Fins Report: Game -4 A Little “Feel Good” For The Masses

Well, game -4 is in the books and who can argue with a 27-3 final… I CAN! No… the Grumpy Blogger is not back, but in the spirit of “I’m not going to let the score faze me”… a few things need to be discussed here.

HOPE HE’S NOT READING HIS OWN PRESS!

Tanny at the Line

Tanny continues to not impress in his limited action this pre-season. No, the sky is not falling. But I’m countering the national and local media’s knee jerk, by the numbers, assessment of individual performances. I’ve read in 3 places how Tannehill looked “sharp” in that game… and before anyone could think about it… they whip out numbers like 5 for 9 for 75 yards, 1 TD and no picks. Impressive right?… well let me douse that flame with a little piss…

OK, I’M SHAMELESSLY NAME DROPPING NOW…

I once had a brief business relationship with Oronde Gasden (ask me how that ended up some time), and he told me, “did you ever notice that I never made those amazing catches when Marino was throwing the ball?”

Keller’s TD catch was amazing – but that’s because it HAD to be. Had Tanny lofted it up into the corner, it would have been easy. But that pass was misplaced by at least 15 years by my count. I guess that Tanny felt it was wise to ‘back shoulder’ a deep post route when Keller’s defender was clearly beaten. And on 2 occasions, he threw while on the run (formerly referred to as his ‘strength’) to players on the sideline that were CLEARLY covered – once when he needed only 5 yards for a 1st down and nothing but grass in front of him. On the first few snaps, he was tentative at best, but everyone wants to blame the line for that. A review of those plays will show you he had plenty of time to throw but seemed almost afraid to.

So if not for Keller ridiculous catch in the end zone, and the 2 DBs for the Jags that both looked like Sean Smith, that stat line could have easily read… 4-8 for 40 yards, no TDs, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. Hardly headline grabbing material. But I have faith in our boy. He’s going to have to stink for more than 18 plays for me to jump ship on him. I’m just keeping it real people.

OTHER NOTABLES…

This Grey kid at RB is getting more reps than – well – ANYone! And doing something with it! The Fins’ brass is clearly giving him every chance to win a roster spot after a heart breaking knee injury last pre season. And does ANYone run a comeback route better than Brian Hartline? That’s 8-12 yards ANY time we need it. Except when it’s 3rd and 9 or course.

Brian Hartline

But what’s most encouraging so far is that ALL the young and new guys are making an impact…. Dion Jordan in the mix (a guy can wish can’t he?!?); Will Davis makin’ plays; Ellerby & Wheeler (who I hope become the Fins’ ‘Lebron & Wade’ combo);

Pillip Wheeler

Lamar Miller STILL looks VERY fast;

Lemar Miller

Caleb Sturgis (now THATs a name for a kicker) may have won the job with a combination of going 3 for 3 – that tiny little ‘no doubt about it’ 58 yarder – and the disparity in payroll between him and Carpenter; Keller with his reDUNKulous grab which was 1 of 2 that were BOTH over the middle. Now we just need Tannehill, Pouncey, Wake, Jones, Clemons, Starks & Solia to improve on last year, take all that new talent an RUN with it!

AND THE QUESTION IS…

Are we catching up to the Patriots? And my answer is no. Sorry, but I call’s ’em as I see’s em.

NEXT UP…

The fins play next Saturday against the French Lick Rotary Club’s Flag Football League All Stars in Indiana. Rumor has it that Larry Bird will be taking reps at free safety. My prediction… Tanny catches fire, Wallace catches a ball, and Bird catches the crabs. It’s close until the 4th, but the Fins win 126 to 3 in a squeaker.

GO FINS!

Fins Report: Game -5 The Fins Are Back!

Dion Jordan

The new season is upon us and that is decidedly a good thing. I would like to take a moment to thank the Miami Heat for providing the most entertaining, and seemingly shortest Dolphin’s off-season in franchise history. But the Fins have much to do before being declared “BACK” from their self imposed playoff purgatory by way of 10+ years of front office futility.

Grumpy Blogger… Afura!”

The "NOT Grumpy" Blogger

The “NOT Grumpy” Blogger

In the interest of ‘clean slating’ this thing… let me start this season on a positive note by officially dispensing of last season’s “Grumpy Blogger” self-moniker. This is my ‘tip of the hat’ to the Fins’ brass for legitimately trying to change the culture with their incredibly entertaining and wildly aggressive off-season maneuvers. Was everyone out there as stunned as I was when they traded up to get Jordan at #3 over all? Whether he ever pans out or not… I LIKE that they went after him. Unlike the Marlins… these Dolphins are actually TRYING to win. Let’s see how that’s working out for them…

ZIP-THUD! Time To Whip It Out Boys!

After the most aggressive off season I can remember, the Fins opened the pre-season with a resounding THUD in Canton at the Hall of Fame game vs. Dallas on Sunday. But the THUD had more to do with viewer entertainment than actual team assessment. In the 1st of 5 pre-season games… the ONLY thing you can take from a game like this is hopeful glimpses of individual talent from our many new players. Dion Jordan showed he has that ‘around the end’ speed, but we all knew he had that and he’s got much to learn (and another 20 lbs. to add) before he’s competing at an NFL level. And despite the optimism-dousing fumble on the very first offensive snap of the new season, Lamar Miller looks VERY FAST! But this writer is not surprised as I saw the same flashes last year. But I’m not gonna lie… I was reaching for the recently eschewed ‘Grumpy Blogger’ moniker after that one. Past that, there was absolutely NOTHING to report on this game as half the players in the game from the 2nd quarter on will likely be cut before the month is out. On top of that, we had the O-Line shuffling about, we were missing our 2 starting receivers, both defensive tackles (the heart and soul of our defense if not our team), and the 1st team offense had VERY limited reps. All of this makes assessing the “TEAM” as a whole an exercise in futility.

Merrill Hodge Is A Dick!

Of course, that didn’t stop Merrill Hodge, the very well dressed, ESPN-talking-head-analyst, from blabbering what ever came into his tiny little head after the game. After all, they DO have to blabber SOMEthing right? What he said was that “Ryan Tennehill has a lot of work to do”… referring to Tenny’s 2-5 for 11 yards to a bunch of girl scouts in about 27 seconds of work. Some might call that a “small sample size”. Count me as one of them. He then went on to further claim that “Dolphin fans should be very concerned about the Miami offense”. Heady stuff from a “Warehouse For Men” mannequin. I believe he is also the one that penned G.W. Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” banner, and the one that called the last Space Shuttle Challenger flight “a resounding success” just as it cleared the tower.

Dapper Dick Head

Dapper Dick Head

Why so grumpy?… well I’ll TELL ya why! Merrill and me… we got history – though he may not be aware of it. In the late 90’s (or there abouts) I was attending a Fins home game vs. the Steelers. The fins opened up a 20-0 lead half way through the 2nd quarter and were cruising! But then, a horrendous – and I mean HORRENDOUS torrential downpour cooled off the Dolphin offense and seemingly rendered the defense useless (which they were anyway as during the 90’s, no rendering was necessary). So I pathetically sat in that downpour and watch as the Steelers, with Merrill Hodge at running back, chipped away at that lead, until eventually, they dominated in the 2nd half and won easily by 2 touchdowns. The winning score came from The Dick himself, running about 40 yards down MY side line with the Keystone Cops, dressed as Dolphin players, sliding, tripping and bumbling and stumbling about, pathetically trying to tackle him. I believe we tackled a ref, 3 cheer leaders, Dolfan Denny and that stupid fucking dog on the play – ANYone but Hodge. So… that SERIOUSLY sucked, and consequently, as far as I’m concerned, Merrill Hodge is a dick!

But Merrill’s and my personal history not withstanding… his assessment of the Dolphins after this pre-season game might go down in NFL history as the earliest pushing of a panic button regarding a player or a team, in any season – EVER! But in fairness, I must also acknowledge that it’s possible that my assessment of Hodge, based on that 1 game in the 90’s, Just might be as knee-jerky is his assessment of Tenny after 5 passes and 27 seconds of pre-season action. But this is MY blog… so he’s still a dick ok!?

Next Up For The Fins…

Goose-Steppin' Richie

Goose-Steppin’ Richie

This Friday, at 7:30 EST, the Dolphins travel to ‘who knows?’ and plays ‘who cares?’ in their 2nd and sure to be, just as exciting and revealing pre-season contest (as in NOT and NOT). I heard they’re starting Medowlark Lemon at center which means the Dolphins are REALLY in trouble and a Senate Inquiry is sure to follow… “RIGHT MERRIL YOU DICK!?” But if I’m looking for any signs of progress from a ‘team’ perspective, I would like to see fewer mental errors and especially NO turn overs. Taking a few away would also be peachy. And I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Wallace get behind the defense a couple times even if they don’t even throw him the ball. It might also add to the entertainment factor if Richie Incognito bitch slaps one of the cheerleaders for laughing at his ‘goose step’.

PS: was anyone as surprised as I was that Bill Parcells actually finished his entire H.O.F. speech?

GO FINS!

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