The Miami Dolphins shocked everyone when they traded up to the #3 pick with the Oakland Raiders. As soon as the trade up happened, everyone assumed it was for left tackle, Lane Johnson of Oklahoma. The next big surprise was when commissioner Roger Goodell announced: “With the 3rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select, Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon”. I saw watching this all unfold and was literally speechless. The Dolphins made a very bold move, draft a player that many have compared to Jason Taylor. I thought I was dreaming and literally pinched myself. Then, unimaginable fear overcame me……WHAT DID THEY GIVE UP TO GET HIM?!?!
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According to the often used NFL Trade Value chart, the Dolphins move from #12 to #3 should have cost them two 2nd round picks. Instead, the Dolphins moved up 9 spots and surrendered only the #42 pick to do so. Whether or not you love the pick of Dion Jordan, you can’t deny that the Dolphins essentially moved up into the top 3 for half the price of what it would normally cost. The Raiders wanted out of the top 3 so badly and needed extra picks so badly, that they made a good deal (for the Dolphins).
The Miami Dolphins have a chance to move into a tie for first place in the AFC East this week. The best part of that equation is that the Dolphins simply need to win to do so. Since the Patriots are on their bye week, the Dolphins don’t have to do any scoreboard watching, they simply need to go out, play their game, and win. If they do, at this time tomorrow, the Dolphins will be tied with the Patriots at 5-3 atop the AFC East.
Last week, we got back on the winning track with our Pitiful Picks. We went 3-1 with our only loss coming in the Eagles/Falcons game. This brings our season total up to 17-12. We didn’t think the Dolphins game would be close against the Jets and it wasn’t! This week, I have a much more uneasy feeling about the Dolphins chances, but we’ll get to that in a bit. There are a number of close point spread lines this week, suggesting many of the games are fairly even matchups. We’ll see what we can do in this week’s edition of PhinNation.com’s Pitiful Picks:
Atlanta Falcons -3.5 over Dallas Cowboys
Last week, we took Andy Reid’s 13-0 streak of wins following Eagles bye weeks. We gave the Eagles too much credit and didn’t give enough to the Falcons. I don’t think the Falcons are going 16-0 this season, but I also don’t see them losing to a Cowboys team that seems to keep shooting themselves in the foot. The Falcons are at home and the odds makers usually give 3 points to the home team. That means they think the Falcons are just 1/2 a point better than the Cowboys. I disagree whole-heartedly. I think the Falcons win this game by at least a touchdown. Falcons 24 Cowboys 17
Detroit Lions -5.5 over Jacksonville Jaguars
The line for this game was actually lower earlier this week. However, I don’t think a desperate Lions team will mess around with a terrible Jaguars team. The Lions are coming off of a quality home win against the upstart Seahawks and should keep their season alive with a win against the Jaguars. The Jaguars, for those of you that didn’t know, had Chad Henne playing quarterback for them last week…..Chad Henne folks… I think this is the week that Matthew Stafford and Megatron put up a big game and the Lions route the Jaguars. Lions 31 Jaguars 16 (cont’d on page 2, click below)
Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins welcomed Ryan Tannehill back to the practice field. Tannehill is still recovering from a hyperextended knee and deep thigh bruise that he suffered in the Dolphins win on Sunday. Tannehill was limited in Wednesday’s practice, only taking part in individual drills. Matt Moore took the majority of the actual practice snaps with the entire first team offense. Again, this is what is being reported by the media that only gets to see a portion of the Dolphins practice.
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On Thursday, Ryan Tannehill took all of the first team snaps with the Dolphins offense. The Dolphins rookie has been wearing a brace and compression sleeve on his left knee during practice, which have helped. However, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post said today that he is still favoring the knee. Omar Kelly had an encouraging observation, saying that Tannehill was ‘moving around better’ today.
It should be noted that Tannehill took all of the offensive snaps in the portion of practice that was open to the media. After that time, the Dolphins close out the media, but continue practicing. It’s possible that Matt Moore took snaps with the first team during the closed portion of practice. The Dolphins are being coy about who will be their starter on Sunday, trying to make the Colts prepare for the different styles of Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill. (cont’d on page 2, click below)
The Miami Dolphins had a lot to cheer about yesterday in their 30-9 demolishing of the Jets. Two Dolphins players in particular had quite a bit of fun…..Gangnam Style! If you’re asking yourself what Gangnam Style is, check out this video:
Gangnam Style is the the Korean rap senstation that has been watched over 115 million times on YouTube.com. Honestly, I have no idea what this guy’s singing about…..but it’s a popular song. Saturday Night Live even did a sketch about Gangnam Style a month ago.
The Miami Dolphins never came out and said that this was a rebuilding year. However, after the Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill with the #8 pick in the draft and decided to start him, most wrote off the Dolphins 2012 season to a rebuilding year. The Dolphins front office also made moves that were geared more towards the future than for the present. The Dolphins traded away Brandon Marshall for 2- 3rd round picks and then Vontae Davis for a 2nd rounder. The front office was building the team around young players and fans thought they could only look towards the future.
While all of this was going on, the Dolphins continued to say that they were re-tooling, not rebuilding. The Dolphins players, to their credit, have played hard under coach Joe Philbin. The Dolphins players are out to win football games and many are not signed through 2013, so they have to make the most out of this season. Players like Sean Smith, Reggie Bush, Randy Starks, and Jake Long are playing out the last year of their contract, so they all hope to have impressive 2012 seasons.
On Sunday, the Dolphins did something that many people didn’t think was possible; They moved into a tie for 1st place in the AFC East with their 17-14 win over the Rams. Yes, it’s only week 6. And yes, after next week the Dolphins will be knocked out of first place (The Jets play the Patriots, so one will improve to 4-3). However, Dolphins fans have to be happy with what they are seeing out of their team. Many will even point out that if Dan Carpenter hits a couple of kicks in weeks 3 and 4, the Dolphins could be 5-1. He didn’t, so they’re not. BUT, they are playing better football than they were at the beginning of the season and they seem to be learning how to finish games.
The Miami Dolphins have a chance to even their record at 3-3 on Sunday, and keep pace (although it’s early) in both the AFC East and Wild Card races. The Dolphins have played better than most people expected before the year started. They’ve been rushing the ball effectively, getting solid play out of their rookie quarterback, and playing very good defense.
On the Sunday, the Dolphins welcome in the St. Louis Rams who are also surprising people this year. The Rams are 3-0 at home this season, but 0-2 on the road. The Dolphins hope to get back to the .500 mark before their bye comes next week. The Dolphins are not taking the Rams lightly and will need to give a solid effort to pick up another win. Here is a look at the Dolphins gameplan for this week (at least, what we think it should be):
Pressure Sam Bradford
The Rams passing offense ranks 30th in the NFL, averaging just 183 yards per game through the air. Sam Bradford has struggled at times this year, mostly because his offensive line is among the leagues worst. The Rams have allowed 15 sacks, which is tied for 3rd worst in the NFL. The Rams offensive line is so bad that they are starting Wayne Hunter. You remember Wayne Hunter, right? He’s the former Jets right tackle that makes Marc Colombo look like Richmond Webb. The worst part is that the other Rams linemen aren’t much better. Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick, and Olivier Vernon should have a field day teeing off on this line.