- RB Daniel Thomas out indefinitely An ankle injury could keep Thomas out for an extended period
- Fins hold off Chargers Brent Grimes' last second deflection sealed Miami's victory
- Fins lose lead and game to Bucs Stupid penalties and missed tackles put the Fins season in doubt
- Martin's season likely done ESPN reports Martin unlikely to return to Dolphins
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
Warning: It is recommended that you do not eat up to 24 hours before reading this article. And even then, it is advised you have plenty of Pepto Bismol and a bucket ready. Proceed at your own risk.
I’ll get to the bigger picture stuff at the end, but here are my observations from the Miami Dolphins’ disappointing Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…
- If Ryan Tannehill was a western, he’d be The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He was able to find a rapport with slot man Rishard Matthews to the tune of 11 completions and two scores, but aside from that this was another disappointing and concerning performance. Even when he’s not pressured, Tannehill appears jittery in the pocket, he doesn’t even see open receivers and his accuracy beyond 10 yards might be among the worst in the NFL. He has no chemistry with Mike Wallace, constantly underthrowing him or leading him out of bounds. And another thing that just baffles me is his reluctance to use his legs even when an opportunity presents itself. Every broadcastwe hearabouthow Continue reading
With starting defensive tackle Paul Soliai currently recovering from a knee injury suffered in Week 2’s win against the Colts, the Miami Dolphins have beefed up their practice depth at the position by re-signing Isaako Aaitui and Al Lapuaho to the practice squad.
Aaitui (6-4, 315) is a familiar face to Dolphins fans, having originally joined the team’s practice squad in 2011. He went undrafted out of UNLV that April and did not sign with a team during the offseason.
Despite the slow start to his professional career, Aaitui had a strong camp with the Dolphins in 2012 only to be released during final cuts—a storyline chronicled on HBO’s Hard Knocks. The team was aiming to re-sign him to the practice squad, but he was claimed off waivers by the Jets and missed the entire season after suffering a torn ACL in his first practice with his new club.
The New Orleans Saints signed the 26-year-old defensive tackle in May, but he again failed to make a 53-man roster out of training camp and was waived on Aug. 31.
Cornerback Devin Smith—an undrafted rookie out of Wi Continue reading
Having retired my Dolphins blog a while back due to time demands of my job, I’m honored that Fin Nation has allowed me an outlet to analyze the team on a regular basis. Similar to what I would do on my own blog, here are my observations from the Dolphins’ Week 1 win over the Browns…
- While we hope and wait for Ryan Tannehill to really develop into an elite quarterback, he continues to show positives signs of growth. With no running game to speak of and inconsistent protection at best, Tannehill’s sophomore debut was fairly impressive. He made a lot of nice throws, showed excellent placement (save for one interception on a great tip by the linebacker) and made some very nice reads and decisions. His chemistry with Brian Hartline was present as always and he also showed a good rapport with Charles Clay and Brandon Gibson. The same can’t be said for Mike Wallace, but more on that later.
- The running game was entirely nonexistent in this one and that has to be the most concerning takeaway from this win. The Brownsw Continue reading
The Dolphins (and their fans) are always on the hunt for the next “hidden gem”. Jeff Ireland is known for not leaving any stone unturned, always looking for that “acorn”.
Well, I think Miami’s next gem won’t be on the field on Sundays, he’ll be on the sidelines, coaching the Fins defensive line. I expect defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers days with the Fins maybe numbered, as other teams are surely taking notice of his accomplishments.
A 4 year letterman out of the university of Tennessee, Kacy played linebacker and defensive end. He was an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kacy Rodgers was brought into Miami with coach Sparano in 2008, and the effects of his impact were felt almost immediately. The Dolphins run defense has been consistently in the top 10 in the NFL. In 2011 the Dolphins were 3rd in the NFL against the run. Last year, they were 7th.
While Rodgers was a coach in Dallas, the Cowboys defense was in the top 10inthe Continue reading