To Boo or not to Boo? That is the question. Well the question comes with a very easy answer.
Under no circumstance should any Dolphins' fan be booing Chad Henne. He is our starting QB, and whether you like it or not, the success of this team will revolve around him. At the Sun Life Stadium scrimmage, which over 10 thousand fans attended, Phins fans booed Henne after each mistake he made. Fans got impatient and started to chant “We Want Orton."
Most of you probably are not Hockey fans but being Canadian, I of course am. The Montreal Canadiens fans booed goalie Carey Price in the preseason and he responded with an MVP type year. Lets hope Henne can do the same!
I urge all of the fans to get behind Henne. He is our QB. If the Dolphins bring in Orton as a result of this then wonderful, but as of now, Henne is our guy. So get behind him please!
Lets just be grateful we all aren't Raiders fans!
It’s only right. One of the greatest players in franchise history couldn’t have went out a Jet. That right, Jason Taylor has agreed to come back home, announcing on his Facebook page that he’ll once again be a Miami Dolphin.
Not only does this put a smile on the faces of the fans who loved JT and can now openly embrace him as a Dolphin once again, this makes plenty of sense on the football field too. Yes, even at 36 years old.
The Dolphins are poised for great things on the defensive side of the ball, but a second pass rusher to take some of the pressure off of Cameron Wake on passing situations would be a welcomed luxury. Jason Taylor, even an old Jason Taylor, instantly becomes the second best pass rusher on this roster.
And this isn’t an indictment on Koa Misi, either. Misi figures to be a fine early down player for the Dolphins. He’s a high motor guy that began to set the edge adequately as a rookie. But he’s not a true pass rusher. JT is, and at this stage of his career, getting plugged in for situational purposes is the best case scenario for the future Hall of Famer.
Bottom line, everyone is a winner with this move. Jason Taylor comes home and restores his legacy, the Dolphins get a needed pass rusher, and the fans get one of their heroes back. Welcome home JT!
The Dallas pipeline just keeps pumping out signings for the Dolphins. This regime has once again turned to one of their former Cowboys, coming to terms with tackle Marc Colombo.
Colombo has been the Cowboys’ starting right tackle since 2006. It’s not immediately known if he’s been added to the mix to compete with Vernon Carey or possibly to move to the left side while Jake Long is on the PUP list.
Sparano weighed in to the media a short while ago, saying “He's big, tough, smart. Started about 72 games down there. My vision for him is see where we are in the tackle mix.”
While Colombo certainly adds experience and could potentially save the Dolphins some cash if Vernon Carey now becomes expendable, he’s 32 years old and was rumored to be slipping some a year ago.
With Shaun O’Hara visiting the Dolphins today, and expected to sign by many, Ireland is clearly going with a short-term patch work approach to solve this line’s deficiencies.
The preferred way to build an offensive line, in my opinion, is through the draft or at least free agents with a bright horizon. This type of move doesn’t bode well for the future, but I guess it’s easy to see why Sparano and Ireland are focusing so much on the present considering their jobs are on the line.
Are you a Madden junkie?? If so, which let's face it, you probably are, this is how the Madden ratings look for the Dolphins' roster this year.
Jake Long is the Highest Ranked player at 97 overall
Brandon Marshall is the 2nd Highest Ranked player at 92 overall
Only a couple of days ago I urged fans not to worry because there was plenty of fun left, and plenty of big names left to be signed. Now it’s the first day of August and while there are some names still available the frenzy is coming to an end. That being said let’s take a look at some of the names that ARE still available.
Zach Miller, Raiders TE (Rumored to be headed back to Oak)
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants RB (Dug himself a little bit of a whole but should resign in New York)
Braylon Edwards, Jets WR (Market not as big as once thought it would be)
Matt Roth, Browns LB
Kevin Boss, Giants TE
Steve Smith, Giants WR (Most likely goes back to New York)
Carlos Rogers, Redskins CB
Ronnie Brown, Dolphins RB (Rumored to become Steven Jackson’s backup)
Malcom Floyd, Chargers WR (solid big man who is still available)
Jason Snelling, Falcons RB (If Bradshaw doesn’t stay in NY, Snelling could be his replacement)
Manny Lawson, 49ers LB
Ricky Williams, Dolphins RB
Channing Crowder, Dolphins MLB (recently cut by Miami)
Tommie Harris, Bears DL
Randy Moss, Titans WR
The roster is starting to fill itself out as training camp is now fully underway. Miami added Reggie Bush, the electric RB/WR/KR/PR, and ILB Kevin Burnett. Two pretty high profile moves which should lead to an upgrade on both offense and defense. The Dolphins have also added a little depth at LB and NT.
Personally, I believe this defense, which was already ranked around top 10 in every category last year, is completely set. This Dolphins defense is 100% playoff ready, and it would be hard to debate otherwise. Not only are they talented, but they are also young. Therefore, if the Dolphins were to add another piece this offseason you would have to assume it would be on offense.
Tony Sparano has already indicated that the Dolphins are in the market for an offensive guard. However, I like some needy fans would prefer the Dolphins to go after a playmaker. Half the battle to getting your offensive line to work is making it gel. I think that although this offensive line struggled last year, it’s still a very talented unit. Shaun O’Hara, a veteran center formally of the Giants, has already been rumored to be visiting the Dolphins.
It’s been an eventful Sunday in Davie. We finally had the in depth coverage at practice we’ve been missing, a backup nose tackle was signed, a proven veteran center has scheduled a visit, and Brandon Marshall provided the finishing touches with an emotional press conference.
Mike Pouncey’s first practice
First-round pick Mike Pouncey signed his rookie contract just in time for the Dolphins’ first contact practice. Pouncey projects to upgrade the interior offensive line, which should improve the Dolphins’ running game.
He didn’t exactly excel in his first session, though, which should be expected from a rookie in his first practice. The Dolphins plugged him in at starting center right off the bat, thankfully putting to rest any rumors that Joe Berger would be competing for the job. But Pouncey had his share of poor snaps and was reportedly “metrorailed” on a play by Paul Soliai, who, by the way, has looked the part of monster according to various reports.
We could be in store for a curveball at center, though, as ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that the Dolphins have scheduled a visit with former Giants’ center Shaun O’Hara, who would have to be considered one of the game’s finest at the position over the past decade.
To me, though, while O’Hara could certainly upgrade the Dolphins’ interior offensive line this season and potentially kill two birds with one stone if Pouncey is then moved to guard, signing him could be somewhat of a progress stopper.
This regime is on the hot seat. I get that. They must win this season or else, but I think a younger Richie Incognito would have been a better fit at center, both in the short and long-term, if the Dolphins were really open to Pouncey playing guard. But we will have to wait and see how it plays out, if O’Hara is even signed at all.
Chad Henne’s struggles continue?
It’s still early but it doesn’t appear that Chad Henne is seizing the opportunity to reclaim the starting job with Matt Moore on the sideline.
This is Henne’s job to lose in my opinion, but with reported numbers like a combined 3-8 in 7-on-7’s and 1-5 on the first 11-on-11 drill, he’s making himself vulnerable. Matt Moore is easily capable of upsetting Henne with a solid camp and preseason if these struggles continue.