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- Fins run roughshod over Raiders Miami manhandled Oakland 38-14 in front of a lively London audience
- Fins travel to London Miami will be the visitors as they battle the Raiders
- RB Moreno Injured Expected to be out at least a month. Fins resign RB Daniel Thomas
Pressure mounts, the media scrutiny becomes harsher, the fan base grows impatient, and all of a sudden instead of building a solid nucleus for the future you’re forced to make moves to attempt to win now.
That means Brent Grimes at 31 years old becomes a more of a priority, rather then developing the youngsters drafted. That means Oliver Vernon will occupy the game day lineup instead of a more athletic, yet raw Dion Jordan. That means instead of drafting a top WR you’re over paying for a FA WR like Mike Wallace.
The easiest jump for an NFL team to make is from 1-15 to 8-8. Going from 8-8 to 12-4 is much tougher. The schedule grows tougher, and your draft position drops. It’s how the NFL enforces parity.
The even larger issue is parity has an evil disguise which fools even the smartest NFL executives which is the perception of being close. Close means we’re 4 to 6 solid players away from our goal. Say, a LT, LG, RT, RB, DT, and a FS. Close means having some cap room to be aggress 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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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