Archive for July, 2012

Tannehill Starting Strong in Dolphins Camp

July 31, 2012

Love him or hate him, Ryan Tannehill is directly connected to our current coaching staff and to the future success of the Miami Dolphins.  So the following information about him turning heads early in camp is a GOOD THING!

Per Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, it’s been “hard not to notice” how effective Tannehill has been throwing the football through a few days of training camp. Volin says Tannehill has shown “good velocity, accuracy, and anticipation.” Coach Joe Philbin relayed that Tannehill had 53 “competitive snaps” in Sunday’s practice — just a day after he signed his contract — and the rookie passer completed “over 40″ of his throws.

“For a rookie quarterback,” Philbin confirmed, “I think he’s doing very well.”

Throwing with the “accuracy and anticipation” observed by Volin is a key for Tannehill after his reportedly interception-filled OTA and minicamp season.

Whether the Dolphins give Tannehill a realistic look as the Week One starter remains to be seen. But his beginning to camp has been promising after missing time, and he offers Miami its best chance to elevate the performance of the players around the quarterback, with an ability to make strong-armed throws into tight windows and extend plays with athleticism.

Tannehill may not start on September 9 when the starters roll out for the first game, but there is a good chance he will be on the field this year.

Dolphins Hard Knocks Trailer

July 26, 2012
Miami Dolphins cheerleaders visit Guantanamo.

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HBO has released the trailer for the Dolphins version of the Hard Knocks series this off-season.   Will you be watching? What are you most interested in seeing?

Miami Dolphins: Series Preview

AFC EAST: PREDICTIONS

July 11, 2012


Well, everyone else has done it, why not me?

NE Patriots –

Good schedule, not especially tough.  Texans, Ravens, and Broncos are  their biggest challenges, besides the usual mud wrestling of the AFC  East.  They upgraded a little, but who cares.  They’ve been on their  pedestal a while, and no one has the stuff to knock them off so far.   Don’t see a change quite yet.  13-3.

NY Jets – 

They’ve got everything you could ask for in a contender  except for one teensy tinsy thing … solid QB play.  Add a QB  competition and it could be even more dangerous.  I just don’t see  how they think Tebow helps Sanchez, except as a bench press spotter.   Should Sanchez throw a couple of picks, the Tebow chants will start.   Sanchez being the sensitive guy he is either turns it on out of  spite, and plays angry, or tanks.  I’m betting on tanking.  Tebow  takes over mid season and we have a strange new bird.  This mess  continues on through next off-season, and viola!  .. we have a Jets  tire fire.  For them to succeed, one of those two QBs needs to go.

I do agree that the Tebow package will pay dividends during games,  but guess what… it’s the same reason the Broncos won.  Yes, the  formation works when done correctly.  I just think the in-fighting  and media mess will kill any progress the Tebow package will create.

In the end the Jets could go full belly up, or win out of sheer  anger.  Really not sure which.

But you’re as good as your QB play, so since I think Sanchez is only  a step above average, I’ll go 9-7.

Miami Dolphins –

How good is Joe Philbin?  Hopefully amazing because  the Dolphins talent level isn’t.  But they’re also not the Sisters of  the Poor.  Solid pros on many levels, all capable of winning games,  and doing their job.  Just no stars.  Yes, yes, I know that the 1972  Dolphins had no stars on defense (they say).  Bush is probably the  poster boy and the defacto star, and he has the best chance of  putting up some serious #s.  He’ll be the busiest guy on the team.   Should Ocho and Naanee work out, then we have a viable WR corps that  can execute Philbin’s offense.  On a shearly professional standpoint,  the Fins have improved their system, and ability to run plays to beat  teams.  That in itself should get them a few more wins.

But the old adage holds true for me.  You’re as good as your QB.   Garrard looks poised to win the job, and yes Garrard has had some  good years.  But his career is still average, new system, and he’s old now, so  not improving.  Even though the 2012 Dolphins are going to look and  be much better than the 2011 Dolphins, their schedule is not easy, and  their record will not quite match the potential.

Either 7-9, or 8-8 is my prediction based on Philbin’s system being  executed well by adequate but not special players.  I do expect this  to drastically change upwards once we have QB solidity.  On the right  track, most definitely.

 

Buffalo Bills-

They made a big splash by adding mario Williams.  They have up-and-comers on offense like Stevie Johnson.   Their the new IT team, and confident and full of teenager-y excitement.  And yes, they have a lot of dangerous players, and are a solid team, that works really hard.

Well he Dolphins team last year worked really hard.  Next.

Going once again to the well …you’re as good as your QB, and Fitzgerald is Feidler.  Gives 100%, but that’s because anything less would not qualify for an NFL QB.  His limitations are the Bills limitations.  Admirable, but in the end, fatally flawed.

The good news for them is their schedule isn’t a monster.  Even though the Fins will be better than them, their record will be close.  I’ll go a solid 6-10.

Bad news for the rest of the league is when the Bills get their QB situation fixed, they’ll be multiple games better.

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**Overall, I expect the Fins and Bills to fix their QB questions within the next year or two.  Assuming the Jets waffle on Sanch-bow for a while, and Brady actually gets old … might be a power switch soon.

Sooo, I stuck my neck out here with my predictions.  Now it’s your turn.

 

Guest Writer:  Jeff Schanz

 

 

 

 


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