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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dolphins move at safety says a lot

The Dolphins were very active Tuesday, as I told you here first, signing Donovin Darius and Lamont Thompson.

But after taking a second to digest the addition of two veteran players who were on the street for a couple of weeks as recently as 24 hours ago, one must consider what it says about the depth of the Miami secondary, and the players that comprise that depth.

Understand that starting today, Travares Tillman, Darius and Thompson will likely be competing for the starting safety spot next to Renaldo Hill. Understand that Tillman has a heavy advantage in that he knows the defense, knows the calls, knows all he should know to make this competition moot.

But Darius and Thompson, unemployed as they were two days ago, may be better players than Tillman. And so even if Tillman wins the start for the Dallas game Sunday, it doesn't say much about his chances of keeping the job because, well, eventually Darius and Thompson will learn the system.

The moves today also speaks to Jason Allen's worth on the team. When Nick Saban drafted him in the first round last year, one of the values Allen brought to the table, or so we were told, was that he could play either safety or cornerback, or both.

"I can play anywhere they want me to play," Allen told me after the draft. "I can hit like a safety, cover like a corner, play nickel, dime. Anything they want."

Turns out Allen washed out at safety, hasn't been good enough at corner to get on the field consistently, and wasn't even a serious option to help his team with a move back to safety in a time of dire need.

I learned long ago not to worry too much about what coaches said about players because coaches make statements with an agenda in mind. They are either protecting the player by not ripping him or trying to motivate the player by criticizing him.

he Dolphins current coaching staff doesn't criticize. So you're not going to hear quotes from Cam Cameron admitting Allen wasn't good enough to consider or that Tillman's days as a starter -- assuming he gets some -- are numbered.

Instead you have to understand what Cameron and his staff really think by what they do.

So what statement do you think Miami made about a couple of its players today?

36 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we may be able to win more than 2 games now!! Go Fins!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

They signed and Darius and Thompson? Damn, Tillman must really suck.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

Two signings, one roster spot opened by Bell? Any word on the second corresponding roster move? Courtney Bryan perhaps?

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

Im listening to your radio show and I heard that caller tell you that a top caliber defense held a great offensive team to 27 points off of 6 turnovers. But Baltimore had a running game, and Baltimore also won the time of possesion battle, which Miami lost by 6 minutes. The defense collapsed but it was because on third downs they would drop passes, and you can't take time of the clock without a running and the defense gets tired, an older defense at that

Not to completely bash you, but that logic is kind of wrong.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made a mistake, it was you that told us that great defenses can recover from everything, sorry.

The poster above this one

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell Ronnie to run downhill and use his amazing strength!!!!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Ronnie said...

They got rid of Akbar Gbaja Biamila or whatever the heck is name is.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say Thompson is known as outstanding,yet a few hours ago you said all options were bad.
Does Cote still wonder why people criticize you guys??

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Tom@Jax said...

Yea, Tillman must really suck when we sign two discards from other teams to play safety. It seems like our defense is just getting older instead of younger. But I guess that's what happens when you've got no other options.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Randy said...

>>>But Baltimore had a running game, and Baltimore also won the time of possesion battle, which Miami lost by 6 minutes.<<<

Miami lost the time of possession only because it lost the coin toss for overtime. In regulation, the Dolphins actually won the TOP--but by only 30 seconds, so it's essentially a wash.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donvan knows Capers defense,
and I know he's good against the run.If Thompson is a " good centerfielder" , then maybe both should start within a few weeks.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, from your article Thompson sounds good, but why did the Titans release him if he is so good?

10:17 PM  
Blogger Kim Voy said...

LAMONT THOMPSON IS A GREAT PICKUP! HE WAS RELEASED BY TENNESSEE BECAUSE OF SALARY CAP ISSUES. HE HAS GREAT RANGE AND BALL HAWKING SKILLS. IF UTILIZED PROPERLY COULD BE A COMBINATION OF TROY POLAMANU OF PITTSBURG AND ED REED OF THE RAVENS. GREAT SPEED AND FIELD VISION AND AN EFFECTIVE BLITZER AT TIMES. ALL TIME CAREER LEADER IN INTERCEPTIONS IN THE PAC 10. SHOULD START RIGHT AWAY, GREAT MOVE MIAMI!!!!! DADDY ROCK.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You here the Patty's got caught cheating and are gonna loose draft picks. LOL @ the Patriots. They have probably been doing it for years and the NFL needs to investigate their roster pay roll. How do you afford all the players when you are giving million's to someone like Wes Welker which they stole from Miami.

2:12 AM  
Blogger Scalzo said...

I hope the Patriots loose all their draft picks for 2008.

2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope the Patriots lose. Great job on the new acquisitions Randy and Cam. I think they will help tremendously over what we currently have in the backfield without Bell.

Dolphins 16 - Cowboys 9

Go 'Fins!

5:47 AM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

Armando, I sent you an email about this but maybe you've got too many and didn't see it. I have a question maybe you can answer.

I was wondering if you had any updated info on this situation. Obviously most guys waived/injured around this time of year, the "on-the-fence" guys, get injury settlements shortly after reverting to IR. I was wondering if you had ever heard if the four guys Miami waived/injured - P.K. Sam, Robert McCune, Jim Maxwell, Dan Stevenson - had already received injury settlements. I ask because it's already been long enough that they'd clear waivers and revert to IR, but I've heard no reports of this, and the increasingly reliable MiamiDolphins.com doesn't list them here either. So I was wondering if you could shed some light on the situation to appease my curiosity. Thanks in advance.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only person that noticed that not one of our defense's blitzes worked Sunday? I watched the game again on NFL NETWORK last night and it was even more obvious. The announcers were amazed that Washington had the right plays called to take advantage of the defense. Is stealing defensive signals a bigger problem than the league realizes?

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

moving Jason Allen back to safety right now would be repeating the same mistake made by Nick Saban last year...

8:30 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

My only questions are: If they're so quick to run out and acquire talent at safety, WHY THE HELL DON'T WE GO GET SOME LINEMEN?!!

Also, why did we get rid of Surtain, Madison, Knight, Marion??? (I think we ALL knew the secondary was going to be suspect when we lost ALL OF THEM)Or McMichael, (say what you want, Martin is a SCRUB!).
While we're at it, bring back Marino, Tim Bowens, Daryl Gardner, Heath Evans, OJ McDuffie, Bryan Cox...OK, now I'm dreaming, my point was simply that. We lose one key player in the secondary and go sign 2 more. We've KNOWN that our O-Line is terrible and didn't sacrifice ANYTHING to improve it

11:02 AM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Marc I agree we should be trying to get some better O linemen, but our cap is really tight right now due to previous mistakes!! If Y.Bell wouldn't have gotten hurt we would've never signed Darius or Thompson even though they are clearly better than what we currently have on the roster. As for McMicheals, Martin is not an upgrade or an even replacement but he is ALOT cheaper then McMicheals not to mention Randy isn't very consistent!!!

I have a question about those CHEATERS the Pat's , if they lose their draft picks what happens to the picks??? Does the draft then only have 31 picks per round??

11:31 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Well, it's a CAP. If it's not maxed then there's room. Besides, something tells me if you asked JT and Zach to take a paycut to acquire some talent they wouldn't gripe too much!

I LOVE the fins, but I have an idea!

If we ALL stopped going to the games and buying merchandise I GUARANTEE they would turn the team around FAST! BOYCOT Dolphins Stadium and MERCH!

11:48 AM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Come on Marc that doesn't sound like the statement from a true DIE HARD fan!!! We have to support the team through GOOD and BAD times, even though our BAD has been very bad for sometime now!!! Lets see what Cam can do give him a little more time!!!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous PJK said...

Marc,what 3 free agent o-linemen do you consider an upgrade over what we have now? Or forget about 3 and just name 1. And who should they cut to make room for that lineman if he exists?
You act like theres a long list of linemen looking for work and Miami wont sign any.
Theyre upgrading where they can,but to sign a guy just to sign him is dumb.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like signing these two was about the best option we had...we'll miss Bell for at least this week though.

C'mon Fins, shock Dallas!!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chatman seems pretty good, or at least as good as Brown. Why not use Brown as trade bait and get a lineman or a WR that can catch?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

j dizzle, TRUST ME, I'm a die hard fan, and have been since birth, 1978; ex. If we lose this week I'll be wearing a dress to work! Like other Miami fans though, I'm sick of losing, and sick of questionable personnel moves.

Can ONE PERSON explain why we went from one of the strongest secondary's in the league to a bunch of noboy's?

Can ONE PERSON tell me why we don't dump next year's #1 and #2 picks to TRADE for some O-line men. I'm not talkin' about free agents (that's why I said "Sacrifice") PJK

Come on, I can make a dynasty in Madden, with a salary cap, it's not that hard!

I WAS behind Cam, then McMichael was gone, replaced by GARBAGE, Ronnie got less paying time then some unknown, Porter sat out in OT, and did we sign ANY players in the secondary this offseason? If so, I missed them playing...Oh wait, that was last year's pick, and he's.....NOT PLAYING. I won't stand behind ANY coach until he proves worthy, and so far, none have. I'd say he's off to a rough start.

PJK, who do we cut? That's not as hard as it seems. We have FOUR RB's, a whole secondary that can't play for $hit, and about 7 linemen. There's PLENTY of room.

I get furious when people b!tch and moan on here about Chambers and Brown and the coach, but SOMEONE has to be accountable; and as I said I PROMISE if you boycott the team, and they start losing $$, we'll be the next Marlins!

3:20 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

LOL OK Marc!!! You make some valid points, and I too don't like Cam as a head coach and I don't think he's ready to be a head coach!! But I'm gonna give him more time!! Hell if we go 1-15 I'll still be a DOLPFAN, but I think we are somewhat on track, the problem is Cam is telling everyone this isn't a rebuilding year and really it is, which means we shouldn't expect much from the team this year!! But because he keeps saying this is a playoff team then fans are judging him on that!!!

If he would stop trying to sugarcoat everything and just say "no comment" he would have less ctitics!!! Instead he creates these big good sounding lie's just to get through a press conference!!!

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is our salary cap so BAD???
Where is the $$$ going to????

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and I've beat Tiger Woods in a video game too, IT'S NOT THAT HARD!!!

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jason Taylor,
You were on the biggest scumbag's show of ALL TIMES today.

I hope this letter finds you well. You were speaking to satan today. satan only tries to confuse you and put doubt in your mind.

In Jesus's name, cast away satan and do what's truly in your heart. What's in your heart is getting better as a team. What's in your teamates heart is winning. Distance yourself from the evil forces that you dealt with today and charge ahead.

In Jesus's name, satan, we rebuke you. Go Dolphins. Go Taylor. Stop that feeling of doubt and rise. RISE!

Dan LebeRetard will burn in hell! Go the other direction.

God Bless!

Truth

1:43 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

So we should continue to give up our draft picks for castoffs that other teams don't really want anymore? Haven't you learned anything by the recent years acquisitions, including Rasta Rickey, Jay Fiedler, AJ Feely, Joey Harrington, and on, and on, and on, for how long? Maybe we should be asking the Yankees how the same Idea is working out for them? I know the Yankees are trading prospects, not picks, which is even worse, but Baseball doesn't live off the draft the way the NFL does. Instead of knee jerk overreactions every year leading us to have no cap room, no draft picks, and no progress, we should back off the Trade market, back off the FA market, and build through the draft for a couple of years. I know our drafting since JJ has been crappy, I think we started turning things around this year. We drafted some needed speed, our future QB, and a couple of OL players that should start the process nicely, as well as some DL help for the future. Our best draft pick last year was obviously Matt Roth, who is also showing signs of stepping up. The win now mentality is half of what brought us to this mess, we should just give Cameron, and Mueller some time to turn things around. One game isn't enough time, people.

6:15 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

So what if Darius is 32? Isn't Rodney Harrison of the Patsies a few years older than that?? He's been VERY effective for the Patsies, when he's playing. This after the Chargers dumped him for being "old." Fact is, Darius has experience with a Capers defense. We lost Bell for the year and we don't lose anything by picking up Darius. The man can hit and will be doing everything he can to show he can still play. Unfortunately, I don't know much about the other guy they signed, but from the comments made by the other bloggers, sounds like he's good depth at the position.

Man, I hope the Fins show up against Dallas. NO DROPPED BALLS THIS WEEK....yeah, I'm talking to YOU Chambers...and to YOU Martin!!!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Rob,
I understand your point, however, I'm not talking about a too old Seau, a too old Chris Carter, etc. (There's plenty more examples). I'm talking about a guy in his PRIME. One I'd GLADLY give up a #1 pick for. Like the guys we trade in their prime. (See Welker, MCMICHAEL, Cox, Keith Byars, Ogunleye, AND MORE). Even if Surtain and Madison were beyond their prime who's team do you think they are helping more? The draft is a crap shoot; I think we have PLENTY of evidence to point to that!

jdizzle,
FINALLY, LOL. I'll still be a fan as well, through thick and thin; it's just aggrevating to watch us piss away talent and make, what I consider TERRIBLE personnel moves. As far as Cam, I know it's early, but I agree, just be HONEST.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous oscar-g said...

Wow, are these posters fin fans, or bitter football scholars?

Listen, if it was easy to build a cahampionship team, everyone would have one.

These posters need to grow up and enjoy the game of football.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous guvsta said...

Marc,

We can't just trade away 1st/ 2nd round picks for elite offensive linemen. (1) Because teams that have them want to keep them and aren't going to just trade them away and (2) because you'd have to then pay them $49 contracts over 7 years, which would financially cripple us.

We're in this position because of poor drafting and knee-jerk decisions to trade away valuable picks for players other teams don't want. Let's face it, we have to get a few good drafts (OL/ secondary) and get key FA acquisitions. That's how every other poor team has done it- Miami coaches have been trying to "win now" for too long. I want the Dolphins to build something that lasts and if that takes 2 seasons I'm prepared to wait. We need patience.

9:05 AM  

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