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The 1-3 Miami Dolphins, coming off a bye week and coaching change, travel to Nashville to take on the 1-3 Tennessee Titans, coming off a tough 14-13 loss at home to Buffalo.  As we all know, the Dolphins fired HC Joe Philbin after the loss to the New York Jets in England, and hired TE coach Dan Campbell as the interm coach.  DC Kevin Coyle was also released.  The game begins at 1:00 on CBS.

 

The question all Dolphins fans have right now is with this coaching change, will anything change for the Dolphins.  Sure, we have heard from the players about how happy they are for Campbell and are ready to go to battle for him, but we all know what REALLY matters.  What this team does on the field today and the rest of the 2015 season.  With that said, let take a look at how these teams matchup.

 

Miami comes into the game offensively generating 314.8 yards per game, which ranks 31st in the NFL.  The passing game is generating 245.5 yards per game, which comes in at 14th, while the running game is producing only 69.2 yards per game, which ranks 31st.  The Dolphins are only scoring 16.2 points per game, which also ranks 31st.  They face a pretty solid Titans defense that is giving up only 283.5 yards per game, which ranks 3rd in the NFL.  The Titans are giving up 166.5 yards per game in the passing game, which ranks 1st, while giving up 117.0 yards in the rushing game, which ranks 23rd.  The Titans are giving up 22.8 points per game, which ranks 17th.

 

Needless to say, you look at those ranking for this Dolphins offense and you realize that this team has taken a HUGE step backwards.  First and foremost, the offensive line issues for the Dolphins still remain a HUGE problem, specifically the OG play.  Also, OLT Branden Albert has not been able to stay healthy, and that has had a negative effect on this unit as well.  He will play today, and him remaining healthy will be a big key to the remaining 2015 season.  QB Ryan Tannehill has been hit a lot, but he still does have accuaracy issues, and that has to improve.  The run game, so good in 2014 is nowhere to be seen in 2015, and that has got to change.  We also need to see what we have in 1st round pick DeVante Parker.  I will be interested in seeing this unit and what they do today.  Can't get any worse.

 

Defensively, the Dolphins come in giving up 399.5 yards per game, which ranks 31st in the NFL.  They are giving up 239.0 yards per game passing, which ranks 15th, while giving up 160.5 yards rushing, which ranks 32nd in the NFL, DEAD LAST.  The Dolphins are giving up 25.2 points per game, which comes in at 20th in the NFL.  They face a Titans offense that is generating 350.8 yards per game, which ranks 16th in the NFL.  The Titans are generating 232.0 yards in the passing game, which ranks 22nd in the NFL, while generating 118.8 yards in the run game, which ranks 14th.  The Titans are scoring 25.5 points per game, which comes in at 8th.

 

If there is a unit in football more disappointing than this Dolphins defense, someone PLEASE POINT THEM OUT TO ME.  Miami defensively has been one of the worst defenses in the NFL, when going into the 2015 season, you thought it would be one of the best.  Where do you begin?  From having only 1 sack, let me repeat that, 1 sack, to ranking DEAD LAST in the NFL against the run.  With the talent on this unit, this should not be anywhere close to being this abysmal, but they are.  A lot was said about DC Kevin Coyle and his inability to use his players and play to their strengths.  New DC Lou Anarumo is expect to cut the Defensive Line loose and let them be disruptive and aggressive, something that fits Ndamakong Suh best.  Time to see what these players can do now that they perhaps will be put in better positions to make plays.

 

I am hoping, like all Dolphin fans that Dan Campbell can light a fire under this team.  They have taken underacheiving to a new level in 2015.  Can this team FINALLY play to their potential?  We will find out today.

 

 


Dan Campbell says we're about to see the sleeping giant awakened. I'm so ready for that; however, the serious part of me understands that is part of the hyperbole he needs to use to motivate the team. Reasonable expectations for Campbell and company would be a competitve team that plays hard, irrespective of the record at the end of the season. The faithful can hang their hats on watching a new coaching staff and players come together. It would be important for him to start winning more than he's losing at the end of the season if he's going to keep his job. I'm already sick of reading the articles about his replacement. Didn't be send Todd Bowles packing in favor of Philbin? This once-storied franchise is in full ruin. It is like the inner city infrastructure of Detroit..... rubble. It just doesn't need a tweak. It needs a complete engine overhaul. Ross has brought this here. He took us from the slippery slope of decline and plunged us directly in the abyss of horrible football. After the unenthusiastic play against Buffalo, I had already lost interest. I began spending my Sundays doing something productive. At least now, I can enjoy watching again. How long that lasts depends on how hard this team plays for their new coach. 

    At the beginning of the season you would've marked this as an easy win. Now, @Tennessee, I'm not predicting a win. I think its too much to ask an interim HC to pull off given he had to fire his DC as well. If Dan were a defensive coach, i'd be a little more optimistic about short term success. We now have a DB coach who might be over his head as DC. You never know, people surprise but all indications are this is going to be a loss. Here's what my gut is saying. This won't be a close game. Its gonig to be either really good, or really, really bad. This team has the talent to do their jobs and win despite the circumstances; however, that's just it.... on the flight to London there's some clown walking around laughing, joking and other players seemed like they were heading to the beach....not a football game where they're 1-2 coming off one of the most embarrassing losses in a while. I would've expected a somber mood. One of more seriousness. Campbell has his work cut out just with changing the attitudes on this team. If he can get that turned around, he still has to figure out how to turn it into a winner. Imagine walking into a garage with a high end car sitting their in pieces. Completely dismantled, each piece dumped in one big pile. Now imagine you're told you have to be ready to race in two weeks and btw, we just fired the body and frame guy. I think you get it. With that said, If Dan pulls off the unthinkable this season and manages a miracle turnaround..... it might be worthy of Dan the Man status.

 

Go Tannehill!

GD2

Back in August, our friends at the Football Betting Center had the Dolphins at a 35:1 chance of going to the Super Bowl. Maybe they were the smart ones and didn't buy the hype of an upgraded roster. They saw the Joe Philbin/Kevin Coyle effect and had us as the 13th best team in the NFL. They put us as the 8th best AFC team which meant no playoffs anyways. Now, that is interesting, isn't it?

They had Amari Cooper to win Offensive ROY, not our DeVante Parker, and that is turning out to be correct. The New York Jets won the odds for the most player arrests.

Everyone ancknowledges that this is the best roster the Dolphins have had in years. Our new Head Coach, Dan Campbell, was not shy to pump up expectations of what he has inherited.

This is my sixth season with the Miami Dolphins, and this is the most talented roster we have had in those six years. We have plenty of talent. I feel there’s a lot more we can get out of these guys.

No more Mr. Nice Guy

It is no doubt that you've seen the video clips of a new tough head coach. He's not the screamer that Tony Sparano was, and he's not "one of the nicest coaches I've ever met" as SI's Peter King said in his MMQB article last Monday. Campbell is a guy that also played with toughness for the New York Giants at the tight end position. He is someone that the players respect and are excited to play for. How did he start off his first practice? He had them doing the Oklahoma Drill. I wonder who had to face off against Suh.

I get the impression that Campbell is in the mold of a Bill Cowher type of a coach. I like his mindset and personality.

 

What is fair to expect from Dan Campbell this year?

Keep in mind that these Dolphins have been in this offensive and defensive system throughout training camp, preseason, and a month into the season. You do not turn the big ship around immediately. It would be unfair to expect that from anyone. The culture has got to change, and Campbell started the process by adding an assistant head coach to help overseas the offensive playcalling, and by firing Kevin Coyle. He understood the offensive problems, so, he fixed that first. After studying the defense he had no choice but to let Coyle go. Otherwise, it would be the status quo.

The Dolphins are 1-3, but keep in mind they are a very bad 1-3. To me, after such a poor start, a successful season would be 8-8 or 9-7. If he gets this then he did a good job and should be considered for the head coaching job.

 

What the heck is wrong with Ross?

My mind could not grasp the fact that Ross told Philbin after the loss to the Jets that they would continue the status quo and hope the team rides it out to success? Are you freaking kidding me?? It wasn't until Tannenbaum came into the picture and wanted Philbin to fire an assistant or two that Philbin was let go because he refused to fire anyone. The structure needs to change, and the General Manager needs to be given the power to fire and hire the head coach.

Don't think that Tannenbaum isn't managing for his job. He spent a lot of money (once again), and the team isn't showing anything for it. Of course, we know that Ross will not fire him, but Tannenbaum believes he made the right decisions for the current roster and his talent has been mismanaged. We've known this for a long time. Who would have thought that Coyle would change Suh's aggressive one-gap technique to a two-gap read and react technique. Who would have thought that Lazor and Philbin would keep our awful guards in the game without working others into their positions. Douglas has been horrible, and Dallas Thomas is his usual ugly self.

Yes, Ross has been the problem with this team as he has refused to fire Philbin because he likes him. That is not good football sense at all. If Ross really loves this team then he needs to be a bigger part of the team by actually showing up during the week of practice. Let his football minds make the correct football decisions.

 

The Next Head Coach Should Be ....

The media will throw out a lot of names right now. Do not pay any attention to them. Hue Jackson? Give me a break. We need to focus on this season right now, and we'll make a decision on the new coach after the season. I would like to give Dan Campbell a shot to win the job. While he has had head coach aspirations, he was not afraid to risk his career on a floundering team .... unlike Jim Schwartz who did not want to tarnish his chances by refusing to run our defense.

If Ross would have listened to me, our head coach should be the one coaching the Bills right now. No matter as what is done is done. It's Campbell time.

 

Miko Grimes and Omar Kelly

Omar Kelly criticized Ryan Tannehill for things that he did not say, and it was based on Miko Grimes slanderous accusations against Tannehill. Can we shut them both up?

 

Go Dolphins!

Big Dave

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