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Dolphins upcoming schedule littered with bad teams

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With the Dolphins in a “full free fall” and obviously trying to lose as many, if not all, games possible, it may become increasingly more difficult for them to pull that off with their upcoming schedule.

That’s because, Miami is about to embark on a five-game stretch where four of the teams that they will look across the field at are either close to or just as bad as they are.

Starting with Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami will play host to the L.A. Chargers, who in a week one victory blew a big lead to the Colts and had to win in OT. And now, they’ve  dropped back-to-back games at the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans.

And while Philip Rivers had the Chargers in the playoffs a year ago, he’s played poorly in the second half of all three games so far this year. And the Chargers are having to come cross-country for this matchup. We at F.F.I. aren’t calling for a Miami win, but the Chargers aren’t the Patriots or the Cowboys, who wiped out the Fins 31-6 Sunday.

Now, even if the Chargers continue the Fins miserable start to the season that has seen them drop the first three games with a -117 point differential, there’s another week five opponent awaiting that looks dismal, as well.

The Washington Redskins were being blown out 28-0 in the first half of Monday Night Football by the Chicago Bears and equaled Miami’s futility to start the year with a loss and are at 0-3.

And again, the Dolphins will get this Washington game at home.

Now, after that, Miami will play their second division game in week six on October 20th at Buffalo and currently the Bills sit at a surprising 3-0. We have the understanding that three weeks from now, who knows whether Josh Rosen or Ryan Fitzpatrick is the quarterback? And, who knows whether the Dolphins have dealt away another prominent name or two before the trading deadline?

Needless to say, that’s not going to be considered a winnable game in Western New York.

So, then the Dolphins next two opponents are the Steelers in Pittsburgh and back home to play their traditional rival, the New York Jets. Currently, both of those teams sit at 0 – 3.

The Steelers are without future hall-of-fame QB Ben Roethlisberger for the rest of the season with an elbow injury and the Jets are currently without former number one pick QB Sam Darnold, who’s battling mono. Darnold should be back for that Dolphins game on November 3rd.

Again, there’s little hope for Miami fans this year that it’s going to be anything other than a miserable season, where the team maybe wins a game or two. However, if they are going to win that game or two, one or both of them may be coming in the next few weeks

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    miklwis

    September 24, 2019 at 8:36 am

    This is probably the worst article I’ve ever read. It is apparent that the author does not know much about football. Oh, and has probably never played the game.

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Looks like Tua Tagovailoa will work out for teams prior to draft

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There will be numerous NFL teams interested, including the Dolphins, on just how healthy injured Alabama star Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is. And, a report on Wednesday says that Tua will likely be ready to throw for teams later in the offseason draft process.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that “NFL quarterback super-agent” Leigh Steinberg and his firm are letting teams know that Tagovailoa’s injured hip should be healed enough for him to be able to throw in early April prior to the NFL Draft at the end of the month:

This will be especially important for teams like the Dolphins, who will be selecting fifth currently in the upcoming selection process.

Tagovailoa 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.

However, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering the hip injury on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and their recent Citrus Bowl win over Michigan two weeks due to the injury.

Typically, players participate in some kind of individual workout or pro day, but as Rappaport relayed, most teams already know what Tagovailoa can do from his previous two seasons at Alabama. The bigger concern is his health and specifically his mobility, as he progresses through the summer and into the first NFL training camp and preseason of his career.

It is believed the Tagovailoa is the second, or at worst third rated, quarterback behind LSU Heisman Trophy winning National Championship QB Joe Burrow. Burrow is expected to be taken first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in late April.

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Who is new Dolphins defensive coordinator Josh Boyer?

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On Sunday night, the Dolphins finally decided to allow first-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to leave and take the same position with the New York Giants. And, coach Brian Flores moved quickly to promote a member of his staff, Josh Boyer, to be his defensive play-caller

So exactly who is former New England assistant that will now be in charge Miami’s defensive unit? More on him in a moment.

First, as we wrote, Miami had wavered Saturday night and Sunday on whether to let Graham go to the Giants to be with new head coach, Joe Judge, creating an important void. Graham was only being given a “lateral move” to New York, and Miami could have continued to block him. But, in the end, Flores had someone he could trust already on staff.

That’s Boyer, who has just completed his 14th season in the NFL, all previously in New England and then, obviously, his first with the Fins after coming with Flores last February.

Boyer’s background is as a secondary coach and specifically, working with cornerbacks. He held that job for his last seven seasons in New England 2012 – 18 and was part of three Super Bowl championships under Bill Belichick.

Boyer deserves credit for helping the development of defensive backs like Malcolm Butler, who sealed Super Bowl 49 win over the Seahawks with his famous goal-line interception of Russell Wison in the final half minute of the game. Boyer also worked closely with Pro Bowlers Logan Ryan and more recently, Stephon Gilmore, who iced Super Bowl 53 win last February with a late INT against the Rams.

This past year was obviously a trying one for the Dolphins defensively, as they finished 32nd in scoring and 30th in overall in defense. But Boyer cannot be judged too much, given the cornerbacks he was working with, especially late in the year.

He had his best player, former number one pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, traded away in the first month to the Steelers. Miami also lost veteran Bobby McCain to injury later in the year and had a depleted secondary at the very end of the season.

However, Boyer (shown above with DB Eric Rowe after his week 17 pick six of Tom Brady) obviously impressed Flores and GM Chris Grier with his coaching to get the promotion.

And, he’s following a similar path as Flores, who worked his way up from secondary coach to defensive coordinator with the Pats.

Now, we’ll see if Miami can bolster their defensive backfield this off sesaon.

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