Dolphins fans have a lot to be excited about!!

A lot of things have happened last year, trades bringing in top tier talent like WR Tyreek Hill, DE/OLB Bradley Chubb, a few key FA signings, notably C/OG Connor Williams and LT Terron Armstead. With less than a handful of 2023 NFL Draft picks, the front office once again entered the trade market and acquired a huge piece for our defense, CB/S/LB Jalen Ramsey. There were a few FA signings, LB David Long formerly of the Tennessee Titans, S DeShon Elliott from the Detroit Lions, LB Malik Reed from the Steelers, TE Eric Saubert from the Broncos, WR Braxton Berrios and OG Dan Feeney from the Jets and more recently, we’ve signed a couple of OT’s, former 1st RD picks Isaiah Wynn from the Patriots, and Cedric Ogbuehi from the Jets. Besides player personnel, we also signed one of the defensive minds in the NFL, DC Vic Fangio.

I can’t remember a player added via trade that had an impact like Tyreek Hill. He was better than anyone could have hoped, he completely changed the offense, the game, everything. He’s a dynamic force that even when teams employ multiple personnel to try to contain him, is still able to impact the game. On the downside, Bradley Chubb was less, much less that advertised as a Dolphins defender last season. I think that changes significantly this season with Vic Fangio. I can’t wait to see Phillips and Chubb feast with Fangio running the D. Fangio, no doubt was behind acquiring Jalen Ramsey, who will deployed at multiple positions, but the key here is we have so much depth, with S Brandon Jones returning, and the addition of S DeShon Elliott so that Fangio can move guys around without missing a beat. The NFL is set up for parity, but our depth right now both on offense and defense is the best it’s been in a very long time.

Although we didn’t have a lot of picks in this year’s draft, that doesn’t mean we didn’t add valuable players, quite the contrary. Our first pick, CB Cam Smith will have opportunities to play this season. I can’t say he will be the starter outside Game 1, but I do believe he could be before the end of the season. He was a pick both for now, and definitely for the future. CB Xavien Howard is on the decline, and while he possesses excellent ball skills, we have seen his speed, mostly recovery speed diminish. I love that we re-signed AVG, and added Malik Reed and last year’s first pick (3rd RD pick) Channing Tindall will all be key depth guys to help rush the passer. Our depth is truly impressive, with starters DE Zach Sieler, NT Raekwon Davis and DE Christian Wilkins, and then the LB crew of Jaelan Phillips, David Long, Jerome Baker and Bradley Chubb, CB’s Xavien Howard and Jalen Ramsey, along with safeties Brandon Jones and Jevon Holland. There will be a lot of mixing and matching personnel. Now keep in mind, this is just the defense I’m talking about!

Like I said, having only 4 picks doesn’t mean we didn’t bring in impact players, and I think our second pick, RB De’Von Achane may provide a ton of excitement this season. He will get touches as a return man, both punts and kicks. He will see the field as a RB, and he will be a demon as a receiver out of the backfield. With Hill, Waddle, Berrios, Anderson, Cracraft and even draft pick Elijah Higgins, you simply can’t cover ALL-THAT-SPEED. A-Chain is going to be fun to watch. Now I didn’t mention QB Mike White as one of our FA acquisitions, but let’s face it, we were ridiculously unlucky with our QB’s last season. Tua’s fragility has been well documented, but how many times did our 2nd and 3rd string QB’s get hurt, and a few times in the same game. Mike White also got knocked out of action, but he was tossed around like a rag doll by Buffalo that one game. I expect him, if needed to be better than what we had last season in Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Skylar Thompson. White was impressive when given decent protection, and he played through some tough rib injuries. We all hope Tua remains unscathed the entire season, but I believe if we need Mike White for a game or two, he can deliver.

On special teams, we have new punter, Jake Bailey formerly of the Patriots. K Jason Sanders looks to have a bounce back season. Braxton Berrios, and draftee De’Von Achane will be the return men. With the excellent depth we have on our defense, and offense, our ST’s coverage should be much better than last season with all the injuries. It’s not crazy to expect both our offense and defense to both be top units, certainly top 10 or better. When was the last time you felt this way, and had legitimate conviction about it? So, be excited Dolphins fans, really, be excited! It’s OK, I know somewhere inside there’s that Dolphins Fan Reflex that makes it difficult to get hyped, but we have a very talented team, and I think we have the right coaches to get what we need from the deep roster. GET HYPED!!!

GO DOLPHINS!!!

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339 Responses to Dolphins fans have a lot to be excited about!!

  1. ukfinfan says:

    First

    • ukfinfan says:

      Thanks for your on-going content Mike E – always a good read. I’m not getting hyped. Stopped that years ago. Too many false dawns and the seasons started to feel like a bipolar episode. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued however. No more cheese for UK yet.

      We have a lot of positives – HC, speed, DC, speed, a secondary which should yield more sacks, speed, an aggressive front 7, speed, some decent backs, speed and speed.

      Keys to the season. Stop dumb penalties. Run the ball a lot more. Create double ’22 level of turnovers, keep Tua on his feet. All dead obvious but if we are still doing those into December, man I will be hyped, I promise.

      • Mike E. says:

        Thanks UK. Ah, get hyped! It’s not that painful when they let ya down, we’re hardened veterans of this by now. 😂

      • steveccnv says:

        I think the I’m not getting hyped talk is BS, we all say it year after year, then the first PS game starts and we react as if we expected more, so we really do think this is the year🤔

  2. boulderfinfan says:

    nice write mike!

  3. markeyh says:

    I had to look back 30 years to find a roster as good as this one. You hit the nail on the head DEPTH is everywhere. The young players in the secondary who were forced into action as well as the one we lost to injury bodes well for this upcoming season if injuries should happen again.

  4. steveccnv says:

    From last blog

    Pig, I don’t agree

    What I’ve mostly read/heard is the Fins look great, as long as Tua stays healthy

    It’s a legitimate concern

    • The Flying Pig says:

      It’s a legitimate concern

      But it’s also a ln excuse to drag Tua

      When he was healthy last year there were not a lot of QBs better than him

      Based on his healthy performance last year – Healthy Tua is better than than QBs like Josh Allen, Herbert, Jackson, etc

      What drags him below this guys is injury, not his healthy performance

      I wish more people publicly talked about how good he was when healthy last year

      If he’s healthy next year, we are going deep in the playoffs
      Is that absurd to say?
      I don’t think so
      Does anyone make bold statements like that in the media?
      I don’t think so

      Maybe I have a chip on my shoulder

      But I’ve tuned everyone out On the subject bc I think there’s just a lot of negativity surrounding the issue instead of discussions on the other side of the negative

  5. markeyh says:

    Are any of you opposed to signing Dalvin Cook?

    Do you think we will sign him?

    • Mike E. says:

      I think we have enough weapons on the offensive side. I’d love to see the A-Chain get the touches that Cook would steal. Between Wilson and Mostert (if healthy), I think we’re fine, and hopefully, Achane gets a good amount of touches as well. No reason for him not to.

    • steveccnv says:

      Cook would be a cancer, high salary and I’d expect his skills to deteriote this year like Zeke and Gurley

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think we sign him

      Not only am I not opposed to it
      I’m basically praying for it

      Do we need it? – no
      Will it make us better – yes!

      We need every edge we can get if in the postseason

  6. steveccnv says:

    On the downside, Bradley Chubb was less, much less that advertised as a Dolphins defender last season. I think that changes significantly this season with Vic Fangio.

    Chubb was actually pretty good for us, we seem to get lots of pressures, but few sacks

    I think there’s a reason for that, blitzing speeds everything up for the opposing QB, he sees us setup with 7 players hovering around the LOS in 2 pt stances, and he’s thinking can’t hold the ball too long or I’ll be pounded

    Counter side of that is rush 4, with good coverage, gives the rushers more time to get to the QB, that’s what we should see this year

    Last year we were leaky in coverage, so QB could hit his 1st target far too often, making the passrush insignificant most of the time

  7. CavalierKong says:

    LOL, that is an awesome pic of Hill

    Nice write, Mike. I’m about as hyped up as can be. I’m ready to run through a brick wall myself; not that I think that would go well…but I’m ready to do it. Can’t wait for the season!

    Welcome back, Markeyh. Great to see you on the board.

  8. CavalierKong says:

    And Chris Simms is a jackass. He ranked Tua where he did purely to troll us- Omar got that right.

    • steveccnv says:

      As he does every year, it’s a tradition thing for him, or is he just giving some rebuttal for argument sake, so he has something to talk about, ala Cowherd

      • CavalierKong says:

        If Tua gets hurt, he can say ‘look I was right’, which he will relish, and if not, he knows he’s got Tua’s most avid supporters frothing at the mouth.

        Because there is no flippin way if Tua stays healthy he’s the 21st ranked QB in the league.

  9. steveccnv says:

    Good assessment of our situation Mike, you have improved talent, couple of bright draftees, Fangio and close with get hyped

    Let’s see, if another reason to be hyped is the young returning players, including Tua pumping up

  10. Ken says:

    This year will come down to Tua’s health. If he is healthy we can play with anyone. If he is not we will be competitive with Mike White but we are not going anywhere in a loaded AFC

  11. Mike E. says:

    You can say the same for every NFL contender. Take away their starting QB and they’re done. We’re no different

    • Ken says:

      Very true. Our concern may be a little bit more acute because of injury history but in theory you are correct

      • Mike E. says:

        Yes, Tua has had a difficult time staying on the field which makes us more questionable than other contenders

    • steveccnv says:

      Seems like there’s always something missing with the Tua health discussions or maybe people just assume

      We all know we aren’t going anywhere without Tua, but even if he’s hurt this year, as long as we make the playoffs and he’s available, other than for seeding, it doesn’t really matter

  12. The Flying Pig says:

    We are a good team now

    There are some things we can’t control like health
    But our roster is solid

    This is why I can’t fathom being opposed to being in Dalvin Cook if he’s waived in 6/1

    A lot of games are won on a few plays
    Some on a few yards

    Between good teams – that is sometimes the difference

    We aren’t building anymore
    We are there

    Every little edge makes a difference

    A signing like that might have a huge impact if he just makes one cut that turns into one big play

    I don’t think you miss that opportunity

    • steveccnv says:

      I think Achane or Mostert can also make that one cut and go the distance, for Cook to be more valuable, than what we have, he’d have to be a grinder with big play ability, that keeps the D honest, which he’s done, but he’s at that fork age

  13. Ken says:

    DeAndre Hopkins released

  14. steveccnv says:

    FU AZ

    The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots had been among the teams reportedly interested in pursuing Hopkins.

  15. naplesfan2010 says:

    The reason I want Cook is because the jest got A-arod.
    And what if an AFCE team gets Nuke.

  16. naplesfan2010 says:

    I love the Achane draft, but he’s a rookie and tiny. Untested on the NFL level. I hope and think he’ll do well, but I KNOW Dalvin is a legit top 5 star RB in this league.

    We have a top 5 CB room, a top 5 WR room, and a top 10 DL a pro bowl punter, pro bowl kicker, and pro bowl PR guy.

    If we get Cook, we’ll have a top 5 RB room.

  17. naplesfan2010 says:

    We’ll need to outscore Cincy and KC.
    Well need to counter Lamar Jackson and Rodgers and Trevor Lawrence with buckets of points.

    I agree with Piggy.

    I watched Dalvin Cook beat us at the Fest last year with one big run.

  18. Krishna says:

    Thank you, Mike E.!

    I can only be cautiously optimistic…lol. It’s a long season.

  19. bailbondmike says:

    Great write up MikeE! Though I would not add Cracraft in the group when you said “you simply can’t cover ALL-THAT-SPEED”. He ran a 4.62 then a 4.57 at his pro day. That was the reason he was an UDFA.

    What keeps him around is he is a very smart player, very good route runner with quickness in his breaks and a good blocking WR.

    But yeah, there isn’t another team with as much speed we have on offense.

  20. Tim Knight says:

    I like Dalvin Cook but we don’t need him compete this year. He’d be a luxury.

  21. Tim Knight says:

    Mike, X was playing with multiple groin injuries last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had big season. I’m not sold he’s on the decline. The same with Ramsey as some have said.

    • Mike E. says:

      I know he’s been hurt, but I think that’s the new X at this point. We’ll see. I’d love you to be right and all of a sudden he’s playing like he was 3 years ago

      • Ken says:

        X looked really good in the playoff game in Buffalo. Best he looked all year. I am hoping that is what we see

      • Tim Knight says:

        X was healthy the previous 2 season. Yet everyone seems to have this perception he’s always hurt. I guess we’ll see. I’m excited for our secondary and our entire defense.

    • steveccnv says:

      X has had his share of injuries in his career, including last year, he isn’t close to losing a step

      Also Ramsey will light a fire under his ass, because he wants to be the best CB on the team

      • Tim Knight says:

        The competition between them will make them better and it will be a great influence on the young DBs. Cam Smith is in a perfect situation.

  22. Ken says:

    Dalvin Cook will be expensive and has a history of shoulder injuries which is not good for an RB. He is an excellent player but I don’t think he makes us substantially better. Mostert and Achane are both faster and as explosive and Wilson is probably a better inside runner. I just don’t think Cook changes anything and I am afraid if we get him that means reducing the reps for our other weapons

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m leaning that way too. We don’t need him. I’d probably be more interested if we didn’t draft Achane.

    • steveccnv says:

      Wilson is not a better inside runner, but I’m with you on everything else

      The window for the bang for the buck is pretty small

  23. naplesfan2010 says:

    Great Write-up, Mike E.

    Hey we also signed Tyler Kroft at TE who is a ferocious blocker who knows the Shanahan offense.

    We’ve done so much good personnel work that it’s hard to keep track of them all.

  24. naplesfan2010 says:

    We only need Dalvin to be top drawer for 2 years.
    I think we can afford that, and it would add years to the other RBs, too.

  25. Tim Knight says:

    What positions do you think we target in June after cuts and more cap relief?

  26. Mike E. says:

    Naples – if it was one of those deals where Cook really wants to come here and will take less to play here, I think you do it. We don’t need to overpay for him

    • Tim Knight says:

      Does he want a certain number or does he want a chance to win? I doubt he gets the kind of money he’s reportedly seeking.

      • Mike E. says:

        I haven’t looked into it Tim, no idea what he wants. I’m just outlining the circumstances where he could end up here

      • Tim Knight says:

        I think he’s looking for 10-12M per year.

  27. Mike E. says:

    Tim – if that’s what Cook wants he most certainly will not be playing for us

  28. The Flying Pig says:

    He might not be released according to some sources

    https://www.minnesotasportsfan.com/dalvin-cook-2nd-thoughts-leaving-vikings/

  29. Phindog says:

    Great Write Mike E !! I’m effing pumped for this season. Hell I’m springing a pink pencil right now 🐕

  30. bailbondmike says:

    Nap time. BBL when I get to work.

  31. Rockphin says:

    Ogbah Davis Wilkins
    Chub Baker Long Phillps
    Ramsey Howard
    Holland Elliot

    Shawing!

  32. Rockphin says:

    I went to all the trouble to space them out behind each other and WordPress took out all the spaces ;_-(

    ———————-Ogbah———— Davis————– Wilkins
    ————Chub ————–Baker————– Long —————Phillps
    —Ramsey ————————————————————————Howard
    ——————Holland ————————————-Elliot

  33. Rockphin says:

    Great Read Mike E!

    Thanks dude!

  34. Rockphin says:

    You got me wanting to play Madden

    but they had two updates in the last 2 weeks and the dolphins are unplayable again. SMH MFRS

  35. son of a son of a shula says:

    Brandon Jones > Elliot
    You forgot 29

    We’re deep in the middle of the field from to back

  36. Rockphin says:

    THAT above is the OPENING DEFENSIVE grouping at the Fest. BEER?

  37. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    May 25, 2023 at 10:55 pm
    Actually it all started during Bill Clinton’s presidency…
    —————-
    I was speculating on the exuberant tension between the left and right of today (Obama vs Trump), but I think you are absolutely correct in terms of when the match was lit… the Clinton administration.

    Very good point, and for the reasons you stated.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Just to clarify, Newt Gingrich and the conservatives/republicans were just as guilty in starting the divide as the liberals/democrats. It wasn’t as bad as it is now but as you put it, that’s when the match was lit. Obviously both sides have disagreed for longer than that, but there was more civility and compromise. Now they don’t even talk to each other in a civil manner.

  38. mf13ss says:

    Question: what is the weakest point right now on our team?
    If one is only as strong as their weakest link…

  39. Rockphin says:

    we have like 4 former first round picks competing for two Tackle spots. Hopefully health and competition brings out what made them first round picks and we wind up with a flip of worst to best like Dallas did over one season years ago.

  40. Wyoming85 says:

  41. mf13ss says:

    Friendly reminder: there are 64 starting Tackles in the NFL… Left and Right.

    Brandon Shell ranked as the #13 rated run-blocking Tackle last season, per PFF. We paid him just north of a mere $1M last season, with a cap hit of a mere $597K.

    Ya bring him back! God forbid Tua goes down again or Austin Jackson doesn’t pan out… at least we can run the ball down the opposing Defense’s throat with Shell in there at RT.

    • Mike E. says:

      I feel like tackles are sometimes like relief pitchers in MLB. Shell had a good year last year, but what was his rating the previous season? I’ve also said to bring back Shell, but if they don’t, maybe it’s because they like the guys they just picked up.

      • son of a son of a shula says:

        Shell had a condition that caused him to produce an enormous amount of gas it became difficult in the locker room and quite obnoxious as well. On a bad day there would be sharting as well.
        As to whether or not he comes back – Depends

  42. naplesfan2010 says:

    Ingold carried the ball 6 times last year and got 5 first downs and a TD.
    That’s some serious production.

    And Smythe carried twice for a first down and a touchdown.

    So I’d say we got that thing covered.

    stats from ESPN

  43. naplesfan2010 says:

    We only got 8 interceptions last year.
    That to me is one of the key reasons that Boyer had to go,
    although I know that we had massive injuries to our DBs.

  44. naplesfan2010 says:

    Kohou had 63 SOLO tackles last year.

    Out where he plays, those are game savers!!

    • steveccnv says:

      A lot of his tackles were near the LOS in run support or short passes

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        awesome !!!
        I remember how in some years past …
        those would’ve gone for 6, 8, 12 yards
        and kept drives alive against our defense.

  45. Phindog says:

    OK 😄

  46. bailbondmike says:

    Carful Doggie they will get Democrat Senator Cavanaugh after you!

  47. steveccnv says:

    Achane stood out in OTAs (touch or flag football) as you’d hope/expect, because of his size, quickness and speed

    How does MM turn his touches into flag football?

    Run plays with lots of time on the play clock, in space, passes within 2.5 seconds of snap

    Quick passes, Tua’s specialty, so that fits, getting the play off quickly not so much

    Forget all the motion stuff, so Tua can get a presnap read, just go

    • Tim Knight says:

      Achane and Berrios should add a new dimension to the offense. They’re both slippery and fast. To add depth with that kind of speed puts a lot of pressure on a defense throughout the game.

      • steveccnv says:

        I want those 2 used on 3rd downs short, instead of what we did last year dropping Hill and Waddle short

        Don’t attract a crowd let Waddle and Hill go 15+ yards deep, leaving the underneath stuff open

      • Tim Knight says:

        That might be the plan. Tua showed he’s not afraid to go for big chunks on 3rd down but if it’s not there just get the 1st down.

  48. naplesfan2010 says:

    I will be happy if Hill and Waddle are not the only way we can move the ball.
    They got beat up last year, as soon as DCs figured that out,
    and during that second losing string,
    we had trouble finding someone else to get yards.

  49. naplesfan2010 says:

    Last year Hill averaged 10 targets per game and Waddle 7.
    Next were Gesicki and Sherfield with 3 each.

    With the run game also not pitching in much,
    that’s a lot of pressure to use a lot of moves and show a lot of routes,
    so, late in the season, there was not much mystery left.

    That’s also a lot of hits absorbed by just two (small) guys.

    • steveccnv says:

      I agree

      If we see Hill and Waddle setting yardage and reception records, it may not be a good thing

  50. naplesfan2010 says:

    IMHO
    MM’s job #1A is scheming new stuff,
    now that there’s book on what he does and what Hill likes to do within that playbook.

    Job #1B is preplanning running plays that he’ll feel comfortable calling in the heat of the moment that’ll get chunks or at least keep the pass rush honest so they can’t pin their ears back and leave nothing back to set the edge. (These can include screen passes etc to the RBs)
    also IMHO

    Job #2 btw to me is cutting the crap, such as pre snap OL flags and getting the plays in late and getting too cute such that the play locks up due to its own complexity.
    All of which is related and all on the HC/play caller/playbook designer to distill out.

    What does the OC in our system do for example?
    Maybe offload some tasks to him that MM can trust him with,
    so MM doesn’t have to do everything 24/7.

  51. naplesfan2010 says:

    off topic for a minute
    sorry
    I’ve never been to a drag queen show.

    Are they fun?

    What happens at one of those?
    Are they a music show? a comedy show?
    They can’t be a beauty pageant or strip club show,
    because there are no women.

    I don’t really understand it.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Men dressed as divas. Think Ru Paul.

    • steveccnv says:

      It’s really a lot of fun, if you go there with an open mind

      My gay brother and 2 of his gay friends and I went a few years back, my brothers friend form Wisconsin was the MC

      Used to go gambling with them every Friday, this was one of those nights

    • Tim Knight says:

      I went with my wife and another couple years ago in Key West. It’s entertaining like Steve said with an open mind. I’m not “offended” by different lifestyles.

  52. naplesfan2010 says:

    Last year our RBs ran the ball 329 times in 17 games.
    That’s 19 per game.

    We threw the ball 33 times per game.

    That’s about 63% pass and 37% rush.
    So almost 2:1 pass to rush.

    This does not include about 2 QB scrambles per game, and
    the FB ran the ball about once every 3 games, so n/m that..

    What should the split be this year?

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’d like to see the RBs average 24-25 times per game. Then you add some of the QB runs and jet sweeps etc. We’re going to throw the ball a lot. Most teams do.

  53. naplesfan2010 says:

    In 2022 Gesicki had 52 targets and Sherfield had 51.
    Those are available for Berrios and Chosen (or whomever).

  54. Tim Knight says:

    MM admitted he didn’t run the ball enough. I don’t think we need a lot of new schemes. We need to execute better and be more balanced.

    • steveccnv says:

      What about the Achane package?

      I’d think MM would want to also have specialized stuff for Berrios and Chosen

      • Tim Knight says:

        I was saying not a lot. What could be so different? To me other than being a RB Achane could lineup as a WR, go in motion quick strike routes, jet sweeps. The same with Berrios other than being a RB. I think Welker will have a big impact on them with the finer points of playing in the slot. I do think Achane will be used as a WR at times.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Our TEs might get some easy catches due to all our speed. Opponents can’t play a lot of man against us.

  55. steveccnv says:

    Wondering why Achane ran track, if he couldn’t keep the weight on

    You’d think, at least his 2022 season, he’d do whatever to increase his draft stock, but whatever, if he had we wouldn’t have gotten him in 3rd😁

  56. steveccnv says:

    Does anyone agree with this?

    Balancing America’s budget is an “equation” with two components, Linda Bilmes, a senior lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School who focuses on budgetary and public finance issues, told Fortune. “There’s a revenue side and a spending side…You cannot balance the budget or get anywhere close to it by cutting spending without raising revenues. The equation just does not work.”

    • pheloniusphish says:

      New math. Pretty sure that if you cut spending below your revenue you have a surplus which can then be applied to you debt until your budget is balanced. At least that’s how my household and business budgets work.

    • pheloniusphish says:

      You also can’t get out of debt by borrowing more.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Cutting spending is where it starts. Of course increased revenue is a positive. The government doesn’t behave like a household though.

      • pheloniusphish says:

        Increased revenue = more taxes. This is a positive?

      • Tim Knight says:

        No a household making more money gets you out of debt if you stop spending. The government doesn’t behave like that. They don’t create wealth, they just spend what they tax.

  57. Krishna says:

    I’m with you, Naples. MM needs to improve big-time, as well. I give him pass as a first-year head coach. The training wheels are off now.

    Hopefully, he’s developed some “shorthand” and found some assistants to offload tasks or be another set of eyes.

  58. mf13ss says:

    steveccnv says:
    May 27, 2023 at 3:44 pm
    Does anyone agree with this?

    Balancing America’s budget is an “equation” with two components, Linda Bilmes, a senior lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School who focuses on budgetary and public finance issues, told Fortune. “There’s a revenue side and a spending side…You cannot balance the budget or get anywhere close to it by cutting spending without raising revenues. The equation just does not work.”
    —————
    IMO, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I agree with Phelon and Tim above.

    This all goes back to a political argument: how did we get out of The Great Depression?

    Liberals will say we spent our way out, conservatives will say WWII got us out of it. I happen to agree with the latter, being ya DON’T put yourself in more debt when ya can’t even pay your overdue bills, right?!

    • mf13ss says:

      I think that at the rate we’re spending (like a drunken sailor), we’re either hoping for WWIII to bail us out, or for The Great Reset to bail us out.

      Either option will be an unmitigated disaster for all of humanity, and that’s the truth of it.

      IMO, it’s time to end the Federal Reserve, get back on the gold standard (or an equivalent), and end wars.

      • mf13ss says:

        IMO, we’re being ‘slow-walked’ into a global society, a global currency, and a global dictatorship… but what do I know.

    • steveccnv says:

      The problem is, it’s dangerous, and they know it, but they’re trying to sell it as a way to continue spending

      Raises taxes is stealing from one group to give to another

      Here’s another way they’re pushing shit on people, and this one us dangerous as it gets for the victims in general

  59. bailbondmike says:

    (like a drunken sailor)
    —————–
    Hey, I resemble that remark. 🙂

  60. Tim Knight says:

    M13, you’re a Star Wars guy. Global comes before the new frontier. People don’t like change but you can’t stop it.

    Think about if a more advanced species exists and can get to earth. Is it a nation of their planet like the USA, Russia or China, or are they a united species? Humans are considered to be about 200k years old. We were still horse and buggy and no aeronautics a little over a 100 years ago. Very primitive. What if that other species has had a similar path as us but they’ve been around 300k more years than us with technology thriving. We can’t even comprehend the science. They don’t have racial and cultural issues anymore, they’ve gotten past that. They’re now interstellar.

    • Phindog says:

      They’re only going to come back and want reparations for us destroying what they put in place thousands of years ago. See ancient aliens 😄

  61. bailbondmike says:

    Chiefs and Bills “were the only teams to have substantive trade talks” for DeAndre Hopkins prior to his release, per
    @AlbertBreer

  62. bailbondmike says:

    Ranking the NFL’s 3rd-String Quarterbacks
    1. Sam Darnold, San Francisco 49ers
    2. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
    3. Case Keenum, Houston Texans
    4. Herndon Hooker, Detroit Lions
    5. Malik Willis, Tennessee Titans
    6. Jeff Driskel/David Blough/Clayton Tune, Arizona Cardinals
    7. Matt Barkley, Buffalo Bills
    8. Skyler Thompson, Miami Dolphins

  63. bailbondmike says:

    22. Graham Barton OT Duke
    54. Raheim Sanders RB Arkansas
    150. Brevyn Spann-Ford TE Minnesota
    182. Danny Stutsman LB Oklahoma
    214. Omari Thomas DT/NT Tennessee

    • bailbondmike says:

      Barton was one of the best all-around tackles in the country as a junior this season.

      In fact, he was the only Power Five tackle who posted 85-plus grades as both a pass- and run-blocker. He finished the season with 17 big-time blocks (PFF’s highest-graded blocks), five more than any other tackle in the country. Barton likely could’ve been a Day 2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft but instead will be one of the best offensive tackles in college football for another season.

    • bailbondmike says:

      Raheim Sanders RB Arkansas, 6’2, 227 pounds, 4.44 speed

    • bailbondmike says:

      Spann-Ford is arguably the most well-rounded tight end returning to college football.

      The redshirt senior’s 82.5 run-blocking grade in 2022 ranked second among FBS tight ends, while his 82.1 receiving grade placed eighth. His 2.22 yards per route run also stood fourth among all tight ends. He’s essentially an extra offensive lineman at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds but must be respected as a receiver, as well.

  64. Phindog says:

    Me and the wife went to Laughlin yesterday and came back with a little cash. I’m not a gambler at all but I did find a Willy Wonka slot machine that was entertaining and payed out well. 😎👍

    • steveccnv says:

      You really outdid the odds, I’ve always done shitty in Laughlin, but good times

      The themed slot machines, movies, tv shows anything trademarked, have the worst odds, because an addition 5% of the payback goes to the trademark

      In general penny slots have something like an 87-91% payback, the machine you played had an 82-86% payback

      You can win on any machine, it’s just harder on these

    • bailbondmike says:

      Heading to Windcreek Casino in Atmore, AL tomorrow. Built up 11.5 mil in points which is enough for a $100 in free play, comp room, free massage and $50 food credit. Going to hang out at their pool most of the day then play slots in the evening.

      Points are worth much more than that but after you go into the “W-Store” and buy something with your points it exits you out. When you go back in the store the cost in points almost doubles from the first time you enter. Fuckers! I get the most expensive thing first then work my way down.

      Still worth it, since the only thing it costs me is playing their online game in my free time. Usually when I am watching TV or farting around on YouTube.

  65. bailbondmike says:

    Tim, I was very bored at work. lol

  66. bailbondmike says:

    Those who liked TE Darnell Washington out of UGA, I think you will like Spann-Ford at 6’7, 270 pounds who runs a 4.72. He is Washington 2.0 but a better route runner and more athletic, IMO.

  67. bailbondmike says:

    Brock Bowers will be gone before we pick.

    In reality, my first option at TE would be in the second round and take TE Cade Stover, 6’4, 255 pounds from Ohio State. He was Ohio’s “Mr. Football” as an OLB and played WR on offense in high school.

  68. bailbondmike says:

    BTW, looking at TE’s again as Saubert and Kroft are here on 1 year contracts.

    • bailbondmike says:

      Some of these purges will happen. We have to create a lot of cap space.

    • steveccnv says:

      He’s preached this for years, it’s one of two things he’s actually gotten right and stood by, the other being Diggs, he had the mancrush before that draft and continued to talk about how great he was in Minn

  69. manitobafinfan says:

    One of my coworkers is a big Texas hold ‘em player , and goes to Laughlin a few times a year .. he and his wife are next headed there 06/22 for a week 750.00 total including flights and hotels

  70. bailbondmike says:

    I can’t help but want that big RB. I think Raheim Sanders at 6’2, 227 pounds with 4.44 speed and good receiving skills would be an upgrade over Jeff Wilson. As Omar said, we could save 3 mil after 2023 whether it is a pre or post June 1 cut. Smart contract by Grier.

    Though, if Wilson plays well and stays healthy, Sanders would be a HUGE upgrade as a #4 over Ahmed or Gaskin. Mostert, Wilson, Achane and Sanders would be a hell of a backfield.

    My only knock on Sanders is while he runs with good power on short yardage runs, he doesn’t impose that size on the second level and seems to be brought down by a single DB at times.

    He does have good vision, patience and lateral quickness with speed/acceleration to get to the edges.

    • steveccnv says:

      I didn’t see much there to show he’s a power back, looks a lot like a slower Achane, with cement around his ankles at times

      • bailbondmike says:

        Well, he is about 40 pounds of muscle bigger than Achane. Two totally different RB’s. I don’t it is so much cement as it is patience letting blocks develop. When the hole is there he shows good burst and top end speed.

        I watched him in quite a few games. When the hole is not there, he dips and bulls for positive yardage. Of course, with the highlight reel we get the big plays.

    • Mike E. says:

      You’re talking about next year for Sanders, right?

  71. bailbondmike says:

    Rock, sorry for all the 2024 draft talk. lol

    NFL news is slow this holiday weekend unless you want to read 100 articles or posts about Deandre Hopkins.

  72. bailbondmike says:

    Danny Stutsman LB Oklahoma is a good ILB prospect. He is a junior this year so it will depend on if he enters the draft. He’s a 6’4, 240 pound ILB. In his first year starting as a sophomore he had 124 tackles (70 solo), 3 sacks, 2 INT’s with 5 PD’s. He’s a FL guy from Windermere outside Orlando.

    • steveccnv says:

      As much as I bitch about NFL stats, stats from college are 10 times more likely to be skewed, but this guy seems to be a good prospect, his NFL body also helps

  73. bailbondmike says:

    I think DT/NT Omari Thomas, 6’4, 320 pounds from Tennessee would be a good DL backup as a day 3 pick. He can play multiple techniques on the inside. In 2 years as a starter he has 48 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FF and 8 batted balls at the LOS.

  74. steveccnv says:

    He suffers from what Christian Wilkins does, lack of sacks

    Many of the great IDL get the majority of their sacks from playing outside, but Wilkins doesn’t even get those sacks

    IDK, most of these guys are projects

    He’s disruptive, he just can’t seem to get to the QB

    • bailbondmike says:

      Yeah, I think he needs to gain some lower strength to get more push. Playing half his time as a NT, he is not going to get many sacks or stats anyway. He does well to command 2 blockers at times and getting the paw up to bat away passes.

      Again, I have him as a day 3 pick with some potential to be a good backup.

  75. bailbondmike says:

    I appreciate your input, Steve. None of us are experts.

    This is just my early look. Some others will rise to the top and a few spring out of nowhere that we are not yet aware of.

    My mind will change 10,000 times over the next 10.5 months. LOL

  76. bailbondmike says:

    Geeze, the amount of ordinance used on just this one city is crazy. That’s how Russia does it though. They just try to level it, destroying anything and anyone to drive those remaining out. It’s not a city anymore.

    I guess this Memorial Day we could pray for the families in this conflict on both sides. The families of Ukrainians trying to defend their country and families of the Russians many of who were forced into service only to be pushed through a meat grinder or be killed by their own military if trying to retreat.

    I guess the kill ratio is around 5-6 Russians to 1 Ukrainian in the battle of Bakhmut.

    Hope NATO doesn’t get pulled further in as Ukraine has started using Nato weapons to strike inside Russian territory.

  77. bailbondmike says:

    Here you go Steve. This dude can eat!

    • steveccnv says:

      I’ve seen many of his videos for the food, but yeah, he can eat

      He’s mentioned he doesn’t eat for quite a while before doing a challenge, 1+ days

  78. Ken says:

    Thank you to all who have served and to all who have sacrificed

  79. randydolfan1947 says:

    PREDICTION about RUSSIA’S WAR ON UKRAINE. Putin believes he can bomb and destroy many of Ukraine’s major cities with impunity.

    HE IS DEAD WRONG!!

    Eventually, Ukraine will target Russian territory, whether the U.S. likes it or not. Targets will include military sites from which Russian attacks originate – – such as sites from which drone attacks initiate.

    I AM MOST SYMPATHETIC with Ukraine’s right to defend themselves. If pushed into a corner, the Ukraine WILL NOT give Russia a “free
    pass.” Nor should they.

    Dictators should NOT be given free reign to attack their neighbors. They should be eliminated ASAP. We learned a grim lesson about this in WWII when appeasement was thought by some to be the best way to treat Hitler.

    Eventually, Hitler was NO LONGER APPEASED. He was DEAD!!

    I absolutely, positively, will not countenance appeasement in these kinds of aggressions. Russia, and PUTIN, must be told there is a price to be paid for those who invade.

    I’ve seen too many grave sites of American soldiers who paid the ultimate price for appeasing a dictator. It’s time Putin was stopped.
    ———————–
    TODAY, honor our vets who defended freedom.

  80. Capt. Stubbs says:

    Happy Memorial Day fin fans and all service members past and present

  81. Tim Knight says:

    Memorial Day, a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  82. naplesfan2010 says:

    To all veterans, thank you for your service.

  83. Mike E. says:

    Brandon Shell signs with the Bills

  84. Rockphin says:

    bailbondmike says:
    May 28, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Rock, sorry for all the 2024 draft talk. lol

    NFL news is slow this holiday weekend unless you want to read 100 articles or posts about Deandre Hopkins

    Why were you apologizing to me? I haven’t been around for a couple days. LOL Carry on BBM. 😉

  85. Tim Knight says:

    Dolphins third round RB Devon Achane has one trump card already before he plays an NFL snap: speed. Achane ran a 4.32 second 40 yard dash at the Combine this year which was the fourth fastest ever for a running back. it hasn’t taken his teammates long to notice at OTAs.

    “It’s an instant impact.”Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle said via Click2Houston.com’s Aaron Wilson. “you can see it in practice. you can see it in the way he goes about meetings, just his work ethic. having a great guy in the locker room and an explosive player on the field is obviously going to help us a lot.”

    Achane joins a Dolphins skill position group that is loaded with speed. in addition to Waddle, Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill and RB Raheem Mostert all run sub -4.4 40s or faster. it’s a clear point of emphasis for HC Mike McDaniel. “Speed, we generally like around here, ” McDaniel said. “that running back group for us is very important and we found a person who fits the skill set we like, but someone who also fits in the room. he is fast.”

    Achane’s not the biggest back, mentioning he’s been trying to put a little bit of weight on to hold up at the NFL level and is now at 192 pounds. however, he notes in didn’t hold back in the SEC and he doesn’t expect it to be a problem in the NFL “people always say i’m small, but i’ve been dealing with that my whole life,” Achane said.” i feel like my size doesn’t mean anything. i’ve been good in my career this far. i do break a lot tackles. i’m not the type to take any head on tackles. i feel like i have a natural ability to avoid tackles, and that’s something i’m very ,very good at.”

  86. randydolfan1947 says:

    The VGK visit DALLAS tonight for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. A win by Las Vegas tonite advances them to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, who, earlier, eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes by winning 4 strait games by a single goal!

    Some may think that the home standing Dallas Stars should be favored. I disagree. The visiting team has won 45 playoff games and lost 37 during this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. And, simply put, I believe the VGK has the better team, despite the fact that Dallas has won the last two games of this series.

    If Vegas DOES WIN, they’ll host Florida for Game 1 of the Finals, set for, I believe Friday Night on TNT. Neither Vegas NOR Florida has ever won the CUP! One of them WILL win it if the VGK wins tonight.

  87. markeyh says:

    The Heat have a flight scheduled to Denver, not Miami, after the game tonight, per FAA records.

  88. mf13ss says:

    Mike E. says:
    May 29, 2023 at 3:03 pm
    Brandon Shell signs with the Bills
    —————
    SVUCKS! Haven’t seen what they signed him to regarding $$$ (probably not much), but hopefully, it’s enough to prevent them from signing Nuk.

    • mf13ss says:

      Last thing I heard, Nuk really wouldn’t mind reuniting with Deshaun in Cleveland. Better Cleveland than KC or Buffalo… or the Patsies*.

  89. mf13ss says:

    Memorial Day bums me out a lot more as I get older. I mean, I hope we’ve all had a great weekend (I did!), but to think of all the lost souls… it just really hits me hard.

    God bless the dead who perished in battle.

    • markeyh says:

      unfortunately man will always be at War

      • mf13ss says:

        I hear ya, and that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the galaxy when we’re able to travel in an interstellar fashion!

      • markeyh says:

        It’s just a shame we cannot enjoy the diversity God created in mankind like we do Flowers, the majesty of the earth and the universe as well as other things God has granted us.

  90. markeyh says:

    It’s nice to be back…. 🙂

  91. randydolfan1947 says:

    VEGAS CRUSHED DALLAS in the first period. The VGK lead the Stars 3-0. They out shot the Stars 16-7. And the game was actually more lopsided than the score. I will be SHOCKED if Dallas comes back and wins this game.

    Meanwhile, back in Sunrise, the Florida Panthers are preparing to take on Las Vegas. They’ll do so, secure in the knowledge that they’ve won a mind-boggling 8 PLAYOFF GAMES IN A ROW.

    Like I said up the page, the VISITING TEAMS have had the edge in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  92. steveccnv says:

    Almost had a clean sweep, with my primary teams playing my 2nd favorites in the NBA/NHL finals, but LeBron aged or flopped his way out

  93. steveccnv says:

    Tim Knight says:
    May 29, 2023 at 4:11 pm
    Dolphins third round RB Devon Achane has one trump card already before he plays an NFL snap: speed. Achane ran a 4.32 second 40 yard dash at the Combine this year which was the fourth fastest ever for a running back. it hasn’t taken his teammates long to notice at OTAs.

    Everyone talks about his speed, but combine that with his quickness and lack of height, he’s a nightmare in space

    • Tim Knight says:

      Agreed, I think shorter RBs have an advantage because they run lower to the ground. Then add elite speed and quickness like you said and it’s a nightmare.

      • steveccnv says:

        Had a friend in 4th grade, was really an interesting story, he was an orphan, short guy quick and fast.

        The next year I got into the private school, then in 6th grade he got adopted and got into the private school, and lived next door to my sisters friend, that was in our carpool

        Since he moved to the neighborhood, we played backyard football with him, 2 on 1 and we still couldn’t catch him

        That’s when I realized short, quick and fast is really hard to tackle. Take it to the extreme and it’s like chasing a mouse

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