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Team of free agents can win, but will they?

I watched the replay Saturday of the infamous Tuck Rule game from back in January 2002. (Yes, I have no life). Anyway, that game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders which the Patriots won in overtime and used as a springboard to beating Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship and St. Louis in the Super Bowl got me thinking.

As I watched, it seemed everywhere I looked I saw players that the New England Patriots did not draft. I saw free agents all over the field. I saw a team that clearly stomped all over the theory that championship squads must be home grown via the draft.

Consider the free agents on the Patriots:

RG Joe Andruzzi: He was picked up on waivers from Green Bay in 2000. He signed with the Patrtiots. He started every game at right guard in 2001.

LG Mike Compton: He left the Lions and signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent in 2001. He started all 16 games and in the playoffs. So, yes, the Patriots starting offensive line had a couple of free agent starting guards.

Linebacker Bryan Cox: Yes, that Bryan Cox. After leaving the Dolphins and the Bears, Cox spent three years with the Jets. Then the Patriots picked him up in 2001 and he started seven games and played in 11. He had three fumble recovers and two forced fumbles and he scored a TD. The guy was in decline but he always had been a playmaker.

Running back Antowain Smith: He was originally drafted by the Bills. He was added as an unrestricted free agent and led the team by rushing for 1,157 yards. He'd been considered something of an enigma in Buffalo. He was a locker room leader in New England.

Linebacker Mike Vrabel: The Pittburgh Steelers drafted him but let him go to New England as an unrestricted free agent. So much for that theory that the Steelers don't let good players go in free agency. Vrabel started 12 games and had three sacks with two interceptions in 2001. He got better later and had three Super Bowl rings with New England before he went to Kansas City in 2010.

Linebacker Roman Phifer: Originally the 31st overall pick in St. Louis in 1991, Phifer went to the Jets as a UFA and signed a three-year deal through the 2001 season. He was, however, cut after the 2000 season and the Patriots signed him to a one-year minimum salary deal. Phifer started all 16 games. He was re-signed after the season for three more years. He was a Pro Bowl alternate two of those three years.

Cornerback Terrell Buckley: The former Packer and former Dolphins joined the Broncos for one season in 2000 and then went to New England when he was cut. He played with the Patriots in 2001 and 2002. He was the team's nickel cornerback and had an interception in the AFC title game against Pittsburgh that helped New England go to the Super Bowl.

Tight end Jermaine Wiggins: Another Jets castoff, Wiggins signed as a free agent in 2000 and lasted through the 2002 season. He also had a big game in the Tuck Rule game.

Cornerback Otis Smith: He played for the Patriots in 1996 but left to join the Jets for three years. Then he returned as an unrestricted free agent in 2000. He started 15 of 16 regular season games and throughout the playoffs.

Linebacker Larry Izzo: He was an undrafted free agent who made the Dolphins in 1996 and stayed through 2000. The Patriots signed him in 2001 as an unrestricted free agent. There he became the special teams captain and won three Super Bowl rings. He recovered two fumbles in the Tuck Rule game. Two.

Wide receiver David Patten: The Cleveland Browns cut him after 2000. The Patriots picked him up in 2001 and he started 14 games. He was the club's leading receiver in the Tuck Rule game.

No, this is not a Patriots blog. But I happily use the Patriots to prove the point that a team can be brought together from other teams and turned into a cohesive, high-caliber ballclub.

And, yes, that leads me to the Dolphins.

As you know they've been doing work this offseason in free agency. No, they probably haven't done as much as I'd like. The flirtation with Elvis Dumervil which I reported last Tuesday and the Denver Post reported Friday didn't bear fruit. Dumervil signed with Baltimore Sunday and his salary cap number for 2013 is, get this, $2.5 million.

So the Dolphins still have work to do finding more pass rush, adding a cornerback and possibly a defensive tackle. The offensive line is still in need of an upgrade, too. Eric Winston is still a possibility. He'd like to play for the Dolphins, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, but would also like to get paid so there's that. The Dolphins may be waiting for the price on Winston to drop somewhat.

The Dolphins may add one or two more free agents.

And that brings up the question whether a team can win with a bunch of recently added veterans? Obviously, I just showed you the Patriots did it.

But I saw Don Shula not only fail to do it in 1995, it was something of a chemistry nightmare. And the following year I remember Jimmy Johnson cleaning house and telling me he didn't want veterans who learned to do things under different coaches to come to him and expect him to do what they were used to.

"I want rookies and players I draft to learn to do things the way I want them to," Johnson said. "I don't want to deal with fighting the veterans."

Well, the Dolphins have some new veterans now. And now it's up to coach Joe Philbin to get them to do things the way the Dolphins do things or he'll have to adjust to them.

Philbin isn't talking like he's the one who will be making the adjustment.

“They’ve got to get acclimated," he said. "We hopefully, in 13 months, we’ve been able to establish a culture and environment, an atmosphere of how we do business when they walk into that door. While these guys are veterans and we’re certainly looking for them to put their stamp on things and make an impact, they’ve got to kind of fit into how we do things. So I think it’s more them, at least, understand these are responsibilities, the obligations that come with being a Miami Dolphin and kind of fall in line and then let their football stuff care of itself."

It'll be interesting to see how that goes.

 

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Posted by: Phins78 | March 25, 2013 at 02:21 PM

Furthermore, you weren't even here last night, so why the fk are you even concerned about what happens when youre away? Just like Craigm, comes here, reads pages of backlogged blog pages, then throw up all over your dumbass self.

WOW! Please get a fking life. LOL...

Now to football:

Armando,

Wasn't Joe Philbin Miami new hc in 2012? This being true, isn't it also like he had 53 new fa's last season?

Doesn't every new hc inherit a squad that he had to teach doing things "HIS WAY"?

So what's your point man? Trying to prod the "PEANUT GALLERY" again? ROTFLMAO>.................

"What never ceases top amaze me is that your one of the most chronic complainers in blog history here, yet when crap isn't going on, you juice it up by accusing posters of hiding under aliases."

WHAT IN THE F&^K ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT YG? Did I say something offensive to you? Please point out where I said a bad thing about you to bring on this vicious attack.

Where did I accuse someone of hiding under aliases? Dude I had to go back to read what you guys were DISCUSSING because I'm not in here 24/7. I wrote my opinion of what Kris and Odin were talking about. For that I'm attacked? Did I say something bad about you?

WHEN CRAP ISN'T GOING ON I JUICE IT UP? WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Why are you making up scenarios? Who did I accuse of being another poster?

"blowing your direction, or is any of your fking business."

You know why it's my business? BECAUSE I SHARE THE BLOG WITH ALL OF THESE POSTS YOU F%$^ING STUPID POS. I MADE IT MY F%$^ING BUSINESS! YOU MADE IT MY BUSINESS AND EVERYONES BUSINESS WHEN YOU POSTED IT DUMB F%$K!

THANKS FOR KEEPING A BLOG HISTORY YOU F%$^ING GO%AMN$#d LOSER.

jESZ h CRAP get a life and get the f%$k outta here. I leave for days art a time and come back and guess what, YOURE STILL HERE AND HAVE BEEN HERE FIGHTING WITH EVERYONE THE WHOLE TIME. PATHETIC POS.

NO LIFE/ LOW LIFE F^%$ING TWAT.

You know the funniest thing of all YG. I WAS one of the last posters that actually talks to you with any amount of respect. We buried the hatchet and I have been nothing but respectful to you since. You have periodically attacked me for no reason, again today , same thing.

Go f%$k yourself, the others were right, you're a psycho douchebag who deserves EVERY single thing that is said about him.

Phony78 is have a an on the rag attack. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO................

"so why the fk are you even concerned about what happens when youre away?"

Are you really this shortsighted? They were talking about it today when I was in here so I went back to see what the big deal was. They were all saying what a douche you were, I wanted to see for myself what the big deal was. I went and read it and came back and said it wasn't a big deal. I said these things, allthough I don't know why people say them, are said all of the time. And I said I don't know why vulgarity is allowed because some poster said something about someones wife performing a sex act.

And now YOU'RE mad about it? Because what, that was you who made the sexual reference about another mans wife? Why would you be mad I was talking bad about that guy? WHAT F&^%ING BUSINESS IS IT OF YOURS YOU F%$^ING HYPOCRITE?!

Phony78,

I hope you have towel and spare box of mai pads next to you. Youre menustrating all over the place. ROTFLMAO...................................

You're a pos coward. Enjoy being the blog cancer, our interactions are now done. There will be no apologies or making up this time. You don't deserve respect and you certainly don't deserve one more minute of my time. Have a great day coward! ;)


Posted by: Phins78 | March 25, 2013 at 03:48 PM

WTF do I care about the douches here talking about me? LOL...

Ive been talked about by a much higher class of intelligent life before.

Sounds like youre off the pacifier and on he dick now. Is this what those losers provide for you, pacifying dick? LOL...

Posted by: Phins78 | March 25, 2013 at 03:52 PM

OMG, she's grabbed her cu-m crusted piss stained panties and running home. ROTFLMAO..............

Where's Odin, is he out trying to score some more crack? LOL...

Smells like burrito farts in this blog ...

Phony78 is a pussified dick in the booty low-browed Neanderthal cake baker. Na-nanna, Naanah.......

ROTFLMAO...............................................

Smells like burrito farts in this blog ...

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM


Close your upper lip and in a few hour the smell should go away. That or douche after your cellie's done with you. LOL....

Child Predator Alligator Mark,

They always say prison burritos are the absolute worst! Especially after your cellie has been in your ass. LOL....


Phony78 is have a an on the rag attack. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO................

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | March 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
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Well, you said a mouthful right there - lol....

I thought it was a typo at first, but then I realized it ain't even a sentence. Say Huh-lol?

Anywhoo...........YG, which team will Sporano take to the Super Bowl this year?

Child Predator Alligator Mark,

You have absolutely gotta stop douching with that homemade raisin jack. Especially after the prison burrito lunch and cellie n your ass.

Food for thought? LOL...

Posted by: odinseye | March 25, 2013 at 04:10 PM

Hey Crackhead,

Did you name your first born son Brillo? At least that's the word on the streets.

Also heard youre deciding Bic or Cricket for the 2nd born. Is that true? LOL...

Crackhead Odin,

Say hi to Brillo for me. Ok? LOL...

☆★ I CAN'T WAIT TO BUY MY MIKE WALLACE JERSEY ( AKA 60 MINUTES) WITH MIAMI DOLPHINS NEW LOGO. ★☆

Uh no, but I did Google Brillo. Nothing.

Then I googled Brillo and Crack. Bing, bing, bing!

At least now I don't have to ask, we know who **REALLY** has all the experience with Crack and all of it's proper terminologies.

As painful as it is to read the blog posts of YGlamejokes, odinstankyhottyfool & phonybologna78, no one comes even close to the all knowing, resident blog big mouthed baffoon...Craig M.

Do the blog a favor nancies, put a shotgun in your mouths, point up & pull the trigger.

Posted by: The truth is... | March 25, 2013 at 04:20 PM

ROTFLMAO......................................


Posted by: odinseye | March 25, 2013 at 04:19 PM

Come'on man, youre fooling know one. You know why you named your first born son BRILLO. LOL...

Im out, the doo-doo will flow itself now. Odin's here. ROTFLMAO..........................

Don't go YG.

I was hoping you'd tell us again how Jared Odrick was a **TOP 5** 3-4 DE for all those years?

At least tell us about how SpOrano will be the most sought after Head Coach in the NFL.

Don't go away MAD BRO, just Go Away..........LOL...

Anyway...............................

Parting shot:

The Herald refuses to give Armando a "free lunch". So when he has nothing else to write about, we get lame blog topics like this.

Thanks for stopping by. LOL...

Odin, why doesn't he tell us all again how being homosexual is a gender and not a sexual preference?

And about the crack, I had him tabbed as a crackhead years ago. Notice he has lingo none of us even know anything about. YG is all about the crack.

And when he posts, I know there's words but all I make out is "prrrrrt ... ugh 4am burritos"

Sorry it took me so long to reply, but I was in the John taking a YG..

Last Season Was An Evaluation Season.

This Season Is The Rebuild Season.

Just Read Somewhere That Wallace Was The Best Wr In The 2009 Draft. Better Than Crabtree, Harvin, H.Nicks,Maclin.

And The Fins Didn't Have To Trade A First Rounder.

Or Use A First Rounder.

And about the crack, I had him tabbed as a crackhead years ago. Notice he has lingo none of us even know anything about.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 25, 2013 at 04:37 PM

Lingo you know nothing about? Just like the supposed friend that steals from you and is first offering to help in looking for the missing item.

Yup, youre a master at pre-school psychology. ROTFLMAO.........................

Dashi, good thing we didn't use a 1st rounder to get Walalce because we lost that one in picking Vontae. Made up the 2nd from SS from trading Vontae I guess. So in some weird way, we came out even from that draft??

He Is MELTING DOWN!! And ;)!! Loves It.(Sarcasm)

WOW!! YG!!

What Is Going On Guy?

U Are Spiraling Out Of Control....

????????????????

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 25, 2013 at 04:47 PM

Are you still out of the booty into your mouth queen on your cellblock?

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | March 25, 2013 at 04:47 PM

Are you still out of the booty into your mouth champ on the rec yard?

Mark,

We Managed To Trade Vontae For A 2nd This Year. Harvin got Traded For a First This year. To Me Seattle Overspent. Draft And Money Wise.

Wallace Was A Good Value. If Wallace Gets 1000yds This Season. That Would Be 3-1000yd WR's Ireland had Brought In. The Most In Franchise History For A GM.

Wallace Opens Up The Offense. Hartline Is An OK #2WR. He Does Catch The Ball For about 15yds A Catch. And Bess Is A Great Slot WR who will Have Space To Work With This Year. Bess Actually Got Double Teamed Last Year. That Is How Bad Our WR's Were. And Gibson Adds Great Depth. He Can Play All 3 Positions X,Y,Z. So Can Matthews.

The Only Thing This Offense Really Needs Is A Good O-Line.

Ireland Can Fix That Thru The Draft Or Fix It Thru Free Agency.

And The More I Think About It...... The Fins Should Draft 2 O-Linemen Early.

The Fins Have A Great O-line Coach. They Should Give Him Some Good Rookies To Mold. A RT And A RG.

1--X.Rhodes
2--RT
2--RG

GUYS.....


BE CIVIL.YOU R ADULTS.................


LETS FIRST MAKE PEACE BETWEEN YG AND PHINS 78 WHO DIDN'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES AS I CAN SEE..

Cross Jermichael Finley off of your wetdream list. He's resigned with the Pack.

This blog is empty, someone must've farted ... prrrrt

Dream of me again tonight, YG. Then go on and tell the bloggers how much you think of me while you conduct your 16th straight hour of posting...

MARK....

TRY TO BE NICE .....I AM CALLIN ALL TO RESPECT ARMANDO AND HIS BELOVED CRAPPY BLOG.WHERE HE IMPOSTER ALL WITH IMMUNITY ..


TO CREAT HITS..

TO BE..

I CAN'T BELIEVE THE LANGUAGE THESE GUYTS ARE USING ............

IT'S THE LANGUAGE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN FLORIDA ,PEOPLE WHO R UNEDUCATED,PEOPLE WHO ARE WAL-MAR CUSTOMERS,PEOPLE WHO EAT ONLY BEANS AND RICE..

Dashi,

I do believe we'll get a cb 1st or 2nd rd, but it will not be Xavier Rhodes.

Try looking more Desmond Trufant, Darius Slay way. Neither are quite as big as Rhodes, but are true big corners.

Remember, Ireland wants to be big, but also wants to be faster too. Trufant and Slay are parallel to what Ireland's with list more so than Rhodes.

Both are relatively big corners who both ran under 4.4 0 at the combine.

Faster cb's mean smaller throwing windows, because of slightly tighter coverage. Slower cb's mean slightly larger throwing windows.

Faster cb's means opposing opposing qb's need greater accuracy and greater ball placement. When this becomes the situation, it also increases mistake probabilities.

Which in turn means, higher probabilities to increase our defensive turnover ratio.

Dashi,

Did you lose interest in Lacy?

I agree with your idea of taking an OT and a G early. However, I would take Warmcak with the first pick and Barret Jones with the second pick in the second round. Use the other pick in the 2nd round on a cb as there will be better value. Unfortunaletly, there is no value where we are picking in the first round for a CB. The BPA with that first pick will be OL an DL.

Ok, so Volmer signed for 4 years, 17 million and 8.5 million guaranteed. He can make up to 9 million more in incentives. So basically 4.25 million a year. Since he was the best one left out of OT, Smith and Winston will sign deals equal to or near 4 million a year. Rams waaay overpaid for Long and the market is set for these 2 to sign. If we gonna sign Winston I think it will be done pretty quickly now.

Per PFT, looks like Grimes will either be playing for Cleveland or Miami. We have the cap money, Cleveland shouldn't beat us out. With an injury clause to protect us we should be able to get the best CB out there for a fair price. C'mon Ireland, Winston and Grimes, make it happen.

BOBBYD13,

THE FILTHY BLOGGER.........

IN THE LAST 5 YEARS, IREAD THE FILTHY BOBBYD13 SAYING IRELAND ,(( MAKE IT HAPPEN ))...

AND EVERY YEAR WE END UP IN THE CELLAR ....


WHICH MEANS ,HIS JUDGEMENT IS NO GOO....

LET'S DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT BOBBYD13 CALLS FOR ..

If I learned anything, it's to no longer to respond directly to dumbass Troll POS. New Policy

Agreed BobbyD!

We need Winston and Grimes. I'm not particularly a fan of either, but I'd rather address these needs now rather than on Draft Day. Besides, they appear to be the best of the rest.

We need both of these guys so Ireland has more freedom come draft day.

I still think Winston is better than Martin. But either way, I target an O-Lineman first in the draft(unless there's a crazy slide by Miliner).

Then it's Jamar Taylor for me. At Boise in the MW conference, he did look like a man among boys. The only knock on his play is that he would sometimes try to do much(covering for teammates). At this level he won't have to do it, nor be allowed. They'll coach him up and he'll be able to focus on his assignment ONLY!

PS: I don't know if they're all sold on Vernon, Shelby or Kaddu. But I would have been hard pressed to not try and sign Osi or Dummervil to bookend with Wake.

It had to be Big Time Tempting.

WE NEED MORE SMART BLOGGERS,,,,

NOT THE SAME IRELAND CRAPPY FANS ,LIKE BOBBYD13 AND ODIN ..FOR THE LAST 10 ,WE LIVED IN THE CELLAR AND TODAY THEY KEEP REPEATING THEIR DUMB MUSIC.............''

(( MAKE IT HAPPEN ))............MY FOOT ,,,

Boobyd is a sick and disgusting human being.

ALoco comes on and insults Armando, his blog, all of us posters in general and BobbyD specifically.

Yet he sticks up for YG and his lunacy..........?

This doesn't make you go, Hmmmmmmmmm..........

It's pretty obvious dont'cha think.........?

Only slime talks to boobdy, like odinslime.

BOBBY BOOP 12 = dumbest fool on the blog.

ODIN,


MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..

THE VIKINGS WERE THE WORSRT POWER EVER CAME TO POWER ...THEY STOLE OUR GOLD AND RAPPED OUR WOMEN AND YOUNG BOYS,,,


ODIN,


MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..

THE VIKINGS WERE THE WORSRT POWER EVER CAME TO POWER ...THEY STOLE OUR GOLD AND RAPPED OUR WOMEN AND YOUNG BOYS,,,

Posted by: ALoco | March 25, 2013 at 06:22 PM
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Don't forget, we even took your land too. Don't forget about the Strong and Powerful Normans!!!!

Long before Hitler even THOUGHT about it, WE took Yo Shyt........Niggy!!!!

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