Hard Rock Stadium Ready for Opening Day

Written by Finatic Bob

This Sunday, the Dolphins return home for a clash with the Cleveland Browns and hopefully victory #1. As most of you witnessed, Miami fought bravely in Seattle and New England, and those teams can be thankful that the games are not 5 quarters.  It's obvious that we are getting off to a slow start, but it was also apparent that we were able to fight back and be in both games in the 4th quarter. It's still a matter of growing pains and I think this team will get better as the season progresses. Hopefully we will have an answer to our rushing defense that let us down in last week's 4th quarter finish.

If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for Sunday, you will see a great game in a great new venue. The new roof seems to compact the crowd and focuses them on the field, and I expect the stadium to be louder than it's ever been. The food has been upgraded throughout the stadium. Try the fried pickles at Shula Burger, best I've ever tasted.  Also getting attention is Grown, a restaurant featuring organic food by former Miami Heat start Ray Allen and his wife. If you are into craft beers, there are 16 taps at two separate bars dedicated to only local brews, such as Doral’s MIA Beer Company, Wynwood’s J. Wakefield Brewing and Wynwood Brewing, and Fort Lauderdale’s 26 Degree Brewing.

After your stomach is filled, feed your mind with new art and murals that will be added to the stadium. Check out this link: Art Unexpected - "HARD ROCK STADIUM WILL FEATURE 19 MURALS AND 17 FINE ART PIECES, BY 18 ARTISTS, FROM 10 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES"

So all that's left is the game! I expect that the Dolphins will be ready and we will come away with our first win. Enjoy the tailgate and Go Dolphins!

 

 

Is The Dolphins D-Line Better?

Written by Finatic Dave

Here is what Ryan Tannehill says about our definsive line in practice...  “(I am) definitely glad that I don’t have to see them in live action. (Laughter) We had a grueling training camp against those guys, battling every day (with) our guys up front, battling against those quality players and quality pass rushers. They kept the heat on us the whole camp, and I think it really made our offensive line improve and get better quickly, because of the quality of the rushers. Now we’re getting into the season and seeing those guys disrupt the run game a little bit and get after the quarterback, it’s a lot of fun.”

Coach Gase Conference Call with Cleveland Media on 9/21/16

Written by Finatic Dave

(On the challenges of facing a rookie quarterback that he knows little about and has little tape on) – “I think the hardest thing for our guys is going to be just kind of the unknown. You can always try to do as much research as you possibly can as far as what looks like could be his strengths and weaknesses in the NFL from the limited exposure you have on him. You try to lean on possibly some of the scouting evaluation that went on coming out (of college), as much as you can; but obviously it’s such a different game at this level that it’s hard to really get great detail from college film. But you take everything you can and then the thing that you have to do more than anything is be able to adjust during the game.”

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DeVante Parker Shines Despite Loss To Patriots

Written by Finatic Dave

WR DeVante Parker posted statistically the best performance of his career against the Patriots. His eight receptions were a career high, and his 106 receiving yards match his career high set in the last game he played, Jan 3, 2016 vs. New England.

All of WR DeVante Parker’s eight receptions for 106 yards came in the second half. He is the first Dolphins player to have 100 – plus receiving yards in a half since WR Jarvis Landry gained 115 yards in the air in the in the second half at the NY Jets on Nov. 29 2015.