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The Dolphins were the winners of the off-season. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that has proven to mean very little in the past. The Dolphins are coming off of a 7-9 season, in which rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was very average. The emergence of Brain Hartline and the signings of Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller give Tannehill a plethora of weapons. The defense is good enough to make a run at the postseason, but without Reggie Bush and Jake Long, the pressure rests on the shoulders of Tannehill and Daniel Thomas to carry the offense.

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Hartline

How do you get 252 yards receiving in one game, and 0 two weeks later? The Dolphins have a very inconsistent offense, and not establishing a receiving threat hurts. They should try to turn Hartline into a #1 target.

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4-12

The Dolphins were 6-10 last year and will go 4-12 this year. Will they ever have a good QB?

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What’s Next For Ochocinco

To think things can’t get worse for Chad Johnson aka Chad Ochocinco, things just got a whole lot worse. After getting married on a July 4th wedding, his wife Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce after a fight they had turned violent. After finding a receipt for condoms in his car, Lozada tried talking to him only until Johnson turned and head butted her and sent her to the hospital needing stitches. After hearing about the filing Johnson said he will never say anything bad about his ex wife because he was madly in love with her.

But things only got worse the next day for Johnson as he walked in to see The Miami Dolphin’s Head Coach Joe Philbin. Walking into his office, with cameras from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” Johnson knew he was going to have to try and save his job. But he was not successful in doing so as Philbin, with the camera rolling, cut him from the Miami Dolphins. After lying to his former coach saying he has never been in trouble before (he had another domestic abuse charge against him in 2000 when he was in college) he was eventually let go. The former “Dancing With The Stars” also got one more bad phone call. He learned that VH1 has terminated his reality show he was going to have with now ex wife Lozada called “Eve and Ocho”. Now we just have to see where Ochocinco winds up after being left wife-less, team-less and reality show-less all within a few days.

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Miami Dolphins 2011 Preview

The Miami Dolphins were road warriors in 2010, finishing with a 6-2 away record including wins against the Vikings, Jets, Raiders, and Super Bowl champion Packers. The trouble for Miami was finishing games at Sun Life Stadium where they posted a 1-7 record. 5 of those losses came in heartbreaking fashion by one score or less. Poor play by Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen prevented the Dolphins from turning the losses into wins. However, if the preseason is any indication and, they should be improved in the quarterback department.

Miami sought a replacement for Chad Henne during the off-season, nearly pulling off a trade for Denver’s Kyle Orton. The trade fell through at the last minute and Miami signed former Panther Matt Moore instead. Henne held onto his starting job and has looked good so far this preseason; completing 64% of his passes for 446 yards with 2 touchdowns through 3 games. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is giving Henne a lot more freedom to audible at the line of scrimmage this year, and the signal-caller is excited to shoulder the additional responsibilities. A year with a more focused Brandon Marshall, coming off an underwhelming 2010 campaign where he grabbed only 3 TDs, will only benefit Henne. Also returning are possession receiver Davone Bess (79 catches, 5 TDs) and tight end Anthony Fasano (39 catches, 4 TDs). Miami has a huge hole to fill in the backfield with the departure of both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Former number 2 overall pick Reggie Bush was brought in to fill the void. Though it is questionable whether Bush can grind out yards between the tackles and also comes with a lengthy injury history, he should be another weapon for Henne out of the backfield. Big back Daniel Thomas (6’0, 230) was taken in the second round out of Kansas State, but has yet to show his physicality in the preseason. Expect these two backs to handle the bulk of the load. Thus far through the preseason the offensive line has been a tale of two tapes. The left side, All-pro Jake Long and Richie Incognito, have been solid. The same cannot be said for the right side (Marc Colombo and Vernon Carey). Colombo’s struggles show why he was not retained by Dallas after last year. Carey, on the other hand, could not cut it at tackle and was moved inside to guard where he continues to disappoint. Some of the problems could be a result of rookie center Mike Pouncey incorrectly identifying defenses. If so look for the o-line to improve through the course of the season as he learns how defenses like to attack.

In 2010, the Miami defense was a huge strength for the team finishing in the top 10 for both passing and rush defense. A young core of players should allow the defense to continue to be the strength of this franchise. Starters Kendall Langford and Jared Odrick on the defensive line, Sean Smith and Vontae Davis at cornerback, and linebackers Cameron Wake and Koa Misi all have 4 years or less of experience. Reshad Jones (2 years) and Chris Clemons (3 years) are competing fiercely for the starting free safety position. The more experience they garner, the more they should develop and progress as a unit. What helps even more is that they were all drafted by the Dolphins showing that management had a vision for these specific players. The young pups are complimented very nicely with veterans. Karlos Dansby has been a very disruptive player throughout his career and mans one of the MLB slots. Also in the middle is former Cowboy Kevin Burnett. Safety Yeremiah Bell brings veteran savvy and leadership to the back end of this defense. Look for another strong year from the Miami defense. Long-time Dolphin Jason Taylor returns to the team, but figures to play more of a back-up and mentoring role.

The 2011 Miami Dolphins should be improved from their 2010 version, but still have a tough task ahead of them. Their division foes New England and New York will be tough outs and not make life easy. Facing off against a very strong slate of NFC East opponents is no walk in the park either. Miami will need to continue their road success and the Chad Henne of the preseason if they are to compete for a Wild Card berth. If not, look for another season towards the middle of the pack for Miami.

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Special Teams Coach Is Outta Here

The NFL is and has been chock-full of snap decisions by owners and coaches. That is the case yet again this year. The Saints pulled their kicker Garrett Hartley in light of his inability to make a game-winner among other woes. That move seemed to pay off, as his replacement in John Carney nailed three kicks, with the third winning the game for the Saints against the Panthers.

Now the Dolphins have fired John Bonamego, their special teams coordinator in the wake of the embarrassing debacle against the Patriots in which their special unit scored 21 points. First there was a 103-yard kick return by Brandon Tate to start the second half and it was all downhill from there for the Phins. Two blocked kicks by Patrick Chung and three touchdowns later, the Pats were up 34-14 after a 7-6 halftime deficit. The eventually won the game 41-14.

Coaches get most of the blame for the on the field missteps. It’s really unfortunate. As head coach Tony Sparano so eloquently put it: “Our players also need to take responsibility.” The whole viewpoint and subsequent approach to this decision is backwards. If a player misses his assignment, not once, but on multiple plays that cost the team, that should be on the individual. Take them out of the game. Don’t punish the guy who’s trying his darnedest to get the job done.

If parents raise their kid with morals, beliefs, and values as they grow up but they rebel against them anyway and they become a murderer, should the parents be held responsible? No. That’s how I feel when it comes to coach firings in sports. Coaches are given very few chances. If you don’t perform under the tremendous pressure and criticism, you’re gone.

Out of 32 teams in the NFL, only eight currently have coaches that have been around for six years or more (John Fox, Panthers; Lovie Smith, Bears; Marvin Lewis, Bengals; Jack Del Rio, Jaguars; Bill Belichick, Patriots; Tom Coughlin, Giants; Andy Reid, Eagles; Jeff Fisher, Titans). Coaches are under the microscope more than any other, even arguably more than the players on the field.

Maybe the Dolphins were just alarmed by Belichick actually smiling and making jokes for the first time since, well, ever. That was the last straw. If our team’s performance was that bad that it delighted our division rival grouch of a coach, then it’s time to make a change. We’ll see if the firing makes sense for the Dolphins in the long run. Monday night can’t happen again if they want to compete in the AFC East. That is for certain.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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When Animals Attack!

An intriguing team to watch this year is a team that is buried in the AFC East behind the Jets and Patriots. That team is the Dolphins. Upon Chad Pennington’s injury last year, the other Chad, Chad Henne, came in and did a serviceable job replacing him. This team has a couple tricks up its sleeve. Ricky Williams showed he can sill produce in the NFL when he gets focused. Ronnie Brown, barring another injury plagued season, has showed in the past that he can put up the numbers as well. Their running game looks to be in good shape for this year.

Also, with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall, Henne has a pretty decent target to throw the ball to. Davone Bess should have another pretty good year. He will most likely serve as the second receiver and draw some of the attention off Marshall.

The Dolphins’ division makes this season a lot tougher than if they were in the AFC West for example. I expect them to finish third in the AFC East with a 9-7 record, narrowly missing the postseason.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Dolphins Are Predicted to Finish in Third Place in the AFC East

The AFC East will have a new champion this season. The Patriots are no longer the team to beat in the division. Read on to see what team from the AFC East has a good chance of going to the Super Bowl.

3. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins will not be better than the Jets or Patriots this season, but I still think they will have a better season than last year, just barely. Chad Henne is now the starting quarterback for the Dolphins. After Chad Pennington went down for the season last year, Henne stepped up and proved that he is ready for the NFL. The Dolphins mainly use the wildcat offense, they do it better than any other team in the league. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are the keys to the Dolphins wildcat offense. Last season the Dolphins beat teams that were a lot better than them because of their trickery. When they weren’t in the wildcat, Henne proved that he has a cannon of an arm when he aired the ball out to Tedd Ginn Jr. Ginn was traded to the 49ers this season, but they also traded for one of the best receivers in the league in Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins also have a great defense led by newcomer Carlos Dansby. The Dolphins will be a dangerous team this season and they could possibly do better than third place this season, but before we get to far ahead of ourselves, on paper they will be 8-8 this season.

Click here to read the full article – By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network



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Source: Dolphins, Incognito have deal

In a continued effort to strengthen its offensive line, the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday reached agreement on a one-year contract with temperamental guard Richie Incognito, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

he 26-year-old Incognito, a five-year veteran, spent his entire career with St. Louis after being drafted in the third round in 2005, but his tenure ended late last season following his second benching of the season by the Rams.

In a 40-point December loss to the Titans, Incognito drew two personal foul penalties for head-butting opponents, was benched by coach Steve Spagnuolo and watched the second half from the bench with a poncho over his head.

Incognito, who was named the dirtiest player in the NFL earlier in 2009 by The Sporting News, was later fined $50,000 by the NFL for the head butts.

Click here to read the full article – By of ESPN.com



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