Saturday, October 18, 2014

I guess we shouldn't be surprised

After the game, I was hopeful we might hear something from Mr. Ross, showing fans he cared, and saying more than "I'm frustrated, too"....

The week passed. 

And, we're left waiting.  He never said boo about his team.

What does that tell us?  That he doesn't care?

As a long-time fan, that annoys me.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Is Anybody Substantial(Decision Makers) Listening?

I don't live in or around Miami.  I do see the empty seats at the home games.  What can you make of that?  Heat; Economy; 15-20 years of mediocrity & poor decisions;  More interest in NBA or MLB? 
Several Newspapers still exist in the area.  So there are professional writers putting down their opinion on the Dolphin Team.  I guess what I am trying to say/ask/ find out, is if the true feelings of the fans are heard by Ross or his advisors(assuming a person in that financial group has a lot to do and so he delegates responsibilities)?  I read a few papers from that area to try gage expectations, coaching, all things involved. 
These owners and the exclusive financial group they are in, I have a hard time understanding if they are in it to win? Maybe they know the right things to say & do to make it appear they want a winner, but really are only concerned about the gate?
Who are we complaining to?  Is it just each other?  Does the fan base in Miami feel the frustration we do?  Someone tell me there are going to be changes made; at least a trickle of a rumor!!  Anything!!! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who is Responsible for This Problem?

I know there are a lot of people pointing fingers as you commonly see after a hard loss. Sure you can rip on Coyle for having Wheeler in coverage; sure you can rip on the last offensive series play calling and clock management.  Of course you can call for Tannehill to be pulled and replaced after playing another lackluster first half. These are all valid things to be upset about and hindsight is always 20/20.

With that being said there is something which I have been commenting on since the loss to Buffalo.  At that point I was just ripping the coaching staff for being foolish.  I was upset because if they had not used such a dumb short yardage set, I thought we had a real chance to beat Buffalo. Then I saw it again in the Kansas City game. At that point I was very upset because it had become ridiculous.  Now here we are again with a loss to Green Bay. This game was so close it was a one play game. Sure if we make one less mistake we sneak by the Packers with a win. Or… We could have went to halftime 10-10 with them and had a two score lead if the game played out the same.  Fans, we had a 3RD and GOAL  FROM THE ONE YARD LINE. Miami ( after failing in Buffalo and failing against KC using a formation that place the Quarterback and Running back in the shotgun with no lead blocking help), we comically lined up in it again at the one yard line. I don’t know what other word to use than comical a this point.  It was STUPID to use it against Buffalo. It was INCOMPENTENT to continue to do it against Kansas City. Now it is just a joke to continue to do it. Let me share a famous quote by one of the most intelligent humans to ever exist on the planet. “Insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein.   Yes we had the ball on the one yard line with two downs. The 3rd down call – Pass.  Shakes my head in disbelief. Wait what? We have a team that struggles to stop the run all bunched in tight in the endzone and you are passing on the 1 with two downs? Yep we sure did. Result Tannehill should have had it picked off and got lucky.  I am thinking ok ok you tried to be cute now line up with  extra lineman and either have Tannehill sneak it in or just slam Moreno in behind a load of a lead blocker and push forward.  The 4th down call?  Moreno in the shotgun hand off no lead blocker and run right into the overloaded D-Tackle part of their defense.  Wait what? Of course he had no chance and gets dropped for loss. Packers take over. 

I am trying to understand why they expect fans to support the coaching or the team for that matter when they are doing this over and over. It makes no sense from a strategic standpoint to begin with.  And it has failed repeated at critical moments in the game from an outcome standpoint. Philbin is “Mr Statastic” how does he not see that it has cost him big?  I have tried an open letter to Steve Ross to demand the coaches stop doing it. Obviously that does not help.  At this point I want to know who is accountable for it. Philbin is the head coach so he has to at the very least allow it. Lazor is making the play calls as far as I know so he is either being forced to do it by Philbin or he in some crazy alt world has Philbin thinking this is a good short yardage play design. Does anyone have any ideas on how to at least get them to explain why they refuse to stop trying it? Almost like a large scale organized boycott of the team until this is explained or stopped? It is not just for us the fans but the players as well. They don’t deserve to put their heart and soul into the game to lose because of something so foolish. I am at a loss and don’t know what else can be done other than wait for the coaches to be fired. Anyone with any ideas on how to get their attention on the matter please let me know.  Not to sound to awful but I am starting to wonder if there was a reason Philbin did not call the plays in Green Bay.  Wait maybe I should sound awful on Philbin. Lets vote for the biggest Philbin Fail.

1.) Philbin Unaware of Bully Gate
2.) Philbin Allowing his rookie QB to be scouted on HBO to give the Texans and open season advantage
3.) Philbin allowing Sherman to use a snap count so basic the Dline knew it was run if the QB said Go and it was pass if he said GO GO
4.) Philbin going to a shotgun formation on 1 yard to go play failing to covert them over and over.




Monday, October 13, 2014

Who would you rather have?

I'm watching the rams play with their qb, Austin Davis. He's doing well enough and is still growing and learning.

John Gruden spent some time before the game talking this kid up.

And then of course, they had to tell us that he. Was. On. The dolphins. Practice squad.

Don't you wish the staff had seen his potential? I mean who would you rather have?

I sure wouldn't mind him coming in for tannehill.

Aaron Rodgers

The amazing and astounding Aaron Rodgers has absolutely DOMINATED the espn news cycle today.

Everyone is talking about how amazing the endgame was, what a great player he is, and of course how Miami kind of blew it.

As I noted yesterday, I didn't see it. But as more a "football fan" than dolphins fan, I would have probably enjoyed it - I certainly enjoyed the replay.

That's not meant as an insult in any way, it *was* incredibly dramatic.

When We Drafted Tannehill

This one image keeps popping up in my mind when I think about the day we drafted Tannehill.

They showed the Dolphins war room and Ireland had just picked Philbin's first Dolphins player in a draft.

Ross, Ireland and Philbin rose from the table and there were no congratulatory pats on the back. Not even one big smile could be found on any of their faces.

Philbin stood up and let out this huge deep breathe which gave me two impressions:
1) He knew he had his work cut out for him
2) Tannehill wasn't the guy he wanted to hook his wagon to

If Tannehill was his guy, Philbin would've been pretty excited.

Today, as we all call for both of their heads, that image of Philbin letting out that gasp of air haunts me.

Maybe, just maybe, Philbin doesn't like any of the QBs he is saddled with but needs another draft to get his guy.

Unfortunately for him, he may not get the opportunity.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

"Suck For The Duck!!!"

The Dolphins may win a few games this season but two things are apparent.

One: Tannehill is not our QB of the future

Two: Philbin is not our coach of the future

We are sitting on only 2 wins, its not to late to hope for Marcus Mariota from Oregon! Look how that worked out for the Colts!


The fake spike

I couldn't believe that Aaron Rodgers pulled a Marino and ran an effective fake spike to setup the winning play.  He caught the Fins napping...

How embarrassing for the Fins.  Especially since Rodgers said after the game he called it on the fly. Now there's a guy who *could be* mentioned in a conversation as the next Marino....

And to think he could have been a Dolphin with that #2 overall pick they used on Ronnie Brown....

Sunday, October 12, 2014


That's what Orlando Alzuguery has taken to calling Miami's qb. And it sums up the guys body of work.

I know for some people, you think he still has an upside. But you are wrong. We've seen what he has, and it's not good. There is no upside to him.

His career passer rating is about 79.5. You can pin several losses on him directly. He has not, ever, in 37 games gone out and won the game for his team. No 4th quarter comebacks. How much longer do you give him?

Okay so Matt Moore is a backup and maybe he doesn't stick around next year. But maybe he does okay and plays well enough to earn an extension, and can stick around for a bit while you groom the next guy...

All I know is I've seen enough. I'd rather see some guy from the practice squad than more of tannekill.

Dear Mr Ross

I suspect I speak for most fans when I say I've had enough.

Chad Henne had about 30 games to prove his worth, before being chased out of town. Tannehill has now had 37 games and he's not any better.

Please get the coaching staff to pull the plug on him.

And now to the coach. Philbin is not the guy. There appear to be many issues here and talking about them all will take too long. But there have been a handful of coaches here in the last decade or so that we're let go for similar reasons - call it mediocrity if you like.

It's time to let him go and start the search for a new coach.

Perhaps all is not lost this season, but look at the turnout for today's game. The game mattered and if you're not a dolphins fan, maybe it was even exciting and generally well played.

And yet no one came to watch. And with the loss, it seems unlikely the fans will return.

You have to do so something to show that you care. And simply saying you're disappointed isn't enough.

Maybe you wait a week, but it's time to show some moxie and get the fans back behind this team.

Quick Thoughts after the Green Bay Loss

What a tough loss.  Sometimes you would rather just be blown out at half time rather than lose that way. I see that standard hate and blame flying around some justified and some not in my opinion.  For what it is worth here are my quick takes from the game.

1.       Tannehill played like Tannehill.  He had a god awful first half making three horrible choices with the ball two of which ended in INTs. He came back strong in the 2nd half and gave us a chance to win. That is pretty much what he has done for the year.  We are still waiting for him to play a solid full game as that is what it is going to take to beat good teams.

2.       People ripping on Coyle and Grimes are pretty clueless.  What Miami’s defense did in the first half was about as well as any defense in the league can play. Yes they allowed the game winning drive but when your offense is turning the ball over and doing 3 and outs as well as not getting points that is pretty tough. The offense should have won that game in the end so we did not have to put an exhausted D out there to try and stop a top 5 QB.

3.       Yes Brent Grimes got beat a few times. But keep in mind he was matching up man on Rodgers and Nelson all game allowing the Dolphins to use their safeties to help other parts of the D. I personally thought he did ok considering the match up

4.       Philbin is starting to become the joke of the league. As they yet again had a critical short yardage situation (3rd and goal on the 1) which they then ran two plays from shotgun failing on a pass and the giving Moreno no chance running at D-Tackles without any lead blocking help. I am sorry but it really has become comedy at this point as they continue to lose games because they don’t run a simple overload power offense to push for a yard.

5.       Unless something amazing happens this year I really hope Ross does what it takes to get Harbaugh. I feel horrible for these players putting their heart and soul into this and just not being put into matchups to win.  Am I the only one that does not understand when Green Bay gave Miami the hands to the face penalty at the end of the game we just had to run the ball and run down the clock?  Tannehill threw the ball away on 2nd down. Worst case is we probably had 30 more seconds off the clock and 2-3 yards which may have given us a first down on the 3rd down run. Then to run a draw on third and long? You have to know your D is tired and that was your time to win the game right?

6.       Landry is for real and I suspect will continue to get better.

7.       Koa Misi, and J Jenkins looked very good.  We have a solid D if we can starting playing consistent offense

8.       We are only one game back of the Patriots who we already beat and this was a non-conference loss. Ross needs to evaluate if Philbin has the team’s trust.  If the players are supporting him then keep on moving forward. If they are not defending him maybe it is time to make a bold move?

Now that's a dolphins look

Heartbreaker Is Tough Pill To Swallow

6 seconds was all that was left.

Defend 14 yards of the field and walk away with a big win that you could hang your hat on and make a push towards the playoffs with.

But it was not to be.

Three things happened in the Packers last drive that made me believe this isn't going to work out.

#1: Ball at Miami 47 with Packers facing a 3rd and 9 with 1:44 left. Rodgers, while being sacked by Vernon and Wake, fumbles the ball.  For a very brief second it lies motionless with 2 dolphins closing but Packer OL Lang falls on it keeping the drive alive.  We were so close to only needing a couple of Victory formation kneel downs by Tannehill and a 3-2 record.

Damn it.

#2: The next play, the Packers are facing a 4th and 9.  Mike McCarthy has only 20 seconds to decide on a play and get it into Rodgers.  That is very stressful for even a veteran coach like Mike McCarthy. The clock runs down to 1:07 and we burn a time out.

I hate to second guess coaches. I agreed with Philbin for going for the Touchdown instead of the field goal when we had the ball at the Packer 1 yard line in the first half. Those 3 points could have come in handy but I also believe that the whole game would have been different with those 3 points on the board so we may have gotten blown out after that point.

What irks me is why would we want to give them more time to get their act together? I never agree with that strategy unless we absolutely do not have the right players in there for the defense we want to play. But it seems to me that we had everybody out there that we needed to be out there so why give McCarthy a breather?

Damn Philbin.

#3: The clock is running down after Rodgers hits Cobb down to our 16 yard line. Under 20 seconds left and Rodgers lines up to spike the ball. Instead he takes a huge chance and fakes the spike. He completes it to WR Adams and I am yelling "tackle him in bounds and the game is over". Nope he slips outside of Finnegan and gets forced out of bounds at the 4 yard line stopping the clock

Now I know Finnegan would take a huge chance himself to cut off the sideline, which most times is a cornerbacks friend, and force him inside to the middle of the field in hopes of either making the tackle or having someone else come up in pursuit and bring him down before crossing the goal line. If the tackle is made on the field this game is over. No way the officials get the ball set and the Packers get set and spike the ball in 6 seconds.

Damn luck.

Some day I will watch this game again and appreciate how exciting it was.

But for right now, I lost my appetite.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Some Observations And Facts From The Green Bay Game

I said the Phins needed 30 points to beat Green Bay, 24 is not quite 30.

Ryan Tannehill's first half passer rating was 26.0

The Phins offense did not have 100 yards of total offense in the first half.

The Dolphins still can't tackle. At least 10 missed tackles that I saw.

All this adds up to a good way to not beat the Packers, even though it was a home game.

I don't know if I am even proud to be saying this but I told everyone that Tannehill's performance against Oakland meant nothing, today proved me right.

In a previous post I remember specifically saying that if the Phins and Tannehill wanted to silence critics, they needed to put up more points than Aaron Rodgers and get a win at home against Green Bay, that obviously didn't happen.

The lone bright spot was that at least they competed the whole game. Someone owes the entire defense a nice steak dinner.

It was an entertaining game to watch.
WE have the worst head coach in the league!!!!