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Hartline: Dolphins have best receivers in AFC East

Brian Hartline looks at the Dolphins receiving contingent and he sees Mike Wallace, and Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. You know what else he sees? The best receiving corps in the AFC East.

"Absolutely, I think we are," Hartline said Monday on NFL AM. "The whole passing game I think is an advantage of ours."

I like the confidence. And the analysis is probably correct.

The Jets' best wide receiver is still Santonio Holmes and he's recovering from ACL surgery while Mark Sanchez security blanket Keller is gone to MIami. The Patriots lost Wes Welker in free agency and tight end Rob Gronkowski has been forced to have multiple surgeries on his forearm and might need another one. The Bills have Stevie Johnson, a very good No. 2 wide receiver, but they don't have a lot after him and, by the way, they think Johnson is a No. 1.

So it can be argued that on paper Miami does have the best receiving corps in the AFC East.

But the thing I appreciate more about Hartline is he's bright enough to see beyond the obvious and in his interview with the NFL AM crew he also said "it's a quarterback league."

And having great quarterback play is more important than having great receiver play. You'll remember in 2008, the Dolphins had the best QB play in the AFC East. Chad Pennington rarely made any mistakes. He found open receivers. And with a mediocre receiving corps, he led the Dolphins to the AFC East title. (It also helped that Tom Brady wasn't on the field that year while recovering from knee surgery.)

So excuse me if I hold off on celebrating how great Miami's receivers are until a couple of things happen:

1. They show it on the field.

2. Their quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, is everything you and the Dolphins expect him to be. (Yes, I'm simply going to observe on this one. I've been burned by high expectations for past Dolphins quarterbacks so I'm going to wait until I actually see it from Tannehill before I believe it, if you don't mind.)

If Tannehill plays at a high level, Miami might indeed have the best receiving corps in the division and be able to prove it. Without Tannehill playing well, the best receiver corps will be just another piece of an incomplete puzzle.

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Stop trying to get us to pay to read articles. It's never gonna happen.

Were missing a big phsyical tough WR, how many times did you we Brian Clusmy Hartline fall on one of his routes? The guy catches every ball with his body and theres a reason he cany rack up YAC.

It certainly looks good on paper, but I agree with Armando....the games aren't won on paper. Thjey are won every Sunday between the lines. Until theis team does it consistently between the lines, none of this stuff will matter. We can say that once they've shown it on the field.

it's all about the QB and tanny. I bet brady with a those hacks will still throw close to 5k yards.
I doubt our passing offense will be better than the pats. Our receivers are better but Tanny is nowhere near brady yet

true story

Why does Brian Hartline keep running his mouth? He just poached $30mil from Fireland and that's a TON of coin for a guy who only gets in the end zone ONCE A YEAR.
Note to Hartline, shut your pie hole until you can become a scoring threat. There's a reason you draw single coverage every week. You don't scare anybody. Get it done on the field and then you can talk until then, you sound like a buffoon.

Our running game will benefit from our WR's. Miller is a home run threat.

No one ever doubled Ginn, even though he had build up speed, because they knew he couldn't catch. Wallace is even faster & is a proven playmaker.

If I'm Sherman, I go 3 wide all year. Make the defense take a LB off the field & 1 less safety in the box = big time rushing attack. Play action passes should be lethal if this is the recipe they choose.

Yeah, it would be so much better to have players with ZERO confidence or optimism, right? Set that bar low and moan and pout.

Hey, then they could be a loser JUST LIKE YOU!

You can still read the articles without paying for them. just scroll down and enjoy.

Nobody ever doubled Ginn because Henne proved over and over he couldn't get the ball to him deep consistently.

THILL has a great deep threat weapon in Wallace who has proven he can catch it deep. But THILL has to get him the ball consistently like Big Ben did. Extending the pocket to give Wallace time to get deep and then delivering it on the money...not an easy thing to do for a young QB. Especially one with such little college experience.

IF he can make the deep ball happen this offense should explode as he has already shown very solid command of the offense, consistent mobility, toughness, ability to through the deep out and pretty accurate over the middle.

The season comes down to THILL....we all know that....I will be behind this kid every Sunday!

the games aren't won on paper. They are won every Sunday between the lines.

Posted by: Craig M | May 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM


Keep up the extraordinary analysis!

Mando,

You Left Out One Part.

“Absolutely, I think we are,” Hartline said. “Add Dustin Keller in there, Lamar Miller’s a great back and Daniel Thomas is a great back out of the backfield. The whole passing game is an advantage of ours.”

I Understand Why You Would Want To Leave Out The Rest Of The Quote.

L. Miller And D. Thomas Aren't Your Cup Of Tea.

But Guess What L. Miller Is The Starter and D. Thomas Is The #2. The Other Guys Are Playing For Roster Spots.

DC From Last Post,

Reggie Bush Said He Wanted To Gain 1500yds. He Said He Came To Miami To Be A Feature Back. Philbin Allowed Him That Role Until He Fumbled It Away. Reggie Wasn't Misused, Reggie Just Wanted To Be Something He Is Not.

The Coaches Didn't Want To Deal With The Bickering. Do You Think If We Resigned Reggie He Will Be OK With L. Miller Starting. That Is Why Reggie Said He Knew He Won't Be Back Before The Season Ended.

Philbin Massaged A lot Of Ego's Last Year. And Got Rid Of The Headaches As Soon As He Could. Reggie Was As Big A Problem As Dansby And Jake. Reggie Just Knows How To Say The Right Thing To The Media. He Knows How To Play The Victim.

Last Season Was An Evaluation Season. This Season Is A Rebuilding Season.

Quick Question. Mando Are You Going To Complain This Year(Like Last Year) When The Fins Don't Practice Running The Ball In Training Camp?

I am trying not to get too excited about this season , but this could be the year we win the AFC east , the Pats are a weaker team without Welker, he almost always killed if not always

Ooo weee. Shula and marino will win the Phins an SB.
Ooo weee,JJ nad Marino will win the phinz a SB.
Ooo wee.Duh Wanny and Fifi will win the phins a SB.
Ooo weee. Duh Wanny and Ricky will win the Phins a SB.
Ooo wee,Saban will win the Phins a SB.
O oo wee, Cam cam and Trent Green will win the Phins a SB.
Ooo wee.The Big Fat tuna will win the Phins a SB.
Oooe wee.Pilbin and Sherman who Tannreach got axed at A @ M and the Dough boy BH will win the Phins a SB.
LMAO. Clueless Homers.

Looks Like The Troll Woke Up From His Slumber.

I read Omar's article today on Daniel Thomas and I really hope this kid pulls through in year three. I know it's an unpopular position but I think the kid has potential to be a solid RB in this league. Big, strong, good blocker, good catching out of the back field. I love Miller's upside, I hope for Gray and the new kid from FL. But I'd like to see Thomas with his experience pull through and prove to be the bruiser we need for short yardage situations.

His concussions and fumbles have really limited him to date. I think as the Sr. RB his confidence will grow and he will prove solid....assuming he avoids another concussion....one more and I think Philbin walks away from him. I am pulling for him.

Tannehill was 7th in passing efficiency for throws over 20 yards - me thinks he will be quite good with these explosive guys they just added.

Daniel Thomas seems like a good kid. i was impressed with how he handled the meeting with Philbin in hard Knocks when he showed up late. No excuses, accepted responsibility and didn't do it again. I hope he does well but this may be his last chance. Hope stuff breaks his way.

IF DANIEL THOMAS NEW HOW TO DROP HIS SHOULDERS UPON TACKLE HE WOULDN'T FUMBLE AND SHAKE HIS BRAIN.

Receiver Mike Wallace was running routes when Tannehill — impressed by his blazing speed — told him he should go only half speed.

“ ‘I am going half speed,’ ” Wallace responded, according to Tannehill.

“Everything I heard about him coming in has proved to be true — he’s as advertised,” Tannehill said. “Fastest guy I’ve ever thrown to. It’s exciting.”

ENUFF SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah Hartline!!!! Way to praise your teammates. I am glad you haven't gone star crazy after one good season. I am glad to see you working hard and rooting for your team and your teammates.

I hope Wallace allows you to catch even more passes in 2013. It is fun to root for a guy like you.

LIKE IT OR NOT ON PAPER THE FINS DO HAVE THE BEST RECEIVERS AS A GROUP IN THE AFC EAST BUT LIKE WE ALL KNOW GAMES ARE NOT WON ON PAPER. WE ALSO HAVE THE BETTER DEFENSE ON PAPER IF JORDAN AND THE ADDED PLAYERS CAN PERFORM UP TO THEIR POTENTIAL AND NO MORE INJURY SET BACKS. THIS IS WHY I SEE A 10-6/11-5 SEASON AND BARRING ANY MAJOR INJURIES THE FINS WILL CHALLENGE PATS FOR THE DIVISION. LOSING WELKER WILL HURT THEM TREMENDOUSLY AND IF GRONK CONTINUES TO MISS GAMES WITH INJURIES HE AND HERNANDEZ WILL BECOME LESS OF A FACTOR. THIS LEAVES BRADY OPEN TO BIG HITS AND MORE INTS. YES THE PATS ARE STILL THE FAVORITE BUT THE FINS ARE CLOSING FAST, EVEN LAST YEAR WITH T-HILL THROWN INTO THE FIRE HE BASICALLY LEAD THE DOLPHINS TO NEARLY A 10-WIN SEASON. 3 GAMES WERE NOT HIS FAULT THE TEAM DID NOT WIN. (CARPENTER 2-3 AND SMITH 1) GO FINS AFC EAST CHAMPS!! WHY NOT US!!

I remember, I think it was Wallace's 2nd year in the league, in a game against us. Wallace running past our cb like he was a cut out paper doll. It may have been Sean Smith.

We do have a pretty good receiving corp. If Gronkowski stays out, then we do have the best in the AFC East. But will the OL and Tanny hold up their part of the bargain? That's the big question. Having Martin at LT is kinda scary.

12-4.

Take that one to the bank, brothers.

What cha gonna dooooooooooooo, when Hartline, and the Miami Dolphsters, run wile on yoooooou!?!???


Nobody ever doubled Ginn because Henne proved over and over he couldn't get the ball to him deep consistently.

Posted by: jpao | May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Penny was his QB year 1 and couldn't get it to him deep either. Took him too long to get into "fast" mode Do you remember the Colts game on Monday night in year 2?

Penny hit him dead in the hands deep with the game on the line and he tried to catch it with his knuckles for god sakes.

Ginn was the issue, not the QB.

I do agree that it's up to Thill to get it there, HHOWEVER, Wallace is 100 times the WR Ginn is & that'll be the difference.

Mando Is An Undercover Jets Fan And We Already Knew It.

Is He Trying To Suggest A Healthy S. Holmes Is Better Than Any Of Our WRs. Pointing Out The Injury Like Him Being Healthy Will Change Things. Holmes Is A Headache.

Hartline Was Stating The Obvious In A Interview About His Team.

It Is Like T-Hill Saying He Is The 2nd Best Qb In The Division. Nothing Wrong With That.
As Long As Hartline Isn't Saying He Is The Best Wr In The World. Or That He Will Gain 1500yds Receiving. Hartline Is Talking Good About His Teammates.

He Realizes Who He Has Playing With Him.

And Hartline Didn't Say "This Is The Best Wr Corp I Have Been A Part Of". That Would've Been Disrespectful To Former Teammates.

@ 1:17 ... BROTHER!!!

i see 10 or 11 wins.....

hope we go 5 and 1 in the division..

"Take that one to the bank, brothers.
What cha gonna dooooooooooooo, when Hartline, and the Miami Dolphsters, run wile on you..." Duhhhh, what are you, 6 yrs old maybe? Hartline don't figure into that group of "best receivers" that was mentioned, lol! So, I don't think ANYBODY's gonna worry about him. Lastly, your acting like the typical idiot, aqua shades wearing" preseason moron is only going to make your words twice as hard to swallow. END RESULT: Until they beat New England they can have the best EVERYTHING......but it doesn't matter, now, does it.

lol

pre injury Holmes was a good player, at the time, 2nd most productive WR behind Welker ... but he is a bit of a dick ... no doubt.

BOOOOOO!!!!

OK konandy .... let all be pessimists ...

this blog is for Dolphins fans ... yes Homers ....

you can leave us alone we won't miss you ...

Enjoy Mike Wallace for 2 years I gurantee all of you he'll be cut after that especially if we dont have the stadium renovations.

Our 2 rookie starting CBs are going against Ryan, Brees & Luck before the end of September.
All of those teams will put up 35 points against us.
But as long as Clabo and Martin can hold up thier end, and Keller and D. Thomas can hold up thier end they Tanne should be able to hold up his end and put up at least 42 pts throwing to the likes of Gibson, Wallace and Hartline.
Wallace especially should be good, he didn't match Hartline's production last season but with a scrub like Big Ben throwing to him what do you expect.

Tannehill better practice his butt off, throwing at least 1000 passes per day, working on accuracy. He also needs to learn better footwork in the pocket to avoid batted down passes. It's all about the grip on the ball Tanne. Strong, firm grip, let fly out with a nice spiraling spin.

I have an idea, why don't we just shite on every single move this team does in order to trry to get better? Why do we even bother, just let the team wither and fade away ... resistance is futile.

FU to all you pessimists...

I believe. That's what a fan does ...

Disagree with CamelToeJoe @ 1:56

Since when do we have two rookie starting CBs? Jamar Taylor is likely to start at some point but that's only if he proves it. Marshall/Patterson are not exactly chopped liver and Grimes was a pro bowler last year he played.

But never let facts stand in your way....

Posted by: LOL | May 13, 2013 at 01:29 PM

I was not supporting Ginn...I am just saying Henne didn't consistently get him the ball and THILL has to prove he can get it to Wallace. Clearly Wallace is MUCH better than Ginn. No question about it.

Wallace will require double coverage until THILL shows he can't get it to him on deep routes.

I want to see some fly routes for Wallace and Miller to the flat behind him....Dump passes to Miller will lead to 15-25 yard gains. Wallace will open up the possibilities for sure.

I love BH's fire... He sounds like a guy ready to get to work and make this work!!

Brian Hartline needs to be drug tested if he thinks the Dolphins have a championship offense.

Do you guys remember some of the deep balls being thrown just beyond the reach of the wr's by Tannehill in 2013? Some, even a yard two, beyond?

That shouldn't be happening with Wallace this year. Wallace's top end speed is at least 5yds faster than any wr we had on the team last year. It will be tough to overthrow Wallace's top end speed.

Take it to the bank!

Mando, Holmes did not tear his ACL he had lisfranc surgery on his foot.

Also, Tannehill became so cognizant of overthrowing his wr's deep. At times he over compensated, and "underthrew" a couple of the deepballs.

Let's not even count the seemingly countless times, tv announcers would say, "not a single Dolphins receiver got separation on that play!"

Brent Grimes vs. Darrelle Revis
Both had season ending surgery.
Both are recovering.
James Andrews said Revis was ahead of schedule.
Grimes orthopedist said nothing.
The Jets felt strongly enough in Revis' future that they demanded a number 1 pick for him and got it. Tampa then gave Revis a $16mil contract.
Atlanta was so confident in Grimes recovery that they sought nothing for him. And he signed with Miami for $2mil.

This receiving corps is alright nothing special, now Buffalo potentially has the chance to become something special !! They should've drafted Patton, Hartline nah Gibson who ? Then these bums like Binns Matthews no thank-you, when it's all said and done it will comeback to haunt J.Ireland !!

Does anyone in America believe that Tannehill is better than Geno Smith?
How about better than EJ Manuel? How about better than Ryan Mallett?
Evidently Mando does not.
Mando is already distancing himself from Tannehill.

It's really not saying much about the wr's in the afc least but Buffalo has the potential to be very nice !!

What would really be great if this kid udfa wr Terrell Sinkfield could make this roster as a returner. This way maybe he can be slowly worked into the wr rotation.

Sinkfield is 6'0 198lbs and ran a 4.19 40. The rap on this kid right now is that he may be more of a track star than football player.

However, if this kid can successfully take to developing by this coaching staff, he could definitely be the next Mike Wallace in waiting. If they can turn him into a true football player, his 4.19 speed will be lights out for a great many of nfl defenses.

YG4E,
Does he take a hit or does he seek the sideline?

I think this year miami will show marked improvement. For Miami to take the next step though they need an even better draft next year. We may lose a lot after the one year deals expire.

THILL is better than Geno, EJ and Ryan. This kid is going to be the real deal. My prediction and nobody has to buy into it. But I was really quite happy with what I saw from him his rookie season, especially given his short college QB experience.

This kid is SMART and that means a lot in the NFL. He is mobile, that means a lot. He is tough, that means a lot. He can make all the throws, that means alot.

If the line can protect him and the total offense shows balance run/pass, this kid will thrive.

Take it to the bank!

again, CamelToeJoe's facts are awesome. Grimes signed for $5M, not $2M ... any more falsehoods you'd like to spread around here?

Atlanta is only $2M under the cap and couldn't pay him the same money ... any more ignorance you'd like to display in print?

josequervo agrees with you Mark

Anyone in this blog believe that if Tannehill was in this draft, he wouldn't be the #1 overall pick??

Geez ...

If Tanne improves and the OLine holds up, we can definitely make the playoff this year. I think the D is good enough with the CB additions.

YG4E,
Does he take a hit or does he seek the sideline?

Posted by: CameltoeJoe | May 13, 2013 at 02:40 PM


I have two pieces I pulled up on googling Sinkfield. You can goole him yourself if you want to see more.

On the 4.19 40 yard dash:

http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/03/04/13/WR-Sinkfield-runs-blazing-419-40-yard-da/landing_gophers.html?blockID=873523

Answering your, "Does he run out of bounds question":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMRdpwdoUxI

From the highlight tube, he seems very comfortable operating in the middle of the field unlike Ginn. Oh, and the kid has a 40 inch vertical too.

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