(Photo from CBS)
The one thing I enjoyed more than the play of our team was the demeanor of coach Gase on the sideline throughout the game, talk about emotions!
Even though I’m not ready to claim playoffs or Super Bowl I am happy to proclaim that this team played well this past Sunday and beat one of the better teams in the league on offense and defense, things seemed to finally go right for the first time for 60 minutes. Is there any coincidence that our offensive line protected Ryan Tannehill and that it was the projected starting unit that started for the first time this year?
Finally for change we were able to dominate on both sides of the line offensive and defensive, on offense the run blocking was excellent as a team it was a collective effort as the receivers and tight ends everybody joined in and did a great job of blocking and who benefited more than Jay Ajayi the tough hard-nosed down hill running back who I must admit I was wrong about in my perception of him, I did not think he had the ability to be an every-down back but this game against the Steelers shows that with the right blocking Jay Ajayi just might be the answer to our running back problems. Good for him considering the adversity he faced starting the season.
The Dolphins should take a day or so to enjoy this victory as it was well deserved despite the fact that they may have left at least another 14 to 21 points on the field they still put up 30 points and held a perennial offense like the Steelers to 15 points.
It shows what the potential of this team could be if they play consistently every game, even Ryan Tannehill despite not throwing any touchdowns (One was dropped and one was lost due to a penalty) did a good job of passing the ball and putting the ball on target.
Hopefully they can continue to play like this the rest of the season and maybe the season is not a total loss after all. I am still not sure the Dolphins will get to 9-7 as I projected before the start of the season but it don’t look as dire as it was looking at week ago when they were dominated at home by the Titans.
The next game will be a very important game as it will be the second division game of the season against one of the hottest teams in our division the Buffalo Bills who have reeled off a win streak and conventionally beating their opponents after starting off rough.
If they can somehow bring this team that played today to next week’s game at home against Buffalo it should be a very interesting game to say the least and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a lot of backtracking by many including myself from the gloom-and-doom we preached just last week just goes to show what a difference a week makes and our perspective about our teams and their ability to play, there was no player that played poorly on offense or the defensive side of the ball.
I think a lot has to do with the motivations, determination, tough love and discipline displayed by our young head coach Adam Gase and I’m pretty sure cutting a few players last week sent the message across the board that losing is not tolerated especially losing without putting up the effort but now it seems this team put forth the effort the coaches seem to have a good game plan and the end result was a 30-15 win against one of the best teams in the NFL most likely a Super Bowl contending Pittsburgh Steeler team so let’s see what happens next week.
It is time to prepare for 2017 now because we have a busted team of weak minded and physically weak players. Not all of them but more than enough to realize that what we have is not good enough. So why not jump ahead of the curve? Why not consider dumping players that might bring some value to other teams in the short term and load up on draft picks? The Dolphins need the days of Jimmy Johnson who would have a dozen or more picks in the draft. That is exactly what we need to start the rebuilding phase.
The way things look Miami will be drafting high in the 2017 NFL Draft so why not hoard as many picks as we can now and purge this team of high priced veteran players who might be the missing piece for a team that has a realistic chance to make a run in the playoffs?
Miami also needs to dump at season’s end players who have been the walking wounded and players who just do not fit what we are trying to do. Hell if some team is willing to trade for Ryan Tannehill before the trading deadline I say jump at the chance to do it!
It’s time to have a fire sale, garage sale, rummage sale a complete purging of a team that for years has suffered the same fate. Is it time to maybe revamp the scouting department? Maybe find a more experienced GM? Whatever it takes let’s do it!
On defense the only players I say are untouchable are N. Suh ,R. Jones, Xavien Howard. On offense I say the only players untouchable are Landry & Tunsil. Other than those few players let’s make some deals and start from scratch with truly lowered expectations but with renewed hope that we will finally build through the draft a team with young talented players ready to step in and play. Maybe we should hang on to our 2016 rookie class too…
Some players if we can’t trade them just need to be cut outright! Void their contracts! Admit we made a mistake and move on. The players who year in and out are hurt and the underachieving players where we just need to move past. A few names come to mind such as
- Billy Turner
- Dallas Thomas
- Arian Foster
- Branden Albert
- Ja’Wuan James
- Cameron Jordan
- Mike Pouncey
- Byron Maxwell
- Cameron Wake (To give him a shot to get a ring)
- Mario Williams
- Jordan Phillips
- Koa Misi
- Jelani Jenkins
Now I know we might can’t get rid of all these players but hopefully we can try and purge this team of most of them and get something in return but prepare for next year to take advantage of our high draft status. This team needs a true makeover and now is the time to start thinking about the future.
Well the newness has worn off as well as the hope that came with it. It’s been all but destroyed after this latest beat down by the Tennessee Titans on our home field.
It’s quite apparent that this Dolphins team is most likely and should be headed to the top of the draft board 2017, three more in the loss column triggers my automatic transition into talking NFL Draft 2017 as well as free agency needs.
This team is bad they’re not tough enough mentally or physically to compete in this league as a unit starting from the top player down to the last, this team is pathetic.
It’s like everything bad that you could imagine happening is taking place. Just about all the offseason moves in hindsight looks like bad decisions. Adam Gase is a rookie head coach and he is getting a reality check, a huge dose of it.
The questionable decisions that are made we tend to somehow buy into them until they fail. Decisions like still relying on often injured players, in the 5 games we have played we have 7 starters that have missed one or more games. In fact if I recall correctly 7 starters was out of this last game.
Among the names on the M.A.S.H unit are the same names that seem to pop up every year and we need to start asking no matter how talented they are what good are they to us if they are always hurt?
List of players who missed games by week starting with the last game.
There are a host of moves made that are not working along with some questionable decisions made like not starting Bushrod at LT once Laremy Tunsil had an injury before the game getting out of the shower…Huh?
Nothing is working for this Dolphins team I’m no longer willing to blame the coaching completely like I did with Joe Philbin and his staff it is way too early to give up on Adam Gase and his staff . Unfortunately what they’re doing is not working no better and may even be worse at the time Joe Philbin was fired.
It’s frustrating as hell but there’s no other defense for this team no more excuses no one else to blame anymore they’re just bad all the way around so we’ll suffer through another season of mediocrity maybe even below mediocrity (who’d ever thought that maybe I’d be looking forward to just some mediocrity) but seeing the way this team is playing now .500 ball is not even in the picture they are one of the if not the worst team in the NFL right now even winless Cleveland almost beat us had they not shot themselves in the foot.
I feel stupid now looking at my 9-7 prediction that is fast becoming unattainable but I will still keep hoping and rooting for the team I love but after 5 games in I am more aware of how dire things are for the Dolphins. Things have gone south real quickly and looking at the team vs the remaining schedule it’s hard to see any relief and it’s time to brace for the worse.
This is going to be a long season…..Stay Tuned!
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