M.........

NO FIGHTING,YOU DISAGREE WITHOUT USING A COLORFUL LANGUAGE .............


I AM WATCHING ,WHO'S THE FIRST TO LOSE HIS COOL .......

I SAY YG WILL BE THE FIRST......

I HAVE 2 DAYS OFF FROM WORK ............

YG,

I'm not married to a pass rusher in the first. I happen to like it as a better pick than WR or CB. We need a WR but can get that in the second. I just want this team to get better.

I'm really optimistic what lies ahead for this team. We need to get better against our own division. Next year is our year.

How Does New England do it year in and Year out.

AJ Smith,

Traded up with the Dolphins, giving up a first and a second to draft Ryan Matthews. So all the guys that blasted Ireland for not taking Dez Bryant and others, understand that AJ Smith passed on those guys too.

CraigM,

This isnt a bashing, but the only shortcoming I see in you on this blog, is you that read read another poster's words and not his true thought.

Words can be decieving, that's why at times, I try to examine a person's thought as if it were my own. Then I get a better insight into exactly what that poster is trying to say to me. Words alone can be very decieving.

Especially if we're wound tightly within our own agenda.

But when other posters(trolls) are being totally none sensical, well, they're giving zero thought to what theyre posting. So I give zero thought to what theyre posting as well.

ALoco,

You're delussional.

Posted by: Craig M | December 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM

This accurately describes ALoco.

YG...ARE YOU TRYING TO TEACH CRAIG M HOW TO READ YOUR POSTS ??????

Saw a brown donkey the other day.
I named him ALoco.

YG,

It doesn't help that it's words on a page sometimes. Be different if we were all in a room talking or something. Sometimes, as you've said, words can be misinterpreted.

CraigM,

I must admit, I was married to and on the honeymoon with Manti T'eo. But only if he was available with our 1st pick. I would never trade the house or anything close with him.

But after that, I fancy trading down back and picking up an extra 2nd rd pick. I believe the greatest value of the entire 2013 draft can be found in the 2nd rd. Almost regardless of position.

So I considered it near coup to have three 2nd rd picks instead of two. A 1st and three 2nd rd picks, imo, gives great opportunity toadd 4 new starters in those first 4 picks alone.

look no further than the afc east. how are the gm's of the jets and bills doing? how did the trade up for sanchez workout? how about tebow? how did the mario williams acquistion work out? both teams may lose their gm and coach this year.

ALoco,

You should give the entire a blog "a tutorial" on how to read your posts. Im just afraid it will take as long as finishing law school.

FUNNY AND TRUE , I AM TRYING TO IMPROVE MY ENGLISH EVERY DAY ,I AM BETTER WHEN I SPEAK WITH NO ISSUE,BUT WHEN IWRITE I FIND NOT EASY ........

YG......

I AM TRYING .............

I FIND IT

Guy's Who here would like to spend a weekend with Aloco?
Maybe we could have a contest and the winner would spend a weekend with the great Aloco, Airfare to and from will be included, Though we will not pay for any head shrink that you may need afterwards.

Verdad,

Bellichik has had as many bust as we hve in the same time period. He struck it good on a coupl pieces in the right places. The Past haven been in "rebuilding phase" at any times during Bellichik's hc tenure. He inherited a sb ready team from the Pats Parcells era.

Also, Bellichik has a couple players we "improperly evaluated". Thats Wes Welker and Rob Ninkovich.

Plus, drafting Brady 6th rd isnt a ringing endorsement Bellichik himself saw the "great Tom Brady" coming.

ALoco,

If Ireland can be called the "garage manager", then Bellichik can be called the "maintenence man".

Bellichik "inherit" a sb ready team from Parcells. He's only done a great job of "maintenece" since he's been in "Foxhole, Mass".

At no point has Bellichik had to rebuil anything there. Bellichik's only "rebuild job" he "failed miserably" in Cleveland.

Bellichik is ultimate "MAINTENENCE MAN".

BELLICCHIK HAS THE GREAT;

WES WELKER,,,,,,

THEN HE DRATED ;;

ARRON HERNNDEZ
ROB GRONKOWSKI.............NO NEED TO SAY ANY MORE.........

yesterday, yes ne missed on a lot. i'll give in that belichek has a rare talent for coaching and getting the best out of what he has. shula was the same way. also they were both fortunate to have already had top quarterbacks on the team, they didn't have to waste years finding one.

TO IMPLY THAT BILLICHICK HAS THE SAME RECORD AS OUR GARAGE MANAGER IS ...............

MISLEADING.......TO SAY THE LEAST........

To all the guys that say you only win by passing in the NFL today:

Stafford, Brees and Romo all look like they're going to go over 5,000 yards this year (an unheard of number not that long ago) and none of those teams look like thy're going to make the playoffs.

Passing isn't everything....

(( MAINTENENCE MAN ))...................
LET SAY I AGREE WITH YOU........


DON'T YOU LOVE TO HAVE A MAINTENENCE MAN THIS GOOD FOR 10 YEARS RUNNING AND BE ABLE TO DRAFT HERNNADEZ AND GRONKOWSKI ???

CrtaigM,

That may be a little misleading because all of those 5,000yd passing qb's usually lose to team that also have "great passers". It really proves if youre gonna have have chance to beat "great passing teams". Its a good idea to have a great passing attack yourself.

These type teams "RARELY" lose to teams with "SUB PAR" passing attacks.

YG.........CAN WE HIRE YOU AS A GM ?

YG,

Agreed. I just have a problem with people who oversimplify things and say 'if you can pass, you can win'. The Detroit Lions are perfect example of this. Great passing attack and yet their 4-11 and they've been trying to fix that defence for years. One of the great mysteries of the NFL.

ALoco,

Sometimes greatness is a lot easier to "MAINTAIN" than it is to build it.

Bellichik has proven this point on both ends. He couldnt build it in Cleveland, but did an excellent job of maintaining it in "the Foxhole".

PATS will do their best to kick the Fins ass so they can be the first seed in playoffs.

They just need to beat Fins and Texans to lose to Colts.

TO CALL FOXBORO A FOXHOLE FROM A FL GUY IS FUNNY,WHERE MOST OF FLORIDA IS A FOXHOLE WITH JAIL BARS ON WIDOWS ,,,,,,

Fins playoffs is beating Pats.

The most likely AFC champion.

ALoco,

If I were Fins gm, then the reality of being wrong would set in. Its one thing to think that you have great ideas. But an entirely different beast when you have to face consequences of those ideas not working out.

I just dont know if I could handle "Fire YG" banners flying over Joe Robbie stadium. LOL...

Ross should just offer Bellichick 25 mill/yr. Instant winner,

YG.

LETS CHANGE THE SUBJECT ......

WHAT'S THE MOSTED HATED WORDS YOU DON'T LIKE TO HEAR FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS AROUND CHRISTMAS ?

YG... I LEARN A LOT FROM THIS BLOG,NOTICE HOW CRAIG M COMES BACK @ YOU WITH GREAT POINTS LIKE HIS POSTS ABOUT TEAMS WHO HAVE GREAT PASSING...

CraigM,

The Lions have pretty much been a one-legged man in a two-legged fight on offense this year. They lost thier #2 wr early to injury. Also lost thier starting rb. So theyve pretty much been a totally one demensional, one man show this season. Stafford's only weapon has been Calvin Johnson.

Thats probably the primary reason Johnson may crack an unheard of 2,000 yd recieving for the year. Johnson's been the only player on Detroit's offense defenses focus to try and start Still its been nearly impossible.

Its also nearly impossible to lose to one great weapon alone. Hence why Detroit is 4-11. Magatron's great, but, not great enough to win a bunch of games on his own. Also note Stafford td pass count is way down over last season as a result of it too.

We can assume there are great GMs and great HCs and mediocre and bad ones.

Ross needs to open his wallet and hire the best talent SCOUTS available to make sure that next year's FAs and draft picks are the best crop money can buy.

Ireland takes a lot of credit and blame but isn't going anywhere for at least a year.

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