Saturday, August 31, 2013
T Jeff Adams (Waived/Injured)
LB Antwan Applewhite
G Chris Barker
C Sam Brenner
WR Chad Bumphis
QB Aaron Corp (Waived/Injured)
WR Keenan Davis
DT A.J. Francis
RB Jonas Gray
S Keelan Johnson
S Jordan Kovacs
T Andrew McDonald
WR Marvin McNutt
TE Kyle Miller
DE Tristin Okpalaugo
CB Julian Posey
CB De’Andre Presley
DT Kheeston Randall
DT Tracey Robertson
LB Lee Robinson
LB Austin Spitler
WR Brian Tyms
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Ryan Tannehill Can Run the Ball
Tannehill spent two years playing wide receiver at Texas A&M before being named the starting QB. In that time period he caught 112 passes for over 1500 yards, so he’s more than familiar with running with the ball. Offense coordinator Mike Sherman, who coached Tannehill in college, knows this and used Tannehill more in the running game towards the end of the season. Tannehill had 28 carries for 181 yards the last six weeks of the season. Compare that to just 21 carries for 63 yards the first 11 weeks. Sure this trend to could be attributed to game planning, but I believe this is a sign of things to come. Another great stat for Dolphin fans was Tannehill’s seventy two percent accuracy when throwing on the run, according to ProFootball Focus. That’s good for second in the NFL.
Read Option & Zone Blocking
The line men in the read option use the zone blocking scheme. Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin came to Miami with a zone blocking scheme that he used in Green Bay as offense coordinator. The only difference between the read option and the zone blocking scheme is that the quarterback as the option to hand the ball off to the running back or run the ball himself. The Dolphins offensive line, center Mike Pouncy and guard Richie Incognito in particular, have shown an ability to get off blocks and get down field. Athletic linemen are crucial to the read option and zone blocking scheme.
With a quarterback that can run with the ball in Tannehill, and athletic linemen that are already have a year of zone blocking under their belt, look for the Dolphins to use the read option in 2013.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
-Before we get to the good let me get the bad out of the way. Charles Clay isn't any good! I know that is kind of harsh but lets be brutally honest Clay can't play. He was brutal and his play stuck out like a sore thumb it was so bad. I know the Dolphins rotate their tight ends depending on the packages. So it isn't even like they have a real clear cut starter per say, but Clay couldn't get out of his own way last night. Egnew and Sims had quiet nights which in some ways is good (no penalty's) but in other ways is bad as they make no impact at all. I would fully expect Miami to be on the phone all week looking to trade a late round pick for a TE that is gonna be cut anyway by another team.
-Tannehill looked really good last night and so far in 4 preseaon games he has zero turnovers. When given time this preseason he has carved up these defenses and played very well. Granted its the preseason and teams don't scheme much, I get that so I am not going crazy here with excitment but it does look very promising. In just the first half last night Tannehill was 17-27 for 150 yards. I still think year 2 for Tannehill will have some growing pains and he is far from where he needs to be but it appears at least right now he is moving in the right direction and improving. Hopefully a year from today we are talking about a totally polished NFL quarterback.
-The Dolphins defense looks already in mid-season form. It really does they are swarming to the football and applying lots of pressure on the quarterback. The front 7 looks nasty and the secondary is improved. Still alot of questions with the CB play but it does seem improved over last year. Patterson has had a hell of a training camp lets hope it continues into the season. The defense has looked very good and they haven't even had their 1st and 2nd round draft picks, Dion Jordan and Jamar Taylor, contributing much at all yet. This is a unit where the sky is the limit this season.
-Special Teams was bad last night, though I am not too concerned. The first fumbled punt turnover was kinda of a fluke thing. The second was Thigpen just dropping the ball and the rain with a wet ball might have been a factor with that. I don't see this as a huge concern going forward. Sturgis looked good again and the coverage units were decent.
So the biggest things in my eyes coming out of last night and now 4 preseason games total is Miami's lack of depth at WR and having no TE's . This will be the thing to watch between now and September 8th. I fully expect Miami to pick up a WR and a TE from another team. Via the waiver wire or by trading away a late round pick. The defense looks very good, Tannehill is looking sharp and in control, Sturgis doesn't look like a rookie kicker. Lots of positives around the Dolphins these days. Still a couple things that need work though
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Miami Herald reporter Adam Beasley tweeted earlier that, according to a Miami Beach police report the incident occurred on the morning of June 10 and Incognito was subsequently issued a warning for trespassing.
This news comes only a couple of days after Texans DE Antonio Smith was suspended for ripping off Incognito's helmet and trying to hit him with it during the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans preseason game last Saturday.
I guess we'll wait and see if the NFL feels that this is a violation of the league's conduct policy and if any punishment is handed down. It definitely doesn't help his reputation for being a dirty player on the field.
UPDATE: The ESPN story is not 100% accurate. According to the police report Incognito was breaking up a fight and he didn't start the fight. And in fact Incognito was the person who called 911, not the nightclub. Incognito was asked to leave the club and he did but this was not a case of Incognito starting trouble.
But let’s look at Egnew’s numbers compared to Keller’s. In 2010 at Mizzou, Egnew had 90 catches for 762 yards and 5 TDs. In 2010 Keller caught 55 balls for 687 yards and 5 TDs. But In 2011, Keller’s last full season with the Jets, Keller hauled in 15 more balls for more yards and two more TDs than Egnew. Not too much disparity there. Besides, we’re talking about a six year NFL veteran compared to a second year player. This coaching staff prides itself on developing players.
All of this means nothing if Egnew can’t seize the opportunity. He has the size at 6’5” and 262 pounds to make an impact in the seam and in the red zone. Whether he has the mental toughness to make it happen remains to be seen.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
As if his lackluster play during training camp and preseason hasn't been bad enough, Dolphins G Josh Samuda took to the wonderful world of twitter to criticize those who are calling out his bad plays.
His first tweet came at 5:31am today,
"@Josh_YM_Samuda: 2 bad plays in 1 half and I'm a terrible player. People know nothing about football. If i was drafted everyone would just brush it off #SMH"
His second tweet came 3 minutes later,
"@Josh_YM_Samuda: Stop trying to be a Guru's and come put yourself in my shoes and see how you do. Sorry you cant. Goodnight"
One thing you should never do is acknowledge that your not handling criticism well. It only makes you look worse. All this does is turn more fans and writers against you.
UPDATE: Samuda deleted both tweets later in the day.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
UPDATE: WQAM is reporting that Keller will have an MRI in the morning. It appears to be an ACL injury and Dustin Keller will miss the 2013 season. Keller was on a 1-year deal after turning down a multi-year offer from the Dolphins. Which now in hindsight looks like a major mistake by Dustin Keller and his agent. Keller has most likely played his last game for the Dolphins.
UPDATE #2: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting Dustin Keller will undergo an MRI tonight and will not wait till the morning.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Alex Marvez of FOX SPORTS is reporting Keller will miss the entire 2013 season with his knee injury.
There is also a part where Shula admits it wasn't hard to watch JJ fail as the Dolphins head coach. To quote Shula... “it wasn’t hard to watch” the Dolphins struggle under Johnson." Which is a very honest thing to say and a little surprising if you ask me.
It is also brought up that Shula today knows every player on the Carolina Panthers by number, watches every snap of every Panthers game and takes not on a yellow legal pad and sends the notes to his son Mike who is the offensive coordinator of the Panthers. Shula would also talk on a regular basis with Jets special teams coach Mike Westoff any time he saw the Jets block a punt or make a big special teams play.
Also Joe Philbin uses the same desk that Don Shula did when he was coaching the Dolphins back in the day.
It's a great article with so much more information that the little I have mentioned here. A must read!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ryan Tannehill CLICK HERE
Jeff Ireland CLICK HERE
Joe Philbin CLICK HERE
Garner is an injury prone player though and this isn't surprising at all. He is versatile though as he can back-up both guard and tackle positions so I fully expect him to stick around with the Dolphins when he comes back healthy.
In other news that may interest Dolphin fans, Patriots QB Tom Brady suffered a knee injury today during a joint practice with Tampa Bay. The extent of the injury is not known yet. If you have not seen it, here it is.....
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
So, President Brarack Obama has invited the entire 1972 Dolphins team to the White House next Tuesday August 20th to receive this honor they missed out on some 40 years ago. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is paying for the transportation of every team member that wants to go.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Headed to Dolphins camp this morning to see how our team is looking and doing. Me & the wife were greeted by John Offerdahl who was promoting a new grill, he was super nice & gave us an autograph. We were given free T-shirts while we waited in line, real nice crowd in attendance for practice.
A couple notes, before the actual report:
1.) This year's practice compared to last year's practice was night & day. The Dolphins feel like a completely different team & are really organized. All the units were working with their coaches on individual drills & fundamentals.
2.) Aside from a couple positions battles, you know who your starters are. I can't begin to tell you good it feels not to have a QB competition, it allows you to sit back & enjoy other battles. Believe me when I say there is no doubt Tannehill is the starter & best QB on this team.
3.) Please do not read into any Beat Writer predicting a record based on today's practice. The Dolphins barely did team drills, the practice featured some 1-on-1 competition & at the very end a little 7-on-7. This practice was mainly ST & individual drills were it was clear the coaches had them working on fundamentals.
4.) John Jerry did not practice, buy he does look slimmer, the tire around his belly is gone. Also there is no question Brian Hartline has bulked up, especially on his upper body, he is looking like the Packers Jordy Nelson.
Training Camp report
Tannehill connects with Rishard Matthews deep was covered by Presley.
Bumphis with a nice catch, could not tell the QB
There was no sign Randy Starks or Dion Jordan
Keelan Johnson was of doing work with a trainer
John Jerry & Kyle Miller were on the sidelines & eventually headed inside the Dolphins training facility
Julius Pruitt & Rishard Mathews returned to practice & were full go
Jamar Taylor & Lance Louis did individual drills with their units
Camp began with the QBs throwing to the running backs, the RBs were Miller, Thomas, Gray, Gillislee, Lane & Rodriguez. Jorvoskie Lane shined in this Drill, beat Ellerbe for a pass, than Spitler where he tipped himself the catch & then beat Freeny depp for a catch.
Marcus Thigpen is exclusively a WR now & saw all his snaps with WRs.
Nate Garner is the starting RG, Samuda saw all his snaps as the backup C. Louis was Garner's backup.
The QBs were doing a drill where medicine balls were being launched & rolled at them and they had to avoid them.
Nolan Carroll is one of the main gunners on the PR unit
Others I notice on the PR unit were Lane, Kovacs, Taylor, Sims & Davis
Thigpen, Bumphis, Hartline, Grimes, Miller, Matthews & Gibson all took turns returning punts
The specialist were all working together & doing this interesting drill where did would run across the field while one threw the ball & the other would catch it. I've never seen them do that & I've been to several practice throughout the years. Poor Sturgis was doing a lot of running, the vets are riding him hard.
Tannehill made nice deep sideline pass to Hartline, there was no coverage just QBs throw to their WRs
Tannehill makes a nice deep pass to Mike Wallace, but again no coverage
QBs are doing a good job with ball placement today.
RBs continue to do individual passing Drills with Pat Devlin, Thigpen is not with them. Thigpen is with the WRs.
Yeatman & Vernon almost got into a fight, pushing & shoving, Vernon squares up throws a punch, coaches break it up.
Derrick Shelby went down on one knee, had leg checked out by trainer, skipped the rest of D-Line drills for the day. Noticed he had a sleeve on his knee & was walking gingerly.
Special Teams really gets on his players, how Rizzi still has a voice is beyond me. Love his passion.
Tannehills connects with Thigpen, now a WR for a TD.
Tannehill slant pass to McNutt, McNutt catches it but Grimes wrestles it out of his hands & McNutt does what he has done all camp & preseason & drops the pass
Moore finds Fuller open deep put the ball on the money & Fuller drops it.
Tannehill overthrows Pruitt
Matthews & Bumphis with nice catches, could not tell the QB
Lamar Miller badly beats Jimmy Wilson & Tannehill connects with Miller on a deep pass. Nice play
Tannehill overthrows Tyms who was opened deep, after the play Tannehills is huddling with Tyms & coaching him up. Good leadership skill in my opinion.
In DL vs TE Drills, Egnew is murdered by Odrick, completely blows past him.
Tannehill completes a short pass to Hartline
Moore completes short to Egnew, but he is wrestled by the defender to the ground & drops the pass
Moore complete a nice deep sideline pass to Tyms
Devlin completes a nice pass down middle to Keller
Tannehill completes deep with Hartline, Hartline has Pressly beat by a lot
Chris Clemons breaks up a deep pass intended by Moore, Tyms the WR
Reshad Jones breaks up a short pass intended by Tannehill to Brandon Gibson.
Keenan Davis catches a slant, no drops for him today
Thigpen catches a nice slant pass by Tannehill, Thigpen catches everything thrown his way. I truly believe right now he is your fourth WR.
Devlin connects with Gibson down the sideline
Sims drops a ball, he was wide open & ball was perfectly placed.
Tannehill connects with Hartline deep who had Richard Marshall beat badly. Beautiful pass, perfect ball placement. Hartline & Tannehill have great chemistry. Also like to point out that Hartline has bulked up, really starting to look like the Packers Jordy Nelson.
Tannehill throws a rope down the middle to a wide open Dustin Keller.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
-The offensive line was bad. Really bad. Josh Samuda cannot be the starting right guard. He was awful tonight. Tannehill was running for his life early on in this game on every passing play. Once Nate Garner came in at right guard things improved and Tanehill had some time to throw and led an 80 yard touchdown drive. Side Note: Jonathan Martin played really well!
-Dustin Keller is so much more of a threat than Fasano ever was. Keller with 2 big plays and a touchdown. I expect a big year from Keller IF he can stay healthy.
-The first team pass rush looked really good. I mean really really good!!
-Will Davis the rookie CB is a guy who will make Dolphins fans jump for joy and cry. He is always around the ball and knocking down passes and defending passes but he does have that tendency to get burnt. He is a keeper and someone who I think Dolphins fans will love one minute and hate within a few plays later. I like Davis though he is showing something
FINS offense goes 3 and out to open the game. Miller with a nice run
FINS defenses forces a 3 and out. Pass Rush was Outstanding
Fins get 1 first down but then the o-line looks terrible and TANNEHILL IS RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE!!!!
Fins defense with another 3 and out. Pass rush looks great!
Fins pick up 8-9 yards on Tannehill to Hartline, but fail to convert a 2nd and 1 and a 3rd and 1. Punt to Jax.
Defense gives up a 1st down, then force a punt. Bumphis muffs the punt but Fins recover
TOUCHDOWN DOLPHINS!!!! Tannehill hit Keller early in the drive for 24 yards. Jax with a big pass interference to keep the drive alive. Then Tannehill hits Keller for a big TOUCHDOWN!
Nolan Carroll with an INT off a tipped pass. Fins get the ball back
TOUCHDOWN DOLPHINS!!!! JONAS GRAY WITH A 1 YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN
Jags answer with a 23 yard field goal
Matt Moore throws an INT
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
-According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald Pat Devlin is injured and there is no timetable for his return. The Dolphins have contacted Tyler Thigpen and are interested in bringing him in to be the #3 QB
-ProFootballTalk.com is reporting the Dolphins have given safety Reshad Jones a 4 year contract extension. Other outlets are reporting it is in or around the $30 million range with $15 million guaranteed.
The left tackle continues to be a big issue. Jonathan Martin and rookie backup Dallas Thomas both had a rough night. Martin allowed the Cowboys to get pressure on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill on back-to-back plays. Thomas struggled as he spelled Martin and Dallas defensive end George Selvie had his way with Thomas most of the night. Miami needs better play at the tackle position during the rest of the preseason games and beyond if they have any aspirations of winning the AFC East.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Bill Parcells did more damage to the Dolphins organization than Nick Saban ever did. Yet its Saban who is looked at like the villain and not Parcells. Where to start with Parcells, first he hires an incompetent head coach in Tony Saparno. Then he drafts Jake Long over Matt Ryan. Played a big part if not totally responsible in wasting 2nd round picks on Pat White and Chad Henne. And last but not least he quit and walked away from his post during the middle of the season. Jeff Ireland has his faults and has made his share of mistakes, but when it comes to first class assholes who did a terrible job for the Dolphins, Bill Parcells wins the trophy going away.