Thursday, December 25, 2014

Offensive Linemen

If linebackers are the Achilles heel of the defense, the offensive line is the suspect on that side of the football. 

      Name                      Ht.            Wt.      Age         Exp.          2015 Salary
C Sam Brenner             6-2           310        24             2                ERFA
G Daryn Colledge        6-4            308        32             9                UFA
T Jason Fox                   6-6            310        25             5                UFA
T Ja'Wuan James          6-6            318        22             R           $1,915,545
C Mike Pouncey           6-5            305        25             4           $7,438,000
C Samsom Satele         6-3            300        30             8               UFA
G Shelley Smith            6-4            310        27             5          $3,000,000
G Dallas Thomas          6-5            315        25            2           $761,5994
G Billy Turner                6-4           313        23            R           $723,000
T Brandon Albert IR     6-5            310        30            7           $10,725,000
G Mark Asper PS          6-6            321        29            3                 ???
G Nate Garner R/NFI    6-7            320        29            7            $1,816,668

Brandon Albert is the big ticket and his play makes him worth it. Mike Pouncey is the second highest paid lineman. Interestingly, in a historical perspective kind of way, Pouncey makes more than the Dolphins highest paid player in 1999, Dan Marino! James is a Hickey gem!

Free Agency hits the Dolphins hard in 2015, leaving only James, Pouncey and Albert as worthy starters. The Dolphins need backups and both starting guards. In Dennis Hickey we trust!

Here are some free agent linemen that will be available. I listed only those that met the criteria of youth, experience and currently playing on a solid line.

    Name                         Team     Age      Exp.                 Notes
G Clint Boling                 CIN       25         3              20 sacks(3rd) 45 qb hits(2nd) 2,031
                                                                                    rushing yards(5th)avg. 4.4(9th) rush TDs
G Orlando Franklin         DEN      27        3             16 sacks(1st) qb hits 41(1st)
G Jeff Linkenbach            KC        27        4              4.6 avg. rush yds.(2nd) rush TDs 18(2nd)  

What are your thoughts?

Wait. What? (not dolphins related)

I was looking at the playoffs seeding in the CBS sports app on my iPhone and noticed something odd.

Here's a scroll through it:
Seeds 1-4 look okay. At least I think so. Does Carolina have that record? And do they lead the south? I'm not sure (that's what I was looking up)

Seed 5. What. The...? When did Jacksonville move to the nfc?

Seed 6 might be right. Again, I'm not sure about the south. But what's with the description?

And then we move to...seed 9?

And Green Bay is in the west and eliminated?

Very, very odd indeed. :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dolphins Linebackers

This area was considered by many to be a defensive weakness.

Looking ahead to 2015, this is a general overview of the salary impact of linebackers currently on the roster.

Also, the Dolphins shed themselves of the dead money hits from Carlos Dansby($2,325,000) and Kevin Burnett($1,250,000). That frees up $3,575,000.

         NAME             Ht.        Wt.          Exp.        Salary
Jonathan Freeny       6-2        254             3        $570,000    Exclusive Rights Free Agent
Jelani Jenkins           6-0        245             2        $613,172
Chris McCain           6-5        250             R        $420,000
Koa Misi                   6-3        252             5         $2,328,000
Kelvin Sheppard       6-2        252             4         $749,925   Unrestricted Free Agent
Jordan Tripp              6-3        240            R         $460,700
Jason Trusnik            6-4        252            7          $1,071,668   Unrestricted Free Agent
Philip Wheeler          6-2        245            6          $6,400,000
Danelle Ellerbe          6-1       245            6           $7,425,000

Ellerbe is on IR. If the Dolphins were to cut him before June 1, or trade him, they would carry $4,200,000 in dead money and a cap savings of $5,650,000.

Wheeler, cut before June 1, would cost $10,600,000 in dead money and a cap savings of $4,200,000. If traded, Wheeler would cost $5,600,000 in dead money and a cap savings of $800,000.

2015 Free Agent Linebackers
David Harris   NYJ   115 tackles   3.5 sacks  1 forced fumble
Josh Mauga     KC       95 tackles  3 Passes Defensed
Jerrell Freeman  IND   94 tackles  1.5 sacks  6 passes defensed  1 forced fumble

Dolphins Top 2 Linebackers
Jelani Jenkins             105 tackles  3.5 sacks  2 forced fumbles
Koa Misi                       63 tackles  1 sack

If you're the general manager, what's the solution for the linebacker corps in 2015?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wake and Grimes selected to the Pro Bowl

Cam Wake has been selected to his 4th Pro Bowl and Brent Grimes his 3rd. This marks 2 consecutive years of each of them representing for the Dolphins. I would have thought Pouncey would have had a chance based on his name recognition. I also believe Brandon Albert could have made it had he not been hurt.

Click here for the full list of players. Do you guys agree with these selections? Who got snubbed and who shouldn't have been selected?

Fwd: Tannehill nominated for FedEx Air player of week

Hi Dave,


I wanted to let you know that the Dolphins Ryan Tannehill was nominated for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against the Minnesota Vikings (threw for 396 yards for a 118.8 passer rating in the Dolphins' 37-35 win). This is Tannehill's first nomination of the year. We'd love for you could encourage your readers to go to to vote. If Tannehill wins, FedEx will make a $2,000 donation to Miami's local chapter of the American Red Cross.


You'll find a list of nominees below:


Air Nominees

·         Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 396 yards for a 118.8 passer rating in the Dolphins' 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings.


·         New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns for a 148.8 passer rating in the Giants' 37-27 win against the St. Louis Rams.


·         San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the Chargers' 38-35 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.


Ground Nominees

·         Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch tallied 113 rushing yards on 10 carries (11.3 avg.) with two touchdowns in the Seahawks' 35-6 win against the Arizona Cardinals.


·         San Francisco running back Frank Gore had 26 carries for 158 rushing yards and a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers.


·         Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 37-28 win over the Denver Broncos.


Every Monday night, following the Monday Night football game, through Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, fans may visit to cast votes for their favorite players nominated that week. FedEx and the NFL will announce the winners every Thursday afternoon and award a $2,000 donation in each player's name to their teams' local area chapters of the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief and preparedness.


I'll send you a note if Tannehill gets enough fan votes to take home the Air Player of the Week award, but make sure your readers are using #AirandGround to spread the word!


Green Meanies

Happy Holidays! Ho-ho-ho...hum! Yeah, we're talking about the Dolphins.

The 8-7 Dolphins are getting ready to close out the season vs. the vile green Jets. If the Dolphins win, it'll be their best Philbin finish at 9-7. I say if because their December record during the Middle Ages (hey, I didn't use "mediocre") is 7-7 a la Philbin. If you have a horse in this race, it's a form of an exacta bet. Beat the Jets for a winning season and also gain a winning record for all Decembers.

So, there you have it, a reason for optimism, despite the fact that the Dolphins will be doing exactly what you and I will be doing in January, watching the playoffs on TV.

All is not bleak, however. The hated Jets are coming in! Just beating the crap out of them is reward enough.

One caveat! What kind of Jets team is Rex Ryan coming in with? They just gave the Patriots a scare, knocking Brady around. Last year, the Jets believed they were playing to save Ryan's job and beat the Dolphins. Once again, Ryan's job is on the line!
"One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds".
          Frank Zappa

Monday, December 22, 2014

40th Anniversary Of NFL's "Longest Game Ever" To Be Aired On NFL Network Wednesday

The NFL Network will be airing a 40th Anniversary showing of the Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs Divisional Playoff Game from the 1971 season.

The game was played on Christmas Day and went into double overtime before the Dolphins won on a Garo Yepremium field goal.

This classic game featured over 10 Hall of Famers playing on both teams.

It also ruined many a holiday turkey as everyone kept waiting for one of the teams to win the game before they sat down to Christmas dinner.

This game was the moment I became a Dolfan and I am sure you will enjoy the special telecast on Wednesday at 1:30 PM EST.

Phins Up!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

From the I told you so category

A week or so ago, I told you mr ross would take the easy way out and just keep Philbin.

And while I may think that this simply leaves the team open for mockery, there's a deeper layer to this.

First off, ross announced that he was keeping Philbin to the media first and THEN went in and told Philbin - "hey I just told the press..."

Second there was the same hollow promise that he wants to see improvement. Whatever that means.

And finally, Philbin was asked about his coordinators and their future. His answer? "I don't know. That's up to me ross".

Does it strike anyone else as strange that he's leaving the fate of his assistant coaches up to the owner? What kind of an organization is this?

Interested in writing for this blog?

Throughout the season, I saw some good dialog between and among writers of the blog, and various posters/fans to the blog.

All of the current writers are invited back (of course!)....but I wanted to extend an invitation to any of you who might be interested in creating content and leading discussions in the future.

All you need to do is drop me an email, and I can fill you in on the details.  No real experience necessary....just a willingness to express your point of view.

And on a somewhat related topic, I see there's a bit of a division of thought on the team.  Some of you are eternal optimists and think its good to stay the course with the coach.  And some of you may think otherwise.  Both points of view are welcome.

If you are in the latter category, and don't care for the owner, the coaching, or whatever, there are two things you can do: (1) you can put your proverbial money where your mouth is, and not spend anything on the team - no tickets, no merchandise, and when it comes to sponsors hold off on their products and tell the sponsor why, and/or (2) you can tell people what you think (in a polite way naturally) on social media, perhaps even as a blogger. :) 

And whether you are interested or not, I hope everyone has a great holiday.

Nothing to see here...

After 20 or so years of rooting for the team, 9 head coaches, 2 owners, a couple of early playoff wins, and a LOT of mediocrity, I can't take it anymore. I have decided to turn in my Dolphins fan card. 

This owner is terrible.  And this coach is just awful.  And if that's what we have to settle for, then I want out.

I'm done.  Finito. 

Thanks for the memories.

I'll go back to my hobby of creating a shrine; this time for the whole team.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

makes a great christmas gift

I think I'll be giving this out to friends and family.

Wipe away!

Sorry But I Agree With Ross Keeping Philbin For One More Year

Yes, one more year.

And if we don't make the playoffs next year then let Dennis Hickey find his replacement.

Now I like Hickey well enough to keep him for a long time.  I think he did a great job with the draft and adding players throughout the season.

Most of the teams out there that go to the playoffs year in and year out have strong front offices and GMs in place who shop for the groceries and if needed hire the Head Coach.

I think we need to head in that direction.  I think we need to start with some stability with a good GM and not start throwing the baby out with the water.

If we bring in a Head Coach who wants all the power and of course wants all his guys in all the positions right up the chain then that guy better be a stud.

And I am sorry but I don't see anyone out there that is worthy of all that power.

I think Dan Marino could work in some capacity beyond watching film with Ryan Tannehill.  Marino not only has the resume to command respect from coaches and players alike but he also is a Dolphin through and through.  He could have gone elsewhere to finish his career but he did the right thing and retired a Dolphin.

But he ain't no HC.

Now I know that every team out there has to deal with injuries.  They are part of this violent sport we all love.

But you cannot blame Philbin for all the injuries to key players during a very tough stretch of our schedule. 

But we can blame him for managing a game like someone who played too many quarters without a helmet.

Today I thought Philbin mismanaged the end of the half by calling timeouts when we just got some momentum back after Tannehill led us down the field to cut the 14 point Viking lead in half.  With 56 seconds left, the Vikings were willing to run out the clock from under the shadows of their goal posts.  Even if we held them, what were we really going to do with 7 seconds back on our own 25 yard line?

But we gave them time for us to miss a tackle and then miss some coverages and then watch a FG go through the uprights and we were down 10 points and lost all the momentum.

If there was truly some stud out there that would be worth a decapitation then I would be all for it but there isn't.

Harbaugh wasn't coming here. Not ever. He will go across the Bay Area Bridge to Oakland in a heartbeat and keep his bride happy.

Tell me that you would drag your unhappy wife clear across the country and enjoy coming home at night.

You cannot make a change just for the sake of change when there really is no clear replacement starring you in the face.

We would be back to a crap shoot.

Let's give Hickey another draft.  Let's let him tinker a bit more with the roster. Let's see what he can do building depth on the O Line and at LB.  Those areas are in much more need of a decapitation than the HC.

Is Philbin perfect? No, not even close.  But he is worth saving for one more year and see if those championship lights do come on.

Philbin has grown leaps and bounds since Day 1.  Whose to say he can't grow as a game manager.

Is he a ball of fire? No. But these are professional athletes not a high school team.

These players should know what this game is all about by now and shouldn't need a 60 year old man to stand up and give them some rah rah speech before they run out the tunnel.  They should be motivated enough to earn those fat pay checks and earn our admiration. 

So Philbin has one more year.

That's all.  There was no mention of an extension to his contract.  There was no guarantee that he will finish next season. 


So Coach Philbin, if you are listening, this is it.  Time to shit or get off the pot.

And if he doesn't produce, then let Hickey do the honors.

Oh, and by the way, beat the Freakin' Jets on Sunday.

Phins Up!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

The Mediocrity, Inconsistency And Insanity Will Continue...

So the inconsistency will continue for at least 1 more year guys. 

Ross has commited to Philbin for next year which is the last year of his contract. 

Philbin said "...I came here to compete for championships." He surely must be speaking of moral championships because he has not been in competition for a division title let alone a super bowl in his three years here so far. 

0/3 Joe. 

0/3 Mr. Ross.

Well, hopefully everyone can distance themselves from this team emotionally for a while. I'm sure they will show flashes of brilliance next year only to end their season by early December yet again. 

Cheers! And here is to looking forward to fantasy football next year which very well may be the only reason I will watch any Miami games. :-)

Say what?

Stephen Ross told us it was playoffs or nothing this season. He expected the team to make it.

They didn't and could still wind up 8-8.

And yet today he put to rest speculation and said Philbin will return next season.

Give it up for settling for mediocrity dolphins fans!

This is an uninspiring owner. And a coach who looked lost most of the day today.

Philbin should be gone. End of story.

The annual question

Would you rather be the Falcons or the Dolphins today?

As we may recall, some years ago, the Falcons and Dolphins were bidding for Bill Parcells' services...the Falcons "lost" out on that derby (and arguably won in the long run), got stability at both coach and QB - and are in a one-game playoff with the Panthers for the division crown next week.

Meanwhile the Dolphins....who knows?  It may be coach number 200 or so since Parcells came to town. And QB?  Again, who knows?

Its an annual item that is just one of those things....


As most of you know, I had a man crush on Teddy Bridgewater, and really and truly hoped the Dolphins would take him in the draft.

And so far today, he has not disappointed.  He is efficient and is showing some ability to get the job done....I've been keeping an eye on him, and I stand by my assessment that he's better than Tannehill and has more upside as he learns the game.

That throw just before the half was astounding - and the officials may have ruled the receiver was out at the one, but that was a TD.

Just sayin'.