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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Hats off to Brian Flores and his staff on their first win. He has been dealt a tough hand and his team's performance has improved recently. Beating the Jets at home was absolutely awesome to watch.
Ryan Fitzpatrick turned on the Fitzmagic in the first half yesterday. He was decisive, accurate and bringing out the best in his surrounding players. He went right after a bad Jets secondary and made them pay for mistakes. Now that we are off the silly 0-16 project there is no reason to not see if Fitzpatrick can engineer a hot streak for the 2nd half of the season.
Hello Preston Williams, Mike Gesicki and Devante Parker! Williams had his breakout game and keep in mind he is still a rookie so hiccups are still to come. He is positioning himself to be a top weapon in this offense if he can produce a few games like this every season. Parker has blossomed as a consistent, number 2 type option as a receiver. Chad O'Shea has uncovered what previous regimes could not. And Gesicki, well people didn't even know if he'd make the team this year and he is growing each week into the guy we expected when drafted in April 2018.
Christian Wilkins. A sack, tackle for a loss, constantly disrupting the line of scrimmage and making sure to celebrate with every single teammate who made a great play. This is a guy I hope remains a Dolphin for his entire career. He'll make a difference on the field and in the locker room.
It was a great day for the team but the offensive line still has issues. Bad snaps, penalties, allowing too much pressure on Fitzpatrick, not opening a lot of running lanes... We've come to expect this by now. None of these guys have secured a starting job for next season and while they weren't at their worst yesterday it still is a concern.
Adam Gase and Sam Darnold. Gase has clearly lost his team and is ruining a very good young QB. He should be fired because it sounds like that locker room is toxic. Darnold had a turnover problem in college and it followed him to the NFL. You can't simply chuck it up and expect your receivers to make a highlight grabs all the time. This is NFL competition, not the University of Nevada. He's capable of so much more and needs a good coach.
Miami fans crying about "the tank." Seriously, go somewhere else if you think the team had to be 0-16. Everyone who complained about 2012 and not getting Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III because Matt Moore helped win meaningless games, well Luck is retired, RG III has been a backup for years and the two most successful QBs in that draft - Russell Wilson and Nick Foles - were Day 2 picks. It drives me nuts that the Dolphin Twitter brigade has been trying to force fans into believing it must be a Tua 1st overall selection next April. I like Tua and would be happy to have him as a Dolphin, but stop with him being the only solution to turning the team around.
This win was long overdue but it felt great to come against a division rival and former coach. Keep in mind that Miami is still a very bad team and they beat an opponent who is currently imploding. I wouldn't get my hopes up that this team will go on a run, but I think they'll be more competitive. The OL just isn't good and the No Name Secondary will get shredded by better QBs. Just enjoy the moment and hope that some of these young guys continue to look like building blocks rather than stopgaps.
It was nice to see Allen Hurns get a TD after his brutal injury in the Cowboys game.
Devante Parker and Preston Williams did a nice job getting open for Ryan Fitzpatrick and helped move the chains.
Raekwon McMillan continues to always be around the ball making tackles. I like what he brings to this defense. Jerome Baker and Sam Eguaveon made a few plays as well. While Pittsburgh ran right through Miami the LBs at least slowed some of the bleeding.
Miami dominated the first 25 minutes of the game and should have stepped on Pittsburgh's and Mason Rudolph's throat, but...
As usual, this team cannot make halftime adjustments or carry any sort of momentum into the second half.
Turnovers continue to kill any chance at a victory. Nick O'Leary, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Mark Walton all contributed to that cause and unfortunately, Minkah Fitzpatrick was involved in both interceptions.
Mark Walton did not seize the opportunity to prove he can be Miami's running back of the future under the prime time lights. That ugly fumble was probably the second biggest momentum killer in the game.
What on earth was with the 3rd and 20 all-out blitz? Xavien Howard wasn't even within 10 yards of his man and it was an open highway for the momentum-changing TD. Calls like that are why people will continue to question whether some level of coaching is in on the tank.
The refs have become a problem. If the NFL doesn't slow down on the whistles you'll see some fans go from fanatic to more casual. It's not that the refs decided the game but you can't throw flags on every play.
How are Miami's coaches being figured out so easily via halftime adjustments? Seriously, what is going on? It is night and day, and no future college QB is going to save this situation.
The OL went back to being pathetic. I saw J'Marcus Webb, a 330 lb left tackle, get pancaked by 260 lb Bud Dupree. Jesse Davis continues to struggle at tackle and the rookies did nothing at guard. Perhaps this OL and the No Name Secondary are the answers as to why this team loses convincingly in the 2nd half of games.
Miami had this game and should have been up by 3 scores going into halftime. There is no excuse for giving up 27 straight points and losing like that. This was the opportunity to tell Chris Grier and his cowardly tank job to go pound sand, and they botched it on national TV. They just got one step closer to getting their precious Tua and driving fans like myself away from the team I've spent over 30 years cheering on.