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Room and time to be better for Dolphins

Before we start today, let me update you on a roster move: The Dolphins re-signed defensive lineman Ryan Baker to the 53-man roster this morning because they are seemingly concerned about the injury status of Tony McDaniel, who has been injured most of the preseason and got hurt again against Houston. So there's that. With the signing the Dolphins have 52 players on the roster.

The start of the NFL season was an exciting  prospect for Joe Philbin and his coaching staff becasue, as they said, the outcome against Houston would be a gauge of where the Dolphins are at this stage of their development.

Well, now they believe they know.

And if the players didn't know based on Sunday's 30-10 loss, Philbin reminded them Sunday night during the 2 1/2 hour flight home from Houston.

"I walked to the back of the plane and visited with players and told them, 'Now you know we're you're at. This is where we are." Philbin said. "The film is what we are right now. And so we have to accept responsibility for that and move forward and improve."

The bad news is the Dolphins are not in the same orbit as a project playoff team and possible Super Bowl contender. The good news?

The schedule offers a chance for better days.

In the next 10 weeks the Dolphins have it pretty good. They have only one playoff team from a year ago crossing their path -- the Cincinnati Bengals. It can be argued they don't run into an elite quarterback during that entire time, depending on what you think of Carson Palmer or Andy Dalton.

The team is also playing at home the next couple of weeks.

Things get easier, people.

Philbin, meanwhile, is hoping that while the opponents get easier his team gets better.

Maybe Ryan Tannehill makes better decisions and makes more accurate throws -- the five passes coaches thought should have been better.

Maybe a defense that suggested it can generate pass rush with Randy Starks helping Cameron Wake actually gets it going. Maybe the offensive line which Philbin said played only "ok" and "average" gets itself together and does well.

Maybe the Dolphins add a couple of veterans. (Philbin said general manager Jeff Ireland continues to search for talent to add to the current roster. A veteran wide receiver is obviously still possible, as Jabar Gaffney continues to be out there.) 

Maybe the Dolphins cut down on four give-aways. That is a formula for disaster and Sunday proved that. "We have to do a better job on our end of protection, eye control, throwing it in the open lane," Philbin said.

"This was the first time we had been in an NFL locker room before and getting ready to play in a real game," Philbin said. "So I don't know that I had any ... as I had said to you guys and said to the team, we're looking to have a reference point to find out exactly where we are so I didn't sit around and think, 'we're going to do this, that, and that.' I wanted to find out for myself where we were.

"And I think we've got a group of guys this game's important to. I think they're professional. I think they care. I think we got a lot of work to do. And hopefully they accept responsibility, as did I because I didn't coach the game well enough, nor did they play well enough for us to earn a victory.

"We did not play well enough to earn a victory. But I'm excited about going to work today and going into the team meeting and addressing the situation of where we are and where we're headed and I expect us to play better this week."

 

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Nice. Like the sense of humor!

Maybe the Next GM will be one that has Super Bowl team on his resume?????????????

8TH ROUND TRYING TO BE QB IN PROS HE BETTER LEARN BEFOR THEY USE HIM

Ross must have inherited his fortunes because he surely isn't acting like a shrewd businessman by letting Jeff Ireland continue to show his incompetence as a gm. He has destroyed this team's personnel. We don't have nearly enough talent to compete or a solid foundation to build on. Digging in garbage for talent. He doesn't know what the hell he is doing. HEY MR. STUPID ROSS, FIRE IRELAND PLEASE SIR.

In the next 10 weeks the Dolphins have it pretty good.
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But what if it turns out pretty bad?

Then what? Then what will the homers say? Then what will you write sticking up for this garbage? Then what other excuses will Ross, Jeff and Philbin come up with?

THEN WHAT MANDO?

The game to watch is tonights game. I bet OAK is going to look a lot better than you homers expect.

Our D could barely stop Arian....and he still nursing a knee injury IIRC.

Odin, u and Dashi saw the same game.

Our biggest problem on D is WE DON'T GET OFF THE FIELD ON 3rd Down. Nothing more, nothing less.
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Dansby and Burnett were OK. Misi was garbage. Nothing special.

They need to start Hartline against the Raiders. I hope Naanee is incactive or cut. I have not seen that guy make a play since he has been here.

We'll see how good the Raiders are tonight. I do think that the Dolphins can beat the Raiders. Last year's team under Bowles, Daboll, and Nolan would have won this game against the Raiders espcially the way they were playing at the end of the year. Of course we did not have a rookie QB and Moore ended with an 87.1 QB rating for the year. We also had a receiver named Marshall who we replaced with Naanee. Bottom line Philbin has to find a way to get a win next week or it is going to get real ugly.

Where are all those Weeden fans now? You know, the guy you all thought was better than Tannehill. You know they guy who had a 5.1-rating, four-pick performance on Sunday

Where'd ya all go?.

Odin? You blew lots of hot air how Holmgrem knew better.

Dear Mr. Salguero:

Ditto on what "promichael" said.

Personally, I believe this is the very worst team in pro football.

Hey Jack,

Dashi thinks Mando will actually like the fins to have a horrible 10 weeks!

That way he can be extra critical of the dolphins.

1 thing Dashi gives credit to Armando is that he has never written a fluff piece on the fins. Or any of it's players. Main reason the fins don't like him.

My boy Mando KEEPS IT EXTRA REAL ON THE FINS.

Dashi was actually wondering why Mando didn't write a piece on D.Thomas's Toughness, Again.

Now would've been perfect instead after a practice.

Several of my friends are Jets fans, and they assure me that Jeff Ireland is respected and appreciated in the New York area. Too bad Dolphin fans don't understand or appreciate greatness when they see it.

The next 10 games is pretty easy huh?

Oak
NYJ
ARI
CIN
STL
NYJ
IND
TEN
BUF
SEA

Okay, I see some wins and I see some losses. Problem is this. I see more losses than wins because I'm not looking through the aqua colored glasses Don Shula. I'm not stuck in 1972. I have no illusions that this team is remotely a good team.

I'm looking through the dirty glasses of Jeff Ireland.

One last thought. Other owners have to be telling Ross that Ireland is the best thing since sliced bread.

WHY ELSE KEEP HIM AROUND? Most owners, in our situation, would have fired everything Tuna touched. But he didn't.

WHY? Because other owners, Jerry Jones, told him Ireland is the bomb in a good way.

Meanwhile, they share revenue all the way up until...you guessed it...the playoffs.

Just like Ireland is a fool, so is Ross.

Jack Sparrow, you always reference "all the homers in here" when writing posts. "What will they do if the team sucks". Sorry bro but I'm obviously missing something here. Who and where are all the homers exactly? This blog is filled with people who are fed up with Ireland and the lack of depth and talent on this team. And it's also filled with morons who can only string together one sentence and they are ALWAYS negative. Where are these homers you speak of, I'm seriously just curious.

30 posts on this page and only one that is semi positive. And I have a feeling if I read back I might find maybe 5 out of 200 posts that are positive.

Stop worrying Jack, you fought the good fight but its over. People are not happy.

Jack you're too funny. I love your posts that start out questioning why a coach,player, or in this instance the owner do something regarding the team. In the middle of your post you always concoct some wild theory based on your opinion. And then by the end of the post that opinion becomes fact.

Classic Jack Sparrow! Cracks me up every time!

Phins78,

Jack is going to get a big head with all the attention you are giving him.

You are right though, Sparrow is hilarious.

Well Dalton seems like he could slip into the sophmore slump.

Cincinnati looks like their in the same boat as us. There getting blown out by a playoff team in Baltimore, hmmmmmmmmm..............

So, should they just give up? The dweeb faction on this blog seems to think surrender a good strategy. ALoco, these "Give Up" artist around here are probably the one living in trailers and eating at Buger Kink!

Should Cinci run the owner out of town? Should they fire their Head Coach? Maybe the GM? I know, they should fire their coordinators?

See how dimwitted some of these opinions are? Not to mention being void of the big picture and severely shortsighted.

One really good playoff team is trouncing Cinci. Worse than the Texans(possibly a better team than Balt.), trounced us.

So should Cinci throw in the towel? I mean after one whole game you can tell their season is toast, RIGHT? Right you guys? You can tell after a WHOLE GAME?

Hey! Wait a minute-Duh........wasn't Cinci a playoff team a year ago?

Pssssssssssssssfpt!!!!

Get A Grip!

Sincerely, Your Favorite Homer!

-Odin- ;)

News flash!!! this is a remodel year people.

Every single post on this page prior to mine is by the same person: almando

Give it a break dude who even really cares?

Dashi heard ireland will be fired this week.

I dvr'ed the game if you just watch the first quarter then rewind and watch it four times we win 12-0.

When Ireland is fired ticket sales could soar.

Firing Ireland would end the boycott.

Where are all those Weeden fans now? You know, the guy you all thought was better than Tannehill. You know they guy who had a 5.1-rating, four-pick performance on Sunday

Where'd ya all go?.

Odin? You blew lots of hot air how Holmgrem knew better.

Seriously, some of you guys are beyond clueless.

Posted by: ben in davie | September 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ben,

Clueless is you. Now is the time to fire a GM. Not at the end of the season after they have led the entire draft scouting for the team. Idiots like you may think it starts in January, it's just about over by then.

Oakland doesn't look half bad guys.

Rivers to meachem, wow!

We might lose to the Raiders!

Fire Ireland NOW, while Polian is still available.

In the next 10 weeks the Dolphins have it pretty good.
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But what if it turns out pretty bad?
Then what? Then what will the homers say? Then what will you write sticking up for this garbage? Then what other excuses will Ross, Jeff and Philbin come up with?
THEN WHAT MANDO?

Posted by: JackSparrow | September 10, 2012 at 08:59 PM

OK dude, we get it. Your trolling around by saying everything stinks. Don't you ever get board with that tired shyt? Do you ever have any insightful thoughts?

Christ Almighty dumba ss, if it still ain't good by then, we'll all be totally happy with our draft position.

By some wierd form of clairvoyancy, I suspect you'll stiil be whinning about Ross, Ireland and the Weiner Vendors at the stadium.

God Help Us all if you don't stop with this stupid dimwitted routine!

Sheesh! We've had ENOUGH!

Homers are people who see a bucket of lemonade when, in fact, its a bucket of pizz.

There is no SILVER LINING with this team. The sooner you homers get that the better.

MR. ROSS,Please sell plastic bags instead of the paper one's at sunlife this way they can last all season and can be used as rain hats. Not to worry about the holes for the nose and mouth the fans like to make them as small as possible to hide their identity.Fans are going to wear extra large garbage bags in honor of Jeff. See you at the game.

I'm not trolling. I'm warning.

Consider me the Paul Revere of Miami. I'm warning you homers that the Brown Bags are coming.

Heed my warning.

If Palmer doesn't get hurt, he is going to have a career day next week in Miami.

Odin? You blew lots of hot air how Holmgrem knew better.
Posted by: Ranger | September 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM

Sorry Pal, if you think you're making a point, you're obviously too ignorant to discuss it with.

So let me just tell you how it is: One Game Dumb ass. Look at Newton, the rookie set records last year and blew chunks. So in your retarded world, Newton is now a Bust?

Yeah, right! Your ignorance busted you this time. Only Mando's trained Gay Monkey Boy is this pathetically stupid. Pick on somebody else Tardo.

When I want your Lip, I'll just unzip my pants.

JackSparrow,
I disagree.
There is a silver lining.
Both us and Indy will be picking top. We own Indy's 2nd. That means we have 3 picks in the top 37.
Let's say we trade down once from 3 to 8 for a 2nd rounder.
Then we drop down again from 8 to 20 for another 2nd.
That's a first rounder and 4 second rounders.
Think S, TE,WR,G,G
And then we still got 2 3rd's plus the rest of our draft.

I didn't know there were people as dumb as Ben. All the GM's are under contract he informs us. Has it occurred to him there are only another 2899 qualified candidates out there? Guess not.

Talk about tunnel vision.

Odin my sticking point is Ireland, Hardknocks gave me even more impetus to dislike him. I'm sure he's doing the best he can, but that's not good enough.

Any current GM leaving his current team to come to the Dolphins is a GM nobody else would want.

Maybe the answer is in house.
How about Philbin for GM, Sherman for HC and a new OC.
Or Sherman for GM and a new OC.
We want a talent evaluator that has been around championship talent right.

I can't trust any drafts or trades with Ireland at the helm.

Look, I couldn't pick talent out of a hat if there was one player in it.

But I'm not getting paid MILLIONS of dollars to screw that up. If I were, I wouldn't be so ARROGANT AND POMPOUS to think I can do it all by myself.

The only thing I require is that Ireland starts collecting an unemployment check.

Maybe then, I might accept this garbage with a little bit of sugar on top.

Don't pay any attention to the other me, Ben. My view is, what's done is done and we can't really make any profound changes in the Team or the FO now. Howewer, we can play better, not even win, just be more prepared as a Team using sound Football fundamentals. Can't hope for nothing more now.

SD, no one would want Polian, the guy that built the Colts around Manning, really?

Fasano is garbage. That is all.

Oakland 24 Miami 6

Classic Jack Sparrow! Cracks me up every time!
Posted by: Phins78 | September 10, 2012 at 09:51 PM

Sounds alot like "somebody else" that posts here.

It's funny you point out his idiosycracies. It's exactly how I figured out another regular sign in that he uses. I'll give you a hint, the other sign in name in this instance, isn't exactly a trolling persona. He uses it as a real poster and only a couple of people have figured it out.

Come on Ya'll, it's time to play: Expose That Troll!

Just remember, Sparrows other alias in this instance ALWAYS does the same exact thing. He garbles up some wierd half theory and slowly changes it into a fact(except it's usually not)to back up his ridicul;ously short sighted fallacy.

Play Along Now, it's pretty easy!

Only Mando's trained Gay Monkey Boy is this pathetically stupid. Pick on somebody else Tardo.

When I want your Lip, I'll just unzip my pants.
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | September 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

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Does ever a single solitary day go by without odin talking about gayness or meth? 1893 consecutive days the blog polluter has had an unstoppable urge to post about gayness or meth or both.

These Raiders need to tighten up on the penalties.

However, they gonna give Tanne another a run for his money. Rivers is pretty good. Tanne needs to be pretty good also next week.

Reds,

Polian is available, not under contract, not with a current team. You boost my point. There are plenty of options outside of the currently employed GMs.

I think Polian is retired for good though.

Did you see how Tampa Bay handed it to Carolina? They got a new HC that I never heard of and when I saw that Team against us in the pre-Season I thought, these are not the same Bucks I know. And sure enough. You know why the improvement? That Coach guy is a stickler about fundamentals. Tackling and stuff, youknow.

I would take any blogger here over Irescum as our GM. Really.

Nope, I find Odin extremely entertaining, and if you can get past his no nonsense approach, knowledgeable! Keep an open mind, don't be too thin skinned and you'll survive this blog without serious damage to you psyche!

POST OF THE DAY!!!!

(Monkey Boy, just skip it. It has boring facts, logic and reasoning skills applied. In short, it too much for you, you wouldn't get it anyway. Halfway through you'd just start day dreaming about all the Weiner vendors at the Stadium.)

There, I just distracted him by mentioning weiners!

Anyways: Post Of The Freaking Day!!!!
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Absolutely nothing would be accomplished by firing Jeff Ireland DURING the season aside from satisfying angry fans.
It would send a horrible message to prospective candidates that Ross will make rash decisions based on fan anger rather than the kind rational ones that stable franchises make.
Not to mention that the pool of available candidates would be miniscule compared to the offseason. What do you guys propose? That Ross tell someone "hey, I want you to be my new GM for a couple of months before I start looking again?"
Seriously, some of you guys are beyond clueless.

Posted by: ben in davie | September 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ben, I wish you'd post here more often. But I'm sure this cess pool isn't the place you'd like share your ideas.

Mando's Trained Monkey ruins yet another potentially good poster(sigh)..............

You might not be kidding, oscar canosa.

Even THOU THE DOLPHINS LOST TO HOUSTON I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WIHTH THE RUN STOPPAGE ON DEFENSE TO ME IT WAS THE 5TH PRE-SEASON GAME. OUR DEFENSE IS GOOD OTHER THAN THE CORNERS ..... AND THATS A FACT.... SO I SAY TO MYSELF WHY DID THEY GET RID OF VONTAE...... WHY COULDNT PHILBIN JUST DO WHAT OTHER COACHES DO.....KEEP A PLAYER AND MAKE EXAMPLE OUT OF HIM.. I HATE SEEING OUR SECONDARY GET LIT UP..... I KNOW OUR DEFENSE WILL HAVE A GREAT DAY THIS SUNDAY AGAINST RAIDERS..... MIAMI HAS A GREAT CHANCE TO BE 1-1 after THIS SUNDAY....... YES 1-1 Thats right 1-1 PAUL SOLIA RANDY STARKS THESE 2 GUYS PLAY GREAT........HOLD THEIR OWN........AND HAVE The potential to be Pro-bowlers... Other notable mentions KOA MISI AND CARLOS DANSBY/ZBurnett.ONLY BRIGHT SPOTS IN SUNDAYS GAME...............

A brown crayon.
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

"This team still stinks"........Reggie Bush

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