Tag: Ryan Tannehill

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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Are Tannehill’s recent struggles cause for concern?

 

The Miami Dolphins are now almost 2 weeks into training camp. That’s two weeks of hands-on practice for Ryan Tannehill in Bill Lazor’s new offense.  But, instead of hearing about improvement, we’re hearing about Tannehill throwing interceptions….3 each of the last 2 practices.  Should we be concerned?

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Remember, the last time Tannehill last played in a non-Mike Sherman offense was in high school….that was 2008.  He’s learning a brand new offense, behind a totally rebuilt offensive line, all while the coaches are asking him to make quicker decisions AND be more accurate with the football.  That’s asking a lot, which makes it tough to draw too many conclusions before seeing a regular season game.

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Ja’Wuan James could be special for Dolphins

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I must admit that selecting a right tackle at number 19 was one of my least favorite ideas, but the Miami Dolphins reached for one that has Pro Bowl potential at two spots.

That is the value I see in the James pick.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

As a rookie he projects as a starter and I expect him to be better than both Tyson Clabo and Jon Martin were in the past two seasons.

However, what excites me about the pick is that he has all of the ability to become great at the position and possibly become just as good on the left side by the time Branden Albert retires.

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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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Would DeSean Jackson make sense for the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Philadelphia Eagles have cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the Miami Dolphins are among the teams that could be interested.

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Photo Courtesy of Wigstruck via Wikipedia

Bill Lazor was brought in as offensive coordinator because of the success of the Philadelphia Eagles offense last year and it would only make sense to bring in one of the leaders of that offense to shorten the learning curve.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver corps are coming into the season pretty banged up and Mike Wallace did not demonstrate that he was worthy of being called a number one receiver.

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Breaking down the odds of the Dolphins drafting Pro Bowlers in the NFL Draft

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

I visited my local fair yesterday and was lured in by the chance of coming away with a big prize for a small price in their carnival games.

I came away feeling scammed and it reminded me of the NFL Draft.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

I did a numbers analysis of the past five drafts and discovered that 80 Pro Bowlers were selected out of 1272 selections, for a 6.3 percent early success rate.

15 were selected in the 2009 draft, 30 in 2010, 20 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and 4 in 2013.

Obviously, the last two drafts have not had as much time to develop and more Pro Bowlers are surely to sprout, but they have been included as they give a realistic picture of what this Dolphins regime can expect in their win or go home season.

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Updated Dolphins Mock Draft – Will they go OL in the 1st round?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins should be able to fill a lot of needs in the 2014 draft.  Here is my projection.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

With the 19th pick in the 1st round, the Miami Dolphins select:

C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Middle Linebacker

I believe the Miami Dolphins will have an elite defense in 2014, but it cannot happen without All Pro production from the middle linebacker.  Miami’s offensive line has gotten all of the headlines, but the linebackers were the biggest disappointment in 2013, and this man could turn the unit around.

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Dolphins offseason wish list should include some big names

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins, after giving Brent Grimes the deal that he has earned, will field an above average defense yet again.

While most of the offseason attention is on the offense and how it needs 4 new offensive linemen, I find the idea of using a first round pick and a lot of money to fill two of those positions, offensive.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Yes, assuming the rookie and veteran play up to their potential, the Dolphins would have a solid line, which is a step in the right direction.

However, steps in the right direction get you fired and back into rebuilding sooner or later. The team must take a leap into greatness while Starks, Soliai, Wake and Grimes are still great or they may as well start fresh already.

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Dolphins top choice at Left Tackle is Eugene Monroe

 

The Miami Dolphins have saved their pennies and will probably make some cuts/restructures to save some more before Free Agency opens up next week.  Not surprisingly, the Dolphins are planning to attack the free agent market to find a starting left tackle.  The candidates that will likely be available include Eugene Monroe, Branden Albert, Anthony Collins, Bryant McKinnie, and Jared Veldheer.  I say likely available because there is still time for their current teams’ to resign them before free agency opens.  Although that’s not likely to happen with the Dolphins and McKinnie.

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Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

As Armando points out in his post today, the Dolphins are poised to get aggressive in finding new offensive linemen. Remember, the Dolphins only solid linemen is Mike Pouncey and he’s on thin ice after the disclosures of the Well’s report.  They need a left tackle, a left guard and upgrades on the right side of the line.  There’s a lot of work to do.

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