Injuries plague Dolphins, Gase will have team ready to play

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Ryan Tannehill, Ted Larsen, Raekwon McMillan, and now Tony Lippett.  That’s not even counting Koa Misi, who couldn’t pass his physical due to his neck injury.  The roster is being robbed of talent, there is no question about it.  The bright side?  The Dolphins have been, and will continue to address the issue responsibly.

Ryan Tannehill went down, they immediately signed Jay Cutler.  They signed an NFL starting QB who knows the verbiage Adam Gase uses in his offense, and he will very quickly be up to speed.  Gase trusts Cutler, and Cutler trusts Gase.  It was a smart move, and one that doesn’t saddle the team past this season, but ensures we can remain competitive, with Cutler as the starter, and Moore backing him up.

OG Ted Larsen will NOT be out for the season, he was put on IR with the opportunity to return after week 8.  With a torn biceps muscle, he should be able to make it back for the 2nd half of the season, but there are a few candidates who would like to not only temporarily hold the spot for Larsen, but keep it, so how this plays out, remains to be seen.  Veterans Kraig Urbik, Anthony Steen and rookie Isaac Asiata will all be battling in the preseason to take the job.

Raekwon McMillan’s season with all the promise in the world, as the rookie was digesting the defense and proving to be worthy of starting MLB was cut short way too early on Miami’s first punt of the day on special teams.  An awkward collision with teammate Deon Lacey resulted in a torn ACL for the rookie standout.  As of now, Mike Hull resides as the next man up, but the Dolphins are looking at other players as well, and brought in long time Bengals fireplug MLB Rey Maualuga.  Unless Rey is signed, I would think that search will continue, until a veteran player is signed.  Taking care of business.

Yesterday, a freak injury to CB Tony Lippett, who showed tons of growth last season.  Lippett, a WR who was converted to a CB led the team with 4 INT’s, and proved he could make the change, and also showed a penchant for being around the ball, and tracking it well in the air.  All he did was jump up, come down a little off, and voila!, a torn achilles tendon.  It’s such a shame, but Adam Gase said before the draft, you can never have enough cornerbacks.  That thinking has proven sage as our depth there may be stout enough to continue on as is, especially after the wise pickup of former TB Bucs CB Alterraun (All-Terrain) Verner.  Maxwell, Howard, Verner, McCain, Tankersley, Pitts, Lucas and Aikens gives us pretty solid depth there.

What am I trying to say here?  Gase and company are ON IT!  They’re not throwing pity parties and lamenting what could have been, they’re addressing each and every pitfall, and keeping this team competitive, and that’s that!  Unfortunately, there will be more injuries, but hopefully no more season ending injuries.  I have complete faith that Gase will continue to do whatever he has to do to ensure we can win.  It feels so good to be able to actually believe that and feel confident enough to say that.

As Ron Burgundy would say . . .   “Stay healthy Miami”

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702 Responses to Injuries plague Dolphins, Gase will have team ready to play

  1. BoulderPhinfan says:

    I really think verner will make the team and have a good year.

    Omar Kelly‏
    Alterraun Verner just pulled down an interception during half field 7-on-7s.

  2. stangerx says:

    Not only was Ross right….but he struck fast.
    ———————-
    Philadelphia was the first team to interview Gase. It is very likely he would have taken the job if the Eagles had offered it.

    “It was (the Eagles) and then I had three other interviews by the end of the week,” Gase said on Monday. The Eagles were still in the interview process and I got offered the job (with the Dolphins).”

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I like phillies coach as well. They went with him because of familiarity I think. He used to coach there with Reid. I think both the phins and philly did well with their coaches.

  3. BoulderPhinfan says:

    mike,
    I think he’s gonna be on the outside mostly as a 3rd CB. Mccain, Aikens and thomas will man the nickle spot IMO.

  4. BoulderPhinfan says:

    cutler on fire. That’s 2 TDs to thomas today. Sweet!

    Omar Kelly‏
    Cutler bullets in a red zone TD pass to Julius Thomas from the 10.

  5. stangerx says:

    Time to learn more about Jesse Davis. Plays both G and T and according to Leiser “is in the mix to be an opening day starter at left guard for Miami.”
    —————————————

    “He’s done a good job of finding a way to get better every day, and I’ve really been impressed,” Gase said. “He’s had to play a lot of snaps already, and to see – I think in both (preseason games) he might have played almost the entire game. He’s getting a lot of experience there.”

    Davis, 6-foot-6, 309 pounds, went undrafted out of Idaho in 2015 and landed with the Seahawks. They kept him until the final week of the preseason, and he went unsigned until the Jets picked him up in January. He made it deep into the preseason with them as well, then was waived in late August..

    “We got in pads and there was no fall-off,” Gase said. “Sometimes when you go from the whole offseason to training camp, there can be a change, and there hasn’t been. It’s really been an improvement. I think when you’ve got a guy that works as hard as he does, he’s trying to find ways to get better. He’s got a legitimate shot.”

  6. Tim Knight says:

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  7. BoulderPhinfan says:

    Omar Kelly
    Jay Cutler connects with Anthony Fasano for a 20-yard touchdown. Sharp day for Cutler.
    Omar Kelly‏
    Kenny Still and Jay Cutler connect on a 40-yard touchdown catch. Great throw.

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Yes!

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 44s45 seconds ago
    Mike Puncey is starting Thursday nite per Adam Gase.

  9. manitobafinfan says:

    Mike E : Hope the wife has a Flame thrower to light yer candles.. Have a great one…

  10. Jahndoh30 says:

    ok, I had to skip this entire page with all the GOT spoilers! I’m way behind, haven’t even watched any of this season yet! Go Fins!

    Pro Lou….at it again eh? LOL….

  11. Jahndoh30 says:

    Happy B-day Mike E!!!

  12. Rockphin says:

    — Rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley left practice with an unspecified injury.

    — Jay Cutler hit DeVante Parker and Julius Thomas for touchdowns in red zone work.

    — Cutler is showing a connection with Thomas for the second day in a row.

    — Cutler hit DeVante Parker on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Parker beat two DBs on the play.

    — Kenny Stills got over the top of the defense, and Cutler hit him perfectly in stride for a 40-yard touchdown.

    — Mike Pouncey is sitting out for rest, but remains in play for Thursday’s game against the Eagles.

    — Without Pouncey, the Dolphins are using a starting offensive line of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Jesse Davis at left guard, Anthony Steen at center, right guard Jermon Bushrod and James at right tackle.

    — Rey Maualuga is not practicing and won’t work until he gets back to South Florida.

    — DB Walt Aikens, LB Neville Hewitt, TE Chris Pantale, OL Kraig Urbik and LB Brandon Watts are out with injuries.

  13. Rockphin says:

    Happy Birthday Mike E!

    BTW, how do you know it’s your birthday? Did they even have calendars back then?

  14. mf13ss says:

    Happy B-Day, Miguel de la E! Enjoy yourself and best wishes for a great year!

  15. stangerx says:

    “Fairfield Uses 8-Run Outburst To Beat Washington, Stay Alive In Little League World Series” is the headline. Ken and I are loving it, but Son most of all…..he’s from Fairfield.
    ——————–

    “The chants started near the top of the first-base grandstand and rippled forward. It was a Connecticut takeover in the birthplace of Little League baseball, and it sprung from almost nowhere.”We are..C-T! We are…C-T! We are…C-T!”

    This is what a Fairfield American comeback sounds like at the Little League World Series. Fairfield American is now one of the final four American teams remaining.”

  16. mf13ss says:

    Gil Bra 🐐dt‏Verified account @Gil_Brandt 1m1 minute ago
    More
    Happy Birthday to my good friend Bill Parcells. Drafted in 7th round of 1964 draft, Pick No. 89, one ahead of where I drafted Bob Hayes.
    ————
    Mike E and the Tuna with a shared B-Day!

  17. Rockphin says:

    I love to hear this:
    Alain Poupart @apoupartFins
    Xavien Howard with great coverage on Alshon Jeffery on back-to-back plays in the red zone. Kid is playing terrific football.

    What I don’t want to hear is this:
    Xavien Howard had to be helped off the field with an apparent injury….

  18. manitobafinfan says:

    Anyone interested in FU Fantasy League drop me a line at DRP667@hotmail.com.. looking for one more victim..

  19. stangerx says:

    Schad on what Gase said today.

    • Charles Harris is under pressure. He can’t get frustrated by lack of sacks. It has to be hurries. Sacks are less important than pressure.
    • T.J. McDonald is one big man. He has no regard for his body.
    • Davon Godchaux is the starter on a day by day basis. Godchaux has had more better days than Jordan Phillips.
    • Kenny Stills and Jay Cutler spending extra time off the field and it showed here in Philly.

  20. mf13ss says:

    Armando Salguero‏Verified account @ArmandoSalguero 3m3 minutes ago
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    New. Mike Pouncey starts Thursday, defense struggles, other Dolphins notes from Philly
    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article168657777.html

  21. Tim Knight says:

    Did you guys see the instagram photo Browns RB Isaiah Crowell posted? I don’t even want to post it but Google it.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Okay, it was last year and he did apologize and donated a game check to law enforcement. It was just a really dumb thing to do.

  22. Mike E. says:

    Is our game on Thursday again this week, or Saturday?

  23. stangerx says:

    Seems like Godchaux Is bizarro Jordan Phillips…..or maybe a huge version of Mini-Me.
    ——————
    “He just wants me to be a guy who plays like him and plays fast. He dominates every play. That’s how I want to be.”

    Q — Even when his advice comes harshly?

    “I just learn from him. Anything he tells me, I listen. He’s been to the Pro Bowl a lot of times, he’s been all-pro. Just learning from a guy like that, you can’t go wrong listening to him no matter how he talks to you. I’m following his lead.”

    http://dailydolphin.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/08/22/dolphins-ndamukong-suh-rips-into-davon-godchaux-and-thats-working-well/

  24. jetsssuck says:

    this week is the heaviest week for player trades but with only 1 cut does it change?

  25. Ken says:

    Happy birthday Mike E

  26. Rockphin says:

    The 13 baktun cycle of the Maya Long Count calendar measures 1,872,000 days or 5,125.366 tropical years. This is one of the longest cycles found in the Maya calendar system.

    Mike measures his birthday by Baktun cycle. It’s like dog years but they are Mike years.

  27. Rockphin says:

    It is funny how we bust Mike E’s balls about being old, but he is nowhere near the oldest one of us and he looks younger than he is.

    • stangerx says:

      Mike E”s age is not a mystery, but why he looks like he does now is. Especially when you add in what he looked like in middle school.

  28. jetsssuck says:

    Happy birthday Mikey—Well what happened other that famous event of you being born that day….
    http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history
    August 22, 1964? —– https://mybirthday.ninja/?m=August&d=22&y=1964&go=Go#axzz4qWHDLHwZ
    August 22,1963——https://mybirthday.ninja/?m=August&d=22&y=1963&go=Go#axzz4qWHDLHwZ
    August 22, 1962?—–https://mybirthday.ninja/?m=August&d=22&y=1962&go=Go#axzz4qWHDLHwZ

    • Mike E. says:

      Thanks jetssuck, I was around for most of those

      • jetsssuck says:

        now u are confusing me “most of those” which one were you not born yet, so we can play this game. Godchaux a relative of his maybe was born on same day

      • Mike E. says:

        My dad always told me his birthday was a bad day in history, he was born April 14th. Lincoln was shot, the Titanic hit an iceberg

      • jetsssuck says:

        your dad was old—-u have good genes so u should live over 100 yrs like your dad

  29. herdfan says:

    Mike E also shares a birthday with my Mama. Different years of course. ;).

  30. son of a son of a shula says:

    For Sale: One Pair Eclipse Glasses, only used once

  31. stangerx says:

    “The Cavaliers and Celtics have agreed on a deal that would send Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick, reports ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.”

    Know this is a football board, but that is huge.

  32. Mike E. says:

    Did the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony yet?

  33. steveccnv says:

    Trevor Riley, Chase Allen these guys suck, they look lost, tiddly winks style of tackling.

  34. son of a son of a shula says:

    ESPN pulled an Asian announcer from an upcoming football game who’s name is Robert Lee. Are you fucking kidding me?

    • steveccnv says:

      Nothing surprises me any more. What the swamp or sewer in DC has done to this country is really sad. Lifetime politicians and people will keep voting them in, or they’re rigging the system.

  35. Rockphin says:

    Davis played much of his career at Idaho as a defensive lineman and has taken most of his NFL snaps at tackle.
    I know it is probably hype and hope, but it will be cool as shit if he can pull off taking the starting position at guard and play at a high level. Cool for him, cool for the team and cool for us because we would finally have a coaching staff that can identify and develop players.

  36. ElephantRider says:

    Happy B-day Mike E…..er it’s now not anymore. Oh well. Hope you had a good one!

    GO PHINS

  37. When McDonald comes off his suspension we may be better off playing him at LB than anything we’ve got there.

  38. Brian in NY says:

    That was a great trade last night for the Celtics and the Cavs. The Celtics get a very good /great G, and the Cavs now have a young nucleus and a high 1st round pick next year, which is as good as insurance as they could have gotten for next year if LeBron leaves and goes to the Knicks ( a guy can dream).

  39. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!

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