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Bad day for consistent Dolphins offense

I'll say this for the Dolphins offense: They're being consistent lately.

Problem is they're consistently not very good.

Today was simply one of those days in that Mike Sherman's unit looked bad. They kind of resembled the same unit that didn't do much against the Dallas No. 2 defense on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame game.

Mike Wallace, who is getting closer to practicing but isn't quite there yet, did not work in full drills again today. On the bright side, John Jerry, who has missed two weeks and is about to start his third week away, seems to be inching toward getting back on the field. He was on the side early in practice rehabbing his knee. He will not play Friday against Jacksonville, however.

As for the people on the field, think Ryan Tannehill bad and Chad Bumphis increasingly good.

Tannehill threw three interceptions to defensive backs (two to Will Davis and one to Brent Grimes) and then had another ball tipped at the line of scrimmage, which Kheeston Randall intercepted and then fumbled away. So four interceptions on the day for Tannehill.

"Frustrated by today," Tannehill said. "It wasn't a very good day. It was frustrating. But I'm definitely moving in the right direction if you take out today. Frustrated with the day but we'll go back and make the corrections and go forward." 

Although he recognizes Tannehill is assigned all the interceptions, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said they're not all his fault.

"Offensively as a group we didn't have a good practice today," Sherman said. "I wouldn't put, even though they all go under his name, I wouldn't put them all on him. We had some young receivers out there. We had a lot of pressure today. But he'll have better days and today wasn't one of his best days; it wasn't one of our best offensive days."

Despite the offensive struggles, Bumphis is thriving. He caught no less than six passes in team and seven-on-seven drills. The kid led the team in receiving in the scrimmage and the Hall of Fame game and he's continuing the trend to the point he was working with the second unit today rather than the third string he was on last week.

Bumphis has obviously caught the coaching staff's collective attention.

"When Chad was in college, he played the inside slot receiver," Sherman said. "People's observation of him is he's not the fastest guy in the world. He's not the biggest guy in the world and so that's why he ended up an undrafted free agent. I do think he understands how to play that slot receiver. You have to be nifty and crafty and he appears to be that.

"He's done some good things. He has some things he needs to correct. He was on the back end of the interception for a touchdown when he kind of floated into a route instead of defined it a little more but that's part of being a rookie. We definitely can fix that. He's shown some out here and has a ways to go but he's a good guy to work with."

(By the way, I thought Jeff Fuller also had a very productive practice. He had four receptions that I saw. He was today's next most impressive of the receivers vying for the No. 4 and No. 5 jobs at WR.)

Asked if there were any other first-year players that caught his eye in the HOF game, Sherman said there weren't any. Yikes! The OC did volunteer that Josh Samuda, who played both guard and center in the game, distinguished himself with good work.

Ironically, even though Samuda played well, the Dolphins used Lance Louis with the first team offensive line during a couple of practice periods today. Samuda was in and out, suggesting he was nursing some physical issue.

Speaking of physical issues, running back Lamar Miller limped off the field toward the end of practice and didn't return. A trainer was looking at his lower right leg. He did say afterward he was fine.

The Dolphins got only limited work from backup Pat Devlin today but he is not seriously hurt to the point the club is about to sign another QB at this point. Randy Starks (knee) continues to miss practice while Jared Odrick (groin) was back on the practice field today.

Coach Joe Philbin, talking for the first time since he studied the game tape following the HOF game, said he was not pleased by either the offensive or defensive line in the game.

"I was a little disappointed in both offensive line play and defensive line play," Philbin said. "You don't play defense and average 5 yards a carry for an opponent. That's not good run defense. Were there some good flashes of play? Sure, there were good flashes. There were some signs but we have a lot of work to do."

It has been abundantly clear that Jonathan Martin is among the offensive linemen needing to improve. Well, for the second consecutive practice he did not give up a sack today. And Sherman seems upbeat about the team's prospective left tackle.

"Any left tackle in this league in his second year is a work in progress and Jonathan Martin is as well," Sherman said. "It's a premier position and I don't know any left tackle outside the Jonathan Ogdens of the world and Richmond Webbs of the world can walk in and effectively do the job play after play.

"I'm pleased with his progress. Does he have a ways to go? Yeah. But I expected that going in. He's working to get better and he'll be a fine left tackle in this league if not a really good one."

On the defensive side of the ball, Will Davis had two interceptions today, as mentioned above. But he has to do some work on his tackling technique before he makes Philbin happy.

Philbin is quite pleased with the work of Derrick Shelby but as to the team,  the coach said, "There's nothing we don't need work on. It's not uncommon this time of year."

The Dolphins today announced the extension for Reshad Jones, who seemed relieved the negotiation is over.

"It feels good to put it behind me and do what I do," Jones said. "They said they were going to do it and it just proves how much these guys trust and believe in me on and off the field."


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hey ranko. if u hate it so much just gtf out of here, u'r sorry axx won't be the least missed.

I don't even understand half of what you write 2watt lol. I'm sure responding to you gives your life some fulfilment. Are you actually retarded, or did you just never learn how to spell? I fear you stopped growing mentally at the age of 5.

yeah ranko i'm retarded and u wil still read evry single ltr i post 'cuz u'r a pizzant homer.

u ranko, r addicted 2 senor~ 2 watt.

I remember in El Nuevo Herald I managed to become somewhat accepted by those jailbirds(either from here or from Cuba) that wrote commentaries there. They would even tell me when they were happy and had a little party after they got rid of an unwanted guy there(I don't know if they snuffed him or got him transferred). Little by little, I shied away from them.

and ranko get it right,
it is "2 space watt" u moron.


L.Miller might be Injury Prone, but he is tougher than any RB since Ricky.

L.Miller Dislocated his shoulder and went back in the game. It was about week 3 of the college season. L.Miller didn't even Miss a Game. He decided to wait and get Surgery after the Season. So he played 10 games with a Shoulder that needed Surgery. On Top of that he gained more Yards than Gillislee that Season without Fumbling Once.

Again, with a Shoulder that needed Surgery, LM still managed to run for over 1000 yds in 10 Games. With ZERO FUMBLES. If that isn't Tough, What is?

ranko, just becuz it says water proof paint on the can, u still have 2 empty the pool b4 u paint the walls u moron.

and no ranko, u r not gonna b the 1st person 2 explore the surface of the sun becuz u r gonna do it at nite u moron.


I look forward to your comments....


Mr. Ross should keep his thoughts about critisisim o himself until he puts @ least ONE YEAR...and preferably BACK-TO-BACK winning season's on his resume a FINS owner....

and I didn't even mention playoffs....

Crtisism is all in how it is percieved....Mr. Ross and Mr. Ireland should take MOST critisism as constructive...and find a way to turn it into motivation to put a PROFESSIONAL looking product on the feild...pre-season or not.....

I like Mr. Ross....but I am not interested in his feelings being hurt or by Mr. Ireland's being upstaged by some "disrespectful" PAYING fan.......

We speak the language of WINS and losses...and the FANS (and perhaps the media) are tired of conceding the division to the PATS before week 1....and being out of the WC chase by NOV.....


I'm done with you now, have fun talking to yourself. Just a little advice would be to learn how to spell, and express yourself like a well adjusted human being. If you learn how to do those 2 things you might have a little more luck.

Kris, to help comfort you, I will direct you to today's Barry jackson Sports Buzz column. They touch on this very items you speak of.

Notice Jackson is fair in his analysis and gets the tidbits. mando is overly negative and gets cokk soup other than tidbits from insider rats...

In any case, I didn't understand their lingo most of the time. Something like YG when he gets angry.


I don't know about people in Jail Blogging. But you do need to stop referring this website to your patients at the VA. Specially those on the Top Floors with the Padded Room.


like i give a chiz 'bout ppl on a blog.


i'll check it out....


The Criticism comment was said in a sarcastic manner. Remember, Ross has told Mando before that he reads his stuff from time to time.

Meaning, Ross knows all the Negative stuff certain writers write about his team.

And he is right. The Local Media is more Critical(Negative) of the Dolphins than the National Media. That is what Ross meant by that.

Might be from there too, Dashi. But it's not me, it might be TMH and associates that recruit them. Everything for Hits!


the National media isn't critical....they just IGNORE the FINS.....can't get much more disrespectful than that...

When is the last time you saw a 10 min piece DEDICATED to the FINS on ESPN or NFL network....

we might get 2-3 min....every other week....

But, you MUST take into consideration that Tannehill had a total of 36 Games played at the QB position before joining the NFL. True.


Ross said Ireland is doing a great job. Must feel like a dagger in the heart for the hateful ones on here that pretend to be fans. Also he said.."We're going in the right direction. People are feeling it".

To Ross, just pay the 400 million. U won't even feel it...

Then, u will be immortal. YOU WILL BE LORD ROSS, DARK LORD OF THE SITH.

Adjustments are needed. The seats are too small and too far from the field.

Do what is needed and cement your legacy

Any left tackle in this league in his second year is a work in progress and Jonathan Martin is as well," Sherman said.

Long wasn't a work in progress - this kid is going to get our QBs killed. Pat Devlin will be starting by 4th game

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