Ask Mike – 2016 Season Week 6


from Doggy

Q – Mike E,
Now that we’ve finally seen that our Starting Oline can make a huge difference in both the run game and pass protection. How do you feel about our depth and do we target early in the draft or go with FA. I hope this group stays healthy and on the field for the rest of the season.. They did a great job !!

I think we should probably stick to best BPA, and there’s still a chance we may need to draft a QB early. Even if we don’t draft a QB early, I think we need help on defense. We need an impact from our front 7, specifically a pass rushing DE or 2, and we also need a playmaking LB. There’s also a good chance we will need a CB or 2, but that will play out by the end of the end of the season. We have to see what we’ve got there in Howard, Lippett and I think McCain will be fine as the nickel corner.

Albert is so hard to count on to stay healthy, but he’s a damn good player when he is. Tunsil is likely the LT at some point, but if #76 is healthy, and Tunsil continues to play well at LG, why not leave it? I have no problem going one more year with BA at LT, but I would absolutely make sure we have Tunsil prepared to play LT, and have serviceable depth at OG when Tunsil has to move to LT.

Man, that was something watching the holes open for Ajayi, and even better watching him exploit them, running hard and aggressively. I think that’s what we all imagined he could be if he got the opportunity, and it won’t always be as easy as it was last Sunday, but if we stay committed to having balance, and getting the run game going, our team will be a  better team for it!

from Toba
I assume this will be the theme of the week, but WTF..
After the solid game and game plan put together against the Steelers, do you see this an Aberration ? or something sustainable going forward .. I am hoping they can sustain it, but your thoughts ??

The success we had might possibly be an aberration, but man Toba, the game plan better not be. It’s just never good to be one dimensional. We have to keep the opposing defense honest, and if they sell out, and do everything to stuff the run, we have to still try and run, but make them pay with some deep shots if they stuff the box with 8 guys. Someone will be uncovered, and we have to execute, and hit that player. No question we’re a better team all around when we have T.O.P. in our favor, and we’re able to successfully run the football. The pass protection was stellar, and Ryan Tannehill looked considerably better with the better protection and time. The defense looked so much better because they weren’t on the field all day.

I don’t know if we can sustain it Toba, there’s really nothing we can look at and say we can for sure. I would hope we would, but the Buffalo Bills defense is a better unit than the Steelers. The thing is, I want to see them try to duplicate this. It would kill me if we see 8 guys in the box and decide to pass all day, unless of course it worked. How about we dictate our game plan, and let the other team adjust, instead of the other way around. Execution is key, no matter what we plan on doing, so we have to do it well. If we consistently try and run the football, even when it’s not yielding results like last Sunday, we’ll know we’re in the right direction. How many times did we see success one week, and then a couple of runs were stuffed (last season), and then we got pass happy? Too often, and my best guess is Gase won’t do the same thing.

from Rock

Q – Hello Mike E! How is it hanging?

That’s not my question for Ask Mike this is;

As the standings sit now, the Dolphins are scheduled to play only two teams the rest of the season that currently have a winning record. (Pats & Buffalo) With the Dolphins starting the season 1-4 do you think there is any chance that they can still make the playoffs this year?  I think we will have to sweep the Jets and Bills, beat the Ravens at home and win our final game at home against the Pats to have a chance.  What do you think our chances are?

I can’t do it Rock. I can’t even say the “P” word, I just can’t. I can’t even really guess if we stay on course against Buffalo for the Fest game. I have to do this one game at a time, because we have been anything but consistent all season long.

I’ll say this though, if the 5 starters on the O-line as currently constituted can stay healthy, I think we’ll be a better football than we were our first 5 games. I think the O-line set the tone in that game, and now teams see that Ajayi is more than capable of wrecking their day. The good thing is, we do have some depth at RB, because although Ajayi was grinding hard all day Sunday, not sure we can pump 25 carries from him every Sunday, but we have Drake, Williams and Foster too. I think the defense will still have it’s issues with teams that run well, and Buffalo is one of those teams. Not only can their RB move the chains (LeSean McCoy), who leads the team with 587 rushing yards (5.6YPC) which is pretty damn impressive. Tyrod Taylor is a dangerous guy running too, he already has 236 yards rushing. We must keep containment with him, like on those 3rd and 8 type of downs, when we almost get to him, and someone didn’t stay in their gap, and he busts out for a 12 yard gain. Those are killers, and we can’t let that happen.

We’ll have to see which Miami Dolphins team shows up, is it the same team that just beat up the Steelers, or the 1-4 team we’ve seen languish through 4 quarters each game. It would be a helluva lot more fun if last week’s team shows up, and last week’s coaches too!

I would like to thank Stanger, Chef Warren, Toba, and anyone else who has a hand (yeah I said that!) in putting the Fest together, and all the stuff that goes along with it, like the dinner Saturday night before the game.  I really wish everyone could make it, but of course that’s not possible.  Despite the fact that we kick one another every now and again, this is a pretty cool bunch, and for a lot of us to get together and see a game together,  and hang out, is even cooler.

Looking so forward to meeting a few of you that I haven’t yet met, and to seeing those again who I’ve already met.  This is awesome!  Go Festivus!  Go Dolphins!


And now for the babe of the week . . .

Debbie Harry

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176 Responses to Ask Mike – 2016 Season Week 6

  1. Randy says:

    Still riding the fence on Tannehill, so you can stir the pot on both ends, as usual? Lol
    I’m still hoping last week was a step in the right direction…for the whole team. It’s still okay for Tanny to show he’ s more than average. I didn’t come away from that game thinking Tanny won it for us in any way. I thought he was part of a good team effort…and there’s nothing wrong with that. Let’s hope he continues to build on last week too. We all know the whole team needs to get better…but it’s only with the Tannehill debate that you have to qualify every comment with some excuse. Lol

  2. finfanrob says:


    just having fun and love pointing out when you guys talk shit. you sat and said that just look at him but dont blame any other aspect of the team for his shortcomings. well if that is the case then he also gets all the credit for that last run by aajiayiajay however the fuck you spell his name.

    and you keep asking for thill to show he is more then average makes no sense. he is in his 5th year stop waiting for him to be something he is never going to be and then being mad that he isnt something you want him to be. that just makes no sense.

    and as far as qualifying the thill debate, i dont do that i just point out some of the foolishness. like you just said, it is okay for him to show he is more then average……what other players on the team are okay to be just average but since thill cant be something you want he sucks. when every other player on the team is average or below he is the only one you constantly point out sucks.

    like i have said over and over and over, this whole franchise sucks but lets just constantly focus on the one player that most on here knows sucks.

  3. Rockphin says:

    Rockphin arrivs at Dave & Busters……

  4. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    October 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    So FFR, do you think we’ll make the playoffs? LOL


    I figure i got about another 12-15 years left unless my liver just says fuck it and gives up. so yeah i think in about 16 years they will have a winning record, hell make the playoff, hellllllllll will win the SB. fuck that they will even probably go undefeated again.

  5. Rockphin says:

    Hello from Festavis Eve!

  6. 81Howie says:

    Gameday Eve Update
    Rock 37-17 BUF
    Old 23-20 BUF
    Piggy 24-23 MIA
    B’man 38-13 BUF
    Howie 27-24 MIA
    MikeE 23-20 MIA
    Stang 21-10 MIA
    Toba 27-17 MIA
    Bold 17-13 MIA
    Real 34-12 BUF
    GO PHINS!!

  7. Randy says:

    You can do that with every single player that’s ever played. It’s a given with everyone that other things impact their game. The point is you can still evaluate a specific player with all that in mind. Part of the evaluation can be how he actually does perform when things around him aren’t great…which is often in the NFL. I watch Tannehill, and I don’t see HIM making plays that make a difference all that often. Of course it happens, but it’s not frequent. Does he sometimes make a great play and some other player screws it up? Of course. Just as his OL does a great job of protection, and he stands there and takes a sack. Or his receiver runs a great route, and Tanny just misses him. All that happens. You can STILL evaluate one guy. People always try to drag other stuff into it. Whether or not the team sucks is a different conversation than what sort of QB Tanny is.
    Here’s the bottom line with me: Tannehill is not the sort of QB who can win games for you in tough situations even if he has a decent team around him. Could he some year do just enough to somehow get this to team through the playoffs and to a championship? Sure, but I doubt it. I feel the same about our OL and most of our team.
    I wonder if all those people in Florida are drunk and hitting on transvestites yet. Is that still a thing, even? I’m old.

  8. Randy says:

    I actually do expect more from the QB position. Probably because it has a lot more impact on the game than any other position, and it’s not even close. Not being able to exploit that situation the league provides you, makes it that much harder to win. Yes, you can win with an average QB, but it’s the exception not the norm. Even when a team wins with a an average QB it’s likely because that average QB had a good year…or the team around them was great in some way.
    I want to build a great overall team. I just think it’s a lot easier to win with the right guy at QB.

  9. herdfan says:

    Cubs win!

  10. finfanrob says:

    Here’s the bottom line with me: Tannehill is not the sort of QB who can win games for you in tough situations even if he has a decent team around him.


    that is the is the first sound logical argument for saying he sucks i can not say anything too. i dont know if he can or not. IMO that is a solid argument to say about him. i dont know if he can either.

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