As the Miami Dolphins embark on a new era at the linebacker position Youth Jerome Baker Jersey , perhaps it’s time we took a look back at one of the most dominant middle linebackers ever to strap on a helmet: one Zachary Michael Thomas. Born September 1st, 1973, in Pampa, Texas, near Amarillo, it would soon become clear that he was born to play the game. In Thomas’ freshman year of high school, his football team went 16-0 and won the state championship. His success continued in college, at Texas Tech. A three year starter for the Red Raiders, Thomas was a first team All-American in both 1994 and ‘95. Deemed too short for the NFL (he stands a shade under 5’11”) by most scouts, he slid to the fifth round in the ‘96 draft, where then coach Jimmy Johnson selected him with the 154th overall pick. Regarding his lack of height, Thomas has often joked that ‘You don’t need a neck to play football’. Indeed, he sort of looks like a real life Fred Flintstone. It didn’t take long for him to make an impression with the Dolphins. Concerned with the team’s lack of playmakers at linebacker Youth Reshad Jones Jersey , Johnson brought in journeyman veteran Jack Del Rio to handle the middle linebacker position, but Thomas was such a sensation in camp and the preseason that Johnson ended up cutting Del Rio and installing Thomas as the team’s starting MLB. In the season opener, Thomas knocked New England wide receiver Shawn Jefferson out of the game. Jefferson must not have held any grudges, since he’s now Miami’s wide receivers coach.That hit was just one of over eleven hundred tackles that Thomas laid on opposing offensive players over the course of his thirteen year career. In fact, he’s one of only three players in NFL history to have a hundred or more tackles his first ten seasons in the league, and until Junior Seau was inducted in 2015, Thomas had more tackles than any player in the Hall of Fame.Now, however, the sportswriters responsible for HOF voting would have you believe that Thomas’ numbers are somehow not good enough to get him into the Hall. Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was voted in recently, and although he was undoubtedly a great player for Chicago, his and Thomas’ numbers are fairly similar. Urlacher has more tackles, sacks and interceptions, but Thomas has more forced fumbles and was All-Pro five times to Urlacher’s four http://www.thedolphinsfootballauthen...rsey-authentic , although Urlacher made eight Pro Bowls to Thomas’ seven. Whether it’s because Urlacher was on a more successful team and went to a Super Bowl or Chicago’s larger media market that enabled him to play in more nationally televised games, Urlacher made the cut, while Thomas, at least to this point, has not. Let’s hope some of these folks eventually decide to do the right thing, because if Zach Thomas doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, then there would seem to be little sense in having a Hall of Fame.Dolphins roster 2018: Brock Osweiler and David Fales make roster The Miami Dolphins have decided to keep both quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and David Fales as the backup quarterbacks behind Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler, a second-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2012, has spent time with the Broncos, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, and a second stint with the Broncos. He became the up-and-coming quarterback in the league in 2015 when he started games for the Broncos as a replacement for Peyton Manning. That performance led to a four-year, $72 million contract from the Texans Youth Xavien Howard Jersey , but he was never able to find the same magic he had in 2015.Osweiler was 41-for-66 for 321 yards (4.9 yards-per-attempt average) with 2 touchdowns and 1 interceptions for the preseason. He recorded a 77.9 passer rating.Fales entered the league in 2014 as a sixth round pick of the Chicago Bears, staying with the team through 2015 before a stint on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in 2016. Late in 2016, the Bears re-signed Fales, poaching him from Baltimore. He spent training camp with the Dolphins in 2017 before being released, then re-signing with the team midseason. Fales was 27-for-47 for 278 (5.9 yards-per-attempt average) with 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this preseason. He had a 48.0 passer rating.Tannehill, who saw limited playing time during the summer, was 29-for-39 for 247 yards (6.3 yards-per-attempt average) with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions for the preseason. He had a 99.0 passer rating.Osweiler likely made the team largely based on his performance during the team’s Preseason Week 4 contest against the Atlanta Falcons. He looked sharp and decisive with the ball, going 16-for-25 for 147 yards with two touchdowns.Fales, meanwhile, struggled at times in game scenarios, but has out practiced Osweiler all summer.