Tag:Miami Dolphins
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:23 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 12:31 am

Jets move to the front of the class in AFC East

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets started the season with an embarrassing offensive performance in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens that had many people questioning whether Mark Sanchez could effectively utilize his weapons and deliver on all of their offseason "Super Bowl or bust" claims. After a second straight three touchdown performance that resulted in a 31-23 victory over the Dolphins in South Beach, the second-year quarterback is inspiring different questions.

Namely: is this team the top contender to win the AFC East?

The answer to that is, "absolutely." The Jets manhandled a very good Dolphins defense from the get-go, as Sanchez repeatedly targeted emerging tight end Dustin Keller, who racked up 91 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

"We kept telling everyone who would listen that this kid had learned and the offseason was about as impressive as it gets," Ryan said. "And I think you're seeing the dividends of that hard work now."

Given where this team stood after six quarters of football -- staring 0-2 in the face with a potential loss to the Patriots in Week 2 -- and where they stand after three weeks of football -- tied for first in the division -- kudos have to be given to the coaching staff for getting the offense prepped enough to take on a divisional foe that

"I told them in the locker room that I have confidence in our offense, but I don't know if I really believe that statement," Rex Ryan said afterward.

Clearly, the Jets staff did a good job of that; equally as impressive was their ability to take the distracting situation of Braylon Edwards' DUI earlier in the week and move past it to win a game.

"It's an unfortunate situation, obviously," Ryan said. "I thought we dealt with it, I thought we supported our player -- we support all our players.

But, you know, that's really all I'm gonna say. But we're behind our guys all the way. And this is a tough team and I told you that last year -- we all saw that last year and that's what we can hang our hat on."

Edwards, "suspended" for the first quarter of the game , was a difference-maker too, utilizing his boxer-esque technique for getting pumped up to score on a hitch route turned 67-yard touchdown pass.

But one thing's important to remember -- this isn't a Dolphins team that should be taken lightly, even if the defense completely caved against a Jets team that no one thought would light up South Beach for 30-plus points.

Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne seemed to find a pretty good rhythm, Devone Bess is a dangerous weapon and obviously Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams can run pretty darn well too.

And given the Patriots struggles on defense in the past two weeks, it's not hard to imagine that this division could end up coming down to the two teams who battled out in a surprising shootout Sunday night. But for now, despite even 2-1 records, the Jets get the nod as the East's top team.

Just, uh, don't tell them that. We don't want anyone getting too excited and thinking they have to start celebrating.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:22 pm

Week 3 injuries & analysis III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Raiders @ Cardinals

Both teams are missing wide receivers – Chaz Schilens (knee) for the Raiders and Early Doucet (hernia) for the Cardinals. The only other major injury of note is guard Robert Gallery, who is still dealing with a bad hamstring. Cardinals guard Alan Faneca is also listed on the injury report (questionable with a back).

Michael Bush is probable after missing the first two games with a fractured thumb (you wonder if Darren McFadden’s early success hasn’t somehow inspired Bush to get healthy).

Raiders corner Chris Johnson is fighting to keep his starting job. His neck injury (questionable) won’t help that caR. Mathews (US Presswire)use. What could help that cause, however, is Steve Breaston’s sore knee. The speedster is listed as questionable.

Chargers @Seahawks

Ryan Mathews is doubtful with a high ankle sprain. It’s 99 percent certain that the rookie running back won’t play Sunday. Three Chargers linebackers are listed as questionable – run-stopping thumper Stephen Cooper (knee) and backup pass-rushers Jyles Tucker (missed practice, undisclosed reasons) and Larry English (foot). Cooper will play (just like last week when he battled the knee); English sounds iffier.

The Seahawks will be without LB Leroy Hill (calf/Achilles), but they probably didn’t figure to have him in 2010 anyway. Seattle’s offensive line is getting healthier. Russell Okung is not back from a high ankle sprain, but Ben Hamilton, Sean Locklear and Chester Pitts are all expected to be available Sunday.

Jets @ Dolphins

No Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and no Calvin Pace (foot) for the Jets. No Jared Odrick (ankle) for the Dolphins. None of this is breaking news.

Miami ILB Channing Crowder is expected to make his season debut after nursing a groin injury. Dolphins starting guard John Jerry has an illness and is doubtful.

Most interesting is whether a Jets receiver will conveniently get injured early on. Rex Ryan would probably never do this, but wouldn’t it be clever to tell David Clowney to fake a hamstring pull (or something) so that the Jets can pretend they have no choice but to play Braylon Edwards?

Packers @ Bears

Packers guard Daryn Colledge hurt his knee in practice, but the injury does not appear to be serious. His status for Monday night is up in the air. Charles Woodson was limited in practice with a toe injury, but that’s par for the course with him.

The Bears will be without rookie safety Major Wright (hamstring) for at least a few weeks. Wright missed a lot of preseason action, too, with a finger injury. OT Chris Williams (hamstring) was the only other Bear to not practice. He is a no-go for Monday.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:28 pm

Hot Routes 9.25.10 expectations and anticipation

Posted by Andy Benoit

A look at the Nnamdi Asomugha-Larry Fitzgerald matchup.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Time Picayune has plenty of interesting stats on Drew Brees and the Saints.

The Vikings are weak inside at center and right guard. How will they handle Ndamukong Suh?

Brandon Marshall skipped his 10-minute session with the media. So, naturally, the media wrote a story about whether the mercurial receive is acting out again.

A name you may want to soon learn is Tony Moeaki. The Chiefs third-round rookie tight end has been turning some heads.

Few players have to battle through injuries – namely knee injuries – the way Kellen Winslow has and does.

Just in case you haven’t heard, Jets safety Eric Smith was fined $7,500 for a hitting Wes Welker in the chops.

The Giants offensive line isn’t quite as old as everyone thinks it is (only center Shaun O’Hara qualifies as someone in his “mid-30s”, and he’s coming off the best three-year stint of his career), but nevertheless, here’s an article about how the line is ignoring whispers about its age and decline.

Some good things have been said about undersized DE Everett Brown this season, but that didn’t stop the Charlotte Observer from writing this headline: “Panthers pass-rush not living up to its billing.” (Of course, if you watched this team on film last season, then projected what things would be like without Julius Peppers, you’d have to say the Panthers are living up – or down – exactly to their billing.)

For some reason a big deal has been made about Andy Reid’s “crucified” quote.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:28 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 8:29 am

Jason Taylor talks Parcells, homecoming

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jason Taylor, a presumable future Hall of Famer, will make his return to Miami when the Dolphins host the Jets Sunday night. Taylor never wanted to leave the Dolphins, but the Dolphins – namely football czar Bill Parcells – never wanted him to stay.

Parcells stepped down into a consultant role at the start of the regular season. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald asked Taylor in a conference call Wednesday if he would still be in South Beach had the Big Tuna left earlier.
J. Taylor (US Presswire)
"I think that horse is already dead," Taylor said. "If you had to hold my hand over the fire and forced me to give you an answer I would have to say yes."

Parcells originally contemplated stepping down prior to training camp. Instead, he waited until the regular season. Asked what he thought of the timing, Taylor played it coy, replying “Pretty ironic.”

It will be interesting to see how the Dolphins home crowd receives Taylor. He’s one of the greatest players in franchise history, having eight seasons with at least nine sacks and turning in one of the greatest single season defensive performances of alltime in 2006 (13.5 sacks, 9 FF, 8 pass deflections, 2 interceptions and 2 touchdowns). He did not choose to leave town, so one would think he’d be cheered. Except, once Taylor did leave, he chose to join the hated division rival New York Jets.

"I have no idea to be honest," Taylor said when asked whether he’ll be cheered or booed." I would expect because I play for the Jets, they won't be very happy. It's their home opener and they're Dolphins fans so I would expect ... oh, hell, maybe I hope it's just mixed. Whatever. Obviously everyone wants to be cheered but I understand I'm the road team and the bitter rival so I wouldn't be surprised to hear boos."

It actually would be a little surprising if he heard boos, as that would be an indication that South Beach sports fans actually care at least a little about what’s going on. Usually, it takes an emerging NBA legend-turned-sidekick to jolt one of the worst sports towns in America.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:24 pm

Revis out Sunday against Dolphins

Posted by Will Brinson

Darrelle Revis, the most talked about NFL player this offseason, will not play on Sunday against the Dolphins, coach Rex Ryan said on Wednesday.

"We felt that we might as well let you know now that Revis is not where he can play," Ryan said. "He's itching to get back to playing, but it's too risky a proposition to get him back out there."

Revis, dealing with an injured hamstring before the Jets played the Patriots in Week 2, re-injured himself while getting torched by Randy Moss on a Patriots touchdown.

Revis' absence didn't help the Jets against the Pats, but Antonio Cromartie's athleticism matched up well with Moss and enabled the Jets to take their division rivals down.

Whether or not Cromartie can do the same damage against Brandon Marshall -- a more physical receiver than Moss -- remains to be seen. But clearly, Revis' injury is problematic enough that the Jets are willing to rule him out for the game this early in the week and risk taking on the Dolphins without the help of their best player.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:02 pm

Harvin practice, says he's ready to go

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Percy Harvin returned to the Minnesota practice field Friday after missing the previous two days of workouts, and though the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote that his actions were limited, Harvin has said he’d be ready to play Sunday vs. Miami.

Which must give Minnesota a huge sense of relief, though Harvin actually is listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Not that Harvin contributed much in the season opener against the Saints, because he didn’t, making only one reception. But with Sidney Rice out for at least the first six weeks of the season – and with WR Bernard Berrian all but invisible vs. New Orleans – the Vikings receiving corps needs all the help it can get.

Which really surprised me. I thought, even without Rice, Minnesota would be OK in the passing game. Last week, the Vikings were not.

For the record, the Dolphins only allowed 139 passing yards in their win last week against Buffalo.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 7:08 pm

Pat White turns to baseball

Posted by Andy Benoit

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Dolphins 2009 second-round pick, quarterback Pat White, is temporarily giving up football for baseball. Cut by Miami last week, White is set to sign with the Kansas City Royals. P. White

We say “temporarily giving up” because it is believed that White wants to resume his pro football career at some point, perhaps even if it’s in the UFL. However, the UFL’s season gets underway next weekend; if White were to join a team this late, it’d be as a backup. (And that’s if he could even latch on to one of the five teams.)

The Royals are signing White to a minor league contract with the understanding that he could return to football in the near future. White was selected by the Angels again in the 26th round in 2007, then by the Reds in the 49th round in 2008, and then by the Yankees in the 48th round in 2009.

It’s somewhat surprising that no NFL team is taking a flyer on White. (He isn't eligible for a practice squad because he played in 13 games last season.) White doesn’t have an NFL arm, but he has NFL legs. Perhaps this is a sign that the wildcat offense truly is (was?) only a fad.

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