Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

Another winnable game, another brutal loss.  The week only was made worse by Coach Joe Philbin's inexplicable behavior.
Things I Liked:
  • Lamar Miller had his best rushing day as a pro. He carried the ball 15 times for 108 yards a GREAT 7.2 yard average. He also added 4 receptions for 24 yards (strange fact, in Miller's only other 100+ rushing game against Cincinnati last year he also had 4 receptions for 24 yards.) 
  • Earl Mitchell was a great free agent pickup. He was a beast all game, still giving his all with the Dolphins virtually out of it in the 4th quarter.
  • Jarvis Landry sure does make kick off returns exciting.
  • Both Randy Starks and Derrick Shelby bulldozing their men on Shelby's sack.
  • Jelani Jenkins has blitzing skills.
I could write for a month about the things I didn't like about the game. Hmm, where to begin?
Things I Didn't Like:
  • When I watch Dallas Thomas play, I am shocked that he was a 3rd round pick. Even more shocking is he's the 3rd best guard on the team. 
  • The dropped passes. Miami led the NFL in dropped passes before the game with 9, and I counted at least 5 more during the Chiefs game.  Brandon Gibson's drop in the 2nd quarter really cost the Fins. It would have at least made Caleb Sturgis's 48 yard field goal attempt (and miss) 11 yards shorter and much more make able.
  • Speaking of Sturgis, I have no faith in him. What a waste of a 5th round pick.
  • Missed tackles. Too many to count. Brent Grimes missed tackles all day. Louis Delmas wasn't much better.
  • Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle had no answer for  RB Joe McKnight catching passes out of the backfield. Killed Miami all day.
  • Bad special teams play. Yes Landry had some great kick-off returns, but his punt returns were not good. He seemed to be playing too shallow all day (bad coaching) and what ever happened to standing on the 10 yard line and if the ball goes over your head you let it go? 
  • Quarterback Ryan Tannehill's regression. Can the loss be pinned on him, no. Did he play poorly again, yes. His decision making was horrible. Whether it was not throwing a ball away,  not using his feet when a first down was reachable on a scramble, throwing a 3 yard pass when they needed 5 for a first down. It was horrible. Franchise quarterbacks make plays and make the players around him better. Tannehill just is not doing that. 
  • Questionable play calling. 3rd and 10 on the opening drive, you have the ball near mid field and you call a run? The game changer was the 4th quarter. With the Fins driving near mid field on 3rd and 1 and you call a pass? The score was 21-15. That's when you hand it to Miller, twice if need be. Instead Tannehill gets sacked. A 46 yard punt with a 47 yard return and the game was essentially over. 
I don't know what to really expect this week. I believe the players when they say "we are closer than you think."  They are one dropped ball, one bad play call, one missed tackle, one bad decision away from a winning record. But it's the NFL, and every team could say that. Are they going to come out flat? Do the Raiders have an advantage from being in London all week? I don't know.  One thing I am certain of after this week is Joe Philbin is not the answer. He shows no faith in his team and created a controversy that was not necessary. He is not a leader of men.  Quite frankly if  I were Stephen Ross and Miami losses this week, I would fire Philbin. Problem is, I don't know if anyone is remotely qualified to be the interim Head Coach on the current staff.
Things To Look For Against The Raiders:
  • Raiders have the 4th best pass defense, but are ranked 31st against the run. Bill Lazor should use all his running backs and pound the rock all day. 
  • Don't let the 4th best pass defense fool you though, Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 73% of his passes against the Raiders, Geno Smith 82%. Look for the run to set up the pass and the play action fake to be open for big plays.
  • Khalil Mack vs. Brandon Albert should be an interesting match up. 
  • Just like I was afraid of Sammy Watkins having a coming out game against the Fins (which he did) I fear the same with Mack and/or quarterback Derek Carr. 
This week is a must win for both teams. The Dolphins could quickly spiral out of control if they go into the bye at 1-3.  Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano might be the new Head Coach in Oakland if they go 0-4. Something's gotta give and I don't like having to play another team with their back against the wall. The Dolphins however have more talent. Prediction: Dolphins 19 Raiders 17. Everyone enjoy the game!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sad Prediction For a Sad Team

The Dolphins have started 2014 off pretty much the same way they ended 2013. They beat New England and then got blown out of the next two games. Last week they lost at home to an 0-2 team missing at least 7 starters. More was expected out of this team this season.

The Raiders are 0-3, about where everyone expected, but they haven’t been terrible. They played well in New England last week only allowing 16 points and nearly tying the game at the end.

The Dolphins seem to be playing with no intensity, constantly making mistakes. Sometimes I think Ryan Tannehill looks lost. He seems to be regressing in his third year and I think his stats show that. It shouldn’t be that hard to figure out how to throw long to Mike Wallace, throw it as high and far as you can and let Wallace run to it, but he is STILL trying to finesse the ball to him.

I’m starting to buy into the opinion of a lot of fans that Joe Philbin is clueless when it comes to being an NFL head coach. He hasn’t learned clock management yet, that much is certain. He started an unnecessary QB controversy this week. Too many things that don’t seem like they are going to change.

The Raiders will be looking to run the ball with Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones Drew. The Dolphins have had problems stopping the run and with Randy Starks out, it will be that much harder.

The Dolphins continue their downward spiral….
Oakland 20  Miami 13

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My open letter to Ryan Tannehill

Dear Ryan Tannehill,

Ever since the first time my wife brought your name up during the 2011 season and I then began to study your game, I have been a huge fan. I watched every available snap that I could from your time at Texas A&M, and you were the QB I badly wanted my Miami Dolphins to take. I was disappointed to hear of your foot injury, thus preventing you from partaking in the Senior Bowl festivities. I watched every single throw from your pro day. I watched the Gruden QB Camp and was thoroughly impressed with your passion and intelligence for the game of football. I vividly remember Gruden showing you take shot after shot, and your response of "I bet you I completed it" I liked that quiet confidence. I sat with nervous trepidation the night of the draft, scared to death that someone else would see all of the qualities that I saw, and with each passing pick, my nervousness only increased. Surely my Miami Dolphins, a team that seemingly shoots itself in the foot, as it inevitably does. With Roger Goodell strolling to the podium, I can't remember a time where I had as much anxiety as I did, and upon hearing Mr Goodell announce "With the 8th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select...Ryan Tannehill" I pumped my fist with excitement, that my team invested in you, much as I would have done.

Your rookie year, you played against adverse conditions, given the skill talent that you were afforded on offense. An argument could be made that you played with better talent advantages at Texas A&M than what you were given to be broken into the National Football League. I watched you get literally engulfed by JJ Watt, your very first game, and get up, and keep fighting. I watched you develop a rapport with Brian Hartline, obvious chemistry being formed. Even though you were "raw, and needed time to develop" according to anyone and everyone that evaluated you prior to the draft, you were thrown in the deep end of the pool, and you did not drown. You stayed afloat, and showed signs that you were indeed good enough to be a part of the NFL. Year 2 would surely bring better results.

Year 2 brought you added weapons in the form of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, With a full offseason of reps instead of doing the draft process, the hope was that you would continue your development. However, you had to endure a crisis that would go against everything that anyone trying to put the players in the best possible situation to succeed would envision as desirable. You took 58 sacks. That number doesn't even begin to tell the story. You had to endure a BAD Jonathan Martin at LT, a broken down Bryant McKinnie, a broken down Tyson Clabo, a bullying situation involving Richie Incognito, a national controversy that epitomized the word distraction. I watched your Head Coach decline to give any details, to answer any question with any substance, only to watch you take the podium moments later and answer every question to the best of your abilities, with honest, thoughtful answers. No one seems to give you any credit for that press conference, but you proved your leadership in spades that day. On top of this, even though you were playing in an offense you had known for the entirety of your college and pro career, it was not one where you or your teammates were utilized to the best of your abilities. No help from the running game. Despite all of this, you found yourself in playoff type atmospheres consecutive Sundays in December, in the snow in Pittsburgh, and at home vs New England. I watched you go toe to toe against 2 of the most clutch QB's in today's game, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, and lead clutch drives of your own to win crucial games. And although you didn't have your best games in the final 2 games of the year against a defensive scheme that had the offense's number, the fact that you had the Dolphins in playoff contention despite all of these adverse conditions spoke highly to me of what you were going to be able to do in year 3. You showed the continued development I wanted to see.

Year 3 was going to bring you reinforcements on the offensive line, the addition of Knowshon Moreno, who was going to bring an energy and toughness to the running game. A brand new offense, under a bright young offensive mind. Having said all that, I have an understanding that having 5 new offensive linemen isn't something that is going to give you immediate comfort, as you are going to have to get a feel for how these guys block, what their strengths and weaknesses are. A new offense means brand new terminology. Basically learning Spanish after you have mastered French. A new offense also means brand new routes and route combinations that you are being asked to run for the first time. I read and understand that the coaches talking about working on the timing of the receivers that is still going on, that you are still acclimating yourself with them. I understand that when you have hit your guys in the hands, countless times, by countless culprits, they have let you down and dropped the ball. I understand that the obvious chemistry you built with Brian Hartline, Charles Clay, and Brandon Gibson before he got hurt has not been utilized, as those players seem at times to be forgotten. I understand that the player with whom you have had the most difficult time getting on the same page with, Mike Wallace, is the player for which the bright, young offensive mind is forcing the offense around. I understand that playing behind 5 brand new offensive linemen, throwing routes that you haven't been asked to throw, to receivers who are letting you down by not always being where they are supposed to be, or if they are, drop the ball, while learning and trying to become proficient in a brand new offense is not a recipe that would be in any manual on QB development. 

Unfortunately, to compound these problems and growing pains, your Head Coach proved to either be completely ignorant or unaware of them. And then on top of it, while building an offseason around the mantra #StrongerTogether he leaves you twisting in the wind without anyone yet revealing how this was supposed to have any positive effect. The sad, cruel, ironic fact of the matter is if you do take fire and play the way I believe you are capable of this year, you will at the same time be saving the job of the same man who could not have your back. The people who called themselves your fans, your supporters, are leaving very quickly. You have nothing to lose really Ryan, and I implore you to go out there and simply play Ryan Tannehill football. Stop trying to be perfect, especially for a man who doesn't fully support you when you could use a little positive reinforcement. This is your team, your offense, go out and prove why you are the right man for the Miami Dolphins. Go out with with haymakers if you are going to go out. Chances are if Joe Philbin is not in Miami next year, you might not be either. So try with as much might as you have ever tried at anything else in your life.

 I want you to know that despite multiple calls for your head, despite the mobs and pitchforks, you have a FAN in Beverly Hills, FL who 100% believes in you. I have seen you do it Ryan, I know that you can, I have watched you face some of the toughest adversity for a young QB to endure, and you keep getting up, keep trying to get better. I KNOW that you will eventually prove all of the qualities I see in you, and you have my unwavering support. Go prove me right.

A True Fan

Ryan Booher

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AUDIO: Jason Cole from B/R w/ Big O

Jason Cole from the Bleacher Report was on the Big O Show on 560 WQAM and talked about the Miami Herald report refuting his report that Dan Marino is not happy with Philbin's handling of Tannehill. Check it out

Jason Cole Interview on Big O Show


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"I'm absolutely not afraid. And there is no panic."

As a fan it's hard to see anything positive when your team loses. I mean your team lost, what the heck is so positive about that?

But in an effort to bring some objectivity and perspective to the loss, here are some positives from Sunday's game against the Chiefs. As bad as the Dolphins looked there were some things to be excited about.

You have to be encouraged with the way Lamar Miller stepped up and answered the call. He ended up rushing for 108 yards on 15 carries and had 4 catches for 24 yards. I do not believe he had a single drop. And to piggy back on that, the offensive line has produced two 100 yard rushers in 3 games. Not too bad for a line that is missing its Pro Bowl center and has 5 new starters.

Mike Wallace continues to play well and play tough. He is one of the few players on the offense showing consistency in his game.

Jelani Jenkins is turning into a starting linebacker right before our eyes. He led the team in tackles on Sunday; had a forced fumble; and is second on the team in sacks. Just need a few more big plays out of him.

Jarvis Landry has been a great pick up for the Dolphins. He averaged 174 yards in kick returns on Sunday and is being given a lot more opportunities in the passing game. He's going to break one of those kick returns wide open very soon.

The team should bounce back from this loss when they head to London to play the 0-3 Raiders. The defense should have Koa Misi back from injury and we're all hoping to have Mike Pouncey snapping the ball on Sunday.

The season is still young guys. The Dolphins beat the Raiders on Sunday and they're back at .500 with a bye. To quote Coach Lazor, "I'm absolutely not afraid. And there is no panic."


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Things I Liked, Things I Didn't, Things To Look For Against the Chiefs

Either the Bills are much better then I thought or the Fins aren't as good. Either way, last week was disappointing and brutal. It would be real easy to just say there was nothing that I liked last week, but I found a few (very few) nuggets.
Things I Liked:
  • Ja'Wuan James played well. Last week I wrote that his matchup vs. Bill DE Mario Williams would tell us a lot about the kid. It did. He looks like a keeper. (Like the Fins don't need to worry about the RT for the next decade keeper! Might be best o lineman taken in 2014 draft.) The sack Williams did record was because Tannehill was trying to escape from pressure up the middle and ran into Williams. 
  • Mike Wallace's touchdown reception. Wallace is who he is. Yes, he drops some balls but he also makes some good grabs. And that one handed grab was great! 
  • Jelani Jenkins first start wasn't bad. Led the team with 14 tackles.
  • I know it was garbage time at the end and the Bills were more than happy to give up little dump off passes, but I liked what I saw with Orleans Darkwa catching some passes on the Fins final drive. (If nothing else it was a running back actually catching the ball! Cough cough, Lamar Miller)
As you know, there were few things to like. However, there was not only plenty to dislike, but some things I saw that will be pivotal to the Fins season and the future of some players and coaches.
Things I Disliked:
  • The lack of intensity. When players come out and say they did not or could not match the Bills intensity, that's a problem. A big problem. A head coaching problem! 2 years in a row!?!  No excuse. This would be a major factor in Coach Joe Philbin's review if I were Mr. Ross. 
  • Special Teams. You are not going to get a punt blocked, muff a punt, and give up a kickoff return for a touchdown and win to many games. Horrible. 
  • I get the rationale of running the clock out before half time. You don't want to risk giving up a turnover, digging yourself a deeper hole before the half. I get it, I don't agree with it.  Philbin showed a horrible lack of confidence in his offense.  Would he have done that to Mike Sherman?
  • Lamar Miller needs to catch passes. I am sorry to say that he has not developed into the back that I thought he could be when drafted. 
  • Where is the up tempo offense that we heard so much about in the preseason? 
  • Tom McCarthy needs to stick to announcing Philadelphia Phillies games.
  • I am beginning to question if Ryan Tannehill is the Miami Dolphins answer at quarterback.
This week's game is huge for both teams. It is a big trap game for the Dolphins. The Chiefs are battered by injuries, on the road, and don't want to be 0-3. Like I said, huge trap for the Fins.
Things To Look For Against the Chiefs:
  • Chiefs defense is down a lot of starters. The Dolphins offense should be able to move the ball and score points. 
  • Edleman hurt the Dolphins in week 1, Watkins killed them in week 2. The Fins need to control the drags over the middle. Watch out for TE Travis Kelce and slot receiver Junior Hemingway.
  • The Chiefs offensive line has struggled.  Left tackle Eric Fisher has not lived up to his draft status (though he did play well last week) and starting Right tackle Donald Stephenson is still suspended, the Dolphins defensive front need to control the line of scrimmage.
  • It will help if Jaamal Charles is not 100%, but the Fins can't sleep on Knile Davis. He has talent.
I felt uneasy going into last weeks game, but picked the Fins because I believe they have sneaky talent and  I am a homer. This week scares me, not as much as last week, but still scares me. I think the Chiefs are going to bring their "A" game. They are desperate for a win. If Miami's coaching staff does not have the team ready, it could be ugly. That being said, I think the Fins rebound at home. The joint should be rocking. The offense starts to get on track. Big day for Tannehill, Hartline and Clay. Prediction: Dolphins 27 Chiefs 21. Enjoy the game!

Carl C. Crowley

Kansas Chiefs Offense charted out vs Denver Week 2

Hi to all who are taking time out of their day to read this blog, which I always love to check out for Dolphins related content. I am extremely honored to be asked to post to the blog, and am going to try and bring fresh content on a weekly basis. For my debut post, I decided to check out the Chiefs offense in focus for one game, to see how they dispatch their personnel, to see what trends and tendencies one might find by studying their offense. What follows is what I charted out for the past game vs Denver, and after, I will try to make sense of it while also giving my opinion on certain things the Dolphins defense must pay attention to and be ready for to have success on Sunday afternoon.

The Chiefs ran a total of 80 plays, and credit goes to Andy Reid for having an equal 40 play split from both the shotgun and with Alex Smith under center. They used a variety of formations and personnel groupings, When the offense was under center, the run/pass ratio equaled out to 21 runs, 18 passes, and 1 play in which Alex Smith lost control of the ball while carrying out end around action, and it was tough to tell if he intended to hand the ball off or not. When the offense was in shotgun, however, the run/pass ratio was far less balanced, with 9 runs, compared to 31 runs.

1st down under center saw the Chiefs run 22 plays from under center, with 15 runs and 7 passes. When in shotgun on first down, the Chiefs ran 13 plays, 5 of which were run, while 8 of these play calls were passes. 2nd down under center saw the Chiefs run 14 plays from under center, with 6 runs, 7 passes, and the aforementioned Alex Smith mishandling of the ball. 2nd down plays from the shotgun was where you began to see the Chiefs become pass heavy, with only 2 runs compared to 11 pass plays. 3rd down with the Chiefs under center saw all 4 plays be passes, while the shotgun had a ratio of only 2 runs compared to 12 pass plays.

My gut feeling looking at these numbers led me to the following conclusions: Andy Reid had two things that he was really trying to accomplish, protect his offensive line and keep his offense out of obvious passing situations, while controlling the ball and keeping it out of Peyton Manning's hands at the same time. I think our defensive line is every bit as good as Denver's, and given the state of the Chiefs offensive line, I expect a similar approach from Reid and Co. in this football game.

As for a personnel grouping breakdown, this is what I found:

Under Center, 1st Down

11 personnel-2 plays (2 pass)
12 personnel-6 plays (4 run, 2 pass)
20 personnel-3 plays (2 run, 1 pass)
21 personnel-9 plays (8 runs, 1 pass)
22 personnel-2 plays (2 runs)

Under Center, 2nd Down

11 personnel-4 plays (2 runs, 1 pass, Alex Smith mishandle)
12 personnel-8 plays (3 runs, 5 pass)
13 personnel-1 play (1 pass)
21 personnel-1 play (1 run)

Under Center, 3rd Down

11 personnel-2 plays (2 pass)
13 personnel-1 play (1 pass)
22 personnel-1 play (1 pass)

Shotgun, 1st Down

10 personnel-1 play (1 pass)
11 personnel-6 plays (3 runs, 3 pass)
12 personnel-1 play (1 run)
13 personnel-1 play (1 pass)
21 personnel-2 plays (1 run, 1 pass)
22 personnel-2 plays (2 pass)

Shotgun, 2nd Down

11 personnel-10 plays (2 runs, 8 pass)
12 personnel-3 plays (3 pass)

Shotgun, 3rd Down

11 personnel-9 plays (2 runs, 7 pass)
12 personnel-5 plays (5 pass)

Things I noticed:

When the Chiefs want to run the football, they have no hesitation letting it be known by putting Anthony Sherman on the field, They sprinkled in some play action, but it was few and far between.

They used end around action on multiple occasions, never handing the ball off, but to run to the vacated space, or to widen the defense opening up extra space for runs up the middle.

The Chiefs use a lot of motion, with the main emphasis being one of two things, either as coverage identifiers, or to get into a stack/bunch look to allow for free releases for their targets in the passing game.

The routes being utilized were very much so in the short to intermediate area, the deep developing routes involved keeping a TE in to help block and allow for the WR's to get down the field.

All 3 times the Chiefs got Demetrius Harris on the field, they kept Fasano in to block and had both Harris/Kelce release down the field. Kelce is much like he was in college, a big body who gives Smith a reliable target. However, outside of obvious passing situations, Fasano was the TE who stayed on the field when they only went with one.

Alex Smith is very dangerous with his legs, multiple times he hurt the Broncos defense when they played man and had defenders backs to the defense. His ability to manipulate the pocket is one of his very underrated traits, it is critical that our defensive line maintain their rush lanes. Say what you want about Smith, he is very good at helping the offense secure first downs, he doesn't make unforced errors.

The Chiefs showed the zone read on a few occasions, with packaged concepts included. One of the things that Andy Reid allows for Alex Smith is built-in slants and bubble screens, on 3 plays Smith aborted his handoff to turn and throw to these built-in concepts. Reid also liked to isolate Travis Kelce on the backside of multiple plays, and was unafraid to move him all over the formation trying to find the right matchup.

My Final Thoughts

This is a game where the LB's are going to be the key to this game, as well as tackling on the perimeter, and in the open field. Reid is a master in the screen game, and though it didn't show up a lot in the Broncos game, it is a great tool to help an over matched offensive line. Our defensive line will have to exhibit a great deal of patience, as I don't expect to see a whole lot of long developing routes, and they use a lot of bunch/stack looks in which Alex Smith literally wastes no time getting the ball to the correct man with accuracy.

While Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins have some speed, I don't believe they will get behind the defense. Stopping both Travis Kelce and Dwayne Bowe and getting them to the ground with as little yards after catch as possible will be key. Red Zone defense will be even more critical in this game than most, as Alex Smith and Andy Reid will most likely be able to scheme their way to move the football between the twenties.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Saturday with Omar

Those of you who follow me on Twitter  you probably saw a heated conversation between myself and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Saturday morning around 10 am or so. While it can be tough to carry on such a conversation tweeting on your cell phone and being restricted to 140 characters let me give you a quick re-cap of the conversation and explain in longer form why this conversation got a bit heated and both myself and Omar dug in deep on our stances.

It started off simply with Omar Kelly claiming that the Brandon Marshall "FOOTBALL LIFE" episode on the NFL Network this past week was eye opening and recommended people to set their DVR's to watch it. To translate Omar felt it was a "must watch."  I saw that tweet and responded with it was a "fluff piece" which in my opinion it clearly was after viewing it the other night. Knowing the details of Brandon Marshall's past after watching this episode of "FOOTBALL LIFE" dedicated to Brandon I can say without any shadow of a doubt the NFL Network glossed over, skipped over, and flat out ignored a lot of details that occurred in Brandon Marshall's life that let's just say paint him in a bad light. To me it was a total fluff piece and while an interesting watch in some regards it was hardly must-see.

Well I guess King Omar Kelly disagreed and in King Omar's world there is no such thing as "agreeing to disagree"because Omar just opens up with a full front on attack. Claiming I know nothing about BPD how he is an expert and I have no credentials to talk on the matter and he just went on and on. Yes, not only is Omar an expert on football, and expert on BPD, he is also a mind-reader who is telling me over twitter what I do and don't know about BPD. And is telling me I have "limited knowledge."I'm saying to myself this joker is flat out making stuff up because he doesn't know what I do or don't know about BPD. I then pointed out to Omar while yes I know he had someone very close to him in his life who suffered from BPD I also had someone close to me who suffered with it as well and I am versed on the matter. I also pointed out that he nor I are doctors or experts on the subject but can both have an opinion on the matter.

Well not in Omar's world because he went on about how I am judging Brandon and blah blah blah blah, and who am I to judge anyone...blah blah blah blah blah. And that I think I have all the answers. Which I never said, in fact I said I am not a doctor or an expert just giving my opinion on my first hand experience on the matter. What Omar doesn't realize is that he is also judging Marshall by giving him the benefit of the doubt and being quick to forgive Brandon for all of his transgressions in the past. And accepting at face value Brandon is a "changed person." And newsflash Omar: You don't have all the answers either! You blindly defending Marshall and accepting at face value he is a changed man is just as bad as someone ripping Marshall claiming he isn't a changed man. I mean Omar doesn't think about the victims of Marshall's past, he just doesn't want anyone to judge Brandon Marshall. Like he has a man-crush on him or something.

So it became silly and at times childish back and forth between me and Omar saying you are no expert and I responded with you are no expert. Which then resorted to Omar pointing out my typos, cause ya know "tweeting" on a cell phone in a moving car I guess I am supposed to not have any errors, And because I mis-Tweeted or it was auto-corrected BPD to BDP....that means everything I said is negated and I no longer am allowed to have an opinion that he shall consider. Yes, the beat reporter of an NFL team actually sunk to this level. He began pointing out typo's when he couldn't come back and support his stance. I am sure Shirley Povich was rolling over in his grave at that very moment.

Then I pointed out that ESPN E:60 recently did a piece on Brandon Marshall in a similar way to the NFL Network piece and Brandon went public being very upset with ESPN and their story on him. Brandon lashed out in the media at ESPN. I pointed out to Omar that he did that because ESPN gave  full and accurate details of all of Brandon's off the field trouble and didn't sugar coat or cover up anything. Didn't gloss over or ignore any of the details and told a true story. I said ESPN didn't do a "fluff piece" like the NFL Network did. Well Omar took that as me taking a shot at him as a journalist. His response was something to the effect of journalism is my field and you know nothing about that to make that statement. That's right because I don't write for a newspaper every day I am not allowed to have an opinion on if a TV piece is a fluff piece or not. In Omar's world nobody who isn't a journalist is allowed to have that opinion on that matter. Mind you Omar just so ya know 11 years ago the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Alex Marvez came to me for a quote to be a part of a story they were doing. Are my credentials good now? CLICK HERE

Oh but this gets better. Omar then says I shouldn't question him as a journalist (which by the way I wasn't) because he has had two, yes two universities ask him to help build their course work for their journalism department. Now, I read that and say, ok name the schools. And of course Omar comes back with something to the effect of stay out of my business. Newsflash for Omar, anyone can make a wild claim on the internet but unless you back it up and are able to support it, then its bullshit in the eyes of myself and many. And many readers were very quick to point that out to Omar that if you aren't going to name the schools then nobody can take you at face value. And it was pointed out to Omar by many that you just spent 30-45 minutes grilling me about my credentials to even talk about let alone have an opinion on BPD and Brandon Marshall and want me to open up my life to the world but when asked to name the  two universities that offered you a position you refuse to answer?  Pot meet Mr. Kettle! 

Here is the long and short of this...

1) You don't need to be Dan Rather, Anderson Cooper, or Brian Williams to call a report a "fluff piece" if it is a "fluff piece." Any non-reporter is allowed to have that opinion when they see a story on TV or in the newspaper that ignores facts and doesn't tell the whole story.

2) The reason Brandon Marshall was mad at ESPN for the story they did on him a week or so ago was because it was a honest account and it brought out all of the old skeletons he has in his closet. They talked about the fork stabbing, the murder, the multiple arrests for DUI/DWI, the multiple arrests for domestic violence. Brandon Marshall has a police record the size of the San Diego telephone book and ESPN didn't skip one incident.  The reason Brandon wasn't mad at the NFL Network was because it was a "fluff piece" and covered up all of his skeletons and didn't mention 1/3rd of them and the ones they did mention they just glossed over and gave it like 10 seconds of air-time if that. Don't believe me, watch both the pieces.

3) I think in Omar's wold he believes he is the only person who has been effected by BPD. And nobody else can talk on the matter. Jason Cole of Yahoo opened up that his father has BPD and he had opinions on it. I had a close friend who suffered from it and saw the ups and downs they went through. I also had someone tweet me saying BPD is the easiest mental illness to fake since there is no real way to prove it and their relative is in the field that covers BPD. Which leads me to the point I made from the beginning, that Omar isn't a doctor on the matter and no more of an expert than myself, Jason Cole, or anyone else who has had a family member or friend who suffered from it. Has he read more books on BPD than myself or others, I don't know maybe. And if so, still doesn't make you an expert. I can read books on how to fly a plane, that doesn't make me a pilot. We all have known someone with the disorder and I am sure all of our experiences have been similar in many ways but different in other ways. That's why when Omar is so quick to discount anyone with an opinion on the matter it is he Omar who turns into a hypocrite. The man who claims he doesn't "judge people" does just that "judge people."

4) Omar a little memo to ya; learn to "agree to disagree" and just let it go. You kept this twitter conversation this morning going on and on and on when all it was is two people disagreeing on a subject. Your opinion isn't gospel. Because you are a reporter doesn't give you the right to just disregard others opinions on news/TV reports and BPD.  And Omar if you must have a complex with the whole "who is and who isn't a journalist" thing because you kept bringing it up. I never claimed to be a journalist. But non-journalists are allowed to have an opinion too. Don't twist an ankle getting off your high horse because your opinion doesn't carry more weight than anyone else's when it comes to things like BPD. And if social media is so bad that non-journalists are allowed to spew stuff, why in the hell are you arguing with fans on Twitter? I mean if every non-journalist on twitter is a moron and beneath you in your eyes (as you are so quick to point out) why even bother conversing with us? I don't see Michael Wilbon or John Feinstein spending 30-45 min arguing and name-calling with people on Twitter...just sayin!

5) IF two universities did offer you jobs to help build their journalism program, that's great. Not sure I believe it since you won't back up the claim and name the schools, but if true I am happy for ya. But I guarantee it wasn't the Newhouse School or any big-time respected journalism school because how you acted today on Twitter was totally unprofessional for a journalist on every level.

This isn't a total knock on Omar Kelly. He is a good  beat reporter who does provide accurate news to the fans about the Dolphins. He works hard and it is interesting to read his work. I am not knocking the guy's work in any way shape or form.  Adam Beasley is also good as is Andrew Abramson they all do good work. Chris Perkins....not so much (I joke I joke, we love Perkins.) But the bigger point is Omar, don't have a thin skin. Don't be a Twitter-Troll and be able to walk away from a debate understanding your opinion isn't the gospel and it's OK to agree to disagree!

In Closing I love ya Omar and enjoy reading your work and it was a spirited debate Saturday morning. And in the spirit of the Ice Buckett challenge if you are this 5 years of education and 2 decades of training (not sure how that math works but I will go with it since it was his words) and experience in 3 fields of journalism,  I challenge you to maybe not be a Twitter Troll to us lowly bloggers and losers who make our livings not being a journalist covering a football team. Maybe stay above the fray and just look down your nose on us and not give us the time of day. Because I hate to tell you Omar you came off looking badly this morning and not like a respected journalist. So if you are going to interact and argue and act like a fourth grader pointing out typo's with us "fans" or "bloggers" expect to be associated with us and not your real peers.

Enjoy the game Sunday!

Fins Painting the Endzone for Tomorrows game

New look to the Dolphins endzone for tomorrows game

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dion Jordan Fails 2nd Drug Test

You read the headline correct. Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has failed a 2nd drug test and isn't eligible to return until after Week 6. The NFL rule is kind of tricky but essentially once Jordan failed his 2nd test his current 4 game suspension was lifted and stopped after 2 games. He is now beginning a new 4 game suspension. All in all, he will miss 6 games in total.

The bigger story here is that Dion Jordan is a total bust of a Top 3 first round draft pick and the Dolphins have to probably move on without him. In fact if I were Dolphins principal owner Stephen Ross I would cut Dion Jordan tonight. I mean let's be honest, can anyone trust this clown at this point? How can you fail 2, yes 2 drug tests between March and September? You have to be an utter fool or a drug addict. Either way who wants that kind of person around your team and locker-room.

It's time for Stephen Ross to cut Dion Jordan and move on from this disaster. Not surprising Jeff Ireland's last big 1st round draft pick turned out to be a big waste and a total flop.

UPDATE: Breaking down the cap numbers, because of the cap hit Miami can't trade or cut him now or in the offseason. It blows up their cap and actually puts them over the cap. There is talk once the suspension is over after Week 6 the Fins will IR him the rest of the year and not play him. Let's see if Philbin, Hickey and the coaches have the balls to do it with their jobs on the line though. But that idea has been reported by some media who were talking to their "sources" last night inside the Dolphins.

Next year, stuck with him again. Best thing for the Fins is if he flunks a 3rd test and gets a year suspension and just goes away. Otherwise you gotta put up with this clown who can't be trusted and he ties up a roster spot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Big Boss Ross" got it right

The last time I remember a scandal this big, rocking the NFL world was...Oh yeah, last year's bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins. 

And as much as the fan-base and local media like to mock owner Stephen Ross for his poor football decisions like the orange carpet, making celebrities part owners, chasing Jim Harbaugh across the country and then extending Sparano after chasing Jim Harbaugh across the country, Stephen Ross got it right when it came to suspending Richie Incognito. 

Jon Martin left the team on Wednesday October 30th. The Dolphins won a Thursday night, Halloween overtime thriller against the Cincinnati Bengals and on Sunday November 3rd, Richie Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team - not the NFL. 

A week later the owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, stood in front of the local and national media and took direct questions. Granted, Coach Philbin did address the situation during an after practice press conference but the fact of the matter is Stephen Ross stepped up and was accountable for his franchise. He even explained that his silence, "in terms of talking to the press", was because he was "waiting for all the facts to come in." 

"When this all happened, when it broke, when I heard the news, I also reached out to the NFL because I knew an investigation had to take place. I called (NFL Commissioner) Roger (Goodell) and told him because I thought if we did an investigation, we wouldn't have the credibility, because people would think we're just looking for an answer. So having an independent investigation, I thought, was very important."

We are talking about one of Miami's only Pro Bowl players on the roster at the time. A pretty good offensive lineman on a team that has been having offensive line issues since Richmond Webb and Keith Sims were on the team. And Stephen Ross acted swiftly and decisively. There is no doubt the offensive line play suffered without having Incognito on the team. The Dolphins gave up a total of 58 sacks last year, which I believe was a franchise record. 

Players on the 49ers, Ravens, and Panthers have serious allegations against them. Much more serious than any rookie hazing or bullying accusations. Yet we have not heard from the ownership of any of these three organizations. 

As far as the Vikings go, owner Zygi Wilf issued a statement on the Adrian Peterson situation today in front of the media and immediately after was "exit stage left". Instead he left his brother and GM Rick Spielman to face the firing squad. Mark Wilf looked like a deer caught in headlights. 

Stephen Ross definitely had to bump his head a few times while learning to be an NFL owner, but when his team was in crisis he was out in front of the problem and did the right thing from the beginning. 


Tannehill gets popped; Intensity

With about ten and half minutes left in the first quarter the pocket collapsed around Tannehill because of an inside rush from DT Kyle Williams (He was man handling Smith). Tannehill stepped and leaned forward only to receive a vicious lick from LB Brandon Spikes.

Last week against the Patriots Tannehill took a hit to the chin by Chandler Jones. He's a tough kid but he can not keep getting hit like that.

The offensive line got leaky against the Bills giving up four sacks. The Bills had success rushing just four defenders and didn't need to blitz. Obviously the line will be much better with the return of Mike Pouncy but they need to tighten up. Dallas Thomas did a decent job filling in for Smith in the third quarter due to injury.

LT Brandon Albert gave some perspective after the game. "It's an early season. We didn't play well today but we got fourteen games left to play."


The Bills were intense the entire game and the fans gave the 12th man in Seattle a run for their money with their noise and intensity. It was loud. The Dolphins did not counter.

When Moreno was led into the locker room after injuring his elbow in the first quarter he took the Dolphins' toughness with him.

Other observations

The defense played well and only gave one or two big plays. Sammy Watkins essentially threw the ball at the pylon after it was knocked out by Brent Grimes. That's a touchback, Miami ball.

Tannhill missed a wide open Wallace and a wide open Matthews. Both could have been for scores. Are we seeing a trend here or what?

But he did throw a nice fade to Wallace's back shoulder for the touchdown. No doubt Wallace made a great grab but the throw was outside away from the defender.

Lamar Miller is consistent at one thing...dropping passes. 

(Pic Source: NFL Game Rewind)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jordan and Jones To Remain Out

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones did not have their suspensions cut short by the NFL and neither will return early. Their first game back is Week 6 vs Green Bay.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Moreno OUT 4 weeks with dislocated elbow is reporting Knowshon Moreno has a dislocated elbow and will be out 4 weeks. That is much better news than originally thought when early reports are he was going to miss the remainder of the season.

I would not be surprised to see the Dolphins bring back running back Daniel Thomas.

UPDATE: Armando Salugero is reporting Moreno will miss 4-8 weeks. If that is true expect Moreno to go on the short-term IR and return later in the season.

Dolphins Inactive Players for Miami today

Inactive Players for Miami today: Mike Pouncey, Koa Misi, Jordan Tripp, Bruce Gaston, Jason Fox, Billy Turner, & Terrence Fede

In other news the Dolphins will be wearing their Aqua uniform jerseys today as well.

Things I Liked, Things I Didn’t, Things To Look For Against the Bills.

Back into my football season routine. I got up early on Saturday morning and re-watched the Dolphins game. There was a lot to like and not like about the Patriots game.
Things I Liked:
  •  As a Miami Dolphin fan if your ass is not planted on the Chris McCain bandwagon, then I don’t know where you are. Awesome way to start the game!
  •   Olivier Vernon may have only recorded one sack, but he looked in mid season form – I expect him to have a BIG year.
  •   Earl Mitchell was all over the field! Great burst, great penetration.
  •  It seems that you can never say enough good things about Cameron Wake. He gets it He is a team leader.  And when you need a big play, he delivers! Wake’s 1st sack may have been the play of the game. It led to the tying touchdown and the Fins rolled from there.
  •   Branden Albert just manhandled Chandler Jones.
  •  Nice job rebuilt offensive line!
  •   Knowshown Moreno’s touchdown run. He made 2 tacklers miss in the backfield, and then bounced off 3 more at the one-yard line.
  •   Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. You lose your starting linebackers to injury and still make the half time adjustments to shut down the Pats in the second half. Great Job!
It was a big win Dolfans, but the game showed there is plenty to work on. 
Things I Didn’t Like:
  •   Ryan Tannehill’s play, especially in the 1st half was not good. His inaccuracy led to Wallace ‘s fumble, and I am not sure where he was throwing on that interception.  Big year for Ryan, he needs to play better.
  •   I feel horrible for Dannell Ellerbe. I thought he was going to have a good season for the Fins.
  •   Something I noticed in preseason and again last Sunday that I am not crazy about. The Jarvis Landry spin move. I am afraid he is either going to turn the ball over or get hurt. Either way – I don’t like it.
  •   3 straight possessions, 3 turnovers, unacceptable.
  •   Last year I harped about the Dolphins defense in 3rd and long situations not being able to get off the field. On Sunday, 3rd and 10 on their own six-yard line, Pats get a first. That led to New England’s 11-play 94-yard drive.
  •   Misdirection runs hurt the Fins.
  •   Perfect throw from Tannehill to Dion Sims, he needs to make that catch.
Battle for early control of the AFC East takes place in Orchard Park, NY today. The Buffalo Bills are very talented. When was the last time that was true? All week long we heard the Bills have best defensive line in football. This is going to be tough, but I would rather play them up there in September than December.
Things To Look For Against the Bills:
  •   The game comes down to the Bills rung backs vs. Fins front 7. I expect to see lots of miss directions, screens and dump offs to the backs. The fins will try to shut that down and force EJ Manuel to beat them with his arm.
  •   Miami needs to keep an eye on Manuel. He had a rushing touchdown last week and the Fins have been susceptible to the QB draw in the past.
  •    No way the Bills let rookie right tackle Seantrel Henderson take Cameron Wake 1 on 1. Should open up someone else to have a big game. Maybe OV?
  •   Ja’Wuan James vs. Mario Williams. Should tell us a lot about the kid.
  •   I expect Tannehill to surprise some people and run some QB keepers this week.
  •   Look for Charles Clay to be a lot more involved with the passing game this week.
Like I said, this is going to be tough. The Fins cannot go up there like last year and lay an egg. I know there’s bunches of new faces in Miami, but I hope there’s still a revenge factor about this game.  I think the offensive line continues to surprise. I think the defense comes up big and puts it away late. Final Score: Dolphins 31 Bills 17. Everyone enjoy the game! 

Carl C. Crowley

Dolphins vs Bills GAME PREVIEW

After a surprising win last week vs the Patriots the Dolphins hit the road to face a Buffalo team that swept the Fins last year. The Bills are also coming off a surprising win themselves winning in Chicago last week in overtime. This match-up is very intriguing on so many levels and one team will walk away with a 2-0 record and be off to a hot start.

WHEN MIAMI HAS THE BALL: The Dolphins offensive line held up and played exceptionally well last week vs the Pats. This week they will have another tall order playing vs a very talented Buffalo defensive line. Vince Wilfork dominated both Dolphins guards last week but Fins back-up center Samson Satele just controlled Wilfork all day long. Satele will need to bring another A+ performance this week. Mario Williams, Marcell Darius, Kyle Wiliams, and Jerry Hughes are a very talented group and this group had its way with the Fins o-line last year. As we saw last week with Bill Lazor calling the plays the Dolphins will want to run the ball early and often. If the Fins run the ball like they did last week they will be a tough team to beat most weeks. Knowshon Moreno was fantastic last week and he will be leaned on again but don't sleep on Lamar Miller. When Moreno got going Miller's game picked up and he began running harder himself. Miller will get his opportunities this week and if the light-bulb has finally gone off for him watch out. He has 4.2 speed and has the ability to hit that "home run" on any play. While Moreno will be the focus of the Bills defense this week look out for Lamar Miller to maybe break a big play or two. The passing game I think will be similar to last week; feed Mike Wallace all day long. Wallace was moved all over the field and given the ball a lot. I expect that to continue. Also look for Charles Clay to get more involved in the offense this week as well. And as always the game comes down to Ryan Tannehill making wise decisions and protecting the football.

WHEN BUFFALO HAS THE BALL: The Bills offense is head scratching to say the least.  CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson are great running backs and the bread and butter of the Bills offense. Expect the Bills to try to get the ball to Spiller in space and then pound Jackson between the tackles. EJ Manuel is a below average passer so I think the Bills will move him around and let him make some plays with his legs to get him comfortable. Then they will let EJ air it out and use his arm. While Sammy Watkins is the Bills WR who gets the most press watch out for Mike Williams. Williams is a very talented WR who fly's under the radar because he is a knucklehead who is always in trouble. Make no mistake about it though Williams can win a game by himself if he has a big day. The Dolphins need to bring the heat and bring the pass rush like last week.Wake and Vernon must make EJ uncomfortable and force him into mistakes. Cortland Finnegan when matched up with Watkins or Williams must have a good day. I'm still not sure Finnegan is a starting CB in this league who can match up with top level WR's like Watkins and Williams. We will learn a lot this week about Finnegan. The Dolphins will be without 2 starting linebackers in Misi and Ellerbe so Jenkins, Trusnick, and McCain have to be steady. It's too much to ask them to play great, but they can't have that deer in the headlights look and look green. If the Bills can exploit those young and inexperienced linebackers it might be a long day for the Fins defense.

OUTCOME: This game is going to be close....real close. I think it will come down to field position, and which team can avoid the big mistake. The Dolphins offense played well last week but there were a couple mistakes they made and they left points on the field. If they can clean those up I think they can have a good day. You can pass vs the Buffalo secondary and I expect Miami to come out throwing. While EJ Manuel isn't great the Dolphins defense scares me. No Misi, No Jordan, No Jones, No Ellerbe....they are missing a lot and are asking a lot of young guys to play big roles. The Bills all but ended the Fins season last year with that Week 16 beat-down they laid on the Dolphins. They swept the Fins last year as well and really just physically beat Miami up. This Dolphins team isn't the same though. The offensive line is rebuilt and more weapons have been added on offense. If the Fins defense can bend and not break I think Miami sneaks out a close win here. The Dolphins owes this Buffalo team one and will get a little revenge this week. MIAMI 27  BUFFALO 26 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

As of now Jordan and Jones will NOT play on Sunday

Mike Florio of is reporting that while the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to terms of a new drug policy the two sides have failed to put pen to paper on that agreement and turn it into a written agreement that has been turned in. Therefore all suspended players will not play this Sunday.

That includes Dion Jordan, Reshad Jones, Wes Welker and numerous others.

Essentially the deal is done but it just hasn't been written up, signed, and finalized. They need to cross the "T's" and dot the "I's" so to speak. That process will happen just when nobody knows yet. Either way  it doesn't look like it will take place this weekend allowing Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones to play Sunday. Will it take place to let the players play next week? Only time will tell.

Every Ryan Tannehill Pass vs New England from Week 1

Friday, September 12, 2014

Jordan and Jones Will Play Sunday

According to Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones have had their suspension lifted and they will both be eligible to play Sunday vs Buffalo.

Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones may play Sunday vs Buffalo

The new NFL Drug Policy passed....Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones may play Sunday vs Buffalo. Waiting word if this was their 1st failure and what it was for. If it falls within the new guidelines one or both will play on Sunday.

If not, then they gotta sit 4 games still. Keep coming back to for the latest on the developing story.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Toughness; Moreno randomly drug tested after Dolphins win on Sunday

That's the word I would use to describe the Dolphins win over that Patriots on Sunday.

Just some quick observations that illustrate the toughness Miami showed this weekend:

-Overcame three turnovers in the first half and still won.

-Entire starting linebacker unit on the sideline due to injury. (Who didn't think disaster had struck when the Dolphins turned the ball over three times in the first half and lost Misi and Ellerbe?)

-Patriots were cut blocking the Dolphins D-lineman a lot and they still kept Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in check.

-The Moreno effect. Knowshon Moreno was running like a man possessed. He ran down hill, nailed the hole when it opened, broke tackles, and kept his legs churning on his way to gaining 134 yards on the ground. He can act whatever way he wants on game day if he's going to put up numbers like that (According to Andrew Abramson from the Palm Beach Post, Moreno was randomly selected for a drug test after the game.)

-The team seemed to feed off of Moreno's energy; in particular Mike Wallace. He had great energy, beat Revis all over the field (he was always open), and even lowered his shoulder after a catch to drive into the defender instead of running out of bounds. We have not seen that Mike Wallace before.

-Tannehill got popped pretty good by C. Jones in the second half and stayed in the game. Teammates see that.

Not so positive observations:

-Tannehill still inaccurate and inconsistent.

-The Patriots converted a 3rd and 10 on their own five yard line. Unacceptable.

-Too many men on the field penalty? Really?

-Dropped balls all over the place.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Dannell Ellerbe OUT for the season; Fins sign LB Kelvin Sheppard

The Fins got some bad news today when they found out linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is out for the remainder of the season with a hip injury. To replace him the Dolphins sign LB Kelvin Sheppard. Sheppard started 31 games in the NFL and all of last year for Indy. The Colts let him go because he was ineffective.

No word on the injury status of Koa Misi but there are unconfirmed reports that Misi will miss 4-6 weeks.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sterling Sharpe in Midseason form predicting... "No Way Tom Brady goes to South Beach and loses this game"

Nice Call Sterling!

Big Week 1 Victory for the Fins

There is a Linebacker Controversy in Miami! With all 3 starting linebackers out of the game by the 1st quarter the Dolphins young and inexperienced linebackers stepped up and led a 2nd half charge which shut down Tom Brady and the Pats offense.

On offense Tannehill wasn't perfect but made enough play to win the game. And Knowshon Moreno was a total beast running for 130+ yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and physically beat up the Patriots.

The story of the game to me is both the offensive and defensive lines for the Fins. The Fins offensive line didn't give up a sack till the 4th quarter and the Fins defensive line just rushing 4 guys got to Brady all day long.

Next week Miami travels to Buffalo who is coming off a huge road win in Chicago. The Bills swept Miami last year but Miami didn't face EJ Manuel last season. So it will be the Fins first crack at facing EJ.