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Studying the Vonta Leach situation

No, I'm not totally back yet. I still have a couple more days of vacation left. But I have some information I've shared with my followers on twitter -- you should follow me @ArmandoSalguero -- that I believe should be here as well.

Regarding Vonta Leach:

1. Today is a big day because it marks the first in which Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland is expected back at work after his vacation in, among other places, Australia. That return to work means he's able to actually talk to Leach agent Ralph Vitolo and negotiate a deal for the veteran if he's so inclined. The two have exchanged some text messages in the time both were on holiday during the past few weeks, but with training camp opening in less than a week and both sides at work, the stage is set for something to happen.

2. Is something going to happen at all? Well, the Dolphins want Leach for the right price. And Leach wants the Dolphins for the right price. (Isn't that always the case?) The Dolphins have made no secret of the fact coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman seriously want Leach for an offense that could use some veteran leadership and also needs an upgrade at fullback. Leach wants to play in Miami because he sees the Dolphins as an up-and-coming team that has a chance to challenge for the playoffs this year, assuming everything goes well. Leach, by the way, also has a good sense of the Dolphins system. That should not be a problem.

3. So what do the sides want from each other? Well, the Dolphins don't want to spend a ton on Leach. Nobody does with fullbacks anymore. The position players there are endangered species. But for the Dolphins it means superior lead blocking and experienced pass blocking on early downs. That's important because presumed starting halfback Lamar Miller is inexperienced and could use some veteran help. It's important because any help the Dolphins can give LT Jonathan Martin on early passing downs with Leach blocking in the backfield on pass plays is good. It's important because Leach can be a stabilizing figure in the huddle. He's been there and done that. For Leach, he wants the opportunity of making one last solid contract. I've reported he wants a two- or three-year deal. He doesn't want a one-year deal because he wants some sort of stability. He likes the idea of being a leader. He likes the coaches and has a comfort level with them.

4. So what can get in the way? Well, Leach has a standing offer to return to the Ravens if he wishes. My sense is it's a low-budget offer and that's the reason he hasn't taken it. He wants to do better. But, the Ravens loom nonetheless because they are comfortable for Leach, familiar to Leach, they're defending Super Bowl champions, and they're proven. I remind everyone the Ravens have this way of swooping in at the last minute and re-signing players they value. Yes, they've lost talent this offseason due to cap constraints, but they have a way of pulling surprise moves  -- witness the Elvis Dumervil signing.

5. What does it all mean? The Dolphins have been trying to get better across the board at every position this offseason. They are clearly not thrilled with the work of Jovorskie Lane last year to the extent they can afford to offer him no training camp competition. If they sign Leach, Lane is in trouble. Leach would be the presumed starter and Lane's only chance of making the team is if Leach is a bust during camp or gets injured. Simply, Lane was inconsistent as a rookie. His weight, his knowledge of his assignments, his execution ... all inconsistent. It wasn't terrible. But the Dolphins simply want a chance to upgrade.

So we'll see what happens on this front ... See you later in the week. 

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I believe the Jets headline was WR Stephen Hill's prediction, not Walker's. Hee hee, Walker. I started watching walking dead. Name has a whole new meaning now.

Thanks Mr. Nixon. I still wish you would answer my question from yesterday.

Is this the same poi that is served in Samoa and Tahiti?

Maggie In Toronto,

How ya doin today b-tchass punk boy?

About time you showed up. I took a crap and could use a rim job.

Sissy Krissy hates when he called out for being the pink pantied waste little girl all outside of the "circle-jerk" knows him to be.

Sissy Krissy, hey little girl you want some candy?

It is most certainly not the same poi!

Tahitian and Samoan poi are both mixed with fruits and considered a dessert while Hawaiian poi is simply mashed taro roots and water.

On behalf of myself and the entire Nixon family thank you for your interest in poi.


About time you showed up. I took a crap and could use a rim job.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | July 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM


Save it for your wooden leg one eyed mother. I hear she's an expert in the culinary skill of salad toss-ology.

Maggie In Toronto,

Your old geriatric mom is also an expert in gum to penis resuscitation. She earned her certificate satisfying the boys at her local fire dept.

Its scary as hell that some of you mofo's in here are husbands and parents. Lord help our futures.

Maggie In Toronto,

Isnt your mom in Guiness World Records for oldest woman still currently doing gangbangs?

Where's crybabt coward Sissy Krissy? He talks smack about me when he thinks Im not here. Then runs like a girlie cowards when he knows Im here.

Speaking of Walking Dead, YG reminds me of one of the walkers when they smell humans and start going all nuts. Only YG does it when he gets anyone providing him with the least bit of social interaction.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | July 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

That was the lamest attempt at being funny Ive ever in my life seen. Even your wrinkly old mom is more entertaining.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisocial_personality_disorder

17 take a quick look. I know you probably can't see it at this point but you should look at the symptoms. If you were in a psychiatrists office right now and he asks you about your time on the blog, what would you tell him? I taunt strangers, deceive with multiple identities, irritably attack people who disagree with me etc.

Maggie In Toronto,

Does your wrinkly old mom still dye her wig purple? I know its a wig because the old wrinkly prostitute is balder than a set of infant testicles.

Daroak....

I 2nd everything you said in the your post...and I too wonder about this dude's mental stability....I would be very surprised if he can know the difference between the real world...and the blog world anymore...always creating new persona's to deal with each situation or poster. I don't feel sorry for him....but for his own personal safety and the safet of others....I would like to see him seek help....

Don't leave out the part where he does it for 17 straight hours.

Posted by: Darkoak | July 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Naw Pinnochio boy, I would just ask the shrink why do perks like you have an overbearing need to not mind their very own business. Because, really, that was an even worse attempt at humor than your sex and bondage master Maggie In Toronto just attempted.

Personally I hope he sticks a shotgun in his mouth ... fukk the "his own personal safety" business

Circle-jerk "BIG 3" in the house. Okey, Dokey, and Pokey!

Mark....

Good point about Soliai growing up a FIN...

can you think of any others who have done the same in the past 7 years or so...

Maybe Hartline....

Yo Mark.....Hi...didn't ignore you before....had to get away from the PC quickly.....

Good to hear from you...

Sushi say dashi is the result of too much family breeding.

Sushi say dashi too douchy to give attention to

Sushi know dashi talk with mouth full of poopy

Sushi say anyone who talk to douchy, even to make fun of him, is bigger douchy

SUSHI OUT!

YG....

with each post you sink you make yourself less and less relevant....almost to the point of "not even worth a response"....and you know you can't deal with that....

So chill out a bit....and take your meds...

Go for a walk....put the mouse down....you claim you live in Florida....enjoy the SUN from time to time....

Kris, Soliai is the longest serving fin I believe. Longest serving fin that is a starter anyway. You'll have to go back to different regimes to find someone who served the franchise this long. Since marino, there haven't been many I can think of. Tim Bowens is probably the closest and most accurate comparison.

Sissy Krissy,

Coming from you I'll take that as a compliment. Please send more.

Envision this blog without YG, craig M, odinstank & dashi.

"Oh...what a wonderful world this would be"

Make it happen IT dept.!

Maggie In Toronto,

Your when your mom was pregnant with you, she should have stuc a shot gun up her womb and blown yor stupid head off. The world would have been a much better place.

Juat a thought.....but why don't you simply put them on your own personal "ignore" list......makes reading the blog so much easier and enjoyable....

Dumb Sissy Krissy,

Only dumb tourist anguish in Florida summer sun. Smart Floridians leisure in their nice cool AC dumbass.

*JuSt.....

Now we another another sick Buster joining in on the fray. Please, Buster, make yourself right at on. Your nominated branch manager of the monkey crew.

...if you "feed" an animal...it returns for more...if you ignore it, eventually it goes away and doesn't return....there's a lesson in that I would say...

Posted by: Buster | July 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM


Then why the hell did you join in on something having nothing yo do with you Mr. Branch Manager?

Kris, Duke Johnson grew up a Fin fan and still is. He grew up next to the stadium.

Duke Johnson as a Miami Dolphin is a dream come true.

Buste,

Oh, Im sorry, Mr. Branch Manager. Can you please learn to tame your your monkey troop?

Hoping the Fins sign Leach...I think he would help on those "and short" situations...along with the backfield blitz pick-ups...

Buster....

your words make sense....

the problem is....this guy will just invent another name....talk football for a post or two...and then revert back to what we are ALL seeing now....

I like to think of today as a BLOG INTERVENTION.....

It works in the sense that YG will EXPOSE himself as the BLOG TROLL...and then it is possible that enough people will recoghnize his antics under ANY name...and then ignore him....

If you have a better idea...i'm all eyes....

Posted by: finsunderworld | July 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Are you the same guy that occasionally uses the troll name, "Captain Obvious?" It sure as hell sounds like it.

I hope , after the "vacation" that Armando comes back envigorated....he was crawling to a stop just before he left.....

Posted by: Kris | July 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM


Wow...... talk about calling the guy staring back in the mirror at you ugly. Im sure many here, not in the circle-jerk club, would say the exact same about you.

....@ finsunderworld...Duke Johnson?....is that the Safety Keylon Johnson from Arizona?


......@ Kris....yah Kris, same basic idea...recognize the undesirable and ostricize him from the group...

...like we used to as kids...don't want somebody in the crowd...don't talk to him....easy lesson to practice...

Yo..New blog page up....

Usually when someone is a far gone as YG they have no hope of realizing it themselves. I'll keep reaching out to him, he clearly needs the human connection, even if it's only on a blog.

YG,

Forget all the name calling. Lets talk football, if you actually understand the game.

Tell us again how Philbin and Sherman are idiots for anointing Miller and Thomas the starter and back up.

Then tell us again how much smarter they are than everyone else.

That's what you said last night in less than an hour.

So just wondering YG, are they just smart idiots or is it just you losing touch with what you write from one minute to the next?

My guess would be you're a simpleton idiot that has ALREADY lost touch with reality.

But hey, that's just my opinion. Maybe the good people here would put it to a vote ;)

As far as Solia vs Starks, Solia probably is the no brainer at this point. But I believe a lot of that is because of age.

Either way, I'm glad they're both Dolphins.

Hopefully Vaugh Martin fits in better than McDaniels and somehow helps keep Solia and Starks EFFECTIVE and together for another few years!

Well....here's an "AYE"....

In any case Mark...the first step twards greatness starts with ONE step....

Perhaps Soliai can be our first building block to sustained success...our own farm system....

Odrick is most likely Starks long term replacement. He needs to bulk up though.

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