Defense a priority in NFL offseason

The very first move, preceding the free agency frenzy of signing, was bringing in one of the best defensive minds in football, new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. I believe many of us here felt that former Dolphins DC Josh Boyer was in over his head at times. Mostly, I think we felt that he was unable to adjust, to bring something other than his zero coverage blitz scheme, which to me was too all or nothing. Fangio, much like Bill Belichick in New England knows that you have to be flexible and approach each team a little differently. While the Patriots offense hasn’t been the same since Tom Brady left, the defense has been a quality defense without Brady at the helm, as high as the #2 defense in ’21, down to just out of the top 10 in ’22, at #11. I’m not saying that Fangio and Belichick run the same schemes, no, I’m saying that both of these seasoned veterans know you can do exactly the same thing against every opponent. You have to morph a little, change, and adapt to what you face each week. This is where Vic Fangio will make a tremendous difference, and that’s without giving serious accolades for assembling what could be the most talented Miami Dolphins defensive roster since OD’s “No Name Defense”.

Last year, before the season began, I thought we were a defense on the precipice of becoming a top 10 defense. Unfortunately, a multitude of injuries derailed that. Regardless of the injuries though, I still felt like our defense underperformed, especially when CB Xavien Howard wasn’t hobbled by his groin injuries, and we had acquired OLB/DE Bradley Chubb from the Broncos. We already had a formidable defensive line (despite losing Emmanuel Ogbah) of Zach Sieler, Raekwon Davis and IMO, our best defensive player in ’22, Christian Wilkins. Add to that the LB crew of Chubb, Baker, Roberts and Phillips, and there was so much potential for a team with a ferocious pass rush. It never materialized, never got off the ground. Elandon Roberts had his best season as a Miami Dolphin and yet this team missed boatloads of tackles, and was relatively toothless as far as pressure and sacks were concerned. That’s where Vic Fangio comes in. In lieu of sending numerous defensive backs to rush the passer, this team will be more reliant on the front 7 taking care of pressuring the QB. Last year’s total of 40 sacks was a dropoff of 8 sacks, and that’s after adding Bradley Chubb and Melvin Ingram to the roster.

Let’s take a look at the changes we’ve made. Despite Elandon Roberts having a standout season, Vic Fangio felt he needed an upgrade at LB. The Dolphins brought in LB David Long. Long excelled in pass coverage and was a sure tackler for the Titans. The blockbuster of course was the trade for DB Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey can play a number of different positions, so versatile in a pass crazy NFL. He can play like a LB in obvious passing situations, can play CB on the perimeter most of the time, or play either safety position, with no falloff at any of these spots. We added another sure tackler in the secondary from the Lions in DeShon Elliott. Of course we already have Safeties Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones returning, but Brandon Jones is coming off an ACL tear last season. We also re-signed coverage LB Duke Riley, and most recently, re-signed OLB and ST’s ace Andrew Van Ginkel. Our defensive roster is d-e-e-p. Last but not least, we re-signed one of my favorites, DB Nik Needham who is also coming off a tough injury to come back from, and achilles injury. This defense is absolutely stacked, we have front line talent to match up well against anyone, and then depth that could be better than any other team. Fangio has the tools to make it work here, and you’re not wrong to be expecting big things from this defense.

So what does Vic Fangio do differently than former Miami DC Josh Boyer? For one thing, as I’ve already mentioned. Fangio relies predominantly on his front 7 for pressuring the QB. He blitzes rarely, and sets up his front 7 to succeed. Probably the biggest difference is instead of burdening the secondary with man to man coverage, so often without any help from the safeties due to the constant blitzing from Josh Boyer’s defense, Fangio plays a 2 high safety zone coverage. As I’ve also mentioned, this defense changes, and it can change from a cover 4 to a cover 6 or cover 8. Cover 4, or quarters is when you have 4 defensive backs in zone coverage. Cover 6 could be adding 2 LB’s to the zone, or 2 more defensive backs and cover 8 could increase that to 8 in coverage. Fangio is excellent at disguising which defense he’s using, so it’s never obvious to the opposing offense what we’re doing on defense. Again, we have so much talent on defense, Fangio probably can’t wait to get down to business and implement the players he has available to him. Last year, not one Dolphins defender exceeded 7 sacks. SEVEN! I can’t guarantee we’re going to duplicate what the Eagles did last season, with 4 defenders reaching double digit sacks, with LB Haason Reddick leading the Eagles with 16, the others with 11 each, but I’m willing to put it on paper that we’ll have 2 in double digits, and one of them may be close to Reddick’s 16. I think Jalean Phillips is going to flourish with Fangio, and Chubb will as well.

The depth we added is so key, I’ll explain why. This year, Emmanuel Ogbah should be back healthy. He played hurt for half the season and then went out after game 9. Sieler was fantastic in his stead, but having both allows both players to get more meaningful reps, and be fresher. Adding S DeShon Elliott is not only insurance against whether Brandon Jones can be effective early or at all coming back from ACL surgery, but he’s excellent in coverage in his own right. Nik Needham will play anywhere you ask him to, and I’ve said too many times already, he’s a gamer, always. We added LB Malik Reed from the Steelers who can also rush the passer, and has had 8 sacks playing for Fangio in Denver. We have young LB Channing Tindall, a true sideline to sideline defender who should see more playing time behind Baker and Long. We also have young LB Cameron Goode who we drafted in the 7th RD last season. Bringing back AVG (Andrew Van Ginkel) was a most pleasant surprise. He’s a legit pass rusher, and ST’s playmaker. I know most of you don’t want to hear this name, but if anyone is going to wring the best out of this player, Noah Igbinoghene, it’s Vic Fangio, I’m not going to lie, I won’t be surprised if he’s an early cut either, but I do think he could be a reclamation project for Fangio. It’s nice to know we can line up Wilkins – Davis – Sieler – Chubb – Long – Baker – Phillips – Ramsey – Howard – Holland – Jones, with guys like Ogbah, AVG, Tindall, Riley, Reed, Kohou, Needham, Elliott, McKinley, Crossen, Igbinoghene etc. right behind them. Seriously people, that’s just brimming with high quality starters and depth. Can’t wait!


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656 Responses to Defense a priority in NFL offseason

  1. Mike McDaniel says Miami Dolphins are ‘absolutely’ out of race for Lamar Jackson. Now everyone STFU!!!

  2. mf13ss says:


    YOU are a fan of Iowa. What are your thoughts on Sam La Porta, man?

  3. steveccnv says:

    Doggy, have you seen thus FDup light?

    You’re driving along on a freeway with a speed limit of 70, only to stop at this gas station in the middle of the desert

    Gov corruption at its finest, for sure someone was paid off

  4. mf13ss says:

  5. randydolfan1947 says:

    Yesterday I had my post-op meeting with my surgeon. Three Screws, each about as long as my little finger, were used to attach my proximal humerus to some plates that made up what’s left of my scapula. It’s called a reverse shoulder surgery and it has very high success rate, particularly for athletes in their 20’s and 30’s. They gave me enough major sedatives and pain killers to bring down an elephant!! I chose to take most, but not ALL, of the prescribed medications. INCREDIBLY, the pain I experienced was, in my case, trivial.

    In fact, the biggest “pain” was being told I could NOT drive for about 4-5 WEEKS!! –So Mrs. OD gets to drive me to and from work (about 40 miles twice daily) and she also drives me to my physical therapies, which should last at least a month. The Dr. had no problem with me drinking 1 glass of cabernet before retiring. But he also told me I’ll need a professional dog walker for the Greyhound.

    My Dr. also expressed amazement that FAU made it to the Final Four. But I told him my plans to run around the neighborhood with my FAU Flag if FAU won the title were put on hold. “I’m not too worried about that happening,” he said with a chuckle.

    GO-O-O-O OWLS!!

    • randydolfan1947 says:

      PS: Because of the high metallic content of my metal plates, I’ll no longer be able to have MRI’s in the future. And stepping through metal detectors at the airport could be very interesting.

      • Krishna says:

        Guessed this was reverse before you stated it as your description fit perfectly to my dad’s mid Feb surgery. There was a great video of it on the Mayo website. It explained it perfectly.

        Also, nice to know the prognosis on it. All the best OD.

  6. Rockphin says:

    I am going into the final game of my regular season at home against the Jet’s at 15–1 with a home by already locked up in my first season of madden. Wish pain upon the Jets. Here I go

  7. I wanted to share this because a friend of mine knows someone involved in the campaign.

  8. Rockphin says:

    Jets go up early and pour it on. Give the dolphins a big scare. Tua throws a last second touchdown to waddle for the win fucking Madden gives Zach Wilson 74% completion and four touchdowns. Raheem Mostert was the star of our offense. I am liking this game it is going to get me through the doldrums. I will now stop reporting on my silly Madden games as I am making it to the playoffs but you guys won’t know what happens

  9. mf13ss says:

    MR. Campbell,

    Get well soon, my guy. I appreciate your situation and pray for the very best, for both you AND MRS. OD!

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    Hope you recover quickly OD

    Remember, there is nothing more warm and comforting than a fart under you own blankets


  11. The reason AVG re-signed with us was Fangio talked him into it. I would guess that would consist of I like your game. Being settled in Miami was probably a big part of it too right? Sometimes I think we lose the human element.

    Yeah we want our OL and TE additions but we can definitely compete with any team in the league. No teams are perfect. But a lot of really good players might make a difference.

  12. Ken says:

    Still need OL 😡!

  13. Ken says:

    Feel better OD

  14. The buzz in Miami is there is no way Christian Wilkins leaves the building. 🙂

  15. Nothing set in stone yet but what I see is a lot of 11 personnel.
    6 man line including a TE.
    Tua and a RB.
    3 WR – Hill, Waddle and ?

    We know Hill and Waddle will get the most targets. The running game is next. Berrios under Welker’s tutelage could be huge. It looks like KR and PR will become less and less. Berrios as a shifty slot receiver who can do some jet sweep and gadget plays is a nice addition. He adds more quickness and speed.

    It seems we wanted to move on from a Gesicki type TE/receiver. Really good in some roles but limited in a lot of situations.

    So what does Cedrick Wilson bring to the table this year? I still think he could be a draft day trade. It would be nice if he settled in and showed the skills he did with Dallas when called on though.

    Erik Ezukanma is the wildcard. His preseason and college tape last year shows you he can be everything you want in a WR. This is the big leagues now though. Time to take that next step. If he does, we’re going to be scary one offense.

  16. Mike E. says:

    Best wishes for good health and a speedy recovery OD!

  17. Randy says:

    LaPorta doesn’t do much for me. He has some decent skills, but I don’t think I’d use either of our top 2 picks on him. He’ll play in the NFL, but I don’t think he’ll be anything special.

  18. Krishna says:

    Here we go…

    You’ve been around Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio for a few months. What do you like about how he’s installing, his coaches, that defense and talking to you about what he wants to do?) – “Working with Vic since he’s been here has definitely validated everything that I thought when I made the decision to really target him as the defensive coordinator. I spent, I think it’s probably 20, about 20 hours a week for last several weeks meeting with the defense. And what’s very interesting in its own way, he looks at things a lot like I do on the defensive side of the ball. His devotion to tape, his devotion to coaching not in absolutes, but through relationships and really trying to get the best out of players in every way, shape, or form, allowing them to be themselves, not putting them in a box, not confining them. All these things are very similar to the way that I’ve always looked at football on the offensive side of the ball. So it’s been very encouraging and I don’t know, by all testaments, there’s been some reputation as Vic has gone through his career that he might be grumpy or something I don’t know. (laughter) All I know is in our office he’s the most cheerful happy-go-lucky guy there. So it’s been a great offseason experience and I’m excited to build upon.”

  19. Krishna says:

    You’ve played three close games against the Bills last year. Do you make moves during the offseason with them in mind?) – “You always have your division in the back of your mind. I think it’s important to create a team that’s its very best against all opponents because they are two very important games – division games, whichever team it is, but two games doesn’t get you to the playoffs.

  20. Krishna says:

    Lol…found it.

    Granted, it still makes it more difficult to get to the playoffs, but if you are able to within that very good competitive division, you are much more battle-tested for the games that really, really matter. Because no one wants to just – we lived it once and one time was enough. Getting to the playoffs is cool. Over that. You want to win.

  21. Krishna says:


    ….And so playing good teams in the regular season however on the front end might seem, ‘oh, that’s tough.’ What else would you want if you’re really trying to actually win playoff games? If you’re trying to actually get to the AFC Championship, if you’re trying to win the AFC championship, if trying to win the Super Bowl? All those things, you better be a very good team and battle tested and….

  22. Krishna says:

    What do you like about WR Braxton Berrios?) – “I like a lot of things about Braxton. I like that he he’s a playmaker. I think the more assets that we have in terms of being able to make plays with the ball in their hands. You guys know I feel like we have a elite distributor in Tua (Tagovailoa). So if you have scorers, to use a basketball reference, I see Braxton as a scorer, a guy that can make plays with the ball in his hands.

  23. Krishna says:

    Was there any kind of consideration to make a bigger move at running back and what do you like about the continuity of the room?) – “So you take a look at the whole class and ultimately we had the opportunity to bring two of our strongest character contributors and really players we depend on in Raheem (Mostert), and Jeff (Wilson). They’re both, I think, above 4.7 yards per carry and when I look at the tape, I think there’d be a little bit of a different feeling if… we didn’t run the ball, not because they didn’t run the ball well. We didn’t run the ball well in games that we were overly injured or some games I just didn’t call enough runs. So when you look at it historically if you can get a runner 4.5 plus, they’re doing something pretty good. I think we were able to get those two guys together which was very important, and I see them as a big part of our team and just the fabric and who we are as human beings; they really contribute to that locker room. I’m very excited to get those guys and I honestly believe they’re playing their best ball their careers.”

  24. Krishna says:

    Sorry, not sorry….lol, but I will stop if requested…lol

    • CavalierKong says:

      Quite the opposite. Keep posting MMs stuff. I especially like that you get posting his comments with breaks instead of one giant unreadable mass, lol.

  25. Krishna says:

    Oline anyone from MM…

    (On whether there are plans for offensive line transactions) – “Oh, always have plans. There’s an opportunity cost for everything. So, I think one of the things in regard to the offensive line is that of course, you’re always going to want to upgrade every position. In the particular circumstance with the offensive line, do I think in order to upgrade the position for us with the talent that we have, do you want to spend $12-20 million dollars to do that? Is that the best way to spend your money?

    • steveccnv says:

      He gets it, is that really how you want to spend your money?

      He has a plan for everything it seems, everything isn’t always going to work out, but he has a plan

      When Denver played Carolina in the SB their HC had a plan like no other, they were talking about it the morning of the SB, I thought it was so great I almost ran down and bet on them

      Point is he thinks things thru, instead of winging it

  26. Krishna says:

    I think Berrios with Welker will bring us the slot we had, but gave away with Welker. I hated that move. Welker was Berrios’ idol….at least I think I read that somewhere….lol

    • Krishna says:

      Add to his quickness, Berrios is a speedster….oh my.

    • steveccnv says:

      I agree

      Frustrating watching Beasley work in Buffalo, wide open a lot, now we have one that’s just as scrappy and faster

      Welker really wasn’t Welker, until he was with the cheats

      We did have Landry to move the chains, don’t think he’ll be close to that, but we don’t need that volume

      • Krishna says:

        Welker was coming into his own and was always clutch for us. He was groomed with the Dolphins and we let him go. That’s how I remember it.

  27. Krishna says:

    Deshown Elliot’s idiocy is still pissing me off….lol. Get rid of the fucker….

    …disrespect intended…lol.

  28. Rockphin says:

    So the over under for the Dolphins is 9.5 (again) Way to commit Vegas! LOL

    Bet the over baby!

    • steveccnv says:

      9.5 to Vegas isn’t the same thing as what it is to us, we feel we have a better team, so we should at least win 10 games, but that doesn’t account for injuries, tough division…it’s more rosie

      The line is the national betting perception, and everyone doesn’t have as much info we do, so…

      Buffalo was at 11.5 last year, and they easily made it over, but that’s if things go as they should

      • steveccnv says:

        At the end of the day it’s a business, they’re just looking for that magical number to get 50% bet on each side

        Too high a total and the team’s fans won’t bet, too low and they’ll lose money

  29. steveccnv says:

    Last year Buffalo won 13 games, Cincinnati won 12, both were over, even though they only played 16 games, so I guess you’d still get paid on the over

    But what if Buffalo was at 13.5 and you took the over or if Cin was at 12.5?

  30. steveccnv says:

    Biden should be shot for this veto

    I mean to F-up peoples pension for this crap, then he tries to gas light it by saying he’s maximizing the pensions

    • Ken says:

      A little extreme there?

      • steveccnv says:

        I don’t think so, it’s treasonous what he’s doing, the punishment is justified

        What else does he have to do

      • Rockphin says:

        Steve you should just keep your politics to yourself. It is NOT treasonous you jack ass. It his constitutional right to do so. and your programming by the echo chamber is showing. Do you even know what ESG is, how it effects our pensions or how long it has been in practice?

      • steveccnv says:

        Is his business dealings with China, Russia and Ukraine his constitutional right?

      • Rockphin says:

        The VETO is

      • Rockphin says:

        so I guess by your deflection the answer is no you don’t and you are just parroting what the fear mongers tell you to fear again.

    • Ken says:

      So a President should be executed for exercising his constitutional right to veto a bill? So I guess for scrapping the Constitution?

    • mf13ss says:

      I’m with ya, Steve. It all amounts to high treason regarding China, Russia, and Ukraine.

  31. CavalierKong says:

    The Dolphins recently lost out on one tight end when veteran Irv Smith Jr. opted for Cincinnati over Miami. But Miami plans to supplement its group of Durham Smythe, Eric Saubert and developmental prospect Tanner Conner.

    Dolphins tight ends coach Jon Embree intends to go to various campuses to work out a handful tight ends in the weeks ahead, according to a source involved with one of those draft prospects. “They’re being active” at that position, the source said. The Dolphins have the 51st overall pick in the second round and the 84th pick in the third round.

    Miami didn’t pursue many veteran tight ends, but made a run at Smith, who told that his finalists were the Dolphins and Bengals. Though Smith played with Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama, he said: “I felt like Cincinnati had the best chance to win a Super Bowl.”

    Read more at:

  32. bailbondmike says:

    RB Israel Abanikanda at 5’10, 218 pounds crushed his pro day running a sub 4.4 40, 41″ vertical and 10’8 broad.

  33. Rockphin says:

    I thought this was funny AH

  34. bailbondmike says:

    I know there are more but, this is from Walter Football. Re: Prospect Visits

    Alex Austin, Cornerback, Oregon State (COM)
    Anthony Bradford, Offensive Tackle, LSU (COM)
    Julius Brents, Cornerback, Kansas State (COM)
    Karl Brooks, Defensive Tackle, Bowling Green (PRI)
    Braeden Daniels, Offensive Guard, Utah (COM)
    Tucker Kraft, Tight End, South Dakota State (COM)
    Sam LaPorta, Tight End, Iowa (COM)
    Trevor Reid, Offensive Tackle, Louisville (PRO)
    Kelee Ringo, Cornerback, Georgia (COM)
    John Michael Schmitz, Center, Minnesota (COM)
    Juice Scruggs, Center, Penn State (COM)

    Interesting that DT Karl Brooks is the only prospect listed that is making an official 30 visit.

    Also, they did a visit with OT Trevor Reid who I just posted above at his pro day.

    The rest were combine meetings.

  35. Sounds like MM got his man in Vic Fangio. They see the game the same way.

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    I don’t know much about ESG but saying a sitting president should be shot sounds like a crime.

  37. Rockphin says:

    The Dolphins win and win big in the most improbable AFC championship game in memory beating the Kansas City Chiefs 48 to 0. In what would have been a rage quit fashion if one were a Kansas City fan the Dolphins steamrolled the Kansas City Chiefs in all three phases of the game.
    The game started somewhat inauspiciously for the Dolphins as Patrick Mahomes dissected their defense at will going seven of seven for 50 yards It looked as if the Chiefs would run away with the game. That is until Bradley Chubb beat his man and caused a strip sack fumble recovered by number eight the snowman Jevon Holland for a scoop 50 yard score.

    After selecting to not return the kick off the chief started at the 25 and on the following play Xavien Howard intercepted Patrick Mahomes for a pick six.

    I played ball control offense running 60% of the time the rest of the game. Tua Tagovailoa finished the game within 81.8% completion percentage 184 yards and four touchdowns.

    The Dolphins now have a week off before they have two face the San Francisco 49ers who were the only team to have defeated them this year.

  38. Rockphin says:

    It just for the record so there’s no confusion I am not pro E.S.G. I just know what it is and understand it has been in place for more than a decade and it is not going to endanger anyone’s pensions all of the sudden

  39. “I talked to coach Fangio about him and there will be some comfort and familiarity with a lot of the different things coach Fangio will ask him to do. I have no doubt he’s going to shine real bright in Miami.”
    – Sean McVay on Jalen Ramsey

  40. You ever see the way people talk about presidents and other politicians on Facebook etc.? Not a great idea. Slow your role peeps. Sheesh!

  41. Wyoming85 says:

    This doesn’t turn out bad

    51.John Michael Schmitz OC Minnesota
    84.Warren McClendon OT Georgia
    197.Kemari Averett TE Bethune Cookman
    238.Keondre Coburn DT Texas

  42. Krishna says:

    So, no one in the media has asked MM what he said to DeSean Elliot? Lol.

  43. Krishna says:

    He’s an idiot…lol…seriously.

  44. Mike E. says:

    Darnell Washington – our next TE

  45. For those of you who didn’t watch the McDude video I posted earlier. You should. It explains our current team and the vision and history behind it.

  46. randydolfan1947 says:

    1) WYOMING, I liked your mock draft which had Miami taking O-Linemen with their Top 2 picks in the upcoming draft. Hope the FO saw it!!
    2) My first day returning to work was a bit more tiresome than I expected. But I got it DONE!! – – Day 2 is tomorrow!!
    I’m starting to mentally prepare for Saturday’s semi-finals for March Madness.
    IS UCONN REALLY the best remaining team by quite a margin?? – – – OR – – – will the mind-boggling run of upsets continue and bring us an All-South Florida National Championship Game?? I can think of no better way for this topsy-turvy season to end than for TWO decided underdogs to meet in the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF MARCH MADNESS!!!
    Miami vs. Florida Atlantic for ALL THE MARBLES!!


  47. mf13ss says:

    Randy says:
    March 29, 2023 at 8:43 am
    LaPorta doesn’t do much for me. He has some decent skills, but I don’t think I’d use either of our top 2 picks on him. He’ll play in the NFL, but I don’t think he’ll be anything special.
    Thank you for your reply, man. That makes you, BB Mike, and me feel the same way about LaPorta.

    • randydolfan1947 says:

      MY SINCEREST “THANKYOU’s ” to all of you who urged me along the way to get thru this serious surgery. And I know Mrs. OD thanks you, too, from the bottom of her heart.

      It REALLY meant a lot!

  48. mf13ss says:

    Mike E. says:
    March 29, 2023 at 8:32 pm
    Darnell Washington – our next TE
    IF he falls to us, I could see it… but that’s a HUGE IF.

  49. mf13ss says:

    A preliminary mock Draft for our Phins, leaning towards Offense

    @51: Darnell Washington, TE, (doubt he falls to us)
    @84: Cody Mauch, IOL, NDSU (some call him the most athletic O-Lineman in this Draft class)

  50. Dean Chance says:

    Anthony Bradford, Offensive Tackle, LSU (COM)
    Alex Austin, Cornerback, Oregon State (COM)
    Trevor Reid, Offensive Tackle, Louisville (PRO)Anthony Bradford, Offensive Tackle, Juice Scruggs, Center, Penn State (COM)LSU (COM)
    These 4 I can see us taking in the 7th or as UDFA. The Fins seem to take players from these visits on a regular basis.

  51. Krishna says:

    I keep reading about all these school shootings, over 80 since the beginning of the year. Schools, as in K-12, Nahville, TN. 3 dead nine year olds for staters.

    And the reasons given? Not enough security….lmfao…oh well. Glad I don’t have kids.

  52. Krishna says:

    MLB has new rules this year. There’s a guide USA Today. Don’t get why the bases increased from 15-inch squares to 18 inches… lol.

  53. Krishna says:

    New NFL rules, too, but roughing the passer is unreviewable….

    • Mike E. says:

      Krishna – Actually, I think the roughing the passer is challengeable this season. That was a big change for this season, especially with all the controversial calls of “roughing the passer” this past season.

  54. Mike E. says:

    Krishna – MLB is trying as hard as they can to avoid collisions at or around the bases, and also I think they want more stolen bases, and so many players come in so fast they sometimes fall off the base as they slide through it. The bigger bases will help the base stealer to stay on the base while also reducing the chance of a collision at the base, and of course generate more offense, just like they do in the NFL.

  55. Rockphin says:

    The rest of the rule changes (jersey zero already discussed on here)

    Amendment to Rule 4, Section 6, Article 3 and Section 7, Article 4, proposed by the Los Angeles Chargers

    Rule change: Referees will adjust play clock following an instant replay reversal the same way they do following other stoppages. Before, players would have to signal back to the officials to request more time on the play clock in such situations.

    Amendment to Rule 15, Section 1, Article 2, proposed by the Houston Texans

    Rule change: The replay official can automatically review a close play on a failed fourth-down attempt. This will save team’s a challenge if it’s a close call on fourth down. The rule change may speed up the game since the replay official can review the play immediately.

    To change the definition of a launch, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: A launch, which is a personal foul (15-yard penalty), is now if a player leaves one or both feet to make a tackle.

    To make tripping a personal foul, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: If a player is called for tripping, the penalty will result in 15 yards and an automatic first down.

    To make handing the football forward a penalty like an illegal forward pass, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: This will penalize teams handing off the football forward on a read-option, for example, or any other running play a penalty. Handoffs will have to be made next to or behind the quarterback, not in front of.

    To make the penalty for illegal punts, drop kicks, or place kicks the same as an illegal forward pass, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: This will make those acts listed above count for a loss of a down at the spot of the foul, just like an illegal forward pass.

    To prevent the offense from benefitting with an extra play at the end of half because of an offensive penalty, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: For example, if the offense commits a holding penalty, that will no longer lead to an untimed, additional down.

    To clarify the use of a helmet against an opponent, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: Removes the words the “butt, ram, and spear” from Article 8 and adds those actions into the penalty for “Impermissible Use of the Helmet.”

    I am REALLY REALLY against the definition of a launch being changed. So now if a player’s foot (ONE FOOT) comes off the ground during a tackle the zebras can call it a launch and 15 yard penalty. YOU WAIT! THIS WILL CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF GAMES.

    Fucking stupid. How are you supposed to tackle a guy who is running 15-20 miles per hour and NOT Have your foot come off the ground? They WILL use this to manipulate outcomes. I would bet 1000’s on it.

  56. Rockphin says:

    By Law changes:

    To insert strength of victory as the second tiebreaker for awarding contracts, proposed by the Competition Committee

    Rule change: This will allow teams for strength of victory to be the second tiebreaker for postseason seeding after the head-to-head tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker was previously conference record. It appears the league had a typo in the press release they sent out regarding this rule.

    To establish one preseason roster reduction date and related procedures, proposed by 25 teams

    Rule change: The NFL will keep their 32 teams’ roster at 90 throughout the entire preseason and then have one day to trim the team from 90 to 53. This will likely result in fewer starters appearing in the preseason as well as an avalanche of cuts occurring across the league at the exact same time.

  57. Rockphin says:


    2023 not approved playing rules, bylaws and resolutions

    To allow for roughing the passer to be a reviewable call, proposed by the Los Angeles Rams (according to NFL Media)

  58. Rockphin says:

    There is a lot to unpack in these rule changes. They were touted as to make the game safer and “more competitive” but I call bullshit. These changes were made to make the game more manipulable as to the outcome.

  59. Rockphin says:

    So does making “handing the ball off forward” illegal now make the Jet sweep an illegal play? Or will it be considered a “forward pass”?

    • Rockphin says:

      Also, QB’s better be really sharp on their RPO plays to make sure they pull the ball back or let it go at the right split second. VERY OFTEN on RPO’s the RB is past the QB when he pulls it back or lets it go. I can see every RPO being a called a penalty, dead ball spot and loss of down WHENEVER the ref decides that the RB was a little too far when he took the ball.

      More ways to put the fat thumb of the NFL on the competitive scale.

  60. Rockphin says:

    The final cut down date is going to be chaotic with nearly 2000 players all hitting the streets on the same day! (1,924 players)

  61. bailbondmike says:

    Piggy, I know you guys plan on taking over the world. Just remember your blog friends.

  62. herdfan says:

    Sooo….I finally have experienced Covid. That was some crazy stuff. I truly think the sickest I’ve ever been. I’m still not back to normal, whatever that is.

    • bailbondmike says:

      Get well Herd! I was a weird sickness for me also. What’s more scary is Bill Gates is predicting an outbreak of a new virus that will be worse than COVID. Hmmm…

      • bailbondmike says:

        Just like COVID was conveniently predicted by Fauci in 2017 two years before its outbreak.

      • Rockphin says:

        No conspiracies involved here. It is an easy prediction to make. Humans are moving more and more into areas where we haven’t been. We will come into contact with new viruses and with people crossing the world in a single day they will spread.

        I predict another pandemic within 10 years. (now you can blame me an my cabal for it when it happens)

  63. CavalierKong says:

    So you can launch when you never leave the ground- brilliant.

    Pretty sure what they are trying to cover is already covered in the rules, it’s called leading with the crown.

  64. bailbondmike says:

    Miami Dolphins Potential Draft Target: G Emil Ekiyor Jr.

    I had thought about him but only we traded down into the 4th round and take him there.

  65. bailbondmike says:

    It would be nice if he was there at #51 but is projected to go by pick #40. He played RT for the buckeyes.

    2023 NFL Draft: OT Dawand Jones, 6’8, 374 pounds, 89.5″ wingspan

    “Last season, Jones put it all together in the eleven games he played in, not allowing a single quarterback hurry or sack on the year.”

    • steveccnv says:

      A guy that big will have injury issues at some point

      I’m OK with drafting him at 51, reminds me of Becton of jets

  66. Rockphin says:

    so some guy does a mock draft and in it he has the colts trading for Jackson. Now there are headlines that say “Colts projected to make a monster trade for Jackson”

    No click attics they are not. Some asswipe did a mock draft. That is all. SMH

  67. Rockphin says:

    so what is it that make the Canadian pigs “Super Pigs”?

  68. Randy says:

    All these rules changes that neuter the defensive players is really ruining NFL football for me. They want to promote and market QBs so damn much that they have ruined the competitive balance. Fans/media gush about how “great” these QBs are when in reality a big reason they look so good is that they’re playing touch football. It’s easy to run free and make plays when nobody can touch you. Bah humbug!!!

    • steveccnv says:

      I agree, they also ruined baseball the same way

      Back in the 70s, when a home run was hit, it was a big deal, now it’s 1 of 7 for the game

  69. CavalierKong says:

    Take it for what it’s worth, I’m reading the Packers are lowering their asking price for Rodgers to possibly a 2nd this year and a 2nd next year that could become a 1st based on performance.

  70. Rockphin says:

    So, I was feeling flush and full of spunk yesterday after wining the AFC championship game in Pro mode against the AI and thought I would try my hand at on-line head to head play.

    I GOT MY ASS KICKED BY A PUNK TEENAGER! It was awful. The worst part is I couldn’t figure out how to mute his punk ass. Taunting me the whole time.

    Fucker played the browns and ran for a touch down with the jerkoff boy every time his offense played. ONE PLAY. Again and again. FN BS! There was nothing I could do to stop it. Whatever play I called, he just outran the defense for a TD and then went for two. Talking gutter trash shit the whole time. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  71. Wyoming85 says:

    51.Drew Sanders LB Arkansas
    84.Matthew Bergeron OT Syracuse
    197.Kemari Averett TE Bethune Cookman
    238.Keondre Coburn DT Texas

  72. CavalierKong says:


    Gwyneth Paltrow found innocent in her ski accident trial…

  73. bailbondmike says:

    Can’t believe Simpson was there! traded #84 for #97 & 150

    51. Trenton Simpson LB Clemson
    97. Matthew Bergeron OT Syracuse
    150. Luke Schoonmaker TE Michigan
    197. Keaton Mitchell RB East Carolina
    238. Cory Durden DT NC State

  74. Wyoming85 says:

    BBM your comment gave me an epiphany!

    We could take on of the Receiving TE’s @51 and double down with Averett in the 6th

    51.Luke Musgrave TE Oregon State
    84.Warren McClendon OT Georgia
    197.Kemari Averett TE Bethune Cookman
    238.Keondre Coburn DT Texas

  75. Wyoming85 says:

    Best of luck to all your MLB favorites.
    Back to Back!
    Let’s go Stro’s

  76. The Flying Pig says:

    Oink Eh

  77. Tanner Conner is the sleeper as a receiving TE/H-back.

    • mf13ss says:

      With no disrespect to Tanner Conner, I’m not sure we want a tweener ‘H-back’ like Charles Clay (<- loved that cat, though!). I think we want TE1 who can first run/pass block, and additionally catch the ball… like a classic TE.

      Don't get me wrong, there's probably a place for Conner on our roster, but I don't think he's what we're missing.

      • If he can be a weapon in the passing game here and there cool. Smythe and Saubert are both seasoned NFL vets who can block. We’re not missing anything. Our offense goes through Hill, Waddle and the backfield. Speed.

  78. randydolfan1947 says:


    It was just assumed that FAU’s men’s basketball head coach Dusty May would be fast on his way to a primo head coaching position once March Madness concluded Monday night in Houston. Several of the power conference schools are looking for a new head coach. And it would be hard to exceed what May has achieved this season in Boca Raton.

    FAU alums held their breath as May made his announcement. “I’ve decided to return to FAU next season after I sign a new long term agreement that me and my agent have made with Florida Atlantic’s leadership. I’m looking forward to more fantastic seasons here in beautiful Boca Raton!”

    Needless to say, FAU’s players were in 7th heaven!! And this surprise announcement throws a little more energy into Saturday Night’s national semi-final game in Houston. Will San Diego State be the next favored team to fall to Florida Atlantic??

    GO-O-O-O Owls!!!

  79. mf13ss says:

    Thy Knight (@ThyKnight3) says:
    March 30, 2023 at 10:09 pm
    If he can be a weapon in the passing game here and there cool. Smythe and Saubert are both seasoned NFL vets who can block. We’re not missing anything. Our offense goes through Hill, Waddle and the backfield. Speed.
    May I assume that you presume we don’t need to take a TE early? There’s no right or wrong answer, obviously. I’m trying to figure it out, too.

  80. bailbondmike says:

    The Reds are tied with the Cards and Brewers only 1 game out of the division lead!!!
    Probably the only time this season I will be able to say that, so I had to put it out there. 😉

  81. steveccnv says:

    We’re open to trading Wilson to save 6m now off of the cap

    If he plays for us this year I’d expect him to be much better than the 12 catches he had last year, I’d rather have the 6m

  82. steveccnv says:

    Lol at the gold digger, that tried to sue Paltrow

    I’ve been run into a few times on the slopes and there’s really nothing to it

    And one time I almost landed on some ladies head, while doing a jump from a chute

  83. bailbondmike says:

    If UGA DT Jalen Carter falls to #51, do you take him?

    His criminal case is already over and he is serving 1 yr misdemeanor probation.

    • Rockphin says:

      Is he a first round talent? I think you do your background check on him and really interview him to see what / how / why and if it is a cultural thing with him (Don’t know who he is, but is he an Aaron Hernandez thug life for life kind of guy) then make a decision IF it happens.

      Some teams (depending on the crime he committed) will take him off the board, other teams like the Ratriots think they can cure bad boys.

      • bailbondmike says:

        Raiders already were said to take him off their board.

        He was considered top 5 in the draft before all this. Outside of the QB position, he was considered the best player in the draft by some.

        He was arrested for racing another guy who wrecked his vehicle and killed someone from what I understand. Don’t know whole story. He also had another citation months before that for doing 90 in a 45 zone.

        Heard he also showed up 9 pounds heavier at pro day and decided not to do all the testing there.

      • Rockphin says:

        Red flags abound then!

        On the surface I would take those as reason to scratch him, but If I did this for a living I would be interviewing him for sure.

  84. bailbondmike says:

    I would not be surprised if we only drafted one OL this draft (not counting UDFA’s).

    I really think there is a deal in place to resign OT Brandon Shell after June 1. He played well for us as a backup on both sides of the OL. Seems he would have been picked up by another team already.

  85. pheloniusphish says:

    What makes the Canadian pig a “super pig?”

    Size. Bigger is better for surviving the cold. Biggest wild pig that I’ve seen in Florida went about 275. Most run 100-150lbs. Those Canuck bastards are running around 600lbs.!

    • Rockphin says:

      I shot a 340lb barrel on legs in Ocala 20 years ago. It was so big me and my buddy couldn’t get it up in the back of the pickup.

      • Rockphin says:

        when I skinned it I found 5 bullets in cysts under his skin. Fucker had been shot 5 times before I got him with a 20 gg slug through the lungs.

      • Rockphin says:

        mean bastard still ran for 30 yards before dropping with a through and through both lungs.

  86. Rockphin says:

    Have any of you guys read the “Elenium” by David Eddings? (The Diamond Throne, The Ruby Knight & The Sapphire Rose)

    I read all of his “Belgarian” novels but never read the books he did in this “other universe” because I hate when authors abandon worlds I like to write “new” stuff. LOL (I know, dumb)

    Anyway I ran out of Fantasy stuff to read again and was going to re-read something if I couldn’t find a new author or new series by an old author when I came across the Elenium which I rejected back in ’89 when it came out. I just ordered it on B&N.

    If you read let me know what you thought.

  87. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

  88. steveccnv says:

    Wilson last year wasn’t close to his previous year’s stats with Dallas

    Send him back and he’ll likely put up similar numbers, as he did in 2021

    Change of scenery, from a bad fit with the jets QBs, for Berrios should do him wonders

    With Welker and Tua he should be a great fit

    3rd downs at the end of last year were a challenge, expect that to change

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