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Dolfans planning a MetLife Takeover

You have no nidea how many Dolphins home games I've covered where the other team's visiting crowd has become an embarrassment to the Dolphins' organization and actually a problem for the team on the field. (StubHub, quite frankly, is not a friend of the Miami Dolphins ticket office). Pittsburgh games come to mind. Even in the early 1990s, Buffalo fans seemed to turn late-season games between the Dolphins and Bills into something of a vacation.

Well, this weekend a hearty group of Dolphins fans -- approximately 760 strong -- will be taking over practically every seat in section 322 and 323 at MetLife Stadium while the Dolphins visit the Jets.

They're calling it a MetLife Takeover. You know the thing's a big deal when it has its own hashtag and Facebook page ... #MetLifeTakeover.

This is the second year that a group of NYC Dolfans get together to attend this game. Last year, there were 200 fans who participated. So the growth in the group is palatable.

The group will tailgate in Lot L before the game starting at around 9:15 a.m. The group is arriving in four buses as well as other assorted vehicles. Last year, team owner Stephen Ross visited the tailgate. No word whether he might make another appearance this year.

The Dolphins in many respects remain a national team. Fans who grew up in Dan Marino's heyday or got close to the team during the Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor era are buying tickets now around the country as well as in South Florida.

If you wish to join the event go to the Facebook page or find @DolfanNYC on twitter.

I'm sure Jets fans love this.

Consider the event in 2012

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Interesting reading.

Dion Sims made one of the plays of the season... Haven't seen him since.

Good Ole Boy NFL, what this coaching staff first need is a gam plan, not a same plan. Once thy get a game plan, then maybe they can build a little imagination from there.

Obviously, the same plan, isn't working. Especially, the one which includes continuing going forward with Jeff Ireland.

Lacy had only 16 yards against the Lions, but over the season he has been solid my friend. He has 822 at 4.0 and has only lost one fumble.

He makes defenses respect the run and of course this helps the passing game. We don't have that luxury, teams rush Thill constantly and pin their ears back.

The West coast offense we run isn't working, we need a powerback to convert on 3rd and short, give us some balance and stop Thill getting smashed

Yeah, Thomas is done. Poor guy tried his best and had the build to be that guy but couldn't take the hits...

Good post Mando. AS 30 year Canadian diehard dolphin fan ( Marino 84) I have seen them play on the road 5 times and loved how much teal I saw in the visiting stadiums. Still waiting for a relevant dolphin home game in December or playoff game to make the trip South Beach.

Glad Geno is starting this weekend. Stop the run, not runovers and we should win.

Obviously, Jeff Ireland doesn't think being able to run the ball and protecting the qb is critically important. 2 critical offseason additions he could have made, Branden Albert/Vonte Leach, he easily passed.

We could easily be 7-4 right now just by these two additions alone.

MIT,
You vs Me this week, right?

THE ONLY WAY TO TOP OFF 60 DAYS ON WORKERS COMP?

How about a 4 day weekend? I go back to doctor on Tues.

I would not mail in a Dolphins victory just because Geno Smith is staring. Again, this defense failed miserably on a critical 3rd-4th and long.

Came Newton converted 4th and 10, but, Coyle's defense has proven no matter the caliber of qb, results are pretty much the same. Each week, making more easy to say, "Hell, no, Coyle must go!"

NYJ FANS ARE NOT WELCOME IN LOT L THIS SUNDAY

Thanks Mando for letting them know where they ARE NOT allowed.

CAN TANNEHILL FINALLY START ACTING LIKE A MAN AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY?

Tanne stop trying to lay the blame on the GM, HC, OC, OL, RB, TE, WR and Chad Henne. It is time to act like a man.

D Thomas, worst draft bust ever?

Sam I Am I think getting rid of Bush and Long wasnt just Irelands doing.Do you remember when Philbein benched Bush for fumbling while fighting for extra yards.
They needed to create plays for Bush when he was here not expect him to be a power running back.
It seems to me that whoever they draft or aquire in free agency will not be enough with this oppressive vs progressive thinking coaching staff.
Look at the Heat they created their system for the players they have not vice versa.and yes I realize that they have the best player in the league but why do you think the best executive Riley gave inexperienced Spolestra a chance I think its because he brings new ideas to the table.

CAN TANNEHILL FINALLY START ACTING LIKE A MAN AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY?

Tanne stop trying to lay the blame on the GM, HC, OC, OL, RB, TE, WR and Chad Henne. It is time to act like a man.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | November 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This is perhaps the dumbest post I've ever read in here. Congrats, you made me leave.

Tannehill CAN throw the deep ball--it's more a matter of timing.
He has plenty of arm. Plenty.
He threw that last ball to Wallace against the Panthers 70 yds in the air. And it hit Wallace in the hands.
He just needs to throw it sooner and with more arc and let Wallace catch up to it.
Better to overthrow than underthrow to take the defense out of the play.
He's trying to throw a deep ball on a line straight to the receiver like he's wide open 15 yds away.
It's a totally different kind of play, pass and throw, and he has yet to learn that.
Wallace has dropped his share, but Tannehill has mostly under-thrown him, and a few times overthrown him.
Wallace isn't one to go up an fight for a disputed ball. He stops and stands and waits for it--while the corner and closing safety catch up to the play--and that has to change, too.
At least break up the Int.!!
They will get on the same page in the off-season.
I know for a fact if we get rid of Wallace he will thrive elsewhere--just like Brandon Marshall before and after Miami, and make us look like fools.
I also believe if we give up on Tannehill, he will do the same behind a good O.L. and good coaching.
We need to clean front office and coaching house.
As they say, you can't fire the team.

We should have Ireland draft from the 4th round on.
His late round picks have been far better than his early round picks.
He's found some late round and undrafted gems.
Who can we get to draft the first 3 rounds?

ETF, could be, I haven't looked at my team or that site in ages. I tried this fantasy football for the first time this year in ages and quickly remembered why i stopped playeing. Only real football for me and occasional money wager (KNOW YOUR LIMITS)

Posted by: Good Ole Boy NFL | November 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM


AGREED!

With a GM like Ireland, Dolphins should stay out of the of acquisition period! FA's in Miami are cast out after 2 seasons at the most anyway.

I mean, how can any organization be successful when 1st-2nd rd picks are not resigned-traded-bust, and prized fa's shipped or bust within 2yrs.

Leads to a perennial state of rebuild, right? Since 2008 to now(2013), 6yrs later and this fo still hasn't gotten it quite right. The evidence never lies.

Cadillac, easily the worst draft pick ever was Martin. Guy not only quit, he tried to take the whole organization down with him in what's been already easily shown as a bogus charge. I don't remember any draft pick by any team imploding to such a degree (ok, maybe Ryan leaf and Jamarcus Russel crippled their franchises for a longer time - but at least they tried).

And same for Thomas. he went out on his sword. Whether his play translated to teh pros or not besides the fact. The dude put his body on the line and you can't ask for more than that from a player.

Stevie B, big fan of your music.

And that post made me think - that is probably what's wrong with Tannehill's deep ball. he tries to place it at the WR instead of throwing the ball to a mark and making the WR get under it. Both the pass in teh end zone adn the overthrow were throws to a spot rather than a receiver and they were probably his best two throws on Sunday (long).

made me think - thanks for that.

Lacy had only 16 yards against the Lions, but over the season he has been solid my friend. He has 822 at 4.0 and has only lost one fumble.

Posted by: Marco | November 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

822 is questionably even average. You have to remember, the 1000 yard standard was set back when it was a 12 game season. 1000 for a 14 game season was no longer much of a milestone. Now that we have a 16 game season, if you don't gain 1000 yards you are not even average.

Tannehill CAN throw the deep ball--it's more a matter of timing.

Posted by: Stevie B | November 29, 2013 at 01:07 PM


It's not timing, it's ANTICIPATION Stevie.

Timing is about knowing when to throw ball. If your qb is Chad Pennington, then the DEEP THROW is about timing. Weaker armed qb's need throw the deep ball FA early, so as not o have the wr OUTRUN his weaker arm.

Strong-armed qb's, such as Tannehill, it's all about ANTICIPATION. Mike Wallace can not outrun Tannehill's arm unless he throws the deep ball FAR Late. That's never going to happen with this weak protecting oline.

Tannehill, thus far, is CONSISTENTLY showing lack of deerp ball anticipation. Since he can not APPROIMATELY CALCULATE where Wallace will be. He's just FLOATING the ball into the air in HOPE that's where Wallace will be. Causing the throw to be short everytime.

Tannehill needs ANTICIPATION, not HOPE, in calculating approximately where Wallace will be. He isn't weak-arm Pennington. He doesn't need timing on deep throws. Much better anticipation will go a long ways.

on paper we have more talent than the jets. Without Cromartie this defense can be lit up in the air. On defense stack the box and make them use their limited playmakers through the air.

If we lose this no way philbin/sherman/coyle can be back as Jets will have a better record with less talent.

this has to be a must win especilly for the GM and Coach.

Hope all of those traveling to New Jersey have a great time and get to see the Fins win one from the Yets. As for me, I'll have to settle for watching the game on TV. Although I'm only about six hours away, my disability pay won't stretch far enough to pay for the trip and leave money for incidentals--like groceries. Unless...our mega-rich owner is reading this and feeling generous....just saying. Fins Up fans!

Back in the day, pre-Mega Media - the 1000 yard milestone was a mark of eliteness. Few could achieve it. The standard should be upped to 1400 today, but the silly media likes headlines, so they continue to promote the 1000 mark as though it is a mark of excellence. It 'isn't. Also the media is stupid by default so they like easy numbers. 1000 is an easy number. 1400 to them is mind boggling.

I hope Tannehill's qb coach isn't telling him he needs "better timing" with Wallace on the deepball. That would anser all questions as to why those passes continually come up short.

Tannehill needs better anticipation on his deep throws. He needs anticipate a spot ahead of Wallace, where Wallace has a great chance to get it, and throw it there.


Sam I Am I think getting rid of Bush and Long wasnt just Irelands doing.Do you remember when Philbein benched Bush for fumbling while fighting for extra yards.
They needed to create plays for Bush when he was here not expect him to be a power running back.
It seems to me that whoever they draft or aquire in free agency will not be enough with this oppressive vs progressive thinking coaching staff.
Look at the Heat they created their system for the players they have not vice versa.and yes I realize that they have the best player in the league but why do you think the best executive Riley gave inexperienced Spolestra a chance I think its because he brings new ideas to the table.

Posted by: Good Ole Boy NFL | November 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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Quite right. Personnel decisions are not made in a vacuum. Meaning HCs & coordinators have some say in decisions made.

Bush? Two HCs thought he could be an 'every down' back when the whole world knew was best used in space. Bush didn't help with his insistence to be the primary back. But the HCs job is to recognize and use a players talent. Sadly, Philbin & Co. did neither.

Dolphins have matched up pretty well with Jets during the Rex Ryan era. They've gotten into trouble when Mark Sanchez (of all people) gets in a rythm and starts finding Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller, or Braylon Edwards running wild on Miami's secondary.
Miami's had success when they beat NYJ at their own game and run the ball and stop the run, leaving Sanchez a sitting duck. I think Miami even beat them a few years ago in the Meadowlands when they had virtually zero offensive yardage, but multiple defensive/special teams touchdowns. Thanks Ted Ginn Jr.!!

The difference this year? Geno instead of Sanchez as NYJ's quarterback. Advantage Miami in my opinion. And Miami's running game has regressed to the point of irrelevancy. Advangate NYJ.

Posted by: Bodine | November 29, 2013 at 01:29 PM


The 12 and1 game NFL era was also a run heavy era. 200YDS passing for a game was a BENCHMARK.

In this, now high flying passing era, where 300yds passing is the NEW BENCHMARK. Even, 1,000 yds rushing in 16 gms is pretty decent accomplishment.

Teams of this era are running less than the eras of old. As qb's have become bigger-stronger, and passing offenses have become much more complex and effective. Less focus has been placed on running the ball except to set up the pass or milk away the final minutes of a game.

My how things have changed!

14gms

ANYONE ELSE GET GAS FROM EATING THE DARK MEAT?

I had a drumstick and I was farting for like 8 hours.

There was an era where 200yds passing meant you were an elite qb. Now, if qb doesn't get 200yds passing he's seen as potential bust.

If he barely gets 200yds passing he's seen as far from elite. Bottom middle of the pack a best. So it's very difficult to cross-compare into different eras no matter the position. Unless, 100% understand the players, positions, and offensive and defensive innovations of each era.

It's never as easy as saying 2 + 2 = 4. Save that for your math teachers.

Everytime the Dolphins play the Panthers, I represent here in the Carloinas. Dolphin fan since David Woodley and Tony Nathan were roaming the field. 10 wins and playoffs every year!Do or die Dolphins all day Baby!

ETF, good thing you are seeing teh doctor soon, you may want to bring that up ... and open a window

1,000 yards is still a decent benchmark for yardage. Teams are using more backs than they used to so that's another reason why 1,000 is still decent. Not many FEATURE backs in the game anymore like Thurman, Emmitt, and Jamal Anderson.

Only 2 positions have remained relatively unchanged throughout NFL history. Punter and FG kicker.

Still the goal post were moved back 10yds on fg kickers.

MIT exactly! Lots of changes to the way teams run the ball that still makes 1,000yds rushing a very decent benchmark.

Sill, no matter the benchmark or era, only the best of the best will ever see the Hall Of Fame.

The 12 and1 game NFL era was also a run heavy era. 200YDS passing for a game was a BENCHMARK.

In this, now high flying passing era, where 300yds passing is the NEW BENCHMARK.

Posted by: Sam I Am | November 29, 2013 at 01:41 PM


This is true. However CJ, and AP and even Miami's Ricky were all part of this era when they had their amazing - elite- seasons. So while your point is valid, it is still true that when teams do have an elite back, they run more as they did in the old era.

It's just that those backs are so uncommon - maybe only AP fits that bill today, so therefore without one, you pass.

Sam, that is true. Greatness comes out in the end and is undisputable.

You should watch CDN football. They still have the goal poosts in the front of the end zone because the EZ is so bloody huge. makes for one or two awesome bloopers a year when a RB goes running right into it.

Posted by: Sam I Am | November 29, 2013 at 01:24 PM

Good post! So far, Tannehill has shown very few problems in anticipating where he will find Hartline, Clay, Gibson and Matthews. It's been everything with Wallace that's a struggle.

They looked mostly on the same page last week. Ironically, of the 4 deep passes to Wallace, the two bad throws resulted in completion and he overthrew one slightly because of a Wallace stumble. The one in the last minute to Wallace was beautiful and had it been caught, everyone might be singing a different tune about Tannehill.

I liked how they set up deep balll last week.

Play acticon and either a roll out or a moving pocket.

Gave T-hill some time but he still needs to get it out there more. His last deep ball that almsot won the game showed his arm strenght. Dude can rip it.

Yes the game has changed. But 1000 yard seasons were the mark of eliteness in the 12 game era. Let's not forget it is a double edged sword. Back in the 12 game era defenses were primarily focused on stopping the run - so that made it much harder too.

Many backs gain 1000 today that are good, but not in that upper echelon known as elite. I just don't think 1000 yards is the same standard it used to be.

As far as the major problems of the offense goes, Tannehill is at the bottom of the list IMO.

This running game has to be able to contribute if we are to win consistently. I don't know of many QBs playing that can win games with a running game that can't break 1 or 2 big runs on 1st and 10 and average at least 4yds. Also, you have to be able to convert 3rd & 2 (or less) into a first down run.

It is simply too much to ask of a young QB to consistently move the chains by converting 3rd and longs on a regular basis.

Posted by: Bodine | November 29, 2013 at 01:58 PM

It's gotten to the point where it's rare to see a rb drafted 1st rd. Past eras, college football featured the running attack. Today, many colleges feature the passing attack.

It's also why college qb's are now coming into the nfl playing within their 1st 2 seasons, if drafted to become a starter. In the past, even if drafted to become a starter, qb's sat 3-5yrs on average before becoming a starter.

What makes that terrible is the fact that passing games were not nearly as sophisticated as most passing games are today.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | November 29, 2013 at 02:06 PM


The problem with this offense has definitely been 3-FOLD.

1. Don't run block consistently
2. Don't pass block consistently or crucial situation.
3. A very young and developing qb.

We're fortunate to be 5-6 right now.

Woodshed, that last pass at the end that Wallace couldn't secure was one of the nicest passes I've ever seen. 60 yards, on the run, flick of the wrist and it gets down to the end zone on a rope. It was a stunning thing to see. But Wallace can't make the tough catch consistently.

Bodine @ 2:02, that is also true.

Woodshed, running game that can average 4 yards? This run game has produced less than 4 yards in a game!! iT is not just a bad o line, it's a historically bad o line... probably go down as the worst unit ever by the time the year is done. It's to the point where average players like John jerry are deemed valuable.

Sam,

Also add to the fact that we don't adjust quickly when something isn't working. I mentioned moving Yeatman to TE at least 3 weeks before our coaches did it, so that we could protect Tannehill and run more effectively.

Then, we could've traded for McKinnie during the bye week but waited until after another loss. What about the consecutive losses to Baltimore and Buffalo? Lost the same way because Sherman was too stupid to try to keep the clock moving and play for field position near the end of the game.

I swear, our coaches are getting high on bath salts during halftime!

Woodshed, that last pass at the end that Wallace couldn't secure was one of the nicest passes I've ever seen. 60 yards, on the run, flick of the wrist and it gets down to the end zone on a rope. It was a stunning thing to see. But Wallace can't make the tough catch consistently.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 29, 2013 at 02:17 PM

Yes! The one to Matthews on 4th down vs Baltimore was another beautiful throw. It seems like Tannehill plays his best when the odds are against him and the games are most likely already decided.

He starts escaping pressure and making nice throws on the run. He just needs to keep playing loose and carefree. My fear is that this team will only see him play like that when we are eliminated from playoff contention.

I hope I'm wrong about that.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 29, 2013 at 02:17 PM

Exactly why I say this is all on Ireland's inconsistent shoulders. Anyone familiar with and within the NFL know's Wallace wasn't, isn't, and probably never will be a consistent TRAFFIC catcher.

He really has nor the deal size or psychological makeup to ever be this kind of wr. I can only fantasize what this passing attack could be had we kept Marshall, then added Wallace.

All of Ireland's moves in Miami have been INCONSISTENT at best. Hence his very best efforts are being reflected in what we now have as a team.

Woodshed, running game that can average 4 yards? This run game has produced less than 4 yards in a game!! iT is not just a bad o line, it's a historically bad o line... probably go down as the worst unit ever by the time the year is done. It's to the point where average players like John jerry are deemed valuable.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 29, 2013 at 02:20 PM

Agreed! Against Carolina, Tannehill had 346 yds of offense (passing and rushing combined) yet our offense had a total net of 332 yds of offense.

That means our Oline and RBs contributed -14 yds to our offense for the game. Terrible.

Guys, had that last deep pass to Wallace had been completed, we still loose the game.

Tivo it, Wallace landed on the 1yd line, not into the endzone. Remember, we had no timeouts left. No way we get all our offensive players 60yds downfield, lineup and set, then get he play off with only 8-10 seconds remaining had Wallace made the grab.

It would have been a beautiful grab, but still a loss, because Wallace landed a yard short of the endzone. If you tivo'd the game go back and look for yourselves. Wallace lands on the 1yd line after the deep incompletion.

Or Sam, they could've saved a bunch of money by keeping Ginn when tehy got marshall. Wouldn't have to see Thigpen make me smash my coffee table when he's returning kicks either.

Last time out he missed an whole open side of the field where nobody was on one punt return only to run it into traffic. No vision at all. INstead of running the ball down deep into the red zone, we got the ball near midfield.

This Wallace ZERO catch radius is also why I would love to see a big bodied WR with skills (or ultra thletic TE) added in the draft. Give Tannehill some easy throws down the seam and to the middle of the field. Both hartline and Walalce have their positive traits but are strictly perimeter guys. Gibson has slightly above average skills and look at what he was doing in this offense!

lose

He really has nor the deal size or psychological makeup to ever be this kind of wr.

Posted by: Sam I Am | November 29, 2013 at 02:35 PM

I believe the biggest issue is his size, I like his straight forward attitude. He is a little guy among some hard hitting monsters. For this reason, he doesn't, or can't, use his body to block out defenders. Also I think he waits for the ball instead of going up or out to snatch it as a means to protect himself - you can call him out for lack of courage, but on the flip side you can say he is just being smart not to get himself on IR. Either way it's a problem.

haha, Woodshed, too bad the Dolphins couldn't come out with 10 eligible receivers instead of having to field an o line. Might make this offense viable instead of putting everything on the shoulders of a 2nd year QB.

Mando. Well i feel its great that these fans show up and represent, i would hardly call 750 fans an invasion of an opposing teams stadium. Week after week i see 10000 plus fans invade Sun life stadium and just sickens me that the fans of south florida dont have more pride in their football team. Sure fans will always come in bunches when the team is winning, but we have a name for those types. Bandwagon jumpers. You see other stadium packed when their teams are down and out. Until i see sun life stadium packed as it once was in the marino era, i will continue to shake my head in disgust.

Posted by: Bodine | November 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM


Exactly why Tannehill can not throw "UP FOR GRABS" type passes to Wallace. No matter where he is on the playing field. A qb must know what type of wr he has. Then make those throws accordingly.

Take Mark Clayton for example, he wasn't big in size, but he had "super athletic" ability and was extremely strong for his size. Despite his size, a qb could throw up for grabs to Clayton.

Wallace is "PURE SPEED" with above average, not great hands. Not close to the athleticism or strength of Clayton.

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