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Live blog of Dolphins versus Bucs

The Dolphins have waived linebacker Mike Rivera injured.

With that blockbuster out of the way let's discuss today's game between the Bucs and Dolphins.

Let's start with the defensive backs situation. Basically, the situation is down to three names -- Nolan Carroll, Will Allen and Tyrone Culver. And it looks like only two will make the team. Today will go a long way in determining which will stay and which will go.

The way I see it, Allen looks like an odd man out right now. Even if he plays well tonight, his $1.5 million salary and the fact he hasn't really played the last 18 months puts him behind the eight ball. Because of his age and salary, the Dolphins can cut Allen and risk losing him to another team.

Because he doesn't play special teams, the chances of him getting picked up are a lot more slim than, say, either Carroll or Culver. And you can always bring him back for the veteran minimum without having to guarantee the salary for the year and also saving around $500,000 in the process.

Obviously, everything changes if Allen plays out of his mind tonight. But otherwise, he's definitely not favored to make the team.

If Allen plays great, obviously Miami can look at Carroll or even Culver. I think the more likely cut would be Carroll because Culver can play both safety, in the nickel package, and on special teams. Carroll doesn't play safety.

On to other matters:

Running back Larry Johnson is expected to play tonight. He might get between 8-12 carries. I'm curious to see if the veteran still has it. I hope he does. I like a comeback story.

But the real issue at running back is not with Johnson or even starter Reggie Bush. The issue involves rookie Daniel Thomas. I've not been impressed with Thomas so far this preseason. Don't get me wrong, I believe he's been fine. But he hasn't done anything special.

More importantly, he has taken anyone's breath away within the Dolphins coaching ranks. They are asking more of him. They welcomed the addition of Larry Johnson.

The fact is if Thomas is going to respond to a challenge, this is the time. He's on notice he must run harder. He just looked up and the team brought in an accomplished player behind him. Hello?

Time to giddyup, rookie.

Obviously, we're looking for consistency from Chad Henne after a good performance last week against Carolina.

We're looking for signs of consistency from the offensive line.

We'll monitor the final WR spot battle between Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore and the others. Wallace, because of his special teams work, has the advantage.

[Update: Reshad Jones will start ahead Chris Clemons at free safety. Jake Long will not play. Neither will Charles Clay, nor Lex Hilliard, nor Patrick Carter.]

It all gets underway at 7:30. The live blog is in the comments section. See you there.

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FINS72,

YOU AND I ARE USUALLY OK, BUT YOU DO NEED TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. NOT ONCE HAVE I REFERED YOU IN ANY OF MY POST. THAT'S ALL IM SAYING.

MIND YOUR BUSINESS WHEN IT DOESNT INVOLVE YOU.

D is breaking down, need big play here! TB doing what they want!

Guys who were watching the live feed that died- you can see a play-by-play at NFL.com

It's better than nothing

DyingBreed

Would you like to dance with Oregon? Maybe a walz? I think a little music and cheer and you will 'soften' up to him after you 'harden' up to him.

Posted by: DyingArrogance

Hey, dont bring me into this adolescent blow out please!

I already decided to ignore it.

I guess it's back to the drawing board... Man I thought TS was making progress and now against a god team not great team it looks line he regress!!! I just feel bad for the defense and believe it or not Henne.. Because maybe just maybe a light bulb went on Henne head... But TS he just a bad coach
I'm sorry and when I say bad coach just look at the OL that's why!!! So guys get ready to see Mike Nolan in week 5 or 6 take over as head coach of the PHINS !!

Definitely looked flat tonight. O-line struggled and defense didn't record a single sack did they? No ints either. Not too good for a top 10 D. They definately looked like they were giving it their all on D, but things weren't going our way. Silver lining is that the Bucs were playing at their absolute best for this game after the crushing they took last week.

Also the game will air in entirety Sunday night on NFL network.

IMA-PENCIL-UPMY-A*SS,

YOU ARE SO FLOWEREY PINK IN YOUR SUPPOSED INSULTS. EASY TO TELL YOU DONT KNOW REAL MEN WHEN YOU SEE THEM. BECAUSE IF YOU DID YOU WOULD PROBABLY MAKE THE MISTAKE OF REACHING FOR HIS FLY! LOL...

Thank God....for a minute there, I actually thought miami was playing for overtime....Thank You...just end this game and move on....

Plenty of time to succeed or suck!

Oregon,

I thnk there going to airit at 11;00 am tommorrow.

Not sure though, I'll recheck

Who in their right mind would want to watch this game again?

DB-

You did refer to me when you started insulting everyone who was worried about the OL. That includes me.

WE are usually OK, but you're making a FOOL of yourself tonight. Go to bed and sleep it off, man.


Also the game will air in entirety Sunday night on NFL network.

Posted by: Oregon Dolphin fan | August 27, 2011 at 10:37 PM


If I were you, Id plan to do something other than tune into this one....Marshalls TD was it for tonight.....go watch it on nfl.com

Another TD by the TE against the defense.

The announcers are saying the Dolphins are a good team.

Time for a Matt Moore comeback win!

Nice, Go Fins!

BUCS 17 FINS 13. NOW YOU B!TCH A*SS GIRLS HAVE SOMETHING TO CRY ABOUT. NEVER ANYTHING POSITIVES FROM THE B!TCHA*SS NINNIES HERE. NOW YOU HAVE NEW REASON TO CRY, WE'RE LOSING!

Penalties are killing us!

Save the pain SuperPHIN?

Feinga

bloggers

dyingbreed will insult you without reason and the next day say he was only joking LOL. don't buy into it. he is a frustrated weaser that probably has nothing more to stimulate him other than the blog and an ugly wife.

sorry, but his comments are uncalled for and totally disrespectful.

DyingB, what's the pats score v lions?

FIN72,

FVCK YOU, I DONT DRINK, AND YOU NEED TO CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR HOME OF UNDERBRUSH UNTIL THE NEXT HOMELESS FEEDING. YOU FVCKING BUM! LOL...

Wasn't looking when Moore threw the football.

Matt Moore could be considered accurate . . . if he were a nuclear warhead.

Offensive holding penalties. Way too many. WTF?

Offensive line blows, not gettin coached up. Henne not the problem, what a surprise.

REDSKY,

34-10 LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL...

Worst team in the league. Simply awful. Offensive line is a joke. Running game is nonexistent. Defense can't get a crucial stop to save their lives. No sacks or turnovers. Midseason form for them. When the bright spot is Chad Henne -- oy. They'll be lucky to win a game. And with the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dullphins select... another offensive lineman!

Thanks DB, man you made my night!!!

Save the pain and anguish for this one.........Its preseason...so in other words pointless to try anymore tonight, weve seen what were going to see...no need to keep playin this one out in the film room after this week.

Come on, give Moore a chance to shine. two more stops

WE WANT MOORE, WE WANT MOORE, WE WANT MOORE! ISNT THAT WHAT YOU HENNE HATERS CRIED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO?

......AND YOU IDIOTS THINK WHAT YOU SAY IS SUPPOSED TO BE RESPECTED!!!!!!!!! LOL...

# 10:44


Well said.

I think the best way to look at tonight is this- WE held our own against a team that was 10-6 last year. That's not too bad.

Our starters vs. their starters - 10 to 10 draw.

I'll take that. And Henne looked really sharp- 10/13 for 175yds and 1 TD, NO ints

Fins66 is spot on. The common denominator in the offensive woes is the O line. That is all on our wizbang HC, who is a O line coach by trade. FIX IT already.

IDIOTS HERE CONSISTENTLY MAKE IDIOTIC COMMENTS HERE THEN WANT YOU TO BE THE BAD GUY WHEN HANDING THEM THIER A*SSES!!!!!!!!!! LOL...

Finsfan 72,

That's a positive way to spin it. I think it is fair to add though that Columbo remains a concern.

Perhaps he plays great against the chetriouts.

I hope so.

Odin, you've been busy drinking or effing, haven't heard from you for a while.

DB-

You might want to know who you're talking to before you go off like that. Miami is known to have a bunch of dangerous characters.

Be careful...

It aint over till it's over

Moore! Moore! Moore! Moore!

It tolls for you, Livas.

DyingBreed calls people idiots that are saying the very same things he said only a month ago.

So, he is calling himself and idiot and is too much of an idiot to realize it.

Game 3. That's the Dress Rehearsal game. A colossal flop. Fitting, because this franchise has been nothing but a colossal flop since Marino and the defense crapped the bed in Super Bowl XIX. This is, by far, the single worst franchise in all of professional sports. And I use the word "professional" loosely. Screw them.

Yeah, wait, no gain-LMAO

Game winning drive with 1:42 left?

agree with ff72 @ 10:46. best showing this preseason. when we stomped Carolina, everybody mumbled, but it's the PANTHERS. this was a decent team, their real 1's, and we looked good both sides of the ball, except for that whole Columbo issue.

gates...or is that ginn*lol*

Im out fellas, thanks for making my first time in this blog memorable... especially the Jackoff who cannot see the problems of this team even though it is right in front of his face. I observe football for a living (handicapper) so believe me when I say- this line is going to cost us big time this year... and cost a coach his job, but the QB is not the issue here... at least not now.

At least someone is relieved on the PHINS and it's CHAD HENNE He just glad the pressure is off him and back on TS and the OL... So your opinion dolpfans did the PHINS regress or it just a bad game!!!

As I said, Marlon Moore is the choice over Gates.

Moore straight missed him on that throw. Could have been a big gainer

everybody lay off DB--he's trying to watch a preseason game sober.

EXPECTING THE OLINE TO BE DOMINANT RIGHTAWAY IS LIKE YOU GUYS JERKING OFF TO YOUR PRIVATE FANTASIES. OPEN YOUR EYES AND SHE ISNT THERE.

DUMBA*SSES, IT ISNT MAGIC. FIRST WE GOT TO BET LONG BACK AT LT. THEN IF COLUMBO IS GOD AWFUL MOVE MURTHA TO RT. AFTER THAT ALLOW THE UNIT TO PLAY TOGETHER AND BEGIN TO JELL A LITTLE BEFORE YOU DECLARE THE SKY IS FALLING CHICKEN LITTLES! LOL...

Oregon-

I'm not sure what the answer is @ Columbo. He really scares me, and TS seems determined to start him. I don't know....


Game 3. That's the Dress Rehearsal game. A colossal flop. Fitting, because this franchise has been nothing but a colossal flop since Marino and the defense crapped the bed in Super Bowl XIX. This is, by far, the single worst franchise in all of professional sports. And I use the word "professional" loosely. Screw them.

Posted by: Fed Up With Losing | August 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM


I agree, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Mattt Moore should be 3rd string. Misfiring badly

AzDolphan,

good to have you in here. have a good week!

But the Pats got pasted tonight, mates. Buck up.

Cowboy's center Andre Gurode
The five-time Pro Bowl center was on the inactive list for Saturday night's preseason game at Minnesota, despite the fact that he has been healthy during training camp and backup Phil Costa has a knee injury that will keep him out 2 to 4 weeks. Undrafted rookie Kevin Kowalski started at center against the Vikings instead.
Looks like another Cowboy is coming to Miami.


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