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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Kareem Brown a Jet, but what did Dolphins know?

The New York Jets quietly picked up defensive end Kareem Brown off waivers from the New England Patriots this week. The Jets were one of several teams putting in waiver claims on Brown because, with no exceptions, those teams believed he can develop into a fine defensive end in the 3-4 scheme.

That's what the Patriots believed when they drafted him in the fourth round out of the University of Miami. And that is apparently what the Jets, Ravens, and 49'ers thought when they put in claims on him. Brown is a prototype 3-4 end at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. He is built in the Kevin Carter mold except he's 23 years old and still learning the position after playing inside in college.

And it's not like the Patriots simply wanted to lose the time invested in him because I'm told they wanted to put Brown on their practice squad and were disappointed when Brown garnered so much interest around the league.

So what is the point? Well, the Dolphins did not put in a waiver claim on Brown. Because they have the worst record in the NFL, they have first dibs on waived players which means any player they claim, they get.

But it seems odd to me that a team in such need of talent on the defensive line, a team that supposedly wants to run the 3-4 scheme in the future and needs big-bodied defensive ends would not bite on Brown.

This can go one of two directions: Maybe the Dolphins know something about Brown the other teams don't -- be it about on the field talent or off the field behavior. Maybe they just don't think Brown is that good, although teams better than them, with better histories of picking talent than them, disagreed. I hope this is what happened.

Or maybe somebody just missed the boat. The Dolphins, despite their proximity and ties to the University of Miami, haven't exactly tapped that football factory for players in the past five or six years.

While the Patriots drafted Brown and Vince Wilfork and Brandon Meriweather; while the Jets signed Brown and drafted Jonathan Vilma; while the Bills drafted Kevin Everrett and Roscoe Parrish and Willis McGahee; the Dolphins have largely not tapped Miami's talent.

Vernon Carey is the only Dolphins player from UM.

So it bears watching whether Kareem Brown becomes a player in the future -- he's got about 10 years to figure it out -- or just another footnote on the waiver wire. If he is the latter, the Dolphins apparently did know something the Jets, Ravens and 49'ers didn't.

But if his production begins to match his potential, then the Dolphins truly missed a good opportunity to improve their defense without giving anything in return.

58 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

UN FREAKING BELIEVABLE.

I hope they know something the other teams dont. If he plays this weekend and contributes anything in the Jets win I am giving up!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando: If you ever figure out what the Dolphins 'Brain Trust" is doing on these personnel decisions, please let all of the Finfan Faithful know. I havent seen a decision work out right in a long time!!! i appreciate your blog, I visit it almost daily looking for more info on the Dolphins. Thanx, and keep up the good work, it gives all of us something to do during this Pathetic season. So, lets say this one more year, "Maybe Next Year" probably not though. I am a Diehard finfan, and I am dieing hard this year, again. NCFINFAN

12:41 PM  
Anonymous HeHateBills said...

It also interesting to note that all the teams interested in the UM player are teams that have prominent U players on them. 49ers, Frank Gore. Ravens, MCgahee & Lewis. Jets, Vilma. Pats, Wilfork and merriwether. I been cryin to draft sum canes for years. Although maybe not this coming year.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So basically this is just a worthless blog attempt to bash the dolphins some more on a player who probably wont do anything special? Give me a break mando. You must have no life writing a blog about a player like that. Still leave with your mom or it is with grandma?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post. I would like to point out the Joe Toledo was put on the PUP list.

Brett

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando, all you have stated may very well come to pass. My question is why didn't you mention that the fish already have a developmental player in Quentin Moses? Whay are you being selective about the facts? If I'm not mistaken I believe Moses got a sack last Monday.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous nefdca said...

There's no room on the active roster for a 3-4 DE "project player." We can't even run a proper 3-4 this year, so who would you waive to make room for a player that won't make an impact?

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't run a proper 3-4 because we don't have a player like Brown because we cut Kevin Carter. Any moron can figure that out.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is funny.This organization (I don't even know if we should still perceive it as one anymore) has made so many bad moves lately that without having any knowledge of Kareem Brown I tend to give the guy the benefit of the doubt just because this organization (hmmmm...)did not even bother.
Seriously...I am not kidding...

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam just wants to make sure his team continues to fail fast forward.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

typical numnuts dolphins. old over the hill dolphins, pass on young linemen. cam figures pats cheated to get him.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CLUELESS CAM AND RANDY AT IT AGAIN PARCELLS GM IN 2008 CLEAN HOUSE WAYNE AT SEASON'S END!

2:37 PM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

We've been snake bitten on our UM picks. Remember Randal "The Thrill" Hill and Yatil Green? Didn't work out so well for us. Vernon Carey will not be mistaken for Bryant McKinnie, but at least he's improving.

After watching the Canes the past two seasons, I'm not sure we WANT anybody from that team, with maybe the exception of Kenny Phillips. We missed the boat on a few choice guys in the past few years from the U.....but thats par for the course.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Why would ANYONE, but the most loyal fan, support an 0-11 team? I believe that when your team is winless over half-way through the season, as a fan, you have the right to complain about whatever you want. They are OBVIOUSLY doing MANY THINGS WRONG, and not much right!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

Your blogs are getting duller every time. Your " I hate everything the Dolphins do" attitude is tiresome. Get to work and write something interesting. The only people who care for your writing lately are other team's fans who agree with you all the time cause they too hate the Dolphins. When the Dolphins become a true success we're all going to remember your true colors.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

WOW guys, we have an improved line that only yielded 7 sacks last week. We have an improved running game that produced a whopping 47 yards last week. We have a veteran WR that drops more balls than he catches...(and you guys thought Chambers was bad!) We haven't scored a TD in 2 weeks. Wait, positives....Jason Taylor is SEXY when he gets pushed around like a little girl!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Yea Armando really, why don't you lighten up on the dolphin bashing its getting harder to enjoy your writing not to mention looking at your ugly face on the top of each piece. God you make me sick.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MEMO: WE ARE THE WORST AT DRAFTING PLAYERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AND THE SCHOOL IS IN OUR OWN BACKYARD!! A JOKE

WHO ARE OUR FORMER CANES: YATIL GREEN, JAY BROPHY, SUCKERS....

3:13 PM  
Anonymous PJK said...

2 questions.....Who would we cut to make room for him and if he was so loved by the Patriots,why was he inactive for every game before being cut?

3:20 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

I just have to say something else here. Why Jimmy Johnson first came in, my initial reactions were "This guy is INTENTIONALLY" trying to destroy us! I mean, who, in their right mind would think that little old Zach could fill Bryan Cox' shoes?! And was it Troy Vincent? We got Sam and Pat Surtain. We had JT. All made IMMEDIATE impacts! It was like there was no transition. So, Cam comes in and BLOWS THE TEAM UP! Except We got Green for McMichael (An OBVIOUS downgrade), NOTHING for Culpepper, an unknown for Chambers, a center for Welker....NOTHING for Carter. And there's NOONE making an immediate impact, and this is THE WORST Dolphins team I've ever seen. It's also on par with the worst coaching (Wandstadt) I've ever seen! So, you ask me to look at the positives, SCREW THAT. It's a shame that you consider ANYTHING positive when we haven't won a game!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Freddy said...

I agree Jason. Armando you should stop second guessing the coaches and the organization. You are a writer and thats it. Even if all your readers who supported you went with a petition with over 1,000,000 signatures asking for you to be the coach or GM or anything in the organization with any relevance you would not make it past Pearl the 58 year old concierge at Huizinga Enterprises. So write, write with urgency, write with reason. It's your duty since the people you are talking about can't respond to your blasphemies. Cause if you are irresponsible and loose your privileges how else will you pay for your jetta?

3:23 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Who would we cut? How bout Worrel? How bout that receiver we never use? How bout Cleo Lemon. How bout ANYONE. It's not like we are exuding talent so much that we can't release a marginal, or terrible player for a decent player. That's assuming he's even decent.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous tom@jax said...

If New England doesn't want him, he's finished.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I hope they know something the other teams dont."

Right you are. Cameron thinks he would make a lousy punt returner, so let the Jet's learn the hard way this guy is not a good punt returner.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Luke, I deleted your post for two reasons: You used profanity and I just felt like it.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Armando. Stop second-guessing because the Dolphins have proven to us that every move they make is correct and worthy of praise.

they don't ever screw up so scrutiny is not required. I want you to grab pom-poms and cheer because we have such a great team.

Tell these blind homers to blow it out one of their holes, Armando. Oh never mind, I just did it for you.

Keep up the great work!

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment on Quentin Moses it very accurate. We would have to sign him to the active roster and do not have the room. Moses was selected a full round and a half before Brown and actually played well last week for us with 7 tackles and a sack. This pick up would not make sense but instead of pointing out the good move in picking up Moses you have to only focus on the negative. A real fan.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous jed said...

hey, armando, you're doing a good job. this is what i been wanting to see, strong analysis and criticism and not just cheerleading...

camfreaks: dolphins need leadership with a commitment to excellence, not a commitment to family.

urgent memo to wayne: the present leadership has done more damage then thought possible. reverse course! dump cam (and perhaps mueller), and, with don shula as your guide, bring in the people necessary to develop a winning football organization. it can be done. don't be timid and nice with cam, think of it as surgery, cut up the dolphins with razor precision and do what you got to do. cam is a cancer that must be removed -- do it and don't think twice about it.

better days ahead (i hope)!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous PLAY THE FRESHMEN!! said...

Armando, it still amazes me that after all the draft picks from 1999-2007, the Fins only drafted Carey.
WOW!!

Other teams have taken a "risk" (funny) on Gore, Hester, Portis, McIntosh, Leon Williams, Romberg, Myers, Winston etcc. (I do not think any of them were any of the 21 or so!!!!1st rounders).

This fact alone should tell you why the Fins are old, slow and bad...

3:49 PM  
Anonymous jed said...

on second thought, take out the mueller, too..

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dolphins have a dozen slappys that they could easily waive to make room for Brown.

Rob Ninkovich? Derrck Robinson? Gene Mruczkowski? Tuff Harris? Jereme Perry?

I challenge any of the so-called experts on here who didn't even know those losers are on the club to advocate having those guys over an ascending, large, run-stopping guy.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Hey Freddy, I drive only American cars. Thanks for not knowing what the hell you're talking about.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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3:57 PM  
Anonymous PLAY THE FRESHMEN!! said...

Freddy;

Do you wonder why the fins are 0-11??
When you think, do you think of nothing??

I guess you want Armando to say that the Fins (once again) made a great move. woo hooo!!!

4:01 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Dolphins past on this guy because Cam doesn't know Brown's family!!

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Freddy said...

I don't want Armando to say anything positive at least I don't expect him to. He should at least own up to his writing. Because everything he writes is synonymous with "Cameron needs to be fired". So if he really feels so disgusted with everything then his next article or soon to be article should be titled as such. but he won't because he knows better.

He's the equivalent of a dirty politician. He'll throw anything out there to get all of you lemings bickering. He thrives off of it. The Brown issue is so damn petty. I am sure there are dozens of other players he can mention the Dolphins did not put in waivers for. There are bigger fish to fry.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Good point Freddy, we "tanked" on Tank Johnson...Think he woulda helped plug up the middle?

4:19 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Freddy, you're an idiot. I think you are Cam Cameron's son. Go home and have him spank you because he certainly hasn't spanked any teams this year.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Let's not vote Kareem Brown into the hall of fame just yet. He was a decent tackle at UM and he seems to have trouble converting to DE if he wasn't able to make the active roster of the Pats. It seems absurd for Salguero to focus on Miami missing their chance at a late round draft pick cut by a team. Armando just likes to piss and moan. Again, further proof the Herald is far inferior in covering the Dolphins than the Sun Sentinel.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous FLPD said...

Actually richard, I must disagree. The Herald's Dolphins coverage is easily the best in south Florida. Salguero breaks stories and the sentinel breaks none. I live in Broward and used to take both, but have stopped taking the sentinel because the herald is far better with the latest news -- regardless of what you may think of my boy Mando's opinions.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

Richard, your name says it all. You are a Dick. Salguero isn't pissing and moaning. he is covering a team that stinks to high heaven. What do you expect? Stories about how great the toilets are at Dolphins stadium? That's crap.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous eli said...

Why pickup a promising prospect like Kareem Brown when you already have on the roster studley defensive linemen like Derreck Robinson and Rob Ninkumpoop..

Go figure.

The Dolphins suck!

Mueller, quit please.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous edswood said...

The Pats liking his talent and wanting to keep the guy would have been enough for me. It is obvious there eye for talent is far superior to the Fins. Just goes to show why we are in the predicament we are in. The Pats like a player and think he has a future and we ignore him. Another team known for evaluating talent thinks a player is washed up and release him and the fins way overpay for his services (Joey Porter). Nuff said.

Another point I find amusing is that the worse the fins get and the more Armando points out the obvious the more people bash him. People Armando is not the reason the Fins are now the worst franchise in the NFL. The reasons are simple; horrible coaches led by Clueless CamMoron, (excluding Hudson Houck) the worst scouts, a crappy GM, and an inept owner. The optimists can wish all they want. The knowledgeable fans know things will not improve until major organizational changes are made. Please bring in the Tuna as GM. The Hall of Famer will bring leadership, discipline, and an amazing eye for talent. Just look at the talent he assembled in Dallas.

Also wondering where Camlover Drum Fin Fan has been. Maybe he has been busy applying lube to Cams rectum as it is obvious he is a "bottom" as every team and coach loves giving it to his clueless ass.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot stand the dumb people on these blogs who believe that their opinions are those that the Dolphins organization should follow. I have yet to figure out whether any of you actually believe the words you type because so very few of you even understand how to properly use the English language. Most of you don't realize that "their" is used to indicate possession and "there" is used to describe a location in space.
I have been a Dolphins fan my entire life, and I believe that the future is as bright as it has been in the past 10 or so years since Marino retired. I went away to college this year and the one thing I miss most about home is the ability to watch this young team find its legs. The games may not be fun to watch, as the Pittsburgh game was certainly not too enjoyable, but it was great getting to see them play. I have watched highlights and those flashes of greatness and potential that we witness from all of our young players are something that we haven't seen in way too many years.
The drafts over the last two years have be fruitful and I would like to see Mueller given the chance to continue down this path. While I disagree with at least one or two game-altering decisions that Cameron has made in almost every game this year, I think it would be terrible to have a new coach come in next year and try to implement a new system. Not only does Cam need time to bring in his own players to fit his system, but the players he has need time to adjust to the system they play in; they cannot do this if their coach is consistently on the hot seat. Cameron needs to have one more year to adjust. With that having been said, thank you to the players for keeping their heads up and not voicing their frustrations publicly. I appreciate that professionalism. Like every other Dolfan, I would be greatly disappointed if we finished this season without a win, so it would be nice to see them beat those Jets.

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*The drafts over the past few years have been fruitful...

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Bulaich said...

Armando,

You're forgetting door number three in this scenario... the real possibility that after the next five weeks the Dolphins will no longer be employing their hybrid 3-4. Passing up on Brown may be a clear signal that Capers is out. Just a thought.

3:30 AM  
Anonymous jahman said...

The Fins are winless because they can't evaluate talent in the draft and free agency. The organization is clueless from the top down. Cam looks like he is lost most of the time on the sidelines and seems like a meek, indecisive girlyman. Check the record of draft picks for the past 5 years. Totally usless.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Zonk-39 said...

The Dolphins don`t seem to ever look at Players from the U...
Devin Hester was there in the 5th round....and played right in Miami...but he became an all world return man in Chicago...NOT Miami...UN-real....They don`t seem to get IT...

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't mind dropping 5 million on Porter but they won't pay a scout 50 grand a year to watch this for this stuff. They are asleep at the wheel and will be forever.
How does Bellicheck know everything? He has someone watch for it. Why do you think that we got a 2nd for Welker? Because their team recognizes value. But they have starting players with so much value that the crumbs the leave for other teams are better than a lot of first teams players. re: Dolphins.

7:39 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

Zonk-39....

Hester was a second round selection of the Bears, something like the 57th player overall selected. The Fins didn't have a second round selection because of Culpepper. Minnesota had that pick and used it on a center. Point is, Hester wasn't there in the 5th round as you pointed out, but he was available to us, but probably just too early a pick for Satan's liking. In hindsight, it would have been better to have Hester rather than Jason Allen, but I guess time will confirm that.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Freddy! His attacks on Armando appear to be a manifestation of his own feelings of inadequacy; feelings that were likely fostered by being the object of derision on the dodge ball court, the object of ridicule by the girls softball team and the target of laughter in the mens locker room.

If you are going to call someone a "leming", then you should know how to spell "lemming."

Armando isn't right all the time (his article on Ricky was a farce - as were most of the media reports on the incident) but the point of his blog entry - something that requires taking your head out of Cam's rectum to see - was the Dolphins have made numerous questionable personnel decisions(understatement) and this was possibly another. More importantly, if it were a poor decision resulting in us not picking up a good player, the error is exacerbated by the fact we could have gotten the player for nothing which, by the way, might have made up for the 5th rounder we gave up for Green.

The rest of you Cam cheerleaders are expected to actually learn something sometime; even true believers have started to realize our current President is FoS and a failure. I expect you Camtwits would be nearly as smart.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

You people are stupid. I have an idea lets get a new coach and a new system every year. We will turn this ship right around doing that. Muller is a good GM and he had a very good draft in 07. How does that saying go "The deeper south you go the dumber the people get." After reading this blog I think that is dead on. All you ignorant ass clowns need to smarten up and think before you speak. STOP! Just think for a second, a coaching change is not the answer.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Just so you guys realize how delusional and optimistic this Freddy guy is. He posted the following on another article:

:The Dolphins will win over the Jets.

Just like we will forever see highlights of Marino's fake spike humiliating and crushing the hopes of the New York Jets.

Next year and the next and the next after that when we hear commentators forever telling there viewers about the last time a team went winless was in 2007 when the dolphins went 0-11 until they defeated the Jets on Sunday December 2, 2007. For you see there will always be a team that fails to win during a season and will undergo the same criticism the Dolphins did until they win one. That is when the Jets will be referenced as the losing team to break the Dolphins winless streak for years to come, humilating them time and time again. Don't feel bad though, they like the attention however they can get it.

And lets not forget that it was Miami that shut out New England Last Year in December 21-0. Miami will have another opportinity to be mentioned for a life time as the only team to beat the unstoppable Patriots. Like we did with the 1985 Bears.

The day of intervention is upon us."


Posted by: Freddy

11/30/2007 9:10 AM

12:39 PM  
Blogger mf52dolphin said...

Well Armando, I sense you are upset that that team you cover did not take a player from your alma-mata, the "U". I detect quite a bit of venom in the post.
Considering that I am in California and do not follow the "U" that deeply (the ACC team that I root for is Virginia Tech), Brown did not make any positive impression on me while at the "U". In fact I thought that the late Brian Pata was a much better defensive lineman than Brown was.
Also back at the time of the draft the team had a much higher opinion of Paul Soliei than of Brown, so Soliei was drafted.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

How can anyone believe this front office knows what it is doing based on its track record?

When is the owner going to fess up and start firing!!!

3:03 PM  
Blogger marwoo said...

hey shamdo

that was the weakest attack yet. what, you run out of HATERADE today. if the pats are so great at evaluating talent and let him go maybe he wasnt s#!t. oh i forgot, you heard they wanted to keep him. i have an idea. why dont you get off of 007 d!@k

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all this phin discussion over waiver claims is lame. Pats rule forever.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'd look more into that off the field activity...

2:27 PM  

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