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Live blog chat here at 2 p.m.

There's plenty to talk about the Dolphins as they prepare for the Combine next week.

So this is a good time for a live chat.

I'll be here at 2 p.m. and if you are here, we can discuss the team. If you cannot be here then, leave your questions or comments now and I'll address them. You can check back later to see my response to your comment.

Topics on the table:

All free agency -- Miami's own and those about to be cut loose by other teams.

The draft. Who fits. Who doesn't. Miami's needs.

Anything else that comes to your mind.

Before anyone asks: The team has said the new logo will be unveiled in April. So that's out of the way.

 

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Man, yes we need to look at upgrading the defensive but all Im saying is that shouldnt be the priority, theres no stud CB in the draft and maybe Jarvis Jones drops but who knows. BTW early reports is that teh Falcons have there eyes on reggie Bush

Would you consider, getting wallace, jennings and hartline. trading bess and using hartline at the slot?

Its all useless until we get an elite QB.

Scoring points is the most important thing in the NFL. I believe that Miami should be looking at everything possible not just draft picks, free agents and current players. I suggest trying to innovate on the coaching side. There is no salary cap for coaching, why not bring in Chris Ault from UNR to work on the offense? He quit his head coaching job to work in the NFL. He is a great offensive mind who came up with the Pistol. His ideas aren't just to have a mobile quarterback, his ideas utilize the strengths of the players he has to attack the defenses weaknesses. This seems like a no-brainer. Steve Ross should be on the phone with Coach Philbin asking him to bring Ault in to talk to him to see if he could bring something to the team. I feel like someone else will and we'll be saying "Why didn't we think of that???"

We have the cap room and the draft choices to finally trade for or sign an elite QB. Flacco?

"Bush, Wake, and Dansby are the best players on the team and none were acquired via the draft."

Mel,

I'd definitely put Jones & Hartline (who were both drafted btw) ahead of Bush.

I REALLY don't get people's infatuation with Bush. He never came close to living up to his draft status, he dances too much, & he's just a boom or bust runner that doesn't consistently move the chains. Right now, he's a 3rd down/change of pace back. In seven NFL seasons Bush had ONE season where he rushed for over 1000 yards & people go nuts over him. Come on already...1000 yards is a nice round number but over the course of 16 games we're talking about 62.5 yards per game. That's okay but it's far from anything special or elite.

Yes he had a nice season in 2011 but last year he disappeared for a span of 8 games after he got nicked up. He's about to turn 28 & I view him as a 'poor man's C.J. Spiller'--not as quick, not as elusive, & not as young. And even though he's less of a player or as I said a 'poor man's C.J. Spiller,' Bush still makes more money than him!!! LOL!!! I think C.J.'s agent needs discuss that with the Bills' brass ASAP.

"We have the cap room and the draft choices to finally trade for or sign an elite QB. Flacco?"

You're idiot. I'm just saying....

What are the chances of picking up both Wallace and Jenkins in FA?

WNP....

Bush was used wrong by to coaching staff's...not his fault...its ours....

I recently read Ireland likes to use a formula to draft players. It reminded me of how Henne used to be called robo-QB because of how he played by a strict set of predicable rules, and how Sparano was run off because of his ultra-conservative rule-based offense. Are there any indications Ireland will abandon his draft "cookbook instructions" and draft playmakers instead of mass produced "cookie cutter" players this year?

Armando....

Is there a chance that Bush is brought back @ a reduced role....but increased salary....

sure he's not an EVERY DOWN BACK.....but he is a talent....and I shudder @ the thought of losing him....

The reports that I have read....say that Bush wants to be back...how close are we to making that happen.....

WNP....

Bush was used wrong by to coaching staff's...not his fault...its ours....

Kris,

How so??? Either he's a lead back or not. I say he's not. That's not on the coaches, that's on Ireland for overpaying for Bush & not being able to find a legitimate starting RB.

WNP.....

I have as much contempt for Ireland as any blogger....EVER......

but his job is to find the players...its the COACHES job to put them in a postion to succeed....

it is NOT the players job to decide what his ROLE is (Bush declaring himself an every down back....and then following that up with "wanting to lead the league in rushing).......

This one is on Philbin and Sherman....Ireland paid for a UNDENIABLE TALENT.....Philbin and Sherman didn't read the manual....

I recently read Ireland likes to use a formula to draft players. It reminded me of how Henne used to be called robo-QB because of how he played by a strict set of predicable rules, and how Sparano was run off because of his ultra-conservative rule-based offense. Are there any indications Ireland will abandon his draft "cookbook instructions" and draft playmakers instead of mass produced "cookie cutter" players this year?

Great post. Ireland uses the same formula that Parcells used. He looks for players that fit his 'prototypes.' For example S. Smith & Patrick Turner both fit the mold b/c of their size. It can work as long as the players are physical & not soft. Just look at the Seahawks secondary.

The REDSKINS found a ROOKIE OF THE YEAR candidate in the 7th RD to tote the rock.....he might have won rookie of the year of the year...if his fellow teammate RG3 wasn't bestowed the honor....

my point...

if a 7th rd draft pick can tote the ROCK..and learn the offense....

I have to believe that the STEAL OF THE DRAFT...Larmar Miller....should have been able to EARN more playing time.....again...on the coaches....

The coaches didn't TRUST Miller...cause they didn't TRUST themselves....

Mando, do you feel comfortable with Miller and Thomas being our 2 backs in 2013 if Bush is not resigned ?

Any chance Ireland is looking at Cliff Avril? I know the draft is deep at DE but just the thought of Wake and Avril rushing Brady makes me smile.

Armando, would you draft a QB to compete with Tannehill?

Line up! FOUR WIDE: BUSH, HARTLINE, JENNING, & BESS , and the best draft WR , Cornerback is a must and DE & A ELITE TE.

"I have as much contempt for Ireland as any blogger....EVER......

but his job is to find the players...its the COACHES job to put them in a postion to succeed....

it is NOT the players job to decide what his ROLE is (Bush declaring himself an every down back....and then following that up with "wanting to lead the league in rushing).......

This one is on Philbin and Sherman....Ireland paid for a UNDENIABLE TALENT.....Philbin and Sherman didn't read the manual...."

Kris,

You seem to forget that Philbin benched Bush for fumbling & was prepared to give Thomas more touches. The coaches were forced to go back to Bush b/c Thomas wasn't any better at holding on to the football & the guy couldn't stay on the field. Miller didn't know how to pass protect so what other choice did they have???

BTW--I don't believe it makes sense to pay a RB $4.5 Million a year unless he's a lead back.


Hartline is a bench warmer on any decent team.

Mando: you have been saying for a while now that Miami Dolphins will have to deal with player personal issues sooner or later in order to hire the highest rated talent. So let's talk about specific prospects. What do you think about Walter Stewart? would he fit in Miami?? Tyrann Mathieu? Da'Rick Rogers? Travis Kelce???

WNP...

Stop thinking of Bush as a RB....and consider him a strictly a playmaker...a specialty player...a scoring machine.....cause that what he is....

along with that...he bring work ethic.....motivation....and LEADERSHIP to a locker room sorely lacking all the afore mentioned.....he doesn't just say "follow me"....he grabs you by the hand and shows those willing to listen the path to success in the NFL....players have to be TAIGHT how to be professionals.....Bush fills that NEED.....

Don't get caught up on a PRICE TAG that you won't pay a dime of.....get you're head wrapped around SCORING....I know its hard....because FEW players on our team can do it....but BUSH can....and we need HIM...and more like him....

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Line up! FOUR WIDE: BUSH, HARTLINE, JENNING, & BESS , and the best draft WR , Cornerback is a must and DE & A ELITE TE.

Can't say I disagree with those four players being a MAJOR problem for defenses BUT assuming we re-sign Hartline & then pony up for Jennings you're talking about $14-15 Million for those two. Then another $10 Million to get a CB not named Sean Smith & then there's the O-line.

I just don't think signing a 28 year old, backup RB for over $5 Million makes a lot of sense. Use one of our 2nd round draft picks to take Stepfan Taylor & call it a day at RB.

To say Hartline is a bench warmer on any decent team is asinine. He was 16th in the league in Yards, 22nd in Receptions. But yes, the TD production was not there.

WNP, as Kris alluded to, I want Bush back and paid not for what he did in Miami but what he can do. He's the most dangerous receiving threat out fo the backfield in the NFL - on par with Harvin but never used that way. And as opposed to Harvin, he won't cost a pick and nowhere near the money. Sign the man and use him right to open up the offense.

Stop thinking of Bush as a RB....and consider him a strictly a playmaker...a specialty player...a scoring machine.....cause that what he is....

along with that...he bring work ethic.....motivation....and LEADERSHIP to a locker room sorely lacking all the afore mentioned.....he doesn't just say "follow me"....he grabs you by the hand and shows those willing to listen the path to success in the NFL....players have to be TAIGHT how to be professionals.....Bush fills that NEED.....

Don't get caught up on a PRICE TAG that you won't pay a dime of.....get you're head wrapped around SCORING....I know its hard....because FEW players on our team can do it....but BUSH can....and we need HIM...and more like him....

Kris,

I must admit...You make a very good point. We DEFINITELY need more guys who can score TD's. Hey, if we can fit him under the cap & still add Jennings & a CB & address some other holes then great.

No matter what--Ireland has to find another RB in the draft to compete with Miller b/c Thomas is too much of a question mark.

Bowe had stats comparable to Hartline, actually less (except TDs '3') but he missed 3 games. I guess he would be a bench warmer on a decent team too.....

WNP, as Kris alluded to, I want Bush back and paid not for what he did in Miami but what he can do. He's the most dangerous receiving threat out fo the backfield in the NFL - on par with Harvin but never used that way. And as opposed to Harvin, he won't cost a pick and nowhere near the money. Sign the man and use him right to open up the offense.

Mark,

Kris has made me rethink my position. However, Ireland MUST draft & hit on a RB b/c we can't afford to count on Thomas.

BTW--I wish we saw more out of Thigpen in the offense b/c I believe he can help us with his speed.

Who should be the Dolphins top 3 targets in free agency and in the upcoming draft? I myself say, FA: Dwayne Bowe Brent Grimes Jarius Byrd...Draft: DE(proven pass rusher) WR Terrence Williams CB Xavier Rhodes...What do you think?

WNP....

I agree.....we need a BETTER RB.....no doubt about it.....i prefer a 230 LB soften them up type back....and then have Miller and Bush gashing the tenderized defense.....

Thomas is OK...but he gets blown up to much...and will most likely miss two games due to injury by week 5.....

we need a better backs....I just don't count Bush in that RB mold....

ARMANDO-
you said in one of your earlier blogs that it was questioned why keith jackson was brought in when he'd take catches away from duper and clayton. you then said that it was questioned by clayton himself. can you give us some back story on that and how the locker room dynamic was and whatnot. as a young fan who grew up during the marino clayton and duper years i LOVE this kind of information. you used to do a segment in your blog called armando remembers or training camp memories or something like that and id love to see that return. and you dont have to limit it to training camp. telling stories like that one about jackson and clayton would be a good way to pass the offseason imho. thanks for all you do

Do you think the phins will address the rb position? A lot of emphasis is on wr and te this offseason, however, I feel rb is weaker than we think with or without bush. Bush isn't that #1 back I would like to see in the backfield. Thomas has the size, but not the production and miller is unproven. Your thoughts.

We will grill you Today, Armando. What happened to your monkey?

"Bowe had stats comparable to Hartline, actually less (except TDs '3') but he missed 3 games. I guess he would be a bench warmer on a decent team too....."

LOL@Bidniss!!! Plus he's two years older than Hartline & has character concerns.

While I do think Bowe is a more skilled WR than Hartline--he's too risky to sign for $9 plus Million a year. Yes there's risk with Jennings b/c of injury but it's a physical game so every player is at risk. I also remember people saying the same thing about Anquan Boldin a few years ago & that worked out okay for Baltimore.

With the referendum on the funding for the new stadium looming the Dolphins are expected to make a splash in free agency to rouse the home crowd.

I believe the Dolphins organization can sweeten the deal by invoking a 1988 law that states that stadiums that accept public funding have to be used as homeless shelters during their off-season. The spring and summer have long months where there are scattered local events so even those 6-7 months are a sufficient window.

Do you think owner Stephen Ross or CEO Mike Dee would be open to the idea of letting a stadium that's going to be partially funded by the public to be used for such purposes?

Man, everybody around the League knows Reggie is one hell of a RB, probably the #1 FA RB. And we are not going to resign him? I doubt it.

I agree.....we need a BETTER RB.....no doubt about it.....i prefer a 230 LB soften them up type back....and then have Miller and Bush gashing the tenderized defense.....

Thomas is OK...but he gets blown up to much...and will most likely miss two games due to injury by week 5.....

we need a better backs....I just don't count Bush in that RB mold..

Kris,

I agree. Although Thomas has the size, he's not a bruiser. He's not a 'bad RB' when he's on the field but he doesn't look for contact.

I'd love to have a guy to go with Miller that wears defenses down. The perfect guy is actually Jacob Lacey. Talk about 'Thunder & Lightning???' Lacey's 40 time at the combine is going to be HUGE for him. Not sure if he'll go in the top 20 or early 2nd. Although Stepfan Taylor is smaller (215-220) I love his toughness. He'd be me 2nd choice at RB.

I agree that Bowe is a more skilled WR than Hartline.
And I know I am about to compare apples to water ballons BUT there was good discussion before the SB about Moss being best receiver ever, or Rice. Obviously it is Rice. The convo though was about how Moss was the most suprememly talented WR to play the game but Rice cared more and out worked and out trained him all day long. So talent can only get you but so far, and work ethic usually will surpass talent.
Unless the gap is large, that is.

I think RB is a position nowadays that can be addressed through a variety of avenues, that do not consist of a big FA signing or high draft pick.

"Man, everybody around the League knows Reggie is one hell of a RB, probably the #1 FA RB. And we are not going to resign him? I doubt it."

Oscar,

Don't forget Steven Jackson who has had EIGHT consecutive 1000 yard seasons & can catch the football. 6'2" 240??? F#cking love RB's like him.

There's also Ahmad Bradshaw & it looks like DeAngelo Williams is going to get cut too.

Weeel, we here love the Steven Jackson.

WNP.....

I don't think we address the RB position that high....Ireland will have little choice other than to resort to his ACORN'S.....imo.....

Maybe a 3rd rounder...most likely a 5th rounder or later.....I think the best bet is a J. A. G. in FA.....one that is chomping @ the bit....that is the way I go....

Also....Bradshaw is out there...but I am sure he wants to much money...and he's not a bruiser....

Mando, Which FA TE have you heard the fins may pursue. Sounds like finley and cook may not make it Fa. What about Keller, Davis or Bennett

Love Stephen Jackson.....

but how much mileage is left in that tank.....

WNP...

I see you mentioned Bradshaw...lol...

Oscar, Reggie loves the SoFla ladies, if he can stay here, he will. You cna already tell he's conceerned he won't get a fair offer. Only Ireland the grinch can steal our #1 playmaker on offense away. Turn him into Percy Harvin full time and watch him go!

Gooood afternoon everyone!!!

Howdy

Let's go Armando!! We need new updated info playa!!!

Anyone take the time to watch Draick Rogers tape

I really like this guy over the middle

Afternoon!

Kris,

Just a point about Morris (and the Redskins). I'm sure Morris is a good player with talent. But I don't think you gave enough credit to Shanahan's system, which has proven over the years to be able to take ANY RB and turn him into a star. Shanahan's zone blocking scheme is probably the best running scheme in the league in the last 2 decades. You can't discount that (it wouldn't be as easy here to duplicate it, plus Morris was helped by having the threat of RG3 running as well.

Macca, the only FA TE I've been told the Dolphins will pursue for sure is Anthony Fasano.

Sorry.

That doesn't mean they won't go after others. They might. But they do not tell me everything. Also, it's possible the team addressed the issue in draft again.

Any chatter on if the Phins will (or plan to) lock up anyone before FA hits? Release anyone before FA hits? Or just take the wait and see approach?

Bush seems to be the HOT topic Armando....what do you got....

Armando,

With Long leaving, which path do you think the Phins will go down to find a Tackle, The Draft or Free Agency. Do you think they would be interested in Shermon Bushrod from the Saints?

I agree that Bowe is a more skilled WR than Hartline.
And I know I am about to compare apples to water ballons BUT there was good discussion before the SB about Moss being best receiver ever, or Rice. Obviously it is Rice. The convo though was about how Moss was the most suprememly talented WR to play the game but Rice cared more and out worked and out trained him all day long. So talent can only get you but so far, and work ethic usually will surpass talent.
Unless the gap is large, that is.

Bidniss,

Really great point. I don't think people give Hartline enough credit. The guy missed ALL of training camp & the preseason with an appendix issue that became infected with gangrene. The guy lost 25 pounds which then caused a calf injury & he still had his best season with a rookie playing QB. He played through injuries later in the season & he doesn't have 'character issues.'

As for Rice vs. Moss??? Randy is nuts. It's not even close IMO. Rice is the G.O.A.T. as far as I'm concerned. Now talent wise??? Sure that's an interesting debate but Rice had an impeccable career with unparalleled production

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