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Philbin: "We got a helluva team in the making'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Philbin is a planner. He's a professor. He's logical. He's not big on emotion. Basically, he's a vulcan without the pointed ears.

He definitely showed the media no self-satisfaction in beating the Indianapolis Colts, 24-20, on the road on Sunday despite it being perhaps his best victory as a Dolphins coach. Indeed, near the end of an emtionless press conference, I asked him if he was even happy he won.

"Absolutely, yeah" he said looking away, "real proud of the guys. Can't you tell?"

His wife, standing off to the side watching the presser, was among those who laughed.

But just before that presser, in the confines of the locker room right after the game, Philbin actually said something that was interesting. Yes, he read his bullet points off his card to the players as he often does in his postgame speech -- told you he's professorial -- but when he turned away from his notes he announced to his players:

"We got a helluva team in the making!"

Read that again.

"We got a helluva team in the making!"

Now, it's one thing if that's outspoken Pete Carroll saying that because Carroll looks at a Kia and thinks it has a chance to be a helluva Cadillac. That also wasn't emotional Jimmy Johnson. That wasn't Rex Ryan bragging as has been his style.

That was understating, undemonstrative, stoic Joe Philbin going all bright future on us.

And that speaks ... No, that yells ... It yells volumes about what the coach thinks is the celing for his young team.

As I wrote for Monday's Miami Herald, the Dolphins aren't quite yet a certain playoff team. You shouldn't be buying Super Bowl tickets yet. But the Dolphins now are relevant. They are rolling and about to gain more attention because they finally have playmakers as the game-clinching sack by Phillip Wheeler (Courtesy a Joe Rimkus photo) showed.Luck sack

And they're growing and becoming a good team.

I'm an outsider and I can see it.

Philbin, on the inside, obviously thinks it.

This team is headed in a good direction. And by the time the journey is done, the Dolphins might indeed be "a helluva team."

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I can finally parade around in my aqua and orange shirt. I even bought a new shirt with the new logo. I haven't felt this way in 5 Years. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Love it

FINALLY!
That word applies to so many things:
-This team
-This blog
-The new logo
-No more BACKDOOR wildcat

We don't have to be ashamed anymore

It must be a great time to a Phins player. These guys are buying into Philbin and the culture he brought here. The best part is this team is still going to improve.

Perfectly willing to let the results speak for themselves. We are 2-0 after many said we'd be happy to finish the first 5 games at 2-3.

Gruden just picked Phillip Wheeler as his defensive grinder of the week on the halftime show. I forgot about the jump where he blocked the pass and they also showed him easily shedding a block as well as the game sealing sack. Nice to see him get some credit for a great game. The guys definitely showing his playmaking ability and it's too bad they couldn't sign him first time around.

The Dolphins are stii garbage. Henne did the same thing started 2-0 and finished 7-9.

Let's take it one game at a time and pray every night that this team stay's healthy!! PHINS YOU CAN DO IT

2 wins over bad teams and Philbin wants to throw a parade? WTF?

Wallace is such a jackass its hard to root for him. He cares more about his personal stats than about winning.

a team that was 12-4 in the playoffs is a bad team? Really must you make yourself look so dumb?

It's not a good day to be a Colts fan or player thats for sure. They are ripping on the coaches and players. The one writer called Vontae a lost lamb. That's funny.

The jury might be still out but it appears the Colts may have dumped Peyton Manning a bit too early.

a team that was 12-4 in the playoffs is a bad team?


Posted by: TruthhurTs | September 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM

The Colts are 1-1. And last year they were NOT 12-4. Do some homework before you spew nonsense.

11-5 big deal. That's a bad team that lost to the SB champs in the playoffs? Try posting one thing that's not sense. I'll be waiting.

everybody RELAX....they haven't played an ELITE TEAM yet.....
Let's talk after the falcons.....

11-5 big deal.
Posted by: TruthhurTs | September 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

So you knew you lied?? LMFAO!!

11-5 is a bad team, JS?


11-5 big deal.
Posted by: TruthhurTs | September 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

So you knew you lied?? LMFAO!!

Posted by: Jus Sayin' | September 16, 2013 at 11:25 PM


The TruthhurTs LIES!!

As suspected nothing. Not staying up for mindless troll babble. We are 2-0 choke it down. It's a fact we are playing good football and will improve.

everybody RELAX....they haven't played an ELITE TEAM yet.....
Let's talk after the falcons.....

Posted by: va | September 16, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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So this is your **LATEST** "Fall Back" position?

Nice, but still I have to wonder, how does it feel now that Philbin and The Dolphins have taken away all of your best, early season Trolling Material?

That has to suck. Coming here two weeks in a row, ready to Troll. **BUT** the Phins win and shut your trap up!

LOL - Eat Dat Stuff Boy, choke it down. NOW SWALLOW-ROTFLMAO!

You fully expose yourself when you say you only want to talk after a loss(after Atlanta according to you).

That's fine by me, how about you shut your ignorant trap and go away until then? The rest of will talking about Our Phins and how they're:

**WINNING**

LMAO **AND** SMH ;)

TruthhurTs,

He's going to try and call you a liar because you misquoted a stat.

Pfssssssssssssssssssfpt! He's tried that routine on most of us. It's not quite as bad as bringing up the Coaches Dead Son, but same mentality. Just ignore this pathetic excuse of a so-called human being.

Now, how about that 3rd down run by Miller to ICE the game? That was HUGE! If he doesn't get that 1st down, Luck and the dolts get the ball back with at least 35 to 45 seconds on the clock.

This was a GOOD......**ALL AROUND - TEAM WIN**. I was white knuckling it and could probably use a couple of my Dad's Blood Pressure Pills. But I enjoyed it. Good Stuff!

Agreed, Odin. My old lady left the room because I was yelling at the TV.She later pointed out the Bud Light commercial where the guy is freaking out over the holding call.
She is probably right.

YG/Fire Ross bet all his meth money on the colts.

That's why the scurve bag brought up the ridiculous crap during the 4th quarter yesterday.

It's also why he's out in front of the Rainbow Room breaking in a new pair of knee pads.


Get Dat Money Troll Boy!

PS: The Steelers are in bad shape. It's early in the season and when you have a good QB, as good as Big Ben, you can turn things around in a hurry. But, 0-2 starts suck. Also, their line was struggling some last year and that makes losing Marquise MAGNIFIED!

I think the new OC made a big mistake in changing up the philosophy. And because of the O-Line situation, it's going to be even tougher should they try to reverse course. They will still be a tough team to play, but I think they're in TROUBLE!

(Football Talk)

ValHalla!!!!

2-0 Baby, revenge of the HOMERS-LOL!

And more proof is the fact that STARKS VERY MUCH IS A DT AND HAS BEEN FOR 5 YEARS NOW. So yeah, wrong again

Posted by: Phins78 | September 16, 2013 at 06:46 PM

P-78,

You crushed him with the facts and yes not just a Dolphin HATER but makes things up as he goes. Randy Starks was a 4/3 DT at the Univ. of Maryland were he was a STAR from the word go getting the start as a Fr. player was an Outland Trophy finalist at DT (Again in the 4/3!) in his time there. He later started his NFL career in Tennessee were he was a 4/3 DT paired with Albert Haynsworth (funny how Fat Albert was NEVER the same dominant inside presence without Starks?) We signed him and turned him into a 3/4 DE were he also FLOURISHED becoming a Pro Bowl player. Mybe the best FLEX DL on the team can play inside and out in either a 34 or 43 D but has since H.S. played DT!

Agreed, Odin. My old lady left the room because I was yelling at the TV.She later pointed out the Bud Light commercial where the guy is freaking out over the holding call.
She is probably right.

Posted by: rage | September 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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Hopefully she sees that it harmless lunacy and "Tolerates It" Rage-LOL. I'm not married, but I have a steady who comes over for the games(sometimes-LOL). She thinks I'm nuts, but mostly just laughs at my antics(Thankfully).

She noticed how into the draft I was in the days leading up to and after. She noticed how into the Dolphins NEWS and the BLOG I am. Then the Pre Season games. So, HOPEFULLY we're good. I told her she can find other things to do on Sundays, but she's a Football FAN(not FaNATIC-LOL)too, so she's Hung In There.......**SO FAR** ;)

No NJ, who ever said Wallace doesn't want to win?
He just wants to feel part of the team. HE IS NOT A DECOY!! THAT'S DIS RESPECTFUL TO ANY PLAYER.

Ask Hartline if he wants to win every week and never catch balls?

ALL RECEIVERS WANT TO WIN AND CATCH BALLS!!!

Mybe the best FLEX DL on the team can play inside and out in either a 34 or 43 D but has since H.S. played DT!

Posted by: fin4life | September 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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Which is exactly why I always questioned letting him go or letting him get away.

If they were the same age or even close, I take Starks over Solia every day of the week. I have nothing against Solia and would re-think my p[osition if we were in a 3-4. But in a 4-3(age aside), I take Starks everytime.

WOW! I just double checked their ages(I just looked it up for this post)and I'm BLOWN AWAY. I thought Solia was much younger than Starks. But according to Wiki, they're both 29.

Straks was drafted in 04 and Solia 07. Which, I'm sure is why I thought Starks was older. This changes everything.
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Fin4 I was going to ask you what you think we should do with the Two(in regards to contracts), considering Starks is 3 to 4 years older. With them being the same age and in the same relative shape health-wise, I believe I have to go with Starks if it's either or.

What do you do Fin4, if you are the GM?

Knowing what I now know, I make enough room to keep them both(I'm not very salary cap savy, so I don't even know if this is possible). But I would try to extend them **BOTH** on a 3 year deal. There both at the limit where I would try and avoid any 4 year deals(though I wouldn't rule it out).

Anyway, Fin4, what says you..........?

PS: With these two both being 29, I now REALLY have to question letting Kheeston Randall and AJ Francis(Sp. ?)get away. FWIW.

Just put Grimes on Julio, Dmitri on Roddy, Nolan on the slot and Ellerbee on Gonzalez.
Everything else will take care of itself.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | September 16, 2013 at 07:12 PM

You have to put the Strong Safety on Gonzalez running intermediate deep seam or pay the piper! Reshad Jones will draw the assignment, watch! Expect F.Safety Clemons in deep zone throughout this one. One of the keys here will be Falcons slot WR Harry Douglas whose been busy underneath. In 1st game Vs. the Saints he was KILLING IT! Caught the NFL Net. Replay of this game and the Falcons go 3 Wide (R.White, Julio and Douglas) with T.E. Gonzalez and now S.Jackson in the backfield as their base O and it's a match up NIGHTMARE.

I don't expect to see many more plays with Vernon dropping in coverage off the DE spot in this one cause the players were facing here in this game will devour it! RB S.Jackson can run over LB's while T.Gonzalez can still run away from most of them so the LB's which have been a little lost in pass D will also be a key as well as the sure Tackling given in week-1 I thought Ellerbee had trouble with Richardson and Jackson's a WHOLE OTHER TYPE OF MONSTER (Especially in this wide open O)so one-on-one 1st tackling needs to be sharp in this one.

I think/suspect those wrinkles up front Coyle was working on in the bubble will start to show a little in this one because at the end of the day it's a game of match ups and if FORCED to play Jimmy Wilson again in the slot on Douglas it could be a long-n-painful afternoon. This week if Patterson can't go and the rookies don't man up then Coyle will have to get creative with the front-7 (TO ME THIS IS THE KEY TO THIS GAME!) looking to frustrate/hurry M.Ryan while slowing Jackson down because your not going to stop there outside weapons at WR.

ESPN's Rick Riley just did a HILARIOUS segment on who is the worst 2-0 team in the NFL.

He goe through a list of convincing reasons why it's ...........wait for it........wait.......

**THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS**

Maybe it's only hilarious to a Miami Dolphins fan, but he does make a convincing case for how bad they've gotten in just two short seasons.

Somebody PINCH ME! The Dolphins are 2-0 and ESPN Analysts are calling Bellicheats Patriots BAD!

Am I DREAMING-LOL?

PS: With these two both being 29, I now REALLY have to question letting Kheeston Randall and AJ Francis(Sp. ?)get away. FWIW.

Posted by: odinseye | September 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Are you sure? I could have sworn the argument had to do with Solia being a couple of Yrs. younger? In any event we just watched the Bengals play and in their 4/3 alignment they seem to employ a plugger (D.Peko) paired with more of a speed inside presence (G.Atkins)without much in the form of depth (could factor in our match up) while we go plugger (Solia) who I believe better than Peko and Starks/Odrick who together make me happier than one GASSED Atkins in the 4th. My point is I believe our talents (with Solia) fit what Coyle did with Zim. I'm GUESS-TIMATING here but there are some serious simi;similarities with what we've built and what the Bengals are? For my money as good as Big Paul is my money player (if both the same age?) is definitely Starks!

Am I DREAMING-LOL?

Posted by: odinseye | September 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM

It was funny but the Flipper can talk if you believe in Dolphins crack wasn't!

Atlanta does present a nightmare of match ups.

Because of our Personel, we're going to be forced to deal with the match up problems by going all out after Ryan all day long.

Clemons got exposed against Luck, but I think Coyle did an excellent job of protecting him. I dobt he Coyle will be able to pull the same stunt against Ryan and his receivers.

Also, as much as I love Reshad Jones, I wince at the thought of him being lined up **Man On Man** against any of Ryan's Group.

We need Patterson healthy and ready to Ball this weekend-PERIOD! I would keep him out of any workouts and/or drills this week. Coyle should keep him in his hip pocket every practice and all the meetings. But let him get HEALED UP enough to play lights out against Atlanta.

Not only will Coyle and Co have to be creative and his players playing lights out, but Tannehill and This Offense will have to Score points and LOTS of THEM!

Either way, Atlanta presents a FANTASTIC Challenge and this Dolphins team will benefit just from having played against such a good team.

I not sure what the status of Steven Jackson is for this weekend's matchup. But he has had a quad injury before that sidelined him for a game or 2.Also, Kroy Biermann is out. Who is Kroy Biermann, you say? Probably one of the better pass rushers on a shyti pass rushing team.
Hopefully the O line can give Tanny time to find Wallace/Hartline in the endzone.

Well, one of the Quarterbacks I predicted will be a Flash In The Pan, laid an egg yesterday.

I think Kapernick is a Great Athlete. I think he's Great-YEAH-Go Kap Rah-Rah! I also realize that Seatle is a very good and talented team.

But still, having said all that, much like the wildcat and the option read, some things just don't.......JUST WON'T work in the NFL. I think that Kapernick is the epitome of just that.

He won't last and it's going to peak quickly and the bottom's going to fall out fast. NFL level Defensive Coordinators are getting more and more film on Kap and Seattle just gave us a GREAT Blue Print on just how to do it.

Ironically enough, Seattle's Wilson is the other guy that I predict will be another flash in the pan. For very similar reason as Kap, but I think Wilson is less gifted than Kap athletically and doesn't have the deep or medium range accuracy to stick around long in the NFL.

I know all the arguments and I know you guys will have those on your side in refuting my predictions. But let me remind you, Kap and Wilson also have Great Teams behind them and this will carry them even further. But at the same time, they have no excuses for this very same reason.

The odds(and some facts)are against me, but you guys watch, Kap and Wilson are flashes in the pan. They will only get as far as their coaches and respective teams take them. In the mean time, they will start self destructing soon and try to blame it on everyone else. But they will be exposed and deposed-LOL!

Despite what you and all the genius analysts have to say, I'm still going to take the unpopular position and am giving you JUST my own personal opinion. We will find out soon enough.

Also, Kroy Biermann is out. Who is Kroy Biermann, you say? Probably one of the better pass rushers on a shyti pass rushing team.
Hopefully the O line can give Tanny time to find Wallace/Hartline in the endzone.

Posted by: rage | September 17, 2013 at 01:11 AM

Familiar with him but don't believe him especially great,Osi by the way had a nice game for them last week. This is a BASE 4/3 team as well and inside in last Yrs. Playoff win over Seattle I thought the Hawks started to muscle them a bit with Dolphin reject Pat Maquistan at LG. In any event I like our match up here, Pouncey, Cogs and Jerry can move Babineaux (I believe it's spelled this way) and Peters with Martin drawing Biermann. IMO the match up to watch up front will be the still fast Osi on Clabo.

It was funny but the Flipper can talk if you believe in Dolphins crack wasn't!

Posted by: fin4life | September 17, 2013 at 01:05 AM
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Especially when he hadn't called out the Patriots yet-LOL.

I SWEAR TO YOU, I thought he was going to work his way around to naming Miami as "The Bad Team".

Surprised the heck out of me when he started railing on the pats ;)

odin,

I like Kaep for the reason you state, he ended up with the right Coach. In Harbaugh's tenure as NFL H.C. it seems to escape some just how flexible/adept he is at shifting his O to suit the strength of his QB. I thought Luck helped propel him into the Pro ranks (they weren't read option but Pro set) but then watched him put together an Old School ball control team with A.Smith later shifting to a sort of hybrid read option with Kaep that fits what the kid does. If you watch S.F. and Seattle there not the read option it's more like the read option is just part of the playbook, I see a difference and Wilson isn't the most gifted but a magician at avoiding hits who seems to find the holes in the D, a heady kid. I don't think the read option or Kelly's full throttle version are going to last given I believe in the NFL (because of injury) will make for short careers but do see those W.C. teams doing it differently than others who simply pigeon hole what they're doing by calling it the read O.

RG111 is the definition of the read option and I believe he's the one with the short career in the making. Cam in Car. as well because of his in-accuracy and poor Vick won't finish the Yr. running Kelly's O (by the way did you see Kelly's bad clock management lose the Philly game?)

Fin4,

NO! I am NOT sure if Solia and Starks are the same age. I was just trying to find out their age differences exactly in my post to you. Wiki is one of the quickest ways for me.

Like you, I ALWAYS thought Starks had at least 3 years on him. I was just as surprised as you. I will get some more sources and post it.

If true, aparently Solia started school quite abit later than most. I will be bummed, I thought we had another 4 years of Solia before worrying about his age and/or his replacement.

This changes everything in my mind.

Ungggggggggggggh!

The roster on our official team sight says the same thing. Solia is 29 with 7 years of experience.

Starks the same age with 10 years experience.

In this case, my immediate thought is too try and extend them both on 3 year deals. Maybe with an optional 4th year. I know that if I'm the GM, I believe a 5 year deal for a 29 year old D-Lineman would be out of the question.

I didn't realize it until now, but it's a GOOD THING that Odrick and Vaughn Martin(whose only 27 and has ex. at Nose/DT)are playing well.

That means this years draft will be used to bolster the O-Line no doubt. But we'll also have to start taking shots at finding their eventual replacements.

Enough of that for now though. I'm in "Mid Season Form-LOL" as a Fan now and I have to say, I did not imagine our opening two weeks to go like they have.

We have some obvious problems. But with all the new starters(7 if you count Martin moving to LT and Gibson in the slot)on Offense and Defense(6)I think their coming together and playing as a unit a lot quicker than I expected.

Atlanta is very good, but we can take another step towards unity and present a solid challenge for them as well.

Any Given - Sunday Baby!!!!

Either way, Atlanta presents a FANTASTIC Challenge and this Dolphins team will benefit just from having played against such a good team.

Posted by: odinseye | September 17, 2013 at 01:06 AM

Agree with you here all the way! This upcoming game is on Coyle and his wrinkles up front.

By the way Trey Wingo just opened our highlights with the seg-way of, "All hail the Miami Dolphins" well that's at least 2 on ESPN (Jaws has us taking the East) giving our team some respect!

Looked it up your right Big Paul turns 30 on the 30th of Dec. Starks is older by all of 16 days with a B-Day on Dec 14.

odin,

On Vaughn Martin, not sure the flyer on another Maryland DT (AJ Francis) wasn't the way to go looking at the ages of our Tackles. You know as well as me that the play of the Tackle goes and fast by 30. Look at Wilfork whose going on name recognition at this point, looked bad late last Yr. and was Non-factor Vs. Jets.

Gotta go! Catch you later.

I'm Still a doubter(Sorry, Been down this road a few times) But if the Fins go into the break a 4 and 1 or better yet 5 and 0, I will be a believer.....
PHINS PROVE ME WRONG....(PLEASE)

I got some INFO for all you Mucha-Cho's!

Alex Smith is tearing it up in Kansas City! Matter of fact, it's already starting to draw some attention. If for no other reason than KC was HORRIBLE and Smith has led them too as many wins as Cassell did all last year. Smith has thrown 4 TD's, no INT's and their 2-0.

Actually, in real life, Alex Smith was tearing it up in San Fran when Jimmy Harbaugh IGNORANTLY made some changes(I'm still laughing about that, because I believe a Smith led 49er's team probably beats the Ravens in the Harbaugh Bowl). Anywhoo, from Wiki:

".....A quarterback controversy began. Smith was ranked third in the NFL in passer rating (104.1), led the league in completion percentage (70%), and had been 19–5–1 as a starter under Harbaugh,........".

So, not only did Harbaugh sit Smith in favor of an unproven Kapernick, he facilitated the the trade that gave Andy Reid a legit, elite QB and San Fran a 2nd round pick. Smith being called elite is arguable, I know. But for the purposes of this post, that's what I'm calling him(IMHO). To bolster my opinion, Smith led San Fran to a 6-2 record before his unfortunate and untimely(Ahem....), "Injury" - LOL. More from Wiki:

"...Before losing the starting quarterback job, Smith was on pace to set career highs in completion percentage, passing yards, yards-per-attempt, passing touchdowns and rushing yards. Smith was named to the USA Today All Joe Team for the second year in a row. He was named the captain of the team as the USA Today football experts felt he should've made the Pro Bowl..."

A new Head Coach in Andy Reid, a very GOOD Defense(With a good defensive minded coach)and the Chiefs are on the upswing. Smith's not putting up the numbers he did in San Fran.......YET. But it's understandable considering it's been two games, a new offense and a new team.

Smith has 4 TD's - NO INT's and he's Mobile.

Smith Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Alex Smith 70 42 396 4

Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Smith 12 82 6.8 0
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Those were Smith's two game totals. Check them out against Kap's, who replaced Smith in San Fran and Wilson, the other QB that I predict will flash in the pans.

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT

Colin Kaepernick 13/28 127 0 3

Russell Wilson 8/19 142 1 1
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Rushing ATT YDS TD LG

Colin Kaepernick 9 87 0 28

Russell Wilson 10 33 0 11
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Smith is 2-0. Kap is 1-1 and blew chunks throwing 0 Td's and 3 INTs so far. Wilson is 2-0 DESPITE putting up putrid numbers against the 49er's. In other words, like I predicted, Wilson's **TEAM** saved his ass, yet AGAIN!

Kap and Wilson are both proving to be inconsistent and rely on their legs way too much to survive against NFL Defenses. If you don't believe me, ask Shanahan and/or RGIII - LOL. I'm not laughing about injuries. I'm laughing at these knuckle head, wanna-Be innovators that *THOUGHT* they were going to bring all these Read/Option types into the NFL.

They sold the farm for RG III and the kid might never be the same. What he's going through now is a good example of what happens at this level when you try to run too often. RG III is an exception I think, because he's got the Arm **AND** The Accuracy. But I will stick by my predictions in regards to Kap and Wilson and this is one of the BIG REASON why.

We will see.

PS: Sorry about all the off topic, off team(LOL) Ramblings. I'm board and I'm pulling a Bill Paying all nighter. I'm getting ready to watch Shula's episode of "A Football Life" and then the "Back Story". I recorded both and was waiting for just the right time to watch!

ValHalla!!!!

(by the way did you see Kelly's bad clock management lose the Philly game?)

Posted by: fin4life | September 17, 2013 at 01:38 AM
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NOPE! I didn't SEE it, but I feel like I did!

A close friend of mine is an Eagles Fan and he calls or we TEXT each other about the games. He called Sunday Night and cried too me for an HOUR at least-LOL.

I couldn't even understand what he was trying to say about the Clock Management because it was so ridiculous.

He finally explained it enough times for me to "GET". I'm still wondering WTF Kelly was doing. I actually understand the logic behind it, but it's so ridiculous, I don't believe ANYONE would ever try it at The NFL Level.

That's not a good way to try an win over your new Fan Base!

Had a crazy dream last night...

Ireland traded Solia, Delvin, D. Thomas and a 2nd & 3rd round draft choice to Minnesota for AP (Adrian Petterson). Signed Starks to a 4 yr extension.

It was only a dream...but can you believe having AP & Miller in the back field? This trade would put us as a top 5 Offense!

This morning the Wife was getting out of the shower with a towel on her head as I was checking the blog, accidentally called her Adrian Petterson...she had the WTF look, guess I was dreaming!

The O-line is the biggest concern, IMO, and it's a pretty big one. That said, I think one would have to be blind to not see that this team has looked better, overall. Or, one would just have to not want to see it so they could continue to throw trash. Nothing wrong with being skeptical if one can also be honest. I'm not a fan of Ireland and I still don't believe that Tannehill will be an elite QB. But overall, I'm seeing an improved team so far.

That said, I think Miami loses their home opener to Atlanta. I'd love to be wrong. Miami obviously isn't going to win every game. In fact, I don't think they make the playoffs this season. I'd love to be wrong there too. But missing the playoffs wouldn't necessarily mean that the team isn't on the right track going forward.

One last thing ... it would be nice if the blog doesn't turn to sh*t soup when Miami drops their first game. That's wishful thinking, but it would be nice anyway.

My suggestion.....fire the offensive coordinator for not running the ball with 2:48 secs left in a game instead a bonehead move like passing causing Tannehill to fumble only to compliment his two interceptions. Poor play calling at crucial moments has always been one of the dolphins stupid problems...I hope we don't have another Jay Feidler in our midst..

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