Dolphins Acquire Robert Quinn From Rams

It was reported earlier today that the Dolphins are trading a mid-round pick and swapping late round draft picks to acquire DE Robert Quinn from the Los Angeles Rams.

Just when I began to lose faith in my Dolphins, they reel me back in. After Tannehill got injured in the preseason last year, it was a pretty wild ride in Miami. We automatically signed Jay Cutler to be a $10 million joke. He was a funny joke, we had some good times, but he was still a joke…and an expensive one. Then, they traded Jay Ajayi for a fourth-round draft pick. I was LIVID.

See:

BREAKING: Jay Ajayi To The Eagles

So that happened and we missed the playoffs. Always next year, right? Hard maybe.

My hope started to come back around the time the Dolphins Franchise-Tagged Jarvis Landry a couple of weeks ago, because no matter what happens with that, at least they aren’t letting him walk. And then, this. We not only have Cameron Wake,  we not only have Ndamukong Suh, but not we also have ROBERT QUINN!

Obviously, Adam Gase’s philosophy (besides hiring all of his boys from previous teams) is that if the opposing quarterback dies every week, they can’t beat us. I LOVE IT.

Two important items to note:

https://mobile.twitter.com/QMS_TreBabs/status/969700978684518401

This D-Line trio might actually end Tom Brady’s career. You heard it here first!!

Secondly, getting Robert Quinn for what seems like a 4th-rounder essentially means that they turned Jay Ajayi into Robert Quinn. I can get behind that. I realize that we took on a pretty good sized contract in the process, but we are also not having to pay Landry now. (Hopefully we get good compensation.)

All we need now is to draft the next great QB and let ol’ TanneTHRILL mold them and we will be set.

P.S. I have NO idea which QB we should draft…pretty much anyone besides Darold.

P.S.S. While we are at it, let’s sign Johnny Football to the practice squad. Why? Because it’s #COMEBACKSZN

PHINS UP!

 

Breaking: Panthers Deal Kelvin to Carolina North (Buffalo)

Kelvin Benjamin Traded to the Bills

Buffalo Carolina North Bills

The great Panther migration north is in full effect. In a rather shocking move, the Carolina Panthers have dealt their former first-round wideout, Kelvin Benjamin, to Buffalo for a third and a seventh-round pick. Benjamin’s trade continues a trend that has seen several Panthers players become part of the program in Buffalo under new General Manager Brandon Beane. Beane began his NFL career in the Panthers front-office in 1998. Over 18 years, Beane ascended through the Panthers front-office and reached the title of Assistant GM under Dave Gettleman. This offseason, Beane was presented a tough career choice: wait in the wings until Gettelman retires or is fired or accept the Bills’ GM job and begin building his own empire in Buffalo.

Beane took the latter. In May, Beane was named the new General Manager of the Buffalo Bills. He didn’t have to look for a head coach. Carolina’s former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was a hot commodity in head coaching searches, but ultimately landed in Buffalo. Buffalo hired McDermott in January under previous GM Doug Whaley. After Whaley was fired the day after the 2017 draft, Beane was a natural fit to pair with McDermott. The duo’s first task would be to begin assembling a winning roster. During free agency, the Bills scooped up several former Panthers including Mike Tolbert, Leonard Johnson, Philly Brown, and Joe Webb after he was cut.

Buffalo’s vision is clear under Beane and McDermott. They are obviously trying to instill the culture and brand of football the Panthers used to make their Super Bowl run in 2015. So far they are off to a great start. Currently, the Bills are 5-2 and sit a half a game back of New England for first in the AFC East. Now they have a massive red zone threat in Benjamin to replace Sammy Watkins.

Implications in Carolina

What does the Benjamin trade mean for Carolina? Though they have Devin Funchess, who is of similar size but costs much less, Kelvin was one of Cam Newton’s favorite and most reliable targets. In the red zone, it has been no secret that Cam is looking for Benjamin. That aside, it’s possible that Christian McCaffery along with the emergence of Funchess made Benjamin expendable. There is no denying it. Kelvin Benjamin made an impact in this offense. When he’s on the field, Kelvin has been outstanding. However, in Carolina’s most successful season over that span, 2015, Benjamin missed the entire season with a knee injury. With Greg Olsen set to return from injury in the coming weeks, the Carolina front office must’ve felt this deal is an addition by subtraction.

When Olsen heals, the Panthers offense should be okay, if not more spacious at least. They certainly can’t be worse than they’ve performed this season. Now, Devin Funchess is the primary outside target. Greg Olsen will man the inside with Ed Dickson sneaking around from a second tight end position at times. Across the middle, Curtis Samuel will be the shifty speed threat; similar to the role Philly Brown played on the 2015 team. In the slot, Russell Shepard, Damiere Byrd, and Christian McCaffery. Shepard has speed and big-playmaking ability. So does Byrd. McCaffery is most intriguing out of the slot. The rookie ranks third in the league in receptions. Unfortunately, the speedy back hasn’t seen requisite space to make special things happen. Perhaps removing Benjamin’s big body from the equation will open things up.

Though trading away a first-round pick and top receiving target may look like the Panther’s front-office is crazy. In time, the move could be more beneficial to Carolina than anticipated.

Trade Deadline Coverage

Breaking: Jimmy G to the 49ers for a 2nd Rounder

BREAKING: Jay Ajayi To The Eagles

Breaking: Jimmy G to the 49ers for a 2nd Rounder

Jimmy G’s Heading West

After years of speculation, the Patriots have finally dealt Jimmy Garoppolo. Though many thought Cleveland would ultimately be Garoppolo’s landing destination, Jimmy G is heading out west. John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan, and the 49ers swooped in and got their man. It was no secret. Kyle Shanahan was a Jimmy G fan coming out of Eastern Illinois, Shanahan’s father Mike’s alma mater. After the 2014 combine, Shanahan had high praise for the youngster and the signal-caller was near the top of his draft board. The cards didn’t fall right come draft night, but three years later the two are joining forces in San Francisco.

One thing is clear, rebuilding or not, 0-8 is unacceptable to Lynch and Shanahan. QB play isn’t the sole reason the 49ers are winless this season, but it has played a major role. During the draft and offseason, the newly rehauled front-office choose to rebuild the team from the defense up. Under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, the 49ers defense has played well enough to keep the team competitive, but the offense’s inability to move the football effectively has continually shot the team in the foot.

Brian Hoyer was brought in as a place-holder for the 2017 season. His only job was to manage the offense, use his experience, and maybe steal a couple of games.  Aside from a week one loss to Carolina, the 49ers lost five straight games by three points or less. 2017 third-round pick C.J. Beathard took over for Hoyer during a week 6 loss to the Redskins. Three weeks later, the 49ers cut Hoyer following the Garoppolo trade.

Experiment, Audition, or Franchise Cornerstone?

It is unlikely Garoppolo won’t make his 49er debut this weekend against Arizona. We may not even see Jimmy G take the field in Week 10 against the Giants. San Francisco has their bye in week 11; expect Garoppolo to be starting by week 12. Some NFL experts think Garoppolo will be a perfect for Shanahan’s scheme, but there is really no way of telling. Though Jimmy G has some experience, his sample size is way too small. Also, Jimmy G was subbing for Tom Brady in a well-oiled, high-powered Patriot offense. Now, he’s behind one of the worst offenses lines in the NFL with one of the weakest receiving corps.

The trade is a calculated risk for the 49ers. Yes, they gave up a second-round pick, but the gamble could be worth the opportunity to test-drive Jimmy G for the rest of the season. If Garoppolo picks up Shanahan’s offense and shows promise, the 49ers have their franchise-guy. If he doesn’t, the 49ers only lost a draft pick and can still go after Kirk Cousins in free agency. The 49ers could also franchise tag Garoppolo for the 2018 season. At that point, Jimmy G would have an entire offseason to study Shanahan’s playbook and the 49er front office can surround the 25-year old with playmakers.

Garoppolo to the 49ers presents a rare opportunity for all sides involved. Let’s see how it plays out.

 

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