Rebuild makes serious progress as Dolphins trade Ryan Tannehill, sign Ryan Fitzpatrick #staythecourse

Well, out with the old, in with the older. The Dolphins traded QB Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans and our 2019 6th RD (#188) pick as well as paying $5M of Ryan Tannehill’s $7M 2019 salary in exchange for the Titans 2019 7th RD pick (#234), and the biggest part of the trade, a 2020 4th RD pick. In addition to the Tannehill trade, the Dolphins signed veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 2 year $11M deal, but with performance incentives met (they won’t!) could boost the deal to between $17-20M.

I remember driving home from work the night of the 2012 NFL Draft. It was Thursday April 26th, I worked until 9PM and I was racing home from work that night, desperately trying to make it home to watch us make our selection at #8. It didn’t happen. I was close, less than a half mile away when my cell phone rings (hands free for you law enforcement type) and it’s Walker on the other end. Walker says in his lovable southern drawl “Mike E, we got a QB!” I can actually feel the excitement still, the hope of a young QB, it brings so much promise. Unfortunately for both us and for Ryan, things never quite happened as they were supposed to, and the Tannehill era ended 3/15/19 with the trade to the Titans.

In 2016, Ryan Tannehill had his best stretch as a Miami Dolphin. After losing 4 of the first 5 games, at 104, Miami rode the J-Train (Jay Ajayi), and that threat of a legitimate run game opened up the offense, and the ball control rejuvenated the defense. The Dolphins went on to win 7 of the next 8 games with Ryan Tannehill until the fateful knee injury ended his season against the Arizona Cardinals. You know the rest, Matt Moore finished the season 2-1, beating the Jets and Bills, but losing the final game of the season to the Patriots. In the playoffs, we were no match for the Steelers as we were drubbed 30-12 in a non competitive game. Could Ryan Tannehill have done better? We’ll never know.

The Dolphins signing an older vet QB like Fitzpatrick means a couple of things. Fitz is not a long term answer so the Dolphins are still looking for young QB talent. S Minkah Fitzpatrick will have to put an “M.” before his shared last name of Fitzpatrick on his jersey for ’19. Fitzpatrick is a capable QB, but has been a rollercoaster the last couple of years. He started last season hot throwing 8 TD’s to 1 INT in his first 2 games for the Bucs. It all leveled out as Fitz finished the season throwing 17 TD’s and 12 INT’s after the 8:1 ratio in games 1 and 2. He’s really good and really bad. That’s how he’s been. He loves to sling it, and I’d be lying if I said that won’t be a welcome change to our controlled offense of throwing in a 5 yard radius 98% of the time with Tannehill and Gase.

I think the Dolphins will take a QB in this draft, but not necessarily in RD1, unless the right guy just happens to fall to us at #13. We won’t be trading up, which makes it difficult, but we just need to improve the young talent depth at QB. If we felt either Rudock or Falk were the real deal we probably don’t bother picking up Fitzpatrick. Whether Haskins, Lock or Jones are a guy we target, we’ll see in a few weeks. I’m excited that we’re on the right track, and each move we make cements it in that the rebuild is legitimate, and things will get better, but again, for the short term they just might get worse.


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1,827 Responses to Rebuild makes serious progress as Dolphins trade Ryan Tannehill, sign Ryan Fitzpatrick #staythecourse

  1. Tim Knight says:

    You know I’d love to see us draft is Chase Winovich. He’s a gamer. Reminds me of Clay Matthews obviously because of the long blonde hair. Maybe not as talented but he’s a high effort guy who is productive. Piggy did a piece on him. He reminds me of a Pats type of player. Some OLB and some DE.

  2. Tim Knight says:

    David, you’re personnel issues have nothing to do what migrant caravans are doing. This isn’t about Trump, he didn’t order them to come here, lol. That’s why I said stay on topic. You’re all over the place, man. We’re a land of laws and all of a sudden they don’t matter anymore? You don’t see that as a problem?

    • i dont have many personnel problems, im very happy with My employees,

      but You asked to stay on topic. im ok with that , but You need to stay on topic too.

      Steve asked me a question what do i think of soros, and i answered it

      you love arguing huh?

      • by the way fuck You suggesting i have personal problems because i answered a damn question about soros.. ive seen You answer questions before, yet didnt call You out

        You arent my damn daddy, and i dont have to do jump to Your beat!
        You re the one scared, not Me

        bravery isnt a problem, its something You wouldnt understand, fraidycat

        i gave You a Barney vid to help, lol,
        im such a nice guy, but You are unappreciative, lol

  3. Randy says:

    I’ll be shocked if Benzschawel lasts until the 4th round. Same for Deiter in the 5th.

  4. wyoming85 says:

    My perfect draft would be

    Oliver, Ed (DT) Houston
    McGary, Kaleb (OT) Washington
    Allen, Zach (DE) Boston College
    Jenkins, Elgton (OG/C) Mississippi State
    Pierschbacher, Ross (OG) Alabama
    Renfrow, Hunter (WR) Clemson
    Armstead, Ryquell (RB/FB) Temple

  5. wyoming85 says:

  6. wyoming85 says:

    Too much football at once huh?

  7. Tim Knight says:

    Never mind David, believe what you will. But if you’re going to preach, expect some rebuttals from time to time.

  8. wyoming85 says:

  9. im out, walking away with middle fingers to Tim, next time mind Your own manners fraidy boy,

    steve can ask me a question if he wants, and i can answer if i want. You have nothing to do with it.

    im not gonna cry with You, nor waste any more time on someone not worthy of my time,

    all i can say is You need to get help, im not helping though, because You acted like a asshole to Me

    keepin it real

  10. Tim Knight says:

    David, my personal issues comment was in reply to this. WTF did this have to do with anything we were discussing?

    “i was in a place crash in a blizzard at night in a foreign country, now that was scary.

    i rode out hurricane irma in 130 mph winds, i didnt know if the house and fam would survive, that was scary.
    i met a 7 foot bear face to face on my property, that scared me

    but fake emergencies dont scare me, they disgust me”

    • Tim Knight says:

      I didn’t say mental issues, I said personal issues but your replies seem to fit the former. Are you mixing me in with another conversation you’re having with someone else?

  11. Phindog says:

    David. You don’t live in a border state and don’t see what happens to the states that have to deal with all the ramifications of illegal immigration. All our costs are ridiculous compared to the rest of the country and they bring their mentality to all the sanctuary cities around me. We pay huge fees and tax increases to provide for them and suffer from their abuse of the American dream. Yes there is an issue on our southern border and it is a crisis. It’s not fear monger bullshit it is real. It needs to be controlled and now. And that is Fact and not fear. You are not independent you are a far left mental case from reading all your posts. Please quit telling us that your opinions are facts. Your facts are just stuck in your simple mind.

    • TryPod says:

      Not trying to defend David, or offend anyone for that matter, but Florida has a long history of dealing with immigrants, legal and illegal, including violent felons and the like that were released from Castro’s jails in the 80’s. Florida in fact IS a border state for all intents and purposes. With 1350 miles of coastline, much of the Caribbean and Central America has used it as a gateway into the US.

  12. wyoming85 says:

    How screwed are we that half the nation is mad that our President is “not” a traitor???????????????????????????????

  13. Tim Knight says:

    This place can get weird, like this kind of weird. LOL

  14. Randy says:

    Sorry bud! I purposely didn’t address that post to you because I’ve seen several others posted here with those guards picked in the 4th round or lower…so I didn’t wanna just single you out. No shitting intended. Lol
    I liked your draft. 3 OL. 2 of whom I really like.

  15. mf13ss says:

    mf13ss says:
    March 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    Greg Cosell’s QB comparisons

    Tyree Jackson = Logan Thomas
    Drew Lock = Matthew Stafford
    Easton Stick = Alex Smith
    Ryan Finley = not good enough to make a comparison
    Will Grier = Andy Dalton
    I posted this 10 days ago, for those who missed it. IF the reports are true that we wanted to land Matthew Stafford, I wonder if Drew Lock is the type of QB we’d like to draft.

  16. mf13ss says:

    David C (@DolphinsSB52) says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    Racism is part of why I closed my chat room. I know what being attacked racially feels like

    I got attacked relentlously by the Polk county kkk leader because my wife and daughter aren’t white and hateful like him, bastard texted me and emailed me nonstop

    He only pretended to ge Gigi , others , and My friend, to get what he wanted…

    That is a VERY serious charge you just levied, against someone who can’t even defend himself here. I don’t find that to be cool, nor do I agree with you that Walker is a KKK leader.

    I’ve spoken with Walker dozens of times, and never once did I get that sense out of him.

    Now if there’s something I don’t realize, I’d be happy to hear it… I don’t want to see Walker, only to have him kill me, ya know? Be real.

    If not, I suggest you retract what you stated above. Again, he can’t even defend himself here.

  17. manitobafinfan says:

    Yo MF , did they compare Haskins to anyone ?? Out of comparisons above .. give me Stafford for 500 please Alex

    • mf13ss says:

      FIRST of all… my apologies for not realizing your situation and missing you yesterday! I hope all is going GRAND for ya, Manitoba!

      As for Greg Cosell… no. He did not compare Haskins to anyone.

      I would compare a young and incomplete Haskins to: I don’t know! He’s got so much upside, and I think that Son thinks I’m messing with him. But the truth is, if Haskins is there @ R1P13, I’m RUNNING to the podium. Further truth? I highly doubt Haskins will be there @ R1P13.

      Great to see ya, man!!!

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Thank ya sir, was a bit scary at the onset, and a major pain in the ass for over a month… hopefully will be 100% soon , but mostly liveable now .. Sounds like Locks stock is barrelling upwards after his Pro day.. like the reports on him and would not be upset if we took him either… if they don’t work out there will be next year to try again with much ammo

      • mf13ss says:

        Prayers for your continued recovery, sir.

  18. manitobafinfan says:

    Not sure that is possible at any time ( apply as a reply where you see fit )

  19. Phindog says:

    Get my number from Mike E and give me a call.

  20. Phindog says:

    Toba !!

  21. mf13ss says:

    steveccnv says:
    March 26, 2019 at 7:16 pm
    David you talk about rich white men, what about George Soros? What’s your take on him?
    Sore topic to talk about with left-leaning people! What was it, $408K that he paid to Kim Foxx? And ALL of Jussie Smollet’s 16 felonies have been dropped. WTF?!!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      He was exonerated…lol

    • mf13ss says:

      Do you guys really think it was cool to ‘exonerate’ Jussie Smollett… who could have actually caused a riot and/or race war?

      I’m sorry, but I don’t think it’s very funny at all. I’m AGAINST racism.

      • The Flying Pig says:


        If he did it (and there is reason to think he did) I would like to see him charged

        The point I was making is that not being charged with a crime has little value in determining whether some one has been exonerated

        People aren’t charged bc
        – the crime can’t be proven to a jury
        – corruption is in place in the policing agency (which I think is less common than people suggest)
        – they didn’t do it

        But not being charged with a crime is never an exoneration.

  22. Phindog says:

    OK.. I’m out for the night. See you peeps tomorrow. I shaved my mustache and beard and now my wife is wanting to get all stranger ( not Stanger ) on me. No offense Stanger , she thinks you and your wife are cool people.

  23. son of a son of a shula says:

    NFL News:
    Offensive and Defensive pass interference is now reviewable even when it wasn’t called on the field.

  24. son of a son of a shula says:

    Saints would have been in the Super Bowl.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I guess that’s the motivation

      But PI is arbitrary
      So watching a replay a thousand times to determine something that’s basically a judgment call is going to wear thin fast

      What’s next reviewing holding?

      • CavalierKong says:

        Where it is really going to suck is in the last 2 minutes of a half. A game could get ugly with replays during that time. The league will have to be careful in determining what type of play will initiate a booth review.

        In the rest of the game, each side still only gets 2 reviews if they don’t win both their challenges, so it shouldn’t impact play too much.

    • manitobafinfan says:


  25. manitobafinfan says:

    Since it was implemented in CFL, was used mostly to challenge Non calls .. at the onset they wee given three per game , and would abuse them by looking all over the field as opposed to just parts that actually affected the play .. after a year was reeled back to one per game

  26. manitobafinfan says:

    Having the last two minutes being reviewed by HQ is a good bar to start

  27. The Flying Pig says:

    I think I’m just getting old and crabby and I don’t want to review anything anymore

    Just deal with it!


  28. steveccnv says:

    My issue with replay for PI is it gives teams like the cheats more chances to get favorable calls.

  29. ElephantRider says:

    I dont like ticky tack reviews. We all know the Cheats are gonna win all the ghost calls anyway. They are going to grey area everything and the game is going to go on forever…..

    They need less rules! Not more and more reviews

  30. Mike E. says:

    I’m too lazy to look it up so if anyone knows the answer, fire away. Those non-calls that are now reviewable, is that an automatic review by the league in real time, or does a team have to use a challenge? Either way that’s a huge step forward. If the importance is getting things right, that’s a good way to achieve that.

  31. Krishna says:

    Just for you, Tim…..about 24 hours ago around 4am, I was thinking how boring the draft might be picking only OL and DL and I will like it (because imo we need to start there).

    Haven’t heard from Rhino, BBM.

    Have an EC question for The Flying Pig, but will save it for “next” time.

    And to be clear, questioning the validity of a result that is so disparate to history/experience/trends is not whining. It’s observation and curiosity vs blind faith, sheeple thinking. Questioning has nothing to do with lib thinking. I’m trying to understand.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      BBM was posting here earlier this week

      I haven’t heard a thing from 🦏 In some time

      • Krishna says:

        Maybe, t thought someone asked me about Rhino…thought it BailBondMike.

        Read a lot this a.m. trying to keep up……

  32. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP! Let’s all please do our best to keep the political talk off this blog. Thanks!

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