[08/04/16] -- Offensive Line Questions
With training camp now a week old, the biggest problem on offense from last year - the offensive line - was supposed to be vastly improved with the recovery of Brandon Albert and Ja'Wuan James and the drafting of Laremy Tunsil. So far, however, the Dolphins have been using a guy who shouldn't even be on the roster - Dallas Thomas - as the starting left guard. Of course, the coaching staff has a myriad of excuses, but the truth is that Tunsil is the future at left guard and the more reps he gets there, the better he'll be. This week, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty talks about the mistake of rotating players too much in his latest column, Musical Chairs is Bad for Good OL Play.
[07/29/16] -- Training Camp Opens
The Dolphins began their 51st season today with the opening of training camp. With yet another coaching change, Dolphins fans everywhere are hoping - again - that this year might be different. But before we know whether or not this team has really improved, there are many questions to be answered. Today, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty asks the most important ones in is latest column, 10 Questions Going Into Training Camp.
[05/01/16] -- Dolphins Take Tackle Tunsil
You have to give them credit - the Dolphins' new regime started their draft off with a bang (and not a whimper) when they took Ole Miss Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil with their 1st round pick on Thursday. They showed us that they're not afraid to take a big risk to make the team better.
And make no mistake, Tunsil is a big risk. Despite his top 5 talent, the trifecta of him taking money from his coach, getting into a fist fight with his stepfather that resulted in a couple of lawsuits, and his now infamous pot smoking video make him a huge gamble on the part of the staff, especially considering the Dolphins' current group of offensive tackles make him more of a luxury pick than a selection of need.
So Tunsil will have to prove himself to everyone involved with the Dolphins and he'll have to do it every day he's on the team. As Phins.com columnist Chris Shashaty tells us today: Talented Tunsil Must Earn Trust
[03/07/16] -- 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".