Wednesday, March 16, 2016

More FA moves the Fins should make.

Now that Denver has matched CJ Anderson's off from Miami, I believe the Fins need a contingency plan other than drafting a RB. I think it's too much of a gamble to assume that Ezekiel Elliot will fall to number 13 overall and I believe that Derrick Henry will be drafted by Dallas at the top of round 2. I also still think we should be drafting another LB and CB in the first two rounds anyway.

One RB I'm not hearing a lot about is Devante Booker from Utah. He could be picked up in round 3 or 4, which I believe would be a bargain. I know Booker is small and not many people think he has what it takes to play in the NFL, but I live in Salt Lake City and I watched him play all year. I can tell you that, other than his size, he is NFL ready. He has amazing finesse. I saw him make some moves last season that made me think I was watching an NFL RB. His awareness is also very good.

So, I think Booker would be a great pick for Miami in the middle rounds. But we also need a veteran and right now, the best FA RB left, in my opinion, is Arian Foster.

Foster is 29, so he still has some gas left in the tank. Barring any injury issues (he's still nursing an Achilles injury), I think we should sign him if we can get him on a team-friendly contract. He's waiting until later in the off-season to make a decision, so I think by that point, most teams will be set at RB and his options will be limited. This could be a great chance to sign him for cheap.

If Foster wants too much money or takes too long to make up his mind, my next pick would be Alfred Morris. Either way, I think our RB corps needs to consist of one veteran that we get in the FA, Jay Ajayi, and a rookie that we draft in the middle round (maybe Booker).

We still need help on the O-line and I don't think the draft will be enough. We need at least two more in my opinion. I'd love to get Russel Okung, but he's generating way too much interest. We can't afford him. But we should at least try, because I don't see any other options in the FA at this point. I am annoyed that Miami just twiddled their thumbs with the O-line in the FA once again.

We still need help in the defensive backfield, and I think that Reggie Nelson would be a really good move for Miami, especially this late in the FA period. Vance Joseph has coached him already and I think he'd fit very well opposite of Jones.

If nothing else, Miami can still add depth in the FA. They should not be going into autopilot until the draft. Most of the FA's we've signed have only been to fill gaps left by departing in-house FA's. This team can't be fixed just by seven rookies.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Van the Man

Vance Joseph is the 13th defensive coordinator in the history of the Miami Dolphins. Anybody that knows anything about the Dolphins remembers the most famous # 13, Dolphins legend Dan Marino.

Joseph, then a quarterback, was on a team that won the state championship in 1987 and was runner-up in 1988. At the University of Colorado, Joseph played quarterback and running back.

Drafted by the Jets as a defensive back, Joseph also played same for the Colts in his two year NFL career.

More importantly, Vance Joseph coached defensive backs in college until 2004 and then into the pros with the 49ers until the Bengals hired him in 2014 as defensive backs coach.

Working on a clean slate with the Dolphins, expect Joseph to shore up the secondary behind an aggressive defense led by Suh, Wake, Williams, Jordan and company