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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
As you know, HC Joe Philben hired Eagles QB Coach Bill Lazor as the Dolphins new offensive coordinator. I really like this move for 4 reasons: (1) the Dolphins will have an offensive coordinator that can help mold Ryan Tannehill to take the next step forward; (2) Lazor has experience with implementing the Pistol into Miami's west coast offense; (3) Lazor saw a balanced attack at Phildelphia; (4) Lazor has worked under several good coaches in his career.
One of the concerns about letting former OC Mike Sherman go was how that would affect Tannehill as he has quarterbacked throughout his entire collegiate and NFL career under Mike Sherman. To ensure that Tannehill develops it would only help him to have someone that successfully oversaw another young quarterback (Nick Foles) to develop him, too. Lazor will have to continue Tannehill's development by going in with a fresh outlook knowing that it will take time to know what kind of a quarterback that Tannehill is and that it will be a learning in progress.
I think we can generate a little excitement (though cautiously) about the impact that Lazor can have with Tannehill. Keep in mind that Lazor is not a miracle worker, but hopefully he will maximize the potential that he finds in Tannehill. As Rich said on the forum this week, "All I know is that in college, Foles would throw interceptions in bunches, wasn't good at reading defenses and would lock onto his receivers. All of a sudden, he plays a very clean game, doesn't make too many mistakes and looks like a franchise QB."
"The biggest thing that you don't know about a quarterback is the stuff that shows up on game day, which is his demeanor on the sideline and his ability to see. Some quarterbacks can come to the sideline and can't tell you what happened out there, and some quarterbacks can come and tell you exactly where the defense was, how they turned their hips, who jumped the route. Those are the things you don't know until you go through it. Nick's done a great job of communicating on game day and seeing what the defense is doing." (Bill Lazor )
You have to be impressed with the coaches that Lazor has worked with: Dan Reeves, Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren, and Chip Kelly. Reeves, Holmgren, and Gibbs are lengendary head coaches that have all won Super Bowls. Chip Kelly has fresh and innovative ideas ... so much that even Patriots Bill Bellichick has called him on occasion throrough the years to pick his brain.
Majorly. We heard this week that HC Joe Philben considereed quitting when he was told that he needed to fire Mike Sherman. I am sure Ross made it an either/or decision for Philben. Why did it take Ross for him to make this decision? It was the obvious one even though Sherman was a friend and mentor to Philben.
Two more decisions needed to be made this offseason: fire linebacker coach George Edwards and offensive line Coach Jim Turner. Edwards took talented players and made them worst. Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett played very well before coming to Miami. Once they came here they played worst. Once they left this year they played outstanding. Dannel Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler played very well before coming to Miami ... so well that they did very well in free agency. They come to Miami and become the problem to where one needs to be replaced. While OL Coach Jim Turner had personnel issues thanks to Jeff Ireland, the players never came around to having any kind of chemistry. Free Agent offensive linemen (McKinney and Clabo) came to Miami and played worst. I understand that they are aging, but to drop that far in production shows that something is wrong. Jonathan Martin did not improve much, and I would guess the pressure built up on him to where he had his meltdown.
Thankfully the Vikings new head coach Mike Zimmer hired his buddy George Edwards and gave him a promotion as his defensive coordinator. Mark my words, that defense will take a slide backwards. Zimmer will view his experience with the Bengals zone defense that Croyle implemented in Miami to be a "plus". Will someone please promote Jim Turner, too? The reason is that Philben's loyalty to his staff will over-ride common sense.
I'll be honest, I think head coaches need 3 years to get their system in place, but with Philben and Cam Cameron I see (saw) the writing on the wall: they are not head coaching material. Philben's main job is put a staff around him to implement his system. I give him a big "F". .
Maybe Fins Nation should have stuck around for another year to start flying a "Fire Philben" banner over the stadium.
Ryan Tannehill's wife, Lauren, forgot to retrieve her AR-15 rifle from the back seat of a rental car this week. It was found by the next person. No kidding. To that, I say, WHAT A BABE!
Before this happened, I considered her the best looking wife/girl friend that any Dolphins player has had a relationship with. Now, I also consider her the hottest of them all!
Speaking of likeable idiots, mule-faced Shannon Sharpe took a shot at Dan the Man on national television. By doing so he also threw another co-host, Boomer Esiason, under the bus as well.
I wasn't a big Shannon Sharpe fan when he played for the Broncos and Ravens ... primarily his comments directed at Dan Marino when he was with the Broncos. He was a tremendous athlete and that at times makes them feel they have the license to insult other players.
I do think he does a good job on the CBS Sports show, but I wouldn't have minded if Dan decided to fire a bullet at his big mouth.
Great quarterbacks accumulate great stats. When they break NFL records then they deserve to be in the conversation of who is the greatest. Super Bowls are won with Super teams.
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