What will the 2021 Miami Dolphins Offense Look Like?

#1, Tua Tagovailoa is the linchpin to our season. There are so many other variables to our team’s success but if our 2nd year QB doesn’t improve significantly from last season, it will be hard for the rest of the team to get further than our 10 win season and for us to get a playoff berth. The 6 guys pictured above, WR DeVante Parker, TE Mike Gesicki, WR Jaylen Waddle, WR Will Fuller, TE Hunter Long and RB Myles Gaskin will also play a huge role in the offense going forward. TE Mike Gesicki is in his final year of his contract so he will be looking to have a big season. Our #6 draft pick this year WR Jaylen Waddle will be an immediate impact player both on offense and special teams as a top notch return man. Our #81 draft pick was TE Hunter Long from Boston College. A bit of surprise this one because I felt we had pretty good depth at TE with Gesicki, Smythe, Shaheen, Myarick and Carter but we probably intend on using multiple TE sets often. Those TE sets put the defense in a tough spot because it can be a power running formation as well as a receiving mismatch with a bunch of 6’6 250 guys that can run that need to be covered. Pair that with a burner like Fuller or Waddle who can take one to the house and big plays can happen.

Let’s get back to Tua. This guy is hungry to be a top player, to be the best he can be. He has been doing extensive weight training, it’s already paid dividends and Tua looks much thicker on his lower half, a huge boon for a QB. He looks bigger on top as well and his arms are certainly stronger as well. Besides the weight training he’s been working diligently on balancing exercises and drills. Better balance helps make a repeatable throwing motion easier and helps distribute the arm strength better. You can question his skill all you want, but you can’t question his heart, desire and sense of responsibility one drop. Once again, Tua’s success will be paramount to the teams success. In addition to Tua doing all he can to better this season, The Dolphins kept up their end of the deal by drafting OT Liam Eichenberg. I can’t tell you for sure that he will be our RT day one but if I were to be a betting man, I’d lay down some cash on that being the case. I do believe our offensive line will be LT Austin Jackson, LG Solomon Kindley, C Matt Skura, RG Robert Hunt and then RT Liam Eichenberg. Those two mountains in the middle, Kindley 6’3 337 and Robert Hunt 6’5 325 have some work to do as far as pass protection, but in my eyes, last year’s O-line was better than I’ve seen in some time. I expect that to improve with a true offseason, training camp and OTA’s.

I’m not going to continue to discuss the need for a RB. I’m in wait and see mode and I see no reason to continue to dwell on an issue that may not be an issue. Other teams do well with undrafted and late round draft picks at the RB position, and we already hit with 2019 7th RD pick Myles Gaskin. If this year’s 7th RD pick Gerrid Doaks shares the same success Gaskin had last season we’ll be just fine at RB. The RB by committe approach ensures fresher legs and also eliminates the worry of relying too much on one player and then trying to change the offense once that player goes down. I think at least 3-4 of these guys will get a fair amount of carries and some weeks one will be the feature back and the next week we’ll change it up to a different rotation. That makes it harder for opposing defenses to game plan against us.

On paper, we have so much more talent at the skill positions at WR and TE it’s actually crazy. Health can and will be a factor as we have a few that unfortunately haven’t been able to stay whole for an entire season. Still, with DeVante Parker, Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle and then Mike Gesicki and Hunter Long at TE, that’s a lot of talent to cover. Parker always difficult on 50/50 balls thrown his way, Fuller can easily take the top off the defense and make big plays deep downfield. Waddle can do it all, turn short passes into big gains and if teams start coming up on him aggressively, he will make them pay with double moves that leave them in the dust. If teams are forced to double cover Waddle, Fuller or Parker, Gesicki will be a pain one on one against most defensive players. Add in another pass catching TE like Hunter Long and it almost seems unfair. Truth is though, it all starts in the trenches and our O-line will not only need to open holes for Gaskin and company but protect Tua Tagovailoa too. We know Tua was conservative last season, much to the detriment of the offense. He took the easy quick completions often instead of waiting or sometimes even recognizing and seeing players getting open just a few yards further downfield. If the O-line is stout, that will give Tua more confidence to let things develop. Or, the new dual OC’s of Eric Studesville and George Godsey will have to be more creative and move Tua around, who by the way, throws pretty well while on the move.

I look forward to seeing this offense get to work, it’s going to be fun. I’m already quite excited at what we can do and I can’t wait to see them hit the field. On the other hand, if I said it was the offense I look forward to seeing most I’d be lying. I really do want to see the Tua offense in year two, but it’s our defense with Jaelan Phillips, Benardrick McKinney and our most excellent secondary that I wish to see most. I think our defense can be special, one of the top defensive units in the NFL. Josh Allen won’t be so damn cocky and smirky when we play him next. If we want to to get to the top of the division, we have to beat the Bills. They shellacked us, ran over and through us when it counted for us, and we need to be the ones doing the bullying next time around. I think the defense will be a big part of the reason, although much like Buffalo found out, give a QB a great weapon like Stefon Diggs and the offense will be better. Well, we gave Tua the upgrades on offense and now along with our top defense, the QB has to improve with the defense.

GO DOLPHINS!!!

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1,103 Responses to What will the 2021 Miami Dolphins Offense Look Like?

  1. Krishna says:

    Not that I believe in polls as i for one would probably lie to fuck with the whole process…lol, but

    The people in the polls are overwhelmingly daying, thank god he’s outta there, even those that voted for him twice.

    What world are you getting your news?

  2. wyoming85 says:

    Well I think I’ll go drink some of that coloscopy stuff! It’s got to be as informative as this place has been lately!

  3. Marinofan13 says:

    Krishna says:
    May 31, 2021 at 7:45 pm
    …What world are you getting your news?
    ————–
    Apparently not from where YOU are getting your news, pal. I think we can agree that there is a serious news problem in the USA. You’ll take your side, and I’ll take mine.

    Why are you attacking me, I ask? Do you really believe that certain folks should be marginalized in the USA? If so, you’re no better than the KKK.

    Please explain yourself, before you wreck yourself.

  4. Marinofan13 says:

    This is Memorial Day, where very many DIED to protect our freedoms. That includes freedom of religion, and guaranteed under the Constitution. God bless our dead.

  5. Krishna says:

    Your holier than thou attack on Tim Knight showed your “strong faith” in god and somehow even in the constitution. As TK pointed out, this country was founded on freedom of religion and freedom FROM religion.

    Yet the so-called moral majority was rooted in Republican rhetoric. God and Republicans, rah, rah. I get what TK was saying, you don’t.

    Jihadist of the east are the same as jihadist of the west. Religion and its followers are a major cause of death on this planet. It’s kinda sick. A cloak of “religion”, yours or anyone elses is dogma.

    Truth matters and i haven’t found it in religion.

    I know love matters more, and I’m absolutely certain if there was only love, there would be no religion.

    • Krishna says:

      That’s to Marinofan13 at 8:08.

    • Tim Knight says:

      You sound like what John Lennon and The Beatles were saying.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Very good… you’ve stated your point. And no, I didn’t attack Tim… we had an open and earnest conversation. Never once did I attack my friend, so stop trying to divide us, interloper.

      At least you’re honest… you don’t believe in freedom of religion, or any religion whatsoever. Sad… you are as fugly as the KKK. That’s as anti-American as one can be.

  6. Tim Knight says:

    Let’s enjoy the freedom of this country on this day of remembrance and honor. Regardless of how crazy this world and country can be, we are blessed to live in The USA. We really are.

  7. Ken says:

    So how about those Dolphins?

  8. wyoming85 says:

    That was sarcasm by the way!

  9. Krishna says:

    Lmao….nice Wyo.

  10. Krishna says:

    The WRs are pussies, though. At least last year’s unit proved that.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Pussies is a bit over the top. Staying healthy is key. But the group should be better and faster. Parker, Fuller and Waddle along with Gesicki on paper looks really good in 11 personnel.

      • Krishna says:

        On paper fine, but never knew that to work.

        If you can’t be on the field season after season, or game to game, then yeah, pussy.

        Something’s not right; it can’t be bad luck with the same shit every year.

        Who’s our top six on paper, who were our top six last year? Parker leads the list and didn’t play a full year ever in his career. Are you saying pussy is too strong a word? Lol….

      • Krishna says:

        Seriously, I can’t remember who our WRs were last year that played a full season. Did any play half a season? Is that normal in the NFL? Honestly, I really don’t know.

      • Tim Knight says:

        This is a typical formation in today’s NFL. This is our RPO and base spread offense.

        We all know what Parker is when healthy – a quality tall WR who can high point the ball and has enough speed to get open consistently, catches most of the passes thrown his way.

        Fuller is an explosive WR who makes big plays, again, when healthy. He misses a lot of games, but when he’s on the field he’s always a threat.

        Waddle is a prospect we all know about. Super speed but also tough for a guy under 5-10 and about 180. Lots of stuff we can do with him. His ankle injury doesn’t make me think he’s injury prone just yet. He did come back for the National Championship game.

        Gesicki is a very tall and fast quality receiving TE with an amazing catch radius.

        This group with whoever is at RB is not easy to defend.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Parker played in 14 games last year but yes he tends to play banged up or leave games. I don’t consider him a pussy though. That dude makes some nice contested catches.

      • Krishna says:

        Well said about what’s on paper going forward for WRs.

        Wyo’s list was about QB, owner, RBs, AND WRs. I don’t have complaints on this list from last year except WR. I thought we should have started over on that unit. In a lot of ways we may have done that this year, on paper.

  11. Tim Knight says:

    Krishna, I wasn’t going by Wyo’s list.

    I understand people not being high on the RB position. WR has a lot of talent but no doubt durability is a concern. Then there is Tua. Can he take his game to a higher level? Those are the only questions I have about this team. You can add the OL to that but I think that’s going to become a strength. It’s just very young. But I really like the projection there.

    On defense, I think we’re building a monster.

    • Krishna says:

      Personally, I think a stout OL will allow everyone (all units mentioned) to perform at a higher level, except Ross. ..lol.

      • Krishna says:

        And, to your point about D, it sure looks that way, and if so, will also help all the units Wyo mentioned, except Ross, again….

  12. ocalarob says:

    stangerx says:
    May 31, 2021 at 5:12 pm
    ORob — that’s a real good vid. Only surprised you put out one so positive about Tua. They don’t say he is Peyton, but clearly they think he can get it done.
    _________________________________________________

    I dont have an agenda against Tua, just trying to get other opinions on his play, i take positive remarks about him with a grain of salt though.
    i have seen him play, he has issues that may be very hard to correct IMO.
    sure you can build a team around him to disguise his shortcomings but why should you?
    im sure glad they got brissett. a guy who can throw over the top.

  13. ocalarob says:

    i think this guy makes the team, so say goodbye to grant and wilson

  14. ocalarob says:

    i had watched recent video of tua throwing and it does appear he has a higher release point, we shall see.

  15. ocalarob says:

    oh yeah, & Gesicki has one foot on a trade or fa’cy, and the other foot on a banana peel.

  16. D says:

    Krishna says:
    May 31, 2021 at 8:30 pm
    Your holier than thou attack on Tim Knight showed your “strong faith” in god and somehow even in the constitution. As TK pointed out, this country was founded on freedom of religion and freedom FROM religion.

    Yet the so-called moral majority was rooted in Republican rhetoric. God and Republicans, rah, rah. I get what TK was saying, you don’t.

    Jihadist of the east are the same as jihadist of the west. Religion and its followers are a major cause of death on this planet. It’s kinda sick. A cloak of “religion”, yours or anyone elses is dogma.

    Truth matters and i haven’t found it in religion.

    I know love matters more, and I’m absolutely certain if there was only love, there would be no religion.
    ————————————————————————
    Im not fond of organized religion for this reason, though i am a very big believer in God and my faith and God’s teachings guide me as best they can to be a better person.

    All extremists however, are not “God’s people”. God, whether it be Allah, Yahweh, Brahma (since he is the creator), the Jade Emperor, whatever none of them want for death in their name. These are Human intentions and its the perversion of scriptures that have humans tie it to God’s will. I read the same book that a lot of the Christian zealots do and not one have i ever seen anything that say kill thy neighbor lol. I haven’t seen anything that say you shouldn’t have tolerance for other religions, or no religion for that matter, and yes the overall tone of the book is love for others. Just as in the Koran, the only mention of violence was to protect the religion and its people from those that would subjugate it. Evil people in the world have often camouflaged themselves with God to gather people too simple minded to recognize the difference, to do things with a passion for that which they think they know but sadly do not.

    Again, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but mine is that if religion is practiced appropriately it enforces the ideals of love, tolerance and oneness, its just unfortunate that so many have used it to divide themselves from one another.

    Incidentally, there are a large majority of Christians on the left as well, God is not a Right or Left thing.

    Truth is founding ideal of all religions, you haven’t found it in “God’s people” maybe, maybe not see a lot of it in its practice by those same people, but its undeniably part of God’s word.

  17. steveccnv says:

    Stanger, made my air/car reservations for the fest. My cousin his wife and 13 year old daughter want to go also. Is their a min age?

  18. Rhino says:

    Scrolled through (a lot of topics here LOL). I will take the safe route.

    My first Dolphins jersey was #12 Bob Griese… Christmas 1973. Shocked I got it cuz $ was tight with 7 kids (youngest 8 yr old, oldest 15 yr old). I wore that jersey constantly. When my mom insisted it be washed I waited shirtless for it to dry on the clothes line (during summer) or hanging above the heater to dry during the winter.

  19. sb7mvp says:

    The only jersey I’ve ever owned was Ryan Tannehill. I won it at a fair, never wore it, and I gave it to my nephew. Not because I disliked Ryan Tannehill, but I don’t believe grown men should be wearing jerseys.

    • stangerx says:

      Men trying to be fanboys aside, nothing better to wear to a hot Dolphins game. The little holes give cool ventilation and the thing doesn’t absorb sweat and get smelly when dries off.

  20. Rockphin says:

    Post Deleted by User

    • stangerx says:

      Guess that’s the official announcement that Rock is now an admin. 🙂

      But do hope doesn’t mean he is having problems.

      • steveccnv says:

        He’s his own personal admin

      • Rockphin says:

        Steve got it. LOL I typed a long reply to someone, read it and decided that it was better to just not post it, but after typing 3 long paragraphs I wanted to post SOMETHING. LOL

        no admin rights here my friends. Just foreknowledge that my post would stir shit.

  21. steveccnv says:

    Stanger, how do I pay? Don’t have pay pal or anything like that, but my cousin lives I’m Miramar

  22. Rockphin says:

    I don’t make people stand the F up anymore so your younguns should be safe from my mouth / obscenities at the least.

    • stangerx says:

      Only thing was ever worried about with kids around was swear words…. and that includes me.

    • D says:

      Then i could never go when kids are around because I’m a swearer lol. Luckily my kids bought into the adult works kids words conversation otherwise my kids would be dropping cuss words all over the place because i say them fairly frequently around them

      • stangerx says:

        D — don’t worry about that aspect. All kids need to do to find dirty words is hit the internet. Am hoping you come to the Fest.

  23. son of a son of a shula says:

    Steve, where are you staying?

    • steveccnv says:

      My aunts house in Miramar

      • steveccnv says:

        Flying in/out of MCO

      • steveccnv says:

        Can you pick me up from the airport😉

      • D says:

        Im sure you can catch a ride with a truck driver, just pretty that mouth up and there ya go. That might not be suitable for the kids though, even if you can get the guys on this board to behave.

      • steveccnv says:

        Can you pick me up from the airport usually brings crickets, like saying, can you help me move😉

        Renting a car for 2 weeks

      • stangerx says:

        steve — if you will have your own car and coming with that many people you should consider getting an orange pass, which will let you park right next to the tailgate. Might be say $40 but divide by 6 and not that much.

      • steveccnv says:

        How do I get an orange pass?

      • stangerx says:

        Stubhub or whatever similar. Probably not available yet unless they’ve sent out the season tickets.

  24. son of a son of a shula says:

    Steve, yeah I can get you from the airport but wouldn’t you be picking up your rental car there?

  25. Rockphin says:

    DAMN GLAD TO READ IT!!

    When the Dolphins selected cornerback Noah Igbinoghene with the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, it was with the idea that he would develop behind Pro Bowlers Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.

    According to Miami coaches, that development has occurred.

    “It’s been a lot of growth,” Dolphins cornerbacks coach Charles Burks said recently. “I love where he’s at. Again, he has a tremendous work ethic, attention to detail, day-in and day-out. I believe in Noah and I’m glad he’s here.”

    https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/sports/nfl/2021/06/01/miami-dolphins-believe-noah-igbinoghene-has-improved-cornerback/7491695002/

    • D says:

      You have two former pro-bowlers in front of you and they didn’t want to transition him to slot or utilize him that way, i mean those are all plausible reason we didn’t see him as much and i pretty much said that last year when people were pooping on him. We gotta stop looking at our new shiny toy and being convinced if they aren’t played 100% of the time the pick was a bust. I mean that’s where you want to be as a team, where your first rounders aren’t forced into starting roles right off because ya have the depth ya need.

    • ocalarob says:

      that’s great news! he may be a hall of famer! why even play the games,

    • steveccnv says:

      Generally grain of salt type of article, but CB is hard on a rookie, so I’m going to believe, but still need to see him play in preseason.

      Would be great to have Iggy starting in the slot and Holland at FS, put the athletes on the field

  26. steveccnv says:

    What should I need to bring to the tailgate?

  27. Phindog says:

    Whack for my Dadio, wack for my Dadio.. Whiskey in the Jaro. 🥃🥃

    • stangerx says:

      Friday night canine tunes on?

      • Phindog says:

        Just made a huge life change for the family so we shall see. I want to but at this time can’t commit to anything.. I once we get out there we will have a plan.

      • stangerx says:

        Q asked and answered. Just hate it when big life events get in the way of Fest events. 🙂

  28. steveccnv says:

    One bourbon, one scotch, one beer
    No I ain’t seen my baby since the night before last
    Gotta get a drink man I’m gonna get gassed
    Gonna get high man I ain’t had enough
    Need me a triple shot of that stuff
    Gonna get drunk won’t you listen right here
    I want one bourbon, one shot and one beer
    One bourbon, one scotch, one beer

  29. ocalarob says:

    steveccnv says:
    June 1, 2021 at 3:38 pm
    What should I need to bring to the tailgate?
    +________________________________
    bring your pool game to dave and busters

  30. Phindog says:

    I just blasted Rush Tom Saywer so loud ., The best thing to come from Canada since Toba and his wife.

  31. Marinofan13 says:

    Rockphin says:
    June 1, 2021 at 3:21 pm
    DAMN GLAD TO READ IT!!

    When the Dolphins selected cornerback Noah Igbinoghene with the 30th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, it was with the idea that he would develop behind Pro Bowlers Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.

    According to Miami coaches, that development has occurred…
    —————–
    Thanks for posting this, Rockphin!

    Stanger, remember the video I posted of the CB camp Iggy attended a couple weeks back, and you asked me why I was giving him such high praise? BOOM! I saw the development on that tape.

    Not asking for some kind of award, but these eyes don’t lie when it comes to DBs. Iggy is going to be very good and very shortly. He will ultimately replace either Xavian or Byron, being both are making MAJOR $$$. I foresee Byron getting dumped (traded, hopefully), and then we’ve got Iggy on a rookie contract with over $10M in cap savings (contingent on the trade details, of course).

  32. Marinofan13 says:

    manitobafinfan says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:46 pm
    ^^ trying something different for ya ^^ 😊
    —————–
    Man, that brings back memories of my Topix days back in ’06! Somebody used to address me as “13” all the time. How are ya, man?

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Doing okay , still locked down hard for the VID .. hoping it breaks soon .. I need to travel 😎

      • Marinofan13 says:

        I hope it breaks soon for ya, too. I can’t imagine being locked down for SO long. It’s time — now that the vaccine is out — to reopen, IMO.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Yes, calling me “13” was a term of endearment from the poster. All good by me!

  33. manitobafinfan says:

    Seems they have 180 degree change in culture and work ethic in da house

    • manitobafinfan says:

      May actually have some people that CAN Coach as opposed to just having the title

      • Marinofan13 says:

        Totally agreed, and I don’t know how to react! It’s been that long since we’ve had decent coaching. I’m trusting the process now, more than ever.

  34. manitobafinfan says:

    We Are sucking at getting Vax into arms. ICUs are full ( we only have 150) and we are shipping patients out. 1st week they did one died, then shit hit the fan.

  35. manitobafinfan says:

    Socialist healthcare ain’t what it’s cracked up to be ….

    • Marinofan13 says:

      I don’t want to get political, but you are VERY correct, sir. I’ve got fam around the world, and not a one has anything good to say about socialist healthcare. I’ve heard horror stories.

  36. Marinofan13 says:

    manitobafinfan says:
    June 1, 2021 at 9:17 pm
    Thank s been working all the way through which is a blessing I guess , many others have not
    —————–
    Yes, I’d consider it a blessing as well. Same here, except I took a voluntary layoff of 3 weeks last May… I was just about ready to go out of my mind by the end of those 3 weeks.

  37. manitobafinfan says:

    I put most of the blame on the system .. we are extremely short of Drs precovid .. it took 2 years of looking for a dr to see me as a patient, basically for maintenance Cholesterol , and blood sugar.. my wife’s DR agreed to see me two months ago .. and by see me , with Covid it was a phone call, pop in grab papers, go to a blood test and a call back after results were in …

    • Marinofan13 says:

      That’s ridiculousness. More and more of that kind of thing has been occurring here in the States after 0bamaCare was signed into law. We, too, have/had been experiencing a shortage of doctors… at least here in PA (I can’t speak for anybody else).

      It was somewhat rectified after President Trump struck down the individual mandate, but businesses have taken advantage of ‘free health care’ from 0bama. Our premiums and rates have gone SKY HIGH ever since… and they aren’t going back to what it was prior to 0bama.

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Hospital stays and most operations are covered by healthcare system, but the wait for getting in is insane. Especially elective stuff or non life threatening procedures .. which is why when borders are open you guys get the influx of Canadians with the cash to pay as opposed to waiting

  38. manitobafinfan says:

    Couple that with most HC workers, pull part time hours at 3-5 different facilities, and do homecare at personal residences… a lot are in shared family homes of 15 living in one house , with 4-5 all working in HC .. I wonder why our #’s are t getting better

    • Marinofan13 says:

      We’ve experienced similar trends. And being that HC here in the States is essentially a Big Biz, they aren’t paying our HC workers what they’re worth. Our nursing homes have become horrendous, basic hospitals don’t provide what was once provided a mere decade ago, the wait for a basic checkup has turned from days to months, and there is generally a lack of HC workers.

      They keep them under 40 hours so they (Big Biz) don’t have to pay their HC workers benefits. Thus, these HC workers have to work multiple jobs… just like in Canada, man. Damn shame… SMH

  39. manitobafinfan says:

    To your 3 week stir crazy comment I concur. I start getting loopy at the end of a two week vacay

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Yessir, I’ve got to stay busy. And I probably could have, even with 3 weeks off, but it was COVID weeks off. I worked on some of my music, being that was about all I could do.

  40. manitobafinfan says:

    Hopefully things lighten up so we can get our asses to the Fest .. looking forward to Football season. Team is trending in a positive direction.. should be an exciting year to be a Fins Fan

    • Marinofan13 says:

      AMEN!!! I truly hope things lighten up soon. I’m not ruling out a possible attendance to the Fest, but so many things are still in motion here in PA… to the tune of it’s most unlikely. We’ll see.

      This team of ours is looking VERY good, in my eyes. I have MAJOR hope in our Phins this year… dare I say, PLAYOFFS?!! 😀

  41. Marinofan13 says:

    Manitoba, I’m out, my friend. It was nice chatting with ya one-on-one, sir! I hope things get better for your province quickly, may the bad turn to good, and always stay safe.

    Talk with ya soon, bud!
    GO PHINS!!!
    HELL YEAH!!!

  42. Tim Knight says:

    Still my favorite Rush tune. No vocals but a super cool tune.

  43. olddolphan says:

    IT’S OFFICIAL!! – – The Carolina Hurricanes are in DEEEEP SHIT! – – They just lost tonight’s NHL Playoff game 2-1 to the Tampa Bay. They did something you JUST CAN’T DO —lose the first two games of a best of seven game series AT HOME!!

    Just over a week ago the Florida Panthers committed the same mistake and subsequently lost in six games to the defending Stanley Cup Champions. I foresee a similar fate for the Canes, who finished first in this division during the regular season.

    Should the Bolts win this series, they’ll play the winner of the Jets-Canadiens series in the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This finally healthy Lightning team is, in my opinion, the team to beat in the 2021 Playoffs.

    Time to walk the greyhound and get my ugly rest. My best to all of you.

    • olddolphan says:

      PS: –HEY MANITOBA–WHERE IN HELL are all those prognosticators who predicted a Oilers-Maple Leafs finals in the North Division??

      DO CANADIAN Sportswriters like their crow rare or well done??

    • steveccnv says:

      That’s not how the final 4 works this year.

      Once the divisions wrap up their play, the four remaining teams advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals. The four teams will be re-seeded based on their regular-season point totals with the team with the most points facing the team with the fewest. The winners of the semis battle it out in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.May 14, 2021

      • steveccnv says:

        You’ll play the Boston vs NYI winner, since the top seed will be the Col vs VGK winner

  44. Mike E. says:

    As someone who works in the healthcare field, I can tell you that plans like Obamacare hurt doctors and their practices by lowering the fees they receive for procedures they used to get paid more for. What that does is cause doctors to overbook appointments, so when you go to the doctors office and you see 20 people in the waiting room and 3 have them have appointments at the same time you do, you’ll know why. This in essence degrades the healthcare system too. Doctors are spending less time with patients and spending more time on finding ways to recoup their losses. That kind of thing is what makes smart people choose other professions. Young people are coming out of school with huge debt to begin with, they can find more lucrative professions that the government isn’t controlling. Imagine if Obamacare spread to other professions too like law, mechanical repairs etc . . . That would be the end of free enterprise and capitalism, a very sad destructive end.

    • D says:

      So this is a conspiracy theory i wouldn’t just first throw out as nonsense…..except……the dude looks certifiable lol. I mean when i listen to this it makes me remember the fictionalize role in the move 2012, that Woody Harrelson played. The out there nut job conspiracy theorist who was predicting the end of the world. Like in that movie, he might be right but not many are going to take him seriously. Now i don’t know that i think it was created on purpose to create a pandemic, but i definitely could see them fucking around with the virus in a lab and it getting out and starting one by accident and then trying very hard to cover it up.

      • D says:

        I could see them, being its China, fucking around with the virus there and not following proper protocols and regulations to keep it contained, I’m sure there is some truth to what the dude is saying I’m just not on board with the idea that it was created/tested with malicious intent.

      • steveccnv says:

        Conspiracy theory has a new meaning these days, it’s now defined as anything that doesn’t fit the agenda of MSM, despite any evidence to the contrary

  45. sb7mvp says:

    Fauci throwing that baseball will never not be funny.

    • D says:

      Yeah with a throw that bad that has to be one of the first times he has ever encountered one.

      • steveccnv says:

        If you play golf it’s easy to see what happened. He tried to throw it too hard causing his upper body to lock up, like a death grip on a golf club. The jerky motion at the time of release was the result.

        It seems to be his personality, when he’s confronted on things he’s lying about his body also locks up.

        You can see the anger all over his face, when he responds to Congress

      • pheloniusphish says:

        I thought his release point was too low because he’s short and he has weak arm….

      • pheloniusphish says:

        Can’t see over the nurses and bureaucrats.

      • steveccnv says:

        That’s besides the point Phish

    • D says:

      Maybe he was looking at its spherical shape and reminiscing on the discover of the coronavirus, and he had his intended target but wild pitched and hit everyone else lol. Zing!

  46. steveccnv says:

    Isn’t politics great, in what other profession can you fuck up so bad and still be praised by half the people

  47. steveccnv says:

    Wonder if the local beat writers are in cahoots with the Fins FO, and are putting out this bad press to light a fire under Tua’s ass.

    It’s similar to the camp he went to before Alabama, where Dilfer ripped him a new one, then Tua responded by winning the beat QB award in camp.

    Don’t really think Tua needs that motivation, but why take the chance.

    From OTA highlights Tua is ripping the ball, like he never did at Bama.

    I mean there was some concern after last season, but its a little overboard.

    The national sports writers just follow the local lead

    • D says:

      No, they just hate our team and always put their most pessimistic foot forward. Being in the Alabama fan base area, Saints Fan base area, etc im just not use to it. Maybe its similar other places but i haven’t found beat writers that shit on their local team m ore than the Dolphins ones do.

  48. steveccnv says:

    Think we’ll know on Tua the first scrimmage they do at the Rock.

    Last year Fitz was out for scrimmage and the QBs couldn’t move the ball, if Tua comes in, commands the huddle, and moves the ball he’ll be fine this year, if not…yikes

    • D says:

      I think would be too small of a sample size and too early in the process to call it like that. It probably wont alleviate the fears, but even the first scrimmage being a success i wouldn’t put stock in it either…its a scrimmage….the first one….

      • steveccnv says:

        Its the, if they don’t bite as pups theory, which I subscribe to.

        Watching the first jets game last year, the jets came after him on the 2 passes he threw, as if the game depended on it, and he got it done, and looked like he belonged.

        Saw something in Luck in a preseason game against Pitt, when they brought the house.

        Saw it in Matty Ice in his last season at BC, the first 3 and out series.

        Thought I saw it in RT in his bowl game, but was mistaken.

        Saw it in Parker, his first camp.

        On the other hand, didn’t see it in Gaskin, but he proved it wrong.

        It’s a kinesthetic kind of way at looking at something, where you can’t usually explain it, you just know.

      • steveccnv says:

        Don’t think it’s too small of a sample size, because watched him at Bama, watched him last year, so know where the improvements need to come from, like his zip in OTAs.

        Now, if he doesn’t do a better job with his reads, this early look becomes moot, but I find it hard to believe he’ll struggle with it

  49. stangerx says:

    “I’ll keep this short and sweet. Jaylen Waddle is going to be the reason Tua Tagovailoa is considered Miami’s franchise quarterback after this season.”

    — David Carr, NFL.com, explaining his pick for most impactful non-QB rookie.

    • steveccnv says:

      I believe that to an extent, Waddle will no doubt help, and will make Tua better, just being out there, but Tua has already put in a lot of work and improved more than Iggy has from year 1 to 2.

      That statement is just a precursor of things to come this year.

      Meaning the excuse he’s a franchise QB is the players around him

      • stangerx says:

        I would with pleasure enter the debate on why Tua is a franchise QB after this season.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s gonna be about a lot more than one player. Of course explosive players will help any QB, but it’s never about one player in football.

  50. steveccnv says:

    One constant with sports writers is they don’t like to admit they were wrong.

    We see it every year, when they predict a team to make the SB, and with teams they say are garbage.

    With Tua once he’s on a roll, they’re going to make every excuse against him to validate, that they were right on him, even though we’ll see the improvement. Gaslighters

    • stangerx says:

      I don’t think they have as much pride in their words as you do. Same guys who writing we were tanking for Tua were saying he doesn’t have it as an NFL QB in the offseason.

      They write what they think will get clicks.

      • steveccnv says:

        They have several things motivating them, and they use them all, 2 of which you and I mentioned.

        They will bounce around for the flavor of the month, when they don’t have a strong conviction on something, like when they jump on a train (like tank for Tua) what I’m referring to is when they make their own prediction

      • stangerx says:

        Think if Tua starts to tear it up they will proclaim him the 2nd coming of Marino. A better headline and read than team got better and Tua has progressed.

        We’ll see… but the answer might come out that you are right on some writers and me on others. Pretty sure Tua is the new god will be that train you are talking about….. until it isn’t.

  51. stangerx says:

    Think Lynn Bowden makes the active roster. Unfortunately that means don’t see any way Malcolm Perry does. Just too similar.

    Perry could land on the practice squad , but actually think would be better for him to find another team.

    • D says:

      Perry could up his chances if he really showed he could handle return duties and be a replacement for Grant in that area. They save more cutting Grant than they would Perry. I know Waddle could fill that role but im not sure how they would feel about their top WR potentially getting injured doing return duties.

      • stangerx says:

        Holland does returns as well, but if Perry shows that in camp you never know plus would be good for him wherever he is.

        And I’m guessing Grant is gone anyhow. Thinking the 6th WR will be Wilson. But then we haven’t even hit camp yet.

      • ocalarob says:

        hollands has special team skills so i wouldn’t count him out as of yet, i agree bowden makes the 53

    • steveccnv says:

      Bowden has draft/trade pedigree, so I’d bet he makes it too.

      Would be fairly easy to predict the 6 WRs, if STs didn’t have a role in it, just not sure how they’ll handle the flyers on punt team.

      3 givens, Preston, Bowden and Wilson are my 6.

      Does Hollins get a spot for his STs?

  52. ocalarob says:

    I heard Flores is very happy with the safety we drafted.

  53. Tim Knight says:

    Are some of you suggesting Holland isn’t a lock to make the team?

    • D says:

      Not sure, i know i didnt mention Holland, maybe they were talking about Hollins, not Holland. I think everyone should thing Holland is a lock but we were talking WR’s not DB’s.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I think some meant Hollins and Stanger mentioned Holland also does returns.

      • stangerx says:

        D mentioned that if Perry did returns would help his chances of making the team. Others including me mentioned that Hollands does returns too as in less chance for Perry.

      • D says:

        Well and then i think OCRob just said Holland instead of Hollins by accident and it kind made the convo look like we were talking about Holland making it if he can contribute on ST’s when we were talking Hollins lol. We need players with more unique names.

  54. Marinofan13 says:

    • D says:

      This is the first i noticed we got Duke Riley on the team. He isnt as good as Deion Jones was. I was really big on Jones and Riley was his replacement at LSU and was a solid player. I think Piggy really liked Riley. I though he would be a good pickup as well, i just knew he was no Deion Jones. He could play the hybrid S/LB role which we do seem to want to have. Hope he does really well for us.

  55. Marinofan13 says:

    • stangerx says:

      After last year, can’t complain about #9.
      ———————-
      9. Miami Dolphins

      The Dolphins are suddenly loaded with speed and playmakers after adding Will Fuller V in free agency and drafting Jaylen Waddle with the sixth overall pick. Fuller is coming off a career-high 86.2 overall grade, and as one of the best deep threats in the NFL, he’s consistently made his offenses better. Waddle brings similar potential after averaging 18.9 yards per reception in college while averaging a gaudy 9.8 yards after the catch per reception.

      The Fuller/Waddle duo will put defenses in a bind and open things up for DeVante Parker, who adds the size and catch-point skills the speedsters lack. Parker put up the seventh-highest contested-catch percentage in the league over the last two years at 53.1%. The Dolphins also have two other playmakers defenses must account for in Jakeem Grant and Lynn Bowden Jr. Both players are dangerous with the ball in their hands in the short game.

      We’ve seen Mike Gesicki emerge as a receiving weapon at tight end since late in 2019, and he had the No. 7 receiving grade among his peers during the regular season last year at 79.4. The backup snaps will be a battle between Durham Smythe, Adam Shaheen and third-rounder Hunter Long, who was one of the better all-around tight ends in the draft.

      Overall, the Dolphins are much improved at receiver, and they go from one of the weaker groups to playmakers to one of the fastest and most dangerous.

  56. D says:

    Im not sure i would want Holland returning kicks either, for the same reason i wouldn’t want Waddle doing it. We have enough players that could contribute to that spot at about the same level with the same potential and not have to risk a young, potentially franchise talent.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m one of those guys who doesn’t worry about top players returning kicks and punts. Not sure how our coaches view that though.

      • D says:

        I look at it as a value perspective. I mean, yes Waddle can return kicks, he is pretty good at it, but does it outvalue him being on the field as our top target WR? I don’t see it, if you look at what some of the other guys are capable of doing returns, they bring a similar value as a returner and the loss of them as a offensive weapon doesn’t hurt us as bad as Waddle. The fact that i think Holland would be unlikely to be a start right off DB, probably more of a platoon, i look at it as not as big a loss for us as far as missing a big part of our D, but more so potential to stunt his development like MicMillan on his ST ankle snap. Not saying as a general rule i wouldn’t have a top pick in ST’s but i would weight it out like i just described and to me i see Holland and Waddle as big pieces of our future and ones we cant really afford to lose out on just for the benefit they might bring on ST’s. Risk outweighs the benefit for me i guess is the simplest way to say it.

      • steveccnv says:

        I’d use Waddle sparingly, the way the Panthers used Steve Smith on punt returns, when the game was on the line or they needed a spark

  57. Marinofan13 says:

    I just went through all of PFF’s 2021 position rankings (top-32 players per unit). Here are the results on Defense…

    DI: 0 of our players were worthy
    EDGE: 0 of our players were worthy
    LB: 1 player- BENARDRICK MCKINNEY, #20 (listed as a Texan, not as a Dolphin)
    Slot CB: 0 of our players were worthy
    CB: 2 players- XAVIEN HOWARD, #4; BYRON JONES, #14
    S: 0 of our players were worthy
    ———
    Total: only 3 of our Defensive players are worthy of being top-32 at their position in the league: what a JOKE.

    PFF has really fallen off over the last several years.

    • steveccnv says:

      It’s a beauty contest, means nothing.

      Part of the reason we don’t get any respect is, because Flores’ scheme makes it easier for players to succeed.

      Anyone think X gets 10 picks last year playing on any of our other Ds the last 30 years?

      Watching D highlights of 2020, there’s another duck thrown up where’s X

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Wilkins, Davis, Baker and Ogbah are at least top 32 those are 4 straight up misses right there.

  58. stangerx says:

    “Brings another weapon to the team. Another guy who can help us. He’s a quick learner. He listens to what we have to say. You coach him up and he listens to you.”

    — DeVante Parker on Waddle

  59. stangerx says:

    Gonna miss Beasley. He was one of our best beat guys , but guess that is why he got the national gig.
    ———————————————–
    Pro Football Network LLC (PFN) has announced that Adam Beasley, a Miami Dolphins beat reporter for the Miami Herald since 2012, has joined the company as its National NFL Insider and Analyst.

    “I couldn’t be more excited — and grateful — to join Pro Football Network,” said Beasley. “A national gig has long been a dream, and I’m going to work my butt off every day to provide fun, unique content to our growing audience.”

  60. Tim Knight says:

    I’d rather the team do the talking than worrying about what a bunch of geeks on a computer say about who’s ranked where.

    • steveccnv says:

      That’s my point with it being a beauty contest

    • Tim Knight says:

      The only stats I rely on from PFF are the ones that are factual. Not opinions on what plays players failed on and what their rankings are based on opinion. Lots of football plays break down and everything changes on the play. You don’t always know who was supposed to do what that didn’t, along with maybe another mistake or two that messed everything up. Those were mental mistakes putting players on the wrong guys. There is no way for PFF to know those circumstances and there are lots of plays like that with all 32 teams during a season. Football is rarely perfect. Too many intangibles. Guys playing hurt too.

      The only rankings that mean anything is in the W/L column. If you’re winning a lot of games, you’re probably doing a lot of good things. 🙂

  61. stangerx says:

    The numbers came out on McCain’s new deal. Whole lot less than we had him on the books for.
    —————————-
    “Bobby McCain signed a 1 year, $1,475,000 contract with the Washington Football Team, including a $225,000 signing bonus, $225,000 guaranteed.”

    • steveccnv says:

      That’s how the deals go after early FA, no leverage

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Like you and I had discussed, McCain was grossly overpaid here in Miami. The next guy to go will likely be Byron Jones… don’t know when, but he’s eating BIG cap for us.

      • Marinofan13 says:

        And LOL, I’m not going to let you get away regarding my assessment of Iggy. 😉

      • steveccnv says:

        Have the same assessment of Iggy as you, so now reread what I said about Tua, that’s how much better I see him being this year

      • stangerx says:

        I’m not sure what there is to get away from regarding your take on Iggy. You said he looked better from a vid and I asked why.

    • Tim Knight says:

      McCain had a solid 6 year NFL career for the Dolphins as a 2015 5th round pick. He’s a pro DB that can help any secondary. We moved on with younger talent – Iggy, Br. Jones and Holland. We also added some new vets in Coleman and McCourty. That’s how the NFL works. I wish good ole Bobby McCain well.

  62. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, X has 22 INTs in 56 games over 5 seasons. That’s a lot, in fact he’s 2nd behind only Marcus Peters (23) over the last 5 seasons – with X starting as a rookie. Peters also played in 75 games during that span. X is the top ballhawk in the league right now regardless of coach and system. He’s a ballhawk! Nobody else on the team is doing it at that rate. Nobody else in the league has.

    • steveccnv says:

      Not trying to take anything away from X, just saying he’s got more int ops under Flores.

      How many times during the last 20 years did we see the cheats players get those scheme ints, where the QB was fooled and threw an ill advised pass?

  63. steveccnv says:

    Asante Samuel benefitted from the scheme as well, then traded to Philly and was average at best

  64. steveccnv says:

    Even Byron no int Jones had a couple of picks last year, and a 3rd ripped out of his hands

  65. Marinofan13 says:

    stangerx says:
    June 2, 2021 at 9:18 pm
    I’m not sure what there is to get away from regarding your take on Iggy. You said he looked better from a vid and I asked why.
    ——————-
    Seems all the beat writers, coaches, and others agree with my assessment of 2 weeks ago, that’s all… and after the fact.

    Suppose I’m surprised you questioned me, that’s all. No harm, no foul. We good!

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Sorry, I phrased that wrongly… you didn’t “question” me. You asked in earnest why I felt the way I felt about Iggy. I told ya why… and I’m happy that it seems my take was correct. Time shall reveal…

      • stangerx says:

        I was curious. Had watched the same tape and wanted to know what you saw. Well established I’m not a combine/pro day evaluator. Thought might learn something. Clearly others share your view…. all the more reason to have asked.

  66. sb7mvp says:

    Just for the record, Asante Samuel had 22 INTs in 5 years in NE and 23 INTs in 4 years in Philly. His best year in NE was 10 INTS, his best year in Philly was 9 (two years removed from NE).
    Also, the year that Howard *only* got 7 interceptions he played in 12 games. He played in 5 games the year after that.
    If the point of the argument was to say that good coaches make teams and players better, we already knew that. It’s like saying the only reason we won more games last year than the previous year was because we consistently scored more points than our opponents.

  67. stangerx says:

    Would suck if Jones goes to the Pats or Niners, but pretty clear he will go somewhere.
    ——————————————–
    Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Julio Jones’ next team

    Titans +200
    Patriots +300
    Seahawks +400
    49ers +500
    Raiders +600
    Eagles +700
    Ravens +900
    Packers +1000
    Colts +1000
    Chargers +1200
    Washington +1300
    Dolphins +1400

  68. stangerx says:

    Lot of your guys already knew this, but new to me — Eric Rowe is our TE cover specialist. Couldn’t see Bobby McCain doing that. Might explain who stayed and who didn’t.

    • D says:

      Yeah he was brought here and moved to Safety with that intention.

    • D says:

      Bobby just hit the point of value didn’t meet production. He was an alright S and a pretty good NCB, but wasn’t lights out even at his best. Good isn’t always Good enough.

      • stangerx says:

        And then you get the job specifics. Lot more guys can give FS a shot than can cover TEs. Like typewriter repair versus lithium battery production specialist.

  69. Marinofan13 says:

    stangerx says:
    June 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm
    I was curious. Had watched the same tape and wanted to know what you saw. Well established I’m not a combine/pro day evaluator. Thought might learn something. Clearly others share your view…. all the more reason to have asked.
    —————
    Thank you, Stanger. I appreciate it!

  70. Marinofan13 says:

    Slow news day today.

  71. stangerx says:

    “I know that I can still play the game, I know I can help a team. But it’s also got to be the right situation that I feel that I can be on a team that could go to the playoffs and get a chance to probably go to the Super Bowl. I know that I can still play the game of football, but I also want to be in the right situation on the right team.”

    — Frank Gore, who at 38 really wants to pick his spot.

  72. Tim Knight says:

    I wonder what Tua is doing today? LOL

  73. Marinofan13 says:

    Slow blog day today, as well!

  74. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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