A Sonny Football Fantasy
The Dolphins have a QB!
by son of a son of a shula
It’s been a long long time since the Miami Dolphins had this kind of leader and winner at the Quarterback position. You know how long its been, since Dan Marino retired that’s how long. This new young signal caller has taken the league by storm. From the first day he walked into the huddle he had the command and respect you’d expect a grizzled veteran to have but Mac Notwen has that certain swag and fiery personality to be an instant leader. Although Mac is a vocal leader it is his play on the field that earns him the respect of his team mates. Many have come and gone since Marino retired and its been quite a challenge for the Dolphins to hit on a guy like Mac, a player who refuses to let his team lose and a player no one ever believes he is out of a game. The Dolphins still have some defensive issues that aren’t quite as apparent with this high powered offense averaging 31 points a game.
In the two games thus far that Miami has fallen behind they were able to, under the leadership of Mac Notwen, put together strong second halves to catch up and subsequently pull out wins late. How refreshing it is for Fins fans who knew they were done when Mac’s predecessor, Ryan Tannehill, was behind in a game. They wanted like hell for the team to fightback to scratch and claw and pull out narrow wins but it just never seemed to happen. Not in the Mac era, those close games seem to always swing in the Fins favor now. Mac always seems to hit on a big play in big moments. Whether he avoids a sack and runs for good yardage or fires a perfect ball over the middle to his Tight End or hits the defense between the eyes with a gorgeous deep ball, he is always making plays and scoring Touchdowns.
Said one jubilant fan leaving from the Dolphins last win, “Where have you been all my life, Mac?”. Dolphin nation is crazy with eagerness and anticipation of what Mac will do in the playoffs. The last time Miami was in a playoff game was back in 2008, ten grueling long years ago. At 7-1 this Miami team seems a lock to make the playoffs and make some serious noise while there. It is amazing what Mac has done for this team. Without many changes in the offseason the Dolphins were not expected to contend for a division title but Mac Notwen came in and has rejuvenated this team to what many are saying is the spirit of the Undefeated Season era Dolphins. With four 4th quarter comeback wins so far this team has far outdone the Tannehill team of last year who only had one 4th quarter win. The team is inspired, the fans are inspired and the wins are piling up what a great time to be a Dolphin fan.
Slap slap – Son wake up, wake up you’re talking in your sleep
What was I saying?
(laughing) You were going on and on about some QB who is going to make the Dolphins great, ha ha ha
Yeah, just a dream, Tannehill is still our QB?
Back to reality. 3-5 and 0-4 in the division. Everything was supposed to be different.
In the 2015 AFC East the Quarterbacks are as follows:
Pats – Brady – 6th round
Stej – Fitzpatrick
– 7th round
Bills – Tyrod Taylor – 6th round
Dolphins – Tannehill – 1st round 8th overall
Guess who’s 0-4 against the division?
Do you realize the 2015 Dolphins:
Haven’t kicked a meaningful field goal once this entire season.
That the offense hasn’t scored a fourth quarter TD that would either get them back in a game or take a lead late.
Sometimes you gotta win 41-38, we just can never nut up to have a game like that anymore.
Even if you consider that Buffalo got 2 gift TD’s, the blatant holding on Suh and the fumble where we should have had it on the 20, take those away and they still would have won 19-17. We have to score more Touchdowns. Not just piles against shit teams but TD’s every week against anyone.
(It turns out this team doesn’t have Philbin’s personality at all, they have la de da, dum de dum, Ryan Tannehill’s persona. Oy!)
FWIW, I don’t think the team as a whole is bad or even should be bad. I look around the league and analyze teams rosters as they play and I always see primarily the same types of teams across the league. Some vets, some stars, some journeymen, some guys we all know from drafts as we see what they’ll become, and a lot of unknowns and undrafted guys. Man for man we stack up with every other team in the league. “It’s in the way that you use it”
At this point, although I really like Dan Campbell, my wish is that the Dolphins bring a Prodigal Son’s Son home. Son of a son. Mike Shula is ready to fill his father’s shoes and lead the Dolphins to glory. Mike is doing now what his father taught him a long time ago. And that is to let the players play, play to their strengths, have better athletes and use them to win in a system that fits THEM and not some scheme where square pegs are constantly forced into round holes.
The biggest problem with trying to bring Mike Shula in is that he might be busy until early February. Consequently Dan Campbell is here as is Mike Tannenbaum and perhaps the hiring of Mike Shula would see the continued employment of Dan Campbell in an Asst Head Coach capacity if he were open to it. Mike Shula is ready and he should be brought to Miami, where he belongs.
(a little loose with the prodigal son analogy, work with me here please)
Son wonders what it may have been like with Keuchly, Eifert and Cousins with 2 years behind Moore…