The Miami Dolphins had a nightmare scenario come to fruition on Thursday, when starting QB Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury during a non contact play during practice. It was the same he injured at the end of last season, where he didn’t go through surgery and just rehabbed it. He has been wearing a brace all camp to protect the knee, which buckled on him as he scrambled out of the pocket. The early prognosis is that it’s a hyper extended knee and he could miss between two and eight weeks, depending on the severity. The team is awaiting MRI results to determine the extent of the damage.
What this injury brings up is the largest elephant in the room when it comes to the NFL. The Dolphins will need to bring in another QB, especially if Tannehill is going to miss extended time. At this point there is really only one option left for the Dolphins and that is to sign Colin Kaepernick.
There isn’t a single available non-retired QB left on the market who has the experience and who can step in and play pretty much right away. The excuses for his skill set for why he hasn’t signed with a team at this point have all run out. In fact most of them were b.s. excuses to begin with, but any criticism of his abilities have no space in any argument.
There would be only one reason why Kaepernick wouldn’t get signed by the Dolphins and that’s because he’s officially been blackballed by the league owners. Now trying to find proof that the league owners colluded to keep Kaepernick away from being on an NFL roster is going to be impossible. You would need to have plants in all 32 team offices basically leaking information to the press. The NFL isn’t the current White House and teams do a great job keeping their mouths shut on such matters. That said we did get a glimpse of the potential collusion when the Baltimore Ravens allegedly showed interest in Kaepernick, before being overruled by the ownership, at least according to a story from ESPN. Though the team denied this ever occurring, ESPN has not retracted the story. If it’s accurate it would certainly be the smoking gun.
ESPN is also saying that the Dolphins are considering Kaepernick, which would be the obvious move. If they don’t sign him, it would be the second team within a week that showed interest and then declined. Not sure how much more proof the public would need to confirm that this is a league wide black ball of a player, who hasn’t harmed a single soul. He would be kept from making a living in his craft for simply kneeling during the national anthem.
What the Kaepernick situation is proving is that the NFL has no moral compass. They are driven solely by money, which is fine, however they tend to be sanctimonious about other issues claiming their place within a community. What the NFL has decided to say is that it’s more important to placate a segment of their fragile fan base, than to allow one man to express his particular political position.
The Dolphins can simply end this debate by signing Kaepernick ASAP. It would end the entire discussion around blackballing and collusion. The ball is in their court. If they decide to go in another direction, they will only exacerbate the issue and may end up losing more fans this way than they assumed they would lose if Kaepernick would sign. It’s certainly an interesting dynamic. Meanwhile Kaepernick is standing by with his principles in tact, ready for a team to call him. Miami Dolphins you are on the clock!
Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine
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:
Tua Tagovailoa measured at 6-0, 217 pounds at the NFL combine today. Left throwing hand at 10”
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 24, 2020
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.
Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday
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:
We'd like to officially introduce you to our new HC, Karl Dorrell.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) February 23, 2020
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.
“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.