As the Dolphins get ready to kick off the 2013 season, you may have noticed some changes around PhinNation.com recently. We’ve added the Phins Forum, a static page on the site that allows you to interact with fans, post new topics, pictures, etc. We’ve also added a new commenting system to the site, thanks to our friends at Burn Zone. This new commenting system keeps track of your comments and has a point system, which is based on what other fans think of your comments.
On the right side of the comment section, below each post, you’ll see the leaderboard. Our plan is to reset this leaderboard each month. At the end of each month, we’ll give a special shout out to the reader/commenter with the highest point total. We’ll be implementing a Hall of Fame that keeps track of each monthly winner on the site. We’re also working on coming up with prizes for each monthly winner…..more to come on that.
Alright Dolphins fans, we are now just 4 days away from opening day. You know what that means, right? It’s time for us to start our pitiful prognostications!!! We’ll take a way too early look at each game and give you our thoughts on each, based on the information we all have right now, in early September. We are well aware that things will change between now and the time these games are actually played, but this is one of the fun parts of being a football fan!
We know that injuries, scheme adjustments, momentum, position in the standings, and all will play a role in how these games actually play out. BUT, we want to get an idea for how well the Dolphins might fare in 2013. The best way to do that is to take a look at each game and come up with a highly scientific prediction (hint: it’s really an uneducated guess!). So here we go:
The Miami Dolphins have not been quiet this offseason. They’ve brought in a number of free agents, including Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, Tyson Clabo, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, and Philip Wheeler. The Dolphins also made a bold move in the NFL draft, trading up to #3 to draft Dion Jordan. The goal behind all of these moves was to make the Dolphins a more talented team. The goal was to build a team that can be a consistent winner and a team that can ‘close the gap’ on the Patriots, who have dominated the AFC East for the last decade.
So with all of the new additions, a new logo, and the mantra ‘It’s Our Time’, what should we expect from the Dolphins this season? Should we expect them to win the AFC East? Or to at least make the playoffs? What about a winning record? What should the expectations be for Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his 2nd season as the Dolphins starter? What should we expect from an inexperience running back, Lamar Miller? What about the defense, how good do we expect them to be this season? We’ll give you our thoughts on our expectations for the Dolphins this season and post the question to you in a poll. We’re really interested to know just what Dolphins fans expect from the team this season.
The Miami Dolphins are just about halfway through the preseason. So we thought it would be a good time to take a look at where the Dolphins position battles stand just 26 days before the team heads to Cleveland for the season opener. The Dolphins have a number of position battles taking place, including a number of starting positions. Injuries have certainly played a part in the position battles, leaving some players behind, while at the same time opening up opportunities for others.
Starting Defensive Tackle (Jared Odrick vs. Randy Starks)
We didn’t really think this was going to be a battle, considering Randy Starks signed his franchise tender worth $8.45 million for the 2013 season. However, Jared Odrick has had a good camp, holding down the starting defensive tackle spot next to Paul Soliai. Odrick was the Dolphins starting defensive end last season, but has practiced solely at defensive tackle this preseason. It hasn’t helped that Randy Starks has been hurt and hasn’t practiced in 11 days. If Starks can get back to 100%, the Dolphins will have a very solid defensive tackle rotation with these 3 players. Current Leader: Jared Odrick
Alright Dolphins fans and football fans everywhere, the NFL is officially back. Well, back in the sense that you can turn on the TV and you can find highlights and actual games (meaningless as they are) on television. BUT, preseason games can be a bit boring, can’t they? After all, with the exception of the 3rd preseason game, the starting units usually play a few series or MAYBE a quarter or two. We’ve come up with a way to make ANY NFL preseason game a little bit more exciting.
If you’re like us, you are already hyped up about your favorite NFL team. After all, training camp is when every team thinks they have a chance (unless you’re a Jets fan and you have a buttfumbler as your starting quarterback). But in reality, most of these preseason games consist of players that are fighting for their football lives, trying to be the last guy NOT to get cut.
The Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field on Tuesday, hoping to fix the mistakes made in the horrid performance Sunday night to the Cowboys. Sadly, the Dolphins offense failed to give us much confidence that they learned from their errors on Sunday. Moreover, the Dolphins as a team need to begin to show some progress as this preseason moves along. I know, I know, they’ve only been practicing for 2 weeks and only played the most meaningless of preseason games. But, at this point, there are 5 things that are worrisome….even if it is early in camp.
I’m not saying that these things can’t be fixed, or even that they are currently a huge problem, but they have at the very least put a damper on the positive feelings I had, entering camp. I realize that every team in the NFL has one thing in training camp: Hope. However, when the proverbial ‘rubber meets the road’ we begin to see how much hope there is and how much is over-hyped. So with that, here are the 5 things that worry me, 2 weeks into camp (I encourage you to leave me a comment below, to reassure on any/all of these points!):
One of the goals this offseason for the Miami Dolphins, was to upgrade their wide receiving corps. Why? Because the Dolphins receivers caught exactly 3 more touchdowns than you and I did last season. To address this obvious need the Dolphins signed Mike Wallace to a large, multi-year contract. They also signed Brandon Gibson to replace Davone Bess in the slot. Adding those 2 players to Brian Hartline makes the Dolphins receiving corps much better than last season.
Do you remember the Dolphins wide receivers last year? Brian Hartline caught 74 balls for 1083 yards and 1 touchdown. Davone Bess was the Dolphins second leading wide receiver catching 64 balls for 778 yards and 1 touchdown. Who was the Dolphins 3rd leading wide receiver? Rishard Matthews is the answer we were looking for. He caught 11 passes for 151 yards and zero touchdowns. Other receivers that caught passes for the Dolphins? Marlon Moore, Jabar Gaffney, Armon Binns, Anthony Armstrong, and of course….who could forget Legedu Naanee. The Dolphins receivers were disappointing last year to say the least. This is why it was important for them to upgrade this offseason.
What’s going on Dolphins fans? We hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! I know things around here have been quiet lately, but we’ve had a lot going on outside of PhinNation and quite frankly, there hasn’t been much to report about the Dolphins. Sure, we could’ve written some stories about the offseason and what camp battles we’ll be watching. But there are plenty of other sites that offer that type of story. Have no fear, PhinNation’s back and starting this week, we’re in mid-season form. We’ll be giving you all the Dolphins news and analysis you’re looking for.
So, since the Dolphins were last on the football field, quite a few things have happened, huh? The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl……The Dolphins spent a bunch of money on free agents, including Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Dustin Keller, Phillip Wheeler, Brandon Gibson and Tyson Clabo….The Dolphins also made a surprise move in the draft, jumping up to #3 overall to swoop in for Dion Jordan….Then the Dolphins drafted some young secondary help…..In the mean time, the Dolphins also completely changed their logo and uniforms…..Oh yeah, and the Miami Heat won their 2nd consecutive World Championship. So yeah, a lot has happened since early January! (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)
That calm quiet you hear Dolphins fans, is actually a good thing. The Miami Dolphins are currently on hiatus, as we inch closer and closer to the start of training camp. The Dolphins have been very quiet recently, primarily because this is the quiet time in the NFL offseason. The only minor bit of news is that the Dolphins are still hopeful they’ll be able to agree to a new contract with FB Vontae Leach, in the coming days. Leach likes the Dolphins and the Dolphins like him, but the two sides have yet to come to an agreement on a deal. News on this should be coming after the 4th of July holiday, as Jeff Ireland just returned from his vacation. Here’s where I make a joke about him being on vacation during the last 4 offseasons, right?
Anyway, aside from the prospect of signing a new fullback, the Dolphins players have mostly gone their separate ways and will be meeting up again on July 20th when they are required to report to South Florida for the start of training camp. As I mentioned, this is usually the quiet time in the NFL offseason. Well, it’s quiet if everything is going according to plan. We’ve seen a number of examples from other NFL teams that demonstrate that things don’t always go according to plan.
Take Mark Sanchez for example. This guy is a complete buffoon. Not only is he a below average quarterback in the NFL, but he has the common sense of fruit fly. Sanchez was at a party recently and let’s just say he showed the other party go’ers everything he had to offer. If you really want to see the video, click here. Sanchez was frolicking around with 2 women and apparently he forgot to get dressed for the party.
#1 You are an NFL QB, you should know better than to do something like this, especially when you see someone take out their phone/camera and start pointing it at you, #2 You are not a good enough NFL player to get yourself into these PR situations, for the team to look the other way, #3 You are on VERY thin ice with the Jets as it is…I mean, they just drafted a kid in the 2nd round that is hungry and wants to take your job more than anything else in the world, #4 You’re a tool. Grow up Mark. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)