Dolphins leave Canton with first loss of the Preseason

The Miami Dolphins were hoping for a better outcome against the NFC Dallas Cowboys.  Instead, they left peppered with pluses and minuses against a much improved Dallas squad.

Miami put their starters on the field against Cowboy backups and nearly came away with a victory and could have if it were not for a Matt Moore pass that bounced off rookie receiver Chad Bumphis and  landed in the hands of Cowboys rookie DeVonte Holloman.  Holloman returned the pick 75-yards for a touchdown.

Head Coach Joe Philbin tried to downplay the loss explaining that he wasn’t necessarily looking for a victory.

“Play speed is really the thing that we’ve been talking to our guys about,” Philbin said. “This game is not really going to be about X’s and O’s, although we have a good sound plan in, I’m sure our opponent has a good sound plan as well, but it’s more going to be about our guys playing football the right way.”

Receiver Michael Egnew had four receptions in this game for 52 yards which was as many receptions and four more yards than he had all of last season.

By halftime the score was 17-0 but the Fins stepped it up in the second half closing to within 17-13 with 4:50 left in the game.  Matt Moore then fumbled on a third down play forcing a punt.  The Cowboys took the ensuing possession and marched 42-yards in four plays for a TD while taking only 23 seconds off the clock.

The final score ended up being 24-20 Cowboys.

The next preseason game for the Dolphins will be Friday August 9th on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Tickets are still available!

Rookie QB Tannehill not ready for prime time

After only 19 starts under center at Texas A&M, the Miami dolphins, who had high hopes for the # 8 overall pick in the 2012 draft, have decided to slide him into the third QB slot behind David Garrard and Matt Moore.

During OTA’s the young QB looked like he was playing in slow motion.  While it is known that Tannehill has a very accurate arm and can get the ball deep downfield, his lack of perception at the line is his biggest flaw.  The speed of the NFL game, it seems, was something he was not prepared for.

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland stated early on that he expected Tannehill to starter in the NFL “at some point.”

 “I didn’t take him as the eighth pick in the draft to be a backup quarterback,” Ireleand said after the draft. “I picked him to be a starting quarterback in this league at some point, to have an impact on this football team, to help us win games and championships. That’s the expectation that I have going down the line.”

Three to four years on the bench is most likely now since it seems Tannehill has the skill set but not the vision.  That amount of time on the bench should be more than enough for him to absorb the fin’s offense and the speed of the NFL game.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross assessed the situation (getting a franchise QB) best.

 “You have your chances and your odds of getting a franchise quarterback and a real starting quarterback in the first round. Historically, you see those who become that mostly come out the first round. That tells you an awful lot. I’ve always said once we can identify a franchise quarterback, let’s go get him. And I think that’s what we found.”

Do you think that Ryan Tannehill was a good choice as the #8 overall draft pick or should the Dolphins have selected someone else?

Be sure to get out and get your tickets to see  your Miami Dolphins in action.


Monday’s Matchup

DOLPHINS (0-4) AT JETS (2-3)

8:30 p.m., ESPN

Line: Jets by 7

Just in time for the Halloween costume season, Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall vowed to ”play like a monster” on Monday. He plans to make the most of what he thinks will be a brief appearance. ”I don’t know if it’s throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder, or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game,” he said Thursday. ”I’ll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.” He said the threat of a $50,000 fine would not change his mind. At least Marshall sounds pumped up. Miami may be the flattest, most listless team in the league. The Dolphins are winless without style, their mediocre offense lacks star power and their defense is almost incapable of producing sacks (six) or interceptions (two). Marshall versus His Own Impulses makes a fine undercard for Jets versus Themselves. With the backup quarterback Matt Moore under center for the rest of the season and Marshall talking like a man who hopes to clock out at 10 p.m., the Dolphins are no match for the Jets.

Pick: Jets