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Sparano Not Interested in T.O., Marshall

In speaking with NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora yesterday, Tony Sparano commented on the possibility of the Dolphins pursuing Brandon Marshall or Terrell Owens, or rather he commented on the lack of possibility.

“I don’t know if they make sense for our ballclub, one way or the other,” Sparano said Tuesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting, adding that, “I’m happy with the group of players I have right now.”

That is definitely not what anyone was hoping to hear come out of Coach Sparano’s mouth. But there’s a few ways to interpret this. The optimists may want to point out that no NFL coach or team comments on active negotiations or players they are interested in. There are tampering rules, there are competitive disadvantages which come out of speaking on the subject. Maybe it’s a smoke-screen.

If he’s telling the truth though, and Miami is content to enter the season with the same group they ended last season with, then we need to have another conversation. There’s a difference between being coy, playing things close to the chest and working to improve the team quietly and completely ignoring a need. Miami looks like they’re ignoring a need. I mentioned it last week, but what has Miami done to improve the offense in the last three years aside from drafting Chad Henne and having Chad Pennington literally drop into their laps? Where are the skill players? Where are the upgrades? Miami followed up the good news that they had signed Richie Incognito with the bad news they wanted to trade Justin Smiley. Is Miami even better off after making that decision? Incognito was an upgrade at right guard, I’m not so sure he’s better than Smiley though.

Thus far what I’m noticing from the Dolphins is either a stubbornness that the Trifecta can win its own way or an aversion to taking any kind of chance. Regardless of what conclusions you may draw from Miami’s unwillingness to address their offense, you can look at the facts.

The Dolphins don’t have a good offense. The best player on the offense is currently being dangled for first round compensation by the Miami front office. The second best player is a 32 year old tailback. The quarterback is young and promising but without good receivers may digress or see his growth stunted. And outside of that there’s not a soul on the offensive side of the ball that scares anyone.

Sure the line is better, but is that what Miami wants to hang its hat on? Aside from drafting Henne the best two players on Miami are holdovers from Saban and Wannstedt. Arguably Nick Saban and Dave Wannstedt have done more for the Dolphins current offense than the trifecta.

Now a few questions… Who at the 12th pick of the draft is going to have a bigger tangible contribution than a 26 year-old All-Pro receiver? First of all the Dolphins have drafted 26 year-old’s before (see John Beck) and second of all do you really think Sergio Kindle or Brandon Graham are going to contribute more? Does it even matter if Miami has a nose tackle if their offense is one-dimensional? Miami may not even have to give up the first rounder, but at any rate, you convince me that the Dolphins can get better value at the 12th pick than Brandon Marshall and I’ll shut up.

Next question… Much like with Richie Incognito, if Miami doesn’t want to trade picks for a receiver why not sign Terrell Owens? So he’s an asshole, so what? There’s no salary cap. Cut him the second he opens his mouth. But there’s no denying Owens is head and shoulders above what Miami currently has on the roster. He isn’t going to be getting big money. He comes cheap and with little risk. And Miami isn’t even going to sniff around?

Hell, go out of left field. Trade for Javon Walker. He’s in the football netherworld out in Oakland but you know he’d come cheap and have a lot to prove. I’m not going to begrudge the Dolphins for taking a chance and making the wrong move. I am going to begrudge them if they don’t even take a chance though.

Like I said, there’s a difference between sticking to the plan and playing things close to the chest and just outright ignoring a situation. The draft is a month off, I hope I’m wrong. But something tells me we’re all going to be extremely disappointed with the way Miami addresses the offense. That is, if they address it at all. And to me, spending a second or a third rounder on a receiver isn’t addressing the position. If anything that’s an insulting level of response for a position that clearly cost the Dolphins wins last season. But, I’m calling it right now, get ready for Miami to sit on its hands and do little to improve the offensive side of the ball.

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  • Steve

    Thank you Patrik for finally mentioning the fact that Javon Walker exists. You hit the nail on the head, please do something Miami Dolphins!!! I really think that Henne has an opportunity to be a great QB in the league, but let’s take a minute to name all the great QBs that did not have a great receiver to throw to… Anyway, I like the idea of signing TO, although the Bills experiment with him failed and the Phins’ staff might be scared of a repeat in the same division. However, Walker has no mileage on him and TONS to prove, could he possibly be any worse than Ernest Wilford?

  • Ken

    I’m not 100% certain, but I think Walker was released and is a free-agent. Have to check on that one.

    While I completely agree with th receiver problem/need. I totally disagree that it is our biggest problem. I don’t think a single WR on the Phins roster allowed one of those end of game drives that ultimately cost the team the game. We’re not talking about games that Miami only scored 10 – 12 points either. For the most part, they put up enough to win most games, but were left down by the “D” time and again. Besides, its not like all of Miami’s receivers suck, they don’t! One number one makes the rest into 2′s and 3′s which is what they truely are.

    Bottom line, it doesn’t matter what WR they get if the other team always scores last!!!

  • Ken

    Here’s the headline from NFL.com: “Walker healthy, hungry for another chance after release by Raiders”

    Lets chew on that one a little!

  • JwalkSucks

    NO NO NO!!! He’s old and terrible! Javon Walker is a locker room cancer that’s injury prone with horrible career stats that has no place in Miami. He will bring nothing but a bad attitude to Miami and waste a roster spot that can be used to develop a new young player

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  • Steve

    I agree with you Ken,
    We need to sure up all the holes on our defense, which is why I don’t want to see us waste another 2nd rounder on a tier two WR prospect. I’m sure LaFell is good, but immediate impact is doubtful. If we signed a WR like Walker or TO we would lose nothing and still be able to take 1,2, and 3 and pick up OLB, DT, and S. I’m still hoping for Safety in round one, Berry won’t fall to us, but Thomas looks pretty awesome.

  • Richard

    I thought Javon Walker already signed with a team. I think the Dolphins are holding their breath for Dez Bryant, which looks like he might fall into Denver’s hands. We had alot of missed opportunities. Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall ( who are Florida boys and would love to have come home to play) and Dante Stallworth. T.O. could come back. The only person he settled down for was Parcell. I also think that if we bring in a top WR it will take pressure off of Ginn, and you might actually might see him play better.

    Another big issue is Safety. Jason Allen cant fill anyones shoes and Gibril Wilson (Thank God) is gone. Our cornerback depth chart is short. We have two promising rookies in Smith and Davis but they cant cover all the secondary.

    It feels like all the horrible teams in the NFL are beefing up and spending money and were looking to take money to our piggy bank.

    In order to make money you have to spend it!!

  • http://PhinPhanatic.com Patrik Nohe

    Well, in fairness Richard the Dolphins did shell out the big bucks for Karlos Dansby. But I agree, just make a move. It’s a lot to ask for a rookie to come up big in his first year as opposed to a proven commodity.

  • Richard

    Patrick I know your on my side in terms of a WR, but was Dansby a necessity at this point? We release Ayodele who was 3rd in 2009 for tackling, and number one out of linebackers. Porter I could understand. He just looked good because the Steelers had 3 other pro-bowl LBs on that team.

    The Jets made it a point to dish out millions to scare everyone with their DBs by aquiring Cromartie and lining him up with Revis. What are we going to do against that secondary?

    The Dolphin’s trend seems to be one big aquisition per off season. We needed a Safety and a WR. And the two big receivers that were released or had tenders, expressed interest in coming to Miami, along with safety Antrelle Rolle and Ryan Clark.

    Maybe we “Phin Phans” are getting worked up for nothing. We are only 20 days into Free Agency, and the draft is a month away.

    It just seems like the teams we play in 2010 that were under 500 lat year made tremendous aquisitions, the Good teams kept majority of their players, or the Good became better.