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Game day: On Mike Wallace and Cameron Wake

CELVELAND -- Welcome to the Dolphins 2013 season. As we begin with a 1 p.m. kickoff vs. Cleveland today, I want to give you a Sunday brunch offering about wo of Miami's best players.

It's actually about Miami's best offensive and defensive players.

Mike Wallace.

Cameron Wake.

It's no secret I pushed for the signing of Wallace as a free agent acquisition from the Pittsburgh Steelers even before the 2012 season ended. I did that because this Dolphins offense needed a proven, experienced, young deep-threat wide receiver. But as I write in my column in today's Miami Herald the Dolphins got more than they bargained for.

I predict Wallace will be good in Miami. What he gave the Steelers, he will give the Dolphins. And more. So please, check out the column to find out about the "more" part.

As for Wake, you'll recall I posted a couple of days ago the Dolphins expected to use Wake, Dion Jordan and Olivier Vernon on passing downs as pass rushers versus the Browns. Together. Three defensive ends in the same package.

Well, I've been told the key to that package is neither Jordan nor Vernon but Wake. You see, the Dolphins have visions this year of turning Wake into something of a hybrid attacker of the QB who comes from all angles and in different forms.

The Dolphins have plans to give Wake the ability to stand up and move around the defense, in some ways resembling the way Nick Saban used former defensive end Jason Taylor in 2006. Saban unleashed Taylor, freeing him from his four-point stance at left end to roam and blitz and cover and come at the quarterback from either side or up the middle.

Expect similar from Wake this year and as early as today.

Wake has experience as a stand-up rusher. When he broke in with the Dolphins, he was a 3-4 OLB. When the Dolphins went to the 4-3, he became a DE.

If the plans go well, he'll be the best of both in 2013.

[BLOG NOTE: Come back soon for another update. There will be a live blog today at game time.] 

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Defense. Defense. Defense. Even if they shut down Vernon/Jordan they still have to stop the other guys on the DL. Good Luck with that.

Hello and Welcome to Club Mando!

Mando says:

1. Stop Trent Richardson like a train runnin off the tracks.

2. Ryan Tannehill needs to start fast so we can fist pump in the air and say this team is for real for real!

3. RELEASE THE KRACKEN!

I'm excited! This is a scary DL! LETS GO PHINS!

Good column Mando. Beer iced down, excitement rising, lets go Dolphins!

Finally, Sunday is here! Go Dolphins!

YG,

It's clear from your responses to me last night that you have a reading comprehension problem. That and the fact you twit people's words to meet your purposes. Oh yeah....and the fact you hide behind multiple names ( go ahead and tell us again you've never done it. It's funny).

You keep bringing up the money Marshall was going to make and the fact he couldn't win a trying job. I'm not interested in either one of these points. What Ireland did was expose us in the secondary and it was all so unnecessary. I only hope it doesn't up costing us a playoff spot. That's what I'm interested in.

I predict we lose to the lowly browns, and the season is done before it started.

I wanted EIFERT!!!!!

WHO is our Redzone target?

You keep bringing up the money Marshall was going to make and the fact he couldn't win a trying job. I'm not interested in either one of these points.

Posted by: Craig M | September 08, 2013 at 09:26 AM


Craig, you woke up with too much maple syrup on your brain. You aren't interested in the money yet that is what you griped about yesterday. You don't see why we wouldn't pay 5 mil for a guy onlyw worth 1.2 mil. And you say you are a financial planner?

Secondly, the fact he couldn't win the starting job doesn't interest you? The fact he couldn't win the starting job on lowly Carolina and Arizona doesn't interest you either?

If you want to blame Ireland for not predicting the future that his two rookie CB's would not be 100% game day, fine. But give it up already with your senseless, foolish and incomprehensible morphing opinion.

Tell ya what, go have a hard boiled egg and come back later.

"WAKE-UP-DEFENSE"

Starting 3-4 DE for the Browns is expected out today. That hurts.

When a team is way under the cap like we are, you always keep the better player, regardless of whether or not he's overpayed. I would much rather have had Marshall come in as our nickel back at 5 mil, than Carrol even if Carroll only made one dollar. You always field the best players, that is if you want to win.
Also look at the inconsitent philosophy - we are paying Starks his franchise tag salary, and he is only a rotational DT at this point. If we can overpay Starks, why couldn't we have overpaid Marshall?
All this aside, may the Phins crush Cleveland today! I want them to absolutely crush them.

Marshall was expensive and slowed down by a serious back injury.

With all CB's on the roster, Marshall, offered nothing that we don't already have. We have top notch Grimes all all the other CB's have upside where Marshall had none.

Considering how much $$$ they have spent this offseason, I don't see how anyone could be complaining about not paying up an injured, marginal player.

Awful lot of back and forth for a CB that had one interception for us last year and missed 12 games. Yeah can't live without that.

I cant wait for sturgis' first FG...

MassDolphan,

Finally a voice of reason here. Glad to see you get it, we'll have some more conversations with these guys when Carroll can't keep p and the rookies show they aren't ready.

Hands Down/YG,

Care to show me ONE quote where I 'griped about money yesterday'. ONE? I'll wait while you copy and paste.....

Exactly.....you got none. But twist people's words as you ALWAYS do.

And Razon,

Where's the proof from the preseason that Marshall's been slowed by injury. He and the coaches said he was doing great. You going to tell me the tiny bit of action he played in pre-season was enough to convince you? I'm not buying it, this was. Pure obey move on he Dolphins part....and it stinks!

I just did some research on both Taylor and Davis. Taylor missed the entire 2009 season and missed 4 games in 2012. He has an injury history, and he was red-flagged for durability issues prior to the draft. So the fact he's hurt should not have come as a surprise to Ireland. Davis only started one year in college, so he was really a project from day one. The fact neither are playing today should not come as a surprise to anyone, let alone Ireland.
Let's all hope Carroll can handle the nickel/outside CB position. The nickel position is very important in any secondary because they are on the field alot as teams throw so much now. If he plays like he has his whole career, that is a big hole in our defence.

There was a clip on NFL Network today showing Marshall getting beat like a drum by Santonio Holmes. How quickly we forget.

That should have said 'a pure money move on the part of the Dolphins'. Maybe it came from Ross....who knows. It stinks!

The coaches always say players are doing great. When do they say otherwise. They are never honest with the media.

The post below sums it up another way:


Awful lot of back and forth for a CB that had one interception for us last year and missed 12 games. Yeah can't live without that.

Posted by: TruthhurTs | September 08, 2013 at 09:54 AM

Who cares even if it were financial. These are legit reasons to cut a guy in my book that only had 1 int and missed 3/4 of the year.


Care to show me ONE quote where I 'griped about money yesterday'. ONE? I'll wait while you copy and paste.....


Posted by: Craig M | September 08, 2013 at 09:58 AM

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OK....SEE BELOW MR. MORON

We'll disagree on why Marshall was ut. As far as I'm concerned it was all about money. As fans we should be pissed off about that.


Posted by: Craig M | September 07, 2013 at 05:39 PM

MassDolphan,

Worse than Carroll playing nickel for us is him starting. With a banged up Patterson, that's very close to happening. As far as Taylor's concerned, YG told us all yesterday that Ireland had him as a day one starter, I'm still waiting for him to send me the quote where Ireland said that. I guess I'll be waiting a long time.

And EverybodyKnows,

You need to go back and watch some footage of Nolan Carroll from the last three years and the number of blown coverages. 'How quickly we forget'.

Last time guys.....I don't think anyone is saying Marshall should be trying for this team. What we have a problem with is the fact that its being left to Carrol and two unproven rookies, money isn't an issue here, we have tons of cap space, it's about exposing us when it didn't need to be that way. Not sure how guys arent getting that.

Dolphin day!!!!!

Haven't posted in quite awhile, but still reading the blog. It is amazing that 3, or 4 of the same guys who bitched and whined at each other frickin' at least 2 yrs. ago are still doing the same! F'ing pus.y boys!

Hands Down/YG,

You really do have a reading comprehension issue, don't you? I said Marshall was cut because of the money he made. I'm saying it shouldn't have been that way. I'm saying as fans we should be upset their cutting cost at the expense of the product on the field.

Do you have a brain injury or have you done a lot of drugs in your life? Maybe didn't go very far in school? Where re you truffling here, son?

Forgot to mention one of the f.gs posts under a different handle EVERY POST! Always! Same guy! 2 years later! Can anyone imagine this guy's social life?! Gay Paree!

The Dolphins best players as a group are on the defensive line, hybrid linebackers,so if this group plays very well it will compensate for weakness in the defensive backfield a weakness that they had last year also.A pass rush that is consistent and can come from anywhere can make the defensive backs look a lot better.
BTW they have been tinkering with the offensive line since they drafted Long 1st in the entire draft,how did that work out,IMO not very good.They need to stop tinkering and let them play so they can hope to develop continuity.The offensive line is more of a unit and if they keep up the tinkering they will always be individuals with someone new added to the mix.

Good point, King. The O-Line shuffle was a Sparano favorite. Let's see how his Raiders O-Line unit does this year. I always thought Sparano was a good position coach, just ovef his head with ghe big picture. Most telling was Ricky's comments (anc JT's) about micro-management with vet players. I mean c'mon, all you had to do was say"Ricky, I need a hundy out of you today with no drops!" "JT, give me 2 sacks and a QB strip, I don't care how you get it!" No, Sparano would over-coach then fist-pump a Carpenter 30 yarder. On another note, must have given Feely a woody in AZ when Catpenter showed up and he sent him packing!

I would also like to see them lock up Clabo and Cogs for a few years or else yes we'll be right back in the same boat next offseason.

Yes, Cogs, Pouncey and I hope Clabo and Martin. If Jerry can stay off the Twinkies, maybe a O-Line that gels as a unit.

As Bart Scott says "can't wait!"

I'd like to be a bird this morning. Imagine, flying high over 100 yards of sweet, dew-dripped green grass (and some Astroturf). The smell of chalk (and paint), being applied by a dutiful groundskeeping crew. The stadium is quiet, soon to be filled with thousands of excited fans. But now, only the workers do their prepping in the bowels. The blue sky has the best seat. Stadiums open in praise of God's eyes. It's the best time to be alive. Wars, crime, economic downturns all take a backseat today. Life is short, and we must stop and smell the flowers. And today, we must be thankful. While we are on Fall's doorsteps, it's Spring for us. In Spring everything is new, crops are bountiful, the air is fresh. As is today, the start of a new year of football.

Today fans of 32 teams have hope. They have faith. They all share the same hope...for victory! As the weeks wear on, fans will become despondent, will ache for unrealized joy. By Oct and Nov only a few will still hold on to their dreams. Let us not forget this feeling. Let us not forget this euphoria. Tomorrow we may be sad, but today we sing! We sing out of love. We sing out of reflections of youth. We pray each to ourselves, "please, allow us to taste the sweetness of glory."

So prepare yourselves. Gear up! Cook your snacks, mix your drinks, and man your stations! FOOTBALL! No other word could excite today. FOOTBALL! No other sport could explain why we sit, happily, 4, 8, 12 hours, in front of our windows to heaven. FOOTBALL! It's what binds us to each other. It's how we communicate without speaking. It's our gift to the universe. FOOTBALL! Yes, we are ready.

Plsyoff Formula As An Offense(2013)

30 passing tds = 180pts 20 rushing tds = 120pts 50 point after = 50pts 22 field goals = 66pts

= 416pts / 16gms = 26ppg

The Problem:

1. Huge question mark if Tannehill can have 30 passing tds.

2. 20 rushing tds? Between Miller and Thomas? Don't bet on it. Means Tannehill now has to throw at least 35tds, same guy who probably wont throw 30tsd.

I do believe the strong leg of Kaleb Sturgis can easily score 22 fgs. No problem.

Looking at these numbers dolfans will begin their 2014 mocks right before the playoffs, if not sooner.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | September 08, 2013 at 02:57 AM

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This post explains why your grandparents should be kept away from the computer late at night.

They come up with the most asinine stuff.

3 AM in the morning, WTF kind of drugs is this old hag on.

I should take a moment to thank my wife and kids for their patience. They have to deal with NFL gameday 15 more times this year and hopefully more.

By the way. Yeah the game is more important than mowing the lawn, weed wacking and all other chores I have to do today. It's more important then breaking up the silly kid arguments too.

Dashi,

I gotta agree with you man. The guy's a complete train wreck.....

Care to show me ONE quote where I 'griped about money yesterday'. ONE? I'll wait while you copy and paste.....


Posted by: Craig M | September 08, 2013 at 09:58 AM

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OK....SEE BELOW MR. MORON

We'll disagree on why Marshall was ut. As far as I'm concerned it was all about money. As fans we should be pissed off about that.


Posted by: Craig M | September 07, 2013 at 05:39 PM

I am mosg interested in our running game today. I hope Miller, or DT puts up a hundred. If this team can establish a strong rush early in the season, our passing game is going to be top 10. Big if. With all the $ thrown around this year, I would feel better with Bush starting. I like Miller, but going to have to see if he can produce. Say what you want about Reggie, but the goofy son-of-a-bit.h broke 20 -50 yd. runs routinely! That's Routinely with a capital R! No denying that. He is my #2 favorite running back behind RW since the Zonk era.

DC, wow, first the locker room pep talk and now this, very nice read thank you sir and phins up let's go Dolphins!!!

Bottom line is, looking at how much coin this team spent this offseason and how many changes they made, I can't see griping about an average player who was hurt more than he was healthy last season.


You can't expect to cover all 22 positions in one offseason.

Great post Mando and happy game day!


Bottom line is, looking at how much coin this team spent this offseason and how many changes they made, I can't see griping about an average player who was hurt more than he was healthy last season.


You can't expect to cover all 22 positions in one offseason.

Posted by: Razon | September 08, 2013 at 11:00 AM

You cant expect to cover all 22 positions in 22 years with Irescum as GM.

Hey classic, yes, you. Can you please look at my 10:19 AM post? After reading, find one name (like any other man) and have balls enough to stick with it. You sir, are a walking anus! Pus.y!

Mr Salguero I havent seen all the writers make their picks on this page like last year.The only one so far is Cote and he is on the home favorite Browns.
I think this is an urgent game for the Dolphin players and I know they realize who they play in the next 4 weeks after this one.J.Philbin takes the high road on the record as the HC and states that he believes all the games are important and I agree but if they lose this one it could be a long time until the bye week.
I am picking against Mr Cote and takin the Dolphins who are 1.5 point underdogs.I dont understand how he is predicting a 10-6 season and picking them to start out the season losing to a team that can be beat on paper and in reality.
I will take the points and although a blowout would be nice if the Brownies win by 1 chalk it up as a half point win in the computer oddsmaking world.

Bottom line is, looking at how much coin this team spent this offseason and how many changes they made, I can't see griping about an average player who was hurt more than he was healthy last season.


Posted by: Razon | September 08, 2013 at 11:00 AM


The team is spending LESS than last year. 26 mill UNDER the cap and the 3rd lowest payroll in the NFL.

go finsssssssssssss less than 2 hours now. gonna be a very very tough game fellas

Just my yearly invocation Al. All we need now is a WIN!!! LET'S GO!

By the way, per the debate above, we may (or may not) in time come to miss Richard Marshall. But we won't miss him today. I like Davone Bess as much as the next guy, but you need 10 Davone Bess' to match one Brent Grimes. Not to mention our Field General, Reshad Jones, cleaning up any mess left by our CBs. If we lose today, it will be to Trent Richardson, not Brandon Weeden or that sorry receiver core.

Who really cares who anybody here picks?

Despite what all you cackling chickens with hemarhoids think, it's only game 1. Win or lose won't tell us anything. No reason to get too high or too low afterwards,

browns favored by 2 now. lets prove vegas wrong

I have a good feeling for this Game. Get your bets in!

The Dolphins have this nasty habit of always getting rid of their best players….Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall, Jake Long, Karlos Dansby, Reggie Bush. And then they wonder why they stink every year

huge game ansel, when ur looking at colts,falcons,saints,ravens next 4 this is a hugeeeeeeeeeeee game

Wow,

DC waxing poetic...

Channeling your inner Bob Costas?

dc careful with that, weeden can play and cameron at te for them could be huge

Ansel,

I totally disagree. This is game one. It's must win in my opinion. We ave a tough start to the season. If we lose today we may very well start 1-4 or 0-5. Don't believe me....go look at the schedule. I'm looking for us to be at least 2-3 to start the season. If we do, we have a chance at the playoffs. If we lose today I say forget it. Playoff teams win this games. So which are we?

Ross is spending LESS money than last year while he has conned the suckers into buying tickets thinking he spent more.

cheap fish is basically a retarded rock

It's a must win if we win and if we lose...we'll have to make it up against the Colts, Saints or Falcons. One of the tough teams that we're not supposed to beat. BUT won't happen Browns go down by 10.

I have to give it to you on this one, Armando. I know you failed miserably on Taiwan Jones but I agree with you about Wallace. I had my doubts about him but after I saw him run some intermediate and deep routes, not Haden nor any other CB in the League can cover him consistently 1 on 1. Believe me, I saw Paul Warfield plenty. I know about great patterns.

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