Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dave’s take: Player treatment by the dolphins (and the NFL)

Late in the preseason, Jarvis Landry found himself accused of domestic abuse. The dolphins investigated and found no wrongdoing and didn’t take any action. And as far as that goes, whatever.

But a video surfaced last week that shows the incident, and I have to ask, is it any worse (or better) than we saw/heard from Ezekiel Elliot, who got suspended for 6 games?

But he’s a contributor in a contract year, and by all accounts, a good teammate.

Then you had Lawrence Timmons who simply up and left the team during their extended bye early in the season. He was admonished and suspended for a couple of weeks, but is still with the team. Why? Because he’s a contributor, and by all accounts, a good teammate.

Then you have Jay Ajayai, who recovered from a team infraction last season and was a solid contributor. He didn’t do anything off the field that caused a stir. But he was - according to the team - a bad teammate because he complained about not getting enough touches and so was traded.

It felt almost like a “how dare you question the coaching staff?!” Moment. This is the kind of thing I would expect from players. They are being competitive  and fired up.

And then yesterday there was the Rey Maualuga story. He was out of shape and took a while to get into the flow. Then he gets arrested, and without even a second thought, he gets cut. 

So he wasn’t a contributor, I guess? 

It’s up to the team and the coaching staff to decide how to deal with players and their conduct. And we have no clue what happens in the locker room or their private lives. 

But as a casual fan, it feels sort of haphazard, like there’s no real policy - just gut feelings and unusual decisions. 

I mentioned Elliott for a reason, because the patchwork of player conduct rules extends well beyond the dolphins and into the nfl more broadly. It seems like there should be more rigor around the way players are treated so it doesn’t appear this way. 

Every team wants to win and stay out of the news for the wrong reasons. I get it. That’s why kaepernick is toxic; signing him would bring more media attention for something beyond football. 

But the nfl is extending its image problem. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that it’s time to move on from godell as commissioner. Time for someone else to help set up a policy that keeps young players in check, while allowing them to use their platform and social media to promote themselves positively, along with their causes. 

That’s my two cents. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Miami Dolphins, the.....players from Miami

Been reading all the comments and the few contributions we get these days( I think because nobody knows what the heck to say?  It's beyond infuriating ); I have all kinds of reasons running through my head as to why this is/has/will continue to happen.

Cheapest:  Sometimes I think our local media hypes us up so much with positive articles and such?.?.?.

Thought: Said this before in an article, and have heard commentators talk around/about it in different ways; but I do feel we were not as good last year as our record showed.  "A win is a win!"  Hey, that's great for a coach in a post game speech when Pisarcik hands off....I mean fumbles the a hip I think(??) into Herm Edwards hands for a last second TD, victory, play that will be remembered as long as...???  Anyway, Miami had how many wins last season, not as dramatic as a game in NY(or in a Garden state stadium shared by 2 NFL teams located in New York) that really could have gone either way??  And going along in a season, momentum  can build just like it can dwindle in the wrong direction.
The point being, we were not as good as our record showed.  Maybe that Baltimore game(LAST YEAR....well, any year) should have taken more importance by the fans than just the NFL experts.  Should we have won at SD?  The Jets game I wrote off as repercussions from what Trump said, Kap not being signed, the kneeling players, all that stuff.  I was wrong!
Our other 3 victories!  Should we have won those??  We won them almost in the same fashion as last year.

Thought: Carrying on, when we lost our starting QB, who is better than Matt Moore, then lost our 2nd round draft pick & starting MLB, then a CB that was improving each year, our starting LG for 1/2 the season; resigned a very good Tackle in his prime, but questionable at RG last year to play next to a RT that has been questionable his entire career(he has had some good games here & there, but I think better served as a back-up=James).  Back to the left, traded away a pro-bowl LT for our gas mask sneak pick of the first round.  Ending with what some say is the BEST CENTER in the NFL, or at least the BEST LINEMAN on the Dolphins.  But are you playing this week??
So then we sign a QB that quit in a game to get to the SB; granted a grade II mcl sprain can cause discomfort and probably fear playing against DL's the size of......big guys. But I seriously think the QBs that have that FB fever, like Favre, Marino, guy from NE, many, many more would not take themselves out in a game to get to the SB.  On a personal note:  I tore an ACL & MCL, plus other damage on one play.  First off, you have no control over the bottom portion of your leg(I didn't). If I tossed over in my bed, my body came, the lower 1/2 of my leg remained.  And that kind of pain starts from the minute your body comes out of shock, or your whole leg stops tingling from some of the innate pain relievers our body has.

Personally, I didn't care much about the trade of Ajayi.  There are few great RBs in the league anymore.  And they usually have OLs in front of them that allow them that first burst that enables a RB to cause misses down the field.  Plus, they don't seem to last very long.  Play that position your entire life and your knees are quickly going to get older than the rest of your body.  I know everyone can name this RB, or that RB and so on and so on.

Watching 18 years of futility is very frustrating. 

Thought: And I know a lot of you already think this but will only mention it lightly.  Because all the big money goes to the QB, the WR's, DE's, RB's, CB's, LB's:  Winning teams have great OL's & DL's, PERIOD!!  Reality really hit me about this team during the New York game.  When Cutler went down, I think it was Julius Thomas that stayed there & tried to see if he needed help.  Not "ONE" Dolphin OL came to his defense.  And it was a LATE HIT!!!!!!!!!!!  Any other QB gets hit late and often a fight starts out.  Not Miami.  After watching that, I gave up on this team reality wise.  I knew I would still support, cheer, watch, be a devoted fan.  But I had no more thoughts on this......on the 2017 Miami Dolphins achieving anything.

TEAMS, NFL TEAMS that have losing records and not much to play for unless it's a contract year, become SPOILERS.  AND they enjoy it, you can see it.  But that is regulated for TEAMs!  That's not what we have in Miami.  Worse!!  They are far from out of the playoffs in a normal year.  These players that wear the same uniform, the Miami Dolphins, they ain't going anywhere!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dave's take: well that was an ugly stretch

As usual, I watched very little of last nights game.  But since it was on prime time, I had it on for a while, because, hey, it's football.

The dolphins ended their three game prime time run in the same way they started it: by getting blown out.

And it underscores the fact that this team is just bad. All week, I heard that Gase had it figured out, and it was coming together.  But in Gase's words, all I heard was a combination of things stated very much like the last few coaches. From "they gotta learn from their mistakes" to fist pumps for field goals to "its players, not coaching."

Maybe he should start David Fails just to make a point about failure being an option.

If I were Stephen Ross my first call this morning would be to Mike Tannenbaum "hey mike, I hear it's all players and not coaching, so go out and find me some new players...and while you're at it find me a new person to replace you."  Then it's on to Gase "hey Adam, you coached a helluva a three games. I'm sorry I couldn't stay awake to watch the games; they sure cured insomnia. So what's your plan for today? Might I suggest you go golfing because you don't work for me anymore."

And everyone in between can go too.  Then, another call to one of these brokerage firms "yes, I'd like to sell the dolphins.  I think it's clear that the bigger problem is me."

Honestly, the only way to improve this team is to start over.  There's no sugar coating this, no explaining it.  It's another disaster in a growing line of bad seasons.  And now the hurricanes are good, so there's another team for people to focus on, making the dolphins irrelevant.

Enjoy your off-season dolphins fans.  It started with the chargers game in week 1.

Here are some tweets that sum it all up.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Where is everyone at!!????

This team hasn’t been called by Jon Gruden:

Offensively challenged.


A mess.

And it’s all true! Hahahaha

A pick on our side of the field with less than a minute to go PLUS an unsportsmanlike penalty!

Time to tank for a franchise QB in the draft! This season has been over for quite some time already.

Another spanking is in the works for the 3rd time on national TV. This team
Does not deserve to be on prime time. Anyone who thinks so is a fool.

Anyone for a prop bet on how many more times we see a bubble screen??!

Enjoy the rest of this thrashing!

Good night

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Yeah, I'm Still Positive!!

I hang on every year until the percentage points say we can't make it.  Seriously though??  Agreeing with your reply Carl, what in the holy heck was that 3rd & 11 draw play??  It reminded me EXACTLY of momentum being built on a drive; positive yards on every play; then BAM!!  THE WILDCAT is called, we lose 7 to 10 yards, then throw a long incomplete pass & have to punt.  I felt so....empty, surprised, shocked, & xxxxing ANGRY!!!  WHY???

OK, that game is over.  Time for short memories to kick in & start thinking about how we will beat Carolina!!  We aren't out of this yet!  All though it would be so easy to think that way.  We had an identical record last year and made it in.  Granted our schedule looks formidable, but that is why you only look at the team coming up.

I can't help but think I am one of those positive "suckers" who is lost?.?.?.  So what.  Agreeing with you negative losers is just like all the folks that suddenly jump on the bandwagon of the newest winning team of the season.  I don't want on your negative craze.  It's too easy to do.  It's a lot harder to have faith in a team when the chips are down.  And if it does happen, if they pull themselves up and start winning games like NOBODY thinks they will.  The reward is the greatest feeling in the world.

I'm stickin'.  And when they make it; they will!!  There should be a requirement that you need to BEG to get back in.  But that'll never happen because folks with faith don't say "I told you so."  They welcome you back with warm arms.  All in all, chances or percentages are against my hopes that the Dolphins finish as a playoff team, or even finish strong for that matter.  But it will make the games mean something for me.  And when they start winning, beating teams the experts say they have no chance against, that great feeling will be there!

Last thing, for those blaming Cutler, he didn't call that draw play.  He didn't throw any INT's.  He completed his first .....10-12-14(??) passes, & threw 3 TD's.  He is not the reason they have struggled this year.  Also, getting rid of Ajayi was necessary!  He was in it for himself on team.  Unwilling to fight for 3-4 yards in the proper hole, or where the play was called.  He'd break it to the outside where it first appears it's clear, but then suddenly it's full of defenders that are being blocked that way.  That was a BIG PICTURE decision, not an Adam Gase feeling of "I don't like him because he doesn't listen to what I say."  How do you think the O-Linemen felt when they were blocking the called play & Ajayi ran right where the defenders were blocked?  The broadcasters are gonna say "this Miami OL is just terrible."  If that's so, how did our 3rd string running back run for 70 yards?  I know, you'll say 42 was on one run.  Take that away and he averages 3.8 yards a carry.  7 games and Ajayi averaged 3.4 yards with 1 maybe 2 seasons remaining in his career.  Drake is the better long range back, not to mention the effort & pass catching skills of Williams.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dolphins Stink It Up Agiain. What. Fucking Surprise...

this team sucks again what a surprise! All you suckers who post “positive” shit about this team are lost. You guys waste your damn time. This team is pathetic, has been pathetic and will continue to be pathetic this year. Let’s all say what we always say! Maybe next year Miami! Fucking Bums! No wonder they don’t get any prime time games! I have seen more excitement watching high school football! LOL what a joke! Draft a QB Miami! And get some o lineman or you will suck again next year but what do I know? I just see this team not be able to block anything year in and year out! Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Maybe we should all cheer for the Seahawks! They at least make shit interesting! Not like these idiots

Friday, November 03, 2017

Y'all Fought & Brought it Back Last Year! Don't Lose it in "1" Year!!

  Here it is, and for those who have not noticed. I am always thinking of a positive way the 'Phins can turn the season and their team into playoff contenders.  This is not an attack or a negative theory on what's going on.  It's more of a possible reality check of what wasn't supposed to happen last year.

 Starting out I believe Mr. Ross finally got a Head Coach he wanted.  Again, I think this because at that time I was not listening to ANY opinions of so called NFL experts.  OK.  We now have a HC with a reputation as an Offensive Guru and a Quarterback Whisperer all in one.  Still, he is HC now, not either one of those.  At the time I was unaware he would still be calling the offense. 

I'm guessing but I don't think many fans felt we had very many above average players on the team Gase was inheriting?.?.?.  Some might find it hard to believe, but Philbin's record for the 3 seasons he started & finished was 23-25.  First year 7-9, with years 2 & 3 .500= 8-8.  I think the biggest issue was we had a chance at the playoffs in 2013 & 2014.  '13 we lost our final 2 games to the Jets & Bills.  In 2014, our final 4 games, we lost to the Pats, and believe it or not we were beat by the Ravens.  We recovered to beat Minnesota 37-35 and needed one more win for a chance....percentage wise I think?  Didn't matter, again the Jets beat us.  Lemon wedges, lime pieces, & grapefruit triangles over sauerkraut was what my spaghetti dinner tasted like that evening.  Talk about a sour taste & feeling going into the off season.

Gase arrives and immediately a horseshoe falls in his lap minutes before the draft begins.  All those people saying marijuana is an evil, bad drug.  We have had our ups & downs with the THC product.  Ricky couldn't get enough, & Laremy....well, in reality who really knows or cared when he fell to us over some Twitter Pics.  It seemed like he would be a good starter right away.  And I guess he was, although at LG, not his natural position of LT.  This year I hope it's just some growing pains, or maybe a collective sickness infecting the entire team?

So last year started out as predicted by many.  Gase's leadership tactics seemed to work and the players it was used on started playing well.  We started winning games and got into the playoff race.  But seriously, other than Pittsburgh without Roethlisberger for most of the game, and beating the Jets quite handily, the victories we had could have just as easily been losses. 

What if last year went like most thought it would??  Probably under .500, missing the playoffs, and setting up for another good year of future Draft Picks!  Honest to goodness, that is what I thought the year would be like.  I'm not complaining at all.  That was fun! It brought back great memories! The attitude of the team, on the field and evidently in the locker room, did something that is considered to be the hardest adjustment a professional organization involved in COMPETETIVE team sports can do.  Going from an accepted losing belief/mindset, by making a 360 degree change in THOUGHT & ACTION= Losing is not acceptable any longer!  We, as Miami Dolphins, EXPECT to win each game no matter how injured we are, how ugly we might play, if we are outscored quarters 1-3, we will play & EXPECT to win each game(when this document was written some joker added in, "Unless were playing Baltimore)!  And it often happened last year.  So much so that the talk of this year was can we overtake the Patriots?  Of course we only play twice a year and both games this year are basically in December(first one is Nov. 26th).  I don't think that was an issue however.  

What if we did not PULL-OUT all those one score, last play, overtime victories?  I don't think we would be as derogatory in our assessment's of what is happening.?.?  A First Year Head Coach with 8 victories by a TD or FG, on the final play, or in OT.  Personally, I could throw all that stuff out the door!  For me it was whatever he did to bring that change in attitude to the Miami Dolphins we all fell in love with during Shula's time.  And God forbid, it seems like this team is teetering on that BELIEF system, that WINNING MINDSET! We cannot lose it no matter what happens & who is traded.  I feel that trade was a statement to all involved.  No One is bigger or more important than the team and the WINNING attitude we achieved last year!

The ATTITUDE STAYS no matter who leaves!!  That is what a TEAM IS!  A common goal.  All thinking alike.  Losing, although inevitable, is not tolerated week to week.  Winning and Playing hard and FULFILLING YOUR ASSIGNMENT on each play is DEMANDED!  The % of players that score the winning touchdown, make the last basket, hit the walk off homerun is/are miniscule.  Lose the attitude and be part of a winning team.  You are making millions of dollars right now.  The stands are filled with people that maybe thought they would make it, or others that admire you, and some that are losing interest in very self-centered behavior.  The time goes quick man, don't waste it!!  Wait, am I preaching?  There ya' go, I am truly a hypocrite!