Hey Folks - I notice there's some unrest out there in the Dolphins discussion arena. Not missing that stuff at all.
I noticed Miami signed a new linebacker and a new wide receiver this week. I guess with the delay in getting football started this year, teams are allowed to have more players on the roster for longer, and they are no doubt taking advantage of that.
I also noticed for the first time that former Dolphin psychopath, Bryan Cox, is back coaching the pass rushers. I saw a photo of Cox coaching up the rookie, Jason Taylor on how to get to the quarterback and yes, I did spit my coffee all over my keyboard!
Still, I wonder if maybe our next move is to re-hire Mike Westhoff after he completes his one-year contract with the Jets at the end of this season. We seem intent on hiring as many former Dolphins-turned-Jets as possible.
A quick thought on Pre-Season game number 1 versus the Falcons. First of all, after the first quarter I almost decided once and for all to give up on American Football and switch my attentions full-time to Bocce, but after taking a few hours off, I returned to watch the rest of the game which consisted primarily of players I'd never heard of, including that Ray Willis guy who was possibly the worst offensive lineman I've ever seen, at least in that game. In fact, with the exception of Pouncey, I thought the O-line should be scrapped altogether. This team will not be able to run the ball this season. Reggie Bush is not going to do it all on his own.
Defensively I'll say this. Both Koa Misi and Jared Odrick looked much better/faster/stronger than they did last year, but the chemistry is not there on this team yet, especially in the middle of the field. I wouldn't be surprised if we continue to get beaten down the middle again this year by every tight end in the league.
Overall I thought the game was good in that we fought back and everyone seemed to be working hard out there, but we still lack a lot of talent, especially on the 2nd team. Considering injuries/suspensions/etc I just don't think we have a solid 53 at this point.
To finish on a positive, I thought WR Roberto Wallace looked ten times the big target receiver that Mr Fumble-turned-INT Anthony Fasano does. This is two seasons in a row that Anthony Fasano fumbled the first throw of the game into the hands of an Atlanta defender - if there were betting odds on that kind of thing they would be astronomical!