Raekwon McMillan #52 (RD2 Pick#54)

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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!

GO DOLPHINS! ZERO IN!

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

  1. olddolphan says:

    Mike E: Thanks so much for this article. Drafting McMillan is, in my view, the KEY to an improved linebacker corps As Dick Butkus once said; “SEE BALL CARRIER, KILL BALL CARRIER!”
    NOW, if we’d moved up in round 3 and taken McMillan’s Buckeye team mate, Pat Elflein, I’d feel a whole lot better about our offensive line. But, perhaps, taking Tankersley in round 3 will prove to have been the better move. The Gase/Grier team has certainly earned the benefit of the doubt.

  2. Mike E. says:

    You’re welcome OD – Just trying to get a fresh article out there, and not let the old one grow moldy.

    In the meantime, check this out. OUCH! Man, ESPN has a hard on for the Dolphins.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19404168/quarterback-confidence-index-rating-all-32-nfl-teams-2017-post-draft-offseason-rankings

    • steveccnv says:

      You gotta realize these guys just take their view of public perception, then scramble around the internet looking for articles to back it up, and come up with some garbage to write.

    • stangerx says:

      Even if not sure why the ranking was so low — they at least had one thing right about Tanny. The real Q is not if he should be our starter but rather if he plays well enough to justify the close to $20 mil he is on the books for.

  3. Mike E. says:

    FYI – Ryan Tannehill was 12th in QBR last season.

  4. stangerx says:

    Nice write MIke E……and I was pleased with the Raekwon pick. Who is going to complain about getting a good-sized tackler in there at LB? We’ll see if he ends up being more than that, but even if he doesn’t develop his coverage skills enough to be a 3-down LB he’ll still be worth it if he stuffs RBs.

  5. Mike E. says:

    Stanger

    The salary is all relative. Mike Glennon is getting $16M this season, and Brock Osweiler $21M. If Tannehill plays like he did last season, he’ll be “worth” it, whatever that means. Unless they want a draft a QB next season, or Tannehill either tanks or can’t stay on the field, I think gase is happy with Tannehill, who showed improvement with his offense last season.

    • stangerx says:

      Nothing I would like more than Tanny to show he is worth the money he is on the books for, but at the same time he re-signed for numbers that assumed that he would live up to his potential in exchange leaving the last years of his contract unprotected. Like that confidence. Yet after this seasons will leave us with the choice of do we want to pay him or some other guy there in free agency. Hopefully it will turn out “hell yeah we keep him” after next season, but that option will be there.

  6. Mike E. says:

    Brees, Cousins and Stafford. Brees is 38, Cousins 28, and Stafford 29. Those are the only guys that could possibly be an upgrade, but you’ll pay more for any of those guys because the salaries just keep going up. I think it’s more likely we draft a QB than sign one in FA.

    • stangerx says:

      Not saying it will happen, just that it is an option they have. And Gase was a QB coach…..could be he decides money can be spent better on some promising back-up for far less and put that money into other positions with maybe a top pick to develop at the same time. Or maybe he says Cousins is his guy. Or maybe Tanny blows the league away next season. Or maybe they bring some big FA in today by restructuring Tanny for another guaranteed year or two. His contract right now is what it is.

  7. Randy says:

    The chart I read shows Tannehill as 24th in Total QBR last year. Am I reading something wrong? I don’t pay much attention to QBR.

  8. BoulderPhinfan says:

    RIP Chris Cornell

  9. Randy says:

    MikeE,
    I read the chart at ESPN. Isn’t that who does QBR? Were you talking about QB rating, which I think is different. I’m kinda dumb about this crap though. Mostly because I don’t care much. Lol

    • Mike E. says:

      I was talking about NFL QB rating. ESPN made up their own QB rating system. When ESPN goes completely out of business, will it still be there?

  10. Tim Knight says:

    RIP Chris Cornell. One of the greatest vocalists/musicians in rock music.

  11. Tim Knight says:

    Good write up Mike. I’m just really saddened by Chris Cornell’s death. 😦

  12. Randy says:

    MikeE,
    Somebody just made up QB rating too! Lol All these congregate stats are just somebody’s opinion based on what they feel is most important.

    • Mike E. says:

      True, but at least the NFL has been a standard for a long time, and you can compare players more easily with that being the case. ESPN factors in a lot of situational football. You’ll have a higher rating if you lead a game winning drive. What happens though if you lead a game winning drive, and then your defense shits the bed, and you don’t get that boost in your stats? Just leave it the way it was.

  13. Randy says:

    MikeE,
    That’s why I usually try to go with what I see on the field. Stats can be informative, but they can also be deceiving. In Tannehill, I see an average QB who won’t win or lose games for you. I think after 6 years he is already what he’ll be. If he could just get his TDs up to around 30, I’d feel better about what he does. I don’t really care about the other stats…just get the damn ball in the endzone. We aren’t winning anything if we don’t start scoring more.

  14. Tim Knight says:

    Wow a post about the rookie LB becomes another Tannehill discussion.

  15. Mike E. says:

    QB’s don’t win games, teams do. Drew Brees is 21-27 in the last 3 years. Is he losing all those games?

    • stangerx says:

      What would we be talking about right now if we went Brees instead of Culpepper? They get paid the big money for a reason.

      • Mike E. says:

        Of course it’s an important position, but teams don’t solely win or lose because of their QB

      • stangerx says:

        Could not agree more. And to my mind that gives us hope to win it all in say two-three years.

    • Tim Knight says:

      He also puts up sick numbers. QBs – too much credit and too much blame.

  16. Mike E. says:

    Everyone said Flacco was the next great QB when they won the SB. Is he great, or was he just on a great team?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Flacco reminds me of Eli. They can make all the throws but they don’t really “carry” their teams. What ever that means. 😉

  17. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    Absolutely, Brees does put up some crazy stats. It actually made me think to myself, you know how everyone says if Tannehill just throws 30 TD’s we’d win 12 games and go deep in the playoffs. Brees threw 37 TD’s last year, 32 and 33 the previous 2 years, and couldn’t sniff the playoffs. It’s never just one thing, our defense was so bad at times, it may not have mattered.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s not that cut and dried as we know. Joe Montana threw 30+ TDs once with 31 in his 9th season. I know different era yet Marino was throwing in the 30’s and 40’s.

  18. pheloniusphish says:

    Not…going to…engage…..

  19. getterdone says:

    Somebody say Tannehill?

    • jetsssuck says:

      I don’t know about that guy he can’t hit the receivers going long or connect with the receivers in stride. We have a franchise draft for qb’s next draft

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah never happens. LOL

      • jetsssuck says:

        we may have to cut our loses next season. The guy just hasn’t been the guy who could lead this franchise to the promise land. Come on, the guy was drafted in 1st round and there QB’s in league who were drafted in 5th round who lead his team to playoffs except 1 time during career.
        Just maybe we should consult with Mike how good a QB we could have gotten with our 4th rounder last year instead of that guy that never plays or doesn’t even make the game day roster.

  20. mf13ss says:

    So long as Tannehill recovers 100% (there’s no reason to think otherwise, per reports), I think he’s going to ROCK this season. I’ve got 99 reasons why he WILL rock, so I’ll share two: we FINALLY have a running game to support him and we FINALLY have a seam-splitting TE (Julius Thomas) who isn’t concussed/knee injury/bad Draftee (see Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay, and Michael Egnew) to pair with a formidable WR corps.

    If our O-Line holds up, Tanny could take us places this year… and our D is looking fierce enough to force 3-and-outs, giving our Offense more time to score points.

    Time shall reveal…

  21. Mike E. says:

    jetssuck . . . you asked . . . Dak Prescott

  22. mf13ss says:

    I predict (being he plays all 16 regular season games) that Tanny’s numbers SHOULD be…

    – 4,200+ passing yards
    – 35+ TD passes
    – Under 15 INTs
    – Close to a 100.0 Passer Rating (not ESPN’s wacky QB Rating)
    – Close to a 67% completion percentage
    – Under 35 Sacks

    If the above numbers are attained, he’s worth paying the money we’re paying him (IMO). Of course, there will be other factors/situations/numbers to translate… this is a mere generic benchmark of expectations for paying Tannehill just north of $20M this season.

    GENERALLY speaking and in a so-called ‘perfect world’ (and IMO)… if Tanny can’t attain the above numbers, it’s time to move on from him. He’s now a 5-year NFL starting QB, so he now is what he is. If after 6 years we’re still waiting for his testicles to drop (ie: excuse makers), it’s time to move on. There’s NO reason to be paying two players ‘QB money’ unless either are worth their weight in gold.

    Again… I DO believe that Tannehill will ROCK this year! We’ll see!

    • Tim Knight says:

      None of those stats matter. What if we rush for 25 TDs, have 3 DEF TDs and 2-3 ST’s TDs?

      • mf13ss says:

        EXACTLY! I hear that, and that’s exactly why I stated there will be “factors/situations/numbers to translate” regarding my generic baseline. Nothing can be pure regarding raw numbers.

        But the truth: Tannehill must EARN those $$$ this season, one way or the other. I truly do trust in Gase regarding this matter.

  23. olddolphan says:

    GOT INTO the Tannehill discussion a little late. But ONE FACTOR that’s been overlooked is the fact that Tanny played for two of the worst head coaches in Fins history (Sparano and Philbin) whereas Marino played most of his years for the Don of Miami.. Also, as much as I’d LIKE TO FORGET IRELAND, the TRUTH IS Tanny played for a team that was largely put together by the WORST GM IN DOLPHINS’ HISTORY!! Bad head coaches plus a horrid GM meant that Tannehill had two strikes against him from Day 1.–This is NOT to totally excuse him from his inconsistent play. FAR FROM IT. But if you put the entire mix together, Bad coaching, horrid GM, consistently poor play from the O-Line, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A KID WHO HAS SO FEW GAMES AS A COLLEGE STARTING QB???
    ———————————-
    I’M STILL WAITING to see what Tannehill can do with an offensive line that, for an entire season, is ranked in the Top 10 lines in the NFL To say that he’s been the victim of an under performing, often injured and under talented O-Line is to say the obvious. NO ONE expects this guy to be the next Marino or Peyton Manning. We’d just like to know if he can, indeed, toss 30 TD’s and fewer than a dozen picks in ONE SEASON?? Let’s all hope this current O-Line can STAY TOGETHER for this upcoming season so we can find out.

  24. Brian in NY says:

    Good write up Mike. IMO, Raekwon will be the week one starter. Misi will be the back up or be cut.

  25. Rockphin says:

    soooo, what are we talking about today? Our 2nd round pick? No?

  26. jetsssuck says:

    just who is this kid Dak Prescott.How is he paid 20 times less than tanny?If that’s so then he is a great bargain. Now what has our fourth rounder from last year done? I don’t remember him making any game changing plays. I believe that Dak guy even made the pro-bowl his rookie season.

    • mf13ss says:

      If the O-Line is right (ie: the Cowboys), you can have GRAND years from rooks like Dak and Zeke. This is why Old Dolfan and I are hitting the nail HARD on as much.

      By the way, it’s good talking to you, jetssuck! I’ve missed ya, buddy!

  27. Tim Knight says:

    I see Harris being used off the edge in multiple ways.

  28. CavalierKong says:

    Tannehill

  29. olddolphan says:

    TODAY’s paper notes that MLB games are now at a record length, 9 minutes longer than last year’s games!! Many are skewering commissioner Rob Manfred. They are WRONG!–Next season, Manfred can, by HIMSELF, put in the 30-second clock, limit catcher’s trips to the mound, and limit step-outs by batters WITHOUT THE PLAYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS APPROVAL (per the current CBA). I’d LOVE to see him do it! But one more major change is called for. I favor cutting 1 minute of time between the end of a half inning and the beginning of the next half inning. This would, by itself, cut 18 minutes off of a 9 inning game. But, of course, the owners likely WON’T give up those 18 1-minute commercials. OR WILL THEY?? With just these steps I’ve outlined, MLB can cut OVER 30 minutes from the average time of a 9-inning game.

  30. Mike E. says:

    OD

    The ironic thing about shortening the games in MLB is they’re doing it for people who won’t watch the games anyway. The people who love baseball aren’t complaining about the time of the game, it’s the casual fan (read YOUNGER fan) who wants everything now. Why taint the sport for those spoiled Millenials who would rather just watch the highlights the day after, if that? Just leave it be, and if the sport dies, it dies, but why butcher it to cater to people who aren’t really fans in the first place? JMO bud.

    • steveccnv says:

      That’s your POV. I went to a game last year and it took over 4 hours, this year’s game was 2.5 hours, and let me tell you it was really nice. If you like to watch the grass grow, then you’re in the leave it alone group.

      • Mike E. says:

        I can almost guarantee you if you look at the demographics for who complains about the game being too long, it’s not the hardcore baseball fans, but the casual fans who don’t have time to watch a 3 hour game because they don’t care enough to do so in the first place

      • steveccnv says:

        For me it isn’t really the length, it’s the wasted time that makes things boring. Step out of the box before every pitch, take off your glove, put it back on…it annoys me as much as the unwritten rules. Someone getting missed off, because someone flipped a bat, WTF is That? If game was more physical they wouldn’t have to…

      • steveccnv says:

        …play macho with these unwritten rules, they could leave the aggression to happen during play.

  31. Mike E. says:

    Kong trying to incite a riot

  32. jetsssuck says:

    mf13ss says:
    May 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    If the O-Line is right (ie: the Cowboys), you can have GRAND years from rooks like Dak and Zeke. This is why Old Dolfan and I are hitting the nail HARD on as much.

    By the way, it’s good talking to you, jetssuck! I’ve missed ya, buddy!
    ————————————————————————————-
    Always GREAT to talk with you Been busy fixing this stubborn vacuum that won’t stand up and keeps falling down.This morning I conquered the world by getting the $4 part out of the vacuum after 3 months. These repair shops wanted to charge us 18.99 to put new part in and 10.99 for part. After 3 months of abuse of wife calling me idiot to educated idiot and grand kids having to vacuuming the whole house because the In-Laws vacuum is very heavy and they give me stinky eye every other day when it’s time to vacuum.I can’t wait to tell them the good news I got the old part out of vacuum. Now, I have to figure how to put the new part. Who’s the educated idiot.

    The moral of the story for you guy’s is good things happen when you are patient. Maybe I’ll put the new part in less than 3 months or maybe I won’t. Who said life is fair?

  33. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    To me, it’s really obvious why the game takes so long. Starting pitchers usually don’t go past the 7th inning, and sometimes they get pulled much earlier. That means endless pitching changes to exploit lefty/righty matchups, set up man and closer. It’s not the trips to the mound by the catcher, or pitchers taking too long to pitch, it’s the newer nature of the game and lack oF starting pitching talent, and the refusal of owners and managers to allow their $120M arms to go through the stress of throwing more than 100 pitches

    • steveccnv says:

      Nope it’s all about between pitches nonsense.

      • Mike E. says:

        Sure it is Steve. You’ll eliminate about 5 minutes. Have at it.

      • steveccnv says:

        How do you figure? 10 seconds off of every pitch, over 200 pitches in a game, I’m pretty sure that’s a little over 5 minutes. Even cutting 5 seconds off is a lot more than 5 minutes.

  34. D says:

    Is it awful of me that i kind of pull for this Drew Morgan kid out of Arkansas to make it on the team just so i can have Omar peterbed that we have ANOTHER white receiver on our team….

    Seriously though, Morgan is a really awesome receiver, all heart, gritty Welker/Edelmen type of receiver, i like him a good bit, the above was me being a shit head lol.

  35. Mike E. says:

    LOL @ D – too bad he’s a longshot, it would be fun to see.

  36. dbolt48 says:

    M,
    In regards to your tweet in regards to stink bugs….nothing outside the norm up here.

  37. Rockphin says:

    Always GREAT to talk with you Been busy fixing this stubborn vacuum that won’t stand up and keeps falling down………I can’t wait to tell them the good news I got the old part out of vacuum. Now, I have to figure how to put the new part.

    LOL!! This reminds me of a story my brother told me last month. His weed whacker stopped working so he took it to the repair shop down the mountain (he lives in the hills in Colorado) and they wanted $49.00 to fix it. (60 mile round trip) He asked what was wrong with it and they said the fuel hose dry rotted and was cracked. He was like fuck that, I’m not paying $49 for $0.05 of rubber hose so he goes home and goes on line to buy the hose part. Everywhere he looks they want at least $8.00 plus shipping for the hose. He’s like fuck that it’s 3″ of clear hose, I’m not paying $14 with shipping for 3″ of 1/4″ thick hose. So he keeps looking and finds a roll of the same hose 50′ long for $12.00 and buys it……

    I was like wait, you spent $12.00 but wouldn’t pay $14.00? He’s like I GOT 50′ OF IT FOR $12.00 I AIN’T PAYING that for 3″ of hose!

    But now you have 49′ 9″ of hose you don’t need and still need to fix it yourself…

    “it’s the principle of it”

    So I was talking to him last week and asked “did you ever get your weed whacker taken care of?”

    He said “Yup, but I broke the spud trying to get the old hose off”

    What did you do?

    “I bought a new fucking weed whacker…..”

    I laughed until I couldn’t breath and told him “well, at least you have 49’9” of hose you can hang yourself with….

  38. BoulderPhinfan says:

    It seems like ESPN never gives the phins any respect. They must all be jets fans over there.

  39. Mike E. says:

    Boulder

    Don’t worry about ESPN, they’ll be out of business soon, and they can take that fucked up QB rating system down the toilet with them! lol

  40. Rockphin says:

    I have not vacuumed the place in 3-4 months. I’m not the educated idiot after all..

    My $500 Dyson vaccum works fine and I still haven’t vaccumed my place in 3-4 months…. LOL

    The floor is just going to get dirty again.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yeah what’s the point. LOL

      • Phindog says:

        Don’t knock it until you try it !! Doesn’t feel as good on hardwood floors 🙂

    • jetsssuck says:

      I get the grandkids to vacuum the place every other day. Now who’s the iducated idiot. I caught my cat rubbing her ass on carpet several years ago. Turns out she was eating the christmas tree tinsels. That cost a small fortune at the vet.

  41. Randy says:

    Tannehill Tannehill Tannehill Tannehill
    ***
    Now I’ll sit back and watch somebody complain about Tannehill getting picked on. Lol

  42. Mike E. says:

    I would imagine sphincter splinters would hurt like hell

  43. Rockphin says:

    So a guy comes home really late from the bar with a duck under his arm and finds his wife sitting up waiting for him which annoys him. He looks down at the duck and says “thish ish my pig”

    his wife looks him up and down and in disgust says that is a duck you drunken fool.

    Man says “I wasn’t talking to you”

    • jetsssuck says:

      good one.
      WHEN I SAY I’M BROKE – I’M BROKE!
      A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day;
      to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

      ‘Good morning,’ said the young man.
      ‘If I could take a couple minutes of your time. I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners…

      ‘Go away!’ said the old lady. ”I’m broke and haven’t got any money!”
      and she proceeded to close the door.

      Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open…

      ”Don’t be too hasty!” he said. ”Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.”

      And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

      ”Now; if this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet,
      Madam, I will personally eat the remainder.”

      The old lady stepped back and said,
      ”Well let me get you a fork, because FPL cut off my electricity this morning.”

  44. jetsssuck says:

    I didn’t forget u lawyers today,,

    A lawyer, who had a wife and 12 children, needed to move because his rental agreement
    was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home.

    But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house.

    When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him
    because they felt that the children would destroy the place.

    He couldn’t say he had no children, because he couldn’t lie — we all know lawyers cannot and do not lie.

    So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids.

    He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

    He loved one of the homes and the price was right — the agent asked:

    “How many children do you have?

    He answered: “Twelve.”
    The agent asked “Where are the others?”

    The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look answered “They’re in the cemetery with their mother.”

    MORAL: It’s not necessary to lie, one only needs to choose the right words…
    and don’t forget, most politicians are, unfortunately, lawyers.

  45. olddolphan says:

    GREAT STORY, JS.
    ——————–
    I would not be true to my hockey roots if I didn’t make this comment on the Stanley Cup Conference Championships. The side of our family that lives in Tennessee was going WILD when the Predators blew through the first two rounds of the playoffs with easy wins over Chicago and St. Louis. Now they’re playing the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals. The Preds took a 2-1 lead after 3 games. Game 4, last night, was in Nashville before a frenzied group of home town fans. Trailing 2-0 after 2 periods, the Predators stormed back and tied the game at 2-2 with just 13 seconds left in the final period. A win in overtime would give them a commanding 3-1 lead in the 7 game series. But it was not to be. With their captain out of the OT with a concussion he suffered when kicked in the head by a skate, they suffered an even greater loss when their top scorer was seriously injured. He limped through the overtime but it was obvious he was badly hurt. After Anaheim scored the winning goal in OT, this injured player was diagnosed with a serious injury to his femur that required surgery. He’s OUT for about 2-3 months, at least. So, instead of leading a 7-game series 3-1, the Nashville Predators face almost certain elimination, tied 2-2, with 2 of the final 3 games scheduled for ANAHEIM. NBC Sports commentator Keith Jones said “Nashville faces truly insurmountable odds minus these two key players.” Sometimes Lady Luck is a cold hearted bitch, eh?

  46. naplesfan2010 says:

    Scott Barnett says
    “Still, I see Pouncey’s return doing more for the running game than passing game. Among all 29 centers to play on at least 50 percent of their team’s snaps, Pouncey ranked ninth-best in pass-blocking efficiency in 2015. This is impressive, but Pouncey’s backups were more than adequate at protecting Tannehill in his replacement (zero sacks, two QB hits, 10 QB hurries across 648 snaps). The bigger boost will be for Miami’s running back Jay Ajayi. Last year, backup Anthony Steen was the worst run-blocking center in the league across his seven starts.”

    • mf13ss says:

      Who is Scott Barnett? That name doesn’t even register a bell, man.

      • mf13ss says:

        Whoever he is, he doesn’t know how impactful Pouncey was/is for us… he actually under-rates him by LARGE.

        Though… I thoroughly agree with him on our lack of depth behind Pouncey.

  47. steveccnv says:

    Mike, where’d you learn how to do math, crackerjacks😉 saving 2 second between pitches is more than 5 minutes, by using a clock it saves about 7-10 seconds per pitch.

  48. wyoming85 says:

  49. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    I was never great in math, but regardless, I don’t think it’s the pitchers taking too long that slows the game. If you watched games in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, they were much faster, simply because there were far less pitching changes. Every pitching change is a delay of the game, and now, you can almost count on there being at least 2 pitching changes per game, with the advent of the set up man, and the closer. Add in the 7th inning specialist, and the countless lefty/righty specialists, and it just goes on and on. To me, it’s very shortsighted to try to speed up the game by rushing pitchers delivery to the plate, but again, that’s just me. The game has changed, and unless anew philosophy emerges where starting pitchers are encouraged to throw 130 or more pitches per game, the game will be slow.

    • steveccnv says:

      Its not the pitchers that are slowing the game down, its the hitters. Those guys that step out of the box and unvelcro their gloves after every pitch are the worst offenders.

  50. mf13ss says:

    After we sign Charles Harris and Cordrea Tankersley, we’re going to have roughly $16M in cap space (WOAH!).

    Sign one more DT (Tony McDaniel, $985K last year) and either a C or G (Orlando Franklin, $5.6M last year).

    That would leave us with roughly $9.4M to rollover to next year in order to re-sign Jarvis Landry. For the record, we rolled over $8.4M last year to this year.

    • jetsssuck says:

      good analysis. Maybe mangold if he is still available.

      • mf13ss says:

        Thank you!!! Yes, Mangold is an option. Problem is we’re probably betting on Pouncey to be healthy this year and by the time he goes down, another team will likely have already signed Mangold.

  51. stangerx says:

    So since we are sharing stories…..will offer up one from Friday night. We are a dinner with two other couples. Wife puts me on orders not to do/mention three things and then does them all. I turn to Dameon (faux UK Phin, who will be at the Fest) and explain that adding, “how does she get get away with these things that I couldn’t?” His quick British reply….”haven’t you noticed yet that you don’t exactly look like her.” 🙂

  52. Mike E. says:

    LOL – Women get away with all kinds of shit. Just the way it is

    • stangerx says:

      And they know that too. And my wife has like what my Mom had…….no matter what she does the charm factor is there.

  53. Randy says:

    I think the best way to speed up baseball is just to blindfold the batters. That wasn’t so hard.

  54. mf13ss says:

    2016 Miami Dolphins O-Line Stats (via Football Outsiders)

    RUN BLOCKING
    Power Success: 52% (#28)
    Stuffed: 24% (#31)
    2nd level yards: 1.40 (#3)
    Open field yards: 1.13 (#4)
    RB Yards: 4.59 (#8)

    PASS BLOCKING
    Sacks (adjusted): 30 (#22)

    As you can see, Jay Ajayi succeeded DESPITE our O-Line. And as you can see, our O-Line still ranked in the 3rd tier giving up Sacks.

    Are either Ted Larson or 5th Round rookie Asiata an upgrade from Tunsil at LG from last year? Has Pouncey finally discovered the ‘Fountain of Youth’? Will Bushrod (I wanted to re-sign him as a backup) improve from last year, or is ‘Father Time’ going to set in? Is James finally going to live up to his 1st Round status?

    I would say we need to further address the O-Line. And if we put too much on Ajayi, that bone-on-bone in his knee is going to haunt our house.

    • Mike E. says:

      Not that anyone who’s evaluating has it completely right, but Ajayi did most of his damage after first contact. I’ve said that many times to anyone preaching how good the running game was. Also, he did most of his big damage in 6 games, including (3) 200+ yard games

      • mf13ss says:

        I totally agree with ya, Mike E. And most of his big damage was in the 5 games that Pouncey was on the field. Once Pouncey goes down again, our contingency plans will not live up to expectations. I don’t care if we have 4 players on the roster who can play Center, we will be significantly weaker because they suck.

        THIS is one of the reasons Old Dolfan and I were VERY high on drafting Pat Elflein.

  55. jetsssuck says:

    mf13ss says:
    May 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    Thank you!!! Yes, Mangold is an option. Problem is we’re probably betting on Pouncey to be healthy this year and by the time he goes down, another team will likely have already signed Mangold.
    ————————————————————————————
    lets not forget Pouncey made the probowl as a guard and that’s his natural position from HS and college. The position change could help him medically with less stress on hips during the pre-snap position he takes.

    • mf13ss says:

      I hear ya, but in this case, the damage has already been done to Pouncey’s body. Even if we wrap him in ‘bubble wrap’, he’d probably catch a large splinter while sitting on the bench.

      I’ve got NOTHING against Mike Pouncey whatsoever, but to mortgage our season on his health is most unwise. And to sign Nick Mangold right now would be sending the wrong message to Pouncey, undermining Gase’s strong faith in Pouncey. This is quite the conundrum, buddy!

      • jetsssuck says:

        He himself has said Guard is his
        natural position. We might have a very impressive line with mangold (center) multiple probowls and pouncey(guard)(center backup)

      • stangerx says:

        Mangold might make some of the guard feel uncomfortable…..but they are all on compete status anyhow. Gotta figure that Pouncey’s main concern is his health. He knows he is starting so long as he is good to go.

  56. mf13ss says:

    jetsssuck says:

    May 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    He himself has said Guard is his
    natural position. We might have a very impressive line with mangold (center) multiple probowls and pouncey(guard)(center backup)
    ——-
    I suppose that’s a possibility. Actually, that’s a damn good idea on second thought if we can make it happen. I’m seeing your vision, jetssuck!

    The question now becomes: why hasn’t Mangold been signed? Is his heart still in football or is he considering retirement? Is he healthy now after being placed on IR last year? How much money does he want?

    If we can make this happen and if the price is right, I cosign on your idea.

    • jetsssuck says:

      you have to figure the crouched position during the pre snap is where most of his damage of the hips is coming. Hell how many seconds is he in the low crouched position before snapping the ball. That position of crouching so low as he does isn’t going to help his degenrating hips. The move to guard is less crouching during pre snap and that alone may help prolong his career

      • mf13ss says:

        Rigel Spikes‏ @MF13SS · 2m2 minutes ago

        @MikeTtweet @ArmandoSalguero Mangold to Center and move Pouncey to Guard in ’17? Interesting thought, via blog friend ‘jetssuck’. Thoughts?

      • jetsssuck says:

        I don’t know what your response is I am not into that fancy communications as you and trump seem to be.

      • jetsssuck says:

        we have to sign mangold first but we do have the benefit of tannabaum working with him before in NY plus we don’t have state income tax.

      • stangerx says:

        jetsssuck — in the new communication world……M13 just gave your thought about as good a credit there is on the twitter account with his name. Take the compliment my friend.

      • mf13ss says:

        ^^^
        Stanger is CORRECT!!! Thank you, Stanger, for acknowledging what I just did, Brother. Props!

      • mf13ss says:

        I could have EASILY stolen jetssuck’s individual thought as my own, but I’m NOT THAT GUY. I give CREDIT to original thought. I’m one of the most decent individuals one will ever meet, and you can see it by my actions.

      • jetsssuck says:

        thank you very much–Maybe I’ll let my wife see this she thinks I’m a iducated idiot.

  57. mf13ss says:

    jetsssuck says:

    May 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t know what your response is I am not into that fancy communications as you and trump seem to be.
    ———
    LMAO!!! 😆

    I just communicated your thought to the Twitter world, putting YOUR thought out there to be considered. I REALLY like your idea, man! Perhaps your idea will take hold… we’ll see! RESPECT to you.

  58. mf13ss says:

    To my man, Son…

    Dr. Myron Rolle‏Verified account
    @MyronRolle

    Been waiting on this moment since the 5th grade. To be Dr. Myron Rolle. Glad it came today!… https://www.instagram.com/p/BUUo7gDjNTb/

  59. jetsssuck says:

    gotta run guys good talking with you

  60. wyoming85 says:

    Good to hear!

    • steveccnv says:

      This is all Gase, he wouldn’t let Parker be a slacker. That’s what sets the great ones apart, they don’t stand for mediocrity.

  61. olddolphan says:

    Mike E says the Bills are “stocking up on Dolphins current and former personnel guys.”
    IF I WAS STEVE ROSS, I’d be right on the phone telling the Bills what a “Great Success Jeff Ireland was!”

  62. Tim Knight says:

    Not sure Mangold is the answer. He’s 33 and has had durability issues. I also doubt he wants to play on the cheap.

  63. olddolphan says:

    ON ANOTHER HOT TOPIC: – – –
    Currently it is 96 degrees in the north Tampa suburbs and the temps are still climbing. The last 3 days the highs in Tampa have been 98, 97 and 98 with some of the suburbs hitting triple digits. These highs are running about 10-12 degrees above normal for the days. New record highs for these days are breaking old records by 3-4 degrees. And Tampa has been keeping weather records since the 1850’s!! Governor Rick Scott still believes there’s no such thing as climate change. And he suggests that those reporting these temps have “hidden agendas.” He even fired a former staffer who used the term “climate change” when answering a question from a reporter. Talk about “hidden agendas” – – WOW! The flat earth advocates must be smiling.

    • steveccnv says:

      Of course there’s climate change, when has it ever stayed the same throughout history? The question that’s a conspiracy is it’s caused by man. No evidence supports this.

      • olddolphan says:

        Well, Steve, you sure as hell wouldn’t last 1 day on Scott’s staff. It’s clear we are in the era of “alternate facts,” at least as far as Scott’s concerned.

  64. herdfan says:

    Just wanted to check in and say thank you to all on the blog who have served in the military. You are the real heroes and a simple thank you isn’t nearly enough for the sacrifice you have made.

  65. getterdone says:

    Miami Herald:
    The Dolphins have no plans to sign free agent C Nick Mangold.
    Miami could use insurance for Mike Pouncey (hip), but Mangold wants a starting job and more money than the Dolphins could offer. It sounds like Miami will move forward with Kraig Urbik and Anthony Steen behind Pouncey. The Ravens are Mangold’s most likely landing spot.

    • stangerx says:

      Guess that settles it as far as him……unless he doesn’t get what he is looking for elsewhere.

  66. Rockphin says:

    I am groot

  67. Tim Knight says:

    I’m always appreciative of our armed forces and all the people that put themselves in harms way to protect us.

  68. Randy says:

    I thought the OL…while dealing with lots of turmoil and player changes…played OK last year. They weren’t outstanding, but they weren’t bad either. Like pretty much the whole offense, they were too inconsistent last year. They most definitely need to improve, but I saw improvement last year over 2 years ago. I think they contributed to the individual success of other players, but they need to do it more consistently and at a higher level. The same can be said for everyone on this offense.

  69. Tim Knight says:

    I notice climate change but I’m not sure that it’s because of humans. The question I always ask is why in the new millennium are we breaking some records from the 1800s before the industrial age?

  70. Tim Knight says:

    Randy, Christensen has said their biggest issue was a low number of snaps on offense. Their production per play numbers were good, just not enough of them. That’s how you go from average to top notch. Control the game with TOP and points.

  71. steveccnv says:

    Here’s a homer’s look at William Hayes:
    http://www.thephinsider.com/2017/5/21/15667772/90-in-90-miami-dolphins-roster-breakdowns-de-william-hayes-rank-playoffs-draft-nfl-2017-predictions

    Mando says he isn’t projected to start. Who cares who starts in our rotational positions? This guy will make a huge contribution when he’s on the field, and gives us run stuffing ability we’ve sorely lacked.

    • stangerx says:

      My guess is technically Hayes does start, if only cause he won’t be part of the nickle package. I’m guessing that of the top 4 that Branch gets the most snaps, least in a close game.

  72. Randy says:

    You can’t always substitute guys in and out every play. Good OCs will take advantage of defenses who need to sub guys in all the time by not letting them. NE does this all the time. Better to have a guy who can do both. Part of why I don’t like guys who are one dimensional. They can be kept off the field, and a smart QB will change up the play and take advantage of their weakness. You would prefer to have starters who are complete players.

    • stangerx says:

      Wasn’t talking every play, more about who is logical for the base and who is for the nickle. Plan last year was to turn Wake into a pass rushing specialist. Didn’t work out with Mario going down, but am guessing they will try to go that way this year with Hayes in there and a now proven Branch. Pretty clear what Harris’ strong suit is as well.

    • steveccnv says:

      Someone always has to do it Sherlock😉

  73. mf13ss says:

    The term “starter” is irrelevant and ‘coach-speak’. Our base 4-3 D will feature Branch and Hayes opposite one another as DEs… FACT . Why? MR. Wake is being utilized as a pass-rushing specialist under Gase, as will the rook Charles Harris, who isn’t yet proficient against the run.

    The term “starter” can be defined in SO many ways… hence ‘coach-speak’. Hayes’ run-stopping proficiency all but guarantees he’s a STARTER in our base 4-3, 1st-and-10 Defense.

    • mf13ss says:

      *Harris’ run-stopping…

      Why did I type Hayes’???
      All good, I fixed it.

      • mf13ss says:

        Yeah, ignore my 4:55 reply comment above. I’m multi-tasking and mixed up Harris and Hayes. HAYES is our run-stopper, HARRIS is our future pass-rusher.

  74. Tim Knight says:

    It’s not as easy as people think for offenses to simply go hurry up all the time. It depends on the previous play and sometimes they need to get themselves lined up right.

    • jetsssuck says:

      sometimes is not correct, they have to always get lined up right and that’s why they practice.

      • jetsssuck says:

        but sometimes they can line up on the left as long as it is correctly but that is why they practice

      • Tim Knight says:

        You ever see an offense have confusion and not get the play off on time? A lot of times it’s based on what the defense is showing and they need to get out of the play or get the right matchups. If it was that easy teams would never huddle and always go hurry up.

    • jetsssuck says:

      now if they plan on running a double reverse they have to correctly remember they are more than likely going to end up with alternative facts and confusion won’t help with all the practice time in the world. Black may be white for some people and black may be black for the other.

  75. jetsssuck says:

    gotta go good talking with everyone today.

  76. steveccnv says:

    At some point Brady has to start to show his age, but as long as he’s relatively competitive I expect he’ll play, so if that’s this year, why not us to win the division? ZIZO

    • Tim Knight says:

      The guy also lives a charmed life. Twice in the SB teams have had brain farts to throw the game away. It’s unreal.

  77. Randy says:

    stanger,
    I was just sort of commenting on 1 or 2 down players as opposed to 3 down guys. I just meant you’re better off with more of those guys instead of having to go to multiple sub packages all the time. Probably just a dumb comment because the NFL is a package league. Lol
    ***
    I think you’re right. Our DE situation is fairly clear in terms of what guys do best. We’ll have to wait and see how the young fellas develop.

  78. olddolphan says:

    THANK YOU, HERD, for the nice comments. I started out life in an orphanage in Canada. Two older folks adopted me when I was just a few months old. At age 7, Mom & Dad decided it was time to move to the United States. I was thrilled! However, the thrill was somewhat diminished by 5 brutal winters in Buffalo. But when Mom & Dad moved to Florida, the “THRILL WAS BACK, BIG TIME!” Ever since then, I have considered myself 100% American. I was not a supporter of the way the two major parties were running the Vietnam War. But, unlike some, I never wavered in my support of “my” country. The two years I spent on active duty were the two most important years of my life. I learned to overcome adversity. And, in doing so, I helped thousands of American war casualties who really needed help.
    ————
    The United States has given me everything I have in life. A family. An education. A job I love dearly. I can not possibly put into words how thankful I am.

  79. pheloniusphish says:

    Thanks Herd for the kind words and thought.. Memorial Day is a day to celebrate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those of us who served and are still kickin’ get our day on Veteran’s Day. I would echo OD’s sentiments – everything I have and everything I am I owe to America. Not the least of which was allowing me to serve (and not grow up!) for 21 years.

  80. BoulderPhinfan says:

    The OTAs start tomorrow?

  81. stangerx says:

    QUIZ OF THE DAY (even if a different one….with no known right and many possible answers)

    Where has FFR been?

    I’m thinking that Ken broke the chains of basement couch….and ffr’s been looking for a replacement. 🙂

  82. stangerx says:

    You want to know why we won’t make the playoffs…..just read the five reasons why from a dude on “Musket Fire”.

    “Despite these great players on the roster, the Dolphins are due for a downswing in 2017. Just like the 2014 Bills and 2015 Jets, tough times are coming for Miami in their attempt to knock-off New England. ”

    1 — Schedule tougher (we got lucky last year)
    2 — Ryan Tannehill (“passer rating is just 86.5 and despite the investment in players on O”)
    3 — O-Line (Pouncey may not be healthy + “the mess at guard”)
    4 — Weak LBs “held together with bailing wire and hope”
    5 — Suspect secondary (Maxwell is overpaid, other CBs have serious flaws…Isa was godlike)

    https://musketfire.com/2017/05/22/new-england-patriots-5-reasons-miami-dolphins-will-not-win-afc-east/

    • steveccnv says:

      Because past history from other AFC East teams means something. These 5 reasons are weak at best, does this guy even get paid to write this shit? Not sure what Maxwell’s salary has to do with it.

      • stangerx says:

        Schedule and O-Line would be two of my top ones as to what to worry about, but some of the others are pathetic. But what else do you expect from a Pats homer?

  83. herdfan says:

    pheloniusphish says:
    May 22, 2017 at 8:56 am (Edit)
    Thanks Herd for the kind words and thought.. Memorial Day is a day to celebrate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those of us who served and are still kickin’ get our day on Veteran’s Day. I would echo OD’s sentiments – everything I have and everything I am I owe to America. Not the least of which was allowing me to serve (and not grow up!) for 21 years.

    Well now. If not the two groups you mention, who is Armed Forces Day for? And it really doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t take a special day for anyone to say thank you or show their appreciation. I have the right to have all these opinions and views and can freely say them here or anywhere for that matter thanks to people like you.

    Sort of makes you wonder if it’s really a good idea huh? 😉

    • pheloniusphish says:

      Ha….It is always a good idea! You know, I am not sure about Armed Forces Day. I suppose it is for the guys still on active duty? I always appreciate someone thanking me for my service and didn’t mean to imply you did or said something wrong.

      Actually I always feel lkke I should be thanking people for letting me serve. Where else was I going to get to paid to roam the globe and act like a juvenile if not the Corps?

    • steveccnv says:

      Go figure, someone acting like a pro in the off-season and getting results. The more I read about shit like this, the more I realize what a bunch of shitty motivational coaches we’ve had.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah it seems that way. I also think Parker needed to learn how to be a pro. He’s only 24 so he’s still a pretty young guy.

  84. pheloniusphish says:

    Stanger – Marines.

    • stangerx says:

      Semper Fidelis my friend. Obviously not as long as you, but one of my god parents’ sons was like the shyest kid you ever met. He served in the crew for a 155 mm howitzer for three years (even if non-combat areas). And came back a man. Told him then “do you realize this is the first time you ever looked me in the eyes.”

  85. pheloniusphish says:

    Not only where is FFR, where is Lou too. Maybe they are together. A 3rd rate romance, secret rendezvous.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Lou, blew off this blog. Only posts on the other one now.

      • stangerx says:

        His choice of course, but still sorry to hear that…..especially given what a great poster he is and how may friends he has here.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Agreed, he felt disrespected about some plagiarism comments thrown his way.

      • stangerx says:

        Flips it right back to up to him though. I never even caught what was going on about that. Would be sad if he stormed off cause of just what a poster or two said. Still up to him though…..we each have our own way in life.

  86. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, neither did I. I saw the plagiarism thing being discussed but never knew what it was about. We can’t really plagiarize here anyway, we’re not paid for our comments so no profit, no plagiarism.

    • stangerx says:

      Whatever it was it was I guess. But we can both agree that Prof Lou is one of the best around…..real smart football mind and great guy to boot. Just hope he is doing well. And smart as he is am sure it is about more than just this blog and the other one.

  87. Mike E. says:

    I vaguely remember the plagiarism thing here. Did someone from our blog actually accuse of him that?

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think it was probably joking and ball busting but again, didn’t know the details. I saw the tail end of it.

  88. pheloniusphish says:

    I vaguely remember the plagarism thing. Something about using certain phrases? Oy….How can someone plagarize a fan post site!?!

  89. son of a son of a shula says:

    Did we draft any of Lou’s guys?
    I thought he was hiding lol

    • stangerx says:

      Not sure about the draft but far as I can figure Lou both brought us Larsen (he was all over him) and got Bushrod to not retire simply by pissing him off on twitter. Lot more than I have done…..am missing me some Prof Lou.

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Lol@ pissing him off. That’s true. Lou is on Bushrods dartboard.

  90. pheloniusphish says:

    Who is going to be our resident Tany-hater if Lou is gone?

  91. Tim Knight says:

    C/G – Pouncey, Urbik, Steen, Larsen, Bushrod, Asiata
    OT – Tunsil, James, Young

    Unless there is some sleeper or injuries, I see this being the 9.

  92. Randy says:

    I’m not a hater! I just see things clearly. Lol

  93. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:

    May 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    …We can’t really plagiarize here anyway, we’re not paid for our comments so no profit, no plagiarism.
    ————
    Tim, plagiarism has absolutely nothing to do with getting paid or for profit, my friend. You’re thinking about copyright infringement, which IS about getting paid or for profit… two separate items here, though they do overlap in certain aspects and issues. The only reason I know this is because I’m both a writer and an independent music producer/lyric writer (ASCAP)… it’s my job to know the difference to protect my work, whether offensively or defensively.

    That stated, I’m not trying to revisit the several feuds amongst us posters regarding plagiarism over the years, and no names need to be mentioned to reopen old wounds. I agree that most of the feuding has had more to do with ball-busting taken as a personal attack. And I agree with Stanger that sometimes there are things going on in one’s life that adversely affect their ‘blog life/behavior’… been there and done that myself, as have most of us.

    I think our group as a whole (BOTH blogs) is comprised of good, decent people. But when ya have so many people involved, conflicts and disagreements will occur at times. What’s awesome is that our group has managed to resolve conflict and agree to disagree so as to put negative thought behind us, for the most part. And we’ve seen old friends come back after long departures, as well. 🙂

    GO MOB!!!
    GO PHINS!!!
    HELL YEAH!!!

    • Tim Knight says:

      Ugh! Plagiarism on a blog means nothing. We post tweets, articles and quotes all the time.
      Nobody cares here if someone plagiarizes something by someone. Most of the time it’s simply agreeing with it.

      • mf13ss says:

        I agree with ya… but it has nothing to do with money or for profit. That’s all I’m saying, and I wanted to correct ya. That’s all! 🙂

      • Tim Knight says:

        It’s a legal thing. Not worth continuing on with this. On a blog it’s silly.

      • mf13ss says:

        Silly indeed! That’s where we agree!

        I merely wanted to let ya know that plagiarism has nothing to do with $$$… it’s about intellectual honesty. And on a mere blog, it’s all good. I’m WITH ya! 🙂

  94. Tim Knight says:

    M13, it’s always about $$$. LOL

  95. mf13ss says:

    Kiko Alonso‏ @elbravo_47 · 2h2 hours ago
    ICYMI: My first blog on my new website, on finding my fit in Miami with the @MiamiDolphins.

    http://www.kikoalonso47.com/2017/05/09/where-i-belong/

  96. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think the least mentioned team wide improvement we picked up is team speed. Which is not always a function of 40 yd dash times, but takes into account lateral mobility, quick first step, quick-twitch athletes, high motor guys, see-ball-get-ball guys, guys who are adept at sifting through the trash (using quick feet), quick-rise jumpers, and even quick-punch hand-fighters.

    These talents vary from position to position, but can be quantified by the number of career INTs Lawrence Timmons has or the number of blocked FGs Vince Taylor has or the number of pancakes Asiata got from his heavy-hands initial punch knocking guys off balance. We got a thumper MLB who has excellent upfield speed, the best spin-move in NCAA last yr in Harris a DT known for jumping the snap count really well, defeating double teams and wrecking blocking assignments. A 4.4 CB,

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. son of a son of a shula says:

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

    DJT

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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

  105. 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.

  106. 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

  107. 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.

  108. stangerx says:

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

  109. 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.

  110. Rockphin says:

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

  111. Tim Knight says:

    RIP Cortez Kennedy

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. dbolt48 says:

    Stanger,
    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.

  116. wyoming85 says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 6m6 minutes ago
    More
    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.”

  117. wyoming85 says:

    Imagine that?

    Manish Mehta‏Verified account @MMehtaNYDN 30m30 minutes ago
    More
    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”

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. The Flying Pig says:

    Wow – Cortez Kennedy died

  121. dbolt48 says:

    Tim,
    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.

  122. 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…

  123. 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.”

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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.

  128. son of a son of a shula says:

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

  129. 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.

  130. 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!

  131. 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)

  132. steveccnv says:

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

  133. naplesfan2010 says:

    Timmons long-jumped over 22 feet in high school.

  134. steveccnv says:

    Lets ask Damien what he thinks of Timmons😉

    • naplesfan2010 says:

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

  135. CavalierKong says:

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

  136. 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.

  137. 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.

  138. 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.

  139. 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

  140. 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:

        LOL
        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.

  141. 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! 😀

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. Mike E. says:

    M

    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.

  145. Mike E. says:

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

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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.

  150. son of a son of a shula says:

    4.6 billion?

  151. son of a son of a shula says:

    Oh a young buck

  152. 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’…”

  153. 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.

  154. Tim Knight says:

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

  155. 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.

  156. 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

  157. BoulderPhinfan says:

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

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. 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

  162. Rockphin says:

    Just updated my avi to be “colorado Koolaid”

  163. 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?

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. steveccnv says:

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

  167. 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.

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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.

  171. 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?

  172. Mike E. says:

    RIP Roger Moore. Moore, that’s Roger Moore

  173. 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.

  174. 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

  175. 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!

  176. son of a son of a shula says:

    We had a nice draft

    And we have Suh!

  177. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tannehill looks healthy and poised to take a step

    And we have Suh!

  178. 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.

  179. 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.

  180. son of a son of a shula says:

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

  181. 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…

  182. 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.

  183. 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.

  184. 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.

  185. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!

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