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I'm a Dolfan stuck in Cowboy country and heard a breakdown of the Cowboy's draft yesterday from a respected local sports writer, Rick Gosselin. He compared the way the Cowboys draft to the way the Raven's draft and I saw a lot of similarities with the Dolphins. Jerry often reaches in the draft to fill a need, (occasionally stepping outside that logic when's completely enamored with a player) and consequently, the team is stuck in mediocrity due to the mediocre talent. Ozzie and the Ravens on the other hand typically try to stick to the board and pick the BPA, even when it doesn't fill a need. I hate the Ravens but you can easily see that the Ravens are perennially in the playoffs and field a high caliber team. Seems like the Dolphins have been doing the same thing for a long time and are therefore stuck in mediocrity and will stay that way until they figure out how to move past drafting for need rather than BPA.
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noreastdollfan, I have to agree. The way both those quarterbacks stand in the pocket going through progressions, sliding to to find the lanes and throwing pinpoint accurate passes to tight windows are amazing. I mean really, looking at their stats from the last 2 playoff games, they carried their teams.
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J T Sander, Sorry, but you're wrong. Kaep & Wilson are further behind in their development vs Tannehill. Yes they are exciting to watch but neither are carrying their teams. Just as the Redskins sacrificed their quarterback for the chance at 1 post season appearance, the Seahawks and Forty-niners are kind of doing the same thing. I predict that one or the other of these 2 qb's will end up with a broken leg, dislocated shoulder or torn ACL in the near future. Both teams have depth at every position and physical, mauling defenses, the Seahawks however are up against the cap next year. Let's see how good these qb's look in a couple of years when their teams start losing superstars and they're expected to actually play their positions from the pocket .
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CHINET IS BEST, what colors do you come in?
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This is from a Denver Bronco Blog from May, 2012 regarding Xander's credentials: ** Draft 2010: The Broncos made a splash in the first round of the draft by making two trades down and two trades up and ultimately winding up with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas at No. 22 and quarterback Tim Tebow at No. 25. The Broncos also drafted starters Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton and Eric Decker in the second day of the draft" Sign the guy immediately. This one draft is better than most of JI's combined drafts. If you watch the game, these players are the real deal, play with heart and make plays. Even Tim Tebow, a Josh McDaniels move.
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jpao at 10:48 Dead on!! How do you beat the AFC's 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th seed playoff contenders and lose to the Bills twice, Jets at home with playoff implications, winless TB, etc.. This may not be the most talented bunch of Dolphin players ever but there's enough talent to beat good teams when they're motivated and coached properly. Before the Buffalo game, I thought we should keep this regime in place. Losing the way we did gave me some doubts but the way we played today completely iced it. We should dump the GM, coaches, scouts and everyone other than Aponte. Hire a GM who can pick his own coach but I would love to see what Mike Zimmer could do with our defense.
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Blind Faith, Kudos! I've personally never seen anything that heavy. You're undoubtedly a very caring soul or your girlfriend was very hot. In any case, it sounds like you did some remarkable work. Cheers!
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Fins Nation, root for you team and enjoy this week!! Merry Christmas!
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Blind Faith, you're right, I haven't traveled much, only Mexico, Europe and India. I've never been to South America, Africa or the poorest of the poor countries, but it doesn't mean my heart doesn't understand their plight. We are indeed a blessed nation and it's our obligation, (as individuals) to do all we can to help our brother's and sisters wherever and whenever possible, but just as Jesus said, the poor will always be among us. I'm not trying to downplay your personal experiences in any way. It sounds like you have some compassion as well.
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Blind Faith, Our creator made us in his likeness but gave us free will. We''re not robots or perfect beings. We have a choice. We can live in darkness or we can live in the light. God doesn't condone the killing, hatred, racism etc., It's man who makes that choice to do these things. That being said, we will all stand in judgment one day. Even if you're not a believer, surely you can see perfection in nature. Was it all some incredible accident? It just doesn't seem plausible to me. Cheers.
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I don' post here often but I thought I would throw in my two cents tonight. First Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope we never take the Christ out of Christmas. That being said, several observations. It seems like this is a site for a never ending attack on the same players, coaches and GM. Been a big Dolphin fan all my life and as tough as the last 10 years have been, I think we're on the right track. The NFL site has a ranking of QB's and despite last weeks debacle, the writer had RT ranked 14 of 32, on the rise and multiple potential future pro bowls. Regarding coaching, they seem to be a stubborn bunch when it comes to game plans and play calls but despite the JM, Incogs meltdown, Philbin and company managed to keep the players engaged enough to beat the Cinci, the Jets, Pittsburg and NE in the second half of the season. When it comes to Ireland, I just don't know but I would say this, watch the damn games. It appears to this fan that we have some talent but the players aren't put in a position to consistently succeed and thats on coaching. If we win this week and manage to make the playoffs, we could potentially play the Colts, Bengals or Patriots, all winnable games. As a fan, I hope we continue to progress and this Sunday should be interesting. Cheers.
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Ray, you're probably like me, part of the 53% paying our taxes so the other 47% can collect they're goodies... That's fine, but it's totally unsustainable and eventually there will be a huge backlash. In the mean time, we're just going to be another 2nd tier socialist country, no longer leading the way. Less invotation, growth and total stagnation.
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Aloco, I know this is Dolphin's blog and I won't belabor my point, but maybe it's time we stopped thinking in terms of our race, skin color etc and called ourselves Americans. By the way, I'm white and married to a beautiful educated Latina woman who voted for Mitt Romney.
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Aloco, yeah... I think you just made my point. Any way, God Bless America.
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No Aloco, thank Allah, God had nothing to do with it. And um....be careful what you wish for.
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Can we please focus on the upcoming game, maybe break down the Jet's defense, look at some matchups, acknowledge RT's improvement and adjustments in the last game etc.. Come on Armando, this piece is beneath you. Stop stirring the pot. I'm re-subscribing to the Sunday Ticket today to watch the Fin's young talent take the next step in their evolution. Can you try to stay positive for at least the week after a win?
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Oops..meant to say Steelers.
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Some here won't agree with me but I think we're in the same class as the Raiders, Cardinals and Rams. I despise the Jets but they're a better ball club right now and Bengals too. I'm interested to see how the Jets Circus fares against a beat up Stealer team on Sunday. I have hunch they're going to look pretty pedestrian. If so, the Jet game may look more winnable.
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Four minutes at the end of the 2nd quarter cost us the Texan game. RT was playing in his first game in a hostile environment. He's supposed to be a quick study. If he can make the necessary adjustments with his eyes, add some pump fakes and use his feet, I really think he can be an excellent quarterback. I know we havent seen much of him yet, but he doesnt look like he gets rattled easily. Can we score 30 points a game? Doubtful, however I think we win this Sunday and I think McFadden will be stopped.
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After reviewing our offense in the first half of the Texan game last night, there are many reasons to be optimistic. Overall, the line play, even the right side was good. I especially focused on our rookie right tackle and must say, he is making the adjustment to the speed of the NFL. If these guys can stay healthy, the run game is going to flourish. The guards and center were getting to the second level and Bush is making the right cuts. I wish they would have run the ball a little more but the coaching staff seems to have a lot of confidence in RT, maybe a little too much confidence at this point in his growth. If we can avoid the turnovers Sunday, I think we win the game. the Raiders are banged up after playing a Monday night game, traveling to the east coast. I just hope Sherman and Philbin put RT in a position to flourish. Let him throw on the move some, especially in the red zone and run the ball more. The defense should be ok and our special teams is definitely better than the Raiders.
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