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The price of mediocrity? It's going up for the Dolphins

The Dolphins call this a measuring stick game.

And I would tell you that most observers who measure the Dolphins see them as a mediocre team -- at best. So what does a mediocre team do with starters that aren't quite stars but are good enough to threaten significant attention in free agency?

Whatever the Dolphins do it means the price of doing business with these players is going waaaay up after this season.

Whatever you think of Brian Hartline or Sean Smith or Randy Starks, all of them are going to get significant pay raises after their contract expire this year and heading into free agency. All of them. I tell you here the contract neighborhood those players expect to be after 2012.

I tell you where the contract talks are with those players. I also tell you here which player has had no contract negotiations with the Dolphins and is likely to be done playing for Miami after this season. (Hint: He plays running back).

Back to the measuring stick issue, today will offer comparison between the Dolphins and a team with championship aspirations. The Patriots, as you may know, are 18-0 in the second half of seasons since 2010, including 2-0 this year.

They're good.

So if the players we discuss above have a great game against New England or help the Dolphins beat the Patriots today, they will argue they're worth their high asking price. Fair.

But what if Miami loses? Does that mean those guys aren't worth it? I don't think so. The truth is the Dolphins can't really lose ground this offseason. They lost ground before this season in dealing away Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis and now wide receiver and cornerback are team needs.

So they're going to lose Sean Smith or Brian Hartline -- a cornerback and wide receiver -- and make a hole a bigger hole? It's an interesting situation.

By the way, there's a live blog today. Starts in the comment section. I'll be there around kickoff.

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Hmmm...I wonder if the Pats notice we only throw 4 yds on every play...I don't think they've noticed so far....

Still early. Don't loose hope.

Remember what I said Craig. Every 3 and out. Just more points for NE. Not sure why they can't go UP THE FIELD. So sick of these sideline passes. Get Clay in the seam &$%*!!!!

NE 14 - 0 in 3 min and counting!!

BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!

They need to get Thohmas in the game. Reggie dances around too much. This is a total mismatch today, Ryan Tannehill against Tom Brady.

What in the world is tannehill doing out there with those throws to nowhere? He looks more nervous than a white guy in Liberty City.

Lets Hope The Defense Isn't Tired ALREADY!!

FOR U GUYS MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE DEFENSE!!

LETS GET A EARLY STOP!!

Were in trouble if we don't stop them here.

At least we hit the punt off this time

game is already over

you cant botch a punt and give a team that can score at will free points.

does anyone think the suckfish can keep NE under 30 points in the 1st half??

The Patriots are huddling. Not like them.

Just hoping for the best. We are outmatched but stranger things have happened

I have a feeling we won't be crossing the 50 yard line much today.

We just might see Moore today. Not sure what that proves but the kid looks panicky and jittery today. Not impressed so far.

Meanwhile, Henne is 'flourishing' in Buffalo, 1-3 for 9 yards, so far....LOL.

3rd and long... Our kryptonite in defense ... Fucki. N. joke

suck fish are the best at 3rd and long coversion... NOT!!!

BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!

3rd Down Completion!!!

Pats aren't afraid to throw deep against us. Then Again, no one is.

Beautiful screen set up by Pats.Wish the Dolphins would run more screens.

NE 14 - 0 in 2 min!

BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!

Brady seems off

Wouldn't be a bad idea to get our lb off of welker

Maybe not

Just hit Brady every single chance you get. Knock him out, take a penalty it's worth it. Screw Belichek Brady and all Boston New England fagg0ts

What was Clemons looking at on that long bomb? He's the DEEP GUY. You CAN'T get let a guy get BEHIND YOU IDIOT!

yea just sit there and watch him run by you jones jesus

Brady is a surgeon. What a difference. He surveys the field and finds the open man. Look at what he does compared to our QB.

The Patriots are a better football team than the Dolphins football team

Do the pats just need 9 yards for a first down?? What are these ball spots

Pats dropping passes, making stupid penalties. If we can't stop them here, good grief.

Pats using Danny Woodhead a lot so far. He's already played 10 snaps. Had only 13 snaps last game.

Mando The Guards Need To Move For Us To Throw Screens.

WE HAVE 2 SLOW GUARDS. IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. Difficult to Throw Screens With Guards That Can't Pull.

Thank god for penalties. They're our best defense.

Jimmy Wilson vs. Wes Welker is a bad idea.

NE 14 - 0 in 1 min!!!

BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!
BLOWFISH SUCK!!!!

Weilker looks good

At least we are getting them to third down

Be bold, be brave, be vigilant, take the ball away + score

Clemmons looks lost.

Intentional Grounding!

FINALLY A STOP ON 3rd DOWN!!

We seem to be getting to Brady. We can win this

Life.... Not much but some!!!!

YES!! good stop

Wow we held them. Might only be 24-0 instead of 54-0

Doing better than Jets did so far.

Need points on this drive. The Pats are making mistakes left and right. Lets get it together.

At least the pass rush has shown up today.

Carpenters Curse Strikes Again!

ANOTHER KICKER THAT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN JINXED BY BEING ON THE SAME FIELD AS CARP!

need to kill some time

Armando.... you are there,,, can you talk with sprinkle guy, we paid $100.00 if he turn the sprinkles now.

Good point on the guards,Dashi.

So what's the excuse for bubble screens?

Can we get a 1st down?

The Dolphins have to re-sign Hartline & Starks.

This is going to be closer than u guys think.defense getting to brady

WHDP,

Yeah the D/L is getting a little pressure early. But I want to see them sack him or see them when NE runs the no huddle.

1ST DOWN!!!!!!!!!!

There we go

Damn....Great play call.

Let's settle the argument on Hartline now. He's a good player. Period.

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