Buckle Up!

Here we go!

by son of a son of a shula

We endured the brutal ending to last season, we bitched the whole thing out. We analyzed, hashed out, mocked and watched the draft. We had the highs of Free Agency by signing Ndamukong Suh. We followed every move of the off season. We watched marginal players leave, we saw the new blood enter the fold. We saw our Quarterback lifted to a new level without even playing. We watched the sporting world come around to us actually possibly being contenders. We endured a brutal summer of vacation and fun that we pretended to enjoy and now we are ready. We’re ready. Coach Shula is ready. Coach Philbin is ready and every player trying to win a job on this years Dolphin team is ready. Ready to start camp, start the 2015 season and start a new winning tradition again in Miami.

http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/article-1/Philbin-Ready-To-Get-Started-/adc03015-791a-4aa9-a5d9-be6a960dd4ff

(Thanks Wyoming)

Getting ready to unfold right in front of us is the Guard battle. Do Thomas and Turner hold on to the spots they currently hold? Does Jamil Douglas, a rookie, steal a spot? Does the team struggle at the Guard spot and find it necessary to go out and sign Evan Mathis a seasoned  pro who is considered by many to be one of the best Guards in all of football but currently a free agent?

We’ll find out if Chris McCain is ready to step up and take a job as one of our starting linebackers and situational pass rusher. If Koa Misi can dial it in and take ownership of the middle linebacker spot he struggled with last year due to nagging injuries. Can Jelani Jenkins build on his impressive sophomore season? We’ll soon find out if perhaps we have a modern day Zach Thomas in camp as we have many young players trying out for a spot as a linebacker for the 2015 Dolphins.

The questions at Cornerback will soon be answered. Who will play opposite Brent Grimes. Who can lock down the nickel spot? Who will do enough on Special teams that it will be too tough to not keep him on the team? Will Will Davis and Jamar Taylor finally show the promise of early draft picks and extinguish all competition? Was the signing of veterans Zack Bowman and Brice McCain worthwhile? Can the rookies, Lippett and McCain make the team? Watching will be fun for all of us.

None of these questions are new, we know the battles that will begin to unfold. It’s just that now FINALLY they will begin to play out. Is Ryan Tannehill, freshly equipped with his huge new contract, ready to step it up a notch yet again and really and truly run the offense and guide these guys to a winning season. Is Lamar Miller ready to hold off intriguing rookie Jay Ajayi and set himself apart as one of the better backs in the league. What kind of impact will Jordan Phillips make as a second round pick? There are so many questions with so many answers soon to be revealed.

Will Branden Albert be ready to go? All indications are that yes he will be. It seems he will serve in a limited capacity in camp as well as the pre-season but will be ready for the season to begin. There are other injured Dolphins as well as we head into camp. Caleb Sturgis is expected to be fine and to compete and win and retain his job as kicker. First round pick wide receiver Devante Parker is being cautiously worked in as he recovers from surgery on his foot but is expected to be available for the season opener ( I for one would like to see him sooner). Despite not hearing of any setbacks we should keep in mind that projected starting Free safety Louis Delmas along with the unproven CB Will Davis are both recovering very quickly and nicely from ACL injuries each suffered to end their seasons early last year.

http://espn.go.com/blog/miami-dolphins/post/_/id/15888/dolphins-injury-updates-on-branden-albert-devante-parker-and-caleb-sturgis

OH and that O-Line!!

We asked already if Branden Albert will make it back, let’s hope so. Will second year and stellar first rounder from last year, Ju’wan James be able to build on the success he had last year as our Right Tackle? Mike Pouncey signed a new deal keeping the Pro Bowler locked up until 2020. Getting Pouncey back to his true position at Center should benefit everyone. Guards? What about the Guards? This epic battle is set to unfold – soon. This is the mother of all battles for this year. Thomas, Turner and Douglas along with a slew of unknown vets and other undrafted types will all battle it out, may the best men win. Work your magic Coach Benton. Incidentally Mickey Baucus at 6’8 and signed as an undrafted free agent will not participate in camp as he has decided to retire from the NFL.

So many young players, where will they all end up? The depth of the Dolphins seems to have been addressed. While not with aging vets but with fired up, athletic, team players who are all young and come cheap in regards to the salary cap. Using four 5th round picks along with signing several undrafted free agents the Dolphins added some interesting players who should make this pre-season exciting to watch but also make the team deeper and better. Besides the rookies there are several second year players poised and expected to take on larger roles as well. Anthony Johnson who won a job as a UDFA will face tough competition on the D-line, Walt Aiken will vie for a starting Safety job, Terrence Fede looks to build on a promising rookie year. Can Jordan Tripp remain healthy and become a top linebacker? Can Damien Williams hold off Ajayi and remain the #2 back?

Without question it would be the D-line and Wide Reciever group that have the least amount of questions. NDominant Suh has been added making he and the rest of the unit one of the most feared D-lines in football. At the receiver spot despite the amount of turnover in personnel rookie sensation Jarvis Landry leads the way with newly aquired veterans Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills who are joined by the 14th pick of the draft Devante Parker. Both groups also have a number of young players who will battle to round out the numbers at each position.

Get ready folks – it’s all about to start. Hey the kid from Harvard says we should be ok, who are we to argue. I’m looking more forward to this season than I have to any in some time. I still can’t believe Suh is a Dolphin, how the hell did we pull that one off? The general consensus is moving towards the Dolphins as a legit contender and why not? It’s not what you did last year, it’s what will you do for me now. Go out and win Dolphins, we’re ALL ready. Get it done Ryan Tannehill. Get it done O-Line, get it done Defense.

Suh is here, EVERYTHING is different now!

 So many still to talk about: Jordan Cameron, Michael Thomas, Gillislee, Earl Mitchell, AJ Francis and on and on…

Oh and Josh Freeman has already been cut, nice knowing you

Let’s get it on!

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127 Responses to Buckle Up!

  1. dcoralsprings says:

    I’m so ready to get this season started !

    You guy’s have done an excellent job getting us through the dull days of summer,
    Thanks to all of you that keep this thing going !

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    Oink!
    Great Job Son
    Suh is here, everything is different now!

  3. The Flying Pig says:

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    booo
    didn;t work

  4. The Flying Pig says:

  5. The Flying Pig says:

    Thanks for doing Monday Son
    Tomorrow I have a special guest on the Oddyssey
    An individual who might affect the outcome this season!

  6. herdfan says:

    Excellent preview Son!! 🐬🏈

  7. Tim Knight says:

    Good stuff, Son. TC starts Wednesday right?

    • jetsssuck says:

      happy belated birthday u old fck. Thursday I think.U should look it up and keep us all informed correctly. So like no one noticed a post that said Miami 1972 or 1973 team’s defense holds the record for defense of only 150 scored against them. This is wrong who is the best defense of oppts fewest points scored against them?

      • Tim Knight says:

        Thanks! LOL

        Okay so it’s Thursday the 30th, I thought is was the 29th, that’s why I was asking.

  8. wyoming85 says:

    Great job Son!

    I can’t wait for the long awaited competitions to begin!

  9. wyoming85 says:

    ukfinfan ‏@ukfin_fan 1h1 hour ago
    Masters of their trade in 2015 both born July 27th

    Jordan Spieth & Ryan Tannehill

    bank it

    #thisyear #PhinsUp #finsup

  10. Rhino says:

    three weeks off… 🙂 just in time for camp news.

    from an interview with Philbin… writer states: “Whereas he might have once been consumed with the smallest of details, it is the big picture now that occupies most of his thoughts.”

    so, I guess this means no more gum wrapper jokes? lol

  11. Rhino says:

    Question: why hasn’t Jerry Jones sign Ray Rice yet? 😀

    • jetsssuck says:

      he’s still recovering from A.Pederson fiasco. I saw a picture of Dude and he is ripped beyond belief. Guy toke a yr off and he is unbelievably in the best shape I ever seen a player. Dude is going to run for 2000 if he doesn’t get hurt

  12. Rhino says:

    Hardy vs Rice:

    “The co-founders of an anti-domestic violence group say free agent Ray Rice deserves another chance. The pendulum of public opinion is starting to swing back in Rice’s favor. “We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive,” said Tony Porter of A CALL TO MEN. “We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He’s deserving of it.”

  13. herdfan says:

    jetsssuck says:

    July 27, 2015 at 10:06 am (Edit)

    he’s still recovering from A.Pederson fiasco. I saw a picture of Dude and he is ripped beyond belief. Guy toke a yr off and he is unbelievably in the best shape I ever seen a player. Dude is going to run for 2000 if he doesn’t get hurt

    Reply

    Could be he’s had some ‘help’ getting that way. With the year off, would he have been subject to testing? Not accusing….just wondering is all. When you have any kind of character issues, it leaves you open for speculation.

    • Tim Knight says:

      He’s always been ripped and an elite athlete. It’s not like he transformed himself. He was always a stud. Besides his parental skills, the thing I don’t like about him is he’s always talking about how many yards he wants to rush for and is a me first guy. I respect his ability but I’m not a fan of him at all. I hope he never reaches his goals. LOL

  14. Rhino says:

    Sports Illustrated poll:
    Most hated team: Patriots
    Most hated coach: Belicheat
    LMAO

  15. The Flying Pig says:

  16. BoulderPhinfan says:

    happy 50th tim. ope you had a good day. I turned 47 yesterday. So I’m right there with you.

  17. manitobafinfan says:

    Well Done Son.. Let the anticipation get as amped up as Suh on third and long !!!!

  18. The Flying Pig says:

    Happy birthday Boulder!!!

  19. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I can’t wait for TC. Only a few more days.

  20. The Flying Pig says:

    It’s Ryan Tannehills birthday too!!!

  21. Mike E. says:

    Happy Birthday Boulder!

  22. Mike E. says:

    Excellent write up Son! Well done.

  23. wyoming85 says:

    Deadspin ‏@Deadspin 48m48 minutes ago
    The Jets are run by a baby, and cheered on by babies. That’s why they fucking suck: http://deadsp.in/ZW6tNtx

    • Tim Knight says:

      LMAO!!!

      “I don’t even trust him (Geno Smith) when the DEFENSE is on the field. When the Jets are on defense, I fully expect Geno to distract them by accidentally tripping over the stadium circuit breaker, thus allowing a 98-yard touchdown.”

      However they didn’t let Revis walk, they traded him for a 1st (13) and a another pick the year after.

  24. Tim Knight says:

    I just realized the pic of Suh is wrong as he isn’t #90 anymore, he went back to his college #93.

  25. son of a son of a shula says:

    Happy Birthday Boulder

  26. BoulderPhinfan says:

    thanks Son, Mike. I feel/hope this is the year our phins will make us proud.

  27. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins ‏@MiamiDolphins 1m1 minute ago
    “There’s high expectations, and I think he’s ready.”

    Bob Griese on Ryan Tannehill: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3f0dj

    • Tim Knight says:

      Griese makes good points.

      I think Ryan is fine with the expectations because he’s said many times the goal is to win games so it’s not like he’s oblivious to what’s expected of him and the team. He’s in his 4th season, has become a leader and was rewarded for his efforts with a contract extension.

      Go get ’em Ryan!!!

  28. wyoming85 says:

    LMAO!!!!!!!!

  29. wyoming85 says:

    Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP 6m6 minutes ago
    #Dolphins bubble watch: Four talented undrafted rookie linebackers likely competing for one or two roster spots http://dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/07/27/dolphins-bubble-watch-four-talented-undrafted-rookie-linebackers-competing/

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think Tripp makes it and just one UDFA who is going to have to really impress on STs. Obviously there could be an injury or two or a real surprise from the UDFA group, but I think the odds are against more than one making the team.

  30. Al in MIA says:

    Should be interesting indeed regarding the LB group.
    Hull himself is more talented than all the LB except maybe Jenkins and Misi; went undrafted because of injury and injury history.
    Luc is the most raw and though I like what I see in his potential, he’s a bit too north/south oriented at this point and is challenged running sideline/sideline. He reminds me alot of McCain actually.
    Vigil has the physical attributes you want (like Tripp) but not sure if he is as instinctual as his peers.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Just wondering how the 6-1 Luc reminds you of the 6-5 McCain with Hull looking like a body builder and McCain a basketball player? LOL

      • Al in MIA says:

        Style wise.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Luc again not Hull

      • Al in MIA says:

        And I’m talking straight up LB play I guess with how the players run around in space.
        I like McCain as a nice JACK LB in a 3-4 formation but not as a regular OLB in a 4-3 (he’s got better DE skills than off the line skills IMO).

  31. Al in MIA says:

    Can’t wait till the pads come on and the players practice with contact.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Remember not all practices will be in full pads with full contact but at least there will be more of it. 🙂

  32. Tim Knight says:

    Al, Luc has been an ILB with McCain as an outside guy. I can’t wrap my head around the comparison.

    • Al in MIA says:

      I’m just going by how the guys move in space :/. THat’s the only comparison i guess. McCain and Luc to me both run too North/South and can’t side step guys easily if they take a bad angle.

      • Tim Knight says:

        We get a chance to see if McCain can play more in space like a OLB. The coaches seem to feel he can at this time or he wouldn’t be there.

      • Al in MIA says:

        Agree but coaches do with what they have heh. Besides, the best defense against a pass game is to just have the front 4 destroy their blocks and make the QB go into the fetal position.

  33. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ Al on the best defense against a pass game is to just have the front 4 destroy their blocks and make the QB go into the fetal position.

  34. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I agree. I think tripp makes it, Out of the others I’m betting on hull.

  35. wyoming85 says:

    Adam SchefterVerified account
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    Former Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin, who was on Carolina’s roster, is retiring, as @RapSheet reported.

  36. Tim Knight says:

    Jonathan Martin is retiring citing a back injury. I say he doesn’t want to scrimmage against the Dolphins defensive players as we’re having joint practices against the Panthers. LOL

  37. Rhino says:

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  38. Rhino says:

    above post is awaiting moderation ….

    meanwhile, here’s an article from 2008 explaining why Evan Mathis was released by the Dolphins. lol

  39. Rockphin says:

    POS pussy should have retired when he was a Dolphin!

    Panthers OL Jonathan Martin to announce retirement

  40. Tim Knight says:

    We need to summon Bat for some hilarious commentary on little Jonelle Martin’s retirement. LOL

    • Rockphin says:

      here let me try;

      Ryan Tannehill is a great quarterback…
      Joe Philben is a great coach and deserves a contract extension…..

  41. Rockphin says:

    Ok, from the article above but also from the WTF Files……

    Despite being a former third-round pick, Mathis has failed to hold onto starting opportunities with two different franchises over the past three seasons. He was unimpressive in his time in Miami and was unable to beat out a journeyman in Ike Ndukwe, leading one to believe Mathis is likely bound for a career as a backup. Yeah, that prediction held true! NOT

    As for the Dolphins, the right guard position has been a season-long question to which the Dolphins don’t have the answer. Rookie phenom Donald Thomas was supposed to run away with the job, but an unfortunate injury in the season opener and a lack of depth on the offensive line has haunted the team.

    What ever happened to our Rookie Phenom?………………………………..

    WHY ARE WE SO FUCKED UP? LOL

  42. Al in MIA says:

    Rock,
    What’s F’d up is that since 2008 the OL has been in shambles LOL. Parcells / Ireland did a great job there SMH.

    • jetsssuck says:

      the center and guard (smiley and Grove)got hurt and the next season somebody decided to not offer them contracts. I think Parcells wanted to ride out the injury bugs but someone decided being the highest paid OL in the league wasn’t right. Seams the team has done this several off seasons. LB’s and WR come to mind recently.

  43. jetsssuck says:

    Tim Knight says:
    July 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

    he’s always been ripped and an elite athlete. It’s not like he transformed himself. He was always a stud. Besides his parental skills, the thing I don’t like about him is he’s always talking about how many yards he wants to rush for and is a me first guy. I respect his ability but I’m not a fan of him at all. I hope he never reaches his goals. LOL
    —————————————————————————————–
    he came back 9 months after major knee surgery and ran for almost 2000 yards. The guy was always a gym rat in college and the pro’s but he is out of this world ripped. Many people say it’s the second year one recovers fully from the major knee surgery he had. He didn’t get that chance last year so he went back to the gym. That may have been good for him. We may be looking at the greatest RB in history. Dude is dedicated to being the best.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think
      When it comes to AP and football (and Football ONLY) AP should have get extra credit for being such a good RB in this passing era of football

  44. The Flying Pig says:

    Summer Goal

  45. The Flying Pig says:

  46. The Flying Pig says:

    • jetsssuck says:

      we get to watch 3 of four. Should be fun watching these awesome duo’s.

    • Al in MIA says:

      Eh, love my Fins but DT don’t rack up the sacks like edge rushers.
      No mention of Von Miller + DeMarcus Ware = stupid.
      Rams will also have a top end duo in Long + Quinn.

      • jetsssuck says:

        buffalo has a great DL also.

      • steveccnv says:

        Jetsssuck, they said duo, not Dline.

      • jetsssuck says:

        yes steve u r right. I couldn’t think of the ends for buffalo but I know they have a awesome DL along with DE’s. They signed someone from Dallas last yr and this created a great DL. Some coaches have all the luck of signing with great defenses all ready in place.

  47. stangerx says:

    “Hey the kid from Harvard says we should be ok, who are we to argue. ”

    LOL Son — the kid got himself some attention…. especially from Phins fans. And great write-up. Very realistic take. Arrow is up, but lets see what happens.

  48. stangerx says:

    Tim Knight says:
    Jonathan Martin is retiring citing a back injury……
    ———————–
    Yeah he might have to sit out a year,but he’s still young……what a shocker. Wish he’d just retired instead of busting that lunch tray.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      He probably through out his back throwing the lunch tray down

      • The Flying Pig says:

        or at Tootsies

      • jetsssuck says:

        the mint bar next to sun life stadium had a double murder over the weekend. The two killed were security for the club. During my teenage years we drove up to this strippers joint with our bicycles and sneaked in.

  49. wyoming85 says:

    Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP 56m56 minutes ago
    #Dolphins waive WR Nigel King. Now have three open roster spots for camp

    Dolfans NYC ‏@DolfansNYC 42m42 minutes ago
    Dolphins Make Roster Move http://bit.ly/1ghi3yq #Dolphins

  50. wyoming85 says:

    Adam Caplan ‏@caplannfl 1h1 hour ago
    LB Jadaveon Clowney placed on active/PUP list by #Texans.

  51. Tim Knight says:

    Jonelle Martin knew he’d have to practice and be on the field with Dolphins defenders in joint practices with the Panthers so he probably paid someone to hit him in the back with a baseball bat so he could bail as a victim once again. LOL

  52. jetsssuck says:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25251345/ump-calls-out-minor-leaguer-for-not-touching-plate-on-home-run-trot

    I was a catcher in HS team and guy hit HR and he didn’t touch home plate I didn’t notice and my coach was yelling at me to tag guy in dugout I thought coach was crazy. Well it turns out the coach was right and ump called him out. My coach said ump will call him safe when he crosses home.I have never seen this.

  53. Brian in NY says:

    Tim/Mike,
    Mets just got Tyler Clippard from the A’s.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I heard that. I don’t know much about him but Mike Francesa said it was a good move and he’s a quality setup man.

      • Brian in NY says:

        Yes. He’s got 17 saves this season, so I wonder If they aren’t too comfortable with Famillia’s recent collapses. You can never have enough quality arms in the bullpen.

  54. Brian in NY says:

    I feel good about the Dolphins and Mets; it seems like they realize that they have a good chance to make some noise, and they are going for it.

  55. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins ‏@MiamiDolphins 18m18 minutes ago
    In 2014, we had the 12th best rushing attack in the @NFL.

    RB Preview: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3f3v6

    • Brian in NY says:

      Just think about how much higher it could have been if we would have stuck with it in certain games. I saw your reply this morning- thanks for the info. I just saw that pic of him pancaking the DL and thought he’d fit !

  56. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, Francesa mentioned that Mejía isn’t eligible for the playoffs so that was likely a big part of trading for Clippard.

  57. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Brian,
    I really hope we commit to the run more this year. Most of the playoff teams last year had good rushing attack. Just look at the steelers offense from 2013 to 2014. Bell rushing really changed that offense

  58. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins ‏@MiamiDolphins 5m5 minutes ago
    Ajayi was the first back in FBS history to gain at least 1,800 rushing yds and 500 receiving yds in the same season.

  59. Brian in NY says:

    Tim,
    I forgot that Mejia is suspended for the playoffs too.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yeah so Parnell, Clippard and Familia and/or depending on the night before etc. They got better.

      Add one more bat. Uribe, Johnson and Conforto have provided some juice. Let’s hope it’s not short-lived and they also fall into the offensive abyss. 😦

      • Brian in NY says:

        Yes, we really need to start hitting. Syndegaard is what, 4-5 with an ERA below 3.00? The Mets need to go on a run soon and stop toiling around .500 as they have done for most of the season.

  60. herdfan says:

    Pssst…you know what else makes this a good week? We’re going to beat the Jets! 🙂

  61. The Flying Pig says:

    I wonder of Clowney misses first 6 games this season on PUP

    Bs start for him

  62. Tim Knight says:

    For the Mets fans. I agree with Francesa and other fans – Cuddyer and Duda platoon at 1st from here on out. Do the righty/lefty thing until one proves he’s too hot with the bat to sit. Neither has earned their keep as starters. They both flash for a day or two and then disappear for a couple of weeks. Ya can’t win like that, folks.

    Thank you for an injection of pro ball players and the top fielder/hitter in our system in Conforto, Sandy Alderson. Conforto .444 in 3 games with 3 RBIs. Oh wow!!! A guy who can hit and be a difference maker?!!! What is that?!!! LOL

  63. stangerx says:

    So you want to got to LeSean’s party that he put out on instagram? Sorry you can’t unless you are Gigi or Herd.

    There are a few rules, according to the email you got back when you asked to come

    — females 21 and over only.
    — No +1’s!
    — Guests must provide a picture and their social media handles (presumably for more pictures).
    — Guests must sign a confidentiality agreement.

    Other than that you are good to go.

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