Monday, September 28, 2015

Conversation With a Friend

I had a conversation some time around the draft with a friend who is also a fellow Dolphins fan and a Joe Philbin supporter. I also expressed my opinion to a few other Dolphin fans who thought I was crazy. This particular conversation went like this....
ME: I really wish the Dolphins had fired Philbin and brought in Rex Ryan.
My Friend: Are you crazy? Ryan is not a good coach. He will never amount to anything in Buffalo. He'll be lucky to win 4 or 5 games.
ME: I don't think so. He had nothing to work with in New York.
My Friend: What has he done that's even worth considering?
ME: He did go to the AFC Championship game twice with Mark Sanchez.
My Friend: Yes, and what has he done lately?
ME: Not much, but like I said, he had nothing to work with.
My Friend: We'll be fine with Philbin. He's a good coach and we need to keep some continuity.
ME: Yes, that is what Ross says too, but Philbin is not a motivator, he doesn't inspire. Ryan does.
My Friend: (laughing) Well, we'll see.
ME: OK, so Ross wanted to keep Philbin for continuity sake, but he should have made one of the conditions that he replace Kevin Coyle. He is a horrible defensive coordinator.
My Friend: Coyle will be just fine. They signed Suh. That will take care of their run stopping problems.
ME: I think it takes more than just signing good players. You have to have good coaching too.
My Friend: The defensive line will be like a brick wall. You'll see.
This week my conversation with that same friend will be, if another former Dolphin (Jets head coach Todd Bowles) embarrasses the Dolphins on national TV, does Ross use the bye week to pull the plug on the Philbin era and do something to try and save the season?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Breaking News: Miko Grimes Arrested

Resident Loud Mouth and arrogant Jerk Miko Grimes (wife of Dolphins CB Brent Grimes) was arrested after the game today. The official word is Miko was arrested for battery against a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest with violence. The police department is saying Miko "headbutted an officer."Needless to say I am sure WQAM will "relieve her of her duties" tomorrow and let her go. If you have ever read Miko's twitter feed and listened to her on the radio it's no surprise that this outburst is possible as she is very colorful to say the least and has shown fits of rage on twitter and the radio.





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

I got some egg on my face after last week's predictions, that's for sure. Who would have thought that Miami's defense could not register a sack. I definitely walked away from last weeks game with a totally different feeling about these Dolphins. I, like many, thought there was a huge media and fan overreaction about the Fins victory after week 1.  The sky was not falling. However, after last week's stinker against the Jags, I see bad things in this team's future. I am a homer, been a fan for longer than I would like to admit, but I see a scenario where the wheels come off quickly to the 2015 season. It was an unacceptable performance from top to bottom last week.  In my humble opinion Joe Philbin is coaching for his job over the next 2 weeks. Do I think he would be fired if Miami is 1-3 at the bye week? Probably not, but you can bet that Mike Tannebaum will already be putting out feelers on who might be interested. Watching this game again, I found very little to like, maybe I was jaded already knowing the outcome.

Things I Liked:
  • WR's Rishard Mathews and Jarvis Landry putting up 100+ receiving yards.
  • Congrats to TE Jake Stoneburner for his 1st NFL reception being a TD.
  • Chris McCain getting a hand on a 4th quarter punt, almost blocking it.
  • That's it!
I told you it was a short list. Look, there were some nice drives, but that's what they are supposed to do. There was plenty to dislike, I will try to keep it brief.

Things I Didn't:
  • Greg Jennings has got to catch passes. Ryan Tannehill went to him several times on 3rd down, they didn't convert any. If he can't be relied on to catch passes at key times in the game, then put someone else in. We supposedly are pretty deep at WR.
  • Speaking of which,  we did trade for WR Kenny Stills, right? Wouldn't really know after 2 games.
  • I think it's time to get  Koa Misi back in the middle, and Chris McCain to SLB. 
  • And when  Cameron Wake could not go, why not let McCain rush the passer? It's not like Derrick Shelby or Terence Fede were getting pressure.
  • The refs seemed to call lots of ticky tack penalties against the Fins.
  • The sequence at the end of the half was detrimental in determining the outcome. Bad time management I thought by the Fins. Bad miss by our rookie kicker. Bad penalty call by the refs, horrible spot by the refs. Six point swing, momentum with Jags at half.
  • Jared Odrick coming up with a big sack (something he never did while in Miami)
  • Olivier Vernon should know better then getting a ridiculous penalty. He has not been playing like it's a contract year.
  • The Dolphins continually start every game flat. 
I could go on and on about what I didn't , but I promised I would try to make it brief. I don't feel good about this week. Tackle Branden Albert looks like he is out, which makes the Bills D line that much more frightening. Our Tight End depth is horrible. Lamar Miller is banged up. Home opener or not, I don't like this game at all.

Things To Look For Against The Bills:
  • Charles Clay will want to replicate what Odrick  did last week and a have big game against his former team. Should be a good match up between him and Jelani Jenkins.
  • Expect Rex Ryan to confuse the Fins offensive lineman and bring pressure from all different places.
  • The Bills will run LeSean McCoy until Miami's defense can prove they can stop it. 
  • Mobile QB's have given the Dolphins fits in the past. 
  • The Bills WR's are by far the most talented the Fins have seen this young season. I expect the Fins to have problems.
  • The Bills defense got burned last week with lots of quick passes. Expect the Fins to try the same thing, expect the Bills to counter with having D lineman stop rushing and trying to bat down Tanehill passes. He gets a couple batted down every game, expect a few more.
Like I said, I walked away after last week's game with a totally different view. If the Fins come out flat, if they cannot generate any type of run game to at least keep the Bills defense honest, and get down early, they are in for a long day.  I think this one could be ugly. Prediction: Bills 27 Dolphins 12. Hope I'm wrong. Everyone enjoy the game!


@carlccrowley

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dolphins Painting the Endzone for Sunday's game


In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, here are some news and notes from this past week.

-Branden Albert is Doubtful to play this week. Leaving Jason Fox to start at LT vs one of the top defensive lines in the league and a team that loves to blitz. Could be a very ugly game for the Dolphins offensive line.

-Cam Wake practiced Thursday and should play Sunday. How effective he will be is a totally different question.

-Lamar Miller and Jordan Cameron will be game-time decisions to play. If Miller can't go I expect Miami won't have much of a running game this week as the o-line is poor and the starting RB out. If Cameron can't play that does limit what Miami can do on offense especially in the middle of the field.

- Opponents have dropped back to pass 61 straight times without being sacked by the Dolphins defensive line. Makes the Suh signing look really bad. This wasn't supposed to be the case. And it isn't like the Fins have played Farve and Montana here. It was Cousins and Bortles.

-At 1-1 and having two games before the Bye week don't think Joe Philbin isn't feeling the heat. Two bad loses here to the Bills and Jets leading into the Bye and being 1-3 you could very well see a coaching change. Philbin could easily be out and the Fins would promote an assistant to just finish up the season coaching this team. At 1-3 the season would be over and with the Philbin not making the playoffs he would be fired at seasons end anyway, don't be shocked to see Ross cut ties now. Is there anything to gain by doing that then, not really but he must do something to appease the fan base. And firing the guy the vast majority of fans don't like anymore would do that. Plus it would allow him to open up his coaching search very early and send feelers out to out of work coaches or college coaches he may be interested in. Just something to keep an eye on.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Game Prediction vs Bills

Bills @ Dolphins: In a AFC East match up both teams will be looking to get back on track with a win. In a battle of the defenses for most of the game the Bills will have the lead with four minutes left of the 4th quarter, but Ryan Tannehill leads the Dolphins down the field and finds Jarvis Landry for the game winning touchdown. To improve to 2-1 on the season. Dolphins win 24-20

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dolphins Trade CB Will Davis to Ravens

Breaking news out of Miami as multiple reports are out this afternoon that the Dolphins have traded CB Will Davis to the Ravens. ESPN is reporting the Dolphins got a 7th round pick in return.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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

I couldn't wait to watch this game again.  Judging by both the media and fan reaction, I was sure that when I watched the game again, the Dolphins would lose. Good news, they didn't. I warned you about last week's game. It is difficult to win on the road, week 1 in the NFL. Don't think so, ask the Philadelphia Eagles how difficult it is.  It was ugly (as I predicted), but the Fins caused Kirk Cousins to turn the ball over (as I predicted), and the Fins pulled out a victory ( as I predicted!). Was that a playoff team we saw on the field, absolutely not, but it's alright, the playoffs don't start for 16 weeks.  There were lots of things to dislike about the Fins performance, but there were also a couple of good things if you looked hard enough (besides the W!).

Things I Liked:
  • Who picked rookie defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to get Miami's first sack of the season? Congrats to Phillips for his first career sack.
  • Nice picks by Brent Grimes & Brice McCain.
  • Jordan Cameron with a good debut as a Dolphin, that wheel route diving catch was pretty. 
  • Reshad Jones came to play.
  • Ryan Tannehill definitely has confidence in Rishard Mathews. Mathews ran a great route on the TD pass, but I was even more impressed when Thill went back to him on 3rd in 1 late in the 4th to extend a drive allowing the Fins to burn more time. 
  • Both coordinators need to at least get a little thumbs up for the adjustments they made at half. 
  • Biggest difference and possibly brightest spot from last year to this year. First downs to end the game. Miami got 2 first downs to run out the clock. Last year (last couple of years) Miami would have gone 3 and out. Or worse, turned the ball over. Last week they got first downs, including Lamar Miller getting 8 yards and an inch when it was 3rd and 8 to seal it.
Did I miss something?  You bet, but I am starting to get the feeling that Jarvis Landry is just going to be special and need his own section. Real special. Best WR in that draft special.  There are some possible stars that went before him,  but he just seems like the type of guy that when you need a play, he will deliver. He did last Sunday for sure.

Things I Didn't:

  • 5 offensive plays in any quarter isn't going to cut it. Neither is starting the game going 3 and out.
  • Same problem I harped on all of last season, the defense not being able to get off the field on 3rd down.
  • Damien Williams has to run harder, not just go down on first contact.
  • I warned you last week LaMike James had a fumbling problem. Feel safer that he has been LaCut. 
  • Offense stalling in Redskins territory. To get the ball on the Redskins 21 yard line and not get points, unacceptable. First and goal at the three, I run it 4 times and challenge the Redskins to stop me.  That crazy sack fumble should not happen to playoff teams with a $96 million dollar QB. 3 Trips inside of 25 yards and you produce 3 points is not winning football.
  • To give up 162 yards rushing after all the hype this offseason was demoralizing.
  • I expected (as did many) the defensive line to get more pressure on the QB, only  one sack was disappointing to say the least. 
I could nit pick the hell out of the Fins and have 20 things I didn't like, but that's the type of game I expected. The sky is not falling, yes the Fins did not look good, but a win is a win and that's what matters. Right now there are 16 teams that wish they looked horrible and won the game, what Miami has to do is correct their mistakes, grow, keep improving and keep winning.

Things To Look For Against the Jaguars:
  • Miami's defensive line should be angry. The Jaguars have given up at least 4 sacks in 8 consecutive games. I think the streak continues.
  • Look for Jared Odrick to be fired up and play a good game against his old teammates.
  • Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon had decent debut, 12 carries for 51 yards, and the Jags averaged over 4.6 yards per carry before they had to go pass happy to try and catch up. Look for them to try and pound the ball and keep it out of QB Blake Bortles hand's.
Another game that makes me a little squeamish. The Fins should win this one, but the Jags defense was able to control Cam Newton. The Fins offense will need to play better in this one, the running game has to be more effective, and Miami can't rely on the Jags defense dropping those Thill interceptions that the Skins dropped last week. In the end, I think the run defense improves, gives Bortles fits all day, and the Fins pull away at the end. Prediction: Dolphins 31 Jacksonville 13.

Everybody enjoy the game!

@carlccrowley

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Preview: Week 2 Dolphins vs Jaguars

Miami Dolphins (-6) vs Jacksonville Jaguars
4:05pm Kickoff
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerline

After a win over Washington in week one, the Miami Dolphins left last week with more questions than answers. They look to improve to 2-0 as they travel up the interstate to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If you really listened to some players after the game, you would have believed they lost. Ryan Tannehill, who went 22/34, 226 yards and a touchdown, was disappointed in his play. He left throws on the field and overall didn't play his best. While he wasn't the biggest concern on offense, lots were left to be desired when it came to the running game. Lamar Miller only carried the ball three times in the first half, most of that had to do with the big difference in time of possession. Look for the Dolphins to get Miller going, which should help Tannehill and company to move the ball successfully.

Coming into the 2015 season, there was hope that the defense, led by Suh, would cure the defensive woes which plagued the team at the end of last season. Unfortunately, the problems were not solved against Washington, as they carved up the defense for 164 yards on the ground and 350+ total yards for the game. They were faced with cut blocking all game, which allowed the Redskins to take advantage. The pass defense continued to play well with Brent Grimes, Zack Bowman and Rashad Jones. They come into this game against Jacksonville where they had success last year, returning two INT for touchdowns en route to a 27-13 victory.

There was much hope for the Jaguars coming into this campaign. Second year Blake Bortles showed some flashes of being a good QB for this young team. Their receiving corps, also promising, looks to bounce back from a poor performance in their 20-9 defeat to the Carolina Panthers. Bortles tossed a costly interception in the third quarter, which was returned for a touchdown which sealed their fate. He wasn't helped with 5 dropped passes and poor offensive line play which led to five sacks. Bottles was sacked a leave high 54 times last season. This week they may be without 2013 first round tackle Luke Joeckel as he is nursing a ankle sprain.

Defensively, this unit has kept Jacksonville alive in many games over the past year. They held Carolina to 13 points in week one, stifling Cam Newton and the rest of the offense. Led by Paul Posluszny, they are poised to bring the attack to try to force Miami to being one dimensional, which they were against Washington as well as last season in this matchup in particular. The Jags will be missing Jonathan Cyprien, their good Safety as well as Sen'Derick Marks, their big DT in this game.

Here are key players in injury report leading up to the game.

Dolphins Injury Report:

Olivier Vernon (ankle) - Probable
Cameron Wake (hamstring) - questionable, likely to play
Rashad Jones (hamstring)- questionable
Derek Shelby- (Eye)- questionable
Dion Sims (concussion)- out

Jaguars Injury report:

Jonathan Cyprien- Doubtful
Andre Branch- Out
Luke Joeckel- questionable
Sen'Derick Marks- Out
Toby Gerhert- Doubtful
Dwayne Gratz- Out
Marquise Lee- Probable

Prediction:

While this again is another mismatch on paper, this may be another nail biter if the a Dolphins defense can't get off the field. Look for the Dolphins to try and establish the run early, to allow the play action pass and read option to be more effective. Look for the Dolphins defense to challenge their OL with multiple blitz packages and force these young receivers to make plays

Dolphins 24, Jaguars 14

Season record 1-0

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Game Prediction @ Jaguars

    Dolphins @ Jaguars: The Dolphins offense and defense started sloppy, but this isn't the case this week as they get off to a hot start and put away the Jags early. Tannehill has a solid day throwing over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense also makes a impact in getting 3 sacks and limiting the jaguars to only 10 points. Dolphins win 31-10

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Don't Hit the Panic Button

    I have never seen the Miami Dolphins Universe so upset after a WIN! That's right, after a WIN. I don't know if the fan-base had unrealistic expectations or thought the Redskins were on par with St. Lucy's School for Girls leading up to Sunday's game but Dolphins fans are very upset with yesterday's win and I just don't get it.

    Everyone needs to take a deep breath and come back down to planet Earth and get a reality check. Let's just go over a few things that I think many of you have forgot or are forgetting in your fits of rage.

    1) In the NFL you almost never see a team go on the road and blow out an opponent in their building. Yes, it happens but they are few and far between. And it's usually when an elite team travels to a team that is a dumpster fire and utter garbage. That wasn't the case yesterday. The Dolphins are a middle of the road AFC team and the Redskins aren't as bad as the media plays it up to be. Granted they aren't good, but they aren't 1 or 2 win season type bad. So the odds of Miami walking into Washington and winning by 30 or 40 was never realistic and never going to happen. If you honestly thought in your heart that was going to happen you might need to read this book, CLICK LINK

    2) While it wasn't a complete game by any stretch, the Dolphins defense showed in the second half why they can be special in 2015. Yes, in the first half of the first game in September the Dolphins defense was horrid. They couldn't have stopped anybody and I can't make an excuse for that. But in the 2nd half guess what, the Dolphins defense showed up and shut down the Skins. They drew multiple holding penalties, they started playing run defense at a high level, they flew to the ball, and had many 3 and outs forcing the Skins to punt. Oh, and by the way the Redskins didn't score in the 2nd half. And last I check we kept score in points so that's all that matters.

    3) One complaint that never seems to go away is anytime Tannehill throws a pass that isn't caught or is off the mark some fans just have a verbal outburst and fling their bodies into 3 year old temper tantrum mode. Folks, there isn't a QB in the league that doesn't miss on passes in games. This expectation of "perfection" that some folks hold Tannehill to has to stop. Yes he missed on a couple throws but lets also look at the o-line, it was beyond bad. PFF ranked the entire team and 3 of the bottom 4 players for the Dolphins yesterday in terms of "grades" were 3 starters on the o-line. Douglas, Thomas, and Albert. This game was no different than most Miami games the past 3 years; Tannehill getting hit hard, sacked, and throwing under constant pressure. The pocket was never clean. When that is the case the QB will struggle. That's not being a Tannehill apologist that's just being honest.

    4) I am hearing people complaining Suh didn't do enough in his first game with the Fins.  I don't know what many Dolphins fans were thinking or expecting yesterday. Did they think a DT who has been double teamed since day 1 in the league was gonna have 10 tackles and 3 sacks? Cause if you did then boy you didn't understand the reason why Suh was signed. In the preseason yes the Dolphins d-line and Suh pushed teams around. Remember though those teams didn't gameplan at all, weren't cut blocking, and weren't running an offense like it was a real game. Newsflash: Yesterday was a real game and Washington was trying to win. So they cut block Suh, they ran the ball away from Suh, and they moved the pocket to avoid Suh at all costs. And for the 1st half it worked. It worked damn well.  Suh isn't God. Suh isn't a player who can't be blocked at all. Suh is human folks. He is a great player but for the love of god teams can implement a gameplan to reduce the effect he can have on games and that's what Washington did!

    It was week 1 people and the Miami Dolphins won. Don't read too much into stuff or panic over certain things.It wasn't a perfect game, we all know that and there is a lot to fix. But anytime you win on the road in the NFL you take it and move on.

    UPDATE: No Suspension for Suh

    Per Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald the NFL has ruled and Suh will not be suspended for his kick (or non-kick) of Alfred Morris yesterday after a tackle.

    Suh Suspension could be on the way

    New City....Same result. Dolphins prize free agent Ndamukong Suh might have left Detroit but his reputation has followed him to Miami. The Dolphins Defensive Tackle is facing an NFL suspension for a dirty play in Sunday's win over Washington.

    It appears that Suh kicked the helmet off of running back Alfred Morris after a play.


    For many this would be a non-issue and the player might get off with a warning. NBC Sports is reporting the league is looking into this and a suspension may come down. Will it be 1 game, 2 games, or possibly more? Suh's reputation and past history of dirty play will not help him with this matter. Stay tuned to DolphinsTalk.com as more information becomes available regarding this story.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Things I Like, Things I Don't, Things To Look For Against the Redskins

    Finally! The day Dolfans and football fans everywhere have been waiting for. I can't remember the last time a Dolphins team had so much promise and expectation to begin the season.  Some "experts' are calling for the playoffs, other's are calling for the Fins to rip the division crown off of the Patriots' cheating heads, and a few (very few) have whispered Superbowl. Let's not get to ahead of ourselves.  With all these expectations comes pressure, lots of it.  Pressure on Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Tannehill to live up to their big off season contracts. Pressure on Branden Albert to not only protect Thill, but to come back from a devastating knee injury. Pressure on  offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to fix the Fins redzone woes of last season. Pressure on Mike Tannebaum to show that he can be a good NFL executive. Pressure on Joe Philbin to keep his job. With all this pressure we will see who will rise up and who will fail. There is plenty to like going into the season, plenty of things that I don't like and some things to look for today against the Washington Redskins.

    Things I Like 

    • Ryan Tannehill's progress. After an excellent preseason, all eyes are on Thill now. You still have plenty of doubters out there, but it is time Tannehill takes the next step. Miami has waited long enough, it is time for the Fins to have an elite QB again.
    • How could you not like Ndamukong Suh. He is the literal definition of the word beast. Last season teams ran all over the Fins. I saw too many plays where Miami's defensive tackles were handled one on one.  (Those DT's are gone.) Suh makes the entire defense better. 
    • The wide receiver corp. It seemed like for years the big complaint out of Miami was the Fins don't have any wide receivers. Sure the Fins tried with Brandon Marshall, and then again with Mike Wallace, and both put up some quality numbers, but not what anyone had hoped. Now look at this receiving corp. Hard to defend. If you take away one of them, the rest can all hurt you. I expect Jarvis Landry to have 100 receptions this year ( he better, I picked him on my fantasy team), and his progression to continue.
    • The atmosphere around the team. There was a stretch there for a while when the meme was nobody wanted to go to Miami. The NFL media loved portraying the stereo type that Miami was a grease fire - an idiot owner, a horrible GM, a old decrepit stadium. But those things have changed. Players were tweeting that Joe Philbin is the best coach in the NFL after their team building night this preseason. I saw the same praise this past week after surf and turf lunch to start the week. Players exclaiming how the organization is top notch, and takes care of it's players! A far cry from bullying scandals. I think that atmosphere is important. It breeds success, and Miami seems to be moving in a new direction and it is exciting to see. 
    Other than the 1972 season, nothing's perfect. Even though I am a homer, there are more than a few things I don't like heading into the season.

    Things I Don't Like:

    • Obvious, the offensive line. I am worried the Albert is rushing back too soon and wonder if Jason Fox had not sustained a concussion, would Albert already be out there. I feel like that the Fins probably could have gotten by with Albert on the bench a few more weeks. Further, Jamil Douglas starting at right guard after playing left guard his entire college career. Trust me folks, it is not easy just to switch sides on the offensive line. How worried am I about the offensive line, I'm 5 sentences in and haven't even mentioned Dallas Thomas, that's how much. 
    • LaMike James returning kicks. He's a turnover waiting to happen. I'm glad the Landry isn't doing it, (too much injury risk). I was hoping that Christion Jones would get the job as a return specialist. 
    • The entire defense minus the front 4. Whoever thought that Louis Delmas was going to be the Dolphins solution at safety for 2015 should be fired. Jamar Taylor seems to be made of glass. Further, I am in the minority, but I felt Grimes regressed last year. The Fins starting middle linebacker has been traded and cut; before coming here. Misi, back at SLB, can't stay healthy. Lots of worries.
    • A rookie punter, a rookie kicker, and a rookie holder. Enough said. 
    So what does this all boil down to? As a life long Miami Dolphins fan, I am overly cautious, but optimistic. I think Super Bowl dreams in 2015 are not be a reality,  but the playoffs sure are and even though the Pats are NFL Champs, I think the AFC East crown is within grasp. Season Prediction 10-6. 

    Now what about this week? I think the Dolphins have their hands full this week. I hate opening on the road against a team that everybody thinks you should beat. Miami needs to get out to a strong start this season . It starts today. Things To Look For against the Redskins:

    • The Redskins  will run the ball a lot. They were 2nd in the NFL in rushing during the preseason. Yeah, I know it's preseason, but  QB Kirk Cousins has been a turnover machine, handing the ball off may be the safest thing for the Skins. Also, rush defense was the Achilles heel of the Fins defense in 2014. 
    • Can the Dolphins secondary control WR DeSean Jackson? Jackson is highlight film waiting to happen, can the Fins inexperienced safety's provide the help over the top or will they give up the big play. 
    • Which player is key to the Dolphins defense today? Earl Mitchell. What? The Fins spent over $100 Million on Suh, how can it be Mitchell. Redskins start rookie RG Brandon Scherff (5th overall pick, Welcome to the NFL, let me introduce you too Mr. Suh) and RT Morgan Moses gets his 2nd NFL start. They are going to get help all day (and need it) That occupies the center and probably a tight end / back to that side all day. Skins LT will have his hands full with Olivier Vernon, which means Earl Mitchell will be one on one all day. I thought he was underrated last year and  he will live in Washington's backfield today. 

    I don't think it will be pretty, and it scares the hell out of me.  In the end, I feel like the  Miami defense causes some turnovers, Lamar Miller shows everyone he is ready for a big year, and the Dolphins pull away at the end. Prediction: Dolphins 27 Redskins 13. 

    Football is back!!! Everyone enjoy the game!!!!

    @carlccrowley

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Jonas Gray Promoted; Logan Thomas Released

    The Dolphins today promoted RB Jonas Gray to the active 53 man roster from the practice squad and released QB Logan Thomas

    Game Prediction @ Redskins

    Dolphins @ Redskins: The Suh era begins in Miami and he wreaks havoc. he accounts for numerous qb hits, a sack , and double teams which opens up Cam Wake who sacks cousins twice in this game. Ryan Tannehill has a solid day throwing for 3 touchdowns and all to different targets. The Dolphins get up early and the Redskins are unable to fight their way back. Dolphins win 27-13

    Keys to the game @ Redskins

    1- Apply pressure: If our defense can cause a lot of pressure on Kirk Cousins he will be directed to throw the ball earlier than he wants and will make bad decisions.. Causing more pressure up front and will help the secondary and allow them to make plays.. Our defensive line should be able to overpower their offensive line in the trenches and win that battle by getting many pressures, qb hits, and sacks.

    2-Spread the ball around: Tannehill has many weapons and he should use that to his advantage.. The Redskins won't be able to cover everyone, so Tannehill needs to use the match ups to his advantage and get everyone many targets. 

    3- Get the Running game going: we should try get the running game going early and often if we can get respectable runs not only will it boost Lamar Millers confidence, but it will factor into good play action ability in the passing game.

    4- Convert in the red zone: we can't afford to be kicking field goals, the offense needs to score touchdowns when in the red zone.. Jordan Cameron should be heavily used when in that area, he is a big target and need to use his size to our advantage.

    5-Tackle: one thing I have seen the last couple years is our guys not being able to tackle one on one.. We need to get guys to the ground and fundamentally tackle well.. We can't afford having guys running after the catch or breaking the first tackle and continue to get yards or big gains.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    2015 Season Predictions


    The NFL Season is upon us so it's time to look into my Crystal Ball and make some 2015 Season Predictions with a few notes and comments for certain teams.

    AFC East
    1) New England--Still the class of the division. Hall of Fame Coach and QB always will find a way
    2) Miami (Wild Card)--Probably a year away realistically. Moving in the right direction but lack of depth will prevent them from contending with the big boys.
    3) Buffalo
    4) NY Jets--Both the Jets and Bills will be in the RGIII Sweepstakes next offseason. Good luck with that!

    AFC North
    1) Pittsburgh--When the Bell and Bryant suspension are over they have the potential to have the best offense in the NFL
    2) Cincy (Wild Card) -Sorta stuck in NFL purgatory. Good enough to sneak into the playoffs, but not good enough to do any damage in the playoffs.
    3) Baltimore
    4) Cleveland--2016 Browns might have Urban Meyer at coach and the #1 overall draft pick looking to land that franchise QB finally.

    AFC South
    1) Indy --If not for Luck this would be a 3 win team...maybe! Defense is horrible, offensive line is horrible, Gore and Andre Johnson are old. Luck is THAT good to make them a 12 or 13 win team though.
    2) Houston
    3) Jacksonville
    4) Tennessee

    AFC West
    1) Denver -This will be Peyton Manning's last shot and final season I predict. Kubiak knows the value of a good running game. Denver will run the ball, protect Manning physically and keep him healthy for a deep playoff run. Denver's defense is very good too. Big time pass rush will cause fits for opponents.
    2) San Diego
    3) Kansas City--Maybe the most overrated team in the NFL. I just don't see it. They are average across the board. 
    4) Oakland

    NFC East
    1) Dallas
    2) Philly- 2015 will be Chip Kelly's last year with the Eagles. There will be an open SEC job with his name on it come January.
    3) NY Giants
    4) Washington

    NFC North
    1) Green Bay
    2) Minnesota - Surprise team of 2015 as they could easily win 10 games or more. Bridgewater is legit. Peterson is back and the WR corp is sneaky good. Zimmer is a great guy and a good head coach.This team will surprise in 2015.
    3) Detroit
    4) Chicago

    NFC South
    1) New Orleans --Honestly I have no confidence in this pick or this entire division. You can make a case for any team in this division winning it and getting into the playoffs.  The entire division is horrible beyond belief. Probably will send another team with an under .500 record to the playoffs.
    2) Atlanta
    3) Carolina
    4) Tampa Bay

    NFC West
    1) Seattle --If not for the bonehead playcall at the end of the Super Bowl this team would be going for a Three peat!
    2) St.Louis (Wild Card) --NFC West is by far the best division in football. Both Wild Card's come from this division. Rams defense is legit.
    3) Arizona (Wild Card)
    4) San Fran --They will be fighting the Browns for the #1 overall pick in 2016.

    AFC Championship Game: Denver over Pittsburgh
    NFC Championship Game: Seattle over Dallas
    SUPER BOWL: Seattle over Denver

    NFL MVP: Andrew Luck
    Super Bowl MVP: Russell Wilson
    NFL Coach of the Year: Gary Kubiak
    NFL Rookie of the Year: Amari Cooper

    Preview: Week 1 Dolphins at Washington

    Miami Dolphins(-3.5) vs Washington Redskins
    1:00PM Kickoff
    Announcers: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts

    We have finally arrived to the regular season.  One team comes into the game as national media darlings, the other have become a punch line.  The Miami Dolphins travel to Washington DC to take on the Redskins.  Miami has slowly become a big sleeper among some national media outlets, including ESPN's Jon Gruden.  What's not to like on paper about the Dolphins?  An ascending QB in Ryan Tannehill, who now has even bigger expectations after the additions of Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills and Devante Parker.  Tannehill, who is entering his fourth season, has a big new contract to go with his high expectations. 

    Not only that, the Dolphins also added arguably one of the best defenders in the game with Suh.  The defense looks to improve on their 12th ranked defense with the addition to Suh, who projects to help the porous rush defense, which collapsed late in the season last year.  With Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon on the ends, this unit could be arguably one of the leagues best.  While there are many thumbs up, Miami comes into the season with plenty of question marks.

    First, what will Branden Albert look like coming off an ACL tear last season?  Opposite of Grimes, will one of the young guys or vets step up to offer a second shut down corner?  Can the LB corps improve and make their tackles, where they struggled last season?  How will the interior line hold up with Dallas Thomas and rookie Jamil Douglas?  We should find out in the first few weeks the answers to these questions.

    On the other side of the field, the Redskins have had an offseason to forget.  Their biggest reason is Robert Griffin's health and how they will handle him this season as he is set to make $16 million in guaranteed money next year if he gets hurt. After a sloppy preseason game and poor protection, RG3 was hurt and was left in the game, only to take more of a beating.  Jay Gruden now turns to Kirk Cousins, the fourth round selection from Michigan State.  If you all recall, Cousins was taken in the same draft as RG3.  Cousins is more of a pocket passer, granted a better one than RG3 in that regards.  With the dynamic of RG3 out of this game, will the Redskins offensive line protect Cousins to allow him to get the ball down field?

    The Redskins also signed much maligned DL Junior Galette, who was released from New Orleans, due to a tape of him allegedly hitting a woman with a belt during a beach brawl.  Galette is now hurt for the season and the Redskins continue to have questions defensively.  Their secondary was something to be desired, so they went out in FA and acquired Chris Culliver and Jeron Johnson.  In addition, they also signed Terrance Knighton to help bolster their front four, with Ryan Kerrigan leading the way.

    Prediction:  While both these teams come in with question marks, I believe the Dolphins will come out on top due to depth and less issues internally.  Tannehill should have a good game and Lamar Miller is bound to start well this season, with the defense having their way up front with the Redskins OL to force Cousins into third and longs.

    Dolphins 24
    Redskins 13

    Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Dolphins cutting players today; Sturgis no longer Fins kicker

    The laundry list of cuts the Miami Dolphins need to make to get down to 53 players are coming in slowly today. We will have a complete list up later tonight. The biggest surprise would be kicker Caleb Sturgis was released and rookie Andrew Franks from RPI is your new Miami Dolphins kicker.

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    Dolphins First 6 games Opponents QB's




    The Dolphins defense should have plenty of success the first 6 games of the year