Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Miami Dolphins Announce Five Players on 50th Season All Time Team

Miami Gardens, Fla. – In conjunction with the Dolphins 50th season celebration presented by Pepsi, voting took place to select the top 50 players in team history. Four different groups voted on the composition of the team, including fans, Dolphins alumni, South Florida media and a select blue ribbon panel. Each group's selections counted for 25 percent of the overall vote. Five players on the team will be announced each week leading up to home game vs. the New York Giants on Dec. 14th when the entire 50th team will be honored as part of a tribute to the 50 seasons of Dolphins football. The first five members of the team introduced today are Dick Anderson, Mark Clayton, Mark Duper, O.J. McDuffie and Jake Scott. Further information about each player as well as quotes below:


Dick Anderson played ten seasons (1968-77) in Miami at safety and was one of the key performers on the "No-Name" defense of the great Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1972-73, including their 1972 "Perfect Season." Anderson started every game from 1969 through 1974 and had 34 interceptions with the Dolphins, the second-highest total in team history. He made three Pro Bowl teams and was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973, one of only three Dolphins ever to earn that honor. He was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2006.


"It's nice to be remembered. And I'm proud to be one of the members of the 'No-Name' defense on the team. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my teammates join me, but I really think an award should be given to the entire defense as a whole because we played so well together as a team and had a brilliant defensive coordinator in Bill Arnsparger," Anderson said.


Mark Clayton played ten seasons (1983-92) with the Dolphins at wide receiver and combined with Mark Duper to form the "Marks Brothers" receiving duo. Clayton finished with 550 catches for 8,643 yards and 81 touchdowns. He ranks first in Dolphins history in career receptions and touchdowns and second in receiving yards. Clayton had 18 touchdown catches in 1984, then an NFL single-season record and still the Dolphins team record. In 2003, he was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll.


"I'm truly humbled and honored with the selection and it goes to show you that all things are possible when you have the favor of God," Clayton said.


Mark Duper played 11 seasons (1982-92) with the Dolphins at wide receiver, combining with Clayton to form the "Marks Brothers." He finished with 511 catches for 8,869 yards and 59 touchdowns and ranks first in career reception yardage, second in receptions and third in touchdowns in Dolphins history. His average of 17.4 yards per catch is the second highest in team history (minimum 100 receptions). Duper was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2003.


"It's a great feeling to be named as one of the top 50 players in Dolphins history. But while it's a great honor to be among so many great players, I have so much gratitude to a lot of people who won't make the team – many of the coaches and players who helped me get my job done. I want to give them the recognition they deserve because in my eyes my success is due to the all players and coaches I worked with during my Dolphins career."


O.J. McDuffie played nine years (1993-2001) with the Dolphins at wide receiver and ranks fourth on the team's all-time reception list with 415 receptions and is fifth with 5,074 receiving yards. He led the team in catches for three straight seasons. McDuffie's 90 catches in 1998 remains Miami's single season reception record and also is the only time a Dolphins player ever led the NFL in catches. He is tied for the team record for most punt returns and one of three Dolphins to have two career punt returns for a touchdown.


"It means so much to me to be voted to the team. The Dolphin organization is so well respected and had so many great players over 50 years that to be part of that is really special and something I truly appreciate.  I've gone from being a player on the team to one of its biggest fans, and this is icing on the cake for me as someone who has always considered myself a Dolphin ever since the day they drafted me," McDuffie said.


Jake Scott played six years (1970-75) with the Dolphins at safety and was one of the key performers on the "No-Name" defense of the great Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1972-73, including the 1972 "Perfect Season." Scott started every game in his Dolphins career and his 35 interceptions remain the Dolphins' career INT record. He made the Pro Bowl five times, the most by any Miami defensive back and was the Most Valuable Player in the Dolphins' win in Super Bowl VII over the Washington Redskins with two interceptions. Scott also holds the team record for most career punt returns and most punt return yardage. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2010.


"It's a hell of an honor. I was so lucky that I had so many great players on defense around me during the time I played in Miami. Some of the ones who didn't get as much recognition – guys like Doug Swift, Mike Kolen, Bob Matheson and others were as good as anyone in the league. You're not going to win ten or more games a year and two Super Bowl championships if you have a bad defense, and they all deserve credit for being among the very best at their position," Scott said.

Monday, September 21, 2015

An amusing moment from the game

During the dolphins bungled drive at the end of the half, there was the play where there was a short gain and a penalty.

There was a decision to make about the down and distance and whether there should be a timeout used or a 10 second runoff.

I don't recall which was right but it seemed obvious at the time.

The announcers made a comment that it was a "no brainier" and the cut to philbin on the sidelines who was conferring with the ref about his options.

And the funny part was just how perplexed he looked while standing there.

He seemed to be genuinely confused and not sure what to do.


Flash forward to his comments today about Suh not going rogue or whatever. He was doing what he was expected to do.

Again, that deer in the headlights moment comes into focus.


Some Thoughts On The Current State Of The Miami Dolphins

So I have been thinking about the loss to Jacksonville and I cannot for the life of me come up with a reason we should have lost. Maybe the fan base, myself included would be taking it a lot better if the Dolphins would have played better in Washington but unfortunately that didn't happen. 

I have also been thinking about some of the decisions that have been made so far this year and I cannot wrap my head around one thing in particular...

Why the hell is Philbin and Coyle playing BOTH Kelvin Shepperd and Zach Vigil at middle linebacker during games? That question was posed to Philbin from the media. His answer? "We would love to have one of those guys run away with the starting job but it's more about building depth." What the hell????

Why not give McLeod Bethel-Thompson a few series at QB and let Tony Lippett sub in for Brent Grimes for a few plays if you wanna build depth??! That is idiocy at its best! There is no way that the defense will start to gel if the leader of the defense is constantly getting changed out. That is stupid. 

Why should the defense need to gel anyways guys? This is the 4th damn year that Coyle has run the show and we are regressing. It is simply pathetic. Which brings me to my next point...

If Philbin doesn't win the East or win 11 games this year, he has to go. And as far as I'm concerned, he can take Coyle with him. I for one will not accept a 10 win season with a wildcard berth. This is what I fear will happen...

Miami wins 9-10 games this year and squeaks in the playoffs. Everyone is so elated, especially Mr. Ross, then we are stuck with Philbin, and most likely Coyle for at least one more year. And as a side note, I don't see Miami winning a playoff game even if they somehow get in the playoffs.

I have seen enough from Philbin and Coyle. Lazor is the only coach that has his unit progressing in my eyes, even though he still has crap for an O-Line, he is doing a decent job. Coyle's personnel is constantly improving every year but the unit doesn't? I don't get how that works. 

With all that being said, to recap, 11-5 record OR win the East or Philbin should go. I have seen enough. What are your thoughts?

Coaches, Suh, ?

I have no issue with Suh freelancing according to the NFL.com report and trying to make plays because he has issues with the play calling.  This isn't the first time this has happened or the first year.  It's happened last year on offense and defense where the coaches take forever to adjust, and or just flat our don't adjust.  Why is it that every big name that comes in here has issues with play calling or how they are being utilized  ? Wallace, Suh.  Something isn't right and the amount of talent on this team to preform the way they do is ridiculous and I put that on coaching, discipline and scheme.  Something has to give.  I'm interested to hear what others think..

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Quote of the day

A buddy of mine texted me late in the game, talking about the fins performance and how it's like Groundhog Day - just as it has been for however many years.

He ended with this:
Embrace the suckage!


Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.


Everyone (even me - to a point) was optimistic about the Dolphins.  And yeah, it was a so-so performance last week.

How quickly things change. This week, the team looked gawd awful.  The writers for the Sentinel all had the Fins winning easily, and predicted the Jags only scoring 6,7,10, or 13 points. And I think most fans were on board.

Except you can't look past anyone in the NFL.  Sure, the score was close.  But the Dolphins were another level of boring. They were downright pathetic.  

The one positive you can take away from today?  Suh showed up on the stat sheet with his first tackle!  That's millions for a single tackle.  Awesome.

And when you look across the field at Blake Bortles, you realize what a good quarterback with an enormous upside looks like.  In other words, he's not Tanne-kill.

And so at 1-1, remember its only 14 more weeks until the Dolphins will go after the next head coach.


What a joke.

Suh was horribly overpaid.

Hopefully Philbin gets fired and there are good coaches on the market after the season. 

This performance was pathetic.