Regular Season Schedule And Jake Long

Jake Long - MGoBlog.comGo 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.

Topics: Jake Long, Miami Dolphins, NFL Schedule

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  • Matt

    ugh, I dont want Ghoulston…. I hope this is just leveraging power…I dont understand why a stud LT wouldnt want to play in Miami with 20+ million guarenteed with an OL coach as the head coach with a 1st round talent at RT, and a 2nd round talent at Center with a promising LG and Ronnie Brown to block for…

  • http://phinphanatic.com Squidmd

    I know that Gholston is said to turn it on and off, but when he turns it on what a beast!  I too would rather have Jake Long since tackle seems to me the biggest need.  I just can’t wait for these next 10 days to go by.

  • http://www.sheddawgs.com Shed Dawg Mike

    Curious as to why no mention of Chris Long.  I’m guessing Parcells may think C Long is better suited as a 4-3 end and Gholston is the better candidate for a 3-4 LB.  When I heard the comments "if you don’t think Gholston reminds you of the next Lawrence Taylor, just ask Bill Parcells",  I kind of had a feeling he could be a darkhorse….then again, who REALLY knows what’s going on.  I agree Squidmd….these next 10 days can’t go fast enough.

  • http://www.Phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    I still think it will be Jake Long.  He is a fool to think that losing 5 million and playing in a state with state income tax is going to cost him quite a bit.  Hell he gets drafted by Miami, gets a 54 million dollar contrace and doesnt have to pay state taxes on it?  HELL YES he is a fool not to take that.

    Chris Long?  Amazing how he flittered away.

  • GUF

    Does anyone think that since C. Long has pulled a disappearing act, that maybe he’s the "trifecta’s" true #1 choice?

  • http://www.tedginnandtonic.blogspot.com Ted Hill

    I don’t mind that we have 4 out of our las 5 on the road. It gets amde up for by having 6 of the middle 8 at home (including 3 in a row which almost never happens). Plus we lucked out a bit because the Bills game will be in Toronto where the roof will closed.I’m not high on Vernon Gholston. I think he has a really high ceiling but also some bust potential. He is more risky than either of the Long’s. I guess the reduced monetary risk would be why they choose him.

  • http://www.Phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    I think Chris Long is even more a real possibility than I did a week ago.

  • Jim in DC

    What if the whole Jake Long thing is a ruse?

    The word gets out Long doesn’t want to go to Miami, yet we continue to negotiate with one of the most difficult agents in the biz about his client taking LESS than the #1 guy did the year before. Sounds like an exercise in futility to me. Or a wild goose chase.

    Sure would kill some time before the draft, you know, if that was something you wanted to do. For whatever reason.

    I still think the chances of trading the pick are 50/50. And this negotiation is the perfect cover till we get within 48 hours of the draft.

  • spooneman

    There’s alot of west coast teams but at least most of them are coming to our house. I HATE the early bye week. I have always perfered a mid-season bye week. As far as Jake Long goes, I never like to hear that a good/available player doesn’t want to play for the Phins wether he is a free agent or a draft prospect.  However, I do think that it is all a front and just a negotiating ploy.

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