November Rain: Dolphins Poured Cash on Fasano Instead of Soliai

9 Feb

46, 0, 14, 67, 22, 49, 36, 26.

Those were the yardage totals the SoFlo Sea Mammals got from tight end Anthony Fasano over the first half of 2010. Then, he had the best game of his career against the Titans. 107 yards and a TD. That week? A $7,000,000 extension for Fasano (despite his ongoing blood feud with Tony Sparano).

16, 10, 41, 33, 30, 31, DNP

Those were Fasano’s totals the rest of the year, to go along with a single touchdown. 528 yards for Fasano in total, which marked a quite modest career high. Not to mention our run blocking was deplorable (3.7ypc).

We’re pretty sure there was a window there to honor Paul Soliai’s improvement with a lucrative, but not massive extension. Instead we made it rain Franklins on our perfectly decent, fairly limited tight end. Now we’ve got Anthony Fasano locked up for two more years, while Soliai is about to get P-A-I-D.

Our defense was 6th overall. Only two teams allowed fewer yards per carry than the Sea Mammals. Now, if we don’t break the bank on Paul, we stand to take a 355lb step backwards. Or worse, lose him to a rival.

We’re pretty sure locking The Mad Islander down would have been much cheaper in mid-November, when we backed the Brinks truck up to Chez Fasano.

Just sayin’.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose

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6 Responses to “November Rain: Dolphins Poured Cash on Fasano Instead of Soliai”

  1. John February 9, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    at the time big paul’s stats were putrid … 15 tackles in 8 games, playingtime just over 10 minutes a game. whatre u talking about??? can you direct me to the entry right after the tennessee game where you were calling for a soliai extension?

    • Dan Ewen February 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Judging a nose by his stats is tough. Those tackles go to the LBs.

      Soliai’s turnaround was noticable in camp, in the preseason, in the regular season. He dropped about 1700lbs. Faster and better.

      Look, every team faces these questions with guys nearing the end of their rookie deals. “Have they shown enough to warrant a raise/extension?” The earlier you offer, the less you pay. The longer you wait, and as free agency nears, the window closes.

      Still hoping we can slide that Will Allen money over to Paul. Or franchise him, though it’ll cost a fortune.

      Thanks for your comments, and for stopping by The Bottlenose.

  2. A February 9, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    you weren’t going to be able to point at stats and effectively evaluate Soliai’s year. despite your claims from last years camp to this one there were a ton of blog posts regarding Soliai. When he took over the starting nose, i think in week 3, he was obviously the one on the line commanding the most doubles, he made this defense work. i would be surprised if the Dolphins did not pay the man to keep him as the anchor in the 3-4. they typically haven’t been super cheap with their top performers and I would expect Mike Nolan to want to keep him around for a little while.

    • Dan Ewen February 9, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Agreed.

      Vontae and Wake are both going to need big raises soon. We need to land a big FA/veteran fish or two as well. Just wondering if we missed an opportunity to lock down a major team strength at a reasonable price?

  3. rick February 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Do NOT pay this guy, I love him but like others said look at Albert fat arse worth nothing hainsworth, in a contract year that is what they do. Next year someone will over pay and get a Fat Arse in return!!! Dont chase this guy…… What happen to the other years (got real lazy) dont buy the hype!!

  4. J February 10, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    Definitely need Solia back, Starks wasnt a good fit, and is way better on the outside and would be a decent back up if Solia goes down. For once we have a position with depth and talent, it wouldnt surprise if the dolphins change that and make it a point of concern by this time next year. Solia wont be back, but he should be. And well get that new roof on the stadium too, this is a sick joke.

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