Oh boy !
Talk about not getting off to the greatest start. The first quarter and a half of the opening game of the preaseason was absolute torture.
Tannehill did cheer up Dolphins fans later on ( even if it was against the second and 3rd team) but was able to finish with a 106.6 passer rating and 14/21 for 167 yards and a touchdown.
That being said I am going to leave the post game write up to Mick and just leave a small recap of the good, the bad and the ugly of Week 1 of the preason.
Ryan Tannehill - still has clear work to do but showed poise, confidence in his play, made some decent throws and left the fan base encourage. Jason Trusnick - quite the suprise but was all over the field including a fumble recovery, his road to redemption after a terrible year last year began last night.
Roberto Wallace - Wallace continued his strong off season and put a solid effort in.
Brandon Fields - already in mid season form
Charles Clay - looked sharp, and agile, can be a real x factor in the offense
Dan Carpenter - missing two 50 yard field goal and it wasn't really close
Chad Johnson - this might be a bit harsh as he only had one target, but that being said it was a pretty bad drop that would have led to a first down.
Matt Moore - Moore looked pretty similar to last year, not really doing anything terrible but also not really impressing. Moore didn't take advantage of the fact that Garrard is out of action and probably lost ground to Ryan Tannehill.
The secondary - Whether it was Sean Smith missing tackles, or Vontae Davis getting beat or safties not knowing how to play the ball, Kevin Coyle has a lot of work to do.
The start - The Dolphins just didn't appear ready to start this game, as they could not have played a worse first quarter.
Jonathan Martin - the rookie has a lot of work to do, got beat all night.
Nate Gardner - got injured YET again
Oh boy !
The 2012 Miami Dolphins season is going just as planned, they have their starting vet QB in David Garrard and they are ready to hit the field running after a great camp. Phins Up and everyone let's get going !
Around 4:30 -5:00 this afternoon word broke up of a mysterious David Garrard knee injury. Well the word on the street is infact true and per multiple sources the number 1 QB on the depth chart will be out 2-4 weeks with a minor knee surgery from wear and tear during training camp. This injury came pretty out of the blue for Dolphins fans and makes it very clear to most that the QB race is now down to Matt Moore , last years MVP vs. stud rookie Ryan Tannehill.
Pat Devlin will also get more reps which will help him in his effort to earn the backup job. Garrard is confirmed to be out of the opening pre season game and at this point could even never take a snap for the Phins.
Garrard was signed to be placeholder QB at most. $1M guaranteed on 1-year deal. Reasonable to think he may never play snap for#Dolphins.
"David Garrard was expected to start tonight but suffered a mysterious knee injury that some Dolphins players still do not know about " - Adam Schefter. David Garrard's surgey is scheduled for this sat, per Jason La Canfroa.
At this point, most believe that Tannehill will secure the job as why delay the inevitable. Time will tell, but you would have to guess that Tannehill who would probably sell more tickets and create more fan excitement would have the advantage. Tannehill has also looked pretty sharp in camp and has a grasp of Mike Sherman's offense which bodes well for him.
Tannehill will need to impress in the preseason but if he does so, I believe it will earn him the starting job come week.
As we all kicked back on our couches yesterday and enjoyed the first episode of Hard Knocks it wasn’t all good times and laughs as there was one major concern that came from the program. Vontae Davis! Davis still hasn’t fully found his place in the NFL yet showing flashes of brilliances and at times moments where you simply put your hands over your head.
Earlier this week the Dolphins listed their first depth chart which surprisingly had the former first round pick Davis a part of the 2nd team unit. The move had fans quite intrigued as Davis is “suppose” to be one of the young studs on the team. While it wasn’t sure if the move was used for motivation or simply that Richard Marshall has been performing better than him, a little clarity came from this week’s Hard Knocks episode.
The episode showed Vontae’s struggles with conditioning something that kept him off the field last year and affected his play. While by no means is it easy playing in the South Florida heat when you’re in the NFL there are no excuses. Vontae knows he will have to up his game if he wants to see himself back with the starters. Vontae’s maturity had been questioned since his days at the University of Illinois but it is time Vontae grows up and gets to work.
The talent is absolutely there, and if he focuses and gets himself in proper game shape there is no reason he can’t be a top 10 corner in this league.
Vontae showed maturity after last night’s episode making light of the situation to a fan on twitter.
Dolphin’s fans have to hope that Hard Knocks might have been a bit of a wakeup call to get Vontae back into shape.no comments
With the airing of HBO's Hard Knocks, the Miami Dolphins demonstrated what a difference a year makes. With last year carrying so much uncertainty and a feeling of being mislead by ownership, the Dolphins appear to be a stable ground. For a once proud and championship franchise, the expectations are high and Coach Philbin and his staff are there to welcome the challenge.
Hard Knocks presented a few compelling story lines. First, the quarterback race was presented as personal stories that tug at the heart strings seeing behind the scenes moments of Matt Moore feeding his young baby and David Garrard playing with his kids at the lake. When it comes down to it, one has to see these two quarterbacks as family men and NFL quarterbacks with a lot to prove. In competition without Ryan Tannehill, Garrard and Moore appear to take control of the offense and demonstrate leadership in the meeting room and on the field.
The second story includes Ryan Tannehill and his abscence was like a black cloud hovering over the head quarters in Davie. While Tannehill was working out his contract, the 89 players on the roster had gotten in two full days of practice and were about to work in pads on day 3. On day 2 of camp, a very telling conversation with Dawn Aponte, an executive who deals with contracts for the Dolphins, shared her negotiations with Coach Joe Philbin as coming to the point that it was either Tannehill took the deal or he would not ever play for the Dolphins. This exchange was captured beautifully on camera and revealed the softer side of Jeff Ireland when he says that he hopes Tannehill is here and wants him to get the best deal that he can and sign and be a Dolphin. One could tell that the contentious negotiations were wearing on him. Not to mention, it was interesting how much the conversation of the negotiations was shared with Coach Joe Philbin since he does not carry personnel power. Of course seeing Ryan Tannehill sign with a picture of Dan Marino in the background was a glimpse of what the cameras at HBO feel is true, that Tannehill is the future of this franchise.
Laslty, the story of Derek Dennis being cut will either make or break the Miami Dolphins in the area of line depth. Even though they cut young Derek Dennis to bring aboard Eric Steinbach, a veteran one year removed from play due to back surgery, Derek Dennis has much to prove after getting another chance with the archrival New England Patriots. Dennis is cut in the first part of the episode and all he does is pass his conditioning test. However, Dennis handled the setback of being cut in stride and demonstrated mental toughness.
The Miami Dolphins franchise remain on the hearts and minds of all Dolfans that were on twitter tonight that viewed this opportunity to see the Dolphins in action as a sneak peak at years to come...years of success or years of failure. However, this much is evident, Coach Philbin won't put up with any garbage that keeps a team from championships. Just ask Chad Johnson!
The long awaited first Miami Dolphins depth chart came out today and it came with its fair share of surprises. Before fans overreact however note that even coach Philbin said the depth chart is far from finalized and there are still positional battles that need to be worked out.
That being said this is the first black and white information that Dolphins fans can get their hands on to see where this roster is going.
The entire depth chart is posted in a photo below.
No big surprise on the QB end as the buzz has officially turned into real material as the Dolphins listed David Garrard as the starting QB with Moore behind him and Tannehill as the 3rd string.
The big shocker of the depth chart was CB and former first round pick Vontae Davis was listed as a backup behind Richard Marshall.
The Dolphins also didn’t list Brain Hartline as a starting WR, the top 5 WR’s based on the depth chart are: Naanee, Bess, Chad Johnson, Brian Hartline, Julius Pruitt. It’s a little surprising that Roberto Wallace isn’t there despite a very strong camp.
This list also doesn’t bode well for the two rookie WR’s who also so UDFA Jeff Fuller above them.
Steve Slaton was listed above Lamar Miller which also is a little curious considering Miller’s strong start to camp.
It’s still very early, there is more practices to go down and pre season games to played, but the early depth chart did provide a couple of question marks. I can’t imagine that this will end up being the opening day starting depth chart, expect changes they will happen.
Perhaps this is just my opinion but while I believe Garrard will start I do believe his main competition is Ryan Tannehill and NOT Matt Moore. Moore’s place on this team might be the biggest question mark heading into week 1.
It also seems Chad Johnson is all but a lock to make the roster at this point.
Now that the Miami Dolphins have locked up Ryan Tannehill and all their draft picks, they rewarded their punter Brandon Fields with a new 4 year extension.
Brandon Fields who dominated last year in punting with 78 punts and a 48.8 average for 3,810 yards. For punters, pinning back the opponent inside the 20 yard line is critical where Fields placed the ball in the 20 a whopping 32 times and 41.0% of his punts landed in the 20.
Fields comes off of a pro bowl caliber season, however he did not get selected this season. Undoubtedly on special teams, Fields serves a critical role as the holder on extra points and field goals where the Dolphins have had success over the years.
Fields stands to make more than most punters, but 5th most among all punters. He will earn 13.3 million with about 3.3 million guaranteed.
Now that the Dolphins have locked up Brandon Fields, is it time to look at other extension candidates? Is Jake Long Next???
Another exciting day at the Davie today as SI’s Peter King was around as well as the always entertaining Chad Johnson spoke to the media for the first time.
First off here are a couple of tweets that King put out after practice.
DAVIE, Fla.--Mia thoughts 1: Philbin working Fins at fastest pace I've seen on trip. Tells me he wants to see max snaps for 3 competing QBs.
Mia thoughts 2: Will see only 1 practice, but Garrard was by far the best QB today. Moving well, throwing downfield accurately, knows the O.
Mia thoughts 3: Tannehill had some good throws ... Davone Bess having top camp of WRs. Upstart 6-4 SD St FA Roberto Wallace terrific today.
Mia thoughts 4: Wake adjusting from 3-4 to 4-3 olb. Says he's okay with it ... Great to see one of my favorites, Al Harris, loving coaching. Mia correction: Meant Wake going from 3-4 olb to 4-3 DE. Put on 10 pounds to fight through traffic and play the run.
Mia thoughts 5: Harris is a minority coaching intern ... Hard Knocks doesn't seem oppressive ... Chad Johnson working hard. Philbin likes.
Worth taking note that King was not the only one impressed with Wallace as he seems to be turning heads all camp. Wallace seems like a lock to make the roster with his impressive play to date; while rookie BJ Cunningham might be one of the odd WR’s left out. Clyde Gates also could be given the door with his lack of success last year, and inability to hit the field and make an impression yet.
Ben Voiln of the PBP put out a recap of 85’s interviews with some of the questions and answers below.
How’s camp going?
What do you make of Hard Knocks?
“I’m really not paying the cameras any attention. I’m just going. I don’t care to indulge with them, I don’t pay attention, but whatever they catch, they catch.”
How much humbler are you now after what happened last season?
“Nothing’s changed. I’ve always been humble. But when it’s time to play the game, I’ve got to be me. I’m not a bad guy at all. I have fun. I give you guys things to write about, and I will do the same this year also. I got to make up for a year’s worth of work, so you guys are going to be working double time.”
Are you just as fast as you were before?
“Are you watching? Have you been out there? I’m fast as shit.”
The rest of the Q & A can be seen on the attached link. You can see Ocho or Johnson certainly hasn’t lost his unique personality.