Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dan got caught Peaking

Deadspin.com has a funny and from the looks of it a true story about Dan Marino getting caught not making eye contact with a pretty lady last Sunday on THE NFL TODAY. CLICK HERE to read more about it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Brian Daboll was an a-hole in Cleveland

Current Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wasn't the most popular guy in Cleveland last year. Especially with most of the offensive personal and in particular with Colt McCoy. Michael Silver of YAHOO.com broke the story that Daboll gave a year long rookie hazing to the young quarterback last season that at points went over the top of what a "professional" NFL coordinator/coach should do. It got to the point where other Cleveland Browns offensive players stepped in and told McCoy he didn't have to take this anymore.

Silver reports...In what became a running joke in the Browns’ locker room, Daboll disparaged McCoy loudly and relentlessly – sometimes to his face, sometimes through the earpiece in the quarterback’s helmet.
“There were times I had to pull my helmet off to call a play in the huddle,” McCoy recalled in an interview earlier this month. “Guys could hear him yelling, and they’d say, ‘Just take it off.’ People said to me, ‘Man, I ain’t never seen anything like that. Just hang in there.’”
And at times, it got much worse...Several Browns recalled a meeting early in the 2010 season in which Daboll told McCoy, “I just watched [tape of] your last college game, and you were terrible. What the hell were you throwing out there? That was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen. Why the [expletive] did we draft you?”
And these are just two of many stories Silver reports in his YAHOO article. Sounds like Daboll isn't a good guy and its not surprising he has bounced around this league from team to team. And when Sparano and crew is fired within the next month or so this story will hurt Daboll's chances of landing his next gig. Although in reality Brian's playcalling this year in Miami will be the main reason it will be tough for Daboll to find work. He as well as the Dolphins offense this year has been brutal.

Jason Taylor gets ripped off

TMZ is reporting Jason Taylor's investment broker ran off with roughly $275,000.00 of his money. That from August 2009 till March 2011 Eric Kim took about half of what JT gave him to invest and wrote 37 checks, and 32 of those were written out to himself or to "cash" and JT is now suing for fraud.

Although JT should have known something was fishy when Kim said he would invest the money for JT and charge no fees.That should have raised a red flag.

Tracking The QB Prospects

Now that the win streak is over, as well as the talk about going 9-7 and slipping into the playoffs, we can go back to the business of thinking about next year! Seriously, did any sensible fan really think the Dolphins would win out or that Matt Moore could be “The Guy”? Moore is a good back up and has shown that he is better than Chad Henne. So I would be perfectly OK with him holding the fort down until our new rookie QB is ready to go. Who might that be? Well, here are how the prospects fared on Saturday.

Landry Jones had a “Henne” type day as he was 22 of 43 for 256 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions in Oklahoma’s 26-6 win over Iowa State.

Robert Griffin III was 7 of 11 for 106 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions and he rushed for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns before leaving the game in the second half with a head injury in Baylor’s 66-42 win over Texas Tech.

USC’s Matt Barkley had another outstanding game. He was 35 of 42 for 422 yards, 6 touchdowns and no picks as USC crushed UCLA 50-0.

And just for kicks, future Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck had a good day against Notre Dame. Luck was 20 of 30 for 233 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 pick as Stanford beat the Fighting Irish 28-14.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tyrone Culver fined $20,000

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reports that Dolphins safety Tyrone Culver was fined $20,000 for a hit on Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson. It was a hit the NFL said was to the neck/head area on a defenseless player. The typical fine for such a hit is $15,000, but since the league felt Culver's hit was over the top aggressive they increased the fine.

Friday, November 25, 2011

If there was ever any doubt....

If there was ever any doubt Sparano needs to go, yesterday's performance in Dallas ended that debate. I know in recent weeks some Fin Fans were chirping that if Tony ended the season with this team winning 6 or 7 games and playing well that he should stay. I laughed at this notion and yesterdays loss to the Cowboys is why I was laughing. With Tony Sparano some things never change and the Dolphins and the Cowboys game pretty much summed it all up. Settling for field goals, horrible clock management, and terrible decision making on the 2pt conversion ( oh wait like an idiot we didn't go for 2). Sparano showed the world why he isn't a big time NFL head coach, check that, why he isn't NFL head coaching material.

I know some of you got all giddy when Miami beat a god-awful KC team and followed it up beating a miserable Washington team and then polished off a Buffalo Bills team who's aspirations were going down the tubes faster than Rick Perry's and Herman Cain's. But beating three teams that are clearly worse than you isn't enough reason for Sparano to get new life in Miami. 3 good weeks doesn't erase 3 bad years.

But look at the Thanksgiving day game, Miami gets two turnovers off the bat with prime field position and they do nothing. They are in the redzone all day and settle for field goal after field goal. The Dolphins out play the Cowboys the entire game, beat them like a drum, and still lose. I mean its the same story with the same ending we have seen for the last 3 seasons about 25 times. The last game of the year is January 1st and by 8am January 2nd Sparano, Daboll, Nolan and the entire staff needs to go. Period. I don't care if the Dolphins win out the entire month of December, they all need to go!

Oh, and in closing if anyone wants to still claim taking Jake Long over Matt Ryan was a smart pick just re-watch yesterday's game. Screw You Parcells, choke on a turkey bone!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Win Streak Over: Dolphins Drop To 3-8

The Dolphins 3 game win streak came to an end tonight when Dan Bailey kicked a 28 yard field goal as time expired to give Dallas a 20-19 win. But the tale of this game really happened early on in the game. Turnovers were the story. Turnovers and the lack of what the Dolphins did with them. On the Cowboys opening drive of the game, Vonte Davis intercepted a Tony Romo pass deep in Miami territory and returned to to the Dolphins 42 yard line, giving Miami excellent field position. The Dolphins offense responded with a three and out.

On the Cowboys second possession, the defense forced a punt from inside the Cowboy 5 yard line. Miami ended up with the ball at the 50 yard line. After a 14 yard run by Reggie Bush to open the series, Miami went backwards and ended up with a 4th and 21 from the Dallas 47. Again a punt.

Once again a Romo interception set the Dolphins up in excellent field position at the Dallas 26 yard line. And once again, all the Dolphins could muster was a field goal. Three possessions with excellent field position, three points. The Cowboys, on the other hand got one turnover when Matt Moore couldn't handle a bad snap and the Cowboys recovered at the Dolphin 5 and turned it into 7 points right before halftime. The Dolphins did put together a quick drive for a FG to end the half. Dallas led 10-6 at half time.

The Dolphins did put together an impressive start to the 2nd half. An 11 play 71 yard drive led to...another field goal. The Dolphins then held the Cowboys in check an got the ball back on their 26. They drove 74 yards in 5 plays that ended with a 35 yard TD to Brandon Marshall. If you had your face in the pumpkin pie and did not see this play, shame on you. It was the best reception in a long time by a Dolphin receiver and definitely the best by Marshall. Terrence Newman had his arms around Marshall's neck, tackling him and Marshall STILL made the catch. Unbelievable! 

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Romo got hot in the second half. He was completing passes while being hit, dragged down...you get the picture. On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys defense was all over Matt Moore in the 4th quarter. Still, Miami had the lead at 19-17 when they were forced to punt with 2:59 left in the game. But the defense couldn't hold the Boys and Dallas drove down and kicked the winning FG as time expired.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving FLASHBACK: 1993-Miami vs Dallas (Leon Lett)

Fins-Cowboys Prediction

Just Bring It!
I am actually positive about this weeks game believe it or not. I like Miami's chances tomorrow afternoon...like them a lot! Matt Moore this month has 2 of the 4 highest quarterback ratings in a single game in the entire NFL all year. That's not just a one week thing, that's every game this year, Moore has 2 of the highest 4 in the league people! The defense hasn't given up a touchdown in 12 quarters. I know the level of competition the past three weeks hasn't been top notch, but this is still the NFL.  The Fins coaches and players the other day said last week they prepared a little for Buffalo and had one eye on Dallas the entire time looking forward to this contest.

Look, lets be honest the Fins have 3 wins and aren't going to the playoffs. Playing on national television on Thanksgiving...this is the Dolphins Super Bowl.  I expect more of the same Thursday afternoon and for this team to come out guns blazing. The Dolphins will be up and ready for this game. This miracle run they are on will end soon, just not this week.

Dolphins 27  Cowboys 21

Thanksgiving Day Prediction: Somebody's Three Game Streak Will End

First of all, I would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with joy and your belly filled with turkey and pumpkin pie! One way our day can be filled with joy (at least for most of us) is if the Dolphins continue their recent resurgence. This will be the 5th meeting between Miami and Dallas on Thanksgiving Day and the Dolphins hold a 3-1 edge in the previous 4 games. The Phins and Cowboys both come into this game riding a 3 game winning streak. It obviously will end for somebody. Both have beaten Buffalo and Washington while the Cowboys other win came against Seattle and Miami's against Kansas City.

There has been a lot of talk about Dolphins QB Matt Moore recently. Talk that maybe he can be the guy, the QB for the future. There is no doubt he is better than Henne, but that's not saying much. I'll reserve judgement until I see him play well against better teams. He can start this week. Dallas will be the best team the Dolphins have faced since the 3 game streak began. Dallas defense is the 10th ranked team in the NFL compared to Washington (14th), Kansas City (23rd) and Buffalo (26th).

Dallas also has the 6th ranked offense, compared to Buffalo (14th), Washington (24th) and Kansas City (26th). Hot and cold Tony Romo as been hot during this streak and has not thrown a pick during it. Moore has 1 pick during the Phins streak.

This game will come down to two things: Miami's offensive line play and the Dolphins defensive backfield being able to shut the Cowboys passing game down. I think the Cowboys will be able to put pressure on Moore and Romo will make plays. The Dolphins will not be able to shut them down like they have their previous 3 opponents. So, the 3 game streak comes to an end for Miami as well as the streak of not giving up a touchdown for 12 quarters.

Dallas 24 Miami 17

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Orton Released

If the Dolphins are still interested in Kyle Orton, they won't have to give up any draft picks for him now. Orton was released by the Denver Broncos today.

Why Matt Moore is better than Chad Henne

Aside from the obvious that he wins games and scores touchdowns in the redzone, this is a nice breakdown by Chris Burke of CNNSI.com

CLICK HERE to read

Monday, November 21, 2011

These are becoming more up-beat to listen to

Jared Odrick speaks

Tony Sparano

Tony Sparano will not be the Miami Dolphins head coach in 2012. What I’m about to say is not about saving his job or that I think he is a great coach. I don’t think Sparano should get another year. He has not earned it. The Dolphins should let him go after the season has ended an move onto their next head coach.

With that being said, I do feel bad for Sparano. I think he is a good man, just in over his head right now. I like him probably more than any other coach since Don Shula left. He is not an arrogant ass like Wannstedt, Saban and probably Johnson. Hes not a goofball like Cam Cameron. He is respected by his players and they have not given up on him, which is pretty obvious given how they have played the past three weeks.

Sparano has taken the brunt of fans and media criticism this year even though it is certainly not all on him. Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland deserve as much of, if not more of the blame than Sparano. Owner Stephen Ross pretty much handcuffed him in terms of hiring coaches when he courted Jim Harbaugh after last season. But as we know, the old, outdated big fat Tuna ran off when he realized HIS blueprint was a failure. Jeff Ireland, the GM who put this team togther hides away somewhere.

I suspect Sparano will get a job as an assistant somewhere next year. Will he get another shot at a head coaching job in the future? It wouldn’t surprise me. But he has to learn from his mistakes. Mistakes such as loyalty to an old, washed up player. I think you know who I’m talking about. The turnstile at right guard…yeah him. He also has to unlearn most of what he has learned from Bill Parcells. That stuff worked 25 years ago, but this is a different NFL.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Post Game Locker Room Scene

Dolphins Crush Bills For Third Straight Win

After losing their first 7 games of the 2011 season, the Dolphins became only the 3rd team in NFL history to win 3 straight after starting 0-7. All the bounces went the Dolphins way today as they crushed Buffalo 35-8. At the start, Buffalo looked like they were going to make a game of it as they drove 70 yards, but had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead on their first possession of the game. But after that it was all Dolphins.

Miami's first 3 drives resulted in touchdowns and the Dolphins cruised to a 28-6 halftime lead. Miami intercepted Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick twice in the first half and turned both into 7 points. In the 3rd quarter, special teams made a big play when Chris Clemmons blocked a punt that was recovered in the endzone by Lex Hilliard for a touchdown.

After Buffalo's first drive, the Dolphin defense put the clamps on the Bills offense. All the Bills could muster the rest of the way was a 56 yard field goal as time ran out in the first half and a safety. The safety came after the Bills had a first and goal at the Dolphins 2 yard line, but could not punch it in, giving the Dolphins the ball on thier own 1 yard line.

Matt Moore had another good day, going 14 of 20 for 160 yards, 3 touchdowns and more importantly, no turnovers for the Dolphins today. Moore's TD passes went to Charles Clay, Devone Bess and Anthony Fasano.

WE still ARE...

By now, everyone is well aware of the scandal that has has put a scarlet letter on Penn State University. What was once appropriately known as Happy Valley, an isolated football town in the middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania, has turned into the black eye of the world infested with reporters and unanswered questions.

To an outsider looking in, the Sex Abuse Scandal is just another Headline to debate and converse over. To a Penn Stater, this is the apocalypse.

At this point, their is no reason to argue my opinion on the situation. Discussing the scandal is the equivalent to arguing over religion or politics; pointless. I will however give you some insight as to why the Penn State Community is so distraught.

For those who have been to or attended Penn State, it is hard to deny that State College is a beautiful, happy, and energetic little town. Our world revolves around school pride, football, and THON (the worlds largest student-run philanthropy raising money to fight pediatric cancer). To many, Joe Paterno served as the Grandfather figure, always giving words of advice and encouragement to the student body and inspiring us all to be better people. He was more than just a football coach, he was a philanthropist, an educator, a leader, and of course, a legend. At 84 years old, the thought of him retiring was hard to imagine a reality. In a way, he was immortal.

Our love for Coach Paterno was not because he had 409 wins, it was because he put Penn State on the map. He turned a small "cow college" into a top research institution 45,000 strong. He contributed 10 million dollars towards our library, The Paterno Library, to emphasize the importance of education. He is the reason Penn State is tied with Stanford to have the highest graduation rate amongst student athletes.

But that was then. Within 72 hours, the legacy of Joe Paterno and the integrity of our beloved university was shattered.

There is no way any of us could have prepared for this. How does one manage to be devastated by what this monster, Jerry Sandusky, has allegedly done to these innocent children while watching our entire culture and world tarnish? Of course there is no clear answer, but despite what you may see on TV, the Penn State community has done what it does best: come together and unite as one.

Aside from the riot, which as I like to say was an irrational response to rational anger by only a small percentage of people (majority of which were not even students), students and alumni have been committed to raising awareness to prevent child abuse. The Blue Out against Nebraska and candlelight vigil held at Old Main are just examples of what Penn Staters are capable of. So far, we have raised over $500,000 for RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) and raised over $22,000 for Prevent Child Abuse PA.

I am a PROUD Penn Stater, grateful for my education and the wonderful experiences I have had as a Nittany Lion. I refuse to define my alma mater, a place I call home, by the actions of a few. WE ARE the most top recruited college graduates, according to the Wall Street Journal. WE ARE the students who dance for 46 hours straight raising over 9.5 million dollars for pediatric cancer. WE ARE the university with the largest Alumni Association in the world. WE ARE...PENN STATE.

For more information about THON, visit www.THON.org

Game Prediction

This is a classic game between two very flawed teams. Miami has won 2 in a row but have beaten 2 god-awful teams in KC and Washington. The Bills are on a 2 game losing streak and have looked terrible in both losses. Both teams are playing with back-up place-kickers which in a close game should play a huge factor in the outcome. The Bills are banged up big-time in many areas. This game will come down to field position, turnovers, and time of possession. The Bills have the better running back and quarterback and Miami's defense doesn't create many turnovers. Slight edge to the Bills but this game is a literal toss-up. Buffalo 19  Miami 16

Week 11 Prediction: Make It Three Straight

One is 5-4, one is 2-7. Both going in opposite directions. 2 weeks ago this looked like a sure home loss for the Dolphins. The Bills have lost the last 2 while the Dolphins are talking playoffs at 2-7. The Bills have lost their best offensive lineman, center Eric Wood for the season. The Dolphins are healthy and seem to be enjoying life after 2 straight wins. Make it 3.

Miami 27 Buffalo 17

QB Prospect Tracker

This week, I'm going to change it up a little. There is really no point in tracking Andrew Luck anymore since it's pretty obvious Indianapolis is going to end up with the number 1 pick and have made it obvious that they are going to select a quarterback. I'm also going to add Baylor's Robert Griffin III as he seems to be moving up and has been mentioned as a mid to high 1st round pick.

I'll start with USC's Matt Barkley. Barkley was 26 of 35 for 323 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT as the Trojans knocked of number 4 Oregon on the road, 38-35.

Landry Jones and Griffin squared off against each other in a barn burner of a game. Jones was 34 of 49 for 431 yards, no TD and 1 INT. Griffin had an outstanding game, going 22 of 36 for 486 yards, 4 TD, no INT and also led Baylor in rushing with 84 yards on 17 attempts. Griffin threw a 34 yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left in the game to give Baylor a 45-38 win over Jones and the Oklahoma Sooners. The video below shows his game winning throw.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dan Carpenter is OUT Sunday vs the Bills

Miami Dolphins place kicker Dan Carpenter has been ruled OUT Sunday vs the Buffalo Bills with a groin injury. The Dolphins will have Shayne Graham be their kicker.

Mike Pouncey's Thanksgiving Day Plans

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bettis: Cowher NOT going to Miami

Jerome Bettis in an interview with NFL.com said he doesn't see Bill Cowher being the next coach of the Miami Dolphins.

"I don't think a Miami job will entice him because there are so many issues, No. 1 being the quarterback position," Bettis said. "The one thing I do know is he's not going anywhere that doesn't have a solid quarterback already in place."

Now the great equalizer to everything is always money. The almighty dollar always outweighs everything and if Ross throws enough coin at Cowher there is no doubt in my mind Bill will be in Miami. Let's not also forget that a lot of legendary coaches have used Miami as a spot before retirement (JJ, Parcells). It's a nice city, great weather, no state income tax, a nice place to spend your later years.

The other point to remember is it's Jerome Bettis saying this. I highly doubt Bill Cowher is discussing in-depth plans of his future with Jerome Bettis. Remember Bettis was FIRED from NBC Sunday Night Football show a show that has about 4 hosts and 12 analysts. They hire anyone and everyone.  Bettis couldn't cut the mustard there where the bar is set really low,  but now we are supposed to take his insight seriously? I'm not buying it. Cowher might not end up in Miami, but not for the reasons Bettis is stating.

Dansby admits he came in Fat

Karlos Dansby admitted when he showed up camp this year he was 20 pounds overweight which played a part in his slow start this season. Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reports it has taken Dansby 15 weeks since the start of camp to shed the 20 pounds. The result, was the best game Dansby has had all year last week vs Washington.

Here come the 72' Fins

We have one unbeaten team left in mid November which means our good friends from the 1972 Miami Dolphins are all over the news. Chris Tomasson of FoxSports Florida recently contacted some members of the group and well, it was the usual.  If you ever wonder why people in the media take joy these days with the Dolphins and their failures, its because of this group right here who at times have been impossible to like.  The backhanded compliments they give out are tough to take. And this time around once again Mercury Morris is leading the charge when talking about the Packers.

“I don’t want to hear from the pundits that they’re going to pass us,” Morris said. “We were the first team to do it. They’d be the second team. They won’t be better than us just because they won 19 games.”

Shut Up Mercury, just please Shut Up! It's embarrassing to watch a man cling to a 40 year old record as it seems its the only thing that defines his life.

If its not bad enough with his comments on the Packers, Mercury is still fighting the 2007 Patriots. I mean seriously Mercury? Really? They lost, move on. It's over. They sure have. But Mercury goes on to take one last dig at the Pats over something that happened close to 5 years ago in saying...

“I didn’t like the way [the Patriots] came across. . . . They were too much in your face. They wanted you to bow down to them and kiss the king’s ring.”

But Mercury isn't alone, Dick Anderson might be worse. He is openly rooting for the record to stand and for Green Bay to lose.

"I hope our record stands," safety Dick Anderson said. "They say all records are made to be broken, but I wouldn't be a competitor if I said I hope they do it."

And Anderson is the clown who in 1991 started the ritual of toasting every year once the final team loses. But of course they don't do that and never have (wink wink, nod nod) or so they claim. Everyone knows they do, hell they used to do it in public for many years, but since this group has taken so much heat for being such blowhards and rooting too hard to hold a record in recent years they now say they never have. Although Anderson fondly tells a story that in 1994 he sent a case of champagne to the San Diego Chargers after their first loss (since they were the last unbeaten team that year)...I mean seriously? And you wonder why people don't like the 1972 Fins. THIS IS WHY!

Then we get to maybe the biggest loser of them all Bob Kuechenberg. Mr. DUI himself found a need to chime in.

"The most important thing that has ever happened in my life is us having the perfect season," said Bob Kuechenberg, then a Dolphins guard. "The second most important thing is what happened when the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl, preserving us as the only perfect season."

Really? The 2nd most important thing of your entire life is when the Patriots lost the 2007 Super Bowl. Are you kidding me? Considering the unbeaten season was the first most important thing, I'm sure the wife and kids are real happy good ole Dad thinks so much of them. I mean Jesus Christ Bob have a little perspective. It's no wonder you aren't in the NFL Hall of Fame; its because you are totally unlikable in every way with these stupid comments! Who the hell would vote for ya to get in? Get a grip on reality Bob.

Look, I know its sacrilegious for a Dolphins fan to say anything bad about the 1972 Miami Dolphins, but I can't take it anymore. This group is too hard to take. For the love of god they need to shut up and let it go. Now, I understand they aren't out seeking media attention that the media is calling them and asking for quotes, I get that. Yet that doesn't give them the excuse to say the things they say and come off as just unlikable on every level.

This 1972 team I think believes that if another team goes and has a perfect season that the NFL will come and take away their Super Bowl rings or something. They are trapped in this bubble and its sad to watch. Which is why I am rooting for one of two things to happen....

1) Green Bay to have a perfect season and shut this group up forever so we never have to ever hear from them ever again.


2) Green Bay to lose ASAP so at the very least we don't have to witness another 4 or 5 or however many more weeks of every time one of these ex-Dolphins are coming out of their 4pm early bird dinner at some restaurant in Florida a microphone is shoved in their face and they say something silly that makes Dolphins Fans cringe.

In closing my final message to the 1972 Dolphins is to just let it go! Let it go! Don't come out with these proactive attacks on the Packers. Don't openly root for them to lose. If they lose, fine. If they go perfect, fine. It doesn't take anything away from what you guys did in 1972. These comments on the Packers and the Patriots still, they aren't cute, they aren't funny...they are just sad!  Just let it go guys! Open up your hearts and as the kids say these days.....don't be drinking the Haterade!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What if.......?

The Dolphins have now won two games, both over dreadful teams. Wow. Whoopee. There is a decent chance they can even win a few more before this forgettable 2011-2012 season is completed. I never subscribed to the now defunct "suck-for-Luck" campaign, so more wins are certainly desirable. But what will this "hot streak" do to the future search for a QB? Believe it or not, there are other teams that are in even worse QB straits than the Dolphins. We just had a firsthand look at the Redskin dilemma, faced with the terrible choice of Rex Grossman or John Beck. The Colts are dying without Peyton Manning. Arizona has been disappointed with Kevin Kolb. Seattle's QB situation is muddled. Jacksonville is uncertain about Blaine Gabbert. And others. What if the Dolphins end up with a first round pick at the 8-10 slot or later? This could be after the top college QB's are already gone.

The three top QB prospects this year are Andrew Luck, Landry Jones, and Matt Barley. Andrew Luck will likely be the first pick in the draft, especially if the Colts possess it. I imagine Landry Jones will be taken by a QB-starved team very soon afterward. It is uncertain when Matt Barley will be taken but it is not unlikely he could be gone before the Dolphins get a chance to select. The Dolphins have other crying needs, such as tight end, offensive line, defensive line, and secondary. Should the Dolphins do what they've done in the past and "make do" with what they've got at QB instead of choosing a lesser prospect? Absolutely not. Andy Dalton (Bengals) and Christian Ponder (Vikings) were lesser QB prospects last year and have shown great NFL promise so far. Historically, Tom Brady was a sixth-round draft choice, Kurt Warner went undrafted, Joe Theisman bounced around for years (including a stint with the Dolphins) before achieving stardom with the Redskins, and the great Johnny Unitas was a free agent after being cut early in his career. The process can be a crapshoot. But the Dolphins have let QB problems fester for way too long. A QB must be taken early in the 2012 draft. No question about it. It's time to "spin the wheel" if need be. The Carolina Panthers are still a terrible team but their organization is wearing a collective big smile, knowing that they will have a star QB for the next decade. I would not be averse to the Dolphins choosing two QB's in the upcoming draft. Why not? They've chosen two (or more) linemen in recent drafts. Is QB a less important position than lineman? Bill Parcells may think so but nobody else active in the 21st century feels this way.

Don't even dream about signing a free-agent QB as a long-term solution. There are so few truly talented individuals at that position that no sane NFL team in their collective right minds would ever let a good one get away for free (or cheaply).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Records Made To Be Broken

We all love it when our favorite player or favorite team sets or breaks records. Records are however, made to be broken. The coach/quarterback combination of Don Shula and Dan Marino held the record of 116 wins. That record fell last night when New England defeated the Jets, giving Bill Belichick and Tom Brady their 117th win together.

Another record that has a good chance of falling this season; Marino's record of 5084 passing yards in a season. Drew Brees and Tom Brady are both on pace to pass Dan's mark. Both need to average 293 yards per game in their remaining games to pass the mark.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fins Win

In one of the more boring NFL games you would ever watch the Dolphins did just enough to beat a bad Redskins team today. While the Fins won, let's keep things in perspective people. The Dolphins played a horrible Washington team on both sides of the football. Washington is not very good and probably won't win another game this year. The Dolphins today did nothing to lose the game and just the bare minimum to win a game. Matt Moore wasn't great but wasn't awful. Reggie Bush ran for 47 yards while Daniel Thomas ran for 42. Neither was great but neither was awful. Brandon Marshall didn't have any big drops; the bar is set so low for him that is now a sign of a good day. On defense the Fins played a 2nd or 3rd tier NFL offense. Rex Grossman was terrible and the Skins have no running game to speak of.

But a few things come out of this game and the win.

1) Tony Sparano won't be fired in season. With 2 wins he is safe for the rest of the year.

2) Any and all Andrew Luck talk can be put to rest. The term "SUCK FOR LUCK" should never be uttered again by any Dolphins fan. That dream is over.

3) Any notion that Matt Moore could pick up a little steam here these last few games and have a future here in Miami is also over. Washington is a bad team and Moore did nothing impressive. He made simple plays on simple reads and did nothing to lose the game.

A win is a win, but lets not make more of it than there should be. Miami is still a bad team and they beat a worse team. Take the win and move on.

QB Prospect Tracker

This week, two of the three college QB's I've been keeping track of saw action. USC's Matt Barley and Stanford's Andrew Luck both had so so games. Landry Jones had the week off.

Matt Barley was 18 of 28 for 174 yards, 1 TD and 1 rushing TD in a 40-17 win over Washington
Andrew Luck was 27 of 41 for 271 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT including one that was returned for a TD as number 3 Stanford lost their 1st game of the season to number 6 Oregon, 53-30.

BREAKING NEWS: Grossman to start vs Miami

The Redskins have announced 2 hours prior to kickoff that Rex Grossman will start at QB; not John Beck

Game Prediction

So the Dolphins are coming off their lone win of the season and are favorites this week. This team hasn't won a home game in over a year is a favorite at home, amazing. Not really though as Washington is beat up and bad. And they are a franchise who is as QB hungry as Miami if not more and they have a head coach who's job isn't in jeopardy and has the likes of Luck, Barkley, Jones in site. So, he really has no incentive to win from here on out.

The Dolphins have had fight in them all year and are playing a team who doesn't have any fight. Combine that with an owner and coach who sees the big picture in Washington and I see an easy Miami win.

Dolphins 27   Washington 13


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Good Job Stephen Ross

While I am actually somewhat of a Stephen Ross fan (I don't blame him for this nightmare he inhereited when he bought the team) I have been hard on Mr. Ross in recent weeks. With that said the owner did  a good job this week. Ross partnered up with WSVN TV in South Florida to buy up all the unsold seats for .34 on the dollar for this Sunday's game vs Washington to avoid a blackout and they are going to give the tickets away to members of the military for free.

Good Job Mr. Ross and WSVN!

Sean Smith speaks

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chad Henne Update

The Palm Beach Post is reporting Chad Henne won't be able to throw a football for 4-6 months and Chad is eager to enter free agency. Sounds like a guy who won't return to Miami under any circumstances.

Jason Taylor speaks with the media

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dan Marino gives his thoughts on Matt Moore, the current Dolphins and more

Dan Marino gave his thoughts on the Dolphins, Matt Moore, and last week's victory over KC. Plus, Dan talks about his 5 TD performance vs Washington Week 1 in 1984. CLICK HERE to listen

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mid-Season: Best and Worst

Everyone else is doing this, so why not me? Here goes!
Mid-season MVP -Punter Brandon Fields - I really didn't want to give that honor to a punter, but has any other Dolphin been as consistently good at his position as Fields?
Mid-season ROY - Center Mike Pouncey - After years of overspending on mediocre players, Pouncey will solidify the position for years to come.
Most surprising player - Center Mike Pouncey - I didn't think Pouncey would be this good this soon.
Most disappointing player - Tie, WR Brandon Marshall and CB Vonte Davis - Up until last week Marshall had an allergy to balls thrown to him in the endzone. Davis has had problems getting on the field, and when he has been on the field, he has had problems covering receivers.
Best Game - Miami at Kansas City - Actually, probably the best game in a few years. When was the last time Miami dominated like this?
Worst Game - Denver at Miami - You honor the opposing QB and he returns the favor by overcoming a late 4th quarter 15 point deficit.
Best Off-season acquisition - Center Mike Pouncey - Think I like this guy?
Worst Off-season acquisition - RT Marc Colombo - The word turnstile comes to mind when I think of Colombo.
Weirdest Play - Brandon Marshall - Vs the Jets. Caught a long pass inside the Jets 20 yard line with no defender in front of him, he somehow runs out of bounds even though there is plenty of room between him and the sideline.
Who Could Be Impact Players In The Second Half Of The Season? - Charles Clay and Reggie Bush (now that they are using him correctly) 
Best Catch Phrase - Suck For Luck - What else :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Learning how to walk again...

Like all dolfans, I was pleased that the Dolphins performed so well on Sunday. It also showed how precipitously standards have fallen. Fans and players used to get very upset when our team didn't make the playoffs. Then we got extremely irritated when the team finished the season below .500. Last season, we were frustrated because the Dolphins couldn't win at home. Now we celebrate a rare win, one achieved over an NFL weakling. Yes, it is something to build upon. No, we should not react as if the Dolphins have found the missing ingredient to success. If things continue in this vein, we will likely see a ticker-tape parade down Brickell Avenue if the Dolphins beat the Redskins for a rare win at home next Sunday. Some fans are even asking if the Dolphins have a shot at the playoffs this season. Please.

I fully expect the Dolphins to win 2-4 games this season, although this week may not be one of them. The Chiefs were very flat last Sunday. Unlike the Chiefs, the Redskins have a very good pass rush. The Dolphins' offensive blocking scheme will be put to the test. It is also possible that the Dolphins drubbing of the Chiefs has put teams on notice not to take them too lightly. We will see. Whatever the case, the Dolphins have to crawl before they can walk. Unfortunately, these adjustments are being instituted mid-season.

A Few Thoughts

I am by no means a Chad Henne fan. He had his shot and was never more than average at best. But he did work hard and give it his best try. You have to give him that much. That's why I have to ask, who the hell is Jim Miller to say Henne packed it in? Is he a doctor or a surgeon, or just a big mouthed, washed up never was QB? I'll go with the latter. Henne wanted to play in the worst way. He was in a contract year trying to convince Miami he could be the guy. So why would he pack it in? He even got a second opinion. What an idiotic statement.

I liked what former Hurricane/Cowboy/Dolphin head coach Jimmy Johnson had to say. If you didn't hear his interview, you can Listen To It Here. Among other things, Johnson says the Dolphins should stay away from the big name coach and go for young and hungry, which I happen to agree with. (Not Mr. Oliva though. Expect a response from him on that statement.) Look no farther than San Francisco for a good example. In fact Johnson himself is a good example of why you should stay away from coaches who have already been there, done that. His Dolphin teams were good, but never good enough to make it past the second round of the playoffs. Young, hungry and innovative, that is the way to go.

Sparano's Post Game Victory Speech 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Suck For Luck Probably A Thing Of The Past For Dolphans

Yesterday's win against Kansas City likely knocked the Dolphins out of the running for Stanford's Andrew Luck. If you have watched any highlights of any Indianapolis Colts game you know they are probably one of the most inept football teams to step on the field. They will probably go 0-16. The Dolphins on the other hand have looked good at times and SHOULD have at least three wins this year. They have a home game this Sunday that they should win. The second half of the schedule is tough after Washington, but I do feel the Dolphins will win at least 2 more games. That would leave them with a 3-13 record.

At 3-13 the Dolphins still might have to make a trade to move up a few spots because of the mediocrity that has gripped the bottom half of the NFL this year. Teams with QB needs that the Dolphins are competing with are, 3-5 Washington, 2-6 Seattle and 3-5 Cleveland. St Louis is also 1-7 but has a lot invested in Sam Bradford. The big question is, what would Indianapolis do with the number 1 pick? Do they trade it for a bounty of picks and hope Payton Manning, at 35 still has a few good years left? Do they keep it and draft Luck anyway and sit him behind Manning for a few years? Or would they consider dumping Manning and going with youth? As my colleague Mike Oliva pointed out to me, the only way for the Colts to get rid of Manning is to cut him. A trade would be virtually impossible because of salary cap implications. 

Now, here are a couple of things that worry me. We all know how Dolphins owner Stephen Ross likes the big name, the super star. First, I have read that he is enamored with Andrew Luck and will tell whoever is running the show in April to do whatever it takes to draft Luck. That could end up being very expensive in terms of turning over draft picks and could even set this franchise back because Miami has more needs than just a QB, plus the fact that Barley or Jones wouldn't come at such a high cost if Miami just had to move up a spot or two to get one of them.

The other thing that worries me just a bit is the Payton Manning issue. I say it worries me a bit because I really don't think Indy will just let him go. But just for arguments sake, lets say they do. I could see Ross signing Manning and foregoing a young QB in the 2012 draft, after all Manning is one of the biggest names in the NFL. At 35 and with his neck injury problems, that could be a disaster. I'm sorry but I just don't think Manning has much left in the tank.

My ideal situation you ask? I hope the Dolphins can position themselves, either through record or trade up to take Barkley or Jones. And here comes the part I might take crap for but...Bring in a veteran QB to start the season, a good guy who is a team guy that the rookie can look up to. That guy you ask? Chad Pennington. And why not? Do you want our prized rookie QB learning from Henne or Moore? Penny wants to attempt a comeback next year and you know that, unfortunately he won't last the season. But he would (hopefully) last long enough to teach the new kid a thing or two. Get some game time lessons before he is thrown to the wolves.

Anyway, just some thoughts on the Dolphins future QB options. As always, feel free to comment!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Marshall Spiked Ball off Vontae's head

So what was the reason why Vontae Davis and Brandon Marshall almost came to blows this week. Well, its complicated so lets break this down. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports one day at practice this past week Brandon Marshall spiked a football off the head of Vontae Davis, which of course set Vontae Davis off and the fireworks began.

Now, the other part of the story is from a report by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, That the real reason Vontae Davis was left back in Miami and not with the team today was not because of his injury or even his blow up with Marshall. It is because many Dolphins officials believe Vontae Davis showed up late to one practice last week with a hangover. That Davis had the smell of alcohol all over him and was late and the team punished him for that.

So, nobody is innocent it seems. Vontae screwed up by showing up late and with a hangover. Brandon Marshall is still a bad guy for spiking a ball of a teammates head. For Vontae his first incident since joining the NFL. For Brandon more proof he is a bad guy and its another incident to add to his long list of "drama" that he always seems to be in the middle of.

"Suck For Luck" can Suck it, Win Moore.

Andrew Luck is a great quarterback. I would question anyone who finds a flaw with that statement. However, after today's impressive 31-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, I think it's hard to argue that drafting a quarterback, specifically Andrew Luck, is essential for the Dolphin's future. Matt Moore was a key contributor in the victory at Arrowhead Stadium, throwing for 244 yards with 3 touchdown passes and ZERO interceptions, something that as DolFans we have come to accept by our former quarterback Chad Henne ( He went to Michigan, enough said). I'm not saying Moore is a great quarterback, but he is definitely not the most substantial weakness on the Dolphins' roster.

With all that said, I know half of DolFan Nation is cramming onto the Suck For Luck bandwagon with no intentions of falling off, regardless of whatever argument I or anyone else makes, but I am hesitant to call you "fans" and here is why:

Brian Cronauer
YAY Mediocrity for the next decade. RT CONGRATS to all the Dolphins on an AWESOME win today!!!

LOL this guy said he would choose andrew luck over the superbowl. hes getting a unfollow after that one.

Btw.. that throws suck for luck out the window unless indy starts working miracles. i guess we can blow for barkley

Jared Odrick
: you guys know it's week 9 and we have 1 win right” I dont care. U said "we" like ur a fan. We luv real fan support

These are only a handful of tweets that appeared on my timeline that made me cringe. As I write this wearing my #98 jersey, Odrick's tweet really gets to me.

Every Dolphin player on twitter tweeted positive, exciting statements about how happy they were to finally get their first win, yet these "fans" have the audacity to tweet at these athletes who just played their hearts out and criticize them? Or even worse, tweet how they are disappointed that the Dolphins WON because it spoils a chance at having the first overall draft pick? We all have our ideal roster in mind, our ideal season, our ideal record, but the definition of a fan is not "a dreamer." As fans we need to stand by our team no matter what record they have because WE are who they play for. Without our support they are just getting paid to run around a field.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, clearly mine is strong, but just as some DolFans are advertising the Suck For Luck campaign, I am endorsing the #WinMoore campaign. This campaign is not suggesting that Moore is the franchise's future, but rather that we as fans cheer for the team playing in the 2011-2012 football season, the season that almost didn't happen.

As my first blog post, I hope this gave you all some insight as to what kind of fan I am. I may be a young, college student (and yes, I know that I am a woman), but I am a passionate, life-long Miami Dolphin fan with a motive to re-inspire DolFan Nation to support our team.

#WinMoore and keep your #PhinsUp.

Follow me @KarisaMaxwell

Dolphins Win First Of 2011

There are two ways to look at the Dolphins 31-3 win at Kansas City today. If you are firmly entrenched in Suck For Luck, this wasn't a good day for you. If you wanted a win, you got it in a big way. The Dolphins dominated Kansas City in just about every way. Matt Moore had his finest day as a Dolphin, and probably as a pro, throwing for 244 yards, 3 TD's and most importantly, no interceptions. In fact the Dolphins did not turn the ball over at all today.

Brandon Marshall and Anthony Fasano were on the receiving ends of Moore's 3 touchdowns. Surprisingly Marshall actually held onto the ball in the endzone today! He finished with 8 catches for 106 yards and Fasano had 2 catches, both touchdowns. Reggie Bush also had a big day with 92 yards on the ground and 50 yards receiving and a beauty of a run for a TD.

The defense played well, harassing Chiefs QB Matt Cassel all day and sacking him 5 times. Cassel spent most of the day running for his life.

Look, this doesn't change much. This was bound to happen. The Dolphins are not a very good team but they are not an 0-16 team either. They were bound to put a complete game together at some point. They will also have a very winnable game next week when the Washington Redskins visit Miami. Surely that won't bode well for the Suck For Luck crowd. One more win will probably take Miami out of the Luck sweepstakes.

Quarterback Talk

Just finished reading Armando Salguero's article this morning in which he talks about the possibilities of the Dolphins trading for Payton Manning and the drafting of Andrew Luck. In the article, he pretty much says that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is infatuated with Luck and will order whoever is running the draft to get Luck no matter what it takes. And that is worrisome for a couple of reasons. First of all, even just to move up a couple of spots, especially this year is going to cost dearly. At the very least a couple of number ones, maybe more.

As many people have pointed out, the Dolphins need more than just a quarterback. Drafting high in the first round also means high picks in the second and third rounds, where you can pick up quality players. The Dolphins have many needs, not just at QB. If you start trading away picks, you take away the ability to fill those needs. Then you have to turn to free agency which can be expensive and doesn't always work as you planned. And if you have read my stuff before, you know I love draft picks!

Hey, if the Dolphins have the first pick, I'm all for drafting Luck. But if they have the second or third pick, Barkley or Jones would be just fine with me. They have JUST AS MUCH of a chance to make it as Luck does. And you still have all of your other draft picks to start filling in the holes around him.

And, if the tables are turned and the Dolphins have the number one pick and the team sitting at two or three wants to give up a bounty for Luck, I would be all for that too. They could still draft Barley or Jones and have the opportunity to add even more quality players.

As for the Dolphins trading for Manning, all I have to say is this...the guy is 35, just had serious neck surgery and if Carl Peterson would really recommend to Ross that he give up a number one for Manning, maybe Ross should be getting advice from someone else. This franchise needs to think about it's future, not just next year.

QB Prospect Tracker

Each week I have been posting Andrew Luck's stats for those of you wanting to keep up with the Stanford prospect. I'm going to add a couple more to the list. I'll now post game stats for Landry Jones and Matt Barkley as well.
Andrew Luck was 20 of 30 for 206 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT in a 38-13 win over Oregon St.
Matt Barkley was 25 of 39 for 318 yards, 6 TD and 1 INT in a 42-17 win over Colorado
Landry Jones was 18 of 38 for 255 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT in  41-25 win over Texas A&M

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More Brandon Marshall Drama

It never ends with this Brandon Marshall. His name is always in the middle of somethings stupid. Jeff Darlington of NFL.com is reporting there was a near fist fight this week between Vonate Davis and Brandon Marshall when Brandon took trash talking too far. And this is the real reason Vonate Davis was left in Miami and didn't make the trip to Kansas City. Davis has practiced this week some and seemed healthy enough to possibly play. And the Dolphins say he was left back in Miami not because of his injury, but of course the Dolphins deny this report and what is in it.

From the report:
Davis had to be restrained after Marshall started "talking (trash) and crossed the line," a source with knowledge of the altercation said. The source would not provide specific details of what set off Davis.

"Vontae was about to rip his head off," the source said.

Davis told a few people close to him that he believed he wasn't making the trip to Kansas City as a result of the altercation

Brandon Marshall is playing his way out of Miami very quickly.  I cannot see a new coach or GM wanting to deal with this clown. With all the drops, the silly personal foul penalties, numerous dropped touchdowns, stupid comments in the media about getting thrown out of games, his off the field domestic violence case of being stabbed this summer and lying to police, and now starting a locker-room war with his teammates because he has a big mouth, I don't know if you can come up with one redeeming quality Brandon Marshall has as a person or a player.

New Addition to the DolphinsTalk.com Staff

We are pleased to announce the addition of Karisa Maxwell to the DolphinsTalk.com family. Karisa is currently a Sports Broadcast Journalism major at Penn St. and an avid Miami Dolphins fan. As well as writing and giving her commentary here for the site Karisa will also be starting up the DolphinsTalk.com FACEBOOK Fan Page.

If Miami doesn't get LUCK-Y I'm fine with it

For "Joe Fan" out there Andrew Luck is a  new name in the sports world and someone who has just come on their sports radar. People like myself and others who follow college football and such have known about Luck for 3 years now and have known what kind of special talent he truly is. What I am finding amazing is the media attention that is now around Andrew Luck. Yes, he is great and will be a star in the NFL.Yet, Andrew Luck, through no fault of his own, has turned into a side-show circus. The likes of Terrell Owens, Michael Vick, Ricky Williams a few years back. The amount of press he is now getting is something I have never seen in my life. Wherever he goes and whatever he does gets 24/7 media coverage and I'm not sure if that aspect which will follow him to the NFL hurts his overall value.

The hype around Luck and the expectations on him entering the NFL are enormous. So much so that it will probably hurt his play and the overall team early on. It's going to be a 3-ring circus like we have never seen before and a major distraction. Look as good as Luck is he will still be an NFL rookie making NFL rookie mistakes. Luck is often compared to Peyton and Elway. Well, Peyton Manning threw 28 INT's his rookie year and fumbled 3 times, he was a walking turnover machine. And Elway in 10 starts as a rookie threw 14 INT's.  But Peyton and Elway didn't have to deal with the media crush anything like Luck will have to. If Luck has a bad week 1 as a rookie you will have people calling him a bust. The expectations are going to be so high that he will never be able to meet them and no QB in the history of the sport probably could. It could ruin him. Once again, this is through no fault of his own. Luck isn't bringing this on himself but it is reality.

Most people 4 months ago couldn't have picked Andrew Luck out of a police lineup if he was standing next to a bunch of Vegas Showgirls. Now everyone under the moon is talking about him like they have seen him play every game for three years.  Or you have people who have only watched a few minutes of one game (probably the USC game last week) giving insight about his ability. It has turned into a joke. The hype around him is going to be crippling. The expectations on him will be crippling. I mean Luck threw a late INT vs USC and people who know nothing and probably have never seen him play more than a few quarters ever, were ripping him for it. Comparing him to Ryan Leaf off of one play. Off of one INT, in one game, a game he ended up winning on his own in all honesty. It has become silly to hear what people are saying about this kid. And not the idiot drunk fan at the bar, I mean respected journalists who cover football for a living.

Also, the actual term and the whole "SUCK FOR LUCK" thing is totally played out. It was cute at first, but now its just lame. First, there is no team losing games on purpose so the phrase is just flat out wrong. Second, at this point any time I hear someone use that term I view them as a simpleton who just learned about Andrew Luck yesterday and I automatically dismiss their opinion on the issue.

Bottom line is this, if Miami ends up with the #1 overall pick in the draft, YES I would hope the Fins take Andrew Luck. It's going to be tough as it will turn the Dolphins into a side-show act for a while. And the media attention Luck will bring the Fins will make it tough on any new coach and GM let alone him the player. But its the right move. Although, if Miami ends up picking 2nd, 3rd, or 4th...my heart won't be broken in the least. I am fine with Landry Jones or Matt Barkley as the next Dolphins quarterback. Just because it saves us from the side show circus atmosphere that is now following Andrew Luck. And for the record, I would be 100% against giving up 3 first round picks on top of switching spots in this draft (ie moving 4 overall first round draft picks total) to jump a spot or 2 spots to draft him. That's insane especially with other QB's on the board. That is going to be the asking price on top of other complementary picks in other rounds. If the Fins do that they are totally clueless.

Remember this is America where we build people up only to tear them down. And I haven't seen anyone being built up like this in a very long time.

Mort: Miami a possible landing spot for Peyton Manning

Chris Mortensen on The Dan LeBatard Show on 790 The Ticket (15:30 mark) said if the Colts get the 1st overall pick of the draft and take Andrew Luck and release or trade Peyton Manning that the Miami Dolphins will be one of four or five potential landing spots for the future hall of fame quarterback.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Blame Where It Belongs

There have been many fingers pointed at Dolphin offensive coordinator Brian Daboll lately.
Terrible touchdown percentage within the red zone. The worst third down conversion ratio in the NFL. Relatively few points scored per game. On and on. It is very easy to find scapegoats when a team is 0-7, although why Daboll is blamed more than defensive coordinator Mike Nolan remains a mystery. Perhaps that is because Nolan has more of a track record than Daboll. Another story for another time. The issue here is whether or not Daboll deserves condemnation.

The Dolphin offense has come out of the gate very strongly in virtually every game then wilted. Fourth quarter showings have been appalling. Seems that Dolphin opponents "spot" them the initial drive as a way to see what they've got, then make defensive adjustments for which the Dolphin offense has no answer. Opponents know that the Dolphin defense is terrible so it isn't as if they can't come back. The question at hand is who is responsible for the lack of ability for the Dolphin offense to compensate for opponents' defensive adjustments. I have a hard time believing that Daboll is so dedicated to his game plan that he wouldn't try something, ANYTHING, to get touchdowns on the board. The ultimate answer is simple: a total lack of effective personnel to get into the end zone. Dolphin quarterbacks (Chad Henne/Matt Moore) have been running for their respective lives this entire season because of a porous offensive line. One running back (Reggie Bush) is a glorified receiver, another (Daniel Thomas) has been injured for much of the year, and another (Lex Hilliard) is not trusted by the coaches. Their fullback (Charles Clay) is a raw rookie who needs molding. Their first-team tight end (Anthony Fasano) has been spending too much time helping fill gaps within their offensive line. Their "playmaker" wide receiver (Brandon Marshall) has been a big disappointment. Other wide receivers (Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Clyde Gates) have been ineffective with lots of dropped passes at key moments. There is nobody that can be counted upon to make a play when one is needed. Brian Daboll will never remind anyone of Mike Martz but, certainly, few if any other offensive coordinators would elicit better results with the current Dolphin roster. Recall that current Patriot legend, Bill Belichick, was a flop as head coach with the talentless Cleveland Browns in the 1990's. Some circumstances are impossible to overcome.

Fingers should mainly be pointed at Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, and associated scouts for horrific personnel decisions. Some blame goes to Tony Sparano for some bad clock management, stubbornness (not benching Marc Columbo and trying other options), and excess conservatism.

Cam Wake on the defense

Injury's still an issue for Dolphins

Vontae Davis, Daniel Thomas and Clyde Gates have been limited in practice all week and as of today are not expected to play Sunday vs KC

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Week 9 Prediction

Four weeks ago, this game looked like a game that would be a battle to stay ahead in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Quite a bit has changed since then. Not for the Dolphins of course. They remain neck and neck with Indy in the Suck For Luck race. Kansas City on the other hand has completely turned things around. They are the first team in NFL history to lose their first 3 games, but be tied for 1st place in their division after the 7th game of the season. KC is on a 4 game win streak and they will extend it to 5. The Dolphins will keep it close as usual, but blow it in the end.

Kansas City 27  Miami 20

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Luck Not Worth Sucking For?

Recently, the Andrew Luck hype has soared to new heights. Seems like just about everyone who has a lousy team wants to Suck For Luck. Suck For Luck mania has gripped the nation! Ok, that might be a little far fetched, but not to far. Anyway, not everyone is as enamored with Luck as Dolphin and other NFL fans are. Here is another view on Luck, by Phil Simms....

Phil Simms not sold on Andrew Luck