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Dolphins prepared for Tampa Bay

Remember when the preseason games was about your team and your agenda? Remember when the Dolphins didn't really game plan for opponents in the preseason, save perhaps the third preseason game that was the rehearsal for regular season?

Those days are gone.

Joe Philbin's Dolphins prep for their opponents. They put in plays for the Atlanta Falcons last week. And today they were putting in plays on offense and running scout team plays for the defense in anticipation of playing Tampa Bay on Saturday evening.

"We devoted a lot of time in the practice today to Tampa Bay and our preparation for the game," Philbin said. "The first three practices of the week were really focused on our own improvement, our own football team. But, we’ve got our game plan in and guys are excited about playing. They’re a good football team. They played well the other night. Their defense looked extremely good and we’re going to have to play well in Tampa."

I suppose it is a good thing the Dolphins are preparing for their opponent. They're bound to look, well, more prepared as a result.

But that means fans have to adjust the way they view their team's preseason performances -- especially if the other team isn't prepping for the Dolphins.

If the Dolphins prep, which they have, and look really good, we have to understand that's perhaps a result of that preparation. But if they prep and lay an egg ... well then, that's more worrisome than the team that looked off in part because it had no preparation.

It's a perspective thing.

Even in the days when Philbin says the team was worried about itself, that work should have an affect on Saturday night's second preseason game. The Dolphins, you see, have been quite concerned about their tackling. And so tackling has been a focus in practice this week.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on that this week," Philbin said. "That’s a big part of what we’re looking (to do). We want to see our team tackle better and we want to get off the field better on third down."

Last week the first team offense looked sharp and things could get better with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline playing this week after taking last week off. Coach, however, want better work from the reserves and are eager to see Matt Moore perform for the first time this preseason.

"Offensively, it’s really consistency," Philbin said. "Again, our first group only had one drive and it was a good drive. But they didn’t play a ton of football. So we’re going to get them on the field a little bit more and we’re looking to see consistent production out of our offense. Obviously, we sputtered after that. We only scored, what three points the rest of the game. So we’ve got to be more productive and have more explosive plays on offense."

Other stuff: Philbin met with running back Knowshon Moreno Wednesday to discuss what he expects of the running back the remainder of preseason and get a feel for where Moreno feels he is physically after missing the first three weeks of training camp. Philbin says Moreno is looking like his old self in the run game but still isn't quite there in the pass game, which is interesting, considering the pass game is what Moreno is known for, particularly his blocking.

TE Michael Egnew missed the preseason opener while nursing a concussion. He has been practicing and is expected to play against Tampa Bay.  

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Egnew will have to catch fire the remainder o the preseason to make he 53.

I got that Justin Bieber please believe it!

Egnew? LOL

...Well it looks like the Dolphins will not be influenced by the petition to move Dion Jordan to the SAM backer spot...And this concerns me. I mean, why wouldn't they listen to the 36 people who signed this petition(the last time I checked 36 was the number, surely once it reaches 100 or more..The team will be forced to take notice, or because of the sound idea that fans should make team decisions..Action)

So since it looks like Jordan will be left where he should. I am interested in seeing how he does this week.

Look...The people that think Jordan should be moved to OLB could be 100 percent right. But, sending a petition to the team about anything on the field related..Is totally inappropriate, and lame.

Preseason doesn't mean a damn thing one way or the other. This is just trying desperately to attach meaning to something worthless when there isn't any.

Just avoid injuries. THAT'S what matters.

Marv Levy had it right years ago when he was openly disdainful of the whole thing and rested EVERYBODY the least bit important on the Bills.

The dolphins should get rid of all the Ireland draft picks none of them are average.

They used Egnew at fullback a lot last year and how many 3rd or 4th and short did we convert? Oh yeah, NONE!Why he isn't selling beer at Joe Robbie by now is beyond me.

Yes, let's begin with Charles Clay because as everyone has seen he's just atrocious.

Darkoak, yeah Landry may have been an overkill pick. i wanted a WR too but Landry is very similar to Matthews and Gibson. I thought maybe some big size/speed freak or a gadget matchup nightmare like Brandin Cooks would have added a different element but Landry and Hazel are the exact same skill set to guys they already had. Anyway, my displeasure with that pick is no secret. Not that I think he will bust, just think there were different options that I saw as rounding the team out better.

Regular, I'm a draft freak. I can tell you anyone's measureables that were drafted over the last ten years and how they compare to anyone else in an instant. I have it all stored in a database.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 14, 2014 at 03:48 PM

Landry, best hands in the entire draft, knows how to CONSISTENTLY get open and picks up yac too. Also has displayed ability to get deep.

He is in no way a small wr, intermediate sized. MIT you may have wanted more of blazer, but how often during a season wr's actually beat cb's over the top, then the qb's actually connect?

Runs great routes, great hands, makes the circus catch, great yacs, and has the ability to get deep. All you would want in a wr. So, exactly what is the problem with this again?



Fellas Mark just had a hard on for Brandin Cooks and Jace Amaro who looks like he sucks..

Uhhhhhhhhh


The combination of Summerall barely registering a pulse and the Cowboys routinely beating their opponents into oblivion was the surest cure for insomnia.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 14, 2014 at 03:50 PM

My friend it was the beatings Dallas gave and the NFC in general! You forget Summerall was play-by-play it was Madden and his colour that should have kept you awake! (Ummf! POW!!) Trusty Teleprompter in hand! I guess Buck and Nantz really get you counting cows over the moon?

By the way in the Madden/Pat days NBC had Merlin Olson and Dick Enberg as there #1 team and they did a ton of Fins games (NBC had AFC in 80's) and Merlin would rock you to sleep on colour with Enberg the flatest lead guy I ever saw! The worst colour IMO was Deirdorff! God I hated him! On MNF then into Sunday games. His retirement couldn't come sooner!

I can't stand Bradshaw on the pregame. Just as asinine goofball laughing like a maniac about things that aren't even remotely funny or clever.

I think he appeals to the moron crowd, though.


Runs great routes, great hands, makes the circus catch, great yacs, and has the ability to get deep. All you would want in a wr. So, exactly what is the problem with this again?

Posted by: Stil/Wade/County | August 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM

My argument after draft and for the month after as well!

I won't argue MIT about a Slot WR in Rd-2 and whether it was the BA for what Miami needed but will argue merits along the lines of your post!

SWC, you could also say those exact same things about Gibson, no? Again, I have no problem with Landry as a player. But I thought we already had that base covered. matthews is similar but gives you a little more spice at the expense of a little bit in the hands department. I just wanted something we didn't already have in the WR group.

And yeah, I thought the world of brandin Cooks ... started writing about him during the combine. Amaro i see promise in too but now that he's a jet I hope he does suck.

f4l, you are right about Dierdorff. And maybe I am lumping in Summerall with Madden, who can remember now? I just remember being bored.

Lord Pelican is the finest announcer of them all. I will tune into any game he is calling.


I can't stand Bradshaw on the pregame. Just as asinine goofball laughing like a maniac about things that aren't even remotely funny or clever.

I think he appeals to the moron crowd, though.

Posted by: Just Shut Up Already, Terry | August 14, 2014 at 04:07 PM

JJ was as sharpe as a tack when brought in 94 and a real staple in 2000 but lately, meh! As well! I think on FOX it's the Howie and Strahan show right now. They seem together to have ZERO issue in calling it like it is! CBS SUCKS! Will wait to see Gonalez?

In Translation,

Now I can "Objectively" Criticize Philbin even when it is our 3rd stringers vs the other teams 3rd Stringer.

Sad part is, that instead of talking negative about it, you can explain how this is such a positive to the development of a team. The Dolphins practice with a Purpose.

So it makes sense to watch the whole Preseason game. Yes, the Depth will get worst, but you will see what the Fins plan to do as a team during that time.


...Well it looks like the Dolphins will not be influenced by the petition to move Dion Jordan to the SAM backer spot...And this concerns me.

Posted by: Darryl Dunphy | August 14, 2014 at 03:48 PM


Why? Just another draft day gaff that can be credited to Ireland.

Before moving to 3rd overall to get him, it was apparent during Jordan's college career he wasnt a pure de or lb. Oregon pretty much played him at both. Dropping in coverage little more thanpass rushing.

Then came the combine. That freakish 40 time.

Jordan wasn't an off the charts pass rusher or tackler at Oregon. Seems his best attribute was in coverage. So the problem with making him exclusively a lb begs is he instinctive enough as a run stopper? Bulking up over the offseason, will it affect his consistency in coverage being much bigger.

Many questions now need be asked before just sticking at lb and expecting him to greatly excel. In Jordan, Ireland did not draft a PURE POSITION PLAYER. He traded up to the #3 spot to draft a pseudo freakish athlete. A player who may or may not ever have a true position in the nfl.

The coaches are gambling de will be a TRUER fit. Really cant blame them. In college Jordan was a non-traditional position player. It's a head scratcher with the coaches as to where he'll eventually stick. So far now de it is.

Agreed. JJ is nothing special anymore.

No that I think of it, though, it's Chris Berman that drives me nuts more than anybody. He's using the same tired shtick he was doing in 1995.

Only reason he stays on the air is because he was an ESPN original and is 'grandfathered in.' If that clown walked I off the street looking for a broadcasting job he would NEVER get hired!

so
they game plan for
p/s and still lose?
wow
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lol

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 14, 2014 at 04:10 PM

et me say this slowly.....................

Jarvis Landry is not a slot wr............

He wasn't at LSU. He is a versatile wr who's ability to run PRECISE ROUTES lends hi to play anywhere, including the slot.

Hartline and Wallace just received big money contracts, so, Landry wasn't drafted to immediately become the #1 or #2 wr. But becaue he can play all 3, when moving wr's around, with Landry on the field there is no weak link even when lined up on the outside.

Landry has the ability to get open vs #1 and #2 cb's simply because of his precise route running. That's why they drafted a wr like Landry. He's a perfect scheme fit for Lasor offense in moving the wr's around.

They do not want to be pigeon-holed with a wr that can only play outside or only play inside. I hope you're getting now. :-)

Its a great fallacy to thnk of Jarvis as a slot wr. Nobody drafts a pure slot wr 2nd rd. Lmao at those who believe he's only a slot wr. :-)

Not only will Egnew make it but Dallas Thomas is the starting guard. Dion Jordan will be a star on this team along with along Miller. This just goes to show all the people here who cry bust bust bust after one season. Most people are totally clueless the amount of time it takes for some to develop.

Yes 'S/W/C'. Your right in that he is a DE as of now. It was reported that Garner owned him today. And as good a filler Garner is, he's no starter.

If Jordan isn't progressing as a DE, and it appears that he isn't, then he either should be traded to Philly or, at least tried at LBer! The bar is set very low with the current group of starters.

No that I think of it, though, it's Chris Berman that drives me nuts more than anybody. He's using the same tired shtick he was doing in 1995.

Only reason he stays on the air is because he was an ESPN original and is 'grandfathered in.' If that clown walked I off the street looking for a broadcasting job he would NEVER get hired!

Posted by: Just Shut Up Already, Terry | August 14, 2014 at 04:16 PM

Yeah! "Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills"

Pissed me off in the HOF as well!

He should have dropped, "He could go all the way!" If reaching on old material while he was at it!

The truth is he use to be clever like in 90 NFC Championship for example when describing S.F. RB Roger Craig trying for a 1st down were he comes up with this doozy to describe Giants LB Reasons on the play.

"GARY REASONS TO BELIEVE" stopped him short!

Dont forget about Berman... WHOOOPPSSS!

How ghey is that?

Uhhhhhh

Said it before and will say it again: Philbin is a new man with Sherman & Ireland gone.
He has always looked up to Sherman as a mentor and it was natural he would not question Shermans decisions...so that neutered him on game day.
Ireland was a jackass and the two men grew to hate each other to the point Philbin became an ineffective leader.
I'm telling you this camp just feels different, no drama, good chemistry and actually some good playing.
10-6 baby with playoffs!


Jarvis Landry is not a slot wr............

He wasn't at LSU. He is a versatile wr who's ability to run PRECISE ROUTES lends hi to play anywhere, including the slot.

Posted by: Stil/Wade/County | August 14, 2014 at 04:23 PM

Yes he is! He couldn't out run the CB's in the SEC! He was known for the circus catches ect... I watch a ton of NCAA ball and he drops (Given unbelievable hands) to us at bottom of Rd-2 because of the reason everybody sees Slot in his future!

You didn't back this pick in May harder than me given I saw alot of LSU Ball Vs. Tex. A&M, Bama, Ga., Auburn & FL!

Dont forget about Berman... WHOOOPPSSS!

How ghey is that?

Uhhhhhh

Posted by: Rick Ross | August 14, 2014 at 04:43 PM

That was his quip and the rest slapstick! It got old.

I think laundry is different from our receivers. He fights for balls and has a lot more passion then any we had. Hopefully some of that rubs of on the other 2.

Will be keeping a close eye on Jordan this game. Against Atlanta he was invisible and I did not see great effort from him. He also looked less cut so I think some of the weight he gained was fat. I also want to see how JaWuan James does as he did pretty well against the Falcons.

geez Mando....not sure anything we see in preseason is really "worrisome", per se--yes, they've prepared some but lets face it, not like they do/would for a regular season game....not the same intensity I'm sure, players dont view it quite the same way--they know the game doesnt count in the standings--some players are fighting for roster spots, but most aren't
> so I like that they're preparing....winning is an attitude, and it never hurts to build that when you can...even in preseason

How about that? Philbin is planning against weekly opponents. I am absolutely 100% amazed he didn't do that in the past. That is his job isn't it? No wonder second half of our games sucked. Do you think we could beat Brady with a little second half planning?

Jarvis Landry looks right now like a great pick. He doesn't look too slow to me. And that return was very good with no fear.
Jordan should be used where his athleticism helps the team. If he is great at coverage as a linebacker, just use the guy there. Gawd!
Please just cut Thomas. The guy is a walking injury report and for the most part sucks when he isn't injured.
Go Phins

and what do you expect Philbin to say?--"no, we havent prepared?"--really?

MIT,
I begged for Kelvin Benjamin with our first pick.

Landry is Bess 2.0, no?

Didn't we get rid of Bess and bring in Gibson so Tanne would have a bigger target?

Egnew will play! Yippee! Our ultimate weapon! Super Bowl now baby! LOL

The Bucs o-line stunk it up last week. It will be interesting to see if the Bucs qb's can stay alive against our D-line and if we can finally stop the run.

Lets see if Tannehill can play 15 minutes without throwing an INT.

Jonathan Martin is going to a Super Bowl. Jake Long isn't.

Landry is good. But not great or future HOFer how someone thinks.

YG, you are going to make people dislike Landry because your obsessive style of posting.

Next to that, you have shown to been Egregiously wrong when judging Talent. When you say you like someone, that player is usually a bust. You are one of those Sentimental Heat fans. The bigger the bust, the more you love him.

And don't try and deflect how Egregiously Wrong you were about Gillislee you Gaytor troll. You clearly said right after the draft last season that MG was way better than Lacey. YOU EVEN MADE UP STATS TO PROVE YOUR POINT!!

Fckface,

Me and you both. I was on here saying the Fins needed a Big WR that can be a weapon in the Red zone. We already have players with similar style to J.Landry. B.Gibson and R.Matthews. And Ireland got Matthews with a 7th rounder.

Next to that, you have shown to been Egregiously wrong when judging Talent.
Posted by: Dashi | August 14, 2014 at 06:22 PM


You mean like when you told us Wheeler was better than Dansby?

And for the Millionth time, Gay is not a bad word, Unless you are gay and are sensitive to people calling you what you are.

I have noticed that about this Flaggot. He can go off about women and calling them b'tches and other names. But you make one Gay joke and he gets all in his feelings. Typical Home-o.

Next to that, you have shown to been Egregiously wrong when judging Talent.
Posted by: Dashi | August 14, 2014 at 06:22 PM


You mean like when you told us you were high on Ireland to the very end. (Notice Ireland is still unemployed)

Next to that, you have shown to been Egregiously wrong when judging Talent.
Posted by: Dashi | August 14, 2014 at 06:22 PM

You mean like when you told us Lamar Miller would have 1200 yards last year? (He finished with 709)

No Fool!!

Dashi never said, Wheeler or Ellerbe were better than Dansby you troll.

Dashi said, Dansby and Burnett can be replaced.

That was always my argument. That those huge Contracts could be cut!!!

I wanted D.Smith as a LB, Not Wheeler.

That Wheeler was on a list that I put up for guys who can replace Dansby and Burnett, True. Sue me.

Dansby had a career year, on a defense that was Stacked!! What does Dansby do this year when he has to play with Adversity.

What Did Dansby do as a Dolphin? NOTHING!! BUT THROW GAMES!!

My goal is to break at least two tackles this season.

That is not egregious, FOOL!!!

WHO NEVER KNOWS THE DEFINITION OF THE WORDS HE USES!!

EGREGIOUS IS...

You saying that Gillislee will lead all Rookies in Rushing and that he would end the Season as the Starter!!! When it took him 4 years in College to start on a UF team with no RB!!!!! And he could not even gain 10 yards as a Rookie.

Dashi, tell us again how D Thomas reminds you of Emmitt Smith. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My goal is to break at least two tackles this season.

Posted by: Lamar Miller | August 14, 2014 at 06:40 PM

Lofty goal.

And you know the rules, Fool.

If it is only Dashi & You, You win. Dashi Leaves.

I hope Salguero is Happy that you killed his blog after 5pm. With your Gay trolling.

Remember you are a Senior Citizen acting like an obnoxious Gay Teenager.

I am still getting a good feeling about Hickey's draft.

"As an OTackle in pass protection, the thing is to set up as quickly as possible in a position that your opponent cannot get you off balance neither forward, backwards or to the sides", Jake Matthews, and I.

Dashi's vocabulary is still stuck at 14.

Posted by: Stil/Wade/County | August 14, 2014 at 04:13 PM

I still feel Ireland saw a future DeMarcus Ware type freak pass rusher in Jordan. But it looks more and more like a miss by him.

Oscar,That's the blue pill that you took taking effect that you're feeling Eh?


I still feel Ireland saw a future DeMarcus Ware type freak pass rusher in Jordan. But it looks more and more like a miss by him.

Posted by: Darkoak | August 14, 2014 at 07:09 PM

An Ireland miss? Shocking lol

I have never liked cold beer. Try a Guinness stout at RT with all that foam it makes. Try it.

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