Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dolphins Claim Don Jones

The Patriots cut former Dolphins safety Don Jones on Thanksgiving Day (yes Thanksgiving Day) and the Dolphins saw this as an opportunity. The Dolphins secondary which has been just hit with injuries and is so thin at this point put in a waiver claim and brought Don Jones back. To make room they cut DB Lowell Rose.

Jones is a special teams ace and is a little better of a player in the secondary than Rose is at this point. So this is an upgrade on two levels.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Keys to the game for the Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets

The Miami Dolphins (6-5) travel to Metlife Stadium to face AFC East division rival New York Jets (2-9. This game is very important for the Dolphins as they must in my opinion win 4 of the next 5 games to get a playoff birth in the AFC. While the Jets who are already out of contention look to play spoiler in this one as they turn back to Geno Smith at quarterback.

My Keys to the game for the Dolphins

  1. Pressure Geno Smith: The front 7 needs to put pressure on Geno and make him feel uncomfortable whether it be sacks or or just pressure that forces him to make mistakes like throwing interceptions which he as already thrown 10 on the season.
  2. Protect Tannehill: The offensive line did a good job last week allowing only one sack and will need to do again this week. The Dolphins will catch a break this week as it looks like Muhammad Wilkerson will not play due to a toe injury, but still the offensive line will need to play well and give Tannehill time to make plays.
  3. Give the ball to Lamar Miller: It feels like sometimes the Dolphins get away from handing the ball off to Lamar Miller whether it be the play calling or rotation at running back. I think they need to put the ball in Miller's hands more and let him make plays like he can especially at the end of the game.
  4. Know where Percy Harvin is at all times: Percy Harvin is the Jets most explosive offensive weapon and the defense needs to know where he is at all times, The Jets will move him all around whether it be in the backfield, slot or on the outside. The Dolphins can't let him get behind them in coverage.
  5. Tackle the football: The Dolphins had a hard time last week tackling the football allowing CJ Anderson break tackles and get more yards after contact. The Dolphins worked on fundamentals this week and need to clean up tackling and making sure they get guys onto the ground.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Post game outlook from the Dolphins vs Broncos

The Miami Dolphins once again took a heartbreaking loss against a good opponent this time falling to the Denver Broncos 39-36. With the loss the Dolphins now stand at 6-5 on the season with 5 games left. My keys to the game were to pressure Peyton Manning which didn't happen as the Dolphins defense only manged to get one sack on the day and that came early. Next was to stay positive on the turnover margin which for most of the afternoon the Dolphins did as they got a turnover on special teams and the only mistake of the day came in the 4th quarter when a Ryan Tannehill pass was tipped and intercepted. Another key was to run the ball effectively. The dolphins ran the ball 21 times for a total of 97 yards which wasn't good enough. I wish they would have ran more and run more clock doing so, but oh well. By owning time of possession that would have meant we controlled the ball more and kept the ball out of Manning's hands, but the Broncos offense had the ball for 9 minutes longer than the Dolphins with their running game. Next was to get off the field on 3rd down, but the Dolphins failed to do so allowing the Broncos to convert 9 of 13 third downs in the game and stay on the field and continue drives. I will save the best for last my last key to the game was to score touchdowns in the redzone rather than kick field goals and the Dolphins did a excellent job in that department on Sunday by going 5 for 5 in the redzone. The offense executed great when it came to scoring and just needed the defense to play better to get a big win.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jamar Taylor OUT for the season

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post is reporting Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

This is a huge injury to the Dolphins who have already lost Will Davis and Cortland Finnegan is banged up and not ready to return to the field yet.

UPDATE 11/24: After tests on Monday it was found there was no structural damage to Jamar Taylor's shoulder as initially thought. And it is possible Taylor could return later this season. The Dolphins have said they will not rush him back though.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dolphins to get new "Alternate Jersey" in 2015

Are the Orange Jersey's coming back?
Our friends over at the website Uni-Watch are saying the Dolphins are one of four teams who will get a new alternate jersey for next season. Rumor is that it will be orange but that has not yet been confirmed. CLICK HERE to read the article.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Keys to the game for the Miami Dolphins vs Denver Broncos

The 6-4 Miami Dolphins travel to the mile high city to play the 7-3 Denver Broncos in a pivotal match up that will affect the the AFC playoff race for both teams. This game is very important for the Miami Dolphins as they try to get back in the playoffs for the first since 2008. They can't afford too many more losses this season and if they can get a win over Denver who is coming off a loss to the Rams it will probably their biggest win of the season. Here are my Keys to the game to beat Denver.

  1. Pressure Peyton Manning: If our front 7 can put pressure on Peyton and either get sacks or make Peyton get the ball out in a hurry will be key. If we can make him get the ball out of his hands in a hurry he will make the same mistakes as he did last week and throw interceptions. 
  2. Stay positive on the turnover margin: We can't afford to give the ball back to manning and that offense. We can't give them extra possessions to put points on the board. Another thing is we need to force turnovers wether it be forced fumbles or interceptions we need at least two turnovers from our defense and not only do we need turnovers we need to capitalize on them and score touchdowns.
  3. Run the ball effectively: The Rams were able to run the ball for 131 yards we need to do the same with Lamar Miller and get positive yards doing so.
  4. Own time of possession: again by running the ball the Rams won time of possession by over ten minutes. If we can control this game it will help us a lot.
  5. Score touchdowns in the red zone: Knowing Denver's offense we cant afford to kick field goals when we get in the red zone we have to score touchdowns to keep up with the Broncos. 
  6. Get off the field on third down: Our defense needs to get off the field on thirds downs and force the Broncos to punt the ball and give our offense more opportunities. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Harbugh won't be coming to Miami in near future

Ian Rapoport also mentioned this morning on NFL Network that Stephen Ross doesn't want to fire Joe Philbin at this point and Philbin is safe in Miami.

Video: A FOOTBALL LIFE: The Perfect Backfield

In case you missed NFL Networks show A FOOTBALL LIFE on the 1972 Miami Dolphins backfield of Csonka, Kiick, and Morris here are is the show!

Part 1        Part 2        Part 3         Part 4       Part 5    

Davis to IR, Brown brought up to Main Roster

Will Davis #29
Dolphins CB and special teams stand-out Will Davis has been placed in IR ending his 2014 season with a torn ACL. The Dolphins called up CB Jalil Brown from the practice squad to take his place.

The Dolphins have already lost Safety Michael Thomas in the secondary and now Davis, so if Cortland Finnegan can't go vs Denver in two weeks the Dolphins will be hurting in the defensive backfield with very little depth. And Peyton Manning licking his chops to attack a very thin Dolphins secondary.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Post game outlook from Dolphins vs Bills

The Miami Dolphins picked up a huge victory last night on Thursday night football to improve to 6-4 and keep stride in the AFC playoff race. There wasn't much offensive explosion in the first half of the game as it was a defensive battle and the Dolphins trailed 6-3 heading into halftime. The Dolphins who are a good 3rd quarter team came out and scored the first touchdown of the game courtesy of a Ryan Tannehill 7 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson. Once the offense got the lead the Dolphins defense took over the game only allowing 3 more points and getting multiple sacks including a safety in the 3rd quarter. Heading into the 4th quarter the Dolphins lead 12-9 and would add to that by scoring another touchdown this time a 8 yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins would get another field goal to close out the game as the defense got two fourth down stops and secure a 22-9 victory. My keys to the game were to protect Tannehill, protect the ball, special teams, start fast, and convert on the third down.  The Dolphins did not start fast nor did they protect Tannehill like I would have liked them to by only scoring 3 points in the first half and allowing 5 sacks not all of which were the offensive lines fault as Tannehill ate the ball on some to not force a mistake. For the most part they took care of the ball despite two fumbles by Tannehill and Landry, but the defense bailed them out. The Dolphins special teams did a good job not allowing any big returns and the offense did a good job on third down converting 4/9 which is 44%

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Prediction for Bills @ Dolphins (Thursday night football)

Bills @ Dolphins: This is a very important game for both teams if they want to get back into the playoffs this year and more importantly for the Dolphins as they lost to the Bills in week 2 and can't afford another loss to the Bills. I suspect it to be a good competitive game. Both teams are coming off a loss and The Dolphins are the team to break the skid at home. Ryan Tannehill will continue to play well as he will throw two touchdowns, but Kyle Orton will match that and special teams will be the difference as it has been in the past the Biills have capitalized in that phase of the football game by having both a punt and kick off for a td in recent meetings, but this time it will be the Dolphins turn as Jarvis Landry will return a punt to the house and secure a win. Dolphins win 27-24

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Problems in the red zone

The Dolphins have not been good in the red zone this year. Last year they finished 11th in the league in red zone percentage. This year they lead the league in red zone opportunities and are ranked an abysmal 30th in red zone percentage (TDs) after nine games. Forty six percent in the red zone is not going to cut it.

At his press conference on Monday Bill Lazor said this about the red zone, "The safeties are closer and the passing windows are smaller. Your margin for error is less.

"We must be detailed and do it exactly right. "

When quarterback Ryan Tannehill was asked about the offense's inefficiency in the red zone he simply said, "We haven't executed. We've had opportunities all types of ways to score. We just haven't been able to make it happen."

A lot of people were questioning the coaching decisions by Philbin regarding the timeouts. Like I said on Twitter to my esteemed colleague, the Dolphins lost to the Lions because the players could not execute; especially in the red zone.
Buffalo's defense is not the greatest at stopping their opponent in the red zone this year (they rank 23rd). But with the offensive line shuffle the Dolphins had to do to account for losing their big money left tackle Brandon Albert, the offense is going to have to score touchdowns, not field goals, every red zone opportunity they get Thursday night.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tannehill Hurt; Moore prepared to Start

Multiple reports are out tonight that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was limited in practice today with an ankle and right shoulder injury. Matt Moore took most 1st team reps in practice today and is prepared to possibly start Thursday night per reports.

Fins to wear all Aqua on Thursday Night

Dolphins President Tom Garfinkel sent out a tweet today telling fans to wear Aqua on Thursday night. Then he tweeted this picture as a hint/giveaway the team will be in all Aqua for the Bills game.

Next man up; Lazor on deep ball

Last Sunday the Dolphins suffered a huge loss with Brandon Albert going down for the season. There is no argument. Brandon Albert is Miami's best player.

So here we are. Thursday night football on a short week doing the offensive line shuffle against a division opponent with the same record and that has beaten Miami 4 out of the last 5 contests. This game is going to tell us a lot about our beloved 2014 Miami Dolphins. The loser of this game can pretty mush kiss their playoff hopes good bye.

Every NFL team has to deal with injuries. It's part of the game. The great teams overcome. It's going to take the entire team to overcome the loss of Brandon Albert; not just the offensive line. Offense Coordinator Bill Lazor addressed this Monday at his press conference. Next man up!

"When one guy goes down different areas have to pick it up. Receivers. Tight ends. A little bit more on you. Let's get open faster. We all have to share the burden of taking up for Albert being down; including me."

Ju'Wuan James moved over to left tackle when Albert went down and the blocking seemed to improve against that obscenely aggressive Detroit front. The Bills defensive line is just as nasty but neither me or Lazor are overly concerned about James' transition to the left side. Next man up!

"I thought at some point in his career Ju'Wuan would be a left tackle because of his ability to move."

The Dolphins gave veteran G Shelley a two year 5.5 million dollar deal. Looks like he gets the call with Colledge still out. Time to earn that money son. Next man up!

Dallas Thomas moved to right tackle where he's seen reps in practice and Lazor said he likes Billy Turner's explosiveness and power. Next man up!

Make no mistake. This game is all about who is going to control the line of scrimmage.

When asked about the dreaded deep ball frustration Lazor had this to say:

"We've addressed the mechanics. We've addressed people getting on the same page as far as landmarks where we're trying to throw the football. We've repped it in practice...I choose to operate with the belief that the next one will prove everybody that we can do it."

Lions Game

Grimes had good coverage on the Calvin Johnson touchdown. Safety Louis Delmas got frozen on the fake and did not provide over the top help. 

If Tannehill leads Hoskins a little more it's a first down and the drive keeps going. Instead the ball was behind and he gets picked. Great hustle by Tannehill to save the touchdown.

Only real questionable coaching call was that reverse in the first quarter. I guess they were trying to neutralize the rush but the Lions were ready for it. Credit the Lions defense. They played a hell of a game,

Damien Williams is a player.

Earl Mitchell continues to impress. He blocked the field goal and I think if he recovers it instead of Jordan he scores.

This loss falls on the players for lack of execution. Specifically the offense. The Dolphins are 5-16 when trailing at the half. With the loss against Detroit Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill are now 20-21. Under .500 again.


Monday, November 10, 2014

A message from Dolphins Super Fan Papa Pump

Papa Pump has a message for all you Dolphin fans. Stand up! @LosDez

Road to the playoffs for the Dolphins

Currently 11 teams in the AFC have a record above .500 right now and are looking to get into the playoffs, but only 6 spots are available. With 7 games remaining the Dolphins are currently 5-4 and have 4 games vs AFC teams that could potentially be in the playoffs. The Dolphins have lost pivotal game against Bills, and Chiefs, but have won games vs the Patriots and Chargers. In my opinion the Dolphins will have to finish 10-6 to get a playoff birth meaning they must win 5 of the 7 remaining games. Those games feature the Bills on Thursday night, @ Denver, Jets 2x, Ravens, and Vikings. The Dolphins Must beat Division rivals Bills on Thursday night, so the Bills wont have the tie breaker. The Dolphins will also need to to sweep the Jets, beat the Ravens and Vikings at home to get to 10 wins on the season unless they upset either the Broncos or Patriots. It wont be easy, but the Dolphins have the talent to do so they just have to put it all together.

Keys to the game for the Dolphins vs Bills

In a AFC East match up that has a lot of implications in the AFC playoff race. Both teams are currently 5-4, but the Bills own the tie breaker over the Dolphins because of the Bills weak 2 win. This game will play a huge part in the playoff race and the Dolphins can't afford another loss to their division rival. Here are my keys to the games for the Dolphins.

  1. Protect Ryan Tannehil:. In the past the Dolphins offensive line has struggled against the front four of the Bills. In 5 games in his career Tannehill is 1-4 against the bills being sacked a total of 18 times. Now that Branden Albert is out for the season Ju'wan James will anchor the left tackle spot and it will be very important as it is for every game that this offensive line protects and gives Tanehill enough time to throw the ball.
  2. Protect the ball: In the 5 games Ryan Tannehill has played in vs the bills he has threw 5 interceptions and fumbled twice. You cant give the Bills extra opportunities to put points on the board.
  3. Special teams: In the past vs the Bills the Dolphins have gave up both a punt and kick off return for a touchdown, so it will be key for the Dolphins special teams to make tackles and not allow big returns. 
  4. Start Fast: The Dolphins need to start fast and get the offense rolling. They can't afford to get behind at home from the beginning. 
  5. Convert on third down: The Dolphins need to convert on third down to keep drives going. Currently the Dolphins rank 19th in the NFL converting on third down 40.5% of the time. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What To Look For Next Week (Thursday Night) vs. Bills

The Dolphins are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Lions this Sunday, which included a roller coaster of good and bad plays. One of the positives that the Fins' can take from this game is the play of Brent Grimes lately, who had a big interception the play following a Tannehill miscue. This came at a critical time in the game, considering the Dolphins could have potentially gone down 17-0 in the 2nd Quarter. In my eyes, the Dolphins need to focus on 3 things going into Thursday night's showdown with Buffalo.

1. Offensive Line vs. Bills Defensive Line: 
The Dolphins need to control the rush coming from one of the top defensive lines in the NFL. Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes can cause great havoc on the Fins' offensive line, and force Tannehill into awful throws, like we have seen in the past. All I can tell you, is that without Branden Albert, the Dolphins better adjust, and do it quick. This will be a LONG night if they cannot stop that Defensive front.

2. Shutting Down Sammy Watkins:
The stud from Clemson. All the chatter about Watkins has come because of his recent play. He has eaten up the Bills schedule, gaining 607 yards in 9 games. He also has managed to bring in 5 Touchdowns. This kid can give the secondary a hard time.

3. Pressuring Orton:
Like the Dolphins are trying to stop from this happening to them, the Dolphins have to get Cam Wake off the edge, and on top of Orton on the turf. In order to take some pressure off of the struggling offense, the defense, like it has been, must earn some stops. If they are able to do that, I am willing to give the Fins the upper hand in this one.

Prediction: Another blowout on Thursday Night Football
Dolphins 31, Bills 14

Postgame outlook vs the Detroit Lions

The first half looked ugly for the Dolphins only scoring 3 points and Ryan Tannehill throwing a interception, but the defense played strong especially Brent Grimes who made the interception of the year and only allowed 10  points. Only down by seven at halftime. It didn't look promising coming out of the locker room as the Dolphins got the ball first, but Daniel Thomas fumbled the ball and gave Detroit the ball back, but once again the defense did it's thing and made a stop. A few drives later Matt Prater attempted a 42 yard field goal for the lions, but it was blocked by Earl Mitchell and returned to the 3 yard line by Dion Jordan which set up a Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass to Mike Wallace. The 4th Quarter started with the Dolphins up 13-10. Both Teams would exchange field goals with the score being 16-13 Dolphins before the Lions got the ball with 3:13 left to go. Detroit would drive down the field and finished it off with a 11 yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick and a heartbreaking loss for the Dolphins to put them at 5-4 on the season. Now they get to fly back to Miami and need to put this loss behind them fast as they have a short week and play division rival Buffalo Bills on Thursday night football in a key game if they want  to stay in the playoff race. 

My keys to the game were for Ryan Tannehill not to turn the ball over and for the most part he did a good job expect for that interception to James Ihedigbo in the first half, but did a good job chasing him down saving a touchdown. Next was to run the ball effectively which was not accomplished as they only ran for 50 yards and a fumble. The defense did create pressure on Stafford accounting for 3 sacks 2 by Cameron Wake, but on the last Detroit drive they failed to get pressure on him and gave him time to throw the ball comfortably. The last key to the game was to keep acclimating Jarvis Landry into the offense and they did that as he was tied in most receptions and  and led the Dolphins in yards with 7 catches for 53 yards. 

Branden Albert Out for the Season

Reports out of Detroit are Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert broke his fibula and tibia and is out for the rest of the season

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Keys to the game for the Dolphins vs the Detroit Lions

This week the 5-3 Miami Dolphins travel to Detroit to face the 6-2 Lions in a pivotal match up for both teams and here are my keys to victory for the Dolphins.

  1. Get the running game going with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas to shorten the game and keep Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense off the field. The Dolphins currently rank 5th in the NFL in rushing averaging 137 yards per game and need to continue running the ball the effectively not only to shorten the game, but to get the play action going. Lamar Miller is officially questionable for tomorrow's game, but I suspect he will play. He has had a big year with 518 yards and 5 touchdowns so far. Not only is Lamar running the ball well, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been using his athleticism and running the ball more in the read option as he has runs of over 20 yards in 3 straight games.
  2. Continue to not turn over the ball. In this 3 game winning streak for the Dolphins Ryan Tannehill has only turned over the ball once and that was against Jacksonville. If Tannehill can protect the ball against this Lions defense which ranks number one in total defense the Dolphins should be fine.
  3. Create pressure on Stafford. The Dolphins defense has been playing great football in this 3 game win streak by creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks and forcing turnovers. If the front four of this Dolphins defense can get to Matt Stafford and create pressure by getting sacks or making him get the ball out of his hand in hurry it will allow the secondary to do its thing and get turnovers which they have been so good at lately. 
  4. Keep incorporating the rookie Jarvis Landry in the offense. He has been a spark to this offense the last couple of weeks playing in slot. It would only benefit him and this offense if he given more snaps.

Mid-Season Awards

Best Rookie: Jarvis Landry
The Fins have played 8 games so its time to pass out some Mid-Season awards.

MVP: Ryan Tannehill: He has improved each and every year in Miami and when he is playing at a high level this team can beat anyone in the NFL. This year he finally has a capable offensive line, an offensive coordinator who has a clue (well most of the time), a running game, and an above average group of WR's to throw to and Ryan is showing the world he is a legit QB in this league. So far in the first half the games vs San Diego, Chicago, and Oakland have been flawless. In other games like vs New England and Green Bay he has been very very good.

Best Offseason Acquisition: John Benton: To say the Dolphins offensive line has been a disaster the past two seasons is an understatement. I know some will say well adding Brandon Albert, drafting JaWuan James is what really fixed the o-line but in reality its been all Benton. James is a rookie and wet behind the ears and have you heard his name called much at all for a holding through 8 weeks? Nope! Samson Satele was washed up and kicked to the curb but now he is playing at a very high level. The Dolphins lead, yes they lead the NFL at 3.3 yards before the running back see's contact on running plays. Dallas Thomas while he still isn't anything special is at least a viable player who when pressed into action won't hurt the offense. How and why Houston let this assistant coach go is beyond me as he very well might be the best offensive line coach in the entire NFL right now.

Best Rookie: Jarvis Landry: JaWuan James is a close second since he has started every game at right tackle but Landry has given Miami a special teams threat and made numerous big plays on offense. Landry has been a beast as a kickoff returner, he has improved as a punt returner, and at wide receiver he isn't afraid to go over the middle, make the tough catch in traffic and take a hit, and he is one of the better blocking WR's in the running game in the entire league let alone on the Dolphins. He is a player who does all of the little things that don't necessarily show up on the stat sheet to help a team win. And as the season is going on he is getting more involved in the passing game and making more plays there. Sky is the limit with this kid.

Best Free Agent Signing: Branden Albert: The turnaround of the offensive line began with the signing of Albert to anchor the left tackle position. He has been everything as advertised and more. He is the leader of the unit, he is an elite LT in this league, and he shows up and does his job each and every week. I want to give an honorable mention to Louis Delmas here as well. He has helped turned the Dolphins secondary into an above average unit and has played lights out this year, but Albert was the best free agent signing this year.

Most Improved Player: Jelani Jenkins: A mid-round pick 2 years ago who did little last year but play special teams Jenkins has turned into Miami's best linebacker so far this year. He can cover tight ends and RB's in the passing game and he has speed to cover a lot of the field. The reason Miami is the #1 defense covering tight ends this year, Jenkins!

Most Underrated Player: Jared Oddrick: At this point he may be the Fins best defensive tackle on the roster. He has been un-blockable at times through 8 games and while technically not a "starter" he has been dominating when he is on the field.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Upon further review: Chargers vs. Dolphins

Here are some of my observations after watching the last Sunday's game again.

Tannehill looks like he's starting to figure it out. I couldn't care less whether or not he can connect with Wallace on the deep ball or not. Sure it would be nice but if he keeps having games like he did against the Chargers who cares? A couple of plays stand out to me. 

First, in the 2nd quarter it was 3rd and long after a false start penalty. Tannehill fires a heat-seeking missile to Wallace between three defenders for a 38 yard gain and a first down. It was a big time throw. Second was the touchdown to Matthews. The pocket collapsed around him, he rolled out and waited for his receiver to get open. He showed patience and play making ability with that throw. When I saw that I immediately thought, "Ok. He's getting it." Tannehill is in control of his offense. On one play, as the offense approached the line, Tannehill can be heard saying, "Let's go B.A. get down!" He was telling is franchise left tackle Brandon Albert to get set to keep the tempo up. I like that. 

Earl Mitchell has been a great addition to this team. On the play before recording his first sack of the season he was about ten yards down field ready to make the tackle on receiver Malcom Floyd. He hustles. 

I don't think Landry could have gotten any closer to the boundary than he did. What a great play by the rookie.

Rookie RB Damien Williams was looking like Ricky Williams with all those carries in the 4th quarter. 

The last time the Chargers were shut out was against the Chiefs 0-34 in 1999.

Chargers now have two losses within the their division and now a conference loss against the Dolphins.


VIDEO: Every Tannehill Dropback vs San Diego

Dolphins give up Home game with Jets in 2015

It was announced on Thursday that the Miami Dolphins will give up a 2015 Home game with the NY Jets and the game will be moved to a neutral field in London. The Dolphins are the first NFL team to give up a home game to a division rival.

Two things to remember with this....

1) Dolphins Principal Owner Stephen Ross is playing nice with the NFL as he wants to host a Super Bowl. Ross is trying to score brownie points with the league by giving the league what it wants hoping down the road they return the favor and they give Miami a Super Bowl once the stadium renovations are complete.

2) The Jets-Dolphins game in South Florida was never much of a Dolphins home game anyway with all the Jets fans who fill the stadium. By moving the game to London (where the Fins are popular) the Dolphins might have more of a home field advantage in reality.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dolphins going back to London in 2015

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are in fact going back to London in 2015 for a game. It is being hinted that the Dolphins are doing so in an effort to score brownie points with the league as it will help them land a Super Bowl down the road.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Michael Thomas to IR

The Dolphins have placed safety Michael Thomas on Injured Reserve with a chest injury ending his season. To replace him the Dolphins have signed Jordan Kovacs who has spent time with the Dolphins in training camp.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dolphins CRUSH Chargers

This was the start of a tough four game stretch for the Dolphins and they couldn't have started off any better. In one of their most complete games in a long time, the Dolphins crushed the Chargers 37-0. It was so bad for the Chargers that Phillip Rivers was on the bench at the end of the third quarter.

San Diego had one good drive, their opening drive. They drove to Miami's 22 where they had a fourth and one. They went for it and Rashad Jones dropped Branden Oliver for a one yard loss and that was pretty much it for the Chargers on this day. The Dolphins forced Rivers into four turnovers, sacked him three times and were in his face all game long. Brent Grimes had two picks, Rashad Jones had the other and Olivier Vernon forced Rivers fumble.

On offense the Dolphins were almost unstoppable. The only negative in the first half was a missed 45 yard field goal by Celeb Sturgis and time ran out in the first half. Ryan Tannehill had one of his finest days, going 24 of 34 for 288 yards and three TD passes. He also tacked on 47 yards on the ground.

This was a good win against a good team and a QB some consider one of the elite QB's in the NFL. If the Dolphins can continue to play at this level, the playoff drought could come to an end.

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

I can't remember a time when a Dolphins win was treated so much like a loss - and that's a good thing! Good teams find ways to win games even when they are outplayed, bad teams find excuses on why they lose. I told you last week that the Jaguars game was the typical game the Dolphins lose - but they found a way to win. That's an important step for this team.
Things I Liked:
  • Michael Thomas continues to flash when you watch games. Heads up return on the blocked field goal.
  • The team may have come out flat (again), but Olivier Vernon certainly did not. Blocked field goal, dragging down ball carriers in the backfield and applying pressure to the QB all day. ( A downfield penalty negated his sack.) 
  • I told you last week in "Things To Look For" that the Fins would get 2 picks, but not 2 pick's for TD's. Congrats to Louis Delmas and Brent Grimes!  
  • Chris McCain's tipping a pass and then turning around and tackling the ball carrier for a loss was a thing of beauty. When he plays, you see glimpses of things he can do and it's exciting. 
Not a lot to like about last week's game, and all on the defensive side of the ball. Plenty not to like.
Things I Didn't Like:
  • Coming out flat again.
  • Misdirection plays burned the Fins defense badly. Jelani Jenkins got faked out horribly on the  first fake double reverse.  Jason Trusnik was chasing air on some plays. 
  • Daryn Colledge looked like a swinging gate out there.
  • You can't come back from a 6 game suspension and jump off sides on kick block team, nullifying a missed field goal. Doesn't help your reputation as a bust Dion Jordan.
  • Jamar Taylor is a huge disappointment. Opposing quarterbacks are feasting on him. 
  • Questionable play call on Ryan Tannehill interception. It was a good defensive play to tip the ball, but why call a pass there or audible out of it when you see the defense.
  • Tannehill missed a wide open Charles Clay in the endzone, had to settle for a field goal.
This is a huge game for the Dolphins. Beating the Chargers will put the rest of the NFL on notice that they are for real and a playoff contender. Further, a victory today would make Joe Philbin's Head coaching record  20-20. Why is that important? Coaches with .500+ coaching records usually keep their jobs in the NFL.
Things To Look For Against The Chargers:
  •  TE Dion Sims has already been ruled out. This will have a huge effect on the game. He is the Fins best blocking tight end and has been playing well this season. It will give Gator Hoskins a bigger role, but the biggest beneficiaries might be  Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibson. Look for Miami to go more 3 and 4 wide receiver sets without Sims. 
  • Antonio Gates, Antonio Gates, Antonio Gates. Stopping him or at least keeping him in check will go a long way to a Fins victory. It will be interesting to see if Dion Jordan covers him like he did Rob Gronkowski last year.
  • The Chargers are coming off a Thursday Night loss giving them a little extra rest.
  • Philip Rivers is having an MVP like season and usually plays better when blitzed, the Fins need to get pressure with their front 4 if they want to win.
  • Lamar Miller and Ryan Tannehill should have success running the football today.
  • The team whose quarterback plays better and commits fewer mistakes wins this game.
This game is so tough to call. These teams are evenly matched. The Chargers were the "hot" NFL team just a few weeks ago, but they have lost 2 straight and squeaked by the Raiders before that. Rivers is having a great season, but he has 4 picks in his last 4 games, reverting back a little more to the Rivers we know and love. The majority of the 'experts" are picking the Chargers, and I want to as well, but I think this game defines whether or not the Fins are a pretender or a contender. I think the trip across country is too much for the Chargers, even with the extra rest. Prediction: Dolphins 31 Chargers 27. Enjoy the game!