Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thoughts on the preseason and camp up until now...

So I have been pretty quiet lately but have had a lot on my mind about these Dolphins....

I can't help but think, with our linebackers struggling lately, what if Ryan Shazier would have fell to the Phins and we drafted him??? He is absolutely tearing it up in Steelers camp. He would have been fantastic for our defense. On the other hand we probably wouldn't have gotten Ju'wuan James and he really seems to have come into his own at right tackle so which one would you rather have? Which is more important??

I am even more confident in my prediction of Ryan Tannehill for this upcoming season. I know it is only preseason but he seems to be hitting on all cylinders and he has yet to have his full barrage of weapons on the field at the same time. I am very excited to see this offense and what it can do after some actual game planning.

I really feel good about Joe Philbin leading this team. He honestly is a different coach and seems more confident. He is doing things his own way, taking accountability for his team, and just seems to be more comfortable as the leader of this team. He really is coming into his own as a coach. Could it be that daddy Sherman is now gone? There were reports the last 2 years that Sherman pretty much ran things.....

The running game still scares the crap out of me. I thought originally that Lamar Miller would look better at this point than he does. The same goes for the line. They are pass blocking really well but continue to struggle opening lanes for theses backs to run through and when they do, Miller makes the wrong read! Will it get better??...

Will Pouncey be back sooner than anticipated? All reports seem to suggest that he is way ahead of schedule which is good news although Omar Kelly reported today that he saw Pouncey with a noticeable limp today after practice and that he was also wearing a sleeve. Anyone know more about this?...

And finally, what are your thoughts on the season opener VS New England? I have to say that the Patriots didn't look that great last week against Philly. I believe this game will be a lot closer than everyone thinks. The Phins may very well come away with the upset.





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I think it is easy to get a false sense of good and bad in the preseason. Granted Dallas Thomas could not handle Gerald McCoy but the Bucs were getting reads on our running game as well. We were not doing anything overly tricky like running much for screens or misdirection etc. Mainly because our coaches are running plays to evaluate players, not to win the game so much. I have been watching close and Misi is going to be better than people are expecting in there. I think we are going to be subbing more linebackers for situations because we don't have 3 every down players. I do think our Dline and D-backs are very solid this year so even if our linebackers are able to just be steady we should still have a good defense. I am very concerned about our depth at O-tackle and tight end. If Alberts, James, or Clay are hurt and out for an extended time the drop off after them is enormous. As you mentioned I am worried about Pouncey's status as well. Will he even be the same player when he is back. That is a server injury is working through. To me those are more concerning right now than our guard play or linebacker play