Chicago Bears Game is very Winnable for the Dolphins if Joe Philbin Stops Helping the Opponent

While the season is more than likely over, as New England now has its act together and the Dolphins pursue yet another .500 season thanks to inept Joe Philbin, still we love our Dolphins and root for them do or die.

Next up are the Chicago Bears.  And Brandon Marshall.  You remember Marshall…one of the best receivers in the league who the Dolphins decided to get rid of because Davone Bess was ready to be our #1 superstar.  Brandon Marshall, who the Dolphins got rid of after he was named Pro Bowl MVP.   I mean, who would want such a terrible player, right?

Why keep an All Pro on our team?

Anyway, the bad news is that we have to face Marshall.  The good news is that Inconsistent Jay Cutler still helms the Bears, and he’s a very beatable QB.    The Bears play as inconsistent as the Dolphins, and they won last week against a terrible Atlanta team, so they are due for a loss.

Also, the Bears already lost to Buffalo.  I don’t care about the Bills and their defense…they are an awful team with EJ Manuel and Kyle Orton running their offense.  No way on earth should the Bills beat anyone, but they somehow managed to beat both the Dolphins and the Bears.  All we’re saying is that if the lowly Bills can win in Chicago, than the Dolphins certainly can.

This is only our 2nd away game (London doesn’t really count as an away game per se, because it was a neutral setting and the Raiders had no home-field advantage).   So  this will be a test.

The Bears’ rushing game isn’t too impressive.   Matt Forte is decent, but he won’t break anything open against us.  The passing game can be dangerous, but Cutler is due for one of his pig games, and we predict that our defensive line will give him fits all day.

The intangibles favor Miami.  Our defense has something to prove.   They know that they face 12 men with the crowd, and I think they’ll be ready.

Actually, they’ll be up against 13 men because Joe Philbin always helps the opponent.

Our offense caught a spark and wants it to continue.

I can’t remember the last time Miami scored three touchdowns in a row on three consecutive drives like we did vs. the Packers.  Sure, the last drive stalled (because Philbin strategized it that way and overruled his OC).  But up to that point, we had a near perfect second half.

We can hope that continues.

 

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  1. Fins will lose. They are not mentally capable of winning. Barney Fife is their coach. They are losers.

  2. Well, I guess we have a somewhat better chance now that Shelby is magically back on the team after his “indefinite” suspension. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/sfl-miami-dolphins-have-reportedly-reinstated-derrick-shelby-20141013-story.html

    What a total crock. Either suspend him because you feel that behavior isn’t becoming of the team, or don’t bother. As it happened, they purposefully benched a really good defensive player for a single game…a game that although it wasn’t a division or a conference game, was really important from a morale perspective. Great job, Dolphins’ front office.

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    I believe the part that scared the team and made them react so quickly is that Shelby allegedly groped some females. Even though the women will not press charges, still you have to punish a guy for behaving in such a way. I don’t think we can fault team management here, but I respect others’ opinion that team management should be faulted. If the team did nothing, then the media would be destroying us again, just like last year when Richie Incognito teased his friend Jon Martin.
    Also, the players’ union is immensely powerful, and you have to remember that Shelby was suspended WITHOUT pay, which can become a huge issue if the Union fights the Dolphins on it. Best thing to do is reinstate him and avoid that mess, which they did,
    I wish Philbin groped women, used drugs, and called his friends names…that way he’d get suspended too and the team would be stronger without him.

    1. Ok – let me get this out of the way; I’m very glad this guy’s back on the field. Period. I’m just bringing out what a bumbling way the front office/coach dealt with this issue.
      I can see your point; they had to send a message. And I agree. And if that message is a 1-game suspension, that’s fine. In fact, I’ll concede that (in retrospect) I’m fine with them doing what they need to do (which I suppose is what they felt they did).
      But for me, it looks like they gave him a 1-game suspension under the GUISE of an indefinite suspension.
      What has really changed about the situation that warrants re-instating him? He pleaded not guilty and offered the team an apology. Therefore he can play again?
      The only difference I can see is that Shelby is now claiming the police used excessive force. (we can discuss that if we want to, but I’ll leave that for if/when more details emerge.) But is THAT what changed the Dolphins’ mind? If so, it really makes his suspension seem like just a show.
      And that’s my whole point. They shoulda given him a DEFINITE suspension, not an indefinite one. Need I even bring up who received the last indefinite suspension? That player never came back, despite his numerous apologies and the support of the team players.
      Ah screw it – lol. I’m honestly not even mad about it; just was saying the office has no idea how to handle any situation.

    2. Ha ~ that would be hilarious if Philbin got suspended!
      Ok – let me get this out of the way; I’m very glad Shelby’s back on the field. Period. I’m just bringing out what a bumbling way the front office/coach dealt with this issue.
      I can see your point; they had to send a message. And I agree. And if that message is a 1-game suspension, that’s fine. In fact, I’ll concede (in retrospect) that I’m fine with them doing what they need to do (which I suppose is what they felt they did).
      But for me, it looks like they gave him a 1-game suspension under the GUISE of an indefinite suspension.
      What has really changed about the situation that warrants re-instating him? He pleaded not guilty and offered the team an apology. Therefore he can play again?
      The only difference I can see is that Shelby is now claiming the police used excessive force. (we can discuss that if we want to, but I’ll leave that for if/when more details emerge.) But is THAT what changed the Dolphins’ mind? If so, it really makes his suspension seem like just a show.
      And that’s my whole point. They shoulda given him a DEFINITE suspension, not an indefinite one. Need I even bring up who received the last indefinite suspension? That player never came back, despite his numerous apologies and the support of the team players.
      Ah screw it – lol. I’m honestly not even mad about it; just was saying the office has no idea how to handle any situation.

      1. D’oh! Sorry for the double post. Nothing happened when I submitted the 1st time, so I amended the first couple of lines and resubmitted.

  4. Okay Admin you’ve totally outdone yourself ! I was going to come here and return the favors you occasionally give complimenting posts and comments. Now its your turn. I was going to give you Headline of the year for this story. Funny, I seriously Lol’d outloud when I read it. Then I read your last comment and laughed even louder. Good stuff bro.

    One A side note, Ive got this crazy idea. Im thinking of going to one of the games possibly the Chargers game in November. So how about a Dolphins Truth meet up if we can get enough interest? I’ll even make and wear a shirt with this sites logo. Maybe also make some stickers and give them out. Spread the word and cheer my favorite team . It will be special for me as Ive never attended a Phins game before and would love to cross that off my bucket list. Anyways thanks for the laugh! Im still giggling 🙂

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      We should be laughing at Aaron Rodgers this week, but instead we have to laugh at ourselves. 🙁

      I keep thinking back to when we finally got rid of Wannstadt, and Jim Bates took over interim. The guys played their asses off for Bates. and every player wanted to keep him. But no. We got Tricky Nicky instead.

      And then when Sparano got fired and Bowles came in and we won 2 outta 3. Players loved that guy, but instead we got Scam Cameron. It’s not like we don’t have good coaches…we do. But ownership gets rid of them.

      1. Didn’t Philbin replace Bowles? Just sayin’. Although I also love “Scam Cameron”!

    2. @PhinsUp – a meetup is a cool idea. Not sure if I’m going to get to any more games this year. Let’s keep tossing the idea around!

      1. I considering the chargers game nov 2nd or thr jax game oct 26. id love the bills home game but its thursday night and id need too much time off wrk for that one.

        Hey admin. Just an idea but the time is ripe for your brand of Phins coverage. A video segment would really propel your sites exposure and message. Maybe just one to test the water and if your concerned as i am about privacy. Dont film yourself just comment to video clips ect.

        Ill let yall know if i make it to any of those games and try to do some kind of meet up.

        Later

  5. With all of your creative nick names. Im still laughing about Barney Philbin which was inspired by another post I read. I got a feeling that’s gonna catch on. And you read it here first folks!

  6. The problem with Hartline is that teams have figured him out. Either play super tight and dare him to deep, or wait for him to do an out at the sticks. He wasn’t blazing fast before, but last year’s knee injury seems to have slowed him down. He gets very little separation.

    Signing the big contract was the kiss of death. It’s Greg Camarillo all over again. Greg was a solid receiver and put up decent numbers on bad Dolphins teams, so we gave him about $3.5M/year. After year two, he was traded to MIN for some drop shot CB that lasted a couple weeks.

    Honestly, I would take a long look at cutting Hartline this offseason. I don’t think he was every meant to be our #2 WR. As a 4th round pick, I think the goal was to have a really good special teams player and he surely exceeded this, but he’s not a $5M/yr WR.

    We need to stop drafting 5th and 6th round WR’s that don’t really have a shot at making the team and look to get a true #2. Landry can man the slot, no need to keep Gibson either (He was an overpaid coming from STL- good numbers on a really bad team).

    It seems so long ago, but Hartline set the team record for rec yards against AZ in RT’s rookie year. Until Brian can be even a slight deep threat, teams have figured him out and he is a pick six waiting to happen.

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      Still mad at Hartline for his stupid golfing penalty he took vs. the Chiefs, right when we were about to get back in the game. He essentially gave Kansas City a short field to work with after the ensuing kickoff.

  7. @BigJ – Very good points. Maybe teams have figured him out bc they reviewed games from the past two seasons, in which he was targeted a lot; more than Wallace. But now the pendulum’s swung in the other direction.
    I guess I’m biased bc he’s one of my favorite players on the team, so I don’t want to see him go. Either way it seems like for now, he should be part of the strengthening of the offense.

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