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General Discussion / Jags' Chad Henne to start vs. Titans
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:46:23 pm »
Jags' Chad Henne to start vs. Titans

[This article was from "the worldwide leader"]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Chad Henne is getting another shot at starting in the NFL.

How well he performs could determine whether Blaine Gabbert gets one, too.

The Jacksonville Jaguars named Henne their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Tennessee, the latest change for a team desperate to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Coach Mike Mularkey made the announcement Monday, a day after Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-37 overtime loss at Houston.

Mularkey pinned the decision on Henne's performance -- not Gabbert's injury.

"We're trying to find a way to produce and win," said Mularkey, who has made other lineup changes at running back, receiver, left guard and nose tackle in recent weeks. "We're just trying to find ways to see if we can be more productive that's all. It's no different."

Gabbert hurt his right forearm early in the game and had trouble gripping the ball.

Henne replaced him in the first quarter and completed 16 of 33 passes. He connected with Cecil Shorts III on a 67-yard touchdown and later hooked up with Justin Blackmon for an 81-yard score. He also found tight end Marcedes Lewis for two TDs in the red zone.

"He's been a starter in the league. He's had some success at that position," Mularkey said. "He was brought in here in case something happened to Blaine, to step in there and produce, which he did. He prepares like he's a starter every week.

"That's the one thing about him. He has been as much of a help for Blaine's progress as anybody. He prepares every week just like he's going to play every down. He doesn't get all the reps, but he watches a lot of film. He's taught our young guys how to watch film and actually understand what they're watching and what they're looking for. It just showed up on the tape yesterday."

Mularkey said Gabbert is questionable against the Titans (4-6).

If Gabbert can't play, the Jaguars (1-9) will promote John Parker Wilson from the practice squad to serve as Henne's backup.

"Blaine's injury is still up in the air," Mularkey said. "It's still questionable about the strength in that hand. I'd be cautious to say that he has a chance to play this week."

Henne also replaced an injured Gabbert against Indianapolis on Nov. 8 and completed 10 of 16 passes for 121 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. The Jaguars signed Henne to a two-year, $6.75 million contract in March, bringing the former Miami Dolphins starter in to be Gabbert's backup.

Jacksonville traded up to draft Gabbert with the 10th overall pick last year. The former Missouri standout struggled as a rookie and showed signs of progress earlier this year. But he clearly took a step back against the Colts, lacking pocket presence, rushing throws and missing open receivers.

Given that Jacksonville likely will have a high pick in the 2012 draft, it's imperative that the team figure out whether Gabbert is its franchise quarterback.

Gabbert has completed 53.8 percent of his passes in two seasons -- 24 starts -- for 3,876 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He has been sacked 62 times.

Henne's play against the Texans surely didn't help Gabbert's case.

With Henne in the huddle, first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon had seven receptions for 236 yards after being relatively quiet in the first nine games. Shorts caught three passes for 81 yards. And the 6-foot-6 Lewis, who had been relegated to blocking duties in recent weeks, became a top target near the goal line.

Mularkey expects Gabbert to handle the change well.

"I still think he's progressed," Mularkey said. "Blaine will handle it just like he has. I don't know if you saw it, but on the sidelines the No. 1 guy out on the field every time there was something positive happening was Blaine. He is totally into this thing, and this is no different."

General Discussion / NFL Rumors: Karlos Dansby Playing With One Arm
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:37:15 pm »
NFL Rumors: Karlos Dansby Playing With One Arm

by Craig Ballard

In recent weeks we have seen the Miami Dolphins take steps backwards. The word out of Miami is that Karlos Dansby has been playing with one arm for some time now.

Dansby appears to have a torn bicep that he suffered several weeks ago, and a dislocated finger. It seems that surgery to repair the bicep would sideline the LB for several months and he does not want to miss any playing time.

The Dolphins are back to their former ways of messing up would-be INTs, and Dansby is one of the worst offenders for turning INTs into nothing. We see a reason for this now as he is pretty much playing with one arm so securing an INT would be next to impossible for the 9 year veteran.

It is impressive to note that Dansby is (by far) the Dolphins top tackler. However we are seeing him struggle lately in that area too. Even scrambling QBs have become an issue for Dansby to tackle as he is playing through significant pain. His lowest solo tackle game was 4 solo tackles in week 4 vs the Arizona Cardinals, but he has just 4 in each of the last 2 games.

Dansby is showing heart by playing through the injuries to try to support his team. He is very upset about the 2 losses in 4 days to terrible teams like the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills. Despite playing with pain he is itching to get back on the field and help his ‘Phins turn around their recent poor play (3 straight losses)

Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks play at Miami next weekend. Lynch is a guy that can put a hurting on a healthy player so this should be a particularly tough test for the entire D, and certainly for a banged-up Dansby.

Dansby makes just under $9 million so it is good to see him doing everything in his power to earn his salary. If the rumor is true then the bicep injury will not get better (likely will hurt more and more).

General Discussion / DOLPHINS AT BILLS Thurs. the 15th of November, 2012
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:15:19 pm »
      DOLPHINS AT BILLS Thurs. the 15th of November, 2012  

  NFL Week 11: Capsule preview of Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

By Brian Biggane

Time: 8:20 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network.

Line: Bills by 1 1/2.

About the Dolphins (4-5): Coming off 37-3 loss to Tennessee that ranked as worst home loss since
1968. … Have won six of last eight meetings with Buffalo, including both last year. … Rank fifth in NFL in rush defense but 28th against the pass. … All of rookie Ryan Tannehill’s nine INTs have come in team’s five losses.

About the Bills (3-6): Have lost three straight and five of six. … RB C.J. Spiller leads NFL with 7.3-yard average per carry. … Are 0-3 against the AFC East. … Defense ranks last in NFL in rushing yards per game (163.7) and next-to-last in total yards per game (410). … Rank 30th in turnover ratio at minus-10.

Prediction: Home-field advantage has been huge in Thursday night games, and Dolphins still staggering from Sunday’s rout by Titans. Bills, 26-23.

General Discussion / Welcome zahra4583 come on in and kick back!
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:55:33 pm »
Like I said, Welcome! I assume you are a Dolphin fan and I couldn't help but notice that you are from London. I have heard talk that someday soon there JUST MIGHT be an NFL franchise there.

  Congemis Takeaways: Week 9     

By John Congemi on November 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Luck’s elusiveness in and out of the pocket helped the Colts convert 13 third-down conversions, extending several key drives. Tannehill and the Dolphins offense answered several times, but were unable to get into field goal range to attempt to tie things up in the game’s waning minutes.

Here are my key takeaways from the Dolphins’ 23-20 loss in Indianapolis:

    * Third Down Was A Nightmare: They tried all types of remedies, but the Dolphins defense just could not stop the Colts on third down. Indianapolis, led by an in-control Andrew Luck, dictated the tempo and controlled the football, winning the time of possession battle (35:56-24:04), as well as finding all types of ways to stay on the field offensively on third down. The 68 percent conversion rate had several effects; one, of course, being that the Colts were able to seize momentum and consistently keep the Dolphins defense on its toes. More indirectly, though,  it limited Ryan Tannehill’s opportunity to put points on the board on a day when the Dolphins offense was moving quite well. These third-down conversions weren’t simply a bunch of 3rd-and-2′s or 3rd-and-4′s–Indianapolis converted six of more than 10 yards and had eight possessions of eight plays or more, a few of which were kept alive by a key third-down conversion. This, too, limited the Dolphins offense’s ability to generate scoring opportunities.

    * Bess and Hartline Keep It Going: Dictated by what opposing defenses had been showing, the Dolphins’ big-play passing game to Brian Hartline had been somewhat neutralized. Against Indianapolis, it was nice to see Tannehill generate big plays on the outside with Hartline. Whether it was a double move outside the hashes or a tough grab over the middle, Hartline reemerged, showing an ability to get separation in a one-on-one matchup with an opposing defensive back and stretch the field. He finished the day with eight receptions for 108 yards, more receiving yards than he had in the previous three games combined. Davone Bess was, once again, consistent throughout, and his production is something this offense continues to rely on. It may seem redundant by now, but Bess is the perfect target for a rookie quarterback: a sure-handed receiver that runs crisp routes. Tannehill found him six times on Sunday for 67 yards.

    * Lucky Andrew: With no disrespect to Andrew Luck, whose rookie-record 433 yards and two touchdowns won the game, the Dolphins defense didn’t take advantage when Luck threw the football up for grabs. Three game-changing plays stand out in my mind for what the Dolphins defense didn’t do as much as what Luck and Co. were able to do: (1) With the Colts clinging to a three-point lead with under five minutes to play, Sean Smith had a chance to flip the script. An errant Luck pass was in Smith’s direction, but he wasn’t able to catch and hold the ball on the ground, a play that would have automatically put the Dolphins in field goal range. If Miami hadn’t gained another yard in that scenario, Dan Carpenter would have had a chance to make a 46-yard field goal from that spot. (2) The jump ball that T.Y. Hilton came up with in the end zone was more of a bad judgment by two Dolphin defenders than a great play by the rookie from FIU. Worst-case scenario that should have been an incompletion, but the end result was six points for Indianapolis. (3) Overlooked, perhaps, was a third-down pass in the third quarter that could have been picked off by Karlos Dansby. If he holds on, there’s nobody between Dansby and the end zone. It’s a pick-six, without a doubt; a play that could have turned Luck’s performance from nearly flawless to spectacular in defeat.

    * Far From Perfect, But…: The Dolphins had a chance to win this game. Put aside the numbers, what went right and what went wrong, all of the missed opportunities, and the offense still had the ball at midfield, only down three, at the two-minute warning. That shows me, despite some definite struggles, this team can compete even if they aren’t executing perfectly. With half a season still to play, the Dolphins have a chance to start playing at a more consistent level. If they can do that over the next eight games, they should see  tangible results where it counts: the AFC standings. That would keep them very much alive in what is currently a cloudy playoff picture.

General Discussion / Jets Dolphins Sunday 10/28/12
« on: October 28, 2012, 12:11:48 pm »


  Ross calls getting a No. 1 receiver the top Dolphins offseason priority 

Posted by Josh Alper on October 10, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

We aren’t even at the halfway point of the 2012 season, but the Dolphins are already putting together their plans for the offseason.

That was the message owner Stephen Ross sent to team employees at a meeting last month, according to Mike Beradino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Ross told the crowd that acquiring a No. 1 wide receiver would be the team’s “top offseason priority” and that they would do “whatever it takes” to land such a player because it would help quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

As Beradino points out, the last time the Dolphins wound up trading for Brandon Marshall the last time they made similar signals. With a fair amount of cap space and five picks early in next April’s draft, the Dolphins would seem to be well positioned to make a big move.

Ross’ comments came before Brian Hartline’s 253-yard game against the Cardinals. While the team is trying to sign Hartline to an extension, that probably wouldn’t stand in the way of bringing a top receiver into the fold to round out the offense. The fact that Tannehill has made such a quick transition to the pro game and that Hartline has flourished in his current role only makes the possible acquisition seem like a better idea because it would accelerate the offense’s growth without needing to be the only option on the field.

It would be interesting if Wes Welker, who can be a free agent after the year, winds up on their radar. Welker’s career really started in Miami after a brief stay in San Diego, but the Dolphins wound up dealing him the New England for a pair of draft picks. You know what Welker’s done since then, but he’s hardly the only potential name on the market. Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings, who played for head coach Joe Philbin when both were in Green Bay, could also be on the open market.

General Discussion / Good Read - Link provided
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:40:24 pm »

lots of good stuff there. It says he will only post after a Dolphins win. LOL! check it out.

I posted under my SBNation screen name "Shalala Stinks." The University of Miami president who happens to be a dyke and, well......... our 3rd AD since she has been there just quit and went to Nebraska.

Any AD that goes there does so with the knowledge that they are just gonna do her bidding for her b/c SHE is the AD, She hires the coaches and decides when(if at all) they get terminated. She seems to be popular amongst progressive and very liberal women. And might be one of the most ugly women on the planet.

The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker Josh Kaddu off their Practice Squad.

Kaddu, a fifth round selection (155th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, was with the team during training camp prior to being waived on September 1, 2012.

The team also signed defensive end Louis Nzegwu to the Practice Squad.

General Discussion / Oct 7 2012 Dolphin vs Bengals Game Thread
« on: October 07, 2012, 10:25:21 am »
Starts in 95 minutes at 1 PM here on the east coast

General Discussion / Arizona Cardinals vs Miami Dolphins gamethread
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:21:10 pm »
started at 44 seconds before half with Miami up 10 zip. Hard to believe. GO MIAMI!

This was a really tough loss. Before I give my 2 cents on the game I wanna look at the stats a little.

One thing is for sure. Philbin ought to think twice before calling TO to ice the kicker. WHy? Well for one thing what happens when the opposition botches the play and misses the FG b/c thats exactly what happened.

IT takes the game out of your own players hands and well IMO just let the guys play.

General Discussion / Game Thread: Dolphins vs Jets
« on: September 23, 2012, 12:56:31 pm »
Wow the Dolphins are doing pretty well so far early in the 2nd quarter. We lead 7 - 0 and are just outside the Jets 10 yard line AND DRIVING!!!!!


Chart: Miami Dolphins’ 2nd and 3rd round draft choices full of busts and unmet potential
by Ben Volin

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland has a lot of pressure on him to hit on the Dolphins’ first-round pick (eighth overall) in this week’s NFL Draft, whether that means taking quarterback Ryan Tannehill or someone else.

But there’s just as much pressure on him to hit on the second- and third-round picks as well. Ireland said last week that “those guys need to be either starters or significant role players,” yet he and former boss Bill Parcells haven’t done a very good job of finding those players since taking over the front office before the 2008 draft.

As we wrote in today’s Post, the Dolphins have certainly found some gems in the back end of the draft and with undrafted free agents, but their track record in the second- and third-rounds is pretty dismal. Only one of the nine players drafted is still entrenched as a starter, while two players were cut after one year, two were allowed to walk away in free agency, one can be classified as a total bust and another two are teetering on bust territory.

This year’s draft will be held this weekend in New York City — round 1 on Thursday night, rounds 2-3 on Friday and rounds 4-7 on Saturday. The Dolphins have three picks in rounds 2 and 3 — picks 42, 72 and 73 — and need to find impact players to fill positional needs, especially since they opted not to be big spenders in free agency.

Dolphins fans hope Ireland does a better job this year than he has done in the past. A full look at each of the nine players drafted in the second and third round under his watch:


    Second round

    * DE Phillip Merling (32nd overall): One of Ireland’s biggest draft busts has just five starts and 3.5 sacks in four seasons and is fighting for a backup spot this year.

    * QB Chad Henne (57th overall): Compiled a 13-18 record as a starter and never produced a passer rating of 80.0 or higher as the Dolphins let him walk away in free agency this year.

    Third round

    * DE Kendall Langford (66th overall): Started 54 games in four seasons and was solid against the run, but produced just 7.5 sacks and was allowed to walk away in free agency this year.

    Players passed over by the Dolphins in those rounds: Brandon Flowers, Jordy Nelson, Matt Forte, Desean Jackson, Ray Rice, Calais Campbell, Jermichael Finley, Cliff Avril.


    Second round

    * QB Pat White (44th overall): By far the biggest bust of the Ireland Era, White was drafted as the ultimate Wildcat weapon but was cut after one season, zero completions, 81 rushing yards and a nasty concussion. After the Dolphins cut White, no other team even brought him in for a tryout, and he switched to professional baseball.

    * CB Sean Smith (61st overall): Started 16 games as a rookie and has developed into a solid — if at times dominant — cornerback. But maturity issues still persist – he lost his job in 2010 due to lack of professionalism and had assignment issues in 2011 – and Smith, entering the final year of his contract, has an uncertain future.

    Third round

    * WR Patrick Turner (87th overall): Almost as big of a bust as White, though Turner at least is still in the league, with the Jets. He never caught a pass for Miami and was cut after one season.

    Players passed over by the Dolphins in those rounds: LeSean McCoy, Connor Barwin, Mike Wallace, Ladarius Webb.


    Second round

    * LB Koa Misi (40th overall): After starting 11 games with 4.5 sacks in a promising rookie season, Misi had just nine starts and one sack last year and could lose his starting job in 2012. Also currently facing legal troubles in California.

    Third round

    * OL John Jerry (73rd overall): Bounced in and out of the lineup his first two years as he struggled to keep down his weight, but Jerry showed promise at the end of 2011 and could start this year at right guard or tackle.

    Players passed over by the Dolphins in those rounds: Rob Gronkowski, Sean Lee, Pat Angerer, NaVorro Bowman, Jimmy Graham.


    Second round

    *RB Daniel Thomas (62nd overall): Battled a hamstring injury all season and took a backseat to Reggie Bush, but rushed for 581 yards and showed promise as a bruising power back.

    Third Round

    No Pick

    Players passed over by the Dolphins in those rounds: DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mallett.

To compound matters, the Dolphins’ fourth-round picks haven’t fared much better, either.

2008: OL Shawn Murphy — Cut after one-plus season, now an unsigned free agent.
2009: WR Brian Hartline — Has started 22 games the past two seasons, and in three total years has 109 catches for 1,670 yards (15.3 average) and five touchdowns.
2010: LB A.J. Edds — Tore his ACL in rookie training camp and cut by Dolphins in second training camp. Now with Patriots.
2011: WR Clyde Gates — Caught two passes in rookie season, but did improve as a kickoff returner as the season progressed, with a long of 77 yards.

General Discussion / Outraged: SF Sun Sentinel a pay only site now
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:08:59 pm »
Outraged: SF Sun Sentinel a pay only site now.

I went there just now and clicked on an article and low and behold they wanted money to view the article. WTF.

The Orlando paper has some of the same articles; not counting Omar Kelly's stuff but maybe since they are owned by the same company they too will be a pay site?

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