Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry Not Top 100 Player: Pro Football Focus

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) stretches for yardage as he is tackled by New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
No respect, I tell ya, no respect. All Jarvis Landry does is catch passes. And carry a chip of disrespect with him on each and every snap. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Three Miami Dolphins are among the Top 100 in the NFL, according to a ranking of performance exclusively based on the 2016 season released by Pro Football Focus.

But wide receiver Jarvis Landry was not among them.

Here are all the wide receivers Pro Football Focus ranked ahead of Landry:

• Julio Jones (6)

• Mike Evans (12)

• Antonio Brown (21)

• Odell Beckham, Jr. (51)

• T.Y. Hilton (54)

• Doug Baldwin (63)

• Jordy Nelson (74)

• Larry Fitzgerald (89)

• Michael Thomas (93)

• Tyreek Hill (100)

Landry was tied for seventh in the NFL with 94 catches this season, fourth-highest in team history.

Landry owns three of Miami’s top six single-season reception marks. He also finished tied for seventh in the NFL with 26 third-down receptions.

Landry feels he does not receive the respect he deserves. He was upset at his ranking in an NFL Network poll prior to last season. Landry was 98th so he printed out a poster about it and hung it at his locker.

How the Dolphins view Landry is more important. And extending him this offseason is a priority.

Pro Football Focus ranked running back Jay Ajayi as the 31st-best player in the NFL this season.

PFF wrote about Ajayi:

“The Miami Dolphins’ season turned around when they put Jay Ajayi in the starting lineup and began to ride him as far as he would carry them — which, as it turns out, was pretty far. Ajayi ended the year with 1,272 yards, but he gained a staggering 900 of them after contact, as the Miami offensive line did little to aid his progress. Ajayi was the hardest back in the game to bring down and stop, as he broke a league-high 58 tackles on the ground — 11 more than any other runner — despite ranking 15th in attempts.”

Defensive end Cameron Wake ranked 45th.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ranked 52nd.

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Jermon Bushrod led all Dolphins in snaps last season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Jermon Bushrod led all Dolphins in snaps last season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

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Bad news, Miami Dolphins fans: Tom Brady plans to play for “long time”

Tom Brady tears up while celebrating after the New England Patriots' unprecedented overtime comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Feb. 5, 2017. He was not the Brady everyone knew in the first half, spraying passes and missing receivers, and a large swath of America was reveling in it. Then, in the second half, fans saw the very thing they hope to see whenever they tune in to sports. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Tom Brady tears up while celebrating after the New England Patriots’ victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Feb. 5, 2017.  (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Tom Brady turns 40 in August and Miami Dolphins fans would like to believe at some point their torture will end.

Guess not.

Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback with five super Bowl rings, told Sirus XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller that “I still plan on playing for a long time.”

Great. A long time???  

“If it was up to my wife she would have me retire today,” Brady said. “She told me that last night three times.  And I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’  You know, I feel like I can still do it and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it then, I mean I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it.  So I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”

The Miami Dolphins have floundered since Brady became New England’s starting quarterback in his second NFL season, 2001.

This is from a recent Daily Dolphin post outlining all the annoying ways the Dolphins were connected to a Super Bowl in which they were not participating:

“Brady is 20-9 all-time against the Miami Dolphins, completing 61 percent of passes with 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.7. Against the Dolphins, Brady has actually performed below his career average of 97.2. So there are plenty of years left and plenty of room to improve. Curse? The Dolphins have not won a playoff game in the 16 seasons Brady has been a Patriots’ starter.”

So how much longer can Brady realistically play? (As an aside, this reminds me of the era when the New York Knicks knew they basically had no chance to win the Eastern Conference until Michael Jordan retired. Then he did and they did, under Pat Riley.)

Back to Brady.

Here is how old some of the NFL’s greatest passers were when they began their final NFL season:

Peyton Manning: 39

Brett Favre: 41

Dan Marino: 38

John Elway: 38

Warren Moon: 42

Fran Tarkenton: 38

Vinny Testaverde: 44

Drew Bledsoe: 34

Joe Montana: 38

Common sense says Brady can play two or maybe three more years at the high standard he’s set for himself.

Anything beyond that would be super-human.

Brady is human, right?

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Since Tom Brady, here’s every 199th overall NFL Draft Pick

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady #12 in action against the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady in action against the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 in Houston, TX. Brady, once the 199th overall draft choice, won again. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills wondered on Twitter Sunday night if Tom Brady is the NFL’s Michael Jordan.

Meanwhile, Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus saw no reason to debate: he proclaimed Brady the greatest of all time.

One thing is certain: the greatest draft choice in NFL history came in 2000, when New England selected Tom Brady of Michigan with the 199th overall pick, in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

How great a choice was it?

Take a look at the players selected 199th overall since 2001.

(If you’re wondering, with the first pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected defensive tackle Ernest Grant of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Grant played 24 NFL games, with 18 tackles and 0.5 sacks.)

This is a photo of Ernest Grant celebrating (not as easy to find as #12, you know…)

12022001 Pro Player Stadium.... Miami Dolphins vs Denver Broncos... Dolphins #97 Ernest Grant celebrates as teammate Kenny Mixon returns an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Dolphins a 14-10 lead. Broncos #62 Dan Neil gets up off the turf. Staff photo by Allen Eyestone
At Pro Player Stadium in 2001, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ernest Grant celebrates as teammate Kenny Mixon returns an interception for a touchdown (Staff photo Allen Eyestone)

While everyone waits for Tom Brady to get old and retire, he has suggested he feels great and has got plenty left.

The Dolphins haven’t won a single playoff game since Brady took over as New England’s quarterback.

So, great.

10072001 MIAMI DOLPHINS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS / PRO PLAYER STADIUM........Dolphins defender Jason Taylor sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady towards the close of the first half of play. PHOTO BY DAMON HIGGINS/THE PALM BEACH POST
In this photo take in 2001, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Dolphins won as Brady passed for only 86 yards and was sacked four times. It’s been downhill for Miami since. (PHOTO BY DAMON HIGGINS/THE PALM BEACH POST)

Everyone seeks their own Tom Brady, as unlikely now as they are to find one in the sixth round.

Since 2000, here’s what teams have done the 199th overall selection:

2000: New England Patriots — Tom Brady, QB, Michigan; 5 Super Bowl rings, 2 NFL MVP, 12 Pro Bowls

2001: Tennessee Titans — Adam Haayer, OT, Minnesota; 20 career games

2002: Chicago Bears — Adrian Peterson, RB, Georgia Southern; 1,283 career rushing yards

2003: NY Giants — Willie Ponder, WR, SE Missouri St.; 122 career KO returns

2004: Baltimore Ravens — Clarence Moore, WR, Northern Arizona; 29 career catches

2005: Kansas City Chiefs — Khari Long, DE, Baylor, 1 career game

2006: Indianapolis Colts — Charlie Johnson, OT, Oklahoma State; 134 career games

2007: Miami Dolphins — Drew Mormino, C, Central Michigan; no stats

2008: NY Giants — Robert Henderson, DE, Southern Miss; no stats

2009: Oakland Raiders — Stryker Sulak, DE, Missouri; no stats

2010: Minnesota Vikings — Joe Webb, WR, Alabama-Birmingham; 8 career catches

2011: Kansas City Chiefs — Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss; 12 career tackles

2012: San Francisco 49ers — Jason Slowey, OL, Western Oregon; no stats

2013: Detroit Lions — Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame; 1,410 receiving yards

2014: Seattle Seahawks — Garrett Scott, OL, Marshall; no stats

2015: Pittsburgh Steelers — Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan; 6 career tackles

2016: Cincinnati Bengals — Cody Ware, WR, Ole Miss; 17 career catches

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This time last year, the Atlanta Falcons weren’t much better off than the Dolphins are now.

Atlanta’s 2015 season came crashing down with a six-game losing streak, and the Falcons finished 8-8 before jumping to 11-5 this year and making a run to the Super Bowl. They were within a minute of winning the championship before New England rallied for 34-28 overtime victory.
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Jarvis Landry’s 14 is only very popular current Miami Dolphins jersey

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 23: Jarvis Landry gives his gloves to a fan following the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 23, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jarvis Landry gives his gloves to a fan following the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 23, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The only Miami Dolphins player to rank in the Top 50 of 2016 merchandise sales, according to information released by the NFL Players’ Association, is wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

Landry, who becomes angry and motivated when he’s not ranked higher in polls, is the most popular current Dolphin.

But his sales rank only #44 overall, behind wide receiver peers Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham, Jr., Antonio Brown, Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, Julian Edelman, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Tyler Lockett and Stefon Diggs, in sales between March 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016.

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Stefon Diggs? More popular than Jarvis Landry? The Miami Dolphins fans need to step up and buy more team-specific merchandise in 2017. (NFLPA)

There are many Dolphins fans who wore Landry’s #14 to Hard Rock Stadium this season.

But there were also many Miami fans who wore classic jerseys such as Dan Marino’s #13, Jason Taylor’s #99 and Zach Thomas’ #54.

On the official Miami Dolphins merchandise web site, throwback jerseys featuring Marino and Mark Clayton are actually featured at the top of the page.

Landry and Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi are the two Dolphins currently featured on the front page.

Other players with pre-fabricated jerseys include Ryan Tannehill, DeVante Parker, Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake.

If you’d like to save some money, you can still get your hands on some Dolphins merchandise featuring Arian Foster, Brian Hartline and Brent Grimes.

A Brent Grimes shirt has been marked down from $24.99 to $7.00, in case you’re a fan of Brent Grimes.

Few left!

Otherwise, buy a Jarvis Landry product and help boost the popularity of these Miami Dolphins players.

This Jarvis Landry Pro Bowl jersey is particularly sweet.

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The Miami Dolphins won more in 2016. But across the nation, jersey sales still need a boost.

The most popular merchandise sales in the NFL in 2016?

Tom Brady, Ezeziel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Beckham, Jr. and Carson Wentz.

Yes, Brady will eventually retire.

We think.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 17:   Chris Hogan #81 of the Miami Dolphins during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Chris Hogan of the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins are trying to get to where the New England Patriots have been (often) and the Atlanta Falcons have risen (once before): the Super Bowl.

Last week at the Senior Bowl, Dolphins Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum was asked what lessons his organization can take away from the teams that advanced, particularly the upstart Falcons.

“I think that we’re always learning, we’re always trying to get better,” Tannenbaum said. “I’m proud of the foundation we’ve laid here and I think our future is bright, but we have a lot of work to do. When you look at those four teams that played this past weekend, they’re well coached, they’ve made difficult decisions, they’ve been opportunistic and as I alluded to earlier, I think the other thing those teams have, they all have great depth.”

There are some really interesting connections between the Miami Dolphins organization and the teams that will face off at the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday. Here’s a look at the Top 10:

  1. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was head coach when Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum was player personnel assistant with the Cleveland Browns in 1995. Later, Belichick and Tannenbaum worked together in the New York Jets organization. Tannenbaum is a Massachussetts native. As Patriots coach, Belichick is 22-12 against the Dolphins.
  2. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrival has coincided with a Dolphins swoon. Brady is 20-9 all-time against the Miami Dolphins, completing 61 percent of passes with 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.7. Against the Dolphins, Brady has actually performed below his career average of 97.2. So there are plenty of years left and plenty of room to improve. Curse? The Dolphins have not won a playoff game in the 16 seasons Brady has been a Patriots’ starter.

    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 24: Chris Hogan #81 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
    Wide receiver Chris Hogan of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch in 2012. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
  3. New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan spent time on the Miami Dolphins practice squad in 2011-12. Hogan was nicknamed “7-Eleven” by then-Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, because Hogan was always open. He still is.
  4. New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich played for the Miami Dolphins in 2007-08. Now 32, Ninkovich had only 17 tackles and 4 sacks this season.
  5. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn was Miami Dolphins defensive line coach in 2005-06, under Nick Saban. Quinn helped the Dolphins rank first in the AFC and second in the NFL with 49 sacks. Miami also finished third in the AFC in yards per play (4.7) and fourth in yards per carry (3.7). Quinn coached some great players, including Jason Taylor, Kevin Carter, Vonnie Holliday and Keith Traylor.
  6. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels worked alongside Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase with the Denver Broncos in 2009-10. McDaniels was Broncos head coach and Gase coached wide receivers. In those two seasons, Gase coached players such as Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal.
  7. Former New England Patriots intern and regional scout Chris Grier is Miami Dolphins General Manager. Chris’ father, Bobby, was a running backs coach, director of pro scouting, and vice-president of player personnel for the Patriots.
  8. Former New England Patriots wide receiver Shawn Jefferson (1996-99) is Miami Dolphins receivers coach. Jefferson also played for the Falcons from 2000-02. Who exactly is Jefferson rooting for on Sunday?

    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox watches on in the second half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons on January 14, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Falcons won the game 36-20.  (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
  9. Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox was Miami Dolphins player (1991-95) and assistant coach (2001). In 1992, Cox had 14 sacks for head coach Don Shula. Somehow, Cox was a fifth-round draft choice.
  10. Atlanta Falcons reserve linebacker Philip Wheeler (2014-15) and kicker Matt Bryant (2004) are former Miami Dolphins. Maybe the Dolphins should have kept Bryant around in 2004. That season, Miami needed Wes Welker to make a field goal and extra point against… the New England Patriots.

 

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 9:  Defensive line coach Dan Quinn of the Miami Dolphins signals to his linemen during the game with the Buffalo Bills on October 9, 2005 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The bills won 20-14 (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Top 10 highest-recruited Miami Dolphins on national signing day

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 24:  Myles Garrett #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies works against Laremy Tunsil #78 of the Mississippi Rebels during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Oxford, Mississippi. Mississippi defeated Texas A&M 23-3.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Myles Garrett of Texas A&M works against Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss in 2015. On signing day in 2013, Tunsil was rated the nation’s #13 overall player. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

If you’re signing as a three-star, dual-threat quarterback on Wednesday, rated as the 23rd-best player at your position, and 88th-best player in your state, take solace.

You may end up as the eighth pick in an NFL Draft. You may make $32 million in your first five seasons and be scheduled to make more than $105 million in the first nine years of your career.

You may be Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M).

If you’re signing as a two-star linebacker on Wednesday, know you may end up as an impact starting defensive end in the NFL (Andre Branch/Clemson).

You may show up to Arizona as a three-star fullback and end up a starting defensive tackle in the NFL (Earl Mitchell). Or you may enroll at Baylor as a tw0-star athlete and end up as a starting, second-round cornerback (Xavien Howard).

Time after time, it shows that recruiting services miss. Coaching staffs miss. Players grow into their bodies. They improve. They exceed expectations. They develop into blue chips.

Consider Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi. He was a three-star recruit at Boise State, the 41st-best running back and 87th-best prospect in the state of Texas.

All that said, many of the best players in the NFL were top recruits on signing day. There’s a reason college coaches try so desperately to flip a committed player before the fax (those machines still around?) is sent.

Here’s a look at the ten Miami Dolphins who were rated highest by Rivals.com on their national signing day:

  1. Jelani Jenkins. LB. Florida. #10 in nation, #1 linebacker, #1 in Maryland, Class of 2009. Also visited Penn State.
  2. Sam Young. OT. Notre Dame #11 in nation, #1 offensive tackle, #1 in Florida, Class of 2006. Also visited USC.
  3. Branden Albert. OT. Virginia. #12 in nation, Class of 2005.
  4. Laremy Tunsil. OT. Ole Miss. #14 in nation, #1 offensive tackle, #2 in Florida, Class of 2013. Also visited Ala, FSU, UGA.
  5. Reshad Jones. S. Georgia. #14 in nation, #1 safety, #2 in Georgia, Class of 2006. Also visited UM, LSU, Illinois.
  6. Jarvis Landry. WR. LSU. #18 in nation, #4 wide receiver; #3 in Louisiana, Class of 2011.
  7. Jordan Phillips. DT. Oklahoma #50 in nation, #4 defensive tackle; #1 in Kansas, Class of 2011.
  8. Ndamukong Suh. DT. Nebraska. #51 in nation, #6 defensive tackle; # 1 in Oregon, Class of 2005.
  9. Ja’Wuan James. OT. Tennessee. #55 in nation, #8 offensive tackle, #6 in Georgia, Class of 2010. Also visited UGA, UCLA.
  10. MarQueis Gray, QB. Minnesota. #112 in nation, #3 quarterback, #1 in Indiana, Class of 2008.

Note: All of the above players were rated 5-star (Jenkins, Young, Tunsil, Jones, Landry) or 4-star (Albert, Phillips, Suh, James, Gray). Other Dolphins who were rated 4-star in high school include: Kenny Stills, Kenyan Drake, Mario Williams, Dion Sims, Muke Hull, Byron Maxwell, Mike Pouncey, Leonte Carroo and Thomas Duarte.

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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 30:  Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots is interviewed during Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on January 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots is interviewed during Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park  in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Hogan will participate in the Super Bowl in his first season with the New England Patriots.

Because, of course.

When Hogan nearly made the Dolphins roster after a strong training camp in 2012, Joe Philbin was his coach.

When Hogan began to refine skills as an NFL wide receiver, his Buffalo Bills coaches were Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan.

One of the comments Hogan made Monday night in a press availability in Houston really stood out.

Hogan was asked what is different about New England coach Bill Belichick.

“When you walk inside that building, you immediately buy into what that organization and what Bill is teaching us,” Hogan said. “Coach Belichick is ‘Do your job,’ and everyone buys into that and into those words. They’re willing to go out there and do whatever is asked of us to win football games.”

You immediately buy into… what Bill is teaching us.

Because the Dolphins made the NFL Playoffs and won 10 regular-season games, first-year coach Adam Gase is off to a fast start in fostering the perception that Miami’s building in Davie can be a similar place.

Could a similar mystique one day be held about the Dolphins organization?

Surely that’s what Gase dreams about.

Gase wants Miami to be a place where, due to success and reputation, players walk in the building and immediately buy into what the organization and the coaches are teaching.

After the season, I asked Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum how large the gap between Miami and New England was.

Tannebaum basically said the organization is more interested in evaluating what it needs to do and less interested in how that compares to other teams in the division.

But there are clear reasons the Patriots have been in seven Super Bowls since 2001 (winning in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2014). Yes, there are many reasons, including outstanding player evaluation (they identified Hogan’s potential and worth more deftly than the Dolphins and Bills, who let him go) and outstanding coaching.

But one of the greatest reasons is a winning culture and a consistent organizational approach.

At the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, general manager Chris Grier mentioned the Patriots when asked about why the team promoted from within for its defensive coordinator opening.

“So we don’t want to change a whole lot, we’re trying to do where there will be continuity,” Grier said. “That’s the one good thing organizations like the Patriots and stuff that have won, is that you’re not always changing every time someone leaves. We’re trying to have it where if a guy leaves, we can keep going and we can keep building.”

Gase, Grier and Tannenbaum have all acknowledged the 2016 season was just the first step in what they believe will be a process that results in championship contention.

All three can only hope that in the near future, and then for years to come, players who join the organization make comments similar to the one Hogan made about New England this week.

At the Super Bowl.

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Former Dolphin Richie Incognito will play in his third Pro Bowl today. (Getty Images)
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