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Coaches digest the scrimmage buffet

The Dolphins coaching staff will meet today and go through Monday's night's scrimmage to see which players took steps forward and which stumbled as they prepare for three more days of practice starting Wednesday before they head to Canton, Ohio this weekend for the Hall of Fame game.

One of the issues the staff must manage is the wide receiver situation.

Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace were held out of the scrimmage. Hartline seemed to tweak a lower leg muscle, possibly a calf, in the warmups and drills prior to the scrimmage. Wallace was held out for an undetermined issue, although signs point to him also nursing some sort of minor injury. (Remember, the Dolphins do not comment on injuries and coach Joe Philbin didn't even address the media after the scrimmage. He addressed the crowd after many of them had already walked out. And he gave the media relations department two quotes about the scrimmage, neither of which addressed Wallace's absence. This, by the way, is not typical of NFL teams. Head coachess speak after practices and scrimmages and preseason games and regular season games and playoff games and Super Bowls. Win or lose).

At any rate, Philbin is expected to explain the Wallace absence Wednesday in some fashion because he is also not available to the media today -- a day off for the team.

It's really a shame about Wallace. No, I'm not too worried about the player's injury if that is what kept him out. Again, if he's injured it's minor. I'm sad for the franchise that is trying to increase a lagging season-ticket base and a growing disconnect from local fans. Last night the club had 22,876 interested fans in the stands -- more than the Patriots had at Gillette Stadium for a practice on the same night. All of those fans are potential season-ticket customers. I'm certain they all expected to see Ryan Tannehill (3 TD passes), Dion Jordan (one sack and one pressure), Cameron Wake and Mike Wallace.

And Wallace was only there to roam the sideline in his uniform but out of action. Shame.

That's not anyone's fault. It's just tough luck for the organization.

As to the rest of the wide receiver corps: Even as the team engages in talks about adding a body -- Laurent Robinson and Austin Collie are on the radar among others -- there will no doubt be a longer look at undrafted free agent acquisition Chad Bumphis.

Bumphis had two catches for 41 yards on Monday night. One of those was a 28-yard catch and run down the right sideline that showed both burst and field awareness. Bumphis has been mired on third and fourth teams so far in camp. If the scrimmage performance doesn't earn him more reps and perhaps some with the second team, it certainly puts him on the radar pior to the HOF game.

Bumphis wasn't the only back-of-the-roster type who caught the eyes of coaches:

AJ Francis, another undrafted rookie, was very active. He collected a sack. He batted a pass at the line of scrimmage. The Maryland kid showed up.

Will Davis, who frankly had struggled during practices, came through with a huge interception in the end zone during a goal line situation. (By the way, the Dolphins scored one of the TDs in goal line on  a pass and another run TD was questionable whether the runner got in although it was awarded. What's the point? I don't know).

The Dolphins are putting a huge emphasis on turnovers this season. Joe Philbin wants to be plus-16 this year as a starting point. The club was minus-10 last year. That means more turnovers for the defense. It's a great way to get in good graces.

And on offense a turnover is a good way to make a place in the doghouse.

Today, safety Kelcie McCray, Davis, defensive end Olivier Vernon, and Francis are in good graces. Mcray returned his interception of a Matt Moore pass 50 yards for a TD. Vernon had a sack and caused a fumble that Randy Starks recovered. Francis batted a pass that offered another interception opportunity. And, of course, Davis not only saved a touchdown but got the ball back with his interception.

By the way, this turnover emphasis is real. Consider what defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said:

“We constantly look for better ways of teaching, from little things like we’ve got footballs hanging from the walls in every defensive meeting room that they have to go in, when they walk in and out of the meeting rooms, they’re stripping and punching, just reminders," he said.

" We’ve shown them tape from around the league of teams that cause the most fumbles, how they were caused, what situations we may have had an opportunity to strip the ball and we didn’t.  We’ve talked about sacks, sack fumbles, we got a lot of sacks, but we didn’t get a lot of sack fumbles.  We like to believe there were opportunities at times last year to get a fumble as well as a sack, so we’ve showed them players throughout the league who have done that consistently and it’s an awareness factor. 

"So we’ve looked at the teams that create the most fumbles last year, it was New England, Chicago, and Cincinnati, we’ve studied every one of those fumbles, we’ve showed them those things on tape, and hopefully it will start to translate onto our play."

Conversely, losing turnovers is a no-no. So who's in the doghouse today?

Mike Gillislee was good against second- and third-team competition running the ball. He rushed for 21 yards on six carries. But he had a fumble that he lost. And he dropped a pass that would have gone for a first down.

Quarterbacks Moore and Pat Devlin also made key mistakes that turned otherwise mediocre nights into a problem. Neither threw a TD pass. Neither looked exceedingly comfortable. Both threw interceptions that cost his team TDs. Devlin's interception obviously was in the end zone. And Moore's interception was returned for a TD. Moore also had a fumble so two turnovers for him. Yuck.

Ryan Tannehill, meanwhile, played a lot better than he's been practicing. He threw three touchdowns without and interception and that was without his two top wide receivers available. He completed 8 of 11 passes for 72 yards. His throw to Dustin Keller for a TD was a thing of beauty in that it was placed where only the TE could catch it for the score.

You know that mantra Philbin has about everyone is fighting for a job and there are no starters? It's doesn't apply at QB.



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Chad Henne was the starting Senior QB when one of...if not the biggest upset in College Football occured...
Anyone remember...Appalachain State...

"Michigan quarterback Chad Henne completed 19 of 37 passes for 233 yards, with an average of 6.3 yards per throw; he threw one touchdown and one interception."

Real manly against...who???

Posted by: Jack! | July 30, 2013 at 05:53 PM

Exactly what I'm talking about! This was a common occurrence when Henne quarterbacked at Michigan.

He always played down to the level of competition. He played barely good enough to at times beat good teams. Then barely bad enough to lose against bad teams.

Mirroring his qb career at Miami.

Henne did come with "big hoopla". In fact Ross called him the 2nd coming of Dan Marino and most fans at the time agreed.

Posted by: Nat Moore | July 30, 2013 at 05:49 PM

Yeah, Ross is like a clueless used car salesman. And I've noticed its the same fans that loved Henne love Tannehill haha.

Oh, and miamidolphins.com shows "unofficial" stats for R. Tannehill as 9-13, 75 yds, 3 TD's, and 0 INT's. So, there's a slight difference there from the numbers that Mando gave. Just saying...
Still, he hasn't thrown an INT in about 4 or 5 practices; which is a good thing. But, I don't expect that to continue with the way our Defence is practicing right now. They look like a Top-5 D....


During those days, Michigan would have stayed a top 25 team with Henne on the bench. Michigan's probably perrenially ranks as a top 10-15 high in recruiting the best high school prospects in the nation.

That alone can make you a perennial top 25 ranked college football team.

probaly tracy and they opted for a garbage late pick over bess

BTW - Watch Richard Marshall get relegated too the Nickle Spot. This where he played almost his entire career and this is where he's best, I think.

But it won't be because of Patterson or Stanford. It will be because of Will Davis. Watch Davis get the starting nod. I wouldn't even be surprised by Coyle Coaching this Kid right into AFC Defensive Rookie of The Year. Then the Pro Bowl to top of a Great Rookie Campaign.

Also, watch for McCray to start cutting into Clemon's playing time right away. By Mid-Season McCray will be coming in on obvious passing downs while Clemon's gets the run downs.

Yeah, I'm going out on a Limb here, but hey, it's only an anonymous Sports Blog. If I'm wrong I can always change my sign in name and PRETEND I'm Always Right, wink, wink ;)

Posted by: Tracyh474 | July 30, 2013 at 06:03 PM

Doesn't matter. If Tanehill was 3-13 with 3 tds and no picks. His qbr would still probably be in the mid 90's.

Its number of tds vs no ints, which skyrockets a qbr most.

odinseye calm down lil fella. we all know jarvis jones wins roy

Henne and Ginn were the only duo to beat the elite Revis on a bomb for a TD.

What do we do?

Dump them both.

Who has been the WORSE QB in a fins jersey to start some games after Dan the Man??? Pat White doesn't count...

I'm going with...
Ray Lucas...

That alone can make you a perennial top 25 ranked college football team.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | July 30, 2013 at 06:03 PM

I won't argue with this, Actually I would agree and add one more important factor. During that era Michigan had a Fantastic Coaching Staff from Top to Bottom.

revis island sank

I was at the scrimmage and the D looked pretty bad. lots of missed assignments. I'm not sure about this Coyle guy.

Bill Parcells was old and out of touch when Huizenga bowed hand and need to bring him to Miami. At that point Parcells shouldn't have been trusted to put together even a flag football team.

One thing for sure, Wayne Huiznga surely knew "his garbage". After all, garbage was one of the primary vehicles Huizenga used to launch his "financial empire".

Regarding Parcells, we're still hoping hope beyond hope, Jeff Ireland proves "waters of life" for this franchise and not plain "waterboy".

Parcells engineered the biggest turnaround in NFL history with the Dolphins. 1-15 to playoffs in ONE YEAR! Its no wonder he's a HOFer. And its been straight downhill ever since he left.

Ireland without Parcells puppet strings = FLOP

15 has a small point...but that season was a fluke...BP knew he was in trouble...the team was in trouble...his executive decisions were...retardo...so he skipped town like the fat shyt douchebag he is...
Should have never let his northeastern faggo arse down here...

Parcells engineered the biggest turnaround in NFL history with the Dolphins. 1-15 to playoffs in ONE YEAR! Its no wonder he's a HOFer. And its been straight downhill ever since he left.

Posted by: 15-IN-YUR-ASS | July 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM

Only with the stroke of luck Chad Pennington became available and grossly overpaying for a couple broken pianos called Smiley and Grove. Neither of these 3 players lasted more than 2 seasons.

Pennington himself was broken too. Remember his famous nickname with dolfans? Does noodled arm ring a bell?

Its no wonder he's a HOFer. And its been straight downhill ever since he left.

Posted by: 15-IN-YUR-ASS | July 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM

By the time Parcells arrived at Miami, the only thing he mastered was "gluing" wall paper over holes in the wall. He should have replaced the wall. Instead he went out and purchased "wallpaper".

Parcells commanded a ton of respect. Ross, Ireland, Philbin? Not so much.

Everything went downhill when Parcells left because we still needed to replace the sheet rock hiding the holes behind wallpaper isn't a permanent fix.

Parcells commanded a ton of respect. Ross, Ireland, Philbin? Not so much.

Posted by: Shula 72 | July 30, 2013 at 06:32 PM

Yeah, if you want to credit Parcells with one of the greatest wallpaper jobs in some time. Trouble with that is the wall needed replacing, not covering.

I wish Parcells never had left. We would never be staring at 5 consecutive losing seasons.

Yes, Parcell was no more then a "wallpaper hanger" by the time he arrived at Miami. We needed a drywall expert.

CP use to pissme off so much...with the Wets...he'd throw the lamest, dud of a ball...with virtually no velocity...hanging in the air...and hit his target...most of the time!!!

I wish Parcells never had left. We would never be staring at 5 consecutive losing seasons.

Posted by: Shula 72 | July 30, 2013 at 06:35 PM

If Pacells were running the show we would still be replacing ripped wallpaper, never addressing the drywall holes.

The few jumping on Matt Moore, certainly MUST know by now Moore's history is that he is a HORRID practice player, but when the whistle blows for real he can lace 'em up just fine.
This has been his way from day one with the Fins.

By the way,

Mando's numbers actually give Tannehill a QBR of 129.54. Whereas, the ones from miamidolphins.com give a QBR of 123.39. That's according to the QBR calculator...

Parcells was a great coach and a great businessman.

Why knock that?

I went to the scrimmaga as well and the front-7 on D played lights out! There were some breakdowns in the Secondary but nothing alarming given all the shuffling that went on. To those saying the D sucked I personally wonder if we were at the same scrimmage reading the things you guys are posting!!!!

We shuffled DB's in and out every couple of plays of course assignments were missed, I mean what did you expect that they'd be in Mid-Season form considering some of the players were rookies or new to the team. The important thing in a scrimmage like last nights was watching the head-to-head competition not if everybody (30 or so players on both sides of the ball scrimmaging after a weeks worth of Camp) was/were on the same page schematically!

I felt our CB's looked good when left on an Island (they shut Tannehill's one long drive down) The DL was flying and looks LIGHTENING FAST! I suspect we will be among League leaders in sacks this Season coming in WAVES given deep talented group behind starting 4 permitting alot of substitution with little to no drop off in performance and by the way our CB's could play press given the limited time I think opponents will get to throw this Yr. the pass rush will help our DB's alot given they won't have to hold their coverage an eternity.

How about D.Jordan lining up next to Vernon and the speed with which they came off the edge (it was real fast!) at the QB. By the same token Tannehill's quick reation on the play dumping it off to his 4th read on the play J.Lane which he nearly scores on! This play typified the scrimmage for me showing our quick DL and at the same time our QB making a half second dicision that nearly went for a score.

I wonder why Mando chooses to report only the negative out of the back up QB's outside of a BAD fumble by Moore they looked steady the pick on Moore was a beatiful play by the DB and I'm sure will make it on some highlight reel for the rest of you to judge. I personally came away impressed last night with just how fast this team looks. In 98 I felt the same about JJ's D but these guys up front on the DL look faster than that group which is saying a mouthful for those that remember that D.


When Vernon Carey played LT, he wasn't force us to go LT(Long) 1st overall terrible. Unquestionably, Matt Ryan would have been the "right" pick.

This has more to do with 4 consecutive losing seasons. Plus, Parcells came in with demolition of a secondary that was better than what he replaced it with.

What DL wouldn't look great against our confused patchwork oline?

Good players wanted to play for the Dolphins when Parcells was with the team. That is not the case anymore.

Why do people keep talking about Ryan when obviously Flacco would have been the better pick?

Flacoo has done more with less than Ryan who was lucky to win that one playoff game.

Ryan has the best receiving corp in the NFL and still cant get it done.

Parcells brought a lot of excitment to the Dolphins. The stadium was packed again with him in charge. Now its empty.

Because they choose to brainless...

Every player Parcells brought in to be a very important part of our turn around are now gone. Latest to leave or shipped out are:

Long, Smith, V Davis, Fasano. That's how we have 4 consecutive losing seasons. None of these players were crucial enough with their play to keep.

This is the kind of crap that keeps a franchise in "perennial rebuild".

We took the 1st step in a "real rebuild" last season. Making Ryan Tannehill 8th overall pick. It doesn't guarantee Tannehill works out as expected. But, for once, we paid the right price to expect it.

You cant shop for qb's at Dollar General(lower rds) expecting to have a franchise qb. But you can do it if you havea very good starting qb already in place.

See: Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady

Its probably empty now because...they aren't playing a game...20000+ peeps showed up for a MONDAY NIGHT SCRIMMAGE...not too bad...eh?

Why do people keep talking about Ryan when obviously Flacco would have been the better pick?

Posted by: Brainless | July 30, 2013 at 06:46 PM

My grandmother would have been a better pick than Chad Henne.

Ryan has the best receiving corp in the NFL and still cant get it done.

Posted by: Brainless | July 30, 2013 at 06:46 PM

I agree!

Guys been gone over a year now and all I read is post after post about Chad Henne. Who gives a fukk! The subject has been beaten to death. The guy's gone. Should we talk about Feely? Marino? Griese?

All this OVER -analyze of Chad Henne ad naseum....pathetic! Go support the Jaguars!

Now would it be Ok if we tal about some guys that are......you know.....actually ON the team? Go work for NFL films if you want to micro-analyze the past.

Now about our running game....am I the only one that thinks it might struggle this year?

If by getting it done, you guys mean win a sb. You have to remember the primary thing is having a qb capable of perrenially getting you to the playoffs. Ryan has more than accomplished this.

If he keeps getting the Falcons to the playoffs, eventually they will get to the "big dance". The best qb's don't get to the sb every year. The best qb's lose in the playoffs eventually.

The greatest way to not lose a playoff game is to not get there. We kind of specialize in not getting there right now.

Yes, Craig...you are...

Posted by: Craig M | July 30, 2013 at 07:02 PM

Just like clockwork. Your presence entering the blog is always marked by b-tching about not liking what others are talking about.

Not to b-tch, but have you ever stepped back to notice this about yourself?

Hasn't gotten it done YET.....fin4life....

That book is far from published.....

Craig M,

Its just a shame you don't consider it an attack on other posters intellect levels by entering a blog the way you do.

Everything isn't right or wrong just because you do or don't approve of it.

And, just for the fun of it...

I calculated the QBR's for Moore & Devlin. With these results:

Moore, 5-10, 46 yds, 0 TD's, 1 INT, QBR: 23.333
Devlin, 10-19, 85 yds, 0 TD's, 1 INT, QBR: 42.653

So much for that, huh?

Anyways, I'm thinking that the signing of Pruitt was more to help Special Teams than the WR's.

Hey YG or whatever funking name you're going by this week.....

You don't own the blog. Your comments don't hold any more weight than anyone else here. I've brought this up with you a number of times now and it's clear you're just not getting it. If it's going for you to ramble on on whatever topic is your flavour du jour, under whatever name you feel like using at that time, it's certainly Ok for my to express an opinion about the drivel you continually spout.

Capiche, dikhead?

Oh my...craig is fiesty today!!!

Now about our running game....am I the only one that thinks it might struggle this year?

Posted by: Craig M | July 30, 2013 at 07:02 PM

I believe we will feature a better run game for a couple of reasons:

1) Keller will pull a LB into a shallow zone and the Strong Safety can't live in the box because of this new wrinkle either.

2) The Safety's will be forced to respect our ability over the top. Walace will earn a portion of his pay for this reason alone.

3) In the last few Yrs. we've been relegated to running of our leftside on about 80% of our run plays. This Yr. we will have the abilityto go off either side and maybe better equiped to go right. The line in general is quicker and more athletic and won't be forced to deal with alot of people stacking the box which of course will only help.

4) Miller is the one cut quick running back we haven't had in a long time and will pile up Yards.

This Yr. you will see us run out of 3 % 4 WR sets on draws or delayed handoffs for big yardage with our speed keeping the opponent D honest.

It is very probable that many QBs are going to feel uncomfortable back there with our D.

It is very probable that many QBs are going to feel uncomfortable back there with our D.

Posted by: oscar canosa | July 30, 2013 at 07:29 PM

After what I saw last night from the DL and LB's I happen to agree with you here 100%

Again CRAIG M proves his head's buried so far up his ass there's no room for daylight.

There can never be a cure when one refuses diagnose that there is a problem.

Of course, all this speed on Defense was mainly designed for Tom Brady. We really have no competition for the Division except NE.

That Devlin didn't get the speed of the game?

I know it is just preseason. But did any of you watch last preseason?

Devlin was the best QB on the team. He ran the most efficient offense.

I can put up the preseason stats if you want to compare.

On L.Miller he is the Truth. Anyone who saw him play at UM knows this.

And those saying he didn't know the playbook. Guess what, even without knowing the playbook the kid Averaged more than 1 yd per carry better than Bush and D.Thomas last season.

L.Miller will get over 1200yds this Season.

Hasn't gotten it done YET.....fin4life....

That book is far from published.....

Posted by: Kris | July 30, 2013 at 07:07 PM

No doubt we are (or I am) talking potential till we get it done on Sudays Sept. till hopefully late Jan. following Yr. but the potential to dominate out of the DL is there and the best part is the youth of the group outside Starks and Wake whose replacements are already on the roster what I mean by coming in waves of rotation with little drop off. Sort of reminds of those really young Cowboys DL's of early 90's whose great asset was there depth keeping everybody fresh in the 4th Qrt.

I see why Craig M's wife put him out. Can you imagine living with someone like that?

Craig M, Twitter, other blogs(even this one), right down to your "ex" wife. EVERYBODY cant be wrong about you.

Seriously dude, you need to take a long look in mirror, and make a change. You seem the type blaming the rest of the world for all "YOUR" problems.

Yeah I know YG....you've sang that song over and over again under different names. It's boring bud.....don't ya get it? Just like that drivel you're spouting about Henne. Nothing original......it's been done to death.

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