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Winning is better than losing and Bush helps winning

Let's start out by saying that Sunday was a good day for the Dolphins.

Winning is much better than losing anytime, anywhere, anyhow. And, as I wrote in my column for The Herald, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars may not feel like an awesome accomplishment but it was important for Miami because it avoided making today feel like Armaggedon.

Having said that, I saw a couple of things Sunday that raised questions about the entire season:

1. Have the Dolphins maximized Reggie Bush?

Bush rushed 21 times for 104 yards. It marked the first time he went over 100 yards in a game since Sept. 16. And that was also the last time he got the ball 20 times or more in a game. Coincidence?

I don't think so. I think that in the desire to keep Bush healthy and spread the wealth, the Dolphins have made their running game poorer by not using their best weapon enough. At least that's what the statistics say.

The only reason Bush got more work Sunday is because Daniel Thomas suffered a knee injury on his first and only carry of the day. (More on that in a sec.).

So it was Bush that got opportunity after opportunity, which is something he loves. I asked him if he rather tote the ball 20-plus times per game or if he prefers the 12-14 times per game the Dolphins like to limit him to.

“That’s an easy question; 20 and up," he said. "You know what, obviously every game and every scenario is different. Sometimes you are going to throw the ball a little more and sometimes we’re playing from behind so you have to get a quick score. This is a game where I think we controlled the game for the most part, so we were able to kind of dictate what we wanted to do on offense, not coming from behind like we have been in the past throwing a lot.”

Yeah, Bush tried to cover with the idea that sometimes he doesn't get the ball because the Dolphins are trying to catch up and aren't running. But what about the times they simply are sitting him in favor of, well, inferior players?

Let's face it, Bush is better with more carries. Why?

"Why is more better? Because I am a running back, I don’t know," he said. "Running backs always want the ball more. I’m a playmaker and I like having the ball in my hands. I feel like the more touches I get, the more chances I have to make good plays out there.”

Agreed.

Now, about Thomas. You all know how I feel about him.

I simply don't think he's been very good. I don't see nearly the potential in him the Dolphins see. He's just a guy, in my opinion.

And Sunday offered another reason why I believe that:

2. Thomas has durability issues.

He's gotten knocked out of three games this year with injuries. He suffered a couple of concussions and yesterday went out with the knee injury. His status for Sunday is questionable at best.

Well, to me, durability is a critical factor on which players are judged. Some guys are simply more injury prone than others. And while Thomas is not what I would call injury-prone at this stage, there is no denying he's missed more time than any other running back on the roster because of injury.

That is something the Dolphins must consider for next year if they are going to pass the mantle of the RB position to Thomas and Lamar Miller and let Bush walk in free agency.

 

 

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A major reason why Bush hasn't got 20 carries a game a lot is because he has so many negative runs that put this team into obvious passing situations. GOing hard on one cut between teh tackles lends itself to getting more oportunities later in the game. For example, a lot more elikely to run on 2nd and 6 instead of 2nd and 12.

So Reggie, if you want more carries, stop with the ridiculous prancing.

Mark,

It drives me nuts too. When he hits the hole he's a very good back but he's just not Barry Sanders who had the ability to turn 10-15 yard losses into 85 yard TD's. At USC??? Yes. Not in the NFL though.

And Bush, he got $5M when he was unproven as an every down back, what makes anyone think he will sign for less now that he has shown he can be a majore ball carrier???

Mark,

Just the opposite I suspect. He's still at an age that some team will pay him more than he's worth.

Craig, Carr just about saved Dallas' season yesterday.

Craig M @12:42,

I don't see why you feel in the FA era that signing a player to a position of need via FA is tantamount to laziness with all the turn over Yr. to Yr.

I believe Wallace makes us better all by himself and isn't the problem (headcase) Marshall was or for that matter the locker room cancer Santonio Holmes was either.

His Rookie deal expired not his fault the Steelers originally inked him to a rookie 3 Yr. deal. He felt he was worth more than his 2.7 tender and I happened to agree with him. The Steelers feel they can go with Emmanuelle Sanders and Antonio Brown and probably so but those 2 made critical mistakes yesterday that went a loooong way towards the Steelers loss. It was bringing Wallace back into a prominent role that beought them back from 10 points down.

We can then focus our picks on drafting DB's in a very heavy class taking care of the skill positions on both sides of the ball which in my estimation makes us a couple of games better right away if Tannehill can progress. It's an opinion which is neither right or wrong just one I feel strongly about and by the way Wallace is all of 26 years old so when you say older player I'm sort of left scratching my head.

Mark,

When Bush was signed it was under the old CBA. He was the second pick that year after Mario Williams and got a HUGE contract. He's had ONE season of over 1,000 yards, which these days a lot of backs get. I don;t believe he'll get over $5 mil a year and if he does then I say, good luck to him with whatever team he's playing for. I'd look for the next Demarco Murray in the 4th round or later if that's the case.

Phins78, I've wanted DL first round all along, but I wanted Odrick moved inside and more of a pass rusher. I didn't know McDaniel was a FA too. If that's the case then we need to add another guy in FA (not big money) or the draft.

Craig, hit the lecture circuit bub! Everyone is tired of reading your long winded thesis on what everyone else thinks. The read why they are dumb simply because you don't agree.


JUST STFU!

Craig, re: Blue jays. I agree with you 100%. Obviously the jays gave up their entire farm system in order to become relevant now. There's a lot of rpessure on this current team to perform. if they do, the farm system will have a chance to repair itself and you become a player in free agency rather tahn having to give up the farm to address your short term needs. That being said, we've seen a lot of these teams being thrown together in all sports fall flat. Not a sure thing to have this team perform. It better work though or the Jays are finished for good.

Fin4life,

Mike Wallace may be the fastest WR in the NFL. You put him & the Dolphins & we have a PROVEN playmaker/game breaker. More so than even Brandon Marshall.

Maybe you can find a top tier WR via the draft BUT are what are the chances you're going to find a guy who is as good as him???

I'd like to see them re-sign the DL FAs. Don't fix it if it isn't broken. Comes down to $$$ I guess, but I agree if one gets to walk they need to draft a replacement.

Then again, they lost X, seriously blanking on name, this year to the Rams. Still a good DL.

fin4life,

We see things very differently. I'd rather spend the money on a top FA CB, than on a FA WR. Doesn't mean I don't think Wallace is a great player....he is. I also think he'd be good in this offence. But when it comes to spending money, I'd rather spend it on a guy who I know can get it done. Too bad James Joseph isn't available because that's the kind of guy I want. Not a fan of drafting these CBs high because so many of them don't pan out. Very few shutdown corners. It's a myth that these guys are in abundance. They're not. So if one comes available, that's what I'd want. I'd even have interest in a guy like Quentin Jammer. Little bit of a vet now but still a good player.

Mark,

I happen to agree on Carr who took over for Newman who had become a real liability (was called highway 42 by D Jack). I figure with that play Jones must have been thinking money well spent in his luxury box.

you are a weenie,

Suugestion for you 'friend', if you don't like it, then skip over it. This is a blog for expressing opinions, something maybe nobody explained to you. If you don't value what I have to say then simply skip over it. Nobody putting a gun to your head....

Craig, when Bush was traded to Miami, he signed his 2nd contract, 2 years, $10M. After falling flat as a feature back in New Orleans.

Mark @1:20pm,

Well said. It's boom or bust for the Jays and AA as well.

So Mark, was a RFA when he came over or was what was left of his deal re-negotiated?

Mark,

Sorry was talking about Bush....

WHDP, I know I've posted this a few times but I was at MetLIfe a month back when Wallace took a 6 yard crossing pass and took it about 70 yards. The guy would make Reggie Bush look like Anthony Fasano in the speed department.

So Mark,

Are you advocating the signing of Wallace? Top priority?

Bush is our only playmaker so it would make sense to retain him, right? I say, DEAD WRONG!

What's he really done this year that you can't live without, exactly or someone else can't do? Bush is not that much of a difference maker anymore. Big deal, he ran for 100 yards on the worst D in the NFL. Then the fanboys come out saying we can't let him walk? Gimme a break!

Yea, he can create mismatches occasionally & can make a couple of guys miss but, there are alot of guys in the NFL who can do that. If you've been watching, he has also had trouble beating LB'ers on pass plays this year.

Bush has not made that 1 elite type of play to make you say we have to keep him.

Miller is a VERY similar style player, younger & under contract. He can actually bring more to the table than Bush because he is a better runner.

For as many nice plays as Bush makes, he also makes as many dumb ones. Too many - run plays set up bad down n distance. He is also getting older & has been fragile his entire career for the most part.

Bush is still a decent playmaker but, for how much longer? His big plays are down from last year. He is producing reduced big plays. He is still a major injury risk. Investing in him long term for more than $2mil/season is simply bad business.

It's exactly the same type of player, similar to Long, that the phins will continue to invest in & keep us in a quagmire.

Craig, not sure why he got a contract with teh Dolphins ... maybe he had only one year remaining on his deal???? I just remember the new contract.

I'd look for the next Demarco Murray in the 4th round or later if that's the case.

Craig,

Isn't that what we tried to do last year with Miller by trading up to the top of the 4th??? And the year before that we traded up to get Thomas. It sounds so easy & very logical when you say that but the problem is that our scouts & personnel department have not been able to get that guy.

The truth is that our scouts & personnel people have NOT hit on solid gold like the Redskins did with Alfred Morris in the 6th round. And that's on them b/c neither player has produced as expected.

Maybe Miller is lights out next year but let's face it--his contribution this season has been minimal.

Armando,

Probably won't do until after the season, but can you put up a post with the possible FA/RFA that will be on the market for the need positions (CB, WR, S, T, G, TE)?

In a nutshell my thesis for the Phins off-season try to keep your defenses strength which is the front seven and your best players on offense, Bush and Hartline, and try to increase my offensive production of points and with the defenses front seven I can win 10 games next year, if I score an average of 6 points more a game,just estimating so you stat gurus might have a more acceptable figure after consulting the stats from say is it Pro Football Focus the outfit that covers every single play in the NFL.

Many of your are still trying to upgrade the oline position, weve been trying to do this since 2008 at this point all we need is 1 gurad re-sign Long to a resonable contract if not let him walk.

SS Im also on the fence about him, the guy isnt physical enough for me and cant catch a pick unless it hits him in his hands and he still sometimes cant catch it.

Ireland has 45 million in cap space and a bunch of draft picks if we dont win at least 10 games next season hes gone.

The truth is...

So you're saying when he had the 175 yard game there were no elite plays? Seems to me he had a Hell of a run against someone this year for a TD too. Was it SF?

So 'no elite runs'? Doesn't seem like an accurate statement bud. I also though the 53 yard run yesterday was pretty great.

So in your mind we already have guys on this team that can do that? Hilarious you don't think he's a playmaker. Someone has to define this word for me some time.

Miller hit the hole a few times yesterday and if he hadnt gotten tripped up on one run would have been off to the races.. He had a 9 yrd run that was the quickest 9 yrd run ive seen. He was through the line beyond quick.. He is the Bush replacement if they let Bush walk. Bush keeps trying to trust his legs to get the edge and it happens less than often. On the sweep play, if he plants his foot and goes up field its a big play but he tries to get the edge and gains a yard maybe two..

"I'd like to see them re-sign the DL FAs. Don't fix it if it isn't broken. Comes down to $$$ I guess, but I agree if one gets to walk they need to draft a replacement.

Then again, they lost X, seriously blanking on name, this year to the Rams. Still a good DL."

Common Sense,

Kendall Langford & he was paid big money. Good player but nothing special in his last season in Miami.

Don't know anymore about Starks. He started the season like a house on fire but hasn't made the plays that guys are paid big money to do over the last 5 or 6 games.

CommonSense, do it yourself man.

Langford WHDP

the rest of my post didnt post.. I agree on Langford he was good but not worth what he got paid..

WHDP, I know I've posted this a few times but I was at MetLIfe a month back when Wallace took a 6 yard crossing pass and took it about 70 yards. The guy would make Reggie Bush look like Anthony Fasano in the speed department.

Mark,

I realize the Steelers found Mike Wallace in the 2nd round but the chances our scouts will find a guy with this guy's speed & play making ability is far from good.

We're talking about the same people who traded up to the 2nd b/c they had to get Thomas & the same people who thought Egnew was worth a our higher 3rd round pick.

WHDPs,

I don't feel confident with a tandem of Miller and Thomas. That's why I'm saying if we let Bush go we need to find another back.

I don't see a big market for Bush. Give me some of the teams that would be interested? Jacksonville? Pittsburgh? GB? SD? Maybe the Jets? I just don't see a lot of fits. St. Louis?

Langford isnt anything special, I say we sign Mike Wallace draft Kennean Allen from Cal dude is 6'3 4.3 speed. With one of the second round pick draft the TE from Notre Dame, forget his name. Thats all I got so far

Langford WHDP

MattyB,

I know. That's what I said isn't it??? LOL...

Yeah man read my next post.. the rest of it didnt post.. i was saying that I agreed wwith you on Langford

Thank you WHDP. Wouldn't come to mind!

Clue, I hear ya, but I think you keep Smith. If you keep him you know at the least the main weakness on D won't get worse. It hasn't always been pretty, but the D is still pretty strong with him as the #1 CB.

The best scenario is he gets re-signed to a fair contract and they get another guy that allows him to drop to #2 on the depth chart. #1 FA/Draft Shutdown #2 Smith #3 Marshall/Carrol. That would be perty good...

Craig,

Your 100% right on the shutdown CB those guys just don't come around every Yr. but it's a weak FA class. The group at WR is stacked and I have a feeling the Steelers believe there money is already invested in Antonio Brown who they extended with Sanders as the 2 making Wallace a CAP liability which you know is always the Steeler way when it comes to money at the position. The Packers I think let Jennings walk as well with the development of Cobb and Nelson, Jones still under contract.

We will finish out 7-9 given the U-Haul trucks are already out in Buffalo with H.C. Gailey probably getting the hook with his team folding yesterday in the 3rd Qrt. putting us between picks 12-15 again. I think Milliner will go before that as will Te'o but if I have to in a rookie CAP ERA I would consider Xavier Rhodes here in a minute.

I would then without hesitation take the Safety available with my 1st 2nd-RD selection be it either Eric Reid or TJ McDonald and if the Football Gods smile on us Steadman Bailey with my other #2 adding speed to the skill spots on both sides.

By the way been keeping tabs on Vontae Davis in Indy and #23 has been smoked up and down the field this Season so he maybe addition by subtraction lets see what his pick nets us.


CommonSense, do it yourself man.

Posted by: Please | December 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM


^ Get a life man. And pick someone else to get your childish fight rocks off with. It ain't me : )

I don't feel confident with a tandem of Miller and Thomas. That's why I'm saying if we let Bush go we need to find another back.

I don't see a big market for Bush. Give me some of the teams that would be interested? Jacksonville? Pittsburgh? GB? SD? Maybe the Jets? I just don't see a lot of fits. St. Louis?

Craig,

Who knows...Maybe the Raiders. They overpay for players all the time & McFadden can't stay healthy.

I can't believe what a mess the Chargers have made. The loss of all that talent on offense going back to Turner, Sproles, Tolbert & then Vincent Jackson would have made me sick as a fan. Plus Ryan Matthews just can't stay healthy so they missed big when they traded up with us to get him.

Yeah man read my next post.. the rest of it didnt post.. i was saying that I agreed wwith you on Langford

MattyB,

Okay. All good. I see it now.

Armando,

Bush hasn't been consistently good this year because the offensive line is bad. Yesterday they ran the ball on a bad defense. But they couldn't run the ball on Indy or Buffalo because the o-line is just not good.

And that's also why D. Thomas looks like just a guy. He is a beast, but this offensive line makes him look terrible.


The truth is...

So you're saying when he had the 175 yard game there were no elite plays? Seems to me he had a Hell of a run against someone this year for a TD too. Was it SF?

So 'no elite runs'? Doesn't seem like an accurate statement bud. I also though the 53 yard run yesterday was pretty great.

So in your mind we already have guys on this team that can do that? Hilarious you don't think he's a playmaker. Someone has to define this word for me some time.

Posted by: Craig M | December 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM

Please man. You're acting like weenie said you are. Give it a rest!

When was the last time he had a 53 yeard run? Think long n hard. Week 2? LMAO! Yea, 2 big runs 14 weeks apart! That SCREAMS elite must have talent! Talk about Hilarious?

Why is my opinion hilarious but, your opinion isn't? Check yourself & don't act like a condescending jerk.

He ran for 175 against the raiders? Yes, he has good games against the worst teams in the NFL.

BIG DEAL! Those aren't big elite plays! They are plays most players make against those teams.

Wow a 53 yearder against the jags. And finished with 51 more yards on 20 carries? A whopping 2.5 ypc! ELITE PLAYMAKER!

You are trying to tell me, with a str8 face, that we can't get better or at WORST, similar production from Miller?

Ok, BUD!

Until the Dolphins upgrade their offensive line, this team isn't going anywhere. Not this year or next year when they get Dwayne Bowe. The o-line is not good in pass protection and they can't run block well either.

I hope the organization realizes this.

Buffalo is awful against the run and the Dolphins couldn't run on them. That's why they lost that game.

Bush IS an elite playmaker but the Dolphins offensive line is AWFUL at run blocking. That's why Bush hasn't made plays this year. Or Daniel Thomas either. Because the offensive line sucks.

BTW--A LOT of people on here have said on here that IF you if we found that franchise QB then we'd all set....Like if we drafted Matt Ryan instead of Long.

Well tell that to the Lions fans b/c Matt Stafford is pretty f#cking good & they suck this year. It's a team game & if you want proof then you should have watched the Niner/Patriot game. Sure Kapernick played well but he's not Tom Brady. I still believe you can win a SB with a great defense & a great running game. Yes, you need a QB that can make key plays in key situations but SB's are not won solely by QB's. If that were the case Marino & Peyton Manning would have won 10 of them b/c they are the two of best I've ever seen. Brady is great too but when he won, he won with very good defenses.

Well well, what else is new? Bloggers roasting Craig.
I wonder who long it will take before the blog know it all accuses them of being me. Or me being them?

Wait for it folks, it's comin!

WHDP/Mark,

I saw Mike Wallace in the famous fumble game in Miami a couple of Yrs. back and Mark is right given I've seen Bush in person as well and Wallace makes Reggie look like Incognito in the speed dept. In Reggie's 53 yard run yesterday you can bet nobody gets that angle on Wallace. He's the type of player who looks caught in traffic then clowns everybody downfield as the FASTEST WR in the NFL and at 26 is faaaar from washed up!

Craig/Mark,

Bush was in the last Yr. of his rookie deal when Ireland extended him for another Yr. insuring the 4th Rd pick invested in him would yield a couple of years in dividends while promising Bush he would get his shot as the featured RB with R&R gone.

I saw Mike Wallace in the famous fumble game in Miami a couple of Yrs. back and Mark is right given I've seen Bush in person as well and Wallace makes Reggie look like Incognito in the speed dept. In Reggie's 53 yard run yesterday you can bet nobody gets that angle on Wallace. He's the type of player who looks caught in traffic then clowns everybody downfield as the FASTEST WR in the NFL and at 26 is faaaar from washed up!

Fin,

No doubt. I saw it yesterday. Wallace is a blur.

Bush is good and shows flashes of eliteness at times but ELITE hits the holes he missed yesterday... Elite has more than 1 1000 yrd season in his career. Elite never gets traded so early in his career either.
I like Bush and wish he had been used more in the passing game earlier in the season but he is not elite.

I agree that 'playmaker' is sometimes overrused. But I think there is a simple definition for an Offensive Playmaker and Defensive Playmaker.

Defensive Playmaker - consistently puts preasure on the QB or consistently generates turnovers. Other than Wake name one on the Miami Defense today?

Offensive Playmaker - consitently generates positive yards and comes through when needed (TD generator or 1st down converter). Other than Bess and Bush who do we really have on the Offense? Hartline and Fasano show flashes. THILL as a rookie QB is showing he will be a playmaker.

In the end CONSISTENT BIG PLAY IMPACT is my definition of playmaker. I put much more weight on CONSITENT and I just don't see many on our team. The secondary is glaring void of a playmaker.

AP/AD whichever you want to call him rushing for 1800+ yds thus far this year after coming off an ACL tear, that is having the year he is with horrible QB play.. Teams are stacking the box 8+ and he still has 1800+ yds so far..
THAT IS ELITE

"Bush IS an elite playmaker but the Dolphins offensive line is AWFUL at run blocking. That's why Bush hasn't made plays this year. Or Daniel Thomas either. Because the offensive line sucks."

Daniel Thomas can't stay on the field. It has nothing to do with the O-line. He's a big guy but he's always dinged up. And the O-line looked pretty damn good yesterday. Sure it's the Jaguars but those guys still get paid too & Jason Babin is no slouch as a pass rusher.

I think everyone would agree that the Fins need a true #1 WR. Some think Bowe or Wallace would be good free agents to pursue. Some think the draft is they way to go.

I found this list of TOP RECEIVERS ENTERING THE 2013 DRAFT. Which three are true #1 WR's that the Fins should agressively pursue?

I usually like my WR's big and strong but Austin from WV is a real playmaker for sure.

1. Keenan Allen | 6'3, 206 pounds | California *
2. Tavon Austin | 5'9, 174 pounds | West Virginia
3. DeAndre Hopkins | 6'1, 200 pounds | Clemson *
4. Cordarrelle Patterson | 6'3, 205 pounds |Tennessee *
5. Robert Woods | 6'1, 190 pounds | So. California *
6. Justin Hunter | 6'4, 200 pounds | Tennessee *
7. Terrance Williams | 6'3, 205 pounds | Baylor
8. Quinton Patton | 6'2, 195 pounds | Louisiana Tech
9. Markus Wheaton | 6'1, 182 pounds | Oregon State
10. Da'Rick Rogers | 6'3, 205 pounds | Tennessee Tech *
11. Cobi Hamilton | 6'3, 209 pounds | Arkansas
12. Stedman Bailey | 5'10, 195 pounds | West Virginia *
13. Aaron Dobson | 6'2, 205 pounds | Marshall
14. Ryan Swope | 6'0, 206 pounds | Texas A&M
15. Marquess Wilson | 6'4, 183 pounds / Washington St*
16. Aaron Mellette | 6'4, 220 pounds | Elon
17. Kenny Stills | 6'1, 190 pounds | Oklahoma *
18. Tavarres King | 6'1, 192 pounds | Georgia
18. Erik Highsmith | 6'3, 190 pounds | North Carolina
19. Jordan Matthews | 6'3, 205 pounds | Vanderbilt *
20. Keenan Davis | 6'3, 215 pounds | Iowa
21. Marcus Davis | 6'4, 232 pounds | Virginia Tech
22. Connor Vernon | 6'1, 200 pounds | Duke
23. Corey Fuller | 6'2, 196 pounds | Virginia Tech
24. Chris Harper | 6'1, 229 pounds | Kansas State
25. Dan Buckner | 6'3, 220 pounds | Arizona
26. Marlon Brown | 6'5, 216 pounds | Georgia
27. Rodney Smith | 6'6, 219 pounds | Florida State
28. Emory Blake | 6'2, 193 pounds | Auburn

ROSS made it known this offseason he wanted a stud QB, we know that tannehill is not a game changer like andrew luck, a QB who can take over a game, he is however decent and slightly better then the mark sanchez's, that being said and the belief that he will be given the start again next season exposes 4 positions on offense that if addressed properly will account for at least 4 additional wins, and they are: 1) an established top freeagent reciever(james jones comes to mind), to gamble on draft day at a position that HAS to be answered is asking for trouble. 2) the best passcatching tightend available to compliment the newly signed freeagent reciever, hartline and mathews or thigpen. (EGNEW is still a mystery), drafting notredames tyler iefert would be good but i'de rather use that first round pick at the next position--and that is RUNNINGBACK- not only do freshlegs mean more to this position then any other, but the style of back selected is paramount, you see reggie's stats are decieving, to be specific, reggie is NOT a drive sustaining RB, think of how many drives prematurely ended or effected by runs that were little to no gain(this alone accounts for about 3 wins) love reggie as a weopon, he is a luxury and as long as he is the feature back miami will suffer for it, sad but true, the last offensive position in need is the offensive line.. address these positions correctly and miami will soar, and just maybe, tannehill could be more of a troy aikman, a good QB with a great offense.

"AP/AD whichever you want to call him rushing for 1800+ yds thus far this year after coming off an ACL tear, that is having the year he is with horrible QB play.. Teams are stacking the box 8+ and he still has 1800+ yds so far..
THAT IS ELITE"

No doubt Matty. 1000 yards is 62.5 yards per game. It's pretty good but far from elite. AP is elite. Arian Foster is elite. Alfred Morris has 1322 yards in 14 games & he's a rookie!!! That's elite.

Jpao,

I'm a big fan of Hopkins from Clemson. Former basketball player & just a great athlete. If we went WR in the first round that's the guy I hope we take.

If we trade down & go TE then I'd be very happy with the kid from Stanford or the kid from Notre Dame.

Anybody with any sense who watches the Dolphins can see that Reggie is BY FAR our best (only) playmaker since FIreland traded Brandon Marshall. Which is why it only stands to reason that FIreland will screw the pooch again and let him leave.

Danny Thomas sucks.

LISTEN FORGET GETTING RID OF BUSH OR HARTLINE WE NEED TO ADD NOT TAKE AWAY TALENT. THIS TEAM SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 3 MORE VICTORIES RIGHT NOW SO TO THINK WE ARE THAT FAR AWAY IS SILLY! WE NEED ONE EXPLOSIVE ELEMENT TO TAKE US TO THE NEXT LEVEL! MIKE WALLACE! THIS WILL OPEN UP THE OFFENSE FOR BUSH,HARTLINE,MILLER, BESS ETC. ALONG WITH RESIGNING OUR VALUABLE PLAYERS MAKE WALLACE THE TOP PRIORITY. HE IS NOT A PROBLEM PLAYER AND HIS SPEED AND QUICKNESS WILL MAKE TANNEHILL BETTER. 40-50 MILLION IN CAP SPACE MEANS WE CAN TAKE A .500 TEAM AND TURN THEM INTO A CONTENDER BY MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES! I DO NOT TRUST IRELAND BUT I TRUST THE FANS WHO ALL AGREE WE NEED MORE WEAPONS ON OFFENSE AND BETTER PLAY IN SECONDARY ON DEFENSE. A WIN SUNDAY AND THE DOLPHINS WILL PROBABLY FINISH 8-8 DO TO THE PATRIOTS NOT WILLING TO RISK INJURY TO KEY PLAYERS AND IF WE EXECUTE AND SCORE AGAINST THEM. RYAN MALLET IS NOT CHAD HENNE! STILL TO FINISH 8-8 WITH A NEW COACH,NEW ROOKIE QB AND 3 GAMES THAT WE SHOULD HAVE WON MEANS THIS TEAM IS REALLY A 10 WIN TEAM. WITH THAT SAID WE SHOULD BE ADDING TALENT NOT TAKING AWAY TALENT. WE NEED MIKE WALLACE!

"ROSS made it known this offseason he wanted a stud QB, we know that tannehill is not a game changer like andrew luck, a QB who can take over a game, he is however decent and slightly better then the mark sanchez's..."

First of all Tannehill is much better as a rookie than Mark Sanchez is in his 4th season okay??? Plus the kid is a rookie so before we start putting labels on what he is or isn't let's see how he develops & let's see what he looks like with more weapons around him.

the way that RBs are used and valued across the league, I'd consider drafting one every year in the middle/later rounds--every year--too many teams are pulling in late round or undrafted RBs that are effective, good or very good--we all know the names--too much pounding for RBs to last for a long stretch (with a few exceptions) so bring in fresh legs every year and hope a few of them hit.

I like Kennean Allen and sign Mike Wallace, Hartline can go doesnt matter he's just not a TD playmaker.

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