- Fins cut Grimes The Fins release CB Brent Grimes, freeing $6.5 million in cap space
- Mario Williams signed DE Mario Williams signs a 2 years deal with the Fins
- Fins trade for CB Maxwell Fins swap 1st round picks with the Eagles for CB Maxwell and LB Alonso
- Adam Gase hired Coach Gase was hired as head coach of the Dolphins
Change is not always good. When I began to really watch the Dolphins back in ’71 there were the haves and the have not’s just like today. The good teams had a chance with sound personnel moves to remain good. Of course injuries were more frequent, but more players played hurt.
As older teams retired people, and players regressed naturally, you had a 12 round draft to try and replace them. There was no salary cap, yet most players were loyal to their teams, Except for a short time when WFL came along in ’74. That was certainly understandable as the contracts offered were for crazy money in that day. Still, for the most part star players did not move teams until they were up in age and regressing.
Teams that competed year after year were the Dolphins, Raiders, Steelers, Colts, Chiefs, Redskins, Cowboys, Rams, and Vikings. I am sure I am forgetting a few. There would be some ups and downs, but these teams were mostly up and you could bank on it. Most were veteran teams, and the quality of the game was in my opinion far better then the quality we see today. The games today are poorly officiated even with reply. The rules are not clear. What exactly IS a catch? The answer does not always coincide with what your eyes tell you. The same with pass interference as this is the most uneven call in the game from crew to crew, game to game, and play to play. The play that happened with Suh was an embarrassment to the league. Someone please tell me how the whistle didn’t blow?
It might sound like sour grapes, but consistency is not too much to ask regardless of the infraction involved. We breathe on a QB and we seem to get flagged. To quote the great Don Shula, “It’s horseshit.”
To compete today in the era of parity you have to be a magician. Every card has to be an Ace. Teams like the Patriots skirt the rules, or at the very least push the envelope and get away with it. It’s sickening. Integrity, and doing it the right way should matter more then it does to some. They’re a great organization. They shouldn’t need to dirty the game with their antics.
What bothers me most about today’s game is free agency. It has literally ruined the game for me. Think about how you’d feel if Jason Taylor left in year 4 because Miami couldn’t afford to re-sign him. Think how the Lion fans feel about losing Suh. The other thing it does, and I never hear anyone mention it is it gives the leverage to the players rather then the coach.
Most players know all they need to do is give a half assed effort and bide their time and they’ll be able to choose from the interested teams. There’s always interested teams if you have any skill at all. So coaches have to be softer and less demanding. Hell, the CBA restricts padded practices to 14 during the season. Is it a wonder why we’re seeing some of the worst line play ever across the league? It’s literally forced the Pro game to replicate College offenses. Sad.
Because of our emotional investment we keep watching. We keep buying merchandise; we keep shelling out big money for the Sunday Ticket. Why? Because we’re addicted and the NFL knows it. They know they hold the power over our hearts and are free to do with them whatever they like.
I hope to see Miami rise again, but no matter how good they become they’ll never capture my heart the way the teams of the 70’s and 80’s did and only the NFL is to blame.
Sunday’s Week 13 matchup with the Jets was on that saw the Dolphins enter the game with a significant talent advantage. It was one of those games they should dominate, the defense allowing practically nothing and the offense doing plenty to win. Amazingly, the Jekyll & Hyde Dolphins actually did just that, soundly defeating an opponent they should, even if it took a little while to get going.
It was actually such through domination that I won’t have as much to say here, because the defense practically sleep-walked through the victory. That being said, here are my observations from the win over the Jets.
- Ryan Tannehill was good in this one, if not quite as good as he should have been. He and the offense struggled to do much early in the game, and a few bad throws by Tannehill or bad calls by Mike Sherman delayed much of the Dolphins’ scoring. Overall though, I thought Tannehill did a great job making reads, hitting his open receivers and sensing the pressure while getting rid of the ball quickly. It’s the kind of performance Continue reading
As has become custom, the Dolphins continue to show they can’t string together multiple quality performances in a row. They now drop to 5-6, on the outside looking in on the playoff hunt, and although they’re still alive in a crowded race, they don’t look at all like a team we’d want to see in the playoffs. I’ll get to my overall game thoughts at the end, but here are my individual observations…
- Ryan Tannehill and the deep ball. It’s become a running joke and it’s not getting any better. He underthrew Mike Wallace at least twice and the receiver thankfully made adjustments on them, hauling in one for a spectacular touchdown. Then Tannehill actually overthrew him late in what could have sealed the game. He gave Wallace a barely catchable but still horribly thrown ball on the hail mary before the final play of the game, and a throw toward the left would have allowed the receiver to score easily. At this point, it’s like watching Christian Ponder play, and if you wouldn’t be happy with Ponder, you can’t be happy Continue reading
As the Miami Dolphins tend to do, they followed up Week 10’s pathetic loss to the previously-winless Buccaneers with a solid home win against the Chargers, bringing them to 5-5 and right in the thick of the AFC Wild Card hunt. Here are my observations from the team’s Week 11 performance…
- I thought Ryan Tannehill was good but not great in this one. He still held onto the ball too long at times and his accuracy wasn’t always on. He was solid on short and intermediate routes, but he once again continues to struggle with the deep ball. He had Mike Wallace for an easy touchdown and once again underthrew him and caused an incompletion. I also worry at times about Tannehill’s velocity, because he seems to throw a lot of passes on comeback routes that get jumped or close to it.
- I was pleasantly surprised with the running game in this one, as the backs got surprising help from our patchwork line and were able to move the ball on the ground. Daniel Thomas was the standout here, averaging 5.7 yards on Continue reading
In the span of four weeks, we’ve seen the Dolphins win one they should’ve lost against the Falcons, lose as expected at New Orleans, and then lose to two teams I felt were inferior in the Ravens and Bills. This week especially, the Dolphins had no business losing at home to a team quarterbacked by a non-starting talent and with their running backs as dinged up as they were.
But that’s the Miami Dolphins for you. As much as people wanted to believe this team had “arrived” when it was 3-0, the reality is that the good teams in the league win the games they should. The Dolphins aren’t doing that right now and are looking as bad as they have all season. They still have the potential to earn a playoff spot with a somewhat talented roster, a division that’s pretty up in the air and a light schedule down the stretch, but they’ll only be looking for an opportunity to get destroyed in the wild card round if things don’t improve.
As we count the minutes hoping Tyson Clabo is asked to turn in his pl Continue reading