With the lockout now mostly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start looking ahead and while there has been a ton of conversation about the players the Fins may go after in free agency, we’ve spent a little less time discussing the guys that could be leaving Miami.
The NFL released the official list of free agents this evening, and the Dolphins have 11 total free agents in three different categories.
The most important position in football is quarterback. You can try and argue with me about it, but I won’t change my mind. It is all about the QB. Last week, I took a look at five quarterbacks that could be on the move in the weeks ahead: Carson Palmer, Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Marc Bulger, and Tyler Thigpen.
As far as the Dolphins go, they’ll be signing (or possibly trading for) a quarterback once they’re able to do so – this has been made clear by both GM Jeff Ireland and Head Coach Tony Sparano all summer.
Reed Sawyer: Kim, the Dolphins are my favorite team but last year it seemed as if their running and passing games were not as explosive as some other teams in the AFC. What steps has the team taken to remedy that?
Kim Bokamper: I think the first step they took was taking Mike Pouncey in the draft.
Chris Boyle (Facebook): Once the lockout ends will the Dolphins go after a quarterback?
Jesse Agler: Absolutely. They pretty much have to just from a roster standpoint. Right now, Chad Henne is under contract. That’s it. There’s a chance (depending on what the new CBA says) that Tyler Thigpen will be back after he was tendered, but I would guess that the new rules will make him a free agent when they new league year starts.
As we continue our look-back at the 2010 Dolphins season, we introduce a new feature: the positional breakdown. With all of the talking about Chad Henne and Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen that we’ve done, we figured it made sense to start under center. Our own QB, John Congemi, shares his thoughts on the most important position on the field…
QB Breakdown, by John Congemi:
Chad Henne: When you fall short of the playoffs in the NFL, it is disappointing to the players, fans, and the entire organization.
With the 2010 season in the rearview mirror for the Miami Dolphins, I figured it might be fun to tally up the gameballs that we have given out all year long. After every game, win or lose, Jim Mandich, Joe Rose, Jimmy Cefalo, Sam Madison, Keith Sims, John Congemi, and I have all given out gameballs to the players we felt had the greatest individual performances for the Dolphins in a given game.
When asked about the message he gave to the team in their final meeting today, Sparano said he told the guys that they are not where they need to be and that everyone should take responsibility for that and think about what they need to do to move forward and fix things.
For the final time this season, we give our gameballs out to a deserving member of the Dolphins. In this season finale there weren’t a ton of standout performances, but we’ll do our best. Keep reading to see who Jimmy Cefalo, Joe Rose, Sam Madison, John Congemi, and I think should be honored for their individual efforts against the Pats…
CEFALO: Tyler Thigpen (10-of-21 for 169 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions): He played well in reserve of Chad Henne and handled himself well both as a runner and a passer.
Here is the Dolphins-Patriots game condensed into two minutes with the calls of Jimmy Cefalo, Joe Rose, and the “Mad Dog” Jim Mandich.