Saturday, July 20, 2013

On the Eve of 2013, The Pressure Falls On...

Wow. 2013 is here!

The off season has passed.  The draftees are signed.  The equipment has been organized and the locker room has been set up.

All that is left to do is to prepare for the season to officially start.

For the past few months all I have read about is how the weapons are now in place for Ryan Tannehill to grow and hopefully mature into an elite QB.

Talk about pressure to succeed.  How much are we going to place on Tannehill's shoulders?

From ESPN to the NFL Network to all the Dolphin bloggers out there, everyone seems to believe that the King's share of pressure falls on Tannehill to carry us into the playoffs.

But I disagree.  Ever since the schedule was released, nothing has changed my mind from whom I believe the real pressure for us to succeed falls on.

Nothing!

When I look at games 2 through 5,  I see Luck, Ryan, Brees and Flacco.

I see about as tough a start as I have seen in my 42 years as a Dolfan.

To hope Tannehill can out gun these guys is not a complete pipe dream.  I think he will be able to move the offense and score some points.  Hopefully enough to win.

But let's not kid ourselves and think he will post 35 points a game.

Not gonna happen.

So why put this pressure on him to do so?

The pressure falls not on a player.  Not even Philbin.

Nope.

It falls squarely and only on the shoulders of Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle!
No one else.

Coyle is the key player in how our season will unfold.  If we cannot slow down those QBs, then expecting Tannehill to have to keep up will be like expecting that light at the end of the tunnel which grows brighter and brighter to not be an oncoming train.

Get the picture?

If we don't get sacks, QB presures and turnovers, we are in deep s_ _ t.

Asking Tannehill to carry us as if he were Dan Marino for those 4 weeks is asking a lot. Probably too much.  I think realistically, he can pull 1 or maybe 2 out himself.  Not 4.

So Coyle best get his act in gear and soon.

We only have seven weeks till week 1.  Only 49 days of blood, sweat and tears.

Coyle better use them wisely.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com

Dion Jordan Signs

Twitter
The Dolphins have signed all their players with the announcement coming today via the Dolphins official twitter. Jordan is still recovering from his shoulder and one of the questions during camp will be how ready will he be. The number 3 overall pick looks to compete for the starting right end opposite of Cam Wake. This will make for interesting story lines for the future.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What manner of nonsense is this?

A few things you should know if you choose to go to training camp this year:

  • It is still "free" but parking of course is not.
  • You have to pre-register for tickets -- and no doubt once the team has your info they will hound you about buying tickets
  • There is only one weekend day that is open to the general public.  There are two other dates that are set aside for season ticket holders and fan club members.
So the plan, then, is to skip work one day, go online, print a ticket, then pay to park, and sit in the sun and bake.  

All to see a practice. 

The value proposition just isn't there anymore.  At least they're not charging to see the team practice.  Well, yet, anyway.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mike dee

The story is that mike dee is leaving the team.

I have met him several times, and I'm not a fan.

So I say "don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out..."

I have to join the chorus of people who think this is the first sign that Steve Ross is looking to sell the team. The other indicator is the report that broke a few days ago that the team currently has a higher value than what Ross paid for it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Does anyone know geography?


Nike pulls incorrect Panthers shirt
Updated: July 16, 2013, 6:21 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

 
Panthers Shirt
NikeNike pulled this shirt, which had a Carolina Panthers logo with the letters "NC" inside an outline of South Carolina. The team plays in Charlotte, N.C.

Nike is literally taking one back.

The world's largest shoe and apparel company said on Tuesday it has removed an embarrassing geographical error from circulation.

The T-shirt had a Carolina Panthers logo with the letters "NC" inside an outline of the wrong Carolina -- South Carolina.

"A small quantity of incorrect Carolina Panthers T-shirts were recently made available for sale," said Nike spokesman Brian Strong. "The product should not have been sold. We have removed it from sale and apologize for the error."

It's not the first time the state of North Carolina has been involved in a merchandising snafu. Last spring, a company called Aggieland Outfitters somehow put the state on a shirt welcoming Texas A&M to the SEC. There are no teams in the SEC located in North Carolina.

The Panthers have played all their home games in Charlotte, N.C., with the exception of their inaugural season in 1995 when the team played in Clemson, S.C.