Monday, August 15, 2016

Dion Jordan Likely to be Cut

        As I read all of the articles mentioning that Dion Jordan is slated to be a DE, I can't help but ruefully chuckle.  This is classic coaches' doublespeak.  When Vance Joseph told us today that Jordan would be evaluated at Defensive End, he was really telling us that Jordan would not make the Dolphins final roster.
       At this moment, the Dolphins are deeper at DE than at any other position.  As Adam Beasley delicately points out, Chris McCain and Terrence Fede are on the bubble, with one of them likely to be cut unless there is a camp injury above them in the pecking order.  Where, then, does this put Jordan?  In street clothes, on a practice squad, or as a short-term Patriot so Belichick can pick his brain for schemes before showing him the door.
     I don't mean to be unfair to a still young man trying to find his path.  He may well find a spot on another, less talented defensive front.  But I do mean to close the door on this silly non-story.  Watching Dolphins writers nervously wonder when the NFL would reinstate Jordan, whether he would be in shape, whether Kiko Alonso thought Jordan was a good player, all of it was meaningless. This team moved on from this disastrous decision when we switched coaching staffs.
     It would have been nice to hear that Dion was "totally engaged" in meetings when he was first drafted.  Instead, we all discovered that the team had wasted a draft trading up for a non-entity who was only drafted out of fear about covering a tight end tandem that the legal system was soon to dismantle.  Let's face it: Jordan was a bust, is a bust, and shall be a bust.  Let this last rusting, vestigial trace of the Philbin "era" gently slip away; let's save our attention for players who will earn their keep.
   Of course, that may be precisely what Joseph was doing today: answering the Jordan question by letting us all know that the Dolphins will shake his hand, look him in the eye, and move on.  By slating Jordan for competition with McCain and Fede, Joseph was politely showing Jordan the door.  The future is waiting in the two hard-working young men who are making the most of their shot.  It's time to let the past go.

Jay Lopez
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15 comments

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we cut him and you can book his flight to New England right now.

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yep. they love to scoop up AFC East cast offs...

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They will pump him up in practice for a few weeks and build some value before trading him for a 2017 7th round pick

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That is the optimal case... not sure anyone will want to absorb the cap hit.

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He doesn't have a cap hit

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He doesn't have a cap hit

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I'd try him at linebacker first. If he's not motivated after all the stuff that's happened,then let him go.

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I'd try him at linebacker first. If he's not motivated after all the stuff that's happened,then let him go.

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Yep, try him at LB first, if no go, trade him to Chip Kelly's team.
He will give something for him. If Phins just put him out there for the taking, it will be Pats doing the "taking" and Belicheck having him probably turn it around and be doing the "sacking" to our QB's. Just the way it goes in Phinlandia.

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Good write Jay.

Dion Jordan. Polarized emotions.

Part of me roots for the 26 year old who is entering his physical prime. He beefed up and should be motivated. He could be a great "from the ashes" story.

Another part of me sees the undisciplined, under achieving player who never fully lived up to his promise. He played well in flashes but also got thrown around like a rag doll because he didn't have the strength to battle a 310 pound left tackle.

Lets face it, the Dolphins could cut him today if they didn't see something promising in him and some possible value, whether it be for depth incase of injury or trade value.

I hope he can play well now that he has bulked up a bit. I hope he can find a way to contribute to our team rather than just as another flop traded for a spit bucket and some shower shoes.

The next few weeks will tell.

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Good write Jay.

Dion Jordan. Polarized emotions.

Part of me roots for the 26 year old who is entering his physical prime. He beefed up and should be motivated. He could be a great "from the ashes" story.

Another part of me sees the undisciplined, under achieving player who never fully lived up to his promise. He played well in flashes but also got thrown around like a rag doll because he didn't have the strength to battle a 310 pound left tackle.

Lets face it, the Dolphins could cut him today if they didn't see something promising in him and some possible value, whether it be for depth incase of injury or trade value.

I hope he can play well now that he has bulked up a bit. I hope he can find a way to contribute to our team rather than just as another flop traded for a spit bucket and some shower shoes.

The next few weeks will tell.

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Ken and Edwin- If they wanted to keep him I think he would be in the LB group (more bodies, less talent.)

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Carl: Thanks, and I agree- I have mixed emotions as well. My heart says this guy will turn the corner, but reading Joseph's comments, it looks like the beginning of a fare thee well... and maybe we only get the shower shoes.

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yes...trade him to chip kelly...he will give us a 2nd and 3rd round pick for him...

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yes...trade him to chip kelly...he will give us a 2nd and 3rd round pick for him...