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1.) Fire Paul Pasqualoni – Check!
2.) Chad Henne has to take that next step
3.)Sean Smith & V. Davis must take next step – Both of these players had good and bad moments this year. For Sean Smith, I think it was his non moments that impressed me the most. I just didn’t feel like he was tested that much this year and the stats proved that. Among starting corners in the NFL, Smith was only thrown at 7.3% of his total snaps. That was the 7th fewest. The leader? Asomugha of Oakland, who only faced an astounding 28 passes all season or 2.8% of his snaps. The next closest corner wasn’t even close. However, Smith, like Davis, missed tackles and allowed way too many yards after the catch. As for Davis, he proved he belongs and is probably a long term answer at not only corner, but I suspect in 7-8 yrs if he starts to slow down he could switch to safety. He’s unbelievably physical for a corner
4.)Brian Hartline must take the next step
5.)Release Joey Porter
6.)Cameron Wake must take over
7.)Vernon Carey must lose weight
8.)J. Smiley & Jake Grove have to stay healthy

Free Agency The 2 guys that I think could possibly end up in Miami are Karlos Dansby (ILB, pictured) and Vince Wilfork (NT).

2010 NFL Draft My pick? At this point, I’d have to say Rolando McClain-ILB Alabama, if he’s available. My pipe dream of an offseason is the Fins signing Wilfork and drafting McClain, which would instantly upgrade the defense."


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Maybe Smith was not tested as much because his coverage was good?


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Post Re: Miami Dolphins: Guest blogger Joe W returns!
MAybe opposing QB's were afraid to throw an interception based on how good smith looked catching the ball in college and preseason, the guy is pretty big for a corner.

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Why does Carey have to lose weight??

The guy was a stud on the right side last season, and has been so for the last 2 years now. Him and Jake are the best OT combo in the NFL...why try and fix what aint broken?


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Shedding 10 lbs would not hurt Vernon one bit. He still would probably be in the 330-340 range and a little more quickness never hurts.

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Why does Carey have to lose weight??

The guy was a stud on the right side last season, and has been so for the last 2 years now. Him and Jake are the best OT combo in the NFL...why try and fix what aint broken?


Amazing...the only Wannstadt leftover is one of the best in the NFL. Who woulda thunk it?

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One of the best measures of future WR success is the 3 cone drill at the NFL combine. ESPN did a back test a couple of years ago to show how that drill measures the ability of WR’s to get separation. Two of the better performing WR’s from this past draft, who ran the drill at the Combine, were Hartline and Mike Thomas of JAX. No surprise they also were 2 of the better performing rookie WR’s during the season.


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Interesting tidbit if true.


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One of the best measures of future WR success is the 3 cone drill at the NFL combine. ESPN did a back test a couple of years ago to show how that drill measures the ability of WR’s to get separation. Two of the better performing WR’s from this past draft, who ran the drill at the Combine, were Hartline and Mike Thomas of JAX. No surprise they also were 2 of the better performing rookie WR’s during the season.


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Interesting tidbit if true.

The 3 cone drill is more imporant for DB's than WR's, but it is a good indicator to how good someone's route running is/can be.


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Is that your opionion or is there any data or studies to back that up?


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Is that your opionion or is there any data or studies to back that up?

I guess an opinion.

The 3-cone drill is meant to try and discern how quick somebody is, (hence why it's so important for DB's), and route running is highly based on quickness.


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The NFL combine: does it predict performance in the National Football League?
Kuzmits FE, Adams AJ.

Department of Management, College of Business, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. kuzmits@louisville.edu

The authors investigate the correlation between National Football League (NFL) combine test results and NFL success for players drafted at three different offensive positions (quarterback, running back, and wide receiver) during a recent 6-year period, 1999-2004. The combine consists of series of drills, exercises, interviews, aptitude tests, and physical exams designed to assess the skills of promising college football players and to predict their performance in the NFL. Combine measures examined in this study include 10-, 20-, and 40-yard dashes, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20- and 60-yard shuttles, three-cone drill, and the Wonderlic Personnel Test. Performance criteria include 10 variables: draft order; 3 years each of salary received and games played; and position-specific data. Using correlation analysis, we find no consistent statistical relationship between combine tests and professional football performance, with the notable exception of sprint tests for running backs. We put forth possible explanations for the general lack of statistical relations detected, and, consequently, we question the overall usefulness of the combine. We also offer suggestions for improving the prediction of success in the NFL, primarily the use of more rigorous psychological tests and the examination of collegiate performance as a job sample test. Finally, from a practical standpoint, the results of the study should encourage NFL team personnel to reevaluate the usefulness of the combine's physical tests and exercises as predictors of player performance. This study should encourage team personnel to consider the weighting and importance of various combine measures and the potential benefits of overhauling the combine process, with the goal of creating a more valid system for predicting player success.

PMID: 18841077 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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For whatever it is worth.


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