Last year, the 2012 offseason proved to show more pessimism than optimism for the Miami Dolphins. When news broke that the Dolphins would pursue future hall of fame and Super Bowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning by various Miami beat reporters, the sighting of Manning near his Miami condo brought a site for sore eyes for all Miami fans. However, the Dolphins were never given a true chance at his courtship and settled for a small meeting in Indianapolis sans Steven Ross and with Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland.
Enter this season’s love interest, wide receiver Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers. Last week Jennings has said repeatedly that he would not mind a reunion with Joe Philbin. Philbin coached him 5 seasons in Green Bay and Jennings when healthy has been a productive part of the winning tradition in Green Bay. Jennings is looking for his next big deal and Miami appears to be an incredible landing spot with Miami flush with cash due to Jeff Ireland’s master plan of rebuilding the Dolphins.
As the Dolphins enter into the offseason, they have decisions to make, whether it is to sign a high priced free agent or pass and re-sign their current set of offensive and defensive free agents. The time to strike while the iron is hot appears right now.
On one hand Jennings seems ready to open his arms, his driveway, and let the Brinks truck back up full of cash.
On the other hand, do the Dolphins want to sign another free agent in the offseason that fails to meet expectations due to injury concerns or settle on a guy like Jennings due to a previous familiarity with Joe Philbin? Remember last offseason how Matt Flynn was basically going to be signed right as the bell rang for free agency? Philbin and Ireland offered him nothing that was going to prove he’d be the starter in Miami. Seattle did. Flynn still didn’t start with the emergence of Russell Wilson.
As speed dating gets into full swing between the Dolphins and many agents at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, the Dolphins have to make decisions that will benefit them for many years. Remember, spending money doesn’t necessarily lead to automatic winning in the NFL. In fact, drafting seems like a more sound strategy, and teams that win draft especially well. But, if you are going to put butts in the seats and bring an experienced set of weaponry for Ryan Tannehill, then getting the best guy out there may not be one in Greg Jennings, but at least he might be in the conversation.
Agree again with kingshua in that they have needed more pass rush for years now, its glaring. In fact, I was hoping they went with one of the monster def pass rushers available last draft over t-hill. You can have the best db's in the league, but they cant keep up with any receive for 9 seconds !When I am screaming at he team on the feild or at the tv, more often than not its about pass rush !!
On another note, I hope like hell they keep Reggie.
@gofins72 i know i really hope they bring back bush also. ugh, its hard enough to bring in big name players to Miami but when great players want to be here and we flat out ignore them it sickens me.
@gofins72 I agree with this entire post gofins72.To ad something Defensive ends can be considered playmakers on defense because they limit the QBs time to throw even without sacking him, and they cause fumbles and interceptions because of the Qbs having to throw before he wants to(they have clocks in their head depending on opponents pass rush) and they cause fumbles and recover fumbles some are even good at tipping passes(remember Watt in Miamis first game of the season.
i think that Greg Jennings is the best fit for the fins. he knows the system and the play book and loves the coach. most players tend to be loyal to the coaches that appreciate the players and treat then with respect. IMO this is what i would do. 1. sign Jennings 2. sign a decent corner 3. draft by position 1. tackle 2. tight end 3. corner 4.receiver 5.safety etc. Ireland has been pretty solid drafting lately so if he nails this draft like he did last year we should be in pretty good shape.
@JasonLoucks I agree that Jennings is a fit. He's a good route runner, he has speed, but he's not the deep threat and wasn't the deep guy in Green Bay. Plus, I think the system is more MIke Sherman, but the philosophy is more Philbin. I don't think Jennings would have a difficulty picking up the offense because of Philbin, but it is a big question mark if he will be used appropriately by Sherman.
@JasonLoucks going back and forth between jennings and wallace. The fins will tweak offense a little to that zone read or whatever its called, like Washington and San Fran use. do you think that makes any difference between choosing jennings or wallace?
@gofins72 @JasonLoucks i don't know there both great but Philbin is a stickler for details and his words were for a great receiver you need good hands,speed and great route running. IMO Jennings fits that mold. but you cant take away from Wallace's speed either. they both would be an instant upgrade.
@JasonLoucks I wouldnt draft a WR with my 1st round pick especially with Irelands record with drafting of WRs.I would take the fastest WR in free -agency and I think that would be Wallace.As my first pick in the draft I would take the BEST pass rushing DE,and Ireland has done much better with defensive lineman.That pick would be expected to come in on pass rushing situations and play opposite Wake one of Irelands best pick-ups.
@KingShula i agree receivers shouldn't be a first round pick. but if that's your only need then and only then should you do it. we have too many pressing needs at tackle, corner and pass rushers to draft receiver in the first round.
@JasonLoucks I am convinced that the best course of action for this off-season is for the Fins to acquire the skill players they need in free agency which will probably be one or two at the most.I am of the opinion that they should get a WR in free agency and draft a pass rushing DE with the first pick.I hope they dont draft another offensive lineman with their first or second pick, they have done this several years,its not like before where the lineman stayed on the same team for years and therefore you had continuity on the line.
In the NFL today you need to have players that make a difference next year because of free-agency.The Dolphins with the assets they have this off-season and the draft choices they hold, if they make the right moves now next year they could find themselves in the playoffs, and in those playoffs I wouldnt want to be starting 1st year skill players like defensive backs and WRs.Thats who the opposing coaches will target because they are rookies and will have more weaknesses than veterans.The Dolphins need to plan for NEXT SEASON they might not get a chance like this for YEARS.
Wallace hands down. Resign Bush, Hartline and Clemons. Long i would love to see for the next 5-8 years as a fin, but his injuries and his "pay me" attitude will not fly with Steve and Jeff. I do not expect Long to be in Miami next season
@ohiodolfan I'd say Wallace as well. However, Long is not something that you can take lightly. You can't just kick him to the curb and then draft him or find him in FA. His value might be the most important to him, but the Dolphins have to try and meet in the middle. For any QB to survive, that LT has to be there. Pass protection was a strength for him.
Its going to come down to money for the free-agent offensive playmakers, and what value the market establishes for each player.IMO the Dolphins need speed to stretch the field for opposing defenses that play against them.I think Wallace theroetically would be a better fit.T-Hill especially if he runs a read option type of scheme or plays would be better served by a definite over the top receiver, even if just a decoy to allow him to have more options,that would be even more so if they get Bush back because I think he will be used differently in 2013.Having said that I am not so sure L.Miller couldnt play that role.The fins offense was limited in 2012 because the opposing defenses shortened the field on them knowing the receivers they had wouldnt run by the coverage.
@KingShula It all depends if Sherman has woken up to the idea of using Bush's versatility. If that's the case I say bring him back, but don't make him a feature back and expect him to run through the tackles with this offensive line.
@DolphinMicks I agree with this but I dunno but it seems the Dolphins have already made up their mind about Bush,remember when he was benched because he fumbled.I think unless they get a good price on Bush they have already decided that Lamar Miller can do the same job that Bush does and at a lower price.We were not the only ones that thought Bush was not being used properly by Sherman.I remember in several Dolphin telecasts the announcers saying the same thing.Before the season even started I thought Bush would get a lot of receptions as an outlet because they started a rookie T-Hill at QB,but thats not what Sherman and Philbin had in mind.
@KingShula @DolphinMicks your right i think they have also moved on from Reggie. the only thing that worries me is that if miller goes down they have a very young back field after miller. a position of strength will become a position of weakness. and i still believe Reggie accounted for more than 60 % of our offensive td's that's alot of touchdowns to walk away from.
@KingShula You are exactly right. you could really see it in person at the games, 9,10, 11 in the box, making it difficult to run or do short passes. Need a deep THREAT.
@gofins72 @KingShulaGames 9,10 and 11 could be considered key games that determined if the Dolphins were going to be a winning team or not,they were 4-4 and playing Tennessee in the 9th game at home in a game they were expected to win and lost,after that they lost to Buffalo on Thursday night and they were 4-6 with the toughest part of their schedule coming up.
@JasonLoucks @KingShula @gofins72 Also Im not so sure that was not part of a long term goal by management for Bush in the sense that they are telling him that he will play a specialized role with the Dolphins and not an every day back,subsequently useful in contact talks which are happening now.By benching him Philbin was telling him he fumbles too much as an ever down back and he will not be worth as much to the team in this role as his agent is asking.It is another bargining ploy because I think they KNOW that it is not a good idea to be letting talented offensive skill players walk away on a team that is lacking the same.
@gofins72 OK my bad, they need a fast WR to stretch the defense out.IMO a WR that can acomplish this NEXT year would be the ONE player to ad that makes an IMediate difference on offense.Ditto for drafting a DE if they dont get one in free-agency, although I have more confidence in Irelands drafting of this position than a WR that would do this in his first year in the NFL.He has drafted defensive lineman that have started in their first year even picking one out of the canadian league which can be argued was their most valuable player in 2012,Wake.
@KingShula * was talking about 9,10 , 11 players in the box on defense against the fins with no deep threat.