Numbness, thoughts of cheering for another team (I just don't like the Raiders or Forty Niners). Constant heart palpitations.
This is what it's like to watch a Dolphins team that seems to physically and mentally crumble on the field.
In the lockeroom, the team is loose and not pressing. I find this very disturbing.
As a fan, I should have an opinion, but as an observer of this team, they are filled with denial and self efficacy.
Why should we cheer on the guys such as Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush? Two quote un-quote leaders...
Brandon Marshall is more of a free-agency bust than anyone I can remember that has ever landed on the Dolphins as a WR.
Oh wait...David Boston was one heck of a find for Dave Wannstedt, but he couldn't stay healthy and got out worked by every other receiver on the team.
Marshall can't catch the ball for a TD and catches the insignificant passes. The "Beast" is too scared to play well.
I am convinced it's confidence and a lack of ownership over his position. You could see it in the Jets game, he was scared of Revis.
Reggie Bush was brought in to make the offense dynamic. I was almost jumping up for joy to see him play. Then I saw how he played in the 2nd quarter against the Patriots and how he could not run up the middle, New England adjusted and so have all the other teams.
He is not an everydown back. I later cancelled my jersey order at NFL.com.
Will Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush be back? That I am not sure of, but I'd consider taking the loss to find some college kids to come in and play either position with pride and respect for authority. (Please don't tell me that the players truly respect the coaching staff.)
Marshall has been "embarrasing" and Reggie Bush "stinks".
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Dolphins have made another move towards landing Andrew Luck. Today they put Sage Rosenfels on the IR and signed JP Losman. This move clearly helps the Dolphins as now they are just one big hit away from having Losman as their starting QB.
Move after move, the Dolphins organization has made really would make you think they are trying to land the first pick of the NFL draft next year. That doesn’t even include the fact that Tony Sparano is still the head coach of this team.
At this point their isn’t much Dolfans can do but sit back and watch this team crumble even more. The only real winnable game on this schedule would appear to be week 10 against a banged up Redskin team at home. That being said the Dolphins have had a nack for messing up games that
they should win as we saw last week. Week 10 the Redskins will be without both Santana Moss and Hightower, it will be a real opportunity for a W for the Phins if they leave without a win in week 10 if not 0-16 might be a sad reality.
So do yourself a favour Dolfans and turn on some tape of Stanford’s Andrew Luck or USC’s Matt Barkley or Landry Jones of OU. College football can be entertaining and one of those guys should be the next starting QB for the Dolphins.
Stay Classy Miami !
The Dolphins are a spitting image of 2005 49ers.
Bare with me for a second.
2004 marked one of the worst seasons in franchise history for the SF Forty Niners.
The York family had previously been granted the Franchise because of Eddie DeBartolo's squabbles with his sister Denise DeBartolo York and some legal troubles.
When the York's took over a once proud franchise they rested their laurels on an unknown defensive coach, Mike Nolan.. He was granted total control of all football decisions.
Nolan coached the team getting QB Alex Smith and anyone else he wanted. He was the one getting the groceries.
This move proved fatal for the 49ers. They are still recovering today, but has shown a glimpse of what they can be with a new structure and a new Stadium on the horizon.
Flash forward to today: the Miami Dolphins are leading the standings in ineptitude. They are stinking more than fish left out at a Bayside Bistro.
They can't even get the refs to replay a near dropped pass.
They can't get the refs to replay a tuck on the Moore fumble in OT. A challenge was warranted because Moore clearly brought the ball down. Was I the only fan in America screaming this?
(I haven't seen one since Brady's), it's a conspiracy.
Dolphins are governed by an owner that's interested in what lines his own pockets than what the fans want, a winning team and franchise QB.
Gator Day was a gutless disaster to the fan base that is pro Dolphin and fans of the Miami Hurricanes.
So were the images of Ross yucking it up with Urban "Stressed out" Meyer or Urban, I can't coach right now Meyer.
The Broncos are far worse than the Dolphins, they had no shot of winning until the Dolphins gave them that chance.
Point Fingers at Ross:
Ross first made the mistake keeping Sparano last January.
Ross has no clue about winning and how important the fans are in getting the stadium upgraded and what it takes to be an owner as confident and bullish about winning as Jerry Jones. He can only wish. Jones has poured almost every cent into his franchise and gotten results.
The Miami Dolphins are the laughing stock of the league because they chased the cheese in a QB called Orton. Then failed, then pushed that idea under the rug and contacted Matt Moore and Reggie Bush.
Ross called it off because it did not make financial or business sense for a QB that is a care-taker to make Franchise QB money. That much is true, but Orton would win in Cleveland and yesterday versus the Broncos had he come to Miami.
Ross for all his acumen in the business world in developing real estate that is less than desirable and turning it into a beautiful landscape has his biggest task ahead.
Suggestions for Ross:
Hire a football czar. Hire a well known Football guy. A guy who will work 80+ hours a week with the coach and GM. Not one who leaves on Thursdays to go fishing on his boat or to Spring Training or to race horses a la Parcells.
Hire a GM that does not delineate from what it takes to build a team, make it a 3- 5 year plan. Don't try to win it all the first or second year.
Develop the bottom of the roster and quit churning. Let players develop so they can start in 1-2 years.
High draft picks need to be the starters on the team. That vision of building through the draft needs to be consistent.
Hire a coach that's in it for the long-haul, fan-friendly, and stern but fair on the field.
Then, Ross can sit back, entertain non-coaches, and focus on stadium improvements and revenue streams that are pro Miami Dolphins.
If you are a Dolfan not familiar with the mess the Yorks were and are wondering why compare this to Ross? You are not alone.
Ross is a new owner to football and the Yorks were new owners to football.
Here is a link about the Yorks from 2008: Special thanks to ESPN for writing this blog in 2008.
Miami Dolphins are officially 0-6. This is a bizarre re-run of the twilight zone and it feels like 2007!
This game had shades of Miami v. the Jets 2000 on MNF. A 15 point lead blown in the final 5:34. This is not unbelievable, but it is despicable.
Matt Moore played like Chad Pennington (22-33, 1-0) and Brandon Marshall does his best to catch every ball, but didn't catch a TD.
Tony Sparano goes for TWO thinking he needed 14 points to win the game. He settles for 15 and the loss.
(He might need to walk home as his car has been impounded by Stepen Ross and parking spot might be gone.)
Two blown opportunities and lack of rhythm produce three first downs in OT, but a misread by Moore and maybe a missed block on D.J. Williams (of the U and upset because of Florida Day, gets the forced fumble for Tebow and the Florida Team being celebrated.)
Ok, so I am still picking up the pieces of my remote control, baby monitor, and whatever I tossed at the wall in the 4th quarter.
I am officially NOT on the Suck For Luck train, but I am waiting on the platform with ticket in hand!
Something that has been eating at me since week one is the illusion that everyone notices on the sidelines.
I see Brian Daboll calling the plays with a play card and a headset.
I notice Tony Sparano with a headset and play card. (Could be ordering a post game meal or making reservations at Shula's).
I am so confused by this idea that Tony is calling the plays. Why? Because when Tony signed his extension and was given vote of confidence (#1) and mandated to provide a dynamic offense, much of the South Florida media alluded to the fact that Tony was no longer the play caller, but that the coaches would coach.
Is Daboll calling all of the offensive plays? Is Daboll talking to the QB (Henne before injury and now Moore).
What the heck is going on? If you are a fan of sideline behavior as I am, watch for this interesting idea to take shape.
I am under the impression that Tony calls the O-Line calls only to the QB and then Daboll chimes in with the play. (I know this contradicts the idea that the QB makes this call, but I need to see if this is true...it's a conspiracy.)
It seems like a crazy game of telephone where the message starts out clear and then loses clarity when the last person delivers the message.
If Tony does call the plays for the O-Line then Columbo et. al must be confused as heck by the time it gets to them.
If Daboll calls the plays for the QB, then that play is getting changed and thus the usual first quarter and third quarter unecessary time outs.
I am going to go out on a limb here...This is a major flaw of this team in terms of coaching. Two men are calling the plays.
A true model of coaching an offense should be a coach that calls the plays, dictates the tempo,and knows the line calls.
So, what does Tony do?
What do you think?
Feel free to opine regarding this observation of sideline play calling.
Ouch. I feel like I have been kicked in the stomach 8 times. Why 8? Because my beloved Dolphins have lost 8 in a row dating back to December of last year.
So far, there is no help in sight with the way in which the Dolphins lose.
Dolphins seem so close, but so far, they are proving to be a bumbling franchise with need and hope for a savior. (Hence the Andrew Luck talk)
You can look back on the string of losses that led to this 8 game losing streak and realize that the worst lost was the first one. The Dolphins are like an alcoholic in that the first drink is the worst one. After that, losing becomes somewhat a natural part of the routine as does the daily drink.
To train hard during the week and then end it with a loss and hear fans that want to go crazy because the Dolphins are losing and while other teams like the 49ers, Bengals, and Titans appear to have the recipe for success is not enjoyable, but it's a routine.
Looking back on that loss to the Browns in December 2010, you see the emergence of Chad Henne as scared quarterback in clutch moments. (2 losses decided by final drive INTs against the Browns). A defense that’s best play is in the first game in the season when Jared Odrick ran into Wes Welker and the ball was suddenly his.
I can’t say that the Dolphins aren’t trying. They are just very inconsistent and haven’t yet mastered the art of playing 60 minutes.
So, here’s what I propose, the Dolphins need to go to their dojo, train for every opponent and look for their weaknesses. They need to find a way to exude peace, harmony, and tranquility with eachother and stop pointing fingers. They need to look in the mirror and realize that they are in this heap of losing together…
But of course, it will take more than playing better to avoid sinking deeper into infamy as a losing franchise.
Due to the depression the Dolphins play, and my new venture into Bloguin’s newest project NFL blog Any Given Sunday, I haven’t been able to give Phins Phocus my undivided attention. We pride ourselves here at Phins Phocus at giving you a unique look at the Phins. That being said like I said in my last post I expect to be more active blogging once or twice a week but recently we just signed a new blogger Michael Serrania or as some of you from twitter might know him @DolphinMick
Michael is a educated Dolphins fan like most of going through the lul’s of this season but wanted a chance to spread his voice and opinions on the phins to the public.
So give Mick a warm welcome to Phins Phocus, I am sure he is excited to inform you guys of all he has to offer.
Till later folks,