- Dion Jordan suspended 4 games DE Dion Jordan is suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
- Mike Pouncey has hip surgery Fins OC could be out for 3 months
- Fins suspend S Don Jones For his twitter comments about Ram's DL Michael Sam
- Fins select OT Ja'Wuan James in 1st round James should challenge for the starting RT spot
Everyone looks forward to the draft, and points to the rookies to improve the won – loss record, but in 2014 the veterans have more responsibility in turning this program around.
The most obvious veteran is Ryan Tannehill who has to be faster and more decisive in 2014 then he was in 2013. It would be comforting if he became more of a vocal leader as well. Lamar Miller needs to prove to the doubters he is capable of being a back who can make a difference on the scoreboard. He’ll need to run tougher, block better, and still offer an outside threat. It would be nice if his receiving skills improve as well so he can become a complete back. Behind Lamar is Knowshon Moreno who was brought in from Denver, and the under achieving Daniel Thomas. Untested Mike Gillislee rounds out the group.
No doubt the biggest key on offense will be Brandon Albert and company getting the job done along the line. Can Billy Turner step up? Will Shelly Smith who is currently struggling at center? Nate Garner? How about Daryn Colledge, Sam Brenner, or Jason Fox? Can any of the other veteran linemen? Tony Hills, or Dallas Thomas maybe? It’s a work in progress, and the coaches must work quickly to find the best five men to get the job done. At the moment, in an ever changing position it appears Albert at LT, Colledge at LG, and rookie Ja’Wuan James at RT are set.
At tight end can Clay pick up and improve upon his breakout season of 2013? Will Michael Engew, or Dion Sims make an impact? Kyle Miller is also still hanging around.
Wide receiver is as solid as it’s been in quite awhile, and having a veteran like Rishard Matthews, Armon Binns, or Brandon Gibson step up and contribute will only help make it more difficult on opposing defenses.
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- Landry is as advertised. Crafty, always seems open. Caught a very poorly thrown ball for potential td. A fast db would have caught him.
- Whoever mentioned designed QB runs as part of this offense was right. Looked like a college practice at times. Looks like each QB had a carry.
- If it’s this hot against NE we should run every play. Weather will be a factor in that game.
- As you all know our punter is a STUD. Reggie Roby was the only one I ve seen that was More impressive.
- Tannehill throwing into tight windows!
- 89 runs like a yeti. Blocking Te only.
- Finnegans can still run blanket coverage on beautiful deep ball be tannehill. I don’t know how much they will connect but Tannehill has definitely worked on his deep ball. He now has an arc.
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Daryn Colledge reportedly agrees to a one year deal with Miami, and will serve as depth along the offensive line. He’s primarily a LG which will allow Miami to move one of the existing guards to center while Mike Pouncey recovers from his hip surgery.
He is catching on quick as his twitter feed says #Phinsup!
Football…real football is just a few months away, but what happens over the next few days sets the stage for Training camp, and will go a long way to determine opening depth chart placement for training camp rosters.
I think there are a few very important positional battles to look at over the course of the four days. There’s also certain situations that need to be seen. Let’s look at a few of those.
It stands to reason the coaches have a mental idea of who they’d like their starters to be. Mini camp just helps them reaffirm their beliefs.
Can Misi handle his responsibilities at MLB? They’ll test him to the limit. Giving him looks, and formations he’s probably not seen through out OTA’s to see if he can make the proper calls. That will show a few things. Can he adjust on the fly to what is happening correctly, and can he get the message out to the rest of the defense quickly enough for them to react pre-snap. With the up tempo offense this is vital.
Are the young CB’s ready to move up the depth chart? Regardless of where they end up, you have to assume all three young CB’s will see playing time once the season kicks off. That aside, where will they end up? Can Finnegan hold down the corner opposite Grimes? Can Taylor, or Davis take that spot? How much has Aikens learned? Can he be reliable against the bigger receivers?
The safety position is thin. Will someone surprise, and prove to the coaches they’ve got what it takes to challenge the starters?
Who will claim the OLB spot? Can Jenkins overtake Wheeler? Will Jordan get in the mix on passing downs? Who will be first off the bench in all the LB positions? Can Tripp move up the depth chart?
On offense, there’s competition in every area. Is Jensen just a camp arm, or can he challenge Devlin?
My Thoughts On the Kevin Coyle Interview:
This is the time of year when every new player reminds one of that shiny used car you just drove off the car lot. You did your research, and fell in love with the prospect of what this car can do for you. Maybe you were looking for comfort, and reliability? Or possibly something to hold you over until you could afford something better. In either case, you had expectations, and you felt comfortable this car would most likely suit your needs. That is how a coach sees every new player he is assigned. He may need to tune the engine, or tinker inside the dash, but the overall car is perceived as an upgrade, and a value. That’s the impression I get when I listen to coaches talk this time of year. Every player is a blessing, and each one is exactly what the team needs.
Here is most of Coyle’s Q&A interview from the other day. See if you don’t get a similar impression. I’ll comment under his answers as appropriate.
You can listen to the entire interview at www.miamidolphins.com
Bottom line the defenses job is to keep points off the board. We’ve finished 7th in 2012, and 8th in 2013. There are only 4 teams in the league that have been in the top 8 both seasons, those are SF, Seattle, Cincinnati, and us.
The bottom line is keeping other teams out of the end zone and giving yourselves a chance to win. Like every team in the league there’s areas we need to get better at, but when all is said and done if we keep people from scoring points that’s the job of the defense, and really that’s what it is. We’ve been doing a really good job of that. We’ve been very good in the red zone, we were 5th in the red zone last year, and first the year before. Quarterback ratings against us last year, we were 5th in the league at 77.3%. There’s a lot of positives. We’ve had the 2nd least amount of touchdowns against us over a two year period. Seattle being the only team that’s been better then us, so yeah, there’s quite a few things to build on, but we want to be the best in the league in all these things so, uh, I feel that we’ve made great progress, but we’re not where we want to be. We want to build a championship defense that is going to take us to the Super Bowl.
I wonder to myself how coach would have responded if someone brought up Darren Sproles. He absolutely killed us in the Saints game, and it seemed we didn’t have an answer. Then there was Graham. It’s great to point out the positives, but the defense got outscored 8 times. That’s a lot in a 16 game season. I wonder too, how he felt about the final two games. No sugar coating, just an honest opinion.