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McKinnie: The timing, 'Big Mac,' Philbin reaction

As I shared with you in the last post, the Dolphins' plan for Bryant McKinnie is to play him at left tackle. Only left tackle. Period.

And today, McKinnie confirmed he worked only at left tackle during practice. Jonathan Martin said he worked at both left and right tackle during practice.

"I'm a left tackle," McKinnie said. "All I've ever played. I've never taken a snap at right tackle."

So, again, when McKinnie is up to speed and ready to play, he is the left tackle and Martin will move to right tackle.

I believe this is a deal general manager Jeff Ireland had to make. It was a must-do move because to sit by and watch Ryan Tannehill get hit week after week was a recipe for ruining the young quarterback, if not getting him hurt.

So I approve. Bryant McKinnie is not a great player at this late stage in his career. But this is a rental to survive the season. It had to be done.

But the timing of this move boggles.

Why didn't the Dolphins do this trade two weeks ago during the bye? McKinnie was available then. The Ravens were shopping him then. The idea of trading for McKinnie was no secret to anyone -- least of all readers of this blog.

Everyone knew Tyson Clabo was struggling for weeks. It should not have come as an epiphany to the Dolphins on Monday -- the day after Clabo once again gave up game-defining sacks against Buffalo -- that their offensive line needs help. Clabo gave up game-defining sacks against Baltimore the last time the Dolphins played.

So why the timing of this move now instead of the last several weeks when it made more sense?

"We considered a lot of factors and made the decision and we thought this was the right time," coach Joe Philbin said today.

I hope he's fibbing. I hope he doesn't really believe the timing here was right. If he does, the Dolphins are in bigger trouble than anyone might think.

As you know the McKinnie addition fits like Chad Johnson fit. In other words, he doesn't fit the culture. Everyone knows it. And everyone accepts that desperate times call for desperate measures, thus this trade.

But Philbin said he's expecting McKinnie, a well-known party animal with a history for visiting all sorts of clubs on late night jaunts, to fit in with the Dolphins.

"We expect anyone who works for the Dolphins, coaches for the Dolphins, plays for the Dolphins to represent the organization in the right way on and off the field ... All of us have a responsibility to act accordingly," Philbin said.

McKinnie said his party reputation won't be a problem because when he's working, he's working. He said his party persona only applies to when he's off. McKinnie said "Big Mac" is his offseason persona. Bryant is his in-season persona.

(First of all, it's never good when a player claims to have an alter ego. Secondly, the infamous Love Boat incident in Minnesota in 2005 and Party Bus incident in Baltimore this year happened during the football season).

"I'm concerned about what he does in this building," Philbin said. "I don't mandate what people do outside the building. I enjoy my free time when I have free time. I expect him to be a professional just like the other guys."

Dolphins should keep their fingers crossed.

 

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Cant we trade Ireland to the Jests?

Cant we trade Ireland to the Jests?

Posted by: Zonk | October 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

If not we will send you.

Hell yea!
Trade Zonk to the Jets!

I'll take Zonk.
I've been so lonely lately I need a little beyotch.

I HAVEN'T HEARD ONE ANNOUNCER SAY "GOOD JOB BY DOLPHINS COACHES" ALL YEAR!!!!

Losing to a practice squad QB, AFTER A BYE WEEK does not look on Coyles resume.

McKinnie will have a chip on his shoulder, looking to prove hte Ravens wrong. Look for him to play seriously mean for the rest of the season.

We beat NE Sunday and we are back on track.

Junk out - Junk in....

They were coming off the bye week and up until the final few drives the line did not play that bad. We are a work in progress team. Relax, to many Arm chair GM's on these blogs. Get a job you fools and enjoy the win over NE.

We can always tank 2015 and get Famous Jameis Winston at FSU. I really-really believe this kid's the real deal. Has the size of Andrew Luck and far better than Luck was at the same point in their college careers.
Any team would be a fool not to tank 2014 for Winston. Just totally took Tajh Boyd to the woodshed. Boyd himself, many believe could be the 2nd qb taken in 2014's draft. He was no contest against Famous Jameis and the Seminole offense and defense.
Posted by: Sam I Am | October 22, 2013 at 09:46 PM

I have had the same thought too, why not tank 2014 for Winston like the Colts did for Luck. Like you said any team would be a fool not too, that should eliminate the fins with the fools they have running the ship

FAMOUS JAMES WILL GET HIS HEAD KNOCKED OFF ON NOVEMBER 2ND!
THEN WHAT???

Odin I was actually one of the people that thought we should have franchised Long even though I knew he was regressing. I was of the mind that we give Long a year to see if he could come back and we have basically the same line from last year. That would provide continuity for Tannehill. Or we look at trading Long under the tag and use the pick to get an olineman.

TanneBust couldnt get one point against the Pats last time.

The reason why this move wasn't made before or during the bye week is simply because thats how Ireland is. Not matter how poorly a player plays, if he picked or brought him here, Ireland's dumb pride will continue using until, well desperation kicks in which is exactly what this Mckinie trade is. Mckinie or none, in 2 weeks they'll be 3-5 for sure. Running backs are mediocre at best and the defense gives up way too many big plays. Oh and Tannehill's numbers? Bad! Will he ever be a more accurate passer?

It appears to me that Philbin told Ireland that he could get the OL strait in the bye week. Well, so on and so on.
Ireland had to do this in order to show Ross that he is competent on acquiring talent.
This would be great if it works,and hopefully it does; we will see. I for one, know the ravages time can play on the body. I am praying that this is not a Clabo reiterated on the left side.
I don't have a problem with the party aspect of this story. People should have fun away from work, if he can not discern being in a detrimental situation at this point, then he is hopeless.

Am I the only one that thinks that Clabo just plain ran out of gas against the Bills? He seemed to hold his own in the beginning of the game, then wore down at the end. And, I worry that the same thing will happen with McKinnie; look good, but just lacks the stamina that he once had to last through 4 quarters in a game.
Now, are their any young "McKinnie's" to be drafted next year? Any "beasts" we should start drooling over now? And, maybe a good Guard too! We need to fix this O-line problem in the next draft.

I AM WILLING TO BET THAT NO DOLPHIN FAN WILL CARE IF "BIG MAC" PERFORMS FOR US ON THE FIELD AND DOESN'T GIVE UP ANY SACKS IF HE PARTIES WHEN HE IS OFF WORK. TYSON CLABO IS A GOODY TO SHOES GUY BUT HE CANNOT PROTECT TANNEHILL AND HE CANNOT PASS BLOCK MAYBE HE NEEDS TO GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN. THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH PHILBIN AND SHERMAN WHO HAS THIS THING ABOUT "BLACK ATHLETES". THEY WORRY MORE ABOUT HOW A PLAYER DOES OFF THE FIELD THAN ON THE FIELD AND THEY FAIL TO REALIZE THIS "NO ONE WILL GIVE UP MAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR A 9-5 IF THEY CAN HELP IT" SO IF A PLAYER IS A GOOD PLAYER AND HE PARTIES TOO MUCH THAN PUT IT IN HIS CONTRACT AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS(DEZ BRYANT). WORRY ABOUT ON THE FIELD NOT OFF.

No Odin. I am not in favor of Clabo. Do you think "Big Mac" (lmfao) is going to put on the Dolphins uniform and have a sudden epiphany. Do you think once he realizes he is now a Dolphin he will quit behaving like a douchebag, but more importantly, improve on his horrible performance he put on at Sun Life Stadium a mere 3 Sundays ago? I think we have been down this road with other players that have been brought in over the years, and well, okey dokey! Let me know how that works out for ya.


My scenario: Someone got into Ross's ear, Ross jumps Ireland's arse, and Ireland jumped Philbin and so on right down to the water boy. Ireland is desperate, so he picks up a LT that is out of shape, likes to party with the strippers, and just got benched and basically cut by his former team.

I really can't see how this is going to work out well for us or the team in general. Ireland had to make amends some how for gambling on the OL this year and Big Mac is his answer??? Yeah pretty desperate move if you ask me.

All of us on this blog saw what was going down after the first win in Cleveland, the Monday Night Game just put the stamp on it. That is why I proposed sitting THill for the remainder of the season if he continues to get thumped. I don't want to ruin our chances of a probable franchise quarterback just to win a few games, maybe.

Personally I like the kid and when he is given time to scan the field and go through his reads he is pretty damn good for a second year QB. I don't want him playing scared.

Sheesh.... Ireland really screwed the pooch this offseason with the OL. Big gamble that he lost miserably.

TanneBust couldnt get one point against the Pats last time.
Posted by: Tim | October 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

That would be a shame if that happens this time with the defense New England has

It amazes me the Turnoverhill apologists...he's only played a few games, the coaching staff sucks, blah, blah, turnover-blah! This kid has had accuracy issues from jumpstreet. Half the balls he completes guys are diving for or making great catches on with no YAC. He fumbles when somebody breathes on him. Sometimes guys can have some good skills but they don't process quick enough (see the human turnover) or they just are prone to mistake filled play (again see the poster child of Pillsbury). Stop making excuses.
Back-up level QB's look good at times but ultimately play JUST LIKE Turnoverhill.
He has NO pocket awareness, NONE!
Previously mentioned accuracy issues (had em' @ T A&M and we're SHOCKED(?) he still does?
Doesn't 'process' - no clue when to tuck-n-run, step up in the pocket, he's just robotic in processing.
Yes, the OL may well be the worst ever assembled & our braintrust goes out & trades for a guy in the same exact situation with another (better) organization - BRILLIANT! How bad is Nate Garner? I'm guessing he can't even be NFL caliber at any level if he can't step in behind the human turnstile. This organization has been a mess since Huizenga sold the franchise' soul to the Devil - Jimmie Johnson! Unfortunately Ross is dumb-n-dumber when it comes to his new toy and doesn't see the forest through the trees. Jeffy stays, we continue to STINK ON ICE!!!

There are no easy game for the Dolphins ever! So please get off that " we have an easy schedule later in the year" it was proven by Buffalo.Unfortunately the team has taken Philbin's personality.

Isn't second guessing great??????????

That's what all third rate sports writers do.

Right now in this atmosphere of Dolphin dull-dumb I expect Big Mac could commit murder and it would be OK. Just depends on who he murders, because if Clabo had stayed at RT a certain QB could be murdered in front of 65k fans, now thats show biz.
Ole uncle Joe is in not just over his head, he's standing at the bottom of NFL ineptness. Check, the mighty Dolphins cant run, cant pass, cant defend, cant even get the opening kick-off right. Uncle Joe continues to defer to the second half. What a clap trap.

The Dolphins have a backup QB who was anointed as a franchise QB by the owner, a GM who leaves the Dolphins without enough quality WR's one year and then the next when he has the cap room and money does not sign a pro bowl tackle because he evaluated his offensive line personnel incorrectly. Despite a huge need for OL talent the GM goes for a big splash in trading up for a guy who will be good but does not meet the current needs. There were many needs but a good GM does not with options available, leave a team with an obvious lack of talent on the OL. A good evaluator knows when his personnel needs upgrading. Going for a big splash does not help the Dolphins get to the playoffs this season.

You all giving up on t-hill already? I dont see any great qb that get sacked all day....we need a line not a quaterback .... all u guys scream qb qb qb ... alex smith is all i have to say...good teams won games. And you all shoould know we had greatest qb of all time. On team witg no running game and no d and he got no sb...get us a line and t hill and th3 skill players will be fine

thill has been solid, oline is the problem and its a big one. eli without an oline this year looks like ryan leaf

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