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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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henne was horrible, tried telling most everyone in here for years that. thill wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more upside than garbage henne. give me a break. and get off marinos nuts, guy was the man

Posted by: odinseye | May 06, 2013 at 04:15 PM

If, "IF" were a fifth, we would all be drunk right now.

Can Marino be considered a franchise qb? Absolutely!

However, 25 td or less, 11 times in his career truly suggests NFL dc's and father time quickly caught up to him.

Had marino been surrounded with a ground game his 1st 2-7yrs, could he have won sb? Absolutely.

But the last 8-10yrs? Still highly questionable. You have t remember, there were other great qb's and teams out there. So just having a little more defense and running game doesn't exactly make it conclusive Marino wins a sb. Especially the last 8-10yrs of his career.

boomer esiason never won a sb u fool

The following was directed at Oscar:

And We All Know You Are Buster. Trust Me. Dashi Is Dashi. If We Ever Happen To Cross Paths You Will See. I Hate No One. But For You And The Way You Constantly Harass Dashi. We Can Make An Exception.
Posted by: Dashi | May 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM

Dashi, Are you totally serious? You think Oscar is ME!!!!!! LOL.....when have I ever harassed you?

You can't possibly be for real.

Well, let me just say, for the record, I am NOT Oscar!

I have had exchanges with him. So you think that one person is having those exchanges with himself?????

I'm laughing so loud now I woke the dog up !!!!!

Give me a break, please. Nothing could be more absurd.

Henne > Tannehill

biggest regret of marinos career is tom olividatti

The truth is no one really cares if the Dolphins move. They've stunk for so long.

i will care. my best guess is fins are gone from miami within 7 years

Marino choked on the big stage. Not a money QB.

I mostly blame Shula, than Marino. Shula was in charge of player personnel during this time. He blatantly refuse to bring great U talent to the Dolphins. He drafted a couple, but it was the mid to late rd'ers.

Hall of fame talent right in Shula's own backyard(the U) and Shula never tried to trade up to get any of them. Even when some were still on the board when he drafted 1st rd. He still took none of them

All because the Shula/JJ rivalry was in full blossom at the time.

I do not blame them, this place is becoming a cespool. This team and the stadium has been a bright point for it for a LONG time, whether the team was winning or losing. So watch when this team leaves and S Florida rots off.

Shula's biggest mistake was sticking with Marino too long. Once he realized he was a choker Shula should've changed direction. When JJ came in he saw this and changed direction.

Now, People, give me a hand here. We are facing a 7-9 Season at best if we don't improve. How much have we improved to get to at least 9-7? I know the OL will be better than last Year's after Long was injured. Tannehill will be better protected although his coolness and intelligence will be unchanged. Receivers should be much better deep all they have to do is find an adequate replacement for Bess. This might mean 2 Games in our favor. 9-7. Better? How?

chavez dumb as a retarded rock

Over an entire decade the U consistently pumped out hof caliber players. The Dolphins never even got one of them. That is the truest travesty of all. Especially during Marino's career.

Well, Oscar (at the risk of being accused of talking to myself)....isn't that better"?...or am I missing my basic math?

9-7. I guess it's Me vs LV.


If Tannehill makes the leap we all expect. The Dolphins are easily 10-6 with all of the additions.

How far we go in 2013, now depends how far Tannehill leaps.


Then Your Boy Oscar Has Taken Over Your Name Once Or Twice. If You Are Really Not Him. My Bad. I Apologize.


Yes Marino Had 25Tds Only 11 Times.

How Many Other Qbs Have Preformed This Feat In NFL History? 2-3.

How Many Qbs Have Thrown For Over 4000 yds 6 Times. Over 3,500yds 11 Times. And Over 3,000yds 13 Times.

And How Many Of Those Qbs Did It While Marino Was Playing Or Before Marino Was Playing.

The Great T. Brady Has Only Thrown Over 4000yds 5 Times In 13 Seasons. And He Plays In An NFL That Throws More. Way More.

Take The Great B. Farve. 20 Seasons Not Once Over 40 TDs. And Almost 100 More INTs Than Marino.

oscar much tougher schedule. id go 8-8, i think 2014 is our year

yesterday they drafted r. hill in first rd

With all of the offseason additions, we should finish no further back than 7-9, to say Tannehill has made any improvements in the very least.

If we finish 10-6, I can safely say Tannehil is indeed on the right track to being our "franchise qb".

Anything over 10-6, and I can safely say we're on the way to at least 1 future championship, and Tannehill's on the right road to the hof.


hof, now thats funny

Dashi no need to apologize....so long as we are on the same page regarding this...

....and I totally agree with you...Marino was one of the best QB's ever......don't care if he never won a Super Bowl.....Ted Williams never won a World Series..and he was one of the greatest hitters ever, just to use a dufferent sport as an example....

..I think it takes an entire team to win a Championship, not just one player....

Tannehill in himself is not going to leap a huge distance, YG. He will be the same very cool(imagine yourself absorbing the shots he took last year and coming back unfazed) and intelligent(I know, I finished pre-Med also(he knew all the O better than the Coaches did)) person as he was last Year. His PROTECTION will be better, his RECEIVERS will be better. Enough for 10-6? Hmm...

Posted by: Dashi | May 06, 2013 at 04:49 PM


I never posted Marino had 25tds 11 times. I posted 25 tds or less 11 times. HUGE DIFFERNCE.

Just go look it for yourself man. If you're going to defend someone, t least take timeto look up the facts.

Should I have also posted 5 of those 11 seasons Marino put up less than 20tds?

If your opposition is using facts to back their arguments. Why not use facts, and not guestimates to back your own? Lazy, lazy posters on this blog!

147-93 was marinos record. pretty sure that is very good


Also, only once in those 11 seasons did Marino even throw for a total of 25tds. So that's 10 of 11 seasons Marino threw for less than 25tds.

No need to be lazy when you have the facts. LOL...

10-6, With A Real Possibility At 12-4.

Have To Watch Some Preseason Before Making Final Decision.

Yes, To Some Preseason Means Nothing. But To Me You Get To Watch How The Overall Depth And Talent Level Of The Team Is.

If Carpenter Is Still The Kicker 8-8 Could Be A Possibility.

11 seasons marino played all 16 games. 6 of those he threw for 25 or more tds

The greatest players play their greatest on the greatest stage. That does not describe Marino. Marino was 1-10 in road playoff games. Can u say biggest choke artist ever?

147-93 was marinos record. pretty sure that is very good

Posted by: dusty bottoms | May 06, 2013 at 04:57 PM

dusty bottoms,

My calculator say this is a .632 win percentage. 63% isn't exactly bringing the house down. Just better than what we've witnessed the 17yrs since Marino. LOL...

montana won 71 percent. say thats pretty close with montana haveing much better teams

This Blog has been a great help to me in containing my aspirations every Season with the Dolphins. All the Homers here keep me in check.

Marino was good at piling up stats at garbage time. But he continually vanished when his team needed him the most.


Preseason basically means little except for determining or solidifying starting positions and bubble players making 53 man roster.

Too often have teams gone undefeated during preseason and have top 5 draft position an offseason later.

The 4 or 5 dominant teams still prove dominant, and all of the rest is pretty much in the air.

marino 1-6 on road. just keep making up garbage chavez

C'mon, don't provoke anymore. The mark of a great QB is how many comeback victories he had specially in the 4th Qt. Put it to rest.


Dashi Posted Marino Threw For 20Tds 13 Times. Over 25 TDs 7 Times. Over 30TDs 4 Times. And Over 40 TDs Twice.

Got It Mixed Up With Your 25TD Post.

Look Back At His Contemporaries.

Elway Only Threw Over 20Tds 6 Times. And Never Over 30TDs In A Season.

Troy Aikman Only Threw Over 20Tds Once!

Montana Threw Over 20Tds 6 Times. And Only 1 Time He Threw Over 30TDs.

dsty bottom,

My bad on the 5:02 post. I calculated wrong, the 143 wins should have been divided by 240 total games. I didn't do it that way.

143/240 = .6125


61% not 63%.

Marino won 61% of his game. he was only 10 percentage points above being a .500 win qb. LOL...


Marino Owns That Record To.

Most Comeback Victories By A Qb.

Until Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning is a great QB.

Posted by: Dashi | May 06, 2013 at 05:11 PM


Had Marino a run game, his td totals are similar to the qb's you mentioned.

I also made mentioned had Marino the same style of supporting cast, that alone doesnt guarantee a championship. There were a lot of great teams during Marino's career.

Still, I don't know how well it would have worked for Marino with a running game Marino once admitted he hated handing the ball off and would always rather throw it.

Could that have caused a clash between he and Shula? I guess we'll never know.

I agree with JPAO - - - All the time

unitas 64, starr 61, aikman 57, favre 62, kelly 63, elway 64. not hard to keep finding guys all about the same. only brady and montana above 70.

I think we should be concentrating on how many TDs RT is going to throw. I say 12. Any bets?


Preseason Means So Little Philbin Decided To Have An Extra Game.

You Run Your Base Offense And Your Base Defense. If We Can Make Do With Only The Basic. Dashi Will Be Happy.

And What Do You Think My Overall Comment Was About?

If The Bottom End Of The Roster Plays Better Than Another Teams Middle Of The Roster. We Are In Good Shape.

Remember Watching Last Preseason And Realizing We Had No Depth. And Our WRs and Jimmy Wilson Sucked.

That Is What Dashi Is Watching For.

The Secondary Competition.

Who Will Replace Bess? Gibson or Matthews?

How Much Depth And How Well The O-Line Perform.

Do Our LBs Have Chemistry.

A lot Of Little Things To Watch Even In The Preseason. I Know Some Say Preseason Is Useless. And Some Players Don't Want To Play Them. But You Will Never Hear A Coach Complain About Preseason.


Yes, Practice!! If You Suck In Practice More Likely Than Not You Will Suck When They Are Playing For Real.

Preseason Has Value.

Oscar.....that's way low.....I think the bigger question is how many INTs he throws reklative to his TD's.....

...but just talking TDs ...I'll go with 20 Minimum

..a nice round number.

dusty bottom,

I would have not put Unitas and Starr in the comparison to modern day qb wi percentage. Simply because they played few games and it was more difficult to raise win percentage because of this.

Most of Starr and Unitas careers were played in 12 game seasons. It wasn't until near the end of their careers it was bumped up to 14 gm seasons.

if rt throws 12 tds only oscar this team will be 5-11


unitas more games than both montana and brady


Preseason Means So Little Philbin Decided To Have An Extra Game.

Posted by: Dashi | May 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM


Did you care to read Philbin's explanation to this?

he said he has 10 new rookies and 6-7 fa's coming in. He wanted the extra game to build more continuity and chemistry. Plus gets 1 game longer in evaluating final cuts.

Please don't try and read anymore into it. Philbin has made it plain and clear. It wasn't a smoke screen.

Peyton Manning Is The Only Qb I Hold Above Marino. And Brees A Little. Jamar F'ing Fletcher. That Still Bothers Me. Never mind That We Passed On Him A 2nd Time.

If JJ Wanted To Replace Marino He Would've Advised Wannstedt To Draft Brees Instead Of A Nickel CB. WTF Was Wannstedt Thinking? Brees and Ricky. That Would've Been Great To See.

But Peyton Manning Is The Prototype.

Brady Is A Product Of The System. P. Manning Is The System.


You Are Making My Point For Me.

Preseason Has Value.

Yeah, you're right that 12# just came into my head for some reason. It's too low. Less say 2/Game avg, 24. Good.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | May 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM

Dusty bottom,

Also during Starr and Unitas' careers there were fewer teams. So competition level wasn't as diluted as today's nfl.

With fewer teams, better overall talent was on each team. Which naturally leads to a little more difficult to win games.

More teams almost naturally leads to more widely distributed talent pool. The nfl calls it leveling the playing field.

wow now 24, if he throws 24 we make playoffs. ill go 18


Had JJ his way, he would have passed on Troy Aikman. It was Jerry Jones, not Jimmy Johnson who greatly coveted Aikman.

Johnson didn't even want Emmitt, everyone knows JJ is piss poor at evaluating "offensive talent". He was genius at finding defensive talent.

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