Q – Hi Mike,
Will Tony Romo be the starting QB for the 49‘ers, NY Jets or the back up in Dallas next season ?
I’d be surprised if the Jets went hard after Romo. His health concerns just don’t allow a team to make a major investment in him. If they were able to get him really cheap, and then have Bryce Petty waiting in the wings, it’s possible, but Romo won’t be doing that.
For the same reason, I don’t think SF will be going after Romo. The guy is more fragile than Chrystal Chandelier (Chris Chandler QB ATL) was back in the 80’s. Romo can’t stay on the field, and definitely can’t take a hit. I do believe he’s going to end up right back in Dallas, as the backup. It;s not the ideal situation for him, and I’m sure he didn’t envision his career ending like that, but the fact that he’s just so delicate these days sealed his fate. At least he gets to stay where he’s appreciated, and collect a big fat paycheck while staying healthy, and holding a clipboard.
Q – As exciting as the winning streak is, most of them were 4th qtr comebacks against not so good or average teams.
New clutch era for us that is the beginning of a future dynasty down the road or did the cards just fall right?
PS — you going to be conflicted with Kaep in there on Sunday?
How quickly we forget!! Ask Mike already pointed out that the first 2 wins were against teams that were hot, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were 4-1, and considered by many to be a contender for a SB bid. Then we beat the red hot Bills, who at the time, were 4-2, and playing good football. We then faced the NY Jets, who at the time had won 2 in a row. Should we call it the “Dolphins Denouement”? The Steelers have gone 1-3 since losing to the Dolphins. The Bills have gone 1-2 since playing the Dolphins, and the Jets 0-1. You lose to the Dolphins, and the season goes down the drain!
OK, the Chargers aren’t great (4-6), and the Jets aren’t either, but both teams were more than capable of beating us, and in years past, they likely would have, but we’re a different team, with a different leader, one that has the team believing, and buying in. The Rams also aren’t a great team, and it looked like they were going to beat 2 AFC East teams consecutively in 2 ugly, poorly played games, but we rose from the ashes at crunch time, and secured a win with some gutsy play from our team.
We’re far from a dynasty, but we’re going about things the right way. We need to keep putting young talent on both the O-line and the D-line. I like the way Lippett is developing, and if Xavien Howard can come back and stay healthy, that’s a decent CB tandem. Byron Maxwell is playing very well right now, much better than he played early in the season. We’re starting to get depth at a position we all thought could be a weakness.
At LB, that’s a place where we probably need to add talent. After seeing what Kiko Alonso can do, he’s been a big part of our defense, I would think we’ll do our best to keep him here in Miami, but he’s a free agent next season, so that’s up in the air. I love the pieces we have on our offense. We have a legit RB, and a couple of capable backups with different skill sets. Damien Williams can spell for a few carries here and there, and also runs hard, and has proven to be a pretty damn good receiver out of the backfield. Kenyan Drake has speed to burn, and he’s the type of guy who who can take it to the house on any play, but he’s not a workhorse back either, so the health of Ajayi is key. I wouldn’t want to hand over the reins to either Williams or Drake, but they both complement him well.
Our coach is the key, he’s made the difference, and will continue to do so. We found our guy, and that’s HUGE! As for the 49ers QB, my days of Kaepersniffing are over. I’m long over him, I like where we’re at with #17.
Q – Is it safe to start talking about playoff possibilities or are we just setting ourselves up to have our hearts ripped out again?
I could write in every post, and every article that I’m not really thinking about the playoffs, just looking at winning this week and taking it from there, but I’m really thinking about the playoffs! I don’t think it’s possible not to. We’re all scoreboard watching, standings watching, to see the various ways we can make it in to the post season. Of course with hope Ken, there sometimes comes disappointment.
I think we’re ALL enjoying this ride, every game in the last 5 have been very enjoyable to watch, so for that I’m thankful. Starting 1-4, I didn’t really think that would be possible. Funny thing that Thanksgiving is today, and I think as Dolphins fans, we have much to be thankful for!
It seems we have finally found the right Head Coach in Adam Gase, and that alone should have us thanking the football gods. That’s a great start to having a competitive team for a decade or so, maybe longer if he proves he can adapt well. It’s now NFL Week 12, the Dolphins are 2 games above .500, and in the hunt for the post season. That’s exciting as hell! Another exciting thing is this team has found different ways to win. That’s a good T-E-A-M. We’re not just waiting for the QB to lead us to victory, or the DL to get 4 sacks, or the CB’s to get 3 INT’s, or the RB to get 200 yards, or the PR/KR to bring one all the way back for a TD, we’ve done them ALL! To me, that’s the best aspect of this team, is that we can win in various different ways, with contributions from every unit on the team.
Enjoy playoff watching for as long as it lasts. That’s what I say. If we don’t make it, but we go 10-6, of course it will be disappointing, but there will be good things due to the fact we’ll have a bright future to look forward to. If we make the playoffs, but get knocked out in the 1st RD, sure, that will be disappointing. There’s plenty of ways to be disappointed, but go ahead, keep playoff watching, and as long as we keep winning, there ain’t no good reason not to!
Q – So now that we have a winning record and seem to be set up for more wins this year . . .
Are the just win folks going to come around? (not the real question)
Tanny was always slow on his reads causing him to hold the ball. What has changed? More time? Better clock in his head?
I think it’s combination of things Wyo. I think Gase has emphasized to Tannehill time and time again not to hold on to the football too long, to be aware of his surroundings, and protect the football. I think mostly, it’s just been better protection by the O-line. He’s always looked very good when he has time, and he’s obviously been practicing those touch throws, because he’s made a few beauties this season. Maybe it’s just been a matter of teaching properly, and not taking for granted that Tannehill should have known this or that, and reinforcing the things he did poorly. Whether Gase is actually a QB whisperer or not is unimportant. Maybe he’s just a good teacher. I think there’s a definite level of respect between our QB and our HC, and I think they both believe in each other, and it’s showing. Gase is finding ways to utilize Ryan’s strengths, and minimize his weaknesses. He’s done that well, but again, I give most of the credit to the O-line.
The success of the O-line, and that means run blocking too of course, has allowed us to have a balance in our offense that we just haven’t had. Thankfully, Gase realizes that if you run it 20 times in the 1st half, whether successful or not, it doesn’t mean you shelve it in the 2nd half. We’ve stayed with the run game, and it’s put a few teams to bed in the 2nd half, which is completely the opposite of a Philbin/Lazor led team. Last week was good, because we didn’t kill it with the running game, and we labored in the pass game all game, until the end, and Tannehill made the plays he couldn’t make in the first 3 quarters, and the receivers made the plays, and O-line allowed all that to happen, so a great team win.
Q – Hello Mr. Hand! Here is my question:
With the team riding a 5 game winning streak in which all the facets of the team are stepping up and showing marked improvement, why do you think some “fans” cannot concede that all the players are stepping up and playing better? The team, most fans and the media are in general agreement that Ryan Tannehill is playing much better football this year, even with having to learn an unfamiliar system again and get on the same page as the other players and coach in it. What personality characteristic do you think causes these “fans” to insist on belittling a player when it seems everyone else is in agreement that there has been marked improvement?
Hey Rock, the answer to your question is because we’re human. I’ll elaborate. Think of fans of a football team like voters in a Presidential election. There can be 100 people that are registered Democrats. 25 of them are going to vote for Hillary because they agree with her social issues. 25 are going to vote for her for because they like her economic agenda. 25 are going to vote for her because she’s sexy. OK, that’s not happening, so let’s say they vote for her because of her foreign policy issues. The other 25 have a mix of all of the above, but it’s possible that no 2 of the 100 are the same.
Dolphins fans, and fans in general, have their own agendas. They pick certain players they either like, or dislike, make absolute statements about them, and then root for their opinions to be right. Some fans just blindly root for all of the players that wear that the uniform. Some don’t like players that make the highest salary, and others just root for the underdogs. My point is, we all want the Dolphins to do well, but there are subcategories, some fans also want the team to do well, or fail.
I’m not going to name names, because anyone who regularly reads this blog knows who you’re referring to, and as much as I disagree with that person, especially when the team is doing well, that’s his prerogative to feel that way, and for the most part, I’ll try to ignore those specific comments. Nothing wrong with wanting to be right, and I’d say all of us here have had our hits and misses, I thought Jonathan Martin was going to be a great NFL tackle for us. UGH! I also said we shouldn’t sign Jordan Cameron, so like I said, hits and misses.
It’s OK though, we all root for the same team, and ultimately want the team to do well, and enjoy and share their success, but there’s actually another type of fan that prefers to wallow in misery, and is happier complaining about the teams failure rather than celebrating their success. I’ll leave those to the professional psychologists. 🙂
Q – Ive got one for you MikeE
(SORRY i CANT MAKE MY E-MAIL WORK)
When was the last time a single team played three California teams in a row and beat them Back to back to back?
I have to say Howie, that question stumped me. I tried to find information regarding this, but odds are, this is an unprecedented situation, where the Dolphins are facing 3 teams from California in a row. No matter what type of query I put in, I couldn’t find where an NFL team played 3 California teams in a row. Until proven incorrect, I’m going to say if the Dolphins find a way to win against the SF 49ers, they will be the first NFL team to defeat 3 consecutive teams from the state of California.
If you think about it, I doubt that any other NFL team has actually played 3 games in a row against teams from the state of California, let alone won all of them.
Thanks for the excellent question Howie, it’s certainly a good one! Admittedly, I’m not quite sober, my boys are back from college, and I declared this Family Crunk Drunk night, and I’m pretty sure at least 3 of us accomplished that. It’s now 1:14 AM, and I’ve sobered up some, so I think this is relatively coherent.
I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all enjoy family, friends, food and drink, and have safe travels to wherever you’re going.
And now for the babe of the week . . .