Dolphins Sign Dobbins To Two Year Deal

The Miami Dolphins have signed LB Tim Dobbins to a 2 year contract extension.  The so-called “throw in” from the Dolphins trade with San Diego during the draft is expected to be anything but.

Dobbins fell out of favors in San Diego and as the old adage goes, “one mans trash is another man’s treasure”.  Just ask my 6 year old son who pilfered a perfectly good hula-hoop for the neighbors trash two days ago.

Dobbins is a special teams ace.  Someone that HC Tony Sparano calls a 4 point player because he plays on all 4 special teams units.  Still, that hardly makes Dobbins a throw in.  Consider this from last season.

Last year Dobbins had 55 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack, and 1 fumble.

Channing Crowder had 52 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception.

On the surface, both players played almost identically.  So to read that would make one assume that Dobbins is no better than Channing Crowder.  Except for one thing.  While both players only saw action in 14 games, Dobbins was not a starter and most of his playing time came on the special teams unit.

In that regard, Dobbins outplayed the Dolphins veteran last year.  The two will battle in training camp to start next to Karlos Dansby.  Shortly after the draft I predicted that by week 4, Dobbins would own the starting linebacking spot over Crowder.  I still stand by that today.

Dobbins’ new deal won’t be for anything fantastic but it gives the Dolphins better depth than what they have had the last few years, whether that depth is Dobbins or Crowder will be debated until a clear cut winner is found.

Good move by the Phins.

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  • howlin wolf

    A Channing was injured and missed games
    B Dobbins tackles were on special teams
    C Dobbins didn’t fall out of favor in SD
    D Crowder is a baller and teams don’t run at him.
    E Dobbins was targeted by the Dolphins, ask or listen to what the Dolphins said about him.

    In my opinion, Crowder will start the entire season.

    Now please take that hula hoop away from your son.

    thanks for the insight

  • winz305

    channing crowder was a starter all year while Dobbins barely seen the field and he has as much tackles as crowder, if you ask me, i think that Dobbins will take the starting job from Crowder this season. Howlin, i disagree with your statement that teams didnt run at Crowder, they ran at him but he was always out of position and sometimes didnt make the tackle when he was there.

  • Brian Miller


    A: Channing Crowder is always injured and misses games, yet Dobbins and CC both played in 14 games last year. CC started and TD was a back-up who started 2 games

    B: Dobbins recorded more than half of his tackle total from the LB spot including 11 tackles each game he started. The sack and int obviously were from the LB spot.

    C: Teams don’t run at Crowder? Everyone runs at Crowder. Rarely will Crowder make a play less than 2 yard to 3 yards from the line of scrimmage…even less behind the line of scrimmage.

    D: The Dolphins showed interest in Dobbins prior to the draft and used the opportunity to add him to the roster. He is the reason that the team also let go of Reggie Torbor and Akin Ayodele.

    I like Channing Crowder, a lot, but Crowder is inconsistent and will have no excuses this year playing the weak side with Dansby next to him.

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