Sodomized at the Draft with Colonpokey: NFL Busts

ColonpokeyMasterCodeofColonpokeyEven a perverted relentless hamster like myself knows there is only so much the butt can take.  So rest your rears Dolfans, today we get to look at the misfortune of the rest of the NFL.  Enjoy laughing at the misfortunes of other teams as I give them the poke!

Let’s start with the gold standard of all busts.  In the 1998 NFL Draft there was a great QB debate.  The Colts held the first overall choice, the Chargers the 2nd.  Both were in the market for a QB.  But who would the Colts select first, Peyton Manning, the technician with NFL bloodlines or the up and comer from Washington State, Ryan Leaf.  Leaf had a rocket arm, but the Colts went conservative and selected Peyton Manning.

That left the Chargers who were pokied by yours truly.  Manning is on his way to the Hall of Fame, Leaf finished his career with a more than 2 -1 Int to TD ratio and a 50 QB rating.  Leaf also added an indictment for burglary and possession of a controlled substance to his legacy.  The photo below illustrates how the great QB debate of 1998 worked out in the end.


Leaf might be the biggest Draft bust of all time.  Until another QB rivaled him in 2007.  Its not easy to be the worst pick in Raiders history but JaMarcus Russell might have achieved that.  After drafting Russell with the #1 pick of the 2007 draft the Raiders proceeded to give him a 68 Million dollar contract with 31.5 guaranteed.  This of course was before the rookie salary cap came into effect – actually Russell might be one of the reasons owners begged for the rookie salary cap.

Russell was a great athlete from a powerhouse team in the SEC but in the NFL, he was a great big pokey hurting butts on every coast.  Some say Russell had a drug  problem but I wouldn’t know anything about that…heehee…


Quarterbacks and busts in the NFL can be synonymous.  Its a tough position to evaluate.  I could write a whole blog on quarterback busts from the state of Ohio.  But I will spare Ohio the pain.


One of the first draft busts I ever remember was a Linebacker from Oklahoma.  Coming into the NFL Brian Bosworth was all hype.  The Boz sold t-shirts and haircuts to tasteless fans all over the country.  The hype must have gone to his head, he actually wrote letters before the supplemental draft to many NFL teams declaring that if they signed him he wouldn’t play for them.  When the Seahawks ignored the letter and drafted him they signed him to the biggest rookie contract of all time at that time.  He ended up playing three years for the Seahawks.  Guess how this photo of an attempted tackle on Bo Jackson worked out.


Another overhyped prospect worth mentioning is Tony Mandarich.  The Packers whiffed on this athletic freak they attempted to draft as the cornerstone of their offensive line.  Madarich was built like the Incredible Hulk and NFL teams and Sports Illustrated, who helped build the hype at the behest of Mandarich’s agent, were excited to see this guy bulldoze defenses.  But it didn’t work out that way.  Some say steroid testing played a part in his quick decline.  Mandarich made a comeback with the Colts years later.  But trust me, that pokey hurts!

But as Dolfans, you don’t care about the misses of any of these teams do you?  You want to hear about the butt hurt of the AFC East.


Let’s start with the obvious: The New York Jests. The Jests misses are countless, Marc Sanchez, Blair Thomas and Kyle Brady all come to mind.  But I would rather go with something a little more recent.  In 2008, the Jests were eager to see Rex Ryan’s defensive scheme at work.  The centerpiece would be a premier pass rusher….heehee…they got Vernon Gholston instead…


What’s worse than wasting a first round pick on a bust – how bout wasting a first and a second round pick.  That is what the Bills did in 2004.  In that draft the Bills selected Lee Evans with their first round pick.  They still needed a QB though.  So they traded up from the second into the 22nd pick of the 2004 draft and gave up their 1st round pick in 2005 in the trade.  With the 22nd pick of the 2004 draft…heehee…the Buffalo Bills select J.P. Losman….heehee.  Now that’s a pokey!


And that brings us to the Cheats. If you listen to the National Media you will hear that Belicheat can do no wrong. The same media will tell you the Cheats play by the rules. But the laughing Dolphin doesn’t buy that. While Belicheat has avoided disaster in the 1st round, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds are littered with disappointments.  Aaron Hernandez, Laurence Maroney, Chad Jackson, Shawn Crable, Kevin O’Connell and Brandon Tate are all examples of these misses.  But for this blog I’m going with Terrence Wheatley.  After 2007 the Patriots missed on a ton of defensive backs and Wheatley jumps out as the biggest miss.  That’s Patriot Pokey!

Players that find their way out of the NFL in a few years are not the only way to judge busts.  After all, the average NFL career is not very long.  Sometimes teams just miss at a better player at the position they drafted.  Like in 1983 with the New Jests on the clock with the 24th pick of the draft.  As all of you know, the Jests used the pick on Quarterback Ken O’Brien.

O’Brien wasn’t half bad.  He put up some big numbers on some jests teams with bad defenses.  But three picks after O’Brien was selected the Dolphins selected a Hall of Famer to play Quarterback for them.  Pokey works in mysterious ways. For decades the Jests will wonder why they took O’Brien over the Great Dan Marino.



Who knows who gets poked in 2015.  Better hope its not the Dolphins.  But Hamsters have no prejudices.

This post was endorsed by Pokey.  Don’t be fooled by fakes.  Look for the Seal of Pokey!





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396 Responses to Sodomized at the Draft with Colonpokey: NFL Busts

  1. Brian in NY says:

    I’d much rather read about the wasted draft picks other teams make than ours.

  2. dbolt48 says:

    Good job Pig. The Phins appear to have gotten poked in 2013’s draft thus far outside of Sims.

  3. Mike E. says:

    This was great Piggy! I really enjoyed this, and I f’n love the pic of Pokey in the black van. Awesome! Like Brian said, it’s so much more fun to revel in the misery of others, rather than our own.

  4. The Flying Pig says:

    Make sure you guys looks closely at the Kenny O’Brien pic
    you may miss the pokey

  5. Tim Knight says:

    Dbolt, Jenkins is actually our best player from 2013 and the door is still open for a few more guys. This year will tell a lot about whether it closes or not.

    Oh yeah, our kicker is also from that draft. LOL

    • dbolt48 says:

      I knew I was forgetting someone else, Jenkins, thanks for the reminder on him.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I guess we will see what happens with Jordan
      right now its a bunch of rumors

      I agree that Jenkins has been the best pick so far
      Sims has his good points too

      Taylor & Davis still have potential – but I tend to be really patient

      Even if Strugis was great fromhere on out – I think the first 2 years made the pick a bad one

      when you think about cap room and draft picks in the 2013 season, Ireland’s last year here may have been his worst
      I guess time will tell, some of those players still have a chance to work out well, including Jordan

      • Tim Knight says:

        2013 was definitely Ireland’s worst year. 2012 he was bad with the WRs so he made up for it with a spending spree in 2013. That didn’t pan out so well. He also did a bad job with the OL in 2013 so that Hickey had to put a huge emphasis on the OL in his first season.

      • dbolt48 says:

        If the rumor of possibly flipping Jordan for Mychal Kendricks is true at least we’ll get a starting MLB and eliminate it from draft needs.

      • dbolt48 says:

        With that said I’m not positive that Mychal can man MLB.

  6. Tim Knight says:

    Good write up, Piggy. Funny stuff.

  7. Tim Knight says:

    Piggy, Sturgis was a 5th rd comp pick, I didn’t think it was such a bad idea. But Sturgis has not been the kicker I believe they envisioned. Hopefully he’s ready to up his game as well.

    • dbolt48 says:

      Sturgis seemed like a good pick during the pre-season of his rookie year, but once he had a few misses it seems like it has permanently given him a mental block.

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Dbolt, is the Jordan for Kendricks trade a real rumor or just GD speculating?

  9. Tim Knight says:

    Dbolt, meant to say Misi, Sheppard and Tripp.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Tripp plays MLB, he did play there last year on 2nd and 3rd teams.

      • dbolt48 says:

        Tannenbaum did say they needed to clear the roster of progress stoppers. Trusnik was one of those. Tripp could be a guy they are heavily counting on.

    • dbolt48 says:

      Jenkins played MLBS in college so still a possibility.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah I thought about that afterwards.

        Good point on the progress stoppers.

      • dbolt48 says:

        Yeah he said you have to let the young guys take their early lumps in order to grow into the players you envisioned when bringing them in. Sounds like he wants the young guys to play versus maxed out vets like we’ve had these last few years.

  10. stangerx says:

    Nicely Pig, much less traumatizing than our own busts. Didn’t realize the colopokey’s love of Jets QBs when back as far as Obrien. He inspect the innards of Broadway Joe too?

  11. stangerx says:

    Scary scene during the Pirate’s game yesterday. The woman was taken to the hospital, but was conscious as they wheeled her out.

  12. Tim Knight says:

    It was good to see both Albert and Davis show up yesterday with no crutches or braces. I think I saw Delmas in one of the pics wearing no protective gear too.

  13. getterdone says:

    Dbolt, where and when did you see the Jordan for Kendricks rumors on social media? I thought it was solely my rumor/speculation idea. 😦

  14. Tim Knight says:

    The one concern with trading for Mychal Kendricks is that he’s a UFA next year and we already have other players who will become UFAs like Vernon and Miller.

    • getterdone says:

      True, but if he plays well, you could extend him before FA starts in 2016.

      • Tim Knight says:

        How much cap can we keep adding in 2016? Tannehill, Suh’s big hit, other guys who are being paid. I think we have to rely on some lower salary guys.

      • dbolt48 says:

        You save around $6 million in 2016 if Jordan is gone this year

  15. getterdone says:

    Suh imagining Brady’s head!

  16. The Flying Pig says:

    Hendricks is one of the better young LBs in the game

    I don’t know how good he will be
    But he appears to be really versatile and will be a good fit for us

    I’m not confident in Misi/Tripp/Jenkins
    But I do like Jenkins
    I just think we should add more competition to the group

    It would be nice to have 1 less draft need too

    • The Flying Pig says:

      And I think he can play Inside or outside
      I know Misi can too
      And there is no reason to think Jenkins and Tripp can’t play both

      It would be nice to have a few versatile LBs

      But to be honest – IMO Kendricks would probably win and preseason competition handily and would be our best LB

      • Tim Knight says:

        We already do have versatility at LB and I’m not sure you’re getting much of an upgrade in this draft. Obviously the bottom line is it doesn’t matter if Piggy is confident in our LBs, but the FO. 😉

        Before the defense started breaking and wearing down we were 8th against the run and 2nd against the pass through 10 games. Not sure why MLB is such a concern for everyone?

  17. The Flying Pig says:

    Also in terms of the Kendrivks rumor
    I’m almost positive Kendricks is on the trade block for the eagles

    They acquired Kiko Alonso and extended Demaco Ryans

    Some people think moving Kendricks (and Mathis) is part of Chip Kelly’s big plan

    • Tim Knight says:

      Very possible. In their 3-4, it appears Alonzo and Ryans would be the ILBs.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        They have Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin as their starting OLB

        They have Vinnie Curry playing behind throes guys

        They are pretty deep at LB

  18. The Flying Pig says:

    Could be bullshit

    But some one leaked the cheats schedule

    Week 2 they play in Miami of it’s true

  19. getterdone says:

    Tim, I understand that point on paying too much. Seems Mr. T & Aponte are not letting too much hold them back. I don’t know, but yes, it is something that has to be part of the equation.

  20. The Flying Pig says:


    What makes you think the FO is confident in our LBs?

    There is no reason to beleive that
    You can argue the bottom line is how the FO feels about the unit for every position

    We may have versatile LBs
    We don’t have quality

    I don’t think there is any question that we can do better at LB

    I’m not sure why you so adverse to the idea of adding LBs
    Jenkins/Misi/Tripp is a big leap of faith

    Why not bring in competition?

  21. jetsssuck says:

    Tannenbaum did say they needed to clear the roster of progress stoppers. Trusnik was one of those. Tripp could be a guy they are heavily counting on.
    Didn’t he play all the LB positions last year because of all the injuries to that group plus he is a excellent ST player

    • dbolt48 says:

      He did, but I’m going by what Tannenbaum said. He is essentially you can’t develop young guys or truly know what you have if they aren’t getting reps with a maced out vet who might presently hold an ever so slight advantage over them.

      • jetsssuck says:

        maybe we can a draft choice for the guy before he collects a big contract with a team that see’s upside in him

  22. Tim Knight says:

    Dbolt, but what is Kendricks going to be asking for in 2016 when he’s a UFA?

    • dbolt48 says:

      Not sure, but would be more affordable than people think. I think maybe anywhere between 4-6 per year.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Just saying it’s another contract we have to get done along with Vernon and Miller unless we move on from one of them. I doubt we let Vernon walk after trading Jordan unless he decides to totally regress which I don’t see happening.

  23. getterdone says:

    Aaron Hernandez never failed an NFL drug test even though everyone said he smoked weed daily and now it is being reported he was addicted to angel dust.

    A man who knew Hernandez and asked not to be identified, said: ‘He was regularly high or out of his mind on Angel Dust.

    ‘People who were in his circles knew about it and we would talk about how it turned him into a punk. He was consistently aggressive, arrogant and unpleasant.

    ‘His dope man would bring it to his house and he would roll it in with some weed and smoke it with his friends.

    ‘He got so full of himself that he sometimes stopped caring if people saw him doing it and he would be told to go outside because restaurant owners were worried about their licenses.

    ‘I guess he was a d**head before because all that fame and money went to his head. But the drugs made him turn out to be a monster. Few people liked him. They just went with everything to keep him under control.’

    Only friends Hernandez has now are the ones he makes behind bars.

  24. Mike E. says:


    So what you’re saying is Piggy and Hickenbaum need not be on the same wavelength? lol

    • Tim Knight says:


      Just saying if they’re really high on Jenkins, are nowhere near as down on Misi as fans always are and have a much higher opinion of Tripp, then it changes things quite a bit.

  25. Tim Knight says:

    I also don’t see special 4-3 LBs in this draft. Probably more of the same that we already have.

  26. getterdone says:

    If the above story on Hernandez is true, it really points to how much the Patriots really do get away with, given the fact that he never failed a NFL drug test…SMH!

    • Tim Knight says:

      How could Belichick and staff allow such stuff to go on? There is no way they couldn’t have known. Where’s all the crap mouth pundits on this? 😉

  27. stangerx says:

    Pig — Interesting on the Pat’s schedule if true. They’d get us in the cold but we’d get them in the heat.

  28. Tim Knight says:

    GD, Matt Light knew what Hernandez was all about and said he wasn’t a fan of his lifestyle. So there is no way nobody else on the team including Belichick, the coaches, Brady and other players didn’t know.

  29. stangerx says:

    getterdone — some of the stuff in Aaron’s locker.

  30. Al in MIA says:

    LOL @ the schedule you posted.
    So LeGarrette Blount is good to go vs Miami after the 1 game suspension (vs Pitt) LOL.

  31. getterdone says:

    Tim, I hear ya on Belicheat and others not knowing….I guess Bill Belicheat read that old book on Shula and looked the other way too. 😉

  32. getterdone says:

    Former Missouri and Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham is visiting the Chiefs on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.
    Green-Beckham previously visited the Bengals, 49ers and Rams. He reportedly turned down a visit with the Cowboys. Perhaps DGB feels he will be off the board by the time the Cowboys select at 27. The Bengals are an interesting addition to the list, as the other teams have been linked to receivers.

  33. Al in MIA says:

    This is Tim Tebow’s Colonpokey face

  34. Al in MIA says:

    ProFootballTalk ‏@ProFootballTalk now3 seconds ago

    Peterson’s agent trolls Vikings on social media
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  35. getterdone says:
  36. Mike E. says:


    Perhaps he thinks he’ll be off the board before the Cowboys pick, so he doesn’t visit them? That’s about as retarded as they get. I hope he gets drafted in the 5th RD if that’s true.

  37. Al in MIA says:

    How much weight did Tripp gain? (saw your comment earlier about it)).
    I just hope his chest muscles are feeling good lol.

    • dbolt48 says:

      I don’t know, but the photos of him walking into the facility yesterday he looked ripped. That’s why I said it will be interesting to see his weight.

  38. Al in MIA says:

    Ben Volin retweeted
    Gil Brandt ‏@Gil_Brandt 4m4 minutes ago

    Patriots play only 4 games vs. teams which made playoffs last season — fewest for defending champ since 2000 Rams.

  39. Al in MIA says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I also don’t see special 4-3 LBs in this draft. Probably more of the same that we already have.
    There are quite a few good “Will” LB options in the draft and some 3-4 OLB “Jack” types that intrigue but you are certainly right about MLB. Some of these MLB options are some of the lightest MLB options in a while and are built more like OLB.

  40. Tim Knight says:

    Last year the highest ranked ILB was C.J. Mosely at 6.42. The highest this year is 5.8 with Kendricks, Dawson and McKinney. There is more depth this year with 7 ILBs ranked between 5.8 and 5.4 and the next ranked ILB last year was Preston Brown at 5.36 in the 3rd round – he did have 109 tackles for the Bills though.

    But you can see it’s not a special class. Jordan Tripp who was listed as an OLB lasted year was ranked 5.16 and was a 5th rd pick. I would not be surprised if most if not all of these ILBs were available in the 2nd through 4th rounds.

  41. Al in MIA says:

    Eric Galko retweeted
    Dave Rappoccio ‏@DrawPlayDave 16m16 minutes ago

    The Eagles new QBs fight for roster positions


  42. Al in MIA says:

    I can’t find it at the moment but more so than height, weight has a stronger correlation to success at almost every position (even QB).

  43. Al in MIA says:

    These guys do an interesting job with their scouting metrics…
    They are covering all the positions as the draft approaches but here’s one on corners.

    Science 2015 Part 2 – Cutting the Cornerback Quandary

  44. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Al’s 11:46AM. That’s great

  45. Tim Knight says:

    Al, at go to the link on the right that says players arrive at Davie. There are two photos of Tripp in there. He definitely looks bigger.

  46. Al in MIA says:

    Well this is a picture taken last week by a personal trainer working with a few Fins players during the offseason…

    Jordan Tripp retweeted
    Rich Molin, CSCS @AllBlueSwede · Apr 13

    Another great Monday with the boys! @jfreeny56 @JasonTrusnik @koamisi55 @Kshepp11 @jtripp37 @IMPACTNextLevel

  47. wyoming85 says:

    When your Mom looks like this you better listen!

  48. wyoming85 says:

    Or your Dad!

  49. wyoming85 says:

    Tyler Varga of Yale is pictured at the Reese’s Senior Bowl weigh-in in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015.

  50. stangerx says:

    “NFL is set to announce its 2015 game schedule on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.”

    That should give us something to discuss while waiting for the draft.

  51. Piggy: I expect Colonpokey will be paying a visit to Philadelphia some time in the near future to visit his favs Tebow & Sanchez for some tag-teaming fun….lol.

  52. jetsssuck says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Shula provided Hernandez with angel dust in the parking lots of his steakhouses. LOL
    My kids took me to tropical acres restaurant last night for my birthday 26th. Place burned down 2012 and they rebuilt .It’s the oldest steakhouse in florida 1949. They had old menu from 1949 and pork chop dinner was 1.50. beer was 5 cents.
    Tonight we are going to cap’s place. It’s the oldest seafood restaurants in the tri county area .You have to take a boat out to a island where the restaurant is. A lot of old time gangsters from the 20’s-30’s use to visit the restaurant. Great seafood.

      • jetsssuck says:

        Back in the 20’s in No-Man’s Land Florida, Cap Knight, Lola Knight and Al Hasis brought together a group of wooden shacks attached to an old barge which was floated up the present day intracoastal waterway from Miami to its location on Cap’s Island near the fabled Hillsboro lighthouse north of Fort Lauderdale. This was a rum-running restaurant and gambling casino, nestled on an island in the coastal marsh. For over seven decades Cap and Lola Knight, Al and Patricia Hasis, and now their children Tom, Ted and Talle Hasis, have served up only the finest of seafood in South Florida’s most unique waterfront setting.
        Tim’s relatives?

  53. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ phindog = addicted to the great dance. LOL

  54. CaliGigi says:
  55. jahndoh says:

    Commentary on an early theme: Trusnik is NOT a progress stopper. A progress stopper is a marginal veteran with a big salary who’s ego and/or salary cap number dictates that they need to be a starter ahead of a young guy who’s ready to take the next step. Trusnik is not that guy. He’s a guy who will start, or play 3rd string, and dominate on ST for a reasonable salary while never complaining if a rookie gets to play ahead of him. That’s NOT a progress stopper. That’s a team player an in an era where your team is going to commit a large percentage of it’s cap to just a few individuals, he’s the kind of team player you MUST have if you’re going to compete in this league.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Well he plays for the Panthers now so… LOL

      I hear what you’re saying. Ellerbe and Wheeler were progress stoppers and that’s why they’re gone.

      • jahndoh says:

        Exactly (on Ellerbe and Wheeler)

      • dbolt48 says:

        All 3 progress stoppers are gone😂😂😂😂

      • stangerx says:

        Do we have a progress stopper left? Maybe they are true for their word on that.

        Does Delmas count?

      • D says:

        Trusnik was a role player, he handled that position well. They chose not to re-sign him when they felt they could replace him with a cheaper rookie pickup that can play ST’s and fill the part time role at LB. I cant say i blame them, but yes, he wasnt a progress stopper, he was more of role player who got too expensive for what the FO wants to pay for that role.

  56. Mike E. says:

    What up people? Busy day today. Just coming in one after the other.

  57. D says:

    Ive said it plenty of times, there are not great 4-3 ILB’s this year. None that can come in and start right away/beat Misi out of that position. I dont care how much people want Misi back at SLB, we wont have good enough by start of the year to do that. There are, however, a bunch of pretty good prospects. I like McKinney personally but he most likely needs to start at SLB or rotate at an OLB spot until he acclimates to the NFL. I think he will be a MLB one day but it wont be day 1. I think possibly could be there before end of the year, but that just depends on how quickly he picks things up. Having Suh does help that transition, but Perryman, Dawson, Anthony, and even Kendricks likely have to start same place.

  58. Tim Knight says:

    I keep coming back to this – with Shelby, Fede and McCain, Jordan is expendable. With Suh now on board along with Mitchell, there will be less snaps for Shelby and Fede to play inside and guys like Johnson and Francis etc. will likely get some snaps there. Having depth is great, but sometimes there just aren’t enough snaps to get everyone in the game so that means not active on game day for some. Philbin has said he wants Coyle to simplify the defense so guys can just go play. That could mean less formations and rotations. Just some food for thought.

    So did Jordan show up on day 2?

    • Mike E. says:

      I agree 100%. I feel no need to appease him, he needs to produce, or he’s done here. I would trade him to move up to get an impact player if that was possible, without a wory in the world about what he might become elsewhere. He hasn’t done it here, and I don’t think he ever will.

      • D says:

        Same reasons you give for why we are at our end with him is why we cant expect trading him to move us up into the top 10. Again, Kelley is our best shot, packaged with our second could get us back into the first where we can take a second 1st rounder. Optimally that could mean landing a top teir WR and your boy Collins one day 1. That would be a pretty good day but then the drought begins totally bypassing day 2.

  59. D says:

    Have you guys seen the extended video of where that clip comes from?

  60. dbolt48 says:

    stangerx says:
    April 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm
    Do we have a progress stopper left? Maybe they are true for their word on that.

    Does Delmas count?

    Don’t think any of the young guys have shown their close to him communication wise & therefore he’s a needed asset right now

  61. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, Delmas coming off of a late season ending knee injury doesn’t make him a progress stopper to me. I think he’s a good influence in the locker room and in the film room for the young DBs, and could help us as the season goes on.

    • D says:

      He’s the definition of security blanket. He’s there if things dont pan out with Aikens, or something happens to him. If he starts the year, i doubt he will be by time season ends as they may try to phase in Aikens if he isnt quite ready before season starts.

    • stangerx says:

      More than anything, I was just happy he was the only name I could come up with. Another sign these guys look towards the future.

  62. jahndoh says:

    I think you guys are underestimating Kendricks when assessing the ILB crop this year, and since I’m not a huge “I told you so” guy, I just want to put it out there right now. He’s got Zach Thomas instincts with better measurables. Behind a DL with Suh in it, he would be an all-pro, and if he’s used right (as 4/3 MLB) behind a decent 4 man front, he’s going to prove me right no matter where he goes.

    Maybe it’s deep after that, but assesments stray way to far from the game tape these days, and there’s only one conclusion when you watch Kendricks play the game of football: He’s a stud.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m just going by where he’s ranked on as opposed to last year’s draft. That doesn’t mean he won’t be a good player. It’s pre-draft evaluations and we have to use something to go by besides personal preference because that has blown up in people’s faces as well.

      • jahndoh says:

        I saw what you were going by. My point (that I made in my post) is that that number strays too far from the football film and overweights measurables. It always does.

      • jahndoh says:

        PS: football film is not personal preference. I’m not being argumentative, but I don’t want people to think I’m just touting him because he’s a Bruin. Have you seen me tout any other Bruins this offseason? I guess that’s proof I can be objective and tell you what I see in film, not what I root for on Saturdays.

  63. jahndoh says:

    Dbolt, we don’t disagree on football stuff very often, but I can’t believe you lump Trusnik in with Wheeler and Ellerbe. There’s no comparison. Those 2 were overpaid underperforming vets with egos that demanded they be starters. Trusnik was none of those negative things and all the positives you could ask for from a low salary guy with a knack for special teams.

    He doesn’t fit with those guys. At all. He’s moved on, I agree with D, I respect the decision they made to let him walk, but I did like the guy and he’s not a progress stopper in any way shape or form. If Trusnik beat out a young guy, the young guy didn’t deserve to be a starter. Period. (lol..I haven’t typed out my punctuation recently).

    • dbolt48 says:

      You’re reading too much into it. They have young guys that are ready to take over those duties and are now on equal footing as Trusnick except they still have more room for growth. They didn’t try to resign him because they have young guy’s progressing and trying to resign him is what Tannenbaum was referring to as a progress stopping move. I like Trusnick much better than the other 2, but under the description they fall in the same category.

      • jahndoh says:

        I get that resigning him for big money would turn him into a progress stopper, but he was never that as a player when he played for the fins, and I don’t think it’s fair to retroactively label him with that (you gotta admit, it’s a negative label) just because he went onto the open market and got paid somewhere.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I do agree with that. I think Tripp replaces Trusnik right off the bat.

  64. Mike E. says:


    Not necessarily, there’s always teams that think that they can make a guy work in their defense. He has top 5 pedigree, that was unanimous, so there’s a defensive coach somewhere that swears they can turn him into a beast.

  65. Tim Knight says:

    Jahn, don’t take the Kendricks thing personally. I mentioned him in with Dawson and McKinney at 5.8 with no bias. I was just using a general tool that shows this is not considered a strong ILB class as opposed to previous drafts, it’s just not.

    • jahndoh says:

      Not at all. I understand where you’re coming from. But what I do really want you to understand is that I’m not touting the guy because of some sort of homer bias. I might just have some experience from watching him play every Saturday that many here and many of the so-called “experts” for public consumption don’t, and I just like sharing what I know. I tend to share bad news too about Pac-10 players when I have it. Cheers!

  66. jahndoh says:

    That’s about all the time I had. I’m sorry I couldn’t wait around for responses. Just my opinions as always, and I respect all of yours as well!

  67. Tim Knight says:

    Jahn, I’m not saying you’re being a Bruin homer. Everyone has their favorite prospects is what I meant. Film study is a personal preference though. Just like PFF sees things that others disagree with. It’s all objective on what people think they’re seeing.

    • D says:

      I have a lot of bias towards SEC players, simply because i watch so much of that divisions football i know these guys well. My bias doesnt stand in the way of judgement though because im not picking someone for me im picking someone i want to make our team better. Kendrick is the best start right away prospect, BUT he also isnt acclimated to speed of the game. He MAY be able to acclimate faster than others because he has great instincts, but i also think due to some physical limitations he also has the potential for a lower ceiling in terms of maximized ability. People can bring up Zach all day long, but simple fact is the odds are stacked against those players and only the very exceptional overcome those things and go on to be great. This isnt opinion its fact, for every success story like it there are several never got off the ground stories where the size and athletic limitations were too much for those players to overcome.

      • jahndoh says:

        Fair point about the odds being against it, but his measurables are better than Zachs, not equal to it. So if he’s wired that same way (I tend to think MLBs and safeties are the easiest to spot instincts with) and has better measurables, I have no choice but to project him highly.

        You want to talk about the Bruin’s QB? Different story. i wouldn’t draft the guy unless it was in the 3rd round or later. I just don’t think his game is going to translate.

    • jahndoh says:

      I don’t really think you and i would watch the same film and disagree too frequently about whether or not a player made a play.

      It’s not “personal preference” for the most part, it’s actually analyzing real football instead of combine numbers….and the goal is not to draft athletes, it’s to draft successful football players.

      I respect the opinions of people who have this experience on this board, and defer to it on players I’m not familiar with. Can’t insist anyone respect my opinion the same way, but that’s what it is. Experience watching a player play football.

      • D says:

        I trust your opinion, and for what its worth i see what you see in him from a instincts, and ability standpoint. For me its a gamble with McKinney but i like the potential and it outweights what is more of a risk than taking a guy like Kendricks. I also agree with you that he will be a good player. Im not disputing those things. Its probably more an argument over what ya would rather have bird in hand or two in the bush….im into the bush… 🙂

      • jahndoh says:

        LOL…fair enough. I’m into bush myself.

  68. jahndoh says:

    Oh, and go Warriors!

  69. D says:

    Mike, i just dont see it. More power to them if they can swing it, but i dont see him being an attractive enough lure to do that. The teams picking at that level could easily get a guy with better potential a guy with 4 years on a rookie wage contract and whom they can develop up their own way. If i were a GM of any of those teams i would laugh at the dolphins if thats all they were offering. Maybe Jordan another pick and swapping firsts, but then if im the GM of the dolphins i cant do that either.

    • Mike E. says:

      I didn’t say that was all we would be offering, but if we could trade our 1st, Jordan and 4th, rather than give up next years 1st, it would be worth it.

    • jahndoh says:

      I think it’s fun to think about, and especially with Chip Kelly being the other end of the hypothetical trade, but I agree, he doesn’t have a lot of trade value these days. 2 years and nothing but a drug suspension and a stint in rehab kind of offsets his draft status.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Also one more slip up and his suspension is probably 12 games.

      • D says:

        Funny you should say that. The first time i typed it up i had a much longer version that actually pointed out those things lol. Chip Kelley is a maverick and if he likes a player he’s going to get that player. He still likes Jordan from what i have heard so there is more sway there. Giants have 0 reason to make that trade and i wouldnt give up any more picks this year to move up. Id be more willing to trade up using next year’s 1 if we move up significantly enough to get in the range of White/Cooper.

  70. getterdone says:

    Great to see my boy Tripp looking like he’s got an NFL body now! Hope he follows the path of Jenkins in his 2nd year too.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Me too and it won’t be for a lack of work ethic and love for the game.

      • D says:

        Philbin holds work ethic almost over all other things. I know a lot of people think its more about being a strong personality player, but i think its more about being a lazy ass that loses Philbin towards players. People that would rather sit around and talk shit about play time than come to, and stay awake in meeting while everyone else is. Sure stay after and catch balls on the Jugs, but kinda mixing the message when you dont treat the rest of your work responsibilities with equal level of interest. I personally agree, id take 1 of guy who will bust their ass to be good over 10 incredibly God gifted athletes who dont give a shit about their profession..

  71. getterdone says:

    Jahn, I agree on Eric Kendricks, but even more on his older brother Mychal who’s already proven he can play in the NFL, is only 24.
    As I proposed yesterday, I hope we can get a nice deal packaged together with the Eagles.

  72. getterdone says:

    Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill says Now is the time when good players get together and start building a team

    • D says:

      Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country……

      Any of you know what that is from?

      • getterdone says:

        from a teacher in the 1800’s, but might have been used as a movie quote or by aspiring Pols.

  73. Tim Knight says:

    Jahn, my thing is I can’t always tell whether I think a guy’s college tape with translate to the NFL game. That doesn’t mean they don’t look good on tape. So that’s why I do consider measurables in the equation. Just remember the worst NFL team would destroy the top college team.

    • D says:

      Well yeah because NFL teams are full of top 3% of the best athletes from college. Would be a sad day if your pro team couldn’t.

      • Tim Knight says:

        They’re also experienced grown men playing against kids and many of who will never make it in the NFL. That’s my point though. I don’t know if Kendricks will weave his way through the mosh at the next level playing MLB the way he does in college. I do think he could be a good WOLB though.

  74. Jahn: Since the Heat did not make the playoffs I am rooting for the Warriors as I love Steph Curry!! New Orleans is a very good young team it will not be easy but I expect Golden State to beat them.

  75. dbolt48 says:

    jahndoh says:
    April 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm
    I get that resigning him for big money would turn him into a progress stopper, but he was never that as a player when he played for the fins, and I don’t think it’s fair to retroactively label him with that (you gotta admit, it’s a negative label) just because he went onto the open market and got paid somewhere.

    We just see the connotation differently. I don’t see it as a negative, but just a reality of aging players. Many players weren’t brought back due to this. Like I said I like Trusnick and don’t lump him as the same type of player as the others.

  76. getterdone says:

    ESPN’s Mike Sando says that it’s exceedingly hard to find an adequate comparison for West Virginia WR Kevin White.
    “There isn’t much precedent for junior college transfers with White’s physical ability breaking out the way he did this past season,” he wrote. “Cordarrelle Patterson was one. The four other receivers on [Mel] Kiper’s Big Board this year played between 37 to 41 games at the major college level, compared to 24 games for White.” Those other receivers all had higher yards-per-catch averages and more receptions for first downs by percentage. A team in the top 10 is going to roll the dice on his athletic upside anyway.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Patterson was nowhere near as productive. What most have said is the light went on, he grew up and into his body and the tape shows the difference. I watched a lot of video of him and you see a big WR with elite speed imposing his will on guys. Not saying he’ll dominate right away in the NFL, but I’d be shocked if he didn’t produce right away. Patterson is still struggling as a WR.

  77. D says:

    My idea for draft.

    Trade up, using next years 1st if we can find a buyer at 3 or 5, hell throw in Jordan with it if it will seal the deal. Take Cooper. If cant find partner at 3, and he’s taken at 4, stand at 14 and shoot for Parker. Parker is gone by 14, trade back and pick up at least 3rd, preferably a 2nd. Id also try to work a trade with Philly, Jordan and our pick 47 for their pick 20, or Jordan straight up for their pick 52..

    • getterdone says:

      I’m still not excited by Parker. Vikings likely take him anyways to reunite him with Teddy, which would be smart. Also hate to trade away next year’s 1st just to get Cooper.

      • getterdone says:

        with that, I rather trade down into the low 20’s, Eagles @ 23 hopefully. Have a deal with them for their Kendricks & our Jordan, plus whatever pick they agree on 2nd or 3rd round.
        In low 20’s we could possibly land Perriman/DGB who’s not far too off from White…IMO.
        Then in 2nd go for best of OL/DB/TE/RB

  78. Tim Knight says:

    I just want to point out that teams don’t always draft guys just because their QB played with him in college.

    • getterdone says:

      Nooo, you’re pulling our chains, Right?

      • Tim Knight says:

        I’ve read Parker to the Vikes because of Bridgewater so many times even on the networks. Not saying it can’t happen but it seems very novice to me for everyone to jump on that wagon.

  79. Mike E. says:

    Well that’s kinda like us saying Dion Jordan to PHI because Chip Kelly’s there, and all he does is try to get former Ducks. Oh wait, that IS all he tries to do. lol

  80. Rockphin says:

    dbolt48 says:
    April 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

    True. Really impressed by Tripp’s weight gain.
    I recall some of us and the media saying the same thing about Jordan’s weight gain last off season……then he got suspended for PED use…

  81. getterdone says:

    Tim, one of Minny’s biggest needs is WR. Teddy needs help, so maybe a familiar face that he had chemistry with before will help. Parker will be gone before Minney picks again most likely.
    Parker needs help too, he’s not all that to me yet. So, being in MN should help both young guys.

  82. Al in MIA says:

    I’m sticking to what I’ve said before…Perriman & Coates have the most core power of any of the WR available when looking at the film and the combine/pro day numbers they put up prove it.

  83. Al in MIA says:

    I’m guessing the Fins go WR in RD 1 and something else in RD 1.

  84. Rockphin says:

    GDP, that is one CREEPY emoticon you posted there! ewwwwww

  85. Al in MIA says:

    I like the value play of WR in RD 2 and beyond and hope the Fins don’t go WR in RD 1….
    Sammie Coates
    Philip Dorsett
    Devin Smith
    Justin Hardy
    Chris Conley
    Kenny Bell is a huge sleeper alert

    • dbolt48 says:

      Smelter late as well. Kasen Williams as an UDFA is another way to go.

    • getterdone says:

      Chris Conley, there ya go. He’s a bit under the radar due to the run heavy Bulldog offense, we saw the same with Arthur Lynch.

      Kenny Bell doesn’t excite me as much as Darren Waller, bot are very likely to be drafted outside of the 2nd for sure.

    • Al in MIA says:

      Yea, forgot to mention Smelter but Bell is far more polished at this point. However, as you are talking about, Smelter’s physical tools are off the charts and his ceiling higher.

      Bell plays with a little Steve Smith flare to him which coincides a bit with how Landry plays mentally (and funny enough, Stills as well) ….

  86. Tim Knight says:

    All the trade up talk we’ve had in recent weeks was if our FO had a guy significantly higher than others. Not that we were advocating having to trade up, At least I wasn’t. My stance was always if we have Cooper or White clearly higher than other WRs and they really wanted one or the other, I’d support it as a fan.

  87. Al in MIA says:

    Waller isn’t bad but what worries me is his pop out of the gate. Looking at his film, he’s one of the last guys lined up to react to the snap lol. He does have an Orande Gadsden type feel to him. Tweener WR/TE type.

  88. Al in MIA says:

    im out for now…take care peeps

  89. dbolt48 says:


    @RapSheet: #USC WR Nelson Agholor, whose name has been included in the 1st round mix more and more, is visiting the #Dolphins tomorrow.

  90. naplesfan2010 says:

    Trade-up Scenario
    4: Round 1 Pick 4 (from Oakland): Kevin White, WR, WVU, 6’3 215, 4.35 40, 23 reps (gave our round one and two picks)
    114: Round 4 Pick 15: James Sample, SS, Louisville or Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri or Josue Matias, OG, FSU or Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
    149: Round 5 Pick 13: Clayton Geathers, SS, Central Florida or Darren Waller, WR, GaTech or Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville or Alani Fua, OLB, BYU 4.59-4.73 40 18 reps (for Special Teams)
    150: Round 5 Pick 14: Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma or Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State or Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville or Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor (4.6 40) or or Mike Hull, ILB, Penn State
    UDFA — DeAndre Smelter, WR, GaTech; Trenton Brown, OT, Florida, 6’8.5” 376 lbs; Isaiah Johnson, SS, GaTech, 4.55 40, 6’2 213 (for Special Teams); Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati 6’ 251 4.6 40 (for Special Teams)

  91. naplesfan2010 says:

    Our OT needs are met with this guy
    Trenton Brown, OT, Florida, 6’8.5” 376 lbs

  92. stangerx says:

    Always tip your servers folks…..or at least don’t try to tackle them.

    “He says in the video that he got angry after one of the women asked for a tip, and tells the officer that he chased them out of the room.”

    — Warren Sapp on what started the confrontation with two prostitutes that got him arrested.

  93. D says:

    getterdone says:
    April 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm
    Tim, one of Minny’s biggest needs is WR. Teddy needs help, so maybe a familiar face that he had chemistry with before will help. Parker will be gone before Minny picks again most likely.
    Parker needs help too, he’s not all that to me yet. So, being in MN should help both young guys.
    Ive heard Minn’s biggest need and what they most likely take is a DT. I see your point and a WR whome a fledgling QB is use to makes sense, but system they run may be better for Perriman/DGB than Parker. They have a guy like Parker there in Cordarelle, i would think they would be better off getting a guy who is a better deep receiver if they went that route. Again you may be right, and we may not get him, i do disagree with your thoughts about Cooper, i think he is one of the few players really worth trading up for. Fowler is another one.

  94. D says:

    dbolt48 says:
    April 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
    Both guys have the potential to be better than the top 3 in this draft
    Coates could be the best receiver of this draft IF he develops…. Coates is pretty much Cooper without all the refinement, i just dont know how much i trust Coates as far as him ever reaching his full potential, and its nearly impossible to know given the offense that was run while he was there and the shitty QB play from Marshall. I cant really tell if he took plays off/coasted, which to me would be a very bad sign as far as expectation of development, or if he just looked like that because of the offense he was in. Plays that was away from him, he didnt sell it as if he could be a target, and this happened a good bit and he didnt go full out as a run blocker. Cooper is all out on every play, he’s refined, and consistant. That is a rare thing.

    • dbolt48 says:

      Coates to me is a bigger Chris Chambers. I do agree on the effort plays as you mentioned above. He’s also pretty intelligent from what I’ve heard. He graduated as a Junior which is why he was allowed to compete at the Sr. Bowl

  95. D says:

    Buffalo Bills: Wes Saxton, TE, South Alabama

    The Bills signed Charles Clay this offseason, but given that he’s not a true tight end, Clay won’t preclude the team from spending another pick on the position.

    Pick change; previously Wes Saxton, TE
    Wonder if they under stand the concept of change…..

  96. Brian in NY says:

    I am excited for the schedule release tonight, but I have to admit my enthusiasm has been soured a great deal; I just found out earlier my SIL has breast cancer.

  97. Mike E. says:

    Looks like we’re playing those pesky Bravos again, eh . . .

  98. Tim Knight says:

    D, that big OT Trenton Brown doesn’t fit the style of OL we look for. All our OL are under 330 and it will probably remain that way.

  99. Try Pod says:

    I tend to agree with you- Parker to Minn because of Bridgewater is just lazy. It’s an interesting possibility, but it was introduced initially as speculation and has become huge. Has Minnesota showed anything more than passing interest? I don’t know the answer to that, but I would be surprised.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Why is Bridgewater just lazy? He played pretty well last year and everything I heard is they like him up in MIN.

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        No he meant ppl saying they will pick Parker to be with Bridgewater is just lazy thinking.

      • Try Pod says:

        Thanks Naples! I’m surprised Tim didn’t catch that- he’s usually fairly astute and perceptive!

  100. naplesfan2010 says:

    Tim C’mon man…I meant that Trenton Brown guy for Special Teams.

  101. olddolphan says:

    PIGGY; YET another truly fine analysis. Your comment that Ken O’Brien “wasn’t half bad” is on the money. In 1985, Ken O’Brien had the highest QB rating in the National Football League!! –His 96.3 rating bested Boomer Esiason (93.2), Joe Montana (91.3), Dan Fouts (88.1) and some guy named Marino (84.1). Not-so-bad guys like Elway, Kosar and Warren Moon were well behind—–an indication of the high quality of quarterbacking in the NFL in 1985!! –In my opinion, the mid-to-late ’80’s was the GOLDEN AGE OF QUARTERBACKING. Really good quarterbacks, like Phil Simms, Danny White and Jim McMahon, barely drew any notice during an era that was full of Hall of Fame talent at the quarterback position.
    Tomorrow we will relive another GOLDEN AGE as the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins take their Perfect Season dreams to Foxborough to play the New England Patriots. Three weeks earlier,the Dolphins slaughtered the Patriots 52-0 in what remains the most lopsided victory in the history of this rivalry. Head coach John Mazur was fired after that game and replaced by former Green Bay Packer Phil Bengston. Problem was Bengston was stuck with the same players on defense. –Miami’s offensive coordinator, Howard Schnellenberger, mused “We scored 52 last time and there’s no reason we can’t have similar success this time!” And head coach Don Shula was in no mood to ease-off the accelerator. Both Shula and Schnellenberger believed they were leading the Greatest Football Team in NFL history. The OLD DOLFAN will put you on the 50 yard line to witness Game #12 of “ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!!” –Hope you enjoy it!!

  102. Tim Knight says:

    Try, I just got home and I’m cooking salmon so I’m not fully engaged right now. LOL

  103. rgs322 says:

    So we open at Washington.

  104. Tim Knight says:

    What’s with the hard to read formatting? Just do it black and white. Sorry folks, not many 1PM games in the heat.

  105. olddolphan says:

    THE DEATH WATCH for Marlins manager Mike Redmond is officially “on.” –The under achieving Miami club is 3-10, and losing to the Phillies tonight in the bottom of the 4th inning. A loss tonight by the Marlins could bring about a managerial change before tomorrow’s game.

  106. olddolphan says:

    NOTICED the Fins play AT New England late October just 4 days after playing Houston!!!–What a fucking by the schedule maker!!! –Fucking CHEATRIOTS strike again!

  107. rgs322 says:

    With the way the schedule plays out, Miami needs to start fast. …5-1.

  108. rgs322 says:

    On paper, the last 10 games as a whole is pretty tough.

  109. naplesfan2010 says:

    8 out of our first 11 games are on the road. SHIIIIITTT

  110. The Flying Pig says:

    Giants on MNF

    And one Sunday night game

  111. The Flying Pig says:

  112. The Flying Pig says:

    The first 6 games of the schedule are not so tough

    We have to come out strong

  113. The Flying Pig says:

    4 of our last 5 games are in home

    The only road game is in San Diego

    No cold weather games

    When is the last time that happened

    Sure we guy the jests on 11/29 in ny
    But that is not so cold

    Btw who want to go
    DolfansNYC will be organizing something

  114. Tim Knight says:

    Okay so the schedule comes out and my brother-in-law texts me right away and says: “road trip!” LOL

    So that’s already in the hopper. We just have to figure out the logistics and how many people are going. My friend and I who is also a Dolphin fan are in the mix but my brother-in-law may end up with 2-8+ Giants fans going. Oh my!

    By the way, 5 of the last 7 games at home doesn’t suck. We play no extreme cold weather games – at the Jets Nov. 29th.

  115. Tim Knight says:

    Oh yeah, we also have another bye week 5 after the London game. LOL

  116. Ken says:

    I know we are home but finishing with Indy and Pats is still pretty brutal.

  117. Tim Knight says:

    rgs, if you want to be a good team you beat teams on your schedule and make the playoffs. If we’re relying on easy then what are we really shooting for?

    • Ken says:

      A repeat of 2008 when we had a cream puff schedule. I am not too proud to admit I would like that.

      • rgs322 says:

        Who’s talking about relying on anything. Just discussing the schedule just like everyone else who’s a fan of any of the teams in the league. On paper, the beginning looks easier than at the end. …nothing more.

  118. wyoming85 says:

    Maybe I can talk my cowboy buddies into a trip to Miami?

  119. dbolt48 says:

    The only thing I don’t like w/ the schedule is the late season WC trip versus the Chargers.

  120. bookman11 says:

    Beating the Pats and Colts last two weeks should clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  121. steveccnv says:

    Cheats with a bye in week 4, I’m in shock.

    One thing that jumps out at me, I call them a disadvantage, is Buffalo getting us and the Patriots after mini byes. NE at Buff week 2 after NE playing week one on Thursday Night and us on week 9 after coming off a Thurs. game with the Cheats.

    I haven’t looked for us getting any of those games where our opponents play us coming off of the mini bye or bye.

  122. olddolphan says:

    Nov.22 game vs. Cowboys and Dec. 6 game vs. Ravens are the two most attractive possibilities for FINSMOBUNLEASHED Get-together in Miami. BOTH games are 1 PM starts on Sunday. –Last 2 home games (COLTS and PATS) run afoul of Christmas and New Years.

  123. The Flying Pig says:

    I added the Schedule to the to the top of the blog

    Hey Twice if you are out there
    Do you know of a way we can add the pic of the schedule to the sidebar

  124. Try Pod says:

    I know I’m not supposed to say it, but again with the early fucking bye week. It’s ridiculous how often that happens. And I am not into conspiracy theories- that’s another site- but the patriots 4 days after a team we have never beaten.. Really?

  125. naplesfan2010 says:

    excuse me … 7 of our first 10 games are away games… Am I counting this right?
    Isn’t that horrendous? You guys don’t think that is a killer? if we don’t do well on the road, then we will be so far behind, we might have guys giving up. Again. Or at least we will have a string of “playoff” type must-win games to keep from getting that seventh (play-off killer) loss.

    • dbolt48 says:

      In all honesty 8 of our first 10 are away due to the London “Home Game”

    • The Flying Pig says:

      One way or another you have to play 8 away games

      And the redskins, Jags and titans aren’t exactly powerhouses

      I wold rather have the home/warm weather games late in the year
      That is a huge advantage

      if we had a lot of away games early int he seaosn every season it would be a good thing

    • Ken says:

      Yes but a fair amount of cream puffs in the early road schedule while our 2 first home games are Jets and Bills. Not too bad imo.

    • steveccnv says:

      6 of the first 9 on the road one is a bye, but most of those games are against somewhat weak teams, so it’s all good.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Naples, actually it’s 4-6 – we host the London game. LOL

      Not a lot of playoff teams from last year though – only 2 with the Pats and Cowboys. If we want to be a good team what are we afraid of? I don’t get this thought process and every year fans think we get screwed by the schedule. We’ve stared at the playoffs late in the season the last 2 years and collapsed. Stop that! LOL

      Good teams win games, mediocre teams fall short and bad teams draft high. 😉

  126. steveccnv says:

    We only play the Bills after they have a bye week, and we have the Thursday game the week before, and we have no one after the mini bye, so all in all I’m not complaining about the schedule.

  127. Rhino says:

    4 of last 5 at home… we will have NO excuses if we can’t ‘finish’ the season this time. 😉

  128. naplesfan2010 says:

    If we win all our home games and lose our away games in the first 10, we are 3-7 and already out of the play-offs before the schedule turns around for us.

  129. naplesfan2010 says:

    btw Don’t forget:
    If we win all our home games and lose all our away games we finish 7-9.

  130. steveccnv says:

    I like playing the jets in London, since we can’t beat them at home, and 50% of the fans are jets fans anyways.

  131. Ken says:

    I get Naples point that one of our big advantages is playing in the heat of Miami in September and early October and that advantage is somewhat minimized in this schedule but still overall I don’t think it’s a bad schedule for us especially since we are not in the cold at all in December.

    • steveccnv says:

      I don’t mind the neutral weather games, if we don’t get the home Sept games don’t give us the Dec road games. Why is our home opener at 4:00 PM, Ross you’re an idiot.

  132. Try Pod says:

    The schedule actually works to Suh$ favor though. He had never spent a season inv south Florida. He’ll get to play a lit of the hot part of the season in nicer environs. And if I am thinking correctly, only 3 dome games.

  133. herdfan says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    April 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm (Edit)

    I added the Schedule to the to the top of the blog

    Hey Twice if you are out there
    Do you know of a way we can add the pic of the schedule to the sidebar

    I could make the pic of the schedule the new background? We’ve looked at the back of Suh’s head for quite a while. lol

    • steveccnv says:

      Yeah, I won’t be pissed if you removed the back of Suh’s head. Now if Brady was on the ground behind him…

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think we are due for a new background
      But I’m not feeling the schedule as the background

      we won;t be able to read it so it defeats the purpose

      Maybe after the draft, we should change our background to the draftee pick
      You know the inevitble pick of the draftee wearing a #1 Dolphins jersey

  134. getterdone says:

    Phins 2nd Home game isn’t until Oct. 25th vs. Texans.

  135. The Flying Pig says:

    Its true
    if we can’t wint he road games we will be out of the playoff early

    but every year if you go 0-8 on the road you are out of the playoffs
    sometimes it just doesn’t happen until December

    If we do what we have been doing the last few years and start off hovering around .500 for the first half of the season
    then we have a stretch at the end that puts us in a good position to make a run

    Its an ideal set up to play so many road games early
    The only real disadvantage is the London game in terms of losing the extra home game

  136. Ken says:

    10/25 is the Texans. You know we can’t do that game.

  137. naplesfan2010 says:

    I’ve always thought and lots of experts (esp. players) agree that it is more of an advantage to get teams in the heat early than it is a disadvantage for us to have to travel to cold weather late. We beat the *stealers in the snow and KC in 12 degrees recently. We beat the patsies* ( *a team who has never gone undefeated) in the heat just last year.

  138. getterdone says:

    Texans would be a good game for Mobfest….we finally break the curse and beat Houston.

  139. The Flying Pig says:

    I actually think the best Fest Game would be the Texans Game
    b/c its 1pm
    and not around a traveling holiday like Thanskgiving or XMAS

    • getterdone says:

      That’s Watt I was thinking 😉

    • Ken says:

      I have to look at my schedule at work but I am not thinking I can make that one. I am supposed to go out to home office in Ohio that week I believe but you don’t need me for a fest. Might be difficult for me with my trial schedule this year.

  140. steveccnv says:

    We have one game on the schedule that we can’t win, in NE on Thurs., but whatever, we can’t beat them their anyways with the 12th man known as the zebra on their side, and the rest of the schedule is good.

  141. steveccnv says:

    Anyone else concerned how bad Detroit played against the cheats last yr (Suh being a Lion)?

  142. phindog says:

    I don’t see this as that bad of a schedule.. Our tuff games seem to be in our house later in the season. I don’t care for the early bye week. I’ll be in SD for the west fest and another game or two in Fla..

    • steveccnv says:

      I may be up for the SD game, only 5 hrs away. Anyone else going?

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think its a pretty good schedule

      The reality is no matter what the schedule says there is room for us to complain

      and so that is what we are doing….lol

  143. naplesfan2010 says:

    Steve honestly?
    I think looking at that schedule, I predict we will go 14-2.
    I would tell my friends off this blog 12-4.
    I’d go public on about a 10-6 year.
    I’d put money on 8-8 or better.
    No Miller could mean 6-10.
    if Grimes is hurt, 4-12.

    • phindog says:

      You might be right with 1 of those predictions.. LOL!!!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      You forgot the additional prediction:

      If Piggy never wakes up 16-0 and a Super Bowl win

      • steveccnv says:

        I know dreaming, but a guy I worked with commited suicide the yr before the SF Giants won the first of the 3 World Series Titles, he was a big Giants Fan.

    • steveccnv says:

      I don’t see Miller or Grimes going down derailing us. What I do see is Knowshon signing on the cheap, after the draft.

  144. Tim Knight says:

    London is a neutral game and then both teams have the bye afterwards. It’s an NFL promotional game and is what it is. That’s why our home schedule looks bad early. But we play 5 of 7 at home to end the season. It’s just not balanced.

    Really what we’re looking at is 2-5-1 (London) to start and 5-3 home advantage with 5 of 7 to finish. Until we establish home dominance it doesn’t matter. We were 4-4 at both home and on the road last year along with 3-3 in the division and 6-6 in the conference, .500 all around. Let’s hope this team wins 2-3 more games this year.

  145. steveccnv says:

    Alright Dog I’m in, just put in my leave request for Christmas break.

    • phindog says:

      Cool.. I’m there for sure.

      • steveccnv says:

        Even if I can’t get the time off its not too far away to make it back to work. That stadium sucks getting out though, I need to make sure I park somewhere near the exit. First time I was there I parked on the east side it took 2 hrs to get out.

  146. Ken says:

    What’s up Phin Dog? Good to see you.

    • phindog says:

      Everything is good Ken. Like you I have been extremely busy… Hope all is well with you.

      • Ken says:

        I complain but things are alright. That’s cool you and Steve are going to meet up for the SD game. Go get us a win.

  147. The Flying Pig says:

    You are overlooking the obvious fact about the London game:

    The Queens in a Whore

    That favors the Jests….its simple whore math

  148. steveccnv says:

    Dog, where do you live?

  149. naplesfan2010 says:

    Steve if Miller goes down we have no NFL quality RB (at this moment).
    I am strongly in favor of re signing Moreno. I think they are waiting to see if Gurley is BPA @ 14
    If so, we take him and go to the SB in his yr 2.

  150. naplesfan2010 says:

    If Grimes gets hurt, esp. in the first month, we have no CB who can shut down anybody’s #1 WR which means the losses will pile up. (on our current roster)

    • phindog says:

      If Philbin gets hurt there will be litter all over the stadium for our home games. Could be a huge disadvantage..

    • Tim Knight says:

      Someone get this man a beer and a some cheer! LOL

      If a meteorite hits our practice facility we have problems. So does probably a few other teams. 😉

  151. naplesfan2010 says:

    I honestly think losing Grimes and Miller is more dangerous than losing Suh and Tannehill.
    (As our roster is currently staffed)

  152. Brian in NY says:

    If a hurricane wipes out Sun Life we will have no home games.

  153. Tim Knight says:

    I got it!

    We have to go 3-1, 3-1, 2-2, 2-2 based on previous strength of schedule – but so many on the road or neutral. Maybe we can be better than that and win 1 or 2 more. If not, we’re right back where we’ve been. Until it happens let’s watch the games and hope for the best.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Why bother watching the games when we can predict the results….

      you’re crazy Tim…do you know how much time it will take to watch 16 games
      (Piggy shakes his head in disbelief)

  154. Ken says:

    Somebody hide all the sharp objects from Naples. JK bro. I get your point but injuries happen and we can’t carry 53 starters on our roster.

  155. naplesfan2010 says:

    The one improvement I am looking for in Philbin is not f’n up with those timeouts he called when the other team was frantically driving with time running out.
    But Suh will help that. He would’ve disrupted both Rodgers and Stafford on at least one play, and one more stop is all we needed in both of those cases and we are in the playoffs.

    • Ken says:

      Those timeouts were inexcusable. They have me really soured on Philbin. Just bad game management. I am hoping he learned from that.

      • steveccnv says:

        They worked at the end of the half against the cheats, but overall and at the end of the game they were horrible.

  156. steveccnv says:

    Dog, I know Laguna Hills we have a timeshare in Newport, and I lived in So Cal for about 13 yrs.

  157. Brian in NY says:

    9 in a row for the Mets!

  158. Tim Knight says:

    The Mets just won their 9th in a row to go 11-3 with a 7-1 win over the Bravos. The Mets! LOL

    Their core is pitching. The Phins should be DL, QB and a ball control pass/run offense. Complement each other. Make it tough on teams with force up front, move the ball, eat up time and score.

  159. naplesfan2010 says:

    The way the NFL works, as soon as you have lost 6 games, you are in the single-elimination playoffs.
    (rare exception is a very balanced division like San Diego, Seattle, and Carolina had in recent years.)
    We actually might have one of those this year if we all 3 can split or better with NE.

    • steveccnv says:

      The cheats may actually struggle this yr, like they started doing last yr (KC Game), this yr it will be a DB problem.

  160. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think this is the year we beat Houston.
    (better guys?)

  161. Ken says:

    It’s a work night so I must get my rest. I am out. Peace to you all.

  162. steveccnv says:

    The NFL must think we’re all really stupid to continue following their sport even though they allow the cheats to not only cheat like they do, but to get every call imaginable.

  163. naplesfan2010 says:

    they draft Gurley.

  164. phindog says:

    Book your time share in Newport and we can carpool or take the train from irvine. I’m 10 minutes from Newport.

  165. Tim Knight says:

    If we pull a surprise and draft Gurley, he along with Miller better light it up on the ground and out of the backfield receiving. I wouldn’t be against that if it’s lethal with Williams backing up, but it better make a huge difference on offense as in scoring.

    When would anyone think Gurley will be ready? History tells us it’s usually the next season at 100%.

    If Gurley was 100% he’d likely go top 10. What would anyone expect from him this year? I get it with him, he can grind and wear down opponents in a game with tough yards, chunk yards and some big runs. Will he be ready to help us in 2015 and where does Miller fit in?

  166. naplesfan2010 says:

    I meant we will finally beat the Texans …unless THEY draft gurley.

  167. olddolphan says:

    PIGGY: SAW your comments on potential Mobfest dates/games. ONE of the advantages of an earlier get-together is the fact that we should NOT yet be eliminated from the playoffs by the midway point of the season (yuk, yuk)!! UNLIKE most on this board, I do NOT expect us to make the playoffs this season unless Hickey hits several home runs in the draft. And I DO BELIEVE this will be Philbin’s LAST YEAR as head coach, even though he signed a multi-year extension several months ago. A 5th consecutive non-winning season will seal Joe’s fate.
    OUT for tonight.
    Speaking of Miami coaches on the way out, the Marlins fell to 3-11 tonight after another lopsided loss, this time to the Phillies. Mike Redmond is going-going-GONE!!!

  168. naplesfan2010 says:

    I really think every team needs two NFL quality RBs.
    Last year we all complained when they did not run Miller late in games because they were concerned about his snap count. But he was our only starter quality RB, so they had to protect him. If we had 2, they could both get 10-12 carries and in spots they like best, and both be fresh in January (better guys?)

  169. twicethethe says:

    Added schedule to sidebar – not perfect will clean up tomorrow.

    Also, as far as the schedule goes – screw you, NFL…thanks for the 4 days between games before we play the Pats, then a nice January afternoon in South Florida when we play them the second time.

  170. Brian in NY says:

    Remember AP came back from an ACL in 2012 and was within 8 yards if Dickerdons record.

  171. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, pre-draft hype. I always go back in the day learning draft rumors. In 1993 I read in TSN and PFW we would draft Terry Kirby 1st rd because we were rumored to want to draft him. The same with KAJ in 1996 and JT in 97. We drafted all of them in the 3rd round. Team interest doesn’t mean 1st round. Speculation runs wild and everyone runs with it. LOL

    The draft hasn’t really changed since then. Just more resources for us to follow via computer/devices. Teams still rank prospects the same way.

    I can’t wait for the first I can’t believe they drafted him there. LOL

  172. jahndoh says:

    I heard on NFL Sirius last week that the NFL combine doctors did a followup with Gurley to check on his progress and the official word was (quoting the news guy on NFL Sirius here) “He’s on pace to be 100% by the beginning of camp.

    Seems miraculous, and I’m a bit surprised you guys hadn’t heard it, but that’s what they said anyway.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we took him. In fact, there’s very few positions I’d be surprised if they took, and many many players that I think are in the realm of taking. I can’t predict shit with this draft. I could see Gurley in the first and Coates in the 2nd.

  173. jahndoh says:

    Here’s a Mortensen report on Gurley, the first quote is Dr James Andrews (whom most of us will recognize), the surgeon who did the surgery:
    “I heard some fuss that Gurley wouldn’t let teams examine him and that’s just totally misleading,” said Andrews. “The team physicians I have spoken with who are there — and I have spoken to a bunch of them — were all happy about what they saw. I mean, they’re smart enough to know you can’t have 32 teams pulling and tugging on a knee just 3½ months removed from surgery. But the doctors I spoke with said he looked great and I’d say he’s probably six weeks ahead with his recovery.”

    One team’s doctor said Gurley’s relatively simple surgery — there was no other damage to his knee other than the ACL — leave expectations that the Georgia running back would be able to “fully play the game” nine months after the surgery, which would project him as being ready for a team’s preseason. This team doctor said the “surgery is almost always a slam dunk” and stability, range of motion and quad strength are early predictors for success.

    Andrews said he spent time observing and re-examining Gurley before the running back left for the Combine.

    “Gurley’s quad muscle is way ahead of what you would expect even at this stage and that’s vital to a good recovery, as you know,” said Andrews. “The Georgia trainer, Ron Courson, did a great job the first six weeks post-surgery and then Todd came here (at he Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL) and I was very happy before he left for Indianapolis He’s been running on a treadmill, running underwater, he’s never had any swelling and these teams will get to see just how much more progress he will continue to make before the draft (April 30-May 2).”

    Gurley has been projected to be a late first-round draft choice or no worse than the top half of the second round if he has no setbacks with the knee.

  174. jahndoh says:

    Steve and Phindog, I’m 90% certain I’m in for the SD game as well. I’ll be driving and be more than happy to bring tailgating stuff.

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