NFL Week 2 – Game 1 MIA @ LA Chargers

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The season finally begins for the Miami Dolphins!  No need to explain why, we all know about Hurricane Irma, and what she did to FLA, and pertaining to football, what she did to the Dolphins and the schedule.  So here comes GAME 1, and we’re already in LA, as the Dolphins traveled out a few days ago to get out away from Irma, and now start practicing for their 1st game of the season.

The Chargers gave the Broncos a good fight on MNF, coming all the way down to the last few seconds of the game, when Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo lined up for a game tying 44 yard FG, which the Broncos blocked in order to preserve the victory.  The Broncos stuck to the ground game against the Chargers, with a combination of C.J. Anderson and former Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.  Denver rushed a total of 36 times, Anderson 20, Charles 10 and QB Trevor Semian 6, for a grand total of 140 yards, and QB Trevor Semian had the only rushing TD for DEN.

Although the Chargers didn’t run that much against the Broncos, if they have success against our front 7, I think they will continue to pound the ball on us with a combination of RB Melvin Gordon and Brandon Oliver.  The Chargers only ran 22 times against DEN, but Rivers had success through the air, throwing 3 TD’s and completing 22 of 33 attempts for 192 yards.  Of course being down 24-7 in the 3rd quarter changes your gameplan, so even if they wanted to run, they needed to throw to catch up.

The Dolphins O-line will be tested against these Chargers.  The Chargers front 7 is stocked with talent.  2nd year DE Joey Bosa brings the heat from the Left side (Like Cam Wake), and DT’s Corey Liuget and Brandon Mebane are stout interior defenders along with another good pass rusher, DE Melvin Ingram.  Ingram also moves to OLB, and that versatility makes him worth that much more.  Dolphins need to know where Ingram is all the time.

The Dolphins will be starting 2nd year OL Laremy Tunsil at LT, with veteran Anthony Steen next to him at LG.  All Pro Mike Pouncey will start at C, with veteran RG Jermon Bushrod next to him.  RT Ja’Wuan James is the other bookend.  This line will have it’s hands full with the Chargers D-line, especially Bosa, who will be a serious challenge to start the season for Ja’Wuan James.

The Dolphins have to get the J-Train rolling, and keep it rolling.  We all have visions of Jay Cutler throwing rainbows all over the field to Parker, Stills and Grant, because he can, but if the Dolphins are going to be successful in 2017, the J-train will once again be the key.  Cutler will challenge defenses deep, and that’s great, but let’s keep that in check, and let the J-train tire out the defense, give us the edge in T.O.P, and keep the defense rested.  We know Ajayi gets tons of yards after contact, but it would be great if that contact wasn’t 2 yards in the backfield, and maybe 5 yards upfield.  I expect this offense will never be built for Jay Cutler to do too much, but rather just enough.  Some games we’ll have to lean on him, but that won’t be the plan going in.

With Devante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo, Julius Thomas and Kenyan Drake, there is a plethora of targets for Cutler.  He’s got to feel good about that.  That being said, let’s hope Cutler doesn’t need to throw the ball 30 times or more.  I’d like to see us run the ball 25-30 times, and Cutler have 25 or less pass attempts.  Of course the game may dictate otherwise, but that would be ideal in my mind.

On defense, I expect to see a smattering of Rey Maualuga.  I think he’ll be out there to start, but there will be plenty of substitutions, with Hull seeing plenty (read majority) of the playing time.  Timmons and Alonso will be in the nickel, and probably Alonso in the dime.  Can’t wait to see #20 (Reshad Jones) back patrolling the secondary, and I’m also curious to see who starts opposite Xavien Howard at CB.  I think we’ll see both Maxwell and Verner, but I think we’d be better served with Maxwell on the perimeter and Verner inside.  As for the “battle” on the D-line, it looks like the Dolphins took the safe route, and will have Jordan Phillips line up next to Suh, but Godchaux will see time as well, especially if Phillips isn’t perceived to be giving max effort.  That’s something to keep an eye on.

So, Game 1 of 16 in a row starts Sunday at 4:05PM in Los Angeles for our Miami Dolphins.  I know I’m amped up, I would imagine you are too.

GO DOLPHINS!  Zero in!

 

 

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645 Responses to NFL Week 2 – Game 1 MIA @ LA Chargers

  1. herdfan says:

    Even during the season a non football post could work. ‘What’s it gonna be Wednesday?’ or something like that. Monday/Tuesday is game wrap up. Thursday is generally Ask Mike. I’ve always thought Saturday should be draft prospect day since that’s when they are playing. Sunday of course is game day. But just one girls opinion.

    So where was Ask Mike this week? 🤔

  2. mf13ss says:

    mf13ss says:
    September 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm
    D says:
    September 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    Would anyone here be opposed to articles that were written not about football, or would anyone be opposed to having a second blog that was part of this community that didn’t have anything to do with football?…
    ——-
    I think this idea is just asking for trouble… look no further than the F-ME and all that had happened.

    • stangerx says:

      It could work so long as no politics was involved….that one is a bad path. And am talking off-topic articles.

    • D says:

      Im not a fan of politics, at least not what currently is going on, i wouldn’t be political, but i also am not shy from controversial subjects, the idea that spurned all of this was something that started off as curiosity about the weight of the human brain, which was a tangent conversation yesterday, but as i was researching it, i uncovered a ton of really need facts which confirmed a lot of philosophies i have always felt to be true but never before had the science to support it.

      I had typed out this huge monolithic post a little while ago only to cut it out to another document because it was just too big to be a random post, unrelated to the subject that was being discussed, so i thought maybe a article submission might have been more appropriate.

      Part of it may have been too the title i came up for the “series” if it developed into one was “Random thoughts of a D-bag” which i tickled myself coning up with that title lol. I’m fairly self entertaining lol.

  3. pheloniusphish says:

    D – It’s not like you ran off because someone disagreed with you and then called us all douche bags on twitter.

    • stangerx says:

      How’s Key West doing? My buddy can’t even figure out what happened to his house, not that the people there shouldn’t come first.

  4. D says:

    The Charges have a few LB’s playing out of position in their system or have relatively little experience in that postion in their system. They run a hybrid 3-4 4-3 with a LB called the OTTO which flexes in and out of the responsibilities and position line up of a 3-4 OLB, a 4-3 SOLB and a 4-3 DE. They also run a LEO LB, which is conceptually a wide 9 DE, but can stand up as an OLB giving a more true 3-4 or even a 5-3 look with the OTTO and LEO on the line, both can be hands down and more in toward the tackles, one out wide one in, both out wide, etc.

    Seattle has been running a variant of this for a while and i believe they always called the LB’s LEO but they could have two LEO’s in their system and they could bring in a guy to be the second LEO, split a DE out wide and stand them up to man the LEO, or just bring the WILL up and have him take the role of a second LEO.

    I was mentioning this stuff back just after draft because i thought with Harris we could run this defense pretty well and we could get more snaps with Harris in there if we did. Especially with McMillian going down, i really think we should consider it, and i think possibly we may even see that or we were going to before McMillian got hurt. The perfect lineup i could see would be DE Wake, NT Phillips, DT Suh, LEO Harris, OTTO Timmons, WILL Alonzo, MIKE Hull/Maualuga. Obviously you rotate Hayes and Branch in mor eon running downs, and you probably switch your D around to be more straight 4-3 when they are in, letting them set the edges, they might even sub in for Wake at DE some while Harris is playing tin the LEO position as well.

    In this defense, Timmons would be the OTTO and could be called on to rush the passer, he could be called on to cover, set the edge against the run, etc. There really isnt much of a limit on what his assignment can be and having a vet you has done it all, as well as someone sturdy in the run game would really be an asset in that position.

    Since pass rush is almost exclusively what the LEO would do, Harris would be a good guy, because you could get him out wide and use Suh to draw the tackle’s attention making it really hard to choose between single defending Suh gap penetrating between OG and OT and stopping Harris with his fast get off on good speed moves on the outside.

    Phillips would be a 1 tech DT/NT in this formation.

    Suh would be a 5 tech DT.

    Wake, Branch, and Harris could all play the DE or LEO role in these formations, though i would probably only have Hayes play DE. If Wake or Harris were already subbed in when they switch to this formation, they could easily switch to a double LEO, putting both guys out wide.

    There are a tons of ways to play off this formation, bringing Jones in like Nickle LB and bringing Alonzo up as the second LEO, Wake in as DE, Harris as the other LEO, then you have a better coverage set with the same look, etc.

  5. D says:

    Herd, that might work, its just some think of this as a football blog so i dont wanna mess with that if its not something people want to read.

  6. pheloniusphish says:

    The RT discussion is a valid one. Speculation, but that is what fans do.

    So let’s say the Fins’ go deep into the play-offs or…dare I say it…to the Super Bowl with Cutler. How do you not bring him back? So the question becomes, do you try to work deals with both Cutler and RT, trade RT (because you could get a high pick for him) and draft the future, let Cutler walk and go with RT?

    Figure you have 3-5 years if you go with Cutler (more to the 3 end) and 7-10 with RT. I think Cutler is, and would continue, playing for pride not money and would probably come as a bargain. If he plays well this year, they have leverage over RT to re-work his contract, so they could keep both. Depends on whether their egos would fit.

  7. mf13ss says:

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  8. D says:

    To me Politics cant be discussed because you cannot tell me one terd is better than another….even if you think one is because it has peanuts or corn. Shit is shit and right now there is nothing good to discuss on that subject.

    Religon is a personal thing in my opinion, its a relationship like any other that understood by the people involved in it and everyone has their reasons for why they are in the relationship they are in. No more can you walk up to a man and ask him why he is with “that bitch” or woman that, “that asshole”, can you tell a man or woman what their relationship with God or belief that there is no god can be, because these are very close relationships and no matter if they are driven by blindness in your opinion they are diver by love in the other person opinion. Therefore to me is not debatable, there is only understanding from the other sides perspective that can be obtained by discussion, not debate.

  9. pheloniusphish says:

    Stanger – We are moving towards getting our folks back in to re-constitute the checkpoint and re-open the airport. However, they are not allowing residents of anything below Islamorada in yet. They are discussing it. Key West, Stock Island and Boca Chica came through pretty well, but the rest of the keys below the seven mile bridge were hammered. Especially Big Pine and Cudjoe.

    Really suck for people down there. Most of them haven’t worked for a week or more and even after they are allowed to return, there is not going to be much work for awhile. We have continued to pay our employees a full check and will look to hire a few more when we get back in.Seemed right thing to do.

    • stangerx says:

      Thanks — fauxUKPhin obviously knows better than me in general, but any tips on how to figure out what happened to his house? He tried to get down to board up, but the evacuation stopped him.

  10. mf13ss says:

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    New. Mike Hull is the Dolphins starting middle linebacker Sunday
    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article173580756.html

  11. herdfan says:

    MF 13
    What happened at the old blog had nothing to do with a non football related post as you well know. You need to stop with mentioning it here. I’m short on patience today and don’t have a filter. Drop it.

  12. D says:

    mf13ss says:
    September 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I wonder what you would like to make your ‘side-blog’ about?
    ——————————————–
    Im a curious guy by nature, sometimes when im researching things, or learning something/teaching myself something new i find something that make a light bulb go off for me and i feel wiser from it. Kinda that sort of thing, and maybe even some philosophies i got from someone else and then added my own thoughts to it and i can pass it along and let others add to the fabric.

  13. pheloniusphish says:

    Stanger – Try this site. https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/irma/index.html. Just zoom in to the locale.

  14. D says:

    Looks like i forgot the point i made about the Chargers LB, umm i dont think that unit is strong, even though Ingram may be one of the best LEO’s in the game and Bosa (who proved me wrong) is a really solid 4-3 DE.

    They dont have a strong SAM or MIKE right now, so i could see them having to make adjustments to have Ingram go against his strength to help out against Ajayi. Their safeties also are not strong against the run so they dont even have guys who can come up and help them at the second level, and i dont see a safety taking down Ajayi with a head of steam anyways.,

    This is one of those games where our run game starting ot strong will really open things up for us. Could take their pass rush, which is pretty stout and nullify it, or if they dont make adjustments, Ajayi will just get another 200 yard game.

    this is definitely a run sets up pass game, and if Verett is out, its possible a deep passing game game.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      i am expecting a HUGE game form Parker, a good game from Ajayi, and some Special Plays from both Grant and Drake..
      and needless to say a Fins Win…

      keep up the posts D .. I enjoy reading them, although on occasion I admit I zone out , but its usually good stuff.. and if it is not of interest I can scroll past it…

  15. Rockphin says:

    Mike E. says:
    September 15, 2017 at 11:03 am
    Rock

    What did you think of the Serpentwar Saga? I’m on book 3, and it’s kinda getting on my nerves
    Reply

    I liked the serpent war saga. Except for Roo fucking around on his wife with that bitch which made me like him a lot less.

    It did drag on some when they were in novindus, but some of the story lines introduced during the Serpent war are critical to the plot development in the later novels. I liked Nakor. I also liked how Erik rises through the ranks and becomes the Duke of Krondor (like Jimmy the Hand) from being a bastard son / no-body.

    • pheloniusphish says:

      Damn. You guys are going to make me start another Feist series.

      • Rockphin says:

        I’ve read every one now. Although I read magician when it first came out I reread it last year and then just read every other book he wrote a story chronological order

      • Rockphin says:

        I’ve read every one now. Although I read magician when it first came out I reread it last year and then just read every other book he wrote a story chronological order.

  16. 81Howie says:

    Evening Update
    DOLPHINS-CHARGERS
    Stang 38-17 MIA
    MikeE 29-23 MIA
    Marino37-31 MIA
    Cav 30-23 MIA
    Howie 24-23 MIA
    Piggy 42-10 MIA
    Son 38-6 MIA
    Tim 27-24 MIA
    Toba 34-27 MIA
    Naples28-17 MIA
    Bold 24-20 LAC
    GO PHINS!!!

  17. Rockphin says:

    Ah shit my IPhone is double posting again. Why does it do that sometimes?

  18. Rockphin says:

    LOL love me some Jay Ajayi

    “Whoever’s in the way, it’s just — they’re in the way,” he said. “So you’ve just got to make them pay or make them miss. You don’t want to get tackled by anyone.

    • D says:

      In another attempt at a Madden impersonation.

      “So see, when you have a guy in the way, you gotta get him out of the way… You can run right up to them and BOOM! you just run over the guy or you can do one of these *makes squiggles on the screen* and now your by them. Whatever you do you don’t want to be tackled, because you cant score without crossing the goal line.”

  19. ElephantRider says:

    Howie

    32-27 Phins!

    GO PHINS

  20. Rockphin says:

    I hate how these newspapers have stopped writing articles they just post videos the record I want to watch a video I will go and watch a video I go to his paper to mad because I enjoy reading Even D’s posts, although sometimes I have to take a break and rest while doing so. 😝

  21. D says:

    Lazor is going to be the Bengals OC…. apparently they didnt watch much of his footage as OC here.

  22. Ken says:

    D:
    Fwiw I am cool with expanding the topics of blog articles especially in the off season. We all wind up talking about other topics anyway

  23. Ken says:

    Phelonious if the Phins do make it to the SB there is nothing to discuss Cutler is your QB. Good problem for us to have if Tannehill is healthy too

  24. mf13ss says:

    herdfan says:
    September 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    MF 13
    What happened at the old blog had nothing to do with a non football related post as you well know. You need to stop with mentioning it here. I’m short on patience today and don’t have a filter. Drop it.
    ———-
    Not only can you not read or spell, you have a VERY visible chip on your shoulder when it comes to me. I’ve tried VERY hard to regain your respect, but it’s clearly not happening what with your hatred. Guess what? I’m NOT going to stop trying to regain your respect… BELIEVE THAT.

    This WHOLE BLOG knows that I’ve been nothing but a gentleman here while seeing your snarky, snippy comments towards me. The record is CLEAR for everyone to see.

    How about you take your own advice and just skip over my comments, okay? Is that simplistic enough for you to comprehend/read?

    And stop fucking around with jetsssuck… he’s CLEARLY just joking around and the humor is way over your head. It’s cool with you when FFR does/did it, but you JUDGE jetsssuck in a different light for the same type of dry humor… DROP IT.

    Stop trying to be judge, jury, and executioner of anyone you just don’t like for whatever reason… it’s childlike. DROP IT.

  25. Mike E. says:

    Rock

    I liked Nakor a lot from the other series too. Yeah, the whole Sylvia Esterbrook thing was a downer, but she sounded pretty hot. I liked the other series in general better than this one, but I do like Erik, and a few other characters.

  26. Mike E. says:

    D

    I love the things Madden said. He was a lot of fun to listen to. Man knew the game as well as anyone too. I played Madden ’08 on my PS3 for the longest time, until it just died (PS3), not Madden ’08. Sad day. 😦

    • Mike E. says:

      BTW – That was a good impersonation of Madden.

      • D says:

        I know some found him asinine with those comments but i love them, i mean he is trying to give x’s and o’s but he knows he is about to talk over people heads since his level of that knowledge is WAY deeper than most, and the end result is a dude trying to explain things by not knowing how without using terminology and explanations he cant create context for lol. Priceless stuff.

      • Mike E. says:

        I never found him asinine. His turds knew more about football than most people. lol

  27. olddolphan says:

    HOWIE — HOWIE–
    At 8:17 this morning I posted 27-24 Mia. –Thank you.

  28. olddolphan says:

    Mike E; I’ve re-read my comments at 8:17 AM and the words “I hate Ross” are no where to be found. However, it IS TRUE I disagree with many of the things he has done. Has “disagreeing” now become the same as “hating?” I hope not.

    If you want to talk to someone who truly hates Ross, talk to my wife. She was involved in a small riot in Ross’s parking lot caused by a TOTAL LACK OF SECURITY PERSONNEL in the southeast lot late in the Chief’s game in September of 2013. She literally ducked down in the front seat of our car and told me she “feared for her life.” Cars and trucks were running into each other. A biker’s girlfriend got knocked off their motorcycle. Fists were flying. A shot gun was drawn. My attempt to locate ONE SECURITY OFFICER WITHIN A COUPLE HUNDRED YARDS failed, because THERE WERE NO SECURITY PEOPLE THERE in that area. “Why doesn’t Ross have security here?” she asked. I responded, “We’ll ask them that very question tomorrow (Monday Morning) after we return to the Tampa area.

    As a result, it took me THREE YEARS to persuade her to attend another game. Ross’s security staff refused to respond to any of our very polite emails of this incident. Two different ticket reps told us they had forwarded our comments on this affair. When I asked “Who sets this policy concerning the lack of security?” they responded “ownership.” Neither of these two ticket reps are currently working for the organization. As of now, my wife is unsure which, if ANY, games she will be attending this season. But it IS FAIR to say she hates Ross, for sure. “We never had these security issues when Robbie and Huizenga owned the Dolphins,” she correctly stated.

    Mike, it is a fact that my former “posse” of about a dozen people is now down to JUST ME. It’s also fair to say that all 11 of them hold Ross in much lower esteem than I do. Those of you who do NOT have to deal with season ticketing snafus (tix arriving way too late, tix sent to the wrong person, etc.) parking pass snafus (each of the last two seasons), VALID tix being declared INVALID at the entrance because of “scanner issues,” riots in the parking lot, club membership cards never sent and club membership cards (which entitle the season ticket holders to a 10% discount on food, jerseys, etc) NOT WORKING FOR HALF THE SEASON because of “computer issues”, etc., should count your blessings!! I’ve had more “NON-FOOTBALL” snafus during the Ross years than I had in the 40+ combined years Robbie or Huizenga owned the franchise, BY FAR!! But I still don’t “HATE ROSS.” I just question his methods AND the people he’s chosen to run his franchise both on the field and in the stadium. There IS a difference.

    TWO things. I was WRONG when I said Ross’s W-L record as principal owner in Miami is 59-70. It’s actually 59-71, counting the Fins playoff loss to Pittsburgh last season. Lastly, I salute Mr. Ross for his $1 million donation to the hurricane relief fund, just like I salute JJ Watt for raising over $20 million for hurricane damage relief and Heat owner Micky Arison for donating about $60 million for the same purpose. iT’S GREAT TO SEE THESE PRO SPORTS PLAYERS AND OWNERS DOING THE RIGHT THING!!

    FIRST BEER at the fest is IN YOU, not ON ME. But, since I’m buying, I guess it IS ON ME!

  29. pheloniusphish says:

    Ken – I agree. The only real decision is do you keep or trade RT. As you said, good problem to have.

  30. herdfan says:

    I can’t find my misspelled word. Has anyone seen it? 😉

  31. 81Howie says:

    OD
    Did you put the Howie-Howie-Howie?
    Ive missed it before due to that. I cant go back that far on this sorry ass PC myself cause it will take me an hour to get back here.
    Otherwise, I am at fault 🙂

  32. 81Howie says:

    Nightly Update
    DOLPHINS-CHARGERS
    Stang 38-17 MIA
    MikeE 29-23 MIA
    Marino37-31 MIA
    Cav 30-23 MIA
    Howie 24-23 MIA
    Piggy 42-10 MIA
    Son 38-6 MIA
    Tim 27-24 MIA
    Toba 34-27 MIA
    Naples28-17 MIA
    Bold 24-20 LAC
    Rock 28-20 MIA
    E-ride 32-27MIA
    Old 27-24 MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  33. Mike E. says:

    OD

    OK, how does “Strongly dislike” sound? 😉

    You buy the first beer, I got the 2nd! I’m not picking on you, it’s just you always give the impression that you don’t like the guy. Maybe hate is over the top, but you get what I’m saying.

  34. wyoming85 says:

    Man I must have missed a frisky afternoon!

    On the fins front (Unless I’m about 6 hours late)

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  35. mf13ss says:

    herdfan says:
    September 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm
    I can’t find my misspelled word. Has anyone seen it? 😉
    ———-
    herdfan says:
    September 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    So I’m here at work, working. A female coworker
    ———
    herdfan says:
    September 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    And hopefully you have no firsthand knowledge
    ———-
    herdfan says:
    September 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    ^^^ OH! I see you took the liberty to correct one of your spelling errors in order to discredit me there… who’d have thought! DROP IT.

    And it’s clear that you didn’t watch the DAN MARINO special tonight. SMH

    • Mike E. says:

      Seemed like SHE was joking with the misspelled word. C’mon M, lighten up bud. I’m sure she recorded the Dan Marino special, that’s what I did, I was watching something else with my wife last night.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Yeah, agree without Mike – take it easy M13 nothing she said warrants that response. We all don’t have to get along with one another and we probably won’t, but do we need to have that drama here?

      Let’s try to enjoy football together. It’s going to be a great season

  36. wyoming85 says:

    Is this late too?

    Joe Schad‏Verified account @schadjoe 6h6 hours ago
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    I’m told to expect Jarvis Landry (knee) to play against Chargers

  37. wyoming85 says:

  38. Good to see everyone made it through the storm! Everyone doing ok, just a bit storm weary. Wind took our roof and lost power for several days, but insurance should get me a roof someday, I have to get in a long line!

    Regarding the shutdown of my FME site. I appreciate all the support and great times there, and wish it was still going. It’s no ones fault, I just don’t have time for it anymore. My life is much busier now with additional projects taken on, and I should have had an exit page or something explaining it. I apologize for that, and I take comfort everyone has a fine place to go, right here, FINSMOBUNLEASHED.

  39. Randy says:

    D,
    Holy shit, bud. Lol
    ***
    And, I have no idea how some of you remember all that stuff from books! I have read pretty much every major Fantasy series(all of Feist’s, I think) written since the 60-70’s or so, and I only remember certain series of any of it! I gotta get tested for CTE.

  40. The Flying Pig says:

    Let’s go Dolphins

  41. The Flying Pig says:

  42. son of a son of a shula says:

    If I may…
    First of all you guys were good today
    Speaking only for myself. Regarding article submissions, We appreciate anyone who would like to submit something and I also think that the admins should have the discretion collectively to decide whether it’s something we don’t mind having.
    When we started this I liked an idea about having a penalty box, Piggs may have liked it too. Essentially, if you were being a dick, or really fouled you got sent to the penalty box and you could only post in there, lol. Too hard to manage, but just in fun too. But having a separate space is the point if it’s non football and maybe controversial.
    Anyway, another tab is a neat idea, but I’m not for a political page I’ll just look at Facebook.

  43. Mike E. says:

    If anyone wasn’t sure that the players were not happy about losing their BYE week in Week 11, read this . . .

    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article173697821.html

  44. Mike E. says:

    David

    Glad you made it through the storm relatively OK. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you and your family.

  45. Brian in NY says:

    Sounds like the offseason was about a week too long…

  46. Brian in NY says:

    Good to see you David!

  47. The Flying Pig says:

    D, we are open to any ideas you have, so whatever suggestion you had in mind is appreciated. That said, I think the blog flows better as one place where posts come often – so creating like a side bar might take away

    We discussed politics before on here and managed to do it without killing each other. Since the election., its died down and I personally use a different outlet for that. I tend to think most people want escapism here. I don’t think we have a hard rule against politics but I’m inclined to discourage it and avoid engaging if I can

  48. Ken says:

    I agree with Piggy about no second tab. It would be confusing and make my brain hurt. I am not opposed to non football related articles especially as n the off season. The bottom line for me is the more articles we can get from our contributors the better

  49. Ken says:

    Good to see David made it through the storm okay

  50. D says:

    Maybe we can try it out next Wednesday if I can get something ready by then

    • Mike E. says:

      Is this a football article? Not sure Wednesday is the best day though. I usually write my article Wednesday, and either run it Wed or Thurs. If it’s not a football article, we’re going to wait until the off season to start with those.

  51. son of a son of a shula says:

    PSA-
    Despite losing our bye week this years bye week Bi babe will make her appearance in that same week even though there will be a game. I hope this clears up any confusion.
    Thank you

  52. olddolphan says:

    Mike E; Thanks for posting the Herald article on the decision NOT to play the first game a few days BEFORE it was scheduled. Historically, the NFL has given major priority to the recommendation of the owner of the home team concerning decisions like this. Yet, I have neither seen nor heard exactly WHAT Steve Ross recommended to the NFL regarding this decision. I find it hard to believe that, if Ross said “Play the game on Wednesday Night (or Thursday Night)” and yet the NFL made a totally different decision. My ONE SOURCE left at Hard Head Stadium told me “Ross has the power to get his way on this one, but not the game in London, which the league has made a major commitment to. He continued, “If Ross really wants to go “BYE-LESS,” he’ll say the NFL (not HIM) made the decision. Then he’ll unsuccessfully try to get the London game moved to Miami, to make it LOOK like he’s trying to make-up for the unpopular decision to delay the game to the bye week.” IN FACT, that is exactly what happened.
    ———-
    NOW WHY WOULD ROSS want to delay the game to the bye week? Well, as I stated several days ago, there was speculation a few thousand people who bought tickets to the Tampa Bay game might NOT have shown up Wed. or Thurs night due to Irma being only 4-5 days away. That would cost Ross lost revenue for food sales, hats/jerseys, etc. IF the game is played in November, more people might show up for this sold-out game, thus increasing his revenue. AS OF NOW, NO ONE can prove that theory is correct, except Ross and the League. But I suspect if Ross was TRULY DISPLEASED BY THE DECISION TO MOVE THIS GAME TO NOVEMBER, he’d have made his feelings known for, among other reasons, to APPEASE HIS OWN PLAYERS, COACHES and FANS. Making Goodell the “bad guy” has worked before in this league.
    ———
    ANOTHER FACTOR: IF Miami gets off to a slow start and/or has even more major injuries, the number of people actually showing up in November might actually be LESS than if the game had been played on Wed. night or Thurs. night. I’ve GOT TO BELIEVE most owners would have opted, under these circumstances, to play the game Wed. or Thurs. night, instead of putting it off. NO DOUBT ROSS WILL GET RIPPED TO SHREDS (fairly or unfairly) if this decision turns out to be the wrong one.

    • stangerx says:

      Completely get your points OD, but like you said no one knows what Ross wanted….and was the league’s call. Pretty sure the game would have either been played early or somewhere else on Sunday if both teams did not have the same bye week.

      • olddolphan says:

        That “somewhere else” might have been TAMPA because the storm initially was forecasted to go up the EAST coast of Florida, not the WEST coast.

  53. stangerx says:

    FEST
    Game is Sun, Oct 22 at one against the JETS. Seats will be $65 each for real cheap nosebleeds.
    Will get together the night before and Chef Warren tailgate as always.

    CONFIRMED
    Pig
    PhinDog +2 (plane and hotel done)
    Mike E +1 (plane and hotel done)
    Son +2
    Chef Warren +1
    Stanger + 2
    Toba +1 (plane and hotel done)
    OD (+1?)….sitting with the crew.
    Brian in NY + son for his first game (in OD’s seats)
    Ken (still not 100% but getting a tick anyhow)

    POSSIBLE
    Howie
    Getterdone
    Krishna?

    Now that the place is opened up……time to buy the tickets. Last chance to get in or out.

  54. wyoming85 says:

  55. wyoming85 says:

    A little levity for the board!

  56. wyoming85 says:

    once a fan, always a fan!

  57. Tim Knight says:

    Let’s all play nice. 🙂

    Good to see you here David.

  58. Krishna says:

    Hi all,

    Just checking in……we plan on attending the festivities for the weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

    However, I was late signing up and thought the tickets were already purchased. I went online and purchased our 2. You guys will be looking down on us in the end zone, but we’re not that far away. Upper deck, first row, same end zone. Hope we get the shade of the new cover and can’t wait to see it live.

    I’m very excited about the start of the season for the Dolphins. Irma’s a bitch and hope everyone fared well. The postponement seemed right to me. Taking care your own always takes first place, in my opinion.

    Hoping for a tough, but successful season.

    GO DOLPHINS!

  59. son of a son of a shula says:

    Good to hear from you Krishna.
    Did you get affected by Harvey?

  60. Krishna says:

    Thank you.

    We were 200 miles away…..just some heavy winds and downed branches. Had to get on roof and clean up the trees. I’m sure nothing like the folks in Florida.

  61. 81Howie says:

    Evening Update
    DOLPHINS-CHARGERS
    Stang 38-17 MIA
    MikeE 29-23 MIA
    Marino37-31 MIA
    Cav 30-23 MIA
    Howie 24-23 MIA
    Piggy 42-10 MIA
    Son 38-6 MIA
    Tim 27-24 MIA
    Toba 34-27 MIA
    Naples28-17 MIA
    Bold 24-20 LAC
    Rock 28-20 MIA
    E-ride 32-27MIA
    Old 27-24 MIA
    Wyo 24-17 MIA
    GO PHINS!!!

  62. stangerx says:

    5 things to watch on Sunday from Mando. Other than my big one is Cutler…he picks out the right ones.
    ———————–

    1. Miami’s offensive tackles versus Los Angeles defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa.
    2. What is the Dolphins offensive personality?: The Dolphins want to play an up-tempo, no-huddle offense.
    3. Can Julius Thomas be Denver Julius Thomas?
    4. Is the Dolphins run defense better?
    5. Will Matt Burke’s defense be an upgrade over Vance Joseph’s?

    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article173745696.html

  63. 81Howie says:

    It took about a half hour but I did get this sorry ass PC through to the TV listings on WKMG-Oralando…
    HELL YEAH!
    THE GAME IS ON!!
    GO PHINS!!!

  64. Mike E. says:

    Hey Krishna! Glad you guys are OK – Look forward to seeing you at the Fest

  65. son of a son of a shula says:

    Wow Gators!
    That throw – Damn

  66. son of a son of a shula says:

    Yeah Howie it’s on TV at 4, don’t look for it at 1

  67. The Flying Pig says:

    Less than 24 hours

    Everyone get oinky!

  68. son of a son of a shula says:

    The Bengals have played 2 home games and are tied with us in Touchdowns.

  69. mf13ss says:

    Barry Jackson‏Verified account @flasportsbuzz 14m14 minutes ago
    More
    New on eve of Dolphins season opener: Former GMs, executives assess Dolphins’ roster and chances this season:
    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article173763681.html

    • Tim Knight says:

      Fair evaluations. The difference in Cutler and Tannehill is Cutler is more gunslinger and takes more shots down the field. But his history says he’ll turn it over more. We need a Trent Dilfer version of Cutler but Jay is more talented than Trent ever was.

      To me the season lies with Ajayi and the running game, and the overall defense. They have to get into the teens in the rankings, not 25-30. A lot of young players have to step up. The potential is there.

      • Mike E. says:

        Disagree completely with Casserly saying Maxwell is a backup corner. He played well for us, and in general, has had a successful career as a starting CB

  70. 81Howie says:

    Thanks Son, Figured that out when I saw we where in LA a few days ago.
    Problem was, is anyone in the Orlando area on right now to ask. So I did my search on-line and found it hours later.
    Well you know where I will be? sitting in the Garage drinking my beer and smoking my cigarettes with an occasional trip in here to say
    HELL YEAH!

  71. mf13ss says:

    I’m looking forward to getting a good look at Lamar Jackson this evening. That, and y’all know Brian and I are rooting against Clemson to help our PSU Lions move up in the rankings! I’ll be flipping back and forth through the two games.

  72. mf13ss says:

    Clemson is definitely playing the type of up-tempo Offense that we Phins are talking about playing this season. They’re very fun to watch.

  73. mf13ss says:

    Lamar Jackson is out of sync with his receivers, and Saquon is a beast like Sasquatch.

  74. Krishna says:

    Awesome MikeE. We are pretty excited.

    Gators were so lucky, but a win no less. Threw the ball 65 yards I think for that TD.

    So many mistakes

  75. herdfan says:

    Omg. I did all the laundry today. I totally forgot that I should wait til tomorrow for the game.

  76. mf13ss says:

    I want to see Lamar Jackson scan the field and make some reads. He’s got all the athleticism/arm/quick release/accuracy/scrambling ability in the world, but doesn’t make an NFL QB. He’s reminding me of Terrelle Pryor at this rate… and Pryor is now an NFL WR. JMO

  77. mf13ss says:

    Many an NFL evaluator will go back to tonight’s tape of Lamar Jackson vs #3 Clemson. So far, no good.

  78. CavalierKong says:

    Season opener so close we can taste it. I am ready for some Dolphins football!

  79. Tim Knight says:

    Psyched!!!

  80. Krishna says:

    Tim Knight…Lol….Sleepless in (strikethrough Seattle) New York/Jersey. Too psyched?

  81. Krishna says:

    I’m so old school, I just figured out how to blog from my cell phone yesterday. And the Samsung has the characters/symbols but I can’t figure out how to get to them….like the sideways carets and square parentheses. Ha.

    • herdfan says:

      Hey Krishna, good to see you on here. I don’t have a Samsung, but if the keyboards are arranged the same, click on the button to give you the numerical keyboard. You should then see a button with symbols on it which will bring up the symbols keyboard. On mine it’s located on the numeric keyboard, left side where you would normally see a shift key.

  82. Mike E. says:

    Krishna – I have a Samsung Galaxy 6, but I know there are a few options with keyboards. Still, the symbols key should reside bottom, furthest to the left. My key has a !#:) all on the same key, but that might vary. Once you hit that key, you’ll have all your symbols you’re looking for.

  83. herdfan says:

    I just posted a Game Day blog…should be coming up in a minute.

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