Moore or Tannehill? Your choice up till now?

August 12, 2012

With David Garrard temporarily out of the mix following knee surgery, it’s Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill competing to take this team into the regular season. Both quarterbacks will split reps with the first team this week, with coach Joe Philbin saying he’ll “let things play out” before naming a starter for Friday’s preseason matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

I think both Moore and Tannehill looked pretty sharp in the first preseason game against the Bucs.   It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  To be honest I like both of them.  I think they both are gamers that will put it all on the line for their team.  But I must admit I was impressed with Tannehill’s presence in the pocket in his first NFL action in the game.  He did better than I thought he would in the fast paced real time NFL action he had never seen before.

What do you think of each of the QB’s performance in the the first pre-season game?

What will you be looking for in the 2nd game of the pre-season?  Do you like Moore or Tannehill better?

Honestly I liked how fast and proficient the offense looked throughout the game.  They need to perfect it, but it looked as if a transformed version of the phins offense of the past.

I like what I am seeing so far.

Garrard to have Surgery – Out 2 to 4 Weeks

August 10, 2012

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, he said Friday in a text message.

Garrard later told FOX Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer that he will have the operation Saturday and that doctors believe he’ll be out two to four weeks.

“Nothing happened, just Father Time, wear and tear,” Garrard told Glazer. “They have to take out loose things floating around.”

Garrard, 34, was leading the Dolphins‘ three-way quarterback race. It now appears either veteran Matt Moore or rookie Ryan Tannehill will start at quarterback in the regular season.

The Dolphins play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason opener Friday night.

Moore was told he will start the game against the Buccaneers, according to The Palm Beach Post.

QB Huddle: Caption the Photo

August 2, 2012

CAPTION THIS! What do you think the QB’s are saying to each other in the huddle?

 

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

 

 

 

 

QB Situation – Could be Worse

June 18, 2012

I know many fans have been less than impressed with the QB situation going on with the Miami Dolphins right now.  Some of the negative perception stems from an off-season of going after big names and then the media labeling it as “failing” when we either didn’t get the guy we were going after (Manning), or decided he wasn’t the guy for our team.  (Flynn)

That being said, I feel the QB competition we have going on in Miami right now is much better of a situation than most home fans want to admit.  I’ve read several sources saying that all other teams in the league that need a better QB should be watching what happens in Miami.  They feel that whatever veteran is the odd man out would be a great option for some other team to attempt to trade for or pick up if released.  Many feel Matt Moore and David Garrard would be an asset to teams with terrible QB’s.  That should make us happy right there, because plenty of times we’ve been in the “terrible” QB camp.   Colt McCoy for the Browns is one example of many sources saying teams shouldn’t jump on trading for him until they find out what direction Miami is going.

Of course most believe neither Moore or Garrard are the long-term answers for the Dolphins.  The hope is that the young Tannehill explodes into the future.  But that isn’t the point of this article.  The point is that Miami didn’t just sit on their thumbs and hope Henne would get better.  They went out and did something different to try to get better.  They drafted a guy in the 1st round and picked up a vet that is looking good in camp so far.  It seems the culture of sucking at QB is not going to be accepted anymore.  At LEAST we have a competition going on with good solid players at the QB position playing some good football.

It could be worse……….

Friday Spotlight: Jared Odrick

June 15, 2012

2011 stats: 22 tackles, six sacks, one interception

 

Due to Jason Taylor retiring to become an ESPN analyst, and losing Kendall Langford to free agency, Odrick will be thrown into the starting lineup.  Will he be able to be successful as a starter?  I think he has the raw talent and versatility, and I’m very optimistic about his production on the field rising even more this year with the chance he will be given.   Odrick can play both defensive end and defensive tackle, so with the Dolphins changing to a 4-3 scheme which emphasizes more on the defensive line,  one can presume the stars are lining up for Odrick to make great strides this year.   His 6 sacks last year were a career high, and he looked pretty impressive when he was out there.   The biggest concern is if can he stay healthy enough to stay on the field. Time will tell.

Now about his special dance……………….

 

A Quick Note:  I will be leaving for the weekend to celebrate my 5 year anniversary, so I most likely won’t be able to check back in until sometime Sunday.   I’ve enjoyed the convo’s!

Dolphins sign Ochocinco to 1 year Deal

June 11, 2012

Well fans it’s official, the Miami Dolphins have officially signed Chad Ochocinco (Johnson) to a one year deal.  This decision will be getting a major amount of speculation and criticism from the media and the rest of league, deservedly so.  He struggled last year in New England,and hasn’t been the same since his multiple 1000 yard reception years from 2002 to 2007.  While I’m MAJORLY skeptical about this signing,  I ask that fellow Dolphin fans wait and see what the final product looks like.  It’s not like Ross broke his bank on this deal.

I think if you’re going to sign Chad, then You should have considered keeping Marshall. But as long as Chad has a Dolphins jersey on I will be cheering for him to succeed.  I just beg Chad not to do something stupid to embarrass our team attempting to succeed.

Chad Ochocinco Works out for Dolphins

June 11, 2012

Chad was stating earlier today that the team has shown “genuine interest” in adding him to their team, but the Dolphins had not confirmed. Well we now have that confirmation. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin told reporters today that the team did have a workout for Ochocinco.

Does Ocho have anything left to offer at this point in his career? Dolphins need depth at the WR position, but how would you feel if they added Ochocinco to the mix?


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