The Daily Dolphin

Video: Will Miami Dolphins avoid a ‘trap’ game vs. Jaguars?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:56 PM

Are the Dolphins looking past Sunday’s game against the 1-6 Jaguars? Hal Habib and CineSport’s Brian Clark break down this weekend’s matchup and how Miami can slow Denard Robinson.

Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi questionable vs. Jags after re-aggravating ankle
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 3:11 PM

Dolphins middle linebacker Koa Misi’s ankle injury that kept him out of the lineup for several weeks this season was supposed to be behind him.

But Misi, who re-aggravated the injury and missed practice on Thursday, is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

He’s played well since returning to the lineup with nine tackles in a loss to Green Bay and six in last week’s win in Chicago.

If Misi is out, the Dolphins would have to start Jason Trusnik or Jelani Jenkins inside. Linebacker is one of the Dolphins’ weakest areas of depth.

Overall, the Dolphins are healthy heading into [More]

Miami Dolphins practice report: Koa Misi sits out early drills
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 1:09 PM

The Dolphins’ injury situation, which appeared to be as bright as could be for this time of year, may have taken a turn Thursday when linebacker Koa Misi was held out of practice for the early portion, which is open to the media.

Misi injured an ankle in the opener against New England and missed the next three games. He returned against Green Bay and played against Chicago last Sunday.

Misi is being counted on to stabilize a linebacking corps that didn’t live up to expectations last season. He was moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker this season and has 17 [More]

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan expected to play Sunday vs. Jaguars
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06 AM

Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, who is coming off a six-game suspension, is expected to be activated and play Sunday against the Jaguars, the Palm Beach Post has learned.

Jordan is still on the suspended list but is allowed to practice. The Dolphins could have kept him off the roster until next week’s game against San Diego and coach Joe Philbin hasn’t said publicly whether Jordan will play this week.

The Dolphins will have to release a player this week to make room for Jordan.

It’s unclear how much if any role he will have on defense after missing the [More]

Early grades for Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey’s offseason moves
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:12 AM

The Dolphins are only six games into the season but we have enough sample size now to start looking at first-year general manager Dennis Hickey’s offseason moves and how they’re working out. Coach Joe Philbin had major input on these decisions, and VP Dawn Aponte is a key player on the contract side, but ultimately the praise or blame for the offseason moves will be on Hickey.

We’ll do this again later in the season, but here’s how it looks at the moment.

Key free agent signings:

LT Branden Albert: A+

The Dolphins broke the bank for left tackle Branden Albert with a [More]

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]