Former Dolphin Jason Taylor recently spoke with Jesse Agler about joining ESPN and whether he thinks participating in HBO’s Hard Knocks is a good idea. Here is what he had to say:
“So far, so good. It is still a little weird to hear ‘ex-Miami Dolphin,’ but life is good. I can’t complain.”
On his new job with ESPN
“It is a great opportunity to work with the worldwide leader [in sports] and get a chance to analyze the game from the other side of the desk, so to speak.
Though he only coached Vernon and Miller for one season, Golden clearly came away impressed with the pair.
Apparently, a few former Miami Hurricanes caught their eye.
With the selections of Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller the Dolphins ended a local drought of sorts, taking a Hurricane for the first time since they used a first-round pick on Vernon Carey in 2004.
Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB: Unsigned
Will Allen, CB: Signed with Patriots
Vernon Carey, OL: Unsigned
Marc Colombo, OT: Unsigned
Chad Henne, QB: Reportedly signs with the Jaguars.
Kendall Langford, DL: Reportedly signs with Rams.
JP Losman, QB: Unsigned
Marvin Mitchell, LB: Unsigned
Steve Slaton, RB: Reportedly re-signs with Dolphins
Paul Soliai, NT: Re-signs with Dolphins
*Jason Taylor, LB: Unsigned
*Though Taylor announced his retirement, he is technically considered an unrestricted free agent.
No matter how much it will fly under a lot of fans’ radar, there’s no question that most teams around the NFL will be looking to upgrade their offensive lines this offseason. There are no official league-kept stats to judge the performance of offensive linemen and a lot of fans overlook the play in the trenches, but there’s no doubt this is a critical part of the formula for any team’s success.
This is not a glamour position on the offensive side of the football, but one of importance moving forward in 2012 for the Miami Dolphins. Big bodies asked to be stout and strong as they run block, but have the agility to get outside and lead running back Reggie Bush outside on the edge! The Dolphins were very fortunate last season to avoid injury at this position, seeing the same lineup in 14 of 16 regular season games!
The Miami Dolphins (5-9) had a very turbulent week adjusting to losing their head coach last Monday, but found a way to respond after being down early and defeated the Buffalo Bills (5-9) 30-23. Miami overcame a first quarter CJ Spiller 24-yard touchdown run (it was the first time in nine games the Miami defense has allowed a first quarter touchdown), and responded by scoring the next 23 points of the game for the victory.
The Miami Dolphins (4-9) travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday to face the Buffalo Bills (5-8) in this AFC East matchup. The Dolphins won the first meeting between these two teams 35-8 on November 20th at Sun Life Stadium, and also won the last time they traveled to Buffalo 15-10 in September of last year. Miami holds the series lead 54-36-1 and this game marks the first head coaching assignment for Miami’s interim coach Todd Bowles.
The start of the game on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium couldn’t have went any better for the Miami Dolphins (4-9). The special teams stayed hot and a blocked punt by Jimmy Wilson set up the Miami offense at the Philadelphia Eagles 15-yard line. Quarterback Matt Moore took over from there and hit wide receiver Brandon Marshall to take a quick 7-0 lead, but it went downhill fast from there!
QB Matt Moore, LT Jake Long, CB Vontae Davis, and LG Vernon Carey were all lost for at least part of the game after suffering injuries as the previously relatively healthy Dolphins couldn’t overcome those injuries or three turnovers in a game that took far longer than the average NFL contest.