Back To The Drawing Board: 15 Things The Dolphins Need To Do In The Offseason
The 2010 Miami Dolphins were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL.
They had a Top 10 defense, but an offense that ranked 30th in the league. That is all pretty much do to an injury to Jake Long, but mainly to Offensive coordinator Dan Henning and Quarterback Chad Henne.
Henning has left the building and the entire franchise has given up on Chad Henne.
This is a list of the 15 moves that the Dolphins need to do in their offensively rebuilding offseason.
Looks like it's back to the Drawing Board for the Fins.
Hire Chad Pennington As New Quarterbacks Coach
David Lee did a horrible job at coaching the Dolphin's quarterbacks. Tony Sparano even admitted back in 2008 that he hired Lee to get the Wildcat. Well guess what, the Wildcat is dead.
Now that Lee has left the Dolphins to become the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, he can be replaced.
Chad becomes an un-restricted free-agent this year, and after two consecutive season ending shoulder injuries, it is doubtful he will play again.
Chad Pennignton is one of the smartest quarterbacks to play the game. He's knows an offense and stayed in Miami to act as a mentor for the Dolphins quarterbacks. Granted that it didn't work out with Henne, but Henne rockets the ball in the wrong direction on every throw.
Pennington has been a fan favorite for the Dolphins so why not give him a shot.
And along the lines of coaching staff, before the Dolphins made the mistake of hiring Brian Daboll today, I had them hiring Ravens QB Coach Jim Zorn as their offensive coordinator. Too late now.
Get Rid Of Ronnie and Ricky
The Dolphins need to release Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
Ronnie is simply past his prime and too injury prone. Ricky Williams is also past his prime and has said that he wants out.
The Ronnie and Ricky Show is dead.
Trade 4th Round Pick For Javon Ringer
Javon Ringer is a straight up stud. When the 2009 NFL Draft rolled around he was originally ranked as the number 1 running back but fell down in the draft due to a postseason leg injury.
Ringer fell to the Titans in the 5th round. The Titans already have Chris Johnson so there is no real need for Ringer on the roster. The Titans already have good depth on their roster and having Chris Johnson means they really don't need a player like Ringer.
Ringer would immediately fit in with the Dolphins and give them a young running back with great speed, strength, and receiving ability.
Trade For Kevin Kolb
Philadelphia receives: Miami's 15th overall selection, 5th round draft pick, 2012 2nd Draft Pick, 2013 Conditional Draft Pick
Miami receives: Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia's 23rd overall selection, 2011 3rd round draft pick.
Kolb is a young quarterback but has been in the league long enough to learn the ropes. He would also give Sparano another Hasselbeck without, well getting Hasselbeck.
Kolb has a good arm that can make every NFL throw, nice legs, good size, and accuracy, the latter being the one thing that Henne didn't have.
At the beginning of the season I did knock off Kolb, but that was because I felt that he didn't fit the Eagles style of offense. He would fit the Dolphins perfectly though.
Sign Zach Miller (If Not Re-Signed By Oakland)
Zach Miller has blossomed into one of the best young tight ends in the league.
If he is not re-signed by Oakland, the Dolphins should pounce on him to give them a legit tight end. Antohny Fasano is just not a good enough tight end to get the job done by himself.
NFL Draft: Draft Day Trades
Buffalo Receives: QB Tyler Thigpen, Miami's 6th round draft pick, 2012 Miami's 5th round draft pick
Miami Receives: Buffalo's 4th Round Draft Pick(4.25), 2012 3rd Round Draft Pick
The Bills have little depth at the Quarterback position. Ryan Fitzpatrick played well and deserves another year to get things rolling. Tyler Thigpen gives them depth, and a guy that can play well if Fitzpatrick plays poorly.
NFL Draft: 1st Round Mike Pouncey OG Florida
Round: 1 Pick: 23
Pouncey will give the Dolphins a great interior lineman to pave the way for a new running game. Pouncey has paved the way for the likes of Tim Tebow during his career at Florida.
With great size, speed, strength, and foot-work Pouncey will be a great addition to the Dolphins.
NFL Draft: 3rd Round Casey Matthews
Round: 3 Pick: 15
Casey Matthews has to be one of the most underrated linebackers in this years draft.
He has good size, speed, strength, and ball play. Good at stopping the run, rushing the passer, and dropping back into coverage, Matthews is one of the more complete linebackers.
A bruising tackler, Matthews can step in and start Day 1.
NFL Draft: 3rd Round: Phil Taylor DT Baylor
Round: 3 Pick: 21
Taylor is a big guy.
At 6'4 350 he is meant to be a defensive tackle. Randy Stark just is not meant to play Defensive Tackle in the 3-4 scheme so a big guy like Taylor will give us depth and bright future.
NFL Draft: 4th Round Ahmad Black S Florida
Round: 4 Pick: 14
Although undersized, Black plays bigger than his 5'9 190 lb. frame would suggest.
With 102 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 3 FF, and 5 interceptions, Black had a good year when the rest of his team played bad.
The Dolphins lack depth in the secondary and adding someone like Black would benefit them. He doesn't have to start, just give the Dolphins insurance.
NFL Draft: 7th Round Mitch Mustain QB USC
Round: 7 Pick: 15
Mustain is a actually a good quarterback. In his time at Arkansas he played well before transferring to USC to play in a better passing offense. If only he has stayed at Arkansas.
USC however makes great quarterback talent. Mustain has all good physical skill, just never got a chance to really play at USC.
And really Mustain isn't being drafted that high and isn't expected to be a starter. Just to give the Dolphins depth at quarterback.
NFL Draft 7th Round: Anthony Allen RB Geogia Tech
Round: 7 Pick: 16
Javon Ringer gives the Dolphins their main back but the Dolphins need more depth and could use a bruising power back.
Allen has good speed and great strength. He is a back that can take a high workload and will give the Dolphins great depth in the backfield.
Projected Depth Chart: Offense
QB: Kevin Kolb, Chad Henne, Mitch Mustain(R)
RB: Javon Ringer, Anthony Allen(R), Patrick Cobbs
WR: Brandon Marshall, Davonne Bess, Brian Hartline, Devin Aromashdu, Roberto Wallace, Julius Pruitt
TE: Zach Miller, Anthony Fasano
LT: Jake Long, Matt Kopa
LG: Richie Incognito, Ray Feinga
C: Joe Berger, Mike Pouncey(R)
RG: Mike Pouncey(R), John Jerry
RT: Vernon Carey, Lydon Murtha
Projected Depth Chart: Defense
RE: Kendall Langford/Randy Starks, Phillip Merling
DT: Randy Starks/Phil Taylor(R), Paul Soliai
LE: Jared Odrick, Tony McDaniel
LOLB: Cameron Wake, Quentin Moses
MLB: Karlos Dansby, Casey Matthews(R), Channing Crowder, Tim Dobbins
ROLB: Koa Misi, Ikaika Alama-Francis
CB: Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Benny Sapp, Nolan Carroll
FS: Eric Weddle, Chris Clemmons
SS: Yeremiaha Bell, Tyron Culver