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.
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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.
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)
The Miami Dolphins welcome their hated AFC East rival to Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. The Dolphins are coming off of an impressive win against the Raiders last week and hope to continue to build on that good play. The Dolphins showed improvement on both offense and defense from week 1 to week 2. To beat the Jets this week, they’ll need to play turnover free football and run the ball as effectively as they did against the Raiders. Here is a look at what the Dolphins must to on Sunday to improve to 2-1:
Run Reggie Run
Last week, the Dolphins rushed for 263 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. The Dolphins got a superb effort from Reggie Bush, who rushed for 172 yards and 2 TDs. To beat the Jets, the Dolphins will need to run the ball just as effectively as they did against the Raiders. Entering this game, the Dolphins have the #2 rushing offense in the entire NFL. The Jets rush defense is vulnerable, as it ranks #21 in the NFL, allowing 130.5 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry. The Jets know their rush defense has struggled, so I expect them to play 8 men in the box, leaving Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis in man coverage on the Dolphins receivers.
The Jets will want to shut down the Dolphins running game at all costs and force the Dolphins into obvious passing situations. If the Jets get the Dolphins in those 3rd and long situations, they’ll unleash their exotic blitz packages to confuse Ryan Tannehill. To counter the 8 in the box looks, the Dolphins could look to use multiple wide receiver sets to spread out the Jets defense and allow Reggie Bush to into space. It will be interesting to watch the chess match between Joe Philbin’s offense and Rex Ryan’s defense.
The Miami Dolphins didn’t win a game in 2011 until week 8. The Dolphins quickly fell out of the AFC East race because the Patriots and Jets got off to fast starts and left the Dolphins and Bills in their dust. This season, the Dolphins picked up their first win in week 2 AND, with a little help from the Patriots field goal kicker (and the underdog Cardinals), they pulled into a first place tie with the rest of the division.
New York Jets (1-1)
As good as the Jets and their Jekyl and Hyde offense looked against the Bills in week 1, they looked equally bad in week 2 against the Steelers. The Jets offense put up 34 points against the Bills, but managed just 10 against the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Mark Sanchez had one of his worst games as a pro. Sanchez’s passes were wild an inaccurate after the first Jets’ scoring drive. If this keeps up, fans will be calling for Tebow to start. In fact, Rex Ryan had to deal with a number of ‘why isn’t Tebow playing that much’ questions this week….and it annoyed him, which is great.
This week, the Jets come down to Miami for a big early season matchup with the Dolphins. The winner is guaranteed at least a tie for the division lead. This game is being billed as a must win for the Jets, as their next two opponents are the 49ers and Texans. A loss to the Dolphins could mean a 1-4 start or at best a 2-3 start to the season for the Jets.