Raekwon McMillan #52 (RD2 Pick#54)


The Dolphins went back to back defense with the first 2 picks in this years draft, beginning with pick #22 DE Charles Harris. In the 2nd RD, the Dolphins selected Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan. Boy did we need this pick. Sure, some of us liked other LB’s better, but McMillan is a potential 3 down LB who can play either inside or outside, and brings with him a good history of making tackles. Lord knows this defense was crying for just that.

McMillan was a 3YR starter at Ohio State, twice eclipsing 100 tackles, 119 his Sophomore year (57 solo), and 102 in his Junior year (49 solo). While it doesn’t appear that McMillan made a lot of unassisted tackles, he has a reputation for being a good technique tackler, who can for the most part, play sideline to sideline. While he needs to learn how to stack and shed blockers better, he’s only 20 years old, so he’ll have plenty of time to do just that. Our DC Matt Burke was formerly our LB’s coach, and I’m sure he’ll be taking an interest in McMillan, and getting him to be the best he can be.

McMillan has good size at 6’2” 240, and can certainly run well enough. He ran a 4.61 40, and put up 23 reps. He most likely won’t be starting immediately, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be seeing a fair amount of snaps. He gives the Dolphins considerably better depth, at a position that desperately needed it. Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons and Koa Misi will likely be the starters provided all are healthy, but having McMillan as the next man up is reassuring to me. Yes, we have Neville Hewitt, Mike Hull, Lamin Barrow (quite right!), but none of those guys have stepped up yet. Hewitt shows some flashes, but for the most part, they all seem like backups. McMillan has good potential to be a starter, and his tackling ability may have him doing that sooner than later. Getting Timmons was a huge move. He greatly solidifies the LB corp, and will play both inside and out. On the other hand, Timmons is 31, and signed for 2 years, so McMillan will get time if he needs it, but it’s clear he was taken to be a future starter.

I’m looking forward to seeing an improved LB corps, one that won’t be the sieve it was last year. Whether it’s Timmons, Alonso and Misi, or McMillan subbed in for someone, already, things are looking up!


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482 Responses to Raekwon McMillan #52 (RD2 Pick#54)

  1. mf13ss says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the people of Manchester tonight. Looks like another terrorist attack…

    Reuters Top News‏Verified account @Reuters · 6m6 minutes ago

    MORE: UK police say 19 dead, around 50 injured at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester; treating as terror incident: http://reut.rs/2q4Bgww

    • ukfinfan says:

      Thanks MF13 – your words are much appreciated. 22 dead, 59 injured. Cowardly despicable suicide bomber targeting innocent children at a concert. My g/f, her sis and their 2 daughters were at the same venue 4 nights before this attack. Just atrocious. So sad. Going to go to the gym now to let off some steam.

  2. naplesfan2010 says:

    When you think of replacing Butler, Mario Williams, and Jason Jones, for example with the fresh legs we brought in that should be a nice upgrade right there.

  3. son of a son of a shula says:

    Drive them out of your country
    Drive them off of the earth


  4. olddolphan says:

    I WAS ABSOLUTELY THRILLED watching the Nashville Predators clinch the Western Conference title and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals last night in front of a delirious. sell-out, crowd in Nashville. Yes, this is THE SAME Predators team that lost star player Ryan Johannson and their captain, Mike Fisher just a few days ago and were given up for DEAD by NBCSN hockey expert
    Keith Jones! Who could have forecast that Colton Sisson, a virtual unknown, would score a HAT TRICK in the deciding 6th game? Who’d believe that goalie Pecka Rienne would make spectacular save after spectacular save?? And who would have picked this band of nobodies to get outshot 41-18 AND STILL WIN THE GAME?? It had all the drama, all the intrigue, and a ton of unexpected moments. THIS is what the STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS have been all about this season. NASHVILLE, the 8th seed, blew out the #1 seeded Chicago Black Hawks in 4 straight games in round one – – a TRUE SHOCKER!! Now they, and their fans, stand on the edge of winning the toughest title to win in PROFESSIONAL SPORTS – – “WE WANT THE CUP,” chanted the crowd as the post game celebrations continued for a very long time.
    I can’t wait for the FINALS!

    • steveccnv says:

      Lol at you calling them left for dead after game 4. It seems every prediction you make turns out this way. From your midway NL predictions last year, to anything FIU related😉 please predict the Fins to suck this year and the cheats to win it again.

  5. Mike E. says:

    Man, sad stuff in Manchester UK. Eerily, it reminded me of a Stephen King book I read last year, similar MO. I got a chill when heard what the bomb was, and that it was at a concert attended mostly by kids. Prayers to all those families.

    • steveccnv says:

      That’s the world we live in now, thanks to a certain president and Secretary of State. They put personal gains before the good of the country/world, and yet people like Coney/ Lynch And the rest of the swamp will still spew out all the stuff they do and pretend it has merit.

  6. Mike E. says:


    Are you blaming Trump for the attack in Manchester? Seriously?

    • pheloniusphish says:

      I think he was referring to the last prez.

      • Mike E. says:

        That’s a stretch too, it’s just a very volatile world, always has been

      • steveccnv says:

        Who do you think gave rise to ISIS Mike? If Hilary had won we’d all be done. Why do you think Trump got the royal treatment in Saudi Arabia, because hes the only hope the world has to defeating ISIS.

    • pheloniusphish says:

      And his SoS, Clinton.

    • pheloniusphish says:

      Yes, it is a volatile world, but the actions and inaction of the White House over the last 8 years certainly contributed. Beginning with the continued de-stabilization of the middle east and northern Africa that started under Bush, through Benghazi, to the philosophies of “all they really need are jobs” and “let’s not call them what they are” – Islamic terrorists.

    • steveccnv says:

      Let’s just say it’s a swamp thing.

  7. ukfinfan says:

    Truly awful Mike E. The youngest was a girl of 8. It reminded me of the crazed fascist who went off the rails and shot 80 schoolchildren on the Norwegian island. It is a sad, sad world when people commit atrocities like this. Life is so short anyway and for it to be cut shorter by people who are fuelled by hate is a tragic waste. RIP to all those lost and thoughts and prayers to the families.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:


    • stangerx says:

      The tragedy has to come first……those poor young kids and their families. Used to be such happened when mental illness was involved, but now there are groups that try to foster and develop the same kind of thoughts and actions in a purposeful manner.

  8. jetsssuck says:

    steveccnv says:
    May 23, 2017 at 10:11 am
    Who do you think gave rise to ISIS Mike? If Hilary had won we’d all be done. Why do you think Trump got the royal treatment in Saudi Arabia, because hes the only hope the world has to defeating ISIS.
    I thought 60 plus nations were fighting in a coalition to extinguish ISIS. Are we now breaking away from the coalition and going this alone. Does anyone know why the first day of their embassy re-opening in Iraq it was bombed and a riot occurred outside their embassy gates. Very odd times

  9. Mike E. says:

    Every administration makes friends with people who later become our enemies, and anger enemies to the point in which they enlist other enemies against us. I find it hard to blame a specific administration for things that cycle out of control. If it makes you feel better though, carry on. It doesn’t change where we’re at one iota.

  10. ukfinfan says:

    Please don’t think IS is a US problem. It is a global problem. Ask Germans, French, Brits, Belgians ………. there is a long list of countries IS (sic ……. these turds have as much to do with Islam as Hitler did with Catholicism) have targeted with their atrocities.

    • Mike E. says:

      I agree UK – It’s too easy to blame, hate spirals quickly

    • stangerx says:

      UK — if anything it is more of a European problem…..based on proximity more than anything. I feel sorry for all those refugees from the badness who get tarred by the ones they tried to leave behind.

      • ukfinfan says:

        Indeed. This guy appears to be Libyan – Salman Abedi. Italy (due to its geography) has already had 40k refugees fleeing from Africa and to a lesser extent Syria. They are scheduled to receive £100k this year. That’s the people who survive. These people flee in all manner of vessels most of which are no seaworthy and perish making the crossings. The world is a truly f***ed up place sometimes.

      • stangerx says:

        If I was in Syria……I would be looking to get out as well. And should not throw stones at those from the other countries trying to do so as well. Just as a bad situation there as well even if not in the news as much. Whenever I look at such, try to figure out what I would be trying to do if I was them. Merkel is my favorite world leader right now btw.

      • jetsssuck says:

        This is called empathy

  11. Tim Knight says:

    UK, our hearts are with you after this evil cowardly attack. I’m too disgusted to say what I really feel about these evil cowards.

    • ukfinfan says:

      Thanks Tim. Hits home even harder when it’s your home city and hey target children.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I’m sure it does. Also the bomb was nut and bolts and nails dipped in rat poison. Think about the evil involved in preparing that. Disgusting, horrible cowards.

  12. stangerx says:

    Suh came in at #55 on The NFL Top 100 players list. That is a serious underrating. Teams game plan around him..

  13. stangerx says:

    Respect Joe Schad a bunch, but this comment surprised me — “I think Bobby McCain and Tony Lippet are fighting for roster spots.” Like them both.

  14. Rockphin says:

    Suh at #55? does that mean the Dolphins don’t have a single player in the top 50?

  15. Tim Knight says:

    RIP Cortez Kennedy

  16. Mike E. says:

    I definitely think Landry will be top 50. Stanger and I had this discussion a week or so ago.

    Boulder – The Top 100 is done by NFL players, not ESPN, or anyone else.

  17. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Adam Beasley ✔ @AdamHBeasley
    Ajayi said Tannehill “looks great.” No different than before.

    • steveccnv says:

      I was hoping for the version that played the Arizona game, the one Gase said the light came on in.

  18. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I disagree but its nice to hear this from Suh

    Adam Beasley ✔ @AdamHBeasley
    Suh says he puts “a lot” of the run defense’s struggles on himself.

    • jetsssuck says:

      I’ve watch every run play of last year and I noticed he gets 2 and 3 players contacting him when the play is on his side. Philips is gaining respect in NFL in that he gets doubled teamed almost 48% of time when the play is towards his side. We may have one of the best DT teams in the NFL. He has a lot of moves similar to Suh.

  19. dbolt48 says:

    In regards to Schadd I agree 100% McCain is fighting for a roster spot. He hasn’t progressed as much as I thought he would at nickel. I think Lippett is safe unless he has a meltdown of Brittany Spears proportions.

    • stangerx says:

      Our only other slot CB cover guy is Howard though. Would be different if we had someone else for that…..but there is always June cuts I guess.

      • dbolt48 says:

        Lucas, last years pick, can also play slot. I wouldn’t be shocked if he did beat McCain. And as you said someone might come from June cuts.

  20. wyoming85 says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 6m6 minutes ago
    Suh: “I’m definitely sick and tired of making the playoffs and not going any further… The last two games last year I’m not ok with that.”

  21. wyoming85 says:

    Imagine that?

    Manish Mehta‏Verified account @MMehtaNYDN 30m30 minutes ago
    An honest Sheldon Richardson rips Brandon Marshall. Says locker room is better now: “Let’s just say there are 15 reasons why it’s better”

  22. Mike E. says:

    jetsssuck says:

    May 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm (Edit)

    I’ve watch every run play of last year
    Someone has a shit ton of time and patience, and no disk space on his DVR. lol

    • jetsssuck says:

      actually no it doesn’t take that long of time with the advent of the button on remote that you point at tv and it magically responds to buttons you push, but the point I’m trying to point out to you every remote has a button with 2 arrows which makes the recorded video of games or shows amount to only 15-18 minutes of plays or shows during your recording.

      • Mike E. says:

        Does the button “magically” find only the rushing plays when the Dolphins are on defense?

      • jetsssuck says:

        You know I save tons of money by forwarding the shows commercials of must have items and I hide the sunday circular ads so the wife doesn’t go spend money on crap we don’t need.

    • jetsssuck says:

      There is a button you can hit when you notice its a passing play so you can skip the passing play and when you want to watch just running plays, in essence you can cut down watching time. I hit the double arrow button. Still trying to figure out how in the world the remote control knows what all these buttons and tells the TV and from as far as 30-40 feet.
      Now what would be amazing if you could ride down the block and change other people’s channel they are watching. You know I have my router named “Homeland Security Surveillance” and I had some neighbors talking about it for a while.

  23. Tim Knight says:

    McCain is entering year 3 but not sure why he gets written off all the time. He was a 2nd year player learning a new defense and we had a lot of different lineups week to week due to injuries and he had to play outside some of the time. Give him a chance to improve his game. He wasn’t the only one who got beat at times.

    • steveccnv says:

      He gets written off, because he gets beat more than his fair share, or at least that’s the perception.

    • dbolt48 says:

      My problem w/ McCain is immaturity & doubting he’ll turn the corner. I’d prefer he did succeed, but he’s just a player I wouldn’t bet on myself.

  24. The Flying Pig says:

    Wow – Cortez Kennedy died

  25. dbolt48 says:

    In regards to immaturity his college coach mentioned that as one of the biggest things he would need to overcome as he had trouble controlling his emotions at Memphis. He also was one of 2 Jack asses in the locker room incident at the end of 2015 yelling & hollering at reporters while instantgramming or whatever during the Tannehill Grimes debate to end the year.

  26. son of a son of a shula says:

    Not that they are hitting but I saw pics of Pouncey at today’s OTA’s wearing football gear and not carrying a cane.
    Tales of Pouncey’s demise…

  27. Tim Knight says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 2h2 hours ago
    Jermon Bushrod says this offseason he felt better than last 2 or 3. “I was inspired so decided to give it another ride.”

  28. Tim Knight says:

    Timmons said today that he played every LB position in PIT and considers himself interchangeable. The team has already said Alonso can play every LB position so I wouldn’t worry much about who plays where. As long as they’re productive who cares?

    • stangerx says:

      Book on Timmons though is one bad-ass MLB to stop the run who is not as well suited as far as coverage. You thinking we might throw him on the outside and get him on TEs? I don’t really care who plays where so long as it works but thinking Alonso is our best coverage guy.

      • Tim Knight says:

        All LBs have to cover when it’s a pass unless they’re blitzing. There is also this fallacy that so many LBs in this league are really good in coverage except for ours. If that was the case why so much passing and big numbers being put up throughout the league? It all starts up front with pressure. If you can’t do that I don’t care who you have in the back end, you’re going to get carved up.

      • stangerx says:

        I agree with all of that Tim. Was just thinking would rather see Alonso than TImmons in coverage if it came to it. Even if all Lbs have to cover at times am just thinking that some of them might be better at than others. Seems a coach would try to put them in the best spot for that……just like I am looking forward to seeing TImmons go after QBs.

  29. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, sure you do that for matchups. Timmons is really good at blitzing and rushing the passer so he might be the LB that blitzes the most. But you can’t be so predictable all the time. Timmons has covered quite a bit in his career. LBs usually zone cover anyway where they’re responsible for a part of the field – in the flats or over the short and medium middle. It’s not like you want your OLBs running from one side of the field to the other in man. It turns into man in your zone. That’s how the quarters defense is set up.

    • stangerx says:

      For sure Timmons will find himself in coverage at times….heck Phillips got a pick last year. Just was thinking he would be a run stuffer and blitzer (yes thinking he will be there in the nickel). But that goes with both how I see him and being MLB in the base….but for sure they might chose to do it differently. And on of the reasons I loved resigning Alonso was seems he is a jack-of-all trades…..even if that meant to me a kick butt and maybe all-pro Will.

      • Tim Knight says:

        One of the main things Matt Burke feels needs to be fixed on defense is communication – being on the same page, and tackling. I think our overall tackling was bad last year and part of that was because we were not in the right place, or 2nd guessing and getting trapped out of the play. The team has said they need to play smarter more fundamental football all around.

        That’s how Belichick has had so much success not having all world talent. They don’t mess up a lot and the guys who do, they get cut.

      • stangerx says:

        All great stuff to go towards. And I am loving how much better looks like our tackling will be. And that goes to Timmons, Raekwon and having Reshad back. Coverage still concerns me though….but then the rush D had to come first anyhow.

  30. Mike E. says:

    NFL has decided to allow premeditated celebrations and the use of props on TD celebrations. It’s about time! Let them have fun when they score a TD. I’m all for it.

  31. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, you know early on in the season our pass defense was pretty good. We were ranked pretty highly (#9 at one point) for like half the season. Then the injuries started to mount up and we had different LBs and DBs playing every week. Some of them not really ready to play that much and some maybe not good enough at all.

    So to me, health is probably going to be the biggest key in us having a successful season. We have plenty of talent. This is not a team that needs 3-4 players to be great or we’re doomed. This is a team with 12 plus players who can change a game. Best roster we’ve had in a long time. There will be some tough cuts this year and I think that will because the middle and bottom of the roster got better.

    • stangerx says:

      No doubt our depth is a lot better. If anything am hoping we will be able to survive people going down better. Even if better there are certain people if they go down will hurt us bad…..just like with Reshad and Pouncey last year. But injuries happen to every team.

  32. son of a son of a shula says:

    Lol @ Stanger
    Only the patsies can use it. Flag for everyone else

  33. CavalierKong says:

    Trump is the world’s only hope against IS?
    Can he have it wrapped up by next Thursday? I’m planning a trip abroad, and I’d feel a lot safer if he could take care of it by then.

  34. mf13ss says:

    What is the meaning of “IS”? 😉

    Assuming that IS = ISIS

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      IS = islamic state
      ISIS = islamic state of iraq and syria

      • mf13ss says:

        There are 57 official Islamic States in the world, as Obama famously stated when referring to states in the USA.

      • mf13ss says:

        And I think my one-liner went over your head, bud! 😉

    • CavalierKong says:

      I recall a story a couple of years ago about a girl named ISIS (not to be confused with a boy named Sue) who was upset with the acronym ISIS in reference to the Islamic State. I believe around that time was when it also started to be referred to as IS, ISIL, and the shitheads of the middle-east.

      As a side note, I’ve been thinking of suing Universal studios for their mischaracterization of those named ‘Kong”. We are not all dumb apes that get shot off of buildings.

      • mf13ss says:


        You’re good peeps, Kong. Still can’t believe you’ve met E-40! Very cool!

      • stangerx says:

        I’d love to be the lawyer on the other side of the case when you complain about being called the King. 🙂

      • CavalierKong says:

        I can’t believe you remember that. He was a really cool guy. VERY approachable, and happy to take pics with some of my coworkers.

      • CavalierKong says:

        Stanger, it’s a long-shot, but we have a chance!

  35. naplesfan2010 says:

    Timmons is not just a run-stuffer.

    Lawrence Timmons is a player i have closely followed ever since high school and a guy I have always rated very highly.
    He is from a town where i have history (Florence, SC) and was recruited by my college before their recent surge.
    “At Wilson high, During his senior year, Timmons registered over 150 tackles and two sacks, while also catching 47 passes for over 800 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, which earned him all-state first-team honors. He was also awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year.
    In track & field, Timmons competed in the long jump event, recording a career-best leap of 6.55 meters at the 2003 SCHSL State Championships, where he placed sixth in the finals. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m and 4 × 200 m relay squads and was timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
    He decided to go to [our rival] Florida State, where I of course watched every minute that he played there on TV.
    He has 43 PDs (passes defensed) and 12 INTs in 9 full seasons as he barely played in 2007 because he was James Harrison’s back-up his rookie year, even though he was a First Round Draft pick @ #15.
    (He has also caused 14 fumbles in his 10 years.) He has 35.5 NFL sacks. He is a playmaker.
    At the combine, he put up 25 reps, jumped 10’3 broad and a vert of 35 inches and ran a 4.63 40 at 234 lbs.”
    (thanks to wikipedia)

  36. steveccnv says:

    I learned something here today, Timmons is a good Blitzer, and he can rush the passer.

  37. naplesfan2010 says:

    Timmons long-jumped over 22 feet in high school.

  38. steveccnv says:

    Lets ask Damien what he thinks of Timmons😉

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      That game right there is why we would’ve let Damien walk and why we brought in De’Veon Smith.

  39. CavalierKong says:

    Has Harris signed yet? He’s the only one left, right?

  40. mf13ss says:

    CavalierKong says:

    May 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t believe you remember that. He was a really cool guy. VERY approachable, and happy to take pics with some of my coworkers.
    E-40 is HUGE in my industry, man… I wouldn’t be able to forget that! If you didn’t already know, he and Terrell Davis (now in the Hall of Fame) are very good friends.

    I’ve never heard a bad word said about Earl Stevens (E-40’s real name).

    • CavalierKong says:

      I was a big fan of The Click in the 90’s. I was listening to their street tapes before they made it big(they flooded Sacramento to get play). I stopped listening to rap around the start of the 2000’s but I still have some of their music in my collection.

      • mf13ss says:

        The OG version of the Click’s “Down and Dirty” ROCKS! I’m talking about the SMG (Solar Music Group, RIP, Dick Griffey) version, not the Jive re-release years later.

  41. CavalierKong says:

    This offseason flew by until this lat month or so. Now it is draaaaging. I flippin can’t wait to see year two of this Gase run team.

    • steveccnv says:

      I’m sitting by the pool drinking a beer, it’s 100+ today, I can wait.

      • CavalierKong says:

        Nice! I can do without that heat (we’re mid 90’s right now), but I do love the bikinis.

      • steveccnv says:

        Everything here is geared to being in the 100s, if the highs are in the 70s it’s too cold.

      • CavalierKong says:

        It’s miserable here when it hits 100s but I have everything geared up for that. I call it staying in my house with the AC on, lol.

  42. mf13ss says:

    Sorry, y’all. I’m going by Spotrac, where the contract details haven’t been released on Charles Harris or Cordrea Tankersley. Figured that Tankersley had yet to sign.

  43. naplesfan2010 says:

    My wife’s family up in PA say the Pitt fans are pissed they let Timmons walk.
    He terrorized the Dolphins in the playoff game last year with a team-leading 14 combined tackles and sacked Matt Moore twice in a 30–12 AFC Wild Card Round victory

  44. naplesfan2010 says:

    In one clip, Tiimmons runs stride for stride laterally with Tyrod and forces him to pitch to LeSean who is 2 steps from out of bounds for basically no gain. In another clip he jumps the TE’s hook route into the end zone and picks Eli clean for a 30 yd return (approx). In another he smothers his man for 25 yds downfield running stride for stride.

    • steveccnv says:

      I don’t believe it, he’s over the hill.

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        Yep. I agreed with you above when you noted that Damien failed to block Timmons.
        That game right there is why we would’ve let Damien walk and one reason why we brought in De’Veon Smith.

  45. mf13ss says:

    mf13ss says:

    May 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    The OG version of the Click’s “Down and Dirty” ROCKS! I’m talking about the SMG (Solar Music Group, RIP, Dick Griffey) version, not the Jive re-release years later.
    Cav Kong, I think you and Jahndoh are the only ones who know of The Click regarding those of us who post on these blogs! Perhaps Brian from NY does as well, but not sure.

    MASSIVE LOVE for Cali music, man! 😀

  46. Mike E. says:

    My best bud is a Steelers fan, and YES, he was very disappointed they let Timmons go

    • mf13ss says:

      MANY Stealers* fans in my neck of the woods (along with Eagles fans), and ALL are disappointed they let Timmons go.

  47. naplesfan2010 says:

    for an “over the hill” guy, Timmons sure is durable AND dependable.
    He has only missed 2 games in his 10 years and
    has averaged over 90% of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps for the last 3 years.
    He might be even better with a little rotation depth.

  48. Mike E. says:


    It’s what the Steelers do. Every year they draft WR’s and LB’s, and every year they let a LB enter FA. It’s their M.O.

  49. Mike E. says:

    Younger days . . . . Kong, what are you 20 now? 😉

  50. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think it’s interesting that Timmons’s middle name is Olajuwon. I assume he was named for Hakeem the Dream as he was born early in his career.

  51. Tim Knight says:

    This offseason the RBs are going to be worked at fakes, picking up blitzes and doing a better job as receivers. They can all run. It’s time for smarts. Another young position we forget about along with WR. We’re very young throughout the team with some really good young talent.

  52. CavalierKong says:

    BY the way, seeing as I’ve been on my normal offseason hiatus, and this is the first chance I’ve had to say so, good to see you here MF13!! Nice to see Phelonious as well.

  53. mf13ss says:

    Mike E. says:

    May 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Yeah, very similar organizations, and no mystery as why both are perennially in the playoffs.
    YUP! We’re getting there now as well.

  54. son of a son of a shula says:

    4.6 billion?

  55. son of a son of a shula says:

    Oh a young buck

  56. mf13ss says:

    son of a son of a shula says:

    May 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    There’s a Storm in the backfield now
    “There’s a Storm comin’…”

  57. CavalierKong says:

    For people that don’t know Douglas Adams. The search for the answer to life, the universe, and everything turns out to be forty-two, which begs the question: what is the actual question to life, the universe, and everything.

    It goes something like this:

    Question: What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
    Answer: Forty-two
    Question: Huh?
    Clarification: In order to understand the answer, you have to know what the actual question is.
    Question: What is the question to life, the universe, and everything?
    Answer: What do you get if you multiply six by nine?
    Corollary: No wonder the world is so fucked up.

  58. Tim Knight says:

    Evolution, survival, being superior, more resources $$$ etc. That’s who we are.

  59. Rockphin says:

    This is one of the more interesting rule changes this offseason and I have not seen it mentioned here

    NFL owners on Tuesday voted to eliminate the first cut-down period forcing teams to trim their roster to 75 before the final preseason game.

    Now, there will be one cut down following the preseason, from a 90-man roster to a 53-man

    • Rockphin says:

      It’s going to cause chaos for a few days after the last preseason game. GM’s are going to be scrambling with one whole round of cuts removed

      • steveccnv says:

        Its not going to cause chaos, they’ll already have the bottom 30 or so slated for cuts, and worry about the last few, just like before, they just won’t have to do the cut down twice. They asked for it, I’m pretty sure they know what they’re doing.

  60. jetsssuck says:

    CavalierKong says:
    May 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    For people that don’t know Douglas Adams. The search for the answer to life, the universe, and everything turns out to be forty-two, which begs the question: what is the actual question to life, the universe, and everything.

    It goes something like this:

    Question: What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
    Answer: Forty-two
    Question: Huh?
    Clarification: In order to understand the answer, you have to know what the actual question is.
    Question: What is the question to life, the universe, and everything?
    Answer: What do you get if you multiply six by nine?
    Corollary: No wonder the world is so fucked up.
    My wife birthday is Jan-4, 1973—— 143 I tell her I married her because she was born on that day..But when I want to piss her off she was born a fool on 4-1 april 1st as some foreign countries list the day first then the month and finally the yr.

    She is the Dolphin chosen one—Don Shula’s birthday is Jan 4 same as her’s.
    Dolphins first SB win happen Jan 14, 1973 exactly ten days after she was born—-10 is associated with perfect on a scale of 1-10
    143—- 1 (4 plus 3) =17 which they went 17-0

  61. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Nice to see jones back. He’s such a difference maker for this team.

  62. stangerx says:

    Gase on what he wants out of Tanny — been thinking he should take off more too with his speed, but if nothing else this should tell us his knee is looking good. No way Gase says that if not so.
    “Just be more aggressive. I really want him to feel comfortable that his decision is going to be right. If he feels like something is not really happening the way he wants, escape from the pocket and not hesitate and worry about, ‘Did I miss something?’”

    “He’s a perfectionist so he wants to be able to stand back there and go through his progression, go one to two to his checkdown. Guys that have athletic ability, that can run, want to prove they can be a great pocket passer. All I care about is getting the first down and scoring points.”

    • steveccnv says:

      On Gase saying to take off, he says it, because he doesnt want him to worry about the injury or what couldve been (on the play). F what people say, just be decisive, and take what’s there. You don’t have to hit a homer every play, singles are good too.

  63. stangerx says:

    Timmons had his first real practice in the Florida heat yesterday. Glad he can get conditioned to it…..especially given what happened last time he played in it.

    • jetsssuck says:

      yeah it gets very hot this time of year.

    • steveccnv says:

      You go until you puke is what my son’s Tae Kwondo instructor told them. Puking isnt a sign of weakness, just the opposite. Timmons goes until he pukes, gathers himself, them continues. What more can you ask For? It’s not the first time he puked during a game.

      • stangerx says:

        I never played anything close to the NFL level, but your body for sure adjusts to the temperature of where you live and train (have done both real cold and hot). That thin blood thing is not a myth and neither is our heat advantage for the early games. So I am guessing we don’t see Timmons puke this year come regular season.

      • jetsssuck says:

        I have neighbor that has a daughter that is a principle at a public school down here and she tells me all the new construction schools have a requirement of providing cover where the kids can play in the shade and avoid the rain. This canopy is usually over outdoor basketball courts. Times have changed. We didn’t have A/C in our school till 4th grade. These grandkids always want me to change the temp down more when I’m freezing at 85 degrees.

  64. Rockphin says:

    Its not going to cause chaos, they’ll already have the bottom 30 or so slated for cuts, and worry about the last few, just like before, they just won’t have to do the cut down twice.

    Steve, perhaps Chaos was the wrong word. The teams are going to have to scramble like roaches when the lights come on. …..yeah Chaos. Before they had time to review other teams first round of cuts, grab guys, cut guys to make room, etc before the second round of cuts came. NOW 1184 players will all hit the street at one time, so yeah there will be chaos.

    • steveccnv says:

      When have you ever heard of teams evaluating other teams first round of cuts? So what your saying is the FOs of NFL teams sadistically wanted to change the rules, so they can run around like chickens with their heads cutoff? Come in man!

    • steveccnv says:

      The change gives them more of a chance to evaluate their own 90 in a game. Are you a grass is greener type? When the starters don’t play week4 in the past guys that already made the team were put at risk to injury, because there was no one left to play.

    • steveccnv says:

      Chicken Little says…

      • jetsssuck says:

        I guess we will have a good idea if some rookies have not played in 2-3 games they are not making team. Should be a good guessing game on who makes team and not.

  65. Rockphin says:

    These grandkids always want me to change the temp down more when I’m freezing at 85 degrees.

    Jeeze Jetssuck, you ARE old! LOL 😉

    cold at 85 degrees? SMH LOL

    • jetsssuck says:

      JK-I keep the inside at 74-75 and we sleep at the coldest the room a/c can get us to. When we get in the 50’s we open the windows while we see everyone dressed like they are at the North pole. I see the kids dressed in full face covers. I hate s.florida weather because we only have 1 season-hot

  66. Rockphin says:

    Just updated my avi to be “colorado Koolaid”

  67. steveccnv says:

    Rock, ask the coaches and bottom of roster players what they think about having 1 cut down. I’m sure they love it. You’ve got 30 pinkslips already filled out, you hand them out a week later, what’s the big deal?

  68. Rockphin says:

    Steve, I never said that teams want to sadistically change the rules so they can run around with like chickens. They obviously, IMO, changed the rules so they have more time with their borderline guys to make the decision. I guarantee every team DOES review every other teams cuts to try and upgrade their bottom of the roster or practice squad. Now they have to do it all at once.

  69. Tim Knight says:

    A lot of the things the NFL is doing these days is to help prevent injuries. The 90 man roster through the PS is one way. There is also chatter that they will do away with OT and it may come down to a FG competition. They don’t want to play a 5th quarter anymore.

    • jetsssuck says:

      It’s not the football era that I grew up with, its almost like flag football now a days.

      • Tim Knight says:

        And former players are dying young or suffering from health issues and debilitating injuries.

  70. steveccnv says:

    What happened to Thursday? Manic Monday, twofer Tuesday, hump day, TGIF.

  71. Rockphin says:

    Tim, I read one of the other rule changes they made for this year is to change over time to 10 minute periods instead of 15 minute periods.

  72. Rockphin says:

    I just noticed the score in the picture of Timmons puking above was 8-15. Does anyone remember how Pitt scored 8? Did they go for two or was it one of the games where our offence spotted them two by taking a safety? (didn’t we have like three safeties scored against us one year?)

    • CavalierKong says:

      Pitt likes to go for 2 (I think more than any team in the league). They scored a TD and made a 2 pt conversion.

  73. CavalierKong says:

    I dig the rule change to allow for more time to evaluate your players rather than having a first round of cuts. I’ve never understood why you get a limit to the amount of time you get to spend with your full roster when it is still the preseason.

    The OT change doesn’t really make much difference IMO, although if it was in effect last year, we tie with the Bills and end up 9-6-1.

    The quote from Gase on Tanny is another in a long line of things I love about the way Gase handles business, mostly because I really like the way Gase attacks things. After having coaches like Tony “never met a FG he didn’t like” Sparano and Joe “queasy” Philbin, it’s nice to have a coach that ratchets up the intelligent aggressiveness. Of course if Tanny blows out his knee in game 2 of the season on an ill-conceived run, he’ll take some bad press, but the fact is, we’re not going to beat the Pets with FGs and playing it safe, so go at it head on and let the cards fall as they may.

  74. Tim Knight says:

    Love hearing over and over how the culture of this team is so much different – positive with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Fasano chiming in was big, he was here under Sparano and Philbin for one year so he kind of knew where the team was at in those days.

  75. stangerx says:

    Harris signed. Think that is everyone. So know drama this year on that front.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Hasn’t been for years since the new rookie pool.

      But cool that Harris is ready to go.

      • stangerx says:

        Not sure who the last one was……but Tanny did. Believe the issue was offsets, but maybe they took that issue out of the room.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Did Tankersley sign yet? It was him and Harris left last I saw.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Stanger, I was just saying we haven’t had significant holdouts for quite some time. Tanny was 5 years ago.

      • steveccnv says:

        Tim, MF was reading a non updated site and said Tankersley wasn’t signed, but he signed on May 4th.

      • stangerx says:

        I understand Tim….was just throwing out the last hold out I remember, even if thinking Harris showed up at rookie camp without a contract. But what’s it matter at that point?

  76. Mike E. says:

    RIP Roger Moore. Moore, that’s Roger Moore

  77. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, Spotrac still has Harris and Tankersley with no contract. I wasn’t going by MF. But great if everyone is signed.

    • steveccnv says:

      He was on Sportrac too. Google Tankersley contract, they can’t post it’s numbers, if they don’t exist.

  78. Tim Knight says:

    So it seems to me that Hayes with rotate with Wake on the left side and Harris with Branch on the right. Hayes played on the left side a lot with the Rams. But he also played inside on rush downs too so this could get interesting.

    I also noticed we signed 3 UDFAs who were more rush ends than LBs but might move to LB in the NFL. One is similar to Haasan Reddick and his teammate at Temple Praise Martin-Oguike 6-1 255. We targeted a lot of edge personnel this offseason including re-signing our own.

    • Tim Knight says:

      The good thing about this is that Hayes and Branch are known to play the run well but it’s not like they have no pass rush. Wake and Harris are in the game on obvious passing downs. They both have that quick off the ball low end edge rush ability. Harris is a rookie and has to prove he can do it on the next level but I’m confident he’s the real deal. At least now I am. LOL

  79. son of a son of a shula says:

    It’s so cool to say oh man we have this guy and that guy, this guy making an impact over here this guy making an impact over there, You say “oh man we added Timmons, we added Thomas, Jones is back, Pouncey is back, got a lot of new faces on the front seven, things are looking good, Coach Gase by all indications is really shaping this team and building something” and with each person or thing you list at the end you can always add –
    And we have Suh!

  80. son of a son of a shula says:

    We had a nice draft

    And we have Suh!

  81. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tannehill looks healthy and poised to take a step

    And we have Suh!

  82. steveccnv says:

    James Walker
    ESPN Staff Writer 
    The Miami Dolphins signed first-round pick Charles Harris on Wednesday, the team announced. Miami now has its entire 2017 draft class signed.

  83. Tim Knight says:

    If Thomas can stay healthy, we have a guy who has matured, now in his prime, who knows Gase’s system and has a lot of talent at TE. 🙂

    • steveccnv says:

      We talk about the 3 and outs, IMO the problem was we were missing a clutch TE. Can Thomas be that guy? I don’t know, but he can’t be worse than what we had last year.

  84. son of a son of a shula says:

    Gase, as Parcells’ did, doesn’t let the rookies have an emblem on their helmet.

  85. Rockphin says:

    Tim Knight says:
    May 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Quarters, not periods. 🙂

    Well Tim technically there are four 15-minute quarters so if overtime is only 10 minutes how can it be a “quarter” also there can only be four quarters of anything so if you have another extra ten minute period it’s not a quarter

    • steveccnv says:

      Actually I think the correct term is OT period, I looked it up and it says in 1974 the NFL added an overtime period…

  86. Rockphin says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    May 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    We had a nice draft

    And we have Suh

    We have had Suh for a couple years now and our run defense has gotten worse

    • steveccnv says:

      When we got Suh, Polian I believe said, it’s not going to do any good to have Suh, if you don’t have the LBs to make the tackles. Meaning they’ll double and triple Suh, taking him out of the play, making him irrelevant.

  87. wyoming85 says:

    Good Morning!

    • jetsssuck says:

      about 10-15 yrs ago I used to be able to put my legs above my head stretching and warming up, well maybe 20-25 yrs ago.

  88. son of a son of a shula says:

    After drafting Joe Mixon Bengals coach Marvin Lewis comes out and says that reinstating end zone celebrations will send a bad message to youth.

  89. Mike E. says:


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