Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lamar Miller Nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week

The NFL announced today that Dolphins Lamar Miller is a finalist for this week's FedEx Ground Player of the Week award for his performance against the Tennessee Titans (rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries (5.9 avg.) and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 38-10 win). This is Miller's first nomination of the season.  You'll find a list of nominees below:


Air Nominees

·         Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns for a 117.7 passer rating in the Lions' 37-34 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears.


·         San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 43 of 65 passes (66.2 percent) for 503 yards and two touchdowns for a 99.7 passer rating against the Green Bay Packers.


·         San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 16 of 27 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns for a 128.2 passer rating in the 49ers' 25-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens.


Ground Nominees

·         New York Jets running back Chris Ivory had 20 carries for 146 yards (7.3 avg.) and a touchdown in the Jets' 34-20 win against the Washington Redskins.  


·         Green Bay Packers running back James Starks rushed for 112 yards on 10 carries (11.2 avg.), including a 65-yard touchdown in the Packers' 27-20 win against the San Diego Chargers.


·         Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries (5.9 avg.) and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 38-10 win against the Tennessee Titans.


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.


Monday, October 19, 2015

"The sleeping giant is awake!"....Dan Campbell

Those words never sounded better.

Hopefully, they are prophetic.

When Williams muffed the opening kick off yesterday at Tennessee, I wasn't so sure what to expect from our new found Dolphins.

I was worried that it may be same song, different band leader.

Then Miami marched 80 yards to pay dirt immediately thereafter and I was feeling relief but not quite completely convinced.  I still had a couple doubts.

By the middle of the 4th quarter, I bought in.

I have sold my soul.

Hopefully, not to the devil of the past who only leads us to heartbreak.

No, not him.

I believe in a new devil.

One with enthusiasm and grit.

One with fire and toughness.

One who wants to play again, if only he could.

One who led us through the valley of the walking dead and into the light of kicking ass.

Yes, this new devil, by the name of Dan Campbell.

He said in his post game speech in the locker room that he was inspired by the play of his troops. That he wanted to bleed for his guys.

I have taken his cup of blood and drank.  I am a believer.

This belief does not require faith.

No. Because faith requires believing in something that you haven't seen.

But I have witnessed a team resurrection. 

Yes! I saw it with my own eyes.  That was a completely different team.

They played tough to the whistle. They won the clear majority of their one on one battles.

Referring to his new practice regimen, "We know what the model is now" added Campbell. "We got to go after each other!"

Yes, the Dolphins, who battled each other in practice this past week, turned that new found toughness into a dominating performance against the Titans.

From one on one drills to creating a team determined to prove their manhood, Campbell has pushed the right buttons.

But he and all his new found followers know that this is just one game. 

And after he recognized the backups for pushing the starters this week in practice, Campbell made his most important statement about this awakened giant in the gospel according to Dan.

"He can't take a nap."

No he can't go back to sleep.  He told his players that come Wednesday they are going back to getting after each other's throats.

Back to nasty, back to finishing blocks, back to winning their one on ones so that each individual player can once again enjoy a team victory.

Let us pray.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971