Saturday, August 11, 2012

Chad Johnson Arrested

Per the Sun Sentinel, according to Dale Engle the captain of the Davie police department, Johnson was arrested on domestic violence charges. Johnson was reportedly in the car with his wife Evelyn in which he head butted her in an argument they were having. Police arrived on the scene and reported she had lacerations on her head. This is Johnson's first arrest since entering the league.

Update: The police said the argument started after Johnson found a receipt for condoms in his car. Johnson told police that they had accidentally bumped heads. 

2nd Update: Engle said Johnson and his wife went to a restaurant for dinner. They returned home and she (not Johnson as stated above) found a receipt for a box of condoms. 

If everything is true I'm disappointed in Chad for this. Nobody should ever hit a woman. He was a fun guy to watch and a fan favorite but he might be out of a job because of this. Hopefully as Johnson stated, it was in fact just an accident. 

Joe Robbie Stadium

As I watched the game last night, I noticed that the Dolphins did not make any significant changes to the stadium after the Marlins left.  Yes the dugouts are gone, and so is the awful dirt infield.  But Mr. Ross had big plans to put seats closer to the field. 

Its been a year since the Marlins left, and he hasn't done that.

It also occurs to me that the planned water park on the stadium grounds still hasn't happened either.

And then there was something else.  Of course JRS was one of the stadiums that was included in the pitch to bring world cup soccer to the US, and it gets used for occasional soccer games.  But now the Marlins are edging in on that as well.  A press release from them read "Miami is making its mark on the world's soccer scene with the inaugural Miami Soccer Challenge! Starting in 2013, leading clubs from Europe and South America will face off at Marlins Park in an unprecedented sporting event!"

Which means that he's losing out on some of that revenue stream as well.

And since the Marlins have a covered venue, you have to figure that more performances will happen there than JRS.

The Dolphins use it only 10 times a year.  UM football accounts for another 6, plus the Orange Bowl, and lets say 20 other events during the year.  That's 37 dates out of 365.  Wow, it could be used as a homeless shelter 90% of the time. (ha)

With season ticket sales are at their lowest level ever, you have to wonder how he's going to make money (of course, he will since he owns the stadium outright and has a favorable lease with the county for land use and taxes)....

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tannehill plays well in preseason debut

Ryan Tannehill entered the game with around 3 minutes in the 2nd quarter and played all of the 3rd quarter. His first possession was a 3 and out but after a muffed punt he was able to drive the ball down to the redzone and threw a pass that appeared initially to be his first touchdown but after review it was ruled incomplete. The Dolphins went for it on 4th down to fall just short. However in the 3rd quarter Tannehill had a nice drive completing 7 of 8 for 83 yards which ended on an 11 yard TD pass to Clay. Tannehill ended the day going 14/21 for 167 yards and a TD. Overall he looked poised and in control in the pocket. He made audibles and threw the ball accurately and with touch when he needed to. I never remember being as excited as I was watching a preseason QB play and I felt as though Tannehill's possessions where more exciting to watch then Moore's because there were more big plays and the offense looked in sync. Matt Moore looked alright, wasn't flashy but wasn't bad either. I would be shocked if Tannehill doesn't start next week in part because of how he played today and also that if it truly is a QB competition Tannehill should get the start to compare both QBs more accurately.

Roberto Wallace made some really nice plays catching 4 passes for 71 yards and if his job wasn't secure before, I believe it is now. Richard Marshall also played well making a lot of tackles in the first couple of drives.

Chad Johnson dropped the only pass that was thrown to him. Vontea Davis was beat once on a pass that gained around 20 yards. Carpenter missed both his field goals and it was apparent he was the one who suffered most without Sparano's fist pumps after FGs.

The offense looked more exciting, barring it is just preseason, than last years. I really like the hurry up offense and if executed correctly it is a thing of beauty. There were some instances where players did not know what to run and if I remember correctly there was an instance where Johnson was confused as to what route to run. I thought Tannehill ran the offense a little bit smoother then Moore did and it was apparent he knew the offense

Tannehill may end up starting sooner rather then later

Breaking news about an hour ago was that Garrard is set to have knee surgery and is set to miss 2 to 4 weeks. Philbin had hoped to name a starter before week 3 of the preseason for the regular season but this is a major setback for Garrard. For the moment this means that Moore and Tannehill will compete tonight for the starting job and likely next weeks preseason game. If Moore doesn't perform well tonight or next week and Tannehill lives up to the hype he could be named the starting QB heading into the regular season if Garrard doesn't heal quickly enough. Yesterday it seemed as though Garrard would be the starter entering the season but these news could change everything.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Hard Knocks notes

Let me start off by saying that I'm glad the Dolphins accepted the Hard Knocks invitation. That was a fun first show that showed everything from meeting with the coaches where they to cutting to player try outs to watching the Tannehill's walk their dog, all of it which I enjoyed.

A couple of things I noticed was right off the bat Philbin seems like a nice guy who has plenty of football knowledge. He seems to have a great personality and really innovative in creating a fast paced practice I'm which no second is wasted and all of it is productive. Also on a another note I liked that in the beginning of the show Philbin was with his staff and their wives and he said that he wanted all of them to be one big party, not just the staff but their wives and children which was really nice.

Chad is one funny person. He brings levity to hard times and during stress and helps remind everyone that it is just a game. He also seems to be in great shape and hearing the comments from the coaches on how great he looked was nice.

I now understand why Davis was listed as the #3 corner, he needs to get in better shape and play more consistent. However I believe that when the preseason games role around he revert back to the old Vontea and play like a #1 corner.

What I found interesting was that Hard Knocks made it seem as though Tannehill should be the starting QB and it seemed they thought he outperformed Moore and Garrard. Overall Hard Knocks was fun to watch and I look forward to watching next weeks episode.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Garrard listed as the starting QB on the Dolphins newly released depth chart

The Dolphins have released their first depth chart and the position that people are most interested has Garrard as the starter, followed by Moore and then the rookie Tannehill. I agree with the coaches on this one because Garrard has consistently outperformed other QBs in training camp and played well during the scrimmage.

As far as the other positions, at WR Naanee, Bess and Johnson are the starters, followed by Hartline, Wallace, and Moore. Despite Hartline not being able to fully participate in practice he is still the number 4 receiver and I believe he will be the #2 receiver when all is said and done.

At TE Fasano and Clay are the starters. the offensive line consists of Long, Incognito, Pouncey, Hicks and Martin. The two new additions to the starting line are the free agent Artis Hicks and the rookie Jonathan Martin so it is great to see that the Dolphins have found two starting offensive lineman during the off season after the disastrous right side of the line they had last year.

There is a surprise at the CB position as Smith and Marshall are the starters while Davis, last years starter, is the 3rd CB. Odrick, Starks, Solia, and Wake are on the D-line. The two safeties are Clemons and Jones. Also another interesting note, Marcus Thigpen is the starting kick returner and Bess is the starting punt returner. Thigpen was another Canadian Football star (Wake was the other) as a kick returner and hopefully he can have the same or similar success in the NFL. Also on an interesting note Thigpen is the only player in CFL history to score a TD in 5 different ways (kick return, punt return, missed FG, reception and on a run) Bess is again the punt returner, he is reliable but not flashy. However I believe that if the Dolphins are down in the 4th quarter and in need of a big punt return Bush would most likely be back there.