Welcome to Ask Mike – 2015 Preseason Week 2


from Boulder

Q – Hey Mike,
Quick question. Do you think we should have spent 2.5m and grabbed Mathis? I think for 2.5m it was worth it.

Ha! I think you and everyone on this blog knows how I feel, but you asked, so I’m compelled to answer. For $2.5M I think it’s something we definitely should have done. IMO, a small insurance policy against having a backup at LT (Jason Fox), playing next to either the rookie Jamil Douglas, or the struggling veteran Dallas Thomas. I’m not even sure Billy Turner is the real deal, but to have 3 question marks on the line scares the f@*k out of me.

Once again, it seems as if we’re going for it this year, and I believe any time you really go for it, you should really go for it. It’s so hard to get back, and Evan Mathis would be a lock to start on this O-line. Sure, Thomas or Douglas may prove to to be good enough to play, but we haven’t seen it yet. We haven’t really seen it with Turner either. Mathis is proven, and a 1YR deal at $2.5M would have been well worth it. Let’s hope Philbin’s confidence is rewarded by 2 of these young guys!

from Brian

Q – Mike,

Which unit are you more concerned with at this point, the LB’s or the OL?
Also, Mrs. Met is pretty hot, but let’s do a little better this week.

I’m definitely more concerned about the O-line Bri. So much is hedging on the return of a healthy and capable Brandon Albert, and two unproven players at G. If Misi for some reason is still bothered with an injury, I think Sheppard, while unspectacular, is solid enough, much the way Misi. Neiher player is a real gamechanger, but I think either is capable of making the tackles they should make.

Now that Mathis is off the market and now a Bronco, there’s definitely pressure on the young players, that 2 of the 3 (Thomas, Douglas and Turner) prove game worthy. It appears the Dolphins are all-in with Turner, so that leaves Thomas and Douglas to fight it out for the LG spot. If Albert isn’t ready early, Tannehill better get rid of the ball quick or roll to the right away from that shaky left side.

from Wyo

Q – Mike

Do you think Jordan “Broke ankles” Kovacs and Will “ The Toast” Davis make the 53 cut?
Lee, I do think Kovacs will make the roster, because at this point, it’s a numbers game. We just don’t have many safeties on the roster right now, with Delmas going on the IR with the ACL tear. You have to figure we carry at least 5 safeties, and now with 2nd year player Walt Aikens likely as the starter, and rookie Cedric Thompson and Don Jones as the other safeties, along with Philip Thomas who was picked up from the Skins this year, Kovacs is the most experienced guy on the roster to backup, and also a guy who plays special teams. If we only carry 4 safeties, which I don’t think is likely, then it’s possible Kovacs is passed up due to the potential of Cedric Thompson, but Thompson may be a PS candidate.

As far as Will Davis is concerned, he’s a guy that has talent, but due to injuries, has just never been able to string consecutive games together. I do think eventually their patience may run out with him, and yes, it’s possible that Davis gets cut. I think we have much better depth at CB with the McCain’s (Brice and Bobby), and Zack Bowman, behind starters Brent Grimes and Jamar Taylor (if HE can stay healthy).

from Tim

Q –

So Mike, how do you think our LB core shapes up this year? Who do you think starts and where or do we use a little bit of a rotation?

Thanks from a shoe, all of them. 😉

As usual, it depends on the health of Koa Misi. I believe if Misi is healthy, he’ll start at MLB, with Jelani Jenkins at WLB, and Chris McCain at SLB. If Misi has a nagging injury, as he seemingly always does, then it’s probably going to be Kelvin Sheppard at MLB, with the same guys starting at OLB. I do think Sheppard and Misi are relatively equal, so either way, I don’t see a drop off. I don’t think there will be a big rotation in the plans, but in certain packages, we may see different guys on the field.

It would be interesting to see if Vigil has another strong performance or two, if he can leapfrog either Misi and/or Sheppard. That would really be surprising, but I’m a believer of putting the guys out on the field that make things happen. If Vigil is that guy, why not? Neither Misi nor Sheppard have proven that they can either play an entire season or be impact players, so while both can be solid, neither are spectacular. Besides, the last Zach we had at MLB worked out OK, eh? (That was for Manitoba!) 😉

from Pigsgerald

Q – Who is your surprise to make the final 53?
Do you have one this year?


My choice for surprise roster player is WR LaRon Byrd.  Besides Parker, He’s the only WR on the roster with size except for the obvious, 1st RD pick Devante Parker.  I think that diving catch he made opened some eyes, and Preston was already released, which leads me to believe he may just get a shot to make the roster.


And now for the babe of the week . . .


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244 Responses to Welcome to Ask Mike – 2015 Preseason Week 2

  1. The Flying Pig says:

    They moved fans closer to field somehow

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    We lead the league in acl tears


  3. The Flying Pig says:


  4. The Flying Pig says:

    wtf Omar

  5. Rockphin says:

    So I want to buy my ticket to the Texans game here soon. Has there been a decision on where everyone is sitting?

  6. Mike E. says:

    You know what seems weird to me? It looks like because they brought some seats closer, the seats as they go further go back are really far away, because the incline is so low.

  7. Rockphin says:

    You guys have me rewatching the Panthers game play by play and on the very first offensive play of the game, a run up the middle by Miller, #77 WHIFFED badly like he was blocking air and then hooks the DT around the waist and FAILS to hold him but instead gets spun around.

    The next play, a pass to Landry for almost a first down, #77 gets driven back, but does an OK job of stopping the DT’s momentum, but James gets blown up and falls on his ass, Tannehill sees and goes to his hot read, Landry who squatted down in a zone for a dump off pass and made something of it.

  8. Rockphin says:

    Thomas did a good job on every play of the first stalled drive. His guy (Or guys) was never a factor.

  9. Rockphin says:

    Piggy, did you see the # under the video you posted? I had a skipped beat for a moment seeing that name on this board. LOL

  10. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    August 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    You know what seems weird to me?

    alex: what is why wont ffr read my ask mike?

  11. Rockphin says:

    That was an awesome video by the way. It was so seamless time laps that it looked like it was done in one continuous motion.

  12. Rockphin says:

    Cheater is right!

  13. Mike E. says:

    FFR – I don’t blame you. I completely understand.

  14. Rockphin says:

    on the big pass play to miller, Thomas passes his guy off to Pouncey smoothly and then rockets back to chip the DE who had stood up Fox and was driving him back into Tannehill and gives #17 enough time to dump it off to Miller who takes it almost to the house.

    Thomas is playing well.

  15. Rockphin says:

    LaMike looked good returning the ball.

    • steveccnv says:

      Yeah, but in the first game he wouldn’t do anything but fair catch the punts, even when he had lots of room. I think he’s pretty safe though at this point as long as he doesn’t have a repeat performance from his overall game 1 mess.

      Play most of the starters one qtr on Saturday, especially Tannehill, Suh, Wake, OV, Jones, Cameron, Pouncey and Miller, the younger starters can play a bit more. Don’t risk injury, we have weak opponents most of the first half.

  16. Rockphin says:

    Watch him play. You konw who is helping the WR up after he get’s tackled? Freakin Thomas who has ran all the way down the field. He doesn’t quit until the whistle.

  17. Rockphin says:

    Bad pass on third and goal to Landry. Forth down, wait first and goal…I forgot it actually took 5 downs on that drive to get the 6. Thomas took his guy out of the play on each attempt.

  18. Rockphin says:

    Fox was having a hard time. I wonder when he got his bell rung? He doesn’t look good. He concerns me much more than Thomas at this point.

  19. Rockphin says:

    on the “dropped” pass by Jordan the defender did an over had chop on Cameron’s arm before the ball got there. It COULD have been him reaching for the ball but….. Close enough not to call I guess. Rewatching the game I realize that the “stats” aren’t really the stats when it comes to completions, etc. Tanny missed a bunch more than 3 passes. (penalties wiped out some plays.)

    Oh, and Mathews needs to be in the WR rotation OFTEN. He is balling.

  20. steveccnv says:

    Mike E. says:

    August 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    You know what seems weird to me? It looks like because they brought some seats closer, the seats as they go further go back are really far away, because the incline is so low.

    I forgot about the seats being closer, like it was at the OB, we’re finally going to have a home field advantage again.

  21. manitobafinfan says:

    Mike E: good job EH.

  22. manitobafinfan says:

    Rock : Stanger has a hold on a bunch of tix close to where we were last year. I believe he needs a firm yeah or nay by 45 days out but as Piggy said Stanger can shed more light in that.

  23. manitobafinfan says:

    Any news on Ajayi ?? Like to see him on the field.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      You are such a Blog Killer…

    • olddolphan says:

      MANITOBA: I wore my Lightning STANLEY CUP FINALS shirt to work yesterday. NHL Summer Camp is just around the corner, eh?? Gotta believe this young Lightning team has a great shot to return to the Finals this upcoming season. –What’s the outlook for your Jets?

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Optimism abounds here sir.. We lost Frolik, but replaced him with a returning Burmistrov.. Rumors swirling that either Byfuglien or Enstrom gets moved to make room for some Young guns on the blue line.. Should compete well in the division..

  24. son of a son of a shula says:

    I haven’t heard much on Ajayi, hopefully he’ll be ready for a lot of work in game 4 and show he belongs on the team.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      i hope so, cause i am quite sure he will be holding a roster spot.. he will get poached in a second if the try PS ing him..

      I gave the 53 prediction a shot.. not sure on a lot of them but Hewitt seems to be around the ball a lot as well as Vigil, those two and Lippett are my Darkhorse candidates..

  25. olddolphan says:

    Y’all have a great evening and a better tomorrow. Will walk the Greyhound and call it a night. –16 days until the Dolphins at the Redskins!!!

  26. steveccnv says:

    I keep hearing the coaches will decide who should start at RG, let Suh decide, he knows better than anyone, and as we all know he’s quite intelligent.

  27. Tim Knight says:

    We had our FF draft tonight, seeing many friends we don’t get together enough. Great times!

    So rank my team, I think it’s pretty good. We have a 4 Protect League. * stands for protects.

    QB – *A. Rodgers GB, P. Rivers SD
    RB – T. Gurley STL, R. Jennings NYG, A. Ellington ARZ, G. Bernard CIN
    WR – *O. Beckham NYG, *J. Jones ATL, *A. Jeffrey CHI, D. Parker MIA, T. Williams DAL, P. Dorsett IND
    DEF – MIA, ARZ
    K – S. Hauschka SEA, G. Zuerlein STL

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