FOLLOWING PERFECTION: THE 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS

By: Randy Campbell (OLD DOLFAN)

 

GAME 15: Cincinnati @ Miami, Dec. 23, 1973

THE AFC SEMI-FINALS

 

The Miami Dolphins opponents in the 1973 AFC Semi-Final Playoff Game were the 10-4 Cincinnati Bengals, winners of the AFC Central Division. The Bengals had closed the regular season by winning their last six games. The streak included a 27-0 thrashing of the eventual NFC Champions, the Minnesota Vikings.

 

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The Bengals were led by quarterback Ken Anderson, one of the NFL’s most accurate passers. His top receivers were future Hall-of-Famer Charlie Joiner and Isaac Curtis, who led all rookie receivers in 1973. The running game was paced by AFC Rookie of the Year “Boobie” Clark who, like Miami’s Larry Little, was an alum of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach.

 

Unquestionably, the best known name associated with this franchise wasn’t even a player. Instead, the most famous member of the Bengals was the team’s legendary head coach and general manager, Paul Brown. Paul Brown was the greatest innovator in the history of football. PERIOD! Brown was the first coach to use game films to scout opponents. He also used college game films to scout college football talent prior to the draft. Brown was the first to hire a full time staff of assistants and the first to test players on their knowledge of the playbook. He also gave intelligence tests to prospective draftees long before the Wonderlic Test was created. Brown invented the modern face mask plus a system of hand signals to call plays and defensive formations. He also developed a system of messenger guards who would bring in each offensive play from the sidelines. The passer’s protective pocket and the draw play were also Paul Brown creations, as was the short pass system we now call the West Coast Offense. Brown taught this offense to one of his assistants, Bill Walsh, who would go on to use it with great success in San Francisco with stars Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

 

At age 24, two years after graduating from Miami of Ohio, Brown was hired to be head coach of Massillon (Ohio) high school, the very high school he had quarterbacked just six years earlier. After an ordinary 5-4-1 first season, Brown’s Massillon Tigers would go an astounding 75-4-2 over the next eight seasons, including a 35 game winning streak!! In 1939, Massillon built a 20,000 seat stadium, naming it after Brown.

 

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In 1941 Brown was hired to coach the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 1942, he led Ohio State to their first national championship. In 1944, Brown was commissioned as a Navy first lieutenant. His job? Coach the Great Lakes Naval Training Station’s football team (which he led to a 9-2-1 record) against a schedule of major, established, football programs.

 

After the war, Brown took over the Cleveland All-American Football Conference franchise. The owner, Arthur McBride, named them the “Browns,” in honor of their highly successful coach. Brown would win all four league titles in the four year existence of the AAFC, losing only a total of four games in those four years.

 

In 1950, the Browns, Colts and the ’49ers of the now defunct AAFC were absorbed by the NFL. Amazingly, Brown’s team WON THE NFL TITLE IN THEIR VERY FIRST SEASON IN THE NFL!! They would go on to reach the NFL title game THEIR FIRST SIX YEARS IN THE NFL, winning three and losing three title games! In all, the Browns had made it to a record 10 straight title games, counting their four prior years in the AAFC! And Paul Brown had become the first coach ever to win a college football national title and an NFL championship!

 

In 1961 advertising executive Art Modell purchased the Browns. Paul Brown no longer had sole control of football decisions. A furious Brown was fired by Modell not long after Modell had agreed to extend Brown’s contract for another seven seasons! For the next seven years Paul Brown was paid $82,500 a season by Modell while he checked-out other coaching possibilities.

 

His search ended with the new AFL expansion Cincinnati Bengals, a franchise he invested a large sum of money in. The Bengals took the field in 1968, just two years after the Miami Dolphins, the AFL’s first expansion franchise. By 1973, Paul Brown had this Bengals franchise in the chase for the Super Bowl.

 

It was a bright, cool, 55 degree day in the historic Orange Bowl. Nearly 75,000 screaming fans crammed into every nook and cranny of the old stadium. Even the temporary seats installed in the east end zone were completely packed. A deafening roar greeted the white clad Dolphins as they jogged out on the field. It was PLAYOFF TIME and I was as thrilled as I could be to witness football history!!

 

Head coach Don Shula believed his team would have great success running the football. The Bengals’ D-Line was a bit undersized. And they lacked quality depth. Shula also believed Miami’s running game eventually would open up opportunities for the passing game, in general, and for Paul Warfield, in particular. Warfield, of course, was fresh off his spectacular four touchdown performance in the first half of Miami’s blow-out win over the Detroit Lions.

 

The Dolphins won the toss and elected to receive. Starting from the 20, Griese employed a variety of running plays. Csonka ran inside. Morris ran outside. Then, from the Bengals’ 13 yard line, Griese spotted an open Paul Warfield. Warfield cradled the precious touchdown pass and the Dolphins had a quick 7-0 advantage.

 

The Bengals Horst Muhlmann connected on a 24-yard field goal, narrowing the margin to 7-3. Again, Muhlmann’s kickoff went through the end zone, forcing Miami to start from their 20.

 

No problem. Just as before, Miami marched down the field. Csonka, Kiick and Morris were having a field day behind Miami’s awesome offensive line. From the one yard line, Larry Csonka scored easily, ending a second long drive and giving the Dolphins a 14-3 lead after one quarter.

 

Cincinnati’s defense stopped Miami on their third drive. So Griese decided to take to the air on his fourth series. A 48-yard bomb to PAUL WARFIELD brought the Orange Bowl crowd to an absolute frenzy! Two plays later, Mercury Morris scooted in for a touchdown and the Dolphins seemed in complete control leading 21-3.

 

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Again, Miami’s “No Name Defense” stopped the Bengals in their tracks. After a punt, Griese took his offense onto the field. I was thinking, “One more touchdown will put this game away!” Well, I got my touchdown. Problem was, the WRONG TEAM SCORED THE TOUCHDOWN!! A Bob Griese pass was picked-off by Cincy’s Neal Craig and returned 45 yards for a touchdown. The Bengals’ bench exploded as they finally had something to cheer about. Even Paul Brown was smiling!

 

After stopping Miami’s next drive, the Bengals confidently moved across midfield. Muhlmann’s long 46 yard field goal narrowed the gap to 21-13! On the ensuing kickoff, Mercury Morris FUMBLED!! Another Muhlmann 3-pointer made the score 21-16 at halftime. The Orange Bowl was in a state of shock!!

 

Quarterback Ken Anderson confidently led his Bengals out onto the polyturf surface for the first possession of the third quarter. But another Anderson, Miami’s Dick Anderson, had other plans. He intercepted the Bengal quarterback’s pass near midfield and returned it all the way to the Cincy 28 yard line!!

 

Quickly the Dolphins moved the ball to the seven. Griese’s perfect slant pass to tight end Jim Mandich was good for a touchdown! Miami had regained the momentum and now led 28-16! Late in the third stanza, Garo Yepremian lined-up a very long 50-yard field goal. Morrall’s hold was perfect. The kick was in the air. It was GO-O-O-OD!!! Out came the white hankies as Dolfans throughout the Orange Bowl celebrated a 31-16 lead at the end of the third quarter!!

 

The fourth quarter mostly consisted of Miami running plays which ate up lots of time. First down followed first down. The clock kept moving. A Yepremian 46 yard field goal expanded the lead to 34-16.

 

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One final stop by Miami’s defense put an end to it. The Dolphins had easily defeated Paul Brown’s Bengals for their 23rd consecutive win in the historic Orange Bowl!

 

Miami registered a playoff record 27 first downs. Csonka, Kiick and Morris combined for 241 yards rushing ON EXACTLY 50 RUNNING PLAYS behind Miami’s dominant offensive line. Throw in 159 yards passing by Griese and the Dolphins had exactly 400 yards total offense to the Bengals 194 total yards.

 

Paul Brown passed away in 1991, 24 years after his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. His son, Mike Brown, succeeded him as club president. In 2000, the Bengals opened a new football facility on the banks of the Ohio River. They named it Paul Brown Stadium.

 

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259 Responses to FOLLOWING PERFECTION: THE 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS

  1. ocalahowie says:

    Morning Update
    Howie 38-13 MIA
    Wyo 28-13 MIA
    Trypod21-17MIA
    Toba 41-13 MIA
    Piggy 23-10MIA
    Stang 21-7 MIA
    Cav 24-13 MIA
    Rock 31-13 MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  2. ocalahowie says:

    Remember Darr had one go through the endzone so it was only a net of 35yds
    Thats got to be why his avg. was only 43. whatever

  3. ukfinfan says:

    Ask any 0-1 team if they’d swap our performance for theirs?
    Having said that, Tanny wasn’t as accurate as advertised in pre-season, nearly eliminating both our TEs by overthrowing them. The D Line was neutralised in a concerning fashion. Why the hell won’t Lazor call more running plays? And boy were we vanilla on both sides of the ball. Philbin’s personality there for all to see. I thought there’d be rust in the game, but way underestimated how much – some of the performance was closer to mechanical failure than rust.
    Still, we came up with big plays when it mattered and won on the road. Here’s hoping that we build on that and keep improving through December cos that’s what matters. Saw a great tweet that puts week 1 in perspective.

    Mia 23 – 17

    PS Great to see you back Lee! Did you see the Aussie rugby league player in the Niners game?

  4. uwantwat says:

    Not yet UK.I will start watching the condensed versions when I feel a bit better. Hayde looks to be a solid lad though. There are a couple of Aussie Rules blokes I reckon could make it. Not talking punters, One I think would be a dynamite WR/KR. His speed and hands are outstanding. The other I thinking would make a great blocking TE. Did you know we have been taking American atheletes from camps set up to test them and one has already debuted at the highest level this year? He is a ruckman with a fantastic leap, plays for St.Kilda and his name is Jacob Holmes. His bro is a TE in the NFL. I forget which team.We have another couple of players close to first team selection as well. Very atheletic for their size.

    • ukfinfan says:

      Take it easy Lee and save the Fins until last so the ticker is under less strain!
      Without being too much of a spoiler, Hayde’s fist touch was a muffed punt 😦 His other play looked good though. I was disappointed to see Ajayi on temporary IR – hoped he’d get a game at Wembley. Less than three weeks now – can’t wait!!!

  5. Ken says:

    Howie:
    Miami 30 Jax 21
    Miami offense gets rolling, Tanny bounces back but Jax will run behind Yeldon keeping it close. Late pick by Reshard Jones against Bortles will seal the win.

  6. Ken says:

    Nice write up OD

  7. uwantwat says:

    OD as uaual nails it.

  8. uwantwat says:

    UK..I saw the GP yesterday and she thinks I’m doing pretty well’ Next week I will start watching the. Muffed punt hey? How many of those have we seen over the years. Plenty I bet!

  9. olddolphan says:

    KEN;Thanks for the kind words. –I hope everyone gets something positive out of Miami’s first playoff win of the 1973 Playoff Season. —IN particular, I hope each and every one of you gets a deeper understanding of the impact of the legendary Paul Brown on the history of American Football. My Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches would have Shula, Brown, Landry and Lombardi. –I believe they are the most important and significant head coaches in NFL history. ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY all of you Dolfans!!!!

  10. olddolphan says:

    HOWIE, HOWIE, HOWIE!!!!! 20-6, MIA. –SUH gets more than 1 tackle (I HOPE).

  11. The Flying Pig says:

    Great write up OD
    A Dolphin playoff win!
    woop woop

  12. Mike E. says:

    That was a very good write OD! (As per ushge)

    I didn’t realize the Dolphins didn’t have a natural grass field in the early 70’s. Any idea when they switched to natural grass?

  13. The Flying Pig says:

    Just a reminder folks

    The next 2 weeks we have 4PM games
    I don;t know why but that is the way the cookie crumbles

    I actually prefer the late games bc I get stuff done int he morning before I get my game day drink on

  14. Mike E. says:

    Howie

    MIA 23 – JAX 20

    Miami wins on a late hot dog FG, oops, I mean late Franks FG. These Jaguars won’t be a pushover. Blake Bortles stands toe to toe against Tannehill and the MIA defense, and the Jags get some good, tough running from TJ Yeldon, and as per usghe, no one on the Dolphins D really feels like tackling, so we’re left chewing our nails and pulling out a late victory, but, we’re 2-0 baby!

    • Try Pod says:

      Similar to my thoughts, Mike E. We just don’t like to put teams away.. it’s like their moms pay the Dolphins to keep it close, so as to build their self-esteem.

  15. The Flying Pig says:

    Actually
    my stomach was upset all Monday from eating nachos and drinking beer on Sunday
    Yuk

    I need to cut it down a bit
    I’m too old

    I can’t beleive it has come to this but I might have to get a salad and water at slatterys next Sunday

    • Try Pod says:

      lol- I don’t know how old you are, but you’re bound to find many other things you can’t do like you used to, as time goes on…

  16. son of a son of a shula says:

    I can’t stand Tirico, Gruden gets to be a pain with “loving” everyone. But OMG Berman and Dilfer was the worst ever. I can’t believe they let Dilfer on TV, on a national broadcast. Berman’s voice sounds different after every commercial and Dilfer is just a horrible broadcaster. Both of those games were made very difficult to watch by those announcers. LOL, the Eagles were amazing and unstoppable while they were coming back but once they lost they sucked out loud. Just call the game and save your espn corporate built hype and bullshit I don’t need it or want it. espn the worldwide ruiner of sports.

    • Try Pod says:

      You’ll get no argument from me- I noted my distaste for Berman last night on this very blogsite. I still don’t understand how Berman gets re-signed year after year. He is still spewing those same horrible puns he sarted out with in 1982. Anyone forget “Ben ‘Amazing Technicolor’ Coates”?

  17. son of a son of a shula says:

    How about those 1-0 Fins?
    Winning ugly and who cares.
    That was everything Suh said we can’t be. Can’t get run on he said. I hope corrections are made, it shouldn’t be like that.

  18. Mike E. says:

    LMAO @ Piggy! Water and salad . . .

  19. Mike E. says:

    Sonny

    No one on the Dolphins D seemed particularly interested in wrapping up and making a tackle. An excruciating amount of missed tackles.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Yeah, I’d like to see a more inspired game this week. Like you said J-ville won’t be a push-over but like Washington we should be the better team at the end of the day.

  20. Mike E. says:

    I didn’t really watch much of either game last night, my family was over, and we’re all Mets fans. This team is just a lot of fun to watch. They find a new way to win every night.

  21. son of a son of a shula says:

    Try, even though Tampa completely rebuilt their stadium (many years ago) he still calls it the “Big Sombrero”.

  22. The Flying Pig says:

    My new gameday diet

  23. The Flying Pig says:

    I guess Berman sort of built ESPN and brought it to where it is today

    He should probably retire
    His voice is paintful to listen to

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      But Dilfer, what a shreiking little pussy. His voice goes way up here (son holds hand over his head) when he gets excited. Terico does it too, watch Frank Gifford and some of the greats they don’t shriek like little girls, they just call the game and are capable of engaging in conversation with the other booth member.

    • Try Pod says:

      True- I see red (paint)

  24. son of a son of a shula says:

    Try, I wasn’t on at the time and read it later but I wanted to give you a LMAO for your comment on the pic of Tannehill with his finger up his nose. You said ” …who said he can’t go deep.”
    that was funny as hell.

  25. The Flying Pig says:

    Tomorrow
    I’m going to educate you guys on Jacksonville and the Jaguars

    there are a lot of things people don;t know about the city and the Franchise

  26. son of a son of a shula says:

    I was a HUGE sports fan until the espning of sports began. It didn’t happen right away they built up slowly but once they had the foothold on everything sports I don’t follow anything but football anymore. They completely ruined baseball for me with the way they cover it. And as bad as they make baseball what they do to basketball is even worse. Bunch of dorky white punks running around, “dime this, dime that” wtf are you even talking about?

    • Try Pod says:

      I haven’t thought about it in that context. There was a time when I, too was a fan of consuming any sport, but as time has gone by, I’m pretty much down to NFL and whatever Miami team makes the playoffs in their particular sport.

  27. Mike E. says:

    I wonder what happened to 631 . . . I know he moved to Tampa near the end of last season, haven’t seen him on yet this season

  28. Mike E. says:

    Ahhh, Payaso! He was a cool guy. He was rarely around when we were just one blog instead of two, but I liked that dude. Lot of characters have come and gone. Remember CB? Myth hasn’t come around either. I Am Frank Kearse (etc,etc) hasn’t been here either. He’s a busy guy I believe.

  29. Mike E. says:

    Sonny

    Yeah, Randy and Convict have at least been here, but they have been absent for a while, Convict more so than Randy

  30. Mike E. says:

    I get to briefly kinda interact with Bat in our FF league

  31. son of a son of a shula says:

    Try, what was your old name?

    • sb7mvp says:

      Do or do not

    • Try Pod says:

      Originally I signed in as “Wil” (as my first name is William). A couple of years in someone started signing in as Will. It seems to me he went a little sideways- less than Home but more than … me, I guess, so I decided to change handles. “Will” didn’t stick around very long, and may have been someone mocking me or someone who just changed names a lot.
      Speaking of changing names- was Home “Jet Fan”?

  32. sb7mvp says:

    At least someone did Try

  33. Mike E. says:

    SB

    You’ve been making (very) brief appearances here. 🙂

  34. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Nice job pd. Maybe the phins win a playoff game again in our lifetime 🙂

  35. Mike E. says:

    Son

    I think Randy was getting tired of blogging.

    • Try Pod says:

      My thoughts (since I seem to be full of them today!) is that Randy got tired of being put in the position of being some type of hater. I think he usually offers a fair assessment of things with nothing personal attached, but he was perceived by some as being unfair or heavy handed, particularly where Tanne, the O’line and soliai were concerned. I don’t necessarily agree with all of his assessments, but I always thought he was being fair and reasonable- unless he was purposefully not being so just to get under the skin of some.

  36. sb7mvp says:

    Brief is all I got. Unless the game is on. Live chat was nice.
    (Put that in your pipe and smoke it Tim)

  37. The Flying Pig says:

    I doubt anyone who is coming around is doing it for personal reasons

    I just think life takes over and its hard to make time

    I know if I wasn;t an admin here, I would probably take a break from time to time

  38. Try Pod says:

    Alright- gotta go get ready for an interview I have with the state DOT. The pay isn’t much better than what I get now, but the hours are longer, so there’s that.
    See you folks later.

  39. herdfan says:

    I sent Randy an email last week generally checking in with him and making sure no one had pissed him off and he was staying away because of it. Offered to kick some ass if that was the case. He reponded Sunday and paraphrasing here, he wasn’t pissed but did get tired of some of the BS and I could liberally kick some ass as many of us here need it. And he thought FFR would enjoy it.

    I hope he doesn’t mind my posting this, if so, I may have to give myself an ass kicking. Just wanted to update you on his status. A couple of us had wondered where he had gone and that prompted me to send the email.

  40. herdfan says:

    BTW, I mailed out the prizes yesterday so winners watch your mailbox. First time I had visited a PO in a long time. Now I know why they are going broke. It was a hot mess.

    • Mike E. says:

      I was actually impressed last visit at the post office, which was a few months ago. Staff was helpful, knowledgeable, and took care of business is in a relatively quick amount of time.

  41. Mike E. says:

    Thanks herd – My ass is ready to be kicked

  42. D says:

    olddolphan says:
    September 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm
    IN CASE ANY OF YOU MISSED IT, SUH’s tackle of Alfred Morris was his ONLY TACKLE OF THE GAME!!! – – ONE tackle ain’t gonna get it, Big Boy!!
    —————————————————
    OD, DT’s dont normally make the tackles, their job is to eat blockers freeing the LB’s to make the tackles. What ya dont want to see if your safeties making most your tackles, because then it means your LB’ers werent doing their jobs effectively. Jones was 3rd overall in solo tackles, first in combined. This means he was around the ball and probably reasonable rank for solo, the bad part is our CB Taylor was 4th, and our MLB Sheppard was tied for 5th with people he should have had a lot more tackles than. This shows why we had so many issues with the up the middle runs. I think The DT’s did a pretty decent job, might could have put a little more pressure on the QB, but overall wasn’t a bad job by them. Sheppard was the one that really looked weak to start with and he settled into the job in the second half.

    Anyone expecting much more than about 30-40 tackles by Suh for the season has the wrong idea about what to expect from him.

  43. D says:

    BTW, i didnt have a chance to do the game review, but ill get to it tonight.

  44. Al in MIA says:

    Howie,
    Put me down for Miami 24, Jaguars 6.

  45. Al in MIA says:

    Btw,
    Not sure if anyone stayed up to watch the Minny/SF game but I have never had to endure such pain listening to the announcers (Bergman & Dilfer). Those two should never be allowed to broadcast football together and perhaps Berman EVER.

  46. Al in MIA says:

    I almost fell off my chair in disgust when Berman was trying to justify how a 10 yard punt return is the equivalent of hitting a home run with nobody on base.

  47. Al in MIA says:

    Mike E,
    I saw your MIA-JAGS score and it’s scary to see how close it is to Oddshark’s computer model which is calling for a 20-19 Dolphins win LOL.

    • Mike E. says:

      No kitten. I never pay attention to those things, but that’s interesting to know. I don’t see any reason not to expect a close game.

  48. Al in MIA says:

    Another thing about last night’s game, no matter how bad MacGoo was with the Dolphins a few years back, he’s got nothing on the Vikes offense coordinator. If I was the owner, i would have considered firing him on the spot after what the Vikes did @ SF. Nothing but shotgun formations and only 14 carries for AP against a high powered defense = JOKE.

  49. Mike E. says:

    D

    Suh and Mitchell are penetrators, but they were pretty ineffective against what the Redskins were doing. They didn’t get any pressure on the QB, didn’t blow up any running plays in the backfield, so I’m not really sure what they did do well. I would say nothing really. The Redskins ran where they weren’t, and not that it’s the DT’s fault that our LB’s weren’t tacking, overall, the run defense looked pretty bad.

    • Al in MIA says:

      Doesn’t help that the Fins were out coached in that regard (D scheme against Skins O) but execution (tackling) was the biggest issue for sure. There were too many missed tackles on 3rd down that allowed 1st downs. It seemed as if Alfred Morris was getting good yards after 1st contact.

  50. Al in MIA says:

    Read this article to see how the Skins run game worked against Miami… I’ll post the first part of it but it gets into the scheme against Suh and other things.

    Here’s why the running game worked:

    Running back Alfred Morris: It was only the second time in his past 24 games that Morris surpassed 100 yards. He received good blocking, but he helped himself with hard and smart running. Morris gained seven yards on a second-and-10 in the first quarter when he froze the linebacker by pressing the hole. When Morris cut back to the middle, the linebacker could not reach him. Another time a short gain — four yards — stemmed from Morris running through a linebacker for nearly three yards after contact.

    Later in the second quarter, Morris hesitated enough on an outside zone to the left, enabling Jordan Reed to gain control of his block and create a crease for nine yards.

    “We ran our bread and butter, which is the outside zone,” Morris said. “Their plan going in was to stop us from getting outside, which in the long run hurt them because it left the middle of the field open. We were able to find cutback lanes and get some tough yards. It was a good outing, but we have to do better.”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/19851/redskins-ground-game-rb-alfred-morris-provide-foundation-for-offense

  51. stangerx says:

    Yeah OD — onto the AFC Championship. Fingers crossed for that game. 🙂

    Biggest problem is that means just two of your great reads left.

  52. stangerx says:

    Got a call from the Fins tix office yesterday…….DEADLINE for reserving the group section is THURSDAY.

    WHO IS IN

    Piggy
    Stanger (+2, perhaps +4)
    OD (better half TBA)
    Son (+3)
    Rock
    Al ( in, maybe +1)
    Toba (+3, including the dreaded Pats fan)
    Brian in NY

    THE FENCE — aka you snooze you lose

    Getterdone (maybe with +1)
    drg (maybe)
    Gigi (maybe)

    Repost and add you name if you plan on going to texans at dolphins.
    ———————
    We have 15 in the section right now.

    Need to hear from GDP, drg and Gigi as well as AL about his bro.

    • Al in MIA says:

      I’m not going to be able to go 😦
      I have a bachelor party weekend 22-25 Oct; thought the game was on a different weekend for some reason. I don’t think I will make the drive from Key West to SunLife on Sunday morning for a 1pm game after getting trashed on the 24th :(.

      • stangerx says:

        Crusher AL. You could still close out the smallest bar in the world and drunkenly drive home Sat nite at like 4AM. You’d beat the Sunday traffic out of the Keys. 🙂

  53. D says:

    Again, it was on the LB’ers. DT’s didnt do a great job pressing the QB, i said that, and to that i agree. They were not however responsible for the deficiencies in the run D. Go back and watch it Mike, they took up their blockers, the OL didnt get to Sheppard who was out of position and ineffective tackling. Mitchell didnt look great, ill give you that but he wasnt awful, Suh wasnt dominant but they schemed for him perfectly. Even the review posted by Al puts most the blame on Sheppard.

    • Al in MIA says:

      I mean Alfred Morris said this
      “We ran our bread and butter, which is the outside zone,” Morris said. “Their plan going in was to stop us from getting outside, which in the long run hurt them because it left the middle of the field open. We were able to find cutback lanes and get some tough yards.—-
      Either you have a scheme failure by Coyle or LB over pursuing to the outside or both.

    • Mike E. says:

      I guess what I’m saying is, he wasn’t the best DT in the NFL this past Sunday. Sheppard was awful, and Vigil is likely breathing down his neck.

    • Al in MIA says:

      The article also states how Cousins was 7-9 off play action which also speaks to LB play.

  54. Al in MIA says:

    Tim,
    If you are out there, I checked out to see which QB had the highest QBR in Week 1 and to my surprise it was none other than Aaron Rodgers. It really doesn’t matter who plays WR; the man is just on another level.

  55. Al in MIA says:

    Sb7,
    LMFAO @ jet lag and mustaches.

  56. stangerx says:

    Got a call from the Fins tix office yesterday…….DEADLINE for reserving the group section is THURSDAY.

    WHO IS IN

    Piggy
    Stanger (+2, perhaps +4)
    OD (better half TBA)
    Son (+3)
    Rock
    Toba (+3, including the dreaded Pats fan)
    Brian in NY

    THE FENCE — aka you snooze you lose

    Getterdone (maybe with +1)
    drg (maybe)
    Gigi (maybe)
    ———————
    We have 14 solid in the section right now.

    Need to hear from GDP, drg and Gigi.

  57. Al in MIA says:

    Profile of the latest signing the Fins made (acquisition of UDFA Raheem Mostert who was picked off the Eagles PS after Jonas Gray was waived).

    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=109374&draftyear=2015&genpos=RB

    08/08/14 – Purdue’s NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. RB Raheem Mostert, Senior…Although he enters his senior season with only 230 career rushing yards, Mostert is a player to watch because if you take your eye off him, he’s gone. Arguably the fastest player in all of college football, Mostert won gold in the 60-meter (6.63) and 200-meter (20.73) at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships this past spring, both school records. He enters his senior season third in Purdue history with 1,558 career kickoff return yards and has been a special teams standout, although his development on the offensive side of the ball hasn’t been as effective with only one career start. Switching between wide receiver and running back the last three years, Mostert has seen minimal time on offense, but is expected to see extensive playing time as a senior in 2014. He eats up grass in a hurry with beautiful acceleration and the raw speed to be a home run threat whenever he touches the ball. Mostert’s run instincts and vision have been streaky, but his speed makes Purdue’s offense worth watching. – Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

  58. The Flying Pig says:

    I think its understandable to get tired of the BS
    And sometimes taking a break is the best thing to do
    when Randy is ready to come back we will welcome him back
    provided he is not eating any bacon in the interim

  59. sb7mvp says:

    San Frans new HC looks like an SNL character. He doesn’t seem like the coach of an actual professional team.

  60. Al in MIA says:

    Try,
    I went to Forbes.com and oddly the only comment they had about the franchise was this :/
    “Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is reportedly exploring buying the Formula One auto racing circuit, presumably to help make the area around his stadium more of a destination. “

  61. sb7mvp says:

    There’s your mustaches

  62. Al in MIA says:

    For what it’s worth, Tannehill (50) had a higher QBR than Russell Wilson (49) & Andrew Luck (39) this week :/

  63. The Flying Pig says:

    Joe Flacco had a QB rating of 38.2 last week
    Ouch!
    That is 32 of 32

    Blake Bortles was 31 with 54.5
    He didn;t have a very good game vs the Panthers

  64. Mike E. says:

    LMAO @ Al with Ron Jeremy, and the moustaches.

  65. Tim Knight says:

    Al, Rodgers is elite for sure.

  66. Ken says:

    Back to my client meeting

  67. finfanrob says:

    Al in MIA says:
    September 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I’m not going to be able to go 😦
    I have a bachelor party weekend 22-25 Oct;

    wait, al works bachelor parties. and here i thought i was the lucky one catching a hulk in my basement.

  68. finfanrob says:

    so all it takes to get a personalize email from herd is to self ban oneself…………see all you fucktards later.

  69. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Rob

  70. Al in MIA says:

    For those following the situation at UTexas, they fired their AD today after 22 months on the job LOL.

    From ESPN,
    “Kanell: Patterson ‘was a bad fit’

    Danny Kanell said on SportsCenter that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s firing had more to do with Patterson’s clashes with fans and failed relationships than Texas’ struggles on the field.”

    Meanwhile, UMiami fans have been irate for 2 seasons and waiting for a new AD to come in (instead of interim). Hey, well at least the Uni named a new President this spring. No question former Donna Shalala did the university well guiding it to higher academic standing (her primary role) but many alumni are upset with how she handled the sports department.

  71. jetsssuck says:

    The flying Pig____——-can u put this advice for UwantWat tomorrow morning when u post the new article—-it will help him recover with less pain.I don’t have to get up early this week and he is sleeping since he is about 12 hours difference from us

    To take a show3er you can get a baby bib or lobster bib to cover the chest stitches so you don’t get them wet.Turn water on then off to rather up then on to rinse off. The first shower is going to hurt.

    Use your pillows to cough or laugh by pushing against yourself it hurts but that will slowly get better. Gotta remember they cracked up your clavicle and moved your lungs to the side.

    Depending on where they took vein for your heart. If its the upper calf then you will leak clear fluids keep it bandaged don’t worry its normal when walking.

    You will regain your appetite and your desire for fluids it took me several weeks

    Be carefull while you are on cumiton heart meds its a blood thinner and you can easily bleed out from a simple cut.

    Don’t pull anything like lawnmower or open can that is hard to open by twisting for at least 4-6 months. Gonna remember they split open the chest,disconnected the pectorals and your lungs were separated to get to the heart.

    If you see mayonnaise looking fluids coming from your stitches then that is a infection. Call your doctor.

    Here is a good website and blog that many doctors visit and answer questions.

    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

  72. herdfan says:

    Al in MIA says:
    September 15, 2015 at 11:33 am (Edit)
    Mike E,
    I saw your MIA-JAGS score and it’s scary to see how close it is to Oddshark’s computer model which is calling for a 20-19 Dolphins win LOL.

    Mike E. says:
    September 15, 2015 at 11:38 am (Edit)
    No kitten. I never pay attention to those things, but that’s interesting to know. I don’t see any reason not to expect a close game.

    Wow. I wasn’t really fond of being called darlin’ but I really wouldn’t like kitten.

    • Mike E. says:

      I had a friend that used to say “no kitten” instead of no kidding all the time. He was a funny dude too. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time, we used to work together.

  73. Mike E. says:

    That’s very thoughtful of you jetssuck! Good job man!

    • jetsssuck says:

      very odd that is was one year anniversary of my doctors death and he mentioned he was have open heart and later that day a good friend mentioned he had cold sweats which is sign of heart attack. It felt like I was connecting with my doctor in some way.

  74. Tim Knight says:

    uwant, wishing you all the best, mate!

  75. The Flying Pig says:

    Jetssuck
    Just added it to the end of tomorrow’s post
    Also
    whomever is 1st tomorrow
    please cut and past it and post it so its there for him

    Thanks for doing this

  76. CavalierKong says:

    I just read that another rule change has made it possible to score 1 point (other than an extra point kick). The chances are ridiculously slim but it can happen.
    So you could have a game scored 1-55. Awesome.

  77. Mike E. says:

    jetssuck

    Could be man. Could be

  78. finfanrob says:

    wait, hold on. wtf is wrong with you people. so i have this right, you are going to put personal health advice for some one at the end of an article that no one reads…………..brilliant

  79. Al in MIA says:

    Kong,
    I’m waiting for that 3-1 final someday LOL

  80. Al in MIA says:

    Ken,
    I felt bad for Bridgewater yesterday. What a horrible game plan by Minnesota’s coaches. Nothing but shotgun and only 10 carries for AP LOL. Btw, not sure if you saw it but Teddy underthrew a deep TD throw to Wallace where it was clear there was pass interference on Mike but in classic Mike fashion, with contact to the arms at the point of catching the ball, couldn’t even fight through it to make a catch attempt.

  81. Al in MIA says:

    That defensive performance last night by the Vikings D was one of the worst defensive efforts I have seen in a while. Hyde did his thing but I think anyone in here could have averaged 5 yards a carry in the 2nd half.

  82. finfanrob says:

    jetsssuck says:
    September 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    touched by a angel flashbacks?

    yeah, my touched by an angel flashbacks make me break out in a sweat too

  83. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    Which one touched you?

  84. ocalahowie says:

    Afternoon Update
    Howie 38-13 MIA
    Wyo 28-13 MIA
    Trypod21-17MIA
    Toba 41-13 MIA
    Piggy 23-10MIA
    Stang 21-7 MIA
    Cav 24-13 MIA
    Rock 31-13 MIA
    BrianNY27-10MIA
    UK 23-17 MIA
    Ken 30-21 MIA
    Old 20-6 MIA
    MikeE 23-20 MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  85. CavalierKong says:

    D,

    Prior to this year an extra point kick touched by a defender was a dead ball, there was no returning for points. There have been two changes this year. First a defender can return a missed/blocked kick to the opposite end zone for 2 points and second, (the one I was referencing), if either team scores a safety during an extra point try 1 point is rewarded.

    • Al in MIA says:

      Don’t understand why a safety would only be worth 1 point. A safety has always been worth 2 points but I guess the committee is stupid. It gives the team attempting the PAT a chance to kick the ball out of the endzone if theres a fumble and not try and recover it.

      • CavalierKong says:

        Al,
        Weird, right? Why not just make it 2 points across the board. I guess they just wanted to make a score of 1 possible, lol.

  86. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    September 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Rob

    Which one touched you?

    aaaawwww, so innocent. mike you are so sweet and naive at times.

    not one mikie……………..aaaaalllllllll of them

    • wyoming85 says:

      Miami Dolphins ‏@MiamiDolphins 8m8 minutes ago
      No surprise here.

      Juice is a nominee for the @NFL’s Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week Award.

  87. wyoming85 says:

    Greg Likens ‏@GregLikens 3m3 minutes ago
    #Dolphins Week 2 depth chart has been released. With LaMike James being waived, Jarvis Landry is now listed as the 1st-team PR & KR

    • Tim Knight says:

      Should have been that way since day one. I never saw it in James and he messed up again. It seemed to me they wanted to give him a last shot and he blew it.

  88. wyoming85 says:

    Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP 5m5 minutes ago
    Damien Williams listed as backup kick returner; Rishard Matthews as backup punt returner… Raheem Mostert only listed as 3rd string RB

  89. Rockphin says:

    Mike E. says:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    He drinks out of his Dolphins sippy cup on game day

    I was wondering where my damn sippy cup went to!! YOU THIEVING PIG! I want my sippy cup back. (it does a great job limiting spills when you get sloppy drunk and keeps the shower water out of your cup when you stand in the shower hung over the next morning drinking the hair of the dog)

    I WANT MY SIPPY CUP BACK!

  90. Rockphin says:

    I can’t beleive it has come to this but I might have to get a salad and water at slatterys next Sunday
    Reply

    This MAY not apply to you Piggy, because you are a pig, but salad isn’t food. It is FEED. The stuff you feed to food. And don’t drink water! It is bad for you. Fish fuck in water.

  91. Rockphin says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    September 15, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Jacksonville is the ONLY city in Duval County, it encompasses the entire county.

    ALMOST TRUE, but not quite

    On October 1, 1968, the government of Duval County was consolidated with the government of the city of Jacksonville. The Duval County cities of Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach, and Neptune Beach, are not included in the corporate limits of Jacksonville, and maintain their own municipal governments. All services that would normally be provided by a county government are provided by the city of Jacksonville.

  92. The Flying Pig says:

    Rock

    is this a fish money shot?

  93. D says:

    CavalierKong says:
    September 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm
    D,

    Prior to this year an extra point kick touched by a defender was a dead ball, there was no returning for points. There have been two changes this year. First a defender can return a missed/blocked kick to the opposite end zone for 2 points and second, (the one I was referencing), if either team scores a safety during an extra point try 1 point is rewarded.
    ——————————————
    Hmmm, maybe i had college rules mixed up with it, but i was pretty sure this was true previousl in the NFL. Maybe it was then wasnt and now is again, because i really think i remember a time int he NFL that this was true.

  94. Rockphin says:

    finfanrob says:
    September 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    so all it takes to get a personalize email from herd is to self ban oneself…………see all you fucktards later.

    GOOD JOB HERD!!!! YOU DA GAL!!

  95. D says:

    Rockphin says:
    September 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm
    son of a son of a shula says:
    September 15, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Jacksonville is the ONLY city in Duval County, it encompasses the entire county.

    ALMOST TRUE, but not quite

    On October 1, 1968, the government of Duval County was consolidated with the government of the city of Jacksonville. The Duval County cities of Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach, and Neptune Beach, are not included in the corporate limits of Jacksonville, and maintain their own municipal governments. All services that would normally be provided by a county government are provided by the city of Jacksonville.
    Reply
    The Flying Pig says:
    September 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm
    I have a lo more Jacksonville facts for you tomorrow

    Did you know they eat puppies?
    Reply
    ————————————————————————
    Do you realize they are the second place in the world to deny their prodigal son his riteful place among them…. Hint: Mike’s people did it first.

    🙂

  96. Al in MIA says:

    http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/article-1/INSIDE-THE-NUMBERS-Dolphins-Opener-Sets-Many-Milestones/4105dc05-e4f5-497d-b2e3-fe276bcfaa8b

    INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Dolphins Opener Sets Many Milestones
    Posted 1 hour ago
    Alain Poupart Lead Writer Dolphins.com

    In his first game in a Dolphins uniform, punter Matt Darr set a franchise opening-day record with a 54.3 gross average. The previous record was 54.0 yards, set by Brandon Fields in 2013.

    • Just how impressive was Darr’s debut? His average was tied for second-highest ever — based on minimum of four punts — on opening day for a rookie punter (with Minnesota’s Chris Kluwe in 2005). The only better performance was the 55.1-yard average posted by Rodney Williams of the New York Giants in 2001.

    • Jordan Cameron also made a quick impression in his first game with the Dolphins. His 18.3 receiving average (73 yards on four catches) tied with Randy McMichael in 2002 for highest ever for a tight end in his first game in a Miami uniform. It also tied McMichael’s 2002 game for second-highest receiving average for a Dolphins tight end on opening day, behind only the 24.3 average (73 yards on three catches) by Keith Jackson in 1993.

    • As mentioned right after the game, Jarvis Landry’s punt return was the third in Dolphins history on opening day, along with those of Marcus Thigpen (2012 at Houston) and Tommy Vigorito (1982 at N.Y. Jets). It’s one of 48 punt returns for touchdowns in the NFL since 1970.
    ———–
    More stats in there if you want to read the rest of it via the link provided….

  97. Mike E. says:

    I knew D was a conflator!!!

  98. D says:

    I have been trying to see if we had brought back Gills to see if we could re-sign him but i just saw that it looks like the Flacons already picked him up.

  99. Rockphin says:

    Al in MIA says:
    September 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Agreed. Rockphin probably wishes he was there LOL.

    WTF Al? I am a non-violent drunken shouter. The worse you will get from me is flying spittle as I scream in your face to stand the fuck up and make some noise!

  100. Rockphin says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    September 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    fish bodily fluids are full of protein

    So are mine! Want a mouth full?

  101. steveccnv says:

    We played the worst of the 4 teams in our division, but we’re the only team in the AFC East with a road win, so I’d say we’re in 1st by ourselves 😉

  102. Try Pod says:

    What’s this I hear about jetlag and moustaches? And when did Ron Jeremy start coaching the ‘9ers?

  103. steveccnv says:

    wyoming85 says:

    September 15, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Greg Likens ‏@GregLikens 3m3 minutes ago
    #Dolphins Week 2 depth chart has been released. With LaMike James being waived, Jarvis Landry is now listed as the 1st-team PR & KR
    ———————————
    I don’t know why they wouldn’t put Landry out there, he’s a playmaker, and there’s plenty of depth at WR, if he needs a breather. I’m sure the fight with LaMike had to do with his sucking and Landry wanting to get the duties back. He’s young, let him play.

  104. finfanrob says:

    ‘GOOD JOB HERD!!!! YOU DA GAL!!’

    oh look darlin you reached GAL status

  105. steveccnv says:

    Strictly signed to be a returner.

    The Miami Dolphins announced today that the team has signed running back Raheem Mostert from the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.

    The 5-10, 195-pound Mostert joins the Dolphins from the Eagles practice squad. He initially signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted college free agent on May 2, 2015 prior to being waived on Sept. 5 and joined their practice squad on Sept. 6. He played collegiately at Purdue where he set the school record for total kickoff return yards (2,289 on 88 returns) during his four-year Boilermaker career, while also seeing time as a running back and receiver. As a senior, he rushed 93 times for 529 yards and three touchdowns, while catching 18 passes for 116 yards. Born April 9, 1992, Mostert attended New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School.

    Just seems like an odd signing, they should’ve put Gillislee on the original 53 like I wanted. It also goes to show you how much running they plan on doing, or lack there of.

    • Al in MIA says:

      Last sentence is what I was thinking. Lazor is missing the key part of Chip Kelly’s scheme and that is tempo + an elite receiving RB.

    • steveccnv says:

      This kid Mustard is a burner, they said he was the fastest player in college football, track man, made the 4×100 relay team.

  106. Al in MIA says:

    I don’t think I’m going to be watching the game. My friends are going to be pool side i’m sure given its the last day we will be in Vegas. It’s going to be a 4:25 eastern start so thats what, 1:25 time in Vegas…I’ll see but highly unlikely. I wish it were a 1pm Eastern game to be honest…i’d like to get up and watch that at 10am while devouring breakfast. Anyway, it would be cool to meet you up at some point. I got to figure out what exactly im going to be doing. Send Mike an email to the one he does for Ask Mike questions….He can give you my info or me yours and vice versa. I’ll be getting to Vegas next Thursday around mid day and leaving Monday mid day.

    • steveccnv says:

      Just send me something at boldreply@gmail.com, it’s a garbage email I use.

      If you want pizza and beer while you’re in town, there’s a casino just south of Flamingo on Koval, walking distance from the Cosmo, they have 2 for 1 pizza on Thursdays and Sunday something similar. In the casino they have a brewery $2.25 for pints, last yr and the 20 yrs before that the beers were a dollar.

  107. Al in MIA says:

    From an Eagles outlet yesterday:

    The Purdue alumnus finished the preseason as the NFL’s leader in yards from scrimmage and total yards. Mostert carried the ball 39 times for a total of 157 yards (4.0 average). He also recorded 14 receptions for 194 yards (13.9 average). Mostert returned five kickoffs for a total of 162 yards (32.4), with a long of 67 yards. The Eagles opted to keep former Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner as the fourth running back on the 53-man roster over Mostert.

    It’s a shame for the Eagles that they weren’t able to keep Mostert around, but this is obviously a good opportunity for the undrafted rookie free agent.

    http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2015/9/14/9325497/dolphins-raheem-mostert-eagles-practice-squad-running-back-purdue

  108. Al in MIA says:

    Damn, I put up that article which mentions that Darr had the best opening day punt average in Dolphins history (2nd highest ever on min 4 punts in NFL open day history) and not even a response from Stanger LOL.

  109. steveccnv says:

    Al in MIA says:

    September 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    In other NFL news :/

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/15/disturbing-video-shows-49ers-fans-beating-vikings-fan/
    ——————————-

    The last game I went to in SF, the Fins got shut out. I was wearing my Dolphins jersey, and the car next to us in the parking lot were 49ers fans, the guy started giving me shit, until my wife with a 49ers jersey turned around. During the game the guy sitting next to me went to the bathroom and said a Fins fan is getting his ass kicked in there.

  110. finfanrob says:

    4 oclock game??? damn that sucks. i hate 4pm games. but hey, it gives joe 3 more hours to game plan. ha ha ha ha

  111. ocalahowie says:

    Didnt they kill a Dodgers fan a while back or was it the other way around.
    Them Cal Fans are F’D UP
    and I suew as hell wouldnt go near Oakland
    Been there, not a very nice place

  112. finfanrob says:

    ocalahowie says:
    September 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Didnt they kill a Dodgers fan a while back or was it the other way around.

    yeah, but it was a mercy killing. he was dodger fan.

    (and i have no idea if they did or didnt)

  113. ocalahowie says:

    LOL
    that was messed up but as I start to recall I dont think the guy died
    Bad shit either way
    The worst we would do is tip a Jets fan over in the port a john
    Buddy of mine was in on that once after a loss

  114. ocalahowie says:

    Nightly Update
    Howie 38-13 MIA
    Wyo 28-13 MIA
    Trypod21-17MIA
    Toba 41-13 MIA
    Piggy 23-10MIA
    Stang 21-7 MIA
    Cav 24-13 MIA
    Rock 31-13 MIA
    BrianNY27-10MIA
    UK 23-17 MIA
    Ken 30-21 MIA
    Old 20-6 MIA
    MikeE 23-20 MIA
    ALinMIA 24-6MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  115. CavalierKong says:

    I think you guys are talking about Brian Stow the Giants fan than was beat up by a couple of Dodgers “fans” (just thugs wearing the jerseys). He wasn’t killed but was in a coma and his life was irrevocably changed. Limited brain functionality and physical capabilities. Fucking scumbags beating on people at games should be shot on site.

  116. finfanrob says:

    ‘The worst we would do is tip a Jets fan over in the port a john
    Buddy of mine was in on that once after a loss’

    why? what the fuck did a port of john ever do to you that you would get a jet fan all over it

  117. finfanrob says:

    CavalierKong says:
    September 15, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    ‘Fucking scumbags beating on people at games should be shot on site.’

    or forced to be jet fans

  118. steveccnv says:

    Al in MIA says:

    September 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Don’t understand why a safety would only be worth 1 point. A safety has always been worth 2 points but I guess the committee is stupid. It gives the team attempting the PAT a chance to kick the ball out of the endzone if theres a fumble and not try and recover it.
    ————————————
    The reason why it isn’t worth 2 pts is, because then it would be worth the same as a TD or good try.

  119. steveccnv says:

    For a multi-billion dollar industry the NFL should be ashamed of their reports/coach or player interview process. How hard would it be to put a mike in front of the guy asking the question?

  120. finfanrob says:

    steveccnv says:
    September 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    For a multi-billion dollar industry the NFL should be ashamed of their reports/coach or player interview process. How hard would it be to put a mike in front of the guy asking the question?

    it isnt hard. i for one am grateful. does anyone really want to hear what omar has to ask

  121. BoulderPhinfan says:

    This was week 1. A lot teams had a slow start with their offense. I’d hoped for more than 10 points from the offense game 1 but oh well. Lets see what they do against Jax.

    James Walker ‏@JamesWalkerNFL Sep 14
    Ryan Tannehill, #Dolphins’ offense show issues similar to 2014 http://es.pn/1KlsU5J “-Was the opener an aberration?

    • steveccnv says:

      Crap that like really piss me off. The NFL is a QB driven league, RT is night/day compared to last yr, so enough on these last yr BS comments, they mean nothing. We all expected a blowout, Vegas didn’t. The Vegas casinos took a big loss, because Miami and GB covered.

    • steveccnv says:

      And you’re O is always going to score less when your D/STs scores. For one you O losses a possession, and second they don’t have to score in the 4th when leading.

      The biggest problem with the O was the D couldn’t get off the field in the first half.

      Some games just go like that, if you win your O did enough period.

  122. Rockphin says:

    finfanrob says:
    September 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    ‘GOOD JOB HERD!!!! YOU DA GAL!!’

    oh look darlin you reached GAL status
    Reply

    Rob, the fact that YOU, the character who keeps women chained to your couch keep trying to paint my interaction with Herd as chauvinist of misogynistic is laughable. Bark up another tree.

  123. finfanrob says:

    ‘Bark up another tree.’

    shouldnt that be ‘turn over another rock’

    and i only keep a hulk chained up now……darlin’

  124. Rockphin says:

    Steve, the frustrating thing for me was I kind of agreed. It was NOT a good outing for Tannehill. He made way too many mental mistakes. I can think of two throws that should have been interceptions. He wasn’t throwing accurately either. his receivers did a lot of stretching to get the ball. I saw better, in very limited reps in preseason but I was hoping to see an appreciable difference. I just didn’t.

  125. steveccnv says:

    Maybe the hero of the game should be LaMike, if he doesn’t fumble that kickoff, maybe Landry isn’t returning punts 😉

  126. Rockphin says:

    Steve I get it. Brees, Wilson, Kaepernick, Bradford, Newton, Luck, Manning, Manning & Flacco all had lower passer ratings than Tanny. I just saw the same old drive stalling stuff and got that feeling. I didn’t like it. (the feeling) We won. that was a great thing. It just a let down after everyone hyped him up this off season. I hope he stays in the top 10 this year. (he is currently #14 in passer rating)

    • steveccnv says:

      I think we came out over confident. Everyone was so fired up to this yr started, but they came out and got out fundamentaled. Surely we were outcoached, at least in the first half. Philbin made his adjustments at the half and Wash. was done.

      It’s tough to have a 50% roster turnover and come out in sync.

  127. The Flying Pig says:

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