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Dolphins clearly blocking Dowell Loggains from joining Jets

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It’s been over 10 days, since Adam Gase agreed to be the New York Jets coach. And, even though the new Jets boss apparently wants to bring his former offensive coordinator from the Dolphins, Dowell Loggains, with him on staff, it seems obvious that, for now, Miami is blocking that move.

That’s the only conclusion that we can be draw, as to why Loggains hasn’t been officially announced as part of Gases’ staff

Why do we conclude that?

Let’s examine the situation a little more, which only enhances the conclusion that the Fins are denying Loggain’s (seen above celebrating the “Miami Miracle” with Gase in December) a chance to join the AFC East rivals. Or, maybe seeking compensation from the Jets for him to make the lateral move:

One, Gase took a job that will play Miami twice a year for his tenure. So naturally, Miami doesn’t want to help him and will do everything to try to hinder him, now that that is happened.

The second thing that we know is: the Dolphins actually interviewed Loggains for their head coaching vacancy last Friday. How serious they were about him becoming the their head coach is another matter, but they still publicly announced that they were talking to him formally about the vacancy.

And, next, we also know that most assistants holding the coordinator title have two year deals or at least, deals where the team has a second-year option to keep the coordinator. That’s likely in Loggains’ case, too. Further, doing some quick deduction: that has to be what the Dolphins are standing behind to keep him with them and away from Gase and the Jets, for now.

Otherwise, just like the Jets have already announced that Greg Williams, the Browns interim coach last year and longtime defensive coordinator in the NFL, had joined New York to call his defense next season, Gase would bring on Loggains, who was also with him in Chicago, previously.

It’s been reported everywhere that Miami is waiting on Patriots assistant Brian Flores to be their new head coach, and there’s no indication anywhere that Loggains has any connection to him or would stay on the staff.

So, that only adds to the argument that they are looking for the Jets to give them some kind of compensation to release Loggains from his deal. Or, they will hold tight and force Gase to likely hire someone else for the offensive coordinator role.

The Bucs swapped their sixth round pick for the Cardinals seventh round pick to get to hire Bruce Arians as head coach, last week.

This, by the way is what the Ravens last week did by elevating Greg Roman, who’s been a longtime offensive coordinator in the NFL to their position in Baltimore. This is because, Flores apparently was wanting to bring Roman with him to Miami. However, the promotion allows Baltimore to block that move.

Kinda like the “game of chicken” that the Dolphins are playing with the Jets on how much they really want Loggains and how long the Jets are willing to wait?

Now, some Fins fans would say, “great. Let New York hire him. He’s terrible.” And, that’s a whole other humorous angle.

Still, for now, until it leaks out otherwise in the media or there’s some announcement. Dowell Loggains isn’t leaving Miami…especially to join Adam Gase.

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Dolphins RB Walton facing potential NFL suspension?

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Dolphins Running Back Mark Walton did not report practice today, but he did report to court to resolve multiple charges from arrests earlier this year. According to Miami-Dade court records, Walton received six months of non-reporting probation Monday as part of a plea deal to resolve his three offseason court cases.

For Walton, the plea deal means he wont have to spend any time in jail for any of his alleged crimes, but we don’t yet know how it will affect his eligibility in the League?

Technically, a player on probation can still be eligible to play regular season games, but in similar previous cases, players have been suspended for one or multiple games due to the NFL personal conduct policy.

The document writes:
“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.

Players convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding (as defined in this Policy) are subject to discipline. But even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, players found to have engaged in any of the following conduct will be subject to discipline.”

Walton will still be eligible to play on Thursday night, in the Dolphins final preseason game against the Jaguars. But, depending on how quickly NFL officials come up with a suspension, it’s likely that he won’t be starting the regular season with the team.

Walton had five carries for 8 yards and one catch for 12 yards in Friday night’s preseason game against the Bucs. He’s currently battling with Kalen Ballage for playing time in the Miami backfield.

The Dolphins picked Walton up back in May, after the Bengals released him following his third arrest.

We wrote then, Walton’s most recent troubles involved a police chase after authorities in Dade County caught him weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed earlier in March. They eventually chased Walton and discharged a taser.

However, Walton, according to the police report, removed the prongs and continued to run. Miami police found a small amount of marijuana and a legally purchased rifle in his abandoned vehicle.

As we had also written in February, he allegedly got into the dispute with a woman that he did not know at his condo building, and was arrested by the Miami Police Department. The incident occurred in a parking garage after Walton became angry in a dispute about Walton’s car blocking the entrance.

When the woman apparently attempted to record Walton threatening her by using her cell phone, Walton grabbed the phone and struggled with the woman trying to get it back. Walton was taken into custody on a charge of battery.

The former Miami Hurricane was a 4th round pick of the Bengals a year ago who was active for 14 games but only carried the ball 14 times on the season for just 34 yards. He had an additional five catches for 41 yards on the year.

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Dolphins will go back to veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Miami Dolphins continue their ongoing evaluation of whom will start the season at quarterback between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and second-year newly acquired, Josh Rosen. And on Monday morning, coach Brian Flores announced that after Rosen had started game two last Friday night in Tampa, Fitzpatrick will be back under center to begin the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Thursday.

Flores met with a media prior to the Dolphins latest workout on Monday but also said not to read too much into the latest QB switch:

Miami started Rosen against the Buccaneers, whom they acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in a draft weekend trade. And, as we wrote, he was largely ineffective for most of Friday night’s first half that he played.

The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates an average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain in Tampa, but Rosen on multiple occasions threw behind or low towards receivers that were open for possible gains. He was also jittery against the Bucs occasional blitz package from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Rosen was sacked three times and knocked down several others.

A key moment of scrutiny was when Rosen was unable to get the team in the end zone after they got outstanding field position on a Buccaneers 31 yard line midway through the first after fumble buy backup running back Andre Ellington. The Fins moved inside the 10, but Tampa Bay held Miami on fourth down, where Rosen threw incomplete in the right corner of the end zone to backup receiver Isaiah Ford and Miami came away with no points.

While Flores tried to make it clear that the media and fans should not read too much into going back to Fitzpatrick as an indication on who will be the opening day starter, it will likely be the veteran when Miami hosts the Baltimore Ravens on September 8th.

Miami obviously knows what they have in the 15-year veteran Fitzpatrick, who started the first three games of last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And he led them to two victories and was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for both of the first to win in 2018.

However, just because Fitzpatrick starts the Jaguars game Thursday night, doesn’t mean Rosen won’t play in the first half with the first team to get another look for new offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea.

The game Thursday night will also be televised nationally by Fox and the Jaguars are expected to play their starters throughout the first half, and perhap,  into the early part of the third quarter.

That will give Fitzpatrick and maybe, Rosen,  ample opportunity to see what they can do against a quality defense.

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