FOLLOWING PERFECTION. THE 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS. GAME #17

By: Randy Campbell (OLD DOLFAN)

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Jan. 13, 1974. Minnesota vs. Miami @ Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas
SUPER BOWL VIII
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A pair of 14-2 teams advanced to the NFL’s ultimate game on January 13, 1974.  For the first time in history, an AFL born and bred expansion team, the Miami Dolphins (first season 1966) were favored to win the Super Bowl (by 6 and 1/2 points).  Standing in there way was an NFL born and bred expansion team, the Minnesota Vikings (first season 1961).  In August of 1959, Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H.P. Skoglund and Max Winter were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League.  But the established National Football League also wanted a presence in the Twin Cities area.  After considerable pressure from the NFL, the AFL ownership group reneged on their deal with the AFL in January of 1960 and accepted an offer to become the NFL’s 14th franchise, beginning play in 1961.  Meanwhile, this reneged AFL franchise eventually became the Oakland Raider franchise!

This new NFL franchise was officially named the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27, 1960.  On Jan. 18, 1961, recently retired Eagle’s quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, fresh off a victory over the Packers in the NFL Championship Game, was named the first head coach of the Vikings.  He and Vikings GM Joe Thomas(who’d later be Miami’s GM) went to work stocking this team with players.  The first player they selected was Tulane star running back Tommy Mason.  Later, in the third round, quarterback Fran Tarkenton of Georgia was chosen.  On opening day in 1961 Tarkenton came off the bench to lead Minnesota to a 37-13 victory over the Chicago Bears!  Tarkenton threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth to lead this shocking upset victory in Minnesota’s very first NFL game!

Eventually, reality set in.  The Vikings languished through a period of mediocrity in the early to mid-1960’s, having only one winning season (8-5-1 in 1964).  In early 1967, Van Brocklin resigned as head coach.  Bud Grant, who had led the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers to four Grey Cup titles, was hired to replace Van Brocklin.  Soon, popular QB Fran Tarkenton was traded to the Giants for two first round picks and two second round picks.  These picks produced Hall of Fame lineman Ron Yary and star wide receiver Clint Jones.  Eight year Canadian Football League veteran Joe Kapp was brought in to replace Tarkenton at quarterback.

The Vikings also set out to upgrade their defense.  This defense, known as the “Purple People Eaters,” was led by Hall of Fame defensive linemen Alan Page, Carl Eller and Jim Marshall, plus defensive back Paul Krause, also a future HOFer.

This improved Vikings team won the NFL Central Division title in 1968.  In 1969, The Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns 27-7 in the last NFL Championship Game prior to the merger of the two leagues.  This win propelled Minnesota to Super Bowl IV.  The double digit favored Vikings stumbled badly in their first Super Bowl.  Kansas City dominated Minnesota throughout most of the game, winning 16-7 on the strength of three Jan Stenerud field goals.  After the game, Vikings head coach Bud Grant said, “Now I know how Don Shula felt when he lost the Super Bowl to the Jets.”  Like Shula, Grant vowed to get back to the Super Bowl.

Indeed, Bud Grant would return.  But, unlike Shula, Grant would never win pro football’s Holy Grail.  Four times during the decade of the ’70’s Grant would get the Vikings to the Super Bowl.  Four times he would suffer the agony of defeat.  However, from the late ’60’s through the late ’70’s, the Vikings were among the best franchises in the NFL.

In January of 1972, Minnesota traded quarterback Norm Snead and three other players to the New York Giants to reacquire the incredibly popular Fran Tarkenton.  Tarkenton was the man who made Minnesota go!   By the time he retired, Tarkenton would own many all-time NFL passing records, including most yards passing (47,003) and most career touchdown passing (342).  His records would stand for over 15 years until broken by Miami’s Dan Marino in the 1990’s.  Prior to Super Bowl VIII the Dolphins and the Vikings had met only once before.  And what a game it was!  Their prior meeting had occurred during the NFL’s one and only PERFECT SEASON!  It was the third week of the 1972 campaign.  The Miami Dolphins had upset the favored Kansas City Chiefs on the road 20-10 in the first game ever played at Arrowhead Stadium.  In week #2, Miami blew out an overmatched Houston Oilers team in the historic Orange Bowl.  Week #3 saw Miami return to the road to play the favored Vikings at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

Early in the fourth quarter, Minnesota’s Bill Brown scored on a one yard run to give the Vikings a 14-6 lead.  Later in the quarter Miami’s Garo Yepremian connected on a 51 yard field goal that barely made it over the crossbar!  But time was running out!  Miami trailed 14-9.

Minnesota’s attempt to run out the clock failed when Miami’s “No Name Defense” crushed the Vikings on three consecutive plays!  After a punt, Bob Griese led a last gasp drive down to the Minnesota 28 yard line.  Two consecutive complete passes to reliable Howard Twilley got the Dolphins a FIRST AND GOAL AT THE THREE!  Everyone in Metropolitan Stadium was standing and screaming their lungs out!  There was less than two minutes left on the clock!

Everyone expected Griese to hand-off to Larry Csonka.  But the clever Miami quarterback faked a hand-off and PASSED TO A WIDE OPEN JIM MANDICH FOR THE CLINCHING TOUCHDOWN!  Miami would win this game 16-14 and go on to complete THE PERFECT SEASON!

In week #12 of the 1973 season the Minnesota Vikings played the eventual AFC Central Division champs, the Cincinnati Bengals.  Paul Brown’s Bengals toyed with the Vikings, blowing them out by a 27-0 score.  A few weeks later, the same Bengals would be trounced in the AFC Playoffs 34-16 by Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins.  Shula and his assistants could barely conceal their confidence as they studied the game films of Cincy’s destruction of Minnesota.

Shula strongly believed his team’s running game COULD RUN ON ANYBODY!!  And why not?  Miami had run the ball 50 times vs. the Bengals for a 5.0 average in the AFC semi-finals.  Then, in the AFC Championship Game, Miami ran the ball a mind-boggling 53 times for 266 yards and three touchdowns against the tough-as-nails Oakland defense!  So the offensive game plan for Super Bowl VIII was simple: RUN THE FOOTBALL until Minnesota forced Miami to do something else.

A  hamstring injury to Paul Warfield late in the Oakland game impacted Miami’s offense.  The All-Pro wide receiver was healthy enough to block.  But his availability to run deep patterns would not be known until pre-game warmups.  Warfield confidently predicted “I’ll be ready!”  But Marlin Briscoe got extra work during Super Bowl week practices just in case Warfield suffered a setback.

The Minnesota offense centered on 13 year veteran QB Fran Tarkenton.  He completed 62 per cent of his passes in 1973 for 15 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.  His favorite deep threat was Pro Bowl receiver John Gilliam, who caught 42 passes for 907 yards and eight touchdowns.  Tight end Stu Voight and NFL Rookie of the Year running back Chuck Foreman also were prominent in the Vikes’ passing game.

Foreman, an ex-Miami Hurricane, rushed for 801 yards in 1973.  Running backs Dave Osborn, Bill Brown, Oscar Reed and Ed Marinaro also were contributors to the Minnesota offense.  But Dolphins head coach Don Shula strongly believed his “No Name Defense” was more than a match for this Viking offense.  Bluntly speaking, I saw NO WAY the Minnesota Vikings could defeat the Miami Dolphins.  Unlike the 1972 post season, when Miami won three very close contests, the 1973 post season would see Miami DESTROY their opponents in every game!  I believed Miami would easily complete their amazing two year run of 32-2, the greatest two year run in NFL history!

Just before kickoff, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath said, “If Miami gets the kickoff and scores on the opening drive, the game is OVER!”  CBS announcers Ray Scott and Pat Sumerall chuckled as Namath made his comments.

It was a cool, cloudy, 50 degree day in downtown Houston at the kickoff of Super Bowl VIII.  Referee Ben Dreith announced to the crowd of 71,882 that Miami had won the toss and elected to receive.  CBS cameras scanned the Miami sideline.  Most of the Miami players were smiling.  They knew what was coming!!

Jake Scott caught the opening kickoff at the seven yard line and returned it 31 yards to the Miami 38.  Then Mercury Morris scooted around right tackle for four yards.  Larry Csonka plowed the middle for two more to the 44.  On third down, Griese completed a 13 yard pass play to tight end Jim Mandich at the Minnesota 43.  A 16 yard burst by Larry Csonkawas followed by a six yard pass to Marlin Briscoe at the Minnesota 21.  Three running plays got the ball to a first and goal at the Minnesota five!  “They’re making this look easy,” said CBS color commentator Bart Starr. On cue, Csonka roared through a hole and SCORED THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN of Super Bowl VIII!  Yepremian’s extra point made it 7-0, Miami.

This successful opening drive meant that Miami had won the coin toss for all three 1973 post season games and SCORED A TOUCHDOWN ON ALL THREE OF THOSE DRIVES!  No one could recall this EVER happening before!

Down 7-0, Vikings head coach Bud Grant knew his team had to respond.  But Miami’s “No Name Defense” would have none of it!  They forced Minnesota to a classic “three and out!”

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The Dolphins started their second drive from their 44.  Three key runs by Larry Csonka were good for eight, 12, and eight yards.    Quarterback Bob Griese completed his third pass of the first quarter, good for 13 yards to Briscoe.  Then, from the one yard line, running back Jim Kiick scored his only touchdown of the season, giving Miami a 14-0 lead after one quarter.

Miami had run 20 plays for 118 yards and eight first downs good for two touchdowns on their first two possessions.  Minnesota’s first quarter numbers were six plays for one first down and 25 total yards.  The rout was on!

Miami mounted another drive about five minutes into the second quarter.  The seven play drive ended in a 28 yard field goal by Garo Yepremian, raising Miami’s advantage to 17-0.  This drive was aided by a 15 yard penalty against Minnesota’s Wally Hilgenberg, who heaved an elbow through Larry Csonka’s facemask, cutting Csonka above the eye.  This penalty would be just one of seven total penalties against the Vikings for a total of 65 yards.  Miami was penalized just once for four yards in this game.

Minnesota had their best chance to score in the first half on their next drive.  Tarkenton completed two passes good for 31 combined yards to Stu Voight.  Then Tarkenton hit speedy John Gilliam for 30 yards!  A Tarkenton scramble moved the ball to Miami’s seven yard line.  On fourth and one from the six, the Vikings decided to go for it!  Running back Oscar Reed took the hand off and was CRUSHED by linebacker Nick Buoniconti!  Reed fumbled the ball and Miami’s Jake Scott recovered it!  Miami jogged off the field with an insurmountable 17-0 halftime lead!  Miami’s All-Pro center Jim Langer said “We definitely knew that this game was over!”

Minnesota’s John Gilliam returned the second half kickoff back 65 yards!  But a holding penalty negated the return and placed the ball back at the Vikings 11.  Three plays later, Minnesota’s punt was returned by Jake Scott to the Vikes 43 yard line.  The Dolphins proceeded to deliver the knockout punch with an eight play drive.  The key play was Bob Griese’s 27 yard strike to Paul Warfield at the Minnesota 11 yard line!  It would be Griese’s final pass of Super Bowl VIII.

Larry Csonka ended this drive with a two yard touchdown rumblr running right through Wally Hilgenberg!  This lopsided Super Bowl had become a 24-0 laugher!  Fran Tarkenton’s meaningless fourth quarter touchdown run was barely a footnote to Miami’s dominant 24-7 blowout victory!  Indeed, the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S Super Bowl issue said “Miami Massacres Minnesota!”

Miami’s Larry Csonka was the overwhelming choice for the Super Bowl VIII MVP trophy.  He carried a then Super Bowl record 33 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns.  Miami repeated their 53-carry performance against Oakland with another 53-carry performance in Super Bowl VIII.  In all, Miami ran the ball a staggering 156 times in three playoff games, a record I believe has never been broken!

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Quarterback Bob Griese attempted just seven passes, completing six for 73 yards (all Super Bowl lows for a winning quarterback).  “The running game was working so well I saw no need to pass the ball much” said the studious Griese.

Meanwhile, Miami’s “No Name Defense” had just put on one of the greatest performances in Super Bowl history.  Oscar Reed led the Vikes with a paltry 32 yards on 11 carries.  Chuck Foreman had 17 yards on eight carries.  QB Fran Tarkenton was 18 for 28 passing for 182 yards but NO touchdowns and one interception.  For the second consecutive Super Bowl, Miami held their opponents TO JUST SEVEN POINTS!  This “No Name Defense” gave up a record low 150 points during the 1973 regular season.  But, in Super Bowl VIII, they were even better.  They had solidified their status as the greatest defense in the storied history of the National Football League!

Newspapers across America were unanimous in their praise of the victorious Dolphins.  Reporter Bob Oates of the LOS ANGELES TIMES said “Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins weren’t playing for Roman numeral championships Sunday.  They were playing for the ages, for immortality, for recognition as the greatest football team of all time.  And they probably got there.”

L. A. TIMES humorist Jim Murray wrote “Minnesota made a whole bunch of mistakes, not the least of which was showing up! …The Titanic put up a better fight.  Minnesota looked like it was fighting the Johnstown Flood with a spoon with a hole through it!”

The front page of the January 14 MIAMI HERALD sports section carried a huge photo of Csonka scoring the game’s first touchdown.  Beside the photo was sports editor Edwin Pope’s article titled “The Dolphins–Pro Football’s All-Time Kings.”  In that article, Pope made a persuasive case for calling these Dolphins the best team of all time.  Better than the Packers.

And why not?  The 1972 Dolphins were, and ARE, the ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM IN NFL HISTORY!!  And some believe the 1973 team WAS EVEN BETTER!!  That team gave up only 150 points in the entire season, STILL AN ALL-TIME NFL RECORD in the Super Bowl era!!

The 1972-1973 Dolphins compiled a mind blowing 32-2 record, the best ever over a two year span.  Better than Lombardi’s Packers.  Better than Noll’s Steelers.  Better than Landry’s Cowboys.  Better than Bill Walsh’s Niners. And better than Belichik’s “Cheatriots,” who’ve never won a Super Bowl since getting caught cheating!  For two seasons, these Dolphins were THE GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME!

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Me and “My Boyz” had a more mellow, less boisterous, celebration after our beloved Dolphins won their second consecutive Super Bowl.  But we rejoiced, firm in our belief that we had just witnessed history.  I thought then as I think now: THIS TWO YEAR RECORD OF 32-2 WILL NEVER BE BROKEN!  And, indeed, it NEVER HAS BEEN BROKEN!

Bravo to Don Shula, his coaches, his staff, and to general managers Joe Thomas and Bobby Beatherd for a truly incredible achievement.  And bravo to all the players who achieved what many said could NOT be done.  They truly achieved history.

This is your author, Randy Campbell, the OLD DOLFAN, saying it has been my ultimate pleasure to bring you this modest rendition of the greatest pro football team of all time.  I truly hope you’ve enjoyed it!!  Me and my lovely wife, Penny, and “My Boyz,” hope to see each and every one of you at the stadium real soon.

May we all live long enough to see and experience yet another Dolphins Championship Season!  Long live the legend of the 1972-1973 Miami Dolphins!

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249 Responses to FOLLOWING PERFECTION. THE 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS. GAME #17

  1. Brian in NY says:

    Nice job OD. There are often times where I think that I will never see the Dolphins win another title.

    • olddolphan says:

      THANKS, BRIAN; Actually, better days for the Dolphins may be closer than you think. One season the St. Louis Rams only won 4 games. Then they lost their starting quarterback during the preseason (Trent Green) due to injury. A former bag boy and arena league QB named Kurt Warner earned the back-up job which, after Green’s injury, became the staring QB job. All this unknown QB did was LEAD THE RAMS TO A SUPER BOWL VICTORY THE YEAR AFTER THEY WON 4 GAMES!! –With Dick Vermeil’s coaching, the Rams became “The Greatest Show on Turf!” –IF I wouldn’t give up on the Dolphins after a 1-15 season, I’m sure NOT going to give up on them now. –Eventually, a new owner, a new head coach, and a new GM will lead our Dolphins to the promised land. And you and I and “MY BOYZ” will again hoist the glass to another Super Bowl championship!!

  2. ocalahowie says:

    Morning Update
    DOLPHINS-JETS
    N/A 21-20 NYJ
    Try 27-13 NYJ
    UK 24-17 MIA
    Howie 33-20 MIA
    Bold 24-17 NYJ
    MikeE 27-20 NYJ
    Piggy 42-0 MIA
    Old 27-16 NYJ
    Book 35-13MIA
    Real 31-16 NYJ
    GO PHINS!!!

  3. jetsssuck says:

    OD SAYS,
    That team gave up only 150 points in the entire season, STILL AN ALL-TIME NFL RECORD in the Super Bowl era!! THIS IS WRONG Pittsburgh Steelers 1976 team allowed 138 points and 17 of those were because of special teams.1976 Pittsburgh Steelers
    The Steelers defenses of the 1970s are legendary, but the 1976 unit was the best (slightly better than the ’75 squad). Here’s why: 28. That’s how many points the Steel Curtain surrendered in the last nine games of the season. That’s a total. As a result, Pittsburgh, which started the season 1-4, made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Raiders 24-7. (It’s worth noting that Pittsburgh running backs Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier were both injured in that contest.)

    The ’76 Steelers didn’t have it easy — their opponents had a .528 winning percentage

    Full Definition of ERA for adults
    1
    a : a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckoned
    b : a memorable or important date or event; especially : one that begins a new period in the history of a person or thing
    2
    : a system of chronological notation computed from a given date as basis
    3
    a : a period identified by some prominent figure or characteristic feature
    b : a stage in development (as of a person or thing)
    c : a large division of geologic time usually shorter than an eon
    http://www.wordcentral.com/cgi-bin/student?book=Student&va=era —–This is the children’s definition for OD

    • ocalahowie says:

      Well then
      but are you both including the playoffs in that P/A for a season?

      • jetsssuck says:

        Both are for a 14 game season- OD is trying to twist facts. Look up best defenses of all time.
        http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1976.htm

      • olddolphan says:

        HOWIE: Just for the sake of accuracy, my statements about Miami’s defense/points allowed refer to ONLY those teams that won a Super Bowl. I stated this in prior comments but JETSFAN has chosen to ignore the truth in his sick pursuit of his mindless vendetta. Give his comments the value they deserve. The TRUTH IS the ’73 Dolphins 150 points allowed in a season IS THE BEST AMONG ALL SUPER BOWL WINNERS, PERIOD. But if you are truly a JETSFAN, the truth can be an elusive item.

    • olddolphan says:

      PS: I will stand corrected on the issue of the ’76 Steelers. JETSFAN is correct about the ’76 Steelers. A source that indicated the ’76 Steelers gave up 158 points is, indeed, incorrect. Guess I’m not perfect, like the ’72 Dolphins. But it could be worse. I COULD BE A JETSFAN! –Still hope most of you enjoyed the two series about our championship Dolphins!!

  4. myth99 says:

    So this is where everyone hangs out now…nice. Hopefully Bat was right and this site is made up of realistic fans…you know…the ones who know this team stinks to high heaven and changes in leadership are needed.

  5. son of a son of a shula says:

    Myth your first post was approved you’ll be able to continue posting without moderation now

  6. myth99 says:

    I’m glad someone approves. I gave a shout-out to Suh Monday morning telling him that he and my father have something in common…both retired to Florida.

  7. Try Pod says:

    I see the personal vendetta/feud is alive and well…
    Good job OD.

    • jetsssuck says:

      just correcting something that needed correction or else maybe someone will look like a fool because they received wrong information.Nothing against anyone I would do the same for you.

      • Try Pod says:

        Right. And you don’t think defining “ERA” is going a bit overboard?

      • jetsssuck says:

        I told OD once before about this so maybe he needs a definition of the word since he still says Miami holds the all time record for 150 points. Maybe he didn’t understand so I included a adult and children’s definition.

      • jetsssuck says:

        He’s lucky that I’m looking out for him. If someone knew he didn’t know what era means imagine what they would think of the college he went to.

      • Try Pod says:

        I’m going to say this one time- no one calls you a “troll” but FFR, but you are not helping your cause by not letting this go. Do what you want, but you are alienating yourself more and more by keeping this up, which will lead to your further marginalization. Don’t be that guy- move on.

  8. sb7mvp says:

    It was nice of Jake Scott to let someone else get the MVP for this Super Bowl.

  9. myth99 says:

    Very quiet here….when do things start heating up?

    • Try Pod says:

      You’re early- usually 10-11 or so. And even the most diehard koolaid drinkers have drifted towards the darkness on this team.

      • myth99 says:

        That’s good to hear…the koolaid part…not much to be optimistic about at this point. The coaching, HC, OC and DC has been abysmal.

  10. jetsssuck says:

    OD says:
    And why not? The 1972 Dolphins were, and ARE, the ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM IN NFL HISTORY!! And some believe the 1973 team WAS EVEN BETTER!! That team gave up only 150 points in the entire season, STILL AN ALL-TIME NFL RECORD in the Super Bowl era!!
    They gave up 150 points in the regular season. That’s 14 games .
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/mia/1973.htm

    Here’s a calculator————- http://web2.0calc.com/

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      He already acknowledged your point above so there is no reason to continue. These stories are not written to be sold or even taken as fact it is his recollection and a story he wanted to share with us. Enough already.
      Plus he also said the points allowed were for a SB winner and the Steeler team you are referring to didn’t win the SB the year they beat the points allowed record.

      • jetsssuck says:

        olddolphan says:
        September 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

        HOWIE: Just for the sake of accuracy, my statements about Miami’s defense/points allowed refer to ONLY those teams that won a Super Bowl. I stated this in prior comments but JETSFAN has chosen to ignore the truth in his sick pursuit of his mindless vendetta. Give his comments the value they deserve. The TRUTH IS the ’73 Dolphins 150 points allowed in a season IS THE BEST AMONG ALL SUPER BOWL WINNERS, PERIOD. But if you are truly a JETSFAN, the truth can be an elusive item.

        From his writing of article:

        And why not? The 1972 Dolphins were, and ARE, the ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM IN NFL HISTORY!! And some believe the 1973 team WAS EVEN BETTER!! That team gave up only 150 points in the entire season, STILL AN ALL-TIME NFL RECORD in the Super Bowl era!!

        The article doesn’t say super bowl era winners. I told him about this several months back and he continued to post false facts and now he has you believing he said SB era winners instead of what he wrote. Maybe you need to read what era means because you seem to think era means only SB winners.

      • Try Pod says:

        Son,
        All you can do is try. Some people cannot get out of their own way, even when shown the lighted aisle-ways.

        “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it; well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.”

  11. son of a son of a shula says:

    OD, I enjoyed the series and thanks for sharing it with us again.

  12. Tim Knight says:

    OD, like Son said thanks for the series. It was a great time in Dolphins history. That said, our current team is so disappointing it’s hard to enjoy the past. Also you seem to rub someone the wrong way and I still don’t get what that’s all about.

  13. son of a son of a shula says:

    Jetssuck, I’ve had about enough of you telling me what I need to do, you did it all day yesterday. If you have something to say to me say it but I spent yesterday reading insinuations from you and I’m tired of it.

    olddolphan says:
    September 30, 2015 at 8:04 am (Edit)
    HOWIE: Just for the sake of accuracy, my statements about Miami’s defense/points allowed refer to ONLY those teams that won a Super Bowl. I stated this in prior comments but JETSFAN has chosen to ignore the truth in his sick pursuit of his mindless vendetta. Give his comments the value they deserve. The TRUTH IS the ’73 Dolphins 150 points allowed in a season IS THE BEST AMONG ALL SUPER BOWL WINNERS, PERIOD. But if you are truly a JETSFAN, the truth can be an elusive item.

    1. We’ve been in custody of the series not OD he didn’t have the ability to make changes.
    2. He does not post articles here we do.
    3. You’re point has been made and accepted by him so I’m asking you to end it.
    It’s over have a nice day.

    • jetsssuck says:

      I’m sorry you feel I was making remarks or insinuations to you but I wasn’t. Are you sure it was me? I may have made positive remarks about the fins but not against any individuals. I enjoy reading comments from you.

  14. BoulderPhinfan says:

    thanks OD for the write up. As Tim said its hard too look at the glory days of past when our current team sucks so bad. I’m starting to give up on football altogether.

  15. D says:

    I dont normally comment on these articles, but at its end let me say a big thank you to OD for the hard work put in. History is important but i do prefer living in the present, especially when the past success just makes the current situation that harder to swallow. We all want this kind of success from our team and we are all tired of not getting it.

    TBH, I was not alive to experience these things, im sure having been able to was an awesome feeling, and its obvious it left its mark on you OD. Hell, even though i didnt experience them, the stories did make me feel nostalgic, and wish i had been part of those times. Great series, great writing, great team. Maybe our future will repeat our past at some point, even if right now its impossible to envision it.

  16. Mike E. says:

    OD

    Great work as usual sir! Thanks again for letting us display it on our site. We appreciate that! We especially appreciate the human value of it, and the firsthand experience of it.

    Just to steal a tidbit from your article today:

    “Miami jogged off the field with an insurmountable 17-0 halftime lead! Miami’s All-Pro center Jim Langer said “We definitely knew that this game was over!”

    Last week, I’m sure the Bills jogged off the field with an insurmountable 27-0 halftime lead, and Bill’s G Richie Incognito said “We definitely knew that this game was over!”

  17. Mike E. says:

    Hey People!

    Tomorrow is Ask Mike!

    Please send in your questions for Ask Mike

    NJ1Dolfan@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

  18. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I’m moving more and more into the OD camp. Ross is the problem with this organization because he doesn’t know how to pick the right leaders to run this team. Yes he spends money. YEs he doesn’t get involved but if you continue to make bad decisions about the leadership none of that matters.
    7 years as a owner an no playoffs is all I need to know about Ross. So until he sells the team we’re going to be mediocre at best. 8-8 this year would be god sent. I doubt we get anywhere close to that.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Ross really got involved in 2010/11 when he tried to hire Harbaugh. Philbin was his first and only hire as a coach thus far. I give the guy credit for trying and learning more about the game. Ross is the least of my concerns as a fan.

  19. myth99 says:

    Fighting on a Phins forum? Nothing changes huh? Sadly that includes the Dolphins. Mediocrity here we come!

  20. Mike E. says:

    What up Myth! Welcome back!

  21. myth99 says:

    Thanks, Mike. Had to take a reality check of the fan base after that disaster on Sunday. Not that weeks 1 and 2 were any better.

  22. Mike E. says:

    I think Ross truly wants the best for our team, that’s all you can ask for. He’s willing to spend whatever it takes to do it too. He was saddled with an overlord (Bill Parcells) who was content cashing his check, and not much else, and he lazily brought his trifecta of shit there to MIA. That’s not Ross’ fault. You can blame him for Philbin, I do, but you have to admit that Philbin is a smart guy coming from a winning program and a very good man, he’s just not a great HC. he made a mistake, and eventually, we’ll move on from it. If he picks another shitty coach, then I’ll hate him, but one mistake doesn’t make him a shitty owner IMO.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      Nobody is saying Ross doesn’t want the best for the phins. I’m not saying that. But he is not good at building the leadership for a winning team in football. Why? Because its 7 years no playoffs and nothing that says it’ll be different the next 7 years.

      He fired Sparano and kept Ireland. Then he kept philbin and fired Ireland. Then he brought tannenbaum to run things and shit is worst than it was last year.

      He’s the problem.

      • Tim Knight says:

        He hasn’t really been involved that heavily for 7 years. More like 5 years.

        He’s the easiest of scapegoats and unless he dies you’re wasting your breath because he’s not selling the team.

        He also won’t likely be the front runner looking for a new HC, Tannenbaum will with Ross’ approval.

  23. Mike E. says:

    Myth

    The worm has turned. Even the most patient have soured. They need to kick the shit out of the Jets to get people back. We’ll see if we can do that.

  24. The Flying Pig says:

    Great to see you stop by Myth !

  25. The Flying Pig says:

    Great Piece
    And Great Series OD
    I love to read these and relive greatness

    Unfortunately that feels like all Dolfans have – history
    😦

  26. myth99 says:

    They need to do more than kick the crap out of the JEST, they need to sustain it for multiple games in order to bring back the fans. I won’t give them a reprieve based on a game against Fitzpatrick.

  27. The Flying Pig says:

    I don’t expect a huge turnout for the Texans game
    They sort of ripped the heart out of the fans

    But I will be there!
    Weeeeeeeeee

  28. ocalarob says:

    Mikey, Parcells was hired by Wayne in his contract he had A due upon sale clause, so when the sale of Miami was completed he should have been paid in full and received a new contract instead Ross left him twisting in the wind, he hung around for another year waiting for a promise that never happened, i’m sure if there was no contract issue and we had parcells full attention we would have been better, he took that team to the only playoff we had seen in years.

  29. ocalarob says:

    Furthermore I think Parcells had the right Philosophy to win in the NFL with a stout OL and a strong running game, not this dink and dunk crap we have now.

  30. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    I hear that. That’s a damn shame.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I wouldn’t even know what to ask.

      Tim: Do you think the team will right the ship and beat the Jets this week?
      Mike E: I have no idea.

      This is going to be a tough Ask Mike week because I’m not sure you can even answer anything. LOL

      • Mike E. says:

        I guess. Not sure it’s really that different than any other week. I don’t know any more when we’re winning than I do when we’re losing. lol

  31. Mike E. says:

    Bat should send a question. I’m sure it would be entertaining as usual

  32. Tim Knight says:

    There are rumors that Sean Payton could get fired if the Saints don’t get things turned around. He has a connection with Tannenbaum through Parcells. He’d definitely be a candidate in Miami if Philbin gets fired.

  33. Mike E. says:

    Hey O Rob! Good to see ya!

    We’ve discussed Parcells over and over again. I think he never really had his heart in it, as evidenced by the dregs he brought with him, Ireland, Sparano, Henning and Pasqualoni.

    Where are these guys now? Any one of them in a job as high as they held here now?

  34. Mike E. says:

    Sean Payton would be a very solid candidate Tim.

  35. Mike E. says:

    BTW Rob, I don’t completely disagree with Parcells philosophy, but the way the rules are in the NFL, you have to pass too. Unfortunately, that’s ALL we do here in MIA, and if we continue down that road, in the playoffs we’ll be M.I.A.

  36. herdfan says:

    Sooo….I see it’s gone from OD is a plagerist to he writes it himself and a stat is wrong? It’s always something isn’t it? 😖

  37. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Not to go back in time, but I hated the way this team was put together, Parcells choosing the GM, HC, and assistants.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Much of it didn’t pan out but it was incomplete. Ireland in the long run didn’t do a good job building the team.

      Parcells also felt the power structure went sour and hinted that Ireland wasn’t loyal to Sparano and that was a problem.

  38. getterdone says:

    Hey, look at what the other blog, err cat drug in….welcome Orob.
    Hope you enjoy the blog, FYI, Tanny is still here. 😉

  39. Tim Knight says:

    884 flags have been thrown so far this year. Last year at this time it was 817. The year before it was 709. So we’re not nuts.

  40. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, I’m not defending Parcells, just stating what he said. He said he didn’t complete the job.

  41. finfanrob says:

    myth99 says:
    September 30, 2015 at 7:04 am

    So this is where everyone hangs out now…nice. Hopefully Bat was right and this site is made up of realistic fans…

    i am here and that should be enough for you.

    so i see bat still has your soul, couldnt get it back huh after all these years

  42. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    He’s a child by definition. 😉

    only to us simpletons

  43. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Not to get the last word in on Parcells, but him leaving the building in the middle of the night like a thief, ensured that it wouldn’t be complete.

  44. Mike E. says:

    I’ll be back later, got a lot of errands to take care of. Catch you people later

  45. getterdone says:

    Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly
    “His foot is feeling better. His routes are getting better. He’s making his cuts better,” Ryan Tannehill said of DeVante Parker.

  46. ocalarob says:

    Irelands not supporting Sparano came long after Parcells was gone, his leaving in the middle of the night was due to a contract issue that was promised but never realized.

    how much can you put into a job when you’re not getting paid? you can’t blame Parcells for not wanting to work for free.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m going by what Parcells said. It started before that. He hinted that Ireland was chumming up to Ross. This is what he said, not my interpretation.

    • getterdone says:

      HUH???? Tuna had a opt out clause in his silly contract that continued to pay him the rest of his deal after he left.

      • ocalarob says:

        A due upon sale clause is just what it means, did he have to quit the job to get paid? A contract is a contract, Ross had promised to redo his contract and never did.
        i don’t blame him for walking out, it would appear Ross didn’t want him so give me my money and i’ll see ya later.

  47. getterdone says:

    Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly
    The Dolphins have signed TE Brandon Williams to the practice squad. To make room for him Marcus Lucas was released.
    ______________________________
    Damn, I was hoping we could make a favorable deal for Martellus Bennett.
    Sims is still not at practice today.

  48. getterdone says:

    Hmm, you ladies need a good shaggin? 😛

  49. Tim Knight says:

    It was Bill Parcells, A Football Life. He did say Ross promised him multiple times to discuss the future and an extension and never did. Parcells admits making mistakes and will not speak to Ireland after his betrayal of Sparano.

  50. myth99 says:

    Roberto, you still here?

  51. ocalarob says:

    The reason we suck is the philosophy bestowed upon us by bill lazor, he thinks he can dink and dunk his way to a championship.
    we don’t have a running game, Tanny is innacurate with his deep ball so all we are left with is a short passing game which makes us very predictable and puts great pressure on our D,

    count how many defenders are within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage against us, there are at least 10. this is because they don’t respect Tanny and want to take away the dink and dunk and the running game.

    look at our D most of the time we have 7 within 5 yards maybe 8 with jones sneaking up

    we cant control the line of scrimmage or time of possession.

    games are won and lost at the LOS

  52. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    HUH???? Tuna had a opt out clause in his silly contract that continued to pay him the rest of his deal after he left.

    lmfao, you are confused with arguing with a troll???? seriously?

  53. finfanrob says:

    myth99 says:
    September 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Roberto, you still here?

    yep, still here…..havent found a gate i cant handle yet. how ya been? its been a while

  54. ukfinfan says:

    An upgrade on the Beetles?

  55. myth99 says:

    Doing good, Rob. LMAO…have to watch those gates. Trying to join you and JJ. You know he moved down there, right? I still e-mail with him on occasion. We’re looking to sell and head south, hating it here for many reasons.

  56. myth99 says:

    Rob, if you still have my e-mail shoot me a message, have to run, don’t work in the city anymore and have new bosses to appease.

  57. ocalarob says:

    hopefully we can beat the jets this weekend

  58. finfanrob says:

    myth,

    nope had no idea. i think bat and myself are the only ones from the old message board still posting. and i would tell you come on down love to have ya, but just get ready for some blue haired lady driving 25 in the left lane with her blinker on.

  59. Tim Knight says:

    UK, as you know our Beatles are better than England’s Rolling Stones.

  60. finfanrob says:

    myth

    dont think i do. i have one just for here, sunsenrob@aol.com

  61. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    September 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    We have that up here too.

    yes i know, but they are indigenous up there. down here some body left the gate open and now we cant get rid of the fuckers.

  62. Tim Knight says:

    Try, I see the Quebec plates on the GSP going to and from the shore driving like assholes all the time.

  63. The Flying Pig says:

    welcome to the site ORob

  64. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    September 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    You don’t have indigenous old lady’s in Florida? LOL

    not with blue hair, down here it is peroxide blonde that are the native species

  65. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Tim, unfortunately that’s the type of porn FFR watches….SMH

    i dont age discriminate. i am a equal opportunity pornologist

  66. getterdone says:

    Phins so far this season have looked like Raisin Lady

  67. The Flying Pig says:

    Tim

    You win this for the grossest comment

  68. ocalahowie says:

    Afternoon Update
    DOLPHINS-JETS
    N/A 21-20 NYJ
    Try 27-13 NYJ
    UK 24-17 MIA
    Howie 33-20 MIA
    Bold 24-17 NYJ
    MikeE 27-20 NYJ
    Piggy 42-0 MIA
    Old 27-16 NYJ
    Book 35-13MIA
    Real 31-16 NYJ
    GO PHINS!!!

  69. The Flying Pig says:

    Also
    FFRob
    I want to personally thank you for causing me to scroll down QUICK on this blog faster than anyone else

    Please everyone keep posting comments so it can disappear

  70. The Flying Pig says:

    i

  71. Tim Knight says:

    Meow! LOL

  72. getterdone says:

    Tim, you ever see this on the GSP, and if you did, would ya pull over?

  73. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m pretty sure that pic is from woodstock in 1969

    If a girl did that today, she would be raped and dead by the end of the day
    way too many sickos out there

  74. finfanrob says:

    piggy,

    lol, pretty sure at any point in time a girl hitchhiking naked on the highway the odds are high she is getting raped or assaulted some how

  75. getterdone says:

    Go Sam!

  76. The Flying Pig says:

    need a ride?

  77. Tim Knight says:

    D, Mike was Beethoven’s tour manager.

  78. finfanrob says:

    the evolution of mike

  79. getterdone says:

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    #Dolphins Brice McCain: “I don’t know what I’ve gotta do, gotta play better. But I know one thing: I saved 10 percent by switching to Geico”

  80. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    #Dolphins Brice McCain: “I don’t know what I’ve gotta do, gotta play better. But I know one thing: I saved 10 percent by switching to Geico”

    lmao, he even fucked that up……it is 15%

  81. son of a son of a shula says:

    The girl in the hitch hiking pic was from ’69 and is the same shriveled raisin lady today.

  82. D says:

    MikeE becomes a man!

  83. getterdone says:

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    #Dolphins Branden Albert on slow start: “It’s still early. Everybody is jumping the gun. I don’t think me and my teammates are too worried”
    _____________________________
    Glad they’re not worried about getting a paycheck.

  84. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E invented fast food way back in the day.

  85. getterdone says:

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    Good news for Branden Albert that he’s back in practice, even if it’s limited. Said he’s still hoping to play Sunday but too early to tell

  86. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    September 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    #Dolphins Branden Albert on slow start: “It’s still early. Everybody is jumping the gun. I don’t think me and my teammates are too worried. we still have 12 games to lose”

  87. D says:

    Albert is going to say that, what he should have said was next question, thats one of those asinine journalist questions because there isnt an ok way to answer it. One answer gets spun as apathy the other as discontentment, either way shows some sort of dysfunction.

  88. Ken says:

    Great job OD.Thanks for helping us relive the glory days of 72-74.

  89. D says:

    getterdone says:
    September 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm
    Actually he only saved 10% cause he gets beat by everybody.
    Reply
    ———————————————-
    Lower rate for those with less chance of being a liability, for example a blind man insuring a motorcycle probably got a better rate.

  90. Ken says:

    It’s like old home week around here – well not home but welcome back Myth and ORob.

  91. getterdone says:

    James Walker ✔ @JamesWalkerNFL
    #Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill: ‘We’re at a critical point in our season’ http://es.pn/1hbexVP

  92. BoulderPhinfan says:

    ORob.
    Great to hear from you!

  93. getterdone says:

    Orob playing center back defender as a kid.
    No wonder he’s always angry….

  94. D says:

    Didnt some of you like that Brock Vereen guy who the Bears just cut?

  95. D says:

    Id kinda like to see them promote that Jonathan Dowling kid and drop Kovacs or Thomas. He’s pretty fast dude, and he’s like 6’3 i think. Would be nice to have some size in the secondary. If our season goes tits up id like to see he and Lippett getting some time in the secondary.

  96. BoulderPhinfan says:

    FFR,
    was that really from albert? We still have 12 more games to lose LOL

  97. getterdone says:

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    Philbin on Jordan Phillips inactive: “Was decision we made based on body of work we’ve seen, what we saw in practice last week… game plan”
    ____________________
    WHAT GAME PLAN I ASK, WHAT???

  98. finfanrob says:

    boulder,

    nope, getter had posted the original tweet. i just added it.

    alberts comment on the slow start is just idiotic. pretty damn sure the fans care about the slow start, it is nice that him and his teammates dont care and think of us as silly over reacting fans

  99. finfanrob says:

    D,

    he is ok, i always liked his music, i mean he is no barry white or teddy pendergrass but he ………wait you said brock not ben….never mind

  100. Ken says:

    Jordan Phillips is the one guy that has looked most impressive when given the chance to play this year and they deactivate him. Brilliant. So how is that working for us?

  101. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    September 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I can just picture you watering your lawn while dancing and singing Barry White’s ‘Never Gonna Give Up’. LOL

    yeah it gets pretty tough keeping my hose tucked while dancing

  102. getterdone says:

    Marino tossing Harry’s balls while in jolly ole England….lol

  103. getterdone says:

    Blasphemy at Dan the Man got me moderated, rightly so ole chap.

  104. son of a son of a shula says:

    A little boy with diarrhea tells his mom he needs viagra.
    The mom says, “why on earth do you need that?”
    Boys replies, “isn’t that what you give dad when HIS shit won’t get hard?”

  105. Ken says:

    D:
    Francis was definitely in there last week.

  106. son of a son of a shula says:

    Our first rounder gets a few snaps and few more when the game is out of hand while our second rounder is in street clothes while healthy. It’s shit like that that I find so stupid and can’t understand. Meanwhile GreenBay wins with 3 stars and a bunch of guys no one ever heard of, most of them rookies (undrafted at that).

    • Tim Knight says:

      We’re cursed or something and I don’t believe in that shit. LOL

      • D says:

        Told my wife last weekend that while baseball is a game of superstitions, Football is too, plus they have the “Football Gods” who make shit happen lol. I told her we somehow have permanatly pissed off the Football Gods and are having to endure misery year after year for that transgression. Still trying to figure out which one it is though, what even tipped the scales on us.

  107. Ken says:

    My concern about Phillips is that he has the bad wrap for not practicing hard while in college. I hope he is not returning to his bad habits.

    • Ken says:

      It just kills me though because when he has been on the field he has looked really good. He has accounted for our sole sack of the season.

      • D says:

        He has definately flashed, and who knows were he in more plays those games he would have looked like a beast. I agree though i hope there was a good reason for it, and not the whole not using rookies one and not the he did something stupid one lol.

    • D says:

      You think they didnt activate him because he didnt practice hard then?

      • Ken says:

        Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
        Philbin on Jordan Phillips inactive: “Was decision we made based on body of work we’ve seen, what we saw in practice last week… game plan”
        ___________________________________
        Reading into that quote about what they saw in practice concerns me given his history.

  108. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ D on what we did to piss off the football gods.

  109. Tim Knight says:

    D, Douglas is starting as a rookie. Maybe they just felt better about Francis over Phillips this week.

  110. Ken says:

    Gotta run. BBL. Peace.

  111. Randy says:

    You earn your playing time during practice during the week. Don’t practice hard….don’t play as much. It should motivate a player.

  112. Tim Knight says:

    Ken, Phillips is the least of our concerns at this time.

    • Ken says:

      Our run defense stats say otherwise.

      • Tim Knight says:

        No I mean we have larger team issues than one player maybe not having the most inspired practice.

      • D says:

        I think Ken is going with the, any + helps right now. Taking a performer off the field when you are really digging to find positives doesnt make a lot of sense. There is probably a really good explanation for why, but overall you are right it would be a small positive against an overall huge negative balance.

  113. ocalahowie says:

    Evening Update
    DOLPHINS-JETS
    N/A 21-20 NYJ
    Try 27-13 NYJ
    UK 24-17 MIA
    Howie 33-20 MIA
    Bold 24-17 NYJ
    MikeE 27-20 NYJ
    Piggy 42-0 MIA
    Old 27-16 NYJ
    Book 35-13MIA
    Real 31-16 NYJ
    GO PHINS!!!

    • D says:

      Since i am superstitious but im also about to the point of resinment with this team i think ill start playing the pick’em.

      24-14 Phins.

  114. CavalierKong says:

    Don’t worry, Ken. Phillips didn’t do anything wrong. Our coaches just work on a different level than everyone else.
    —————-
    Armando Salguero ‏@ArmandoSalguero 58m58 minutes ago
    Joe Philbin said today there was no issue with Jordan Phillips. “Nothing he did wrong” leading to him being inactive.

  115. finfanrob says:

    D says:
    September 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Since i am superstitious but im also about to the point of resinment with this team i think ill start playing the pick’em.

    at one point in time i actually liked the bucs. fins have always been my favorite but being i live in tampa i liked the bucs. they were so full of hopes and promise for sssoooooooo many years then would come out and go 4-12. that went on for decades till it finally turned into not just disliking the team, but hating them with such a passion. i hate them as much as the jets.

    i get the point of resentment, i am passed that for blowbin, but i really dont know how many more hopes and promises years i have left for this organization

  116. wyoming85 says:

    Barry Jackson ‏@flasportsbuzz 4h4 hours ago
    WQAM said today it’s dropping Miko Grimes (arrested for battery on police officer Sunday), but will keep her on-air partner, Omar Kelly.

  117. wyoming85 says:

    Dolfans NYC ‏@DolfansNYC 4h4 hours ago
    Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert returns to practice http://bit.ly/1iM4mYW #Dolphins

  118. Mike E. says:

    I need 2 more questions
    ASK MIKE
    Anyone got any idears? NJ1Dolfan@yahoo.com

    • Try Pod says:

      I hit you, brother, though I don’t think you’ll think I am being serious. I’ve put a lot of thought into it, but I want a fresh opinion.

  119. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    September 30, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I need 2 more questions
    ASK MIKE
    Anyone got any idears? NJ1Dolfan@yahoo.com

    what week if any do think blowbin will be fired. thats all you get, to lazy to email it too you

  120. finfanrob says:

    ok i dont think i care about football anymore, i am sticking with ncaa womens volleyball

  121. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    Too lazy to put in the article. Not soon enough! lol

  122. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    September 30, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Rob

    Too lazy to put in the article. Not soon enough! lol

    its probably for the best. i would spend the rest of my life wondering if you ever answered it in the article

  123. Mike E. says:

    LOL Rob

  124. BoulderPhinfan says:

    right now I don’t give a shit what players do in practice. I care about what they do in a regular season NFL game. Mitchell looked like reggie white in the preseason. He now looks like my grandma trying to stop the run. Put Phillips and parker in blowbin!

  125. finfanrob says:

    boulder,

    just goes to show how you cant judge a thing based on preseason. the started on d looked like they wouldnt give up 200 yards for the season much less the first half of every game.

  126. Mike E. says:

    Try

    Thanks bud. I answered it in earnest.

  127. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Even if we win this weekend (and that’s a big if) does anyone think this is a playoff team? Maybe if we win 9 games I consider keeping philbin. A BIG MAYBE!

    Right now, I’m only rooting for Sam. Go Sam Go!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I won’t judge the teams chances as anything based on this game

      I’m kind of week to week
      And I view the season as building to get better

      So far there has been no building…lol

      But I do think there is a good chance that the team We have seen in Sept is not the same team we see in Nov/Dec

      I’m really looking to see if the DL wakes (coaching or not) up
      That is one of my big difference makers in how the season plays out

  128. Mike E. says:

    Nice Boulder. GO SAM GO!!!

  129. finfanrob says:

    boulder,

    the only way blowbin should stay around is if this team is in the SB

    and yeah go sam go

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I disagree. I think it’ll take a monumental coaching job to get this team to win anything more than 8 game. Seriously. You know how I feel about philbin, but if he wins 9 games with this team and this start, I’d give him major props and consider keeping him.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I think it takes a good coaching job to win period
        And I think there is reason to question whether we have that

        I really have to see it play out

        I’m just looking for little things for now to build on
        – DL play
        – not falling behind early
        – big chunk offensive yardage
        – better run blocking
        – Whether Tanny can take the next step (or two)
        – getting a little more out of young players like Parker and Phillips

        I’m kind if looking at the small picture for now
        And seeing if there is anything that gives us something

  130. The Flying Pig says:

    Go Sam!

  131. finfanrob says:

    BoulderPhinfan says:
    September 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I disagree. I think it’ll take a monumental coaching job to get this team to win anything more than 8 game. Seriously. You know how I feel about philbin, but if he wins 9 games with this team and this start, I’d give him major props and consider keeping him.

    you dont reward the fire starter for putting out their own fire.

  132. finfanrob says:

    piggy,

    i agree looking for all that and bacon. always got to add bacon, it makes everything better

  133. BoulderPhinfan says:

    ffr,
    I think this is a moot discussion. I doubt we win even 8 games this year. Its about 2016 for me and really as I said earlier when (not if) Sam makes it, that makes up for the phins disappointing season.

  134. BoulderPhinfan says:

    piggy,
    it sounds like you already think this is done. I agree. I want to see who can help us win in 2016 and beyond. We know suh, tanny and a handful of others are definitely on the 53 next year. We have a bunch of young talent to build around. As you said who want to remain a Miami Dolphin?

  135. finfanrob says:

    boulder,

    i agree, i dont think they are a 3 win team so far. i think to get above 3 wins they need to generate 1.21 megahertz and hire a different coach at the start of the 2014 season

    and yeah i am sure every one of us will trade a 3 win season for sam to recover

  136. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    September 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Blasphemy!!!

    yeah but put that blasphemy between two sliced of cuban bread and it is fantastic

  137. Try Pod says:

    Half the players in the nfl come from 23 schools. I wonder if I will get called out : http://sports.yahoo.com/news/no-school-more-players-nfl-192230748.html

  138. manitobafinfan says:

    Huge shout out to OD on the work and recollections in these series. I thoroughly enjoy them

    Go Sam !!

    Nice to see some new/old faces on the blog. Hope to see yall stop in more often.

    Also like to say the back and forth with Tim and D the other day on the DLine play was an enjoyable follow , not that i undestood most of the intricacies / techniques you were discussing but it was a very intelligent back and forth. Well done.

    Carry on then.

  139. uwantwat says:

    Mike I have sent you a question

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