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Will the New-Look Fins quiet the bark of the Dawg Pound in Cleveland?
Posted By Daniel Saviuk On Sep 8 2013 @ 12:22 am In Miami Dolphins,NFL | No Comments
Week 1 matchup for the Dolphins, has them heading to Cleveland to take on the Browns. Both teams will have their franchise quarterbacks, both 1st-round draft picks in 2012 on display; Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill (#8) and Browns’ Brandon Weeden (#29). Dolphins were (7-9) and the Browns were (5-11) last season.
I love everything about Tannehill’s game. Last year, I said if they drafted a quarterback in the 1st round it would be Tannehill and I was right. He is a star in the making.
Owner Stephen Ross and GM Jeff Ireland gave Coach Joe Philbin, OC Mike Sherman and DC Kevin Croyle, plenty of new guys to work with this offseason.
Philbin did a solid job coaching, despite the fact he didn’t have a lot talent. They both were pleased with Tannehill’s 1st year, and now with the new weapons on offense; this will be his year to really shine as a make a name for himself. Tannehill really came on strong as the year progressed once Mike Sherman opened the playbook and let him use his legs. That allowed Tannehill to throw on the run, and run to make to plays. I watched him all season long and was so impressed by his poise. He never got down on himself. He could have led them to the playoffs, if not for his kicker Dan Carpenter missing potential game-winners vs. the Jets and Cardinals. He did beat playoff teams such as: the Bengals and Seahawks.
From: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14878/brandon-weeden:  He started 15 games = 297-517 (57.4% Completion), 3,385 yards, 14 TD’s, 17 INT’s, 3 fumbles lost, QBR = 27.0, Rating of = 72.6. His rushing stats: 27 carries, 111 yards. Tannehill was the better quarterback of the two, and the most important stat of the all is: 7 wins for Tannehill, Weeden 5 wins.
From: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14876/ryan-tannehill  Spin: He has a pretty good matchup against a Browns pass defense that ranked 25th in the NFL last season, but Tannehill has not proven he can get it done outside of Miami. In his eight road starts as a rookie, Tannehill threw just four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Having a new top target in Mike Wallace will certainly help, but this has the makings of a low-scoring, run-heavy game. ESPN Fantasy Projection: The numbers look awful. Tannehill passed for 12 TDs and 13 INTs in his rookie year, but the fact that he started 15 games is in itself a victory. Remember, this kid was a converted WR who had 19 college starts at QB. The Dolphins see poise and talent in Tannehill, and the mockery they endured for taking him No. 8 overall in ’12 has quieted. Miami is in “go for it mode,” and the addition of Mike Wallace helps what was the NFL’s worst receiving corps. For now he’s dynasty-league material, but Tannehill has brought hope to South Beach.
Tannehill didn’t have that many weapons to work with, and thanks to Owner Stephen Ross and GM Jeff Ireland, this year he has the top WR free-agent Mike Wallace, and WR Brandon Gibson at his disposal to compliment newly resigned WR Brian Hartline. Of his 12 TD’s, only 3 were to his wide receivers (lowest in the league). The offense ranked 27th overall. 198.9 in passing (26th), and 112.6 in rushing (17th). http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/MIA/miami-dolphins 
To lure Wallace away from the Steelers; it took 60 million over 5 years (27 million guaranteed). What a weapon for Tannehill. Wallace is the fastest player in the league and most definitely will give Tannehill that big playmaker they surely lacked last season. I love Wallace’s playmaking ability. He gets open at the blink of eye and once he catches the ball, he is off to the races. I love the fact he is not afraid to go over the middle and take a hit. Ben Roethlisberger will sure miss him. You can’t teach speed and now Tannehill has to just throw it his way and lets watch the track meet.
Receiver Mike Wallace really, really likes his new quarterback’s skills and potential. Asked if Ryan Tannehill can become as good as Ben Roethlisberger, Wallace said, “Definitely. It’s funny; they both played receiver at the beginning of college. They both know what we [receivers] like to do out there, so the chemistry is there already. Both have strong arms. Ryan has a cannon, can really fling it. “Ryan may be able to throw the ball a little farther than Ben. Obviously, Ben is more experienced in game time experience. The way it’s going, it won’t take long for Ryan to be one of the great quarterbacks. I feel like we can make a lot of big plays.” He said developing chemistry with Tannehill “will not take as much time as people think. By the time we get to training camp, we’ll be fine. We throw two to three times after practice every day.” It helps that Tannehill “always wants to work, never wants to take a second off,” Wallace said. “….I like this team. I like how everybody works. Not much talking, just grinding. That’s the way it should be. I’m one of the older guys on this team, so it’s different than being in Pittsburgh. Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/05/fins-tidbits-wallaces-views-martins-move-rbs-battle-and-more-canes-heat-chatter.html#storylink=cpy 
The Dolphins also signed WR Brandon Gibson away from the Rams to play the slot. They traded Devone Bess to the aforementioned Browns to give Gibson a chance. Gibson is a big physical receiver with excellent hands and great separation skills. Bess was a great receiver, but he lacked speed. Gibson has a solid speed.
Last year, Tannehill relied on Bess, Hartline, Reggie Bush and Anthony Fasano. Hartline is a number 2 receiver, not a number 1. He is a fantastic possession receiver, which is why Miami rewarded him with a 31 million, 5 year contract. Hartline numbers were a career-high: 74 catches, 1083 yards (14.6), 1 TD and earned himself into the Pro Bowl as Pro Bowl Alternate. He will get plenty of catches due to the defenses trying to double-team Wallace. Also, Tannehill had Reggie Bush to lean on last year. Bush rushed for 986 yards and 6 TD’s. He also caught 35 balls for 292 yards, 2 TD’s. He was a Pro Bowl Alternate. The Dolphins drafted RB Lamar Miller in the 4th round last year with the intentions of allowing Bush to become a free-agent at the end of the season. As much as Bush wanted to stay, he ultimately signed a 16 million, 4 year contract with the Lions. Tight End Anthony Fasano was a big-time target for Tannehill (41 catches, 332 yards, 5 TD’s). Fasano too, packed his bags and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Dolphins wanted a faster TE, a more down-the-seam tight end. They signed Dustin Keller away from the Jets to fill that role, but he got seriously injured vs. the Texans in preseason. Keller damaged his right knee severely, as he was taken out by safety D.J. Swearinger. The Dolphins plan to use Charles Clay as the main TE.
Lamar Miller is the new featured back. In limited action last year (13 games). 51 carries, 250 yards (4.9 Avg), TD; 6 catches, 45 yards. Miller has the natural ability and displayed that in a few games last season. I was so surprised that he was not used more. So what if he is a rookie, he is explosive. For team last struggled to score points, he could have provided that if given the chance. Now, he is the number 1 and plans to run for 1500 yards. Miller, meanwhile, reiterated “my goal is to become a starter” and has set lofty goals: 1500 yards and 5.0 per carry. “I’m trying to get bigger and faster, improve my explosiveness so I can break more tackles, make guys miss. Trying to become a great back in this league.” Miller, who said he is staying at 215 pounds but adding more muscle mass, has been working out with 49ers running back and fellow UM alum Frank Gore, who counseled him on lessons learned in the NFL. Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/05/fins-tidbits-wallaces-views-martins-move-rbs-battle-and-more-canes-heat-chatter.html#storylink=cpy 
Lamar will be spelled by Daniel Thomas (a bruising runner), and 5th round pick Mike Gillisee (a nice compliment) to both. Miller’s job will be to gain yards on most every down and distance. Center Mike Pouncey thinks he will, predicting a 1,300-yard season for Miller, and believes the offense will be at its best when Dolphins run the ball some 30 times a game. “I think we have to,” Pouncey said. “Our biggest advantage is running the football. We’ve got a big offensive line. We’ve got the right zone scheme. And now we’ve got the speed on the outside so guys can’t stack the box. Our run game should be really good.”
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URLs in this post:
 Dolphins: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/418
 Ryan Tannehill: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1273654
 http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1273654/ryan-tannehill: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1273654/ryan-tannehill
 http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14878/brandon-weeden:: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14878/brandon-weeden:
 http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14876/ryan-tannehill: http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14876/ryan-tannehill
 http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/MIA/miami-dolphins: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/MIA/miami-dolphins
 http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/05/fins-tidbits-wallaces-views-martins-move-rbs-battle-and-more-canes-heat-chatter.html#storylink=cpy: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/05/fins-tidbits-wallaces-views-martins-move-rbs-battle-and-more-canes-heat-chatter.html#storylink=cpy
 http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/03/3602069/miami-dolphins-lamar-miller-gets.html#storylink=cpy: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/03/3602069/miami-dolphins-lamar-miller-gets.html#storylink=cpy
 http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/315114/players?status=ALL&pos=DEF&cut_type=9&stat1=S_S_2012&myteam=0&sort=32&sdir=1: http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/315114/players?status=ALL&pos=DEF&cut_type=9&stat1=S_S_2012&myteam=0&sort=32&sdir=1
 the rivalry goes back to college: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/dolphins-blog/sfl-mike-wallace-is-excited-about-his-showdown-with-joe-haden-20130904,0,1350200.story
 http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/nflpreview?gameId=330908005: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/nflpreview?gameId=330908005
 Brian Hartline: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/563622
 http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/CLE/cleveland-browns: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/CLE/cleveland-browns
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