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Morning news on Thomas, Fisher, steaks

This is what's happening at this hour:

Running back Daniel Thomas, who apparently suffered his second concussion in five weeks on Sunday, has not been cleared for contact and is not practicing this morning. Thomas will be re-evaluated later this week to see if he can pass the NFL mandated tests by an independent doctor before he can be cleared to practice, much less play on Sunday.New Thomas

Thomas missed a game against the Oakland Raiders after he suffered a concussion in the opner against Houston. His status against the Rams on Sunday is questionable at best, although that status doesn't come out officially until Friday.

Without Thomas at practice, that means Lamar Miller is taking second-team snaps as he's the next guy up on the depth chart. Reggie Bush continues to be Miami's starting RB.

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The Richard Marshall back saga continues.

Marshall, whose missed practice most of the past two weeks and did not play at Cincinnati, was not at practice today. Nolan Carroll continues to take snaps with the starters in his absence.

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As you know, Joe Philbin was Miami's second choice for the head coach job. First choice Jeff Fisher declined Miami's job offer and took the Rams job instead.

Now Fisher and the 3-2 Rams visit Philbin and the 2-3 Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life.

Fisher was on a conference call today and had no interest relitigating the reasons he picked the Rams over the Dolphins.

"I went through that before, I don't think it's necessary to go through that again," Fisher said. "They made the right decision. They've got things going. Coach Philbin is doing an excellent job there. I really had a great time there. I have a lot of respect for Mr. [Stephen] Ross and [Jeff] Ireland and I felt this was the better opportunity for me."

As you know, Fisher was offered the job but wanted final organizational say over personnel as well as coaching decisions -- which he has in St. Louis. The Dolphins declined to give him say over personnel, deciding instead to keep that in Ireland's hands.

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You're going to hear about this in the next couple of hours so I might as well tell you now. Much talk early in the lockerroom this morning centered around the dinner the offensive line had at Prime One Twelve on Miami Beach Monday night.

The total tab was approximately 7,400.

Word is the players ordered one and in some cases, multiples of everything on the menu. There was also wine, beer, shots and champagne.

The offensive line does this several times a year as a bonding experience.

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Randy Starks, who had a monster game against Cincinnati on Sunday, has been named the AFC defensive player of the week.

Starks had an interception and was a beast against the run. He is also unsigned after this season.

Cha-ching.

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The Dolphins this morning added linebacker Josh Kaddu off their practice squad to the active roster and added defensive end Louis Nzegwu to the practice squad.

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Agree Marc and it's a little disturbing to see so many willing to give Ireland a 'pass'. I think it's because we finally got a QB. I wonder if Ireland would have picked Tannehill if hadn't been for Ross though.

In any case, these people need to look at ALL Ireland's picks and make a judgement. Our only hope is if Philbin & Sherman has some say so regarding (I think we've already seen some of it so far) personnel moves.


Your personal opinions and feelings have no basis in reality. So, he yelled at his QB for crap passes? Marino yelled at receivers all the time. He did not cost the team hundreds of yards either. Fabricated nonsense

Marc | October 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM

There hasn't been a person on this blog that has blasted Ireland any harder than I have but I see something else as well. I also don't believe for a minute we make the Tannehill pick without the new Coaching staff and definitely not with Fisher an old USC alumn himself. Some have said thank God Landry Jones and Barkely stayed in school but given the Coaching staff we put together with Sherman at OC and the conviction he had on Tannehill I'm not so sure it mattered.

Landry plays in the same Conf. as Tex. A&M and Sherman saw enough of those short 5 yard outs and hitches padding his stats to know better not to mention he's not the redzone QB the Bulldozer is. From an athletic stand point Tannehill had the bigger arm and speed than Barkely as well whose not known for the big arm.

You factor in that JI wanted to keep C.Gates and let Philbin know about it before the Coach cut him an hour later and you get the feeling JI is no longer simply doing it his way. He has a Coaching staff that would cut his 1st rd. pick if they didn't think he could play basically forcing him to run things past Philbin who trusts in his Coaches and own eyes 1st before anything else aside from cracking a wipe like Sparano never did in putting together a serviceable group out of what amounts to a blue collar team, IMHO!

Tannehill is TBD in my opinion. Even if he turns out great. I don't see him better than Ryan or Flacco, both of which we passed on. I'd say his ceiling is probably Flacco. Just a hunch. I do know he needs to work on his TD to INT ratio....QUICKLY

Marc, Flacco is plenty good enough to win super bowls given the right supporting cast.

I'd take that. Flacco is now a 4,000 yard 25td qb.

Just posting a question. Not bashing. Do you thing it is time to cut Anthony Armstrong? The Dolphins brought him in to be a deep threat and unless the numbers I looked up are wrong. He only has 3 catches with the longest being 9 yards.

supposed to read "think" not thing.

Ja Ja Ja Ja Ja Ja Jaber Gaffney!

Marc, yes he does need to work in his TD:INT ratio but I also think he may have a better ratio if the Dolphins didn't run so many in. He's lead a lot of drives that end up in running tds. The team is also 15th in red zone offense which is very good with a rookie QB and inexperienced team. So the offense is doing pretty well in converting tds. Throw in 11th in total offense and 14th in passing offense. Very impressive.

Once the turnovers get cleaned up, this is a playoff team.

A 3rd down back? Sounds like a waste of a 2nd round pick & 3 picks total if you ask me!

LOL | October 10, 2012 at 01:17 PM


Agree. They traded up for a 3rd down back? You can find them all day in the waiver wire

Marc | October 10, 2012 at 01:22 PM

I never said the price paid matched his value in that capacity now your just putting words in my mouth. Anybody who has been posting here a while will tell you I hated Mark Ingram at #15 (and have been vindicated) but loved DeMarco Murray even in a Rd-2 trade up scenario, it was on my mock draft which we all put up that draft given all the CBA non-sense to keep each other busy.

I hated the Thomas pick and trade but at least can see where he could hold value for us and not just posting about getting rid of him into the 5th week of his 2nd Season. I guess if you were running things Mark Clayton would have been cut after his 83 rookie Yr. given he not only dropped everything but fumbled a few punts, guess he sucked!

What going to far back for you then how about R.Jones he should have been cut as a rookie as well was always out of position even though he has 27 tackles this Yr. while more importantly shoring up Y.Bell's weakness in pass coverege with 3 passes defensed and 2 picks.

Hey maybe Dick Vermiel should have cut LJ after he did nothing for 2 Seasons before he called him out on TV after the Priest Holmes injuries.

Everybody makes mistakes, I loved C.Gates in that draft as well and he really is a bust considering he couldn't grasp any O and Egnew has shown nothing but I've seen spurts in Thomas and they're using him in more of a utility back mode which is were he seems at his best, what don't believe me then go ask D.Revis!

you've seen spurts in Thomas...Haha. sounds about right. He's got to have lady parts the way he gets injured.


Tannehill is TBD in my opinion. Even if he turns out great. I don't see him better than Ryan or Flacco, both of which we passed on. I'd say his ceiling is probably Flacco. Just a hunch. I do know he needs to work on his TD to INT ratio....QUICKLY

Marc | October 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM


If not for WR Lee Evans and then the Kicker Flacco would have played in a Super Bowl last Yr. leading his team whose D is aging. If that's the ceiling you mean I'll take it!

Attention Tannehill Haters...

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000079074/article/ryan-tannehill-keeps-up-with-fellow-rookies-andrew-luck-rg3?module=HP11_content_stream


Entering the 2012 season, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was supposed to be a project for the Miami Dolphins. Folks were excited to see what fellow first-round draft picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III could do with the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, respectively, but Tannehill wasn't even expected to see the field for a year or so. However, after his first five games as Miami's starter, I think Tannehill has proven his doubters wrong by showing he's nearly as good as his higher-profile peers.

How They Stack Up Through Five Games
QB Cmp-Att Yards TD-INT
Luck 96-177 1,208 7-5
Griffin III 96-139 1,161 4-1
Tannehill 97-169 1,269 2-6
After a rough welcome to the NFL, with the Houston Texans picking him off three times in a season-opening loss for the Dolphins, critics began to question whether he had what it would take to get the job done. But since then, he's improved significantly, especially in the last two weeks, lighting up the Arizona Cardinals' tough pass defense for 431 yards (the second most by a rookie QB and the most in team history) and a touchdown in Week 4 and guiding Miami to a hard-fought 17-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.

Watching the game tape on Tannehill, I can really see the progress he's made since Week 1. Tannehill's development goes beyond stats. He's a smart guy, and he's making important adjustments from one game to the next in a way that suggests very good things about his future.

For example, in a tough overtime loss to the New York Jets in Week 3, Tannehill threw a pass to the incorrect shoulder of a receiver who was running a particular route. The receiver caught the pass, so Tannehill got away with the mistake, but it was a mistake nonetheless. Some rookies might fail to recognize or fix that kind of miscue, but in the following game, when he attempted to go to a receiver running the very same route, Tannehill threw to the correct shoulder. He hasn't repeated that mistake since.


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Dolphins personnel know he has the skills to become a special player, and they notice his leadership abilities when it comes to his veteran teammates. After all these years, it would seem that Miami has finally found a true successor to Dan Marino.

But why was he overlooked heading into the draft? And even after he was drafted eighth overall, why did most football people think it was going to take him some time to become a starter?

I think the issue is that sometimes we try to find everything wrong with a player, and really dwell on the flaws we find. Two of the big knocks on Tannehill were his relative lack of experience (he'd started just 19 games at quarterback for Texas A&M, while Luck started 38 at Stanford and RG3 started 40 at Baylor) and a high number of tipped passes.

But as I said, Tannehill is a very smart guy. After all, according to his old Texas A&M biography, becoming an orthopedic surgeon was one of his career goals. And while smart guys don't necessarily make for smart football players, Tannehill is a smart guy who really gets football. He's a highly focused person who appears to have a better feel for the game every week, learning to avoid those tipped throws and correcting things like pass location.

Something that's also helped Tannehill a great deal is the fact that his old coach at Texas A&M, Mike Sherman, is the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. Sherman knows Tannehill and the kinds of throws he can make, and Tannehill likely knows much of the terminology the Dolphins use. Going to a relatively familiar situation with Sherman likely helped Tannehill cut down on the time it took him to adjust; if he'd gone to a different team, perhaps he would have struggled a bit more in his first season.

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Perhaps folks should have seen Tannehill's success coming, given that he has a history of defying expectations. Playing for a high school team in Big Spring, Texas, that threw the ball sparingly, he was not heavily recruited, even though he had the size, speed and mental ability to be a big-time college quarterback, and even though (like most signal-callers who come up in Texas) he worked on his passing game intensively in 7-on-7 football. When he landed at Texas A&M, he spent his first two seasons as a receiver. But when he finally got under center in 2010, Tannehill thrived, setting a school record by passing for 449 yards and four touchdowns in his first start.

So maybe folks shouldn't have expected David Garrard or Matt Moore to be starting for the Dolphins this season, as so many of us did. And after Tannehill won the job and seemed to struggle in his first game against the Texans, maybe folks shouldn't have been so quick to wonder about him. After all, two of the three interceptions in that game came on tips by Texans defender J.J. Watt, who has made a habit out of victimizing quarterbacks like that all season. And Tannehill has really cut down on those kinds of mistakes.

Unfortunately, because he was in the same draft class as Luck and RG3, Tannehill will probably always be sort of the third guy. But Tannehill has performed almost as well as them, even though he doesn't have the equivalent of Colts receiver Reggie Wayne or Redskins receiver Santana Moss to throw to (though Brian Hartline could eventually get to that level). While Luck entered the league light-years ahead of everybody, I think Tannehill is about on the same plane as RG3.

We've seen just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Tannehill can do, and I think time will show him to be a very good NFL quarterback.


you've seen spurts in Thomas...Haha. sounds about right. He's got to have lady parts the way he gets injured.

Marc | October 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM

Really if thats the best Football related comeback you can give me to support your argument then I guess I'm done with taking anything you post seriously.

You guys are missing my point. We could have had Flacco or Ryan. Neither a stretch and be a much better team RIGHT NOW

Thomas isn't the first Dolphin running back whose concussion plagued rookie year challanged management. Shula's regieme avoided a first round draft bust by having a special helmit designed that saved the concused career of Larry Zsonka.

But I know, it takes a lot more effort to solve problems, it's a lot more fun just to cry about them.

It's concussions this year. It was something else last year. It was a joke. Sorry you don't understand humor. Do I need to spell it out. His avg is paltry. Not worth trading up...

Mark...there is nothing wrong with my sense of humor. I have no problem laughing at you. It's just that we have so much to really be rejoycing about this year still a few know-it-alls ruin it with their incessent moaning and groaning. Have a nice day.

I never said the price paid matched his value in that capacity now your just putting words in my mouth. Anybody who has been posting here a while will tell you I hated Mark Ingram at #15 (and have been vindicated) but loved DeMarco Murray even in a Rd-2 trade up scenario, it was on my mock draft which we all put up that draft given all the CBA non-sense to keep each other busy.
I hated the Thomas pick and trade but at least can see where he could hold value for us and not just posting about getting rid of him into the 5th week of his 2nd Season. I guess if you were running things Mark Clayton would have been cut after his 83 rookie Yr. given he not only dropped everything but fumbled a few punts, guess he sucked!
What going to far back for you then how about R.Jones he should have been cut as a rookie as well was always out of position even though he has 27 tackles this Yr. while more importantly shoring up Y.Bell's weakness in pass coverege with 3 passes defensed and 2 picks.
Hey maybe Dick Vermiel should have cut LJ after he did nothing for 2 Seasons before he called him out on TV after the Priest Holmes injuries.
Everybody makes mistakes, I loved C.Gates in that draft as well and he really is a bust considering he couldn't grasp any O and Egnew has shown nothing but I've seen spurts in Thomas and they're using him in more of a utility back mode which is were he seems at his best, what don't believe me then go ask D.Revis!

Posted by: fin4life | October 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM

Settle down Beavis. You're pretty sensitive. Defensive too, why?

Nobody put anything in your mouth. You stated an opinion. So did I. So did the other blogger.

Why the 5 paragraph rant?

BTW, I have LOL in my name. Does that qualify me as being yesterday's gone too?

LOL

You guys are missing my point. We could have had Flacco or Ryan. Neither a stretch and be a much better team RIGHT NOW

Marc | October 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM

Flacco out of tiny Delaware St. nearly was. The Ravens Ozzie Newsome has said he was deciding between him and Henne believe it or not given they thought Henne might have more upside given production at Michigan. Today I bet he breaths a sigh of relief given he had traded up for Kyle Boller (bust) in 03.

Marc, I do agree we could've been a better team alreeady if we drafted Ryan, but what can you do? Go back in time, fire Ireland for something that he may or may not have had the final vote on (Long v Ryan). I jsut know that new Gms equal upheaval and we've had enough of that. We are going to a good place, let's ride ...

mattyb: thanks for the compilation of reports. Yeah, everyone can agree that Tanne has a lot of potential. But until his TD/INT improves, he won't get the media coverage like Luck and RGIII. Because let's face it, in this league, it's all about how many TDs the QB can throw - nevermind how many time he drove the team down to the red zone. Tanne is consistently improving each week and you have to wonder if the QB coach Zac Taylor is another uncredited hero.

Here's something I think we can all agree on. After a decade of kicking prime talent out the door only to have them anchor other teams, isn't it nice to finally have a coaching staff demonstrate the ability to develop young talent.

We started this season with five or six real problem areas. Now it looks like at least two of them may be solved by internal growth. In the past all we could say was wait till next year.


Settle down Beavis. You're pretty sensitive. Defensive too, why?

Nobody put anything in your mouth. You stated an opinion. So did I. So did the other blogger.

Why the 5 paragraph rant?

LOL | October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM

It was neither a rant nor was I defensive, you stated your point and I stated mine with my reasons backed by some facts. Beavis, huhhh?? Well maybe you can go watch some Winger on Headbangers ball at Stewart's house Butthead!

Take a look at this you might find it interesting
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000079074/article/ryan-tannehill-keeps-up-with-fellow-rookies-andrew-luck-rg3?module=HP11_content_stream

f4l, who knows what Henne would've turned out to be if he didn't have to work with Sparano and David Lee. I mean Lee is the Qb coach in Buffalo and not doing Fitz and favours and Sanchez under Sparano is gopod public knowledge. So it's not like these coaches have the resume to back them up at this level.

Just tahnkfully Tannehill is not subject to those two bananas too.

I think it is asinine to label Egnew a bust at this point in time. Does he need work? Obviously. But this coaching staff has already proven they know how to handle, grow and get the most out of their players. Now if we come into camp and through camp next year and Egnew hits the waiver wire then feel free to scream BUST from the roof tops.
I will say though, if he does come up to speed and becomes a productive TE then Ireland just had A GREAT draft!

Tannehill - Starting and playing very well
Martin - Starting and playing vrey well
Vernon - Contributing and playing well
Egnew - Inactive through 5 games
Miller - Contributing and playing well
Kaddu - Practice squad (just signed off it I think)
Cunningham - Practice Squad
Randall - Conrtibuting on a stellar D-Line
Mathews - Nothing Yet

Lane - Starter and playing well
Samuda - Backup center

thats 7 rookies doing a comendable job. I think a big part is the coaching staff but regardless it is pretty impressive IMO.

Sure the FA signing were pooey but who was out there that was so impressive and at least they had the balls to jettison them when they couldn't cut the mustard.

Shorter common sense:

Despite Fins Good Progress, Ireland sux.
Marshall cannot be compared to the Gebril Wilson/Jax Wideout who's name I will not say Debacles of Tuna-Er(ror)a.

Bonus comment: I like this coaching staff.


Just tahnkfully Tannehill is not subject to those two bananas too.

Mark in Toronto | October 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM

Good point! By the same token what Flacco would have been under these two as well with the ultimate QB Killer Dan Henning (the QB doesn't need to win we just expect him not to loose) in the picture as well

Mark & fin4life...amen. And, watch how Sporano uses #15 not enough so he can develope a rhythem but enough to ruin anything than Sanches migh have going.

I have to admitt Henne never gave us wheat I thought he would but I still think what he got done was in spite of his coaches and not because of them.

..This is what I think is interesting...We all concede this is a pass first league. The stats surely back this up. Anyone watching can see this is the trend. I think we are starting too see the beggining of another new trend in the NFL and it will lean back to the run. Go look at the teams that were pass heavy the last 2 years..They are ditching the pass in favor of the run..The reason..It is just to difficult to protect your quarterback over a period of time..The Pats, the Packers, the Giants, the Saints..have all started to turn to the run...

I'm not saying that the pass will be ignored, and we will see run totals like the 80's-90's. I' seeing teams trying to run more up tempo..run more plays..Use the run in nickel and dime situatons against the oppositions weaker run defenses..Teams are stocking up on pass rushers, and defensive backs..How do you counter?? By running it. I may be wrong about the future..I'm just saying pay attention to some trends..you will see more runs this year then from teams at this point the last 3.

Tannehill is TBD in my opinion. Even if he turns out great. I don't see him better than Ryan or Flacco, both of which we passed on. I'd say his ceiling is probably Flacco. Just a hunch. I do know he needs to work on his TD to INT ratio....QUICKLY

Posted by: Marc | October 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
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Tannehill TBD. Yes you're right, Tannehill has to keep improving. But so far, he has. Honestly, when have we had this much hope for a QB in Miami since Marino? Throw in the fact that he hasn't played the position less than 2 years, it's damn near incredible.

And as far as Flacco and Ryan, I see Tannehill becoming as good or better. Just my opinion.

This blog is like reading Andy Cohen. Dolphins internal propagandist. Eternally optimistic with only positive statements.

We have the most complete offense we've had since 2001. Tannehill can throw an accurate ball the length of the field off his back foot. The early interceptions don't worry me much. I was wrong about tannehill and the front office was right. The potential Tannehill brings is exciting. I hope the rams believe all the Espn crap about the lowly dolphins. They'll be in a deep hole quick. . .

Fin4life too, it's "lose."

On a side note, anyone notice how GB is struggling now that Philbin is not there? I have no facts to prove the correlation, but it does make you wonder.

never said i wasnt a troll loser trolltards never said i didn't make football posts either cause i dont but im glad we proved you to be a worthless trolltards. you admit it and thats good cause now we are one in the same :) :) :) welcome aboard trolltards. no one will respect you again just like me :)

I agree that if Ireland had the ability to pick again he would pick Flacco or Ryan.

But he doesn't have that ability. Why keep complaining about it? Where does that take us really?
Move on!!

He did pick THill and he is showing major progress and signs that he can be our Franchise QB. He has a limited college experience and limited WR's. Given all of that I say he is doing just fine.

This team is two missed FG's away from 4-1!!

And...don't ever forget...We could be the Wets and trying to figure out if Sanchise or Tebow are the future. God forbid!!


: thavafin | October 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM

Good post and your right and this from me the ultimate Jeff Ireland hater on the blog. The Egnew thing is troubling given he came from a Big-10 program not the Mid-Atlantic Conf. The book on him was a problem with drops on some publications I read after the draft given I knew little about him.

Those at the position before him at Mizz. who made more noise coming out like Coffman and Rucker have really fizzled in the NFL as well up to this point. You can't paint someone with such a broad stroke but that School isn't exactly known for exploiting the position, in any event till cut your right about not being someone to label just yet.


Fin4life too, it's "lose."

Lanson Handsome | October 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM

Thanks for the Spelling Bee / Phonics lesson and attention to my detail.

DD, I've been noticing this trend too. Top ten rushing teams have a .580 win percentage vs top 10 pass teams at .510. I am anxious to see if this holds up over the entire year or if it is just an anomoly based on a small sample size of five weeks. That's why I haven't said anything up until now.

Steak is good for your Soul. For mine, at least.

I agree that if Ireland had the ability to pick again he would pick Flacco or Ryan.

But he doesn't have that ability. Why keep complaining about it? Where does that take us really?
Move on!!

jpao October 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM

In fairness that wasn't Irelan's call (can't believe I'm defending him) I remember that draft well and Parcells inked J.Long to a deal he negotiated a week before the 08 draft (legal if you hold #1) which I believe was under what the market was that year per the deal of 07 #1 overall pick Jemarcus Russell causing a lengthy hold out by #2 & 3 overall 08 picks Chris Long and M.Ryan who eventually signed bigger deals than J.Long who went ahead of them.

Thomas is a bum, we need to trade him to one of the RB starved teams and focus on getting Lamar Miller more carries.

..Mark in Toronto..Yeah 5 weeks is harldy enough of a sample to say. I just think that teams have made such a cocentrated effort to stop the pass..It leads to holes where you can run..Also. Quarterbacks are more important then ever. These defenses are catching up, the pressure, and hits over a period of a season, or 2 catch up. You can't play this way for ever. IMO is is a way to protect their QB's without having extrodinary line play..

I think that with the run..The biggest change in the game is going to be the up tempo offense. The Pats ran something like 80 plus plays last week..that is mind boggling. We like to use this up tempo, the Ravens use it, the Saints, Even the freekin Bucs, and Bills are running a bunch of plays.Until defenses catch up. The high tempo offense IMO will be the most copied trend the next few years

What's with this guy getting knocked-out so often? Has to be that he is absorbing most of the punishment in his head.

I completely agree it wasn't Ireland's call on Ryan vs. Long. It was Tuna all the way. I am just saying that if Ireland were to honestly assess it now he would have picked Ryan.

But so many fans here keep throwing that out. Or they highlight other successful players that Ireland passed on to select players that didn't work out. But that is the draft. Nobody ever highlghts the BUST's other teams made that Ireland wisely passed on.

The entire thing is a circular debate. It leads to nowhere.


By running it. I may be wrong about the future..I'm just saying pay attention to some trends..you will see more runs this year then from teams at this point the last 3.

Darryl Dunphy | October 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM

I had noticed it as well heck 2 of the teams you mention G.B. and the Saints are completly coming undone because of a lack of run game.

Excellent point Darryl!!

The 2011 49ers were on to something and the rest of the NFL is taking notice. By the way good to see it those high scoring games while fun lack the chess match appeal of the game were everything is a P.I. and kudos to some of the Ref crew's who have let them play a little more downfield till now.

Sure. Philbin seems to be in on this running approach now to keep the ball from the other Team. Sure.

DD, f4l,

It's also a lot easier to pass when you can run well and keep defenses guessing. The more stuff you make them defend obviously, the easier it is to execute on offense. On a local leve, I don't think Tannehill would be as effctive without the RBs and OL we have. Also makes our average WRs more effective.

DD, like you, I don;t think we will see a return to the 40 min plus TOP, run it down tehir throats Sparano caveman style. But we will see running to set up the pass. This is an interesting trend to keep watch. Glad our coaches were on this ball - kudos to them - nice to be on the cutting edge of NFL philosophy.

hehehe


The high tempo offense IMO will be the most copied trend the next few years

Darryl Dunphy | October 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM

Here again Excellent post DD! This is the contribution of Josh McDaniels in N.E. and nobody runs it like them yet but everybody is working on it and you see it more and more since 07 unbeaten Pats run. Ironically enough it was that Yr. in the S.B. were teams also saw how to try and slow it down via the pass rush when you don't have the threat of the run like the Giants did.


I don't think Tannehill would be as effctive without the RBs and OL we have. Also makes our average WRs more effective.

Mark in Toronto | October 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM

Not for a minute!

"Dolphins owner Steve Ross called the acquisition of a No. 1 receiver the team's "top offseason priority."

One name--Mike F#cking Wallace.

"The Richard Marshall back saga continues."

It's not a "saga". The guy is injured, period. Fu&^ing media. Can't live with em, can't live without them.

"Randy Starks, who had a monster game against Cincinnati on Sunday, has been named the AFC defensive player of the week.

Starks had an interception and was a beast against the run. He is also unsigned after this season.

Cha-ching."

If ANYONE on this team deserves to get paid it's Randy Starks. Hartline is making a pretty good case too but Starks has been doing this for five years. Pay the man & let's focus on evaluating the other guys who are set to be become FA's.

Agreed Phins78, we obviously haven't seen the best of Richard marshall. been banged up all year. Unfair to judge him on this year alone.

One name--Mike F#cking Wallace.

We Have RB's | October 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM

Kind of a one trick pony route runner. I like G.Jennings and if to costly would get Steve Smith along with the Saints D.Henderson who should come at a reasonable price.

Daryll you're right and the league does seem to be reverting back. If you look at the stats this year and then look at all of the teams with winning records it proves your point. The good teams in this league right now have good defenses and a good running game. The teams that are set up for pass first aren't doing that well so far.

go finssssssss destroy fishers ass

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