Miami Dolphins Add Do-It-All Veteran Running Back Arian Foster

The Dolphins core tailback tandem of second year man Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake became a viable NFL threesome today with the addition of a proven do-it-all veteran in Arian Foster.

Foster has accrued 6,472 rushing yards with a 4.5 career average and 54 touchdowns in seven seasons while in three of those years he participated in eight or fewer games. As a receiver out of the backfield he's covered 2,268 yards with 14 touchdowns.

Arian a 2009 Houston Texan un-drafted rookie with 6 games played became superstar material in 2010, 11, 12, and 2014. Foster played in just eight 2013, and four 2015 games due to injury. His most recent injury (achilles) came in week seven of 2015 versus the Miami franchise at which he now resides.

Miami signed 6-1, 227 Arian Foster (30 in August) to a one year deal at 1.5 million with another 2 million worth of incentives on the table. At his best he's a proven threat in every phase of the game and will easily earn such incentives. At the very least he offers proven veteran leadership! Along with the leadership aspect. Foster (once 100% healthy while working out for the Dolphins on numerous occasions during the process) has the superior skill-sets and all-around game which didn't exist in the (break glass in case of emergency) scenario of Damian Williams, Daniel Thomas, or Isaiah Pead.

Training Camp begins in TEN DAYS on July 28th.
The Miami Dolphins will play 2016's first pre-season game at the N.Y. Giants 15 days later on August 12th.



The Miami Dolphins Explained by Sun Tzu

Perhaps the 2015 Miami Dolphins are best explained by Sun Tzu:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Viewing the Miami Dolphins in the context of this famous quote leads to some interesting conclusions. I would venture to guess Joe Philbin was unaware of the dissent worming through a locker room he declared, “Ready to compete for championships.”

Sorry Joe, that locker room was as divisive as you secretly pushing to draft Derek Carr, only you didn’t know it. The mannerisms of a coach secretly uncomfortable with his starting quarterback radiate loudly in the testosterone fueled confines of an NFL locker room.  Bill Lazor didn’t come to the conclusion Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t run audibles on his own, Joe had a say. Joe was a control freak, some call it “attention to detail,” but for Joe, it was closer to OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).

When Philbin was still with the team last season, he obviously didn’t know his enemy or his own team as the results revealed. Dan Campbell knew his team, and by having half the formula, he was capable of winning half his games. Ultimately, Campbell was overmatched when it came to knowing his enemy and Miami suffered defeat because of it.

Perhaps Sun Tzu gets too much credit for stating the obvious and issues run far deeper inside Dolphin Land. If the answer is this easy, the future may not be as bleak as the pundits would have it. 4-12, is the latest retreat from the last season’s playoff predictions and probably just as off-base.

The reasoning is simple, it’s not about talent…

It has never been about talent. The Miami Dolphins have as much talent as any team in the NFL. The issue has been leading that talent. Joe Philbin didn’t do the one thing he was brought in to accomplish, develop players. He was supposed to be a teacher, but he turned out to be an obsessive minutia manager. His locker room presence was scolding twenty something hormone raging young men for leaving Gator Gum wrappers on the floor.

He drafted a “cerebral” offensive tackle in the second round because the player fit his perception of proper behavior in the NFL. I guess Joe figured mild mannered Jonathan Martin would mend the ways of Richie Incognito and change the nature of a Center who huddled next to Aaron Hernandez in college.

Know thyself… It seems obvious, Joe didn’t know squat. He turned his back on reality and hoped things would somehow work out, he never fixed them. Philbin hired Jim Turner as OL coach and was unaware of the running 'joke' that Jonathan Martin was gay, and on at least one occasion, coach Turner participated in taunting Martin.

"Around Christmas 2012, Coach Turner gave the offensive linemen gift bags that included a variety of stocking stuffers. The gifts included inflatable female dolls for all of the offensive linemen except Martin, who received a male 'blow-up' doll," the Wells report said.

The key phrase here is, “Turner gave all of the offensive linemen except Martin.” In the locker room, all the players were on one side of the fence and one player was on the opposite. Joe allowed the discord to fester and then punished the majority, including throwing his own coach under the proverbial bus. Philbin should have traded or cut Martin immediately. This is what a leader would have done and this is when Philbin lost the Miami Dolphins.

From that point Joe’s clock was simply ticking to its inevitable end.

Phinbin turned this once proud franchise into a national media punchline, but those “news creators” just looked to pile-on an easy headline. True Miami followers know, there is an abundance of talent on this football team. The lack of national respect could have the 'Dan Campbell' effect, and bring out the best in Miami's talent but it will not be enough.

On the podium stands Adam Gase, a young up-and-comer with what many claim “an exceptional” mind. He’s young enough to perhaps have the “know thyself” arena covered, but suppose Gase is smart enough to have the “know thy enemy” covered as well? Suppose Gase can stare down Belichick and not blink?

Tony Sparano used the wildcat to one-up Belichick. The season may have been without Brady, but the formation did indeed fool Genius Bill for a fleeting moment.

It points back to our friend Sun Tzu, not in the sense that Sparano knew his enemy, but because the formation attacked his enemy’s weaknesses. Sparano didn’t really understand why the wildcat worked, if he did, he would still be a NFL head coach. This is the message for Adam Gase, your enemies all have weaknesses.

To exploit those weaknesses, you must understand them.

Know thy enemy and know thyself and you need not fear the result of a hundred battles…

Miami Receiving Star Jarvis Landry Relieved of Kick & Punt Return Duties

The 2016 draft came to a conclusion today, and with The Miami Dolphins final pick of relative substance in the 6th round. They chose a five and a half foot tall, 165 pound receiver/scat-back/return-man out of Texas Tech.

This is an important acquisition in more ways than one. While set in stone are the names of Miami's receiving core with Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker, and Kenny Stills ( of which each excels at a particular team required receiver skill-set ), as well as exhibiting well rounded games.

None of the 2015 other receiver names that remain on the roster bring any sort of particular skill-set required or absolute excitement to the team roster and it's fans. The most popular name might be Matt ( hasn't made the roster in his two years ) Hazel.

Another wise reasoning of this 6th round wide receiver, and return man selection is that.

The NFL histories record holder of receptions in a players first two years with 194 catches is Miami's number one go to guy Jarvis Landry. Over the same time frame Landry has also been THE GUY on kick & punt returns for what is approaching 2000 yards.

If the Dolphins intend on the affectionately referred to "JUICE" remaining fueled up, and continuing on such a pace at receiver with nearly another 2000 receiving yards to boot? Then they need to find a return man replacement! So that Jarvis Landry can remain a receiver force and be even more fresh, strong, effective in crunch time of games as well as at seasons end, and throughout his career.

With today's sixth round pick the Miami Dolphins did just that!
They landed their fifth (game-day) receiver that brings absolute excitement to the fans, severe ankle-breaking caution to the opposition, and total return-man relief to Jarvis Landry!

Jakeem Grant; ""You want a play-maker, or you want a guy that just talks""

Thanks for participating, and we look forward to your angle of view!!

Miami landed it's number four (game-day) receiver in the nicely sized, explosive touchdown-making Leonte Carroo of Rutgers with their second pick of the third round, and he'll be discussed at another time. But he most definitely brings more to the table than whatever presently remains behind the starting trio. Though I do like the veteran free agent acquisition of Griff Whalen! So we might have to go with six receivers in 2016? Cuz these two rookie receivers are game changers!

These new leaders have made extreme changes in the types/sizes/skill-sets/demeanor of the players that they pursue at most every position, but especially with their targets for the offensive line to go along with the extreme play-makers at running back, and receiver. While preferring the size of a mans heart and love for the game rather than his stature (be it physical or via the ruthless media). It has become quite clear that the new brass has an entirely different vision of how to build a roster than those that have failed miserably in the past!!

They even drafted a project quarterback to teach!!

As will also be discussed somewhere along the way are.
13 LT Laremy Tunsil

38 CB Xavien Howard

73 RB Kenyon Drake

86 WR Leonte Carroo

186 WR/KR Jakeem Grant

204 CB/S Jordan Lucas

223 QB Brandon Doughty

231 TE Thomas Duarte