Q – Ciao Mike E
Very sombre mood in Finsland after last Sunday.
Can we bounce back like last year, or should I just put our 2 tickets for Wembley in the trash, save on a tank of gas and give my bro a refund/write off the $160?
Sure we can rebound UK, but I don’t think we will. I have seen absolutely nothing from this team in the last 3 games that makes me think this team is ready to do anything good. I can’t even precisely point to any one unit and say this unit is now ready to make a statement. Opposing OC’s seem to have figured out our weaknesses on defenses, and have exploited it time and time again. Let’s face it, our secondary sucks. Besides Reshad Jones, and Brent Grimes, there’s just no proven talent out there. Brice McCain (who should be a nickel corner) is starting, and Jamar Taylor (who can’t win a starting job is at nickel), and sometimes Zack Bowman is at nickel or dime, along with rookie Bobby McCain. To make things worse, we line these DB’s 10 yards off the LOS, and teams are still beating them mostly in front of them, and yet still have gotten behind them. Add into the equation that our front 7 have gotten zero pressure on opposing QB’s, that’s a recipe for disaster. No changes have been made anywhere, no blitz packages, no moving players around, just straight up ineffectiveness, week after week.
When I look at our offense, the problem starts up front. I know folks are down on Tannehill, I’m not one of them. The five guys we have blocking up front aren’t getting it done. As I expected, Brandon Albert isn’t physically ready. He tried, I don’t blame him, I blame the damn GM’s, HC’s, OC’s who counted on him to be ready. They rushed and rushed him, but when you go out and play with an injured leg, other injuries occur. Maybe if they let him heal, we could have him back healthy for the 2nd half, although I fear it will be too late by then. This is what happens when Jason Fox is your #1 and #2 backup plan. Shame on them!
The O-line can’t run block, and Lazor gets queasy just thinking about running behind this line of Fox, Thomas, Pouncey, Douglas and James. It seems like Ju’Wuan James has taken a step backwards, and maybe that’s because rookie G Jamil Douglas isn’t handling his job, or maybe he’s just not playing well either. My guess is the former, because he was lights out our best OL last year. Unfortunately, they don’t pass protect any better, and Tannehill has been under duress far too often. Could Tannehill deal with the pressure better, sure, but he hasn’t. he sometimes seems slow to see the pressure, and then it’s too late. It’s not one of his better qualities, although with his athleticism, you’d think escapability would be.
We didn’t really upgrade at LB, and as I’ve always said, Misi while a good tackler just isn’t a playmaker, whether at ILB or OLB. Jenkins is a good young LB, but he’s still learning. Sheppard has been a disappointment. I expected better, but we’ve gotten worse. The D-line, obviously upgraded by Suh, along with Mitchell, Wake and Vernon was supposed to be our rock. It’s been a small pebble instead. This is the one unit I really think is capable of turning things around, but unless they get healthy, and Coyle is willing to change some things up and move people around a little, and try and find better matchups, it probably won’t.
Keep your tickets bother, this is the NFL, and anything can happen any given Sunday, and Wembley Stadium looks really nice, even though there’s no tailgating. The restaurants look nice, and they serve beer if you need to cry in one. Hopefully I’m 100% wrong, and the someone lights a fire under their asses this week, and we go out and demolish the Jets, and make us all feel great!
Enjoy the game UK, REPRESENT!!!
from Pigsgerald Oinkustus Bacon
Q – Come take a flight with me into the clouds..
Dolphins beat Jests this week
Then Dolphins fire Philbin and his coordinators anyway
Dan Marino as Head Coach
Zach Thomas as DC
Gary Stevens as OC (why not?)
Dolphins finish the reg season 14-2
In the AFC Championship, Dolphins shut out the Patriots to win by a score of 72-0 honoring the ’72 undefeated team by score
Then in the Super Bowl we play a close one against the Packers.
Jason Taylor, who came out of retirement for the game, sacks Aaron Rogers on 3rd down late in the 4th qtr
On the Packers punt, Reggie Roby, the new special teams coach, is able to pin point where the punt is expected to land – Jarvis Landry has a good return as a result
Depleted by injuries Marino, Thomas and even Gary Stevens suit up
Marino sets up a game winning drive and gets us in FG position
With 3 seconds to go Pete Stoyanovich kicks a FG which bounces off Garo Yepremian’s tombstone and through the uprights
It is referred to as the ugliest FG in Super Bowl history
– again Garo!!!
Dan Mario finally hoists the trophy and after the game
A week after the Super Bowl it is confirmed that all game balls throughout the post season were properly inflated but the patriots laced their gatorade with elephant steroids
Okay now the question:
Will this happen and why not?
Everything here can happen up until Reggie Roby being the Special Teams Coach, he’s passed on (2005), may he rest in peace. BTW – You had me at “Fire Philbin and his coordinators”
It’s funny, Son wants Ray Lewis to be our HC, which is fine, I can’t think of a more passionate player, who would be an excellent motivator. What about our own Zach Thomas? Another player who lived in the film room, and was always known to be one of the most instinctive players in the league, and a career overachiever, who never listened to what other people thought his limitations were. I’d look to Zach as a coach, and not HC quite yet, he’d have to prove himself as a LB’s coach and work his way up, which I believe is the proper way to go about it.
OK, back to your question. No, I don’t think it’s possible, I don’t think there is any such thing as elephant steroids.
Q – Mike,
Why do dolphin fans continue to buy into the hype year after miserable year? Wouldn’t it be more prudent to wait to see some tangible results before investing in the fragile sunshine & lollipops market? Is this a flaw that can be corrected or are some fans addicted to hope for hopes sake? Or is this a twisted form of masochism? I’ll hang up and listen to your answer.
Mr. B. L. Zebub
Bonus Question … Can you explain to me, a football novice, the benefits of playing the DB’s 10 yards off the receivers on third and 5?
To answer the first part of the question, it’s a phenomenon that happens league wide, in just about every sport. Every new season brings hope of better things, because there has to be hope. Human nature seeks out hope, and when a shiny new season starts with some shiny new players, especially $100M players like Suh, fans hope springs eternal. I can’t argue that is does seem masochistic in a sense, because when you allow yourself to hope for good things for this team, there is the inevitable pain, anger and shame that comes with the letdown that once again our team failed and didn’t make the playoffs.
I have a feeling that this years failure starts earlier than usual, and that may allow some of us to seek enjoyment elsewhere. I really do feel that the seams are coming apart, and I also feel that we will lose to the Jets this week, which really puts us behind the 8-ball. Very few teams make the playoffs after starting 1-3. Between 1990-2008, 21 teams made the playoffs after starting out 1-3. 7 of them lost WC playoff games, other went to divisional playoffs, and one (2001 New England Cheatriots) won the Super Bowl. I just can’t see a Joe Philbin team going that far, I really can’t.
BONUS QUESTION! The advantage is that it’s such an asinine strategy, that we can never actually blame the DB, because he’s only doing what he’s told. I truly despise it, and I think Coyle should be fired just for employing it. The worst part of it, is that WR’s are STILL getting behind our DB’s occasionally, and that shouldn’t even be possible. The 2016 draft should be fun for us. We need a LT, LB’s, CB’s, OG, RB, S, FB (After Philbin is fired and we finally decide we actually need a FB to run the ball).
Q – Dear Mike E,
Why have we been sucking so bad for so long? When did it start? What will it take to end it?
It started back in 2004, when we went 4-12. We did manage to turn it around a bit in ’06, going 9-7, but then we fell back to reality and went 6-10 in ’05, the prelude to Cam Cameron’s “Fail Forward” season of 1-15. Then Herd’s Hero, Chad Pennington led us to 11-5, and the playoffs, but all we know what happened when we got there, it was ugly. Then the Trifecta went comfortably to where they belonged, 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, and then we hired “Queasy Joe”, who managed to equal the Trifecta by going 7-9, and then to full mediocrity, 8-8, 8-8. So there’s your recent Dolphins history for ya, seems like we’re paying for having Dan the Man for 17 seasons.
As to what will it take to end it? Get a good coach in here. Either a good young hungry successful college coach, or see if maybe one of the guys who have been out a while want to once again join the ranks of the NFL, like Brian Billick, Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden. I tend to think those guys are comfortable where they’re at, so I doubt that.
What I’d like most to do, is bring in Jim Harbaugh. I know he wouldn’t come this season, and maybe not even next season, but maybe he’ll hunger once again to be in the NFL, and if we’re still wallowing in mediocrity at that point, I’d give him the ranch to come here, and I think Stephen Ross would do the same. That guy can flat out coach, like his brother. We’ll all see what we’ve been missing with guys like Joe Philbin, Tony Sparano and Cam Cameron.
Q – Dear Mikey,
Do you think we’ll see any significant changes in play calling this week on both sides of the ball?
And if so, what significant changes would you as an astute fan, like to see or think we’ll see?
You would think so, but I have a feeling, for the most part, we stay with what we’ve been doing. I think Coyle and Lazor, are both guys who believe in their systems (to a fault), and will stay status quo, with maybe a couple of wrinkles. Maybe we have a couple of fakes in order to try and shake things up, but I think scheme wise, we won’t alter from what we’re doing.
What I’d like to see is is trying to move guys around to change up the opposing O-lines responsibility. I’d like to see more disguised blitzes. Hell, we haven’t put any damn pressure on the opposing QB, and we’ve played the Redskins, The Floodgates – I mean the Jaguars, who send out invitations to opposing defenders to meet the QB in the backfield, and the Bills. NO PRESSURE! NONE! I’d love to see the CB’s play their guy at the LOS, and not back off 10 yards. I’d love to see Lazor make a commitment to run the ball, even if it doesn’t work immediately. It looks like SIms is going to be out, so that hurts the run game some, but the 5 guys on the O-line need to get nasty. I want to less of Wake, especially if he’s ailing and/or ineffective. I’d love to see McCain (Chris) break out and get a couple of sacks. Let’s blitz a little, and let’s send guys who have the ability to get there. Maybe Reshad Jones, he’s a pretty solid blitzer, even Brent Grimes has done it.
Most of all, what I’d like to see different is this team SHOW SOME DAMN HEART! GO DOLPHINS!!!
And now for the babe of the week . . .