Dolphins hire 14th Head Coach – Mike McDaniel

What a difference a week makes! Not that all is perfect in Dolphinsland, but the arrow is pointing up this week after a very disappointing week with allegations of racism and tanking from our last HC, Brian Flores. Not going to give that nonsense another sentence. So now there is enthusiasm once again as young Mike McDaniel becomes the Dolphins Franchise 14th Head Coach. The Dolphins were very careful and want to portray a certain narrative, and the funny thing is I don’t mind it at all, not one bit. That’s because the narrative is that this offensive minded coach is coming here to work with our young QB that we drafted at #5 in 2020 NFL Draft. There will be no QB controversy this year, Tua is our guy, and Mike McDaniel and Chris Grier have the task of doing what they can to make Tua better, and this team better. Good we finally have our priorities straight and are moving in the right direction here.

Sometimes I think this fanbase deserves all this. I know this because we have social media that proves it every day I read twitter. A brief exchange I had with a so called “fan” of the Dolphins wants the Dolphins to get rid of this “POS” referring to Tua and stating that Watson to Miami is the only missing piece. I wish “fans” like this would find another team to latch on to because I don’t want people like this in my fanbase. I see politically how polarized people are, and it seems it’s the same for our fans. Either you like Tua or you hate him. How does this happen? I mean if you watch this team play every week, and you know the roster, how does that happen? It’s well documented we have the worst O-line in the NFL. We have no running game, and we had a revolving door of receivers opposite our one offensive star, WR Jaylen Waddle. Parker played games 1-4, and then missed games 5, 6, and 7. He came back (probably injured) for game 8 and then missed games 9 through 12. WR’s like Albert Wilson, Preston Williams, Mack Hollins and Isaiah Ford were all starters when Parker was out. So our offense consisted of the worst offensive line, a revolving door of WR’s (of which NONE would be starting in the NFL for any other team) opposite Jaylen Waddle, and the worst rushing attack in the NFL. Yeah, Watson is the missing piece. Can’t root for the good guy who we drafted, we need to get a lowlife sex offender here to be our QB. Unbelievable . . .

So now that McDaniel is here in Miami, he’s slowly building his staff. Josh Boyer will remain the Defensive Coordinator. Former 49ers Coach Jon Embree will come to the Dolphins from the 49ers where he was Assistant Head Coach and TE’s Coach and will resume that role with the Dolphins. Former Miami Dolphins WR Wes Welker joins the staff as Wide Reeceivers Coach. The Dolphins are interviewing fromer New Orleans Saints Coach Curtis Johnson for the Offensive Coordinator position. George Godsey, former Co-Co will be going to the Ravens, and former Secondary Coach Gerald Alexander was let go. So we’re moving and shaking and things are happening. The defense which was the far superior unit will have continuity. It was far from perfect but if you watched the games, the defense was much better than the offense. Now we need to get this offense humming and it won’t just be Mike McDaniel and Tua achieving that, Chris Grier will play a huge part in that as the NFL Free Agency period precedes the NFL Draft.

I feel like there’s a positive vibe in Miami. I know, don’t get too caught up in that because we’ve all seen this before. Maybe I’m naive, but I feel like McDaniel just might be the right guy. I feel good juju with this guy. I like that as an organization, we’re going to support our young QB who has done everything right. He worked his tail off to come back from that gruesome hip injury and then worked as hard as he could to be even better and stronger in this past offseason. It seems he didn’t have his HC’s support and really that’s a damn shame. Ther can be no bigger dysfunction to have your Head Coach not support one of the most important players on the field for your team. It seems the Dolphins have acknowledged this and it’s clear their is a plan to make this right, as there should be. Chris Grier and Mike McDaniel have to fix this O-line. Who we hire to be our O-line Coach is something I’m watching closely. Past the OL coaching hire though, we need to get a couple of anchors for this O-line. I’ve told you I’d love to see a guy like former Niners OG Laken Tomlinson here, or someone like him. Get a guy you know will be solid 17 games a season for you and you don’t have to think about it. I’ve also said I still believe in some of the young players we have, and I believe the right coaching will bring out the best of those guys. Don’t give up on LT Austin Jackson, RT Liam Eichenberg and even OG Solomon Kindley. While there’s still lots of work to do, a week has made a lot of difference. Last week was doom and gloom and this week is legitimate hope for the future of our team.

#stangerstrong

GO DOLPHINS!!!!

GG

GO DOL

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989 Responses to Dolphins hire 14th Head Coach – Mike McDaniel

  1. son of a son of a shula says:

    Hard ass rugby playing mother fucker

    All that rugby gave you that toughness you needed, I’m so happy to have you back Stanger.

  2. stangerx says:

    Thanks guys. Think the whole thing scared M.A. more than me. I don’t remember the three weeks including the heart attacks, on and off the ventilator, etc. My memory starts with the frustrating part of being confined to a hospital bed and not being able to walk. She still has the PTSD part and she took care of me like the champ she is. I’m a lucky man.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      God bless her, She’s awesome
      Thank her by saying no every time you want to light up.
      Keep stacking up good days bro

  3. son of a son of a shula says:

    We got new coach again
    Again
    This one is great too just like all the rest were at this point
    But this ones a Yale man, so…..
    I’m excited nonetheless I like everything we’ve seen so far

    • stangerx says:

      Thing that strikes me the most is how young he is. That should mean great potential, but lots of youngsters crash and burn first time around before they hit their stride….including the evil genius.

  4. CavalierKong says:

    It is a genuine pleasure to see you back on the board, Stang!!

  5. Tim Knight says:

    As always with new coaches, it always comes down to wins and losses. Right now we can be positive specifically with a new offensive direction which is what we needed. The defense will play the same scheme so that’s a plus.

    • stangerx says:

      Yep — seems we need to concentrate on the O….so why mess too much with an above average D. Only so much we can do with a normal load of draft picks and lots of needs.

      • Tim Knight says:

        We do have the most cap space in the league so I expect us to be players in FA. We need vet OL and guys who fit the new offense. I think we have a good core on defense but we need help at ILB and some other depth.

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Hey Tim was your skiing guy last name Lillis ?

    • Tim Knight says:

      Toba, no his name was Sam Jackenthal. I did see the Lillis story. Sam died of injuries doing a crazy jump in Australia. One of his friends won a silver so that was cool to hear.

      • manitobafinfan says:

        Okay , it sounded similarly TYTG… thought I’d check , NBC did a nice job on it and his brother I believe is jumping today .. ( I switched to Jets hockey )

  6. sb7mvp says:

    I saw the Stanger icon as recently posted and thought maybe I was seeing things! Welcome back good man!

  7. manitobafinfan says:

    WOOT WOOT. awesome to see ya Jon

  8. Randy says:

    stanger….my man. So good to read you. Been down your road a few years ago. I’m now thinner and fitter and in better shape than I’ve been in a decade. It can be turned into a great positive! I know you will. And, unlike in other aspects of our lives, a little cheating is okay now and then. 💪

  9. stangerx says:

    Thanks to Randy, Cav, sb7, and Toba. I’m like a bad penny a bad penny. Only Q was when I’d turn up again.

    Toba — were any of your truckers blocking international crossings?

  10. mf13ss says:

    MR. STANGER(!!!),

    GRAND to see ya back on here, man!!! I’ll make a deal with ya: we should BOTH quit smoking ASAP, my guy.

  11. herdfan says:

    Stanger! Great seeing you back. You had us worried.

  12. Mike E. says:

    Oh my!!! Stanger is BACK!!! It’s a beautiful day here on FMU!

    Welcome back Jon, happy to see you back, in more ways than one

  13. mf13ss says:

  14. pheloniusphish says:

    Welcome back, Jon.

  15. Mike E. says:

    Nice to have Madison back. He and Surtain were a great CB tandem.

  16. Tim Knight says:

    M13, I know you had concerns with McDaniel hiring a quality staff. How do you think he did? I think it looks very solid on paper.

  17. Tim Knight says:

    Former CBs coach Charles Burks took a job with Cincy so that opened the door for Sam Madison to be hired.

  18. stangerx says:

    Thanks M13, MIke E, Herd and Phelon. Plus anyone I missed. Halfway through my third beer in 11 weeks and they are hitting hard.

    • mf13ss says:

      IMO, beer in moderation is good in that it thins the blood. Just cut out the smoke (me and you), my man!

    • manitobafinfan says:

      I can only imagine how nice the first one tasted… enjoy them sir 🍻… we are all very happy to see you up and about … give the MRS. a hug from all of us for her caring and worrying over you .. enjoy her as well you both Gems 💎

  19. wyoming85 says:

    Great to read you back Stanger!
    Continued good health my friend!

  20. Krishna says:

    stangerx says:
    February 16, 2022 at 7:14 pm
    What a strange trip the last 2.5 months have been, but I’m finally back home. Have a feeling life will never be the same again…… starting with my wife on No Smoking, No drinking, No salt, No fat etc. But least I’m able to complain about that. Was real close.:)

    Reply

    Holy fuck…You da man….it was real close..imo.

    You know what to do….lol.

  21. Krishna says:

    To stangerx….you had someone in your corner….awesome!

  22. Mike E. says:

    Enjoy being back home Jon. I’m sure it must be wonderful. I’m guessing you’re doing well enough to be home. Keep up the good work!

  23. ElephantRider says:

    Stanger?!

    Awesome!!!
    Welcome Welcome Welcome
    So happy to be seeing this!
    All the new additions to the coaching staff have nothing on this! So glad you’re home!

  24. Ken says:

    Woohoo The Godfather is back

  25. mf13ss says:

  26. ukfinfan says:

    Coaches, roaches, broaches ………….. who gives a flying feck …………….. Stanger’s back.

    Best news this off season bar none. Great to see you on the mend Stang – keep up the great progress and give your good lady a peck on the cheek from me. Enjoy every minute of the road back to normality.

  27. ukfinfan says:

  28. sb7mvp says:

    I’m not sure the best thing to do when you’re being sued for discrimination and racism is to hire a lawyer with the last name Lynch.

  29. Rockphin says:

    stangerx says:
    February 16, 2022 at 7:14 pm
    What a strange trip the last 2.5 months have been, but I’m finally back home. Have a feeling life will never be the same again…… starting with my wife on No Smoking, No drinking, No salt, No fat etc. But least I’m able to complain about that. Was real close.:)

    Reply

    WELCOME BACK STANGER!!!!!! (6)
    I am so happy to see you back. I am very happy you pulled through and are doing much better! My best wishes and hopes for your continued recovery.

  30. Rockphin says:

    From PFF’s “Every Team’s most improved player”

    MIAMI DOLPHINS: DI ZACH SIELER
    PFF Grade change from 2020 to 2021: 69.3 → 84.9 (+15.6)

    Sieler played much less two-technique last season — heads-up between the two guards — and it paid significant dividends. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound interior lineman posted a career-best 94.9 PFF grade that featured a grade north of 76.0 against the run and in pass rush. He may not be an every-down player, but that didn’t stop him from generating the fourth-most PFF WAR at the position in 2021.

  31. Rockphin says:

    These Douche Bags are so…….well, douchey! Last week they were saying the Watson to Miami rumors WILL and MUST persist until Miami get’s a new QB. Today this;

    https://dolphinstalk.com/2022/02/florio-simms-tua-tagovailoa-a-perfect-fit-under-mike-mcdaniel/

  32. Phindog says:

    Stanger, so glad you are home and posting again. We all had you in our thoughts and prayers while you were going through this . The Phindog family is very happy you made it through this difficult time. You are the man !! Keep being #Stangerstrong💪 And we will see you soon 🐕

  33. naplesfan2010 says:

    OMG Stanger are you back posting already? That’s amazing. And it makes me so happy. I immediately ran and told my wife who cheered out loud. She and I have been so worried about you.
    You’re so tough that I knew you would recover, but to be already so far into recovery that you can post on the blog this soon is just FABULOUS!

  34. bailbondmike says:

    STANGER!! Hate I missed the homecoming last night. Welcome back my friend!!!

  35. Rockphin says:

    I was going to post about Madison being a great player, but can he coach? Then I saw this;

    At least one former player thinks it is a good coaching hire.

    • steveccnv says:

      Usually great players with natural talent can’t coach, but he seems different, always thought of him as a coach, when he played

      For Welker, he’s the over achiever, that I’d say is a natural to be a coach, because he had to work for everything

  36. steveccnv says:

    Holy shit Batman! The man, the myth the legend is back!

    Welcome back my friend

    You know what they say about keeping a good man down…

    Always knew you’d come back, didn’t know the capacity though, reading above you are truly back

    February 16th Stanger Day

  37. naplesfan2010 says:

    Honestly this coaching staff that McDaniel has assembled is beyond my wildest expectations.
    All around the league other players and coaches are testifying to loving these coaches.
    Just the sheer blending of hungry young guys and certified quality veterans is awesome.
    The wisdom and humble ego of keeping a DC of a successful Defense is refreshing.
    Plus the triple focus on the OL (not counting McDaniel himself) is just what we need.
    Then to get a pair like Welker and Madison?
    Wow!
    Can you visualize Welker’s WRs going against Madison’s DBs in practice????

  38. The Flying Pig says:

    Welcome back Stanger!

    Woohoo!

  39. sb7mvp says:

    When McDaniel was walking through the halls to sign his contract, Sam Madison was one of the guys he called out when looking at pictures on the wall.

  40. Rockphin says:

    I just noticed that we play Baltimore again this year. WTF?? Did they somehow get moved to the AFCE? Is it just me or does it seem like we play them every freaking year?

    https://phinphanatic.com/2022/02/17/ranking-miami-dolphins-2022-opponents-ahead-free-agency/2/

    We have a tough schedule on paper this year! I think we may regress a game or two….

    New offensive system = greater potential for slow start. 3rd place teams from other divisions last season were fluky and could / should have been higher in the rankings.

    • steveccnv says:

      Seems like we’re always mirroring some team, we’ve played the Raiders a few years in a row, Chargers before that

      We were supposed to have a tough schedule last year and the year before

      If we’re better the schedule will seem easier, if we suck it will too

  41. Rockphin says:

    Wow, I was aware, but I wasn’t “AWARE” that Tomlin has never had a losing season in Pitt.

    A Mike Tomlin-led team should never be counted out. In his 13 years at the helm, Pittsburgh has never finished the season with a losing record.

    • steveccnv says:

      They’ve been mentioning that lately as a reason more black coaches should be hired, but the Steelers follow a certain mentality, that works for them, not sure it matters who there coach is, as long as he’s hard nosed

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        also will be interesting to see what he does post Big Ben. Can he start over with a new QB?

      • steveccnv says:

        He probably can, but may take some time, so above .500 in 2022 may be a challenge

        Ben sucked, he was able to play pretty good in 4th quarters though, to steal some games

        TJ Watt was a big reason for their success

  42. Rockphin says:

    I mixed it up a little today.

    YOUR PICKS
    R1 P29 OT Charles Cross – Mississippi State
    R2 P18 RB Breece Hall – Iowa State
    R3 P37 LB Darrian Beavers – Cincinnati
    R4 P16 WR Alec Pierce – Cincinnati
    R4 P20 LB Mike Rose – Iowa State
    R5 P15 RB Zamir White – Georgia
    R6 P21 EDGE Tyree Johnson – Texas A&M
    R7 P3 DL LaBryan Ray – Alabama

    • bailbondmike says:

      WHAT? No kicker!!! Charles Cross at #29 would be huge! All really good picks! WR Pierce reminds me of a faster Brian Hartline who doesn’t fall down after the catch.

      • Rockphin says:

        LOL! I used “NFL Draft Diamonds” big board this time and they didn’t have ANY kickers or punters ranked on their board. It was as if there were none in the draft.

  43. Rockphin says:

    If Jesse Davis is still starting for the Dolphins next year we are fucked. OT is a DESPERATE NEED.

  44. Rockphin says:

    8 years ago one of the greatest inventors of our time passed away. It is time to lobby for his sainthood.

    Saint Joseph Shivers – Inventor of Lycra (spandex)

  45. stangerx says:

    Thanks All the weil-wishes from those who chimed in today. Almost like some of you missed me. But give it time…. you’ll wish me back in the hospital again. 🙂

    • Phindog says:

      We all wished you and your wife well wishes.. and nobody will wish you back in the hospital. It was a dark time for all of us. #Stangerstrong💪

    • bailbondmike says:

      Never! We have our beefs but that is because we are all brothers and sisters on here.

    • stangerx says:

      Was just kidding but give it time. I watched like 5 hours of cable news each day when confined to bed. Was amazing how you would never know which country you are in depending on which country channel you watch and would have shared this or that if had internet access.

      Became a big fan of Shepard Smith’s on CNBC. No pundits allowed and just the news as they decide to present.

  46. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, none of us want anyone in the hospital. I know you were joking, but still. 🙂

  47. Mike E. says:

    Stanger – you were missed. We all care about you man. We’re all happy you’re doing better. Mary Ann was great giving us updates. She’s awesome!

  48. Ken says:

    Stanger you have your own hashtag now. #Stangerstrong

  49. Rockphin says:

    Canadians are sooooo polite! They say “sorry” so readily that in 2009 they had to pass a law that if someone says “I’m Sorry” it cannot be used as an admission of guilt or liability. LOL!!!! It is called the Apology Act of 2009

    ROFLMAO!

  50. bookman11 says:

    Stanger, just make sure no junior mint got dropped in

  51. Tim Knight says:

    Marcel Louis-Jacques
    @Marcel_LJ

    The Dolphins have signed former 49ers WR River Cracraft.

    Experienced special teamer, familiarity with HC Mike McDaniel and WR coach Wes Welker.

    Dolphins receiver room is thin right now with Mack Hollins, Will Fuller, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson all entering free agency

  52. stangerx says:

    Gennaro Filice of NFL.com liked our 2021 draft class. Holland as the 4th highest rated rookie by PFF taken in any round is pretty darn cool.
    —————————————————

    The NFL is typically the great equalizer for college football gamebreakers. In the pro game, everyone’s freakishly athletic. And yet, watching Waddle on Sundays felt just like watching Waddle on Saturdays, with the same thought invariably springing to mind: That guy just looks different. In a sea of physical marvels, Waddle’s explosiveness still stands out. Every touch puts you on the edge of your seat. And while the Alabama product set a rookie record with 104 catches, somehow he seemed underutilized. Peppered with quick throws throughout his rookie campaign, Waddle rarely had the opportunity to showcase his downfield dynamism. (Don’t let the 5-foot-10, 182-pound frame fool you — Waddle has no problem making contested catches.) Here’s hoping the new coaching staff unlocks MAXIMUM WADDLE in 2022. Mike McDaniel’s recent words on the receiver inspire confidence: “I would start him in fantasy.”

    Waddle wasn’t the only Year 1 stud from this Dolphins draft class, either. Displaying the kind of versatility today’s NFL teams covet in the safety position, Holland stuffed the stat sheet with 68 tackles, 10 passes defensed, seven QB hits, two fumble recoveries, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. The second-rounder posted the fourth-highest Pro Football Focus grade in the entire rookie class, only trailing Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja’Marr Chase, Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons and egregious Pro Bowl snub Creed Humphrey. Meanwhile, Phillips really came on in the back half of the season, finishing with 8.5 sacks and earning a spot alongside Waddle and Holland on the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

    On the down side, Eichenberg continued a recent Dolphins tradition of throwing a rookie O-lineman into the fire and watching him suffer fourth-degree burns. A 16-game starter, Eichenberg committed 10 penalties and gave up nine sacks as one of the leakiest bookends in the NFL.

    Full with breakdown of Pats (A-), Jets (C+) and Bills (C)
    https://www.nfl.com/news/2021-nfl-rookie-grades-afc-east-dolphins-and-patriots-load-up-jets-mix-good-with

    • stangerx says:

      Should have mentioned the Phins got an A-.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I think the OL had a lot to do with Waddle not being utilized on deeper routes. When you looked at some of the replays in games, we didn’t even have WRs running deep routes to open up the field. It was basically let’s make sure we have options to just get 1st downs. It wasn’t a very good design but our QBs didn’t have much time in the pocket on most plays. So our offense was basically in survival mode most of the time.

      I expect that to change under McDaniel. The emphasis on the run game should help.

      • stangerx says:

        Only thing to complain about Waddle is that he did not have the season Ja’Marr Chase did. But knows what we would be saying if the two switched teams, OLs and QBs.

  53. Tim Knight says:

    If DeVante Parker could’ve stayed healthy for the most part during his career, what could have been.
    4,727 career receiving yards 6th in team history.
    338 career receptions 8th in team history.

    I wonder if he’ll be in the mix this year or do we totally revamp the position. I do think that will happen but not sure who will remain other than Waddle.

  54. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, Chase did go before Waddle at #5. We all knew he was really good. In Cincy the difference was not just Joe Burrow, they had a good run game with Mixon and two other really good WRs in Higgins and Boyd. That was a much better group than what we had. That and the Bengals do throw the ball down the field more. Burrow was also sacked most in the league (51) including 20 times in the playoffs. But they obviously went very far despite that.

    Let’s hope coach McD can build a much better offense. He’s confident in and willing to work with Tua, he face-timed him on the plane on his way to Miami. Flores and Co. never showed that with Tua regardless of what he had to overcome coming into the league.

    We’ll be running a version of the WCO offense again and that fits Tua. This is a big season for Tua and he’ll be given every chance to prove he can be a top QB. All the coaches we’ve brought in on offense have worked in one form of the WCO or another.

    • stangerx says:

      Yep — our offense with the poor OL and quick throws did not provide the chance to go deep nearly as much. Waddle might have gotten the same numbers if he was playing for Cincy. And they were amazing numbers, and Waddle’s were stilll real impressive.

      • Tim Knight says:

        We’re still going to use a quick passing game, it’s just going to be different. Coach McD said he wants a quicker passing game. That doesn’t just mean short throws, but quicker routes. Get guys in space with a chance to get some more YAC. We did not do that last year and maybe we didn’t have enough guys to do it. It’s all going to be off the run game though. That will be our bread and butter. I can’t imagine McD tolerating a weak run game when that’s what he’s built his reputation on.

  55. naplesfan2010 says:

    We swept the New England Patriots.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Tua has never lost to NE when starting, 3-0.

      • Tim Knight says:

        The problem is our team can’t beat the Bills with anyone at QB. We can hang with them for awhile but then they blow us out in the 2nd half. That’s gotta change to take the next step.

  56. Tim Knight says:

    I was wondering with all the new coaches on offense who have been in different places, if they have a good feel on a backup QB who knows the principles of the WCO and that can at least hold the fort in a pinch. I don’t think Brissett will be back.

  57. Rockphin says:

    The bills have had our number for a decade or more. They at least split with us most years.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Yep! It’s now a must to compete with them because they are the best team in the AFC East. In recent times just taking the last 3 seasons we’re 0-6 Bills, 4-2 Pats and 5-1 Jets.

  58. Rockphin says:

    naplesfan2010 says:
    February 17, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    We swept the New England Patriots.
    Reply

    I just wanted to see that again

  59. Rockphin says:

    I’m pretty certain they don’t feel comfortable with a rookie back up so they won’t be taking one in the draft

  60. randydolfan1947 says:

    HEY YOUNG STANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BEEN working my ass of the last few days as the demand for certified gold and silver coins has gone through the roof!! Has enough work for me and TWO MORE MEs last 10-14 days!!
    —————————-
    Just SO GLAD and SO THANKFUL you are home and getting better. By the way, I want to apologize to you for a couple of things I said about smoking at the Buffalo game. –I know I went a bit overboard!! But, as I told you, watching my dad go through the removal of a cancerous lung wasn’t easy for any of us. He lived a couple more decades into his mid-80’s on just one lung AFTER HE GAVE UP SMOKING!! (My mom made him an offer he couldn’t refuse!)
    —————————
    HOST of a local radio sports show in Tampa Bay claims Steve Ross told the NFL he was “only joking” when he said to Flores he’d pay him lots of money for every game he lost (on top of his regular salary). That’s WHY big time lawyers tell their clients NOT TO TALK!!!
    Anyway, I’m sure the commissioner wasn’t chuckling when he heard these alleged words.
    Host of this show said there’s a strong chance both Ross and Dan Snyder “will be relieved of their respective franchises before the end of the year, especially since some congressmen want to launch an investigation into this matter.”
    ————————
    GLAD YOU ARE BACK, Jon! Miss Penny sends her sincerest best wishes to YOU!!

  61. Ken says:

    Tom Brady is reportedly a “name to watch” for a potential ownership stake in the Miami Dolphins, per Mike Florio

    Bruce Beal holds the first right to buy the Dolphins and there’s a “lingering belief” Beal would sell a small percentage of the team to Brady

    (Via Bleacher Report)

    • Tim Knight says:

      I saw that too. It would be more of an investment for him than him being a rah rah Dolphins fan. I don’t care who owns the team if we win.

      • Ken says:

        I will still be angry if he has an ownership interest even if we win. I am always angry

      • randydolfan1947 says:

        KEN: I’d be EVEN ANGRIER if Steve Ross still owned the team 2 years from now.
        Bring on Mr./Mrs. Brady – – – they KNOW how to win!!

  62. Rockphin says:

    Used to be you get a mystery pain in your wrist you thought “ what the fuck did I do to my wrist“ at this age it has become “ oh shit am I dying?”

  63. bailbondmike says:

    I’m pretty certain they don’t feel comfortable with a rookie back up so they won’t be taking one in the draft
    ————————–
    Skylar Thompson, dammit!!!

  64. Rockphin says:

    First of all, his name is fucking SKYLER….

  65. Rockphin says:

    Well at least he doesn’t have an apostrophe in the middle of his name

  66. mf13ss says:

  67. son of a son of a shula says:

    We’re stupid if we don’t keep Gesicki that’s just dumb to let him walk.
    Hey Yale watch the tape 😁

    Also, at 29 the Georgia linebacker will be the best player on the board. Nakobe Dean. Great fit for us.

  68. son of a son of a shula says:

    Randy,
    Bone to pick with you. First we need better contact info on you but seriously you had that too recently?
    Man so glad you’re doing well it would seem. Tough fucker too, interior lineman go figure. Leather helmet mother fucker. 😁

  69. son of a son of a shula says:

    Stanger, how ya doin?

  70. bailbondmike says:

    First of all, his name is fucking SKYLER….
    ——————-
    LMAO!!

  71. son of a son of a shula says:

    I think old Ken might be right about Mariota being a good fit for us as our backup QB.

  72. mf13ss says:

    From PFF’s top-200 FAs…

    60. QB MARCUS MARIOTA, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
    For years, the primary goal of quarterbacks in Mariota’s position was to find a team desperate enough for a starter to sign them to an inflated deal in free agency that they’d inevitably regret a year later. While that’s still a goal, there are more potential avenues for players with Mariota’s skill set. With two-quarterback systems cropping up around the NFL, Mariota could attempt to leverage New Orleans Saints weapon Taysom Hill’s recent four-year, $40 million extension with massive upside. Mariota is an infinitely superior passer of the football, and while he’s had a handful of injuries the past few years, he’s still just 28 years old.

    Strengths:
    – Athleticism and running in space
    – Play-action passing

    Weaknesses:
    – Mistakes
    – Consistent accuracy
    – Durability

    Scheme Fit/Role:
    HIGH-END BACKUP/LAST-CHANCE STARTER: Mariota never really got going in Tennessee, devolving rather than evolving as a starter before being replaced by Ryan Tannehill. As a backup with the Raiders, he has flashed the potential to be a starter again after time on the bench. But in a league with plenty of options, there won’t be many chances for him to start again. His best role may be that of a high-end backup who can offer a change-of-pace package of rushing plays in certain situations from the bench.

    Recent Injury History:
    Mariota suffered a quad injury on a 31-yard run off the bench for the Raiders this season. He carries an extensive injury history, which is its own issue, independent of any concerns over his play.

    Contract Projection: One year, $8 million fully guaranteed

    Bottom Line:
    Mariota is a former No. 2 overall draft pick, and the NFL struggles to give up on that kind of prior evaluation for a player. He flashed talent in limited snaps with the Raiders, and it might just be enough to convince a team without a quarterback in 2022 to roll the dice on him one last time. At the very least, he should be a coveted backup option.

  73. mf13ss says:

    Ken says:
    February 17, 2022 at 9:55 pm
    Brissett was a disaster last year. If Tua was in instead I think we would have been in the playoffs
    ————–
    Not sure Brissett was a total disaster last year (all things considered: *ahem* O-Line), but he clearly isn’t the answer as our backup QB.

    I DO agree with ya though… if Tua was good for all 17 games, we’d have made the playoffs. I say this by saying that Tua is under-rated while Brissett was over-rated.

  74. son of a son of a shula says:

    I got auto corrected I thought I was saying Ole not Old, big difference Ol’ Ken

  75. Tim Knight says:

    M13, how would Chris Grier let go of Gesicki for nothing? He’s a UFA.

    I was already preparing that we wouldn’t re-sign him before Flores got fired. I don’t think he fits in McD’s offense for big money. It’s run oriented.

  76. bailbondmike says:

    M13, I don’t think you can place a tender on an UFA. I’m not 100% sure but I don’t think you can. Not for a draft pick anyway. You can transition tag someone but don’t think you can get a pick for that either.

    Franchise Tag and Transition Tag period starts this Tuesday, 22 Feb.

    That was a great idea though and would have been good with that.

    • bailbondmike says:

      I would hope that we can resign him but won’t kill us if we don’t.

    • Tim Knight says:

      In McD’s offense I wouldn’t do it for Gesicki. He’s better in a vertical passing game. TE’s in this offense have to be well rounded – block, run quick routes and be savvy after the catch. Geiscki is none of those. He’s like letting a horse out of the gate. I can’t pay him top TE money to be just that.

  77. Tim Knight says:

    This is how deep his loss was, but his inspiration lives on.

  78. Tim Knight says:

    Hunter Long even though not drafted under McDaniel, might be the right fit in his WCO. He’s a big TE 6-5 255 who has experience running lots of routes and playing in a run game type offense. Who was the OL coach at BC when Long was a TE there in 2020? Now that’s some crazy conspiracy shit. LOL

    • Tim Knight says:

      I forgot to add this. He reminds me of a Jay Novacek or Brent Jones type TE. He’s not going to break a lot of big plays, but he’ll make tough catches and pick up 1st downs. He’ll have to improve his blocking, but he did do it at BC. I think Durham Smythe fits too. They’re not the focus of the pass game. They help set it up and participate at times.

  79. ukfinfan says:

    Here’s hoping we buck this trend ………… yuk!

  80. naplesfan2010 says:

    I do want to keep Gesicki, but the way he has been pumping up Smythe sounds suspiciously like he does not see himself back in Miami.
    I would just count him in my head as the slot guy / magic weapon (a la deebo, but not the exact same plays as deebo) if I were McDaniel.
    But maybe Gesicki would be able to get a lot more money somewhere else.

  81. naplesfan2010 says:

    Krishna
    That is what I mean. To me Gesicki is a unique talent and a player that DCs must take into account. I think having several of those can make your offense very difficult to bottle up.
    He’s one of the top-ranked TEs in several ways. He has great hands and is a terrific leaper.
    Why lose him and have to start over?
    TE is one of the hardest positions to learn or transition to from college.
    We have Smythe and Shaheen and Long to block inline or use a third OT.
    Also McDaniel likes his WRs to block, well Gesicki can certainly block DBs in space.

    • steveccnv says:

      If we let Gesicki go, think Mickey D turns Long into Kittles type TE or maybe even if we keep Gesicki as a WR

      We saw what NE did with Waddle, we can’t have him as our only option, Gesicki commands the attention that is vital for us

  82. steveccnv says:

    Gesicki can’t be tendered he’s unrestricted

    Restricted guys like Needham can be, those are usually undrafted type of guys signed to 3 yr contracts

  83. stangerx says:

    “This is an interesting topic because it wasn’t strained,” Flores said. “We had a good relationship. It was a player-coach relationship, and I think in a relationship like that, the coach challenges the player, and oftentimes, the player challenges the coach. I think there was a great deal of respect between the two of us.”

    — Flores on his relationship with Tua, which he makes sound less than buddy buddy

  84. steveccnv says:

    Normally I wouldn’t post such an insignificant signing, but…

    Dolphins sign former 49ers WR River Cracraft

    He’s probably just a camp body, one that might help with the transition, but nothing is really off the table with Mickey D

    6′ 198 4.59 40, a little scrappy, can jump and make tough catches, played at WSU as if he was an NFL type WR and has that Cooper Kupp (4.62 40) look to him

    Cross between Kupp and Hartline

    Not fast enough to Deebo it, but could see a role maybe a little better than what Ford has been, possibly a PS guy, if the covid rules stay in place, could be an injury replacement

  85. stangerx says:

    ““What I’ve seen is a skill set that I’m familiar with, that’s very successful in this offense. You’re seeing a very accurate passer that receivers love to catch footballs from — tight spirals and accurate throws, which are huge for run after the catch and YAC yardage. What that means for an offense is if you have people who can run after the catch, that’s an outstanding skill set for him.

    “I also see some great athleticism, some natural pocket movement and really, a tough competitor that’s willing to stand in there when necessary. All of these things that are components to a quarterback’s game that are very important in NFL systems.”

    — McDaniel on Tua

    • steveccnv says:

      Jimmy G was too stiff, think he likes the intangibles Tua has

      If we had Herbert I don’t think Micky D would’ve been a good hire

      Think Tua was made for him

      He wants to run the ball, the best QB fit is an accurate, mobile one, with lots of smarts and intangibles, think super game manager

      Somewhat of a Griese clone

  86. CavalierKong says:

    “I don’t feel not wanted.”

    That quote says everything you need to know about Tua and the support he received under Flores.

  87. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!

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