Friday, October 30, 2015

James OUT 4-6 weeks, DVP's Foot is Fine accroding to Campbell

WQAM in Miami is reporting Dolphins right tackle JaWuan James will miss 4-6 weeks with a toe injury. If I am the Dolphins I wouldn't rush James back to play in the last 3 or 4 games of the season (which could very well be meaningless at this point.) I would rest James up and get him ready for next year. It would be a wise decision to shut him down for 2015. Toe injuries are very serious and caused the retirements of players like OJ McDuffie and Larry Csonka.

In other news Dan Campbell told the media that DeVante Parker's foot is "fine." DVP had to be carted off the field last night and brought to the back. What does "fine" mean, we don't know. Will he play in 10 days vs Buffalo or will he miss significant time?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Nightmare in New England

The last 2 games showed to be the exception and not the rule. Miami was destroyed and owned in every way tonight vs the Pats. Dan Campbell's honeymoon is over in Miami after this embarrassing loss.

To put salt in the wound the Dolphins saw Cam Wake probably play his last game in a Miami uniform. He ruptured his achilles tendon and his season is over. Wake who is older and has a huge contract already told the front office he wasn't going to take a pay cut in 2016 prior to the start of this season. Miami now has no reason to hold onto him and pay him anything as he is an older player coming off a major in jury. Expect to see him let go in the offseason.

The news got worse for Miami when Devante Parker had to be carted to the locker-room with a foot injury. The same foot injury he had at Louisville and caused Parker to miss almost all of training camp and the preseason. Another first round draft pick for the Fins that looks like will not make a contribution this year.

And the Fins started the night losing JuWuan James to a toe injury. And don't just brush that off, a toe injury caused the retirements of Larry Csonka and OJ McDuffie. Those are very painful and serious.

With 4 losses and being 0-3 in the division the Dolphins playoff hopes are all but over. Now its a matter of how much heart this team plays with the rest of the way.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dan Campbell's Favorite Meal

Week 7 Preview: Houston Texans vs Miami Dolphins

Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins (-4)
1:00PM Kickoff
Announcers- Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots

After 3 long weeks, the Miami Dolphins return home to Sun Life Stadium to take on the Houston Texans.  While this match-up is pretty even on paper, it could go in either direction.  Let's start talking about the Texans.

The Texans (2-4) have had inconsistent QB play week in and week out.  Brian Hoyer was named the starter in the preseason, only to be benched in the second half of the home opener in favor of Ryan Mallet.  Mallet started 3 games and he was then benched in favor of Hoyer, who is now the QB for the forseeable future, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.  The Texans have a great front 7, led by arguably the best player in the NFL in J.J Watt.  In Tannehill's only start versus Houston, he was tortured by the Texan's defense led by Watt, albeit Tannhill's first start of his career.  Houston's defense ranks 11th in total yards per game and 22nd in points allowed per game.  Watt, currently has 4 sacks on the season with 5 passes defended, to go along with 28 total tackles.  Look for Watt to put immence pressure on RT Ja'Wuan James.  Clowney is questionable with an ankle injury but is expected to suit up for this contenst. 

On the other side of the ball, the Texans offense are 6th in yards per game and 21st in points per game.  While they gain tons of yards and Arian Foster continues to recover from his injury, they typically stall.  They are a -5 in the turnover differential which has hindered their success.  D'Andre Hopkins has been a beast and he is going to be a headache in the secondary with Brice McCain banged up.  Look for the Texans to try and get Arian Foster started early, to see if they can have success as the Dolphins first four opponents have had. 

As the Texans came off a victory on the road versus the Jaguars, the Dolphins returned from their bye week with a convincing and dominating win on the road against the Titans 38-10.  The Dan Campbell Era was ushered in with a very aggressive defensive front, and an offensive line that helped protect Tannehill and game Lamar Miller some serious holes to run through on the way to 119 yards on the ground.  The team tallied 180 yards total on 30+ carries.  While the turnover bug hit, the Dolphins Defense performed at a level we all expected when the season began.  Led by a 4 sack performance by Cameron Wake, the Dolphins defense stifled Marcus Mariota and stopped their rushing attack.  I expect to see a heavy dose of run from Houston, so watch for Suh and company try and shut the Texans run game down to make them one dimensional going forward.  Miami is currently ranked 24th in yards per game defensively and 12th in points allowed per game.

The Dolphins need to continue their offensive spark from last week.  They currently rank 24th in both yards per game and points per game.  Look for a heavy dose of Lamar Miller and possible read option/designed runs from Tannehill to get the offense going.  While a quick passing attack featuring Mathews and Landry to pick up decent yardage in short down and distances.  Dan Campbell will not veer from his game plan he deployed last week, but look for Lazor/Saunders to sprinkle in some wrinkles in the offense to keep Houston off balance.  Their major task is to keep J.J Watt out of the Dolphins backfield and pocket.  James and possibly Cameron/Sims will need to take on Watt just about every play.

The Dolphins come in looking to get to .500 before a trip to New England, so it is imperative that they get this win this Sunday at home.  The Dolphins are 4-5 in their last 9 home games and 0-7 lifetime versus the Texans.  I hope to see a filled stadium and fans screaming at the top of their lungs, propelling the Dolphins to a much needed home victory, to keep the hopes of the playoffs in balance as they approach the difficult part of their schedule.

Prediction:  Dolphins 27- Texans 21
Season: 3-2

Friday, October 16, 2015

Week 6 Preview: Dolphins at Titans

Dolphins @ Titans (-1.5)
1:00PM Kickoff- Nissan Stadium
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Buereline

After a very busy week, the Miami Dolphins look to get back to business in the football sense.  The Dolphins come into Tennessee with a renewed hope for their dreadful start.  After the firing of Joe Philbin, the Dolphins promoted tight ends coach Dan Campbell to be their head coach.  Within the first few days, Campbell made many moves.  He started with the hiring of long time offensive coach Al Saunders to assist Bill Lazor and fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.  While these moves are a start, it is by no means the correction to the current problems.  Miami ranks near dead last in defense and offense in most major categories.  They will look to get that turned around against a stingy group coached by Dick Lebeau. 

Dan Campbell has stated it starts with being more aggressive on both sides of the ball.  In his first practice, Campbell started out with full pads and the Oklahoma drill, pitting offense versus defense one on one.  He wants more intensity, which is needed after Philbin's lack of it for 3+ years.  The problems really seem to stem from lack of running the ball and lack of stopping it, area's that made the offense successful last season and the defense for the first 10 weeks in stopping the run.  There is hope that will change this week, with Miami bringing in a more simplified attack on both sides of the ball.

On the other side, the Titans will look to rebound after a tough loss to the Buffalo Bills last week 14-13.  They were unable to hold on to the lead late, with the Bills applying pressure to Mariota and making him make bad decisions with the football.  These teams are quite evenly matched offensively, with both struggling to run the football and put up points.  The biggest difference is defensively, where the Titans rank 3rd overall in yard allowed per game.  They are only allowing offenses to convert 31% of third down attempts, an area where Miami struggles as well. 

This game is vital.  If the Dolphins do not find a way to rebound and string together a couple wins (Titans/Texans are a good start), this season will continue to downward spiral.  With a new head coach and hopefully a new mentality, the Dolphins can find a way to pull this one out.  I believe THEY WILL, establishing the run in the process and not turning the ball over.  Getting a lead early is important, as the Titans have shown an inability to come back.  Will the Dolphins start quick?  We all hope.

Dolphins 24 Titans 23

Season record 2-2


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Game prediction @ Titans

Dolphins @ Titans: The bye week came at the right time for this Dolphins team and it will as they will play inspired for their new head coach. For the first time this season the Dolphins offense will start off fast as Ryan Tannehill finds Jordan Cameron in the back of the end zone for one of his three touchdown passes. Mariota will do all he can, but much like last week he will be unable to lead his team back from a deficit. Dolphins win 27-17

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dolphins Interested in Sean Payton

ESPN and other various outlets are reporting that Saints Head Coach Sean Payton  is on the Dolphins (and various other teams) radar. Now, Payton is still under contract to the Saints for a few more years so if any team this offseason wants Payton they will have to part with draft picks.

While I would have zero problem with Payton as the Dolphins head coach I am not in favor of trading away any draft picks to get him.  But the clear sign this news sends is that Dan Campbell has zero shot of keeping this job after the season. This report and news leaking is a clear sign that the Dolphins front office wants a coach with a big name, a big reputation, and a big time track record of success.  Sure, in "Fantasy Land" if Campbell leads the Dolphins to the playoffs he will probably keep the job. But if you think the Dolphins are making the playoffs, well not sure how to break this to ya but I got some news about Santa Clause that you might want to sit down for.

It's not happening! Campbell is just a guy to coach the next 12 games then he will be sent on his way.  I am not sure if this Sean Payton story has any real legs but the one thing it does do is let you know the mind-set in Miami right now and what they are looking for at the end of the season.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coyle Canned

Embattled Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle joined former head coach Joe Philbin in the unemployment line today in a move that should shock absolutely no one. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will take over for Coyle.

It's going to be interesting to see what these guys can do in 2 weeks. Now, my colleague Mike Oliva is very likely 100% correct when he says "Campbell is just here to coach out the season till the end of the year and then he will hit the bricks too and be out of work", but I want to see how it goes before drawing any conclusions. Though not likely, what if Campbell turns it around and the Dolphins win 7 or 8 of their final 12? Does he deserve a shot at the job permanently?

I didn't have as much faith in the Dolphins having a big season as others this year for 2 reasons, and those reasons are both gone now, so forgive me for a little wishful thinking :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Don't Let The Door Hit Ya on the Way Out Joe! Good Riddance

Always looked lost and confused
THANK YOU GOD! Joe Philbin is finally gone! How this move wasn't made at the end of last year I have no idea. Well, actually I know exactly why it wasn't done at the end of last year but that is a different story for a different day. Joe Philbin is gone and it's time to clean house with this roster and coaching staff.

Joe Philbin never looked the part of an NFL Head Coach and never looked like he was comfortable in the role when he was in front of the camera or on the sideline. Always looked out of place and as I said when they hired him on Day 1; he looks more like the organization's accountant and not the head coach.

Philbin never showed any fire, never showed any emotion, which is a style but not a style that you can continue to keep when you underachieve year after year after year.  At some point you have to try a different tact to see if you can get a better result and for Joe that never happened.

Where did Joe Philbin go wrong, well the question is where to start I guess. If Philbin had his way Mike Sherman would still be the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins in 2015. Philbin's loyalty to Kevin Coyle after last season was his eventual downfall. I mean as a head coach you are given one of the elite defensive players in the game today in Suh and the defense gets worse than it was the year before and the year before it was utter garbage. It's a sign your defensive coordinator is clueless and you as the head coach are more clueless because you keep sticking by this guy.  The other nail in the coffin is the inability to fix the offensive line. Training camp isn't that long and Philbin and his staff were always moving guys here or there, trying them out on the right side, trying them out on the left side. I mean for christ sakes Training Camp is only about a month long or so, you don't have weeks on end to tinker like that. Jamil Douglas has only played the left side of the offensive in his college career, so why waste the first 3 weeks of training camp where he is working on the left side only to put him on the right side and then give the kid only about 10-13 days to figure it out and when the games start for real he is your starter on the right side? Either put him on the right side of the o-line from Day 1 or don't put him there at all.  You can't throw him to the wolves like that and expect a good result. Another example, last year Branden Albert goes down to injury, instead of putting Jason Fox to LT and keeping James at RT, they move James to LT and put Fox at RT. Since that move JuWuan James has regressed and has turned into a bad offensive linemen on both sides. Before that he was growing into an above average RT. Not to mention this year, Albert still injured instead of going back to last years plan he does the move that he should have done last year in keeping James at RT and putting Fox at LT. Philbin couldn't ever make up his mind he was like a woman in a shopping mall.

But the blank stare, always dumbfounded, clueless head coach is finally gone. The season is over, don't think Dan Campbell is going to step in and win a bunch of games and lead some miracle turnaround. The offensive line still stinks to high heaven, the secondary is brutal, and there is a laundry list of other problems that no magic wand can fix.

Campbell is just here to coach out the season till the end of the year and then he will hit the bricks too and be out of work.

So, that leads the question who will the Fins be looking at once the season ends to be the next head coach. Here is the "SHORT LIST" of names you can take to the banke...

1) Urban Meyer--Ross loves his Michigan and he can hurt Ohio St by stealing Urban
2) Jim Schwartz--Total opposite of Philbin personality wise; knows how to coach Suh
3) Adam Gase--Brilliant young offensive mind
4) Mike Sumlin--Respected young up and coming coach who has turned down NFL interviews in the past and might be ready to make the jump now
5) Kyle Shanahan--Like Gase a brilliant offensive mind
6) Eric Mangini -Ties to Tannenbaum (although Tannenbaum did Fire his ass in NY, he is close with Ross)

To me if Urban Meyer wants the job he gets the job. He has won at Florida, won at Ohio St and he has stated he will go to the NFL someday. Someday might be now. If the Fins let him pick his own GM, he has a capable QB in place with Tannehill, and he will probably have a Top 5 draft pick to work with....that's as good a situation you will ever walk into in the NFL.

The Fins have been spurned before by coaching candidates, those days are over. This team is attractive for many reasons and the Fins will be players for the big name coaching candidates.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

My Prediction

I see writers and fans all over predicting a Dolphins victory today and I wonder why? What have they done to make people think they will pull out a victory today over the NY Jets? They can't run or stop the run. They have made mediocre quarterbacks look like All Pros. They can't block. They have coaches who seem clueless as to how to fix these problems. Why would anyone predict a Dolphin victory today?
Some are pointing to last year, saying this is a similar situation. In a way it is. Miami was 1-2 and had lost 2 in a row coming into the London game. The difference is Oakland was a weak team last year and the NY Jets are not. Todd Bowles (who was my choice to retain the job in 2012) has the Jets playing very well this year. Even last week when they were down big they fought back to make it a close game. The Dolphins have no such fight in them. They are not playing with fire or any sense of urgency.
The Jets play smash mouth football, similar to Buffalo, the kind of play Miami has trouble dealing with. In the end, the Jets come out on top:
NY Jets 27  Miami 10

Halftime Comments
The Dolphins are flat and playing uninspired football as I thought they would. Their lone score was set up by 2 long pass interference calls. If not for a couple of bad passes by Fitzgerald the score could be worse. The Dolphins offense can't do squat and the Dolphins defense is struggling to stop the Jets. Joe Philbin better have some magic up his sleeve because, if you believe some of the reports, his job could be on the line.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Week 4 preview- Jets vs Dolphins

Jets (-2.5) vs Dolphins
9:30am London
Commentators- Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

The Dolphins arrive in London in the same position they were in last year. At 1-2, the turmoil is more on the coaching staff than the QB. Miami looks to rebound from a terrible defeat at the hands of the Bills in the home opener. While this game is a "home game", the team has to make the trip across waters to London, England. Miami went on this trip last year only to come out victors against the Raiders 37-13, which cost Dennis Allen his job. With the hot seat basically on fire under Joe Philbin, a loss could seal his fate before the bye week if it doesn't get turned around.

The Dolphins will be once again without LT Branden Albert as he continues to rebound from a bad hamstring. They will also be without the services of Dion Sims, who is still recovering from the concussion in week one. Jason Fox will again start at LT. This game will rest on his ability to protect Tannehill's blind side.

The Jets (2-1) come into this game after a defeat at the hands of the Eagles last week. The Jets, under Bowles, with an aggressive defensive and powerful running game. Two of the things Miami has struggled with all season. Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to manage games well for the offense, with Marshall and Decker leading the way. Decker was held out last week, but returned to full practice in preparation for this weeks game. With issues in the Dolphins secondary, watch for Grimes to shadow Marshall and have Taylor/Bowman get after Decker.

The biggest question leading up to this game is if the issues on defense will continue, or finally live up to the hype from the pre season. While optimistic, this team cannot be trusted until they prove it on the field. Look for the Jets to run the ball and control the clock and force Tannehill to make plays. If Miami can get the running game on track, this could be a different outcome. But like I said earlier, can we trust them to do that?

Prediction- Jets 24 Dolphins 17

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Miko Grimes Update

WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco Recently arrested Miko Grimes has been given permission to travel to London this weekend to watch her husband play. She has a scheduled court arraignment on October 27th and she is facing 2 felony charges. The judge allowed her to go to London on the condition that upon her return to Miami she must return to court to prove she is back in the United States.

Miko has been fired by her WQAM weekend radio show following the arrest.

Game prediction vs Jets

Jets @ Dolphins: These teams travel overseas to London for this game and one of these teams will look to get back on track with a division win. This will game will be closely contested, but Ryan Tannehill will lead the Dolphins to a victory by throwing two touchdowns and over 300 yards. Dolphins win 20-13