Sunday, November 23, 2014

OK! Then Lets Win The Final 5 Games!!!

I would love to bitch & moan about this game, but other than some poor tackling I really liked what I saw.
I read we have to win our last 5 games to be in the playoffs.  Not sure if it was just a guess or it is fact?  So I titled my Post what I did.  After watching us today it is the way I feel!  With one possible exception.  When the dust clears and we find out what we have left to play with, I don't know if shear guts & determination will suffice over a team like the Patriots?
And yes we lost another close one.  C'mon everyone, did we really think we were SB bound this year, or were we all realistically eyeing the playoffs?  I know I was.  And again, I don't give a flying%&$# how we do that!  Would it feel better if it was Denver 39, Miami 6?
I know!  It's not about that.  It's about being able to win the close games which often gives the team a state of mind like "we have been here before & know how to close it out", or several other clich├ęs!!  I mean it is basically 100% fact when you win the close ones, you have a team of WINNERS!  Why I've been in Detroit all weekend(wanted to get my free ticket for the Monday game) and you can just feel the buzz about the Lions(who are now out of the playoffs).  3 weeks in a row of pulling games out of their........nose?  Yeah, that's all I heard from Lion fans: "If we wouldn't have pulled those close games out we wouldn't be where we are now!  WWOOAHH!!"  "GO LIONS!!"
OK, I don't want to make fun of my fellow Dolphin fans. All I am trying to say is that it is a very long season.  If we still have some uninjured players, we still have a chance!  It doesn't matter how close or how much you lost or won a game by.  A win is a win, & a loss a loss. San Diego is now in front of us.  Is that because they lost their opening game 18-17; or beat Oakland twice by a combined 10 points; or loss to us 37-0???
It's a week to week GRIND of over 4 months of psychological ups & downs.  If this team is anything like they have shown in the last 3 months, some-not all-but some are already thinking about how they are going to beat the Jets!
UNTIL I read or hear on the News that the Dolphins have been eliminated from playoff contention, I'm on their wagon! 

It took a 135+ QB rating to win that game!!  Ryan was a 104.  What happened to that 'ol standby? When Ryan is 90 & above, or something I've heard several say, the Phins WIN!

Five weeks left, I've seen crazy caca happen, how about you?  Pressure does odd things to teams. We folded last year.  It isn't over yet!  Don't give up on this team!  They have something special!!
And yes I will eat this if we go into MetLife Stadium thinking about anything other then the NY Jets!!!

Phins Up!!!!!

Same Story, New Title

Another incomplete game by the Dolphins. 

The story goes like this:

Start bad, finish good and lose.

Start good, finish bad and lose.

Start good, finish good and win. 

Nick's prediction was wrong. My two predictions were wrong. And Carl's 7 predictions were all wrong. 

10 wins may not be enough to make the playoffs this year. Miami must win out. 

Good luck Miami! As a commenter on this blog stated before, if they can't win the close games then they will go nowhere, and they are 0-3 in "close" games this year.

Crappy loss but at least it was an entertaining game.

Maybe next week Miami.

Phins Up

Not over......

Tackle.  The guy carrying the ball!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2 Predictions...

There is a lot that has been going on this week concerning the Broncos/Dolphins game. Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas haven't practiced pretty much all week but are most likely playing. Charles Clay is out which was a surprise. Daryn Colledge is coming back which is good news. All of this has been a whirlwind to try and figure out.

The big question is, which Dolphins Team shows up in Mile High? The team that played the Chargers? Or the team that played the Chiefs? 

If the team that played the Chargers shows up Miami wins. No doubt about it. Denver is not a good running team which means they will pass, and like Carl pointed out, Miami is #1 against the pass. Denver's line is a mess right now which also plays into our hands because we have a fierce pass rush. Also, as Carl pointed out, the winds will be strong, and in case you haven't noticed, Peyton's passes are looking pretty weak and wobbly as of late. Also, the wind helps us because we are a better running team. 27-20, Miami.

If the team that played the Chiefs shows up, Miami loses. Why you ask? We are playing Peyton Manning and no team can show up flat and expect to beat Peyton. If "this" Miami squad shows up, Denver wins by a score of 30-13. 

Which one will it be? 

Weather Will Factor In At Mile High

When you are going to Denver in November you always pack your gloves and scarf and winter jacket.  That's a no brainer.  You expect cold temps and are prepared for that.

Tomorrow's weather, though, has an added degree of difficulty. 

Wind. Gusting winds. Up to 21 miles per hour.

So it will seem even colder in the first half due to the wind chill factoring in.

When those shadows get longer as the sun drops and those lights come on at Mile High Stadium, the wind will die slightly but not enough to warm those souls on the turf.

So with cold and wind, what you should hope to do is run the ball to set up a short passing game.

Who benefits from that?

As much as the talking heads have mentioned that Denver, losers of 2 of their last 3, will be fired up and need to get back to running the ball, its just not in their DNA.

Denver has run the ball the 6th least of all 32 teams.  Only 243 times. 

For 3.7 yards per carry.

If you can remember, Jimmy Johnson used to call Dan Marino his Candy Jar.  He was so sweet that you had so much trouble trying to pass by and not stick your hand in there.

With Peyton Manning, Denver's John Fox has a sweet tooth.

Why drive when you can fly?

Miami on the other hand, is ranked in the middle of the pack in rushing but has had much greater success by pounding the ball 272 times for 4.7 yards per attempt.

Denver's defense has only faced 222 attempts and is giving up only 3.3 yards per carry.  Of course most teams are chucking the ball trying to keep pace with Manning and company.

Denver's opponents have thrown the ball 423 times.  And that's the most in the entire league.

Why drive when you have to fly?

Miami's defense is ranked 1st against the pass.  Yep, We're # 1! We're # 1!

That stat alone has meaning and it may just get us through this game and hopefully, at the very least, keep it close.

Denver's pass defense, despite all the attempts against it, is ranked 16th.

They, like us, are averaging 6.1 yards per attempt.

Ok. Where am I heading with this?

How many times have we read or heard or wrote or said "I am sick and tired of our dink and dunk passing game!" 

Well, with 21 mile per hour winds, you better believe we will be dink and dunking it all day.

Its what we do anyway.  It plays to our strengths.

Run the ball efficiently and control the game clock with short passes.

Despite all the talk of Denver needing this game and they have to rebound from losing to the Rams and they will be home and they have KC next week...yada, yada, yada...we can win this game.

Our defense is designed to travel well.  Our offense is starting to click.

And more importantly, our special teams are playing so much better now.

Philosophically, we will be in this game.

Physically, we will be in this game.

And emotionally, we need the damn game too!!! So, we will be in this game.

I expect a game with lots of short passes and whoever plays better in the red zone will win.

I think, Denver isn't as great as many think. 

I think, we are better than many think.

And I think the flight home will be a happy one for our Dolphins.

After all, we'll drive in the late Denver afternoon only to fly home in the evening.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Friday, November 21, 2014

All my Rowdy Friends have.....WHAT? Fill it in!

Calling All Cars!  Calling All Cars!

Carl, Lawrence, Chad, Richard, Ray Finkle, & Grandma, What's Up??  You haven't given up, have you?  Bronco got your tongue?  Got NOTHING? 

I have been told by "sources within the organization" that the Players actually read this site out of all the blogs out there.  Plus, "sources familiar with the relationship".......uuhhh, lets say a couple of those Kardashi ladies being the relationship; they want to know what is going on?  Why the silence? Forced me to break my promise!

C'MON, PHINS UP!!

I Still have Plenty of Condiments. Make Me Use Them!!

Earlier in the week I posted some comments concerning the turn around of the Miami Locker Room, & a prediction that included a fast Denver start(14-17 points by end of 1st quarter or before Dolphins manage to score), followed by a slow-methodical march by the Phins that would ultimately lead to a final drive score with the Dolphins, for once, ending up victorious.  Reason being their support & confidence with each other in their locker room!
I don't want to completely renege on my words, because I still do feel very strong about the locker room attitude and the ability to adjust & use momentum effectively in the final quarters.  Combination of coaching vision, awareness, & communicating a slight difference in the offensive & defensive schemes; adding to that the ability of the players to understand mentally & perform physically.
However, now that I know Denver will have their WR's. & TE playing; plus Miami will probably not have Charles Clay or Cortland Finnegan, well...I'm not sure we can overcome all the positive emotional factors Denver has.  Without Denver going 1-2 in the prior 3 weeks, & then scoring only 7 points against St. Louis, the media and Las Vegas wouldn't even be questioning this game!
So!!  Dolphins, here is another opportunity for me to use my condiments on these very words Sunday evening!  With my Mom's Thanksgiving Dinner only days away, I won't have any trouble eating paper after the game.  Please force me to do it!!  Embarrass me(more than I already do at least) by going back on my words!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Question of the day

Is a "home" game in Detroit better or worse than a "home" game in England?

Either requires planning and travel. But at least one is in the continental us.

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.

Brrrr

The pictures from buffalo were amazing. But the offer to help dig out the stadium for cash and game tickets was amusing.

Continue to see parallel snippets about Lazor's Attributes'

It has taken me 4 1/2 months of writing Posts & Replies for this Blog to realize I could never be a reporter.  And it is not for the obvious reasons: my grammar is very poor; my style of humor is seldom understood(in fact it is so bad that when I sometimes proof read, or reread what I have written to answer the few replies I receive, I do not find humor in what was intended to be funny); I can ramble off on a tangent as if I took writing lessons from Anne Rice(Interview with the Vampire; although I found the Mayfair witches & their stories far more intriguing); and trust me, there are several more!
The things I mentioned can be improved with practice, learning, LISTENING, reading the people that have found or invented their VOICE, and other resources.  What appears to me to be almost impossible to improve is "writing about a different topic 5 days a week."  Which I'm sure is why I continue to see more articles about Lazor's Intensity siting "sources familiar with the relationship," or "sources within the organization," or "sources that receive quotes from God" when they're 5 minutes from deadline and begging their Editor to "Hold the Presses," "I only need one more person to go on record about this new thing called the World Wide Web!"  "You gotta trust me it's gonna be BIG!"  "NO! Sorry, but people are not going to stop reading Newspapers because they can see it on one of those cathode ray tubes."  "Trash the story, start the presses, & go with the piece on 'How Joe Streater Organized the Boston College Point Shaving Scandal' "  "At least we can document or sources!"  "And you've held the presses for the last time!  You're Fired!  Now you can write for that World ww dot thing you're all googley about."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1 Year Ago Players Started Meeting w/Ted Wells; Today, a 360 in locker-room chemistry & player attitude seems like perfect timing!!

Perfect timing that is, if you consider the order of our final 6 games plus ALL the other games 'we' have no control over, yet affect our playoff standing:
e.g. Sunday morning last, I wrote out 7 games & underlined the team, that if they were to win the game, it could help the Dolphins(to be clear; I do not know the percentages & division wins vs. conference wins vs. head to head etc., etc., etc.; some are obvious, others are psychological or emotional advantages in MY opinion):
1) DENVER @ ST. LOUIS
2) CINCINNATI @ NEW ORLEANS
3) HOUSTON @ CLEVELAND
4) SEATTLE @ KANSAS CITY
5) OAKLAND @ SAN DIEGO
6) NEW ENGLAND @ INDIANAPOLIS
7) PITTSBURGH @ TENNESSEE
Out of these 7 games, "1" helped the Dolphins.  It was a rather big victory for Houston if you're a PhinFan because it vaulted them into the final WC spot for at least 31 hours!!
If you're curious about me thinking Denver beating St. Louis would be helpful, it could/can be thought of either way? 
Personally, I have been worried for a while about Miami heading into SA Field at Mile High when the Broncos have been on the road for 3 consecutive games, in essence making this a big home-coming game.  Not to mention they went 1 & 2 while scoring exactly 6 points below their average; Manning throwing 6 INTs, possibly (POSSIBLY) having more meaningful injuries than the Dolphins, plus a coach with no confidence in their FG Kicker (or maybe trying to kick-start the offense=no pun intended)?
All that being said, with the team they have, running onto the field Sunday the fans will be standing and yelling louder than your son's car stereo!  They will be fired-up!!
My POINT: Our locker room is a quality place now, where the guys trust each other, like each other, & support one another!  If we can withstand that initial 10, 14, or 17 points they put on the board before we score or the first quarter is over, then we will slowly, methodically turn the game into a final possession score for victory.  And this time we will run out with our heads-up, & the TV men once again saying, "well, now you have to consider the Dolphins legitimate playoff contenders!" 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

It wasn't Woodward or Bernstein; But with the Internet it doesn't have to be!!

This B/S story came from a person who use to cover the Dolphins for a Miami Newspaper.  So who knows what the motivation was; what was taken out of context; & definitely if this person had a not so pleasant ending upon moving to another post? 
Some fans sure took hold of ONLY the RUMBLINGS and immediately knew who to blame!! Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, & the rest of the receiving corps.  40-50 replies about POSSIBLE RUMBLINGS over the way Bill Lazor coaches and/or gets along with the players.  Nothing definite!!  It was as if someone said they heard or saw a smoke cloud come out of the ground covering the super volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park, and suddenly everyone with the tiniest amount of knowledge, or just an opinion was posting the eruption date within months!!
All I could tell by watching the WR corps of the Dolphins, is they are good and the ball goes around.  Very similar to other top offenses & QB's like Brady & NE; Manning & the Broncos.  Yes, both guys are better.  But they spread the ball around and let their play speak for itself.  That is starting to happen in South Florida.

Phins Up!!!