ABSOLUTE PERFECTION: THE 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS – GAME 17

By: Randy Campbell (OLD DOLFAN)

 

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The city of Boston, Massachusetts, was awarded an NFL franchise on July 9, 1932.  George Preston Marshall and three other investors owned the franchise.  The new team took the name “Boston Braves,” the same name as their baseball landlords at Braves Field.  This new franchise amassed over $46,000 in financial losses during their inaugural season.  The three investors divested themselves, leaving Marshall as the sole owner of the Braves.  Marshall moved the team to Fenway Park for the 1933 33_Program-211x300season.  He hired “Lone Star” Dietz, a self-professed part Sioux Indian, as his head coach.  In honor of Dietz, Marshall changed the team’s nickname to the “Redskins.”  After three mediocre campaigns (1933-1935) Marshall hired Ray Flaherty to be the next head coach for the 1936 season.  The Redskins won the Eastern Division crown with a 7-5 record.  Unfortunately, only 4,813 fans showed-up for Boston’s final home game so an angry Marshall voluntarily gave up the home field advantage for the NFL Championship Game.  The game was moved to New York’s Polo Grounds where the Green Bay Packers defeated the Boston Redskins 21-6.  In 1937 Marshall moved the team to Griffith Stadium in Washington, the home of the Washington Senators baseball team.  It was in the course of moving to Washington that the Redskins drafted, then signed, strong-armed TCU quarterback “Slingin’ Sammy” Baugh, perhaps the greatest all-around player in NFL history.  At one point in his Hall of Fame career, Baugh was the best quarterback, the best cornerback and the best punter in the game.  As a quarterback he led the league in passing yards per game 6 times; 9 times he led the NFL in completion percentage. As a defensive back, Baugh is the only player in NFL history to throw four touchdowns in a game and INTERCEPT FOUR PASSES IN THE SAME GAME while playing defense!!  As a punter, Baugh led the league in punting average four straight yearsbaugh-sammy-225x300 (1940-1943).  In 1940, Baugh averaged 51.4 yards per punt, an all-time NFL record!  In 1941, he averaged 48.73 yards, the third best in NFL history!  When Baugh retired he owned 13 NFL records.  He is an original charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame!!  Under Baugh’s guidance, the Redskins advanced to the 1937 NFL Championship Game IN HIS ROOKIE SEASON!!  The Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears 28-21 in Wrigley Field to claim their first NFL title.  In 1940 the Bears got revenge, annihilating Washington 73-0 (even though the Redskins had defeated the Bears a few weeks earlier in the regular season)!  The 1942 title game saw Washington edge Chicago 14-6.  The following year, Chicago defeated the ‘Skins 41-21.  In 1943, Baugh led the NFL in passing, punting and interceptions.  In 1945, Washington met the Cleveland Rams (soon to be the L.A. Rams) in the NFL title game.  The Rams won a 15-14 squeaker.  From his rookie year in 1937 through 1945, Baugh led the Redskins to 5 NFL Championship Games, winning 2 and losing 3.  Beginning in 1946 the Redskins organization fell into disarray.  In 1961, Washington moved into the new D. C. Stadium (renamed RFK Stadium in 1969).  But the mediocrity continued.  Many blamed George Preston Marshall’s racist views for the ‘Skins inability to field another championship team.  Marshall steadfastly refused to integrate his football team.  Finally, under immense pressure from the Kennedy administration, and from the D.C. government (which OWNED D. C. Stadium), Marshall relented and acquired African-American future Hall of Fame back Bobby Mitchell from the Cleveland Browns.  Mitchell, who had a frosty relationship with Marshall, amassed 14,078 combined yards and 91 touchdowns in his brilliant career as a rusher, pass receiver and kick returner.  Marshall died Aug. 9, 1969.  Within a few months, famous attorney Edward Bennett Williams gained control of the franchise.  He hired legendary coach Vince Lombardi, who directed Washington to a 7-5-2 record in 1970.  Shortly after the season, Lombardi died of colon cancer.  In imagesCAAA8UN51971 Williams hired ex-Rams coach George Allen as head coach.  Allen, who was partial to seasoned veterans, developed a team known as the “Over the Hill Gang.”  Allen’s Redskins lost to the ’49ers in the NFC semi-finals that season.   Hopes were very high for the Redskins’ faithful as the 1972 season began.  Allen’s team included quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen and Bill Kilmer; star running back Larry Brown; center Len Hauss; receiver Charley Taylor; linebacker Chris Hanburger and safety Pat Fischer.  Washington won their first two games of the season before suffering an agonizing 24-23 loss to New England (a team Miami defeated by scores of 52-0 and 37-21).  After the loss Allen replaced Kilmer with Jurgensen.  Jurgensen’s season ended three weeks later he tore an achilles tendon.  Bill Kilmer was reinstated as the starting quarterback and led the Redskins to a 6-2 mark over the final eight weeks.  Their overall season record was 11-3.  Washington hosted its first post-season game IN 30 YEARS when they played Green Bay in the NFC semi-finals.  The Redskins strong defense paced them to a 16-3 victory.  Then, in the NFC Championship Game, Washington crushed the Dallas Cowboys 26-3.  Soon after this game the gambling parlors in Las Vegas established the 13-3 Redskins as 3-point favorites over the undefeated Miami Dolphins (a fact Don Shula brought to his players’ attention during the two weeks of preparation).   And what to make of Don Shula?  Four years earlier, his Baltimore Colts were three-touchdown favorites over Joe Namath’s Jets.  Shula referred to his loss in Super Bowl III as his “darkest moment.”  Then, just one year ago, Shula’s young Dolphins were blown-out by the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI.  Many believed Shula simply could NOT win a Super Bowl.  That belief helped make Washington the favorite in Super Bowl VII.  Former Colts’ owner Carroll Rosenbloom repeated his famous comment that “Shula always freezes-up in the big game.  Washington will win easily.”  Rosenbloom made these comments despite the fact that Shula’s Colts had gone 11-1-2 in 1967 and 15-1-0 in ’68 before losing Super Bowl III to New York.  Shula’s two-year record of 26-3-2 was, and still IS, the best two-year run in Colts’ franchise history.  Shula’s decision to start Bob Griese drew fire from some observers.  Griese had not played a full game in over 3 months.  And, in Super Bowl VI, Griese completed only 12 of 25 passes for 105 net yards passing. And his Dolphins’ offense produced an all-time record low 3 points in a Super Bowl.  Add to that was the fact that Miami struggled to win two very close playoff games.  Washington, on the other hand, dominated their two playoff foes.  It seemed like the Redskins were peaking at just the right time.  Then, just to throw a little more fire onto the Super Bowl flame, President Richard Nixon came out publicly in favor of the Washington Redskins.  He said, “I always root for the home team and, right now, the Redskins are my home team.”

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While many skeptics doubted Shula and his Dolphins, I did NOT.  This was NOT Super Bowl III nor Super Bowl VI.  This was the ’72 Dolphins vs, the ’72 Redskins.  The ’72 Dolphins crushed New England twice during the season while the ’72 Redskins LOST to New England.  The ’72 Dolphins beat Buffalo TWICE while the ’72 Redskins lost to Buffalo.  The ’72 Dolphins, statistically, had the best rushing team in NFL history; the ’72 Redskins did not.  And the ’72 Dolphins had the league’s #1 ranked offense and #1 ranked defense; the ’72 Redskins did NOT.  The ’72 Redskins were playing for a championship.  The ’72 Dolphins were playing for FOOTBALL IMMORTALITY!  I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt the Misuper_bowl_07_history-300x207ami Dolphins would win this game!  According to Nick Buoniconti, Miami’s top priority was to stop Larry Brown and force Kilmer to pass.  Miami shifted their defense so it was strongest where they felt Brown would run.  It worked!  Washington’s center Len Hauss simply could not handle defensive tackle Manny Fernandez.  “Fernandez beat their center like a drum,” said Buoniconti.  And the Redskins’ running game suffered.  Shula and his coaches devised a way to control Kilmer’s passing game.  They set-up a defense that took away Kilmer’s favorite play, the slant-in pass.  Arnsparger wanted to force Kilmer to beat them with sideline out-passes.  In truth, the 33-year old Kilmer lacked the arm strength required to throw those sideline bullets.  These defensive strategies were effective.  Washington would fail to score a single point on offense THE ENTIRE GAME!!  Miami won the toss and decided to receive.  But the drive stalled.  Each team punted on their first two possessions.  The Dolphins got the ball on their own 37 with 2:55 left in the first quarter.  Two Jim Kiick running plays garnered 11 yards and a howard_twilley_1973_01_14-207x300first down.  Bob Griese then stepped back and tossed a perfect 18-yard pass to Paul Warfield, who beat double coverage and got the ball to Washington’s 34!  On 3rd down and 4 from the 28, Griese looked down field for reliable Howard Twilley.  Twilley faked an inside route then scampered to the outside and caught Griese’s long pass at the five yard line.  He dragged Pat Fischer into the end zone giving Miami a 7-0 lead with one second left in the opening stanza.  “Griese read us real good all day” Fischer would say in the post game locker room.  The Redskins tried to rally.  But on the third play of their ensuing drive, safety Jake Scott intercepted Kilmer’s long pass intended for Charley Taylor and returned the ball to Washington’s 47.  On the very next play, Griese hit tight end Marv Fleming with a 20-yard pass to the ‘Skins 27.  But a questionable illegal man downfield penalty against Bob Kuechenberg nullified the play.  Again, Washington’s offense was stopped cold by the “No Name Defense.” After a Redskins punt Griese and his offense went to work.  Larry Csonka roared for 13 yards and a first down.  Jim Kiick scampered for 8 yards.  On the next play, Griese threw a deep, gorgeous, 47-yard bomb that PAUL WARFIELD PULLED IN FOR A TOUCHDOWN!!  But, there was yet another flag!!  An illegal procedure penalty on Marlin Briscoe NULLIFIED THE TOUCHDOWN!! That would be Briscoe’s one, and ONLY, play of the game.  Eventually Miami was forced to punt.  Washington moved the ball from their own 17 to Miami’s 48 (their first time in Dolphin territory) with under two minutes to play in the half.  On third and 3 from Miami’s 41, Kilmer’s pass was picked-off by Nick Buonicont8a39151528a2adbf7a2622100a00e9c1-300x196 (2)i!  He returned the interception 32 yards to Washington’s 27 yard line!  Kiick and Csonka each had 3 yard runs.  Then, from the 21, Griese completed a 19 yard pass (his sixth completion in six attempts) to tight end Jim Mandich who made a fingertip catch AT THE TWO YARD LINE!!  Two plays later Larry Little and Larry Csonka led Kiick through a hole for a 1 yard touchdown run with just 18 seconds left in the half.  The Dolphins had a 14-0 halftime lead that, but for a Briscoe penalty, would have been 21-0!  Meanwhile, the “No Name Defense” held Washington’s offense to just 49 yards rushing and 23 yards passing in the first half.  It was a dominant first half performance by the underdog Dolphins!!  Washington’s offense would have more success in the second half.  Starting from their own 30, the ‘Skins offense drove to Miami’s 17, mostly on the passing arm of Bill Kilmer.  On the next play, Kilmer’s top receiver, future Hall of Famer Charley Taylor, was open near the goal line.  Kilmer threw him a pass.  Taylor stumbled on the turf and the ball deflected off his hands.  On third down, Manny Fernandez SACKED Kilmer for an 8 yard loss!  Place kicker Curt Knight’s 32-yard field goal attempt was WIDE RIGHT!!! “That was the obvious turning point,” said a dejected George Allen.  Late in the third period Miami drove 78 yards to the Redskins’ 5 yard line.  The key play was a 49 yard run by Larry Csonka.  With the ball at Washington’s 5, Miami was set to take an insurmountable 21-0 lead.  But Griese’s pass into the end zone jake-scott-300x208to Marv Fleming was intercepted by Brig Owens.  AGAIN, Miami had been turned away when a score seemed likely.  It was now the fourth quarter.  Washington mounted their best drive of the day, going 79 yards in 12 plays down to the Dolphins’ 10-yard line.  Kilmer saw a wide-open tight end Jerry Smith in the end zone!  But his pass hit the crossbar and fell harmlessly to the ground!  On third down Kilmer threw to Charley Taylor.  But Jake Scott intercepted it in the end zone and ran it back to the Washington 48 yard line!  The Dolphins advanced the ball to the 34 with just under 2 and 1/2 minutes to go.  It was fourth down and fogaroyepremian_display_image-150x150ur.  Garo Yepremian lined-up a 42 yard field goal attempt.  If good, Miami would wrap-up a 17-0 season with a 17-0 victory.  But huge defensive lineman Bill Brundige BLOCKED Garo’s attempt!  Garo tried to pass the ball to Csonka, who blocked on field goals.  But the ball slipped out of Garo’s hands and went straight up in the air.  Mike Bass of the Redskins snapped the ball out of the air and ran it back ALL THE WAY FOR A REDSKINS TOUCHDOWN!! It was 14-7 with 2:07 left to play!  To nearly everyone’s surprise, Washington did NOT try an on-sides kick!  Miami’s subsequent 5-play drive after the kickoff forced the ‘Skins to use all of their remaing timeouts.  Seiple punted the ball back to Washington with 1:14 left on the clock!  Now, just one more stop by the “NoBillyKilmer_display_image-300x236 Name Defense” was all that separated Miami from football immortality!  The Dolphins’ ferocious pass rush hurried Kilmer into two incompletions.  On third down, Kilmer tried a swing pass.  The “No Names’ stuffed it FOR A FOUR YARD LOSS!!  WE WERE ALL STANDING AND SCREAMING OUR LUNGS OUT!!  THE CLOCK WAS TICKING!!  Kilmer dropped back for one final play!!  BILL STANFILL AND VERN DEN HERDER COMBINED TO SACK KILMER AND, THEN, IT WAS OVER!!! —  IT WAS OVER!!! —WE WENT CRAZY!!  —  WE WENT ABSOLUTELY NUTS!!!  Horns were blowing!!  Dolfans ran up and down the streets of South Florida screaming like crazy!!  — IT WAS PARTEEEE TIME, BIG TIME!!! — The Dolphins had completed THE PERFECT SEASON!!! —  THE PERFECT SEASON WAS NO LONGER A DREAM!!! — It was REALITY!!!  THE PERFECT SEASON WAS OURS’ TO ENJOY!!!  AND ENJOY IT WE WOULD!!
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Dolphins players hoisted Don Shula up onto their shoulders.  A photograph most of us have seen a thousand times shows Shula with his right arm raised and a smile as big as Grand Canyon as he’s carried out onto the field.  “This is the ultimate” Shula said later in the locker room.  He continued, “it was especially nice to win in Los Angeles where a certain man lives.”  He was referring to former Colts’ owner Carroll Rosenbloom who, essentially, traded the Colts franchise for the L. A. Rams and lived in L. A.  Rosenbloom’s statement that “Shula always freezes-up in the big games” now seemed like a distant memory.  The Don of Miami had been vindicated.  And he wasn’t done.  In 1973, Shula and his team would win their second consecutive Super Bowl, this time as favorites.  A few minutes later, Commissioner Pete Rozelle presented the Lombardi Trophy to Dolphins owner Joe Robbie and to head coach Don Shula.  In the franchises’ very first play of their very first regular season game, Joe Auer ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown in the historic Orange Bowl.  Now, 13956958-11-244x300seven years later, the Dolphins had won the NFL Championship Trophy by completing a PERFECT SEASON!!  Dolphin fans world-wide were celebrating!!  Boy, were they celebrating!!  It was a day none of us will ever forget!  On the day, quarterback Bob Griese was 8 for 11 for 88 yards and a touchdown to Howard Twilley.  Paul Warfield had 3 receptions for 36 yards.  A fourth reception for 47 yards and a touchdown was nullified by Briscoe’s penalty.  As a team, Miami rushed for 184 yards on 37 carries, a 5.0 average per rush.  Larry Csonka led the way with 112 yards on 15 carries.  The Dolphins “No Name Defense” did an outstanding job controlling Washington’s offense.  Bill Kilmer was 14-28 for only 104 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.  Ace receiver Charley Taylor had only 26 yards on 5 receptions while top running back Larry Brown got only 72 yards on 22 carries, an average of less than 3.3 yards per carry.  Dick Schaap, editor of SPORT magazine(and future host of ESPN’s “THE SPORTS REPORTERS”) was given the task of selecting the MVP of Super Bowl VII.  Schaap selected Miami’s #13, Jake Scott, for his two game-changing interceptions.  Schaap later admitted he had been out late the previous night and that he struggled to stay awake during the game.  He was observed spending quite a bit of time in the restroom during the festivities.  He claimed he was totally unaware that the man who REALLY WAS THE MVP, Manny Fernandez, had an amazing 17 tackles (11 solo) in Super Bowl VII.  Another side note:  When Garo Yepremian made his infamous blunder late in the game he was so traumatized that he had to be helped from a post-game party complaining of pain up and down his side.  He remained in seclusion for two weeks until he was cheered-up by a letter, apparently from Shula, praising him for his contributions to the team and urging him to ignore criticism.  In the year 2000 Yepremian mentioned the letter to Shula who said he had no knowledge of it.  Shula concluded it was actually sent by his first wife, Dorothy,who died of breast cancer in 1991.  Dorothy Shula was a Garo fan.  She didn’t want to see him suffer while others were celebrating.

 

The next day, Monday, January 15, 1973, was your author’s 26th birthday.  I was STILL CELEBRATING the previous day’s historic victory.  I grabbed a copy of THE MIAMI HERALD.  Sports editor Edwin Pope, the dean of Florida sportswriters (still alive and writing part time at age 83) covered the game for his paper.  On page one of the front section the headline read “17 and 0 – – – That’s Perfectly Super!”  A very large photo of Shula being carried onto the field covered almost half of the front page, along with a story written by Pope.  Also, on page one was a story titled “4 Watergate Suspects Reportedly Urged to Enter Guilty Plea” by Bob Woodward and Carsuperbowl-rings-1972-miami-dolphins-300x200l Bernstein of THE WASHINGTON POST.  Page one of THE HERALD’s sports section carried the headline “Dolphins Rule Football World,” by Luther Evans.  It featured two large photos of Twilley’s touchdown catch.  Edwin Pope’s article at the bottom of the page was titled “A Cakewalk; Dolphins Should Have Strolled 24-0″  Pope wrote, Washington, a three-point favorite?  Ho, ho, ho, ha, ha, ha, he, he, he … a piece of cake, that’s what it was … This was a clog dancer against Nureyev, a hog-caller against Caruso”.  Indeed, despite the score, Miami was by far the better team.  Now, on January 15, 1973, there were no doubters, no detractors.  Most agreed the ’72 undefeated Miami Dolphins were the greatest team they’d ever seen.  That was true in 1973.  It is still true today!  I will leave you with the very same words I used to begin this report on ABSOLUTE PERFECTION back in game #1:  2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of the greatest achievement by any team in the storied history of the National Football League.  In 1972 the Miami Dolphins did what no other team had ever done before AND what no other team has ever done since.  They ran the table.  They were perfect.  They were 17 and 0.  It has been my supreme pleasure to write this modest overview of the one and only Perfect Season.  May we all live long enough to witness ANOTHER MIAMI DOLPHINS’ PERFECT SEASON!   I’ll see you at the stadium!  Go-o-o-o ‘Fins!!

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Author Randy Campbell was adopted out of an orphanage in Canada at age one and brought to America in 1954 at age seven.  In 1959 his adoptive parents wisely moved from Buffalo to South Florida.  Randy began attending Dolphins home games in their first year (1966).  In 1969 he graduated from Florida Atlantic University.  While attending graduate school at FAU, Randy was drafted and served two years in the U. S. Army, working as an X-Ray technologist.  In 1979 Randy became the chief CT Scan technologist at Bethesda Memorial Hospital.  In 1983 Randy changed jobs and pursued a career in his first love, coin collecting.  He’s authored over 200 articles on various coin-related topics in his “new” career.  In 2008, he was named the senior authenticator/grader at I. C. G. grading service in Tampa, Florida.  He and his wife Penny live in a Tampa suburb.  They have two children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Randy describes himself as a “Die hard Dolfan hoping to go to just one more Dolphins Super Bowl before I die!”

 

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547 Responses to ABSOLUTE PERFECTION: THE 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS – GAME 17

  1. Mike E. says:

    Try – I’m gonna clean that up, if you don’t mind. Do you have right link for it?

  2. Mike E. says:

    Piggy – Tanny was on Francesa’s show today. He told him he’s rooting for Seattle, that he can’t root for a division rival.

  3. finfanrob says:

    OD

    that is a good read, but got to say a little disappointed in your bio you didnt mention you were neighbors with the infamous FFR.

  4. Silly Tim says:

    I’m not saying Tyler Varga can’t be a player but he played for Yale and had some good moments in the Senior Bowl = All-Star game. Be careful.

  5. wyoming85 says:

    Here ya go Tim
    Not the ALL-STAR GAME

  6. finfanrob says:

    silly tim

    hey dude…….you misspelled sybil.

    only old men on aol posing as 22yr old bi coeds change their names more then you do. trust me i know. lol

  7. wyoming85 says:

    Lest we get caught up in air pressure
    Here is a bigger issue!Anderson Cooper 360° ‏@AC360 · 9m9 minutes ago
    Final text from #OdinLloyd to his sister minutes before he was killed – @susancandiotti on #AaronHernandez case

  8. Mike E. says:

    Wyo – So what WAS the last text?

  9. finfanrob says:

    Silly Tim says:
    January 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Don’t make too much out of it. It’s a fuckin blog!

    dont make me throat punch you.

  10. wyoming85 says:

    Tim
    He may not have the talent
    But he puts forth the effort!
    and to me effort is everything!!!!!

  11. Mike E. says:

    Tim
    Here – Use this!

  12. Ken says:

    Tim:
    I have been watching Varga for 4 years. He is a hell of a lot more than John Kuhn. He can be a feature back, Kuhn is strictly a fullback. Varga is much more athletic. He would be a good compliment to Miller and he played in the spread offense at Yale. He is also a very good receiver too.

  13. dcoralsprings says:

    Don’t know any of the Yale guys
    But check out Harvard wr/kr Sietu Smith
    Another guy we have known since he was a kid
    Has done well for himself, Harvard scholarship
    (Also a St. Thomas guy for a couple of years
    Spent time w/ Carter’s kid and Dorsett)

    Then his little brother Semar follows
    As a Harvard Crimson running back
    He has been a strong RB since pee-wee lol
    Was always the leading scorer on pretty much
    Every team he was on

  14. Ken says:

    Love the pic of Tannehill with the Seattle sign. I hate Seattle almost as much as the Pats but I love the fact that Tannehill is taking the rivalry to heart.

  15. Mike E. says:

    Tim’s an interesting guy. He went to the ends of the earth to defend DTinfinity who has 1480 yards in 4 seasons, but knocks a potential 6th RD pick. Hard to comprehend that. It’s a 6th RD pick! F’n Lynch was a 5th RD pick, and he hasn’t played a game yet!

    • Ken says:

      I have watched Varga a lot and I am really high on the kid plus I know some guys at Yale like my neighbor who is the DBs coach and I guy who I play softball with sometimes is a trainer at Yale. They all say really good stuff about Varga. He is nothing like John Kuhn.

  16. Ken says:

    Varga was the no. 3 overall prospect for the CFL draft but he doesn’t want to play there. He wants to be in the NFL.

  17. wyoming85 says:

    Later Haters

  18. finfanrob says:

    i am out all, time to head home. i cant look at another fucking w-2

  19. Silly Tim says:

    Mike E, I never mentioned DT as a draft prospect because I wasn’t focused on RBs. I didn’t even know much about him when we drafted him. After we drafted him I researched him and then he actually played in NFL games and had good moments and not so good. I had something to go by. All I said was be patient with him, you never know. Basically the same approach I’ve taken with Tannehill but he’s a better QB than DT is a RB.

    I will be shocked if Varga is more than a STs/situational back. The speed and power of the NFL is much more than what he faced at Yale.

    Let’s revisit what I actually said?
    “I’m not saying Tyler Varga can’t be a player but he played for Yale and had some good moments in the Senior Bowl = All-Star game. Be careful.”

    Oh my, this guy really sucks! LOL

    • Ken says:

      True Varga didn’t have the greatest competition but he dominated against the competition he played against. He was man playing amongst boys. I saw him live vs. Army a division 1 School and he scored 5 TDs against them. He was unstoppable.

      • Silly Tim says:

        Lots of guys have done that over the years and they’re camp fodder. All I said was be careful = don’t over-hype at the next level. Tim Tebow anyone?

  20. Silly Tim says:

    I think I might have confused Varga with another RB who is projected as a FB. Maybe that’s my bad. At the same time, I want to see a kid like this prove it at a MUCH higher level. Yale?

    That said, he’s not my focus right now. I think the middle of the defense and OL is key to this team taking the next step despite adding skill players. Not much will change if we have the same issues. That and coaches not making more tackles. LOL

    • Ken says:

      I think you are overlooking the fact of how much he dominated against the opposition he faced. I know it wasn’t elite but he crushed the opposition. He wasn’t just putting up good numbers. He was unstoppable. Then when he gets a chance against equal competition in the Senior Bowl he showed the same skills. He can run, catch and block. Don’t sleep on Varga.

    • getterdone says:

      Coaches teach fundamentals on tackling, constantly run drills, keep making it a priority, etc etc. 🙂

      • Silly Tim says:

        Exactly and players who aren’t good enough get exposed on the field. If that wasn’t the case you wouldn’t care about upgrading the talent on this team this offseason. Everyone sees it but also wants to say we were a guaranteed playoff team this past season but the coaches blew it. LOL

  21. herdfan says:

    Am I the only one who wants Dan Marino to push his left sock down or pull his right sock up?

  22. Mike E. says:

    I can’t see him long enough to see.

  23. Mike E. says:

    Tim
    I’m very angry with you about Varga! VERY ANGRY! 🙂

  24. olddolphan says:

    HEY EVERYBODY—IS the “Other site” just down for repairs?? – – I’m guessing Miss Gigi is NOT going to come to the rescue this time.

  25. Silly Tim says:

    Mike E, you also criticized the Arthur Lynch pick as a secondary option to not getting Jace Amaro who you were convinced we were taking in the 2nd but we got Landry instead. That was not the case. Lynch is a prototype TE in the 5th rd, more like a Dion Sims. He has nothing to do with the new wave big WR/TE ala Gronk or Graham.

    So Amaro or Landry?

    • Mike E. says:

      I was way wrong Tim. Amaro is not bad, but Landry is a great player for us. He also has a shitty QB to work with though

      • Mike E. says:

        I think in this case though, with Varga, I’d rather spend a 6th on a RB, rather than another 2nd or 3rd RD pick. We need one, but not that bad. We do have a starter in Miller.

  26. getterdone says:

    Tim, it was a combination of coaching failures and lack of talent in some areas….but lets not forget what the great coaches have done with inferior talent in NFL history…ask OD about Shula in his hey day, even now, look at the top teams, some have questionable talent at many positions and yet get the most out of them by game planning & coaching them better.

    But I look forward to another explosive playmaker for Tanny, and of course better OL personnel that can let him work.

    • Silly Tim says:

      We aren’t there yet. Shula couldn’t get the Dolphins out of the mediocre doldrums with Dan Marino from 86 – 89.
      1986: 8-8
      1987: 8-7 (one game strike)
      1988: 6-10
      1989: 8-8

      It’s about talent, bro.

  27. olddolphan says:

    YOU FOLKS have a terrific evening and a better tomorrow. –I’m gonna toast the Dolphins Perfect Season in just a few minutes and then hit the sack. –GREAT GRANDPA IS OUT!!

    • getterdone says:

      Don’t hit the sack, that hurts…only FFR likes that….LOL

    • olddolphan says:

      Reply to GDP:–When Shula was announced as head coach of the Dolphins, he was asked “How many years will it take to get this team (which only won 3 games the prior season) to the playoffs?? –His answer “My goal is to get the Dolphins to the playoffs in MY FIRST SEASON!!!” – – And he did!

  28. Ken says:

    Alright my nightly drive by is over. I have to be in court early tomorrow. I am out. Peace to you all.

  29. Mike E. says:

    Goodnight everyone! Gotta rest off this cold! Peace!

  30. Silly Tim says:

    What we need at RB?

    Another guy to complement Miller. Someone reliable who can keep the offense going. Not necessarily a change of pace. You can have a hammer as your 3rd RB. I’d rather have a Mike Davis as our #2 because our offense won’t change with him in there. He plays like Miller, maybe a little more physical but not as fast. Similar in style though.

    That said, Frank Gore back to Miami on a reasonable 2 year deal would be sweet. That’s a sign of going for it like we wanted to with Moreno. We never got to see that unfold.

    • getterdone says:

      I can agree with ya here for the most part….hope Gore comes home as you mentioned for a hometown discount and gives us what we saw with Moreno in week 1 vs. NE.

      I also like the bowling ball type of back to offset a bigger back. Mike Davis can be a MJD type.

  31. Try Pod says:

    Good night. 5:30 comes awful early, and I have to go to Ft. Knox tomorrow.

  32. Silly Tim says:

    It’s 10:30, not 2 in the morning. JK/BB LOL

    Goodnight you fuckers who have left, I’m headed to SC this weekend so I may pop in here or there, not sure. But until then I’m still here. LOL

    • getterdone says:

      Terrance MaGee is also an intriguing bowling ball RB…he may be even a tad faster than Mike Davis, has more miles left on him…and LSU seems to keep putting out quality big backs.
      Plus we already have Miller, a growing comfort in Damien Williams, so we won’t have to draft a RB like Magee until late rounds.

  33. Silly Tim says:

    GDP, remember Chuck Studley? He was DC from 84-86 and then LB coach from 87-88 under Olivadotti. He was demoted and today any HC doing that would be ridiculed but not the almighty Shula. That period of defense wrecked Marino’s era. Who was responsible for that? Oh right, Joe Philbin! LOL

    • getterdone says:

      Right, and I already mentioned as much by saying if Shula had just one fault, it was his loyalty to his coaches…guess he hated firing coaches, but players he’d get rid of in a hurry.
      Who was the RB coach during that era? We could never mount a credible rushing attack to help Dan either.

      • Silly Tim says:

        It was never about the running game, it was about defense. Marino could put 24 on any team. We couldn’t stop anyone. They ran on us and made big plays in the passing game too.

        When T.J. Turner was one of your best defenders you had a problem. RIP T.J.

    • professor lou says:

      The Cheesecloth Defense.

  34. professor lou says:

    I guess Mando doesn’t realize McDaniel started 2 games in 4 yrs with the Fins and 29 games in 2 years with the Seahawks. Despite that, he still had better sack #’s with us.

  35. getterdone says:

    Could we strike gold with another #14 🙂

  36. Silly Tim says:

    GDP, I want D. Williams to be the #2, but I want to see better competition at RB this year.

  37. getterdone says:

    Yes Marino could put 21-28 pts on you in a hurry…but the lack of running game hurt too…We never seem to win the TOP battle, Marino was on the field a lot less than he should have been…the short yardage game sucked for getting first downs to sustain drives.

    Then yes, the Defense would then let us down and other teams could keep Dan on the sideline way too long.
    We lost a lot of close games because he’d give us a lead but then we’d lose it to the other team because of the defense, and because we couldn’t control clock with the running game late either and keep the opponents QB off the field…UGH…memories.

    • Silly Tim says:

      We also started to get dominated by more talented overall teams. Ugh… why are we talking about this? LOL

      Lets hope Hickey/Philbin get the right mix in 2015.

  38. professor lou says:

    Tim,
    I’ve been waiting patiently until the day came for this guy to be in the draft:

  39. getterdone says:

    I’d like to see an analysis on the difference between a RB & WR who’s home team plays on carpet and how he does when he gets drafted or plays for another team that’s home field is grass & vice versa.
    I wonder if Hickey & Tannebaum have analytics on that as well?

  40. Silly Tim says:

    Okay, hope for a RB, but is he really anything different than what we already have? Piggy is still hoping that some team gives Lache Seastrunk a chance. LOL

  41. professor lou says:

    I don’t know if we take a rb in the draft this year but I know we will have a Priority UDFA RB and his name is TraVon Van. Mark it down and save it for the days after the draft and look for his name. I couldn’t be more positive this kid will be in our camp.

  42. getterdone says:

    Lou, guys like Synjyn Days from GT or Kenny Williams Texas Tech will be good likely UDFA’s, Kenny Hilliard LSU could slip thru the draft cracks as well.

    • professor lou says:

      I like Days as well.

    • professor lou says:

      But, I also think there’s a super strong possibility Travon Van is brought in as one udfa after the draft. I hope the other rb is Cameron Stingily if we bring in two. I’d take both, but I’m almost positive Van will be here.

      • getterdone says:

        Stingily is a big boy…I’d like to see what he could do in camp…I remember when we had high hopes on Cameron Marshall here in camp.

  43. Silly Tim says:

    We have RBs, we need a Julio Jone type to take us to the next level, not a friggin RB.

    LT Albert
    LG? UFA
    C Pouncey
    RG Turner
    RT James
    TE/H-Back Clay (re-sign him)

    WR Wallace
    WR Landry
    WR Rookie* (big playmaker)

    QB Tannehill
    RB Miller

    That’s the offense.

    Defense:
    LDE Wake/Jordan
    DT UFA, Starks?
    DT Mitchell, Johnson
    RDE Vernon/Jordan
    DL Fede (takes on Odrick and Shelby roles)
    DE McCain – edge rusher

    SOLB Jenkins/McCain
    MLB Misi/?
    WOLB Jenkins/?
    LB Tripp

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  46. getterdone says:

    FU is up and running fine. 🙂

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