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Anyone left at Dolphins? Seems like if you are any good, it goes against the teams wishes and they will ship you out. Comfortably the worst front office in the league now that the Browns have got their s**t in order
 

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Anyone left at Dolphins? Seems like if you are any good, it goes against the teams wishes and they will ship you out. Comfortably the worst front office in the league now that the Browns have got their s**t in order
No longer a destination city for any sport due to the political climate
 

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The truth of the Miami Dolphins culture change
3/22/2018




Many people are viewing all the talk about a "culture change" as an excuse to get rid of the Miami Dolphins' most talented and popular players. The likes of Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey, and even Jay Ajayi have all fallen victim to this alleged change that head coach Adam Gase is supposedly trying to make.

The national media - of course - is raising an eyebrow at the decisions being made by Gase and the rest of the front office this offseason, and the fans are skeptical as well; understandable, given that it's hard to picture any team as "improved" after losing so much of their top talent.

Ndamukong Suh was a top three player at his position.

Jay Ajayi almost singlehandedly carried the Dolphins to the postseason in 2016.

Jarvis Landry holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first four years of a career.

Mike Pouncey has been a locker room leader and a staple of the team since being drafted in 2011.

Now they're all gone, all in the name of "culture change," which seems to now be a buzzword for "this player was a problem."

Clearing up cash was another reason, but teams don't generally admit that being too expensive is the reason players get traded or released. Right now, the focus is on this culture change, and no one seems to be a fan of it since most of their favorite players have hit the road.

What kind of a culture change kicks out the players a team needs to win?

The honest truth is, Miami wasn't winning with these players, and as we're finding out now, this is exactly what the Dolphins needed.

Recall back in February of 2016, when owner Stephen Ross first hired Adam Gase to be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins; Ross felt that Gase could become the next Bill Belichick.

“Instead of getting a retread that really hasn’t had a great track record as head coach, I was looking for somebody that really could be the next, if you will, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, you know, really great head coach, and I think we got one," Ross said.

And after making the playoffs in 2016, Gase looked like a genius, the culture change was starting; he cut players who weren't playing well - Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner - and benched players who either were going through a slump or felt they were more important than the team, aka Jay Ajayi.

Then in 2017, he made some mistakes, not the least of which was signing Jay Cutler after the loss of Ryan Tannehill for the year. Skepticism began to grow and some fans called for Gase to be fired, the culture change had failed and he was shipping out strong personalities instead of dealing with them.

But let's look at why these players were removed, starting with Jay Ajayi. Recall that in 2016, Ajayi was benched in favor of veteran running back Arian Foster; it was reported that the reason for this was because Ajayi was feeling entitled and needed to be reminded that he was not bigger than the team. He came back and had a breakout season. So why was Ajayi traded in the middle of 2017? Hadn't he learned his lesson?

Nope.

Ajayi again began to get frustrated with the coaching staff, despite already being used as the main running back; we were then told that Ajayi apparently would wave off his replacements during games, not allowing them to come off the sidelines despite the coaches telling them to. Ajayi refused to obey the coaches because he wanted to be the guy.

So he was traded to the Eagles, and Ajayi showed his true colors, taking shots at Adam Gase on more than one occasion after joining his new team.

Jarvis Landry was the team's top target and playmaker, and he was also a major fan favorite, but he and Gase got into an argument on the sidelines during the second-to-last game of the season when Gase called for a screen pass to Jakeem Grant (which Cutler threw incomplete) instead of Landry. It was also reported that Landry wanted a contract around $16 million per year to stay in Miami long term.

Miami offered $13 million, he didn't take it, Landry got traded to the Browns for a pair of draft picks.

Mike Pouncey played all 16 games of the season for the first time since 2012, but it was plainly obvious that he was no longer the Pro Bowl center that was able to dominate incoming defensive tackles. Pouncey was then asked to take a pay cut, and he refused to accept it. Miami then released him and saved $7 million in cap space, quickly replacing him by trading for 49ers center Daniel Kilgore.

As for Ndamukong Suh, it was rumored that he too was asked to take a pay cut, which of course he refused. The Dolphins designated Suh as a post-June 1st cut, and will get $17 million in cap space that they'll use to pay their rookie class, although it does come with a severe dead cap penalty that will be spread out over the next two seasons.

The reason this actually does have a lot to do with culture change is because Adam Gase is putting a stronger focus on the concept of "team."

Going back to Ross' comments regarding Gase possibly being the next Bill Belichick, one of the most known traits of the Belichick era in New England is that no one is larger than the team; if you wanted more money than the team was willing to offer, you were out; if you had an issue with how Belichick was using you or you wanted to do more or less, you were out; if your personality led to you not fitting the culture of the team, you were out.

If you had your best interests at heart instead of the Patriots' best interests, you were out.

That is the culture that Adam Gase is trying to put into Miami, and that means there are going to be a lot of decisions made that fans will not agree with, much like when the Patriots moved on from the likes of Chandler Jones or Jamie Collins, both considered staples of their defense at the time.

Jarvis Landry did not want to accept the $13 million dollar offer to help the team, he wanted more for himself. He is now gone.

Jay Ajayi did not want to come off the field despite coaches wanting to let someone else take some snaps, he wanted the play time and spotlight for himself. He is now gone.

Mike Pouncey and Ndamukong Suh both did not play up to the worth of their contracts and the team asked them to take pay cuts so there would be more room to improve the team and help them win, they refused to do so. They are now gone.

The Dolphins are putting together a true team-based culture now. Not in the sense that teammates support each other and it's all for one and one for all, but one where players need to have the team's best interest in mind, and if they don't, then they will be removed to make room for someone who wants to help the team more than themselves.

Many will say that I have no business comparing the Dolphins to the Patriots, especially in this context. New England has been the greatest football dynasty in NFL history while Miami has struggled to even reach the playoffs for the past decade and half. This is true.

What is also true is that once upon a time, the Patriots had to prove they were the league's newest dynasty, and it's that culture that had a big part in them getting to that point.

They had to start somewhere, and now the Dolphins are attempting to make that same new start, changing the culture to a team-based mentality.
 

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It's a bold strategy ...

I get that you don't want dicks on your team. but honestly, how can you not with so many personalities on a roster?

Dolphins have done this before recently ... look how they got rid of Richie Incognito for example, but it didn't work then, and probably won't work now. And replacing the bad eggs in the team with blokes that Gase knows - Cutler, Osweiler? Give me a break.

I don't like to be negative on the Dolphins, but I really can't see how any of the guys we have brought in improve us as a team? Maybe Albert Wilson will be a good get, but will he be better than Landry?

Frank Gore ... what is he? 50? And does he become #1 RB at the expense of Drake who looked decent after Ajayi left

Honestly, we have lost too much talent and whilst we weren't a winning team with that talent surely it is the role of the coach to harness that and get them to buy in to what they are selling. On the roster I only see two guys now with genuine pro bowl talent - Wake who is as old as Gore. And Reshad Jones

Kenny Stills has talent. Tannehill on a good day looks good, but those days don't happen as much as they should and there must be doubts about his return from injury. There is a lot of meh when you look at the roster.

It's a long way from Victoria to Miami, but it is patently obvious where Dolphins need to improve. Linebackers are horrendous. Strengthen O-line. And for Christs sake, find a tight end!

Arghh! rant over. For now (to be honest I am looking forward to next season as I am heading to the States in Nov/Dec, so eagerly awaiting to fixture release!)
 

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Albert Wilson: I get the opportunity to do everything
Posted by Josh Alper on August 8, 2018, 7:12 AM EDT

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When talking about wide receiver Albert Wilson in late July, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that the team was still “finding exactly what his role is going to be” during the 2018 season.

Some of the difficulty would seem to stem from the presence of Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Danny Amendola in the wide receiver group along with Wilson, who signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the team as a free agent this offseason. Some of the solution seems to be viewing Wilson as more than just a receiver.

Wilson said that he expects to line up all over the field, including in the backfield, and also said that Gase’s uncertainty about the plan might have been overstated given the pitch Wilson got as a free agent.

“Coach Gase showed me the game plan and all the things he could do with me, and there was no question,” Wilson said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “Here, I get the opportunity to do everything — play outside, inside, run the ball a little bit. To line up everywhere and play multiple positions and be able to be with a young energized great offensive mind.”

Reporters are encouraged not to pass on specifics, but Jackson reports “several gimmicky, creative plays involving Wilson have netted substantial gains in practice” so it seems the team has ideas about how to make the best use of Wilson’s versatility. Executing them effectively would add a positive wrinkle to their offense this season.
 

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and here we go again with a new season about to commence for the NFL's most irrelevant team

5 - 11 is my guess for the year. Can't help but feel that we missed a trick last year when Tannehill went down to just take our medicine and be in a prime spot to grab a QB in the draft, but nah, we had to go ahead and pick up Cutler who took us to an underwhelming 6 wins.

anyhow despite my pessimism, I'm sure I will get sucked in again and fu** up my Monday's at work by getting up in the middle of the night to watch us
 

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and here we go again with a new season about to commence for the NFL's most irrelevant team

5 - 11 is my guess for the year. Can't help but feel that we missed a trick last year when Tannehill went down to just take our medicine and be in a prime spot to grab a QB in the draft, but nah, we had to go ahead and pick up Cutler who took us to an underwhelming 6 wins.

anyhow despite my pessimism, I'm sure I will get sucked in again and **** up my Monday's at work by getting up in the middle of the night to watch us
Dolphins will be surprisingly good this season. No worse than 8-8.
 

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Dolphins will be surprisingly good this season. No worse than 8-8.
Post reported. Surely it is against Bigfooty rules to get ones hopes up like that.

I think Amendola is just gonna be Landry Lite. Drake will be our best player. Fitzpatrick, Jones, Wake, Howard will all be great on defence. I think when Kiko Alonso is your best linebacker you are in really terrible state. For Christ sake, he is lining up on the other teams bench during preseason.

I hope you are right GG, but I just cant see us scoring enough to get 8 wins
 

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Post reported. Surely it is against Bigfooty rules to get ones hopes up like that.

I think Amendola is just gonna be Landry Lite. Drake will be our best player. Fitzpatrick, Jones, Wake, Howard will all be great on defence. I think when Kiko Alonso is your best linebacker you are in really terrible state. For Christ sake, he is lining up on the other teams bench during preseason.

I hope you are right GG, but I just cant see us scoring enough to get 8 wins
Wilson-Stills are a good combination. Drake is very good. Gesicki might come on. The O is average. Like 16th out of 32 teams type. To me. But the D should be very good. Really liking the D. Should be a top 10 unit. On the basis of a dominant D, the wins will come and the O won't have to perform magic tricks every game. Eight wins is just a modest prediction. Nine or ten wins not out of the question.
 

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I knew we would be awesome this year. Didn't I say that the other day?

Anyhow now that this years SuperBowl is in the bag, I guess we should be thinking back to back
 

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Was calamitous at times, but a W is a W.

I legit thought 5 wins would be it this year, and really after being 17 nil up last week we should be there now! Very pleasing

I'm off to the states next month, and betraying my AFC East principles was going to see Pats vs Jets being in New York at the time, but now I am half considering doing a mini trip to fit in a Fins game.

Options would be to go to Indianapolis, or go to Miami to see Bills. My problem would be missing out on Rangers hockey (Boy do I know how to pick teams to follow!)
 

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Was calamitous at times, but a W is a W.

I legit thought 5 wins would be it this year, and really after being 17 nil up last week we should be there now! Very pleasing

I'm off to the states next month, and betraying my AFC East principles was going to see Pats vs Jets being in New York at the time, but now I am half considering doing a mini trip to fit in a Fins game.

Options would be to go to Indianapolis, or go to Miami to see Bills. My problem would be missing out on Rangers hockey (Boy do I know how to pick teams to follow!)
Try to see all three?
 

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