Big Jake was rolled on by Cowboy DeMarcus Ware in the Pro Bowl this past Sunday, with just a couple of minutes to go in the game. He did come back, and says he is fine, but man, a scare to say the least. This injury, at least to Dolphin fans, only strengthens the argument that the Pro Bowl should be abolished.
Satele to be replaced at Center?
Rumors are now flying that Parcells does not feel that Satele is big or physical enough to man the center position. Satele at just under 300 pounds, while he did play injured this season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, did get man handled by some of the bigger NTs in the game. On a team that will be seeing Kris Jenkins twice, Vince Wilfork twice, Marcus Stroud twice, Casey Hampton, Jamal Williams, possibly Albert Haynesworth, and John Henderson, it's pretty safe to say we need to be set along the interior of the line next season.
If the Front Office feels the need to acquire a center, I definitely think that Satele will be moved to the guard position, and compete with Donald Thomas for a starting spot. As for replacing him at center, I think that the Dolphins will take a hard look at FA Center Jason Brown. A huge man who has experience playing against the best, having gone up against Ngata in Baltimore every day in practice, and guys like Casey Hampton and Shaun Rogers twice during the regular season, and then Hampton again in the AFC Championship game. Brown is just 25 years old is listed at 6'3 320. I think that he could be affordable, and if he is, I think we should make a run at him as Baltimore likely will not have the cap room to resign Brown.
In the draft, there is one guy that I think could be available as late as our first of two second round picks, and that I think could step in and man the position successfully from Day 1. That is Alex Mack out of Cal (6'4 316). Max Unger is another good prospect, but he is around the same size as Satele. While Mack could be there in the early second, I would not be surprised at all to see him go in the first round.
While I'm an advocate of giving Satele another crack at it, Parcells has had a track record of building great O-lines. So, with that said, what ever Parcells does ... fine with me.
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