It’s very early in the 2015 pre-season, but a few things are worth looking at.
I watched Joe Philbin’s press conference a few times to see if I could discern anything useful or honest, but it was the usual Philbin stuff. “We had a good day of practice” etc. The one thing that stands out to me is the softball questions that the media tosses him. “How was Jarvis Landry today?” “Will there be competition for the starting positions? etc. It’s rather silly of the media to feed Philbin questions like that.
Let me into a press conference, and I promise all my readers that I will ask, “Why did you give away the Packer game last year by calling a timeout for Green Bay,” or “Objectively speaking, why on earth would a team owner extend the contract of anyone who does not produce winning results?”
Anyway, there was one interesting Philbin line when he was asked about DeVante Parker’s injury, and Philbin replied by saying that they always do what’s in the best interest of the player.
Interesting that Philbin singled out the player’s best interest rather than the team. As many of you know, Philbin has been overly involved, during games, in substituting players in and out to “keep them fresh” etc. He says that stuff all the time.
What he doesn’t realize is that Cameron Wake will tell you when he needs a rest. It’s not up to the head coach to try and guess when his players need a rest.
- So to hear Philbin just come right and say that a player’s best interest is the most important thing just defeats the purpose of teamwork.
- Caleb Sturgis is injured again. It’s probably time to sever times with him, or at least bring in some serious competition. Someone who can stay healthy would be ideal.
- Kong Suh is reportedly blowing through our offensive linemen at practice. That’s great news for our defense, but terrible for the offense. The line needs to solidify quickly. I’d like to bring back Samson Satele at center and let Pouncey play a full year at guard. It ain’t gonna happen, but I personally feel it’s the way to go.
- The City of Miami is in the running to host a future Super Bowl, which means Stephen Ross will be on the bandwagon. If only he concentrated on his Dolphins as much as his extracurricular non-Dolphin hobbies, the team would be in much better shape.
- Some reporter mentioned to Philbin that Lamar Miller doesn’t seem to have the tools to make it on third-and-one. Really? We pass 99% of the time on third-and-one, so how can you blame Miller? These reporters can be just as baffling as Philbin himself.
- CB Will Davis spoke about feeling better coming off his injuries. Fans would feel better if he made some plays this year. Hard to believe he’s entering his third season already, and we can’t recall a single impact play he’s made. Not one.
- There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Rishard Matthews and if he did or didn’t demand a trade. I think Matthews is an adequate WR at best, and it’s no great loss if we trade him to another team. He dropped a sure touchdown pass in the last game of the the 2013 season that would have sent us to the playoffs. I will not forget or forgive that play. The only troubling thing to me is if we cut Matthews, I bet the Patriots swoop him up in a second, and we don’t want that!
- The Dolphins recently signed WR Tommy Street from the Ravens, so it’s possible that he’s been brought in to replace Matthews, but nothing is certain.
- Former Dolphin Eddie Jackson is tearing it up on the Food Network Star show!
- NFL Network is re-airing some old Super Bowls, with commentary from the players and coaches. It brings back a lot of sad memories to watch the Redskins beat us in Super Bowl XVII. I forgot how much of that loss was Kim Bokamper’s fault. I don’t know why he’s still on the announcing payroll.