1 Week Later – Coaching Staff Set!

For those of you (like myself) concerned about how long it would take, and how well young Head Coach Mike McDaniel would fill out his staff, the answer is one week, and I believe he did remarkably well. I have to say that I have more confidence in Mike McDaniel than any other hire of a Head Coach we’ve made solely based on the quality level of staff he assembled. Good people were eager to come here to work with McDaniel, and that says a lot. Let’s look at the staff . . .


QB’s Coach/Pass Game Coordinator – Darrell Bevell

Running Backs/Associate Head Coach – Eric Studesville

Wide Receivers Coach – Wes Welker

Offensive Line Coach – Matt Applebaum

Tight Ends Coach/ Assistant Head Coach – Jon Embree

Assistant QB’s Coach – Chandler Henry


Defensive Line Coach – Austin Clark

Linebackers Coach – Anthony Campanile

Outside Linebackers Coach – Tyrone McKenzie

Defensive Backs Coach – Sam Madison

Cornerbacks Coach – Charles Burks


As you can see, the entire staff is filled out, and there’s plenty of experience there beefing up the offensive side of the ball. Frank Smith, our new OC was previously the run game coordinator and Assistant O-Line Coach for the Chargers. Darrell Bevel has plenty of experience as an Offensive Coordinator for the Vikings, Seahawks and Jaguars as well as short stints as Head Coach for both the ‘Hawks and Jags. Once again, I stress experience. Jon Embree TE’s Coach is partly responsible for molding TE George Kittle into one of the best, and likely most well rounded Tight End in the NFL. Travis Kelce may be a better receiver, but it’s close there because of Kittle’s run after catch ability. Kittle is an able and willing blocker at the LOS, as well as downfield. Eric Studesville, half of our Co-Co tandem returns as Running Backs Coach. WR Wes Welker returns to Miami to be our Wide Receivers Coach. Great to have a guy who relied on technique and smarts his entire career to be coaching our guys. Matt Applebaum, former Boston College and Towson Unviersity Offensive Line Coach. He may have the toughest job of all, but other guys on our staff have experience working with the O-line so I believe that will help Applebaum.

On the defensive side of the ball, Josh Boyer returns as DC, despite all the controversy between he and former Coach Brian Flores. Also returning is Defensive Line Coach Austin Clark. Newcomers are Anthony Campanile as Linebackers Coach and Tyrone McKenzie as OLB Coach. Miami welcomes back our own Sam Madison, former All Pro Cornerback as our Defensive Backs Coach. Love the 2 nods to former Dolphins players! Charles Burks rounds out the defense as the Cornerbacks Coach. Danny Crossman returns to the team as Special Teams Coordinator.

McDaniel wasted no time building his staff, and once again, he did it with lots of quality people, people rich in experience at high level positions, former HC’s and former coordinators, people who have experience at multiple positions. There seemed to be no shortage of people willing to work for/with McDaniel which speaks volumes of how he is perceived in NFL circles. Not to beat a dead horse, but the fact Flores was unable to do the same, and couldn’t even keep the ones he personally brought here speaks volumes to how he is perceived in NFL circles as well.

I think the Dolphins were very careful from the get go to portray this hire of Mike McDaniel as a positive move, not just finding a guy to replace the guy they unceremoniously booted out. Call me a sucker, but I loved the phone call to Tua. I believe that McDaniel is wanting to come in here and wring out the best Tua can be, although many don’t share my enthusiasm for Tua, I think he’s a LOT better than what he gets credit for. If he can stay healthy, I think he will prove just how good he is when he has a staff that is truly behind him. Of Course Chris Grier has his work cut out to fnd the players to help Tua succeed. There are obvious needs and they must be addressed.

Offensive Line to me is the biggest issue. That doesn’t mean we have to bring in 5 new players, to the contrary, I think 2 players, and a draftee would do it. You guys know I’d love to bring in former 49ers OG Laken Tomlinson. He’d be an anchor for our line, a plug and play guy who plays every game and knows his responsibilities. Guys like that make the guys next to him better, they just do. It’s why I think it’s way too premature to give up on the guys we have in house. Sorry to bore you avid readers but I still believe that Austin Jackson, and Liam Eichenberg are potential NFL tackles. I think Austin can retake his LT position and I believe Eichenberg might be our future RT, as early as 2022. I think we need another interior lineman, a Center who could also play OG. Ted Karras who was here in 2020, is one possible answer. Ethan Pocic, 2nd RD pock of the ‘Hawks has played both C and OG for the Seahawks. If we go whole hog so to speak, maybe we bring in former Washington Redskins stalwart Brandon Scherrf. I hate to spend top dollar my friends, but if there’s a place worthy of the investment, it’s on the O-line. I also feel like it would be foolish to give up on OG Solomon Kindley. We’ll see how how the new offensive regime feels. We’ll also find out in the draft which follows Free Agency as to what importance they feel of upgrading the RB position. We’ve longed for better RB’s, but all signs seem to point to a RB by committee approach. We’ll have to wait and see, but we won’t have to wait long as NFL Free Agency begins March 16th, less than a month away.

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958 Responses to 1 Week Later – Coaching Staff Set!

  1. boulderfinfan says:

    steve, is Landry asking for a lot of money? I think Landry and waddle would make a pretty good tandem.

  2. bailbondmike says:

    Did a WR and LB overhaul.

    29. Jahan Dotson WR, Penn State
    50. Christian Watson WR, North Dakota State
    101. Channing Tindall LB, Georgia
    119. Brandon Smith LB, Penn State
    123. Alec Lindstrom IOL, Boston College
    157. Max Mitchell OT, Louisiana
    198. C.J. Verdell RB, Oregon
    221. Jeremiah Moon, EDGE, Florida

    Rock, Skyler Thompson went #136 to the Saints. At least they are listening to me. 😉

  3. bailbondmike says:

    That FA article I posted above makes a good point about Dalton Schultz vs Gesicki. If you are going to pay top TE money, would it be better to sign the one who can do it all?

  4. CavalierKong says:

    Piggy, you say you don’t start political conversations, but I see you do it all the time. How many times have I had to hear (read) your biased and unfounded rants against the consumption of pork?

    You have single-handedly led the charge in trying to take away my bacon, my ham, my pulled pork, my smoked ribs, and various other wonderful pork products. I know some chickens and cows that have a few choice words for you, my friend…

  5. sb7mvp says:

    We should also ban all of this pro-Norwegian rhetoric that tends to pop up from time to time.

  6. stangerx says:

    So Russia starting a full out war with Ukraine is Biden’s fault? Everyone seems to agree with Biden that US should not put troops into that one. Exactly how was he supposed to avoid that without doing that? Seems can’t have it both ways.

  7. stangerx says:

    Never mind — now know why Russia invaded Ukraine
    ” I’m angry about it, and I’m saddened by it,” Trump said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “And it all happened because of a rigged election. This would have never happened.”

    • steveccnv says:

      Russia invaded, because they don’t fear biden

      After his speech the stock market has gone up

      It was a good speech, at least what people want to hear, let’s see if he does what said, would be a first, so not holding my breath

      • stangerx says:

        Do you think Russia feared Trump? He apparently loved Putin.

        And Biden made clear US troops would not go into Ukraine, which the US public on both sides overwhelmingly agreed with. What did you want him to do?

      • steveccnv says:

        He’s been weak or wrong on every foreign policy the last 40 years, after Afganistan Putin saw what we’ve know for years

        Yes Russia feared Trump

        Biden is right on not having US troops go into Ukraine,,, but he is sending them over there to stand by

      • stangerx says:

        So you want to say both that Putin has been too weak against Russia and that by moving a few thousand troops to Eastern European countries bordering Ukraine and Russia that he is risking war with Russia. Guess you want it both ways and the common theme is whatever Biden does is wrong. Do you see the bias there?

  8. stangerx says:

    “Wes Welker vs. Pat Surtain and Sam Madison one-on-ones, that barring old-man injury, hopefully is a fixture for Miami practices moving forward.”
    — Mike McDaniel

  9. sb7mvp says:

    just a little history lesson

  10. Mike E. says:

    Stanger – I enjoyed that video, very informative.

  11. boulderfinfan says:

    It seems like Putin has lost his mind. If you listen to his speech on Monday this was gonna happen regardless of who the president is. I’m concerned he’s gonna go after more that Ukraine and start a world war. Putin has lost it.

    • stangerx says:

      Great to see you Boulder. Don’t think Putin has lost his mind though. Believe he knows can take over all of Ukraine, or at least act like it and just take over less. The sanctions and the occupation would be a bitch though. Perfect time to make a deal that leaves him more than before.

    • bookman11 says:

      I agree with you Boulder

    • bailbondmike says:

      I agree it did not matter who the president is. This has been in the works before even Trump was in office. Though, Trump being a wild card and not knowing how he would have responded may have delayed Putin’s plans a bit. Putin knew no one, not even the US, would go to war over Ukraine. He also knew there would be sanctions and that didn’t stop him before. He also knew the sanctions would hurt but also not be the strictest. He has the energy of eastern Europe under his thumb. He knows they, especially Germany, cannot go all out sanctions on Russia. Putin knows he can weather the storm and there is nothing anyone can or at least do anything about it.

  12. Tim Knight says:

    What Russia is doing is some evil scary shit.

  13. Rockphin says:

    #TIL (Today I learned)

    in the original children’s story, Pinocchio beats Jiminy Cricket to death with a hammer. (can’t make this ship up! LOL)

  14. Tim Knight says:

    Glad to see you Boulder, and UK and others who haven’t been around in awhile.

    Would like to know what UK thinks about what Russia is doing from the perspective of the UK.

  15. mf13ss says:

    Here’s a name to keep in mind as we enter the Combine: Alexander Lukashenko, QB, Belarus. The guy plays the game with a chip on his shoulder and he can be brutal through the air.

    The knock on him is that he likes for others to take the lead (some call it unselfish), yet he’s always involved in the play in some capacity. He’s a dangerous player who I feel is very under-rated.

  16. The Flying Pig says:


    So much for my hope today wouldn’t be a political discussion

  17. pheloniusphish says:

    Take this you damn dirty ape – she doesn’t need an extra gun!

  18. pheloniusphish says:

    Vlad is putting the band back together. All the Balkan states are at risk.

  19. Tim Knight says:

    Phish, if Russia invades NATO nations do we have WWIII?

  20. bookman11 says:


    I think almost everyone has kept it pretty non-political.

    Mad Vlad is bad, no matter what side of the fence you are on.

  21. bailbondmike says:

    I just don’t understand why not all out sanctions? Why use sanctions he can survive through then say we will wait a MONTH to see how that works.

    I know it will affect Germany the most, but they never should have put all their eggs in one basket when it comes to oil and gas.

  22. bailbondmike says:

    You city folk got generators? Might need to prepare for cyberattacks on the electrical grid.

    Think the one that happened recently may have been just a test run?

  23. bailbondmike says:

    I keep having to scroll up to Phelon’s 5:06 post. Shame on me

  24. boulderfinfan says:

    Lol @ “Mad Vlad is Bad.”

  25. mf13ss says:

    bailbondmike says:
    February 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm
    I just don’t understand why not all out sanctions? Why use sanctions he can survive through then say we will wait a MONTH to see how that works…
    EXACTLY! Why won’t he sanction Putin himself?!! Pressed on the matter, he took a question from a different reporter.

    AND, it’s not going to take a mere month to discover the effects of sanctions, it will likely take 2-3 months. Putin will laugh at these sanctions and continue his march to reincorporate/absorb states lost at the fall of the former USSR.

    The Western way of thinking does not apply to Putin… he’s cut from a different cloth and does NOT play chess like a Westerner. He laughs at our sanctions.

  26. Tim Knight says:

    M13, what is BRASS?

    • mf13ss says:

      It’s not an acronym, it means I know people who are in charge at some of the highest levels. I’d tell ya more, but then I’d have to kill ya, lest they kill me! 😉

      I’m NOT joking around about knowing some BRASS in the US military. To be CERTAIN, they certainly don’t tell me anything I shouldn’t know as a civilian, okay? It’s not like I know certain things that could compromise me or my fam. But I can tell ya this: the fog of war is upon the world and NOBODY knows what comes next… especially with this clown of a president.

      NOBODY knows what’s coming down the pike. This is a scary time, my friend… not just for US, but for the world over. And it’s only a matter of time before China takes over Taiwan.

      Blood is in the waters, and the sharks are coming to feast.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Oh okay. Yeah this is a bad situation in the world. I think we can already see it’s going to get worse and will likely be an issue the rest of our lives.

  27. boulderfinfan says:

    I agree I think there should be all out sanctions. I think bigger sanctions will come, but Europe does a lot of trade with Russia and they need time to get their shit together. If we sanction hard now it’ll effect Europe and even our own economy badly. I think that’s why they’re waiting for the other tougher sanctions. I don’t understand why they’re not sanctioning Putin right now.

  28. CavalierKong says:

    What do you guys mean by ‘sanctioning Putin’? Take away his library card and suspend his Facebook account?

  29. CavalierKong says:

    And regarding our sanctions, we’re not making these decisions in a vacuum. I imagine the US is having discussions with Europe about what actions to take.

    • Tim Knight says:

      You think they would have already worked on this. It’s not like this happened by surprise. They world has been concerned about this as Russia has been mobilizing for quite some time.

      • boulderfinfan says:

        I’m sure they have but Russia supplies like 80 percent of natural gas to Germany and other European countries. It’s winter and replacing all that natural gas is not easy.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I hear ya. But all they keep doing is mentioning sanctions while the Ukraine is being invaded.

  30. pheloniusphish says:

    Tim – Yeah, if he invades a NATO country we either go to war or hunker down within our own borders and hope an ocean is enough. Sanctions are a waste of time. What does Vlad need money for? He can take what he wants because no one is stopping him.and if China decides to buy his oil and gas….we’ll….

  31. pheloniusphish says:

    (BRASS) USMC shooting technique: Breathe, Relax, Aim, Slack, Squeeze.

  32. wyoming85 says:


  33. Tim Knight says:

    This crisis with Russia invading the Ukraine is a lot bigger than our American political bickering. It’s time to unite as Americans. Not continue to divide ourselves based on our own political pet peeves.

  34. mf13ss says:

    I saw a tweet today that pretty much summed up — in real-time — what’s important.

    It read something like ‘If you are really concerned about gender pronouns, you might want to start taking shit seriously now’.

    SPOT ON!!!

  35. sb7mvp says:

    Some football in the midst of WWIII

  36. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    February 24, 2022 at 7:39 pm
    This crisis with Russia invading the Ukraine is a lot bigger than our American political bickering. It’s time to unite as Americans. Not continue to divide ourselves based on our own political pet peeves.
    I absolutely agree, in principle! However, I’m not willing to unite under false pretenses. Do NOT allow this conflict to unite us under BHO/Biden… who ALLOWED this conflict to occur in the first place.

    Seriously, we have a president and administration that is totally compromised by Putin/Xi.

    Don’t ask me to unite under false pretenses, sir… for that would be the death of the USA.

  37. Rockphin says:

    Is it Friday yet?

  38. mf13ss says:

    Be prepared for cyber-war, next. Hope everybody has their finances in check, is able to sustain themselves in the event of massive blackouts, and ready to face rising costs in EVERYTHING.

  39. mf13ss says:

    As always, these are my mere opinions. I’m not necessarily trying to enter the fray of political engagement, but from my perspective, things aren’t looking very good, my friends.

    Yup, I said some things about Biden… but again, it’s just my opinion.

  40. bookman11 says:

    “I absolutely agree, in principle! However, I’m not willing to unite under false pretenses. Do NOT allow this conflict to unite us under BHO/Biden… who ALLOWED this conflict to occur in the first place.

    Seriously, we have a president and administration that is totally compromised by Putin/Xi.”

    Then: “I’m not necessarily trying to enter the fray of political engagement, “

    Wow, lol.

  41. Tim Knight says:

    I have friends and family who are liberal Democrats, conservative Republicans, libertarians etc. We all just want to live our lives. We focus too much on extremes and it weakens us as a nation. Russia and China both know this. We’re all allowing this to happen. Red vs. Blue is stupid. Greed is also the main culprit but nobody wants to admit it.

    I fear one day seeing a big mushroom cloud and the wave of impact that comes with it – saying oh shit, this is it!!! Gay marriage, gender identity, abortion, religion, minimum wage, healthcare, masks, vaccinations, race, red, blue and everything else really seems unimportant if we’re not here anymore. This is the only life we know. Humans are fucked up. We just are.

    • Brian in NY says:

      Exactly Tim. The media and social media are largely to blame for this divide. Both of those mediums disgust me right now.

  42. randydolfan1947 says:

    I HAVEN’T BEEN THIS BUSY at work since the Dolphins won their last Playoff game in December of 2000!! It seems like people are coming out of the woodwork to buy certified gold and silver coins as fast as they can!! Don’t even have time to watch the NHL!!!!!!!!
    I HOPE I’m about the millionth person to say this but I strongly believe the Soviet Union should take their drugged up Olympic team and ship them to their orbiting space station!!! The Russians should be BANNED from the next several winter & summer Olympics, period!! Hopefully, even the weak French government will realize this and disinvite Russia from the Paris Summer Games!! If France and the IOC DON’T BAN THE Russians, the U.S. and the leading western nations should boycott the Olympics.

  43. Tim Knight says:

    Meanwhile McDaniel and his staff want to make the Miami Dolphins a better football team. Does that even matter now? You can’t watch a peaceful nation be invaded by a tyrannical government and say hey… it is what it is. This is really bad. This is changing the world.

  44. Brian in NY says:


    The ROC, or Russian Olympic Committee, is a group of athletes competing from Russia, but under the Olympic flag. The athletes don’t technically compete for Russia, since the country was found to have a government sponsored doling program for its athletes (shocker). So the Olympic committee decided it wasn’t fair to punish the athletes, so they let them compete under the Olympic flag .

  45. ukfinfan says:

    Tim Knight says:
    February 24, 2022 at 4:20 pm
    Glad to see you Boulder, and UK and others who haven’t been around in awhile.
    Would like to know what UK thinks about what Russia is doing from the perspective of the UK.

    Don’t normally do politics, but extreme circumstances call for extreme reactions. I can’t pretend to know what is in the minds of leaders, but the entire house (parliament) is united across all political divides (as should the whole free world be) in condemning killing innocents by a lunatic, despotic, egomaniacal dictator. His land grab is abhorrent to everyone here and seeing families crouched overnight in subway stations is criminal.

    At present, the response is sanctions, freezing assets, stopping the movement of money and investigating a whole lot of money invested here that has been conveniently ignore for a long time under the recent “proceeds of crime” act. Time will tell how much this actually bites, but the whole of the world is united in trying to stop the conversion of worthless roubles into $, £ and €.

    The EU has committed to stop taking gas from Russia for good. This accounts for 40% of the gas consumption, so prices from other areas will rocket. It’s a price worth paying.

    Germany is coming to the end of installing and commissioning Nord Stream 2, a second pipeline from Russia. They have committed to never opening it. That’s a massive blow to Putin financially

    We are keeping our Embassy staff over there to support decent Russians who are increasingly speaking out against Putin. Not sure how effective that will be.

    We have banned Russian planes from landing here. They have banned ours from their airspace, but I don’t think that will be a big loss for us.

    We are supporting Ukrainians with aid, arms and longer term, through NATO, troops too depending on how things escalate. Ukraine isn’t in NATO yet as I’m sure you know, but other neighbouring countries are and who knows where the modern day Imperialist’s ambitions will end? His language on the recent televised announcement was chilling. Make no mistake, he will not easily over-run those borders and if he tries, the consequences are unimaginable.

    It’s not a “big deal” in world terms, but the Champions League Final has been moved from St Petersburg to Paris. Like moving the Superbowl to Montreal (sort of)!

    In the short term, it won’t change the lives of people on the ground here. Longer term, energy and petrol prices which were already rising will become crazy, troops will need to be sent and global supply chains which are already on their knees will probably become worse. Even though the UK is no longer part of the EU, we still also feel their pain. Quite a few Ukrainian people have relocated here, especially historically.

    In short, as no doubt PP would say, it’s FUBAR and going to get worse. Putin HAS to be stopped. And will be.

    • ukfinfan says:

      Oh and anyone trying to make this a Republican vs Democrat thing needs to give their head a wobble and look beyond your shores. America is a great country, but it isn’t the only one, and it isn’t always about America. Respectfully.

  46. bailbondmike says:

    pheloniusphish says:
    February 24, 2022 at 7:07 pm
    Tim – Yeah, if he invades a NATO country we either go to war or hunker down within our own borders and hope an ocean is enough. Sanctions are a waste of time. What does Vlad need money for? He can take what he wants because no one is stopping him.and if China decides to buy his oil and gas….we’ll….
    Problem is everyone is still buying Russian oil and gas right now including the US. These sanctions mean nothing as Putin is making enough money off the higher price of oil to offset the current sanctions being put in place. Which basically means they are doing nothing.

  47. bailbondmike says:

    Brian in NY says:
    February 25, 2022 at 7:23 am
    Exactly Tim. The media and social media are largely to blame for this divide. Both of those mediums disgust me right now.
    Russia and China were one of the biggest culprits on social media fueling the divide with propaganda.

  48. bailbondmike says:

    Thanks for your insight, UK.

  49. Mike E. says:

    UK – Well said, especially it isn’t all about America. I’m guilty of feeling like we’re the ones that need to do something, but you’re accurate in what you said.

    As far as Democrat vs Republican, I don’t think that’s the factor here. I would say Biden is a feeble leader that no other country probably fears or respects. Not that Trump was a great president, but I do think other countries feared him (not necessarily for the right reasons). I do believe this wouldn’t have happened during Trump’s presidency because of his somewhat unstable personality, to put it kindly.

    We’ll all have to hope for the best on this one, and hope that all countries combined don’t allow this aggression to happen.

    • ukfinfan says:

      Spot on Mike – it isn’t Superpower A vs Superpower B – it is and always has to be the world against an unlawful aggressor. Just like it was when Nazism was defeated.

  50. bailbondmike says:

    A Ukrainian soldier on a tiny island in the Black Sea didn’t hold back when threatened with bombing by a Russian warship as Moscow continued its assault on Ukrainian territory.

    According to a purported audio exchange, as the Russians approached Snake Island, also known as Zmiinyi Island, the Russian officer says: “This is a military warship. This is a Russian military warship. I suggest you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and needless casualties. Otherwise, you will be bombed.”

    A Ukrainian soldier responds: “Russian warship, go f*** yourself.”

    Those were the final known words heard from the island.

    All 13 Ukrainian defenders were killed in a Russian bombardment Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

    “All border guards died heroically but did not give up. They will be awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine posthumously,” Zelensky said.
    There is a video out there somewhere.

    • ukfinfan says:

      On the mid-day news here, a Russian armoured vehicle was filmed driving over an occupied car (and that was not an SUV car – think tiny, old and poorly constructed). The roof was ripped off and the Russki’s fecked off down the road without a second thought. They left behind a frightened trapped old lady, wearing a mask, who Ukrainian civilians then had to pull out of the mangled wreckage by hand.

      Boris Johnson is the biggest windbag POS ever born and I don’t trust him one inch, but the first good thing I heard come out of his mouth was that those found guilty will be prosecuted for war crimes. That includes governments and their leaders too. I expect nothing to come of that, but the principle is 100% right.

  51. Mike E. says:

    I just checked in social media and it’s a shitshow. Not hard to see that coming. My friends on the left side were very chippy and ever present with their hatred towards Trump and his supporters. Now they’re invisible, but all my friends on the right are pointing fingers and yelling and jumping up and down. It’s pretty predictable, and I wish there was a leader in the future of this country that could unite everyone, and one that everyone could get behind.

  52. bailbondmike says:

    Russia is the world’s top producer of wheat. China has lifted import restrictions on imports from Russia to ease the western sanctions.

  53. Mike E. says:

    Geez! Just for laughs, I think Rosie O’Donnell is really starting to look like Mike Francesa, or vice versa.

  54. pheloniusphish says:

    So Russia has about 900K active military troops. NATO has around 3.2 M (1.3 M of that is the US). On the surface we and our Allies have a significant numerical advantage. However, at least half the IS forces would be committed elsewhere, many of the NATO countries have not kept up their military, and not all that number is actual combat troops. Ratio of non-combat to combat troops is about 3:1 (https://www.armyupress.army.mil/portals/7/combat-studies-institute/csi-books/mcgrath_op23.pdf). So assuming every country went all in, NATO’s combat strength is roughly 800K troops in various levels of readiness and ability. I’ve served with a few different countries’ forces. Some are very good, some are less so. Vlad has 200K troops in and around the Ukraine. If NATO responds militarily, they cannot let Russia hold any of the territories they have taken. That means taking back Crimea and the Dunbar region as well.

    If I was running it I would attack multiple target to include his bases in Crimea and, just for shits and giggles, the air base in Petropavlovsk in the Kamchatka peninsula (far eastern Russia on the pacific).

    All sounds easy. But it would reduce Russia’s global power and that is pushing them into a corner. Vlad would certainly resort to tactical nukes rather than lose. Speaking of nukes, what do you think the Russians are doing in Chernobyl? Just my guess, but I think they are preparing to blow the containment systems put there after the meltdown, in the event NATO does respond militarily. That could potentially irradiate much of Europe.

    • Ken says:

      The Russians do have some vulnerability in the Pacific right now as they moved significant naval assets from the Pacific to the Mediterranean to counter the US French and Italian carrier battle groups that are currently operating there

    • ukfinfan says:

      Nothing would surprise me – Vlad is about as predictable, reliable and logical as the N.K. nutjobs.

      The good news (if it can indeed be called good news in respect of the senseless loss of life by troops who may not even support the orders they have been given) is that there are now 450 less Russian troops according to the UK defence secretary and 1 of their planes shot down. Not sure of Ukrainian casualties at this stage. They are only 20 clicks from Kyiv though, now, and the Ukrainians are being told to arm themselves with Molotov cocktails. Lambs to the slaughter. SMH.

  55. Ken says:

    This invasion was going to happen regardless who was President and probably would have been easier for the Russians if Trump was President based on how easily they had been manipulating him and pitted him against other NATO leaders. That said it was going to happen no matter what. There was little this President or any President could have done to prevent it unless the country was ready to commit large numbers of troops and large numbers of casualties in an all out war with Russia. This country including both political parties and the majority of its citizens lacks the political will to do so at this time.

    • bailbondmike says:

      probably would have been easier for the Russians if Trump was President
      100% disagree with this

      I do agree that it would have happened regardless and nothing any President could have done really. I think Trump’s unpredictability played a factor in this not happening sooner. Trump wouldn’t have done what NATO wants. Trump would have done what he wanted to do. Good or Bad and I think that may have delayed Putin’s decision to take Ukraine.

      • Ken says:

        We don’t know but Trump fawned all over Putin. He is even post invasion gone on Fox News calling Putin a genius and said we should do the same thing (invasion) on our southern border. I don’t see Trump as a deterrent at all to the Russians. That said it wouldn’t have mattered who President. Putin is obsessed with restoring Russian hegemony in Eastern Europe.

      • bailbondmike says:

        It is genius. Putin got all of eastern Europe dependent on Russian oil and gas so if they tried to do anything severe, they would be f-ing themselves. He has them in a catch 22 and it’s working while he is taking over a country. He has the rest of the world worried about cyberattacks. The cyberattack on the US a while back by the Russians was just a test run to let us know they have the capability to shut us down. They also have our govt on it’s heels as well.

      • Ken says:

        I don’t quite see it that way. He is destabilizing the world including his own country. He is unifying NATO which he has worked so hard to weaken. He is spending vast sums on this military operation which his country can scarcely afford. His economy is largely driven by gas and oil and he has essentially shut down his largest market for that. He probably is forcing NATO nations to increase defense spending.It is already proven that Russia cannot sustain a prolonged arms race. Their economy is just too small

  56. bookman11 says:

    “I wish there was a leader in the future of this country that could unite everyone, and one that everyone could get behind.”

    Amen Mike, Amen!!

  57. ukfinfan says:

    Here’s what the Russki’s think is a fair fight


    F1 has now pulled out of the Russian Grand Prix.

    This is what my hometown (no longer live there) is doing.


    UK keeping up pressure to expel Russia from SWIFT payments – I know they have their own version, but it can’t be as efficient because it’s used much less.

    Mass protests on the streets of Moscow last night. 2,000 arrested, most will have a criminal record for their troubles and some will end up in jail. What will Putin do when the jails are full? It beggars belief and these actions will end up in the ostracising of Russia for generations. State tv peddles pro-Russian propaganda saying Ukrainians are preventing Russian free-speech and the nazification of Ukraine. Meanwhile, anyone with the internet can find out the truth, but have been denied free-speech in their own back yard.

    • bailbondmike says:

      That’s f-ed up trying to run over an old man for no reason. There seem to be a good number of civilians around and these armored vehicles seem to be solo. You would think they would be easy targets for the people.

  58. Rockphin says:

    While not speaking about Gesicki or anyone in particular, Embree said blocking is “important” for tight ends in this system. “Our system is based off of outside zone, so get on the edge, get the corner so to speak. It starts with the tight end. [Tight end blocking] is an integral part of our offense.”

    From new TE coach.

    Doesn’t look too good for our big long striding Slot WR.

  59. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!

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