Happy 4th of July!

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Enjoy the day with friends and family!  Be careful!

 

GO DOLPHINS!  Zero in!

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199 Responses to Happy 4th of July!

  1. son of a son of a shula says:

    Happy 4th Dolphans
    Be smarter than Jason Pierre-Paul

  2. olddolphan says:

    Happy 241st birthday Mr. & Mrs. America!
    —————–
    YOU big fans of letting off backyard bombs at 2:00 AM ALSO need to be smarter than Jason Pierre-Paul. Tomorrow is a work day for nearly all of us who have a job. Letting off fireworks after 10 PM is AGAINST THE LAW in my neighborhood. I will gleefully report the addresses of those violating this law tonight, as I have done in the past, to the authorities.

    • stangerx says:

      Happy 4th you, yours and our country. And thanks for the mental image of you tonight…..there are worst things to be than Clint. 🙂

      • olddolphan says:

        A few years ago, one of those 2:00 AM offenders got an up close and personal look at one of my U.S. Army shirts. And my greyhound, too!
        NEVER had a problem with him after that.

  3. olddolphan says:

    A friend called me a few days ago and the conversation drifted to smart guys who played QB in the NFL. My nominee for the smartest ever was Dr. Frank Ryan, who once led the Browns to an NFL Championship (in 1964). Ryan had a distinguished career in the NFL, averaging nearly 15 yards per completion. His 29 touchdown passes in a season (done in 14, not 16 games) is 2nd highest in Cleveland history. His specialty was the long bomb. During pregame warmups, Ryan often stood on the goal line and threw the ball to the OTHER 3 or 5 YARD LINE ON THE FLY!

    During the off season, Ryan taught mathematics, first at his alma mater (Case Western Reserve) in Ohio and, later, at Rice University in Houston. Anyone who is a full professor in math certainly has to be a candidate for “the smartest guy to ever quarterback a championship NFL football team!”

    One final note. Most of Ryan’s career was played when the Browns had a running back named Jim Brown. As such, Cleveland RAN THE BALL quite a bit, thus making Ryan’s passing statistics even more impressive.

    Off to dinner with Mrs. OD.

  4. Tim Knight says:

    Hope everyone is having a great day! Happy 4th of July!

  5. jetsssuck says:

    Hope everyone is having a great holiday celebrating America-Let’s not forget freedom is not free.

    http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/80003552

  6. naplesfan2010 says:

    On Independence Day, I honor and celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for everyone.

  7. Mike E. says:

    Hope you all had a nice 4th. Bummed to be back at work, because I’m kind of already in shut down mode. I’m on vacay next week, so I just have today, tomorrow and Friday, and then I’m off. I always struggle with the last few days of work before vacay, subconsciously, I’m ramping up for vacation, and shutting off of work mode.

  8. Mike E. says:

    Yet another Dolphins player says Patriots are beatable. It’s not really a big deal, but just go out there and beat them, and stop talking about it. Talk is meaningless. Every team is beatable, but you have to actually do it.

  9. Al in MIA says:

    It’s almost training camp time 🙂

    Hope everyone has had a great summer.

  10. Mike E. says:

    Al !!!! Hey man, glad to see ya here! Hope all is well man

  11. mf13ss says:

    Since 1990, former Top-5 picks who’ve played for our Phins

    Dion Jordan (2013-3)
    Ndamukong Suh (2010-2)
    Jake Long (2008-1)
    Mario Williams (2006-1)
    Reggie Bush (2006-2)
    Ronnie Brown (2005-2)
    Joey Harrington (2002-3)
    Ricky Williams (1999-5)
    Dan Wilkinson (1994-1)
    Terrell Buckley (1992-5)
    Junior Seau (1990-5)

    • Mike E. says:

      I’d bet I’m the only one, but my favorite Dolphins player on that list is T-Buck

      • mf13ss says:

        T-Buck was certainly a great Phin. My favorite is undoubtedly Ricky, and I’d bet I’m the only one, too.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Ricky Williams is definitely my fave on that list.
      I liked Ronnie and Terrell also though.

    • stangerx says:

      Great list. Guess “favorite” is just as subjective as the word, but no doubt in my mind who the best player on that list is. After all is said and done though, might end up being Suh instead of Junior.

  12. mf13ss says:

    Top 10 Ricky Williams Plays | NFL

    • mf13ss says:

      LOL, my 5-year old nephew just watched Ricky’s highlights with me. He says, “WOW, Ricky’s really good at that! He won! *clapping*”. 😀

  13. stangerx says:

    An Al sighting……real cool. How is the new job going?

  14. Mike E. says:

    Could never forgive Ricky for quitting. Loved watching him play, but can’t look past that he quit.

    • mf13ss says:

      Understandable from the football perspective. I’m very happy for him that he got his life back together and came back to play for us. He’s battled through mental sickness and came out a winner in the end. To me, his story is quite remarkable.

      • Mike E. says:

        I hear that M – On a personal level, always happy when someone gets their life straightened out, but as a fan of the team, it was brutal when he quit.

      • mf13ss says:

        And I hear what you’re saying too, Bro. When Ricky quit, I was floored and very upset with him at the time.

  15. Tim Knight says:

    Al in the house! Good to see you back.

  16. mf13ss says:

    Joel Corry‏ @corryjoel 9s10 seconds ago
    More
    Good to see @psurtain23 & @sammaddie29 named as one of the best CB tandems in NFL history.
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000000818289/Elliot-Harrison-s-Top-5-Cornerback-Tandems

  17. Rockphin says:

    Mike E. says:
    July 5, 2017 at 11:41 am
    I’d bet I’m the only one, but my favorite Dolphins player on that list is T-Buck

    Your favorite on that list was Toast Buckley? Man, he got burnt way too much. Yeah he took a lot of Interceptions, but man he was way too aggressive and gave up way too many big plays also.

    My FAVORITE player from that list (not the best player, just my favorite) was Ronnie Brown.

    • Mike E. says:

      Well, on that note, Ronnie Brown was NEVER a great player, and never anywhere near the best RB in the NFL, despite being taken at #1 (Not his fault). He just barely cracked 1000 yards once, and never reached 1500 yards combined (rushing and receiving). I think T-Buck was a better CB than Brown was a RB.

      • mf13ss says:

        Ronnie Brown was R1P2, man. Alex Smith went #1 overall in 2005.

      • Mike E. says:

        That’s right, it may as well have been #1. Again, it’s not his fault he was picked so early, just as it wasn’t Ted Ginn’s or his family’s fault.

    • mf13ss says:

      Clearly, PFF didn’t grade Kenny Stills properly. SMH

      • Mike E. says:

        What exactly defines a receiving threat? If it’s who’s going to get the ball, Landry is easily the biggest threat.

      • mf13ss says:

        That’s a very good question, Mike E. But I can tell you that Kenny Stills’ 9 TDs on a mere 42 receptions last year is ELITE . PFF is a poor judge here.

        He gets 82 receptions = 18 TDs… that would place him at #3 all-time for receptions in a single season, tied with Mark Clayton (1984).

    • Tim Knight says:

      Not sure what this even means.

  18. Rockphin says:

    “Well, on that note, Ronnie Brown was NEVER a great player….”

    Mike, I understand this. I said it right in my post that he was my favorite, but not the best player on the list. Ronnie was leading the league in total yards and yards rushing in Cam’s only season before he got hurt, it was his “breakout” year but got derailed by injury. Anyway he was my favorite because of his personality. He really enjoyed playing the game. Look for a picture, almost ANY picture of him playing and he had a huge grin on his face.

    I never liked Toast Buckley (or Chris Chambers), they were “good” players, not Great but I just never liked them. Chambers would make the most incredible circus catches and then drop an easy one on his next try. Buckley got toasted for more TD’s than any other Dolphins CB I can remember.

  19. Rockphin says:

    mf13ss says:
    July 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    Ronnie Brown was R1P2, man. Alex Smith went #1 overall in 2005.

    Aaron Rogers went #24 that year…….

    In what world is Alex Smith better than Rogers? The draft is NOT a science. LOL

  20. Rockphin says:

    A lot of teams fucked up that year.

    NO DOUBT!!
    2005 fist round
    Alex Smith
    Ronnie Brown
    Braylon Edwards
    Cedric Benson
    Cadillac WIlliams
    Pacman Jones
    Troy Williamson
    Antrel Rolle
    Carlos Rogers
    Mike WIlliams
    Demarcus Ware
    Shawne Merriman
    Mammal Brown
    Thomas Davis
    Derrick Johnson
    Travis JOhnson
    Davide Pollack
    Erasmus James
    Alex Barron
    Marcus SPears
    Matt Jones
    Mark Clayton (not the good one)
    Fabian Washington
    Aaron Rogers
    Jason Campbell
    Chris Spencer
    Roddy White
    Luis Castillo
    Marlin Jackson
    Heath Milller
    Mike Patterson
    Logan Mankins

    There were some good players taken that year, even some great ones, but man, did some teams screw it up!

  21. Rockphin says:

    So do you guys think the Redskins were sitting there going “come on Rogers, come on Rogers, slide some more……..DAMN IT! Green Bay took him. Quick take Jason Campbell he’s almost as good…..

  22. Tim Knight says:

    So what’s the fist round all about? LOL

  23. Rockphin says:

    So, during this boring part of the off season you see a lot of “the top 10 best” coming out everywhere.

    the SS put out the top 10 Tight Ends in Dolphins history and they have Randy McMichael at #1. Do you guys agree?

  24. Rockphin says:

    there were not a lot of great TE’s on that list. Fasano is on there at #7. I don’t even recognize the names of some of them. Ferrel Edmonds? Marv Fleming? Bruce Hardy?

    They listed Mad Dog at #4, Jackson at #3, Jim Jensen at #2 and McMichaels at #1

    • Tim Knight says:

      Edmonds was a freak athlete who broke some really big plays, 80+, but didn’t stick around long. Hardy was a staple before Marino and after. Very solid TE. Jensen wasn’t really a TE. He was kind of a jack of all trades player – H-back, TE, WR, STs demon and backup/emergency QB.

      • Tim Knight says:

        The 80+ meant yard plays, not 80+ big plays. LOL

        Edmonds split the seam a few times for big scores. I don’t remember all of them exactly just this 6-6 250 4.6 guy was a crazy weapon for a limited time.

  25. Rockphin says:

    Tim, of all the guys on the list I can only remember seeing Jackson, McMichael and Fasano play. The other guys were from too long ago, I didn’t really pay attention to the players names when I was a kid.

  26. Rockphin says:

    22 days until training camp starts. Then we can start reading “stories” about our team again.

  27. jetsssuck says:

    i see everyone is talking their favorites. I grew up a long time ago but my favorite was ricky williams. He probably was the most talented RB I have ever seen. This guy could bulldoze in between the tackles or he run outside the tackles. He had power and speed which is rare. He probably could have easily become the all time rushing leader if he wasn’t abused.
    Ricky was recently in S.Florida promoting the marijuana medical new market opportunities. I’m so glad he overcame his medical issues and is comfortable in front of audiences. He is a very intelligent person who just liked to smoke pot. He was worth the price of a ticket just to watch him. He gave it all on every play.

  28. stangerx says:

    Why do we talk about PFF stuff?….cause they give us things to consider. Here is their “secret superstar for us”………even will argue his salary is high enough that he should not be much of a secret.
    ————————————————

    CB Byron Maxwell

    Key stat: Allowed just three catches for 23 yards against Brandon Marshall in Week 9 on six targets

    Maxwell had a quietly impressive season despite actually being benched in the midst of it by the Dolphins. He didn’t begin the season well, and was sat down in Week 4, but from that point onward he allowed more than 30 yards just twice over the rest of the season and never more than 42 yards in a game. The longest catch he allowed after being benched was 19 yards and he amassed eight pass breakups and two interceptions over that time.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Did the same thing the prior year for the Eagles. He starts slow, plays great for a big stretch then gets hurt.

      • stangerx says:

        We’ll see what happens, and hope he proves me wrong, but just don’t the feeling Maxwell is Gase’s kinda guy. But heck…..was thinking Stills was not either at one point. Either way and whether for us or his next team, Maxwell is in a prove it year.

  29. steveccnv says:

    MF13 what about Steve Entmann, drafted first overall by the Colts, and played with us in ’95 and ’96?

  30. son of a son of a shula says:

    Ricky and Suh I’m torn. Love them both.

  31. mf13ss says:

    steveccnv says:
    July 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm
    MF13 what about Steve Entmann, drafted first overall by the Colts, and played with us in ’95 and ’96?
    ————
    Very good, Steve… oversight on my part. Thank you!

    Since 1990, former Top-5 picks who’ve played for our Phins

    Dion Jordan (2013-3)
    Ndamukong Suh (2010-2)
    Jake Long (2008-1)
    Mario Williams (2006-1)
    Reggie Bush (2006-2)
    Ronnie Brown (2005-2)
    Joey Harrington (2002-3)
    Ricky Williams (1999-5)
    Dan Wilkinson (1994-1)
    Steve Emtman (1992-1)
    Terrell Buckley (1992-5)
    Junior Seau (1990-5)

  32. wyoming85 says:

    Can never forgive Ricky for quitting on “ME”!
    If it is the overall career it would have to be JR!
    If it was just the Dolphins time?????????? Well I do still have a very faded Long jersey!

  33. wyoming85 says:

  34. naplesfan2010 says:

    My son sends along this link for a great Dolphins article.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2719652-dont-sleep-on-the-2017-miami-dolphins

  35. naplesfan2010 says:

    Plus, Ryan was at his best in key spots. Tannehill had 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 119.9 passer rating in the red zone, which was head-and-shoulders above his NFL starting quarterback counterparts. And he had a much stronger rating in the second half of games (99.4) than in the first half (87.2).

    Highest-rated passers in the red zone, 2016
    Quarterback Team Rating
    1. Ryan Tannehill Dolphins 119.9
    2. Andrew Luck Colts 113.8
    3. Tom Brady Patriots 112.4
    4. Tyrod Taylor Bills 111.9

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    Tannehill also got hotter as the season progressed. Three of his final five games were magnificent (70.3 completion percent, eight touchdowns, one interception, a 9.7 yards-per-attempt average and a 131.6 rating in three victories over the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals)

  37. naplesfan2010 says:

    So yeah, the Patriots are overwhelming Super Bowl favorites entering training camp, which explains why we still aren’t talking about the Dolphins.

    That, however, is a mistake.

    Because the Dolphins are good. I’d venture as far as to say that they’d have a strong shot at winning a division crown next season if they played in the AFC South, NFC East or NFC West, and they’d give division favorites like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons runs for their money in the AFC North, AFC West, NFC North and NFC South, respectively.

  38. naplesfan2010 says:

    Tannehill was sacked a silly 184 times during the first four seasons of his career, which was the third-highest sack total in NFL history for a quarterback in his first four years.

  39. naplesfan2010 says:

    Most yards per carry in the 2nd half of one-score games, 2016
    Player Team YPC
    1. Jay Ajayi Dolphins 6.7
    2. Matt Jones Redskins 6.1
    3. Mark Ingram Saints 5.8
    4. Isaiah Crowell Browns 5.4

  40. wyoming85 says:

  41. Rockphin says:

    Naples, that article is a nice fluff piece. But we all know that those are only Cherry Picked stats. Just ask some of the “realists” on here. The stats really mean nothing. 😉

    Anyone who actually watches the game and knows what they’re watching knows that Tannehill sucks in the red zone, he sucks in the second half of games, he has no pocket presents and cannot throw the Deep ball. We reject your “stats” which we all know can be manipulated and insert our own feelings that support our narrative.

    😉 LOL

    • steveccnv says:

      Your sarcasm is deafening, but you don’t have a stretch like RT had last year without some big stats. Once this season starts and we’re 5-0 no one is going to be talking about any of his past short comings.

  42. olddolphan says:

    MF13 MENTIONS STILLS scoring 9 TDs on just 42 receptions last year.
    HOW ABOUT the following stat??
    In either ’72 or ’73, PAUL WARFIELD scored 11 TD’S on just 29 receptions!!!!!!!!!
    ————————-
    LOOKS like a cortisone shot for me, likely next Wednesday or Friday. If that fails, it’s on to surgery. Mrs. OD continues to recover. Should be able to drive in another 3 weeks. CIAO for now.

  43. Mike E. says:

    OD – Good luck with the cortisone shot, hope that helps. We don’t need no stinking surgery!

    • stangerx says:

      Don’t know much about cortisone, but maybe it will work for OD like it did for my dog. Vet said, “everybody should get some steroids in their life at some point…..puts some pep in your step.” And he was right.

      Hoping it not only does that for OD while solving the thing.

  44. mf13ss says:

    Thursday Trivia
    We two QBs are tied for the lowest Sack percentage in NFL history (minimum 1,500 pass attempts). Who are we?

    1) ????? 3.13%
    1) ????? 3.13%
    3) Doug Williams 3.24%
    4) Mark Rypien 3.58%
    5) Drew Brees 3.93%
    6) Derek Carr 3.94%
    7) Kirk Cousins 4.01%
    8) Steve Bono 4.28%
    9) Derek Anderson 4.55%
    10) Eli Manning 4.59%

  45. mf13ss says:

    Hint #2: The other is a former divisional rival of Dan Marino.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Okay that scratches Joe Montana. Hmmm… only went head-to-head 4 times but is a former divisional rival?

    • stangerx says:

      I guess Guess you already axed it out based on the hint….but no Peyton? He would get sacked like 5 times a year after year……but maybe he took his lumps early on.

      • mf13ss says:

        You got it too, Stanger!!! See just above to Tim, regarding “Gumby”.

      • stangerx says:

        No Tim really got it cause I forgot about the “divisional rival” thing……so thought he was out. But guess should have caught on cause he was the Manning not on that list.

  46. mf13ss says:

    Dan Marino and Peyton Manning were the two most ‘UN-SACKABLE QBs’ in NFL history.

  47. mf13ss says:

    Tannehill currently ranks #101 in Sack%. It’s VERY important for our O-Line to be solid this year.

    FWIW, Chad Henne ranks #89 and Jay Fiedler ranks #60… just for the sake of perspective.

  48. mf13ss says:

    And just for fun… Archie Manning ranked #149 after his sons ranked #1-t and #10.

  49. Mike E. says:

    A lot of it was Dan’s quick release, but he also had an excellent pass blocking o-line

    • Tim Knight says:

      Excellent footwork too. If you watch the highlights of the 85 Bears game you see Dan was more mobile than people think. He was still young at that point.

    • Mike E. says:

      He also had an uncanny pocket presence, and the ability to side step away from pressure

      • Tim Knight says:

        Absolutely! That’s what I meant by footwork – side step and step up and deliver. He was also fearless.

      • Mike E. says:

        Fearless is on the money. He always stood tall in the pocket, even when he knew the hit was coming.

  50. Mike E. says:

    Tannehill is fearless as well. He never shied away from taking a hit.

  51. stangerx says:

    301 yard rushing attempts in 242 games over 17 years for 87 yards and a 0.3 per attempt average, but heck yeah did Dan have a quick release and eyes in back of his head.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Not a runner, but mobile to make adjustments in the pocket to give him time to make the throw.

      • stangerx says:

        Completely agreed on that. Was almost painful to watch him run when when it was there for the taking…..and am going before the achilles injury. But man could he avoid in the pocket, but I also put that more to the eyes in the back of his head than any kind of shifty moves.

  52. Tim Knight says:

    Dolphins vs. Bears 1985

    • stangerx says:

      What a great watch Tim…..talk about blast from the past (evenif didn’t watch all). Probably got the biggest kick out of Michaels, Broadway Joe and OJ being the broadcast team…..except for old names on the field like Tommy Vigorito. But what a game. Obviously Marino and Duper were lights out at key times and downs, but my MVP is Tony Nathan. Could Drake be that guy for us?

    • mf13ss says:

      Notice that none of our Phins made this list of 2016 redzone targets… that must change this season.

  53. jetsssuck says:

    Sorry I didn’t back to you guys concerning the pig cookout. Been busy watching the grass grow where they ruined it cooking a pig for 3 days. To tell you the truth, I’ve had better meals in fact it wasn’t that good. The newest thing for grass, is seeds that fill in with grass spots where mine usedto be, mine being 3ft by 3ft. You don’t have to put dirt over the seeds, just water it after throwing the seed down on the spot. After watering it with fine mist it turns green and then starts growing within a few days, you are supposed to have full section of grass in a week which works out great with no kids around for 2 weeks. I got my lawn chairs set up perfectly for the morning shade and the afternoon and I have a small table to put my beverages.. The family kids are on vacation with their parents, so I get to enjoy myself watching the grass and relax from all the aggravation the kids cause me. Concerning cortisone shots they work great. Had sex with the wife on vacation and I got hurt where I couldn’t stand up with my back hurting. I don’t trust the new chiropractors on the island, so I got cortisone shot and I wasn’t hurting for the rest of the vacation.

    • stangerx says:

      LOL — If you gonna hurt your back and need a cortisone shot guess that is the best possible way for it to happen…..and please don’t share the details. 🙂

      Sorry the Pig didn’t turn out well and the hole in your lawn, but did you learn what the “box” think was about? You got me curious.

      • jetsssuck says:

        suppose to be better slow cooked. It wasn’t that good I thought.They dig hole, make trenches put charcoal around the trenches with special leaves,I think banana. Cover the hole with wood sheets 2—- 3/4 inch 4 by 8’s Not worth the 3 days to cook anything. I told the genius’ who cooked this, it was fantastic not to be discourage them for cooking in the future. .The box is suppose to hold in the heat and slow cook it. The box cost over a hundred bucks for 1 time use since I will not ever cook something that takes 3 days.

        When you get older its always good to have a good chiropractor on stand by. LOL

      • stangerx says:

        So the box really just meant putting wood on top of the pit. Sounds like it also means you don’t have to pop in every hour or so in the middle of the night and add more embers. Ours was tin foil wrapped to protect from the burn. Might be a working man’s way to do the slow cook (not like we had jobs)….even if it takes more time. And even if the box cost…..pretty sure the pig cost more.

  54. steveccnv says:

    Mike, Tannehill is fearless…in football they wear helmets in basebawl they wear caps😉 go back and look at his 2015 sacks and you’ll see he goes down before contact a lot.

    • Mike E. says:

      Is a helmet going to protect your rib cage, or your chin when you get speared by a 6’2″ 260lb missile coming at you helmet first? He’s fearless in my book. Sometimes there’s no one open, play is dead, and you take the sack, but he stands in there and takes the hits.

      • steveccnv says:

        Ok sure.

        I don’t blame for doing it, but let’s not make him out to be something he’s not. For the record, I think it would be stupid to have taken the pounding.

  55. Rockphin says:

    0.3 per attempt average, but heck yeah did Dan have a quick release and eyes in back of his head.

    LOL 10-5/8″ average. INCH average.

    The best pure pocket passer ever

  56. Brian in NY says:

    Just because Tannehill goes down before contact sometimes it does’t mean he isn’t fearless- it means he’s smart. He has learned that from being sacked 753 times in five years..

    • stangerx says:

      I don’t blame him for going down at times. I would too if 300 pounds dudes were looking for my head. Do think he has to learn to figure it out just that second earlier to throw it away or dump it off before it reaches that point. He’s getting better though…..and harsh to compare him to Marino, who was about the best there ever has been.

    • jetsssuck says:

      753 seems a bit high

  57. mf13ss says:

    Run Defense By Number of Backs, 2016

    https://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2017/run-defense-number-backs-2016
    ————
    More intriguing stats from last season. Once again, we’re all over the place (from #30 to #4). Moving Kiko outside and playing Timmons at the Mike should help.

    • steveccnv says:

      Seems as though our problem with the run D was not that we couldnt stop it, but that we couldnt stop it when expecting a pass, so we had issues when less than 3 LBs were on the field. Which in and of itself isnt a bad thing, but we did suck against the run.

      • steveccnv says:

        Which either means the DBs can’t tackle or the DEs were selling out on the pass rush.

    • steveccnv says:

      We did play poorly against running QBs, and that isn’t reflected in these stats. I think Alonso was poor at picking the right hole, so Being on the outside should help.

  58. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, that 85 Bears game was a cool game. So many ups and downs and crazy plays.

  59. olddolphan says:

    YOUNG STANGER: Referencing your comment up the page “…hurt your back and get a cortisone shot…” – – Well, that’s EXACTLY what my surgeon has ordered for me. Problem is, the bimbos who work in his office are in NO HURRY to get the authorization from the insurance company (it takes about 5 minutes or so on average from my plan). If I don’t have some news by Monday afternoon, I’m going to leave a message on the surgeon’s phone. I KNOW he’s not “booked solid” right now (his words). Both my wife and I have had too many experiences lately with various offices staffed with 20 somethings who have poor work attitudes and make their patients suffer needlessly.–Now that’s NOT to say there aren’t any good ones. There are, plenty of them. But the “rotten apples” seem to be in high abundance. More than I’m used to.

    • stangerx says:

      OD — have no doubt you will be making it happen, but be nice too. Big difference btwn the dolphins tix office and who takes care of your health. My best wishes for you….especially as you are still concerned about your other two special girls.

    • jetsssuck says:

      pain sucks…pay for the shot it cost me $175 in DR since our insurance wasn’t going to cover us since we were not in the states. Pain sucks, so I bit the bullet and paid. You will notice a difference in hours and in several days you may feel like a young buck.

  60. pheloniusphish says:

    Tim – Thanks for posting that game. Enjoyed watching it again. I was in San Diego at a bar for that game.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. It was a classic game.

      Notice the 3 WR sets with two backs in the backfield and no TE?

  61. pheloniusphish says:

    Jetssuck – When I was a kid we would do a whole hog in the ground. We would dig a whole and build a bed of coals from Green oaks wood. The pig we would wrap in tin foil and chicken wire. Put it in the coals, cover it with river rock, put the dirt over it, let it cook for about 18 hours.

    • stangerx says:

      phish — not so different from my experience. What I couldn’t get was the three days.

    • jetsssuck says:

      i went to cooking school after the stroke and we never did anything remotely close to what these kids did.Like I said it was not that great , but I told them it was great. I didn’t want to ruin their cooking ego’s. I do enjoy watching the grass grow. Very interesting that they make seed that grows visible results in a day or two. I should find that movie camera I have somewhere or maybe I’ll figure it out on the phone. I know the phone probably has this feature I just have to find where I put that phone manual 20 yrs ago.

    • steveccnv says:

      Lol, don’t harp too hard there Timmy😉

      • Tim Knight says:

        Come on man, with the emergence of Ajayi and the addition of Thomas, teams are going to have matchup issues to begin with along with the 3 WR set. You hesitate for a second and we have the talent to get on top of you down the field. Once that happens then you’re slamming Ajayi into them. You can’t tackle him on your toes, you have to square up or he runs through you. Start crowding the box and back over the top.

        Like I’ve said before, if our skill level was on another team I’d be saying the same thing. This offense could be very explosive and powerful. It’s not about being a fan and being biased, the potential here could be a top 3 offense.

      • steveccnv says:

        Im just saying its a given that RT is very good at the play action. I agree with your assessment of our offense.

    • Tim Knight says:

      “Gase believes just as much in analytics as he does in old-school ideas, and in many ways he appears to be the prototype for the new kind of coach who will best succeed in the NFL—listen to your players, game-plan for each opponent differently and don’t get too stuck in one concept.”

  62. mf13ss says:

    NFL1000: Ranking the Best Defensive Schemes

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2719940
    ———
    See #8: The Wide-9

    • Tim Knight says:

      The Wide-9 is about having the DL to do it, mainly quick off the edge rushers. They have to make life miserable for tackles. Then everyone else converges.

  63. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, cool! 🙂

  64. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    July 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    The Wide-9 is about having the DL to do it, mainly quick off the edge rushers. They have to make life miserable for tackles. Then everyone else converges.
    ———–
    EXACTLY

    What’s great is that we’ve got Schwartz’s guys Burke and Washburn — along with Suh, all of whom are from Schwartz’s Detroit days — to both set and polish OUR version of the Wide-9. What’s more, we’ve finally got quickness on BOTH edges with Mr. Wake and Charles Harris (Olivier Vernon, IMO, lacked that burst/quickness).

    Now add into this equation that we now have THREE 3-down LBs in Kiko, Timmons, and McMillan (perhaps Misi as well if he gets cleared)… and this Defense is suddenly looking NICETY.

    I’d encourage Burke/Anarumo to STOP playing so far off the LOS with our CBs. We employ BIG/JAM CBs… there’s no need to play SO far off the LOS, allowing opposing Offenses to throw underneath our coverages like the Patsies* have done to us for 15+ years. DO THIS, and our Defense has top-5 potential.

    The Cincy model (brought over from Kevin Coyle and then further employed by Vance Joseph) was to utilize athletic CBs (see Brent Grimes) in zone coverage to BAIT for INTs… we aren’t built that way any longer at the CB position. It’s time to play JAM BALL, allowing Reshad to clean up like he does best… whether that be intercepting a tipped ball or finishing a tackle.

    We’re emulating the “Legion of Boom” with our size prototypes at the DB positions… time to start playing like it. Count me in on thinking our Wide-9 can and will work if we play closer to the LOS with our CBs.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Good points, but you have to mix up coverages. Even the “Legion of Boom” play off man at times. What I saw last year was based on the formation we’d play man on the LOS on one side and off man on the other side.

  65. jetsssuck says:

    http://www.maxpreps.com/news/xzmpZtvTcUOVgc5Bg8iehQ/nations-top-ranked-baseball-team-forfeits-22-games-for-using-ineligible-players.htm

    Alex fernandez used to play for marlins and is a loca kidl. The school produces Div 1 top college players yr in and yr out plus they have a lot of Major league players in big league and farm systems. They call this school “the baseball factory”. I drive by the school a lot and during game days you will see the cops directing traffic because of the locals and national scouts scouting these kids. They could probably beat some college teams in div 1.

  66. Rockphin says:

    Happy 9th of July!

  67. stangerx says:

    Best of times, worst of times……get my grocery shopping done early cause one day I can watch the Bucs after losing MLB ticket, the div sucks and they have no chance at a wildcard. On the way back hear on WQAM that Pirates up are 10-0 in the first against the Cubs after Lester starting. Not sure if that was good or bad…..I’ll probably still watch though.

  68. mf13ss says:

    Rigel Spikes‏ @MF13SS 8m8 minutes ago
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    Rigel Spikes Retweeted Around The NFL
    Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi are “system guys”? I STRONGLY disagree. #Dolphins

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000818640/article/star-or-system-guy-judging-ezekiel-elliott-dak-prescott-more?campaign=twitter_atn

    • steveccnv says:

      The reporting on Landry was so all over the lot…A system guy that’s excelled with 3 different coaches in 3 yrs? I don’t need to say any more.

      I don’t know maybe this guy is a system reporter, and they just have canned text for different types of players… and insert name here.

    • steveccnv says:

      I’ll give them the system guy for Ajayi, but he had issues when our line was beat up, so…

      • mf13ss says:

        The way I figure with Ajayi… he started out with Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas, and Jamil Douglas in the mix before they got fired. Pouncey was good for only 5 games last year. Tunsil was playing out of his natty LT position for all but 4 games last season. Branden Albert missed 4 games last year. Bushrod was playing RG for the first time in his career. And James was less than stellar last year at RT.

        I’d say Ajayi did ABOVE and BEYOND behind our patchwork O-Line of last season. His missed tackles and yards after contact (#2 and #1 in the NFL last year) were in LIEU of our O-Line of last season. Bucky Brooks speaks as though Ajayi was in a ‘perfect’ situation last year in a so-called ‘plug-n-play’ scenario… NOT the case by any stretch.

        Then consider that Ajayi was benched for game #1 last season… he could have done FAR worse, all things considered. That he outperformed Lamar Miller last season is additionally telling (we made the right choice).

        So how does Bucky Brooks consider Zeke Elliot a true star (but not Ajayi) what with that STAR-STUDDED O-Line in Dallas? Zeke didn’t/couldn’t do what Ajayi did in Miami. Put Ajayi behind the Dallas O-Line and he would have rushed for 1,700 yards+.

      • mf13ss says:

        Sorry, make that 1,800+ yards.

      • steveccnv says:

        I wouldn’t go as far as saying he’s better than Zeke, but all things considering I’m glad we have him.

  69. mf13ss says:

    steveccnv says:
    July 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    I wouldn’t go as far as saying he’s better than Zeke, but all things considering I’m glad we have him.
    ———-
    Make that two of us… I’m glad we’ve got Ajayi too! Imagine how far we can go IF our O-Line is truly fixed. SKY is the limit, my friend!

  70. jetsssuck says:

    Here’s how you can watch the Home Run Derby on Monday.
    Date: Monday, July 10
    Time: 8pm ET
    Television: ESPN

  71. stangerx says:

    Anyone still regretting we did not keep Charles Clay? I like him, but…..

    ” Clay is in year three of the five-year deal he signed in 2015. He carries a $9 million cap hit for each of the next three seasons, with his dead money figure not falling below that until 2019. Like it or not, Clay isn’t going anywhere for at least two more years.”

  72. steveccnv says:

    He’s a hard nosed trick TE, he’s the guy that’s in blocking, then peaks out and catches a wide open pass, then runs like an RB. We have Damien for that role. I want the TE who runs down the field and makes big plays from a set O, or like Witten, who moves the chains.

    • stangerx says:

      If remember right what the Bills offered put him in the top 5 of TEs at the time……He could have been a superstar on the greatest show on turf, 2nd TE for the Pats or with Peyton throwing to him……but not exactly where we were at the time. Cause you would still need a starting TE.

  73. Rockphin says:

    jetsssuck says:
    July 10, 2017 at 6:27 am
    Here’s how you can watch the Home Run Derby on Monday…….

    Thanks Jetssuck, now if you can post “Here’s WHY you should watch the Home Run Derby on Monday” that would help, because I cannot think of a reason.

  74. stangerx says:

    You can read the whole thing for yourself…and maybe I shouldn’t dislike the guy…..but sounds like what Joey Porter did with Cam on that plane had worked at least once before.
    ————————
    Late in the year, with playoff hopes dwindling, several veterans addressed the team. Linebacker Joey Porter, according to [former QB coach] Arians, singled out Roethlisberger with “blunt language,” telling the quarterback that he “needed to be ‘one of us.’” Per Arians, Roethlisberger instantly “became a different person” and “grew up fast.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/07/10/blunt-message-from-joey-porter-sparked-change-in-young-ben-roethlisberger/?cid=eref:nbcnews:text

  75. Tim Knight says:

    Clay’s contract was a bit too rich for us.

  76. olddolphan says:

    THE SUFFERING WILL SOON BE OVER for Marlins’ fans. Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell the Marlins to Miami businessman JORGE MAS for $1.17 billion. Hopefully, the sale will NOT include “blowing up” the current team as it has twice in the past.

  77. naplesfan2010 says:

    I don’t want more from Ajayi. I want the same effort and skill as last year which will result in more games with 80-125 yds as teams adjust to him and we fine tune our offense,

    I want more rushing yards from scrimmage for Drake, so we become more that Thunder and Lightning thing which gives defenses nightmares.

    • stangerx says:

      Been a fan of the 3rd down back specialist for us…….and seems maybe the coaches might be going that way too. All Ajayi has been talking about in the offseason is getting better on pass routes and catching. Whether from Williams or Drake, he might be hearing hoof beats from the other stalls in the mighty nice stable they keep the three of them in at night.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      Ajayi needs to be more consistent or the line needs to be more consistent. more than half of Ajayi’s yards came in only 3 games.

      • Tim Knight says:

        It’s a few different things. He didn’t play week 1 as we all know. Then he didn’t get many carries the next 4 games, just 31. It wasn’t until game 6 that he broke out against the Steelers and then became the bell cow. There also were a few games where the OL had trouble opening up holes.

        Let’s see what his game looks like being the bell cow from the start of the season.

  78. stangerx says:

    This is one great off-season dead time read. Guy is funny as heck with football IQ and lots of franchise history as he puts out why to root for the Phins.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000818858/article/why-you-should-root-for-the-miami-dolphins
    ——————
    Pick your own snappy quote, but loved this one — “But if Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke were a dinosaur, that’d be a big problem because new Fins defensive end William Hayes wouldn’t believe in him.”

  79. mf13ss says:

    CollegeFootball 24/7‏Verified account @NFL_CFB 2m2 minutes ago
    More
    With NFL Supplemental Draft set for tomorrow, here’s a look at notable players who were supplemental picks: http://on.nfl.com/nqSJmF

  80. Tim Knight says:

    Were they really? That said the Supplemental Draft was very different back then for all sorts of reasons. Very few these days are special players. I can’t think of one in the last 10 years.

  81. olddolphan says:

    APPARENTLY, yesterday’s report by FORBES magazine that the Marlins had been sold to Miami businessman Jorge Mas was a hoax. The suffering continues for what’s left of the Marlins fan base.

    • jetsssuck says:

      I don’t know if it was a hoax. The guy is a big time marlins fan and he has the money to throw around. I have friends that do work with him because he is on top of the food chain for construction developers(MASTEC) and his company is international in last 10 years with his company MASTEC. Jeb Bush construction developers are big time also. Lots of cranes on beach during the recent construction boom due to the low interest rates. Probably half are because of these two people.
      The way my friend explains it to me is developers pass the work further down the chain taking a cut and the next developer will pass it down further taking there cut and passing it on. My friend 3 generations of electrical contracting has done very well and basically takes only commercial development projects and takes cuts from smaller contracts he gives to independent contractors. He saves on employee health insurance and other employee costs while taking his (all profit) cut.

  82. stangerx says:

    Man — MIko and Brent…..she just keep her mouth shut. The story is really worth a read, but as to Brent leaving the Phins:

    Miko — “People say I got him cut with my mouth. Duh! That was the goal!”

    Brent — “I’m like, What’d she say? And then I’m like, Oh, goddam. All right, she be getting mad. People talk crazy to her all the time, and sometimes she just snaps, I guess.” [As to whether he indeed sanctioned the tweets for which the Dolphins ran him and Miko out of town:] “Oh, uh, I don’t know about that. . . .”

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/07/12/brent-miko-grimes-twitter-tampa-bay-buccaneers

  83. wyoming85 says:

  84. pheloniusphish says:

    bored

  85. The Flying Pig says:

    new blog up

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