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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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GREG G..YOU CALL YOUR POST (( NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FACTS I POSTED )).........

PS..LET OTHERS JUDDGE IF YOUR POST HAS FACTS OR NOT ..........

SECOND .....WHO R YOU TO SAY THE PATS STOLE 4 SB RINGS ,,,,THE PROOF THAT THEY DIDN'T ,THE WENT TO THE SB TWO MORE TIMES AND LOST ..

PS 2.........THEY STILL WIN THEIR DIVSION EVERY YEAR ,...


WHILE YOUR TEAM ROTTES IN THE CELLAR ...

GREG G.........

THE PATS SELLS THEIR TICKETS IN A WEEL FOR THE WHOLE SEASON EVERY YEAR SINCE THE TUNA CAME TO TOWN BEFOR KRAFT BOUGHT THE TEAM ........

1. For all you idiotic Jets and Pats fans…..you have become RELEVANT very recently. Although you have good organizations right now you were the laughing stock of the NFL for most of your history. Here are the facts from the NFL…fools!!
Top Organizations wins and Pct.
Pitt- .611%
MIAMI .595%
Dallas .591%
Denver .571%
Min. .566%
SF .562%
Was .547%
Oak .547%
FYI NE and NYJ are an embassing .538% and .448% respectively. To boot NYJ have 2 divison titles in there sorry existence. So all you young kids that know nothing about the NFL and call the Dolphins a losing organization need to learn the history of the NFL. DON'T EVER LET FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR SAD POST.

Back to football ... forget these Jet Tools that are so upset with the dolphins and their fans, cause their team stinks that they have to come on a dolphin blog and try to convince them that they suck ...LOL
Anyway this is very interesting. I wonder with Tannehill's mobility if they are gonna incorporate more of the read option into the game plan >>>>>
http://www.thephinsider.com/2013/5/23/4358770/a-look-at-ryan-tannehill-and-the-read-option

WE ALL KNOW THE OLD HISTORY ....WE KNOW THE PATS SUCKED FOR LONG AS THE DOLPHINS TODAY ...............


WE KNOW ALL THAT ,,,,IS THAT MEANS IT'S OKY TO LIVE IN THE CELLAR ?

The Pats dynasty is the strongest and the longest in NFL history.

Living in PA, I got to see Jared Odrick play on a weekly basis playing for Penn State. He was dominant, and I mean absolutely dominant his junior and senior seasons. He was truly a man among boys, winning Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year his senior year. However, he played EXCLUSIVELY as a DT in a 4-3 system, and that's clearly where he belongs. He is in no way, shape or form a DE, and yet that's where he's primarily played for Miami. Without question, on the rare occasions Miami has used him as a DT in the 4-3, he's been effective, much more so than as a DE, but his opportunities have been very limited in that role. I thought Miami knew that and was playing him out of position out of necessity, but I was confused when they decided to franchise Starks. I like Starks mind you, good player, but Odrick is certainly capable of filling that spot with equal if not better performance and at a much, much cheaper price.

The Pats "dynasty" is tainted by the cheating scandal. No Super Bowl victories since being caught!!

OK FINFANS

READY FOR THE POLL OF THE DAY?

TRUE OR FALSE?

GREAT COACHES OBTAIN GREAT QB'S

The Pats "dynasty" is tainted by the cheating scandal.

Posted by: Greg G | May 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM


In your mind maybe.

Nope this is from an article on Fox Sports.
Two drops. Two Super Bowl heartbreakers. Of course, New England’s wins were just as narrow. The Pats' margin of victory from their three Super Sunday wins was an Adam Vinatieri field goal. The difference in either direction is 1-2 plays.

So if their run ends with that Mario Manningham toe-tap catch and Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown run, then by simple addition the Belichick-era Patriots do not exceed the accomplishments of Lombardi’s Packers, Chuck Noll’s Steelers or Bill Walsh’s (and George Seifert’s) 49ers, a group that boasts more than three world titles over a 10-year span. Additionally, the Patriots only match the Cowboys' three Super Bowl championships over four seasons.

Belichick is now 3-2 on Super Sunday with the Patriots, an admirable record but not yet equal to the all-time greats. Lombardi claimed the first two Super Bowls after a round of NFL titles, Noll went 4-0, Walsh finished 3-0, and Seifert inherited that well-stocked Niners club and won it all the following season.

There is also the matter of Spygate, which sullies New England’s accolades in the eyes of some. No one will debate the Patriots weren’t punished for it, however

Jets and Patsy fans......Dolphin Fans only deal in facts!!

Making it to 5 SB's (w/3 wins) and not done yet surpasses everyone

This is John Harbaugh on spygate.

"In the end, everything is brought before the light of day, when it’s all said and done. What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It’s been stained.

To me, it’s never worth it. You have to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage, you have to figure out ways to make the most of everything. We have new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can’t do with our players, and we’re going to make the most of it. What we’re finding is, ‘Man, maybe we can do some things even better than we did before, because these rules make us focus more on some things that we didn’t focus on before. You just have to make them work for you. That’s what success is in the world. You have to find a way to do things better than somebody else. But if you’re cheating, in the end, you’re going to get discredited. It’s not worth it."

I have plenty more if you like but I really feel like Im wasting my time on a HOMER!!

Hey Patsy you must be an idiot....Steelers been to 7 and won 6.....49ers been to 6 and won 5......Dallas been to 7 and won 5. Im done with you....you know nothing!!

The Dolphins cheated too. Almost everyone cheats a little.

Greg, you are talking different eras and different QB's. The Pats is ONE long run.

I mean Montana and Kaepernick is not the same dynasty. LOL

Staubach and Aikman is NOT the same dynasty...

Last answer you will get Patsy....Bradshaw 4....Aikman 3......Montana 3 and none of their teams cheated!! Your beloved Brady has no wins since spygate exposed.

Bradshaw and Rothlesberger is NOT the same dynasty....

Tom Brady and Tom Brady IS the SAME dynasty. 5 SB's ....and STILL GOING....

So if their run ends with that Mario Manningham toe-tap catch and Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown run, then by simple addition the Belichick-era Patriots do not exceed the accomplishments of Lombardi’s Packers, Chuck Noll’s Steelers or Bill Walsh’s (and George Seifert’s) 49ers, a group that boasts more than three world titles over a 10-year span. Additionally, the Patriots only match the Cowboys' three Super Bowl championships over four seasons.

Heck Greg, the Dolphins havent won a SB since color tv.

For all you idiotic Jets and Pats fans…..you have become RELEVANT very recently. Although you have good organizations right now you were the laughing stock of the NFL for most of your history. Here are the facts from the NFL…fools!!
Top Organizations wins and Pct.
Pitt- .611%
MIAMI .595%
Dallas .591%
Denver .571%
Min. .566%
SF .562%
Was .547%
Oak .547%
FYI NE and NYJ are an embassing .538% and .448% respectively. To boot NYJ have 2 divison titles in there sorry existence. So all you young kids that know nothing about the NFL and call the Dolphins a losing organization need to learn the history of the NFL. DON'T EVER LET FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR SAD POST.

Who the he!! Is JoseCuervo?
Dude needs to get his facts straight.


1. For all you idiotic Jets and Pats fans…..you have become RELEVANT very recently. Although you have good organizations right now you were the laughing stock of the NFL for most of your history. Here are the facts from the NFL…fools!!
Top Organizations wins and Pct.
Pitt- .611%
MIAMI .595%
Dallas .591%
Denver .571%
Min. .566%
SF .562%
Was .547%
Oak .547%
FYI NE and NYJ are an embassing .538% and .448% respectively. To boot NYJ have 2 divison titles in there sorry existence. So all you young kids that know nothing about the NFL and call the Dolphins a losing organization need to learn the history of the NFL. DON'T EVER LET FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR SAD POST.


Posted by: Greg G | May 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM


People were wearing leisure suits to the last Dolphin SB win. LOL

Good night fellow Dolphin fans.....it is hard for Jets and Patsy fans to argue with facts. They just cannot handle the truth. The Jets have been and always will be the laughing stock of the NFL and the Patsies have an asterisk besides the 3 Brady Superbowls due to being caught, convicted and punished for cheating. These are the facts I have laid out for over an hour and I'm done!!

Lookit that, the PBP has a new Blog, The Daily Dolphin.

Bye Bye Bye Bye Bye

oscar is a nerd

Of course, I don't plan to write there often. They there are too unsophisticated about Football.

Sometimes, gargajo, sometimes.

Interesting, In that PB Blog you can enter it by signing up using your e-mail or by using your Facebook, G or Twitter accounts.

There is a big clamp down on commentaries(actually none permitted any more in ENH or TMH) on any news related to Cuba and Venezuela. You might know best but still, We don't like it.

The Dolphins won loss isnt very important in the 1st couple years of the rebuild. What matters more is that the new players make steady progress and try to improve.

Now, now, don't get mad at Us, We are just testing limits of Us on Internet and viceversa. THAT is also equally or more important and cannot really be tested without adding Fuel to a Fire.

People, people, people...

Please do not feed the trolls! They're here just to stir up an argument....
(I think Mando pays them just to get more blog hits)
And, you can't use any logic or facts to try and correct them in their erroneous dissertations. (They just ignore them). The best thing to do is not engage them at all. They really hate being ignored. Just pretend that they don't exist and they'll go elsewhere in order to gain attention. (Many of them have been thrown off of this and other blogs, but return under new names). And, they use many different names themselves. Often, they'll use two different names and argue with themselves!

So, please don't feed the trolls...

Yeah, pal, but how long are we going to be "rebuilding"?

You should be banned from reporting at all.....

You are being trained also, of course.

You taking all these down, Paul? You better.

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Those post make as much sense as the incoherent daily crying the 2 trolls do all day here. The troll formerly known as yg4g and his daddy Oscar.

Now watch the no lives respond in other aliases.

Uncertainty # next for the Patriots.
Uncertainty # next for the Jets.
Uncertainty # next for the whomever or wherever.
In fact is there a certainty anywhere in the whole freaking NFL?
Good Grief, Charlie Brown.


Now watch the no lives respond in other aliases.

Posted by: For the blog hits | May 24, 2013 at 01:38 AM

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...says the guy posting under an alias.

On a latter note,
Odin, the commennent on the typo of Jerry's weight at 240 I made was in good humor. Obviously Jerry has not seen 240 since jr high.
I am not an attacker, all though I can see how many on this site could perceive idle faceious remarks in that manner.

Some have made comments pertaining to our TE situation, which I see as being multi-faceted, although some see it as being non substantial.
I see our offense being able to use a TE in many facets. Why should we stereotype that position when it is being redefined constantly?
We have a plethora of diverse talent, that can be used at the whim of our OC.

Many defensive coordinators also have a 'plethora of talent' that they can deploy.

I like what Miami is doing but calm down. Other teams also are doing things and we're not reinventing the wheel here.

I like the fact that our defense can interchange between 3-4 and 4-3 so well. I can see us lining Odrick in at DE at both positions and Wake at 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE.

The real wildcard is Jordan who could play OLB in both 4-3 and 3-4 as well as DE in 3rd and long situations.

I am saying our diversity of talent at the TE provides us with more opportunities than obstacles.
Some say we have no dominate TE and that is a problem; I think we have a TE or TE tandem for many situations.
You don't have to re-invent the wheel to make it roll more smoothly, just give it what it needs.

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