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Vlog 21: Benjamin to the Bills and Ajayi to the Eagles

The Carolina Panthers traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills for a 3rd and 7th round pick in the 2018 draft.

I personally didn’t think the Panthers would be dealers before the deadline, but what do I know.

Check out my thoughts on the trade.

Vlog 7: Jay Cutler to the Dolphins, should Kaepernick fans be mad about this signing?

The Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury which will likely keep him out for the season. The Dolphins signed Jay Cutler to a one year, $10 million deal with incentives.

I wanted to dig into this move, check out my latest vlog.

The Miami Dolphins just can’t get right

If you ever watched the movie “Life” you will understand my reference and if you haven’t seen it I suggest you find what outlet has the movie via DVD, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, the library or many outer countless places. I say that to say this, the Miami Dolphins can’t get right boss.

This week the underachieving Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin a guy I thought from seeing on Hard Knocks wouldn’t succeed. Just research the Ochocinco a.k.a. Chad Johnson situation you will understand why I didn’t think he couldn’t be a leader of men. The Dolphins are 1-3 this season and a total record of 24-28 with Joe in charge. If you do your research you will see a guy whose team had two seasons where they faded during the December playoff push.

During every off season the Dolphins seem to make a splash by cutting a big check, but they never seem to get the most out of the talent they sign. One off season it was wide receiver Mike Wallace, who now is with the Vikings, this off season it was extending so-so quarterback Ryan Tannehill and writing a big check to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Who signs Suh and refuses to use him like the Lions did so they could get the best out of their return? Yes, points to the Dolphins only the Dolphins can slow down one of the best defensive lineman we have seen in our history.

Dennis Hickey (present) and Jeff Ireland (former) seem to be clueless as general managers. I guess they think just throwing a lot of money at somebody and not putting them in a system that caters to their skill set is a great way to get a good return on a major investment.

Let’s not forget the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito incident. I mean Philbin is kind of like a running joke when you think about it.

The Dolphins suck to put it bluntly and they can think their three headed monster (add the owner also) for the situation they have been in for the past four years.

Dan Marino isn’t walking through that door, Don Shula isn’t walking through that door so Dolphins fans it may get worse before it gets better.

NFL Sleepers: The Miami Dolphins Look to Take Over The AFC East

There are many sleeper teams in the NFL, and the Miami Dolphins are a team that  people need keep an eye on. After going 8-8 last season, it is expected for the Dolphins to improve as a team. When teams normally hit the 8-8 mark, they normally take the next step if they keep their roster in tact. In the case of the Dolphins they have added to an already solid team. With the addition of Ndamukong Suh, Greg Jennings, and a host of other players the Dolphins are looking playoff bound. Ryan Tannehill, who is one of the most underrated quarterbacks has quietly improved on a yearly basis. Last season, Tannehill threw for over 4,000 yards to go along with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Tannehill is arguably one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the NFL, but he doesn’t get credit for it. Tannehill is also great at his decision making and making the big play as well.

Tannehill put up impressive numbers with so-so weapons. With the addition of Greg Jennings and with Jarvis Landry going into his second season the Dolphins have a potent attack on the outside. It also helps that Charles Clay is one of the best swiss-army knife players in all of football. Running back Lamar Miller will look to build upon his 1,000 yard season and he is expected to run behind the potent offensive line anchored by Mike Pouncey.

As of now the AFC East have many question marks at the quarterback position. With Tom Brady’s suspension in limbo, and quarterback problems in New York and Buffalo gives the Dolphins an advantage with the stability that Tannehill has. It’s obvious that Brady is the best quarterback in the division, but if he misses four games things could get dicey in New England with an unproven Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.

All of the teams in the AFC East have pretty potent defenses, but the Dolphins are on par with the Patriots to have both a quality offense and defense.  Teams will have to deal with the nightmare of facing Suh and Cameron Wake each and every Sunday. No other team in the division has that potent of a DT and DE combo to go with the offense that can score points.  It will be interesting to see how things shape up this season. If I had to place a wager on a team taking the next step, it would be the Miami Dolphins.

NFL: 2015 Predictions AFC East

In this 8 part series I will be compiling my thoughts and predictions for each division in the NFL as they embark on their 2015 seasons. This article will focus solely on the AFC East, the home of the current SuperBowl Champs, the New England Patriots. Let’s begin.

tombradyWhen the confetti fell last February and the Pats were living on cloud 9, a horrible storm was brewing inside the metaphorical cumulus. “DeflateGate” as it is widely known, was the catalyst in a downward spiral of a summer. Knowing Tom Brady and potentially Bill Belichick could be in trouble, names started dropping from the roster, some on their own accord. Revis made his rapid return to The Jets, surprise breakout star Kyle Arrington was released along with veteran Brandon Spikes, to mention a few. Not much was brought in to replace these missing links to success for the team, that mixed with Tom Brady sitting the first four games is a disaster in the making for these defending champions. However, the last Patriots team to play more than back to back games without #12 was the 2008 squad that went 11-5 without their leader playing the entire season. A good omen perhaps?

ryan tannehillA few weeks back an article was published stating that brain trust from Harvard University have placed the Seahawks and The Miami Dolphins as this years final. Though I can see the accuracy of this prediction based solely on the defensive juggernauts they have in the backfield. The truth is that Ryan Tannehill just can’t win those crucial games. He’s the Matt Ryan of the AFC. Outstanding in regular season match ups, posting earth shattering numbers more than not. Therefore, the pressure on the Miami offense equipped with Tannehill’s arm, fail to gain any traction resulting in them being outside looking in come playoff time. The key factor in if the Dolphin’s sink or swim, will be the addition of heavily scrutinized, Ndamukong Suh. After setting sails to the sunny beaches of Florida, it’s truly time to see if Suh is the terror on the field he can be, without the cheap shots and dirty plays. Some believe this is the Dolphin’s best chance to win a few playoff games in a very long time.
NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York JetsBack in 2013, a gigantic news story broke out of The Jets locker room. The all star Darrelle Revis, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all fingers pointed to loud mouth Rex Ryan as the ultimate reason for his departure. Heated words were thrown from both camps and everyone believed the bridge back to MetLife was not only burnt but engulfed in flames. Albeit when word broke of Revis returning to his rookie team, shock was not a word that crossed many minds. With no more Rex at the helm, it was a clean slate for Darrelle. Two other superstar athletes that signed contracts with the Football Jets were Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. If Geno Smith can prove doubters wrong and not lose his starting gig yet again, the targets he had to choose from are plenty. He will have a solid defense behind him so the proverbial ball is in Mr.Smiths court.
Four. The most hated number in Bills history. Four times has Buffalo made it to the big dance, only to be rejected like a high school senior. Forget the fact that team led by Jim Kelly did it in four consecutive years, some clubs haven’t even experienced a Super Bowl date. For the first time in  years, this lowly bitter cold franchise will attempt to bring home the first Lombardi trophy for the city, stomping out the history of losses in the finals. Ranked in the top 3 defenses in the league, Buffalo has the secondary to do some serious damage. Their second week will be the most important game of the season as they look to expose a Brady-less squad against New England. Although the questions still surround their offense, LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin are enormous additions to a feeble offensive attack.
Final predictions are as follows:
Buffalo        12-4
Pats             11-5
Miami         9-7
Jets              9-7

Did the Dolphins overpay Ryan Tannehill?

While everybody and their momma was worried about “Deflate Gate” another team in the AFC East made some noise. The Miami Dolphins went ahead and cashed out quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Fins/Phins whatever you want to call them are known for opening up the check book to keep or acquire talent so far it hasn’t amounted to much by 8-8 seasons. Did you feel the dig there?

Tannehill was the third quarterback in that 2012 NFL Draft class that had Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III go one/two respectively. A few weeks ago Tannehill signed a six year $96 million extension to stay planted as the quarterback of the now in Miami, but when you break down the details everything isn’t as clear as it seems on the surface. Of the six years only the first two are guaranteed and after the two years are up, he basically is on a year to year deal that the Dolphins can get from under before “said” deadline each year. So after the initial shock of why in the hell would they give him all this money went away I think this is a very smart deal. They took a page out of the Cincinnati Bengals playbook in the way they handled Andy Dalton. The going rate for a solid quarterback is between $14-$17 million a year, so if he takes the next step they have a steal, if he regresses in a few years they can get him out of town without a penalty, sounds like a win-win for the team in Miami.

Did the Dolphins overpay? Honestly no because they can get out of their mistake within a reasonable amount of time. Now it’s time for Tannehill to improve on his 23-25 record during his NFL career, “mo money, mo problems” to quote the great B.I.G.

When keeping it real goes wrong: Dion Jordan Edition

So we learned that Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has been suspended for the entire 2015 season because another diluted/failed drug test. The marriage with the Dolphins hasn’t been a happy one because of the lack of production during his first two years, but that isn’t why we are here today, nope not at all it’s not about the on the field play.

Jordan had a diluted piss test, which means he was doing something extra before the test. I mean I guess if that’s your thing, but when you let your extracurricular activities stop your money then you have a real problem. With Jordan he let his love for the Co Co or whatever his drug of choice cost him a total of $5.61 million dollars this year. I mean who wants to trick off almost $6 million bucks for some damn drugs? I guess Jordan. With how grimy the NFL is when it comes to giving up funds you can’t give them a reason to not pay you.  Jordan might not have much to worry about if he was producing on the field, but with his lack of production I wouldn’t be shocked if the Dolphins cut ties soon after his suspension is over.

If its drugs or money, man please take the money, but in this case Jordan dropped the ball and in doing so lost $5.61 million. I hope whatever drug or drugs he used took him to the moon because when he came down he pockets weren’t as fat.

Is Ndamukong Suh Worth the Money?

Guest Blogger: Gibran Arnold
As the news broke that Ndamukong Suh signed with the Miami Dolphins for $60 million guaranteed I began to wonder. Is he worth that much? Could a DT lead his team to a superbowl? Would I have paid that much for a DT? My answer is NO! Football is made up of two type of people. People who play for the game and people who play for themselves. Suh is one who plays for himself. In his case, he left a team that were only a couple players away from making a huge step in making a run to the Super Bowl. Offensively you have one of the better QBs and WRs in the league in Golden Tate, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. They need a little help on the offensive line, but no major needs. Depth on the offensive is a concern, but that’s something they could address in the draft.
The Lions also have a young good hungry defense that ranked 1st in the league in stopping the run. You have all the makings of a team on the cusp of making a run in the post season, but what does Suh do? He bolts to a mediocre team with a good pass rusher in Cameron Wake and an unproven offense. The wide receivers are inconsistent as well as quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Suh proves that he left for one reason and one reason alone and that was for the CASH. Suh plays for Suh and not for the sake of the team.
He could have gotten paid by staying in Detroit and finishing what he started there, but he chose otherwise. So if Miami does not make the playoffs could we blame Suh? I say yes. Suh wants to get paid like the man, and with being the man you get the blame like the man.

When Gerald McCoy got paid we had a barometer for the new Suh deal

Sometimes as they say the writing is on the wall. During the season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers extended DT Gerald McCoy for seven years up to $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed. McCoy was the same guy that was drafted a pick behind Suh, for both players to be top defensive tackles seems pretty cool.

After the McCoy ink dried on the contact everyone and their momma knew Suh was going to get more. Ray Charles could see Suh was the most dominate defensive tackle in the land (RIP Ray Charles). So when the Lions didn’t franchise tag Suh they knew they couldn’t afford to pay him over $100 million for how every many years.

I’m pretty sure Suh and his agent emailed and faxed McCoy’s contract to every team that is interested and said if you can’t top this don’t waste your time or breathe trying to sign my client. That’s where the Miami Dolphins stepped in and brought a Brink’s truck for the best DT in the game. The numbers are believed to be six years $114 million with $60 guaranteed. Yes, $60 million man Suh is set that’s quarterback type money and I ain’t mad at him for getting that money because one down season and you will get feed to the rats in the NFL.

The Dolphins have been known to open up the check book to free agents within the last few years, go research Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe. So, now Ndamukong Suh will be taking his talents to South Beach and collecting a massive check. If Suh is cool with McCoy he should call him and tell him thanks for setting the bar for his current contract