Hello Phinsider members and readers. Welcome to another edition of, The Doghouse. Haven't written a fanpost for awhile, because I haven't thought of any good ideas. But, this idea just popped into my head, why not let the Phinsider nation vote on the most improved player from last year. If you don't want to read what I have to say, at the bottom of this post is a poll. Please vote, and if possible, leave a comment.
Heading into this season, it became clear that the FO didn't have alot of confidence in Paul Soliai. On draft day, the Dolphins traded down and selected Penn State defensive lineman, Jared Odrick. The next day, Jeff Ireland, released a staement saying, Starks would be moved over to nose tackle. Starks got the nod over Soliai, and Odrick got the start at defensive end. Unfortunatly, Odrick suffered a season ending leg injury, and was placed on IR. I believed Tony McDaniel would be the starter the rest of the season, but the FO surprised me yet again, by moving Starks back to DE and starting Soliai at NT. Soliai was inconsistent when he had his chances last year, but the light finally came on for him. He was a very disruptive force in the middle, by stopping the run, and applying pressure to the QB. He showed why he deserves a new contract, so Phins and Soliai, get talking.
A rookie sensation last year, got to start across from Brandon Marshal this year. With the trading of Greg Camarillo, it was clear the team was high on Hartline. However, things started out slow. Against Buffalo, in week 1, he didn't record a catch. But, the following week, Hartline caught his first TD of the season. From there, he became a more consisten tartet, and started to gain more yardage. This season ended in dissapointment, and so did Hartline's year. He was placed on IR, near the end of the season. It became clear that this team missed Hartline's speed. He's not a burner, but he's quick. They say it takes 3 years fro a WR to develop. Well next seaon is Hartline's 3rd and expectations will be high.
Heading into this season, Sean's expectations were high. Thanks to a terrible outing in training camp and the preseaon, Sean lost his starting job to incompetent, Jason Allen. Sean got his first career interception agains the Bengals, in week 8. From there, Sean started to see more playing. The team aquired veteran, Al Harris, and dumped Jason Allen. Sean had regained his starting spot. He should have had alot of int's, but his hands were very inconsistent, just like every defensive player's hands this season. But, he did record alot of of deflections.
The 1st rounder from 09', didn't start untill Will Allen, went down with an injury last year, in week 7. Since then, Vontae Davis hasn't looked back. He led the team in int's last year. This year however, he only recorded one, But he showed great run support, and showed adequate pass defense. However, he earned a nickname: "Davis Key", from some Phinsiders. The future looks bright for this young stud.
Last year, thanks to Gibril Wilson, the FS spot was terrible, The team got rid of Wilson, and wre shunned by top free agents. Heading into the draft, Earl Thomas, looked like a fan favorite. We wouldn't see the Phins draft a safety till the 5th round, when we drafted Reshad Jones. I was so thrilled when we drafted Jone, and I still am. I tought he'd beat out Clemons, but Clemons proved me, and alot of people wrong. Clmons was not afraid to make tackles, and wasn't a liability in pass coverage. He made, in my opinion, the game winning fumble against the Steelers this year. But, I've learned to get over it. Clemons will likely start at FS nest season along side, Yeremian Bell.
Should I even get into detail about Bess? An undrafted free agent, to starter in his first year. He's proved alot of doubters wrong, and is now on of, if not, the top slot recievers in the NFL.
Very little was known of this, Defensive MVP from the CFL. he saw limited action last year, but when he was given the chance, he didn't disapoint. What's he doing now? Well, he became a starter in Miami, went to the Pro Bowl, and was disrespected by the media. Before Joey Porter left, he said Wake will not be better than him. Well what now Porter?
Fasano had his break out year with Chad Pennington in 08'. In 09', Fasano started out terrible. In week 1, against Atlanta, he fumbled...twice. Fason lost his best friend when CP10 got injured. Henne was just starting out in his career, and injuries didn't help Fasano much. However, Fasano bounced back this year. Thanks to Brandon Marshall, the middle of the field started to open up. Fasano had a great year, and was open on alot of plays. His play was good enough to get himself a contract extension.
You probably think I'm nuts for putting Chad Henne in here. Hell, I think I'm nuts. But, I just put him in to see this outcome. In my opinion, he made throws he wouldn't have made last year. But how can you expect a strong armed QB to succeed in a Henning offense? I look forward to what Brian Daboll can teach Henne. I'm on the fence with Henne, and I'm willing to give him another shot. But if he screws up his first few games, good-bye Chad.
I really amazed myself with this post. I didn't expect it to be this long. If you read through this, thank you. Please leave a comment and/or vote. Look forward to seeing everyone's opinion.
Who was the Dolphins most improved player, from last year?
Paul Soliai (82 votes)
Brian Hartline (4 votes)
Sean Smith (2 votes)
Vontae Davis (11 votes)
Chris Clemons (9 votes)
Davone Bess (5 votes)
Cameron Wake (113 votes)
Anthony Fasano (1 vote)
Chad Henne (2 votes)
Other (1 vote)
230 total votes