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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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The Dolphins being in the mess we are coming out of is because of incompetence in planning and direction. There is also a certain misfortune in the works, but that goes back to the Shula days(Green and Overstreet). This is the first time since Shula that I feel like we have a positive direction.
I was so glad when we did not get Fisher. I wanted Philbin or Chudzinski. I think we are in for a pretty good show.


Are you talking about you or me?

You people that are preaching about bringing in an RB should look at LeVeon Bell. Why in the world would any body want to spend a first round pick on an RB, when the perfect back we need may be available in the fifth round.


Are you SURE...you are wiping the right orific...after a dump?

Posted by: Wayne from Candar | March 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM


I wonder why YG keeps using all the various sign in names. It's not like we all don't see it from a mile away. The constant attacks the childish potty jokes the obvious drug and drunken idiocy.

But still, he keeps that wall of denial and delusion firmly in place.

It's probably the dominoe effect. In YG's drug and alchohol induced brain damage he probably thinks that we all don't know that he's the main multi-troll.

Monte jcb harmel aloco oscar home smf etc, etc.

Agreed but this is the only life he has. He will never admit to it.

Thats what happens when a dumsheet thinks he's smarter than a sack of rocks.

He's had his ass handed to him so many times his fingers stink. Exposed as a complete parroting fraud and still thinks he's putting one over.

The latest embarrassment for him was Trufant. He was so proud of himself because it seemed someone agreed with him. Totally missed the part where Mando explained that Trufant was a reach at 12 but the mock didn't allow for trade downs lol.

How sad they(The Herald) Still allows the old coot to post here.

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"........

Posted by: odinseye | March 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

It never gets old..
LOL At the old coot, I gotta say this, He never gives up.

Guys Odin does live in the country and farm girls wil do just about anything. Or anyone.

Jerry should stop eating so much K.F.CHICKEN

I usually don't comment on your articles, but this one I have to. Just because some guy is good at football and can get drafted and play in the NFL, doesn't mean he loves or even likes football. I just got through reading Stefan Fatsis's book "A Few Seconds of Panic". I was amazed to find out that quite a few guys in the NFL really don't like football, but it pays more than your average job. They can do it well enough to get by and make some big money.

Mike, many players don't even want to make the playoffs. More practice, more work, more chance for injury. It's true.

Many of these players already make quite enough. The few extra games pay won't affect their lifestyle or finances noticeably.

Even though the average NFL player only lasts 4 or 5 years, many of them still make enough to retire from the game as a millionaire and still be under 30 years old. Not so bad.

At 1:40PM yesterday:

Indeed there are educated South Carolinians... but they don't sound like Cordarelle. But people should not assume Cordarelle is dumb, particularly when it comes to football, just because he sounds uneducated... because he is an open field genius.

We could've had Matt Flynn if Ross wasnt such a cheapskate. And he lets Reggie Bush go but brings back D Thomas?? WTF? Can you say cheapass owner?

Harmel Fin 77 MJ Monte,

At some point, you might think about finding a bigger thrill in your life than trying to provoke an anonymous blogger into a heated debate.

You must be one bored and lonely individual.

South Carolina is for hillbillies.

Ha ha you still want Flynn?? Wtf!!!
Ross is far from cheap, lets see how the team looks in week1 before making those type of comments!


See 11:04

Wake up. Those type of comments come from someone fishing for people like you to respond. Bored individuals whose mommy's won't jack them off anymore.

Too many suckers here take the same bait every time.

Pretty late on the Grimes signing. Move on from the John Jerry story.

The only reason to let Reggie leave, but keep D Thomas is to save money. But its not even close between those two. One is a star playmaker and the other is a total (often injured) bust. And theres TONS of cap room! Ross is a cheap SOB that will never build a winner. The offense will be pathetic without Bush and Long. Thanks Ross.

John Jerry is a disaster. He needs to be cut. He can work at Golden Corral and get paid at the buffet.





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