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Pouncey: Tannehill must be more vocal leader

The Dolphins wanted Jake Long back. General Manager Jeff Ireland wanted him back. Coach Joe Philbin wanted him back. And teammates wanted him back.

“I was texting him, I was all on Twitter, and I was calling him," center Mike Pouncey said Monday during his visit with the NFL Network. "We definitely wanted him to stay down here in Miami. He is a Pro Bowl football player. He is going to be missed greatly."

“Me and Richie Incognito were going to pick him up at the airport if he was going to sign back. We tried to get him back. We are going to miss him a lot. I wish him nothing but the best up there in St. Louis."

Long indeed decided to sign with the Rams and so he's gone. And now all the love the players had for Long shifts to Jonathan Martin, Miami's new left tackle.

"I think Jonathan Martin will do a great job," Pouncey said. "Left tackle is his position. He played it all throughout college. I think he is more comfortable on that side of the football and he has a year underneath his belt in the NFL. I think this year he is going to go out – he has put on 20 more pounds – and do a great job for us."

Pouncey along with Incognito are the new defacto leaders of the offensive line. But Pouncey realizes that the man who is called to lead the entire team plays quarterback. And he is apparently hoping Ryan Tannehill takes on that role a bit more than he did as a rookie.

“He has to be a more of a vocal leader," Pouncey said of Tannehill. "He has to keep us on the field on third downs which he has done a great job of. I think it is going to be a collective thing on offense this year. We have to run the ball to help him out. But I think he is ready to take next step for us."

So what's that next step for the Dolphins? Is it winning more games than they lose for the first time in four years? Is it making the playoffs?

“I can’t really say that right now," Pouncey said. "[Making the playoffs] is going to take a lot of dedication, it is going to take a lot chemistry. Obviously we have a lot of great players that we added to our football team and our quarterback has to play exceptional this year.”

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Pouncey making Tannehill feel more comfortable being vocal is great to hear. Yup it's Tannytime, we'll see how he does.

Based on what I saw from Tannehill, I feel like he will step up this year. He looked pretty comfortable in the pocket and he looks capable of making plays when things break down; provided his receivers get separation.
With the upgrades at WR and TE, I think he will do a fine job.

The frustrating thing about May, June & July. It's all talk, talk , talk. Nothing matters other than collective team health until they put the pads on...

This season all depends on how Tannehill plays, if he plays well we will have a winning record

Odin,

Thanks for polluting the blog with your endless cut and paste slobber rants last night.

Do you really think ANYONE wants to read that nonsense? If you think it entertains anyone, it doesn't. You are like five trolls in one with that crapola.

Give it up for once and for all.

Pouncy tells it like it is!!!!

Great interview Mando!

Wait a minute...not your iterview but that of NFL Network.

You are really getting lazy...just reprinting interviews done by others. Really?

Omar is out interviewing players and getting their persepctives and personal stories every day and getting them onto their site for Fins Fans to listen to.

You? Well....your 'sources' sometimes give you accurate info that you publish.

Go get us some current stories and interviews from the players and coaches...give us some news as the team prepares for the new season. This iinterview is a great example of what you should be doing.

And the Miami Herald want us to pay for this crap.when actually we already pay to watch the NFL channel..And get the same info.. Nice job Mando

Tannehill will b ok,all these people keep saying it's on THill or team won't succeed,you all don't kno what ur talking about it's not on one guy,it's whole team that Needs to step up and THill will play his part by being best 2nd year QB,and step his game up significantly,it's on entire team to continue to build on last season & additions of FAs & Rookies/Undrafted Rookies will add alot more competition & depth,I see us taking Division,at least Wildcard,I'm telling u its Phinz time,we are going to b much better & competitive,watch out Phinz are on up Rise and ready to take league by storm!!!"Haters gonna Hate":)

When Pouncey talks people listen and if that guy thinks T-hill is going to take the next step I believe it. There's nothing I don't love about Pouncey he is a beast and a big supporter of T-Hill. BTW...Anyone not behind T-hill at this point is no fan of this team.

But let's not get crazy....and try to put it all on T-Hills shoulders. This is going to have to be a team effort and like Pouncey said they need chemistry. It can't be all on T-hill as he needs a decent running game, better play from the defense, offensive line and the coaches to get these guys all on the same page.

Yesterday Mando began distancing himself from Tannehill.
Today it is Pouncey that is calling Tanne out: '...there is a fall off from Long to Martin and Tannehill has to pick up that slack...'.

The teams beat writer and best player are already throwing Tannehill under the bus and training camp hasn't even opened.
This season is already a disaster. Again.

Glad to hear about Martin. That's key.

LOL at JoseCuervo!!!

Tannehil won't be the downfall the OL&WR's will let this team down, like I said yesterday should've taken Allen or Patton in ghe draft !! Hartline Gibson Fuller and Matthews just a bunch of guys !! Still can't believe how D.Rosenhaus stole 31mil for Hartline no wonder why guys love him so much !!

Anyone not behind T-hill at this point is no fan of this team.


Posted by: dadsmithwest | May 14, 2013 at 07:43 AM
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I love when other people decide who or what a fan is...and judge other FIN FANS by this hidden criteria know only to them....

you might as well have said...."If you don't agree with me....and everything I say...your not a FIN fan".....

in the words of Chad 85...."chile please"......

I'll be a FAN of the team in the way I see fit....and you do the same.....

There should be a voice for ALL opinions on this sight....even the naysayers....if they can keep it respectful....

Tanne has to preform...Pouncy Knows that...Sherman knows that.....and I am quite sure Philbin and the rest of the FINS understand that.....

They don't call it a "QUARTERBACK DRIVEN LEAGUE" because fans pay to come see some LT.....

Tanne should be the 2nd best QB in the AFC EAST....the question is....can he crack the top 12 in the NFL.....

Thanks Beaners!!!

Anyone not behind T-hill at this point is no fan of this team.


Posted by: dadsmithwest | May 14, 2013 at 07:43 AM
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I love when other people decide who or what a fan is...and judge other FIN FANS by this hidden criteria know only to them....

you might as well have said...."If you don't agree with me....and everything I say...your not a FIN fan".....

in the words of Chad 85...."chile please"......

I'll be a FAN of the team in the way I see fit....and you do the same.....

There should be a voice for ALL opinions on this sight....even the naysayers....if they can keep it respectful....

Tanne has to preform...Pouncy Knows that...Sherman knows that.....and I am quite sure Philbin and the rest of the FINS understand that.....

They don't call it a "QUARTERBACK DRIVEN LEAGUE" because fans pay to come see some LT.....

Tanne should be the 2nd best QB in the AFC EAST....the question is....can he crack the top 12 in the NFL.....

Posted by: Kris | May 14, 2013 at 08:39 AM

Anyone not behind T-hill at this point is no fan of this team.


Posted by: dadsmithwest | May 14, 2013 at 07:43 AM
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I love when other people decide who or what a fan is...and judge other FIN FANS by this hidden criteria know only to them....

you might as well have said...."If you don't agree with me....and everything I say...your not a FIN fan".....

in the words of Chad 85...."chile please"......

I'll be a FAN of the team in the way I see fit....and you do the same.....

There should be a voice for ALL opinions on this sight....even the naysayers....if they can keep it respectful....

Tanne has to preform...Pouncy Knows that...Sherman knows that.....and I am quite sure Philbin and the rest of the FINS understand that.....

They don't call it a "QUARTERBACK DRIVEN LEAGUE" because fans pay to come see some LT.....

Tanne should be the 2nd best QB in the AFC EAST....the question is....can he crack the top 12 in the NFL.....

Posted by: Kris | May 14, 2013 at 08:39 AM

mace,
Wallace got twice as much as Hartline and didn't match Hartline's production last season.
If Hartline swindled Ireland then what did Wallace do?

I still think they should get another starting caliber left tackle. Worst case scenario it would open up a competition at the spot. Ireland, make the trade for Albert already! Wort case scenario here, you're adding quality depth.

When I try to post using my typepad.....it seems like my post have to be scrutinized to such a degree that they either don't post...or post many hours later.....

its cool....

i'm just about over this site and all its antics any way.....

Posting in BLACK means my name will soon be impostered.....and with no way to defend myself....I would rather just stop posting all together....

If you want me gone Herald staff....you're on the right track.....keep it up....

He has to keep us on the field on third downs which he has done a great job of. wtf?????
nfl stat, worst in the league,
wtf r u talkin 'bout pouncy.
take the crack pipe away from him.
lol

Fans=supporters...it's easy if you don't support the team your just not a good fan. I know this team is far from perfect with some reasonable concerns but if you can't feel the positive vibes from this team after this offseason it's just not going to happen at any point. Hey don't fret though it's okay to move to another team or take up knitting.

Tannehill's first year was fast and furious...he gets drafted high, then comes into camp as the 3rd string QB.

If Garrard does not go down with a knee injury, he's your starter on week 1.

Coaches had to make a move fast, so they pick Tannehill over Moore, even though Moore is more polished and gave the team a better chance to win.

Fast forward one year and there is no doubt who the QB is...and he's had all off season to build chemistry with his WR's...Not to mention memorize the playbook.

No Excuses...I just hope he's up to the task and does not experience a sophomore slump.

don't worry, there will be a bunch of new fans when ross moves the team 2 la.
lol

I'm da man!

Don't like it?....go worship Rex Ryan.

Dadsmithwest....

"fret"...lol....."knit"......i'm not here to trade pre- world war 2 insults with you....I simply challenged your post of what a fan is....and I stand by this....you don't hold the KEYS to Miami Dolphins Fandom...I just hate that you are being infored of this so late in life.....

and for the record....

I have posted almost exclusively POSITIVE with every chess piece like precision move Ireland has made this off-season....and for the past few season's prior,,,,i was among Irelands BIGGEST detractors....but I was still a fan....and my passion was equal to what it is now.....

support can mean different things to different people....

you see a homeless guy....maybe you donate to the red cross and hope that your money reaches him or others like him thru those channels.....

Maybe I give him money in his hand hope that he uses it for food.....either...we have both attempted to "support" him.....we just differ in our idea of what "support the team needs,,,,

do you see my point.....

If yo choose to respond....let's see if we can keep this above a 5th grade name calling contest....

kris, do u kno how much$ the admins make at red cross.?
150g's and that is for each sector 2. don't give chit to any charity, they are all bull chit. only 1 is st.judes.an f the homeless. lazy slugs og society.

Did you write this blog entry while watching teh Heat game? Half of it goes to what we already know ... Jake Long left the team in a bind then the 2nd ahlf talks about tannehill improving and asserting himself ... well which one is it? What is the blog topic.

Since I think Jake doesn't give a shite about the Dolphins organization, i will move on from him and assume it's about Tannehill ... he will step up.

listen. fat longs snat.ch did not* want 2 be down here.
wtf is ^ with some of the playas. fat long aint gonna say to ritchie.
"hey, my sna.tch wants 2 go 2 the rams."
lol

Dashi,
Mando turned his back on Tannehill in yesterday's blog.
Pouncey does it in today's blog.
Saying things like, "...I want to see him do it on the field not just on paper..." and "...he needs to be more vocal if he's going to be a leader...".

Kris,
we have had our differences in the past but I agree with you on this. Just because you arent on board fully with a player or a decision doesnt mean that you are any less of a fan that drinks the kool-aid.

There is a difference between questioning the moves or players a team aquires and not supporting your team.

Im a Tannehill supporter but if you came along and just tried to tear him apart, we may not agree but that doesnt mean youre any less of a fan.

I am a supporter of America but that doesnt mean that I agree with what politicians do. I guess some people dont question "leaders" or players in this case.

Dashi at 9:05AM.

Third paragraph first sentence.
You're going to he|| for that one.

Dashi @ 9:05.....

I tried to post something similar yesterday about the language that is allowed to be used by YG and Oscar...and others...and how that gets posted with no problem....

I haven't posted anything remotely close to a cuss word (except the 2 you might find in the bible) in months....and my post now rarely show up....

strangely enough...it started when I started becoming a PRO-IRELAND......

There are about 10 pro-ireland post that were deleted on the spot....and they didn't have so much as an insult in them....

nobody betta den armando.
lol

This article is as bad as a Mike Mayo written article

2 watt....

I agree....that is why I used myself as the guy who would just put the money in the homeless person's hand (when the situation feels right)....

Matty....


You said it better than I could have.....that is exactly the point I am trying to make.....

How much more was St Louis offering Jake where he hads to s h i t on his teammates and team that gave him that outragous contract coming out of college, a couple of million dollars more, FL doesnt have a state tax and Im sure Missouri does. Fack you Jake Long!

Dashi....

I like what you said....and your right...the only way to fix a problem is to go right to the source.....

but...

I don't think Armando is the source....he is merely a guy that post the article (topics).....

The "source" is the idiots who are @ there computer all day deciding which post to get posted...and which ones get deleted....minimum wage jobs...no doubt.....

Do we play St Louis this year, I hope DJ or Wake has a career day against Long selfish a s s. This SOB wanted some hefty contract after giving up sacks and not staying on the field and a team offers 2 million dollars more he bolts like the Brtus he is

TanneBust sucks worse then HenneBust. Soon everyone will see this.

Truth...

Best POST....imo....

All these teammates kissing Jake's backside....and he leaves for a couple mil...I nly wish we played these guys this year....so I could watch Wake or Jordan blow by him....

I think Pouncey is a much better center than he is a TV commentator. This makes me wonder about his leadership qualities.

The things he is saying about Philbin and Ireland wanting Long back makes them look inept.

I don't think Philbin is going to take this too well.

Kris,

I don't think they have moderators/admins and possibly an IT department. It would be extremely easy to remove all the troll post and block them out if they did. Forum is just a crap plug-in.

Don't worry about Long, x2 San Fran, x2 Seattle. RIP Bradford...


I tried to post something similar yesterday about the language that is allowed to be used by YG and Oscar...and others...and how that gets posted with no problem....

I haven't posted anything remotely close to a cuss word (except the 2 you might find in the bible) in months....and my post now rarely show up....

strangely enough...it started when I started becoming a PRO-IRELAND......

There are about 10 pro-ireland post that were deleted on the spot....and they didn't have so much as an insult in them....

Posted by: Kris | May 14, 2013 at 09:27 AM

Why don't you complain about the filth & trash flying from Dashi's keyboard?

You see, the filth & slime is A OK with you as long as it's about people you dislike.

If not you cry & whine about it. How hypocritical!

And the fact that you are actually trying to have a conversation with Dashi shows how dumb you are.

He is BY FAR the dumbest, most foul mouthed "blogger" this site has ever known next to Home.

Yet, his childish rants, name calling & attacks on others are A OK?

As you're post above insinuated, we hope you get over this blog asap & stop coming here to be a 2 faced schlep!

YG @9:54

I See My Writing Has Helped Expand Your Vocabulary. Nice To See You Using New Words. Now You Have 1001 Words In Your Arsenal.

Jeff Fisher has to be thrilled he didnt join the Fins...

Cause China Is A Govt For The Betterment Of Its People.

Posted by: Dashi | May 14, 2013 at 09:57 AM

this tells you everything you need to know about dashi.

FYI....

I am taking everything you say in to account.....

While your words are blunt....it doesn't mean they are any less worthy of consideration....and it doesn't mean you don't have some valid points....worthy f discussion....

I really like the fact that Jake was liked. I liked Jake. But Facts are facts. He was and injury machine... We cannot have a fragile player at that position. Jake has (not by his own fault) let us down MANY times over the last few years. We cannot depend on a player at that position pay him the big money and be let down when we need him most. I would have really liked to keep him if only he could stay healthy!!! Right now I am not a believer in him staying healthy. So I wish him the best in St Louis and I truly hope he proves us all wrong he does deserve a great career!!

Dumb Da Shi, you accusing me of being YG doesn't make you right.

Your arrogance is only surpassed by your ignorance & utter lack of knowledge in any topic except Karlos Dansby.

Which, btw, anyone with 2 eyes knew he stunk as well.

Go ahead, continue your guessing game. It's fun to watch you scramble to look smart.

But @ the same time....

you change names....and you equally foul language and insults.....

shall we discuss.....

Jake Long was a Judas no doubt. Mando posted here that the Dolphins offer was even better than the Rams offer but he rejected it because it wasn't as good as an earlier Dolphins offer which he rejected before getting hurt. JUDAS

I apologize for my post @9:51.

Armando is the one who says Ireland and Philbin wanted Long back. It might be true, but not at his price.

Armando wants us to believe that long took less money and a worse deal to sign w/ the Rams. I don't believe that is true.


But @ the same time....

you change names....and you equally foul language and insults.....

shall we discuss.....

Posted by: Kris | May 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I haven't changed names but ironically, the defense you, dashi & others ALWAYS use when you're called out is that people change names.

You have zero proof but, you continue to spew nonsense. I do have proof however & and that is ppl always get defensive & resort to the same tactics & distortions to deflect from the real story.

If you act like a child, say dumb things & act hypocritical, you will be called on it.

If you don't like it, stop acting like it.

I didn't make gay slurs, make fun of your mommy, use curse words etc...like Dashi does.

There is a difference between telling you how it is & blogging like a really bad clown.

Dashi, If you would get your a## out from behind that keyboard and drive around a little you would see what is the real problem in this country.

It is not the people who are working to try to take advantage of you. It is the people who are not working taking advantage of everyone.

You see things from the same vantage point as the liberals in congress, behind a desk. The streets would kick your a##, rob you blind, laugh and then complain to their politician that you were trying to take advantage of them.

Keep drinking that kool-aide Dashi

Good to see Martin added 20 pounds. Hopefully it was mostly muscle. He is absolutely key to us having a winning season and Tanny taking the next step. Tanny will be a more vocal leader if the OLine keeps him upright - hard to be vocal when you are out of breath from trying to escape from defensive linemen!

Dashi,

Are you a man or a boy? Seriously? We know your a mooching, suck the system dry illegal immigrant.

Anyone who blogs in 3rd person is automatic FAIL.

Nothing says manhood more than speaking in 3rd person.


You are the one with the false accusations, conspiracy theories, statements rooted in EVERYTHING NOT REALITY BASED.

Gay innuendo's. Obsession with YG. Name calling, etc....You are a troll.

I don't call you names. I call you what you are.

A big mouthed, know nothing, clown.

Deal with it chump. Or do you wanna tell us more about how great communism is & how we should get everything for free?

What a waste of space your 3rd person ignoramus rants are.

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