FOLLOWING PERFECTION: THE 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS

By: Randy Campbell (OLD DOLFAN)

 dolphins 73Game 9; Baltimore @ Miami, Nov. 11, 1973


Sometimes fans go to football games and witness something totally out of the ordinary. Something truly outstanding. Something they’ve never heard of or seen before. Something that is record breaking.


Such a thing ACTUALLY HAPPENED when the Colts traveled to Miami to play the first place Dolphins in the historic Orange Bowl on Nov. 11, 1973. It involved NOT a Hall of Famer NOR one of the leading stars.  Instead, it involved low profile Dolphins’ defensive back Tim Foley who, like Bob Griese, was an alum of Purdue University. On this day, Foley would achieve something that had never been achieved before in the long history of the National Football League.


Head coach Don Shula had dealt with one of his unpleasant memories the previous Sunday when Miami came from behind to defeat the Jets 24-14 in Shea Stadium. The pain of Shula’s loss to Namath and the Jets in Super Bowl III was far from gone. But four consecutive wins over New York certainly salved Shula’s wounds.


And speaking of losing to the Jets, Don Shula had been head coach of the Colts that fateful day in the historic Orange Bowl. Shula hoped Super Bowl III would be the crowning achievement in his spectacularly successful stint as head coach of the Baltimore franchise. Over seven seasons, Shula compiled a gaudy 71-23-4 record. In the 1967 and 1968 seasons Shula had a 26-3-2 record, THE SECOND BEST TWO-YEAR RUN IN NFL HISTORY, exceeded only by his 32-2 TWO-YEAR RUN WITH THE 1972 AND 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS! Shula’s overall record during his first 10 years as an NFL head coach 113-30-4, a mind-boggling 83 games over .500!! –Needless to say, THAT record has never been broken!!


Colts’ owner Carroll Rosenbloom could only remember Shula’s big Super Bowl defeat. An ungrateful Rosenbloom said “Shula always chokes in the big games.” After Miami owner Joe Robbie stole Shula away from Baltimore, Rosenbloom didn’t want Shula back. Instead, he demanded, and GOT, via a ruling from commissioner Pete Rozelle, Miami’s top draft choice. Later, Rosenbloom traded ownership of the Colts in exchange for becoming owner of the Los Angeles Rams. Rosenbloom was in Los Angeles the day Shula’s Dolphins won Super Bowl VII at the L. A. Coliseum and completed the NFL’s one and only Perfect Season. Said Shula, “I’m particularly pleased we won this championship in the very city where a certain man (Rosenbloom) now resides.”


Don Shula enjoyed great success against every one of his AFC East opponents in the decade of the ’70’s, including his former team, the Baltimore Colts. After losing to the Colts in 1970, Shula’s Dolphins won eight of their next 10 meetings. On January 2, 1972, Miami shutout Baltimore 21-0 in the AFC Championship Game. Then, during the 1972 Perfect Season, Shula’s Dolphins shut out the Colts twice more by scores of 23-0 and 16-0. The Don of Miami relished the thought of blanking the Colts for a fourth consecutive time!


Miami’s offensive coordinator during those three consecutive shutout victories was Howard Schnellenberger. Today, however, “Schnelly” was on the other side of the field. He had been hired by Baltimore as their new head coach not long after the Dolphins won Super Bowl VII. Schnellenberger’s rebuilding process in Baltimore was hampered by a lack of young talent. Both he and his former boss (Shula) knew that the 2-6 Colts would have to play their best game of the year just to keep this game close.

Dolphins 70 Home Paul Warfield, Colts


The temperature was a mild 74 degrees at the 1:00 PM kickoff. But swirling 15-20 MPH winds coming in from Biscayne Bay would play havoc with both teams’ passing games. This played right into Miami’s advantage. The Dolphins had the best offensive line and the best running game in the NFL.


Morris 1st tdOn Miami’s second possession Mercury Morris used his quick feet to bouce outside left tackle, then back across the center of the field, on his way to a 48 yard touchdown romp! The “No Name Defense” stopped the Colts on their next series, forcing a David Lee punt. Cornerback Tim Foley, a special teams ace, broke through the line and BLOCKED LEE’S KICK! He snared the ball at the eight yard line and scooted into the end zone, giving the Fins an early 14-0 lead!


Miami continued to run the ball with success. The next long drive got the ball all the way to the Baltimore six yard line. Yepremian’s chip shot field goal expanded the lead to 17-0 at the end of the first quarter. The rout was on!


Neither of Baltimore’s quarterbacks, Marty Domres or Bert Jones, were effective against Miami’s suffocating defense. They would combine for just seven completions in 22 attempts for 59 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Miami would sack these two QB’s five times for 39 yards in losses. Thus, Baltimore ended with just 20 yards net passing FOR THE ENTIRE GAME!!


The second quarter featured a 53 yard touchdown run by Mercury Morris plus a 14 yard Yepremian field goal. It was 27-0, Miami, at the half.


Miami’s “No Names” stuffed the Colts again early in the third quarter. AGAIN, David Lee’s punt was blocked, this time by Bob Matheson! Tim Foley scooped-up the ball at the five and sprinted into the end zone with his second TD of the game! It marked the FIRST TIME IN NFL HISTORY that anyone had returned TWO BLOCKED PUNTS FOR TOUCHDOWNS in a single game! Foley was in the record books! And the Dolphins had a 34-0 lead.

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Later, Garo would connect on a 38 yard 3-pointer and reserve running back Charlie Leigh would scamper 34 yards for another Dolphins’ TD, making the final score 44-0 in favor of Miami. Don Shula HAD his fourth consecutive shutout of the Colts, outscoring them 104-0 over that span!


Game statistics told an equally lopsided tale. Miami had 17 first downs to four for Baltimore. Miami had a club record 315 yards rushing plus 97 yards passing by Griese and Morrall. The Colts had a paltry 132 yards rushing and passing combined, much of it in the fourth quarter against Miami’s back-up defenders.


On the day, Mercury Morris rushed 12 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. His average through nine games was 7.3 YARDS PER CARRY!! And the “No Name Defense” was now playing at their absolute best just as this team prepared to travel to Buffalo for a key AFC East showdown against OJ Simpson and the Bills!


Speaking of Buffalo, the news out of Rich Stadium was outstanding. The Bengals had just defeated the Bills 16-13, dropping Buffalo to 5-4. A Miami victory next Sunday would CLINCH THE AFC EAST TITLE FOR MIAMI!


The 1973 Miami Dolphins were now 8-1.

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471 Responses to FOLLOWING PERFECTION: THE 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS

  1. jetsssuck says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 4, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    jetssuck, you seem to be on a different plain than everyone else. You don’t seem to have much desire to discuss the current Dolphins team. We all throw in a little something else for humor at times but you seem to want to keep it somewhere else.

    Mixing civil rights and sports seems to be a bit out there. What’s your quest if I may be so bold?
    ————————————————-
    The subject of the blog yesterday was about Brady smashing phones.
    I read this somewhere about the pats and where everything was going so I posted it.I’m no lawyer but after reading it I thought maybe just maybe the author of the article was correct about 1st amendment pertaining to the case along with someone else saying 4th amendment also applying to the Brady case.

    Freedom of association is primarily manifested through the right to join a trade union, free speech or debating societies, political parties, or any other club or association such as religious groups, fraternities, or sport clubs.

    Like I said I was wrong as Ken a lawyer pointed out to me. I’m no lawyer but I will pursue all information that a Dolphin fan should do instead of being misinformed and spreading non factual facts.

  2. Rockphin says:

    “That was our number one concern coming out of last season and that’s been a major focus of our group since the start.It’s going to happen. We’re going to incrementally get better over time. This was our third practice in pads where we can work on some of the [technique things]. Now it is live bullets and I have seen some progress.” — Offensive line coach John Benton, on his unit’s pass blocking.

    We all certainly hope so!

  3. jetsssuck says:


    Took off over 500,000 people in about 9 hours. More than what was evacuated at Dunkirk during WWll.
    This is an amazing story. Truly America at its best!

    9/11 – Boat Lift – outstanding video clip:
    We certainly were busy watching the news right after 9/11,
    but we never saw this “Boat Lift of 9/11” … You know, in the
    12 years since this happened, this is the first time I’ve ever
    seen this… I don’t ever remember seeing/hearing about this
    evacuation on the news! The fact is, it was all done in 9 hrs.
    500,000 people!
    This is a video well worth watching. The guy at the end
    is the same guy who is at the beginning, with some great
    words to live by for us all.

  4. wyoming85 says:

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 18m18 minutes ago
    Rams HC Jeff Fisher on rookie Todd Gurley: “I can’t say whether he’s going to get preseason game snaps right now. He’s still a ways away.”

  5. olddolphan says:

    MY THANKS TO BOTH HERDFAN AND MISS GIGI for spicing up this article with nice photos off the internet. It really helped my quest to put YOU, the hard core, supportive Fin fans, right in the historic Orange Bowl as Miami continued its record march to a 32-2 record over two seasons, including two Super Bowl Championships. It was a time unlike any other in the history of this franchise!! – – I hope all of you get some fun and enjoyment out of this modest effort.

  6. Brian in NY says:

    Thanks OD. As I was a mere pup during these days, I really enjoy your articles about the glory days. Lets hope you get to write a third series soon!

  7. Tim Knight says:

    Good stuff, OD. That’s crazy outscoring a team 104-0 over 4 games.

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Oh my!

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 24m24 minutes ago
    #Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill connects on a DEEP BALL touchdown to WR Jarvis Landry for 60 yards. Very good play.

  9. Rockphin says:

    @OmarKelly

    Watching the O-line do their run blocking drills has me a bit more encouraged. But now it makes me wonder about the linebackers.
    Expand

    Of course it does! LOL

  10. Rockphin says:

    Omar Kelly

    @OmarKelly

    Jarvis Landry just beat Louis Delmas for a 60-yard touchdown on a bomb from Ryan Tannehill. His pocket was clean.

    Adam Beasley @AdamHBeasley

    Ryan Tannehill completes a bomb to Jarvis Landry over Louis Delmas. He’s getting better.

  11. Tim Knight says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 28m28 minutes ago
    Ryan Tannehill with a red zone TD throw to Greg Jennings. He’s dealing today. If he doesn’t throw a pick he might be in the top 3.

    You know all Dolphins players go out each day to make the trained eye’s top 3. LOL

  12. Rockphin says:

    Chris Perkins

    @chrisperk

    RB Damien Williams up middle for maybe 30 yd TD. Well executed. Well blocked.

  13. The Flying Pig says:

    I hear Tanny completed a deep pass…lol

  14. The Flying Pig says:

    Great Job OD
    Thanks for helping build this place!

  15. dbolt48 says:

    LMAO

    @GregLikens: WR Cobi Hamilton got sick to his stomach at the line of scrimmage during drill. South Florida heat & humidity getting to some of the guys

  16. The Flying Pig says:

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  19. The Flying Pig says:

    Let’s go Lippett!

  20. The Flying Pig says:

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  25. The Flying Pig says:

    Looks like Marthews is making his case Add to make the team

    • dbolt48 says:

      Rishard said last night that their chemistry has always been great seeing they e always worked together since their rookie year, but he is trying to earn the coaches trust.

  26. Tim Knight says:

    Not sure why the offense needs Parker badly, the other WRs have been getting impressive reports. Albert is another story.

  27. Tim Knight says:

    Here’s the classy guy coming out.

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 16m16 minutes ago
    If the Dolphins think Ryan Tannehill can become the QB he has the potential to be with this offensive line they are blind, or dumb.

  28. dbolt48 says:

    @FLSportDebater: Tannehill rolls out and hits Jennings in the back corner of the endzone with a bullet. BEAUTIFUL.

  29. drg says:

    Really sucks that our OL has been an issue for so long now, but I don’t think we can afford to lose out on Mathis the way things seem to be going. Even if Albert returns game one he won’t be at 100% for the season and our depth is paper thin. It’s going to mean some painful cuts or salary restructures that prolong the cap problem, but let’s bring Mathis in and live with the results. Tannehill has proven to be very durable, but I’d love to see him operate with a clean pocket and confidence to stand in there.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Good to see you drg. The main issue with the OL is not just guard or LG as if Mathis will fix everything. It’s the OL as a unit that needs to get better. We have a very good DL so some of the worries with the OL in TC comes from that. Turner or anyone else at RG is not going to push Suh around. Our other young guards playing LG aren’t going to dominate Mitchell etc. So it’s kind of a catch 22. Do we want the OL dominating the DL so when we play the season teams run all over us? No fuckin way! LOL

      • BoulderPhinfan says:

        We’ve been saying that for a while now. We have a good d-line so that’s why the oline struggles. Last year our dline wasn’t even that good. The oline just sucked specially when albert went down. And it seems to me so far this year is no different.

        There is a reason Tanny has been the most sacked QB in the league the last 2 years.

  30. Ken says:

    OL issues are worrisome. It has been our achilles heel for the past 3 seasons. I am hoping that our young guys can step up. I know its just TC but the reports today were not encouraging.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      its been like that all training camp. Its hard to judge this oline without albert. He’ll make a huge difference. I do think we should get mathis.

  31. BoulderPhinfan says:

    piggy, I’m starting to like lippett

  32. Mike E. says:

    Hey drg! Good to see you on here. I said this yesterday, the team obviously made a lot of moves this offseason in an effort to get us over the hump and into the playoffs. I believe if they really feel that the guys we have are inadequate, they will make the call to Mathis. I just don’t think we’re at that point quite yet. It’s too early.

  33. BoulderPhinfan says:

    other than pouncey it seems the defense dominated the o-line in this drill

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 35m35 minutes ago
    #Dolphins DE Cam Wake with a sack on QB Matt Moore. It’s not right to put the second-team o-line against Miami’s first-team d-line.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 53m53 minutes ago
    The amount of QB sacks the #Dolphins’ offense has allowed the past 3-4 practices are troubling. #ProtectionIssues

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 56m56 minutes ago
    #Dolphins OLB Chris McCain with a sack or QB pressure on Ryan Tannehill. #ProtectionIssues

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 57m57 minutes ago
    #Dolphins DT Anthony Johnson with his second sack of the day in team drills.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 59m59 minutes ago
    #Dolphins S Walt Aikens with a blitz and sack on QB Matt Moore in team drills.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins G Billy Turner struggles in one-on-one passing drills. Some must step up at guard before Week 1.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins DE Terrence Fede beats OT Aundrey Walker.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins OT Jason Fox holds his ground against DE Olivier Vernon.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell throws G Jamil Douglas on the ground in one-on-one drills.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins C Mike Pouncey holds his ground against rookie DT Jordan Phillips, as expected.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh beats G Billy Turner inside. No contest.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL 1h1 hour ago
    #Dolphins DE Cam Wake just dominated RT Ja’Wuan James in one-on-one pass rushing drills.

    • Tim Knight says:

      When they tweet TD pass and there were a lot of them, I guess all of the above didn’t happen. 😉

      • BoulderPhinfan says:

        I think he was trying to make a point about this drill. for the most part the oline got manhandled in this 1 on 1 drill.

  34. Tim Knight says:

    Boulder, what does last year’s DL have to do with this year’s DL? It’s different. Also last year’s OL was completely different than this years. People forget Satele was a weak link at times last year. It’s not just about guard. We have a lot of young players on the OL. That’s not going to change this year.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      my point was last year in training camp when the oline struggled the excuse was the same as this year. We have a really good d-line so its ok for the oline to struggle against them. And now we’re making the same excuse. The FO needs to admin we have a problem and go fix it.

  35. getterdone says:

    We’ll know more about the OL once we play another team, starting with da Beers next week.

  36. BoulderPhinfan says:

    smart ass mando.

    Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero
    Philbin smiled.
    Expand
    11m
    Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero
    Joe Philbin speaking about OGs at presser: “No one has won anything yet.”

    Me: “Yes, we know.”

  37. getterdone says:

    I’m not sold on Evan Mathis, he’s 34 by Nov, he played just 7 games last year, and Philly is moving on from him for reasons beyond just money.
    My concern is OT depth!!!

  38. Tim Knight says:

    Boulder, every year people need something to complain about with this team. In the recent past it was Tannehill and the deep ball and now it’s the OL, mainly guard. Just look at the tweets from the media to see where their agenda is. Is Evan Mathis going to block the edge rushers and the guys on the opposite side too. Guys have to get better and the OL needs to build chemistry together.

    I’d be worried if we only score one or two TDs so far on offense in camp. That’s not the case. So it’s not as bad as it’s being made out to be. But the media needs something to harp on.

  39. Ken says:

    I know it is only TC and our DL should be better than our OL but the problem I have is for the past 3 years we have seen the same reports/tweets about our OL during TC and that has essentially translated to the play on the field during the regular season. That makes me feel uneasy. The one thing I take some hope in is Albert coming back. A healthy Albert changes the dynamic of the OL significantly and when Albert was healthy was playing much better so him getting back in the line up is essential imo.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I agree. Without albert you really can’t judge this o-line. But it seems every year we hear the same thing from TC. The oline is struggling.

      Maybe they fix it before season starts. Last year our oline got manhandled against tampa in the 1st preseason game. I remember mccoy put thomas in the ground more than once. But once the season started the oline, with albert, played ok until albert went down.

  40. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 56s57 seconds ago
    Top performer for Day 6: 1. Ryan Tannehill (dealing all day) 2. Ndamukong Suh (can’t be blocked) 3. Terrence Fede (3 sacks)

  41. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    You’re not sold on Evan Mathis. Who on the Dolphins O-line are you sold on?

    • getterdone says:

      I’m sold on Pouncey, James, & Albert when he returns (which is slated to be by week 1-3. I like how quickly Douglas is flashing & I think Thomas is going to be ok, he showed he could play OG last season.

      It’s the depth @ OT I’m worried about, and Mathis isn’t gonna help there!

  42. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Boulder, every year people need something to complain about with this team. In the recent past it was Tannehill and the deep ball and now it’s the OL, mainly guard.

    exactly. that is why the o line is fixed, tanny and the deep ball is fixed when this team is 12-4 or 11-5 and a strong playoff team. till then i would rather just hear the stories of plagiarism or more about those amazing mets. lol

  43. Tim Knight says:

    I’m not saying everything’s going to be alright with the OL because I do not know that. But I don’t get too high or low with TC reports.

  44. getterdone says:

    Ken Thomas graded out decent @ OG last year, his troubles was @ OT, hence why I’m worried about depth @ OT…again, Mathis doesn’t fix that concern.

  45. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    Pouncey looks like he finally cares, but just remember, he was below average to average at G last year, coming off his injury. Albert still can’t move yet. James I really like, so that’s really 2 guys, assuming Pouncey regains his form at C. You can like Jamil Douglas all you want, you can’t be sure he’s ready to play, and Thomas is shaky as all hell. Evan Mathis would be an upgrade over either Douglas or Thomas, and that’s all that really matters.

    • getterdone says:

      Look at Evan Mathis grades….he excels @ run blocking but is not as good @ pass blocking….so again, is Mathis going to be the cure all for the OL by wiping the rest of our cap out?

  46. BoulderPhinfan says:

    interesting. did he play guard last year?

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 1m1 minute ago
    There’s a real possibility that Jason Fox might be kicked inside to offensive guard when Branden Albert returns. I think he’s a solid option

  47. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    His run blocking was all-pro. If his pass blocking was above average, that’s still better than Thomas or Douglas. Again, I’m not saying that we need Mathis right now, but to say you’re not sold on Mathis seems silly to me. He’s a clear upgrade over just about anyone on our O-line right now.

  48. The Flying Pig says:

    Boulder
    We may have hit the jackpot with Lippett

    I don’t want to get too crazy too early
    But it was a law risk high reward pick which is great

  49. Rockphin says:

    “There is a reason Tanny has been the most sacked QB in the league the last 2 years.”

    Boulder, I hear from some on here that it’s because Tannehill sucks and has no pocket presence you don’ think that is the case??

    Obligatory LOL to show sarcasm

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      LOL. no I don’t think his pocket presence is the reason he’s sacked the most. There has to be a pocket first before you can bash his pocket presence. 🙂

  50. finfanrob says:

    mike,

    speaking of your amazing mets, they come into the trop this weekend. maybe i will go to the games and hold up a sign……….”Mets suck, but at least they have the Hand”

  51. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Rob – Please do!

  52. getterdone says:

    Mike E,
    Wow, can anyone read for context?
    I’m sold on the Mathis of 2011-2013 Hell Yeah….but not as much on the Mathis of 2014 -2015 at his lofty price, at his age.
    There’s a reason our FO nor other FO’s have ran like a butt raped ape to sign him if he’s so All pro.
    He seems to be viewed as everyone’s last resort…so I ask, are we there yet after 3 padded practices against ourselves? Are we in desperation last resort mode @ OG yet???

  53. Tim Knight says:

    Try, I thought ESPN stood for Entertainment Sports Patriots Nation. 😉

  54. Mike E. says:

    FFR

    Please bring a tent also, so I can watch it fly away. lol

  55. Rockphin says:

    There are only 9 days until the Miami Dolphins play their first preseason game!! Wooooooo hoooooo!

  56. Tim Knight says:

    Anyone ever eat at The Le Tub Saloon in Hollywood, FL? My friend told me it’s a great place.

  57. Mike E. says:

    getterdone says:
    August 5, 2015 at 11:17 am (Edit)

    I’m not sold on Evan Mathis, he’s 34 by Nov, he played just 7 games last year, and Philly is moving on from him for reasons beyond just money.
    My concern is OT depth!!!
    ___________________
    I can read just fine! 🙂

    He wants a lot of $$$, to me, that’s the only thing stopping him from being signed at the moment

  58. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    We have a joint practice/scrimmage with the Panthers soon right?

    I think it is scheduled before the 2nd pre-season game.

  59. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    August 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

    FFR

    Please bring a tent also, so I can watch it fly away. lol

    yeah well fuck you. i still havent been able to replace that tent. you cant find one any where. so i hope all you bastards enjoyed the sacrifice made for your entertainment.

  60. Rockphin says:

    Tim, I know i have been to Le Tub in Hollywood. I KNOW I have….I just don’t remember the experience. I think they are known for having good burgers. They had a very rustic decor (a lot of “trash” broken bath tubs, etc.

    But again, I do not remember my experience. Only that I HAVE been there. LOL

  61. Brian in NY says:

    I’m not sure of some of you are just referrring to this regime, but our OL has been subpar for a lot longer than 3 years.

  62. Ken says:

    I am concerned about OL but I am not sure Mathis is the answer to our woes. He remains unsigned and that is likely for a reason. We are not the only team in need of an OG and yet Mathis hasn’t been picked up and his forte is run blocking not pass protection which is our biggest problem.

  63. getterdone says:

    Josh Baumgard @joshbaumgard
    Ryan Tannehill on OL: “I feel safe” … “it’s not always gonna be pretty no matter who’s up there” going against Suh

  64. Try Pod says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I have heard veteran players say they waited until after training camp to sign with a team.

    • getterdone says:

      That’s because usually they have to, unless someone throws enough money at them. Noone is giving Mathis his asking price as of yet, so he’s playing chicken.

      • Try Pod says:

        Lol- semantics. Everyone is offering him x right now, but if someone offered him y he’d be in camp. That being the case, he will wait until training camp is over and go with the best x situation for him, UNLESS a team is willing to pay y because of need. nothing you have said dismisses what my point was.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      those lazy bastards 🙂

  65. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, Grove was out of the league after 2010 and Smiley in 2011. Crazy being that we only signed them in 2008 and 09 respectively.

  66. BoulderPhinfan says:

    brian,
    the oline was decent sparano’s 1st year when we had Pennington and ricky and ronnie show.

    • Brian in NY says:

      I beg to differ Boulder. The reason we implemented the Wildcat was because our OL sucked so badly we could barely run the ball in the first two games. We needed it to survive.

  67. getterdone says:

    We got to develop players, we’ve got 2 OG’s recently in the 3rd round…at some point they need to play and gain experience.
    Believe me, I want my boy Tanny with utmost protection, but the merry go round of OL players has to stop so we can build a unit of 5-7. Mathis isn’t part of the future turning 34 this season….IMO.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      the good thing is tannenbaum build pretty decent olines when he was with the jets. hopefully he can do the same here.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Mr. T isn’t the active day to day personnel guy, Hickey is. Mr. T oversees everything and gets involved with the big stuff like Suh.

  68. getterdone says:

    Trypod, not trying to dismiss your point, which is valid too…depends on which way ya look at it.

    Also right now we have both Turner & Thomas healthy unlike when they both got here. So now is the time to let them play as much as we can to see if they’ll ever develop.

    • Try Pod says:

      Just to be clear, I don’t know if Mathis is the answer for us. I’m inclined to let the line develop and go from there. My point was that I believe there are several reasons why he is not in camp; I concede that you make a valid point, but that is the same for everyone. For example, a guy retires from a $100k job, his boss offers him extra $20k to stay, guy says no, boss offers $30k guy says no, but starts to think about it. Boss says $50k final offer guy says, I’ll take the corner office.

  69. Brian in NY says:

    GD,
    I tend to agree about Mathis. If there weren’t question marks surrounding him, then he would be signed already, despite his contract demands. I’m not sold on him either.

    • getterdone says:

      It’s a fine line right now on Mathis, one that none of us on the outside really know.
      Let’s see how camp unfolds when we face another team.

  70. getterdone says:

    David Morgan, father of Houston Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after allegedly firing shots outside a South Carolina strip club early Tuesday morning.

    The alleged incident took place at the Crazy Horse Showclub in Rock Hill, S.C. and is the latest trouble for Clowney’s father. Morgan has had several past convictions and is prohibited from owning a gun.

    It is unclear at this time what sparked the incident. Morgan could face 30 years in prison for attempted murder and five years for the weapons charge.
    ____________________________
    That’ll likely be another thing to hamper Clowney’s game. Hopefully his head isn’t right when we face the Texans. But I feel bad for the kid too.

  71. Brian in NY says:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/miami-dolphins/0ap3000000506679/Tannehill-It-s-about-making-those-around-you-better?icampaign=nflcom-cs-homepage-videoswap_generic_nfl
    *
    Good interview with TannEhill, as Casserly still calls him. Thankfully that imbecile only asks two questions and Darlington asks the rest.

  72. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    LOL, you don’t think they make tents anymore?

    tim, tim, tim. i said replace that tent. and no, they dont make those tents anymore

  73. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins Cheer ‏@MDCheer 1h1 hour ago
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  74. getterdone says:

    Lazor said it’s not his job to lobby for players. He said he likes what he’s seen from Miami’s young guards and that three players — Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner and rookie Jamil Douglas — have emerged for the two starting spots.

    He praised Thomas, who has struggled in spot starts since the Dolphins drafted him in the third round in 2013.

    “Dallas Thomas is a much improved player from what we saw last year,” Lazor said.

    Lazor believes the line will gel and that the key to the offense is Tannehill, who was solidified as the team’s franchise quarterback after signing a contract extension this offseason worth up to $95 million over the next six years.

    “When you get a certain library of play reps in your mind, you know where everyone is so you can play decisively and you can play fast,” Lazor said. “You saw it happen as the year went on for him and it’s just going to continue to happen.”

    The offensive expectations in Miami have changed so much since Lazor arrived that he was asked about the challenge of not having enough footballs for all of the Dolphins’ talented receivers.

    “I’ve never thought that was a problem in my life,” he said.

  75. finfanrob says:

    tim,

    you do know it was a Miami Dolphin tent? not just a regular pop up tent. They dont make those anymore. well if they do, i cant find one anywhere.

  76. Tim Knight says:

    I read on one of the tweets earlier today that the MLB depth chart is Misi, Sheppard, Vigil and Luc.

  77. BoulderPhinfan says:

    brian,
    all I know is that in 08 ricky and ronnie ran for a lot and pennington wasn’t the most sacked QB in the league. It was better than what we have right now.

  78. finfanrob says:

    tim,

    nope, ken didnt go to the first fest so i had no need to take his tent

  79. getterdone says:

    Hal Habib @gunnerhal
    Darren Rizzi on @God_Son80 as kick, punt returner: “You’d have to definitely say he’s the best at both until someone proves differently.”

  80. olddolphan says:

    PIGGY: Thank you very much for your 10:03 post. –LIKEWISE, I’d hate to think where this site would be without you. If there’s one thing the fans of this franchise need it’s a sense of humor!!–And YOU, sir, are the MASTER of that!!
    ————-
    We need humor because this franchise is entering its 15th consecutive season WITHOUT A PLAYOFF WIN – – – AN ALL-TIME RECORD DRY SPELL FOR THE DOLPHINS. And one of the BIGGEST reasons for this dry spell is the utter inability of management to produce an offensive line that consistently ranks in the upper half of the NFL. –In fact, Miami’s had one of the WORST O-Lines in the league for the entire length of the Philbin tenure. So far, I’ve seen or read NOTHING during this off season that makes me believe we’ve solved this glaring, and lengthy, problem. Albert has failed to play a complete season for the last several years. It’s NOT a matter of IF he gets injured; it’s WHEN he gets injured. And, when Albert goes, so goes our chances of playoff success UNLESS Do-Hickey can pull a very large and powerful rabbit out of his hat!! –In fact we need MORE THAN ONE OF THOSE HUGE RABBITS because of our lack of quality depth, especially at the guard position. I will give you fans something NONE of you wants to hear. —If our O-Line is NOT significantly better than last year’s O-Line, there is a continuing high risk that Tannehill will be injured AND that one of our star running backs ALSO will go down due to a lack of production/protection from the O-Line. And if Tanny misses significant playing time (3 or more games), WE WILL FINISH WITH ANOTHER LOSING RECORD THIS SEASON!!
    ——————
    Management has had 4 seasons to fix this problem. So far, they have failed. (And I sure hope I’m WRONG on that one!)

  81. getterdone says:

    Hal Habib @gunnerhal
    Rizzi on Caleb Sturgis: “I’m not sure he ever got back to his old self” amid injuries early last season. Said he’s getting close now.

    Hal Habib @gunnerhal
    Rizzi on Sturgis’ recovery: “I’m finally feeling like he’s getting back to that same (Caleb). That’s the goal.”

  82. finfanrob says:

    getter,

    that wasnt it. this was a 10 x 10 tent. i have seen that one before, there is even a slant legged one. this is the one i cant find in stock anywhere

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rawlings-Miami-Dolphins-Straight-Leg-Canopy-10-x-10/26956589

  83. Tim Knight says:

    Ken, 8-8 isn’t a losing season and 2012 was 3 years ago. I was being sarcastic anyway.

  84. getterdone says:

    from PBP in DAVIE — Adapt or die.

    It’s a lesson Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor learned years ago from former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. It might be the most important piece of advice he’ll ever receive.

    “He had a picture of a dinosaur,” Lazor said of Gibbs. “He’d talk about (it) — adapt or die. A certain percentage of your offense every year has to change.

    “It has changed. I can’t give you the percentage, but if you don’t grow, I think you end up dying on offense at some point.”

    Adapting is exactly why the Dolphins hired Lazor a year ago. The offense was stagnant under former coordinator Mike Sherman, ranking 27th in the NFL in 2012 at 18 points per game and 26th in 2013 at 19.8 points per game.

    Enter Lazor, who took over play-calling duties last year and elevated Miami’s offense to 11th in the NFL at 24.3 points per game.

    He oversaw a faster offense that made space for playmakers and took advantage of mismatches.

    But he could do only so much with the personnel he inherited. This season, the Dolphins have brought in bigger red-zone threats in 6-foot-5 tight end Jordan Cameron and 6-3 rookie receiver DeVante Parker, who is recovering from foot surgery.

    They traded for receiver Kenny Stills, who replaces Mike Wallace as the team’s deep threat but is a stronger route runner. They also signed veteran Greg Jennings, a former Pro Bowl receiver.

    It’s a lot of new faces for Lazor, but he said it all starts with his quarterback and center, who already have a year of experience in the offense.

    “We’re gonna go as fast as Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey can go,” Lazor said. “The other guys got to keep up.”

  85. Brian in NY says:

    Boulder,
    What would you say if I told you that we rushed for a grand total of 25 more yards in 2008 than 2014, on 50 more carries? Sacks were way down, but our line has been historically bad since Tanehill has become the QB in terms of sacks (Some of that HAS to be on him).

  86. finfanrob says:

    thanks tim, but not the same tent. that one is slant legged. they suck, they advertise 10 x 10 but it is with the legs slanted out, the top is only 8 x 8

  87. Ken says:

    Hal Habib @gunnerhal
    Rizzi on Sturgis’ recovery: “I’m finally feeling like he’s getting back to that same (Caleb). That’s the goal.”
    _________________________________________
    I was kind of hoping for improvement not just a return to his same old inconsistent self.

  88. Brian in NY says:

    I don’t want to get into an all day discussion about a few good moments our OL has had over the last decade. For the most part the have sucked!

  89. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Ken, 8-8 isn’t a losing season

    nope, and not only that, it is bad for sex too

  90. Al in MIA says:

    There are plenty of reasons why the Fins haven’t been successful outside of OL issue.
    I mentioned yesterday the point about 8-8 not being equal YR/YR.
    In 2013, Fins went 8-8 with a defense that finished 8th in pts allowed; offense 26th in pts scored.
    In 2014, Fins went 8-8 with a defense that finished 20th in pts allowed; offense 11th in pts scored.
    Can’t get to the playoffs with units alternating shitting the bed.
    I think this year the Fins D plugged the right holes; on offense the WR group was remade but theres a good mix of savvy veterans, 2nd year guy, and a talented rookie.
    The OL consistency may be lacking but there will be more talent there than last year.
    Douglas is a rookie so he won’t be immuned from rookie woes; it’s been only a week or so of camp and only a few days with pads on. Let’s not freak out over a week of ‘practice’.
    Coaches claim Thomas has gotten better but let’s wait and see what we see in preseason games.

  91. getterdone says:

    FFR settles on a UM hammock.

  92. Tim Knight says:

    I saw an interview with Rizzi during the early OTAs and he thinks Sturgis can be a really good kicker. He said he wasn’t healthy the entire season last year and that’s why he’s saying he’s almost being back to himself. We’ll see.

  93. Tim Knight says:

    If FFR can’t find the tent he wants, he could always just wear this.

  94. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    August 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    FFR, it has to be 10×10? Can’t be 9×9?
    Here’s (3) 9×9 with new or old logo. New logo only $119.

    wtf is wrong with you? dont you know size matters

    (and in all seriouness, i hadnt seen that one before, i did bookmark the page. thanks. but i am still on a 0 spending stance for this team. especially that ugly ass new deformed dolphin logo)

  95. Tim Knight says:

    FFR, you never know your tent might still be blowing around and making its way back to you babe.

  96. getterdone says:

    Look how tall McCain looks in background.

  97. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Al,
    the best thing about this year is the schedule we play. It’s much easier than the last 2 years. We don’t play a playoff team until week 8.

  98. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    FFR, you never know your tent might still be blowing around and making its way back to you babe.

    stick with the guys in tights humor. it is more your level.

  99. BoulderPhinfan says:

    brian,
    I don’t disagree with what you’re saying. YEs some of the sacks he last couple of years is on tanny but not all. The oline really hasn’t been good in pass pro the last couple of years. Last year they started ok but when albert went down it went downhill.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I agree the oline has been shitty for a while now. Maybe since marino.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Might as well try beating the Texans there because we can’t anywhere else. LOL

      • oulder posted that there hasn’t been a decent OL since Marino.
        The last truly effective OL I can remember was in 2002 and consisted of:
        LT 63 Mark Dixon
        LG 66 Jamie Nails
        C 61 Tim Ruddy
        RG 75 Todd Perry
        RT 71 Todd Wade
        We were playing really well until Jamie Nails went down, Seth McKinney took his spot and then we bombed.

    • getterdone says:

      We got to be more dominant in the run…teams knew we were a very pass heavy team, so they pinned their ears back and kept bringing it….we’ve got to beat the rush & blitzes back.

  100. Rockphin says:

    getterdone says:
    August 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    If ya don’t remember maybe you got roofied 😉

    No, pretty sure there were no roofies, just lots of shots….LOL

  101. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Here is the link for line up and record prediction. go at it 🙂

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A6PuNZcFYadb2wHF5xlNePadZQ9FRe8urWupu4p3dRw/edit#gid=0

  102. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    What were you in love with this tent? LOL

    how else can i explain the stains.

    (and yeah being i cant find a replacement. besides i still have it. it wasnt like it blew away like a kite. the legs are just bent and not useable)

  103. finfanrob says:

    but i see how you bastards, you love to dwell in my pain of losing my tent.

    when i find a replacement, see if i let any of you guys in to visit ken.

  104. getterdone says:

    Coach Joe Philbin confirmed Jarvis Landry’s “home base is still inside” at slot receiver.
    There’s been talk Landry may play outside more in year two. That may be the case, but Landry’s going to be in the slot the vast majority of the time. Inside, he’ll be able to gobble up targets between the hashes and have 100-catch upside. By most accounts, Landry has also looked faster this summer.

  105. getterdone says:

    Kenny Stills has missed the Dolphins’ last three training camp practices with a calf injury.
    He’s been held off to the side riding a stationary bike. We haven’t heard much on Stills since he was acquired from the Saints in March, as he’s flown under the radar following the first-round selection of DeVante Parker and continued emergence of Jarvis Landry. But Stills figures to play the old Mike Wallace role in Miami on the outside. Ryan Tannehill’s deep ball has reportedly looked much better this summer.

  106. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    “Ryan Tannehill’s deep ball has reportedly looked much better this summer.”

    Hmmm… I wonder why?

    Alex, what is lots of practice with lauren?

  107. finfanrob says:

    getterdone

    i saw that link. bookmarked it too. got to look what it would cost to repair it, if it is worth it.

    one thing for sure if i repair it, not letting that fucker tim in it. he is a mean sob making fun of my misery.

    • getterdone says:

      Yeah, looked like you could get the whole replacement 10×10 cage for $59-$69, which is about $100 less than buying all new. Hopefully the canopy will switch out with it.
      Call the company and find out.
      Good Luck.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Hey I tried helping you find her twin.

  108. Ken says:

    finfanrob says:
    August 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm (Edit)

    but i see how you bastards, you love to dwell in my pain of losing my tent.

    when i find a replacement, see if i let any of you guys in to visit ken.
    _______________________________________________
    I love visitors. It gets lonely down here in the basement.

  109. The Flying Pig says:

    i

  110. dbolt48 says:

    @JeffDarlington: I Can Throw The Deep Ball by Ryan Tannehill. (Raw footage from CBS-4 cameraman @thewiwitos at today’s practice) https://t.co/hrg8pTjkNn

  111. getterdone says:

    Adam Beasley @AdamHBeasley
    Coyle on Jamar Taylor: He’s playing “his best football since he’s been here.”

  112. The Flying Pig says:

    I think its possible that Tanny may have actually simply improved his deep ball and it has nothing to do with the receivers around him

  113. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    August 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    i
    alex, what is the start to every womans answer to an arguement

  114. The Flying Pig says:

  115. getterdone says:
  116. getterdone says:

    wed 8/4 from MH:

    Dallas Thomas, vying for the starting left guard job, did not practice today due to a shoulder injury. Jamil Douglas, also competing for the starting job, took the vast majority of first-team snaps at left guard but not all of them, according to coach Joe Philbin.

    Meanwhile, the level at which Ndamukong Suh plays defensive tackle (over the right guard) shows him to be a more obvious mismatch versus first-team right guard Billy Turner with each passing day. Suh today blew up a couple of running plays to the point he was in the backfield as Ryan Tannehill was handing the ball off.

    Suh also dominated on pass plays.

    And neither side is really going full bore quite yet.

    “We haven’t done anything totally live yet,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. “But we’re on point with what we’re trying to do.”

    On the other side of the football the explanations for why so many plays get blown up are interesting.

    Said Joe Philbin of the competition: “No one’s earned anything yet.”

    Me: “We know.”

    “I feel safe,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “Everyone is competing. I’m not sure who is going to be in that [guard] spot but guys are competing and guys are facing one of the best, if not the best D-tackles in the league. It’s not always going to be pretty no matter who is up there. I don’t expect those guys to lock Suh down every single play.”

    That is fair. Will he expect them to lock down Kyle Williams? Muhammad Wilkerson? Jabaal Sheard? Sheldon Richardson, assuming he ever gets back on the field?

    The point is the three other AFC East teams also have good talent on their defensive front. Oh, and Buffalo coach Rex Ryan and New York coach Todd Bowles are known for bringing a blitz or 15 every game. Also, New England’s Bill Belichick is a solid defensive coach.

    So it does not promise to get way easier for the Miami line.

  117. Al in MIA says:

    Boulder,
    I added a formula to sum up each persons “W-L” record based on W & L entered in the individual weeks.

  118. The Flying Pig says:

  119. The Flying Pig says:

    DolfansNYC going to DC game

    Isn’t someone here going?

  120. Al in MIA says:

    Tim,
    No need to worry about locking down Richardson or Wilkerson; the NFL gods already did LOL.

  121. Al in MIA says:

    Flaw in Mando’s logic is that Miami’s OL has gotten worse YR/YR. It hasn’t; the Fins DL has gotten much better though YR/YR. As for Buffalo, NYJ, & NE. Their DL has not gotten better YR/YR; their talent level is maxed out except for NE which has lost the talent of Wilfork that won’t easily be replaced.

    • Al in MIA says:

      This current OL group with the exception of Douglas, has faced Buffalo/NE/NYJ in real games.

    • Tim Knight says:

      The media makes it seem like we were never able to get a play off last year.

      I’ll be the first to say the OL had some major problems last year but a lot of it to me was system change, a lack of chemistry due to new personnel along with too many injuries. It wasn’t just a talent issue though there was some of that too.

  122. Al in MIA says:

    GDP / Tim,
    Landry definitely won’t line up as a classic X or Z but we all know how GB WCO likes to operate; interchangeable XYZ. Landry pretty much just is the much better version of Brandon Gibson.

  123. getterdone says:

    Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle spoke to the media today for the first time since training camp opened.

    On what a player has to do to win the CB competition between Brice McCain and Jamar Taylor: “Be one of the top two corners. That’s what he needs to do. Jamar is playing, I think, his best football since he’s been here in camp. He’s in a hotly contested battle with Brice McCain. Will Davis, we’re pleased with the way he’s coming.”

    Well, Davis had a couple of significant bad moments in practice today. Michael Preston beat him on a deep TD throw from Matt Moore. And Matt Hazel also beat him for a TD.

    LB Koa Misi left practice midway through, escorted by trainers. The unknown reason for him walking off is not believed serious.

    When Misi left, Chris McCain played strongside linebacker, Kelvin Sheppard played middle linebacker and Jelani Jenkins took the weakside linebacker spot with the first-team defense.

    With Misi’s durability a question coming off last season, the depth at linebacker is a question mark. But not to Coyle.

    “I think it’s still early to tell if there are any holes,” he said. “I’ve been really impressed in our linebacking corps. I think we have a lot of depth in that group to be honest with you. Not a lot of flashy names but we have guys who have proven they’re going to quality players.”

  124. getterdone says:

    ***The Dolphins are trying to develop a pool of potential returners — Bobby McCain, Kenny Stills, Brent Grimes, others — but Rizzi said Landry remains the frontrunner for both jobs.

    “Right now you have to say he’s the best at both,” Rizzi said.
    _______________________
    Still don’t know why Bobby McCain isn’t in this mix. Also Grime? Are you kidding me? Yeah, let’s just get him injured…SMH!!!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Isn;t Bobby McCain the first name on that list?
      I agree on Grimes
      forget him as a returner
      really I think it would be best to have some one like McCain or a LaMichael James

      • Tim Knight says:

        Guys have to work at different positions like returns in case there is an injury in a game. Someone active has to do it. They do this every year with guys who have skills at it.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Landry did returns all last year. Did he get hurt? I read that Bobby McCain has worked as a return man.

    • getterdone says:

      My bad, too many McCain’s or brain fart from inhaling too many pig farts.

  125. Al in MIA says:

    —-

    LOL. Indictment on Kaep and Alex Smith

  126. Rockphin says:

    Try Pod says:
    August 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Just to be clear, I don’t know if Mathis is the answer for us. I’m inclined to let the line develop and go from there. My point was that I believe there are several reasons why he is not in camp; I concede that you make a valid point, but that is the same for everyone. For example, a guy retires from a $100k job, his boss offers him extra $20k to stay, guy says no, boss offers $30k guy says no, but starts to think about it. Boss says $50k final offer guy says, I’ll take the corner office.

    LOL! I had a similar situation happen to be years ago. I gave my boss a months notice that I was leaving he asked why. Too many hours, not enough pay, got a better offer you are an asshole to work for sometimes.

    He said “well ok”

    The next day he came to me and promised not to be an asshole to ME anymore. (he couldn’t guarantee that he would not be to others. LOL) and offered me a $10K raise and a company car.

    I said NOPE.

    The next day he came to me and offered me a $20K raise a company car and two more weeks of paid vacation per year.

    I said NOPE sorry.

    The next day he came to me and offered me a $25K raise a company car, two more weeks of vacation and 5% percent of the profit on any project I managed.

    I said wow, really? why am I worth so much more today than I was last week? Sorry man but no.

    The NEXT day he called me into his office and put $10K in CASH on the desk in front of me and told me to put it in my pocket. He then said that his last offer would stand but I could leave after 6 months and of course I would have to train my replacement. Just put the cash in your pocket and tell me you will stay until December and train your replacement and I will give you all the rest as well while you do it.

    I was like WOW and was going to take it….and then the Accountant who I had been secretly dating and had recently broken up with walked past and gave me the stink eye…..I slid the money back across the desk at him and said nice try but I am still leaving in 3 weeks. LOL

  127. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m not worried about Landry getting hurt
    But I do think he is Tanny’s top target
    and we are going to rely on him a lot early
    He is basically our #1 and I don;t like the idea of a #1 returning kicks/punts

    • Tim Knight says:

      Ah yes the return of the scary returns debate. 😉

    • Al in MIA says:

      I think the more important you are to a specific unit (D or O), the less you should expose them to special teams. That’s what backups are for. Dez Bryant hasn’t returned kicks for Dallas in a bit and for good reason. Landry should follow the same route.

  128. The Flying Pig says:

    Pig farts help the brain function more efficiently

    that is just science

  129. Al in MIA says:

    Tim,
    Gore basically saying Smith & Kaep aren’t in the same class as Luck when it comes to leadership.

  130. getterdone says:

    Tanny publicly saying he feels safe behind this OL is a good sign for now. He’s a trooper, doesn’t panic. That’s leadership!

    • Al in MIA says:

      I think Tanny is at the point where he’s like “I’ve been chased and hit my whole NFL life; i’m used to it by now”.

  131. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    August 5, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Pig farts help the brain function more efficiently

    that is just science

    yeah but everyone knows thats cause pig brains are made of shit.

  132. Rockphin says:

    I love visitors. It gets lonely down here in the basement.

    When did mobile homes start coming with optional basements??

  133. wyoming85 says:

    Miami Dolphins ‏@MiamiDolphins 22m22 minutes ago
    1. Offense bounces back
    2. Defensive front dominant
    3. Situational success

    Observations: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3h7r7

  134. Tim Knight says:

    GD, on game day the roster is 46. 😉

    • getterdone says:

      Right, I know…up from 45 since the NFL dropped the 3rd QB rule.
      Pick your best 46 each week.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Just saying on game day you play your best players and don’t act like STs aren’t important. It’s always great to have a backup excel as a return man etc, but if they’re not any good you’re hurting yourself throwing them out there when the better return man is a starter.

      • getterdone says:

        Agreed, I would just like to see a guy like Bobby McCain or LM James fill that duty. Heck even Ajayi for now, tho it might not be good for his knees.
        May be a way for Lippett to make the roster as well.

  135. Al in MIA says:

    Wyo,
    Hard to believe any reporter at this point.
    I saw the TD pass to Jennings everyone was praising as Jennings running some sort of nifty route.
    Omar put the entire play on his Instagram account as a video and all I saw was a major fail in safety/cb communications on a roll out (busted play).

    • Rockphin says:

      I noticed some of the writers / tweeters seemed to be trying to soften the blow about how bad our Oline is today with comments like “Pass completed, nice clean pocket for Tannehill”. or “good protection”

  136. Rockphin says:

    I like Tannehill’s beard better than Luck’s..

  137. son of a son of a shula says:

    This just in:

    Suh is Good!

    This news flash brought to you by the South Florida media.

  138. Rockphin says:

    Nogtih all! I am like a pregnant women’s belly button!

  139. steveccnv says:

    dbolt48 says:

    August 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    @JeffDarlington: I Can Throw The Deep Ball by Ryan Tannehill. (Raw footage from CBS-4 cameraman @thewiwitos at today’s practice) https://t.co/hrg8pTjkNn
    ————————————
    RT had a clean pocket, what Oline was blocking? It couldn’t have been ours, because they get blown up on every play, is all we’ve been hearing.

  140. getterdone says:

    Arian Foster’s Friday surgery will reattach Foster’s groin muscle to the bone.
    He’ll soon be placed on injured reserve-designated for return, shelving Foster through Week 8 — at which point he’ll be eligible to practice — and keeping him out of games until Week 10. Foster’s injury is said to involve a 3-6 month recovery, meaning he’s no lock to play even when eligible. After whiffing on free agent Pierre Thomas, the Texans will give younger backs Chris Polk, Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, and Kenny Hilliard chances to earn carries in an RBBC.
    ___________________________
    Can we finally beat these jokers?!?!

  141. getterdone says:

    Trainers shut down Dallas Thomas, the projected starting left guard, on Wednesday because of a left shoulder injury he suffered during Tuesday’s practice. The team had already been practicing without starting left tackle Branden Albert, who is still recovering from knee surgery.

    Thomas, who was competing with rookie Jamil Douglas for the starting spot, has battled shoulder issues for most of his college and NFL career.

    The Dolphins selected the former University of Tennessee standout in the third round of the 2013 draft despite knowing he had his right shoulder surgically repaired that spring. Thomas missed all of organized team activities and minicamp his rookie season because of the injury, and he played sparingly as a rookie.

    Last season Thomas served as the primary backup on the offensive line and started nine games at guard and tackle. However, Thomas allowed a team-leading seven sacks in his 695 snaps.

    Douglas, a fourth-round pick this spring, and veteran Jeff Linkenbach shared the left guard workload during Wednesday’s practice. Douglas continues to cross-train, learning the right guard spot as well.

    “Nobody has earned anything yet, so we want to kind of send that message,” coach Joe Philbin said about the guard competition.

    It hasn’t been determined when Thomas might be able to return to practice.

  142. The Flying Pig says:

    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-college-football-preview-the-indispensables-jalen-ramsey-sua-cravens-byron-marshall/

    Here is a piece on some of the better players in college this year
    good read if you are into college prospects

    but don’t mention anything about Jalen Ramsey on a blog bc some delusional ass fuck will claim to be the only one who knows anything about him

    • getterdone says:

      First it was Cassel sucks and is on the bubble, now it appears he’s the leading candidate to be named starter…lol

      • The Flying Pig says:

        The skill positions in Buffalo are pretty satcked

        Watkins, McCoy, Woods & Clay
        maybe they can help bail out whomever the QB is
        but its gotta be the worst QB situation in the NFL right now…maybe Clev is worse

    • getterdone says:

      I feel we need to sweep the Jills & Jests! …then the usually split with the Pasts. Go 5-1 in division would go a long way to making the playoffs.
      No worse than 4-2 or we’re in trouble again!!!

  143. The Flying Pig says:

    Brian
    I know you are a PSU fan
    just curious about your thoughts on Hackenberg

    I’ve never really spent time watching him

    • Brian in NY says:

      He’s got a ton of talent, and an NFL arm for sure. He’s got all the physical attributes to make a good NFL QB, but IMO he’s got to get his head on straight and show a little more composure as the team leader. The OL was terrible last season, and I think he let that get into his head. He missed too many easy throws and threw a bunch of bad INT’s. Hopefully he can turn it around this season.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        The one position I really consistently get wrong is the QB position

        I still believe in Jake Locker…lol

      • Brian in NY says:

        Lol! I’d love for him to stay for his senior year, but if he plays well he’ll be a top 5 pick. No way he’s staying and I wouldn’t bame him.

  144. D says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    August 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm
    The skill positions in Buffalo are pretty satcked

    Watkins, McCoy, Woods & Clay
    maybe they can help bail out whomever the QB is
    but its gotta be the worst QB situation in the NFL right now…maybe Clev is worse
    ——————————————–
    Jets are about as equally bad off IMO, maybe its a 3 way tie with Cleveland. Tampa Bay’s isnt great, Ram’s situation is iffy, Tennessee, Washington…quite a few teams out there with some ugly QB statuses.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I’m not as low on Geno smith as others
      but I don;t think he is good

      Tenn has Marioatta so they have a future
      if I’m the redskins, I’m not giving up pm RG3 yet, and Cousins is pretty good
      TB has Winston
      I’m okay starting Foles if I’m the Rams

  145. olddolphan says:

    A message was left on my phone while I was at work informing me that my seasons tix would be going into the mail on Aug. 10, or thereabouts. Game one is Aug. 13. Luckily, it’s a road game in Chicago. And I’ll be in Chicago on business that day (but I won’t be going to the ball game b/c of an important dinner I’ve been invited to that evening.) HOWEVER, I WILL wear a Fins shirt under my jacket and tie that night. Get a couple of Colorado Kool-aids into me at dinner and who knows?? However, I’m hardly one to celebrate winning a preseason game.
    ——————
    This person who left me the message also wanted me to re-state the details of the “security incident” that occurred in the parking lot during the Chiefs game last September 14. As a result of that incident, my wife will no longer attend Dolphin home games because there was NO SECURITY AT ALL in the Orange lot during the later portion of the 3rd quarter and all of the 4th quarter. The fact that I made the original complaint over 10 months ago and, to date, have received NO REPLY or apology at all has me more than a little upset at Dolphins management. All I can tell you folks is if you are going to a game, make sure you have the LEGAL weapon of choice in your car or truck because you sure can’t count on ANY security in portions of the parking lot.

  146. olddolphan says:

    GDP’s report up the page about our starting Left Guard, Dallas Thomas, being shut down by trainers, is JUST the kind of news I feared when I raised the issue of Miami’s O-Line shortcomings earlier today. As camp drags on, it’s beginning to look like Brandon Albert either won’t play at all on week #1 OR will play at a level that is below his career standards. That does NOT mean we still can’t be successful, especially early in the season when we play teams that struggled last season. But when we get to the last 10 games of the year, I wonder what will be left of our O-Line? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

    • Tim Knight says:

      OD, guys get banged up in camp. Let’s just hope we don’t suffer serious injuries like some other teams already have.

      • olddolphan says:

        TIM; I hear ya on injuries. But, given Thomas’ history, I don’t expect him to play much, if at all, this season. This is a big blow in our weakest position, Guard. Don’t be surprised if the Fins make a move at guard in the next few days.

  147. Tim Knight says:

    For some of you who don’t mind some baseball and Mets talk. Remember when I said if this team can score 4-5 runs more often they can rip off a bunch of wins because of their pitching?

    Well they just threw out a stat tonight that the Mets are 40-6 when they score 4 runs or more. It just goes to show you how many games they scored less than that before the moves they made at 57-50.

    • olddolphan says:

      TIM; This Mets at Marlins game somehow remids me of the early days of the Jets-Dolphins rivalry. During the George Wilson era, Jet fans used to outnumber Dolphin fans in the Orange Bowl from ’66 to ’69. Most of the games were very lopsided. By the 3rd quarter, most Dolfans were already in their cars heading home (unless they were too drunk to drive home). Tonight, the Mets are well on their way to a 3rd straight blowout win over Miami in the Marlins home park! The Mets won the first two games by a combined score of 17-2. And tonight’s final probably won’t be close, either. Interim Marlins manager Dan Jennings is doing his best George Wilson impression with a 27-41 record good for a .367 winning percentage, the lowest in Marlins’ history. I believe the Marlins will finish dead last and fire yet ANOTHER MANAGER in Jennings!! But before you laugh too hard remember this: the Marlins actually won a world’s championship in 2003!! – – The Dolphins haven’t even won a single playoff game since 2000!!!

      • olddolphan says:

        SOMEWHERE, Mike E is smiling!!

      • Tim Knight says:

        I’m not laughing at the Marlins, I know they’re depleted. I’m talking about the complete dynamic change in this Mets team with a few moves at the trade deadline. I’ve never witnessed anything like this before.

  148. The Flying Pig says:

    Hopefully Dallas Thomas shoulder injury is not too serious
    Barry Jackson reports that Jon Benton thinks it is NOT serious

  149. BoulderPhinfan says:

    wow! that deep throw by tanny was right on the money. Maybe they should run those deep slants more often.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think they ran some stuff that had deeper options last year
      it just really never came together consistently

      • BoulderPhinfan says:

        I didn’t see too many deep throws to landry last year. Maybe it’ll work better between these 2

  150. Tim Knight says:

    OD, it doesn’t sound like Thomas’ injury is too serious. Remember he started 9 games last year and backed up as well. He held up last year after his rookie season was a wash because he was drafted off of shoulder surgery. He really only has one season under his belt.

    • olddolphan says:

      HOPE YOUR confidence in Thomas is justified. Gotta walk the greyhound and call it a night. HOPE all of you have a great tomorrow!

  151. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Maybe Mathis is asking for multi year guaranteed contract and the FO has to make a choice on signing him or signing miller or OV next year to long term. What do you do?

  152. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, that’s why Mathis isn’t here or anywhere. He’s not getting a big multi-year deal from any team. 2-3 years tops from a team in a bind with incentives at best. He might not be into playing for lower than standard pay for him either and might retire. Some guys don’t want to go through the grind for less than what they feel their value is. Finnegan wasn’t going to play anymore for chump change and retired. We weren’t paying him $5M and he knew he wouldn’t get anywhere near that on the open market. That might be where Mathis is at.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I’m sure that’s part of it.

      • I posted this earlier.
        Boulder posted that there hasn’t been a decent OL since Marino.
        The last truly effective OL I can remember was in 2002 and consisted of:
        LT 63 Mark Dixon
        LG 66 Jamie Nails
        C 61 Tim Ruddy
        RG 75 Todd Perry
        RT 71 Todd Wade
        We were playing really well until Jamie Nails went down, Seth McKinney took his spot and then we bombed.
        There is no way I sign Mathis. Go with what we have or we may get lucky and have a quality OG fall into our laps after the final cuts. The young blokes should be given a chance to show what they have.

  153. Mike E. says:

    The important thing about Mathis is that the reality of it is he’s probably better than anyone we have on the roster to play G right now. You can think he’s on the downside of his career, but he’s still better than Dallas Thomas or Jamil Douglas. The only obstacles in signing him are the how much money he wants and how much money and how many years he wants guaranteed money for. That’s it. The question isn’t whether he would start here or not, not even close.

  154. son of a son of a shula says:

    Thanks Lee Gale, your posts will go through without problem now. I agree about letting the young guys play. Jamil will probably see it happens that way anyway..

  155. The Flying Pig says:

    welcome to the board Lee Gale

    My feeling is the 08 line was pretty good
    but maybe that was a product of the wildcat

  156. Mike E. says:

    Welcome Lee Gale! Mark Dixon is one of my favorite Dolphins OL. Gritty guy from the CFL, brought in initially to play G, but then shifted to LT without a hitch. Quality player

  157. Brian in NY says:

    Lee Gale,

    Welcome! I was trying to drive home that exact point yesterday. I would say the 2004 and 2005 were good as well, with Jeno James manning the LG spot. He was one of my favorites.

  158. Mike E. says:

    Bri

    Mathis had an MCL sprain. I’m sure the doctors would examine him thoroughly before we give him a contract.

  159. dbolt48 says:

    Nice post LG. I actually liked the Oline play the year we went 1-15 under CC.

  160. jetsssuck says:

    any of u following the news yesterday about PatsKraft/Goodell fiasco? Kraft is shaking the tree real hard to see what falls out of it. Interesting stuff for some but I can understand if some of you want to remain uninformed. Yahoo pulled multiple Pats stories from its website.

  161. Tim Knight says:

    Welcome Lee Gale!

  162. Brian in NY says:

    Why the hell isn’t Lee Gale answering any of us?

  163. Brian in NY says:

    Tim/Mike,
    Is it just me, or are you getting nervous about the Mets bullpen?

    • Mike E. says:

      Not really. Last night was one of those “prevent defense” situations. Just wanted to throw O
      Flaherty in there to see what he could do, and it’s important to keep in mind that he traveled from the west coast and didn’t get into FLA until 5PM. We’ll be getting Blevins and possibly Vic Black soon. After the 4 hits off O’Flaherty, it was like a snowball rolling downhill. Shit happens.

      • Brian in NY says:

        I’m just thinking about last night combined with last week vs. the Padres. Hopefully they were anomalies. At least we won!

      • Tim Knight says:

        I kind of agree with Mike E. but I haven’t seen many of the middle inning relievers who have consistently impressed me all year. Hopefully our starters continue with 6+ innings most games.

        Familia’s problem is he’s not throwing enough strikes like he did in the first half of the season. He gets in too many long counts and guys sit on pitches. He’s got to get ahead of these guys.

  164. jetsssuck says:

    During the George Wilson era who was the QB that recorded the first franchise win?

  165. Mike E. says:

    Bri, Tim

    It’s a confidence thing with Familia. Once you get blown up, you have to regain your confidence. Not that easy, and that’s what the best closers have, is the ability to forget the failure, and bounce back strong the next game. Familia’s not there yet.

  166. BoulderPhinfan says:

    this is his second deep throw of the day

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 44m44 minutes ago
    Ryan Tannehill with a deep bomb to Rishard Matthews, who beat Zack Bowman. It would have been a TD. Matthews stopped running.

  167. The Flying Pig says:

  168. The Flying Pig says:

    Jetssuck
    Polite was awesome to watch
    4th and 1 – give it to Polite

    That was the best thing about Sporano

  169. The Flying Pig says:

    I think we can confidently say Preton won’t be a dolphin

  170. The Flying Pig says:

  171. Tim Knight says:

    With Lazor saying he’s tweaked the offense some so not to stay stagnant I hope that involves more under center. The deep throw to Landry was an under center semi bootleg drop and launch. I dig that!

  172. The Flying Pig says:

  173. The Flying Pig says:

    I bet Suh and Wake will have something to say about how many years he has left

  174. bat says:

    Not exactly hard to achieve longevity as a QB when your team cheats in a myriad of ways and your offensive line is allowed to hold.

  175. bookman11 says:

    Manning has 2 years left, Brady has “Suh” years left……..

  176. jetsssuck says:

    Brady probably has 2-3 yrs left. It’s sad when these players think they are good enough to play beyond their talent levels and they try to continue. Brett Farr, D.Culpepper, and Pennington to name a few.

  177. The Flying Pig says:

  178. Tim Knight says:

    Bat, the one good thing is if the Pats OL continues to get away with holding, Suh will rip their helmets off and smash their heads in until they stop. LOL

  179. Ken says:

    Welcome Lee Gale wherever you are.

  180. Mike E. says:

    Piggy

    Douglas had better feel like that, or he should hang ’em up. That being said, the fact that he says that doesn’t give me any comfort. He has to DO it.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      (Piggy gives Mike E a pillow)

      Do you feel comfort now?

      🙂

      I’m happy to see a young Midround selection get a chance to develop

      • Tim Knight says:

        He was targeted and drafted to be a LG so hopefully we hit on him even if it’s not this year.

  181. The Flying Pig says:

  182. Ken says:

    I am on the fence about Mathis. I get Mike E’s point that he is probably better than any one on the roster at the moment but not sure it is best for this team to have him play as opposed to have Douglas and Turner and Thomas get their playing time. They have much greater upside than Mathis at this point and signing Mathis is going to cost and we don’t have a ton of cap space for next year. Also Mathis is a better run blocker than pass protector. He may not be that much of an upgrade over what we already have.

    • jetsssuck says:

      the guy is a pro bowler several times but he can be a progress stopper for our young guys

      • Ken says:

        He is also 34 and coming off an injury. I would not be to gung ho on signing him but I would get why if we did.

      • jetsssuck says:

        Benton is a good coach that took Wade and turned into a pro bowler where we couldn’t do anything with him but then again it took him 2-3 years under Benton. Either way it turns out we have Benton and next’s year draft with minimum rookie salary against salary cap. I don’t expect next year FA signings to be anything but minimum salary signings with emphasis on rookie development through the draft.

  183. The Flying Pig says:

  184. The Flying Pig says:

    How pulley we get to see a little Ajayi this year

  185. The Flying Pig says:

    Let’s see how Tripp does in this drill
    I may be changing my squeals on him

  186. finfanrob says:

    Brian in NY says:
    August 6, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Why the hell isn’t Lee Gale answering any of us?

    well:
    he probably looked up and saw a flying pig
    upon logging in got met by some satanic spirt warning of being positive
    was greeted by some mets fan saying, here take my hand
    had some guy outside his house with a chain saw saying ‘got any bushes’
    was asked over and over and over ‘name your sources’
    was asked how big his bucket was
    was told, ‘i am god, your opinion is now wrong, you will only believe in my opinion from now on’
    and finally
    saw some green hulk chained up in a basement wearing a tutu getting spanked.

    i am sure he is gone by now

  187. finfanrob says:

    jetsssuck says:
    August 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Brady probably has 2-3 yrs left.

    wrong, brady has goodell years left.

    • jetsssuck says:

      It may Goodell that has a limited time left. Did you see all the news about Goodell? Kraft the owner is shaking the tree real hard and previously information usually not revealed is being exposed outside its closed 1 percenter society. Yahoo pulled stories from its website why is that are they afraid of reprisals?

  188. dbolt48 says:

    @lilboon: Taylor hits a streaking Charles Clay in his back with the ball, sending MarQueis Gray into hysterical laughter #BillsCamp

  189. Mike E. says:

    I don’t see how Mathis is a progress stopper. There are 2 guard spots. If Mathis wins one, there is still another spot, and let the best man win between Douglas and Thomas and Linkenbach and whoever else you want to throw into the mix.

  190. wyoming85 says:

    Chris Perkins ‏@chrisperk 2h2 hours ago
    CB Bobby McCain INT on Josh Freeman. Nice job by McCain. Kid seems to be a player.

  191. Rockphin says:

    Hello Lee Gales! Are you new?

  192. Rockphin says:

    Brian in NY says:
    August 6, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Why the hell isn’t Lee Gale answering any of us?

    Simmer down there Brian! LOL Don’t be so touchy. Maybe he doesn’t like you….

  193. Rockphin says:

    jetsssuck says:
    August 6, 2015 at 9:40 am

    what about loius polite(fb) the guy could lay some leather and he was a 4th down machine.

    Lousaka Polite Jetssuck LOUSAKA!!

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