[12/09/16] -- The Rollar Coaster Continues..
This season has - so far - been probably the biggest rollar coaster season we've seen in a long time. The team started off 1-4 and only the Browns' incompetence kept it from being 0-5. However, the Dolphins then ran off a 6 game winning streak that hadn't been seen in Miami since the 80s. But that all came crashing to the ground hard when Miami laid a big egg in Baltimore. Now, of course, the question is whether or not the team will get back on the winning track or will continue its downhill slide. With that in mind, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty gives us his take on what it will take for the Dolphins to rebound from the Ravens' defeat and get back on the winning track in his latest article Still in the Fight.
[11/07/16] -- So - tired of it?
This season started off in what has become a hallmark of Dolphins' play over the last 15 years or so. They came close to beating Seattle and New England, but they just couldn't quite get it done. They were one play away in both games, but the NFL doesn't give you any points for effort and in the long run, it doesn't matter if you lose by 1 point or 21. The standings are the same.
Then they barely squeaked by the Browns in a win that actually made me feel worse than the losses from the previous 2 weeks. They got hammered by the Bengals and Titans and with the Steelers coming to town, it looked as if the season was already over.
Then a miracle happened. The gods of football smiled on Miami and Miami's offensive line suddenly looked like they were channeling Wayne Moore, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Bob Kutchenberg, and Norm Evans. They opened holes big enough to drive a truck through and Jay Ajayi ran behind them as though he were the love child of Larry Czonka and Mercury Morris. It was a blast from the past - and I do mean blast - a return to the dominating running games of past championship teams. And guess what? The Dolphins began winning. And not just against anyone - they beat 2 division rivals over the last 2 games, which is something they haven't done for far too long.
It's difficult to know how to feel about this - are the Dolphins just teasing us again or is this the start of something real? Well, this week, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty is going to give us his take on this resurrection with his article Coming Back.
[09/27/16] -- So tired of it...
I'm sure I don't have to tell you Dolphins' fans what I'm talking about when I say that I'm tired of watching the Dolphins play. I'm tired of the failed promises, the missed opportunities, the blown coverages, the bad coaching, the bad play, the endless mistakes, and - of course - I'm tired of losing. Really tired. While it is too soon to pass judgement on the team this year, it is getting more and more difficult to say that things will get any better this season. So with that in mind, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty is going to tell us exactly where the Dolphins are with his latest column Growing Pains.
[09/15/16] -- Can we believe?
While the fact that the Dolphins almost beat the Seahawks in Seattle - one of the toughest places to win in the NFL - should be a sign of hope, most of the Dolphins' fans that I know just shook our collective heads and said "Well, here we go again". We've had too many years of disappointment and promises to get excited about "almost". Expressing that sentiment this week is Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty, who tells the team Want Us to Start Believing, Dolphins? Beat the Patriots.
[09/02/16] -- Up Next - The Real Season Begins
With the Preseaon now over, the real season starts in a little more than a week. From now on, every every play is important and every game counts. The Dolphins will start their final cuts shortly, and some players will be leaving an NFL training facility for the last time.
While some aspects of the Dolphins' Preseason were hopeful (offensive line play and the emergence of Kenny Stills come to mind), there were too many question marks - especially on defense - to give me too much optimism. As Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty puts it, at Phins.com, we have some High Hopes but Low Expectations.
[08/04/16] -- Offensive Line Questions
With training camp now a week old, the biggest problem on offense from last year - the offensive line - was supposed to be vastly improved with the recovery of Brandon Albert and Ja'Wuan James and the drafting of Laremy Tunsil. So far, however, the Dolphins have been using a guy who shouldn't even be on the roster - Dallas Thomas - as the starting left guard. Of course, the coaching staff has a myriad of excuses, but the truth is that Tunsil is the future at left guard and the more reps he gets there, the better he'll be. This week, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty talks about the mistake of rotating players too much in his latest column, Musical Chairs is Bad for Good OL Play.
[07/29/16] -- Training Camp Opens
The Dolphins began their 51st season today with the opening of training camp. With yet another coaching change, Dolphins fans everywhere are hoping - again - that this year might be different. But before we know whether or not this team has really improved, there are many questions to be answered. Today, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty asks the most important ones in is latest column, 10 Questions Going Into Training Camp.
[05/01/16] -- Dolphins Take Tackle Tunsil
You have to give them credit - the Dolphins' new regime started their draft off with a bang (and not a whimper) when they took Ole Miss Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil with their 1st round pick on Thursday. They showed us that they're not afraid to take a big risk to make the team better.
And make no mistake, Tunsil is a big risk. Despite his top 5 talent, the trifecta of him taking money from his coach, getting into a fist fight with his stepfather that resulted in a couple of lawsuits, and his now infamous pot smoking video make him a huge gamble on the part of the staff, especially considering the Dolphins' current group of offensive tackles make him more of a luxury pick than a selection of need.
So Tunsil will have to prove himself to everyone involved with the Dolphins and he'll have to do it every day he's on the team. As Phins.com columnist Chris Shashaty tells us today: Talented Tunsil Must Earn Trust
[03/07/16] -- Free Agency Begins
Yesterday marked the beginning of the 2016 football season, as it became legal for teams to begin discussing free agent contracts with free agents. There are limits to what they can discuss and no contracts can be signed before the start of full free agency tomorrow, but teams will negotiate contracts now and wait until tomorrow afternoon to sign them. The article Everything you need to know about the NFL legal tampering period, which opens today by our friends at The Phinsiders gives an excellent overview of the process.
As to what is happening right now, you've probably heard that the Dolphins are finalizing a trade for DB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso from the Eagles in exchange for draft picks. This trade is a low risk, potentially high reward trade, but it could also flop completely. Byron Maxwell was a huge success in Seattle, which caused the Eagles to sign him to a big free agent contract last spring, but he played poorly in 2015, which is why the Eagles are willing to let him go this year. He was the 75th ranked CB last season, according to ProFootballFocus, which puts him well below Brent Grimes and even behind both Bobby and Brice McCain.
Alonso was a stud for the Bills in his rookie season, but has only played in 11 games in the past 2 seasons. His right knee was injured in 2014 and 2015. If he can stay healthy, he will be an upgrade for the Dolphins at MLB, but the odds are against him playing even a majority of games in 2016.
[01/08/16] -- The Season Ends and the Coaching Interviews Begin
Now that the season is (mercifully) over, the Dolphins have not wasted any time putting their coaching search into high gear. So far, the Dolphins have interviewed Mike Smith (former Falcons head coach), Mike Shanahan (Two time SuperBowl winner), Teryl Austin (Lions’ Defensive Coordinator), and - surprisingly - Bills’ running backs coach Anthony Lynn (also the Bills’ Assistant Head Coach).
In addition to the ones they’ve already seen, the Dolphins have scheduled meetings today with Adam Gase, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, tomorrow with interim head coach Dan Campbell, and former Bills’ head coach Doug Marrone, and on Sunday with Cincinnati Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Dolphins have reportedly requested interviews with Josh McDaniels, Patriots’ offensive coordinator and Matt Patricia, Patriots’ defensive coordinator.
The Dolphins were reported to be interested in Sean Payton, but he’s made it clear that he’s staying in New Orleans. The same goes for Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis.
Based on what’s happened so far, we could see an offer as soon as next week. The Dolphins are in competition with several other teams for a head coach and Mike Tannenbaum won’t want to wait too long to get his preferred choice in house. So stay tuned, Dolphins’ fans, because the show has only just started.
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