Well, as I predicted, Brian Flores messed with the Patriots’ preparations.   Rather than ruling out Gesicki and Parker early, Flores waited until the last ppossible minute to rule them out. I guarantee that he knew 6 days ago that these guys couldn’t play.    Kept it secret, and that is good. But the good news ends there.  For the second game in a row, we face a good defense without any main offensive weapons.    None.   So who will step up? It starts with the D.   If they can hold Cam Newton down like many other teams have done this year, then theRead More →

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Last Sunday, we saw the NFL’s most dynamic quarterback attempt to complete a pass over Xavien Howard.  X won that battle. It was a baffling decision for Patrick Mahomes to even try that pass, given the success he had against the other folks in our secondary on the field at the time, namely Kavon Frazier and Clayton Fejedelem. I’m not making those names up.  Those were the safeties on the field due to injuries.  Earlier, Fejedelem had given up a long-bomb TD pass.  And Frazier was in coverage on KC’s 4th-and-one play that sealed the game.  Both men failed on big plays. Oh…and both wereRead More →

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If not for the Dolphins’ special teams not showing up today, Miami won the game 30-26.   Think about the math. The Dolphins’ offense outscored the Chiefs’ offense. The Chiefs’ defense won 2-0. The Chiefs special teams won 7-0, and an ugly punt return TD where the Dolphins seemed to make zero effort. Usually reliable Jason Sanders missed a makeable field goal.   We should have easily ended up with 30 points today. Woulda been 40 if Jakeem Grant didn’t drop two easy passes that hit him in the numbers (one of which went for Tua’s first interception). All those little things added up. The safety thatRead More →

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I’ve been preparing to move, and I’ve been a bit behind on our Dolphins commentary. Tomorrow brings the KC Chiefs to town.  Seems like no one can stop Patrick Mahomes and that offense, but the Dolphins defense has quickly developed into a strong unit, and they can spell problem for Mahomes.  TE Travis Kelce has hurt many opponents, but the Phins have done a better job covering TEs this year, plus I think Kelce is overrated.  Yes, he’s a big formidable target to cover, but the Chiefs are so good on offense that everyone seems like a star.   Even former Dolphin Damien Williams (who isRead More →

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We already had Tua vs. Justin Herbert, and the Dolphins won that game fairly handily.  I was really looking forward to Tua vs. Joe Burrow as well. But it’s not to be.  Burrow is definitely out, and Tua is iffy himself.  So the game now–more than likely–will come down to the non-marquee QB opponents of Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. practice squad member Brandon Allen.  That is not a matchup that will sell many tickets. Yet despite the lack of star QBs, the game is important for the Dolphins’ playoff chances.   This is the third week in a row that Miami faces an inferior opponent.  They alreadyRead More →

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…and this is a bad thing.   Make no mistake about it. While other Dolphin fan sites think it’s nice and prestigious to be in a prime time game, I always look at wins and losses. And I’d much rather have a win than prestige. So what’s my beef? The Dolphins are now going to have one less day or preparation for the Raiders, a team right in the thick of the playoff race with us. A very important game, and now the NFL tells us that we are losing a full day of practice and prep. Worse, it’s a game in the Western Time Zone, with aRead More →

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A win is a win.  But this one felt like a loss for most of the day, as the offense couldn’t move the ball much and the defense gave up big plays. It FEELS like the Jets scored 33 points, not 3.  But the D stepped up with 2 second-half picks, which countered the Dolphins’ two fumbles. All in all, we go into this week happy for the win, but still with a lot of concern for the items in obvious need:  pass protection and a running game. What do you think?Read More →

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In the span of 4 days, less than 96 hours, the Houston Texans went from a 2-win bottom dweller to a 4-win team.  Since the Dolphins own the Texans’ 2021 first and second round picks, we keep an eye on them. Last Sunday, we were a lock to pick in the Top 3.   Now we sit at 11th. The Texans and Jags were in a tight race for worst team in their division, and now the Texans are suddenly three games ahead of them. I wouldn’t mind, and I wouldn’t pout like sour grapes, if the Texans put together some outstanding effort and really gelledRead More →

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This one hurts. All week long, I warned against a let down, and boy did it come!  A 3-6 team with a bust at QB (who’s playing with sore ribs and a shaky knee).  They’re missing their one and only decent defensive player in Von Miller.  They’re on a terrible skid and playing with zero confidence, having lost recently to the lowly Falcons, among other teams.  Did I mention how bad Drew Lock is? Despite all that… The Dolphins offense started off slowly and never recovered.  Tua’s first two passes were overthrown when he had Jakeem Grant wide open down the left sideline…twice. The ORead More →

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It’s one of those extremely rare days, when I root for the Patriots to win.  A new England win vs. the Houston Texans definitely sweetens out pot in the 2021 draft!  So far, the Pats are losing, just like when we wanted them to beat the Bills a few weeks ago and they chocked then as well. Anyway, I’m still leery of the Dolphins overlooking the Broncos.  It’s our “easiest” game in a month, and therefore it scares me. Char with us live during the game at:  dolphinstruth.com/chat  Read More →

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RIP to the original #13.  The first DB to become a Super Bowl MVP. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/jake-scott-member-of-the-dolphins-perfect-team-and-the-first-safety-to-win-super-bowl-mvp-dies-at-age-75/  Read More →

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I noticed something cool right after Tua threw the game-sealing TD pass to Durham Smythe in the 4th quarter.   Check out the picture. This was the play where Tua ran to his left, stopped, and threw way over to his right, where Smythe was SO wide open.  What I noticed is that Tua calmly threw the pass and then turned his back,  HE KNEW IT!  He turned away and quietly walked back to the bench…while the play was still going on.  He’s at the 17-yardline. In the picture, you see Smythe is just barely catching the ball and still isn’t in the endzone.   Everyone on theRead More →

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The Dolphins today released Jordan Howard. The front office has made a number of excellent choices the last 2 years, and I hope they know what they’re doing here.  Personally, I would hesitate to cut Howard.   He is the team leader in touchdowns, and the Phins are short on RB depth at the moment.  A couple of undrafted kids like Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin have Patrick Laird arenb’t going to scare opposing teams.  They’ve played well, but I don’t know how they’ll hold up. As many of you know, I’m not a fan of drafting RBs and WRs high in the draft.  An RBRead More →

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Christian Wilkins and Kyle Van Noy now have Covid. Wilkins needs to stop hugging and prancing teammates so much. DISTANCE YOURSELF.   This is a game we always lose.  A scrambling QB that we cannot stop.   Some unknown tight end straight off the injured/practice list catches a TD pass.  Unable to stop an opponent on 4th down.  Our top DB getting hit with 4 separate pass interference penalties, and our 2nd-best DB getting burned on two separate TD passes.  We lost a star WR and then our top kickoff returner for a while too.    It always works against the Dolphins.  We always lose these.Read More →

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The Dolphins will be short 2 RBs, as both Matt Breida and Lynn Bowden are ruled out.   Several assistant coaches did not make the trip either, due to covid rules. Honestly, I don’t know what these assistants do during a game, so their loss might be devastating or negligible.  We’ll see. We’re doing some scoreboard watching, and it’s all bad news.   The Seahawks are handing a free win the the  Bills, so any chance at winning the AFC East took a hit today.   Also, the Jags are wilting against the Texans, so our #1 draft pick next year just took a bad turn.  It willRead More →

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Good to see Jackson back and practicing today.   The O line has played well without him, but seemed stronger with him in there.  The Dolphins used an extra O lineman on Myles Gaskin’s TD run the other day (right after Van Noy returned the fumble to the 1-yardline), plus they used Christian Wilkins as the FB.  The play worked too well!   I like those jumbo packages when we need a yard.  Remember the Philbin/Gase days?  They would have run shotgun fade routes 3 plays in a row and then kicked a FG. New Dolphins RB DeAndre Washington joined the team but cannot play yet dueRead More →

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