Okay Dolfans, we've braced ourselves what's upcoming the rest of the season, an almost astonishing photo finish to 0-16...only to not be the worst team. The Colts are a bumbling and stumbling bunch that want to stink more.
How is any of this possible? Bill Parcells preached that you are what your record says: or "You are what you are."
At the beginning of the offseason after Tony was not fired, but then given an extension: Steve Ross proclaimed that he wanted to see a "dynamic offense."
In reality, this Dolphins team is so exciting to watch!
The last few seasons under Sparano, the Dolphins were playing boring running a 1980s version of the New York Giants ground and pound attack. Playing to keep the games close, only to win more games in the closing two minutes of games.
This year's team features excitement of a different kind:
You can first look back to the New England game and there was a glimmer of hope until the 3rd quarter when Tom Brady engineered two big no-huddle drives and you saw, the best (and most of us were led to believe) well-conditioned cornerbacks Sean Smith and Vontae Davis, crawling and hunched over on the sidelines with severe cramping.
Meanwhile, Henne and company was busy lighting up the stat sheet for 400 plus yards and some serious milelage from Reggie Bush.
Then there was the Houston game: Dolphins had a chance in the 3rd quarter to come back down 17-0. Two huge Dan Carpenter field goals were missed and then there was the Daniel Thomas fumble to stall the drive at midfield. Then Houston woke up from heat stroke and then Matt Schabb found Andre Johnson after he beat Will Carrol further icing the game.
Then came week 3, I was totally psyched about seeing Daniel Thomas run over the Browns. Then came the 4th quarter...Colt McCoy stole Chad Henne's thunder with a stunner with a minute left.
Week 4 saw Chad Henne play a game of deja vu with a run and fall on the concrete-like turf ending his season with a severe shoulder separation. (see Chad Pennington)
In came Matt Moore and he threw two huge passes, one was lost in the sun or lights by Brandon Marshall, the other, Brandon Marshall failed to gain "positioning" on Gilchrist, a rookie and did not come up with the ball.
Week 5, was a bye so the Dolphins didn't win nor lose. The headlines were dynamic with Sparano Watch 2011.
Week 6 v. The Jets, The Dolphins owned the ball the entire first half, then the Jets woke up and Mark Sanchez delivered a crushing blow with his pass to an open Santonio Holmes. Dolphins lost 24-6.
Week 7, The Tebow game. After the Dolphins owned the ball for the entire game and owned the game defensively helped by 2 missed Field Goals from generally accurate Matt Prater, the Dolphins found a way to squander and let Tebow part the waters and all of a sudden look like a left-handed John Elway.
Week 8- Versus the Giants, the Dolphins went to the locker room in the 3rd quarter thinking they had the game won 17-13 over the Giants, only the Dolphins forgot that they had to play "hard" in the 4th quarter. Dolphins lost by 3 and had two drives to come back.
So, there you have it. The Dolphins bring excitement every week in that they play hard and have been in 4 games out of 7.
In my book they could be 4-3. Just like the Chiefs!
While the #SuckForLuck sweepstakes has been going strong now for 8 or so weeks, I have come to the sad realization that this team might be too good to finish 32nd in the NFL.
The fact is that this team competes and if it weren’t for 3 big time 4rth quarter collapses then this team would have a win already. While it doesn’t appear other then the Redskins game that there are a lot of winnable games on the schedule, I also didn’t expect the Dolphins to come so close to beating the Giants.
The only thing that could potentially separate the Dolphins from Andrew Luck are the pathetic Indianapolis Colts. Minus Peyton, the Colts are probably the only team that has looked even worse than the Dolphins.
While it still is possible the Dolphins get the first overall pick my money is on the Colts getting Luck.
Below is a link to the Andrew Luck Power Rankings from This Given Sunday
So the big question is….if Luck is off the board, do you trade an arm and a leg to get him or do you draft Landry Jones or Matt Barkley?
Right now I don’t have the answer but I do know that this team has a lot of holes and trading away Luck would cost A LOT. Dolphins have holes in the secondary and could use a talented young TE as well as just some overall help. You don't finish last or second to last in the league without reason.
While I don’t think Barkley or Jones are as good as Luck, they both look like pretty solid NFL prospects. Barkley really impressed me in a one on one duo vs. Luck in primetime going throw for throw with Andrew.
Barkley has shined of late and has probably passes Jones but there is still plenty of football to be played. All 3 options seem like they would shift the Dolphins into the right direction. It’s been since 1983 since the Dolphins have drafted a QB in the first round, let’s all hope for our sake that streak ends this year.
Another rough weekend for Dolphins fans
So Dolphin fans might wake up to beautiful sunny weather of Florida if they are fortunate to live in the state full of organs however no matter where you live you most likely have another frown on your face this morning.
The Dolphins dropped to 0-7 basically reliving play for play last weeks game in Denver. Once again the Dolphins came to play for 3 quarters but then disappeared in the 4rth only to lose another lead this time to the New York Giants.
I would however like to give props to Reggie Bush who ran for his second 100 yard game in his career. Reggie ran pretty hard and while has been used not effienctly all year, has certaintly had a winning work ethic.
While many fans might be happy that #SuckForLuck is still alive the news isn’t all good for all crowds. It appears as though potential head coach candidate Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy both announced on their respective shows that they do not anticipate returning to coaching next year, I expect Jon Gruden to do the same tonight.
With Andy Reid brining back his Eagles team to success, I expect that the only big name head coach out there might be Jeff Fisher. It will be very interesting to see where this team will look to for its next head coach.
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We’ve all seen it…it’s an exotic formation. The Dolphins from 2008-2010 used this formation:
The Wild Cat!!!
This formation proved successful in 2008 in taking out the New England Patriots and running them over on their field. The next week after the bye it turned into a Flea flicker type play where Henne hit a waiting Patrick Cobbs and Cobbs was able to prance toward the endzone for the score. We saw the Dolphins run this with Ronnie and Ricky in goal line situations and it proved successful in getting a game winning touchdown in 2009 in a comeback versus the Jets on Monday night football with incredible blocking over the top by Justin Smiley.
The Wild Cat formation forces teams into a mismatch because you don’t know if the Quarterback is going to be in the play or if the running back is going to throw or run. It’s also a situation where the offense goes Tackle heavy on one side to bring in extra blockers. The formation has about six different possibilities and the QB can be in the play as a decoy. The defense is forced to put 9-10 in the box to stop it. It becomes a guessing game for the defense. The element of surprise can prove useful in game situations.
So my question to you is why not bring this formation back? Why not use it to close out a game?
I could see a nice misdirection play with Reggie Bush and Steve Slaton to get “chunk” yardage. Could you imagine Bush on a jet sweep or Slaton on an end around? If Daniel Thomas was the QB of this formation at Kansas State, why not have him lead it?
Back in 2008-2009, everyone was wondering why no one could stop the Dolphins Wild Cat. Now the Dolphins stopped using it after the departures of both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown. New coordinator had it in Cleveland. Why not here?
Is it personnel? Is it a lack of guys on the o-line? Is it Jake Long’s balky knee? Is it John Jerry’s inability to pull as a guard? Or do the Dolphins have such confidence running out of the base formations to run the ball? I know the running game has improved, but not to the point that the Dolphins can close at a game with a run.
I know that we all want to see this team win and some of us want to Suck for Luck, but in reality we are in need of a game changer/breaker and a way of closing out a game if we want to win.
So, let’s hope that this week in Kansas City that Sparano & Daboll figure out how to implement the Wild Cat for everyone’s enjoyment and a first win. If they want to practice “hard” at it all week and then run it against the 3-4 that KC runs, 3-4 can’t stop the Wild Cat.
If you like Xs and Os on this formation, then do two things: Watch how Andrew Luck successfully ran it on Saturday at USC in the 4th quarter and how Nebraska ran it with an End around or Jet Sweep v. Michigan State. If you can't do that then do this:
Happy Monday and Go Dolphins!
The Ball is in the air, dropped by Marshall. Seam route to Hartline off the finger tips. Deep to Marshall! Oh he should have had that one. Maybe it was the sun in his eyes.
The Miami Dolphins are 0-6 and no one has to remind them of it. The players know and they work so hard in practice. It just doesn't translate to the games. Dropped passes. Constant miscommunication on the Offensive Line, wasted Timeouts in the first and third quarter. Long Drives into the Deadzone. FG fistpumps. It's a constant reminder of what a difference the right decisions at draft time would have brought this team.
So, going into the draft I thought the Dolphins would get a QB in round 2. Afterall, they had just made the trade. Daniel Thomas was called by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. I scoffed at that notion.
They picked the Center in Mike Pouncey in round #1 and then as I was eating a meal at a local Wingstop I saw the Dolphins take the bait and move up into the 2nd round. Daniel Thomas!
What? Why? Who? I was going berzerk. Ireland bluffed and pulled a Randy Mueller on all of us by taking a big strong fast guy. Mueller took Ginn in the first round much to everyone's dismay. Dolfans were livid!
I saw Daniel Thomas get run over by a black shirt D of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. A Defense without Suh. He rushed 22 for 63 yards with his longest rush being 13 yards. How and why Ireland would choose Thomas must be his bowl game stats v. Syracuse 22 for 90 and 3 TDs. Syracuse!!!!
So, the Dolphins made a decision. Put trust in Henne. See what he can do and with the lockout a new QB Would not grasp a new offense.
Tell that to Minnesota, Jacksonville, and Cincinnati. They all have Rookie QBs starting. Post lockout, those guys had as much practice with their teams, those guys were unproven at the NFL level. The speed of the game would affect them. So far Andy Dalton has been the most successful with good weapons in AJ Green and a good running game.
Didn't Peter King say Andy Dalton would land with the Dolphins? Look it up.
So, what would Ryan Mallet look like as a Dolphin... We'll never know. We would not be 0-6. Would Marshall, Bess, Hartline, Bush, etc catch all his passes?
Do Sparano and Ireland wish they took a QB? Yes of course they do.
As loyal Dolfans we should be thanking our "Luck"y stars for this much maligned and beat up talentless team.
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 !