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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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Feel bad for the Jets draftees though. No one should have to go play for that circus in NY. Poor Geno to have to play behind Sancheese. Why would any player want to go there seriously? The franchise is the biggest joke in the NFL.

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PLAYOFF WINS LAST 15 YEARS

JETS 7

DOLPHINS 0

DASHI;;;;;;;;;

WITH ALL RESPCT.......ARE YOU COMPARING OUR LOUSY HISTORY WITH THE PATS 4 SB RINGS ?

CommonSense, the thing about Odrick is with your first round pick your looking for a star not a solid player, if he was a 2nd or 3rd pick the profduction we get from him would be great

Posted by: Clue

doesn't matter what pick he was, thats history.. he is on the team and a good player. We aren't gonna cut him just because he was a first round pick 3 years ago , and is performing like a 3rd rounder.... only fans look at player and judge him as a bust because of what round you got him in... coaches judge you by what you do to help the team as a whole, not on stats. He has tools in his tool box and contributes to the team goal .. which is to win. can we find someone off the streets to fill his position that will be better than him ? NO!! .. so he makes the team.

Odick stinx. Irescum should've drafted Dez Bryant instead of racial prfiling him.

The only thing that will really soothe you, Truly, is a Moringon up your A.

ALL THE TALK IS AS IF WE HAVE MOST CONCERNS TO OVER COME IN THE LEAGUE AND THAT'S NOT TRUE. THE KEY TO THE DOLPHINS IN 2013 IS TO START STRONG AND THAT'S MY BIGGEST CONCERN. IF WE DON'T BEAT CLEVELAND IN GAME 1 WE ARE LOOKING AT 0-2,3 OR EVEN 0-4 EASY. THAT CANNOT HAPPEN AND IF WE DO SPLIT 2-2 OR BETTER THAN THE AFC BETTER WATCH OUT. LOOK AT THE AFC EAST AS FAR AS TEAM CONCERNS GO. ARE WE BETTER THAN JETS AND BILLS TO SWEEP THEM? YES(BARRING INJURIES) THAT'S 4WINS! IF WE CAN BEAT THOSE TEAMS THAN DON'T YOU FEEL THAT WE SHOULD AT LEAST SPLIT BETWEEN BROWNS AND COLTS? YES! THAT'S 5-6 WINS(REMEMBER HAD SMITH HELD ONTO THE DAMN INT WE BEAT INDY LAST YEAR) THE FALCON GAME IS HOME OPENER AND FALCONS NEVER WIN IN MIAMI THEY'VE ONLY WON WHAT? 1-2 TIMES IN MIAMI? THEY WON'T WIN THIS YEAR THAT'S 6-7 WINS. NEW ORLEANS ON MNF IS A SURE LOSS. THEN WE HAVE THE RAVENS WHO ARE NOT THE SAME RAVENS! THAT'S MEANS 7-8 WINS RIGHT THERE. NOW LEFT IS PATRIOTS TWICE,BENGALS,BUCS, PANTHERS,CHARGERS,STEELERS OF THOSE 7 GAMES BARRING INJURIES DON'T YOU SEE THE FINS WINNING AT LEAST 3? THAT MEANS 10-11 WINS!! THESE TEAMS MUST IMPROVE ALSO AND ANY MAJOR INJURIES ON THERE PART AND THE DOLPHINS CAN BEAT THEM ALL BUT IF THE TEAM STARTS SLOWLY WE ARE IN FOR A LONG SEASON IRELAND DESPITE DOING A GOOD JOB THIS OFFSEASON IS FIRED AND ROSS WILL SERIOUSLY START ENTERTAINING THOUGHTS OF LEAVING S FLA. THIS CAN BE A VERY GOOD YEAR IN S.BEACH IF HEAT WINS AGAIN, CANES WIN 10/11 GAMES (ONE AGAINST FLA OR FLA. ST) AND ACC COASTAL DIVISION! AND THEN THE FINS WIN 10/11 GAMES AND MAKE PLAYOFFS AND WIN A HOME PLAYOFF GAME. A LOT TO ASK FOR? YES! FAR FETCHED? HELL NO! POSSIBLE? VERY!! WILL IT HAPPEN? THAT'S MY BIGGEST CONCERN!! GO HEAT! GO FINS! GO CANES! WHY NOT US !!!

As long as Ms. Ross and little Jeffy continue to play grabass, 7-9 is the best to hope for.

5-11

12-4

ALoco, how's your husband Mario?

Kids, there's a new sheriff in town. Brian Bozworth is here, and I will maul each and every one of you (unless your name is Bo Jackson). I'll be here each and every day, all year.

#winning

12-4, dudes.

Jets 3-13

fins have 3 playoff wins last 15 years, dude just makes stuff up

It's always fun to rile the Jet trolls. 7 wins but also 7 loses in the playoffs. Congrats to the Jets on all their 4th, 5th and whatever place finishes they got in their non superbowl appearances years. BTW..when their next playoff run 2015? See you guys in a couple years if you can find a real HC and QB.

it's a new era dusty Bottoms... quit livin' in the past

Jets go to the playoff's but still have no banners to hang in their stadium ..LMFAO.... all they get out of it is a crappy team and low draft picks ... sucks to be them ... they would have been better off just to go 3-13 every year and save their money buy signing scrub players ...

I'm here to teach you kids and you adults with weak memories something: Bo Jackson the greatest athlete who ever lived, 'mkay? Better than Herschel Walker. Better than Michael Jordan. Better than Muhammed Ali. Better than Ricky Williams (the 2nd greatest RB of all time).

Bo Jackson was an absolute freak. That freak injury is so tragic. I'll never forget it.

Watch the documentary on Bo on Netflix right now and I challenge you to not have a smile on your face the entire time.

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jets are without any doubt the joke of the league now. theres 2 auto wins for us, its the other 14 i worry about

Bo Jackson, in the early 1980s, without 'roids, ran a 4.12 at the combine, still the fastest time of all time. Compare current superfreak of the day, RGIII. No comparison. In 1984!!! Bo Jackson was the greatest of all time.

I'm here to teach you kids and you adults with weak memories something: Bo Jackson the greatest athlete who ever lived, 'mkay? Better than Herschel Walker. Better than Michael Jordan. Better than Muhammed Ali. Better than Ricky Williams (the 2nd greatest RB of all time).

Bo Jackson was an absolute freak. That freak injury is so tragic. I'll never forget it.

Watch the documentary on Bo on Netflix right now and I challenge you to not have a smile on your face the entire time.

Posted by: Brian Bozworth

saw it!! ur not teaching us anything about Bo jackson .. we probably know more about him than you ...LOL

Did I say that I'm now really excited about the potential of the Miami Dolphins? However, I also bought in big with the coming of the "BIG TUNA" to Miami? No, that's didn't come to what I was hoping for in a BIG WAY. Now, I'm waiting for results first. Go Miami Dolphins!

You write so childish, son. Everybody here knows who you are even you under different names.

Oh my God wtf is all of the Jets talk about? ROFLMAO! Are you f%$#ing kidding me? Their history??????! What's that, one Superbowl with a cross dressing QB? What a great history. Maybe they're talking about how the Jets have to borrow someone elses stadium because their fans care so little about them they continually vote down plans for their own stadium. THEY DON'T EVEN PLAY IN NEW YORK!!! Hahahahaha

Their own mascot, a vertically challenged ex-fireman even quit on the team. David Garrard saw what a mess it was and decided to retire instead of being around for the joke of a year they are about to have. Rex Ryan WILL be fired by seasons end so they have a lame duck head coach.

They hired TONY S. as an OFFENSIVE coordinator after he proved his teams couldn't play offense and he was stuck in the old day mentality. Did I mention they have won ONE SUPER BOWL IN THEIR ENTIRE HISTORY? LMAO

Here is their nickname, "Gangreen". Here is the definition of gangrene which is what they are rhyming with on purpose. "Gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that arises when a considerable mass of body tissue dies".

LOL Get the fook outta here with the Jets! I haven't even scratched the surface of reasons to make fun of this team. There are 46 years worth of garbage to laugh at!

then there's this...another unnamed Jets player. No faith in Sancheese. Nice article about some of the players on the team feeling like it's time to give someone else a chance. Seems like a QB controversy is again brewing in NY on top of last years QB debacle.

Bwahahaha playoff wins?! Who cares?! Now they're going to suck for the next decade. But thank God you can hang your hat on playoff wins!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm out, you nancies have fun tonight trying to get strangers to pay attention to you. smh

Bye bye to whomever scripts the fake ALoco character. It's really weird that you spend so much time pretending to be someone else. Have you ever wondered why you do that so much? Maybe you're not happy with who you are? Oh well, something to think about. Have a GREAT night in the blog. lol

Jose - put down the tequila dude. You're an idiot.. If you want to compare players don't compare a RB, WR, TE to a WR, WR, TE.. Compare Hartline, Bess, Fasano to Wallace, Gibson, Keller. Also Keller only played half the season.

You sir are a complete moron for posting that as well as your no compensation for the FA that left.. We didn't give anything up for the ones we got. Go cheer for your Jets and Sanchise.. That will be fun!

Hey, I'm a die hard Fin fan but I have to admit the Jets have been a far superior team the last 10 years.

When did the Jets have 4 consecutive losing seasons?

Hey, I'm a die hard Fin fan but I have to admit the Jets have been a far superior team the last 10 years.

Posted by: Marino 13

nice try TOOL! ... your a loser and ur team the Jets have 2 banners to hang up in the last 46 years. which is a joke because u dont even have your own stadium to hang it up in go get a life. maybe you could get Rex Ryan to let you suck on his toes while Sancheese but fumbles you ...LMFAO...

Hey, I'm a die hard Fin fan but I have to admit the Jets have been a far superior team the last 10 years.

Posted by: Marino 13
OPPS TYPED FAST SO I MADE CORRECTIONS AND REPOSTED LOL
nice try TOOL! ... you're a loser and ur team the Jets have 2 banners to hang up in the last 46 years. which is a joke because u don't even have your own stadium to hang it up in. go get a life. maybe you could get Rex Ryan to let you suck on his toes while Sancheese butt fumbles you ...LMFAO...

When did the Jets have 4 consecutive losing seasons?

Posted by: mike | May 23, 2013 at 06:10 PM


Soon to be 5 consecutive losing seasons and probably more. Ross/Ireland have turned the Dolphins into an expansion Arena caliber team. Terrible FO.

23 losing seasons by the Jets .. yeah yall are winners ...LOL

and if i'm not misstaken the consecutive losing seasons by the jets is ELEVEN

Dan Marino By Himself Threw For More Yards Than All The Jets Combined.

Jets
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_York_Jets_seasons

365-431

Have Way To Go Before Reaching .500 Lifetime.

Dolphins
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Miami_Dolphins_seasons

407-309

And That Is With The Worst Decade In Franchise History.


Jets Consecutive Losing Seasons

1960-66
1970-80
1982-84
1987-96
2012-

That Is A True History Of Losing Buddy.

This is the worst Dolphin team ever presented to us.

This is the worst Dolphin team ever presented to us.

Posted by: Nat Moore | May 23, 2013 at 07:37 PM

What that saying?....oh yeah....some people say the dumbest things.

Nat Moore, your brain should be donated so we can figure out how people like you get stupid. Maybe a gene we can fix.

@ Miami Speaks @6:57

BOOM!

A post all Jets fans should read before opening up their loudmouth traps!

Posted by: TRUTH HERTZ | May 23, 2013 at 04:43 PM


BOOM!

A post all FIN fans should read before opening up their loudmouth traps!


Phillie CHIRINO,
Are you related to Willie CHIRINO?

WE HAVE A GARAGE MANGER FOR GM

AND A CORNED BEEF COACH

To
Be
Cellar
Again

To the media talking heads (not necessarily all of them, but if the shoe fits...):
Last year, we 'Phins fans endured an off-season in which you constantly bewailed and bemoaned Ireland's "failure" to land Matt Flynn in FA. They were doomed, many of you claimed, to a 4, possibly 5, win season because of it. How did that prediction turn out for you?
Now you use the same tactics talking about their LT situation. They let Long walk, didn't trade for Albert, and drafted Jordan whilst Johnson was still available. One would think that if they were as desperate as many of you claim to avoid having Martin play LT, they would have jumped at one of these opportunities. Sure, I admit there are no guarantees that he will work out. At the same time, one has to wonder why you continue to emphasize the negative when practically every scouting report on him coming out of college mentioned he might need only to bulk up and correct minor problems with technique to become an elite LT? What happened since then to change so many of your minds- other than he was drafted by the 'Phins who so many of you like to portray as the laughingstock of the NFL? Given your lack of success last year, don't be too surprised if continuing to do so gets you laughed at instead.

Phillie Chirino cause im Cuban and smoke good (and it's clever), unlike the 7 bloggers on here (like yourself) who are full of themselves and resort to trolling by hiding behind fake screen names, but really just say the same shyytt all day, everyday!

Who is going to pay $ to watch this garbage team?

Not knowing that it's spelled "Bosworth" = troll fail

Zonk, if you don't want to watch the Dolphins, take your big stupid ass over to another team or blog. We are sick of you, your mouth, your attitude and your asinine posts. Dumb ass, go elsewhere

Deof Movestofca,

Obviously you didnt watch the season finale where J Martin was a turnstile at LT and we were SHUT OUT!


Yea Nat Moore, that means Martin will never get better because he had a rough game.
You big Dummy, join Zonk and get lost

I looked up LOSER in the dictionary...

It had pictures of ALoco, Dashi, and the New York Jets.

I looked up Bored troll JO sessions in the dictionary.
It had pictures of Twinks and Trannies.

Deof Movestofca,

Obviously you didnt watch the season finale where J Martin was a turnstile at LT and we were SHUT OUT!


Posted by: Nat Moore | May 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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Obviously you didn't notice Martin coming in more muscular and bulked up, which should lead to less problem handling bull rushers.

5 Super Bowl appeareances…3 back to back to back…2 Super Bowl victories back to back ohhh and throw in a perfect season. In fact they only lost 5 games in 3 years from 71-73. Before you talk about easy schedule…they beat everybody for 3 years straight. They were 37-5 in 3 years. They beat great Steelers teams, Raiders and Chiefs. Unmatched by any team in NFL history. 22 playoff appearances, 13 division titles and the 2nd winningest team since the NFL creation of 1970 with a winning % of .595.
The bottom line is about what "greatness" really means. Does being "great" just mean being really, really good or does it mean something more? Because if it just means being really good, then the 1973 Dolphins have more of a claim to greatness than the undefeated 1972 Dolphins. Fans, knowledgeable sportswriters and the players themselves generally agree that the 1973 Dolphin team was a better team than their 1972 predecessors. And they're probably right. Although Miami lost two games in the following season (1973), the defense played even better. It allowed a league-low 150 points and 15 touchdowns. It held seven opponents to single-digit scoring. In the team's two losses, to Oakland (12-7) and Baltimore (16-3), the defense allowed only one touchdown. Speaking of great defense, consider this - the Miami defense allowed just 174 points during the 1971 regular season, a year before the Perfect Season.

The Joke Jest have won NO Super Bowls since the NFL was created in 1970. Have won the division 2 times have not appeared in ANY Super Bowls and have finished above .500 only 14 times since 1970 merger. That’s 29 losing seasons out of 41.They have one of the worst winning % ever with a record with a measly .448 winning %.
I know the Dolphins are in a rough patch this decade. I also have never said the Dolphins were the best and were going to win it all as the sad and sorry Jest fans do every year. You and your loser coach need to learn some humility.
So yes my SAD Jest fan go hide back under that rock. When you get a REAL NFL team then tell us how wonderful you are.

And that also goes for the sad history of the Pats. All their Super Bowl victories have an asterisk because since getting caught cheating they have won none and lost 2!!!

TOM BRADY IN NUMBERS;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;


1--------HE'S WORTH 160 MILLION.............
2- SO FAR,HE OWNES 4 SB RINGS...................
3- HE'S MARRIED TO A WOMAN WHO'S WORTH 300 MILLION ............

GREG G.........DO YOU HAVE A JOB ?

Thank you very much for the Tom Brady news Mrs. Brady. If you are looking for a debate come with something of value. I am a grown man and have no time for your childish games. Your post has absolutely nothing to do with the facts I posted. You will get no further reply from me.

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