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

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The Miami Dolphins

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#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.”  


17-0


 


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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.


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Champagne Poppers

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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.



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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

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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.


 


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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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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

Clay says he will be ready for season opener

Ever since the Miami Dolphins' starting tight end Charles Clay suffered an injury in the Dolphins' scrimmage held in early August, the team has been tight-lipped about both the nature of his injury and the timetable for return. It was only in the past week that a report was published about the specific type of injury. According to the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly, Clay underwent a simple arthroscopic surgery on his knee early this offseason as a followup procedure ("clean up") to the surgery previously performed on that same knee over a year ago. Clay was medically cleared to practice, but during the scrimmage, he suffered a re-aggravation of his scoped knee. At the time of Kelly's report, Clay was able to walk with the assistance of a knee brace, but he couldn't run at full speed due to the swelling and pain.

Since then, while Joe Philbin has publicly said that Clay has no timetable to return, other beat reporters have found out more information. Specifically, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that the Dolphins are hopeful that Clay will be able to become a more involved participant in practice by the end of this week. Up until now, Clay has only been catching passes from the jugs machine while standing still to limit the strain on his knee. In addition, the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson talked to Clay after the preseason game on Saturday, and Clay said that while he's not sure he'll be a full participant in practice this week, he's regained the ability to run without pain. Last but not least, Clay said there was "no possibility" that he'd miss the regular season opener.

Pyro's take: Clay showed up large last season in replacement of Dustin Keller. The Dolphins are expecting their offense to make a big leap this season, and Clay is big part of that expectation. All injuries are bad, but knee issues are the ones that can deteriorate and end careers. The Dolphins and Clay are confident he will be on the field for the season opener, but the risk of a re-aggravation is there, and could cost him significant time. Clay should move down your tiers a few slots.

08/17/14, 09:09 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.thephinsider.com

Wallace totally comfortable with Lazor's offense

“I’m totally comfortable,” he said of Bill Lazor’s offense. “I feel really good about it.”

Added Philbin: “He has in-breaking routes, he has out-breaking routes, he has vertical routes, we’ve got slip-screens to him. I think he’s going to be involved. He’s been working on his route tree on a daily basis.”

That versatility of responsibility has been great for Wallace’s frame of mind. He said he looks forward to practice because of the new possibilities that each day brings.

And he has been surprised by just how well Lazor’s system works, when run correctly. There have been times when he has been skeptical about plays introduced in meetings, only to see them get receivers wide open when run at practice.

Pyro's take: Wallace is looking to have a big second season with Miami, and getting comfortable with Bill Lazor's offense is at the top of the list. He will also benefit from the growth of second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. We are confident here at Pyro that Wallace is going to be a big time player this season.

Last season Wallace had a career high 73 receptions for 930 yards and five touchdowns. Lazor expects to use #11 all over the field. Wallace and Tannehill just missed on a at least five long touchdowns last season, and those misses will turn into hits, and big time games. Look out for this fast Fin this year.

08/14/14, 08:11 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Moreno not looking good

With barely a month left until the regular-season opener, the Dolphins’ most accomplished running back sometimes still labors to walk, let alone run.

Ice packs clung to both of Knowshon Moreno’s knees, and he had an awkward gait as he made his way to the field to watch the end of Friday’s training camp practice.

Speaking with the Miami Herald on Friday, Moreno made no promises that his return to action was imminent.

“I feel good, but at the same time, I just want to be right, be real good, so when I go out there, I can just be full-speed and not have any setbacks,” said Moreno, who ran for 1,038 yards with Denver last year.

When asked if he expects to be back for at least one preseason game, Moreno responded: “I don’t know. I don’t know. I really don’t even know. I just want to take each day one at a time. They have a schedule for me and they’re just going to tell me every day what I have to do, and I just go out there and do it.”

Pyro's take: Moreno has been the biggest free agent disappointment of the season. His failure has given Lamar Miller another chance to establish himself as the leader in the backfield for Miami.

When I hear the quotes from Knowshon, as well as the description of him walking, it becomes clear to me that he is a long ways away from being effective on the football field. If he continues to have a slow recovery, he may start the season on the PUP list. Regardless, he is no longer a back you should be targeting on draft day, and Lamar Miller's stock continues to rise.

08/02/14, 11:08 AM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Wallace returning kicks?

Mike Wallace came to Miami to be a big-time play maker. After last year's performance, they are still looking for him to make plays. Miami signed Wallace to a five-year $60 million dollar contract. So, if he struggles getting the job done on the field, throw him out there and have him return kicks, and Wallace doesn't seem to mind it at all. “I might get back there for kickoff returns,” said Wallace. “I just want to be on the field making an impact for my team. I’ve always wanted to return kicks ever since I’ve been in the NFL.”

Pyro's take: Mike Wallace returning kicks is not out of the question, as Percy Harvin, Antonio Brown, and Cordarrelle Patterson already do so, but thats is not what the Dolphins need him to do to earn his $60 million.

Wallace finished the season with 73 receptions and five touchdowns, but it should have been more, and Bill Lazor was brought in to instill a better offense. Also, its hard to make plays when your quarterback has been sacked nearly 60 times last season.

If Lazor can turn around the offense, and Ryan Tannehill can stay upright, Mike Wallace should have a solid turnaround year, and if your league awards points for returns, Wallace has just flown up your tier rankings.

07/15/14, 04:54 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: miami.cbslocal.com

Miller Time

Lamar Miller has been more impressive in OTA's than Knowshon Moreno, and has worked with the first team the last three weeks. "He's had a very good camp," coach Joe Philbin said of Miller. "This is the time as a third-year player that you're ready to make a big contribution."

Also, Joe Philbin wanted everyone to know that Miller's performance has nothing to do with who will be starting game one of the regular season. "We don't really have starters right now," he said. "We're not overly concerned about that. We're teaching a system and a style of play offensively, so exactly who is getting what plays at this stage of the game isn't really the focus."

Pyro's take: This sounds to me as Philbin is happy with Miller, but wants Moreno to be the starter. They brought Moreno in to be a full-time back, but instead Moreno has eaten himself on to the second string offense, forcing Miller in spotlight.

It will become clear soon in the pre-season who has a grasp on being the starter, but as long as Knowshon cares more about his belly than the team, the decision will be real easy to make.

At this point both running backs should be at a bottom tier level.

06/10/14, 11:29 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: articles.sun-sentinel.com

Moreno may need to shed more than tears

Newly acquired Knowshon Moreno has continued to work with the second-team offense during OTA's. Head coach Joe Philbin believes that Moreno's conditioning could be at a more peak level.

Pyro's take: Maybe Knowshon hit a low when he finally realized he was leaving Peyton Manning for Ryan Tannehill and ate himself into a stupor. Moreno is a veteran, and to show up out-of-shape on a new team is silly stupid. Until he can get his act together Philbin is not going to let him get nowhere near the first team offense.

06/03/14, 03:02 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Wallace Here and There

Mike Wallace had been lining at different positions during OTA's in an effort to get him open and reduce the predictability of his routes. Mike Sherman did not mix it well for the Dolphins in 2013, but that may have had to do with one of the worst offensive lines in football (58 sacks allowed) than his playbook.

Pyro's take: Wallace is not only predictable in his routes (go-deep), but the moment he doesn't get his seven receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns in game one, his ego will be on cue as well (Mr. Whine-Time). There is no doubt that Wallace has the wheels and the skill to get things done on the field, and with a new offensive coordinator (Bill Lazor) Mike may now have the routes to fit his style to get back to All-Pro numbers.

06/03/14, 02:33 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

Moreno not Marino

Knowshon Moreno has signed a one year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Moreno easily had his best year as a Bronco as he ran for 10 touchdowns and caught three more. When healthy, Knowshon has been productive in the three major factions of the game (blocking, running, and receiving). These skills have shown why he was a first round choice by Denver.

Pyro's take: This is a great move by Miami. They have had busts at running back the last few years. Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas have not produced up to expectations. Yes, the offensive line is garbage, but these guys just have not contributed. With Knowshon, Miami will have someone that can contribute anywhere on the field.

03/27/14, 02:14 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: m.bleacherreport.com

Dolphins open to trading Wallace

The Miami Dolphins, reportedly, are open the idea of trading three of their biggest stars, if you believe Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports. He’s reporting that Miami, less than a year after trading up on draft night to snag Oregon’s Dion Jordan, “have begun shopping him to other clubs.”

Guess new GM Dennis Hickey isn’t that impressed.

Numerous league sources, including executives from other teams, say the Dolphins might also be open to dealing receiver Mike Wallace and pass-rushing ace Cam Wake. That perception has only grown through the course of this week, through conversations with numerous decision-makers from other clubs, as Miami looks to retool its roster under a new regime.

Pyro's take: This would only be the most fitting end to the Mike Wallace saga in Miami. Wallace has proven to be a colossal disaster of a signing, and the new GM is making it clear nobody is safe.

The Dolphins would have to eat a lot of Wallace's salary if they were to trade him, and they would likely not get a lot in return for the malcontent. Although, this would prove d-Rx right in his hatred for Wallace and his selfish behavior.

Dennis Hickey does not want these types of players around, and he is willing to explore trade options even if it means eating a lot of money for a year or two. He knows that the cancer that Wallace creates in the locker room will end up costing the team even more than his salary and cap hit. Good luck Dennis.

03/01/14, 02:21 PM CST by Houdini
Source: thebiglead.com

Manning turns his RBs into fantasy gems

Even though he put together a career-year in 2013 and is entering into his first free agency experience, Knowshon Moreno recently stated that he would still like to re-sign with the Denver Broncos.

However, the Broncos just spent a second-round draft pick on Montee Ball and still have two other younger RBs on the roster in Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, so re-signing Moreno looks like a long shot at best.



Pyro's take: Whoever Knowshon Moreno signs on with this off-season, his future employer shouldn't fool himself into expecting the same kind of production he put up with Peyton Manning last year.

At the same time, fantasy owners who want Montee Ball on their team next season better be prepared to use a high draft pick on him.

Keep this set of statistics in mind when it comes to Montee Ball this summer. They just might vault him into your Top-10... if not higher:


Running Back Stats/Rankings during Peyton Manning’s 15 years under center:

# of times an RB gained 2,000+ total yards - 4

# of times an RB gained 1,500-1,999 total yards - 3

# of times an RB had 10+ total TDs - 8

# of times an RB had 40+ receptions - 12

# of times an RB was ranked 1st-5th in Fantasy Football - 6

# of times an RB was ranked 6th-10th in Fantasy Football - 4

02/25/14, 03:48 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Miller needs to get tougher in 2014

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson got a taste of some of the evaluations (Dennis) Hickey might hear from Dolphins staffers.

One of the most interesting positions to monitor in Miami this offseason will be running back. The combination of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas was disappointing last season, to put it kindly.

“They’re a good complement to each other, and we like Miller’s speed and explosiveness,” one Dolphins staffer told Jackson. “Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical (style). And both have to improve as blockers.”

Pyro's take: Miller only had one 100-yard rushing game on the season, and he was just as ineffective in the redzone with two scores on the season, none after week four. Lamar definitely has the better upside when compared with Daniel Thomas, but he needs to take his game to another level.

Lamar was held under to 20 yards rushing or less in seven games last season. He was not explosive last season, and his blocking problems cost him carries. He will need to step it up next season if he is going to have a place with the Dolphins long term. The Fins are heading in the right direction, but if Miller does not pan out they will quickly look for another back.

02/16/14, 06:28 PM CST by Houdini
Source: wqam.com

This guy.

"Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That's the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that's being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it's over." -Mike Wallace

Pyro's take: Holy crap is this dude a turd... the most overpaid player in the league. I remember hearing him talk about how he is happy to be one of the older guys and a leader in the locker room of his new team. HA!

After his first game as a Dolphin, a game Mike Wallace only had 1 catch for 15 yards - this $60+ Million dollar man was already sulking and complaining about being underused.

Brian Hartline had 9/114/1TD & Brandon Gibson had 7 catches for 77 yards - which must have hurt #11's ego some... I guess a win to start 1-0 wasn't good enough for their new franchise (non-team minded) player.

Now the guy says he should have had 15 to 20 "MORE" touchdowns than he had. "And that's being modest". He ended the year with 5, so he thought he should have had 25 scores this year. Shut up Titus Young, I mean Mike Wallace- I saw you drop a game winning TD on the last toss of a game this year, on a ball that Tannehill put right on your numbers. There were tons of big drops by your ass.

Good luck with this putz Dolphins fans, he's the worst.

01/31/14, 07:32 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.nfl.com

Clay a legit Top-10 Fantasy Tight End in 2014?

There were plenty of surprises over the course of the 2013 season, but few were as eye-opening as the numbers put up by Miami Dolphins tight end, Charles Clay.

Clay finished the season with four or more receptions in 12 games, which was tied for second in the league with Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates. The only tight end that had more games with four or more catches than Clay was Greg Olsen (13).

He also had 40 or more yards in nine different games, tying him for sixth at the position behind Graham (13), Gates (11), Olsen (11), Martellus Bennett (10) and Jordan Cameron (10).

Pyro's take: Since Dustin Keller was only signed to a one-year contract last off-season, Clay should enter the 2014 season as the Dolphins undisputed starter at tight end.

Considering the 24-year-old youngster (25 in February) played H-back in college and began his professional career as a fullback, the learning curve for Clay at the TE position is certainly on the up-slope.

With a full off-season to acclimate himself to the nuances of the position, Clay will likely enter 2014 fantasy drafts as one of the larger sleepers around.

Keep an eye on this guy.

01/27/14, 05:49 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Moreno should be fine for SB XLVIII - Manning happiest to hear it

According to head coach John Fox, it looks like Denver Broncos starting running back, Knowshon Moreno, is day-to-day with his ribs injury and should be fine for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Fox also mentioned in his Monday press conference that the X-rays taken on Moreno's ribs came back negative.

Pyro's take: Knowshon seems to have escaped significant injury here, and no one is happier than his quarterback, Peyton Manning.

As a running back, Knowshon is one of the best pass protectors in the league - a fact that should not be thought of lightly entering into the biggest game of the season.

In Denver's three losses this year, Manning was sacked a total of seven times, which comes out to 2.33/game. The number itself may not seem like much... until you realize he was sacked just 11 times in the team's 13 wins (0.85/game).

Moreno may have missed a bit of time towards the end of the AFC Championship, but he still leads Montee Ball in playoff snaps thus far, 91-51. Considering Peyton has yet to be sacked in two post-season contests, it looks like Moreno's health has more significance than one might think...

Against a ferocious Seattle front-seven and a secondary that can force QBs to hold on to the ball longer than they would like, Moreno could make all the difference.

01/20/14, 07:06 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.denverbroncos.com

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