2011 NFL Offseason Will Be Remembered by Fins Fans for the Moves Not Made

Zack DuarteContributor IIIAugust 5, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Tony Sparano on the sideline against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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In what seems to be an offseason in which head coach Tony Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland's jobs hang in the balance, the two are content being a passer-by in the free-agent sweepstakes.

Undoubtedly so, Miami Dolphins fans will remember this offseason—one which has seen the division rival New England Patriots and New York Jets both significantly bolster their rosters—for the moves that the front office failed to make.  

By signing quarterback Matt Moore, Chad Henne now has another under-par competitor for the role of the most important position on the football field.

Moore couldn't take grasp of the starting job in Carolina last year, on a 2-14 team. Moore was benched last season in the fourth quarter of a game against the Buccaneers in favor of rookie quarterback Jimmie Clausen. 

He couldn't even finish out Week 2 as the starting quarterback of the worst team in the league. 

Instead of acquiring the talents of Matt Hasselbeck, Vince Young, Kyle Orton or Donovan McNabb and creating a sense of urgency for Henne to perform, Henne has been named the starter come Week 1 and now his sole motivating factor is a group of dispelled fans chanting "We want Orton."

Obviously Miami would still have been accused of rummaging through the free agency bargain bin, but no one is being fooled into thinking that Matt Moore will seriously be the starting quarterback of the team.

Acquiring Reggie Bush could have bought Jeff Ireland and co. some time but unless Bush can manage to rush for more than 581 yards, which he has never done, and be the spark that Saints fans and front office thought he could be, then right now the move looks like another desperate act at finding a diamond in the rough.

Instead of showing interest in Plaxico Burress, a threat at all spots on the field, Miami chose to not even pick up the phone and call, and instead work out Tiki Barber, who hasn't played a down in the NFL since 2006.

Instead of trying to acquire the services of Braylon Edwards, Zach Miller or any of the top tier free agents and put weapons around Chad Henne that aren't rookies, Miami choose to sign quarterback Kevin O'Connell.

O'Connell was cut from the New York Jets in 2009 and didn't play in 2010 because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Let's not forget the acquisition of Marc Colombo.

Another signing on an offensive line that has been in the works since Tony Sparano landed the gig as Miami's head coach back in 2008. One would think that by now the line would be solidified after having invested two first-round picks, a third-round pick and copious amounts of cash in the offseasons on guards and centers.

Apparently though, Colombo is the type of move that will put the Miami Dolphins over the top.

Just the thing to get out of third place in the AFC East.

No need Braylon or Plaxico, we got this.

Stay put Kyle Orton.

The real question is, what will the Dolphins do with their middle-of-the-first-round draft pick in the 2012 draft?