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How to erase our LB corp woes without spend too much

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by fastball83, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. fastball83

    fastball83 Active Member

    Dec 10, 2007

    I really think we need to erase our LB woes but, I think too that need to be made without spending too much of cap space in this position corp because we will need to spend at other position of need.

    So, my idea is to sign a veteran serviceable Thumper to play MLB and to use 2 sppedy LB to cover our Wide.

    In this order to thinking I would sign Japer Brinckley to play MLB ( he has not speed but when he caught you.......you can't escape) and I will sign Jaylon Smith or Myles Jack (after a trade down), in this case we sign Brinckley without breaking the bank and either ack and Jaylon won't be too much with rooking scale deal and their injury.

    After that, a trio of Jenkins, Brinckey and Smith or Jack would'nt be too bad IMo and I could resign Misi to compete with them and Hewitt + Vigil too.

    With the cash saved we could sign Miller or resign OV and Wake.

    Opinions ?
  2. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2014
    I think we have some good young linebackers. Will have to see if they develop with the new coaching.
  3. dgfred

    dgfred Free Agent pickup

    Dec 17, 2015
    N.C., USA
    Yeah... Jack might be your answer there.
  4. VManis

    VManis Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Nov 10, 2010
    I like Jack but there is a real concern he makes it to the 8th pick let alone a trade down.
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  5. dgfred

    dgfred Free Agent pickup

    Dec 17, 2015
    N.C., USA
    But they can't pick 'em all. I see Ramsey, Staley or Jack being there to take.
  6. Finster

    Finster Finsterious Finologist

    Jul 27, 2013
    I don't think it's a bad idea, but I'm still wondering what cash we're saving in this scenario.
  7. Ohio Fanatic

    Ohio Fanatic Twuaddle or bust Club Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Concord, MA
    I'm less inclined to use our top two picks on LBers. Obviously if we can get M Jack, but I'd like to mix it up and pay the $$ for Danny Trevathan from Denver. Gase should have a good handle whether he's good enough to pay for.
    I'd then use a similar strategy for CB. If we can get a good CB in FA (maybe Jenkins?) then it frees up our draft strategy - but would still pick a CB
  8. Alex44

    Alex44 Boshosaurus Rex

    Jan 7, 2008
    Hollywood, Florida
    I think I'd take a dominant linebacker over a corner. If still take a corner round two though, maybe even double up in 2 and 3.
  9. ripper1961

    ripper1961 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    No one has injury concerns about Smith or Jack?
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  10. TheHighExhaulted

    TheHighExhaulted Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    New York
    Hopefully this regime will take a risk on some top talent.
  11. vmarcilfan75

    vmarcilfan75 blah...blah...blah... Club Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    City Of Angels
    Nope...see 2015 draft...Todd Gurley II
  12. vmarcilfan75

    vmarcilfan75 blah...blah...blah... Club Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    City Of Angels
    FA LBs

    Outside linebackers

    Sam Acho, Chicago Bears
    James Anderson, New Orleans Saints
    Kroy Biermann, Atlanta Falcons
    Nigel Bradham, Buffalo Bills
    Dwight Freeney, Arizona Cardinals
    Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings
    Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
    Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks
    Emmanuel Lamur, Cincinnati Bengals
    Travis Lewis, Detroit Lions
    Albert McClellan, Baltimore Ravens
    Von Miller, Denver Broncos
    Mike Morgan, Seattle Seahawks
    Mike Neal, Green Bay Packers
    Calvin Pace, New York Jets
    Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers
    Vincent Rey, Cincinnati Bengals
    Aldon Smith, Oakland Raiders
    Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens
    Philip Wheeler, Atlanta Falcons
    Tahir Whitehead, Detroit Lions
    Kyle Wilber, Dallas Cowboys
    Frank Zombo, Kansas City Chiefs

    Inside Linebackers

    Jasper Brinkley, New York Giants
    Zach Brown, Tennessee Titans
    Tank Carder, Cleveland Browns
    Chris Carter, Baltimore Ravens
    Audie Cole, Minnesota Vikings
    Will Compton, Washington Redskins
    Demario Davis, New York Jets
    Dane Fletcher, New England Patriots
    Mason Foster, Washington Redskins
    Jerrell Freeman, Indianapolis Colts
    Erin Henderson, New York Jets
    Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
    Steven Johnson, Tennessee Titans
    James-Michael Johnson, Miami Dolphins
    Jamari Lattimore, New York Jets
    Casey Matthews, Minnesota Vikings
    Joe Mays, San Diego Chargers
    Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys
    Shea McClellin, Chicago Bears
    Spencer Paysinger, Miami Dolphins
    Craig Robertson, Cleveland Browns
    Keenan Robinson, Washington Redskins
    Kelvin Sheppard, Miami Dolphins
    Sean Spence, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Anthony Spencer, New Orleans Saints
    Andy Studebaker, Indianapolis Colts
    Danny Trevathan, Denver Broncos
    Jason Trusnik, Minnesota Vikings
    Sean Weatherspoon, Arizona Cardinals
    Dekoda Watson, New England Patriots

    BOLD players connected to out New Coaches.
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  13. Colmax

    Colmax Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    Can we get Patrick Willis?
  14. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Still under contract to the 49ers if he decides to un-retire
  15. Ohio Fanatic

    Ohio Fanatic Twuaddle or bust Club Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Concord, MA
    Derrick Johnson is also a good stop-gap option that would be a big upgrade for us. He's on the old side, but Johnson plus either Jack or Hargraeves would instantly upgrade our defense.
  16. jason8er

    jason8er Luxury Box Luxury Box

    Dec 7, 2007
    Beaufort, SC
    I'm no X's and O's guy by any stretch but, I don't understand why a staff wouldn't start building a defense from the DL and work in order of importance back towards the DB's. I understand the importance of preventing the big play but, the front 7 are always in a position to see the higher percentage of plays both short and intermediate. The neglect of upgrading our LB corps has been obvious to me and quite frankly, just too painful to watch. It's why I clamored for Kendricks last draft, and why I'd take Johnson and a top rook this offseason.
  17. WhiteIbanez

    WhiteIbanez Megamediocremaniacal

    Aug 10, 2012
    No one talks about Neville Hewitt.
    The kid plays fast and makes plays.
    Seems like he could be a wild card in this defense.
    He should have been on the field earlier and often.
    Totally agree we need a stud Mike though. Draft one please.
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  18. jason8er

    jason8er Luxury Box Luxury Box

    Dec 7, 2007
    Beaufort, SC
    I've been touting Neville since the day he signed. He has progressed throughout his limited playing time. In the end, I believe he will be better than Jenkins.
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  19. Pandarilla

    Pandarilla Purist Emeritus

    Sep 10, 2009
    Boone, NC
    Are we for sure gonna be a 4-3? What about Dion? I don't like Jack that high. Ramsey, maybe...
  20. jason8er

    jason8er Luxury Box Luxury Box

    Dec 7, 2007
    Beaufort, SC
    Can you imagine Dion showing up to camp at 255 lbs with his head screwed on right? I wouldn't bet on it but, that would be the feel good story of the year right there.
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  21. Colmax

    Colmax Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    I thought Hewitt was just okay. I mean, he missed some tackles and seemed out of position a little, but I guess that's to be expected.

    I didn't see myself coming away impressed, but he did progress, so I guess that's something.
  22. thetylernator

    thetylernator You're as cold as ice, Officer Friendly.

    Dec 31, 2014
    I don't think we need to draft a linebacker at all.

    And before you say I'm off my rocker, hear me out.

    Reports coming out of New England and Saint Louis (err, Los Angeles?) are suggesting that Jerod Mayo and James Laurinaitis could be cut in the coming months, respectively. Miami would do well to snatch up these two veterans. Additionally, Vance Joseph is implementing a defense that is, at base level, of the 4-3 variety, but with more hybrid tendencies than we've previously seen under Kevin Coyle and Lou Anarumo. Thus, the need for two - possibly three - competent MLB's is huge. In my opinion, we could fill out the rest of the linebacking corps with the versatility of Vincent Rey, Emmanuel Lamur, and Jasper Brinkley. This would be the result:

    Koa Misi
    Vincent Rey

    Jerod Mayo
    Jasper Brinkley
    James Laurinaitis
    Zach Vigil

    Jelani Jenkins
    Emmanuel Lamur

    Of note, I think it would be a mistake to cut Koa Misi. He is not a cap casualty, and far from the root of our linebacking woes. Neville Hewitt and Mike Hull could use more seasoning on the practice squad. Vigil, in my opinion, is a little less raw, and could serve as a complementary ST piece until he develops further.

    My primary concern with this blueprint is the lack of speed throughout. This group would put a stop to any and every rushing attempt, but matched up with fast TE's and quick-twitch slot receivers could be their undoing. Not sure how I would address those issues without shelling out 6-8 mil. per year for Bruce Irvin.

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