Welcome to FinHeaven Fans Forums! We're glad to have you here. Please feel free to browse the forum. We'd like to invite you to join our community; doing so will enable you to view additional forums and post with our other members.



VIP Members don't see these ads. Join VIP Now
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: ESPN AFC East Blog: Dolphins at crossroads, good read

  1. -1
    phinatic1399's Avatar
    Diehard Phinatic!

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Dec 2008
    Posts:
    2,896
    vCash:
    197
    Loc:
    Syracuse, NY
    Thanks / No Thanks

    ESPN AFC East Blog: Dolphins at crossroads, good read

    DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush walked into the media room with a smirk on his face Wednesday.

    “Packed house,” Bush said with a grin. “I wonder why.”

    Miami's rookie head coach, Joe Philbin, entered minutes later and also noticed a larger-than-usual media corps. It was quiet confirmation that the Dolphins finally are doing something right.

    It’s been four years since the Dolphins have been this interesting. That was 2008, when former coach Tony Sparano led Miami to an unexpected 11-5 season and an AFC East title.

    Since then, the Dolphins have pretty much been a bad punch line. This summer alone, Miami had to slog through a winless preseason and handle the Chad Johnson fiasco on national television during HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” A 1-3 start to the regular season also didn’t help things.

    But the Dolphins are suddenly interesting again. They have won two straight with a talented rookie quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) and a physical defense. Many are wondering whether Miami is just a flash in the pan or potentially a surprise team in the second half of the season.

    The Dolphins (3-3) are at a crossroads, and Sunday they travel to MetLife Stadium to face the rival New York Jets (3-4). This matchup will greatly affect the direction of both AFC East teams.

    “It’s a big game,” the usually calm Philbin said. “No question about it.”

    Added Jets coach Rex Ryan, “It’s a huge game for both teams. If it’s said otherwise, it’s not true, because nobody believes it. Everybody knows how huge this game is.”

    Is Miami a contender or pretender?

    This rebuilt Miami team wasn’t expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2012. But the division is mediocre and so is the AFC, and suddenly the wild-card spots are wide open for any teams that can get hot.

    The veteran Jets have been there before. They went to back-to-back AFC title games in 2009 and 2010. It’s the younger, less experienced Dolphins who have to prove they are legit.

    This is a golden opportunity for Miami to bury the Jets and send them packing for the season at 3-5. That is a record New York most likely wouldn't be able to recover from, especially with its best player (CB Darrelle Revis) and No. 1 receiver (Santonio Holmes) lost for the season.

    If the Dolphins are legit, they won’t let New York “ground and pound” their defense. Miami’s run defense is fifth in the NFL, and another good performance would force the New York to go to its air attack and quarterback Mark buttfumble.

    If the Dolphins are legit, they will establish Bush and their ground game on the road against a Jets defense ranked 30th against the run. The combination of running well and stopping the run has kept Miami in nearly every game this season.

    If the Dolphins are legit, Tannehill will continue to show improvement after the bye. He struggled against New York’s defense in the teams' first meeting this season, throwing for just 196 yards and a costly pick-six. But Tannehill’s quarterback rating in the three games since have been 86.5, 92.3 and 112.0.

    “I think he’s steadily improved each and every week,” Dolphins guard Richie Incognito said. “He’s done a really good job knowing what the defense is trying to do to us and putting us in the right protections and the right run calls.”

    There are no excuses for the Dolphins, who have had two weeks to rest and prepare for their biggest rival. Miami nearly beat the Jets in the first meeting -- a 23-20 Jets overtime win in Week 3 -- and the Dolphins have seen enough tape to adjust to what went wrong.

    Unlike the Jets, the Dolphins have been very fortunate with injuries and will enter this game virtually at full strength. Cornerback Richard Marshall (back) is the only player not expected to be available on Sunday. The Jets have injuries at linebacker (Bart Scott), defensive line (Sione Pouha, Kenrick Ellis) and running back (Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight).

    A caveat might be the trash talk and emotion. These rivals simply don’t like each other. The back-and-forth between Dolphins players such as Bush and center Mike Pouncey and Jets players such as LaRon Landry and Aaron Maybin has made for a fun week. Landry has gone as far as to guarantee a win for the Jets.

    Whether the trash talk leads to rough play remains to be seen.

    “I go back to the game I saw on September 23 [and] it was a hard fought game by both teams,” Philbin said. “I didn’t think it was a dirty game. Players played hard, and I suspect that will be what happens this time around.”

    The Dolphins have another thing going for them: Miami has never suffered a season sweep versus the Jets under Ryan. The Dolphins will be motivated not to let their biggest rival accomplish that feat.

    “We know who we’re playing. This is a good football team,” Ryan said. “The fact that we’ve never beat them twice, that kind of gives us energy. The fact that we can go 3-1 in our division with two wins over Miami, that would be huge. So we see it as a real possibility.”
    http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post...t-a-crossroads
    Quote Quote  

  2. -2
    psfign's Avatar
    Pro Bowler

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Apr 2009
    Posts:
    1,059
    vCash:
    5731
    Thanks / No Thanks
    good read!
    Quote Quote  

  3. -3
    NY8123's Avatar
    Sophisticated Redneck

    Status:
    Online
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Jan 2008
    Posts:
    11,469
    vCash:
    3562
    Loc:
    out in the Ding Weeds
    Thanks / No Thanks
    Most excellent.
    Peace and Humptiness Forever


    Quote Quote  

  4. -4
    electrolyte's Avatar
    Pro Bowler

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Sep 2009
    Posts:
    1,576
    vCash:
    1413
    Thanks / No Thanks
    How quickly the mood has changed.

    THANK YOU PHILBIN AND STAFF!
    Quote Quote  

  5. -5
    johngarry's Avatar
    FinHeaven VIP

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Jul 2005
    Posts:
    3,103
    vCash:
    6913
    Loc:
    Calabasas, CA
    Thanks / No Thanks

    ESPN AFC East Blog: Dolphins at crossroads, good read

    it's Year One of the Philbin era… we're nowhere near a crossroads… still many pieces to placed… stripes to be earned… bars to be raised… good stew is slow cooked.
    Quote Quote  

  6. -6
    dolpns13's Avatar
    Chest Rockwell is my hero

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Nov 2005
    Posts:
    24,549
    vCash:
    23580
    Loc:
    Dirty Jersey
    Thanks / No Thanks
    "Landry has gone as far as to guarantee a win for the Jets. "

    Oh really!!!
    I believe any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle...Victorious

    Quote Quote  

  7. -7
    Canadianfishfan's Avatar
    FinHeavean VIP

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    Aug 2004
    Posts:
    12,445
    vCash:
    7695
    Loc:
    Toronto, On. Canada
    Thanks / No Thanks
    Crossroads? Hardly. We're still finding ourselves. we are far from what the product will be under Philbin and Tannehill. The Jets on the other hand... Rex Ryan has been around for awhile. They have a few aging players, and their window at the Superbowl was best about 2 years ago. It's midway through the season, and throwing out terms like "crossroads" seems a little too easy. But I believe a loss this weekend doesn't affect us as much as it does the Jets.
    Quote Quote  

  8. -8
    CRAZYDOLFAN305's Avatar
    We Are Still Going To The SB

    Status:
    Offline
    WPA:
    Join date:
    May 2002
    Posts:
    4,799
    vCash:
    1372
    Loc:
    MIAMI, FL
    Thanks / No Thanks
    About ****ing time, we have been playing well since our 8th game last year. And that's a fact despite what any Ireland, Ross and Insert Player (NAME) hater wants to believe. Welcome to reality ESPN!
    Quote Quote  

Similar Threads

  1. ESPN AFC East blog: phins end tannehill-henne debate
    By phinatic1399 in forum Miami Dolphins Forum
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 12-17-2012, 01:19 PM
  2. ESPN AFC East Blog: Double Coverage - Patriots at Dolphins
    By MRPRESIDENT50 in forum Miami Dolphins Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-28-2012, 02:16 PM
  3. ESPN AFC East Blog: Time to Raise Expectation For Miami Dolphins
    By MRPRESIDENT50 in forum Miami Dolphins Forum
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 10-12-2012, 04:53 PM
  4. AFC East blog on ESPN.com
    By phinfanNY08 in forum Miami Dolphins Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-22-2008, 08:56 PM
  5. nice blog good read!
    By SR 7 in forum Miami Dolphins Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-16-2008, 05:48 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •