NFL Notes: Free Agency, Browns, Dolphins, Falcons, & Ravens

Free Agency Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk lists the Falcons, Buccaneers, Raiders, Jaguars, and Bills as teams that could end up being big spenders in free agency this year. Browns Jason La Canfora expects the NFL to hand down punishment this week for the Browns and GM Ray Farmer texting coaches down on the field in the middle of games. Dolphins Barry Jackson of the...
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Coyle to keep his job as Dolphins' D-coordinator

Coaches and players, alike, have absorbed plenty of blame for the Miami Dolphins' well-documented struggles through the latter part of the 2014 season. Meanwhile, the team's higher-ups are still sparing the leader of the defense, despite the opinion of some in the locker room. According to Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle will continue in...
Via AFC East Daily
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How can the Miami Dolphins fix their run defense? Here's a look inside.

The most surprising aspect of the 2014 season for the Miami Dolphins was the collapse of a once stout run defense.  This was very surprising because the starting defensive line remained intact for the majority of the season.  It is my opinion that fixing the run defense is the number one priority this offseason. In this article, I am going to explore what I think were the primary...
Via PhinManiacs
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

For the second consecutive week, Dolphins fall apart in the second half

Through the first ten weeks of the season, the Miami Dolphins were the hottest team in the second half. We were used to slow starts only to see them coming roaring out of the tunnel to put the game away. Now, we’ve seen the Dolphins completely give up in the second half last week against the Baltimore Ravens and this past Sunday against the New England Patriots. After the game...
Via PhinManiacs
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins-Bears Capsule

MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-3) at CHICAGO BEARS (3-3) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE - Bears by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Miami 2-2-1, Chicago 3-3 SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 7-4 LAST MEETING - Bears beat Dolphins 16-0, Nov. 18, 2010 LAST WEEK - Dolphins lost to Packers 27-24; Bears beat Falcons 27-13 AP PRO32 RANKING - Dolphins No. 23, Bears No. 16. DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins coach says he has to do a better job

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Criticism of coach Joe Philbin filled the South Florida airwaves Monday, with fans complaining he passed when he should have run, ran when he should have passed, called timeouts that helped the opposition, and used the wrong defense on the touchdown that beat the Miami Dolphins with three seconds left. A wrenching 27-24 loss to Green Bay inspired lots of second...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from the Miami Dolphins loss

Well….that hurt. The Dolphins battled back in the second half only to suffer a devastating loss in the final seconds of the game. Time to swallow the loss and reflect at the good, bad and the ugly of Sunday’s game. The Good Jarvis Landry was fantastic in his first NFL start. Landry provided much needed YAC for this WR core and had two exciting returns where it seemed Landry was...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins continue to struggle against the Bills

After an exciting opening day Dolphins fans had to take a step back into reality after Miami lost its 3rd straight game to the Buffalo Bills. Philip Wheeler said the Dolphins “are built to beat the Patriots” but “the Bills are built to beat us.” What Wheeler said happens to be true however, is not an excuse. Miami looked lost Sunday just as they did last year when facing...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 2 picks: Dolphins at Bills

BY EDITORPublisher Nick St. Denis, associate editor Dan Begnoche and senior writer Sean Donovan pick the Week 2 AFC East bout in Western New York between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.Dan's take:While both team's are coming off impressive Week 1 victories, Miami's linebacking unit is already running on fumes after the loss of Dannell Ellerbe for the season and now Koa Misi...
Via AFC East Daily
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami's LBs woes continue as Misi, Wheeler ruled out

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe bad news just keeps getting worse for the Miami Dolphins linebacking crew.Three days after the team designated Dannell Ellerbe to IR with a hip injury, his fellow starting linebackers -- Koa Misi and Philip Wheeler -- will reportedly miss this divisional week's matchup against the Bills as well, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.Misi, dealing with...
Via AFC East Daily
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins/New England Patriots Preview

#457062689 / It’s been five seasons since the Miami Dolphins won the AFC East. On Sunday, the team hopes they can begin their quest to win their first division title since 2008 over the team that’s has dominated the AFC East since 2001, the New England Patriots.  New England finished last season 12-4 and is coming off its 11th AFC East title in 14 seasons....
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wheeler ruled out for Dolphins' divisional bout

BY NICK ST. DENISThe Miami Dolphins were looking for veteran linebacker Philip Wheeler to step it up in his second season with the team. It looks like they'll have to wait at least one more week to see it.Wheeler was ruled out of the team's Week 1 bout with the New England Patriots with a thumb injury.Here's the team's full injury report:OUTC Mike Pouncey (hip)LB Jordan Tripp (chest...
Via AFC East Daily
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins training camp positional battles

With Training Camp starting July 25th, there are several interesting Training Camp battles this year. The Dolphins seem have more depth on the roster this year, but they also have question marks to answer. There are some interesting story lines and let’s take a look at what to look for this year.  Training Camp Battle #1: Running Back Lamar Miller vs. Knowshon Moreno  This is...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dolphins will need more creative play calling in 2014

While the Miami Dolphins have plenty of talent on the team, there is plenty of room for improvement this year. Also, there is room for improvement on the coaching staff as well, seeing as that this team had more than enough talent to make the playoffs last year and squandered their chance by losing their last two games miserably. So what exactly are some of the areas that the Dolphins...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

To draft a play maker at 19, that is the question

The “obvious” thing for the Miami Dolphins to do in the 2014 NFL Draft would be to select an offensive lineman with two out of their first three picks.   This might be obvious, and might even be a good idea. This just isn’t the direction to go in.   Miami should instead strive to find playmakers in the draft, especially in the first three rounds. The draft is deep when it...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ellerbe, Wheeler not sure things atop depth chart

BY SEAN DONOVANThe Miami Dolphins dished out big free agent contracts to Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler last offseason to upgrade their linebacker corps. That's what they thought they were doing, anyway.The duo turned out to be a disappointment on the whole in 2013, with linebacker play the primary culprit as Miami's once-mighty run defense slipped into mediocrity. According...
Via AFC East Daily
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins' Phillip Wheeler defends girlfriend for breastfeeding photo

Philip Wheeler is lashing out at the haters who criticized his model girlfriend after she posted a picture of her breastfeeding his son last month.The Miami Dolphins linebacker is defending his partner Ashley Nicole, claiming she is being "unfairly attacked" over the photograph she uploaded to her Instagram profile.The new mother posted the picture to her 23,000 followers showing...
Via The Other Paper
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackson off table, but Dolphins still have LB options

BY SEAN DONOVANIt's been insinuated through the media that new Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey was none-too-impressed with his predecessor's rebuild of the team's linebacker corps last offseason.This suggestion was supported by Miami's pursuit of D'Qwell Jackson, the recently-released long-time Cleveland Brown who would reportedly have taken over for Dannell Ellerbe...
Via AFC East Daily
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins News: Team Talks to D'Qwell Jackson

If the Miami Dolphins are going to look for depth and potentially another starter at linebacker for the 2014, they may not do much better than D’Qwell Jackson.Football Nation has leaned the linebacker was in Miami visiting with the team and general manager Dennis Hickey. “According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson formerly of the...
Via Football Nation
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins Notes: Philip Wheeler, Dimitri Patterson, Chris Clemons, Matt Moore

    Philip Wheeler According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, a Dolphins source has informed him that LB Philip Wheeler “seemed to become complacent last season after getting a big contract.“ Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle previously mentioned that he has heard on numerous occasions that Wheeler could be on the chopping block this offseason. If Wheeler were...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins 2014 Off-Season Report

2013 Recap The Dolphins were big spenders last off-season, coming off of a 7-9 season in 2012 and looking to free agency to help them take that next step. As teams who embrace that philosophy often realize, it’s much easier said than done. Big deals given to Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, and Philip Wheeler failed to pay off as the Dolphins finished 8-8 and general manager Jeff...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins: The Biggest Problem with Mediocrity

Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel Michael Fink Miami Dolphins Writer Pressure mounts, the media scrutiny becomes harsher, the fan base grows impatient, and all of a sudden instead of building a solid nucleus for the future you’re forced to make moves to attempt to win now. That means Brent Grimes at 31 years old becomes a more of a priority, rather then developing the youngsters drafted...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler On The Chopping Block? – Raiders Could Have Interest

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle mentions that he has heard a few times now that Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler could be on the chopping block this offseason. Tafur adds that if the Dolphins were to part ways with Wheeler, the Raiders would be “very interested” in bringing him back. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald mentioned a few weeks ago that Wheeler could be on...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Three small attainable goals for the Miami Dolphins this off season

Last off-season, Stephen Ross opened up his cheque book and, with the help of Jeff Ireland, paid out a lot of money for high priced free agents. Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, Brandon Gibson, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, and Brent Grimes were all signed in hopes of providing experienced youth, explosiveness, and athleticism. Some of these signings worked out, mainly Brent Grimes...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Approximately $30 Million in cap space – What to do with it?

Going into the 2013 off-season, the Dolphins went on a spending spree due to their fantastic figure of nearly $40 million in cap space. These pickups included MVP-caliber receiver Mike Wallace along with Brent Grimes, Tyson Clabo, and linebacker duo Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe. This left approximately $17 million in leftover cap space going into the 2013-2014 season. This...
Via cover32 - Dolphins
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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