The buzz around the Dolphins and the latest whipping boy happens to be Ryan Tannehill. How many people can you blame for this mess the Dolphins find themselves in again?
I was distrought that the Dolphins owner seemed to be more interested in getting what should have been the Dolphins next head coach Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan when it was more than obvious that Joe Philbin should have been fired most likely two years ago.
Now that the season has imploded and every body that should have been fired is basically gone, Ryan finds himself in the crosshairs of what I call a mob mentality of angry, frustrated fans and media persaonalities who want more accountability.
How many people should take the fall / blame for the Dolphins poor record under Joe Philbin? Should not Joe Philbin’s release have been enough?
Ryan Tannehill like him or not most likely will be the Dolphins starting QB next year, he is not free from criticism but he is far from the blame so many want to place on him.
Many will call me an apologist for what I will say in behalf of Ryan’s case but if you take away your emotions and at least listen to reason you might find that my logic trumps the emotional rage of dissappointed Dolphins fans.
In order to get a handle on the issue we need to revisit two things. The hiring of Joe Philbin and the drafting of Ryan Tannehill.
Make no mistake about it I place the blame solely on Joe Philbin and here is why. Joe Philbin staffed one of the worst staffs since Cam Camoren just think about it his coordinators alone Mike Sherman and the Kevin Coyle were poor choices from the start.
Factor in that Zach Taylor has been the QB coach and there in lies the problem.
To make a long story short it all boils down to one thing COACHING or the lack there of.
With the firing of Joe Philbin that should have been enough, but some fans want more bloodshed. They are not sastified that not only have Philbin been fired but along with Joe they have basically cleaned house and with one game remaining the rebuilding of a staff is on the way. I will talk about this more in a future article.
What about our young QB? Is he the problem? How much of the blame falls on his shoulders? Should Miami move on?
Ryan is the most logical person to point the finger of blame to. His position is by far the most important on the playing field as QB’s get to much credit and blame in this game as they are identified as the face of a franchise.
Unfortunately for Tannehill he is the last man standing. He is now looking in the face of this mob mentality the other half of the fanbase who blame this polarizing figure many feel he is not the answer and the blame game falls on his shoulders.
In part two of this series I will make the case for Ryan Tannehill and tell you what should be done moving forward.
I must admitt what we have seen from the Dolphins these past two weeks is the team I felt we had all along. How good are they? We shall see tonight as the Dolphins face the best team in the NFL in the New England Patriots.
Yes they are the best because they won the SB last year and currently are undefeated.
What am I expecting from Miami? Even though a win would be great and what I want realistically what I expect is a team competing to the end and one that does not get blown out.
A blow out would be a major setback and would do serious damage to Dan Cambell’s chances of getting the job permanently.
Hopefully we will see a team focused and poised and one on a mission determined to send a message that they are the contenders everyone anticipated at the beginning of the season.
I am looking forward to this game more than any as it will tell us all what we truly are dealing with and I have a good feeling we have the real deal.
Ok pinch me and wake me up. On second thought let me keep dreaming.
Allright I will still keep my homer in check for another week because let’s be honest the past two opponets are two of the worst teams in the league.
Now on a short week going into New England to face an undefeated Patriots team we will finally see if we are the real deal.
A win or a close game will bode well anything short of that will leave room for doubt.
For now I am as happy a fan as can be as for the second week in a row I witnessed a team I expected from day one.
Whatever Coach Campbell is doing is working and it could simply be as easy as not overcomplicating things and let them play.
Whatever the reason you have to like what you have been watching these past two week as they fought their way back to .500 ball.
The one thing that has happened is Miami finally beat Houston for the firts time ever. Are we headed for a special season….?
I’m not going to get too high on the first game of the new regime at the same time I must say I finally saw what I was looking for from day one a Dolphin team inspired and playing to their potential aggressiveness on both sides of the ball something I’ve been preaching for the last 4 years.
Like I said it is just the first game of the Dan Campbell era but it finally looked exactly like what was expected.
Now the opponent was a 1-4 Titans team that is young and need of time to come together but the Dolphins won the way they should have against an opponent like Tennessee.
In my book I give Dan Campbell an A+ for his first game but I need to see more of the same to make me a believer but I am ready to buy in if they produce more consistant play like what they produced today.
Great game Miami!
Looking at the shedule we all had thought that the first three or four games would be the easy part of the schedule most considered the Dolphins going 3-1 maybe 4 and 0 but here we are going into the bye 1-3 having yet faced our toughest opponents.
Realistically looking at this situation we find that we have another first time head coach as our interim coach and he seems to have the right attitude but realistically What can you expect from a guy who is behind the eight ball?
This is not the ideal situation for a first time head coach to be thrown in after the head coach being fired four games into the season and even though I’m not complaining that they got rid of Joe I still think it should have been a much more exexperienced former head coach that was brought into the fray the same people that they are trying to get to come in as defensive coordinators should have been considered for the interum head coach position.
I will not consider this season totally lost yet but I’m looking forward to the next game to see what product they’re able to put on the field.
Just looking at the schedule alone I count 10 more losses this year for this team at the minimum so we’re looking at a 4 and 12 season anything above that I would give Dan Campbell credit but at the end of the day there needs to be a total house cleaning of the coaching staff I am not going to give up on Tannenbaum just yet but I do feel we might want to look at replacing everything else including Hickey.
What do you think how bad can the season be chime in
The Dolphins spent the better part of yesterday trying to find a replacement for Kevin Coyle unfortunately they are finding out it’s going to be harder than what they think.
The several attempts they made to try to replace Coyle is unknown but at least three coaches have been contacted and so far no one has taken the offer.
This is no easy task because who wants to jump aboard a sinking ship as the Dolphins season is practically over and changes will continue at season’s end. These former coaches are probably looking at an opportunity to maybe come in and coach the Dolphins. Who would want to come in under Dan Campbell when they see an opportunity to be in charge?
So for now the Dolphins are stuck with Kevin Coyle and hopefully with some encouragement they can make whatever changes necessary to get this defense on track the good news is that they did get some help on offense a much more experience coach to come in and assist Lazor stay tuned.
The last time the Dolphins defense was any good it was run by Mike Nolan the current linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers how ironic that we have a guy running this teams defense who is probably better suited to be the corner backs coach while the Chargers have one of the top defensive minds running their linebackers.
If the Dolphins had any sense they should do whatever they can to bring back Mike Nolan and put him in charge of our defense once again cuz when he left they were a top defense in the NFL.
In fact he should have been the guy considered for the interum head coach.