Thursday, January 21, 2010

Miami Dolphins: Jan. 21 news and notes

  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald posted one of the most detailed and comprehensive explanations on the impact of this whole Collective Bargaining Agreement mess. The presence of a CBA greatly impacts free agency and all sorts of other things us fans are into, so head over there and check it out.
  • Salguero also aptly points out that, despite the hiring of Bill Sheridan as inside linebackers coach and Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator, the Dolphins still have one coaching vacancy to fill: outside linebackers coach. This is indeed an important hire, as 3-4 outside linebackers are the scheme's primary pass rushers, but are also asked to play the run and drop back in coverage.
  • For those of us who don't pay for ESPN Insider, Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post informs us that Mel Kiper, Jr.'s first 2010 mock draft has the Dolphins taking linebacker Rolando McClain at No. 12. This seems to be the most popular choice among Dolphins fans and it's mine as well, as McClain could be a Patrick Willis-type player in the Dolphins' scheme. The Dolphins' biggest threat to take McClain—the Denver Broncos at No. 10—are slated to take Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, per Kiper.
  • Armando Salguero also mentions Kiper's mock, but says the Dolphins are also impressed with Clemson running back C. J. Spiller. I have a hard time believing the Dolphins would ignore glaring needs at wide receiver, nose tackle, inside and outside linebacker, and safety to draft a running back who, while a play-maker, is not immediately needed, and might end up being Reggie Bush 2.0.
  • The Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel both look at some of Mike Nolan's credentials, good and bad. One thing that's clear is that he has coached some extremely talented linebackers to great success.
  • Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, in his limited-approaching-nonexistent "wisdom," does make one good point, in that Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby is very likely to hit the open market this offseason. As a six-year veteran, Dansby's free agency status is not affected by the CBA. Additionally, due to the fact that he's been franchised twice already, doing so again would mean guaranteeing Dansby a base salary equal to the average of the five highest salaries in the NFL.
  • Florio then went back to making stuff up and trying to make something out of nothing, insinuating the Dolphins had tampered with Nolan while he was still under contract with the Broncos. Their points are weak at best, however, and the fact Miami approached the team with a formal request before any known contact with Nolan or his agent makes it unlikely any tampering charges will be filed. The fact the Broncos so willingly let Nolan go also indicates that they simply don't care how it all came about.
  • One of Miami's latest CFL imports was BC Lions fullback Rolly Lumbala, who was signed earlier this month. Now, the man he blocked for in 2009 will be getting his shot in the NFL as well. Running back Martell Mallett, who was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie after rushing for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in 2009, has been signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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