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May 10, 2014

G3: Brooklyn 104, Heat 90: Miami still up 2-1, but now it gets interesting; plus new grade-Dolphins-draft poll (vote now), Michael Sam kisscam & more

1aa1msamkiss1) It is SUNDAY, MAY 11. Openly gay Michael Sam finally is drafted, 249th overall, by the Rams -- seven picks from being 256th and last and becoming the most relevant Mr. Irrelevant in NFL history. TV showed Sam kissing his significant other over the news he'd been drafted (screen grab at right). Good for Sam. Deal with it, America. Apparently second-year Dolphin Don Jones can't. He Tweeted "OMG" and "horrible" when Sam was drafted. 2) Click on Random Evidence for today's latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Heat and Dolphins going head to head. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins first-round draft with poll, my Mock Draft, Heat-Nets Game 2, Brick In Yo Face, first-place Marlins, David "Beckman" & more. 4) Join us Twitter @gregcote.

Grade-Dolphins-draft poll below!: Scroll down to bottom of this post to vote. I know it's wildly premature and we're doing it anyway, dammit. You have an opinion. Share it. Voting underway below.

We're blogging to you from Brooklyn, where pizza from the original Lombardi's (Spring & Mott, Little Italy) was consumed for lunch, meaning I needed a nap. Heat practicing today at nearby Baruch College. I'll be there.

G3: BROOKLYN 104, HEAT 90: LEBRON HITS 28, BUT 3-POINTS SHOTS THE DIFFERENCE: The Nets made 15 of 25 three-point shots tonight in Brooklyn; Miami made 8 of 24. There's your difference. Although the Nets also outrebounded Miami 43-27. And now the Heat postseason that everybody said was boring gets some needed drama and tension. Click on Welcome Back, Drama for my column from Brooklyn off last night's game. Original post: The dagger is in the Heat's hands, poised to plunge into Brooklyn's heart. Miami is up 2-0 in this second-round NBA playoff series, and all know no team

1aa1miabrookg3 1aa1lebpaul 1aa1g3has ever come from a 3-0 hole to win. The desperation, th erefore, belongs to the Nets. So the question is whether the Heat tonight can equal or better the intensity Brooklyn will surely have. Miami has another notch it has not yet shwon in this series; LeBron James has not yet had even an average game offensively. But the key again may be three-point shooting -- Ray Allen again? -- if the Nets continue to try to deny or limit Miami's penetration in the post. The Heat has won at least one road game in 13 consecutive playoff series. If that number reaches an NBA-record 14 tonight, the dagger will have done its work.

Heat Postseason MVP Standings (updated): We name 'Heat 3 Stars' after every playoff game and award points on 3-2-1 basis. Tonight: 1. LeBron James, 2. Dwyane Wade, 3. James Jones. The updated standings through seven games, entering Monday's Game 4: LeBron James 17 points, Dwyane Wade 8, Chris Bosh 7, Ray Allen 6, James Jones 2, Chris Andersen 1, Norris Cole 1.

Poll result: Dolfans give lukewarm approval to top draft pick: We asked your thoughts on Miami selecting Tennessee tackle Ja'Wuan James in the NFL Draft's first round (you may still vote), and most, 44.7 percent, said "pretty good," while 25.3% said "so-so" and 17.9% called it "disappointing." Only 12.1% called the pick "very strong."

DOLPHINS GO SMALL-SCHOOL CRAZY! THOUGHTS ON ALL 8 DOLPHINS PICKS: North Dakota State. Liberty. Montana. Coastal Carolina. Marist. Your Dolphins have gone small-school crazy!:

1R (19th overall): Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James -- A reach at 19 who probably could have been had in a trade-down. Second-rounder in many mock drafts. But a bull's-eye on filling a specific need at right tackle. Miami overpaid, but hard to argue targeting team's greatest need.

2R (63rd): Louisiana State WR Jarvis Landry -- Good hands in a slot receiver who'll complement wideouts Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. A solid pick that, like James, is designed to make Ryan Tannehill's third season easier.

3R (67th): North Dakota State OT Billy Turner -- Developmental pick from a small school. A curious choice, considering Miami top-picked a right tackle, where Turner also is slotted. Pretty high pick for a guy you don't expect to be more than a reserve, although a switch to guard is possible.

4R (125th): Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens -- Dice roll on another small schooler. Dolphins looked past a 2010 arrest for possession of stolen property in theft of electronics from a dorm room, which got Aikens booted from Illinois.

5R (155th): Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch -- Almost 6-5, was Bulldogs team captain. Marginal productivity as collegian, but I like they drafted a tight end.

5R (171st): Montana outside linebacker Jordie Tripp -- Third small-schooler targeted by Miami and new GM Dennis Hickey. Said to be an overachiever, a great lockerroom guy. Team captain.

6R (190th): Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel: Make it four small-school guys in seven picks. Trend! ESPN, for what it's worth, says Hazel "has a chance to be a steal."

7R (234th): Marist DE Terrence Fede: And Miami's Small-Ball Draft concludes with a fifth small-school guy in eight picks. Like the late stab at a pass-rusher.

GRADE THE DOLPHINS' 2014 DRAFT BASED ON EARLY IMPRESSIONS: Yes, I know. Instant analysis is faulty enough. Instant grades may be faultier still. Vote anyway! Hey it's just a blogpoll. We all understand you are voting just based on a gut feeling, an initial impression. Nothing wrong with that. Yes, we should all wait at least a few years to properly judge any draft, but I'm running a daily blog here, not an encyclopedia. Grade the Dolphins' draft based on the players they selected, when they were selected, the needs they did (or didn't) address, the value in the picks, the trades made -- everything. If you want to factor in the opinions you've read or heard from the various media blowhards, do that, too. The consensus of this vote will tell new GM Dennis Hickey what kind of a job you think he did based on earliest impressions. (I purposely did not include the option of an 'F' grade, by the way. It's fair to be pleased or disappointed or shades in between, but it is not fair to instantly shout "failure!") Anyway, pick a grade and say why.

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This is do or die for the Nets, the Heat better come out and play with intensity if they wanna win.

Tom...I know Hickey has the title of GM but make no mistake about it clue-less Joe has a big say in all personel decisions with the Dolphins, so far I do like what I've seen of the draft and free agency, Philbin may indeed be a good personnel guy but where I think he falls waaaaaaaay short is has a leader of men and a head coach.

Last years coaching was atrocious now I will give him credit for firing his best friend Sherman ( he had no choice really) and replacing him with a young up and coming offensive coodinator but the way the team performed under him in the two most important games of the year left a sour taste in my mouth...

I've seen enough..here's to hoping he proves me wrong.

Are you even aware that you post the same shit over and over and over again or have you just gone completely senile?

So far so good on the draft. We've been draftingf to fill our need and at this point, the only way o go. Re Joe Philbin, he's a nice guy but maybe too nice. AsLeo Durocher said, "Nice Guys Finish Last"!.The man should have been replaced during the off season but hopefully will surprise us now that he has a more well rounded team. I'll give him another year to get some energy into himself and the team. The bottom line is wins, not field goals.

Greg, Billy Turner will be turned into a Guard.

4R (125th): Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens -- Dice roll on another small schooler. Dolphins looked past a 2010 arrest for possession of stolen property in theft of electronics from a dorm room, which got Aikens booted from Illinois.
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Cote, a fellow named Cam Newton committed a similar, more egregious crime, and seems to end upon his feet.

A solid B or B- draft so far with good picks in James and Landry but question marks with Turner.It appears the Dolphins picked a lot of high character,high energy guys which is good but the Dolphins are a 6 to 9 win team and the 2014 draft might improve them by 1 game.

The reason FZB doesn't like Philbin becomes clear when one takes note of who Philbin wanted drafted. You'll note that the smallest pick is Landry, at 6'-1"

Philbin has a prejudice against "little people," and FZB can sense it.

"POP!" Hey there's HUHA popping his head out of his ass again for another dumass comment. Jr. you're making great use of that crowbar that I sent you. I'm having second thoughts though, I think it was better when you kept your head shoved deep up your ass. Now STFU and go back to wanking off with a National Geographic you inbred retard.

The draft picks may not have the WOW factor but 2 new linemen & WR who fights hard & catches everything thrown his way (Mayock compared him to WR Boldin) ADDED to Free Agents LT Albert, RB Moreno, DT Mitchell, DB's Finnegan, Delmas (wait & see on these 2 cats).

IMO Hickey has been making solid moves since coming in as GM.

Posted by: Jimbo | May 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

i couldn't agree more.

as for the critics, everyone is a genius after the fact.
all those, like tom, who KNEW the martin would be awful just crack me up.

where are the same geniuses who KNEW charles clay would find his niche and end up ranked 11th?

or the the geniuses who KNEW olivier vernon would become a brilliant 3rd round pick who finished with almost 12 sacks last year?

(insert cricket sounds here)

^^ both brilliant ireland moves, in case anyone is wondering.. lol

OC....little people have feelings too..

Over all it seems like a good draft, we have three and possibly four of the O Line set ..Albert, S Smith, Pouncey and James which leaves the other guard up for grabs between Dallas Thomas and our rookie third rounder .

We have a lot of WR's now but Armando is reporting that Matthews is in trouble with the coaching staff so maybe he'll be the man out...can't wait for the season to start...

I think so far the Canes have had just two players selected in the draft and one was a punter yet they still won 9 games this past year...how bout some props for my boy Golden for doing such a good job with the program.

Its still a work in progress but I'm confident he'll bring the Canes back...yup.

Oye, brother, dile a OC que se valla pal carajo!

A typical stupid poll by cote. The draft has been over for about an hour, and this idiot wants people to grade this draft. Lets wait and see how the players look in preseason, and that might be to soon.

If you want to see a class act and a guy who gets it watch Kevin Durant's MVP speech. It takes a lot more than just talent to be a winner.

Deal with it America? Like all of America was rooting against this guy? Talk about being out of touch with reality.

david you continue to amaze at your constant lack of understanding of the English language. "after the fact"? seriously that boarding school education was a waste of money for your parents. after the fact would be waiting two years and complaining about the pick because the guy sucks. I don't think James was a good pick. too much of a reach. nothing after the fact about that. I think Miami could have gotten better value at that pick. But it is what it is and you are what you are.

By the way, I didn't like the Dion Jordan pick the moment it was made. Nothing "after the fact" about that. unless you expected me to announce what I like and don't like before and event even occurs.

Ireland's brilliant moves........hahahahahahahahahahha
yeah and don't forget the BRILLIANT move Ireland made trading up for the the 3rd overall pick to select a part time DE. interesting how the defenders of the indefensible ignore all the ignoramus moves of the idiot once known as the GM of the Dolphins.

Ireland was a joke and so too are his defenders.

Cote put up a photo of two fags kissing and tells America to deal with it?... Hehe, ...they have every right to do it which is why we live in this great country where freedom rules.

Kind of disgusting too..

david shut up already, you and FZB were COMPLETELY WRONG about Jeff Ireland and sound like absolute retards trying to still defend him.

Armando has a good article on the Dolphins draft and some of his " concerns " relating that the Dolphins picked way too many players from div two schools and according to and NFC executive the Dolphins reached on just about every pick but one..hope his wrong.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/11/4110581/armando-salguero-its-up-to-joe.html

Armando's other big concern is regarding clueless Joe and his coaching staff's lack of developing rookies...no bueno either, now I'm not bashing just pointing out that a lot of other people feel the same way about our HC.

Hey dude all we are saying is contrary to what you guys think...Ireland did do some very good things..fixed our cap mess and didn't trade our draft picks which you people overlook all the time.

Drafted some good young talent that's still has a chance to develop ..Tanny, Pouncey, Clay, Wilson , Miller, Vernon, Dion Jordan, Sims, Taylor , Sturgis to name a few..mistakes were made just like all GM's make..you should read the article that Armando just wrote and I posted, it says right of the top that 50% of the rookie's drafted will be bust's ( league wide) and the other 50% has a chance to contribute ...those are not very good odds, if you think Hickey is going to improve on those odds there's some land in the everglades I'll like to sell you.

Well at least the present Phins GM is "attempting "to improve the O line and not by keeping marginal or 3rd team players they d be on most other NFL teams(as starters I mean)No one knows if these new young draft picks will mesh together.We ll see.Regarding the Heat s loss last night I picked them to win in 6 games.Not looking to blame 1 guy but I noticed early that Rashard Lewis missed all of his early shots in the game when it was close and tightly contested.I know he s an intelligent player and plays good defense but his offense just hasn t showed up yet in ANY of the Playoff games.Nets got all pumped up after the win and now have their fans juiced.Hopefully Heat win a close game Monday night and close it out in Miami Wednesday though.Can t stand those 2 guys wearing green though.

Hickey moved up in the 3rd round trading a 4th with the Raiders to get OT Turner. If Turner is what the team projected, he will start at LG. You don't trade up for an offensive lineman in the 3rd round unless he's starter quality. From what I read about Turner, he could be NFL ready at guard now, would need time to develop at Tackle.

Miami's 5-7 picks are special teams, depth, projects. That is typical NFL reasoning. CB Aikens, TE Lynch could see playing time in certain packages. TE Lynch can block & has reliable hands (short yardage, goal line). Aikens will compete wih last yrs rookie CB's for 3rd & long D's.

D Coord Coyle made his mark in the NFL developing DB's so expect good play from that group this year too.

I'm interested in who are going to be the 3 starting LB's this year. Miami needs better inside play stopping the run. Ellersby might be more suited to play outside. Jenkins should replace Wheeler (bad personnel decision getting him).

Tom
Let me get this straight, Ireland moves up in the draft and then selects the bpa according to many of the so called draft experts instead of reaching at that pick and taking a position of need, Oline and drafting Lane Johnson and he's an idiot.
Hickey stays at 19, and according to some, reaches for what THEY considered the best RT still available in the draft and you don't like that pick either.
One of the main reasons Jordan didn't get more play time, beyond missing OTA's and his coming off surgery and tweaking that injury in training camp, was the development of Vernon and his good play throughout the season! I think Ireland may have drafted him.
While Ireland comes across as an arrogant egotistical prick with zero people skills, your hate for him seems to get in your way of recognizing that he did make some good decisions both with FA's and in the draft while with the Fins. I'm not an Ireland fan at all, I was very happy when we fired his ass, but I can see that he did hit on some of his draft picks and FA signings while missing on some as well. And I find it amusing that we now expect all draft picks to be NFL ready their rookie seasons lest they be busts! I agree with a lot of the folks on this blog that our coaching staff has not developed our young players very well and am very hopeful to see major contributions from last yrs draft class this season. Go Fins!!

Bennymalone

Did Miami need a DE? NO! The position of need was OT and a player rated that high was in the board. In fact the Esgles picked him with the very next pick and he started every game for them. Yeah Ireland was an idiot for making that pick! Probably cost him his job.

As far as James his grades marked him as a mid 2nd rounder. Now Hickey may be right in this one but it does seem quite a reach. The better play would have been to trade with Pitt to take Martin. What would that have cost? A 3rd or 4th?

Hitting on "some" draft picks makes Ireland the equivalent of a run of the mill fan. For every good move you cite I can show you 2 or 3 mind boggling dumb moves.

Sorry Benny but Iteland was a worthless POS as a GM and the equal of that as a person.

Well at least Tom is consistent ...he already called Hickey an idiot for reaching on James hehe.

The Heat looked horrible last night...over confident?... Hhhhmmmm.

Good observations by Benny and Jimbo, while we are all excited with this new crop of rookies and both our rookie linemen should start let's not forget they are still rookies and know one knows how they are going to perform until the bullets start to fly...HOPEFULLY last years rookie crop is ready to contribute now...

Mel Kiper's analysis of Dolphins draft. He likes what Hickey did and he particularly likes Ju'Wan James. His comments on James are a little surprising given Kiper had James ranked the 55th best prospect in the draft.

Miami Dolphins: B

Top needs: RT, G, DE, DB

Needs: B+
Value: B-

Summary: This was a really quiet draft class in terms of star appeal, but the Dolphins did a pretty solid job of hitting their biggest needs. Ja'Wuan James isn't a player many people know, but I thought he'd land here, and he did in a move that makes a lot of sense. The Dolphins need an immediate starter at right tackle, and that's James. Just plug him in and check it off. Jarvis Landry doesn't fill a major need at WR, but he's a really reliable target who catches absolutely everything. Billy Turner was a tackle at North Dakota State, but could fill another pretty big need they have at guard. Walt Aikens will need some time as he makes a big leap in competition, but is a needed addition at cornerback. Jordie Tripp could offer help at linebacker as a guy who is explosive out of his drop and will play with passion. Matt Hazel is a sleeper at WR, and like Landry, has good hands. This draft was about Ryan Tannehill. Stop the constant sacks, give him a chance to take another step. I think Miami succeeded.

BTW, the team also signed, like 20 more undrafted players since the 7th round. One has to figure that one or to of them will make the team (see Davon Bess).

Tom
I agree with you that Ireland made some very poor/questionable draft picks and free agent signings. My point was that even the best gm's don't hit on every draft pick or FA signing, and that he did aquire some talented players for our team.I also agree with your summary, though depending on the development of our 2 cb's from last years draft, I'm hopeful that Aikens can contribute to our defense this year. My first thought after the selection of Jones and the subsequent trade up by NO for the 20th pick was why didn't we trade down w the saints and hope Jones was still there. Hindsight shows that he might have been available to us then. Apparently they liked him so much they weren't willing to take that gamble. And although we didn't need a WR and everyone seemed to think we'd go after a big bodied WR if we drafted one, I really like the Landry pick. Tough guy, good downfield blocker that catches everything, sounds a little like a Hines Ward type of possession receiver. I kinda like what Hickey has done so far through both free agency and the draft, but we won't know for a couple of years.
And btw, Ireland is a much bigger pos as a person then as a gm, it's not even close. :-)

Time will tell, but this draft looks fair at best.

Nets shot out of their nalgas last night and their bench won't duplicate this effort again. regardless, this will go 6 games. Go Heat.

Also, Hickey seemed a little lost for words at press conference. Not the most articulate of gents. Hopefully he is smarter than he sounds.

Worst Dolphin draft in a decade. Just terrible!

"My point was that even the best gm's don't hit on every draft pick or FA signing, and that he did aquire some talented players for our team."

No F****ING SH**T. Except good GMs have a decent record of hits and misses and Jeff Ireland has an absolutely embarrassing one.

Jeff Ireland was an absolutely abysmal GM, anyone who defends the very few non-terrible moves he made is just a fanboy homer moron.

Let me get this straight, Ireland moves up in the draft and then selects the bpa according to many of the so called draft experts instead of reaching at that pick and taking a position of need, Oline and drafting Lane Johnson and he's an idiot.
Hickey stays at 19, and according to some, reaches for what THEY considered the best RT still available in the draft and you don't like that pick either. -benniemalone

yes, bennie. you got it straight. that's tom. that, and of course, more personal insults, even though we've both repeated said we wouldn't engae on that level anymore.

Hey dude all we are saying is contrary to what you guys think...Ireland did do some very good things..fixed our cap mess and didn't trade our draft picks which you people overlook all the time.
Drafted some good young talent that's still has a chance to develop ..Tanny, Pouncey, Clay, Wilson , Miller, Vernon, Dion Jordan, Sims, Taylor , Sturgis to name a few.. FZB

yeas, that sums it up.
cap space fixed.
young talent to build around fixed.
some quality free agents as well that plugged some serious holes. done.

you can never have too many quality defensive linemen, and if jordan turns into the baller many say he can be, it will have been a good move.
and bennie? don't sweat tom.
he's an NFL expert perfectly capable of judging a draft's success, even when coaches don't play the talent.
it'll be fun next year pointing out ONCE AGAIN how little he knows as the ireland picks and free agents all push miami to the play offs..

as for the heat, we had a really cold 2nd half shooting.
AND the nets shot 15-25 from the 3 point line.
that's 60% from 3.
that won't happen again.
miami in 5

"I have to knock Seattle down for passing on the two best guards in this class — Xavier Su’a-Filo and David Yankey — because it is a position of enormous need that wasn’t sewn up in free agency, either."

Sports Illustrated

...hmm, sounds like Jeffy made an impression.

drafted good young talent? tanny? really? ranked in the mid 20s for two years. he may turn out good but so far he's been mediocre at best.

Miller? seriously? the boy can't block and he's just an average runner. so average in fact Miami signed Knowshon.

Dion Jordan? couldn't crack the starting lineup. Same for Dion Sims, Jamar Taylor and Jimmy Wilson. In fact of your "good young talent" list of 10 players there are only three starters. stop embarrassing yourself.

here's how it generally works in the NFL. talent gets on the field. if the player lack talents he collects splinters in his butt. ireland's picks have more splinters than the picks of any other GM in the NFL.

by the way, it wasn't ireland who fixed the cap problem, it was Dawn Aponte. Now being a misogynist I know that does not sit well with you, but facts are facts and until Dawn arrived Miami was a mess capwise.

hey Tom--the back stabbing bitch took her orders from Ireland, whether you like it or not Ireland deserves the credit there.

Tanny IS OUR franchise QB, the kid is going into his third year, is a work in progress and up to now hasn't had too much help.

Miller has been mediocre so far but you can't judge him just yet, he hasn't had a decent offensive line in front of him.

D Jordan..you should listen to Bill Polian, he said recently on sat radio that probably 90% of the rookies coming in make very little contributions regardless of where they are picked..our guy was injured and came in late since his graduating class was in June and couldn't learn the system nor work out.

sorry bud but you don't know jack..

Dion Jordan? couldn't crack the starting lineup. Same for Dion Sims, Jamar Taylor and Jimmy Wilson. In fact of your "good young talent" list of 10 players there are only three starters. stop embarrassing yourself. tom

with each post tom, YOU are the embarrassment.

jordan was INJURED, remember?
plus the emergence of vernon, ANOTHER IRELAND PICK, suddenly made defensive end a stacked position.
taylor was injured as well.

aponte HELPED WITH NUMBERS.
it was not her decision to pass on overrated free agent QB's that "smart people" like you were screaming to sign.
it was not her decision to make trades that got us back draft pics we lost.
her responsibility was to allow THE GM to make the moves he wanted to within the fiscal limits each NFL team has under the agreement.
stop turning her into joe thomas, for pete's sake.

olivier vernon, charles clay mike pouncey, are great players with upside.
the others are good players with upside.
arguing otherwise is comical.
it's kinda like saying a draft is a failure 24 hours after it happened.
just complete idiocy..

Shut.

Up.

You two sound ridiculous. Jeff Ireland was a horrible GM. He'll never get another GM position.

Just stop.

You both care very much what strangers on the internet think about your opinion.

So stop.

You can't convince the readers, it's impossible, Jeff Ireland was awful.

Stop.

Hey real...are related to my boy Tommy?... Just wondering.

Maybe LeBron needs to worry about the nets owning his team, instead of worrying about who owns the Clippers. It's none of his freakin' business.

FZB

No real is not me. But he has a point. I hope Bill Polian is right about Dion Jordan. But that doesn't change the fact it was a stupid pick by Ireland. WE DIDN'T NEED A DE WE NEEDED AN OT! Odrick and Vernon were good players in 2012 and again in 2013. Dion Jordan was a luxury Miami could not afford. Stupid pick.

david Dion Jordan was injured the entire year? Seriously dude you need help!

please go back and find where i said miami should sign Matt Flynn or Kyle Orton. You won't find it. never happened. another figment of your wild imagination.

good players make the pro bowl. great players are all pro. miami had 3 pro bowlers and no all pros. 3 good players and no great ones.

I am in Belgium for 10 days then off to London for 6. Got here Saturday. Jet lag sucks. I'll have a waffle for you guys. CHEERS!!!

What makes for a good GM? Is it the success a team records after a few years under his management? Is it personal lineage? Association with a previous winning franchise? Answers to those questions seems unimportant, provided that "his" team wins.

So what should we write about Jeff Ireland? Did he do right by his boss and team? Who knows. Yet after his dismissal, we see more than a handful of locals on here continue to sing his praise all-the-while discrediting the new guy - Hickey, who BTW, they are quick to point out was but the sixth or worse option for the job. Top candidates, all, who turned down the invite to take the challenge in building a successful new team.

An outsider's "scouting" report:

Ireland - A bit exclusionary. somewhat rigid in molding his team within what may be yesteryear's values and expectations. A "my-way-or-the-highway" modus operandi, who remains steadfast even at the expense of how the team's HC intends to succeed.

Grade: seventh round, or free agent.

Hickey - Realistically, too soon to register. However, note should be made that Hickey moved quickly to secure the top LT free agent player, followed up addressing other OL needs, acquiring draft candidates all who share proven similarities; collegiate team leaders, a self worth cockiness in being better than where picked, and bigger rather tan smaller for their position. A GM who appears to be in partnership with his HC as opposed to "doing his own thing." An individual who diagnosed an existing lack of team leadership within the clubhouse, then moved quickly to secure mostly players who demonstrated leadership.

Grade: mid first rounder.

Excellent post OC.

Good job OC. Though I have been critical of the first pick I am in agreement that Hickey has been doing what Ireland should have done last year.

I know nothing about Terrence Fede, so maybe the Dolphins made the move based SOLELY on on-the-field play. But I could not help but be very disappointed that the Dolphins in the seventh round decided to draft a DE, and they chose Fede over the SEC co-defensive player of the year. Seventh-rounders make NFL teams, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to get a guy there who has already shown remarkable ability? With Miami ranked as one of the most gay-friendly cities in America, I really hoped I'd see my Dolphins make that pick. In addition, a team rocked by that scandal last year could have used that pick to send a much better message.

Of course, later that night, Don Jones sent his own message that let me know, "Hey, maybe this is why the Dolphins couldn't take Sam." I have ZERO interest in hearing the GM and coaches criticize Jones' tweet. I have GREAT interest in hearing what his teammates think. I spent all last year being criticized by others here in Pittsburgh for my allegiance. I don't want to spend a year criticizing myself.

They asked Mike Pouncey what he thought about drafting Sam and he said no so they went in another direction.

Michael Sams is just another black athlete dating a white chick. Right on brother.

the Dolphins OVERREACTION about Don Jones's tweet to this two gay men kissing each other right on national TV is quite bizarre and unbelievable, what ever happened to freedom of speech, religion?..in the end everything takes a bad seat to "political correctness"

n the end, political correctness is something that robs people of independence of thought, whether their opinions are good or bad. Political correctness seeks to remake society into something else altogether so that the values and principles that once guided society are overthrown and replaced with new ones. A world of political correctness has created a society of victims. The New Left has gathered together women, blacks, Hispanics, as well as other ethnic groups, and gays, lesbians, transgenders - all people who have felt cast off by the mainstream of society. These people are being used as "useful idiots" to further promote the idealism of the New Left..

Cote writes AMERICA DEAL WITH IT, what a fackin joke, what about my rights asswipe?, when I saw that my very first reaction was of ..total disgust, here are these two fags (yes I can call them that if I want to, freedom of speech you know) kissing on my TV and I'm supposed to like it?..I'm a minority, I'm all for all the freedom's we have in our country, if your life style is one that you like a dicky then more power to you, you have that right but don't give me this BS story that I'm insensitive or a hater just because I don't agree with your point of view.

Philbin, Hickey and Ross are total idiots for over reacting and suspending our player, all in the name of political correctness.

FZ speech is protected under the Constitution. Those protections don't extend to your employer. Dolphins Organization did what 99 percent of employers would have done in this case. If you pulled that at work you would be suspended also. It's ok to feel like if you want to but that but insensitivity is no longer tolerated publicly when it reflects poorly on others whom you work for.

Excuse my incoherent sentence and what else did you expect from Cote? He's a real left wing loon that one.

Hmmm,
Liberals see this picture as a major accomplishment. Ignore failed policies, just look at the nice picture.

My friend just sent me this email. He just about covers this whole topic. Next!

"Tebow get’s grilled for preaching the Bible and this guy is Honored for coming out of the Closet . You figure that one out . If he can record 20 sacks per year , he can stick a 10 foot pole up his ass , who cares . As long as he does it behind closed doors. Confusion sets in when your grandchildren are sitting there watching ESPN and the kiss comes on the air not once but 50 times. You think there is an agenda ?"

I got a little boner watching Sam swap spit with that little white boy. Reminds me of one of my pay by the hour playmates.

Early-impact first-round rookies

Ja'Wuan James, OT, Miami Dolphins

I'm not overstating this. Ryan Tannehill got sacked 58 times last year, and the Dolphins were in desperate need of a steady option at right tackle, and that's exactly what they get here.

This isn't a sexy pick, but James is one of the most obvious draft-and-plug picks in the entire draft.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10922319/brandin-cooks-first-round-picks-set-big-impact-rookies-nfl

Kiper loves Ju'wan. I hope he's right. Maybe this Hickey guy is really really good. You know, the exact opposite of our former GM.

Tom
Hickey was boxed into a corner with Miami needing a compitent RT and at least one maybe two new G's. We don't know if they tried to trade back with no takers , still getting James. Hickey has tried to plug wholes and has appeared to do just that.

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