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    by Published on 09-14-2015 02:59 AM



    The Miami Dolphins opened their 50th season with a road trip to Fed Ex Field Sunday vs the Washington Redskins with some struggles, some highlights, but most importantly with a win. It wasn't an ideal first half as the defense couldn't seem to get off the field and the offense couldn't stay on it. Defensively, Grimes had an early interception, Suh made his presence felt at different points, and Rashad Jones had a very good game from the defensive backfield breaking up passes and making key tackles. However, Washington dominated the time of possession early on. Despite a lackluster beginning, the offense stepped up right before the half by putting together a solid 9 play, 80 yard drive that only took 1:22 minutes. And with just 27 seconds left in the second quarter, Ryan Tannehill threw a 3 yard strike to Rishard Matthews on a very nice pivot route to come uncovered in the endzone, which cut Washington's lead to only 3 points making the halftime score 10-7 Redskins.


    The defense stiffened in the second half shutting out Washington from the scoreboard, and the offense was able to put some more substantial drives together. But the most important play of the game came from special teams, and most appropriately from the player nicknamed "Juice". With 10:22 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 10-10, Jarvis Landry fielded a punt and made his way through the middle with blocks set up by Zach Bowman and Walt Aikens. Landry then put a juke on punter Tress Way and sprinted his way to a 69 yard return for the go-ahead touchdown. Finally newcomer Brice McCain closed out the game with an incredible interception at the Dolphin's 2 yard line, and Lamar Miller ran strong to clench the win.


    Call it ugly, call it sloppy, but owner Stephen Ross called it best with his post game locker room comment, "A win is a win", as all three phases of the team contributed to the first win of the season and embodied the trademark instilled by Coach Philbin: Stronger Together.

    Jump into the main forums to talk about today's win. Big shout out to VIP member Sons of Shula for the write up of the game.
    by Published on 09-10-2015 12:21 PM  Number of Views: 1027 
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    Wildbill3, Admin

    2015 Record: 12-4
    Playoffs: Yes
    Defensive Player of the Year: SUH
    Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: Parker

    Brief Statement: Optimism runs high every offseason, and in recent memory I cannot think of another recent offseason where i'm this positive about the upcoming season. While the team, (like any other team in the NFL) has some holes in the roster, most notable being in the linebacker corps, there is a lot to be optimistic about. First and foremost, the man in the center of the Offense seems primed to take our offense to somewhere it has rarely been since the early 90's, a top five offense. As long as he's on his feet, we will be a threat to win any game. On the other side of the ball, no one brings the intensity and the expectations of giving 100 percent on every down like Suh. While that intensity brings with it a few penalties and fines per season, it's infectious. I cannot fathom our defense just folding up and letting offenses walk all over us, even in the late season. As for the final elements of a team, special teams and coaching, if philbin can avoid the costly time outs, and the rookie kickers don't completely embarrass themselves, those elements shouldn't cost us any games, one, because the offense shouldn't put the pressure on a couple kickers to win it for us, and two, the better the offense, and defense, the less coaching will matter on gamedays.

    Change is in the air, the team has arrived, it's truly our time now. These guys can and will take first the division, and more this season.

    Nublar7, Admin
    2015 Record: 10 -6
    Playoffs: Yes
    Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh
    Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie of the Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: There is a true sense of optimism this year surrounding the team. Every season there are reasons to be optimistic, but this year has a lot more reasons than really any other season this century. The front office was able to sign perhaps the most talented free agent in some time in Ndamukong Suh, revamped the wide receiver corps and locked up the first true franchise quarterback the team has had since Dan Marino to a long term contract. The positives shown in training camp and the preseason far outweigh the negatives.

    The Dolphins schedule sets them up to potentially have a fast start to the season with the Redskins, Jaguars, Bills, Jets, Titans and Texans the first six games. The back end of the schedule will be much more difficult, but a fast start will be key to the success of the team this season. Also, if the preseason is any indication, the defensive line of Suh, Cameron Wake, Earl Mitchell and Olivier Vernon is going to create havoc this season on opposing offenses.

    I like the Dolphins chances this year, though as a fan I always like their chances every year. A lot of the time my optimism comes back to bite me, but this year just seems different. I am choosing 10-6 as my record, but I wouldn't be surprised if they end up with 11 or even 12 wins. I think the race for the division title will be close between the Dolphins and Patriots with the Bills and Jets a distant third and fourth in the division.

    JCane, Admin
    2015 Record: 10 - 6
    Playoffs: Wild Card Spot
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: When was the last time you were this excited and optimistic about the upcoming season for the Miami Dolphins? It has been a while. This team is too good on paper to have another mediocre season. In my opinion, Joe Philbin's job is on the line this season if this team doesn't get to the playoffs. It's also "put up or shut up" time for Ryan Tannehill.

    But, again, I still have some questions about the offensive line and how well they can protect Ryan Tannehill. We have a lot of weapons (and depth) on offense this season. Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Lamar Miller, rookie Jay Ajayi, tandem tight ends of Dion Sims and Jordan Cameron, plus the addition of Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills. I think Dion Sims becomes a favorite target of Tannehill this season. Tannehill gets another season under direction of Bill Lazor, who I have LOVED for several years now, and I think Tannehill takes another solid step forward this season.

    We could very well have the best defensive line in the entire NFL and that is not hyperbole. The addition of Ndamukong Suh is so tremendous. Teams will have to pick their poison this season against the Miami Dolphins. Do you double-team Suh? Do you double-team Wake? I don't think people understand what this does for guys like Earl Mitchell and Olivier Vernon who could have Pro Bowl seasons because of Suh. Our Linebackers and the Secondary aren't great by any stretch, but the pressure that Suh can bring up the middle and Wake on the edge, this really helps the Linebackers and the Secondary. I expect our defensive line to force a lot of three-and-outs this season and get big stops in big moments. This helps out our offense and keeps our opponent's defense on the field and gassed.

    I'm still not sold on this team going deep for points. I think we will dink and dunk our way to many wins this season. This is a good thing because we're going to eat a lot of clock this way, keep our defense fresh, our defense will in-turn be capable of bringing consistent pressure and keeping the opponent's offense from getting into rhythm.

    Overall, I'm excited. I'm optimistic. I think we start out very strong; possibly even 6-0. I think we lose some close games to some of the more complete teams in the league who have better QBs. I don't think we win the division although I do believe we take one of two from the Patriots. We are headed in the right direction. I think when it's all said and done, we'll realize that we need to improve the offensive line as well as the kicking game and then we're in business.

    Gonzo, Admin
    2015 Record: 10-6
    Playoffs: Wild Card
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Ndamukong Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: This is tough. My brain says 9-7, but my heart says 10-6 with playoffs. The team is certainly talented enough for 10-6 or even better, but Iím not convinced Philbin is a good enough coach to get the most out of this roster. Too many late season collapses, losses to teams we should have beat, and excuses in previous years. But I just canít bring myself to say 9-7, which is really the worst-case scenario. 8-8 or less confirms Philbin is out of his element and he is fired, allowing us to move on. 10-6 or above indicates heís maybe figured this thing out and gotten the most out of the talent, improved his game-planning and game-management, and found a way to deal with inevitable injuries; though, I really need a playoff win or legitimate challenge against a top team in the playoffs.

    9-7, on the other hand, has essentially the same effect at the 8-8 and, with this schedule, means we likely had yet another collapse. It also means we are likely stuck with him as people will no doubt say ďhey, he improved over the last year!Ē Eh, not really, but Ross will likely agree in that case. The horror. The horror.

    So, Iíll go with my heart on this one and assume that we take advantage of the extremely weak early schedule with two early away game gimmes, the lack of QBs in our division outside of Brady, the continued growth of Tannehill, the improvements in our WR corps, the return of Albert, and the big addition of Suh, one of my favorite players in the league. If the preseason hype around certain members of the o-line is legit (need to see it in real games to believe it), itís one less excuse as well.

    Bumpus, Super-Mod
    Record: 11-5
    Playoffs: YES!!! (AFC East Champs)
    Offensive MVP: Ryan Tannehill
    Defensive MVP: Ndamukong Suh
    Rookie of the Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: This is the year our Dolphins finally unseat those cheating jag-offs from up North. (I think we'll both end up 11-5, but we win the division on the tiebreaker) We are truly a team on the upswing, and you can just feel the divisional torch passing our way. Our early schedule is favorable to a strong start to the season, and with that comes confidence and the opportunity for our team to come together. A large part of me wanted to predict a 12-4 mark this year, but I'll stay conservative at 11-5 (Yep, I actually just said that. lol) 'ol Bump is bullish on the Dolphins this year!

    On offense, once again the largest question mark will rest with the line. However, the impending return of Albert will make us much better and the favorable early schedule will provide valuable time for them to gel as a unit. Our revamped receiving corps meshes much better with RT's skill set, and I believe that will translate into yet another leap forward for our franchise QB. An even better passing campaign in '15 will lead to less stacked fronts for Miller, and I see him having a very solid campaign for us as well. Success breeds success, and I feel that we're going to steamroll a lot of teams this year.

    On the defensive side of the ball, that line is going to be a wrecking ball all season. Wake and Suh next to each other? Who do you double? Vernon (or Fede, who I believe will make his presence known this year) coming off the other edge and Mitchell/Phillips up the middle will also be forces with their one-on-ones. While there may be a few deficiencies behind that front on paper, the line makes it all go. Our LB's won't be asked to do as much, and Suh's addition makes their lives a lot easier. Our rush D will not be the league's punchline this time around. After Grimes, we have some young talent in the secondary that will benefit greatly from not having to cover long on any given play, and I feel they will continue to improve as the season progresses.

    This is going to be a fun season, brothers. Once we get in The Show, anything can happen. As Jerry Reed said in Smokey and the Bandit, "Hold on to your ass, Fred!"

    Rob19, Super-Mod
    Record: 10-6
    Playoffs: Wildcard
    Offensive MVP: Tannehill
    Defensive MVP: Suh
    Rookie of the Year: Parker

    Brief Statement: Kirk Cousins, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Brian Hoyer, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick; those are eight games in which Miami should have the unquestioned advantage at the most important position on the field. If the Dolphins are to be the playoff contender many suspect it to be, these are the games that must be penciled in as wins.

    The second half of the year will be crucial and revealing. For two consecutive seasons Joe Philbinís Dolphins have fizzled out in embarrassing fashion, falling to lackluster Jets teams with playoff appearances within reach. Favorable as Miamiís schedule seems in weeks one through nine, weeks ten through seventeen appear just as formidable. Beginning with a road trip to Philly followed by the Cowboys, the ĎPhins close out the season with four home games against the Ravens, Giants, Colts, and Patriots, with an away game versus the Chargers wedged in the middle. Baltimore, Indianapolis, San Deigo, and New England all figure to be vying for AFC playoff seeds, so these match-ups may all prove pivotal.

    The impact of Ndamukong Suh will be undeniable and cannot be understated. Miamiís defense ranked twenty-fourth in yards per carry in 2014. The highest ranking defense in that category this past season was none other than Ndamukong Suhís Lions. Earl Mitchell, former teammate CJ Mosley, and rookie Jordan Phillips will serve as Suhís running-mates in plugging up the middle. The pass rushing tandem of All-Pro Cameron Wake and up-and-coming Olivier Vernon round out what is shaping up to be one of the premier defensive lines in Pro Football.

    The additions of veteran receivers Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, and former Pro-Bowl tight-end Jordan Cameron will bolster an already ascending offense. Rookie first-rounder DeVante Paker will pair with Jarvis Landry as Tannehillís two top targets. Much of the success of Miamiís offense hinges on the surgically repaired knee of one Branden Albert. The Dolphins offensive-line played adequately with Albert in the line-up, but the reshuffling that occurred as a result of his removal proved not good enough.

    Ultimately, the stars align just enough so that Miami secures a Playoff appearance in the Wildcard round.

    Valandui, Super-Mod
    Record: 10-6
    Playoffs: Wild Card
    Offensive MVP: Ryan Tannehill
    Defensive MVP: Ndamukong Suh
    Rookie of the Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: Other than the iffy OL and LB depth, I feel like this team is good enough to make a deep playoff run. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the coaching staff. Bill Lazor is a bright spot, but I have a lot less confidence in Joe Philbin and Kevin Coyle. I also think that losing Kacy Rodgers will be a bigger blow than anyone realizes. If they can pull it together, this team can be really good. I just worry that this team may be headed into Norv Turner-era Chargers territory where the team wins just enough games every year to save a bad coach's job. I hope I'm wrong, but only time will tell.

    DisturbedShifty, Super-Mod
    Record: 11-5
    Playoffs: Yes
    Offensive MVP: Jarvis Landry
    Defensive MVP: Ndamukong Suh
    Rookie of the Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: I have to say pessimist in me tells me I am absolutely wrong but I can't help but get caught up in the positive vibe the Dolphins are putting off this year. There wasn't a single move in the off season that made me groan. And while we probably should have drafted a little more heavily for the o-line and line backers, I think we should be OK. That is so long as the team keeps themselves that way. As others have pointed out over the years of Philbin, he is not the best leader to rally the troops. I think with Tannehill taking the strides he has and Suh coming to Miami we might have some leaders that will help overcome where the coaching lacks. Fins Up!

    PhinsPhan11, Super-Mod
    2015 Record: 10-6
    Playoffs: Wild Card
    Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh
    Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie of the Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: This was a tough call. I was real close to saying 9-7, but I'll go with 10-6 with a wild card berth. This is a very talented roster with the moves that were made over the offseason, but I'm hesitant to believe the team will live up to its full potential with the coaching staff that is here now. Hopefully they have figured it out, and they can manage to get to the 10 win mark and get into the playoffs.

    The Dolphins have an easier start to their schedule, which they need to take advantage of. If they don't, they will be in some serious trouble. Their last 10 games do not feature many easy wins. Ending with the Colts and Patriots are about as tough as it gets in the AFC, and in order to make the playoffs they'll more than likely have to win one of those. A lot of their games down the stretch will be going up against teams that are vying for playoff spots as well like the Ravens and Chargers. This year the Dolphins are going to have to step up to the challenge in these games unlike the last couple years.

    I'm not thrilled about the LB or OL depth going into the season, but I think there is enough talent to overcome it and make the playoffs. The defensive line should dominate almost any team they go up against. They could one of the best, if not the best, defensive lines in the league. And the offense should continue to ascend with the moves that were made like Parker, Stills, Jennings, and Cameron. There is some good reason to be optimistic going into this year. All of this being factored in, the Dolphins should secure a playoff spot in the wild card round.

    Daytona Fin, Super-Mod
    2015 Record: 11-5
    Playoffs: AFC East Champion
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Ndamukong Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: The time is here Dolfans! It's really hard to not be excited for the 2015 season. The media, NFL pundits and even Vegas seem to be buying into the hype brewing in South Florida. The front office has done a really good job of building a solid nucleus. It's all up to Coach Philbin and the coaches to steer our guys to the playoffs this year. Now that Tannehill has another year under his belt in Lazor's offense, we should see a lot more opportunities for high scores and the ability to put teams away in the 4th quarter. The additions of Stills, Parker, Cameron and Jennings are going to make last season look like night and day compared to the 2015 offense. What can be said of the signing of Suh that hasn't already been stated? I don't know but I just have to say thank you to the Dolphins for making it happen and I can't say that enough. That defensive line is going to be a wrecking ball. The areas that we lack in the linebacker corps will be masked by the front and I think we should be able to get away with it. The only area that will hold this roster back is shallow depth at cornerback and injuries. Other than that I think we are set for an exciting season. And of course there is Joe.

    There is a very good chance this team can start the season out at 5-1 or 6-0. The schedule makers were very kind to us with the lack of early home games. We have to take full advantage of those duds on our schedule; there won't be any second chances as the second half of the season approaches. While it looks daunting on paper, there are many home games late in the season and I think the newly renovated stadium will be packed full of Dolfans on game days pumping excitement and energy to this team that has been missing for many years. We finished at 8-8 last year, we are better than that but asking for a 3 game jump in the NFL may seem like a lot but I think the addition of Suh and the improved offense should be good enough for a two game leap. Adding to that another tight game that I believe will flip our way that wouldn't have in previous seasons. We just need to take control of the AFC East and finish no worse than 4-2 in the division and we will be 11-5 and staring at a home game in the playoffs comes January.

    NY8123, Super-Mod
    2015 Record: 10-6
    Playoffs: Wild Card
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Olivier Vernon
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: DeVante Parker

    Brief Statement: If last year was the year of no excuses the team fell flat. This year is the year of win and get in. I know Iím usually rosy in my evaluations of the team (maybe thatís aqua) but hey after all Iím a lifelong Miami fan. The team has made drastic changes and with the stagnation that has surrounded Miami drastic change was needed. Miami has locked down the franchise, Ryan Tannehill. With Ryan the offense and team lives and dies, it is now up to Ryan to use a younger and hungrier receiving corps to put up points. The addition of DeVante Parker sure helps and with Greg Jennings providing Yodaish leadership to Landry, Stills and Parker this corps can be scary good. The offensive line has questions at Guard but the play of this line rests squarely on Albertís ability to stay healthy. The backfield seems stable this year and if Ajayi starts to contribute down the stretch this group should have better success than last year with Miller improving even more.

    Of course we are going to mention Suh, arguably the biggest Miami free agent addition ever and hopefully the addition that gets the Miami D back to excellence. There are big expectations on this side of the ball this year and this unit must perform. The D-line has to play huge this year, they have to show the dominance expected out of them, Earl Mitchel and rookie Jordan Phillips provide even more firepower along the front. The linebacker crops has the most questions and the most to prove. Jenkins should continue to rise as a starter playing behind this D-line and Misi needs to be solid, after those two the questions are plentiful and someone is going to have to step out of the shadows at linebacker and perform at a high level. The secondary should be as good as last year but with the injury bug already biting Delmas, Aikens is going to have to take up the slack. The play opposite Grimes will have to be consistent as well if this unit wants to find success.

    Win and get in. It really is that simple.
    by Published on 09-04-2015 08:37 AM  Number of Views: 307 
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    Many Players Step Up As Final Cuts Loom



    The Miami Dolphins finished the preseason with a 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Most of the starters did not play in the final game. It was time for the backups and reserves to make a claim for their spot on the final roster. There was no shortage of players making their case. Running backs Mike Gillislee (2 touchdowns) and Jay Ajayi (103 total yards) both put in solid performances. Cornerback Will Davis had two interceptions and Punter Matt Darr had three punts inside the five yard line.

    Other contributors included Matt Hazel, Christion Jones, who had a 108 yard return called back on a penalty, James Davidson, Jeff Luc and many others. Devante Parker made his debut with an 11 yard reception. Unfortunately Ajayi suffered a cracked rib in the game and no timetable has been given on his return.

    The Dolphins will now trim the roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Look for the Dolphins to continue to makes moves beyond Saturday. Mike Tannenbaum indicated they where may be other free agent acquisitions or trades made beyond Saturday. The Dolphins will open the regular season at the Washington Redskins on September 13th.





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