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March 19, 2019
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It’s Back To Reality For Dolphin Fans Well http://www.dolphinsauthorizeds.....lor-jersey , we probably should have seen this one coming. although entering Sunday’s game at 3-0, easily could have lost two of its first three games, a still formidable New England Patriots squad that, after having lost two straight games, had something to prove and yet another contest at dreaded Gillette Stadium, where the Dolphins haven’t won in a decade and you have a ready made recipe for disaster. Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Dolphins survey.How bad was it? At halftime , the score was 24-0 and the Dolphins had nearly as many penalty yards (89) as total yards of offense (105). Once again -- stop me if you’ve heard this one before -- Miami could neither convert a third down nor stop the other team on third down. The Patriots had a blissfully easy time pushing the ball down the field, being able to choose between gashing the Dolphins on the ground, to the tune of 178 yards on 37 carries before backup QB Bryan Hoyer’s three kneel downs at the end, or throwing at will against Miami’s feeble pass rush. Meanwhile, while the Patriots were averaging 4.8 yards per rush, the Dolphins could only muster 3.1 YPC themselves.Sure, the Dolphins are still in first place in the AFC East, but does anybody really expect them to beat the Bengals in Cincinnati next week after the way they played on Sunday? As Troy Aikman used to say in that commercial back in the 90’s, get real.I come away from this game with several cursory observations: number one, both of the Dolphins’ top two picks from the 2017 draft, defensive end Charles Harris and linebacker Raekwon McMillan, look like busts so far. I’ve been one of Harris’ biggest supporters to this point, but in extended action on Sunday against a banged up New England offensive line Mike Gesicki Jersey , he was virtually invisible. We can make excuses about McMillan’s knee still not being 100%, etc, but after a full year of meetings, film study and preparation, he still looks lost out there. Perhaps he’ll improve as the season wears on, but right now he’s much more of a liability than an asset on the field for Miami, and that’s been true in all four of the Dolphins’ games this season, not just this one. Being slow and having poor football instincts is a bad combination, especially for a guy who is the supposed quarterback of your defense.In the clip-and-save-for-future-reference department, the Dolphins still need an awful lot of help along the offensive line. The only two players they seem to be able to count on are their starting offensive tackles, and Tunsil didn’t exactly look good on Sunday, either. Miami needs to go into the off-season looking to acquire two or three starters at guard and center; both Josh Sitton and Daniel Kilgore were little more than band-aids to stop the bleeding coming into this season, while Ted Larson has done nothing to distinguish himself as Sitton’s replacement. If I were Dolphins GM Chris Grier, I might be tempted to use all my 2019 draft picks on linebackers and offensive linemen, with a couple of DB’s thrown in. Sunday’s thrashing should serve as a reminder of just how far away from contention the Miami Dolphins still are at this point, and let’s face it: squeaking into the playoffs as the fifth or sixth seed, only to be routed in an away game at the first or second seeded team’s venue is not what we, as fans, should be rooting for. If we were to lose a couple more games and start having to look forward to the draft and next off-season, I for one would not be heartbroken. Yeah, I’ll take some heat for saying that Authentic Jerome Baker Jersey , but that’s the way I see it. Hey, at least the team is headed in the right direction, which is something we couldn’t say with a straight face a couple of years ago. Divisional Round GamesI was hoping today would bring slightly better news after the games this weekend. If you watched them then you already know that Rams did their job to knock out Cowboys, the Colts did not play like everyone assumed, and the Chargers failed miserably. Not exactly the same Patriots that played against us in Miami. The positive we can take away from the Chargers vs Patriots game is that their defense was legit and if Brian Flores did indeed lead the defense, then I’m kinda excited to see how he will be as our new head coach. That being said, you’re welcome Chiefs. The only reason the AFC Championship game will be at Arrowhead and not Gillette is because of the Miami Miracle. We all know that Brady does not perform as well at away games. The Patriots lost five games this season and they were all on the road. They played the Chiefs earlier in the season and that was quite a game and they came close to losing that one with final score of 43-40. Now that was a home game for them. This will be a home game for the Chiefs at Arrowhead.Not an easy place to play for sure. Chiefs definitely have the bigger advantage here. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1970. I believe this team, with their amazingly talented quarterback Mahomes, and their fans are determined to do what it takes to make sure they play in Atlanta this February. Let’s also not forget this little tidbit about Brady. Remember the 2016 AFC Championship game?We beat the Patriots at home and many fans said, “Who cares”. Well, they lost home-field advantage and had to play the Broncos and lost. Do you think we can hope to achieve the same outcome next weekend? I sure do hope so. Most of America, and apparently the UK as many fans tweeted to me, hope so. Just imagine for a second how it would be for Atlanta to host the Super Bowl to the Saints and Patriots. Falcons’ fans may not even want to leave their house that weekend. But, let’s all hope (and I’ll pray) that it doesn’t come down to that. Lets briefly touch on the Saints and Eagles game. Thank you Saints for stepping it up. I personally didn’t want there to be a chance for another repeat Super Bowl of Pats/Eagles, because I’m pretty sure Brady would win that one. The first half looked a bit rocky and I started to get a bit nervous. That being said, it’s Drew Brees. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and you know they weren’t going to go down that easily against Nick Foles. Now, the Eagles did put up a good fight and looked to have a chance to win the game, if it weren’t for the ball slipping through the hands of Alshon Jeffery into Saints’ Marshon Lattimore for an interception. You kinda feel for Jeffery. Especially when you learn that he was playing that game with cracked ribs, so now I feel kinda worse for him. I mean, it’s not like this is the Cody Parkey situation, which would have guaranteed a win for the Bears by making a 3-pt kick. Next Sunday we have the long awaited AFC and NFC Championship games. It will be the Saints hosting the Rams at 3:05pm and the Chiefs hosting the Patriots at 6:40pm. We will find out who will be in the Super Bowl next Sunday. I personally wouldn’t mind a rematch of one of the best games of the season with Rams vs Chiefs. I won’t be mad if the Saints do come out as the winner Youth Matt Haack Jersey , but just as long as it’s against the Chiefs. Chiefs, we’re counting on you. Most of America is counting on you. No pressure or anything. What’s Next For Our DolphinsThere are already several articles posted about the supposed new head coach hire for the Miami Dolphins. Basically everyone is saying once the Patriots are done their DB coach, Brian Flores, will be our new head coach. I was unsure about this rumor and was kinda hoping for Kris Richards, but I’m going to remain hopeful. It Grier we trust, right? Flores may not have much head coaching experience but rumor is he is bringing on Jim Caldwell as an assistant coach or OC or something. It seems nobody knows exactly for sure, but that he does want to bring him on the staff. Maybe as kind of a mentor since he does have experience as a head coach. I just hope our special teams coach Rizzi will want to remain with the team and that Grier and Flores agree as well. We already know the players love and respect him. Who will be our quarterback for 2019? Are the rumors true that the Dolphins are looking to tank 2019 for a decent draft spot for 2020 to pick our franchise quarterback? Adam Schefter believes the Dolphins will wait another year to draft a quarterback.I’m definitely alright with waiting till then, but not alright with tanking next season. I don’t think players on our team will want to do that. I would prefer to find a quarterback to fill the spot until 2020. Honestly, if Tannehill wasn’t due for so much money, I’d be fine keeping him as our starter for one more year. Who else can we get? Nick Foles looks to be released from the Eagles this year but I don’t want him with us. A bit too costly at $20 million and I just want someone for one more year until 2020. I agree with this tweet here. Who do you think will be our starter this upcoming season? I guess things will start to unfold once the Patriots are knocked this upcoming Sunday. Time will tell. P.S. I didn’t forget about the whole Gase being the Jets new head coach. I’m just still a bit emotional about it all. I’m a bit confused, angry, and amused. How weird is it going to be seeing Gase come into Hard Rock next year with the Jets? THE JETS. Really? Many of their fans were outraged by the news and several others were a bit shocked. As long as we sweep them again, it’s cool. Still weird though. Hope you all have an enjoyable week. Next Saturday is the first one of 2019 without football. Let’s take a moment of silence real quick for those of us who will miss those full weekends of football. That being said, the draft is not that far around the corner.See you all next Monday when we’ll either have the announcement of our new head coach, or we’ll all be rolling our eyes at another Super Bowl. ***EDIT***Alright, I published this right before Gase’s first press conference as the Jets’ head coach. I’m sorry, but what? Let’s enjoy some of the faces of Gase and be a bit happier that he is no longer our coach. How about this one from Will Brinson. One more. If you want to watch it all and laugh at all the positive remarks they are making about Gase that was made three years ago by Dolphins, here is a link. Happy Monday DolFans! Hope you get a good laugh out of it.

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