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    by Published on 01-12-2017 06:11 PM

    With Vance Joseph headed to Denver to become their new head coach Miami was left to figure out who they would want to replace him as defensive coordinator. Instead of going through a lengthy search to find the next DC the Dolphins applied their "next man up" mentality to their coaching staff and promoted from within. Matt Burke was promoted from linebackers coach to Defensive Coordinator earlier today.

    Burke has been in the league since 2008 where joined the Tennessee Titans an administrative assistant and defensive assistant. He then moved on to the Detroit Lions as their linebacker coach and helped lead the Lions defense a 6th ranked defense in 2013. In 2014 Burke moved on to Cincinnati and helped them to achieve the second-best scoring defense in 2015. Burke came to Miami last year with new head coach Adam Gase and his new staff.

    What do you think, do you like this hire for Miami's defensive coordinator? Tell us what you think in the main forum.
    by Published on 01-07-2017 02:08 AM

    Thanks to Kdawg954 for this week's preview.

    "It has been 8 long years, but the big day has finally arrived. Your Miami Dolphins have a playoff game this Sunday at 1 p.m. This is a rematch of a game that was played in South Florida earlier this year where the Dolpins handily defeated the Steelers 30-15 and Jay Ajayi put the NFL on notice that he has arrived with 204 yards rushing. This time, the game is in Pittsburgh, and while Pittsburgh is healthier than they were in that first game, the Dolphins are the most banged up team in the league, with major players from that first game not available in this game, including QB Ryan Tannehill and Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, among others. The Dolphins certainly will need to play their best game of the season if they want to come away with their first playoff victory since the Lamar Smith game in 2000. Lets see how they can get it done:

    First, Miami must win the battle in the trenches. This starts with the heart and soul of this team, the defensive line. Suh, Mitchell and Phillips cannot be moved off their spots allowing Le'veon Bell to run through them and reach the second level. They need to win up front and even provide some interior pressure so Ben is not able to step up and improvise plays on our back 7. Be competitive on 1st and 2nd downs and allow that #1 ranked 3rd down defense to pin their ears back and pressure the QB. Wake and Branch have been solid all season, but quite possibly the taste of playoff bliss will spark something in the probable activation of Mario Williams in this game. What a time it would be for him to put it together and give us sample of what we hoped he'd bring to this defense this season. Domination up front is the key for success in aiding our inexperienced back 7. It must happen to win this game.

    This holds true on the offensive side of the ball as well. This Pittsburgh defensive line can be had and Jay Ajayi put 200 yards on them earlier in the season, you can be sure the Steelers will be gunning for him to ensure he will not replicate that performance. The key man is veteran center Kraig Urbik. He has had his ups and downs this season but with Pro Bowl Center Mike Pouncey injured for this game, he has got to hold his ground after the snap and not let guys swim past him. He needs to move guys off blocks so Jay Train can have a few holes up the middle and break a few tackles. He's also got to be sturdy in pass protection to give his QB a chance. The other 4 starters are in there and they know what it is to dominate the Steelers in the 2016 season.

    And speaking of QB, it ultimately will come down to backup QB Matt Moore and how he adjusts to the way the Steelers approach Ajayi and him taking advantage of whatever opportunities he may be presented with in the passing game. Jay got all the love in that first game, but Ryan Tannehill did one heck of a job managing the offense. We need Matt to play smart football and not be overwhelmed by the moment. Take chances but avoid turning the ball over when you have a scoring opportunity and if it allows them to have one. He has the horse, he has the skill players and he moves around well enough in the pocket and gets rid of the football quickly. Just play smart and we can put up some points on this Steelers defense.

    Ultimately, the pressure is all on the Steelers and that is an advantage for our Dolphins. If you listen to national media, we aren't even supposed to be here, so there is no worry about if we lose. Go out there and play hard, create a turnover or 3 and special teams TD or 2 . . . and maybe, just maybe, we can come out of this game with the W. Lets get it done!!"

    What do you think? Can Miami roll into Pittsburgh and win? Let us know what you think on the
    main forum.
    by Published on 01-01-2017 04:05 AM

    This is is Dolphins fans; the last game of the REGULAR SEASON. In years past that would have been a relief. The team could start to plan for who they want to acquire in the offseason through free agency and who to draft in April, however that is not the case this year. Miami is headed to the PLAYOFFS! But first they have to get past the Cheatriots, I mean Patriots this week when they roll into Miami to take on the Dolphins at home.

    The up side is Miami has beaten the Pats the past three seasons when playing at home. The downside is the Pats are playing for home field advantage through the playoffs. Seeing as how the Pats stumbled last year in the same week to allow Denver home field advantage it is likely they are going to playing very tough in order to secure that advantage. That's not to say the game is meaningless for Miami either. The Dolphins will be playing just as tough because if they can win they have a chance at the number five seed so long as Kansas City loses as well. So this game looks to be very competitive.

    Miami is going to have to play very high style of offense in order to win because Miami's defense has not been too reliable the past couple of weeks. The Patriots are most likely going to score often so Adam Gase and company are going to have to game plan extremely well to take advantage of New England's defense in order to out score the Patriots.

    What do you think? Can the Dolphins beat the Patriots at home and hopefully secure a better playoffs spot? Tell us what you think on the main forums!

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