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Clearing out the notebook: Friday edition

The Dolphins have two home games remaining and that should be a big deal because Baltimore, for example, plays only one more home game. And playing at home is supposed to be better than playing on the road.

Except this year the Dolphins haven't exactly done a great job of protecting their house. They're 3-3 in six games at home and would have to win their final two games at home to merely tie the 5-3 home mark they posted last year.

So how would coach Joe Philbin grade Miami's play at home this year?

"About 3-3.  Seriously, we have to play better," Philbin said. "I think the fans have gotten their money’s worth in terms of excitement in relation to the games have gone down to, literally all six games have been almost to the last play of the game if I’m not mistaken.  We have to do better, we have to do better."

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Do you recall the 2011 season-opener? The Patriots threw for 500 yards. They had a 99-yard pass play from Tom Brady to Wes Welker. They won the game 38-24.

Nolan Carroll remembers that game.

I talked to Carroll about that game this week. If you recall, both Vontae Davis and Sean Smith suffered cramps that night. Carroll had to substitute in for both players.

And as if on cue, the moment he came in the game, Tom Brady went to work on him. Three consecutive passes to Carroll's side went for completions including a TD pass. I asked Carroll if he agreed that he got picked on that night?

"Yes," he said.

Well, earlier this year, the Dolphins managed Dimitri Patterson's groin injury in such a way that he was able to start the October game at New England. And Patterson played well. But he had to come out in the second half for a series and when that happened, Carroll came in the game.

Carroll had started five previous games in Patterson's place but, again, as soon as he entered the game, Tom Brady went after him. And the Patriots connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass in which Brady went to Aaron Dobson who was matched out left against ... Nolan Carroll.

Carroll is a starting cornerback the rest of the season apparently with Patterson now on injured reserve. Is he worried Brady is going to be picking on him Sunday as has happened in the past?

"That doesn't worry me," Carroll said. "What happened years ago has no affect on me. I'm a different player than I was then. This is a new game."

Carroll better be ready because the Patriots seemingly always know where he is.

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The Dolphins had no answer for covering Darren Sproles out of the backfield the fourth week of the season when they played New Orleans.

Well, on Sunday they face Shane Vereen (who missed the first meeting between Miami and New England due to his wrist injury) and he is a defacto wide receiver coming out of the backfield -- a matchup nightmare for linebackers.

Vereen has been active only five games but already he leads all NFL running backs with 74.6 yard per game receiving average. He has 40 catches for 373 yards. Last week he caught 12 passes for 153 yards against Cleveland.

Phillip Wheeler or Jimmy Wilson better bring their A-game on Sunday.

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I hate doing playoff projections, but I feel the need to clear up some confusion that Thursday night's San Diego victory over the Denver Broncos may have caused.

Multiple people on my twitter timeline (Follow me @ArmandoSalguero) were saying that if the Dolphins, Ravens and Chargers all end up with the same record, the fact the Chargers enter the scenario and turn it into a three-team race erases Baltimore's current edge over Miami built by a head-to-head victory.

Not necessarily true.

If for example, the three teams finish 9-7 and are tied for the sixth and final playoff seed, the Ravens would still be the qualifying team if the one loss they suffer is this weekend to NFC opponent Detroit. In other words, the Ravens could lose to Detroit but if they beat two AFC opponents -- New England and Cincinnati -- they would still be the 9-7 team getting in the playoffs.

If, however, the Ravens beat Detroit but lose to either New England or the Bengals, they would be 9-7 but the 9-7 Dolphins would be getting in the playoffs ahead of them, assuming the Chargers are also 9-7. (If the Chargers drop off, the Ravens again win out over Miami based on head-to-head meetings).

Bottom line: The Ravens can obviously build a seemingly hefty lead in the playoff chase against the Dolphins and Chargers if they win this weekend while the Dolphins lose to the Patriots. But if the Dolphins recover the final two weeks of the season, and the Chargers keep winning, and the Ravens stumble in one of their two remaining games against AFC opponents, the Dolphins would jump ahead of Baltimore.

If we're talking teams going 8-8 that's a whole different formula that might involve other teams and it's too early for that now. 

Glad I made that totally clear for you.

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The Dolphins have lost seven in a row to the Patriots. I picked Miami to win on Sunday. I think the loss of Rob Gronkowski is devestating to New England's offense. But looking at the last meeting, Gronkowski caught only two passes for 27 yards. I worry that Aqib Talib did not play and Brady threw for only 116 yards, had a 69.5 QB rating and the Patriots still won by 10 points.

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Sam i am

Not looking to burst bubbles or saying your punching the ticket to the superbowl, but any talk of that is unfounded.

Then somewhere in a Broncos blog someone should be posting the same thin. Even in a Pats blog.

Broncos have not sniffed a SB since Elway and the Pats proved 16-0 isn't a sure thing.

EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS UNFOUNDED UNTIL PROVEN FOUNDED.

Even Seattle making the SB is UNFOUNDED until they actually make it there. Right now they are 0-37 since 1976 on SB appearances.

http://www.vegasinsider.com/nfl/odds/las-vegas/ mark most have it pats -1

sam seattle made the super bowl, lost to pitt

Sam i am

First Seattle has made the superbowl and if not for poor officiating, would have beaten the steelers in Detroit. So 0-37. Check again. They have made it to the big game. I use Seattle as a team that has the right to talk superbowl. Undefeated in 14 games dating back to 2 seasons ago. Russell Wilson has yet to lose at home. This team is getting home field advantage. Who goes to seattle and win with that fan base. Miami beats the jets and steelers and now were in the same discussion. Sorry but apples are still apples and oranges are still oranges

Dolphins havent won a SB in 42 years! AND COUNTING!

This is Peyton Manning's 17th season. Father time and the 16 game schedule could be catching up to him.

If I had to bet Vegas, I would certainly bet Manning's STAMINA is not quite what it used to be. The loss to San Diego last night may be small proof of that. Manning on put 20pts on the scoreboard.

Broncs are 3-2 in their last 5 gms. So could the STAMINA element be setting in with Manning now well into his 17th season? Just something to chew on a little.

Sam's a MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sam manning hardly had ball in that game. wasnt on him. was on a great game plan to pound ball and keep ball away from manning by chargers

Dan Marino said last week the most hostile place to play during his career was in Buffalo...I never take the Bills lightly at home.

Sam's a MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: LMAO | December 13, 2013 at 02:10 PM

We know.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 13, 2013 at 02:06 PM


How many would have remembered Seattle making a SB right off the top of their heads. You see I didn't. Still it does not unseat the FACT that everything in life is unfounded until founded.

Also guys. Remember that hot teams dont piss away home games and lose at home. we are 3-3 at home. hardly a team that should be talked about with the seattle's or denver's of the world. If we lose to the pats and beat the jets were only 500 at home. Teams of that nature trend in only one direction. Average and home for the superbowl

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM

All 3 losses had Miami ahead with 3 Minutes to go in the 4th with the team (especially in those games) unable to run and Miami holding the ball with less than a 7 point edge were we played it safe only to have it blow up in our faces! The great NFL teams (and Coaches) all started there runs at some point developing an attitude/identity along the way like Sean Peyton did in N.O. in 05 turning that franchise around along with Harbaugh taking a perenial .500 group under Nolan/Singletary into a 14 game winner in one short off-season! The Coaching staff putting those games on our D which has been suspect (until recently) this Yr, IMO is the difference in our 7-6 record today!

Sam i am

Regardless of how many remember Seattle making the Superbowl or not is not the point here. Putting Miami and Seattle in the same breath has no relivance. I made my point and proved it with facts and not hoping this may happen and that could happen. Miami is an average team till they prove otherwise. Seattle is favored right now to make the superbowl. They are leaps and bounds ahead of our dolphins

How many would have remembered Seattle making a SB right off the top of their heads. You see I didn't.

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM

THEN YOU SHOUDNT HAVE OPENED YOUR BIG MOUTH ABOUT IT. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE POSTING YOUR NONSENSE.


Posted by: dusty bottoms | December 13, 2013 at 02:10 PM

Broncos had ball for 53 plays on offense. I know because Espn just said it after you posted.

When the Broncs were hot, 53 plays were enough to put up 40pts. I still say the Broncs may have peaked to early.

How can I be so sure, D29? Well, because we are a better team and they already caught us sleeping once. i'm sure there are a lot of guys on the team that will make sure it won't happen again.

Dan Marino said last week the most hostile place to play during his career was in Buffalo...I never take the Bills lightly at home.

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | December 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM

Yeah when they were a S.B. contender in the late 80's early 90's. Heck I'll give them the Joe Ferguson ERA as well with RB Joe Cribbs but in resent Yrs. The fanbase (jaded and dogged with rumors of move North of the Border) have sagged from the scene that played out there when Marino's fins came to Town.

NH, Buffalo during marino's time was a different place. Trust me, the longest playoff drought in the NFL and the poor economy have taken most of the starch out of those people. I mean look at the Dolphins, most of the fans are pounding the floor and throwinga tantrum because it's been five years. Buffalo hasn't made it since the music city miracle!!


Sam's a MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: LMAO | December 13, 2013 at 02:10 PM


That's ok, I'm fine with that, been called far worse. Even been called late for dinner.

Still, if I'm going to be a moron, I much rather do it in LIFTING UP my team, than TROLLING them down. I believe we could use a little more TROLLING UP on our team. :)

f4l @ 2:14, not true. we lost the buffalo and Ravens games on pass plays where our line couldn't hold blocks for two secs. In both instances running the ball would've served them better. even if they run for no gain.

Fin 4 Life

my point is that superbowl contending teams dont lose home games at the rate the dolphins do on a yearly basis. We talk about it every year. Fan of teams around the league see Miami on the schedule and plan a holiday to sunny florida around the game. We have the worse home field advantage in the league. Look at this week. The pats favored in this game, and thats with the dolphins coming off two wins and the more desparate team. Vegas knows that half the stadium will be Tom Brady lovin football fans, thus killing any advantage Miami may have

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 13, 2013 at 02:17 PM

Agreed! That front-7 makes us very one-dimensional and there DB's would eat up our WR's. It would come down to a battle of wills Defensively and there group is superior while their OL would punch some holes for Beastmode!

Trust me

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 13, 2013 at 02:22 PM

Trust a canadien?? HoHo

Posted by: fin4life | December 13, 2013 at 02:21 PM

Historically, by this time of season, The Bills have packed their bags and left town. Bills only dangerous beginning to midseason.

History can verify that.

I'm with teh sam re: the broncos. They not the far and ahead favourites in the AFC. I wouldn't lay a nickel on them. Now the bengals averaging about 20-1 - those are some fine odds.

However, Bills will play us tough f we go there and play like we've packed the bags too. But, this time of year, give them a good punch in the mouth and they run faster than Usain Bolt.

MIT

We are the better team than buffalo?. Yes by record we are the better team. Doesnt change the fact we lost to them early in the season when we were at that time the better team record wise and playing at home. Buffalo at Buffalo has been a house of horrors more times than not over the past 25 years and nothing is in the bag until that changes. I just dont think we can start gifting this dolphins team any wins until the consistancy is there more often

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 13, 2013 at 02:24 PM

No offense, but I feel so sorry for you man. Why bother being fan of a team you so deeply feel will never please you? Please ask yourself this.

You live so in the past you're pissing all over today. Regardless of what's the eventual outcome, I feel better about this present Dolphins team, than I have for any over the past 15yrs or more.

If nothing else, we see "SOME" signs of heading in the right direction, along with the TURBULENCE of growth.

f4l @ 2:14, not true. we lost the buffalo and Ravens games on pass plays where our line couldn't hold blocks for two secs. In both instances running the ball would've served them better. even if they run for no gain.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 13, 2013 at 02:23 PM

I remember predictable 1st down runs putting us in long down and distance Vs. the Ravens although your right about Buffalo were it was more a matter of the types of pass plays Sherman insisted on (some screens could have slowed down the up-field push from DL's teeing off on the rush) Got ahead of myself and posted on the heels of what I thought about the play calling in Pitt. late but you get my point about being more Offensive/aggressive about going for the jugular when the opportunity arises.

f4l, I think there's a time and a place. Tannehill is not a top 10 qb yet (although in the last four games he's played like one). At times we need to protect him.

Sam i am.

Dont feel sorry for me. I dont live in the past, i use the past as a basis for the discussion we are having now. Until i see the Dolphins a changed team and that resonates on the field i will take the wait and see approach. I dont use a two game winning streak and now say this team has arrived or has turned around all the bad fortunes. i agree this team has shown signs of improvement but the gap between it making the superbowl and where its now is miles my friend. Sorry but i want a team that wins more games than they lose and doesnt lose to teams like Tampa and Buffalo year in and year out. Bottom line is this dolphins team has been average for far to long so i get whjen the team has a two game winning streak that some fans are ready to start up the superbowl chat.

D29, that was by far the worst game they played and even then Buffalo wins by 2. No chance Miami reproduces that effort - NONE! - unless there's massive snow.


We are the better team than buffalo?. Yes by record we are the better team. Doesnt change the fact we lost to them early in the season when we were at that time the better team record wise and playing at home.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 13, 2013 at 02:29 PM


D-29 when we were 3-0 to start the season and everyone else was riding the wave. I absolutely hated it. I saw the HUGE fall coming. We were 3-0, doing it the ugliest way possible.

Then came 0-4(3-4). I SO saw it coming!

Then trying to shake lose of the turbulence of that wake we hit "ROCK BOTTOM" losing to winless at the time Tampa Bay. That was the lowest point of the entire season.

Since then we've beat the Chargers and were only a play away from beating the Panthers(Only lost 20-16). we've won all of the rest.

I'll even dare to say this team has been SLOWLY TRENDING UP since that loss to Tampa Bay. Our only loss since then has been to the Panthers, in a game we were one big play away to winning.

Sam, that game against the Panthers bothers me. 4th and 10... come on!!

MIT

Regardless of margin of victory or the Fins playing their worse game is beside the point. We are going to a stadium where the football gods havnt been kind to us over the years. The bills players wont care about the local economy or fans in the stands. They will be playing for jobs and pride. If we know anything from this season. The dolphins dont make any game a picnic and play them close more times than not. Even the jets game they should have won by 30. All im saying is this fins team doesnt warrant us guaranteeing victory against anyone


Sam, that game against the Panthers bothers me. 4th and 10... come on!!

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 13, 2013 at 02:46 PM


That I soley blame the coaching staff, not team performance.

Its a little early for super bowl talk, but this team is trending upward. At least they have potential to finish hot and maybe make some noise in the playoffs. We just have to wait and see how things play out.

On our wins the team has beaten 2 playoff teams this year in @ Colts and the Bengals at home.

We also beat 3 playoff contenders in the chargers, @ Jets, and @ Steelers. The last two were contenders and the Chargers are still in the mix.

As far as Vegas goes, this game opened with the Pats being 2.5 or 3 point favorites. They are now 1 point favorites or this game is a pick.

The team was also underdogs the last 2 weeks and won, so don't sweat Vegas too much. I believe the Jets were favored by 1 or 2 and the Steelers were favored by 3 or 3.5.

Sam i am

Good teams and elite teams dont allow 4th and 10 at the panthers 20 yard line to be completed. Especially at home.

D29, there's nothing I can say to you. If you chose to live your life with teh fear of teh Buffalo Bills - these Buffalo Bills - then go ahead. Frankly, I choose to absolute faith that my team won't let their biggest blunder occur twice in the same season.

A good point to mention for the Pats and possibly the Bills game is that our O-line has improved a lot.

We now have McKinnie in a little better shape and some experience in our system under his belt, Martin's dead weight is gone, Clabo is playing a lot better, and Brenner/Garner have actually been better than Richie.

Hopefully Thomas can show the form he did last week and Miller can pitch in as well against this weakened Pats run D.

History can verify that.

Posted by: Sam I Am | December 13, 2013 at 02:25 PM

They played for homefield and the S.B. over a decades span and it was a much tougher environment than it is today or don't you remember what Buffalo in the Kelly ERA was like in either Sept. or Dec.? Going into the Wade Phillips, Flutie Johnson ERA? Before that they made noise but were usually as quiet as a mouse by the start of the 4th! For that matter so was N.E. back when we went into both houses and had something like a .900 winning % over nearly 2 decades!

You want historically rabid for a perennial loser and that was Shea Stadium when the Jets and Richard Todd played there! I can still remember as a kid watching on TV the upper deck swaying up-n-down like a ship in a typhoon in the late 70's early 80's, I thought the freaking Stadium was going to collapse (It was an impressive sight I tell you!) The Jets lost a distinct advantage moving to Jersey when in fact they were the defacto Queens, N.Y. Jets (like Mets)

My point to you and dolphan29 is this!

Until the tail end of the Wannstedt ERA JRS (as it will always be to me!) was a distinct Homefield advantage running on about a decade of sell outs were Fins fans packed the house. You guys may watch on TV but I was there and remember more than one fan ejected for going after the Jets fans in the stands! The perennial losing in a City with so much to do has shifted this traditional Football Towns attention, sick of the miss-management under Huzienga and puking over Ross's! (although his attempts lately have alot in Town optimistic, trust me!)

That's what you see going on in Miami!

By the way much like the Shea Jets we lost a distinct advantage by moving out to the boonies on Countyline Rd with no viable public transportation for the rabid Orange Bowl crowd (were I grew up as a Season ticket holder) The fans are showing there displeasure by not buying the product! Once they give the City a product that compete's again then we Miami fans will go in droves to cheer the Ft. Lauderdale/ Hollywood Dolphins again, CAPICHE!

Well, earlier this year, the Dolphins managed Dimitri Patterson's groin injury in such a way that he was able to start the October game at New England. And Patterson played well. But he had to come out in the second half for a series and when that happened
-Mando
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No, they have mis-managed the injury. For some reason (team doc/trainer?) has had a history of returning players back too early. In fairness, they take the players word on how they feel but some blame has to go the trainer/team doc. Patterson should have been put on IR way early...sit out 8 games and come back as per rules

MIT

I dont fear the Buffalo bills or the team they have. I hope they win the game and feel they should, but to guaranteeing a victory when this Miami team has been average all season at best is misleading. When wins are guaranteed it means the team winning is either invinsible or so good that no way they can lose. This Dolphin team isnt that. Just being realistic. I didnt fear the Tampa Bay Bucs either but i wasnt saying it was a win if the dolphins just show up.

At times we need to protect him.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 13, 2013 at 02:40 PM

I tell you what I thought I was watching him grow up before my eyes in Pitt. last Sunday and the reason I questioned the late play calling.

Posted by: dolfan29 | December 13, 2013 at 02:50 PM

Converting 4th and 10 is not impossible no matter the defense. More teams would do it if not for giving the opponent max field position.

Just would have liked to see a better defense called. Still believe they should have had Dion Jordan Spying Cam. Cam's tough to bring down for any defense.

Yeah, i don't care for that aprroach or opinion, D29. I will stick to blind faith that my team will do the job.

They did have Jordan spying, Grimes blew it - pure and simple. No way you give Smith that type of cushion - too easy.

Sam i am.

Really?. I cant remember a team in recent history going for it on 4th and 10 on their own 20 yd line when if they had punted could still get the ball back for another chance to score. An elite team would not allow 4th and 10 in that situation. The panthers knew what most fans have been saying. the dolphins are an average team at this time and we have a shot to complete such a gamble against a defense like that. Regardless of having Dion Jordan spying on Cam or michael Jordan, The defense odds of stopping that short of ten yards is 99.9

So how to beat NE? No secret here...D has to get to Brady. Hit 'em in the mouth early and often. It has to be relentless as Brady can shake off a few hits/hurries but put enough pressure, enough times....game over.

O has to do their part. FGs won't get it, need at least 24 points. Run game, short pass, long pass but mix it up Sherman

MIT.

We just disagree on this point which is cool. AS a longtime fan of this team i hope and think they can win each game they take the field. However no team achieves that standard. So i now use realistic observations as a way to go. All im saying is this team hasnt earned the right to be guaranteed any victories anywhere. I will agree that a similar performance against the bills is unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Go fins

You want historically rabid for a perennial loser and that was Shea Stadium when the Jets and Richard Todd played there! I can still remember as a kid watching on TV the upper deck swaying up-n-down like a ship in a typhoon in the late 70's early 80's, I thought the freaking Stadium was going to collapse (It was an impressive sight I tell you!) The Jets lost a distinct advantage moving to Jersey when in fact they were the defacto Queens, N.Y. Jets (like Mets)

Until the tail end of the Wannstedt ERA JRS (as it will always be to me!) was a distinct Homefield advantage running on about a decade of sell outs were Fins fans packed the house. You guys may watch on TV but I was there and remember more than one fan ejected for going after the Jets fans in the stands!

Posted by: fin4life | December 13, 2013 at 02:55 PM

I was in those stands at Shea rooting for The Dolphins...yes those upper decks definitely did SWAY and MOVE!! I was also at the Orange Bowl and then at JRS....it is since we moved to JRS that I began to notice the amount of opposing teams fans. It gets very annoying to have our home games turn into Jets, Pats and Bills home games!!

Each day, Joe Philbin proves more and more how much he's in over his head. Do you guys even listen to the words he says? "We've given fans their money's worth because we play in close games." Uhhh, no Clueless Joe. No. Give us our money's worth by WINNING. You are paid to win games, not lose close games.
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Patriot Phin

Best rebuttal on the board today. Hit it right on the head. Just another coach in Dolphin history who is ok with being average or just not good enough. Its like saying. "well i almost kissed the prom queen", but just cant get around her boyfriend. Oh well. Loser mentality Philbin

#Steelers C Cody Wallace fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness, grabbing Randy Starks in the groin. Also fined $10k for roughness in 4th

2 in he pink

and

1 in the stink

Give him the shocker!!

Sorry was listening to Steel Panther and when I heard this song, made me think of Cody Wallace

Community Property, rdubs!!

They did have Jordan spying, Grimes blew it - pure and simple. No way you give Smith that type of cushion - too easy.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | December 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM

Cost us the game! Agreed!

I made a few posts at the end of Armando's last blog. He posted a new one shortly afterwards. So I'm guessing no one saw it. This is "My Take" on Martin's "Hissy Fit Gate". I think it's serious and could possibly affect our team negatively during a Wildcard Hunt! So I would like some feedback or comments.


**RE-POST**
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I was blasted here for my take on the "SissyTard Gate". But recent events are starting to back up my **ORIGINAL** assessment. Basically(sadly), Martin had a Big Hissy Fit because **HIS OWN POOR PLAY** caused him to be replaced by McKinnie. So **HE** QUIT! Beginning and End of story. To make matters worse, he didn't care who he took down(like SUPPOSED Friend Ritchie Incognito)in TRYING to HIDE and JUSTIFY his slimy Sissy Tard actions.

It's that simple! I'm SURE he perceived a PROBABLE, eventual financial loss as well, playing right side instead of left. But this was all about GREED and being OUTPLAYED! That's what it amounts too. He then made the accusations against teammates in an effort to hide his TRUE, pathetic motives. In layman's terms: He's a Scum Bag!!!!

That's why he won't give up the text messages. That's also why the investigator canceled any further interviews. He's got Martin "Figured Out" and doesn't want to inconvenience anyone else unnecessarily.

His text messages show that he's as involved and willingly participated in ALL the things he's accused Incognito of. The messages show that he and Cog's were indeed thick as thieves. That they were "best Friends" as far as NFL Locke rooms go. Therefor, I suspect they show that Martin's "Hissy Fit" was motivated SOLELY by the FACT he was demoted BACK to the Right side.

When it's all said and done and regardless of how you feel about Incognito, I think he'll EASILY have sufficient grounds for a civil suit against Martin(w/Dolphins as possible co-defendants). The so-called "investigation" ALONE(despite Cog's appearing in a negative light)should establish liability requiring monetary recompense.

Yep, you may have decided that Cog's is a bad person, so be it. Despite this, the FACT is, Martin's WORSE! He's a BUST and a GREEDY Slime-Bag! A big Jelly Roll of PURE Sissy-Tard!
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PS: I absolutely LOVE the way Philbin/Turner are handling the Guard situation. Garner, ALREADY a valuable Back Up is getting tons of Real experience. Then we have the Steal of the Draft in Sleeper Sam Brenner(lol)splitting reps(considerably more reps than Garner vs steelers)and gaining invaluable experience.

Brenner came off the Practice Squad one day and was starting the next. The fact he played so well is unbelievably good news. I didn't think we would see Brenner AT ALL because we're still in the hunt. But Philbin obviously sees something. Not only is he getting a look, he's making plays, impressing Coaches, impressing teammates, and gaining desperately needed LIVE Game Action and Experience.

(Don't know how Garner feels about it, but McKinnie stated that he prefers playing next to Brenner! Huh? What? That's a huge endorsement for a Rookie when you consider the guy it's coming from knows a little about offensive linemen!!!!)

Kudos to Garner, Brenner and the Coaching Staff. Everybody knows we have to rebuild the O-Line and Philbin and Co are ALREADY "On It!"

Another Re-Post from the last blog.
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Most important question facing the Dolphin's Defense:

How long will it take Philbin and Coyle to realize that Dion Jordan should be playing Weak-side Linebacker?

Vernon is coming on like a Play making Pro Bowler. He has 48 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

Cameron Wake **IS** a Play making Pro Bowler. While missing a few games due to injury, he has 28 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He's also made numerous game changing plays including a game winning sack/safety in overtime against Cincinnati.

Derrick Shelby is another 2nd year player who is steadily improving at DE. He has as many sacks as Dion Jordan and he got them in less snaps. He also has two forced fumbles. He's improved against the run, can get after the QB and has quickly become a valuable rotation Player.

I said all that to say this: We don't really need another Defensive End. Not as bad as we need a Super Talented, Game Changing, Play making Outside Linebacker. As talented as Dion Jordan is, he should be on the field FULL TIME as a starter and making plays.

As it stands, Jordan's snaps are ridiculously limited. All the while we have guys like Phillip Wheeler, Koa Misi and even Jason Trusnik getting snaps. This while Jordan rides the pine.

Whatever happened to getting your best 11 players on the field?

Watch for micheal Wallace having a big day.if we get 125 yards rushing,play action will work.wallace could have 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.Istill stand with coach philbin and the miami dolphins

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