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April 28, 2008
April 23, 2008
Last year, the top O-line prospect in the NFL Draft went fishing. This year, the top O-line prospect is a Phish. After pondering the question yesterday, it looks like we have our answer. Jake Long has signed to a five year, $57.5 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. As of Saturday, Jakezilla will be a Dolphin.
And I really couldn’t be happier. Although I do have a twinge of disappointment that the other Long will is not the one, I am extremely happy at how well the Dolphins front office has handled this.
We’ve heard a lot of talk about the god vs bad of having the number one pick, but I think Parcells has shown the rest of league how to do it. Choose your guy and then go after him. Sort it out early, before the draft if you can and all the usual first pick issues will be lessened a great deal.
All of a sudden, the Dolphins O-line looks very tasty indeed and I can’t wait to see what John Beck can do under centre now that he actually has some blocking up front. I’m sure Jakezilla will be a star in the NFL for many years to come!
April 22, 2008
The 2008 NFL Draft is finally upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. Although, for some reason the latest news stories have me a litlle disappointed.
It’s not that I don’t think Jake Long will be a fantastic #1 pick for the Dolphins, it’s just that ever since the combine, I’ve had my eyes on the other Long. No, not in that way you sordid so and so…
Chris Long as been at the top of mine and almost everybody else’s mock drafts for weeks. He’s a heck of a competitor and an exciting prospect for a 1-15 side.
But in perspective, either of the Longs would be a great choice and Miami do have a vacancy at the tackle position. Jake is incredibly big and strong and the Dolphins O-line was a major factor in last years terrible season. I’d love to see how John Beck plays when he actually has some blocking in front of him and a run game to support the pass!
For me right now the worst scenario would be Vernon Gholston. For me, he just isn’t in the game enough to warrant a number one pick. Actually, thinking about it there is a worse scenario. Picking up Matt Ryan would really make me puke!
April 9, 2008
Now it’s not that I don’t think Josh McCown can turn the Dolphins around and get them a division title or two (oh wait a minute, that’s exactly what I think), it’s just that I believe John Beck has the right qualities to be a superstar in the NFL. He just needs the chance to prove it.
Last year Beck was thrown into a deeper deep-end then any rookie QB in recent history. The Dolphins hadn’t won a single game, were down to their third string RB and had an offensive line that just could not block on pass protection. Oh and his first start would be against The Eagles in Philly. And yet, until the Bills game where Cameron pulled him in knee-jerk response to a fumble, Beck had done well and shown all the right signs.
He was nervy to begin with, but soon settled in. He was poised, accurate and he created long drives that the Dolphins hadn’t seen all season (including one against the Eagles that should have been the game winner, were it not for some terrible run blocking and frankly shocking play calling). Sure he made some rookie mistakes, but he showed some flashes of brilliance too, like in this touchdown play against the Bengals:
That’s a 22 yard throw on the run to the corner of the endzone – and it hits Hagan right between the numbers. Awesome! Notice how Beck has less then a seconds worth of protection from the O-line as well.
It is clear to me that with the right amount of patience and development, John Beck can become the franchise QB that the Dolphins have been scratching around for since Big Dan retired. The Dolphins must surely give him that chance.
March 13, 2008
This is not Gatlin’s first attempt to break into Football since being banned from the track for substance abuse. Last year he made an unsuccessful attempt to join the Buccaneers.
When Gatlin tested positive, atheltics was robbed of one of it’s biggest stars. Gatlin was well liked by fans and media alike and many were shocked when they heard the news of his positive test.
He is appealing his four year ban from the track.
Drugs or no drugs, Gatlin is still one of the fastest men in the world and it would make sense for an NFL team to give him a shot.
March 1, 2008
February 20, 2008
We’ve all heard the story by now, 500,000 ticket requests for the last UK game and three further games to be played in the UK in 08,09 and 2010, but how did American Football become so big in blighty?
To find the answer we have to look both at the current psyche of the British sports fan and the sporting climate in which he/she now lives.
Soccer is and always has been, the number one sport in Britain. The country is saturated with teams and leagues that run the length and breadth of the country. A town may not have a post office, a school or a population of more then 22, but it will almost certainly have a football team. That’s just the way it is in Britain.
Though there have been numerous calls over the years for the FA to condense the leagues and force the small (and generally bankrupt) clubs to come together, they, like so many another cries for change in football, fallen on deaf ears. As a result of a staunch resistance to and lets not mince words here, a total fear of, any change, the leading sport in Britain has become an overindulged, predictable bore. No team outside the famous ‘top four’ has one the league in ten years and none outside that ‘elite’ has won the FA Cup in thirteen. The soccer season itself seems to get longer every year and there now appears to be scarcely any off-season.
February 15, 2008
So I was all ready to write a piece on the ridiculous awesomeness that is Alan Voskuil, when the biggest news story of the year (well ok, maybe that’s a tad OTT) hit me square in the chest.
When I first heard this, everything kind of stopped for a second. All sounds around me went hollow and I just sort of sat, staring at the wall for a minute.
is was the Dolphins. And now he’s gone. But even when the new regime cut the cord, Thomas was still class personified:
“I am healthy and look forward to playing in 2008, but will always consider myself a Miami Dolphin.”
This is a huge move for the (un) holy trilogy of Parcells, Ireland and Sparano… if they don’t produce results next year this decision will definitely come back to haunt them. The fans will let it play for now, but it had better work out.
But whatever happens, where ever he goes, I wish him all the luck and happiness in the world. Good luck Zach, thanks for everything and God bless.
February 7, 2008
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February 4, 2008
What an incredible game. I had to pinch myself when I woke up this morning and I haven’t stopped smiling yet.
Am I allowed to feel this good about a Giants victory though?
I’m a Dolphins fan and I have no connection to NY whatsoever and yet I still have the irresistible urge to hug Eli Manning and give him a pat on his big ol’ stupid head.
Am I alone here? Does this feel like an incredible victory for everyone else as well?