Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Assorted Dolphins News Nuggets

There were a few minor news stories today:

The Miami Herald reports that Cam Cameron is not considering his former boss and recently fired Marty Schottenheimer for any of the Dolphins' open coaching positions.
This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anybody. There was very little chance that Marty would accept a subordinate job to his former offensive coordinator.

In other coaching news, the Denver Broncos assistant strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith interviewed last week for a position on the Dolphins staff.


The Herald also reports that the team will raise its ticket prices at a comparable rate with last year's 12% increase. "The Dolphins say their $59 average ticket price was among the eight lowest in the NFL in 2006." Price inflation is to be expected, but the team must make sure not to alienate the core of its fan base. Team owner Wayne Huizenga justified the increase in club-seat prices by saying that those fans who bought their season tickets 20 years went for several years without any escalation in price. I'm not too concerned with how much people have to pay for club-seats, but rather with the average fan who just wants to see his/her team in person once a season or so. Unfortunately, whenever I am able to watch Miami play at home on television, the home crowd in the stands always looks a little thin. This should be an issue that the ownership seriously looks at. Having full crowd and noise support can only boost this club's confidence.

This article then includes a short blurb saying,
"The Dolphins told impending restricted free agent Cleo Lemon they expect he will compete for playing time and discussed a new contract this week, agent J.R. Rickert said Tuesday."
It's encouraging to see that Lemon will get a fair shot to show his abilities. Depending on who the team drafts, I expect him to move into the number 2 spot on the depth chart. Cam has some prior experience with Lemon, so he knows what to expect to a degree.


In personnel news, the Sun-Sentinel reports that the Dolphins signed TE/long-snapper Aaron Halterman. Halterman spent a brief stint on the Miami practice squad in October before signing with the Chargers where Cameron was then OC. Halterman also played at Indiana University under Cameron.

Also, OL Tony Pape, a 7th round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2004, signed with the Chargers. Pape was on the Miami practice squad in 2006.

[Update: 10:36 PM] The official team site reports that WR Chris Davis, S Jack Hunt, and S Norman LeJeune were waived.

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