Friday, January 02, 2015
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Marrone 16-17 Opted out
Trestman 13-19 Fired
Smith 66-46 Fired
Ryan 46-50 Fired
Harbaugh 44-19-1 Fired
Philbin 23-25 Vote of confidence from owner
Smith, Ryan and Harbaugh have playoffs on their resumes.
Philbin has the same record as Ryan, but, no playoffs.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Then I saw the report I've attached below, which was filed on Saturday evening. So, it was basically a done deal before Sunday's NFL games were played. And Ross was busy planning a party for the new coach as early as Saturday night.
It's no surprise, then, that there hasn't been a word from him after an 8-8 season and a disappointing game. He was focused on his other team and (I believe the term I've used previously) hobnobbing with his mancrush.
I understand other business interests. I get that for some pro owners they have other things they're involved in. But when one of those things directly conflicts with the team, ya gotta wonder....
But other than owning the dolphins and agreeing to fund stadium improvements "himself" (and yes, that's dripping with sarcasm; its a sweetheart deal that has him coming out ahead financially without using the stadium), what has he done for the community at all? As far as I can tell...nada.
It's like I keep saying: he likes owning AN NFL team, but it's just a hobby. You may care about it, but does he? He "bleeds maize and blue" and his ringtone is the Michigan fight song. I'm all for loving your alma mater, but he comes about as close to owning it as one can, I suppose.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Let me first say some may agree, some may not with my opinions but that is what sharing your opinions is all about. My first blog may touch on a few different areas so i'm sorry if I'm jumping around.
Where to start, the Dolphins have been disappointing since the day Marino retired. At least when he was under center we had something to look forward to. How Ross can keep Philbin is beyond me, and what makes this decision even harder to comprehend is Ross said he likes the progress. What progress ? 7-9 and two 8-8 seasons with a back to back December debacle where you could have made the playoffs in both years is not progress. Winning is progress, making the playoffs is progress. To further that point the defense has regressed immensely in 2012 they allowed 317 YPG and were #7, 2013 335 YPG #8, and this year 2014 allowing 373 YPG and ending at #20. They also finished in the standings 2nd in 2012, 3rd in 2013, and 3rd in 2014. How is any of that progress? and its all under Philbin's watch. He has given away young talent ( Smith, Davis) for older declining talent ( Grimes, Finnegan) Yes I know Grimes made the pro bowl again but he is still aging and tackling is an issue. Philbin's dislike for " Personalities" is why this team is mediocre, and I predict he will trade Wallace away because his dislike for the personality player.
Off topic for a moment: I don't know about you but I sense something brewing with Wallace and I've since defended him because I truly believe he wants to be the star he knows can be and in this offense he is not given the chance to do so. It's not about crying about not getting the ball, true play makers, true talent want the ball because they know what they can do.
( ehh hmm Dez Bryant)
I'll leave with this, Steven Ross brought back a coach who at home against the Green Bay Packers a chance to beat a good team, take a stand, change the views of the fans and the public, go for the kill decided he felt too "Queasy" to throw the ball on a deciding third down. That is what we have in Miami, a queasy coach who was too queasy to fire Sherman, too queasy to go into a game and win instead of not lose and whom I believe will be too queasy to make the much needed decision to fire Coyle which ultimately will lead to Queasy 2015 season.
I wanted to let you know that the Dolphins Lamar Miller was nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for his gutsy performance against the New York Jets (tallied 178 rushing yards on 19 carries (9.4 avg.) and added a 97-yard touchdown run). This is Miller's first nomination of the year. We'd love for you could encourage your readers to go to NFL.com/FedEx to vote. If Miller 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:
· New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns for a 158.3 passer rating in the Jets' 37-24 win over the Miami Dolphins.
· Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns for a 107.6 passer rating in the Ravens' 20-10 win against the Cleveland Browns.
· Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns in an AFC North-clinching 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
· San Francisco running back Frank Gore had 25 carries for 144 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 win against the Arizona Cardinals.
· Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller tallied 178 rushing yards on 19 carries (9.4 avg.) and added a 97-yard touchdown run in Miami's game against the New York Jets.
· Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray tallied 100 rushing yards on 20 carries (5.0 avg.) and added a touchdown in the Cowboys' 44-17 win against the Washington Redskins.
Every Monday night, following the Monday Night football game, through Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, fans may visit NFL.com/FedEx 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 Miller gets enough fan votes to take home the Ground Player of the Week award, but make sure your readers are using #AirandGround to spread the word!
Last week, he abruptly announced that Philbin would be staying in Miami, and then the team tanks...meanwhile Harbaugh accepts the Michigan offer. How do you like them apples? Look, it doesn't matter if Harbuagh was the right guy for the job here - its the principle that Philbin is the *wrong* guy for the job, and Ross simply doesn't care. Sloughing off the decision while he was finagling to get Harbuagh in Michigan should be taken as a slap in the face to all Dolphins fans.
Who's the biggest donor to Michigan football? Who would simply have to be consulted about an offer? Oh yeah, that would be Mr. Ross. He was willing to stand pat here, all the while trying to improve Michigan.
And as for the team tanking, well, that's where the real trouble is. Philbin just got another year out of his owner, and then goes out the next week and says he was outcoached. Outcoached! So if that's how he behaves in that situation, how will it be next year when he's (maybe?) coaching for his job - or if he knows the owner simply doesn't care?
And with all of the impending free agents, little cap space and choices to make about players like Wallace, where do they go? And what of Tannehill and his backloaded contract that pays him more in 2015, with an opt out clause. Do they pay it?
Maybe the DC gets released, and someone new comes in. He'll surely have a lot of new players (many of the starters are relatively old), so there's no consistency there. And who comes here when the team is this....dysfunctional?
And you have to wonder if Lazor will have an opportunity elsewhere now that the coaching carousel has started Would some team up the offer to him? Would Philbin (or Ross) let him go just because the team underperformed? Then, you're starting over yet again on offense, too.
So the joke part is the fact that for the one year we had some information about the revenue stream (I think it was 2007?), we saw H Wayne netted $200 million in profit. And there weren't fans in the seats those years. Gotta figure the number has gone up based on the new labor deal, and whether people show up or not, Ross makes money. So the question is why should any of "us" expect anything different?
He's making money and doesn't appear to care about the team. Sure, he gives it lip service, but that's just hollow words (like "show improvement"....)
Former Epic Meal Time star, Alex Perrault (aka. "Muscles Glasses"), is taking on tailgating in his latest endeavor — the SportsManias DieHard Tour -- a vlog-style series that profiles the tailgating experiences of diehard sports fans across the country. Alex’s last NFL stop of the season was in SportsManias’ home town of Miami before the Dolphins thrilling Week 16 win over the Vikings, where he captured the foods, vehicles and diehard fans that make up the Dolphins tailgating experience. Miami Herald Dolphins’ Insider Adam Beasley even joined the party.
And my own comment is: gee, look how many open spaces there were for the game. :)
Back to Wallace. He's obviously disgruntled. Couple that with Odrick's outburst two weeks ago and it exposes a continued dysfunction in the Dolphins' locker room. Odrick is an unrestricted free agent and his loud critique on the sidelines may have sealed his fate with Queasy Joe, who palsies at thoughts of a vocal locker room.
What if the Dolphins want to move on from Wallace? His cap number is $12,100,000 for 2015.
Cut before June 1, the Dolphins eat $9,600,000 and save $2,500,000.
Cut after June 1, the Dolphins eat $5,200,000 and a save $6,900,000.
Wallace's huge contract, multiplied by his character, makes a trade highly unlikely. Still, if the Dolphins were able to trade him, they would carry $6,600,000 on the books, offset by saving $5,500,000.
In 2014, the Dolphins carried dead money to the tune of $5,701,402 for departed players Carlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett, Richard Marshall and Jonathan Martin. With that sum clearing the books in 2015, it would not be hard to imagine the Dolphins cutting Wallace after June 1, 2015.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
I don't know what's worse, at this point, laying down against the Jets, another year of Philbin or Coyle's defense thoroughly being mastered by a 26th-ranked qb on a three win team!
Rex Ryan threw salt on that gashed Dolphin with the fake punt first down pass. The Jets dumped a season's worth of humiliation on these beached Dolphins.
Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey is in a tough spot. How much more talent can he find, that can push these Dolphins out of their doldrums, any more than the talent they already have?
The owner makes his bold statement that he's keeping the coach. The media sees some potential here in the the team and if they show improvement and beat the jets, well, then....
And the team drops one that really wasn't that close. Take away Lamar Millers one run and, well, the offense was pretty bad. The defense was sad.
How can you not be prepared for this game?!
8-8. Mediocrity be thy name. It turned out pretty much as I predicted at around mis-season.
Good luck to the current fans, from what now is officially a former one.
Hahahaha. This team is a joke.