From the Fins:
- Full coverage of the Jason Taylor retirement
- Richie Incognito wants a big gift for the offensive line from Reggie Bush after the running back’s stellar season
- Rex Ryan regrets having a war of words with former Dolphin Channing Crowder in 2009
- Check out Jason Taylor’s most memorable games
From the Press:
- ESPN.com AFC East blogger James Walker sees a match between the Dolphins and Jeff Fisher
- Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post wonders if Jeff Ireland will use “his alma mater connections to find the franchise quarterback” the Dolphins need
- Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel writes “more than the games on Sundays, it’s the locker room atmosphere that keeps the greats hanging around”
The Jets head coach answers questions from the South Florida media about Jason Taylor, his outspoken persona and the state of the Jets following a tough loss to Giants last week. Don’t miss Ryan’s candid comments for why he regrets having a 2009 war of words with former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.Dolphins.com Podcast More podcasts available on Dolphins.com
With a nice combination of moves, the Miami Dolphins have transformed their linebackers group over the off-season. In 2010, the unit helped the Dolphins finish sixth in the league in total defense thanks to a Pro Bowl outside linebacker in Cam Wake and a very good inside linebacker in Karlos Dansby. However, with a series of moves this off-season the Dolphins have added depth at the position to supplement talented returning LBs: Wake, Dansby and Koa Misi.
After what seems like an abnormally long NFL off-season (even though it really wasn’t), football is finally back. The Fins open up the 2011 preseason tonight at the Georgia Dome against the defending #1 seed in the NFC playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons.
While the Falcons–a team that went 13-3 last year–are coming off a stinging blowout loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs, the Dolphins are looking to start fresh after a second consecutive 7-9 season.
As a player Bryan Cox may have talked the talk but he definitely walked the walk. The first thing many remember about the former Dolphins linebacker is a particular gesture that he made to Bills fans in 1993. However, what many fail to remember is that after firing his team up for that big game, on the second play from scrimmage Cox threw aside two blockers and sacked Jim Kelly setting the tone for a dominant defensive performance and a 22-13 Dolphins win in Orchard Park, N.Y.
He wasn’t a high-priced free agent acquisition.
He’s never scored an NFL touchdown.
He’s never made a Pro Bowl.
He’s not a quote machine for the media.
Yet he might be the most consistently effective defensive player of the Tony Sparano Era.
His name is Kendall Langford and although he might not get much attention from the fans and the media, those who have watched the play in the trenches closely over the past three seasons know just how valuable he is for the Dolphins defense.
George Taffur (Facebook): Sam, with so much attention going to the offensive side of the ball in the draft, what kind of NEW things can we expect from the defense?
Sam Madison: That’s a good question, George. With all of the firepower that the Dolphins brought in on offense, you have to figure and hope that it will give the defense an opportunity to rest up a little bit more between possessions.
The Dolphins defense was very good in 2010, but it has a chance to be great in 2011. While much of the attention this off-season has been on fixing the offense, deservedly so, let’s not overlook what strides Mike Nolan’s unit will be able to make this fall. Here are several reasons why the Dolphins defense, that ranked 6th in the NFL in total defense last season, could be even stronger in 2011.
Everyone knows that some of the best high school and college football in the nation is played right here in the state of Florida and over the years, many of the stars from those universities have gone on to play for the Dolphins. Whether it’s current Fins Brandon Marshall (UCF), Vernon Carey (Miami), or Channing Crowder (Florida); or some of the heroes of the past like Larry Little (Bethune-Cookman), Trace Armstrong (Florida), Terrell Buckley (FSU), and Woody Bennett (Miami), the in-state schools have always helped to stock the roster.