Sunday, October 4, 2015

My Prediction

I see writers and fans all over predicting a Dolphins victory today and I wonder why? What have they done to make people think they will pull out a victory today over the NY Jets? They can't run or stop the run. They have made mediocre quarterbacks look like All Pros. They can't block. They have coaches who seem clueless as to how to fix these problems. Why would anyone predict a Dolphin victory today?
Some are pointing to last year, saying this is a similar situation. In a way it is. Miami was 1-2 and had lost 2 in a row coming into the London game. The difference is Oakland was a weak team last year and the NY Jets are not. Todd Bowles (who was my choice to retain the job in 2012) has the Jets playing very well this year. Even last week when they were down big they fought back to make it a close game. The Dolphins have no such fight in them. They are not playing with fire or any sense of urgency.
The Jets play smash mouth football, similar to Buffalo, the kind of play Miami has trouble dealing with. In the end, the Jets come out on top:
NY Jets 27  Miami 10

Friday, October 2, 2015

Week 4 preview- Jets vs Dolphins

Jets (-2.5) vs Dolphins
9:30am London
Commentators- Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

The Dolphins arrive in London in the same position they were in last year. At 1-2, the turmoil is more on the coaching staff than the QB. Miami looks to rebound from a terrible defeat at the hands of the Bills in the home opener. While this game is a "home game", the team has to make the trip across waters to London, England. Miami went on this trip last year only to come out victors against the Raiders 37-13, which cost Dennis Allen his job. With the hot seat basically on fire under Joe Philbin, a loss could seal his fate before the bye week if it doesn't get turned around.

The Dolphins will be once again without LT Branden Albert as he continues to rebound from a bad hamstring. They will also be without the services of Dion Sims, who is still recovering from the concussion in week one. Jason Fox will again start at LT. This game will rest on his ability to protect Tannehill's blind side.

The Jets (2-1) come into this game after a defeat at the hands of the Eagles last week. The Jets, under Bowles, with an aggressive defensive and powerful running game. Two of the things Miami has struggled with all season. Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to manage games well for the offense, with Marshall and Decker leading the way. Decker was held out last week, but returned to full practice in preparation for this weeks game. With issues in the Dolphins secondary, watch for Grimes to shadow Marshall and have Taylor/Bowman get after Decker.

The biggest question leading up to this game is if the issues on defense will continue, or finally live up to the hype from the pre season. While optimistic, this team cannot be trusted until they prove it on the field. Look for the Jets to run the ball and control the clock and force Tannehill to make plays. If Miami can get the running game on track, this could be a different outcome. But like I said earlier, can we trust them to do that?

Prediction- Jets 24 Dolphins 17

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Miko Grimes Update

WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco Recently arrested Miko Grimes has been given permission to travel to London this weekend to watch her husband play. She has a scheduled court arraignment on October 27th and she is facing 2 felony charges. The judge allowed her to go to London on the condition that upon her return to Miami she must return to court to prove she is back in the United States.

Miko has been fired by her WQAM weekend radio show following the arrest.

Game prediction vs Jets

Jets @ Dolphins: These teams travel overseas to London for this game and one of these teams will look to get back on track with a division win. This will game will be closely contested, but Ryan Tannehill will lead the Dolphins to a victory by throwing two touchdowns and over 300 yards. Dolphins win 20-13

Monday, September 28, 2015

Conversation With a Friend

I had a conversation some time around the draft with a friend who is also a fellow Dolphins fan and a Joe Philbin supporter. I also expressed my opinion to a few other Dolphin fans who thought I was crazy. This particular conversation went like this....
ME: I really wish the Dolphins had fired Philbin and brought in Rex Ryan.
My Friend: Are you crazy? Ryan is not a good coach. He will never amount to anything in Buffalo. He'll be lucky to win 4 or 5 games.
ME: I don't think so. He had nothing to work with in New York.
My Friend: What has he done that's even worth considering?
ME: He did go to the AFC Championship game twice with Mark Sanchez.
My Friend: Yes, and what has he done lately?
ME: Not much, but like I said, he had nothing to work with.
My Friend: We'll be fine with Philbin. He's a good coach and we need to keep some continuity.
ME: Yes, that is what Ross says too, but Philbin is not a motivator, he doesn't inspire. Ryan does.
My Friend: (laughing) Well, we'll see.
ME: OK, so Ross wanted to keep Philbin for continuity sake, but he should have made one of the conditions that he replace Kevin Coyle. He is a horrible defensive coordinator.
My Friend: Coyle will be just fine. They signed Suh. That will take care of their run stopping problems.
ME: I think it takes more than just signing good players. You have to have good coaching too.
My Friend: The defensive line will be like a brick wall. You'll see.
This week my conversation with that same friend will be, if another former Dolphin (Jets head coach Todd Bowles) embarrasses the Dolphins on national TV, does Ross use the bye week to pull the plug on the Philbin era and do something to try and save the season?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Breaking News: Miko Grimes Arrested

Resident Loud Mouth and arrogant Jerk Miko Grimes (wife of Dolphins CB Brent Grimes) was arrested after the game today. The official word is Miko was arrested for battery against a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest with violence. The police department is saying Miko "headbutted an officer."Needless to say I am sure WQAM will "relieve her of her duties" tomorrow and let her go. If you have ever read Miko's twitter feed and listened to her on the radio it's no surprise that this outburst is possible as she is very colorful to say the least and has shown fits of rage on twitter and the radio.

Things I Liked, Things I Didn't, Things To Look For Against The Bills

I got some egg on my face after last week's predictions, that's for sure. Who would have thought that Miami's defense could not register a sack. I definitely walked away from last weeks game with a totally different feeling about these Dolphins. I, like many, thought there was a huge media and fan overreaction about the Fins victory after week 1.  The sky was not falling. However, after last week's stinker against the Jags, I see bad things in this team's future. I am a homer, been a fan for longer than I would like to admit, but I see a scenario where the wheels come off quickly to the 2015 season. It was an unacceptable performance from top to bottom last week.  In my humble opinion Joe Philbin is coaching for his job over the next 2 weeks. Do I think he would be fired if Miami is 1-3 at the bye week? Probably not, but you can bet that Mike Tannebaum will already be putting out feelers on who might be interested. Watching this game again, I found very little to like, maybe I was jaded already knowing the outcome.

Things I Liked:
  • WR's Rishard Mathews and Jarvis Landry putting up 100+ receiving yards.
  • Congrats to TE Jake Stoneburner for his 1st NFL reception being a TD.
  • Chris McCain getting a hand on a 4th quarter punt, almost blocking it.
  • That's it!
I told you it was a short list. Look, there were some nice drives, but that's what they are supposed to do. There was plenty to dislike, I will try to keep it brief.

Things I Didn't:
  • Greg Jennings has got to catch passes. Ryan Tannehill went to him several times on 3rd down, they didn't convert any. If he can't be relied on to catch passes at key times in the game, then put someone else in. We supposedly are pretty deep at WR.
  • Speaking of which,  we did trade for WR Kenny Stills, right? Wouldn't really know after 2 games.
  • I think it's time to get  Koa Misi back in the middle, and Chris McCain to SLB. 
  • And when  Cameron Wake could not go, why not let McCain rush the passer? It's not like Derrick Shelby or Terence Fede were getting pressure.
  • The refs seemed to call lots of ticky tack penalties against the Fins.
  • The sequence at the end of the half was detrimental in determining the outcome. Bad time management I thought by the Fins. Bad miss by our rookie kicker. Bad penalty call by the refs, horrible spot by the refs. Six point swing, momentum with Jags at half.
  • Jared Odrick coming up with a big sack (something he never did while in Miami)
  • Olivier Vernon should know better then getting a ridiculous penalty. He has not been playing like it's a contract year.
  • The Dolphins continually start every game flat. 
I could go on and on about what I didn't , but I promised I would try to make it brief. I don't feel good about this week. Tackle Branden Albert looks like he is out, which makes the Bills D line that much more frightening. Our Tight End depth is horrible. Lamar Miller is banged up. Home opener or not, I don't like this game at all.

Things To Look For Against The Bills:
  • Charles Clay will want to replicate what Odrick  did last week and a have big game against his former team. Should be a good match up between him and Jelani Jenkins.
  • Expect Rex Ryan to confuse the Fins offensive lineman and bring pressure from all different places.
  • The Bills will run LeSean McCoy until Miami's defense can prove they can stop it. 
  • Mobile QB's have given the Dolphins fits in the past. 
  • The Bills WR's are by far the most talented the Fins have seen this young season. I expect the Fins to have problems.
  • The Bills defense got burned last week with lots of quick passes. Expect the Fins to try the same thing, expect the Bills to counter with having D lineman stop rushing and trying to bat down Tanehill passes. He gets a couple batted down every game, expect a few more.
Like I said, I walked away after last week's game with a totally different view. If the Fins come out flat, if they cannot generate any type of run game to at least keep the Bills defense honest, and get down early, they are in for a long day.  I think this one could be ugly. Prediction: Bills 27 Dolphins 12. Hope I'm wrong. Everyone enjoy the game!