Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Draft

The Dolphins will have the 19th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pathetic

I think that one word about sums up how the Dolphins ended the season. A season with so much promise. A season that started 3-0, then saw a 4 game losing streak and Bullygate, After a loss to Carolina left them at 5-6, they looked done. Then they turned it around and won 3 straight, including a game in the snow at Pittsburgh and the next week at home against New England. The playoffs were well within reach with Buffalo and the Jets left to play. We all know how the story ends so no need to go any farther. The question is, what changes need to be made?

Who, if anyone is safe? If you can Ireland do you let the new GM have the choice to replace Philbin? Does Philbin deserve another year? I hear people say that if you fire Sherman, it will stunt Ryan Tannehill's growth. Why is that? Other QB's come into the league and do fine without their college coach holding their hand.

Well, here is my opinion, like it or not. Start at the top. Ireland has had his chances and has failed. 2 things stick out in my mind this year. First, he failed to improve a lousy offensive line. Jonathan Martin clearly was not ready to start at left tackle (let alone play in this league). Jake Long had a fine year in St Louis before getting injured. Tyson Clabo was just ok after a horrible start. The other thing that sticks out is Dion Jordan. If you trade up to the 3rd pick in the draft, that guy better be an immediate starter. Jordan was not.

So you start by parting ways with Ireland. You want a top GM and you will not get a top GM if you tell him his hands are tied because he has to give Philbin another year. No. If you can get a top GM you tell him the team is his to run as he sees fit. If he wants to bring in his own staff, then so be it.

I think if Ross stays status quo, he may see a lot more empty seats next year.

My Prediction

Which Dolphin team will we see today? The one that started December off with a bang by thumping these same NY Jets 23-3 in New Jersey and followed it up with stirring wins over Pittsburgh in the snow and a statement win over New England? Or the one that came out flat and emotionless and laid a big goose egg in Buffalo last week? The Jets are playing for nothing but pride and don't think for one minute that they would love nothing more than to knock their division rivals out of the playoff chase. Don't think that they won't try to emulate what Buffalo did on defense last week. The Dolphins better have an answer for those blitzes today or it will be another long day. 

So what do I think then? Well, I've been going back and forth, but I think the Dolphins coaching staff will have at least addressed the blitzes Buffalo ran on them and have some plan in place to slow them down. If they didn't they shouldn't be coaching in the NFL. The Dolphins had success in the first meeting with the Jets on the ground and I think they will (should) try to establish it early on. On defense, they will stack the box to stop the Jets run game and try to make Geno Smith beat them with his arm.

So how do I see it? I say a low scoring game.....
Miami 13  NY Jets 6

Friday, December 27, 2013

Four Dolphins Selected to the Pro Bowl

Four members of the Dolphins have been selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl. CB Brent Grimes, DE Cameron Wake, punter Brandon Fields and center Mike Pouncey will represent the Dolphins in Hawaii.

Monday, December 23, 2013

They Let Us Down....Again.

The Dolphins took the field yesterday with everything in front of them.  They had full control of their playoff destiny.  Very simple it was two wins and they were in.  They were the more talented team and they were playing well.  Also you would think they’d be seeking revenge after an unthinkable loss from earlier in the year.  With all that on the line, they never even got off the bus.
`           Twenty four hours later the Dolphins and their fans are still dealing with the fall out of an embarrassing performance against a 5 win team with a back up quarterback.  So what if one of their 5 wins were with that very same quarterback against you in October?  For the Dolphins to come out and play the way they did isn’t acceptable.  With a fan base that is losing interest and patience, yesterday was more of a reason to push them out the door.
            Miami was dominated in every aspect of the game yesterday.  The Bills ran the ball better, they blocked better, they passed better, they rush the quarterback better, they tackled better and they were just BETTER.  Miami did everything wrong and now will possibly be left thinking about a season that just slipped out of their hands.  Just like the first Bills game, the Ravens game, and collapses against New England & Carolina.
            I’m convinced that this team doesn't know how to deal with success.  Start the season 3-0 and then get blown out by the Saints and lose 4 straight.  Beat a strong Bengals team and then lose to the winless Bucs 10 days later.  Beat San Diego and then collapse against Carolina.  Win three straight including games against the Steelers & Patriots and then don’t even bother to show up in Buffalo.  See a trend here? 
            Sure there are a million things to blame.  You can talk about how the offensive line that was a bandage over a stab wound the past few weeks, and it fell a part against a tough Buffalo front.  Or how about an offensive coordinator who continues to give up on running the ball quicker then rats off the titanic.  It’s easy for me I’ll blame Joe Philbin, he didn't have this team ready to play, and he hasn't helped them take that next step.  Sure it’s good to win games against the Colts, Bengals & Patriots, but hey the Rams killed the Colts and the Jets beat the Pats, and there will be no playoff football in St. Louis or New York.
            As Sunday approaches we’ll hear more and more about how the Dolphins still have a good chance to get in the playoffs, and logically they do, but why should Dolfans have any faith?  This is a team that has knocked us down more then Ryan Tannehill was yesterday.  For once I’m Waiting for them to pick us up, and I could be waiting for a while. 

Billy Dowling
@BDowling33 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

So much for my bold prediction. The Dolphins can out flat and emotionless and played that way all day. They had no answer for Buffalo's defense. They looked like a shell of the team that beat New England last week. Now the Dolphins need help from those same Patriots this after noon. They need New England and San Diego to win today which would make Baltimore, Miami and San Diego all 8-7. That would be the only way for Miami to get the 6th seed if I am not mistaken. Then they would need a Baltimore loss and a win over the Jets next week. They would win a three way tiebreaker with San Diego and Baltimore and a two team tiebreaker with San Diego. I believe that is the only way they get in. Can we say GO NEW ENGLAND here?

Update:
Despite their putrid effort in Buffalo today, Miami is still in a decent position for that last wild card spot. Miami, San Diego and Baltimore are each 8-7. None of them, however control their own destiny. Bottom line for Miami, they need a three way tie or a two way with San Diego. Baltimore will be at Cincinnati and the Bengals will be playing for the 2nd seed and a bye (they do need help for that). San Diego will be home for Kansas City. Miami and Baltimore play at 1:00 so they will know their fate when their game starts. Kansas City is the 5th seed no matter what happens, so they may rest starters as they have nothing to play for.

And if you are wondering what happens if everyone loses? I can only assume the Dolphins would be eliminated because...the Jets are already eliminated and if they beat Miami next week, they will move into 2nd place in the AFC East based on divisional records.

My Prediction

This was a game that worried me at first. A divisional game in bad weather. The Dolphins having just beaten the Patriots, I thought maybe they were due for a let down. The Bills always play them tough and beat them in Miami earlier this year. But head coach Joe Philbin has this team focused. The offensive line is playing better. QB Ryan Tannehill is maturing. This team is on a roll and I don't think the Bills or the weather will stop them today.

Miami 24  Buffalo 10

Buffalo Weather

For those wondering about the weather in Buffalo, there has been freezing rain falling on the area this morning, but it should subside by game time. According to The Weather Channel, at kick off it should be 41 degrees, cloudy with the wind out of the south south west at 11 mph. Mild for Buffalo at this time of the year.

Dolphins Fans Message to Chris Berman


Late Night Chaos at Dolphins Hotel in Buffalo, NY

According to multiple reports at around 3:15 am or so a Fire Alarm was pulled at the Dolphins Hotel in downtown Buffalo. The team is staying at the Hyatt Regency and the alarm woke up the entire hotel of 396 rooms. The alarm went off quickly but it didn't stop the fire department and such emergency vechicals from going to the scene causing a little commotion making it difficult for the team and guests at the hotel to get back to sleep. Multiple Dolphins players took to twitter to give a play-by-play of the events and stated they had difficulty getting back to sleep.

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Look On Field Installed for Sunday

The Endzones have been customized and the mid-field logo has been made larger as well