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Former UM QB Stephen Morris on the Dolphins radar

While much of their draft focus is rightly on offensive line, it should be noted the Dolphins have a long list of needs, wants and must haves. And while quarterback is neither a need nor a must have, it definitely is a want -- one which the team might fill with a local player.

The Dolphins had University of Miami quarterback Stephen Morris at their facility last week as one of the "locals" visits they're allowed. Coaches also had dinner with Morris the night before the visit. And it should be noted that general manager Dennis Hickey and coach Joe Philbin attended the University of Miami Pro Day where Morris showed his skills two weeks ago.

Morris, I'm told, has impressed several Dolphins people -- including general manager Dennis Hickey -- with his maturity, intelligence and overall approach.

So does this mean the team is going to draft Stephen Morris?

That is not certain. But it means Morris is on the radar and the Dolphins are doing their due diligence on him. And that's a good thing because the Dolphins are going to have to draft a QB soon enough or find one through free agency or some other means.

Why?

Well, Ryan Tannehill is the starter. There is no controversy or question about that.

And Matt Moore is well-liked and appreciated as the backup while Pat Devlin recently signed his exclusive rights tender to be the No. 3.

But Moore is in the final year of his contract and while his experience is valuable, paying $4 million per year or more for a backup quarterback isn't the most efficient use of salary cap space. Devlin, meanwhile, has been in the Dolphins program for three years and it seems he's no closer to challenging for the backup job than he was in 2011 when he arrived.

Indeed, it has not been a competition for the No. 2 job at all.

So the Dolphins can obviously be improved by adding a young, talented quarterback with a Pro caliber arm (like Morris or someone else) to push Devlin for the No. 3 job but also to make a strong push for the backup job as well after 2014.

Maybe Stephen Morris is that guy.

Anyway, check out some 2013 highlights:

 

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Nice reort Mike. Your parents must be proud.

I bet within 15 mins will be exposed to 18 consecutive hours of Home posting...

Mark...

as seems to be the norm lately...I disagree....

If Tanne doesn't graduate...he most likely would have lost his job to Johnny FOOTBALL....and rightfully so...as Johhny followed up Tanne's medicre reign with 2 Heisman invites...and one Heisman won....

I'm not advocating for Manziel....but I woudn't be mad if he fell....and we took him....

They guy was LIGHT YEAR better than Tanne in college....

PUT HIS TEAM ON HIS BACK...in the bowl game....you know...the kind of stuff SPECIAL PLAYERS do....and its obvious he plays the game with a Brett Favre kind of attitude...a Marino kind of arrogance....we could use some of that....

Heck, "Mr Football" would beat out T-Puke on the 1st day of practice.

If Tannehill were coming out this year he'd be UNDRAFTED because he'd be riding the bench behind Johnny Manziel.

Shows what canadiens know about football haha

All the top QBs in the draft have major question marks - just can't see the Phins taking one until the later rounds to replace Devlin and groom in case Tanne does not progress. If McCarron falls to the 5th, snatch him up.

Can you say Canadian Crush

just saying....

That was kind of the 2nd part of a point I was gonna make...

If Tanne lost his job to Manziel....which I believe could have been a real possibility....he wouldn't even be in the NFL today...

Tanne owes his entire livelyhood to GRANDPA SHERMAN....

How does Tanne pay him back....gets Grandpa fired twice....

Thanks sonny boy....

Is there really a debate on whether Johnny Manziel is better than Tannehill?? Its not even close Johnny Football wins the debate.

Ill take a gentlemen wager that Johnny will throw for me yards and TD his rookie season than THill his 3rd season! Anyone wants to take the bet???

The Ravens should draft Manziel in the first. We don't have a QB that can lead.

.This is a very deep draft at the QB position. Besides the "Big 3" there could be 3-4 other QB's going in rds 1 and 2. Its widely considered the beat draft for QB's in 15 years and some have said its better than 1983. If you want a QB, this is the year.

As the Greatest MLB ever I would take your silly bet @10:01. Manziel is Hot garbage

get a murray, 3rd rd hopefully

Smoking Rocks,,,, This isn't even the best QB draft in 2 years.

Yeah Kris, Tanny would be an UDFA if he were coming out this year. And probably a WR.

You don't need a QB with attitude to win the Superbowl, just look at the Giants and Eli Manning.

I agreed with the bloggers who say Tannehill's "awe shucks" attitude can leave some team mates disgruntled.

I've been watching some video from last season and Tannehill can spin that pigskin pretty damn good...problem is he tends to hold onto it a bit too long.

He's our QB this year, barring any major injury so let's see how he performs without Sherman controlling the puppet strings.

R.Mallett will be a starting QB in the NFL someday.

Mallet can't scramble to save his life...he'd take more sacks than Tannehill.

"R.Mallett will be a starting QB in the NFL someday."

When Brady retires Mallett will beat is twice a year.

Is that right Kris? I disagree. there have been a lot of qbs with early success in their careers when insulated by strong strong rosters, yes. But very few prodigies coming right out of the box.

1. Only 4 qbs have ammassed more yardage and tds than Tannehill in their 2nd season ... Peyton, Marino, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck.... and Luck just barely. That is 3 #1 overall picks and the greatest pure passer of the football ever were more productive in their 2nd seasons. i seriously doubt Geno or EJ will be the fifth to join that club.

2. A while back I threw out an open bet to everyone... if any of these rookies can surpass Tannehill's marks last year for yardage and TDs then I would gladly deposit $100 in each of your paypal accounts. however, in return if nobody did, I would expect $100 in return...or they would forever leave this blog ... either reward would suffice.

Now ZERO people accepted this challenge. I was told it would be unrealistic for any rookie to meet those marks. Then wouldn't it tell you that it was pretty good production? I mean if Tannehill was such as disaster then surely Johnny Douchebag or Blake Bortles would have no problems reaching these marks? Right??

Ah, didn't take long for Home to show up, did it...

Posted by: NHFinsFan | April 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Brady, Manning, cant scramble. They dont get sacked.

Kris, you should also know Manziel was at A&M when Tannehill was there ... and Tannehill was the starter.

Regular, you got a bet. Finally at least someone with the stones to stand up.

NH...

I'm not saying attitude is everything...but the right attitude goes a long way...

I refer you to one Russel Wilson....

dedication...work ethic...."can do" attitude....SB champion....

I woudn't discount it....

Mark,
Tannehill made progress in his second year and most here only focus on the negative;

The sack against the Ravens on what should have been the winning drive.
The lack of points in the final two games...etc...

In retrospect I'm glad we missed the playoffs because if we did, Ireland & Sherman would be sitting in Davie right now planning for the draft.

Tannehill will make a huge jump this year with Sherman gone....HUGE!

Sherman got Sherman fired.

Ray Lewis before you proclaim your king of hill status just know

Personally I'd take Thomas over you every time, far superior in coverage & spying a mobile QB. You were better at having a longer career.

Bortles is the man. UCF!

I tried to negotiate a bet with you MarK, but, you didn't like the terms

TannePuke is following the EXACT SAME career path as Chad Henne. A smart GM would trade him for a 4th or 5th rd pk before he becomes as worthless as Henne did.

Marc, Bortles is the one Qb I do like in this draft. he will have a nice career...

Mark cool. Im certain I'll win this bet i just hope whoever drafts Johnny runs a spread offense simialr to what Seahawks, Redskins, 49ers run. Thats where the new NFL is headed.

The Jets signed CJ2K. Now Miami HAS to counter by getting a young, fast, hard- hitting, tackling machine of an inside linebacker. Also, a bull-pounding running back to complement Moreno and Miller.

NHFinsFan that's actually a great point in regards to playoffs/Sherman/Ireland

Not that I advocate missing playoffs but a good point nonetheless

No, I didn't think the terms were adequate. You wanted to do top 15 in qb ranking. I don't think it's an end all and be all of QB measurement. Tom brady nor Andrew Luck finished top 15 in qb ranking. I think we would like either as our qb and wouldn't challenge his position.

Kris...I agree 100% on having the right attitude.

I was the ONLY one on this blog in 2012 advocating we take Russell Wilson in the draft over Tannehill and got laughed off the blog....He's too short, Russell who?
Not a big time SEC QB etc...

I just want Tannehill to take a big leap in leadership this year. Some say leaders are not born but bred...I tend to believe in the opposite.

marc, I wouldn't count you as those without the stones to stand up, you at least tried to get terms...

The only problem is that Bortles will likely go to an atrocious team, so, it's unlikely that he'll be able to produce gaudy stats. Plus, he isn't exactly a gunslinger, he's just smart, and a winner!

Casey Pachall is an intriguing QB prospect in 6th-7th rd or PFA. Had issues with substance abuse, but the super quick release and arm are there.

Didnt anyone else notice how Texas A&M become a powerhouse as soon as TannePuke left? DUUUUUHHHH! LOL

Tiredfinfan agree 100%

The Jets signed CJ2K. Now Miami HAS to counter by getting a young, fast, hard- hitting, tackling machine of an inside linebacker. Also, a bull-pounding running back to complement Moreno and Miller.
Posted by: tiredfinfan | April 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Ross is too cheap to pay for good players. Pray for new ownership.

Well, Brady didn't exactly light it up last year. Neither did Luck, but, they did enough to help their teams win. Luck I think could have success in MIA because he can get out of trouble. Brady would be a disaster in MIA. He gets rattled too easily

Garn79 & tiredfinfan.

I'd advocate taking CJ Mosley at #19 for just that reason...STOP THE RUN.

With Soliai gone we need a run stuffing presence in the middle.

Mark....

I already rendered your yards argument void months ago....

I posted the link and the stats of 4,000 yard passer...from the 80's.....and passers after 1999....

the its funny how many do it now....as opposed to then....

4,000 yards is the NEW 3,000....

With Soliai gone we need a run stuffing presence in the middle.
Posted by: NHFinsFan | April 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Every year the Fins get rid of their best players. It keeps the payroll very low for the cheapskate Ross.

Stephen Morris is Worse than TannePuke!!!
Posted by: More Crap? | April 16, 2014 at 03:08 PM

LOL

T-Puke got Ireland and Sherman fired. He'll get Philbin and himself fired after next season.

Stephen Morris is not a smart QB he was awful at UM....

and besides Mark...to be honest...I could care less how many yards Tanne or Manziel throw for....

to me its about the W...nothing more...and nothing less....

How man did Chad Pennington throw in 2008.....

I have no Idea...but I do know we were 11-5...and AFC EAST CHAMPS....

Kris, agree. Measuring yardage is for losers. Just ask Dan Marino.

The Miami Dolphins should avoid Stephen Morris like the Plague. Although, he might be a good kid he never appeared to have QB smarts. He made many terrible decisions on the field. Ryan Williams should have started last year! They should daft Zack Mettenberger or the kid from Northern Illinois Jimmy G. in the later rounds....

Kris, how is it void if only 4 guys EVER ... that's yesterday and today have ever done it...

Brees didn't do it
Rodgers didn't do it
Romo didn't do it
kaep didn't do it
Wilson didn't do it

Only Dan, Peyton, Cam, Andrew

Mark...

I have no idea how many yards Russel Wilson threw for....but he is a SB champion....

and a SB Quarterback...

Then if that's your argument then Kris, you should be arguing for a lot better defense and running game.

The passing game was top ten in gross yardage... the rest, not so much...

Stephen Morris is not a smart QB he was awful at UM....
Posted by: JP | April 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Well, Marino was dumb as a doornail.

Mark...

your stats are old....without looking it up.....

The kid from detroit has thrown for over 5,000 yards in a season....

i'm sure kurt Warner did it a few times (4,000)

and Drew Brees Tom Brady...and most recently P. Manning have all shattered that Marino's single season record....

The Only reason Kurt Warner didn't break it in his hey-day was because he rarely played into the4th quarter of games...

Well if we had the #1 defense in the NFL and the 4th best running game I guarantee you nobody would be comlaining about the qb here today.

Seattle was #26 in passing offense in the NFL .. probably more an indictment of them never HAVING to pass more than not being able to.

Did we ever have that luxury? EVER?

Actually look at every game we won .. the QB stat line was well abover average.... even a couple of games we lost .. i.e. baltimore and Carolina.

But we didn't win one game where the running game and defense bailed out the qb. Seattle had a few.

...MIT. I know you are a metrics guy. I found this interesting. The Seahawks apply a SPARQ rating to test athletic aptitude for their prospects-eventual picks. SPARQ is a formula invented by Nike that measures then applies different baselines then gives you an average. For a pro football player they will take height-weight, then all the drills players do at Pro days-Combine, plus the other measurements, and give the player an athletic aptitude score. Now the formula is much more mathematically analytic then what I described. I gave you a generalized description.

Anyway, The Seahawks have minumums for players they will take. For instance. An elite score for any position is 130. The Hawks will not take a linebacker that scores under 110. They also will not take, or have not taken a linebacker with less then a 10 ft broad jump. They have these baseline prototypes for each position, then they find those players.

Now. This doesn't auto-equate to good football players. It only measures aptitude. But it is not coincidence that Seattle under Carrol, and Schneider have gutted that roster, and been able to find players all through the draft that can play.

By this metric. There are some no brainers in this draft. Ironic..Brock Coyle has the highest SPARQ score for any middle linebacker in this draft..CJ Moseley. Will not be drafted by the Seahawks. I would not touch him by this metric. Shazier? Best score by a OLB by far. A no brainer(Tripp was 8th)

More players that stand out..Aaron Donald, Haggeman, Clowney.

Carlos Hyde is not in the top 40 in athletic apptitiude. There is a running back from Indiana named Stephen Houston that we should be looking at. Athletically he is off the charts. He is comparable to Mickel from Seattle. Mickel had the highest running back score in the history of the test.

Kris, my stats are valid and certified. Stafford did not do it in his 2nd pro season, neither did Warner, Brady, Brees...

MY STATS ARE ON THE MARK...

Maybe your perception needs adjustment.

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