Go figure. I can find stuff to put up here on a daily basis and when something finally does happen, my wife is off work and I’m out tooling around town with her while she shops. So by now you already know that the NFL has released the 2008 schedules for the upcoming season. At first glance, I was glad to see the Jets and Patriots early, then of course I got to scroll down and see the away games at the end of the season. What they hell? 4 of the last 5 games on the road? I guess it is better to get that kind of schedule out of the way now rather than in a year that we actually are competing.
On another note, the Dolphins will play late in the year at Buffalo but the game will be played out of the country in Toronto, Canada. The 2nd consecutive year the Phins have traveled abroad to play a regular season game.
If you continue reading at the end of this blog, the full Miami Dolphins schedule will be there. I will be examining it in more detail in the coming days and have more to say about it that what I have. For now, I will move on to the real meat of today, Jake Long.
According to two sources, Jake Long does not want to play for the Dolphins. Long is a sure fire top 3 pick, but he may be overvaluing himself out of the top overall. The Dolphins early this week gave Long a deadline to agree to a contract or the Phins would look elsewhere, presumably toward Vernon Gholston of OSU.
Long is represented by Tom Condon and Condon is likely looking for a contract in the neighborhood of the Jamarcus Russell record deal last year with Oakland. Regardless of whether Long wants to play for Miami or not really doesn’t matter as his only leverage is saying just that. Long can easily sit back and allow Miami to take someone else and then make less money. The reality is that the Dolphins have one of the best pure football coaches directing the franchises football operations in Bill Parcells. His handpicked GM and a very well respected HC who is admired by players and just so happens to be considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.
Sorry Jake, you may grandstand all you want, but you wont get this opportunity twice in your life. Then again, if you would rather play for a team like the Rams, Falcons, or Raiders…well, more power to you.
1 Sept. 7 N.Y. Jets 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Bye
5 Oct. 5 San Diego Chargers 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Houston Texans 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 New England Patriots 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Buffalo Bills (Toronto) 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at New York Jets 1 p.m.