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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Live blog Thursday 1-2 p.m.

Hey, I got nothing to do between 1 and 2 p.m. Thursday so why not spend it with Dolphins fans?

I will be on here for those 60 minutes so come aboard -- ask questions, make comments, insult my writing -- and we'll see if we can't have some fun.

By the way, if you leave your questions or comments early because your boss will be looking over your shoulder between 1-2 p.m., I'll answer those also.

128 Comments:

Blogger James A said...

what's ronnie brown's latest injury update? you said he was running i believe. TIA.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What he said. Geez, I aks you this every time you have a live blog hah.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi armando do you know who will be the starting leftguard in 2008 drew mormino ike ndukwe or a rookie

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi heres my mock draft 1.c.long 2.henne 2.duane brown 3.kellen davis 4. john greco and jason taylor trade we draft 2.antone cason and 4.rubin nt peace

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Branden said...

Are you a dolphins fan? I haven't heard you say something positive about anything dolphins in ages.

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

insult your writing? i'd much rather insult you personally, fagmando.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous the artist formerly known as anonymous said...

Which regime was more tight-lipped? This current regime or Nick Saban?

3:02 AM  
Anonymous andyrew said...

Hey Armando,

first off i really appreciate your thoroughness, it is really hard to stay sane during the off season.

How do you seriously think we will address our tight end situation? We still haven't gotten anyone who could be called decent.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

While I believe the Cole report (somewhat...albeit Jason was a great beat writer for the Dolphins and probably used his contacts from back in "el dia"), I don't believe the Dolphins have "NO USE AT ALL" for Jason Taylor and feel ultimately compelled to deal him no matter what. I believe that they still feel that they could use him as a leader on defense and in the locker room. As long as they can win atleast 6 games (which would ultimately be a stretch, but please don't tell me that Parcells is sitting in his office dreaming of ending this season with only a handful of wins...I mean, he's just way too much of a competitor for that), I think that would be enough to placate Taylor from becoming a cancer, which is why teams deal big-name stars so cheaply in the first place. So anyway, that being said, Parcells is playing a big game of poker with JT's value across the league. And I agree with him!!! I mean, JT is one season removed from MVP. He's a game changer. In a year with "SUCH A WEAK FIRST ROUND OF TALENT" (which I really don't believe, because its what said EVERY YEAR by the media), you can't tell me that he isn't worth more to a team TRYING FOR NOW (much like the Fins and the Ricky deal back in '02), than some guy who may or may not contribute at all. So anyway, I know that you've iterated before that you think if the Fins got a 2nd rounder they should snatch it up immediately. I disagree. I like JT more playing for the Dolphins than having the next Matt Roth on my squad. BTW, I like your work.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Shawn from NC said...

'Mondo,
Who else is interested in JT besides the Jags? Maybe the eagles? Love your work

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

BTW,

I'm after a FIRST ROUNDER for JT.

#1 - Chris Long
#2 - (for JT) Branden Albert
#3 - Chris Williams/Gosder Cherilus
#4 - (from SD) John David Booty/Chad Henne

8:07 AM  
Anonymous MartinK said...

Armando,
Any word our supplemental picks yet? How did the personal visits w/ the Longs and Ryan go? Can you somehow post your live session on this blog? Thank you.

8:37 AM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

Armando

Since the 1st pick has so much value and the player selected will cost a fortune, what do you think it'll take for us to trade down?? I personally think its gonna have to be a three way trade.Also, in the past ten drafts how many times has the first pick been traded away?? One last question , how is Ricky Williams is he on track to be ready for offseason conditioning?

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, don't understand why you keep saying the Dolphins should draft McFadden. He may be the best player in the draft but he is not what we NEED. Running back is not a need on this team....or at least a pressing need. Don't understand why there hasn't been talk of the Raiders moving up to take Chris Long and let him play where his Dad played. I would be fine if we could move back to third or fourth and add some extra picks. Jake Long would be ideal but so would Dorsey or Gholston. All needs for us.....

8:49 AM  
Blogger airpedro said...

Has Mormino bulked up during the off season?

I liked his tenacity and demeanor however last preseason he seemed to get man-handled.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

anonymous, Armando is saying to take the best player with the number 1 pick. He believes this is D. McFadden. You have to hit on a player that your going to pay over 30+ mil guaranteed. Regardless of the postion. You can fill out the rest of your roster & needs with the rest of your draft & free agency.

For all of you wanting to take Jake Long (a LT with average feet who struggles with speed rushers, where there was a lack of them in the Big 10)

This is a great article about the difference in impact of great & good off. lineman & paying them huge amounts of money. Remember this draft is deep in offensive lineman this year.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/ross_tucker/03/26/oline.salaries1/index.html?eref=T1

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armondo, can you tell me why you want to trade the best player on the team? do you think Bill and company care if you writte stupid things like that? I bet that any predictions you may have about the delfines are why off...
AndyP

9:22 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Came by for a couple of minutes to check up on the blog and see all these questions already so let me get them out of the way.

James: Ronnie Brown had surgery in October and his agent has said he's way ahead of schedule. Having said that, it is quite possible Brown will not be ready for the start of training camp, although that is his goal.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: I don't know who the starting left guard will be. Neither do the Dolphins.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Branden: I want the Dolphins to win because I am a fan of ME and it benefits me when they win.

And I have said some positive things about them, but think about it: We're talking about a 1-15 team that fired the coach and GM. The new regime is in a bunker and in free agency improved mostly the special teams.

Not a lot of positives out there to say.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Red Dog said...

Mando! Live Blog!

I can see your logic on picking McFadden, although personally I don't think he has the maturity/character to be such an investment. With a good line, we don't need a 1st overall pick to get the job done at RB. With that said my question is-what's the possibility of grabbing a DT like Dorsey?

10:13 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: To insult me personally you would have to meet me face to face, but you are too much of a coward to even sign a name much less get out from behind your computer, you homewhipped loser.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Dear Artist: So far the Nick Saban regime was an open book compared to this one.

But there is a get together to meet Ireland and Sparano on Friday and eventually the season will start and lips will loosen up. Always happens.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Andyrew: Draft

10:16 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Alex: Still looking for a question somewhere inside your epic-sized post.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Shawn from NC: I do not know. I know at least two teams called the Dolphins about JT, but I don't know which. I am assuming one might be Jacksonville, but remember in my post I said I didn't know if Del Rio's interest in Taylor had reached the point where he's making calls to Miami.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

MartinK: Supp. picks will come out next week, likely Mon or Tues.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

JDizzle: There hasn't been a trade among the top five picks since 2004. Meanwhile, Ricky is in the offseason program which began Monday.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: I understand the Dolphins will not draft McFadden. They were not even present at his Pro Day. But ...

He is the BEST player in the draft IMHO. And I will address the issue of need in an upcoming column in The Herald.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

airpedro: Actually Mormino spent all of last season bulking up and recovering from his shoulder injury.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

OndyP: The idea of trading a 34 year old player for a high draft pick -- a first or second rounder -- in a year your team is not going to be a playoff contender is not "stupid."

And I suppose since you believe that to be true, you'll think Bill Parcells is stupid if he does it? Be real.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Red Dog: Thanks for showing up!

Dorsey has the injury flags and those are more pronounced than McFadden character flags.

And you talked about investment -- that means you make this pick thinking about the future not just now. So while it is true the OL is questionable now, who is to say it will be questionable in 2009 or 2010 when McFadden will be reaching his prime?

10:29 AM  
Anonymous HP in PA said...

A-
I am curious to why you think the Dolphins offseason has been unsuccessful so far since we have focused more on cheaper, younger up and coming players rather than high priced older players. I work with several Jet fans and they are very excited about some of their moves. Even though NY record was better than us this year I feel the team was in a similar position as ours. I think that unfortunately NY will most likely beat us the next 2-3 years but they better win a championship because they will be in big trouble the time we are hopefully hitting our prime. Players like Jenkins, Faneco, Richardson, T. Jones, L. Coles, K. Jenkins, etc. will be way past their prime or gone and the team salary cap will be a nightmare. Considering that both teams are at the same point this year, do you believe the current Dolphin strategy (Young FA & draft) is better or worse than the overspending of NY?

10:51 AM  
Anonymous dolphin wil said...

hi A-Sal, will the dolphins be making the 1st pick Friday night or Saturday? How many picks do they
have at this point? When is the first mini camp? Please keep the articles about dolphin football coming,enjoy reading your articles.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Fox Mulder said...

I'm a big Chris Long fan, but I think the Fins have to go with Jake Long for one reason:
The only way to really know what we have at QB is to have an OL that can protect the QB.
Putting Jake on the right side and keeping Carey on the left would be the best way to go.
What do you think Armando?

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey A-
Want to know who the Fins are targeting later in the draft. we know the usual suspects at no.1, how about 2nd or third round guys the Fins may be targeting? any word? Thanks man!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando: so what sleepers are there in the later rounds? think well have any good steals in the 2nd day of the draft? do u think were targeting receivers in the draft, if so who? and what are the chances they are able to trade down? if were not able to trade down what are the chances that we let the pick pass, and if we do what happens if no one wants to pay the 1st pick $??? oh and whats really going on with taylor?? i love taylor but truth is if we can get 2 picks for him either 1st and 4th or 2nd and 3rd that would be great

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off beat question, who write the heat blog, it never has any comments? is it because no one cares or is the writer that bad??

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

My insight tells me the other team interested in JT is NY Giants, work on that and I pretty sure you will fond something, questions:

1). Do you think that the dolphins front office has not done a good jog up to this point, because i see otherwise, I say play to your advantages, well special teams it is.

2). Have you had any contact with the new miami players, any coments or discussions

Thanks

Jonathan

11:54 AM  
Anonymous voo said...

I get the feeling this regime likes Beck more than anyone available in the draft, and won't be selecting a quarterback in the first two rounds. Do you have any idea at all what they really think about Beck? Do you plan to ask them about him anytime soon?

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what is the deal with Beck??? is he working hard this offseason? whats he doing? if he aint impressing now than we have to look elsewhere hes over 26 already and thats pretty old for a guy just learning, if he hits his prime and is srill making rookie mistakes then he no good to us, what do u think? r u looking hard at any quarterbacks in the draft, besides ryan which i think will be a sure bust

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Jose said...

While Chris Long seems to be a perfect fit for the scheme the dolphins want to run on defense next year, it seems a shame that we would pass on Jake Long. Are there more quality O-lineman that we could pick up later in the draft for maybe a cheaper price? Do you invision any receivers being chosen? If so, who?

12:35 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Armando, for sake of dicussion, let's say the dolphins address Def Line with their 1st overall pick barring a trade out of there (which won't happen). That pick would be Vernon Gholston, Glenn Dorsey or Chris long. If that's the case, who do see Miami taking with it's next 2 picks in the 2nd round?

12:43 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

OK, I'm here a little early so let's get restarted.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

hp in pa: I understand what the Dolphins are doing. They built something of a foundation in free agency and will continue doing so in this draft. That's fine. But when people say it is genius or it turns things around, I have a real problem with that. Look at Miami's roster today. Does anyone see six wins? Four maybe and I'm usually optimistic on the wins.

As for the Jets, yes, they underpaid. But to say they're dumb for the moves they've made is going to far. I would remind everyone the Jets have been better than the Dolphins for quite some time now and likely will continue to be in the coming season. That doesn't make them dumber.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando - If the Dolphins draft C Long #1, who do you see them taking in the 2nd round with their 2 picks?

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, did you see you PFT was making fun of you yesterday?

12:58 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Dolphin Wil: The Dolphins' first minicamp is May 2-4. They will have three camps this year.

Early may for rooks, mid-late may for vets. June 6-8 mandatory for everyone.

The Dolphins have all their picks in every round except the fifth which goes to KC for Trent Green. The team also has two second-round picks.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Bill from Foxborough said...

A couple quick questions for you:
what's ronnie brown's latest injury update? you said he was running i believe. do you know who will be the starting leftguard in 2008 drew mormino ike ndukwe or a rookie?heres my mock draft 1.c.long 2.henne 2.duane brown 3.kellen davis 4. john greco and jason taylor trade we draft 2.antone cason and 4.rubin nt
...Are you a dolphins fan? I haven't heard you say something positive about anything dolphins in ages.Which regime was more tight-lipped? This current regime or Nick Saban?first off i really appreciate your thoroughness, it is really hard to stay sane during the off season How do you seriously think we will address our tight end situation? We still haven't gotten anyone who could be called decent. While I believe the Cole report (somewhat...albeit Jason was a great beat writer for the Dolphins and probably used his contacts from back in "el dia"), I don't believe the Dolphins have "NO USE AT ALL" for Jason Taylor and feel ultimately compelled to deal him no matter what. I believe that they still feel that they could use him as a leader on defense and in the locker room. As long as they can win atleast 6 games (which would ultimately be a stretch, but please don't tell me that Parcells is sitting in his office dreaming of ending this season with only a handful of wins...I mean, he's just way too much of a competitor for that), I think that would be enough to placate Taylor from becoming a cancer, which is why teams deal big-name stars so cheaply in the first place. So anyway, that being said, Parcells is playing a big game of poker with JT's value across the league. And I agree with him!!! I mean, JT is one season removed from MVP. He's a game changer. In a year with "SUCH A WEAK FIRST ROUND OF TALENT" (which I really don't believe, because its what said EVERY YEAR by the media), you can't tell me that he isn't worth more to a team TRYING FOR NOW (much like the Fins and the Ricky deal back in '02), than some guy who may or may not contribute at all. So anyway, I know that you've iterated before that you think if the Fins got a 2nd rounder they should snatch it up immediately. I disagree. I like JT more playing for the Dolphins than having the next Matt Roth on my squad. BTW, I like your work. Who else is interested in JT besides the Jags? Maybe the eagles? Love your work.I'm after a FIRST ROUNDER for JT.
#1 - Chris Long
#2 - (for JT) Branden Albert
#3 - Chris Williams/Gosder Cherilus
#4 - (from SD) John David Booty/Chad HenneAny word our supplemental picks yet? How did the personal visits w/ the Longs and Ryan go? Can you somehow post your live session on this blog?
Since the 1st pick has so much value and the player selected will cost a fortune, what do you think it'll take for us to trade down?? I personally think its gonna have to be a three way trade.Also, in the past ten drafts how many times has the first pick been traded away?? One last question , how is Ricky Williams is he on track to be ready for offseason conditioning?
don't understand why you keep saying the Dolphins should draft McFadden. He may be the best player in the draft but he is not what we NEED. Running back is not a need on this team....or at least a pressing need. Don't understand why there hasn't been talk of the Raiders moving up to take Chris Long and let him play where his Dad played. I would be fine if we could move back to third or fourth and add some extra picks. Jake Long would be ideal but so would Dorsey or Gholston. All needs for us.....
Has Mormino bulked up during the off season?
I liked his tenacity and demeanor however last preseason he seemed to get man-handled.
Armando is saying to take the best player with the number 1 pick. He believes this is D. McFadden. You have to hit on a player that your going to pay over 30+ mil guaranteed. Regardless of the postion. You can fill out the rest of your roster & needs with the rest of your draft & free agency.
For all of you wanting to take Jake Long (a LT with average feet who struggles with speed rushers, where there was a lack of them in the Big 10)
This is a great article about the difference in impact of great & good off. lineman & paying them huge amounts of money. Remember this draft is deep in offensive lineman this year.
Armondo, can you tell me why you want to trade the best player on the team? do you think Bill and company care if you writte stupid things like that? I bet that any predictions you may have about the delfines are why off...
Came by for a couple of minutes to check up on the blog and see all these questions already so let me get them out of the way.
Ronnie Brown had surgery in October and his agent has said he's way ahead of schedule. Having said that, it is quite possible Brown will not be ready for the start of training camp, although that is his goal.
Armando Salguero said...
Anon: I don't know who the starting left guard will be. Neither do the Dolphins.
I want the Dolphins to win because I am a fan of ME and it benefits me when they win.
And I have said some positive things about them, but think about it: We're talking about a 1-15 team that fired the coach and GM. The new regime is in a bunker and in free agency improved mostly the special teams.
Not a lot of positives out there to say.
Mando! Live Blog!
I can see your logic on picking McFadden, although personally I don't think he has the maturity/character to be such an investment. With a good line, we don't need a 1st overall pick to get the job done at RB. With that said my question is-what's the possibility of grabbing a DT like Dorsey?
To insult me personally you would have to meet me face to face, but you are too much of a coward to even sign a name much less get out from behind your computer, you homewhipped loser.
So far the Nick Saban regime was an open book compared to this one.
But there is a get together to meet Ireland and Sparano on Friday and eventually the season will start and lips will loosen up. Always happens.
Still looking for a question somewhere inside your epic-sized post.
I do not know. I know at least two teams called the Dolphins about JT, but I don't know which. I am assuming one might be Jacksonville, but remember in my post I said I didn't know if Del Rio's interest in Taylor had reached the point where he's making calls to Miami.
Supp. picks will come out next week, likely Mon or Tues.
There hasn't been a trade among the top five picks since 2004. Meanwhile, Ricky is in the offseason program which began Monday.
I understand the Dolphins will not draft McFadden. They were not even present at his Pro Day. But ...
He is the BEST player in the draft IMHO. And I will address the issue of need in an upcoming column in The Herald.
Actually Mormino spent all of last season bulking up and recovering from his shoulder injury.
The idea of trading a 34 year old player for a high draft pick -- a first or second rounder -- in a year your team is not going to be a playoff contender is not "stupid."
And I suppose since you believe that to be true, you'll think Bill Parcells is stupid if he does it? Be real.
Thanks for showing up!
Dorsey has the injury flags and those are more pronounced than McFadden character flags.
And you talked about investment -- that means you make this pick thinking about the future not just now. So while it is true the OL is questionable now, who is to say it will be questionable in 2009 or 2010 when McFadden will be reaching his prime?
I am curious to why you think the Dolphins offseason has been unsuccessful so far since we have focused more on cheaper, younger up and coming players rather than high priced older players. I work with several Jet fans and they are very excited about some of their moves. Even though NY record was better than us this year I feel the team was in a similar position as ours. I think that unfortunately NY will most likely beat us the next 2-3 years but they better win a championship because they will be in big trouble the time we are hopefully hitting our prime. Players like Jenkins, Faneco, Richardson, T. Jones, L. Coles, K. Jenkins, etc. will be way past their prime or gone and the team salary cap will be a nightmare. Considering that both teams are at the same point this year, do you believe the current Dolphin strategy (Young FA & draft) is better or worse than the overspending of NY?
hi A-Sal, will the dolphins be making the 1st pick Friday night or Saturday? How many picks do they
have at this point? When is the first mini camp? Please keep the articles about dolphin football coming,enjoy reading your articles.
I'm a big Chris Long fan, but I think the Fins have to go with Jake Long for one reason:
The only way to really know what we have at QB is to have an OL that can protect the QB.
Putting Jake on the right side and keeping Carey on the left would be the best way to go.
What do you think Armando?
Want to know who the Fins are targeting later in the draft. we know the usual suspects at no.1, how about 2nd or third round guys the Fins may be targeting? any word? Thanks man!
Mando: so what sleepers are there in the later rounds? think well have any good steals in the 2nd day of the draft? do u think were targeting receivers in the draft, if so who? and what are the chances they are able to trade down? if were not able to trade down what are the chances that we let the pick pass, and if we do what happens if no one wants to pay the 1st pick $??? oh and whats really going on with taylor?? i love taylor but truth is if we can get 2 picks for him either 1st and 4th or 2nd and 3rd that would be great off beat question, who write the heat blog, it never has any comments? is it because no one cares or is the writer that bad??
My insight tells me the other team interested in JT is NY Giants, work on that and I pretty sure you will fond something, questions:

1). Do you think that the dolphins front office has not done a good jog up to this point, because i see otherwise, I say play to your advantages, well special teams it is.

2). Have you had any contact with the new miami players, any coments or discussions

I get the feeling this regime likes Beck more than anyone available in the draft, and won't be selecting a quarterback in the first two rounds. Do you have any idea at all what they really think about Beck? Do you plan to ask them about him anytime soon?
so what is the deal with Beck??? is he working hard this offseason? whats he doing? if he aint impressing now than we have to look elsewhere hes over 26 already and thats pretty old for a guy just learning, if he hits his prime and is srill making rookie mistakes then he no good to us, what do u think? r u looking hard at any quarterbacks in the draft, besides ryan which i think will be a sure bust
While Chris Long seems to be a perfect fit for the scheme the dolphins want to run on defense next year, it seems a shame that we would pass on Jake Long. Are there more quality O-lineman that we could pick up later in the draft for maybe a cheaper price? Do you invision any receivers being chosen? If so, who?
Armando, for sake of dicussion, let's say the dolphins address Def Line with their 1st overall pick barring a trade out of there (which won't happen). That pick would be Vernon Gholston, Glenn Dorsey or Chris long. If that's the case, who do see Miami taking with it's next 2 picks in the
2nd rd?

Thats all I wanted to ask

1:00 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Fox Mulder: I don't think you use the first overall pick in the draft for a RT. If the Dolphins believe Jake Long is a great LT, then that makes sense. But a RT you can pretty much find later.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: The team has not yet set up its draft board so it really isn't targetting anybody yet.

They want help at G, TE, QB, CB and DE/LB. Keep your eyes on Quentin Groves of Auburn if he's around with the second pick of the second round.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous JustAnotherDumbApatheticAmerican said...

Isn't there anyone on this blog that knows how to spell??? I know it's just a football blog, but things like this start in one place and continue to another. Soon the whole country will be speaking in ebonics. who dat be? wut up? dat dude he a bad mudda fuh.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Armando,

What is your take on the QB situation? I have always liked McCown.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: Also forgot the WR corps needs help, too.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: I don't know why the Heat blog isn't very popular. Maybe because folks like you are here instead of there.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Jonathan: I understand special teams is important, which is something the Dolphins apparently didn't realize at the start of last year. This regime has made a commitment to improving that area in free agency. But if that is the best thing that comes out of this offseason, the coming season is going to be veeerryy long.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Alex (epic-post guy, but not like this other guy...lol) said...

If you were a general manager in the NFL, would you give up your late first round pick to rent Jason Taylor for a few years?

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Armando, Have you had the opportunity to speak one on one with Sparano? I was wondering what your impression of him was based on your past experience with Cameron, Saban, Wannstedt and Johnson.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Hey, Armando. I asked this in your last blog, I just copied/pasted it to this one...

You wrote about a week ago that Jake Long is not the pick. Yet, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Scott Wright, and Mike Mayock all say it is a possibility. What do you know that they don't?

I personally think the Dolphins are going to draft Chris Long or trade with Atlanta and take Gholston, so I agree that Jake Long isn't the choice, but why are you so certain? We had same number of the staff at Ryan's, the Long's, and Henne's, workouts, so how does the number of staff rule out Jake Long, or crown Matt Ryan over Henne?

If you can, enlighten us, and if you do have inside info., how about a hint on the pick...?

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,
What does Parcells think about the ownership change and will this be reason for him to leave the Dolphins? Therefore possible front-office chaos again?

1:11 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Voo, Beck himself has not been told what the new regime thinks of him.

I think he will get a chance to show his ability and compete with McCown. I also think they Dolphins will add a QB in the draft or as an undrafted free agent. I don't see Ryan being taken No. 1.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Jose: Two scouts have told me this is the best year for offensive tackles in maybe a decade.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Steve: OL with one maybe both of those.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

PFT made fun of me yesterday? He's got to stand at the back of a very long line.

1:16 PM  
Blogger AO said...

Can you please clarify that if we draft Chris Long, he will not play defensive end? He is way too small for a DE in the 3-4 scheme. Frankly, it seems to me that he is only highly valuable for teams that run a 3-4. Because, as an every down DE in a 4-3, he really doesn't have that Jason Taylor round the corner speed. He's more of a Patrick Kerney and you really wouldn't use a high #1 for that player. . . .

1:17 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

bill in foxborough: Good question.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous FahtHead said...

Any truth to the rumour that the fins new defensive strategy will be to have the front line all fart at the same time to draw constant false starts on the opposing teams offense?

1:19 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Alex (epic post guy): No. A third yes. A first absolutely not.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

JustAnotherDumbApatheticAmerican: Tru dat.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Chopper Riding Fin Fan said...

Armando, Is Dan Connor on the Fins radar with the first pick in the 2nd round, if Connor drops that far? Luke warm interest in Flacco-smokescreen or do the fins really like Henne that much more? Thanks Armando-you rock like tube socks.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Patrick: I will get that opportunity tomorrow when the Dolphins have set up a meet and greet with Sparano and Ireland for invited media.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on Chad Henne? Who do yo think is the best between Henne, Flacco, and Brohm?

1:23 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: My impression of McCown is he has much growing to do and needs a lot of coaching. He looks the part but has consistently made poor decisions in his career. I suspect if he get one GREAT coach working with him for two or three years, he'll get it. He has not had that in his career, bouncing from place to place.

1:23 PM  
OpenID fmagliv said...

Armando,

I like everything that the Trio has done to date. They purged the team. Made some smart value moves in free agency.

I dont agree with you about making big moves, splashes, and spending big money for players in free agency. When your building from the ground up you just dont do it.

You do it when you have to fill holes on a playoff caliber team to get to the Super Bowl

Parcell's is smart, and has built playoff contenders "everywhere" he has gone.

His downfall is his "coaching" because he can tend to be stubbornly conservative in his play calling - which gets him into trouble sometimes.

Since he isnt coaching we have the best of both worlds.

I would love to see them take Jake Long if he can be used at left to fill that need.

Miami needs to focus on building the O-Line, Secondary, and possible bringing in a good WR.

I would be surprised if Parcell's spend the money on Ryan at QB - because I think he rather find a diamond in the ruff like a "Romo"

Dont you agree?

1:26 PM  
Anonymous phinknoli said...

mando...

What round do you think they will take a QB... I think it would be a late rounder. I know they like Henne and maybe Flacco but there are more pressing needs than using another high round pick on a QB. Also What about Chris Simms? Do you think we could get him from Tampa and would he be an upgrade?

1:26 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Steve: Jake Long isn't the pick because there still is not a certainty he is a great NFL left tackle. Because this is a great year to find tackles later on. Because Bill Parcells doesn't typically invest high picks on OL, with Fabini being an exception. Because there are two or three players with higher grades than Jake Long.

Add all those up and it makes a pretty compelling argument in my mind why Jake Long is not the guy.

Inside information? Not yet. Soon. But not yet.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous David said...

2 of our biggest needs forever is QB + a difference making WR-when will thes be address? Also, I would love to get Brian Brohm-any chance?

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Any updates on the injury status of Brown, Ricky, Bell, etc...

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Tom Olivadotti said...

Mando,

ON OFFENSE: Where exactly should Vernon Carey be playing? He's just good enough not to be upset but not quite good enough to be excited about. I've heard talk about keeping him at LT or even moving him to guard. The guy's best season was at RT...why not keep him there?

ON DEFENSE: If the season started today who would the starting front 7 be. I see one legitimate star (Taylor) one washed up joker (Porter) a dissapointment who may redeem himself (Roth), a couple pensioners (Fergusson and Holiday) and a bunch of clowns. What a decline from the glory days. Your thoughts?

1:28 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: Great questions about the ownership change.

Parcells told me he knew this change was coming, but I have a hard time completely buying that because he made a big deal of the fact he chose to work for the Dolphins over the Falcons because he knew Wayne Huizenga better.

I think Huizenga will be out in two or three years. Parcells has a four-year contract. I think the odds of Parcells working through the end of that four years are slim, with his love for money being the only thing that might keep him tied that long.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Alex (sorry...another epic post...u touched a nerve though) said...

Jeez!! I can't understand that man. You're telling me if your Jacksonville, Dallas, Green Bay, or Indy (even though they don't really have one), you wouldn't give up that first round pick to acquire a guy that will be an IMMENSE presence on the field...a GAME CHANGER?? For the propsect of drafting someone who will be a BIG question mark as to his ability to help the cause that same year...that SAME YEAR that YOU WANT to make a championship run??! Of course you would, but the media likes to make the argument of all these probowl players (not defensive MVP's mind you) who go to other teams on the cheap, but the distinction is THAT THEY WERE DISGRUNTLED! So obviously the better option is to let them go before they cause to much trouble, and you have to let them go cheaply because you have NO leverage in negotiations. JT didn't do that! Even though many media outlets in South Florida were calling for him to do that, probably just so they could write a good story on the Fins because there is nothing else to really write about. He didn't do it. He publicly professes his happiness, and Parcells publicly professes that he will "stay here or retire". You want him? Give up a first round pick. Applause to Bill for being a genius. That guys is good.

1:31 PM  
OpenID fmagliv said...

I dont agree Porter is washed up !!! He came on strong at the end of the season.

and WAS miss-used

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Chase said...

Armando, do you think we are still going to be looking for a WR in the draft. Our lineup still looks a bit weak, but our TE lineup looks horrendous, do you think we will look for a TE or WR early in the draft?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

ao: The fact is the Dolphins will run a 3-4 so the point is moot.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

fathead: The fart rumor is not true. The fact is only the tackles will fart while the DE and edge linebackers burp.

1:33 PM  
OpenID fmagliv said...

So Mando your #1 is who Chris Long?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Gary Stevens said...

Mando,

It's time to cut the BS and answer the real question on people's minds.

Will Ted Ginn's biggest contribution be on offence or special teams?

I know the answer. Do you?

1:37 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Chopper Riding Fin Fan: Connor would be great in the second round, but as you suggested, it would have to be with the first pick of the second round because he'll be rated higher than that and too much of a value pick to go any lower.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: Brohm. Not the best arm. Just the better QB.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous PhinKnoli said...

Mando...

Do you have a complete mock draft for '08 for all of the rounds the dolphins pick? If so what are they? How did you do in '07 with your mock draft versus what players they actually took? How many compensatory picks will the phins get any guesses? I say four...

1:38 PM  
Anonymous CM said...

Armando, great work on this blog. Where do you come down on the Chris Long v. Vernon Gholston debate? I know Gholston may have more raw ability, but I would far rather have Long for his attitude and instincts.

1:39 PM  
Blogger jojoeha said...

can you name so of those late rd OL's the dolphins could look at, and what school they are from.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

fmagliv: I don't see Ryan either, as I've stated. Too many interceptions in college. How will he throw fewer interceptions in the pros?

If Long were a sure-fire LT, I could see it, but nobody is really certain he is that.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

phinknoli: Chris Simms? I haven't heard that one. As for a QB, I think you take a quarterback every year no matter what, no matter your needs. But I'm not the GM.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With both of our lines so depleted...are there anymore quality free agents to sign for both lines?----Ray from San Diego, CA

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi armando, thanks for the question and answer set.

Now, my question....
You have been through at least three coaches classes now for the phins.
With your expereince, when you look back from then to now, what has been the best feeling around the team at the start of a new regime? As in, when you thought the intial moves were solid and the feeling from players and personal who would talk was the greatest and most scencere.
I am looking for early viewpoint and not the evolution explosion of bulls**t that happend when those regimes colapsed.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Armando, if the Dolphins were to invest in a 3-4 pass rusher, don't you think Quentin Groves is much faster than either Gholston or Long?

1:47 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Tom Olivadotti: Haven't typed that name in a long time ... Anyway, Vernon Carey would be an OK right tackle if you have excellent players next to him. I don't think the LT experiment worked.

On defense: JT, Holliday, Ferguson, Starks, Porter, Torbor, Crowder. Obviously, I've moved Torbor inside and that's not how it will look initially, but I don't have the benefit of a draft yet.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Swissgirl said...

Hi Mando, iam from Switzerland, so sorry about my English. But do you think Matt Roth will go to the Pro Bowl once in his career or will he turn out as a bust?

Thanks

1:48 PM  
OpenID fmagliv said...

Mando,

Word on Ryan. Beck had better rating and we have him already.

I agree on McCown - possibly good with right QB Coach and good OLine

More pressing needs at OL, DB, TE & WR. If Ronnie and Ricky are healthy.

But I like that the team is getting younger fast

1:50 PM  
Blogger tony said...

trade ronnie brown and our #1 to the falcons for their 1st and second round pick and draft mcfadden

1:51 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Alex: I'm going to answer a question with a question. How many games did Jason Taylor change last year? So how is it you're calling him a game-changer?

1:51 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

fgmavli: My No. 1 is trade down. But if they can't do that, Chris Long.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Fox Mulder said...

Vernon Gholston: He's a freak of nature, and pretty smart.............. could he be the guy at no. 1?

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

C'mon Mando. I'm not calling him a "game changer". I'm calling him a "DEFENSIVE MVP"...bro! No one position (except MAYBE qb) is a game-changer on a GARBAGE team! You can gameplan around any ONE guy. None of my aforementioned teams are like that. No thoughts on my reasoning?

1:54 PM  
Anonymous NoSureThing said...

Mando, how many first round picks are really truly sure fire??? Maybe once every 5 years? If JLong isn't a sure fire, CLong isn't a sure fire either. Do you really take McFadden when your needs are everywhere else other than running back?

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you heard anything about how Beck is doing with the new coaches?

1:55 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Chase: TE is a greater need than WR right now, especially with the offense Henning usually deploys. And I don't think the TE they got in free agency, who had like nine career catches, will suddently become Jason Whitten.

1:55 PM  
OpenID fmagliv said...

Mando,

You wrote:

On defense: JT, Holliday, Ferguson, Starks, Porter, Torbor, Crowder.

You can do that on the OLine can you? Thats why I hold on to Jake Long at #1

He's in the top 3 for a reason, I havent read any negative press on him anywhere, so why dont you feel he's not worth the pick.

.. if we cant trade out

1:56 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Anon: Actually, I've been around six sets of coaches dating from Shula, JJ, Wannstedt, Saban, Cameron and now Sparano.

The greatest expectations were set by Jimmy. He was coming home where he won a national title and had just won two super bowls. People thought he walked on water ... until he messed with Marino and blew a couple of first round picks.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Fox Mulder said...

I agree with you on J. Long not being the first p;ick if he is going to play the right side..........
And from what I've seen his footwork kinda sucks to be an elite LT, so I'd be surprised if the Fins played him at LT, which means he probably won't be the first pick.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

CM: I think Gholston, but I am by no means an expert having seen maybe two Virg. games and two OSU games last year. That guy just shows up more.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Sissgirl: Matt Roth to the pro bowl? Not while he's on a 3-4 team.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Gary Stevens: Haven't typed that name in a long time, either ... I like Ginn's potential. I say he'll be a good receiver with the right coaching.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Alex: read your post. You said GAME CHANGER. By the way, take Green Bay out of that group. They don't have a proven QB.

2:04 PM  
OpenID fmagliv said...

I agree that our best hope is to trade out of #1

Well then..... lets hope Jerry Jones really wants McFadden bad enough... to compliment Barber.

and gives us his two 1st rounders

2:04 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Ray in San Diego: If there are more anonymous OL for Miami to sign, they aren't making much of an effort to do it. I think they wait on the draft, which as I wrote earlier is supposed to be a good one for OL>

2:06 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

nosurething: Nobody is every a sure thing.

The only sure thing is it is past 2 p.m. so I gotta go.


Thank you all for stopping by.

God bless you.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fmagliv said...
I agree that our best hope is to trade out of #1

Well then..... lets hope Jerry Jones really wants McFadden bad enough... to compliment Barber.

and gives us his two 1st rounders


The cowboys aren't going to trade their 2 1st rounders to move up if they think there is any chance they can get Felix Jones(who should be available when they pick). I would love nothing better than for the Phins to trade out of the #1 spot and get more picks but it doesn't seem as though it will happen. Right now it would seem that C. Long might be the pick and that's not such a bad thing if moved to OLB.
A.S., How many OL do you think the Phin's draft?

Thanks
Phan in Hou.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

Now that Dorsey had his pro-day do you think he is a possibility, and what is your thought on trading down and how can it be done if possible.

Jonathan

2:57 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

I've said it once and I'll say it a thousand times. "It's going to take a three way trade for the Dolphins to trade out of the first pick.

Why , because no one team wants to give up the value it takes for the first pick, along with accepting the steep cost of signing that pick! Add on the fact there is no clear cut first pick in this draft and you make a tuff scenario for the Dolphins in terms of trading down. I think this will show/test the skills of Bill and Jeff. One thing we can be sure of is Bill and Jeff won't be drafting another family with our first pick,PRAISE GOD for that!!!!

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And God bless you, Armando, lively exchange today. I was unable to participate, but after an exhausting day performing rounds, it is enjoyable decompressing with a neat Hennessy while reading your blog. Success, always.

G. Restrepo III
Coral Gables

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hennessy sounds good...

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The draft........If they cant trade down, this is how it goes down...#1 c.long..OFL.after that go for flacco and then trade JT for more OFL.........

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey armando, it's spelled witten. and why didn't you include jim bates on your coaching carousel.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

My bad. Thank you.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, Dolphins sign a player and there's no post? Maybe if Mando wrote more about DOlphins and less silly baseball we'd have some Crocker info. GGthuGG peace out

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Reg said...

Does anyone on here know a good Beef Wellington recipe? Some friends are coming in from Cabo San Rapheal this evening and I wanted to do something special.

3:53 PM  

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