Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Start Matt Moore?

During the preseason, I was one of the people who suggested the Fins start Matt Moore.

That obviously was not going to happen because Tannehill is their guy.

And now here it is about 3 weeks later, and we hear reports that the team may actually be considering a switch?  What gives here?

Yes, I still think Moore is better.  But this isn't about who's better, and its not about who helps the team the most.  Crikey, its been 3 weeks.  Other than Tannehill playing poorly again, nothing else has changed.

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? 

We also hear reports that players are pissed about the defensive scheme the team ran last week.  Sure, players sometimes get ticked off at coaches, but you don't typically hear about it quite that loudly.

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

Slow Down Miami Dolphin Fans


Wow what a wild day, all hell has broken loose in Miami. Beat writers are even fighting. People are calling for Ross to fire Philbin, Fire Coyle, Fire Rizzi.. FIRE SOMEONE!  As well as the pull Tannehill talk that always follows a loss. To be clear the coaches do feel the pressure now as does Tannehill… as they should. They just played an inferior team and lost. That is no disrespect to the Chiefs. They were well coached and played hard. But even Chiefs fans will tell you they are looking at next year when their cap clears and they have extra draft picks.  So, I do not disagree that Philbin should be on the hot seat.  The lack of using a short yardage scheme on 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1 is not excusable. That is done at the high school level because it is nearly impossible to stop a power formation from getting 1 yard. I have already covered that issue in my last post.  However, it does not really stop there.  This game showed me a few other things that give me the sense that either Philbin does not trust his players or does not trust his own plan. Let me give a few examples of why I feel it is justified to say this.

1.)    The Dolphins signed Daniel Thomas back off the street and he basically served as the #2 back in the game.  If that is the case why did the team keep Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa?  I can understand keeping one of them for development but it would appear they do not trust to play them over Daniel Thomas? – That seems like a coach not trusting the players they kept on the 53

2.)    This defense was built to stop the pass. I feel really good about that choice.  You have to be able to beat Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to win in the post season.  This defense would DOMINATE the Chiefs or the Bills for that matter if they had to play from 1-2 scores down going into the 3rd quarter.  Both of those teams simply do not have the personal to lineup 3 and 4 wide and get the ball down the field with our talented CBs and D-Ends in there. Of course when your offense not only fails to score points, but also tends to do a lot of three and outs it allows teams that can’t throw very well to use a running game to protect the QB and wear down your defense.  Cam Wake and O Vernon are not run stuffing lineman. They are average at best matched up against power running teams that are running the ball. Running the football also removes Grimes and Finnegan from really having any impact in the game.  The Dolphins were designed to score points on offense and then use a dominating pass rush and talented CBs to blow teams out.  – Now with that being said, why would Joe Philbin be afraid to go for 4th downs in opponents’ territory or try to score a touchdown when you are down 14-0? You bring in talented skill players and build a defense designed to play against the pass and then play very conservative on offense in a home game against an average at best team?  They were playing press coverage a lot of the game and you have the most talent at WR that you have had in years?  Even worse how about having almost 2 minutes left in the Buffalo game before half and just running out the clock. This seems like a coach not trusting his players or his own plan to be able to come through. Or in words playing not to lose rather than playing to win.

3.)    All preseason long the word coming out was “tempo” they want to dictate tempo.  I can understand that is hard to do (although you have to be able to do it) in a hostile stadium like Buffalo. But I did not see any tempo in the Chiefs game.  No hurry to line and use all kinds of motion to create mismatches for the defense. This team was not even using tempo when they were behind. This tells me that either the teams does not understand their assignments well enough to run tempo. Or the coaching staff is not able to adjust fast enough during the game to call an up tempo game. Either way it signals a coaching fail.

Anyway.. You get the point, I am not impressed or happy with the coaching in particular the head coach, offensive coach, and special teams coach. They have done a poor job at both having their players mentally ready as well as preparing effective game plans.  I am going to defend Coyle. I have seen people ripping on him but the defense has played well enough to win the last two games. He has not been perfect and his units got in some mismatches. But you can’t hide Jason Trusnik from getting into coverage all game. The offensive has put the defensive in very difficult positions time after time.  If the offense would just score some points to force a team to have to pass it would make a huge difference. There are some issues but they are the kind of issues preventing us from winning the last couple games.

I am also not on board with pulling Tannehill. The drops in the last couple games have been horrible and he does not look lost with where to go with the ball to me. Does he need to deliver? Yes he does. But I ask you, what is your end point if you pull him? Matt Moore is going to be free agent next year and the team will need to decide what to do with Tannehll. Are you going to cut Tannehill and sign Moore to an extension? Draft a rookie QB when our cap space is limited and you have to resign people like O Vernon?  Or another way to think about this… Would you give Ryan Tannehill to Bill Belichick for a 1st round pick right now?  How about cut him and give him to Bill Belichick for free?   The team has to decide his long term plan after the season and we better be damn sure he is not the guy before we just cut him loose.  Considering how bad our QB’s were for over a decade after Marino, I am willing to be patient to see how Tannehill does. If he continues his average but not good play the rest of the year we don’t pick up his extension and draft a rookie letting them compete next season.

Now with all the said I am sure I will get some fruit thrown at me when I say. I would not fire anyone other than maybe Darren Rizzi.  It easy to say “OMG the team looked awful” “ Fire The Coach”.  Ok done he is fired….. Now what?  You can’t hire anyone, they are all under contract coaching in the season. Ok so we promote someone on the staff. Like who? Bill Lazor? He has only been an offensive coordinator for 3 games and they have not exactly looked good on offense.  Ok Coyle then?  Ok so now he has to deal with all the headaches of head coach and take less time planning a defense. A defense that he is trying to scheme with a lack of talent at linebacker, I don’t think we exactly have a coach that can take over the defensive effectively if he does not have time to do it.  On top of that, you send a message to the league that you will fire a coach for going 1-2 to start a season. I am sure that will help to recruit a talented coach next season. Don’t forget, several coaches like Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher turned the job down and we were down to the homeless guy on the corner to take the GM job if Hickey passed.  So I would be careful being the Queen of Hearts and yelling “Off with their Head” If you want to make statement fire Rizzi (I am sure the homeless guy on the corner would be about the same as him for a special teams coach). Otherwise the best plan is to suck it up; the team is much better than they have been playing.  We have a good chance to get to 2-2 going into bye after which we should be looking at having Pouncey, Jones, Misi and Moreno back with the team. Also, don’t discount Billy Turner just yet. With some luck he will be back to healthy. Our interior line will be a whole different beast with a healthy Pouncey and Turner in there.

On a final note I do think it is time for Mr. Ross to start having dinner with some interesting people. People like Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, maybe a secret dinner in a basement (you can use mine) with Jim Harbaugh. Don’t laugh we stole Shula from the Colts when the owner was away.  So when 2014 passes if the Dolphins end up down the path they appear headed ,you have these guys on speed dial.  They will respect you gave Philbin 3 full years to win. If you fire him now , good luck even getting the homeless guy to coach the team.

Does The "Peter Principle" Apply to Joe Philbin?

Back in 1969, Lawrence J. Peter co-authored the book "The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong".

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.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com

Nothing Like Starting A Nice, Hot Fire Under The Entire Coaching Staff To Start Out The Week.....

REGRESSION is the word of the week folks.

Our defense has regressed every year since Kevin Coyle took over. Look up the stats, go ahead, I will wait…

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OK good, now that you believe me let us talk about his game planning for yesterday’s game. Why on this earth was Jason Trusnik and Cameron Wake covering a speedy running back in the first place? The SAME SCHEME EXPOSED US TWICE IN THE SAME GAME!!! Pathetic!! As a coach, you have to minimize your unit’s weaknesses and mask them with strengths. Coyle failed which is why I would FIRE HIM TODAY. Make a statement to the organization, the players, the fans, the coaching staff and the entire league. Coyle is so caught up in his “system” that he refuses to play to his individual players strengths. That is rule # 1 as a coach. Look what happened when Revis went from the Jets, who coached to his ability, to the Bucs, who coached to their system. Perfect example right there…

Ryan Tannehill has regressed each season and is on pace for CAREER LOWS across all the statistics. Look that one up too….


……..Waiting………….


OK, now that I’m 2/2 let us talk about him. He does not have “it”. Time to move on. The offensive line gave up 9 sacks this year you say? Oh wait, this just in, the Chiefs have given up 10 so far this year and I think 4 of them to Miami yesterday and yet Alex Smith still posted a passer rating of 136. Tannehill’s rating against a significantly less talented secondary yesterday? 70.4. these are his passer ratings, in order, starting from week one, 80, 73.6, and 70.4. As I said, REGRESSION! And he does not even have the excuse of not having a running game! A good QB makes the people around him better, Tannehill clearly is not that guy. Let Matt Moore finish the season and draft a new QB.

Now, Carl’s favorite subject, Darren Rizzi!! He needs to be fired today along with Coyle. Why is our punt returner constantly fielding punts within the 5 yard line? Does he not know what a fair catch is? Landry got rocked yesterday because of he refused to call a fair catch. Not to mention, The Dolphins are ranked 31st in net punting average and let me tell you, it’s not because our punter doesn’t have a leg, it’s because we can’t cover a punt to save our rear ends! Time to go Mr. Rizzi, I can only hope and wish your seat is just as hot as Mr. Philbin’s and Mr. Coyle’s…

Fire Philbin at season’s end. The guy, like Tannehill, does not have “it”. I am willing to be patient if I see improvement and that is not what is being provided. Philbin is lost out there guys, let’s just call it as it is. In the final 2 minutes against Buffalo you run out the clock and show no confidence in your team then the very next week in the same scenario you decide to push for points? And when you have a chance to score a TD, you mismanage the clock and squander 19 seconds and have to settle for a FG? This team looks as lost as its head coach. NO LEADERSHIP. NO DESIRE. NO HEART. I hope that seat is growing hotter by the second there Mr. Philbin. Some may say, “what other options are there out there?” And to that I don’t know, but ask yourself, What state would the Dolphins be in if we would have hired Mike McCoy? He is doing a heck of a job down there in San Diego with an arguably less talented team. Here is another one for you, would you have guessed the Browns would be competing at the level they are with Mike Pettine? Yes they have the same record as the Phins but they are a hell of a lot more competitive than us and let me remind you, they are without one of the best receivers in the NFL and their starting RB, so for those of you who like to play the injury card for the Phins, consider that one. NO MORE EXCUSES!!! Injuries are a part of the NFL year in and year out, what separates the bad teams from the good and the good from the great is their ability to overcome adversity. Name me a team that does not lose players to injuries every year and I will name you the winning lottery numbers for this Saturday…

There has been a lot of talk as to why the Dolphins did not run the football in short yardage situations against KC even though we were torching them with the ground game. Let me try and answer that question. More often than not, with a finesse offense like the Dolphins have, there are two plays that will be called and the one that is ran is based off of what kind of defense is being shown. Now, again, this is horrible coaching. If the defense can dictate whether you run or pass based on how they line up then you have already lost! All of this is unacceptable!! Like GoFins has said repeatedely, RUN THE DARN FOOTBALL IN SHORT YARDAGE SITUATIONS!!! If you cannot gain a yard in 2 tries like we had a chance to yesterday then you don’t deserve to be on the field! Oh Wait, that’s right, we didn’t gain a yard in 2 tries. Sorry! I will debate and defend my reasons for wanting what I wrote about in this post all day long! NO MORE EXCUSES!!!!!!

About me...

Every year or so, I remind everyone (when I start sounding fair-weathered) about me...

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.

That's how it goes.  I don't believe that makes me fair-weathered.  And to be fair, even in the unlikely scenario that the team went on a tear, and finished 14-2, and was the favorite to win it all, I don't think I would ever go back to watching every week.
 
You may notice that I only comment occasionally on this blog, and its more observational, and about a general topic.  That's because I don't want to come off as a "true fan" ... I still care to a point, and feel a need to comment at times. Just about what I'm seeing...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Have Started Washing Dishes During Our Last Two Games

Its just too disheartening to watch.

It truly is.

With 40 odd seconds left in the half and a TO in your pocket you figure the Coach would use it and get 4 shots at a TD.

Nope. Wasted time. Wasted opportunity.

Time for scrubbing bubbles.

What the hell was Hartline thinking about after his TD catch?

Tell me he wasn't waiting all off season to line up a putt.

So while his teammates stood by waiting to congratulate him and were surely wondering "what the f__k is he doing?", the refs threw a flag for a group celebration.

It looked more like neighbors watching the gas man digging a ditch.

How the hell is Darren Rizzi still employed?

Let's see how many bonehead plays our special teams can make:
1) Making sure you get inside the numbers prior to the snap as a substitute has been a rule since these idiots have been playing high school.
2) Do not catch the punt inside your 5 yard line since they have been playing Pop Warner.
3) Allow 20 yards per punt return. Not very good numbers.

Am I the only one who thinks Andy Reid showed little class at the end of the game?

You could see him eye balling Philbin across the field, who wisely chose to end our misery and not call a TO with 30 seconds left.

Well, that could have been a habit with Philbin not to use TOs with 30 seconds left in a half.

Reid had plenty of time to call for a Victory formation. They should have kneed it.

London is calling and if we don't play well against Oakland, I will break out the mop.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com

You knew this post was coming...

During the offseason, I lobbied for two things: Ross to clean house (including Philbin) and for the team to draft a qb.

And here we are after 3 weeks, and fans are coming around to my way of thinking. This week we will undoubtedly hear a lot if it...

And so, much like the season where Ross went and tried to hire Jim Harbaugh, and then kept Sparano, we are looking at another season where it's a complete waste of time.

Changes will surely come a season too late.

And that means as an owner, Ross is....hey, I'll let y'all fill in the blank.

Here's an idea

Tired of watching this tired team?

I know I got tired if them a couple of seasons ago....

If you're able to get NFL redzone, I highly recommend it. And if not, you might want to head out to a sports bar and catch various games.

In the late action, there were 3 games being shown. Two were really fun matchups, and of course they were both dominating airtime, with the dolphins sprinkled in - especially when the others were at commercial.

I gotta tell you, it's do much better than "wasting" an afternoon watching the dolphins ending in futility week after week.

Letter To Steve Ross


Please pass this on to everyone you know in the hope Steve Ross reads it.  It is my opinion that is makes no sense and reflects poorly on the coaching to not have a play designed to power run on 1 yard down to go plays. This situation happens almost every game and often decides the outcome. In the last two games the Dolphins have been running out of the shotgun or passing on plays like 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1. The have failed repeatedly in this formation at critical points of the last two games.  I am not sure what your coaches are telling you to explain why they don’t have a power run formation… But I would be happy to explain it. You take out your tight ends and replace them with offensive lineman.  You put a powerful lead blocker in the backfield, note if you don’t have a fullback (like our team) that is fine you, just put another lineman in there or possibly consider a D-Tackle. See William Perry as a reference or more recently watch the last game of the year against the Jets from 2013.  This now gives you 8 powerful drive blocking players in the game.   You hand off to running back who runs north and south following the 300 pound lead blocker or you just hand if off to the 300 pound lead blocker.  To understand why this will work almost every time, stop at the library and check out a book on basic physics. Pay special attention to the part of mass, inertia, and how an object in motion stays in motion.  Also, because this it is so hard to stop from getting a yard teams may overload extra players near the line. No problem you are paying Millions of dollars to a man named Mike Wallace. You split him out wide and if they match up with him man to man you consider taking a shot.  

Two observations

1. Not to rub salt in a wound, but Tannehill had another sub-par day. And oh by the way Bortles and Bridgewater both got some playing time and looked okay (in spite of losses) and have some upside ahead of them. (Statistically, they were both slightly better)

And 2. The dolphins had their "aqua out" day. They ordered 50k aqua shirts to give away and "sold out" of the 70k tickets. And it looked like maybe 20k fans showed up. So instead of a sea of aqua, it was a sea of orange seats. And I'm guessing they'll have to find a use for the other 30,000 shirts they must have sitting in boxes...it just shows the apathy here in Miami.

Maybe It Wasn't All Sherman's Fault...

Time to push the P-A-N-I-C button. 

THIRTEEN FIRST HALF POINTS ALL YEAR!

P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

This Chiefs team was decimated by injuries at key positions and the Dolphins came out and SUCKED. 

Fire everyone. Hit the reset button. Call Pee-Wee Herman, he definitely cannot be worse than what we currently have. 13 first half points in 3 games is coaching. NO EXCUSES! 

Good luck in London next week Miami! You are gonna need it!!!

#LessThanMediocore

#Pathetic

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Becoming A Dolfan

Whenever I see the Chiefs on our schedule, my mind kindly wonders back to the day I became a Dolfan.

It was Christmas Day 1971 and my Mom's side of the family was trekking into New Jersey from Pennsylvania to share Christmas dinner with us.

The plan was to watch the Divisional Playoff game between the defending Super Bowl Champs Kansas City Chiefs and the visiting upstart Miami Dolphins and then eat dinner immediately after the game.

Ahh, the best laid plans of mice and men.

Now all my cousins and Uncle from Pa. were all Eagles fans. My brother was and still is a die hard Raider fan and my Dad hailed the Redskins.

I hadn't picked out a team yet so when everyone else decided to cheer for the Chiefs, I hopped on the Dolphin bandwagon.

When I think about it, I became a Dolfan just to be antagonistic!

While Mom and all the other women were in the kitchen preparing the turkey and side dishes, all the guys were glued to the TV.

It was a classic football game that had 13 future Hall of Famers playing in it. Little did I know at age 13 how important this game would be in both Miami Dolphins and NFL lore.

The game was tied at 10 at halftime and the Chiefs took the lead 24-17 with only a few minutes left. All my cousins starting ribbing me.

Mom politely announced that the turkey was ready so we should get ready to eat. That was the last kind word from her mouth that day.

Bob Griese led the Dolphins down the field to tie the game with 1:25 left.  Now, I was hooting and hollering.

Then Ed Podolak, the Chiefs RB who had a monster game, returned the kick off to our 22 yard line setting the Chiefs up nicely to run out the clock and kick a game winning field goal.  I was showered in laughter and got quite annoyed.

My Mom started to yell now "Its time to eat!"

The Chiefs sent Hall of Fame Kicker Jan Stenerud out to end the game and my misery. But he missed!

Overtime!! "Hahaha" was my reply to my loving family.

Mom came back into the living room "Lets eat everyone." "After the game." was the general consensus.

I could hear pots and pans and women biting their teeth.

Both teams missed opportunities to end the game with FGs in the first overtime period.

Yep, you read right, first overtime period.

Throughout the OT, as each team would drive towards victory, we would send one brave messenger into the kitchen to declare that the game will end soon.

And through the cheers and laughs and groans, my Mom would bellow "The turkey is drying out!"

My Dad dared not respond.

Finally, as Garo Yepremian split the uprights after 82 minutes and 40 seconds the longest game in NFL history had ended and my love affair with the Miami Dolphins had just begun.

I sat at the table with a shit eating grin on my face surrounded by my family struggling to chew an overcooked turkey.  I didn't care. To this day, it was the best turkey I have ever eaten.

Who would of thought that in my first 114 weeks as a Dolfan, we would go on to the next 3 Super Bowls, winning two and ending my first full season as a Dolfan undefeated.

Amazing!

I know that I have been blessed and I also know that many of you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the same experiences but hang in there.

You never know in this world when something magnificent just wonders into your life.

Hopefully it will happen soon for you and us all.

I would love to hear how many of you became Dolfans.  I am sure many of you have some interesting tales as well.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Week 3: Chiefs AT Dolphins Predictions

This weekend’s matchup between the Dolphins and the Chiefs is an interesting one.

It really comes down to a few key questions that we as fans should get answered this Sunday.

How does Tannehill respond to his struggles in the first 2 games? Does he come out with yet another borderline mediocre performance? Does he do worse? Better? As a fan, I can only hope that he lights it up against a weak Chiefs secondary. This will go way beyond just winning or losing the game, it may show us if he is the answer at QB or not. It’s time to step up Ryan…


It is certain that Jamaal Charles will at the very least, be limited if not ruled out altogether with a high ankle sprain. This leaves us to deal with Knile Davis. Don’t get me wrong, he would be a starter on the Dolphins if he was here so he is no pushover but it should be an easier task defending him as opposed to Jamaal Charles. As for our secondary, we should have no problem covering their wide outs, but then again, that is what I said about Buffalo.

The two things that will ultimately decide this game is, can Tannehill EXECUTE? Can he be accurate? And can our coaching staff come up with a defensive game plan to stop a less than stellar Chiefs offense? These will be what decides the outcome of this game. There is not one side of the ball that the Dolphins do not have more talent than the Chiefs.

I know I picked the Dolphins to lose this game in my preseason predictions but that was before I know Jamaal Charles would be limited or ruled out because of an injury. Dolphins win this one 24-13.

I believe that Lamar Miller starts the game but Damien Williams has a better showing.

Ryan Tannehill throws 2 TDs and 1 INT.

Mike Wallace catches 1 of those TD passes.

Our defense sacks Alex Smith at least 2 times.

It will be interesting to watch this game Sunday with all the pressure that is mounting on the coaches and QB. I hope they come out & prove all the critics, me included, wrong. Thanks for reading!!




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A couple of quick takes from the cheap seats

As many of you know, I don't follow the Dolphins like I once did, and we have fallen in "love with" the Red Zone channel  So, on any given Sunday, we're watching that rather than a live game.

But I still listen to south Florida sports talk at times.  And after the Patriots game there was some (mildly tempered) enthusiasm for the Fins - 'they're gonna do great' seemed to be the theme.  And then this week, I heard a lot more negativity - 'tannehill is no good' and 'here we go again' were the two common lines.

I wanted to make one point about tannehill, and that is that he if you look at this year (so far) and his last two at the end of the '13 campaign, you realize he's now got 4 so-so games in a row. People still wonder about him and whether he's any good. 

Consider all of the QBs drafted 1st or 2nd round in, say, the last several years (excepting of course for the last draft).  How many of them are still on that bubble of we're not sure?  If I'm not mistaken, tannehill is the only one - the rest are considered either busts or successful....

Now on to a more general topic of the NFL and its continuing image problem. A number of players came to APs defense saying that it wasn't a big deal, and its part of growing up.  You listen to the Ravens players after their game and they wanted to win for Ray Rice because he's a good guy.

And then this morning, former line coach Jim Turner appeared on Mike & Mike to give his side of the goings-on the Incognito thing.  He basically said things were taken out of context, and the locker room is where boys are boys.  Essentially that is/was the root of the issue in the first place.

Are any of these guys right or wrong?  A lot of this is moral issues, and whether you agree with the "media", the coaches, the players, or even take a different view, the players in those locker rooms need to change in some way. 

Like it or not, this is our current society, and these guys need to stand up to the personal conduct clauses, and be good people - or at least give that appearance outwardly to the public.  And the NFL needs to take a stand to make it happen.

Rushing To Judgement

Looking at the Chiefs stats so far this season, we should be OK running the ball on Sunday.

They are giving up on average 125 yards per game and are ranked 23rd in the league.

We are ranked 10th in the league rushing the ball averaging 135 yards per game.

Despite losing Knowshon Moreno to injury, we should be fine this week.

The Chiefs were surprised at home opening up against the Titans and lost a tough game at Denver last week.

Statistically, the Chiefs have the following rankings:

Total Offense: 26
Points Scored: 30
Rush Yards: 22
Pass Yards: 18

Total Defense: 24
Points Scored: 23
Rush Yards: 23
Pass Yards: 20

My only concern is having to play a team who made the playoffs last year but is currently 0-2.

There is nothing worse than playing a winless team that has plenty of talent. You know they are due.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com


Monday, September 15, 2014

A Lot Of Tough Questions Surrounding These Phins...

OK, so we all know how much losing to Buffalo sucked this last Sunday, let’s just face it, as Phillip Wheeler said, “The Miami Dolphins are built to beat the Patriots, unfortunately, the Bills are built to beat the Dolphins.” That statement hits home on so many levels and couldn’t be more true but we have to move forward to Kansas City. There are a lot of questions that came up after the loss so let us try to see if we can offer each other some insight shall we? OK good.

As you all know, I think Lamar Miller needs to be demoted. I was a big advocate for him in the offseason but he has shown me nothing. He cannot pass block, he can’t catch, he can’t break tackles, and this so called “breakaway speed” that he supposedly possesses has not shown in his entire career, not once. This puts us in a bit of a pickle considering Knowshon Moreno is out for at least a month with a dislocated and possibly fractured elbow. We need Damien Williams to step up in a big way ASAP because if Miller is our main back then we are in a world of trouble. I don’t see the recently signed Daniel Thomas making much of an impact because if he was that good, he would have been kept over Williams and Orleans Darkwa. It was an interesting move by Hickey though, I believe it was just to bring some temporary depth until our backs can heal up. Do you see a silver lining here??

Is Ryan Tannehill our franchise QB or not???! There are arguments on both sides here. I believe Tannehill played well against the Bills, not great, but well. He still has not found that killer instinct that I would like to see, maybe he doesn’t have it? Who knows. Overall he did well. Pro Football Focus is a well respected analysis site that takes into account things like receiver drops and things of that sort, that site has Tannehill rated as the # 2 QB behind only Matt Ryan!! NUMBER 2!!! What are your thoughts on that since it is fair to say that the Buffalo loss was not all on Tannehill, as Philbin said, “it was a team loss”…

The defense must play better. I can see Spiller & Jackson having a decent day against us but a rookie WR making our secondary look non existent? Unacceptable to me. We have 2 pro bowl corners, surely we could have and should have came up with a game plan to not let him make us look like fools. This has to get corrected.  Your thoughts on the defense?

In my preseason predictions, I had the Dolphins starting out 3-1 with our only loss of the first four games to Kansas City. I still believe we can and should end up at 3-1 since Jamaal Charles has suffered a high ankle sprain and will most likely be limited against the Dolphins if not ruled out altogether. Without Charles, Miami’s chances of winning this coming Sunday sky rocket. I will offer my predictions for that game later in the week. What are your thoughts on the Dolphins over all after 2 games?...