Saturday, October 10, 2015

One player every NFL team would be hppy to get rid of...

http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2015/09/17/one-player-every-nfl-team-would-be-happy-to-get-rid-of/

Not surprisingly, for the Dolphins, its Dion Jordan.  He's simply laughable (and yet another screwup by the Fins).

Jordan has been giving the Dolphins headaches since they made him the No. 3 overall pick back in 2013. Not only was he a disappointment on the field, but he struggled to stay on it. Not only has he battled some injuries in his short NFL career, but he's also been suspended twice -- most recently for the entire 2015 NFL season. Miami has tried to unload him via trade, but will likely be forced to release him when his suspension is up.

Amusingly, Ted Ginn Jr is the Panthers entry. 

Kind of amusing that two former Fins first round picks are on the list.  But then Miami's history with first rounders hasn't been so great in quite some time.  In fact, I think the last good first round pick was in 1983, when they took Marino.  Just sayin.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Face

I'm getting the impression that face of the Dolphins is no longer Tannehill despite attempts to do so by the Dolphins organization.

It appears that Commander Suh is becoming the face of the franchise. He's an all-pro with an unquestionable work ethic and a mean streak to boot. It was Suh and the defense that led the uprising. It was the defense that met with the coaching staff behind closed doors. It was the defense that took it further after failing to reason with coaches in-house.

Tannehill and the offense didn't instigate change and it's doubtful any change would have occurred had the defense not stood together and said enough is enough. I'm sure many offensive players sympathized with that.

Tannehill's rep is taking a hit after clashing with the scout team defense last week. Once again, defense!

Coaching changes wasn't all that happened last week. The face of the franchise is changing and will be determined by the players, not by the front office.

Expectations

Yes, we have expectations now that the Dolphins have fired Philbin & Coyle.

A player revolt happened and it was so widespread that Philbin wasn't able to head it off by trading away the ringleaders, which had been his modus operandi. My guess is that the second-most wealthy person in the Dolphins organization, Suh, fearlessly led the revolution. That shows me a united locker room with strong leadership, something that had been lacking. That's fine and dandy as long as they've laid down the torches and pitchforks and are ready to begin playing smart, aggressive football.

It'll take time to bring about a "culture change", no doubt. The Dolphins could make a quick transition now unhampered by a failed system that emphasized scheme over natural talent and abilities. The players must feel pumped with their new identity. I can't wait to see the team play next week!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

New HC Campbell Hopes To Turn The Corner By Changing The Culture

As I watch the videos and read the interviews with new Miami Dolphins Head Coach Dan Campbell, I am starting to believe that he could possibly be the best thing we needed.

He states that the practices were too soft.  The players weren't challenged enough to get better.

Lets face it. For the last 3 weeks we looked about as soft as Dairy Queen.

He says he wants players who push the envelope between clean and dirty. Guys who want to run through their opponent. Nasty guys with a nasty attitude.

Campbell must have liked Richie Incognito a lot because he sounds like his style of player.

Campbell wants tougher practices to create tougher players.

He believes we have a good enough roster to compete in this league but the players have been coddled.

If he can instill some toughness and quickly, we may be able to salvage the season and make the playoffs.

If it takes him a month to toughen these guys up and then they go on a winning steak, then he might just get the interim removed from his job title.

Look at this from the players standpoint right now.  They know there is a very good chance that a new sheriff will be riding into Dodge next season. So whether its Campbell back again or a new coach altogether, they have to put it on film.

They may be Philbin's players but he no longer matters. 

They need to become Campbell's players. And they need to start this week during the bye week which has become Coach Campbell's first mini-camp.

He has 2 weeks to instill some fire and brimstone into this latest Dolphin's roster.

This also has me thinking that maybe Philbin also didn't want an aggressive styled defense and had the shackles placed on Coyle.

Could Campbell direct Coyle to just push the envelope and turn these guys loose on their opponents?  What do we have to lose?

Our base defense was horrible and while every other team was blitzing like crazy we were trying to not get burned. 

Maybe Campbell can not only get more out these players by toughening them up but also get more out of Coyle by giving him more freedom to reek havoc.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

This Explains Everything..



http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000551244/article/report-tannehill-incident-sparks-practice-changes

According to NFL.com article above, Philbin had practice players go easy on Tannehill to not ruin his confidence lol many of you probably already read this report but really ? really ? go easy on him ?  and then Tannehill gets pissed at practice players because they make plays on his horrible throws and decisions.  Look buddy blame no one but yourself when you have bad practices.  This just backs up my earlier thread and opinions of Philbin babying Tannehill.  Maybe now with Campbell here the training wheels will come off and he can suck it up put on his big boy pads and take accountability for himself and his decisions.  If he does not improve by seasons end, we know this man is beyond fixing.  Lets hope Ross and the brass don't hold onto him two years too long like they did Philbin.

Rays view

Ross fires Philbin and replaces him with an assistant. That goes s long way to improving the team. We hope. Addition by subtraction.

But there were a couple of things he did that were head scratchers.

For one, he didn't address the coordinators. He brushed off any talk of that, and said that might be considered later. Then he tried to distract us by saying he believed that this team will make the playoffs. That's delusional but he's the owner and his job right now is to sell tickets.

For another, he fired Philbin on the phone. He was with him in London, then they went their separate ways and Ross went back to ny. But Monday he picked up the phone and called Joe. That's not professional. That's not what someone who gave you a contract extension a few months ago does. It shows how little he cares about this organization.

But wait. There's more. He announced the replacement in Campbell. But then told us he's never actually met Campbell. Uhhhhh. He talked to him a couple of times but never met him. He decided on him based on Tannenbaum's input, and because he called Bill Parcells for a recommendation. Because Parcells word means so much (eyes roll)

Knowing that, and how he kept Parcells, and how he hired Philbin a few years ago, I have confidence in his ability to hire the next coach. Do you?

Monday, October 05, 2015

Philbin fired, Campbell to be interim head coach

After a 1-3 start the Dolphins have fired Joe Philbin and sources say that Dan Campbell will become the interim head coach. The whole season the Dolphins have started off slow and if weren't for a Jarvis Landry punt return in week one, we could very well be 0-4. After an offseason in which the media actually had some faith in us and we were projected to make a push for a playoff spot, we end up closer to the number one pick than we are to a playoff spot. The last 4 games have felt like weeks 14-17 for a team that has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and not a team in their first 4 games, with on paper enough talent to make some noise. 

Now we move on and see what new head coach Dan Campbell has in store for us. He was our tight end coach this year and previously played for the Giants, Cowboys, Lions, and Saints. Campbell will have 12 games to plead his case to stay at the helm, and who knows maybe he will find a way to turn it around. The beginning of our schedule is the easiest part and with a bye week and with the Titans and Texans on the schedule, maybe we go to 3-3 and the team starts to have faith and goes out and plays hard against the Patriots on Thursday night. To talk about playoffs would be crazy right now but the bright spot in all of this is at least we still have a chance. 

But we very well could lose the majority of our games and end up with a top 10 pick and a new head coach. If that were the case I personally would like to have someone with a defensive mind and I want to return to the days where we were a stronger and meaner team on both sides of the ball. The team right now feels soft in comparison to other football teams in the NFL. But for now lets all focus on the present and there is still some hope, however slim it may be. We have a bye week to correct our many issues, but maybe now the team will play inspired. 

And if it all goes downhill just put Jarvis Landry to coach. He shows the most heart out there and has basically done everything for us. 

Thank You Mr. Ross

Thank you Mr. Ross. You got the firing of Philbin right.

Please don't let it stop there, Coyle should be next up within the business day.

Please get the next head coach right. Don't screw it up.

Phins Up

It's official _

The Dolphins fired Joe Philbin this morning.

And whatever this means to the Dolphins, I'm sure coaches around the league are saying "please don't make me coach in London in week 4!"

The losing coach in that game has been fired basically as the plane is en route home in each of the last two seasons!

Simply awesome

Loved this Twitter exchange! Heathrow's response is brilliant!

Insanity

I read this morning that the defensive players met with the defensive coaches to express their displeasure. And that Suh showed some disrespect for Coyle by wearing sneakers to practice (I hope they were something ridiculous like converse all star high tops!)

Then I read that there could be a meeting today between Ross and Philbin. And one possible option will be to try and convince Philbin to fire Coyle. Remember that in his contract, Ross gave Philbin complete authority to hire and fire coaches. So Ross (or hickey or tannenebaum) can't make it happen.

Should make for a fun, and moderately uncomfortable, day for the staff.

The reality is that no matter what happens, you still have most of your coaching staff here. And the same players. While a coach might get fired, they're not hiring anyone else's to step in now, and the season is lost, because 10 wins will certainly be required to be a wildcard - and going 9-3, even if this team wasn't dysfunctional would seem like a long shot.

And now to address some comments yesterday that tannekill (intentional) is not the problem, and that the new coach will have to work with him: that's a nightmare scenario. Allow me to explain.

Supposing Ross goes out and interviews. Ross has to tell him some things.

1. He has to lay out the structure. Perhaps the candidate will report to him and tannenebaum. Or maybe just him. Or maybe just tannenbaum. Or maybe the GM figures in there too.

2. What will become of hickey? Will he fire him and gets someone else? Will tannenbaum do it? It seems likely the candidate will have little say over the personnel because that's the GMs job, Most coaches and GMs prefer to work with people they know and that needs to be a known quantity going in. Otherwise who takes that job?

3. Oh by the way, we have tannekill signed to a multi year deal. He's your starter. Period. If you want to know what a circus that would be, look to Washington. Gruden heard the same thing from Snyder when he took that job. How's that working out?

4. We're tight on salary cap because of tannekill and Suh. So you're going to have to build an offensive line in your garage. And we have no third round pick, so good luck.

5. How will Ross be as an owner? We've seen several sides to this guy. But the candidate will have to consider what it's been like over his 6+ years of ownership.

The reality that some of the guys people talk about have been out for a looong time and would only consider a job for ego and money (JJ anyone?)

Most of the other big names would/will balk. A number of assistants would probably balk too. Stay in a great situation as an assistant. Or go to Miami and be the head man? Certainly there will be some who interview, and maybe they get an Arians. But more likely they get a guy like they hired in Cleveland or Houston. Or worse, yet another coach who gives s fist pump when the fins get a field goal.

On the bright side, while football is over a month into the season, the drama - the soap opera that is the dolphins - returns for another year. At least our seasons haven't been boring! I mean think about some of the great stuff we've had to occupy us while seasons go south: wannstedt and his quitting mid season. Ricky walking away. Ricky coming back. Bully gate. Sporanos last year.

As the fins turn. Too bad most of the stuff we talk about has happened off the field, though...

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Enough Is Enough!

That's what Mom used to say when we kids had pushed her buttons long enough and she had had her fill with us for the day.

Enough is enough.

And I have seen it now.

Enough.

I should have known what was coming when it was announced before today's game that the defensive unit had a meeting to air out their dirty laundry.

That speaks volumes.

That says enough to me.

As a coach, if you need the players to tell you what to do then you are in the wrong profession.

I tried to be positive. I refrained for 2 weeks from contributing here on this blog because, frankly, it would have been redundant.

What could I add to what we all had witnessed in watching our Dolphins get beat by the Jags and then get embarrassed by the Bills?

Only to get gashed once again by the Jets.

Yes, enough is enough.

We could all point fingers at the O Line and the D Line and the lack of solid QB play and dropped passes and missed tackles and on and on and on.

But it all comes down to coaching.  Not just X's and O's but teaching and MOTIVATING!

Yes teaching and MOTIVATING!

Who the heck are these players kidding?

They suck!

I am sorry but they absolutely suck!

There is no other way of saying it.

What is there to sugar coat about a 300 pound player not being able to stay in front of another 300 pound player for 3.5 seconds?

If a tub of ice cream was sitting on a table, I am sure they would find a way to stop some other 300 pound player from getting to it for at least 3.5 seconds.

If their kids were being threatened, I am sure that our D Line would find a way to sack that dude from hurting their kids.

If you truly want something, you will find a way to get it. And most times it is just being willing to run through a brick wall to get it.

But what I see is that this group of players just couldn't give two shits about coming out and kicking some ass.

And that starts with their Head Coach.

I cannot recall watching a team start a season just going through the motions.  That is usually how it ends.

Did Ross, Philbin, Coyle and Lazor bet on the Jags, Bills and Jets?

How could the 4 people most responsible for our current demise not have a clue in how to get the most out of their charges?

Something has got to give here and hopefully soon because if what we witnessed through the past 3 weeks is any indication of how lack luster this season is going to become then it may be time to truly say:

Enough is enough.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Coaching changes

According to the reports, Joe Philbin met with Mr Ross after the game. Philbin called it productive, and hinted his job was safe for now.

Ross left without comment. Of course. He isn't going to fire him until late in the season. And he's not going to comment on "speculation" until then.

And then Philbin went on to say he was not going to make any changes to his staff.

So we are we are. No changes coming. And a pitiful performance from the fins. They are, for all intents, uncoached at this point.

And whatever I - or any of you - think about tannehill is moot.

Look through the annals of coaching changes. It is very, very rare that a new coach comes in and keeps the same QB. In fact Manning at the colts is the only example in recent times. Dungy came in and made no change there.

But in almost every other case, the coach attaches himself to his guy, and discards whoever was there.

So like him or not, tannehill is (thankfully!) gone too.

And I'd like to thank you mr Ross. You've owned the team since 2009. 7 football seasons, including this one. And twice you've held onto a coach a year too long, and basically wasted that season. And the other 5 were all sub par - with not a single winning record.

Here's to hoping (please!) you do better on the next go-round.

Dave's take

As usual, I paid very little attention to the game tonight. I did catch a little early, and saw the tail end before the 1pm games started.

Looked pretty bad from what I saw. I think it's safe to say they were pathetic, and a round of firings should be in order.

What surprised me was how lackluster the dolphins looked...you would think they might show a little pride; and you have to figure that a lot of that is coaching. Bench someone. Cut someone. Do something to get your team's attention!

Or maybe just get the team some new toilet paper, since that seems to have worked for the jets.

On a not quite related note, I saw articles about both teams and their preparation for the game from a logistical standpoint. They both called it a "business meeting" which is absurd. Especially since both teams took care of everything. From passports to airport security to customs to getting them on a bus.

Yeah that's just how business meetings work.

And they made note that many players brought their Xboxs or whatever. For a 72 hour trip.

They are treated like children. And that's amusing to me.

This Is Great Mr. Ross!!

5 minutes into the game.

Jets 7. Dolphins 0.

2 special teams penalties by Miami. 2 consecutive 3rd and long scenarios my the Miami Offense.

1st play of the game by Miami? Bubble screen.
1st play by the Jets? A 58 yard bomb to Brandon Marshall, oh yeah and Fitzpatrick was 2/19 with 3 interceptions of passes 20+ yards down field so far this season. The Dolphins improved that stat didn't they?!

Oh yeah, and the Jets are running all over our defense. Same song, same dance, New dance partner.

3rd Miami possession, 3rd 3 and out.

Oh yeah and did I mention the Miami has fallen behind double digits every week so far??

End of the first quarter. Jets 140 yards. Miami 28. Last week in Buffalo? 39 first quarter yards! Aaaaaaaaaaaaannndddd a sack of Tannehill to start the 2nd quarter! Dolphins now 0/4 on 3rd down.

Did anyone know that the Jets head coach interviewed for the Dolphins job when Philbin was hired! Aaaaaannnnndddddd the Jets D-Coordinator was Miami's D-Line coach?

Did anyone see Koa Misi, the Miami linebacker, covering Eric Decker who is a wide receiver?? LOL, good scheme Coyle!

We are now up to 3, count 'em THREE, special teams penalties halfway through the 2nd quarter. 

We scored a TD! Two pass interference plays to get Miami in scoring position.

Jets RB Ivory currently has more yards than Miami's entire offense. Good job.

Another 3 and out for Miami. No 3rd down conversions so far the entire first half. LOL

65 TOTAL offensive yards for Miami.

Well guys, it's been a fun first half, Miami is LUCKY Fitzpatrick is so inconsistent with his arm or it would be much worse than 20-7.

Mr. Ross, have you seen enough yet? See a trend happening week in and week out? Or are you gonna let Philbin make more excuses?  It wouldn't surprise me if you let him stick around.

Who to replace him on an interim basis you ask? Pick a fan out of the stands, it couldn't get any worse. 

Thank you Jets, Obviously Mr. Ross needed to look like a more of a fool than he already does. Let's just hope you guys did the job and he grows a backbone and cleans house, like he should have the first time...