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Team with no questions? I have some

A couple of weeks ago, amid the feel-good reflections of the offseason, guard Richie Incognito said the Dolphins had no questions. No, he wasn't suggesting the team is winning a championship in 2013. He was making the point he sees no obvious weaknesses or holes.

I suppose that could be fair.

Last year at this time, for example, we already knew the receiver corps was a problem. We already wondered about a rookie quarterback. We wondered where the sacks would come from if not from Cameron Wake.

Some of those issues have been addressed.

But are the Dolphins free of issues?

I'm not certain. (And neither can you be, by the way, because only a season of games will tell).

I can, however, present to you questions that will have to answered somehow in 2013. I'm not saying they're going to be problems. I'm simply marking them down in the uncertainty file.

Here we go:

Uncertainty 1: Will Ryan Tannehill be the QB everyone expects? Will he be a much-improved player from Year 1 to Year 2 or will the improvement -- assuming he makes some -- be more gradual? This is a big deal, by the way, because as Tannehill goes so will the Dolphins.

There's no doubt Tannehill is growing into his job.

"Last year at this time my head was spinning," he said. "I was just trying to figure out how things worked. I didn’t really know how the day went, how the offseason went, how practices went. So being in it a year, I am completely comfortable. Now I can go out and focus on all the little things that go into the game."

Now the question is will his play reflect his greater comfort level?

Uncertainty 2: Who is going to carry the running game? The question is obvious because Reggie Bush is gone and everyone who is left is unproven. The Dolphins love Lamar Miller. As I've written before, he is the heir apparent and is so talked within the team, owner Stephen Ross has mentioned him as a big playmaker for 2013. It's obvious someone internally has been telling Ross to expect big things from Miller.

But the Dolphins do have other choices. Daniel Thomas is a former second-round pick and he sees himself as the successor to Bush. He'll have to prove it. And he intends to prove it. So we have a competition building.

The darkhorse here is rookie Mike Gillislee. I keep hearing his name from club sources. There is an internal excitement about him. There is hope he can factor and perhaps even surprise everyone -- except you, of course, because I just told you what might occur.

Uncertainty 3: Health. Let's face it, the Dolphins are a skyscrapper of cards. Yes, they are looking like they can reach into the heavens. But they have a lot of fragile pieces. Brent Grimes, Richard Marshall, and Dustin Keller all had season-derailing injuries last season and are trying to stay healthy now. Can they? Rookies Dion Jordan (shoulder), Jamar Taylor (hernia), and Dallas Thomas (shoulder) all have injuries that are keeping them on the shelf until training camp the earliest. This issue deserves attention.

Uncertainty 4: Jonathan Martin as a left tackle. Yes, it's his job now. He succeeds Jake Long. And while Martin is expected to be healthier than Long, it is anyone's guess if he'll be any better. Indeed, Martin was no better in his stint as a left tackle last year toward the end of the year than Long was previously even though the veteran was constantly nicked. Perhaps that's the reason the team tried to re-sign Long and then flirted with both Brandon Albert and Bryant McKinnie as left tackle answers ahead of Martin.

This raises the question, 'How confident were the Dolphins in Martin?' Martin is a natural left tackle. He likes the position much more than he does the right side. Let's see if he plays like it.

Uncertainty 5: Can Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler live up to the hype? Both players have performed well as complementary players, players signed on the cheap, players stepping in for stars, players without any pressure.

But now both these guys are very, very, very highly paid. They were brought in to not only start but make big plays. They were brought in as upgrades. That's a far cry from what they're used to.

Wheeler, you'll remember, played for Oakland on a one-year, $700,000 contract last year. He signed a $26 million deal with Miami. He played well last year. Will be play 40 times better for the Dolphins now that he's making nearly 40 times the money?

Ellerbe was supposed to be the heir apparent for Ray Lewis in Baltimore. But the Ravens couldn't afford to keep him. He had very good moments in Baltimore. He had some bad moments in Baltimore, particularly earlier in his career. Will he be the playmaker that Karlos Dansby was supposed to be but really wasn't? Or instead of another Ray Lewis, will Ellerbe be more like Dansby?

We'll see.

Prove it time begins in a couple of months.

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No wonder Dashi is always 95% wrong.

Dashi had Lacy at 12. Not one GM even saw him in the top 60. Dashi knows dk.

Agreed With Fake Me @6:07.

The Heat Would Be Better.

One 72-10 Season. 2 Titles, Going On 3. And A Healthier Dwayne Wade.

duh,
Didn't GB take Lacey at 22 or so?

I predicted that Dave Caldwell would have taken him with the #2 overall for Jax.

go finssssssssssss our running game is fine. its our oline we will have to worry about

Who is Spo?
Sporano?

Idiot trying to Expose the Truth

Maybe you can learn to do 3 seconds of research.

Lacy was picked 61st.

You are too dumb to even be here.

Observe the antics of Popcorn the cat.

Cause Of Injuries And A Average 40. Lacy Dropped. To The 2nd Round.

Lacy Will Gain Over 1000yds This Season.

That Still Isn't The Drop Of Matt Barkley #3 Overall. You Did Have Him Going To The Fins Right?

Who Would You Rather Waste A 2nd Round Pick On? Eddie Lacy Or Daniel Thomas?

I Didn't Even Know Philbin Was That High On L.Miller.

They Expect L.Miller To Gain 1500yds. At Least They Plan To Give Him The Ball To Try.

275+ Carries
1500yds
5.5yds A Carry
10+TDs

And Don't Worry Genius. 275 Carries A Season, Is Only 17 Carries A Game. If L.Miller Could Earn 20 Carries A Game. He Can Easily Be In The 1800+ Yd Discussion.

He Has The Potential. Lets Just Hope He Reaches It.

Gillislee Will Be A Good 3rd Down Back.

Lacy Will Gain Over 1000yds This Season.

Posted by: Dashi | May 26, 2013 at 07:14 PM


1000???

Didn't you say 1200?

Any generic RB can gain 1000. The 1000 standard was set back in the 12 game era.

Dashi you are a fool and a clown.

and dashi is talking 1200 total, including passes, not just rushing.

Big deal.

Spo Sucks!!

Lets Go Heat!!

All Incompetence Will Be Called Out Today.

LeBron Throwing Games.

Spoelstra Sucking! (Now Watch Him Take It Out Of Context)

This Is A Must Win Game. Cause Don't Expect To Win The 2nd, If You Can't Win The 1st.

Specially, If The Heat Play The Same Way They Played The Last 2 Games.

Indiana Has Big Plans. And The Heat Are Playing At Their Pace.

Indiana Has Eliminated Miami's Transition Game. Basically Taking Out Half Of The Oregon Playbook Spo Installed Last Season.

They Are Playing Position Basketball. Spo Is Pointless To The Concept. If You Want To Go Small. Make Lebron Guard Hibbert.

C- L.James/Birdman/UD
PF-C.Bosh/Birdman/R.Lewis
SF-S.Battier/R.Lewis- He Should Have Been Taking Shane's Minutes By Now, And LBJ
SG-M.Miller/R.Allen/J.Jones
PG-D.Wade/N.Cole/M.Chalmers


That Is 12 Guys That Should See Consistent Minutes Every Game. Even If You Have To Take 2-3 Minutes From LBJ, Wade, And Bosh. To Put More Shooters In The Game.

That Is What San Antonio Does. Yes, The Heat Are Younger. But That Just Means The Team Will Perform Better.

Why Does Philbin Want 4 DEs? So He Can Bring Pressure All Day.

Same Difference.

lcy wont touch 1000 yards, already saying he could be third string behind another rb they drafted even. guy will get hurt easily also

Shane Battier and Ray Allen seem to not be able to buy an open 3pt'r right now.

Mario Chalmers just outright sucks this playoff series. He cant hit shots nor play defense to an acceptable level.

Udonis Haslem looks ready for the has beens graveyard. We always knew he wasn't a volume scorer, bt, now he isn't rebounding or playing defense either.

Fire coach Spo' now, its all his fault!

Dashi you are FULL OF SHHHT.

Stick to your word and quit changing your tune in your struggle not to be WRONG 95% of the time.

Fool. You wonder why people badger you, you ask for it FF

Lacy Will Gain Over 1000yds This Season.

Posted by: Dashi | May 26, 2013 at 07:14 PM


1000???

Didn't you say 1200?


Why yes you did.

Next week what will it be?

900?
859?
667?


Hold On Don't You Idolize Reggie And His 1000yds!

I Had Lacy Getting 1200yds, Before The Packers Got Another Good RB. Now I Am Being Conservative. 1000yds. Lacy Will Get About 200 Carries This Season. Some Red Zone. I Know For Sure Lacy Will Get 10+TDs.

1000yds Rushing.

Come On. Overall. I Don't Hedge My Bets That Bad.

I Have L.Miller Gaining 1200yds. With The Potential For 1500 Yds. If He Earns It. And ZERO Fumbles.

Lacy Sometimes Fumbles. He Has Little Hands.

L.Miller Is My RB. The Chosen One. The UM RB That Makes Up For Passing On All Those UM RBs.

The Greatest Dolphin RB Since R.Williams. Could Be 2nd Greatest Dolphin RB Of All Time. First Cause He Started His Career In Miami.

He Has That Potential.

Gillislee Will Be A Good 3rd Down Back.

Many late round backs gain 1200 all purpose yards. It is no stellar feat that warrants a pick at 12.

61 might have been a reach for a back that can't block or catch footballs for a team that runs the WCO.

Shula Wasnt A Good Coach Either.

He Was Nothing Without Griese And Marino.

Dashi

I'll stick with Bum Phillips assessment of Shula.

"He can take his'n and beat your'n, and then take your'n and beat his'n"


Your opinion isn't even a fart in the wind.

Posted by: 12-IN-YUR-ASS! | May 26, 2013 at 07:41 PM


Griese wasn't even a great QB. Weak arm, immobile.

Shula went to the SB on the arms of Earl Morral, Don Strock, David Loco Woodley.

Now that is COACHING!

Dashi, You have been wrong 98.2% just this weekend.

shula went to multiple super bowls without either of them

Say It. Spoestra Is A Better Coach Than Shula.

I Will Pick Jeff Hornacek Over E.Spoelstra. Even J.Del Negro Is A Better Coach.

Spo Is The Perfect Puppet.

Roy Hibbert Is No Shaquille O'Neal. That Is All I Have To Say.

Heat Better Win.

Irescum without Parcells puppet strings = FLOP

The Pacers Have God On There Side. He Is A 6'10" White Guy With Blond Hair And Blue Eyes. Goes By The Name Of Larry Bird.

That Guy Is Building A Team. He Knows Basketball. He Has A Faster Connection To His HC.

Larry F. Bird Knows A Thing Or 2 About Shooting. To Dashi Still The Greatest Shooter Of All Time. And Best Clutch Shooter Ever.

Allegedly They Have Deleted Any Tape Of L.Bird Missing A Shot.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oACRt-Qp-s

L.Bird Actually Made These Shots. Special FX Weren't That Good Back Then.

Bad feeling about this game. 1st 2 games Heat seemed to feel they can turn it on and off whenever they liked. Almost got caught up 1st game, definitely caught caught in this bs game 2.

They'll find Pacers very difficult to beat if they keep allowing game to come down to the wire. I have a bad feeling if game comes down to the wire tonight, Heat will be down 2-1.

Heat should thank their lucky stars they aren't down 2-0 right now. The Heat stole gm 1. The Pacers beat them gm 2.

The Heat were behind at least 85% of both games 1 and 2, The Pacers have thus far completely controlled this series. As I said before, the Heat are extremely fortunate they are not down 2-0 right now.

The Pacers have clearly been the more dominant tam so far in this series.

If the Heat don't start hitting those open 3's, this series will get more difficult for LeBron.

It's just like football, if you don't have a deep threat teams stack the run box. In basketball they stack the lane to make penetrating extremely difficult.

Heat will win easy.

Heat looks like a different team now that Haslem's hitting shots he missed gms 1-2. Bosh is hitting his 3's also.

THE WORLD CHAMPION HEAT LOSE 1 MEASELY GAME AND THE NOVICE FANS PANIC!! LOL

BIRDMAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Its not panic. When a team is picked to win in 5 or 6 games. Then may have lead no more than 10% of the time in the 1st 2 games. There's great reason to be concerned.

Tonight is the 1st game of the series where the Heat has pretty much controlled an entire qtr, even though the defense has been shaky allowing 30pts in the opening qtr.

Heat's best qtr by farrrr............ offensively. Still fairly suspect defensively(30pts allowed).

Wow! Heat now turning up the defense..........

That's the way I like it, a-ha.

The Enforcer.

Good, good.

Of course, those plays drawn by Spoelstra always seem to work.

I guess we won't be hearing from Dashe how bad Spo is.

How many fouls on Hibbert?

SPO IS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!

Wrong!

Heat lose, Dashi says Spo's fault. Heat win, it's the talent.

They have no defense for this Tempo.

DashIdiot doesn't think 3 consecutive Finals appearances and the 2nd longest winning streak in NBA history is good coaching.

But he thinks a RB that can't block and can't catch is worth a #12 pick?

Uh, sure, right. Uh huh.

I think the only way the Heat dont repeat as World Champs is if one of their top 3-4 gets severely injured.

This is a game where the Heat only need hold the Pacers under 100pts(99). Heat can score 15pts each qtr and still win 100-99.

I hate when Chalmers is running the offense. That's when bad things seem to happen. Chalmers is not a great point guard against great defenses.

At times Chalmers thinks he's better than what he actually is. I feel much better with Lebron running the offense against great defenses. Chalmers has too many brain farts.

Another dumb play by Chalmers. He didn't have a chance of stopping Hibbert from scoring. Just gave him a free 3pt play.

About time Chalmers makes a play.

So happy to see Udonis Haslem finally show up for the series. My man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12" is flipping constantly here.

Posted by: oscar canosa | May 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM


12 is a FLIPPER

WHENEVER DASHI SAYS SOMETHING YOU CAN REST ASSURED THE EXACT OPPOSITE IS TRUE.

12" is flipping constantly here.
Posted by: oscar canosa | May 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM


YG IS A FLIPPER

BIRDMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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