A Positive Phins Thread

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  1. So Be

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    Last year, most here were not expecting a whole lot. Most believed that Tannehill would take another year to develop, with many young players, and many new ones. It was gonna take another year to fit in all the pieces to contend in 2014. What happened?

    On O- Tannyhill did improve. The OL was a frakin disaster. Keller went down, and we were screwed at TE. Wallace and RT did not click. The run game was non-existent. Our new kicker was not as good as the old one. We had one hell of a time in scoring points.

    On D- Wake was injured. Our LB's were horrible. Jones was lost. Our 2nd CB was serviceable.

    Draft- It was basically a waste last year.

    Coaching- Philbin was questionable. Few had any respect for Sherman.

    What Really Happened?

    Well, we won 8 games, beat playoff teams. and came within a win of the playoffs. This was all in spite of all of the above problems, without even bringing Bully Gate into it.

    Hmmm, when considering all this, I'm thinking we did pretty good.

    This year, we have to expect Tannyhill to be better, along with the OL, Wallace, and the run game. Hard to be worse.

    And one would have to also expect improvement from our 2nd CB, Jones, and our LB's. Hard to be worse.

    So, maybe, just maybe, we could be pretty good this year. Just a thought.
     
  2. fishfanmiami

    fishfanmiami Have you seen junior's grades ? Moderator Finheaven VIP

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    I like that thought :brewskis:
     
  3. Aqua and Orange

    Aqua and Orange Poster With A Porpoise Finheaven VIP Donator

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    Like the positive thread. You could have shortened it:

    "Jeff Ireland was here last year.
    He is gone. We will be better this year."
     
  4. So Be

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    I think it's a fair one based on what the team overcame last year. When you look back, overall there were not many players who played up to what hey have done or, what most believe they can do.

    IMO, the only exceptions were Hartline, Gibson before injury, Starks, Grimes, and that's about it.
     
  5. So Be

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    I'm not that down n Ireland. I thought he was average, and added all the guys who did pretty well last year. I think that if makes the Albert trade, we win one more game, in the playoffs, and he may well still be here.
     
  6. Fin Fan in Cali

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    Thanks for the thread bro. I really excited about Lazor as the OC. I hoping that Tannehill comes into his own and improves this year. I am also looking for significant improvement from Coach Philbin.
     
  7. So Be

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    Agreed but, I'm also looking to the players to play up to how they can. The coaching and the one year's experience in adapting have to help Wallace, Ellerbe, Wheeler, Jordan, Taylor, Dallas, Gibson, and Brenner. Also, Clay just played his first year at TE, and will be better.

    Forgetting the draft for the moment, this is where I see the team improving a lot.
     
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    Thanks for the positive thread, the bashing threads get a little old.

    You left out Gibson going down and later Hartline at a critical time.

    If we finish fixing the O-line, make some adjustments at linebacker I see the potential for a great season.

    As always, things have to go your way in the injury department and players have to live up to potential.

    But there is no way Tannehill shouldn't be much improved with a superior O-line, Moreno should help out a lot.

    On defense, there is good reason to believe Jordan will expand on some of the playmaking we saw glimpses of last year, which coupled with Mitchell's athletic ability up the middle could make our pass rush scary good. Particularly if the young DB's along with the addition of Delmas and Finnegan all pan out.

    Of course it all has to come together...but I am excited about the potential.
     
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  9. RkyDaMan34

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    I don't get my hopes up anymore, Lazor is going to be key if we have success along with a healthy roster.. I'm not a Ireland fan but if we succeed and get in to the playoffs no one can deny that Ireland was a big part in building a winning roster.. If you think Hickey had everything to with it, then only the foolish will understand.. I really don't care who's involved, just win baby! And get to the big show... Go Dolphins!
     
  10. D0lphan72

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    Good post
     
  11. Mogwai

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    Expectations last year were playoffs or bust.. Ireland busted..
     
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    Players quit on Philbin not Ireland. Losing the last two games had nothing to with Ireland.. Philbin and Sherman kept us out of the playoffs..Period..
     
  13. Fin Fan in Cali

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    I want to players to play up to there abilities and push each other also, but sometimes it takes the right mentors in coaches to get the best out of individuals.
     
  14. So Be

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    Yeah, in the "good old days" of the NFL, coaching was not as important. In the trenches, it was just beat the guy in front of you. For RB's, it was just run where they ain't, make them miss, and bust some tackles.

    Now, it's much more intricate in complicated blitz packages and guys on the DL (all 300 pounds of them) dropping back in coverage. Coaching has become much more important, and players no longer have a split second to think or, they are dead.

    I believe we have seen this with players trying to adapt and hesitating, does not work. Some believe that that you just add a player, add water, and no problem. That's no longer true.
     
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    We must get better production from our draft then we have been getting the last few years.
     
  16. HoneyB

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    Who here was "not expecting a whole lot?"

    Personally, I wasn't expecting playoffs like some others, but I was expecting the offense to solidify and the scheme to work. It was the second year with the same coaches, same plays, and they worked intensely with Ryan Tannehill in the off season. They brought back his safety blanket (Hartline). They jacked up the roster with free agents. They had a surprise breakout year by Clay. They lucked out on Brent Grimes, who handed the ball right back to our offense, giving them plenty of opportunity to score. And that offense, btw, was supposed to be fast, spread the field vertically and horizontally, allowing Lamar Miller to have a breakout season. Not much of what coaches expected came to fruition.

    So,...what I want this year is what they should have accomplished last year. Once again, I want to see the offensive scheme work. I want to see our QB excel. I want to see touchdowns. Then after that, if they make it into the playoffs, it will be icing on the cake, it won't be my expectation.
     
  17. The Goat

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    Good thread. Don't let the haters get you down.

    As much as they have their right to state their opinion, you have your right to optimism. And despite what the haters will tell you, it's not "wearing rose-colored glasses." It's just "being a fan."
     
  18. Heinegrabber

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    Forgot some of the atrocious officiating.
     
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    Charles Clay stepped up BIG TIME...I'm excited to see what more he has to offer this year, especially under Lazor's offense...
     
  20. So Be

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    I believe, for the most part, Phan's expectations were to be in the battle for a Wild Card, and some expecting to get it but, not to go any further. In spite of all that went wrong, we were a game, a few plays or, a kick away. All in all, it was not a BAD year, although disappointing.

    Although we had the same coaches and plays for a second year, we also had new starters in Wallace, Gibson, Calbo, Ellerbe, Wheeler, and Grimes, who were in a new system for the first time, as well as first time starters in Clay, Miller, OV, and Carroll.
     
  21. So Be

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    Being in South Beach, I have to deal with Jets and Pats fans on a consistent basis, and mostly when the are drinking. Haters here pale in comparison.
     
  22. So Be

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    Yeah, and remember that, as Clay has said, he is still learning to play TE.
     
  23. utahphinsfan

    utahphinsfan Puck Fitzburgh

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    Last season could have been Hindenburgesque after bullygate. The team rallied nicely against against Cincy but had a letdown again Tampa on MNF. It was a nice run after that but the team & staff were IMO emotionally drained and completely hit the wall prior to the 2nd Buffalo game.

    The key to 2014 will be if everyone can learn from 2013, adapt, & improve.
     
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    I live an hour drive from the Meadowlands. I hear ya.


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  25. JPPT1974

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    Never be around a Jet or a Patriots or even a Bills fan, when they are drinking.
     
  26. bird33

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    its the same positive thread every year...and every year absolutely nothing changes. i remember pretty vividly in 2000, we were playing at cinci and right before the half jason taylor strip sacked akili smith and ran the ball in for a td. i was in awe...i just remember saying to myself how do bengal fans put up with this disaster of a team every single year. after the last 13 years i guess i know how they put up with it.
     

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