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Week 10: Bills at Dolphins
The 3-3 Miami Dolphins, coming off a big 27-14 win on the road in Chicago travel to Jacksonville to take on the 1-6 Jaguars, coming off of their first win of the season at home against Cleveland 24-6 in a 1:00 kickoff.
Some may ask why I decided to go with this header for my blog? I was very concerned about this team coming off the heart breaking loss to the Green Bay Packers the week before in the last seconds of the game. Going on the road against the Bears after a tough loss, I did not know if this team could put that loss behind them and be prepared to play. The Dolphins answered that question, and should have won by more than what they did as the defense dominated and the offense moved the ball and QB Ryan Tannehill was very sharp. The next step in the maturity of this team is to win a game on the road against a 1-6 team in Jacksonville, a team the Dolphins SHOULD handle. Will they? We will find out.
Let's take a look at the 2 teams and how they matchup.
Miami comes into the game averaging 359.8 yards in total offense, generating 223.5 yards per game in the pass game and 136.3 yards in the rush game, which ranks 4th in the NFL. The Dolphins are scoring 24.5 points per game, which along with total offense ranks 11th in the NFL. They face a Jacksonville defense that is allowing 390.4 yards per game. They are allowing 280.1 yards per game passing, 110.3 yards per game rushing and are giving up 27.3 points per game, which ranks 27th in the NFL.
QB Ryan Tannehill is coming off perhaps his best game of the season against the Bears and is completing 63.3% of his passes for 1,423 yards, 10 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Ryan has a talented group of skill people to work with and WR Mike Wallace leads a trio of wide receivers with 20 catches or more, with Wallace leading the group with 30 catches for 359 yards and 5 touchdowns. Rookie Jarvis Landry is 2nd on the team in catches with 22 catches followed by Charles Clay with 21 catches. Brian Hartline has 19 catches and RB Lamar Miller has 17 catches. Miller leads the Dolphins in rushing with 81 carries for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns. One element that I like that Bill Lazor has added is using Tannehill's legs in the run game, and Ryan has responded with 22 carries for 150 yards and a 6.8 yards per attempt. The Dolphins have done a very good job recently and now have 170 attempts in the run game, 138 attempts in the passing game. This is the receipe for the Dolphins to win. They face a Jacksonville defense with some nice pieces, but they lost a HUGE piece of that defense when LB Paul Posluszny was lost for the year with a torn pectorial muscle. Miami should have success moving the ball today.
Defensivley, Miami comes into the game giving up 313.7 yards per game, 213.3 of that passing and 100.0 yards per game rushing. The Dolphins are giving up 23.0 points a game, which ranks 15th in the NFL, and in total defense, the Dolphins rank 4th. They face a Jacksonville offense generating 296.6 yards per game, 210.6 yards in the passing game and only 86.0 yards of rushing offense. The Jaguars are only scoring 15.0 points per game, which ranks last in the NFL.
The Dolphins have gotten better defensively and are on the verge of becoming perhaps an elite unit. They still give up drives at key points of games when stops are needed to much, but overall, this unit is turning into a very good unit. They add another potential weapon in OLB/DE Dion Jordan, coming off suspension. He will be bought back into the fold slowly, but he gives the Dolphins another pass rusher with the versatility to drop in pass coverage due to his athletic ability. 2nd year LB Jelani Jenkins lead the team in tackles with 47, while DE Cameron Wake now leads the team in sacks with 4.5. Miami has 17 sacks as a team. Miami has 4 players with 1 interceptions, Reshad Jones, Walt Aikens, Brent Grimes and Jimmy Wilson. They face a rookie QB in Blake Bortles, a young player that has a lot of promise, nice size and mobility, but still a 1st year QB on a struggling Jaguar offense. This is a game the Dolphins defense SHOULD dominate.
That said, this goes back to the maturity question I posed earlier. A playoff bound, mature team goes into Jacksonville today and takes care of business with a solid win. The Dolphins took a step in the right direction last week with the win in Chicago. Can they take the next step? We will find out.
Let's GO Miami.
If you ask any Dolphins fan that saw firshand the work that Bill Parcells did with the Dolphins, the words "lack of integrity" will come out. Most of us were excited about what Bill Parcells could bring to Miami. Even though he was no longer the coach that he once was with his previous teams, he did amass a group of talent with the Cowboys that even the inept Wade Phillips took deep into the playoffs once Parcells left. No one expected Parcells to last beyond his contract, but we did expect the team to be in great shape in the front office and especially on the field at the end of his contract. He left us with a back-stabbing General Manager and head coach that showed no imagination or adjustments on game day.
I understand that former owner Wayne Huizenga failed to put together a quality team, but it wasn't as if he didn't try. Fans should remember that he tried every formula that he knew, and he stayed hands-off with an open-wallet. The last thing that he did was to hire a proven winner and respected football mind in Bill Parcells to a 4 year, $12 million contract to do whatever he felt necessary to build a good football team. He fully guaranteed the contract, but unfortunately he wrote in the option that Parcells could leave the Dolphins at any time (instead of a 30 day notice which was in the original contract) and be fully paid for it. Parcells, knowing that Stephen Ross was going to buy the team and thought of Parcells as a "dinosaur" had asked Huizenga for that change. Parcells left with 16 months on his contract, pocketed the remaining $6 million, and called it "consultant work". Is that a man of integrity? Nope.
Give back $6 million you old pompous dinosaur!
"Parcells, who was hired by H. Wayne Huizenga before Huizenga sold the team a year later, indicated he never felt as comfortable working with Stephen Ross as he did with Huizenga."
Grow up, you old fart. What are you ... 13 years old? You are supposed to be a professional who was paid to do a job. You had your "dream" job of building a team, buying all the friggin' groceries, had an owner willing to spend whatever it took to build a championship team and was hands-off. What does comfort have to do with it? So, you took the remaining $6 million and called it "consutant " work. Be a man, not a whiny teen-age girl.
He said he opted for Long partly because of financial issues associated with selecting a quarterback first overall, as well as Ryan’s interceptions during his senior season at Boston College.
Looking back it was the wrong decision. Parcells forgets that his formula for success with any team that he took to the Super Bowl was drafting a first round quarterback. He went to the AFC Championship with the Jets, but let's not forget that he did it with Vinny Testaverde who was a first round quarterback (drafted overall #1 just as Drew Bledsoe was). I will admit that I was concerned with Matt Ryan's interceptions as well in his senior year, and I would have made the same decision back then to draft Jake Long. Since I am an NCSU Wolfpack supporter and part of the ACC, so, I saw Ryan play a couple of times. I was not impressed with him. Unfortunately I was just as wrong about him.
Parcells, who left the Dolphins during the 2010 season, said Ross told him four times that he wanted to work toward securing his future with the team but “he never ever does it,… never seems to have the time
And this is coming from the guy who wrote a contract offer to Jason Taylor on a napkin, and JT told him to contact his agent as was the custom of every person (except Ricky Williams). What basically happened was that JT rebuffed his contract offer since it was unprofessionally presented to him. Parcells got his panties in a wad and took it personnally. I promise you that any offers that Parcells gets has to go through his agent.
Parcells didn’t like that Ross brought his “entourage” into the locker-room after games, and Ross apologized after they spoke about the issue. But Parcells liked that Ross was willing to spend money and that he didn’t meddle in football decisions.
Heck, we didn't like that either. Ross has had a lot of growing up to do as he's been playing with his new "toy". He has come around, but let's not forget that he is footing the bill ... but at our expense. If he wants to bring an entourage through the locker room and do his little "owner" things then he needs to start with a team on the field that the fans can be proud of. We would overlook things like the rooms that are like "night clubs" at the stadium during games.
Parcells indicated former general manager Jeff Ireland praised quarterback Pat White before the Dolphins regrettably drafted him 44th overall in 2009. But Parcells took responsibility for the pick.
Face it, a number of us were excited about the draft pick. The "Wild Cat" was the buzz word at the time around the NFL, and a lot of teams were incorporating it into their game plans. Who would have thought that Pat White, who did so well at West Virginia, was not mentally ready for the physicality of the NFL. I am still surprised by that. Still, even though Ireland was excited about Pat White, Parcells was as well. A running and throwing quarterback was old-style, and anything old-style excites Parcells. Parcells legacy with the Dolphins is that he failed to leave us with a quarterback.
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