[01/08/16] -- Free Agency Begins
Yesterday marked the beginning of the 2016 football season, as it became legal for teams to begin discussing free agent contracts with free agents. There are limits to what they can discuss and no contracts can be signed before the start of full free agency tomorrow, but teams will negotiate contracts now and wait until tomorrow afternoon to sign them. The article Everything you need to know about the NFL legal tampering period, which opens today by our friends at The Phinsiders gives an excellent overview of the process.
As to what is happening right now, you've probably heard that the Dolphins are finalizing a trade for DB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso from the Eagles in exchange for draft picks. This trade is a low risk, potentially high reward trade, but it could also flop completely. Byron Maxwell was a huge success in Seattle, which caused the Eagles to sign him to a big free agent contract last spring, but he played poorly in 2015, which is why the Eagles are willing to let him go this year. He was the 75th ranked CB last season, according to ProFootballFocus, which puts him well below Brent Grimes and even behind both Bobby and Brice McCain.
Alonso was a stud for the Bills in his rookie season, but has only played in 11 games in the past 2 seasons. His right knee was injured in 2014 and 2015. If he can stay healthy, he will be an upgrade for the Dolphins at MLB, but the odds are against him playing even a majority of games in 2016.
[01/08/16] -- The Season Ends and the Coaching Interviews Begin
Now that the season is (mercifully) over, the Dolphins have not wasted any time putting their coaching search into high gear. So far, the Dolphins have interviewed Mike Smith (former Falcons head coach), Mike Shanahan (Two time SuperBowl winner), Teryl Austin (Lions’ Defensive Coordinator), and - surprisingly - Bills’ running backs coach Anthony Lynn (also the Bills’ Assistant Head Coach).
In addition to the ones they’ve already seen, the Dolphins have scheduled meetings today with Adam Gase, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, tomorrow with interim head coach Dan Campbell, and former Bills’ head coach Doug Marrone, and on Sunday with Cincinnati Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Dolphins have reportedly requested interviews with Josh McDaniels, Patriots’ offensive coordinator and Matt Patricia, Patriots’ defensive coordinator.
The Dolphins were reported to be interested in Sean Payton, but he’s made it clear that he’s staying in New Orleans. The same goes for Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis.
Based on what’s happened so far, we could see an offer as soon as next week. The Dolphins are in competition with several other teams for a head coach and Mike Tannenbaum won’t want to wait too long to get his preferred choice in house. So stay tuned, Dolphins’ fans, because the show has only just started.
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[10/12/15] -- Can the Season be Saved?
Unless you've totally given up on the season and tuned out entirely - and who could blame you if you had - you know that Dan Campbell has taken over as Miami's head coach and vowed to make the Dolphins competitive again this season. Obviously, that is easier said than done. Personally, I'll be happy with just a return to respectability, but it sure would be nice to see them actually compete for something more than a higher draft pick. But can it be done? Well, Phins.com columnist Chris Shashaty asks and answers that question in his latest column, Can the Season be Saved?.
[09/28/15] -- The Return of the Lphins
If you watched yesterday's game - I feel for you. It was one of the worst games the Dolphins have played in a long time. But there is still some hope and today, Phins.com columnist Chris Shashaty tells us how the Lphins might be able to salvage the season in his latest column on Phins.com, "Turnaround Must Start on Defense, and Here’s How".
[09/27/15] -- The Return of the Lphins
The Dolphins were brutally pummeled into defeat in their home opener today, losing to the Buffalo Bills 41-14 in a game that was only close at the opening kickoff. The Lphins (no "D" and no "O") couldn't run the ball, couldn't protect Tannehill, couldn't hold on to the ball, couldn't take the ball away, couldn't pressure Tyrod Taylor, and couldn't stop the Bills' running game. In other words, they didn't do hardly anything right. The only bright spot for Miami was Rishard Matthews, who caught 6 passes for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was a dismal loss.
Curt's Comments: I'm not normally a fan of throwing in the towel at this point in the season - and there are still 13 games left to fix the problems - but I'm afraid that this season is already over. This Lphins' team has only played about 3 decent quarters out of the 12 they've been involved with this season and they show no signs of recovering. Better get ready for a long, difficult season Phins' fans, because this team is doing almost nothing right and shows no signs of improving.