Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jeff Ireland speaks about JT....or not...

Well folks, I don't know what Jeff Ireland is going to say today in his pre-Draft press conference.  Based on previous experience I'd say he's not going to say anything that will provide us any insight into who the Dolphins will pick, and I'm sure the organization as a whole is happy that the Jason Taylor distraction just so happened to come up at this opportune time.  It means that the media will be focused on JT like they have been for the last 3 or 4 years, and completely miss the 'team' element of the story.

They will ask about JT with the first or second question, then ask why re-sign Jason Ferguson and not JT (duh, Ferguson is more important to the team), and the cherry on top will be something about Dez Bryant's character.
At the end of the day we'll know next to nothing more than we did before hand.

I encourage you all to watch it live on miamidolphins.com, or read the transcripts on the newspaper sites.  I, on the other hand, will not be watching as the ridiculous prison sentence of a job I work is having it's ribbon-cutting ceremony today so I'll be outside trying to dig up some dirt on the mayor whilst partaking in some sparkling cider and cheese spread.

However, please make plenty of comments below so I can catch up later.  Peace!

47 comments:

  1. Tin,
    I've been to a few ribbon-cutting ceremonies before, and the key is to spike some of that sparkling cider.  It makes for an interesting afternoon.

    I didn't watch Ireland's conference, but the snippets I found had him sounding somewhat aggrivated by the whole situation.  I agree he should welcome the distraction.

    I'm not sure if I agree that Ferguson is more important to the team considering the suspension.  The resigning was ahead of the draft but after the suspension.  If we were to wait on a player it would make more sense to me to wait on him.  I'm not sure there are a lot of teams that would have signed a suspended player.  Furthermore, I'm not sure if I would put our OLB's ahead of Paul in the "proven" category.  We'll draft for both positions and fill the needed depth.

    I'm not sure what exactly transpired between JT and Tuna, but it is evident he likes "his" kind of guys.  As a fan all I can do is put my faith in the Trifecta concerning personell matters and that they will put a winning product on the field.

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  2. Tim The EnchanterApril 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    After reading some of the reports today, this idea that Mike Nolan is some LB genius is starting to annoy me. You can't magically make a LB much better than he really is. The talent and work ethic needs to be there. Because Elvis Dumervil had 17 sacks last year everyone thinks Nolan changed the guy. Dumervil had 8.5 sacks as a rookie, 12.5 his 2nd season, he struggled in his 3rd with only 5 sacks and then had 17 last year. His first 3 seasons he played DE in a 4-3. Playing OLB in a 3-4 is a better fit for his size 5-11 248. So it's not like Dumervil went from 5 sacks in 3 years to 17 last season because of Nolan.

    Another thing that the media keeps saying is LB Rolando McClain is an unlikely pick now because we signed Dansby. Well in a 3-4 you have 4 starting LBs and you need at least 3 backups. That and the fact that Crowder has annual knee issues, stocking up on talented young LBs makes perfect sense. What if Crowder injures his knee in the first few games, now we have Dansby and Torbor. What if Dansby gets hurt and misses a lot of time, now we have Crowder and Torbor. If we were to lose Dansby and Crowder for any significant amount of time at the same time, we have Torbor and Folsom.

    The draft isn't for need for the upcoming season only. I don't understand why so many reporters still don't get that.

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  3. We Have PlaymakersApril 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I'm trying to understand what the point of these pre-draft press conferences. 

    If I were Ireland it might go something like this..."I know what we need.  We all know what we need.  Everyone in this room knows what we need.  So basically what I'm saying is that obviously we need a lot of things. "

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  4. Tim The EnchanterApril 8, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    LOL, agreed. Asking a GM questions about what they're going to do instead of what they already did is like asking your spouse before they cheat if they're going to cheat. Good luck with that answer.

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  5. We Have PlaymakersApril 8, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Tim,

    I think that since we have so many glaring needs on this team that with the 12th pick we need a guy that is going to be an immediate impact player.  I'm not saying McClain can't be that guy but most analysts are looking for what we need most.  IMO--Forget about the position he plays, the reason I wouldn't take him is b/c of his Crohn's disease.  That's some serious sh#t.

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  6. We Have PlaymakersApril 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Exactly.  It's incredibly stupid. Just wait until after the draft & then explain the picks. 

    And btw--I encourage all fans to NOT listen to that press conference unless they are sleep deprived &/or in need of complete boredom.

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  7. Tim The EnchanterApril 8, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    The media acts like they're retarded half of the time. What are they expecting to get from the friggin GM? I mean come on, use your noggin. LOL

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  8. Why do they make it mandatory for the GM to talk, especially if there is nothing of use he will most likely divulge?

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  9. avatar check....

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  10. So Omar and Arrrrmando can have at least 1 legit hour on their timecards.....

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  11. I have to admit that it really is the reporting that annoys me the most during the pre draft doldrums, and well, mid draft and post draft!  I could easily see us sticking at 12 and drafting McClain.  I think we know that there is a good chance this turns out to be 'the year of the linebacker' for us.  I wonder if Crowder stays if we grab McClain?  Also, although Torbor has been used sparingly (to say nicely), can he step into a bigger role?  What is the take on him?

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  12. He didn't tell us his secret plans!! He sucks!!

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  13. I think Tin took my advice and spiked the sparkling cider.  :)

    There's this years' Jets / Finns game on the NFL Network coming up.  Should be fun to see Ginn run back to back kickoff returns against those bastards!

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  14. Check on the avatar check.  Is that France?  Bon Soir.

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  15. TIN,you seem to be obligated to alot of ribbon cuttings!! (Thought I heard that reasoning b/4)???

    Was there a Dwight Schroot in charge of security for the 6 ft long scissors??

    THE OFFICE sitcom makes working in an office atmosphere seem pretty silly,
    (w'all the functions & goofy personalities),
    I'd bet that many of those personalities actually co-exist throughout the worlds office settings...

    I LMAO @ that show!! I'd think it'd be a favorite show of those that have to deal daily w'in an office atmosphere? 
    Have ANY of you office types seen it,
    while being Thankful of your actual co-workers or resentful that (GOOFBALL) Michael Scott's not your manager??

    Schroots HILARIOUS from afar,but I've worked w'rulebook gyz like him,(EVEN OUTDOORS VERY ANNOYING),
    couldn't deal w'his type in a closed environment!!

    Seeing that there's no DOLPHIN news,just thought I'd ask,(""that's what she said""), ""GIGGITTY""          GOFINS!!!

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  16. I don't know who any of those people you mentioned are, but I can tell you
    that there was a 6 foot long pair of scissors, and California congresswoman
    Doris Matsui who is all of 4 feet tall had to use them - a couple of other
    congresspeople held on to her to 'stabilize' her.
    The whole thing was quite boring and long-winded, a bunch of politicians
    patting each other on the back, but the best part was when the Mayor Kevin
    Johnson ended his speech by saying 'this is a big fuckin' deal!'

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  17. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    LOL

    The Great Blue North Draft Report is doing a live mock draft. Buffalo is on the clock. You can only vote once and for one team. Check it out!

    www.gbnreport.com

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  18. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    LOL!!!  Keep up the great work on & off of the work site. 

    BTW--Not that I would ever need or want one but where does one purchase a 6 foot long pair of scissors???

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  19. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Hmmmmmm....The Jets can only offer JT $1.5 Million to play for his long hated rival & he's actually considering it???  I don't get it.  If Parcells' doesn't want you, just f#cking retire already.  How did that year with the Redskins work out for you???

    IMO--I don't care how good the Jets defense is, there is no way that Mark Sanchez is leading the Jets to a Super Bowl this year or anytime soon.  I think Sanchez is limited in a lot of ways & I honestly believe that Henne is & will be a better NFL QB.  I hate the Jets & if JT signs with him then I will hate him too.

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  20. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    BTW--Has anyone on this board actually seen Jerry Hughes play & if so how good is he???  I just read an article that predicts we'll take him with our 2nd.

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  21. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    WHP, are you using 'We Need Playmakers' on the SS or was that an impostor?

    Anyway, could you imagine JT goes to the Jets, we make the playoffs and they don't. I think he would retire right then and there. in 2008 he says all I want to do is win. So we trade him to Washington and he's cool with that. They suck and we win the division. He comes back to us and we miss the playoffs. It's just not working out for JT. LOL

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  22. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    No. That's me.

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  23. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I haven't seen him play. I've heard he's a pass rushing demon but may not have the 'fast twitch' muscles to be an effective OLB. Like Derrick Morgan, some scouts feel he would be a better DE in a 4-3. Who knows? LOL

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  24. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    If I'm Parcells, I don't really know what to do with him.  Maybe sign him & then trade him.

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  25. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    I was just asking based on his pass rushing production as a Junior & Senior.  My guess is that we'll end up with 9 picks & we'll draft three OLB's, two Safeties, two NT's, a WR & a TE.   I think we'll double down on RB's in 2011 assuming there is a season.

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  26. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    I don't think the sign and trade deal is going to work at this stage of JT's career. I'm sure the trifecta has told JT we're going to wait until after the draft because we are trying to go younger. It's only a couple of weeks I'm sure even the Jets can wait.

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  27. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    You say 9 picks because we'll trade one to move up?

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  28. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Just a guess but yes. 

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  29. We Have PlaymakersApril 9, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Tim,

    Not sure what a team would actually give up for Taylor at this point in his career but I just hate the idea of him playing for the either the Jets or NE.  I'm not sure what waiting until after the draft really changes things for JT in Miami.  We're going to be drafting OLB's but we also have no idea how good these rookies will be until maybe training camp at the earliest???  Signing JT or another veteran for that matter is simply an insurance policy against possible slow rookie adjustments & potential injuries.  I mean let's face it, if you look at our current OLB's there's a bunch of unproven players.  If we really wanted JT back, I think we should've done it already.

    BTW--If I were him I'd be pissed that Pennington & Ferguson were already re-signed.

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  30. Tinshaker:
    I believe you promised/threatened us that the 2010 draft contest was going to start today.  Now before you get all pissy and remind me the day isn't over yet, there is a time difference between here and there, yada, yada, I was just wondering if that is still on the agenda?

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  31. WHP,

    I've seen Hughes in person 2-3 times and a fair bit on TV.  He plays fast and doesn't give up on anything.  I think he'll be a good pro because of his motor and determination, but he has never struck me as a guy that can dominate a game due to athleticism or physical gifts.  It's hard to get a really good sense for just how good he is since TCU has really good coaches, schemes, and defensive players.  I remember Washington standing out last season more than Hughes, FWIW.

    I hate to admit it, but the whole JT is bumming me out.  He's checked any ego at the door and is basically throwing himself at the Dolphins in hopes of finishing his career there.  We have huge question marks and holes at both OLB spots.  Ferg, Penny signed already.  Seriously, the trifecta is just flipping him off in front of everyone.  I'm sure it's a tough to deal with.

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  32. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    JT possibly signing with the Jets before the draft is throwing himself at the Dolphins?

    There is a report that a deal is almost done with the Jets and the only thing holding it up is JT asking about how much offseason time he's allowed to miss. That doesn't sound like a guy begging to be a Dolphin. The Jets?

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  33. lol, yeah i guess i can publish that, I finished it a week ago.

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  34. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    The government makes those scissors and they cost $44,000 because government products are always quality and affordable.  :-$

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  35. LOL!!!

    Watch the sitcom ""THE OFFICE""
    (Give it a chance) takes a minute to understand the characters/let them grow on you!!
    Show seems STUPID @ 1st,but is veryyy funny when you think about the likely-hood of
    simular personality clashes on a daily bases in real life!!!

    Sometimes it reminds me of the NON-FIN related conversations that take place here during the work day amongst the office types!!!
    Seems there are several MScott type branch managers out there,(EVERY SINGLE EPISODE),he's ALWAY's coming-up w'some sort of motivational function,and has his employees working sooo hard on organizing the functions that ZERO actual office work production gets accomplished!!!

    Check-it-out,I'd bet that you have to deal w'@LEAST one of the character-types on a daily bases!!


    I could NEVER deal w'all the intracacies of several different personalities in an enclosed space 260 days a yr!!
    And I get along w'everybody!!! 
    I can see why you refer to it as a prison sentence,(though in prison everybody has simular priorities)!!

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  36. I'm pretty sure the scissors were made out of foam and cardboard....

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  37. I watched the full run of the original 'The Office' so I see no reason to
    watch the remake.

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  38. Why are you comparing my job to that of 'The Office'?
    It's not like that at all. LoL

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  39. 13kv:
    I'm an office fan, loved the original one, but the US version is good too.  I can attest that corporate America has lots of these characters out there.  I worked for a 'Michael Scott' type twice.  Worse still, the job involved lots of travel so I had to do business trips with him...oh the embarassment of it all! 

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  40. Tim The EnchanterApril 9, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    There you go, just like government cheese.  :-D

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  41. STEVE CARELL is much funnier than the original branch manager,(I don't watch the original episodes)!!

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  42. LOL!!!
    B/C you alway's seem to be attending some sort of NON-PRODUCTIVE,motivational function!!
    And I was wondering ifff office life is ""@ all like that""?? I sense sarcasim,so I'll take that as a yes...

    Besides HERD,unsarcastically replied yes below,(so it must be so)...

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  43. I've only attended one ribbon-cutting in the last 4 years....I don't have a
    regular office job, I don't even have anyone else in the building I
    currently work in and I don't spend all day every day in the same location
    for that matter. I'm not being sarcastic, I just literally have very little
    in common with those characters. My world is way more bizarre than any
    sitcom. You can't write this kind of stuff.
    Herd works in a boobie-shop, her experience is hardly like working for a
    paper-products distributor....

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  44. Nobody knows the exact details of it all, but he left a lot of money on the table last year to come play with us.  Money is obviously not the issue.  By all accounts, he is a great teammate and gave us a solid effort playing out of position last year.  Certainly proportional to what he was paid.  You don't think that if we offered him a 2 year/4 million deal he wouldn't have taken it a long time ago?  Put yourself in his shoes.  He's among the top 3 most popular Dolphins over the past 20 years and has shown a lot of loyalty to the franchise.  What is this regime offering in return?  Wait until the draft is over to see how desperate we are?  I'd be pretty tempted to take the Jets offer too.  

    It's not like there's a big downside to signing him to a contract similar to what the Jets are offering.  The trifecta is basically telling him he's washed up and not worth a roster spot.  

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  45. <span>Gettin narrowed down,(w'6 LIKELY potential positional/prospect possibilities),  
    ILB McClain, DT/NT? DWilliams, ONE of 3 OLBs(BGraham/JP-Pierre/Kindle), FS EThomas, WR DBryant, RB Spiller,  
    you pretty-much have to draw-up a scenario for each 1st rnd possibility,(= 6 scenario's)...  
     
    Here's MY PREFERRED new TOP 3 scenario's,w'2 wks to go,for those interested!!!  
    MY SCENARIO 1  
     
    1) ILB RMcClain  
     
    2) OLB Koa Misi/JHughes  
     
    3) NT TTroupe  
     
    4) FS MWright/KChancellor/MLewis  
     
    6) DT/NT? JOwens  
     
    6) WR THudgins/MWilliams/MEasley  
     
    6) SS  MRolle/ FS RJohnson  
     
    7) OLB RMuckleroy  
    7) RB  
    7) TE  
     
     
    ORRRRRRR  
    MY SCENARIO 2  
     
    1) OLB BGraham/(JP-Paul/SKindle) same scenario w'any OLB selection  
     
    2) FS MBurnett  
     
    3) NT TTRoupe  
     
    4) WR CMitchell/DDickerson/EDecker  
     
    6) NT/DT? JOwens  
     
    6) ILB PDillard  
     
    6) SS MRolle  
     
    7) OLB RMuckleroy  
    7) RB  
    7) TE  
     
     
    ORRRRRR  
    MY PERSONNAL SCENARIO 3  
     
    1) DT/NT? DWilliams  
     
    2) OLB Koa Misi/JHughes  
     
    3) RB TGerhart/BTate  
     
    4) WR CMitchell/DDickerson/EDecker  
     
    6) FS KChancellor/MLewis/RJohnson  
     
    6) DT/NT? JOwens 
     
    6) WR THudgins/MWilliams/MEasley  
     
    7) OLB RMuckelroy  
    7) TE  
    7) QB  
     
    ANY THOUGHT'S???  
    I have Berry/EThomas,Spiller,and  DBryant scenario's,but I'll save those(FOR NOW!!)</span>

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  46. boobie shop...I want some boobies!

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