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Training camp opens and we're off and running

We're baaaack!

My vacation is over -- although I've been posting on here for a few days despite not getting paid for it. And the Dolphins' vacation is over, with players reporting to camp Saturday and participating in their first training camp practice beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.

First, let me share my column in The Miami Herald today: It outlines how local Dolphins fans reacted to the offseason spending spree, high draft selection of Dion Jordan, and bigtime hopes that Ryan Tannehill with caution and guarded optimism.

I can say that because I share with you the evidence that proves that caution and also tell you how some things have to go just right for the Dolphins to have the kind of season Miami fans have been wanting for a decade.

It might happen. Might not.

We don't know.

This I know:

The Dolphins today are the second-best team in the AFC East with a chance to be the best if things go their way.

The Jets?

The coach is already on the hot seat. The quarterback is still a turnover machine. The receiver corps has questions. The defense isn't the dominant unit it was four years ago and indeed is lessened by the trade of Darrelle Revis.

The Bills?

They have a rookie NFL head coach in Doug Marrone. (At least he led Syracuse to great things and many championships at the college level. Oh wait, he didn't). Their most likely starting quarterback is Kevin Kolb, who washed out in Arizona after being traded from Philadelphia. Of course, the Bills got better by losing their best offensive lineman Andy Levitre, right? Oh wait. At least their wide receiver corps is really solid after Stevie Johnson, right? Oh wait.

Yeah, the Jets feel like a team at the end of a journey that got off course and unless Rex Ryan is carrying a magic compass, he might be gone after this season. And the Bills, well, they're just starting their journey -- again.

So the AFC East feels like the Patriots and Dolphins. And for now, we should view it in that order because (cliche' alert) to be the best you have to beat the best. And the Dolphins have not beaten the Patriots in a while. Indeed, the last time the teams met in last season's finale, the Patriots won by 28 points.

But ...

Anyone paying attention must admit the Patriots seem lessened. Wide receiver Wes Welker has gone to Denver (in free agency). Tight end Aaron Hernandez has gone to jail (for murder). Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard went to jail (for assaulting a cop) and then was arrested again soon after he got out (on suspicion of DUI).

The Patriots lost or have jettisoned four of their top five pass catchers from the 2012 club. And the fifth of those -- tight end Rob Gronkowski -- added a couple of more surgeries to his growing collection of proceedures during the offseason.

Tom Brady will also be 36 in two weeks.

So to say the Patriots are looking great is probably not wise.

None of that means the Dolphins will win the AFC East, mind you. I am not predicting that. No one has seen even one practice so how can anyone say this is a title team or even a winning team.

But it is fair to say the Dolphins had the best offseason in the AFC East.

They didn't have anyone arrested that we know of.

They didn't lose any appreciable talent outside of Jake Long.

They didn't fire their coach.

They didn't trade their best defensive player.

They did spend a lot of money and trade up in the draft to address significant and obvious needs.

That is a great way to turbocharge the chase for the AFC East title while the rest of the pack is losing spark plugs or seemingly running low on gas.

[BLOG NOTE: I will update this space after practice and interviews around 11 a.m. If you want instant play-by-play and analysis of practice, follow me on twitter because I'll be updating in real time.]

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Yawn.

Armando,

PFT, ESPN, SI, they are all 10 steps ahead of you. Your blogs are old news and old thoughts.

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE LOSING! WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE CLASSLESS, INCOMPETENT GM! BOYCOTT AND HELP MAKE THE CHANGE!

POST OF THE YEAR
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Odin Odor,

When you copy/paste and comment to a post from 3hrs ago. Do you really think that when that person returns to the blog, he'll go back 1-2-3hrs and look for your copy and paste post?

You are such a dumb retard.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | July 20, 2013 at 08:59 PM
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ROTFLMAO! I Fvcking LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it when you show everybody just exactly how ignorant you are!

Take this copy and paste for example Skid Mark(LOL). You posted it at 8:59......correct(I'll go slow for you ;)?

Now, when I copy and paste it, you don't have to scroll back to 8:59 TARDO-ROTFLMAO! It will be posted CURRENTLY(am I going to fast for you.......Duh-LOL).

This is actually WHY I copy and paste Skeeter Brains-LOL. So people will know exactly what I'm responding too.

Seriously YG, I can't believe you're this ignorant! But I LOOOOOOOOVE it when you prove it right here in front of God and EVERYONE!

Here's a Hint for you YG, Duh, you won't have to scroll back to 8:59 to read this. I'll be posting it **Right Now**.

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Brilliant - Duh!!!!

Posted by: odinseye | July 20, 2013 at 09:48 PM
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Odin smoked him with one post. YG's Hissy Fit has lasted for 3 hours now and running strong.

Hey YG are you going to be Fergusons presenter at his Hall Of Fame Induction?

You proved your one dumb liar.

YG Really Is This Dumb | July 21, 2013 at 01:05 AM


Here we have yet another illiterate poster that has the reading and comprehension skills of a 4 year old.

My advice to you is to read slowly, one sentence at atime, and THINK about what you are readong. Then you will see Odin is as dumb as you and made a complete AZZZ out of himself once again.

Our governemt succeeded well in dumbing down the younger generations.

It is truly FRIGHTENING how many posters there are that are incapable of very basic reading and comprehension skills.

Blame it on the government, both parties. They have truly succeeded in dumbing down the masses far more than I'd believe was possible.

TIME OUT. I seriously cannot believe this. At first I thought odin was just messing with YG. But after I read his post at 8:59 it blew my mind.

YG still doesn't get it. I copied YG's post at 8:59 and odins at 9:48.

Now YG is saying that people won't go back 1, 2 or 3 hours to read my post. But like odin said my copy and paste will post now. You don't have to go back anywhere for any reason.

YG if I don't copy and paste this you won't see it. If I do, YOU SERIOUSLY THINK you have to go back 1, 2 or 3 hours to see it? That's what you said above. Straight from the Jack Asses mouth.

I bet you wish you would have paid attention to the warning labels on all those tubes of glue now, no?

It is truly FRIGHTENING how many posters there are that are incapable of very basic reading and comprehension skills.

Blame it on the government, both parties. They have truly succeeded in dumbing down the masses far more than I'd believe was possible.

Posted by: Pleat | July 21, 2013 at 01:12 AM
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Your sticking up for YG's post at 8:59 and calling others dumb?

Yeah, O-Kee Dok-KEY there guy. That tells us EVERYTHING we need to know.

You said enough already. But if you care to embarrass yourself further, by all means, PLEASE explain YG's posts @ 8:59. You know, the one your sticking up for.

This should be a Masterpiece-LOL.

Armando, you began by saying that you have written something about the Dolphins, and you didn't get paid for it? Why? Are we supposed to feel sorry for you? Does this make you more legitimate, or less? A blog that begins like that seems soft and mushy.

It's perfectly fine for YG to be smoking dik now. He took the final step and had the surgery. He's now the full fledged woman that he's always wanted to be.

I'm just curious if he made more money smoking diks as a man or a woman?

So whats next YG? The adams apple reduction?

Mando,

Should we start calling you "Nancy"? I mean with all of the negative stuff you're still writing, wouldn't that be more appropriate? (My spellcheck still wants to call you Mandi, by the way).

At least Beasley titled his piece "Optimism Fuels the Miami Dolphins"!
C'mon, man! We all know you're not a "real" fan, but you don't have to ruin it for the rest of us. I mean, we already have to deal with the Jets Trolls on your blog, and the idiots who keep posting "Fire Ireland" and "Ross is Cheap", and a few other "regular" poster morons that won't go away (ain't mentioning any names, they know who they are). But, have we got to contend with a beat reporter who hates the team too! Ugh!!!

Well, I hope you find something positive to say about the team soon! I know it'll be a stretch for you. And, it'll be mediocre...as always...

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

I can't believe what the comment section of this blog has turned into. Shameful.

"YG Really Is This Dumb" = Odin.

Absolutely the same person.

Tracy, there isnt much positive about 4 consecutive losing seasons.....

Steve--

So I guess because the team has had four consecutive losing seasons we should all just walk around in a depressive funk because, well, OBVIOUSLY the Miami Dolphins will never again have a winning season and are just doomed to perpetual failure, right?

I mean, that's just how it works in sports, right?

Teams like the Buccaneers or Saints or Giants who spent DECADES losing could certainly never taste winning---let alone a championship. The very idea is ludicrous!

And I'll be damned if our own MIAMI DOLPHINS didn't start out as franchise with a whopping FOUR CONSECUTIVE LOSING SEASONS. Jesus, it was almost as long as the Roman Empire. Can you even imagine? FOUR WHOLE YEARS?!?

And of course after those interminable FOUR YEARS...so very long that the cosmos themselves realigned and civilizations rose and fell...the Dolphins just continued to lose. Don Shula never happened. It was all a dream.

Because as everyone knows, FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS of losing means you will always lose. There is no example of that not being the case.

I am the wizard and genius who permanently altered this board.

All of it done to pursue the goal of a Miami Dolphins title, in whatever infinitely small way.

I have won.

I have won in ways that you do not even realize yet, but you will.

It was never personal. It's business. And I'm better at it than you could ever be.

This season will be enjoyable and memorable, Dolphins fans.

Attention!!!!!! There is a guy from MSU named CHAD BUMPHIS if he dont make this sqad there is something wrong with PHILBINS eyes! For the next several years this is the guy who will rewrite the dolphin record books. The days of DUPER AND CLAYTON are back. You can laugh at this comment but if you take a good hard look at this young undrafted rookie- you wil say . How in the name of JESUS CHRIST WAS he not a draft choice. Led the SEC in TDS last year, and had only 5 drops the entireseason. had 99 punt return against ALABAMA & several others. He is going to be that guy who MAKES IT IN THE BIGTIME. He will compete with Wallace hartline gibson Binns Matthews and the rest of the WRs. His name is CHAD BUMPHIS MARK DUPER CHAD BUMPHIS MARK CLAYTON CHAD BUMPHIS NAT MOORE CHAD BUMHIS OJ MCDUFFIE CHAD BUMPHIS ORONDE GADSEN CHAD BUMPHIS DURIEL HARRIS

You left out Freddie Solomon.

Chad Bumphis is a supernatural freak of football nature. ready to be poured from the NFL bottle of fine wine. Watch the upset happen.

FUNNY JAPAN VELOCITY

Cautiously optimistic? Heck no...this has been my team the last 30 yrs. We've just had arguably the best offseason in team history. Not cautious at all just optimistic and thinking the sky is the limit for these guys. Some people say the team has too many new players to succeed this year but I disagree with that excuse making. We'll have 3 new starters (most of these are proven vets)on both units. I don't see that as a major obstacle but instead a reason to believe we'll be better at the end of the year when we need to be.

Calm down dads. Every fanbase in the league has stars in their eyes this time of year. All the coaches are are impressed with what they have The fans see the next group of HOF'ers ready to rise on their team. It's all hope and dreaming across the board.

Then the season starts and reality bites hard.

12 teams make the playoffs.

PFT rated us 23.

Vegas has us at 7.5 wins.

Objectively speaking, that is where we are at until we aren't.

Once again odinpoop is plopping all over the blog. Half this page is odin cut and paste drivel.

Day in and day out this guy plops diahrrea all over the blog and then complains about others?


Why in the world does anyone feed that guy???? You mean you are that fricking desperate for a football buddy?

Ollie PFT is a KNOWN Dolphins hater site it's a proven fact since they have even admitted it. NFL.com has us 14 so pretty obviously PFT don't understand football. And yes it is pretty obvious the Dolphins are a talented team that is FACT that can't be debated.
Oh and Steve your lack of NFL and Dolphins knowledge is funny since you don't have any.

It is here. The guys should be on the field right now. BTW....I am calm. No reason to not be an optimistic fan. It's not like I'm betting the farm on this team or making SB claims. This team should be good.. not 8-8 good but playoff good. Potentially even good enough to win the division as mentioned in the article.

I'm not worried at all about PFT rankings. Last year they had the Colts 26th and the Eagles 9th. How'd that work out? My thought is if Vegas was never wrong people would never bet. That isn't the case is it?

it is pretty obvious the Dolphins are a talented team that is FACT that can't be debated.


Posted by: jordan | July 21, 2013 at 08:04 AM
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I hate to break it to you bud, but it ain't no FACT until they actually prove it. The team is on its longest losing season streak in its history. I agree they have some talented players, but they are not talented TEAM until the results say so.

Talented teams make the playoffs frequently and win playoff games.

Here is a FACT.

No single expert, pundit, ex jock, or sports site has been more consistently accurate in their projections than the Vegas Super Computers. Those things are fed millions of bits of data. It is serious, high stakes business.

Their take is 7.5 wins.

Armanda,
You negative Dolphins bashing American military veteran insulting piece of s**t. Why don't you go to cuba and cover their baseball team. You will never be missed here.
Dave the rave

While the super computers may be more accurate(never wanted to debate that, nice qualifier)...It still doesn't mean they are never wrong so the "fact" thing is BS. One question about these super computers(makes them sound so superior)..if so accurate why does it not give estimates in whole numbers?

ON the first pass deep T-Hill overthrows Wallace. Then hits Keller over the middle on a good pass and Hartline on come back route... The passing game looks sharp early per JW.

It still doesn't mean they are never wrong so the "fact" thing is BS.

Posted by: dadsmithwest | July 21, 2013 at 08:47 AM


Now you are twisting my words. I never said the computers were never wrong. I said they were better predictors than humans. That is a verifiable fact, and not bs.


Ollie

Speaking of facts........

If you are giong to post here be prepared to deal with the fact that the reading and comprehension skills of most bloggers is dismal. It's sad but true. Another testament to how far our educatoin system has gone downhill.

It's just that ESPN, and some of the other sports writers & pundits, are finally starting to say positive things about the Dolphins....but, apparently Mando was on vacation on Jupiter, or Uranus or something, and didn't get the memo that this year everyone's NOT bashing the Dolphins but expecting good things from them!

So, get with the program, man! Vacation's over!

So now they place Dion on the non-football injury list. Hmm...

Ireland must see unreal potential in DJ to draft a damaged guy at #3 overall.

Dion Jordon already put on the injury list. You can forget about him starting. He may miss the first 6 weeks.

They will need two seasons just to figure out what position DJ plays.

Heck, they will need 2 seasons just to learn all the new guys names.

Irescum drafted Odick and he was damaged goods a whole year.

Are you serious ? Wow lol !! At least we have the potential on offense D.Jordan on the injured list !! This can only happen to J.Ireland typical Dolphins !!


Steve--

So I guess because the team has had four consecutive losing seasons we should all just walk around in a depressive funk because, well, OBVIOUSLY the Miami Dolphins will never again have a winning season and are just doomed to perpetual failure, right?

I mean, that's just how it works in sports, right?

Teams like the Buccaneers or Saints or Giants who spent DECADES losing could certainly never taste winning---let alone a championship. The very idea is ludicrous!

And I'll be damned if our own MIAMI DOLPHINS didn't start out as franchise with a whopping FOUR CONSECUTIVE LOSING SEASONS. Jesus, it was almost as long as the Roman Empire. Can you even imagine? FOUR WHOLE YEARS?!?

And of course after those interminable FOUR YEARS...so very long that the cosmos themselves realigned and civilizations rose and fell...the Dolphins just continued to lose. Don Shula never happened. It was all a dream.

Because as everyone knows, FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS of losing means you will always lose. There is no example of that not being the case.

Posted by: Do NOT Be Optimistic, You Damn Fools! |
July 21, 2013 at



.Well, expecting a different result with the exact same loser GM and owner is the very definition of insanity!

Well, Armando, tell us who looked good or not on the Field today. But first, tell us who started at each position.

This is like an expansion team with all these new players. No way do they win 7 games in year 1 of the massive rebuild.

9-7. 10-6 if a couple things go our way, 7-9 if they dont. Football is back FCCKFACES, just enjoy the ride!

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Scott's list of 'suspected non-U.S. citizen voters' has proven unreliable and prone to error, with a potential to disenfranchise legal citizens - especially Hispanics and African-Americans.

It's just the latest attempt by Republicans to strip key Democratic constituencies of their right to vote ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

I love when some criticizes the education of people on here, and they spell it "educatoin". Lol

Well, expecting a different result with the exact same loser GM and owner is the very definition of insanity!

Posted by: Reality | July 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM


Yeah, well we've all heard that saying 19 million times. It isn't impressing anyone or making you look smarter.

Could be that we are so old that we don't understand these aggressive tactics by young GM's. On the other hand, it could be that they sukkk dikkk, have no Sense.

I love when some criticizes the education of people on here, and they spell it "educatoin". Lol

Posted by: Darkoak | July 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

How much do you love it?

Reading and comprehension is one thing, not to be confused with accidentally misspelling a word everyone knows how to spell.

Capiche?

Follow What Twitter Feed?

Even On Twitter All You Do Is Hate. You Don't Drop Any Info.

The date range of Jordan's recovery is fluctuating, I've seen 1-2 weeks. That said the "a third overall pick has to start or it's a bad pick" crew will have plenty of ammunition soon. Based on how far behind Jordan will be I never expected him to start. Hopefully they play him a bunch but there's no way someone who couldn't work out his arms will be setting the edge. Jordan will play more OLB this year than anything while he gets his strength back.

Every year I got my hopes up for the Dolphins and every year they dissapoint me. Its gotten very very old.

Darkoak I Am Getting Training Wheels Taken Off My Bicycle Today! I Am Going To Ride Like A Big Boy For The First Time!

Let's Play On The Seesaw Again At 3pm, Ok???

Ireland has to stop drafting players that are damaged goods. Jordan will miss time and may never be 100%.

Advice,

You Are Still Using Words In The Wrong Context. Never mind The Spelling. You Incompetent Fool.

The bottom line is this, if the defense doesn't create turnovers they will be 7-9-9-7 period !! You people put too much emphasis on Tannehill which is ridiculous. How good is your offense if your defense doesn't create and recover turnovers and I don't like this secondary period !!

Advice, the one thing someone should do when they criticize someone's education is make sure they have spelt what they are saying correctly.

http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blpic-morans.htm

It's funny, lighten up, even the smartest people have their moments of not so smart and looking like this guy.

Dashi giving English lessons? Hilarious!!

Dashi

If you hate Armando so much, and none of the bloggers like you (except for 2), then why do you even bother coming here?

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