The Daily Dolphin

Dion Jordan: I’m drug free and there’s a place for me in the Dolphins rotation
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 1:44 PM

Defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, returned to practice for the Dolphins today after serving a six-game suspension for two failed drug tests.

But that doesn’t mean he will play on Sunday in Jacksonville.

Jordan remains on the suspended list. The NFL allows teams to evaluate a player for one week. So while Jordan can practice this week, the Dolphins don’t have to activate him until next Monday. They can see how he practices this before deciding whether to play him next week or in Week 9 against San Diego.

Jordan insisted after practice that [More]

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor: I was very disappointed with a lot of the play in Bears win
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 2:18 PM

Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry was disappointed after Sunday’s win against the Bears because he believes the offense could’ve done so much more.

Miami defeated Chicago 27-14 but Landry said the offense should’ve scored 50 points.

Not so fast, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said today.

“We’ve got a long way to go before we could reach that kind of thing,” he said. “To be honest with you, I was very disappointed with a lot of the play yesterday.”

The Dolphins are now scoring 24.5 points per game — 11th best in the NFL. It’s a big improvement from last season when [More]

Dolphins defeat Bears w/notes on Tannehill, Landry, Pouncey and more
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:20 PM

CHICAGO — There’s the good Dolphins and the bad Dolphins. You never know which one will show up.

But the good Dolphins showed up when Miami needed it the most, stunning the Bears 27-14 in Chicago and climbing back to .500.

The Dolphins are now 3-3 and have a very win-able road game against Jacksonville next week.

And they’ll face the Jaguars with quarterback Ryan Tannehill coming off the best game of his career.

Tannehill had a career-best 123.6 passer rating on Sunday and 48 rushing yards — including a key 30-yard run that set up a touchdown.

Prior [More]

Live game blog: Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

The Dolphins try to return to .500 with a running attack missing Knowshon Moreno. Follow all the action from Chicago before, during and after the game with The Post’s Dolphins reporters on site:

Miami Dolphins story lines: Slow starts a concern
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:55 AM

Take away the game against the Oakland Raiders — do the Raiders still count as an NFL team? — and the Dolphins have been outscored 53-16 in the first half this season.

Time after time, they’ve gone into the locker room in need of caffeine.

So what’s wrong? Maybe not as much in coach Joe Philbin’s eyes as in the view of many others.

“We have a routine that we think works in terms of getting the team ready to play,” Philbin said. “Offensively, I could be mistaken, but I think we’ve scored three times on our opening possession out of five.”

Well, yes, [More]

Video: Miami Dolphins face Chicago Bears without Knowshon Moreno
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 6:00 AM

How will the Dolphins fare without the injured Knowshon Moreno? Hal Habib and CineSport’s Chad Cutler discuss Miami’s offensive and defensive gameplans as the Dolphins face the Bears on Sunday.

Mike Pouncey could be back at center for Dolphins with Samson Satele questionable vs. Bears
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 3:19 PM

Mike Pouncey’s move from right guard to center could be short lived.

Center Samson Satele is questionable on Sunday with a hamstring injury. If he can’t play, Pouncey would move back to center — the position he’s played his entire NFL career until last week.

Pouncey, who was an All-America guard at UF, said it was a tougher transition to play guard in the NFL than he expected. He returned to the lineup last week after missing the first four games following offseason hip surgery.

If he does go back to center, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the move [More]

Miami Dolphins’ Damien Williams: Knowshon Moreno won’t be huge loss because others can fill void
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 4:33 PM

To Dolphins fans fretting over the loss this week of running back Knowshon Moreno for the season, Damien Williams has a message.

“I won’t say it’s a big loss,” Williams said Thursday.

A few mitigating circumstances: First, Williams is an undrafted rookie, so given some NFL seasoning, he might put that more diplomatically. Also, he was referring not just to Moreno, but his confidence in the remaining backs (starter Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and himself).

Nevertheless, Williams did not back away from his words, as you’ll soon see.

The full quote:

“I won’t say it’s a big loss just because we have other guys who [More]

Mike Pouncey’s rude awakening at guard: It’s a lot harder in NFL than college
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 4:23 PM

Playing guard in the NFL isn’t nearly as easy as Mike Pouncey expected.

Last week Pouncey said that not only was he willing to switch from center to right guard but he believed it was his true position.

He was an All-America guard at the University of Florida and was only converted into center his senior year in college.

Fast forward a week. Pouncey has now played guard in the NFL. So does he still think it’s his natural spot?

“I played guard four years ago in college,” Pouncey said. “It’s different in the NFL. Guys are a lot different, a lot faster.

“When [More]

Dolphins sign QB Bethel-Thompson to practice squad; Albert returns to practice
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:20 PM

*Practice update*: Left tackle Branden Albert, running back Lamar Miller and center Samson Satele, who missed yesterday’s practice, returned today.

Albert said yesterday “we’ll see” if he’ll be able to play on Sunday with an elbow injury. But a Wednesday return is a good sign for one of the least replaceable players on the team.

Safety Jimmy Wilson was the only Dolphins player off to the side at today’s practice. **

The Dolphins have added a second quarterback to their practice squad.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who spent part of the 2011 season on the Dolphins’ practice squad, is back with Miami.

The Cowboys signed offensive [More]

How the Dolphins have fared recently against NFL’s tallest WRs
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 8:45 AM

If the Dolphins win in Chicago on Sunday, they’ll have to do it against the team with the NFL’s tallest targets. And Miami has struggled against those teams in the last two seasons.

Football Perspective figured out the NFL’s tallest receiving corps based on an average of the height of each player on each team, weighted by their percentage of team receiving yards.

The Bears are No. 1 because: “Jeffery caught 31.9% of all Chicago receiving yards, so his 76 inches counts for 31.9% of Chicago’s average height. Bennett gained 17.1% of the team’s receiving yards, so his [More]

Dolphins practice: LT Branden Albert unsure if he will be able to play vs Bears
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 2:35 PM

The Dolphins won’t release an injury report until after Wednesday’s practice but four key Dolphins players were working off to the side today.

Running back Lamar Miller, left tackle Branden Albert, center Samson Satele and safety Jimmy Wilson were working on the exercise bike at the start of Dolphins practice and jogging on the field.

Albert said after practice he wasn’t sure if he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Bears with an elbow injury suffered late in the first half against the Packers.

“We’ll see,” Albert said.

“The elbow’s fine, it’s something I’m going to have to work [More]

Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno out for season with ACL injury
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 8:15 AM

Knowshon Moreno’s short-lived comeback is over. And he may have played his last game as a Dolphins running back.

Miami announced on Tuesday that Moreno — who is playing on a one-year, $3 million deal and had just returned to the lineup after suffering an elbow injury in Week 2 — has been placed on the Injured Reserve list and is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

It was a surprising development after coaches said Monday that they held him out for most of the second half of Sunday’s loss to Green Bay because of on-the-field [More]

Report: Dolphins DE Derrick Shelby reinstated
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 8:43 PM

Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby has been reinstated after a one week suspension, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

Shelby was suspended last week after he was arrested at a Ft. Lauderdale nightclub on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. He has pleaded not guilty.

According to a police report, Shelby was kicked out of Cyn Nightclub for groping two women’s buttocks. He refused to listen to police officers orders to leave the club and recorded the officers’ on his cell phones to try to prove he was being wrongly accused and mistreated.

Shelby was [More]

Dolphins coach Philbin takes blame for loss; DC Coyle defends decision on final TD
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 2:07 PM

Dolphins coaches are taking the blame for Sunday’s 27-24 loss to Green Bay but also defending some of their controversial late-game decisions.

Coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle pushed back on linebacker Philip Wheeler’s assertion that the game-winning touchdown from Green Bay quarterback to Aaron Rodgers to tight end Andrew Quarless — scored on Wheeler — was “50 percent bad play call and 50 percent bad coverage.”

Philbin said that middle linebacker Koa Misi, who played for the first time since Week 1 after injuring his ankle, “wasn’t ready to go” at the end of the game. He did [More]

Dolphins question decision-making, confused on fake spike vs. Packers | Video
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 6:19 PM

Here’s some post-game reaction from the Dolphins locker room:

Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler, who was covering Packers tight end Andrew Quarless on the game-winning touchdown, said it was partially his fault and partially bad play calling.

“I think it was 50 percent bad coverage, 50 percent bad call,” Wheeler said. “It could go either way. I think I had OK coverage but I should’ve made a play on the ball.

“I pretty much knew I was going to get the ball thrown to me, to my man. He knew we were doubling the slot, he knew what we were in. [More]

Live blog: Miami Dolphins vs. Green Bay Packers
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

After a bye week, the Dolphins take the field again to host the Packers, hoping to push above .500 for the season. Follow the action from Sun Life Stadium all day long — before, during and after the game.

Dolphins vs. Packers: How they matchup and staff predictions
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 8:56 AM

Dave George, columnist: The revolving door of suspended Miami players is a dizzying spectacle. Now DEs Derrick Shelby and Dion Jordan are prohibited from play. That means rookies Terrence Fede and Chris McCain will be in the pass-rush rotation. Aaron Rodgers is the wrong QB to be coming at with anything but your best. Packers, 35-27.

Greg Stoda, columnist: Green Bay has put up monster points – 38 and 42 vs. Chicago and Minnesota, respectively – in its past two games. The primary burden is on Miami’s defense, of course, but an effective ball-control game (see: run, run, run) would be [More]

Miami Dolphins story lines: Charles Clay takes ‘full responsibility’ for slow start
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:12 AM

Coming off a breakout season, Dolphins tight end Charles Clay this summer was named one of the league’s top 100 players by NFL Network.

He’ll be the first to say he hasn’t performed that way this season. Yet.

Clay was wearing a broader smile in the locker room this past week than we’ve seen in ages, a sign that the knee injury suffered in training camp might have healed, thanks to the bye week.

“It helped tremendously,” Clay said. “Any time you have time to just relax and kind of let your body heal up, it’s very useful.”

But Clay wouldn’t say the knee [More]

Dolphins RB Moreno probable; CB Finnegan questionable
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 5:00 PM

Green Bay has allowed the most rushing yards in the league this season and the Dolphins will likely face them with Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno, who hasn’t played since early in Week 2, is listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Lamar Miller has played well in Moreno’s absence so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Miller gets more carries in Moreno’s first game back.

But the Dolphins will now have a stellar 1-2 punch against a tram struggling against the run.

The other side of the ball could be more concerning for Miami. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan is questionable with a neck injury. His loss [More]