Monday, August 12, 2013

When will the National Media Realize? Miami is for REAL!

Okay, so last year we are 2 missed FGs (3 if you count the additional chance in the Jets game) from going 9-7 (both games in the first half of the 2012 season).  And, had we won those two games - wouldn't the team's confidence been high enough to have possibly won another??  I think yes.   Also, we had the league's best Red-Zone defense, and we were only 6 of 23 in fumble recoveries, and we let 17 possible interceptions get away....  Bottom Line:  We are (and were) a much better team than the national media realizes. Had we bettered our recoveries by a mere 6 and had we caught 6 of the 17 missed INTs, we would have been in the top half of the league in takeaways.

Now we have made our Defense faster and with better hands.  We have more skill at pass rushing.   These things alone would equate into at least 3 more wins than last year...  My take is that with the new athletic TEs, the speed and size increases of the WRs and with the new kicker...  WE (the Miami Dolphins) should also score more per game than last year.  If we don't win 10 games this year, I will eat my signed Dan Marino helmet.    I am that certain!

Fellow Phins Fans - you need to ignore the naysayers (the national media and the Jets fans pretending to be Phins fans calling into the local sports shows) and jump on the bandwagon - this is going to be a great year!

I predict 11-5, but will accept 10-6.

And by the way: Pete Prisco, bite me you freaking idiot.  That SOB said we would do no better than 7-9.  If he is right, I'll buy him a steak dinner!  He is a Dolphin-Hater.  Don't listen to his analysis.  

Yours truly,
The Mad Dolphan

23 comments:

  1. Nice article! Finally someone who realizes how talented of a team we were last season,and how much better we're gonna be this upcoming season, the Phinz finally have the right Head Coach and Coaching Staff,a Bona-fide Franchise QB in Tannehill,Stud RB in Miller,Top 5 WR/TE Corps in the entire NFL,young,fast and physical Defense that will dominate and create much more turnovers tha only difference is Ellerbe,Wheeler,Grimes,etc.will make the play,catch the pick or snag the fumbles,not to mention we have a ridiculously awesome Special Teams! All the pieces to the puzzle are their,it's all about putting it 2gether,this years squad has a chance to b real special,I would say they could go 13-3 best case scenario,12-4 more realistic,at the least 11-5, it's all gonna come down to how we come out of the gates, if we go .500 within our first 5 games it legit we're making the Playoffs even if we manage to not comeout fast we still have a chance to makeup ground and still make the Playoffs,thid years team is too deeo6and talented not to win and win Big!

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  2. You get it!!! Amen brother you are singing to the choir!

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  3. O-line and QB are the perennial weakness. No difference this year. I'm a fanatic, but too many years have left me a pragmatist.

    9-7 is reasonable. Anything more would be icing on the cake.

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  4. so... if they (the QB and O-Line) are exactly the same, we will still win at least 10. This defense will decimate opponents this year. However, Clabo is solid. Jerry will be back. Pouncey is a stud. Martin and Incognito will be fine. Plus we have 3 other guys for depth. And, our QB is nimble with a cannon for an arm. He just has to manage games and we will be much better than last year. Frankly, he will light it up some games and manage some. That is why I only predict 11-5. I didn't even mention that the defense will give the offense more chances. I fear you have been turned by the dark side. You must have listened to the national media... Please come back to the light!

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  5. My gut says I should be happy with a 9-7 season as well. But I truely want to raise my expectations of this team, I want to be convinced it's our time. I want Ryan Tannehill to be legit, I want us to smash the Patriots in the dirt. Let's see how they do out of the gate, If they come out 4-1, expectations are officially raised to a 11-12+ win season, if they don't, well then I'm afraid 9-7 is the best they can do. Let us hope I'm wrong.

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  6. Follow the money people. National media talks about the teams that are winning because the advertisers are there, and that is how they get paid. Who is going to watch ESPN if they are going to talk about teams that are perennial losers ? If ESPN doesn't talk about the winning teams there advertising dollars dry up.

    Simply look at the Miami Heat to confirm that. Do you think people would pack that venue if the Heat were winning 30 games a year ? Hell NO !!!

    It's a fact of life win and the money flows in. Lose and no one talks about you.

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  7. I guess you forget the 80s and 90s when Miami missed the playoffs maybe 3 or 4 times in 20 years. And yet, ESPN and the national media still ignored us down here in South Florida. It was sickening how we were ignored. The NY press is still pissed that the new franchise (1966 Miami Dolphins) did what no NY franchise could do in the 40 years prior - go undefeated and win the championship in 1973. We are still hated for that.

    That said... "Following the money" has nothing to do with the argument here. Apples and oranges. I am speaking of the expert prognosticators who say we have no chance of being better than last year. The little press we get says we suck! And, those are the guys that are supposed to make a living out at 'guessing' win-loss records! Stay on point! We win 10 or 11 minimum!

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  8. There is always an underdog team that comes in to make the playoffs. Analysts get caught up and predict the exact same teams to make the playoffs that did last year. That never happens! teams have good and bad years. Bengals, colts and redskins came out of no where, why can't we? In 2008 no one predicted us. This stuff just happens

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  9. If we kept Jake Long and then added the speed, I would be more optimistic. Right now the O line is a big question mark with all the injuries. If we get guys back and maybe pick up a cut veteran or two for depth on the line, I would agree with 10-11 wins.

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  10. My fellow Bloggers... Please come back to the light... WE are not underdogs. Jake Long is done. WE, the Miami Dolphins don't need anything. Using pure Aristotelian logic, if THAT team last year was 2 easy (no real wind or rain or snow) FGs away from being 9-7 and the fact our defenders dropped 17 INTs hitting our them in both hands and failed to cover 17 of 23 Fumbles when 50-50 is the long term average 29/2=14 (rounding down) 14-6= 8 more fumble recoveries. Normally, a defender will catch about half of the balls that hit them in both hands, so 17/2= 8 making us PLUS 6 for the year (4th in the AFC). Every team in the top 4 of turnover differential made the playoffs last year. THAT IS WITH WHAT WE HAD LAST YEAR.

    Now, add speed at LB and CB and DE. Remove stone hands Smith from the equation on Defense. Add size and speed at WR, add a play-making TE (maybe 2), add an all pro RT Clabo: This will be a solid Offense - better than last year; 10-11 wins is a given. Let's see if we can get to 12 wins! Come on people we need to stop worrying about the OL. Stop wishing for a Jake Long who looked horrible last week against the Browns. We have not even seen our starting group play yet. You all will see improvement this week. And the Texans are better than the Jaguars. We have 3 weeks before we play Cleveland. We will be fine. If our only perceived weakness is depth at OL - Look how far we have come in just a few years. This is as good a compilation of players Miami has ever assembled. WE WILL BE A FACTOR this year!!!

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  11. Well, that's homer-ism at it's finest. The team is NOT the same that's certain. And it's too early to tell if any of the new faces will be an upgrade. Is Wallace an upgrade to Marshall? Doubtful. Is Gibson an upgrade to Bess? Doubtful. Is Martin an upgrade to a broken-down Long? Highly doubtful. Are Ellerbe and Wheeler upgrades or one year wonders? And most importantly, I believe that Tannehill is given WAY too much slack. Look Armando hit the nail on the head today. Tannehill doesn't hit Wallace deep in practice. He maybe targets him a few times. No way he comes out and starts throwing bombs once the season starts. He checks it down too often. He's not a gunslinger like Big Ben and old Danny boy. If this team wins 11 games I'll buy you a steak at Shula's here in Orlando.

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    1. Marc, my Phins Fan. Marshall? Not last year! Long sucked last year! Bess was good - but not a game changer. Did you even watch our LBs last year? They couldn't cover a FB, a TE, or the slot receiver on a 4 yard slant. They didn't have the quickness or speed.. Wheeler is flat-out fast. Ellerbe was a beast in the Super Bowl chase for the Ravens (the best all around defender in those last 4 games). You don't think that was an upgrade. Brent Grimes for Sean Smith? Not an Upgrade? Be Real. Come over to the light! The negative South Florida press has tainted your perspective!

      Dude, we were the number 1 Redzone defense that let 17 INTs get away and as a team failed to cover 17 of 23 fumbles. If we do marginally better, we have upgraded.

      I proudly state that I am a HOMER! This is the Pre-season (Training Camp). Let's be upbeat for once... And, please don't get me started on Armando. He and I have sparred enough for 5 lifetimes.

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    2. Marc, I will be taking you up on that Steak Dinner at Shula's Orlando! I have saved your response and added it to my "Free Meals" folder. I love Shula's! :)

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    3. Marshall? Not ANY year would I rather have had Wallace. There's a reason he's called "The beast". Oh, I forgot. Reggie Bush. Either way I'll email you so you can have my address. I'm a man of my word, and we can cry over the steak at the end of the season. I'm sure you'll be buying ;) Oh, and it's not the media. I have my own eyes, ears, and opinions. I am able to be objective about a team I love.

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    4. Okay, so why can't you see the upgrades? Why can't you see how close we were last year? A bounce here or there, an interception, a FG and we were in the playoff discussion!

      Our Dinner will be a celebration - not an "I told you so" meal. Okay?.

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  12. When you watch the Dallas and Jags tape with our starters on the field, both opponents only rushed 4 down linemen, no blitzing and Tannehill was running for his life. No pocket to set up in. Its glaring. They gotta fix this.

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    1. Carl, we are zone blockers now. Zone blocking is much more difficult to master. You get that right? And, everyone knows that Defensive players have the upper hand at the beginning of the season. And yet, as the game wore on, the offensive line settled in and became more effective. By the Cleveland game, we will be ready! In Coach we trust!!! He will get us ready! He has the game plan. He will get the most out of our talent 3 weeks from now! It is not so much a fix as an implementation of the slide technique as is customary in zone blocking. They have not started that yet... you will see it this week and next week especially. Have faith my fellow Blogger and Phins Fan! We will get there!

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    2. No excuses, just results!
      I hope we go undefeated again. But right now I will take a clean pocket.
      Zone blocking is for running. Pass blocking is a lot of fundamental technique which we are lacking right now at left tackle and right guard.
      Hopefully they get that cleaned up.

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    3. Actually, the style of zone blocking that Philbin used in GB was a zone blocking scheme to counter blitzing linebackers. I do agree. Zone blocking is a generally a blocking model fon run first teams. The way West Virginia used zone blocking was to run it in a spread offensive set. We use it to keep defenses guessing.

      And absolutely! Results - which I have no doubt we will be fine.

      With this defense, I figure the Dolphins only need to score 18 points per, to win 11 games. I believe they will be able to do that easily.

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  13. Coach has shown nothing either. As the game wore on guys that will be delivering for UPS this year were playing!

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  14. Come to the light my friend Marc. :)

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    1. It's like believing your girlfriend when she says she's gonna be better this time. You know, the one you picked up at the strip club...

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    2. :) My Platinum Club Girl doesn't ever need to say she is going to be better! She is top notch best ever... But I do believe Miami will be a 10+ team!

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