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I bet Jeff Ireland was the kid that built the same stupid straight tower with his Lego's. Using the same pieces and colors, and rebuilding it the same exact way no matter how many times it would fall.
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I don't know I thought he had a reputation of being a malcontent, immature, selfish, etc. That was the impression I got from Steelers fans? It seems silly, but for all we know this could be a misguided attempt at leadership. I've known/seen guys who would be self conscious about the stat sheet, even in a win like this, and feel that brooding in this manner shows that you really care.
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When your Offensive Line is struggling as much as they were today, sometimes you may have to rely on those 5 yard routes more than you would like.
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That is disheartening. I was actually thinking positive regarding Wallace's day coming into this post. Obviously you want, and need to see more production from him, but Gibson had a good day and Hartline had a great day. Do either of those guys put up those numbers without Wallace on the field? I'm a Hartline fan, but I don't think he goes 9/144 if Haden was lined up on him each play. The positive is that this is the first time in what seems like forever the team has three legitimate targets at Wr. Wallace must be a bigger part of the offense moving forward, and he's paid to win those difficult matchups, but at least for today his presence helped allow others to have success. It's a shame he doesn;t seem to see that.
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This post reminds me too much of how the Dolphins viewed Ted Ginn Jr.: Special teams, adds team speed, brings multiple dynamics to the field on downs with obvious pass plays. Mcrunner34 I had the same thought, but then I realized Ginn was far more valuable...I haven't heard about Jordan's family being part of any package deal. (And now for a more serious response) I'm just happy he will be active. Realistically I wouldn't have expected a bigger role Sunday, because he hasn't earned a bigger role. Hopefully the Fins can get out to a lead, create obvious passing downs and give him a chance to flash, in the situation where he should currently be most comfortable/have the most value.
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Another area where lineman-type comes into play is the screen-game. I don't think it's a coincidence Miami has been awful in this area the past few years. And they were awful regardless of coordinator. I also believe (And remember when I say I actually mean the entirety of the media) this was to blame for Bush not being used as much in the passing game. They simply didn't have the lineman to utilize Bush as much as I'm sure they would have liked too. Watching Incognito and Jerry try to get out ahead of Bush could be a painful sight.
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Sorry for resorting to a profanity laced tantrum earlier. That really makes me no better than what I was criticizing. The insinuation that I was brainwashed by the media just really touched a nerve. In whatever I do, I really pride myself in being creative and independent thought...So like I said, it just touched a nerve. It's tough to find a rooting interest in tonight's game...Granted I hate all teams that aren't Miami, but there's usually a team I hate more, an underdog, a division rival to root against, a player I admire....With Ray and Reed gone I have nothing to go off... I guess I'll root for Flacco to throw like 8 TD's since Skip Bayless refers to him as Fluke-O or whatever, for what I'm sure is no actual reason....So I'll root for him to look stupid.
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This is nothing but you succumbing to the media bs wagon. Ellis Yup, because I love to parrot others, and it would have no bearing on my own intellect and lifetime spent around the game. If there is a more jaded, degenerate group of fucktards on the internet I'd love to see it, because it must be glorious in it's douchebaggery. Reasonable discourse would be wonderful, But you know, you can continue to cast aspersions....Stay Class Dolphins Blog.
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Will be interesting to see if Watkins gets a chance. If any of our OLmen goes down we will have a bunch more problems then we currently have. That's putting it mildly. Posted by: Progolf667 I've already seen the worst patchwork OL performance ever...It was Nov, 18 2010 vs. the Chicago Bears. After witnessing that anything will seem better in comparison....For the rest of time.
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Incognito is more of a mauler and doesn't necessarily fit the zone-blocking scheme they are trying to implement. That's the reason why I can see them going in another direction. If that winds up being the case, I would understand, but I just hope they have a better option/plan in place before just letting him go, since he is a quality starter.
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I hope that deep comeback Tannehill completed to Wallace in the 3rd game was a sign of things to come. I was more impressed with that route and throw than anything else I had seen in the pre-season. Defenses will have to respect Wallace's speed, so if he and Tannehill can get on the same page with those intermediate throws we actually will have a combo worth a damn.
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Yeh, fin4life is around. He has been posting in the evenings. I'm sure you two will get back to your old conversations, as before. They were certainly good and very readable. Progolf667 Oh than yeah I have seen him posting. Maybe he actually didn't want me to know who he was than, because I don't think my name change should have tricked him lol.
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Ryan, where did you log in before? odinseye I used to post on the CBS Message Boards. Rymflaherty It wasn't a large community, but it was nice. One stop shopping for my Dolphins news, and there were some posters I really enjoyed talking football with. It was also nice because they respected my opinion...After years of my posting that may have seemed crazy at first, more often than not my thread would be an Omar Kelly article 3 weeks later. Anyways, that site went to hell. One day I went to get on and they just deleted the message board. Everyone sort of disappeared. Some defectors started a new site, and while it got me through the draft, it never caught on and became a small insulated community. Since then I've tried to refrain from obsessing on the team. It got to the point I was watching so much, reading so much, and what not that I was feeling more like a "pseudo-expert" than a fan...It was like I knew too much and lost my innocence. A few days ago I heard from ProGolf who mentioned he found some old-posters from CBS over here, and that's why I stopped by. And now as I'm done typing I realize the correct answer was probably : CBS.COM : )
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Something to keep in mind with Martin - He's not replacing All-Pro Jake Long, he's replacing League-Average Long. I don't have a whole lot of faith in Martin, but I do think it's possible he can reach that goal..."Average" isn't unreasonable. That's the performance they received from the LT spot last year and Tannehill survived.
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Dr Ireland has been tinkering with the o-line for years along with his esteemed coleagues Dr Parcells and Dr Sporano.To us common folk it seems they havent made any progress in their extensive research and with all the money and time spent on the o-line do you think its a coincedence that this is still in the developmental stages. Posted by: Wild Boar In Overtown Well that's the root of the frustration, right? While I don't agree with the childish way many here seem to deal with that disappointment, I can see why they are upset. You can honestly take any blog, article, message board rant, whatever from the past 5 or so years and it would apply to virtually any point during that time... Offensive line questions, Need to force more turnovers, Offensive Red-Zone issues, Offense lacks play-makers, Need better QB play, Question marks in secondary, etc. etc. And while I am more optimistic than I have been in years, it is still crazy to think about. Or maybe I should say sad to think about. ProGolf - Didn't you say FF4E was around these parts? I was looking forward to hearing from him....I guess I haven't seen him, or he just doesn't want to talk to me again. Oh well...
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If the team does well Tanne will get some of the credit and jeff ireland will get the rest of the credit. Posted by: ExposingTheFraud Am I alone then because I feel the need to give Ireland virtually no credit for Tannehill? I admit it's an assumption on my part, but I look at the situation, and they brought in an offensive mind at coach. By all accounts the main decision outside internal options was between Flynn and Tannehill. Miami was in the unique position where you actually had the previous coach for each of those two guys in the room. It's hard not to think others were more responsible for that decision...or even if it was Ireland's call...It's tough not to acknowledge he was working with information far beyond what a GM would typically have.
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That seems about right for Tannehill. It's also not a bad thing when you consider even his most ardent supporters (pre-draft) had the caveat that he would need a year or two to sit and learn. This off-season I've thought about Tannehill within this "Top 32" context and realistic expectations to indicate continued growth. After being in the bottom-third his rookie year, at the end of this year he has to be around 15-16. Right there in the middle. For him to jump into that Rivers, Cutler, Schaub type group is realistic. After Year 3 - He should be right there knocking on the door of the "Top 10". Year 4 and beyond he should be clearly in that Top 10. Obviously it would be great to reach those levels sooner, but if he reaches those goals as stated, the team should be on the right track.
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4 consecutive losing seasons is plenty of reason to be negative. FED UP FIN Fair enough. I just started posting around here, so you guys have no way to no I've pretty much written essays using every number and metric possible showing how awful Ireland has been. So I get it, but he's still here and we have a team that begins the season Sunday...I'm trying to be objective about it. They're not a great team....So that means there's a lot of "if's"...I happen to believe the if's are more realistic than they have been in years. Now if those come to fruition we'll have to wait and see. To me this season will be a positive regardless... Either the team is competing for a playoff spot, or Ireland is gone (Has to be right?)and someone else will take over with a much stronger base than the past regime started with in 08'.
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ESPN Magazine has the Dolphins winning the division. I believe their predictions were done by doing simulations in conjunction with PFF. It just seems absurd to me to act as if the season will be a lost cause and to use publications predictions and/or "experts" as the corresponding evidence. Plus it wasn't an individual sharing such information, but someone obviously trying to create negativity. I'm all for negativity....But it should be backed up with a reasoned argument.
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I sure hope Skip Bayless picks us to go to the playoffs...If he doesn't pick us it's over, because he's on TV and is oh so smart. At the very least hopefully Berman can offer hope, or maybe Playboy if they still have a football preview... If only we were lucky and rooted for a team like the Chiefs, then we could be buying our playoff tix and gear right now.
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KingShula - Explosive plays (20 plus yards) can be a good one too. Last year I was playing around with a formula as well...They took down the dang CBS Boards so I can't go back to it now...So while I don't remember it all, I do recall it was a plus minus I was keeping during the game, and the most important things being turnovers and explosive plays.
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rym.....don't know if you picked up on that last blog but keep rambling! Good stuff Thanks Progolf. I went back and saw your comments now. I wasn't quite sure the protocol on here yet, so after typing and seeing a new blog post come up I just pasted my post to the new area. And to whomever mentioned having Ryan, Bryant, Marshall and Wallace... While nice in theory, I'd wager that Matt Ryan is not "Matty Ice" if he was drafted by Miami, and thrown in with that offense coming off the 1-15 season. Ryan fell into a perfect situation and Dimitroff surrounded him with talent, putting him in position to succeed....I really don't see him as exceptional in any one area. He was not a can't miss Elite talent out of college (few are), but a very good QB who has made the most out of a great opportunity. Really it's not too different that Tannehill. I don't see any reason why our Ryan can't have a similar ceiling. It will be about giving him that opportunity to succeed, and Tannehill making the most of it....Like Ryan in Atlanta.
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In response to Nemo above: I do tend to agree, not a doom or gloom type situation....As I said, just a random thought. I actually did understand the decisions when it came to guys like Long and Bush. It's just the realization that side of the ball is still where so many of my questions remain, and the realization that right-or-wrong Tannehill is going to be held accountable for those answers. Also on a couple of those areas: Admittedly TE is due to injury. Keller was a potential upgrade. I'm of the mindset that anyone that says they know what to expect from Miller (as a lead-back) is crazy at this point. What I do know is that he has flashed enough to earn the chance to show us... And if the pre-season was any indication Bush may be better off in Detroit anyway where they can fully utilize his talents.
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Damn you ProGolf, you had me come here and now I'm back to thinking about the team too much... Latest random musing. The irony that comes from the fact that I can legitimately argue that every position-group on the Defensive side is stronger this year, but they've potentially gotten weaker in multiple spots on Offense. Now that's not the worst thing in the world. I've always argued that you're better off creating actual positions of strength, as opposed to trying to be "solid" across the board, but it is a bit depressing since improving the offense was such a priority this off-season. It still could improve, but the bulk of the responsibility will squarely be on Tannehill's shoulders...With no more built in excuses. And now I'm back to rambling posts...Okay, I'll shut up now.
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Damn you ProGolf, you had me come here and now I'm back to thinking about the team too much... Latest random musing. The irony that comes from the fact that I can legitimately argue that every position-group on the Defensive side is stronger this year, but they've potentially gotten weaker in multiple spots on Offense. Now that's not the worst thing in the world. I've always argued that you're better off creating actual positions of strength, as opposed to trying to be "solid" across the board, but it is a bit depressing since improving the offense was such a priority this off-season. It still could improve, but the bulk of the responsibility will squarely be on his shoulders...With no more built in excuses. And now I'm back to rambling posts...Okay, I'll shut up now.
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