Thursday, January 28, 2016

Free Agency

Philbin's gone, BRING BACK RICHIE!

Think I'm kidding? Maybe.

Pro Football Focus has a free agent rating system. These are the top five grades:

1. WR Alshon Jeffery  94.2

2. ED Von Miller  93.3

3. ED Olivier Vernon  92.5

4. LB Jerrell Freeman   90.6

5. G Richie Incognito  90

Except for Jeffery, the Dolphins could use any of the other four. Richie isn't my personal choice for guard because of age and history with the Dolphins. Did he get hosed by the Dolphins and NFL? For sure.

It would be interesting if the Dolphins did bring him back, though. Richie vs. Suh!

What say you?!

About the salary cap

I found a primer on how the cap works, so I wanted to share

My issue with the Suh contract was for the size and length of it. Surely miami will find themselves in a quagmire at some point during the length of his tenure in Miami (or perhaps after)'s nice that they can restructure and help themselves this year. But there's more to it than that.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Suh's monster deal is already causing cap issues for the Dolphins

In case you missed it, here's a piece on Suhs contract. The key information is this:

According to Spotrac, the Dolphins are more than $7 million over the cap for the 2016 season right now. A large part of the reason for that is Suh's $28 million cap hit, which includes a base salary of $23,485,000. That base salary is a massive jump from last year's base of just $985,000, which the Dolphins made that low so they could fit him onto last year's payroll.

Bud Light ad campaign

for those of you interested in such things, here's the release on the ad campaign

The Bud Light Party, a new marketing campaign from Bud Light, steps onto the national stage with a mission to unite modern beer drinkers. Featuring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen, the new campaign from America's most inclusive beer brand will celebrate bringing people together – for fun – over a beer.


The teaser spot announcing the campaign can be found here:

Monday, January 25, 2016

We Can Hang Our Hats On This...We Have No Other Choice

Winding up 6-10 doesn't leave a whole lot to brag about. 

Finishing in the cellar doesn't help either.

But we do have one accomplishment this season that did make a difference in the 2016 playoffs.

We beat the Patriots in week 17 and that put them on the road in Denver yesterday.

Trying to beat an outstanding Broncos defense with all that noise is very, very tough.

So when you see any Patriots fans or anyone else that demeans your loyalty to the Dolphins, you can at the very least state "We did put the Patriots on a plane for the AFC Championship and that made all the difference."

On a side note, I wonder if Bill Belicheat or any of the Patriots' players are second guessing Belicheat's decision not to kick FGs during those 3 trips into the red zone in the final 6 minutes of the game.

I know down by 8 you are trying to tie it up when you can against a very tough Broncos defense. Who knows when you'll get down there again.

And after the first two 4th down failures, the Broncos were just trying to eat clock and willing to punt the ball.

But up by 5 and 2 points, the Broncos would've followed the same strategy by safely attempting to eat clock.

Had the Patriots taken the 3 points in those first 2 trips, they may have won it 21-20 on their last trip.

Could this be the initial kink in the armor of the Patriots?

Doubt is very powerful.

Lets hope so.

A friend, who is a very knowledgeable Pats fan, blamed the loss on Gostkowski missing the extra point. When I mentioned the FGs, she quieted down.

After a pregnant pause, she said "Yeah, we should've kicked those FGs."

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ted Gin is a guy you're going to enjoy watching for a long time.

Dude gets to his second Super Bowl. He must be doing something right...

As a reminder, he will have been to more Super Bowls than one Dan Marino.

And how about Cortland Finnegan "retiring" after a 2014 season spent with the Dolphins ... Only to be a starter on that incredible panthers defense.

Looks like I was wrong

I was sure. Absolutely certain. That the patriots would win it all. Shoving it in the face of the NFL for the deflation thing.

But they're not going to. Can't complain about that. ;)