Hey guys, two quick things.
First, last friday morning I wrote a post about a topic that is quickly getting really hot; the expectations for the 2009 Dolphins. Since the site runs low on weekends and there was a massive attack of new posts after mine, not so many people got to read it. (at least thats what i like to believe lol). Since this gives us something somewhat relevant to talk about and some people found the post at least helpful I'll go ahead and post an excerpt:
Why I think the 2009 Dolphins can be succesful:
Retained Key Free Agents-
Parcells made sure that 3 key starters (Channing Crowder, Yeremiah Bell and Vernon Carey) remained with the team. This means that Parcells doesnt want to set back the team for a couple of years, and more importantly, that after last season, he might feel like some of the "pre parcells" era are good enough to build a solid foundation around them, therefore, shortening the duration of the rebuilding process.
90% O and D Lines Completion
Parcells emphasizes the importance of building inside out, meaning, giving a lot attention to both defensive and offensive lines. Last year he drafted high two Defensive Ends, a Left Tackle and a promising Right Guard, this year he resigned a franchise Right Tackle and brought in a beast at Center. Depth will come by as time goes by, however besides that little problem, I do feel like we are set at the most important aspect of a Parcells engineered team. But since what I think doesnt matter, just take a look at this last draft, how many linemen did we get? one, just one, and as a late round project for depth. This brings me to the next argument
Drafted Skill Position Players
99% or more members of the site agreed on the argument that 1- We werent yet on a point in the rebuilding process were we could draft skill position players with our highest draft picks since our needs were many, and 2- Parcell doesnt draft cornerbacks in the first round. In the aftermath, both of these things happened, so what might they mean:
1- Parcells confidence in our Linebackers corps is vast and even more in the little things we hardly are able to see as fans, Prospects. Yes, prospects, we claim that we really need a pass rusher and what not, but these moves reflect that a- The coaching staff's have a lot of confidence in Cameron Wake, and more importantly b- Like Brandon London told us, we may have a hidden gem in Eric Walden.
2- We got two top notch CBs in the 1st round and the 2nd round, plus a sure fire-immediate impact wildcat specialist in Pat White with our other 2nd. I dont know about you, but I cant help but see these moves as the icing of the cake more than the milk and eggs for it.
Free Agents to be starters
Another interesting indicator is the signing of Jake Grove and Gibril Wilson. Again, I dont know about you, but to me, if you are a team that is in the middle of a deep rebuilding process you draft Max Unger or Alex Mack in the 1st round and then develop rookie safety Chris Clemons into a solid starter, not throw big money at a veteran Center and Safety. Therefore, in my opinion, this is a clear cut indicator that the trifecta is looking for short term impact.
In conclusion, I am not saying that this rebuilding process is over or that we dont need to continue to add depth and young players to our roster. I am saying, based on the trifecta's offseason moves, that right here and right now, this team might scare the hell out of the NFL.... AGAIN.
All right so those are my two cents on this topic. Remember these so called experts had Maualuga going in the top 15, and more...
The other thing, I was reading about the Cowboys scout who got the worst part of the training bubble collapse and found an account were one can donate. This guy is permanently paralyzed from the waist down and has two young kids. If we can spend 100 plus bucks on a jersey Im sure we can give at least something even if its small. This is what makes football fans truly great not funlimited Fantasy research.
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