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Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Mar 8, 2022.
Would love to see some of this for Miami.
I feel like this has definitely been missing from our offense for a while
Just a reminder what's upcoming:
"DOLPHINS 2022 OFFSEASON PROGRAM DATES
(Dates are subject to change at the discretion of individual clubs)
Monday, April 4 — First day of offseason program.
Tuesday, April 19 — Voluntary minicamp
Wednesday, April 20 — Voluntary minicamp
Monday, May 16 — OTA
Tuesday, May 17 — OTA
Thursday, May 19 — OTA
Monday, May 23 — OTA
Tuesday, May 24 — OTA
Thursday, May 26 — OTA
Wednesday, June 1 — Mandatory minicamp
Thursday, June 2 — Mandatory minicamp
Monday, June 6 — OTA
Tuesday June 7 — OTA
Thursday, June 9 — OTA
Friday, June 10 — OTA
As per rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the offseason program is split into three phases.
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program — that will be April 4-15 for the Dolphins — with activities limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. — for the Dolphins from April 18-May 6.
On-field workouts may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play drills,” and drills and plays with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, conducted at a walk through pace. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the final four weeks of the program., for the Dolphins from May 16-June 10. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.
New head coaches, such as the Dolphins' Mike McDaniel, are entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players must be conducted prior to the NFL Draft (April 28-30), but no earlier than week three of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities.
The Dolphins will be among eight clubs that will hold voluntary veteran minicamps this year.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2022 may begin on May 16. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date."
As the saying goes; If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Let’s hope so.
I’m a big fan of Christian and I love his attitude. He always seems to enjoy his football.
He makes the players around him better by requiring attention, even at the expense of personal highlights. Last year, he had stats, but every defensive player who got a new deal in the last two years needs to break off a piece for Wilkens.
IMO, a lot of fans (including myself) lost focus on the rebuild because we had two winning seasons. We dropped players and salary while acquiring a bunch of assets (cash and picks) to be used at the right time. But it was always a 3-4 year plan and even with early relative success, the loot that we just dropped on acquisitions and rewarding current players, was the endgame. If we can't get to the playoffs and elevate to be one of the top teams this year, Grier's foundational rebuild is a failure.
Will be interesting to see if any player does not show up.
Is this year the final year of the rebuild or next year? Whilst it makes a nice contingency if every does go wrong then it feels like Grier has been building everything based on a 5 year plan and that is exactly why we're still sat with an extra first round pick and an extra third round pick in next year's draft. If things somehow massively fail then the next guy gets to start the rebuild with some extra capital, but if you've pulled off the masterstroke this offseason then you've got some nice extra picks to complete the job and get yourself over the line.
I think the foundation is in place, so I'd consider this the final year. If Grier is forward thinking, he'll do what he can to secure additional draft assets in the future, not to stretch out the rebuild, but to allow the team to replace players once their performance prices them off the team. It's entirely possible that we're going to have guys that we cannot resign in 2023, so those extra pics are a hedge against attrition more than they are part of the rebuilding process, IMO.
Last year was the final year of the rebuild. There aren't any 5 year plans in the NFL. The most they will give anyone is three. Grier has convinced Ross that the rebuild has worked and they are ready to put out a winner. 2019 was just getting rid of everyone, 2020, was get a lot of young people experience and put in a system, year 2021 was going for it with what you have. Now every year is to see who you need to replace and to make the team better.
They were hoping to compete for a Superbowl last year. It didn't work out. Looks like they put a lot of that on Flores. This year they will see if they are correct.
I don't think you get 5 year plans in the NFL as a head coach but I think you do as a GM but I'm willing to admit that my knowledge of the NFL backrooms isn't good enough to argue this with any sort of degree of certainty. I know that there are some teams where the owner is the defacto GM but I'd be intrigued to see the numbers on how many teams have had the same GM for more than 5 years.
I don't think GMs get 5 year plans. They always should plan for the future. Which is what Grier has done. I am impressed how well Grier has both worked on making the team better in the current year, while also looking towards the future. He hasn't made a "Lamar Gordan" type move.
Little bit of 2022 hype?
Trigger warning for pessimistic Dolfans:
The best analogy of offseason about Tua. And Dolphins’ Grier offers more insight on Hill
BY BARRY JACKSON
APRIL 22, 2022 2:57 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa says 'the margin for error is slim in this league'
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa spoke to reporters after the team's loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Oct. 24, 2021. BY MIAMI DOLPHINS
A six-pack of Miami Dolphins notes on a Friday:
▪ Leave it to ESPN analyst and former NFL safety Ryan Clark to craft the best analogy of the offseason for what the Dolphins have done for Tua Tagovailoa.
“Growing up, Sundays were my favorite day of the week and here’s why,” Clark said on “NFL Live” this week. “We would go to church very early in the morning. I was Southern Baptist so if you go to church at 8, you’re not leaving until 11:30…
“My parents were going to take me to Picadilly’s [cafeteria chain]. When you go to Picadailly’s, you had all that food there for your disposal. You could get the Dilly plate. You could get two sides. You could get fried chicken. You could get a bun.
“Tua has got everything. He’s got the bun. He’s got the fried chicken. He’s got carrot souffle. He’s got mashed potatoes and gravy. But he’s got to feast. If Tua isn’t a large part of this team getting to the playoffs, competing with the Buffalo Bills and having a chance to do damage, he is done.
“They have given him everything he needs not only to compete, but to excel. And if he doesn’t, that is on him. And I believe they’ll have to make a decision to go in a different direction at this position.”
▪ ESPN’s Marcus Spears chimed in, of Tagovailoa: “We’re not asking you to do much. We’re asking you to make three or four good throws a game. This offense is going to take care of you.
“You need to show up when those moments are critical and high-leverage and operate the offense and sometimes, play outside of your mind. If Tua can do that at the right times with the weapons he has, there should be no doubt Tua can lead this team and have them as [contenders].
“The money that has been spent… This is all set up for Tua to take the next step and prove everything. If he does, Miami has got something cooking. If he doesn’t, Ryan and I will be Picadilly’s and Tua will probably be with us.
“We’ve given you a platter, bro. We’ve given you all of these options. It’s all there for Tua. You’ve got two guys where you can throw a 5-yard pass and he can go 80 two or three times a game. That’s going to show up as Tua’s passing yards at the end of the game.”
▪ Former Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker, in his introductory Patriots news conference, said: “I chose to get traded here. My agent [Jimmy Gould] hit me up, just telling me what the situation was, and the options I had for the teams to go to. The first on my list was the Patriots. I’m just excited we were able to get everything done.”
The Dolphins say the Patriots were the most aggressive suitors for Parker, but they also wanted to try to accommodate his wishes.
▪ Besides his elite skills as a left tackle, newcomer Terron Armstead has impressed Tagovailoa in other ways.
“His leadership, his being a veteran in the league, him knowing so much and playing under a quarterback like Drew Brees prior, and then him being able to help me lead the offense, pull guys to the side and do certain things,” Tagovailoa said.
“Just his leadership. He hasn’t been out to practice yet, but just him being around the building, he’s a really nice person. He’s a really good person.”
▪ Dolphins general manager Chris Grier was asked about Rams general manager Les Snead wearing a T-shirt saying “[Expletive] those picks” – a reference to the Super Bowl champs having traded multiple first-round picks for Matt Stafford and Jalen Ramsey in recent years.
Does Grier agree with that approach, in light of trading first- and second-round picks (and lesser assets) for Tyreek Hill?
“Well, my kids have told me there’s been a lot of memes on me — both good and bad,” Grier said. ”Les deserves credit for how they’ve done it. They won a Super Bowl. I’ve known Les for a long time and he has a very unique way of looking at things and it’s paid off. I still believe in building through the draft. I think the draft is an important part of building your team and having young assets to work through.
“We’ve shown that we will always be aggressive if it comes to acquiring a good player or at least attempting to, and we’ve done that. I would say that for us, the ability to get good players and where we were, for as young as we are on this roster right now, and knowing that we had the two first-round picks in 2023, enabled us to be aggressive and make a move like that. We had talked to a number of teams about a number of players. We were being very aggressive across the league trying to find players.”
▪ Grier was asked how the front office will spend the first day of the draft, with Miami not having a pick until 102:
“We were trying to figure out what we were going to do on draft day and one of the guys said we’ll just watch Tyreek highlights in the draft room to make us feel good.”
It’s a strong wide receiver draft class, but Grier said, “it’s unfair to compare any of those kids to Tyreek’s skill set coming out. He’s such a unique talent and even [Wednesday] on the field he made a play and went down and then popped up like no hands, flipped up right off the ground. And we were just like, ‘look at this guy.’ He’s just so explosive and springy and just the way he works out at practice – his work ethic is unbelievable.”
Grier said acquiring “Tyreek was not one that I ever thought would happen and a lot of credit to [Chiefs general manager] Brett Veach and coach [Andy] Reid – working with them was great and I’m sure they were frustrated with us at times and we were frustrated with them but it ended up working out well.”
Long, but good article by Schad:
If Miami was dumb enough to think they were a super bowl contender in year 3 of a massive rebuild with a QB who can’t stay healthy, one of the worst Ol’s in recent history then Grier and Ross should go back to middle school. That’s literally the most unrealistic thing I’ve heard. I don’t think most people considered them a playoff contender which tells you how off the rocker those guys are.
I don't care what you think. You are wrong.
A few minutes after Ezukanma drafted:
May as well go all in. Let's go Phins
I’d rather spend that money on another OL.