Saturday, December 13, 2014

Belichick Will Choose On Philbin's Future


Miami faces a daunting task of going to New England with a beat up linebacker core and fading defensive line. The Patriots will most likely be able to have their way with Miami. More signs are indicating the team is starting to quit on Philbin.  So this brings up an interesting scenario for this game. If New England pulls out to a big lead, what will Bill Belichick choose to do? Normally he would run the score up as revenge for the early season loss. However, if New England chooses to embarrass Miami this game say some something like 42-14. The aftermath will be more severe, more players will begin to speak out, coaches will start to position for new jobs etc. If New England takes mercy on them and just runs the ball most of the 4th quarter and runs the clock out for a loss more like 28-14, then the backlash may not be as severe. Joe could possibly hold the team together and win the last two games to finish 9-7. That may be enough to sell Ross on keeping him.  In other words, Bill Belichick may very well be staring across the sideline in the middle of the 3rd quarter at Joe looking sunken and “queasy” and he will need to choose if he should put us out of our misery and run it up to get rid of Joe, or he may just choose to go easy because he really wants “queasy Joe” back again next year.  Watch New England in the 4th, if they are slow in the huddle and running the clock down, you know that Belichick wants another year of Philbin.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Harbaugh's future

It looks for all the world like he has worn out his welcome with the 49ers, and will be in the market for a new job at seasons end.

We've heard rumors that he does or doesn't like certain situations: he may not want to go back to college, that he wants to stay in the bay area....in the end, I think its safe to say that only Jim Harbaugh known what Jim Harbaugh wants.

So the Michigan job is open, and that may (or may) not hold interest.  And in the pros, you'll likely have Oakland, the Jets, Chicago, and perhaps a couple of other teams that underperformed.  And of course, there's the unique situation in Miami.

A couple of days ago, an interesting thing happened that may have some influence...and it went mostly unreported.  The story is that the Raiders are essentially thumbing their nose at the city of Oakland, because they can't seem to get a deal for a new stadium. 

The window for teams interested in moving to LA, to submit their "application", is fast approaching.  The Raiders are using this as a sort of bargaining chip, but would probably go through with it for the right amount of financial interest.

That might change what we hear about the Harbaughs "wanting to stay in the Bay area" - it might not be an option at all.

so who knows what will happen...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Poll about the Dolphins future

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Thanks Dave, for your help in setting this up.

A thought about this weeks game

Bill Bellichick hates the dolphins. Ever since the team rolled out the wildcat, there's been this rivalry. Doesn't matter that the players and coaches have changed. He wants to win.

And to make the point, just look at the record. Bellichick is 11-2 since. The two losses were last season in Miami where Brady threw a pick late, and the opener this season.

Bellichick is gonna be mad that he lost one already to Miami. His team is playing for homefield. And they're playing well.

I wouldn't be surprised if he had a significant lead and was still trying to score late in the game. If ever there was a game where he and Brady want to make a statement, this is probably it.

My suggestion is to find a fun activity to do on Sunday afternoon. Go to the museum your wife wants to see. (Right Lawrence?)

But maybe hedge a little and tape the game in case a miracle happens.

Monday, December 08, 2014

I Am Completely Speechless After Hearing This...

It's a sad day for me.

Even sadder for us Dolphin fans.

My wife, who does not follow football that close, but just enough because I enjoy it, has just told me something that was ironically funny and sad at the same time.

She just saw that there are only 3 weeks left in the regular season and said "Great! Now I get my husband back on Sundays!"

That is a sad, sad thing considering that my wife, who is not a fan of football, is already used to Miami ending their season in December...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The train is pulling away from the station.

And the Dolphins are standing on the platform. Again.

You can put lipstick on a pig all you want, but this team is simply average. Maybe the OC is getting the most out of what he has. But it's not enough. 88 yards passing in the first half and well under 300 yards total offense at the end. And 6 sacks allowed.

You can bemoan the lack of a deep pass all you want but the truth is that Tannehill can't throw it; and Wallace keeps taking himself out of games (apparently because he gets tired?!) so it's not going to change.

With the exception of the jets game, it's following how I predicted it would go (http://dolphinblog.bitchindave.com/2014/10/remaining-schedule.html). And the jets could still win the one in Miami.

And, after seeing hilights of the jets/Vikings game I might believe the Vikings could win in Miami, too.

So 7-9 is not IMpossible

In other words, at this point it wouldn't surprise if they had their last win for the season in week 12.

And because they will likely win between 7 and 9 games, what will Stephen Ross do?

Another One Bites The Dust...

Entertaining game. But yet again, Miami cannot win when it counts. 

Miami does not deserve to be in the playoffs this year, or even in the hunt for that matter. 

Their inability to push the ball down field with arguably the best deep threat in the NFL is their kryptonite. Is it the line? Tannehill? The receivers? Don't know and don't care but that killed this team this year.

Just saw Miami give up a 44 yard run in an obvious running situation. LOL. P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

Easy to see why Sun Life Stadium is more empty than full.

Maybe next year Joe, maybe next year...