Well the One’s Were Good…

Thursday Night Football

The starters played well. Tannehill took the opening kickoff and drove the team down the field on an 8 minute drive that ended with a Touchdown and not a FG. He completed a deep square in route to Jennings which was a big gainer. He hit Sims on a couple of nice crossing routes. He hit Landry on a couple and avoided taking any big hits despite even running it once to avoid the only pressure he saw. Lamar Miller broke one for a big gainer and the line looked pretty good.

We’ve waited a long time and relied on a lot of reporters eyes to give us an idea of how the offensive line looked in particular the Guard position. I thought they fired off the ball well in the run game, it’s clearly a Zone blocking unit as they head in unison in a direction just trying to make a cut back lane open up for Miller. Fox started at LT with Dallas Thomas next to him at LG, Pouncey at C, with Billy Turner  at RG and Ju’wan James playing RT. Turner did well for himself and even played into the 3rd quarter at the RG spot. Based on the series we saw last night this O-line might be alright and allow Tannehill time to survey his many options and put together a strong running game to run the clock.

The Defense on it’s first appearance shut down Chicago in an ugly 3 and out. Not ugly for us Dolphans as we finally got to see Suh in a Dolphin uniform playing. Chicago rushed for  zero yards while the Chief was in the game. Once he left forget it, Chicago ran it pretty well on our Defense once the starters were out.Sheppard, Jenkins and McCain were indeed the starting Linebackers, Sheppard getting the nod while Misi is out. In the secondary, Aikens started in place of Delmas along side Jones at Safety while Taylor filled the other Corner spot opposite Grimes.

Those first couple of series are all there really are to talk about. Matt Moore was unimpressive when he took over the offense, failing to score on any of his drives. McCleod Bethel Thompson actually started off looking pretty good. He completed a few intermediate passes and then hit Laron Byrd on a deep ball that set up what would be the teams final score of the night. But in the second half it got very ugly for MBT. Gillissle started the mess with a beautiful long run he brokebut he forgot to put the ball in the proper arm allowing a Bear defender to strip it negating a long gain and a chance to increase the lead. Having seen the Gillisslee turnover MBT wanted in on the fun and threw not one but 2 ugly pics including the last one which set up Chicago inside the Miami 10 yard line.

Caleb Sturgis made his extra point attempt and the lone field goal attempt he had in the first half and was to give way to Andrew Franks who would have the second half kicking duties. Well since the Dolphins failed to score in the second half Mr. Franks made the 3rd qtr opening kick off, and unknown to him at the time, was done for the night.

Jordan Tripp was helped off the field and into the locker room in the first half and wasn’t seen again until he re-appeared on the sideline with his right leg in a boot and walking on crutches. This is a big unfortunate setback for Tripp as he was climbing into a larger role on the Defense. Tripp missed time last season due to a chest injury.

Without hearing anything reported about the Chris McCain injury it would look as if he will be fine. We saw him roll his ankle stepping on a team mate but he walked off the field without a limp and later appeared fine.

The turnovers were a big problem last night so its hard to say that this team’s depth totally sucks. I didn’t find that to be the case. The QB’s once Tannehill left the field were rough, but there were some good individual efforts. Particularly from Zach Vigil an undrafted Free Agent who capitalized on his opportunities once Tripp left the game. Our rookie 2nd round pick Jordan Phillips showed that he will be a tough and athletic big man in the front.

Don’t let yourself get too high or too low from this meaningless game, there was good early until the ugly turnovers changed the entire complexion of the game. If the Chicago QB’s were throwing ugly pics we would have won going away and not them.

Yes Josh Freeman, worried he was running out of time to throw his pick, did manage to find a Bear defender as time was running out to seal the loss for the Fins. From a guy who was a first round draft pick and who looked like a Franchise QB at the start Freeman’s plummet is baffling. He looked tentative and unsure out there as the 4th QB of the night although there were a few throws that he made and you said hmmm that was pretty good.

With as good as the First unit looked, including the O-line, there is nothing that happened last night that has me discouraged. I think it’s good to lose preseason games. I have found that the teams who win in the preseason don’t usually win in the season; see the 2007 4-0 preseason Dolphins.

Penalty box: Anthony Johnson trying to do his best Suh impersonation jumped off sides 3 times while good ‘ol Bobby McCain has 3, count them 3 holding penalties. Gotta clean that up boys.

It was good to see Mr. Suh out there.

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288 Responses to Well the One’s Were Good…

  1. son of a son of a shula says:

    The next game isn’t until next Saturday – long wait.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I think we have a joint practice with the pathers this week right? That should be fun.

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Right Boulder, yes we do. As far as I can remember this is the first since Shula used to take the team and go and practice with Atlanta every year.

      • Brian in NY says:

        Didn’t we do joint practices with Tampa a while back?

  2. markeyh says:

    Love this site and great recap SOSOS!

  3. wyoming85 says:


    Keep your eyes peeled! I just gave markeyh the site address!

  4. son of a son of a shula says:

    Markeyh good to see you, your posts will go through now.

    What do you think of us having Suh?

  5. stangerx says:

    LOL — could to see you Markeyh. How you been doing?

    Apparently Wyoming is Kevin Costner and you are Shoeless Joe Jackson. Ask and they will come. 🙂

  6. markeyh says:

    I am excited about our team! Suh is a beast!!!!!

  7. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Hey Markeyh,

    Welcome. What do you think of Tanny compared to Henne? LOL. I think we upgraded.

    • markeyh says:

      LOL! I was on the Tannehill bandwagon the day we drafted him….still feel sorry for Henne as I still think he would have done better under better coaching.

  8. markeyh says:

    Some concerns with our depth but they have some time to get their act together….

  9. son of a son of a shula says:

    Brian in NY says:
    August 15, 2015 at 10:58 am (Edit)
    Didn’t we do joint practices with Tampa a while back?

    It’s possible, there’s are the things I rely on Tim for, Jimmy Johnson may have had us practice with someone.

  10. son of a son of a shula says:

    I was not impressed by Ced Thompson Jr. I don’t see him as a factor at this time. He’ll be behind Jones, Delams, Aiken and Thomas and I doubt we keep 5 Safties.

  11. stangerx says:

    Heard them talking about little Nicky and this article on QAM recently…..not sure it hit the board.

    “He got a kick out of occasionally switching a Saban-called play in the defensive huddle, something his coach had begun to notice. Saban’s face contorted into rage when he heard Thomas yelling. He stopped practice and ran over to Thomas and told him to “shut the fuck up.” Thomas told Saban to “shut the fuck up” right back, then yelled, “I’m a grown-ass man!””
    And I didn’t even talk about the stripper.

  12. jetsssuck says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    August 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I got the Dolphins feed for the game the CBS 4 Home of the Dolphins feed which featured Stockton, Griese and Moore. The best part of the night was Moore trying to tell a story and his words just weren’t coming out right (read I had no idea wtf he was saying) and so he pauses himself and says “excuse me I’m tied tongue”. LOL what a mess no you weren’t Nat you were tongue-tied.
    gtta remember those guys are close to 70 or maybe some are 70 and over.

  13. Ken says:

    Welcome back Markey H. Good to see you and to see you are still a phins fan despite no Chad Henne. JKLOL.

  14. wyoming85 says:

    Miami DolphinsVerified account
    We have re-signed free agent wide receiver Tyler McDonald and waived/injured wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

  15. Ken says:

    Alright it is nice day. Going to do some outside stuff for a little while. Peace

  16. wyoming85 says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 25s25 seconds ago
    Welcome Jordan Tripp to IR Toure De Davie.

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    I remember when Lamar Miller was a rookie he got stripped after a long run just like Gills did. Not that Gills is a rook, but hopefully gettin embarrassed like that sticks in a guy’s mind so bad they’ll never let that happen again (unless they are Leon Lett).

  18. wyoming85 says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 27s28 seconds ago
    Bobby McCain walks out to go do his rehab assignment.

  19. naplesfan2010 says:

    just sayin I am still a fan of Gillilslee based on burst and wiggle, which I think neither Damien or LaMike have shown. I’d keep Damien as he has shown good work catching passes and RAC yds.
    He can return KOs also to take some hits off Landry.

  20. wyoming85 says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 7m7 minutes ago
    Branden Albert getting his walk through work in. More running than usual.

  21. naplesfan2010 says:

    did not see Bobby Mac get hurt … anybody know what that is about?

  22. wyoming85 says:

    Greg Likens ‏@GregLikens 25m25 minutes ago
    #Dolphins not practicing today:
    Christion Jones (hamstring)
    Chris Martin (back)
    Bobby McCain (hamstring)
    Stills (calf)
    Jordan Tripp (ankle)

  23. naplesfan2010 says:

    Jordan Tripp does not look badly hurt, but still … 2 yrs in a row is not a good start.

  24. wyoming85 says:

    Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP 24s25 seconds ago
    #Dolphins injured rookie WR DeVante Parker catching balls from Don Jones on sideline https://instagram.com/p/6aZAGrFu_i/

  25. naplesfan2010 says:

    thnx for the updates bro … good stuff

  26. Rockphin says:

    gotta remember those guys are close to 70 if not more.

    Plus they took a lot of hits to the head. Back when helmet technology was not as advanced. Too

  27. naplesfan2010 says:

    Bob and Nat both know a ton about the game though … I love those guys … real Dolphin memories with those guys

  28. jetsssuck says:

    good to c u markey—what happened with LB trunznik from last year

  29. naplesfan2010 says:

    Trusnik was a FA who was not resigned…he latched on with Carolina so we should see him play against us this week … GREAT TIMING on the question JS

    • jetsssuck says:

      i always liked him because he was good in special teams and he was a good backup for any of the LB positions when needed pus he wouldn’t embarrass himself when he played those positions. He came prepared for each game. I believe he was a late round pick. The way this team is built we are gonna need some late rounders and undrafted FA’s the next couple of years to help us with the salary cap

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        We picked him up after he got cut from the browns I think … he was a UDFA for the Jets who went to the browns in the Braylon Edwards trade … he played for Ohio Northern wherever the heck that is. Good steady player for us you are right but a tad slow.

  30. Tim Knight says:

    Hey Markeyh, good to see you.

  31. Try Pod says:

    I hear Albert is hurt again?

  32. Try Pod says:

    I just heard on Miami radio that he came off the field with an injury- that’s all that’s been said.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Brandon Howard ‏@DashDiallo1 · 1m1 minute ago
      Branden Albert has gone back inside following his one-on-one w/ Wake. Appeared to be a bit gimpy.

  33. jetsssuck says:

    here’s a good article about trunnik- http://www.journalnow.com/sports/carolina_panthers/panthers-need-trusnik-s-special-teams-expertise/article_e6fbbc40-8fb7-57c2-8a64-0d9dbcb529a0.html

    I didn’t realize the panthers spent a 1st round pick on a linebacker to go with the 2 studs they already have. Their defense was dominating last year.

  34. markeyh says:

    R Tannehill 6/7 56 yards 1 TD QBR 139.6
    C. Henne 9/10 87 yards 1 TD QBR 136.2
    M Moore 4/9 43 yards 0 TD’s QBR 59.0
    just saying 🙂

  35. Brian in NY says:

    naplesfan2010 says:
    August 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm
    I remember when Lamar Miller was a rookie he got stripped after a long run just like Gills did. Not that Gills is a rook, but hopefully gettin embarrassed like that sticks in a guy’s mind so bad they’ll never let that happen again (unless they are Leon Lett).
    I believe that was in the Halloween game against the Bengals on Thursday night in 2013 during his second season.

  36. Brian in NY says:

    Good to see ya Markeyh!

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yeah you never know when you draft a guy if everything is going to work out, at least not right away. We’re without Parker too but at least it seems like he’s on track to be back soon.

      Have you heard anything on Cooper with the Raiders?

  37. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, Miller looked really good the other night. He added some weight and muscle and he didn’t look like he lost any quickness or speed. He could have a big year.

    • Brian in NY says:

      I agree. Given an increased load, I think he can have a monster year.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I liked to that we seemed to commit to the running game out of the gate. I hope we stick with that.

        Miller averaged 13.5 rushes and 2.375 receps per game last year. I see no reason why he can’t get into that 17-18 rush range and a little bump in receiving as well. Nobody is asking for 25+ every week. But in some games he should get some 20+ when he’s really rolling.

    • Brian in NY says:

      Absolutely. There’s a growing faction among allergists that the reason so many kids have allergies is that we avoid exposing them to kids altogether. They did a study and kids in rural areas on farms, and third world countires have much less allergies than our kids here do.

  38. Brian in NY says:

    I’ve read that Cooper is picking up the offense extremely well, and that he is having a great camp.

  39. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, I can’t wait until we have all hands on deck at WR. Throughout the season there will be times when we don’t, guys get banged up, but hopefully our depth will allow us to keep rolling every week.

    Early on I think we’ll see a lot of Landry and Jennings and hopefully Stills soon. Matthews seems to have played his way into the rotation at least for now due to opportunity and he’s responded well. Then Parker will get more and more opportunities as he gets himself healthier. This could be a really good group.

    • Brian in NY says:

      Definitely. Laron Byrd is making a strong case to make the team as well. He made a hell of a catch the other night.

  40. Tim Knight says:

    This is how I see our roster shaping up for the most part by position. There’s a half a player left here so we’ll see which way we might go heavier. LOL

    OL 9
    TE 3-4
    WR 5-6
    QB 2
    RB 3-4

    DT 5
    DE 4
    LB 7 (McCain can also play DE)
    DB 10 (some guys can play CB/S)

    K 1
    P 1
    LS 1

  41. son of a son of a shula says:

    That seems about right Tim.

    The TE spot was interesting the other night, a lot of guys played. Sims and Cameron are clearly the top 2. Sims had 2 receptions in that first drive and he ran nice routes and just looked physical and legit.
    Stoneburner it seemed to me got the third most work and a few throws came his way. Semich and Lynch as I recall didn’t have any catches and played only in the second half. Gerrell Robinson got some snaps too.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yeah I’m not sure about TE yet, I haven’t seen enough. We only use one RB at a time so not sure why would need to load up on them. Miller is going to be the top dog for sure. He looked really good the other night coming off of his best season.

  42. son of a son of a shula says:

    Landry – star
    Parker – needs to come back healthy and quickly
    Jennings – keep ballin’
    Stills – must get back healthy and quickly
    Matthews – showed he can be a factor in this offense

    I think the only guy who can make it 6 is Preston otherwise I think we go with only 5.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Bryd too, he’s the one that made that nice catch on a deep ball. The pass was good but a little overthrown but Byrd leaped for it and made a great catch. That’s something Wallace would have never done.

  43. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This is how I see our roster shaping up for the most part

    13 brunettes
    9 blondes
    6 red heads
    6 strawberry blondes

    basically at this point only the cheerleaders matter. well wait, at any point they are what matters but you get what i mean.

  44. finfanrob says:

    …….but guess you are talking cheerleaders. 🙂

    lol, nothing gets by X.

  45. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger good game last night between the Bucs and Mets. Game 2 soon. The Pirates are a good team and remind me of what the Mets are becoming.

    • stangerx says:

      Hey — a team six games back has to step up to the plate when they take on a commanding division leader. 🙂

  46. Mike E. says:

    Hey Markey! Good to see you on!

  47. Try Pod says:

    What’s going on with our 2nd round pick?

  48. Tim Knight says:

    If you go to miamidolphins.com and try to watch videos and there a bunch of new ones up after the game and practice today, are the videos not loading properly? I see one or two and then they go black.

  49. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, as long as the Nats keeps struggling it’s all cool. 🙂

    • stangerx says:

      Bitch about it is that the division leaders in other ones would be 4th place in the NL Central right now.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah but you know how that works. You guys either have to do something amazing or secure the WC. The Cubs are who you have to look out for. You have a big edge on SF.

  50. Tim Knight says:

    Here is the main 3 man rotation at DT. Look at Suh, he’s a friggin modern day Hercules. He just looks different than other guys.

  51. finfanrob says:

    ‘I see one or two and then they go black.’

    that is why they never come back

  52. finfanrob says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    August 15, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I’ll coach the brunettes!

    thats fine you can. i will be the towel boy

  53. Try Pod says:

    I was asking about or second rounder because I really haven’t heard anyone talking about him. Is he doing well?

  54. wyoming85 says:

    Here ya go Try

  55. Try Pod says:

    Thank you guys- some guy on the radio was saying he wasn’t doing well, but I hadn’t heard one way or the other.

  56. finfanrob says:

    lmmfao, so idiot on bucs bonus. the local show before the preseason game. just said he can see the bucs going 14-2. to damn funny, maybe he thinks kraft owns the bucs now.

  57. wyoming85 says:

    Joe W ‏@Joe_W_Dolphins · 2h2 hours ago
    It’s been several college gms and one preseason gm, but I’ve still yet see anyone move Jordan Philips off the line of scrimmage.

  58. finfanrob says:

    the vikings have 5 white guys starting on defense, guess they are already playing for a high draft pick. 🙂

  59. finfanrob says:

    help me, some one, any one help me, please i am begging help me, i find myself pulling for jameis. help, i am melting, melting

  60. steveccnv says:

    Listening to the home town announcers in preseason is annoying as fuck. Watching Cardinals vs Chiefs, with the Cardinals announcers doing the game. Last night it was the Broncos homers, Thursday it was bears.

  61. steveccnv says:

    The depth issues everyone is talking about can be put on 3 plays and 2 players and one positon. MBTs 2 turnovers and Gilleslee’s fumble, along with MBTs/Freeman’s QB play, and the fact that we didn’t have a WR on the field in the second half that was capable of getting open and catching a pass, until Hamilton figured it out late in the 4th.

    Scoring in the preseason is really stupid, almost as stupid as the stats of a kick returner. What I’m getting at is your first team plays against their first team scores then shuts them down, your first teamers go out and theirs stay on the field, then score against your 2nd teamers…

    As for stats of a kick returner, who thought it was a good idea to count the yards deep in the endzone as part of the return? So, for example, your kick returner on average fields the ball 6 yrds deep in the endzone and has a 26 yrd average per return. The stat is meaningless, I mean, I want to know the average yards returned on the playing field, not in the endzone, to determine, if he’s worth anything.

  62. Tim Knight says:

    Murphy is a solid hitter but he’s not a good baseball player. I’m tired of him. His .275-280 is not that big of a deal. Time to move on. He belongs in the AL so he doesn’t have to play in the field all the time. He wrecked this game. He loses more games with his shitty play in the field and on the base paths then he wins games with his bat.

  63. son of a son of a shula says:

    New Post up

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