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Do Dolphins truly have a plan or not to get another QB?

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As our lede would suggest, we are really wondering at this point, if the Dolphins are smart or if they have outsmarted themselves. Or, even worse for their fans, do they not really have a solid plan at all, especially when it comes to what to do with the most important position on the field, quarterback.

We already know that coach Adam Gase has publicly backed Ryan Tannehill to come off his ACL surgery and be installed as the starter for training camp and this fall. Gase said so at the NFL scouting combine in late February.

However, with the 11th overall pick and by giving every outward indication that they are strongly interested in drafting a quarterback, the Dolphins are at best, sending mixed signals.

Earlier this week they met with Heisman Trophy winning Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and worked him out, individually. As we wrote, there is strong belief in the Miami market and elsewhere that the Dolphins will look to take Mayfield and may even decide to trade up from  #11 to grab him.

If that is in fact your plan, and you already have Tannehill under contract and in the fold who you are backing, then why are you worried about having a significant veteran QB come visit and maybe sign with you?

Well, that’s what the Dolphins are doing by hosting and talking to former Broncos, Texans, and Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler at their facility on Friday.

Osweiler was supposed to be the “Heir Apparent” to Peyton Manning in Denver, when he retired after winning the Super Bowl three years ago. However, he jumped after one season as the Broncos starter on a huge four year $72 million free agent offer to go to the Houston Texans.

The Texans watched him struggle in 2016, eventually benched him, and then traded him and his massive contract to Cleveland with a draft pick before last April’s draft.

The Browns made no secret that they only wanted the draft pick from Houston and they didn’t really want Osweiler. He was released by Cleveland on the final cuts last September and actually, Osweiler ended up back with the Broncos as a backup during their miserable 2017 season.

Got all that?

Now he’s a free agent again and the 6-7 former Arizona State quarterback is looking for a home.

And on Friday afternoon, he found that home agreeing to a one year deal with the Dolphins:

The interesting part is he was with Gase in Denver, when Gase was the offensive coordinator there four seasons ago. However, none of this flirtation now, makes any sense with the Dolphins.

How can you have commitment to Tannehill, be thinking about drafting a future quarterback early, and also signing Osweiler and not confuse everyone in your own building about the plan?

Well, the Dolphins have gone and done it.

So that’s part of the current plan, if there truly is a plan?

Or, just like the Jarvis Landry situation, are the Dolphins almost “making it up as they go along” by putting the franchise tag on their best player, and then ending up giving him to Cleveland for a third round draft pick this year.

Maybe, the Dolphins don’t intend to draft a quarterback and are only signing Osweiler, so that if they need him for down the road because of injury poor play or whatever, he will be on the roster.

That would be prudent and very forward-thinking.

However, it looks more like the Fins are flying by the seat of their pants. Publicly showing that they don’t really know what they’re going to do and then expecting the fans to cheer on whatever it is that eventually do.

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  1. owensrd

    March 23, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    If they are in love with Mayfield, that is fine. If things don’t work out in the draft as far as Mayfield goes, you will have to have a backup QB. Evidently, Gase feels comfortable having Osweiler as the backup. Not so much with Moore. I guarantee you that if Miami gets Mayfield, then Fales and Osweiler, fight for third string and Osweiler probably gets released. I think fakes did well in the Buffalo game at the end of last season.

    • Gary Kraft

      March 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      What hell is wrong you people they know more than you or you would be working for them .so get over self after 65 years 365 days a year.i think I know more than you about football they will better team this year and make the playoffs. Forget a q back in first round .that is not going to happen

    • ricky Franquiz

      March 23, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Miami is keeping their options open & they don’t need to make explanations to this writer, any Dolphins fans or anybody else for that matter. Go annoy New England fans with your stupid medial stories.

  2. Joe

    March 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    The author of this article is an absolute moron Ryan Tannehill is far and away better than manu quarterbacks in the NFL based upon his 2016 season by most I mean he was the top 15 quarterback that year. I’m sure the dolphins hope that Brock Osweiler never throws a pass for them
    But It showed last year when you’re starting quarterback goes down you better have a good back up plan and Jay Cutler wasn’t a good plan. Now they don’t have to give up multiple drop to jump up the board to try for a quarterback like most quarterback needy teams of do .
    I do expect the Dolphins to draft our young quarterback, just not in the first round

  3. JohnD

    March 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve been a Dolphin fan for a long time, and I wish I knew what the plan was. I can’t imagine that the plan is to trade up to take a QB because that’s going to cost a ton of draft picks that this team needs to try and build something out of this mess. If Mayfield is there at 11, and they love him then I hope they take him, but I don’t want to see them mortgage the future to do it. If it cost the Jets their 1st and three 2nd’s to move up three spots, what’s it going to cost the Phins to move up, 6,7 or 8? If god forbid Mayfield doesn’t pan out it would be an absolute disaster that would take years to overcome. At some point this defense needs to be fixed. They can’t continue to allow almost 400 points a season and expect to compete for anything, and getting mid round picks for Ajayi and Landry didn’t help matters either. Is there a plan? If there is, I don’t have any idea what it is.

  4. Al Scott

    March 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Why do we continue discussing the quarterback position, when need a young linebacker, and a tight end, we can find a quarterback in the later round to draft since Adam Gase is the quarterback whisper.

  5. Kevin

    March 24, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Tannehill is the QB in 2018. He’s on a team friendly contract that got even more friendly when he renegotiated last week. Let’s not forget he started every game until the knee injury. Forget Mayfield… It’s all a smokescreen. Draft best LB on the board at 11, then best TE in 2nd round. If Fins don’t win 10 games this season I’ll consider it a failure.

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Dolphins got contributions everywhere in Sunday win

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There were a lot of questions and plenty of reasons to doubt the Dolphins roster makeup, as 2018 was  getting underway.

However, two games in, the Fins have been impressive, and earned their way to an unbeaten start. Their latest effort Sunday at The Meadowlands against AFC East rival Jets saw numerous players new and old step up.

Whether it was TJ McDonald’s early interception of New York rookie QB Sam Darnold, or Kenyan Drake weaving through the Jets front seven for the early score a short time later, Miami set the tone.

And then, when Kiko Alonso knocked the ball free from Jets receiver Robby Anderson and Raekwon McMillan recovered it, it was new free agent receiver Albert Wilson capitalizing here:

It went for a 29-yard touchdown from QB Ryan Tannehill and Miami had command at that point at 14-0.

Tannehill spread the ball around to seven different receivers, and even found reserve A.J. Derby for a 19 yard touchdown, as the lead ballooned to 20-0 nothing.

Darnold ended with some decent yardage and a couple of second-half touchdowns, but the Dolphins registered four sacks and had three total takeaways to help put this one away.

Even ageless veteran Frank Gore got into the act. This as, the 35 year old moved into fourth place on NFL all-time rushing list trailing only Hall of Famers Barry Sanders Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.

And late in the game caught a dump off pass from Tannehill and weaved through the Jet defense to pick up 3rd and 19, move the chains and allow Miami to run the clock out.

So the 2018 Dolphins don’t have Jay Cutler, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and some of the others from a team that struggled last year.

However, their new faces stepped in and stepped up Sunday on the road.

And Miami is now 2 – 0 for the first time since 2013, and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

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Gameday- Dolphins renew rivalry with Jets in New York

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Who: Dolphins (1-0) at Jets (1-0)

Where: Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

When: Sunday 1 p.m.

Spread: Jets by 2.5 (Courtesy Vegasinsidercom)

Renewal of the Rivalry

There are no longer names like Shula, Namath and Marino, but the storied rivalry of the Dolphins and the Jets is five decades old. As AFC East Rivals since the early 1970’s, these teams and fan bases are familiar with each other for generations. Yes, grandads, dads and in some cases, great granddads have watched these two play. The Jets hold a 54-50-1 record all time, and that includes a decisive win in the Meadowlands last year. The Fins, however, won the rematch (Cutler at the helm) later in the year at Hard Rock Stadium.

Now, they play right away in 2018 and the winner maintains at least a tie for first in the division.

Tannehill looks to build on week one

It was a bizarre game last Sunday in the opener with Tennessee, as there were two lightning delays that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours. So, it’s tough to judge everything completely. However, QB Ryan Tannehill, off his ACL tear last August, was effective for a lot of the game (despite two picks) finishing 20-28 for 230 yards and two TDs. One was a second half 75 yard bomb to WR Kenny Stills as the Dolphins prevailed 27-20.

Will the Jets 3-4 defense be able to rattle him? Will Tannehill handle the pressure and be accurate. It’s not the only key, but a big one for the Fins.

Finally, will the Jets look like they did Monday night?

In a remarkable win on the road on Monday night, rookie Sam Darnold overcame a pick six TD in the first :20 of his NFL career to play effectively in the blowout win over the Lions. Darnold who was 16-21 with two TDs, will have to be solid in this one for the Jets.

The Dolphins pass rush led by Robert Quinn and Cam Wake will try to fluster him and create those bad throws from the USC rookie.

The Jets defense and special teams came up with big plays also against Detroit, as they pulled away in the second half for a 48-17 win. That included an interception and punt return TD in the second half.

Miami will need to keep the Jets from making the big play Sunday.

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Report- Dolphins OL Josh Sitton out for season

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The injury news is not good to wake up to on a Friday morning for Dolphins fans. Offensive lineman Josh Sitton will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, according to a report.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald had the story first that Sitton, who missed practice this week with a shoulder injury, is going on injured reserve:

 

Salguero wrote, that Sitton actually tore his rotator cuff at some point during the playing of the second half of Sunday’s game with Tennessee. Yet, the 11 year veteran continued to play through it. Further, Sitton had been exploring the option of continuing to play with the injury in the short term this week, etc. However, he was advised that if the shoulder was damaged more, that surgery might not be able to repair it and it would end his career.

Sitton is a four-time Pro Bowler who was originally drafted by Green Bay, but was signed by the Dolphins away from the Chicago Bears this past offseason. He was playing in the offense of then Bears, now Dolphins coordinator Dowell Loggains. And it made him attractive to sign by Miami in March.

Loggains told the media Thursday that Sitton’s injury and possible absence for this week’s game against the Jets creates a problem,

“Does it change things? Absolutely. If you didn’t have someone at any position, you look to (say), ‘How is this matchup going to affect us in the game?’”

Sitton, who had started 137 games in his career coming into this season, had also been a mentor to former #1 pick left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Miami will now go to veteran journeyman guard Ted Larsen, who started eight games over the last couple of seasons for the Dolphins ,but has also battled nagging injuries throughout his career.

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