Dolphins Promote LB Coach Matt Burke to New Defensive Coordinator

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The Dolphins have promoted linebackers coach Matt Burke to be their next defensive coordinator according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The move was expected after 2016 DC Vance Joseph left the Dolphins to take the head coaching job in Denver. This will be Burke’s first chance at coordinating a defense after eight years as a position coach. He joined the Dolphins last season after stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions.

Burke’s promotion is a bit surprising at first glance as the linebacking corps of the Dolphins was clearly the weak spot of the team’s defense in 2016. Burke was not given a lot of talent to work with, however, and reportedly is well respected within the organization. He plans to utilize a 4-3 defensive scheme along the lines of former Lions HC Jim Schwartz, who mentored Burke early in his career.

Dolphins vs Steelers NFL Wild Card Inactives

Here are the inactives for the Steelers and Dolphins for today’s wild card game at Heinz Field.

Steelers Inactives

No. 18 – QB Zach Mettenberger
No. 21 – S Robert Golden
No. 24 – CB Justin Gilbert
No. 56 – LB Anthony Chickillo
No. 69 – T Brian Mihalik
No. 89 – TE Ladarius Green
No. 90 – DE Ricardo Mathews

Dolphins Inactives

No. 17 – QB Ryan Tannehill
No. 37 – S A.J. Henry
No. 41 – CB Byron Maxwell
No. 79 – T Sam Young
No. 83 – TE Thomas Duarte
No. 88 – WR Leonte Carroo

Report: Dolphins 2013 First Round Pick Dion Jordan to Stay on NFI List for Rest of 2016

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A report out says that Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will remain on the reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he won’t play this season and will now have sat out the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons.

The Dolphins had a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to move Jordan to the 53-man roster.

Jordan, the 2013 first-round pick, hasn’t played since 2014 due to a season-long suspension in 2015 for violating the league’s drug policy and an offseason knee injury to start training camp this year. He has three sacks and 46 tackles in 26 career games.

Dolphins to Play Again in London in 2017; Will Host Saints

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The NFL Today announced that the Miami Dolphins will again be one of the teams playing a game in London in 2017. The Dolphins will again have a home game overseas, playing the Saints.

The Dolphins and Saints will play on one of two dates according to the release, those dates being either September 24th or October 1st.

Normally after playing in London the following week the teams that play overseas have a bye, so once the date in announced you can mark the following week that the Dolphins will be on the bye.

Miami lost their London game this past season to the New York Giants.

Cardinals at Dolphins NFL Week 14 Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-6-1) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CARDINALS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER   8-3
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-23 vs. Washington L 38-6 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Dolphins 21 at Cardinals 24 (OT). Arizona WR Andre Roberts has game-tying TD catch with 22 seconds remaining in 4th. Cardinals K Jay Feely converts GW 46-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08: Cardinals 31, Dolphins 10. Arizona QB Kurt Warner passes for 361 yards with 3 TDs for 158.3 rating. Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin has 6 catches for 140 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Holly Sonders (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari), 113 (Mia). XM: 385 (Ari), 231 (Mia).

STATS

PASSING Carson Palmer: 282-460-3231-18-11-85.5 Ryan Tannehill: 246-369-2800-16-11-91.3
RUSHING David Johnson: 228-1005 (3L)-4.4-11 (T3L) Jay Ajayi: 173-908-5.2-7
RECEIVING Larry Fitzgerald: 88 (T1L)-880-10.0-5 Jarvis Landry: 75-820-10.9-2
OFFENSE 369.1 327.8
TAKE/GIVE +1 +1
DEFENSE 297.3 (2L) 373.1
SACKS Chandler Jones: 8 Cameron Wake: 8.5
INTs 3 tied: 3 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Drew Butler: 41.3 Matt Darr: 45.1
KICKING Chandler Catanzaro: 74 (29/30 PAT; 15/19 FG) Andrew Franks: 67 (28/28 PAT; 13/17 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER is averaging 306.6 pass yards per game & has 23 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 99 rating in past 12 vs. AFC. Passed for 300 yards & 3 TDs for 105.3 rating last week…RB DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL in scrimmage yards (1,709) & TDs (15). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in all 12 games in 2016. Has 725 scrimmage yards (145 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in past 5 on road…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,106 career receptions, 3rd-most all-time. Ties for NFL lead with 88 catches. In 3 career meetings, has 309 rec. yards (103 per game) & 2 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD has 3 TD catches in past 4 on road vs. AFC. Had rec. TD in Week 13…DT CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack & FF in Week 13. LB CHANDLER JONES has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 2 vs. Mia. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 5 sacks in past 6 on road. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT last week. Has 20 INTs since 2011, 3rd-most in NFL…

DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 5 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.4 rating in past 3 at home. Passed for 431 yards in last meeting…RB JAY AJAYI has 791 rush yards (113 per game) & 5 TDs in past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 5.25 yards per carry average…WR JARVIS LANDRY had 11 catches last week. Since entering league in 2014, has 269 catches, most by player in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. WR DE VANTE PARKER has 2 rec. TDs in past 3. WR KENNY STILLS ranks 2nd among NFL WRs with 17.9 yards per catch avg…DE CAMERON WAKE had franchise record 4.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7. Is 2nd among active players with 78.5 sacks since 2009. LB KIKO ALONSO has 30 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 FRs & FF in past 4. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 90+ tackles (97) & 2+ INTs (2). CB BYRON MAXWELL had INT & FF last week. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH is 2nd among NFL DTs with 47 sacks.

What if the Dolphins Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

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Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Dolphins will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Will Mike Pouncey Be Back in 2016? Center Claims “I Don’t Know”

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The Dolphins may be without starting center Mike Pouncey for the rest of the season, as he’s been sidelined the last three weeks by a recurring hip injury.

The center said Sunday that he’s not sure he’ll play the rest of the season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

“You’ve got to ask coach [Adam] Gase that one,” Pouncey said. “I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes.”

Pouncey also said that his left hip “feels good” and that he’s making progress, but that he’s day-to-day.

He added that he doesn’t know how he re-injured his hip, which needed surgery in the preseason. Pouncey visited a specialist while the Dolphins were on the West Coast, and the doctor ultimately decided that he would not need another procedure and might be able to play again this year.

“Anytime you don’t have to get surgery, it’s the best news in the world,” Pouncey said.

Dolphins Dominated by Ravens 38-6 as Flacco Torches Miami D for Four TD’s

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John Harbaugh had been waiting the entire season for the Baltimore Ravens to put it all together in one memorable, outstanding performance.

His patience was rewarded Sunday.

The Ravens combined a record-setting passing day by Joe Flacco with a rugged defensive effort in a 38-6 rout of the Miami Dolphins.

“It was just a heck of a team victory,” Harbaugh said. “It’s something that’s been in our minds, our vision of how we played today as a team. It’s what we’re working for, and it’s nice to see it happen.”

Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and the Ravens (7-5) made it apparent early that Miami’s six-game winning streak would not make it to seven.

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