Why The Dolphins Beat The Falcons

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Now that the dust has settled after our victory against Luck and the Colts. Its time to start looking forward to this weekend’s game against Matt Ryan’s Falcons

As we’ve gone week to week we’ve seen how these Dolphins look very different from the Dolphins we’ve come accustomed to. Seeing guys on offense that can explode at any moment, turnover hungry defense, and a coach who seems to be making that right moves.

Sadly along with those positive changes we’ve seen some recurring issues that can prove to be deadly against the more elite teams in the league.

One big problem that has reared its head is the 3rd and short efficiency. We were spoiled with Polite a couple of seasons ago because since his departure we haven’t converted 3rd and short quite as often. We have to be able to finish possessions because top teams make all their possessions count.

Issues down the middle have been going on for 4 years now. We brought guys like wheeler, Ellerbe and Jordan not only for their ability to blitz but to be able to cover guys like Gonzalez, Graham and Gronkowski. Amazingly enough these are the next three guys we play.

Freaked out? You shouldn’t be.

Falcons are definitely a super bowl caliber team but we’re catching them at the right time. With injuries to Roddy white and Steven Jackson we can focus alot of attention to Julio Jones who’s going to have the same effect as Wallace has. My biggest fear is Hugh Douglas and Gonzalez up the middle.

Gonzalez still hasn’t hit his stride this year. It seems like the training camp layoff has hurt him for the start of the season but you can probably expect a handful of targets for him. To me if the Dolphins can limit plays down the middle, they can beat Atlanta. Falcons defense isn’t anything great and with the continued cohesion of the Offensive unit i can see the Fins winning by double digits.

Stretch right? Believe me it isn’t

Factors for the Dolphins win:

  • Lack of run game will keep TE’s back and help out in the pass game to the TE’s and slot
  • Defense will be back to its sacking ways. Expect four in total this weekend.
  • Brent Grimes will draw Julio Jones and in an emotional game for Brent don’t expect any long touchdown throws to his side.
  • Lastly expect Gibson and Clay to have big games against Falcons average LB’s

This is not going to be an easy game but its a game that’s winnable and should the dolphins keep the turnovers down and pressure up on defense this team will take their home opener.

Cid’s Prediction:

31-20 Dolphins

 

 

 

Spread Killer: Why Miami Killed Their Chance

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It’s amazing how after a win we, a fan base starved for success, can get so down about a victory. Is it that the bar we set is too high? Maybe it’s the way we dissect wins to make sure it’s worth our time to hope. Whichever is the reason, were right to do so.
I’m new to writing but not new to observation. I’ve watched this team for years before 95 but sadly my mental capacity can only remember that far back. What I can remember from my time as a “football infant” was the excitement for Sundays. Dolphin’s football was a brand. Headlined by a Hall of Fame QB and a gritty defense, every year was promising only to end up 10-6 or 11-5 with a wild card win and divisional defeat. We were left hungry just not starved.
Fast forward to the present day, our hopes are resting on the shoulders of a GM, who still hasn’t proven himself, an unproven but potential filled coach and QB.

Getting hungrier?

The front office has sold us on this spread offense that plans to be lethal but through a season and a half the only thing lethal is the injection into the fans veins. I for one loved the idea to go spread. We’re adapting to what the league has pushed for, high octane and a lot of points. Well I’m here to dash your dreams, not as a starved fan but as a student of the game.

Warning: Grab a Snickers your starvation may reach new heights

First off lets point out the good that the front office has done. They did a great job to sure up the line for our main offensive philosophy, throwing the ball. Clabo is proven, Jerry has taken huge strides, Pouncey is the center we wanted since Tim Ruddy left, Incognito though tempered has done well, and Martin is serviceable. They did a good job last year and after a shakey first half, they definitely did better the second.

Weapons were a key to our free agency and they found one piece that has been missing for over a decade. (not counting Ted Ginn as a deep threat) Wallace showed why we brought him in. His 1 catch for 15 yds is pathetic to those who can’t look deeper. Wallace took 2 guys every pass play. To me that’s a win because we have guys that can separate themselves down the field. Gibson looks to be a strong receiver who can handle nickel backs and LBs with ease. 20 yds on the ground or not I do like Lamar Miller. He has big play ability and has shown he will improve in areas that he lacks in.

Lastly, the key to any offensive philosophy the quarterback is where the offense excels or dies. Ryan Tannehill has the physical tools to become a very good quarterback in this league. Other parts of his game that really stand out are pocket presence, his field general attitude and being able to bounce back from bad plays. Short term memory loss is a big key to becoming a star in the league especially as QB.

Now on to the big failures that are going to haunt the Dolphins and our dreams.
The spread offense isn’t new. We have so many teams running it that it’s not hard to study. Saints, Patriots, Packers, Lions and Broncos are the prime examples of the spread. Aside from having great QBs these teams have one thing the dolphins don’t have, a great short route guy. Our man for that spot was traded to the team we played week 1. Saints have Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, Patriots had Welker and now Edelman, Packers have Randall Cobb, Lions had Titus Young now have Ryan Broyles, and the Broncos now have brought in Welker after having Stokley’s services. Dolphins have done a good job at bringing in guys to help the spread but if you want lose that slot guy you better have a running attack to protect you, sadly the Dolphins may not have that.

When the transformation to the spread happen all I could think about was Bess finally being where he needed to be. He’s a possession guy, he’s a wiggle guy and on any of the teams I just mentioned he would be grabbing 80 balls a year. He should be doing that for us this year but we decided he wasn’t needed.

I beg to differ.

You may tell yourself that I’m pessimistic or negative, I’m just being honest. I still think the Dolphins have a chance at having a decent run this year. A lot can be pointed to play calling and the lack of adjustments at the line. But the ineffectiveness of our running game in Week 1 is scary. Having a receiver like Bess would not only help this running game by taking LB’s and Safeties out of the box but will actually make Miami what they intended to be, a true spread offense.

This article may just be a result of hunger but all I ask is that Miami allows me to see what they promise. I understand how hard it is to win a Super Bowl and I can’t ask for that every year, but if you’re going to promise me a lethal offense, take a working blueprint and follow it.

For now I’ll unwrap my snickers because I get negative when I’m starved.

Reflecting Upon the Dolphins’ Season Opener

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Coming into the Dolphins at Browns game yesterday there was plenty of optimism surrounding the 2013 season for the Phins.  A game that was substantially changed by Dolphin’s takeaways, turned into a defensive battle early in the first half.  With a close first half, the Dolphins eventually pulled away from the Browns in the 4th quarter.  In conclusion the Dolphins left Cleveland with their first win of the season, and learned a few things from their first outing of the year.

 

One very noticeable downturn for the Miami Dolphins was easily their running game.  With a total of 20 rushing yards throughout the game, and only 1 rushing first down, the Dolphin’s offense heavily relied on Ryan Tannehill’s arm.  This poor rushing performance by the Dolphins brings skepticism for Miami fans.  Heading into the 2013 season, 2 year running back Lamar Miller was named the starter after a heated position battle with Daniel Thomas.  Lamar took 10 carries for 3 yards in Miami’s season opener on Sunday, in comparison to Thomas’ 8 carries for 14 yards and a touchdown.  A very concerning start for the Dolphin’s backs creates a dubious opinion of the running backs and offensive line.

Staying on the offensive side of the ball, the condition of wide out Mike Wallace is concerning.

Accumulating only 1 reception for 15 yards in his regular season debut as a Dolphin brought a seemingly distressed receiver.  After the game upon being asked about his performance, Wallace responded “I don’t want to talk. I don’t feel like talking about it” and “ask coach. It’s not my gameplan.”  With Wallace being rather unproductive in the statistical column, he did take away two defenders a majority of the game.  The coverage of Mike Wallace may have been substantial, however this brought Ryan Tannehill opportunities to feed Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson who combined for 16 receptions and 191 yards.  Mike Wallace may have been unhappy with his production in week one, however week 2 may be a completely different story against the Indianapolis Colts.

On the defensive side of the ball, unexpected players like Dimitri Patterson came up big for the Dolphins in the win.  Patterson who forced the Brown’s quarterback Brandon Weeden to throw 2 interceptions, came up big against his former team.  Nolan Carroll also came up with an interception early in the game.  Perhaps the constant pressure from all star defensive end Cameron Wake helped force some of these turnovers.  Wake accumulated 4 tackles, along with 2.5 sacks on Sunday, and left the Brown’s right tackle Mitchell Schwartz struggling.

 

A couple other players who made an impact are listed below:

  • New additions to the Dolphins, Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe finished with 6 tackles respectively.
  • Rookie Dolphin’s kicker Caleb Sturgis struck for 3/3 field goals, with a long of 49 yards.
  • Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess finished with 5 reception for 47 yards for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill was effective in his sophomore season opener, as he went 24/38 for 272 yards and for a touchdown (Hartline) as well as an interception.

 

The Dolphins continue their road game trip next Sunday as they play at Indianapolis.

 

 

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Digesting the Dolphin’s Roster Moves

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As the Miami Dolphins approach closer to the regular season opener versus the Browns just 11 days away, the Dolphins have been assessing their roster, and making cuts.  As seen in HBO’s Hard Knocks last summer, the whole roster fights for very limited spots in the final 53 man roster.  With this past Tuesday (27th) being set as a deadline for a 75 man roster, the Dolphins made a series of subtractions.

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How To Stay Active In A Dull Football Game

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Many people like watching live football games for fun, however some matches may be long and mundane without any thrill or action, this can be bad if you have already paid for the ticket. Nevertheless, there are many interesting ways to kill boredom in such games.

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Miami Dolphins have an interesting app on Google play, which fans can use to stay updated with the latest news. Instead of sitting idle, you can log in and get instant access to LIVE videos, audio broadcasts and in-depth sport details. Download here for instant access to this app.

Visitors can also check cool photo galleries of both players and cheerleaders. It’s one of the best ways to pass time in such circumstances. Other things you can do with this app are accessing live sport commentary, team stats and new scoring drives.

Play NFL pro 2013

Android users can now download and play NFL Pro 2013 from their Smartphones, it’s another great way of passing time in any unexciting football match. The game is absolutely free and delivers quality graphical experience. It incorporates a series of great onscreen buttons including gyroscopic consoles that are easy to use. Moreover, the virtual buttons allow players to make quick moves such as speed burst which helps in sprinting past defenders.

Gamers also have the opportunity of enjoying 1st person visuals with better field views. Whenever a player passes the ball to another competitor, they would get clear views of all corners within the field according to a quarterback’s perspective, this helps in finding an open play receiver who may be used to score goals faster. This great app can keep your mind jogging and prevent monotony.

Enjoy casino games

Mobile casinos give people unrivaled gambling opportunities that can be used to kill time during boring playoffs. Players are guaranteed the best interface controls, game selection as well as maximum security. When you register with these virtual betting platforms, there’s always the promise of thrill and excitement. Moreover, you will get 24/7 staff assistance through email, telephone and live chat. Players may also be given astounding casino cash bonuses to lift their spirits. The best mobile casinos for android are now available for all Smartphone users.

After all, you have many things you can do to get entertained when bored during a football game.

 

Betting On The Next Miami Dolphins Game

 

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It has been a long wait for fans of the Miami Dolphins for the new NFL football season to commence. However, the start of the season is drawing nearer with each passing day. A lot of excitement surrounds the new season given coaching and staffing changes. Many fans are brimming with anticipation to see how well their team will perform in the new season. For some of these fans, sports betting is providing an outlet through which they can have some involvement in the impending season as they continue to wait.

Right now, the main bets that can be placed are what are known as future bets. As one might think judging by the name, these pertain to future events within the season and their results. Placing this kind of wager right now comes with a lot of inherent risk which makes them also quite lucrative should they be successful. Of these bets, probably the one that is placed the most is which NFL team will win the Super Bowl. Many fans often place their money down on their favourite team. Therefore, for Dolphins fans, the odds of their team winning are currently set at 50 to 1. This means for a standard bet of $100, the payout for the Dolphins actually winning would be $5000.

Once a futures bet is placed, there is obviously some time that must elapse before the result is know. In the meantime, Miami Dolphins fans can continue to enjoy aspects of football by playing football themed slot machine games at Gaming Club online casino games. One of these is a game known as $5 Million Dollar Touchdown. The game features symbols taken right from football including players, cheerleaders, footballs and a referee’s whistle. Many fans will find that this game can fit into any budget has it has a large range of coin denominations that can be used.

Dolphins Host Intriguing Position Battles

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Coming into early July, the Dolphins roster looks to host numerous position battles come training camp. Dolphin’s training camp will begin July 20th, and will provide plenty of excitement that will carry into the preseason. Within the Dolphins’s position battles stands numerous newly acquired additions that took place in this eventful offseason. Today we look into the most intriguing battles that will continue throughout the season.

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Dolphins Look To Pick Up Pace

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As seen in HBO Hard Knocks that premiered last season, the Dolphins introduced a high tempo, no huddle offense.  Along with the presence of head coach Joe Philbin, the Dolphins changed their practice format to comply with this pace, as they ran a “dual team practice” in which two squads would practice almost simultaneously, which introduced the offense to a higher tempo pace.  With OTA’s under way, it is becoming more apparent the Dolphins are set on becoming a high tempo offense.

“I think the biggest things that we’ve talked about is being able to move the chains,”  “(That’s) I think really the one deciding things that gets you the opportunity to call more plays and play faster. So I think to that degree, the more weapons you have on offense you’ve got to believe that helps your percentages of getting more first downs and creating that type of tempo”, said Philbin on Tuesday.

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Addressing the Dolphin’s Offensive Line

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It was an apparent question heading into the offseason that needed addressing, the offensive line.  Heading into the offseason the Dolphins were searching for answers with Jake Long, after he packed his bags for St. Louis, the Dolphins looked to fill his void through the draft.  Last year the Dolphins were 17th in average yards per carry, and plan to only get better as an offensive line.

Come draft time one of the Dolphin’s primary focuses was how to protect the backfield. At center we have a solid pass blocker in Mike Pouncey, as of now there is no need to fill his spot. With Incognito improving his abilities in mobility, he is also looking like he will be starting in the upcoming season.  With newly acquired guards in Lance Louis from St. Louis, and Dallas Thomas from Tennessee out of the draft, it is seeming that one of these two will start at left guard, where Incognito could be on the other side.

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