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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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P Merling = Another Irescum bust

Pat White = Another Irescum bust

Another comment that will/should be gone from this blog forever. Ireland cant find probowl talent.

And to those who can't or don't want to look towards the future. Shame on you. If you can't realize this is a team full of potential you shouldn't be watching football. You can't compare this Dolphin team to those from previous years.

Zach Thomas,JT, and Ricky didn't have a QB. Spo and Parcells bought a 1 year wonder which we were still paying for last season. Marino never had a Running Game or a Defense.

This team has a good young QB, Good to Great Defense, Good Young Skill position players for the QB, Ton of Cap Space, All our Draft Picks.

What more can you ask for right now?

Just sit back and watch this team develop and go to the playoffs for the next decade.

Instead of acting like a terminally ill person upset because they won't be alive to see it happen. Or some Geriatric Old fart that won't see Fidel die.

Chad Henne = Another Irescum bust

John Jerry = Another Irescum bust

Ryan T-Sack = Another Irescum bust

Clyde Gates = Another Irescum bust

Patrick Turner = Another Irescum bust

A J Edds = Another Irescum bust

To all those saying the Dolpins are making real progress….I would completely agree. I haven't seen the Fins beat the Pats in years. They beat other playoff teams/contenders this year as well; San Diego, Indy, Cincy, etc. They lost a very close games to Baltimore and Carolina. These games show the Fins are making real progress and we should be excited about the future.

I understand the losses to Tampa and Buffalo are appalling but I also understand that our weak OLINE was really exposed by these two teams as the created OLINE matchup problems for the Fins.

So, I am a believer in some of the core players on this team; THILL, Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Clay, Pouncey, Fields, Wake, Vernon, Odrick, Grimes, etc. I am excited about the potential of the two young CB's drafted last year. I am hopeful we keep Solai and/or Starks. This group offers real potential and are good players to build around.

The issue that leaves me worried is that Ireland has not had a good track record with the OLINE players he drafts or signs as FA's. The OLINE clearly is the unit that needs the most turnaround and I'm just not confident in Ireland's ability to pull that together in one offseason. He clearly has the cap space and the picks to get it done but I just don't know if his judgement calls will be right.

IF he does upgrade the OLINE this offseason it will be a huge year next year for Miami. If not, this team will remain on the playoff 'bubble' and fans (including me) will be frustrated.

Miller is my vote for most disappointing player. I thought he would come on strong this year. Now, I don't see him as starter material. I don't see Gillislee as being anything special either. Thomas probably finishes out his cheap contract and is gone.

We still need at least two RB's.

Shawn Murphy = Another Irescum bust

JJ is 100% Eh?
The Jets are going to throw the kitchen sink at the barbies and the score will be
Jets - 18
barbies - 3 Eh?

I have a feeling that Ireland will address the offensive line in FA and will not be drafting any OL high. He will sign Brandon Albert, BA OG, and resign Clabo to compete with Jonathan Martin for the RT position.

I think that they will draft another RB (maybe a big guy like Carlos Hyde) and then address the problems with stopping the run in the draft. He has to replace Starks who will be gone in FA. A guy like Timmy Jerrigan from FSU would be great in the first round.

The new guy that I like now that the fins should take in the second round is LB Chris Borland from Wisconsin. I am so impressed with this kid. He reminds me of Zach Thomas, very instinctive and always around the ball. He is super intelligent and a great leader. Only reason he goes in the second round is because he is considered undersized and his speed is not elite (reminds me of Zach). He is a hell of a football player. Here is a youtube link on this kid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK-dDWAdRRo

Ape, as a fellow blogger I am deeply concerned about your well-being. Might I suggest having anti-depressants ready just in case the fins win?

I know the selections are voted in by coaches, players and fans but beyond that? Fields & Grimes, slam dunk absolutely should be in.
Wake as good as he is was hurt for several games and don't know the numbers but seems like a down year. Pouncey? No, definitely not...worse year than previous two. So, why did he get voted in? Last year was a better year to me.

cocoa even in a down year pouncey was the best center in the afc.


This team has a good young QB, Good to Great Defense, Good Young Skill position players for the QB, Ton of Cap Space, All our Draft Picks.

What more can you ask for right now?

Just sit back and watch this team develop and go to the playoffs for the next decade.


Posted by: Dashi | December 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I agree that this team as more potential than n I've seen in Miami for close to 2 decades. Your assessment of the short comings of the team dating all the way back to the 80's is dead on!!! I do however question the cohesivness/communication between the F.O. and the Coaching Staff as far as the vision of what either wants to see this team develope into.

I see a Coaching Staff that wants/insists on running a 4/3 D when all of Ireland's actions in terms of talent/body type of athlete he aquires being more adept for a 3/4. I know after the draft he openly said that the Coaches saw DJ as a 4/3 DE and that he would play as one but you wonder if he wasn't purposely saddling them with his vision in essence forcing their hand??

Last Yr. you had a Commodity in Solia for example that would have been perfect in a sign and trade coming off 2 outstanding Seasons while targeting a Sharrif Floyd for example (if your pick was D) without need of a trade to plug into the scheme were looking to play. Also the insistance on Cogs who we all know to be a Power Guard with little to NO mobility, lack of ahtleticism pulling to play LG (PIVOTAL POSITION) in a zone scheme!! I could go on and on but you get the point! It sometimes feels like Ireland is simply playing Fantasy Football based on potential instead of aquiring fits for what the Coaches want and wonder how this obvious disconnect plays out???

fin4life....in any other business it would signal the end for Ireland. But we are speaking of the Dolphins, so all bets are off.

But I still have the feeling that Ireland is toast! Based on very little that you could say is concrete.

Got to run , be back later.


No, definitely not...worse year than previous two. So, why did he get voted in? Last year was a better year to me.

Posted by: cocoajoe | December 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

The Pro Bowl in essence is a popularity contest he kept losing to his perenially injured twin Bro. They have become the signature AFC names with the Pos. not named Mangold (who got snubbed to get Pouncey his 1st call although probably gets named alternate) and I agree he wasn't very deserving this Yr. I believe Clay was deserving on this team more than Pouncey but again the popular vote went against him. I can't recall a player at H-Back outside of Cooley 6 or 7 Yrs ago who made a bigger impact! Even in the games he wasn't targeted it was more about rolling coverages openin others up more than anything and the plays Vs. S.D. and Pitt. were the staples on a great Yr.

The Dolphins are 28th in offense; they are 20th in defense. This is not exactly the look of a team on the rise at this point.

Oh, and one more quick thought. How brilliant would this team be with an AVERAGE OL and an upgrade at LB and RB. This team would have to rank up with the best in the league. You can give credos to Ireland but you must agree with who left us with these holes that other teams seemingly can exploit. Next year other teams now know how to play us and we might regress rather then stay in our current spot.

The big $64,000 question remains, 'is Ireland the one to lead us to the promised land'?????

Experts say Philbin is great... really ?

Experts are wrong all the time. Im judging Philbin on what I see during games. As fans we have no control or influence on this team, all we can do is be honest with our observations, so thats exactly what Iam doing.

Posted by: not another ireland bust | December 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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You might be right but I was questioning why wasn't the selection last year? Guess it doesn't matter that much except for the players who might have a bargaining chip in another contract.

Sigh...agree. But with 3 upgrades on the OL and an NFL running back things could get interesting. What we do to upgrade our LBers is beyond me. Ellerbe and Wheeler are being paid a bundle and we don't have many options there. Two very big cap eaters that we can't get rid of who play very poorly, at best.

Posted by: fin4life | December 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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Yeah, I know...don't why I even bothered saying anything.
Does seem to favor a player who has excelled in the past but maybe just had a so-so year and they're rewarding him on past performance

Truth...I'm seeing a coach that has done a pretty good job with the huge holes that he's dealing with in the lineup.

If Ireland survives and Philbin doesn't. Then we have to put the 'silver tongue of Ireland in a museum'! It would rank within the top ten of 'greatest con jobs of all time'!

Posted by: signal | December 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Why do you think Philbin has no say in the draft the past two season's ?


The big $64,000 question remains, 'is Ireland the one to lead us to the promised land'?????

Posted by: signal | December 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

That is the 64 Mil. ? I read were some feel the team addreses the OL in FA and targets the DL and RB in the draft, time will tell cause we never know were Ireland's thinking is outside of drafting Tannehill but would be shocked if we give B.Albert a big contract next Yr. He's coming off a season ending injury (torn ligaments) and we've all seen through the Yrs. how those big 300 Pd. plus OL come back from those injuries diminished!

In terms of player with tons of heart that can help and you don't have to reach late in 2nd Rd. will due and should be there is Carlos Hyde whose battering style and above all else pass blocking (IMO most complete RB in coming draft) will help immeasurably. At this point though we probably pick lower Rd.1 and I wonder what will be available in terms of Tackle that can plug and play (our most significant need and play of Flucker drafted middle Rd-1 should inspire this move)

I personally like Taylor Lewan from Mich. but will be looooong gone by our pick and for my money the Bama Tackle (Kouandjio) is the likely available with FSU's Irving and outside shot maybe at Tenn.'s Richardson (all depends on combine workouts) but our move here is the most critical in coming draft. You could even make a case for one of these LT's in RD-1 while taking N.C.'s Hurst (LT) in RD-2 plugging at RT with both day-1 as upgrades (risky starting 2 rook Tackles) while hoping Hyde is there at your pick RD-3 or maybe moving trading pick in 4th to get him but by this point we have options at Pos.'s of need.

An interesting guy could be USC Safety Dion Bailey in RD-3 or maybe Penn St. DT DaQuan Jones who can rush and play the 4/3 as well as Cali. DT/DE DeAndre Coleman. All would make more sense than overpaying for an OL (with injury history) or DT on his last legs if we stick with the 4/3 looking for interior rushers while plugging OL (1st and even again in 2nd) and RB (NO SOONER THAN LATE RD-2 OR RD-3!!!!) to round out current roster. Next draft is pivotal with regards to getting the team over the hump with alot of pieces already in-house!!


Why do you think Philbin has no say in the draft the past two season's ?

Posted by: The Truth | December 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM


Sure Ireland has say, Ireland just has FINAL say. Meaning, if Ireland has a greater conviction than Philbin has to a player, Ireland gets his way.

However, Philbin, gets to decide how much that player plays.

Signal,

Yes, I agree you are totally right about the two new LBs are huge cap eaters while being a drag on the entire defense. And I also agree that upgrading the OL and RB positions would help a lot as well.

I would also like to see upgrades at WR depth and another good TE. To me, Wallace has been a disappointment overall. Recently, he was leading the NFL in drops and that's just not good for a $60 million WR.

Even more so, I would like to see a reduced focus in adding new talent with injury risks going forward, especially at critical positions.

The strange thing is that it seems many players play better both before and after playing for Miami. As others have shared/posted, this seems to be a mismatch between the Head Coach and GM. One also wonders if it is the team chemistry or atmosphere might play a part as well.

I'm disappointed that so many top draft picks have not worked out and that this year's class of rookies have been nearly absent the entire year except when Sturgis misses field goals. Lol. Going into the draft, I thought the Dolphins would land at least three starters, especially since the team is currently subpar in so many areas. I'll never understand the Jordon pick. The number three overall pick should be playing, and producing, much more at the DE/LB position.

I do see some solid potential and talent on the team, but given the lack of performance by the rookies and some of the FA signings this past offseason gives me concerns about the direction and ability of the GM and Head Coach to elevate the team to a much higher level.

The mess, (which by the way is the real story), is shared between Philbin and Ireland.

However, we have seen a team that can beat the best one week, then lose to the worst the next, thats on the coaching.

We don't have the best team on paper in the league, but we are in the top half easily. Every team has injuries and if you can avoid a QB going down you still have a shot at success, in extreme cases you can still you the SB with a back-up QB, but this is rare, Giants and Ravens.

By the way you always read were some posters question the knowledge of others stating lack of Know how. Well I was listening to Sports Radio were they were discussing the possibility of trading Keller?? First thought was that he had a 1 Yr. deal then they talked about it but were spit balling sign/trade scenario then thought about 3 torn ligaments with nerve dammage and the truth is you couldn't get a broken stapler or bag of stale pee infested peanuts for him today. The crap that passes for expert opinion on Sports Radio today makes me wonder if I couldn't do that myself with some of the other posters on here!

The offense is pathetic. Tanny is a poor excuse for a starting NFL QB and the RB's are the worst in football. These guys dont deserve playoffs even if they sneak in.

Adressing oline could be a little more difficult than we think. Ireland should have pluck Albert when he was there for the taking. Albert was willing to sign a longterm contract right away.

Plus, his team was worst in the nfl.

Now, Albert's a pro bowler, unrestricted fa, and plays for a team that will finish the reg season with no worse than 3rd best AFC record(11-5).

Also, now that he fresh off of a pro bowl season, KC, itself maybe more willing to resign him in 2014's fa. Teams don't let guys fresh off of pro bowls walk.

So, the Branden Albert train may have already caboose. 2nd best fa will be Jordan Gross(Carolina). He's a huge longshot coming here too. Even if he did he's already 33yrs old.

So, basically, in 2014 it's Albert o bust. With the KC surprise season, playing for Reid, and having a pro year. The odds have just gotten astronomical that Branden Albert would come here.

Where did my post go?

Adressing oline could be a little more difficult than we think. Ireland should have pluck Albert when he was there for the taking. Albert was willing to sign a longterm contract right away.

Plus, his team was worst in the nfl.

Now, Albert's a pro bowler, unrestricted fa, and plays for a team that will finish the reg season with no worse than 3rd best AFC record(11-5).

Also, now that he fresh off of a pro bowl season, KC, itself maybe more willing to resign him in 2014's fa. Teams don't let guys fresh off of pro bowls walk.

So, the Branden Albert train may have already caboose. 2nd best fa will be Jordan Gross(Carolina). He's a huge longshot coming here too. Even if he did he's already 33yrs old.

So, basically, in 2014 it's Albert o bust. With the KC surprise season, playing for Reid, and having a pro year. The odds have just gotten extremely astronomical that Branden Albert would come here.


Going into the draft, I thought the Dolphins would land at least three starters, especially since the team is currently subpar in so many areas. I'll never understand the Jordon pick. The number three overall pick should be playing, and producing, much more at the DE/LB position.

I do see some solid potential and talent on the team, but given the lack of performance by the rookies and some of the FA signings this past offseason gives me concerns about the direction and ability of the GM and Head Coach to elevate the team to a much higher level.

Posted by: Sigh | December 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM


Good post! My thoughts exactly!! The lack of drafting specific talent for scheme is maddening!! Your assessment on Jordan a prime example although probably a day-1 starter at OLB in 3/4 who were looking to make one dimensional as situational pass rushing DE in 4/3. It truly boggles especially with so many teams in need of a 3/4 NT and one of the Top-5 on roster you could have signed and traded taking Sharrif Floyd (4/3 DT) in draft without trade up need.

Also agree about getting at least 3 Day-1 contributors in draft we went into with 5 Top-100 picks!! I questioned and still do the need of adding Gibson to the WR group with so much already invested in Wallace/Hartline. It especially gets more mind-bending when Rd-1 prospect (discussed on this blog plenty before draft) Keenan Allen sliding to Rd-3. The draft in retrospect seems amateurish were after the Jordan shocker sort of fell along the draft predictions of most publications or draft fantasy if you will instead of shrewd attempt at targeting needs. His only brownie points came in adding FA players to 1 Yr. deals.


I'm disappointed that so many top draft picks have not worked out and that this year's class of rookies have been nearly absent the entire year except when Sturgis misses field goals. Lol. Going into the draft, I thought the Dolphins would land at least three starters, especially since the team is currently subpar in so many areas. I'll never understand the Jordon pick. The number three overall pick should be playing, and producing, much more at the DE/LB position.

Posted by: Sigh | December 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM


Dont you know by now that Ireland cant draft? He's proven it every F'N year.

fins4life,

I have no doubt you could do better than the so-called experts on the sports radio and television shows. Most of them give superficial opinions without pros and cons of whatever issue is being discussed. Even the posters here with whom I disagree with on the direction of the team can often give very detailed justifications for their views.

You are right with regard to Keller. Totally right. :)

Nat Moore,

You have a good point!

Good screen name too. :) Nat Moore was a great WR. Probably my favorite.

Sign or Truth....sorry can't remember which said "that the Buffalo loss had to be on Philbin".

Can't agree. The Bills exploited our weaknesses that were very evident. Philbin plays the men available to him. Now if he had a hand in ignoring the obvious (OL) in the off season then he too should be shown the door. But my guess, and it's only a guess, is that Philbin's stock wasn't high enough prior to the Martin/RI bump in the road to have either a strong voice or any veto power. There is also the chance that Philbin has never been a real player in the draft wherever he's been. So he's more likely to set back and watch and do the best he can in sitting there and looking smart. But after the mess with our two OL. It seems that Ross came out to cover Philbin and let Ireland fend for himself. Ireland may have some culpability in the mess that we don't know about. But in any event we now have the quietest GM in the league.

It is amazing to see the gullibility of the average Football Fan. The pro-Bowl selections confirm it.

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