Saturday, December 05, 2015

I can't help myself (tannehill bashing)

I'm watching the college football championship games and they're fun.

Some good QB play from pretty much all of them. And I would start any of them ahead of tannehill.

Even Treon Harris - who gator fans agree sucks.

And yet still better than Benny hill.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Devante Parker

I forgot that he threw out the first pitch at a Marlins game over the summer.

Which means he spent more time on a baseball field than on a football field this season.

That's odd - ticket edition

A buddy of mine had an interest in going to the Dolphins-Ravens game on Sunday. He asked where to get tickets, and I pointed him to stubhub.

Now remember that traditionally this matchup isn't a big draw. In fact, the last two times the fins made the playoffs, they met the Ravens - and neither game sold out.

Couple that with the fact that both teams are bad, and sit at 4-7, you might expect a plethora of cheap tickets.

But as my friend pointed out, that's not the case. A few days ago there were just short of 8,000 tickets available with a starting price of $41. Today it's just under 4,000 with a starting price of $31.

I think there's a little "market manipulation" going on here. As I've said before I suspect the Dolphins are buying any low priced tickets and then selling them again through whatever channels. Thus keeping the market price high - and available quantities low.

Clever of them.

As for my friend, he decided his best bet was to go to the game and find a scalper and go that route.

Makes me wanna hurl

The dolphins asked local artists to come up with designs for helmets to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the team. Because that's the kind of thing you do when your team sucks.

And they are all blow. Maybe they should just try caricatures of great coaches or QBs since 2000. Oh wait, that would be blank. Okay, how about every coach or QB since 2000. Nah, ther wouldn't be enough room for them all.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Don't renew!

Season ticket holders got renewal notices along with a price increase. What a crock!

My advice is: don't renew. Send them a note back telling them you'd rather watch arts and craftsie Tony Romo making crownies then to watch the dreck they put on the field!

What reason could you have? What are they selling? The canopy?

As for the team, they are several years away from being any good. There are holes on every unit on this team. And basically at every position. Some of the more well known players are getting to a point where the team won't be able to afford them, and of course you still have that QB.

And coaching? Just this morning I've heard that Dan Campbell is still being heavily considered to remain in the post. And that Eric Mangini is going to get a longer discussion once the season ends.

Is that worth staying around for? Giving them your hard earned dollars?

I say no.

Hit Ross in the only place you can make a difference: the wallet. And then stay at home and watch them on tv. With the new blackout rules they are always on anyway (whether they're any good or not!)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Smart Play By Campbell Firing Lazor

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Dan Campbell had no choice but to fire his Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor.

He already put our Defensive Coordinator on the chopping block as soon as he was hired as our Interim Head Coach.

That was a no brainer.  It had to be done and immediately.

Now after 7 games in the position and his 3-4 record, Campbell feels he is coming into his own as a head coach and wants to stay there.

But he won't be able to remove that "Interim" label unless he truly starts to right this ship and get it pointed in the right direction.

He doesn't have any luxury of next year to work out any details with the roster and pick his guys.

I wouldn't doubt he already had some heated discussions with Lazor about running the ball more than 12 times a game in the past few weeks.

Granted sometimes the score will dictate whether you can actually get some balance in the play calling but we weren't blown out until later in the 3rd Quarter yesterday.  Until then, we could have still ran the ball.

The Jets Defensive Tackles are stout so when he did run the ball, Lazor continued to beat our Running Backs against the Jets' proverbial interior wall.

Why we didn't run sweeps is beyond me.

I have to wonder if Lazor wanted to get axed right away.  I wouldn't be surprised to hear he is interviewing for some recently made available College Head Coaching positions.

You got to figure that he knew where Campbell stood on being more physical and running the ball.

Hell, I could see Campbell fuming on the sidelines while Lazor was calling the plays. 

Could Lazor have pushed Campbell to the brink, purposely???

No matter what, it became off with Lazor's head.

And it was truly a self defensive action as far as Campbell was concerned because it was either going to be Lazor's head now or Campbell's head later on the chopping block come January 4th.

And Dan Campbell wants this job so much that he will turn over the entire coaching staff to keep it.

I don't blame him at all.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Another loss, another scapegoat

So the Dolphins decide to fire lazor ... Because .... Uhhh... I have no idea.

Could have fired him weeks ago of course.

Now everything is fixed! Woot!

Suh awesome

Ian Rapoport, of NFL.com said that Suh called out his defensive teammates this week and blamed them for the team's defensive struggles. 

The awesome part was this:

"I run this defense, I'm going to be here for the next five years, there is no guarantee any of you will be as well. Only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me right now" is the quote we got. 

Rapoport added "He also said the schemes were not good enough, the techniques were not enough and everyone needed to be better.  He said 'follow me.'"

And he goes on to say the locker room is divided over it.

Suh denied he said that.  But this just got a whole lot funnier. 

More on (or is it moron) Benny Hill

I can't understand why people defend this turd bucket of a QB. He's mediocre at best, and people who think he deserves more of a shot and instead place blame elsewhere are homers, and would be defending Manziel if he were here. 

You can say it's coaching. And that may be a contributing factor. You can blame it on a dumbed down playbook, and certainly that's part of it.  But take a step back for a minute. Think about the position. Every great (or wanna be great) QB takes control on the field. They own it, and they don't take shnizzle from the coach. THEY lead the team. 

In Miami, we hear that the coaches have told him to only do certain things, to not audible, to not question things.  What great QB would ever accept that?  What 8-15 QB would do that? Can you imagine a Marino, a Brady, a Manning just saying Okay?  You could imagine them having a passionate discussion or facing some wrath because they didn't listen. Here, Tannehill just goes along with it.

Where is his moxie?  His pride?  His leadership? Will to win? Is it because he really can't handle the Offense? Or perhaps he just doesn't have any awareness on the field?  Is he afraid of the coaches?  IMHO there are no other options, and in every scenario you can see why he's not a leader. Why he shouldn't be starting in the NFL. 

I posted yesterday near halftime they should bench him.  And then he gets some gaudy stats in garbage time.  Every "meaningful" stat he had yesterday is a lie, just like it is every week.  He still has not a signature win, not a 4th quarter comeback. Nothing but meaningless numbers. 

And then last night we heard Osweiller won the game because he called an audible. He saw something in the defense and made a change. And they won in OT. And Tannehill can't even call timeout when things are wrong. 

And of course, there he was after the game complaining about the jets celebrating Matthews getting hurt. Look, I don't know if they were celebrating or not.  What I do know is that's when you run over to your teammate and get in the defenses face.  Instead of saying something at a press conference. 

But I especially love the comeback from Pryor. Tweeted it right to him.  That's being assertive and showing some passion...


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ray's QB list

Armando said he didn't see a lot of QBs as long term options better than Benny Hill.

Allow me to provide my TOP 20 QBs I'd rather have starting here long term:
20. Me
19. Marino (even in his 50s out of shape he'd be a better option)
18. Garoppolo
17. either McCown
16. Blaine Gabbert
15. Cousins
14. Hoyer
13.Any of the Zendejas brothers (kickers in the 90s)
12. RG III
11. Kapernick
10. Osweiler
9. Bortles
8. Newton
7. Tyrod Taylor
6. Carr
5 Russell Wilson
4 Luck
3 Bridgewater
2 Winslow
1 Mariota

There.  That wasn't hard.  Sheesh.  The Dolphins management just thinks to narrow on it all.

Armando Salguero: Dolphins’ coaches, front office seem to have different views on Ryan Tannehill | Miami Herald

Houston, er, Miami we have a problem.

Looks like there's a good chance we're stuck with Benny hill for some time to come.

The guy is nowhere near 8-15 good. Maybe 28-32. Dude can't win a freakin game. Who cares about his stats?

And it's all fine and good that everyone wants to blame his line, the plays, or the coaching staff.

How about this: it's him.

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article46974905.html

I find it funny...

That Brandon Marshall was not utilized well here. But with the jets he can dominate the Dolphins.

Shows what the Dolphins brain trust knew, and continues to know.

And by the way, if the first loss to the jets was the end for philbin... oughten another lopsided loss to the jets spell the end for ... Well, anyone else still associated with this team?

Really?

Around 100 yards and effectively two picks (that last one was intercepted, the Dolphins got "lucky") and no spark.

Please put in anyone else for the remainder of the game. Bench tannehill and put in suh for Petes sake.

What have you got lose?!