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Dennis Hickey talks at Indy Combine

Dennis Hickey is at his 19th NFL Indianapolis Combine but obviously attending as a general manager for the first time.

"It's an exciting time," he said today. "You get 350 of the best prospects in the same setting. It lets you evaluate them from an athletic standpoint. You get verified measurables on them. You get to know the player themselves and get medical information.

"It's an exciting time for the Miami Dolphins."

So the second question was asked was about the status of Mike Pouncey and the rest of a very uncertain offensive line.

"Every day that I wake up, I think about how can I get the Miami Dolphins to the best 53-man roster," Hickey said. "Obviously, that encompasses all positions. I believe that it all starts up front on both sides of the ball ... What's the best plan? We're putting together the best strategic plan and we're going forward with that."

Hickey declined to answer a question about a possible suspension for Pouncey or John Jerry, both mentioned prominently in the Wells report.

"We're working in concert with the commissioner's office and so that's where that stands," Hickey said.

Here's something that suggests: The Dolphins will wait on NFL sanctions for the players before taking any action of their own.

Hickey made the point he is not going to discuss "current plans, future plans" about players. He repeated that point about four times. That's understandable and typical of NFL teams. It doesn't need constant repeating, however.

Hickey would not be specific about the offense the Dolphins will run.

"We're going to do a lot of different things under (new OC) Bill Lazor," he said. "We're excited to have him on board. They're still working through all that and we'll go from there."

The subject of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been prominent this offseason since CBSSports.com reported Joe Philbin might at some point bench the QB in favor of backup Matt Moore.

Hickey said he's watched Tannehill since college and has seen improvement since that time.

"We expect that to continue that development into his third year," Hickey said.

As for the report?

"I can't respond to speculation," Hickey said, "but I believe in Ryan Tannehill."

The Dolphins have a lot of needs. The offensive line side to side. Defensive tackle. Safety. Cornerback. And running back.

But Hickey said, "We like the running backs on our team."

He added, however, that he wants to find the best 53 playes and wants to push competition, including at running back.

Hickey said he wants Dion Jordan to "continue to progress." He declined to be more specific (one of his four times).

Free agency will start in March. Hickey thinks the Dolphins are a great destination for those players.

"I think free agents will be attracted to who we are," he said. "We have an excellent coaching staff. We live in Miami, that's pretty strong. We have a great owner who will allocate the resources necessary. And we have an environment, a collective strong environment. In my three weeks, it's been nothing but positive with all the people. As you get in the building and get to know the people, you get a sense of what the organization is about. I felt strongly about that and at every step that has been confirmed to us."

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Translation: Mike Pouncey ain't going no place

Wait, that can't be your whole post. You haven't gone out of your way to slight Philbin yet!

just wait Iowa...he can always add to it

Hickey made the point he is not going to discuss "current plans, future plans" about players. He repeated that point about four times. That's understandable and typical of NFL teams. It doesn't need constant repeating, however.

Apparently it does, cuz he keeps getting asked the same question, just with different player names

i like hickey. just wish he had the power to fire awful philbin

wow, I cant belive he didnt tell us....and all the media....and everybody else there.....EXACTLY what the Dolphins plans are, in detail--and cant believe he repeated himself, several times.....geez, NO coach being interviewed has ever done that....its called "blowing off the media", who continue to ask the same, but mildly rephrased, question over and over....and over--shocking that he's forced to repeat himself

Hickey sounds like he has said plan and aint telling nobody about it.

Haha, these media guys get paid for doing crap all in life.

Hey Mr. GM, please tell us who you are going to sign, release, trade, and draft.

GM: Get lost, loser.

Type it up and call it a day .... geeez

USA TODAY NFL team ‏@usatoday_nfl 1m
Vikings will work out 8 or 9 QBs, would 'love' to trade back http://usat.ly/1cuNe3I

Vikings willing to trade. I might offer them the same for pick #8 if Robinson or Watkins were there. I am talking about what I suggested for a Cleveland trade. If we were to sign Mack.

I posted this in one of Mando's earlier blogs from today, but just in case you weren't aware about how low this guy goes, here's an explanation I pulled from another blog about the "High-Five" incident that happened several years ago.

"Did you ever hear the Jason Cole-Salguero "high-five" story in Buffalo?

The two high-fived when a Denver win in Indy on a Sunday night in 2003 eliminated the Dolphins.

One of the other papers' writers dropped the dime on them to Wannstedt.

At one of the Dan Marino-as-GM debacle press conferences, Wayne Huizenga, breathing fire, rebuked the duo in public for the action.

Cole apologized on the airwaves and, I believe, called Huizenga personally.

Salguero?

Well, he was circulating a spiel to anyone who would hear it that is accurately captured in this thread from another board from January 2004:

http://www.finheaven.com/boardvb2/showthread.php?t=30413

Armando,

I was disappointed to hear that you enjoyed the fact that the Dolphins were knocked out of the playoffs the day of our Bills game when Indy lost to Denver. It was in poor taste for you to be engaging in a "high five" with Cole. You have a unigue position in your line of work. Many of us "Dolfans" go to your place of employment as a source of our Dolphins news. While I don't mind reading critical insights about the Dolphins, and have heard over the years that you are a Raiders fan, if your attitude is that biased(hoping the Dolphins lose), I think that crosses the line. Frankly, seeing you behave this way makes me wonder why I or anyone else should bother to read your point of view. I'm disappointed it was you involved in this
classless action.

D-Mike

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His response -

Mike,

It is classless to accuse people of doing things without asking them about it first. First, I am not a Raiders fan so already your information is wrong. Also, I did not enjoy the Dolphins being knocked out of the playoffs. Cole and I were in a bar and when Clinton Portis, who is a former UM player,
broke off a tackle-breaking run, I celebrated the run by high-fiving Cole. I attended UM, root for UM, and more importantly, am friends with Portis. That's what I was celebrating ... on my private time, no less. I hold no bias for or against the Dolphins. None. But I resent people like you accusing me of things without simply asking first.

Best,
Armando Salguero

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My response -

Armando,
I appreciate the response. However, you should be aware that the weekend in question Portis did not play, and didnt break any runs. He was injured late in the game a week earlier and missed the Colts game (Same week we played Buffalo). Checking the NFL.com site you will see he had no stats that week. Thanks for your time.

D-Mike

Colts - Broncos Game Stat...No Portis carries

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Mike,

"Perhaps I did not make myself clear. I root for him to do well and so I want his team to do well. I know he was injured because I talked to him on the cell that day. The run I refered to was by Anderson and obviously you believe I was talking about Portis. Sorry its so onvoluted but as you may understand, I'm answering these emails and doing a billion other things at the same time. Gotta go."

Be well,
Armando


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Hickey would not be specific about the offense the Dolphins will run.

"We're going to do a lot of different things under (new OC) Bill Lazor," he said. "We're excited to have him on board. They're still working through all that and we'll go from there."


NOW THIS SOUNDS EXCITING! IT"S OUT WITH THE BLAND, FELLAS....

But Hickey said, "We like the running backs on our team."

He added, however, that he wants to find the best 53 playes and wants to push competition, including at running back.


Definite cue, WE'RE IN THE MARKET!

LOVE as never been exactly akin to LOVE.


What the hell did the Bears do to their uniforms??? The Chicago skyline on the helmet instead of that classic logo???

Yow.

It would be very Dolphins-like; however, to have had moderate success with Matt Moore as the starter in much of 2011; then decide in the offseason that Moore had reached his ceiling and push the need for a franchise quarterback; then draft Tanny as their franchise QB in 2012; watch him start for two years, then in 2014, decide that Matt Moore (the guy who's been on the roster for all four years) was really the better quarterback in the first place.

"We like the running backs on our team."

What a clueless bozo.

"If free agents will be attracted to who we are," he said:

"We have an excellent coaching staff. We live in Miami, that's pretty strong. We have a great owner who will allocate the resources necessary. And we have an environment, a collective strong environment. In my three weeks, it's been nothing but positive with all the people. As you get in the building and get to know the peole, you get a sense of what the organization is about. I felt strongly about that and at every step that has been confirmed to us."


Wow, wayyyyyyyy to much info. Can you say, "BAFFLE THEM WITH BULLS..T?

Ooooh, Mando caught in what appears to be a big bold faced lie.

"Bland??"

Under Sherman, the Dolphins were the second most pass-happy team in the NFL. Threw the ball on a bigger percentage of downs than ANY team aside from Denver.

Christ, it was EXACTLY what so many of you guys were howling for and then when you finally got it you realized it didn't work.

Lazor will bring in a much more CONSERVATIVE offense--much greater percentage of running the ball.

Hickey said he wants Dion Jordan to "continue to progress." He declined to be more specific (one of his four times).


Translation:

"Not my problem, didn't draft him".


"We like the running backs on our team."

What a clueless bozo.

Posted by: Franchise Of The Fallen | February 20, 2014 at 03:01 PM


Like is not akin to "LOVE". He never said he "LOVES THE RB's ON THIS TEAM.

"LIKE" basically means, "THEY HAVE EARNED NO JOB SECURITY">

WORDS REALLY DO MEAN THINGS!

Wow--that Salguero "high five" story is amazing. Was never aware of that.

Man, he is SO exposed in that series of e-mails. Claiming one second he was high-fiving a Portis run that NEVER HAPPENED and then doing a quick 180 to try and save face saying he was rooting for the TEAM Portis played for.

Yeah, sure, Armando.

My opinion of him just went down a few notches.


"Bland??"

Under Sherman, the Dolphins were the second most pass-happy team in the NFL. Threw the ball on a bigger percentage of downs than ANY team aside from Denver.

Christ, it was EXACTLY what so many of you guys were howling for and then when you finally got it you realized it didn't work.

Lazor will bring in a much more CONSERVATIVE offense--much greater percentage of running the ball.

Posted by: Hempstead | February 20, 2014 at 03:03 PM


Because the3 offense was "pass heavy" doesn't necessarily mean it wasn't "BLAND". We were only "pass heavy" out of "NECCESSITY".

Do not play like you didn't see our 2013 "RUN GAME". :)

Fukkk Clinton Portis, sometimes you have to place allegiances before feelings.


What the hell did the Bears do to their uniforms??? The Chicago skyline on the helmet instead of that classic logo???

Yow.

Posted by: UGLY! | February 20, 2014 at 03:00 PM

++++++++++++

Just saw it. HORRIBLE!!! They must be going nuts up there, lol.

What I do like about Lasor, is he's young, and comes from a coaching staff(Chip Kelly) that seemed to be "ushering in" a new age of NFL offensive attack.

For once, "offensively", we may actually be ahead of other NFL teams in "INNOVATIVE OFFENSIVE ATTACK". With most of our past OC's we've been at least a "DECADE" or more behind everyone else.


"We like the running backs on our team."

What a clueless bozo.

Posted by: Franchise Of The Fallen | February 20, 2014 at 03:01 PM

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Yeah, because what any new executive does when they come in is to publically criticize their employees and throw them under the bus instead of handling those things privately. I think that's how every successful GM operates, right?

Dude, YOU are clueless bozo.

So you want Philbin, Hickey to tell you their Team plans, so, from the look of it, these SoFla reporters can sell the info to other Teams. Funny.

try to trade Moore for an extra draft pick our try to package him in a deal to move up. With bill lazor coming from philly get vick to push tanny get Albert in F/A draft watkins if he falls or if we can move up draft oline in later rounds get Carlos Hyde in the 3rd and lets win some football games go fins Oh with vick as our qb it will happen

Did anyone really expect him to say: "we hate the running backs on our team and will be drafting RB high on our board"?

These pressers are nothing more than smokescreens.

Fellas, I was a blog regular going back to the Jason Cole days. Jason was also critical of the team when warranted but never so petty like Mando in his columns. He also sacked up after that and personally apologized to Huizenga. Anyone think Armando would ever have it in him to do that? He didn't back then. Guy is a first class sh*t stirrer. Who cowers when caught. Congratulations to the a**hats for being in his pot.

I'm fine with Lazor but for all the talk about that "quick" Eagles offense I wonder how many folks are aware that BUFFALO ran the most up-tempo offense in the NFL last year?

I'm guessing not too many but recall a CBS graphic proving just that when both offenses were timed between snaps.

Schemes actually mean very little. It's all about the talent at your disposal.

Michael Vick? Ok, lets bring in another qb who's horrible in the pocket.

Ive observed Vick over the past few years. Many of his "SACKS" are on "HIM". Not his oline. His "pocket prescence may be worse than Tannehill's.

At least Tannehill has an excuse. He's only been in the league 2yrs.

Holy cow, that stuff with Salguero and the high-five story is incredible. Not sure what is funnier--his claim to be rooting for Portis or his comical denial when it was exposed Portis didn't even play!

Ouch, Armando.


a**hats for being in his pot.

Posted by: Iowa Phin Fan |
Ghey?

Hempstead,

Buffalo did not have Chip Kelly's playbook.

I never knew about the Mando High Five Story, thanks for sharing. I've been saying for years this guy is joke, I actually know people who know this clown and I wish I could share some of their stories, but it would lead to some problems for them. Let's just say there's not a lot of respect for him as a journalist. That being said, who in the world manipulated this story about sitting Tannehill? No chance this would happen


My opinion of him just went down a few notches.

Posted by: Doubting Salguero From Now On
Ghey?


Did anyone really expect him to say: "we hate the running backs on our team and will be drafting RB high on our board"?

These pressers are nothing more than smokescreens.

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | February 20, 2014 at 03:19 PM

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Unfortunately, there really ARE a few posters here dimwitted enough to want just that.

FINALLY!!

SOME REAL FOOTBALL NEWS!!

SERIOUSLY SALGUERO. 3 POST ABOUT PHILBIN. ALL SAID THE SAME THING!!

IM NOT ONE TO INSULT YOU. BUT YOUR OBJECTIVITY WAS CLEARLY SHOWING!!

WHEN YOU WRITE OUT OF ANGER, EVERYONE SUFFERS. EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO SEE THINGS YOUR WAY.

YOU JUST SHOWED YOUR MINIONS HOW RIDICULOUS IT LOOKS REPEATING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER. YOU REPEATED THE PHILBIN INTERVIEW 3 TIMES! AND NOT ONCE DID YOU SAY SOMETHING NEW.

AAAUGH!! THE BEARS NEW LOGO!!! MY EYES ARE BLEEDING!!!

Folks, Lazor is not Chip Kelly. Just because he coached with him for one year does not mean that our offense will suddenly be as innovative as the Eagles'.


Hempstead,

Buffalo did not have Chip Kelly's playbook.

Posted by: SAM I AM | February 20, 2014 at 03:24 PM
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More a matter of them not having nearly as much talent at their disposal.

This is ALWAYS the bottom line. There are no magical schemes out there. If you have enough talent you can make things happen. If not, you won't.

Silverback,

I remember when Armando was against drafting Jimmy Graham 3rd rd, saying "he's to much of a project".

That was my personal question to him that year before the draft. That's how he answered me.

I threw it back into face when Graham became a Pro bowl TE. Armando denied(lied) he ever told me that. Then "lied" he had been singing the praises of Graham "all along".

The Bears just went from having one of the most classic uniforms to one of the WORST!!
NEON?? Are you freaking kidding me???

Shoes72,

Duhhhhhhhhh..........

Lasor's not Kelly, genius. But, he sure is familiar with his "OFFENSIVE PLAYBOK".

I feel soooooooooo....... sorry for all of the TEACHERS in AMERICA. The EDUCATION INDUSTRY is such a TOUGH BUSINESS!


SOMETHING NEW.

Posted by: Dashi |
Ghey?


Folks, Lazor is not Chip Kelly. Just because he coached with him for one year does not mean that our offense will suddenly be as innovative as the Eagles'.

Posted by: Shoes72 | February 20, 2014 at 03:28 PM

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Doesn't matter either way.

Fine with Lazor coming in (I like his personality, in fact) but he will only be as effective as the talent at his disposal allows him to be.

There's no magic wands or pixie dust. You win (or lose) because of the talent you have. The "schemes" are just a tiny part of it.

Shoes72,
Duhhhhhhhhh..........
Lasor's not Kelly, genius. But, he sure is familiar with his "OFFENSIVE PLAYBOK".
Posted by: SAM I AM | February 20, 2014 at 03:34 PM

You can leave out the "Duhhhhhh" part and not look like such an a-hole and be an adult.

"We're working in concert with the commissioner's office and so that's where that stands," Hickey said.

Hickey and Philbin both said the same thing.

Translation

We will say and do as the NFL says.

Why do you think Salguero doesn't post on his own blog anymore?

Can't take the Heat.

So ............


Shoes72 = Darkoak

hix
tpuke is not
u'r problem
so don't make him
u'r problem
cover your
axx
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lol

Whoa, Armando! Does Ted Wells need to investigate you too? #ArmandoGate

he's
pants64
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lol

Sam I Am = Sherlok Holmes......

Not!

Only one name for me on here, I have integrity. I just find your obnoxious responses juvenile and comment to that extent.

YG trying to claim some posters are other posters LOL. Ironic????

PHINS URINATE ON PHANS PHACES

Again

Sam I Am:

ME MO? ME MO? ME MO?

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