Saturday, July 12, 2014

LeBron and the dolphins

Miami is a town that loves it's winners. Some might say that many in town are front-running phonies. They love seeing championships but can't be bothered with mediocrity.

The dolphins have struggled with mediocrity and thus attendance for the better part of two decades.

And in the last 4 years, they've had to compete with the Heat and LeBron, and the fact that there were four championship series.

Now LeBron has gone. I can appreciate his desire to "go home" - it shows he's human and perhaps had some humbleness or humility.

But it probably means that the Heat will join the Dolphins, Marlins, Canes, and Panthers as teams to yawn about and see if they play well, have a big moment, or if you want to see the other team play.

And in some ways that may help the dolphins. I doubt they will ever be *the* team again. But maybe they at least get a little more attention for things other than the Martin incident.

But there's still a danger - if one of the other teams gets hot or makes a bold move. Or if the dolphins don't succeed to at least where they were last year. No, they could remain an afterthought.

That's my two cents.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thoughts On Lamar Miller

Has anyone ever wondered if Lamar Miller will have a breakout season other than me? I am assuming Knowshon Moreno will be used sparingly being all the issues he has had. I know that Lamar Miller is no LeSean McCoy but his skill set seems perfect for this new offense.

One of the biggest complaints I have of Lamar Miller is his inability to break tackles. His yards after contact are horrible. Its almost like you can breathe on him and he would fall over. He rarely made it to the 2nd level of defense but when he did he couldnt break a tackle! Yes, I know that our offensive line was horrible but when he did have the opportunites for a big play, he failed.

Now, onto the "exciting" part. One fantastic thing about Lamar Miller is his ability in the open field. And wouldnt you know it??! Bill Lazor's offense loves getting playmakers in space! What a coincidence! If Lamar Miller can be used on more screens and checkdown plays I believe he will have 1000 yards from scrimmage and at least 7 TD's.

 Is this me being overly optimistic or is this thought relevant and achievable??

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Miami's NFL and NBA logo

Since we have reached the least active part of the NFL offseason, why not post a logo of a mixture of the Miami Dolphins and Heat's logos together. Thankfully artist Brandon Hubschman of did just that. Check it out below and tell me what you think, I think it looks really great and the little Heat touch on the S is really nice.

Dion Jordon Just Did The Dolphins a Big Favor

It is safe to say it was a bad week for Dion Jordon. His name and image took a beating after he was caught using PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs). The rumor is it was the drug Adderall which is more of a stimulant than a steroid but who really knows since that is kept confidential. With this comes the question how long has he been doing this and how dependent is his performance on the drug. Only time will tell.  It certainly calls into question Dion Jordon’s credibility as well as his reliability to the team long term.  With that being said, it really is not a bad deal for the Dolphins; in fact some might say this actually benefits the Dolphins.

 I know you are thinking I am crazy. However, let’s take a closer look at the Dolphin’s situation coming into training camp.  As of right now Dion Jordon is a Defensive End that has a unique blend of size and speed making him a good pass rusher. However, he has not shown himself to be able to be an every down defensive end yet. He is more of situational pass rusher that is a back-up to Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. The Dolphins staff is working with him to learn the position and he is poised to take over for Cameron Wake in a year or two or step in for an injury.   For those of you following the Dolphins right now I think it pretty well agreed upon that Miami is deep at Wide Receiver and D-Line. Miami has A LOT of question still on the offensive line and it is going to pretty much be an open competition in camp for everyone but Brandon Albert.  Miami was dealt a blow to the stability of their O-Line when Mike Pouncey was injured. This lead to them to sign Daryn Colledge to add some depth and veteran experience to the line as the team works on way to fill Pouncey’s shoes for the early part of the season. What this means is the team is probably going to have to cut a player at Wide Receiver  or on the DLine who is more talented than someone on the Oline because they need to carry a player to fill in for Pouncey.  It makes it very hard to not put Mike Pouncey on the PUP even if he will be ready by week 4 or 5.  It also means Miami had to give up some precious salary cap space to sign Colledge. From what I have read it cost about 2.5 million to obtain him.  That means they team is going to have that much less to roll over into 2015. 2.5 Million will get you a solid player in free agency so you can really see the Mike Pouncey injury really comes with a price.

Ok now the Dion Jordon suspension gets announced and from what I understand this is what happens.  Firstly, suspended players are not paid their salary or bonuses during the time they are suspended. In fact from what I researched it looked like the league mandates this.  It appears this number comes in at $800,000 roughly for Dion Jordon. This number essentially comes off the salary cap for the team.  Secondly, while suspended, the player does not count toward the 53 man roster. The player is allowed to fully participate in practice however they are not allowed to play in games on Sunday.  So to sum this up, Dion Jordon’s suspension cut the teams the Salary Cap loss by $800,000 and also freed up a roster spot for 4 weeks.  Dion will be practicing with the team and should be ready to go week 5.  Wow! What perfect timing. Dion can sit out so Mike Pouncey can be kept off the PUP. C Wake, O Vernon, and D Shelby ( 3 very capable defensive ends)  will man the D-ends spots without any drastic impact to what the Dolphins would have been using anyway. And if that was not enough Dion’s suspension will pump $800,000 back on the cap to reduce the hit to sign Colledge hit down to 1.7 million.  Let me know what you think but to me that is really not such a bad outcome for the Dolphins.