Q – So do you think that the “NEW” offense that the Fins have been running is Portable?
Can The Fins Storm through the Chargers the way Trump torpedoed the Democratic Party?
Absolutely portable! I think this type of offense can play anywhere, especially colder weather. This offense is built for the playoffs, although I take pause to say that we’re going to be in the playoffs, there’s a long haul to get there. Still, any team that run the ball like we have is ready for anything. What we need to see, as painful as it may be, is what happens if the run game is completely shut down. Can Ryan TannEhill, the O-line, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Devante Parker and whoever we have at TE make the opposing defense pay for selling out on the run. That remains to be seen. Tannehill and the offense has done enough with continued success running the ball, but we haven’t seen the passing elevated to lofty heights yet. In the last 3 wins, Tannehill has 2 TD’s and no INT’s, a good sign that with no turnovers, yet we’re basically following the KC mantra, don’t turn the ball over, and do enough to win.
I have to admit, I’m not especially confident that Tannehill can win a game by lighting up the scoreboard, but SD is a team that has been relatively stingy against the run, but a sieve in the pass game. Now, stats are always skewed that way, because when a weakness is exploited, such as the Chargers don’t defend the pass well, teams will forego the run, and just throw on them, so the run defense will appear statistically better than it might be. We’ll see what the real deal is Sunday. I think we both know that we will be determined to run the ball, and will try to do so as much as we can, unless SD jumps way ahead, and forces our hand. That will be up to not turning the ball over, and the defense keeping us in, as they have the last 3 wins. Melvin Gordon will test our run defense, he’s been tearing it up. Gordon is 3rd in the league in rushing yards (768), and leads the league in rushing attempts (193), which shows you their commitment to the run. To give you perspective on how hard they lean on Gordon, the closest RB in attempts on the Chargers is Danny Woodhead, who is injured, with 19 rushes, and then Kenneth Farrow with 15. Gordon is their rushing offense, in addition to catching 28 passes for 284 yards. He’s a HUGE part of their offense, as Ajayi has been for us.
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Q – Just wondering if you could help me with this. With the elation of knowing that “crooked cankles” will NOT be the president of this fine nation, and the joy of witnessing coach GASE turn this franchise around, to the point of the Dolphins WINNING again……how does one remove this smile from one’s face?
You don’t really want the answer, do you?
This road trip is critical for our team, we need to keep the (J) train rolling, and need to keep winning to stay relevant and alive in a run to the playoffs. I suppose we’re going to lose eventually, but a loss in SD would really hurt our team, especially if other teams like the Ravens, Colts, Chiefs and Broncos win. That would put us behind the 8-ball, and at 4-4, we need to keep winning. O-line and defense need to continue playing at a very high level, and if they do, that smile is gonna be there for a long time brother!
We can all see Gase gets it, his players now get HIM, and he KNOWS our strengths and weaknesses to the point he can game plan accordingly. It worked at home, and I truly believe it can work on the road too, as I explained to Wyo above. This is not the same ol’ Dolphins, we’re a different animal (mammal?) right now.
Congratulations to President elect Donald Trump, it’s his time to bring the country together, to bring us to better times, strengthen our military, our trade, and therefore our economy. America has spoken, now it’s time for Trump to come through. This country needs to stay united, not divided. I hope he can achieve that as well as all the other goals he has set forth.
Q – Hey Mikey
Trump, in the UK, is a synonym for fart (though mainly used in very polite circles or to the very young). I noticed that when Omar tweets about the unicorns, he has an image of one galloping into the distance with a gas burner coming from the tail area. I took this to be an omen that Jay will take off and plough through the SD D with another monster game. Is this how you would read these tea leaves?
PS If you need any help with unicorn physiology, Herd may be able to shed some light from her experience with Bridget.
Thanks as always
UK, I wonder what what the perception is across the puddle is about our newly elected President. Are you all nervous? Terrified? Looking forward to dealing with a non-politician?
Anyway . . . That was a pretty cool photo that Herd put up there. I saw it earlier on the day on FB, and was wondering if maybe there were a red and blue deer to follow shortly, in honor of President elect Trump. Or, maybe not.
I think as long as O-line remains healthy, and Ajayi as well, he will find and exploit whatever holes the O-line gives him, against just about any defense. That’s the beauty of it, if you run block well enough, and you stay committed to running, the holes will come, and honestly, Ajayi makes teams pay every time he finds one, because unlike the formerly beloved Lamar Miller, who went down as soon as contact was made, Ajayi is a brawler, who who’s physicality and awesome stiff arm makes him difficult to bring down. Yes, MillerTime had more speed, but I’ll take the way Ajayi runs over Miller every and any day of the week, especially Sunday!
UK, I figure just about every time #23 gets 20 + carries, he’s going to crack the century mark, or close to it, and that’s a formula for success. As we football fans instinctively know, it gives you a time of possession advantage, it keeps the defense rested, and therefore, the defense plays better. It’s a win-win every time.
Please feel free to let me know what the Queen and her loyal subjects think of the Donald, and what you guys think our country (and the rest of world) are in for. I’m extremely curious, and I know I can look it up on the interwebs, but I want to hear it from you personally. Mike Asks . . .
Q – Mike,
The AFC West has some strong contenders for the WC spots. IMO, we need to beat SD this week in case it comes down to a tiebreaker. Trump had a near impossible road to the presidency, yet won. Can you map out a Dolphins playoff berth, so we can Make the NFL Great Again?
Brian in NY
I completely agree that we have to beat SD, but really, even if it was CLE again, we’d have to win that game too. At 4-4, we have very little room for error. Things can change, but at this moment, it looks pretty clear that at a minimum of 10 wins will be required to make the playoffs. The Raiders currently lead the AFC West with with 7 wins (7-2), and they are followed closely by the Chiefs (6-2) and the Broncos (6-3). The Ravens and the Colts are right now our closest contenders, so we have to keep pace, and continue to win.Winning 10 games, for those mathematically challenged (I am!) means we can only lose 2 games the rest of the way.
So let’s look at who we have left on the schedule.
2 games in Cali, this Sunday at SD, and then we go to LA to face the former St. Louis Rams, now the LA Rams. Both winnable games, but only if we continue to stay healthy, and keep up the balanced/run heavy attack. Both teams run very well in their own right, SD with Melvin Gordon, and LA with Todd Gurley (Your former man crush). SD also has the explosive Philip Rivers, who sometimes implodes too. LA may be starting Jared Goff if they lose again this week (they face the Jets in NJ). I’m predicting us to beat SD, and if LA loses this week, and we face Goff in his first start, I figure we give Goff a rude introduction to the NFL, which would put us at 6-4.
We come home after the extended Cali stay to face another Cali team, the 49ers, but we face them in our house. Unbelievable, we win our 6th straight and we sit at 7-4. We then travel to Baltimore, and face a team who in recent years has spoiled our chance at a playoff berth, but with our new rushing attack, the Ravens tough defense is physically beaten, and we return the favor by ruining their playoff chances, and vault to 8-4. OK, here comes the letdown. We come home again, but this time it’s the Arizona Cardinals visiting. We play them tough, but David Johnson the and the Cardinals defense edge us out, which leaves us at 8-5. We then travel to NJ to face the reeling Jets, who just don’t care anymore. Bryce Petty is the QB, and the young QB has been getting his lumps for a few weeks now, and they keep on coming as we have a game reminiscent of the Met Life takeover, and we win 27-3, and now go to 9-5.
At 9-5, we face the 7-7 Bills, eager for revenge, but in the end, the playoff hungry Dolphins who are now an any weather team run all over them, Ajayi nearly eclipses 200 again, and the Dolphins have 10 wins going into the final week of the season.
It comes down to a showdown with the Patriots in week 17, and luckily for us, the Patriots have already clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but like Belichick always does, he starts his best, but in the 2nd half, Beli pulls Brady, Gronk and some others, and we roll to our 11th win of the season, and get the top WC spot, followed by the Chiefs, who get the 2nd WC. So there you have it. There’s your road to the playoffs brother, all paved and nicely laid out for you.
And now for the babe of the week . . .