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Offseason conditioning dates important for Jerry

After the Dolphins 2012 season, on the day the team's players left the lockerroom (some for the last time), coaches had a chance to speak with everyone individually. Think of it as an exit interview. Think of it as a counseling session.

And in his one-on-one with multiple coaches, including head coach Joe Philbin, guard John Jerry was told this:

You can be a good player if you apply yourself and get in shape and become more professional about your body as well as your body of work.

And also this:

If you come to the offseason conditioning program sloppy fat and out of shape like last year, you'll be in trouble.

"It’ll be interesting to see," Philbin said. "I know the big thing we said to him when he left is we want to see how much you weigh when you come back for the offseason program."

Pause one moment, please...

Look, NFL players are human. They are people and as such they are imperfect and deal with issues and circumstances. Some are troubled in ways you and I are troubled. Some have bigger problems. Some seem to have it more together than most folks.

And yes, some cannot control how much they eat and allow themselves to get fat.

And yes, some aren't in love with working out and staying in good condition and they find themselves out of shape soon after the offseason begins and no one is monitoring them.


Come on, man!

This is professional football. You're making a ton of money because God blessed you with physical gifts that very few people have.

And you're just going to take that body that was fearfully and wonderfully made and turn it into a food bin? You're just going to have zero discipline and eat anything you want whenever you want in quantities that normal people cannot fathom?

In short, you're going to act more like the Cookie Monster than an NFL player?

That is not professional. That is not acceptable.

(It's acceptable for a tax man to eat a lot and not work out because his thing is numbers and deductions. It's acceptable for a lawyer or judge to get floppy. It's acceptable for a journalist, ahem, because nobody is asking me him to be in great shape at work).

But an NFL player? A professional athlete?

It costs his team. It costs the player.

Jerry's inability to show multiple coaching staffs now that he can be trusted to be in shape is one reason the Dolphins feel they have a question mark at right guard. And that's probably the reason they added Lance Louis recently and still might add another guard in the draft.

The frustrating thing is Jerry can be a good player. When he stays on his feet and, you know, moves them, he is effective. Problem is he's carrying so much weight most of the time that becomes a chore.

"I do think he’s, the one thing he has to do a better job of is staying on his feet better, but he’s athletic enough to play guard," Philbin said. "There’s a lot of pictures of him showing very good quickness and explosiveness off the ball."

The coming offseason conditioning program is a big deal for the Dolphins.

Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program.  On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis.  No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program.  Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs." No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, and 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permissible.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players.  This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.  Head coaches hired after the end of the 2012 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. That does not apply to the Dolphins this year.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2013 may begin on May 13. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of the post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

So for the Dolphins the first day of the offseason conditioning program is April 15.

Miami's OTA sessions, as provided by the NFL are May 21-23, May 29-31 and June 3-6. The mandatory veteran minicamp is tentatively scheduled for June 11-13 for the Dolphins.

John Jerry, you're under the microscope.

Make sure you fit under it.


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I think we are waiting for the draft to address the rest of the wholes we have on the offensive line. Remember Incognito is on the last year of his contract, and this is a contract year for Jerry as well. So even though we signed the guy from Chicago, expect us to get an OT and an OG in this draft. If Jonathan Cooper, Lane Johnson, or Chance Warmack are there at #12 don't be suprised if we pull the trigger.
I like this scenario, draft Cooper at #12 and then hope Terron Armstead falls to us in the second round, or package some picks and move up to land Armstead. The guy has huge upside and we have enough depthe to let him develop.

See Dusty, the PBP cut Egnew....oh wait

There are elite players in every draft. That's just a dumb comment.

Agreed. No elite players in this draft.

They might say more players in this draft.

But Not More Great Players.

Last Years Draft Had Franchise Players At The Top. This Draft Has Good Depth Overall.

No RG3 Or A.Luck Coming Out This Year.

Great Qbs Make Great Drafts.

Sucks To Be A Team That Needs A Qb This Draft.

#12 Pick Mantei Te'o?

It makes Sense.


I noticed that Romo signed a 6 year contract today for $108 million, with $55 million guaranteed. I guess that means Romo is 'elite', case closed?

What If E.Lacy Runs A 4.40?

E.Lacy #12?

Romo is better than flacco.

We addressed the WR's, if we want any chance to win, we must protect Tannehill. The reason why the 49ers and the Ravens were in the Super Bowl was they had the best offensive lines in their respective divisions. The year the 49er started their turn around was when they drafted their starting RT, and Mike Iupati both in the first round.
Having a dominate OL will protect Tannehill to make the throws he needs to make to his new weapons, and it will open wholes for Lamar Miller, and may even allow Daniel Thomas to reach the potential they saw in him when he was drafted.

Craigarrhea, how many playoff games has Romo won?

Romo is better than flacco.

Posted by: Ruxin | March 29, 2013 at 06:54 PM

Not if you count playoff wins or SB wins...

There is so many different scenarios right now it's impossible to know what the Fins are doing once the Draft hits. If you believe what Ireland said the other day at the Conference about drafting "expensive" spots, we can expect to draft, LT, CB, DT, WR and QB. IF you believe what Ireland said.

You win in the NFL in the trenches! We got the weapons, now we need to protect Tannehill so he can use those weapons. Look what happened to Cutler last year. Good weapons, but never had the time to use them, cause his O-line sucked.

Need to draft best available OL with pick #12, whether that is Lane Johnson, Jonathan Cooper, or Chance Warmack. Then move back up into the bottom of the 1st round and draft Terron Armstead from Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Has the most upside of any OL in the draft, and you never have to worry about him staying in shape. He ran the fastest 40 in NFL Combine history. 4.71 40 for an O-Lineman. That was faster than Manti Teo's ProDay, and Jarvis Jones's slow 4.95.

Too funny, the Jets dismantling continues as the Bears sign Slauson.

John The Dolfan, I hear what your saying BUT we have been darting O Line with our first pick for what seems like forever. Honestly, I would rather see us pick a guy who is a monster opposite Wake, like Anash. A hard hitting safety like Vaccarro. a WR like Allen or a TE like Eifert. Unless we are moving up for Joeckel or Fischer I don't want to see an O lineman with our 1St pick

When you build anything in life and in football you start with the foundation. When you erect a building you build a strong foundation, you don't build part of the foundation and then start building the second floor. This is the last year we have to draft an OL in the first round. The value for those other positions comes next year. Protect Tannehill so he can use his new toys effectively. Lamar Miller will be better if he has wholes he can run through. Young RB, young QB, need the protection to have success.

John The Dolfan, I guess we are just disagree on this one. If we draft an O Lineman with 12, the groan you hear will be from Miami Dolphin Fans. Ireland said things will be "different" this year. He has done a super job in FA. I'm hoping he continue with his new direction in the Draft.

What use is having a franchise QB and all these weapons if you don't give him the time to make the deep pass to Mike Wallace. We are solid on the D-line, and Odrick is gonna drop weight and be more explosive. Look at Chicago, great QB, good weapons, no time to get rid of the ball.

You will stunt Tannehill's development if he gets beat up. Build the O-line and we will make the playoffs. Next year build the DB's and we will be in the Superbowl and we will win it all.

These collective bargaining rules look Union contracts that have destroyed many US work force employee.

More then one NFL expert has mentioned the Fins as having the worst offseason in football losing 9 starters to FA.

Fin 77, it really is a shame. Maybe you should kill yourself?

John, who has a franchise QB?

John, Chicago has an average QB no way is Cutler a franchise QB

We got a QB I think we can build around Fin 77. Everyone gave Russell Wilson all the hype, and deservadly so. But remember Tannehill beat Wilson in their head to head matchup, and he almost beat Andrew Luck. ANd he started the least amount of games coming out of college than any of those guys coming out.

The Power Rankings currently have Miami at the bottom until 2018.

You don't believe Cutler is a franchise QB Fin 77? Watch the Bears this year, now that they got a true LT in Jermon Bushrod and a seem TE in Martellous Bennet. They are my favorites to win the NFC North.

Cutler isnt top 10 IMO.

I am no fan of Cutler either. He's terribly inconsistent and a poor leader. Don't bother giving me numbers..I hate crybabies and his pouting when he played the Phins a while back was disgusting.

cutler sucks blames everyone but himself

The Fins have 5 picks in the first 3 Rounds. Use Them!! Philbin wants 11 New Rookies.

Only real need is LT and CB. The Fins can sit at #12 and pick the Best LT or CB. Then do the same in the 2nd Rd. Plus, Go After A TE.

In the 3rd Rd, The Fins can go LG and FS.

That should FIX The Offense and The Defense.

1-BPA(LT or CB)
2-RT Or CB

Rest of the Draft, Ireland Do Whatever You Want.

I've never seen such player turnover. Its a desperate move from the FO which is so doomed.

Monte, join me and Fin 77 (you) for a Sunday suicide party.

This troll is on every night with a different name.

Monte go check out the New England Patriots then come back and talk..

The 12th pick is wide open boys

We can go any direction with our first pick tackle , end , corner doesn't matter

Check how many moves the Seahawks have made under Carrol before you blast Miami.

and Omar thinks Jerry is going to be the RT. LOL. What a bad writer.

Its musical chairs in Miami but they just get worse.

I think Jerry will be our right tackle also he is best suited to play tackle

Our team will be restored on top of the league once again

All trolls should die a painfull death

The cookie monster is pretty thin. He must work out all the time.

Do you remember when the Dolphins were relevant?
Me neither.

Football is these people's livelihood, they make millions of dollars. If you have to tell a guy to come into camp in shape obviously football isn't important.


I noticed that Romo signed a 6 year contract today for $108 million, with $55 million guaranteed. I guess that means Romo is 'elite', case closed?

Posted by: Craig M | March 29, 2013 at 06:50 PM


what tipped you off...the 108 Million more dollars than you or I will ever make...

Or the fact that a Billionaire feels he's worth 55 MIL guaranteed....

The funny thing is Craig M.....

you're one of those guys who says..."i'll take (insert GM or tv analyst name here) over any one on this blog".....

and then when when a GM and OWNER speak in UNISON about the worth of a player...by opening the WALLET....

Then you are dismissive of the opinion that doesn't agree with yours......

see anything funny about that....

Of course there are elite Players in every Draft. My Bad. Only, this year, there are no Kalils, Lucks, RG3s, etc. Nobody knows who they are. Dig?


Probably the elite Players are hidden somewhere in the last 15 of the 1st Round and in the 2nd Round. We might come up with a Gem there.

oscar, dont count on it

Off Season conditioning are going to be important to more than just John Jerry. Consequently, Ireland and Philbin are steadily improving the competition levels across the roster. You slip up now and you're going to have somebody breathing right down your back.

Speaking of which, Lance Louis and Vaugh Martin are playing for their football lives. These are two talented guys, each dealing with their own sets of adversity. I'll be watching to see how they go about it.

Louis will be pushing Jerry on the O-Line. Martin and Kheeston Randall will be pushing the D-Line. We have some good competition shaping up and we still will be adding 11 draftees and a handful of undrafted free agents.

Let the off season conditioning BEGIN!!!!

Speaking of which, I have to play "Personal Trainer" to this Smoking Hot Brunette tonight.

Troll Boy, hold down the Fort while I tend to the Hottie! At least one of us has a Real Life.

PS: Almost forgot........."LOL"........


You're right. GMs and owners don't make mistakes, like guys like Albert Haynesworth. I guess he's 'elite' too, cause he got a big contract, right? Case closed?

I'm just trying to understand your argument. Flacco was elite/case closed because the Ravens gave him a big contract. Obviously you feel the same way about Romo too, right?

Odi when are you going to tell us his name?

Why not, So So, we have 3 picks in the 1st 2 Rounds and there are plenty good Players available there. One of them might turn out to be All-Pro, who knows. But a certain thing is that the probabilities are on our side more than on any other Team on hitting on somebody that is very, very good.

Romo got signed to 55 mil because there is no QB obtainable that can compare to him in the next two years. To franchise him next year would cost them 28 mil. Jones has his contract over extended, as well as other players. It is time to pay Peter, unless they restructure his contract. Without this and other contract extensions it would have been difficult to even sign their draft picks.
This is how important it is to work the salary cap.

You no wanna good Player, So So?(wouldn't surprise me if it's not the one you want)

Counting all the arseholes on the blog, I'm definitely not alone!

Always thought that much of the blame for the Dolphins having fallen in the Dumps lies with the Fans and their negative mentality now of MeMe and not of Others. Losers mostly.

That is one of the main powers of Internet. Only ONE unflinchingly positive Person is needed to change a whole losing Culture. Two will be better, of course.

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