I’m not worried about who we hire as Defensive Coordinator for our team. I’m pretty confident that anyone we bring in here will utilize the talent we have better than Josh Boyer did. I suppose you go with what got you there, and Boyer went down using that mantra. The Cover Zero blitz scheme is what he runs, and if he was going to lose, it wasn’t because he changed it up to something he hasn’t employed here. On the other hand, could you see the Tennessee Titans OC using RB Salvon Ahmed as his primary back and in their power running scheme and feeding Ahmed the ball 40 times in a game? Of course not, because you have to have the power back to utilize the scheme properly. With all the injuries to our secondary, it’s simple to point out that the players we had out there on the field at the end of the season, or even halfway through the season till the end, were not capable of being left out there to cover man to man with no help. The problem was compounded when we didn’t get pressure, despite using extra rushers. Xavien Howard had a poor season, he was not playing anywhere his former pro bowl level. We had Noah Igbinoghene, Justin Bethel, Keion Crossen (who played the entire season with a subluxated shoulder) and even safeties Elijah Campbell and Eric Rowe playing downs at CB. There’s a very good reason why our defense was one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
I feel that whether we hire the ultra experienced Vic Fangio, less experienced Sean Desai, hire our own LB coach Anthony Campanile, or Kris Richards from the Bears, our defense is ready to flourish. The talent is undeniably there, with a plethora of good to excellent defensive lineman, starting with the excellent Christian Wilkins who is one of the finest interior defensive lineman in the game. When healthy, Emmanuel Ogbah is a stout pass rusher, consistently getting pressure. He hasn’t been a double digit sack guy, but he’s had 9 sacks twice, and probably would have exceeded that this season if he was healthy.Then there’s the ultimate lunch pail guy, Zach Sieler who had his best season as a Dolphin. Due to the Ogbah injury, Sieler got lots of playing time and made the most of it. Our most promising guy I’ve yet to mention, that’s OLB Jaelan Phillips. While Phillips sack total dropped 1.5 sacks from 8.5 to 7, he was all over QB’s this season with 25 QB hits. He also upped his tackle total by 19, and he’s a player that the opposing offense needs to account for. We added Bradley Chubb, and while he absolutely didn’t make the expected impact this season, this was a move for now and beyond. Chubb split the season with the Broncos for 8 games, and 8 games with the Dolphins. He had 5.5 sacks with Denver, yet just 2.5 with our Dolphins. He only played 59% of the snaps with us as opposed to 74% with Denver. I’d expect that to change significantly next season, no matter who our defensive coordinator is.
Our secondary was just riddled with injuries, some guys played the entire season at way less than 100%, such as Xavien Howard who battled groin injuries for a good part of the season. We lost S Brandon Jones in our 7th game. We lost one of my favorite players, DB Nik Needham in our 6th. We never had top cover corner CB Byron Jones, who elected to have ankle/achilles surgery in March, and although he was expected at the start of the season, it seems as if he pulled a “Will Fulller” on us, and sat out the entire season. There were some positives that came out of this, we unearthed a solid talent at CB in UDFA Kader Kohou. Kohou played in 15 games, starting 13 of them. While Kohou may not be the Jets Sauce Gardner, value wise, he’s pretty darn close. Garder, while being one of the top cover corners in 2022, his rookie season, he was drafted #4 overall, while the Dolphins signed Kader Kohou as an undrafted free agent. the jets will be paying Garder $7.6M next season while the Dolphins will be paying Kohou $870K. Someone is due for a raise! Eric Rowe did his best to replace Brandon Jones, but we clearly missed his impact. He’s currently rehabbing from his ACL surgery and should hopefully be ready at the start of the season. As far as Byron Jones is concerned, it’s unlikely he ever dons a Miami Dolphins uniform, especially carrying the current $18M + cap hit. He can be released post June 1st and save about $14M of his salary, and defer the cap hit to the next year. We’ll see on this one, but I just can’t see him back here.
ILB Elandon Roberts had a great season for us in ’22. Roberts led the team with 107 tackles, and was 2nd on the team with 10 TFL. I admittedly undervalued Roberts, and he may actually be a better fit if Vic Fangio gets the job. Fangio’s 4-3 defense, or “6-1” requires a thumper in the middle at MLB, and Roberts is just that, especially when compared to his ILB mate, #55 Jerome Baker. Baker had a solid season, notching 100 tackles for the 3rd time as a Dolphins LB, and adding 4 sacks. Roberts really impressed this season though, and though I thought of him more of a limited athlete, he made tackles sideline to sideline, and many times blew up plays in the backfield with speed and excellent technique tackling. If I were a defensive coordinator perusing at the Dolphins defensive roster, I’d be particularly excited about Wilkins, Phillips, Chubb and Holland. Holland had somewhat of a down year, having to play much different scheme wise with all of the injuries in the secondary. He’s a very instinctive player who I’m sure will be back in a role that better suits him next season. Chubb will thrive here, whoever takes the reins of this defense will have both he and Phillips over 10 sacks each, I’m almost certain of that. Phillips is such an impressive athletic specimen at 6’5 270, he’s going to get better, you can just see he’s ready to bust out.
One of the biggest questions in the secondary is can Xavien Howard be healthy enough to be a dominant cover corner? He was down in every category, starting with a career low 1 INT, playing in 15 games. He had 1 INT in 2019, but only played 5 games. He was also way down in passes defensed with 12, and I can tell you as someone who watched each and every game, he was targeted more this season than any other. He was targeted 80 times, and compare that to 106 for Kader Kohou, it’s not as much of a disparity as you would expect. He was toasted plenty this season. He needs to come back healthy next season, but of course a scheme change away from the “Cover Zero” will take a lot of pressure off all of our DB’s. We need our talented front 7 to be the predominant pass rushers, and we need them to be much more successful next season. Blitzing should be reduced substantially, and I think our secondary with that change alone, will be better. Expecting DB’s to cover one on one with no help, and not get to the QB after a few seconds is defensive suicide. It’s just not feasible. Besides the disadvantage it put our secondary in, how many times was our pass rush behind and approaching the QB, who then was able to step up and either throw for a completion, or simply gash us for big gains by running the football as a ballcarrier? Way too many is the answer, we all saw it happen, time and time again. That will be corrected as well, just by changing the defensive scheme.
Let’s face it, defense isn’t what it used to be, you can’t hit anymore, especially if it’s the QB, or a “defenseless receiver”. One positive is “Roughing the passer” calls will be able to be challenged next season, although at what rate these will be overturned remains to be seen. There were tons of egregious RTP calls made all over the NFL, but the sack by Jaelan Phillips on NFL precious QB Justin Herbert, when Jaelen Phillips hot Herbert, knocking him down, and in order not to injure the QB and land on him with his full body weight, spread his arms and cushioned his fall on the QB, like doing a push up. Of course, the flag came out immediately, and that’s precisely the type of call you’d expect to be challenged and overturned, but again, that remains to be seen. So whether we hire Fangio, Desai, Richards, or hire from within, Anthony Campanile, I feel like our defense will be considerable better next season, and if our QB, Tua Tagovailoa can stay healthy all season long, I like our chances next season!
In the that didn’t age well category
His voice was so high, that once his balls dropped, he had a tough time hitting the notes
I don’t think it’s so bad. I know this tune and his voice is so familiar. Without looking it up I can’t think of it.
It’s so bad, that there’s renditions of this song by cover bands, that are a 100 times better
This is a bit dated bc it’s from last seasons off-season
But it’s worth a view – discuss
I’m on record as favoring Desai as our next DC, before the shit hit the fan, even over his role model Fangio, because with Desai, you get all the Fangio playbook plus the energy and hunger of a young guy still trying to make a mark for himself, whereas Fangio is a failed HC coming out of a non sideline consultant role.
Of course winning a SB as the DC is something that can add to his legacy, but he won’t be listed as the winning SB coach, and people can say the parts were in place, and he just coached them up, which would be true in either SF or Miami.
That’s not a bad thing, but it would be a bigger accomplishment for Desai and a stepping stone to a HC job.
Plus in the eye of 20something pro athletes, Desai is cool. Fangio is not.
His body language against Dallas said he was done, and I said so during or right after that game
Without Gronk he just wasn’t the same, if I remember correctly he never won a SB without Gronk, after Gronk came into the NFL
Gisele is modeling again, my guess is he puts his tail between his legs and says let’s get back together, you can continue your career and I’ll play Mr. Mom
We could definitely do worse than Ross, but that’s not a consolation….lol.
He really put his foot in his mouth this time, but he’s been about average otherwise, from a distant fan’s perspective, with his checkbook being his greatest asset
The stadium upgrade was huge for the fan game day experience, I’d only been in the stadium once before and it was for a Monday Nighter, but I remember all too well how hot it was in the OB
No FN way Fangio goes back to Denver to take a lesser job, so soon after they fired him
“Tom Brady Closes Door on Dolphins with Retirement Announcement”
What a dickhead title for an article. The Dolphins closed the door on Brady a week or two ago with their Tua announcement.
In the article below it says he was going to play for the Bucs or retire
Your quote was just a fincentric
spin on it
It’s a Fins fan site. Don’t give it a title like that.
It’s why they did give it that title
A really, incredibly dumb title.
I can just imagine if Mike wrote an article and gave it that title. But he’s not a cotton-headed ninny muggins, so he wouldn’t do that.
What a hypocrit, he used to piss and moan, if he did get a roughing the passer call for any time he was touched it seemed or PI for every bump
We had mountain lions in the mountains across the street from my previous house
2004 the house next door had one in their backyard within a month of moving in to the new construction home
Across the street was open to the BLM area, so they’d just come down, along with the more frequent coyotes
?? the black lives matter area?? I didn’t think BLM back in 2004….. 😉
Bureau of Land Management idiot
Lol, he’s obviously joking about NFL being scripted, if you take it literally, but I think he’s saying they definitely change the outcome of games
This is a better title, even though at first blush I disagree with the sentiment.
“The Miami Dolphins should slam the door on hiring Vic Fangio”
Should we tell Fangio to kick rocks for dicking us around like this?
Here’s a good way to title an article about Brady’s retirement and make it Dolphins-centric.
“Tom Brady retires again having lost to the Dolphins more than any other team”
All kidding aside, that is probably what Miller was trying to convey with his poorly titled article- that the rumor mill should stop.
I can’t say that with certainty though. I’d never read an article with that bad a title…
Signed a new punter? Don’t buy the shirt just yet Stanger! 😉
So now we have to hear about how great Tom Brady was once again before the Super Bowl and have the same guests they had last year saying the same thing. We’ve heard it all before. Everyone who follows the NFL knows the history.
Good for Tua. We’ll have an offseason of can Tua stay healthy and the talking heads will all chime in about whether he should or shouldn’t be the QB of the Dolphins but we all know he will be. 🙂
Steve, Brady won two Super Bowls before Gronk in 2003 and 2004.
And in 2001.
Yeah, I’m aware of that, but I said after Gronk came into NFL
Oh okay then I agree and I don’t think so. Gronk was with him in all the other ones, even 2 losses to the Giants 2011 and Eagles 2017.
Just looked it up cheats won SBs 49, 51, and 53 with both Brady and Gronk, then 55 both played for Bucs
Brady has won 7, 3 before Gronk came into NFL
In years when Gronk was hurt the cheats never won an SB, and they’d show Brady’s stats without him, not good
Charges brought today (from a 2019 incident).
Saw that, but who cares about a guy that doesn’t play? It’s not really an SB story
Oh, is he just a backup? I only saw oline. Didn’t realize he isn’t a starter.
I see at the end of the article it says he only got 4 snaps this year. yeah, it won’t be a story
I was thinking it was huge, until I read it
Unlike the Raiders starting C, that went AWOL
I thought Fangio didn’t blitz much😉
cornerback Xavien Howard, who had a disappointing year in 2022, should also benefit from Fangio coming to the Dolphins. Fangio prefers zone to man — and is usually able to commit extra defensive backs to coverage because he’s able to generate pressure with his front seven
A big FU to the man story
Nothing quite as satisfying as seeing idiots get instant karma, lol.
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day
I just can’t post “#Darwinism” by itself without it being sent to the spam folder?
Regardless of who our new DC is, we have the talent to work with anyone. As long as they’re at least competent. LOL
We shall see… we shall see.
Maybe it is he’s still employed by a team in the Super Bowl. We Phins fans always have to go through shit like this. Kellen Moore is already the Chargers new OC after parting ways with Dallas. That took like 2 days. LOL
I still don’t get this focus on ILB.
Not sure how the NFL is allowed to keep the salary cap so low with the new TV revenue money, unless that changes not sure how we can afford any FAs of significance
Brady might be on Fox next year taking over the lead from Greg Olsen, as bad as either sound, at least they aren’t Doris
Don’t watch more than a minute or two of NBA any longer, but that’s even too long for that kiss ass
He was the man back in the 70s and early 80s
I’ve not found Shad to spout much Bull Shit!
He is still employed by a team still standing. It could be all about that.
TOMORROW NIGHT in Birmingham, Alabama, FAU and UAB renew their basketball rivalry. Earlier this season FAU narrowly defeated the Blazers 88-86 in Baldwin Arena in Boca Raton. Since then, the Owls have extended their winning streak to 20 games as they’ve steadily moved up in the AP poll. They’re now ranked #19, just ahead of Clemson and Indiana.
This game will be shown on CBS Sports Channel, channel #221 on Directv. It’s scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. The CBS prognosticator is predicting that FAU’s winning streak will come to an end tomorrow night. He may be right.
But FAU leads all of Division I in terms of bench scoring. Look for at least 10 FAU players to log playing time, and perhaps even 11 or 12. THIS has been their strategy all season. Namely, play ALL the players and wear down the opposition in the second half with come-from-behind victories.
According to one report, the on campus arena at UAB is already sold out for this game. But don’t be surprised if a few hundred students from Boca Raton are already headed to Birmingham with tickets in hand. I’m SURE we’ll be able to hear them!!
ESPN supposedly is going to air extended highlights from this highly anticipated rematch. I HOPE ALL OF YOU get to watch what figures to be ANOTHER HIGH SCORING GAME form Conference USA.
Later this year, BOTH of these schools will be moving to the AAC. I’m sure their rivalry will only get hotter!!
Flores was considered to be the Dolphins next HC when he was coaching in the Super Bowl. It was official the day after.
Tim after years of TE’s, and RB’s gouging our D. QB’s running for 100 yards.
How could you not want to upgrade our LB’s???
I CAN’T SPEAK FOR TIM. But I believe our first three picks should focus on an LB and TWO Offensive Linemen.
Any position can be upgraded and obviously nothing wrong with that. But ILB wasn’t the problem. It was the blitz and the 4 man rush not getting there enough, then the QB slips out and finds daylight with his legs. We were the 4th ranked rush defense this year with QBs killing us on the ground. Our weakness was the talent level in the secondary and much of that had to do with injuries. We allowed 3rd and long to be completed constantly. Lots of missed tackles.
That said I think getting some key players back healthy with other good players we have this could be a really good defense.
Yet we had the same problems in ’21 and ’20 regarding QBs who can run.
Most of the QBs who are good runners do that to all the teams they play. Our defense was very good against the standard run game this year.
The LB we need to take the next step is Channing Tindall. He has the physical ability and speed to be a sideline to sideline guy and he can also blitz. Don’t write rookies off that had “redshirt” seasons. Erik Ezukanma is another one.
I totally agree with this. But just remember, at least as it pertains to Tindall: he was a 4th round pick… not even a day 2 pick at the NFL Draft.
He was a compensatory 3rd round pick in 4th round territory.
I’m watching Tucker right now so I obviously didn’t run the gambit any more than I could ‘cherry pick’ anything.
Here are Kyler Murray’s career rushing stats vs the Rams…
Point being, NO… not every running QB gashes every Defense the same or all the time.
I think we all recall when Kyler Murray had his only 100+ yard rushing game in 2020… it was against US.
So when all these QBs finish with good rushing stats it’s always against us? How many rushing TDs does Jalen Hurts have against the Dolphins?
Just realized that Kyler Murray’s career record of rushing yards in a game came against us, and I wasn’t even looking for as much. Same goes for Justin Fields (an All-Time NFL record for rushing yards by a QB in a single game).
I’m not trying to go tit-for-tat with ya, man… but it’s clear we can do far better as it pertains to stopping the running QB. IMO, we need to do BETTER at spying the QB and stopping him.
Like you, I’m hoping Tindall could be a possible answer for us.
I’m not the only one here who would like to sign Tremaine Edmunds as a FA: size, speed, proficiency in the passing game, and tackling ability. He could possibly be our answer to Josh Allen.
Problem is, does he replace Baker or Roberts (<– IF we re-sign Roberts) inside if we sign him? I like Baker (not love him), but I believe Edmunds would be an upgrade. JMO
It would be Roberts!
I just can’t see paying long bread to BOTH Baker and Edmunds. Regarding our cap situation, it would probably be Baker who would go (likely traded) IF we were to sign Edmunds. Roberts would likely be brought back on the relatively cheap due to his age.
That’s just my opinion on how it would go down IF we were to get Edmunds.
M13, I know we’ve had problems stopping talented running QBs. I’ve said that. I’m aware of the Fields game. But they do it to most teams. Didn’t Fields have TD runs of 50+ in 5 straight games?
I think fans tend to write off young talent as if the next crop will always be better. Our draft last year because of the Tyreek trade was limited. We only had 4 draft picks starting at #102.
What really has to happen is Wilkins, Ogbah, Phillips and Chubb terrorize QBs and close the deal in 2023. 🙂
I 100% agree with this, man: that would at the very least minimalize QB runs (designed or on the fly). Does it solve the dilemma altogether? No (see Josh Allen on designed QB runs against STUD Defenses), but it certainly helps a lot.
That would be a great starting point for our D.
DID YOU KNOW?…
LB Tremaine Edmunds has more career INTs (5 in 5 years) than CB Byron Jones (4 in 7 years).
Okay and? CB and LB is not the same.
I know, I’m just sayin’… 😉
I’m watching $100,000 Pyramid and Rosie O’Donnell is one of the stars. Damn she looks so much like that frigging blowhard Mike Francesa
Did anybody else hear about Chris Cuomo challenging Sid Rosenberg to a fight in the ring?
When I’m still waiting to see whether Vic Fangio signs with the Dolphins or not, this is the dumb shit I post. lol
Personally, I found it to be humorous!
They do have a similar look, at least to my eye, and they are definitely both filled with hot air!
Tim I’m just saying that Roberts can be upgraded.
I thought Tindal would be perfect for that, but he didn’t bite?
It would also help the QB runs if our outside rushers had a little more discipline on not going past the QB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don’t get me wrong I love Roberts, Duke Riley, Sam Eguavoen’s effort!
But they are just to slow!
I didn’t think Roberts looked slow this season, he looked much more explosive than I thought him to be.
Don’t know why, but I thought Roberts was already 30 years old. He’ll be 29 when the 2023 season kicks off. We paid him $2.75M last season and he outperformed Baker ($7.5M) in every facet with a considerable amount of fewer snaps.
According to Spotrac, Baker’s “potential out year” is 2023 as his contract was written.
Wow 29 is so over the hill. What the fuck? LOL
Wait what… Roberts and Baker are two totally different kinds of LBs. Nobody outperformed the other. They both had really good seasons. That wasn’t the problem!!!! LOL
About 21 hours until FAU and UAB get rolling in Birmingham.
Time to walk the greyhound and get my ugly rest!
With all the injuries we had in the secondary and the depth we ended up with – role/STs players starting and even coming up from the PS. They were also smaller players than our core.
The fact that we haven’t hired a new DC yet makes me think we’re waiting on Vic Fangio after the Super Bowl. This totally reminds me of us hiring Brian Flores the day after in 2019.
That said we announce in a few minutes we hired someone else. LOL
Think its more telling of whatever move that was from the pass rusher
The dad got what he deserved. Why would you store your CC on the app? What a dumbass
Looks like it was worse, than I thought, it was his debit card he stored on Grubhub, what a maroon
There are several players I would love to get with our 2nd round pick. Dawand Jones is one of them along with a couple CB’s if they are there.
And then there’s thus
This is an unofficial report
Confirming the previous unofficial report
Which officially may confirm we all have anxiety over nothing…
So am I officially anxious or is it ok to be ok?
Unofficially, I really don’t officially know
So it sounds like Fangio will be our new DC.
Yes, but unofficially, until he signs the contract
It was just good to see some reports confirming it again.
What can Fangio do for you
That was informative. Good post.
Great read. And really interesting the writer says credit should go to Fangio who was DC of the Bears in 2018 with creating the scheme the Pets used in the Super Bowl to beat the Rams later that season. It’s always been attributed to Flores. Great info.
It’s not official yet, but anyone else feel like maybe we’ve turned a corner as an organization?
In the past it would have went down this way- we want Fangio, Fangio to interview with Dolphins, rumors are we are getting Fangio, unconfirmed reports Fangio will sign with Dolphins…Fangio signs with another team.
How many times in the past decade+ did we feel like some coach just used our organization to get a bigger payday from the team they really wanted to go to? It’s part of the reason the last three days felt so familiar, lol.
Yep, I was so paranoid of Groundhog Day. I hope I am not waking up to the same shit again. lol
Yesterday I was surf fishing on Perdido Key just outside Pensacola with no shirt on and working on my tan. It was 75 degrees and beautiful. Just 4 hours away in Mississippi they were having freezing rain and sleet. It’s not reaching that far south today though.
I hear the deep freeze is headed to the NE. Bundle up.
BTW, I caught a 35″ blacktip shark and a few other fish. Brought it home and made blackened shark taco’s. Turned out amazing!
All you have to do is soak shark meat in milk for 4-5 hours and it is really good.
Okay didn’t see that coming.
They’re gonna put Lemieux back in charge again or whatever his name was 🙄
I thought the O-line was better, especially considering all the injuries
I thought Hunt regressed, and it seemed to take forever for the guys to learn the blocking scheme for the run game. Pass pro was a little better.
People who know about the outside zone run game say it takes a lot of time for the OL to learn the blocking schemes.
I remember Mike Shanahan saying years ago that to get his zone blocking scheme to where it needed to be it took a couple of years. Not just so the guys could get down the blocking scheme but finding the right kind of players. His OL were on the smaller side but athletic and tough.
This is cool.
Sorta thinking shouldn’t be proud my local one makes the list.
Where are America’s most dangerous beaches?
Here are the 10 most dangerous beaches from Travel Lens’ list:
New Smyrna Beach, Florida – 8.14/10 danger score
Cocoa Beach, Florida – 7.57/10 danger score
Ormond Beach, Florida – 7.48/10 danger score
Panama City Beach, Florida – 7.16/10 danger score
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – 6.61/10 danger score
Melbourne Beach, Florida – 6.35/10 danger score
Jacksonville Beach, Florida – 6.02/10 danger score
Oak Island, North Carolina – 5.54/10 danger score
Gulf Shores, Alabama – 5.38/10 danger score
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – 5.37/10 danger score
Is that based on shark or people?
Ha that’s what I was going to ask. I do know that New Smyrna Beach has a lot of shark activity.
They had a multi-factored metric. One was how many shark attacks. Another was how many people hurt overall (so riptides bigger than shark attacks).
Couldn’t help but notice a lot of Spring Break places. So who comes to the beach and how drunk they are might come into play.
Yeah rip tides are very dangerous. The ocean as beautiful as it is, is a dangerous place.
I don’t know if any of you guys watched the Chris Grier and Mike McDaniel press conference. It’s on the official site and it’s worth a watch because it covers some things we talk about.
I think it’s all going to come down to situational playcalling with Fangio. His experience should benefit our defense. But the schemes he uses especially cover four and the use of two deep shell and motioning a S also have been known to let quarterbacks like Tom Brady feast all day underneath.
Puts our linebackers in coverage too much in our linebackers are not good zone defenders.
I think that’s probably why some people are suggesting a change at LB
That’s why you always have to mix it up. The bottom line in any scheme of football comes down to execution. Talent is important too. 😉
And as I said above situational playcalling. Putting the right players in the right position at the right time.
LBs in coverage look different when they are coached to play more zone/shell coverage as opposed to man. It’s all about what guys practice. We haven’t been a zone team for 4 years. Our biggest issue on defense that I saw was tackling.
I was at the Jets game when Breece Hall caught a pass and seemed to run through, around and over our entire defense trying to tackle him on a 79 yard play down to the goal line. It’s not just one player or position. Everyone was grabbing and not hitting.
I do think the new rules asking for head-up, face to face tackling in bear hugs has had an impact on the quality of tackling. Big RBs don’t go down easily that way. Slasher RBs can rip through those arm tackles. Shifty ones can escape that type of grappling tackle. Even stiff arms are easier nowadays.
Of course, there were more head injuries and others back in the day, but the tackling itself was much more sure when you could stick a guy with your shoulder in his gut with your head to one side of his ribs and drive through him.
Plus they’re not allowed to tackle much in Training Camp anymore, and there’s one less PS game, so the first few games have become tackling practice.
Obviously tackling can be coached up but like you said, physical practices have been limited. I always felt if you’re a defender, you always want to break up the play or get the ball carrier to the ground. Some teams have more of those guys. You don’t teach Zach Thomas. Those guys are unique.
Edmunds seems like an upgrade at LB in respect to tackling toughness, but I am not going to guess at what Fangio wants in a MLB or a coverage LB. Plus do we have the the $$$$?
Baker is quick and fast sideline to sideline for a LB, but he is light and can get washed out by big blockers. Roberts is stout and hits hard, but sometimes fills the wrong hole and has change of direction quickness problems in coverage.
Tremaine Edmunds is a great LB but he’s going to be in that $80-100M range. He’ll be 25 this season. He’s probably the best big LB 6-5 250 in coverage. I don’t see how the Dolphins can take that on. I see him maybe going to the Giants.
Nearly impossible to sign
But if we sign one big ufa – that’s the one
We have too many big contracts already. I don’t see it.
Damn I pounded the table hard to draft Breece Hall. Oh well
There’s a ton of quality FA RBs for whom their production in the NFL is known,
so our FO can get ones that fit McDaniel’s scheme.
We need at least THREE starting quality RBs, as we have none signed right now,
and they get hurt a lot.
We had no chance to draft Breece Hall.
UAB leads FAU 23-22 in Birmingham with just over 8 minutes to go in the first half.
UAB has controlled the boards. And FAU missed 8 of their first 9 three-point shots. But, somehow, the Owls only trail by one!!
Be Back with a halftime score in a few minutes. Game is live on the CBS sports channel, channel 221 on Directv.
UAB LEADS FAU 43-30 at halftime!! Is the 20 game win streak over?
NOT YET! Owls come out roaring in 2nd half and close to within 3 points at 45-42!!
CONGRATS to UAB for ending the Owls 20 game win streak by a score of 86-77 tonight in Birmingham. However, the 20 game streak certainly brought FAU into the national limelight over the last few weeks.
I wouldn’t be surprised if these two teams met for a third time in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament.
Aren’t those beaches listed above mostly or all on the Pacific side?
Southern gulf beaches are much better than Atlantic side…IMO
Atlantic I mean sorry
I think MM has a target for OL coach. Any guesses or thoughts?
MY SUGGESTION? Use Mike Tannenbaum as a tackling dummy for the O-Line!!
Y’all have a great evening and a better tomorrow.
The Old Dolfan is out.
The east coast is loaded with reef sharks, bulls, hammerheads and great whites that visits the shorelines. I’d recommend you don’t swim in the ocean at night.
Thy Knight (@ThyKnight3) says:
February 1, 2023 at 10:39 pm
Wow 29 is so over the hill. What the fuck? LOL
I’m already on record as saying we should re-sign Elandon Roberts, and here I thought he was over 30 years old (thought he was 32, to be exact).
I don’t understand your point here, Tim…
I think we sometimes write guys off too young.
Once Fangio is officially officially announced as our new DC, I’m going to be most interested to see what he does to tweak our Defensive roster. Perhaps he does little to nothing, or perhaps he wants to bring in guys who are absolute system fits for his Defense.
Time will tell…
I don’t want to get ahead of my skis, but I think Byron Jones is gone and it’s possible or maybe even probable we trade X.
The search for zone CBs will be on.
Re-post from a couple of weeks ago…
Vic Fangio, the most influential DC in modern NFL: A deep dive into his system
Oh what our children pick up!
That Friday feeling?
Is he a limey or just can’t spell?
I guess we don’t have a vacancy????????
Rocko – What’s your email? I want to send you the draft of the new article to be edited by the pro!
Just texted you
We’re 16.5m over the cap, with 44 players signed, 4 draft picks 2,3,3, and 6 will cost about 3m more, so about 20m over, we can restructure to get about 45m more, so 25m for 5 players isn’t horrible, we can really do about what we need to and a big signing isn’t out of the question
In 2024 we have 190m in cap costs with only 28 players signed
Comparing 2022 season with 2021
We made the playoffs even though the records were the same
In 2022 the roster was superior, but availability wasn’t close
Which coaching job was better?
With us starting 1-7 I’d have to say Flores shit the bed, even though he recovered (soft schedule couldn’t get close to Bills), the hole was too big
MM had the O flying high with Tua for a while, but couldn’t adjust late in the season
NEW BLOG UP!!!
Some of our past D troubles
Wide 9 – got runover on ground
Cover-0 – used without right talent
man coverage – shredded by QBs running
With Fangio we’ll have other issues, but these shouldn’t be a problem