Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I can vouch for the general nature of the article being true; it was an Indian burial ground. In fact, I have a cousin who was working for the architecture firm for the stadium who clued me to in to this in the 1980s.
Oh and by the way, did you ever wonder why the parking area has grass strips for you to park on? That was a concession made to preserve green space in honor of the burial grounds.
Read it again. I'll wait.
Marinos role is to be excited. And to meet with sponsors.
That's quite a role. It's not about football or helping the team grow. Nope. It's about making money for the owner by being out there for the sponsors.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Now the Dolphins still need to play the Raiders and if we do lose to them then all goes through the window. A 1-3 start before the bye with the next two games against the Packers and Bears, we could very well start off 1-5 with the season pretty much over.
With all that being said, we need to stick with Tannehill. Who knows he could somehow turn it all around and we go on a winning streak. Matt Moore is a solid back up and I trust him to come in if Tannehill gets hurt. But I like Matt Moore more as a backup. It is too early in the season to give up on Tannehill, he isn't Chad Henne bad.
Give Tannehill a game against a mediocre/bad defense and lets see how he performs. If he performs bad then we can revisit this discussion during the bye week. But for Tannehill's sake lets hope he has a good game and we can put this talk behind us, for at least two weeks.
I will say this though, I believe the Dolphins should draft a QB in the draft next offseason. Whether that be in the first round or the seventh round remains to be seen.
If Tannehill was your guy 3 weeks ago, you should say that he's still your guy now (at least to the media, even if you don't believe it). Is he giving in to media pressure? Is he waffling?
These are all the things that happen when a coach has lost control of his team. Has Philbin lost control?
So yeah, go ahead and start Matt Moore. Maybe you win a few more games. But you divide the locker room, and you can't go back.
Monday, September 22, 2014
In it, he theorized that companies take a perfectly good salesman and promote him to sales manager where he may still perform well and then move him up again and again until he reaches a position that he no longer is as productive as he was in a prior position.
Hence, they are promoted to their level of incompetence.
Joe Philbin may very well have been an excellent O-Line coach.
He may have been an excellent Offensive Coordinator.
But does he lack the qualities necessary to be an effective Head Coach?
His game time management skills are not good. This is a problem as the Head Coach determines the use of time outs in the closing minutes of a half.
Case in point: his mismanagement of our last TO before halftime wasting 20 seconds which could have been used to run another play or two.
His ability to motivate is nonexistent. Maybe its just not in his DNA. The team doesn't seem to have any fire in their bellies.
His squad makes bonehead mistakes for absolutely no reason such as Hartline's Putting with the Stars and one of our coaches bumped an official early in the game, each resulting in 15 yard field position changing penalties. Plus, one of our gunners was flagged for illegal substitution for not going inside the numbers prior to coming back towards tthe sideline to line up for the punt.
These are just stupid penalties that have nothing yo do with talent or ability but actually are the product of a lack of discipline.
Philbin doesn't have the nerve to make necessary changes in players or the coaching staff when the lack of production warrants it. He may be too nice a guy. Which is fine if you're an Uncle but its not a quality I would look for in my Head Coach. We all know were nice guys finish.
Maybe he is starting to read the writing on the wall as Ryan Tannehill hasn't been confirmed to be the starting QB for this Sunday against Oakland.
I do believe that Head Coaches deserve at least 4 years to build their team and implement their system. Provided, of course, that they can manage the game, instill discipline and motivate the team.
Unfortunately, I am losing patience waiting for a light to suddenly come on. There just may not be enough power or there may not be the proper connections in place for that to happen.
Maybe, just maybe, Philbin is in over his head.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
I was a fan from the early 70s. Loved this team through high school and college, and beyond....was a season ticket for a number of years and sat through every game I went to...
I started a website (that became this blog) as one of the first on the block (Curt at phins.com probably beat me by a couple of weeks), and was as passionate as anyone. I helped found finsradio. I was a good ambassador for the team. And still followed them through Nick, Cam, and into Sparano.
But everyone has a breaking point, and somewhere in there, among all the relative lies, poor performances, and lack of leadership *anywhere*, I stopped watching every week.
Over the last few years, I have found more enjoyment watching RedZone, and the entertainment aspect more than *any* single game. I have a fantasy team and its fun to key in on performances.
And while I tried to make Dolphins fans out of my boys, well, that hasn't worked so well. The team didn't capture their interest, and they are fans of individual players rather than a team.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
It truly is.
With 40 odd seconds left in the half and a TO in your pocket you figure the Coach would use it and get 4 shots at a TD.
Nope. Wasted time. Wasted opportunity.
Time for scrubbing bubbles.
What the hell was Hartline thinking about after his TD catch?
Tell me he wasn't waiting all off season to line up a putt.
So while his teammates stood by waiting to congratulate him and were surely wondering "what the f__k is he doing?", the refs threw a flag for a group celebration.
It looked more like neighbors watching the gas man digging a ditch.
How the hell is Darren Rizzi still employed?
Let's see how many bonehead plays our special teams can make:
1) Making sure you get inside the numbers prior to the snap as a substitute has been a rule since these idiots have been playing high school.
2) Do not catch the punt inside your 5 yard line since they have been playing Pop Warner.
3) Allow 20 yards per punt return. Not very good numbers.
Am I the only one who thinks Andy Reid showed little class at the end of the game?
You could see him eye balling Philbin across the field, who wisely chose to end our misery and not call a TO with 30 seconds left.
Well, that could have been a habit with Philbin not to use TOs with 30 seconds left in a half.
Reid had plenty of time to call for a Victory formation. They should have kneed it.
London is calling and if we don't play well against Oakland, I will break out the mop.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
And here we are after 3 weeks, and fans are coming around to my way of thinking. This week we will undoubtedly hear a lot if it...
And so, much like the season where Ross went and tried to hire Jim Harbaugh, and then kept Sparano, we are looking at another season where it's a complete waste of time.
Changes will surely come a season too late.
And that means as an owner, Ross is....hey, I'll let y'all fill in the blank.
I know I got tired if them a couple of seasons ago....
If you're able to get NFL redzone, I highly recommend it. And if not, you might want to head out to a sports bar and catch various games.
In the late action, there were 3 games being shown. Two were really fun matchups, and of course they were both dominating airtime, with the dolphins sprinkled in - especially when the others were at commercial.
I gotta tell you, it's do much better than "wasting" an afternoon watching the dolphins ending in futility week after week.
And 2. The dolphins had their "aqua out" day. They ordered 50k aqua shirts to give away and "sold out" of the 70k tickets. And it looked like maybe 20k fans showed up. So instead of a sea of aqua, it was a sea of orange seats. And I'm guessing they'll have to find a use for the other 30,000 shirts they must have sitting in boxes...it just shows the apathy here in Miami.