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What Dolphins are getting in Branden Albert; Fins, Heat notes; Late addition to UM football class

Some notes on a Monday:

### So what exactly are the Dolphins getting with 29-year-old left tackle Branden Albert, who is expected to sign a multiyear deal with Miami on Tuesday for about $10 million per season?

1) Here’s how Pro Football Focus evaluated him heading into free agency: “He graded negatively in run blocking in 2013, just as he did in 2012, and it’s an area of his game that has never been dominant, though it hasn’t been terrible either.

“Mostly solid in pass protection, Albert only gave up four sacks in 555 pass blocking snaps in the quick-attack Andy Reid offense, but pass blocking is clearly his forte. With nine regular season penalties, Albert had the second-worst penalty grade for tackles in 2013, a consistent mark against him that potential suitors should note in this free agency period. He may make mistakes at times, but the good outweighs the bad significantly.”

2) Albert allowed four sacks last season, five in 2012 and 2011 and 10 in 2010. In PFF’s ranking system of offensive tackles as pass blockers, Albert was rated 11th of 76 tackles in 2013, 11th of 80 in 2012 and sixth of 76 in 2011. That’s outstanding, and this is, too: Last season, nobody who played nearly as many snaps as Albert allowed fewer quarterback hurries. (Albert allowed 13.) In 2012, only two who played as many snaps allowed fewer than his 12.

3) Though his run blocking metrics weren’t very good the past two years, he graded out very well as a run blocker in previous years. Last year, as a run blocker, PFF rated him 40th of 76 tackles. In 2012, he was rated 62nd of 80. But he was 12th of 74 in 2010 and 27th of 76 in 2011.

4) As noted above, penalties are an issue at times. His nine last year were ninth-most among tackles. He had 10 penalties (11th-most among tackles) in 2011, but five in 2012.

5) The former Dolphins administration had concerns about his durability, but this regime apparently doesn’t. Albert, who has missed time with a back issue in the past, played in 15, 16, 13 and 12 games over the past four years, from 2010 to 2013, respectively.

### Paul Soliai is down to three teams and the Dolphins are not one of them. Soliai is aware he likely won’t be signing here, barring something unexpected. (And nothing can be ruled out in free agency, especially because Soliai likes it here.) But it doesn't look good for Miami. The Dolphins and Soliai have had conversations in recent days but continue to have a different view of his value, especially with regard to guaranteed money. The Falcons are among teams reportedly in pursuit...

The Dolphins are considering several defensive tackles to replace Soliai and Starks, with Houston's Earl Mitchell among those on Miami's radar. Jason Hatcher, Linval Joseph, Henry Melton and Arthur Jones are also available.

### Drew Rosenhaus said on his Sunday night segment on WSVN-Fox that he has begun negotiations with the Dolphins on safety Louis Delmas and should have resolution, one way or the other, in a couple of days. [UPDATE: Delmas signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Dolphins this afternoon]. So Chris Clemons will move on.

### The Heat, which was lost three in a row entering tonight’s home game against Washington, hasn’t lost four in a row since the first year of the Big Three (2010-11). Miami also lost five in a row that year, its longest losing streak since LeBron James joined Miami.

 ### James has shot 6 for 18 and 8 for 23 in his past two games, the first time since November 2010 that he had back-to-back games with a field goal percentage of less than 35 percent….His streak of 332 games with at least one free throw attempt ended Sunday in Chicago, his first game without one since December 2009, when he played for Cleveland…. Since his 61-point outburst, LeBron is averaging 19.3 points and shooting 39 percent.

### UM is adding Green Cove Spring (Fla.) Clay High offensive lineman Tyler Grimsley as a late addition to this recruiting class, according to CaneSport.com. Grimsley, who visited UM last weekend, will be on scholarship at UM and eligible to play this upcoming season.

Grimsley didn’t have a qualifying test score until after National Signing Day. A two-star prospect, Grimsley also had reported offers from UAB and Weber State.

"Nobody knew who he was," his offensive line coach, Frank Garis, told Canesport. "But he has rare explosive quickness combined with man strength. He's a big kid, is a big-time weightlifter for us, can medal in the heavyweight class for us this year…. He played predominantly guard for us. The year previous he also played a couple of games at tackle. Miami is taking him as a center until he adds more weight to play guard."

### Tenth-seed UM (16-15) will play 16th-seed Virginia Tech (9-21) in the ACC Tournament at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner meeting seventh-seed North Carolina State (19-12) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Lt. Lois Einhorn

What are you talking about CANETILLIDIE?

Marino threw 252 interceptions, more per year than Harris even including two seasons where he played fewer than 10 games.

naplescanes

Its just proves that stats can be spun anyway for any aim. Jacory was a bust dude. Now.. it wasnt all is fault because of the instability with the coaching staffs but Marino was the man. You tune in just to watch him even when you knew the dolphinswas going to lose. Marino vs Jacory come on bruh. And J 12 IS A GREAT KID AND ALL BUT COME ON MAN... LMAO

naplescanes

Theres nothing wrong with taking a chance on under the radar guys that were only recruited by UAB and Weber St... both those schools has had better defenses the last three years than we had. FIRE DONOFRIO and watch the U rise again.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

I used to have a nugget to demonstrate how useless stats and especially QB rankings can be. I'd say, you know who's the top rated QB of all time? Steve Young. You know who's number 2? Tony Romo.

That stat became outdated last year, as Rodgers, Manning, and Rivers all passed Romo on the all time leader board, which I guess itself says something about the state of the passing game in the NFL.

naplescane

Absolutely einhorn

johnnie j

VorZulu.Fair enough.I d agree I thought highly of Jacory and the whole gang he brought.Something just happened like pfffffffffft.That All World DT and him just kinda sizzled out though.Was a great kid and suffered a lack of confidence and the different Coaches turnstile didn t help.BTW I don t care about stars and all except when we get lots of 4 s and 5 s.Just kidding.(a little).Seriously,it s just the U s been down since we beat/lost/but really beat Ohio State for our last NC.Everyone s still got pimples on their face and we want to get rid of them.That s why I ve personally been unhappy with the Cane s DC.That said...like every new season though...I m optimistic that the Canes find a way to develope chemistry and maximize their collective talents.GO CANES.

VorZulu

Thx. Lt. Lois Einhorn....for schooling that Moron that is (CANETILLIDIE...DH)...ALL CAPS....
You MUST be a "Gata" (rode that Short Yellow Bus to school..did ya)....WOW!!!...cause obviously you cannot read/comprehend my initial blog.....and here I thought I wrote too much, trying my best to spell everything out save for someone not getting the gist of my thought process. I COMPARED THEIR COLLEGE STATS MAN!!!....not Marinos entire (17) year career....what idiot would do that?.....Second, I wrote a follow-up to another's response (like yours) saying how can I possibly compare Jacory to Marino......I specifically wrote..."NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD EVER DARE COMPARE JACORY HARRIS TO DAN MARINO"....but "tell you what".....,Jacory's COLLEGE.....COLLEGE!!!!!.....stats were a little better than Marino's.....and yes DAN MARINO had (21) more INT's than Jacory did in COLLEGE.....,COLLEGE!!!!.......
Lastly......"Well let's do some math"....MARINO played (17) yrs., played approx. (16) games per year (excluding Playoff games), that meant Danny would have to average (4) INT's a year to total (68). What I'm having a hard time comprehending is, while you were typing your idiotic response of (Dan Marino 17 yrs......69 INT's)....how did you not say to yourself...."Dang, those numbers just don't add up, something looks weird.....just visually looks really off.....well "step forth and get on that Short Yellow Bus"' just make sure you wake up early n the mornings cause I have a funny feeling that there going to be many stops in your neighborhood...Rack Em'......you have been flogged, take it and love it....Dueces!

VorZulu

Lt. Lois Einhorn, you commented that the link I referenced of new 2-Star OL signee (Grimsley....left Guard #69) that he looked "straight up horrible"...are we watching the same highlights, cause I only watched the first (10) plays and on z()9 of them he COMPLETELY destroyed and drove the D-lineman SEVERAL Yards down the field and finished most of them off with a Pancake!!!!...On play number 3 or 4, he drove his man to the ground with one....one hand, the guys feet flipped up in the air and landed right on his back....now as I stated, I only watched the first (10) plays, cause as far as O-linemen go, I saw all I needed to see......nasty/physical Road Grader.....what if I continue to roll tape he goes all TinkerBell on me?......here's the link again.......it's on HUDL....no YouTube!

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1149185/highlights/52527403

VorZulu

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD......(naplescane) and all you other idiots that keep saying "how can you/I dare compare Dan Marion with Jacory Harris".......guys, for the (5th) and last time....I NEVER CLAIMED/SAID THAT JACORY HARRIS IS EQUAL TO DAN MARINO as it pertains to their skill level or overall lifetime performance/stats. I am simply comparing their COLLEGE careers, in light of so many Canes fans saying how horrible of a Canes QB Jacory Harris was (BTW, he didn't have the luxury of even remotely competent coaching, until his final 6-8 months on campus...Jed Fisch). And we all saw the improvement Fisch made with just 6-8 months with Jacory....only threw (9) INT's his last year and (4) came in that last home tilt against BC, when all the seniors were trying to hard.......also that was the year (2011) that he set the UM single season completions record (65.1%), showing us what could've been with the benefit of good, solid coaching. In closing, when you compare Dan and Jacory's (4) COLLEGE career stats you get....TD's, (Jacory 78-Marino 79), Completions, (Jacory 703-Marino 693), Completions Percentage, (Jacory 60.1%-Marino 57.6%), Total Passing Yards, (Jacory 8,826-Marino 8,957) and finally...INT's (Jacory 48-Marino 69) and "that's that with that".....no more stats of Jacory and Marino.....I am simply using their college years stats as a frame of reference for those of you who keep insisting how bad Jacory was as a COLLEGE QB....cuz I bet my left nut that if I didn't point this out (their stats)....none of you would ever believe that their COLLEGE career stats were even REMOTELY comparable............Hell even after pointing it out ON several response blogs.......some of you STILL refuse to acknowledge.....COLD,HARD FACTS.........Deuces....Zulu-Nation!

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