Saturday, October 11, 2014

Miami Will Come Up With An Unconventional Win.

This will not be a "W" you see on most days in the NFL.

No siree.

This "W" will defy conventional wisdom. And surely bore us half to death.

Defensive holding and illegal contact penalties are up, way up for a reason.

Everyone is chucking the ball all over the place.

But not Sunday in Miami. Not by the Dolphins. Not by any measure.

Green Bay is ranked dead last in rushing defense, giving up 163 yards per game.

That's a bunch!

Miami is averaging 142 yards per game rushing the ball.

That bodes well for one of those pound it out, yawn, type of games that brings back memories of the 1970's.

Look for Tannehill to exploit their run blitz packages with short quick passes outside and keep the chains moving.

Defensively, we will rush 4 and keep Rodgers in the pocket.

Miami will win a very boring 16-13 forgetable game.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tony Sparano

Good for him that he gets another opportunity to coach. But too bad that for the second time in his career, he's the interim head coach (make no mistake when he was in Miami, after Ross courted Harbuagh, Sparano was "interim" and was gone at season's end).

I've met him, and he's a decent guy. Unfortunately, not a great head coach....and while we're on the topic, this video has drawn mixed reviews. Some players say they would have lined up to take part, others think its hokey. Count me among those that think its hokey. But whatever it is, its kind of funny, since he ultimately says "do it if you want to"...and later there's a guy who says "what are we doing this for again?"

This ranks up there with Dave Wannstedt's lobster trap stunt .

Off Topic: Guilt By Wikipedia

While its not about the Dolphins, or the NFL, it is about sport, and it does remind us we should be careful what we believe when we hear things...

Cautionary tale on using Wikipedia as a source of information -- or other journalists who use Wikipedia as a source.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The ring of honor anyone any good?

With Manny Fernandez becoming the 27th inductee into the ring, a friend asked "aren't they going to run out of space?"

And that got me to thinking.  Sure, most members of the '72 team probably deserve to be on it.  And certainly between '72 and '99 there are were a fair number of players who could and should be considered, and many of them are already up there.

But then it occurred to me that since '99, there aren't many players who deserve to be "Dolphins legends" to be celebrated and remembered (and honored) in this way.  Not to say that there haven't been *any* (though with free agency, I have to wonder).

I'm curious what you think.  Post below with any players who started playing for the team after 2000 who you think might qualify to be all-time Dolphins greats. 

And yes, I realize that the last 3-4 years, its hard to gauge who might be good enough.  I mean Dion Jordan would qualify as a legend. but he's only been here two years.  (oh wait he qualifies in the Cecil the Diesel category of all hype and no body of work)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Here Comes Green Bay...

So that Packers at home on Sunday.

But before that, let me clarify some things.

Nobody wants to see this team succeed more than I do. In my recent writings, it may seem different but it is not. I am just tired if this team not competing. Out roster is too far talented to not at least compete week in and week out. The way we lost to Buffalo and KC is unacceptable in my eyes. Ryan Tannehill is in his 3rd year, new offense or not, I will not accept mediocrity from him. With that being said, here is what I think on the Packers game:

This will be a shoot out. If you have a fantasy team, this week is not the week to start the Dolphin defense. Do I think Miami will win? Lose? I don't know but I do think Miami will have to score a lot of points to win, at least 30 points in my opinion.

Tannehill will have to hit a long ball to someone in order to win. It is no secret that all the defenders Miami faces cheats on the under and shorter routes because of the inability for Miami to hit the long ball. This has to happen in order to soften the Packer defense. They are not great but when you only have to defend against short yardage plays, it can make a mediocre defense look far better.

Miami will have to have to make that game changing play. Maybe a turnover, forced fumble, long kick return, blocked punt or FG, or anything like that. I don't see us playing a back and forth game without any of these plays and us defeating the Packers.

No busted coverages. This will be interesting with Reshad Jones coming back. The 2 long plays that GB had against the Vikings last week were not spectacular plays on Aaron Rodgers part, they were busted coverages by the defense. This cannot happen or our chances of winning are slim.

With that all being said, I don't expect Miami to win or lose. What I do expect is for them to Compete and give me a reason to not change the channel to watch the games of whoever is on my fantasy team. The Dolphins are far too talented to take another 19 point whooping like the Bills and Chiefs gave them.

Phins Up!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Introducing Starting Guard Mike Pouncey?

So it is being speculated that Mike Pouncey will play guard this week.  This is an interesting change.  I know Mike Pouncey is a talented lineman and I have no doubts he can play guard but I am not sure Satele and Pouncey are a better combo than him with one of the starting guards.  I have to think that Shelly Smith is not 100% and Dallas Thomas is a liability. Billy Turner is still learning the game so I assume he is not ready yet as well. Of course they could just being playing with Green Bay as well you never really know. Finally, we don’t know where Pouncey is physically, it could be the squat position you have to be in at center is not a great thing for his healing hip so they are having him play from a guard stance instead.  Miami really has a lot of mystery this week. How much are they going to use Reshad Jones? Will Knowshon be ready? That really has to be on Green Bays mind. It will be a nightmare for them trying to rush Mathews around the edge if Miami is slamming a “crazy wild” Moreno off tackle. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Some Clarification...

Addressing a few things.

I noticed that some of the comments on my earlier posts couldbusebsome clarification.

It was said that I post immediately after a loss but not after a win. That is not true, I posted immediately after the Game against the Patriots and had nothing but good things to say about these Dolphins.

It was also said that my "no more excuses" slogan that I have adopted are merely just reasons why a team loses. Well, that is one way to look at it but here is how I see it:

Did Brady give excuses or reasons why he got bR chef against KC? No, he did not. He came out the very next week against the only undefeated team in the Bengals and handed them their ass.

Did Jim Harbuagh from San Fran say, "man, we are missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith so that's why we lost a few games this year". No. That's because he does not offer excuses.

Randall Cobb from Green Bay said that their offenses play was unacceptable after a loss a few weeks ago. No excuses or reasons offered.

Demariyus Thomas From Denver had a HORRIBLE start to the season. He dropped a ton of passes and only scored once in 4 games I believe. His response? No excuses or reasons offered for his very poor play, he just had 234 Yards and 2 TDs against the very good Arizona defense. He would have had 70 more yards and a third TD but it was called back for a chop block.

Do you see anything in common with these examples other than they don't offer excuses or reasons for poor play? I'll tell you, their teams have been extremely successful in recent years.

It's time for the Phins to follow the example.

No more excuses.

And then there were none

Only two teams make it to 3-0 and both lose by wide margins this weekend.

And so the dolphins remain as the only undefeated team I the annals of pro sports. And given the parity that exists these days, it's unlikely any team will ever duplicate that feat.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Must Have Been Some Party At Off The Hookah Saturday Night

Why else would Derrick Shelby had refused to leave?

I look at his mug shot and his eyes aren't bloodshot or lit up so I assume he was fairly sobber.

Maybe his entree was late or undercooked or maybe the belly dancers got to him?

When management says its time to go then, whether you're an NFL player or not, its time to go.

Its especially time to go when you're an NFL player because the media doesn't really care about some belligerent Tom, Dick or Harry who refuses to leave and declares their right of citizenship.

Yes, in America, you have the right to come and go into and from public establishments.

 The key is knowing when to go from more than go to.

Here's my rule of thumb: Its better to leave early and have people wish you were there than to stay too long and have them wish you were gone.

When the Police arrive and ask you to leave, that's a good indication of "Hey, I'm not welcome here anymore so I best take my business elsewhere."

It sounds like Shelby refused the chance the Police gave him to slip out into the night and chose to have the glaring light of the media shown upon himself instead.

How come when these athletes are shown in their mug shots they are not doing their post sack pose?

Now that's a photo opportunity missed. Shelby may need a new agent.

Shelby looks like he got banged up a bit in his mug shot. A swollen lip and an abraded cheeck show he didn't get the best of whomever.

 I wouldn't doubt he got slammed to the ground or against a wall when they handcuffed him.

Maybe we should sign that cop to play the O Line.

Looks like we need a new D Line drill for not only rushing the passer but also for rushing out the door.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

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