Saturday, August 02, 2014

Is Someone Going To Apologize?

All week long, all I heard from the press corp in Davie was "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"

I thought that maybe Chicken Little or Henny Penny traded in their bonnets for a Miami Herald or Sun-Sentinel press pass.

"The snaps are rolling, the snaps are rolling!"

As it turns out during today's scrimmage, no snaps rolled from Nate Garner to Ryan Tannehill.

Nada!

Unlike the folk tale, all made it safely home. And the first team O-Line didn't give up a sack against a talented D-Line.

In the folk tale, the fox walks off with a full belly and those who feared the worse were, well, you do the math.

Where's a fox when you need one?

Good job O-Line.

Phins Up!!!

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




Friday, August 01, 2014

It Gets Late Early Around Here!

The days are getting shorter but you can still leave work and play 18 holes.

There is still plenty of day light yet all the talk about the center position seems so bleak.

Most of the news coming out of Davie is focused on the disfunctional center-qb exchange.

If you think that no other teams in the league are experiencing low or high snaps in their camps then I have a bridge to sell you.

Its the first week of camp for heavens sake!

We have close to 40 days before the season starts.

And a lot can happen in 40 days.

Like improvement.

Ask Moses or Christ.

Both of them spent time with either God or Satan and came out transformed for the better.

I am not expecting miracles from the Miami Dolphins.

Just the typical improvement in fundementals that any professional will experience in their industry when they focus on a task for 40 days.

Give yourself 40 days to improve something in your life.

Will you be perfect after 15 hours of practice?

Doubtful.

Will you be much better and possibly proficient in 40 days?

Hopefully.

Lets take a break from all this doom and gloom on the center-qb exchange and grab a few golf clubs instead while there is still plenty of time.

Phins Up!!!

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

TE Depth & Timing

I noticed the Fins picked another TE yesterday.  I believe that gives them 6 or 7.  Other than Clay, I don't think there is a person other then a coaching staff member that can honestly say who will make the final 53?  With the new offense, there may be 4 TE's on the field at once.  OK, that's exaggerating.  But the TE position has obviously changed over the years, seemingly with the slight changing brands of the west coast offense.   I still believe Egnew will make the squad and finally contribute with 35-45 catches, releasing out of the backfield.  With Lazor's offense I think the FB is gone, and a position held by Jim Jensen, one of Dan Marino's favorite target's is back.  I can see more than 4 TE's kept on the rooster especially considering skill set for the offense, and a few on the practice squad in case of injuries.  Which brings me to my next point.
The beginning of the Dolphin season does not look extremely.....extremely(?), heck, it doesn't look good at all!!  For myself, considering the talent on this team, the new coaches, the coaches that must win this year, the new OL, the new Offense, the injuries, the suspensions, on & on & on....How likely are we to start 4-0, 3-1, 2-2, 1-3, or 0-4(the 0-4 puts our percentage of making the playoffs really doubtful, so I'm hoping for 2-2 or 1-3.  What I'm really getting at is that Miami has started the season, excluding the mid 2000's, fairly well, and have good Octobers & Novembers and terrible Decembers.  
Starting the season slow might not be such a bad thing?  You will have some teams looking past you or thinking you're down again.  Getting some players back from injury & suspension, as well as the OL building chemistry.  And most importantly, starting to know the offense like second nature.  Maybe they can come together and "GEL" at the right time (December) and not just make the playoffs, but win something?