In shocking, laughable news, the Raiders have hired Queasy Joey Philbin as an offensive assistant. Now back to our regular article: Getting away from the Tua debate for a while, the Dolphins have other choices to make. First of all, it’s interesting that the two most-talked-about Dolphins this off-season are Tua and Xavien Howard. BOTH of those guys are locked into their contracts. We keep hearing about them as if they’re free agents, but they’re not. They are both in the news because of questions about how to handle their deals. It’s unlikely, but possible…but the Dolphins can just sit back and not lift aRead More →

On a scale from 1-10, let’s say that Tua HATERS are a ONE, and Tua LOVERS are a 10. 1 5 10 HATE TUA’s GUTS, Let Him Walk Eh LOVE HIM, and Must Keep Him There are plenty of ONES out there. Among the media, among us fans, probably among some Dolphins themselves. Lots of people think it’s best to end his tenure or else just keep him on his rookie salary and bring in some competition. There are some TENS out there as well, although I sense that even Tua’s most adamant supporters are at an 8 or a 9. I’ll go first andRead More →

Aside from the Dolphins winning the Super Bowl, the next-best thing occurred on Sunday, when the Buffalo Bills lost yet another gut-wrenching, soul-snatching heartbreaker. Listen, we know the Bills are going to lose in the playoffs. Their annual post-season losses are inevitable, whether it’s in Round 1 of the playoffs or later. That’s a given. They will lose. It’s not a big deal any more and not much fun to watch them lose their annual playoff game. But…what IS fun and what IS a big deal is when they lose these heartbreakers! The louder their obnoxious fans chirp about “Squish the Fish,” the sweeter itRead More →

While the referees stopped the game so that Patrick Mahomes could be fitted for a new helmet and then called Wilkins for roughing when he tapped Mahomes, and while the NFL allowed the Buffalo Bills to get an extra day of practice and rest because of some cold weather, the Miami Dolphins received no such unfair advantages. They then proceeded to go out and end their own season. Okay, so right off the bat, I’m not blaming the NFL or the refs for this loss. Our offense has been dead in the water since Black Friday, and no one came up with any innovation atRead More →

I had a family emergency Sunday night and could not watch the game live. I saw it on tape, later, and I’m glad I didn’t see it unfold live. I’ll start by saying what a gem of a game our defense played, perhaps its best of the year. Holding the Bills to only 14 points is incredible. 3 turnovers, including one of the best plays of the century by Christian Wilkins. The stop right before halftime. The stop on 4th and inches. Those are plays that the Bills “knew” they were going to pick up, but we imposed our will on them, and not viceRead More →

A lot of good things happened last season, but among the best was when we beat the Bills at home. It can happen again. There were a lot of great plays last year, but one single play stands out to me, and I’ve been meaning to write this for a long long time. More specifically, one particular PLAYER stands out to me on this one specific play. I’ll keep you in suspense for a while, but I will say that this guy won the game for us, then was let go in the off-season, but now is back with us…just in time for another homeRead More →

Rather than my typical diatribe about all the many things the Dolphins and Mike McDaniel did wrong vs. Baltimore (and there were tons), I’m going to focus on the positives and the potentials. We have a game next weekend, at home, that will secure us the #2 overall seed and at least one home playoff game. That’s the focus. Everyone will think I am nuts, but the Raven loss was CLOSER than it appeared on paper. 56-19 is a blowout, but it was closer than that if we eliminate just a few bad plays. Just a few. Tyreek Hill and Chase Claypool dropped easy TDRead More →

We are in the playoffs. A lot of football still to be played, but at least the first goal is over with, I think the Dolphins showed great resolve today. The defense gave two touchdowns and our offense only scored one. But thanks to a career day from Jason Sanders, we got that W. 50-yard field goals are not too uncommon nowadays, but 3 of them in a row? In the rain and/or slippery field? Clearly he was our MVP today. I’m extremely concerned about our offense having ONE touchdown in the last 6 quarters of football, dating back to last week’s Jets game whenRead More →

I was very impressed with our backups yesterday, as they dismantled a Jets team who were coming off a big win with a lot of confidence. I was most impressed with our D line getting so much pressure on the Jet QBs. The pressure up front allowed our secondary to not have to cover WRs very long. Without Howard, Elliott, and Holland, our middle was exposed. But the backups all played well throughout. I was glad to see Eli Apple get some reps, after a month of being inactive. Cam Smith must not be ready at all. I was worried before the game, but IRead More →

We will desperately need our WRs and RBs to step up. Already down a lot of offensive linemen, it will be interesting to see what McDaniel comes up with in our last easy game of the year. X Howard and Jevon Holland BOTH OUT as well. I fear the Jets will blow us out. They are mediocre at best. But when they are facing a team with all its stars on the sidelines, they should walk all over us. Hope I’m wrong !Read More →

If the Dolphins win their next 4 games, they will be #1 seed in the AFC. Let’s start with that positive note…although it is extremely improbable. The Dolphins have a 2-game lead on the Bills. Another positive to cling to as I have to–unfortunately–dive into this next part. One of my favorite quotes is from the writer Dante, who was speaking about gamblers playing dice. He basically said that when the game is over, the loser stands alone, replaying all the plays in his mind, and all the “what ifs” hurt. That’s where I begin. What if Bradley Chubb doesn’t take his helmet off? WeRead More →

Just keep telling yourself that it’s not the Dolphins’ fault that the NFL has some weak teams. It’s not our fault that no Dolphin win came against a winning team. In general, we are beating the teams we are supposed to be beating, and that is a great step forward. In the past, we weren’t doing this. We would let the bad teams keep the game close or even win the game outright, leaving us with a sinking feeling, especially in December. Step one of correcting that is complete, as the Dolphins won a laugher at Washington. Our backups played a majority of the game,Read More →

We might as well throw the 8-3 record out the window. December is here. This is the time of year when us Dolphins fans begin by saying, “We control our own destiny.” “If we win, we’re in.” Etc. By mid-December, that changes to, “Well, we can still make it as a wild card.” And finally, that evolves into “We need help from other teams.” Except for our Tank for Tua year when we had no chance from the get-go, it’s been the same for a long, long time. So forgive me for being a Grinch here, albeit a realistic Grinch. Let’s start with the overallRead More →

Every win counts. Even wins when Tua looked like a confused rookie instead of the NFL’s #1 quarterback. The defense saved the day on numerous occasions, highlighted by Jalen Ramsey’s two interceptions, making himself and Tyreek Hill the best couple of trades and the best money spent in Dolphins history. As Xavien Howard slowly declines into an average-at-best CB with a lot of holding calls against him, Ramsey is shining. Combine that with the defensive line stuffing the Raiders’ run game, and it was lights out. The Raiders caught us sleeping on one TD drive, but that was it. We needed the defense to beRead More →

Thanks to the Bills’ utter choke vs. Denver, the Dolphins inched a little bit closer to possibly winning the AFC East. We do not want a wild card. We want the division and a home playoff game for once. We’re now 2 losses ahead of the Bills in the loss column, but they’ve played more games and they beat us head-to-head. We unofficially, we’re up by one game. A lot of football is yet to come. Luckily, we can make up more ground with 3 easy games coming up, before we get into a tough December. The goal is to be 2 full games aheadRead More →

Looking past the German game for a moment, we have a good record and did some remarkable things so far this year. We only lost 3 out of 9 games, so let’s focus on that positive. We have 8 games to go, and only a few of them are against formidable opponents, meaning that even if we lose to Dallas, Buffalo, and the Ravens, we could easily end up at 11-6. Assume the Bills lose another game in the next 8 weeks, and the AFC East is ours! Now I cannot avoid the inevitable, and I must write about how Tyreek Hill handed a freeRead More →

As disappointing as the Eagle game was, we can take solace in a few things: First, the officiating was biased at a never-before-seen level. I’m not talking about an iffy interference call that could go either way when slowed down frame by frame. Rather I mean the blatant facemask that the refs refused to call, plus the “roughing” call when Wilkins tapped Hurts with his palm. Plus, there are dozens of pictures circulating out there showing all the times the Eagles held onto Jalen Phillips, and the officials must have accidentally been looking the other way. The refs changed the entire complexion of the game.Read More →