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While the Dolphins are not mathematically eliminated, they face an uphill climb if they’re going to make the playoffs. History and statistics are against them, but each year, some team sitting at 3-5 or 4-4 makes a major push.   Last year, for example, the Chargers got shut out by Miami, and everyone wrote off San Diego as a lost season.,   But they came roaring back.   Almost made the playoffs.  All we’re saying is that it’s possible. So where to start with the Eagles?   They have a very overrrated and beatable QB in Sam Bradford.  Sadly, however, the Dolphins tend to playRead More →

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Stephen Ross gets involved in YET ANOTHER business that has nothing to do with the Dolphins Think of George Steinbrenner, and only only thing comes to mind. Jerry Jones?  Same thing.  Robert Kraft? All the great owners in all sports are obsessed with their teams and obsessed with winning. Believe it or not, most of the owners actually live in the area where their teams are.  Most owners hire and fire coaches in person.  Most owners live and breathe for their team. Mr. Ross lives and breathes for the Dolphins a little bit. He’s too busy trying to get stadium funding. Too busy trying toRead More →

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I also watched Dan Campbell’s press conference twice now, noting several things. I also took in as many interviews and articles as I could cram in. The thing that strikes me the most is that Richie Incognito said the Bills kept running the same running play over and over and over. The Bills linemen were laughing at our linebackers, because they just sat there and let the Bills pulling guard block them. Terrible. Made me think…can you guys name ONE impactful play any of our linebackers have made all year? I cannot think of one sack or turnover. It might have happened, but it certainlyRead More →

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Okay. so enough of this nonsense about Dan Campbell being a rookie interim coach and still learning and… Nonsense. The man has been in football his entire life.  He has played in the NFL and was a Super Bowl champion. He should know that when your defense has just stuffed the opponent on third down, and you’re about to get the ball back…you let those cards fall.  Period. Period.   Instead, Dan Campbell decided to give the Bills ANOTHER third down. We don’t have to get into the details, the down and distance, the score, or anything else.  Dan Campbell gave the Bills an additionalRead More →

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Mike Pouncey gave the Bills 2 free points and the ball, which immediately led to a fast 0-9 hole for the Dolphins, and it doesn’t look like we’ll recover. Each week, another Dolphin blows a game. Bill Lazor continues to be pass happy and shotgun happy.  Other teams have been fooled when we went to T-hill under center.  It works.  Just ask Houston or Tennessee. Starting our first drive deep in our own zone and then going immediately to the shotgun?   In loud Buffalo?   A truly ridiculous formation to start the game; the result surprised no one.Read More →

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On Sunday, the Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills, led by either some guy named Tyrod or else led by bust EJ Manuel, depending on who is injured the least. Joe Philbin always had trouble with the Bills, and we never understood why.   When we lost to Buffalo, we lost big.  When we won, we squeaked by in games that featured a lot of field goals.  And in each of those games, win or lose, the Bills featured a horrendous joke of a quarterback who we should have pounded into submission. Let’s hope we can shake off the New England game and get back intoRead More →

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The Titans fired head coach Ken Wisenhunt today because he had a losing record, the team was stagnant despite signing some stars, and they had no chance of making the playoffs. They only needed a year and a half to realize this. While Wisenhunt was accumulating loss after loss, the Tennessee ownership did not give him an extension.  They did not build him a new stadium–thinking that fans want an awning more than they want a Super Bowl title.  They did not publicly praise him.  They did not bring in new executives to try and improve the coach. They looked at the record and madeRead More →

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So next up is the Buffal Bills. That is not a typo.  There is no “O” in Buffal.  Seriously, they have a journeyman QB with no stars to throw to. They have a decent D, but so do we.  They have a firey head coach, but luckily, so do we this time.  They have good special team specialists, but so do we. The Bills are a very beatable team. No doubt that the loss of Cameron Wake will be painful.  But how many times do we hear about an opponent’s star being out, and they win anyway.   N.E. had two backups on the O-lineRead More →

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When a team scores 36 points, your first reaction is to blame the defense for giving up so many. Until you examine how it happened.   This loss was caused by Ryan Tannehill.   He picked a poor time to have his worst game of the year.  The stats might show worse games, but when you factor in the timing of his mistakes, the locations where he made them (all were deep in our own territory), and the severity of them…there truly is no one else to blame. His lack of fire and lack of passion reminds one of Joe Philbin’s style.   The teamRead More →

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It was a listless performance that looked more like Week 2, 3, and 4 rather than 5 or 6. The Dolphin offense fell into its familiar old traps, and Dan Campbell had no answers this time.   I don’t even think he tried. On third and one, when the game was still close, they called a handoff to Miller.  He got stuffed and we punted.  Okay, so not a bad play call, right?  The problem is that they did it from that stupid spread formation that fools NO ONE EVER.  That is 100% the fault of Bill Lazor.  Campbell hasn’t done a fast enough jobRead More →

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A lot of things going wrong tonight is adding up to a lopsided blowout already. I don’t know why the Dolphins keep going back to their spread formations,   when the past few weeks, the more basic formations were working. The Patriots do’t have a strong defense; it’s our offense looking like crap again.  We need to punish them up front, not spread everyone around.  It simply isn’t working. Tannehill’s interception hurts twice as much because he lobbed it so gently instead of firing.  He has no excuses for that awful pass. Losing J’Wuan James has hurt, but Fox is hanging in there. Our defenseRead More →

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Thursday Night Football is silly.    It’s a test of whichever team is healthier from a previous game three days prior.  The visiting team has to spend a day traveling too.   I like prime time games, but the NFL needs to move them to Friday or Saturday Nights.  But previous commissioners like Tagliabue were too concerned about interfering with high school and college game nights.   Who cares! Former Governor Jeb Bush owns Ryan Tannehill in his fantasy league and he’s 7-0. Little Julie Edelmann runs the same slant route 99% of the time.  I’m not saying it’s easy to cover the tiny guy,Read More →

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An incredible win, and we all feel good.  But… Jamar Taylor and Damien Williams should not be NFL players.   Cut them tomorrow and watch how many teams pick them up on waivers.  Zero. These are guys left around by the Philbin regime, and we’re stuck with them for now.  Why?  Lack of depth.  Philbin’s idea of a balanced roster at the beginning of the season was to have about 35 wide receivers and two running backs. Philbin put way too much faith in undrafted fumbler Damien Williams and thought of him as a solid backup to Lamar Miller.  They should have kept Jay AjaiRead More →

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Somehow the Miami Dolphins have lost every single game they ever played against the Houston Texans. Whether Houston was a terrible new expansion team with bust David Carr at the helm, or a decent playoff team under Gary “Hair Dye” Kubiak, it didn’t matter.   The Texans have won every time. Now we can reverse that trend. On offense, Houston is a one-man team behind Arian Foster.  Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that Brian Hoyer is a good quarterback.  That was the failed Philbin philosophy:  keep talking about how talented Thad Lewis and Brian Hoyer and Geno Smith are, so that when you lose toRead More →

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I re-watched the Titans game and listened to every interview and press clip available,  To a man, every single guy on defense insisted that Lou Anarumo did not change things up. After you re-watch the game, you tend to believe the players.  There weren’t a lot of fancy new stunts or blitzes.  Reshad Jones’ interception came from his studying the Titans’ previous games.  Cameron Wake didn’t seem to do anything different than weeks past. So how could these guys play so much better?   Is Dan Campbell’s attitude really THAT infectious? It really might be.   But I don’t think it was the D feedingRead More →

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There were plenty of plays that stood out Sunday, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few that really changed the flow of the game. Although it seemed quiet, this was the biggest play of the game: Second quarter, Dolphins only leading 10-3. We had first and goal at about the Titans’ 10-yard line.  J’wuan James commits a questionable holding penalty, and suddenly we have 1st and goal from the TWENTY yard line.   The penalty seemed like a huge setback. But on the very next play, Ryan Tannehill hit Dion Sims with a short dump pass.  Rishard Matthews throws a nice block downfield, andRead More →

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