Rounding Up the Latest Miami Dolphins Offseason Buzz
If you need a quick pick-me-up to the disappointment of the Miami Heat, some Miami Dolphins buzz and rumors might be exactly what you seek.
The Dolphins hope to wash away the taste of a tumultuous year, and with the moves they've made this offseason, the hope is a playoff berth will appear.
From rumblings on second-year players hoping to make the sophomore jump, to rumors of an offense giving Miami a scoring bump, many questions have surfaced.
Will we see the speed of the Philadelphia Eagles offense take its talents to South Beach? Will the offensive line prevent opposing teams from creating a breach? Will quarterbacks cower in fear to the names of Dion Jordan, Oliver Vernon and Cameron Wake? If used correctly, the three of them hope to make even Tom Brady's knees shiver and quake.
Let's move on from the disappointment of our roundball boys' season's end. Follow along and read about some Dolphins buzz, my aqua and orange friend.
Knowshon Moreno vs. Lamar Miller: Advantage Miller
We knew there'd be a battle for the starting running back spot, as both Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno vie to lead the rushing attack.
Miller has the edge thus far after nearly a month of OTAs. Per The Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins, here's what Joe Philbin had to say:
We don't really have starters right now. We're not overly concerned about that. We're teaching a system and a style of play offensively, so exactly who is getting what plays at this stage of the game isn't really the focus.
But [Miller is] a little bit bigger than he was a year ago, he's moving very well.
Pardon him for not participating in the rhymes, for as a head coach, he doesn't have the time.
A third-year leap for the former 'Cane Miller would, however, be sublime.
Moreno knew he'd have to work for the position and its responsibilities. Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports on Moreno and how the former Bronco feels physically:
I’m definitely not there. This is just the beginning. It’s just the beginning, getting your feet wet, and when you have time off, working at those little things, getting back to where you need to be, and once camp comes, it’ll be good.
The battle of backs in Miami is set and will last straight through July. If I definitively told you the battle's victory, I would be engaging in a lie.
Mike Wallace Poised for 2014 Rebound
Like the mythical creatures the Knights of Camelot went out and slayed, wide receiver Mike Wallace must kill the perception that he is overpaid.
It would help if he could grab more than 73 catches, 930 yards and five touchdowns, or else for the second straight year, he'll make Dolphins fans, teammates and coaches cry and frown.
Wallace hopes to bounce back in 2014, thanks to changes in the scheme. Here's his quotes from ESPN's James Walker, on what Wallace thinks it will mean:
Nobody can ever key on me. Last year, you kind of knew where I was every single play, what you had to do because I was there every game, same spot. Moving around, it’s harder for the defense to know where you’re at, harder for them to adjust.
Not utilizing Wallace and his versatility got both the fans and myself frustrated at former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's West Coast scheme.
Will there be a change under Bill Lazor? That certainly seems to be, for an explosive Wallace makes for an explosive offense, and a slightly more productive one in the least.
The New and Improved Dion Jordan
His playing time in 2013 was as rare as I enjoy my steak, now Dion Jordan's out to prove that a bust he does not make.
More strength along with his killer speed makes him a great option at defensive end, alongside Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake, a group that can make quarterback's knees bend.
Per Steven Wine of the Associated Press, Jordan's shoulder injury was detrimental at the very least, but with a full offseason to work out, the former Duck could become a beast.
Charles Clay Expects More Attention in 2014
The offense sputtered but had its bright spots, one of which was Charles Clay. He can expect more attention from the defenses every time he goes out to play.
Clay is ready for what will happen as he lines up on the field, telling The Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins exactly what he'll do to deal.
"It'll be tough," Clay said to Mr. Perkins, which at first doesn't sound too soothing, but then he added, "I've got just come out and keep working, trying to get better every day, just keep improving."
Clay continued to add to his statement and would say without a scowl, "But it won't be easy, obviously. People know now."
Clay's an integral part of the offense and will be used quite frequently. In the red zone we sure could use him to score touchdowns that can give Miami the lead.
Dolphins Close to a New Sun Life Stadium Renovation Deal
The voters and politicos said no to this idea at the start, for they wanted Sun Life Stadium only if the Dolphins did more than their part.
They would say no last year when pressed by Stephen Ross for an increase in a hotel tax, and they said no when Stephen Ross asked for the Dolphins sales tax to be more lax.
Instead, Miami decided not to threaten to move the team to L.A., but instead work out a new deal where only in the case of big events would Miami-Dade pay.
“We’re close to a deal,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez would tell CBS Miami's Jim DeFede, a deal that doesn't burden too much a county that's fairly needy.
Mayor Gimenez would explain the deal and how it benefits both the Dolphins and the community, and in my opinion, this deal should be approved with full fan unity.
“And if he brings certain marquee events in, we could give him grants for bringing that in,” Giminez said was his intent, then he went on to add, “But the grants are much smaller than the economic impact of that event.”
In the piece Mr. DeFede would explain exactly what Mr. Gimenez meant at the time, an explanation that's so long I won't try to fit it in a rhyme:
For instance, if the Super Bowl were to return to South Florida, the county would pay the team approximately $4 million from its tourist taxes. Gimenez would not confirm the exact amount the team would receive for a Super Bowl but said: 'You’re pretty close but I’m not going to say what that is because we haven’t finalized those negotiations yet, but they are pretty close to being final.'
There would also be set payments for other events such as a college football championship, international soccer tournaments, and other major events.
The deal is not final yet, as Mayor Gimenez still must take it to the county commission, but due to the specs I see, I don't see why they wouldn't give it their permission.