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Perspective about free agency is necessary

Over the weekend the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard noted that the last three Super Bowls champions had only one unrestricted free agent starter in his first year with the team -- combined.

(I'd embed the link but the column is behind a paywall so if you want to see it, go get it. I recommend you do).

Anyway, while that is a very interesting and consequential fact that suggests Super Bowl teams typically grow a majority of their own talent and need their imported talent to adjust for more than a year before succeeding at the highest level, I can see the fact also has the potential to be misunderstood.

Just as what the Dolphins are trying to do this offseason will likely be misunderstood.

The fact suggests rightly that free agents don't immediately bring Super Bowl titles in tow when they sign. Fine. I think everyone gets that. But the next assumption -- that the Dolphins will fail miserably in 2013 because they added eight free agents so far is ridiculous.

Look, Jeff Ireland has spoken to the media multiple times this offseason. So has owner Stephen Ross. And coach Joe Philben spent an hour on the record only two weeks ago.

None have uttered the words, "We're adding free agents this offseason to win the very next Super Bowl and if we don't we're total failures."

The Dolphins aren't adding free agents to win the next Super Bowl. That's not the immediate goal. They're adding free agents to help them win. Period. It's something that hasn't been done in Miami for quite some time and the Dolphins are doing what they can to change course.

The last time the Dolphins put a winning team on the field was 2008. That's a president ago. That's a whole different economy ago. It's been a long time, folks.

And so to criticize them for trying to add talent to a team that desperately needed the infusion is akin to criticizing an athlete for practicing his craft because he might not immediately win a title as a result.

Winning a title is the ultimate goal, yes. But there are goals lower down the ladder of accomplishments the Dolphins will happily chase and consider 2013 a success if they meet -- even if they don't win a Super Bowl.

What?

How about turning in a winning season? How about making the playoffs as a wild card team? How about winning the AFC East? Relevance doesn't just come after winning the Super Bowl.

All of those are viable goals short of a Super Bowl win that would likely feel good to the fan base by the time 2013 comes to a close.

And, unlike that ominous stat about first-year starting UFAs on Super Bowl winners, I can report UFAs do indeed help their teams turn it around fairly quickly when the measure of that turnaround is not a Super Bowl win.

Drew Brees went to New Orleans as a UFA and turned that team, indeed that city, into a winner.

Michael Turner went to Atlanta in 2008 as a UFA and helped that team make multiple playoff appearances. Atlanta, by the way, has no problem adding talent by any means necessary -- trades for veterans, trade ups in the draft, unrestricted free agency, you name it.

When the Giants won the Super Bowl in February 2008, the player who caught the winning TD was UFA Plaxico Burress.

The Arizona Cardinals went to the Super Bowl in February 2009 with UFA quarterback Kurt Warner leading them there.

Jacoby Jones was released by the Houston Texans on May 1, 2012 and signed as a free agent seven days later with the Baltimore Ravens. And that was him making multiple big plays for Baltimore last postseason, including a 70-yard touchdown catch against Denver with 30 seconds to play to tie the game and a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown against San Francisco in the Super Bowl.

By the way, Denver was 13-3 last season and won the AFC West. I'd say UFA quarterback Peyton Manning had something to do with that. 

So what about those facts suggest adding free agents is a bad idea?

Oh yeah, nothing.

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Odin,Whatever you want it with..Lol

well..I'm splitin.....laters

odinseye it's all good. I know you're aware of what's going on as you have been here a long time and we have both seen the idiots come and go.

I just can't buy the notion that there is actually a Herald employee that takes the time to write that stuff because he knows two guys will call him out. I mean what's the end game? They get two more blog posts than they would have if they didn't write the dumb post? You know what I mean? How much does writing "Ross is cheap" actually help Armando's blog?

It's already one of the most busy blogs for the Miami Dolphins in the country. I just can't see it, are those guys really that immature? Armando is older than us and has a family and a pretty busy job. I highly doubt he's sitting at his desk giggling while writing these dumb posts. That means one of his friends or someone else at the paper is doing it and in reality it's not helping much at all.

I just don't see it, I need proof before I buy! ;)

"HC's press conferences are actually in coherent and understandable english now."

We've had our differences but I don't care right now, that s^%t was f^%$ing funny.

I'm not real big on McKinnie. Not like I was when he came out.

But I still think he'd be a great Stop Gap at this particular point in time. Besides being able to start and dominate, he would also allow Ireland/Philbin to go after the Best PLAYMAKERS Available!

PS: Philbin and Ireland cannot be confident of Martin at LT. If they were, they definitely wouldn't have went along with Long the way they did. If you remember right, they made multiple offers and waited Long out for a ridiculous amount of time.

If they thought they had the answer in the younger, cheap Martin, they would have let the old and fading Warrior walk off into the sunset!

We need a Left Tackle BADLY and we need more depth across the entire line.

**If we don't sign McKinnie, THAT 1st ROUND PICK IS GOING DIRECTLY FOR A POSITION OF NEED.** If it does, so be it. But I'd rather use it on the Best PLAYMAKER Available!

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | April 01, 2013 at 06:34 PM

D-Rick,

What gives me the warm and fuzzys most most, is it seems this may be the best hc, oc, dc tandem we've had in Miami for quite sometime. It seem like the first time in what feels like forever, we may have a coaching staff and gm who are all on the same page.

Everything just felt so awfully disjointed in the past. I feel like everyone needs to be on the same page before you can build a winner. It all begins with the fo and coaching staff being on the same page. Because if they aren't on the same page, then you cant expect the players brought in will be on the exact same page either.

Phins 78, Sorry to call yourpost"USELESS" That was'nt right, I appolgize,But like I said before 13 years of Losing makes me "WORRY"

Again, no Disrespect.
JUST SAYING.

Oops.......that SHOULD have read:

....they would have let the old and fading Warrior **LIMP** off into the sunset!

Posted by: odinseye | April 01, 2013 at 06:44 PM
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Sorry.....My Bad!

ValHalla!!!!

"Too bored to bother with him at the moment but when it interests me I will again have hi jumping through hoops (and running face-first into brick walls) in command."

Lol. See odinseye. Whomever it is, maybe even a couple of them see you as sport. They don't care that you are correct or who wins. Their only goal is to get you riled. But you know that and if you're having fun giving in it's all good. Happiness is the key to a long and wonderful life. Get your happiness wherever you can as long as it doesn't hurt someone else. If you're having fun then that's all that counts. And it makes me happy to see others enjoying themselves so go for it! ;)

Sam,

Then a football came out of nowhere and hit Tiger in the balls!!

Odin,Whatever you want it with..Lol

Posted by: Bark Odin,Bark. | April 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
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THATS what I'm Talkin Bout!

Bottom's Up ;)

Thanks Bark, no hard feelings man. I wasn't trying to be a d%$k and I'm sorry if my posts came off bad. We shall move on.

Guys I have to run again, thanks for keeping me entertained here, it was fun. Peace!

Were Ireland and Sparano really ever on the same page?

Beginning last season, the players Sparano raved about most were given walking papers. Marshall/Vonte.

Then in 2013 fa, Long, Bush, Fasano, Smith, McDaniels were allowed to walk.

Clearly all staples of a Sparano-like system. Before the 2011 season, Ireland also cut the head off of the "wildcat". He knew that Sparano wouldn't be his hc past the 2011 season.

I wouldn't be surprised to possibly see at least 1-2 more Sparano favorites axed before the regular season. But I expect these will be at depth positions.

YG........

Q-WHO SIGNED DANSBY TO HIS HUGE 48 MILLION CONTRACT ?


A-OUR GARAGE MANAGER......
Q=WHO SIGNED BM TO HIS HUGE CONTRACT,THEN LET HIM LEAVE FOR NO THING ?

A-OUR GARAGE MANAGER...

WHO SIGNED WALLACE TO HIS HUGE CONTRACT OF 65 MILLION?


A-OUR GARAGE MANAGER ....


WHO DROVE LONG OUT OF TOWN ,AFTER ALL AGREED HE'S NO GOOD NO MORE...........


OUR CORN BEEF COACH ,NOT OUR GARAGE MANAGER...

YG...

YOU R TELLING US THINGS ,THAT OF HUMAN NATURE ..

A GM GET READY OF PLAYERS WHO WISH HIM FIRED,SO HE FIRES THEM FIRST...

IT'S ALL A GAME TO SAVE HIMSELF ,HE DOES HAVE AN AJENDA...THAT'S HIM AND HIM ALONE...

THE
CELLAR..

I also suspect that Columbo was a guy Sparano asked Ireland to bring in. What a fking disaster. Sparano was clueless, sorry I ever tried to tie he and Ireland into the same knot.

AGENDA

ALoco,

Have you ever considered that Ireland signed Dansby under heavy influence from Mike Nolan? Nolan was supposed to be the dc guru.

Nolan's gone, Sparano's gone, now Dansby's gone. If Dansby was Ireland's idea, then I think he sticks with Dansby another season. After all, 2012 was the best of Dansby's underperforming years here.

Think about that for a moment?

YG.....

I CAN SEE YOU R BECOMING A FAN OF OUR GARAGE MANAGER AND BLAME OUR EX PIZZA MAN FOR EVERY THING...

YOU
HAVE
NO
SHAME ...RIDDING THE CELLAR WAGON ,,


I just don't see it, I need proof before I buy! ;)

Posted by: Phins78 | April 01, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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That's Fine By Me! I'm the same way.

But I have to say, I'm convinced of it and it's NOT an employee and it's NOT Armando(Though I'm also positive he chimes in once in a while under an alias. Just not with the trolling dumb stuff).

This has been a BOOMING Off Season for the Blog no doubt. But it wasn't always this way. Up until this boom, the troll(there's actually two of them)accounts for about 4 to 6 dumb posts and hour. That's 96 to 144 posts a day here. That's in addition to any of us regulars. They guarantee that Dolphins In Depth stays number one at the Herald. BTW - you should have seen them earlier, when the elections were happening and the Political BLOGS WERE BANGING. These two poor kitty kats typed their little digits down to the nubs-lol.

That's also why they hate me so much. I went all out in exposing them and their idiotic contributions. That's why I have fan clubs, Coalitions, personal trolls, etc, etc......

(Big Sigh......LOL ;)

Hint: Watch the reaction I get for this........

YG...ALL I THINK ABOUT IS GETTING READY OF TON OF MONEY TO PAY HIM...THAT'S WHY THEY GOT READY OF HIM...


DON'T TRY TO FIND REASONS FOR EVERY THING AND CLAIN THAT OUR GARAGE MANAGER WAS PUSHED @ EVERY WRONG MONEY DESION WAS TAKEN LAST 5 YEARS...


THE
CELLAR

CLAIM

ALoco,

There's no way we can be THE CELLAR. The Bills and Jets wont let us.

We're 2ND PLACE by default my friend. Unless 2ND PLACE in the Afc East is your NEW DEFINITION of CELLAR! LOL...

Odin, Maybe it's everyone that hates you., Have you thought of that, I mean your posts sometimes are good, But then you go on about your personal life(wHO CARES)THEN YOU KEEP ON WITH THE "cONSPIRACY" sTUFF., lEAVE YOUR POSTS only to football, Dont bate the "TROLLS".

I don't think I would clear Ireland of all mistakes made in the past. I sure he's made his share of blunders like we all would.

I think the thing is to learn from them and not get stuck on prototype, or a system, or a style to your own detriment.

Like I've said before I think stubborness is one of the leading reasons coaches and gm's lose their jobs.

Tony Dungy had a huge hand in building a near dynasty in Tampa but lost is job because he refused to be creative on offense.

Ireland is definatley changing things up and I'm guessing Philbin and the recent successes in Green Bay had alot to do with it.

ALOCO,

WITH THE BILLS AND JETS IN THE AFC EAST, WE STILL HAVE THE 2ND AND 3RD BEST QB'S IN THE DIVISION.

THEN, WITH WALLACE, WE EASILY HAVE THE BEST WR IN THE ENTIRE AFC EAST.

2ND PLACE IS THE NEW CELLAR IN THE AFC EAST! LOL...


And it makes me happy to see others enjoying themselves so go for it! ;)

Posted by: Phins78 | April 01, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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Touche' My Brother.......TOUCHE'...!!!!

ALOCO,

HOW ABOUT JUST HAVING A TWO TEAM AFC EAST. FINS AND PATS.

WE'LL BANISH BILLS AND JETS TO THE SEC. THEY'LL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING. LOL...

Sorry, Dont "Bait" the "TROLLS"

I love the way this troll turns odin into a jack in the box! He snaps his fingers and odin pavlov comes running to bite every time! Like magic!

Good show!

I really don't think the trolls need any baiting. It would probably be best just to ignore them though but they can be very good at pushing buttons.

Odin, can you tell us why you are the only blogger here that ever has a hottie? Care to share your secrets?

THE ""LOVE BOY GANG" I SEE IS HERE, THERES ODIN,AND PINS78 HE CEO AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP IS HERE////

YG4L/DB/YG/LOL/AND HIS 1000 ALISES ALSO HERE/
FLIPPER TILL US HOW THE PIZZA DELIVERY MAN WAS GONNA BE THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER COACH AFTER HE WAS FIRED FROM THE DOLPINS.

THE DRAFT

FA

THE CELLAR.

Will Ireland Cut Spo's Favorite Player? D.Carpenter?

Philbin and The Dolphins have Supposedly had The Best Kickers In The Draft Come Workout. We have an Extra 5th Rd Pick. Plus, Carpenter($3.5) makes more Than The Qb.

Heck, Even O.Mare had a Better Season than D.Carpenter.

We Can Sign a FA Tackle for what we are paying Carp. Or a RB.

ALOCO = THE FAN

THE FAN = THE DUNGEON

ALOCO = DUNGEON FAN

ALOCO HIDES BEHIND THE DUNGEON DOOR.

ALOCO IS PRESIDENT OF "THE LEGION OF DUNGEONEERS".

ALOCO = PRINCESS DUNGEON DUNGEONESS

Anybody who claims that this rebuild is the same as the last one because of Ireland. Apparently shouldn't even be talking football!!

Where Do We Start?

The FA's!!

Everyone Who Is Saying Ireland Is Overspending On FA's!! Should get Smacked With The Stupid Stick!!

Are Any Of These FA's Over 30 or Will Be Over 32, When Their Deal Is Done?

All These FA's Are Entering The Prime Of Their Careers. Every FA the Fins Let Leave are/or were Past Their Prime.

And The Only 1 The Fins Might Miss Is Jake Long!!

And Who Was The Only 1 Saying Ireland Needed To Resign Jake!!?

And Even Dashi is OK, with how things have gone this offseason!! And will Go!!

Fins(Ireland) have Dictated FAgency. And Look Like They Are In The Best Position To Dictate The Draft in Their Favor.

#12, a 3rd, and M.Moore To The Browns. For The Rights To Draft L.Johnson or D.Milner.

dashi, How does odin score with so many hotties while you sit at home with an ugly wife that stopped swallowing?

Trading Moore would be ridiculous. Teams cherish having a competent back up QB but so few teams have them. There are no good FA's and no draftees that would be able to handle it if Tannehill went down.

No way we are trading Moore...unless secretly they are very high on Devlin.

A Great Team with Great Players never loses; they just, as I believe Vince Lombardi used to say, run out of Time.

Phins 78.....

I don't liked your post...but C'MON man....Mile Austin RATED HIGHER than Brandon Marshall....

I don't think so....Austin is a COMPLIMENT...Marshall is the MAN.....these two aren't even in the same league...NO WAY...NO HOW....

I know you and Mark have a SERIOUS BIAS against Marshall...and that fine...to each is own....

but you can't be serious in trying to place (just a guy) Miles Austin ahead of potential HOFer...Brandon Marshall.....

I mean....seriously????

SHould have started...."i liked"....

I don't liked your post...

Posted by: Kris | April 01, 2013 at 08:10 PM

Way to catch an error...AFTER I pointed it out to you.....

Bravo Sir....well played...

One can not hide their stupidity.

So you liked his post but then spent your whole post complaining about it.

Dumb as dumb is.

There's no such thing as "too many free agents". A coach has to assemble a winning team - Philbin HAD TO play last year with the hand dealt to him by Bozo Sparano. Now the team is starting to look like a pro team.

Americans have been taught to be politically correct - unnecessarily polite. It is contrary to freedom of speech.

So this is why the brainwashed start out saying things like....I loved your post...and then proceed to explain why they didn't love it at all.

Sad.

Speak freely. Have no fear to express yourself.

The Puritan influence has made Americans uptight, self conscious, polite to a fault, and inhibitited to a fault.

The other half of the 'new world' live much more freely and much happier, despite their economic woes.


Politically correct my aszszs.

Ah!

STFU football fans. You're wife is illiterate also but we all still enjoy spooging all over her face.

The Bills signing Kolb should cause a riot in Buffalo. That team is destined to stay at the bottom forever.

Phins seems to be the kind of dude that would happily let you get it from behind, but if you forget about the reach around, he will get all hostile and beetchy.

Skeets,

Thanks for proving my point further.

Skeets is a perfect example of the immature, ignorant sports fan. Not all are that way no, just the vast majority.

The average sports fan, like Skeets for example, has no reference point, has no vocabulary or literary background. Therefore they resort to retaliations that consist of mainly trite teenage sexxxual and homosssexual attacks, thinking they are 'scoring points', being tough, or impressing kiddies. Of course they impress nobody and only make themselves look like lost, feeble creatures starved of a quality upbringing.

Something about sports draws the permanently immature and ignorant.

Posted by: Most football fans are illiterate | April 01, 2013 at 09:00 PM


Beautiful! Well said my friend! Odn and Dashe should read that 5 times every day before posting.

So glad we aren't part of the QB retread shuffle. How ugly and uninspiring to be fans of those teams. Thank you Mr. Ireland for drafting a QB last year.

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