Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year to all my friends here, Tanneshills and Tannekills alike! 

Just remember, no matter what, we’re all on the same team here!  Enjoy yourselves tonight, be safe, be smart, and have fun.

Here’s to hoping we get things right for our team next year, and to all,  peace, love, health and happiness!

Mike E.

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680 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I said a couple of days ago that hickey is gone and there it is. You can’t go 0-6 in the division and keep your job as the GM.

  2. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Ross letter

    As we enter our final game, I want to simply say, thank you.

    I had high expectations headed into this year and the on-field results have been disappointing … for you, our staff, our coaches, our players and alumni players, and certainly for me. Through it all, your support has been unwavering. We had capacity crowds at every home game and thousands of you joined us on the road. Everyone at the Dolphins appreciates your consistent loyalty and support.

    This team belongs to you. It belongs to each one of you who has been here through it all; both our celebrations and our challenges.

    There are no shortcuts or magic formulas to winning. I know it will take hard work for us to get where we want to go and I can assure you that everyone at the Dolphins is working hard to honor the proud winning tradition of our great franchise.

    We are going to conduct a thorough process led by Mike Tannenbaum to select our head coach that will not be constrained by convention in our approach. This search will be thorough and we will take it wherever we need to go. I appreciate everything Dan Campbell has done this season and he has earned the opportunity to be considered for head coach. We’ve also identified several promising candidates and will begin work immediately.

    We will have more to say on that topic following the season. Your support is a critical element to our efforts to build a winning team and we all appreciate you. I look forward with optimism to more celebrations in the future together.

    Stephen Ross

    • stangerx says:

      You might not like him as a football owner, but he is a class act. He’s part of the Gates/Buffet “GIving Pledge.” That means he will give at least half his billions to good causes.

  3. stangerx says:

    “Cal quarterback Jared Goff is entering the NFL draft.”
    “Goff is projected to be one of the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2016 NFL draft.”

    Most of you guys know more than me about Jared Goff, but far as I am concerned the more top talent underclassmen that come out the better for us. Can any of you guys tweet this to the undecided ones?

  4. herdfan says:

    I have to laugh about the ramp UK had installed at the parents house. Here is my experience with that. We too had a ramp built. Three days after it was complete my mom was walking down the ramp rather than the steps, fell, hit her head. Concussion. Scary at the time, but funny that we had it done to make it ‘safer’.

    • Mike E. says:

      My mother-in-law is wheelchair bound, so the ramp we built is a necessity. She has no chance at improving unfortunately, so it will always be needed.

  5. Try Pod says:

    lol at the tripod family Mike E!

  6. getterdone says:

    WOW, sorry to hear of UK’s situation. I think we’ve all been there or will be soon. It’s tough on family.
    Prayers to you & yours UK.

  7. getterdone says:

    So Chris Grier as GM. There goes the credible experienced HC wish list.
    That’s just like Tbomb. Promote his lackey in title only as Tbomb plays Mr. Franchise. Why don’t he just start coaching too here….smh!

    Wake Up Ross!

  8. getterdone says:

    Stanford punishing Iowa….sorry Diggs.

  9. Mike E. says:

    Any Dark Tower fans here at the moment?

    • herdfan says:

      I like King, but never got into the Dark Tower series.

      • Mike E. says:

        I am truly in love with that series, although I despised the ending. Anyhow, they’re making a movie, and supposedly, Idris Elba is going to star as the Gunslinger Roland Deschaine, and I just don’t get the casting. Not racist in the least, but I always pictured Clint Eastwood, the ultimate spaghetti western gunslinger as Roland. Obviously, Clint is too old, but I can think of quite a few actors that at least in my mind, would be better suited to the part. All the illustrations in the books themselves show Roland as white, and that’s how I’ve seen it in my mind, so it will be odd to me if Roland is black. I could see Daniel Day Lewis, or even the rumored Javier Bardem as better choices.

  10. herdfan says:

    I’m footballed out…I’ve been watching a Hitchcock marathon…Rear Window, Vertigo. Currently on The Birds(my fave). Then Psycho.

  11. finfanrob says:

    mike

    they made the honeymooners movie with a black cast. it has nothing to do with being a racist at all, it is just dumb. it would be like remaking the jeffersons or good times with a white cast. it just doesnt work.

  12. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    I hear that. Stephen King is involved in the production of this, so if he chooses Idris Elba, I suppose he was the right guy, and it’s cool with me.

  13. olddolphan says:

    YOUNG STANGER: SAW the Ross letter you ran up the page. He may be a nice guy but he’s STILL the WORST OWNER in Dolphins’ history!! Yes, he DOES know how to give away money. –But he doesn’t have A CLUE about running a football team!!
    ————–
    About a week ago I sent my account rep an email detailing how I had tried to pay for my seasons tix for 2016 thru HIM, but was unable to do so. The cause? He said “the phones were crazy because of the early deadline for renewal and he just didn’t have the time to call me back or email me.” SO I called another ticket rep and, on the first try, he renewed my tickets. When I asked him “have you been overwhelmed with renewal calls lately?” he replied “No, things have been a bit slow.” Hmmmm!
    ————–
    TODAY I GOT A LETTER SIGNED BY STEVE ROSS. Previously I had sent the ticket office a note explaining that I still had not received a “thank you” for my prompt renewal NOR had the Dolphins even notified me they had hit my card as I requested. I explained that in decades past I used to get a “Happy Holiday Season card from both Mr. Robbie and Mr. Huizenga in early December followed by a notice to renew my tickets in late January or early February. There was NEVER a problem with the process. And the holiday card almost always was a large team photo with autographs from many of the players and the Dolphins front office and owner.. SOOO-O-O I suggested to management that going back to the “Robbie/Huizenga Format” (Holiday Card followed LATER by a season ticket invoice) might give Mr. Ross a much needed popularity BOOST from the fans. WHAT I GOT INSTEAD was a letter from Ross detailing all the great things he’s done AND, also, his PLAN to have MIKE TANNENBAUM go out and hire the best people to lead this franchise into the future (Just like he did in New York where he got FIRED??).
    ————
    ANYWAY, Ross’s machine-signed card to me left me shaking my head (what a surprise). So I fired off ANOTHER LETTER TO ROSS detailing exactly HOW to improve this franchise’s performance, both in the front office and on the playing field. I’m guessing it has already been put in some flunky’s “File 13” shredder and will never make it to Ross’s desk in his New York office. So, there you have it. ROSS HAS, AGAIN, put his trust and faith in a proven loser who was a failure and/or got fired from his prior job. AND SOME STILL WONDER WHY WE’VE HAD AN ALL-TIME RECORD 7 CONSECUTIVE NON-WINNING SEASONS?!!??

    • stangerx says:

      OD when I said “You might not like him as a football owner”……you were one of the two that came to mind. Hard to hate him though. Did note a lot of ego in that message though. Thinking he won’t be turning over the team to someone and giving full control. So no huge names walking into Davie is my guess. Maybe they’ll find a young Shula though……even if not with the same last name.

  14. olddolphan says:

    My thoughts are with UKFINFAN, too! May 2016 bring you much more happiness!!
    ——————
    2016 has already brought me and Mrs. OD some happiness. Our 6th Great Grandkid (a boy) was born earlier today at a military hospital near White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. All are doing great!

  15. Mike E. says:

    Congratulations and Mazel Tov OD!

  16. getterdone says:

    WOW, you renewed already OD. I figured you’d tow the sidelines for awhile.
    You’re a loyal Phin fan my friend.

  17. finfanrob says:

    well there you have it, i mean if tannenbaum was fired it has to be a huge mistake for ross to hire him. i mean every one knows, you never hire someone that has been fired. can you imagine a life where one could get fired from a job then some other employer hires that person. who has ever heard of such a thing. knowing that loser tanenbaum he will probably go and hire some former coach who was fired also. you know how those ‘fired’ people stick together.

  18. getterdone says:

    Campbell may just get to keep his job so he can do whatever Tbomb suggests as the man behind the curtain.

  19. finfanrob says:

    OD,

    the reason ross doesnt read your letters is cause he knows they are plagiarized

  20. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Ross is not a bad owner. He’s just bad at picking people to run the Dolphins lol

  21. D says:

    Philbin wasn’t a former fired person, just saying

    • D says:

      Neither was sparano. Saban. Cam Cameron. Jmmmmm. Parcells. Hmm former fired thing isn’t holding a lot of water

      • getterdone says:

        If we want a HC with experience he’s gonna have fired on his resume somewhere, unless he quit the team like some coaches seem to have done in our past…lol

      • D says:

        Point is some are fired from previous jobs and didn’t work out there but it doesn’t mean it will be true here. Just as it won’t be try that a guy going from OC/DC without having been fired will be successful. Same for GM. If you feel no experience means they aren’t going to be successful then how did any of the ones you like ever get to where they are. Likewise if you don’t want someone who has previously been fired you can’t expect to get a guy with any previous experience. I would limit us to one or the other, just field the best candidates and pick the best one.

    • getterdone says:

      Wow, that dude can drink….I’ve heard of drinking yourself into a coma, but….

    • bookman11 says:

      Thanks a lot Herd…..I happen to be having a vodka drink right now. I hope I don’t wake up in a freezer. I do live in Wisconsin so there are similarities from a weather standpoint.

  22. finfanrob says:

    well so far the bowl committee has done a shitty job. hopefully tomorrow will have better games.

  23. New Age says:

    Mike E,

    I didn’t know they were making a Dark Tower movie but I agree that Elba is a poor choice. I do think he’s a great actor but I’ve heard rumors of him as the next Bond as well(which is also a bad choice).

    King pretty much has had the Gunslinger as an old, ugly white guy for decades in any visual medium put forth. I’d hate for them to change things up just because we want to look edgy.

    I don’t understand Hollywood anyways. They are fine with Noah, Moses, Egyptians, etc being played by white guys(none of them were close to white), but now want to put black guys in written fiction that was intended for white guys. I agree with FFR. Anyone that has read Bond, knows it was written as a white British spy from the 50s. Make a new spy movie with a black dude. How hard is that?

    • bookman11 says:

      Maybe they should make Alex Cross movies with a white actor…or Shaft…I agree, Hollywood makes no sense sometimes.

  24. finfanrob says:

    new age and bookman,

    it doesnt even have to be a race issue. the jack reacher character is 6′ plus and huge in the lee child novels but they cast the 4′ midget tom cruise. just makes no sense.

  25. getterdone says:

    Andrew Abramson ✔ @AbramsonPBP
    #Dolphins’ Campbell a real candidate for full-time job; Payton unlikely; Chip Kelly longshot at best & more tidbits http://dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/01/01/dolphins-campbell-a-candidate-for-full-time-job-payton-unlikely/

  26. finfanrob says:

    bookman,

    is that that fiction novel about some chick that got pregos then she was able to give her parents a line of bull that she would never and was still a virgin and they bought it.

  27. finfanrob says:

    bookman

    forgive me, for i know not what you said was divine of truth. my mouth runneth over

  28. getterdone says:

    NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reports the “sense in the organization” is Sunday will be Mike Pettine’s last game with the Browns.
    This falls in line with most reports on Pettine’s future. Owner Jimmy Haslam failed to give Pettine any assurances during discussions last week. Despite his background, the Browns have had one of the worst defenses in the league during Pettine’s tenure, ranking in the bottom-10 both years. Pettine’s also had multiple front office clashes that went public. The decision to fire Pettine has been widely expected. The only question is whether the Browns move on from GM Ray Farmer.
    _________________________
    We should celebrate that Ross didn’t hire Ray Farmer. So that’s one small/big positive. 😉

  29. finfanrob says:

    bookman11 says:
    January 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    “Take note’

    lol, i knew what you meant. but take note, the bible wasnt written by god, it was written by men.

  30. finfanrob says:

    bookman,

    i was just having some fun, i dont get all up in politics or religion here. just was having fun. and what are those dolphin things you are talking about.

  31. finfanrob says:

    bookman11 says:
    January 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Nope sorry GDP…..You obviously forget that Ross has done NOTHING right and every other owner has.

    lol. i like OD, he is a good guy, but i dont get the hatred of ross. i get i am not a ticket holder so not all privy like he is. but not sure what more you want from an owner. ross may have made bad decisions but he is also willing to try and correct them and spend money. there are lots of other owners that would be worse

    • getterdone says:

      Getting married to Tannenbaum looks like it could lead to more disaster tho.

    • bookman11 says:

      I agree with all of this. It is not like he doesn’t care. He may have made some bad decisions, but far be it from me to judge somebody who is doing something I would have no clue on how to do. The one thing about Ross I am sure of is he cares about the team and winning. He spends money on the team, stadium and players. We will debate forever on which decisions are “doofus” like, but the plain fact of the matter is, he owns the team and there is not a lot I can do about it. I refuse to let it get me upset……the team on the field takes care of that.

      • getterdone says:

        Good perspective. It’s a game, just enjoy it one way or the other. There’s enough of other stresses to worry about in our real world.

  32. finfanrob says:

    getter,

    i have no idea if this tbaum thing is going to be good or bad. i do know saying it is bad cause he got fired is ridiculous. pretty sure whoever they hire has been fired at one point in their life. the key is if he learned from his past mistakes.

    besides what do i care, i know it is only the first day of the year but bookman agreed with me, the rest of they year is only down hill from here.

    • bookman11 says:

      Lol FFR…. You have set the bar low there..lol.

      By the way why can’t the Dolphins just hire Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy away from the Packers? Doesn’t that type of thing happen all the time?

  33. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    January 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Good perspective. It’s a game, just enjoy it one way or the other. There’s enough of other stresses to worry about in our real world.

    i will say i guess i am one that will never get this. yes there are other and more important stresses in our lives. but fuck that, i do get mad and pissed off when the fins lose. i hate when they do and have no problem saying so. if i didnt get stressed or cared i wouldnt bother watching them. i watch them cause i like them and am a fan. not cause i have nothing else to do. so when they lose you bet your ass i am going to get pissed

  34. D says:

    Senior bowl shaping up to be a pretty decent one.

  35. finfanrob says:

    ok, think i will go and try to sleep off the rest of last nights festivities. you all take care and have a nice evening

  36. getterdone says:

    FFR, I get mad, pissed, and stress over the game as I watch it, and maybe 1 day on the blog following ti. But I keep it in perspective too….after all, we should be used to this crap by now….lol

  37. Brian in NY says:

    Man, that really sucks about Jaylon Smith; it’s reported that he suffered a serious knee injury in yesterday’s game. I really liked him as a potential pick for us. I feel bad for the kid.

  38. herdfan says:

    Brian in NY says:
    January 2, 2016 at 8:00 am (Edit)

    Man, that really sucks about Jaylon Smith; it’s reported that he suffered a serious knee injury in yesterday’s game. I really liked him as a potential pick for us. I feel bad for the kid.

    Why feel bad? He’s injured. That ought to move him up to the top of our draft board.

  39. Tim Knight says:

    The injury to Jaylon Smith looked bad as hie leg went the wrong way. Think about an extreme hyper-extention. He did protect himself financially though.
    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14480641/jaylon-smith-notre-dame-fighting-irish-suffers-significant-knee-injury

  40. Mike E. says:

    I’m not sure I get the whole Ross hatred thing either. I think some of it is portrayed by the local media with the whole “Absentee Owner” label, because Ross has his business in NY. I think some of it is also that an out of towner (from NY) owns the team, and the locals don’t like that. Like a lot of us have said, if he’s willing to pay whatever he can to make this team a winner, I’m fine with him. I’d much rather have Ross than Jerry Jones or someone like him, meddling where he has no business meddling. Ross, not being a football guy, has to have someone who advises him on football matters, and he chose Mike Tannenbaum. It’s not that strange, they’re both business men, Mike has been in NY, so there’s familiarity there. Mr. T wouldn’t be my choice to build a team, but last I looked, I’m not the owner.

    • Tim Knight says:

      That’s the whole thing. Fans and media went nuts about Aponte a few years ago. It seems we get too caught up in the org way at the top instead of just focusing on the team which is the HC, his staff and the players. Chris Crier was already in our org and will be promoted because he probably sees more eye to eye with Mr. T. I’m sure fans will now say this will hamper our ability to bring in a big time HC whomever that may be when in fact Mr. T and Grier have connections in the league we’re not aware of. Grier cut his teeth in NE as a scout and Mr. T has been around for years as an exec.

      Being that this season is shit, I’m excited about the HC search and change in this team moving forward. The way it was done didn’t pan out so it is time for a new direction.

    • Try Pod says:

      I don’t know why the hatred of Ross exists either. On a personal level I’m indifferent. But my guesses:
      * People don’t like change. Couple that with a poor record while he’s been the owner and the animosity builds.
      * The circus that has been the team since he’s owned them. On top of the record he’s been here for bullygate, Stabby, Harbaugh hiring fiasco, Celebrity owners, orange carpet, looking for financing from state, unpopular uniform/logo change, other things that are too tedious to mention and things I’ve forgotten. Like the President, you’re responsible for what happens on your watch.
      * Abseentee owner- I may be in the minority here but I do think there is some legitimate backlash from that. Again if the team was winning, no one would give a crap; as it stands, it perpetuates the perception that he hires incompetent boobs to run his team and leaves them to figure it out. Until he gets the right combination of people/system in place, it kinda looks like people he has around him are giving him bad advice on who to hire and he’s trusting those people- people I might add that did not have a good reputation to begin with (Peterson, Tannenbaum) and letting go of people with a more respected football acumen (Parcells[regardless what you personally think about him and how he left this team]).
      My thoughts on him being an out-of-towner: everyone in Miami is an out-of-towner; if there weren’t any, there’d be no money in town to own a team. If he was winning, it would not even be brought up.

  41. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    I’m excited and nervous. It’s either going to be a good run for a few years to a decade or more, or another change in 3-4 years. I’m hoping for the former

    • Tim Knight says:

      Well we’re used to no success so anything slightly successful will be better. LOL

    • Try Pod says:

      Not to be negative, but I really believe things are going to stay as they are, meaning this team will continue to be mediocre. I have seen nothing in the 8 years of Ross’ ownership that leads me to believe things are going to improve for this team. Also, just playing the odds, it is more likely this will remain an average team as the nfl has been successful at achieving parity; this is the natural result, not just for the Dolphins but for all but the best run organizations.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Ross took over the reins as active owner in early 2011 with the whole Harbaugh/Sparano fiasco. So he’s only been actively making decisions for 5 years, not 8. He became majority owner in 2009 and Parcells was still the czar into early 2010.

      • Try Pod says:

        He’s had 50% ownership since 2008. It does not change anything regardless of his “active owner” status.

  42. wyoming85 says:

    I don’t really care Who we get as a Coach, GM, OC or DC

    I want the team to get an Identity!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Be Great at something!!!!!!!

    Have a 1500 RB
    Throw for 5000 yards
    Have 100 sacks
    Shut down the Run Game

    Pick something and be great at it!!!!!!!!

    • Tim Knight says:

      LOL

      I think we’re going to become a more physical football team because we haven’t been. Whether that results in winning we’ll see, but I do think that will be the major shift in personnel and philosophy moving forward.

  43. Mike E. says:

    Wyo

    Agree with you on the identity. I’d love to be great at everything, but I do think we need to be very good on at least one side of the ball.

    • wyoming85 says:

      I don’t want to be good!

      I want us to be great at 1 thing

      I want Billycheat to stay awake at night trying to figure out how to stop our ????????????

      I want Rexxie sucking toes about our?????????

      I want Bowles shaking his head wishing he would have had ???????? when he was with the Fins!

  44. Tim Knight says:

    Try, my point is he wasn’t making football decisions until 2011. Do you ever remember him being in the spotlight before that? He didn’t hire anyone until he hired Philbin.

    • Try Pod says:

      he’s been a major owner since 2008, and that’s what people will think. Not everyone is as specific as you (perception is reality). It’s been pretty consistently “sucky” since he’s been involved.

      • Tim Knight says:

        It was bad when he took over. Remember the 2007 season?

        I don’t care about perception because a lot of that is based in ignorance. Parcells was running the football operations until he left in early 2010 so if people want change that reality that’s on them. Ireland became his football point man from there.

      • Try Pod says:

        I am aware you don’t care- but a lot of what is being discussed is about perception- and your reality is not what others always think. My opinion is that in most people’s minds Ross has been in charge of the mediocrity that is this team. That covers everything from Feb 2008 until this moment.

      • Try Pod says:

        And if not in charge then at least the constant consistent factor.

  45. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    I think you have a “bimp” on your head

  46. Mike E. says:

    Try

    So you think even if Ross gets some real good football minds in here, that they’re going to fail because Ross owns the team, or do you just think we’re not going to be able to get real good football in here because Mr. T is heading the search?

    • Try Pod says:

      Well Mike, I can only say that I was responding to your statement as I saw things (both the first and second post), so they are related- but I think Ross is capable of being the owner of a successful team, I have just not seen anything that leads me to believe he is currently on that path.

      • Mike E. says:

        OK, but it’s important (to me anyway) to differentiate why we’re going to fail. I want to know if you don’t believe in Mr. T (which is the camp I’m in), or if you just think Ross will find another way to screw everything up.

      • Try Pod says:

        I think Tannenbaum is just the continuation of real problem.

  47. Tim Knight says:

    Try, what do people’s perceptions have to do with anything? Their opinions have nothing to do with what happens with the team. I’m concerned with the team, not what fans and the media thinks.

    • Try Pod says:

      You wear me out- there were multiple discussions going on, and though I may have jumbled them up, it is not that hard to figure out what the point is:
      Mike said he hoped things were going to change
      I said based on his 8 years of ownership I am not as optimistic.
      You then felt compelled to give me specific dates of what happened when…
      I’ll let you suss out the rest lol

      • Tim Knight says:

        Okay but opinions have nothing to do with what will happen with the team. I’m sorry I pointed out how it all went down with Ross as opposed to inaccurate perceptions. I was just sharing some facts.

      • Try Pod says:

        Facts that don’t change what I said or make it less valid- this team has sucked since he’s been an owner (and before).

  48. Tim Knight says:

    Try, I’m not questioning your opinion of how this will all go down, just that Ross wasn’t making football decisions until 2011 when he went after Harbaugh. When Parcells stepped down before the 2010 season, Ireland became the main point man from there through 2013.

    So let’s hope the next HC we hire is a good one and that the new personnel dept. does a good job. At this point at least we have unknown hope. LOL

  49. Tim Knight says:

    So what do you guys think of Adam Gase? He’s a young up and coming coach at 37 with a decent amount of experience. He’s been rumored as an up and coming HC prospect within NFL circles.

    I was hoping for more experience at HC but plenty of teams have hit on first time HCs. We’ll see.

  50. wyoming85 says:

    Our future DE or LB could be on the field right now?

  51. Tim Knight says:

    Thanks, Wyo!

  52. Try Pod says:

    I’m fairly certain this has already been done. I have eaten them for at least 14 days straight more than once:
    https://www.yahoo.com/health/digestive-health-is-really-getting-its-place-in-150912989.html

  53. finfanrob says:

    Try Pod says:
    January 2, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Facts that don’t change what I said or make it less valid- this team has sucked since he’s been an owner (and before).

    lol, i guess that about says it all. who needs facts when we all have our opinion.

    (try, and i read all the comments going back and forth. i got what you were saying. i just found that comment funny saying facts dont change things)

  54. getterdone says:

    Adam Gase? LOL, just keep Campbell…sheesh.
    Surround Campbell with the 2 best Coordinators that can be found with a big change in our current philosophy, identity, schemes, play calling & who can develop personnel.
    Then continue to buy good groceries & develop young talent.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m not against that and I only mentioned Gase because we’re rumored to be interested in him. He has a rep of working well with QBs.

    • D says:

      Campbell doesn’t seem ready to me. He might be a decent cheerleader but really I didn’t even see a motivated team towards the end so his supposed strongest suit seemed weak at the end so I’m not impressed with him. I want better for us.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Campbell is not really a cheerleader type. He’s not animated like a Pete Carroll. He is a players coach but not really rah rah. He’s passionate in his words and wants his team to have a physical mentality. He goes to players on the field one on on more than Philbin did, but he’s pretty calm on the sidelines. Rizzi is the maniac. LOL

        The problem is many players on this team can’t meet that request to be physical because a good portion of our team is not physical enough. There is only so much he could do in-season to change this culture.

  55. Tim Knight says:

    Our needs with no particular way of acquiring them. Players who may not all be top level but potential upgrades over what we have at some positions. So when you see this list you say wow we need a lot. Not necessarily. Teams always turn over by a dozen players every year.
    G, T
    TE
    RB

    DE (2)
    ILB, OLB
    CB, S

    Then hope some of our young players develop and take the next step. All of a sudden we have better blocking up front, hopefully more balance on offense, an improved pass rush and less missed tackles and receivers running wide open. Wala!!! The team is better. 🙂

    • D says:

      Get your expensive players through the draft, CB, DE, LT get OG in FA, unless you just see a all pro in the draft. ILB either or, this year has several good ones in the draft around round 2-4. We can get thorough draft, but e may also want to get a vet in FA

      • Tim Knight says:

        I agree you can find quality ILB in the mid rounds 3-5.

        What we need to do is start upgrading from some of our guards, Fox, D. Williams, Stoneburner, Shepperd and some of the DBs. Also adding some quality talent in the draft at some of those positions as well. We’re definitely going to need to upgrade edge rushers. We have a lot of questions there.

  56. getterdone says:

    Tim, I read an article where it was said that the Phins are still high on Campbell, that he’s recognized as much more than a cheerleader in yo face type. That’s also got a very intelligent football mind on X’s & O’s etc, but was hamstrung by what he inherited. You can’t change all that mess here completely over night or in a 2 month period with having to get ready for a new opponent each week.

    Maybe it’s a smoke screen by our FO, but they seem to think Campbell has more to bring than being a ra ra coach.

  57. getterdone says:

    Thanks for being the parrot on my shoulder above Tim. 😉

    • Tim Knight says:

      LOL, no problem.

      We all saw from the first 4 games who this team was. Campbell got them motivated and playing out of their minds for two games. Then they reverted back to who they really were. He can’t change that in-season. It’s a personnel issue. You can also blame some poor coaching but some of the on field stuff I’ve seen with poor tackle attempts and just competing and contesting has been very sub par most of the year.

  58. ocalahowie says:

    Who the Hell is Adam Gase?

  59. finfanrob says:

    i agree with D. i have seen nothing in campbell to have earned the job. and this has nothing to do with him as a person. i think he just hasnt brought much more then some rah rah speeches. he needs more time.

    besides that, i think ross hiring someone like campbell is going to go over poorly with the fan base. i think they are going to need some kind of name to sell more tickets. anything short of a big name is going to hurt the fan base.

    • getterdone says:

      But big names are not likely coming here with Tbomb controlling things as he likes.
      We’re still not sure who the GM will be.
      Word is Tbomb could promote our in house scout Chris Grier to GM, a puppet on a string if you will.
      I suspect he’ll try to do the same with a young gun like Campbell or Gase, see the trend?
      Guys he can control easily.

  60. finfanrob says:

    ocalahowie says:
    January 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Who the Hell is Adam Gase?

    he is just the leading candidate cause his name will make it easy or us

    ‘oh well gase he sucks too’
    ‘he sucks, gase he is the worst coach ever’
    ‘gase they should have went with campbell’
    ‘he has no clue he is only gaseing’

  61. finfanrob says:

    i have seen a few comments on twitter that this is one of the few jobs cowher is interested in. keeping in mind it is twitter, but that would be interesting if it were true.

  62. ocalahowie says:

    LOL@Herd

  63. D says:

    By cheerleader I meant motivator of players not truly a rah rah go team go guy. I didn’t see much motivation. You can say is what he inherited, but a coach has to motivate and get the most out of whatever he has. There is no perfect team and the coach has to make the right adjustments. I’m not say he will never be able to be a HC I just don’t see him able to now, and we need better right now.

  64. D says:

    I do like Campbell’s fire, I like his attitude towards tough football, I just don’t think he is ready to run a team. Really think he should take a step back and be a coordinator first then make his mark come back and try as a HC

  65. D says:

    I don’t have problems with Gase, but I’m not sure I have seen anything stand out with him to think he’s the right guy for us.

    He’s the big name out there right now because he was bandied about as HC candidate last year so of course now this year he’s back in the spotlight.

  66. D says:

    We are going to be connected to just about any candidate who send somewhat worthy of coughing soy. Get ready to hear us STRONGLY attached to a lot of people until we actually hire one

  67. sb7mvp says:

    I don’t see it from Campbell either. He had a chance twice to establish an identity on offense and didn’t do it. The defense continued it’s problems. Mentality and heart are two things he preached big on and the team continued in the same Philbin fashion.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Because it is Philbin’s team. The one that was 2-6 going back to the last 4 games last year. That’s why Philbin was fired and the team Campbell inherited.

  68. D says:

    I still think I lean towards Mike Smith. I like the idea of Hue Jackson, as well, but Smith I think is a real solid coach who also can assemble a really solid staff under him.

    If we don’t go for one of those two, or some really awesome dark horse candidate doesn’t show up, I think I’d rather have fresh face and ideas from a to college coach vs someone like Gase who has no HC experience either.

  69. getterdone says:

    You guys keep saying you don’t see it in Campbell, and you may be right.
    However, he had to basically gut the piss poor coordinators in hopes of a lil better play calling with the remainder of the season.
    The grossly flawed schemes from Lazor & Coyle were still in place. You can’t overhaul that midseason with trying to prepare week to week for next opponent.
    So Campbell could only get tweaks here and there, but the failure he inherited was still in place and will be tomorrow.
    The offseason is where a new HC & new Coordinators can have the time to sit down and install their brand of football with the personnel they have & will acquire.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It think it comes down to some of us think what you’re saying has merit and others believe he’s a little too green for this team at this time, not that he doesn’t have any potential.

  70. sb7mvp says:

    When Campbell took over it was his team. Except for two games he didn’t do what he said he wasn’t going to do. No excusing that. We had losses but they could have at least been competitive.

    • Tim Knight says:

      The competitive part is true, but it was not his team. He didn’t pick any of the players or have a chance to hire coaches from the outside in-season. The most important thing for a HC is his staff. Only Al Saunders came in from the outside as a consultant/offensive asst.

      That also shows you Campbell has connections with experienced quality coaches if he can hire his own staff from the beginning. He’s well respected throughout the league as a former player and asst. coach. If given the chance he might be able to bring in a quality coaching staff.

  71. getterdone says:

    Put it this way…I don’t think even if the great Bill Cowher himself was brought in as interim HC after Philbin was fired, that you’d seen many more wins and about the same out comes with the mess this team is in…IMO.

    Is Cowher a better HC than Campbell? Hell yeah he is/was. But any HC that has a vision, a scheme that he wants to implement needs to start fresh in the offseason…again, IMO.

  72. Mike E. says:

    Try

    I was at work and got busy, and hadn’t noticed your reply about Absentee owner. I gotta ask since you mentioned, do you think if he was always in Davie, he would make better decisions and wouldn’t have to listen to advisers anymore? I’m pretty sure he’d still be listening to the same people, and doing the same things. I don’t think it would give him a better handle on the situation. Like most owners, they hire people to run the football team. Kraft has Belichick, so he wins. If Ross had Belichick, he’d win too. Unfortunately, we have Tannenbaum, and not Belichick, and we have to hope that Mr. T can all of a sudden get things right.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I agree with that question, we’re in the information age, you don’t need to be in the building to communicate. But why do you compare Tannenbaum to Belichick? That’s apples and oranges. Tannenbaum is not a coach.

      • Mike E. says:

        I compare them, because Kraft has entrusted the franchise with Belichick. He runs the show, as well as coaches. Tannenbaum is running the show, he’s just not qualified to coach, but his decisions will either make or break this team, much as Belichicks’s decisions do.

  73. getterdone says:

    Tim, I think the only way Campbell gets hired is if he has already got or will get some commitments from some really good coordinators & other asst coaches that want to coach under him.
    If he can bring that to the meeting table during his interview, and they also lay out a sellable convincing plan for both the offense & defense, then he should likely be hired.
    If not, then I’d keep looking for who has the better plan & better looking complimentary staff that will follow them.

  74. Mike E. says:

    I’ve been thinking about Suh and Tannehill, and their salaries. I know some of you think most GM’s or HC’s would be thrilled to have Suh, but I strongly feel that any GM would hate the fact that he’s making that ridiculous salary. With Tannehill, he can be erased after next year, but Suh is a cap killer at a position where you don’t need to spend that much. I think any GM would rather have $40M in cap space next season, rather than have Suh, and possibly Tannehill too.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think it attracts coaching candidates. A young QB who has proven he can play and a DL in his prime who has been all-pro most of his career. I also think Pouncey and Albert are positives.

  75. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, Belichick became like a Shula only after winning a lot. Scott Pioli was part of the beginning of the NE dynasty as a top personnel director through 2008. Belichick has been the main man since. It takes years for a coach to earn that power unless you just hand the keys to a college coach like Jimmy Johnson, Nick Saban or Chip Kelly.

  76. Try Pod says:

    Mike,
    Your post was about why people hate Ross. I give credence to the absentee owner critique for the reason I cited; the “perception” of him getting the “wrong” people to fix the problem. I’d like to elaborate but wife has started the annual “every project for the new year must be started yesterday” drive.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Why is he absentee, because he’s not sitting in a chair in Davie everyday? They have video conferencing now and I’m sure Ross has visited the building at least a couple of times. LOL

      • Jahndoh30 says:

        When an owner doesn’t live in the same town his team is, he is, by definition an “absentee” owner. Doesn’t really matter how one massages semantics, he’s an absentee owner.

        Doesn’t mean I care…hell, I’m an absentee fan. LOL…

    • getterdone says:

      OMG, I feel for you….LOL….yikes!

  77. getterdone says:

    I think the SFla fans hate Ross cause he’s a damn yankee, we’re supposed to hate all things NY, and yet he keeps bringing more NY’ers to the franchise…lol jk/bb.

    OD has a legit gripe in as much as being a longtime loyal season tix purchaser, he & his crew have been getting jerked around with seats, parking, you name it.

    • stangerx says:

      “I think the SFla fans hate Ross cause he’s a damn yankee”

      LOL — I must be less popular than I think. 🙂

  78. wyoming85 says:

    560 WQAM ‏@560WQAM 29m29 minutes ago
    Report: @MiamiDolphins GM Dennis Hickey “definitely out” at season’s end http://cbsloc.al/1YXjLE2?cid=twitter_560WQAM

  79. Jahndoh30 says:

    “Our needs with no particular way of acquiring them. Players who may not all be top level but potential upgrades over what we have at some positions. So when you see this list you say wow we need a lot. Not necessarily. Teams always turn over by a dozen players every year.
    G, T
    TE
    RB

    DE (2)
    ILB, OLB
    CB, S”
    ————————————————

    Am I the only one who looks at this list and thinks Tim listed 9 STARTERS we need? Because teams may turn over a dozen a year (and we certainly will turn over at least that this offseason IMHO), but I don’t think ANYBODY succesfully finds 9 starters in an offseason.

    Just being realistic, all of those needs will NOT be met in a single offseason.

    And, I personally think the need for a solid OL is by far the most important. There wasn’t a solid producer on the OL this season, and I include every single member of the OL in that assesment. Pouncey got the Probowl nod by reputation only, and Albert and James were not having very good years when they went down to injury. The guard play at both positions has been nothing short of horrendous.

    Sorry, I hope for better for this team, but I’ve never been more jaded about our chances to get better in a single offseason. We are lightyears behind where I thought we’d be entering 2015, let alone 2016.

    • stangerx says:

      Jahn — time to go D in my mind.

      LBs were weak coming in.
      Grimes is on the downslide.
      Taylor is just a “wish he gets better” guy.
      And thanks to our #3….we need a DE.

      Plus we’ve been O heavy in the last two drafts.

    • Tim Knight says:

      No, that’s not accurate. G starter, OT depth better than Fox. A better LB than Sheppard who is a FA. Someone new to compete at CB and push both McCains, Taylor and Lippett especially if we move on from Grimes, then Thomas and Aikens at S etc. It also has to do with overall depth and role players. Land a few better players in FA and draft future impact players at the top and hopefully find a gem later on. I thought I explained what I meant about that. Is it that difficult to upgrade over some of our Gs, LBs and DBs without blue chippers? I’d say no.

  80. Try Pod says:

    Wow- the disrespect just keeps coming. Fine. Me and my opinions are dumb and dismiss-able on cite. Have at it.

  81. wyoming85 says:

    Damn
    Even god can’t see a pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow! 😉

  82. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, when it comes to Jordan aka… and Ireland. It’s like Finkle/Einhorn, Einhorn/Finkle. LOL

  83. wyoming85 says:

    The Miami Dolphins announced today that the team has signed linebacker Mike Hull off the practice squad. To make room on the roster, the team placed wide receiver Rishard Matthews on the Reserve/Injured list.

    http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/press-releases/article-1/PRESS-RELEASE-Dolphins-Make-Roster-Moves/dd51db31-c4a7-47a3-9ac6-45b71fd88123?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  84. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    I think there’s more truth in that “damn yankee” post than most of us would admit.

  85. sb7mvp says:

    Finkle was the second best Dolphin ever

  86. getterdone says:

    Thanks for your service Hickey. You did well sir given the circumstances. I applaud you & your professionalism!

  87. New Age says:

    Im more like Tim on our talent level. We have several blue chip players in Jones, Suh, Albert or Pouncey depending on who you like and a potential blue chipper in Parker. We should get one this draft. We have very solid players like James, Miller, Jenkins, Vernon, and Grimes. We have some really good potential pieces in Douglas, Phillips, and one of the McCains. We aren’t that far from anyone else.

    We need the right coaches. We need to start keeping our own talent. We need a few peices to improve and a few new ones. That’s all I see.

  88. Jahndoh30 says:

    No, that’s not accurate. G starter, OT depth better than Fox. A better LB than Sheppard who is a FA. Someone new to compete at CB and push both McCains, Taylor and Lippett especially if we move on from Grimes, then Thomas and Aikens at S etc. It also has to do with overall depth and role players. Land a few better players in FA and draft future impact players at the top and hopefully find a gem later on. I thought I explained what I meant about that. Is it that difficult to upgrade over some of our Gs, LBs and DBs without blue chippers? I’d say no.
    ———————–
    Your explanation is pretty nuanced and full of stuff that can be argued, but I won’t, so… let me try again:
    Tackle: 1 starter caliber player needed, 1 backup player needed (Albert is sure to miss entire games, we need starter caliber to replace him when it happens…personally I’d cut him)
    Guard: 2 starter caliber players needed
    Center: 1 backup caliber player
    TE: 1 Starting Caliber player needed (Cameron isn’t it, and he’s still an injury risk, so we need starting caliber)
    RB: 1 backup caliber needed
    DE: At least 1 starting caliber player needed, I think Cam’s the most prime target for a cap cut on this roster)
    ILB: 1 Starting Caliber player needed, I told everyone about Kendricks last year, but we’ll have to find someone else now)
    OLB: At least 1 starting Caliber player needed and 1 backup caliber player needed.
    CB: I think we need 2 starting caliber players, Grimes is almost certainly out as well IMHO.
    S: 1 Starting Caliber player needed, 1 backup caliber player needed.

    By my count (it’s subjective, I’m gonna stop pointing it out because all of my opinions are subjective just like yours) we need:
    10 starters
    2 highly capable backups.

    That’s a very tall order for an offseason. That’s how I see it.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think you make it more extreme than it needs to be. I do not think we need 10 new starters. More like 4-5 and better depth/role players. Our roster has not proven to be that deep and irreplaceable with mid-tier players and prospects. I also feel a simple change in philosophy can put players in a better position to be successful. Like knowing what to do on 2nd and 2 or 3rd and 4 on offense, or how about on defense on 3rd and 17 when we allow 21? I know you saw the same thing the past few years, it became absurd.

      Jahn, not trying to have a heated debate with you, it’s how I feel. I’d be trying to find 10-15 better players than we already have on the 53 man roster at any level. Some better starters and better depth. Then call a sensible game. It’s not that extreme.

  89. getterdone says:

    The source also said that director of college scouting Chris Grier will be elevated into the G.M. position.

    It’s unclear whether the promotion of Grier would occur quickly or after a formal search process. Because Grier is a minority candidate, he can be elevated into the job without further interviews under the Rooney Rule.
    ____________________________
    Tbomb is in full on control now. Grier was a candidate for the Jets GM position last year. When he didn’t get hired, Tbomb made a holding spot for him here, and now looks poised to promote him, a 1st time GM, even tho he’ll be Tbomb’s puppet.
    All things Jets in Miami…..lol

    I just don’t see a big name HC wanting to come here unless he really thinks a lot of Tbomb…lol

    • getterdone says:

      This is also kinda like reverse racism…lol. The minority candidate can be hired immediately, leaving all other candidates sucking wind. It’s BS.

      • Jahndoh30 says:

        I think you could have not commented on it, and watch this…I won’t offer the counter argument. 🙂

  90. Jahndoh30 says:

    New Age:

    Miller’s a FA, Albert simply can’t stay healthy, (I’ve been saying it for 3 years now and proven right every single season). Pouncey is not a blue chipper (IMHO), he’s more of a decent starter who got paid and made the probowl on reputation. I’m not going to count “potential” blue chippers at this point, I like Parker, but he doesn’t make the “blue chip” cut.

    Jenkins, Douglas, Phillips and the McCains are the kind of underachievers that seem to get us to this conversation every offseason.

    Guess I’m sounding negative, but how “Charlie Brown kicking the football” do we have to be to convince ourselves every single offseason we’re “close”? We’re not close, and with a new coach coming in who will surely gut our roster, we’ll be further away next August then we are now.

    • getterdone says:

      If I’m Tbomb, part of my questions for a new HC search is, are you able to work with what we have here, and who, point them out. How many new guys would you think you need at each position. Kinda get an idea on they think needs to be turned over or not.

      See if it fits in with Tbomb’s idea of who goes & who stays.

      • Jahndoh30 says:

        Fair point, and with Tbomb (I’m ok with this moniker, if he kills it for us it’s a compliment if he stinks it up it’s appropriate 🙂 ) heading up the search there may less turnover than I think coming…

  91. getterdone says:

    New Age > “We have very solid players like James, Miller, Jenkins, Vernon, and Grimes.”
    _________________
    You for got to add Tannehill here. He’s not a blue chipper yet, but definitely a sold player to keep building around like the others you mentioned above.

  92. Jahndoh30 says:

    Agreed:

    With GDP on his Hickey sentiments
    With Mike E on the “Damn Yankee” theory.

    😛 (toothless)

  93. Jahndoh30 says:

    Try Pod,

    I’m following ya. Don’t take it personal. I’m sure it’s not intended that way, but I know fatigue sets in for all of us from time to time. Cheers bro.

  94. The Flying Pig says:

    I guess I’m late the party with the Hickey post

  95. Tim Knight says:

    GD and others about Chris Grier.
    http://www.thephinsider.com/2016/1/2/10701644/report-miami-dolphins-set-to-fire-dennis-hickey-and-promote-chris

    I think it’s a total shift in philosophy. More physical.

  96. Mike E. says:

    Tim Knight says:
    January 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm (Edit)

    It might be deeper than that. Just saying.
    ***************
    I kinda think so too, but that just makes me paranoid.

  97. Jahndoh30 says:

    Tim, if youre right that we “only” need 4-5 starters, than your list includes needs for at least 6+ HIGH QUALITY backups. I still think that’s a huge order to fill in a single offseason.

    You’ve said all year the talent’s not there, and now you’re oversimplifying the solution to the run pass mix and playcalling. I don’t think it’s that simple.

  98. Mike E. says:

    I think we need a bunch of new starters, but we don’t have to get them all in one year. Get a few (3 or 4) that can make a substantial impact, and we’re better than last year and probably last decade really.

  99. getterdone says:

    Jahn, sorry, but ya know I’m not big on the PC thingy.

    Go 1st Amendment! 😉

  100. Tim Knight says:

    Jahn, we’re going to pick high in the draft. We can land two good prospects 1st and 2nd rd, sign a few guys in FA better than Sheppard and Fox, a guard to start, and a bunch of guys to compete for a roster spot. I still believe in Tannehill and we have some skill players to work with. We also have some really good defensive players. We’re not void of talent. We need to get better in pass pro and on defense overall. Combine all that with some more impact talent and you get better. I would not be surprised to see us be in the same place as the 2015 NYJ in 2016. They were 4-12 last year.

  101. The Flying Pig says:

    If we landed two very good defensive prospects with our first two picks
    (Remember our 2nd will be pretty high)
    And maybe a solid defensive player in the 3rd or middle rounds who can start (like a MLB)
    I think we can turn it around defensively very quickly

    Then hopefully our new HC wants to run the ball
    We resign Miller
    And we manage to land some vet OL In FA (nothing high priced)

    We can be competitive next year with that blueprint

  102. New Age says:

    GDP,

    I got tired of writing and didn’t want to do a full player by player lol. I think Tanne can be good but still not 100% sure if he wont end up average.

    Jahn,

    You just can’t throw out all the players and start fresh and I don’t see a coach wanting to do that either. Albert will end up starting 14 games this year. That’s good enough. Pouncey is pretty damn good for a C and has been on an OL in flux his whole career. But he can be in the very good category, sure. I also don’t expect rookies to kill it in the first season unless thy are 1st rounders. So, McCains, Phillips, Douglas will always get the first year pass from me. Jenkins isn’t elite and isn’t supposed to be. He’s good enough.

    We lost our elite DE to injury, our RT to injury, C, several WRs, TE, and had the RG position in flux half the year. Taylor never reached potential and we dumped off Davis. We depended on one old dude, Taylor, and a bunch of rookies and lower picks for DB coverage. Our LB core was injury prone Misi, Jenkins, and leftovers. We lost our positional coaches early because they had to replace the crap that used to be HC, DC, and OC. So, who was coaching up each position each week? Some dude that shouldn;t have been honestly.

    The main issue has been talent management buffoonery for years. Why exactly was Brenner always getting cut, added, cut, added? Because they couldn’t manage a roster properly. Why did good players get cut, traded, or not picked up after FA? Because we had weak coaches and GMs. We have talent but we need to start keeping it. We don’t need 22 blue chippers. We need people who can manage a group of 53 guys properly.

  103. The Flying Pig says:

    The thing about DB that is curious is what the team thinks of guys like Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett

    I think McCain is going to be a nickel back

    But can Lippett start one day?
    What if we drafted a starting CB
    And our 3 CBs in 2016 were 1. Rookie, 2. Lippett 3. McCain

    • New Age says:

      Id go with Grimes, Hargreaves/Ramsey and McCain this year. Get Lippett some more experience and see what we have. Maybe get another next year to send Grimes off(in perfect world)

  104. Mike E. says:

    I think we have to plan to replace Albert, but I definitely play him if he’s healthy. Draft a T and kick him inside for a year or so until he’s ready to replace Albert.

  105. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Oh I know it’s real man, and I’m not ignorant to it either. I’d just like to give some folks the benefit of doubt.

  106. Mike E. says:

    New Age

    I’ve down on taking a tackle in the 2nd. Do you think he can play G in the meantime?

  107. Mike E. says:

    Piggy

    I agree that good ol’ Bobby is likely a nickel corner. No shame in that, he’ll be on the field plenty with today’s offenses.

  108. Tim Knight says:

    Piggy, I think we still have competition in the secondary. Add more is all I’m saying and let it work itself out. Things change in an offseason especially with young players.

    Our Miami Dolphins have to get more physical. We suck in situations when you have to be.

  109. getterdone says:

    What’s real? What are you guys talking about? The north south thing?

  110. wyoming85 says:

    Mike Reiss ‏@MikeReiss 14m14 minutes ago
    Tomorrow vs. Dolphins, Patriots will be without reserve DT Sealver Siliga, who left team Friday for family emergency & isn’t expected back.

  111. Tim Knight says:

    Mike E, I realized what my wife was saying about the town we grew up in when we were leaving a Giants game one time and a truck drove by in traffic with a guy saying those fuckin Jews. She was sleeping and she woke up and said “WTF was that, and I said yep you heard it!”

  112. Brian in NY says:

    Jahndoh30 says:
    January 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm
    “Our needs with no particular way of acquiring them. Players who may not all be top level but potential upgrades over what we have at some positions. So when you see this list you say wow we need a lot. Not necessarily. Teams always turn over by a dozen players every year.
    G, T
    TE
    RB

    DE (2)
    ILB, OLB
    CB, S”
    ————————————————

    Am I the only one who looks at this list and thinks Tim listed 9 STARTERS we need? Because teams may turn over a dozen a year (and we certainly will turn over at least that this offseason IMHO), but I don’t think ANYBODY succesfully finds 9 starters in an offseason.

    Just being realistic, all of those needs will NOT be met in a single offseason.

    And, I personally think the need for a solid OL is by far the most important. There wasn’t a solid producer on the OL this season, and I include every single member of the OL in that assesment. Pouncey got the Probowl nod by reputation only, and Albert and James were not having very good years when they went down to injury. The guard play at both positions has been nothing short of horrendous.

    Sorry, I hope for better for this team, but I’ve never been more jaded about our chances to get better in a single offseason. We are lightyears behind where I thought we’d be entering 2015, let alone 2016.
    *
    My thoughts exactly Jahn.

  113. The Flying Pig says:

    This is the Ole miss OT
    Probably a top 10 pick

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/2079900/laremy-tunsil

  114. Brian in NY says:

    Hackenberg declared for the draft today. I’d take a shot on him in the 3rd if he’s still around (I doubt it though) to push Tannehill.

  115. wyoming85 says:

    SEC Oline!

    If you don’t have a massive OL in the SEC
    You don’t have a shot at Bama!!!!!!!

  116. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Yeah, that sucks, but I’ve heard stuff like with a lot of other groups of people too. It’s all over the place.

  117. Brian in NY says:

    From Gil Brandt, NFL.com (Tannehill 10th most disappointing player this season):

    10) Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
    By the numbers: 61.7 percent completion rate, 3,858 passing yards, 7.0 yards per attempt, 22 passing TDs, 12 INTs, 44 sacks taken, 87.1 passer rating in 15 games.

    After making gains across the board in each of his first three NFL seasons, Tannehill plateaued in 2015. His numbers are OK, but I didn’t see the improvement I was looking for; he hasn’t taken that next step. I would have expected him to win more than five games with a team that is much better than its current record. He has the ability to play quarterback, but I wonder if he has the right instincts, or if the position comes naturally to him. In that way, he might be like Jay Cutler, another talented player who has yet to put it all together. Tannehill doesn’t seem to be seeing things on the field like he should be.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I agree but the pass pro and play-calling was abysmal. So there’s that if you’re watching.

      • getterdone says:

        Of course Tannehill was disappointing….the rest of the team was the Titanic and he was Jack Dawson that eventually died in the end. lol

  118. getterdone says:

    Mike, Ohhh, anti-semitism.
    Yeah that’s been going on since the old testament days & in Revelation of the new testament says it will continue till Christ returns.
    People of all cultures always have individuals within those cultures that despise or lash out at others different from themselves.
    We’re to pray for them. As Christ said, I have 2 commandments, love the Lord with all your heart, mind & soul, and love your neighbor as you would yourself.

    So they bad people within any society likely don’t love the Lord and especially they don’t love themselves,so they want to take it out on others.

    BTW, Joe Robbie was jewish…and everybody loved what he put on the field.
    72 Dolphins….Woot! 😀

    • getterdone says:

      excuse me typos…..

    • Tim Knight says:

      Bro, I still hear it and I’m not Jewish. I still see the bigotry towards people of color and not the white norm. It sucks! Many different a darker color folk just want to live the same way as white folks live. Ya know, have a house, raise a family etc. It’s not that complicated. Then there is the anti-semitism. Anti-Muslim is going to be the next big test.

      We need to stop being hateful, but more vigilant.

  119. getterdone says:

    I saw one of the Brandon’s(Doughty) that I’d like for a back up QB if had in the later rounds was mentioned earlier.

    The other Brandon (Allen) of Arkansas is playing now vs, Kansas St. & looking very good, but his RB Alex Collins is stealing the show. 185 yards rushing on 23 carries with 3 TD’s.

  120. Tim Knight says:

    GD, I’m not that wired. That’s how the written word is mystical. LOL

  121. getterdone says:

    Arkansas puts 569 total yards on K State & K St. only had 1 turnover..lol
    Man I long for the day the Phins have an offense like that. 200+ yards rushing & 300+ passing.
    That’s what this modern era of NFL rules are set up for. Fans want high scoring. Let’s give it to them Tbomb!

  122. getterdone says:

    Tim, you or Mike close to Ringwood?
    Apparently they had a mild earthquake there in wee hours of the morning.

  123. getterdone says:

    Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero
    The idea of Doug Marrone (HC) combo with Jim Schwartz (DC) has been mentioned to me by multiple sources today as a viable one.

    Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero
    Mike Tannenbaum got to know Doug Marrone when both were with NYJ. And Tannenbaum did reach out to Schwartz camp when Kevin Coyle was fired.

  124. Jahndoh30 says:

    New Age,

    Sorry, took a break. 14 games is not “good enough”. It’s simply not good enough if you want to be a team going to the playoffs and the dropoff is severe…and it absolutely IS severe. You need a starting level backup in that slot or you’re begging to be in another offseason trying to explain away the woes by injury. Every team gets injured, and our team gets injured. The talent on the team as a whole is just woefully lacking. I know you guys want to believe it’s going to be the Jets all over again, but I’m sorry, 2015 isn’t even euthanized yet. No chance I can be that optimistic right now.

    BTW., new coaches usually DO want to clean house. It’s not the exception, it’s the rule. I think whoever it is absolutely should. This team, top to bottom has underperformed. The Jets this year? This OL isn’t going to accomplish that and I think it’d be foolish for any GM or coach to think that formula is going to work.

  125. Jahndoh30 says:

    GDP,
    Sometimes the Miranda Right to remain silent is pretty handy too! LOL…

  126. Jahndoh30 says:

    Tim, it’s ok that I missed your boat. There’s no room for me on it. LOL

  127. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    January 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    This is also kinda like reverse racism…lol.

    no such thing. it is just racism. besides wouldnt reverse racism be not racism.

  128. getterdone says:

    It’s official….even before Black Monday! smh

    Alain Poupart @apoupartFins
    The press release announcing the departure of @MiamiDolphins GM Dennis Hickey.
    http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/press-releases/article-1/PRESS-RELEASE-Miami-Dolphins-And-Dennis-Hickey-Part-Ways/7f6d389e-087f-4672-8811-a011f0964b5c

    Hal Habib @gunnerhal
    Hickey said he had discussions about role. “Ultimately the Dolphins and I agreed that it would be best if we parted ways”

  129. finfanrob says:

    getter,

    ok, but you need to get in line if you want too.

    and btw, yes that rooney rule is racist. one can defend it all they want as to how it is needed but that doesnt stop the fact that it is a rule based on race. that makes it a racist rule.

    • getterdone says:

      It was created with good intentions but a lot of common sense was missing in the long run. More rules & regulations…..ugh.

  130. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    Tim’s closer than I am to Ringwood. I didn’t feel a thing though.

  131. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    January 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    It was created with good intentions but a lot of common sense was missing.

    yep, i agree with that.

  132. herdfan says:

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions….or so I hear. We’ll have to confirm that with Bat.

  133. bookman11 says:

    Finally a close bowl game in the last 2 days.

  134. sb7mvp says:

    Hickey probably jumped and clicked his heels together on the way out.

  135. herdfan says:

    As usual, I have no idea what sb7mvp means….

  136. herdfan says:

    This is the first football I’ve seen in days. I turned it on to catch a bit of the ‘Eers game, but I’m rooting for TCU…have to admire coming back from down 31-0 or whatever it was.

  137. finfanrob says:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/which-nfl-teams-will-be-looking-for-a-new-coach-after-week-17/ar-BBo8f5R?li=BBnbklx#page=7

    this is funny for two reasons once again the fins come i last place the second is this:

    Pros: You have a cornerstone defensive tackle in Suh, a quality pass rusher in Cameron Wake along with a young secondary. On offense you have a stable offensive line, with the likes of Albert, Mike Pouncey, and Ja’Wuan James.

    it just shows how bad the media is now a days. that one of the pros is the fins offensive lines let alone wake is probably done. that is too funny

  138. herdfan says:

    Nah….between that yesterday and watching the Dolphins tomorrow that’s enough horror for one weekend. 😉

    • bookman11 says:

      I can understand that….watch the Dolphins win 45-0 tomorrow. It would just be the kind of thing they would do…..

  139. finfanrob says:

    bookman,

    i have no doubt tomorrow the fins will do something stupid like win and tease their fans. fuck up their draft. fall to like out of the top five. it is what they do.

  140. bookman11 says:

    until the draft in may…then I will be pissed…LOL!!!

  141. Tim Knight says:

    A couple of things here.

    First off there is something inherently wrong in this article and I think you all know what it is.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/dolphins-part-ways-with-gm-dennis-hickey-after-two-seasons-015412726.html

    Second, Jahn I have two seats not one. LOL

    Third, GD I’m about 20-25 minutes from Ringwood. That’s in the Ramapo Mountains where there is a fault. I felt a shock in that area back in the 80s when I was driving on 287. All of a sudden it felt like my truck jumped a few inches off the ground. We had a small earthquake here a few years ago that we talked about – it went from here to Virginia. My office shook, we exited the building and you could still feel the ground beneath us tremor. A very uneasy feeling if you’re not used to it.

  142. bookman11 says:

    I actually think the Dolphins will win the game on Sunday. I actually could care less about the draft position. I would just enjoy another win at home against the Pate.

  143. D says:

    Laremy Tunsil is the name of the Ole Miss LT, he was awesome in their bowl game but wasn’t surprising as he has pretty much gone wire to wire as the nations best LT. I wouldn’t take him over Hargreaves but he’s probably number two on my personal big board.

  144. sb7mvp says:

    How have you guys made it to 50 without seeing someone jump and click their heels together in joy?

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