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NFL truths escape the Dolphins

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The NFL regular season is 16 games long. It begins the second week of September and ends the final weekend of December. An NFL game lasts four quarters. That's 60 minutes of football.

I write this hoping the Dolphins read it, as many are wont to do, and learn the truth about the NFL because they are apparently not aware.

I write this hoping this organization figures out that playing well starting in November isn't good enough. I write this hoping this team realizes you cannot shut out the New England Patriots 17-0 in the first half and expect that will be good enough in the second half.

The Dolphins, a team that began the season 0-7, played well again at times Sunday. They indeed had that 17-0 lead against the Patriots and Gillette Stadium was shockingly quiet. But the Patriots got to play in the second half. And they put 27 points up to beat the Dolphins.

"In those first four or five minutes of the second half, the momentum shifted to their side and that’s not good, especially with the group of guys over there – coaches and players," receiver Brandon Marshall said. "When you have a team down, you have to put them away so you have to learn and grow and have that be part of he building blocks for next year."

The frustrating thing?

During their little runs, the Dolphins show glimpses of being good.

Today they had Brady running for his life, sacking him three times in the first half. Brady had a 51.9 passer rating in the first half. Today, Matt Moore looked great in the first half. His passer rating was 120.3.

But the game wasn't over!

And apparently the Dolphins didn't realize it.

The Patriots adjusted and suddenly there was no pressure on Brady. Suddenly, Moore was a turnover machine, throwing an interception and fumbling once -- with both turnovers leading to TDs.

This game ends the Todd Bowles experiment. His team showed the same inconsistencies under him as under Tony Sparano. They started fast but couldn't finish.

The Dolphins need to add someone that changes the culture. They need to hire someone with an alarm clock that signals the start and ending of a season as well as the start and end of games.

Seasons run 16 games. Games go four quarters.

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Can someone enlighten me about the last time a team has traded the "house" to move up to 1 or 2 in the draft and it has brought them a superbowl?I remember dika did something like that.I can't remember how that turned out because I'm to lazy to do research.Can anyone remember what team traded the "house" and got what they thought was their savior and how their next 6yrs were SPENT?

hasnt happened except when ditka gave up his draft for ricky. but u cant say it doesnt help if its never happened. anyone would deal 3 first rounders for manning, so if u think luck can be good as manning u would do the same to move up and take him. giants gave up 3 picks to move up to number one and take eli, they won a super bowl

This team gives a new meaning to the phrase's "A whole lota nothin",easy come easy go,now ya see me ,now ya don't,neither here nor there,wishy washey,the ok the bad and the terrible,for who? for what?,ect.

Was that the house?DB?

for Philip Rivers and the Giants' third round selection in that draft (#65) and their first and fifth-round selections in 2005

how could anyone know manning would be that good?Can you say ryan leaf?and many more so to give 2 or even 3 1st rounders for any qb is putting your job on the short end of "job security"you think anyone in the dolphin front office gonna put their ballzzz on the line?No me neither.


yes i do, if rams end up with pick id offer a similiar package like the giants did back then

I think all teams know how bad miami needs a QB and the asking price for now draft picks and future picks will be way to high.

Merry Christmas

The team needs a new owner before it can develop anything. Look at the SB teams, they have real football owners, not garbage men and real estate men.

For Ross its a new toy, nothing more, he will sell the team to some arab in 5 years just like Jax did. The team will go nowhere while Ross is the owner.

id do it, its worth a franchise qb

get luck and a new staff and we can win despite ross

Miami MUST deal to trade up. They can compensate via free agency and since Ireland's is staying we would benefit from his ability to find decent players in later rounds, in fact he's better at that than picking early. So why not let's deal for either Luck or RG3. I like RG3 b/c it will definitely come in cheaper and b/c I feel the guy would be a great fit with this offense having a dynamic guy in Reggie. Just need to find that deep threat and I think DeSean Jackson would be an outstanding addition to this team. RG3, Reggie, Clay, The Beast, DeSean Jackson, Bess, Long, Pouncey, Thomas, Fasano, Greg Olsen via FA.
This draft is very deep at linemen and could pick secondary help in later rounds as well. Michael Griffin would be another great addition at free safety as well.

dusty bottoms, get Luck how, by offering a King's ransom in draft picks. That would be fine if the Phins were a QB away from the SB, but they aren't. They're a few players from the playoff's. A rookie QB, no matter how good is not going to make us a p[layoff team. The team needs to keep it's draft choices this year. Build the team, and hopefully pick up a QB next year. Moore is fine, not a Rodgers or Brees, but ranked in the top 1/2 of the league. Check the QB ratings.

i may be wrong but what up with the cuban menace moving from db studio and leaving him pay the whole rent alone .

Even with Barkley not participating in it, this coming Draft is much deeper QB wise than last year's and I see no reason why we couldn't come up with an Andy Dalton or Cam Newton.

If Miami could tank the Jets game and the Skins and Jags both win Miami would end up picking #6. The #8 position is the worst they could do, win or lose.
#6 gives them the edge over teams like Washington and Jacksonville and they may still be able to trade up to get RGIII if that scenario were to take place.
Rams take Blackmon to get him off the board. If that happens the Vikings, whether they have the #2 or #3 trade out of that position. They arent' taking a left tackle that high. The Colts will take Luck and sit him at least a year behind Manning.
The Browns and Bucs also need offensive firepower. So, with Blackmon gone, they also may be looking to move down. So, with Miami being in the #6 position (best case scenario) they have a chance at getting RGIII.
I believe that, if the Browns or Vikings go offense they will probably take one of the top rated tackles but I don't know if they are going to be willing to take one in the top 5 picks. McCoy needs someone on the o-line to help keep him from getting killed and Minnesota could use the same but who knows what their line of thinking will be. With Minnesota investing a first round pick in Ponder last year it is difficult to see them taking another quarterback.
The Browns are in the same boat as the Rams with McCoy being their first rounder from last year so they will probably give him a chance to do something with some players around him.
In any case, whether Miami stays at #8 or they get lucky and move up 1 to 2 spots after the last game they still have a legitimate shot at RGIII. (if he declares)

I think is a safe bet that we are going to lose vs the Jets, Professor, so, yes, we might end up picking 7th or 6th.

Lou and his mocks LOL. The draft never goes like anyone expects. He still hasn't learned that.

Have you noticed Miami has beaten LV's spread in every single Game of the last 8 ones? That augurs well for next Season.

We have no idea what value Ireland gives any of the QB's in this draft. Just because some fans want RG3 doesn't mean Ireland sees him as a high first round pick. We may very well trade down again.

Yes, Ireland is very unconventional with his picks in the Draft and who knows what he has in mind?

Armando, I'm not sure you understand what was done in the second half. Mike Nolan has mentioned on defense, "staying ahead of the curve". Changes have to be made to stay ahead of the Patriots. It's called in game coaching to change the schemes and looks. That's what the Patriots do best under Belichick's direction. Nolan should have known that in the second half schemes and looks had to be changed. Vonte Davis and Jake Long getting injured also changed the outcome of this game. Belichick may not have the best defensive players but when needed he knows how to change the scheme, stunt and blitz to get a pass rush......and so it went. The lead and then the game.

those few meaningless wins we got are killing us now with washington one pick ahead of us. so luck and rg3 are gone unless we trade up. if rams get first pick i call and offer a solid package

oscar that is flat out wrong. miami didnt come close to the spread in the philly game

The dolphins should have won that game yesterday for sure, But Matt Moore reverted back to playing like a back up , I like MATT AND THINK OVERALL HE HAS PLAYED WELL BUT AT TIMES HE HAS COME APART, THAT FUMBLE WAS REALLY COSTLY, IT WAS HIS PLAY IN MY OPINION THAT DID THE DOLPHINS IN YESTERDAY, THE DEFENSE WAS PUT IN A TOUGH SITUATION WHILE THEY ARE AT TIMES A VERY GOOD DEFENSE THEY ARE NOT A GREAT DEFENSE, SO THEY NEED A LITTLE HELP FROM THE O, LIKE NOT TURNING IT OVER RIGHT BACK TO THE PATS , THE DOLPHINS ONLY HAD I BELIEVE 6 OR 7 OFFENSIVE PLAYS , THE DEFENSE GOT A LITTLE WORN DOWN, AS FAR AS BOWLES NOT SURE WHAT HE COULD HAVE DONE, MOORE TURNED THE BALL OVER TWO TIMES IN A ROW AND THE OFFENSE BARELY HAD THE BALL, SO FAR BOWLES HASN'T DONE ANYTHING STUPID, LIKE TONY USED TO, BUT IF WE CAN GET A EXPERIENCED COACH LIKE BILLICK THEN WE SHOULD GO FOR IT, THE BRIGHT SIDE IS WE ARE CLOSE TO BE GOOD , THIS OFF SEASON IS CRITICAL GET THE RIGHT COACH AND A FEW MORE PLAYERS WE COULD BE IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION, THE 17-0 LEAD AT THE HALF WAS NO FLUKE .

NY "G" is dead on the money!!!!

I MEANT TO SAY 6 0R 7 PLAYS IN THE 3RD QUARTER MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Professor Lou,

McCoy was a THIRD round pick, not a first. I'm off the belief that if a guy like RGIII is available when they draft the will pick him. McCoy doesn't have much to work with but I believe they will move on from him, should RGIII still be there. It's similar to what Carolina did with Newton, one year after taking Claussen early in the second. Too good to pass up. I think if we want RGIII, we will have yto trade up with a team like Minni to get him, which might be possible.

matt moore is a backup scott, he didnt revert back to it. he is what he is

We have no idea what value Ireland gives any of the QB's in this draft. Just because some fans want RG3 doesn't mean Ireland sees him as a high first round pick. We may very well trade down again.
Posted by: Jelly Bean | December 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

If Ireland has a chance to get Luck or RGIII you can bet he will definitely take one of them. If there is no chance to do so (can't get a trade partner to move up) he may move down to accumulate more picks, especially if a decent amount of the underclassmen declare to make it a deeper draft.
Moore has been serviceable and, if Ireland sees an opportunity to surround him with more talent of offense, he may do so.
Of course, nobody knows how deep this draft will be until afer the January 15 deadline and it is all specualtion until that point but if I wish to talk about the scenarios I will do so even without your permission.

craig i say try and trade up all the way to the top and get luck

dusty,

I'm in favour of that too. It will be a lot easier to trade up with St. Louis than Indy. Pray for an Indy win next weekend and a St. Louis loss.

yeah craig, rams will lose easily but jags could beat indy. go colts!

Wow...everyone have a little eggnog and chill....

Miami whipped Brady about in the first half. Marshall and Bush both went over a hundred yards and Hartline was great too. Moore probably played above his natural abilities, but he did great.

Daboll and Nolan called a great first half.

The second half, New England adjusted well and Miami stopped playing aggressively - as soon as the no-huddle kicked in.

As far as I can see, there are needs for key positions to be better...but most of this was coaching/playcalling and lack of adjustments on miami's part.

And as Mando noted, finding a coach that has his players FINISH!

Ha!, I knew somebody was going to contest me on that one, and I knew, yes dusty, I knew.

Sometimes I wonder what do these assistant Coaches assist on? Carrying a pen for the Coordinators, a pencil for the Head Coach? Most of these are former players and probably hired expressely for that reason, with disregard to true Coaching abilities. Heck, many experienced Fans know much more about Game managing than these klutzes do. How about that!

Sorry. I take losses hard.

Play conservative and you loose!!.....specially in todays NFL which favors offenses.... enough said... the few games Dolphins had a lead, they lost it for being conservative....... you have to keep scoring and attacking until the other team stops it.

Armando, we need quality Bench(besides good Coaching). After Mankins got hurt, NE played with 2 rookie DT's, and they did very well.

been miamis problem for years, play not to lose instead of playing to win. cant wait for an entire new staff

thanfully we lost that game though and better lose again sunday. hope for a washington win

After Burnett got hurt, they put Alama in there in some kind of zone and, of course, Brady picked him apart. I do believe we have some way to go to become an elite Team.

That's called no killer instinct, joeywatts, which = Fear. No place for that now in this League.

After Mankins got hurt, NE played with 2 rookie DT's, and they did very well.

Posted by: oscar canosa | December 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

oscar you drunk again??? Mankins ain't DT.

Check it out. Mankins got moved to DT by Belichick yesterday after their starter there couldn't go. You saw the Game but, as usual, paid no attention to it.

You checking the replays? hehe Fortunately, I don't need to do that.

Oh that explains it. My gal was giving my pecker some attention while watching the game, missed some details!

You must mean your guy.

Looks like someone is jealous.

TRADE UP FOR LUCK MIAMI!!!!!
and
MERRY CHRISTMAS PHINSFANS!!!!!!!!!!

AMEN, MANDO AMEN!

Great watching all those Teams in those supra-exciting Games.

Yeah, sure I'm going to watch our Game at 6PM. That's what started us on our run.

Makes you humble, huh? Watching all those great Teams, Players and Coaches.

WHY I FEEL SOME ONE IS TAlKING TO HIMSELF?

Fortunately, I don't need anything or anybody else to fulfill MySelf.

You sound hard up, dude. Maybe you need to pound some vgina and fill it with jizz.

I'll just say this;the Fins have shown promise for the future lately.Add to that thought the Fins will have a new HC(and hopefully GM)-and then this nugget--the Fins will have one of the softest schedules in 2012.Perhaps the team will make some real noise in 2012.

Teams with soft schedules are one and done in the playoffs. This team has a long way to go. New coaches, new systems, new players.

This team showed promise in 2008, look how promising that was. Regime was a total failure.

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