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DC Dolfan
Washington, D.C.
All things Miami Dolphins
Interests: Besides the Miami Dolphins, those wouldn't be interests, they'd be diversions.
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Agreed Kris, but not this guy. I'd rather go after the Eastern Illinois kid (Jimmy G). Yeah yeah, no competition they say, but he broke all Romo's records in school.
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Unfortunately, the most telling stat for QBs is W vs. L. It's not always fair, but it is what it is. Generally a good QB can elevate the players around them, and provide that spark at exactly the right time. Whatever Tannehill does anywhere else, if he can't lead the team to winning more than 8 wins, it's meaningless.
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Posted by: Darkoak | April 16, 2014 at 09:43 AM There are also rationale posters on the other side. Kris is one of them (as am I). I have serious reservations about Tannehill. But I do acknowledge his attributes and successes. And though I may not be a cheerleader right now, come Sept., I will be. He's the Miami Dolphins starting QB, anyone who says otherwise is in a fantasy world. So you have to roll with him, because he's the ONLY chance Miami has of doing anything resembling better than mediocre in 2014. Matt Moore isn't the savior. Pat Devlin isn't. Some drafted QB isn't (probably, at least not in 2014). It all rests on Tannehill's shoulders, and so I wish him the best. But I'm a Dolphins fan. While I hope for the best, my experience tells me I should expect less, up to and including the worst.
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Mark, it's mid-April and STILL 30 degrees in DC. Surly doesn't begin to explain my mood. Actually, I'm just over this "groupthink" Mando's a part of who think QBs who get their team to the Playoffs are somehow lesser (or more threatened) than mediocre QBs who've never even had a winning Season. I frankly would LOVE to have Dalton. At least my team wouldn't be bounced in Week 16 year after year. I would even love to have Kaepernick, who comes up big when his team needs him. I feel Dolphins fans have no right to criticize even a Tony Romo when they're bottom-of-the-barrel losers manning the QB position for the last decade or so couldn't as much as sniff his jockstrap. Minus the one shining star for one Season, Chad Pennington. And when you're stalwarts for a decade-and-a-half are Pennington and Jay Fiedler, well then, you're not really a professional football team, you're a joke. And I'm sick of being a joke.
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I have to disagree with your list Armando. I think it's a joke to have Joe Flacco on any endangerment list. The guy JUST won a SB. He's 1 yr removed, and someone REALLY thinks he's in a make-or-break year because he signed a huge deal. News flash, he signed the deal for what he DID, and the POSSIBILITY of doing it again, not what he's yet TO do. That's a joke to have him anywhere on that list. Jake Locker, REALLY? Only dolts give a QB 4 Seasons to prove they are worthy anymore. This guy is a Chad Henne dud, it's just some are slow on the draw and don't want to believe their lying eyes. He's done, so no make-or-break anything. Andy Dalton? ANDY DALTON? The guy who's GOTTEN his team to the Playoffs EVERY year he's in the league. Sure, you want more, but are you really going to chance replacing him with a guy who CAN'T even get there? Doubt it. SERIOUSLY doubt Marvin Lewis will replace him, so HE'S off the list. Geno Smith. So, you're putting a 2nd year starter, who might just get demoted, over Tannehill who will be FIRED if he can't get over the 8-win bump. That's just a joke. Josh McCown, pressure. You mean a career journeyman who isn't expecting anything (being in the league so long) who has a chance to finally be a starter. Seems like he has the LEAST pressure of them all. This is all gravy. He's already BEEN axed off the "competent starter" list. He had a good Season as a backup, so is getting his chance. But he surely understands one slip-up and he's back in the co-pilot's chair. I don't see how he has any pressure whatsoever. He's just taking it as it comes. Kaepernick isn't going anywhere. Yeah, he wants to get paid, that's not pressure. What's really the difference between 18mil and say 12-15mil. I'd say not a lot. A few frivolous toys (houses, cars, boats). I wouldn't put him so high. Here's my list: RG3, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, RYAN TANNEHILL, Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, Matt Shaub, Colin Kaepernick, Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler.
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In 2012 Larry Fitzgerald had his worst stats since his first year in the league. Was that his fault, or the lack of a QB? Be careful drafting at the WR position when you still have questions about your QB. Question is, how much does the GM trust his QB will be the real deal this season?
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Everyone's so touchy and it's just mid-April. Can't we all get along until at least late July-early Aug? That's when we'll really have something to argue about.
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Actually, I added the "r" for ROTTEN! Mark will love that!
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Damnit Montreal, I've been saying it wrong all along. I hate THAT!
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First off guys, it's Croyle (our DC). Secondly, he's a glorified position coach elevated too soon and doesn't yet grasp the new responsibilities on his plate. Sound familiar? Where's Sparano right now? Exactly where Croyle will be in a couple of years (if not next year). I hope the LB Coach can step up, or else we're in big trouble (and unfortunately we're not little China).
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I'll pass on any of USC's trash thank you. Mark, you better get your Raptors ready, the Wizards are coming for you!
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Posted by: Nate | April 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM Disagree. The Patriots have gotten WORSE as the years went by. They've been losing more games and not getting bounced earlier in the Playoffs. So trading back has not served them well IMO. Once Brady leaves we'll see how well that strategy works. However, I'm looking for even more specifics, 1 trade for 1 player that led a team to being appreciably better. Any position, any team, any year. That's my point, I don't think it's GENERALLY a good strategy. I think it's an old wife's tale. I think more picks doesn't always get you more talent. If you have a guy you want that's not "graded" as being a value pick, if he becomes a star in the end what does it matter if you take him earlier than expected? But GENERALLY I think extra picks only garners extra acorns. Who do very little to help the team (besides at the very outer margins). So if you're a mediocre team, that move won't do anything to change who you are. If you're good, you won't become great. And if you're bad, you're most likely going to stay bad. Maybe in the later rounds, but I would almost NEVER trade back in rds 1-3, I would just draft well and maximize those picks to ensure I'm getting a starter or at the very least a very good contributor.
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For those advocating trading down (and I hear this every year) but please give me (and I'm not saying it hasn't happened) some specific examples where trading down helped the team that traded more than if they stayed put? It can be in Miami, or any other NFL team. And REAL examples of a team TRULY benefiting, don't give an example of like the Rams, who traded down with the Redskins for RG3, yet are just as mediocre today as they've been last few years. I mean INDISPUTABLE evidence that the team who traded down were made appreciably better due to THAT move. I'm sure there are examples, I'm not sure more often than not trading down isn't a bad move rather than a good move.
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Dashi, ABA (anyone but Atlanta). On Wake, he has a year, 2 possible, but his end is near. I wouldn't be mad with Lewan. Saw him in lots of Michigan games last year, he's a solid player. And I have no problem with his "character issues" (if you want to call nasty streak a character issue). I have a problem with how he let his Michigan team lose to Penn St. in like the 6th OT!!! That was disgraceful.
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Nats are to Marlins what Patriots are to Dolphins. Ian Desmond/Kevin Werth. Grand Slams. Best record in MLB. If you don't know, you better AXE somebody!
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Mark, what about your Brandon Marshall or Mike Wallace jerseys?
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How much does Maurkice get paid?
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I would much rather play the Rams week 3 than 4. Week 3 is the true test (as far as the preseason goes). And the Rams will be a better team (especially defensively) than Dallas. They would test our OL more. Watch us beat Tampa when it doesn't matter (instead of beating them when they were winless).
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Mark, We're actually having an Expo's Day at Nats stadium (I think next month). I'll have to rock my old Andre Dawson jersey (if I still fit in it).
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I love this time of the year in Dolphinsland. You have the UP-crowd, where brighter days are on the horizon. Everything is positive. Winning is right around the corner. Then you have the DOWN-crowd, who only see doom and gloom. Every move, every change, only forewarns a continuance of mediocrity. And the truth is, both sides are right. Let's explore: - POSITIVE: OL is being completely rebuilt. Makes sense, last year's OL was horrendous, most of it has been traded or left in FA. How much worse can the new OL be? Better days on the horizon. NEGATIVE: Generally, the better OL's are the ones that have played together for awhile and are comfortable with each other. This new OL will be 5 guys who've never played together before. Possible recipe for disaster. - POSITIVE: Coaching was less than stellar last year, debatable how many games it cost the team. So revamp the staff. New OC, bringing in a new system, uh-oh, time for the offense to POP. He was the QB Coach for a team who's QB had what, 1 pick, so time for Tannehill to start thinking elite status, right? NEGATIVE: While Lazor has been a play-caller in college, he's never called plays in the NFL. Also, a QB, in a brand new system, first in 5 years, in a critical year, really make or break for the QB, OC, DC, HC, GM, possible recipe for disaster. And I could go on and on and on. So are you a cup half full or cup half empty kind of guy? Myself, I'll hope for the best, but being an astute long-time Dolphins fan, I'll expect mediocrity.
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Sorry Miami, my boy Gio really but a hurting on you. 5-0. Couldn't even get a bat on those meteors. Look at it this way, you lost to the NL's representative to the World Series, so don't feel so bad. GO NATS!!!
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I'm fine if Philbin doesn't allow rookie hazing. But I think it doesn't HAVE to be either/or. I think setting parameters is pretty simple. Tradition doesn't matter, times have changed. Rookies no longer make more than vets, so anything involving money is out. Anything that's done to a body part of a rookie that's permanent (i.e. haircut) is out. But making a rookie carry a vets pads should be accepted. Making a rookie sing in front of the team is fine. Taping a rookie to the goalpost is borderline (I'd be fine with it, but see the dangers it could cause). Basically, having fun while being mindful this is not something that should be intended to hurt or embarrass so much the rookie no longer wants to play for the team is how rookie hazing should be handled. But I don't see Philbin being able to split the baby like that. There will probably be NO rookie hazing allowed on the Dolphins.
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david, I hear you. I don't eat red meat or pork (just fowl and fish) and people look at me like I'm a commie (get remarks like, "you don't eat steak, how can you live?") I don't get it either. Frankly, I'm happy with a portabello burger, they're delicious. And on the health side, as long as you're getting your protein and nutrients, then you're right, it's a great lifestyle. I was just referring to people who "protect animals", yet eat cow-products without any disdain for the poor, sad life that cow most likely went through (poor conditions, unsanitary, fed hormones and other unsavory products never meant to be ingested by humans). I myself am pretty careful about the animals I eat. I try to get organic, vegetarian-fed, no-hormones, free range chicken, sustainable fish, DEFINITELY get my meat from a butcher (not the grocery store which generally doesn't cut their own meat, they purchase pre-packaged meat). And I don't consider myself to be some kind of animal activist. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE animals. But I just think people are going overboard hating on Michael Vick. It's human abuse, and it needs to stop.
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No one hates the Jets more than me, but that petition to keep Vick away from training camp is EFFING STUPID AS EFFE! Don't people have anything better to do with their lives than HATE (I'm probably asking the wrong crowd). Such hypocrites. The man paid his price to society, did his time, came out a "changed man," no mention of recidivism, so what's the problem? Why can't this man move on with his life, concentrate on his career, and take care of his family? Some of you people with your fetish with domesticated animals are SICK! Yet you go on eating beef, pork, fish. You talk the talk, WALK THE WALK. You feel like that, you should be a vegan, point blank. No difference between a dog and a pig. Actually, there is. Pigs are smarter and much more like humans than dogs. But I don't see anyone at the bbq joint, picketing people who walk out with rib breath for being an accessory to the slaughter of a pig. LEAVE MICHAEL VICK ALONE! Go bang your goat if you're such an "animal lover."
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2watt, Robert will most likely return to old form this year. I think with the injury fully healed, a better relationship with the HC, and an OL which is more equipped to pass protect (which is not a given, but in Cincy Gruden had the 5th ranked OL in the league, so I'm assuming he will bring that same philosophy to DC). Also, Mando's talking about speed and mismatches. Think about THIS offense: RG3, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson AND Jordan Reed. Who do you double-team? Who do you stop? Do the LBs/S step up to spy on RG3 (then what about DeSean)? If you double both Garcon and DeSean, then Reed will kill you up the middle. Or that opens up running lanes for either RG3 OR Morris. I like what the 'Skins have put together, I think they are going to have a very explosive offense. I don't think Cousins will see the field all year.
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