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Tannehill’s play must improve or ‘We Want Moore’ chants will get louder

By Julian (Miami_Jules on Twitter)

It has happened again! The Miami Dolphins, going into the 2nd game of the season following a brilliant and glorious game against New England last week, managed to not just lose the game, but to get soundly outperformed at every level by the Buffalo Bills. Please tell me we’re not about to re-live 2013 all over again and that this game was just an accident, a compilation of all that could go wrong instead.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

There were few positives coming out of this game and since the list of horrors is a lengthy one, I’ll list the good things first, believe me, there are not that many. It was reassuring to see rookie running back Damian Williams doing well, after Knowshon Moreno had to leave the game and Miller’s struggling performance. The second positive we could take from the game is… actually, there are no more positives we can take from the game.

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Brady Quinn might not make the Dolphins final roster

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins made a surprising move at the quarterback position yesterday, signing Brady Quinn to a contract.  Not to worry, Ryan Tannehill is still firmly entrenched as the starter.  And most likely, Matt Moore will still serve as his backup for the 2014 season.  I’m writing that despite Joe Philbin saying this morning that Quinn will compete with Matt Moore for the #2 QB spot. Quinn needs to learn the entire offense and adjust to teammates in a very short period of time. So the odds of him unseating Moore (injury notwithstanding) are long, at best.  The surprising part is that Pat Devlin is gone and Brady Quinn is in.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Devlin, who has been one of Joe Philbin’s favorite players, has been dealing with injuries and poor play throughout training camp.  It seems that with Matt Moore’s shoulder issues thus far in camp, the Dolphins were looking for a veteran to serve as Moore’s backup (or 3rd QB).  I do not think, in any way, that Brady Quinn will be challenging Matt Moore for the #2 job.  I write this knowing full well that Moore is overpaid and cutting him would save about $3.5 mil against the Dolphins cap.  And if the Dolphins brought in Quinn, 3 weeks into camp, to save cap room, they’re completely incompetent. Cap saving moves like that should’ve been made in the offseason.

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Should the Dolphins draft a QB in the 1st round?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

After putting a lot of thought into the 2014 season and the future of the Miami Dolphins, I have come to a surprising conclusion heading into the draft.

The Miami Dolphins must draft a quarterback in the first round.

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Ryan Tannehill is not a franchise quarterback as of yet and that is the first order of business until you can cross it off.

A right tackle or right guard is not worth giving up a chance at a franchise quarterback.

Not now, not ever.

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Dolphins should go bargain hunting in Free Agency

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

Now that the Dolphins have a coaching staff and General Manager in place, we can start looking forward to free agency, which is about a month and a half away, and the draft, which will be almost two months later.

The Miami Dolphins would be wise to fill most of their holes in free agency with second tier free agents, so that they are not drafting based on need.

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The signing of these types of players is just as important as a good draft.

At quarterback, the team is solid with Tannehill and Moore.  34 year old Michael Vick is an option,  as he was coached by Bill Lazor in Philadelphia.  Trading or releasing Moore would free up $4 million.  Josh McCown, a former Dolphin, is the only other possible upgrade.  Pat Devlin may be better than the rest of the free agents on the market.

At running back, the Dolphins could sign a power back like Ben Tate or LeGarrette Blount, but they will be expensive. CFL Grey Cup MVP and former Dolphin, Kory Sheets, could be a better, under the radar, signing.  Green Bay Fullback John Kuhn is a proven as a blocker and in short yardage and pass catching.  According to his position coach, he changed the pass blocking protections when Aaron Rodgers was out, never gave up a sack and was great on third down pass protection.  I am sure Philbin would love to have him back on his team.

At wide receiver, the team could target Anquan Boldin, who at 33 is still an elite receiver.  Should the new GM decide to move Mike Wallace, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Hester are elite return men who can also run the go route and catch screen passes.  Armon Binns could be brought back in hopes that he develops as the big target Tannehill needs. (cont’d on page 2, CLICK HERE)

Dolphins re-sign WR Marlon Moore and LG David Arkin

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus)

Marlon Moore has re-signed with the Miami Dolphins after appearing in six games for the San Francisco 49ers.

He will assume Ryan Spadola’s spot as the fourth receiver.  Spadola could be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers, but he may opt to return to the Jets as he claimed that he was unaware of Jets interest in him when he opted for the Dolphins practice squad after he was released off of their 53 man roster.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Moore, 26, has a strong reputation on special teams and earned two starts at wide receiver as a Dolphin last season, when he contributed six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.  He had similar production as a rookie in 2010. This season he has made one catch for six yards and rushed once for nine yards.

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Is it time for Moore efficient play out of the Dolphins QB position?

Is Ryan Tannehill’s inexperience the biggest problem with the 2013 Miami Dolphins?  Cyrus thinks so and in the following piece he explains why it might be the right time for a QB switch for the Dolphins.  

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By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I love Ryan Tannehill.  I recently said he was “The Answer” for the Dolphins and I still believe that.  Unless you are asking me who should start on Halloween.   The answer to that question is Matt Moore.

Think Florida Marlins, 1997.

Those Marlins were not getting the expected production out of second baseman Luis Castillo, 21, so they sent him to the minors, and acquired an unknown 26 year old prospect named Craig Counsell who helped them win the World Series.  Six years later, Castillo helped the Marlins win a second World Series.

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Dolphins improving on offense, but losing Keller a serious blow

The Miami Dolphins are now only 2 preseason games away from the start of the regular season.  The Dolphins fell to 1-2 in the preseason, losing to the Houston Texans 24-17.  The fact that the Dolphins lost isn’t quite so terrible, especially if you consider they were tied at 7 when the Texans starting offense was pulled from the game.  Who knows what would’ve happened if they’d stayed in longer.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins offense is making a bad habit of starting slowly.  Poor pass protection and penalties resulted in 2 ugly drives to start the game on Saturday night.  But, the Dolphins offense rallied and started to show what could be, if they get consistent play from the offensive line.  The Dolphins defense played well and picked off Matt Schaub early in the game.  The Dolphins starters really only have one more game before Cleveland, since the final preseason game is usually reserved for guys fighting for the final roster spots.  Anyway, here’s what I liked and didn’t like about the game Saturday night versus the Texans:

What I liked

Ryan Tannehill - Like the rest of the offense, Tannehill needs to do a better job of getting off to a good start.  He needs to lead the offense better and make sure they aren’t making stupid mistakes (penalties, blown assignments, etc).  However, once he got going, Tannehill looked good.  He finished the day 10 of 15 for 141 yards, 1 TD and a QB Rating of 119.0.  What was most exciting was the Dolphins 1st touchdown drive when he found Mike Wallace 3 times, capping it with a TD.

Mike Wallace - As mentioned above, he had 3 catches that went for 58 yards on the Dolphins first TD drive.  That drive showed exactly what he can bring to the team.  He caught a couple of shorter passes and an over-the-shoulder 33 yard pass down the sideline.  Nice to see this connection making strides.

Brent Grimes – He’s had a phenomenal camp and he finally came up with the pick he’s been looking for.  Grimes picked of Matt Schaub in the 1st quarter on a nice, diving catch.  He’s been so good this preseason that opposing QBs haven’t been throwing the ball his way. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

Latest injury updates on Dion Jordan, Nate Garner, plus Sturgis wins kicking battle

Earlier this week, we gave you a status update on all of the Miami Dolphins position battles.  Well, earlier today one of those battles officially ended.  Caleb Sturgis won the kicking competition against incumbent Dan Carpenter, as the Dolphins parted ways with the former undrafted rookie kicker after 5 seasons in Miami.  Carpenter, who was once affectionately referred to as DC Money by a portion of the Dolphins fan base, made it to one Pro Bowl in his 5 seasons.  However, last year he was too inconsistent and it could be argued that he cost the Dolphins a game or two.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Why do I have the feeling that somewhere in Oakland, Tony Sparano is sobbing uncontrollably?  That’s right, Sparano is now the offensive line coach with the Raiders.  As you all know, the Tony Sparano era was the era of the ‘Field Goal Fist Pump’.  Sparano will forever be linked to Dan Carpenter, much like some of the great coaches are linked to their quarterbacks (i.e. Walsh and Montana, Shula and Marino, Belichick and Brady).  The big difference there is of course that those Coach/QB combos went to or won Super Bowls.  Sparano is linked to a kicker…..a kicker.

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5 areas of concern, just 2 weeks into Dolphins camp

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.

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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!):

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Monday Roundup: Dolphins sign Reshad Jones to extension & reach out to Tyler Thigpen

The Miami Dolphins’ players were off on Monday, recharging their batteries after their first preseason game on Sunday night.  We know, the Sunday night game wasn’t pretty and we’re pretty sure that the Dolphins coaches will use the next two days of practice to hammer home how unhappy they were with the performance.  The Dolphins turned the ball over, gave up 170 yards on the ground and looked generally sloppy all night against the Cowboys.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins front office, however,  was not off on Monday.  In fact, Jeff Ireland made a solid move….albeit a little late.  The Dolphins and safety Reshad Jones agreed to a 4 year, $30 million contract extension Monday evening.  This ensures that Jones will be in aqua and orange through his prime playing days.  Jones really emerged as a top safety in the league last season.  He should have made the Pro Bowl, but is still not quite the household name.

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