Dolfans, it's incredibly early to tell who will win the Miami Dolphins three team (three horse) race.
There are three possibilities at the QB position that vye for a chance to be the starting quarterback.
First there is Matt Moore, who took over in week 4 due to an injury to Chad Henne. While Moore showed early on that he could move outside of the pocket and make plays, he did not start off well. It wasn't for a lack of trying and the pivotal KC game in week 9 after going bonkers and showing all of Dolfan Nation what the Dolphins had at QB and that Jeff Ireland was a genius. Truly, Matt Moore had an incredible run and his final 6 games going 4-2 was something that should be commended for at least a start openning weekend in Houston. Matt Moore in most situations around the NFL he would be the starter. This situation proves interesting since the Dolphins have been wanting to replace him. They went after every QB that had a big name. Manning and then Alex Smith. Matt Moore quietly worked in Davie while the Dolphins wanted to replace him. What does that say about Moore? It says that he's unflappable. However, Moore needs to improve his footwork, his anticipation of defensive coverages, and make sure he catches the ball in the shotgun.
Next we have a proven veteran QB in David Garrard. David Garrard was the prized QB signing by Jeff Ireland. However, it was not the fan's choice as many fans, including myself wanted Alex Smith or Matt Flynn if Peyton Manning was not available. David Garrard brings that "kill" instinct that Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel raves about. He has won games in the final seconds with a QB Draw versus Pittsburgh in the playoffs, a last second bomb to short Mike Thomas, and has shown that he can command a locker room and an offense. Garrard has some serious issues that have plagued him in his career. One, overcoming Crohn's disease which is managable and his recent back injury. If he shows that he is healthy enough, his pocket prescence, ability to scramble for yardage, and quick release could allow him an opportunity to be the starter.
Last, the Dolphins in April drafted Ryan Tannehill with the 8th pick overall. Ryan Tannehill comes to the Dolphins at the right time when a new coaching staff is looking to right the ship and navigate their way to get back on top of the AFC East. Ryan Tannehill brings a ton of athleticism, command of a locker room, a team player attitude, and an ability to get rid of the ball. He projects to have better than average accuracy, but does have smaller hands than most QBs. What Tannehill does bring is a new hope or dream to this lackluster offense. What Tannehill does not have is known weapons. Weapons in wide receivers and tight ends that look good on paper. Instead, Tannehill inherits Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Clyde Gates, and Roberto Wallace. However, Tannehill can be an Aaron Rodgers type QB, limited collegiate experience, but with a high degree of upside with practice and development. I predict that Tannehill can win the job, but he will have to play extremely well with limited repetitions in practice and have only the pre season to show for his improvements that could prove difficult. Some experts have noted (Omar Kelly via the Sun Sentinel) that Tannehill struggled during OTAs with his decision making. However, it can be empahasized that practices that are involuntary and not mandatory do not include any press coverage. Maybe Tannehill has a chance to turn some heads if he is signed by minicamp. This much is true, Philbin constantly provides sound bites that would lead Dolfans to believe that Tannehill is the guy. Not to mention, embattled GM Jeff Ireland mentioned on draft day that he was drafted 8th and should be expected to play.
This QB race will be and should be entertaining. It's difficult to know the exact pecking order of Philbin's preferences of QBs. However, if Matt Moore shows command of the offense and the Dolphins can win with Matt Moore today, it might be Tannehill who will be waiting in the wings until the first of many interceptions are thrown by either Moore or Garrard.
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Dolfans, it's incredibly early to tell who will win the Miami Dolphins three team (three horse) race.
By Coach Joe Philbin calling being on Hard Knocks a "footbal decision", one has to wonder the amount of spin and continued negativity a once storied franchise faces.
Nothing about the Philbin era is interesting. The fans do not have any idea what Philbin is about until the Dolphins face their bitter rivals and will see what kind of mettle this regime has in store for the opponent. All the fan sees is intense practices, a new offense, and a new defensive scheme.
However, what is interesting is that Jeff Ireland, who runs a highly secretive operation would allow cameras on the practice field, coaches rooms, and the locker room.
The selection on Hard Knocks does mean that the fans will be where many never go...inside the Dolphins hallowed halls of their Davie headquarters. One can argue, that the Dolphins could limit even NFL Films exposure to the everyday conversations in meeting rooms and with players, but that would not be typical of NFL Films. It is possible that the Dolphins have a chance to show the NFL and the fans a different side of the regime. Not to politicize the event, it can in a way be more positive PR that the team needs in order to sell tickets and put more fans in the seats on sweltering South Florida days.
One thing remains clear, the Dolphins edict of transparency during the coaching search, draft process, and OTAs has lead to this: there is an owner that wants to show the NFL he may not know what he is doing, but he has hired the right people to get the Dolphins out of depths of mediocrity and become a rising power on the NFL stage.
Let’s be absolutely clear here – the NFL is a passing league. While the 2011 season might be an outlier, it is still significant. After only two seasons in NFL history with a 5,000 yard passer, spread more than 20 yards apart, the 2011 NFL season saw three 5,000 yard passers, and one quarterback who came close (Eli Manning was 63 yards away from 5,000). Here’s the deal, all of those players are still playing and there looks to be even more passing this year. Players Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub who are known for huge numbers are coming back from injury while guys like Philip Rivers look to bounce back from down years. So where does that leave the less sexy part of the game called ‘Defense’?
For the most part, there are two ways to stop passing attacks:
- Pass rush
- Pass defense
The Giants knew this and their monstrous D-Line coupled with good secondary play helped lead them to a title. The Bills understand this; their secondary is fairly well put together and their D-Line is now one of the best in the league on paper. While the Dolphins ranked number 6 in the NFL in scoring defense, improvements can be made, namely at the two starting cornerback spots. Both drafted in 2009, Vontae Davis and Sean Smith were supposed to develop into one of the top cornerback tandems in the NFL. A pertinent example would be two years ago in Cincinnati when Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph were shutting down wide receivers. A more sentimental example would be the Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain tandem in years past for the Dolphins. With the D-Line potentially solid, focus shifts onto the somewhat disappointing play of Davis and Smith. While both are NFL cornerbacks and play as such, they need to step up and enter the elite category. So far, Vontae Davis is the perceived better of the two with good coverage skills, blitzing ability, and run support while Sean Smith is seen as a better cover corner but soft and with stone hands. If the Dolphins hope to compete with the rest of the NFL, they need to be able to slow down the high powered offenses sprouting up; especially considering one of those offenses is a division rival. With the former most senior member of the Dolphins secondary now a New York Jet, Smith and Davis must step up and take some pressure off of the younger guys like Carroll, Wilson, and Jones.
Davis is well known for great athleticism and strength packed into a small frame, but he must cut down on lapses in concentration and above all, stay healthy. With the Patriots now employing the services of Brandon Lloyd, Davis will presumably be covering him and will need to consistently play how he did when up against Randy Moss in his second season (in 2010, Moss caught 1 pass for 26 yards in two games against Miami primarily covered by Davis). Davis has been beat deep several times in his career and needs to play longer routes better. For Smith to step up, he needs to become much more aggressive, and work on his catching ability. Sean Smith is a very talented player. He has flashed brilliance many times in his career but has yet to do it consistently. While his size has something to do with what he can do, players such as Antonio Cromartie and Antoine Cason have had success with large frames. Smith often appears to be in great positions to make plays but either hesitates to make a tackle or play on the ball, or listlessly allows the ball to float into his hands before ultimately dropping it. In 2010, even though Smith only started 8 games, he led the league in dropped interceptions with 5 (via Football Outsiders). To me this seems to be a mental weakness which can be fixed. A dropped interception is still a pass you put yourself in position to catch.
As Jared Odrick said it best “It's a hard knock life for us, it’s a hard knock life for us...” The Dolphins and HBO have agreed to join forced for HBO’s Hard Knocks this year. Starting August 7th, the Dolphins will feature for a national audience.
With all the talk in South Florida surrounding the Heat, Joe Philbin shocked Dolphins fans by claiming a bit of national buzz back for the Dolphins. Philbin announced that the decision for Hard Knocks was a football decision and was his own decision and not star hungry owner Stephen Ross. While some still question if that is a PR cover up, the first time head coach seems pretty excited about the opportunity that will come with Hard Knocks.
The show will give an opportunity for players like Jared Odrick, Vontae Davis and Sean Smith to become stars, while still focusing on superstar Reggie Bush. Bush will battle his ex Kimmy K in the reality TV rating this off season.
Most out there don’t really recognize the Dolphins as the most entertaining option around for Hard Knocks but most fans seem excited about the exposure the show will come with.
The show will also highlight Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill while surely making mention of his gorgeous wife Laure at every possible moment. The Dolphins QB battle will most likely be a focal point of the show along with watching player who are on the roster bubble give everything they can to make the roster.
The move for the Dolphins to go on Hard Knocks can go either way, it could be a brilliant way to become even more transparent with the fan base and get solid exposure to a national audience improving the team’s image OR it could be another Dolphins PR disaster. Either way I’m pumped!
Something to note, from NFLN research guru
@MattPomPom: Average record of teams on HBO's Hard Knocks is 49-47. Playoff record: 3-3
As most of you know by now, I am a huge twitter enthusiast (@PhinsDaniel follow me). That being said there are a healthy amount of our Phins on twitter and most make pretty entertaining follows. In case you needed wanted a Dolphins twitter crash course here it is.
Dolphin’s media you should be following:
@BenVolinPBP Ben Volin a very reliable member of the media, and a very solid Dolphins source.
@OmarKelly – He certainly is controversial and opinionated but most Dolphins fans follow him
@ArmandoSalguero – Breaks Dolphins news as quick as anyone
@davehydesports – Always brings his interesting sports mind to the table
Dolphin’s fans to follow:
@TheMattyI – A very solid representation of the Dolphins fan base, and isn’t too much of a homer.
@PhinsRock – Just a good dude to follow
@PhinNation / @thephinsider – Always a good read on their blog.
@FinsJesse – Not only a fan but also the leader of the finsiders and an absolute must follow for phins fans.
@rizzmiggizz / @finsnation – maybe the funniest dolphins fans out there
@AlexMigilio – A solid Dolphins fan who can give you some great fantasy advice as well
@KohneysKorner – His experience in the media world always brings for entertaining tweets, as well as his usual different perspective on the Dolphins.
@DolphinsTalk - Dedicated fan
@NealDriscoll - Tends to sometime be on the controversial side but no doubting his love for the Phins, also can be entertaining.
@DolphinMick - Are other writer on PhinsPhocus.com
@PhinsDaniel - Me :)
Dolphins players to follow:
Now you should be all set !no comments
It’s never too early to talk fantasy football. While hopefully I can begin to cure my fantasy football addiction shortly by starting to form and research on player rankings, for now its time to take an early look at some Dolphins players that might have some fantasy implication. The Dolphins aren’t really considered one of the major contributors to the fantasy world, the might be some hidden gems on this roster.
Here is a look at which Dolphins players might have fantasy relevance.
Matt Moore/ David Garrard – In standard leagues with one QB, neither guy would make a fantasy football roster regardless of which guy becomes the Dolphins starters. Neither guy has put up stellar fantasy numbers in the past and now is no time to count on either of these guys.
Ryan Tannehill – While his fantasy value for this year is very limited as he might be holding a clipboard all year, there is some potential value there for keeper leagues.
Reggie Bush – Bush enjoyed a career year last year and he promises to be in the hunt for the rushing title this year. While that may be an unattainable goal, Bush should be a hot commodity in fantasy leagues especially those that are PPR. Bush has top 10 RB value in PPR leagues and probably will rank around 14-16 in standard leagues. Bush might see some looks at WR which would also boost his value.
Daniel Thomas –Last year he was a fantasy football disappointment and we cant promise you to expect any better this year especially with the Dolphins drafting Lamar Miller. However Thomas is worth a roster spot and potentially is a very late round flyer.
Lamar Miller – The book is not out yet on Miller as it is probably too early to project his fantasy impact yet. That being said coach Philbin is said to be very impressed with Miller so far in camp.
Davone Bess – Bess certainly has value in PPR leagues, and he should benefit from Brandon Marshall’s departure, he is a WR3 by most standards and could bump up to be a low to high end number WR2 should he prove to be the top target in Miami.
Brian Hartline – Hartline is probably the player who will benefit the most from Marshall’s departure. That being said just because he will start does not equate automatic production. Hartline should only really be seen as a W3 going into the season, however there is potential for better production this year.
Roberto Wallace/Rishard Matthews/ BJ Cunningham/ Nanne – None of these players are even draft able however with the Dolphins weak WR core one could even land up being the team’s WR1 by seasons end, who knows !
Anthony Fasano – While I wouldn’t suggest drafting Fasano unless desperate in the late rounds, he already has a nice connection with Matt Moore and could have a productive season this year.
Egnew/Clay – Neither player at the moment would crack a fantasy football roster.
As you can see the Dolphins offense isn’t exactly loaded with fantasy studs.no comments
The Dolphins receiving might be one of most lackluster grouping of average receivers in the league but Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland seem to believe otherwise. While it’s hard to argue that the Phins receiving core is any better than the leagues 25th best, it doesn’t appear likely that they will be adding another free agent receiver.
NFL.com recently put out an article saying that free agent WR Plaxico Burress would love to work out for the Dolphins but that the team has not shown any interest in the veteran. The Dolphins also have not reached out to other bigger names left like Braylon Edwards or TO.
The free agent wide out they did sign Legedu Nanee has impressed so far in camp however is not the alpha receiver fans are looking for. While Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are both expected raise their game this year with the added playing time, the big question is whether the Dolphins will chose not to go with a traditional #1 WR.
The Dolphins most likely won’t please their fans in this department and go with receivers currently on the roster. I wouldn’t expect much from last year’s rookie Clyde Gates, and if you’re looking for a dark horse the name Roberto Wallace seems the most likely.
The battle for the number 3 receiving job is maybe the most compelling one this offseason. It will be interesting to see where the Dolphins production will come from this season. Whether it’s the QB’s or the front office, all fronts seem comfortable with the this year’s receiving core, so maybe it’s the fans who don’t know better but I can defiantly see where the fans are coming being one with the same thoughts.
While we all know Jeff Ireland can be very stubborn I would caution him not to ignore kicking any tires on veteran receivers who can potentially contribute on a one to two year basis.
It should be an interesting training camp. If Tannehill should start at one point this season, the Phins are not making it easy on him by surrounding with a sub par WR's core.