Camp Battles – Safeties

Oh here in Miami, fans should definitely be doing the safety dance.  This is easily the best collection of safety talent in quite some time.  In 2011, we had Yeremiah Bell and Reshad Jones, but Reshad was just getting his career started at that point.  This is now the best unit on this team.  I know Minkah Fitzpatrick is just a rookie, but I think you can throw out the typical rookie plan, this kid is special, and and he’s not going to be overwhelmed by anything he sees in the NFL.  He was used like a pro at Alabama, exposed to just about everything playing multiple positions and assignments at Alabama.  Nick Saban said he was his best player, and he could handle anything, and that’s high praise indeed.  We know what Reshad is, he’s a playmaker who can make things happen against the run or pass.  T.J. McDonald didn’t get a full shot here because he was suspended for 8 games, but this former Rams strong safety can lay the wood, and has had over 100 tackles in a season.  The talent drops off after the super trio, but maybe this is the year that either Walt Aikens or Jordan Lucas take a step forward, learning from Jones, McDonald and Minkah.  Or, maybe Maurice Smith steals the last spot.

Reshad Jones  S – 6’1 215  – 30YO

Reshad has done it all as a Miami Dolphins safety.  Drafted in the 5th RD (#163) in the 2010 NFL draft, he’s been one of our best draft picks in that time period, if not the best.  Annually racks up 100 or more tackles, and has 18 INT’s and 10.5 sacks so far in his career, along with 5 TD’s, 3 on INT returns and 2 on fumble returns.  Playmaker!  He can play near the LOS, and also has the speed to make plays on the back end.  A leader on this team, and one that should hopefully be a career Dolphin.


T.J. McDonald  S  – 6’2 225  – 27YO

The former Rams Strong safety is a lot like Reshad in that he can play close to the LOS or make plays deep as well.  He’s a very good athlete, but hasn’t been anything like the playmaker Reshad has been.  Still, he tackles well, and can cover, and can be used like a safety or a linebacker, so he brings versatility.  Both he and Reshad can be part of the new formation that’s sweeping the NFL for the last few years, the Big Nickel.  That means sometimes deploying a combination of big defensive backs, usually safeties replacing the smaller nickel corner.  I look forward to seeing a lot of T.J., Reshad and Minkah on the field together this season.


Minkah Fitzpatrick  S  – 6’1 202  – 21YO

The great thing about Minkah Fitzpatrick to me is the fact that while playing for Nick Saban, Saban used him in so many different situations, and Minkah succeeded in all of them.  He wasn’t just a guy who was versatile enough to play multiple positions, he was excellent enough to do it better than anyone else.  That’s the key right there, some guys are versatile, and can do things adequately at a few different things.  Not Minkah, he kills it everywhere.  We got a taste of what he’s capable of in the very first preseason game.  That play where a completion was certain, but Minkah closed with a quick burst and was able to get to the receiver and cause him to drop the football.  I saw him making tackles and defending the pass all over the field.  good things are coming, no GREAT things are coming for this player.


Maurice Smith  S   –  6’0 194  – 23YO

Right now, Maurice Smith is 4th on the depth chart, ahead of Walt Aikens and Jordan Lucas.  The former Alabama, then Georgia safety was picked up by the Dolphins last season as an UDFA.  So far in training camp, according to HC Adam Gase said this of Smith . . .“I think his confidence level is extremely high right now,” Gase said. “He understands the defense. It’s allowing him to play faster.”  Whether he can continue to impress remains to be seen.  Smith played in 6 games last season for the Dolphins.


Jordan Lucas  S  –  6’0 190  – 25YO

Lucas was a 2016 6th RD pick (204th).  He appeared in 8 games in ’16, and 11 games in ’17 playing mostly special teams.  The former Nittany Lion safety is now 5th on the depth chart, and that’s not a great place to be, especially if we only carry 4 safeties.  Last year for the most season we carried 4 safeties, but in December we carried 5.  If Smith stays ahead of Lucas, Lucas could definitely be on the roster bubble.


Walt Aikens  S  – 6’1 208  – 27YO

Aikens is really a player w/o a true position.  The Dolphins have been shuffling him around from S to CB since they drafted him back in the 4th RD (#125) in the 2014 NFL Draft.  in 2015, Aikens started 5 games, but otherwise has mostly been a ST’s player, but has played in almost every game since ’14.  He’s show he’s durable, and is a good special teams player, but it seems like at this juncture, he’s no more than that.


So that’s our safety situation.  Depending upon how many CB’s and how many WR’s we keep will probably impact how many safeties we choose to keep, and keep in mind that if Aikens is stowed on the CB depth chart, he’s a guy who can also play safety.   It’s the top 3 though, that should give Miami Dolphins fans something to really look forward to.  Reshad and T.J. are a great tandem as is, so just think how much Minkah elevates the defense?  I know I do all the time!

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712 Responses to Camp Battles – Safeties

  1. Word on the street is Orlando Sentinel went dirt cheap too .
    don’t bother reading their Minimum wage reports

  2. MegaCorporations are ruthless in their pursuit to either give us peanuts or pink slips. I don’t know How anyone can live on poverty wages.

  3. sb7mvp says:

    I love Disney. Wish I could go back soon.

  4. What kills Me is Home builders are building half a million dollar homes and quarter million and up town homes and condos all around Disney. Who are they for? Employees will have to live in the abandoned orange groves far away.
    The Matrix got us by the shorthairs if we don’t break free from the chains,
    Thedamn megacorps are trying to destroy the moms and pops that actually DO provide superior customer Service. Ok, I’ll get off My soap box, lol. Subject change,,

  5. Mike E. says:

    Sonny – Wow, Iloka must want some serious cash, he had a decent year last year. We have T.J. who’s just about the same size as Iloka, so yeah, not shot we’ll look in his direction, especially after drafting Minkah

    • I’m extra jacked this Year, I wanted Minkah to pair with Jones all along , but thought He would be picked before Us. We will have a great pass defense this year IMO, and I believe We will find a way to get bodies in the running lanes. It takes time to gel as a team, maybe a little longer than 2 ps games, lol. For sure!

  6. I believe Minkah was the best defensive player in the draft. Can’t wait to see!

  7. Fitspatrick is like a laser honing in on his target. He can surprise a RB by filling a lane at the last minute with a physical sure handed tackle. And in the secondary he’s a versatile beast! Once he gets comfortable in our backfield, He will generate tons of plays and help us win games!
    A little peek at Minkah Fitzpatrick

  8. 13kvFINS says:

    Always good for a laugh

  9. Thoughts while watching the Minkah video, I have never seen a better safety highlight vid.
    This guy is a huge mismatch anywhere and everywhere. He makes plays that You can’t even believe or think possible. He could and should be Miamis best safety ever!

  10. Rockphin says:

    Damn we passed on 22-29 Todd Bowles! Dumbasses!!

  11. Minkah,s nickname is Mr Pick 6, lol

  12. Rockphin says:

    I do believe this is the earliest in the season I have changed from drinking the koolaid to freakin out.

    • 13kvFINS says:

      Always open to a sip of several spiked pitchers worth of “”freaking out”””

      Yea, too much leads to OverDose…
      My gosh howd it become so popular

  13. This will be Tannehill,s best season IMO, he looks great and I’m thinking he gets better protection this year to go along with more targets, including a red zone TE.
    Major upgrade over Cutler

  14. mf13ss says:

    Same can be said about Tannehill… yet, he doesn’t get the free pass that LUCK does. SMH

    • 13kvFINS says:

      Though THills arm hasn’t been holstered like Luck’s either!!!

      Luck is awesome when right,
      Shoot he was NFL ready after his collegiate sophomore season,
      while THill was breaking A&M receiving records,
      and didn’t take a snap till midway through his junior season!!!

      THills done pretty well for himself with minimal (if any) assistance along the way…

      Fact is that from day one until Gase came along..

      Everyone involved in the development of THill stunted the runt of the litters already stunted growth!!!

      He rode the Chuck Wagon in o17 and is now no longer malnourished!!!

      Go THill,

  15. naplesfan2010 says:

    Ryan Tannehill career stats
    62.7 career completion rate
    18,455 yds passing in 5 yrs = 3691 per yr (one 13 game year)
    106 TDs = 21/yr
    66 = 13 / yr
    86.5 career passer rating

    He ran a 4.65 40 before the injury.

  16. wyoming85 says:

    If your looking for a turd in the grass you’ll find one!

    If you look for a clean path you’ll also find one!

    It’s just what you invest in!

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    Luck tonight 6/13 (less than half) for 50 yds (less than 4 yds per att) and 0 TD and 1 INT

  18. wyoming85 says:

  19. son of a son of a shula says:

    >25 points per game we’ll be a playoff team

    17 a game and we’re the shit team everyone thinks we are.

    We have to score a lot of touchdowns and all these penalties don’t help.

  20. 13kvFINS says:

    “”””“I think this is the first time over the last three years that we’re actually going to be able to go through an actual mock game week,” Head Coach Adam Gase said last week. “Just the time frame of playing Friday to Saturday, getting into game preparation, actually have a clean dry run. We’ve always had something that has kind of stood in the way of that. Last year practicing at Philly, we were kind of going through it, our game plan, with them. So there weren’t a lot of surprises when we got to the game. And the year before that, we were still kind of toying with a lot of things and we didn’t really have our regular week set.””””

  21. 13kvFINS says:

    13 Colt penalties midway through 4th

  22. 13kvFINS says:

    Jerome Baker gonna be shadowing Lamar Jackson come Saturday,

    should be interesting to see what happens with our LB’s vs an extrodinarily mobile QB…

    Will be quite the test in the dress rehearsal game against
    something that we’ve always had issues with, as well as vs the Ravens to begin with!!


  23. manitobafinfan says:

    I have yet to see the play of Luck equate to the hype for Luck .. of the 4 qb I remember being drafted that year i would only consider Wilson to be an upgrade of RT .. make it 5, i just remembered Cousins was same year.. maybe him as well , this season will tell

    having said that, i would not be against us pulling the trigger on a deal for Teddy.. would likely have to be three way deal as i cant see the Jests dealing him within the division.. 100% upgrade at back up, and a safety net if RT does not become what we (including I) believe he can be this year .. Boy Scouts , Be Prepared…

    • 13kvFINS says:

      Teddy was the one and only QB potentially available to Miami in a draft (post 2012) that I was willing to consider as a potential THill replacement… Obviously pre Teddy injury severity…

      I’d love if he happened to fall in our lap,
      but I dunno if I’d be willing to give up draft picks or whatever…

      Oh Yea, I also wouldn’t have hesitated a single second in o18,
      If Baker were to fall to us, didn’t want any of the other guys at our pick,
      but I loved Lamar Jackson for Miami since o15/16 though not where we picked at in the first of o18…

      I’d have swooped,
      If he’d a been there at pick of Gesicki,
      but he wasn’t,
      so I’m loving me some Gesicki who I had projected for us at that pick along with that Philly TE (Joe-Dirt)!!!


      • steveccnv says:

        Teddy and Jackson both cant throw from the pocket, so just say no. Jackson was awful last night completing 0 passes until the D got soft on the final drive of the half.

    • Ken says:

      Cousins is nothing special. His stats are pretty similar to Tannehill as has the results of the team he has lead. Like Tannehill he is a starting caliber QB but he is not elite. He is now on a team with an elite level of talent. It will be interesting to see how he does this year

  24. 13kvFINS says:

    So I’m led to understand that sum’a’ewe Joisey Byzz live somewhat near one another ???

    When I lived 24 years in Nor-Cals Bay Area I went to sports bars every week that the Dolphins weren’t televised…

    Do you guys hook up on Dolphin gameday when you can’t watch from home,
    or Ya’all got the ticket, or do you actually have to wait for the replay???

    Those questions are asked of all who don’t get to watch the game from home or the stadium… Do you find a way to watch Dolphin games live???

    I couldn’t bare having to wait for the replay, even for PS, NO WAYYY in Reg season!!!

    When I lived in CA, I loved the televised 9am est games when I could stay in bed to watch the game while nursing a hangover!!! When Miami would win the snake that bit me & VICTORY became the remedy, when they’d lose I’d just sleep till Monday 😝


  25. steveccnv says:

    Luck doesn’t look right, he’s not throwing downfield.

  26. steveccnv says:

    I’m putting the breaks on for this year, something isn’t quite right. The run D, McMillan, CB opposite Howard. LB in general, 3rd down conversions…

    I’m hoping McCain or someone else steps up, 3rd down conversions and penalties dont carry over to the regular season.

    It’s not all bad we seem to move between the 20s with the greatest of ease. Howard and Fitz will settle the back end, Ryan seems ready to breakout, Quinn and Wake should be a great duo, Amendola and Albert can surely get open, and Gesicki is going to score a lot, but something isn’t quite right.

  27. days64 says:

    I wonder what Gase would take to unload Parker? Everyone knows we are deep on receivers… surely someone is whispering to the coach. Maybe Seattle???

  28. ocalarob says:

    olddolphan says:
    August 20, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Conclusion #2: Over the last few years, GARSE has shown a maddening tendency on 3rd and 7 or 3rd and some other number to throw a very short dink pass and HOPE the receiver can break several tackles AND GET THE FIRST DOWN!! –Shitty strategy

    we’ve not had the luxury of a consistent reasonable down and distance on 3rd down, if its 3rd and 13 the D knows where you have to go to get to the first down, the dbs play deep and they send the pass rush.
    it’s a very easy fix…run the ball effectively on 1st down which i’m sure we will see a lot of Gore.

    this is pre season, i wouldn’t buy into any of that…most good teams lose all their pre season games and the bad ones win them all.

  29. ocalarob says:

    I heard in the presser Gore is chomping at the bit to play, Gase was asked if we will see Gore Saturday?….he said i can’t tell you right now…he said if i do and say “no” i will have to deal with an angry Gore all week long.

    I don’t blame him for not playing Gore in pre season, he’s our only hope to have a decent season.

  30. mf13ss says:

  31. Randy says:

    This team better find a way to run the ball effectively or it will be yet another in a very long line of disappointing seasons. The OL needs to assert itself.
    I don’t see us being a high tempo, high production team. That’s not something you just become because you want to. It takes a long time to develop that sort of precision. We’re nowhere close. I’d focus more on getting our running game where it can be at least effective. But, I don’t think Gase will.

    • ocalarob says:

      I believe to be a high tempo offense you have to be unpredictable, passing every down does not achieve that, if you can impose your will in the running game then you can get to the 2nd level of the D successfully as they have to play up to stop the running game, running the ball effectively and converting 3rd downs also helps your D get much needed rest.
      Gore is probably the best power rb there is, the only problem is we have no one behind him if he gets injured.

    • steveccnv says:

      I see 2 completely different offenses, depending on who is in the game. With Drake in expect more of a big play up tempo offense, throwing more on 1st down, with Gore I see more running on 1st down and more game management type of plays, with more play action. I think the switch back and forth is going to confuse the D. Is Drake in, is Gore in…oh shot it was Drake and there he goes with a spin move to the outside.

  32. Mike E. says:

    Randy – Why don’t you think Gase will run?

  33. wyoming85 says:

  34. wyoming85 says:

    Joe Schad @schadjoe
    28m28 minutes ago
    Kalen Ballage, Mike Hull, MarQueis Gray, Jake Brendel, William Hayes, Trae Elston not spotted participating at Miami Dolphins practice

    Joe Schad @schadjoe
    32m32 minutes ago
    Kalen Ballage (concussion protocol) is out here at Miami Dolphins practice in shorts

  35. ocalarob says:

    with all that kneeling Stills may have knee issues….is that why he was out?

    • stangerx says:

      He has some real serious problems. My brother showed up 3 hours after my Mom’s funeral, but least the scene he caused did not include being as big as Richie.

  36. steveccnv says:

    Yardbarker has a mock draft out with us picking 5th, and 7 AFC teams picking 21-32.

  37. Mike E. says:

    Son’s favorite site, has us picking 3rd.

  38. stangerx says:

    Yesterday am waiting for the light to take a left into a six lane road and watched what must have been three of the local mean girls high school click at work (all hot and dressed about the same). They crossed against the red hand as if it was their personal road, hit the median (landscaping involved) and then one of them stepped her foot over and was about two feet from getting bashed from a car going 35 (the speed limit).

    The one who almost got hit was shaken for good reason, the one in the middle didn’t say anything, the one in the back yelled A-hole at the top of her lungs…. and then they all ran across the rest of the way like a bomb had gone off. Afterwards got to watch the one in the middle have a crying meltdown and the other two give her a group hug. Reminded me why was lucky those types and I never got along much.

  39. Randy says:

    I’m not sure I think it’s all about whether or not Gase will run. I know he has run the ball in other offenses. I just don’t think with all we’ve seen and heard that he will have the patience to run the ball. I think, just my opinion, that he thinks points come from the air. Plus, if he doesn’t win this year, he may not be around much longer. That pressure doesn’t lend itself to a lot of running…nobody has the patience for it anymore. And, if our OL doesn’t start showing that they can move people, I’m not so sure I can second guess Gase if he doesn’t have the patience to run the ball. Players need to execute, but I hope we see a little more patience with the running game.

  40. Randy says:

    An uptempo style is based on timing and precision. If you can’t run plays without getting a flag every 4th play, you can never up the tempo. You also need to be able to convert 3rd downs! Run or pass….it doesn’t matter. Most teams try to go as fast as possible. More plays….more chance to get points is the idea. But you need precision and discipline in your execution to get there. We haven’t seen any of that in years.

  41. 13kvFINS says:

    “””with all that kneeling Stills may have knee issues….is that why he was out?”””


    I saw the play that he legitimately tweaked or strained something, minor grimace, checking this and that…

    He wasn’t out because of kneeling and/or as a suggested punishment!!!

  42. mf13ss says:

    • Mike E. says:

      Let’s see how the ones do in Game 3 on Saturday against the Ravens. It will give us a little bit of a better idea, but still, not the exact picture.

      • Mike E. says:

        Although damn, we always lay an egg against the Ravens . . .

      • steveccnv says:

        If we can’t play well this time against the Ravens it’s a sure sign, we get 8 days between games and they only get 5 and it’s a home game.

  43. Mike E. says:

    Stanger – I was never friends those girls either, or ever dated them either, they wanted no part of me. lol

  44. mf13ss says:

  45. Tim Knight says:

    What’s up folks, went off the grid for a few days being down the shore. I didn’t see the game just checked online to see what happened and that nobody got hurt. Is there anything new I should know about?

    • Mike E. says:

      I only watched the first half, the offense was moving with the short passing game, but penalties killed us. Defense looked pretty bad against the run, a few big plays. I’m not extremely worried. Cubs traded for Daniel Murphy. That’s surprising

      • Tim Knight says:

        Thanks Mike! Yeah I read that about the run defense. With the new way they’re playing and a lot of new players and young players, it may take some time to gel and clean some of that up.

  46. wyoming85 says:

  47. wyoming85 says:

  48. wyoming85 says:

    Why would anyone think Gore couldn’t be an asset in the passing game?

    • Mike E. says:

      I think he will, he can catch, and block too

    • Tim Knight says:

      Wyo, it will be both with Drake and Gore. Why is this so difficult to understand for people? I still say at the end of the day, Drake will lead the team in touches. Gore will play a vital role though because he has a knack for finding creases and he runs so low he can get 2-3 yards when you need it. Drake will have plenty of productive runs and some big ones. Gore will also make some plays in the passing game.

  49. wyoming85 says:

    How does 1, MF-1 long run play constitute shitty run defense?
    Somebody take the 77 yard’r out and tell me how the !’s did against one of the best run teams in the league?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Ask ORob. LOL

    • mf13ss says:

      Even if ya take McCaffrey’s 77-yard run out, we’d have given up 155 rushing yards… not good. But the fact of the matter is that ya can’t take McCaffrey’s 77-yard run out… it happened on our watch and they beat us by 7 points (not that the score really matters in preseason, but ya get the point).

  50. Tim Knight says:

    I saw the two sacks from Quinn on Newton which displayed his elite ability to rush off the corner. If he can hold up and avoid injuries, that’s what he can do.

    • Mike E. says:

      I liked what I saw from Quinn, but just like I’m not overly concerned about the defense, I’m not over-hyped by Quinn’s pass rush yet either. He looked fast, and he was having his way with the tackle for sure, but it’s preseason, so . . .

      • Tim Knight says:

        Not the stats but that he looks healthy and fast and he’s a tough SOB to to block. It’s not like he doesn’t have a body of work to go by.

    • mf13ss says:

      AGREED! What a pleasant surprise that was to many. Rumors of his past back injury derailing his ability seem to be false. I didn’t see him bend like he used to (it was one game with limited snaps for him), be he clearly still has a non-stop motor, agility to turn on a dime, and excellent closing speed.

  51. Tim Knight says:

    M13, my old mantra is nobody will care about the preseason once the RS starts. None of the stats matter in these games. The Bills and Colts would lose all their preseason games back in the day and always be playing for championships. They are practice games where 70+ players are getting work. Not saying this means we’ll be playing for championships, just that the results don’t mean anything. We could shut down the run game in the PS, get all excited about it and then allow 150+ in game one of the RS. The PS means nothing other than injuries.

  52. Tim Knight says:

    Randy, didn’t Gase roll with Ajayi when he felt that was our best option in 2016? Drake down the stretch last year. He absolutely will run it if it’s working.

    • mf13ss says:

      IF we’ve finally gotten the O-Line right, running will work… keeping in mind that gel time will be a factor what with different faces.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah of course. Didn’t Drake bust a big TD run against Carolina (3rd run defense) last year in the RS? He also had a nice run in the PS against them the other night. It happens. Talented players make plays.

  53. Tim Knight says:

    Ha!!!! I went and watched some highlights from the CAR game and the starters were basically tied in the 1st half 9-6 and 13-9 before all the subs started to come in. Based on what I read you would think we were trailing 38-3. LOL

    • mf13ss says:

      BRO! LOL, c’mon now! We both know that the score doesn’t matter, nor do the mere highlights, in a preseason game. Even IF we’d been trounced 38-3, it doesn’t matter.

      We’re looking at a lot of one-on-one match-ups, individual performances, and bubble players. In a way, you’re contradicting yourself with your above comment, man! 🙂

      • mf13ss says:

        NOT try to diss you in any way! As several here have mentioned, it was a real teachable moment for Raekwon what with the TD he gave up to Ian Thomas, and it was a teachable moment for several on the McCaffrey 71-yard run.

        It’s not all bad… it’s something that can only make us BETTER come the regular season! Can’t be afraid to fail… that’s when we LEARN!

    • Tim Knight says:

      Just saying that I was reading recaps and comments here and it made it seem like Carolina was a beast against us. Not true!!! LOL

      The late 1st half and 2nd half were backups and bubble players for the most part. That’s what I’m saying! Everyone is always about chemistry and continuity yet in the PS you never have that. It’s a PS game of reps decided by who practices well and that’s who plays. Guys who sit on the bench and get minimal reps until the 4th qtr are gone. They’re not showing it in practice.

      • mf13ss says:

        Okay, I’ve got you now, man! And as we all should know by now, the only somewhat meaningful game is PSG3 (dress rehearsal game). And even then, we’re still not going to be showing our Trump card or genuine intentions.

        And as I’ve heard you say for several years now, NOBODY will be referring to ANYTHING that happened in the preseason once the regular season begins… VERY TRUE. The only exception? When we played Jake Long into the 3rd quarter of a preseason game and he got severely injured, thus precipitating his decline.

        GO PHINS!!!
        HELL YEAH!!!

  54. naplesfan2010 says:

    OK so PS doesn’t matter, but we still better block the fuck out of Suggs or he might hurt our QB, which would be an unmitigated disaster. C’mon Laremy. Show your mettle.

    Actually, although i think we need to show patience and let our OL gel, i am done waiting on Tunsil to become that HoF guy I thought we drafted.

    You need to ball out this year Laremy Tunsil.

  55. naplesfan2010 says:

    PS Stanger
    I frickin hate Mean Girls.
    OK, I hate mean people in general. But being male, I hate Mean Girls more.
    I mean HATE.
    Mean Girls are a scourge on the planet’s social landscape.

    Who the fuck do they think they are anyway?

    • stangerx says:

      They think they are women who can get away with it. And enough people out there at least to let them do so. Not just in highs school but after. For most reality strikes when doesn’t work as well when the next generation like them hits the bar scene, but have met some who grew out of it.

  56. naplesfan2010 says:

    On McCaffrey’s run, notice that Bobby Mc did not fill his lane. He got ludicrously sicked in and neutralized without even being really blocked.

    He’s not used to being a boundary CB and coming in to offer run support from out there. It was his missed assignment that cost us the long run. Did you not wonder where the DB on that side was? Bobby McCain floated passively into the mess and got lost in the wash. Your Corners MUST make some run support tackles or the D does not have enough men to absorb all the blocks.

    OK so there was enough blame to share with TJ taking a bad angle and the OLB getting solo blocked, but it’s 11 on 11. If the D sacrifices a CB then it’s 10 on 9., assuming that since you are playing Carolina, somebody is the Spy on Cam Newton reducing it to 10 on 10..

  57. manitobafinfan says:

    We missed tackling him in the backfield by about a half second… dont recall who it was but we had a man who, if it were a pass play would have sacked Cams ass, he handed it off just a split second too late for rusher to take McCaffrey down

  58. Tim Knight says:

    When Drake does it it’s awesome!!!! When the opponent does it well now it sucks!!! lol

  59. 13kvFINS says:

    Agree with Naples, BMc initially OB the McCaffrey run
    thought that with all between him and handing,
    he didn’t even see/realize that the ball was in McCaffreys hands till it was too late…

    That’s how I saw it…

    Thoughtvwe played really good first half D other than 2 plays,
    and moved the ball well offensively minus 3 starters & 2 of top 3 RB’s,
    while believing that the penalties led to 9 rather than 21 first half points


  60. manitobafinfan says:

    The other team also gets paid to make plays, so every once in a while despite our best efforts they will win a battle .. we hust have to win more battles than they do and thus WIN THE WAR

    • 13kvFINS says:

      So true TOBA, “””other team gets paid too”””

      Be surprised at how many that don’t consider 😱 such a possibility 😁

  61. steveccnv says:

    Watching Buddy Howell play at FAU, he’s pretty good, but not the main back. Greg Joseph has kicked them all through the endzone. 2017 vs OD.

  62. 13kvFINS says:

    OK to Gase @ 5:20

    Where you at with the pocket, No sacks/pressure due to
    Ryan footwork/technique/presence, OL etc ??

    “”””Ryan getting ball out quick,
    but he’s got a lot of space back there,
    (((( I dunno if he used to this )))),
    the line taking a lot of pride in keeping him upright”””

    Ryan don’t know how to act without being engulfed by numerous beast in opposing colors…

    Probably true, it’s all he’s known since entering the league,

    17 “”””HMMM, this feels odd””””


  63. ocalarob says:

    Randy, I think most uptempo schemes are designed to keep the D personnel on the field and to read the defensive positions at the LOS, not necessarily to hurry up the game.

    the thing is when we get stuffed or draw a penalty on 1st down it puts us in a hole that we can’t climb out of on a consistent basis. penalties are a lack of execution and the blame for that should go to the HC.

    last year we didn’t have a RB that could give us 3 yards on 1st down consistently, if we did we would have a very manageable 2nd and 7 this IMO is the reason we went 6-10.

    all i can hope for is Gore will bring us an effective running game because without that we are at best another 6-10 team

  64. wyoming85 says:

  65. Randy says:

    Yes trying to keep base defensive Personnel on the field and keeping the other team from switching guys is part of it but you can do that by going slower too and just not switching your personnel out, so that’s not really the main focus.
    Also, I think the biggest reason we can’t run is our o-line not doing their job. Second, I would say it’s because we’re way too predictable. Then, teams know how to defend Tannehill by bringing early pressure…using run blitzes and forcing him to go to his short first read. I know you believe it’s more about the running back but I think it’s more about the offensive line.

  66. wyoming85 says:

  67. wyoming85 says:

    • steveccnv says:

      Baker to start by default.

      We have our softest part of the schedule early, so while the rookies and new guys are getting acclimated we need to win games early.

  68. son of a son of a shula says:

    A big ol bloggy Happy Birthday to our pal Mike E

    Thanks for all you do

  69. steveccnv says:

    One of guys that tweets with the beat reporters, can you get this message out to them?

    Ask why we always play away on Thursday. Playing on the road on Thursday is the biggest scheduling disadvantage.

  70. D says:

    mf13ss says:
    August 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Agreed with your take on the McCaffrey run… it was a collective Defensive failure, not just on one guy.
    Anytime something like that happens, thats going to be the case but i will say there were some players that stood out as epic failing, McMillan and Baker both count on that play. The safeties didnt do a great job either after he got loose.

  71. wyoming85 says:

  72. 13kvFINS says:

    So MikeE, everyone talks about you being old as dirt,
    so been wondering how old dirt actually is???

    Get the feeling that you’re not quite that ripe…

    THANKS for your kindness to me, mine & all others,

    😋 cake!!!

  73. wyoming85 says:

    Matty I

    2h2 hours ago
    I’m bored. So give me your best #DolphinsHotTake for the 2018 season. Go….

    36 replies 0 retweets 2 likes
    Reply 36 Retweet Like 2 Direct message

    Lee Harvey

    30m30 minutes ago
    Why do we always play away on Thursday. Playing on the road on Thursday is the biggest scheduling disadvantage.

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    Matty I

    20m20 minutes ago
    Good question. Not sure why.

  74. Phindog says:


  75. wyoming85 says:

  76. Mike E. says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone! Double nickels baby, after this birthday, I’m over the speed limit as usghe! 😀

  77. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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