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Dolphins already worse than winless Bucs Lions and Browns seasons

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There are already comparisons being drawn between the hapless start to the Dolphins 2019 year and some of the worst modern seasons in NFL history. And if you’re a Miami fan, you’re not going to want to read on. This is because, after yesterday’s 2nd straight embarrassing blowout defeat, the Dolphins are already worse off than the others.

First, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots toyed with the Fins for much of Sunday afternoon blowing them out 43 – 0 with a couple of fourth-quarter defensive scores.  And, in combining that with the opening week disaster is 59 – 10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Dolphins have now lost by a combined 102 – 10 in the first 2 weeks. An astounding -92 point differential in just two games.

So, how does that compare, for example, to the 1976 expansion Buccaneers, who finished the season 0 – 14?

Well those Bucs were led by Lee Roy Selmon as the number one overall pick on defense and former Gator great Steve Spurrier played the first two games at quarterback. The Buccaneers lost in the Astrodome to the Oilers in their first ever game, 20 – 0  and then, lost their first ever home game to the San Diego Chargers in another shutout, 23 – 0.

So, while the Buccaneers didn’t score any points, they only gave up 43 in two weeks. Tampa Bay went on to lose their next 12 that season and 26 straight games overall into 1977.

The next winless team in a single season was the ’08 Detroit Lions, who began the year with a 34 – 21 loss in Atlanta’s old Georgia Dome. The Lions came back home and lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 48 – 25 at Ford Field. The combined 82  – 46 margin is not nearly what the Dolphins horrific deficit is.

Oh, and the Lions lost two more games (0-16) than those expansion ’76 Bucs.

Then there’s the winless Cleveland Browns of 2017.

Hue Jackson’s team lost the home opener narrowly to the Steelers 21 – 18 week one and then, traveled to another division foe, in Baltimore, where the Ravens defeated them 24 – 10. Once more, nowhere close to the points allowed by Miami, as Cleveland was only outscored 45 – 28 before going on to an 0 – 16 campaign.

Will Miami be able to get a win, somehow, someway in 2019? It’s a long season, and the chances are, that they will put together four quarters of good or at least solid play to give themselves a chance.

However, as we laid out above, three other franchises weren’t as horrible in their first two games and never figured it out.

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Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:

In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.

However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.

As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan

He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.

In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.

As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.

Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.

It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.

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Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday

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Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:

The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.

Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.

Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.

Colorado’s athletic director Rick George said in a statement Sunday night,

“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.” 

The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.

Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.

Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.

Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.

Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.

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