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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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DC...

Remember when it was Matt Flynn to Miami....and before that Jeff Fisher is the next to coach the FINS....even Armando is still in shock that didn't happen....

Those guys...like us...are just throwing darts @ a dart board...and hoping for a bullseye....

Great post Mando - I agree 98%. The 1% would be that I would DEFINITELY let Sean Smith walk - after 4 years the guy is still clueless. The other 1% would be letting Long walk too - he will be hurt again and worthless on the bench. Vote Armando for GM!!!

Kris, I agree, but 2 things make this year a little different (IMO). First, EVERYONE agrees we're in a good position this offseason (like '09). Lots of CAP space, lots of draft picks, and stability in the FO, coaching staff and especially at QB. Secondly, Ireland KNOWS he will sink/swim with the outcome of what happens this year.

So hopefully those 2 produce different results. '09 was painfully depressing. We can't go backwards like that anymore. Fans have already jumped ship. Team can't survive many more years in Miami without support. Only way to get it is to provide them with a REAL team. It's now or never for this franchise.

Also DC.... not to continue to stir the pot....but I didn't weigh in on the scuffle between #1 and Craig M yesterday....but since you did...I feel the need to rebutt....

That post was not a "grey" area...it was a COMPLETE contradiction in a matter of 40 minutes...

regardless of the subject...regardles of the teams Craig M was refering to...those TWO statements are borh ABSOLUTES...and they coudn't DIFFER MORE in there meaning....

My post to Craig M @ that point was to give him the opertunity to claify himself...own those comments if you will and perhaps better explain to me (the blog) what he meant by them....I didn't attack him....or insult him...i merely pointed them out (highlighted) in hopes that he would take the iniative on his own to tie those two seperate comments together in a way that makes sense....

To this day he hasn't...and up until now....I haven't even addressed him or anynone else about them....

would I like him to explain his logic...yes...

am I going to badger him into doing so...no....whats the point....

I know Craig M adds value to this blog....just as #1 do and a whole host of other REAL contributors....but I still reserve the right to question totally off the wall statements....and the totality of both of those statements made them of the wall....

So that is my perspective....it wasn't meant to embarrass Craig M...but rather an opertunity to explain what was perhaps an error in his own words...it seems we may never know...because Craig M has yet to seriously address the post in question...

DC, agreed. He will be out of excuses and his scholarship year is done. That beinng said thoguh - he finished this year with what 3,200+ yards. You'd thing a healthy Jennings, a high draft pick receiver, a vertical TE, Bush used more as a receiver and some maturity on his part he should be closer to 4,000 yards next year than 3,000. Those improvements should also add at least 5-6 tds minimum and all of a sudden we have an offense that was at least as good as our defense was this year and we should be in the mix for post season. Anything less and massive changes will have to be made.

I agree with u Ron don on tha Vontae Davis trade.. I know Ireland gotta be sitting there thinking what tha hell was I thinking lol

The Herald en Espanol(ENH) has become a pay-for-content digital publication. Now I can't attack Fidel Castro from there for free. I believe TMH is going the same way. We are going to have to use Armando's twitter page to attack Ireland.

Mike Wallace needs to be a priority. I would also look at Danario Alexander from SD if the Chargers don't slap a first round tender on him. Other than Jones and Wake, the rest of the defense was ordinary, so upgrades at DE, ILB, OLB CB, and Safety are in order on that side of the ball. We also need more out of our Guards, which are players we should be able to pick up in later rounds, but always seem to miss on. Long needs to walk and Bush as well if he doesn't take a discount...I think he will. This team needs to hit on every pick and every FA move if they are to make the playoffs. Right now the talent difference between us and the Pats is just too much. Do or Die for Irleand....This will be his 6th year behind the wheel, and the Tuna excuses can only be used for so long.

If you want to blame someone for Vontae being in Indianapolis, blame Vontae. He showed up to camp two years in a row hideously out of shape and again this year spent a bunch of time injured because of it. he was a year away from either being committed to long term or walking. Management made the decision that they should get a high draft pick for a guy they really couldn't depend on. Can't blame them for that. Probably should've done the same with Jake Long if they decide to let him walk too...

DC....

7-9 next year will probably get Ireland a 10 year contact extension....6-10 will get him a 5 year contract with an option for a 6th.....

This guy has the goods on Ross somehow....the last man standing from the Parcells debacle....and mediocre next year....8-8 will get him the keys to the city....

mike, hey mike do you know the definition of a bust, it's a non contributor. Thomas has contributed. It's like Stu saying Tannehill is a bust. Neither of you is right.

Bruce, you can't be serious, 1st Tannehill has a higher QB rating than Luck, at least through week 16, is Luck a bust, of course not. Your comparison of Leaf is really dimwitted, Leaf had a lifetime QB rating of 50.1, Tannehill's is 76.1. Don't show what a dimwit you are without knowing the facts.

Kris, did you get your I "heart" Jeff Ireland coffee mug for Christmas?

Kris, you're funny (@ 9:40am). I doubt it though. Ross sees it every home game.

But, to go back to the Craig comments. And he should be doing this himself, but as he's not here, I'll tell you how I read those 2 posts.

In the first, he was saying, beginning of the year, every team's goal should be making the Playoffs (so you can be in the hunt for the SB). I agree with that. Second comment was a post-mortem (after the Regular Season), with him saying it was a blessing we didn't make the Playoffs. Doesn't mean he/we/the team didn't want to make the Playoffs. Just means he's making the judgment that the Playoffs would have been fool's gold for this team at this time.

I don't see those 2 as contradictions. Maybe I'm missing something.

Tannehill is at the bottom of his rookie class. A huge dissapointment for a 1st rd pick. And do franchise QB's ever get shut out? Draft a QB early until you get it right.

Just to further explain, Craig was making an assumption that the team wasn't good enough to get to the SB if they somehow got to the Playoffs. That's the part I guess that's throwing people off. I agree with his assumption. Others might disagree, or say (like Montreal yesterday) you have to be in it to win it. But, in Craig's mind, we were NEVER getting to the SB, and therefore, having a tougher schedule next year plus lower draft position wasn't worth it to him for us to make the Playoffs.

You can agree or disagree with any of Craig's thinking. But if you allow that HE BELIEVES THAT, then you can see how those 2 comments in HIS HEAD aren't contradictions.

Like, how do you vote for G.W. Bush, and then next time for Barack Obama? Seems like a contradiction. To me. But many people did it, so I have to allow that they have their reasons for doing so. Just because my mind isn't that nimble doesn't mean theirs can't be.

But I agree that anyone here has a right to question anyone else. And if you do it appropriately (like you did Kris), there shouldn't be any problem. But if you do it inappropriate, then expect the same in kind. Not sure what went down b/w Montreal and Craig. That's a Canadian thing. Maybe they can work it out over a nice hot glass of maple syrup (sorry Mark, had to do it).

The Pats game showed we have to sign Jake Long. He's very difficult to replace. I think we have to sign all our FA starters as we arent in a position to lose anyone. And we have the cap space also.

I knew someone would bring up Davis after that pick he made. Might want to watch the replay. Davis got burnt on that and the ball was under thrown. He made the play, but if it was a good throw it was a TD. Personally I like Davis, but he doesn't have the work ethic of his brother. Glad they got something for him before just letting him walk.

...It is easy to sit back and say that Jeff Ireland should be fired. That a new GM would change the map of this franchise. These are probably true statements. The fact is that Ireland isn't going anywhere, and this offseason will be his defining moment as our GM.

I am not going to lambaste his every move, I won't come here and give the standard" It gives us depth " opinion(the blogs equivilent to we are working hard trying to get better cliche) And I won't celebrate a player ala Brandon Marshall, Dansby signings of 2010..I will let the team do the talking, and won't give any critque, or pat on the back of this GM until the makeup of this team is clear in my mind..

I just want to see a winner. I'm tired of the excuses, I'm tired of people telling me to be patient. At some point the fans here deserve better. We are Charlie Brown, and the team is Lucy. At some point Charlie Brown is going to bend that little Bit@# over and give her a what for.

Kris,

I think I explained myself yesterday while talking to Montreal on the issue. DC, has probably done a better job of it above. The comments maybe have been about 40 mins apart but they were in no ways related.

Not sure I want to go all over it again. I know what I meant when I made the comments....just not sure they were interpreted properly.

Shula 73, I wouldn't put too much stock in the Pats game. No one showed up to play (on the Dolphins). Also, Martin gave up 2 sacks (at the most) in that game. Yes, that's 2 too many, but it's not like he was a turnstile and didn't block anyone.

The Long issue will be resolved once we know how much he's willing to play for. That, and THAT ALONE will determine if he comes back or not. If he's willing to play at the right price, then welcome back Jake. If he wants to stay the highest (or Top 3) paid LTs in the game, then it on to Jonathan Martin.

Ireland has tied himself (if he's smart at least) to a lineman for the VERY. LAST. TIME. Not a good plan for keeping your job.

Or better still, if this Blog becomes pay-for-content, I will publish my Football opinions on my Twitter page. Then, those of you that copy my ideas can read them there.

LOL,

To your comments yesterday about Long. You make a LOT of ASSumptions iny our comments. The one is that Johnathan Martin will get stronger. How do you know this? Why isn't he stronger today? How do you know that all of sudden he's going to get stronger? So what's been the problem to this point? Hasn't worked harder in the gym? Why not? You make it seem like a guy takes a magical pill and ALL OF A SUDDEN he's stronger. They guy's been getting ready for the NFL for how long now? He's heard this about himself for a long time....and what's he done about it? So now all of a sudden he's going to geet stronger? What if he's not able to get stronger? What if this is him? So a lot of assumptions there?

Secondly, you're not on the inside, so how do you know Long body is breaking down? Because he's had injuries? Welcome to life in the NFL. Happens every week, every year to guys. Sometime they are fluke things. The key didn't have a injury history while at Michigan. So maybe it's bad luck. He's not old by any means and the injuries aren't ones that he can't overcome. You're not on the inside and you're not seeing any of the medical reports, so AGAIN you ASSUME his body is breaking down. But there's actually no conclusive evidence of that. His play has tapered off but it's not written anywhere that he can't recover.

Just a lot of ASSumptions and you know the old saying as far as that goes. I don't expect you'll come back with anything civil and I don't believe you'll be able to argue this point....so have fun with the namecalling. Just wanted to correct you on your rush to come up with perhaps the wrong answer.

DC Dolfan, I disagree. We already invested the top pick in the draft on Jake Long and we need him. Cant let him walk. Martin can not replace him. I wouldnt franchise him but I'd match whatever offer he gets to keep him in Miami.

Craig, we'll call yesterday and this morning pro-bono work (since I'm in the Holiday Spirits). But don't get too comfy, the fee for my services from here on out is $150/hr. But you'll get the Johnny Cochrane professional defense you've been enjoying up 'til now (hardy-har-har).

The Narcissitic Ego Maniac has returned!

ALL HAIL HIS ROYAL HEIGHNESS!

Can we finally get this team on track. Every year is a let down, well I can only bear to be a Dolphin Fan for 5 years max now and if in that time they have not turned it around I may well support a Winner.

oscar you nerd, I think most ignore you rather then "copy your ideas" LMFAO!!

The team will never get on track while Irescums employed with the Dolphins.

LOL @ DC @ 10:28am. I think you missed your calling.

Angry bunch here yesterday. You think it was me who'd put this team at 7-9 and caused them to miss the playoffs the last few years. Quite comical actually. A couple of those guys are on the verge of going 'postal'. Their employers should be fore-warned.

I especially liked the 'you have wet dreams about Jeff Ireland' comment. Guess we're being dictacted to how we feel about our footbal team by some on here.

..The offensive line is a unit, and should be judged on this as a guideline. The way an individual plays is secondary..What I mean is that we see a guy give up a sack and he is garbage..The issue is that most of the time we don't even know half of the truth as to what we saw. We don't know if an assignment was missed, if there were miscommunications. We just see the end product, and then make an assumption. Do not mistake this as a an attack on anyones football knowledge, or what your eyeballs tell you. I'm just saying to me you have to look at the whole, not just the individual.

And on a whole. The line did not play any worse with the absence of Long. In fact I think the unit had it's best stretch of play from the second quarter of the Niner game until the bus unloaded in Foxboro. Go ahead and question if Martin is a suitable replacement for Long(it is a worthy debate) Go ahead and have a discussion about Longs value to this team going forward(another huge point of concern this offseason)..But look at the product as a fully operational mothership, then ask these questions.

Ross and Ireland dont deserve to make the playoffs. They havent done much right. And usually you get what you deserve.

Mark...

That mug would be broken in about a thousand pieces in less than a sec....

mike, if we truly NEED Long (which I'm not making an opinion one way or the other) then his agent will sniff that out and will DEMAND we pay more.

So for those that feel that way, PRAY Jeff Ireland can do with Long what he does best, get the player at HIS (Ireland's) price.

Because Armando has pipe dreams of Jennings AND Wallace AND Hartline AND Jermichael Finley.

Also, as an aside, Mando was willing to let Bush walk (bad move IMO) because it would hinder Miller's progress. Don't we have that issue with Long/Martin? Isn't Martin at SOME point going to be a LT (being his more natural position)? Plus, if he wasn't that good at RT, will bouncing him back and forth stunt his growth? We might already have ruined the kid, who knows.

I'm glad this is all on Ireland and not me. DD had it right, let the guy work and let's criticize once we have the results of this offseason.

Agree with you Shula 73. We have to add to the talent we have. We are in no position to be ridding ourselves of talented players.

Kris, so I take that as a no for you attending GM Appreciation Day in Davie? How about if we moved it to Old Town Alexandria just for you? I'll bring my camera so I can snap you both with matching Dolphins jerseys. That's a memento you can cherish for life! You and Jeff Ireland, arm-in-arm, friends forever!

There will be interest in Jake Long and deservedly so. I expect he'll get offered 8-9 mill/yr and I'd match it in a heartbeat. He's expected to make a full recovery.

Hahaha, DD, that Charlie Brown post was classic. Lucy,you little b***h, take this!!!

I could see a deal. Providing the contract is back-loaded, not much guaranteed money up front, incentive-laden. We'll have to see.

Long and Pouncey are our 2 best OL. I have to agree. Gotta keep them even if it costs an extra 1-2 mill.

DC, that would be my next Christmas card if you could get Kris and Jeffy arm in arm smiling in matching jerseys!!

I was surprised Philbin played Long so much in the preseason. Sparano held him out if my memory is correct.

Not coming to the defense of CraigM about his statement yesterday, because he's a man and Im sure he can defend himself. However, I dont see yesterday's comment as a true "CONTRADICTTION".

IMO, 2008 was the greatest example of this. Against the Ravens that year we looked totally overmatched and making the playoffs 1 short season shy of 1-15 actually did us more harm than good. Anyone disagreeung with that, well, we wont even go there. LOL...

Anway, these were 2 totally different statements which both stand on thier own qualifying merits. Stating the goal should always be to make the playoffs and then saying thier can be times its not as fruiful to make the playoffs.

In no way says the goal should not be to make the playoffs, just at times making the playoffs may not be as fruitful. I see no contradiction there. I see 2 separate and true statements.

A contradiction would be to say the goal should always be to make the playoffs and then say lets "Suck for Luck." Now that's a contradiction.

DC,

I'll pay for copies of this pics too. That would be priceless.

YG,

Glad you got it. Others won't not because they don't actually get it but because I made it (not including Kris in this group). Honestly, I couldn't care less.

Funny to hear the comments in Pittsburgh from the media and fans that Tomlin should have been fired at the end of this year. It really is a FICKLE league.

..I don't want anyone to mistake my post about the line as an attack on what they are seeing. Of course when a guy gets run over..That is what happened. My point is that sometimes there is more to what happened then what we realize.

Put it this way..do you guys think Peyton Mannings offensive line is that great. Or is it that he knows exactly what to do with the ball. He has a full grasp of the protections, and understands where the pressure is coming from, and where the ball needs to go? Does he mask some of the deficiencies of these lines, because of his knowledge of his offense?

We have a rookie playing quarterback that is about as inexperienced as any first round pick since teams started drafting. He doesn't have the experience to help his line by knowing how to decode what the defense is showing. So by the nature of being a young inexperieced group..we are going to get burned.

Again, don't get me wrong. You see Jake Long getting beat one on one by Freeny. It is obvious. You see Martin getting ran over by Aldon Smith..Again obvious. Those plays stick out because they are easy to spot. Watch the everyday normal plays the 90 percent of plays where there is no explosion of the obvious.

Apparently some don't understand the difference between going postal & simply expressing how much they despise someone for being a tool.

It happens to Dashi, Odin & Aloco all day long. Sorry Craig, but, you too fall into this category of irrelevance.

Here's a copy of a tweet sent back and forth between Armando and a jacka%$ Dolphins fan. It never amazes me how much some Dolphins "fans" want to hate their team. Seriously if it's so bad that you're just reaching for reasons to not like them,,,,,just make a decision to switch teams and save the rest of us from your constant whining.
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"Convenient. The Harbaugh rumors were "untrue" too."

@TheMattyI:

Actually, that was never denied.

Armando Salguero
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(Wrong douc$e. So on to the next BS whiney question)
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"my bad. I thought I remember a denial at first. What about the Vontae trade? Those rumors were initially denied, right?"

TheMattyI

"Yes"

Armando Salguero
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OOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhh you got em! They lied about the Vontae Davis trade! Those ba%$ards! Burn them from the stake! F*&^ing idiot.

Craig, whoever made the switch from Arians to haley should be fired. Pittsburgh used ot be one of the hardest offenses to play against under Arians. Then you hire a guy that stifles that offense??? DUHHH!!!

Posted by: DC Dolfan | January 03, 2013 at 09:54 AM

DC I don't think you were missing anything. The two posts were taken out of context imo. Most of us could see that.

Mark,

Further to your comments yesterday about Martin, I too am scared sh8tless abot having Martin play the LT position for the next 4-5 years. The guys not there yet. Will he ever be? Maybe. What we all said was 'with Long going down it's going to be clear to us one way or the other whether this guy can be the LT going forward'. I don't think it's clear at all. Long was criticized on here by many because he'd given up something like 6 sacks on the year. Fair enough. But by my math I have Martin at 3-4 over a four game period. Doesn't that translate to 12-16 over a 16 game schedule. And we're all supposed to be OK with that?

I guess we may be about to find out if 'just anybody can play LT', which is what a lot of people have been saying. We may very well find out what tha does to the team.

Baby78, you REALLY spend too much time whining & crying about how other fans act. Why do you care so much? Do you have NOTHING better to do?

Why don't you call the WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHmbulance!

You're a broken friggin record!

..Craig M..Who cares is someone is calling you out for being contradictory. We are all guilty of it. Plus isn't the point of coming here to share opinion, perhaps debate, perhaps learn something? None of us are 100 percent right with our opinions. If we were the team would have hired us away from this blog. We get to offer opinon. That is it. It has no bearing on what happens in reality. We all get to play GM, we gt to play critic. The only accountability we hold is to the other bloggers who find the content worthy of response. Other then that who cares?

CraigM,

I think it was 1976, two years shy of winning his 2nd successive sb championship, Don Shula's Dolphins were 7-7(.500). Had this been the "age of internet" Im sure thier would have been many crying for Shula's head too.

The "INTERNET" has changed the playing of the game as far as fanship goes too. The internet has become the medium to voice our disapproval vociferously, with lightning speed, and in large numbers.

riddle me this,

You call me 'irrelevant' but you hide behnd some made up name. You don't see the irony in that?

Everyone has the right to question other posts. Though in doing so we should be above making fun of someone when they are wrong or make an honest mistake. (Not saying Kris did it, but someone else posted something about Craig contradicting himself that went too far.)

My point is EVERY F&*^ING person in this blog including me has said some stupid crap at one time or other. (Even the worthless piece of s&*t name changer is wrong on a constant basis, it's why he hides behind different names and makes fun of others who are wrong, he is to chicken s*&t to stand up for his own statements and opinions). Everyone in this blog has been wrong. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

DD @11:09,

Very well said. Unfortunately for others it's not about that. It's about trying to make people look back and spending their New Year's Eve going back and copying and pasting comments they made 10 hours earlier. It's about taking pride in someone 'burying' someone for previous comments made, like this is life and death or something and it's about winning and losing.

It's all pretty pathetic really. It's just a bunch of guys sharing opinions. Why does it have to be anything other than that?

Phins78,

I have no problem with how Kris handled my posts. He did it in a respectful manner. He was right to bring it up. I can see how it was confusing.

Unfortunately, others have their own agenda. I culdn't care less. They're the guys that no one cares about in life anyways.

A lot of talk out of Buffalo that the Bills will go after Alex Smith. I believe his salary for this year goes ot $12.5 mil, under the deal he signed last year. No way SF keeps him on the books at that price. Could be he's done in SF and that moves probably makes some sense for the Bills, even though they still need a frachise QB.

Anyone know much about this Gleddon? I hear he could be the gem of the draft at QB, but will need a few years to develop.

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