Saturday, August 18, 2018

I DID NOT REALIZE. Please Excuse My Ignorance to Current Events

When certain stories bother me in the news, I turn away from them.  The whole National Anthem debate bothered & confused me.  I made a point of ignoring anything related to it.  And I can see now that I pretty much made myself look/appear like  an ignorant idiot, if that's possible.
HONESTLY, as I ignored anything having to do with the issue, there was a part of me that thought it was losing steam/wearing out.  From the beginning I felt it was a huge misunderstanding. 
NOW, when I think about someone not standing for the National Anthem, or the American Flag, I think that person is uneducated, self-centered, taking advantage of a system/Country that enables that person to live the American Dream but having absolutely no respect for those that carved the way.
For you players that do not stand & do not honor our flag, I truly wish you would take the time to turn your TV channel to 570(DirecTV), Smithsonian channel.  Watch a few episodes of WWII, The Pacific in Color!!
Thank you to all the men & women that defend this Nation, allowing others to make millions playing games.  Why is school important?  

Reputation is there; ZEBRAS LOOKING, CALLING, ALWAYS BIG!!!

The Dolphins are known for penalties!  The ZEBRA's know it, and they look for it.  Surely you have heard a holding penalty could almost be called on every offensive play. 
I'm tired of blaming it all on our players.  If I went through and labeled each penalty for Carolina & Miami, you would notice a difference in the penalties!
Caroline 7-53
Miami 8-69
2 of Carolina's occurred back in Miami territory accumulating 30 yds. So 23 penalty yards remaining. I counted 3 false starts and one other 7 yard penalty.
Miami:  First 2 penalties occurred after Howard brought the ball to the 9. Then to the 5. Then to the 1, but a holding penalty taking place at the 6, so 10 yards to the 16. Another false start for 5 yards, and an off sides by Carolina to even it up. Scoring opp. blown.
Next Miami penalty driving into Carolina territory around 25-30 and they call offensive pass interference on a first down catch. Spoiled the drive.
Next, Carolina has ball & Miami needs to get off the field on 3rd & 8; Newton throws up a 20 yarder to Funches and they call Howard for touching his arm...or maybe he yelled at him, I wasn't that close.
Not sure what order these next plays come in because I am beginning to realize it is not just our players that are screwing up.  I got a slow motion review of this and it sure looks ......questionable to be polite. 
Carolina QB is sacked, fumbles & ball is coming toward sidelines past Allen & Zebra throws flag on Allen for an over 5-yard holding by a LB. No play, Carolina ball. If I ever get to see that again, 1) I bet I exaggerated that the ball was near or past Allen & the man he was defending, but it was clearly out of the QB's hands.  Who knows if it was a fumble or Incomplete pass, but the Zebra made sure.
33 yard gain by Perry erased by a holding call on the next penalty.
And again on another INT with the ball at the Carolina 12, AGAIN 2 PENALTIES are called against the Phins which bites into their confidence if they are ever gonna score a TD on a TO.
Call me sour grapes, whiner, what ever??  All I know is almost every penalty called against Miami meant something significant!!  NOT ONE PENALTY against Carolina meant anything except 2 calls deep in Dolphin territory that showed the ZEBRA's were on top of the new rules!!!
My point being that not one of the penalties against Carolina amounted to a hill of beans!!  Miami's penalties:  4 inside the opponents 10-15 yard line. A 21 yard gain & first down on another.  A penalty inside the 5 making it 1st & goal;  A QB fumble recovered & returned for a TD is a 5 yd holding on a LB well after the ball was gone.  A 33 yard run erased from a holding penalty. A 15 yard catch & 1st down is a offensive pass interference which you will get a grand total of maybe 115 in a year.
Per year an ENTIRE TEAM averages 3.66 in their 16 games, and of course the Dolphins get one in the second preseason game.
Whether consciously or unconsciously the ZEBRAs call the games against the Phins because that is what they expect!!  Do not believe me??  Ask any sports psychologist!!

Gase has got to start getting animated!!!  Maybe not in preseason, but by regular season he has got to HAVE A VOICE ON THAT SIDELINE!!!!! 

Of course there is another theory:  Last year we were the worst team with penalties.  Chances are the coaching staff is gonna be all over that and drills will be performed, practices will not end, other gut wrenching physical doings until it is done right.  My guess is they have been doing this procedure since the beginning.  And the result of that is the other theory:
They have learned nothing, and still make all the same mistakes.  This is the final group of football players that reach the pinnacle of their sport.  They are GREAT! PROFESSIONALS!!  They do not keep making the same mistakes!!  It's driven into them.

PS.  I thought Tann and the new receivers did very well.  Drake was good again.  The first team offense looked much better!  Defense.....I have wondered from day one if he is the man for the job.

And our punter is out of this world okay Carl??

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Defense Wins Championships??

When I come up with a topic I want to write about I never know if I heard something similar to it in the last week??  Bear Bryants quote: "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships," may still hold sway in the collegiate ranks?.?.?.
However, the NFL being a business has dropped this quote many moons ago, certainly if they believe it!!
The '86 Bears, the Ravens teams were controlled by Ray, especially when Dilfer was the QB.  Maybe some of the Giants teams, the Buccaneers.  But if you look at the list of QB's along side their winning teams, you can see the change!!
In the first days of the merger that quote makes sense & holds true.  Bart Starr, starting QB for Green Bay was drafted in the.....(??) 12th-16th round out of..."Wait for it,".."Wait for it,".. Alabama!  Coached by Bryant.  Drafted that deep you probably are  looking for a game manager.  Just what Lombardi wanted to run his power sweep.  Powerful defense to stop the ball & a power running attack to control the pace of the game.
Reason I looked into this was to see if any of the teams(last year, 2017-18) made use of the 2-point conversion.  What I found out, going by TD's, FG's, XP's & 2-PTs for total points for the season, Teams 1 thru 8 were as follows:
1) Ram's - 476; 0-2 pointers
2) Pat's - 458; 2-2 pointers
3) Eagles - 457; 6-2 pointers
4) Saint's - 448; 1-2 pointer
5) Jag's. - 417; 3-2 pointers
6) Chief's - 415; 0-2 pointers
7) Lion's - 410; 2-2 pointers
8) Steeler's - 404; 2-2 pointers
Out of those 8 teams; Top 4 seeded in AFC; Top 3 seeds in NFC, minus Vikings.  Between them, they converted 16 2-point conversions.  Between the other 24 teams in the NFL, 20-2-pointers were converted.
Whether that means the top scoring teams had better offenses creating higher confidence after TD's; or the score precipitated going for 2 instead of 1?  It's hard not to notice the team that won the SB had more than three times 2-point conversions over 30 teams, and two times more than the Jag's.
The NFL is a business, and the business of the NFL is to sell tickets......odd??  Same as Bear's opinion of the Offensive Unit!! 
Any bet's on the number of points or 2-point conversions next year??  Or do you think status quo will reign supreme & coaches will only chance a 2-pointer when that strange numbers strategy=to time remaining projects that you go for 2??  Or will Jerry be calling down to his coach telling him to line-up & give Elliot the ball, "The Fan's are yelling for him to get in there!!"

Friday, August 10, 2018

Didn't see alot. 50% was Good! 50% was Poor!

Overall it is difficult to tell from a game this early.  But we did have a good running percentage, and a good running defense for an entire game.
Short version, my biggest concern certainly after thinking they(Passing Defense) could be a strong part of our defense, was that TB's QB's completed 37/47 passes.  Our #1 in practice, Howard, burnt(well, pass's completed) consecutively by excellent receivers.  Surely playing Howard against Parker(& I have only heard they line up across from each other on most plays) on every play in practice is not good for either.
I think Howard can be a top level CB, with shut down capability completely dependent on how good he want's to be.
Parker.....from everything I've read, only eating chicken tenders, not listening to experts concerning hydration pre-contest, to not coming to the QB, or.....man, it goes on.  I hope like heck he proves me wrong, but I'm convinced he will be gone after this year and in his entire career will have a few great/very good games, most likely against us because he will hold some personal blame against the Phins as to why his career was not top shelf.  I would get something for him as soon as possible, certainly if tomorrow is an option.  I'm not sure how the rookie salary cap figures into a situation like Parkers? 
Cooper has better #'s & White, even though injury has played a roll(it did as well with Parker), barely has any #'s at all.  Each was expected to be the ace receiver of their team.
I have good feelings watching Fitzpatrick & Ballage.  However, that is a curiosity not to be answered for any of us(& something to build on as an Offensive Coordinator)!!  Meaning I feel Gore will not play until regular season, so no one really knows how that 3-headed monster will/may/could dominate, making the passing game more open.  Above all, there can be no 3-headed monster without an Offensive Line that communicates, cooperates, & stays healthy....& as our depth is a concern, it could make Smythe's # of plays more important than Gesicki's.
Lastly, even though the numbers turned out excellent for the Defense in the run game, it was a ways down the depth chart when things equalled up.  So our DL & LBs still have a lot of thinking transferred into physical play in order to come close to a middle of the NFL type of year.
Nature of the beast=writing mostly about our rookies. Cannot tell if  4, 5, maybe even 6 of our draft class will have better than average rookie contributions compared across the league??!!??  That would either be a sure sign of keeping the staff that drafted them. A sure sign of how depleted our depth's are, or fill in answer here after season!?!?!?
If you think that is crazy let me talk out the side of my neck for a minute:  Fitzpatrick is gonna play.  Gesicki & Smythe are gonna play.  Was Ballage's time tonight only given to avoid injury to a starter?? I don't think so!!  I've heard Baker is not quite there, yet the best part of his game is tackling. Not sure if we need LB's that tackle.....yes I am!! Sanders or Joseph will play.  Leaving Armstrong & Poling from the Draftees, & whomever if an UDFA plays his butt off!!
Again, it's very early to say what or if Rookies will do anything.  But man it's a good feeling to allow yourself to believe the best will happen for the Dolphins this year; think that our Rookies can contribute a lot this year, and hope the same guys that drafted these will have enough foresight to keep doing it year after year!!  Sooner rather than later we could actually be using Rounds 2-3 & 4 for Depth!!!
Okay, now to address penalties!  Although there is nothing I can say that has not been said several times by some of the professional reporters!!  I think of Shula & that is the FIRST thing that comes to mind!  How did he do it??  Year after year his Dolphin teams were either #1, or usually in the top 5(I think; I BELIEVE!!) for LEAST PENALIZED TEAMS!!!!  I am under the impression that many of these players do not understand the importance of not being penalized.  The discipline & intensity it requires.  As opposed to being "tense" & "undisciplined" which allows a smart QB to gain 5 yards or a first down just by using "inflection"=modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.  These small/minor(only in the way attention is paid to them are they small & minor) mental parts of the game are normally what separates Champions from .500 teams, veterans with long careers where physical attributes have become less dominant but the mental part of the game has increased.
Go Phins!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

John Lydgate. "You can please some of the people......"

That famous cliché, or quote made famous by Abraham Lincoln seems to be attached to many of the Tight Ends that play today.
I looked up a few Top 10 & Top 25 lists and they are all pretty similar.  Top 3 in stats, now that one is retired, and the other 2 will hang them up sooner than later: Gonzales, Gates & Witten(I think Sharpe should be included & Gronk probably will last that long; heck, everyone on those lists were fantastic TE's, 1-25 & then some).
Numbers 1 & 2 with Athlon are 2- Gates, & 1-Gonzales.  The only reason I am writing this short opinion is because both TEs had folks complaining about their blocking.  If Gesicki or Smythe end up on one of these lists they will still have someone disagreeing about something.
Keep doing what got you drafted.  Practice & study what might be your lesser talent. The cream will rise, it always does.
In response to Chavez's New Year, New Hope:
I'm very excited/interested in seeing Fitzpatrick play, where ever they put him.
The entire defense seems like it is the start of something special!!  Maybe not this year, but in 1 or 2 if we keep what we have & add or tinker, I feel very optimistic about them.
Offense??  My hope is for the OL. On paper, could be special.  Having Frank Gore I think was a great signing.  Drake will continue from the second half of last year, and again if the OL is tight/solid/communicating, then having Ballage as your 3rd back will also produce quality yards catching or running.
No one expects much, or they enjoy bashing the Phins because this franchise was a dominating organization among teams in the Northeast, and an elite team in the NFL! You can be again!!

Sunday, August 05, 2018

New Year, New Hope?

So here we are, ready to embark on another year of Dolphin football. I have been doing a little reading about how the preseason has gone so far and I have a few thoughts about these Dolphins.

Good lord we have a bunch of really good receivers and defensive ends. We can only keep so many. Hopefully, some of the receivers that are a long shot to make the team have a great preseason so we can possibly trade one of them for a draft pick. 

Speaking of trades, if I was the Miami brass, I would be shopping Andre Branch. They could possibly fill a position of need this year or get a decent draft pick. These trade ideas are of course dependent of the health of the WRs and DEs. 

Everyone is making a big deal about the less than stellar scrimmage that Tannehill had Saturday. I say who gives a damn? Anyone remember when Tanne came out in the first preseason game a few years ago and went like 7/7 with an opening drive TD? Look how that season turned out, that was Philbin's last year as coach. People make too much of a big deal about the preseason, just let it play out. Nobody really knows how the season will play out just from preseason play. There is always a few teams that come out of nowhere to make a playoff run, hopefully Miami is on the right side of that coin this year but we shall see.

2 things we know for sure so far are that Xavien Howard and Reshad Jones are going to be balling big time this year if they stay healthy. They have been the only sure things so far in camp.

What observations have you made in Dolphins camp this year?




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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Its been quite a ride

I started Dave's Bitchin' Look at the Miami Dolphins back in 1994.  I had the first Dolphins blog.  I hosted the first Dolphins podcast.

I was invited to be an ambassador of the team, and that was kind of fun.

And then...the Fins lost their own way, and I lost interest in the team.  I kept the site up and invited others to write in my place.  But, I occasionally posted something (typically snarky) about what I saw. 

I never knew what I was going to do next.  Maybe come back to writing?  Maybe find a new way to expand my reach?  Or maybe just quit?

To be clear, I stopped watching the fins because of what I considered stupid decisions - from coaching, to personnel, to ownership, . 

But now as 2018 dawns, I have different feelings about the Dolphins, and the whole NFL.  I won't get into that here.  The list of reasons is long and includes concussions, money, politics, pace of play, and so much more. 

And, moreover, the product is not watchable anymore IMHO; if they can't even figure out what qualifies as "a catch" then how can anyone play the game?

And so the decision became clear: I'm done with the fins, and the NFL.  (and lest you think I'm kidding, I actually parted ways with ALL of my Dolphins memorabilia, except for a few pieces from the 70s and early 80s that I picked up at the time).

I have no more interest, and don't want to invest any more time or energy into any of this.

I considered simply abandoning this site, but I decided instead to leave it up for those who would care to write about the team.

I want to thank all of you who read my ramblings and interacted with me.  It was, as I say, quite a ride.

A new chapter awaits me.

Don't worry,  I've got other things to occupy my time.

To quote from Star Trek "Hailing frequencies closed"

-- Bitchin Dave

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Probably Media Needing to Write About Something, But...??? I Have Seen It Before.

It can seem like a whole lot of nothing/complaining/discontent because you are no longer in Sunny FL with the Atlantic a stones throw away; South Beach(if you want to go people watching or feel terrible about the New Years Diet you gave up on January 10); or a plethora of other wonderful things to spend time enjoying.
Not that Cleveland isn't a wonderful city. Lebron has brought his one man show to the West Coast so it has to be better??
There's the Rock & Roll Hal.....no, I'm thinking Paris & The Louvre??  Still, Lake Erie is just as blue.....orange.....no....brown, or a combination of colors like many of the tropical fish in the Atlantic.
I'm being far too critical. After all there have only been 2 supposed criticisms by Jarvis Landry about the Dolphins.  But every reporter with a boss has to write about it, so it's rehashed or beaten like a dead horse until something new/better/worse/ happens.
Still, there is something about what I have read or heard that makes me feel Jarvis is not at all happy about his new surroundings.  I need to emphasize that!  What I am sensing comes from my incredible ability to misinterpret quotes from famous/talented athletes. 
For example, when I use to go bar hopping with Wilt Chamberlain....no, I'll skip that one. Someone might get the wrong impression about.....everything I have ever done.

A few years back, 2012-13(??) we(Phins) swapped draft pick order basically with the Browns, along with Devone Bess.
Looking at the 2 players, Bess & Landry I immediately noticed their names were spelled differently.  Again my lightning quick ability to notice certain letters that are shaped different than other letters has always given me a step up on my competitors. For years I have known there are 28.......no, 26 letters in.....crap.....the alphabet, enabling me to....enabling me to....read a dictionary!!  Again giving me an advantage over my competitors while they struggle through learning "google" on computers.  5 minutes at the most will it take me to locate any word in my trusty "Words. All of 'Em." by Andrew Dice Clay. 
"Google!" Trust me.  Don't buy the stock, it'll never catch on.
So my point is.....sharp? No, I'm bored.  Maybe this is a stretch, but Landry now has the experience of the "absolute business & only business" side of the NFL.  I think he wanted to stay with Miami....or, maybe he wanted to play anywhere BUT Cleveland.
I did a little research and discovered that Cleveland hasn't had a very good football team for.....a few years?  Odd because they always seem to have 3 or 4 of the first 10 picks in round one?
I'm gonna disagree with myself on that one.  I am still amazed by the Johnny Manziel draft choice.  Truly ludicrous!! Who in the heck really thought 10 other players were going to follow this dudes lead on Sunday afternoon?  Yes, I will eat my words if he succeeds in the....where is he now, back at A&M?  If he doesn't make it who thinks he follows Tim Tebow's continual attempt at not working for a living?  I saw a picture of Tebow in a dugout looking at his hands, counting his fingers.  Team Trainer sitting next to him asked if he was alright, did he hurt his hand?  Tim responded with "No." Followed by "Are you sure?  You have to be 50 to play in the Champions Tour?"