Miami Dolphins

Analyzing the 10 hottest stories in the NFL right now.   1. Manning slow decision: trickle down effect We expected the most decorated free agent in NFL history to have selected a new team by now. We’re still waiting, and the fate of three franchises – the Titans, Broncos and 49ers – hangs in the air. The longer the wait, the more devastating the failed Manning pursuit will be for two of those franchises – at least in terms of team morale. The Titans risk little by chasing Manning. Having made it clear after the season that they’re entering 2012 with a quarterback competition between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, the confidence and credibility of their next signal-caller had already been a bit compromised. Pursuing Manning makes [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
If the first three days of free agency told us anything, it’s that the wide receiver position is considered more valuable than ever. Six of our Top 10 free agent receivers are already signed, while several others have been picked up or given new contracts. Traditional thinking has long been that a good offense needs a playmaking star at No. 1 receiver, a reliable possession target at No. 2 and a darting third down maestro in the slot at No. 3. But look closer at the transactions this week and you’ll see that these roles are becoming less relevant. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
After a season that started off with promise by winning five straight games and ultimately ending horribly with a 6-10 record, Bills Head Coach, Chan Gailey has made some coaching changes since the season ended.  The biggest change was the firing of  defensive coordinator George Edwards. [caption id="attachment_8331" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dave Wannstedt coaching"][/caption] The Bills defense finished the regular season ranked 26th in the league in total defense, 19th in defending the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
After finishing 14-2 in 2010 with the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs, the New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets 28-21 in the AFC Divisional.  Just like last year, the Patriots enter the 2011 NFL playoffs on an eight-game winning streak and with homefield advantage throughout the conference playoffs.  The Patriots seemed like a team playing in the preseason to prepare for their real season starting in January during the last half of their winning streak.  The Patriots went on the road to hold on against the inferior Washington Redskins 34-27, came back from a 16-7 deficit to defeat the Denver Broncos 41-23 on the road, came back from a 17-0 halftime deficit to sweep the Miami Dolphins 17-0, and came back from a 21-0 first quarter deficit to defeat the Buffalo Bills 49-21.  Of [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The holiday season couples many of the things we covet most in life—family, friends, faith, food and football. Christmas reminds us that miracles can happen and that God is always here to light the way in the darkness. It’s also important to remember that it always feels better to give than to receive. On behalf of everyone at GridironGrit.com and NFLTouchdown.com, we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah) and enjoy a Happy New Year! Week 16 was [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
When I said New England Patriots Tom Brady could produce half of his season opening smashing performance in Miami this time around and still beat the Dolphins, I wasn't talking about producing for one half and still beating the Dolphins. The Patriots, missing starting C Dan Koppen (IR), RT Sebastian Vollmer (expected), LT Matt Light (pre-game warmups), and LG Logan Mankins (in game) (and if you want to throw in last year's starter at RG, the retired Stephen Neal. go ahead), found themselves down at the half 17-0 to the Dolphins.  Brady was hit, hurried, and harassed constantly in the first half, taking three sacks and starting out 3/14 passing.  Brady shaped up to 7/19 to end the first half, but the Patriots were shut out on their home turf at halftime for the second time this season [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , ,
It took all season (it always does), but winter has finally arrived to the NFL season, and on Christmas Eve this Saturday, the 11-3 New England Patriots will host the 5-9 Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.  This game will be the first time since the Patriots lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in October that they have the inside track on first place in the AFC. The Dolphins and Patriots met on the season opener of Monday Night Football this season, with the Patriots winning in Miami 38-24.  Patriots QB Tom Brady put up a career-high 517 yards passing, punctuated by a 99-yard TD pass to WR Wes Welker in the 4th quarter.  Dolphins QB Chad Henne had 416 passing yards in that game, but was placed on injured reserve earlier this season; former Carolina Panthers QB Matt Moore has done a [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
If the 5-9 Bills looked unimpressive last week against the Miami Dolphins, then you were watching the right game. Even with the advantage of the snow and the threat of not finishing the season with a 500 record, the Bills stunk it up again and lost 23-30. The Bills found the end-zone three times last Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to wart off a Dolphins team that came into Buffalo with a worse overall record. Of course, now, both teams are 5-9 as they approach the last two games of the regular season. This is the second time in five weeks the Bills have lost to the Dolphins in disappointing fashion. The highlights of the game for the Bills offense was RB, C.J. Spiller who accumulated 91 yards on the ground on 12 attempts, 76 receiving yards on nine receptions, and scoring [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Looking ahead to Week 14 by analyzing the film from Week 13. Cowboys O vs. Cardinals D Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton did a great job of mixing looks and shuffling through various blitz tactics. He was extremely aggressive bringing extra pass-rushers, though twice in the second half, Arizona sacked Tony Romo with just a three-man rush. The Cowboys abandoned their run game even though it had been fairly effective in the first quarter. The thinking behind this was likely that the Cardinals linebackers were aggressively shooting the gaps no matter what, so instead of running into the swarming defense, it made more sense to use play-action or just drop back and try to block it up. The Cowboys felt they could pickup and contain Arizona’s complex blitzes. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
It's the Patriots bye week, so before I go into saying anything semi-important, I wanted to give a shoutout to Guyism.com: Patriots Bye Week 2009: Randy Moss as Spongebob Squarepants. Now that that's out the way, we can get to football.  The New England Patriots are off this week along with five other teams: the "surprising" (offensive version) Buffalo Bills, the "surprising" (defensive version) Cincinnati Bengals, the "surprising" ("How are they in first place?!" version) New York Giants, the "surprising" ("How are they in last place?!" version) Philadelphia Eagles, and the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
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