The NFL just suspended Ezekiel Elliot for 6 games for smacking a woman around. I have to feel that Jarvis Landry will get at least 8 games, because his domestic violence led to an actual police report, etc.
At least he didn’t trip over his own two feet and tear his ACL (Tannehill) or trip over his own teammate and tear his ACL (McMillan).
Back before the draft–all during the spring as a matter of fact–I repeatedly said that the Dolphins needed to spend all their draft picks on LBs.
Many people thought I was crazy. The Dolphins certainly didn’t listen. Now they wish they had.
In 2016, we had among the worst linebacking crew in NFL history. Not a single impact player. No game changer. No one with Zach Thomas’s smarts or A.J. Duhe’s ballhawking. Instead, we had the likes of Jelani Jenkins and Donald Butler and Spencer Paysinger. Koa Misi was in his usual place, resting at home on I.R. The team cut Zach Vigil and kept Mike Hull on the bench. Terrible management of a horrible group of players. Thank God for Kiko Alonso winning the Charger game for us.
The Dolphins addressed this glaring need by drafting a bunch of NON-linebackers. A DE in the first round and a bunch of WRs and DEs later. The one LB in between was Raekwon McMillan. We drafted ONE (1) linebacker. Only one. Yes, we got an aging Lawrence Timmons from the Steelers, but that does not help in the long run.
Koa Misi not playing in 2017 surprises no one. But losing McMillan for the year in a meaningless practice game…on special teams no less? That one hurts. It hurts worse because we have no one else to step up. The projected 3 starting LBs were Alonso, Misi, and McMillan. Two-thirds of them are gone. Jenkins could have filled one slot, but they let him walk. Now Timmons can fill the one slot, and probably Mike Hull the other. That leaves us ZERO depth. No one.
Meanwhile, we have about 47 DEs on the roster and 136 DTs. (Not to mention 452 different WRs). Aren’t you glad we drafted so many of them? Seriously, did you watch the Falcon game deep until the end? I couldn’t keep track of all the different WRs out there. Why soooooooooooooo many WRs and DEs, but no LBs?
The team’s biggest need last year as “addressed” by drafting only one LB, who promptly went out and tripped over his own teammate on his very first play as a pro.
Stephen Ross came on the air in the second quarter to talk about Coldplay and soccer.
Bob Griese had the line of the night. Jason Taylor mentioned that Mean Joe Greene intimidated him, and Griese simply said, “Me too!”
Nat Moore watched McMillan walk to the locker room on his own and assumed he was fine. Uhhh, no Nat. People can walk on a torn ACL. Thanks for the false hope though.
The Dolphins had a year to get ready for the first play of 2017, and when it came time for it, they delayed. Jarvis Landry had to call a timeout BEFORE WE COULD RUN OUR VERY FIRST PLAY. It’s gonna be a long year.
I also have to address the insanity of having Raekwon McMillan cover punts in the first place. Especially when the roster is at 90. Especially in a scrimmage game. There are 40 extra players on the squad who Adam Gase could have thrown to the wolves, but NOT our prized linebacker. All reports indicate that McMillan was going to start. It’s a ridiculous coaching decision to use a rookie stud on a meaningless special teams play in a practice game. Adam Gase still has so so much to learn.