How can the Miami Dolphins fix their run defense? Here's a look inside.

The most surprising aspect of the 2014 season for the Miami Dolphins was the collapse of a once stout run defense.  This was very surprising because the starting defensive line remained intact for the majority of the season.  It is my opinion that fixing the run defense is the number one priority this offseason. In this article, I am going to explore what I think were the primary...
Via PhinManiacs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard data and numbers in regards to Kevin Coyle and his performance

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is on the hot seat and rightfully so. After seeing a defensive collapse in the second half of the 2014 season, many people in the front office want answers. In addition to those front office people, head coach Joe Philbin wants answers too and that’s what he has been researching the past week, according to someone close to the situation...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Updated injury report for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets

Here is the latest injury report heading into the final game of the 2014 season on Sunday against the New York Jets. With two more days of practice set for the Dolphins, things can certainly change but this will give you an idea of where everyone stands at this point in the week. For those not participating in practice, their outlook for Sunday remains grim and likely won't play...
Via PhinManiacs
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins denied in Detroit 20-16

It’s funny how the same inconsistencies for the Dolphins can rear their ugly head in an important game versus the Lions. Dropped passes, interceptions, fumbles, did the Dolphins in. The Dolphins started off very s-l-o-w. We know that this has been a sore spot for the coaching staff, the players, and the media.  When the Dolphins were down at the half 10-3, the game screamed Buffalo...
Via Phins Phocus
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

This year the Miami Dolphins’ defense is for real

Entering into week three of the NFL season, the Miami Dolphins are 1-1, with a win and a loss against divisional opponents. With a win against the New England Patriots and a loss against the Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins have already shown that they still suffer from inconsistencies that they struggled with last year. With that being said though, their defense has shown to be improved...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The good, the bad and the ugly. Grading the Dolphins week 1 performance

The Dolphins rallied back to an improbable comeback victory against the Patriots in week one. Now it’s time to play Monday morning QB and take a little closer look on how our friends at PFF graded the team. OFFENSE The Good Brandon Albert – In Albert’s first game in Miami he showed why he was worth the big contract he got. Albert received a +5.4 grade the highest of any Dolphin...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins smart moves in Free Agency will pay off in 2014

  By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter) The Miami Dolphins were busy in free agency as they looked to upgrade many positions, while having tough decisions on a lot of their own top performers. I grade the biggest decisions the front office made in free agency taking into account their price, their 2013 Pro Football Focus rating, their fit on the 2014 Dolphins and even their effect...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins reserves get more involved heading into scrimmage

DAVIE, Fla. -- With the Miami Dolphins preparing for their first team scrimmage of the season Saturday at Sun Life Stadium and a few minor injuries piling up, Friday's practice featured more reserves in prominent roles than earlier this week. Coach Joe Philbin liked what he saw regardless, with an opportunity to more thoroughly evaluate the rest of the talent beyond the presumed...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Odrick: 'One of my attributes is all of my attributes'

BY SEAN DONOVANFor the first time in five seasons, the middle of the Miami Dolphins' defensive line will be without its anchor, defensive tackle Paul Soliai.One of the candidates to pick up some of the slack from Soliai's departure is former first round pick Jared Odrick.Odrick, entering his fifth NFL season, was a part-time defensive tackle last season, after playing defensive end...
Via AFC East Daily
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Notes from day one of Miami Dolphins OTA’s

FOOTBALL’S BACK! Well not really but today the Dolphins started their first off season training activities which included both rookies and vets. No pads yet but still great to see the new roster on the field for the first time. A couple of notes from today’s OTA’s. -          Koa Misi is working at MLB with Ellerbe and Wheeler outside. This is an experiment we heard...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins' new D-tackle Mitchell primed for new role

BY SEAN DONOVANFor the first time in four-plus seasons, the interior of the Miami Dolphins' defensive line won't feature the indomitable Paul Soliai, who left for more lucrative waters this offseason.The guy they pegged to replace him will be seeing some significant changes himself in 2014.Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, whom Miami signed to a four-year, $16 million contract on the...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins Likely Done with Major FA Moves

Among the 32 teams in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins have certainly been one of the more active to this point in free agency. Miami has sought to shore up its offensive line with the addition of Branden Albert while adding a versatile running back in Knowshon Moreno.On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins re-signed Brent Grimes and Randy Starks while picking up potential starters...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts on 2014 Miami Dolphins Free Agency as of March 22nd

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Moments after the 2014 period began the Dolphins signed what should amount to their biggest addition of the year in Brandon Albert. He’ll hopefully man the LT position for at least 2-3 seasons, of his 5 year 47 million dollar contract. Kudu’s to Hickey, and Philbin for getting their man. – Grade A+ They overpaid, but had little choice. I won’t...
Via TopSportsReport
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork to the Dolphins?

  By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter) The only debate in a Vince Wilfork to Miami scenario is whether he has anything left in the tank. When the Dolphins traded up one spot in the 2004 draft to draft Vernon Carey and not Vince, I was livid, even more so after he ended up on the New England Patriots. Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison via Wikipedia.org Ten years later the Dolphins may...
Via Phin Nation
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dennis Hickey’s vision still yet to be determined

Dennis Hickey has gotten mixed reaction this free agency period. From great signings, like Grimes and Starks, to ho hum signings like Earl Mitchell and Cortland Finnegan, and the crowned jewel of Dennis Hickey’s first offseason with the Dolphins, Branden Albert. Reaction has been varied. Let me preface what I’m about to say with a few things. One, Branden Albert instantly upgrades...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at two new Miami Dolphins

With week one of the Free Agency period coming to a close, the Miami Dolphins started Tuesday off with a bang by signing Safety Louis Delmas and Offensive Tackle Branden Albert within the first couple of hours. Over the next couple of days we have resigned a few players and also picked up Defensive Tackle Earl Mitchell, but I believe the first two signings by the Dolphins were the...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Buh Bye to Jonathan Martin, Fins make some moves but still have work to do

In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to get you caught up on all things Miami Dolphins. Free Agency frenzy was crazy as usual, make sure your caught up on everything. Dolphins Columns - What Branden Albert can bring to the Miami Dolphins. (READ) - Dennis Hickey progress report through two days of free agency (READ) - The Miami Dolphins trade Jonathan Martin...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins sign DT Earl Mitchell

The Miami Dolphins had a need for a defensive tackle after losing Paul Soliai to the Falcons and I was actually intrigued to see Earl Mitchell sign with a 4-3 team going into the off-season. He was a 3rd round pick in 2010, but the 6-2 292 pounder was miscast as a 3-4 nose tackle in Houston over the last 3 seasons. Even still, he wasn’t terrible, so there’s a chance he can become...
Via The Football Fan Spot
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins get an 'A' so far in Free Agency

By Cyrus Lassus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter) The Miami Dolphins are not done with free agency, but the first major wave has come and gone and the team’s core looks strong. Branden Albert is finally a Miami Dolphin and the team has an elite left tackle again. Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com He is excellent in pass protection but only considered average in the running game.  His detractors...
Via Phin Nation
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins draft plans after their Free Agency additions

  By Miami Jules (Miami_Jules on Twitter) March 11th 2014 marked the start of the new NFL year and also the start of the free agent signing period. Players entering the NFL draft have moved up and down in the rankings in the week preceding the free agent period, and although these rankings are only a rough guide, they will guide us through these last weeks before the actual draft...
Via Phin Nation
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dennis Hickey progress report through two days of free agency

Remember going through school and preparing for the dreaded “5-week report card” or your midterm grades? They would come in the mail and you knew that any minute now your parents would call you down from your room and sitting around the dinner table you’d receive a half hour lecture about your focus in school and underachieving grades. Well Dennis Hickey has no worries at this...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Earl Mitchell excited about move to Miami, switch to Dolphins' 4-3 scheme

DAVIE, Fla. -- Earl Mitchell got rich by playing nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He now hopes to win a Super Bowl in the Miami Dolphins' 4-3 scheme. ''I definitely want to be part of a 4-3 team,'' Mitchell said Wednesday afternoon. ''I think it'll definitely give me the opportunity to showcase my skill ... where I can be able to make more plays and be a part of just getting after the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins’ Free Agency Day 2 Live Blog

Rise and shine Dolphins nation, today is day 2 of the NFL season and the second day of free agency frenzy. To recap where the Dolphins stand, they have signed DT Earl Mitchell, OT Branden Albert, and FS Louis Delmas and resigned CB Brent Grimes. The Fins are also rumored to be in the RT market but have failed to land their top two options Beadles and Howard. OT Breno Giacomini...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

After busy Day 1, what’s next for Dolphins on Day 2?

  As expected, the Miami Dolphins filled one of their major holes within the first few minutes of free agency. They signed LT Branden Albert to a 5 year deal worth approximately $47 million ($25 guaranteed).  Albert will immediately be penciled in as the Dolphins starting left tackle. Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com Albert’s signing comes just a day after the Dolphins added a...
Via Phin Nation
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins Add Help to Offensive, Defensive Lines

The Miami Dolphins continue to show they want to be a player headed toward the playoffs in 2014. After giving Brent Grimes to a new deal and making Louis Delmas a new member of the secondary, the Dolphins went out and made to significant changes to its roster with the signing of Branden Albert to play tackle and Earl Mitchell, a defensive tackle, to play along the team’s defensive...
Via Football Nation
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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