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Dolphins Oline Struggles Early In Camp

The Miami Dolphins will have five new offensive line starters come opening day of the 2014 season. Mike Pouncey is out after undergoing hip surgery and the rest of the line is no longer on the team. Tyson Clabo? Gone. Jonathan Martin? Quit. John Jerry? Gone. Richie Incognito? Dismissed. Bryant McKinnie? Gone.

The reality is that the Dolphins are facing issues along the offensive line. The line was supposed to be fixed during free agency and the draft. The team added Branden Albert, Shelley Smith, Jason Fox, David Arkin all through free agency and drafted Ja’Wuan James in round one and Billy Turner in round four.

The Dolphins are well into camp finishing their sixth practice today and while both guard positions seem to be clear and both tackle positions are clear, the center position is killing the Dolphins right now. Shelley Smith was the early starter but his continued inability to get the ball into Ryan Tannehill’s hand has forced the coaching staff to move Nate Garner to the number one spot.

Sam Brenner has been dinged up the last few days so David Arkin has been taking the 2nd team snaps. All the while the coaches have begun to tinker with the players at other positions. The line changes will do nothing for the Dolphins Super Bowl chances.

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While there are options currently available on the free agent market, the team is, for now, looking internally at their own roster. They have depth at four of the five positions but the center spot is in flux. With Pouncey out until what is now being thought to be mid-season, the Dolphins must figure out who can step in and up and handle the line calling duties and snaps.

New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is concentrating on the installation of a new offensive system while John Benton the teams offensive line coach is working to improve the play of a scattered 2013 unit. Earlier today Benton expressed mild concern over the center position but also said he is confident that they can get it worked out.

The Dolphins will play their first squad vs. squad scrimmage on Saturday night and a week later will open their preseason schedule.

 

Early Super Bowl Odds Favor Denver Seattle Re-Match

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With the start of training camp it’s time to look at the entire NFL and see who those early elite teams might be. The Seattle Seahawks are ready to defend their championship title of a year ago and the Denver Broncos have already said anything less than a Super Bowl victory will be considered a failed season.

The Dolphins are not expected to truly compete for a Super Bowl but the fans are hoping for a far better improvement over last years 8-8 record. 9-7 will be an improvement but most fans want to see a return to the 10-6 realm and frankly that’s the only way the Dolphins will win the division and might be the only way the make the playoffs at all.

If you were a betting man, you wouldn’t put your money on the Dolphins this season. The Dolphins are not getting much action in Las Vegas either. A 2015 betting site is predicting a rematch between Seattle and Denver. The Dolphins are so far down on the odds that if you are a betting man, or woman, you would stand to gain a very nice fortune if you did in fact bet on the Dolphins.

Fans have grown increasingly tired of watching the Dolphins collapse late in the season or

find themselves needing help as the last month rolls along. Fans are tired of seeing the New England Patriots find ways to win when their season is on the line and the Dolphins vanishing behind the inability to rally.

This year the Dolphins will work to get to the playoffs and they will have a tough schedule to get there but can they go deep into the playoffs if they make it? The answer should be yes.

Consider that if the Dolphins make the playoffs, the odds are they will likely do so as the AFC East winner and if they can win the division then that means a lot of things are going right for the team. It will mean they have momentum and that the team believes in themselves. That is a dangerous formula to have going into the post-season.

All the pieces will need to come together but that isn’t a crazy thought. Bill Lazor could be the key to making this happen with a new offensive system that could ignite a sleeping high-powered offense. Defensively however, DC Kevin Coyle needs to come up with an answer for the issues that plagued the team last season.

The Dolphins ranked a lot lower than projected last season especially against the run where the team found no linebacker support. The Dolphins defense could be the key to the teams playoff chances. If the offense can generate points under this new system, the Dolphins defense may find themselves the weak link.

Can the Dolphins make the post-season for the 2014 season? Yes. Will they? That depends on far too many variables.

 

Odds Do Not Favor Miami Dolphins Entering Training Camp

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The Miami Dolphins have question marks on the offensive line, they have question marks at linebacker, they have question marks at tight end, shall I continue? Needless to say the Miami Dolphins entering the 2014 season have a lot of questions.

All of those questions won’t be answered anytime soon, but a clearer picture of those answers will begin to get painted next week when the Dolphins open their training camp in Davie, Fl.

The Dolphins will face a tough schedule this season that features the NFC North and a total of nine playoff teams from last season. The AFC East division is also expected to get tougher with the changes made by New York and Buffalo to their rosters.

According to SportsBettingAcumen.com, the Dolphins are 65:1 odds to reach the Super Bowl. New York is a close second behind Miami at 70:1 odds and Buffalo is right behind them both with 75:1 odds. Of course New England is sitting at 10:1.

Training camp will provide fans the first glimpse of the teams new offensive system, a hybrid West Coast offense and spread offense that was run by Chip Kelly in Philadelphia last season. The Dolphins are hoping that former Eagle QB coach, Bill Lazor can turn the Dolphins offense into a formidable one.

The Dolphins are entering the season ranked 18 on SportsBettingAcumen.com which puts them in the middle of the NFL. Ryan Tannehill will have a new offensive line to work in front of him and if he can avoid being sacked, 58 total last season, he may be able to get the kinks worked out between he and Mike Wallace.

The Dolphins are entering a critical year in 2014. Ryan Tannehill enters his 3rd season as a pro but it’s Joe Philbin who could be looking for a job at the end of the season should the Dolphins fail to improve on last seasons 8-8 finish.

As stated, the Dolphins are not looking to answer all of their questions in training camp but they will at least start.

Dolphins Face Uphill 2014 Odds

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Photo courtesy of http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFP-Sunday-Blitz-6551.html

The Miami Dolphins faced a New York Jets that showed the Dolphins what pride looks like.  In the process they gave Rex Ryan another season to coach the team. In 2014 the two teams will meet again but the 2014 schedule for Miami won’t be an easy one.

If the Dolphins want to turn around their franchise, something they have not been able to do since Dave Wannstedt took over for Jimmy Johnson, they will need play head and shoulders over their efforts this past season.

The Dolphins will not enter 2014 as division favorites, the  Patriots will enter the season as odds on favorites, yet again.

Many media outlets are not looking favorably on Miami’s chances next season, including ESPN along with several local media newspapers.  The Dolphins, still in a holding pattern with their head coach, OC, and of course Jeff Ireland are far from making a turnaround.

The Dolphins will face outside of their normal division games, the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, and Vikings all at home, while traveling to Oakland in London, the Broncos, Jacksonville, Chicago, and to Detroit. Not easy to come off a season one game shy of a playoff birth only to face four playoff teams and four more who were in the hunt.

The Dolphins need to make a decision on their present before they can contemplate their future and owner Stephen Ross is mulling those decisions with his advisers.  The lack of efficiency and energy hurt this team down the final two game stretch.

Next year may be a new season but the bitter taste in the mouths of Miami fans won’t go away any time soon.

 

Dolphins Vs. New England…All Bets Are Off

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The Miami Dolphins face a New England Patriots team that is battered.  The Patriots will be without two WR’s and will turn to a couple of no-names to stack behind starters Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.  That is the least of Miami’s worries.

This week is the biggest game of Ryan Tannehill’s young career.  Playoffs are on the line and a win could move the Dolphins into sole possession of the sixth seed with a Monday night loss by Baltimore.

Despite the injury concerns for New England, the Patriots find themselves once again the favorites to win in South Florida.  The Patriots will enter – 1 over the Dolphins heading into Sunday’s game.

Many ESPN analysts are picking the Dolphins to win this game as are many national journalists.  In the first meeting the Dolphins opened a 17-3 lead at halftime before imploding in the second half to give New England the victory.  Can the Dolphins fend off a depleted team who is looking to lock down a playoff spot?

If I were a betting man I might be inclined to say no.  The Patriots are resilient and while the Dolphins should be optimistic there will be a battle on Sunday.  The Patriots are not only looking to win the division today by beating Miami they could move into possession of home field advantage throughout the playoffs with Denver’s loss on Thursday night.

The Dolphins need to win to keep pace with Baltimore and hold off a “super-charging” San Diego team.  With three weeks left in the regular season every win/loss becomes important.

Miami and Baltimore can each afford to lose one more provided that both lose one.   As it stands a three way tie with the Chargers could put the Dolphins into the playoffs but only if the Ravens lose one game to either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.

Regardless of what playoff standing are at stake today you can visit Sportsbettingdime.com and find the best place to bet the gloves will come off on Sunday between two teams who need to win.  One perhaps a little more than the other.

 

Dolphins Prepare For Bengals

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Photo Courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com

Following a troubling 4 game losing streak, the Miami Dolphins head home for a Prime time Thursday night football game against the 6-2 Cincinnati Bengals.  The Bengals have moved into 1st place in the AFC North, and are currently working on a 4 game win streak.  However things are not looking as bright for our home town Miami Dolphins.  With only a 4 day break from their last game on Sunday, the Dolphins have had an interesting week to say the least.  Read more to find out the latest news, and how the Dolphins can prepare for this high powered Bengals team.

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Dolphins Take Major Step Back

 

The Miami Dolphins were supposed to have their shot this year at the NFL’s AFC East title.  After Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills that no longer looks to be a slam dunk and in fact looks to be more likely for a NY Jets team who knocked off the Patriots to take command of 2nd place.

NFL odds favored the Dolphins by almost 7 points this past Sunday but the Phins couldn’t get the job done.  In fact not only did they fail to cover the spread, they failed to win the game in what will likely become a vital handicap down the road.

Adding to the teams problems is the play of their QB who has fumbled away and passed away a great start to the season.  Currently Tannehill is on pace for more sacks than any other QB in history and that includes the rookie season of Houston’s expansion year QB David Carr.

This week the Dolphins will travel North to New England where early NFL odds will have the Patriots likely opening around 7 point favorites.  The Patriots who have struggled throughout the season still lead the division with a 5-2 record.  An indication that coaching is a sure way to succeed.

The Patriots saw TE Rob Gronkowski activated for the first time this season and the Dolphins will likely get their share of the bruising pass catcher as Tom Brady looks to rebound from a week seven loss that saw the Patriots throw away NFL odds of minus 9.

With New England set to make it’s run on the AFC East and the Dolphins set to set sail on another season unless they can find a way to start winning ball games, it’s unsatisfying to say this game is a must win.  Unfortunately it is becoming just that.

Miami can not afford to lose two division games this early in a season nor can they afford to drop three game backs on the Patriots.

 

Dolphins Prepare for Monday Night Battle

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Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins official Facebook

Heading into the 5th Monday night football game of the regular season, we prepare to watch two undefeated teams battle in New Orleans.  After the Dolphins take down one of the NFC South’s powerhouse teams last weekend in the Falcons, the Dolphins now prepare to face off against another NFC South opponent, the Saints.

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Phinatics.com Joins Phinatics Facebook Group!

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The power of social media is real and you need not look any further than Facebook to see how real that power is.  Phinatics.com has been undergoing changes for a couple of years now and yet the right fit has seemed to elude us.

Until now.

Today Phinatics.com is announcing it’s full partnership with the Phinatics Facebook group.  A dedicated Miami Dolphins fan group of 700 strong.  You can make it 701, 702, etc…by going here.

So what does this mean for you?

For starters, more content.  With the arrival of this partnership, Phinatics will see a new lead writer and editor arrive with Chris H. Borei, co-owner of the Facebook group.  Chris is going to bring not only his writing credentials to Phinatics.com but also his experience and knowledge with the Miami Dolphins Facebook group and team.

In addition, Phinatics Facebook group’s other co-owner Mandi Moore will also be joining our site as an administrator/writer to keep you up to date on the Dolphins and the news that tops out on FB.

In addition, new writers will also be joining our current staff as we re-invent Phinatics.com.  Site and all.

With the partnership in place we are going to re-design the look and feel of Phinatics.com tweak our long present logo to bring it more into the modern era Dolphins and work to bring you, the Miami Dolphins fan, one of the most comprehensive interactive social Dolphins website on the internet.

It’s taken two and a half years to find the right fit for this site and I believe that Chris H. Borei and Mandi Moore both will help take this site to the next level and become one of the top Miami Dolphins communities on the internet.

With a 700 member presence on Facebook, our current reader base, our Phinatics Forum, and original Phinatics.com staff/members like Steve Dobson who runs and maintains the Facebook page Phinatics Photos, we feel this will be a great experience like no other!

Welcome aboard Phinatics Facebook group and thank you for welcoming us aboard as well!

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