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Pouncey getting help to stop Blitzland

Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton began his career with the Redskins and coached in Detroit, and Cincinnati. But the stop that molded him most was unquestionably the seven seasons he spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That's where he picked up the zone blitz. That's where he learned from Dick LeBeau, considered among the best defensive minds in the business. That's where he got his coaching philosophy of attacking 3-4 defense.

And that's the reason the Cleveland Browns the Dolphins will face on Sunday will try to come with the same snarling, angry, zone blitzing, pressure-on-the-quarterback approach as what the Steelers generally use.

Remember Blitzburgh?

Horton wants Bllitzland.

That means two things:

The Dolphins will encounter a major challenge up front to block for quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

But they will also have significant opportunities for big plays if they can get Cleveland's attacking front blocked.

So Miami center Mike Pouncey has to perform well before the snap as well as once the ball is snapped.

"No question, but that's how it's supposed to be," Pouncey said Tuesday afternoon. "The center is supposed to be the guy that sets the stage for the quarterback. You need a smart center against them to know what's coming.

"This is head on. We're playing a great defense. They have a big defensive line. They have good pass rushers. They got a good coach over there that tends to mix up a lot of different blitzes so we can't wait to see what he brings."

Horton is new to the Browns. But Pouncey nonetheless called his brother Maurkice Pouncey for help in figuring out what might be coming. Maurkice, a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has familiarity with some of the Browns personnel. And he does see a lot of the Pittsburgh defense in practice.

So did the call to Maurkice benefit Mike?

"A lot," Mike Pouncey said. "He plays them two times a year so I called him up and asked him how those guys play, their tendencies. It's good having a brother who plays in the NFL, especially the same position."

Pouncey might want to refer back to last year's Dolphins game versus Arizona. Horton was the Arizona defensive coordinator the last two years. If you recall, in that game, the Dolphins lit up the Cardinals for 480 yards.

So you see the opportunity for big plays against Horton's defense.

But the Cardinals also had two interceptions, forced and recovered two fumbles, and sacked Ryan Tannehill four times.

The Cardinals brought the A-gap blitz a lot so I assume Pouncey is ready for that this week. He says he's definitely ready for the zone blitz.

"What I do is I study film and watch the linebackers and safeties and how they roll coverages," he said. "That's how I know from where the blitz is coming -- where it's coming from so I can help my guys on the offensive line be a step faster."

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so Ross writes another huge check to MI....so go ahead, lets hear more of the "clueless", "dopey" comments from all you high achieving, successful and affluent posters here--ok, so he's not the best looking dude but he's far from clueless, to say the least--took him some time to learn the subtleties of NFL ownership but I'm pretty sure he's catching on quickly....dont think ownership is much of a problem.

has anyone seen this re: merchandise? Think I ned to customize and pick up a pair ...


I've been bamboozled before, however I usually have a level head on this team. I do think this team is better than most give credit for this year. I have a funny feeling the offense will be VERY dynamic. Philbin has a few tricks up his sleeve.

The experts are idiots. If you really want to know something about a team ask a die hard fan.

Posted by: Phins78 | September 04, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Sorry bro, but I'll take any of the experts opinions over your overdosed kool aid delusion.

Mark in toronto and DC!!! Points well taken.. As I said in the post I hope im eating my words by week 8!! But Mark I guess the demise of keller is just unfortunate and TEs are a tough position to fill its almost like trying to find a QB..... So if the fins are 5-2 or 6-1 by the break then by all means I will gladly sit down to my table of crow and enjoy every minute of it!!!

I wouldn't worry about what the 'experts' say about this team guys. Everyone under-rated us back in '08. Let them keep us in the 20's all year. Works for me. I couldn't care less what the consensus is on this team.

We match up well against the Browns. Shut down the run and force Weeden to win it without his top receiver.

Missing Keller hurts but with the Briwns blitzing all the time he would probably be blocking more than usual anyway. Clay just needs to not be the first option on plays.

eric, I don't think thye need to start out 5-2 or 6-1 but that would be nice ...

The experts are idiots. If you really want to know something about a team ask a die hard fan.

Posted by: Phins78 | September 04, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Sorry bro, but I'll take any of the experts opinions over your overdosed kool aid delusion.

Posted by: Monte | September 04, 2013 at 11:07 AM



I can't think of the name of even 1 Cleveland defender.

Jaison you don't get it because you're sane. (love the abbreviation of his sign in by the way) Remember Aloco? This person has the same deal going on. It's a regular poster who is doing shtick. He created the character and acts dumb on purpose so people will respond to him. It excites him for some reason. Aloco was the same, a made up persona by some lonely individual looking for attention.

Your attempts to have a rational discussion with this person will all fail. He doesn't know nor does he even believe most of what he writes. He's simply trying to get a reaction. He evens changes his style of writing to make it look like he's brain dead. It's all too creepy if you ask me.

Sorry bro, but I'll take any of the experts opinions over your overdosed kool aid delusion.
Posted by: Monte | September 04, 2013 at 11:07 AM

What delusion is that? The one where I say the team has no depth and will have a tough time in Cleveland? The one where I say Dustin Keller's loss will hurt bad? The one where I state the RG position is troublesome? The one where I say I'm not feeling this team right now?

You're a moron of epic proportions.

Experts? HAH! Ever look at their 'picks' at the end of the season? They guess wrong as much (or more) as they do right. Here's a hint: Betting always comes with a point spread.

Both are starting this Sunday and for the next 10 years.

Love when they laugh at their own posts. " Heeeeeeeeee aint got nooooobodyyyy, nobody, nobody, cares for him, cares about him, cares for him. He'ssssssssss so sad and lonelyyyy, sad and lonely, sad and lonely....."

That's the song that immediately plays in my head when I see this lonely loser trying to get attention in here. And with that,,,,,,,IGNORE.

Is Monte 2 watts momma?
I heard the sell pinata's stuffed with KY on Key Biscayne.

Cleveland's d line is our only threat. But that wont matter because we have Mike Wallace.


Posted by: Phins78 | September 04, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Sorry bro, but I'll take any of the experts opinions over your overdosed kool aid delusion.

Posted by: Monte | September 04, 2013 at 11:07 AM



Ross gives Michigan $300 million but can't find the resources to put a tarp over JRS and expects the taxpayers to cough up $400 million in billionaire welfare? How 'bout supporting the community that supports you instead of reaching into the local taxpayers pocket to fund your playground?

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Geno Smith to start for Jets vs. Buccaneers




DENNIS WASZAK Jr. (AP Sports Writer)1 hour agoAP - Sports

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass during the team's NFL football practice in Florham …

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- It's Geno Smith's time.

The rookie quarterback will start for the New York Jets in the season opener at home Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team announced the decision through its Twitter feed Wednesday, finally confirming what had been expected since Mark Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 24.

Smith, who had an up-and-down preseason, was the team's second-round draft pick out West Virginia after he was projected by many to be selected early in the opening round.

''We are excited about that,'' Ryan said in an interview posted on the team's official website. ''I'll tell you, Geno, before he had the injury to his ankle, really looked tremendous.''

Also, you notice how these sad saps seem to desperately need eachother to verify their own existence?
Its because outside of "internet world" none of these sad sacks have a real, real life friend. So they need "cyber friends to verify they're even alive.
Real life people who know them in heir "real life endeavors" wouldn't touch them with a 10 ft pole unless they had something these people wanted to "strong-arm" take from these sad sack wussies.
In cyber-world they can pretend to be exciting people and become keyboard tough guys.........
Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | September 03, 2013 at 02:18 PM

homers = house of mirrors.


It's True@ 11:52
You're pretty close to having it correct.
32 white men have a monopoly on professional football in this country.

The commissioner is the employee of the 32 owners and so he represents ONLY thier interests.

Depreciation laws allow real estate to be depreciated over a 25 year period which means 4% of the value of the real estate can be deducted from the taxable income of the filer.

So if Ross has a stadium worth $200mil he can deduct $8mil from his taxable income thus saving the taxes on 8 million, in a 50% bracket that is $4million.

If the value of the stadium can be raised to $500mil through renovations then the depreciation is $25mil saving $12.5mil in taxes per year which is an additional $8.5mil/year into the owner's pocket.

So in summary it is in the best financial interest of each owner to have someone else pay for the renovations on the stadiums and the commissioner does his best to enable that as required by his employment contract.

78, stick 2 being everything wrong about the phinz.
u ain't no sherlock tracy.


2 watt = jets fan

Why would Ross cough up 200 million for Dolphins renovations its a business for him his heart bleeds Blue, not Aqua and Orange. Though of us who went to college knows that what your true team is but 70% of you wouldnt know being imbeciles and all

Craig M....

I'm with you on the LOGO and the colors...

i like them as well....

Wallace will look nice steaking down the sideline in that...

he is also a jets fan 1st, he wanted 2 buy them in 98'99'.
nfl said no.

ETF, you already know Geno Smith will be the starter for 10 years? Can I look into your crystal ball? Nothing I've seen out of him tells me he's a 10 year starter. Maybe a 10-day starter. If I were to take a guess, I'd say Jets draft a new QB to take over the helm in 2014.

Dolphins 41 Browns 0

Bess, now a member of the Cleveland Browns, told Miami reporters Wednesday that he suffered a fracture in his L-2 — a vertebrae in his lower back — that prevented him from playing.
"I couldn't go, and I didn't," Bess said.
Bess and the Dolphins' coaching staff were at an impasse by the end of the season, leading to his draft-weekend trade. However, when asked Wednesday if he left the team on good terms, Bess said he had. .

DC @ 12:20

What have you seen out of him?
I haven't seen him play but I looked up the box score of the 3 int game and I noticed that he also threw for 200 yds 1TD that game and the Jets won. He must have some skills.

I agree with you though that since he is a running QB he could suffer a career ending injury in season 1 and then we will never see him again.

Geno Smith > Ryan Tannehill

Can't wait for Rex to get his other cankle tatted w genos face



Gino Smith = 3 picks to Reevis in the 1st half.

Truth, your grammar is horrible.

ETF, saw him vs. starters and he wasn't very sharp. Saw him vs. backups and he was better, but I don't have enough info to know whether he's a keeper or not. Heck, we don't know if Dalton's a keeper or not, just takes time with these QBs to determine what they will be.

But one thing I'm sure of, I'd rather see him when we play the Jets than Sanchez. He'll make rookie mistakes that we can capitalize on.

Geno Smith > Ryan Tannehill

Posted by: 3 amp | September 04, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Of course this guy would show up. I think they would put anything as > Ryan Tannehill.

For example:

Turd > Ryan Tannehill
Chewed gum on the sidewalk > Ryan Tannehill
A quadriplegic > Ryan Tannehill

Nice analysis there Einstein.

Tom Brady
Ryan Tannehill
Geno Smith
EJ Manuel

All Week 1 Starters.

If Tannehill doesn't have, at least, the second best QB stats in the AFC East then he is a bust.

Proper grammer is for English papers Im on a stupid Dolphins blog who cares as long as u get the point

The only thing that matters this week is the play calling by Sherman. If he keeps calling sweeps in the redzone when the defense is bunched-up, we will have problems. But, as I expect, if he opens it up to establish the passing game so that the running game is not facing 8 and 9 man defensive fronts, we will dominate the game.

I expect to win by 13-17 points. Our defense will give up no more than 10-13 points. The offense must put up 24 to 31 points, which I expect (7 of which will be as a result of the Defense).

Agreed, but you can't call other people imbiciles.

Ross is an excellent owner. He is a Miamian who is employing a big chunk of his considerable fortune to buy the best talent he can to make the team better. I think the effort is succeeding. We will see this season.

Overall we are a better team than last year and will do better - 9-7 or 10-6
Defense undeniably better. Potentially awesome esp as Jordan heals and subs for Misi on passing downs.
QB definitely improved and improving.
WR talent definitely improved and among the best in the NFL - but no backups
RB - it was a mistake letting Bush go. Miller has flashes of greatness but is inconsistent. Thomas just cannot break the first tackle consistently. No FB. The main weakness on the team.
TE - Sims is basically a less experiences Fasano with better hands. Egnew worthless. Clay nearly worthless. Basically a Push from last year.
ST - upgraded with Sturgis addition

The key to the Dolphins is coaching. Our strategy was to take advantage of the Collective Bargain Agreement that made veterans expensive and young players cheap to exit non-playmaker and backup veterans, staff the team with speedy versatile young players and use the savings to buy superstar vets like Wallace. This can work IF Philbin, Sherman and Coyle can coach the young players up to pro technique, devise a playbook taking advantage of our versatility, and coach the team up to an automatic level of knowledge to instinctively do the right thing. I think we are mostly there on defense where Coyle has done his job. We are not close to there on Offense where we see drops, fumbles, missed blocks, penalties and other side of not having pro technique down. Whether the playbook has been upgraded is unknown since they do not show the new stuff in preseason. But the offense is not at a level of habitual excellence in execution, that is for sure. I am hoping we get there by mid-season.

Tannehill led the league in 3 n outs last season. That puts extra pressure on any D.

Another pointless point.
What a story.
Pouncy called his brother.
So what.
Maybe a better story would be that if Tanny is as good against the blitz in this game as he was last year the Browns could be in for a long game.

Looking at Sundays depth chart, We have the same Offense as last year less bush, Fasano and Bess. Who will be playing against us as clevlands #1 WR!!! We only have Mike Wallace and last years back ups filling key positions. The Dustin Keller injury is going to hurt us badddly. Cannot believe our back up plan is charles clay at TE!! 4-12 at best... Hopefully we see a big change next year as in a new owner!!! Really Really Really hope im eating these words by week 8. But I dont think so!!!

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2013/09/pouncey-getting-help-to-stop-blitzland.html#storylink=cpy


More exclamation points please!!!

Why do you have DJ subbing for Misi on passing downs?
I did not see him do that in the preseason.

Even you have to agree theres some jerks on this blog

Oh my Lord Capt Jerk. You get dumber and dumber every day.
You should do stand up at the Blue Oyster.
Comparing stats after week 1 is a mad way of thinking.
We'll tally up bye week.


The matchup of Kruger if he goes vs J Mart is definitely a worry although Kruger is not a speed rusher but is very strong. Might need help there.

Sportscenter on ESPN:

Nothing on the Dolphins...

The Dawg Pound is worth maybe 1 point more than the traditional 3 points Home field advantage.


And something always goes wrong by the third series:
fumble, int, crucial penalty, dropped pass, strip-sack, special teams disaster, etc.

Two points I take from these posts are 1) Tannehill threw for 480 yards against this style of defense without Mike Wallace threat. So this means two things A)Sherman knows how to attack this type defense. B) The team moved the ball without a running game. All this adds up to good QB play from a more experienced QB now. 2) Nobody is taking about our Defense which to me is much improved. if this defense plays likes out and forces some turnovers Fins win by 10 plus. Dolphins 27 Browns 13..


You nailed it! Absolutely correct.

There is no denying this fact. Miami needs to win the division this year.

There are way too many good teams for Miami to "moonwalk" into the playoffs as a 5th or 6th seed.

God help us if we don't finish 1st OR 2nd in the division. There needs to be hell to pay if this team doesn't break 500.

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