I Have Found My Soapbox

… and I’m going to yell from it.

Ladies and gentleman I may be new but I am optimistic that we can create a very nice working relationship. As in, I will scream (well, I mean write) my absurd ideals and opinions and you will hopefully listen (ok read, but I figured you got that by now) and tell me how wrong I am. On occasion I hope that you will agree with me, and in those moments I will be “awesome” and you, the readers, a superior “awesome” for putting up with me until then. Either way I thought I’d plan on having a good time with all of the writers on this site and those faithful readers/forum junkies/true Dolphin fans. Now that we’ve gotten the introduction out of the way I’d love to fade into my own world where important decisions in our beloved franchise are made by me.

Here we are just a few days before the combine and I want to go over some names that I don’t think are getting enough chatter. I am going to go ahead and warn you that this is ALL offense. Yes, I’d really like to have another solid linebacker and yes it would be sweet if we could get an actual ball-hawk in our secondary. Well it doesn’t matter, remember my word is final in this world. We are coming off of a year where we ranked 30th in scoring (side note: The Browns and Panthers are the only two teams we outscored, good thing we didn’t hire someone from their… oh wait) WE HAVE TO HAVE PLAY MAKERS. We cannot take another year of fearing a lead over 3 points, or any lead for that matter for the games Carpenter decides to check out. So here are my non-Newton/Ingram/Green choices that any team should jump on.**

1.)                Ryan Williams – Virginia Tech: In 2009 he had 1,655 rushing yards while showing off his speed and explosive skills. He is just a little smaller than Ingram but this works in his favor by allowing him to use his speed to get into the second level faster. That ability could turn out as legitimate big-play threat which we lack, also his 30 rushing TD’s in only 23 games doesn’t hurt that case either. Another thing I like about Williams was his LACK of workload last year. Some of it can be accredited to injury, but most of it comes from having two other featured Running Backs and an elusive Quarterback to take even more of his carries away. This will make his shelf life longer, which is vital in a league where a Running Backs career is getting shorter and shorter.

2.)                Ryan Mallett – Arkansas: Ok so he hasn’t really flown under the radar, but his size rivals that of Cam Newton and is almost identical to that of Ben Roethlisberger. Add the ability to throw a deep ball with exceptional touch and accuracy and you’ve got a product I want in the TEAL and ORANGE now. Go down the list:

  • Does he make correct checks? Yes.
  • Does he have the crucial “big arm?” Yes.
  • Is he confident in the pocket? Yes (he’s huge, why would he not be?).
  • Does he manage the clock well? Yes.

Convinced yet?

3.)                Jonathan Baldwin – Pittsburgh: Big, big, big. This guy is massive, he is a presence in the middle of field with the essential over the top potential you want from all your Wide Receivers. Think of how he can be utilized while playing beside an elite pro like Marshall (or flip that and think of how Marshall could finally get out of double coverage on every down). He may not be the speedster some of us want but his athleticism and ability to win the jump ball make him a must have on all teams at the next level.  

Let me also add that I think all of these guys fall towards the end of the first round and even into the 2nd if we don’t pick them up. So naturally trading down and getting a second round pick would be ideal. All three of these guys are great, but getting two of these athletes would be ideal. The Giants are a team to look at giving us the 19th and 52nd picks (at least) in return. Now that Bradshaw will not be getting the franchise tag he could become a free agent and Jacobs’ seems to be on the decline, so they are prime targets to want Ingram. Viola! We get two picks and grab two guys who could help awaken our catatonic offense.

Of course I will be watching Julio Jones like a hawk the entire draft, and by entire draft I mean the Rams drafting one position ahead of us. If they decide to go another route, take him, don’t think… in fact go ahead and write his name down on the paper and have it ready to go, you know, just in case.

That concludes our voyage into my world, whether or not any of this comes into fruition we will have to wait and see. Be as it may in a few years I will at least be able to say “I told you so.”

 –Andrew P. — remystark

**Disclaimer. All my opinions could change (like everyone else) after the combine. You’ve been warned.

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  • Shelia Buffington

    Your ideas do not seem adsurd. Enjoyed your perspective and your article.

  • annoyed by fools

    You call yourself a Dolphins fan and want to see Mallett “in the TEAL and ORANGE.” TEAL? ORANGE?

    Miami does not, nor never has, worn TEAL.

    Their colors are AQUA, CORAL, and WHITE.

    Makes one wonder what you know or how much you research…

    • remystark

      Haha. So YOU’RE the guy on wikipedia that thinks the colors are “Aqua and Coral.”
      Brother I’ve seen coral… and it’s PINK.

      Sorry that I got the colors wrong, and I’m sure that those are our “official” colors. But have you SEEN the alternate jerseys. That isn’t pink.

      Again, sorry I messed up the MOST IMPORTANT THING IN FOOTBALL!! The colors… of… the… team?

      Weird. Maybe I was just trying to make it sound more manly? Who wants to cheer for pink?

      Either way here **hands over Dolphins fan card** you can have this until I prove myself worthy again.

      Go Light Blue and Pink!!

      • annoyed by fools

        Corals come in many colors, nimrod.

        Miami’s colors are coral (an orange-ish version) and aqua (a bluish-green).

        TEAL is far from “manly.”

        If you screw up the little details, how can we trust any of the more important things you write about?

        • remystark

          Hey like I said, until you give me my card back I’m the ignorant one! But c’mon man, yeah maybe in 1966 our colors were close to the light blue and pink… But you HAVE to admit our colors have gotten progressively darker since we added the dark blue (or is it navy?) to our logo in 1997.

  • Mike Buffington

    You need to be annoyed by your own foolishness. Aqua is a pale blue-green color not the deep blue-green shown on this web site which is TEAL. Don’t question Andrew’s fan loyalty and knowledge based on a color name. Read the article for it’s value not the fact you can’t handle a color name.

    I thought it was a great article.

    • annoyed by fools

      Teal: a bluish-green. Aqua: a greenish-blue. look them up. No matter what you want to say, the Fins colors are Aqua and Coral. Now, if the author wants to be professonal, he needs to get the facts right. The devil is in the details, and they matter. If he gets that easily checked fact wrong, how can one trust anything else he writes?

      • annoyed by douchebags

        Dude, you need to get the sand out of your vagina reeeeal quick. What color car do you drive? Are you sure to call it the color that the manufacturer had listed on the original window sticker? Are you so petty that colors are that big of a deal to you, or did you just learn about them in your 32nd time in first grade, so you’re proud to show what you know? If we can’t trust you to call your car the right color, how can we trust you with anything else? We certainly can’t trust you to make a sandwich or raise a child.