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'Favorable' schedule suddenly looking tougher

Remember last week when I told you this season's schedule reminded me of the 2008 schedule that allowed that Dolphins team to win the AFC East title? Remember that stuff about the Dolphins not facing a 2011 playoff qualifier until December, thus making this coming two months a time when the Dolphins could win some games?

Remember Davone Bess saying he'd looked at the schedule and thought the Dolphins could do damage with that schedule?

Yeah, that stuff's not holding up so well right now.

The Dolphins will leave for Arizona on Friday as part of their preparations for playing the Cardinals Sunday. That game was supposed to be against a struggling club that was still searching for a quarterback and an identity.

Nevermind. That's not looking to be the case at this point.

The Cardinals are 3-0. They have posted a 10-2 record in their last 12 regular-season games. They boast the NFL's No. 1 defense in points allowed -- which is the most important statistic when judging because, you know, the score is what determines the game's outcome.

The Cards still have premier receiver Larry Fitzgerald and now Kevin Kolb has started to stabilize their quarterback play.

Suddenly this game isn't looking like a victory for Miami, much less an easy victory.

And that seems to be the narrative in other parts of the schedule as well.

The Bengals were supposed to be beatable. I suppose they still are. But they're tied for the AFC North lead and are playing solid football. Andy Dalton is the NFL's fourth-rated quarterback.

The Seahawks were supposed to be beatable. I suppose they still are. But they have the look of a solid team as well. Their defense, particularly their secondary, is outstanding. The unit was second in the NFL in points allowed per game prior to last night's game against Green Bay. And offensively, Marshawn Lynch is indeed a beast.

Yes, the Colts, Titans and Rams have major problems. But all have quarterbacks playing better than Miami starter Ryan Tannehill.

Suddenly, a stretch of games that seemed promising a week ago, is casting a different shadow now.

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Monte....

Thank you...I will look for your post as well....

3-13 for the next 3 years sounds about right.

You no touchy yourself u make radio.

Fin 77...

thanks...

Vontae Davis has allowed 10-11 for 143 and 2 td's with the colts. That sucks

The league has issued a statement in the wake of the wild finish of Monday night's contest between the Packers and Seahawks:

"In Monday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Seattle faced a 4th-and-10 from the Green Bay 24 with eight seconds remaining in the game.

"Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Several players, including Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, jumped into the air in an attempt to catch the ball.

"While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.

"When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball. Under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown.

"Replay Official Howard Slavin stopped the game for an instant replay review. The aspects of the play that were reviewable included if the ball hit the ground and who had possession of the ball. In the end zone, a ruling of a simultaneous catch is reviewable. That is not the case in the field of play, only in the end zone.

"Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review."

"The result of the game is final."
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DC...

i'm not comparing as much as typing observations...

I'm still pi**ed about the jets....

So the bad call in last nights game is estimated to be a 1 billion dollar swing for bettors. If this continues some bettors will become pretty reluctant to place bets.

Philbin was a disaster all preseason, starting with his decision to do the TV show. Getting then cutting Garrard and naming Tanne the starter 2 weeks before the seasons started after Tanne didn't get 1st rep snaps all preseason. (That's one excuse Tanne has right now.) Canning Marshall and having ZERO WRs for Tanne the rookie to throw to. Starting Tanne right now with no help when--although he shows promise--he is *not* ready. Tanne's been hit in the back or back of the knees pretty brutally 4 or 5 times now, counting when he played *in the 4th preseason game* unlike every other starter in the league, who was resting, and got nailed on a cheap shot in the back of the knees. I would not be surprised if Tanne is banged up already. Continuing to follow the Sparano plan of running Bush up the middle; even though Bush has proven he can do it, still being done way too much unnecessarily. We saw what happened last week. I predict Bush will lack his explosiveness (probably have to be careful) now. Now we'll see 3.5 ypc out of Bush. In two of three games totally abandoning a running game *WHILE PLAYING WITH THE LEAD* and literally calling 14 pass plays in a row with a bunch of 3 and outs that ran almmost no time off the clock, with a lead. But yet running guys up the middle with 30 seconds left from own 20 with a lead, causing fumbles, concussions, and knee injuries to our #1 and #2 RBs. Not coaching up Miller enough so he won't blow that play and then not play Miller, clearly better than Thomas. I'm not sure the vets respect Philbin or feel like he knows what he's doing. It feels like the *end* of Wannstache's tenure. But Wannstache went 11-5 or 10-6 with Jay Fiedler his first 5 years before it fell apart.

Yeah, Carpenter makes a FG and we're 2-1, but the Jets should not have been in that game.

http://sportstalk72.blogspot.com/

Miami is a made fg from 2-1 and first place in the division, We lost to Houston who is the best team in football, we destroyed Oakland who beat the Steelers last week, and we had many chances to beat the Jets. We are 1-2 like the steelers Pats and Packers, this season is not close to being over and I expect to beat Arizona next week and be tied for first after NE beats Buffalo and the Jets lose to SF without Revis

How happy is Mike Nolan he left this cespool?

Kris, I haven't seen one blog post in which someone said Tannehill looked good; in fact, all of us are admitting he played poorly overall. But it's not on his shoulders to win games for us this season, this season is for his development.

In fairness, Wilson is developing for Seattle as well.

Average yards a game for the 1st 3 weeks:

Tannehill: 205
Wilson: 145

Average attempts per game:

Tannehill: 34 (6 yards per attempt)
Wilson: 25 (5.8 yards per attempt)

that's a stat that sticks out at me. Especially with the receiving core Miami has.

You can say Tannehill has 1 TD and 4 INTs while Wilson has 4 TDs and 1 INT (though there is an obvious debate that should be a 3/2 ratio instead -- which also lowers his YPG yadda yadda but I digress) but if you watched Wilson's games he hasn't looked like a good QB overall, he's looked very similar to how Tannehill has looked so far this season -- like a rookie.

This next game for Miami will give us a good comparison

Wilson went: 18/34 153 1/1 against Arizona week 1....
I think Tannehill will be able to perform better than that but lets see before making a definitive comparison.

Tannehill has faced Texas and NYJ, two top defenses. Wilson has faced Green Bay and Dallas, two mediocre defenses. This Arizona game will be a good way to judge

Yeah Carpenter really fvcked us the more I look at it.

I still maintain that the Jets should not have been in the game, but Carpenter's failure really fvcked us.

Should be 2-1.

So the bad call in last nights game is estimated to be a 1 billion dollar swing for bettors. If this continues some bettors will become pretty reluctant to place bets.

Posted by: Vegas Mike | September 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM

I think reports are between 150-250 million

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8422934/seattle-seahawks-vs-green-bay-packers-disputed-mnf-call-shifted-150-250m-bets

Sure it stinks to be Green Bay this morning....

But I need look NO FURTHER than 2 season's ago...in a game against the Steelers...in which we fored Rapistburger to fumble BEFORE reaching the end zone....after a huge scrum for the ball...a FINS player (Starks maybe) emerged from the pile...and handed the refs the ball....

The REGULAR REFS told us that they could NOT dertermine who recovered the ball....and because of that....they gave PITT the ball @ the one....and essentally handed them the ball game.....

Soooo....

Screw GB....

BTW...Goddel and his minions want to ACT all upset and dumb-founded about the replacement ref wearing Saints gear on his face book page (like this REPLACEMENT REF ever dreamed of reffeing in the NFL)...

One of the REGULAR REFS who reffed SAID PITT GAME was found to be a PITT RESIDENT and BUISNESS OWNER....but Goddel is SO SHOCKED that a part time official is actually a FAN of an NFL team....

GIMME A BREAK...

But I need look NO FURTHER than 2 season's ago...in a game against the Steelers...in which we fored Rapistburger to fumble BEFORE reaching the end zone....after a huge scrum for the ball...a FINS player (Starks maybe) emerged from the pile...and handed the refs the ball....

The REGULAR REFS told us that they could NOT dertermine who recovered the ball....and because of that....they gave PITT the ball @ the one....and essentally handed them the ball game.....

Soooo....
Screw GB....
Posted by: Kris | September 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM

Good point...

Miami D...good post....

I'm not buying that this jets D...is the same jets D of the past....but the next few games will tell...

My main thing with Wilson seems to be the "IT" factor....

He seems ready to lead NOW....and I think it keeps the other guys motivated and accountable....

What Rookie QB is suppose to beat out a 25 MILLION DOLLAR FA who was brought in to WIN the starters job...

All in all...very impressive in such a short amount of time...

Kris | September 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM


If Russell Wilson is actually that much better than his 25 Million $ back up then how BAD do you think Matt Flynn actually is. I don't know if we thank Philbin (probably) on the call regarding his G.B. back up but BOY! I see it from another point of view in watching Wilson and that's the indictment of what an overrated talent Flynn really is and what a great supporting cast can do for you given his play late last Season in G.B. If Philbin learned anything last Yr. in watching a mediocre talent (by what now seems his assessment) can do working with top flight talent then I'd bet our upcoming draft/FA period in 2013 will focus exclusively in surrounding Tannehill with such players. Heck lets get it rolling in FA were both Jermicheal Finley and Greg Jennings will hit the open market.

Kris, I agree the Jests D isn't the same as years past but the one thing that remains constant is they have GREAT CBs and a good LB core, and that takes away just about every passing lane from Tannehill because their D is heavily invested in taking away the pass (but, since their DL is subpar, we were able to execute a good run game)

Wilson brings an unorthodox style to the game, and that essentially is him being under 6 feet so he's playing well with limited intangibles to be a QB -- I think that's where we are getting that "IT" factor from. I noticed Wilson was very composed and seemed like a leader at the end of the GB game last night but I think Tannehill has a very strong leadership quality to him as well.

I think we need to see Tannehill unleash more long balls since he has the arm (and not on stupid calls like the 4th quarter and OT against the Jests but when coverage dictates to go long). That's what is making him look below average, the fact that our gameplan is EXTREMELY conservative and he is only throwing short comeback routes. His touch is a little inaccurate but if Hartline was streaking down the middle of the field like Tate was on that 60 yard play last night I think Tannehill makes that TD pass...

Exactly. Kris. THat was the game I was pointing too.

Same thing our first game vs Houston we had that game stolen by refs too. 5 years ago or so.

Let me see what Tannehill can do against mediocre defenses. The Jests and Texans are a poor way to judge him but a GREAT way for him to learn. Even though we're 1-2 I absolutely love that he faced those top defenses because it was a really hard test and a way for him to learn against the best.

The best will only make you better. Similar to:

Wake v Long
Our RBs v our DL

Tannehill ranks 32nd and last among NFL quarterbacks in QB rating, at 58.3. The rest of the bottom five: Josh Freeman (71.4), Michael Vick (66.3), Brandon Weeden (60.7) and Jay Cutler (58.6). Matt Ryan is first at 114.0.. who is this guy matt ryan.?.
lol

With three sacks in three games, the Dolphins rank ahead of only Jacksonville in sacks per pass play. Seven NFL players have more sacks than the entire Dolphins team, led by Clay Matthews (six). The Dolphins, as you'll recall, selected Vontae Davis one spot ahead of Matthews in the 2009 draft.
lololololololololololololol...

Still disappointed that with all this Tannehill analysis ... we haven't discussed one important factor from Sunday's game. Sure Tannehill was invisible for most of the game. However, in crunch time with the Dolphins down, he lead them down the field to tie the game. In overtime, he led them down teh field again for what should be a makeable field goal by a five year vet placekicker who makes over a $1mill a year.

Tannehill responded to big pressure. You won't find that on any stat sheet.

fins4life: if Jennings isn't franchised or resigned by the Packers I would grab him in a second! Same with Finley. That allows us to focus on CB and Safety in the draft, maybe DE or MLB as well. We have the space to sign both of those players and enough to fill other backup holes with role players.

With that said, I'd still love a stud receiver out of the draft that we can pair with Tannehill for their careers. Though, like I mentioned, I heard this WR draft class isn't too good.

Isn't there a DE that's being hyped up to be a guarenteed #1 draft pick if it weren't for the QB inflation effect? If it's possible to trade up and grab him I'll take that hands down. Nothing like Wake and an equivalent DE on the other side with Starks and Soliai in the middle

Mark, I brought up that very point yesterday.

The knock from alot of fans & experts was that Tanny disappeared in the 4th quarter in college. Could never lead his team back.

Not the case last week which is at least 1 promising sign.

MD20, you'd think they would franchise Jennings .. but if that's the case, looks like Finley hits the FA market. It would be a nice signing that would allow us to free up one of those higher draft picks.

Looks like Miami will be a player in free agency but they will need Tannehill to continue imporving to be able to draw these guys.... or else we will be overpaying like we did for Dansby and Buffalo did for Mario.

If the Dolphins can somehow finish between 15th -19th in passing offense this year and have a top ten defense then we will be an attractive destination, in my opinion.

Tannehill responded to big pressure. You won't find that on any stat sheet.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | September 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM

I agree. When the time came for him to lead the team down the field he did it. He was asked to step up, make a throw and he did.

None of his throws he made during that time would have led to a mistake. It was obvious his throws were a little bit out of bounds because he didn't want to throw an interception. That "circus" catch by Hartline was a little far ahead but definitely wasn't going to be short where Cromartie was going to beat him.

If it were the first quarter or second I think Tannehill places the ball where he thinks it's a perfect throw (for him) rather than making sure he gives that little extra effort to guarantee it isn't short/intercepted.

Even that slant route (which was a problem in the Oakland game when we saw Hartline get popped cause the throw was on his back shoulder, and not in stride) was a perfect throw to Armstrong -- it's too bad he couldn't hold onto it

RC, i wasn't around much yesterday but I thought that was extremely encouraging. The kid showed a lot of the it factor especially since he allowed the pick six and could've become gun shy. The kid will be ok ...

Mark, I'm not getting my hopes up for Jennings, or Finley for that matter (I didn't know either was a FA, I don't know FAs until the offseason comes that's when I focus on it) but if both hit the market I expect us to be viable contenders for each. Whether it's because we have Philbin, we are in Miami, or the chance to be THE GUY and take the team to the next level, I think we have a good chance. Only thing holding us back is we aren't in "win now" mode and if they want to win a SB in the next 2 years they should go back to GB

By the way, back to the topic of Mando's post, that's why we were supposed to win an easy "must win" home game agaist the *horrible* Jets.

The Jets are terrible and we were brutally bad to even let them stay in the game.

True Mark...Tanne never became gun shy....

According to Sherman...he even changed a play late in the game to a deep pass....and then chucked it....

guess he has balls....

MiamiD20 | September 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM

Greg Jennings has all but said he believes this will be it for him in G.B. you must have heard the statements given every channel repeated the story for a week but supposing they find a way to keep him they still need to resign Finley who they already Franchised this Ty. at something like 12 Mil for the Yr. and there is also some sort of problem between him and Rodgers were Finley called out his S.B. MVP QB in the press saying he wasn't much of a leader, any how one will be playing somewhere else next Season.

Considering what's available in the next draft keep your eye on LSU MONSTER DE who could play OLB Barkevious Mingo (looks like one of the next greats) Bama OLB CJ Mosley looks good as does the kid in Georgia Jarvis Jones but I can't help but love the idea of pairing LSU Strong Safety Eric Reid (HARD HITTER) with R.Jones who seems to be taking well to the Coaching with better angles and playing in position, especially if Mingo is gone by our pick, as you can see I watch alot of SEC and ACC Ball. I also here that the WR class is the weakest in years by the way.

Mark....

If WE don't talk about Tanne who will....

Not ESPN...Not NFLN....not Fox Sports....not ANYBODY...

not until he wins games...and a win against the jets would have taken a huge step to him getting in the conversation as a young gun....

Fins, I hadn't seen that. Busy during the week and haven't watched too much espn recently and NJ cable customers don't have NFL network. Not sure why GB would let that talent go...watch NE get him

His wife will talk about him.

guess he has balls....

Posted by: Kris | September 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM

I'd hope so. If not we'd all be reading: Tanne's a Trannie.

Would not spark fear in the competition.

By the way, they wouldn't allow my post if I spelled the last word (2nd line) with a "y". Don't know why.

Mrs Hartline > Mrs Long > Mrs Tannehill

Mrs Tanne shoots guns and is smoking.

not until he wins games...and a win against the jets would have taken a huge step to him getting in the conversation as a young gun....

Kris | September 25, 2012 at 02:32 PM

I agree with you here and interestingly enough we haven't really discussed what the hell is going on with our Kicker. Sure we all know he missed 2 kicks but did you notice how even the ones he made were all knuckle balls swinging left just in the uprights?? It didn't start last Sunday by the way remember the Pre-Season he was erraric and shaky it has carried over and nobody has really mentioned that I guess he still gets a pass for all those kicks in the Sparano era??

Mrs Tanne shoots guns and is smoking.
Posted by: Fear Man | September 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM

She's all makeup and tan. No face. No curves.

So you like 'em fat? That can be fun too, and to each his own, but IMO she does not have fat "curves" because she's in shape. And she's gorgeous.

Hartline's girl is hot too.

But Brian's not married to her. Get your facts straight.

Where is everybody? Jeezus krist it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'.

Ok fear man you scared me -- his GIRLFRIEND is hot. And no thanks, no chunkers, I guess my girlfriend sets my bar higher than mrs Tannehill. Her looks are fraud. Gimme genuine beauty over a fake tan everytime. She's "ok", nothing special

So..... Cardinals game.

Do we get an angry comeback 27-14 win?

Or do we fold, lose and head towards 3-13?

Name the movie: "You nerve wracking sons of biatches. It's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'."

Bonus if you name the actor who said it.

True or false: Christina Aguilera is the world's hottest woman with cankles?

If u want to see the ref's influence the out come of a game. Look no further than our Game.

More than half them penalties were Bogus!! The Ref's Neutralized an Advantage we have with our Return Game.

A Couple of the Pass Interference calls were Bogus!!

Not the Last one, Marsha2 got burned. But a Couple during the middle of the Game(3rd Qtr) when the tide started turning in their favor.

But New Week

Upset Special 17-14 Dolphins!!

No Huddle Controls the Clock. 50 Runs 30 Passes!! 2 RB's Over 100 yds. Pick Ur Choice.

We should be able to get Kolb. They have Us at WR and TE VS. Our LB's and CB's. What Else Is New.

Oh, And it goes Vice-Versa. Arizona's LB's and DB's are Better than our WR's and TE's.

But Like Every Week. We Will Control that Line!!!! We have the better Running Game and We also have 1 of the best Rush D. Ur not getting anything Easy With Miami.

This Week is important to see how far clemons and Jones have come along. Arizona has Wr's don't know about TE's. But even the Worst TE's will look like T.Gonzalez Against our LB's.

One thing is Fact U have to beat us thru the Air because U will get no where thru the Line. Kolb is going to have to make throws.

Fear man,
Christopher Walken

Dashi is right about the BS calls. These refs won't let a kick return happen without block in the back call. PI calls BS too.

Mando is doing a fine job of placing the blame squarely where it belongs:

On the narrow shoulders of Ryan Tannehill

Fear Man,

The Cardinals are for real on Defense everybody is talking about Fitz but seem to forget about rookie WR Floyd, the Bengals the week after will come at us with AJ Green and that WR they pulled out of left field who plays like a human video game (Hawkins)a great T.E. and don't feel we have much for them either then mercifully it's back home to play the Rams who aren't going to roll over either and I can see us at the bye week being at best 2-4. I have no problem with it if we at least play competitive Football, show improvement while getting a few in the 2nd half of the Yr. to finish out with 5 wins minimum, we should be able to beat the Bills at least once with the Jags, Colts and rematch with the Jets out of our bye.

phinz winz.

It's cute how we're all trying as hard as we can to make our team relevant. Keep it up gents. You have about 4-5 weeks until we're officially out of Playoff contention. Then we can talk about what's really important: NEXT YEAR! (that's our new battle cry).

Game 3 and you guys have written off the season. For awhile I was falling for all of the negative Nancy boys on the blog. What a bunch of little girlies. Giving up before the season is even half over.

LOL kIndry, where you been dude? My prediction was 4-12, so I gave up even before the Season started. You should give me some props for that at least.

Tannehill = Henne 2.0

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