Tebow likely to get first start of 2011 vs. the Miami Dolphins on “Gator Day”

If the cosmos isn’t lining up for a 2012 catastrophe, perhaps they are lining up against the Miami Dolphins.  The Dolphins front office has had embarrassment after embarrassment and the football team is 0-4.  Hope is about as distant from the Dolphins right now…..as Mars.  And JUST, when you think the last straw has finally broken the Dolphins camel’s back, another straw falls from the heavens.  And by saying ‘from the heavens’, we’re talking about none other than Tim Tebow.  In yesterday’s 29-24 loss to the Chargers, Kyle Orton was replaced by Tim Tebow, he who walks on water, when the Broncos trailed 24-10.  Tebow sparked a comeback and had a desperation throw for the win to end the game…that ultimately fell incomplete.  John Fox has a bye week to ponder whether or not Tebow will start on October 23rd against the Dolphins.  However, according to Broncos fans, 92% of them at least, want Tebow to start.

So how does what another team’s QB have to do with the Dolphins?  Well, you see, the Dolphins have agreed to have the reunion of the 2009 National Champion Florida Gators on the very day that Tebow will likely make his first start of 2011.  Considering the Dolphins have had issues (saying it mildly), selling tickets this season, we can expect about 1/2 a stadium’s worth (or more) of Tebowmaniacs.  Sure, from a business perspective this is a great idea.  The game won’t be blacked out and Mr. Ross and the Dolphins ownership will get their sellout.  I wonder if they’ll be selling Tebow jerseys in the stands?  Or even in the ‘team’ stores?

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Dolphins Nation is divided on the Suck for Luck campaign

The Miami Dolphins are currently 0-4 and without much hope for the rest of the 2011 season.  Because of this, many Dolphins fans are saying that it would be best for the Dolphins to ‘tank’ the rest of the season, to secure the top pick in the NFL Draft to select QB Andrew Luck.  We conducted a poll earlier this week to see just how many Dolphins fans were in favor of the “Suck for Luck” campaign.  Surprisingly,  over 65% of Dolphins fans want the team to lose the rest of their games.  Although, maybe it’s not so surprising considering the Dolphins found out that their starting QB, Chad Henne, is out for the rest of the season.

No matter your feelings on “Suck for Luck”, we know that almost every free thinking Dolphins fan is tired of this regime (Sparano/Ireland).  That’s why we thought we’d share the below video:

The video above was created by @Vinbob and posted on FinsNation.com.  Great job on the video Vinbob, it was funny and well put together.

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How can the Miami Dolphins fix the rest of the 2011 season?

It hasn’t exactly been a boring bye week for the Miami Dolphins, has it?  Since their last game, the Dolphins have gotten 2 opinions on Chad Henne’s shoulder, lost him for the year, tried out numerous quarterback equivalents of backwash, named a new starting QB, signed a backup (Rosenfels), and caused some of the most faithful Dolphins fans to join the Suck for Luck campaign.  Add to all of that the rain cloud (Tony Sparano’s pink slip) that hangs over the Dolphins and will until he’s finally let go.

Most of that is off the field and will do little to correct the issues the Dolphins have had through the 1st 4 games of the season.  To be fair, the Dolphins have lost to 3 teams tied or in sole possession of their division lead.  For those of us that will continue to root for the Dolphins to win, we can only hope that the Dolphins coaching staff and players can get things corrected for the season’s final 12 weeks.  After all, even though a majority of the fan base wants the team to tank the rest of the season, the players and coaches are playing for their jobs and for money (a great motivator).  So here is a quick look at what must be done for the Dolphins to turn around their 2011 season:

Bench Marc Colombo

Colombo was the 2nd worst tackle in the NFL last year according to Pro Football Focus.  If it’s possible, he’s playing even worse this year.  His signing caused the Dolphins to move Vernon Carey inside to RG, where he has been playing poorly.  Our suggestion would be to move Carey back to RT and insert Nate Garner into the RG spot.  Colombo is going to get Matt Moore, Sage Rosenfels, or whoever the Dolphins QB is, killed.

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Dolphins select Sage Rosenfels as their QB savior for 2011…No really, they did

Yes, Dolphins fans, THAT Sage Rosenfels.  Hours after releasing news that their starting QB, Chad Henne, would be out for the rest of the 2011 season, the Miami Dolphins signed Sage Rosenfels to a 1 year contract.  The Dolphins finally concluded their QB search, after trying out 326 different quarterbacks this week.  They have reportedly tried out Brodie Croyle, JP Losman, Trent Edwards, and Cleo Lemon, while talking with agents for David Gerrard and Jake Delhomme.  In the end, the Dolphins decided that Sage Rosenfels gave them the best chance to win in 2011….Really, I’m not joking.

Rosenfels was last seen backing up Giants starter, Eli Manning, but hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2008.  But don’t worry, he’s the QB the Dolphins think will give them the best chance to salvage the season…and the front offices’ jobs.  This is Rosenfels 2nd stint with the Dolphins, as we was with the team from 2002-2005..mostly backing up other QBs that were not good enough.  His ‘best’ year came in 2007 when he started 8 games for the Houston Texans.  He threw for 1,684 yards, 15 TDs and 12 INTs, posting a QB rating of 84.8.  Not terrible…but not very good either.

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It’s Official: Chad Henne to miss remainder of Dolphins 2011 Season

Moments ago, Jeff Darlington confirmed that Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne will miss the remainder of the 2011 season.  Henne injured his shoulder on a botched play in the Dolphins 26-16 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. The Dolphins and Henne received 2 different doctors’ opinions on his shoulder and has opted for season ending surgery.  Here’s the tweet from Darlington:

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I feel bad for Henne, who showed some improvement for the Dolphins, early in this 2011 season.  Yes, he did have 4 TDs and 4 INTs and a 79.4 passer rating.  However, he looked like he was taking a step towards becoming better.  He showed more leadership on the field.  Heck, he threw for over 400 yards in the Dolphins opening game against the Patriots.  Henne’s contract with the Dolphins is up after this season and his return is questionable at best.  We wish Chad a healthy recovery and eventual return to football.

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Sorgi to work out for Dolphins, Ireland to blame too, plus an early look at the Draft

Miami Dolphins QB Search

You could say that the Miami Dolphins are being very thorough in their search for a veteran QB to replace Chad Henne.  They apparently hit a new low today, as they are expected to workout Jim Sorgi.  This morning, on Mike and Mike in the morning, Mortenson said that he had just found out that the Dolphins will be working out Jim Sorgi today…..Jim Freaking Sorgi (his full name).   This comes after the Dolphins tried (and failed) to agree to a contract with David Gerrard.  They also reached out to Jake Delhomme, Trent Edwards, and Brodie Croyle.  That is a ‘whos who’ of quarterback nothingness.

We also learned this morning from John Clayton of ESPN that Sage Rosenfels could be another option.  Seriously, are the Dolphins messing with us?  We told you yesterday about the fans push to ‘Suck for Luck’, but we didn’t think the team would be trying so blatantly!  The Dolphins have no wasted 3 practice days, during a bye week, where they could have brought in a veteran QB and gotten him caught up to speed.  The Dolphins are scraping the bottom of the QB barrel…and seem to have busted through the barrel and are now looking in the dirt below the barrel.

Ireland shouldn’t get off easy

I read an interesting article yesterday in the Miami Herald, that suggests that Stephen Ross has quite a bit of faith in Jeff Ireland as a talent evaluator.  Ireland has apparently gotten as close to the Dolphins Owner as possible, in hopes that he can survive the inevitable offseason of firings.  In the article it says that Ireland endorsed keeping Sparano as coach of the Dolphins.  We can assume that the longer Sparano stays coach, the less heat that will be placed on Ireland.  After all, if Sparano is sent packing after the Jets game, who then will the Dolphins fans choose to take their anger out on?  Exactly, Ireland.  In 4 seasons as GM (3 with Parcells playing puppet master), Ireland has rebuilt the Dolphins roster from a team that went 1-15 in 2007 to a team that has gone 14-22 since 2008.  I don’t know about you, but I’m optimistic.

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Suck for Luck sweeps across Miami Dolphins Nation

As fans of the Miami Dolphins, we’ve almost become desensitized to losing.  We dealt with the 1-15 debacle of the Dolphins 2007 season under Cam Cameron.  We witnessed blowout after blowout when the Dolphins did reach the playoffs in the early 2000’s.  We’ve seen all that was good in the 2008 season crumble, as the Dolphins are 14-22 since.  We’ve been witnesses to the seemingly never ending fall to the bottom of the NFL.  We are Dolphins fans.  Well, it seems as though A LOT of Dolphins fans are tired of the mediocrity and losing ways the Dolphins have made all too common for us……

I don’t know where it started, or when, but there is a fast growing sentiment that the Miami Dolphins should lose as many games as possible in 2011 to secure the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.   The thought here is that the Miami Dolphins would then be in a position to draft All-World College QB, Andrew Luck.  Luck is said to be the most can’t miss, highly rated quarterback to come out of college since Peyton Manning and John Elway.  It’s called the “Suck for Luck” campaign….and it’s growing, quickly.  After the Dolphins fell to 0-4 on the season, Chris Joseph of the Miami New Times wrote an article about it.  There’s a Twitter handle (@SuckForLuck) devoted to the Dolphins demise in 2011.  Even the South Florida media is getting involved (Sedano Show on 790 the Ticket, Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, and Sun Sentinel).

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Gruden at the top of the Dolphins list to replace Sparano (after he’s fired of course)

The Miami Dolphins currently have a head coach and his name is Tony Sparano.  However, according to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, it’s only a matter of time before Sparano is given his pink slip from the Dolphins.  Yes, we all know that Stephen Ross, the Dolphins Owner, gave Sparano a vote of confidence yesterday.  But, as we mentioned here, that ‘support’ is laughable.  We think that Ross just believes it’s too early to fire his head coach (especially after giving him a phony contract extension in January).  With all of the speculation about Sparano’s job, Ross needed to do something to: 1. Calm the tension, at least for the time being and 2. Let potential coaches know that Ross isn’t going to hang his coach out to dry.  To put it simply though, unless Sparano pulls a miracle and gets the Dolphins season turned around, he’ll be out as Dolphins coach before 2011 is over.

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In this video from NFL.com, LaCanfora explains that Sparano would likely not be fired until the second half of the season (November or later).  He then suggests that Jon Gruden would likely be ‘at the top of the list’ for the Dolphins once Sparano is fired.  Jon Gruden is currently working the ESPN booth on Monday Night Football, but may be starting to feel the itch to get back into coaching.  He’s young (48) and has a career coaching record of 95-81 (.540) and a playoff coaching record of 5-4 (.556).  In 11 seasons of coaching (4 with the Raiders, 7 with the Bucs), Gruden won 5 division titles.  That’s basically one every other year…you think the Dolphins would sign for that?  Oh, and he took the Raiders to the AFC Championship game in his 3rd season there…and he led the Bucs to a Super Bowl Title in his first season in Tampa…again, I think most Dolphins fans would sign for that too.

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The Week Ahead for the Miami Dolphins and Division Foes Week 5 Edition

Hey PhinNation readers, before I get into my football analysis I figured I would write a few brief sentences about who I am. To start I am a 17 year-old student in Massachusetts. I may be younger than most, but my knowledge is extensive. I have been a Miami Dolphins fan for my entire life and have researched almost all of the important happenings that occurred before my birth with the team. I am a huge fantasy football junkie and also love the Boston Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins. If there is anything else you want to know don’t hesitate to leave me some comments after the post or hit me up on twitter @ PhinNationBK.

Week 4 was a bad week for the AFC East as the New England Patriots were the only team to win in a 31 – 19 victory @ Oakland. The Dolphins were beaten as most expected by the San Diego Chargers, in a game in which Dolphins quarterback, Chad Henne, was knocked out in the first quarter with a separated shoulder. Matt Moore relieved him and wasn’t awful statistically, going 17 for 26 and 167 yards with one interception. The New York Jets were destroyed on Sunday night football by the Baltimore Ravens and a defense that forced 4 turnovers with three going back for six points. Lastly, the Buffalo Bills were handed their first loss by the Cincinnati Bengals with a last minute field goal. That is what happened in week 4, lets preview whats going to happen in week 5 starting with the first place team in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills…I know, still shocking.

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Dolphins trying to sign Gerrard or Delhomme this week, while Henne is still hurting

During their bye week, the Miami Dolphins will be practicing today, tomorrow, and Thursday before taking the weekend off.  The Dolphins resume practice next Tuesday, as they begin to make adjustments to dig themselves out of the current 0-4 hole they find themselves in.  As practice resumes today, we learned that Chad Henne is not practicing with his Dolphins teammates….The same Chad Henne who fell and injured his non-throwing shoulder in the Dolphins 26-16 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

Henne said earlier this week that he would rip his left arm off and play, just as long as he can post the ball…By the way, what does posting the ball mean?  Anyway, for all of his flaws, the Dolphins young QB is tough.  He’ll play through pain.  We haven’t gotten an official diagnosis of Henne’s injury yet from the Dolphins…However, reports indicate that Henne’s shoulder is getting a 2nd opinion.  This means Henne and the Dolphins didn’t like the first opinion (likely for surgery).  We should know more news later this week on Henne’s status for the remainder of the season.

At this point we are only left to guess as to Henne’s health for the Dolphins game Oct. 17th against the Jets.  We did get some information, not about Henne directly, but about the Dolphins backup plans in case he is seriously injured.  According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have tried to sign David Gerrard and Jake Delhomme this week, but haven’t been able to reach an agreement with either:

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Maybe the Dolphins pursuit of these QBs is just a backup plan, in case Henne can’t return this season.  Or perhaps they actually think one of them will be an upgrade to the QB play the Dolphins have received thus far.  Henne, after all, has completed only 57% of his passes and has 4 TDs and 4 INTs (79.4 passer rating).  Along with the two names mentioned above, Brodie Croyle is also a possibility, as the Dolphins worked him out a few weeks ago.  Of the quarterbacks mentioned, Delhomme is the most familiar with the Dolphins’ offense from his time in Cleveland with Brian Daboll.  In my opinion, the only one of the bunch that MIGHT be an upgrade is Gerrard.

PhinNation.com will keep you posted on the Dolphins pursuit of a veteran QB, as well as bring you any interesting tidbits from Dolphins practice today.

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