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Pouncey on Jets game: 'I'll be out there'

Mike Pouncey missed the past two starts with what started as food poisoning, developed into some mysterious gallbladder issue and included a hospital stay. Well, it'll soon be time to get back to normal.

Pouncey practiced today at least on a limited basis and said he'll be in the starting lineup against the New York Jets Sunday.

"I' feel great," Pouncey said. "I'll be out there."

Pouncey, who looked extremely thin since his illness, said he has regained all of his weight. Pouncey had previously said he'd lost only five pounds. It looked like more than that. And he still looks on the thin side.

But sometimes you have to take a man at his word.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who missed last week's game against Carolina with the season-long groin injury, worked at least on a limited basis in practice today.

The Dolphins signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis off the New England practice squad last night. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Francis was with the Dolphins during training camp. He was cut and picked up by the Patriots, who eventually put him on practice squad.

"It was tough going up to New England because it was tough learning the system on the fly," Francis said. "They're not teaching the system, they're preparing for a game. So you have to learn while they're going. It took me to be honest, a couple of weeks and closer to a month to be completely familiar with the system and get where I was down here."

Catching back up with the Dolphins should be hard for Francis. He said a couple of calls have changed but otherwise catching up was easy.

"I got the call yesterday morning, packed up my bags and studied my old notes on the flight for thre-and-a-half hours and I'm pretty much back to where I was when I left," he said.



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isnt it amazing rick, dude still has a job

Dolfan Rick | November 26, 2013 at 08:29 PM


If you look at Bill Cowhers record you know that only a TOTAL MORON would knock him.

I think the problems on the team this year are due to coaching. The fins could be 9-2. Look at the close games they lost because they could not finish. In the last game Cam Newton said the team made half time adjustments after they were dominated in the first half. Philbin and his staff failed to counter that.

Ireland has acquired this team the players. 2 years ago under Mike Nolan the team had a top 5 defense. Now they are an above average defense with the same or better players. Ellerbe was a beast in Baltimore and now is average with the fins. Is that on Ireland or the coaching staff for not using him properly?

Wallace is having the worst year of his career. Again, Ireland got Philbin an explosive receiver but Sherman and Philbin are not using him properly. Is that on Ireland too?

Wallace is having the worst year of his career.
Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | November 26, 2013 at 09:04 PM

Its not fair to judge Wallace without a decent QB. We all saw what he does with Big Ben.

Im not a Phibin fan but he has zero chance with Ireland as GM

You do have some valid points Orlando. We will see how it plays out.

Unlike some I do hope we win 4 or 5 more games, make the post season and everybody's job is safe.

At this point I'm just not too confident that will happen.

I am not judging Wallace. My point is that Ireland has given this coaching staff the QB that they wanted. He also gave them good receivers (a great one in Wallace), good TEs (unfortunately Kellar got hurt), and a top 5 defense (that is what they were ranked under Nolan). I am not giving Ireland a complete pass but I just feel that the fins are very close to being a playoff team and that it is the coaching on this team that is not allowing them to get over the hump.

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | November 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM

The team is crap. They've got more holes than swiss cheese. 5th consecutive losing year and more to come.


I hear you. I am frustrated too and feel like throwing my couch through the TV every week. I just don't want to start all over again because I feel like there is some very good talent on the team. Wake, Vernon, Jordan and Grimes are great on defense. Unfortunately the defense is under performing. The offensive line is terrible right now but that is really the only unit that I feel needs to be completely revamped. It is really tough for me to judge Tannehill after 1 1/2 years, with no protection, and no running game.

Like you I am hoping that they get hot here at the end and bring us some joy by making the playoffs, even if they get bounced out quickly. At least there will be something to look forward to next year.

c'mon Monte. We are tied for the final wild card spot. The fins have a chance to make the playoffs. Let' be positive and support the home team!

TannePuke doesnt have the accuracy or the makeup of a pro QB. I saw that last year. And a 60 mill WR didnt help a bit. NUFF SAID!

Its time to play Rooks and scrubs and maybe we can land a top 10 pick. Thats more feasible than the playoff. Hire Bill Polian and Jim Mora Jr. and re start agian

c'mon Monte. We are tied for the final wild card spot. The fins have a chance to make the playoffs. Let' be positive and support the home team!
Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | November 26, 2013 at 09:29 PM

Nothing positive about losing every year. Take off the rose colored glasses and maybe you'll see straight.


Good analysis of Cowhers Steelers. All good points. The biggest one being the Seahawks were robbed of a SB victory not only by my eyes, but by the ref's own admissions a year later! No more damning evidence than that. Calls and no-calls, the refs simply blew the game like no other.

I'll never understand the idolizing of Cowher or those that think he is the guy that will turn this team around.

I'd keep Garner at C and slide Pouncey in at LG.

Posted by: deity | November 26, 2013 at 03:51 PM


Exactly what I was thinking.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | November 26, 2013 at 05:39 PM

I'd keep Garner at C and slide Pouncey over to the bench.

If Gilleslie plays and does play well it will be very condemning of this coaching staff lack of faith and opportunity for these rookies.

Pouncey is a jackass that belongs in jail with A Hernandez and Incognitabrain.

I would start Pouncey and keep Brennar at LG. I would like to see if Brennar can start at left guard in 2014. So far Brennar has done a good job there.

Nothing positive about losing every year.

Posted by: Monte | November 26, 2013 at 09:36 PM

Sure there is - for you. You get to come here and bait unsuspecting fools into thinking you are a serious poster with your worn out schtick.

Elmo? , thats hilarious!! Suckers like you support a terrible product and keep the status quo.

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | November 26, 2013 at 08:19 PM

This regression in the defense is a concern to me as well. I agree coaching and use of players we have is primary reason as you stated. Also think the change in LBs did not help.

I also agree problems with the team are shared equally by GM and coach staff. Wish they all could just disappear into the sunset, but not sure what else is out there or who would even want to come here. Seems we're screwed.

I thought Jeff Fischer would have been best for us but what do I know.

Pouncey is an undersized punk. But don't tell him I said that.

Dusty sorry to disagree with you but Shanny wants out according to press reports....Gruden was HC/GM in Tampa. Parcells was supposed to take the job but his choice for GM, Tannebaum, didn't want to go. So Gruden took the job and retooled the offense with FA. He was the defacto HC/GM.

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | November 26, 2013 at 06:29 PM

Shannahan will get his wish. He and his no talent son have ruined a promising career, that of RG the 3rd. He won years ago with the best QB in the league, the best RB in the league, the best O-Line in the league at Denver. None of which he had a hand in. Denver's GM's picked the players, with the exception of running backs, a Shannahan specialty. Her finds the guys no one else does.
He would bring his son in as OC….no good, really not a good thing. No better than Philbin with his "father" as OC. and Sherman's son-in-law as QB coach.

There are 3-4 college HC's who would be better than bringing in bitter 60 year HC's with something to "prove."
That, combined with a smart EXPERIENCED GM will be the only way. Has to be, as the Dolphins have not tried this since they "stole" (for a 1st round draft choice0 a young HC from the Colts named Don Shula, and installed a real GM. The rest is history.

Where is Jake Long, Anthony Fasano, Reggie Bush, Carlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett, Matt Carpenter...?

They all got sucked into the Miami Dolphins football black hole.


Hiring anoher rookie NFL HC would be disasterous. We've had 4 rookie NFL HC's in a row an they've all failed. Enough experiments. Hire a PROVEN NFL HC winner.

Monte gets a taste of his own medicine. :)

Posted by: IMAWriter | November 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Thank you! Good post! These guys scare me when they talk about Shannanan.

Gruden scares me too but not so much, at least he'd be better than Philbin (imo)

Monte, IMA was referring to rookie HC from a college, I don't think he meant rookie HC from NFL assistants retreads.

Enough experiments. Hire a PROVEN NFL HC winner.

Posted by: Monte | November 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Monte is dumb too.

No SB winning coach has ever won it with another team. Hiring a proven winner has always be a recipe for disaster. Just ask the Washington Redskins hiring back Gibbs, and then Shanahan.

Monte, IMA was referring to rookie HC from a college, I don't think he meant rookie HC from NFL assistants retreads.
Posted by: C'mon Phins! | November 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Rookie HC from a college is worse. An experiment. I dont want that. Give me Cowher, Parcells, Schotteheimer,Dungy, someone like that.

Schotty was a proven winner, but couldn't win it anywhere.

Belicheck was a proven loser before joining the Pats.

Holmgren was a proven winner in GB, a proven loser in Seattle.

Hiring a proven winner is often a mistake.

Didn't we hire a proven winner in JJ?

How did that work out?

Didn't we hire a proven winner in JJ?
How did that work out?
Posted by: Elmo | November 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Worked out great. He won every year.

DIdn't we hire a proven winner in Parcells?

How did that work out?

Didn't we hire a proven winner in Saban?

How did that work out?

Elmo, Shula was a proven winner. How'd that work out? DUUUHHHHH!!

Most SB winning coaches were not proven winners before they arrived on their respective teams to win it.

Rookie HC from a college is worse. An experiment. I dont want that. Give me Cowher, Parcells, Schotteheimer,Dungy, someone like that.

Posted by: Monte | November 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Schottenheimer OR Parcells? YOU MUST BE JOKING!

Saban was a rookie NFL HC. An experiment.

Shula had the rare benefit of THREE HOF QB's, all the very best of their day. Anyway, Shula is the rare exception.

Cowher or Dungy would give me hope.

Hiring proven winners, statistically speaking, is more often than not worse than giving someone new a shot. Proven HC winners don't have the same fire anymore. They get the big contract, the publicity, and fall flat time and again with very rare exceptions.

Cowher or Dungy would give me hope. Whoever it is they will not be successful until we have a good FO. Is not that why Saban bailed? He realized what a bunch of ding dongs were going to be working over and with him?

Ding Dong FO, same reason Fischer or Harbaugh didn't want anything to do with us?

Posted by: Elmo | November 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Make up some more stuff lol

Dungy couldn't take his own Tampa team to the big dance. Then, with a stellar Colts team and the best QB in the universe only mustered one trophy - credit that to Peyton. Dungy is a good guidance counselor, he is not a coach. Cowher is a joke and will never coach again - he knows better than to leave his cush job.

Dolphins still in the hunt and all you bumbs do is complain.

Your wifes must be god awful ugly to be so miserable...

Most SB winning coaches dont leave for other teams. But both Parcells and Shula have won championships with multiple teams and there may be more.

Instead of saying you want Cowher, it would be more sensible to just come here and say you know absolutely nothing about football.

Nat Monte Moore - Shula and Parcells each only have a ring with one team.

Well I hope some of you have learned something tonight.

Buh Bye for now.

Will a 9-7 wildcard AFC team take it all the way like the Giants did several years ago?

If so, who?

The Fins would have to improve dramatically to have any hope.

T-hill needs to start showing everyone the "upside" everyone expected from him or else 2014 might bring some QB competition.

I am ready for a new GM and HC after wanting to give them 3-4 years together to build continuity and execute a plan together. But after the past 5 weeks I see they just can't properly build a winner. Time to move on.....just worry about Ross and his ability to recruit top talent.

The missed opportunity was Andy Reid.....clearly wanted out of Philly...lousy dont see him joining Ross over Hunt.

So can Ross really bring in the best talent?

I prefer Garner at C, makes better line calls. Pouncey's Bulb is too low wattage.

This year has been a strange one. Who could have predicted the coaching would be this bad. The coaching staff had promise last season (except for Sherm).

Posted by: Darkoak | November 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

You said it! Losing to Baltimore and Buffalo back to back with the exact same mistakes was the first sign. Sherman HAS to go. If Philbin doesn't see it, he should go too!

Also, when Clabo showed he wasn't the same player, we kept him in. Not only that, we waited until after the bye week to pick up McKinnie. Did the coaches not see a need for change sooner or was this an Ireland mishandle?

On the bright side, Tannehill and Wallace seem to be getting more comfortable and Pouncey is coming back. Hopefully those two things can lead to better runs and more deep balls off the play action.

How much has Sherm held Tannehill back from the coaching aspect? He isn't running an offense that matches his strengths. Andy Reid, he's running an Alex Smith catered offense.

Pouncey is another of Ireland's jewels. Even if a Peyton-Manning kind of player were available in the draft, Ireland would choose a punter. What a character, his name makes me puke. The Irish people should force Ireland to change his name.

Go Pouncey , Glad to have him back, we need this win badly, maybe Philbin should call the plays and be aggressive and score some points for a change. That running play out of the shotgun gets stopped for no gain every time but we keep calling it. Pleas let someone else run the offense.

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