The Dolphins Have Desperate Needs!


There has been much talk about whether to take the best available player in the NFL draft or a player that fulfills need.  But, what people don’t talk about is what does a team do if they are in desperate need?  The Dolphins have desperate needs this year.  Specifically, the Dolphins have desperate need in the middle of their offense.

Let’s take a look at the middle of the Dolphins offense last year.  I believe this middle is the reason why the Dolphins had a miserable performance on offense in 2010.  At center, the Dolphins had Joe Berger.  At left guard, the Dolphins had Richie Incognito.  At right guard, the Dolphins had, amongst others, John Jerry.  At quarterback, the Dolphins had Chad DUH Henne.  And, at running backs, the Dolphins had the duo of Ronnie Brown and Rickie Williams.

In comparison, the Dolphins offensive edges look a lot better – much, much better.  At tackles, the Dolphins have All Pro Jake Long and a solid veteran Vernon Carey.  At WRs, the Dolphins have Brandon Marshall, Devon Bess, and Brian Hartline.  And, at TE, the Dolphins have Anthony Fasano.

If I am Brian Daboll, the new Offensive Coordinator, I look at this middle and scream at Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland … “COME ON MANPAALEASE!”  I would go on to emphatically say the following about the middle of the Dolphins offense:

You’re giving me a Center who cannot move any NT in the AFC East?  You’re giving me a LG who pulls like my grandmother?  You’re giving me a RG who cannot even get to the second level to make a block?  You’re giving me one running back who is already well past his prime and another one who is running on damaged wheels – and, oh by the way, they are both free agents?  And then, you’re giving me a QB with more question marks than a three year old on a 12 hour road trip to Disney World?  Okay, maybe I can work with the QB – he has a gun for an arm and did come from the same University as that other guy I coached in New England who is going to be in the Hall of Fame.  But, the other positions, you have got to give me something better to work with.  I’m telling you we are desperate here guys!

You guys are talking about drafting me a speedy WR.  How am I going to get the ball downfield to that speedy WR when my QB is dodging a defense who is blitzing relentlessly or who is flat on his back?  PAALEASE!  Forget about drafting a speedy WR in the first or second or third round.  I need offensive linemen.

You guys are talking about drafting me a top notch RB – maybe that Ingram guy from Alabama.  How is he or anyone else going to get chunk yardage when my guards cannot get to the second level and my center cannot handle any NT one-on-one?  PAALEASE!  Forget about drafting a RB in the first round.  I need offensive linemen.

You guys are talking about drafting me a top notch QB.  Well, Newton and Gabbert will be long gone by the 15th pick.  And, Mallett and Locker aren’t going to do squat if they are running for their life or flat on their backs – and, that Mallett guy cannot even run faster than Jake Long.  PAALEASE!  Forget about drafting a QB in the first round.  I need offensive linemen.

And, don’t tell me you’ll find me some offensive lineman “nuggets” on the waiver wires.  You guys do not have a very good track record doing that.  Yeh, I’m talking about Jake Grove, Justin Smiley, and that Pat McQuistin guy.  PAALEASE!  Forget about OL nuggets – I need fresh not reprocessed meat.  I need offensive linemen.

Now, if you guys plan on taking that loud mouth LB Channing Crowder and that practice lazy Philip Merling and ship them off to Belichick for Logan Mankins, well that’s different.  Then, you can do what ever you want with the 15th pick.  But, I think there is a greater chance that Miami will have a blizzard in March, than Belichick will do business with you guys on All Pro Mankins.  But, regardless you guys should make the call and give it a whirl.  I get a tingling in my jock strap even thinking about having All Pros Long and Mankins on the left side of my offensive line. 

Look, here is what you guys should do with the 15th pick – that is, if you guys would let me have some say in who to draft.  Take that Castonzo kid out of Boston College.  Yeh, I know he is a tackle.  But Tony, I think you could teach either Castonzo or Carey to play guard – you’re a great offensive line coach (and, silently thinking that maybe you, Tony, could finally earn you’re paycheck and fix what you screwed up last year).  Or, take that Pouncey kid out of Florida.  His brother played real well for Pittsburgh.  And, he can play either guard or center.  That’s what you should do.  Take an offensive lineman with the 15th pick.

But, by the way, I think you guys should keep up the smokescreen you’re creating by visiting every college QB in the draft.  Maybe, some team will think you’re actually going to take one of them or that Ingram guy at RB and decide to beg you guys to trade down from the 15th pick – I hear that Seattle would really like to give their fans Locker since he played at the University of Washington … or … I hear that Chicago really likes that Carimi kid from University of Wisconsin and heavens know they need someone at tackle to protect their QB.  Then, you guys could do what I really think.  That is, use the lower first round pick to take Pouncey if he is still available or take that Wisniewski kid out of Penn State to play at center.  Plus, use the second round pick to take that Moffitt kid out of Wisconsin or that huge Cannon kid out of TCU to play guard.  Now, that’s a lot of fresh meat for me to build on.  And then, if you guys get Mankins on top of that, then I will really have a … in my jock strap.

Please, Tony and Jeff, if you guys could just use some top draft picks to give me some offensive linemen to work with, you can use the remainder of the draft to pick QBs, RBs, WRs, KRs, or even some picks for Dick Nolan and his defense.  I just beg of you to give me some offensive linemen.  Think about it, do you know the real reason why New England is doing so well?  Look at their offensive line.  I did when I was working there.  It is big and strong and talented and hardly ever gets injured.  Heck, even that Woodhead kid can run behind those guys.  That’s what I want here in Miami.

If I am Brian Daboll, that’s what I would say to Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland.  And, if they would not listen, I’d call an audible and throw a flee flicker to Stephen Ross.  It would be that important to my future in the NFL.

So, what do you think?  Should the Dolphins first select meat or speed or guns?

Tags: Anthony Castonzo Blaine Gabbert Brian Daboll Cam Newton Chad Henne Gabe Carimi Jake Locker Jeff Ireland Marcus Cannon Mark Ingram Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 2011 Draft Needs Mike Pouncey Moffitt NFL NFL Draft Ryan Mallett Tony Sparano

  • Mike

    O-line FTW!! I’m sick of seeing Ingram in every mock draft. Trade back with ANYONE who will do it and take best OL available. I thoguth your idea about Mankins was brilliant, but you’re right Bellichek would never go for it unless we gave up precious draft picks. Gallery would be a great addition though if free agency ever kicks off.

    • http://CNNSI M. Golden

      Yeah, Gallery worked so well for Oakland they finally released him, that would be a great acquisition for you. Heck, why not bring in Gholston and Maroney as well, they’re looking for work. Jamarcus Russell is always in the mood for some drank and Miami white, pull him in.
      It’s kind of simple really, you build a championship caliber team through the draft, there’s no shortcut or miracle cure, you draft it. Every single playoff team last year (with the possible exception of Seattle) was built through the draft, not pipe dreams (Mankins)or somebody else’s retreads.

      • Mike

        I’m not touting Gallery as a savior or anything, but he is a more than serviceable guard. Our left side would look pretty nice IMO with Gallery next to Long. Not sure where or why you determined that I’d like to bring in Gholston or Maroney based off what I said. I clearly stated BB wasn’t going to give up Mankins for anything we could offer short of draft picks, which I’m not in favor of. On the other hand, Miami will give up no picks for Gallery, who lead a good OL last year. I totally agree on building through the draft, but you can’t honestly tell me there is a better value G available at 15 or when the 3rd rd pick comes in.

  • NOWAY

    O line!? We have played that song enough already its time for tony to put up or shut up. Really hes past due on making something happen, he switches up his Oline constantly and needs something else to happen then playing 5 man shuffle up front. Their so big on Incognito they resigned him so they think they found a solution. Put a game changer on offense for the first time in YEARS! Draft speed, speed, speed. Give me something to be excited about for once. P.s. I cant BELIEVE Odrick is GONE!!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    • Mike

      I’m not a big Sparano guy,(I think he is in over his head as HC) but I will give him the benefit of the doubt tinkering with the OL. That’s where he made his bread and butter. He probably had good reason to shuffle those guys around. If J. Jerry has made progress this offseason and we could plug the other hole with Gallery, then I wholeheartedly agree we should draft speed. Those are some big “ifs” though. Either way, what I don’t want to see is Ingram at 15. Too easy to fill a running back slot in later rounds (especially when you have a great O-line!).

  • nickzi

    NOWAY – I’d take a look at the date on your posting (month and day to be precise) and think again about the Odrick story. Just sayin’.

  • Jimbo111

    You make good points, and what I hear most is how many needs to fill there really are on this team. In other words, were in a very sad shape! QB… the need at QB is huge! QB is probably the most difficult position to fill with a quality player. I’d still like to see us get someone who can actually play the position, and pick up free agent OL.

  • annoyed by fools

    Noway’s ability to notice an Aptil Fools joke is just as good as his ability to diagnose Miami’s offensive woes. Speed does kill, but only if there is an offensive line to protect it. A WR or RB or QB is no good, no matter how talented, when a defender gets in the backfield quickly. Ideal situation, trade down and use first pick on best OL available. Use two of our later round pick son BIG and ATHLETIC OL projects and coach them up.

  • RC

    (some picks for Dick Nolan and his defense.)
    Why the digg on Mike Nolan????

  • http://CNNSI M. Golden

    Mankins? I find it hard to believe that: 1. BB would ever entertain Crowder for anything other than a waterboy 2. That tossing in a practice squad guy would somehow sweeten the deal 3. BB is the guy that snookers other teams (Maroney / Moss)and not the one that gets snookered. Simply put the chance of you ever seeing Mankins in a Dolphins uniform is somewhat less than seeing Henne lift the Super Bowl MVP trophy with your current team. You have one draft pick in the first round and no game changer available so no other team will trade up, you have no second round pick courtesy of McDaniels only smart trade and you need running backs, O line help, D line help, Special teams help and, oh yeah, a QB. It’s going to be a very long year

  • David Bergeron

    It all starts up front. The O line was terrible last year. My toes would really tingle with some dominating O lineman added to this team.

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