Don't Panic Finatics. I Trust Our Leadership

Written by Gino Vitale

Photo Courtesy of SI.comThis year, it is evident that the team has grown in depth due to the combination of Chris Grier, Coach Gase and big Mike Tannenbaum.

Attending Training Camp, and the first preseason game, it is so apparent that the new draft picks, and sophomores look to be real talents.

This team radiates a culture of their head coach, Coach Gase. They love him and love being coached by him. They are becoming true believers together. This, even with key injuries to Ryan, Tony, Ted and Raekwon. Unfortunately, this is the NFL.

Coach Gase was quoted the day after Ryan went down that it was the best practice of training camp to that point. He did not want anyone to hold back. He did not want to see any dialing back of intensity despite their setback with Ryan. He wanted everyone to go out there and “give it their all”! That is exactly what the team did. There were no drops in intensity. That meant a lot.

Every year we get disappointed with injuries. However, I feel that with the leadership of this team it is different. Our leadership is respected; it is rising up and they all believe in the team and the next man up. So despite all of our injuries, I trust our leadership is doing the right things. So, do not panic, Finatics. They got this. GO FINS!

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THANK GOODNESS.. Training Camp is Over

Written by Finatic Dave

TrainingCamp OverThis has been a BRUTAL year for training camp, Finatics. Thank goodness it is now over.

The competition out there is FIERCE. The guys are hitting hard. And the injuries are running wild. Our observations from training camp.. Defense looks great. The defense definitely won at camp. And there is some really hard hitting coming from the defense. So much so that the Dolphins sustained 2 RB concussion at camp..

RB Jay Ajayi. Concussion. Good news is that he is back on the practice field this week, and will see some playing time, possibly as early as the Baltimore game on Thursday.

RB Kenyan Drake. Concussion sustained on the practice field on August 14th.

Camp has been brutal with other injuries on the practice field, and during the Dolphins first preseason game vs. the Falcons at Hard Rock…

CB Tony Lippett – Torn Achilles tendon sustained on the practice field on August 14th.  Out for the season.

QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill reinjured his ACL in a non contact play. Out for the season.

LB Raekwon McMillan. Injured on his first appearance on the field, on the first play during the Falcons preseason game.  Out for the season.

WR Francis Owusu – Despite scoring in preseason vs. Falcons, he injured his knee in camp, and then released.

WR Jordan Westerkamp – sustained hamstring problems in camp, played in Falcons game, released.

OT Kwayde Miller.. Injured and released.

Camp is officially over, but the Dolphins have a joint workout next week with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the game there on Thursday the 24th. We just pray that there is no more injuries to our already thinning team. Debby Downer: Last year, the Dolphins worked out with the Carolina Panthers, where Louis Delmas sustained a season ending ACL.

First Day at Dolphins Training Camp for Jay Cutler

Written by Finatic Dave

Jay Cutler was out on the training camp practice field today.  It was his first full day at camp.  Most visible?  Cutler is wearing his old #6 which was previously occupied by QB Brandon Doughty.  Doughty is now wearing #7.

On the Miami Dolphins playbook, Cutler said, "“It’s kind of a crash course if you already took the course before. Some of the run game stuff has changed. The passing game is kind of relatively the same. The protections are changed up a little bit. I’m just kind of working with (Quarterbacks Coach) Bo (Hardegree) out there and going through the run game and making sure I’m clean on that. It’ll come back quickly.”

Cutler on Suh - "I'm glad he is on my team!"

Jarvis Landry on Jay Cutler – “I finally get a chance to see him out here today and have an opportunity to take a couple of reps with him today. I think he slung it pretty well." On Cutler walking in right before preseason, "Honestly, when you walk into this facility and you’re wearing these colors, you are family. For Jay (Cutler), we welcomed him with opened arms. We’ve extended all of our contacts, all of our resources to him and his family. That’s just what it is.”

Reshad Jones Returns to the Practice Field

Written by Finatic Dave

In light of the Tannehill situation, we thought we whod focus on something positive today.  Reshad Jones was activated on Wednesday and returned to the training camp practice field.  Here is what he had to say after his first training camp practice...

(How’d it feel just to be out there?) – “It felt good to put the pads on. I haven’t had the pads on in a while. It feels good to be out here and run around with my teammates and get my feet wet a little bit.”

(It didn’t seem like you were limited in anything.) – “No. It was straight go. Like I said, it felt good for me. It’s been seven or eight months since I’ve had pads on. It’s a fun experience. It feels good.”

(How did you tweak the calf?) – “Working out early on with my trainer. It was something minor.”

(They seemed like they wanted to error on the side of caution with you?) – “Yes. They just wanted to be careful. Calves are kind of tricky. When you’re coming back off of them, you can pull it and be out for a long time. They just want to be careful.”

(How did it respond today? Did you think about it at all?) – “No, not at all. It felt pretty good.”

(How do you like that group you are playing with back there with the DBs?) – “We’ve got some talent back there. We have some veteran guys in Nate Allen and T.J. (McDonald) that we brought in that have played a lot of football around this league. It feels good to be back there and kind of communicating and running around with those guys.”

(Did you feel like you were riding a bike leading the guys back there? How did it feel today?) – “It felt great. This is what I do. I’ve been playing in this league for a while. It just felt good to come back out and sweat a little bit, get my feet wet. I feel comfortable.”

(You busted up a running play in team drills. That had to feel pretty nice.) – “Yes, it felt good to get in that backfield for the first time. It felt good.”

(One of the issues last year was tackling. How do you, as a player, alone make that better? Obviously you weren’t there for the second half of the season.) – “You just have to work at it in practice. This is a great time at camp to work on your angles, communication, everybody running to the ball and different things like that. Tackling doesn’t just start on Sunday. It starts out here on the practice field. That’s where you get better at it.”

(How well did you understand the defense last year compared to this year?) – “We’re a lot more comfortable now. It’s the second year up under the belt (with the) same defense. We’ve got veteran guys in. We brought in a guy like ‘L.T.’ (Lawrence Timmons who is) a championship guy, or a champion that knows what it looks like and knows how to get it done. We just have to build off that energy.”

(How much are you itching to get this thing going?) – “I’m ready. I’m excited. I feel good. We did some great things last year but I think the ceiling is very high for this team. We just have to continue to put the work in out here. The sky is the limit for us.