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 Post subject: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 11:07 am 
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Well, I'm awakening from my slumber and finally paying attention again. If you had asked me back in early May (post draft), I probably would have sounded mighty skeptical of Miami - new coach, new scheme, front office drama and a QB who still seems more average than anything. Fast forward three months and I like what I am seeing and reading. I'm not bathing in all of the media hype and thinking Miami is suddenly the 1999 Rams, but I think they are closer to a playoff team than an underachiever.

Mike McDaniel has come across as a breath of fresh air compared to Bellichick wannabe Brian Flores. However, we say this about every coach before we see them in a situation of adversity. I have yet to see McDaniel look angry or frustrated with poor performance so a lot can change, and quickly. But so far so good, and the team seems to respond positively to him. If the offensive line stays healthy, I can see the offense looking electric by early October (after a few natural growing pains).

We've all seen the highlights of Tyreke Hill and Jaylen Waddle catching darts from Tua, but in my mind the running game could pay the most dividends this year. Let's start with Chase Edmonds. I do not recall a running back looking better in 11 vs 11's during training camp in quite some team. It is awesome to see someone both decisive and explosive. Add to that two backups, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel, who can spot start and have made significant plays during their previous stints. I don't see a workhorse in any of them (yet), but it will be a big step up from trying to make chicken salad from chicken poo that the previous regime attempted.

As long as they stay healthy this will be the best offensive line Miami has seen since 2016 when they trotted out Branden Albert, Mike Pouncey, Laremy Tunsil, JaWuan James and Jermon Bushrod. Connor Williams will get over the snapping issues and it looks like Austin Jackson finally has the lightbulb going off as an athletic right tackle. The biggest sigh of relief I have is Liam Eichenberg at left guard. When I read that he won the practice jersey and that he was not beaten once by the interior defensive line (despite a slew of tactics to do so) I felt that Miami finally answered what has been a massive hole for years. He doesn't have to be a Pro Bowler, just a reliable guy whose name you never hear (that is always a good thing for a linemen). Terron Armstead and Robert Hunt should continue to be high level performers.

If I have a current area of concern it is with the linebackers, and cornerback depth. Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel are hybrid types and more associated with the pass rush and/or setting the edge. My concerns are the guys outside of Jerome Baker. Elandon Roberts, Brennan Scarlett and Duke Riley are fine players, but they can disappear. Maybe Channing Tindall blossoms quickly, but you never want to rely on a 3rd Round rookie to carry the day. With Roquan Smith requesting a trade out of Chicago it may not be a bad idea to pursue a difference maker on defense. As for the corners, I would be concerned if either Xavien Howard or Byron Jones miss any time. Nik Needham is solid, and yes it appears Noah Igbinoghene may salvage something of his career, but do you really trust any of them to scare opposing offenses? No team is perfect, so these concerns aren't really keeping me up at night. There may be some talent upgrades after final cuts.

Ok, now on to Mr. Tagovailoa. The highlight videos look great. The stories of his practices are wonderful. The arm looks fine. Let's just see how it plays out. He has everything he needs to mount a top 15 QB campaign. Teddy Bridgewater has done nothing to suggest there is a QB battle. McDaniel is clearly in Tua's corner. The GM just lost a massive trade asset from Ross's buffoonery, so we don't have to hear whispers about Miami trading up for a QB in 2023. Be better than an average QB and you'll keep your job for 2023.

10 wins may not sound like an awesome season, but I would consider it a success for Miami. Last year's win streak (and record) took advantage of a lot of cupcake opponents. That will not be the case this year. If they rip off 10 wins it will have to include beating some quality teams and will be an indicator of whether this team is set up for sustained success. I believe they can do it and will build towards higher achievement in the near future.

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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 1:15 pm 
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Thanks Dan, good to hear from you! And great job as always.


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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:11 am 
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Excellent job, Dan! Nice observations and balanced as usual.

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If I have a current area of concern it is with the linebackers, and cornerback depth. Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel are hybrid types and more associated with the pass rush and/or setting the edge. My concerns are the guys outside of Jerome Baker. Elandon Roberts, Brennan Scarlett and Duke Riley are fine players, but they can disappear. Maybe Channing Tindall blossoms quickly, but you never want to rely on a 3rd Round rookie to carry the day. With Roquan Smith requesting a trade out of Chicago it may not be a bad idea to pursue a difference maker on defense. As for the corners, I would be concerned if either Xavien Howard or Byron Jones miss any time. Nik Needham is solid, and yes it appears Noah Igbinoghene may salvage something of his career, but do you really trust any of them to scare opposing offenses? No team is perfect, so these concerns aren't really keeping me up at night. There may be some talent upgrades after final cuts.


Right now, I see the Dolphins targeting CB, LB, RB, and OL with their first few draft picks next year. I mean, how long are we not going to be serious about adding a real ILB playmaker on this team? Also, Nik Needham becomes a UFA next year (I believe), so, perhaps Trill Williams becomes that guy.


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Nice idea for a Phinfever shirt there.

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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2022 9:02 pm 
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Big Dave wrote:
jammer wrote:
Phins Freaking Up!


Nice idea for a Phinfever shirt there.

:excited


If that shirt is available I will wear it.

I can also have my buddy, who makes shirts for my company, cook one up and I'll promote Phinfever at the Vikings game.


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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 6:06 am 
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jammer wrote:
We've all seen the highlights of Tyreke Hill and Jaylen Waddle catching darts from Tua, but in my mind the running game could pay the most dividends this year. Let's start with Chase Edmonds. I do not recall a running back looking better in 11 vs 11's during training camp in quite some team. It is awesome to see someone both decisive and explosive. Add to that two backups, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel, who can spot start and have made significant plays during their previous stints. I don't see a workhorse in any of them (yet), but it will be a big step up from trying to make chicken salad from chicken poo that the previous regime attempted.


I haven’t paid much attention to how the teams been doing in camp outside of what I catch on here so this feels like a big relief. Hopefully the backs can take a lot of pressure off Tua. Welcome back bro

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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 8:27 am 
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jammer wrote:
We've all seen the highlights of Tyreke Hill and Jaylen Waddle catching darts from Tua ...


Hill has become one of the offensive leaders as he is always working hard to improve and to prove he is worth the money. Some players act like they arrived when they get that big pay check.




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... , but in my mind the running game could pay the most dividends this year. Let's start with Chase Edmonds.


I really can't wait to see that running game. We all love the pass that eats up quick yards, but there is nothing like running the ball down a team's throat in the fourth quarter to let them know that our offense cannot be stopped as we eat up that valuable time with a lead.

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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:20 am 
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In that video, it is clear that Tua lacks the arm strength to lead a speed receiver like Hill down the field. Clearly that ball was severely underthrown. Hill had to stop and come back for the pass.

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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 4:16 pm 
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Watching videos of Igbinoghene getting torched by Bucs WRs (some who won't even make the team) makes me even more concerned about the CB spot. Either attempt to make him a backup safety (if that is even possible) or move on. Miami should be in the market for a veteran CB very soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:07 pm 
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jammer wrote:
Watching videos of Igbinoghene getting torched by Bucs WRs (some who won't even make the team) makes me even more concerned about the CB spot. Either attempt to make him a backup safety (if that is even possible) or move on. Miami should be in the market for a veteran CB very soon.


On the flip side, Trill Williams and the new guy Keion Crossen have been looking very good. I'm encouraged by that and a little less worried about the depth at CB because of that.


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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:00 am 
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On the flip side, Trill Williams and the new guy Keion Crossen have been looking very good. I'm encouraged by that and a little less worried about the depth at CB because of that.


Not a great pass by Brady, but Trill Williams is on the receiver like flies on stink.


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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 2:20 pm 
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Big Dave wrote:
k-dash wrote:
On the flip side, Trill Williams and the new guy Keion Crossen have been looking very good. I'm encouraged by that and a little less worried about the depth at CB because of that.


Not a great pass by Brady, but Trill Williams is on the receiver like flies on stink.



That was Kyle Trask, not Brady.


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 Post subject: Re: Preseason Thoughts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:48 pm 
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