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Dolphins kick the tires on four linebackers

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Cameron Wake wasn’t at Dolphins headquarters on Tuesday, but plenty of other linebackers without contracts from the team did turn out.

The Dolphins worked out four free agents on Tuesday as they look for more help at a position that needs it even if Wake is on the field. Jonathan Goff, Quentin Groves, Gary Guyton and Bryan Kehl were all in Miami for a look, although the team hasn’t signed any of them.

While Izzy Gould of the Sun-Sentinel thinks that the Dolphins are looking for an outside linebacker to play opposite Wake, the group of players doesn’t really support that notion. Kehl and Guyton are both outside backers, but the other two guys offer a different profile. Goff was a middle linebacker with the Giants who probably doesn’t have the speed to play outside while Groves is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker who could fit the multiple fronts that the Dolphins are expected to run this season.

It might be unclear exactly how the Dolphins will deploy their linebackers, but no one from this group is going to do anything to help the team rush the passer more aggressively next season. That defensive need will have to be addressed during the draft.

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16 Responses to “Dolphins kick the tires on four linebackers”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Apr 11, 2012 9:03 AM

    Yum. Leftovers.

  2. cooklynn17 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:17 AM

    Better kick the tires on like 10 linebackers, the more the merrier, they need help in a big way.

  3. wannstache says: Apr 11, 2012 9:36 AM

    Wow. The Patriots, Jets and Bills have to be licking their chops at how aggressively Ireland is downgrading the Dolphins. First he hires an unqualified coach who was basically the waterboy in Green Bay, trades away his biggest offensive weapon for a bag of chips, and has yet to upgrade a single position on the roster during free agency.

  4. talkintrashallday says: Apr 11, 2012 9:53 AM

    S.O.S. – Save Our Sorry A$$ TEAM!

  5. agelardi says: Apr 11, 2012 10:18 AM

    Jeff Ireland’s philosphy is clearly inspired by the movie Necessary Roughness.

  6. homelanddefense says: Apr 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    haha, Guyton couldn’t get on the field for my pats last year. He has a healthy scratch down the stretch.

  7. thingamajig says: Apr 11, 2012 10:47 AM

    It’s only April and there’s panic in Miami.

  8. nremi85 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:48 AM

    Hey wannstache

    An unqualified coach???? Everything he coached did great and he moved up in the chains and he will be a great coach, no reason to think otherwise, and he brought in great coaches to help him, ireland is busting his butt trying to get the right players for a right price do to the fact we got 6mil in cap and would need all that for draft picks …..this team is inches away from being a playoff team ….our line looking good on o+fence that’s to the good rt sign in my opinion, we have 2 decent qbs, moore prooved himself and so did gerard(a playoff qb with 10 yrs under his belt) 1000 yrd every down back( reggie is nasty) and bess and heartline r good… i agree we we need 2 good receivers from the draft, flyod would be great, our d fence is great, great sign with Marshall. At cb…all we need is a pass rusher and they r trying ….maybe a saftey in the draft, …ok. draft in my eyes. We need rg,safety, 2 wide receivers, de/ olb….maybe a qb ….I rather fix aroung these 2 than get a average qb and waste a pick…. if we can’t get weeden, I don’t see anyone else good enough and tannehill is not worth number 8….I would never go with osweiler as well, he blows!!!! This is my opinion

  9. rayguyreturns says: Apr 11, 2012 11:09 AM

    Good luck with Groves. Liability in pass coverage and can’t stop the run. What’s not to like?

  10. wannstache says: Apr 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    Hey nremi85:

    The man has no experience running an NFL offense, defense or even a special teams unit. He did not even call plays in Green Bay as McCarthy was the de facto offensive coordinator. He wants to run a west coast offense which neither Moore or Garrard fit. Garrard, by the way, is not even an upgrade over Henne. None of his coaches are impressive, Sherman being a failure with both Favre and Tannehill. Bush is fragile and we were lucky he made it through last season; I doubt he can do it again. No upgrades whatsoever have been made and in our division, that is certain death.

  11. phinfan says: Apr 11, 2012 11:41 AM

    Im catching onto irelands trends, this year defense gets downgraded and offense will get upgraded (2011 it was the other way) and (2010 it was other way) and (2009 it was the other way) etc etc etc to 2008

  12. uscfan1988 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:59 AM

    Hey wannstache you do realize that the head coaches job is not to call plays but to draw up the game plans which is what philbin did in green bay. I only diagree with you in your statement about philbin however I agree with everything else you said.

  13. cantonbound13 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:35 PM

    When are we going to kick the tires on some GM candidates, or even better an owner that has some knowledge of the game?

  14. jg725 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    wannstache says:Apr 11, 2012 9:36 AM

    “Wow. The Patriots, Jets and Bills have to be licking their chops at how aggressively Ireland is downgrading the Dolphins. First he hires an unqualified coach who was basically the waterboy in Green Bay, trades away his biggest offensive weapon for a bag of chips, and has yet to upgrade a single position on the roster during free agency.”

    Yea – I’m sure he will never be nearly as good as wannstadt was for the dolphins…….
    I don’t know where people come up with some of these theories

  15. wannstache says: Apr 11, 2012 2:33 PM

    jg725:

    Wanny was certainly a bad head coach, but he was more qualified than this guy. He will have a better win-loss record in the end as well. Philbin was hired because he comes cheap, is willing to be subservient to Ireland and because Ross saw that a number of uninformed Dolphins fans were clamoring for him because drew a paycheck from Green Bay. If he was so good, why didn’t Reggie McKenzie hire him when he took over in Oakland? Do your homework.

  16. beeronthefridge says: Apr 11, 2012 6:37 PM

    I’m shocked. Isn’t it true that NO NFL FREE AGENTS want to play for the fins?

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