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Sunday, August 06, 2017
I think our front office knows its trade a bit better than that. Drafting a corner in the third round this season and picking up Alterraun Verner in free agency may provide a clue to Miami's long range plans. Byron Maxwell renegotiated his deal on arrival in Miami; the guaranteed money expires after this season. Parting ways with the aging cornerback will allow Miami to reclaim 10 million dollars in cap space (no dead money) which can be earmarked for 2018 draft picks, Landry, etc.
The Cutler move may not work out. I am not sold that his attitude will fit our building well (see the Smoking Jay Cutler meme if you haven't got a sense of what Chicagoans thought of him.) But Gase deserves the benefit of the doubt, and my larger point is that our front office also does. This signing should be evaluated strictly based on how well Cutler performs this year in wins and losses. The money will take care of itself or we would never have made this move.
Finally, for the Matt Moore fans out there, remember that his health is a very thin blanket to sleep under. At the very least, Cutler puts us two hits (instead of one) from seeing if Peyton Manning is available (joking, I hope.)
Matt Moore knew someone was going to be signed. That's a no brainer.
Let's face it. Cutler was prepping to be a broadcaster so he probably wasn't doing push ups or sit ups or running gasers.
Who knows when he even last threw a ball?
He knows the Gase system so that helps him but I don't see how he can just walk on the field tomorrow and expect to be our starting QB in 3 weeks.
Cutler would have to work magic to get all the timing and communication with our WRs in order to catch up to Matt Moore.
I expect Moore to start for 2 reasons.
Number 1: He is ready and earned it.
Number 2: Unless Cutler blows Moore out of the water, what signal does this send to the rest of the players who have been busting their humps together for months and this new guy waltzes in and just takes over.
Now if Moore doesn't play well then we have a good guy who paid his dues and will then earn the respect of the rest of the team.
I could see him starting at that point.
This should be a good competition. And a competition it must be. Not a given.
We have a good team. We do.
What we sure as hell don't need is a QB controversy.
I hope Gase handles this well. He may be planning on starting Cutler.
But he should at least give Matt Moore the chance to lose the job.
This is going to be a very interesting 3 weeks.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
*And yes, this is a snarky post.
Friday, August 04, 2017
I know that they are part of the NFL. But losing our starting QB and now our RB has concussion issues.
Yes, issues. Those nasty headaches tend to reoccur. And each time they take longer to recover from.
What a frecking week! I need a drink.
So since everything is pointing to Ryan Tannehill going under the knife and losing out on this season, who would you like to see start at QB?
I know who our dear friend Dave Appoloppolloppaloloopie, a long time advocate of Matt Moore over a healthy Ryan Tannehill wants to start at QB.
I like Matt Moore too. And given the chance to take a ton of snaps before the season starts we should be OK.
He knows the system. He knows the WRs. He is accepted in the locker room.
He has replaced RT already. And went 2-0, prior to the NE season ender, to get us into the playoffs.
Short of bringing back Dan Marino or even George Blanda, we don't have too many choices.
Looks like Jay Cutler will remain a TV analyst for the Bears. He wants starters cash to leave the booth. He is familiar with Gase's system. And Gase is familiar with him.
But Jay Cutler is just another Matt Moore. So unless Cutler is willing to play one year for veteran back up cash, why bring him in?
Colin Kaepernick, sans the Castro Tee Shirt, would be intriguing since he can run like the wind and extend plays. He would allow the Zone Read to remain on the play sheet, which I happen to like having that threat in our arsenal.
CK has starting experience. He also has controversy experience. I am sure he would be accepted in the locker room but how about in the community. Bearing that Castro image on his Tee Shirt, what was he thinking about anyway.
There are some other choices to bring in. I am wondering what the consensus is out there in Dolfan land.
Whom would you prefer???
Back to Dave Appoloppolloppaloloopie. Oh, he is for real.
Ask any follower of this blog.
There have been many an argument over who should be our starting QB. Even when things were going well for RT.
DA wouldn't let up. Not an inch.
If it weren't for this being a blog on the internet instead of discussions in a bar, DA's family would've had to order the widest head stone known to mankind.
So those who were against DA all these years have a big decision to make. Do they get behind Matt Moore and hope we are successful?
Hope that not only we do well. But more importantly, hope that if Matt Moore does play well, Dave Appoloppolloppaloloopie shows some class and doesn't rub it in.
Its up to you DA. The ball is in your court.
Gentleman or prick??
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Monday, July 31, 2017
Tampa Bay needed to make room for a young player on the rise (Hargreaves) and they feel that Brent Grimes can still lock down the other side of the field. So the Dolphins pick up a player who is suddenly expendable for cap reasons. A player who is quiet, except in his play. A player who will do his job and create no distractions.
When Grimes left, I was in despair about the state of our secondary. We had let so many talented players go at that position, it seemed we would never get it right. An intelligent trade with Philadelphia, a surprisingly successful retread of a receiver, and an excellent second round draft pick already had the Dolphins looking sharp. Now with Verner, we are five veterans deep, and a highly touted third round pick (Cordrea Tankersley) will likely watch from the sidelines.
Tampa made its choice. We made ours. I like ours better. We got noisy on the field and quiet everywhere else. The job this staff has done retooling the secondary is truly exceptional. When the Dolphins are the state of Florida's lone representative in the playoffs, it will be because of personnel moves like this one.
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Miami Dolphins have a great set of receivers. We know what Landry and Stills can bring to the table, but this is the year that it's gonna come together for Parker. Now he is healthy and has learned how to be a professional athlete and take care of his body, he has practiced hard and fast and he has not missed ny practice time.
If TE Julius Thomas can stay healthy he can be a major seam threat. But the thing is he wasn't healthy and was used to block a lot instead of as a receiver in Jacksonville , so here's the thing he will now be used properly for his receiving skill set, but at the same time he has become a better blocker because of Jacksonville than when Gase had him in Denver.
Jay-train has been practicing routes and pass catching all off-season because he wants to be the best he can be and Drake can be a burner kind of receiver out the backfield helping to stretch the field and Williams is at least solid.
I do remember Fasano catching some TDs for the Dolphins way back when he was here, he's no speedster but has good hands and defenders don't see him as a pass catching TE , but he can.
On offense the only worry is the Oline but will see how it plays out. I think the line will hold at least middle of the pack, average. I'm hopeful and excited about the team you should be too.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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