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Andy Cohen: Opening The Mailbag

Posted By Andy Cohen On November 27, 2013 @ 5:55 am In Football | 14 Comments

130816_ACAM [1]Andy Cohen In The Morning appears every Monday through Friday until the end of the season. The column is posted each day at 6 a.m.

Have a question for A.C.? Submit your questions to Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins [2]. Andy will answer questions every other Wednesday throughout the season.

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Q. Andy, do you think the Dolphins will re-sign cornerback Brent Grimes before he hits free agency next year? @S_Sackett

AC: I believe the Dolphins will do everything they can to keep him. Granted, Grimes will be 31 years old next season so age has to be somewhat of a factor. But how can you ignore the productivity? Grimes has solidified one cornerback spot for the Dolphins and appears to have several highly-efficient years left.

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Q. Why can’t this team play with a lead? @phinfan2003

AC: I wish I knew. You look back at how many leads they have had – halftime at New England, late in the game against Buffalo, Sunday against Carolina – and you see a common thread that is impossible to ignore. The top teams build on leads. The Dolphins still have a ways to go to get there..

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Q. Do you think Ryan Tannehill gained a little bit of trust for Mike Wallace after the way they played against Carolina? @MarkMcQuinn

AC: I think they took a step forward [3], a small step, but I’m not sure if trust is a factor. For some reason, Tannehill just can’t develop a comfort zone for Wallace’s deep running ability. I personally can’t wait for the first time Tannehill hits Wallace in perfect stride. Maybe one such hook-up is all they need to get going.

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Q. With holes everywhere on the offensive line, could Bryant McKinnie be back in 2014? @carlccrowley

AC: Most definitely. McKinnie has done some decent things in his time here and it is difficult to draft a young tackle who could start right away. I believe, moving forward, McKinnie could be an excellent mentor for some young players. Granted, he is slowing down at this point in his career. But one thing you can’t teach: 6-foot-8, 360-pounds.

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Q. Can we get the team to rally around “5 wins and we’re in”? @ARod115

AC: I sure hope so because that’s about where they are right now. I’m truthfully not sure the Dolphins can afford to lose another game, though nobody is taking hold of that final playoff spot right now. This weekend will tell a lot.

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Q. With a failed running game, why is the read option not integrated more? @JdMcAuliffe

AC: For the same reason the read option isn’t as prevalent with other teams: You want to keep your quarterback in one piece. While I believe Ryan Tannehill would be a good fit for the read option, how much more pounding do you want him to take? He’s already been sacked 44 times this season. At the best, the Dolphins will continue to use the read option as a change-of-pace type of play.

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Q. No restrictions, what three players would you sign to the roster to help improve this team? @66SamThompson

AC: That sounds like fun. No restrictions? I’ll take running back Adrian Peterson from the Vikings. I’ll take left tackle Joe Thomas from the Browns. And you can probably throw in wide receiver Calvin Johnson from the Lions. Nice throw-in? That should make things interesting in a hurry. Love those hypothetical questions.

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Q. Why do coaches come with promises but never get there? Faced pace offense? @jccdixon33

AC: I really believe that’s a promise that Joe Philbin wants to keep [4]. But with the injuries to some of the skill players on offense and the problems on the offensive line, the Dolphins don’t have the manpower right now to hurry things up too much. You need more consistency offense. You can’t run three fast-paced offensive plays and then send your defense back on the field.

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Q. Should the Dolphins look for a new running back this offseason or is the running game a product of a bad OL? @hippousmc

AC: I’d have to say both. First, I would like to see the Dolphins draft a real difference-maker at running back, a franchise type player. Then there needs to be upgrades and more stability on the line. There are few holes for the backs and few examples of those backs breaking tackles. Both areas need significant improvement.

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Q. Mike Wallace was spot on about not having a killer instinct. How do you teach that to win games? @ShortShorts01

AC: You really can’t teach that. It’s a mindset, but it also has a lot to do with talent. It’s so much easier to build on leads when you have better players on your side of the field [5].

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Q. Andy, do you buy that this NFL investigation has distracted these players to the point where it affects their performance in the games? @Sidrodgers333

AC: Absolutely not. That is way overblown. Focus is not a problem with this team.

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Q. Why is Mike Gillislee not getting a chance with how horrendous the running game has been? @cja3414

AC: With Daniel Thomas out with an ankle injury, Gillislee may now get the opportunity to be active on game day, which means he can get some carries. I am anxious to see how he can do, though he is not a big-play type running back.

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Q. Why can’t the coaches get this draft class to make an impact? They don’t even get them on the field. @jpsports13

AC: Dion Jordan has been playing better of late [6], but it is concerning that young cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis have yet to become much of a factor. I personally don’t judge a draft until the second season [7], but I know patience is difficult when you’ve been waiting for so long for something good to happen.

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Q. Andy, in your opinion, name three Dolphins players who have a real shot at being selected to the Pro Bowl? @suzymmince23

AC: Cornerback Brent Grimes. Defensive end Cameron Wake. Punter Brandon Fields. All three are very deserving.

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Q. Andy, I know you have covered the Dolphins for a long time. Give us your best Jimmy Johnson story? @bobsmith616

AC: I once asked Jimmy Johnson if he would ever consider signing an ex-convict. His response: “What’s his 40 time?”

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Q.  Andy, I hate the Jets. Always have. Always will.  I’m going to Sunday’s game. Please tell me I’m going to leave with a smile on my face? @cynthiav410

AC: It’ll either be a smile or frostbite, one of the two.

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On Thursday, AC in the AM tells us what Dolphins fans should be thankful for.

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[3] I think they took a step forward: http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Wallace_Making_Progress/edb7bc60-e8ab-4263-a578-779768f0f404

[4] I really believe that’s a promise that Joe Philbin wants to keep: http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Philbin_Discusses_State_Of_Roster/c3dd855b-6022-4729-9d05-dc1240bf81c0

[5] It’s so much easier to build on leads when you have better players on your side of the field: http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Wallace_Frustrated_By_Loss/91b75011-9176-41bf-be08-81bbc8e72694

[6] Dion Jordan has been playing better of late: http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Rookie_Report_Dion_Jordan/bd4299ae-42c3-4fab-8203-f42003340068

[7] I personally don’t judge a draft until the second season: http://www.miamidolphins.com/multimedia/videos/Inside_The_Defense_With_Kevin_Coyle/289488ab-ffdd-4e31-ae29-775cfce2cffb

[8] Click here for more A.C. In The A.M. Columns: http://www.thefinsiders.com/tag/andy-cohen

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