Well another one bit the dust as Mike Pouncey requested and was granted his release. So if you were not keeping count that is the third ex-pro bowl player for the Dolphins to be released. Miami quickly made a trade to replace Pouncey by trading for Daniel Kilgore of the San Francisco 49ers.
Sometimes change makes it seems like a team is making progress but I fail to see how getting rid of pro bowl players and dumping their salaries while signing players that are relative unknowns outside of their previous team is getting better.
I do not see the progress but see regressing!
I see a Buffalo team and Jets team that are very close to overtaking the Dolphins in the division in fact Buffalo swept the Dolphins last year payback from being swept by the Dolphins the previous year.
The Jets, just one game behind the Dolphins have more money and higher picks in the upcoming draft to possibly send Miami to the basement.
Purging the roster of the most exciting players and replacing them with less accomplished players just does not add up to improvement to me.
I am totally surprised that they let go all of the players that are fan favorites this team will look totally different next season and now if they once again have a bad season will the calls for heads to roll become pronounced?
I have lost my excitement for this team but am a Dolfan for life and can only hope they know what they are doing.
As for now with how things have gone these past 12 years or so I have every right to be very skeptical because there has been a history of poor decisions and choices and even with this regime.
Is this a money purging? Does the team think they have improved?
One can say the team went 6-10 with these same players last year and with a record like that can anybody be safe? One the flip side of that argument is they may not have won 6 games without those players.
Only time will tell but for now I I am not buying what they are selling!
Just in case you have lost track these are the current 8 picks Miami have in the upcoming draft.
- Round 1:Pick 11
- Round 2:Pick 42.
- Round 3:Pick 73.
- Round 4:Pick 123
- Round 4:Pick 131
- Round 6:Pick 209
- Round 7:Pick 223
- Round 7:Pick 229.
Ryan Tannehill and Reshad Jones have restructured their contracts to help Miami get more money to deal in free agency. The Dolphins have freed up quite a bit of money to become a player in the 2018 free agent market.
I am still at a loss as to why they needed to free up so much money after the salary purging they did by dumping Landry, Suh, Timmons, Thomas and most of the pricey free agents are already off the table.
Ryan Tannehill’s deal gives Miami 11.2 million extra money to play with and Reshad Jones freed up 6.6 million dollars and add the 17 million in cap space they got by releasing Suh now even though his money will remain on the books until June money they can use to sign draft picks and carry over into the season.
It just goes to show you that the NFL salary cap is a joke teams can do just about anything to create cap space and the Dolphins have within 24 hours went from in cap hell to having a nice buffer to work with.
The problem is they seem to be doing the same things that I am opposed to signing players in their 30’s that are one step away from retiring with not much left in the tank.
This has been an underwhelming start to free agency this year and honestly it appears the Dolphins are headed to the basement and quickly……hopefully I will see some signs that they have a good plan, but so far I am not impressed!
I do not for one moment believe the Dolphins are interested in QB Baker Mayfield out of Texas Tech. Yes they are interested in a QB but not Mayfield.
His measurable s are just not prototypical and his off the field issues are not something Miami would likely want to deal with.
I am still thinking young LB with our first pick and a QB to develop in round two or later.
I think they have their eyes on QB Josh Rosen of UCLA if they are looking to draft a QB in the first round and are hoping to raise the stock or interest of QB Baker Mayfield to throw teams off of who they really want as QB in round one .
One of the things you get when you hire a young first time head coach is a series of mistakes that sometimes can frustrate the team, fans and players. The Dolphins are talking culture and how the changes being made is about changing the culture…..???
Well if that is the case you have to go to the source that created the culture our young head coach Adam Gase.
Adam Gase came in with a cocky brash attitude and basically encouraged the players to be themselves. The problem with that is young players like Landry and Ajayi felt comfortable being themselves and without any restraints.
Could you imagine Jimmy Johnson allowing things to get so out of control?
The Dolphins are purging the roster of top players in a move to save money and instead of just letting that be their excuse they have leaked the old dirty laundry that it was also about a change of culture.
Who created the culture? Adam Gase did and now he is trying to get rid of players that took him for what they thought was their guy.
A comment by Jay Ajayi after he was traded helped me come to that conclusion Ajayi said he thought he was being what they encouraged him to be open.
Remember when Adam Gase came aboard and he was encouraging the players to be open, he would even talk smack to the players
” Smack Talk is a very key motivational tool that Adam Gase his in his tool box to use at will and there is no better way to get to many of his players than to talk a little trash and poke fun at some of the players and that seems to be the number one tool that neither Joe Philbin nor Tony Sparano possessed.
Look at one of the best head coaches in the game Bill Parcells and you will see he had that tool and used it well against some of his best players. It is a tool that most young urban youth use at will, it is what they do, they grew up smack talking!
Its how you get their trust and how you can befriend them and how you can get the best out of some players. These are the same ones that will not respond to yelling or will not get up for some boring mono tone speech and will at times slack off if they can get over. But challenge them trough that simple tool of “smack talk” and GAME ON!”
The fact that the Dolphins are now calling for Culture change is a direct result of the methods of Adam Gase backfiring. The real truth is this is about purging bad contracts rather than bad attitudes and the losers will be us Dolfans as we appear to be headed to the basement which just might be the best thing for a team that has been stuck in mediocrity for so long that it will be a gift to either plummet or rise from that state.
Plummeting seems to be the direction and hopefully by next off season house cleaning will be the direction the owner goes.
The Dolphins are cleaning house and high salary players weather you are a pro bowler or bad are being Purged. Jarvis Landry (Pro Bowler Gone) Lawrence Timmons (Last Years big signing and Bust…Gone) Julius Thomas (Big Time TE for Gase in Denver Gone another failed FA signing) and word has it Ndamukong Suh pro bowl player and one of the top DT’s in the game still…is on his way out!
There seems to be a “Madness in Miami” that we can’t figure out the method too! Are the Dolphins Rebuilding , Reloading or Retooling? One things for sure they are making major changes and purging the roster of the high salaries as well as dumping players that did not perform up to their contracts last year.
Who can really argue with making players accountable? But how can they expect to improve by letting their best players go?
The players rumored to be coming as replacements do not make me feel this team has improved.
32 year old Danny Amendola? They once again take a free agent who is over 30 and injury prone. Also WR Albert Wilson who is not even close to being as accomplished on his 4 years as Landry.
So the word out there is “Culture Change” getting rid of the bad apples like Ajayi, Landry and Suh.
The problem is they also happen to be the best players on the team!
Free Agency Officially begins Tomorrow and expect things to take off
After the past three seasons throwing away money to players who are truly undeserving like Jordan Cameron, Mario Williams, Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, Andre Branch, Julius Thomas and Lawrence Timmons to name a few the Dolphins are now in a cap nightmare and now our best players are paying the price.
They balked at paying Jarvis Landry what he wanted and subsequently traded him away even though if they should have paid somebody it sure as hell should have been the best and most productive player they had in Jarvis Landry who did it consistently since being drafted.
Now they are rumored to be looking to shake down the 2nd most productive player we have had in Ndamukong Suh.
This is way I can’t blame Jarvis Landry for not wanting to give our team a discount because look at how they are (if rumor is true) going after Suh with an attempt to either renegotiate his deal, trade him and at worst case cut him.
It’s funny how many fans have complained about Suh’s contract but he has played worthy of being a top paid DT and the Dolphins did all they could to get him when he hit free agency.
Fast forward to today and with the poor decisions that they have made now the team plans to get better by purging its roster of two of the best players on the team and in the league?
I am not calling for Mike Tannenbaum to be fired they all make mistakes but I do feel it’s compounding things by not retaining the best players on the team. I know Jarvis Landry is somewhat of a head case but he played his heart off for Miami and was the most competitive player on the team and his passion inspired this team and the fans.
I will get to the root of the past two departures (Landry & Jay Ajayi) in a future article.
As for now the Dolphins do not appear to be improving but digressing. I know free agency and the draft are still awaiting but so far things are looking bleak for the future and just think how much worse it will be if/when we line up without our best defensive player.