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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:39 am    Post subject: Team Needs Reply with quote

I thought it would be interesting to see a list of everyones needs for us...

Here's mine:

1)RB(We have great depth but no standout star)
2)LT(plenty of people but no standout guy)
3)S(Tillman, Bell, Jones , and Bua, who hasnt played S in the NFL yet doesnt cut it for me)
4)DT(bowens and chester have injury problems and aree older and zgonninas on the block and old)
5)C(if mckinney leaves-wade smith wont be a star center IMO)
6)RG (not due to lack of people but a great guy would eb good)
6)LB(middle or outside-Seau and Thomas are getting older and Moore,Spragan, Pope, Ayanbedejo are all young and unproven)
7)QB (development QB)
CoolC (if mckinney stays-i thinkg either him or hadnot will do fine)
9)WR (We ncould upgrade Booker or Thompson, but another JAG(which Charles Lee is) wouldnt help)
10)P(Turk is OK but he helped us lose a few games (Bengals-he couldnty get more than 30 yards in the 4th ande they started at our 40 every time)
11)K (Mare is on the down)
12)RT (I personally like ST.Clair and McDougle)
13)TE(Not a need, btu if a great guy comes around, I wouldnt say no with McMike an UFA this offseason and LLEe has disappointed)
14)LG (James has been the star of our line but injuries could hurt us here)
15)FB (Morris and Evans will more than do)
16)DE (Carter, Holliday, JT, and David Bowens-we have depth and skill-age could be a porblem in a few years)
17)CB (SDome might not agree but Madison is a top 15 CB and Im sure that either Poole or Howard will step up. plus we have depth now with Edwards-assumed Surtain to be gone)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me tell you about my own analysis about the 2005 season draft:

QB A.J. Feeley enters 2005 as the apparent starting quarterback. With very limited experience starting, Feeley is still a work-in-progress for the Dolphins. Furthermore, he was injured more frequently than not in 2004. I think Miami may be interested in picking up a viable option to be their emergency quarterback and develop him if Feeley fails to 2006 season.
I don't expect the Dolphins to address this position during the the first day of the draft.
How the world has changed in less than one calendar year. Entering the 2004 NFL Draft we had the running back position so far down their list of needs you had a better chance of meeting Jimmy Hoffa than you did of finding a running back's name on their draft board. After the shocking retirement of RB Ricky Williams, Miami found themselves scrambling for a replacement to successfully carry our offense.
RB Travis Minor? Nope... Could it have been RB Sammy Morris? Nope... How about RBs Brock Forsey, Vick King or RB Leonard Henry - who? nope, not them. Finally, maybe it was RB Lamar Gordon? He wasn't up to the task, either.
So the count is at seven different running backs, primarily Minor, Gordon and Morris, the Dolphins inserted into the game to try to recoup even a fraction of what was lost from the retirement of Williams.
Minor finished the season with 395 yards rushing (3.6 yards per carry) and three total touchdowns after appearing in only 11 games due to injury. He doesn't appear to be the future and showed he cannot handle the load of an every-down running back. Morris actually led the team in rushing yards with 523 (4.0 YPC) and six touchdowns in 13 games. He, too, doesn't figure to be the answer for the future.
Gordon (shoulder) was acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Rams for a 2005 third-round draft choice prior to the start of the 2004 regular season. Gordon, who had his ankle surgically repaired in the 2004 offseason, lasted just three games and did very little in that time. He rushed for 64 yards (1.8 yards per carry) and did not score a touchdown before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 3.
Henry came in third on the team in rushing yards (134) but didn't score. He averaged only 3.0 yards per carry, starting two games. He is an exclusive-rights free agent for 2005. Yet again, don't look for Henry to lead the charge in '05 for the Dolphins.
Forsey showed very little promise in his limited action and isn't likely to be a contributing factor - assuming he even makes the squad for 2005.
RB Vick King is also on roster at this time; however, his value is limited at best and he, too, will likely fight to make the team.
RB Avon Cobourne was signed to an undisclosed deal in January. He will likely see allocation to NFL Europe if he makes it that long with the team.
FB Heat Evans came to team as a free agent, but I don’t exepct that he will be the answer to the running offense.
FB Jamaar Martin finished out the season in the absence of Konrad.
FBs James Lynch and Ben Moa are on Miami's roster as the No. 3 and No. 4 fullbacks, respectively. Don't expect to see any significant impact or playing time for either player on offense.
The logical option is that with the second overall pick the team will likely have their choice at which running back we would draft, ranging from Auburn's RB Ronnie Brown or Carnell Williams to Texas' RB Cedric Benson, that is if they choose to go in such direction.
Despite having one of the more impressive receiving corps on paper on 2004, the Dolphins were anything other than imposing at the position. After losing Boston late in the offseason to a knee injury, the team sought after another wide receiver and acquired former Pro Bowler WR Marty Booker in a trade for disgruntled DE Adewale Ogunleye.
WR Chris Chambers continued his success, leading Miami in receptions (69), yards (898) and receiving touchdowns (seven). He started 15 games, averaging 13 yards per reception. Chambers is under contract and simply needs a quarterback to get the ball to him - or so it appears. Overall, look for him to return for the Dolphins' 2005 campaign as the No. 1 option in the passing game.
Booker is expected to return as the team's No. 2 receiver, during the 2004 season, Booker totaled 638 yards receiving, on 50 receptions, and scored one lonely touchdown all year. No one doubts the talents of this former Pro Bowl wideout, yet he is quite often overlooked as a viable threat.
WR Derrius Thompson filled in as the No. 3 receiver after Booker came to town. Demoted from the No. 2 job from the previous season, Thompson often showed why he was demoted. Although, to his credit, he did have four touchdowns as the season closed out. His 359 receiving yards and 23 receptions came in third among Miami receivers. His status for the future may be shaky, unless he shows his abilities during camp and impresses the new coaching staff.
The Dolphins re-signed exclusive-rights free agent WR Kendall Newson, who they have held in high regard in the last year. At this point, he is likely nothing more than added depth.
WRs Bryan Gilmore and Wesley Welker round out the receiving corps for the Dolphins, though neither player is much of a threat in the aerial game. Welker is a special teams standout, while Gilmore is capable of chipping in as a fourth or fifth receiver.
WR Maurice Mann was called up from the practice squad late in the season, but he was not active for any games. He has an uphill climb to make the 53-man roster.
TE Randy McMichael enjoyed his most prolific season as a pro. In fact, he shattered previous career highs in receptions (71) and yardage (791). He also tied his career high in touchdown receptions with four on the season. The majority of his increased production can be attributed to the team's lack of a deep ball in the passing game. Traditionally, inexperienced quarterbacks, like Feeley, use the tight end position as a safety blanket of sorts. McMichael is entering a contract year in 2005 and will be looking for the big bucks if he produces in the same neighborhood that he did this past season.
Reserve TE Donald Lee didn't see a lot of action with McMichael playing like an All-Pro. The second-year Mississippi State product recorded only 13 catches for 110 yards and a lone appearance in the end zone. The team seems to like Lee's athleticism, including his blocking ability. He is signed through the 2006 season.
LS/TE Ed Perry didn't record any statistics but is a vital part of the special teams unit as the long snapper.
Saban has already alluded to the need of improving the tackle position, despite having spent a first-round pick on RT Vernon Carey in 2004.
Let's start at the center position and work our way around. The starter from 2004 is C Seth McKinney (knee), who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early January to remove loose cartilage. He is expected to be fully recovered in February. McKinney was a staple along this disheveled offensive line, but now he finds himself as a restricted free agent. Due to his knee injury McKinney isn't likely to receive much interest on the free-agent market, likely re-signing with the Dolphins in the end.
ORG Rex Hadnot is currently listed as the backup for McKinney. It is unlikely he will have any chance at becoming the team's starting center if McKinney does defect. He made his way to the starting lineup at the right guard position, replacing starting RG Taylor Whitley. Hadnot was a sixth-round selection of the Dolphins in the 2004 draft; he inked a four-year contract last offseason. It is unclear at this time if he will remain the starter under the new coaching regime.
Whitley was plagued with minor injuries during his 2004 campaign. He doesn't figure to be in the battle for a starting role, but with a new coaching staff anything can happen.
ORT John St. Clair was the undisputed starter entering the regular season and played up and down. He missed two games due to injury, and he was plagued throughout the year by nagging injuries. The aforementioned ORT, Vernon Carey, is likely to challenge him for his starting position in 2005 training camp. St. Clair's contract expires after 2005, but he is set to make $1.1 million and that is a hefty price tag for a backup offensive lineman.
OLG Jeno James came over from the Carolina Panthers in the 2004 offseason after having a career season in 2003. His '04 season was viewed with mixed results, but he is expected to remain in the starting line-up for 2005. James inked a six-year, $21.3 million deal in March of 2004.
James' backup is OLG Greg Jerman, a stalwart in the inactive department. Despite being bragged up heavily in the offseason, Jerman never panned out for the Dolphins and James clearly showed he was the starter ahead of this often undervalued third-year player.
OLG Eric Wilson (knee) never played during the 2004 season, as he was placed on Injured Reserve in late August with tears in his MCL and damage to his patellar tendon. He is an exclusive-rights free agent for 2005.
Starting OLT Damion McIntosh struggled often in 2004 and may be replaced for '05. He allowed at least one sack in seven consecutive games and was in danger at one point of losing his starting job to former starter OT Wade Smith. McIntosh remained the starter and finished the season with a minor ankle injury. After 2005, his contract will likely need restructuring from the team if he isn't starting - and possibly even still if he is starting.
Smith is listed currently as McIntosh's reserve. He sprained his medial collateral ligament in his right knee in training camp and then struggled mightily in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, ultimately costing him his starting job. He finished out the second half of the year on the weekly inactive list. His 2005 status is yet to be determined with the team.
OLT Tony Pape was drafted by Miami in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft and he made the team as a reserve. Don't expect him to compete for a starting job just yet, despite being a solid 6-6, 315 pounds with better than average mobility.
Rounding out the reserve linemen for the Dolphins leaves us with ORT Victory Leyva and ORG Jamil Soriano. Leyva was an off-and-on starter for the Bengals in previous years, but was often injured. Soriano is a well-traveled first-year player with decent size at 6-4, 310 pounds. He will likely battle to even make the team and could be a candidate for NFL Europe designation.
During Offseason Miamia also sign a OT Stockar McDougle and G Damion Cook to add some depth and allow to new coach Hudson Houck align the best player in each position.
So, I don’t think Miami will draft some OL until 5 trough 7 round.
Starting LDE David Bowens is a 6-2, 260-pounder from Western Illinois. Entering his sixth season, Bowens should be a candidate for fight he starting spot witn new acquisition Vonnie Holliday; of course, all depending upon what the new coaching staff decides to do.
His reserve, DE Bryan Robinson, is an unrestricted free agent this coming March. Whether or not the team opts to re-sign him is yet to be determined. If he does return, it is possible he battles with Bowens for a starting spot at the left end position.
LDE Matt Walters (New York Jets) signed a 2005 contract with undisclosed terms. Walters previously worked out for the Green Bay Packers, which didn't materialize into a signing.
LDT Larry Chester only played in two games in 2004, recording just seven tackles and a forced fumble. He tore his right ACL and was placed on Injured Reserve in late September. His rehabilitation progress has not been disclosed at this time.
To fill this position, to me, Miami made great sign in Kevin Carter who will play in 3-4 or 4-3 scheme and playing aside JT could made a lot of pressure to the QB’s.
LDT Mario Monds, formerly of the New York Giants, was sent to NFL Europe prior to the start of the 2004 NFL regular season. He battled through injuries (hand, knee) during the regular season, playing in five contests along the way. He finished the year with five total tackles.
LDT Josh Shaw, 6-3, 290 pounds, is the No. 3 defensive tackle on the left side. He is entering his third season after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Shaw figures to be no more than a depth player at this point.
Manning the right defensive tackle position is veteran DT Tim Bowens. He battled through an assortment of injuries (ankle, back, knee) prior to being placed on Injured Reserve in October. Bowens only played in two games. After such an injury-plagued season it is entirely possible Bowens may call it a career after 11 professional seasons. However, that is yet to be determined.
His backup is RDT Jeff Zgonina, entering his 13th year as a pro. While he is under contract, his return is uncertain at this point. He played in all 16 games, starting 14. He finished with 63 total tackles and five sacks, marking one of his more productive seasons in recent years.
Filling out the right defensive tackle position is DT Dario Romero, Romero return to the Dolphins for rotational play along the line.
Starting RDE Jason Taylor (shoulder) had himself another quality season, earning a trip to Hawaii for the 2005 Pro Bowl. The doctors cleared him to play in Honolulu after he suffered a separated shoulder in the final game of the regular season. He finished the year with 9.5 sacks, one interception and 68 total tackles in 16 games. At any rate, look for this perennial Pro Bowler to return to the Dolphins as their anchor in '05.
RDE Ronald Flemons was signed to a 2005 contract, with the terms undisclosed. He spent much of the 2004 season on the Miami practice squad. Do not expect him to compete for a starting role by any means, but he could make a serviceable spot-duty player.
The need for complimentary pass-rushing defensive end was evident after DE Adewale Ogunleye was traded to the Chicago Bears. Due to the age of this unit as a whole, look for the team to address both the tackle and end positions during the draft maybe in the first day.
SLB Donnie Spragan was signed is an unrestricted free agent to fill the hole for the departure of M orlon Greenwood.
Third-year SLB Eddie Moore is next in line to replace Spragan. Moore was a second-round draft pick by the Dolphins in 2003, showing the team has confidence in his abilities. In 2004, he recorded 25 total tackles in 13 games (three starts). Moore also scooped up two fumbles.
No. 3 at the strongside position is LB Brendon Ayanbadejo. Primarily known for his special teams abilities, Ayanbadejo isn't likely to see the field anytime soon as a linebacker. He started two games in '04 due to injury, totaling 17 tackles and one interception.
Anchoring the linebacking corps for the Dolphins is veteran MLB Zach Thomas. Leading the club in tackles in 2004 with 145 total, Thomas also added two sacks on the year - a year that was cut to only 13 games played due to a hamstring injury. The injury nearly forced him to the Injured Reserve list, yet he came back and played the final two games of the regular season - posting monster numbers along the way (18 and 13 tackles in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively). Thomas figures to return in 2005 as the starting middle linebacker for the Dolphins.
His backup, MLB Derrick Pope, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Pope is speedy, but he is a bit undersized at only 5-11, 233 pounds. For comparison's sake, that is smaller than RBs Jamal Lewis, Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. Someday Pope may get his shot at cracking the starting lineup, but it doesn't appear to be anytime soon with Thomas starting ahead of him. Entering his second season, he has plenty of time to develop.
Entering his 16th pro season is the 36-year-old starting WLB Junior Seau. After tearing a pectoral muscle in mid-season, Seau was placed on Injured Reserve, concluding his 2004 season. While he is getting up there in age, Seau doesn't want to end his career on a sour note - such as a season-ending injury - and he is planning to return to prove he isn't done just yet.
MLB Corey Jenkins was originally drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and was subsequently released. The Chicago Bears picked him up and also waived him. He returned to Miami in December for his second stint, playing in only one game. His future with the team is uncertain at this point.
The Dolphins drafted MLB Tony Bua in the fifth round of last year's draft, but his rookie campaign was cut to seven games due to injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve with a quadriceps injury in mid-December. He expects to be healthy in time for offseason conditioning and training camp, but he will expect to play at SS position.
As you can see, the team has a lot of young players but unproven and Thomas and Seau are getting older, so it’s important to select in draft their replacements to the future.
Starting LCB Patrick Surtain was one of the few bright spots from the Dolphins' 2004 season. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after starting 15 games, posting 58 total tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries and four interceptions. However, he will not play in the Pro Bowl due to undisclosed reasons. Surtain is involved in a trade with KC so I dont’t expect he will star the season with us (at least KC are unwilling to pay the 2 round that miami are looking for)
LCB Reggie Howard came to the Dolphins after playing on the 2003 NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. He is currently slated as the nickel back for Miami for 2005. At 5-11, 190 pounds, Howard isn't likely the stature Miami wants going up against more physical receivers.
LCB Alphonso Roundtree has been back and forth from the practice squad to the active roster and has even been released a few times in his short career with the Dolphins. He is currently signed through the 2005 season at $380,000 and will likely play nothing more than a fill-in role for the team. He could be allocated to NFL Europe again, just as he was prior to the start of the 2004 season.
The Dolphins signed CB Brandon Haw (Cleveland Browns) in mid-January, with terms being withheld. He was added most likely for depth and could struggle to make the team due to the number of bodies in front of him on the depth chart.
SS Tebucky Jones was signed to cover this position, I expect him to be the starter at strong safety.
SS Yeremiah Bell (ankle) broke his right ankle and underwent surgery in mid-December. He is expected to make a full recovery for 2005. Look for Bell to get more involved with special teams and play in the secondary.
Look at SS Tony Bua to compite for this spot on the team.
FS Travares Tillman could start the 2005 season if he show that he develop his capability to cover the middle of the field.
FS Chris Akins (knee) did not play a down in the regular season after suffering a knee injury that required season-ending surgery in August. While he is under contract, his status with the team in 2005 is uncertain at this time.
RCB Sam Madison had his contract restructured prior to the start of the 2004 season, helping the team free up some needed cap space. He figures to be the undisputed starter and was the center of in-season trade talks that were dismissed by general manager Rick Spielman. Madison made 44 total stops, with 31 being solo tackles. He did not intercept a pass for the first time in his eight-year career.
A fourth-round draft choice from the 2004 NFL draft, CB Will Poole played in 15 games last year. He accounted for 31 total stops, one sack and saw a fair amount of time in expanded defensive coverages. This Southern Cal product could find himself in, or at least battling for, a starting job in '05 if Surtain does indeed get traded.
CB Jimmy Wyrick is entering his fifth NFL season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. He played in 14 games last season, totaling only five total tackles. He is, however, a decent special teams player. Whether or not the team retains his services is yet to be determined.
So I expect that Miami pick midlle in the draft at SS to add depth to the team.
The Dolphins' place kicker is Olindo Mare, who battled through injuries in 2004 and missed some time as a result. Though he sat five games due to a calf injury, Mare managed to kick 18 extra points (18-of-1Cool and he connected on 12 of his 16 field goal tries. Look for him to return in 2005 as the team's starting place kicker.
Veteran punter Matt Turk re-signed with the Dolphins prior to the start of the 2004 season, inking a three-year, $2.65 million contract. He averaged 41.7 yards per punt, good for a middle-of-the-pack ranking amongst his league-wide peers. Look for Turk to continue as the team's punter in '05.
Filling in for Mare in his absence was PK Matt Bryant, who the team signed in mid-October. He, too, fell to injury; a quadriceps strain forced him to miss a few games and he has been released by the team. Don't look for him to return to Miami as long as Mare is healthy.
After Bryant went down, the team was in a pickle and had to sign free agent PK Bill Gramatica. He played in only one game, kicking three field goals through the uprights but failed to connect on his lone extra point attempt. Needless to say, Gramatica has since been sent packing.
WR Wes Welker did fill in for Mare during one emergency appearance, kicking one field goal and one extra point. Don't expect to see this happen again any time soon.
Welker led the team in kick return attempts (61) and was second on the team (five or more returns) with an average of 23.2 yards per return. He did bring one to the house, the only kick return touchdown to be found in the Miami return game in '04. Look for Welker to get his shot again in 2005 to lead the team in kick returns.
DB Lamont Brightful only played in two games, returning five kicks for a team-high average of 25.2 yards per return. He was released from the team in late September and has since signed on with the New York Giants.
Welker also led the team in punt returns (43), tallying 464 yards but he did not reach the end zone. Again, he should be given every shot at being the team's primary return man in '05.
As previously mentioned, TE/LS Ed Perry, manned the team's long-snapping duties. The team has 2004 undrafted free agent LS William Delahoussaye as next in line to replace Perry should he not return to the club for 2005.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job, but I was just asking for a team needs list, not an all out description
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, to me the needs in order are:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A SS? We have Tebucky...FS okay or even S as a whole but SS

And if its depth, then its not our number two need.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soory, you are right, then i will say that WR or LT maybe are our second need
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex, awesome positional breakdown of the team.

As for my assessment of the team's needs, I'd say that they're in this order:

#1) LT - Most important position on offense and Miami doesn't just have a hole at this position, they have a chasm. I'm thinking that they do nothing to actively address it this year, but I fully expect that Andrew Whitworth of LSU will get a VERY long look when he comes out of school next year. As will Virginia's D'Brickshaw Ferguson and Auburn's Marcus McNeil.

#2) RB - I don't think that anyone doubts that Miami will draft a running back at some point in this draft. The questions are where? and who? Of the RBs currently on the roster, Sammy Morris, Jamar Martin, and Heath Evans are the only ones who I expect to remain when the season starts. Everyone else is just training camp fodder.

#3) S - Nick Saban stated that he wants his team to be like a good baseball team, i.e., strong up the middle. The Dolphins have decent defensive tackles and are solid at interior linebacker. What they are sadly lacking are play-making safties. Ideally, Miami wants an Ed Reed type player. But simply an upgrade over last year's crop would be a good start.

#4) OLB - With some elements of a 3-4 defense being implemented next year, Miami needs OLBs who are versatile enough to take on linemen in run defense, rush the passer, and play pass defense down the field. Currently, they have no one who has demonstrated that they can do all three things. Donnie Spragan will get a chance to show his skills and so will Derrick Pope and Eddie Moore. Additionally, Moore has to show that he can be the playmaker he was supposed to be coming out of school.

#5) C - While LT is the most important part of your offensive line, the center is the captain -- the guy who makes the calls for blocking schemes. McKinney hasn't demonstrated that he can do this with a degree of success in the NFL. Personally, I like the idea of giving Hadnot a shot and switching McKinney to RG. Regardless, I'd still draft a C in the mid-late rounds.

#6) QB - Trivia time.
    Q: How many QBs have the Dolphins drafted in the last 10 years?
    A: 2 -- John Dutton (1998) and Josh Huepel (2001).

    Q: How many regular season games did those QBs appear in?
    A: 0.
Pitiful. Miami needs to start drafting QBs and developing them into potential starters. If you'll look throughout the league, the teams who have constantly worked to develop QB have always had success on offense because they've always been teaching players the offense.

#All) Depth - A glance at Miami's roster should tell you one thing -- if a couple of starters get hurt, the whole thing is going to hell in FedEx truck.

In addition to addressing the outstanding needs, Nick Saban also must deal with the fact that he's inherited a roster that's paper thin -- a direct result of the Johnson/Wannstedt model for team development which focused on trotting out the best starting-caliber talent in favor of fielding teams with great depth.

It's this one fact that we all need to keep in mind on April 23-24. If Miami somehow manages to land extra picks on Day 1, please do not scream for Saban's head if he selects cornerbacks or wide receivers in lieu of running backs and offensive tackles. There is a plan and you don't know what it is. Saban does and has a reason for not telling you about it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the qb needs to be higher on your guys list.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Frank, I jus collected information from here and there in order to have a global vision of the team. By the way I appreciate all of your posts because provides a lot of information. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just took a look at the Dolphins' depth chart ( ) and realized that I completely spaced on Lamar Gordon.

I still don't think that the list of needs changes, because I think that Miami needs someone who will compete with him for the starting job and, at the very least, present a change of pace from Gordon. But I felt that I should at least not forget about him. Yet.
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