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Christmas gift: Chiefs will rest starters

Once again, Merry Christmas everyone. As I didn't really get you anything, let me do so now:

The Kansas Chiefs, locked into the No. 5 playoff spot and not excited about exposing their players to injuries, are expected to rest their starters against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Translated, the Kansas City Star reports, that means the Chiefs, 11-4, likely will approach this game against San Diego, 8-7, much like KC coach Andy Reid did four times in Philadelphia when his Eagles’ teams were locked into playoff positions going into a final week, the same way most teams approach a final preseason game.

He’ll give the starters a series or two and then go to the backups. Unlike in the preseason, a team with 53 players on the active roster can’t rest everyone. But don’t expect to see much of quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles or outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who did not practice Tuesday because of a swollen knee.

“I’m going to work some guys in,” Reid said. “Most of them have already worked in. … I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I’m going to work it."

Why is this important news to you on Christmas Day?

Well, the Chiefs play the San Diego Chargers. And the fact they're going to play reserves gives the Chargers, who've already beaten the Chiefs once this season, a greater chance of winning this game as well.

And ...

For the Dolphins to make the playoffs, they need to win on Sunday against the New York Jets and hope for one of two other things to happen: Miami needs Baltimore to lose OR San Diego to beat Kansas City.

The Chargers' chances just got better.

Merry Christmas.

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dusty says it's better to lose and get a better draft pick.

That hasn't worked for Jax or Buffalo or St. Louis who got a ton of high picks from Washington.

I say let's win and go to the playoffs!

Well, We have come so far, We might as well let it all hang out.

That is all well and good the only problem is Miami plays at 1pm and San Diego at 4pm. If the Dolphins win then San Diego has nothing to play for either. :-)

Jesus said, " I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me."

Posted by: FinFan | December 25, 2013 at 07:54 AM

Of course that makes no sense or belongs in the realm of reality.

No one comes to the Father that doesn't exist or to a place that doesn't exist.

In Football, there is a Great Equalizer also, and it's called Winning. You don't Win, you'll never get anywhere.

It really doesn't matter, because if Fins win chargers out. And if Fins lose who cares what chargers do. All I'm saying is. WE NEED TO WIN.

yes we need Baltimore to lose, and of course a dolphins win , if we win the Chargers may not be all that fired up about beating the Chiefs. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND HAVE A GREAT DAY !!

You see how none of these illiterate bloggers even read the posts before them? They come one by one and repeat the same thing already stated several times.

By the way, if the Fins win at 1pm the Chargers are out so they may not be very motivated to win by 4pm.

Also, if the Fins win at 1pm the Chargers are out so they may not be very motivated to win by 4pm.

Besides, if the Fins win at 1pm the Chargers are out so they may not be very motivated to win by 4pm.


It was Christmas gift that T Lewis was the QB for the Bills right. How'd that work out for the fins. Anything can happen.

Playoffs start sunday for fins. Screw the jets

chargers will be motivated either way to finish with a winning record and pad stats. but mccoy already said he wont let team see any scores of early games

thing we want to happen is for baltimore to win and sd to win. ravens winning means we dont have to play at cincy and will go to colts instead. colts a much easier place to play

If these scrubs sneak into the playoffs they ought to hand their spot to the Buffalo Bills, who are better. The Fins are just terrible and arent a playoff team.

or maybe the panthers could hand over there playoff spot since they lost to buffalo also. or put jets in over pats since they beat them. u have great logic. season is 16 games not one

19-0.yeah,this team is playoff ready Eh?

we shall find out sunday

Buffalo beat us 2 out of 2. Not once.

You guys forget..everyone in the NFL is playing for their job week in and week out. Expect San Diego to go all out, and Cinci to smash Baltimore...we just need put on our jock straps and go kick the JETS in the mouth...if this team lets these losers come in and beat them, says a lot about our roster...no heart.

Tannehill cant even master the cadence?? WTF?

whats your point. play 16 games, not 2. not our fault bills lost game after to game to other teams

Merry X-mas to YG/Daytona! Suck it, Craig Moron!

Jesus said, " I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me."

Posted by: FinFan | December 25, 2013 at 07:54 AM


Doesn't this sound just like something Queen Boy Dashi would say?

go fins go ravens go sd

The Bills beat us twice with their backup QB Lewis. YIKES!

fins a 6.5 pt favorite wow way to much. cincy a 6 pt and sd 11 pt

After 2 years Tannehill is still a major project. Lots of things he's bad at. It disspointing when we had higher hopes.

thill franchise qb in making. been fun to watch. guy was off the charts in pitt and pats game. 2014 gonna be a nice ride

We have the most favorable chance at getting the final spot. The chances of both Balt beating Cincy at Cincy and KC reserves beating SD are pretty slim.

We will rage against the Jets.


By Sunday 4pm everyone will have forgotten about last week.

Faith is belief in things not seen. Jesus is the light of the world. It's never
to late to follow. Not a big Church guy but I know that the way to the Father is through the Son. Again it is not too late.

fins up.

Not a big Church guy but I know that the way to the Father is through the Son.

Posted by: Tim | December 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Father of what exactly?


The hundreds of thousands of years of civilization before Jesus didn't need him. Why should we?

Besides he is dead. Get it? Dead rotten matter. At best.

Coach Joe Philbin said Ellerbe and Wheeler have done some things well to stop the run.

"I think their play speed has been good," Philbin said. "I think they've done a good job attacking the line of scrimmage. I think overall their tackling has been good. ... We've got to continue to work on our run fits as a unit - not necessarily just those two individuals."

After 15 games, Ellerbe is ranked 54th out of 55 inside linebackers at stopping the run. Wheeler is 33rd of 34 outside linebackers (in a 4-3 scheme) against the run.

Coach Joe Philbin said Ellerbe and Wheeler have done some things well to stop the run.

"I think their play speed has been good," Philbin said. "I think they've done a good job attacking the line of scrimmage. I think overall their tackling has been good. ... We've got to continue to work on our run fits as a unit - not necessarily just those two individuals."

After 15 games, Ellerbe is ranked 54th out of 55 inside linebackers at stopping the run. Wheeler is 33rd of 34 outside linebackers (in a 4-3 scheme) against the run.

After 15 games, Ellerbe is ranked 54th out of 55 inside linebackers at stopping the run. Wheeler is 33rd of 34 outside linebackers (in a 4-3 scheme) against the run.

Posted by: Philbin just leave please. | December 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Too cheap to pay Karlos Dansby.

"I think their play speed has been good," Philbin said. "I think they've done a good job attacking the line of scrimmage. I think overall their tackling has been good. ...

Philbin's really happy with the play off these two young stars on Miami's D. Well done on your assessment that man. Philbin is delighted to the point where he has begged Stephen Ross and Ireland to extend these two superstars to lifetime contracts with the club, well done Joseph P Philbin.

The only things that matter is that we never see again a game like last week's.
It's irrelevant if the Dolphins go to the playoffs and then give a pitiful exhibition similar to the one against the Bills. This involve mainly the coaches.
Whatever it happens, the real Christmas gift would be seeing Ireland taking his bags and go to the North Pole with Santa Claus.

After being bullied by a Buffalo rushing attack that ranks second in the NFL, the Dolphins now have to face the sixth-ranked running game of the New York Jets with a playoff berth on the line.

Wheeler's illegal-use-of-hands penalty late in the third quarter against the Bills prevented them from being forced to punt deep in their own territory. The Bills went on to milk the clock with a 19-play drive.

Wheeler said now is not the time to evaluate the run defense because the playoffs are still within reach.

Thats right Mr Wheeler now is not the time to correct mistakes, or even address them to the media and the fans. We can all look at this film and assess later, in fact how about after hell has freezed over that long enough Mr Wheeler. Another great player on this brutally amazing D.

Wheeler said the unit has done well against the run in spurts. He cited the first meeting with Buffalo, when Miami yielded only 90 rushing yards.

On the season, Miami is giving up an average of 123 rushing yards per game. He said the team needs to be more physical and guard against mental errors.

Phew thats alright everyone, do not despair, Mr Wheeler has said that the D and himself are doing well in spurts..... sahemthose spurts happen once a game though, nevermind keep up the brilliant work Mr Wheeler.

Wow what a wonderful present after that Buffalo beat down.

The problem could be the linebackers. In attempt to go younger and faster, the Dolphins in the off-season parted ways with veterans Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett and gave a combined $60.8 million ($27 million guaranteed) to Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.

Great move by Ireland and Philbin. Not that much cheaper, but boy are we noticing the difference in defending... well done Mr Ireland and double congrats to Mr Philbin for supporting his GM, with incredible football smarts.

And lets be very fair now. Wheeler and Ellerbe are playing their hearts out ok ? The system is and executing the plays are the problem, not the players or the coaches either.

We the fans need a gift, but not the kind of gift that backs us undeservedly into the playoffs.

The gift we need is a new front office and new coaching staff. The Dolphins need leadership that actually knows what they are doing and that elicits respect. Leadership that will get this team into the playoffs because they earn it. Leadership that will not blow smoke up our (the fans) butt hole. Leadership that will deliver at least a good percentage of the hype that they throw out at the beginning of the year.

The HEAT did this when they brought in Pat Riley.

Passing yards per attempt is one of the best measures of a QB's effectiveness. Tannehill ranks #36 in this key statistic.

Also, when a team is embarrassed on the road and is at home the following week they often play very well. Not saying I'm laying the 6.5 pts but I am leaning that way. Merry Christmas to everyone.

I dont know if I'd give up on the coaches. Coyle has done a good job but on the offensive side of the ball there's not much talent or playmaking.

We the fans need a gift, but not the kind of gift that backs us undeservedly into the playoffs.

Posted by: C'mon Phins! | December 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM

No such thing as backing in undeservedlyt. The top six teams in each conference get in. Which games you win or lose or how you win or lose them is irrelevant.

If we win and Baltimore or KC loses, then no other team but us deserves the sixth spot.


dusty says it's better to lose and get a better draft pick.

That hasn't worked for Jax or Buffalo or St. Louis who got a ton of high picks from Washington.

I say let's win and go to the playoffs!

Posted by: Here we go! | December 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I agree about winning on Sunday and geting in to the Playoffs only because I feel that the exp. will be invaluable for the young core/nucleus of the Dolphins moving forward but disagree with your assesment regarding the Rams and their bounty of picks from Wash. in the RG3 sweepstakes. The Redskins have esentially given away the #1 overall selection in the 2014 draft (maybe) If they lose on Sunday (a big posability) and the Texans can manage a win then the Rams are sitting on the overall pick of a draft with some QB's others may target as very high value setting off a number of enviable scenario's for the Rams.

They could opt to stay put at that pick and grab themselves one of these QB's. Bradford has proven to injury prone and the 6 Yr./80m Mil. rookie deal he got before the start of the rookie CAP ERA have IMO made him expendable for a 3 or 4th RD selection in trade. Assuming the team trading for him gets assurances the last 2 Yrs. of that deal can be restructured. They could trade out of either the top pick or at worst the 2nd overall and still get themselves the LT they need given there's alot of talk that they will look to move J.Long to RT next Yr. In this scenario there are some top notch Tackles coming into the 2014 draft. If the UCLA QB declares for the draft he could essentially be there at pick 15-18 were there other #1 pick will have them closing out at 8-8.

They got the speedy W.Va WR last Yr. whose played well coming down the stretch and maybe the best COVERAGE LB in the last draft in Ogletree. They still have Washington's 2015 #1 as well to go with this Yrs. All in all I would love to be in there spot! If they trade someone moving up on one of the QB's or LT's they could end up with 3 #1's in 2015 draft in an ERA were those picks are scaled in a CAP and the contracts don't break you making them the best currency in the new CBA. Again the Rams are sitting pretty and could end up in a better position (draft wise) moving into 2015, make NO MISTAKE! There decision to pass on Griffin and Skins Owner Snyder's lack of vision in making the move that mortgaged his team'as future could catapult the Rams into contention in the NFC West were the competition is brutal!

Posted by: Bodine | December 25, 2013 at 01:23 PM

There have been many teams that got into the playoffs without being a good team. 2013 Dolphins are a perfect example if they get in. Remember 62-7?

62-7 Eh, and then a new GM,HC, and QB the very next season Eh?

"For god's sakes you're a bishop !!"

"There is no god."

Nobody could deny that St. Louis did the right thing in getting what they did for the #2 pick.

It's one thing to lose and get a higher pick, and quite another to lose and hit a jack pot of picks like the Rams did.

Two years later though they still don't have a winning record and they are in last place of their division.

The thing to keep in mind here is that it still takes time. Rarely will it make a quick difference. Losing for a better draft position is rarely an instant recipe for success.

My biggest problem with a win this week is that it will save a job(s). I want he Phins to win this week very bad and get, finally, a look to see just how the playoffs work. This will be of value down the road.

The strange thing about this season is just how we've been able to overcome clear inadequacies in both our OL and in our LB core. Do we give some credit to Ireland for giving us just enough talent to bump up against the playoffs. Or do we give the coaches some sort of a 'well done'. If we win this week and sit at 9-7 and thanks to Balt. and/or San Diego we get in.

As far as the failures on certain players on the field has to be thrown back at Ireland. He's burden us with Ellerbe and Wheeler for the next two years and in his 6 years with the team still hasn't found a way to even begin to build an OL. He's also done nothing to get us a good (not looking for great) RB. On the plus side he's found us some good corners (Grimes in particular) and some adequate fill in players that allows us to have the required 11 players on each side of the ball. Getting Tannehill 2 years ago by over drafting him is probably his best achievement. The jury is still out but, so far, I like what I'm seeing. Even if he's playing with an albatross around his neck (the OL). So what do we do with Ireland? When you weight the pros and cons, I say he HAS to go!!!

With that in mind there comes to mind an old coaching axiom that says 'your only as good as the players that are handed to you'. With the prospect of having to replace 3 or 4 OL and 2-3 LBers, and that's not even a topic that can be argued, it seems that the coaching staff hasn't done a bad job. Not a good one mind you but decent. If we get into the playoffs they definitely get another year. If we don't do we start over with a new coaching staff and probably a year of two of getting the players familiar we the new schemes.
Right now I'd have to say that we stick with the coaching staff as is and start anew with Ireland's replacement.

If The Dolphins actually back in to the playoffs, the only way The Dolphins score a point is if Diaper Dan comes out of retirement and hits Oronde Gadsden (also retired) for a garbage touchdown in the 4th quarter...with the score 55-0.

Better that The Dolphins lose to The Jets this Sunday.

After being humiliated by The Saints and the 0-8 Bucs earlier this year on national t.v..

Why would any real Dolphins fan want the same thing to happen again ?

The general perception around the NFL is that The Dolphins are losers...and they are.

Why reinforce the idea ?

Last offseason it was the logo that made Dolphins fans the butt of a million jokes (People are still laughing btw).

Another 62-7 loss would be devastating to what's left of The Dolphins fanbase...which now numbers only five people.

If The Dolphins actually back in to the playoffs, the only way The Dolphins score a point is if Diaper Dan comes out of retirement

Posted by: FIRE ROSS IS LAUGHING | December 25, 2013 at 02:02 PM


We have already beaten 3 of the 4 division winners that will be in the playoffs.

Dang you are clueless.


This is even dumber than your prediction that we would lose to Pittsburgh. Remember? You ran away for a full week.

If we were to get in we would probably face Cinncy and we match up reasonable well with them. At least good enough to have won the last three against them. So an embarrassing blow out is very unlikely.

However all bets are off if the Jets and Bengals have the players to exploit our week nesses like the Bills were able to do.


62-7 Eh, and then a new GM,HC, and QB the very next season Eh?

Posted by: Ape Tamer | December 25, 2013 at 01:42 PM

People forget that before the start of the 99 Season which ended in 62-7 at Jax, JJ had decided to step down as Coach/GM of the Dolphins. It's now pretty much common knowledge that it was in large part due to a very rocky relationship with Marino. Dan wanted to run the O his way while JJ had a different vision this lack of common ground between the 2 caused a riff back at the start in 96. In 97 JJ wanted to trade the fading QB (called out by now TV Co-Host S.Sharpe as that guy playing QB down South who wasn't very good anymore, remember?)

It was actually Marino who went and kissed JJ's backside begging him to come back one more Yr. but the dammage was done and the Locker room divided. Some with Marino others beginning to see we could win JJ's way with a scrub like D.Huard at QB! That whole thing was a house of cards with the Thanksgiving day game in Big-D that Yr. were JJ said Marino (bulge in neck) would sit again hen later Marino saying he would play and you could see the whole thing would end badly. Marino by the way making pedestrian Cowboys LB Dexter Coakly look like a HOF that day throwing him 3 picks before JJ sat him in the 3rd.

Disfunction can KILL teams and that one was a train wreck with Marino obviously done! This team and that one had a similar problem with internal issues but in this case the team united were that one imploded! I don't believe we have muh business in the post Season with this OL and will get bounced quickly but really ZERO Comparisons with the 99 crew in regards to how Marino's ego killed the team! I was always a Big fan of #13 but hated how he hijacked that team. Remember it was Marino throwing early picks with a couple going back for 6 which essentially had the team quit at the half down by 28 before the Jax put up that 60 burger again REMEMBER!!!!!

Dont worry guys. . Fire ross will jump ship on his Seahawks in a few years to jump onwhichever team is doing well then. He will go onto a Seahawks blog spouting the same stuff. When they change their logo again and start losing again he will be over to the next hot team.
I'll go ahead and save you the trouble fire, I'm an ignorant fool that is following a corporate greedy team. People like me are widening the gap of the middle class. I think that covers all of your points.


The thing to keep in mind here is that it still takes time. Rarely will it make a quick difference. Losing for a better draft position is rarely an instant recipe for success.

Posted by: Bodine | December 25, 2013 at 01:54 PM

Ageed!I believe St. Louis plays in the toughest Div. in Football today however! There Div. foes (S.F., Seattle an Arz.) would probably all contend for the Div. if they were in the AFC instead of the NFC. I also think Bradford and his huge CAP # are an issue with him mediocre at best when not injured. All that said I would trade positions with there draft currency in a heart beat! They will have the #1 or 2 overall pick with teams looking to move on the QB's and OL in this coming draft. They could slide back to 10 and probably still get a Tackle like Taylor Lewan then at 18 maybe gamble on a QB like the UCLA kid who I think will be better than Bridgewater. Of course in the trade down they end up with 3 #1's in 2015 and we all remember what JJ did with Dallas inb short order given that playing field of moves.


However all bets are off if the Jets and Bengals have the players to exploit our week nesses like the Bills were able to do.

Posted by: signal | December 25, 2013 at 02:11 PM

The loss was very ugly and our line on both sides was shown up big time! But that's happened a few times this Yr. In week-3 Vs. the Falcons we were giving up a ton of yardage to their back up RB's and T-Hill was running for his life. Same Vs. every member of the NFC South this Yr. We still managed better showings, I believe in that type of game were T-Hill has to sling it all over the field we can use better weather There were drops in that game that could have scored. Wallace fighting for that ball before the half coming back to it would have been nice as well. I'd make a money bet that had that game been played in Miami they don't get beat up like that. It was after all 34 degreesin freezing rain which I've seen in my day and imagine must be terribe to play in for a fair weather team. Snow would actually have been uch more welcome given it wouldn't have warped the ball and made it so sleek. Those were the worst conditions we've played in in a very loooooong time!

fin4life....looking at the envy that we all have with St. Louis further points out our difficulty with drafting in the 19-24 range.

There won't be an OT available that you'd make your #1. If you subscribe to the rule that you don't draft a RB in the 1st nor an OG. That leaves us with.....? If this little scenario proves true then we have only two ways to go. Up....but we need a number of players and giving up a 2nd or 3rd doesn't make sense. Or we could do what Blilchek does each and almost every year and that's to trade down into the 2nd while picking up another third. Then we could pick up a RB or an OG without reaching. Still giving us our 2nd and 2 3rds to try and put together an OL or find that running back so dearly needed. In the forth there will be a couple of ILBers to chose from that could be brought along slowly. Or quicker if Ellerbe proves as totally ineffective as this year.

As far as the failures on certain players on the field has to be thrown back at Ireland. He's burden us with Ellerbe and Wheeler for the next two years and in his 6 years with the team still hasn't found a way to even begin to build an OL.


Posted by: signal | December 25, 2013 at 01:59 PM

In fairness to Ellerbee he was a SAM LB in the 3/4, he played the pass and played it well sitting on short zones while Ray Lewis cleaned up the run plays in close, no longer a player in the pass game. This is a matter of scheme they were used at their strengths on the field not moven out of Pos. which I believ we have with Ellerbee as the MLB in a 4/3 scheme. This has been one of the biggest issues of the Ireland regime, not getting the players to fit the schemes his Coaches want to use! Look at N.E. a perenial 3/4 team under Belichik now playing in a 4/3 to better suit the pieces they have while week in week out scheming the Comp. to death!

They have such a God awful team you wonder how they're 11-4 at this point! It isn't all Brady!! They get play out of their players who are put in position to succeed playing to their strengths! No Wilfork, NO PROBLEM! Go 4/3 with C.Jones at RDE! No Mayo again NO PROBLEM, pull Spikes and plug Hightower! So on and so on! The biggest problem with Miami in this ERA has been suspect Coaching or ability to adapt! Fire Sherman? O.K. but only after you show Coyle the door 1st!!!!

The first question about the Jets game...do the Jets have personnel along the DL like the Bills to run the same plays to have the same impact? I say no.... and Geno Smith is a turnover machine.

The second question is...have the Phins made adjustments to cut off the pass rush so it can't be as effective as the Bills? I say yes... but if they have not there will need to be serious consequences for the coaching staff.

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