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August 17, 2013

PS3: Houston 24, Dolphins 17: Biggest test yet. Tannehill to Wallace finally hits, but Keller injury is big!; plus AP preseason poll, LeBron, Fox Sports 1 result & more

1) It is MONDAY, AUGUST 19. Click on Random Evidence for my latest Sunday notes column. 2) Amused that Dwyane Wade says he is hopeful the Heat's Big 3 will stay together beyond this coming season. Ask yourself, though, "If the whole point is to defuse controversy and distraction, what else would he say in August?" 3) ESPN is close enough to a monopoly that I do not like Fox Sports 1's chances to make a big dent. Regis Philbin!? That's a joke, right? 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): ESPN girds for latest attack, Offerdahl on Honor Roll, college football predictions & more. 5) Join us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird) and Vine (Greg Cote).

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter returns: We'll be back with a sixth season of Dolfan Satisfaction Meter polls appearing in the blog right after every Dolphins game. But as always the polls begin with the regular season, not the preseason. Watch for the first DSM on Sept. 8.

PS3: HOUSTON 24, DOLPHINS 17: TANNEHILL-TO-WALLACE ENCOURAGING, BUT KELLER HURT: Miami was outgained 2-to-1 in total yards and the pass defense was shaky at best, so, the score was more competitive than the Dolphins were with one of the NFL's best teams. Encouraging signs, though, included a big one: Ryan Tannehill connecting three times for 58 yards to Mike Wallace, including a 33-yard strike and a 9-yard TD pass. Tannehill (10-15, 141 yards) looked sharp. Also, a Brent Grimes interception reflected his strong training camp. The injury that looks like it will shelve tight end Dustin Keller for the season is big, but let's not overdramatize it and retroactively make like Keller was a Pro Bowl dominator. If the Patriots can withstand the erasure of Aaron Hernandez and injury of Rob Gronkowski, let's not act like Miami's offense is now doomed by the absence of Keller. Overall, at 1-2 with two exhibitions to go we still have no real sense of how good Miami will be, but Tannehill-to-Wallace was a positive coming out of this one as much as the Keller injury was a negative. (Apologies for not being here during the game or updating immediately afterward. Out of town family obligations prevented the former, and connectivity issues the latter. ..... Original post: Tonight should be a better gauge than what we've had on how good the Dolphins are. The Hall of Fame Game was like an early walk-through even by preseason standards, and last week brought a really 1aa1dolhoubad opponent in Jacksonville. Tonight offers a strong foe in Houston, which is dreaming Super Bowl. And the third of five exhibitions is (hopefully) a time to start 1aa1dolps3polishing a bit and play starters more. Specifically, some game interaction between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace would be nice (and encouraging), considering he missed PS1 and then wasn't even thrown to last week. A deep connection or TD pass to Wallace would be both meaningless but meaningful if you know what I mean. Dolfans are looking for tangible signs Wallace was worth the big money and Tanny is poised to make a big step. Also will be interested to see new kicker Caleb Sturgis tonight with a little weight on him for the first time. On the Houston side, LB Brian Cushing is expected to make his debut and play for the first time since a Game 5 season-ending injury last year. That dresses the night with a little more of an occasion-feel for the Texans. Finally, struggling Miami left tackle Jonathan Martin will see a supreme challenge, at least in small doses, in pass-batting J.J. Watt, who might be the best defensive player in the NFL. In sum, an impressive show by Miami tonight will be legitimately encouraging. (Note: I'm out of town this weekend but will make a Herculean effort to be here at least sporadically during the game and then offer postgame thoughts. Meanwhile, talk amongst yourselves. There's an open bar).

Poll result: Split feelings on ESPN vulnerability: With Fox Sports 1's hyped rollout today, we asked how vulernable you think ESPN is (you may still vote), and 51.5 percent said the "Worldwide Leader" should be concerned, when last we checked, versus 48.5% who said otherwise. That may be one of the closest votes we have ever had on an either/or question. (That means I think it is, but I'm too lazy to do the research).

CANES JUST MISS IN AP PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLL: The Associated Press college football poll still is 1aa1ap25the Granddaddy of 'em all, to me, and of course Alabama is a near-unanimous No. 1 in Saturday's preseason Top 25. (Aside the the one voter who chose Ohio State: Either Nick Saban stole your wife, or you're an idiot). Gators check in No. 10 and Seminoles No. 11. U-Miami is fourth in "others receiving votes," tantamount to a No. 29 ranking out the gate. An early-season game vs. Florida gives the Canes a big shot to leap high and fast up the rankings.

ROYALTY: LEBRON GETS POLICE ESCORT TO SHOW: LeBron James got special passage to last night's Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert at Dolphins stadium; click here for details. This is no surprise. LeBron is King. I'd have been only slightly less surprised if James had leaped on stage and grabbed a mic. Or if the concert had been moved to his house to avoid his needing to drive there in the first place.

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Shaub is NOT a great QB, and like many, is not very good when pressured up the middle, like Brady.
Edge rushes won't, IMO work like a crash the middle.
If we see more Tanny passes batted down tonight, bad news. Even to my somewhat untrained eyes, Tanny still focuses on a target, and uses no head deception.
And, SURELY by now opposing teams know to hit it upon hearing "go-go."
Enjoy the game y'all.

I see Cotes man-love for everything Lebron is still going strong...
Anyway GO FINS...
And I thought this was pretty cool so I'll send it out....

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Maybe this one...........
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FUK IT............

The second video works...


On Dion Jordan ?..let it play out, the guy is injured but he'll be a stud.

Looking forward to tonight's game for sure, let's see how our number one's do against a good team.

Posted by: FZB.. | August 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

OYE, FZB, First your son drafts Odrick(Who has bum knees)(Has to it out a season or two) Then he drafts a guy with chronic shoulder injurys...
WTF???

Keller going to off-season mode....


http://t.co/gUqhG9FyzS

Guys, I just saw a Commercial here in the left coast for this Law firm...


"Have you been killed in a hit and run?
"Have you died a untimely death??

"Call The Law Firm Of...........

Thomas, Samuda, Louis, Yeatman, and Martin."
Strange isn't that the last names of the Fins O-Line????

The number one offense looked good however the injury to Keller is a killer..RG is a major problem now ( Samuda sucks ) hopefully fat John Jerry gets back this week , also on another positive note Lance Louis played a little bit .

Somebody needs to step up at TE now , Sims?

Clabo and Martin were solid at tackle again, keeping my fingers crossed there are no injuries to the O Line since depth is a problem.

Matt Moore was running for his life out there.

Daniel Thomas is coming on, could this be the year he finally " arrives " ?

No big complains about our defense, we'll be fine there.


Once G's Louis and Jerry are healthy the O line should be better

What is Kellers status?

It'd be shocking if Keller's not done for the year, something was awry, they had to reset his knee before carting him off.

Good thing Jeff Ireland spent a third round pick on a pass catching tight end just a year ago.

Tannehill and the first team offense had a good first half. They had two long TD drives in 5 total possessions. Not bad. If they keep that up they are going to win a lot of games.

Tough injury for Keller and Phins.Did anyone tell Moore that summer vacation is over and his roster spot is not a GIVEN??Guy played so absolutely horrendous that it was shocking.Also...Corp the 4th string QB tryout is finis,over,kaput.Any earnest to be QB trying to lead a game-tying TD with a minute left in the game that FUMBLES................bye bye.Dolphins 2nd and 3rd string defense needs alot of work....especially the LB s and secondary.Many.....by their play last night.....or lack thereof.....will be gone soon.

The Eggnog draft mistake will loom large now.

Keller has been injury prone. Like Michael Corleone said to Moe Green, "Maybe you're just not lucky." That might also apply to the Dolphins.

All teams have injuries, this one isn't too bad. It's just next man up.

Injury prone is the reason the jets let keller go. No big shock he is done for the year.

We have a couple of Young D Tackles with promise # 76 A J Francis and # 97 ( sorry forgot his name ) maybe we can keep one or both and package Randy Starks for a proven TE.

Hey why not?...

geez,

anybody, and there are a lot of anybodys in the media, who criticizes the dolphins for having their starting TE in the game late in the first half. injuries occur, especally when tackling is junked and hits on knees occur. have been moaning for years that the absence of blocking and tackling, the fundamentals of football, are on the trash heap and as a result of same you get these horrific "hits" to the knee that result in what happened to keller last night. time to legislate tackling below the waist, the way the game was meant to be played.

MISSING LINK:

got a phone call, and forgot to insert that "anybody who criticizes.... is an idiot/moron/imbecile".

SHORT MEMORY, MR. COTE?

everyone ridiculed the one voter who consistently voted alabama #1 in 1992, going against the notion of the masses that UM was so good that they had no competition and deserved the top spot unanimously. then came the sugar bowl and by golly it was alabama 34, hurricanes 13, with the score not indicating how thoroughly george teague and teammates throttled miami. ohio state went undefeated in a year when they had no bowl incentive, which most prognosticators would say would mean a loss or two, but it didn't happen.

Lebron is king, injuries are part of football, um needs to prove it on the field not on the media. Ok, loosers stop whinning

Shadow - didn't hear anyone complain about Keller being in the game but this injury brought up the safety discussion again.

Seems crystal clear to me, the defender is right. If he's risking a penalty and a fine for hitting the receiver in the head then he really has no choice but to go low.

On these plays where the receiver is dropping to the ground for his life there's just no way for a defender to avoid hitting him in the head every now and then.

We all agree defenders shouldn't lead with their helmets but they should be allowed to put a shoulder high in the receiver's face/chest without drawing a flag.

Keller walked away from this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbMBW7GmX1E

A bunch of pussys. When I played everything went, clothes lines, helmet to helmet, spearing, hitting after the whistle. Today's players are just a bunch of pansy assed faggots.

Keller's injury is the result of the law of unanticipated consequences. Now that the league has outlawed head hunting guys are going to hit receivers and running backs low. Knee injuries will go through the roof this year. Much better to hit these guys in the head than the knees. They have nothing to lose when the get their bells rung but everything when they crush their knees. This idiot Goodell is the worst thing that ever happened to football. Someone should clothe line this moron before he destroys pro football.

Simmer down,douche bag...

hey this is football and injuries happen, next man up!

FZB- How true it is, next man up. It's not like the dolphins lost a Gronk type of TE.Some people sound like the world came to an end on armandos site. It's only dustin f***ing keller. Even the jets did not want him.

My boy Ireland has drafted TE's in the last two years in Egnew (looked like a sure bust last year but has shown improvement this year) and Sims this year (has all the tools to be a good one)..its time for one of them or both to step up, no one is going to feel sorry for the Dolphins..

Next man up!

HOPEFULLY fat John Jerry comes back this week from injury..

T-Hill QB rating so far in the fake games season is like 105..not bad.

Daniel Thomas has looked good, U guys think he can start ove Lamar Miller?..mui posible I say.

our back up middle LB # 53 sucks, we need to find a replacement there.


or maybe we can trade Randy Starks to KC and get Fasano back..hehe..

the 1972 Perfectos are visiting the White House tomorrow to meet with Obi...Fernandez, Kooch and Langer refuse to go because they don't care to meet our asswipe presidente, Me?..I'm ok with it, that's why we live in this great country.

we have the right to choose and express our opinions but I'm sure Cote and the Liberals will have something to say about it.

FZB,

not meeting with the president is their choice, but most people, and i take it most of the surviving dolphins are gonna go, because whoever is president, most people would think it an honor to be invited to the white house and meet the commander in chief; maybe the only exception for me would be that arabist carter. i didn't agreee with reagan or the bushes, but to pass up on the opportunity- no. just to set things straight, i wasn't a fan of clinton and still would have gone, although i wouldn't of shaken his hand because it no doubt had jism on it!!

Guys FoxSports1 has a love affair with anything Tom Brady(Almost made me puke), Kind of like Cote's man-love for Lebron or Obama..

I forgot about FoxSports1...I guess I'm going to check'em out today but ffrom Anti's scouting report they are "mierda"

there's going to be a lot of players hitting the unemployment line in a couple of weeks, if Egnew and Sims still need a little more time to mature maybe we can pick up a veteran TE.

Mr. Woodcock,

where did you play? in florida or california? florida produces more tha its share of good.great footballers, but in so. cal in my day the city and CIF were separate entities, no state playoffs for the city teams. probably the best player to come out of the city schools (during the ole shadow's football cognizant years) was john elway from way up there in the north valley at granada hills (alma mater of mrs. shadow who doesn't know he exists!) i always liked the catholic league of the CIF (loyola, mater dei, bishop amat, serra)- low scoring games with not much passing until pat haden and mckay,jr. went to bishop amat. we at fairfax made one trip to the city playoffs and lost in the first round to san pedro, before banning and carson got on the map. best rivalry was roosevelt/garfield (east LA teams) and the carson/banning matches. i guess here in south florida the rivalries are the "soul bowl" and the "muck bowl"- amazing how many players come from belle glades/pahokee and get to the NFL. they get fast chasing them "rabbits" when the sugar fields are torched.

OYE, How much do I hate Brady????
It's unfair that he's one of the best QBs, Pretty Boy,But he goes home at nite and Bangs this....

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that is one fine pussy-cat he's riding..Brady that is.

so where is everyone?..ok let's see now.

Anti is trying to find his gamma rays

OC is driving to Tejas by way of who knows

Woodcock is taking his usual 5 hr lunch

Jimbo is climbing up a mountain somewhere (I wish it was me)

Kazaam is feeding his pet piranha's

Tom , Naple's and Shadow are taking their afternoon naps

the Duke is trying to find his way back home from Labia

Baby is in hiding getting worried the BoSox are going to blow the division to the damn Yankees.

and Me?..I'm talking to myself which is not a bad thing since I like talking to smart people.

FZ,I believe Woodcock is still asleep....It's only 1pm over here in the left coast......Look for woody to wake up around 4pm EST or 1 pm PST..

Srry, Should have been 2pmPST 5PM EST..

Just came back from watching " Los MarLins " beat the LA Dodgers ...Fernandez was not as dominant as other times but still only gave up 3 hits and only one earned run, stroke out Puig with one one and men on third and first..

Puig and Fernandez are the real deal.

Night ye all..

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