Week 11 – Game 10 – Bucs @ Dolphins

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Forget the matchups, forget who’s playing where, forget how many PPG we have or they have, forget about all of that.  I’m not wasting my time researching that crap when this team does one thing consistently, underdeliver. NO ONE on this team is living up to the back of his football card (You can all debate that if you like)  What this team needs to do, and I don’t care how Gase has to get them to do it, is come out, and smack some team in the mouth.  As soon as they get on the field, impose their will, and show that team this is not going to be their day.  Not once this season has this team beat up on anyone.  We haven’t enjoyed one victory where it was a clear cut win where we were firing on all cylinders.  Instead we’ve had to endure at least 2-3 quarters of WTF! football almost every game.

Sunday we host a team playing as poorly as us.  I know the ANY GIVEN SUNDAY deal, but it’s time for this team to show a sign of life, and kick someone’s teeth in!  We have been beaten down and shut out and embarrassed and undressed and tied to motorboats and have the fishes eat at us, but ENOUGH!  Time for this team to give us a game where they kick ass from start to finish, a good old fashioned ass kicking BLOWOUT!

I’m not going to post the usual slogans on the bottom, GO DOLPHINS!  Zero in!  I think they  take that too literally, and they’re trying so hard to get zero.

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1,642 Responses to Week 11 – Game 10 – Bucs @ Dolphins

  1. Mike E. says:

    I wonder how many snaps per injury we got out of McMillan and Anthony

    • Rockphin says:

      0 on McMillan. He was hurt on his first special teams play of the preseason. Before the Defense ever took the field. 😦 I was like 50 feet from him when he went down and was like “WHAT HAPPENED!!?” He never got touched.

  2. Rockphin says:

    I owe MF13SS two beers today.

  3. Mike E. says:

    I know McMillan got hurt on the kickoff, I meant both combined. It can’t be pretty

  4. ocalarob says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL

  5. ocalarob says:

    It would seem mcmillon and anthony will be great LBers in the future for us

  6. ocalarob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    November 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    Same thing happening in Miami after a playoff appearance in Gase’s first season
    ___________________________________

    I’ts not our record i’m concerned with, I understand injuries and the side shows played a factor.
    it’s our offensive philosophy that has me worried about gase and the future

  7. ocalarob says:

    off for my pre turkey round of golf, see you guys later, Ocala Municipal here i come!

  8. ocalarob says:

    BTW i walked out of my home yesterday and there was a freak’n BAT hanging in my porch!
    First time i had ever seen a BAT, I shewed him away and he dive bombed me! later on i went out looking for him and he did it again! haven’t seen him today….shaking nervously!!!!

    • mf13ss says:

      They’re harmless, man. Just don’t literally corner them or they’ll bite… then ya have to worry about rabies. I’ve played with bats in the past an let them walk on my arms.

  9. Phindog says:

    MF-13. I know we cut Ray. That opened the spot. Then we promoted Smith for the bucs then released him to clear up the spot for Neville for the pats and resigned Smith Back to the PS..

  10. Mike E. says:

    I’m thinking of trying this one, this sounds like it’s exactly what I’m looking for . . .

  11. Rockphin says:

    When I was in Mexico last month there were bats everywhere at night. One hit me right in the face while I was walking the path at the resort toward the restaurant. I told my brother when we sat down about it and he called BS on me saying that there is no way a bat hit me because they are like acroBATS and can fly around anything. When we were leaving diner a bat hit him in the chest and I smacked it out of the air after it bounced off him into me.

    “AcroBATS Huh?”

  12. mf13ss says:

    I used to drink this back in the day, mixed with Frozen Run white birch beer. Mix it about 50-50 and you’ve got some good $#!t. It tastes good, too.

    • Mike E. says:

      If I were going to drink Jim Beam, I’d probably try the Devil’s Cut. I don’t want to mix it, I want to sip it.

      • mf13ss says:

        Yes, good call on the Devil’s Cut for sipping.

      • Rockphin says:

        Devil’s cut is a marketing ploy. It is the DREGS that are vacuumed out of the wood of the barrels. (the liquor that seeps into the wood) I can’t imagine it would be better than the, you know, ACTUAL STUFF they were making in said barrels.

  13. mf13ss says:

    I try to make HURRICANE ETHYL every New Year’s Eve… good stuff.

    — 151 Bacardi dark
    — Bacardi light
    — Triple sec
    — Grenadine
    — Pineapple juice

    This is DEFINITELY made for sipping.

  14. Mike E. says:

    Rock – It has more of the woodsy, charred flavor. No ploy

  15. mf13ss says:

    Barry Jackson‏Verified account
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    9s10 seconds ago
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    Couple Dolphins news items: Chase Allen took first team reps at mike linebacker, remains Dolphins starter for now… Jesse Davis was right guard, with sidelined Bushrod week to week with foot injury.

  16. Rockphin says:

    Man, this season seemed to fly by. It seems like it was only 11 weeks long this year…….

  17. wyoming85 says:

  18. son of a son of a shula says:

    Mike, Maker’s Mark is pretty good and the red wax seal is fun to peel off

    • Mike E. says:

      Thanks Sonny! I had to go out to get a few things for my black bean soup, and there’s a liquor store attached, so I went for the Woodford Reserve Cherry Smoked Barley. Can’t wait to break that baby open!

  19. Tim Knight says:

    Deon Lacey was the one who collided with McMillan when he injured his knee.

  20. mf13ss says:

    Rigel Spikes‏
    @MF13SS
    3s3 seconds ago
    More
    #Dolphins currently have 12 former Pro-Bowlers in-house (Cutler, Bushrod, POUNCEY, J. Thomas, LANDRY, Suh, Wake, Timmons, R. JONES, Verner, Parkey, and DENNEY), and only drafted 4 of them (in caps). Collective average age: 30.3

    Time to DRAFT better. #FinsUp

    • mf13ss says:

      Rigel Spikes‏
      @MF13SS
      24s25 seconds ago
      More
      Co$t of these 8 former Pro-Bowlers who weren’t drafted by the #Dolphins in 2017? Just over $50M.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Lots of young players on the team that are just getting started or that have had setbacks. Let’s see in 2 or 3 years.

  21. Tim Knight says:

    Rob, you did see Gase’s offense work in Denver right. I know it was peyton but the running game was a part of it. Gase sticks to the run game more than Sherman and Lazor. I’m not worried about that if we can be more effective running it. He’ll roll with it when it’s working and sometimes even when it’s not he’ll stick with it. He’s done that this year.

  22. pheloniusphish says:

    Mike – Can’t go wrong with Woodfords. The Jim Beam you posted is mixin’ whiskey and the, as Rock Said, the Devil’s cut isn’t worth drinking unless you want to re-live your frat boy days.

    If you can find it, Filibuster is good and the the Jack Daniels single barrel is passable. Some other candidates are High West Prairies Wihiskey, Michter’s, Breckenridge, Blanton’s, and Yellowstone. All about $40-$50 a bottle.

  23. mf13ss says:

    On Offense…
    We NEED a Pro-Bowl caliber QB (whether it be Tannehill or a drafted QB in ’18)
    We HAD a Pro-Bowl RB in Ajayi
    We HAVE (at least for this year) a Pro-Bowl WR in Jarvis
    We MUST get to a top-10 O-Line

    On Defense…
    We NEED a ‘QB of the Defense’ (maybe Raekwon is that guy, maybe not)
    We HAVE an elite player(s) at every positional unit
    We SHOULD address CB in the ’18 Draft what with our ineptitude

    I’m wondering if Matt Burke is in over his head? Our Defense is astounding on paper with its personnel, but they are drastically under-performing and under-coached.

    • Tim Knight says:

      How long have these guys played together on defense?

      • mf13ss says:

        I can’t accept that as an answer, man… that’s too optimistic for even me. We are BLEEDING points (7th worst in the league) and it’s absolutely unacceptable. We can’t pressure the QB and we can’t get any turnovers, to boot.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Okay but real good defenses don’t come together overnight. Our offense has also hurt them time and time again. Remember those points also include our offense turning it over and putting them in bad spots. We might not have a win if it wasn’t for the defense.

        We have a broken team that was not what it was supposed to be and the injuries keep coming.

        However I agree we have not done a good job forcing turnovers. But I think part of that is because of the offense. Burke can’t play too risky because he has no idea when we’ll fucking score. LOL

  24. mf13ss says:

    I’ll NEVER understand why we didn’t draft my man Desmond King. He can do it ALL from boundary CB, to nickle CB, to Safety, to kick and punt returns. He’s viscous against the run and even better when the ball is in the air.

  25. mf13ss says:

    Around The NFL‏Verified account
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    Darrelle Revis is back in NFL: Veteran cornerback signs deal with Chiefs
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000881610/article/kansas-city-chiefs-sign-defensive-back-darrelle-revis?campaign=Twitter_atn

  26. The Flying Pig says:

    Happy Thanksgiving humans

    Thanksgiving is a good day to review your poor choices in eating pork

    turkeys are jerks and delicious. Enjoy!

  27. Tim Knight says:

    2018 Linebackers
    SOLB Timmons/Anthony
    MLB McMillan/Allen
    WOLB Alonso/Hewitt

    Do you think we’d be bad with the 2nd team?

  28. naplesfan2010 says:

    Mike E…Woodford Reserve is currently my favorite sippin’ whiskey of that type (not considering scotch, tequila, rum, or vodka as whisky) My other favorite is Knob Creek.

    • Mike E. says:

      That’s great to hear Naples, because that’s what I got. I should have realized you’d be a bourbon man too. My mistake

  29. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    November 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    2018 Linebackers
    SOLB Timmons/Anthony
    MLB McMillan/Allen
    WOLB Alonso/Hewitt

    Do you think we’d be bad with the 2nd team?
    ———–
    I think that looks like a very good corps… on paper, of course. But what do I know, I thought our Defense as a whole was going to be top-5… we’re so far away from that. 😦

  30. Randy says:

    M13,
    Who is the elite player at CB….unless you’re saying Jones is our elite guy in the defensive backfield. I tend to separate S and CB. Also, I think this defense could possibly look very different in 2 years.
    ***
    Is Suh here? If he’s let go for cap reasons, do the somewhat promising rookie DTs step up when Suh isn’t in there making their lives easier….or does their play level off?
    ***
    Will Wake still be an effective pass rusher? If not, does anybody else become a yearly 10+ sack kind of guy? Nobody looks up to that right now. We also currently have nobody on the team who has practice fen they can play his position, especially like he does.
    ***
    Do our young CBs improve? They aren’t exactly great right now. Tankersley has leveled off sharply. What’s Lippett come back like? They are all just kinda…meh.
    ***
    Is Timmons still here? When Raekwon returns, is he the player people hope? People HOPE he’s good, but we have no idea yet. The whole LB unit is kinda up in the air…other than Kiko i’d guess….and he can’t cover my aunt. She runs a mean 5.8.
    ***
    I think those are some of the questions we may be figuring out in a couple years. This defense consistently gives up big plays at bad times and are just as inconsistent as they’ve been for years. They have had moments, but I still don’t trust them to shut down a team when it matters.

    • mf13ss says:

      Yes, I’m going by the DB unit as coached by Lou Anarumo, and Reshad is the elite player I’m referring to, bud.

      ALL of your points are valid above. We’re going to have to draft very well over the next 2 years in lieu of age and salary. As we’ve seen, FA doesn’t buy championships.

  31. Randy says:

    M13,
    Those are just some things i’ve thought about as I watch the defense this year. I think they definitely have played good at times, but there have been just as many where they went belly-up. All or none of those scenarios may be considerations in the near future…who knows? I’m just thinking on things. I don’t think it’s bleak or anything, but we need them to play better on a more consistent basis.

  32. Mike E. says:

    T.J. McDonald may also be close to elite next year. We have to hope Lippett comes back completely healthy and takes off where he left off when he last played. Howard and Tank both have to improve, and hopefully they will. McCain has had a pretty good season after a slow start

    • Tim Knight says:

      I see high hopes for our defense in 2018.
      Without knowing who will be back on stopgap vet deals but can still play, here’s how I see it playing out.

      LDE Hayes/Wake/Rook
      LDT Suh/Taylor
      RDT Godchaux/Phillips
      RDE Branch/Harris

      SOLB Timmons/Anthony
      MLB McMillan/Allen
      WOLB Alonso/Hewitt

      CB Tankersley/Lippett/Rook
      S Jones/?
      S McDonald/?
      CB Howard/Lippett/Rook
      NB McCain/?

      Let them play together longer and see it jell more. The offense has to match them.

  33. Randy says:

    MikeE,
    McDonald has looked pretty good for the most part. He is really good in coming up and hitting guys. His coverage skills may be a little shaky. Man, wouldn’t it be great to have 2 top end Safeties? We haven’t had a really good safety on the backend in a while.

  34. mf13ss says:

    Randy,

    Any O-Linemen standing out for you this year in college?

    I see Wisconsin’s Tackle David Edwards and Iowa’s Guard Sean Welsh have only given up 1 sack each all season.

  35. mf13ss says:

    Rigel Spikes‏
    @MF13SS
    2m2 minutes ago
    More Rigel Spikes Retweeted Pro Football Focus
    “Over the last two seasons combined when Matt Moore is under pressure, he has a passer rating of 84.8. That is second-best for healthy quarterbacks behind Tom Brady.” #Dolphins
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-32-nfl-observations-week-11?utm_content=bufferbc504&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=nfl

  36. mf13ss says:

    According to the data I have in front of me, there’s only 1 O-Lineman in the NCAA (Division I) who hasn’t allowed a single pressure all year (minimum of 250 snaps). His name is Trey Martin, C, Rice, Senior, 6’2″, 300 pounds.

    Can’t wait to get a hold of his tape; I need to know if he can run-block.

    • Ken says:

      Keep in mind that often times and especially in college that centers don’t face elite pass rushers. Still an interesting stat to check out

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        Great Research MF13.
        Rice (C-USA West) is a good program, but not top tier competition (They lost to Stanford 62-7.) nor even second tier (They even lost to Old Dominion.)

        I am leery of trying to upgrade guys into the NFL from that far down in the talent pool.

        To me a Center who allows a 5 sacks against the SEC is more likely to succeed in the NFL, because there won’t be that transition year or three where they are adjusting to the DTs from LSU or USC with multiple rush moves and experience in major Bowl Games.

        Not that Trey Martin is not a good prospect worth looking at, I’m just tired of so many of our guys being developmental. Especially, you want a Center who can take charge and make the line calls and get to the second level without getting run over in pass pro or stood up in the run game by the bigs in the NFL trenches.

  37. D says:

    Woodford reserve is a great burbon. My favorite for the money that is. Maker’s Mark is pretty good too in the same price range

  38. naplesfan2010 says:

    Knob Creek 100 proof is also a full flavored bourbon whisky with a wicked first hit and a nice burn.

  39. son of a son of a shula says:

    Happy Thanksgiving you bunch of turkeys 🦃
    Have s great day, enjoy

  40. naplesfan2010 says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.
    We here in America have so much to be thankful for.
    I’m thankful to have a blog to read that has such a high football IQ.
    You all enrich my Dolphins fan experience and I’m thankful for that.

  41. Brian in NY says:

    Happy Thanksgiving All!

  42. mf13ss says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Enjoy this holiday and remember why we celebrate as much.

    My festivities don’t kick off until this late afternoon/evening with the fam, so I’m going to be doing more O-Line research today in the college ranks. Call it a labor of love!

  43. olddolphan says:

    NAPLES: I GENERALLY agree with your view of taking a college center from the SEC or the BIG 10 or another of the Top conferences over someone from Conference USA. Perhaps the same view is held on running backs, too. But, don’t forget, Alfred Morris, a small back out of FAU, ran for over 1800 yards as a rookie with the Redskins, and got over 1000 yards, I believe, his second year before getting picked up by the Cowboys and stuck behind Ezekiel Elliott.
    ———————
    Devin Singletary, the current star back for FAU, has Morris-type size (5’9″, 200 LBS) but is much faster than Alfred ever was. His 25 touchdowns leads Division I by a wide margin. And, with 3 games to go this season (counting a bowl game), he has a realistic chance of TOPPING 30 touchdowns! I’d take him in a heartbeat. But he’s only a SOPHOMORE!!
    i look for Singletary to finish between #10 and #20 in the upcoming Heisman balloting. Next year, barring injury, he’ll finish much higher!
    —————–
    And, as for C-USA O-Linemen, there MAY be some bargains available in the mid to later rounds. I’ll be watching the bowl games VERY CAREFULLY, as I expect you will, too! Some FAU senior linemen, who have been opening holes for Singletary, might be available in the later rounds or as UDA’s.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      yeah now RB is a position along with a few others (kickers and punters) (even QB, shockingly) where you can find good value in smaller schools.

      A RB is far more of an independent operator than most other positions, which require max teamwork, And any kid with fresh legs, a burst, and a make-ya-miss wiggle can get yards.

      although as we saw with Ajayi, problems still arise with those “big fish in a small pond” RBs who get to the NFL and want their usual 25 carries, no blocking assignments, and no pass catching (see Alfred Morris).

  44. mf13ss says:

    Picking up where I left off last night at the Center position. Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow is a pleasure to watch. MY notes…

    — 6’5″, 319
    — Team captain
    — Dude can pull fairly well, wish he was a tad faster, though (I’m being picky, here)
    — Consistently gets to the second level
    — He can maul, but I’d like to see it more often. Very physical and pancake maker
    — Seems exceptionally alert on every play
    — Sometimes doesn’t finish off his assignment (coachable)
    — Has the ability to open up big holes for the RB
    — Doesn’t wear down by the 4th Qtr, maybe even gets stronger
    — Holds his ground very well vs pass-rushing DTs (has allowed only 1 pressure all year on 189 snaps: out for the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain that needs minor surgery). He’s never given up a sack in his college career.
    — Not a 1-trick pony: he can run-block AND pass-block

    Ragnow has played RG for the Razorbacks (all 13 games as a sophomore in 2015). Thus, he has the positional versatility that we like.

    If Ragnow kills the Combine and proves he’s back 100%, he’s a late 2nd/early 3rd Rounder, IMO. He could replace Pouncey at C or transition back to RG. As an SEC player, he’s seen some of the very best DTs over the last 4 seasons… and has never allowed a sack.

    He’s on the cusp of becoming a “man-crush” for me; he’s a beast.

  45. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!

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