Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Very Interesting Offseason So Far

Hello all! It's been a long time for me posting on here, I've been busy lately but enough of that, let's talk about the Dolphins! Which is why you clicked this link anyways right??!

Before the 2nd preseason game, I'm pretty confident that the question of "is Ndamokung Suh worth 114 million?" Has been answered. The dude is a beast and has been unstoppable in camp. He has also showed unbelievable professionalism and serves as a mentor for nearly the entire offensive line. One thing that stood out to me was when he agreed to become a Miami Dolphin, he reached out to Cameron Wake. He told Wake "...I'm coming to Miami to help YOUR D-Line..." What a classy move in my opinion. He could have easily called it his line and would anyone really have questioned him? Probably not. He was also on record saying that he is not looking to get 15 sacks this year as an individual, he is looking to open up more opportunities for the guys outside (Wake & Vernon). I think Suh is worth every penny he was promised so far. What are your thoughts?

Speaking of Suh, does our offensive line really suck? Or is Suh just that good? I haven't figured it out yet guys. Would it be nice to sign Evan Mathis? SURE! But are the guards as bad as they are being portrayed? Going against Suh everyday would make a lot of guards look bad, just saying... Thoughts?

Please Lord Baby Jesus, let our linebackers stay healthy, all of them! I like our starting linebackers A LOT, but 1 injury could doom us in my opinion. Misi, Sheppard and Jenkins are all great. We really need Chris McCain to come around and I really like Zach Vigil for the future. Vigil was an Undrafted rookie who played for Utah State. I watched him closely being that he played in the Mountain West Conference with my hometown team New Mexico Lobos. Vigil won MWC defensive player of the year by a land slide! Look it up. I think a lot of athletes in the MWC get overlooked because it's not a power conference but I won't even begin to name the NFL players that came out of the MWC. look out for Vigil next year. What do you think of our linebackers?

Cornerback has also been interesting. I really wanna see Jamar Taylor win the job because of his size alone, but Brice McCain is giving him a run for his money. Someone has to win the 2nd CB competition. Who do you think it will be?

Now, onto Ryan Tannehill. He has improved statistically every year. Now in his 4th year, he is expected to tear shit up! Pardon my French! I don't know what to think honestly. I would love to see him throw for 4500 yards, 30 TDs and less that 7 INTs but I just don't know if I'm ready to make that leap yet. Reports out of camp are that he has great chemistry with every single receiver with the exception of the injured rookie DeVante Parker. He has even CONNECTED CONSISTENYLY ON THE DEEP BALL, per multiple reports. What do you think about Tannehill? And please, none of that crap about benching him for Matt Moore, that is a dead horse at this point. 

Speaking of receivers. What the hell are they gonna do? Parker, Stills, Jennings, Landry, and Rishard Matthews has made major noise in camp. I truly believe Matthews can be a starter on most teams. What to do with all of them? Parker is an athletic freak. Stills is the deep threat. Jennings is the veteran that has sure hands and runs the best routes. Landry was only 6 receptions short of the team record for most catches in a season as a rookie and he is fearless in the middle and did I mention he makes those mind blowing catches like Odell Beckham JR?! and finally, in my opinion. Rishard Matthews has earned his way into the conversation to be a starter. So what do you do? You can't play them all at one time? Can you? What do you expect from our wide recievers? Don't forget about Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims also, they are major pass catching threats as well.

The most interesting subject of the offseason, Joe Philbin. What the hell is going on? I can't make heads or tails of that man. I applaud him for doing joint practice with the Panthers. It was a smart move just for a change of scenery but he said he was doing it for an entirely different reason. Philbin said the schedule is front loaded with a ton of road games and he wanted his team to get comfortable being on the road. WHAT?! That's pretty damn smart of him. Since when does Philbin do anything that made any kind of sense?! 

A week or so ago, Philbin gathered the team around and told them if Jordan Phillips, (who is a 300+ pound DT) can catch a punt, that the team's afternoon walk through practice will be canceled. And he caught it. All the players cheered. That is not the Philbin I saw the last few years.

Then there is this, it was just reported by Armando Salguero that coach Philbin gathered the entire team again and announced that the teams "Suit and Tie" dress code on the team airplane was no longer in effect and that they could wear "jeans and T-Shirts". Not sure what changed his mind on that one but I applaud him for that. He is doing whatever he can to build trust and relationships with his players. That was a class act move. It was a little thing that I'm sure the players appreciated. Does it really matter what they wear in the plane? No, it doesn't. Good job Philbin.

Well that's all I got guys! Let me know what your thoughts are on this team in the comments. I know this is the time of year for optimism for every team and I'm not saying the Dolphins are gonna be super bowl champs, all I'm saying is that I like what has went on so far with this team. Hopefully it's not another let down of a season! 

Phins Up!
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That was a cool fuckin little piece, brotha!

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Good write Lawrence.

Depth at LB and OL are my biggest concerns. If Suh stays healthy, then LB may not be the biggest concern. OL is another issue. Without Albert, we are screwed. He has to stay on the field.

I love our WRs. I liked how Matthews played last year and he looked good against the Bears last week. He is a keeper. Not sure if Stills will be a deep threat but time will tell. Cannot wait to get Parker on the field. He can be something special. And other than Landry, they can rotate around every couple series. Plus go 5 Wide against teams with no corner depth.

What about RBs? Miller looked Brilliant! Now playing in the Big East of the AFC, he will face some tough DLs so getting another 1,000 yard season would be very impressive.

Tannehill will improve. Talk all you want about deep balls or dinking it down the field, what truly needs to be said is how tough he is. 104 sacks in 2 seasons! He takes a beating and never complains, he just moves on. I wish we had more guys like him. He should be around for a while and surprisingly enough, he was the 8th ranked fantasy QB last year and he still doesn't get enough respect from football fans. What he just needs is a couple signature wins on the highlight reel.

Finally, Philbin. I know I have said this plenty of times "Chuck Noll won 13 games his first 3 years with the Steelers and how did that work out. A great assistant for Shula who needed time to get his players together and grow himself." I truly believe in this fast paced, microwave, internet connected world we live in, patience is becoming extinct. A head coach needs 4+ years to be evaluated. I think Philbin realizes this is his last straw to get into the playoffs and let's face it, with 8 road games the first 11 weeks of the season, we, and he, are gonna need some tough minded and relaxed players with an "its us against the world mentality". If the team has been working hard and he thinks they could use a break then Gob bless him. If he wants to allow his guys some comfort on the plane, perfect. Who wants to be in a suit on a plane? Hell, who wants to be in a suit anytime? I just hope his game management skills improve. That is where he fumbled the ball.

We could wind up anywhere between 6-10 and 11-5. That's the crazy mixed up NFL we live in today and frankly its how are Roster looks today. We need guys healthy that's for sure. If we stat healthy, we got a real good shot at 11-5.

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Thank you Mike Louis! I appreciate the comment on the piece!!

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I agree on tannehill Carl. He is my sleeper this year in fantasy!!

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2015 will be the year of Tannehill. Mark my words.