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The Silence From Miami Says Everything


Have you seen anything about the Miami Dolphins scroll across the bottom of your TV while watching ESPN or NFL Network?  Not outside of Joey Porter’s arrest as mentioned as a former Dolphin or Ronnie Browns’ two times over the limit alcohol blow.  Nope.  Nothing.  It’s like a field of crickets that won’t shut up.

Go back a couple of weeks ago and you hear that starting RG Justin Smiley is on the trade block.  So you start watching the lines and the tickers and scrolling the million forums (which by the way we have one) just to see if the news has broken.  Yep…nothing.  It’s silence and this silence coming from Miami is saying everything.


Bill Parcells and his disciples loathe talking to the media.  I have spoken to Tony Sparano twice and on both occasions he was gracious but you understood that there were other places he wanted to be.  Jeff Ireland was the same way.  Bill Parcells?  Yeah, not a chance.  So when you hear talk about Smiley on the trade block or the Phins non-committal on their QB situation or Jeff Ireland saying that they would “like” to find a big time receiver you have to wonder what the walls would tell you…if you could hear them speak.

There is a lot of history on the walls of the Miami Dolphins training complex.  If you enter the facility through the players entrance there are collages of photos on every inch of the team meeting room hallways and those pictures start with the earliest days of the franchise to the most recent.  So yeah, they would have a lot to say.  But what of this silence now?  What is going on in Miami?  Is it simply nothing more than our own wild imaginations because we have nothing left to go on other than the entertaining thought of believing they have something in the works or is there simply nothing going on in Miami?

Armando Salguero took a leap on his blog today when he pointed out that something will have to give with the Dophins QB situation.  He went so far as to say that 2 of the 4 QB’s will not be on the roster come the end of training camp.  We all assume that it would be Thigpen and White.  He says not to rule out Pennington in a trade.  Armando doesn’t jump off the page often and leave his tail exposed.  So careful consideration, if not inside information, went into his article.  It’s because of that reason that I don’t summarily dismiss it.

Head over to the Sun-Sentinel (my favorite of the local news) and you will read that Mike Berardino responded to one of his “Ask Mike” articles to a question regarding Dwayne Bowe of KC.  His response, after a long citing of KC GM Scott Pioli…the Dolphins should trade a 6th round pick and Justin Smiley to the line starved Chiefs in return for Bowe.  Seriously? While I would love to see that happen and don’t think for a moment that it will, there is no way that trade ever comes to light.

A bigger rumor making it’s rounds courtesy of Profootballtalk.com is that the Dolphins are enamored with Clemson running-back CJ Spiller.  Apparently they are hearing that both the Giants and the Dolphins are looking to move into the top 10 to take the runner.  Now, as far as Miami is concerned, I would buy into the smokescreen attack.  Make the teams behind you believe that you want to jump up in the hopes that they might trade up with you if he is still on the board when it’s your turn.  But what if there is some truth to that?

Consider the Dolphins have not said that they wouldn’t trade Ronnie Brown.  They low tendered him at a 1st round pick but not the 1 and 3 that most franchise players would get.  He is coming off a foot injury and now a DUI but teams know what he can do when healthy and this DUI is his first legal trouble ever.  There are plenty of teams out there who would do well with his services but this is too early to start working on deals for a RB.

From Ronnie Brown to Justin Smiley to the QB’s there are rumors but the one player that Miami fans seem to want traded, Ted Ginn, there is nothing.  Still, one local media journalist believes that the Phins are working on something and that Ginn may be gone for a mid-round pick.  I don’t remember which one talked about the possibility but the reasoning behind it is simple.  This years draft is the deepest draft in perhaps the last decade and the Dolphins only own 10 picks with only 4 in the first 5 rounds.

So back to the quiet sound of rolling waves upon the Miami shoreline on a Sunday night in late September.  Listen carefully and sometimes you can hear more than the waves.  In Davie, the Miami Dolphins are plotting a strategy for the draft.  They are plotting a strategy for this season, and they are plotting a strategy to fill the holes they have on the team.  Our own Shane, Onole1, is predicting that the Dolphins will not select at the number 12 slot come draft time.  And that is a strong possibility.  The question is, how will they move out, will they move up or down, and what exactly are they targeting?

10 years ago, we would have known everything that was going on in Miami.  Our coaches would have been talking to anyone who would listen.  Now, not so much.  It makes a reporters job a nightmare and makes a bloggers job a helluva lot more fun.  Speculation can really kill the off-season ticking of the clock.  It makes you wonder and it makes you think.  That’s what silence does.

So what do you think the Dolphins are up to?  Nothing?  Everything?  Or somewhere in the middle?  Jump into our forums and let us know.

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  • ray

    Come on dont knock the guy, Matty. The guy wrote a good article and made some excellent points. If you are not going to say anything positive here why bother to put someone down.

  • Randy

    This wasn’t a bad article. There’s no need to call it that.

    The Dolphins do need more draft picks, because they have a lot of needs and this is a deep draft. I’m assuming a 3rd-5th rd pick for Ginn, Thigpen, or White.
    I doubt that they’ll release White. He needs to hit the weight room and gain ten pounds of muscle. Whenever he was in the game, it was obvious what they were going to do with him. If I could figure it out, I’m sure a defensive player could. They didn’t develop him enough. It was obvious in the Steelers game that they didn’t trust him throwing the ball. The offensive package with him and with Thigpen were completely different.
    Tyler Thigpen should be the number 2 and should actually compete with Henne for the starting job. I think Henne would win it, but I also think that Thigpen can get the job done. I was impressed with what he did at KC and with the right leadership and mentoring (Pennington) he will be even better.
    Ginn should NOT be traded. He also needs to add some more muscle and get a little bigger. He can figure out how to use his hands and when he does that, he will be dangerous. The coaches should have brought in someone to help him with his hand. It’s obvious that they’re out of position when he drops passes. I was never huge on him, but I think he can still be productive. He used to be a QB in high school, use him in the wildcat. Have him come down from the WR position instead of Ricky. He can be productive in the formation.

    One of the problems the Dolphins do have is that they have too many RBs. Ronnie will most likely face a 4 game suspension, Ricky is getting old and will most likely play one more year, Cobbs is coming off of a major injury and never really showed that he can carry the team. Lex Hilliard is still unproven. I could see them shopping Ronnie around on or before draft day, which I think is the wrong thing to do. I’d get rid of Ricky. His body started to break down towards the end of the season (not to mention, the coaching staff wasn’t smart with his playing time when he was the #1 back). Lex Hilliard showed potential when he was in there. There was one game when he was in on obvious rushing downs and they had 8 in the box. He should stick around. Lex is young, cheap and shows a lot of potential. Cobbs is too good all around to let him go, unless he can’t come back and be 100% as effective as he once was. If they were to draft Spiller, I’d say, try to trade Ricky & Ronnie(if they really need to, but i’d hate to see him go).

  • Bj tHe dolphin fan

    I think we should only trade our 12th for bm the guy is a beast at wr and would make our other wr so much better. If we don’t go then we need to take someone on the d-fence side of the ball don’t trust dez at 12th take mclain move him to olb the kid a stud he can make that change second round go NT should be at least one steal there this is a deep draft as far as safty I think they are going to grap sharper he would be a great 2 year stop- gap + can teach clemons how to play the position. If the tuna makes these moves we would have a raven type d .As for the o we have to get a playmaker why not go after Owens our holt we need a vet to show our WR how to get open let’s roll the dice don’t do to henne what was done to marino get him a big time playmaker at wr he would be a great QB if we do so tuna please read this and go fins

  • Mike

    I hope the Dolphins are doing something to get more picks and also to keep their first round pick.I think that the Dolphins should keep the #12 pick and take Sergio Kindle who has been talked about all over Miami Dolphins blogs. Then they should trade Tyler Thigpen and the Dolphins 73rd (third round)pick to any of the team in front of the Dolphins 43rd(second round)pick either as a back up or some of the teams that are in front of the Dolphins 43rd pick do need a starting quarterback and I think Tyler Thigpen could compete for a job so teams are Washington,Cleveland,Oakland,Buffalo,or St.Louis. Then trade Ted Ginn for 2 second round pick from Tampa Bay. Both of Tampa Bay’s 2nd round picks are ahead of the Dolphins at 35 and 42 and don’t forget that Tampa Bay is in need of a receiver and they might take a chance on Ted Ginn. If the Dolphins do do this (which is very unlikely) then they would have a 1st round pick at #12 which I said they should take Sergio Kindle and then 4 second round picks. Now that’s a way to add some picks. and with those picks is up to them, personally I would take with the first 2nd round pick a decent wide receiver like Demaryicus Thomas or Marty Gilyard. With the second 2nd round pick I would take a good Nose Tackle like Terrance Cody(if he falls to the 2nd round), Cam Thomas or Torrell Troup. With the third 2nd round pick I would take either a safety like Taylor Mays, Chad Jones, Nate Allen or i would take a Running Back or another Linebacker. And then with the Dolphins original 2nd round pick a 43 take Tim Tebow. I know there has been a lot of controversy over Tim Tebow but I think he would just help the Dolphins in the Wild Cat and he can learn behind Chad Pennington and Chad Henne. Who else would be better than a guy like Tebow who had been said to if not be an NFL quarterback be a tight end, fullback, or running back. He could only help the Dolphins with the Wild Cat. Imagine Tim Tebow in shotgun formation with both Chad Henne and Pat White lined up at Wide Receiver, Tebow tosses it to Henne and Henne bombs it to Pat White(who don’t forget was a wide receiver at West Virginia and knows how to run a route and catch) and then Pat White catches it in the End Zone!!!!!! Imagine how confused the Defense would be. I think Tim Tebow would just help and add to the Dolphins’ Wild Cat. That’s what the Dolphins should do come Draft day.

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  • http://www.thephinsider.com The Real Matty I

    That first comment was NOT me. Somebody is trying to start trouble. But I DID NOT write that.

  • http://www.thephinsider.com The Real Matty I

    Yeah that wasn’t me. I was at work and I can’t even get on blogs from my work computer.

    Please delete this comment. And is there any way to find out the IP address it came from?

  • http://www.thephinsider.com The Real Matty I

    I know I e-mailed you already to let you know, but just want to point out that the first comment here was NOT me. Somebody is apparently trying to start shit.

    For the record, I read this blog every day and it’s basically one of the only two Dolphin blogs I read (FinsNation is the other).

    • Txmedic5

      It’s gone. I will put my money on someone from the Mando team for having both of us on that list with him…LOL. I’m kidding. No big deal at least there were readers that stuck up for me…LOL. Matty you and I have a good repoir which was why I responded with the wink!

      • http://www.thephinsider.com The Real Matty I

        Yeah – damn “Armando-ites.”

        I just wanted to clear it up so your readers here didn’t actually think I was some kind of turd who would make a post like that.

        I mean, I am a turd. Just not THAT KIND of turd. lol

  • DJR

    Most other teams aren’t talking much either. The draft is over three weeks away and most teams are probably not going to make an trades or go after the remaining free agents until after the draft. There is not just silence in Miami…it’s that way throughout the NFL. About the only thing you hear every day is rumors of where McNabb is heading.

  • Colorado Shu

    The Fins should’ve packaged Pennington/Jason Taylor up and traded with the Broncos for Elvis Dumervil and a return of one our safeties. The pressure is on out here for McDaniels to strike quickly rather than rebuild and that might’ve lured Dumervil to the Fins. Now that Quinn is here they’d have to toss in a RB instead to make up for the blown draft selection of Know Show Moreno.

  • dolphinsfreak

    I think the Dolphins should do everything in their power to trade away the players they do not absolutely need to obtain as many draft picks as possible. As you mentioned in your blog, this is one of the deepest drafts in recent history, so the Miami Dolphins should do what they can to take advantage of this situation.

    I mean no disrespect to any player that I will name here but I am trying to think of the good of the team, the future of the team. I don’t think there are many people that are safe from being put on the trading block. The only players I would not put on the block are the ones that have been recently picked up to help build for the future.

    I feel that Ronnie Brown is an amazing running back but this offseason is the perfect time to trade him. If they don’t trade him now he walks without compensation next season. I am not sure how healthy he is right now so his trade value might not be too high but there are a few teams that are in desperate need of a running back.

    Ricky Williams wants to continue playing past the 2010 year and he means business. Ricky even fired his long time agent and hired the aggressive Drew Rosenhaus to replace him. This may be an indication that Ricky may be preparing to be traded.

    I do not think the Dolphins can afford to get rid of both running backs, but I do feel they should put both backs out there to see who gets the most attention and the best deal.

    Justin Smiley is obviously on the trading block. Other players that the Dolphins could consider trading for picks and/or adding into package deals to obtain earlier round draft picks are; Pat White, Chad Pennington, Tyler Thigpen, Ted Ginn, Lex Hillard, Patrick Cobbs, Greg Camarillo and Anthony Fasano.

    The Dolphins need as many draft picks as they can get in the 2010 draft, especially in rounds 2 – 4. If they are able to trade some of the above-mentioned players, whether it be in package deals or not, if extremely important to the future of the Dolphins organization.

    The building of the Miami Dolphins franchise will continue in 2010 and I hope that all of us Dolphins fans can sit back and watch as this new regime makes the correct decisions to make this organization a future champion.

    Go Dolphins!!

  • http://sportsillustrated michael j murphy

    My dad frank murphy was a orginal dolphin season ticket holder! i love the dolphins up here in N.H. ! 1) look the o-line is good 2)need more rec production from the tightends 3) middle lb is an issue crower sucks 4) special teams got better but gave up to many big big plays 5)poor tackling gave us 3 loses 6)nned a rb that can stay healthy,but most of all we need a WR to open the offense up !the wildcat is due to no offensive big play threat!!!!

  • http://MSN DANE WESLEY

    I SAY KEEP THE #12 PICK AND DRAFT C J SPILLER IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WOULD BE A GOOD RECEIVER AND RUNNING BACK THAT WAY YOU CAN KILL 2 BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. I WOULD TRADE RONNIE BROWN FOR A 1ST RND. PICK AND GET A RECEIVER WITH THAT PICK TRADE TYLER THIGPIN FOR A 3RD RND PICK AND GET A OLB OR ILB WITH THAT PICK THEY CAN TRADE AS MANY PLAYERS AS POSSIBLE FOR CB OR SAFTIES AND STOCK UP ON ALL OF THERE NEEDS. I LIKE C J SPILLER AT RB HE IS A PLAYMAKER EVERY TIME HE TOUCHES THE BALL. BUT WHAT EVER YOU DO DO IT RIGHT AND GO DOLPHIN MY TEAM SINSE 1970

  • finfan4life

    I THINK THE DOLPHINS SHOULD DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR ABILITY TO GET CJ SPILLER HE IS A PLAYMAKER A FLORIDA NATIVE AND A GREAT PERSON I AGREE WE SHOULD TRADE SOME PLAYERS WE ALREADY HAVE TO GET MORE MID ROUND PICKS TRUST ME GUYS SPILLER IS THE REAL DEAL HE PLAYED HURT ALL SEASON WITH TURF TOE AND STILL PUT UP SICK NUMBERS YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED HERE AS FAR AS TAKING A NT WITH THE 12TH PICK THAT IS INSANE WE NEED SOME WEAPONS FOR HENNE WE CAN GET A GOOD SAFETY IN THE SECOND AND THERE IS A SLEEPER LB NO ONE IS ALKING ABOUT THAT CAN BE DRAFTED 4TH ROUND BY THE NAME OF RICKY SAPP

  • Biggest Dolphin Fang

    Take Spiller! The most explosive player in this draft, a guy that doesn’t come around every day. We would still have eight more picks, more than enough to take a shot at LB,WR,NT, etc.. In perhaps the deepest draft in history it makes perfect sense to take a “luxury” pick like Spiller. Don’t get all caught up with the word need. Take the best player at one and fill needs later, that’s the way great teams are built. It would be an absolute crime to pass on Spiller and watch him go become a star for someone else. Spiller can beat you 5 different ways, punt ret., kick ret.,reciever out of the slot, rec. out of the backfield, and runner from scrimmage. Oh, I forgot a 6th, another incredible weapon to go with Ronnie in the Wildcat! This guy’s a TD waiting to happen with an amazing 21 TDs of over 50 yards at Clemson. I’ve never heard of another back with a stat like that! There will be some very good LBs and NTs later in this draft, so let’s go for a player who will super-charge this entire team. Remember this, this guy is better than both Reggie Bush and Percy Harvin and in today’s big play NFL there’s not a more impactful player we could pick than Spiller!

  • http://LockerBlogger Josh

    The Phins should be well positioned heading into next season. They should have a healthy Ronnie Brown and a more experienced Chad Henne. I also expect a big season from Anthony Fasano. Did anyone happen to see Fasano’s interview on lockerblogger.com? He recently attended a charity fundraiser in NYC and took the time to answer a few questions. Here is the link. http://www.lockerblogger.com/videos/lockerblogger/60-anthony-fasano