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Clabo: Dolphins ready to make some noise

Tyson Clabo's agent called Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland time and again about his client, trying to stir up interest. For a long time, Ireland didn't return the phone  calls.

A week ago, Ireland finally called back and said the Dolphins wanted to take a look at Clabo. Today's he's a Dolphins right tackle.

He thinks he's not much diminished from the guy that made the Pro Bowl a couple of years ago. He's very familiar with zone blocking, which is the technique the Miami line uses. And he thinks the Dolphins can "make some noise."

Here is Tyson Clabo:

(On the determining factor on signing with the Dolphins) –“When I was released and became a free agent, one of the first things that we wanted to find out was, who had interest. Once we found out who had interest, I sat down and I said, ‘What team do I think has use and is on the move upward in the League’ and Miami was right there on the top of that list and so we decided that this was the place for us."

(On if he was given a vision of what his role will be) – “I do have some experience. I have been in the League for a while, but there are some really talented offensive linemen on this team already, so if they feel that my experience will help in any way, I am more than happy to do whatever I can.”

(On how surprising his release from Atlanta was and what the last month was like) –“Well it was very sudden when I was released. Unexpected. The month that followed was, with all that uncertainty, I’m a guy who likes to have plan and who likes to be able to have a vision, a clear vision for the future and I didn’t have that for a while. It was a difficult time, but I think that its going to turn out for the best and its going to be worth it."

(On what makes him think that the Dolphins are headed in an upward direction) –“We made some big moves in the off-season and in free agency, the draft looked like it went really well, you never know but it seems like there is some talent. The young QB with a lot of upside and I just felt like we could make some noise."

(On coming from a power offensive system to a zone blocking scheme) –“I think that I am going to fit in pretty well. When I first came into the League I was with the Broncos on the practice squad and that’s (zone-blocking) all they did and then when I came to Atlanta, Alex Gibbs and Tom Cable were the line coaches, so I know the zone-scheme and I feel like that I should be able to hold my own."

(On if he is still the same player who made the Pro Bowl in 2010 from a skill-set standpoint) –“I’m a pretty tough critic on myself and I don’t feel like there has been much drop in my play to date, so I am just going to continue to take care of my body and try to continue to play at a high level."

(On how much his past as an undrafted, practice squad, NFL Europe player play in motivating him) –“I always want to do well. That’s really my biggest driving force is to feel like I did the job that I was brought here to do, or when I was in Atlanta the job that I had there. I just want to do well, and that’s really my biggest driving force is success. I work to reach those goals and so far it’s been pretty good for me so I am just going to keep doing that."

(On how quickly following his release did he hear from the Dolphins, did he expect this and if he has spoken to Brent Grimes) –“I haven’t had the chance to talk to Brent yet, but our wives are Facebook buddies and all that stuff, so I think that they have been in touch a little bit. Miami didn’t come into play until later in the process, after the draft. Some teams showed interest before the draft and then of course the draft happened and everybody changed their mind. So I was just happy when the phone rang and Mr. Ireland was on the other side."

(On the slow developing free agent market this spring) –“I didn’t get into it until much later in the process than a lot of guys did, but it was slow. I think that the depth of the draft had a lot to do with that, I thought there was lot of talent and depth in the draft, so teams wanted to sit back and see what they wanted to do there before they committed to any free agent."

(On looking forward to the home opener against the Atlanta Falcons) –“I am always looking forward to home openers. So it will be exciting, it will be good to see some of my friends and (former) teammates before the game and then after that we are going to try to put it to them."

(On what the experience was like reaching the NFC Championship game and getting so close to the Super Bowl) –“It was disappointing. Last year in Atlanta I thought that we had a really good team, a special team. Offensively we were dynamic and to come up just a little short was disappointing."

(On if he sees similarities in the Miami offense to the Atlanta offense) –“Well, over the past five years I’ve been in Atlanta we have had a young quarterback at the time and he turned out to be a pretty good player. We have a young quarterback here and he has the potential to be a very good player, and with the addition of some free agents, we have some guys that can take the top off the defense and have a vertical threat, run the football well. Offense’s if you can throw the deep ball and run the ball you are going to have a good chance, so I think that we have the chance to do both of those things really well."

(On if he has a lot still left to prove) –“I am not here to prove anything to be honest with you. I am here to play football and have a good time and win. If I play well, then it will give us a chance to do those things. I am here because I want to be, I am here because I still like to play football and I think that I can still do it at a high level. So as far as having something to prove, I just want to play and have fun and win football games."

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for how many years LA don't have a football team?
It's going to happen in miami then don't cry.

This Tallahassee chairman that refuses to bring the stadium issue to the floor to vote. Can nearly be seen as pirate, holding knife to city of Miami's throat.

Overwhelmingly the issue has the votes to pass, but it's all held up because of one politically motivated jackass.

Ross ia acting like a spoiled 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum and placing blame everywhere but on himself. Is he 3 or 73?

YG....

DC (imo) is among the most intelligent and informed posters on this blog....he doesn't go back and forth with trolls...he usually can shut them down with a post or two....from what I have read of his stuff...he is weel versed in most subjects....and dam near an expert on all things FINS related...

Thats not to say that I agree with all of DC's opinions...but he presents them in such a way that I amlmost always have to re-look my postion....

My point....DC is to smart to be sucked in by trolls....he merely hands them their @ss...and keeps moving....

I said all of that to say this....

wasn't it you on the last blog....that was going back and forth with someone calling themselves dr. Blunt....surely you knew that was a troll....and you STILL continued for nearly a page....

So why ask DC a question....that you could easily answer yourself...

...I think any rumor of the Dolphins moving would be a leverage move. Exactly how much do Dade, and Broward counties rely on the revenues from the team? This includes events at the stadium that are not Dolphin related. This is the go to move for teams that want new stadiums..In this case just a renovation.

..I don't live in Florida. So for me to comment on the politics there is out of my league. The only thing I can say from an outsider is that it appears to fall in line with all the political gladhanding that goes along with most, if not all political decisions.

It seems like such a small chunk of revenue to invest in a project that will create future revenues. A built in project..It exists. There are hard numbers as to why this makes sense. Or so I think.

Maybe just maybe the Phins aren't that big of a deal to the S. FLA economy. Perhaps losing them would not be a burden. It certainly wasn't to LA. You have to remember. For the same reasons the stadium fails to sell out..People will still flock to S. FLA. Just how important are the Phins to not only the local community. But really more important(too keeping them here) to the economy?

I can't say that the team may move anymore then I can say they will stand put. Ross knows that for the future of this team in Miami. The stadium needs a facelift. It is pretty simple. A new owner may get a deal as this past weekends actions seem personal more then as a shot against the team. Perhaps the owners post Ross will have the ability to get a deal done. Perhaps Ross isn't done?

Put it this way...I don't think for a second that Ross is done. This is public money. It can be re-applied for. Just because there was no vote last week doesn't mean it cannot come up again..The dealings have really just begun.

The stadium issue would NEVER pass a vote anyway after the Marlin debacle.

Stephen Ross was punished for owning his own Stadium. Almost every Stadium in America is a public-private ownership. Almost every Stadium deal has been 50/50 public-private funds in the past. Stephen Ross does what you bozos want, he OWNS his own Stadium then get upset when he is willing to pay 2/3 of an upgrade and pay back the money in 30 years?? Some of you are beyond stoopid, you are sheep bahhing because you don't have a brain cell to think on your own. All you hear is Ross is a billionaire and you bahhh the same old garbage. Florida will cave, it's just a matter of how many hundreds of millions they will lose before they figure it out.

And by the way, the hotel tax proposal was SUPPORTED by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Association of Hotel Owners because it was also slated to provide millions of dollars yearly for tourism development and advertising.

The public was almost woefully ignorant about what the actual proposal really was. Instead, you had all this pissing and moaning about "my taxes being raised" when there was ZERO reality of that.

Duuuh.

Oh, well, I guess those are the same folks who don't know Norman Braman's own history as a hypocritical fraud and blindly follow along.

Ross knew the stadium needed an upgrade when he bought the team. He can easily afford to do it himself. He just made a try at free money and failed. He will pay for it himself in the near future.

What I get out of the Clabo signing is that we had a Rookie mini-camp over the weekend and on Sunday, Miami signs Tyson Clabo. Perhaps they saw something over the weekend that cemented that decision. Was Martin at the facilities over the weekend? Or, did a rookie or UDFA or walk-on make such an impression that Ireland decided that taking a Pro-Bowl Right Tackle was the correct course of action? Something, or someone, helped make that decision possible. Now, we just wait to find out who...

GO FINS!!!


Posted by: Kris | May 06, 2013 at 02:14 PM

Kris,

No doubt I'll go back and forth with a troll for a short period, only to bash them as a troll. Hwoever, very often will I try and engage them on an intelligent football issue.

That's IN-F'UCKING-POSIBLE! LOL...

Informed Voter has put up some of the best posts ever today. Nice to get some local informed opinion put up on this board. Well done ..

No one goes to Dolphin games anymore anyway. So who cares?

It seems like all of these posts are from the same person using different names.

Dude do you not have a job is that why you keep posting and then answering your own posts?

Get out there and make some money yo!

Shula 72, I believe YG was probably referring to it having the votes needed n the Florida Senate to pass (which it clearly did)rather than at the ballot box.

I agree with you it VERY likely would have failed in a public vote--largely because the Marlins have completely poisoned the well eve though their own deal had ZERO relationship to this one.

(but a lot of stupid people believed otherwise)

Agree with JoseCuervo @2:24

very true YG....

Like you said to A Loco yesterday....the main goal is to try and back us in to some indefensible corner....@ which point they will attempt to use the "moral" high-ground...or an over-sight of a fact they we may have ommitted while trying to make a point....

in any case...arguing with a troll is futile @ best....

I agree...one or two post...ten its on to the next thing...

Ireland's job was to improve this team in the area's that Coach Joe saw fit. Ireland has done that through FA and the draft. The OL has a pretty good group for competition.

Can we please let it play out!

...I am on a council that allots our resort tax funds. What happens here is each quarter the business are taxed ..03% on each sale(stuff like gas, milk, bread) are not taxed. At the end of each quarter each place sends in their amounts to the County. Now the money for say the first quarter is not available until the 3rd quarter. but any funds left over can be applied for. And rarely..Actually never. Have we allotted the full amount...

Now any organization with Bylaws can apply for these funds..Same thing. Schools cannot. but it can be used for infrastructure. For instance the volunteer Firee department put in a request for 68.000.00 for equipment. The received 25.000.00 The idea on a smaller scale is that you put in for more knowing you will never get the full amount...

This is where there are some similarities..This money is a resort tax. Montana doesn't have sales tax. So communities that can prove that their economy is 75 percent tourism can apply for this loophole. The money can only be spent on promoting tourism. This is a losse interpretation. How does a fire department or a stadium promote tourism? The stadium is easier explained. But the idea is that it is tourism dollars paying for these upgrades. Groups are denied money all of the time...It goes to the county commissioners(who are elected) Who vote. Much like the stadium deal..It doesn't hurt to have good relationships with the commissioners. I have seen many requests that our council approved denied by these commissioners. It is all about relationships with the decision makers.

Mark, thanks kind sir!

It was just so annoying/frustrating to see so much misinformation and downright ignorance about that proposal.

Not that I have any problem at all with principled opposition and differing views. That's fine. But so much of this was from Bizarro World--bringing up things that were total falsehoods, fabrications, and outright clueless.

That, I cannot respect. Nor can I take Norman Braman seriously knowing his OWN history!

He's still upset over the election.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | May 06, 2013 at 01:52 PM

You continue to act like a clueless momo.

I don't care about the election. You missed the entire point of the post. YOU are a gullable, sheepish sucker. I'm more upset that this horrible US Gov't deems you smart or sane enough to vote.

Benghazi was over a video because Odumba was too busy bragging how Al Qaeda was dead. DUMMY SHEEP!

ObamaCare would only cost $800 B when it's now $2.6 trillion. DUMMY SHEEP!

Obamacare would reduce plan premiums by $25% when even DUMBOCRATS NOW ADMIT, it's a train wreck and costs will soar!

DUMMY SHEEP! PRPAGANDIST!

DUMMIES LIKE YOU SHOULD NOT VOTE!

You believe everything the chosen one tells you, even when they are obvious bold faced lies.

Party before country for you dumbocrats.

This country is getting what it rightfully deserves to have re-elected the most incompetent, unqualified person to run this country.

More Poverty
More food stamps
More unemployment
Less Net Worth
Diminished home values

on & on & on

THIS IS THE AMERICA YOU LOVE & WANTED! More people on the take. Take a bow sheep!!

Mark, not to stray too far away from football, but Informed is right and it's root causes are in the politics of the times (especially in Republican-controlled state governments across the Country). The well is pretty poisoned. What used to be accepted is no longer. Easiest thing for a politician (of any stripe) to do is feed the hysteria, and the entire issue of taxes is just red meat for them. The Tea Party crowd has pretty much put Republicans in a headlock and forced them to accept the most uncompromising position on almost every issue.

(On if he was given a vision of what his role will be) – “I do have some experience. I have been in the League for a while, but there are some really talented offensive linemen on this team already, so if they feel that my experience will help in any way, I am more than happy to do whatever I can.”
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Clabo said everything but: NO!

I think this is a pretty telling non-answer. Ireland and Philbin didn't want to assign any expectations at this point.

With good reason in my opinion. Like most of the O-Lineman we've brought in since Philbin's arrival, Clabo is another with positional flexibility(LOL-I love that phrase).

Clabo played a whole season at Left Tackle and then Guard in college.

Hopefilly, the reason they didn't tell him where he will play is because they want it decided on the practice field. To me, this says he'll compete with Martin and Dallas Thomas for the Left Tackle spot.

The later too are younger with a lot of potential and upside. But I still prefer the most talented guy period wins the job.

Poor Laft Tackle play could be the Achilles heel that costs us our season.

There, I just went and spoiled all the nice words Kris said about me.

Who is this Armando Salguero guy anyway?
I never heard of him before.
He knows this football not futbol, right?

Exactly, it has the needed votes set up in the Senate to pass.

As for city vote, it probably dies because it doesn't get enough Cuban and Afro-American support.

It wont get enough Afro-American vote because Afro-Americans get nearly zero profit from this.

It doesn't get enough Cuban vote because it seems Cuban are almost always on the wrong side of most political issues in the city. They only follow the line of thinking within their own community at the time. Some are blindly unaware they also greatly profit from a yes vote.

There are probably more Cuban small businesses in Miami than any other race. Just that Cuban Americans tend to misinform each other at times in alarming rate.

Ditto JoeCameltoe@ 2:33

Odinseye,
Why are you making excuses for Ryan Tannehill?
First he had no WRs, Ireland fixed that.
Then he had no defense, ireland fixed that also.
Next he had a lousy running game, Ireland fixed that too.
Now it's the OL's fault that he plays so poorly?
C'mon man he's an adult and he needs to act like a man and take responsibility and stop getting does like you to make excuses for him.

What I Heard Is Ross Paid The CCCC $5Mil To Have The Election.

Apparently, Weatherford Wanted $5Mil To Bring It To The Floor.

That Is Why Ross Is Mad. He Already Paid The CCCC. He Didn't Know He Had To Pay The KKK Also.

Agree with JoeCameltoe @ 2:37

I'll drop this (for now) as I have to run but in the plainest possible terms here is what the public was being asked to "pay."

If you stayed in a hotel room in MAINLAND Dade County you would have had a 1% hike on your bill. In other words, had you stayed in a 200-dollar a night room, you would have paid an additional two dollars.

If you stayed on Miami Beach or anywhere else in the state, nothing.

There was no sales tax. There was no property tax. There was NOTHING else proposed.

So unless you fell into that ONE category as a hotel guest here's what the Dolphins were asking you, the taxpayer, to contribute:

NOTHING.

(take care, fellas, and AGREED DC Dolfan about the other stuff!)

Odinseye,
Meant to say, "...dopes like you..." not "...does like you..."

Agree with JoeCameltoe's clarification at 2:39

I have read all the posts on this blog subject with interest, and would like to make one observation.

Regardless of one's opinion, I don't see the reason for some among us to insult another blogger, calling names or questioning intelligence.

You certainly don't talk that way to someone standing three feet in front of you because of the personal consequence. But over the screen, at a distance, it doesn't take any courage to be insulting and rude.

Why not be an adult, and act accordingly? Why not act responsibly? You speak courteously at work, in front of your boss, but not here. Why? Because there are no immediate consequences?

Well, I differ in that assumption. The consequences are to yourself in a way that undermines your self-esteem, your integrity and your ethics.

The immediate damage is to those blogers who come here for enjoyment and football talk, but the ultimate damage is to oneself. So if you refuse to consider others, at the very least, think about yourself.

Sad, Sad Man/Boy ^

Buster, 95% of the angry comments, non factual statements are the work of 1 person...

Agree with Buster @2:40

Buster, you realize most of those comments are made by 1 person? That seems to have the sole purpose in life of making dumb comments on a football blog. That is the extent of their life.

Now that is some uninformed bull. We are much more social in our policies than the Americans are but yet, our real estate market keeps booming and our economy recovered much more quickly than that of the USA. Public policy and personal net worth do not necessarily tie.


It doesn't get enough Cuban vote because it seems Cuban are almost always on the wrong side of most political issues in the city. They only follow the line of thinking within their own community at the time. Some are blindly unaware they also greatly profit from a yes vote.

There are probably more Cuban small businesses in Miami than any other race. Just that Cuban Americans tend to misinform each other at times in alarming rate.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | May 06, 2013 at 02:33 PM
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Hmmm, start a rumor that house speaker Weatherford is pro-Castro?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000167098/article/white-house-strikes-tim-tebowtojaguars-petition

^Hilarious

73 yr old 4.4 BILLIONAIRE Ross is pouting? TOO FUNNY!

Ding a ling, you should read Kris post @ 2:14. You might have some credible points (let's overlook this isn't the time or place for these discussions). I might even agree with you on some. But if you think that tone or antagonism is going to get you any converts, you're plain wrong.

I get that you're still sore, but you dust yourself off and live to fight another day. There's off-year elections, local elections, and national elections. It's easy, if you feel so strongly, try to convince others that your positions are correct. If the majority agrees, then they will vote your way. It's called DEMOCRACY. It's a beautiful thing.

But simply trying to shout someone down or call people names will only diminish your end-goal. Have some self-discipline bro. And we have 3 more years of this, so keep your stress levels in check. Since you're paying for your healthcare now, don't wanna run up the bills, do you?

Isnt devout republican Ross against raising taxes?

The Mexico City dolphins we are número UNO baby

We really should have elected that "Man of the People" Mitt Romney.

Only a guy with millions stashed in Cayman Islands bank accounts could possibly relate to 'the little guy.'

Mr. Ross move the dolphins to Mexico amigo

There are a lot of pecos to be had

BACK TO THE BLOG TOPIC:

I have to give Ross/Ireland big "KUDOS". I haven't seen this much done in 2 short season to make the team a winner, in Dolphins history!

We grabbed our franchise qb last season, and some nice pieces, I might add. Then this offseason added the frosting. Next offseason, we may only need add the sprinkles on top of the cake.

IMO, this has been a very "HISTORIC" last couple offseason. A championship Dolphins team, may have just been assemble right before our very eyes.

Will it happen this season? Unlikely not. But after adding the sprinkles to the top next offseason? Dolfans, IMO, greatly possible!


Hmmm, start a rumor that house speaker Weatherford is pro-Castro?

Posted by: cocoajoe | May 06, 2013 at 02:45 PM


Right! Then you overwhelmingly get a "YES" Cuban vote on the referendum! LOL...

YG, totally agree with you @ 2:55. If it doesn't happen this year, at least you can't blame them for trying. Maybe blame them for making the wrong moves, but at least they MADE moves.

In years past, they wouldn't have drafted a 1st round QB, they wouldn't have moved to a new offense to try to score more points, they wouldn't have made these many FA pickups, they would've done the same thing expecting different results.

Agree with Yesterday's Gone 4Ever @ 2:55 about everything with the exception that Tannehill is a franchise QB.

If there were truly an open QB competition Moore would win it hands down.

Agree with Jose Cuervo @3:02


In years past, they wouldn't have drafted a 1st round QB, they wouldn't have moved to a new offense to try to score more points, they wouldn't have made these many FA pickups, they would've done the same thing expecting different results.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | May 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM

There's a definitional term to this line of thinking. It's called:

"INSANITY"!

Doing the same old thing over and over again. While still expecting different results! LOL...

One of my favorites quotes YG. I think they will be pretty good this year and in the future. Very young team, especially at core positions. Just need to draft decently and very well could be set. As of now the team has no giant holes.


If there were truly an open QB competition Moore would win it hands down.

Posted by: JoseCuervo | May 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM


You could probably say the exact same thing about Bob Griese and Earl Morrall in 1972. Still we saw how well having both of them worked out.

Heh, YG... Also... last year there was an open QB competition... Tannehill beat out Moore.


Simple rule, if JoseCuervo post it, the exact opposite is true.

We have been searching for a true, winning, franchise QB since Bob Greise retired.

By a true, winning, franchise QB I'm talking about someone that can do more than jerk off the fans for 18 years.

Ditto JoeCameltoe@ 2:33

Posted by: JoeCameltoe | May 06, 2013 at 02:34 PM

??????????????-First let me say this as politely as I can: Dummy Up Fvckwad!
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Odinseye,
Why are you making excuses for Ryan Tannehill?
First he had no WRs, Ireland fixed that.
Then he had no defense, ireland fixed that also.
Next he had a lousy running game, Ireland fixed that too.
Now it's the OL's fault that he plays so poorly?
C'mon man he's an adult and he needs to act like a man and take responsibility and stop getting does like you to make excuses for him.

Posted by: JoeCameltoe | May 06, 2013 at 02:37 PM
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AGAIN, let me say this as politely as I can: Dummy Up Fvckwad!!!!

I posted about Clabo and the competition at Left Tackle.

Though I know I shouldn't ask, how retarded do you have to be to twist this into some kind of excuse for ANYBODY?

ROTFLMAO at the Troll That....."Tries To Hard".

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!!!!


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