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When will Mike Pouncey return to the Dolphins?

Ari Russell



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The Miami Dolphins are still not fully certain at this point when starting center Mike Pouncey will return to action. Pouncey who has been suffering from a hip injury, has been sidelined since last October. He hasn’t participated in OTAs.

The next step is trying to figure out when Pouncey will be available. Obviously the ideal time would be the start of training camp, but at this point that is also a question mark. One option for the Dolphins is to place him on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Hopefully he will be ready by the start of the season, but placing Pouncey on the PUP list may be the best administrative move for the team.

In Pouncey’s absence, Kraig Urbik has been the key replacement. Urbik started six games last season, as well as the playoff loss to Pittsburgh. If Pouncey does return, Urbik could shift over to the guard position, however he could face competition with Anthony Steen and Jake Brendel vying for time.

The Dolphins las season were able to mitigate the loss of Pouncey last year, mainly because Urbik did a good job stepping up in his absence. That said, there were still times of inconsistency where one week the Dolphins rushing game and pass protection was stellar, and other times pedestrian.

If the Dolphins want to take it to the next level, like their team has been pressing this offseason, they will need to have more consistency on the offensive line. A healthy ready to go Mike Pouncey would go a long way in pushing that agenda forward.

The Dolphins are in wait to see mode with regards to Pouncey’s rehabilitation. Everyone on the staff is saying the right things, however the lack of clarity of his return is still a major concern. That said, the team is doing everything in it’s power to plug the hole. At this point Urbik is going to have to step up and be ready regardless.


Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.



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    June 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    “…however the lack of clarity of his return is still a major concern.” Well, a major concern for the SFLA media and fans, but is it really a major concern for the Fins coaches?

    We don’t know the answer to that. Could be the Coaches are not concerned at all since they know the hip is on schedule and Pouncey will be ready for week one.

    As Robert F stated, the plan all along was to hold Pouncey out of practice, whether he’s ready or not, just to give as much rest as possible. I think we know Pouncey doesn’t need much practice anyway.

    Then again, maybe the Coaches aren’t sure but they aren’t going to say that.

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    Robert F

    June 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Coach Gase has said several times that Pouncey is being held out of preseason activities to keep him healthy for 16+ regular season games. His health is not in doubt and he will not be put on the PUP list.

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Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:

In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.

However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.

As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan

He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.

In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.

As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.

Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.

It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.

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Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday

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Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:

The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.

Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.

Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.

Colorado’s athletic director Rick George said in a statement Sunday night,

“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.” 

The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.

Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.

Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.

Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.

Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.

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