Tag: Stephen Ross

Dolphins enter pit of misery lose to Patriots 38-7

Here we go again, the Miami Dolphins vaulted to the top with blood and sweat, one road win and two home wins until they met the chilly reception of a Patriots team having lost two in a row.

The Miami Dolphins displayed the best blue print on how teams can beat them-Be physical, run the ball, and pressure 6th year QB Ryan Tannehill, whose come off of two serious knee injuries.

Clearly, jamming the receivers as much as the radio signals and make doubly sure the receivers can’t get off the ball.

Put a big receiver (Josh Gordon) on Xavien Howard who was less of the X-factor and pro bowl hopeful than less have boasted about.

Dolphins fans, at least some of them go with where the wind blows-they can be quite negative when the Dolphins fail to show up and say I -told -you so when they win, barely.

Statistically, this looked like a fair matchup and the Dolphins were right on par with the big boys in the NFL after being number one in takeaways and Tannehill hadn’t yet thrown too many interceptions with only two.

However, the Dolphins showed “their warts” (Omar Kelly) and played below where they are capable of playing.

This performance was akin to Ryan Tannehill’s first trip to New England where the Dolphins lost control of the game and continued to succumb to New England’s coverage and pressure up the middle.

What we saw yesterday was a step back and perhaps, at the suggestion of Travis Wingfield-Gase must reinvent this team’s offensive approach.

Offensively, while the offense was balanced (featuring run and pass) early on, the Dolphins could not convert a 3rd down until late in the second half.

Defensively, the Dolphins couldn’t stop the Patriots air attack from the second quarter on as Brady found Cordarelle Patterson for 54 yards after Xavien Howard watched Patterson glide to the ball and into the end zone.

Coming into Sunday’s matchup, Xavien Howard was a top 5 cornerback who already amassed three interceptions. Surely, Howard had a bad game, but since Reshad Jones was not there to cover his mistakes, the end result was an enormous amount of pressure on Howard, especially after Bobby McCain went out with a leg injury.

Not only should Adam Gase reinvent their offensive approach since Ryan Tannehill seemed to look locked up and his knee seemed to lack mobility and the freshness of the week before-the Dolphins offense lacks rhythm and tempo.

Maybe Adam Gase needs to take a hard look at what Tannehill can’t do and perhaps re-examine if this is the legacy he wants to lead and instead look closely at Brock Osweiler who commanded the offense as a seasoned veteran.

While I’m not certain that there isn’t any ounce of a chance that Gase doesn’t go with Osweiler at some point, Tannehill’s career could be in limbo if the players on the team lose confidence in him.

They say that success breeds success and if you’re gonna talk the talk, you’d better walk the walk.

The Dolphins missed out on Josh Rosen in the 2018 draft and that couldn’t have made Stephen Ross happy, that is if you believe reports.

It will take a lot for Tannehill and the team to bounce back, but how he bounces back will be critical in the evaluation those above Adam Gase are ready to make and could in fact allow Gase the freedom to make a change if need be.

Consequently, an offense that cannot sustain drives can’t be put squarely on the quarterback, but the quarterback is where you look and holds the most accountability.

Let’s not forget, the Dolphins have had 18 starting QBs since Dan Marino.

This is a quarterback town.

Fans want a QB. They are starving for the QB to challenge Brady and the Patriots.

If it’s not Tannehill, 2018 will be telling for the Dolphins decision makers.

Maybe we’ll see a spot start by Osweiler if things go from bad to worse.

For the Dolphins, put this one in the rear view (maybe) and it’s on to Cincinnati.

(Photo credit: Fox Sports)

5 questions with Antwan Staley of USA Today’s Dolphins Wire

This week, we had an incredible opportunity to chat with Antwan Staley of Dolphins Wire, part of USA Today’s NFL team coverage.

On the eve of today’s game versus the Tennessee Titans, here’s what Antwan had to say about the Dolphins upcoming season:

FF: Who has been the most improved player on offense and defense heading into this season?

AS: On offense, that is hard to say considering the team’s first string had so limited work during the preseason. I know Kenyan Drake looked impressive but he also did at the end of last season.

Defensively, I would have to go with Vincent Taylor as he has grown so much since the team drafted him. I expect him to be a contributor stopping the run this year.

FF: Which rookie will have a lasting impact on the Dolphins season?

AS: Definitely, have to go with Minkah Fitzpatrick. Sure, Gesicki will flash at times and he could become a star, but I think Fitzpatrick could be a big-time player during the first game of the season.

FF: Where do you see Tannehill this season in terms of performance versus his 2016 campaign? What has changed since his injury?

AS: I still see Tannehill as the same quarterback that he was prior to the injury. Sure He may have some rustiness because he hasn’t played a regular season game in 21 months, but Tannehill can definitely return to the form that he was prior to the ACL injuries he suffered.

FF: Elaborate if you will about Coach Gase’s status beyond 2018. Is he safe if he doesn’t post a winning record?

AS: I believe Adam Gase will be back in 2019 barring a 3-13 or worst finish. Now if the Dolphins don’t get into the playoffs, Gase will definitely be on the hot seat entering the 2019 campaign as Stephen Ross is determined to turn the Dolphins into a winner. His patience is starting to run thin as it is as he questioned some of the moves Gase and the Dolphins front office made during the offseason.

FF: Finally: What’s your record prediction and why for the Miami Dolphins?

AS: I have the Dolphins going 7-9 this year. While I think Tannehill will be fine, they’re still too many questions on both sides of the ball. Not sure if the offensive line will be as good as people expect. Also, the Dolphins run defense appears it is going to be an issue all year with the absence of Suh. While it wouldn’t shock me to see the Dolphins win nine games, I think everything would need to go right for that to happen.

While I would predict 8-8, Antwan is correct in his prediction that the Dolphins will have to have a little luck in their side to eek out a few more wins.

We thank Antwan Staley for his time and conversation and be sure to follow Antwan @antwanstaley, catch him on the radio on WQAM Miami, and on various Miami Dolphins fansite podcasts.

Dolphins new anthem policy could be met with controversy from players and from fans

The Miami Dolphins have yet to fully begin training camp, but no start of camp would be complete without some form of controversy in Miami.

Taking a quick hike around the AFC East-the Dolphins were the only team with a seemingly quiet offseason after a bevy of moves to get under the cap, one big trade (Robert Quinn), and a very large release of the big Ndamukong Suh-who will make his Hollywood premiere quite soon. The Bills, Jets, and Patriots all made headlines and most headlines were negative.

However, this afternoon, AP followed by ESPN sent shockwaves on Twitter about the Miami Dolphins plan to “fine and or suspend players” who choose to kneel for the anthem during the 2018 NFL season.

The flurry of responses for and against the fresh off the press policy was widespread amongst Dolphins fans and non-Dolphins fans.

The angry sentiment for boycotting the NFL in 2017 rose to a fever pitch and the divisiveness and or a lack of understanding of this issue has resurfaced after a two month break since commissioner Roger Goodell left the interpretation of the policy-stand or stay in the tunnel, to the owners. Continue reading “Dolphins new anthem policy could be met with controversy from players and from fans”