Can Long’s return change the play of the offensive line?
There hasn’t been a ton of information out there since the Miami Dolphins season ended. Jeff Ireland has pledged to aggressively find the missing parts to the offense and defense and Mike Dee and Stephen Ross are handling the stadium issue in terms of the proposed renovations. No one has commented on the status of the Dolphins free agents or the negotiations. However, there is some things that we do know.
Here is a look at some of the items that are happening with the Dolphins and with former Dolphins.
Jake Long – Negotiations, I have been told are ongoing but that the two sides are far apart. According to the Miami Herald, Long is looking to “get paid” while Jeff Ireland is looking to pay him what he views he is worth. That lends some truth to the information I received. Long is the Dolphins biggest free agent question mark and it’s unlikely anything get’s done soon.
Dave Fipp – The Dolphins have lost assistant special teams coach Dave Fipp to the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the first coaching change this off-season. No word on his new job title with the Eagles but the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that he is at the Senior Bowl wearing Philly gear.
Jonathan Amaya – The Dolphins’ Amaya has been cleared of assault charges from an incident in November. Amaya was accused of choking a taxi driver outside a club. Prosecutors alerted the courts that they would not be moving forward with the case.
Ted Ginn, Jr. – His entire family will be going to the Super Bowl. Where on the grandest stage he will either score on two kick-off returns or run to the sidelines in an effort to not get hit.
Cam Cameron – speaking of Ted Ginn, Cameron who was fired mid-way through the season as the Baltimore Ravens OC will get a Super Bowl ring if the team wins the big show. He is currently unemployed.
Marc Trestman who spent the 2004 season with the Miami Dolphins is now the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Tony Sparano – It has not been a good season for former Dolphins head coaches not named Saban. Sparano was fired by the NY Jets at seasons end and is now serving as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders. A similar position he held in Dallas with Bill Parcells. For all his coaching experience, Sparano has held the title of OC only once. Last season with the Jets.
Todd Bowles who served as the interim head coach upon Sparno’s dismissal has been named the Arizona Cardinal defensive coordinator.
John Bonamego – Bonamego was fired from his special teams coordinator position with the Dolphins and has now been hired as the special teams coach for the Detroit Lions after a stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mike Mularkey who served one season as the Miami Dolphins OC was fired as the head coach of the Jaguars after one season.