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This is what's happening at this hour:

As I first reported Sunday afternoon, the injury to Reggie Bush is not serious. Bush had an MRI exam this morning and the result showed swelling but no structural damage. He might miss some practice time this week if the swelling does not go down sufficiently.

The worst-case scenario is Bush misses Sunday's game at Arizona. Best case? He's back in the lineup this weekend and forward we go.

The play-calling is a big topic of media conversation today. I wrote my entire column about that topic in today's Miami Herald. Coach Joe Philbin admitted today that, on second look, he would have made some play-call changes during Sunday's game.

“Sure," he said. "You always examine everything. Look I mean we had a first and ten on the 35, I think or something like that. We ran the ball on first and ten, got a couple of yards, not as many as we would have liked. We threw it on second down because they played a specific coverage so we took a shot. Geez would it have been better if we could have completed a seven or eight yard crossing route? Yeah, absolutely. And got a first down? Sure. But credit them; we thought we had a good call and they played that situation better and we weren’t able to get a first down and make it an easier kick for Dan (Carpenter).

"Those are the facts. There are always calls that, again, I’ve never seen a NFL player play a perfect game or a coach coach a perfect game. There are always calls you want to have back, all three phases. But that’s football, that’s the way it is. You have a plan, sometimes you have to adjust it, but I’d be lying if I told you (otherwise). I’ve been in a few games (like that). I don’t think the calls were bad. The result wasn’t what we wanted. Sure we wanted a first down. I thought we had some good calls.”

Frankly, the Dolphins face an interesting philosophical question soon. You see, they're pretty good at running the football. They do it as well as anyone in the NFL so far this season.

But they are not very good passing the football.

Their problem? They want to be balanced. They want to be "aggressive," as one coach told me privately. They want to throw the ball because this is a passing league.

I would say this to the Miami Dolphins: There are only three undefeated teams at this hour in the NFL. Not one of them has had a 300-yard passing performance so far. Not one. (Matt Ryan has come close but still hasn't done it.)

I'm not saying it's not important to pass. It is very important. But if you aren't equipped to be a pass-first team, if you aren't good enough at it, find what you do well and do that instead.

Philbin addressed some of these issues at today's press conference.

He was asked what is the identity of the offense. My guess is the identity is Wait 'til next year. Philbin cannot say that. So he said this:

“The way I’d like to be is protection the football number one, which we’re not there right now, okay. We have what six giveaways in the three games. Is that accurate? So two-a-game is way too many. 32 that’s not going to cut it. That’s the first thing we’re off the boat on. The second thing is we’d love to be an explosive offense that can make big plays. I think we’ve been excellent in the running game with explosive plays, not as good in the passing game, but we’re getting better as an explosive offense. I think we had eight (explosive plays) yesterday. I think we had nine last week. We didn’t have as many in Houston. Then, the other stuff is okay, let’s have balance, let’s have flexibility, let’s be multiple formation wise, let’s kind of take what they give us type of things. But that’s all kind of fluff. What the real stuff is, is let’s hold onto the football, let’s make some big plays and make first downs, get into scoring position and all of the other stuff that sounds good we can do later."

Protection of the football is a big deal. Well, then why are you passing from your own 6 yard line with a rookie QB against that secondary when you're leading?

If protection of the football is a big deal, why was Daniel Thomas your back of choice in the fourth quarter and overtime after he fumbled for the second time in two games? Philbin, by the way, said Thomas has two fumbles in three games. Actually, he's only played two games because he missed the Oakland game with a concussion. So Thomas is averaging one fumble per game.

“Some of it was protection related," Philbin said of the work Thomas got later in the game at the expense of Lamar Miller. "We try to get moving a little bit offensively in terms of the tempo. We like to keep a, there’s a couple different schools of thought – sometimes, you can change personnel every play and sometimes you can keep the same group in for a while and try to play faster. We’re more of the less substitution more faster. We thought Daniel, pass protection wise, gives us a little bit more, bigger guy. Some of the matchups that we thought, that was really primarily the reason.”"

So let me get this correct: The running game is working exceedingly well. You are leading going into the fourth quarter. So then you sub in a back that is an inferior runner because you want to pass more and he's a better pass protector?

Idea: Run the football! It's been working!

I hate second-guessing. But when you have the same thing happening in multiple games, I have to bring it up. Yesterday the Dolphins had the ball in their own territory with 36 seconds to play. They weren't going to attack. So they handed the ball to Bush rather than take a knee.

He got hurt. Not injured seriously, as you just read, but he missed the remainder of the game. The second-guess is to simply take a knee.

Two weeks ago, the Dolphins were in a similar spot just before halftime. They weren't attacking but rather simply running out the clock to  get to halftime. They ran a play for Daniel Thomas. He fumbled. He suffered a concussion.

Time to rethink?

"It all depends," Philbin said. "You have to… Every situation’s unique. The fun thing about game management, whether right, wrong or indifferent, you certainly could argue we’ve made some mistakes or I’ve made mistakes. I should clarify that. Every situation’s unique. Yeah, you have to argue as a coach do you have faith in your players to execute a base play in your offense and run the ball or do you want to take a knee.

"Sometimes, I struggle with that a couple times, obviously already this year. We’ll have to examine it. We’ll take a look at it. We’ll discuss it. But I don’t know that there’s any hard fast, how are you playing at that particular time? Do you have any momentum? Do you want to get in the locker room and make some adjustments? You think you might be able to have a shot play that you’ve had that you might be able to take a shot and get into field goal range? How many timeouts do you have? How many do they have? There’s a bunch that goes into it. I don’t think there’s any hard and fast."

One more thing ... The Dolphins are still struggling to find wide receiver help -- no, not via trade but rather from their own roster. Anthony Armstrong, claimed on waivers from Washington, hasn't performed as hoped. He dropped a pass Sunday. He hasn't factored for Miami.

So while Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are mostly contributing, the Dolphins are apparently using practice every week to determine which other wide receiver gets work on Sunday.

“I think some of it is based on weekly performance, weekly preparation in practice," Philbin said. "I don’t think we’re locked and loaded by any stretch of the imagination."

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Can we PLEASE fire Ireland now?

This game was just another reminder, that Miami needs A true #1 reciever.... they need to stretch the feild... This team would be very dangerous, with someone who could stretch the feild, because Bess and Hartline would kill teams 2nd and 3rd corners.... I mean Tannenhill is constantly over throwing the WR's on deep passes, because they cant get any seperation, unless its a broken play on the defenses part.... We Need a #1 receiver...

Jay and Boulder are way off. This game should ahve been a blowout--with US winning about 24-9. The Jets are horrible. That it was a close game when we were at HOME was a total fail. The goal was not to "be in the game" with this horrible Jets team at home.

And we are not as scrubby as all that. What we should be looking at is 11-5 season, if we had a coach.

If only to beat the stinking Jets. Then they can lose all the rest. 3-13 with the Oakland win and two Jets wins is how I wanted it to play out. Oh well.

Being better then D Thomas isnt saying much.

Jason, shut your stupid, failing pie hole, kid. Mando is awesome.

Armando,

Anthony Armstrong dropped a pass that could have been a TD. However so did Santonio Holmes. The Jets saw a weakness in Marshall covering Santonio and went back to Holmes over and over with much success. Armstrong with his speed will get open. The Dolphins have to be committed to going after what is a weakness. With Revis hurt they should have exploited that by passing to Armstrong again and again. Hartline does not create as much separation as Armstrong. Like I just indicated Holmes dropped a pass but the Jets knew they could exploit a weakness, the soft coverage of Marshall.

At least we're not the Broncos with a geriatric broken armed QB or the Saints with a 5'11" overrated little figured out QB.

We have players. We just need a coach.

Armando should be fired 25 years after Ireland is fired.

We have players? We have Arena league players.

I will never get over how we had #1 overall pick twice recently and got .... RB Ronnie Brown and OL Jake Long with those picks.

Colts are garbage organization but have Manning and now Luck fall into their laps.

We get #1 overall pick and the choices are 2 RBs, Brown and "Cadillac" Williams. Fvcking billshite.

Nice to see Matt Ryan tearing up the league for an undefeated team.


Matty Ice Ryan, the best QB in the league.

Blah blah blah. Wake me up when this team isn't garbage. Maybe I should go into a coma for the next decade

Before the season started, I penciled next week's game against AZ as an easy win. Don't think so anymore. They're 3-0 and have beaten the Pats and Philly. Who would have thunk? Their defense is scary good.

promichael, Armstrong dropped a slant right in his hands & bobbled an out pattern late in the game that would have been a 1st down.

Armstrong has been a bum his entire NFL career except for half a season.

He can't exploit anything. The best bet is to get Matthews in there to see what he can do. There is no point in playing a guy who will be gone in a year.

Matthews might actually stick so let him play!

Miller blew a running play. So what. Tannehill has thrown half a dozen interceptions and nobody's talking about benching him for an inferior player. So why would we bench Miller for Sammie Daniel Thomas Smith?

We had 4 rookies in the game who all contributed, QB, RB, RT, and DE (2 starters). Vernon makes that INT it all turns out differently. Our entire OL was drafted by him except for Richie and we are steamrolling defenses on the ground. With a little help at WR and DB things are looking up. Ireland isn't the problem. We are loaded with picks & money going into 2013.

Ireland should be fired for SEAN SMITH alone, and the fact he's STILL STARTING

Reality Check says:
promichael, Armstrong dropped a slant right in his hands & bobbled an out pattern late in the game that would have been a 1st down.
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Reality Check, Armstrong has not practiced much due to his hamstring. I mentioned the drop that could have gone for a TD. Holmes had a drop also, the point is you keep going back to a guy who has the speed to create separation. Read the post again. What would have happened if the Jets stopped going to Santonio after his drop!

Got to go...see you dudes......always fun exchanging here...laters

Guys, Over under on when odinstank Wakes up?
Bounus, on what kind of bodly fluids he wakes up in.

Craig's talking about me folks, and he's absolutely right. I've been pushing for I don't know HOW LONG to be more of an aggressive, passing offense (because that's what seemed to be working in the league).

But, now, at least this year, I see us winning more games being a San Fran type run-first offense. Our RB weapons are just miles and away better than our pass offense weapons, and though I don't think we're a Playoff team, I'm not sure professionals play for a high draft pick. So I'm advocating a more balanced (with run being the focus) offense. UNTIL Tannehill develops more and gets more receiving weapons.

BUT, I think you CAN be more aggressive than Henning/Sparano even in a run-first approach. You can use the short passes (or RBs out of the backfield) to do that. Or Clay and Fasano. You can pass on 1st down, run other downs. There's many ways to not be as conservative as Sparano, yet stay true to your strength right now, the run game.

That's where I am. You may all call me a hypocrite if you wish.

We are loaded with picks & money going into 2013.

Posted by: finbukaki | September 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM

We are loaded with even more holes than money & picks.

I don't care HOW free you are in FA or how many picks you have in April, you are not going to fill all the holes this team has & stands to lose.

LOL, If Ireland is still here those holes will be filled with Acorns.

Plaxico had 8 td's last year. More than any Dolphin receiver.
U have Plaxico begging to play for us and u give 2 roster spots to useless Nanee and Armstrong. Armstrong wasn't even good enought to be Washington's 5th WR. And Ireland thinks he's going to help us?
Ireland should fire himself!!
To Philbin, do not out think your self. We wasted a blocked field goal, and we never block FG's.


Guys, Over under on when odinstank Wakes up?
Bounus, on what kind of bodly fluids he wakes up in.

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM

5:04
Vomit

Yeah, yeah, but there is something you don't get fuc-ing super-scientific about, and is called Common Sense.

Jeff Ireland is the special keynote speaker on October 19 at the Chamber of Commerce banquet in the Keys. As a big fan of his, I am thinking of attending. Do any posters on this board have any questions that you would like me to ask him?

Playcalling has been unimaginative at best. Any reverses yesterday, any screen passes, throws in the flat? Clay? Miller?

Mando,

Okay. Give it a rest. This isn't the Sparano offense that refused to go for TD's & settled for FG's. I think I'm going to trust Philbin & Sherman over you when it comes to the offense. This was the 3rd game of the season & he's learning about what his players can do in certain situations.

You're blaming Philbin for Bush's injury??? Give me a break!!! And freaking Thomas fumbled the ball against the Texans b/c he got his bell rung & was concussed. You want to crucify Philbin for trusting Thomas after Bush got hurt??? Go right ahead BUT Thomas is the more experienced back. Miller will get his day in the sun & probably sooner than later.

This is a perfect example of the media & the unrealistic refusing to understand the lack of talent in several positions. This team is about how high we're going to be drafting in 2013 b/c Tannehill is a rookie & there are still too many warts on this team. Sure Bush can cover them up & we can win a 6 or 7 meaningless games BUT how does that help us next year or the year after??? Personally I want the highest pick we can get in the first round, the highest pick with both second round picks, the highest pick with both third round picks OR we use our extra picks to trade up into & take two first round picks.

We need to add talent more than we need victories & I'd rather the GM was someone who has been around a winning organization. Outside of Pouncey there are question marks surrounding every pick from the 2011 draft. I like Thomas, I've defended Thomas, but I think he's probably just a 3rd down back. And btw--where the f#ck has Charles Clay been???

Is Clay still on the team? I see no sign of him.

IRA,Yes I have questions
#1, Was his brain damage a birth defect?
#2 ,If not, Was it a car accident.
#3Is it true that you(Ireland) Cant pick a winner in a one horse race.
I have more Questions, How long do I have to summit them?

Im still with Greg Cote. You can point your finger at one singular thing and say that was why we lost.

1. Ryan Tannehill 16 of 36 196yds 0 TD 1 INT

Not eyepopping numbers, but 12.25yds per completed pass is. The accuracy could have been better, the dropped passes could have been better.

Made only 1 critical mistake and there was a positive in that. On the pic 6, it was a roll out pass. The good was he didnt try to throw back to the middle or oppoisite side of the field. The bad was, the play was covered and he should have just thrown it away.

Typical rookie qb mistake. More a growing pain issue than anything else.

2. Run game 43 rushes 185yds 4.3yds per rush 1 fumble.

Again, turnovers can be crucial, and can occur at the most inopportune moments. Is it a bad call to hand it to Thomas if he doesnt fumble? You never want to gift wrap 10 easy points for your opponent. It sometimes happen to the best of teams and best of players.

Its always easy to 2nd guess a thing once its already gone wrong. Even a 2yrs old has this capability.

3. Two missed fg's.

Our usually reliable kicker misses two fg's beyond 45yds. This happens too. The goal of every offense is to give thier a kicker "chance" by giving him a kick opportunity inside 50yds. They dont get paid for "chip shots" only. They get paid for these type kicks too.

Carpenter usually has it, Sunday was one of his "rare" exceptions.

4. Still void of defensive game changers.

Outside of Cam Wake, name one even close. Yes,I appreciate we've gotten better on 3rd downs. However, defensively, we're still "a work in progress" when it comes to someone stepping up and making a game winning stop.

The Sanchez TD pass to put the Jets ahead 20-17, was full proof of this.

Like Cote article stated: There isnt a singular reason as to why we lost Sunday. Mostly I think it comes down to not yet being a complete team. We're still a "work in progress" on both sides of the ball. At least 3-4 more "critical pieces". These are the type games you need them.

However, blame what you will, it 'll all be a wash by year's end.

Just passing by, the Banquet is October 19th at Hawk's Cay Resort. It would be great to have a long list of questions from loyal posters on this board.

LOL - there are some holes, like #1WR and DB. We have the 3rd ranked Rush defense in the league & the 4th ranked Rush offense in the league. When the coaches adjust and realize we have a rookie QB we will win some games.
You don't have the rookie throw an out route from our 6 with a lead, you don't give the ball to your star RB with 36 seconds left instead of take a knee, you call runs for 3 downs at the end of the game to give your kicker a better shot. Coaching needs to improve and play to our strengths. Tanny is a cake that needs to bake a while longer.

"Ireland should be fired for SEAN SMITH alone, and the fact he's STILL STARTING."

LMFAO@Marc. And this Promichael guy is complaining about Marshall & his coverage on Santonio....Please.

Smith's coverage on Schillens & Hill was all predicated on whether the receivers drop the ball or not. Smith doesn't break up passes & he doesn't force turnovers BUT other than that he's a really good CB.

Guys, Over under on when odinstank Wakes up?
Bounus, on what kind of bodly fluids he wakes up in.

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM

Lmao,I'll go with 615 Pm, With a Soiled Depends.
Sorry Old buddie, But I know you took this loss hard being a true finfan.

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DC is mostly correct on everything today!!!

Who is calling the offensive plays? Philbin? Sherman? Whoever is doing the play calling is doing it scared. And it shows.

LOL - there are some holes, like #1WR and DB. We have the 3rd ranked Rush defense in the league & the 4th ranked Rush offense in the league. When the coaches adjust and realize we have a rookie QB we will win some games.
You don't have the rookie throw an out route from our 6 with a lead, you don't give the ball to your star RB with 36 seconds left instead of take a knee, you call runs for 3 downs at the end of the game to give your kicker a better shot. Coaching needs to improve and play to our strengths. Tanny is a cake that needs to bake a while longer.

Finbukaki,

All very good points BUT we need to generate more sacks. Wake was playing like a man possessed yesterday & he still couldn't get to Sanchez. Odrick had a sack in the first half but to win the sacks have to come on critical 3rd downs in the 4th quarter!!! Not happening through three games.

Oscar
Scared?, I'd sa stupid, Amando's ight, for 3 qtrs the run was working fine, The old saying "If it aint boke, dont fix it" comes to mind.

Boy you'd think we lost 35-3 yesterday by reading some of the comments, rather than a close OT game, where we had two missed field goals. I mean what did people seriously expect this year? I now Kris saw the team going 11-5 but everyone else? Come on!

Team's playing hard and gritty and that's a sign that the tam is buying into Philbin and his system.

To the idiot who keeps calling him Cameron2.0, buy a clue buddy! This team has looked good with the exception of the first game, and even then it was only for a 5-8 minute stretch. This team, being lead by Tannehill has looked much better than I thought it would. I'm still saying 4-12 but it does give me reason for hope.

WHRB's,

If you get a chance, watch the Tannehill pic 6 throw. It was a designed rollout.

Rule #1. Never throw to the middle or opposite side of the field on a rollout. Tannehill passed that test. That was the good.

Rule #2. On rollouts it might lead to a qb only having 1 reciever at his disposal. If that guy's not open throw it away. The reciever wasnt open. Tannehill flunked that part of the test. Just a rookie growing pain thing.

I sincerely believe Tannehill has learned and next time throws it away and live to fight another down. Just so unfortunate yesterday it led to a pic 6.

Actually, when I saw it again on espn, that play looked a little slow in developing anyway. Still the reciever wasnt open. he had a lb in fron on underneath coverage and the safety had over the top coverage.

All Landry need was to step in front for the pick. Definitely a ball Tannehill needed to throw away, more so than being a horrible call. It was more of a rookie brain fart moment than anything else.

Cant wait for basketball season.

Guys, Over under on when odinstank Wakes up?
Bounus, on what kind of bodly fluids he wakes up in.

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM

I'am going to go with 7:45 PM and here's my thinking, He was posting non-stop for 16 hours yesterday, Starting at 12 pm till 4 this morning.
He'll wake up in u rine and vomit.

Got Jets Jizzzzz!

Call Me!Go UM!

HOW could the Fins let themselves be fooled on TEBOW'S fake punt play from the 25 yd line?

WHO takes the blame for that? The DC or ST Coach?

Fins would have gotten a FG or TD from there.

i go down on Jets fans!call me!

i don't know who is worse smith or marshall. Smith let's everyone run behind him and prayers they drop it or ball is overthrown. marshall interferes or slips on every play. bring back the blackwood brothers.
PS just bring in plaxico for a look see already. enough of the 4-6 yard passes.

Guys, Over under on when odinstank Wakes up?
Bounus, on what kind of bodly fluids he wakes up in.

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM


7 O'clock
poop

YG, for me it was the worst possible player getting a pick 6. I know Landry from his Redskins days. He was NEVER known as a ballhawk Safety. Actually, he's basically Y Bell on steroids (and probably a bit faster since he's younger). Could NEVER come down with the ball in DC.

But that one was gift-wrapped.

What I like about Tannehill is he's a quick learner, doesn't seem to make mistakes over and over (like Henne). Hopefully he only needs this one pick 6 to learn to take care of the ball so close to his endzone.

The one thing i wonder about is why did the Offence run to the right hash for kicks. I play a lot of golf and know that I hit a draw when I hit it properly. Thus I line up on the left side of the tee box. Carpenter hits a draw when he kicks. Hooking it back just makes fairways and goalposts bigger.
Just my humble thought.

Do you all know the difference between a winning franchise and a losing franchize. I read most of the post and i see you all do not. The winning frachizes do not panic because of loses and hire new coaches, winnig franchises do not change Head Coach every two years winning franchizes have consitanty you might not like the eagles but the have the same coach and a winning organization new england same coach winning i can go down the list. Than you have the dolphins had what six coaches in 15 years not good. Give Phil a true chance and see what he does in four years than make you judgement. After three games it is not right espeically with Irland as gm. This might all be moot because if Irland is gone next year than Phil might be with him

Swamy, I blame that on the ST Coach (or a player who should've noticed Tebow in the game, which was the dead giveaway). Jets ALWAYS use trickery to win, every game. Someone should have seen that coming.

From his responses, Philbin's honest enough (it seems) to take a critical look at the coaching part of the game. You make a mistake and learn from it....he seems like that of person.

I hope I'm wrong but I kinda think Philbin is deferring too much to Sherman and his experience. Especially since he didn't call the plays in G. Bay. So, here's to hoping Philbin will step in and use that mic on his headset more when things start going wrong.

Mondo, u forgot one item. Your not a head coach, your not a coach of anything. Almost everyone agrees the Dolphins should have won yesterday. But was not to be. Your being nit-picky. Even Bush fumbles. Philbin has to play who Jeffery drafts, signs free agents. These Dolphins are not (yet) nearly as bad as I thought they would be.
Mondo, maybe u can talk Philbin into letting u on the sideline for one entire game to see what really happens, see how fast the head coach has to make decisions? You cant grasp how fast the game is, sitting in a press box in the next county. Hind site is always 20/20.

Guys, Over under on when odinstank Wakes up?
Bounus, on what kind of bodly fluids he wakes up in.

Posted by: Odins Blotted Liver. | September 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM

Sunset
Jizz on his belly.

Why is Legedu Nanee even on the team?

Do you all know the difference between a winning franchise and a losing franchize. I read most of the post and i see you all do not. The winning frachizes do not panic because of loses and hire new coaches, winnig franchises do not change Head Coach every two years winning franchizes have consitanty you might not like the eagles but the have the same coach and a winning organization new england same coach winning i can go down the list. Than you have the dolphins had what six coaches in 15 years not good. Give Phil a true chance and see what he does in four years than make you judgement. After three games it is not right espeically with Irland as gm. This might all be moot because if Irland is gone next year than Phil might be with him
Posted by: robert909 | September 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM

***POST OF THE DAY***

This is what I've been talking abou for 5 years now. We have to take the foot off the panic button every time something goes wrong. The good organizations get it right not by chance but by having a plan. Philbin has convinced me he's got the plan to get us there.

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