Q – Okay week one, which receivers do you see being targeted the most? This includes TEs and RBs. I ask this because I want to know the fucking answer. LOL
I think Jarvis Landry will be the main target this week, and almost always unless proven otherwise. Tannehill and Landry are on the same page, and Landry gets open, and makes the catch, and fights for extra yardage every time.
I do think Greg Jennings will get some targets, and be on the field a lot. He runs great routes, and is a guy who knows how to play the game, and although last year in Minnesota, he had a down year, I expect bigger things this year from Jennings.
I also expect Jordan Cameron to get some big targets. he’s tough to cover down the seam, if Tannehill can find him open, he has potential to make some big plays. I think that’s what Cameron does best. I don’t think he’s a Mark Bavaro type, where you hit him with a 5 yard pass, and then he drags 3 guys for a 15 yard gain. He’s dangerous when he breaks open and gets good separation, because he has the speed to take one all the way.
I think MillerTime will get 2-5 passes on Sunday as well, and I think Damien Williams, Miller’s backup will also get a couple of targets. Still, I think it’s Jarvis Landry that will get the most opportunities.
Q – When the season is over do you think we will regret not taking the best available O-Lineman in the 2nd round.
I really hope not. I went back to take a look at who was available in the 2nd RD, but we also have to remember we traded back from RD 2 Pick 15 with the Eagles, to get 2 5th RD picks, and move down to RD 2 Pick 20.
We took DT Jordan Phillips at pick #52, and and there were no OL taken in between pick #47 (our original pick) and pick #52 (Jordan Phillips). Mitch Morse (OG), who I personally had no interest in at that point was taken at #49 by the Chiefs. Jake Fisher (OT) was taken by the Bengals at pick #53, right after we took Jordan Phillips. Fisher is a guy I wanted the Dolphins to draft.
As it turns out, Jake Fisher appears to be the heir apparent to the LT spot when Andrew Whitworth is done in Cincinnati, which is likely 2016, when Whitworth becomes an UFA.
I think the biggest piece to this puzzle or question, is how Branden Albert does this season. This was/has been one of my worries since before the draft. It seems doubtful #76 will be in the lineup Week 1 against the Skins, but all reports have been good, and Albert has been doing a little more each week, without any setbacks. Now it’s not just a matter of Branden Albert getting into the lineup, but to me, it’s that when he is in the lineup, he’s something close to the player he’s been previously, and not like Jake Long was at the end of his career in MIA. If he’s not effective, or healthy, or both, and we need to move either Jason Fox or Dallas Thomas to LT, and then move Jamil Turner to LG, and Billy Turner to RG, I think we might be in some trouble.
Most fans seem to have taken Albert coming back for granted, but I’m not one of them. If the O-line keeps us from what I think we can be, then YES, I think we should have taken an OL instead of a DT, Jordan Phillips. My guess is the OL will have been more valuable to us this year then the DT. Clearly, Earl Mitchell and Suh are the starters, and Jordan Phillips is the next guy in the rotation, but if big #76 isn’t right for us this season, I’ll be seriously regretting that pick. Hopefully, that’s not that the case Randy.
Q – What’s your over/under for sacks against the Redskins?
And while we are at it, how about their rushing yards?
Yeah……I’m thinking might be a whole different world in both categories.
I think Kirk Cousins is a pretty smart guy, and I’m sure he’s done his homework on our Dolphins defense. That being said, I’m sure the OC realizes that they don’t want to ask too much of Cousins, and have designed a lot of plays where the ball comes out quickly. The last thing they want is our defense all over Cousins because he’s holding the ball too long. However, neither the OC or Cousins really knows what they’re up against.
I would say the over/under for sacks against the Redskins should be 4.
As far as rushing yards, I would expect OD’s favorite, Alfred Morris to be a big part of their offense. He’s going to get a lot of carries, but not with great success. My guess is, unless they fall behind really fast, that Morris gets between 20-25 carries, but the over/under for yards should be about 70. It’s gonna be tough out there for big Alfred, as the Dolphins defense will not be offering much in the way of rushing lanes. I expect a volume of carries with little success.
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Q – Mike
If they weren’t the first game on our schedule, I might be stating on a
daily basis that the Redskins are the worst team in the NFL, that they had a
horrible offseason and that they would be lucky to win 4 games this
But they are our week 1 opponent. So I go into “don’t get over
confident” mindset even though I have no control of what happens on the field.
This is of course to protect myself from being let down, which is of course
inevitable if we lose, even if I expected to lose.
This is the damage I do
to my psychology every football year. I know I’m not the only one. What is
wrong with Dolfans? Are you willing to go in the record and call a win over the
Redskins a sure thing. Or are you as dysfunctional as the rest of us? Really
how bad are the Redskins?
I don’t think we’re going to lose, even if Branden Albert doesn’t start, (He says he’s starting). I could even say even if Branden Albert does play, because I don’t expect him to be in there all that much. Either way, I think, like you, the Redskins are a hot mess. If we want to be contenders, you take a team like the Redskins, and you bet them, beat them good. I’ll take a sloppy win, but I don’t think that happens Sunday against the Redskins. I expect an all around thrashing. I
I picked 30-6, and I meant it. We’re going to be all over them this week, without necessarily “running it up” on them. Joe won’t keep his foot on the accelerator all game, and we’ll be running the clock midway through the 3rd QTR until the game is over. We’ll be up by 17-20 points at halftime.
Just relax, and understand we’ve built a pretty good team. Think of this. Devante Parker is now healthy, and ready to go, and he’s like the 5th string WR. Of course he missed a lot of time, but we’re not desperate for his services! We have a nice corps of WR’s now, with Jennings and Stills and Landry, even if I think it’s Landry, Jennings and Stills. Our defense will be ravenous, and and will ravage the Redskins. Lamar Miller is going to have a nice day against the Skins. Jordan Cameron is going to make a couple of big plays. I expect at least 2 INT’s, and a fumble recovery. We will win the TO battle.
I’m confident we will win, and win strong on Sunday. Maybe it’s me who needs to be committed. lol
Q – Deer Axe Mike,
With Brandon Albert confirming to start Sunday @ Washington, do you think the coaching staff & trainers are pushing Albert in too fast?
We’d sure hate to see a setback or poor play due to not being a 100%, just a lil over 10 months since tearing both ACL & MCL.
I think if Jason Fox wasn’t concussed, Fox would be starting, so in that regard, YES, I do think they are letting circumstances dictate the terms a bit. On the other hand, like I mentioned above to Pigsgerald, I don’t think for a second Albert will play the entire game, and despite his “starting” status, I don’t think he’s in there for more than a series or two or three. They don’t want/need to push Albert too far Sunday, and I don’t think they will. We’ll see a lot of movement on the line, with Dallas Thomas probably playing some LT, along with Jamil Douglas moving to LG, and Billy Turner at RG. I think Jeff Linkenbach might even play some LT Sunday. I think it’s really unrealistic to expect Branden Albert to go the entire game this quick, and he won’t. We’ll need big #76 to be in shape, so consider this his first preseason game. He’ll play for a few series, and then out he goes, as he leaves it in the hands of the aforementioned Thomas and/or Linkenbach.
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