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.