The defense has been pretty outstanding this year, at least before they lost Vince Wilfork (Achilles) and Jerod Mayo (pectoral) for the season and played last week without Aqib Talib (hip), who has been their best player. But even last week the defense held its own against the Jets, and if they get Talib back (he practiced Wednesday) they're still a top-10 unit in the NFL, even without Mayo and Wilfork. DE Chandler Jones (6.5 sacks) and S Devin McCourty are playing at a Pro Bowl level, and they're getting solid contributions from young guys like CB Alfonzo Dennard and DT Chris Jones. Tom Brady and the offense has done a fairly good job of protecting the football (eight turnovers in seven games) and Brady has been pretty money in the fourth quarter, leading them to game-winning or game-tying drives in three games already.
The Miami Dolphins yesterday addressed a crucial need on their offensive line by trading for veteran Bryant McKinnie of the Ravens.
While the deal for McKinnie cost the Dolphins a late round pick, this deal, as it seems is a short-term solution.
First, the Dolphins have surrendered 27 sacks of their current franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill. On the right side, embattled, second year left tackle Jonathan Martin continues to get beat and has given up 7 sacks. While attempting to run block, Jonathan Martin is not performing as advertised since he was a stellar run blocker at Stanford University and was supposed to fill that void left after the Dolphins and free agent Jake Long could not come to terms.
Next, the Dolphins are floundering quite literally after having rested on their proverbial laurels with veteran Tyson Clabo from the Falcons via free agency. Clabo as well, has done nothing, but get beat by some of the best defensive lineman and defensive ends the Dolphins have faced. In all, 7 sacks given up by Clabo this early in the season after six games is deplorable. The Dolphins plan for Clabo is uncertain as they do have some depth at the position, but those moves could come should Clabo fall with an injury since Nate Garner and moving Martin to his unnatural position has been tried before.no comments
This afternoon Fox Sports' Jay Glazer revealed that the Dolphins have traded for Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie, a University of Miami alum, has started 147 NFL games since being drafted in 2002. In 8 years with the Minnesota Vikings, McKinnie was generally solid, starting every game for 4 straight years from 2003-2007. A pro bowler in 2009, McKinnie also had several off the field incidents that may cause concern among Dolphins fans and potentially even the coaching staff if this was a Jeff Ireland fueled move.
After signing with the Ravens in 2010, McKinnie got his career back on track, playing a pivital role in their 2012-13 Super Bowl title. During the playoff run McKinnie started every game at left tackle.
While the start of the game put the Dolphins down early with a questionnable pass to Brandon Jackson resulting in a pick six from Leodis McKelvin, the Dolphins continued to fight until there was nothing left.
The Dolphins in fact got down 14-0 before quarterback Ryan Tannehill found his rythym and started to locate his receivers on a drive ending with a Charles Clay pass in the flat where Clay did the work to get into the end zone.
With the Dolphins down 17-7, with 2:00 minutes remaininng, quarterback Ryan Tannehill found wide receiver Brandon Gibson inside the five and by any means necessary, Gibson flipped over the goal line and landed on his feet bringing the hot and sweaty Dolphins crowd off their feet making the game within reach for the Dolphins.
However, the Dolphins would strike again later in the 3rd quarter as quarterback Ryan Tannehill scrambling left found an open Brandon Gibson who jumped the fence to celebrate the crowd near the end zone. In all Gibson had his first touchdowns as a Dolphin catching two and the offensive hero of the game.no comments
After an exciting first day of Web Weekend, night 2 was just as exciting.
The second night of Web Weekend is highlighted by the Webbie Awards. Awarded to the top Dolphins fan sites around the country.
Before the awards got under way there were a couple of surprise guests including Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel and former Dolphins great John Offerdahl.
Ireland answered a few questions, including one on Reggie Bush where he adamantly said he does not regret his decision to let Reggie walk in free agency . Following Ireland, the new Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel was refreshing and seems to have the right attitude and personality to fit this organization.
Offerdahl then addressed the group with some great stories.
Shortly after the first Webbie of the night was awarded and Phins Phocus won some hardware.
Phins Phocus won the award for best news content.
The awarded can be attributed to all the hard work the team does and is a great honor to receive from the Miami Dolphins.no comments
For those of you who don’t know, this week the Miami Dolphins are hosting their 10th annual Web Weekend.
Web Weekend is one weekend during the season when the Dolphins host a group of fan bloggers from all over the country and even Canada to give them insight on day to day Dolphins operations as well as a couple of cool surprises.
The highlight of the weekend is on Sunday hopefully watching the Dolphins kick some Bills ass.
I have the honor of representing both Phins Phocus and Cover 32 Miami on this special weekend. When I started up Phins Phocus, I never dreamed this day would come where the site has got so big where we would be invited to this amazing weekend. Thanks all of our followers and to the work of Mick and the rest of the team, this was a great day for Phins Phocus.
Claudia Lezcano the VP of Marketing for the Dolphins started off the day by giving the group a couple of cool tidbits on the new Dolphins jersey and logo re-design.
An interesting piece we learnt from her, is that there is a possibility for a 3rd alternative jersey to be added. She did however mention that it will 100% not be an orange jersey and there absolutely will not be a Halloween jersey. A blue or vintage look might be a possibility.no comments
The bye week has come and gone as the Miami Dolphins look ahead to Sunday's crucial matchup against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. At 3-2, the Dolphins weathered the storm in what many believed to be the toughest part of the schedule and have positioned themselves well to make a run at the playoffs. However, the team has suffered two consecutive losses and must right the ship this week to prove they are a true contender.
In addition to allowing the team to regroup, the Dolphins Week 6 bye gave their injured stars a chance to get healthy. Cameron Wake is listed as probable and would provide a huge boost to Miami's pass rush if he is able to suit up. Dimitri Patterson, who hasn't played since Week 2, is questionable and could add depth to a depleted secondary if he is able to play. While Dannell Ellerbe insists he will be on the field this Sunday, it looks like a long shot as he is listed as doubtful.
The bye also gave the Dolphins the opportunity to make adjustments to what wasn't working in the first five games of the season. Have Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace developed chemistry? Will the coaching staff use more Marcus Thigpen and less Daniel Thomas at running back? Has the offensive line worked out the kinks? These are all questions that will be answered on Sunday.no comments