- 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
Let’s start with the obvious. The quarterback, Ryan Tannahill is entering his 3rd season, and albeit slight, he’s shown improvement fairly steadily. With Bill Lazor coming in he’ll have that knowledge at his disposal that is vital to further progress.
Lazor has worked for Dan Reeves, Joe Gibbs, Mike Holgrem, Jim Mora, Jr, and lastly Chip Kelly. Interestingly, he has a degree in human development. He’ll need it. That’s a solid group of offensive minds from which to draw from. There is also a common denominator. All these coaches knew the importance of the running game. Everyone is focusing on Lazor bringing an up-tempo, Chip Kelly offense here, and he should, but the key to me, and Ryan’s progression will be a running threat.
To provide this Miami added Knowshon Moreno, to compete with, and possibly split time with Lamar Miller, and potentially Daniel Thomas if the light finally comes on for him. If Miami is successful in forcing the defense to respect the running game you’ll see players like Hartline, and Clay all of a sudden have space to break open. You’ll see Wallace single covered. You’ll see more points.
The number one priority coming into this past off season was to construct an offensive line that would make everyone forget the nightmare of 2013.
Dennis Hickey was hired as GM, and while it was apparent he was not Miami’s first, second, or third choice he’s fit right in and hit the ground running.
Hickey went out and quickly signed the best LT available in Brandon Albert to a 5 year, 47 million dollar contract. Did he overpay? Probably, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It was apparent since early in the 2013 season Albert was the apple of the Dolphins eye, and Albert felt the same about the team. So what’s a few extra million for a player who truly wants to be here, was a pro-bowler, and has that thing everyone keeps talking about called high character? It was a no brainer. The one risk, and it’s a big one is he’s got to remain healthy.
We’re a little over a week away from the NFL draft, and while Dennis Hickey will have his hands full trying to find ways to improve the overall roster, the key to this season is already a part of it. Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins, as everyone knows, were in great position to make the playoffs last season, and fell flat on their rear ends in the last two weeks losing to both the Bills, and Jets.
The defense did not play its best football as stopping the run continued to be a challenge. But, the offense did not put the defense in position to win. You can win with a defense that gives up some ground yardage provided you have an offense that can move the ball. Those 3 and outs kill you when the other team can out ball control you. Both the Bills, and Jets did exactly that.
The real issue, the real reason we lost was the ineffectiveness of #17, and his surrounding cast.
I believe the Dolphins should in fact draft a QB in May’s draft. Don’t leave, hear me out.
This is been a pretty heated debate since the story broke. Jason La Canfora wrote an article which had several interesting topics related to the Dolphins. We’ll address the above topic here. You can read his thoughts at the link below.
Omar Kelly the team beat writer for the Sun Sentinel also addressed this issue in his weekly Question, and Answer segment in the paper. You can read his thoughts here.
I’ll give excerpts from each writer’s article, and then give you my own thoughts.
La Confora writes, “He definitely wants to push Tannehill more,” said one source who has spoken to Philbin about the quarterbacks, “and if he doesn’t see improvement he said he might go to Moore at some point. He definitely has a lot of faith in Moore, and they’re paying him a lot of money.”
Omar Kelly writes, “The Dolphins didn’t utilize Tannehill’s athleticism as much in 2012 and his pocket presence regressed. And not all Continue reading
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