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Expanded playoffs would have been good for Philbin

NFL owners today tabled the idea of playoff expansion for 2014 and will take up the matter again at their next meeting in October, according to multiple media reports out of Atlanta where the owners are meeting.

It's not the best news for Joe Philbin.

Why?

Well, anyone with any sense of where the Dolphins are as a franchise understands Philbin, entering his third season with the team, is coaching for his job in 2014.

Owner Stephen Ross has been loyal to his coach in siding with Philbin versus former general manager Jeff Ireland after their rift last season. The owner told candidates during his search for a new GM that they had to accept Philbin and even turned away from candidates he liked because they wanted the ability to move on from Philbin.

And Ross made sure new GM Dennis Hickey understood he must work hand-in-hand with Philbin, who now seems to be more empowered than ever, in order to be considered a success with the Dolphins.

But here's the catch: Ross, despite his unfettered public confidence in Philbin and optimism about the coming season, also has confided to multiple people that if 2014 does not unfold quite the way he hopes, it may be time for a reset.

And a reset would involve getting a new head coach.

It remains unclear exactly what parameters Ross would have for needing or resisting change.

If the Dolphins make the playoffs, it is as near a certainty as one can have that Philbin would continue as coach. On the other hand, If the Dolphins' record takes a step back from a year ago and the team fails to the make the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year, the likelihood of a Ross reset would be very high.

That much seems clear.

But what about the gray areas of what might happen in 2014?

Would a winning record alone that does not include a playoff appearance appease the owner? Would another 8-8 record but another year out of the playoffs be acceptable?

Bottom line is if the Dolphins make the playoffs, no matter what their record or results in the postseason, Philbin can be confident of coming back for 2015.

And that is why an expanded playoff field that includes 14 instead of 12 teams would have been in the coach's interest. With an expanded field, the Dolphins might have overcome the hurdles they haven't been able to overcome since 2008.

But with the traditional 12-team postseason (six teams per conference) now the league plan, the Dolphins will have to overcome not only division rivals New England, Buffalo and New York for a postseason berth, but also recent playoff contenders Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Baltimore, San Diego, Denver, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

The Dolphins finished third in the AFC East in 2013.

 

 

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massD @ 3:58 ... ZING!

And well deserved. how Jordan never played OLB would be a fireable offense on my watch,

That's not even mentioning the other 458 stupid things the coaches did this year.

Well, we know Home was here in 2007 trumpeting Brady Quinn....

Pats 11-5
Dolphins 11-5 *5th seed wildcard
Bills 8-8
Jets 7-9

so obvious even the secretive men inside Stalag Dolphin have to admit to them. And the difficulty the entire NFL has witnessed Ryan Tannehill have throwing the deep ball since he joined the Miami Dolphins is one of those things.

Last year we saw Tannehill miss a wide open Brian Hartline a handful of times when the receiver was open deep behind defenders. This year, Tannehill is armed with dynamic deep threat receiver Mike Wallace. But 10 games into the season, Wallace's deepest catch went for 49 yards.

And fans have seen Tannehill miss Wallace, open behind the secondary, on at least five ocassions -- either by underthrowing the football and forcing Wallace to fight for it against defensive backs, or underthrowing it and having a sure touchdown result in a mid-range completion, or throwing out of bounds, or just missing short altogether.

“The one the other day, let’s talk about the one the other day, that’s the most recent," coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday. "The guy is open, you have to get the ball to the receiver. You have to put a little more air under it so he doesn’t slow down and the DB doesn’t have a chance to break up the pass. It’s not that complicated, throwing the ball down the field, unless of course your Tannehill."

ha ha brdy Quinn, probably kyl orton as well

Is Zonk dead yet?

Moreover Home, last year at 12 I would've picked Sheldon Richardson. That pick alone would've saved a tonne of Randy Starks throwaway money. $8M last year, another what, 5-6 this year, for what? I pretty good but no difference making player.

Sheldon and Odrick would be smashing that pocket from the inside this year.

And if they somehow gor Donald, Richardson and Donald would ahve Brady shiteing his pants... patriots would move to dark pants twice a year against Miami.

Pressure right up your inside, Brady!!

I would like to see 2 more teams added to the playoffs just because I don't think any teams deserves a 1st round bye. What kind of a playoff system gives certain teams the first round off, especially as their record could be the result of playing in a very weak division.

Tannehill will be the best deep ball thrower this season under a new improved and great Oline. I only predict 25 total sacks this season. 10 of Tannehill td passes will be from deep passes. This is in the great book of dbo prophecies. It will happen. And Dbo will throw the wicked haters in the deep abyss were all the haters will spend eternity.


In 2013, Miami's questionable franchise quarterback and $60 million receiver connected for just five touchdowns (same as old Tedd Ginn in 2013), only one of which came on a pass thrown more than 20 yards. An erratic incapable deep passer such as Tannehill missing an elite deep threat such as Wallace so frequently is an issue that both must work to fix.Well, really just Tanehill.

"One thing I’ve really been working on is just being more consistent or any consistency for that matter on my deep throws,” said Tannehill, via the team's website. “We have a guy in Mike Wallace who can really stretch the field vertically, as well as some other guys too. But when you think deep ball, you think Mike Wallace.”

Wallace is just as intent on improving the duo's deep connection but understands they won't get many worthwhile reps in during the team's current strength and conditioning program.

“[It's] always good to get chemistry going with your quarterback,” Wallace said. “But I don’t think [this week] is going to really make a difference. It’s going to make a difference when we get guys in front of us and start lining up.” "During the JETS game, the oline provided great protection and gave up no sacks, yet Tannehill was awful throwing the football."

"We won't have many incompletions [against the] air. We need to do it when we have a full rush coming, guys getting their hands on us."

Hopefully when that time comes, the duo can begin to realize the great potential envisioned when Wallace signed a big free agent contract last offseason. Tannehill held just a 26.9 passer rating on throws to Wallace that traveled 20 yards in air, compared to a 100.1 rating to all other receivers on the pad the stats dink n dunk
In 2013, Miami's blossoming franchise quarterback and $60 million receiver connected for just five touchdowns, only one of which came on a pass thrown more than 20 yards. A capable deep passer such as Tannehill missing an elite deep threat such as Wallace so frequently is an issue that both must work to fix.

"One thing I’ve really been working on is just being more consistent on my deep throws,” said Tannehill, via the team's website. “We have a guy in Mike Wallace who can really stretch the field vertically, as well as some other guys too. But when you think deep ball, you think Mike Wallace.”

Wallace is just as intent on improving the duo's deep connection but understands they won't get many worthwhile reps in during the team's current strength and conditioning program.

“[It's] always good to get chemistry going with your quarterback,” Wallace said. “But I don’t think [this week] is going to really make a difference. It’s going to make a difference when we get guys in front of us and start lining up.”

"We won't have many incompletions [against the] air. We need to do it when we have a full rush coming, guys getting their hands on us."

Hopefully when that time comes, the duo can begin to realize the great potential envisioned when Wallace signed a big free agent contract last offseason. Tannehill held just a 26.9 passer rating on throws to Wallace that traveled 20 yards in air, compared to a 100.1 rating to all other receivers.
unimpressive baby girl throws."

Head coach Bazooka Joe on the hot seat


Analysis: It rarely looks good for a team when the head coach enters the season on the hot seat.

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home | May 20, 2014 at 03:15 PM

Lets analyze that for a minute.......

After 06 there wasn't a H.C. more on the Hot-Seat than Tom Coughlin. By Dec. 07 I think every N.Y. fan had written him off. Then they give the Undefeated Pats all they can handle in week-17 picking up alot of confidence where Eli takes his game to a whole other level and they're crowned at Yrs. end making Coughlin one of the games legendary disciplinarians today mentioned along with Parcells, JJ and the like.

In that same 06 Yr. every fan in G.B. wanted Mike McCarthy's head on a stick then Favre had a renaicassance 07 they move onto Rodgers were the talk starts up again after Favre then with the Vikes sweeps them before Rodgers went INTERGALLACTIC in the 2010 Post-Season.

On the flipside Mike Shanahan was considered the Best Coach in Football between 97-2000 he after all broke the AFC's curse losing 15 straight SB's and did it with one of the SB's all-time chokers at the time with Elway who had saved his worst in 3 previous defeats and lets not forget the expansion Jags smacking him around in the Playoffs bouncing the #1 seeded Broncos. The difference some say was all on T.Davis and while he deserved alot of credit Elway had gotten over the hump and was balling lights out those 2 SB's with signature plays in both wins!

Are you picking up on the common denomentator here yet?? You spend enough time every day on the subject!! These (now) Genius Coaches were aided by spectacular QB play that got them were they needed to get! The improvement of this team is on Tannehill's shoulders because if he doesn't go to the next level the Coach could be Belichik himself the Best today IMO and it wouldn't make a difference! Don't forget about Cowher on his way to being the next Post-Season choker ala Shottenheimer before Rookie phenom Roethlisberger falls in his lap! Even with the bad SB in 05 it was Roethlisbeger who gets them there replacing Maddox who replaced Kordell who replaced O'Donnell before CBS's Genius Coach was Crowned into Legend status.

Why not John Manz for 2 million a yr - 4yr contract

Home 4 GM

Tannehill: 'I've just got to make that throw'
Tannehill takes blame for missing Wallace on deep ball
November 12, 2013|By Chris Perkins, South Florida Sun Sentinel
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill misfired on an almost certain touchdown pass against the Bucs to wide receiver Mike Wallace, who was open deep on the right side of the field. The ball sailed harmlessly out of bounds, wasting an excellent scoring opportunity for a potential game-changing play.

“They brought a late pressure off the left side,” said Tannehill, who struggles with accuracy on deep passes. “(Wallace made a) double move ... he ran a great double move and won. I just have to be able to make that throw.

“I was moving to my right. When you’re moving to your right it’s going to tail farther to the right. I’ve just got to make that throw.”

The Dolphins (4-5) lost for the fifth time in six games

MassD, I'm with you as above, expand playoffs to 16 teams, do away with the divisions. Everyone plays everyone in the conference once. One intra conference game, rank teams 1-8.

If you are the first place team in the conference and can't beat the 8th place team at home, you're shite anyway.

this year, that would've been Denver at home to Miami for example...

Tannehill will be the best deep ball thrower this season under a new improved and great Oline. I only predict 25 total sacks this season. 10 of Tannehill td passes will be from deep passes. This is in the great book of dbo prophecies. It will happen. And Dbo will throw the wicked haters in the deep abyss were all the haters will spend eternity.

Tannehill has completed 59.4 percent of his passes, with 36 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, for a passer rating of 79.1. He wants to be a lot better than that this year.

“It’s huge. I have to make a big jump, I’m aware of that,” Tannehill told ESPN.

f4l, I do agree with that. the only thing that will save the Miami Dolphins is Ryan Tannehill and the offense.

We know Philbin and Coyle squander assets like there is no tomorrow and just squeeze their butt cheeks tight and hope not to shite their pants on defense.

They aren't going to win any games.

All up to the Qb and the offense ...

Home, I stopped reading your post @3:35 after the first paragraph so you may have "validated" your points but chances are probably not.

By the way, you sound a lot like Yesterday's Gone when you attempt to bash me for being a Homer. Same way he did....and I haven't seen YG in ages. You weren't around for ages and now all of a sudden you're back and YG is gone? Hmmmmmmmmmmm, just saying :)

Jests acquired names, not talent.

Vick is past his prime though is a good backup
CJ2K is mediocre now (see MJD) though may produce this year as a last hoorah.
Decker is a product of Manning.

If Decker isn't a product of Manning then neither is Moreno, so make sure you choose your point wisely to avoid a double standard.

Jests have no QB in Smith or Vick (Vick maybe, but lets see him last more than 6 games - and even then, Philly performed better with Folk so what are you getting in Vick?)

Homer? Maybe I am, but delusional I am not.

just like the Miami heat couldn't win a championship the first years with the big 3, they got it going the second year. This is true with Tannehill and Wallace that thy will connect big time the second season. This is also in the great book of dbo prophecies. I say woa to the haters, for their time is near and they will wonder the wilderness for 40 years.

I will make the haters a great cup of trembling

The Dolphins dont deserve to make the playoffs.

they deserve to win the superbowl

Jets > Miami

Decker 32 TDs in 3 yrs

8 TDs w Tim Tebow in 12 games (Tanny to Wallace 5 TDs i 16 games, lol)

24 2 yrs w Manning

As for the ultimate moment of truth.

If you could, as a GM, would you switch the Dolphins roster with the Bills or Jests roster (or anyone else I mentioned)?

If the answer is no then the team you said no to is not a better team than Miami.

I mean....we cant even beat Buffalo....with their backup QB. Heck, 0-10 Tampa beat us.

Tebow > Tanny

Dolphins sweeps the jets. this is also in the great book of dbo prophecies

Ryan Tannehill = Steve Young

Jets have a much better roster now than the Dolphins

and better OC and better HC (defensive minded)

JETS also had 2013 Rookie of the Year

Dolphins passed on the 2012 Rookie of the year and 2013 League MVP

lol and got Tannehill who sucked wind against the Bills and Jets of last season

lol

Ryan Tannehill = Ryan Leaf

Dullfins be lucky to win 4 games this year.

All the blabber and not one mention of Bill Lazor and the new offensive scheme.

Come on guys, no one really knows how this new offensive will run under the new "Chip Kelly" clone scheme...which worked wonders for the Eagles last season.

Sherman killed Tannehill's development by being overprotective and held the reins too tight.
Lazor will be calling ALL the plays this season...ALL!

....let that sink in for a few seconds.

We are either going to be REAL good or REAL bad, but this 8-8, 7-9 crap is just that.

Ryan Leaf is homes biological father

Thad Lewis > Ryan Tannehill

That woudl explain teh Ryan Leaf addiction to narcotics.

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Would You Rather Have Tanny or Manziel?
By Page Q Staff @PageQSports · On January 9, 2014
With Johnny Manziel declaring for the NFL Draft yesterday, there’s another Texas A&M quarterback primed to go in the draft’s first round.

The Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill two seasons ago eighth overall, and he experienced moderate success this season. But with the electric Manziel joining the NFL ranks, who will end up being the better pro Aggie? And if you’re the Dolphins, would you rather have Ryan Tannehill or Johnny Football moving forward?

Brian Papa and Josh Baumgard take sides on who they’d want leading this anemic franchise.

Ryan Tannehill

Brian Papa: While I love everything about Johnny Manziel the person, I don’t necessarily feel the same about Johnny Manziel the quarterback.

For starters, his Wikipedia lists him at 6’1″, but that’s more bogus than the Bigfoot that was captured earlier this week. All indications are that Johnny Heisman is actually somewhere around 5’11″, making him an inch taller than me and only slightly taller than the actual Heisman trophy. It’s hard to say whether a quarterback’s height correlates to success — Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, to name just a few, are both only 6’2″ — but lacking height while also playing behind a Miami offensive line that won’t be able to keep defenders out of his face? I have to admit, that scares me a bit.

Could the Dolphins use Manziel as more of a mobile quarterback to alleviate some of that pressure? Sure, but they could also do that with Ryan Tannehill, who has already shown his feet can be used as a weapon with the right offensive game plan. Tannehill, despite his propensity for missing Mike Wallace deep — which, mind you, isn’t entirely his fault, considering he’s working with a receiver who offers zero chance at 50/50 balls and a pocket that routinely collapses before he’s even finished his three-step drop — is still a solid NFL quarterback. Despite playing behind Mike Pouncey, three turnstiles, and a rotting corpse, he somehow managed to throw for almost 4,000 yards. More importantly, he didn’t die, which is more than any of us expected at the start of the season.

There’s a “grass is always greener” issue at play here. No, Tannehill isn’t the next coming of Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, but, really, how many quarterbacks are? The truth is, Ryan Tannehill, at least statistically speaking, is an average to above average quarterback. He has moments that make you gasp and a handful of moments that make you groan, but more often than not, he’s a quarterback you can rely on. And as long as teams are still employing guys like Carson Palmer and Christian Ponder and Mike Glennon, the Dolphins should be plenty pleased with Tannehill’s progress.

The only real problem with Tannehill right now is this: when your quarterback spends his first season in the NFL without a legitimate wide receiver and he spends his second year behind an offensive line that allows the most sacks in the league, it’s hard to get a real gauge of who and what he truly is. Miami is a supremely flawed team right now. If they were to draft Johnny Manziel, he’d probably face those same obstacles.

Johnny Manziel

Josh Baumgard: Johnny Football will be the better NFL quarterback.

Tannehill possesses all of the prototypical physical attributes for a franchise QB. He’s 6-4, has a strong arm, mobile feet, and appears to be progressing despite his abysmal showing down the stretch of 2013. But Johnny Manziel is a one-of-a-kind specimen who electrifies the crowd and makes his opponents look foolish on the regular. He would defibrillate this franchise, sell tickets, and give them a better chance at long-term success.

There’s a mystique to him, a swagger that makes the opponent feel like no lead is a safe one. Down 38-17 at halftime of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Manziel lit Duke up for three second-half touchdowns en route to an improbable 52-48 victory. That was just one page from his spectacular collegiate career — a career that nobody saw coming.

He ranked first and third in 2012 and 2013, respectively, in Adjusted QBR – the best overall quarterback measure we have in college football. Finishing 20-6 as a starter on an SEC team cements Manziel as the total package — a lethal improviser, dynamic playmaker, and — above all — a winner. The only potential negatives are his size and party-boy mentality. Despite what the world may think, the Dolphins don’t play in South Beach, though TMZ probably buys his neighbor’s house wherever he ends up.

I’m among those who think this team should draft a quarterback regardless of what they think they have in Tannehill. You can never have too many good ones in this league. If they somehow have a shot at Manziel at 19 or can trade up to get him, there should be no hesitation. They won’t, of course, because they don’t have the balls for that sort of thing.

Home 4 GM

Manz at only 8 million for 4 yrs

Crazy Good!

you know it Mark

playoffs or nothing....regardless of the teams record (playoffs imply at least 9-10 wins)

playoffs....or we're looking for a new HC

Tannehill ran a faster 40 time than manziel.

Hit the reset button or the RESET button?

Useless if Ross pulls the "fire one but not the other" garbage he's done the last two times.

I won't care if we actually earn a trip to the playoffs (not back in - play winning football, if not dominant). I don't like ole Slack Jaw Larry Coker Clone one bit but if he wins I'll buy his danged booblehead action doll.

Ryan Tannehill doesn't Tea Bag women, He potato Sacks them.

Numbers could’ve been far greater had Tannehill completed more of his deep passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace. Miami was poised to make the playoffs last season, but offensive inefficiency sparked two late losses to the Bills and Jets, ending its season. Gone is former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who coached Tannehill at Texas A&M, and in is Bill Lazor, formerly the quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. If Tannehill struggles in 2014, it may be time for the Dolphins to find a new franchise quarterback.

or perhaps one fell right in their lap for a huge discount at 8 million in total for 4 yrs

Home 4 GM & Capologist

If you think Jests have a better roster then I wish you well this season as a Jests fan.

Last year they vastly overperformed (because there was actually no spotlight on them for once. Their coach actually shut up).

This year, now that they're talking again, they're going to go 6-10 at best.

Rex will be fired and I will rejoice (he is a good coach). Hopefully Miami sweeps him up as a DC, but that's what the Pats will do.

Tannehill is another Weeden or Cleo Lemon

Ryan Tannehill doesn't lick postage stamps, he stares at them until they wet themselves.

Home...stop stealing my stuff.

You know damn well this season is riding on Lazor's scheme and Tannehill's ability to execute it.

Sure, Defense wins Championships and we cannot discount half the game.

...but the Lazor/Tannehill duo will seal our fate for 2014.

Everyone see Johnny Football's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a model wife as a star QB. He doesn't have a GF or wife at all. Some golddigger must want him but it looks like they dont. Only star QBs have hot wives. Johnny Football doesn't have a hot wife. He's not a star QB.

When Ryan Tannehill goes chopping wood, he doesn't bring an axe, he uses his PIPE.

In 2013 b4 Tannehill missed Wallace 30 times out of 36 deep throws

four passes of the six
Wallace came back to get those underthrown wounded ducks

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
NO EXCUSES FOR TANNEHILL


The Miami Dolphins are trying to climb out of mediocrity. Four straight seasons below .500 has left the fan base dull. The Dolphins won the offseason, changed their logo, and generated a little bit of buzz for this year. That won't last unless they win.

This offseason looks to be about acquiring play makers. General manager Jeff Ireland is trying to put the right pieces around second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Ireland went out and brought in Mike Wallace, a dynamic deep threat that Tannehill was missing last year. The team also signed Dustin Keller, an athletic tight end and security blanket for Tannehill.

Fans were clamoring for these moves. These signings appeased the fan base, but also raised the expectations and eliminated the excuses for Tannehill. Last season, Tannehill fluctuated from brilliant to pedestrian. His supporters consistently pointed to the Dolphins' lack of a true number one receiver. They marveled at his ability to move the offense without a deep threat to stretch the field, or a reliable tight end to create space over the middle.

Now those excuses are gone. Miami will be looking for Tannehill to lead this team to the playoffs. While no one would argue that the Dolphins are loaded on offense, they clearly have enough to win a wild card spot. These moves will force people to judge Tannehill based on production instead of potential. Instead of wondering what he could do with talent around him, fans will have the answers laid out in front of them. Tannehill will be held accountable to improve on his average 76.1 quarterback rating and his mediocre 6.81 yards per pass attempt, and he won't be bailed out by the constant hope of potential.

Miami is expecting the playoffs. The city is expecting Tannehill to deliver. Fans are expecting him to improve. They hope these signings will push them into the playoffs. If nothing else, these moves will now allow the city and organization to take an accurate assessment of their quarterback.

Ryan Tannehill donates his blood to NASA for rocket fuel.

Manziel is the next Tebow.

Ross needs to sell the team to Donald Sterling. Plenty of hoochie mommas down here for him to pick from.

There is no reason to be dumping on the team. We haven't even started yet. Tannehill was on his butt for most of the season. In most cases not his fault. I hope he doesn't get the deer in the headlight look but I am a little worried after the last two games.
Philbin should have been gone. But I will cheer the team on. Because Miami is my team.
My real hope is that they didn't turn Tannehill into a punch drunk boxer. That would be on Philbin.

Ryan Tannehill stared at a carton of orange juice because it said concentrate, 5 minutes later the carton exploded.

Bo knows because Ryan Tannehill taught him.

Ryan Tannehill is the 27th letter in the alphabet.

U should really enjoy the Patriots or JETS as ur first or second team

Miami is going to start over in 2015

Home thinks the Pats and JETs are going to be fun, entertaining winning 2014 NFL football

Home will wholeheartedly cheer for them

The Fins will be amusing
another form of sports entertainment follies

Ryan Tannehill got shot today, tomorrow is the bullets funeral.

Ryan Tannehill can read an eye chart with his eyes closed.

Everyone see Johnny Football's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a model wife as a star QB. He doesn't have a GF or wife at all. Some golddigger must want him but it looks like they dont. Only star QBs have hot wives. Johnny Football doesn't have a hot wife. He's not a star QB.

Everyone see Johnny Football's girlfriend/wife during draft day? Oh, that's right, he doesn't have a model wife as a star QB. He doesn't have a GF or wife at all. Some golddigger must want him but it looks like they dont. Only star QBs have hot wives. Johnny Football doesn't have a hot wife. He's not a star QB.

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