Miami Dolphins

AFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NE @ MIA

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    MIA @ BUF

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    KC @ MIA

    09/21/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 4

    MIA @ OAK

    09/28/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    bye

  • Week 6

    GB @ MIA

    10/12/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    MIA @ CHI

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    MIA @ JAC

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    SD @ MIA

    11/02/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    MIA @ DET

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    BUF @ MIA

    11/13/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    MIA @ DEN

    11/23/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 13

    MIA @ NYJ

    12/01/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    BAL @ MIA

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    MIA @ NE

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    MIN @ MIA

    12/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NYJ @ MIA

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Miami Dolphins - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Miami Dolphins - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


Undoubtedly, the times are a changing down in Miami. As LeBron James heads back home, there has apparently been talk of remaking the film, “The Jerk”. Steve Martin has declined to revise his role as Navin, so the logical next choice is Mike Pouncey. 


 


 


 







 


 


Now, I have used the term douche canoe before in order to refer to some of the other top 40 type fantasy sites out there. However, I may have to reserve this title for Mike “douche canoe” Pouncey; it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. The public was first treated to his off the field behavior when bully-gate first hit. Pouncey was one of the ring-leaders that tormented Jonathan Martin to such a degree, he actually left the team. Then, he flashed the free Hernandez wear during the Aaron Hernandez murder trial. Now he is wanted for questioning for a night club beating


 




To coin a Shakespearean line: “Such antics do not amount to a man”. Aside from his deplorable behavior off the field, which might yet receive the wrath of Goodell, Pouncey was originally expected to miss the first 4 weeks of the season due to hip surgery. Now, team sources are speculating he may very well not be ready until week 8.  The loss of Pouncey is a crushing blow to an already dismal offensive line. Last year they ranked 28th in run blocking and 30th in pass protection. They gave up, a league high, 58 sacks. The Dolphins did spend their 1st and 3rd picks in this year’s draft on offensive tackles. Tannehill, in a display of confidence, stated the team’s intentions: “We want to play deep into January and February”. He was then abruptly tackled from his blind side.


 




Despite his offensive protection, or lack-there-of, Tannehill should have an impressive season. Although the line is a major concern, he is running a new offense under coordinator Bill Lazor. Most recently, Lazor was the QB coach for the Eagles. According to a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, he is attempting to install a fast paced offense: “Lazor has added more motion, shifts, and formations. He wants to be more wide-open while deploying players in multiple positions more often. Most of all, he wants the offense operating at a faster tempo”.


 


 




The Dolphins have the easiest strength of schedule for quarterbacks, and clock in at #3 for the fantasy playoffs. Tannehill has some impressive qualities. Perhaps none more so than the fact he landed this…


 




 


Not Ryan Tannehill


 


 


 


…And now on with the show. He had 5 games where he threw for more than 300 yards. That’s more than Kaepernick and R. Wilson combined. He is entering his 3rd season and so far, he has suited up every single week. In 2013, he averaged 14.9 points a game. Pyro expects him to run the ball more this year, plus he’s had more time for the chemistry to develop with Mike Wallace. Last year, Tannehill put the ball up 588 times and completed 355 of those for 3,913 yards. He had 24 TDs with 17 INTs. If his line can provide more protection, undoubtedly the INTs will come down. He added 238 yards on the ground and a rushing TD as well. He made impressive leaps from his rookie year. He showed improvements in important statistical categories. Tannehill increased his percentage from 58.3% to 60.4%. His touchdowns actually doubled. Plus, he is trending in a positive direction. He threw for over 300 yards in three of his last six games. In that same span, he put up 10 touchdowns. As of late July, Tannehill has an ADP of the early 14th round for 12 team leagues. Generally, I have found quarterbacks can go as much as 2-3 rounds ahead of their ADP. Even so, Tannehill is a bargain. I love a strategy that targets a tier 1 tight end, plus top backs and receivers. In order to lock up these positions, I am not drafting QBs until much later. I would be thrilled going into battle with a Tannehill and another tier III or IV QB in order to play the matchups. Tannehill should outperform his draft position considerably. In fact, Pyro has pegged him as one of their sleeper picks this year. You can get all the sleepers, busts, and more by purchasing the draft kit.


 




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Mike Wallace took a trip to south beach last year. Although he took time to get a feel for the system, he ended up at WR #25 in fantasy. He still was able to bring in 73 receptions, the most of his career. Wallace had 930 yards and only turned out 5 TDs. Tannehill was building faith in Wallace as the season progressed. In fact, Wallace was targeted 32 times in his last three games. This trend should continue in 2014. Plus, Miami not only has the best quarterback schedule, but they also have the best WR schedule as well, 4th in the fantasy playoffs. This undoubtedly makes Wallace more appealing than normal. In fact, there could be some nice value there. According to his most recent ADP (end of July) he is going in the 6th round for 12 team leagues. You will be hard pressed to find a #1 WR for their team in that late of a round. I like him as your WR#3 with WR#2 upside . Keep an eye on training camp as Wallace has had some recent issues with a hamstring.


 




Last year’s surprise was Brian Heartline. He was by far the better value than his partner, Mike Wallace. Heartine clocked in just behind Wallace with the #26 ranking for fantasy receivers. Last year, he broke 1,000 yards for the 2nd year in a row. He ended 2014 with only 4 total touchdowns. He is a consistent player, but not dynamic.  Last year, he only had 2 games with at least 100 yards. If you have some risk/reward receivers, Heartline can temper your line-up. While he will never win you a week, he generally puts up steady numbers. He did, however, end the year on a down swing, only catching 9 balls in his last 3 games without crossing the end zone. Reports from camp have been positive thus far.


 




Although Houdini is an Iowa grad, he shows a suspicious amount of love for LSU players. Jarvis Landry is such a guy. It is not just Houdini however. Dawgmatica mentions Landry as a sleeper in show #136. Here, the boys dissect a mock draft, and go through sleepers and deep sleepers. This is the perfect road tripper, it provides over three and a half hours of fantasy goo!


 


 


 


Landry could take on a return role in 2014 according to the Sun Sentinel.


 




If your league rewards individual players for return scores, you might want to keep him on your radar for a late round flier, as this plays out in camp. Landry was not a return guy in college, but is a gifted athlete. Coming into the Combine, he was most often compared to Odell Beckham. In his last year at LSU, Landry totaled 77 catches for 1,193 yards. Out of his 12 regular season games, he had 9 with at least 87 yards.


 




The running back position is of interest this year. While the team brought in Knowshon Moreno, he may be shedding a tear as LaMar Miller seems to have locked up the #1 spot so far. 


 


 


Moreno's Tears


 


 


Moreno, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in June, is still on the PUP list. His stock is falling fast as he came into camp overweight and out of shape. As of early August, his ADP (now early 9th) has dropped approximately one whole round in a month.  If he does not recover quickly, he might not be worth the risk. While he had a fantastic season in Denver, how much of that was due to the threat of Manning?


 


 


While they still have Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller is the talk of camp. I have always liked Miller’s talent, but for some reason, the Dolphins never seemed to give him a fair shake. Last year, he shared time and never seemed to be given a chance with the rock. He ran the ball 177 times for 709 yards and only 2 TDs. He added 26 receptions for an additional 170 yards. This year could be his year. I am aware, similar sentiment was discussed at this time last year. However, new OC Lazor has talked about expanding Miller’s role, using him in a similar fashion to LeSean McCoy. In fact, Miller has sought out the Eagle back for advice this offseason. Reports from camp have been glowing. I can see Miller breaking the 1,000 yard marker this year. The fact is, Mike Sherman, the previous offensive coordinator, never figured out how to use him properly. Miller, who is only going into his third year as a pro, boasts 4.3 speed and can run up the middle. Why would you not give this kid a chance? Well, ask Sherman, who only saw fit to give Miller the ball more than 10 times in only 7 games last year. In those 7 games however, he averaged 4.8 yards per carry (he averaged 4.0 on the season). Not to mention, that was behind an offensive line that ranked 28th for run blocking. The fact is, they just never gave him a legitimate chance. With the new offensive system in place, an improved passing game, and fresh faces on the O-line, Miller could have real value. As of late July, he is being taken in the 7th round for 12 man leagues. Miller is a solid #2 fantasy back who could break into the top 15. Still don’t believe me? Check out his highlights from the U. He has not been given the chance to be the guy in the NFL…yet!


 


 


 







 


 


Pyro alerted you to a waiver wire darling last year named Charles Clay. Targeted 103 times, he pulled down 69 of those for 759 yards and 6 TDs. He ran the ball 7 times last year and scored once, a throw back to his college days at Tulsa. This is something he will be doing more of this year. Lazor likes to move guys around, and Clay should see some looks from the backfield around the goal line from time to time. While he has command of the #1 tight end spot on the team, if there is no improvement on the O-line, he could be called on for blocking duty. Last year, Clay was one of only seven tight ends who were targeted at least 100 times in the passing game. You could find value in picking Clay this year. If you do not get a top tier TE, I have no problem playing the waiting game, thus creating a stable of backs and receivers. As of late July, Clay is going in the 12th round for 12 team leagues. In the last 5 games last year, he was 3rd in targets (35), 3rd in receptions (23). He finished as the 7th ranked fantasy TE last year. 


 


 


 


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The Miami Dolphins

jim jensen, dan marino and coach shula


#11 Jim Jensen was the first do it all player that I remember in the NFL. He was a quarterback, but with Dan Marino there, he became the do it all HB/WR/TE...in other words, the first true FLEX player. Tim Tebow has nothing on Jensen.

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Perfection

17-0 1972 Miami Dolphins go undefeated


In 1972 the Miami Dolphins became, and remain, the only team in the Super Bowl era to achieve perfection in a season, including the playoffs, when they went 17-0.  The circumstances that surrounded the team that year made the accomplishment that much more impressive.  Though the Dolphins achieved perfection, when there is talk of the greatest teams of all time the 1972 Dolphins are rarely mentioned.  Let’s take a look at look at their credentials. 


In 1971 the Dolphins, during their 6th season of existence and the 2nd year under Coach Don Shula, finished the regular season with a 10-3-1 record and made their first appearance in the Super Bowl.  They would lose Super Bowl VI, 24-3, at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.  The expectations for the Dolphins the following year were higher with the Super Bowl appearance, but no one was sure how this team would bounce back.  As the season began, it looked great for the Dolphins, until week 5. 


In week 5 the Dolphins lost Bob Griese, their starting quarterback, to a broken leg.  The Dolphins were forced to rely on journeyman 38 year old quarterback Earl Morrall, who was with Shula in Baltimore.  Morrall was the perfect game manager and allowed the three headed running attack of Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris to handle most of the workload.   The Dolphins also relied on their “No-Name” defense to hold opponents in check.  The Dolphins coasted through the season with one close game against the Jets where they prevailed 28-24.  When the season was over the Dolphins were 14-0, but still had to deal with the playoffs. 


In the Playoffs they drew the Cleveland Browns in the first round and found themselves in a tough game, that they ended up winning 20-14.  The next week for the AFC Championship game the Dolphins actually had to go on the road and play the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The following year the NFL made a rule change that the team with the best record would earn home field advantage.  In the Championship game the Dolphins were trailing and then the hero, Bob Griese, returned (his first appearance since his injury in week 5) to lead the Dolphins from behind to win 21-17. 


The Dolphins faced the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl and ended up winning 14-7, despite one of the worst plays in Super Bowl history made by kicker Garo Yepremian.  If you have not seen the play you can find it online or in any of the early NFL follies videos.  The Dolphins finished the season 17-0 and as NFL Champions, yet this team gets overlooked as one of the greatest of all time.


The schedule that the Dolphins faced is seen as weak by many.  They overall winning percentage of their opponents was .397 and they only faced 2 teams with winning records.  They were led by a journeyman quarterback in Morrall and they did not have a lot of flash, which is why I believe they are bypassed.  The fact remains that the 1972 Dolphins have 6 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Nick Buoniconti, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Jim Langer, Larry Little and Paul Warfield.  The final argument for the Dolphins should come from one of their own and I think Larry Csonka made a great argument when he said “Perfection ends a lot of arguments.  There may come a time when another team goes undefeated and wins the Super Bowl…when that happens, I know their fans will take as much pride in that accomplishment as Dolphins fans take in the 1972 season.”  


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The Miami Super Bowl Dolphins

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When the Dolphins came into existence in 1965 they did not enjoy early success.  They had amassed only 15 wins in their first 4 years.  The team was looking for a way to improve the team and they made the biggest trade in the history of their franchise. 


In 1970 the Miami Dolphins made Don Shula their number one priority.  Shula had been successful with the Baltimore Colts, but was not feeling the love in Baltimore after their loss to the Jets in Super Bowl III.  The Dolphins gave up their 1st round draft pick in order to get Shula.  In his first season with the Dolphins he leads them to a 10-4 record and the teams’ first playoff appearance.    They would lose to the Raiders in the playoffs 21-14.


In 1971 Shula and Dolphins again enjoyed regular season success finishing 10-3-1.  They were led by Future Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Larry Csonka.  The Dolphins would face the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs.  The game was a back and forth game that went into overtime.  Both of the teams had chances to win, but the game would go to a second overtime.  The game finally ended with a Dolphins victory off the leg of Garo Yepremian for a 37 yard field goal and a 27-24 win.  That game is the longest game in NFL history at 82 minutes and 40 seconds.  In the AFC Championship game the Dolphins rolled the Colts, Shula’s old team, 21-0 to get to Super Bowl VI. 


In Super Bowl VI the Dolphins were outmatched by the Dallas Cowboys and lost 24-3.  The Cowboys were in the process of exercising their own demons as they had been hunting the Super Bowl since 1965.  The Dolphins now had a real chip on their shoulders heading into 1972. 


In 1972 the Dolphins exceeded all expectations as they went undefeated during the regular season with a 14-0 record.  Most of this was done without starting QB Bob Griese who broke his leg in week 5.  The Dolphins again relied on their running game and “No Name” defense.  In the Playoffs the Dolphins faced a tough match up against the Cleveland Browns and were trailing 14-13 in the fourth quarter before Jim Kiick scored a TD with time running out to give the Dolphins the win.  The Dolphins then went on to beat the Steelers with Bob Griese coming back to lead them to victory and send them to their 2nd straight Super Bowl.  In Super Bowl VII the Dolphins completed their run at perfection and beat the Washington Redskins 14-7, despite the most memorable play being the botched field goal attempt by Garo Yepremian that ended up with Yepremian trying to throw a pass that was intercepted and returned for a TD, but the Dolphins won the game and finished the year 17-0. 


The following year the Dolphins continued to show their dominance and Don Shula became a legend in Miami as they went 12-2 in the regular season.  That made a mark of 26-2 in the last two years of regular season which was the best 2 year mark in NFL history.  The Dolphins rolled the Bengals in their first round match up 34-16.  Then they got a chance to face the Raiders, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs 2 years ago and the team that ended their unbeaten streak earlier in the season.  The Dolphins attacked the Raiders at the line of scrimmage and amassed 266 yards on the ground en route to a 27-10 ground and pound victory.  That win sent them to their 3rd straight Super Bowl. 


In Super Bowl VIII the Dolphins faced the Minnesota Vikings.  The Dolphins would once again rely on their running game and Hall of Famer Larry Csonka who ran for 145 yards and 2 TD’s in the game.  The Dolphins rolled the Vikings 24-7.  It was a running display as Griese only threw 7 passes the entire game.  The Dolphins had made their mark on the NFL and Don Shula had made a legacy for himself even though he would coach for 20+ more years.  The Dolphins never again enjoyed the success of those glory days, but that run with perfection in the middle will never be erased from NFL history.


shula two-time super bowl champion


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Champagne Poppers

shula & obama - the 1972 miami dolphins


The 1972 Dolphins are the only team in the Super Bowl era that has achieved perfection.  The team does not always get the respect they deserve and part of that may have to do with the perception of the 1972 Dolphins due to their popping the champagne every time the last unbeaten team falls in the NFL. 


There are many who believe that all the 72’ Dolphins take part in the ritual, but it started with Dick Anderson and Nick Buoniconti.  Anderson has been quoted saying “He (Buoniconti) and I are ones who usually do the champagne.”  While that may be the truth there have been 2 key times that we have seen multiple members of the 72’ Dolphins popping the champagne. 


The first was in 1985 when the 12-0 Bears came to the Orange Bowl in Miami and many of the 72’ Dolphins came to be on the sidelines for this game.  The Bears were the biggest threat to matching their season of perfection and they helped Dan Marino and Dolphins give the Bears their only loss on the season.  Then there was 2007 Patriots who were undefeated heading into the Super Bowl.  The 72’ Dolphins got a lot of coverage on ESPN and they seemed worried about the Patriots taking away their place in history. 


There were many of the 72’ Dolphins, including Earl Morrall who were in attendance at the game and were clearly rooting for the Giants.  When the game ended the 72’ Dolphins popped the champagne and celebrated still being the only unbeaten team in NFL history.  While they may not get many fans around the league for their behavior and are left off lists of the greatest teams of all times, they still have perfection and no one can take that away.


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Paul Warfield

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Paul Warfield was a an amazing receiver during his 13 year career in which he played with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.  When Warfield was traded to the Dolphins for their first round pick in 1970, 3rd overall (which became Mike Phipps for the Browns), it was the final piece to the puzzle for the Miami Dolphins.  The Browns and their fans wish they never heard of Mike Phipps. 


Paul Warfield was arguably the best wide receiver in the league at the time.  The Dolphins had a power running attack with Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris, but what they lacked was the downfield threat which Warfield supplied.  The thing about Paul Warfield is that when you think of the game today and the wide open passing attack and looking at his numbers might make you think he was not that great, but you would be wrong. 


Yes it is true that Warfield best year receiving was his first with 52 receptions, and the most yards he ever had in a season was 1,067 in 1968, and was the only time he ever had more than 1,000 yards.  The thing you would be missing is how big of impact he was on the game.  He was so hard for defenders to cover that he could beat just about anyone in one-on-one coverage.  The game back then did not feature a lot of passing, but Warfield was head and shoulders above the rest. 


The thing about Warfield that really showed his value was the yard per catch average he had.  Over a 13 year career Warfield had 20.1 yards per catch average.  Even in today’s game that number is outstanding.  He was used as a deep vertical threat and helped to support the running games that were the foundation of both the Browns and Dolphins.  Warfield is a Hall of Famer and very deservedly so.  If you are not familiar with him and consider yourself a football fan you need to familiarize yourself with Paul Warfield.



Paul Warfield career stats


 


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Miami Dolphins #1

The Dolphins fight song, Miami Dolphins #1, was written by Lee Ofman before the 1972 season.  He wrote the music because he wanted to inspire his favorite team and it became a favorite as it came out during the only perfect season in NFL history and on the heels of the Dolphins reaching Super Bowl VI. 


The song is infectious and horrible at the same time which is why it is so great.  Here are the lyrics to the song. 


Miami has the Dolphins
The Greatest Football Team
We take the ball from goal to goal
Like no one's ever seen
We're in the air, we're on the ground
We're always in control
And when you say Miami
You're talking Super Bowl

'Cause we're the

Miami Dolphins,
Miami Dolphins,
Miami Dolphins Number One
Yes we're the
Miami Dolphins,







The greatest travesty for the song is the fact that it was stolen and repurposed by the Houston Oilers.  The writers of the Houston Oilers song only changed the beginning of the song and used the exact same lyrics and tune.  Here are the lyrics for the Houston Oilers fight song, obviously named “Houston Oilers #1”.

Look out football, here we come,
Houston Oilers, number one.
Houston has the Oilers
The greatest football team

We take the ball from goal to goal

Like no one's ever seen.
We're in the air, we're on the ground

 ... always in control
And when you say the Oilers,

You're talking Super Bowl.

'Cause we're the

Houston Oilers,

 Houston Oilers,

Houston Oilers Number One.
Yes, we're the

Houston Oilers,

 Houston Oilers,

Houston Oilers Number One.

We've got the offense.
We've got the defense.
We give the other team no hope.

Cause we're the

Houston Oilers,

Houston Oilers,
You know we're gonna hold the rope.








 


Then there is the remix that was made by T-Pain.  I still think I like the hokey original one better, but here you go.  







 


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Garo Yepremian

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Garo Yepremian will always be remembered in NFL history for 2 events, one which was a great achievement and the other which is a classic blunder.  Yepremian was actually born on the Island of Cyprus and immigrated to the United States with his brother.  When they arrived they did not know how they were going to make a living until Garo saw part of a football game on television and told his brother he could kick field goals for a living.  


He went out with his brother and practiced kicking field goals and proved that he indeed could do this for a living so they set out to prove this to an NFL team.  They really had no idea about the game and only were able to get a tryout with the Detroit Lions.  He got a contract and did very well, including a game against the Vikings where he kicked 6 field goals.  The best moment of his rookie year though was during his first game.  He was told they lost the coin flip so Yepremian ran out to midfield got on his knees and actually started looking for the coin.  No doubt this made for some jokes about Cyprus.  Then he made another mistake. 


Being that he was not from America, and wanting to prove it was not a game for foreigners, other players were looking to take him out.  His coach told him after kicking off to run to the bench so as not to get hurt.  The first time he did this he ran to the opposing teams’ bench…oops.  He also did not wear a facemask.  That is until Ray Nitschke laid into him during his 4th game.  Another time he was celebrating like crazy after an extra point to which Alex Karras asked him “What the hell are you celebrating?”  , and Yepremian replied “I keek a touchdown.”  This was panned on the Johnny Carson show. 


All that aside, he is most remembered for his time with the Dolphins.  He had a great moment in the 1971 playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs where he kicked a 37 yard field goal to end the game in the 2nd overtime, the longest game ever played in the NFL.  This though, is not what he is most remembered for.  It was for his play during Super VII, which almost cost his team their perfect season.  They were leading the Redskins 14-0 with just over 2 minutes left in the game and Yepremian was about to attempt a field goal that would have essentially ended the game.  His attempt was blocked but he was the first person to get to the ball.  The smart move would have been to just go down and then the Redskins would have to drive down the field and score twice which would be very difficult.  Instead Yepremian tried to throw a pass, this from the guy who had no idea about the rules when he arrived and not known for his arm.  As he goes to throw he looks like a little kid who does not know how to throw a ball and the ball goes straight up in the air and then Yepremian bats at the ball and it falls right into the waiting hands of Mike Bass of the Redskins who returns it for a TD.  The Dolphins won the game so Yepremian did not have to become Ray Finkle, but this is what he is known for.  All I can say as I looked on back on him to write this piece I want to see more of the classic blunders and he has replaced Al Del Greco as my favorite kicker of all time. 


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Joe Robbie, Founder of the Miami Dolphins


Joe Robbie was a lawyer who had a passion to own a professional football team.  Joe Robbie was business partners with producer Danny Thomas in 1965 when they acquired the American Football Franchise in Miami for an estimated $7.5 Million.  This was not Robbie’s first choice, as he had initially tried to get a franchise in Philadelphia but was turned down and told to consider Miami where there was not current competition for fan support.  Robbie’s partner bailed and forced him to raise the money on his own and was able to sway Danny Thomas to fill the void in the investment. 


Joe Robbie remained in control of the organization until his death in 1990.  Though he was not an innovator in the game he was a great owner for the Dolphins and their stadium is still named in his honor.  


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Ace Ventura

ace ventura and the miami dolphins


Ace Ventura Pet Detective was the first starring role for Jim Carrey.  The movie centered on his search for “Snowflake”, the Mascot of the Miami Dolphins, who was stolen during Super Bowl week.  This was also the theatrical debut for 10 Miami Dolphins players, most notably Dan Marino and Don Shula.  The movie has become a cult classic and has immortalized these players forever. 


I am a huge fan of the movie and every other NFL team wishes that they were ones that were chosen to build the movie around.  The Dolphins made perfect sense.  You have the iconic Coach in Don Shula and the greatest quarterback we had ever seen in Dan Marino.  The Dolphins mascot was stolen before the Miami Dolphins were to appear in the Super Bowl.  Ace Ventura follows the clues and discovers that Dan Marino is also in danger.


Dan Marino is then kidnapped a day before the Super Bowl, while filming a commercial for Isotoner Gloves, by Ray Finkle.  Finkle was a former kicker for the Dolphins, who blamed Marino for a missed kick that cost the Dolphins the Super Bowl.  Ace Ventura saves the day and returns Marino in time for the 2nd half.  The Dolphins will always have Ace.


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Nothing personal Dolphins fans, just haven' a good time!

chan johnson and his ex wife of 1 month


41 Days of pure bliss! You really know how to pick 'em Chad.


 


you are making us not want to remember


You are really trying to make us forget it ever happened, believe you me. Is this The Boz 25 years later?


 


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Well done Ryan Tannehill, you win in life.


 


just a joke miami dolphin fans


Just a joke Miami Dolphins fans, you guys are turning the corner, but it's been a rough run. I'm a Cubs fan for crying out loud. //d-Rx®






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Keeping it 100

Mike Wallace wants to keep things "100" so when asked how he felt about the chances of the Dolphins making the playoffs he stated “We’ve got to get it done! There’s no point in trying to figure out the record. What’s this [going to take], who wins what," Wallace said, referring to the AFC wild-card landscape. "We need to stay singularly focused, one game at a time. We have to play like we want it."

Wallace the outspoken chap, has been talking about how bad the offense is, and the fact that Bill Lazor is not doing his job, but after Thursday night's victory over the Bills, and being questioned about their 2-6 red zone conversion rate, he defended Lazor in stating “We keep leaving touchdowns on the field week after week, after week. Same story,” Wallace said. “Coach [Bill Lazor] is calling good plays, getting us in good positions, and we have to execute better. We keep doing it every week.

"We sit up here and question coach about this, question coach about that, but coach can’t get us in the end zone. He’s not the person on the field. We’re the players. We have to do it," Wallace said. "[Converting] 2-of-6? You might be able to get to the playoffs like that, but you’re not going to win anything like that.

“You have to win one game at a time to get there [to the playoffs], but you don’t want to just get there. If you get there you want to do something. At [2-of-6] you’re not going to do nothing," Wallace said, continuing to vent. "Scoring in the red zone isn’t coaches fault. It’s our fault. He’s calling good plays in the red zone. We’ve just got to execute it."

Pyro's take: Mike Wallace has executed more touchdowns this season, and has also executed his mouth as he typically does, but he is correct in everything he says. For the Dolphins to be considered a playoff talented team, they cannot leave four chances of conversion on the field in red zone opportunities.

Keep rolling with Wallace as either a nice flex play or wide receiver 2.

11/14/14, 07:26 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

Limited but Playing

Miami Dolphins reporter Adam Beasley has stated via twitter that "Everything I'm hearing is that Lamar Miller will, as expected, play tomorrow. Will likely be limited though."

Pyro's take: I would be hesitant in going with him this week, unless you have limited options. This is a risky move, as him being limited could mean 18 touches, or it could mean five.

11/08/14, 07:29 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Practiced in Full

Andrew Abramson, beat writer for the Miami Dolphins, has stated via his twitter that "Looked like Lamar Miller practiced in full today. We'll know for sure when injury report comes out later. TE Dion Sims still out."

Pyro's take: He is definitely a upper number two or even a low 1 for your fantasy team, He faces the Lions this week, which will pose a tough match-up.

11/05/14, 01:17 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Injury Status

Lamar Miller injury status has been updated as Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero stated via twitter "MRI reveals Lamar Miller has an AC joint sprain. He is day to day."

Pyro's take: Good news, as it doesnt seem that Lamar Miller will miss any significant time. Miller has done a great job this year. Daniel Thomas would be the next man-up, if Miller is out this week.

11/03/14, 02:17 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Running the Offense

When Bill Lazor was ranting on Ryan Tannehill not performing what was expected earlier this season, he was asked if Tannehill is capable of running his system. “I cringe when you say your system,” Lazor responded. “Our offense is what Ryan can run. What you’re seeing are the things he’s very capable of doing and he will do.”

Tannehill is at his best, with a lot of short and intermediate routes and read options and not pushing Ryan Tannehill to go deep.

Tannehill’s mobility and ability to run the read option are two of his greatest assets, and Lazor is maximizing those talents. "Last season, Tannehill rushed 40 times for 238 yards, a 6.0 average. This season, he has 22 for 150 (6.8 yards per carry), a pace that would give him 59 carries and 400 yards. He has runs of 30 and 40 yards in the past two games." Tannehill has risen from 10th in the league in rushing yards among quarterbacks in 2013 to fourth this season,

Tannehill has risen from 10th in the league in rushing yards among quarterbacks in 2013 to fourth this season, on pace for 155 --- which would easily surpass last year’s 90 --- and has an 87.6 rating on play action passes, per Pro Football Focus.

Lazor has started calling more rollouts for Tannehill, Tannehill has run eight designed rollouts (with a 96.4 passer rating on those plays) and has a 104.2 passer rating on another 15 throws made on the run to escape a pass rush.

Pyro's take: Ryan Tannehill continue to improve on his game, and Bill Lazor has a lot to do with this. Watch him continue to progress, as of now he is a top 10 quarterback.

10/23/14, 12:53 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Moving Up

Jarvis Landry has been escalating up the ranks, and is officially listed as a starter. Landry has taken over the Brandon Gibson role. Jarvis Landry led the Dolphins with six receptions for 75 yards in his first NFL start against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 and followed that by catching four passes for 46 yards in the 27-14 victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Pyro's take: This rookie from LSU is really picking up steam, and should be on your fantasy radar, or at very least picked-up. He has helped shape the passing offense of Bill Lazor, and should only get better

10/22/14, 12:17 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.miamidolphins.com

Quick to the Draw

Jarvis Landry is gaining some attention on himself lately. Against the Packers he scored his first touchdown on a leaping grab in the back of the end zone early in the second half but also leading the team in receptions with six and receiving yards with 75. His eight targets were second only to Mike Wallace's nine. Week by week he is beginning to make Hartline disappear.

So what has been the secret to his quick start, especially for a rookie: "he’s quick, man,” fellow Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said. “He takes a lot of steps — a lot of small steps, but he takes a lot of them. He’s a lot more quick than he is fast. He’ll get where he needs to get. He’s still an explosive player, even without being fast.”

“He’s aware,” Philbin said. “He’s instinctive, so he knows his stuff. He looks for the ball at the appropriate time and he gets his head around quick even when he’s not hot … He has good skill.”

Hartline went on to say about Landry: “He’s more at the comprehension level of even a third-year player,” Hartline said. “He’s ahead of his time as far as his age goes. He’s exciting to play with and he communicates well.”

Pyro's take: Jarvis Landry said about himself: “I have a different level of expectations for myself,” he said. “There’s a lot of potential that I have and I’ve just got to continue to keep working. I’m nowhere near my potential.”

Which I find to be true. He is just a rookie and is playing above what most people believe rookies should play at. He is only going to get better. Think Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall with less talent at quarterback.

10/18/14, 11:25 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.mypalmbeachpost.com

Injured

Ryan Tannehill was limited in practice today due to an ankle injury. This according to the first injury report of the week.

Pyro's take: This may be something and it may be nothing, the interesting thing is that they added another quarterback to the practice squad.

Ryan Tannehill is barely worth owning, don't get excited if he is out, because Matt Moore is worth less.

10/15/14, 08:24 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Know No More Moreno

Knowshon Moreno has had interesting season this year. He has showed up to training camp overweight, played horribly in the pre-season, then went off in week one gaining 134 yards and scoring one touchdown. In week two he got injured on play one, and then returned back to action in week six. Even though he suffered his second ACL injury in four seasons, the Miami Dolphins were clueless about it for most of the game.

Head coach Joe Philbin explained how they were unaware of the situation: “I didn’t know of his injury and we went with the guys that we felt gave us the best chance to win the game,” Philbin said.

This may be the last we see of Knowshon Moreno has he signed just a one-year, $3 million contract. He will finish the 2014 season with 31 times for 148 yards.

Pyro's take: Now that Knowhson Moreno is out for the season, look for the Dolphins to rely heavily on Lamar Miller. Miami has been averaging nearly 5 yards per run attempt, which makes good news for Miller.

10/15/14, 04:27 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Unmolded Clay

Charles Clay came into the season as a possible break-through tight end after last season's sleeper performance. Clay has 14 catches for 111 yards. and zero touchdowns. These are the kind of stats we would have expected last season, but now its an entirely different realm. In 2013, Clay caught 69 passes for 759, and scored six touchdowns.

“It hasn’t gone as I planned," Clay said this week. "Obviously, I set very high standards for myself. Like I said, the bye week kind of gave us a chance to look back at those things, kind of look back and figure out how I could correct them. It’s just a matter of doing it now. I’m ready to go."

So what is happening this season that is different from last. "It's all minor things: Route depth. Stems. Catching the football," Clay said. "It's no secret I haven't been doing that very well. It's just a matter of coming back and getting all that corrected."

"(A stem as it applies to pass catching is the Initial portion of a pass route in which the receiver runs straight upfield before cutting; during the stem, the receiver tries to make the defender think he is running a streak route.)"

Could it be that defenses are planning on him, more so than last season, and paying closer attention to him? "I wouldn't say they've paid me more attention," Clay agreed. "It's just I haven't been playing to the standards I set for myself. That's something I kind of have to take full responsibility for. I don't feel like teams are paying me any more attention than they have been in the past."

Pyro's take: Clay was a draft choice for many this season, at least for a secondary tight end, but many players who were not even drafted have surpassed him. At this point he is teetering on becoming a worthless roster spot, and I would not give him much more time to turn it around, unless you have the space to be patient.

10/10/14, 02:24 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Miller Time

The Miami Dolphins rushing offense has been doing things, not done, since the days of the 1971 Dolphins, where players such as Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris rushed for a season average of over five yards per carry.

Lamar Miller has taken over where Knowshon Moreno left off, and joining in the fun is also Daniel Thomas. The offensive line of Daryn Colledge, Shelley Smith, Ja’Wuan James, Samson Satele, and Branden Albert all have contributed in paving the way for success. The turn around could easily be attributed to offensive line coach John Benton who took over for Jim Turner.

A true test will be after the Green Bay Packers game this week, as the Dolphins will face the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills who are one and two against the run respectfully. They also have to play them twice.

Their remaining schedule also includes,The Dolphins also have games against the 6th ranked Lions and the 9th ranked San Diego Chargers but they also face the 20th ranked Chicago Bears, 23rd ranked Patriots, and the 25th ranked Jacksonville Jaguars.

Pyro's take: The Dolphins are facing a mix bag of defenses, but the one key point is the fixture they will have on the running game, especially once Knowshon Moreno returns. Look to see Ryan Tannehill to turn into an Alex Smith type role (game manager). Keep both Miller and Moreno on your roster and play the match-ups.

10/06/14, 12:58 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: phinphanatic.com

Not yet

After a week-long pitch of head coach Joe Philbin stating that he didn't know Tannehill could be the starting quarterback anymore, got it thrown back in his face as Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins to a victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Tannehill went completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 38-14 thrashing of the Raiders on a picturesque day at Wembley Stadium.

Ryan Tannehill went on to say about his performances over the last four weeks “I wanted to come out and personally play better, and my teammates need that from me,” Tannehill added. “They expect me to play better, and to be able to come out and finally do that, it felt good.”

He led the Dolphins to scores on their first four drives — the first time the team has done that in a game since 2007. And he amassed an astronomical passer rating of 146.5 at halftime.

Pyro's take: Tannehill's numbers overall are not great considering who they played, but either case, his job is safe for now and this week, as he is on a bye. In week six the Dolphins will face the Packers, another bad defense. For the most part Tannehill if he can keep his job, has a cush schedule for the rest of the season, and could make an solid bye week replacement.

09/30/14, 05:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Doing well

Mike Wallace has performed well in his second season as a Miami Dolphin. He has two touchdowns with 17 receptions for 211 yards. He is battling a hamstring issue this week, but should be good to go on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Wallace could easily be a low three or a high number two receiver for your team. He will face the Raiders this week, so if you have room, he could be a solid start.

09/25/14, 01:26 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Tannehill escapes pressure

Ryan Tannehill will remain the starting quarterback, even though it was much rumored he may be benched. He was seen taking snaps with the first team in Tuesday's practice.

Tannehill is in the hotseat, and by the looks of things head coach Joe Philbin has had enough of Ryan Tannehill. Maybe if the Dolphins had something better than Matt Moore this decision would have already made due?

Pyro's take: One bad game and the Ryan Tannehill experiment will be over. Philbin has wanted a new quarterback since the start of the season, telling the media that Tannehill needs to play better. The thing is, he hasn't played bad. On the season, he has 624 yards passing and four touchdowns. He is no Peyton Manning, but he isnt a Matt Cassel either.

He faces the Raiders this week, so maybe things can get going for the phins.

09/23/14, 09:34 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Elbow dislocation

Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow, the injury occured on the opening drive for the Dolphins when his arm was bent in an odd way following a first down gain. The injury looks like it will cost Moreno 4-6 weeks of time.

This means that both Lamar Miller and Damien Williams will need to step it up for the next few weeks, to support the missing Moreno. Miller finished the day with 11-49 and Williams was 5-19, both had successful days.

Pyro's take: If you own Miller, you will need to pick the right match-ups to start him. He could make a good flex play. Owners of Moreno, don't overreact, and keep steady, Moreno will return.

09/14/14, 05:25 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: phinphanatic.com

Needs to get better fast

Ryan Tannehill led the Miami Dolphins to a blow-out win over the New England Patriots, but Bill Lazor wanted to keep a lid on any kind of praise for Tannehill.

Lazor went on to say: “My number one feeling is that we better get better fast, particularly in the passing game," Lazor said. "I feel like there were a lot of plays that we should have made and didn’t make. Some might have been the throw or the decision. Some were the drop. I think a lot of them were easy to see if you were watching the game on TV and so I don’t think that’s a surprise.

"I think we are going to have to be better to win tighter games. We are going to have to be more productive in the passing game when the plays are there. They were there and we didn’t make them. It’s going to be a real clear message that we’ve got to get better."

Pyro's take: Bill Lazor is no joke, he wants his team to be focused and not get relaxed, because they beat a storied New England Patriots team easily. He is right, you don't want to fall into a trap, which is easy to do, especially if your not used to winning.

Tannehill had a solid game, He completed 18 of 32 passes for 178 yards with 2 TDs and I INT. His quarterback rating was 79.9, but there was times that he made miscues on his passes as he missed on target to Mike Wallace a few times.

Ryan Tannehill is getting better, but he still needs work. He is a good value at a number two quarterback, but he definitely has the talent to breach the top 10-12 barrier.


09/09/14, 03:30 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Moreno and Miller time share?

Knowhson Moreno and Lamar Miller look like a RBBC at the moment. The Dolphins wanted Miller to be the man. but after a 11 carry 59 yard day, and seeing Moreno carry the ball 24 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. Miller did add a touchdown in the air as he caught four passes for 19 yards.

Bill Lazor went on to say about the rotation, “The question about who takes the first snap...I hadn’t considered it really yet,” he said. “I expect them both to contribute."

Pyro's take: Clearly both players played well, and this trend is something the Dolphins would like to continue. They absolutely smashed the New England Patriots on the field and the scoreboard (33-20). The hard part is being able to carry the ball 35 times in a game, if they can do that, this Dolphin team will be scary.

09/08/14, 04:09 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Thomas cut by Miami

Daniel Thomas found himself on the chopping block, after three unsatisfying years as a Miami Dolphin. This season being his fourth, saw him get outplayed by both Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.

Thomas amassed 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns with a career average of 3.6 yards per pop over three seasons.

Pyro's take: Thomas has been a question mark all preseason if he was going to make the team, and by the end of the preseason, Miami felt his time was done. He is still young so he may get a shot with another team, until that happens, keep him away from your roster.

08/30/14, 12:08 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Moreno locking down #1 spot in Miami

You've seen the misdirection, the quick passes and the moving around of key people in Bill Lazor's new offense this preseason. What you haven't seen is the up-tempo speed that defines it. That's surely by design in a preseason the Dolphins are trying to keep some secrets. But on Saturday night you saw why Knowshown Moreno becomes crucial if this offense is to succeed.

It's not just Moreno's running 10 times for 64 yards in a way that was a noticeable upgrade from what Lamar Miller has been doing. He read holes. He broke tackles. Those were missing since Reggie Bush left after the 2012 season. He also picked up a Dallas blitz, which is a specialty of his, and crucial to this offense.

Pyro's take: It was clear when I was watching this game that Moreno is going to be the lead back in this offense.

Lamar Miller had one nice run early, where he took it outside for 10 yards. Otherwise he failed to hit the hole with burst. Moreno on the other hand, look much quicker and aggressive with the ball. The offense was much more crisp and effective when Knowshon was in the game. The interesting aspect was that Bill Lazor had both Moreno and Miller in the backfield on multiple occasions. Miller was usually then sent out as a receiver. Moreno will be the lead man in Miami

08/26/14, 07:55 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: articles.sun-sentinel.com

Tannehill looks good, not great in last game

Miami managed to defeat Tampa Bay 20-14 at Raymond James Stadium.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a respectable showing, going 9-for-14 with 110 yards and a 88.4 passer rating. But he failed to lead a scoring drive and lost a fumble on sack that was reminiscent of last year when he was sacked a league-high 58 times.

Dallas Thomas, who has started at right guard since training camp started, looked completely lost.

And the Dolphins running game, which was supposed to be improved this season, was non-existent.

Pyro's take: We are big fans of Ryan Tannehill, and like him a lot as a backup with potential to be a starter this year in fantasy. While he looked good in this game, the turnover was tough, but the lack of a running game is the most concerning.

Lamar Miller looked timid, and afraid of contact, just like last season, going for three yards on three carries. The other running backs were no better combining for 43 yards on 23 carries. If that happens in the regular season it be much more difficult for Tannehill to be as effective as we think he will be. The Fins activated Knowshon Moreno off the PUP list, and they could use him in that backfield after this preseason performance.

08/19/14, 07:52 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.palmbeachpost.com

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