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Dolphins vs. Colts (Tannehill vs. Luck)

November 4, 2012



The Dolphins and Colts are among the league’s two most surprising teams in the league at 4-3. The No. 6 spot for the AFC is wide open and the winner of this game will have a leg up. People don’t understand how rare a match-up like this truly is.

This is the first time in NFL history two top 10 rookie quarterbacks have met up with winning records. It’s only the sixth match-up of top 10 rookie quarterbacks, period.

Perhaps this game isn’t getting the attention it deserves because people haven’t watched these two rookie quarterbacks much yet. They haven’t been on national TV.


Encouraging things about Tannehill:

1. He’s great at the little things. He changes plays at the line of scrimmage. He tries to quick snap the opposing defense at the right time. He can run the two-minute drill very effectively.

There were some jokes about Tannehill in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” after he didn’t know the NFL divisions, but he plays like a very sharp quarterback. The game doesn’t seem too fast for him.

2. He stands so tall in the pocket. There was criticism before the draft that Tannehill would take a while to get comfortable at the NFL level. Instead, he handles pressure beautifully. He ignores it.

3. He avoids mistakes. Tannehill didn’t throw an interception in October. This is a remarkable feat because Tannehill is very willing to make tough throws with his big arm. He goes to secondary receivers.

In any other season, Tannehill would be a huge story for his superlative play. Luck and RG3 have out-shined him, but they haven’t outplayed him by much, if at all.


Miami’s defense and offensive line are playing at a very high level. They are a better team overall than the Colts, so Luck will have to be at his very best to get a win at home Sunday.

My wife is due to have her baby literally any day now, so this might be the last time I check in for a while.   I will be back though.




Vote for Reggie Bush & Ryan Tannehill

September 18, 2012

The NFL announced today that running back Reggie Bush is a finalist for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week and quarterback Ryan Tannehill  is a finalist for Pepsi Max NFL Rookie Of The Week.

Bush rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns in the Dolphins win over the Oakland Raiders 35-13.

Vote for Bush on from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 3 p.m. EST on Friday to help him win the FedEx  Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on

Tannehill completed 18 of 30 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown as the Dolphins beat the Oakland Raiders 35-13.

Vote for Tannehill on beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to help him win the Pepsi Max NFL Rookie Of The Week. The Pepsi Max NFL Rookie Of The Week will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on

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

Wake’s Deal Less than Advertised

May 10, 2012

According to PFT, Cameron Wake’s deal comes in at much less than the 49 million originally reported for the star defensive player.

Here are the specifics on how his deal actually breaks down……….

1.  Signing bonus of $7 million.

2.  Fully-guaranteed base salary of $615,000 in 2012.

3.  Fully-guaranteed base salary of $3.565 million in 2013.

4.  Fully-guaranteed base salary of $5.82 million in 2014.

5.  Base salary of $8.2 million in 2015, $3 million of which is guaranteed for injury only for now.  If Wake if on the roster on the fifth day of the 2015 league year, the $3 million becomes guaranteed for skill and injury.

6.  Base salary of $8.275 million in 2016.

7.  Workout bonuses of $50,000 in 2012, $50,000 in 2013, $65,000 in 2014, $100,000 in 2015, and $125,000 in 2016.

8.  Up to $5 million in escalators for 2014, 2015, and 2016 based on sacks.

The deal goes to $48  only if Wake hits the full amount of every possibility.  And much of it is not guaranteed.

And with cap numbers closing in on $10 million for each of the final two seasons of the five-year deal, there’s also a good chance it will ultimately be a three-year deal with a base value of around $17  million.

I personally say NICE JOB to Ireland on this one!  Great deals with both Solai and Wake without breaking the bank.

Expect Tannehill to Start This Season

May 4, 2012

Crazy.  The coaches shouldn’t start him.  He’ll be a mental wreck.  He’ll get hurt.  Scarred for life.

Ok, time to move past these thoughts, and perhaps it’s against the accepted grain, but read on and it just may make sense.

Starting with his relationship with the coaches.  Well, first off he’s Sherman’s man.  Nothing gets you on the field faster than being the guy the coach is most comfortable, trusted and most dependant upon for future success.  Don’t think this is accurate?  Henne was Sparano’s guy.  You couldn’t get him off the field regardless of how Henne played in games or practice.

Same idea more detailed:  When there’s a route to describe, or a pattern to exemplify, who  do you think will get called over to be the example boy?   Tannehill has the ability to showcase both the receiver route and the QB pass.  Need an example of a “Dino”?… Ryan please show BJ how it’s done…So he’ll be called upon a lot to be the example of Sherman’s plays.  He’ll end up being the defacto coach’s assistant.  And in the end, who would you, the coach, trust to be on that field running your plays than the guy who’s had already several years to absorb it?

But here’s the biggest reasons of all.  Protecting a QB’s ego is tantamount to trying to save a nymphomaniac’s virtue.   No football player anywhere wants to be handled with kid gloves.  And if given a choice to play or sit, no healthy football player will EVER choose to sit.  Tannehill WANTS to start.  He’ll willingly accept every interception, goof, sack, and incompletion to be on that NFL field.  It is inherent in their DNA to believe they will eventually succeed given the chance.  Is it in his best interest to wait?  Perhaps, but not in their own ego.  Tannehill will compete to start, ask to be on the field, do his best to convince the coaches he’s ready, and they will want nothing more than to see him on the field.  It all adds up to playing time, sooner rather than later.

So what’s the hurdle?  Moore and Garrard.  If Tannehill can show enough skill in practice (which is like a workout routine – he’ll master), look better than Moore and Garrard, and can put up some decent showings in pre-season, then look for him to take the reigns somewhere mid-season.  Maybe Philbin even gets a few Tebow style packages in games once in a while, Tanny shows some flashes, fans get excited, he stays in for a series, then two… viola!  Bob’s your uncle.  Bye Week sounds about right if I’m a coach looking for my best window.

Absorbing as much film on defenses as possible, and implementing his newfound (hopefully) knowledge on how to recognize and react to defenses is the key.  That learning curve is the biggest for everyone.  Henne couldn’t get it right in 4 years.  It took Manning 2, Aikman 2, Elway 2 etc. to figure out NFL defenses enough to be successful enough to win.  But all those guys started year one, took their lumps, lost many games, tossed plenty of picks, and lived through it just fine.  So will Luck.  And Griffin 3.  So will Tannehill.

If he can’t handle the hits to his ego, then he’s in the wrong business.  And at least we’ll find out sooner than 5 years.

He’ll play.  This season.  Just watch.

Written by:  JS_in_LA   (Jeff S.)

Sunday Spotlight: Reggie Bush

April 8, 2012

2011 Season


ATT           YDS           TD
216           1086            6

     With all the talk of the draft, much of the current roster of the Miami Dolphins isn’t being talked about very much.  Some people say they aren’t worthy of the being talked about, but I’m choosing to go a different direction.  I think there are solid players currently on the roster that can step up in 2012 and be difference makers and game changers for the Philbin’s team in 2012.  One of the players on my radar is Reggie Bush.
        To be honest he’s been on my radar since game 4 of last year.  The guy simply busted his butt every game and every play, no matter how bad the Dolphins record became.  His stats alone prove it.  Breaking the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his career, summing a total of 1,086 yards and 6 TD’s for a struggling team.He did all this while Sparano and company continued to just run him up the middle play after play.  While I don’t think this is the best way to use Reggie, I think he proved what he is capable of big numbers even when running as a every down back.  But what are his possibilities with the Philbin’s new offense this year?  My opinion:  The ceiling is even higher!  Imagine quick out passes to Bush in the open field with plenty of room to run! This guy can easily break some ankles in that situation!  I still think they should run him up the middle very now and then to keep the defense honest.  But he could basically be the 4th or 5th receiver any time he is in the game.  That causes issues for a defense trying to figure out who to cover on this well oiled machine of an offense. (hopefully).
          Being such a hard worker I believe he will be a guy Philbin will love to work with and get plays in for.  It will be interesting to see how Philbin uses him.  Could Daniel Thomas steal some carries from Bush? Possibly.  But the change of pace between these 2 backs will keep defenses out of rhythm helping to set up the quick timing routes of the West Coast Offense.
       Reggie Bush is a huge asset to this team moving forward, and he alone is the reason running back is not one of the many positions being talked about as a need for the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 Draft in 18 days.

Take Michael Floyd at #8?

April 6, 2012

Floyd is slightly bigger than Justin Blackmon and surprisingly fast for his size, Floyd has made a strong push starting with the combine to supplant Blackmon as the first receiver off the board. He ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine and was satisfied enough with that time to skip running it again at his Pro Day. The rest of his performance at South Bend, Indiana caused quite a stir among the scouts, coaches and general managers on hand. Floyd’s explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, pinpoint route running and playmaking ability are a perfect fit for today’s pass-first NFL, and he is more of a complete receiver than Blackmon thanks to his solid blocking skills and ability to set the edge in the running game while also being fearless across the middle. His injury history is the only red flag at this point.

So if the Rams take Blackmon and Floyd is available to Miami at #8, should they take him and wait to draft a QB until the 2nd round?   In the poll on this blog many of you voted for best player available (most of the rest voted for QB).  So is he a good option at #8?

We’ll find out in 20 days!!!


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