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The Top 10 Reasons I'm optimistic for next year

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Posted: 12/25/2012 10:19 AM

The Top 10 Reasons I'm optimistic for next year 


I know we've had our ups and downs this season as we road the roller coaster of an inexperienced rookie QB and head coach.  I think there are some reasons for optimism and we have something to build off of.

1.  After losing our best offensive weapon, we still managed to win more games this season than last year.  For part of the season, we got to experience what it feels like to be significant in the NFL.  We were 2 Missed FG's away from the playoffs.

2.  Rashad Jones- this guy has turned into a beast.  He tackles well, he's getting better at ball hawking and he's been forcing turnovers.  He's emerging as one of the better safeties in the NFL.

3. Mike Pouncey- this guy is a beast and continues to impress me more and more each week.  He's a leader, he's nasty and he's really good.

4.  Joe Philbin- the jury is sitll out but I've liked him since day 1.  I think he understands what it takes to succeed and has a blueprint for what will work long term.  I think he's done more with less.  I also like some of the aggressive calls he's made this year(punt fake against Jets).

5.  Ryan Tannehill- he's by no means proven himself but he has shown some flashes.  As they started using his athletic ability, it really opened up our offense.  He's played pretty good the last 2 weeks even with several drops including 2 td passes dropped.  I'm excited to see what happens when he actually gets some weapons.

6.  2012 draft- I think we've gotten pretty good return from this draft.  I already mentoned RTH.  As Martin gets stronger, I think he has a chance to be good.  He looked pretty good the last couple weeks and apparently has been grading out as a B with the coaches.  Vernon has made some huge special teams and clutch plays to help us win games.  Miller has shown some potential as well.

7.  2013 draft- We've got a lot of draft picks.  Ireland has the chance to get some impact playmakers.  I know the jury is still out on him but I think he's had some good picks with Jones, Pouncey, Hartline.  He's also made some good FA decisions: wake, bess and Thigpen, passing on Flynn and Orton.

8.  Cap Space-  We have a lot of it.  We can resign our key players and can add some role players with FA.  Depending on the price, we could even add an impact player at WR.

9.  Marcus Thigpen- he had a couple of horrible game changing plays but he also is a homerun threat.  As he gets better with ball security, I'm excited to see what he can do.

10.  Our defense- I think with another pass rusher, a true starter at CB and an upgrade over Clemons and this defense could be special.  They already are pretty good.
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Posted: 12/25/2012 3:13 PM

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I'd also add we have the 2nd youngest team in the NFL according to Armadno.
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Posted: 12/27/2012 6:36 PM

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I agree with all of this. I think the key to our offseason is resigning Bush and Hartline. Bush is our only current homerun threat and Hartline and Tannehill have a good connection. Definately need an upgrade but Hartline needs to stay here.
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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:33 PM

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Just thought I would mention to those of you who are wishing Jeff Ireland gets fired this offseason...maybe next year. From what I read on the internet it seems like Jeff Ireland is excited about this coming offseason with all his cap space he created and draft picks he collected to focus on picking up some playmakers. He isn't speaking like a guy who has any worries about his job so buckle in and get ready to be pissed off when he starts doing his thing.
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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:20 PM

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dstock21 wrote: I agree with all of this. I think the key to our offseason is resigning Bush and Hartline. Bush is our only current homerun threat and Hartline and Tannehill have a good connection. Definately need an upgrade but Hartline needs to stay here.
While I agree with your logic about the connection between Hartline and THill, I don't see Hartline staying.  He's going to want #1 WR money when he's a #2 WR at heart.  A good WR core needs people with threatening speed, quickness and size.  Right now the only one of those we have is quickness from Bess who should be playing in the slot.  Let's say we get a guy like Wallace off FA.  Does Hartline keep you from having to draft another future WR?  I don't think so.  If he were a bit taller or a bit faster I could see keeping him.

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This obviously depends on what we can get in FA and what we can get in the draft.  I've had my eye on Cordelle Patterson from Tenn in the first half of the 2nd, but Kiper is projecting him to go mid 1st round now.  

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/woodbery/2012/12/mel-kip ers-latest-on-tennessee-prospects-cordarrelle-patt erson-justin-hunter-and-others.html
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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:21 AM

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DolphinFanCA wrote:
dstock21 wrote: I agree with all of this. I think the key to our offseason is resigning Bush and Hartline. Bush is our only current homerun threat and Hartline and Tannehill have a good connection. Definately need an upgrade but Hartline needs to stay here.
While I agree with your logic about the connection between Hartline and THill, I don't see Hartline staying.  He's going to want #1 WR money when he's a #2 WR at heart.  A good WR core needs people with threatening speed, quickness and size.  Right now the only one of those we have is quickness from Bess who should be playing in the slot.  Let's say we get a guy like Wallace off FA.  Does Hartline keep you from having to draft another future WR?  I don't think so.  If he were a bit taller or a bit faster I could see keeping him.

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This obviously depends on what we can get in FA and what we can get in the draft.  I've had my eye on Cordelle Patterson from Tenn in the first half of the 2nd, but Kiper is projecting him to go mid 1st round now.  

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/woodbery/2012/12/mel-kip ers-latest-on-tennessee-prospects-cordarrelle-patt erson-justin-hunter-and-others.html

That's the key, paying the right price for our FA's.  Hopefully he wants to stay and isn't looking to go the highest bidder.  That's one of the biggest problems with FA is that it's hard to get value because the price gets bid up so much.  

The patriots are masterful with how they handle their FA's.  They lock up key pieces to their team LT.  They make good use of the franchise tag.  They trade players at good values or let guys hit the market that aren't difference makers.
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Posted: 12/30/2012 1:39 AM

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This is why im excited for the offseason, We are going to be sitting pretty kind of like the bucs were last year and we have some good young talent already to build off.

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Among their free-agents to be, the Dolphins are likely to bring back running back Reggie Bush, cornerback Sean Smith and wide receiver Brian Hartline. The Palm Beach Post speculated Saturday that Smith and Hartline are candidates for the franchise tag.

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Posted: 12/30/2012 3:53 PM

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I would be amazed if we franchised Hartline. The biggest fear I have with Hartline is he fits the mold of a Patriots WR and would probably fit in great up there. Let it be known every time one of our players hits free agency I think they are going to New England.
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Posted: 12/30/2012 5:40 PM

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dstock21 wrote: I would be amazed if we franchised Hartline. The biggest fear I have with Hartline is he fits the mold of a Patriots WR and would probably fit in great up there. Let it be known every time one of our players hits free agency I think they are going to New England.
Oh god I hope not.

#1 reason I'm excited for next year: we're not going to spend a draft pick or FA money on a QB.
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