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Miami Dolphins: 1%

Playoffs.

For the first time since 2008 the Miami Dolphins are headed to the playoffs. After a 1-4 start rookie head coach Adam Gase has willed an injury plagued team to the post-season.

There should be nothing but joy in South Beach…Right?

Not quite. There is unrest in Dolphins nation. For all the challenges and obstacles this team has overcome the disrespect is real.

Often franchises will try to create the notion that it is ‘us vs them’ to motivate the team and their fans. It is an effective motivational tool. In the Dolphins case they do not need to create anything. Nation media seems to enjoy slapping them in the face. For some reason there are those who seek to invalidate the achievements of this season.

There is the NFL Power Index which in the final edition ranked the Denver Broncos ahead of the Dolphins even though the Dolphins made the postseason as a wild card ahead of the Broncos. Miami did not make the playoffs as the best team of a bad division(yes I’m looking at you Texans), they had to fight and claw ahead of the Broncos among other teams to make the postseason.  They had to sweep division rivals Buffalo and New York-teams who had owned Miami in recent years. They had to overcome injuries to Reshad Jones, Mike Pouncey, Koa Misi, Jelani Jenkins and most recently the loss of franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill to finish 10-6.

Critics will say that the Dolphins only beat one winning team on their way to the playoffs(Pittsburgh). The fact is you play the games in front of you. The 1-4 start hurts that is undeniable. That said the six game winning streak should not be discounted no matter who it came against.

Six games that started with the dismantling of Sundays opponent the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-15. They followed that with a game against the Buffalo Bills who were coming off a four game winning streak. A Bills team that the Dolphins had struggled against in recent years. Some of the wins were impressive in others they simply survived. At the end of the day how you win is less important than the final score.

And so here we are in playoffs once again and Espn’s Football Power Index says that Miami has a 1% chance, one percent. Actually that is not true. That is a lie, a fabrication. They give the Dolphins a .2% chance of reaching the Super Bowl.

They have written them off so much so that several times this week when talking about the playoff teams they leave the Dolphins out of the conversation entirely. Earlier this week ESPN could not even be bothered to create a graphic for the team when talking about teams chances in the AFC.

Respect has to be earned. You would think with all that the Dolphins have overcome they would get just a little respect. Apparently there is yet another hurdle for this team to clear. And if they win today the media will surely write them off again.

1%.

I think I will take this one percent over the other 99.

#FinsUp

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Fool’s Gold

We take a break from the regularly scheduled #PhilbinWatch to bring you this-Bwahahaha

This is no laughing matter…but sometimes to have to find the funny. Just to get through the day.

Miami fans are frustrated. The players are frustrated. The coaches damn well better be frustrated. This is not how the first quarter of the season was supposed to go.

It is not just the losses, it is the way the Dolphins are losing. Opposing quarterbacks and running backs are having career games against this defense, every single week. It is not just one team, one week. It is Every. Single. Week.

Ryan Tannehill is being slapped around like a red-headed stepchild. Lamar Miller might as well join the witness protection program for as often as we have seen him. The offensive line leaks like a sieve. Things have not gone well down in South Beach.

This is not the product we were sold during preseason.

In preseason the first team offense marched down the field, scoring at will. Everyone witnessed a fierce defense during those ‘practice’ games. How fierce? Matt Ryan, starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, looked like he wanted to retire after a quarter of having Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and company harass him. The starters looked fantastic. It was the depth that was a concern.

Fool’s Gold.

It looked like the real thing. It was not. This team has been much more representative of the struggling backups we saw than the impressive first team.

At the end of the day is that what this team really is?

Is it simply a collection of talented athletes, but not an actual team?

We do not want to see the fool’s gold any longer. Give us the fans, the players, the entire organization a team that lives up to the best of its abilities.

Let us see at least a glimpse of what we thought we saw before.

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Tannehill signed through 2020

On May 19th quarterback Ryan Tannehill signed a contract extension keeping him with the Miami Dolphins through the 2020 season.

This is an important move for the franchise moving forward. Stability at the most important position can only help the rest of the team. Since Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino retired the team has searched constantly for a franchise quarterback. They have looked everywhere through free agency, the draft. Former starters, long time backups. It is a search many team make over time. It can hold an entire team hostage until they find the one.

Now Ryan Tannehill is still not a finished project. He does still have work to do but that is a good thing. Getting better every day is important to everyone.

Can his pocket presence be better? Yes.

Can his deep passing game improve? Of course.

A thousand little things can improve. But he has shown enough for the vote of faith.

Some will criticize that he is not among the elite quarterbacks. That is ok. Here is a dirty little secret: there are only maybe 3 truly elite quarterbacks. Tannehill is not elite but he is among the top 12 quarterbacks in the league.

That is a good start. Now is the time to find that next gear and see just how good he can be.

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