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Coyle defends his defense ... but facts

The new Dolphins offense is going to be more diverse. Today (one day) we saw motion, tight end screens, a reverse, a little read option -- and the Dolphins were only working in the red zone.

(And not one go or go-go heard all day).

So things are going to be interesting for the 2014 Miami offense, as has been well chronicled.

But the defense is undergoing changes of its own as well.

"We're always looking to improve," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. "We take the offseason and study teams around the league. We look at ourselves. We look at ways we can be better and utilize personnel better.

"We'll do some different things come the Fall, but I'm not going to talk about them with you guys."

Well, some of the things the Dolphins are experimenting with are apparent. The team is giving Koa Misi the middle linebacker repetitions this offseason while Dannell Ellerbe is shifting to strongside linebacker. The experiment continues and has been something of a success in the offseason, but Coyle stops short of saying it will be what the Dolphins do in the regular season.

"Right now, I can't commit today that it's a done deal," Coyle said, "but certainly I like what we're seeing."

Coyle, speaking for the first time since the end of the 2013 season, made a prideful case for the quality of his defense.

"We have a great foundation that we've built here. We feel real strong about what we've done," he said. "The bottom line is if you ask any defensive coach or head coach or anybody that really understands football for that matter, the bottom line is keep the points off the board.

"We've been very good at that the last two years. We finished seventh in 2012, eighth in 2013. There's only been four teams in the league that have been in the top 8 --San Francisco, Cincinnati, Seattle and us. We've been third in the AFC for two consecutive years in scoring defense. So the bottom line is keeping people out of the end zone and giving yourself a chance to win." 

Those statistics that Coyle repeats are impressive. But here is what the coach is missing ...

The Miami defense was playoff caliber before Coyle arrived. Nothing against him. He's a good coach. He's a good man. But he's not a historian.

The problem is I'm partly a historian.

The truth is the same Dolphins defense that was No. 8 in scoring defense (20.9 points per game) in 2013, and No. 7 in scoring defense (19.8 PPG) in 2012, was No. 6 in scoring defense (19.6 PPG) in 2011. So, ahem, the defense was already built to high standards before Coyle arrived.

And that defense the past two years has gotten worse results, not better, if the standard is points allowed -- the statistic Coyle points to as the one football people think most important.

Also, the idea of talking of how great the defense is should recall two more things: On Nov. 15 of last year, the Dolphins lost to the Buffalo Bills. On Dec. 23 of last year, the Dolphins lost to the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills averaged 21 points in those two games. With Thad Lewis as their starting quarterback.



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Marino was a local hero. But across the nation he's

not a top 20 QB.

Posted by: Dashi | June 02, 2014 at 10:45 PM

This coming from someone whose idea of traveling is a bus to the other side of town.

According to Michael Felger and Dan Shaughnessy, it's a story that's being heavily underplayed by the team. Last night on Comcast Sports Net, both Felger and Shaughnessy said that Revis is a truly special player and they believe fans don't understand how great he really is. Tom Brady certainly understands Revis' full potential, and as Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald noticed at practice on Friday, neither Brady nor Mallett targeted a receiver that was covered by Revis. It appears Revis may already be on his own island.

After one week of organized team activities, Revis is impressed with the team. According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Revis is excited to get the season underway and with the help of his teammates, he's quickly adjusting to the team's defensive system.

"I'm just trying to take this time to get to know the guys, and for them to know me as well,” said Revis. “I'm just trying to come in here and learn as much as I can and improve and get this defensive scheme down and just keep on working."

With the addition of Revis, the 2014 season may be the first year since 2004 that the Patriots defense is the strength of the team rather than the offense

What does dashi know about across the country? He doesn't realize that is further out than Hialeah LOL.

Gronk and the Patriots hoping he can play a full season in 2014. If he's able to do so, #87 could have a big comeback year. In fact, NFL.com's Chris Wesseling ranked Gronk as the second most-likely candidate for the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year. Gronkowski was ranked just behind Robert Griffin III and just ahead of Julio Jones and Mike Vick.

"Gronkowski has rewritten the early-career expectations for the position by being borderline unguardable," writes Wesseling. "Are you telling me Gronk can't make history while catching passes from a Hall of Fame quarterback?"

Another Patriots player who's hoping to have a better season in 2014 is Danny Amendola. After suffering through a groin injury for most of the 2013 season, Amendola is now fully healthy and according to Glen Farley, he's excited for a fresh start.

yup its oiffcial, hes as dumb as cam cameron

gronk and amendola are jokes. ten games combined at most brady doesnt have many weapons anymore

The Broncos announced Monday that they have signed outstanding rookie wide receiver Cody Latimer, their second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft

No stopping QB Manning to this massive WR target w great YAC capabilities

Denver vs NE

Fish on the couch
and they thought they had all the answers fro the next decade w Tanny, Martin and Egnew



Is Gigi still trolling the internet dating services for fat black men w no money ?!

Another genius coach that joe philbin brought to fix the dolphins in his 10 year plan.Our coaching is bad

Is Gigi still trolling the internet dating services for fat black men w no money ?!

Posted by: Reel Dolphin In Sight w Home

I wonder why this is what came to YOUR mind?

Chubby 5ft 9 in Bart Walker of Polk county , FL
actually thinking sheeple are buying into his
"Oh yeah , I used to dunk basketballs all the time inmy college yrs"

Fact is no Bart
U were a lil chubby white boy w an 8 inch vertical leap, now reduced to 4 inches

it's ok Bart
We understand it was the beer speaking


Bart in for the Dunk on that Spud Web leaping ability

Have another beer, jackarse and listen to the Dolphins on the car radio in Tampax, FL.


AC mail order bride old junkie dave running the "fest"
w a 60 yr old midwestern grandma that did not even show on the date she set herself

Oh yeah,
It was against Tenn Titans cuz they were so bad
Tannehill set a franchise record
Worst Miami Dolphin Home Loss since 1968
Tanny 3 INTs and 0 TDs


The New England Patriots loaded up on wide receivers on Saturday. The Patriots started off the day by signing last year’s No. 1 receiver, Julian Edelman. They added some size on Saturday night in former Carolina Panthers wideout Brandon LaFell. Oddly, both players spent more than half their passing snaps as slot receivers in 2013 — a role that Danny Amendola will likely fill in 2014. LaFell won’t play very often in the slot for the Patriots this season, despite his history at the position. He’s likely being brought in as competition for Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce. Both receivers had impressive flashes last season, but they’ll have to prove they’ve emerged to stick around for a second year. Last year’s second-round pick Aaron Dobson had the best season for a Patriots rookie wide receiver

The Patriots are obviously hoping Dobson, Thompkins and Boyce can take a second-year leap. But it wasn’t wise for head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to depend on that. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound LaFell had 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. He’s maintained consistency throughout his career, catching 36 to 49 passes for 468 to 677 yards in all four NFL seasons. LaFell has missed just four games during his career. He can likely play the “X”, “Z” and slot positions in the Patriots’ offense. LaFell probably doesn’t have breakout potential with the Patriots, but his proven success helps a group that lacked his size plus experience. LaFell ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, coming out of LSU in 2010. He ran an impressive 6.81-second three-cone drill, which flashes his agility and change of direction.

Tell you what. If I'm going to a big game there's about 40 QB's I'd pick over Marino.

Dobson looked like a formidable presence on the outside and on deep passes; if he has consistent success early in the season, defenses will have a much harder time slowing down other facets of the offense.
A goal of 75 receptions is reasonable for Dobson. Production of that nature will mean that Brady is finding ways to get Dobson the ball outside the hash marks, benefitting the offense as a whole because defenses aren’t able to key in on Edelman. If the running game is able to renew the success it had late last season, Dobson will have chances to get behind opposing safeties and catch the home run ball.

Maine’s Derrick Johnson must have had an impressive showing at his New England Patriots rookie minicamp tryout. The Patriots signed the wide receiver as an undrafted free agent, his agent, Josh Stevens, confirmed Sunday on Twitter. Johnson, 22, had an impressive showing at his pro day in May. He ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash with a 6.60-second three-cone drill and 4.20-second short shuttle with a 10-foot-2 broad jump and 33-inch vertical leap. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound receiver caught 60 passes for 608 yards with two touchdowns as a senior in 2013 with the Black Bears

Gallon will join a crowded group of slot receivers on the New England Patriots’ roster. At 5’8″ and only 183 pounds, he is going to need to be smart moving across the middle of the field or he won’t last long in the NFL. That didn’t stop him from dominating in the Big Ten.

Gallon is a good route-runner that excels finding the soft-spot in zones. He has good hands and just enough speed to uncover. He also has enough elusiveness in the open field to contribute as a returner.

If Danny Amendola or Julian Edelman go down with an injury, Gallon will be ready to pick up their production.

TIGHT END Roster locks: Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui On the bubble: D.J. Williams Practice-squad candidates: Justin Jones, Asa Watson If Gronkowski’s knee stays healthy, the Patriots will be fine at tight end, and if not, they’ll be in major trouble — just like they were in 2013. Hoomanawanui might be on the bubble if the Patriots add veteran free agent Dustin Keller, but until then, the Patriots need at least one reserve tight end with proven production. Williams has a chance to make the roster if none of the undrafted free agents stand out during the spring and summer, but he’s had trouble cracking a starting lineup during his three-year NFL career. Williams played in just two games last season, and he didn’t catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots brought in an impressive array of undrafted tight ends with potential, but none of them produced heavily in 2013. Jones ran a 4.90-second 40-yard dash at the Detroit Regional Scouting Combine in March with a 37-inch vertical leap, 9-foot-5 broad jump, 4.60-second short shuttle and a very impressive 6.88-second three-cone drill at 6-foot-8, 274 pounds. He sat out the 2013 season because of academic issues, but Jones caught 52 passes for 598 yards with 12 touchdowns in three seasons at East Carolina from 2010 to 2012. Jones has the potential to be a dangerous red zone threat, but he still is a major project. Watson is former Patriots first-round draft pick Ben Watson’s younger brother. He dealt with a heart issue and had to sit out the 2011 season at North Carolina State. Watson’s best season came in 2012, when he caught 24 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 239-pound tight end caught just three passes in 2013. Watson ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash at his pro day in March with a 7.00-second three-cone drill, 4.40-second short shuttle, 32-inch vertical leap and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Jones has the best chance at making the Patriots’ roster based on size, athleticism and college production alone, but how they perform du

Hear Egnew caught a 4 yd pass today after being verbally scolded by Bill Lazor for lining up on the wrong side, again


Marino was horrible on CBS. He's. Not the. Brightest bulb in the closet.

Marino was a HOF'r in the regular season, and a bust in the playoffs.

Marino was the master of false hope.

Marino suing the NFL decades after he played?

Low class.

Marino cheating on his wife?

Having babies with another woman?

Now we understand what quick release means.

He is a low class fraud who happened to throw the football well when it mattered least.


We have a new addition to the List of Ultra Stupid Bloggers.

Today we permanently welcome......drum roll.....

dusty bottoms.

Home the f@g changing his name again huh

Home = Dashi = every other name you haven't recognized for the past 3 pages

LOL! SAM I AINT! thank goodness im not you


Who can forget the prevent D that gift wrapped Carolina a field goal right before halftime. Coyle has had the benefit of good talent on D leftover from his predecessor. He has not done a good job. Nolan was much better.

What a sick bunch of one person.

Posted by: Texas Dolphan | June 03, 2014 at 12:30 AM


I personally think the biggest problem with the fins last year was Sherman.. Sherman does not like "certain players" to excel and calls his plays so that basically if you're not one of his boys you will not succeed.. Too many times this defense has performed well and we lost because the offense could not score touchdowns instead of field goals.. The reason the Patriots have had success is when you cannot stop them offensively they will simply score so many points you either are blown away or simply out scored. The last 3 years the Dolphins have been good at rushing the qb and not giving up many points.. if that trend continues then this team only needs to score more points consistently and that will add up to 2-3 more victories and they make the playoffs.. They also need to make the games easier by blowing teams out and allowing your "key starters" to remain healthy.. no more 21-16 type games, the fins need more 45-17 games especially against teams you are suppose to beat.. If teams can't stop you then you score until they game is out of reach and take your starters out. They finally have the right guy !! Lazor!! Watch Tannehill/Wallace this year...

Game 1 Dolphins 45 Patriots 17 (Tannehill 5 tds 0 ints sacked 2 times) Touchdowns to Wallace(2)Clay, Landry,Moreno) over 300 yds...Brady 2 touchdowns 3 ints sacked 6 times.. Patriots throw the ball 55 times in loss. 2014 season !! Dolphins 12-4 Patriots 10-6 Bills 9-7 Jets 8-8 Fins lose games to Bears,Jets,Broncos,Patriots(at NE)...



People are making seasonal prognostications. Fans as well as LV. LV has the the computers, with the most data available on every team, every transaction, every injury, and every cookie on any plate by any player, coach or owner. How can a lone observer excel above this travail?

I say add in the human equation. The computer will also correlate this extremity to it's best programming, but i say to you, challenge the machine. Make a decision, not only on the season, but on the games.

Make a decision on how the individual players will be deciding factors in the games.

Go beyond and above LV. I think their, near about .500 season, is BS.

Anybody can parrot the talking heads, say something you have decided.


Posted by: SAM I AM | June 03, 2014 at 01:38 AM

If you are not as many have accused you of, this would exonerate you of much persecution. However, there would still be doubt from those that have a regular reading of the blog.

Most people on here consider you to be the infamous YG, 17 in your extremity, the local poster proclaiming atheist veins; which would correlate to your posting as Sam I Am.

I AM, is the the response give to Moses from an Almighty God, when asked who he should say have sent him. I see this as an atheist mockery, which would be consistent with previous statements against an Almighty God.

The list of aliases which you are accused of is almost numberless; do you have a defense?

I don't believe the Dolphins have the best DC available. He speaks "coach gobbledegook".

choker dan is broke
he needs 2 pay
da beby momma
moron says it happened in practice 2
u practice??? wtf?
p o s marino
f u

Did you tell the coach about how he's made the defense worse and how his view of his defense was one sided? I'm sure you did.

Is Coyle interim HC yet?

I See MARINO is doing the money grab.....

Good for him....

I think it was Darrin from the movie the FIGHTING TEMPTAIONS that said...."But in the Bible, it says get your money, man".....

Good movie....and great move for the cagey veteran.

I think we have a decent (not great) back field and pass rush. If we can stop the run and the LB 's play up to par we just might be able to be competitive. Another questions is who will be the play caller on the field. Can that person read the offense and make adjustments for the audibles?

Kris, you surprise me. You support this Dan move? Seeing as how the NFL already settled with the NFLPA, I don't know how he's going to win.

MIT that settlement was thrown out as being insufficient I read yesterday.

Is that right? Would be great if the players just bankrupted the league and nobody gets anything.

Then everyone can suck the big one.

Imagine pro football playrs complaining about head trauma. What next, I'm going to sue my companies for forcing me to stay indoors and compensate me for all the lost oxygen over my years....

back the usfl

Yeah, pretty weak move by Marino. Wasn't CBS paying this guy? Maybe I will sue this blog for carpal tunnel.....


Evidently we got worse somewhere. Hickey made moves the most moves on OL/DB/DL.

I say we got weaker on OL and DB.

Exactly Mark....

Actually....I was being sarcastic....I think these guys suing for this stuff is crap....

I think the ONLY time Marino took a hard hit it was from Joey Porter (I think) from the backside...Monday night football....

Marino was so surprised (and VAGE hurt) that he grabbed Porter(?) and had words with him....I think he was quoted as saying "I'm Dan Marnio....don't you know i'm not suppose to get hit"...

The problem is that the NFL had doctors saying it wasn't an issue when it clearly was. That's the part that drives the lawsuit.

Look at how much money the NFL is putting into the Head's Up coaching initiative. It's a show of good faith by the league that will help them during the lawsuits.


I haven't forgotten about our conversation.....

Post on why I want Pouncy traded to come soon....

Here is a sneak peek....he is a Jack@ss


MIT @ 9:00

The guy has brain damage from a workplace hazard why should he not get paid?

Shipyard workers get paid for the mesothelioma from working around asbestos.
Sanitation workers get paid for the back injuries.

Kris, I remember that now and I think it was Greg Lloyd. Marino was before Porter's time.

I liked Marino a lot more before the internet when all I was exposed to was his Sunday performance and I didn't get to see all these flaws.

And please stop putting Dan marino in jerseys for this charity work. It's the saddest sight I've ever seen. guy was a disgrace from his physical conditioning from his playing days but now he's just downright embarassing to look at.

He's got the pigeon legs with the huge gut... just sad. Most of the guys from the 72 team look better than him.

Posted by: deity | June 03, 2014 at 09:18 AM

Or Lobstertube for repetitive stress disorder.


The NFL = 32 wealthy white men who made thier wealth by exploiting thier fellow human beings and now make more money by exploiting us and the pro football players.


Lawyers and Players can spout IGNORANCE all they want....

but even as a kid playing Pop-Warner football...I KNEW this SH@T was dangerous...

and I continued toplay because I loved it....right up to the Torn ACL that ended my dreams of making it big tme....

OH WAIT....I should sue the school over that...my knee still ches when it rains...

ETF, I think Marino's lack of mental prowress came genetically. Guy was the classic million daollar arm with a ten cent brain. He, Bradshaw, and Namath all cut from the same cloth.

And asbestos poisoning is a bit different don't you think? That was an ambush, a secret, silent killer. Who knew smashing your heads into one another would cause trauma?

The DBS, I think will be fine by the end of the year but may struggle out of the gate. The o line I think is a mixed bag. The tackles are stronger, the guards on paper look weaker but I think Dallas Thomas will be fine. Shelley Smith, buh who knows ?!?!?! But we shoudl get better centre play. Pouncey was just not very good last year. Stay off the meth!!

ETF, there's one brown guy in there with an Iron Sheik mustache.

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