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Dolphins closing in on Knowshon Moreno? What about Blount?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)
The current market value for Denver’s Knowshon Moreno and New England’s LeGarrette Blount is at about $3 million per season, which to me says the Dolphins should double their pleasure.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffery Beall via Wikipedia.org

Photo Courtesy of Jeffery Beall via Wikipedia.org

Knowshon Moreno is an every down back with good hands and an excellent pass protector.  He ran for a thousand yards last season and scored ten touchdowns and, at 26, has plenty of tread left on his tires.

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The Dolphins plan is clear heading into free agency….

 

Free Agency begins at 4pm on Tuesday, but the Miami Dolphins got a head start when they signed S Louis Delmas to a 1 year, $3.5 mil contract.  The deal is a low-risk high reward for the Dolphins, who essentially signed Delmas to a ‘show-me’ contract.  Delmas was able to sign before the 4pm free agency period because he was cut by the Lions a few weeks ago.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Delmas was a Pro-Bowl alternate in ’10 and ’11, so he has talent. He had knee injuries in 2012, but played all 16 games in 2013.  Delmas is known for his hard hitting and will be a good compliment opposite Reshad Jones.  Delmas’ signing means that the Dolphins will not be signing Jairus Byrd and not resigning Chris Clemons.  Jones and Delmas will be the Dolphins starting safeties in 2014.

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A first look at players the Dolphins might target this offseason

 

By Cyrus Lassus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins offseason has begun and the time to make plans for 2014 has begun.  Many would say fire everybody, but I am closer to saying bring everybody back.

Randy Starks, Paul Soliai, Brent Grimes, Richie Incognito, Dustin Keller, Tyson Clabo, Chris Clemons, Bryant McKinnie and Nolan Carroll are the top unrestricted free agents and they are all NFL caliber starters at their positions, some of them Pro Bowlers.  Only Brent Grimes seems to qualify for a pay raise, so it should not be too costly to keep your best players.

Photo courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo courtesy of Dolphins.com

Other unrestricted free agents are in the fringe roster spot category Chris Owens, Austin Spitler, Marlon Moore and John Jerry, who actually is a starter for Miami’s beleaguered offensive line.  I have no problem with camp invites for all of those guys, along with the restricted free agents, RJ Stanford, Danny Watkins, Pat Devlin and Will Yeatman.

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Dolphins choke their way into the offseason with 20-7 loss

 

The Miami Dolphins entered Sunday’s must win game against the Jets with a chance to reach the postseason for the first time in 5 years and the second time in the last decade.  They had that chance despite playing an ugly, emotionless game against the Bills a week before.  As I said in my Pitiful Picks (and all week), I expected the Dolphins to get the help they needed from the Bengals or Chargers.  But my concern was if the Dolphins could take care of their own business, especially coming off of their bad loss to Chad Lewis and the Bills.  As it turned out, the Dolphins got the help they were looking for in Cincinnati and San Diego, but they couldn’t help themselves.   They choked. Again.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

This game started off pretty well for the Dolphins.  After a scoreless first quarter, the Dolphins took an early 7-0 lead on a Tannehill pass to Mike Wallace.  Little did we know, that was all the scoring our high powered offense would provide. A few possessions later, the Jets scored a game tying touchdown when Sheldon Richardson, a defensive lineman, ran it in from the 1 yard line.  On the very next possession the Dolphins went 3 and out and gave the ball right back to the Jets.  The Jets and their turnover prone quarterback marched 80 yards on 13 plays in just 2-1/2 minutes and scored another touchdown.

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Lifeless Dolphins should be embarrassed after 19-0 loss to Bills

 

We all saw this coming, didn’t we Dolphins fans?  I know I did and you can check my Twitter timeline if you don’t believe me.  I hoped this Dolphins team was different.  I hoped that this Dolphins team would avoid a big let down after a big win.  But this Dolphins team looked just like every other Dolphins team we’ve watched for the last 10 years (except for 2008).   The Dolphins, riding a 3 game winning streak and coming off of a huge win over the Patriots, with their playoff lives on the line, came out lifeless against the Bills on Sunday.  In fact, if they hadn’t come out to the stadium at all, they would’ve scored the exact same number of points.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

To call this loss a disappointment is a disservice to previous disappointing losses.  The Dolphins, as they usually do, got all of our hopes up, controlled their playoff lives for 1 week…..and then proceed to take a crap on our hopes and dreams.  Happy Holidays folks!  The Dolphins offensive line, which has looked good for the last few weeks, blocked as well as a roll of toilet paper would block a scud missile.  The Dolphins running game?  They were only going up against the 23rd ranked defense in the league.  They totaled 14 yards on 12 carries.   I’ve run further trying to elude a bumble bee.

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Dolphins Gameplan: Just win baby, WIN!!!

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The game plan for this Sunday’s game is: Just win, baby, win!

Style points do not matter, just the fact that this is the toughest remaining obstacle between the Dolphins and their first playoff appearance in five years.  It would be a big step towards clinching a playoff berth and place the team on the verge of a 10 win season, the baseline number for elite teams, in my opinion.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins. com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins. com

With the current hot streak, I am a firm believer that your Miami Dolphins are an elite team and a Super Bowl contender.  I have voiced an almost undying faith in the 2013 Dolphins that has made me sound like an irrational homer, but I never picked against the Dolphins all season and they only made me look like a fool once, against the New Orleans Saints, when they lost their first game of the season and got into a tail spin that was equal parts bad luck, bad performance and bad coaching.

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Dolphins Gameplan: Attack Tom Brady

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

This week the Miami Dolphins host the New England Patriots in another must win game.  While the possibility exists that Baltimore could lose two or three of their remaining games, Miami is already dependent on at least one loss from the defending Super Bowl champion in order to secure the 6th spot in the AFC playoffs.  Surprisingly, should Miami win this game, two more New England losses could allow the Dolphins to jump all the way into the second spot in the AFC, which is accompanied by a first round bye and at least one home play off game.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The point is that the stakes are high and the best thing the team can do is win out, which looks doable.

The Patriots have just lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski for the season, which drops them down a peg.  Miami has had an excellent pass defense and has given up only one touchdown to a receiver all season long if you throw out last week’s three touchdowns against Pittsburgh.  Those TDs  seemed to be very much aided by the snow and ice on the field which caused many defenders to be unsure in their running and tackling technique on both teams.

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Dolphins passing attack heating up, using multiple WR sets with success

By Matthew C. (@PhinManiacs on Twitter)

The Dolphins employed 13 different personnel groups throughout the game on Sunday and ran a total of 81 plays. In the first half, they ran 52 plays and had 34 passing plays and 18 running plays. In the second half, they ran 29 plays and had 13 passing plays and 16 running plays. As you can see, it was much more balanced in the last half of the game. For the game total, there were 47 passing plays and 34 running plays. Obviously, the Dolphins would like more overall balance throughout the entire game.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Their two favorite formations were 4WR, 0TE, 1RB along with 3WR, 1TE, 1RB. Both formations were used 19 times each throughout the game. Their third favorite formation was 2WR, 2TE, 1RB, which was used 16 times throughout the game.

They ran the ball 15 times to the left, 12 times to the right, and 7 times up the middle. This shows balance between the left and right side, but seems that they don’t like to run it up the middle a whole lot.

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Dolphins very much alive in playoff race after dominating Jets 23-3

The Miami Dolphins were facing what was essentially a playoff game on Sunday when they headed to the Meadowlands to take on the reeling Jets.  The Dolphins responded and completely dominated the Jets from start to finish.  Yes, the Dolphins bumbled their way through a frustrating first half, but still took a 6-0 lead into the half.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

At the half, the Dolphins had outgained the Jets 265 to 39, in terms of yardage.  They also had 16 first downs in the first half, compared to 2 first downs by the Jets.  They were dominating the game in every way, except for the scoreboard.  After the half, the Dolphins came out and took control on the scoreboard, where it matters most.  The Dolphins moved the ball all day against the Jets defense, through the air and on the ground.

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Dolphins Game Plan: Quick passing game will be key

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus)

The Miami Dolphins will be without their best pass blocking running back in Daniel Thomas and it will force them to make adjustments as they prepare to face a heavy blitzing Jets team.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The team did not sign a running back, which is either a sign of apathy or a vote of confidence for the guys in the locker room.  I have to believe that it is the latter because Joe Philbin has some intriguing offensive weapons at his disposal that have yet to be truly unleashed.

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