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  • Barry Jackson- NFL Analysts With A Little Love For Miami

    SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN

    What should we expect from the Dolphins this season? I asked nine network analysts to weigh in:

    ### ESPN’s Jon Gruden: “This is the year of the Dolphins, I think, in the AFC East… I like this team a lot because of the development of Ryan Tannehill. He has taken a real positive turn. I like watching him play the position. He takes care of the ball. He’s a threat to run a number of different kinds of plays. He’s not just a bubble screen, read option quarterback. He can drop back to pass. He can function in the pocket. He’s accurate. He’s gotten better throwing the football.

    “The arsenal around him has improved. Not a lot of people know that Lamar Miller is a 1000 yard rusher. If Branden Albert can come back and Ja’Wuan James can continue to develop on the other side, with Mike Pouncey in the middle, this is a good offensive team. It’s balanced.

    “[Defensively], this front four can rock you, man. These guys are really good rushing the passer. I just watched them against Atlanta and they can create a lot of problems with their schemes, with their energy. It’s going to come down to the secondary; how deep are they? Can they hold up?”

    ### CBS’ Phil Simms: “It’s hard to determine if they’re great or not. From watching their preseason games, it looks like about everything they’ve done is going to pay off – from [Ndamukong] Suh to the tight end. The draft turned out well. The offensive line looks better. Ryan Tannehill looks sharp. He looks more mature. He truly has gotten better every year. He’s physically throwing the ball better – more power; the accuracy was there.

    “I think they’ll be part of this whole thing. I wasn’t sure, but I’ve been watching the preseason. I think the Miami Dolphins have a chance to be a pretty strong team this year.”

    ### CBS’ Bill Cowher: “For Miami, one of the greatest things is they’ve had a quiet preseason – no controversies whatsoever. DeVante Parker is going to be a very special receiver for them. Lamar Miller gives them some balance. Defensively, they have a chance to be very special. The last two years, December has been [a problem]. They are going to have to prove they can finish the deal.”

    ### NBC’s Cris Collinsworth: “They better be a fringe playoff team. It's time. They've got experience now with their quarterback position. They've added receivers assuming they're all healthy. I like their style of play. I like their offense. They have a certain bit of that Philadelphia edge to them.

    “I can't wait to watch what Cameron Wake does with Ndamukong Suh on the inside and being able to attract blockers as well. DeVante Parker I thought was tremendous coming out. Lamar Miller is a fine player.

    “Getting Branden Albert back will make a huge difference. They've got their offensive line back to the way it should be. They've got the players, but you still have to go beat New England. It's a defensive-loaded division. The pressure is on. This is it. No excuses. It's time. Joe Philbin - this is the team he put together. This is his quarterback. They're good enough to win right now.”

    ### Fox’s Jimmy Johnson: “They’re going to be better, but the Jets and Bills are going to get better, too. The four [AFC East] teams, it’s going to be a dog fight.”

    “The thing I like about Tannehill is he’s very intelligent, very athletic and he gets better every year. I’ve always said give me smart players that are athletic, and they can improve. Obviously, people are concerned about the deep ball with him, but that can be worked on [and it has improved]. DeVante Parker is a big-play guy. In the NFL, you need big plays. You can’t dink and dunk. I like Jordan Cameron; health is the concern.

    “Suh with Wake and the people they have; they will be disruptive defensively. Suh will make every player around him better. It’s going to be an interesting team.”

    ### NFL Net analyst and former NFL general manager Charley Casserly: “This is a playoff contender, better than the last two years. They still need Albert to solidify that offensive line; if he’s not healthy, they will struggle.

    “The quarterback is in rhythm with what they’re doing offensively. I still don’t see him as a great deep passer. When I watched Tannehill last year, I saw a guy that had to make quicker decisions. They are getting the ball out of his hands quickly and the tempo is up; his decisions and accuracy are better.”

    “Parker was a top 10 pick talent-wise; Amari Cooper was the smoothest receiver in the draft but I saw enough tape of Parker and Parker might pass him. This is a potential Pro Bowl guy. Greg Jennings looked fresher and better to me than I remember a year ago. We know what Jarvis Landry can do.

    “The defensive line can be really good, but I’m still concerned about corner and safety. You have one real good corner, two good outside rushers and an inside rusher. They’ll be OK at linebacker; I like Koa Misi. I like Lamar Miller, but I don’t know if he can do it by himself.

    “They have the ability to beat New England, which a lot of teams can’t say. They’re in that range of the [second] echelon; they have to learn to play consistently at the end of the season.”

    ### ESPN analyst and former NFL GM Bill Polian: “A wild card is realistic, but I don’t know about challenging New England. They have been a fringe playoff team for three years but they now have the same quarterback in the same system for a second year, and I’ve been a Tannehill fan since day one.
    “There’s real talent offensively. I like Jordan Cameron, if healthy, and Landry. Suh is enough to elevate them significantly, and those three rushers are a very good group.”

    ### CBS’ Steve Beuerlein (who works Miami’s Week 2 game at Jacksonville): “They made the most significant improvement of any team in the offseason, and they’re a legitimate playoff team if they stay healthy and if Tannehill keeps improving. Not saying they’re a Super Bowl team, but they match up with any team in the AFC.”

    ### NFL Net’s Brian Billick: “They better be a playoff team, and they should be good enough to be one. It seems time for them. Remember, they are in a division with Geno Smith and uncertainty at quarterback in Buffalo. Looking at the way they have progressed, I don’t know how they would think of themselves as anything other than a playoff team.

    “Tannehill is better than I thought he would be. It’s time for him to show he can throw a team on his back for the three or four games a year that a team needs its quarterback to do that.”

    Last edited by So Be; 09-06-2015, 12:29 PM.

  • #2
    Can't remember when so many had something good to say about the Dolphins.

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    • #3
      - Gruden likes everyone and rarely has anything negative to say. Taken over John Madden's role... Tannehill guy since draft.
      - Simms has always been a Tannehill guy.
      - Cowher was none commital. A quiet preseason, some balance, a special defense... nothing said really.
      - Collinsworth had nothing of note to say other than Joe Philbin is out of excuses. I agree with him.
      - Jimmah Johnson and Charlie Casserly's comments were interesting I thought.
      - Polian has always been a Tannehill guy.
      - Beurlein had the most glowing endorsement overall... 'most significant improvement of any team in the offseason'...
      - Billick has always been openly critical and while not glowing praise, he did give begrudging endorsement of us becoming a playoff team.

      Areas of concern are OL, LB and Secondary and that's not talent concerns, it's health and depth that are the concerns. We're set everywhere else as long as nothing happens to Tannehill, who, dispite his very good 2014 season, should have a much better 2015 season.
      Last edited by cuchulainn; 09-06-2015, 11:58 AM.

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      • #4
        Most everyone has something positive to say and on paper at least there are no more excuses for us to not be a playoff team. Even the schedule is favorable so really it is our time to make the playoffs and I think we could actually do some damage in the playoffs.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by So Be View Post
          Can't remember when so many had something good to say about the Dolphins.

          I do...It was Saban's second year then Miami fell flat on their faces and a lot of people had egg in their face. Since them most of the media has resented Miami seemingly.

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          • #6
            Billick's comment about Tannehill is great. I have been saying for years, that every NFL QB has to be able to take the team on his back and win. And I have also said that is the one thing that has been missing with Tannehill. That leadership quality and big win ability. There are indications that he may be at that level. I hope so because there is going to be a couple of games where he has to do like Rodgers and Stafford did against us and make those game winning drives. Or have a game where the run isn't there and he will need to pass for 400 yards and 3 TDs for us to win. This is that "next step" he needs to take. If he does then I think we playoff bound. Final note, there was a lot of mention about Albert being healthy. This is has been mentioned here several times and I am certainly concerned about that. The fact we have not gone out and signed anyone makes me feel like he will be OK.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ONOle1 View Post


              I do...It was Saban's second year then Miami fell flat on their faces and a lot of people had egg in their face. Since them most of the media has resented Miami seemingly.
              Speaking of old "He-who-shell-not-be-named",
              did you catch that interview where he suggested that if he had been allowed to get Drew Brees, he might still be coaching Miami?

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              • Dolfan1
                Dolfan1 commented
                Editing a comment
                Yeah, he had complete control but the doctors wouldn't let him take Brees. What BS.

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