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Joe Philbin: Free agency on the table

There is a false narrative in the Dolfan community that because coach Joe Philbin came from the Green Bay Packers, he wants the Dolphins run like the Green Bay Packers, particularly when it comes to building the team.

The idea is that because Green Bay rarely dips toes in free agency, with few exceptions, Philbin wants the same in Miami.

That is not true.

"I'm not opposed to improving the football team in any way shape or form, by any method we can -- whether that's a trade whether that's free agency, draft obviously," Philbin said Monday in his end-of-season press conference. "I'm not opposed to any of that."

Philbin says player acquisition is a "collaborative" effort that includes general manager Jeff Ireland and his staff and Philbin and his staff. So free agency is on the table.

And that ties perfectly with what I tell you in my column today about the Dolphins being willing to attack the high end of free agency this offseason as they have not done since probably 2010.

As I've said before, the man in charge of personnel for the Dolphins will  continue to be general manager Jeff Ireland. Owner Stephen Ross will speak with the media later this week, but a source repeated to me again today that Ireland is absolutely safe in his job. So no change is coming there for this offseason.

This offseason is about improving everywhere -- particularly on offense.

"We certainly need to get better production and performance out of the offensive unit," Philbin said.

The coach wants to see massive improvement in the team's turnover margin. It was minus 10 this year which was in the bottom quarter of the league. And he wants to see more plays on both offense and defense relative to the passing game.

"I think these guys performed well," Philbin said. "We have to do a better job of putting points on the board. This is not a complicated game. We have to do a better job there. Part of the takeway issue is getting interceptions and fumble recoveries. But I don't know it's isolated to the receiver or DB positions.

"We need to address the explosive play element on both sides of the ball. We got to create more, we have to eliminate more from our opponent's play."

Well, if that doesn't speak to receivers (including TEs on offense) and DBs (particularly corners on defense) I don't know who it speaks to.

Among the things Philbin wants to improve is himself.

"I definitely need to improve like anybody else, no question about it," he said. "That's what the offseason is all about. I haven't had time to reflect necessarily going through the exit process today and meeting with the players. Obviously we had a plan in place for this season. I thought it was a good plan. However, obviously you have to make changes and adjustments and learn and make improvements. And we'll do that. We'll listen to the suggestions of some of the guys you work with on a consistent basis and see if they have ideas that may or may not benefit the program."

Improvement is the order of the day all around this franchise, folks. The Dolphins finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs. That's 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9 in the last four seasons. And none of those seasons included a postseason berth.

"7-9 is not good enough," Philbin said. "... We have a lot of work to do. That's really where we are."



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Orlando I wouldn't do it if I were Ireland. Dansby is solid and tough. Played through a bad injury to his arm and still posted great numbers. It's hard to catch the ball when you can't lift one of your arms.

Not in love with Dansby but we have other needs that are much more pressing and he's under contract.

Craig, is there a pass rush specialist that may be available? A DE? JSinLA used to be great with this stuff, where is that guy!

Yep, agreed on Steve Smith although I don't see him leaving Carolina. He's like furniture there - a leader and captain. He is a mighty fine player though - no doubt.

FA will only get you so far the draft is where this team needs to build the type of team that will be relevant for years. Signing a couple of FA's is fine
but you can't miss on them. Jennings is an upgrade so is Wallace as far as Wr's go. Jake Long wants big money
not sure he is worth it. Smith not a top 10 corner hates to tackle time for him to go. Hartline and Bush I would resign because they are the 2 best offensive
players this team needs playmakers on offense terrible to watch. Tannehill to passive happy to make a big check accuracy is terrible.

Out of all the teams that didn't make the playoffs, are we the only one that didn't fire anyone? Gee, talk about a vicious black monday...

The Miami Seahawks were an AAFC (not NFL franchise) for one season--1946--and were a disaster on and off the field.

They relocated and became the original Baltimore Colts, although contrary to the belief of many that Colts franchise went out of business when the AAFC folded and is NOT the same Colts franchise that exists today.

The Seahawks remain the anaswer to a good trivia question: Namely, who did the Cleveland Browns play in theirn first game ever?

(the Browns and 49ers both were added to the NFL after the AAFC folded)

Did anyone here actually know there was a Miami Seahawk team that went bankrupt??

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 31, 2012 at 02:38 PM

Before my time but yes. You are also right about Joe Robbie being cheap. Back in the day before free agency, an owner could pretty much buy any player he wanted.

#1 Dolphin Fan in Montreal | December 31, 2012 at 02:38 PM

Panthers WR Smith is the FA nobody talks about who I doubt gets the FRANCHISE tag.

Phins78, some of the pass rushers possibly available are

Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo of LSU
Bjoern Werner, FSU

and the guy I find most intriguing ... Dion Jordan Oregon.

Jordan is a tweener at 235lbs but one thing he can do is rush the passer with some serious intentions but isn't likely to offer anything else. People were mocking Seattle for taking a similar player in Bruce Irvin. Nobody is laughing now.


I'd need to research it a bit more but you directed me to a very good website a little while ago that talked about that. KFFL or something?

robert, I like your 02:45PM post...I like it a lot. I admit Tannehill's accuracy is a bit scary...I love his mobility, love his arm, love a lot of things about him but he does miss on a lot of throws...Hopefully this is because of his limited experience at the QB position...Great QBs all have one thing in common...They hit the open WR, no question...

Here's another largely forgotten part of Miami football history:

When the AFL first formed in 1959, Ralph Wilson (Bills owner) sought to have his franchise in Miami. The only reason it didn't happen was his inability to hammer out a lease deal at the Orange Bowl.

Also, the Raiders franchise was originally slated for Minneapolis but the prospective owners jumped to the NFL when offered the opportunity. The Raiders first nickname (never actually used) in Oakland? The "Senors."


I REALLY like Dion Jordan too. Could be our version of JPP. I need to study him a bit more but he's the guy that jumps out at me too. Rally Jarvis Jones too, but I think he's long gone by the time we pick. Linebacker Moore is another guy I like.

Budtki don't hold your breath. Even if the phins grab a qb it wont be until the late rounds. They have devlin and like him so most likely they sign a vet backup in free agency.

Your assessment of young qbs, historically, is dead wrong. Manning and Marino are exceptions.

QBs like Brees and Aikman are more the rule. More QBs than not need time to develop. Hitting on an nfl ready qb is great but it happens very few and far between. Everyone is getting all excited because this year was the best yr since 83 for qbs coming out of college.

I am still on the fence about Reggie Bush. He is our featured back and could not even run for 1000 yards. I like the way Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller hit the hole. I think that Miller will be vastly improved with a year under his belt. The only thing that I would miss about Bush is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield but I would not miss him as a runner. Reggie tends to dance around too much and he is hit and miss. I do thnk that the fins did not use him correctly this year and that he can be a tremendous weapon catching the ball. He is a tough call but I guess it will depend on the asking price.

Is there any coaches on our team that will end up being fired? Special teams coach maybe? Seems to me there were a few plays this year where special team were off. Way too many run backs for one.

I don't see any of our coaches being poached this year either. This may be the first year in I don't know how long where continuity on this team might be the best it's ever been. While teams are running around, interviewing coaches and GMs and putting coaches staffs together, we can focus on FA and the draft and get a leg up on other teams. Could be could news for us.

I have to go soon and sorry for posting so much just trying to get it all in! My last post (maybe, prob not) has to do with the rookie of the year award.

Luck should win it but the reports are RG3 will and I don't understand why. Luck was asked to throw the ball almost 300 times more than Wilson and RG3. He took a 2 win team to the playoffs in his first season. And they're giving it to RG3? WHY?

The Redskins beat the Giants twice last season and took San Fran AND New England right down to the wire. That was with Rex Grossman and Johhn Beck at QB. They were in most every game they lost, they had pieces. Indi absolutely stunk last year. They got beat 62-7 by New Orleans. Washington had far better pieces around RG3 and hope because they played well.

And when Garcon went out RG3 was 1-4. Luck plugged away all season hitting multiple receivers with multiple come backs for a wi


I'd be in favour of bringing Bush back but again, it will depend on the price. I don't see a big market for Bush but maybe a team like the Colts or Chargers get silly and offer him a big contract. At that point we let him go. I kind of feel that way on most of our FAs to be honest.

Nice piece @ 1:20 DC.

Good stuff fin4life @ 12:52

Awful lot of knee jerk going on after a stinging loss.

Surprise! We draw the annual playoff juggernaut, at their house, in Dec, with Brady and a returning Gronk (one armed still more man than most all TE's in the NFL). Versus what...a sputtering, growing, learning on the job rookie QB, head Coach, and OC...The same QB playing behind a 7 sack OL with receivers that have WD-40 hands? With a RB meaning well by proclaiming his desire to "lead the league in rushing" while only falling 1,100 yards short of the guy coming off major ACL surgery actually doing it!!?!!?!!

Uhhhhhhhh...(tap,tap) "Is this thing on???"

That = a big fat LOSS!

Ok, so I am very over it... I have already wiped the slate clean and am ready to think about the future stuff. With really good luck the Fins could have been 2 or 3 games further but, I'm a realist...they laid whatever eggs they laid. Go Fins 2013!!


buh bye millions, don't let the door hit ya on the way out.

Craig, like Moore and Jones too but I'm not even paying attention because I expect them to be gone too.

fin4life...while i think a big tough OL in the draft would serve us well, just like the immense pressure to produce a QB, this draft will be more about sexy play makers. The kind that catch and run TDs and sack opposing QBs.

If ILB T'eo Manti lands at 12 I would take him as I am HUGE on best player available. Since i believe he will go higher I would say either trade down some if possible or if not take Milliner CB Alabama. It's a travesty how far out of the play some of our DBs are. If they manage to slide back some I like WR Keenan Allen or WR Justin Hunter.

I would go TE Ertz or Eiff in 2nd if possible.

These would be much needed skill position guys. If they can add Jennings or Wallace in FA then a true transformation can take place.

I would resign Starks, Hartline, Bush and Sean Smith in that order.

Sean Smith ONLY because he is still young and with more coaching he MAY figure out how to bring his game up some more. In the end I would just be renting another season or two of finding his replacement as I don't think he can hang with the dynamic athletes in the NFL. For all his size he doesn't like to tackle either.


PS Happy New Year to all!!!

Craig for the life of me I can't remember. Old age setting in at 41 I guess.

Redskins are the best rushing team in football. RG III is a LOT of fun to watch and a great guy but anyone thinking he's putting up monster numbers isn't paying attention.

His passing stats yesterday? 9/18 for 100 yards even.

Love the kid, but his actual numbers don't exactly leap off the charts. And if not mistaken, Tannehill actually managed a better QBR this year with far less offensive talent at his disposal.

True Mark. And the thing is we don't need an every down guy, we have plenty of them already. We need that guy that can get after the QB, who cares how he holds up against the run, we're set there.

Rob in O.C.,,,,, I LOL @ your 3:02 post.


I think RGIII is more hurt than he's letting on. Just my opinion. Didn't look like the same guy to me last night. Good that Morris was able to carry the load last night but it'll be interesting to see how he does against a hot 'Hawks team this weekend. That's the game I'm most excited to watch.

I tsee both the Cards and Bears have asked permission to interview Miami HC finalist last year Mike McCoy, for an interview. Pretty sure he gets a HC job this year.

LAUGHED,,,,out loud :)

Am I the only one that thinks Russell Wilson had the best year of them all?

Rookie passing TD record, as many wins as anyone, and fewer mistakes than anyone too. To me, he was the best one ...

Oh man jrs ,,,,THANK YOU! I agree 100%. Love RG3, he is fun to watch. But I have doubts he will last very long and I really believe Luck was the better qb with the harder task this season.

OK guys, I'm out

Happy New Year...

Let's get pizzzeddddd!!!!

I think that Bjorn Werner will be the next JJ Watt. He is currently mocked anywhere from 2 to 12 but if he slips to us at 12, I would take him. With Soliai and Wake commanding double teams Werner would be 1 on 1.

IMO best 3 players in the draft in order:

1. Guard Chance Warmack- Most dominant player in this draft. Ireland will have too much pressure on him to take another guard but imagine a line of Long, Pouncey, Martin, and Warmack. Best unit on the team, would imrpove our running game, and do wonders for Tannehill's confidence.
2. Bjorn Werner- He is a total stud and would be a great compliment for Wake.
3. Mante Te'o- A great leader and playmaker.


I know you're probably gone but if I had a ROY vote, Wilson would have got my vote. As AMAZING a year as the other two had, Wilson just surprised me time after time. It would be close but I'd top towards Wilson.

"Why Craig M...Madcap!" (Great quote from Tombstone minus your name)

I hate to break it to ya but the Jennings'es and Wallaces'es of the world will not be leaping on the Miami train at some song of a price.

Philbin may be able to trim a Mill or two off the price but ONLY GB will get the hometown discount for Jennings imho.

I doubt Wallace will trim anything for anyone as he is youngest ans fastest (two coveted traits) of the FA WRs.

MAYBE, because he hasn't done a whole lot even with his Herclean build, TE Finley may slink over to the Fins at a lesser price but I see no bargain basement finds in a Pass Happy league.

While I say anyone that is looking to get a break the bank deal through free agency through our Fins keep stepping... at some point good players make money. Just like in the draft you have to hit on them. Look at what the Bills got outta Mega Bucks Mario as opposed to a DT like Geno Atkins had for far less!

Ireland, Philbin & Co must make the right choices and can't dive out of a FA battle just for the sake of saving some $$ "IF" it's the right guy.


Yeah Mark but he's in Seattle. Might as well be in Russia for all we know! hahaha, seriously, people down here don't pay attention to what goes on in Washington state. No one will pay attention unless he wins a super bowl. He had a great season, Lucks was better imo.

I also see Wilson coming down to earth next season as teams know more of what to expect. I'm rooting for the kid though, I hope he keeps it up. He's a great person from what I have seen and deserves more credit for his football skills than he has been given.


Not sure about Werner. I need to check him out further. Just a feeling but I believe he could be a bust. I need to look at him further but just not convinced his game is going to translate well to the NFL. I'll need to get back to you on that one.

Okay guys I'm out too. Have a great New Year all. Peace

Rob in OC,

I don't see a lower price for Wallace. He'll get his $8.5-9 mil a year deal and 4 or 5 years. So to me he doesn't fit here. Very good player. Quite possibly a top 10 receiver.

IMO, I don't believe Jennings will get the same deal. I think Jenning will me more like $6-6.5 mil a year and 3 years. I think his injuries will scare a coouple of teams off. So we'll see.

I think he might fit in Miami, depending on what we do with Hartline.

I am not trying to be negative but I don't see us getting any better than 7-9 next year with the schedule we have, unless Ireland does something he really doesn't yet which is draft impact players right away and pickup some offensive weapons, Like Marshall and Bush.I just don't think he knows how to pick offensive players or it just hasn't happened yet.Another problem we face is do we have our franchise QB? After watching him play all season and watching every snap pretty much, I would say it is 50/50 we got our QB of the future. Tannehill had some guys open and couldn't him just like in the first game against the Pats.If we don't resign Reggie Bush and don't bring in some proven receivers or hit one or two in the draft we will be having the same conversation next year.

March 12th is when FA starts. We should have a better idea on who the fins will draft after we see who they resign and sign in FA. It is too hard to determine at this point who they may take. I think that for now you look at best player available and the strength of the draft which is up front on the defensive and offensive lines. They cannot reach for a receiver with that 12th pick.


Agreed. There's some good receivers in this draft but nobody that jumps out as 'must have' at 12. Some good pass rushers to chose from.....hopefully.

Phins78... Hat tip to you bud. Glad I could make you chuckle as laughter is the best medicine. Except when handling the Fins losses...a good cry is in order sometimes there. =)


...IMO the offense has to be the number one priority this offseason. When I say this it does not include the draft, where all bets are off.

If we had any efficiency on offense, any ability to be a consistant threat. Our defense would have looked pretty good. The deficiencies pointed out here get magnified, as they were the unit that had to play well to keep us in games. Every team in the NFL has weeks where the defense gets shredded. It is the nature of todays game. The difference between our squad, and a championship one is that in those contests. The good teams have the capapbility offensivley to keep the game competitive. For us, no chance.

Of course the defense has its issues. I'm not saying that it doesn't. I'm also not saying ignore a chance to get better on this side of the ball. I'm just advocating that this team get some players who can score Touchdowns. Get some players who can make plays. Get the defense some help where any little mistake is not magnified, or blown out of proportion. Plenty of teams in the NFL would have taken our defensive production this year. It is the strength of this team. I do not think this is debateable.

Funny "tweets" from Greg Jennings' sister during the Packer game yesterday, even bashes Aaron Rodgers -

"Who can make a play @GregJennings can! He's the best freakin receiver these clowns got! Now take your talents to south beach & get paid!💰💵"

"@GregJennings ball out so you can leave this team! They will miss u when your gone! It's all good bye packers! Cheap team, can't afford him"

"@Da_mrs_85 I don't freakin care he should have more catches, if this idiot could see the coverage!!😡 Then he holds on to the ball & fumbles!"

"ARod is the most overrated QB in the league! He is no where near Peyton or Brady! It sickens me, Peyton would avg. 5 TD with this squad!!!"

Though Reggie Bush had over a 1,000yds rushing last seaso and narrowly missed this season. I am not convinced he's an everydown rb.

I would resign Bush for exactly what he makes now, not a penny over. Then I would highly revise the way he's being used. My revision would be:

Punts/kickoffs, empty back sets, and find exotic ways to use him on screens and reverses.

As a wr, I would line him up all over the place to create mismatches. Bush isnt exclusively a rb, he's a "big-play player". So, using him in the ways Ive mentioned, I believe puts him in better position to create big plays.

Also, would still use him aa a "rotational rb", 5-10 carries a game. Nothing more.

Top of the eve of 2013 to ya Craig M!

As a team with 46 million in cap space and maybe on the verge of clipping Bush, Long and/or Dansby you don't think we have the $$$ firepower for a 8.5 Million a year young, established speed merchant like Wallace??

I wondering what your goal is? To go into next season 50 million under the cap?

While I say stay away from the Super Mario's and Albert Haynesworths of the world we gotta pony up for some players with talent?

Maybe your right about Jennings and he goes out for cheaper due to age and injury but the Owners/OCs of the world see its an Offensive world the NFL is living in too.

You can't look at tackling an Offensive player hard let alone touch him down field.

If the tab Jennings OR Wallace at 6-9 million (including probable releases) we should still be waaaaaay ahead on cap space. This while getting some much needed people that can freakin catch AND get separation.

Like that long one to Bush he missed though...Tannehill better get more a LOT more accurate of the next step is to be taken.



Timmy Flanders brother is playing right now on espn. Tulsa/Iowa St. John is playing corner and his number is 21.


Werner is constantly in the backfield making tackles for a loss or sacking the QB. He is strong against the pass and run. He probably won't be available at 12. Todd Mcshay actally has him going 3rd to the Raiders. I have not seen a mock yet that has him going as low as 12.

Armando my question is why does Ross for some apparent reason keep ireland? i really don't see any other teams saying how great of an evaluator of talent, or what a great capologist or great anything as GM. He took his cues from parcells and now is taking his cues from philbin. i just shake my head when you look at all the negative comments, lack of attendance in the stands, and a really poor product on the field for the last 4 years and say why keep ireland? i mean if he were fired right now what team would re-hire him as a GM?

Darryl Dunphy!!! Word up my brutha!!!

How's life gonna treat you in 2013?

Glad the Mayans let us live a while longer eh?

Go Fins in 2013.

Like yourself I am a "THEY HAVE TO ADD TD MAKERS TO THE OFF!" this coming year or we will be singing the same sad song next year.


Rob OC,

I hope Miami resigns Bush, at around what he's making now(5 mil) and just greatly revise the way they are using him. He's a big play waiting to happen no matter how he touches the ball.

15-20 carries or more, just isnt the most effective way to do this.

..Yg..I'll check him out.. You know that 300 yard game you were talking about for TF? That was against the Griz last year in the semifinals. That was the game where I became a Flanders fan.. Also, perhaps the reason he isn't on any mock references is that he is a junior? He is no doubt a pro prospect.

Rob in OC...Life is good, I spent last night in the freekin ER..Threw out my back lifting a case of wine..Pathetic! Hope all is well in So Cal.

Yesterday's Gone 4Ever,

I would be about re-signing Bush too. I also think he should be more on the pass receiving side then just hand offs. Maybe try to motion him out of the backfield a lot more into the slot. He's faster than Bess and has decent hands.

That would allow them to run a stronger Miller out of the backfield.

With any kind of true #1 guy like Jennings or Mike Wallace that would put a bunch more pressure on the opposing Def to cover the whole field.

The Fins need to work on their screen game much more too. It seems all good teams run it well and you need it as an ally to slow pass rush teams and blitzes down.



After watching Garner yesterday, if Jake Long isnt resigned, I greatyly fear we could be drafting a OT 1st rd. Garner wasnt bad, he was absolutely horrible yesterday. Every DE the Pats put on his side completely destroyed him.

Martin's a keeper going forward, but, if Long isnt resigned we probably have to use a premium pick at the tackle position. No sense giving Tannehill weapons if he'll be running for his life next year.

Rob in OC,

Cheers, Sir!

Obviously my goal is to get better and win a championship. But I think we have to be smart about it. It would be like if you won some money in the lottery (let's say $50K or $100K), first thing you want to do is go out and buy a car or take an expensive trip. Maybe in hindsight that's not the smartest thing to do. The money will be gone really quickly. Kind of the same in the situation we're in with the Dolphins.

I don't know EXACTLY how it would all come together in a prefect world but I would more than likely let Clemmons and Starks walk and move Odrick inside, while drafting a DE at 12. So some of the money will go to the guy we draft at 12 and the other draft picks. I'd try to get a 3 year deal done with Bush at a reasonable price, try to get a reasonable deal done with Long and again try to get a deal done with Hartline. I'm on the fence with Smith. Not a big play maker, a waste of money at lets say 5 years and $25 mil, so for him I'd have to gauge it. Jennings would be in the budget for $6-6.5 mil a year and I would do my best to get Dansby and possibly even Soliai to re-negotiate. I'd be looking at a TE and WR in 2nd and a S and likely G, CB or T in the third.

So to be honest, I think we're going to go through that $46 mil pretty quick. Seems like we have lots to work with but in reality I'm not sure we do. I'm not comfortable with just Miller and Thomas, hence the reason Id' try and resign Bush for 2-3 years.

Something along those lines, Rob. Wallace or Bowe at $9 mil blows the whole budget thing up, in my mind. I also think we need to get a new deal done with Jones at some point too.

Rob OC,

I also think we need to seriously consider drafting a tackle breaking rb 3rd to 4th rd. Start Miller, the tackle breaker's 2nd in the rotaion, and he'll be the goal lien and short yardage rb too.


That's my fear too. But I would HATE to see us spend another first on a OL. Not convinced we HAVE to. But if we could get Long to agree to a hometown discount that would sure as Hell make life a lot easier for us. I want playmakers too and don't want us to have to keep drafting linemen early.

YG4VR @ 3:54: you can bank on Ireland drafting or bringing in another Colombo/Garner clone to fill in the right side again. That's four consecutive years that he has to address the OLine. Four years of not getting it right on the front line is grounds for dismissal, IMO.


It seems some don't realize that while Bush may not be a messiah he has shown he can handle whatever load and is still the most dangerous guy we have right now.

I hope this changes but for now, he is a good re-sign.

In space is the key as cramming him into the line just to show he can handle it won't make sense.

The Offense has to evolve (with better players) to where if Reggie Bush comes in, he can act as a decoy to get the ball to someone else that can attack the Def.

I sure as hell hope that Ryan Tannehill sets up a distance trash can 20-40 yards downfield and learns to hit that sucker with regularity in the offseason. 500 throws a day if it takes it!!

That coupled with better pass catchers that can either separate AND/OR make the tough grabs will make a ton of difference.


..There could be some very good free agent offensive line options in the coming free agency period. Some guys that would fit nicely into what we do. Of course I don't know if they will be re-signed by their teams. This would free us from having to draft a lineman in round one, and give the team options.

Also if we could get Greg Jennnings(my number 1 free agent on my wish list) it would allow us to explore a defensive player(the reason I say this is that IMO defense is the strength of this draft, and IMO none of the recievers are worthy of a top 20 pick for a team that needs an endzone threat)

Here is a list of attractive, and who I think are attainable lineman. OT Phil Loadholt RT Minn
Gosder Gerilus RT DET. and perhaps the best value Branden Albert LT KC..All of these guys would make good fits into our system. Albert perhaps the best. because of the system in KC.. all are good pass blockers. Loadholt, and Albert top 5 run blockers.


Sean Smith compares to Sam Madison in one area. Very soft tackler. But, at least Madison was a pro bowl calibre cover guy. Smith isnt.

It still scares me to resign a plain average corner, who's 19780's linebacker size, and is afraid to make tackles to a longterm contract. Only reason to resign him is not to create another hole.

But looking at the way "TINY" Wes Welker comepletely "MANHANDLED" they much bigger Smith on a block. It was so appalling, I begin to wonder if "not creating another hole" is reason enough to keep him.

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