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Dolphins zone in on quarterbacks; Sid Rosenberg fired; UM, Heat, Canes

WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN

Of the consensus five best quarterbacks expected to be available to the Dolphins in the draft, they have spent clearly the most time with Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill and Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler. Though there are mild concerns internally about his lack of experience (19 starts at quarterback), the Dolphins have told people they like Tannehill  and they left with a good impression after their recent private visit with him.

Some chatter on the five as we streamroll toward draft day:

### Tannehill (29 touchdowns, 15 picks): He’s riding media momentum, thanks to Mike Mayock and Todd McShay touting him. But know this: CBS’ Charley Casserley said that eight teams told him after the college season that Tannehill should be a late-first or early second round pick.

Here’s what else should concern you: He threw three interceptions against each of the top defenses he faced in 2011 (Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State). “The Texas game was kind of a red flag,” Kiper said. “He didn’t look like the quarterback he was in other games against lesser defenses.” He completed 20 of 49 passes in that game.

Fox’s Brian Billick said Tannehill "scares the hell out of me" as a high pick. “He has potential to be very good, but he made a lot of mistakes,” Sports Illustrated’s Tony Pauline said. “There’s too much risk” at No. 8.

But here’s the flipside: Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said: “The upside on him is tremendous. That’s something everyone is going to take into account.” Seahawks GM John Schneider: “He has this natural toughness that players really rallied around.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan: “I like Tannehill an awful lot. I watched every catch he had as a receiver the first 2 ½ years, every throw as a quarterback. He’s got the ability to roam, good feet, big upside,… anticipation.” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman loves his “poise” and said he makes players around him better, drawing comparisons to Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in that regard.

Casserly said, “I like him better than Jake Locker and Christian Ponder. He’s more accurate and a better decision maker than Josh Freeman. I see vision and progression reading. He’s been in a pro offense. He’ll pat the ball before he throws it, telegraphs it a little. But he’s not the first guy who’s done that. Is eight too high? If you want to get him, you get him.”

### Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden (37, 13): “A beautiful thrower, one of the real pure passers in the draft,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told us. “But the age does factor in. He’s going to be” 29 in October.

But it’s not just the age issue. “There were some games he was making some bad throws, some bad decisions,” Kiper said, who projects him to go 37th. “He had three interceptions against Louisiana Lafeyette, a couple picks against Tulsa and Kansas State, three in a loss to Iowa State. He has a big-time arm, can beat you over the top. We know he’s got the leadership and maturity.”

### Arizona’s Nick Foles (28, 14): An option at 72 or 73 for Miami, but his stock is falling. “You can’t argue with the arm strength and size,” Kiper said. “He can throw on the move very effectively, so there’s a lot to like.” But… “He’s not as precise as you need to be throwing into those tighter windows in the NFL that he’ll see,” Kiper said. “He may be more of a developmental quarterback.”

### Osweiler (26, 13): Casserly said he’s no better than a fourth-rounder; Kiper has him in the early third. “The big thing is the bad decisions,” Kiper said, noting he completed only 45.5 percent of his passes in the red zone. “He forced a lot of balls into coverage last year. He had six games with multiple interceptions, and five of them were losses. The delivery is going to bother some. It’s a little unorthodox, but I don’t worry about that because he’s 6-7, and it didn’t hamper Phillip Rivers. He did look real good against USC, outdueling Matt Barkley.”

McShay said Osweiler, who visited Dolphins camp Monday, “has first-round natural tools but he’s not ready” to play.

### Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins (25, 10): Strong leader and good accuracy. The Dolphins have spoken favorably of Cousins, Weeden and Tannehill to NFL people.

“Amazing character and competitiveness, real chip on his shoulder,” Carroll said of Cousins. “He’s very, very impressive.”

But Pauline said even though “he has the ability to develop into a starting quarterback, he’s very indecisive and makes poor throws on occasion.” NFL Films’ Greg Cosell said he watched five of Cousins’ games and was “disappointed. Saw a limited passer with average arm strength.” He could go in round three or four.

All the others, including Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley and Boise State’s Kellen Moore, are projected for the fifth through seventh rounds, with none projecting as more than a backup.

### The Dolphins have been spending a lot of time with under-the-radar Southern California defensive end/tackle Armond Armstead, considered a first- or second-rounder before he experienced chest pains last spring. USC doctors didn’t give him clearance to play last season, but Armstead – who was summoned to Dolphins offices last week – said he’s fine and has no heart issue... For Dolphins news on Cameron Wake and the four free agent linebackers who visited Tuesday, see my story on the home page or my previous post.

CHATTER

WQAM fired afternoon host Sid Rosenberg on Tuesday afternoon because of his arrest last week for DUI and driving with a suspended license. The station immediately hired former University of Miami defensive lineman Dan Sileo to replace him on the 3 to 7 p.m. show, beginning immediately.

Sileo was fired by a Tampa station last month after referring to three black players - Vincent Jackson, Jonathan Vilma and Cortland Finnegan - as "monkeys." Sileo generated high ratings during his time as a morning sports talk host in Tampa.

Rosenberg, who has spoken of his problems with addictions, declined to comment Tuesday. WQAM general manager Joe Bell declined to discuss Rosenberg's dismissal beyond calling him "a friend." But a source said the station simply lost patience with Rosenberg because of past indiscretions, and this was the last straw.

Of Sileo, Bell said, "I'm confident Dan will do a great job."

It was tumultuous day in local radio, with Jorge Sedano leaving 790 The Ticket to concentrate on his job doing a fantasy sports show for CBSSports.com. That show might move to CBS Sports Network.

### If you want to make a case for why the Heat’s James Jones should play more, here's something to consider: Jones, whose shooting allows Miami to spread the floor, has logged 25 minutes all season with the Big Three, and Miami has outscored teams, 86-52, during that time (a pace of 165 points per game).

### Though the Marlins spoke with Major League Baseball, the decision to suspend Ozzie Guillen was made entirely by Jeffrey Loria. A spokesman for the owner said Loria was “appalled and very disappointed” by Guillen’s comments….

NBC’s Bob Costas, calling Thursday’s Marlins-Phillies game for MLB Network, applauded the suspension on a conference call: “The Marlins had to react forcefully without any ambiguity. There is no reason to respect or admire Castro. Five games seems equitable and reasonable to me.” The lesson for Guillen, Costas said, is this: “Regardless of Ozzie’s shoot from the hip history, he better keep it holstered on anything that goes outside baseball. The other stuff, I don’t think he has much wiggle room any more. [White Sox chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf was pretty indulgent through the years, but Ozzie has painted himself into a corner now.”

### UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said Tuesday that receiver Rashawn Scott has had “the most consistent spring of anyone on offense” and that receiver Kendal Thompkins has been a pleasant surprise... Al Golden, asked why having so many NFL prospects did not equate to more wins last season: “There’s clearly a talent pool we have to get more out of. It's my problem. It's something I have to fix.'' …

Safety Rayshawn Jenkins, a summer arrival, said he has been told he also might play receiver, and Golden said he's "all for" players playing both ways if they can handle it. He mentioned linebacker Gionni Paul got some work Tuesday at fullback, where UM is depleted.... UM said center Reggie Johnson still hasn't informed them if he's going to the NBA or returning for his senior season, according to a UM spokesperson. Every other player has committed to return.

Comments

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TinSouthMiami

Dan Sileo?

Joe Bell just doesn't get it.

Drew P. Balls

Joe Bell is what's wrong with WQAM. This guy has ruined a once proud station.

3G Cane

Joe Bell is what's wrong with WQAM. This guy has ruined a once proud station.

Posted by: Drew P. Balls
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You ain't lying.

WQAM

I'll tell you what's wrong with WQAM... waaaay too much UM propaganda and programming. Give us more local sports outside of UM. Marlins/Heat/FIU/Dolphins, even Panthers. They are the official Panthers station, and despite their playoff achievement, you hardly hear about them.

El Pollo Loco

So, WQAM replaces a drunk cokehead with a racist, only in Miami.

zimmerman's ex-lawyer

Tell me about it El Pollo Loco

PhinFan13

Let's not fool ourselves guys this isn't the first time he's been involved in something disgusting. Read this article so you can get a better picture.

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200703280001

I'd rather listen to Big O on 640AM everyday from 3-7pm, he's from here & does a great job talking about our local teams with great passion.
Sid is not a good person, but I do hope he gets the help he desperately needs.

octavio de armas

Next car you buy wheel and deal for satellite radio that way you have plenty of choices. Besides many that listen to talk radio are people that have nothing to do with their time.

HeatNo1nbaT

QAM should hire the Big O from 640 to do drive time on 560!

Mike

Big O is just to toxic for my taste. Everything is garbage to him.

Chiboy34

I disagree Mike, Big O calls it straight, he rips the Dolphins when they deserve it & praises a franchise like the Heat for always trying to win. Joe Bell should have never let him go! Bring Big O back QAM.

Andy Hyster

Have u listened to new local show on 940AM... The Amigo and Dizz? Very entertaining. Check it out. On from 3-5p.

Sid Rosenberg

I will be back losers. My pals at 940AM and I are already in talks and I plan on doing a segment with SGT Wisaki like Andy Slater does. My first guest will be my good pal, Bill Romanowski.

rboud

Get real Reggie. The NBA is not ready for you and you are not ready for the NBA. I think it's fairly obvious.

Jeffrey J Hill

I can't help but feel betrayed at Sid Rosenberg's labelinq of WQAM and its audience as "losers". Maybe he should look in the mirror & do an honest evaluation of the "looser" looking back at him. I (Jeff Hill)never really trusted him. Maybe it was that, "I'm from the City" attitude of his. But I have to give him "props" for being very knowledgeable (sports & political stuff) and his taste in music (intros to segments etc...)was first-rate. But right-now, he's a looser in my book. And that's what 940 will be hiring.
Jeff Hill in Miami

green

I'll tell you what's wrong with WQAM... waaaay too much UM propaganda and programming. Give us more local sports outside of UM. Marlins/Het/FIU/Dolphins, even Panthers.
Posted by: WQAM (Quijote) | April 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

a cowardly, oxyMORONic f-i-u-don't-matter fan assumes various aliases to conceal obsession ...

LOOK WHO'S (S)TALKING

green

I'll tell you what's wrong with WQAM... waaaay too much UM propaganda and programming.
Posted by: WQAM (Quijote) | April 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I want my UMam 24/7 ...
can't get enough of U ...

RIGHTBACKATCHA

green

Give us more local sports outside of UM. Marlins/Het/FIU/Dolphins, even Panthers.
Posted by: WQAM (Quijote) | April 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

http://yfrog.com/nuiotltj:tw1

Games against Sun Belt rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Troy drew humidity. And nothing, even success, ever has been able to goose basketball attendance to respectability.
-- miami herald

I asked him why FIU basketball games aren't on the radio anymore.

"You've got to be a superfan to listen to FIU radio basketball."
-- pete garcia via david j. neal

RADIO OBLIVION

green

They are the official Panthers station, and despite their playoff achievement, you hardly hear about them.
Posted by: WQAM (Quijote) | April 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/02/florida-panthers-tv-ratings-horrible/1

The Panthers .19 local rating was the worst in the NHL among the 22 teams studied by Sports Business Daily (numbers for Carolina, Nashville and Canadian teams were not available). That means that more people probably fall asleep to an old rerun of Baywatch than watch a Panthers game.
-- barry jackson

STICK IT UP YOUR ASS

green

I'll tell you what's wrong with WQAM...
Posted by: WQAM (Quijote) | April 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Around 1992, WQAM became an all-sports station
-- wiki

must be doing something right ...

LONGEVITY TEST

Brian

Doesn't matter who you put on in the afternoon, NO ONE is taking out Dan or will come even close.

DAN IS THE MAN!!

Nitta

As for teams that are really good and their fan-bases don't seem to be getting bigger and bigger, it's the Heat. They are a big-market team and they are the current champions, just bought my heat tickets at http://www.casatickets.com/miami-heat-tickets/
The miami play better team basketball but i do think bulls is more talented.

R

Thank God that insufferable, whiny, midget Jorge Sedano is gone. That guy is truly the worst.

Oh, and all you idiots complaining about Sid. Call him what you want, and you may be right, but the guy was funny and entertaining. Best show by far. Now there's absolutely NOTHING to listen to.

R

@Jeffrey J Hill

If you really think that's Sid, then there are not enough words in the dictionary to explain how much an idiot you are.

jerseyrob

sid should come back to new york and replace carton

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