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Dolphins, Canes, Heat notes; Philbin mulls options; Beasley "petrified"

Some quick tidbits:

### With Baltimore visiting Sunday, expect to hear a lot this week about Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe facing his former team, which he said made only a “bottom of the barrel” offer to keep him last spring. By “bottom of the barrel,” Ellerbe apparently meant less than $5 million a year, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Dolphins are paying him $7 million a year.

Ellerbe has been productive – he’s tied for third in the league with 38 tackles, one more than the man he replaced, Karlos Dansby – and the Dolphins’ shift to Ellerbe is understandable because he’s younger and faster than Dansby, and still has upside.

But it’s notable that PFF.com ranks Ellerbe 68th of 79 inside linebackers this season; Dansby, with Arizona, is 59th.

What’s more, Ellerbe is 74th against the run, Dansby 21st. Ellerbe’s pass coverage has been merely average (15 of 22 completed, 99 yards).

“I know I can play a whole lot better,” he said.

### Baltimore media asked Joe Philbin today about the Dolphins’ deplorable pass protection --- only Jacksonville has allowed as many sacks as Miami’s 18 – and Philbin said it has reached the point where “we are going to have to consider every option. There are a lot of things we can do – more three-step drops, sprint out pass, you name it…. The whole spectrum of things have gone wrong.”

### The Dolphins are on pace to allow 72 sacks, a franchise record, and left guard Richie Incognito said: "If we give up 72 sacks, everyone should be fired, the whole offensive line. That [would be] atrocious... We're sick of hearing about it."

### Though many clamored for the Dolphins to sign Vonta Leach in June and July, you can understand their decision against it, in retrospect. The Dolphins have ended up rarely using a fullback (Tyler Clutts was cut this week), and PFF ranks Leach only 19th among 20 fullbacks this season, with a poor grade as a blocker.

### We mentioned this past offseason that UM players were expecting more use of the 3-4 defense this season. And though nobody has discussed it publicly until this week, Al Golden said on WQAM Tuesday: “We’re moving to a 3-4 team. It’s no secret. We’re a 3-4 team.”

UM wants to recruit more athletic outside linebacker types in the mold of Tyriq McCord.

### Georgia Tech visits Saturday, and Golden said Wednesday he believes receiver Malcolm Lewis, who suffered his gruesome ankle injury against Georgia Tech last year, finally “looks like Malcolm. The last couple of days he's starting to play fast again. He's slayed that demon in terms of going out and competing."

### Tracy Howard has been UM’s best cornerback so far, and Golden said one key is he has become more “coachable.” He’s paying more attention to what his defensive coaches tell him.

### Michael Beasley had some interesting comments during a chat with Marc Hochman and Jonathan Zaslow on 790/104.3 The Ticket on Wednesday.

He admitted: “My whole career is built on me scoring. My one niche, where I know no one can do this better than me...they don't need it. So I'm petrified. I’ve got to start from scratch.”

He said he lives across the street from AmericanAirlines Arena and marvels at “the amount of people I get yelling my name, beeping the [car] horn, happy to have me back. Just that feeling of somewhere in the world I can still call home, where people still care about me.”

He said he was “surprised and anxious” when Pat Riley called him a few weeks ago.

 And for the two games against each other when the Heat and Nets likely will be allowed to place nicknames on the back of their jerseys, Beasley said he will go with “Easy.” (B-Easy has been his nickname for years.)

### LeBron James said Wednesday that “we’re trying to make [Beasley] as comfortable as possible. [In practice], he shouldn’t be afraid to mess up.” 

Comments

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Mike1361

I like B-Easy as a scorer ... Backup for Lebron or Bosh. Maybe 20 minutes per game

Eddie

Ellerbe and Wheeler arent any better than guys they replaced.

jo jo

I like how the Heat all remain strongly MOTIVATED to want to continue playing at a very high level and to keep winning period.Nothing begets winning like....winning.Hope they work hard and play hard all while setting the bar higher to achieve the three-eat.GO HEAT.

jo jo

three-peat.Sorry.

Marios

Fins should Don Rogers a chance at least a few plays a game at safety spelling Clemons.
Right now Tanneyhill looks mechanical in the pocket, one thing is being fast, another is being mentally fast as well, like Russell Wilson.

Marios

As for PFF rankings, they must have a high error rate because they never know what a guy's responsibilities were supposed to be in any play.
Nor can they tell if a guy lined up exactly where he was supposed to line up, or if he got the help he was supposed to get from a teammate, specially after offensive pre-snap shifts.
That would be specially important for linebackers.

Al B. Pig

I like "three-eat".

Al B. Pig, ah, Certain

I like that Wade's working hard. I hope he's also working on his mid-range game, as well as shooting threes...

Putney Swope

If the Dolphins don't figure out their offensive line woes this year's team will steadily decline. Furthermore, Ryan Tannehill will not survive being pummeled every week.

fatpack

i dont like how the dolphins are using mike wallace in this offense... its like they bought him in to be a decoy not a playmaker. i like what hartline and gibson are doing, dont get me wrong. but if mike wallace is our most exciting player. id like to see him getting more touches somehow. move him around a lil more. put him in the slot sometimes. design plays for him. GIVE HIM THE DAMN BALL!!!! #keyshawn

mike

So is Miami out of the running now for devante bond for good?

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