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GM Salguero's outline offseason plan

My offseason plan for getting the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs in 2013? I'm glad you asked.

First of all, you have to understand I come at this from a multiple-pronged approach. I don't just think the Dolphins are broken on the field. I think they need mending off the field -- as in with their fans. The truth is going to a Miami home game has no special meaning down here anymore.

Sure, the true believers and lifers do it out of loyalty and love for the sport or team. But I want more than that. I want Dolphins home games to be a must-attend events because the team has swag and plays with moxie and life and, yes, has a chance to do something exciting every week.

So if I were the general manager, I would approach this offseason in which the team can have approximately $46.8 in cap space as the Miami Heat approached the 2010 offseason -- the one in which they signed Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

It's an all-in offseason, folks.

If I make the playoffs, I get a contract extension. If not, I'm fired.

That kind of offseason, if crafted properly, is going to create buzz about the team and make for a winning roster. That means the team will look improved before it even plays a game, causing fans to buy tickets. And the team will indeed be improved on the field, causing more ticket-buyers when they actually see the product on the field.

And do not scoff at the need for ticket-buyers. This year the Dolphins had their worst home attendance since 1989. There was no significant homefield advantage at Sun Life Stadium. I want that to change. I want that place to shake -- both literally and figuratively.

So the Dolphins need to be audacious to get people to the game and then need to prove their strategy successful to keep them excited and coming back and part of a home field advantage.

Having said that, my offseason plan would be an all-of-the-above approach. I would look at spending big on quality free agents, I would look at re-signing my own quality free agents and letting the mediocre ones walk, I would look at trades, I would approach the draft with the desire to add playmakers not grunts.

That stuff the Dolphins did last year when they have us sitting on the edge of our seats come final roster cutdown time because of the three or four players they're going to add when those players get cut from other teams?

That's a loser's approach.

That approach means you are relying on other teams' trash to be your treasure. That is going into a sewer and hoping to find a blossoming rose.

The Dolphins not only did that, they expected players such as Anthony Armstrong, Jabar Gaffney and others to be significant contributors. Are you kidding me? That's telling me there was no plan in place and you're making it up as you go.

I want my team to be together after the draft. I want them together most of the offseason. I want them to work and sweat together in the offseason conditioning program. I want them to come together as a team during training camp. I want them winning together in the preseason -- and yes, I said winning. To me, the team must win the first quarter in the preseason when my starters are playing their starters. I don't much care about the final outcome of any game except the third when my starters play into the third quarter. But if you're not winning the first quarter of the other games, something is wrong.

Anyway, I don't want to be adding guys a couple of days before the season opener and hoping they somehow fit the program. That means you don't have a clue about team chemistry. That means your plans went awry. That means you're flying by the seat of your pants.

Winning NFL teams are not constructed by the seat of the GM's pants. Poop is constructed by the seat of the GM's pants. Not great teams.

So what is my audacious plan?

Start with the offense. It has to start there because Miami's offense is terrible.

First thing I do is re-sign wide receiver Brian Hartline. The guy finished with 1,083 receiving yards and a 14.6 yard per catch average. The yardage was 16th best in the NFL. The average was 25th best but ahead of Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Anquan Boldin, Malcom Floyd, and Pierre Garcon.

He had only one TD catch, but I can think of at least four plays in which he was wide open down the field and was either underthrown or overthrown, killing a handful of TDs. So I see value in this guy. And he stays on my team.

I also want to re-sign Randy Starks because Miami's defensive line is a strength that need not be dismantled. I want to re-sign TE Anthony Fasano at a cheap price to be my blocking tight end because he is not a downfield threat in my offense.

I also want to re-sign Jake Long but he would have to take a cheaper, incentive-laden deal that pays him more if he stays healthy. The truth about Long is not only has his play been declining, but he's not finished either of the past two seasons. My Dolphins will be in the playoffs and if a player is likely to be on injured reserve at the end of the season and not available for the postseason, he's worthless to me.

So Long has to undertand that I want committed players and in his case that means, he'll have to agree to a hometown discount. If he wants to get paid the most he can and be something of a mercenary go elsewhere. Here, he was treated like a king as the first overall pick. He earned more money than any offensive lineman for years and years and years. Here, he didn't quite play up to his salary the last two years.

So if he wants to build on the roots he's laid in South Florida and wants to be part of something special and is truly committed to the Dolphins, he's going to have to play for less here.

Remember the Heat analogy? Wade, Bosh and James took less money in Miami than they might have elsewhere. If it's good enough for them, it has to be good enough for a guy like Jake Long.

If, however, Long is all about the money. He walks. I keep Jonathan Martin at left tackle and I draft the best available tackle sometime in the second or third round to play the right side.

By the way, the free agent tackle business is a two-way street. Sebastian Vollmer is slated to be a free agent. So are Ryan Clady, Branden Albert and others. Maybe, if Vollmer is on the market, I sign him, improve my team and put a hole in the New England Patriots offensive line.

What about the other free agents?

Reggie Bush is a good guy in a tough spot. He's likely to go into a free agent class that includes Steven Jackson, Shonn Greene, Rashard Mendenhall and others. And he plays a position that Miami is already strong in (with Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Jonas Gray on the roster). So if he wants to come back, it has to be on the cheap.

He's a great leader. He's a great worker. But he's a luxury. And, in the case of Miller, he's something of a progress-stopper.

So I want him on my team. But other teams may want him more. And I'm okay with that.

Sean Smith? Very interesting to me. He was nails when asked to play man-press against big receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald and A.J. Green early in the season. But then he kind of fell off the table in November and wasn't that much better in December.

He struggles with smaller, quicker receivers. He doesn't seem totally comfortable with the Dolphins system.

One publication said the Dolphins are going to put the franchise tag on him. The Dolphins told me that's hogwash. He's solid but not a playmaker. My goal this offseason would be to upgrade at his position and that doesn't mean keeping Smith and paying him nearly 10 times more than he made in 2011 to do it.

I let him walk.

Chris Clemons? Solid but not spectacular. He can stay at a bargain. Jairus Byrd is a free agent and more of a playmaker than Clemons. The Bills are shaking things up so no idea if Byrd is in their plans or if he wants to get away from a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 12 years and is starting over. Just sayin'. Dashon Goldson is also scheduled for free agency but I doubt San Francisco lets him go.

Tony McDaniel? He can stay at the veteran minimum salary with no guaranteed money, otherwise, phfft.

Onto free agency outside the roster:

My goal, again, is improve the offense first and quickly. That means if Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings are available, I sign probably one of them. If all is wonderful and great and amazing and the dollars make sense and I have the opportunity to get both, then I get both.

A four-wide of Jennings, Hartline, Wallace and Davone Bess might be the best four-wide in the NFL.

A three-wide of Jennings, Hartline and Bess or Wallace, Hartline and Bess is pretty darn dangerous, too.

Wallace to me is the priority. The Dolphins need a deep threat. Yes, Wallace bascially only runs 9-routes. But he's the best in the NFL at it.

The reason I add at least one veteran wide receiver (in addition to Hartline) is because I need the offense to be immediately improved. Rookie wide receivers take a while to get it. I need a guy that already has gotten it and is ready to produce the second he hits the field.

GM Armando Salguero passes on Dwayne Bowe. He is not a deep threat. I don't love his target-to-catch ratio (almost 2-to-1) and I'm not sure he's a winner. Plus, the kid wants big, big, big money. No thank you.

I'm looking at cornerback Darius Butler in free agency. He's a former high-round draft pick. He's improving. He is very small. He's very young. He's an excellent person. I like him in nickel situations. He has something he wants to prove. He's from South Florida, so this is the place for him to do it. He also might come sort of cheaply.

Onto the draft:

Yes, yes, yes, the Dolphins should draft the best player available. They have the No. 12 overall selection. And, by the way, I do not trade down in the first round. Miami has enough picks already. I have five picks in the first 90 selections. That's more than enough.

This year is NOT about quantity. This draft has to be about quality.

So no trade down to acquire more picks. It's fools gold when you already have plenty of selections.

Miami's draft needs? It depends on how well I did in free agency. If I got the veteran star WR, then WR probably isn't the direction I'm going at No. 12 unless the quality of that WR is miles ahead of the CB or DE.

I'm going cornerback or defensive end in the first round. Let's face it, the Dolphins need to make more plays on offense and defense. Yes, they need to score more points. But they need to cause more turnovers and make more plays on defense against the opposing passing game.

The defense did a very poor job of giving the offense the football in opponent's territory after a turnover this year. That's one way to get more points, and I'm banking my defensive additions will help in that department.

That's why cornerback and defensive end is so important.

I want CBs that actually, you know, catch interceptions. I'm looking at Alabama's Dee Milliner ornMississippi State's Johnthan Banks (that's how he spells it) as cornerback possibilities.

I'm looking at Texas A&M's Demontre Moore as a pass-rusher, knowing Mike Sherman knows a thing or two about him. I'm looking at FSU's Bjoern Werner as a defensive end. I'm looking at LSU's Barkevious Mingo as a pass-rushing DE. I'm looking at Oregon's Dion Jordan, who at 6-6 and 239 is built like Jason Taylor, as a pass-rushing defensive end.

Look, Jared Odrick was drafted as a 3-4 DE. He's clearly not suited to be a 4-3 DE. He can move inside and the Dolphins can add a DE to compete with Olivier Vernon and probably beat out Vernon as a starting DE. More pressure is necessary from the side opposite Cameron Wake.

Moving Odrick inside might also help get more pressure from the inside.

By the way, New York defensive end Osi Umenyiora will be available in free agency. Pass. He's a 10-year veteran. He's slowing down. He wants to get paid. And the Giants pass rush let the team down significantly this year. Not the answer.

By draft's end, I want to have a couple of corners on my drafted board. I want an early-round wide receiver, assuming I landed a playmaker in free agency. If I sucked in free agency, I better have found a couple of wide receivers in the draft.

I need to find a couple of starting corners. I need a defensive end -- and there are plenty of options. And later on I want to add a tight end because Michael Egnew did zero to make me think he's the answer.

And, of course, I want to fill in later at right tackle (assuming Jake Long is gone and Jonathan Martin is my left tackle) because Nate Garner is a good backup, but I want to upgrade there.

By the way, I said previously that I'm for an all-of-the-above strategy. Well, that includes trades.

It has been reported that Jermichael Finley is on the outs in Green Bay. Apparently, he has maturity problems, his production is down and his work ethic isn't what it can be. So the Packers, according to the report, will either trade or release him this offseason.

Well, Salguero is open to trading for him because Salguero is sick and tired of mediocre tight end play by overachievers and perfers very good tight end play by an underachiever.

This year was a down year for Finley. He caught 61 passes for 667 yards. Fasano and Charles Clay caught 59 passes for 544 yards combined. So Finley has a bad year and he's still more productive than every tight end on the Miami roster because only Clay and Fasano caught passes for Miami.

And he's not worthy of getting? Are you kidding me?

The guy is 25 years old. He was more productive when Joe Philbin was the offensive coordinator -- with eight TDs in 2011. He is valuable in the red zone and he can work the middle of the field.

Give up one of Miami's third rounders for that guy? In a heartbeat.


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BRING BACK REGGIE BUSH!! If your talking about the team needing to be more explosive and make more big plays, do NOT let the one player who did that this season walk away. Reggie Bush is a bonafide star, and this team needs him. Lamar Miller maybe a great running back in the future, but Daniel Thomas is a bum whose one more concussion away from being a vegetable. Bring Bush back to keep that 1-2 punch!

The MUMMERS PARADE in Philadelphia is a bunch of old CLOSET QUEENS IN DRAG.

There are MANY GAY MEN AND WOMEN in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a GAY CAPITOL and the city is being rebuilt and RUN by THOUSANDS OF HOMOSEXUAL MEN AND WOMEN!!

I think we need more of a pounder at running back maybe a staffon Taylor fron Stanford for much less money

Actually, Philly does have a really big gay population and they've turned around a lot of neighborhoods with their money.

I'm from there originally. And I admire them. I think people that put down gays have their own issues (along with being morons).

How about those gators hmmmmmm

Any thoughts on Saffron Nelson? I think he'd be a steal as a mid-round pick.



There seems to be a lot of Gays around, not only in Philadelphia.

Only gays notice gays. I never notice them anywhere.

With the new genetic modification techniques all those aberrations will disappear. You just have to ask for them.

Only thing I have going for me now, is an 8" dikkk and the knowledge to go slowly from down to up, from Va to Cl, again and again until fullfilment.

Interesting News on NFL Net. seems Ed Reed contemplating retiring at the end of the Ravens run along with R.Lewis. The Ravens maybe a little more juiced in these Playoffs?

He forgot to mention the fact that Jorvorskie Lane and Jermichael Finley are half-brothers... that helps us a lot as well.


If you need to talk about your pecker and sex life on football blog of anonymous posters, I'd say you don't have much going for you right now.

The Ravens defense has finally seen its day. Once they go down, they go down fast. Flacco is not enough. This will be their last shot for awhile.

yes and ozzie newsome also

Ozzie has never won anything. I don't think he was the GM back in 2000 when they won the SB. Yet people still worship Ozzie as a great Gm. Why? If Ireland had won 12 years ago and nothing since, the fans would be screaming for his departure.

"And he plays a position that Miami is already strong in (with Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Jonas Gray on the roster)."
Did you really say this! Reggie may not be a 100 yard a game guy but thse three guys are average. I feel they should have used him more with screens.
This team has struggled at a receiving Tight end since McMichael left. It is time for an dominating TE PLEASE

Vern, if Irescum ever did ANYTHING good in his entire life the fans would give him a pass.

The Ravens have an excellent HC and will always be a good team.

My mock Offseason

Resign- Long (2yr, incentive contract, give him a chance he deserves it), Hartline (4yr, he's earned it), Thigpen (our returner, 3yr), Fasano (2yr)

Let Walk- Bush (thigpen will replace Bush as our recieving speed back), Starks (replaced by Odrick), Smith (See draft/FA), Matt Moore (wants to be a starter)

Cut- CB Dimitri Patterson

FA- Sign Buff OG Andy Levitre (4yr), GB WR Greg Jennings (3yr), QB Rex Grossmen (1yr), CB Darius Butler (2yr,)

Odrick gets kick to the inside as a DT, Incognito moved over to his natural position at RG while Levitre goes to LG.

These moves should leave plenty of money for draft picks

Draft Trade- I traded our 1st round and 4th round picks to a team in the mid 20's for their 1, 2, 3 round picks.

1st- Stan TE Zach Ertz (our te that we need)
2nd- UF S Matt Elam (Playmaking Safety that we need)
2nd- Clem WR DeAndre Hopkins (All around WR we need)
2nd- Ohio St DE John Simon
3rd- Ok CB Aaron Colvin
3rd- West Kent ILB Andrew Jackson
3rd- Texas AM WR Ryan Swope
Rest BPA

Another thing I would do is bring in competition for Dan Carpenter.

This would fill all of our holes that we have and at the same time get more youth, more playmakers.

bk nobody would make that trade

bk, you have way too much time on your hands. GET A LIFE!

You guys should consider drafting this K State QB Klein.

Four losing seasons in a row. Is Jeff Ireland really coming back or is that just a bad nightmare?

Didnt someone say Ross was interviewing GM's?

Ross got rid of the right two, Parcells and Sparano. Ireland had no chance. Now he has his coach. He has his picks. NOW he has to make this next season count. NOW we can judge him in his second year on his own. He MUST make the playoffs next season, otherwise, no way to go on with him.

Vern, Ross didnt get rid of Parcells. lol

Neither Sparano nor Philbin has a chance with Ireland as GM.

Sure he did 2 watt. He is no fool. He did what he needed to get Parcells to leave on his own. Parcells overvalued himself, he was in no position to act like he was more important than the billionaire boss, and that is what he did everywhere.

Typing lol doesn't make you right, it makes you childish.

Parcells turned the team around in 1 year. Its been downhill ever since he left. you are funny though lol

Vern has analyzed the GM situation with impeccable logic. Why would anyone hold Jeff Ireland accountable for anything in his first four years as GM? It is well known that he served as a passive bystander under Parcells. Give him at least one more year, his luck is bound to change at some point.

Maybe Ireland is a little smarter than you think. Was Marshall able to help get the Bears to the playoffs? A team with a better defense and better QB?


Should we have wasted another year with the ego primadonna I'm always open throw me the ball every down?


just look at the empty stadium and you'll know ross is a fool

its been 5 years for irescum. lol

vern, did egnew help us to the playoffs? lol


Vern, you forgot to point out that due to Jeff Ireland's personnel acumen, he got Michael Egnew, AND a third round pick for Marshall. We can only hope that Ireland can ferret out another Egnew-type acorn prospect with the remaining pick.

2 watt, do you live in Miami? If so, have you noticed that 90% of your neighbors were not born in the USA and have no interest in American football? Basketball is the American sport more popular abroad.

Not even 10 consecutive years in the playoffs will get the stadium full in Miami. Half the Americans here are Jet and Pats fans. A bar down the street even has the PATS logo out front in lights, and it is PACKED with Pats fans.

Egnew? May be a bust. Very disappointing. Just remember, all GM's miss on picks every single season. Getting 50% of your picks right is considered excellent. If you don't believe that, do a little research. Look at how many busts the GM's of the last 10 SB's have made.

But most of your are sniveling, lazy, uneducated whiners that wouldn't give an ounce of effort to get real information.



Vern, how can anyone other than sniveling, lazy, uneducated whiners criticize Jeff Ireland? There is certainly nothing in his tenure with the Dolphins to merit any criticism. Busts, all GM's have them. And none of the other GM's that repeatedly draft busts get criticized, or fired, do they?

I can't speak for Cubans. I am not Cuban. South Florida is like a different country. The primary football base in South Florida are the transplants from the North East. They are not fin fans. The stadium will never be full with consistency, there just isn't a big enough market for it with a largely foreign born population.


I hear you. But not all GM's start out stuck between the ego headed bully Parcells and the absolute dumbest coach in NFL history Sparano. There is no way to accurately judge Ireland for those years.

Ireland should be judged 100% responsible for what he does now. And what he did the last two drafts. Now...the pressure is on. If 2013 is a disappointment, then he has had his fair shot and time to move on. On he plus side, his most recent draft was his best draft. That is encouraging. Better than saying his best draft was 4 years ago. Let it play out.

"2watt", Parcells is the person responsible for the current mediocrity the team is mired in. He hired Ireland and Sparano. He chose Long over Ryan. He built the team and trained his people in the thinking that bigger is better than faster and designed the offense to be run first in a pass first NFL. THEN when it didn't work he tucked his tail and quit before finishing the job. Henne "reminds me of Simms" and Fasano reminded him of Bavaro. Wilford was supposedly the next Keyshawn. He is stuck in the past and the game has passed him by.

To sum up, Parcells doesn't deserve any praise from Phin fans and the year the team made the playoffs was one of the luckiest seasons a team has ever played and had very little to do with Bill Parcells.

Vern I could not agree more about Phin fans in southern FLA. There are a small amount of diehards that deserve credit but for the most part the rest are just bad fans. I've often wondered if it had to do with the cultural makeup of the area. But I disagree that they won't fill the stadium if they win. There is a bandwagon thing going on down there and has been for more than a few years now with every professional team FLA has. So if the Phins win expect the bandwagon to pull up shortly after.

Parcells engineered the biggest turnaround in NFL history right in Miami. From 1-15 to 11-5 and playoffs in one year. He deserves the highest praise from everyone but a moron.


I live down here. I was at a popular sports bar recently. Even the cute blonde bartendress had a jets shirt on. Everyone around me at the bar was a NY fan. The bar across the street has a giant Pats logo in lights out front and was packed full of Pats fans. The fin fans are a huge minority.

At work the fins fans are the least enthusiastic football fans. We have Giant fans, Jet fans, Pats fans, Philly fans 9'rs fans and Cowboy fans..they are the ones talkin football Monday mornings.

I don't think it has anything to do with Ross or the teams poor performance. I think they would boost attendance a little if they were a playoff team but not much.

I live in a decent neighborhood. My neighbors are Russian, Haitian, Korean, Jamaican, Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, they could all care less about football. You walk down near the beach and 50% OF THE PEOPLE ARE NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH!

Miami is not like any other football city. It is the least American city culturally in the whole country.


Crap team = Crap fans

dusty = Crap blogger.

This isn't the Miami of 1972. It's a new world order here.

Boy, those Clemson receivers are something else. If DeAndre Hopkins is a major League WR what does that make Sammy Watkins?

Mark in Toronto,

Not sure if you'll get this message or not but you were right not to believe it was me at 4:21pm and 4:33pm on Thursday. Some idiot thinking it would be funny to impersonate me. I've brought it to Armando's attention. We'll see if anything is done about it.

Incidentally, the answer to your question is the Sundowner. Talk soon....

You could make a case that Hopkins and Markus Wheaton are the WRs that best fit the Dolphins O now. Great off the line, quick separation and YAC. And speed, specially Wheaton.

mando, you hit on the obvious and i like your miami heat ideology, but...you only identified TWO of the most critical areas(explosive play/turnover) whereas i have three, and that is DRIVE SUSTAINMENT(powerback), miami would have been in the playoffs this season if they had sucj a player and addressing this position this year could easily account for three more wins, it would be paramount to me to see if JONUS GRAY solidifies this need prior to the draft, and i would seek an answer to getting pressure up the middle whereas it is almost impossible to pressure brady from the edge as two centurions named hernendez and gruntkouski fortify the solid play at tackle, and i would look to somewhat copy this successful strategy of the pats to help protect tannehill by adding one of the best blocking/catching tightends available.

did you ever wonder how manning can go to denver and all of a sudden his protection is elite, or how he had elite protection with colts, yes, part of what makes manning that good is his awareness that the speed at which HE plays actually slows down the pass rush. you'd think that any QB looking to improve his game would stumble across this by watching even ONE single play of payton manning, how old is manning? and yet this humble and well decorated pro still drops back as if he were sprinting, looking for tragets downfield at a feverish pace, if tannehill can take this to heart with consistancy(every play) as payton does, the game might actually and finally slow down for him. the best way to describe it is panicing with out panic. manning does look like he is panicing with every snap, but we all know this isn't the case, he is just very aware that their is a very small window of time to get off a clean and acurate pass.

What is the name of the narcotic root that is chewed across North Africa and also in Yemen? Is it "quat" or something like that?

Anyway, I was reading about it recently and it sounds delightful. Just a very mild buzz and it supposedly induces a feeling of mild euphoria along with sharpening mental clarity. I would certainly love to try it regardless of it being illegal.

Cornerback must be a priority for Miami.

Anybody else notice Dion Jordan score on a 2 point convert yesterday. I say he should be our first pick ... play OLB and TE!!!


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