The Miami Dolphins rolled out their new uniforms, old-school new school style.

Miami Dolphins: Bringing The Old School To The New

Listening to my iPod on the way to the gym, I can’t help but notice how many old school joints are being used today.  Mixing old school tracks with new school lyrics usually provides music to my ears.  What we have seen during our recent Organized Team Activities, is kinda the same thing…DJ Joe Philbin is working his magic on a remix.


Sometimes mixing a little old school methodology with new school programs provides exceptional results.  That is why we need to give credit to the head coach on how he has engaged the Miami Dolphins fraternity on tutoring and coaching our existing players.  Jason Taylor, Sam Madison and Dan Marino have all attended our OTA’s to share their real life game experience to our current roster.

If I could give the Dolphins players some advice it would be to become a sponge.  Absorb as much information from these players and learn everything you can.  It was great to see each of these mentors focus on the development of key players on our team.


Jason Taylor and Dion Jordan:

You couldn’t ask for a better role model for Dion Jordan than a player that many thought was the second coming of Jason Taylor.  Taylor recently tweeted the following statement about Dion Jordan:

“Dion’s bigger than me, more athletic than I am, and he’s going to be stronger…He’s so willing to learn”

That is exactly what you want to hear from Taylor.  Recent reports from multiple sites state the Dion Jordan has added around 15lbs of muscle to his frame, and is starting to grasp and understand his technique as a defensive lineman.  Jordan has even been working on a patent move that will get him into the backfield quicker.


Dan Mario and Ryan Tannehill:

We all know what Dan Marino has accomplished.  Just saying his name brings a sense of respect to any field he steps on.  Marino has seen it all during his tenure with the Dolphins, pain, success, and more importantly the struggle to win. Ryan Tannehill is in the thick of it right now.  Going into his third year many believe this is the make or break year for the former first round pick.  Tannehill has all the tools around him to succeed, but sometime that is not enough.  Having a mentor like Marino will allow him to lean on real life experiences, which is something that can never be taught in a class room.


Jamar Taylor, Will Davis and Sam Madison:

When Louis Oliver left our Dolphins, Sam Madison became my favorite Miami Dolphins. I loved his game.  Watching his technique, aggressiveness, leadership, is something that just rubs off on you.  He is a player that commands respect in the huddle and his willingness to fight for his team makes you want to play – faster, stronger and harder.  Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are two young players that need to learn how to play in the NFL.  They came in similar to how Madison did second round and third round selections to Madison’s second, and now must prove they belong.  Working with Madison on how to take their skills to the next level is exactly what they both need.

Coaches can draw up plays, tell you where you are supposed to be and teach you the fundamentals of the game, however, learning from a player that has been in the trenches, knows what it is like to fight in the fourth quarter, and adapt to how other players are playing is real life experiences that these former players are passing along to a new generation.  If that type of knowledge is being transferred to the Miami Dolphins draft class …well, that is just music to our ears!

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  • Marshall summerlin

    great article dale and I agree with you wholeheartedly that bringing in our past veterans especially the great ones and really healthy shown Flyers if they pay attention which I believe they are doing so I’m just looking for a teen to get better this year and grow as each dress comes along I also look forward to Tannehill picking it up a little in this new offense and hopefully hitting Mike Wallace deep on occasion


    • dj

      Thank you Sir!
      I am little surprised that not enough coaches are doing this. Who better to learn from then former players.

      I expect big things from our key core players this year; specifically the 2014 and 2013 draft class. We are judged based on our talent on acquiring players, and I believe our young players will be on the spotlight this year…more than any other team.

      As per Wallace – you are not the only one my friend – we need to see that aspect to our O!!! We are all waiting for it and the season can`t come soon enough!

      • Marshall summerlin

        I couldn’t agree more DJ. We all know how huge the loss of mike Pouncey is to our team,but I would really like to see Tyler Larsen get a shot at center. I’ve seen a lot of his Utah State Games and he was dominating. I believe he played 52 games in his career at college. Just watch how he handles Aaron Donald at the Senior Bowl before the draft. I hope Larson stays with Landry and Tannehill at camp for this next month or so and gets in a lot of practice with Tannehill and then I would love to see the dolphins give this guy a fair shot since we are already starting 4 other new offensive lineman. I believe that Larson would be a great fill in for Mike Pouncey…at least there is plenty of time to see what we have there with Tyler and see if he can make a great contribution in mike’s absence.

        Fin4Ever….since 66 !!!

        • dj

          Excellent points my friend — but don’t sleep on Nate Gardner. I think he will be appointed the 1st team reps.

          What we will know for sure, is once we start TC, and our front office starts looking for FA on the street…then we know we might have a problem.

          If in doubt – we might need to trade one of our best asset (DL- excluding Wake and Jordan) to a team for a back up C.

          • Marshall Summerlin

            Also good points. However, we should definitely not trade Vernon either. We will just have to wait and see what happens, but I also think Garner will fill and ok until Pouncey gets back.


          • dj

            Wasn’t thinking about Vernon my friend – mainly Odrick (contract year) or Shelby…we got Vernon for another 2 years at a ridiculously low price

  • Johnny

    These people saying it’s a “make or break” year for Tannehill.. First off he improved tremendously from year 1 to year 2… The kid threw for ALMOST 4,000 yds… EVEN BEING SACKED 58 TIMES, HE STILL RANKED 9TH IN THE NFL IN PASSING YARDS!!!
    And?, Lets add on to that??? He’s learning a NEW SYSTEM!!! He’s only been with Sherman… Now he’s learning a system from a first-time OC, who is coming off his QB coach position…
    First, give him a chance to learn a new Offensive scheme… Plus GIVE HIM THE WEAPONS TO SUCCEED… They, meaning FO, need to give him a decent running game AND AN OFFENSIVE LINE!!!! (Maybe a few BIGGER WR/TE OPTIONS).. All small WRs and even a small TE for NFL comparisons..
    What I’m saying is… “They are not giving this kid a chance to succeed”…
    Then … And ONLY then.. You can call it a “make or break” it year… It’s definitely NOT THIS YEAR…
    Phins up!!!

    • dj

      Johnny you make a solid point.

      However, please allow me to counter. All NFL scouts evaluate their draft class after a 3 year period. As RT is going into his 3rd year, this will allow us to see what type of player he will becomes.

      Yes he is going into a new playbook, but the reading the defenses, understanding the zone coverages, knowing when to tuck the ball and run…those are the traits we are looking forward to seeing. His development in the NFL.

      Does that help?

      • Johnny

        Very true… And I’ve seen a lot of those traits already… But they must give him a chance to succeed.. Look at the OLine and the 58 sacks they have up.. Kid was rushed over 100 times, and still delivered 4,000 yds.. Take away 20 sacks to around 38 (average).. Then you would have seen A lot more YDs, TDs, and most importantly WINS… They have to give him those tools to succeed.. Look at Sam Bradford..??? There still giving him a chance.. They say THIS is his make or break year.. With RT learning a new system, no running game, and no OLine .. Or bigger Targets…
        I don’t know about you.. But I’m tired of going through QBs.. 17 since RT.. Give him the chance… He’s got the physical and mental tools to be a good QB in this league..
        Plus that’s a sign!!!
        RT is the 17th QB since Marino.. Also Shula retired 17 yrs when they drafted RT…
        And RT wears # 17..
        He’s our guy… All signs point to him..
        Plus it’s the first time we spent a 1st round pick on a QB since Marino..
        Maybe that’s why Bradford is still around.. Because of his draft status..
        RT is our man… Best prospect we’ve had out of the 17 QBs since Marino.

        • dj

          Well said my friend.

          Honestly, I like all of us, are hoping RT steps up. I don’t want to go through the rebuilding phase again. I want to start the dynasty phase. We have the ingredients that are needed to make our team special.

          We are on the same page…and great point on Bradfford – let’s just hope that is the last comparison we hear of the two :)

          • Johnny

            Yep.. Protect RT this year (can’t get worse, hopefully).. And I really believe RT will have a great year..
            Winning??? Not sure.. Tough schedule / tough opponents :: Denver, KC, NEx2, Det. Chicago, Green Bay.. etc…
            But as for RT… He’ll do fine..
            I’ve asked others what their predictions are as “non-fans”.. and they still say 11-5 or 10-6.. Taking away my fanship..
            I’m going with 9-7 and I’ll be very happy with that.. All I want is a winning season!!! It’s been 5 years.. Playoffs or not.. 9-7 will be great against this schedule…
            Really I think 8-8 with 1 game either way.. So I’m hoping for the good way at 9-7… Realistically..
            We will see… RT will put up some good numbers… But I hope they don’t judge him for the overall team record (which they’ll probably do).. It’s all on the QB…
            But anyway, my friend..
            Phins up!!!