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Friday, July 27, 2007

Dolphins need Pete Kendall at LG

In my moonlighting gig as the Dolphins conscience I say to myself my left guard situation stinks. So I better keep a focused, envious eye on the Pete Kendall situation in New York.

You guys know that Kendall asked to have his contract redone by the Jets this offseason. Despite the fact the guy's a stud, the Jets declined, and that made Kendall quite mad enough that he asked for his release.

The Jets didn't release him but they will unless they are able to trade him. Why do I know this? Because that divorce train has left the station and it is turbocharged.

Kendall reported to New York only because he didn't want to give the team approximately $14,000 per day in fines. He said this. But the team is screwing with Kendall and that is apparent in that they housed him in the rookie dorm and today when practices began, Kendall was running with the second team.

Second team!

You think Kendall feels bitterness against Gang Green?

"Yeah, I sure do," he told NY reporters today. "I've asked for my release again. I don't understand why I'm still here. I've clearly expressed that I don't want to be here. I'm running with the second team. It's seemingly evolved into something personal. I show up and I'm assigned to the rookie dorm. I don't get that.''

Kendall met with coach Eric Mangini and told him in no uncertain terms that he wants out. "The last time we spoke," Kendall said, "it ended with me saying, 'I don't know what else to tell you, Eric. I don't want to be here anymore.''

And that leads me to YOUR Dolphins.

The Dolphins solution to their starting left guard position is nine-year veteran Chris Liwienski and rookie Drew Mormino.

Liwienski was sacked (pardon the pun) from the Arizona Cardinals offensive line this off-season. You remember the Cards offensive line, don't you? It's the line that turned Edgerrin James from a Pro Bowl player into a below average running back.

Anyway Liwienski is projected as the starter when camp practices start Saturday. And Mormino, bless his heart, may some day be a fine player. But today is not that day. He's a sixth-round pick who played mostly center in college. So given his lack of NFL experience, lack of experience at the position, and lack of experience in Miami's offensive system, you understand how he's going to need some time to grow.

The answer then? Kendall, people!!!

I grant you Kendall is 34 years old and that doesn't exactly mean the guy will be in his prime. But the Dolphins went out and got a quarterback who is three years older. And yes, Kendall wants to make around $2.8 million. I'm sure the Dolphins could work that number down somewhat and, bottom line, quality players cost money.

Kendall is just the guy to bring some nastiness to Miami's OL. He has a history with GM Randy Mueller dating back to their Seattle days, and it would be great to deliver a fresh one across the face of the Jets by getting one of their starting-caliber linemen.

Of course this isn't going to happen if Kendall is traded because the Jets probably won't send a player to a division rival. But who knows? Maybe they would. And who knows? Maybe the salary cap hit of a trade forces NY to cut Kendall outright.

And if he's in any way available, the Dolphins need to get him.

Your thoughts?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this blog. And I love it more when the Jets have internal problems.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Well, it's obvious they need someone,
and if Kendall is available, he's the someone. He may be on his downside, but he's still better then anybody else the Dolphins have. But, maybe Toledo might heel and might not get injured again and might be a good LG. Or is that too many mights?

4:53 PM  
Anonymous ceed said...

i agree 100% that kendall is a better option than what we have here, but it may just not be possible to obtain him. how about this as a scenarion moving shelton from right tackle to left guard and rosenthal start at right tackle with alabi as the backup their liewinski as the backup left guard and mormino can stay put at center or backup guard doesn't really matter which. i know rosenthal isn't great and kendall at guard with shelton at tackle is a better solution, but this is at least an option with players we already have.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous JaxDolphin said...

nice post...but that's conscience, not conscious, just keeping you on your toes as it were

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Taylor eats Brady said...

Damn right we need Pete Kendall. He can solve the left guard problem for two years, easy. And to get a former Jet with a mean streak just aching to knock the snot out of some green? I wouldn't be willing to give much up for him in a trade, but if he becomes available, you got to do it. This move would help Miami much more than most people think.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous oscar_g said...

Kendall would be outstanding.

Dolphins should offer a late round pick for him because if he gets released there might be a bidding war for him by a few teams.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous tommy a. said...

Kendall wont be traded, and is going to end up being cut.
The jets know that so they're going to try to cut him as close to the start of the season as possible.
He'll be in a Miami uniform before the season starts though.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kendall would be nice to have. LG is a glaring weak spot. Fins might look at trading for Justin Smiley. Smiley will likely be the top guard in free agency next year. He's young with his best football in front of him—and the 49ers don't want to pay a guard big $$. Fins could trade for him, sign him to long term contract, and not worry about the LG position for years. Lewinski and the rookie would provide good depth.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more, cmon Pistol Pete keep popping off at the the mouth to hasten your departure. Just hope we can find enough cap space to make a play.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Tom in Nashville said...

As many others have said, I totally agree with you 100%.

Although I have my concerns about David Martin effectively replacing (never mind upgrading) Randy McMichael or our secondary, the position I worry most about is the OL and specifically LG!

Look, it is well known that if your OL stinks, your entire offense won't be worth a damn. Sacks galore and many rushing attempts for 3 or less yards a pop. Your WR will run routes for exercise, because they won't ever see an accurately thrown pass the way it was drawn up, because your QB is under immense duress!

With that said, I really think that adding a SOLID starter to the interior or our line that already features a rookie center will be good for an extra win or two - seriously!


7:37 PM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

Armando, you're absolutely right. This team could REALLY use a guy like Pete Kendall. I mean, I'm not sold on Liewinski, and Coach Cameron said that Mormino could use another year of conditioning. Kendall could come in right away, and shore up the LG spot for the short term while Mormino develops and Toledo gets healthy.

I'm sure Kendall has the Dolphins on his radar, because of his past history with Randy Mueller during his time with the Seattle Seachickens. However, I think the Jets know that the Dolphins are on Kendall's radar, and they will seek every trade opportunity possible until the end of training camp. The last thing the Jets want is for a talented, and pissed off lineman to go to a division rival.

If Kendall wants his release, he'll probably have to go to the media and say things like: "New York sucks, this city smells like sewer" or "By the way, Coach Mangini likes to watch movies featuring sweaty Roman gladiators, while wearing make-up, a pink and orange sun dress and matching heels." Maybe he could run around the Jets facility and spray paint "New York Sucks" on the side of the building. Or even go to Fireman Ed's apartment and have someone videotaping him while he kicks Fireman Ed in the family jewels.

Granted, Kendall will probably never do those things. However, one things for certain, Kendall will get his trade or release eventually. Now, whether he comes to Miami is another story. I hope that Kendall gets released soon, the Dolphins sure could use him.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Scheiben Honig said...

Armando, you're on the right track with this. Kendall would be an improvement and supply some real veteran stability on what will otherwise be a young, inexperienced line. Either way, we Dolphin fans hope Hud can work his magic and get this line to function as a cohesive unit before going too far into the season.

It would be doubly sweet to have a good player from the AFC East come 'to' us rather than go the other way.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Little-70s
Keiths Sims-80s
Jamie Nails-Ricky's favorite

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Cliff said...

Armando, although this blog isn't in your traditional "hate the fins" fashion as those of late, I still can't respect you. Yes, I'll pop in to see what's happening, the other sites kick your !!!. Thanks at least for a middle of the road approach for once!! If a former (or current) Dolphin team member stood you up on a date, still not a reason to hate on them as much as you do!! Just stay at home, watch "When Harry Met Sally" and keep it to yourself!!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should go after him only if he is released. Don't give up any draft picks for him


9:49 PM  
Anonymous druTAsIodnamrA said...

"In my moonlighting gig as the Dolphins conscience..." - Armando

And therein lies your problem.

I'm sure Cam, Randy and Wayne are all eagerly awaiting to hear what Armando(frigging)Salguero thinks before they make a move. I mean, who wouldn't? All of that knowledge and NFL experience...!!!

Give it a break numbnuts!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Dear Cliff and turdhead, thanks for continuing to come to my blog. Regardless of what you losers post, you are making certain my traffic goes higher and higher and higher. And that is really good news for yours truly.

So come back often. Hate on me all you want. And continue putting money in my bank.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous dehsulFeBoTsdeeNodnamrA said...

"Hate on me all you want. And continue putting money in my bank." - Armando

Well, the truth comes out at last. It's all about the hits. I've always known it but at least you can admit it.

Why don't you just come out and say:
"The reason LeBetard, Cote, myself and the rest of us jag-offs at the Herald continue to post one negative article after another, is because they generate many more hits on the site, which means more money in our pockets. We're laughing all the way to the bank!!"

"Journalistic integrity??? To hell with that!!! Gimme the green baby!!"

As far as hating on you, I don't. It's just a shame to see how far yours and the Heralds standards have dropped over the years. No wonder Jason left.

But I'm glad you made it clear as to the reasons... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liwienski is an iron man who started 77 consecutive games for the Vikings. He was signed as a back up for the Cards and he had to start the first four games of the season after being on the team one week. He's rock solid and don't blame the Card's woes on him.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous dehsulfebotsdeenodnamra said...

Hi, I'm retarded and I have no idea what I am talking about. I just like to say things that make no sense, because I think it makes me feel cool. I like to smoke weed all day, and I live with my mommy. I really need to lay off of Armando, because all he is trying to do is deliver the latest in Dolphins news from a straight foward, no nonsense point of view, so us fans can have an intelligent discussion about the team. Uh oh, I soiled myself. I have to go, mommy says it's past my bedtime. Toodles!

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is turd boy's problem? You do a job and get paid for it.

Maybe he should get off welfare like the rest of us.


11:39 PM  
Anonymous jaxdolphin said...

Hi, I'm retarded and I have no idea what I am talking about. I just like to say things that make no sense, because I think it makes me feel cool. I like to smoke weed all day, and I live with my mommy. I really need to lay off of Armando, because all he is trying to do is deliver the latest in Dolphins news from a straight foward, no nonsense point of view, so us fans can have an intelligent discussion about the team. Uh oh, I soiled myself. I have to go, mommy says it's past my bedtime. Toodles!

Now that's more like it!

11:58 PM  
Anonymous yssuPAsIsemloH said...

"Maybe he should get off welfare like the rest of us." - Holmes

Wow! I didn't realize the rest of you were ever on welfare.

Holmes? As in John Holmes? You do seem to have the personality of what he was famous for.

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Ok, you don't like the idea of trading a low draft pick for a starting qb, but you don't have a problem with giving up a draft pick for a left guard. Not a tackle, not a center, but a guard? I wouldn't do that. If he's cut then yea, but picks are too valuable to give up for a 34 year old guard

12:11 AM  
Blogger mike said...

hey Jon, you do know that the guard position is valued as one of the most important positions on the line don't you?

8:32 AM  
Blogger mike said...

sorry I meant the most valuable (not one of the most)...and left guard is particularly saught after for reasons I am not that clear on.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous J.P. said...

They do need Kendall. And hey, everyone stopped talking about Cory Dillon, any news on his possible future with the Phins'?

And hey, visit my pretty sweet sports page everyone.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Of course that would be nice, but it's something that we have no control over... There's question marks all over the Offensive Line. I think the correct decisions are being made though.

What I wonder is if Kalil wasn't selected by the Panthers and he was still available along with Satele at that pick, would the Dolphins still have chosen Satele? I know I was hoping Kalil was gonna fall to us when I was watching the draft. I think both will turn out to be fine players though... That's something that won't nearly be analyzed as much as the Quinn/Ginn controversy, but is still something that's worth paying attention...

11:14 AM  
Anonymous JaxDolphin said...

Hey turd boy, acting as a poser on websites can bring all sorts of calamities down on your little turd head, not that I want to spare you any of it, so I'm not so much warning you as I am saying its a guarantee. Any day now you might get an e-mail from Armando's IT guy, containing your IP address (static or not), your real name (maybe it is turd boy), your phone numbers, where you live, I doubt you work, so no worries there, huh? As well as a history of what you post, no matter which name you try to hide behind as a poser. Well why not? Poser, loser, same thing. Hoping you get that e-mail real soon now. In the meantime, BEGONE turd boy.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous druTAsIreduolF said...


Poser, Loser, Turd Boy and Turd Head. All used over and over again.

The repeated use of name-calling in mumbling tirades is usually associated with the immaturity that goes hand-in-hand with pre-adolescence.

It is also a sign of insecuritiy and lack of self-confidence. It is often found that the aspersions being directed towards others are the exact insecurities that one has about oneself.

This name-calling syndrome is often associated with how a child is raised, especially in young males.

Most diagnosed name callers have been found to be in a heavy, incestuous relationship with their over-bearing mothers or other family member. Thus, the lack of friends, girlfriends or social life of any kind.

Most are known computer geeks who are addicted to pornography and spend most of their free time(when mom's at work)alone in their room and on the computer.

It's a sad existence and one that is becoming epidemic.

Unfortunately, there is no cure. But intense therapy has proven to help.


So, I feel badly for you FLOUNDER. Get help ASAP.

1:13 PM  
Blogger mike said...

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Trolls can be existing members of a community that rarely post and often contribute no useful information to the thread, but instead make argumentative posts in an attempt to discredit another person, concentrating almost exclusively on facts irrelevant to the point of the conversation, with the intent of provoking a reaction from others. The key element under attack by a troll is known only to the troll.

The troll approaches a board with the specific intention of stirring things up, either as a goal in and of itself or as a means of attacking the board perhaps motivated by opposition to the ethos of the board.


1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your thoughts are pretty direct and on point Armando. I would have to say I concur with them and can not find any worthy argument against any of them.

Not so sure that I would, as a Dolfan, endorse trading for Kendall.

But, I would DEFINITELY want him here as a FA. And, based on my impression of how things are deteriorating between he and the CropDUSTERS, that may be a reality.

But I could also see, just out of spite, the CropDUSTERS keeping Kendall on the roster well into Training Camp (perhaps even mid-preseason). This would accomplish three (3) things for the CropDUSTERS - given a predetermined release that Kendall has 'forced' - knowing already that they will not have him on the roster this season:

1 - It will leave him VERY LITTLE time to find a new team prior to the start of the season.

2 - It will leave him (his agent) with less bargaining power on a new contract for the reason mentioned above.

3 - It will leave him with relatively little time to impact his new team at the start of the season. B/c he will have to learn
-- a new offense
-- most likely new blocking schemes
-- a new coaching staff
-- new OLinemates ... and b/c the OL requires sooo much cohesion to be a really effective unit, he MAY NOT start right away - thus almost discrediting his pitch to be release back in May.

All of this would fall under the category of spite, as I mentioned earlier. But, I could definitely see those stinkin, puke-green, no-good, lousy CropDUSTERS doing it.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous the-juan-diggler said...

Kendall awesome gotta do it...what ever happened to Alen Faneca from pitt....doesent he want to be traded ???? He might be the best o lineman in the afc.....why hasn't anyone talked about acquiring him ?do u think if kendall would come , more people from kendall would make the drive to north mia?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Gersom said...

Faneca is the best OL in the AFC. We're not hearing about him because he plans on playing 1 more season with the Steelers then he will go for big $$$. I think he's hoping to get it from the Cards. Kendall would be a needed addition to the team. I must say, I find it sad that people go on blogs like these only to ridicule others. Is it really fun to put people down and to be put down as well? I don't get it.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Rio said...

good looking start. great potential for rookies. however, i agee about the OL & will go one more

Fix the left guard, negotiate Pete Kendall & solidify the OL. Pay the price. Do It!
Then, bring Ricky back in
He's one of the five best running backs in the NFL.
Just keep him with his therapist on a tight rope. He'll be just fine if he can have some help with his phobias and personal decision making. Drug test him once a week, but let him play. One good season & he's on the trading block.

Do these two things & we'll make a run on a play-off birth these year

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous druTAsIodnamrA said...

Point made and taken, both by Mr. Salguero and by the person who just e-mailed me (gulp) with my name, address, phone numbers, company I work for, etc., with the promise to make my information known to any and all interested parties if I continue. To the person who e-mailed me: no need for this to go any further; hope you keep your word; yes, I am a stereotypical "internet tough guy" coward hypocrite. Checkmate.

Posted by: The poster formerly known as druTAsIodnamrA.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Armando, while I agree left guard is an unsettled position on the OL, I think the Jets are going to make life a little rough on Mr. Kendall. He is under contract and he can't just walk in say, "I want a new deal." It seems to me the Jets hold all the cards in this situation.

What if every player in the league decided they didn't like their contract and threatened to walk if a new deal was not done. Kendall signed the damn thing and now what is he saying, "I'm going to cry and whine and not play up to my capabilities if you don't re-do my contract." I hate it when guys do this, you signed the damn thing shut up and play.

Hey Armando, on Monday let's walk in and tell our bosses we're not going to work very hard unless they pay us more... You see the irony?

If I were the Jets I would make it very painful for Mr. Kendall. Make him wait until the day before the season starts and then cut him. As was already mentioned that won't do us much good because he will not be able to help us for at least a month after. That means the only viable option is to trade for him so may I pose a question to you? Do you think he is worth trading for and what pick or player would you trade?

9:04 PM  
Blogger mike said...

"the person who just e-mailed me (gulp) with my name, address, phone numbers, company I work for, etc., with the promise to make my information known to any and all interested parties if I continue. "

hahahah. Classic.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Fin fan in Buffalo said...

I agree with this but still am shaking my head over why the Fins never went after him when Arizona cut him a few years back

10:26 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Gersom is right about Faneca. He's staying in Pitt this year.
Patrick, if we walk into work on Monday and act like buttheads and call out our bosses, chances are we'll be unemployed by the end of the week -- which is exactly what Kendall wants! He's a freaking genius!
Seriously, I wouldn't give up any trade compensation for the guy, but if he's out there (and unless there's a resolution in NY he will be) I'd chase him.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOH're so smart.

I'm amazed Armando. How did you refrain from disparaging Daunte in this post or from congratulating yourself for how prescient you were in predicting his release.


1:55 PM  
Blogger ElCache said...

Armando, I totally agree that we NEED Kendall. We have the coaching staff to train these young rookies/unproven veterans, but we have not had a stud/guard such as Kendall in years. The interior line would have a mean streak it has not had in years with Hadnot at the other guard position, and Sclesinger at fullback. People do not underestimate the potential of Lorenzo out of the backfield, with Kendall leading the way would be magic. I say give up a late draft pick for him, casue if he becomes a free agent, he would be a hot commodity in the market. I just hope Satele picks up the system as a rookie, but I'm excited, for a change we are focusing on OFFENSE!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

I agree Armando, if Kendall is there we need to jump all over him. I'm just thinking the Jets will make it painful for him and they will be entertaining any offers for a trade before they allow him to jump ship without compensation. I don't think we should give up anything for him, which makes me wonder whether a team out there will give up perhaps a 6 or 7...

I would really like to see the coaches come to some conclusions on the OL ASAP. The sooner we can get a cohesive group working together the better chance they will have to gel as a unit. We'll be screwed if we go all preseason before determining the starting OL.

11:12 AM  

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