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Mike Sherman says the Dolphins are just a couple pieces away

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New Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman says he hasn’t joined the staff of a team in need of a major overhaul. Instead, he says, he thinks there’s already a lot of talent in Miami and that all the Dolphins need is a couple of players to put them over the top.

I watched the tape, and I don’t think we’re that far away,” Sherman told the Miami Herald. “We’re missing a couple of pieces here and there but I think we have a chance to build upon what [General Manager] Jeff Ireland has put together here. After watching the tape, I think we get a couple of pieces here and there, I think we’ll be close.”

If one of the pieces the Dolphins add is a healthy Peyton Manning then Sherman is right. If one of those pieces is Matt Flynn — and Flynn turns out to be a very good NFL starter and not just a career backup who had one spectacular game at the end of the season — then Sherman is right. But if the Dolphins don’t get the quarterback position right, then it’s hard to see how Sherman could be right that the team is only a couple pieces away.

The good news for Sherman is that owner Stephen Ross has made clear that he’ll spend what he has to spend to get the right piece in place at the quarterback position.

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37 Responses to “Mike Sherman says the Dolphins are just a couple pieces away”
  1. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 19, 2012 5:03 PM

    They need to check with J.Lo before making any decisions…what a joke of a franchise.

  2. FinFan68 says: Feb 19, 2012 5:19 PM

    He’s right. They lacked leadership and accountability more than anything else. Moore is at least a capable stopgap if nothing better is available. A receiving TE, an end pass rusher and a versatile offensive lineman can all be found in the draft or free agency.

  3. grogansneck says: Feb 19, 2012 5:19 PM

    Yep…they just need a QB, running back, TE, O-Line, D-Line, and Defensive backfield.

    They are all set at WR, kicker, and lamest mascot.

  4. bradybbgoat says: Feb 19, 2012 5:23 PM

    MDS-

    As a Patriots fan, I can assure you Flynn has had two great games, not one.

  5. swagjag says: Feb 19, 2012 5:48 PM

    He’s right. They just need to replace the owner and the GM.

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 19, 2012 5:48 PM

    I actually agree that the Dolphins are just a few players away from being a really good team.

    Unfortunately those few players are Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, and Lawrence Taylor all in their prime.

  7. ampats says: Feb 19, 2012 6:18 PM

    I think the biggest piece is new ownership.

    As a Patriots fan I say continue business as usual.Sorry Dolphin fans but I would stop mocking jets fans because because your team has crossed the quarter century mark with no end in sight.

  8. ramsfan21 says: Feb 19, 2012 6:20 PM

    They are a few pieces away. They finished strong and there defensive isn’t bad at all. Draft the right people and get some solid free agents and this team will be dangerous!!!!

  9. raqaiw says: Feb 19, 2012 6:23 PM

    The Dolphins need to be swapped with the Colts in the AFC South, then they’ll compete every year. Indy isn’t ANYWHERE near the south, but Miami is.

  10. deadeye says: Feb 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    Piece #1 = Ross
    Piece #2 = QB
    Piece #3 = RT
    Piece #4 = Athletic TE
    Piece #5 = Pass rusher
    Piece #6 = FS

    Yeah this team is real close. Sherman doesn’t know what he’s saying. Miami is at least two good drafts away from competing for a playoff spot, and this assumes they solve their QB problem.

  11. markeyh says: Feb 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    You say:

    “if the Dolphins don’t get the quarterback position right, then it’s hard to see how Sherman could be right that the team is only a couple pieces away”

    So you yourself are admitting that a QB is all they need to take that next step up…

    I would say another pass rusher and more competent coaching and player development is all that is needed.

    The few Pieces needed are

    QB, Pass rusher opposite Wake, TE, RT….

  12. roamingabriel says: Feb 19, 2012 6:29 PM

    I’m pretty certain Sherman knows a helluva lot more about what’s needed than MDS does…

    I think the Fins could compete with the Pats next year…

  13. imjinbrdgr says: Feb 19, 2012 7:19 PM

    Sherman is an OK coach but a disaster as a personnel man. Can you say Ahmad Carroll, Joey Thomas, not to mention a slew of failed defensive lineman. There was a reason the Packers hired Ted Thompson. Thank God they did!

  14. imjinbrdgr says: Feb 19, 2012 7:24 PM

    Fin fans better hope he has NO say in who those pieces might be.

  15. jimmysee says: Feb 19, 2012 8:04 PM

    Matt Flynn could help this team a lot — for the next decade.

  16. geetee52 says: Feb 19, 2012 8:59 PM

    Count me as one of the Dolphin fans that keep watching them despite the ineptitude displayed by the personnel folks there for more than a decade.

    They’ve found ways to pass on the likes of Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers, and Matt Ryan…not to mention a certain coach who couldn’t wait to show Dan Marino the door. At this point I’d be happy if they’d just roll the dice and take a shot at Kellen Moore.

    With Miami’s bad fortune at QB since the turn of the millennium it wouldn’t surprise me if Chad Henne gets a Harbaugh-esque miracle of a career transformation wherever he signs next.

  17. annes22 says: Feb 19, 2012 9:18 PM

    It’s amazing how fans of other teams know so much more than Mike Sherman about the Dolphins
    Worry about your own teams because some of your teams really “suck” so do your owners.
    I guess some of you missed your vocation coaching in the NFL, because you know so much about it. It’s
    amazing what some people have to say.

  18. wannstache says: Feb 19, 2012 9:34 PM

    First of all, Stephen Ross saying he’ll spend big and Stephen Ross actually spending big are two different things. I’ll believe it when I see it. Second, just about every team that doesn’t have an elite QB is “a couple of pieces away”. Word of advice to the Dolphins organization: Actions speak louder than words. Shut up and produce!

  19. dpndots says: Feb 19, 2012 9:46 PM

    ____ _____ offensive coordinator for _____ ____ ______ says they are just a couple pieces away….

    meaning that anybody from anywhere should confidently say this…

  20. promickey says: Feb 19, 2012 10:06 PM

    If one of the pieces the Dolphins add is a healthy Peyton Manning then Sherman is right. If one of those pieces is Matt Flynn — and Flynn turns out to be a very good NFL starter and not just a career backup who had one spectacular game at the end of the season — then Sherman is right. But if the Dolphins don’t get the quarterback position right, then it’s hard to see how Sherman could be right that the team is only a couple pieces away.
    ————————————————–
    Dude, The Dolphins Matt Moore was the #12 rated passer in the NFL, with a poor right tackle, not playing with the first team during pre season and without a speed receiver to stretch the field. The Dolphins played the Super Bowl champs close and the Patriots who also made the Super Bowl also very close. Matt Moore was the QB for both games. Both games were not decided until the final minute. What do you need as evidence for a QB. If Flynn is not the guy certainly Moore will be. Spending draft choices in other needed areas will put the Dolphins in the position they need to be for a playoff run. Forget about Peyton he is most likely done with his NFL career.

  21. spfripp says: Feb 19, 2012 10:13 PM

    If you want to put things in perspective. The Pats actually has more hole to fill then Miami does. The Pats have only three spots secured on their entire defense, the rest is in need for improvement yet they still made the SB riding on their offense. AS for Miami, they have 5 spots that are in need of improvement (QB, RAT, RG, FS, a pass rusher). IMO Miami could get by with Culver at FS and I also think Odrick could be a dominating player if given the opportunity. I have never seen a SB team that had an entire roster of elite players, so to say Miami is 5 or even 6 players off as someone suggested the owner needs to be replaced is not so bad.

    I also think if Miami had a QB that performed better in the 4th quarter they would have made the playoffs this past year. That is my only knock ok Matt Moore and my lone reason I feel Miami needs a change at QB. Moore probably would be able to get Miami into the playoffs but I don’t see him as a QB to get Miami past the 1st rd of the playoffs much less the SB.

  22. all4patriots says: Feb 19, 2012 10:51 PM

    4 pieces: offense, defense, special teams, capable ownership.

    Other than that, things are rosy

  23. bullcharger says: Feb 19, 2012 11:34 PM

    spfripp says:Feb 19, 2012 10:13 PM

    If you want to put things in perspective. The Pats actually has more hole to fill then Miami does. The Pats have only three spots secured on their entire defense, the rest is in need for improvement yet they still made the SB riding on their offense. AS for Miami, they have 5 spots that are in need of improvement (QB, RAT, RG, FS, a pass rusher). IMO Miami could get by with Culver at FS and I also think Odrick could be a dominating player if given the opportunity. I have never seen a SB team that had an entire roster of elite players, so to say Miami is 5 or even 6 players off as someone suggested the owner needs to be replaced is not so bad.

    I also think if Miami had a QB that performed better in the 4th quarter they would have made the playoffs this past year. That is my only knock ok Matt Moore and my lone reason I feel Miami needs a change at QB. Moore probably would be able to get Miami into the playoffs but I don’t see him as a QB to get Miami past the 1st rd of the playoffs much less the SB.

    ———————

    The Patriots have Wilfork, Mayo, Chung, McCourty, Spikes, Ninkovich, Arrington and made it to the Superbowl. They also have cap space to sign back Anderson and Carter (if he’s healthy). They also have 2 first and 2 second round draft picks are are coming off the superbowl. The defense wasn’t great but it did the job in the playoffs pretty well if you look at the points allowed there.

    Miami have waaaaay more holes to fill than the Patriots.

  24. randomguy9999 says: Feb 19, 2012 11:56 PM

    It’s crazy blaming Ross for everything just because he was awkward with the Harbaugh incident….

    Ross has been trying to get top flight talent, been willing to spend for it, been willing to delegate, and hold people responsible… seems to me that isn’t such a bad strategy… esp since that’s exactly what Mara and Kraft do…

    Moore was playing GREAT…. while he was running for his life every other play and hitting guys in the facemask with the ball….

    if Moore had a 1st WR that didn’t tie for 2nd in the NFL in drops…. there wouldn’t be a discussion of of who the QB is gonna be….

    get him some protection/ run blocking and a couple of great receivers and the Phins will compete…

  25. bsizemore68 says: Feb 20, 2012 12:02 AM

    Every one has an opinion, however I don’t see to many of theses experts that have a history as a NFL coach, perhaps some have a little bit of experience such as a broom boy, laundry boy or a water boy, of course they know every thing about what goes on behind the green door, the problem as in the song is no one will let them in. Bill

  26. cornersss says: Feb 20, 2012 2:18 AM

    “They need to check with J.Lo before making any decisions…what a joke of a franchise.”

    Well, at least its obvious you just dont know any better.

  27. cornersss says: Feb 20, 2012 2:21 AM

    Matt Moore had 15 tds 9 ints and 14 FUMBLES in just 12 games. And i cant remember a game he sealed in the 4th quarter, just losing many games

  28. dolfanjay says: Feb 20, 2012 6:39 AM

    I love how non-dolphins fans say they need a complete overhaul. Wrong! They had a stout defense last year and the biggest problem was at the safety position. Hopefully Solai and Langford can come back, but for the money they want that seems impossible. A right tackle would do wonders for the offense. They are totally set at running back. Hopefully Daniel Thomas will come back this year completely healthy and we could have the best backfield in the NFL. And if anyone watched more than two games last year, they’d have seen the gem that is Charles Clay. He could be a great field stretching tight end and great for this west coast offense!

  29. phillyphinsfan says: Feb 20, 2012 6:48 AM

    I thought Matt Moore did a great job last year. They’re far from being a Super Bowl contender, but could compete for a playoff spot in a couple of years.

  30. marinephinfan says: Feb 20, 2012 8:06 AM

    This article makes no sense.

    So, if Miami gets a few of their pieces then Sherman is right, but if they don’t get those couple of pieces then Sherman is wrong?

    Huh?

  31. mackie66 says: Feb 20, 2012 8:33 AM

    Whats Shermans deffinition of a “few” pieces? 6, 13, 53? After watching this franchise for the past 40 some odd yrs, they need more then a few. QB, TE, RT, RG, Passrusher, FS, DBs, RB, at least 4-5 special team players, thats 13 off the top of my head. I guess thats a few?

  32. igotgamenj says: Feb 20, 2012 9:03 AM

    MDS-

    As a Patriots fan, I can assure you Flynn has had two great games, not one.

    As a Dolphins fan I can assure you Brady lost another Super Bowl

  33. turnmymicup says: Feb 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    I feel the same way about the phins. When you look at the team we really don’t need that many pieces. Its just the ones that are missing are critical to having a successfull team. No secrets here MIA needs a QB. But more importantly Ireland needs to find more guys to block for him. RT isn’t the only spot slacking. Henne was always on the run. He had to constantly get out of the breaking pocket. Matt Moore also was forced to scramble more than he should have to. Resulting in big hits and injuries. No point in bringing in Peyton if we can’t block for him. Another pass rusher to take the eyes off Wake but I wouldn’t sleep on Jared Odrick this year ppl. We don’t need a wideout Marshall just needs to hold onto the ball. During the season I mean not just in the pro bowl.

  34. dukemarc says: Feb 20, 2012 11:24 AM

    Sherman also stated those few pieces were, Marco Rivera, William Henderson and Antonio Freeman.

  35. bradybbgoat says: Feb 20, 2012 1:35 PM

    igotgamenj says:
    Feb 20, 2012 9:03 AM

    As a Dolphins fan I can assure you Brady lost another Super Bowl
    ____________________________________

    Your team last won a playoff game in 1999 under your all-time franchise QB who never who never won a ring.

    I’ll take that from fans of teams who have won recently, but Dolphins fans have no right to discuss Super Bowls.

  36. spfripp says: Feb 20, 2012 3:58 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Feb 19, 2012 11:34

    PM Patriots have Wilfork, Mayo, Chung, McCourty, Spikes, Ninkovich, Arrington and made it to the Superbowl. They also have cap space to sign back Anderson and Carter (if he’s healthy). They also have 2 first and 2 second round draft picks are are coming off the superbowl. The defense wasn’t great but it did the job in the playoffs pretty well if you look at the points allowed there.

    Miami have waaaaay more holes to fill than the
    Patriots.

    ___________________________

    I don’t think that highly of Chung, Ninkovich, McCourty or Arrington because if they are as good as you say they are they Pats defense would have done much better. They are players that the Pats could get by with like how I mentioned Miami with Culver but the thing is you need talent surrounding those players.

    But hey we could even go with your list of needs for the Pat and to say Miami has “waaaay more holes” is waaaaay off base. You mentioned 7 players, well guess what, there are 11 players on each side of the ball, so that leaves the Pats with 4 spots to fill and another need position for the Pats is a deep threat on offense. SO you are saying the Pats 5 needs is much less then the Dolphins 5 needs? Interesting math there buddy.

  37. shadowgm1 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:36 PM

    Mike Sherman…always good for a laugh. He sounds like Elmer Fudd raised in Massachusetts by the Kennedy’s. What has this idiot done to show he knows anything about talent and potential? He rode Ahman Green and Favre (turning him into a primadonna) through a few playoff appearances, but his questionable coaching and faltering in pressure situations made him an easy mark perennially when in the playoffs. Ironic pairing of our former “insert name here” offensive coordinator as their HC and the failure which McCarthy replaced as the OC. It’s becoming quite apparent that Ross and Ireland have no idea whatsoever how to improve staff. Dig in Fin Fans, it’s going to be a bumpy two years.

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