Wednesday, February 21, 2007

NFL Combine Time: The Muel Heads For Indy

It’s that time of year again! Time for a bunch of old men with clip boards & whistles to gather around and poke, prod, touch and ogle young athletic men standing around in their underwear.
That’s right. It’s the NFL Scouting Combine! And it’s here that we’re going to scout the NFL’s future.

It’s where guys like Denver's rookie quarterback Jay Cutler look to raise their draft-day stock and where hidden gems are discovered. We know about the Brady Quinns and the Tedd Ginn Jrs. of the world. The combine is where guys like Randy The Muel Mueller find the late-round gems. This is where he spotted guys like Donte Stallworth and Deuce McAllister back when he managed the Saints. Mueller likes quarterbacks and he likes speed, so it will be interesting to see who he gets in this, his first real draft as an actual, fully functional general manager. Add Cam Cameron in his first draft as a head coach and newly acquired QB coach Terry Shea and you have to feel good about how they plan to address this draft (i.e. speed & quarterbacks).

Unlike Nick Saban, they’ll be looking at needs. Not just future practice squad, second-rate safeties from the SEC.

This is what The Muel said in today’s Sun-Sentinel:


“My philosophy is get as many good players as we can get," Mueller said. "Obviously, that [quarterback] position is critical. There have been times in my past where we've had four, five guys in camp who could play, and I think the more options you give yourself ... the better chance you have of competing week to week in this league. Sometimes it's about depth."
At one point while constructing the New Orleans Saints' roster from 2000-01, Mueller's depth chart at quarterback included Jeff Blake, Aaron Brooks, Jake Delhomme and Marc Bulger -- all of whom became NFL starters.

Among the invited quarterbacks at the combine, LSU's JaMarcus Russell and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn are considered the standouts.


Mueller is making the quarterback position a top priority. That’s great news. Read the entire Sentinel column. It doesn’t say anything new or anything we haven’t all heard or said. But it just has a fresh quality to it. The Dolphins are letting their fans in on what they’re looking for. And you get an overwhelming sense of calm that the team is now – finally – in good hands and that the botched drafts of the past are a forgotten thing.

If anything of interest happens at the combine (usually, nothing of interest happens), I’ll report it here. I’ll also update you guys on how the players the Dolphins might be looking at fair. Brady Quinn is expected to be there. And we'll get good looks at plenty of offensive linemen as well.

Keep it here in the coming weeks.


Great stuff Dude I am loving your draft and offseason coverage of the Phins.

I'm really excited about our offseason simply b/c "The Muel" is able to use his skills finally without being handcuffed by Nick Saban.

One of the keys last year for teams like the Jags, Saints and Jets was the fact they had rookies they could slide right into the starting rotation and produce. I really wish we were able to do this with guys like Jason Allen and Frederick Evans.

Keep the coverage coming Dude!
Great to see Mueller letting us in on what he's thinking and great to see him focusing on a big need like the QB position.
It is refreshing to see how the Dolphin leadership is being more and more offensive minded. The Muel likes to stack his teams with QBs, Cam is a offense guy, Shea as the new QB coach... What a difference from the past regimes down here.

QB and speed-- if you can strike gold on both those fronts you're set up for a lot of success.

Def. love this new look Dolphins brass. And allowing Mueller to do his thing is exactly what we've been lacking all these years. I feel good about entering this draft and that hasn't been the case for quite some time. You have to like the Dolphins chances in drafting a QB somewhere in this draft. Just good to see them aware of the position's question marks.

I second every emotion's long overdue to get serious about a QB...long live the MuelCam!

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