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Hey I hope he turns out to be a "franchise QB," I really do. But he doesn't have to be THAT great to win it all. You & I know teams have won the Lombardi Trophy with lesser QB's. But I for one can't wait to see how he pans out and I think he's gonna be pretty dayum good! Go T-hill !


Time to raise the bar for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

The Dolphins have only produced one losing record in 12 seasons the team had a starting quarterback produce an 85-plus passer rating the past three decades

DAVIE — The ball was firing out Ryan Tannehill's hands as if he were playing a game of hot potato.

The decisions made during the one OTA practice the media watched this week were quick, and the passes were more precise.

A dig to Dustin Keller delivered right on the back shoulder of a linebacker.

A quick hitch to Mike Wallace arrived swiftly.

Tannehill noticed Brian Hartline had gotten behind the starting safeties during 11-on-11 drills and floated a deep ball to last year's leading receiver, allowing him to catch it in stride, putting Hartline in a foot race to the end zone just like the one they teamed up for in last year's record-setting performance against the Cardinals.

Tannehill was sharp in that game. He looked like a franchise quarterback, right up to his final snap — a game-sealing fumble in overtime.

During this week's practice, the first where the offense faced the defense, Tannehill looked like a quarterback ready to take that next step. And it was refreshing, exciting to witness.

It is clear Tannehill feels comfortable in year two. This is his offense. These are his new weapons.

The Miami Dolphins are his team. And now he's no longer a green, inexperienced rookie.

Tannehill has turned the page from this time last year, when Miami's 2012 first-round pick looked like he needed a diaper during OTA sessions.

Back then he was being sacked every fourth throw, and was spraying the ball all over the field to long shot receivers he wasn't familiar with. He wasn't Pat White bad, but after watching him in OTA last year few of his teammates felt he was in David Garrard's league, despite running an offense he knew the best.

"Last year at this time my head was spinning. I was just trying to figure out how things worked. I didn't really know how the day went, how the offseason went, how practices went," Tannehill said. "So being in it a year, I am completely comfortable. Now I can go out and focus on all the little things that go into the game."

The biggest question is how far can he take the Dolphins?

We've been on this road before. The Dolphins were supposed to be Chad Henne's team in 2010. Management got him a Pro Bowl receiver in Brandon Marshall and he was expected to take a drastic step forward.

He never did.

The next offseason they got him Reggie Bush, a better center in first-round pick Mike Pouncey and a new offensive coordinator.

But he was still a dud woodbooger.

The organization propped Henne up as a new and improved leader. Problem was few on the team truly believed in him, and fewer followed.

By now we should know what fabricated hope sounds like.

"One way to describe him is he's a gym rat. He loves football. He's been here an awful lot," coach Joe Philbin said of Tannehill, the quarterback whom he's attached his wagon to.

"He's been working out with the guys on their own, nothing orchestrated by us, well before the offseason program began. Those are all good indicators that somebody wants to be good. That's kind of step one.

"If you don't have players that want to be great, it's hard for them to keep climbing and keep accelerating their development. That's point number one that we're excited about."

Tannehill needs to show us what real hope looks like, and he needs to present it to South Florida by leading the Dolphins to a winning record for the first time since 2008, which means nine or more victories.

This second-year starter can get there by improving his completion percentage, throwing more touchdowns than interceptions, and performing better in the fourth quarter, when wins and losses are typically decided in professional sports.

Fourth-quarter performances are what separates the mediocre from the average, average from good, and good from great.

Last year Tannehill was mediocre in that department (finished 23rd with a 83.0 fourth-quarter passer rating), and as a result he produced just one fourth-quarter victory is six tries.

If he improves in those areas Tannehill should produce an 85-plus passer rating, and during the past three decades when the Dolphins have a starting quarterback behind center with that type of efficient, solid play the franchise has produced just one losing season in 12 years.

An 85-passer rating would have made Tannehill the NFL's 17th best quarterback last season.

Is that really too much to ask for from a player we all hope shows signs he's a franchise quarterback?

Dolphins' pass defense taking first steps on road to recovery

They haven't been ranked higher than 25th last two years but could now be stocked with talent

By Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel

2:18 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

The Dolphins' defensive backs know the regular-season schedule.

They know beginning in Week Two they have four consecutive games against some of the NFL's best quarterbacks – Indianapolis' Andrew Luck, Atlanta's Matt Ryan, New Orleans' Drew Brees and Baltimore's Joe Flacco.

They also know they need to find two starting cornerbacks, a starting nickel (fifth defensive back) and dime (sixth defensive back) to join incumbent safeties Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons on the NFL's 27th-ranked pass defense in 2012.

The search begins Tuesday when the Dolphins open their three-day OTA (Organized Team Activities).

"We've got a great run-stopping defense with our defensive line," said safety Jimmy Wilson, who figures to contend for the nickel and dime jobs. "We've just got to step it up a little bit more in the secondary."

The Dolphins have big questions at cornerback but they also have big hopes because in the best case scenario they could find themselves stocked with talent.

Richard Marshall, Brent Grimes and Dimitri Patterson, who had injury-shortened seasons a year ago, are healthy. And Nolan Carroll, who started 10 games, is back along with R.J. Stanford, who got meaningful playing time.

The Dolphins drafted two cornerbacks – second-round pick Jamar Taylor and third-round pick Will Davis – fairly high so they should also contend for playing time.

Behind them are three longshots among returnees Julian Posey and De'Andre Presley and sixth-round pick Don Jones.

Marshall, a starter for the first four games until a back injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, has been cleared medically for full participation. It's been a long road back for Marshall, who at one time lost 30 pounds.

"I was in so much pain I wasn't eating," said Marshall, who had 17 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception last season. "I couldn't walk. I was on crutches. My left leg got smaller that my right leg because of the nerve damage in my back."

Grimes, signed from Atlanta, missed the final 15 games after tearing his Achilles tendon in the opener last September. He's been participating in the off-season program and expects to be ready for the regular season.

"It's a six- to nine-month recovery," said Grimes, who had six interceptions in 2009 and five in 2010, "so there you go."

Almost every player under contract will be in shorts and T-shirts for these non-contact OTA workouts.

Rookie defensive end Dion Jordan, the first-round pick from Oregon, won't attend because NFL rules prohibit rookies from participating in workouts until their academic year concludes. Oregon ends next month. Jordan wouldn't have participated anyway because he's recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Rookie left tackle Dallas Thomas, the third-round pick from Tennessee, won't participate because he's also recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

But all the defensive backs, and specifically the cornerbacks, are healthy for the first time in months. The time they spend together now honing their craft could help a pass defense that hasn't ranked higher than 25th in the last two seasons.

"You know you're going to get beat sometimes," Jones said. "You know you're going to win a couple of battles. But it always comes down to the DBs. I think we'll be ready for the challenge.",0,5592355.story

General Discussion / Brandon Gibson Will Produce for Miami Dolphins
« on: May 20, 2013, 06:39:20 am »
Brandon Gibson Will Produce for Miami Dolphins

When the Miami Dolphins added Brandon Gibson through free agency, I thought it was a move that had potential to be a solid pick-up. I was surprised to see many Dolfans aggressively upset with the move. Some were upset because it likely meant the end of the line for fan-favorite Davone Bess, but the truth is he was in the Joe Philbin doghouse and was on the outside already. That ship was about to sail regardless so I agreed with the idea of being aggressive in bringing in a potential replacement for Bess. Others were upset because Gibson’s four-year career has been pretty pedestrian, and he is not a guy that can make a big play by racking up yards after the catch. ‘Phins phans were clamoring all offseason for the team to add playmaker-type additions to surround second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and Gibson is not that guy. Despite that, I still see a guy that can bring value and production to the 2013 Dolphins (and going forward).

In his rookie season, we saw Tanny connect for some nice plays on second down with Bess, and I look for that to go to the next level with Gibson who does the majority of his damage on second down. When first down plays don’t yield much we will see Gibson make catches as a possession-type of WR. Again, we won’t expect much after the catch, but the 6-footer can be effective making possession-type catches on 2nd down. The hope is that translate to him being a legit red-zone threat as well.

2012 was Gibson’s best season, and he played very well vs. AFC East teams. He had his first ever 100-yard game last season (against the Buffalo Bills … six catches), plus he had three catches for 46 yards vs. the New England Patriots. Although he only had three catches for nine yards vs. the New York Jets, two of those catches were touchdowns. Against the ‘Phins, Gibson had seven catches on nine targets for 91 yards.

The rival Jets heavily pursued Gibson, but he chose Miami. It is worth noting that he has increased his average yard per catch in every season. Is he a difference maker like I feel Mike Wallace is? No (unless he can develop into a legit red-zone threat) … but … I do feel he is a guy who can help the team move the chains (2012 Dolphins were a putrid no.26 overall for earning 1st downs) and a guy who can and will contribute. I can’t see a lot of Gibson jerseys being sold, but the haters will come around when Gibson contributes.

I recently interviewed O.J. McDuffie for my show @RantingBenCraig and that interview will air on the Saturday May 25 show. OJ had some good things to say about Gibson, and OJ was clearly excited about what Gibson can do in this offense … when OJ talks WR play — I listen!


If ya DO git holt of em, give em a good tongue lashing!

General Discussion / Re: Contacted Support about Absence of Admin
« on: May 19, 2013, 07:58:36 pm »
I agree Pizza. Plus as I stated before, He DID have some kind of a heart problem. Don't you remember that Sherif? He actually stated that while he was posting one night he had to go to the emergency room b/c of something related to chest pains. I distinctly remember that. Now when was that? That I can't remember exactly 08 or later I would say. Try to find out from ATlien(or anyone for that matter) if he knew verms real name. I know he was a drummer who played a little guitar. We did exchange eMails a couple of times.........

I'm headin' to da sto.....

Chuck, 90% of the Heralds (blogs after columnists' articles) are facebook deals. After that one escapade I had with Facebook and the lack of anonymity or privacy I experienced, I never went back but that doesn't mean I won't ever return. ALMOST EVERYBODY(The Herald, even the Ocala Star Banner) uses Facebook. Before I try it again I need to do some research to learn how to use Facebook but still fly under the radar. So if you want to search the Miami Heralds blogs - They uses Facebook. I figured YOU would be on top of sumpin like that......

Could it be? I have to run but it's interesting. We all ought to start a massive eMail campaign to try to roust him

General Discussion / POSSIBLE VERM SIGHTING @ South Fl Sun Sentinel
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:38:50 am »
See what you think. It is someone posting under the verminator screen name. Even uses exclamation marks. See what you think then report back to post. Hey Ozzie were you ever close with verm? I used to have his email addy. I think it was but I'm not positive. I emailed him from time to time 7 or 8 years ago.....,0,71309.story?obref=obnetwork

 Down below where it has 3 comments there is text above them saying:

"Comments (13)             Add / View comments

click the "Add / View comments"  then when the page loads look for the "The verminator" posts

I kind of doubt we cut him. That would be an Ireland admission that he effed up trading up to get back into the end of the second round to get him. Here.

"The Dolphins traded up to the end of the second round Friday night, trading their third (79), fifth (146) and seventh-round (216) picks to Washington for the 62nd pick and drafting Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas,"

Wow! I forgot how much we had to give up to get him. Dare I say he might not have been worth it. Philbin very well COULD cut him. If he DOES stick around he had better produce and stay healthy too!


General Discussion / Re: Ozzie uhmmm.. I mean *cough* Mel weighs in
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:13:50 pm »
Welp I gotta rack out. Got to wake up early.......

General Discussion / Re: Ozzie uhmmm.. I mean *cough* Mel weighs in
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:12:12 pm »
Dolphins got Jordan pick in with “two or three seconds” left

Posted by Mike Florio on May 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland, who has presided over one of the most active and intriguing offseasons in the NFL, joined PFT Live this past week for a wide-ranging discussion about the current state of the team.

Among other things, Ireland explained the surprising move from No. 12 to No. 3 in the first round of the draft, which allowed the Dolphins to get Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan before his former coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly, could get Jordan with the fourth overall pick.  Somehow, the Dolphins managed to move up to the third pick by giving up only a second-rounder, roughly half the compensation called for by the draft trade chart.

“If you study the history of the draft, you’ll see that there’s always exceptions to the rule or to that chart and if you do your due diligence and you got a gut that maybe there’s a buyers’ market which is the gut that I had that maybe Oakland wanted out of that spot,” Ireland said.  “You know, you just make the call and I wasn’t going to give up what the chart says to give up but I was willing to be a deal maker and obviously [G.M.] Reggie McKenzie was in the deal-making mode as well and when you got two guys wanting to do a deal, deals get made.”

When the Raiders were on the clock, Ireland let some time pass before calling.

“I kind of let a few minutes go by to see if they were going to call me back, they didn’t,” Ireland said.  “I called them, made an offer, they refused it.  They called me back and made another offer, and we accepted with about two minutes left on the clock.  We kind of started making the phone calls to New York to get the card turned in and everything.  It was pretty frantic there for a second.  I think we actually got the card turned in with about two or three seconds left on the clock.”

In addition to calling the Dolphins’ personnel at Radio City Music Hall, each team in the trade had to call the trade in to the league office.  And if that two or three seconds had passed, the Eagles could have snatched Jordan away, putting the Dolphins in the category of the Vikings, circa 2002.  And 2003.

“We felt like maybe Philadelphia may want Dion with Chip Kelly being the head coach while he was at Oregon and coaching Dion,” Ireland said.  “So that’s all part of it, to get in front of Philadelphia.  I think we got our guy and Philly got their guy and Oakland got their guy, but obviously there’s a lot of anticipation that you have to do, a lot of guys involved in the trade process.”

The question now becomes the manner in which Jordan will be used.

“I think you put him in a position to be successful and that’s what our coaching staff will do,” Ireland said.  “When you see a guy that reminds you of players that have played that position that are long, extremely athletic, and flexible that can get in and out of trouble very easily your just going to put the guy in position to be successful.  When he was at Oregon, he wasn’t putting his hand on the ground or from a two-point stance rushing the quarterback every single snap.  He was detached to a No. 2 receiver in the slot running with tight ends and running backs and receivers down the field and doing a pretty good job of covering those players as well , but we see him as a guy that can get to the passer and when he tries to do that, when he gets better at that he’s going to be something to reckon with, in my opinion.”

If that happens, the Dolphins will be something to reckon with, which is what Ireland and the Dolphins desperately need.

fish fiend: AND SO WE SHALL SEE!

General Discussion / Re: Ozzie uhmmm.. I mean *cough* Mel weighs in
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:06:18 pm »
Thanks for askin Oz, I'm OK. I did go through some incredible pain that lasted for about a month but thankfully ended several weeks ago. I went to an orthopedic guy and he said I need a hip and a knee replacement both on my right leg. No not me. Not now any way. I cut way down on my red meat consumption and pork also and the pain has somewhat diminished. How are you holding up Oz?

 It was 46 degrees F here in North Central Florida this morn. In the middle of May!

Yeah that Terrell Sinkfield sounds good. In addition to that link you went to over at BR, there is another one there on the 50 best 2013 UDFA's (In someones opinion)

I couldn't find it. Curses! I'll have to search for it. It may not have been at Bleacher Report. I found this next one at though   

General Discussion / Re: Ozzie uhmmm.. I mean *cough* Mel weighs in
« on: May 12, 2013, 09:13:56 pm »
hey OZ! I can't wait for football season to get here. I know it's a long ways off but.........

Here check this out. One or two of these guys could end up being stars......... Ya never know.

Miami Dolphins Rumors: Is There Room In The Backfield For Daniel Thomas?

One of the biggest changes for the Miami Dolphins this coming season will be at the running back position. For the last two seasons Reggie Bush has fulfilled the role of lead back, but they allowed him to go through free agency, and he will be carrying the ball for the Detroit Lions next season.

This leaves a hole in the Dolphins’ backfield that should be filled by third-year back Daniel Thomas, but his performance over the last two seasons and the acquisitions via each year’s draft say different.

Thomas shows flashes of competence, such as the 107-yard debut in Week 1 of the 2011 season, but whether due to injury or shared carries, that was the only game in which Thomas was able to break the century mark. His 3.54 yards a carry over two seasons is not the greatest number to have on a resume, and he now has an extensive history of concussions.

Coming in to Miami, the knock on Bush was his durability, but during his two years with the Dolphins it was Thomas who continued to be sidelined by injuries. This is one of the biggest reasons he may not be the answer in 2013.

The other big reason is the other options the Dolphins have at the position. In last season’s draft, Miami stole Lamar Miller in the fourth round, and although he saw limited action in his rookie year, Miller was very fun to watch when he was on the field. He led the team in yards per carry (4.9) and his one touchdown came on an impressive 15-yard scamper through the Oakland Raiders defense. The Dolphins allowed Bush to sign elsewhere knowing they had a young player with a similar skill set in Miller.

Miami may have gotten another steal in last month’s draft when they took Mike Gillislee with the 164th overall pick, late in the fifth round. Gillislee spent four years in the Florida Gators‘ backfield, but he made very little noise until last season when he racked up 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns. How his game will translate to the NFL is still unknown, but early rumors have him in line to be Miller’s backup this season.

If Miller starts and Gillislee backs him up, then where does Thomas fit into the equation?

With OTAs and training camp just around the corner, there is still the possibility Thomas could win over the coaching staff. But there is no guarantee he will still be on the roster at that point, and it is becoming clear that he will be among the many veterans who will be fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster.

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