Dolphins will hit the ground running in 2020

It’s not just the addition of Jordan Howard, the physical type of back we haven’t had here for a while. It’s the commitment to being capable of running the ball. The offensive line has been revamped and in almost every case they are big strong run blockers. Oddly enough, the exception is our second 1st RD pick, LT Austin Jackson. It’s not that Jackson isn’t a good run blocker, he is, but he’s not a road grader. Robert Hunt and Solomon Kindley are. Ereck Flowers can be. It’s painful to look back at the depth chart early on last season after trading Laremy Tunsil. Jesse Davis at LT, Michael Deiter at LG, Dan Kilgore at C, Evan Boehm at RG and Isaiah Prince at RT. I don’t know for sure what the line will look like but my guess is it will be Jackson LT, Flowers LG, Karras C, Hunt or Davis at RG and the other at RT. Michael Deiter may give a fight for a guard spot but whoever wins this year will be locked in a tough battle.

Trading for Matt Breida puts the speed back into the depth chart at RB after trading away Kenyan Drake. Breida is a similar player, he’s a HR hitter with his speed and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Having Jordan Howard wearing down opposing defenses will make Brieda even more dangerous. I can almost guarantee you we will be a better team on the ground than last year. Of course that’s not saying much considering Ryan Fitzpatrick was our leading rusher with 243 yards. We’re going to be a much more physical team. Whoever is on the O-line is going to be a punishing run blocker. No finesse offense, that’s off the table. Just think of how much more successful our offense could be with a legitimate rushing attack. With more push from the line our backs, all of our backs will look better than their 2019 counterparts.

The only damper on my enthusiasm is the lack of OTA’s and practices which potentially 6 new starters in the run game including the RB will need. What a shame. The bright side is that opposing defenses will also be missing the time they need to jell so it works both ways. I’m thinking that by the end of the season we may actually have one of the better running attacks in football. Certainly by next season we will be even better. Well OK, to be fair, it’s not just the lack of practice and workouts, there’s the possibility there may not even be s 2020 season, although I think that’s a slim chance.

I still think Ryan Fitzpatrick will be running this team, at least early on. If he plays well, there’s no reason to change that. He’ll be glad to have Jordan Howard and Matt Breida, and Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird will all look better, even Kalen Ballage should look better with better run blocking. I’m eager to see impose our will on opposing defenses, much like we did when Jay Ajayi was a threat to do that every game. He didn’t do it every game, but the fact that he had some dominant performances kept the defense honest, even if he wasn’t successful on the ground. We need that edge back, we need teams to respect our run game in order to be an overall better team. The best teams all can run the ball, we need to be one of them.



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764 Responses to Dolphins will hit the ground running in 2020

  1. Randy says:

    Soliai had to learn how to occupy multiple blockers and occupy 2 gaps. That’s actually really hard to do…especially to be able to do it without being flagged for holding. That’s why it took him 3 years to learn how to do it, Wilkins is not playing a standard nose technique every snap. Wilkins is learning how to play the 0-3 techniques…maybe even as far as the 5 tech…as they can put him at DE too. I’d like to see him improve on his hand placement. He’s a big, powerful dude who needs to set up guys a little better with his punch. But, as always, it’s all in what they are asking him to do. It will help to have other guys on the DL that can take the pressure off him too….let him work more one-on-ones.

  2. Randy says:

    When you’re a guy playing nose tackle and gotta occupy 2 or 3 guys, there are ways that help a lot by holding or grabbing the OL. Gotta be able to do it without the ref calling you for defensive holding though.

  3. Mike E. says:

    D – I feel like I almost want to let the people that are offended go through the entire inventory of shit that offends them and just get rid of everything. I doubt anything they remove is really important to anyone anyway. Once they do that though they just need to stop crying . . .

    • Rockphin says:

      I am so outraged!!! I have run out of things to be outraged about and it makes me even more outraged!

    • steveccnv says:

      Not possible, there will always be a next thing.

    • New Age says:


      I miss the old days of my youth. We would say some really offensive stuff to each other as friends but a lot of it was pretty funny. That’s how comedy was back then too. Now, you have one side that wants comedy to come back like it once was (and lots of comedy has truth within), while others want to make sure you meet the standards of their new religion of Newchurch.

      I don’t know how some people survive real life with their sensitivities. That bubble must be awful thick and their parents incredibly wealthy and connected.

      • Mike E. says:

        I couldn’t agree more. The PC police might as well be called the NO FUN POLICE. It’s fucking ridiculous! I lament this often to my wife but my kids are part of the problem, they’re part of PC nation.

  4. Randy says:

    Check out this white guilt story: A guy in the Twin Cities was accosted by 2 teenage black boys outside his home. They put a gun in his face and told him to give them his car keys. Accidentally, he gave them his house keys. They got frustrated and just ran off. The guy called 911 afterwards. Then, I believe the next day, he was being asked about it and said that after reflecting on it that he regretted calling the police because he realized that by doing that he’d put those 2 teenage black boys’ lives in danger. He said he should’ve just given them his keys because it would’ve been easier on them to not put them at risk of police interaction.
    Shit just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

    • steveccnv says:

      They don’t want equality, they want privilege.

    • CavalierKong says:

      I read this story yesterday. The only way it makes sense to me is if the guy is located in an area where he was afraid of repercussions because he called police, so he had to make that ridiculous statement to protect himself. SMH

      • CavalierKong says:

        I’m not sure which is worse, the theory I put forth, or if he really believes what he said.

      • steveccnv says:

        I’d bet he believes it, that’s what they’re telling people to do, even cops. Don’t shoot, just let him get away and pick him up tomorrow. That’s what they said about the guy in Atlanta.

      • CavalierKong says:

        Yeah, you could be right. Like Randy said, shit just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

  5. ocalarob says:

    FL Gov stops bars from selling alcohol effective immediately! you think he could’ve waited till monday?

  6. Randy says:

    It happens all the time with traditional nose guard play. I have no idea if it’s actually coached in the pros, but you do it. And no coach is gonna bench you for it. They might yell at you for getting caught. Besides, it’s not just grabbing and holding. There are all sorts of ways to influence blockers. Some legal. Some not. Lol

  7. The Flying Pig says:

    son of a son of a shula says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:08 am
    Me and a few cows toppled that POS last night
    steveccnv says:
    June 26, 2020 at 9:29 am
    The Swine Republic, all hail the mighty pig.


    Fuck Cows

    Hail the Swine Republic

  8. stangerx says:

    Good for all you Northeast guys….. the raging tide is down. Came down here to FLA and to Wyoming in TX.

    Funny part here is the number of young kids is way, way up. Guess what happens when you open the bars.

    • CavalierKong says:

      It’s exploding out here too. Luckily it really hasn’t rocked Sac County though, it’s more down south.

  9. New Age says:

    The sad part of this COVID BS is that the media will never let it go away. What if I told you that 42.0% of all deaths by May26th were in nursing homes? The same nursing homes that only house 0.62% of the population. It’s almost as if we could have protected those people and this wouldn’t have been a real issue. Since we knew it hit elderly at a disproportionate rate, why didn’t we? Why didn’t our leaders?

    The newest rise in cases are mainly with people aged 20-39. The same people rioting and doing whatever they wanted the entire time.

    • stangerx says:

      Not just rioting….. but just partying. I’ve been there. Think the old folks paid attention and the folks taking care of the old folks did as well. And then there was the bar crowd.

    • Rockphin says:

      Because it was going to be gone by April….It was going to disappear, like a miracle, it would just disappear….

  10. wyoming85 says:

    Yep Abbet closed our bars today!
    Back to 50% in restraints!

  11. Rockphin says:

    I’m in Fl but in a “blue county” and we never got reopened. Desantis opened the state except for South Fl. Now, he has closed down everyone else too.

  12. Rockphin says:

    • CavalierKong says:

      Minkah screwed everything up. We were looking to be the first team in history to be made up of only players named either Parker or Fitzpatrick.

  13. ocalarob says:

    Rockphin says:
    June 26, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    I am so outraged!!! I have run out of things to be outraged about and it makes me even more outraged!

    I’m outraged that your dad didn’t wear a condemn!

  14. wyoming85 says:

    It dawned on me a minute ago who are the happiest group in the country right now!

    The Mob!

    Defund cops! Riots!

    I smell protection money!!!!!

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I’m going to let you in on a secret

      Mobs have not overrun nyc

      They aren’t happy. They don’t exist.

      I guess I can see your perspective, if they did exist, they certainly would be more happy than the people angry at the latest cultural war bait

      • wyoming85 says:

        I was being humorous!
        It seems to be a lost art these days!!!!!!!!!!

        I’d have to say that organized crime might still exist though?

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I mean …come on…you can’t pretend that’s not a political jab now…

      • wyoming85 says:

        I don’t have to “pretend” at anything!
        I explained it for you. If you still don’t agree??????????????

      • The Flying Pig says:

        It’s a political post

        It’s fine to make them. Believe it or not I like to read your posts. It keeps me grounded and let’s me hear some one else’s point of view. And it’s never personal to me. But when you make them, and I see them, and I don’t agree, I jab back. Bc it’s important for me to explain that not everyone agrees with what you said…in this case me.

  15. CavalierKong says:

    “I smell protection money!!!!!”

    It’s not protection money, it Smells Like Teen Spirit. That band, Condemn, must be around. Nevermind…

    LOL, if anyone picks up on all that, I’ll applaud.

  16. steveccnv says:

    This might make me give up bacon🤔

  17. Mike E. says:

    Piggy – I think Wyo was referring to the Mafia, not the Liberal Mob. Pretty damn sure about it actually.

  18. Rockphin says:

    I love that I don’t even have to respond


  19. Rockphin says:

    Mike you nailed it again! LOL

  20. New Age says:

    I’m upset the Jets are being so short-sighted once again. It takes time to build a winner and I think Gase should have every chance to keep his job until 2030. I’m even willing to put my Jets season tickets on the line for that guy.

  21. Rockphin says:

    Ron x ron

  22. wyoming85 says:

  23. The Flying Pig says:


    Since you are posting again
    Now I have to apologize for jumping down your throat earlier
    I obviously misread your post

    My mistake

    Not that it’s an excuse but it’s been a rough week for me.


  24. steveccnv says:

    Stills mocks Ross’ 13M donation over four years to his Initiative in Sports for Equality to combat racism, because it’s a tax write off. Not sure what the tax write off has to do with anything.

    He’s such a class act, glad he’s gone.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Really dumb comment on Stills’ part. Nothing anyone does is good enough for anyone these days. We live in the age of ridicule. It’s fuckin sad!

    • CavalierKong says:

      It’s too bad. I was in Stills’ corner at first. He was more than just talk, and seemed to have a good head on his shoulders about this stuff. But he showed his true colors when he killed Ross for supporting Trump. Even after all the ways Ross supported the movement and Stills specifically. Ross is still entitled to have his own political opinion, lol. I was glad to see Still go too.

  25. CavalierKong says:

    Mike E. says:
    June 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    You have some Nirvana talking about my band!
    lol, Mike. Actually, you pick up on quite a bit of my humor, so I figured you’d get most of it.

    I worked the name of the album in there too.

  26. wyoming85 says:

  27. ElephantRider says:

    Lol @ New Age

    Let’s start sending messages to the Stej about they better be giving Gase at least 5 years minimum! They just need patience!

  28. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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