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Friday, July 14, 2017

"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: Jul 14 06:09AM -0700

Next Thursday, the Dolphins' rookies are to report for camp. A week later the veterans come in. The first opportunity to get some idea what this team will be like begins just after that. I'm looking forward to camp until it starts, then I will be looking forward to the first practices in pads, the first scrimmage and the first exhibition game. Once any of those arrive, it will just be noise as we wait for the first real game.
 
When the games begin… well, we all know that the Dolphins' schedule starts easy and gets tough. The first three games are key. They play the Bucs, Chargers and Jets. The Bucs will be good, the Chargers not so much and the Jets should be terrible. If they can't win those three games, they have no business thinking about a playoff spot. Gase cannot escape a 4 – 1 start this season.
 
So here's a surprise… the Patriot-loving Peter King anointed the Dolphins with a #12 ranking in his pre-season list. That's amazing, considering how much of a homer King is regarding the Pats (#1 of course). Here's what Peter had to say about his #12 ranking of the dark horse Dolphins
 
"Why I have the Dolphins 12th: Against a demonstratively easy slate to close the season, Miami finished with nine wins in its last 11 games, helped by emerging star back Jay Ajayi. But after finishing 10-6, there were problems to address. It was backup QB Matt Moore, after all, who put up an average of 27.3 points per game in the last three starts of the year. Starter Ryan Tannehill, somehow, still conjures question marks entering his sixth year; no one's really sure if he's the Dolphins' long-term quarterback. He's a quiet guy, mostly, and leaves to other to lead. But the offensive weaponry is good enough to win, and win big, this year, with Jay Ajayi (4.9 yards per rush) and the receiving trio of Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker and Kenny Stills. For a team with a dominating presence in the middle of the defensive line (Ndamukong Suh), this sure was a generous defense against the run last year. The new coordinator, Burke, will focus on that throughout camp. Most important factor to this team this year: Getting the offense to be more explosive. The weapons are there. To exceed 30 points just three times—as Miami did last year—is not good enough. Dolphins prediction in 10 words or less: Won't get past the wild-card unless Tannehill excels." – the Peter King
mr.hvac@gmail.com: Jul 14 06:37AM -0700

Euph says
So here's a surprise… the Patriot-loving Peter King anointed the Dolphins with a #12 ranking in his pre-season list. That's amazing, considering how much of a homer King is regarding the Pats (#1 of course). Here's what Peter had to say about his #12 ranking of the dark horse Dolphins
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I don't know, Euph. Where would *you* place the Patriots in the rankings?
 
How about the dolphins?
 
As for me, I certainly am a homer, but I've calmed a bit since the days where I would actually pray to Jesus (and baby Jesus) and beseech them to have a sniper kill Dan Marino when he dropped back to pass. Nowadays I'm still a homer but I appreciate competition. During games watched with friends I'll often say "Wow. Nice catch". Or "Great play" when the other team makes a play. My friends aren't as liberal-minded as me, and give me dirty looks when I do. But as I explain to them, good plays are good plays. Period.
 
Then they won't share the pizza with me
oceantracks@mac.com: Jul 13 08:41PM -0700

> the league. Unless Phillips improves dramatically and unless newcomers
> William Hayes and Lawrence Timmons and perhaps Raekwon McMillan can
> solve that run defense deficiency, there will be problems. We'll see.
 
Just reading the Steelers playoff game stats....Miami suffered FIVE sacks for a total of 35 yards.
Go O Line!
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