Anatomy of an AFC East Win 2015

Anatomy of an AFC East Win 2015

 by son of a son of a shula

If the 2015 season is going to be a success for our beloved Miami Dolphins then feasting on Division opponents will be key to a playoff run. Playing solid, focused football on both sides of the ball, avoiding turnovers and playing excellent Special Teams will be the reason for success in this upcoming season. Winning the three home games will be imperative despite one of those being in London. Avoiding late season collapses is paramount and quite obvious or we face a brutal offseason. Stealing wins in close games on the road would be ideal and keeping the hammer down when we get a lead should become the new norm for Philbin’s Phins.

The Defense:

Led by newly acquired and dominant Ndamakong Suh we must stop the run. Not stop the run for a quarter or for a couple of series – no – we must become a team that is almost impossible to run on. Teams in the AFC East all want to establish the running game control the clock and beat you with a very tough Defense. We have to beat teams to the punch. With Suh, Mitchell and Phillips we have three big tough bodies that will be the catalyst for the ’15 Dolphin’s Defense to be a top squad. We’ll be solid up the middle so it will be up to the Linebackers and secondary to contain outside rushers and not let someone beat them around the edge. Getting a solid push up front will be key to setting up blitzes, disguising coverages and feasting on turnovers. Putting Smith and Cassell in throwing situations is what we want to do. Allow our front to pressure them into bad throws, sacks and of course picks. Forcing Brady to throw can be somewhat of a gamble but if he is hurried (and using properly inflated balls) and on the move then advantage D.

Sure it sounds good when you say it fast – stop the run and pin your ears back and rush the passer, who doesn’t try to do that. Imposing your will and proper game planning will bring about those scenarios. The other factor is the score board, that’s where our offense can make life a lot easier for the Defense so let’s take a look.

The Offense:

I don’t want to cloud this objective with stats. Stats don’t tell the whole story. Yes scoring went up significantly last year as a whole but there were plenty of times when our offense failed to get even a single first down, move the ball enough to flip field position or run out the clock for a win. It has to change. The defenses in the AFC East want to do what we want to do, they want to take away the run, force you to throw it and pressure the pocket. Why is that different against the Dolphins than the rest of the division?  One word – Running Quarterback. Tannehill can set us apart with his running ability, he can do just enough to keep the defense guessing while he makes plays outside the pocket both running and throwing the ball.

Now in year two of the Lazor offense and with what appears to be a much higher skilled level of playmakers the time to strike is now. Our offensive line needs to keep Tannehill clean but also allow Miller and company lanes to run the ball. I think it will be important to score quickly against our division opponents to limit what they want to do. We need a more productive passing game in terms of getting the ball down field, and the guys were brought in to do just that. Gone are the days of catch and drop, it doesn’t get you anywhere. Becoming a quick strike explosive Offense will get us leads to play with and allow us the ability to get back into games if we find ourselves trailing.

Special Teams:

It’s very simple here. Spiller can’t run free on us, Landry can’t fumble punt returns, Sturgis can’t miss FG attempts. Having Fields avoid a slump like the one he endured last season will help. Causing turnovers on Special Teams is ideal, fumbles, blocked kicks but not allowing long returns is just as important. Play solid Special Teams and good things will happen.

Playing with a lead because of an explosive passing game and having a consistent running game to eat clock and preserve leads are the keys to AFC East domination. The other key factor, and yes I agree the elephant in the room, is going to be keeping this team playing at a high level for all 16 games. It goes without saying that another long December will be Philbin’s doom. The reshaping of the roster going into this year will have a lot to do with that not happening again. Suh on Defense should easily change the culture there. Gone is the ever tiring Starks, the joking and disappearing Odrick and the feeling of hopelessness as the opponent runs at will all the way to Christmas.  Staying healthier this year than last will help as well. On offense we have legit playmaker’s who by all accounts appear to be team first guys, sorry no diva’s needed here. Jennings the vet, Parker the acrobat, Stills the burner and Landry the persistent force. Trust that the Oline will gel and improve under Benton in his second year is all we can do right now, there are enough good players to make that unit solid if not even formidable. Yes I said formidable.

Don’t coach scared Joe, trust in your players and impose your will. New England’s run must end –Now is the time.

Anatomy – no I’m not mad at you

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266 Responses to Anatomy of an AFC East Win 2015

  1. Brian in NY says:

    Nice work Son! I agree with your points above. The other thing I would like to add is we have to get off to a fast start this season. We need to go AT LEAST 4-2 in our first 6 games, preferably 5-1 (6-0 is asking too much, but I’d take that). Our schedule gets much more difficult over the last 10 games, and we can’t out ourselves in a position where we need to go 7-3 to make the playoffs- that’s going to be asking too much.

  2. Rockphin says:

    YES! I like it Son. Go dolphins! WIN THE EAST! FUCK THE BILLS JETS AND PATRIOTS!

  3. jetsssuck says:

    fast start is vital if not then we are doomed with all the away games in such a short period of time where we run out of GAS. Good analysis.

  4. Rockphin says:

    This morning on NFLAM

    “Tim Tebow, One of the most compelling stories, continuously in the NFL”

    Only thing it compels me to do is change the fucking channel!

    • Rockphin says:

      For that matter why can’t they let a story die? Why did I have to watch a Michael Sam press conference from the CFL the other day? Is it the CFL network? TMZ?

  5. wyoming85 says:

    Cameron Wake ‏@Kold91 · 10h10 hours ago
    Back at it again … #OTAs

  6. wyoming85 says:

    BrianCat ‏@BrianCat13 · 11h11 hours ago
    Dolphins backup DBs. I cant quite see how they don’t keep 12 DBs…

  7. The Flying Pig says:

    Great piece Son
    I like the growling Suh pic too – grrrrrrrrr

  8. Mike E. says:

    Well done Sonny! I’m hoping our running game gives us that extra oomph that we’ve been lacking. Not just the ability to get 5.0 YPC, but the ability to run at will, and dominate in the trenches. Take the pressure off the O-line trying to pass block far too often.

  9. Mike E. says:

    I like the “I hope I don’t get queasy” Philbin pic

  10. Mike E. says:

    Time to get Wake into the limelight of the playoffs and the Superbowl. He’s due, while he still has something left in the tank.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Hey Mikey, yes it’s time. We should have the horses to keep him fresh to the end of the season too.

      • Mike E. says:

        Yeah, we have a lot of depth on that D-line, all kinds of hybrid players (DT/DE/LB) like Shelby, Fede, McCain and possibly the big Dieke.

  11. The Flying Pig says:

    Here is a photo of wake’s tank

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Now when I see those I think of the Soprano’s opening theme…
      Woke up this morning
      got myself a gun

  12. son of a son of a shula says:

    Wow Wyoming keeping 12 DB’s is a lot.
    24 on O like Naples said
    plus 12 is 36 leaving 17 spots and three of those go to P, K, LS.
    14 Dline and linebackers

    Suh
    Phillips
    Wake
    Mitchell
    Fede
    Johnson
    Vernon
    Shelby
    8
    Misi
    Jenkins
    McCain
    Tripp
    Sheppard
    Paysinger

    Leaves us awful thin up front

    • Mike E. says:

      We won’t be carrying that many DB’s. Hopefully, we have a clear picture who belongs, and who doesn’t. Guys need to step up in TC and in the preseason and make it clear that they need to be on the roster.

  13. Tim Knight says:

    No more than 10 DBs.

  14. Mike E. says:

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2015/05/dolphins-need-to-consider-every-upgrade-option.html

    Couldn’t agree more. We should have our eyes wide open for any quality OG vets that are cut.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think it really depends on whether the staff is as concerned about guard as fans and the media make it out to be.

  15. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, don’t be surprised if J.D. Walton ends up starting at guard. Even though he’s bounced around a bit and is considered more of a center.

    • Mike E. says:

      It’s possible, but I’d be looking to get a quality vet, one that you know will excel at G. We’ve made all these moves, come so far, it would be a shame to have it unravel because we can’t protect Tanny up the middle and can’t get a crease for our RB’s.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Why would a team release a “quality” vet guard? Salary? Then he’ll play for us for peanuts and maybe his own bottle of monkey spanking lotion?

      • Mike E. says:

        It happens every year. Vet is unhappy w/salary and team has a young guy ready to play, so they cut him. Maybe we can fit him under our cap, maybe we can’t, but it happens often.

  16. naplesfan2010 says:

    Last season, Lippett caught 65 passes for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns. Over his four-year career, he caught 149 passes for 2,247 yards and 15 touchdowns.
    About keeping DBs, we might be able to steal a WR spot from the offense numbers, thinking Lippett could be our 5th wR if it came to crunch time. but we would consider him a CB project for yrs to come, especially since our WRs are mostly young and / or durable.

  17. Tim Knight says:

    Lippett is being worked at corner for us. Being that he was productive as a WR he always has that to fall back on. He’ll also have to play STs.

  18. BoulderPhinfan says:

    nice job Son. Queasy Joe needs to be less queasy this year 🙂

  19. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    I’m not talking about an All-Pro guard, because that’s not very likely. IMO, a quality player is a guy who can play his position without having to worry about him, and that’s an upgrade over what Dallas Thomas will likely give you. If he beats out a vet we sign, more power to him.

  20. Tim Knight says:

    Colledge did retire. He got some sort of migraines late in the year that I believe was due to some head trauma.

  21. Tim Knight says:

    As he stood at the edge of the practice field, McCoy’s replacement at running back, DeMarco Murray, said he was unaware of what McCoy said. When McCoy’s remarks about Kelly cutting “all the good black players” were relayed to him, Murray surveyed the scene and chuckled a little bit.

    “I’m looking around,” Murray said with a smirk. “There are a lot of us out here. I’m not sure about that.”

  22. D says:

    I think Lippett is an awesome guy to have on the team because he canback up at WR in case something f’ed up happens and we lose a couple in one game, and alos can backup at CB. I think though they intend for him to start before too long. They have been looking to add a big CB to the mix for a while. Couple of the FA guys and recent draftee’s have been those types. Bowman, Aikens, Heath Rose Seamster all 6′ plus. Not to say that they dont like having a really athletic fleet of foot guy with ball skills like Grimes on the field but i think they want to pair him with a dude with size on the other side or eventually replace him with one. Im actually pretty excited by Lippett, and think we got a really good deal getting him i the 5th.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Good post, totally agree. If Taylor doesn’t lock down the starting spot opposite Grimes I think Bowman will be the guy.

  23. D says:

    I almost guarantee we sign a vet OGonce cuts start coming. I dont think you have to worry about that Mike, and yeah, i feel if Dallas Thomas gets the job its because he earned, im just not at the point of saying he wont like some of you are. Im pro team not pro player, so if its best for us to play someone else im all for it.

  24. Al in MIA says:

    Agree with Mike E & Tim.
    Don’t bother looking at Lippett’s WR numbers because that’s not what the Fins drafted him for.
    There are plenty of NFL guys who were productive at one position in college but because of skills set and height/weight combinations found another position in the NFL ranks.
    Lippett already showcased some of his CB skills so a NFL team (like Miami) already could evaluate him against real competition and not some theoretical model.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I believe they noticed him at CB when they were scouting someone else.

      • D says:

        I think i read they actually noticed him at CB when initially scouting him as a WR earlier in his last season in college.

  25. D says:

    Also i saw the whole statement about off-sides being a killer for a DT, but ill tell ya if his net yardage is negative i wont give a shit if he jumps offsides from time to time. If he is planting people in the backfield and sacking the QB and part of the payment is for him to jump early trying to get his timing down for the snap….wont care. Its only going to hurt overall if he does that more than TFL.

  26. Tim Knight says:

    D, that makes sense on how Lippett was being scouted.

  27. Tim Knight says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how our secondary plays out. There’s a lot of competition and good skill to choose from.

    • D says:

      Deep group, very different from last year where we were picking dudes up out of their street clothes and throwing jerseys on them.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah, I think that’s why we addressed the position so heavily. Signed three in FA in bringing back Delmas, adding Bowman and Bryce McCain and drafted three in Bobby McCain, Lippett and Thompson.

  28. D says:

    McCoy was pissed off. He has gone with a media friendly/jilted lover version of “yeah well im better off here anyway”. I dont know that its actually the fact its Buffalo he plays for, or just that its not Philly. He loved Philly, has spent his entire football life int at area if i remember correctly. Then again, he also went to a team that has a horrible QB situation, making his life harder, a miserably cold town where he will play outdoors in dead of winter for home games, and in particular there isnt shit in Buffalo or for miles around. Last part not a big issue since he can fly wherever he wants to any time he wants to, but still, its gotta suck being there vs say Chicago, Or New Orleans, etc etc.

  29. Very nice Son — no reason why we cannot win the division or it all. If you set low standards you can’t reach the top!

  30. D says:

    Chris Chester just got cut a couple days ago fromt he redskins, he’s decent. He’s a 4 year starter and has started all 16 games each of the 4 years. He was just more valuable to cut because they have good OL depth and he woulda been a very expensive backup when Scherff takes his spot.

  31. Tim Knight says:

    The idea of Hillary Clinton as president and Bill Clinton as 1st Gent makes me throw up in my mouth. Can this country look to different people and stop recycling the same fucking names over and over. I know Obama was different but Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Clinton is fucking ridiculous. Let’s just go back to Kings and Queens why don’t we.

  32. The Flying Pig says:

    I feel like being nervous about the OL is habit for Dolfans more than anything else

  33. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins ‏@MiamiDolphins · 19m19 minutes ago
    Greg Jennings can run every single route in the book.

    • Tim Knight says:

      And he will here.

      You have to like the idea when we go empty backfield – Stills and Parker outside, Landry and Jennings inside, Cameron wherever.

  34. Al in MIA says:

    Tim,
    Regarding your thoughts on the Clintons, seems the same way in sports LOL. Recycling “names” is preferred.

  35. wyoming85 says:

    Tim Knight says:

    May 29, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I don’t get it!

    😉

    At your age probably not? 🙂

  36. Al in MIA says:

    I think it was 631 who used to talk about how the previous GM used to piss him off by constructing the team from the inside out (OG/DL then skill positions) but we sit here today with a GM who has decided to work it from outside in (revamps the skill positions then worry about the OL/DL strength). Luckily the Fins had Wake/Vernon and some other guys on the outside so repairing the interior was the only need. Out went Starks/Odrick and in came Mitchell & now Suh. I think the front office is going about it hte right way; OL will be easier to fix than WR & other skill positions. They already added the most important OL pieces (OT) and just need to hit on some interior OL.

  37. Mike E. says:

    I do think we have a different mindset. We’re not just thinking we can play, we think we’re playing to get to the Superbowl.

  38. Al in MIA says:

    Tim,
    I hear ya, between the Clinton & Bush families; seems there’s more of the same than what the US broke apart from (UK traditions) LOL.

  39. Mike E. says:

    D

    Chris Chester is the guy that Mando discussed in his article. I’d bring him in.

    • D says:

      He’s built as a zone blocker, and he trived in that system. When they moved to the power/man scheme, he hasnt been as effective, but still good enough to start. We probably have to give him 3-4 a year to get him i think.

  40. wyoming85 says:

    Tim that’s the point! 😉
    ( I had to go back and look to see if there actually was something else besides Cheerleaders in the pic)

  41. Al in MIA says:

    Pro Football Focus ‏@PFF now50 seconds ago

    The Patriots threw to Tight Ends on 28.6% of their targeted passes, the highest rate in the league in 2014.

  42. Al in MIA says:

    Football Outsiders ‏@fboutsiders now

    ESPN INSIDER: Think Clady injury dooms Broncos’ chances? Think again. Why Peyton Manning makes every O-line work: http://es.pn/1JYVUj9

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I guess we’ll see. They showed a stat that with clady they rushed for 1 more yards/ rushing play and 3 more yards per passing play in the manning era.

  43. Randy says:

    Al,
    Sorry, but everyone knows that a QB has absolutely no impact on how an OL performs. If the OL struggles, we certainly can’t expect the QB to help them out and make them better, can we? Sheer poppycock!

    • Tim Knight says:

      He does all the time by escaping the crap pocket. Go watch some highlights to clear the cobwebs from your memory. 🙂

  44. getterdone says:

    STOP COACHING SCARED JOE!!!

    Good job Son. Nice write up.

  45. Randy says:

    Tim,
    running out of the pocket should be the last option. Manning doesn’t, and he still manages to make his OL better. There are lots of things a QB can do before that becomes necessary. Varying cadence, pump fakes, knowing where the pressure is coming from presnap, adjusting protection, getting rid of the ball, sliding inside the pocket just to name a few. Go watch the highlights yourself and tell me he does those things consistently and actually helps his OL. Far too often, he drops back to the same predictable spot, stands there and let’s the pressure get to him. Defenses never have to guess about where he’ll be.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I was just joking around. We’ve had this discussion a thousand times. Everyone has to get better, it’s not one guy.

      I’ve seen a lot of progress from Tannehill in 3 years that you don’t seem to acknowledge.

  46. finfanrob says:

    Randy says:
    May 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Tim,
    running out of the pocket should be the last option. Manning doesn’t, and he still manages to make his OL better. There are lots of things a QB can do before that becomes necessary. Varying cadence, pump fakes, knowing where the pressure is coming from presnap, adjusting protection…

    yeah tim. fu. tanny sucks. how dare him in his third year not be better than manning.

  47. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    At least now, Tanny is almost making as much $$$ as Manning

  48. Randy says:

    Tim,
    Not mad! Just talking. I really would like it if guys would go look at film and truthfully critique what tanny does in the pocket because I just don’t see a guy who helps his OL….which definitely struggled. i blame the OL first and foremost. It’s their job. They need to play better, but there are things tanny can do to help. The QB truly can have a significant impact on their protection. And that will mean more positive plays for the team.

    ***
    As far as his progress….well, it’s gotten him to the mid range of NFL qbs and the team to .500, so I acknowledge it. I just don’t see where it’s done much for the team. so yeah…he’s improved, but so did our OL…after some major changes and hurdles last year….and NOBODY wants to acknowledge that either! Lol

  49. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    May 29, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Rob

    At least now, Tanny is almost making as much $$$ as Manning

    yeah true. but lauren told me he is going to give half the money to his o line for making him so successful.

  50. Mike E. says:

    Randy

    The line was pretty good with Albert-Colledge-Satele-Pouncey-James, but when Albert went down and Colledge got banged up, it was awful.

  51. Randy says:

    Ok, I am done ruining people’s day. Tanny is great!!! Superbowl here we come!!!!!

  52. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Rob – That’s mighty generous of her

  53. getterdone says:

    All this talk about anxiously waiting for a ‘vet OL’ to be cut and save the day….lol

    Folks, remember, this was already addressed early on in the offseason before many other positions 1st & foremost by the signings of vets Jeff Linkenbach, Jacques McClendon, & JD. Walton,

    There will already be lots of nice vet competition to begin camp with.
    Should some great OL that is CLEARLY better than all we have in camp now, slip thru the cracks & gets cut, and Miami pounces on him first or pays him the most, then so be it. We’ll see.

    Until then, lets see what we have already here now before we think we know more than the current staff.

  54. finfanrob says:

    mike

    i am pretty sure that is what she said but it was hard to understand her. it sounded more like mmmpphhhm mmhh uuuggggg mmmmppmmmm

  55. finfanrob says:

    Randy says:
    May 29, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Ok, I am done ruining people’s day.

    yeah dick head, who the fuck do you think you are……jetssuck?

  56. getterdone says:

    Randy, Tanny will continue to get better, and can now help his OL more with better receivers.
    Guys that can get open, find a crease, comeback to the ball better, track the ball better, & make the CATCH better than last years crop.

    Plus the added running game influence of Ajayi over DT3 will help the OL also, thus helping Tanny & the OL in the passing game.

    All that collectively with Year 2 in both Benton & Lazor’s system = Good Times Ahead!

  57. D says:

    I agree partially with what Randy is saying, though i dont know if i place as much of it on Tanny or i guess id say im more apologetic for him than maybe Randy is. Tanny does not do some of the prototypical QB things as well as some other franchise guys do. I dont know that i have seen him pump fake more than a handful of times the entire time he has been in the league. The system is different and pump fakes are more for pro-style or air coryell style system where airing it out is part of the design. Steeler’s run this, Denver runs it some, so does new orleans. All of those QB heavily use the pump fake, Rodgers doesnt do it a lot either so part of that is design and i tgink the rest is just he hasnt worked that into his bag of tricks.

    He also doesn’t really read or have a natural feel for the pocket around him. I have seen him more than one time step to the side of the most pressure, and/or fail to step up in the pocket when able. Yes i know he got a lot of pressure up the middle, but there were times the OL parted the pocket beautifully and he probably could have run for 10 yards if he needed to and he still fell to the pressure without stepping forward. He has gotten a lot better about it, and he also has gotten a lot better with his lateral move to open the passing lanes. He’s a work in progress and these are all items QB get better and better at as they gain experience, so im not really worried about it.

  58. getterdone says:

    On Wednesday night’s Finsiders show, there were 820 total NFL receptions on set, and the men who made all those catches in O.J. McDuffie and Chris Chambers discussed how dangerous this current receiver depth the Dolphins possess could be for opposing defenses.

    “It’s an offense that’s already predicated on getting the guy with the best options, the best mismatch, a guy that has a better option with the DB on him,” said McDuffie.”I think they’re going to spread it out completely this year. Jarvis (Landry) will probably lead the team in receptions…but I can see a lot of these guys getting 40-50 catches each and going out there and taking advantage of whatever the mismatch is.

    “You got a lot of different guys that can get it done a lot of different ways, and that’s always got to be a very comforting thing for a guy like Ryan Tannehill to get it to the right guy, and let him run with it.”

    Chambers sees that receiving room chemistry already starting to build. And he sees one wide receiver being a serious catalyst to that, and that same wideout being able to provide a vast array of veteran knowledge to the younger talents like Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Landry, and Rishard Matthews.

    “There’s a lot of competition, that’s what I see,” said Chambers. “I can already see a little swag with the boys, they look really good. You have (Greg) Jennings out there that can run every single route in the book. I remember watching clips on him and we used to mimic and wish you could do that. That’s how serious he is as a route runner. He doesn’t have to be blazing fast because he knows how to get in and out of his routes. He knows how to read coverages, he knows how to catch the ball…and all that will be bestowed on all the younger guys.

    “I see this group really taking off, everybody getting their opportunity to make plays, no one being selfish, and it’ll be an exciting group to watch.”

  59. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    The guys we brought in on the O-line are depth only. I’m talking about a starter bro, not the backup quality guys we brought in. And I thought you like Tannehill.

    • getterdone says:

      Ohh Ok, now I get it….we wait till other teams cut their starting OL so they can go with their backups…hmm, makes sense. 😉

      • Mike E. says:

        it happens all the time. Quality guys pushed out because of young guys ready to take their spot.

  60. getterdone says:

    D, yeah I know about Chester, I posted his cut on here when it happened on the 27th.
    He’s 6’3 303, been playing primarily RG. Billy Turner seems really penciled in there.
    But we’ll see if the FO thinks they need to pay the 32yo vet to come here. He has been durable over his career. He’s serviceable but not spectacular…IMO.

  61. The Flying Pig says:

    (Singing)
    And when you say Miami
    You’re talking ________

  62. getterdone says:

    Free agent G/C Chris Chester is scheduled to visit the Falcons and Eagles.
    Chester has played primarily guard in the NFL, but was a center at Oklahoma and could fill a reserve swing role or compete to start in Atlanta or Philadelphia.

    • steveccnv says:

      TE at OSU.

      College career[edit]

      Chester played college football at the University of Oklahoma. For the first three years, he played as a tight end for the Sooners, but switched over to being an offensive lineman in his senior year.[1] He graduated with a degree in political science in 2006.

  63. Report: Jake Long visits New York Giants on Thursday
    NFL.com18 hours ago
    Free agent Jake Long reportedly visited the Giants on Thursday. Is the four-time Pro Bowl left tackle a candidate to…

  64. Rhino says:

    on my way home from Anchorage… I have no idea what has happened during the opening days of OTA’s. I will have a lot of reading to do tomorrow. oh, yeah… go Dubs… beat the “LeBrons”

  65. The Flying Pig says:

    Rhino

    Why do. They call the warriors the “dubs”?

  66. The Flying Pig says:

    Mike E

    (Canto)

    Y cuando dices Miami

    Estas Hablando __________

  67. Tim Knight says:

    Are their polar bears in Alaska? I know there are grizzlies.

  68. bat says:

    Mike E

    (Canto)

    Y cuando dices Miami

    Estas Hablando colapso de temporada tardío

  69. Mike E. says:

    LMAO Bat! Well done

  70. Tim Knight says:

    Sr. nube oscura está aquí

  71. Al in MIA says:

    Piggy at the start of each game this year:

  72. Al in MIA says:

    This is very random but while i was looking for memes i saw this lol

  73. D says:

    Time you can find almost every type of bear in alaska. Polar, Grizzly, Black, Kodiak even.

  74. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    May 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    (Singing)
    And when you say Miami
    You’re talking ________

    well the actual answer use to be ‘coked out players forced to play injured by a big meanie’ by they just shortened it to super bowl cause everyone could over look shula that way

  75. bat says:

    Tim
    El Sr. comprobación de la realidad es aquí… y por lo tanto es Bazooka Joe

  76. getterdone says:

    Must be something about being a Falcon & hating dogs….smh

    Falcons LB Prince Shembo was reportedly arrested in Gwinnett (GA) on accusations of killing his girlfriend’s dog.
    Shembo has reportedly been charged with felony animal cruelty after kicking and ultimately killing the dog. A 2014 fourth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, Shembo is competing for playing time at outside linebacker in new coach Dan Quinn’s defense. The arrest won’t help his chances of earning the coaching staff’s trust, and could potentially lead to league discipline.

  77. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ Bat

  78. bat says:

    People who are cruel to animals should be exterminated in vicious and cruel but imaginative ways. Society as a whole would benefit greatly. This especially applies to children who are cruel to animals, most of whom grow up to be serial killers.

  79. bat says:

    D .. Who says I need an excuse? …lol

  80. finfanrob says:

    bat i agree unless it is a cat, then it just needs to die.

  81. Tim Knight says:

    Bat, I agree with you about people who are cruel to animals.

  82. bat says:

    rob … My cats would take issue with that stance …lol

  83. finfanrob says:

    bat says:
    May 29, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    rob … My cats would take issue with that stance …lol

    lol, i was going to say cats are just spawn of satan, guess i should have.

  84. finfanrob says:

    bat,

    my daughters cat does too, but i still hate them. i cant even watch cat commercials they gross me out so much. about as much as snakes do.

    (there you go D. now i said i hate pussy and snakes, whatcha gonna do with that one)

  85. CavalierKong says:

    The dog he killed is one of those tiny little terrier dogs. What a POS. Might as well beat a toddler to death in that it could protect itself from an adult to about the same degree, smh.

  86. bat says:

    Tim

    People who are cruel to animals are morally vacant savages and pathetic cowards. They contribute nothing of value to life and stain the world with their very existence. Best to be rid of them.

    • steveccnv says:

      It’s really no different from a regular bully. Bullies lack something in their life, either they were bullied or they have some other inadequacies.

  87. bat says:

    Ok .. I must go .. my brief shower of negativity is now concluded …Normal Kool-Aid consumption can resume in ..3 …2 …..1

  88. Jahndoh30 says:

    Piggy, Dubs is short for Dubyas, as in George Dubya Bush.

  89. D says:

    Just read the Mando article and yeah its like he read what i posted, or did i post mine after he posted his about Chris Chester?

  90. getterdone says:

    John Denney will be 37 in late Dec. He’s a FA in 2017, until then he’s costing us just over $1M per year.
    Time to start thinking about his replacement.

  91. phindog says:

    Fuck Shembo !! What a Dick…

  92. Rockphin says:

    Garrard to NFL Network: Tannehill a franchise quarterback

    Well does this cause a conflict error in Omar’s tiny little processor?

  93. stangerx says:

    Here’s where Bucky Brooks of NFL.com put us on his most talented roster list:
    ——————
    #7) Miami Dolphins

    Blue chips (6): LT Branden Albert, TE Jordan Cameron, CB Brent Grimes, C Mike Pouncey, DT Ndamukong Suh, DE Cameron Wake.

    On the rise: DE Olivier Vernon.

    It’s now or never for fourth-year coach Joe Philbin, given the impressive work done by Miami’s front office to fill out this roster. The Dolphins have assembled a championship-caliber defense with one of the top front sevens in football. Wake, Suh and Vernon will overwhelm opponents at the point of attack, allowing Grimes to snag wayward tosses from quarterbacks attempting to flee the pressure. Miami’s offensive line features a pair of studs in Albert and Pouncey. The athletic duo is not only ideally suited for Bill Lazor’s zone-based scheme, but both guys possess the strength to move defenders off the ball on downhill runs. They are part of a revamped O-line that could emerge as one of the strengths of the squad. If Cameron can just stay on the field, he gives Miami a big, athletic pass catcher between the hashes. The tight end could anchor a passing game that is dramatically improved in 2015.

  94. getterdone says:

    Stanger, good post there, but Tannehill should’ve been among the Blue Chippers or at the very least ‘On the Rise’.

    • D says:

      I agree and was thinking same thing, i just didnt want to summon Randy back so fast to rebut.

    • stangerx says:

      Good point, but it is the guy’s article after all. The ones I would question are whether Tanny is at the same level at QB as Cameron and Pouncey are at theres. No problems with the other ones.

      • getterdone says:

        Cameron has shown definite flashes, but hasn’t stayed on the field consistently as Tannehill has…nor Pouncey for that matter. Pouncey also looked less than capable as a OG.

      • steveccnv says:

        With that logic getter, what do you think of Gronk?

  95. getterdone says:

    A New Jersey man whose last name is Bacon was arrested after a dispute over sausage, according to police.
    Thomas Bacon, 19, allegedly attacked another person at a Madison home on May 12 for eating the last piece of sausage, NJ.com reports.
    Bacon was charged with simple assault and released pending a court appearance, according to NJ.com.
    It was not clear if Bacon had an attorney or is an attorney.

  96. getterdone says:

    Saw a brief video interview with Devante Parker.
    Said he chose Louisville over UCF that wanted him also…and then he later went on to say that so far Kenny Stills has taken him under his wing in Miami.

    Go #11 (the REAL #11) 😀

  97. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think Kenny Stills surely must’ve learned some good stuff from Drew Brees, who is a great tactical QB, and from Sean Payton, who is a great Offensive game planner. I hope our guys let him talk about that a bit and really listen.
    This is still only Lazor’s 2nd yr as an OC. I think sometimes ppl say it is our team’s 2nd yr under Lazor, but in reality last yr was ALSO Lazor’s first ever job as NFL OC. He was learning what he was teaching, which is very difficult.

  98. Tim Knight says:

    GD, I don’t think Pouncey was ever 100% last year coming off of hip surgery missing the offseason and then jumping in at RG. I’m glad he’s healthy, happily paid and back at center. 🙂

    • steveccnv says:

      Doesn’t matter, if Pouncey was healthy or not, if we don’t have 5 all-pros on the Oline, then our Oline sucks and we need to upgrade, preferable with scrub vet June 1st cuts.

  99. naplesfan2010 says:

    I always did like Garrard; it’s Omar that I don’t like. Glad to hear that Garrard came out in support of Tannehill.
    I think we can put to rest any argument over whether or not he IS a Franchise QB. He is.
    Drafted 8th, started from day one and every game since, improved statistically every year, stayed in place while the OC was changed, stayed in place while the WR corps was completely rebuilt to his specifications, gorgeous wife … What other criteria are there for a franchise QB?

    • steveccnv says:

      The only criteria needed is the hot wife, no hot chick is going to take a ring from a guy like Henne.

  100. naplesfan2010 says:

    🙂

  101. naplesfan2010 says:

    Hey Steve, Jeff Luc can also play FB.
    A nice 256 lb FB that runs a 4.6

    • steveccnv says:

      Philbin loves versatile players, but he doesn’t love FBs. Maybe that’s the answer then, bring in Luc on short yardage, no reason to hold a roster spot for one. Do we even have an FB on the roster? I’d like to see Phillips play the fridge short yardage role of FB.

      • Tim Knight says:

        We use one back sets almost exclusively and most of the time have 3 WRs out there so a FB really has not role on the team. If Luc makes it on STs and as a backup LB, then maybe we might see him at FB here and there on short yardage downs.

  102. naplesfan2010 says:

    Jamil Douglas, Suh , Pouncey, and Brandon Albert are all almost exactly the same size.

    • Omar had most against Garrard no doubt the guy is a class act.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I was one who liked the Garrard pickup as a stop gap if Tannehill wasn’t ready to start as a rookie and didn’t think he would be, but we know that all changed.

      • I liked Garrard as well, he was impressive the times I saw him practice.

    • steveccnv says:

      I wanted Garrard starting, I didn’t want a rookie QB to start, because I didn’t want to wait another yr for a playoff birth. Had Garrard been the starter I think we would’ve been playoff bound.

      • Tim Knight says:

        This year, I’m feeling it. We’re also going to the Super Bowl. It is known. 🙂

  103. Tim Knight says:

    Anyone remember the 1998 4-12 St. Louis Rams and then the 1999 13-3 St. Louis Rams? Why not us? Let’s put our positive vibes together and will it to happen. 🙂

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Cool idea Tim.
      We should start slowly and build the fan base into a peak psychic frenzy of X-men level mindbeams for the Washington game and then hold the vibe strong all year.

  104. naplesfan2010 says:

    I’m thinking bring Luc in as a blockingback near the goal line. At only 6’1 that is dense weight and have you seen this guy? He is way jacked. I don’t mean for him to run the ball out in the field, but 3rd and goal from the one, maybe he gets the TD on impact alone.

  105. The Flying Pig says:

    Guess which little piggy is driving a jeep around Manhattan

  106. Tim Knight says:

    Gigi, Landry demonstrated great hands from day one and so has Parker. Along with an ascending young Stills, the savvy vet Jennings and the talented TE Cameron, we should be a really tough team to defend and that’s not even talking about our RBs and Sims etc.

    I think we’re getting to the point where we might just explode onto the scene and take the league by storm and shut everyone the fuck up! LOL

    Yeah that’s right, I said it. 🙂

    Until they prove otherwise, we’re going to the Super Bowl. LOL

  107. Mike E. says:

    Good luck Piggy!

  108. getterdone says:

    Here ya go Mike E….just in time to save our OL…LG Chris Williams 😉

    The Bills could release OG Chris Williams.
    Williams has been a no-show for OTAs to this point. His future with the Bills is in question coming off an injury-shortened 2014. Buffalo added Richie Ingcognito and third-round OG John Miller this offseason, making Williams expendable. The Bills can save $2.85M by cutting Williams.

  109. getterdone says:

    Beware tho Mikey, his big ass has missed A LOT of games over his 7 yr career.

    • steveccnv says:

      It doesn’t matter, any OG we can bring in is an improvement for now, then once camp starts our OL will suck again.

  110. Tim Knight says:

    We’ll likely add a vet guard after June cuts but not sure we find the guy. Add some experienced competition, it can’t hurt.

  111. getterdone says:

    🙄
    The appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension will be heard on June 23.
    Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the appeal hearing could even be pushed back further to June 25. In other words, we won’t know the actual length of Brady’s (for now, four-game) suspension for nearly another month. The Patriots decided against filing an appeal for the draft picks they lost and money they were fined by Roger Goodell, which may ultimately work in Brady’s favor during his individual appeal.

  112. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    May 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm
    This year, I’m feeling it. We’re also going to the Super Bowl. It is known. 🙂

    Yes, it is known. 😉

    • steveccnv says:

      What section?

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m reaching for the stars, bro! Why not, we added Suh, re-signed Pouncey, extended our 4th year franchise QB and added some quality players for good competition. It’s fuckin go time!!!!

      Super Bowl!!!

  113. Ken says:

    What’s up Fuers?

  114. getterdone says:

    steveccnv says:
    May 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm
    It doesn’t matter, any OG we can bring in is an improvement for now, then once camp starts our OL will suck again.
    Reply

    That’s the spirit steve, that’s the spirit……

  115. Mike E. says:

    I understand your enthusiasm Tim. I feel there is a different feeling with the team this year. Still, we have to get it done on the field.

    • Ken says:

      Until I see the OL in action I won’t know what to expect from this team. I think we are pretty well set at most positions but OL and until I get a better sense of that unit I will curb my enthusiasm

      • steveccnv says:

        We’ve got 3 PB type players at the main 3 spots, I know Mike wants 5 PB type players, what do you want Ken?

  116. getterdone says:

    Go Dallas Thomas! 🙂

    Falcons signed OG Chris Chester, formerly of the Redskins.
    He’ll slide comfortably into Prince Shembo’s roster spot. Chester, 32, started every game for the Redskins over the past four seasons, and has experience at all three interior positions. Coached by Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan in Washington 2011-2013, Chester is a fit for Atlanta’s new zone-blocking scheme. Last year, Chester graded out positively as a pass blocker but had run-game struggles as the Redskins implemented a power-rushing attack. He becomes the favorite to start at left guard in Atlanta, with Jake Matthews at left tackle, Joe Hawley at center, Jon Asamoah at right guard, and Ryan Shraeder or Tyler Polumbus at right tackle.

  117. jetsssuck says:

    MikeE—–what do u make of the CWS women softball Gators pitching all these shutouts in the last half of season.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2015/05/ncaa_softball_florida_shuts_ou.html

  118. Mike E. says:

    jetssuck

    I haven’t an opportunity to watch any of the games, but that’s very unusual. There have been great pitchers, but to keep throwing shutouts is pretty impressive. It’s probably a combination of things, a pitcher gets in a zone where they just throw a lot of their pitches pretty much exactly where they want them, and mix up the speeds well, and the hitters are just off balance all game long. I haven’t had one of those dominant games myself in a while, but I hope I still have a few left in me. I pitched pretty well last outing, but still gave up 4 runs.

    • jetsssuck says:

      25 shut outs in 56 games. Lots of 1 run games also. They have pitching that is normal speed among softball college picthers.

      • Mike E. says:

        Maybe the competition is watered down? I have no explanation. If I saw every game, I’d have a better idea as to what’s up

  119. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, I’m conjuring us to the Super Bowl. 🙂

  120. naplesfan2010 says:

    The AFC North will always have the fewest travel miles within their division, so if they draw the AFCE they will have the least overall. If Philly or Wash or NY has Dallas at home and the AFC E or N, then they will almost always have the least.
    Any west coast team that draws the NFC E or AFC E will always have the most.
    (Going to London changes everything of course.)

  121. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    That really isn’t true. I never said we need to have 5 pro bowl O-linemen, although I wouldn’t have any objections to it. I wouldn’t mind competent ones though, and I don’t think Dallas Thomas has proven to be competent. Billy Turner might be, we’ll find out. All it takes is one weak link on the line, and the season can be sabotaged.

    • jetsssuck says:

      The OL is about synchronized footwork between 5-6 guys. Learning each others footwork takes time its not like we are trying or are capable of overpowering DL’s. Last year was about learning assignment and adjustments to changing DL/LB alignmnetns. Learning how to gain leverage with proper footwork can only after learning assignments and footwork techniques. I have seen with local tv news reports they are working with footwork with practice ropes squares to step into and out. In years past we would see RB’s practicing running through these.

    • steveccnv says:

      What, I can’t bust your bawls a little bit here 😉

  122. jetsssuck says:

    the stretch of 5-7 games on the road is not good, but the 3 game stretch of away games takes a lot out of teams considering they have travel to and back then next week they have to do it again thus they lose a extra day and if the oppts are coming off of a home game they gain 2 days advantage. This becomes very bad the 3 rd week.

    • jetsssuck says:

      the only good thing about the three game strench is that all the games are on the east coast and after the NE game 4 days then we have 10 daYS BETWEEM games. The NE game is a tough one but NE has the same number of days to prepare and the pats are coming off game at home with jets..

  123. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Conjure away my friend 🙂

    SB here we come!

  124. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think there is a difference between saying what our team’s weakest position or position group is and saying that it is a weak position (group). For us it is LG (or OG or OL). But is our OL really weak compared to all 32 teams?
    If your definition of “weak” is bottom half, maybe. Bottom quarter, maybe not.
    If your definition of “weak” is that it will cost us the playoffs, then I might argue with you that our OL is not in and of itself weak enough to guarantee we miss the playoffs pretty much no matter what.

  125. naplesfan2010 says:

    For example name what the weakest position group is for all 32 teams. (We could do that.)
    Let’s just do the AFCE.
    Buff – QB
    NJ – QB
    Miami – OL (or just OG if Albert plays)
    NE – DB
    Now for part 2 … is that position group weak enough to cost their team the playoffs all by itself?
    IMHO — no no no and no

  126. wyoming85 says:

    Field Yates ‏@FieldYates · 2h2 hours ago
    Source: the Jets have retooled (and slightly beefed up) the contract of WR Brandon Marshall. http://es.pn/1J9NOoP

    • wyoming85 says:

      I forgot the LMMFAO

    • steveccnv says:

      There was a reason the Bears let him go, and he almost got traded to the cheats before last season started. He’s not the player he’s been in the past, lots of drops and age have started settling in.

  127. wyoming85 says:

    Tim is this better?

  128. wyoming85 says:

    I missed this one!

    A positive about the team? When Pigs fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Armando Salguero ‏@ArmandoSalguero · May 21
    Blog. Some agents have noticed there’s a change in way Dolphins are doing business: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2015/05/miami-dolphins-offseason-has-settled-family-business.html

    • stangerx says:

      Pretty fair take, especially from a Pats fan.

      That did remind me that we got Stills for not just a third, but that Ellerbe was part of the deal too. Pops up his value a bit.

      • Rhino says:

        lots of “articles” out there by 20 year old college students… the era of digital publication. 🙂

      • stangerx says:

        Hey — the worldwide internet has given voice to both trolls and anyone who cares to try hard enough to get attention.

  129. wyoming85 says:

    OK Rhino
    I’m ready to pony up!

    Hit me with it!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rhino says:

      LMAO… I work on it today. I actually have been so busy I hadn’t thought of it until now. Way to man up!

  130. stangerx says:

    A lot of folks in my building aren’t happy cause another one is starting to go up across the street. It’s going to cause traffic delays on our street for a almost two years and, more importantly, going to be taller than ours and ruin a bunch of peoples’ views.

    Knew the name of the company behind it before, but today learned who owned it…….Stephen Ross.

  131. Rhino says:

    Wyo: Here’s an idea… I’m still debating “self-deprivating” vs “forced fandom” lol

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2LgMTYCEAA_wcH.jpg:large

  132. getterdone says:

    Eagles LG Evan Mathis’ agent Drew Rosenhaus said the Dolphins are not a “strong possibility” for the disgruntled guard.
    “I’ve been given permission by the Eagles to shop Evans,” Rosenhaus said in a radio interview. “We thought we had a trade with another team leading up to the Draft. It was not the Dolphins.” Coach Chip Kelly has said Mathis has been available to trade for two offseasons, but to this point Rosenhaus has yet to find a partner. Mathis is not happy, but he will likely remain an Eagle for at least one more season.

    • stangerx says:

      Wonder if that means they don’t like Mathis (or his price) or that they feel comfortable with what we have at G?

  133. Rhino says:

    Idea #3 (final idea)

  134. steveccnv says:

    New blog up

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