Nov 11, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) on the bench in the fourth quarter in a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 37-3.Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

A Look At The Possible 2013 Miami Dolphins




 For the first time in years, the Dolphins will not have to answer quarterback questions during the 2013 offseason.  Unless people ask how good Ryan Tannehill can be in year two?

Instead, other positions will be widely speculated about on both sides of the football for the Miami Dolphins.  Let’s look at a variety of positions the Dolphins will have to address as they begin the process of compiling players that will make up the 2013 Miami Dolphins.

1. Wide Receiver- Most football minds would and have agreed that the Dolphins need a #1 receiver and like yesterday.  Three players have been thrown into the discussion of who Miami is targeting through Free agency.

Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, and Greg Jennings top the wish list for GM Jeff Ireland during the 2013 free agency.  With talks of the Kansas City Chiefs possibly putting the franchise tag on Bowe, Wallace and Jennings seem like the front-runners to land the top receiver gig in South Beach.

Greg Jennings has played under Dolphins’ Coach Joe Philbin and is familiar with his system.  That alone leads me to believe that Greg Jennings will be the most likely choice for Miami.

If Ireland can reel in Jennings, Miami will have a formidable wide receiver crew with Brian Hartline coming off a career season while Bess continues to be one of the best slot receivers, year in and year out.  Miami and the brass will have to lock Hartline up with a contract though as he is a free agent.

2. Cornerback- The definite low spot for Miami’s 2012 season was undoubtedly the play, or lack there of, from their secondary.  Richard Marshall went down early in the season with a back injury as Nolan Carroll and others tried to step in for him.

They tried, but ultimately they failed horribly to stop the pass as almost every opponent racked up huge yards through the air.  Heck, Andrew Luck set a rookie record against Miami for passing yards in a game.

So to nobody’s surprise, Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin will positively be looking for a corner in the draft or in free agency.  They might be looking for two corners if Sean Smith isn’t brought back for 2013.

Dee Milliner would be the most logical choice if the Dolphins chose to get their CB in the draft.  Milliner who is fresh off a national championship run with the University of Alabama, is the highest touted corner for the 2013 draft.

Milliner possesses great ball skills, has great technique, and is a fantastic tackler.  He can come in right away and contribute to the secondary for Miami which would greatly help the stout run defense Miami already possesses.

If Milliner is not available when the Dolphins pick in the middle of the 1st round, here are some possible alternatives via free agency or the draft.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will hit free agency and the Philadelphia Eagles will have to decide what to do with him as a new regime is in town.

Brent Grimes is another free agent CB from the Atlanta Falcons, but most believe the Falcons will want to lock him up.

Aquib Talib from the New England Patriots had a quality year with the Dolphins’ rival, but New England will have to likely pony up some money to keep him there.

Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington is another likely 1st round cornerback along with Xavier Rhodes from Florida State University.  If Milliner gets snatched up before Miami can grab him, they might go after one of these two young men to address their dire situation at cornerback.

Running Back: The biggest off-season question surrounding the Dolphins has been the speculation of free agent running back Reggie Bush.  Bush, who was easily Miami’s best offensive weapon the past two seasons, would most likely want a significant pay day from Miami.

Bush has reiterated several times that he would like to stay in Miami to finish some “unfinished business” but many believe that Ireland and the Dolphin brass aren’t going to be willing to overpay for Reggie.  We will have to wait and find out what really will happen with #22, but i’m sure it will be a tough decision as he is one of the fan favorites for the Dolphins.

I believe they should not overpay him to an extreme, but I believe Bush’s play-making abilities and his leadership should earn him a reasonable contract. Miami also needs to quit trading away explosive, rare players who they think are “asking too much” because other teams are willing to pay for that guy and it has recently worked out for a couple different teams (Brandon Marshall/Bears, Vontae Davis/Colts).

If they let  Bush go in hopes that Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas can carry the load, I believe they will set themselves up for a lot of criticism if it turns south.  Miami cannot keep “rebuilding” with moves such as the Brandon Marshall, Vontae Davis, and possibly Reggie Bush leaving because they have a talented defense with a lot of veterans that believe their chance to win is now.

Also, Lamar Miller might be a good running back but it is not a certainty. Daniel Thomas gets hurt way too much and is very inconsistent.  We need a proven runner to compliment the rest of the offense.

It’s not rebuilding when you never build a competitive team because of too many roster shake ups. Keep Bush and I believe he will have his best season yet, let him go and watch someone else reap the rewards because you couldn’t see paying him a couple extra million.

Left Tackle: Jake Long has dropped off the “elite” list for left tackles this past season, but surely is going to want the elite money.  One report stated that the front office gave him a “low ball” offer which doesn’t signify much hope in a deal being able to be worked out.

It is still way too early to tell if Long and the Dolphins can come to a deal, but here are some players to keep in mind if Miami and #77 part ways.

 Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos and Sebastian Vollmer from the New England Patriots are two big name free agent tackles.

Vollmer is a right tackle who would allow Miami’s Jonathan Martin to move back to his natural left tackle position.

Tight end and safety are other areas that are in question for Miami. Anthony Fasano had one of his best years in 2012 so I wouldn’t be surprised for Joe Philbin to keep Fasano at that position for 2013.

Safety is hazy as of yet, so I won’t get into that situation right now.

So these are just a few positions Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin will have to figure out in the coming months.  If Miami can land some big fish so to speak, it could propel them from mediocre to a serious contender. 

Recently though, Miami has not hooked any of the big name players or coaches they have pursued.  That needs to change this off-season if the 2013 Miami Dolphins want to end their 4 year drought of missing the playoffs.

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  • Daysf1

    Vontae davis did not “work out” for the colts.

  • Jcartwright67

    I know we gave up a lot of yards but we didn’t lose by many points. I say that tongue in cheek with exception to Houston, Tennessee, and the final with the Patriots. I could argue the Houston game was decided in the last few minutes of the first half and the Patriot game was just a free flight to Boston to watch the leaves change color. Tennessee simply kicked our tails bad. What’s my point? I say the Miami D is good…good enough to win in a Super Bowl. Focus our money and effort on Offense. I’d rather lose a game 46-40 than 19-13….its just more fun! And, if you have to lose, why not do it scoring TD’s. I say get both Jennings and Wallace, keep Hartline and Bush. Find a solution to the TE position in the early rounds of the draft and keep Fasano if he accepts a reasonable contract. Is that possible under the cap….I don’t know! But what will really annoy me is if we spend through the roof to keep Long and Smith…two guys that don’t score points or prevent them. Fact!

  • [email protected]

    This is what I would do: Let Jake, smith, and bush walk…

    Jake is just not worth 10 million per.

    Sean sucks, he is 6’3 and cant grab 2 int a year. He is not worth the franchise tag or a big contract. I would rather sighn Jake then sean. Atleast Jake has shown he can play at an elite level.

    Bush is another year older and it really bothered me to watch him dance around in the back field. I would want to throw my remote threw the tv when he would take a 6 yard loss on first down.

    I would keep Starks. We know he can play at a high caliber and if vernon steps up we can trade him and move odrick over.

    I would also keep Hartline. Look if we had a number one reciever to go along with Hartline this offense would have been much better. Honestly he was the only reciever that could get open. He can play and is worth 5 mil per.

    I would sighn Jennings or Wallace…

    I dont think it matters which one we sighn. Wallace is a deep threat but if we only want wallace to run deep then why sighn him? We can always get a burner in the draft. We need a true number one who can get open consistantly for a few years. I think Jennings or wallace would work with the upside being Wallace age and speed.
    I would also keep clemons and let Fasano go. We need a real passing threat for a tight end.

    I would bring in Smith or Volmer for right takle and move Martin over.

    Sighn a decent FA CB. There are alot of mid to upper mid teir FA cb’s

    Ok so here is my draft

    1 Dee Milner or Patterson or best player avalible
    2 Zack ertz or tyler Eifert
    2 cb Xavier Rhodes
    3 Baily wide reciever
    3 Guard
    4 Line backer
    Thats all I got….

  • henry

    Sign Jennings – let Long go – let Smith go – we get Rishard Marshall back and the guy we signed from Cleveland thats suppose to be pretty gd (sorry can’t remember his name) – let Bush go as well (Miller is more explosive than we allowed him to be this yr) & can get really gd backs in rds 4-5 draft. First and foremost draft Eifert 1st rd & get Wr in both the next 2 rds as well as a Corner & maybe a Gaurd. F/A tackle and other odds and end pieces late draft and F/Agency. A tighe end like Eifert to go along with Fasano and Jennings Hartline (rookie like WR Marquise Goodwin 2nd rd) & Bess & Miller. You’re talkin one uncontainable offense w/Tannehill slingin it all over!!! That offense alone would make Miami’s Defense top 5 weekly. And that doesn’t kill their salary cap either…… And a team young anough to be together for a good few yrs to perfect other areas as needed.

  • henry

    Rd 1 = Eifert
    Rd 2 = Trufant (trading up to Philly’s spot)
    Rd 2 = Goodwin WR
    Rd 3 = Warford G
    Rd 4 = Rambo FS or Mallete WR
    Rd 5 = Sio Moore OLB
    RD 6 = Best available CB
    Rd 7 = Best available DE
    Rd 7 = Best available OG
    F/A =.WR (Jennings)
    F/A = T
    F/A = G
    F/A = CB
    F/A = QB (unless Moore resigns)
    F/A = MLB
    F/A = RB