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Miami Dolphins

AFC East

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    MIA @ SEA

    09/11/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 2

    MIA @ NE

    09/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    CLE @ MIA

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    MIA @ CIN

    09/29/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 5

    TEN @ MIA

    10/09/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    PIT @ MIA

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    BUF @ MIA

    10/23/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    bye

  • Week 9

    NYJ @ MIA

    11/06/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    MIA @ SD

    11/13/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 11

    MIA @ LAR

    11/20/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 12

    SF @ MIA

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    MIA @ BAL

    12/04/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    ARI @ MIA

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    MIA @ NYJ

    12/17/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    MIA @ BUF

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NE @ MIA

    01/01/17

    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.

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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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Andrew Franks Keeps His Job As Dolphins Kicker

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Pyro's take: This was expected news for Andrew Franks, as he hadn't really been threatened by rookie Marshall Koehn.

Fantasy Goo: The Dolphins ranked last in field goal attempts in 2015. They averaged 19.4 points a game finishing the season ranked 27th in total points scored. Franks only had 16 field goal attempts, making 18, putting him at 81 percent.

08/30/16, 08:22 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Kenny Stills Back Injury Considered Not Serious

ESPN's Adam Schefter

Pyro's take: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Kenny Stills' back "locked up" at Monday's practice, and the injury is "not considered serious."
Fantasy Goo:It was initially reported as a leg injury for Stills, but after reading practice reports, it was pretty evident Stills was grabbing at his back after some end-zone work. Consider him day to day. Stills should be fine for Week 1.


08/30/16, 01:33 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Kenny Stills Showing Excellent Chemistry With Ryan Tannehill

Kenny Stills

Pyro's take: Kenny Stills caught 4-of-6 targets for 46 yards in the Dolphins' third preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: Off-season practices with Ryan Tannehill seem to have paid off,as Stills is getting separation from defenders and catching almost everything thrown his way. With a much more aggressive offensive play-caller at the helm, Stills is the guy who is benefiting most. A low-risk, late-round pick, who plays in a pass-happy offense on a team who will be playing from behind a lot, sign me up.

08/26/16, 08:39 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Jarvis Landry Is Magnetizing Balls Thrown His Way In Camp

Armando Salguero

Pyro's take: Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Miami Dolphins’ WR Jarvis Landry has been very impressive during training camp. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase stated that Landry “is like a magnet” catching everything in sight and he is always “in the right place at the right time and the ball ends up going to him”.

Fantasy Goo: Going into his third season, Landry has breakout potential. Last season, Landry was the 17th ranked WR in standard leagues and the 11th ranked WR in PPR leagues. This season, the Dolphins have made it very clear during the offseason that they are going to target Landry early and often. Landry’s only weakness so far has his ability to get into the end zone. Landry scored five TDs in 2014 and four TDs in 2015. If the Dolphins can find ways to get Landry into the end zone more, Landry will easily be a top 10 WR and even has the potential to be a top-five WR.

08/10/16, 08:58 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Ryan Tannehill Taking Lessons From Professor Peyton Manning

Barry Jackson

Pyro's take: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Peyton Manning has spent plenty of time with the Miami Dolphins over the off-season. On Sunday, Manning gave a short speech to the entire team and spent time privately with all the QBs. In particular, Manning has really spent a lot of time working with Dolphins’ starting QB Ryan Tannehill. Going into his fifth year, Tannehill has been very inconstant. At times, Tannehill has looked like he can be a future All-Pro, at other times, Tannehill has looked like a backup. The Dolphins are hoping that a little mentoring from one of the greatest of all time can really help Tannehill get to the next level and stay there.

Fantasy Goo: This is a make or break year for Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have gone out of their way to make sure Tannehill has everything that he needs. The Dolphins brought in head coach Adam Gase, who has a history of being a bit of a “QB whisperer”. They’ve also given Tannehill the best set of WRs that he has had in his career. If Tannehill doesn’t get it done this year, I would expect the Dolphins to move on next year. With the pressure on, I would expect Tannehill to improve and look more like the top 10 QB from 2014 and less like the QB that struggled in 2015. For those that like to draft their QBs late and stream the entire season, Tannehill looks to be a very solid option. Just stay away Week 1, Tannehill and the Dolphins travel to Seattle to take on the “Legion of Boom.

08/02/16, 09:06 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Dolphins Coach Impressed By Arian Fosters Skillet

Barry Jackson

Pyro's take: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Miami Dolphins HC Adam Gase really likes RB Arian Foster’s “skill set” and “route tree” and says that he’s similar to a WR. Foster was signed by the Dolphins last week to compete with second-year RB Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake.

Fantasy Goo: This is good news for Foster’s fantasy value as it looks like the Dolphins won’t be taking him off the field on third down situations. However, there is so much talent at the RB position for the Dolphins, I find it hard to trust any Dolphins RB. As of right now, Jay Ajayi is listed first on the depth chart and Foster is listed second. I would expect Foster and Ajayi to split snaps and I would also expect the Dolphins to use both Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams at various points during games.

07/27/16, 03:05 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Arian Foster Signs With Dolphins

Arian Foster

Pyro's take: Arian Foster has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins. (Ian Rapoport on twitter)

Fantasy Goo: It is still unclear what role Foster will have. If Arian can get back to full strength, expect him to be the start with Jay Ajayi as his complement. This lessens the value of both Ajayi and Drake. This move hurts the "sleeper" potential for Kenyan Drake. Depending on health, Foster will be an intriguing pick come draft day. This signing should come as no surprise as Miami has shown the most interest in him since day one.

07/18/16, 03:17 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Arian Foster Returns To Miami For Work Out With Dolphins

Adam Schefter

Pyro's take: Adam Schefter reports that free agent RB Arian Foster is scheduled to work out with the Miami Dolphins on Monday. The Dolphins are looking for another RB to go with second year RB Jay Ajayi and rookie RB Kenyan Drake. Foster has played his entire seven year career with the Houston Texans.

Fantasy Goo: When healthy, Foster is one of the most talented RBs in the NFL. The problem is, Foster is rarely healthy. Since becoming the Texans starting RB in 2010, Foster has only played all 16 games in a season twice (2010 and 2012). Foster would also split carries on the Dolphins with Ajayi and Drake.Miami has shown the most interest in the free agent running back to this point in the offseason.

07/18/16, 08:09 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Leonte Caroo Impressed Coaches And Teammates Going Into Camp

Miami Dolphins

Pyro's take: Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo appears to have impressed coaches and teammates since joining the team following the NFL Draft. The rookie wideout drew comparisons to Anquan Boldin and was invited to train with Jarvis Landry in order to prepare for July's training camp. "I’m very excited to get to work with him (Landry)," Carroo said via the Palm Beach Post.

Leonte Carroo is a player to watch entering the 2016 season as a deep sleeper on the Miami Dolphins. Carroo is currently slated as the No. 4 wide receiver on Miami's depth chart behind Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker, and Kenny Stills. Reports indicate that the rookie worked with the starters during minicamp and could see playing time in 2016, especially if the injury bug bites Miami's receiving corps during the season

07/08/16, 02:16 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

BOSTON CAUGHT ARIAN FOSTER FEVER

Arian Foster came to Boston for the weekend.

Pyro's take: Arian Foster came to Boston for the weekend. Boston lost its mind a little bit. Agents chumming the water by saying teams are interested in their unemployed clients is a frequent occurrence. Whether Foster was in town for business of pleasure, he is a free agent running back. The Patriots could use a running back and they have – historically – shown interest in signing experienced, aging backs and seeing what they can do.

Fantasy Goo: Sometimes we want to believe in something. We love heroes. I do not believe Arian Foster is the player he was. Personally, last season I drafted Foster and waited patiently just to watch him play in four games and average 2.6 yards per carry. I also watched Arian Foster live when he tore his Achilles. Foster was not evading a tackler. The ball was snapped; Arian jogged towards the line of scrimmage and simply fell. Instantly I was worried and sure enough his season was done after a non-contact injury to an already highly injury prone player. If he signs with an elite team like the Patriots I might risk it again. I want to believe in Arian only in the RIGHT situation such as in New England.


06/26/16, 06:46 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.csnne.com

Ryan Tannehill To Be Unleashed in Miami Under New Head Coach Adam Gase

Miami Herald

Pyro's take: Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson reports that Miami Dolphins HC Adam Gase is very happy with the offseason progression of QB Ryan Tannehill. Gase is giving Tannehill plenty of freedom with his ability to audible at the line of scrimmage, something that Tannehill wasn’t allowed to do under previous coaches. Gase stated “I put a lot on (Tannehill’s) plate. It’s almost to the point where it’s probably too much this fast. I want to see where the breaking point is. He’s been doing a good job of responding,”

Fantasy Goo: Tannehill was a top 10 QB in 2014 but saw a bit of a regression in 2015. The Dolphins have plenty of weapons at WR this season with Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Leonte Carroo, and Jakeem Grant. With all that talent, Tannehill could have a breakout year if Gase can help him reach his potential.

06/26/16, 01:37 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Kenyan Will Be Ready For Training Camp

Kenyan

Pyro's take: Head Coach Adam Gase says Kenyan Drake will be ready for camp. Drake has had at least 7 documented injuries in the past 5 years.

Fantasy Goo: Drake has had 233 rushing attempts at Alabama behind the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry. Drake has taken very few hits in college and could run wild behind a RB with a degenerative knee condition (Jay Ajayi.) Drake also sits behind Damien Williams but Drake's probability of taking over the second RB position is very high. This guy is a sleeper pick for me.

06/16/16, 07:04 PM CDT by The Archer
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Ajayi need not worry about Arian Foster

The Dolphins aren’t pursuing Houston free agent running back Arian Foster, who visited Dolphins headquarters earlier this spring, but they will consider him if they have an injury or if their young backs falter. Foster is still working his way back from a torn Achilles sustained Oct. 25.

Pyro's take: The Dolphins aren’t pursuing Houston free agent running back Arian Foster, who visited Dolphins headquarters earlier this spring, but they will consider him if they have an injury or if their young backs falter. Foster is still working his way back from a torn Achilles sustained Oct. 25.

Fantasy Goo: This is good news for Ajayi, as a Foster signing would indicate a major loss in touches. This is also a boost for the young back as the organization has displayed their full confidence in him taking the step forward to lead back for the team in 2016.

06/08/16, 09:23 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: miamiherald.typepad.com

Jay Ajayi: 'I know how great I can be'

"Everyone else has opinions on what I can do and if I'm worthy enough, and I know how good I am," Ajayi said.

Pyro's take: "Everyone else has opinions on what I can do and if I'm worthy enough, and I know how good I am," Ajayi said. "I know how great I can be. That's my mentality coming in, day in and day out -- to work, so that when I step out on that field, I can produce the way I know that I can and be the great back that I know I can be." "I don't want to be a hindrance to this team," Ajayi said. "I want to be a contributor, a guy that makes big plays for this team and scores touchdowns."

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi is someone to keep an eye on if he can keep his Dolphins RB1 status. The amount of production is hard to say at this time in June. In 2015 Jay touched the ball 56 times for just a single touchdown. Lamar Miller had the role in 2015 and played very well. However, Miami never gave Lamar Miller the ball as much as fantasy owners liked. Jay Ajayi has yet to prove anything and would likely have fewer touches than we would like in 2016 as well. The positive for Jay is that there is almost no competition as Drake, Pead, Williams and Thomas will pick up crumbs. Miami could bring in a free agent before the season starts.


06/06/16, 01:20 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: espn.go.com

Jay Ajayi Has Foothold on Starting Job in Miami

Dolphins coach Adam Gase

Pyro's take: Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Jay Ajayi has taken control of the starting running back job.
"He’s been here every day. Done everything right," Gase said. "The rest of that group has done a good job to try and keep up, but obviously he’s kind of separated himself." Ajayi has drawn praise from Gase multiple times this offseason. He’s the odds-on favorite to start and get all early-down carries. Third-rounder Kenyan Drake doesn’t profile for more than a complementary role.


05/20/16, 10:24 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.southfloridasunsentinell.com

Arian Foster is a week away from passing a physical

Free agent running back

Pyro's take: Free agent running back Arian Foster (Achilles) is a week or two away from being able to pass a physical, after which his market will start to heat up. (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

Foster should have no problem finding a team once he is healthy enough to pass his physical, and rumors have already linked him to the Dolphins,Patriots and Seahawks. Regardless of where he goes, however, Foster is unlikely to ever be a featured back again and would be best served as part of a committee to keep him healthy and fresh. The only question is for which team will he be on in 2016.

05/20/16, 09:29 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Free agent Greg Jennings voiced his desire to return to the Vikings.

GJ

Pyro's take: Jennings started 5 games for the Dolphins last season catching 19 passes for 208 yards and 1 TD.

“It was a humbling year,” Jennings admitted. “This is what I desire. I desire to be home with my family. The only way I’m home with my family is if the Vikings pick up the phone and call me.”

For any team to call Greg Jennings will only be in an emergency situation. He is a 33-year old wide receiver with no-game left in the tank. He is an easy drop in all league formats, even if he ends up in an ideal situation.



04/06/16, 01:45 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: kfan.iheart.com

Look for Kenny Stills to be more involved in the offense in 2016

KS

Pyro's take: Kenny Stills, who the Dolphins landed in a trade last offseason with New Orleans for a third round pick, should’ve been more involved in the offense. Stills had 27 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Expect him to start outside again opposite Parker, and Gase will have to find a way to better utilize Stills.

02/04/16, 10:58 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com

DeVante Parker underwhelming his rookie season, but has shown some spark

DP

Pyro's take: Parker, just the second receiver selected by the Dolphins in the first round since Yatil Green in 1997, was compared to Cincinnati’s A.J. Green coming out of college at Louisville.

But he spent much of his rookie year barely sniffing the field.

He had offseason foot surgery and made it back just in time for the regular season. By then he was behind on the depth chart and sitting behind Rishard Matthews, who had a surprising breakout season.

Even when the Dolphins were struggling, interim coach Dan Campbell barely gave Parker a look until late in the season.

Campbell said Parker would flash in practice but needed to show more to earn snaps.

It was unclear whether Parker was still recovering from the injury or just didn’t have trust from coaches.

02/04/16, 10:51 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com

The Palm Beach Post does not expect Greg Jennings back with the Dolphins next season.

GJ

Pyro's take: Greg Jennings had just 19 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown in 2015. He’s owed $4 million in 2016 but it’s not guaranteed. It would be a surprise if he’s back.

Matt Hazel, who saw action late in the season, is a promising young player who should be elevated to fourth or fifth receiver depending on what happens in free agency in the draft.

02/04/16, 10:41 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com

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