The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Dolphins History? SI Has Their Opinion

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Dolphins included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a blowout game that was the last in the Hall of Fame career of QB Dan Marino.

Miami Dolphins: Jan. 15, 2000, AFC divisional round—Jaguars 62, Dolphins 7

When the Dolphins hired Jimmy Johnson to be their head coach in 1996, they hoped the coach could build a team that could win multiple Super Bowls—exactly what he did with the Cowboys. Miami never finished higher than 10–6 in four years under Johnson, winning just two playoff games. And it was this loss to the Jaguars—marking the end of Johnson’s tenure and Dan Marino’s final game—that was the most agonizing.

Miami was hopeful after beating the Seahawks in the wild-card round, but they ran into an unexpected buzzsaw against the Jaguars, who handed them the second-worst postseason loss in NFL history, behind only the 73–0 thrashing the Bears handed to the Redskins in 1940. The Jaguars were up 41–7 at the half, and never hit the brakes. Marino was on the bench early in the third quarter, and the Dolphins amassed just 131 total yards on offense.

Video – Gottlieb: Andre Johnson Wanted to Play for Miami

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New Indianapolis Colt wide receiver Andre Johnson wanted to play for the Dolphins, but no one in Miami ever contacted him. Should players who are currently on a team say that they wish they were playing somewhere else?

Dolphins Teammates Of Ndamukong Suh Already Impressed With His Play

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It’s obvious what defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh brings to the table in terms of on field production.

He’s four-time first-team All Pro and one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL today. But while all that steals the headlines, what may fly under the radar is the way he interacts and conducts himself with his teammates, Finsiders reports.

Through several interviews with The Finsiders, multiple players have expressed how impressed they are with Miami’s marquee free agent signing of the spring just a few months into Suh’s tenure in aqua.

Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is excited about what Suh brings to the defense because of the kind of attention the All-Pro defensive tackle demands from the offense.

“Just overall, he’s an animal,” said Jenkins. “Besides his athletic ability and just being able to take on double teams and free everybody else up, he’s got swag, he’s a presence. People are going to look out for him and when they’re looking out for him, they’re not looking out for other people. Just his whole demeanor and what it brings to the defense, we’re going to be tough to run against, pass against and we’re going to have a whole attitude to us.

Suh also has been a big help to young players on the defense according to linebacker Chris McCain. The 2nd year pro says Suh’s has been a great veteran mind for younger players to learn from, and that he’s teaching unselfishness.

“He’s not hard to talk to at all, he’s very helpful, said McCain. “If he feels like someone can make a play, he’s more willing to put somebody else in a better position than he’s thinking about himself. If I’m over there rushing, he’ll tell me ‘go ahead and do your go-to move, I got your back if you don’t make it.’ He’s not selfish, he’s more helpful than anything man and it’s just fun being able to talk to him.”

Dolphins Kicker Caleb Sturgis Injured Leg Playing Kickball

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Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis, whom the team announced would miss the rest of spring practice due to a thigh injury, sustained the injury during a team-sanctioned kickball game, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. This according to a source..

The injury is to Sturgis’ left, non-kicking leg and isn’t considered serious. But Sturgis won’t kick during next week’s organized team activities and he’ll miss the June 16-18 minicamp.Undrafted rookie Andrew Franks is handling placekicking duties in Sturgis’ absence.

It’s unclear exactly when Sturgis sustained his injury but the Dolphins were playing kickball as a recreational/team-building activity when it occurred, according to the source.

Dolphins Confident LT Branden Albert Will Be Ready by Week One

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Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey has expressed optimism that left tackle Branden Albert will be ready to roll by the regular season opener, Marty Gitlin of CBS Sports reports.

Albert has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL sustained last November against Detroit. He had signed a five-year, $46 million contract the previous March and had been performing particularly well before going down.

“It’s been a long rehab and he’s really attacked it every day,” Hickey told SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that there was a “reasonable explanation” that he would be ready for Week 1. “We really like his progress. He’s out there with his team working out. We’re really encouraged by what we’re seeing with him.”

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Miami Could Host the Super Bowl in Either 2019 or 2020

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Miami could be getting the biggest game on Earth again.

The NFL has selected Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May. The next three Super Bowls are slated for Santa Clara, Houston and Minneapolis.

The city of Miami last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 when the Saints beat the Colts 31-17.

It’s never wrong to plan early. Hipmunk.com will get any NFL fan to the future Super Bowl by offering flights to Miami through most major airline carriers. Miami area hotels can be booked through Hipmunk as well, including options near the stadium to cut down any extra commute during the busy football weekend.

Dolphins Take WR DeVante Parker in Round One of NFL Draft

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The Dolphins took a wide out in round one to help an offense that lost Mike Wallace this past offseason, as they took Louisville senior receiver DeVante Parker.

He’s a big talent for the franchise, and here’s a scouting report on Parker.

Among most NFL Draft experts, there’s little doubt that Alabama’s Amari Cooper is the top wide receiver prospect in this year’s projected draft class. There’s significantly more debate over who the next-best option is, and many believe that that player is Louisville senior receiver DeVante Parker.

Parker, who was Teddy Bridgewater’s top target in 2012 and 2013, has continued to be productive this season after deciding not to enter the NFL Draft as a junior. Despite playing in just five games in 2014 after returning from an injury, he was still the Cardinals’ top receiver this year, doing it with three different quarterbacks.

While Parker doesn’t quite have the big-play ability that Cooper possesses, he’s exceptionally athletic, combining great size, quickness, and route-running skills. He’s big and powerful enough that he can be a valuable red zone target, and he figures to be a legitimate touchdown threat week after week in the NFL.

There might be continued worry about the injury that caused Parker to miss more than half of his senior season, but beyond that, there’s little that’s up for debate in terms of his skill. Parker figures to be at least a mid-first-rounder who could move up the board if there’s an increased need at the position among the teams selecting early.

Dolphins let Charles Clay trade Miami sand for Buffalo snow

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It was a move that not a lot of people saw coming. The Dolphins had a shot to match the offer sheet for tight end Charles Clay, and instead allowed him to move to the rival Buffalo Bills. Find out how the draft picks will influence the NFL betting odds at Mybookie.ag.

Last season catching passes from Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, he pulled in 58 passes for 603 yards and three scores. In his career he has 161 catches for 1809 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He was a part of the Dolphins offense that saw Tannehill look to him in tight spaces, but at the end of the day the team felt that the deal which will pay him $24.5 million in guaranteed money was just too much for a player who put up 127 catches the last two seasons.

Clay sounded all too happy to get away from the Dolphins, and will join the new look Bills with loud head coach Rex Ryan who comes to Buffalo from New York, where the Jets fired him the day after the 2014 season ended.

“I don’t care if we throw the ball 50 times a game, we run the ball 50 times a game,” Clay said.

“At the end of the day, I just want to win. That’s what it all boils down to in this league, is wins and losses, so if we’re running the ball 50 times a game and we’re winning, I don’t think anyone will be complaining.”

The Bills went out of their way to impress Clay, flying him to Buffalo on Terry and Kim Pegula’s private plane. Sending it down to Florida to head to Western New York just for him to visit.

It was enough to show Clay just how much they wanted him, and was enough for him to finally put his name on the bottom line.

“When you look at the organization as a whole, new owners, new coaching staff, a lot of the moves they made this offseason, I was kind of intrigued by it before I even took my visit,” Clay said.

“I could kind of get a sense that they were a team that they were on the rise, you know they were a team that was looking to win right away. That’s definitely something I was excited to have an opportunity to be a part of.”

How much were the Dolphins willing to give Clay? The team used a $7 million transition tag, and according to sources that was above where contract talks had reached with the tight end.

Putting the $8.2 million franchise tag on Clay would have effectively been $1.4 million more than what Clay was asking at the time on a one-year basis.

While it would have been nice to keep him, the Dolphins saw the writing on the wall. Clay will be missed, but the price tag wasn’t enough for the Dolphins to keep him around.