Welcome to Ask Mike – 2015 Preseason Week 2

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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.

Boulder
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!
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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.
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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).
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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!) 😉
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from Pigsgerald

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

Pigsgerald

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.

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And now for the babe of the week . . .

Mrs

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

  1. jetsssuck says:

    http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-storm-hurricane-erika-atlantic-august-2015
    gonna be close. Got a tool yesterday that makes installing the shutters wing nuts easy to install with portable drill.

    Here’s some corrections for yesterdays articles so you don’t know incorrect info provided from yesterdays blog.

    · In 1973, the Cowboys finished 10-4 but hosted two 12-2 teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota.
    The league did not institute a seeding system for the playoffs until 1975, where the surviving clubs with the higher seeds were made the home teams for each playoff round.[8] Thus, the top seeded division winner played the wild-card team, and the remaining two division winners played at the home stadium of the better seed (which meant that the lowest-seeded division winner had to open the postseason on the road). However, two teams from the same division could not meet prior to the conference championship game.[16] Thus, there would be times when the pairing in the divisional playoff round would be the 1 seed vs. the 3 seed and 2 vs. 4.

    Pittsburgh’s pass-defense numbers that year were stunning. Opposing passers compiled the following stat-line:
    · 164 of 359 (45.7%) for 1,923 yards, 5.36 [yards-per-attempt], 11 [touchdowns] and 37 [interceptions]
    The 37 interceptions were for the year NOT up to the Miami vs Pittsburgh game

    This was ironic because, prior to tonight, it was PITTSBURGH’S 37 interceptions that had grabbed the limelight.—As OD says from yesterdays blog.

    The box scores says Griese was tackled in the end zone for the safety –this is untrue Griese stepped out of the endzone untouched for the safety.

  2. ukfinfan says:

    Sorry I didn’t manage to get a q in this week MikeE, as I know it makes your job easier when you have plenty.
    Maybe you would also like to think about making your Ask MikeE pages easier on the eye in future, however? If I may make so bold – I feel the botw has lost a little of its historical sparkle recently?!? 😉

  3. dcoralsprings says:

    Nice work Mike !

    Looks like we’re going to get wet early next week,
    Although it’s going to be a little one it’s time to prep for our locals

    “Surviving the storm” really has very little to do with a few hours of rain and wind
    It’s always the week after that’s a pain lol
    Be safe

    • jetsssuck says:

      u should be ok since u r in coral springs which is probably 15-20 miles inland. I live in west davie close to shotgun road which is also 18-25 miles inland. Started preparing yesterday by laying out all shutters if nothing happens I am going to mark other sides of panels so both sides are marked.

    • jetsssuck says:

      cbs 4 says we may receive much needed rain.They said we have only received 31 % of year to date rain for yr.

  4. uwantwat says:

    Well you should already have one from me for next week Mike.

  5. jetsssuck says:

    isn’t it funny how the FBI is investigating the Ashely Madison hack of website when Defcon members told the world they would expose the website and its members. The FBI even got a booth at the conference trying to recruit Defcon members. The FBI said they will not leave any stone unturned.

  6. Brian in NY says:

    Nice job Mike! I think that Thomas is actually doing better than Turner this preseason, and I’ve skewered Thomas in the past so that’s saying something. The guard sitiuation is very shaky to me right now, and I hope to God it improves soon, whether that be inserting one of our veterans, finding one after cuts, or Turner and Thomas stepping up.

  7. wyoming85 says:

    Gun Control Fail?
    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 2h2 hours ago
    RT @DevlinZimmerman you wanna do a fantasy league? > I’d rather shoot myself in the foot (which I’ve done before….painful)

  8. Mike E. says:

    If you guys weren’t sure, the BOTW is the lesser known Mrs. Dolphin. 😉

  9. The Flying Pig says:

    The BOTW is hot!
    checkered past though
    I think i’ve seen her in porn before

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    Mike
    I’m a little surprised you have Kovacs making the team
    I have 5 safeties (counting Don Jones as a S) and 6 CBS on the final 53
    R. Jones, D. Jones, Thomas, Aikens, Thompson, W. Davis, J Taylor, Grimes, B. McCain 1 B. McCain2 and Lippett
    I know w had bunch of DBs last year but isn’t 11 enough this year

    the thing with the DBs is guys like Bonny McCain, Lippett and Thompson might need a little time to develop
    do we cut them and put them on the PS….I don;t really think so, they will probably be inactive on game day

    I would not keep Kovacs instead of a young guy in hopes of stashing that young guy on the PS

    • Mike E. says:

      I forgot about Michael Thomas. It was a loooong day yesterday. I think you’re right. It would be Jones, Aikens, Thomas for sure, and I do hope Ced Thompson makes it, which then leaves it between Don Jones and Jordan Kovacs. Could be a toss up.

      • Brian in NY says:

        You can just edit it up top, delete Piggy’s post and no one will know.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I can’t really evaluate what these guys do in practice on a daily basis like the coaches can

        but between Don Jones and Kovacs – I remember Don Jones causing a fumble vs Atlanta a few years ago on ST
        and I didn;t even remember if Kovacs was on the team
        This deep down the roster, ST is a huge factor
        I think its easy – Don Jones

        Interesting about Thompson, Bobby McCain and Lippett – I think they might all be thought of as guys to develop rather than contribute right away, but I don;t think you draft 3 DBs in the 5th round just to fill out your practice squad, so I am curious to see whether they can make the roster over some of the vets that are sort of mediocre players. But I get the feeling the team felt the need to upgrade at DB and was ready to play some young guys – but hopefully later int he year when the injuries pile up.

  11. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m out for now
    Got a lot of work today

  12. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Bri – Nah, screw it, better to show the human side of the blog. Some of us have to screw up once in a while.

  13. Tim Knight says:

    I think our safeties will be R. Jones, Aikens, Thomas and Ced Thompson. I’ve never really seen Kovacs do anything and D. Jones is a STs player but has never done much as a DB.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Kovacs was only ever a ST player too and if D. Jones isn’t quite ready maybe Kovacs gets a spot but like you I only have us with the same four safeties as you do. Ced better step up on ST.

  14. son of a son of a shula says:

    Good job Mike E

  15. son of a son of a shula says:

    The math is wrong
    The Mathis wrong

  16. Mike E. says:

    Did you guys see Dallas Thomas might play LT against the Falcons if Fox is still woozy from his concussion?

    • Brian in NY says:

      Yeah, We were discussing it yesterday. I get why they are doing it, but I don’t think it’s going to help him continue to grow at LG if you are sliding him over to LT in the most important game of the preseason. I wish they would have made some kind of plan for this as they knew Albert would be out for most if not all of the preseason.

    • jetsssuck says:

      on what time machine channel?

  17. Mike E. says:

    Bri

    I agree with that. Linkenbach may play LT too, but you know I’m worried about Albert, and of course the OG situation as well. I don’t want it to be a problem all season.

    • Brian in NY says:

      I get the whole “flexibility” philosophy, but I feel like we’ve obtained guys who are decent and G and T, but not good at either in the past few years. I’d like to see them just say “you’re playing here, and you’re playing here” and leave them there.

  18. Tim Knight says:

    I don’t think guys cross training at different positions is as big a deal as people make it out to be. I actually think it helps let players know what the guys next to them have to do.

    It seems that back in the day when Jason Allen bounced back and forth from safety to corner is what has everyone on guard. The problem was Jason Allen – he wasn’t good at either.

  19. The Flying Pig says:

  20. Tim Knight says:

    Word is Albert is making great progress. They said his knee responded well to his heaviest workload of practice and he’s now in pads and involved in all drills.

  21. Brian in NY says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 27, 2015 at 9:59 am
    I don’t think guys cross training at different positions is as big a deal as people make it out to be. I actually think it helps let players know what the guys next to them have to do.
    *
    It’s a big deal if it doesn’t work out, which it hasn’t.

  22. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Until Albert actually gets into the trenches and pushed full force with a lot of reps, we won’t know how ready or how NOT ready he is. He even admits he’s nervous to see how it is, which is logical.

    BTW – I though your choice of words was funny before, how the Jason Allen saga has us “On Guard”. 🙂

  23. Tim Knight says:

    Everyone got Beibered. Thanks Piggy, jerk! 😉

  24. D says:

    Mike, so you continue to report on Thomas like you are Omar? lol, the dude hasn’t struggled this TC. I have gone back in both games and freeze frames and stepped through the frames watching each of their blocks, the position they have had on the guy they were blocking, what sort of command they had over the player and Thomas hasn’t been the one concerning me. James and Pouncey have been nearly perfect, next in line though and not by a distant margin has been Thomas. Turner and Fox have had good moments and bad ones.

    Also, where is the 2.5 mil coming from, i heard it was 4mil? Even if only 2.5 mil is guaranteed, he gets the rest if he completes the season, and i would think you pick a guy like Mathis up to do that. I think everyone here can get behind adding talent, but i do think some of you guys became overly obsessed with one guy.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      its 2.5 base the rest is incentives.

    • Tim Knight says:

      The Mathis obsession was weird from the media and fans. I always felt if one guy at guard is the key to our season we’re not as good as we had hoped. It’s not like trying to find a LT.

  25. D says:

    I sure wish they wouldnt fuck around with DT moving him to the LT sport even for this PS game. Id much rather let him be while he seems to finally be settling in to LG and take someone like Turner who doesnt seem to be acclimating to RG as well and take him back to a more natural position. I would experiment with that this next PS game instead.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think moving a guy for a game is also being overstated. Thomas has probably had 500+ reps at LG already. This isn’t rocket science.

      • D says:

        Id rather him walk into the regular season with confidence in his play at LG and riding the roll he seems to be one right now. Its probably not a big deal, i just dont like screwing with something thats working.

  26. The Flying Pig says:

    I think Thomas has actually been pretty good in camp
    and he looks fine at OG in the games

    I think Turner has struggled when he has matched up with Suh
    but who would not struggle against Suh
    He is a rook, so I expect some lapses during the reg season

    I think the only way to get this OL moving to to have some consistency there
    I want Pouncey at Center, Turner playing RG and the LG battle to be settled
    then let these guys play as a unit

    You don;t need to have the best OG in the league to be the best unit
    You need a unit that can play together

    We have some great talent in Albert, James and Pouncey
    so put 2 OGs inside who know how to play with those guys and we will get this OL dominating
    I liek the idea of going with our youth inside
    are they up for it? (Piggy shrugs)

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      turner had a few plays that he struggled against the panthers

      • Tim Knight says:

        Just like all of the other guards in the league. All players get beat at times. We just tend to focus on the bad plays. The media pounds that drum.

  27. BoulderPhinfan says:

    thanks for the answer mike. I agree that 2.5 million was a no brainer. LEts hope it doesn’t come and bite us in the butt later.

    • D says:

      Thanks for clarification on the contract details, i didn’t realize that. Yeah i mean i agree its reasonable price, its roughly what we paid College last year and i have to feel like he is a bit better than that. Maybe ultimately he made the decision though, maybe we had a similar option and playing with Manning and the Broncos offered him more incentive for superbowl potential. I have a hard time believing that we didn’t have at least that much on the table.

  28. D says:

    Tim its not about the cross training, its about focusing on skills at a certain position. You work on your fist step, your punch, the different techniques that will be thrown at you and its not as easy to switch gears and play a different position as you think. They definately should have it so, in a pinch, someone could come in and hold things down decently but they should spend the majority of their time focused on one position and be somewhat locked into those guys at those positions. Jack of all trades, master of none applies here.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I disagree. Thomas has had a ton of snaps at LG. He’s played LT and LG in college and in the pros. You make it seem like he’ll forget how to play LG if he plays some LT Saturday night. LOL

  29. The Flying Pig says:

  30. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Here is the link again for the roster/record challenge. We’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong 🙂

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

  31. The Flying Pig says:

    Its turns out the BOTW is a tranny!
    some one get her/him off TD

  32. Mike E. says:

    D

    He struggled last year, and he hasn’t played enough yet to really get a gauge on what he is. Against the Falcons, he’ll play a lot, but honestly, until we play one of the better defenses, and he plays well, I won’t be convinced he’s ready. If you want to get all kool-aidy, you can join the rest of the crew that feel that way. I remain cautious and realistic. 🙂

  33. The Flying Pig says:

    We do need guys who can play multiple positions on the OL
    And maybe dallas Thomas can be that guy
    but he hasn’t been very good at OT

    I would love to see douglas start and have Thomas bee our 6th OL in case of injury to anyone else (except that Fox would be the LT sub)

    but that might be wishful thinking
    and not sure coaches want 2 really inexperienced OGs

  34. The Flying Pig says:

    Markice Pouncey is injured again for the Steelers
    He is out for the first 8 games I think
    The Steelers did okay on the OL without him last year
    I really think that is b/c they are patient with developing guys

    • Brian in NY says:

      I think Pouncey was out in 2013, no?

    • Tim Knight says:

      People seem to think everyone has a perfect scenario on the OL except for us. Watch other games and see how many times QBs are running for their life and getting blasted. It happens a lot. Go back and watch classic games and see the QB having to overcome a lot to win the game. QBs take hits, all of them.

  35. Brian in NY says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 27, 2015 at 10:35 am
    There aren’t really many other options.
    *
    I know, that’s why I keep saying that we should have had a plan in place in case the ONE backup OT we have (Fox) gets injured. Now it’s the OL shuffle again, with some guys playing out of position.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s not easy to do. How many quality tackles can you add? A lot of teams have to shuffle their OL during the course of a season, not just us.

      • Brian in NY says:

        I’d like to have more than 3 on the team Tim! Especially when it was known that one of them would miss a significant part of training camp and the preseason!

  36. Brian in NY says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm
    People seem to think everyone has a perfect scenario on the OL except for us. Watch other games and see how many times QBs are running for their life and getting blasted. It happens a lot. Go back and watch classic games and see the QB having to overcome a lot to win the game. QBs take hits, all of them.
    *
    Most of the teams in the playoffs (save for Indy) had good to excellent offensive lines. that’s why they were there. Until we can establish a solid, consistent OL then we will toil in mediocrity. Hopefully this is the year.

  37. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, we do have more than 3 tackles and guys who can multiple positions. It’s not much different than what other teams have to deal with. The Giants have moved Justin Pugh from RT to LG to LT and back to LG due to injuries. It happens. I wish we had another guy who’s really stood out at tackle but we need guys to get healthy. The news on Albert is positive. He’s making progress. I don’t think Fox will be out long.

  38. finfanrob says:

    come on piggy. wtf dude

    i have people walking in and out of my office, now i have to explain to them what a transgender dolphin is.

  39. Brian in NY says:

    From Gil Brandt at nfl.com:

    Ja’Wuan James, OT, Miami Dolphins
    There was some question as to whether James was a quick enough athlete to play left tackle heading into his rookie season, but he filled in adequately for injured veteran Branden Albert on the left side in the final seven games of 2014. With Albert set to return, James is free to concentrate on his play at right tackle — where he has the potential to develop into a Pro Bowler. When he was playing right tackle last season, the man he was assigned to block was hardly ever a factor. This preseason, he looks more comfortable back at his natural position. He’s very athletic and competitive, and he loves to play football.

  40. stangerx says:

    Excellent as usghe Mike E.

    I’m surprised there weren’t more spelling mistakes in the OL sections as your fingers slipped on Mathis spilled tears. 🙂

  41. stangerx says:

    Got a little glimpse into what it is like to be a Jets or Pats fan at Sunlife yesterday.

    At the Marlin’s game in the concourse I hear one guy disgustingly say to his buddy…..”if you didn’t know you’d think we were in Pittsburgh.” Felt pretty good actually.

  42. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, the Cowboys have an excellent OL. The others do not. The Pats alter their offense well with quick passes to help against the pass rush, I give them that. But we ran the ball better than they did. The Packers OL is okay. The Seahawks allow more sacks per pass attempt than we do.

  43. finfanrob says:

    ‘The consistently questionable coaching decisions of head coach Joe Philbin and injuries are the only factors that can hold back the Dolphins from making a run at the NFC East.’

    lmao, hell i could work at MSN

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s you Jonelle, not black and white people not accepting you. You’re the odd one. Now we know why his teammates referred to him the as the big weirdo.

    • stangerx says:

      “He said while others might have been able to brush off the locker-room situation he found himself in, he had always been different and “more sensitive.” Good to know that he at least realizes that.

  44. finfanrob says:

    lol tim

    opening up against a div opponent and the all great RGIII is going to be tough

  45. Mike E. says:

    LMAO @ Tim’s 1PM post

  46. wyoming85 says:

    PhinPhanatic ‏@PhinPhanatic 14m14 minutes ago
    5 Miami Dolphins players who are not performing http://ift.tt/1JlTUOB

  47. The Flying Pig says:

    stangerx says:
    August 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm (Edit)
    Got a little glimpse into what it is like to be a Jets or Pats fan at Sunlife yesterday.

    At the Marlin’s game in the concourse I hear one guy disgustingly say to his buddy…..”if you didn’t know you’d think we were in Pittsburgh.” Felt pretty good actually.

    *********
    Stanger

    the last couple of years are the only couple of years that the Pirates have cracked the top 20 in attendance

    for most of this century, they have been near the bottom in attendance (with the Marlins of course)

    I’m glad to see they are finally winning like they were in the Bonds/Bonilla/Van Slyke years
    but the Marlins are uniquely bad in terms of attendence
    There is no comparison with Dolphins attendance even when we play the Patriots or Jests

  48. The Flying Pig says:

    I know some people that are ethnically ambiguous
    and it can cause some insecurity
    So I understand

    If Martin would have just understood he had a problem and stepped away from football without blaming others, I think I would have a lot more respect for him today

    but people should not forget how far Martin and his family took it, threatening to sue the Dolphins and the NFL for harassment and dragging a lot of other names in the mud for things said that most of us would not have been so sensitive about

    Think about Ricky Williams who also felt he didn’t fit in
    He stepped away from football
    and I think most Dolfans have respect for Ricky now

    • Tim Knight says:

      He got people fired. He’s still a douche. His parents are probably responsible for his insecurities as well because they’re douche’s too. LOL

    • Tim Knight says:

      LMAO!!!! Can we go on the merry-go-round again, can we, can we, please, please!!!!

      • The Flying Pig says:

        bc they wanted to make it realistic the water splashes went the marlin goes around and hots the water

        bit the other marlin does a flip on the top of the thing – bc that is soopooo realistic

        what are they going for with this thing

  49. Mike E. says:

    Piggy

    Some artistic modern interpretation of art-deco in the decade od 2010-2020 I guess.

  50. The Flying Pig says:

  51. stangerx says:

    Pig — it ain’t the most beautiful stadium ever, but that retractable roof is great. Who would want to go to a baseball game down here in August? Think it fairly functional too. Pretty easy place to watch a game.

  52. The Flying Pig says:

    Ask Mike?

    Look at the hand….hmmmmm….

  53. Tim Knight says:

    Piggy, maybe it’s an ode to Liberace. LOL

  54. Mike E. says:

    Ask Momar. lol

  55. Tim Knight says:

    Trump got the endorsement of David Duke. LOL

  56. CavalierKong says:

    Omar Kelly ✔@OmarKelly
    I love how everyone is knocking Dallas Thomas, who has probably been one of the most improved players in camp. Guess guys can’t get better?
    10:30 AM – 27 Aug 2015

    Umm, hypocritical much, Omar? Fans have been trying to tell YOU the same thing about Tanny for years, but according to you he just doesn’t have IT!

  57. finfanrob says:

    you guys dont know what your talking about. just listen to espn and they will tell you only the Rays have horrible attendance. They are the only team in MLB that no one shows up to watch. ESPN=TRUTH

  58. stangerx says:

    ““I don’t have a problem saying this, but I think personally we have more talent than we had in the No. 1 defense last year in Detroit,” Suh said Wednesday.

    • CavalierKong says:

      Exciting stuff. The last time I went into a season with expectations this high was probably 2009.

      • stangerx says:

        Agreed Cav — I’m trying not to let my hope get the best of me. But it’s not just one side of the ball……..

      • Mike E. says:

        How’d 2009 go? 😉

      • CavalierKong says:

        I’m was trying not get too hopeful also, Stanger, but at some point in the last month I just started rolling with it. I’m flipping excited about the upcoming year.

  59. stangerx says:

    NIce to hear even if Drew Rosenhaus tends to get a bit overexcited at times.

    ———————————————-

    “Here’s what I’m gonna say just in general to Dolphins fans about Mike Tannenbaum and Dennis Hickey and this has nothing to do with Evan Mathis… I don’t think there’s a better NFL executive in the National Football League. That’s a strong statement but I can tell you there’s no harder working, more driven, passionate, creative executive than Mike Tannenbaum in the NFL. The Dolphins fans and organization are very fortunate to have him.

    Does that mean Mike Tannenbaum like anybody else is perfect? I mean I’m not perfect but I will tell you this. He’s a really hardworking, talented NFL executive and the same goes for Dennis Hickey. I believe the Dolphins have as good a front office right now as they’ve ever had when I’ve dealt with them. And I’ve dealt with everyone from Don Shula to Jimmy Johnson to Bill Parcells to Nick Saban, Dave Wannstedt and company, Jeff Ireland…”

  60. Tim Knight says:

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 5m5 minutes ago
    RT @BozoTits Do you wear that wig to keep the air in your head?> BLOCKED

  61. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m excited about the season too

  62. finfanrob says:

    “And I’ve dealt with everyone from Don Shula to Jimmy Johnson to Bill Parcells to Nick Saban, Dave Wannstedt and company, Jeff Ireland…”

    lol, he says that list like the fins have had so many great football minds there. other then shula, no matter what jetssuck says, the other proved to be a bunch of bad football minds. maybe Rosenhaus should stick to finding 25 year old bottle blondes to be his wife.

  63. stangerx says:

    Gather round children and listen to Uncle Daniel Tosh read a story……and the story is Nick Saban’s biography.
    http://tosh.cc.com/video-clips/zf4vvs/unauthorized-biography-of-nick-saban

  64. The Flying Pig says:

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/these-are-the-worst-passwords-from-the-ashley-madison-hack/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec

    can you believe how many people use 123456
    isn’t that a joke from Spaceballs

  65. Mike E. says:

    I love Tanny, the WR corps, the TE’s, I like the RB’s, I love the D-line, like the LB’s, not sure about the safeties (Aikens or Thomas), and not sure about the CB’s.

  66. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I read the other day that 95% of the women profiles on the site aren’t real. LOL

    yep, i just posted that. i saw that today. what a f-ing shock. women not using a dating site. i would be willing to bet every other site is like that too. 5 billion men to 8 women

  67. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    August 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    That is so messed up

    I wonder if it causes their wives to forgive them

    lmao. yep i am sure it would

    H: Come on honey, i signed up knowing it was all men, i knew i would be chatting and cheating on you with some other guy pretending to be a woman
    W: Oh good, well in that case you are forgiven. i mean why not since i never have to have sex with you again.

    • Tim Knight says:

      H: Honey you know how I’ve always wanted to tongue some balls and go down on a hard one, take in the ass and all that. You can understand that can’t you honey?

      W: Right this is getting better and better for you.

  68. D says:

    Mikemar,

    Omar doesnt report either…just saying. I kid i kid…. ok i take back you like Omar, maybe more like a cross between Hyde and Mando.

  69. D says:

    Women dont need a site to get laid they just have to be anywhere in vicinity of a man and offer it.

  70. finfanrob says:

    D says:
    August 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Women dont need a site to get laid they just have to be anywhere in vicinity of a man and offer it.

    close, they dont even have to offer it. the man will still do all the work

  71. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    August 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Exactly. They can walk in a bar and say anyone want to get laid? Done! Even ugly chicks will find someone.

    lol like i just said to D. like a woman really needs to ask.

    hell i want to go into these bars that you and D go into. some women offer sex some they say ‘anyone want to get laid’

  72. Mike E. says:

    D

    It’s Momar

  73. olddolphan says:

    HEY YOUNG STANGER: Enjoyed the phone convo today even if the phone lines were a bit F’d up!! Hope you and the mrs. enjoy that vacation to Buffalo, er, Trinidad and Tobago!!
    ————-
    MIKE E: ANOTHER splendid effort! In case you missed it, I’d like to ask you for NEXT WEEK’s column what the over/under number is for starts by Brandon Albert in the 2015 regular season??–He has NOT played in all 16 games since about 4 years ago, I believe. –AND I AGREE WITH YOU that the O-Line is STILL the number one area of need for Miami. Sure hope we are able to pick up one of the final O-Line cuts by some other team when the final cuts are made.

  74. Mike E. says:

    OD

    I think the over/under for Albert should be 14. If we get 14 or more healthy starts from Albert, I think that’s pretty good.

    • olddolphan says:

      I’d bet the “under.” And I hope I’m WRONG. The thought of playing the last month of the season without Albert scares me,

  75. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ Mike on that’s what she says

  76. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, you’re vacationing in Buffalo?

    • stangerx says:

      My wife told me today we are going somewhere, but she wants it to be a surprise. Unfortunately we are leaving on the day of the Phins home opener, which I was supposed to go to with OD.

  77. stangerx says:

    RIP Chocolate Thunder

  78. D says:

    Boulder you got a link to your spread sheet? Has any of these other terds bothered fully filling theirs out? Im curious to see some of your 53 projections.

  79. The Flying Pig says:

    Stanger
    make sure you bring your mobile device where ever you end up

    My friends, who is a big football fan, is having a bday for his 1 year old and his wife sent out the invitations

    And I read it and saw 2pm 9/13
    So I called him and was like – “What is matter with you, did your wife snip your balls when you got married”
    But it turns out I read it wrong…its 2PM on 9/12 (Saturday)
    So appearently he is still whole and I won;t miss opening day at slatterys

  80. son of a son of a shula says:

    That asshole yesterday waited over two years to get what he considered revenge, I’d be keeping a close eye on Jonelle for a while.

  81. stangerx says:

    Move over Bill Cosby…..
    ————————————-
    Derrick Rose is being sued by a former girlfriend who claims he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013. Rose’s accuser, identified only as Jane Doe, said she and the three-time All-Star Chicago Bulls guard dated from 2011 to 2013.

    In August 2013, she said, Rose and two friends invited her to Rose’s home in Beverly Hills, where they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her. The woman said she escaped the house, but later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang-raped her while she was incapacitated.

  82. finfanrob says:

    stanger

    i read that yesterday. and first, she isnt a ‘girlfriend’ if he is trying to get her into a gangbang then drugging her to do it. no one does that with a ‘girlfriend’. then come on, they left to break into her house, i am sure all rose had to do was call a groupie.

  83. finfanrob says:

    so no boobie pics but piles of shit are ok. wow you people must work with some really weird people.

  84. The Flying Pig says:

    Man
    I would love to get a finjob from the BOTW

  85. Mike E. says:

    I knew you guys would come around with the BOTW. She’s cute

  86. finfanrob says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    August 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    She likes it in her blow hole

    yeah, till she gets a ring on her flipper

  87. The Flying Pig says:

    All day they’ve been tweeting about food and drink in the stadium

    Here is a pic

  88. The Flying Pig says:

  89. The Flying Pig says:

  90. Mike E. says:

    Piggy

    The popular restaurants at Citi Field, like the Shake Shack are always jam-packed. There’s never a short line.

  91. The Flying Pig says:

    This is awesome

  92. The Flying Pig says:

    They moved fans closer to field somehow

  93. The Flying Pig says:

    We lead the league in acl tears

    Weeeeeeeee

  94. The Flying Pig says:

    Cheater

  95. The Flying Pig says:

    wtf Omar

  96. 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?

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. Rockphin says:

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

  100. 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

  101. 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?

  102. 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.

  103. Rockphin says:

    Cheater is right!

  104. Mike E. says:

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

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. manitobafinfan says:

    Mike E: good job EH.

  113. 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.

  114. 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..

  115. 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..

  116. 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!!!

  117. 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.

  118. 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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