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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: How the Dolphins Should Approach the Offseason Reply with quote

Miami Dolphins Offseason 2013 (Going into Week 15):

*I believe this offseason is probably the most important we've had in the last decade. We have the cap room and draft picks to make a huge splash, and how we approach the offseason will likely determine our performance for the next decade.

Draft Picks:

Dolphins 1
Dolphins 2
Colts 2
Dolphins 3
Bears 3
Dolphins 4
Dolphins 5
Colts 6
Dolphins 7
Cowboys 7
Total: 10

Free Agents:

Relevant Players:
Jake Long (LT)
Reggie Bush (RB)
Brian Hartline (WR)
Anthony Fasano (TE)
Chris Clemons (S)
Tony McDaniel (DT)
Randy Starks (DT)
Sean Smith (CB)
Matt Moore (QB)

Somewhat Relevant:
Nate Garner (OG/OT)
Jason Trusnik (OLB)
Marlon Moore (WR)
Tyrone Culver (S)
Marcus Thigpen (RB, KR)

Random Dudes:
Jeron Mastrud (TE)
Bryan McCann (CB)
Patrick Brown (OT)
Jonathon Amaya (S)
Austin Spitler (ILB)
RJ Stanford (CB)
Michael Coe (CB)
Pat Devlin (QB)
Jonathan Freeny (OLB)

Wildcards:
Jonas Gray (RB)
Kelcie McCray (S)
Lydon Murtha (OT)
Ray Feinga (OG)
Will Barker (OT)
Shelly Lyons (OLB)
Kevin Scott (CB)

Roster without Impending Free Agents:

Offense: (15)

QB:
Ryan Tannehill

RB:
Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller

FB:
Jorvorskie Lane

WR:
Davone Bess, Rishard Matthews

TE:
Charles Clay, Michael Egnew, Kyle Miller

OT:
Jonathan Martin, Will Yeatman

OG:
Richie Incognito, John Jerry

C:
Mike Pouncey, Josh Samuda


Defense: (14)

DE:
Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick, Olivier Vernon, Derrick Shelby

DT:
Paul Soliai, Kheeston Randall

OLB:
Koa Misi, Josh Kaddu

ILB:
Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett

CB:
Richard Marshall, Nolan Carroll

S:
Reshad Jones, Jimmy Wilson

Special Teams: (3)

K:
Dan Carpenter

P:
Brandon Fields

LS:
John Denney

Total: 32
Spots to Fill: 21
Assuming 9 rookies make it onto the roster
New Spots to Fill: 12


Money:
Salaries for 2013: $45,271,473
Bonuses: Unknown, Estimate (1/3 of Salaries): $15,090,491
Dead Money: Unknown, Estimate: $3,000,000
Estimate of Allotted Money for Rookies based off last year: $7,000,000

Estimate of 2013 Cap: $120,000,000
Minus Salaries, Rookie money: $52,271,473
New Available Cap Room: $67,728,527
Minus Estimate of Bonuses and Dead Money: $18,090,491
New Cap Room before Resigning our own Free Agents: $49,638,036

Free Agents to Keep: $20,000,000
New Cap Room: $29,638,036



Free Agents to Keep:
Randy Starks- Heís had a great year after moving to the 4-3 DT position. Starks, along with Soliai, has helped form one of the best run defenses in the league. Heís 28, so he should still be able to produce at the same level for at least a couple more seasons. Randy is also one of our best players. Resigning Starks will keep our DT unit strong and allow us to focus on other positions in the draft and free agency.
Estimated Value: $6.5 million

Brian Hartline- WR may be the weakest position on our team, and letting our best one walk in free agency would be a mistake. While Hartline is not a number 1 receiver, he is good enough to be a second option and has developed a strong rapport with Tannehill.
Estimated Value: $3.5 million

Sean Smith- CB is another weak position on the roster. After trading Vontae Davis, and with Richard Marshall hurt most of the year, Smith has been a key part of the defense. With offenses throwing more than ever, good cornerbacks are hard to come by, and Smithís combination of size and speed has helped him develop into a solid corner.
Estimated value: $7 million

Matt Moore- Moore is one of the best backup QBís in the NFL. After seeing so many starting QBís go down this year with injuries, a good backup is crucial. Moore knows the system and has shown he can step in and play effectively as a backup.
Estimated value: $3 million

Free Agents to Cut:
Reggie Bush- We used a 2nd rounder in 2011 to draft Daniel Thomas, and the first pick in the 4th round of 2012 to draft Lamar Miller. Considering that investment, and the degree to which running backs get injured, it doesnít make much sense to keep Reggie. Heís making over 5 million a year, and his production isnít worth it. Itís time to cut him loose and let the young guys show what they can do with a fair amount of carries.

Chris Clemons- Considering the safety position has been a relatively weak spot on the roster for years, keeping a completely mediocre one who doesnít even start every week is pretty pointless. Reshad Jones has been playing pretty well which fills up one spot, and we have Jimmy Wilson for depth. We can draft a safety, or sign another one in free agency to replace him.

Tony McDaniel- Ever since Tony cut his dreads, he hasnít been the same player. If we keep Starks, we donít have that much of a need as Starks and Soliai will start and we have the youngster Randall on the bench. McDaniel makes around 3 million this year, and heís not worth that much. He can be replaced through a draft pick or through free agency.

On the Fence: (But leaning towards letting both go)
Jake Long- Jake Long is basically our only relevant player at a pretty important position. Unfortunately, a lot isnít going in our favor contract wise. We took him 1st overall under the old CBA, which meant having to pay him a staggering sum before he even played a down in the NFL. Right now, he is making over 11 million. After a promising rookie year and a great second year, Jake has continually regressed. In addition, he keeps getting injured. Last year, he missed two games of the season, and this year, heís out for the final four with a torn triceps. If we franchise his giant [inappropriate/removed], weíd have to pay him over $15 million for one season, which is way too high. Also, with our new offensive scheme, he doesnít fit as well as he did when scumbag Bill Parcells drafted him. Jonathan Martin, who we drafted in the middle of the 2nd round this year, has played decently for a rookie and is actually a natural left tackle and better fit for our scheme, so if Long is let go, we can move Martin to the left side and either draft a tackle with one of our picks in the first 3 rounds, or sign a free agent at a more affordable price. Another factor in the decision is how the team doctors think he will hold up in the future. If Jake would take a contract paying around 9 million a year in the 4 year range, Iíd definitely consider keeping him. But if he wants more, and itís certainly possible heíll get an outrageous contract on the open market from a team who is desperate for offensive line help, we may have to turn him loose. How Jonathan Martin plays at LT over the next 3 games will play a big role in what we decide to do with Long.
Estimate to Keep Him: $12 million over a long deal, $15 million to franchise
What Iíd pay to Keep Him: $9.5 million

Anthony Fasano- Heís a huge bro, and the only real tight end we have on our roster, but with the immergence of 2011 draft pick Charles Clay and the investment of a 3rd rounder on Michael Egnew in 2012, Iím leaning towards letting him go. One key to this decision is Egnewís development. While heís supposed to be a good receiver and a threat in the seem, his pass blocking has been so horrendous that he hasnít even played this year. Tight ends are an important component of our offense, and Fasano is the only one we have that can catch and pass block. Iíd prefer to draft one with one of our picks in the first 3 rounds, or sign someone else, but if heíd stay on for around $2 million, it wouldnít hurt to retain him.
Estimate to Keep Him: $3 million
What Iíd pay to Keep Him: $2 million

*Since the defensive line position is incredibly strong in the draft this year, the Dolphins could resign Long and let Starks go. This would cost roughly $3 million more per year, but we should be able to afford it. Basically, we should keep one and let the other go, and how the rest of the offseason goes depends on the decision, although we do have the money to keep them both and still sign a quality free agent.

Assuming we sign the above mentioned and let Jake Long and Anthony Fasano go:
8 spots to fill

Others to possibly keep:
Pat Devlin (QB), Nate Garner (OG/OT), Marcus Thigpen (RB,KR)
Approximately 2 million to resign the 3 of them
5 spots to fill

We should then have around $27.5 million to spend on free agents.

Positions we need to address through free agency and the draft:
*It is possible many of these guys are resigned by their teams and never hit free agency
WR- Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Wes Welker
TE- Jared Cook, Dustin Keller, Fred Davis, Heath Miller, Tony Gonzalez
OT- Ryan Clady, Branden Albert, Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith, Sam Baker
CB- Brent Grimes, Tracy Porter, Quentin Jammer, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Aqib Talib, Derek Cox
S- William Moore, Dashon Goldson, LaRon Landry, Jairus Byrd, Louis Delmas
G- Andy Levitre, Brandon Moore
OLB- Shaun Phillips, Anthony Spencer, Connor Barwin, Daryl Smith

What we should target in free agency:
WR- There are several possible #1 WRís available in free agency, and we should have some money to spend in free agency. There are no top guys in the draft this year. The best available include Justin Hunter, Keenan Allen (late first), and Bob Woods, Tavon Austin, Terrance Williams (early to mid second). Our offense would greatly improve with a top wideout right away, and most of the draft guys will take a year or two to fully develop, so I believe this is a position more effectively filled through free agency. Vincent Jackson got around 11 million a year when he signed with Tampa Bay last offseason, and heís made a big difference for their offense. Joe Philbin is sure to be very familiar with Greg Jennings. Mike Wallace is a speed guy that would provide the outside threat weíve been missing for a long time. Dwayne Bowe is a big wideout, similar to Jackson, who can also get to the outside. Bess fills a similar role to what Welker can do, but Jennings, Wallace, or Bowe would make a huge impact on our offense. Green Bay has a lot of depth at wideout (Nelson, Cobb, Jones), and with other big time players to lock up, I believe theyíll let him go. Wallace has had contract troubles with Pittsburgh, which also just gave big money to Antonio Brown. Itís very possible they donít spend the money to resign Wallace. Bowe really wants out of Kansas City. I donít think heíll resign there, but they may use the franchise tag on him. New England looks like theyíll let Welker walk after this season.
Verdict: Spend $10 million to sign a wideout

After signing a WR, we will have 4 more spots to fill through free agency. With all of our draft picks, I donít think itís necessary to spend big at any other position, although it depends on the market.

We will have around 17.5 million in cap room available for those four spots. That is enough money to keep Jake Long and still sign 3 other guys. Weíll have to see how Martin performs at LT, and how Longís contract situation plays out this offseason. If he will resign for a reasonable price, heís worth keeping, but if he hits the open market, I think heíll get an extremely high deal by a desperate team. Thus, I donít think weíll keep him.


Draft:
If all of the above occur, RT and TE become two of our two biggest needs. We could really use a pass rusher that plays the OLB position. CB and S are also needs, and a G would be nice to develop for the future, especially if Incognito and/or Jerry is let go after the following season.

Where we draft depends on the last 4 games of the season. I think we go 2-1 and end up with a pick around 16. The Colts pick should be a mid-late selection (around 23), and the Bears will probably be a bit later (around 26).

This would give us picks in day 1 and 2 of approximately (point value):
16- (1,000)
47- (430)
52- (380)
80- (190)
90- (140)

We have a lot of flexibility in the draft. We can easily move up or down in any round.

Possible targets include (overall rank from ESPN Scouts Inc):
OT:
Luke Joeckel- 6 (would take a major move up to get him)
Taylor Lewan- 15
Eric Fisher- 20
Dallas Thomas- 29
Justin Pugh- 43
Oday Aboushi- 46
Ricky Wagner- 51
Jake Matthews- 54 (went to Texas A&M with Mike Sherman and Ryan Tannehill)
DJ Fluker- 57
Brennan Williams- 80
Thereís plenty of tackles at every range we have picks. If we donít target an OT early (Lewan or Fisher), we could easily get one in the second round.

TE:
Zach Ertz- 30
Tyler Eifert- 32
Gavin Escobar- 73
Dion Sims- 83
Levine Toilolo- 85
Since we took Egnew in the third round last year and heís been a project, and considering weíd have a major need if Fasano is let go, I think Ertz and Eifert are the only two worth looking at. Both are huge (6í6, 250), and could create big mismatch problems for opposing teams. As the tight end continues to evolve in the passing game, and with our offense placing a priority on tight end, I think either of these guys would be a great guy to target, either by moving back in the first or trading up using a couple of our Day 2 picks.
OLB:
Jarvis Jones- 2 (would take a major move up to get him)
Chase Thomas- 56
Jelani Jenkins- 63
Brandon Jenkins- 78
Khaseem Greene- 88
ILB has more talent and depth than OLB. However, there are good players that we could target with a late second or mid third rounder.

CB:
Dee Milliner- 12
Johnathan Banks- 31
Blidi Wreh-Wilson- 37
Logan Ryan- 40
David Amerson- 48
Desmond Trufant- 59
Xavier Rhodes- 74
Jordan Poyer- 84
Rod Sweeting- 91
Sheldon Price- 93
This year, CB is a relatively stacked position with a lot of talent and depth for the first three rounds. If Smith is resigned and Marshall looks healthy for next year, we could target one with a late second or third rounder and use as a nickel with potential to start in the future.

S:
Kenny Vaccaro- 17
Matt Elam- 38
Shawn Williams- 41
Eric Reid- 44
Tony Jefferson- 49
Shamarko Thomas- 70
Devonte Hollomon- 76
Bacarri Rambo- 99
I canít remember the last time the Dolphins had a good safety. Good safeties are usually luxuries, but with teams passing more, they have become more useful. Reshad Jones has played well, but the other spot is completely up for grabs. We could definitely use a safety with a second round pick, and there are 3 talented SEC guys there, plus Jefferson, that could fill value and need.

G:
Chance Warmack- 4 (but will drop as Gís usually donít warrant a Top 10 selection)
Jonathan Cooper- 11
Brian Winters- 62
Larry Warford- 77
Hugh Thornton- 95
The guard position isnít as big of a priority. We could look to get one with one of our third round picks, or wait and draft one on Day 3, where we have 5 picks to use.

*The Defensive Line position (DE and DT) is absolutely loaded this year, so the Dolphins may look to get value with any of our 1-3 round picks.

Drafting based off talent is a much better strategy then drafting to fill needs. However, the Dolphins have so many needs and could use players at almost every position, making it relatively easy for us to do both with our selections.

I think the two guys to really look at are the TEís, Ertz and Eifert, both of which are valued in the late first round (30 and 32, respectively). Both can block and catch effectively, and would make a huge impact on our offense, which basically requires the use of a good TE. By adding a top wideout through free agency and a top notch TE in the draft, the Dolphins would completely change their offense, currently one of the worst in the NFL, particularly in the passing attack. If Hartline is also attained, Ryan Tannehill, going into his second year, would finally have the receiving corps needed to compete. His growth would be facilitated, and since we invested the 8th overall pick and are basically counting on him to be the savior of the franchise, surrounding him with top notch pass catching talent would do wonders. If Jonathan Martin plays well over the last few games, our offensive line wouldnít take too much of a hit if Jake Long is let go, and we have the draft picks necessary to fill the void. RT is also a lot easier to fill than LT, so the offensive line, anchored by top center Mike Pouncey, should be able to block effectively for Tannehill. Making these moves should finally give us a good offense, something that we havenít had since Dan Marino was our QB.

The Dolphins have a couple of options for getting in the range to select one of these tight ends. The first is to trade back from 16 to the mid 20ís (lets say 25) and also receive another pick (somewhere in the late second to early third). This should ensure that we would get one of the two TEís (probably our pick of the two, which would be ideal) and have 5 picks in the second and third rounds, giving us extreme flexibility and allowing us to fit several needs with good players.

The other is to select a tackle, like Taylor Lewan, a safety like Kenny Vaccaro, or even a highly rated defensive lineman with our first round pick, and then trade up in the late first round, using a combination of our four Day 2 picks (most likely 47 and 80). This would sacrifice a good choice in the third round, but weíd be able to get a great player with our first rounder and then fill the tight end need with one of the top tight ends on the board. Plus, weíd still have two more Day 2 picks (52 and 90) to fill other needs.

Draft Position Strength:
QB- weak
RB- weak
FB- irrelevant
WR- mediocre
TE- mediocre
OT- strong
OG- mediocre
C- weak
DT- extremely strong
DE- extremely strong
OLB- mediocre
ILB- decent
CB- strong
S- strong

Summary:
To sum it up, the Dolphins biggest priority is finding offensive weapons, especially at WR and TE. I think we address WR by making a big signing in free agency, and TE through a mid to late first round pick in the draft. The rest depends on what we do with Long and Starks. If we let one of the two go, we can fill their departure with a 1st or 2nd round pick. If we retain them both, then we can go after a CB or S, or just draft the best player available, regardless of position. We have the cap space and draft picks to make a major impact. This offseason is extremely important, and will likely determine how well our team does for the decade.

Sites Used to get some of this information:
ESPN Scouts Inc. Draft Rankings
Draft Countdown Trade Value Chart
Footballs Future Free Agents
www.nyjetscap.com Ė Miami Dolphins 2013
www.spotrac.com
www.miamidolphins.com - Roster
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Post of the year?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually did something similar although on the smaller end but these large posts never get read fully so I never put it up. Still though, fantastic input.

I'm wondering how the heck we are gonna lure FA's. We had trouble with it last offseason and it shouldn't be much different this offseason. That's why I think Jennings will be the only big name free agent. Andy Levitre is the guy I really want in a Phins uniform next season but I don't think it's gonna happen.

As for the draft, I love that fact that this draft has a lot of talent at WR and oline, our biggest needs. I see us trading down if we end up with a pick between 8-12. Terrence Williams, Baylor is my man crush and I'd love to get Jake Mathews from A&M as well.
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Great post! Very good read.

I agree with most of this. I'm a huge jake long fan and it's frustrating to see him start to falter after what's been a HOF career to date just sad.

I wanna see the TE from notre dame in a Miami uni. Prob won't happen though
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Water,

What do you see in Terrance Williams that makes him pop to you. I've been underwhelmed by him every single time I've watched Baylor.
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WaterBear56 wrote:
I actually did something similar although on the smaller end but these large posts never get read fully so I never put it up. Still though, fantastic input.

I'm wondering how the heck we are gonna lure FA's. We had trouble with it last offseason and it shouldn't be much different this offseason. That's why I think Jennings will be the only big name free agent. Andy Levitre is the guy I really want in a Phins uniform next season but I don't think it's gonna happen.

As for the draft, I love that fact that this draft has a lot of talent at WR and oline, our biggest needs. I see us trading down if we end up with a pick between 8-12. Terrence Williams, Baylor is my man crush and I'd love to get Jake Mathews from A&M as well.


I agree and this is going to be the issue going forward. I would say that there is a difference and that is the coach. I believe Philbin has more weight than Sparano does. I agree with Jennings as I believe he will follow philbin.

I am not sold on Williams as well. I haven't watched much film yet though as I wait till January. If we get a big name WR like Jennings I think we look OL and I hope that Chance Warmack is there. If we could score Levitre then it would be: Martin Warmack Pouncey Levitre ?
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Keenan Allen is the only surefire first round pick at WR. Everybody else(Williams, Austin, Hunter, Woods, Hopkins) has something holding them back and could easily fall into the second come draft day. Out of everybody else Williams is my favorite.

First, he is the best redzone target. He plays physical football and has incredible body control, more so than the rest including Allen. He caught 11 TD's with RG3 as a number 2 and 12 as a number one for Nick Florence. Second, next to Tavon Austin, he has the most big play ability. I'd say that Hopkins could match Williams but being a number two hurts his chances to show it to the scouts. Third, speed. Nothing extremely special here but he is faster than anything we have on our team save Reggie Bush.

His weakness holding him back is route running. He plays in a very simple offense that doesn't require a lot of routes and in an NFL offense, that spells disaster. That said, only Allen and Woods are the clear better route runners than him. Still though, if he can develop that aspect of his game then I think he can be a very good receiver for us.
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This is a great read.....

IF the Dolphins can address WR through Free Agency then there is no reason to even look at that position in the first round. This WR draft is is very weak, but next years is going to be very strong.

I know it is hard to think about, but the team's issues will not be addressed in one off-season. I still think they are two Free Agency periods and two drafts away from having the team Philbin wants. Too many areas to be addressed (OL, WR, TE, DB, OLB, DE.....) to even think that next year the Dolphins are are going to contend for a playoff spot.

With Tannehill being the savior of the franchise I really hope they concentrate on offense this year. Lets put the players around him to allow him to be successful. Get him the OL to protect him, lets give the guy some real receiving threats, lets really see if he is......the savior...
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Chiefs fan...great read. I always like to read in-depth roster analysis on other teams.

I have a question that might be appropriate to include in this thread regarding Randy Starks.

It was mentioned in this thread by a poster (IIRC the OP) that Randy Starks might be allowed to hit the free agent market. My question is, if this happens, what can you tell me about Starks and how he could project to 3-4 DE? I understand he is generally stout as a run defender, but I am definitely interested in his projection in a 1-gap system. Can he provide a pass rushing presence or is he mostly a run defender?
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nicfre2011 wrote:
Chiefs fan...great read. I always like to read in-depth roster analysis on other teams.

I have a question that might be appropriate to include in this thread regarding Randy Starks.

It was mentioned in this thread by a poster (IIRC the OP) that Randy Starks might be allowed to hit the free agent market. My question is, if this happens, what can you tell me about Starks and how he could project to 3-4 DE? I understand he is generally stout as a run defender, but I am definitely interested in his projection in a 1-gap system. Can he provide a pass rushing presence or is he mostly a run defender?


Starks was a 3-4 end from 2008-2011 with us and he is a phenomenal presence at the 34 End position. Great power to control at the line of scrimmage and explosive enough to get after the quarterback. Averaged 5 sacks a year in the 3-4 defense for the Dolphins. If he hits the market, he's going to make some money because he's going to have bidders from both sides of the fence trying to bring him in.
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ProudDolphan47 wrote:
nicfre2011 wrote:
Chiefs fan...great read. I always like to read in-depth roster analysis on other teams.

I have a question that might be appropriate to include in this thread regarding Randy Starks.

It was mentioned in this thread by a poster (IIRC the OP) that Randy Starks might be allowed to hit the free agent market. My question is, if this happens, what can you tell me about Starks and how he could project to 3-4 DE? I understand he is generally stout as a run defender, but I am definitely interested in his projection in a 1-gap system. Can he provide a pass rushing presence or is he mostly a run defender?


Starks was a 3-4 end from 2008-2011 with us and he is a phenomenal presence at the 34 End position. Great power to control at the line of scrimmage and explosive enough to get after the quarterback. Averaged 5 sacks a year in the 3-4 defense for the Dolphins. If he hits the market, he's going to make some money because he's going to have bidders from both sides of the fence trying to bring him in.


Thanks for the feedback - that was what I was thinking. I was under the impression Starks was the 3-4 DE and Soliai was the 3-4 NT. What I really like is his versatility. My #1 target would be Antonio Smith if the Texans end up cutting him, but Starks is younger and does have more versatility IMO and is probably more balanced as a pass rusher/run defender.
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Thanks for the great feedback everyone.

Some responses to some of the comments made:

Water- Weíve definitely had difficulty luring FAís in the past. Hopefully, players see that weíve changed philosophically with Joe Philbin as our head coach, and buy into the belief that weíre a team on the rise with a young franchise QB at the helm. The weather and no state tax canít hurt either. If we sign a big name WR like Jennings, I donít think that we need to use one of our top draft choices to take another WR like Williams, UNLESS we decide to part ways with Hartline, or determine that we donít need to spend a high choice on a TE, which I believe would be a mistake. Our flexibility in terms of cap room and draft picks is a huge asset for the offseason; there are a number of ways we can go, and once we make the first couple of moves, everything should become clearer.

Jay- I agree that it seems probable that we can get Jennings, especially with Philbin as our head coach. The Packers are loaded at WR and have money to spend elsewhere. Jennings is still in his prime and has been a clear #1 WR when healthy. However, this season has been a bit of a concern health-wise; he basically hasnít played all season. Regarding Warmack, heís probably the best G prospect since Steve Hutchinson. It seems probable that heíll be available for us, but the fan base will likely lose it if we take a G. It would take a lot of conviction to pick Warmack. Levitre would be a nice addition, but I donít think we need to target Levitre and Warmack; if we sign Levitre, it would probably be prudent to look elsewhere in the draft. Then again, drafting BPA is the wisest philosophy, but with Incognito and Jerry signed on for next year, I donít know if we need to spend a fair amount of resources on two new guards.

Monk- You could be right about the extra year. It generally takes 3 to 4 years for a new regime (or in this case a new coach) to turnover the roster to their liking. We have a lot of areas to address, but we can knock out a large share of them through this upcoming offseason. A playoff spot next year is not out of the question; it all depends on Tannehillís progression. Itís imperative that we surround him with enough firepower in order to succeed.

As Dolphan mentioned, Starks can absolutely play the 3-4 DE. Heís extremely versatile, and fits in just about any system. Itís possible that he could hit the free agent market, but I believe itís in our best interest to retain him.
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ViolentMonk71 wrote:
This is a great read.....

IF the Dolphins can address WR through Free Agency then there is no reason to even look at that position in the first round. This WR draft is is very weak, but next years is going to be very strong.

I know it is hard to think about, but the team's issues will not be addressed in one off-season. I still think they are two Free Agency periods and two drafts away from having the team Philbin wants. Too many areas to be addressed (OL, WR, TE, DB, OLB, DE.....) to even think that next year the Dolphins are are going to contend for a playoff spot.

With Tannehill being the savior of the franchise I really hope they concentrate on offense this year. Lets put the players around him to allow him to be successful. Get him the OL to protect him, lets give the guy some real receiving threats, lets really see if he is......the savior...


I don't think its extremely weak this year, but the level of the defensive end talent in the draft requires a lot of attention. If we draft top 10 we could be looking at something too good to pass up on in terms of pass rush.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deets wrote:
ViolentMonk71 wrote:
This is a great read.....

IF the Dolphins can address WR through Free Agency then there is no reason to even look at that position in the first round. This WR draft is is very weak, but next years is going to be very strong.

I know it is hard to think about, but the team's issues will not be addressed in one off-season. I still think they are two Free Agency periods and two drafts away from having the team Philbin wants. Too many areas to be addressed (OL, WR, TE, DB, OLB, DE.....) to even think that next year the Dolphins are are going to contend for a playoff spot.

With Tannehill being the savior of the franchise I really hope they concentrate on offense this year. Lets put the players around him to allow him to be successful. Get him the OL to protect him, lets give the guy some real receiving threats, lets really see if he is......the savior...


I don't think its extremely weak this year, but the level of the defensive end talent in the draft requires a lot of attention. If we draft top 10 we could be looking at something too good to pass up on in terms of pass rush.


WR looks very good in the 2nd round (if it is a position that still needs to be addressed after free agency), but this draft doesn't have a top 10 (or 20) WR available....if this is the case then I hope they look for something else in the 1st round. DE looks phenomenal with a plethora of high 1st round talent.

BD - yes....a major chunk of what this team needs can be addressed in this off-season, but I was more thinking about people being mad that certain areas didn't get addressed....for example the team focuses on bringing in offensive talent, but misses on bringing in DB help, or another pass rusher.
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Deets wrote:
ViolentMonk71 wrote:
This is a great read.....

IF the Dolphins can address WR through Free Agency then there is no reason to even look at that position in the first round. This WR draft is is very weak, but next years is going to be very strong.

I know it is hard to think about, but the team's issues will not be addressed in one off-season. I still think they are two Free Agency periods and two drafts away from having the team Philbin wants. Too many areas to be addressed (OL, WR, TE, DB, OLB, DE.....) to even think that next year the Dolphins are are going to contend for a playoff spot.

With Tannehill being the savior of the franchise I really hope they concentrate on offense this year. Lets put the players around him to allow him to be successful. Get him the OL to protect him, lets give the guy some real receiving threats, lets really see if he is......the savior...


I don't think its extremely weak this year, but the level of the defensive end talent in the draft requires a lot of attention. If we draft top 10 we could be looking at something too good to pass up on in terms of pass rush.


Yep. We need a starter opposite Wake.
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