Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Week 5 Recap: Ricky Williams on The NEW Celebrity Apprentice

First task is the teams have to entertain an audience during a time-out of a Clippers-Suns game in Los Angeles. Ricky stepped up and was the project manager for his team and went head to head with Lisa Leslie who was the project manager of the other team. Ricky who is clearly picking up how this game is played and his first order of business was instructing his team to do research on the Clippers owner as he is one of the judges. It's tough to get worked up over who wins and loses but Ricky's team was clearly robbed here. Ricky's team was better, more exciting, and the t-shirt they had to create as part of the task was better. When all was said and done though the Clippers owner selected Lisa Leslie's team as the winner.

Ricky was then TERMINATED as he was now 0-2 as the project manager! Ricky was PISSED when he was fired and he stormed off without saying good-bye to anyone.

Well with Ricky out of this contest I'm done doing reviews. If you want to see who wins tune into NBC every Monday night.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Week 4 Recap: Ricky Williams on The NEW Celebrity Apprentice

The end is near and this week 3 more "celebrities" were sent home. First task, the teams had to promote a product I have never heard of called Lorissa's Kitchen. Really a boring contest in which Ricky's team won. The most exciting thing to happen in this contest is when the two teams were having dueling promotions Ricky took the microphone and said...  "No preservatives, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, if I need growth hormones I go see our partner Chael Sonnen" (for you that don't know Chael has failed multiple PED tests in the MMA world for growth hormones.) Ricky's team won this contest and he is safe for another challenge. The losing team lost team member Vince Neil when he blamed himself for the loss (which wasn't really his fault but he was looking to get fired and go home it was obvious.)

Second challenge was the teams promoting a Harry Potter thingy at Universal Studios. Ricky's team won easy and Ricky just took pictures. The other team was a mess here, Chael Sonnen cut his own teams computer cords and had a bad reason why. So Arnold fired him for "cheating." Then his team fired some lady on one of those Bravo Housewives shows named Porsha. Never heard of her.

So we are coming down to the home stretch here and I have Ricky in the Top 4 of people left who can win this thing. To me if Boy George doesn't win I would be stunned. He has the ability to raise the most money, he is by far the most popular person on this show, and he is the most entertaining each week.

Here are my Top 4 rankings as we sit today...

1) Boy George
2) Carson Kressley
3) Ricky Williams
4) Matt Iseman

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week 3 Recap: Ricky Williams on The NEW Celebrity Apprentice

Week 3 is upon us and it was another interesting week on The NEW Celebrity Apprentice. For the first task the men and woman competed in a task to promote Kawasaki motorcycles. Both teams did really well but the men's team won. Ricky posed for a shirtless picture on a motorcycle, essentially he did nothing in the first task and survived for another task.

In the second task of the night though Ricky stepped up and was the Project Manager for his team. Now, first things first for those keeping score at home, the teams have been mixed up. The men and woman were mixed up and the teams changed. This was a straight fundraising task and Ricky told his "new" team he had between $200,000-$300,000 lined up and he wanted to be the project manager on this task. His new team said go for it. His opponent and project manager on the other team was Vince Neil from Motley Crue. It was close but Vince Neil and his team edged out Ricky and Vince's team won. Ricky didn't raise anywhere close to $200,000-$300,000 on his own and raised $119,000. Ricky overpromised and didn't come through. In the board room Ricky had to pick two of his teammates to come back with him and one would be TERMINITED. Ricky picked Jon Lovitz (formerly of Saturday Night Live) and Lailia Ali as the two to come back with him. Ricky got very lucky in that Jon Lovitz only raised $500 on his own and since he raised the least amount of money Jon was terminated and had to "HEAD TO THE CHOPPER."

So, all in all Ricky survives another week....just barley. Next week was the tease for the "Triple Elimination" so 3 people will be going home. I still think Ricky has a good shot to win this as I don't see one of the female contestants having a snowballs chance in hell of making it far. If I had to rank the favorites right now about halfway through this season they would be...

1) Boy George
2) Matt Iseman (American Ninja Warrior host)
3) Carson Kressley
4) Vince Neil
5) Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams Questioned by Police

Police questioned former Miami Dolphins Running Back Ricky Williams in an incident in Tyler, Texas. Ricky was hanging out in a wooded area crouching down behind some bushes and someone in the area called the police to report someone suspicious in the area. Four police officers were dispatched to the area but no arrest was made.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Washburn leaves Dolphins to take job with Bears

Jeremiah Washburn, the assistant offensive line coach, has left the Miami Dolphins to become the Chicago Bears offensive line coach. No word on if his father Jim Washburn will leave Miami as well as he is currently a senior defensive assistant on the Dolphins staff.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keep an Eye on Peyton Manning

With the news of Peyton Manning possibly taking a front office job in Indianapolis to run the Colts football operations as well as Colts owner Jim Irsay trying to lure Jon Gruden out of retirement to be his next head coach, some big changes may be coming in Indianapolis either this year or next. So how does that have any effect on the Miami Dolphins you ask?

IF Peyton Manning gets control of the Colts and is running the football operations you know the first person he will want to work with will be Adam Gase. Manning and Gase have a very close relationship and Manning made multiple trips to Miami this offseason to "hang out" at the Dolphins facility and watch mini-camps and training camp practices. It's a strong friendship and Gase even talked about it recently on Peter King's podcast. If Manning is running an NFL team you know his first order of business will be to get an NFL head coach he trusts and without a doubt he will explore every possibility of getting Gase in Indy and don't think for a minute Gase won't also have interest in working with Peyton.

Now, Miami has Gase locked up for 4 more years so unless Indy would want to trade for Gase (and not saying Miami would give him up for any amount of draft picks)  nothing could happen immediately. But in the NFL 4 years goes by really fast and then Gase would be free to leave.

This is just something to keep in mind down the road IF Peyton Manning takes a job with the Colts front office and is running their football operations.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dolphins Block Offensive Line Coach from Interviewing for Offensive Coordinator Position; Washburn Update

Per multiple reports the Miami Dolphins blocked current offensive line coach Chris Foerster from interviewing with the LA Rams for their offensive coordinator position.  Foerster is under contract with the Miami Dolphins so the Dolphins were well within their right to block Foerster from interviewing for another assistance coach job.

The Dolphins wouldn't have been able to block Foerster from interviewing for a head coaching position, so that is where the rule is tricky to some but that wasn't the case in this instance. I know PFF came out with their grades recently and Miami was rated the 3rd worst offensive line in 2016 which is a bunch of hogwash if you ask me. That is a case of a statistic or ranking not telling the entire story. When healthy Miami has a top five offensive line in the league and they played like it when they were healthy. Foerster does deserve some credit for how this unit has played considering someone like Jermon Bushrod a career left tackle moved to right guard and played well this past season in a new position. Also Laremy Tunsil someone who has never played guard before moved to left guard and was better than expected in that role.

It's unfortunate for Foerster that he won't be able to interview for a position like offensive coordinator but it's very good for Miami to be able to hold onto a very good coach. It does look like though the Dolphins will be losing assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn to Denver as Miami has granted Washburn permission to talk with Vance Joseph and the Broncos about their offensive line coaching position.

UPDATE: The Denver Broncos have hired Jeff Davidson away from San Diego to be their new offensive line coach. Looks like Washburn will be staying in Miami for now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Week 2 Recap: Ricky Williams on The NEW Celebrity Apprentice

Good god this show is awful but I will recap it anyway since former Miami Dolphins star running back Ricky Williams is involved. In the first hour it was a competition between the Men and the Women to promote Welch's Grape Juice in a short informative yet entertaining segment. The Project Manager for the Men was MMA cheater Chael Sonnen and he picked as his right hand man Ricky Williams because he said Ricky was smart and he valued him (also amusing that both men were kicked out of their sport for abusing drugs.) About 5 minutes in Chael realized he made a big mistake as Ricky didn't have faith in Chael's vision for their task and voiced his opinion. Long story short, the men lose and Chael has to pick two other people to bring in the "bored room" as one will be fired.  Chael quickly went after Ricky and he also brought back former NFL running back Eric Dickerson because Eric made the cardinal mistake in reality TV show; he told the host that he didn't care if he was fired. Well once you say that, you know your gone. The three are in the bored room fighting it out, and it comes down to Eric's stupid statement that he "didn't care" so you don't care....YOU ARE TERMINATED! Bye-Bye Eric.

Hour two saw another lame challenge between the men and the women to promote King's Hawaiian in two viral video's.  Ricky stepped up with an idea for one of the video's about playing football with no football but using the jar of sauce as the football.The people from King's Hawaiian picked the Men's team as the winners and they enjoyed Ricky's video the best out of the two the men made.

Ricky is safe for another week and after watching 4 hours of this show now it is clear Ricky will go pretty far in this game. Out of the 14 or so people  left there are only about 5 that have a legit shot to win and Ricky is one of them.

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BREAKING: Vance Joseph hired as Denver Broncos Head Coach

The Denver Broncos have announced they have hired Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph as their next head coach. Denver and Joseph have agreed to a 4 year contract per reports.

Joseph was the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator for just one season and now it is expected Adam Gase will promote from within and make Dolphins current linebackers coach Matt Burke the new defensive coordinator.

In his one year in Miami Joseph lost many key players to injuries and still had a defense that ranked 4th in the NFL on 3rd down % and 6th in the NFL in forcing/creating negative yardage plays.

It should be noted that Denver does travel to Miami next year to play the Dolphins.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Who is Matt Burke?

With reports that up to five different teams will be interviewing Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph for their open head coaching positions in the coming days, word is Miami already has his replacement in line should Vance leave. That replacement is current Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Matt Burke.

Matt Burke played safety in college at Dartmouth and after his career as a player began a career in coaching at Bridgton Academy, Boston College, and Harvard. After his coaching stint at Harvard Burke got his big break when he was hired by the Tennessee Titans as an administrative assistant and defensive assistant. From there he went to Detroit and Cincinnati for a few years before landing in Miami last offseason.

Now that the resume portion of his career is out of the way let's get to the meat and potatoes of Matt Burke and why I believe he would be a great choice as the next Dolphins defensive coordinator (should Vance Joseph leave.) The main reason is continuity for the players and staff. I know, I know many of you are saying the Dolphins defense wasn't any good in 2016 but people, please use a little common sense. Miami lost Koa Misi before September was over, lost Reshad Jones in early October, starting cornerback Xavien Howard missed pretty much all of training camp then got injured early in the year missing most of the season, Byron Maxwell just when he started playing well at the end of the year got injured and missed most of December, and oh yeah Issa Abdul-Quddus was also lost for the home stretch in December with a neck injury. If that wasn't enough, one of the few bright spots on defense, Kiko Alonso, breaks his thumb and is playing the last month of the year with one hand essentially. You could dig up every great defensive coach in NFL history and they wouldn't have had success with this Dolphins defense this year. Miami had starters on the defensive line but the back seven was a second string unit for the most part let's just call it what it was.

So let's not blame any of the coaches, Vance Joseph or any Dolphins defensive coach, for the performance of the Dolphins defense in 2016. They tried making chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what for most of the year with an injured unit filled with 2nd and 3rd stringers.

Continuity is big here in my opinion as the Dolphins defense was attacking, the players liked the defensive staff and said numerous times publicly that the coaches listened to them and took their ideas and implemented them when right. The Dolphins made a lot of progress in 2016 and the last thing they need to do is start from scratch over on defense with a new coordinator, new terminology, and a new mind-set. You would think Matt Burke would come in, keep most of everything the same, and just pick up and build off of what Miami did in 2016. Not to mention if Miami doesn't promote Matt Burke there is a good chance that Vance Joseph should he get one of these head coaching openings will take Burke along with him to make him his defensive coordinator at his new job. Then Miami would be without two of their key and maybe most important defensive coaches and it truly is blowing it up and starting over on defense coaching wise and coaching staff wise.

That is the big reason why I like Matt Burke and why he should get the defensive coordinator position. Reason #2 is an easy one, the guy is smart and a hard worker. Graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in psychology and a masters in education from Boston College. Those are real colleges folks where you have to earn those type's of degrees. This isn't going to some mickey mouse school where they pass out degrees like bottles of water on a hot day. Not to mention Burke has learned from some great defensive coaches, like Jim Schwartz from his time in Detroit and Tennessee, from Marvin Lewis from his time in Cincinnati, and Jeff Fisher in Tennessee.

Sources to DolphinsTalk.com tell us that hard work and long hours aren't anything new to Burke as he is one of the if not the hardest working assistant coaches on Miami's staff.

Burke has put in the long hours and has worked his tail of to earn a promotion to defensive coordinator should he get one in Miami from Adam Gase this offseason. To me you combine his education and intellect, his experience and working his way up through the ranks, with the continuity he brings to this Dolphins defense and he is an easy choice of someone to promote to be the next Dolphins defensive coordinator.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

DolphinsTalk.com Podcast for January 9th

Randy and Tom are back with a new episode of the DolphinsTalk.com Podcast. In it they break down the playoff loss to Pittsburgh, pass out some end of year awards that you the listeners voted on, and talk about where the Dolphins will be looking to improve this offseason.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

DolphinsTalk.com AUDIO BLAST for Saturday January 7th

With the Dolphins playoff game less than 24 hours away Randy Savage did a quick Audio Blast to go over a few last minute things regarding the Dolphins and tomorrow's game. Randy covers the Ryan Tannehill injury, the surprise release of Jason Jones, Cam Wake and Suh All Pro honors, and will Joe Vitt soon be joining the Dolphins coaching staff?

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Game Preview: Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-11)
Heinz Field
Kickoff 1:05PM

Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

I am not going to lie, it feels great to write a preview article on Wild Card Weekend.  After an awful 1-4 start, the Miami Dolphins finish the season winning 9 out of 11 to qualify as the last seed in the AFC.  The Dolphins travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since 2014 season to take on the Steelers in the freezing cold.

While NOBODY thought the Dolphins will get to this point, NOBODY continues to give Miami a chance (looking at you ESPN, Fox, NFL Network, Vegas Bookies).  The Dolphins come in as the biggest underdog of the weekend at 11 points.  Mind you, this is against a team they beat in week 6 30-15, which really jumpstarted Miami's unbelievable turnaround.  This game however will be different.  Miami comes in missing key pieces on Defense, which really helped propel them to that victory.  Miami will also be missing Ryan Tannehill for the 4th straight game.  He was questionable heading into the week, but with no practice on Wednesday or Thursday, Adam Gase closed the book on Ryan Tannehill and will start veteran Matt Moore.  If, a big if, Miami can win this game, there is a stronger chance Ryan Tannehill will practice next week and may play vs the Patriots.

The Steelers rested their starting players last week and are healthy and hungry, with Ben, Bell and Brown all playing together for the first time in the postseason.  This game is going to be a very difficult test for the Dolphins.  Let's take a look at the keys to victory if Miami is looking to move on to New England next week:

1.  All aboard the Jay Train-  This has been a common theme for me this season.  This time, it can continue the Dolphins season.  Ajayi clipped 200+ against the Steelers in week 6.  While the Steelers will likely stack the box, Ajayi led the NFL in yards after contact at 2.52 yards.  For the Dolphins to be successful and control this game, Ajayi will need to have another monster performance. 

2.  Killer B Killers- There is not doubt leading up to this game, all the pundits were talking about were the Killer B's (Ben, Bell and Brown).  Being that this is their first playoff game all together, they will look to exploit Miami's pourous defense.  But think back to week 6: Ben was hobbled after getting hit early and often, Brown had 1 catch for 6 yards and Bell only ran the ball 10 times but had 108 total yards.  While this likely will not happen again, Miami needs to take their blue print from week 6 and stop these guys from hurting you.  Expect Vance Joseph to bring exotic front blitz packages to get after Ben, who does tend to hold the ball.  If Maxwell does not play, expect Brown to be doubled throughout the game to try and contain his RAC.  Bell has been the cog during Pittsburgh's 7 game winning streak, expect them to run him early and often to control the game and force Matt Moore to win it for Miami.

3.  Matt Moore-  If there was ever a game for Matt Moore to come up big, its this one.  Pittsburgh's defense is 16th in the NFL in pass yards per game.  Expect Matt Moore to take advantage of 1 on 1 match ups with intermediate to deep passes and be aggressive when the time is right.  With Landry, Parker and Stills, they have created match up havoc for opposing defenses all season.  Gase will get the ball out quickly to keep Miami in manageable down distances.

4.  Cold Weather- You read this comment and immediately think I am insane.  "But Tom, Miami never plays well in the cold.  Historically they are awful"  Very true. Both teams have to play in it.  But consider this, Miami coming into this game is a run first offense (ranked 9th overall).  If Miami can do key #1 and put up points where Pittsburgh has to throw, it will be cold and difficult to catch bullets from Big Ben.  This Dolphins team is tougher than years past, and they proved it in Jersey and Buffalo in Moore's first 2 starts. 

5.  Win field position- Miami's defense as of late hasn't been very good.  Matt Darr needs to help by stretching the length of the field in punting situations and if the Dolphins defense can play well, they can get better field position.  Keep an eye on this for the game

No matter what happens tomorrow, this will be exciting as a Dolphins fan.  The playoffs are back in our lives and hope this isn't a one and done (2008).  I am a huge fan of  how much Adam Gase and his staff has gotten out of this team, which is basically playing 3rd stringers on defense.  My heart will be rooting for the Dolphins, but for this prediction, I have to go with Pittsburgh.  Miami's defense is too banged up and has had a very hard time stopping opposing running games lately.  Le'Veon Bell should have a big game but the Dolphins will fight until the clock reads 00:00. 

Pittsburgh 27  Miami 21

Lets go Dolphins!  Time to shock the world! #finsup


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Miami Can Win Sunday

The playoffs are upon us and the Dolphins are an active participant this year. A huge accomplishment in and of itself but now its time to make some noise and shake things up!

Off to Pittsburgh we go to face the Steelers, and to quote Brett Hart “If you were to give the United States of America an Enema, you would stick the hose right here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

All joking aside the Steelers are a really good team with many weapons on offense and at this time the Dolphins are down 5 starters on defense. Which is a recipe for disaster in all honesty, but I do have some hope for the Dolphins this weekend. The recipe for the Dolphins to win is very simple in my opinion and comes down to two key factors.

1)      Bring the pass rush and kill the QB

2)      Run the ball early and often and keep the Steelers offense on the sideline watching and waiting

Bringing the pass rush is essential this week. Suh, Wake, and company must bring pressure all day long. This isn’t a week where the Dolphins pass rush goes invisible. The Dolphins back 7 on defense is weak and damaged right now playing mostly second string guys. The skill players for Pittsburgh will have a field day against the Dolphins linebackers, corners, and safeties.  The only way to offset that is to make Ben Roethlisberger uncomfortable and hit him….hit him a lot! Football is a violent game let’s not kid ourselves and if Miami can inflict physical pain onto Roethlisberger that will get the Steelers offense off their game and maybe rattle them.
Then on offense it needs to be the Jay Ajayi show. Jay ran for 204 yards last time vs Pittsburgh and well, he will need another big performance again. We must hope Pittsburgh makes the same mistake Rex Ryan and Buffalo made a couple of weeks back. Publicly stating going into the Christmas Eve game that; he ran for 200+ yards against us once, no way he does that again against us. Well, how do ya like me now….as Jay went bonkers for another 200+ vs Buffalo. I’m not sure Pittsburgh makes that same mistake but you must wonder, if Pittsburgh didn’t have an answer for Jay Ajayi in October what has really changed in January? I know Mike Pouncey won’t be playing for Miami this week which is a huge factor  for Miami but other than that the rest of the Fins offensive line will be out there.  Even if early in the game Miami is running with little success, keep running it. Because the more Pittsburgh stacks the box and the line of scrimmage it is just setting up a big play to Kenny Stills and Devante Parker deep down the field. And IF (big if) Miami can hit one of those, then Pittsburgh will back off the line of scrimmage and Ajyi could have some big success in the second half of this game because as we have seen, as the game goes on Ajayi gets stronger and better.


The other thing I want to stop hearing about is the weather in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Give me a break people and think about this logically. Cold and bad weather helps the Dolphins. Miami is a grind it out power run team. Old school Smash mouth baby! Pittsburgh has the multiple wide receiver sets who likes to throw it around the field. The cold and wet weather will most likely bother them more than it will Miami. The colder and more wet the game conditions are the better the chance for Miami to pull an upset in my opinion.
Look, I know this is a tall task asking Miami missing 5 starters on defense and starting a back-up quarterback to go on the road in the playoffs and beat a future hall of fame quarterback and a good Pittsburgh Steelers team. I also think Miami beating Pittsburgh earlier this year works against the Dolphins because there is no way in hell they will take Miami lightly.

With that said I don’t fear Pittsburgh at all this weekend and this match-up doesn’t totally scare me. If Miami was playing Kansas City or New England, sure I would be very worried and give us maybe no chance to win. Pittsburgh though, I think we have an outside shot to win this game. Miami has the pass rush to disrupt Big Ben, Miami has the running game to control the tempo of the game, and if Matt Moore doesn’t turn the ball over and the WR’s make a play or two I think we can get into the 4th quarter of this game with it being competitive and a chance to win. Which is all you can ask for being on the road in the playoffs.
It won’t be easy, but I have hope that Miami can pull this off this week. #FinsUp

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The Steelers should be scared about the Dolphins big play ability

The Miami Dolphins this season featured several big plays in the running game with Jay Ajayi in their last meeting, but don't mistake Miami as just a vanilla, power run team.

With most of the media focusing that the Dolphins are merely a small stepping stone for the Pittsburgh Steelers to face the Kansas City Chiefs, the Miami Dolphins are working on just that: pulling off the biggest upset in recent franchise history.  Not even ESPN's prediction of a 1% chance can derail the Dolphins drive to pull off the upset.

This season's Miami Dolphins team has quieted the naysayers in the air and on the ground.

The first glimpse that Dolphins fans noticed was the newly emerging vertical threat that is Kenny Stills in Seattle.

Stills was on the verge of shutting up the Seahawks fans as he was attempting to catch a wonderfully thrown deep pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  Sadly, Stills dropped this pass, but he has caught every single deep pass that has gone his way and all for a TD.

Ask the Bengals, Chargers, Bills, and Jets how burnt rubber tastes.

Stills leads the Dolphins in touchdown receptions 30 yards or more.  In fact, 8 of his 9 touchdowns resulted in game changing plays throughout the 9-2 mark after starting 1-4.

Stills has become the Dolphins fans rallying cry for a re-signing in the off season because of his tendency to get behind the defense and haul in the deep pass.

For one, the Steelers defense will need to stop Stills even if quarterback Matt Moore is throwing passes on Sunday. Moore has no issues putting enough air and touch on passes to Stills is often time finds himself open.

Despite catching two passes in their last meeting with the Steelers, Stills very well could be the key cog that breaks the ice, so to speak in the frigid air of Pittsburgh.

However, it's not just the deep ball that should concern the Steelers, there's another receiver called "Juice" who tends to make his own type of game-changing plays.

 Jarvis Landry can make spectacular catches, but what does with his legs is the stuff of legend.  By far, while everyone looks at receiver Jarvis Landry's hands, his legs have done the most damage to defenses.

Whether it was the 66 yard touchdown on a slant from Matt Moore versus the Jets or the incredible 71 yard catch and run-close to 60 yards after the catch versus the Cardinals, Landry has proven to be more than just a possession receiver.  At times, Landry can be that Mark Clayton type of receiver, built low to the ground and elusive and with his power because of his leg strength, he runs through defenders like Anquan Boldin.

Bottom line, if the Steelers believe they can stop both Landry and Stills on Sunday, they will be sadly mistaken if they make the first man miss.

Both Stills and Landry can take the cover off the defense in more ways than one and forcing the Steelers to watch their every move could open up that "vanilla" power run that last torched the Steelers for over 200 yards with Ajayi.

This game is going to be fun, it's going to be exciting, and most of all, it might be the Dolphins best game if both Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry put on a show on the road and say I told you so to the cameras.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Ringer does a Great Interview with Jarvis Landry

The website The Ringer (owned and operated by Bill Simmons) did an amazing piece on Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry. It is a must read for all Dolphins Fans. One of the best Landry quotes from the interview is ...“I feed off of embarrassing my defender”

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Week 1 Recap: Ricky Williams on The NEW Celebrity Apprentice

The NEW Celebrity Apprentice began last night on NBC and former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is one of the contestants. Two things about Ricky stood out from last nights 2 hour season premier episode.

One, Ricky is one of the more normal people on the show, which I found shocking because let's be honest, Ricky is a bit out there man. Two, Ricky is laying low and might go very far in this game.

The most newsworthy thing regarding Ricky that happened in Week 1 was when the teams were divided between Men vs Women (I mean such a stupid and archaic way to pick teams) then each team had to come up with a "team name" for your team for the season (very high school way this program is run.) Ricky came up with the best name for the "Men's" team and all of the other men loved it and decided they would use it.

All in all Ricky was quiet and laid low for the most part which is clearly the way to get far in this game. He didn't speak up much but came off as one of the most normal people on the show. Come back next week as I will review Week 2 and recap Ricky's involvement in The NEW Celebrity Apprentice!

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Film Study: Dolphins vs Patriots, Week 17

The 13-2 New England Patriots travelled to face the 10-5 Miami Dolphins at Miami Gardens, Florida. The following is my reaction to the game after watching the game live Sunday and re-watching it in its Monday evening. A pre-snap breakdown of the play call is followed by analysis and then a gif of the play. Go follow me on twitter @TomLikeFootball. Tweet @ me your thoughts and comments on the game.

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Narrative throughout the week
Listed below are a collection of the narratives and storylines that emerged and developed throughout the week:
  • Following last weeks win over the Buffalo Bills, Miami found themselves 10-5 and following Denver's loss late Sunday Evening/ early Monday morning (for us UK fans), the Miami Dolphins made the Play Offs for the first time since 2008. The Dolphins were confirmed a spot in the post-season, however, their current wildcard schedule was a trip to Pittsburgh to face a powerful Steelers Offense. If Miami beat New England + Kansas City lost to San Diego (who just lost to Cleveland) then the Dolphins would travel to Houston rather than Pittsburgh. However, in a risk-reward scenario it was clear that the tiny chance of this happening, did not outweigh the risk Miami losing one of its key playmakers to injury. Miami is already missing a lot of key starters on both sides of the ball and Jay Ajayi appeared banged up late in the game last week vs. Buffalo. However, Adam Gase announced in a press conference that he planned on playing his starters and was not going to rest any players in the game vs. New England.
  • Once Gase confirmed that Miami would play its starters vs. New England, I was extremely intrigued as to how certain elements of this roster would perform. The Dolphins would field a banged up secondary and I wanted to see how Michael Thomas and Bacarri Rambo play next to each other (IAQ went to IR late in the week). I also wanted to see if this young group of Corner Backs could go toe-to-toe with New England's various playmakers and most importantly how the 'Fins LBers (who apart from Kiko, have struggled all season in coverage) would hold up against the Patriots TEs and RBs. The performance of Matt Moore was something I was also looking forward to monitoring as he would face-off against a play off calibre Defense and have to disect the complex schemes of Patriots DC Matt Patricia and HC Bill Belichick (something he has not had to do for a while...)
  • A lot of the narrative throughout the week was about how Miami would actually stop this Patriots team. Tom Brady is playing as well as any other time in his career and he has a multitude of weapons through which he can carve up opposing Defences. It would be important for Miami to not allow him to complete the quick passes which put the Patriots often in 2nd or 3rd and manageable. Many feared that this could be a day of reckoning for Vance Joseph's Defense. 
  • Finally, many reflected throughout the week on what a rollercoaster season this truly has been. After starting 1-4, the Dolphins went 9-1 to secure themselves a Play Off spot for the first time in eight years. Adam Gase has impressed many during his rookie campaign as most (myself included) wrote off this season as the first in a long re-build as Gase would need to overhaul much of this roster (mainly on the Defensive side). However, Gase and his Co-ordinators have made it work and managed to get the free agent signings of previous regimes to buy in. No matter what happens against New England or in the Wild Card Round, not many could have imagined what would have happened the rest of the season after Miami's 1-4 start.
  • Defensive Co-Ordinator Vance Joseph has reportedly had numerous teams request permission to interview him for vacant Head Coaching jobs. TE MarQueis Gray was handed a 2 year contract extension.

Film Study

Martellus Bennett 2 yard TD reception

This play results in a TD due to a total breakdown in coverage between FS Michael Thomas and OLB Donald Butler (both circled). Although Thomas motions with TE Matt Lengel implying he is playing man coverage, it looks as though he has passed off the TE to OLB Neville Hewitt. I therefore believe that Thomas is the single high safety (and his initial movements after the snap suggest this), however, he is lined up on the left side of the line in case the Patriots run at that side. Donald Butler totally misses Patriots TE Martellus Bennett who runs untouched off the line and into the back of the end zone for an easy TD. The Dolphins struggled to get lined up correctly the play before and as you can see from the 2nd Gif. Alonso had to push DBs into position and adjust where the LBs were lined up. This play was disastrous for Miami as they bit on the run and sold out in an attempt to stop Blount. This left Brady with time to find a wide open Bennett thanks to the misdirection. 

Michael Floyd 14 yard TD reception

This TD was embarrassing for the Miami Dolphins Defense. The initial coverage by Tony Lippett was poor as he is beat on a slant by Michael Floyd for a 1st down. However, what happens next is comical. Below you can just how many defenders Miami had in the area when Floyd caught the slant for Brady. How this ended up being a TD is beyond the control of Defensive Co-Ordinator Vance Joseph as the Patriots appeared to 'want the game more' than the Dolphins early on.

Matt Moore's Interception

The first part of this play is excellent for Matt Moore. His hot route DeVante Parker gets open on the hot route as he cuts back inside. However, just as Moore is about to release the ball for a potentially long gain on a catch and run from Parker, Moore tucks the balls. Sensing the pressure and knowing that DE Jabaal Sheard is about to crash into Moore from behind, he tucks the ball instead of forcing a fumble. This is excellent pocket presence and reading pressure by Moore who then dances out of the pocket and rolling out to the wrong side scans down field. The reason why this was an INT is because Moore throws an ugly lob across his body  and severely under throws TE Dion Sims who was open down the sideline.

Ndamukong Suh encroachment

I just had to include this in here. A tone setter on Defense and a player who is feared by nearly every Offensive Linemen he lines up against. Sometimes Ndamukong Suh just has to hit someone. The Center does actually roll back on his heels and this should have been called for false start on the Offense. However, the officials missed this one and Suh got called for encroachment. 

Jarvis Landry 8 yard TD reception

Jarvis Landry is initially Moore's hot route. Landry is going to run a 5 and stop and sit down right on the first down marker. However, Rob Ninkovich picks Landry up in his zone coverage forcing Moore to look left to see if Parker or Stills have found a soft spot in the zone coverage. After not finding an open receiver Moore scans back to the middle of the field where he sees an open Landry running free along the first down marker. What happens next is something that Dolphins fans have grown accustomed to as Jarvis Landry refuses to go out of bounds or shirk from a hit. Landry takes on MLB Dont'a Hightower (all 6"3, 265lbs of him) and manages to withstand the hit and more importantly stays balanced and upright. Landry then runs into the End Zone for a big Dolphins TD before the half. The one knock on Landry this season has been his lack of production in terms of Touchdowns, however, this combined with his TD against the Bills 2 weeks ago puts him at 4 on the season. Nothing spectacular but still at least it puts him in the top 3 on the team for receiving TDs. 

Kenny Stills 25 yard TD reception

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Kenny Stills has been a Touchdown machine for the Dolphins. Stills hauled in his 9th of the season and surprise surprise, it was another big chunk play from the speedster who should be on double digits (if you can remember that painful drop in week 1 @ Seattle). This plays was perfectly drawn up by Adam Gase to put stress on the Patriots secondary as he has to decide which of the two go routes to pick up leaving the other potentially open. Gase is trying to isolate the safety on the right hand side, forcing him to pick one of the two receivers, hopefully leaving the other one open. The Dolphins also have two receivers running 5 and ins to draw the attention of MLB Kyle Van Noy (light blue). Van Noy bites on the underneath routes and before he can adjust, Stills is running by him into the massive hole in the middle of New Englands cover 2 zone coverage.

Julian Edelman 77 yard TD catch and run

Tom Brady reads that Miami are bringing pressure (7 players) and gets this ball out of his hands in less than 2 seconds. Defensive Co-ordinator Vance Joseph has the Dolphins in his favourite Double A Gap look on 3rd down. Brady must have prepared for this throughout the week as he immediately looks at Edelman who is running a go route. Edelman turns and locates the ball before Kiko Alonso is within two yards of him. This was a great play design as there was no way either of Miami's two Linebackers lined up either side of the Center would have had time to get into position to break up this pass. What happens next is something that Miami cannot afford next week if they want to challenge against the Pittsburgh Steelers and there talented playmakers. 

Damien Williams' costly fumble

This game was very similar to Miami's first meeting with New England earlier in the season, as the Dolphins seemed to hang around despite being blown out of the water for the first quarter and a half. Down by only 13 points and with over 8 minutes left in the game, this was a huge red zone turnover. Williams was too busy trying to make a big play after the catch and did not secure the football with two hands as he was about to turn towards goal. Devin McCourty poked the ball free while Shea Mcclellan ran the ball back to Miami's 18 yard line, sealing the game for New England. The Dolphins started the season leaking turnovers and a large part of their success over the past two months has been looking after the football. Williams has been a great big play and red zone threat for the Dolphins this season and I am sure he will learn from this costly fumble. 

LeGarrette Blount 1 yard TD run

The Patriots go in their heavy set here. Their Center and RG double team Suh while Kiko Alonso is "held" (how I saw it anyway) by the FB who is lead blocking for Blount. Michael Thomas is too late in run support while the rest of Miami's Line is shifted off their blocks as Blount runs into the End Zone through the B gap virtually untouched. This is January football and the Dolphins need to address this, this week as they travel to Pittsburgh Sunday to face Le'Veon Bell.

Closing Thoughts

The Miami Dolphins may have lost the game but that is not the big take away from this one. The Dolphins coaches will turn on the film Tuesday morning and have a lot to smile about and a lot to frown at. The Patriots TDs largely came off busted plays, whether its coverage or gap assignments (something that can be remedied). While the scoreline got away from Miami, the game was much closer than the score suggests. Miami was hanging around in this one for a long time after getting blown out of the water for the first 23 minutes of the game. If not for a crucial Damien Williams fumble then these pesky Dolphins might just have ruffled Bill Belichick's feathers with a close game going down to the wire. 

On Defense I thought Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake had quiet games. However, this was largely due to the way that the Patriots operate on Offense where everything on 1st down is short and quick or a run. This is because the Patriots do no want Brady to be backed up on 2nd or 3rd down and allow Miami's pass rushers to pin back their ears. On Defense I thought Kiko Alonso played well again. His leadership and knowledge of the play book is now shining through and he is the captain of this Defense with Suh and Wake as his leading and star generals going to work in front of him. DT Jordan Phillips was extremely disruptive during his reps and the 2015 2nd round pick is looking more and more like an excellent choice at the DT position next to Suh. Although Tony Lippett is still being consistently beat on slants (due to him lining up 7-8 yards off the receiver), he is improving every game and his coverage ability has improved greatly since the start of the season. Lippett is flashing the potential to be a solid no.2 Corner. 

On Offense, Kenny Stills is adding more 0's to his new contract every game. The speedster now has 9 TDs on the season and has become both Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill's favourite down field target. Jarvis Landry is Jarvis Landry and is able to turn small gains into large ones with his toughness, tenacity and run after the catch ability. DeVante Parker is extremely effective on slants, particularly when he is lined up in a bunch set or behind just another receiver. He had three 1st downs this game and that long TD against Buffalo last week from these formations. Damien Williams despite his fumble is still a big part of this Dolphins Offense, particularly on 3rd down where he is so effective catching the ball out of the backfield. The O-Line was excellent in pass protection but struggled in run blocking as the same holes from last week simply were not there for Ajayi. The Jay Train did run hard as we are used to seeing, even if that is not reflected in the box score. Matt Moore played better than you can expect from most back up QBs. Again he was haunted by a horribly under thrown pass which resulted in another INT but Moore has the pocket presence and ability to quickly dissect Defences which allows him to connect with Miami's playmakers and allow them to do the rest (I hate the word 'Game Manager'). 

10-6 after a 1-4 start. The Dolphins will travel to Pittsburgh Sunday to face a red hot Steelers Offense in the post season. If the Jay Train is running full steam ahead and the Dolphins playmakers can make tacklers miss and extend drives with run after the catch, there is no reason why this Dolphins team cannot go into Pittsburgh and get a result. Numerous teams around the NFL are interested in Dolphins DC Vance Joseph. This is his chance to show the rest of the NFL what he is all about and figure out a game plan to shut down Big Bell, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Fins Up!

On to Pittsburgh!