The Daily Dolphin

Dolphins LB Chris McCain to university that dismissed him: Stop using my photos
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 3:28 PM

Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain is starting a war with the University of California, publicly demanding that the school that dismissed him last year stop using his photos on their web site.

Rumors have been rampant on the Internet, including that McCain was involved in fights during practice, but he told the Palm Beach Post on Thursday that he did nothing worthy of being kicked out of school.

“I can’t get into details, but what happened was out of my control,” McCain said. “I had no control over it. My actions weren’t the reason. Everybody should just know if they have questions: School [More]

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin misses practice for “family matter”
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 1:32 PM

The Dolphins are preparing for a key home game against San Diego without their head coach.

Coach Joe Philbin is not at practice today because of a “family matter.” No more details were provided.

The Dolphins have not yet said who ran today’s practice, which is still ongoing.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was selected to meet with the media in Philbin’s place. He will speak shortly.

Left guard Daryn College, who is dealing with a migraine and sinus infection issue, was not at practice. Tight end Dion Sims and linebacker Chris McCain attended did not participate.

The Dolphins will release [More]

Dolphins rookie Jarvis Landry wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:12 AM

What a difference a month makes.

In September we were debating whether Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry would keep his job as the team’s returner. He was struggling as a punt returner and fumbled twice. His job was in jeopardy.

In October he won AFC Special Teams Player of the Month — the first rookie to win the award since Oakland’s Jacoby Ford in 2010 and the fourth Dolphins player to ever win the award.

Landry’s award was announced this morning after he returned five kickoffs in October for 178 yards (35.6 average) with a long of 54 yards. It’s the second-highest average [More]

Miami Dolphins practice report: Dan Marino ‘a great resource,’ Ryan Tannehill says
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 4:12 PM

A bit of light is shining on Dan Marino’s role as an advisor with the Miami Dolphins.

Not surprisingly, Marino has spent time with Ryan Tannehill, talking quarterback talk and offering tips and advice to Miami’s third-year passer.

“Dan’s been great,” Tannehill said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s been around a lot of recent. I’ve watched tape with him. He’s been in the TV room. He’s a great resource to have around, just his knowledge of the game and obviously the success that he had during his career.”

Tannehill said film sessions with Marino are not on a set schedule, “but he’s around.” Such [More]

Dolphins safety Louis Delmas named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:13 AM

Louis Delmas has been inconsistent since joining the Dolphins in the offseason. He’s shown flashes of promise at the safety position but also struggled to become the Pro Bowl-caliber player Miami envisioned when signing him to a one-year deal.

But Delmas stepped up in a big way in Sunday’s 27-13 win against Jacksonville and he was awarded for it.

Delmas today was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He had two tackles, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and an interception which he returned 81 yards for a touchdown.

Halfway through the season, a Dolphins player has now won the award twice. [More]

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace on Jags win: Offense was s***
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 4:52 PM

Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace didn’t talk to reporters after Sunday’s 27-13 win against Jacksonville but he was candid today.

Although Miami won the game by 14 points, Wallace said “the defense scored the points.”

“We ain’t do nothing,” Wallace said. “Our offense was shit. We’ve got to do better.”

Wallace said he bailed out on post-game interviews Sunday because he had family members to see and not out of frustration.

But he was plenty frustrated today.

When asked about his 50-yard catch — a rare deep ball for Wallace this season, who has turned into a possession receiver — he wasn’t [More]

Dolphins OC Lazor expects Hartline to improve (and more Monday tidbits)
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 5:37 PM

The Dolphins are nearly halfway through the season yet receiver Brian Hartline’s stats are not even close to previous seasons.

After back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, Hartline is on pace for just 46 catches and 491 yards this season. In Sunday’s 27-14 win against Jacksonville — a game where Miami’s defense scored two touchdowns and picked up the slack for a struggling offense — Hartline caught just one pass on four targets and had two drops.

Here’s what offensive coordinator Bill Lazor had to say today, with more thoughts weekly thoughts from Lazor, coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.

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Dolphins players not happy after Sunday’s 14-point win over Jacksonville
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 9:14 PM

Check out our full post-game coverage here.

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars are a lousy team, no doubt about that. But if you had said before the game that the Dolphins would have defeated Jacksonville by 14 points on the road, you’d gladly take it. A win is a win and road wins are never a gimme.

But the Miami locker room was very solemn after Sunday’s 27-14 win. And it’s because of the way Miami won the game.

The Dolphins were out-gained 117 yards to 3 in the first half.

They ran just 15 plays in the first half. [More]

Live blog: Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

The Dolphins look to move above .500 with a win in Jacksonville before starting a difficult stretch of the schedule. Get all the action from Jacksonville on and off the field with our reporters on site.

Dolphins vs. Jaguars: How they matchup and staff predictions
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 8:47 AM


When Dolphins have the ball Miami passing (22nd in NFL) vs. Jacksonville pass defense (30th): The Dolphins aren’t racking up a ton of yards, but Ryan Tannehill is coming off his most efficient game. And for the season he has 10 touchdown passes compared to five picks. The Dolphins’ variety of targets — six players have caught touchdown passes — is a plus in the red zone. Edge: Miami.

Miami rushing (4th) vs. Jacksonville rush defense (15th): The Dolphins continue to have success with Lamar Miller — on track for his first 1,000-yard season — and Daniel Thomas stepping up their [More]

Dolphins activate DE Dion Jordan, waive WR Damian Williams
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 4:34 PM

JACKSONVILLE — As expected the Dolphins today activated defensive end Dion Jordan, who missed the first six games of the season after failing two drug tests.

The Dolphins had until today at 4 p.m. to activate him and they waited until the last second to make it official. They may have been waiting to decide who to cut based on injuries this week.

Receiver Damian Williams, who was on his second go around with Miami this year, was released.

Williams was cut just before the start of the season and the Dolphins re-signed him on Oct. 6.

With Williams [More]

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: