Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Highlights of Ryan Tannehill press confrence

General Manager Dennis Hickey:
(Opening statement) – “I want to thank everyone for coming out and welcome all of the media members, and also want to welcome the Tannehill family from Texas. Obviously this is a big day for our organization as we announced last night that we signed Ryan (Tannehill) to a contract extension, making Ryan our quarterback not only for the present, but for the future. First I want to say thanks to Mr. (Stephen) Ross, obviously with the commitment that he has to winning and allocating the resources to be able to do this, to lock up a talented player for the long term, we appreciate that. This deal, of this magnitude, comes with a lot of hard work from a lot different people. A special thanks to Pat Dye and his work in the negotiation process with Mike Tannenbaum and Dawn Aponte and our group. At the end of the day, bottom line, Ryan wanted to be a Miami Dolphin, and we wanted him to be the Miami Dolphin for the present and the long term. Ryan brings so much to the table. There is obviously the play on the field, the talented skill set and you see that in his production over this past year throwing for over 4,000 yards, 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and also bringing the dual threat. But he brings so much more than just his play on the field, he’s also been a guy that we’ve seen grow and we’re really excited about what we’ve seen in the offseason so far, in his second year in the offense where we’re not just implementing and learning a new offense, but we’re building on what we started last year under Coach (Joe) Philbin and Coach (Bill) Lazor. We’re really excited about the growth and the future with Ryan as our quarterback. It’s also what Ryan brings as a person. All of the things that he brings, he does things the right way. We talk to our young players a lot about being a professional, Ryan epitomizes that and he’s a great example of that. He also brings a toughness and a grit that his teammates respect and enjoy following. He’s also a great ambassador for our organization, he alongside with Lauren (Tannehill) and Tannehill’s Aces, really foster the core principles of the Miami Dolphins and giving back to our community. There are so many things that he brings to the table and that’s why we couldn’t be more happy and pleased to have him as our quarterback for the present and the long term. With that, I’ll introduce Ryan.” 

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill
(Opening statement) – “Thanks, Dennis. First of all, I want to thank God for making this possible, without him nothing is possible. I want to thank our Owner Stephen Ross for believing in me, along with Dennis Hickey and Mike Tannenbaum, so many great things come with belief. I want to thank my agent Pat Dye along with Dawn Aponte for working all of the details out on this deal. I want to thank the coaching staff, Coach Philbin and the rest of the staff for all of the hard work that they put in throughout the year, for pushing me to get better each and every day, not only myself, but the rest of my teammates, and are constantly trying find ways to win. I want to thank my teammates, without them this wouldn’t be possible in any aspect. It’s so great to be able to work hard with them each and every day beyond the field, grinding it out eight, nine months of the year. I want to thank the support staff of this organization, they are the unsung heroes, the guys that are behind the scenes working each and every day to provide resources and support for us. They never get any credit, but have such a big impact on the way we show up on Sundays in the fall. I want to thank my parents, Tim and Cheryl for the way they raised me, teaching me about hard work and dedication and just doing things the right way and never getting complacent. I want to thank my wife Lauren for everything that she does for me off the field. She keeps my plate clean all year around, it allows me to come in each and every day and focus on getting better, thank you for always being there for me no matter what happens. We’re so excited to be here in South Florida. We’ve met a lot of great people, built a lot of great relationships and been involved in a lot of great causes over the last three years. To know that we’re going to be here into the future is such a blessing. We’re so thankful for that. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for us here in South Florida. I’m so excited for this team. I think we have all of the pieces that we need to have a special 2015. It’s been so fun for me to sit back, it’s been a short period of time here in the spring so far, but to be able to take a step back and see the improvement guys are making individually and we’re making as a team, as a unit, it’s been so much fun for me and I can’t wait to see where that’s going to end up once the fall comes. It’s going to pay off and I can’t wait to see it pay off. It’s going to be an exciting 2015 season and I can’t wait to see what happens.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if the contract talks were on his mind this offseason) – “I didn’t know if it was going to happen or not. I still had two years or a year, then once they extended it two years left on my deal. It wasn’t something I was expecting. Obviously once they came to me and wanted to talk, I love it here in South Florida, I believe in this team, I believe in this organization, so I was super excited to try to get something done. Fortunately enough through the hard work of a lot of people sitting in this room, we made it happen.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if there was a moment when he signed where he thought, wow, this is a lot of money) –“Yeah, I’m so blessed to be sitting here in this chair and be playing football, the dream job that I’ve always had, and the opportunity to go win a championship. Fortunately enough I signed a big deal and that’s part of it and I’m super excited about that and excited about that, but, at the end of the day it’s great, it’s a blessing, but we’re here to win.” 

Head Coach Joe Philbin: 
(On at what point did he know that Ryan was the kind of the guy they could make this type of commitment to) – “The biggest thing that I’ve been excited about is, I’ve seen the development with Ryan over a period of three years. I think he has great potential, I’m fully confident that he’s going to get better and better and better, that’s what I’m really excited about. As Dennis alluded to, this guy is a pro. Football is important to him, the game is important to him, he has great respect for the game of football. He represents the organization the right way, on and off the field. I think he’s going to get better and better and better. I’ve watched him get better each and every year and I think that trend is going to continue.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he felt that Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor’s offense helped him achieve what he did in 2014) – “I think so, I think the offense plays a big factor in it. I think the guys playing with me in the offense play a big factor in it. I think the guys playing with me in the offense add a big factor to it, the coaching staff. The longer you play, the better you should get. That’s my goal, to get better, each and every day, to get better year in and year out. Hopefully it’s just a starting point for me and I can continue to build on that.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On quarterbacks being judged on wins and Super Bowls and his thoughts on that) – “We’re here to win, that’s what we get paid to do. That’s why the coaching staff is here, that’s why Dennis is here, we’re all trying to find ways to build a winning team and do everything we can to win. Like you said, that’s the ultimate factor in judging quarterbacks, winning games. We’re constantly trying to find ways to win more games and I’m excited about the season that’s coming up and going into the future here. I think we’re going to win a lot of games.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On carrying the added pressure that comes with a big contract) – “My approach isn’t going to change. The way I prepare, the way I go ab out each and every day, the way I approach the game, it doesn’t change, I’m getting paid more, yes. But, my preparation, I’ve always taken this game as serious as you could take it. Nothing changes in that preparation and I think that’s where consistency helps you perform week in and week out.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On taking on more leadership with all of the new faces at wide receiver) – “I think I’m the leader of this team as it is. I don’t think getting paid or anything like that makes me more of a leader. I think I’m a leader as it is. I’ve continued to become more of a leader as I move forward, but I feel great about my leadership at this point. I’m excited about the future.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On the challenge of all of the new wide receivers) – “Obviously it’s a challenge to get on the same page. It’s been great to work with those guys starting back in March on our own and now once the offseason program started. Seeing those guys improve with our route concepts, the way we run routes, being able to coach those guys through the process, has been really fun for me. There is a lot of natural ability out there, pass catching ability with DeVante (Parker),Kenny Stills, Jarvis (Landry) obviously we all saw what he could do last year, bringing Greg Jennings into the mix. All of these guys are great receivers and have a lot of great natural, pass catching ability. I think we’re going to be tough to cover. You talk about sideline to sideline, you add Jordan Cameron into the mix, as well as Dion Sims and the backs, we have a lot of talented guys that, it’s going to be tough to cover us all.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he feels that more is on his shoulders this season because of the departure of many of last year’s players) – “I always think there is a lot on the quarterback. Teams either win or lose a lot of the time by the quarterback’s play. That doesn't change. I have to perform, week in and week out. I can’t do more than what I’m asked to do. The guys around me all have a job to do and I feel great about those guys. I think we have, like I said, all of the pieces in place to have a special 2015 and I’m really excited about the talent we have and the team that we’re building.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On how he feels about being compared to other quarterbacks in the league and their salaries) – “That’s what you guys do. I don’t say that in a negative term, but that’s your job to compare and write things. It doesn’t affect what I do here in the building and the way I play. I prepare to go out and win each and every game. To get better each and every day. What’s written about me or said about me; it has no influence on that.” 

Dennis Hickey: 
(On what has changed from eight months ago when Coach Philbin before the Raiders game would not commit to Tannehill as the starter to now when Hickey says Tannehill is the starter for the present and the long term) – “We always believed in Ryan. As you see the growth and you see him progress, you see obviously the talent and the growth that you saw on a daily basis – not only from games but also in practice and you saw all the makings of being a top quarterback. That’s what we saw, that’s what we believed in. We’re glad to make this commitment to him because we believe in him.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he believes he is a championship-caliber quarterback) – “Yes, that’s why I’m here – it’s to win the championship. If these guys didn’t believe in me, then I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair. I believe I am, I’m working each and every day to bring that championship back to Miami.” 

Ryan Tannehill: 
(On if he sees himself ever coming close to the quarterback of the franchise as Dan Marino was) – “I hope so. Dan obviously had a great career; a long-storied career that is going to live in history forever. I don’t measure myself up against him. But at the same time, I’d love to have a career that stands up to his. And ultimately, I want to win championships.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ryan Tannehill signs extension

The Miami Dolphins have officially landed a stable QB for the future as Ryan Tannehill has signed an extension with the Dolphins through 2020 season. In his three year career, Tannehill has started 48 games (dependable). He has a 62% completion percentage in his career (1029/1662), 11,252 yards (3,750/yr), 63 TDs. His career QB ratings is 84. The Dolphins have seen plenty of improvement in his first three seasons, particularly last year when he put up career highs in TDs, Comp % and yards. He also showed flashes of running the ball well, with tying an NFL record with four runs of 20 or more in four consecutive games. Granted he is 23-25 as a starter, not all the losses are on him. Contract details will follow, but Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald states it's around $15 million per year.


UPDATE: Tannehill's extension is for 4 years, $96 million and around $25 million fully guaranteed per multiple reports.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Garo Yepremian Has Passed Away

It's with a heavy heart we have to announce that former Miami Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian has passed away. Garo was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014. Garo passed away Friday morning at a hospital in Media, PA.

Known for his over the top personality and larger than life persona Garo was one of the most popular Dolphins players in the 1970's.  His life story is truly amazing, born and raised on the Island of Cyprus as a child his family didn't have indoor plumbing and they stayed warm by burning olive pits. When he finally came to America as a child he saw a few minutes of a football game on TV and believed he could kick the ball like the people he saw on TV and just began to practice what he saw on TV that one day. Garo made 2 Pro Bowls and was voted to the All Decade team for the 1970's.

The staff of DolphinsTalk.com would like to send their condolences to Garo's friends and family.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Shula: Dolphins Didn't Deflate Any Balls

Don Shula says he's proud of his legacy with the Miami Dolphins because they never deflated balls.
Full Story Here

Friday, May 8, 2015

What numbers are the rookies wearing...

Wide receiver DeVante Parker will wear #11. 

Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will wear #97. 

Offensive lineman Jamil Douglas will wear #75. 

Cornerback Bobby McCain will wear #28. 

Running back Jay Ajayi will wear #33. 

Safety Cedric Thompson will wear #41. 

Cornerback Tony Lippett will wear #36.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dolphins Depth Chart


QB: 1- Ryan Tannehill 2- Matt Moore 3-Josh Freeman 4-Mcleod Bethel-Thompson

RB: 1-Lamar Miller 2-Jay Ajayi 3-Damien Williams 4-Mike Gillislee 5-Lamichael James

WR: 1-Devante Parker 2-Kenny Stills 3-Jarvis Landry 4-Greg Jennings 5-Rishard Matthews 6-Matt Hazel 7-Michael Preston 8- Tyler McDonald 9-  Laron Byrd 10- Christian Jones 11-Nigel King 12- Damarr Autman

TE: 1-Jordan Cameron 2-Dion Sims 3-Arthur Lynch 4- Jake Stoneburner 5-Gerrel Robinson 6-Ryan Taylor

LT: 1-Branden Albert 2-Jason Fox 3- Mickey Bacaus

RT: 1- Ju'wan James 2- Jeff Likenbach 3-Mike Liedtke

C: 1-Mike Pouncey 2-Jd Walton 3-Jacques Mccledon

LG: 1- Billy Turner 2-Jamil Douglas 3-Aundrey Walker

RG: 1-Dallas Thomas 2- Sam Brenner 3- Mark Aspen


DT: 1-Ndamukong Suh 2-Earl Mitchell 3-Jordan Phillips 4-AJ Francis 5-Anthony Johnson           
6-Deandre Coleman 7-Kamal Johnson 8-Ellis McCarthy

DE: 1-Cameron Wake 2-Olivier Vernon 3-Derick Shelby 4- Terrence Fede 5-Emmanuel Dieke 
6-Ray Drew 7- Kendall Montgomery

LB: 1-Jelani Jenkins 2-Koa Misi 3-Kelvin Sheppard 4-Chris Mccain 5-Spencer Paysinger
 6-Jordan Tripp 7-Jake Knott 8- Zach Vigil 9- Mike Hull 10- Jeff Luc 11-Neville Hewitt 

CB: 1- Brent Grimes 2-Zach Bowman 3-Jamar Taylor 4-Brice Mccain 5-Will Davis 6-Bobby Mccain 7-Tony Lippett 8-Sammy Seamster

SS: 1-Reshad Jones 2- Cedric Thompson 3-Don Jones 4-Jordan Kovacs

FS: 1-Louis Delmas 2-Michael Thomas 3-Walt Aikens 4-Shamiel Gary

Special Teams

K: 1-Caleb Sturgis 2-Andrew Frank

P: 1-Brandon Fields 2-Matt Darr

LS: John Denney

Monday, May 4, 2015

Did you Know...

If/When La'El Collins is cleared of any charges in the murder of his girlfriend he will able to sign with any team. DID YOU KNOW that Dolphins President Mike Tannenabum used to work for the agency and the agents that represents Collins.Just something to keep in mind when Collins is ready to sign with an NFL team.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dolphins sign a bunch of Undrafted Free Agents

This list is growing and is fluid at this time but these are the names that are confirmed to be signed by the Miami Dolphins at this time as undrafted free agents.

Mickey Baucus, LT, Arizona:  
Matt Darr, punter, Tennessee
Zach Vigil, LB, Utah St
Mike Hull, LB, Penn State 
Jeff Luc, LB, Cincinnati  
Andrew Franks, K, RPI  
Nigel King, WR, Kansas  
Michael Liedtke, OL, Illinois State  
Demarr Aultman, WR, Maine  
Neville Hewitt, LB, Marshall 
Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA
Kendall Montgomery, DL, Bowling Green  
Christion Jones, WR, Alabama  
Ray Drew, DE, Georgia

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The 4 players the Fins took in Round 5

The Dolphins had 4 picks in Round 5 and they took some quality players including one that might end up being the steal of the entire draft. Here is some info and video highlights of the players.

CB Bobby McCain Memphis
RB Jay Ajayi Boise St
FS Cedric Thompson Minnesota
CB/WR  Tony Lippett Michigan St

The biggest name of the bunch is Jay Ajayi out of Boise who many had as a Top 50 player and a 2nd round draft pick. Concerns over his knee caused him to take a free fall to the 5th round. Ajayi runs hard and is a natural receiver out of the backfield. Even with his so called "knee issue" he never missed a game in college.

Bobby McCain is a small CB but will be a weapon on special teams. He is a dynamic return man and is a solid tackler. Expect to see McCain as a key player on special teams.

Tony Lippett can play either WR or CB but it looks like Miami will use him on defense and not offense. Lippett is another guy expect to see a lot of on special teams this upcoming season.
Cederic Thompson is someone who is described as having average skills and not a dynamic athlete. Will be interesting to see what the Dolphins have in mind for him. 

Dolphins select OG Jamil Douglas in the 4th Round

Jamil Douglas from Arizona State: ESPN Draft Profile

Jamil Douglas

  • OG
  • 6-4, 304 lbs
  • Arizona St

2015 Draft Pick Info
2015 Draft Results

Overall Football Traits

Production22010: Redshirted2011 (13/0): OG 2012 (13/13): OG 2013 (14/14): OG2014 (13/13): LOT
Height-Weight-Speed2Above average blend of height, weight and top-end speed with good arm length. Thick trunk but tapered legs with thin ankles.
Durability1Built well and has appeared in every game over the past four seasons.
Intangibles3First name is pronounced Juh-MILL. Hard worker in the weight room and takes care of body. Played tight end/H-back as a senior after primarily being featured at left tackle during the early part of his high school career. Douglas and former teammate Lee Adams were caught on video stealing an Xbox and laptops from another player's dorm room in 2010. Model student and player after the incident. Graduated from Arizona State with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and spent last fall working on a master's in liberal studies while maintaining a 3.92 GPA
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Offensive Guard Specific Traits

Pass Protection3Flashes ability to mirror once locked on but he's an average athlete that struggles to recover when oversets to the outside and struggles to stay in front when doesn't get hands inside. Gets set quickly and flashes ability to ride edge rushers past quarterback but length raises concern about ability to protect the edge at NFL level and may have to slide inside to succeed. Struggles to sink and gives too much ground to speed to power.
Run Blocking4Flashes ability to uncoil and knock defenders back but exception not norm. Doesn't regularly drive through initial contact and create push either. Plays high and tends to stop moving feet on contact. Adequate range and angles climbing up to second level but doesn't show great body control and has problems adjusting to moving targets in space. Quick and wide enough to develop into an effective zone blocker with improved footwork and hand placement. Hands slide outside far too much at this point.
Awareness3Recognizes defenders creeping up and picks up blitzes in pass pro. Not as consistent recognizing and reacting to line stunts though adequate in that area. As a run blocker has problems adjusting on the fly and locating assignment when defensive front shifts at the snap of the ball.
Toughness3Plays with an edge at times and flashes ability to finish but not a mauler that consistently plays from snap to whistle and wears out defenders with his relentless effort. Content to get into position and wall off assignment all too often.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Wish list for rounds 4-7

it was a quiet evening in Davie. The Dolphins traded back with Philadelphia and secured two extra picks in the fifth round. The Dolphins come in to the final day of the draft with five picks overall. While the didn't pick a need last night, they took BPA and added to the defense. Here is my take on the Dolphins draft targets today:

1.  Ifo Ekpre-Olomu- CB Oregon- he does have injury concerns but his production, ball skills and cover skills is something Miami is looking for. He can join the competition at CB and possibly slide in at dime packages and special teams while learning the game in the pros.

2. Jake Ryan- OLB Michigan- according to some, Ryan was loved by the coaches on his visit. He has ideal height and strength to help add depth to the LB unit. He may also push for playing time while the LB corp is one of the weakest units on the team.

3. Tre Jackson- G FSU- it's amazing how far he has fallen in this draft. I expected him to be drafted on day two and he is sitting here on day 3. He is a bit overweight and team feel his weight fluctuation may be a concern. With the new nutritional staff in Miami, he may be able to cut some weight to be able to adapt to the zone blocking scheme we run.

4. Jay Ajayi- RB Boise- injury concerns are plaguing his draft status. This power runner would be a great compliment to Lamar Miller. Ajayi also has great hands and will be able to catch check down and swing passes out of the backfield. I would compare his game to Shane Vereen

Miami can also look at ILB and possible trades with Eagles or Niners for their guards on the trade block. It is depth adding day in the draft and each of these men can help this young team continue to grow.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Dolphins select DT Jordan Phillips from Oklahoma

The Dolphins traded down with Philadelphia to pick #52 and selected DT Jordan Phillips from Oklahoma. I don't get the pick at all. The Fins just spent $60 million on Suh and we use a high pick on another DT? I know they lost Starks and Odrick but still, this is a luxury pick. Earl Mitchell next to Suh would be fine. AJ Francis and Anthony Johnson behind those two would have been fine as well. 

NFL.com Jordan Phillips WRITE UP  CLICK HERE

CBS Sports Jordan Phillips WRITE UP CLICK HERE

Round 1 recap, what to expect round 2

Everyone breathing again? Many of us Dolphins fans, were watching a huge developing story. As expected the top 2 WR were taken. Cooper lands with The a Raiders and Kevin White to the Bears. The complexion changed at 10, as front office favorite, Todd Gurley, was selected by the Rams? What, really? Some of us May have been disappointed hearing that name called. The Viking selected Waynes and it came to the Browns. My number one target (as seen in previous articles), Parker sat a top of BPA and the needy Browns seemed ready to pounce. As the clock ticked, I started gauging the thought of  reaching for Perriman or drafting Kevin Johnson. The Browns selected the top DT in the draft and a collective sigh of relief and buzz hit all of us. After the Saints selected Peat, Parker stared the Dolphins brass in the face. As the clock wound down to under 30 seconds, I pondered that Miami may have traded the pick. WE DIDNT AND LANDED OUR GUY. Parker instantly gives Ryan Tannehill a big bodied WR with a ridiculous catch radius. There should be no excuses now that the Dolphins have 5 very capable WR on the roster. Landry, Parker, Jennings, Stills and Cameron provide  some serious weapons. I can't  wait to see how this progresses offensively.

Looking forward to day 2, there are still many holes to fill. In an ideal situation, Tannebaum will look to move back in round two in my opinion. May be able to pick up a swap of second rounders and maybe a 4th in the process. If Miami stays put, here are the names to look for:

1. Denzel Perryman- ILB-?will Miami land their guy again? Perryman is a hometown product that can play side line to side line. Gruden felt he could be a top 10 player in this draft. He would be a monster behind Suh.

2. Benardrick McKinney-  ILB- a great three down backer who played against elite competition. His knock is getting pushed around at the line of scrimmage and can lose the RB in play action and mis direction.

3. Eric Rowe- CB- would be a dream of he fell to Miami. He would add depth and competition to start opposite of Grimes.

4. Ali Marpet- OG- a mauling guard and a position of need. I, like many of you, would prefer to see Dallas Thomas cut and not penciled in as a starter at guard. Marpet will transform our OL and provide a great work ethic and a mean streak on the field

5. Gain more assets with trade down- this seems to be a logical scenario with Miami trying to build the middle of their top heavy roster. Value is unknown on what they could get back but the possibility of jumping back into the third round while hanging on to a late second would be a huge win for the front office.

The draft continues at 7:00 pm tonight and we will have all the coverage for you here, at Dolphinstalk.com.