Tag:Miami Dolphins
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:58 pm

Jets done in by Sanchez

MIAMI -- Can wait -- for next season.

That's the New York Jets motto now. Last year, Jets linebacker Bart Scott made "Can't Wait" a catchphrase when he uttered those words during a post-game interview on national television as the Jets readied to play in the AFC Championship Game.

But three Mark Sanchez interceptions against the Miami Dolphins, the last inside the Miami 10 with three minutes left, ended the Jets playoff chances this season as Miami eliminated them by beating the Jets Sunday.

The team that talked the talk, led by loud, cocky coach Rex Ryan, couldn't walk the walk.

The Jets went to two straight AFC Championship Games, which made them a chic, trendy pick heading into 2011, especially with Ryan bragging they were the team to beat.

Now they're home wondering what went wrong.

They might want to look at No. 9 for starters. If the past three weeks have done anything, it's reminded the Jets that maybe Sanchez isn't the guy for the long haul.

Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:15 pm

Dolphins Camp Talk

DAVIE, Fla. -- Can Reggie Bush be a between-the-tackles runner?

The Miami Dolphins better hope so.

Bush, who came over in a trade from the Saints, is hell-bent on proving that he can be that and more.

"I get a chance to actually be a running back," Bush said. "I get to showcase who I am as a running back. I get a chance to show I can be a complete back. It's exciting for me. It's something I haven't had since I've been in the NFL."

Bush was taken with the second overall pick in 2006 by the Saints with the idea he would be an explosive runner and receiver, much like he was at USC. But instead he was more of a receiver than a runner in the Saints offense -- when he was on the field.

Bush averaged 8.7 carries per game with the Saints, used mainly in the passing game and in the return game. At 5-11, 200 pounds, he is considered small by back standards and the most carries he had in a season was 157.

So even though he has more receptions (294) than any other back in those five seasons, and helped the Saints win a Super Bowl, he was never considered to be worth the high pick.

"I'm not deaf, I can hear, I can see," Bush said. "I heard all that about not being a feature back. Only time will tell. I'm not going to go out on a limb and say I can carry it 25-30 times a game. I bring so much more to the table that 25-30 carries might not be the best option for me. It may be better to have 10-15 carries and 10 catches. That might be best for the offense. It's not so much about me and my personal needs and wants. It's what the team needs." 

Bush has averaged 4.0 per carry in his career, but that number has come down the past couple of seasons. He had just 36 carries last season as he played just eight games because of a broken leg.

Bush is healthy now and he's ready to show he can be the guy. I told him it sounded like Reggie Bush the running back was back.

" I never thought he left," Bush said. "I knew he was still there. It was just a matter of getting the touches."

Bush will open the season as the starter with second-round pick Daniel Thomas set to be the backup. They will likely split the carries, but you can bet Bush will get more than the nine or so he's averaged in his career.

"I am going to showcase that I can be that every-down back," Bush said.

---Cameron Wake had his breakout season in 2010. He went to his first Pro Bowl. He finished second in the NFL in sacks with 14. But don't dare think he's OK with just getting there.

Wake is hell-bent on staying there.

"You know my story?" he asked. "Then you know I've worked hard and traveled a long way to get here."

Wake is the self-made player. He played at Penn State, wasn't drafted, got cut by the Giants as an non-drafted free agent, sat out a year, went to Canada and was a dominant pass rusher before signing with the Dolphins in 2009. That year he had 5 1/2 sacks in a limited role before exploding as one of the best outside rushers in the league last season.

As he readies for 2011, he won't sneak up on anybody this season. Teams will slide protections his way. They will double him more.

Wake has arrived.

"Shhhhhh," he said. "Maybe they won't notice."

Oh, they notice.

That's why he took home a DVD of all his plays before the lockout began last March and spent the spring and summer watching it -- and mainly the bad plays.

"I would see something I did wrong and run it over and over," Wake said. "I could easily have watched all the good plays, but that's not what I wanted to do. I wanted to highlight the bad plays. Why did I take a certain angle? When I did that, I realized how many more sacks I could have had."

How many?

"I'm not sure," he said. "Maybe 10 or so."

That would have allowed him to break the sack record, which is 22 1/2 and held by Mike Strahan.

"Yeah, but maybe he missed 10 sacks too," Wake said. "You never know."

---The Dolphins signed veteran back Larry Johnson Tuesday. At 31, his best football is behind him. So why sign him? Is it a sign they aren't sold on Thomas? Coach Tony Sparano said no. But observers say Thomas has been hesitant to hit the hole. Sparano said that has been the case at times as he learns new plays, but that once he knows them he's fine. Sparano said Thomas looked good last week against the Panthers. "Just like any young back, he's feeling his way through some of these new runs," Sparano said. "I think he gets his foot in the ground, gets his shoulders square and gets downhill pretty well. I like what he's done that way." As for Johnson, he said he feels fresh. "I feel like I'm in my 20s," he said. If Johnson doesn't show well the next two weeks, I would expect Miami to make a deal for a back. Keep an eye on Steve Slaton, who the Texans will almost certainly trade.

---The Dolphins got good news this week when Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long was taken off the PUP list. Long, who was bothered by knee and shoulder troubles, was on the list since the start of camp. He practiced some this week, but isn’t expected to play against the Bucs this week. The Dolphins line also features rookie Mike Pouncey at center, so the five starters do need to get some time together.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 3:09 pm

Bonamego had to go

John Bonamego is a nice guy.

But he had to go after watching Monday night's debacle in Miami. As special teams coach of the Dolphins, Bonamego had to watch as his units had a kickoff returned against them for a touchdown, had a field goal blocked for a touchdown and had a punt blocked.

There was no doubt he was going to get it Tuesday, meaning fired. How could he not?

He will be replaced by assistant special teams coach Darren Rizzi.

That was as bad a display as there's been in the NFL in terms of special teams. Coaches always preach to their players about accountability, so Bonamego had to be held accountable.

It cost him his job.

Next up? Dan Henning?

I think the Dolphins offense needs work. Why would Henning call for a Wildcat play on third-and-6 on the opening drive of the game when Chad Henne was 4-for-4 for 46 yards on that drive?

Talk about drive-killer.

The offense is too predictable. But Henning gets a pass because he's a Bill Parcells' guy. Anybody who has ties to Parcells gets a pass in this league from the media.

Not here they don't. Henning's offense needs tweaking.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 26, 2009 8:18 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2009 8:48 am

Dolphins doing it the right way

The Miami Dolphins deserve big props even before the open of the free-agency period for keeping their own players.

The Dolphins had three key free agents. One was right tackle Vernon Carey, one was safety Yeremiah Bell and the third was linebacker Channing Crowder.

The Dolphins signed all three before they even had a chance to hit the market.

That's good business. That's good football.

All three are relatively young players who have good years left. Letting them leave and then signing someone else's player would have been a mistake.

The Dolphins spent a pretty penny to keep the players -- Carey got $15 million in guaranteed money to top them all -- but all three are quality starters. Not stars, mind you, but good starters.

Miami also added safety Gibril Wilson, who was let go by the Raiders last week in a cost-cutting measure.

Wilson was a starter when the New York Giants won the Super Bowl two years ago, then left to go to Oakland for a big-money deal. Wilson was miserable in Oakland and was glad to be let go.

Now he will join Bell in a back tandem that will help upgrade the Miami defense.
I like the moves made by Bill Parcells and general manager Jeff Ireland.

If more teams followed the Dolphins' lead and kept their own young players they'd be better off.

Quick hits

-- Jeff Saturday did the wise thing agreeing to a contract with the Indianapolis Colt on Thursday night. At 33, he's perfect for what the Colts do. If he went somewhere else, the fit might not be as good. Saturday signed a three-year deal with the Colts, according to the Indianapolis Star. That's a smart move -- for both parties. I bet it was a team-friendly deal. That's what Bill Polian does.

-- If you're an offensive player with some value, this is a good year to be on the market. On my list of the top-50 free agents, only 17 were offensive players. Of the top 10, only two were offensive players, Ravens center Jason Brown in the second spot and Bengals tackle Stacey Andrews in the sixth spot. It is definitely a lean year for offensive players.

-- There are reports now that the Cardinals and quarterback Kurt Warner have broken off talks. Maybe so, but he isn't going anywhere. The problem is the Cardinals know it, which is hurting Warner's value. Like I've said many times here, he will sign a two-year deal for $20 million to $22 million. He isn't about to uproot his family over a couple of million dollars.

-- The Cowboys are considering cutting safety Roy Williams. Hey, guys. Didn't I warn you about him about three years ago? When I called him the most-overrated player in the league a few years back, Parcells mocked me for it at a news conference. Was I right? You bet. And the reason is simple: The modern NFL safety has to cover and Williams can't.

-- Fred Taylor's visit with the New England Patriots just went OK, and I expect him to make a few more visits. Taylor would love to sign a contract soon, but it has to be for the right money. He's not taking veteran minimum. I still think the Colts would be wise to look at Taylor. 

-- When the Giants signed Brandon Jacobs to a four-year, $25 million deal, it might have set the market for Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville. The Jaguars and Jones-Drew are working toward a new deal. Jones-Drew has one year left on his contract.

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 14, 2008 7:26 pm

Top picks too valuable

One of the dumbest notions being bandied about in recent weeks is this: You don't want a high pick in this year's NFL draft.


They say the talent at the top isn't as good as in years past, plus you have to pay big dollars for the player you pick.

I don't buy it. Give me those draft picks at the top and I'll handle the rest. There was a story in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel suggesting the Miami Dolphins could pass with the first pick and move down to save money.

The NFL is about winning, not saving money. The Dolphins need to take the best player with the top overall pick and then worry about the rest. They already have talked contract with Michigan tackle Jake Long, which is to be expected.

The Dolphins want a deal that will include less guaranteed money than what the Oakland Raiders paid to quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Agent Tom Condon might balk at that, but he shouldn’t.

In speaking with another agent Monday, the agent said Condon would be dumb to pass up the deal. He offered some reasons:

---No state income tax in Florida. "That's 7-percent that you won't have to pay," the agent said. "That's a lot of money."

---It's better to first than second. "Even though he won't get as much money as Russell, he'll still be getting more than if he goes second to the Rams."

---It's Miami. "If you're a 22-year-old single guy, where would you rather live: Miami or St. Louis."

That's why Long will agree to the Dolphins terms and they will take him. He's a good player who will be a fixture on their line for years to come.

Draft picks at the top are way too valuable to give up for money reasons. Bill Parcells is too smart for that to become a reality for the Dolphins.




Category: NFL
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