Saturday, April 27, 2013

Odd comment

The interview Dan Lebatard did with Stephen Ross seemed weird to me. Its not that often that an owner will have a more or less candid and open interview with a local media person. But then, his bid to get the public on his side will make Stevie do some odd things, I suppose.

And owners don't always say and do the right things when they are in these forums, because they tend to not stick to the script of their team.

That said, his comment that Tony Sparano damaged the team seemed wildly ridiculous to me.  I posted often about the whole scenario of Stevie deciding to keep Sparano while openly courting a new coach - and it spoke to what kind of an owner he was.  Then, I noted that the love fest press conference he had was awkward. 

And then I posted that this wouldn't end well, and Sparano was likely to have somewhat of a, I dunno, "bad attitude" (?) because of it.  The team sputtered, and he got fired half way through the season.

And, 2 years, Stevie says that he's holding Sparano accountable for HIS OWN actions.  I'm tellin' ya, the team would have been better off he had fired Sparano, whether he got Harbaugh or not.

Its just so weird to hear a comment like that, coming from the owner.  Sure, maybe in some way Sparano "damaged" the team, but Stevie caused it to happen.  And passing the buck on blame isn't right, and doesn't help anything.

And then defending Parcells?  (eyes roll so far back) Oh puh-lease.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Why do you even cover the Dolphins?

Greg Cote is a horrible columnist.     All he does is propagate that stupid South Florida dread that has been around ever since Marino failed to win a Super Bowl.   Please stop covering the Dolphins…  or, only write articles when the Dolphins lose games!   The Miami Dolphins have made incredible strides over the last year and a half.   I salute Ireland and the entire Coaching staff.  Well done.  

Phins Fans ignore writers like Ben Volin and Greg Cote.    Those guys are only interesting when the sky is falling and the Dolphins are losing.

The Value Gained In Trade Up!

Who would have thought Jeff Ireland was such a shrewd negotiator?

His orchestration of trading up from pick #12 to #3 is mathematically remarkable!

Using the Draft Pick Value Chart, Ireland saved the Dolphins 520 points which could have been our picks #77, 82, 111, 146, 217, 224 plus either next year's 5th or 6th round pick plus possibly next year's 7th round pick, depending on what picks they are.

Here are the point values of all the picks:
We got #3 = 2200
We gave up #12= 1200 and #42= 480
Total given up= 1680
Savings of 520 points or these picks:
#77= 205
#82= 180
#111= 72
#146= 33
#217= 4.6
#224= 2
Total= 490.6
Then you can add in another 29.4 points out of these:
Next year's 5th rounder is worth between 47 and 27.4 points
Next years 6th rounder is worth between 27 and 14.6 points
Next years 7th rounder is worth between 14.2 and 2 points

We could easily had been left with only this year's picks # 54 and compensatory picks #166 and 250, which you are not able to trade.

So Ireland saved 7 picks and his job.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Smart move by Ireland. So far.

First of all, we only give up #42 to move up.

Why Jordan?  Because in games 2-5 this season, we face Luck, Ryan, Brees and Flacco.  And in a couple weeks after that Brady.  So we absolutely have to put pressure on those QBs, which we lacked doing last year.

Opposing QBs were pitching tents on us.  Camping out and picking us apart. That had to stop and quickly.

He won't wear #99, but he will remind us of Jason Taylor.  He is that quick!  He is 6' 6", so he has room to put about 20 lbs on and keep his speed.  Plus it allows Odrick to move back inside.

But what about OT?  If KC wanted our #42 for Albert, guess what?  We don't have that anymore.  So when #54 comes around, if a tackle is sitting there, we offer KC a 3rd round pick or we take the tackle.

I like Ireland's move. So far.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Miami Dolphins trade up to select Dion Jordan

This draft started off with an early bang as the Miami Dolphins have traded their number 12 overall pick as well as their highest 2nd round pick to select the 6'6 DE from Oregon Dion Jordan. This comes as a surprise in two ways, first off the Dolphins traded up all the way to the number 3 spot. Next many thought that Lane Johnson would have been the natural pick as Jake Long left and there is a whole to fit at LT. However the Dolphins opt against protecting their QB and go for harassing that Brady guy in New England. I personally am excited to see how much havoc Cameron Wake and Jordan will produce and hopefully Jordan can replace Wake as Wake is getting up their in age. The scouting report says Jordan is a natural pass rusher and has the ability to win one on one matchups requiring teams not to use stunts or blitz as much. Wake also possesses this ability so expect to see a little less blitzing if this combo works out as planned. 

This may not be the only trade that the Dolphins could be involved in however there is still Brandon Albert who would fill in the LT spot nicely and remember we still have a 2nd round pick and an additional 3rd round pick which came from Indy and Chicago respectively from the Vontea and Marshall trades. Time to sit back and watch this unfold. 

Draft Chat Tonight

Brian (the PhinPhantic) will be hosting a chat tonight. Feel free to drop by....

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Art Of The Deal To Get Branden Albert

Jeff Ireland is no river boat gambler, he wants our left tackle position resolved as soon as possible.  If he waits for the 12th pick, there probably won't be a definite starter available.

The Kansas City Chiefs don't want Branden Albert on their roster going into tomorrow night.  They would rather not use the first overall pick on a starting tackle and then have one too many.

Sounds like an easy deal, but the compensation and competition are getting in the way.

KC wants our second round pick, # 42.  Ireland is only willing to part with our second round pick, # 54.  But the posturing by KC makes me believe they have other suitors for Albert.  San Diego could use a left tackle as well.  Is San Diego willing to part with their second round pick, # 45?  Or is KC just bluffing?

Is Ireland willing to wait and see if anyone by miracle falls to # 12?  He may, but he knows very well that two tackles would have to fall since San Diego sits at # 11.  So that won't work.  And if no tackle falls to San Diego at 11, will they be willing to ante up and trade their second round pick for Albert?

I believe Ireland will have to sweeten the deal with KC in order to hang onto pick # 42.
Here is how I think he will have to lay out his cards with KC.

Using the NFL Draft Chart, the Chargers pick at # 45 is worth 450 points.  Our # 54 is worth 360 points.  We would be 90 points shy of the Charger's offer.

So Ireland will offer KC our # 54 pick and then swap our third round pick # 82, worth 180 points for their fourth round pick # 99, worth 104 points.  That gives KC 76 points of value with that one swap towards the 90 point difference with the Charger's offer.

Now we are not done yet, we still need to give KC 14 points worth of picks.  So we swap our fifth round pick # 146, worth 33 points, for their sixth round pick # 170, worth 23.4 points.  This shaves off another 9.6 points and now we are only 4.4 points away from the same value as the Chargers offer.

Here is the final kicker from Ireland, we give the KC our seventh round pick # 217, worth 4.6 points and tell them to keep the change.       

In essence we would get Branden Albert and have the following 9 picks:
1st round # 12
2nd Round # 42
3rd Round # 77
4th Round # 99 and # 111
5th Round # 166
6th Round # 170
7th Round # 224 and # 250

So the left tackle position is set for this year and we can still have 4 of top 100 picks in the draft to find another corner, pass rusher and tight end.  Plus, we can still possibly trade down in the first round and get another pick or two as well.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971


'Twas The Night Before The Draft

Tomorrow night the NFL Draft starts at 8 PM.  Since it seems like Christmas to many a fan, why not start a new holiday tradition tonight by grabbing a cold one or two, sit down with your loved ones in your favorite players' jerseys and recite the following.  I hope it brings you good cheer and good luck.

             'Twas The Night Before The Draft
                                         By Carl Leone

‘Twas the night before the draft and all through the league,
Not a GM had rested, all feeling fatigue.
Their draft boards assembled, each scout had his say,
From highest to lowest,  “Oh, that one can play”.
The prospects were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of great riches danced in their heads.
Since end of last season, teams knew were they’d pick,
From the worst to the first, their spot was affixed.

To trade up or trade down or snag that one guy,
Decisions, decisions, which one do they try.
From Kiper and Davis and even Mayock,
All threw in their two cents with many a mock.

They run a spread offense and defense, a zone.
Make sure he fits in or this choice they’d have blown.
When free agents sign, when picks they are traded,
Each mock is redone ‘fore they’d even faded.
We’ve seen and we’ve heard from all who attest,
They love this one player, now that one is best.
Agents are bragging, their client’s a stud,
But rumors can circle, now he’s just a dud. 

They pimp them, now primp them so all are impressed,
From Armani to Brioni, to the T’s they are dressed.                                     
Come ‘morrow at night, the invitees will shine,
For GMs and coaches, their jobs on the line.
They’ll wait in the green room, some are brought to tear.
To fall like Brady Quinn, is their greatest fear.
The NFL Network and Sportscenter tell
All of their stories ‘tween hugs from Goodell.

The owners get checks out and practice with smile,
“He’s who we wanted. Look! He’s on my speed dial.”
Some fans will be happy, some fans will be sick,
As the winning contestant announces a pick.

Who knows what’s the answer, no future is clear,
Will they bring them Lombardi or even a cheer?
There’s no proven science nor certain gimmick,
Just all fervent prayers to Dear Ole Saint Pick!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Fisher, Joeckel, or L. Johnson? Any Would Help

In only one more short day Jeff Ireland & Co. will have a very hard decision on their hands. That decision is what to do with the 12th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Miami Dolphins have MANY options with this pick, and have the ammo to trade up and also the history of trading down and picking up more picks. But with one of the needs on this team right now being OT, it is much more likely that the Dolphins will be trading up to get one of the top 3 OT's than waiting at #12 for one of them to fall to them, if that is, in fact, the direction the Dolphins really want to go. If it is the direction they want to go, you certainly cannot argue with it considering the talent of these top 3 OT's. Who are these top 3 OT's you ask? Well good question! Here are some answers for you:

Eric Fisher Central Michigan LT 

At 6'7" 306 lbs. Eric Fisher is the prototypical size for LT at the NFL level, and with 34.5 in arms and 10.5 in hands, has the physical tools to keep rushing DE's in the NFL at bay and the athleticism to be effective in the run game and get to the second level on blocks. He has great foot speed to keep DE's from speed rushing around him and the strength to not be knocked over by a bull rush. He has a nasty streak in his game to finish blocks, which is something that Dolphins OL coach Jim Turner loves. The only real weakness in his game is that he is not as strong as he could be for a starting NFL LT, but that is a very fixable problem with a NFL off-season strength and conditioning program. Fisher has been compared to the 49er's LT Joe Staley and if Fisher can become that, then the Dolphins are set at OT for a very long time, assuming he can stay healthy

Luke Joeckel Texas A&M LT

Luke Joeckel is the running favorite to be the #1 pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Draft come April 25th, but lets not be so sure that it is a sure lock! With that being said, Joeckel  is a supremely talented and athletic LT whose best attribute is pass blocking. At 6'6" and 306 lbs, he has great feet and moves them well, shielding the QB off from speed rushers off the edge and has a great wide base to withstand bull rushes. His greatest physical attribute is his supreme athleticism. He moves with great ease! What NFL scouts would like to see better from him is added strength, in his upper and lower body! Joeckel is being compared with Bronco's LT Ryan Clady, who is arguably the best best LT in the NFL, and if Joeckel is anything like Clady, whose ever backside he is protecting, his jersey will be in much better condition than many other QB's in the league

Lane Johnson Oklahoma LT

With Joeckel and Fisher being the Elite OT's in this draft, the Dolphins would most likely have to trade up into the top 3 or 5 to be able to select one of these players! With Lane Johnson being very comparable to the athleticism of Joeckel and him coming at a cheaper price, trading up for Lane Johnson is a much more viable pick! Even with Johnson being a more likely pick, the Dolphins will probably still have to trade up to get him. Lane Johnson started off at a QB, moved to TE, and finally ended up at OT. With him still being new to the position, scouts worry about his lack of experience, and with him being 6'6" and 303 lbs, they worry a little about his leverage at the NFL level. But with almost any college prospect coming into the NFL, they is often room to add weight and put on more muscle! Johnson is extremely athletic, moves his feet very well for his size, making pass blocking his best attribute. Although he needs to add some muscle, his run blocking is good, but needs work as well. 

With the Draft begin so close, Ireland, Philbin, Brain Gaine (assistant GM), and Stephen Ross need to make their decision pretty quickly of whether they will trade up to get one of these supremely talented OT's, stand pat at #12 and pick someone like TE Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame, CB Xavier Rhodes from FSU, OG Jonathan Cooper from UNC, or maybe CB Dee Milliner from Alabama, whose stock is fallen slightly with some health concerns. Being at #12 and having 11 picks to work with, Jeff Ireland & Co. have many different options to play with. They also could trade the #54 pick to the Chiefs for Brandon Albert, which is a possibility as well! Finally, they could trade down, and pick up extra picks to acquire the most amount of impact players as they can. Either direction they go, there is an opportunity to add a quality football player to this team, and the fan base should be looking forward to see what the new look Miami Dolphins will do!  


On Sunday April 28, 2013 I will be analyzing the Dolphins draft. Be looking for it!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Dolphins Uniform Leaked

We no longer have to wait for Thursday to see  the Dolphins new uniform. The photo to the left shows the Dolphins new uniform along with the Jaguars and Vikings. Nothing too drastic besides from the dolphin, its very similar to last year's uniform. What do you guys think of the new uniform? Did you expect more or are you happy with the simplicity?