- GM Jeff Ireland Resigns Dolphins announce that GM Jeff Ireland mutually agrees to part with Miami
- OC Mike Sherman fired The Dolphins terminated OC Mike Sherman
- No playoffs - 5 years and counting The Jets ended Miami's playoff hopes by beating them 20-7
- Fins end losing streak to Pats Dolphins holds on to beat the Pats 24-20 in Miami
1) NOT INCLUDED in this list are: All QB’s (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr), DE Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr, OT’s Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, WR Sammy Watkins, and LB Khalil Mack. The Dolphins are not going to draft a QB at #19, and the odds of one of these non-QB’s slipping to #19 is between slim-none and unworthy of the conversation.
2) I am assuming 2 things happen in Free Agency:the Dolphins retain CB Brent Grimes and sign at least 1 OT among a deep FA class (Branden Albert, Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, Rodger Saffold, Anthony Collins, Jordan Gross, Michael Oher.).
3) Trust me.. I know where each player is projected to go as of January 14th. Don’t waste your time with comments like “Mike Evans won’t fall to #19!!”, because I’ll probably agree with you.
4) This board will change between now and May 8th. Dramatically. Case in point: WR Keenan Allen, DE Damontre Moore, and DT Johnathan Hankins were 1st Round “locks” at this point last season,a Continue reading
1) WR Mike Wallace vs. CB Ike Taylor.
Mike Sherman would be wise to use WR Mike Wallace’s speed to dictate matchups in this game. Wallace has caught fire over the last two weeks (12-209-2) as he continues to get more comfortable with QB Ryan Tannehill. CB Ike Taylor, 33, has been burnt repeatedly over the last several weeks and ranks 107/112 among CB’s by PFF. It would be in Sherman’s best interests to use Wallace both in the perimeter and in the slot.
2) CB Brent Grimes vs. WR Antonio Brown.
This matchup features two players in the middle of Pro Bowl caliber seasons. Brent Grimes recorded his fourth INT last week in a 23-3 blowout win against the Jets. Antonio Brown (85-1106-5) is not only QB Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target, but the player GM Kevin Colbert gave a 5-year-$42-million dollar contract to instead of paying a steeper price for Wallace two years ago. Grimes will cover him for the majority of the game, but don’t be surprised if Nolan Carroll gets extended action on him.
3) NT Paul Soliai vs. C Cody Wallace.
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1) LT Bryant McKinnie and LG Sam Brenner vs. DE Greg Hardy and DT Star Lotulelei.
McKinnie and Brenner did a solid overall job on the left side in the Dolphins’ win over the Chargers last Sunday, but will be faced with larger tasks this week in Hardy and Lotulelei. Neutralizing Hardy and Lotulelei is key to setting the tone up front, but it won’t be an easy task. Hardy, ranked 7th out of 51 DE’s in the 4-3 by PFF, has 17 sacks in his last 23 games. Lotulelei has become the Panthers’ version of Paul Soliai, eating up double teams on the inside.
2) MLB Dannell Ellerbe vs. QB Cam Newton.
Dion Jordan spying Cam Newton is an obvious solution to this problem, but don’t hold your breath for this coaching staff to put those puzzle pieces together. Look for Ellerbe to shadow Newton in order to keep him inside the pocket.
3) WR Brian Hartline vs. CB Melvin White.
Kudos to undrafted rookie CB Melvin White for earning a starting job on a Panthers D that has allowed the fewest amount of points th Continue reading
1) CB Brent Grimes vs. WR Vincent Jackson.
Grimes is having a Pro Bowl caliber season as the team’s lock-down CB. He matches up extremely well with big, physical receivers like Vincent Jackson who can otherwise push around smaller NFL CB’s. Even on an 0-8 Bucs team, Jackson is on pace for 86 catches for 1268 and 8 TD’s.
2) RG John Jerry vs. DT Gerald McCoy.
Never thought I’d say it: RG John Jerry is playing well. PFF has graded Jerry positively in the last 3 games (+1, +1, +2.2), and has been critical to the team’s new found success on the ground. He faces a big challenge in All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy, one of the best two-way DT’s in the league. Jerry doesn’t have to dominate this matchup, but he does have to contain McCoy.
3) RT Tyson Clabo vs. DE Adrian Clayborn.
Shutting down Clayborn forces the Bucs to blitz LB’s Lavonte David and Mason Foster often, which frees up more Dolphins WR’s and TE’s into the secondary. 2011 1st Continue reading
JL and I will be front row at this game for Web Weekend X. Wish us luck. We need this one. It’s a must-win.
The Dolphins blew a giant opportunity against the Ravens two weeks ago, and now have to win 2 of the next 3 games to keep pace in a tight AFC race.
A win against the Bills here only puts the Dolphins into the game at 4-2. The Dolphins would still have to win one of the following two games against the Patriots (10/27) and Bengals (10/31) to avoid a 4-4 record. The upside? If the Dolphins can win this game and defeat either the Patriots or Bengals to get to 5-3, they are likely looking at 7-4/8-3 record because their next 3 games are @Bucs, vs. Panthers, vs. Chargers.
One game at a time. Let’s look at the 5 key matchups:
1) DE Mario Williams vs. OT’s Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo.
This looks bad on paper. Mario Williams has 8 sacks on the season, third best in the NFL Continue reading