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All Time Miami Dolphins Super Team

Travis Wingfield



An exercise that spans five decades and merges a variety of uniquely defined eras could be disingenuous, but so is the inspiration behind this piece.

If the Golden State Warriors can make a real life super team that obliterates any purpose to the NBA season, surely we can construct a fantasy football Dolphins team in July, right?

No backups allowed. Just 22 starters using 11-personnel on offense and the nickel package on defense.

This team is sure to have Jim Mandich shouting, “Allriiiiiiight MIAMI,” from the heavens.


Quarterback – Dan Marino

The first one is the easiest. The nine-time pro-bowler threw for more touchdowns than anyone in the pre-modern era (evolution of passing game rules). His 17-year year career featured one MVP, three first team all-pro selections and four second team honors.

He wasn’t just a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee; he is forever immortalized by a statue outside of Hard Rock Stadium.

Running Back – Ricky Williams

Openly inviting all the old-timer ‘Phins fans into comments section, the Dolphins never rostered a more special talent than Ricky Williams. 2002’s NFL rushing champ, a 400-carry workhorse and the best combination of speed and power since Walter Payton, Williams ranks 30thin all-time career rushing yards despite missing two full years in the middle of his prime.

Wide Receivers – Mark Clayton, Paul Warfield, Mark Duper

The Marks Brother’s production is even more impressive considering they shared the same football for nearly the entirety of the other’s career. Touchdowns, yardage, seven combined pro-bowls and perpetually threatening teams deep, the video game stats are back

Warfield, on the other hand, is the most gifted receiver in team history. Warfield’s 13-year Hall of Fame career was split between two teams (eight years in Cleveland, five in Miami) but he was the primary target for a team that went to three consecutive Super Bowls.

Tight End – Jim Mandich

If the criteria are specifically volume numbers, Mandich doesn’t even sniff this list. Adjusting for the era and the style of play the Dolphins’ offense employed, Mandich was an integral part of some of the best teams in the organization’s history.

The primary red zone option and one hell of an inline blocker, Mandich’s role is well-defined in our 11-personnel package.

Left Tackle – Richmond Webb

Over the first years of Richmond Webb’s career, the wall of a left tackle missed two games – TWO! During that span, Webb racked up seven pro-bowl selections and first team all-pro honors on two occasions (1992 and 1994).

Left Guard – Bob Kuechenberg

A Dolphin from 1970-1983, Kuenchberg became one of the honorary spokesmen of the Dolphins organization. Four pro-bowls, a first team all-pro and two Lombardi trophies, Kuechenberg was a reliable and driving force to some stout Dolphins’ ground games.

Center – Dwight Stephenson

Notching four consecutive first team all-pro honors, Stephenson was as dominant at his position as Dan Marino was in his prime. An injury cut his career short; otherwise Stephenson might be considered the best center in NFL history.

Right Guard – Larry Little

Outdoing Stephenson, and any other player to don the aqua and orange, Little was named a first team all-pro five consecutive seasons from 1971-1975. A part of the Super Bowl teams and a 12-year member of the Dolphins, Little completes the most dominant position group of this entire super-squad.

Right Tackle – Jake Long

The only member of the line playing out of position, Long’s short-lived dominance was too simply too great to ignore. Long made four consecutive pro-bowls before injuries sent his career off the rails. Long was a first team all-pro one time in 2010 taking the annual honors from Joe Thomas.


Right Defensive End – Jason Taylor

First-ballot Hall of Fame, eight pro-bowls and the NFL’s seventh all-time sack leader, Taylor’s South Florida legend survived a stint in Jet green.

The six-time pro-bowler and three-time first team all-pro has more fumbles returned for touchdowns than any player in league history (six) and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

Nose Tackle – Tim Bowens

Longevity and durability were the hallmarks of this two-time pro-bowler. Each one of Bowens’ 155 career games were played for Miami. In that span, Bowens registered 296 solo tackles, 22 sacks and nine forced fumbles.

Three Technique – Bob Baumhower

Another Dolphins lifer, Baumhower edges out Manny Fernandez due in large part to his pass rush ability. With an eight sack 1983 season, Baumhower earned his one appearance on the NFL’s all-pro team. Baumhower played in five pro-bowls over his nine-year career.

Left Defensive End – Cameron Wake

October 21, 2017 - Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. - Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) celebrates a fourth-quarter sack at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Final score: Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28 (Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

October 21, 2017 – Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. – Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) celebrates a fourth-quarter sack at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Final score: Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28 (Photo by Andres Leiva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

Beginning his NFL career at age 27, Wake has defied father time by racking up 92 career sacks …. and counting. A pro’s pro with an exceptional get-off, Wake has made five pro-bowl teams, earning first team all-pro honors in 2012 with 15 sacks.

Inside Linebacker – Zach Thomas

Nobody filled up the stat sheet like Zach Thomas. In his 12 years with the Dolphins, Thomas registered 1,035 solo tackles, 17 interceptions, 19.5 sacks and four defensive touchdowns.

Those gaudy numbers earned Thomas seven pro-bowl selections and first team all-pro honors on five occasions. His lack of recognition by the Pro Football Hall of Fame puts the entire committee under fire.

Outside Linebacker – Nick Buoniconti

The Zach Thomas before Zach Thomas, Buoniconti was the leader of the Dolphins’ No Name Defense that won a pair of Super Bowls. Eight pro-bowls, five first team all-pros and 32 career interceptions, Buoniconti’s best years came with the Boston Patriots; but it was his presence that galvanized those great Miami defenses.

Cornerback – Patrick Surtain

Missing only four games in his seven-year Dolphins career, Surtain picked off 29 passes. His three consecutive pro-bowls from 2002-2004 featured one all-pro first team selection in which Surtain made 17 plays on the ball (six interceptions and 11 PBUs).

Cornerback – Sam Madison

Madison picked off 31 passes and locked down the opposition’s best receiver for nine years in Miami. With four consecutive pro-bowls and back-to-back all-pro selections in the late-90’s/early-2000’s, Madison was an integral part to one of the NFL’s elite defensive runs.

Slot Corner – Troy Vincent

Primarily a perimeter corner, we’re converting Vincent to the slot simply because of his vast skill set. Described as a “smooth cover corner,” we’re betting Vincent’s quick feet and natural instincts will allow him to flourish at the toughest position on the defense.

Vincent spent only four of his 16-year career in Miami, but his ball production was never better than where it all began.

Free Safety – Jake Scott

Super Bowl MVP, 35 interceptions, five pro-bowls and two first team all-pros in just six seasons, Scott was the original rangy free safety. He didn’t spend his entire career in Miami, but he never missed a game in his six, tremendous seasons.

Strong Safety – Reshad Jones

While Scott is roaming the deep middle, Jones is setting the tone down in the box. His physicality and temperament give him the position over Dick Anderson. Jones is twice a pro-bowler with 18 interceptions and 10.5 sacks over his nine-year career. A fifth-round draft pick, Jones’ climb to Ring of Honor status has made him a fan favorite in Miami.


Special Teams

Kicker – Olindo Mare
Punter – Reggie Roby
Long Snapper – John Denney

Feel free to send me your list on Twitter @WingfieldNFL. As a bonus, here is the 2018 NFL Super Team.


Position Player
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Running Back Todd Gurley
Wide Receiver Antonio Brown
Wide Receiver Julio Jones
Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins
Tight End Rob Gronkowski
Left Tackle Tyron Smith
Left Guard Kelechi Osemele
Center Alex Mack
Right Guard Zack Martin
Right Tackle Trent Williams
Defensive End Khalil Mack
Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald
Defensive Tackle JJ Watt
Defensive End Von Miller
Linebacker Luke Kuechly
Linebacker Bobby Wagner
Cornerback Casey Hayward
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey
Slot Corner Chris Harris
Free Safety Eric Berry
Strong Safety Harrison Smith
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Scouting Reports

State of the AFC East

Oliver Candido




With the aging empire of the New England Patriots hopefully coming to an end in the coming years the arms race and power struggle will enter overdrive. The Patriots have run this division for over a decade but all things must come to an end, with Tom Brady nearing his goal of playing till 45 and Bill Belichick turning 66 there is blood in the water, and the rest of the East will look to grab the crown and run with it.

Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bill Belichick head out onto the field to shake hands with the Buffalo Bills after their 24-12 win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots


Tom Brady’s play has declined but that hasn’t stopped New England from being a powerhouse, the offensive line will welcome Isiah Wynn back the former 1st rounder, he tore his Achilles in camp 2018. The skill positions are mixed, Sony Michelle provided a solid rookie campaign but there are holes in the wide receiver and tight end positions. Rob Gronkowski is pondering retirement meanwhile Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all set to hit Free Agency. Defensively New England has excelled on maximizing talent with what they have but with that being said they have some notable players departing such as Trey Flowers, Malcom Brown, and possibly the McCourty twins.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Markus Golden (EDGE)

Pick 32, 1st round:

Kelvin Harmon (WR)


New York Jets


The New York Jets are not a star-studded team and will be ongoing a scheme change led by Coach Adam Gase. Offensively it would be easier to name what they do have then to name what they don’t, Sam Darnold is the only true “bright” spot on the offensive side of the ball. Multiple reports state that Isiah Crowell will be released in the coming month so half back will need to be addressed, in addition to wide receiver, tight end, and offensive line. On the opposite side of the ball things seem to be a bit more promising with Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye. New York will need to add a true pass rusher along with some other linebackers and defensive backs as well.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Le’Veon Bell (HB)

Pick 3, 1st round:

Josh Allen (EDGE)


Buffalo Bills


Buffalo has a good defense that is paired with the 31st ranked offense, they are in need of talent to surround Josh Allen with. Josh Allen needs an entire cast around him, most importantly an offensive line who can buy him some time, but it doesn’t stop there. After releasing former fullback wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay the only player who can truly garner some targets is aging halfback Lesean McCoy. Although the defense has played well they are also in need of some attention, with Kyle Williams retiring they will need another defensive tackle in addition to a true edge rusher. This roster is still being rebuilt and could use talent on almost every level offensively but they need to give injury prone Josh Allen some decent offensive line play.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Trenton Brown (OT)

Pick 9, 1st round:

Jawaan Taylor (OT)


Miami Dolphins


Our beloved Miami Dolphins will be going through many changes and a complete rebuild directed by Chris Grier and Brian Flores. Miami has talent at the skill positions with young and inexpensive talent at halfback, tight end, and wide receiver. With the upcoming release/trade of Ryan Tannehill the biggest need will be finding his replacement via free agency or draft. Resources will have to be allocated to the trenches as Miami lacks talent on the interior offensive line and on the edge defensively. Miami’s defense is looking to be a multiple look defense in order to achieve this they will have to add versatility on every level off the defense and add depth to the secondary. This regime will be taking the long painful road of a true rebuild as Miami has been mediocre for far too long.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Mitch Morse (OL)

Pick 13, 1st round:

Rashan Gary (EDGE)


Madden 19 Giveaway:

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My favorite player once caught 29 passes in a season while 11 of them went for TDs! That means over a 3rd of his receptions were Touchdowns!

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Miami Dolphins

State of the Roster – Cornerbacks

Travis Wingfield




The 2019 off-season schedule had an unusual beginning for the Miami Dolphins. Not that the once proud, winningest organization in the NFL is suddenly new to coaching turnover (quite the opposite, rather). It’s the timing of the hire that provides the distinction from Stephen Ross’ three other head coaching appointments.

Typically, when the incumbent or new staff is in-place by Early-January, the roster dominoes begin to take shape. Waiting for Brian Flores to win his fifth Lombardi Trophy delayed that process by a month.

Now, with the majority of Coach Flores’ staff settling into their new offices, we can begin to speculate and forecast what will transpire over the next three months.

It’s not hyperbole to say that these next three months are the most important of Chris Grier’s professional career. Miami’s new General Manager is charged with resurrecting a franchise that, in the last 15 years, has fallen from the peak of the winning percentage mountain top, all the way down to fifth place on that obscure, yet illustrious list.

In this series we are going to explore the current assets on the roster and what their futures hold. Plus, we’ll explore the free-agency market and point out scheme fit pieces the Dolphins might seek to add in April’s draft.


Current Cash Owed: ~ $9.3 Million
NFL Average: ~ $16 Million

Players Under Contract – 2019 Cash Owed:

Xavien Howard – $1.3 M

Tying for the league lead in interceptions (7), Howard continued his breakthrough performance that began late in 2017. Among the game’s top corners, Howard excels in man coverage, offers an impressive physical style of press play, and tracks the ball exceptionally well.

The Dolphins will likely look to extend Howard in the near future, despite rumors of his presence on the trade block. Stephone Gilmore’s lockdown Super Bowl performance afforded the Pats defense ultimate creativity – something Brian Flores will want to retain in Miami.

Howard’s Projected 2019 Action: #1 Corner

Bobby McCain – $5.6 M

Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

In his first season with a new payday, McCain struggled. Kicking outside on the perimeter was a challenge that exposed his lack of long-speed. Still a jitterbug inside, McCain offers a knack for the nuance of the position in both man and zone.

Injuries mounted on McCain as he tried to fight through a number of issues all season. He’s a team leader and a top-shelf slot corner – that much will be evident when he’s back in his regular role in 2019.

McCain’s Projected 2019 Action: Slot Corner

Cordrea Tankersley – $673 K

It’s difficult to imagine a worse sophomore season for Tankersley. Benched, ran-ragged, and ultimately a torn ACL, it was a steep decline from an impressive rookie campaign. The mental aspect of the game proved to be a challenge for Tankersley and, to be fair, he wasn’t alone in that portion of Matt Burke’s awful scheme.

Likely starting the year on the physically unable to perform list, Tankersley will get a fresh start in a scheme that accentuates his strengths – playing man coverage.

Tankersley’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth (Begins the season on PUP)

Jalen Davis – $570 K

My pick for biggest sleeper on the roster in 2019, Davis flashed big-time potential in his limited work late in the season. In the Jacksonville game Davis forced a fumble and broke up a third down pass in the end zone. He’s fiery, aggressive, and Miami’s best option behind McCain in the slot.

Davis’ Projected 2019 Action: Backup Slot

Cornell Armstrong – $570 K

Thrust into action late last season, 2018 was a learning experience for Miami’s sixth-round rookie. Armstrong fits the prototype for length and style, but he was worked over in the New England game by Julian Edelman (hardly a bad look).

Armstrong will compete for time on the perimeter this year and continue to serve as a core special teamer.

Armstrong’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth

Torry McTyer – $645 K

McTyer’s numbers look worse than his actual performance. He was whipped consistently, starting with the beat down in Foxboro, but his good coverage was beat by better throws in the Chicago game.

There’s upside with McTyer, but he needs to show it in 2019 if he wants to have a future as a starter in Miami.

McTyer’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth

Jomal Wiltz – Not yet announced (Camp Minimum)

Wiltz was drafted by the Eagles in 2017 and later migrated to the New England practice squad in 2018. Playing under current Dolphins Cornerbacks Coach Josh Boyer, Wiltz has a head start on the new defensive scheme and techniques.

The most interesting aspect of Wiltz’s acquisition, he’s just 5’10’’ 180 pounds – an outlier for Miami’s prototype at the position.

Wiltz’s Projected 2019 Action: Cut/Practice Squad

Pending Free Agents – 


2019 Cornerback Free Agent Market:

Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With McCain locked up and Howard due next, Miami may have to eschew buying its number-two corner. The need is glaring, but the market is lacking. Morris Claiborne, Pierre Desir, and Bradley Roby are the bells of the ball and will be out of Miami’s price range should they hit the market.

There have been two free agent themes presented in this series: 1.) Filling the Foxboro-to-Miami pipeline and, 2.) Reclamation projects.

Jason Verrett qualifies for the second bullet-point – he’s a hell of a player but his medical history is alarming. Eric Rowe is a free agent and falls into both categories. He spent three years with the Patriots but only played in 21 games during that stretch.

Rowe is 6’1’’ with the 205-pound frame to match. Verrett is just 5’10’’ and 188 pounds, but he’s an elite play maker (when healthy).

Miami has been linked to Ronald Darby in recent years. He shakes free from Philadelphia and a poor medical history could significantly reduce his cost.

2019 Cornerback Draft Class:

Cornerback is in play for the 13th pick. DeAndre Baker (Georgia), Byron Murphy (Washington), and Greedy Williams (LSU) head the class at the position.

Baker is feisty and superb in man coverage though he does lack long-speed. Murphy is rail-thin (175 pounds) and his lack of interest in run support will turn the Miami staff off. Williams’ effort has been called into question by some. If that’s true, he will be off Miami’s board altogether as they preach the love of the game.

Penn State’s Amani Oruwariye is an option in the second-round. He first the prototype, he’s ultra-competitive and excels in both press and zone.

Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin plays with the temperament of an alpha dog. His match-ups with Deebo Samuel at the Senior Bowl were the must-see events of the week.

The local product, Michael Jackson from the U, excels in man coverage – he’s a fit.

2019 Cornerback Prediction:

It’s pretty apparent from the free agent and draft classes where the more attractive options lie for the ‘Phins to address this need. Signing a bargain player to compete, and drafting a rookie relatively high should bolster this position into a strength in 2019.

Minkah Fitzpatrick’s official capacity will be as a safety, but he’s going to match-up where the staff sees fit. He’s the best option to cover a detached tight end and he’s probably the best slot cover guy Miami has. We’ll cover him on tomorrow’s podcast and column.

CB #1 – Xavien Howard
CB #2 – Rookie (Baker, Ya-Sin, Jackson)
Slot – Bobby McCain
Slot Backup – Jalen Davis
Depth – Cornell Armstrong
Depth – Torry McTyer / FA (Eric Rowe)
Depth – Cordrea Tankersley (beginning on PUP)

Tomorrow: Safeties


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NFL Draft

Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Jarrett Stidham

Shawn Digity



USA Today
A shot of Jarrett Stidham during the Senior Bowl in January. Image courtesy of USA Today

Which 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks fit for the Miami Dolphins, which ones could start, and which ones aren’t on the table?

Let’s dive into the first installment of Fits and Starts with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham.

2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks and Fits and Starts intro

I hope you’re enjoying all the Kyler Murray talk; it’s not going anywhere for the next two months. So, with all the hype surrounding the Heisman winner and his decision to play in the NFL over the MLB, it makes sense that Murray shot up the draft boards in rapid fashion.

Murray has been connected with the Miami Dolphins, and it makes sense. The Dolphins need a quarterback to lead the franchise into the future, especially with the start of the Brian Flores era.

But what happens if the Dolphins can’t get Kyler Murrayin the 2019 Draft? Let’s take that a step further. What if the Dolphins don’t get any of the QBs that are pegged to go in the first round? Dwayne HaskinsDrew LockDaniel Jones, along with Murray, are all in the conversation to go off the board in the first round.

The 2019 QB class hasn’t exactly been lauded for its talent, but that doesn’t mean its totally devoid of untapped potential on Days 2 and 3. There are some diamonds in the rough and some could be on the Dolphins’ radar come April. The Fits and Starts mini-series will be focusing on these overshadowed mid-round prospects and who could fit into a role with the Miami Dolphins.

Let’s get into the first name on the list: Jarrett Stidham.

Jarrett Stidham and his NFL Future

The first quarterback on the docket is Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. He’s an enigmatic player. He was in the conversation last draft season (before he returned to Auburn) to go in the second round. He was also talked about as a dark-horse Heisman candidate before the college season started.

His junior season didn’t go exactly as scripted, though. Jarrett Stidham had an up-and-down season, and his draft stock has been all over the place, consequently. He’s polarizing in the Twitter Draft realm with many draftniks either loving or hating him. I predict that he’ll go in the third round, but I could see the need for the position pushing him into the second round.

In a lot of ways, I would compare Jarrett Stidham to Ryan Tannehill. With that being said, he’s a poor man’s Tannehill. He’s not as athletic and I wouldn’t put his arm strength or accuracy on the same level, but there are comparisons that can be drawn.

Jarrett Stidham Mini-Report

He has some starter qualities, and he’s very raw in that regard. He also did not get a lot of help from his receivers during the 2018 season. I saw a lot of dropped passes that should’ve been “gimmes”. Jarrett Stidham has a moderately high ceiling, I would say. He’s extremely rough around the edges, but I can see him becoming successful in the NFL; it’ll come with many growing pains, albeit.

He also has some accuracy issues from a lot of the film I’ve watched of him. He’ll make some unbelievable down-the-field bombs, but also make some passes that are too high, too inside or too outside. Many passes were underthrown and I saw plays where WRs had to turn and play some defense. The accuracy is a roller coaster, and that’s something that is hard to improve at the next level; accuracy is more a God-given ability than it is a teachable skill.

Something else that I wasn’t wild about was how Stidham reacted to chaos and pressure. When the line collapsed, I saw some ugly escapes. Those ugly escapes will be ugly sacks in the NFL. I saw flashes of decent pocket presence, but like many of Stidham’s qualities, they were inconsistent.

That’s one of the best words I would use to describe Jarrett Stidham: inconsistent. Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he’s bad. Sometimes he’ll thread the needle for a 40-yard touchdown, sometimes he’ll undercut a route. But if the inconsistency is his biggest issue, which I believe it is, then I’m intrigued by his prospects at the next level with some next-level coaching.

At the End of the Day

So, if the Dolphins drafted Jarrett Stidham, it’d likely be on Day 2 and in the second round with the 48th pick. While the Dolphins are rebuilding, I could see them using a popular draft philosophy of taking a quarterback every year until one hits. If that’s the case, then Stidham could very well be a target if the Dolphins decide to address a bigger need or BPA with the 13th pick.

This could be a way for the Dolphins to hedge their bets while keeping an eye on the 2020 quarterbacks. Akin to the Redskins taking both RGIII and Kirk Cousins in the same draft in 2012, the Dolphins could take a flier on a mid-round quarterback and see what he could do in some games under the guidance of a veteran.

While I wouldn’t be upset by the pick, the Miami Dolphins would be wise to stay away from Jarrett Stidham, bottom line. I say that not because of Stidham’s shortcomings or upside but because of where the Miami Dolphins franchise finds itself.

If Jarrett Stidham goes out and has a decent showing in some live action during his rookie season, then that could affect the draft strategy regarding the 2020 class of quarterbacks.

I don’t want the Dolphins to keep waiting and waiting for someone to slowly develop as they did with Ryan Tannehill. Stidham is in a similar mold, looking at his tools and raw potential. I’m not sure how long it would take for Stidham develop, but I could see it turning into a situation where he takes a few steps forward every season.

Jarrett Stidham could be a quarterback that Chris Grier likes, but I would have a hard time believing that he’s a prospect that he would love–and that’s not what the Miami Dolphins need to right the ship.


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