The Dolphins placed Mike Pouncey on IR this morning, thus ending his season. Publicly, Pouncey has been stating for weeks that he wants to play again this year, but there are doubts if he really meant it. Apparently the Dolphins don’t want to risk another injury to Pouncey, because we might need him NEXT year to play his usual 5 or 6 games.
Somehow, he’ll probably make the Pro Bowl again this year.
Personally, I don’t see this as a huge loss, because I think Anthony Steen has filled in well. (By the way, I re-watched the Cardinals game. On Matt Moore’s final pass to Kenny Stills where Moore gets pummeled, it was clearly Branden Albert’s blown assignment. Yesterday, I thought it was Laremy Tunsil, but it was Albert. Dion Sims picked up the DE. Tunsil picked up the DT. The blitzing linebacker ran straight at Albert, who didn’t bother to look. Instead, Albert shifted over and blocked Dion Sims’ man, essentially helping Sims when he didn’t need it.)
Awaiting word on what the team does with Dion Jordan officially. Defensive end has not been a troublesome position for Miami this season, so no need to bring Dion in. However, if they don’t bring him into the active roster, why have him on the team at all? Of course, we’ve been asking the same question for three years about Dion and Pouncey.
The Dolphins will NOT promote rookie QB Brandon Doughty to the roster this weekend. That means we’ll have to sign an emergency quarterback AND get him up to speed by Saturday, AND suit him up. Management thinks that answer is TJ Yates, a former substitute scrub with the Houston Texans. Man, that is a bad decision.
I remember when the Chads both got hurt, and we had to sign and go with Tyler Thigpen on 3 days’ notice. Unwise. Doughty might suck, but he must know the playbook and be a better option than any journeyman scrubs out there. I disagree with all these personnel moves going on today.
The NFL announced that Miami’s “home game” in Europe will be either Week 3 or 4, so our bye week will be early again, probably Week 4 or 5 after we come back over the Atlantic. Thank you, Stephen Ross, for doing this to us. The Dolphins are finally starting to take advantage of the home field advantage this season (6-1 right now), and Ross is giving that up.
That’s what happens when a NY Jets fan buys an NFL team so he can spend more money on his beloved Michigan Wolverines.
The other teams that give up their home games: Browns, Rams, and Jaguars. The NFL itself placed us on par with those doormats, and Ross went right along for the ride.
Good owners fight for every possible advantage. Stephen Ross actively pursues the disadvantages. He simply doesn’t get it.