Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Return of Respectability to the Miami Doplhins

When I was growing up one thing my father always wanted to impress on me was the value of being respected. When you shake someone’s hand and look them in the eye do you have their respect?  I can’t help but be reminded of that in watching the early stages of Dennis Hickey and Joe Philbin this offseason. It used to be we would often get free agent visits in the past but it was hit or miss if they would sign with the Dolphins.  I think this had a lot to do with Jeff Ireland’s personality.   His style was very iron fisted.  I think some free agents in the past were brought in to simply pressure current players to re-sign. Or the players making the visit simply did not feel like Jeff Ireland was genuine and chose to sign other places.  This point is true in almost any facet of life you are in. Would you take a job for $5000 more per year with a boss that had a reputation of being a jerk? Or would you make $5000 less to work for a boss you respected? The players signing in recent weeks are not signing massive contracts. They are signing reasonable 1 year “prove it” deals.  I feel this is because they WANT to play for the Dolphins.  Why the sudden shift in practically every free agent that has visited Miami has decided to sign and play here?  I think the obvious change is the departure of Jeff Ireland and arrival of Dennis Hickey.  As I watch one player after another join the team they have one thing in common.  They want to prove they can succeed in this league.  This suddenly is a team full of hungry players desperate to prove they can or still can succeed in this league. Will this translate into wins? Only time will tell. However, I already think you can count on one thing. The Dolphins are going to have several players on the field at a career crossroads, ready to fight for their very futures in the league come Sunday.  Playing for a coach and GM they respect. Get ready Miami fans, games in South Florida are about to become a physical fight to the death style of game.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hickey Building Depth And Covering His Bases Just Incase...

Every draft pundit on the globe has the Miami Dolphins drafting a right tackle in the first round of April's NFL Draft. But one never knows for sure.

Does one?

There are too many variables. Teams do trade up and beat you to the punch or there can be an early run on tackles leaving nothing in the cupboard when we finally get around to # 19.

Or there is someone left there staring you right in the face that you never thought could possibly fall all the way down to you and oh, its so tempting, maybe I shouldn't, oh, what the hell, lets skip conventional wisdom and take this absolute stud at another position!

Like I said, variables. The only guarantee in the NFL draft is that there are no guarantees after Pick #1. And we have been there before.

So what does Dennis Hickey do? He realizes that the higher the number you are assigned in the draft, your chances of getting exactly whom you want decline proportionately.

Everyone would love to see us be able to trade back and pick up a couple extra picks in this year's draft that is loaded with such a ridiculously deep pool of talent AND still get a starting right tackle.

But since this is the real NFL Draft and not your fantasy draft, lets assume the tackle is there. So we grab him.

What if he isn't? Then what?

The signing of Jason Fox answers the question to that very scenario.

Is Fox an All Pro tackle? No.

Expected to be? No.

Can he start and play? Yes.

Is he an upgrade over what we had last year? 58 Sacks say that anyone who can fit into a Miami Dolphin helmet is an upgrade.

So just incase our man isn't there at 19, we should still be OK. Not great at RT but OK.

And at the very least, we should have a significant improvement in depth on the OL.

Just incase.

Phins Up!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Monday, March 31, 2014

Miami Dolphins Press Release - Expanded Finsiders Show To Debut This Afternoon At 4 p.m


Expanded Finsiders Show To Debut This Afternoon At 4 p.m


Miami, FL – Starting this afternoon, an expanded version of the "The Finsiders" multimedia show will debut at 4 p.m. as the show will now air every weekday for three hours from 4-7 p.m. The Finsiders, the Miami Dolphins' multi-media show, originates from the Doctors Hospital Training Facility.


"Our goal is to provide our fans with expanded inside access to Dolphins related content," said Claudia Lezcano, the team's Chief Marketing Officer. "The additional hour will give us the opportunity to increase our coverage of the rest of the NFL and all South Florida sports."


The show can be heard live in its entirety on the radio on 940 WINZ-AM (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) along with streaming online at and from 5-6 p.m. on 1230 WBZT-AM (West Palm Beach). The show's second hour (5-6 p.m.) can be watched live in high definition on Fox Sports Florida. Visit for channel listings.


Greg Likens joins the Dolphins as the new host of The Finsiders starting on Monday, April 14. He will join several prominent alumni members on the show, which features in-studio interviews with Head Coach Joe Philbin and key Dolphins players. The highly interactive show breaks down the latest Dolphins, NFL and sports news. The show also features the opinions of Dolphins fans from around the world. Fans can call the show at 1-8-555-GO-FINS; text their questions and comments to 347347; participate in the show's live chat hosted by Tristin Jones, which is the place for fans and the on-air personalities to discuss the day's topics; and reach out to the host and analysts on Twitter.




I was listening to Frank Deforest's show this morning. He referred to the dolphins coach as "Captain Charisma"

That is freakin awesome! That name should stick!