Sunday, September 28, 2014
Yes, its only the Oakland Raiders. A team that came out of the half and probably set a NFL record by turning the ball over on their first 4 possessions.
Didn't see that coming or did you? Or did you even notice it?
So this beat down keeps Philbin at the helm for a while.
Tannehill played very well completing 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards with 2 TDs and only 1 interception. He also rushed 5 times for 31 yards. If you started him in fantasy you would have scored 22 points.
He looked very crisp and ran the offense superbly. He also had some drops and his interception bounced off of Dion Sims hands so how can you blame that on him.
He looked like the QB we all want him to be.
So this performance keeps Tannehill at the helm for a while.
Thank God they did what they should have done otherwise we would still be having those discussions through the much needed bye.
Yes, we need it.
We need to get some extra time between games to get a few guys back healthy and off suspension.
We need to get a few days off with a very good feeling inside and put a lot of this controversy behind us.
We needed to have gotten back in the hunt, though we never really fell out of it, even at 1-2. But 2-2 sounds so much better than the unthinkable.
When we combine this win with losses to both the Jets (1-3) and Buffalo (2-2), we've had a great day.
Everyone enjoy tonight. Have a wonderful night's rest.
I have some dishes to do.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I can vouch for the general nature of the article being true; it was an Indian burial ground. In fact, I have a cousin who was working for the architecture firm for the stadium who clued me to in to this in the 1980s.
Oh and by the way, did you ever wonder why the parking area has grass strips for you to park on? That was a concession made to preserve green space in honor of the burial grounds.
Read it again. I'll wait.
Marinos role is to be excited. And to meet with sponsors.
That's quite a role. It's not about football or helping the team grow. Nope. It's about making money for the owner by being out there for the sponsors.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Now the Dolphins still need to play the Raiders and if we do lose to them then all goes through the window. A 1-3 start before the bye with the next two games against the Packers and Bears, we could very well start off 1-5 with the season pretty much over.
With all that being said, we need to stick with Tannehill. Who knows he could somehow turn it all around and we go on a winning streak. Matt Moore is a solid back up and I trust him to come in if Tannehill gets hurt. But I like Matt Moore more as a backup. It is too early in the season to give up on Tannehill, he isn't Chad Henne bad.
Give Tannehill a game against a mediocre/bad defense and lets see how he performs. If he performs bad then we can revisit this discussion during the bye week. But for Tannehill's sake lets hope he has a good game and we can put this talk behind us, for at least two weeks.
I will say this though, I believe the Dolphins should draft a QB in the draft next offseason. Whether that be in the first round or the seventh round remains to be seen.
If Tannehill was your guy 3 weeks ago, you should say that he's still your guy now (at least to the media, even if you don't believe it). Is he giving in to media pressure? Is he waffling?
These are all the things that happen when a coach has lost control of his team. Has Philbin lost control?
So yeah, go ahead and start Matt Moore. Maybe you win a few more games. But you divide the locker room, and you can't go back.
Monday, September 22, 2014
In it, he theorized that companies take a perfectly good salesman and promote him to sales manager where he may still perform well and then move him up again and again until he reaches a position that he no longer is as productive as he was in a prior position.
Hence, they are promoted to their level of incompetence.
Joe Philbin may very well have been an excellent O-Line coach.
He may have been an excellent Offensive Coordinator.
But does he lack the qualities necessary to be an effective Head Coach?
His game time management skills are not good. This is a problem as the Head Coach determines the use of time outs in the closing minutes of a half.
Case in point: his mismanagement of our last TO before halftime wasting 20 seconds which could have been used to run another play or two.
His ability to motivate is nonexistent. Maybe its just not in his DNA. The team doesn't seem to have any fire in their bellies.
His squad makes bonehead mistakes for absolutely no reason such as Hartline's Putting with the Stars and one of our coaches bumped an official early in the game, each resulting in 15 yard field position changing penalties. Plus, one of our gunners was flagged for illegal substitution for not going inside the numbers prior to coming back towards tthe sideline to line up for the punt.
These are just stupid penalties that have nothing yo do with talent or ability but actually are the product of a lack of discipline.
Philbin doesn't have the nerve to make necessary changes in players or the coaching staff when the lack of production warrants it. He may be too nice a guy. Which is fine if you're an Uncle but its not a quality I would look for in my Head Coach. We all know were nice guys finish.
Maybe he is starting to read the writing on the wall as Ryan Tannehill hasn't been confirmed to be the starting QB for this Sunday against Oakland.
I do believe that Head Coaches deserve at least 4 years to build their team and implement their system. Provided, of course, that they can manage the game, instill discipline and motivate the team.
Unfortunately, I am losing patience waiting for a light to suddenly come on. There just may not be enough power or there may not be the proper connections in place for that to happen.
Maybe, just maybe, Philbin is in over his head.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
I was a fan from the early 70s. Loved this team through high school and college, and beyond....was a season ticket for a number of years and sat through every game I went to...
I started a website (that became this blog) as one of the first on the block (Curt at phins.com probably beat me by a couple of weeks), and was as passionate as anyone. I helped found finsradio. I was a good ambassador for the team. And still followed them through Nick, Cam, and into Sparano.
But everyone has a breaking point, and somewhere in there, among all the relative lies, poor performances, and lack of leadership *anywhere*, I stopped watching every week.
Over the last few years, I have found more enjoyment watching RedZone, and the entertainment aspect more than *any* single game. I have a fantasy team and its fun to key in on performances.
And while I tried to make Dolphins fans out of my boys, well, that hasn't worked so well. The team didn't capture their interest, and they are fans of individual players rather than a team.