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Four Dolphins in the Pro Bowl

The NFL announced its Pro Bowl players for the 2013 season and four Dolphins are on the teams that will play next month.

Defensive end Cameron Wake, cornerback Brent Grimes, center Mike Pouncey and punter Brandon Fields were named to play in the game on January 26. The game, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, will be played at 7 p.m. eastern and aired on NBC.

“I want to congratulate Brandon, Brent, Mike, and Cam on being named to the NFL Pro Bowl team,”  Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “It is a well-deserved honor. I know they will be outstanding representatives of their teammates and the rest of the Dolphins organization in Hawaii.”

Fields, in his seventh NFL season, will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014. Fields is ranked second in the NFL in punt average (48.8 per punt), second in net average (42.8), third with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line and has also recorded the third longest punt (74 yards at Buffalo on December 22, 2013) in the league during the 2013 season. Fields is one of only two Dolphins punters to be selected to the Pro Bowl, joining Reggie Roby (1984, 1989).

“It’s a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl,” Fields said. “I am very excited on my first selection and to be able to celebrate it with three of my teammates. I want to thank coach Philbin and also (special teams coordinator) coach (Darren) Rizzi and (assistant special teams) coach (Marwan) Maalouf for all the work that they have put in and guidance the last few years to help me get to where I am at today.”

Grimes, in his seventh NFL season and first with the Dolphins, will be making his second trip to the Pro Bowl. He previously was selected to the 2011 NFC Pro Bowl squad as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. In 2013, Grimes has started all 15 games at cornerback and has recorded 55 tackles, leads the Dolphins with 15 passes defensed, and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with four, including one which he returned 94 yards for a touchdown. Grimes is the just the third Dolphins cornerback selected to the Pro Bowl, joining Sam Madison (1999-2002) and Patrick Surtain (2002-04).

“This selection means a lot especially coming off last year, to come back and make the Pro Bowl is a big deal,” Grimes said. “I would like to thank all the fans, the whole Dolphins organization for believing in me and giving me a chance. Of course I would also like to thank all of the defensive coaches, especially (defensive coordinator) coach (Kevin) Coyle, (defensive backs) coach Lou (Anarumo), (assistant defensive backs) coach Blue (Adams) and (defensive assistant) coach (Jeff) Burris for not only believing in me to get me here but believing in me throughout the year and helping me to become a better player.”

Pouncey, in his third NFL season, will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014. Pouncey has started at center in 13 games for the Dolphins in 2013. He is the first Dolphins center selected to the Pro Bowl since Tim Ruddy in 2000 and is only the fourth Dolphins center selected to the Pro Bowl, joining Hall of Famers Jim Langer (1973-78) and Dwight Stephenson (1983-87) and Ruddy (2000).           

“It’s truly a great honor to be named to the Pro Bowl, this recognition obviously would not have been possible without the all the other guys on the offensive line around me,” said Pouncey. “I would also like to thank the fans, the Miami Dolphins organization, Coach Philbin, the offensive coaching staff and especially Coach (Jim) Turner who have helped me reach this honor.”

Wake, in his fifth NFL season, will be making his third trip to the Pro Bowl and second as a defensive end (he made the Pro Bowl in 2011 after a 14-sack season as a linebacker). In 2013, Wake has registered 35 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hits, eight tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one safety through 15 games. On October 31, 2013, Wake recorded the first safety of his NFL career when he sacked Andy Dalton in the end zone with 6:42 remaining in overtime giving the Dolphins a 22-20 victory over the Bengals. It marked just the third time in NFL history that an overtime game had been decided on a safety.

Wake is one of only two Dolphins players to earn Pro Bowl recognition at different positions (linebacker in 2011 and defensive end in 2013 and '14), joining teammate Randy Starks who was selected as a defensive end in 2011 and as a defensive tackle in 2013.

 “This honor would not have been possible without my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans of the Miami Dolphins," Wake said. "I have to thank, coach Philbin, coach Coyle, (defensive line) coach (Kacy) Rogers, (assistant defensive line) coach (Charlie) Bullen and the rest of the defensive coaches. It’s an honor that I will share with all my teammates who deserve credit for this as well.”

The Dolphins and Patriots lead the AFC East teams with four Pro Bowl players. The Bills had three players on the team. The New York Jets did not have a Pro Bowl player this season.


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Ireland is a BP guy
Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 09:13 PM

Another misnomer. Many of you like to think JI lives in a cave lined with BP posters. Nope.

JI has so much contact with so many people in the NFL, scouts included. He has plenty of influences from all angles, way more than any of you can realize. Just because BP gave him a shot at GM, in no way means he is as narrow minded as those of you that suggest this.

On this point I am 100% correct.

Glad to see Pouncey finally in. Grimes definitely earned it. Wake and Fields are beginning to get there just on reputation alone.

There are a couple more Dolphins who could probably end up on this list as alternates.


Look at the only numbers that count. Wins/Losses. We are in the top 34%, which means 66% of the NFL teams are worse than us.

We are in the top 3rd very likely to get a playoff berth. EVERY SINGLE PLAYOFF TEAM this year lost some games they should have one.

We are in very good company.

The majority of NFL teams are in very poor company.

If you are still complaining, you have personal issues in your life that you are projecting on to Ireland.

Ireland/Philbin have EARNED another year.

And on another note, this organization has proven that changing too frequently leads us nowhere.

Another Ireland gaff. The price of resigning Grimes has just shot through the roof. He'll command top dollar in fa now.

To late for a cheaper extension.

Kudos to Ireland and the organization.

Well that is a step forward. I don't think we had anybody last year until injury additions were made. Could end up with 5 or 6 when all is said and done.

100 %

Not here to argue JI as the proof is in the dolphins win/loss record and zero playoff appearances under his watch. Maybe on sunday they break that string. However the fact remains he was brought in by the Tuna and learned under the tuna.

But hey. Lets give Ireland a 10 yr guaranteed contract because its nice to be average each year but not great

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 09:23 PM

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100 %

Im not projecting anything onto Ireland. The proof is in his resume. No playoffs and no division titles on his watch.

But give him another 10 years. why stop at one. taking out 2008. 4 isnt enough yet?. ok

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | December 27, 2013 at 09:30 PM

Olivier Vernon makes it as soon a the first Pro Bowl alternate list comes out. No way you miss first chop as an alternate with double-digit sacks.

The probowl is a joke. How does anyone from an offensive line thats given up a franchise record 58 sacks make the probowl?. Good for you pouncey but just sayin

JI as the proof is in the dolphins win/loss record and zero playoff appearances under his watch.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 09:23 PM

Like 99% of the bloggers here, you babble away without taking the time to do even one single minute's worth of research. You are the epitome of today's younger under-educated, under-motivated (loser) generation.

Wake up. The Chinese, Russians, Indians, Iranians, are taking all the jobs away from the dumb stupid Americans that are 17th in math and reading worldwide.

It's about time Fields is recognized. He's been the Fins MVP for 4-5 out of his 7 seasons.

That's true Sam.



Not being mean, just saying you are full of false facts. Ireland has made a playoff appearance. He also had to deal with a blow hard Parcells and a major idiot in Sparano.

Now free of that, he is doing much better. The results say so. When was the last time we BEAT 3 of the 4 division winners?

That will require a little research on your part that you are obviously not capable of.

100 %

Tell me what JI has accomplished in what is measured in the NFL?. No playoffs and no division titles under his watch. its all about winning a championship. Getting to that next level. Hes failed to do that. Lets hope either San diego or Cincinnati can aid in that accomplishment because the team hes assembled cant get it done on their own.

This blog is SO DAMN FRUSTRATING because MOST of you are ILLITERATE idiots and CHARLATANS->Bill Arnsparger and others,

It's pitiful this place. You guys collectively are proof the government is dumbing down society.

IT'S FKN SAD. Yes. It is.

I won't respond anymore to the brain dead sheer idiots here (you still don't know who you are because you are falsely high on yourselves)

Ireland has made a playoff appearance.

100 %.

You just got through saying that Ireland wasnt in charge in 2008 and it was bill parcells team. so on that comment then JI shouldnt get credit.

See this is what i love. Give Ireland credit in 08 for the good, but not for the bad.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 09:31 PM

I thought I corrected you....


It took the GREAT Elway DECADES to win a championship. Ditto for Peyton. Dungy, Cowher needed DECADES (can you count to 10?) to win a championship. Coughlin too.

Yet you expect the youngest GM in the league between boss parcells and idiot sparano to win FASTER than the greatest of ALL TIME?????????????????


Tell me, how many trophies did the ULTRA GREAT MARINO AND SHULA win????


Your standards are not remotely realistic.


Posted by: Sam I Am | December 27, 2013 at 09:35 PM

That why I have a hard time with the Jordan pick. I know Dusty, myself and several others posted on this very blog right up to the draft about making a trade for Albert.

But Ireland didn't want to give up our top 2nd rd pick because he already had thoughts of making the play for Jordan.

I'm willing to bet that had he made the trade for Albert we wouldn't be having these discussions about if we make the playoffs or not because we would have already clinched a spot.

Dolfan Rick,

You said no one would fire Ireland if he makes the playoffs. Sam I am wants Ireland fired even if they make the playoffs, lol. This team is 4 plays away from being 12-4 (the fins lost 4 games in last minute). They have beaten the Bengals, the Patriots, the Colts, the Chargers, and the Steelers, 3 Superbowl contenders and 2 playoff contenders. Unbelievable!

It's about time Fields is recognized. He's been the Fins MVP for 4-5 out of his 7 seasons.

Posted by: congrats fields | December 27, 2013 at 09:34 PM

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If this post has any credence then it really shows how ireland can find talent at a talent show. When your punter is the man of the hour there are issues gents

Congrats to the All Star Phins, well deserved.

Most of you simply don't realize HOW FREAKIN difficult it is to win a ring.

The VAST MAJORITY of SB winners got there ONLY after many years of the same staff.

Changing the FO every few years has PROVEN a losing strategy.

Yet...you losers want to keep repeating what has continued to FAIL.



It took the GREAT Elway DECADES to win a championship. Ditto for Peyton. Dungy, Cowher needed DECADES (can you count to 10?) to win a championship. Coughlin too.

Yet you expect the youngest GM in the league between boss parcells and idiot sparano to win FASTER than the greatest of ALL TIME?????????????????


Tell me, how many trophies did the ULTRA GREAT MARINO AND SHULA win????


Your standards are not remotely realistic.

Posted by: 100% | December 27, 2013 at 09:44 PM

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It takes decades does it. Hmmm i believe the great niner teams of the 80s and cowboy teams in the 90's took 3 years from the time they started their builds to the time they won their first titles. New england did this as well when BB was brought on board with Pioli. It can happen and i just showed you three examples of such accomplishments. But going back to your decades comment. That would mean it takes at least 20 yrs to win a title. Elway didnt play 20 years so wrong again.

I also seem to remember that in the shula/marino regime they made it to the big game in year two. So wrong again about the decades thing. This was also followed by division titles and playoff appearance.

But hey. Jeffy has his pulse on the way to build in the NFL.

Yes i do know how to count to ten. Do you know that it hasnt taken any of the teams i cited in this entry decades to be successful


If we were 12-4 I would be more comfortable with Ireland as well. Like I've said several times before I think we are close.

10 years ago we were close though and yet here we are still just close.

I can't imagine any wanting to see us turn the corner more than me. I hope they get it done.

I just got to see it happen before I start handing out kudos.

OK, so the Dolphins have as many pro bowlers as the New England Patriots (4). You can make an argument for at least 4 more players. Olivier Vernon (11 1/2 sacks), Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, and Charles Clay may still make it as alternates. Vernon is 4th in sacks in the NFL in sacks, Brian Hartline as good a year as last year (when he made it), Wallace is probably going to be a 1000 yard receiver, and Charles Clay is about to break all of the Dolphin records for TE.

Kudos to Ireland. He may end up with 8 pro-bowlers by the time the pro-bowl takes place.

Dolfan Rick,

This team is 4 plays away from being 12-4 Unbelievable!

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | December 27, 2013 at 09:45 PM

Truly UNBELIEVABLE is Orlando UTILITIES COMMISSION doesn't have teams in your neighbor checking for leaking GAS LINE in your neighborhood after this statement.

Seems as fans, watching the exact same games we live WORLDS, GALAXIES, and even UNIVERSES apart in what we see.


You are citing EXTREMELY RARE scenarios. I'm guessing you are very young. What you DON'T REALIZE is that there is NO FORMULA for those scenarios. There is no formula for finding an elite QB and an elite coach (Belichek FAILED in Cleveland)

You can always find the exceptions. So you argue the rare 1% and I argue the reality of how it is for the other 99%.

You want to win the lottery. I want a steady tried and true plan.

Good luck.


Lets look at what the probowl is. An allstar game of individuals who take a free vacation and play a joke of a game there. All it shows is we have wonderful individuals at their positions but average as a team playing together. how much stock can be put into the probowl as measuring ones success as a GM. Not taking away from their accomplishments but would you rather have the pats record or ours?

When your punter is the man of the hour there are issues gents

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 09:45 PM

Pretty much signifies he put in an awful lots of work. He definitely had enough opportunities to qualify.

Reggie Roby never helped get us into any playoffs either. Great punter though.

I think what has a lot of us a little nervous now was the debacle at Buffalo.

It looked like this group was really coming together after 3 impressive performances against the Jets, the Steelers in the snow, and a sweet win at home against the Pats.

Maybe we'll get it back together and pound the Jets and then we can just write the Bills game off as an aberration.


Think about. It's entirely possible Jeff Ireland could have family members posting here. Nearly everyone has access to the internet these days.

So you're not going to win the Jeff Ireland debate.

*** nighly poll ***

who is a bigger idiot douche bag

1. dashi
2. bill arnsparger
3. dashi

votes will be tallied at dawn.

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All i proved is it doesnt take decades and i gave you five examples of teams who had far more success than we have had in four years.

Im not asking to win the lottery. Im asking for results and ireland has failed to deliver those results. The proof is in the body of work.

So naming three dynasties who won titles after three years and a broncos team that got to 5 superbowls in 15 yrs is a fluke. what about the bills of the 90's. Yes they lost them all, but getting to four superbowls is a hell or a achievement even though i hate to say it as i hate the bills. Lets nnot forget those steeler teams in the 70's and our dolphins of the early 70's when shula came in. Extremely rare?. I think not. Im 40 yrs old btw

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | December 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Nail meet Hammer. For me it wasn't losing, it was the fashion of the loss. Totally dominated both sides of the ball while again drawing luck of the draw getting their "practice squad qb".

How much more humiliating can a fan feel after having such lofty false hopes?

Dolphan29 Shula/Marino was not a 2 year regime. Shula was there for many years, Marino was an added piece. Remember the Phins went to the super bowl in 1982 or were you not born yet? that was Don Shula coached team. so wrong again kid it was not a 2 year rebuild..

you are corrected....


Think about. It's entirely possible Jeff Ireland could have family members posting here. Nearly everyone has access to the internet these days.

So you're not going to win the Jeff Ireland debate.

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

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Sam i am

Not expecting to win this debate. Anything is always open for debate but there is no debating what is fact. No playoffs with him as sole GM and czar and no division titles with him as GM and czar. but hey. in next years draft lets ignore the oline again and take a ball boy who can throw a spiral to tannehill in warmups. with any luck that ball boy makes the probowl in year three of our 100 year rebuild. sign me up. lol

You are comparing a league of different rules of the past. The NEW league has brought on parity. Parity like we've never seen before. PROOF is that it has been decades if ever that so many teams were still alive in the final two weeks.

Also your examples are suspect. The Broncos??? Huh? All world Elway needed well over 10 years to win, so I have no idea what the heck your are talking about.

The Steelers and Fins of yesteryear conveniently had the best QB's in the league.

You need to look at the BIG PICTURE...not microscopic instances of success.


my point on the marino/shula comment was that 100 % said shula and marino together won nothing. I disagreed and stated that in year two they made the big show which is fact. They wernt a regime in the sense of the other examples but an example of success overall. I do know that Tannehill/JI wont accomplish this in year two

In a nutshell, pick your favorite coach and favorite GM. Send them together to a new team.

The chances of them going deep in the playoffs within the first 5 years is slim to none. They could just as easily fail with losing records.

What I am trying to get across is that there is no tried and true formula. There is WAY TOO MUCH luck involved that all the players and coaches and GM's align JUST RIGHT.

Dolphan Rick watching my team look HELPLESS on the playing field. Makes me feel that much more HELPLESS as a fan.

We didn't just lose to Buffalo, we were dominated. The football gods of scoring pulled off a great heist in Buffalo. Though the score was only 19-0. It had the doom and gloom feel of 69-0.

The dominance was far greater than the 19-0 score would tell.

With the Bills defense, had Tom Brady been their starting qb. Sunday's score would have been BILL 69 DOLPHINS 0.

The score would have clearly echoed the magnitude of the butt whipping.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Now you are saying decades instead of your original argument on 4 years. it takes time to built a steady winning team. as I told (corrected) you earlier, we changed all our offense and defensive coaches and schemes, plays everything. give it till next year and then clean house if it doesn't work. Not year 2 of this rebuild.

100 %

you said decades for teams to garner success. The kind we are talking about in winning titles and such. I totally showed you how wrong you were. i cited many examples and many different teams. You wanna make excuses or this team had this or they had that. Oh football is played different now. Just stop. you were wrong in your decades comment and i proved it without a shadow of a doubt.

Listen you believe in JI and thats fine. Sorry i have a more bigger expectation for my team than just squeaking in the playoffs or just missing out

agree that Ellerbe and Wheeler have been downgrades, for this year anyway……but, how many teams were lining up to sign Dansby?--the answer is exactly……1---1 team, Arizona, had any real interest in him…..and they were so interested that they signed him to a high-conviction……1 year contract--SO, yes, he's played well and good for him, and he's certainly outplayed Ellerbe……but basically no one expected this type of year from him, he's probably playing better there than he did as a Dolphin, or similar at least--great year from him, but also very surprising.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM



The pats record speaks of the fact that they have one of the greatest QBs in history. It also says that they have one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. The fact that the dolphins have 4 pro bowl players and 4 more fringe pro-bowl players says alot of the job Ireland has done constructing this team. Put Tom Brady and Bill Bellachick on the fins and they would be 12-4 and one of the superbowl favorites. Can you imagine Tom Brady throwing to Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Charles Clay? Brady has a way to make everyone better.

It is that simple. This is a QB league. That is why I say that you have to let this thing play out. Ireland has found some good players. His entire legacy is tied to Ryan Tannehill. If Tannehill becomes a top 10 QB it will mean that the fins will enjoy a lot of time in the post season and Ireland will be around for a long time.


I realize it takes time to build a team. But how long do we wait as a fan base to say this isnt working.

Im sorry. Going into this season some had us picked to win the division and make a run to the superbowl. Did i buy into that conversation?. No. But the so called experts felt that way. what did we spend in FA in total money with bonuses. ? $250 million. For what?. a 9-7 or 8-8 team.

Again give Jeffy another 10 years and who knows. we may even host a playoff game

Posted by: benz | December 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM

At least we all no know, Dansby will play for his "OWN FOOTBALL LIFE" and not his team's.

Having a pro bowl year after receiving a 1 YEAR CONTRACT fully proves that. Now the Cards probably resigns him for 2-3 more years and he again becomes the Dansby we all knew so well.

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM


That sort of a game has happened to teams before but rarely when so much is on the line.

There was some stars aligning factors in play though.

1. We had just come off a huge emotional win.
2. The weather was nasty and favored the home team.
3. Their strength on defense the D-Line against our weakness the o-line.
4. Their strength on offense the running game against our weakness stopping the run.
5. The Bills and their fans were rabid to play spoiler.
6. They had absolutely nothing to lose.

Still great teams find ways to win those games. Maybe we're good and great is still yet to come.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick |


Are you an idiot or what? Seriously. You showed nothing but a very few rare exceptions, some not even valid. There is no formula for that bro. You can't just BRING IN those rare exceptions.

Your argument is the rare 1% and citing the Broncos was wrong because that took DECADES.

My argument is the path that works for the other 99%.

Fool yourself if you want. Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.

agree Sam…..and that was sort of my issue with Dansby while he was here…..I liked him, he was good but not "great" like he was before he came to Miami…..I know some say that many players reported to camp out of shape a few years ago, but thats not an excuse to me--Dansby, a vet/team leader with a big contract, came to camp so out of shape that he embarrassed himself (and hurt the team) for the first several weeks, until he basically played his way into shape--unacceptable--he was a solid/good player here, but for the money and attitude, I was underwhelmed.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | December 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM

There's NO EXCUSE for this team to execute as poorly as it did Sunday.

If an atomic bomb would have been dropped on the field that day it wouldn't have only affected the dolphins. Both teams would be dead.

Excuses are like saying only the Dolphins would have died that day.

I don't put a lot of stock into the Buffalo loss. Buffalo is a match up nightmare for the Dolphins. They have a tremendous pass rush and the fins are weak on the Offensive Line. They have a great running game and the fins are 25th against the run. They had 20 mph winds and 35 degree rainy weather. It was like the perfect storm that the fins were facing. I am not surprised. The fins just have to pick themselves up and beat the Jets. I like the direction this team is going.


Im not disputing the relevance of BB and TB. They are great and no disputing that. My point was having guys make a non sense game in hawaii is not what i judge success in a GM.

Ive never said JI hasnt done some good with the team. My whole arguement all along has been hes was given free reign with money and draft this year and the past few and we are still the same team. Losing to teams we have no business losing to. Playing down to competition. Guys wanna give him one more year. you really believe this team wins the AFC east next year or makes the playoffs. we have our whole crappy line leaving except pouncey. No linebackers worth talking about. Lose both our DT's. JI cant even draft what is obvious. all of a sudden in one year hes reinventing the wheel?. Ok. Cant wait to see this mess play out

Debating the completely uninformed is an exercise in futility.

Take away the teams that totally luck into a true franchise QB and then do your analysis, based on history, not imagination.

Elway didn't win until his final two years. Dungy and Cowher didn't win until their final year.

Shula's early fins team was the best team on earth. Knoll had the best team on earth afterwards. There is no recipe for that. There is no combination of GM/Coach that can just make that happen. History shows that you ride with competent people long enough to get there.

Changing too often as we have done has only perpetuated our mediocrity. No one can argue that.

I certainly hope your right Orlando. How do you grade our progress if we lose to the Jets at home Sunday though??

100 %

What you call rare most would call otherwise. Decades means more than one or ten years which is a decade. Decades means atleast two and as i stated the broncos had their success from 1986-1998. 5 super bowl appearances in that time idiot. My math isnt the greatest but thats 13 yrs. Not decades. Listen hitch your wagon to JI and well see how things work out. I know the planes that fly above Sun Life stadium wont mind. Keeps those Fire Ireland banners going strong

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