Ask Mike – 2016 Season BYE Week


from Stanger

Q -Two big wins. One against a possible SB contender and another over a squad that was on a real roll.

But two things in common — cold weather teams playing at The Rock.   Yes know the O-line is finally the one we planned on and Ajayi is playing lights out……but could we have been getting a heat factor bounce?


I think the teams we played, Steelers and Bills probably wore down in the 2nd half somewhat due to the heat, but those long drives we’ve pounded the Steelers and Bills with just wear any team down in any temp. If we only ran well in the 2nd half, sure, you could say the heat was more of a factor, but we ran from GO against both teams.

No reason to minimize what we’ve what done against 2 quality teams. The Steelers beat the Redskins, Bengals and Jets, and dismantled the Chiefs 43-14. They’re no joke, and we if it weren’t for a couple of dropped TD’s and a penalty that cost us another TD, we would have blown the Steelers out by more 20 points ourselves. On the Bills 4 game win streak, they beat 2 excellent teams in the Patriots and Cardinals, and really blew out the 49ers, so the Bills were playing good football coming into our house.

I’m very interested to see how our team comes out of the BYE week against a tough divisional opponent. The Jets always give us fits, and it’s almost a guarantee that we split the series with them. The Jets earned a big win last week against the Ravens, and they have the talent on their front 7 to make it very tough for Ajayi and our run game to succeed. Big test for sure, probably for the big 5 (O-line) who have playing extremely well, Ajayi, and then Tannehill if the Jets stifle our run game. Will he be able to step up and handle the load on his shoulders, if he he has to cary the team on offense w/o a successful run game. It will also be a big test for Adam Gase, to see if he’s willing to commit to the run the entire game, even if it doesn’t yield early dividends. I’m hoping he sticks with it, or Ryan really comes through in his big test if Gase doesn’t.

from Doggy

Q – Mike E,
Will Jay Ajayi make NFL history  get his 3rd  consecutive 200 yard  against the Jets ?

Man, that would be something for the ages brother! I don’t think so, because the Jets do have a lot of talent on their front 7, including Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, and ILB David Harris. ILB Darron Lee is a smaller that guy flies all over the field, but he hasn’t really made a huge impact yet. Both CB’s tackle well, Revis and Skrine, and S Calvin Pryor does as well. The Jets will most likely be looking to stop Ajayi and the run game so although I believe we need to continue to the run the ball, and not be one dimensional, we’re not going to have the success we’ve had the last 2 weeks. I’d be thrilled if Ajayi got over 100 yards, and if he does, I think we’ll come out on top over the Jets. 200 yards is a luxury, but I’ll take 20-25 carry 100 yard game from J-Train.

The Jets are 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, giving up only 74.1 rushing yards per game, so as you can see, we have our work cut out for us. Like most stats, they are skewed, because although the Jets have been stopping the run, teams have had their way against them through the air, with a 6th worst 283 yards per game average. It’s easy to deduce that their run against stats are so good because teams are just throwing all over them, and that’s probably somewhat true. I say we still run the ball, control the clock as best we can, and RT will need to make the most of his opportunities passing the ball.

from Tim

Q – Okay so what area of the team do you see the next jump in improvement coming from off the bye? Thank you!

We’re getting some bodies back, and Earl Mitchell will be a boost to the D-line rotation. Mitchell isn’t Suh, but he’s a solid contributor who has been missed. It’s great to be able to rate quality people in and out of the game, so there isn’t a huge drop off when you go to your 2nd string players. With Julius Warmsley being waived, It’s very possible that Mitchell will be back for the Jets game, which makes a DT rotation of Suh, Phillips, Mitchell and Jones. The defense has already improved by the sheer differential in T.O.P. the last couple of games, but a better D-line will make it even better.

I think ST’s will also get a boost with S Bacarri Rambo and Zach Vigil’s return. We’ve been struggling on ST’s quite a bit, both in protection on FG’s and punts, as well as coverage on kickoffs and punt returns. I’m hoping those 2 guys will make a difference.

In the secondary, if Chris Culliver can return to his previous form, he will give that unit a boost. It’s also possible that Bene’ Benwikere will make the depth better too. With Xavien Howard out indefinitely, we need all the help we can get!

As I mentioned in my reply to Doggy, I’m hoping our passing game can build off the success we’ve had with the run game. I’m not saying Tannehill has to throw the ball 30 times, but if he can get some quality throws out of maybe 25 throws against the Jets, who are awful against the pass, that would be great. The Jets defense is stingy against the rush, but like I also mentioned, that’s a little misleading due to their inability to defend the pass. The O-line will need to do as well as they have run blocking in pass protection, because if we can’t run, the Jets will be bringing pressure to rattle Tannehill.

In order, those are the units I expect improvement from . . .

Pass offense


From L to R, Chef Warren, Billy (PhinPup), Manitoba, Piggy, Stanger, Mrs. Doggy (Front), Bob (Rear), OD (Middle), Doggy (Front), Ken (Middle), Bookman (Rear), Rock (Front), Son (Rear), Mike E. (Front), Mrs. Son (Rear), Brian in NY


Hard Rock Stadium – Sunday October 23 – Pre Game


Dolphins vs Bills – National Anthem


Dolphins vs Bills – Game on!


Panorama shot – Stadium is NICE!


Mrs. Hand shows some Dolphins pride!


Doggy (#54) and Toba (#13)


Mr. Wisconsin – Bookman himself (And his keg sized mug!)


Rock at Hard Rock Stadium


Chef Warren serving up the mmm, mmm


Brian in NY working on his wife so he can stay in FLA for the Jets game, explaining how he’s solely responsible for the 2 game win streak


Go AJAYI!!!!!


DOLPHINS WIN!!!!!  ZERO turnovers entire game!


Last, but not least, our Fest Chairman, Stanger!  Thanks again bud!

There are actually more pics, just a few, but I didn’t want to overload the page, I may have already done that.  Due to all the pics posted, we will have to forego the OHOTW.  I sincerely apologize.  I know she will be sorely missed.  For those of you who were unable to attend, please try your best to make it next year, if possible.  You won’t be sorry!

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313 Responses to Ask Mike – 2016 Season BYE Week

  1. herdfan says:


  2. Mike E. says:


    Toba, thanks for sending more pics, I didn’t see it until this morning, and it was too late for me to start going through them. I’ll put them in next week’s article. Thanks brother!

  3. Ken says:

    Nice job Mike E

  4. Tim Knight says:

    Cool pics and nice job Mike.

    Is Stanger’s jersey Yeremiah Bell? I doubt it’s A.J. Hendy. LOL

  5. Mike E. says:

    I’ll have more pics next week, Toba sent me a bunch last night.

  6. D says:

    finfanrob says:
    October 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm


    i admit i missed sundays game, wont even go into why, hell even i am shocked why i missed it, but watched the pitt game and if that was two weeks in a row i just dont get why this blog has died. it is like it is only fun if you can hate on one single player and since you cant the last two weeks no one has anything to talk about
    Did you have to give your ex-wife your TV?

  7. stangerx says:

    “Mrs. Hand shows some Dolphins pride!”

    LMAO — when I saw the nails was thinking “for sure these two are soul mates.” Was tempted to go into the history of it with her, but wasn’t sure Mike E has explained the full history on why the is the Hand Man. Guy Code and all. 🙂

  8. stangerx says:

    Mike E — and great write, but I’ll still stand up for the heat factor being a part. Keep in mind that even if we were in the shade the guys on the field were not. That screen shot that shows us with 14 minutes of possession meant even more than it would have if the game was in Buffalo.

  9. Tim Knight says:

    Lou, it wasn’t a bad pass nor did Stills have to do anything crazy to adjust to the ball. That’s real nitpicking for no reason. There were two defenders there and he actually put the ball in a good spot and Stills ran free.

  10. Mike E. says:


    Good luck trying to convince Lou that Tannehill made a good throw. He’s way too far to the dark side at this point, there’s no return. lol

  11. herdfan says:

    Tim Knight says:
    October 27, 2016 at 11:13 am (Edit)
    LOL, wrong blog.

    I like to think of us as the RIGHT blog! 😎

  12. stangerx says:

    Power ranking update…..might not want to buy playoff tickets quite yet. They sure do love Ajayi though.

    Like in past years Pete Prisco of CBS always rates us higher with more upside than the others. Starting to think he is a fan.

    ESPN — #26.
    O.J. Simpson. Earl Campbell. Ricky Williams. Jay Ajayi. Those are the only players in NFL history to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back games. The Dolphins are on bye this week, though, so we’ll have to wait until Week 9 to see if Ajayi can make it three straight.
    ———- — #22

    Not sure what to make of Jay Ajayi, who seemed to disappoint everyone — Miami, the fans, fantasy owners — this preseason and in the early goings of the regular season. Ajayi rushed for more than 200 yards again, making it two straight games he’s pulled off that feat. It also marks the fifth time in NFL history a player has cruised past the 200-yard barrier in consecutive games. The last guy to do it? Ricky Williams, in a Dolphins uni. Wonder if Ajayi can handle the Ricky Williams workload better than Ricky Williams did.

    Power Rankings side note: Those throwbacks were sweeeeet on Sunday.

    CBS Sports — #19

    Jay Ajayi has really led this team the past two weeks. They have a bye, but then the schedule gets soft. They can make a playoff push.

  13. herdfan says:

    I really wish they’d stay with the throwbacks. So much better IMO.

  14. Mike E. says:

    Oh, and I totally agree – I love the throwback uni’s , I wish they would go back to a uniform similar to that

  15. BoulderPhinfan says:

    my main concern right now is what happens if james or albert go down. Remember last year we won 2 games then we played the pats and I think James went down and that was it for our season.

    What we do if this oline has injuries is what the FO should be worried about during the bye.

    • Tim Knight says:

      You can’t really go by what ifs. Any player in the league can go down at any time. What if Suh and Wake go down? What if Brady gets decapitated and Belichick suffers spontaneous human combustion? LOL

      • stangerx says:

        He had a fair point. Not sure why he went James, but both Albert and Pouncey have a history of injuries. Don’t think Tunsil does, but man that shower slip will haunt him for a good while.

        I saw what happened when the BIG O FIVE play, but……you get the idea.

  16. BoulderPhinfan says:

    If I was the FO I would go by what ifs and consider options if this oline has injuries. IF they don’t then they didn’t learn a damn thing from the last few years when we got injuries on the oline and our season went down the toilet when it happened.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      Also I’m not worried as much about suh or wake going down as the oline injuries. We can overcome wake or suh injuries much better than oline. Just look at the last few years.

      • stangerx says:

        Oddly enough…..the guy who I have gained the most respect for on the OL this year is Pouncey. Other stuff going on, but what a difference when he came back.

  17. D says:

    Im not concerned with the James or Albert going down part as i am the guards. Having the OG’s stable will keep an escapable pocket as long as Tanny can pick up the pressure from the outside. With bad up front pocket protection, there is no where to go and it wouldnt matter if James and Albert are back there the sacks would continue to flow. OT’s concern me indirectly, because it might would require shifting Tunsil to LT if Albert goes down, causing some weakness at the OG spot, though Young could possibly fill in for either James or Albert if they wanted to keep the integrity of the inner unit.

  18. BoulderPhinfan says:

    just having this oline intact has made such a huge difference. They’re playing like they’re the best oline in the league right now on par with cowboys oline. We’ll go as far as this line takes us this year IMO.

    • stangerx says:

      “We’ll go as far as this line takes us this year IMO”

      And that is different from other years because? Woke up creaming last night cause in my dream Billy Turner was lined up at LT. :).

  19. Tim Knight says:

    Boulder, I’m not sure there are many options off the street for the OL at this time. Let’s just hope we don’t suffer serious injuries to the starting 5. That would suck.

    • D says:

      There are a bunch of guys on PS’s we could sign to a 53 contract. They wouldn’t represent a right away replacement for any but more a fill in for depth or potential better replacement than we have currently once they acclimated to the system. No person of the street would be any better, and if we expected a better replacement we would likely have to trade for one off someones current 53.

  20. Mike E. says:


    Just enjoy the ride while we have it. Most teams can’t handle injuries to major players. I think we can deal 1 guy going down, but 2 would really damage the chances of us running the ball as well as we have been.

    • D says:

      The situation doesnt really make me nervous, like both you and Tim said, its a fear experience by any team, its no more or less likely to happen to our players as someone elses, and in the long run its going to affect us some how some way without much way to mitigate it other than having the best backups you possibly have. Perfect world, we would draft a OL in the upper half of the draft every year and he would turn out well enough to be ready to step in in case of injury but ultimately ready to rotate in when we get a starter ready to move on through FA, cuts or retirement. This is how the draft is suppose to work, not be finding starters, but finding eventual starters.

  21. Mike E. says:

    If Albert goes down again, Tunsil would move to LT, and either Urbik or Steen would go to LG. Not catastrophic IMO

    • D says:

      Worst case is Pouncey going down again… I know people dont think he has very strong value to our OL, but i believe personally he is the glue and the guy that makes the unit play as unit not individuals.

  22. Jahndoh30 says:

    Stanger, Mike, Son, Ken, Piggy et al (and anyone else I’ve missed!)

    Thanks so much for your kind words on our beer. I’m glad to hear they made the journey in tact, and more than anything I’m so stoked they are now associated with a fest win!

    Cheers gang. Looked like an awesome time. Bummed I couldn’t be there even if I was in spirit. I watched it at the brewery bar and must’ve told a dozen different people that I had a bunch of friends getting to watch it live.

    Cheers all. Good on ya for getting together!

  23. Realist says:

    Awesome pics! I am going to try to make it next year…it looks like a LOT of fun!

  24. stangerx says:

    Major props to Joe Schad of the PBP.

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry has received criticism for his violent, high block on Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams. All agree it was correctly called a penalty. Landry has said he would never intend to injure an opponent. And clearly he felt regret about the result of the football play.

    But there is a reason Landry can’t change the way he plays. Because Landry’s mindset, his mentality, his toughness, his fearlessness, it is who he is.

    Landry is one of the NFL’s best wide receivers. But pound-for-pound (5-feet-11, 206 pounds) he’s also arguably the toughest, most physical blocker.

    After returning a punt, Landry lowers his shoulder, initiating contact instead of just slinking out of bounds. Landry fights for every yard, every inch, in a way Ajayi has too, the last two weeks.

    If you take the Landry out of Landry, you don’t have Landry.


  25. Mike E. says:


    You may be right with Pouncey. I know I personally always underappreciate him.

  26. finfanrob says:

    all this talk about going down is useless unless you are talking about one of these

  27. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Stanger

  28. BoulderPhinfan says:

    from espn. true

    “Yes, some teams were concerned about Jay Ajayi’s knee when he was coming out of Boise State, which is part of the reason he fell to the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. After Ajayi rushed for his second straight 200-yard game, a veteran scout who had a higher grade on Ajayi offered a reminder: Anyone who worries about longevity in a running back is ignoring the obvious — running back is not a position where longevity can be expected.”

    • Mike E. says:

      Yeah man, that’s pretty true, and for successful backs, you have to be pretty careful not to overpay them on their second contract.

      • Mike E. says:

        There aren’t many RB’s who play well into their 30’s, but there are exceptions, like Frank Gore, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson

  29. Mike E. says:

    This is from an article on about trades that should happen before the deadline. Looks crazy right, Wake in a Cowboys uniform?

  30. D says:

    I wouldnt want Romo. I would rather ride with Tanny if we arent going to start over with a rookie that Gase could bring up under him, and someone that could be married with a receiver also from the same draft to develop a bond with. The idea of moving on from Tanny is a point of needing a clean slate, not an “ill take anyone not Tanny”.

    • stangerx says:

      Romo is 36 and injured. Only way he comes is if Hulk of two weeks ago got his blow it up wish and we are rebuilding. Unless Romo is ready to be the new Matt Moore.

  31. D says:

    Wake isnt going to be traded as long as we are pushing to continue winning, which means with the trade deadline right around the corner, it probably isnt happening until after the year ends, and only then, if he still wants to play and wont take some sort of reduced contract.

    • Mike E. says:

      I thought we have him signed for next season for $7M

      • D says:

        We have him under contract but only 3mil is guaranteed, i meant more of he would take a reduced contract like instead of 7mil next year he drops it to 5 or 6. I could see them doing an extension making it 10mil over 2 years, 5mil fully guaranteed in 2017, with another 5mil with only a couple guaranteed in 2018. That would more than double his guarantees and extend him through 2018, but make it very little risk. 5 mil for even a passing downs elite level player would be worth it. Draft a DE prospect and let him learn under the master.

    • D says:

      If we were 1-5 or 2-4 right now id really think some of our higher priced guys would be suspect for trades, at 3-3 i really dont think its likely. We dont have any depth guys that are so impressive that we could move on and not feel too many ill effects.

  32. Randy says:

    The OL didn’t start clicking because Pouncey came back. It changed when Gase changed how we were running the ball. He went to much more extra OL and 2 TE sets. We started going from under center instead of shotgun. Those were the changes that impacted this line’s performance. A commitment to actually run the ball…and adjust our scheme accordingly. Pouncey has been a part of the dreadful running game we’ve had before this 2 game blip. If he was such a catalyst, where was it before?

    • Mike E. says:

      You make some good points. I do think running from under center helps, and it’s true, we have been employing a 6th OL, or 2 TE sets, so I’m sure that has made an impact.

    • D says:

      I think Pouncey helped a lot. Im not saying that the formation changes werent also key, but i think they have also been able to run the ZBS running plays better because of Pouncey being in there, and i think that he also is bringing leadership to that unit, helping them with their assignments. Probably no way to prove my point unless Pouncey goes out, but early in this season we were trying ZBS running plays, with the entire line we have now, minus Pouncey and we werent getting it done. Part of it is formations, part of it is Gase being more settles into his game calling, etc, but i think at least a good portion of it is Pouncey.

  33. Mike E. says:


    If Dallas blew us out of the water with an offer, I think we’d trade Wake. If they gave us a 1st RD pick, we’d be crazy not to take it.

    • D says:

      Maybe, but you have to think, with Dallas right now playing as they are, that 1st would be a late round one, practically a second rounder. I have been a proponent of letting Wake go but at this point i think he would offer more to us keeping him than that late round 1st.

      • Mike E. says:

        I guess it depends on how realistic a chance you think we have of making the playoffs. It would be tough to lose Wake, but we could really use some young talent. I think I’d have to take even a late RD 1st RD pick for Wake, the value is excellent for us.

      • D says:

        Maybe, and i dont think we are going to make the playoffs, even with past couple games worth of success, but i don’t think its going to stop them from trying, and trading Wake would be them basically deciding to stop. If i thought they were planning on bailing out on the season it would make sense to me but i don’t think they are.

  34. herdfan says:

    No to Romo. If our major problem is o line related the last thing we need is a QB that is fragile on a good day.

    • Mike E. says:

      I thought some of the Tannehill sucks fans would want Romo, I guess not

      • D says:

        Its because weren’t Tannehill sucks fans, we are dolphins fans you just happen to think starting over with a new QB wasn’t a bad idea going into year 2 of a new coaches career. I know i want Gase to have the best chance of success with this team as possible and way things were going with Tanny it sure looked like he was hitched to a boat anchor. Maybe its not that way, maybe it still is. At this point i cant let the season play out before really jumping back on one side or the other. Been burned on both sides so far.

      • herdfan says:

        I don’t know if I was in that category. I don’t think he sucks. I think he was too inexperienced to be drafted where he was. He had a bigger learning curve than a 3-4 yr starter in college.

      • D says:

        can, not cant, and we aren’t, not weren’t

  35. Rockphin says:

    Woke up creaming last night cause in my dream Billy Turner was lined up at LT.

    Aren’t you a little old for wet dreams? Not to mention that is the least erotic dream I can think of. Other than something involving someones grandma. Either way, I don’t see it as a cause for nocturnal emissions!

  36. herdfan says:

    Rockphin says:
    October 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm (Edit)
    Woke up creaming last night cause in my dream Billy Turner was lined up at LT.

    TMI. 😖

  37. Mike E. says:

    Before anyone gets upset about my Tanny sucks comment, only you know if you belong in there or not. 🙂

  38. Rockphin says:

    Jahndoe, I’m not sure which “label” I tried, it was a dark one. Very stout with a nice flavor. You needed a spoon to eat it. It was like pudding. LOL Very good stuff! Thanks!

  39. Mike E. says:

    LMAO @ D – I’m hoping he meant to type screaming.

  40. Rockphin says:

    at 3-3 i really dont think its likely.

    D, are you mentally blocking out the Titans game like I did? We are 3-4 right now not 3-3

  41. Randy says:

    That’s the thing with Tanny. Really nobody has said he sucks. Me…and others…have said he’s nothing more than average. I do think he “sucks” at certain things, but overall he’s just a run-of-the-mill QB. But, you say that, and people argue the extreme that he “sucks”…not what was actually said. Lol

  42. Rockphin says:

    The wet dream post above was Stanger. I was replying to it!

  43. Rockphin says:

    Rock — funny how you never point out my other misspellings….

    Stanger, because they are not normally that funny! LOL

  44. Randy says:

    We’ve had a much better chance of winning by de-emphasizing Tannehill and the passing game. I hope that trend continues. Sooner or later we will need to move the ball and score through the air, but I’d rather worry about that after we’ve established we can run the ball effectively. Tannehill throwing 25-30 times a game is just fine with me.

  45. D says:

    Rock i read it as you posted that LOL…..

  46. Rockphin says:

    I find it amusing how people always say / think we can get a first round pick for any of our players. (or even suggest that it would have to be a first round pick to consider it.)

    I would trade Wake for a 2nd or 3rd round pick before the deadline if we had someone interested. (and he is one of my favorite players) Bellicheat has been dumping his older players like that for years.

  47. Rockphin says:

    as the roster stands right now, I don’t think there is a single player on our roster another team would give up a first round pick for. (not even the ones we used a first round pick to get.) that includes Suh, Jones, Tannehill, Tunsil, Pounce or……well I can’t think of anyone else.

  48. Rockphin says:

    Mike, If I buy a player’s jersey it is the kiss of death for them. Tannehill is the only jersey I’ve bought where the guy is even on the team the following year!

  49. Rockphin says:

    Mike, when my Ex told me three years ago she was thinking of buying me a jersey for x-mas and asked who I liked I said Jones #20 or Tannehill #17 (in that order) I guess there were more T-hill jerseys at the store.

  50. Rockphin says:

    Vote early and often!

  51. Rockphin says:

    Ok, I’m out. Nogtih all!

  52. Mike E. says:

    Dolphins fans are petitioning to keep the Throwback jerseys. I love ’em, so I would sign it.

  53. Tim Knight says:

    Randy doesn’t like Pouncey either. I’m not sure if he likes any player on this team, except for Reshad Jones. LOL

  54. D says:

    I dont expect we would get a first for Wake, though Cowboys do have the luxury of having little in the way of needs, with pass rush being one of the strongest…and Wake would represent tipping the scales in their favor as far as filling that void. Also if they pick later in the draft, they wouldnt get anyone anywhere near as good as Wake at their draft selection in the first. That said neither would we.

    I think its unlikely they would feel the need to give up a first, but that’s one team that i believe could be in a position to. I wouldn’t count that out, but again, im not a fan of doing that trade unless we are pretty much giving up on the season and moving on, and if so, go ahead an move some of the other players while you are at it.

  55. Brian in NY says:

    Tim Knight says:
    October 27, 2016 at 11:13 am
    LOL, wrong blog.
    You two-timing bastard!!!

  56. The Flying Pig says:


    I just saw your post about piggyshop
    send me the pic and what you want
    and I will see what I can do

  57. The Flying Pig says:

    If you are out there
    This was my favorite beer

  58. Tim Knight says:

    I don’t see us trading Wake who is now coming on. What message would that send? We’re 3-4 and the Cowboys are 5-1. That’s a two win difference, they don’t have anything locked up.

    • Mike E. says:

      I don’t think we would trade him either, but if Dallas came asking with a 1st RD pick in hand, I wouldn’t turn it down.

  59. herdfan says:

    After seeing the bottle for Jahn’s brew I googled the website….very cool.

  60. Mike E. says:


    I’ve always appreciated a nice rack . . .

  61. Mike E. says:

    I like the Brown Dozer too, not sure if I got to try the Double Down Dozer Brown

    • Tim Knight says:

      I don’t think Williams was defenseless, it wasn’t from behind or anything. What did he expect, nobody to come near him? I could easily blame Williams for lack of football awareness. I still think it was a bogus call.

  62. son of a son of a shula says:

    “One” is an awesome beer maybe my favorite of all of them but the 10.2 Barbeerian is damn good too.
    The farmhouse ale – all time special is really good too.

    Really it’s nitpicking to choose a favorite as all of them are awesome.

  63. Mike E. says:


    I haven’t seen the hit, except at the game, and it was pretty hard to tell what happened live

  64. Phindog says:

    Nice write Mike E..

  65. Tim Knight says:

    Mike, it was very violent (violent sport) and maybe Landry elevated himself too much. But Williams has to see him coming and he does nothing. What does he expect us to do, allow him to make the tackle?

    • Mike E. says:

      I’d like to see it again on a bigger screen than my phone. It looked like maybe he didn’t see him coming, he kinda came from the side, but when he hit him, he was face to face. It all happened pretty fast, as expected.

      • Tim Knight says:

        It was his shoulder not leading with the helmet and I think that’s why Landry leaps a bit to not do that. WTF is Williams doing, he’s a DB, who the hell does he think might block him deep in the red zone on a running play? I think Williams’ lack of football awareness got him hurt. Landry also shows class being visibly disturbed about it and giving Williams a pat saying didn’t mean to hurt you.

        Yet it’s a football play. LOL

  66. Mike E. says:

    I’ll check it out when I get home. Hard to see on my phone

  67. The Flying Pig says:

    Fuck the NFL and their arbitrary rules

    The Patriots have been breaking every rule they can get away with
    the Broncos chop blocked their way to super Bowls for years
    I saw DJ Swearing avowing hitting Keller in the head by diving head first into his knees ruining his season in the fucking preseason

    What is going to happen
    Are they going to hire Tedd Wells to do another investigation of Landry’s intent….lol
    Then we can make up a type of science in his defense we never heard about in any other context
    Then Landry will smash every recording of the incident and say it was at his lawyers advice
    then the NFL will suspend him
    then an appeal will go on for 2 years until Goodell can say he won

    the NFL rules are a joke now

    Every player on our team should play like Landry, Ajayi and Suh and kick the shit out of the opposition
    I hope we are the most physical team in football
    Do you guys want to be boyscouts and see the cheatriots win by cheating year after year
    fuck no


  68. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ Piggy’s tirade! Oinkin’ right!

  69. Ken says:

    We need Jahn to start distributing his beer in the northeast

  70. son of a son of a shula says:

    I agree about the attitude our guys need to play with. It seems like that line is starting to get nasty as the run game gets rolling.
    I’d love to see us run it right at the stej too.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Absolutely! Remember when we were all discussing Tannebaum and Grier prefer more physical teams? Well it doesn’t happen overnight but you can see the moves that have been made are in tune with that. This is just the beginning.

  71. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tenn is whooping on Jax
    Their offense is shaping up they have some nice talent

    • Tim Knight says:

      What is going on with JAC? They were suppose to be a team taking the next step even over the Dolphins and they’re headed for another top 5 pick.

  72. bookman11 says:

    Speaking of attitude, I thought Williams brought attitude on his TD run after Ajai was hurt. Contagious.

  73. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tim, Jax is like we’ve been where their just isn’t a fire. They look uninspired.
    I think/hope that alas our fires been lit.

    What the fuck is this wind up Blake is doing he didn’t used to do that. Terrible.

  74. Ken says:

    Watching Bortles tonight. I am not impressed

  75. The Flying Pig says:

    I agree Bookman

    The Williams TD run was “electrifying”

    (Piggy slides across the hood of Grease Lightning)

  76. Ken says:

    Williams has turned into a nice role player for us

  77. Mike E. says:

    Just watched the block on a bigger screen. It looks to me like Williams was still looking in the backfield, and didn’t pick up Landry until the last 1/2 second. He really got walloped. Clean hit though, just unfortunate that the guy had his eyes in the wrong place.

  78. son of a son of a shula says:

    How about instead of trading our guys we go and get someone. Someone named Telvin!

  79. Ken says:

    Gus Bradley will be looking for work soon

  80. The Flying Pig says:

    And what did Gase say about Landry

    I’m not gonna change the way he plays


    (Piggy headbutts Adam Gase)

  81. son of a son of a shula says:

    I think I’d play Henne until Blake stops that crap

  82. Ken says:

    I know Jax problem is their uniform is hideous

  83. Ken says:

    Henry can catch

  84. Randy says:

    Because the rules favor the passing game. It’s a huge advantage you want to be able to use.

  85. Tim Knight says:

    Gase is not this whimpy offensive coach all arrogant about his system. He gets football. He likes physical play and precision in the passing game. That’s who he is from what I’ve gotten from him so far.

  86. Ken says:

    Those maybe the worst uniforms I have ever seen

  87. The Flying Pig says:

  88. Ken says:

    Man Bortles is horrible

  89. manitobafinfan says:


  90. The Flying Pig says:

    I haven’t seen them play all year
    But is Jax this bad?

  91. Tim Knight says:

    Our biggest problem as a franchise has been no stability for years. It has to stop! Let the people in place build something. It’s like the first time you go to the food stand and get a bad BLT and you shun them forever! Geez!!! LOL

  92. Ken says:

    Telvin didn’t look too good on that TD

  93. manitobafinfan says:

    Uh oh Missed xpt. Turning point of the game

  94. son of a son of a shula says:

    Matthews with a TD
    He’s a tough fucker I miss him some

    • Tim Knight says:

      He held himself back. He has talent. It’s not like he never got a chance. I never got this excuse thing for him.

      I think Carroo will become that at some point.

  95. son of a son of a shula says:

    Go get Telvin

  96. manitobafinfan says:

    Pretty sure if ya look close at the Fest Mob Pic you can find a Jags phone. 🤔

  97. Ken says:

    On NFL radio today there was a Jags beat writer on. The hosts were talking about how this should be a close game. The beat writer then went off saying this game won’t be close. That the Jags are incapable of scoring 14 points and their D won’t stop the Titans run game. Looks like the beat writer knows his team and yes the Jags are this bad.

  98. Ken says:

    Alright this game is not worth staying up for. I am out peace.

  99. herdfan says:

    Son, Telvin is one of my defensive players on my FF team and he’s doing just fine tonight! I should thank you for that. I remembered you talking about him is how I ended up with him.

  100. The Flying Pig says:

    Maybe Tennessee is pretty good
    We looked bad against them too

  101. CavalierKong says:

    Mike E. says:
    October 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Dolphins fans are petitioning to keep the Throwback jerseys. I love ’em, so I would sign it.
    A few teams have done that in recent years. The Jest come to mind off the top of my head. So why not us? I wish the fans could get something together to get the team to switch back. I LOVED the throwbacks. The colors were better. The Helmet was WAY better. All around better look.

  102. son of a son of a shula says:

    In the future they can bring back those orange uni’s from a few weeks ago and instead of calling it Throwback they can call it throw up Sunday.

  103. son of a son of a shula says:

    Cav, if they switched back all this new logo stuff everyone has will become collectors items for our grandkids.

  104. finfanrob says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    October 27, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    In the future they can bring back those orange uni’s from a few weeks ago and instead of calling it Throwback they can call it throw up Sunday.

    jesus christ all you do is blame thill for eve…..oh wait you said throwback…..nevermind

  105. finfanrob says:

    Ken says:
    October 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    No. Never. I never thought he was on par with Tannehill’s level of talent.

    well at least his girl is on laurens level so there is that

  106. son of a son of a shula says:

    I said something nice about Tannehill the other day. And nothing bad either.

    I said he hands off really well.

  107. ukfinfan says:

    Awesome pix from the fest F’ers. Glad you saw a great game and LOVE Bookman’s mug.
    Very jealous I didn’t get to try Jahndoh’s beers too!
    Glad Phindog made it home and got back on his drums too

  108. son of a son of a shula says:

    Happy Birthday Herd, all the best

  109. ukfinfan says:

    Happy b-day from across the pond Herd!

  110. son of a son of a shula says:

    You made that rather quickly UK, fine job

  111. Mike E. says:

    Happy Birthday Herd!!!

  112. Mike E. says:


    Admittedly, I just bought some Dolphins Fatheads (logos), so if we changed back to the throwbacks, that would make them obsolete, but it would be worth it! I love the throwbacks colors, and YES, the helmet looks so much better with the classic dark orange and aqua stripes

  113. Phindog says:

    Happy Birthday Herd !!! UK.. That is cool ..

  114. The Flying Pig says:


    Happy Birthday to Herd 🎤
    Happy Birthday to Herd🎤
    Happy Birthday dear…..
    (Piggy looses it)
    Squeal squeal squeal

    Oops don’t after ask a Piggy to sing for very long


  115. stangerx says:

    We ain’t the only ones who get upset on game days. Here is what Csonka told Mando:

    “Trust me, “in the last eight years I’ve destroyed at least seven or eight TV sets trying to watch the Dolphins — where from as far away as Alaska I stuck my foot through the TV a couple of time because I was so pissed because of unnecessary errors and penalties.”

    Good article — And yeah he is happy with Ayaji and the run game these days.

  116. Mike E. says:


    While I totally agree that it’s a passing league now, it always seems the best teams run the ball and play defense. No matter how many rules favor the pass game, the teams that are in the playoffs are able to run the ball and make stops on defense. We’ll see what happens when the run game falters, if the O-line can protect well enough, and if Tannehill can make the plays to win the game. If he can, then that’s all I care about. He just has to make a enough plays to win.

  117. BoulderPhinfan says:

    happy birthday herd. Hope you have a great day!

  118. herdfan says:

    Awwww…..thanks everyone! Good thing those are only cyber cakes. I wouldn’t be able to fit my ass on the blog after all that! 😳

  119. bookman11 says:

    Happy Birthday Herdfan!!!

  120. Tim Knight says:

    Happy Birthday Herd! Are you still 29? 😉

  121. Mike E. says:


    That is how the Broncos did it, in fact, their QB play for most of the year was far worse than ours. If we win, it will be because we’re balanced enough to win either way, and our defense is good enough to keep us in any game

    • Tim Knight says:

      That’s how the Broncos are winning now. They play well as a team in all phases.

      • Mike E. says:

        That’s how we won the last 2 games. I know we’re not going to be able to run for 200 yards every game, so Tanny will have to make some more plays down the line, or the defense will have to be even better.

  122. The Flying Pig says:

    A lot of run heavy teams have had success in recent years

    Seattle, Carolina, Denver & Baltimore come to mind

    The pundits usually say “balance”
    But if you run for 200 and pass for 250
    That’s not balance that’s run heavy
    No one runs the ball for 400 yards but plenty of passing teams pass for 400

    There is only one team that comes to mind that has success passing a lot and it’s the cheatriots

    I think a physical run game is actually more likely to lead to consistent winning these days

    You need balance in that you need a Qb can make plays or pass for big yardage if the defense is stopping the run

    And I think we have that with Tanny
    I can argue (and do) that Tannehill lacks some fundamentals
    And I don’t want to see him pass on a regular basis like he is Drew Brees

    But I think it’s crazy to think Tannehill can’t make plays (he has) or avoid turnovers (he has)

    Run heavy suits a Tannehill lead team IMO
    And run heavy wins in this league

    I think we have to stop pretending their is a formula or mode to being a contender

    You have to score more points that the other team – and there are a lot of ways to do that

  123. Mike E. says:

    Quite so Pigster! The Saints throw the ball over the place, and I’m sure they lead the NFL in passing yards, but what they don’t lead the NFL in is WINS, at 2-4. Just checked, they lead the NFL in 339 passing YPG, and 2nd in total offense, at 421 YPG. Running the ball takes pressure off the defense, because if you run well consistently, you’re using up the clock, and the defense is on the field less. 🖑

  124. Mike E. says:

    No hand? ✋

  125. Mike E. says:

    Wasn’t Bacon Fields our punter a couple of years ago?

  126. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Minnesota is another one of those teams. They run a lot and have good success.

  127. Rockphin says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm fields of bacon

  128. Rockphin says:

    Jesus Christ! you cannot google anything without some kind of porn popping up.

    I just googled Fields of bacon and clicked the images tab and it is full of porn that would get me called into the HR office!

  129. Mike E. says:

    Bacon flowers. That’s a plant I’d grow in my backyard

  130. finfanrob says:

    herdfan says:
    October 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t see anything at all

    words mike e has heard women tell him his whole life.

  131. Brian in NY says:

    Happy Birthday Herd!

  132. Mike E. says:


    At least it works, not important whether they can see it or not

  133. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    October 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm


    At least it works, not important whether they can see it or not

    lol, the good ole adage, ‘hey i am in this for me, you take care of yourself’

  134. herdfan says:

    Thanks again to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday. You make an old girl feel kind of special! 😊

  135. Ken says:

    Happy Birthday Herd. Who you want Hulk to smash for your birthday?

  136. finfanrob says:

    all you guys thanking jahn for his beer. that was nothing. he took a had full of hops and barely and made beer to give some of you losers a beer or two. i was more impressed when he took one fish and a loaf of bread and fed thousands

  137. finfanrob says:

    Ken says:
    October 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Fuck that the beer was better

    you are a green fool who cant keep his clothes on, what would you know.

  138. finfanrob says:

    Ken says:
    October 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    But I thought that’s the way you wanted me

    and this is what happens when attorneys think

  139. son of a son of a shula says:

    Mmmmm, ain’t M. Special

  140. herdfan says:

    Ken says:
    October 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm (Edit)

    Happy Birthday Herd. Who you want Hulk to smash for your birthday?

    Is there a limit on how many? 🙂

  141. son of a son of a shula says:

    You are special Herd.
    God bless you!

  142. son of a son of a shula says:

    Bill Murray just killed it. Lmao

  143. dcoralsprings says:

    Jets games so far this year the running D has looked something like this :
    Bengals 9 carries for 59 yards
    Bills 15 for 59
    KC 20 for 75
    Seahawks 18 for 58
    Cards 22 for 111
    Pitt 20 for 6
    Ravens 8 for 10
    This info is from ESPN game recap,
    Not the whole story but it paints a pretty good picture
    Going to be a day’s work , that’s for sure

    • Ken says:

      Key to Jets game imo is to stick with the run but find a way to isolate Stills on Revis and take a shot or 2 down the field. Revis is still really good but he can struggle to keep with the very fast WRs in this league.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Those numbers are pretty off. The Jets are ranked 2nd against the run but teams have had some success running on them. Especially ARZ 35-171. I do think some of it is that teams feel they can pass on the Jets and have, they are 25th against the pass.

  144. Mike E. says:


    I’ll take what the Cards did, and I think we can do that too. I just don’t want to be forced to being one dimensional, although if we do, it would be nice to see RT shine against the Jets, that would be a huge confidence builder.

  145. stangerx says:

    You want to think the Phins can ground and pound their way to the playoffs behind the newly healthy O-Line? All you need to do is check out this Sporting News article….and it includes a bunch of our best running plays last Sunday.

    Guess the title says it all. — “Dolphins suddenly can dominate anybody at the line of scrimmage”

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s night and day from what we’ve had in the past.

      • stangerx says:

        It is the OL we always thought we were getting the last years…..and then all of a sudden we did (last two games at least).

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yep and then give props to the rook Tunsil and the vet Bushrod this year. They’re both settling in at guard which has been the most problematic of the group despite the injuries at tackle and center.

      • stangerx says:

        Now in my mind would change that to “guard which has been the most problematic of the group despite….” all the high-round guards we took. But then guess Gase came to the same conclusion and took care of all of them in one day.

  146. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, the 3rd and 4th rd aren’t really considered starters. They’re usually slated as backups/role players/STs and potential starters down the road. They don’t always pan out. 1st and 2nd rd should be starters right away or sooner than later. The 5th rd on are STs/developmental/sleepers.

    • stangerx says:

      Guards in the third and and fourth are in like top ten at position chosen and should be starters or maybe a year away. We ain’t talking tackle on that one.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah but teams go through a lot of them to find the good ones. Along the way UFAs win jobs and end up being 5th year big contract guys. The formula is all over the place.

        We have 4 1st rd picks (3 of ours and one UFA) and a former 4th rd pick who was a two time pro bowl LT playing RG. The talent is there, that’s the difference. This has only been two weeks. Imagine if they can all stay on the field with more chemistry and confidence moving forward.

      • stangerx says:

        “Yeah but teams go through a lot of them to find the good ones.” Some do at least.

        And for sure our O-Line is huge on track record, but then it should be. We spent three firsts and a huge FA contract on it. Ain’t complaining about the way they looked the last two games one bit…..but guessing not too many teams have more invested in theirs (even if you want to pop in FA dollars v draft invest). And that does not include the 3 guards we cut young.

        So am pleased as punch, even if I worry about who is behind them. Healthy is good.

  147. Tim Knight says:

    LT Albert 6-5 315
    LG Tunsil 6-5 315
    C Pouncey 6-5 300
    RG Bushrod 6-5 320
    RT James 6-6 310

    Not small men, not overly heavy but more athletic guys. There are 4 guys on this OL who do, can and have played LT.

  148. Mike E. says:

    Do you guys think we go with BA at LT next season, or try and go with Tunsil at LT, and find a LG?

    • stangerx says:

      Who knows? Albert will be done with his guaranteed money though next year. So depends in large part on how he plays and if he is worth his ten mil.

      • Mike E. says:

        I agree that how he plays the rest of the season out, and IF he plays the rest of the season out will be big on determining whether he’s back next season.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Too early for that. Why fuck with it until it’s not viable? Albert and Pouncey are signed through next year, Tunsil is a rook, Bushrod is re-signable and James has another year before being a UFA.

  149. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, Dallas really invested in their OL. We started looking like them the last two weeks.

    The bye week might have come at the perfect time for this team. The coaches get extra time to evaluate the team before game planning for the next opponent. The team gets to see the same thing. Throw out the bad and build on the good. Let guys rest their bodies for the 2nd half off a 2 game win streak. The team is on a high and building confidence.

    That said, a loss of any kind even a solid performance against the Jets would change everything. Instead of 4-4, 2-1 DIV and 4-3 CONF we would be 3-5, 1-2 DIV and 3-4 CONF. Another big hill to climb. This might be the most important game of the season being the 4th home game in a row.

    • stangerx says:

      Dallas very well may have more in their line, was just pointing out that we have a whole bunch

      And much as I like seeing the team do better (and beat the Jets), playoffs is the last thing on my mind.

      We are 3-4. Figure you need at least 10-6. To my mind means we need 7-2. And I watched the first five games.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Beat the Jets I’m thinking playoff run. Lose, we’ll see.

      • stangerx says:

        Loss to the Jets would end it no doubt. Would still need 6-2 even if we win though (just to hope for tie-breakers most likely). Nothing wrong with hope though.

  150. Tim Knight says:

    This is what we’re seeing. Watch the OL if you can and not just Ajayi. The movement and 2nd level blocking is really good. It’s basically trap stuff, seal guys off for a second and the back is through. Ajayi then does the rest with his skills. Great combo!

    • Mike E. says:

      Ajayi is motoring, doesn’t even slow down a millisecond, because he has running room almost every carry before he’s even touched. Amazing!

  151. bookman11 says:


    I think you summed up the importance of the Jets game really well. If it is a win, it sets the Fins up nice for a second half surge that includes winnable road games imo. I think most of us thought a 3-1 home stand would be excellent, and they have that chance, with a bye week to boot.

  152. bookman11 says:

    Cubs fans must be starting to feel really anxious.

  153. Ken says:

    Watching D Watson on Clemson. 2nd time I watched him and I keep coming away disappointed. He misses some easy throws

  154. bookman11 says:

    On Wisconsin!

  155. finfanrob says:

    Got to admit there is nothing like watching the refs change a game. Who wants to watch the players play I want to watch the refs win the game.

  156. finfanrob says:

    bookman11 says:
    October 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    You mean like the bogus call in the FSU game?

    yep, nothing is more exciting in football then to see the refs

  157. finfanrob says:

    Sure would love to see this kid Cook in a fins uniform next year.

  158. bookman11 says:

    Horrible call, then compound it by calling a penalty on the bench when god forbid the coach tells them they are wrong.

  159. finfanrob says:


    it changed the game. like i said everyone loves watching the refs effect the outcome of the game

  160. bookman11 says:

    Yet they still have a chance

  161. bookman11 says:

    FSU shooting themselves in the foot

  162. finfanrob says:

    That was one of the most amazing games I have ever seen the refs play. Hope they go all the way

  163. Ken says:

    It’s game day bitc….oh wait a minute

  164. Brian in NY says:

    It’s catching up on yard work because I’ve been in Miami for two straight weekends day bitches!

  165. stangerx says:

    Bye week for the Phins and still fest recovery time….what can one offer?

    Check you FF line-up. You have half an hour before the one o’clock games.

    You never know who might not be there…..just learned my man Randall Cobb is out on both my teams (unlike what they were saying yesterday).

  166. son of a son of a shula says:

    New post up

    The long awaited day is here

  167. Mike E. says:


    This particular BYE week has killed me in FF. My fault, I was too busy worrying about the Fest to realize I have about 5 players out this week. Big ones too, like Landry, Ajayi, Antonio Brown, Sterling Shepard. OUCH!

  168. son of a son of a shula says:

    It’s there. I don’t know why it doesn’t show the title and link at the top of this page yet

  169. Randy says:

    I always liked Gillislee. I hope he has a big game.

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