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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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Or you can go the other route, and root for us to lose to get a high Draft pick. Either way, it's more entertaining (for us other posters) then just saying this or that guy are garbage.

Just a thought!


Agreed & it's not like this roster does not have some good players. We had about 9 major needs going into this off season & we filled 5 or 6 of them.

We're starting a rookie QB, a rookie RT, & we added a pass rusher by drafting Vernon. That's three needs right there. Thigpen is an upgrade to Bess as a PR. And although Hicks got hurt @ RG I think Jerry will be okay so that's five.

If we had a good amount of cap space (which we obviously should have had) we could have addressed three of the other major needs including a top WR to replace Marshall, a better CB, & a pass catching TE. Obviously Egnew was a terrible pick & with the cap situation it seems insane that Ireland waited until the 6th round to draft a WR. The last need was @ SS & the jury is still out on Clemons.

"And here we are again....the only fans in the NFL who still care about this...why do we still care about Ireland asking Bryant a valid question?"


I agree. She was married to a guy or had a boyfriend who was a pimp right??? Obviously there were red flags for Bryant as a person at the combine that turned out to be MAJOR issues.

It's not like Ireland asked Bryant if he could call his Mom to schedule an appointment...


That would be the classy way to do it but then again we have an owner who tried to hire a HC while Sparano was still employed. I just don't see many GM's lining up to work with Ross in the future....I'm still surprised Philbin took the HC job!!!

Dummies, an NFL GM has the resources to find out about a kids upbringing BEFORE he brings him in for an interview. DUUUHHH!

I wonder if the qb at A&M Tannehill replaced had the same issue there with passes getting tipped/batted down?

Devlin or Moore in the preseason?

Tannehill had a lot of tipped passes in college also. Thats why he lost 6 games as a college senior. Have to wonder about him going #8 in the draft.

Don't know Ireland personally, so can't personally hate him. He is incompetent as GM in my opinion. Guys in the same business do business with guys they don't like all the time. Thats how business works. Other than having a personal relationship with Parcells what evidence does anyone have that Ireland has respect around the league?

Good afternoon guys,

Well I'm sure there is nothing original or nothing that hasn't been said on here already. Miami simply has such a lack of talent across the board. The Defense is solid and has a decent front line but the LBs are terrible in coverage, secondary holds, holds and then boom big play after big play. The O-line was pretty decent and WRs are a joke. I never thought I'd say Hartline is best WR we have. Bess a good slot and nothing more. Reggie is good but it's hard to be a factor when you are the only factor.

Tanehill wasn't all that bad. He had the 2 tips at the line which were his fault for staring down the barrel too long but with experience that can be corrected. The biggest issue is once he drops back he has no reliable target to throw to on a consisten basis and that is who else but Jeff Ireland's fault. He is terrible and needs to be fired!

Just my 2 cents which I'm sure is repetitive as they come on this blog.





Burger 305, a question for you, how many games did jay Cutler lose in his senior season? 6!!!!

Have another burger, make it a double, add the cheese.

At least glad to see most posters have kept a level ahead about the rookie. Fact is they don't come ready to go out of the box no matter where they are drafted.

No doubt there were far better ways to handle the Dez Bryant research then to ask an impressionable 21 yr old if his mothers a prostitute. It showed us very early how classless and ignorant Ireland is. I'm surprised the players union didnt insist he be fired when Ross didnt have the balls to do it. The reluctant apology by Ireland showed he's not a man.

FIN 1984........


Jay Cutler? Since when is he elite?

Lively debate concerning throwing mechanics vs. 3 step drop....real football talk, I like it.

I posted the other day about going back freeze/stop/rewind/slo-mo on the game. Those folks that recorded and didn't delete it, look at each Tannehill pass. Be sure and do slo-mo.

You will see Tannehill has a somewhat unorthadox wind up. Ball does come out somewhat low. BUT also notice his footwork. Virtually a statue.

Hopefully, they'll have Tannehill move around some during practice and have the good sense to wait until off season to correct mechanics.

Fin 1984, they wanted to see how he'd answer/handle the question. His answer clearly showed he's immature

Fasano is garbage.

Tanne has nobody to throw to other than Bush and Thomas. Thomas might be injured.

That is all.


P.S ...READ BURGER POST @ 2;31 PM....

Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and they came in back-to-back-to-back possessions. Yes, three in a row. And then on the fourth possession, a fumble. Long days ahead in Miami.
.uh,tell us something that we don't already know.

If a play is well designed and the execution of it perfect, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING the D can do to stop it. Remember that one.

To have any chance, we must abuse Reggie like Wannstache abused Ricky in 2002. Not sure I like that idea. Reggie's a good dude. So is Ricky.

House come numerous other teams can score 40 or at least 20 offensive points and we can't get even 1 offensive TD?

MiamiD20, there are other questions to see how he handled them . This was totally inappropriate and classless. Thats why Ireland has the racist reputation. It was way out of line. Thats why the apology was made.

ireland's just a moron.not a racist.

At this rate Hennehill will have 0 TD's and 48 INT's!!! YIKES!!

if there is zero improvment aginst oak,
then u can say that tanney is a bust, sherman suxs and we know why he aint at t a m no mo,
and j phil will be thrown to the sharks because of ires krap players...
start over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But, but....cocoajoe, isn't there a better QB to run the ball outside of Jake Locker and perhaps RG3? It has crossed my mind that perhaps the Coaches are holding him back too much. Of course, I'm nobody to state that as fact.

ross is going 2 have 2 pay people 2 sit in the stands.
go get a bunch of homeless ross.

ireland's just a moron.not a racist.

Posted by: 2 watt | September 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM

There's more then a few players that say he's a racist also.

If a play is well designed and the execution of it perfect, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING the D can do to stop it. Remember that one.

Posted by: oscar canosa | September 11, 2012 at 02:35 PM

Simply not true.

Why not , Jay?

I have absolutely nothing left to do today, except feed me. So I will wait patiently for your answers to my questions.

Play Miller and Egnew this week! If they stink up the field....cut them!

These kids need a chance! Isn't that what they were drafted so high for?

After reading, the after game, comments from Philbin I wonder what planet he's from? Or does he even know how to inflate a football? The Dolphins need a new GM, thats a fact given the Dolphins have one of the hightest payrolls with the least talent of any team in the NFL, and I think the Dolphins could use a good head coach who doesnt want to be evey players buddy.
I watched the first 20 mins and of that disaster yesterday and NO one played well or half good, or however Philbin wants to spin it. The Dolphins looked like a Div. 3 college football team. We have an established NFL QB sitting the pine, Jeffery has traded away a good young DB, traded away an ALL Pro WR, has not attempt to replace either and eveyone wonders whats wrong in Dolphin land? Mr Ross, get busy, this fish stinks from the head down.

Excuses, excuses, and more lame excuses. We're counting on an easy schedule to possibly get some wins? That just sucks. That just reminds me of what a crappy team this is.

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