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The Mighty Quinn?

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For all the splash moves and acquisitions that the Dolphins made in free agency and then followed it up with the NFL Draft in late April, one name that may be needed to be mentioned more as training camp nears, is DE Robert Quinn.

The Fins didn’t sign or draft Quinn. They actually acquired him from the Rams in a March trade that shocked everyone, and mostly the pass rushing star. Quinn thought he was going to stay as a fixture in L.A. with their defensive line, while they contended for the Superbowl in 2018.

Alas, the Rams didn’t agree and earlier this offseason Quinn expressed his distaste to the Miami media with “you commit yourself to someone and you have your family turn your back on you.”

Perhaps, L.A. was turning their back on him. Perhaps, they understood that $11 million this year that Quinn’s previous production didn’t warrant bringing him back.

Whatever the truth is, Quinn is now a Dolphin. And, he’s anxious to “get after it” in South Florida.

Oh, and Miami defensive coordinator Matt Burke was raving about what Quinn has looked like in the Dolphins off season workouts. Joe Schad of the Palm Beach post had more late last week:

You can’t just be fast. You can’t just be strong. You have to know how to contort your body. And contort Quinn does.

“He’s a unique athlete,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said. “He bends probably as good as anybody I’ve ever been around. It’s weird to watch sometimes, to be honest with you. He comes off the corner and sometimes you think he’s actually rushing too high and gets past the quarterback, then he just turns his foot and plants it and bends it. His knee is about two feet off the ground and he can really hug it.  It’s pretty fun.”

Quinn will turn 28 in May and had 8.5 sacks a year ago under new first defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, as the Rams won the NFC West Title. The Rams star had battled injuries over the last three seasons, as well.

He will definitely command attention this fall, and mixing with second year DE, and last year’s first round pick, Charles Harris, along with former Pro Bowler Cam Wake, Quinn adds another needed pass rushing option for the Dolphins.

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“Ludicrous Speed?”

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You need to have some levity to get through rigors of training camp, and Tuesday coach Adam Gase provided some in the form of 1980’s “B Comedies” and his team’s no-huddle offense.

The Dolphins showed part of that up tempo offense on the first series of their preseason opening game with the Bucs last Thursday night. And, QB Ryan Tannehill was effective running it on that opening drive.

However, we haven’t seen the fastest version of the Fins hurry up….it’s known in their lingo as “Ludicrous Speed.”

Now, unless you are a huge fan of the Sci-fi “spoof” movie from 1987, “Spaceballs,” that reference is likely lost on you. The movie stars Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, John Candy, Bill Pullman and Daphne Zuniga, and is primarily mocking the the ultra popular “Star Wars” series of the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The reference to “Ludicrous Speed” comes from this scene, where Moranis, as the faux Darth Vader, is ordering his ship to chase after the “good guys.” Whether you’ve seen it or haven’t here goes:

It’s one of several memorable silly slapstick humorous scenes in the flick.

And that brings us to more humor with head coach Adam Gase being asked about “Ludicrous Speed” at his Tuesday post practice press conference.

Gase, laughed and knew that QB Ryan Tannehill had described that version to the media of the no huddle, where the team races to the line to run the same play, and try to catch the defense off guard or substituting, etc.

He was then, asked if it actually came from the movie?

“You know it? (Gase to a reporter)…. Yeah. There’s a lot of 80’s terms. You gotta remember, when we started this thing, who the quarterback was. The only problem was no one else knew what we were talking about. So it was good between me and him, but nobody else.”

The “who the quarterback was” is reference to soon to be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, and the terms from when they were together in Denver a few years ago.

Manning, a child of the mid-late 80’s, obviously would use some of these terms or references as code words in the terminology for teams.

Our colleague, Chris Fischer of NBC-TV in Miami, put together his little feature involving Tannehill’s comments, the movie clips and Dolphins “speed, and posted it.

We say, Bravo to that.

And, Bravo to keeping guys and gals like Moranis, Pullman, Zuniga, and of course the late John Candy relevant a little longer.

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Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage dealing with concussion

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The good news for Fins fans is that veteran running back Frank Gore was back on the practice field Tuesday morning after getting a “veteran rest day” on Monday. The bad news? Rookie running back Kalen Ballage is in the concussion protocol and now, not likely to play in their second preseason game Friday night at the Panthers.

Ballage apparently suffered the concussion in Monday morning’s workout and was being held out Tuesday with the media having been notified that he’s now in the league mandated protocol.

 

That means Ballage, Miami’s fourth round pick out of Arizona State, will have to clear several phases to be cleared to return to practices, much less a game.

We wrote about “growing pains” for the rookie after he fumbled in the opener last Thursday, and then was chewed out by QB Ryan Tannehill for missing his pass blocking assignment in Sunday’s practice. A missed assignment that would have led to a blindside smash to Tannehill had it been a regular season game.

While it’s a setback, it doesn’t mean Ballage’s preseason development and reps are finished. It means that it’s all on hold for him

One of the beneficiaries of that is fellow backup running back Senorise Perry. Perry ran well, especially in the second half, of Miami’s 26-24 loss to Tampa Bay last week. He finished with four carries for 35 yards and a TD. He also had two receptions for 10 yards, too.

And the fourth year back out of Louisville is now getting some attention for his play early in camp, as well. This includes offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains praising after Monday’s practice.

Obviously, Miami has their two main backs set in Gore and Kenyan Drake. However, there is now true competition for which back will be in the mix to be third string and active for most games come the regular season.

A competition that, for now has swung in Perry’s favor, as he will likely see significant playing time in the second half on Friday night.

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Dolphins release reserve DT who fought Kenyan Drake Monday

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It’s that time of year in training camp, where the days are hot and after awhile, the tempers get hot, too.

It happened in Jaguars camp involving Dante Fowler, as he and fellow defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue got into a near fight and had to be separated by teammates. Eventually, Fowler was suspended for the rest of this week, because of his actions.

Well, on Monday a reserve defensive tackle, Gabe Wright, did wrong. And the wrong he did has caused the team to get rid of him:

Wright made the mistake of throwing a punch at starting running back Kenyan Drake and a scuffle that involved multiple teammates trying to break it up ensued. And the media even perked up watching it unfold:

And now, the fourth year vet, who was with his third team, is being made an example out of for his actions.

Head coach Adam Gase wasn’t scheduled to talk with the media on Monday. Instead it was an opportunity for the coordinators, Dowell Loggains on offense and Matt Burke on defense, to answer questions.

Loggains talked in general terms about the “dust up” that happened with Wright and Drake,

“Everyone is getting tired of hitting each other. In camp, that’s what happens in the NFL about this time every year, every team.”

Meanwhile, at Bucs camp Monday, their coach Dirk Koetter already sounded a warning to his team, as they prepare to head to Nashville and practice this week with the Titans.

Koetter told the media that he’s already been over certain players on his roster with Titans new coach Mike Vrabel, who did the same, and if there’s trouble, those players will be sent off the field to the locker room.

It remains to be seen if, which players, will have that punishment put on them come Tuesday and Wednesday.

The same applies here with the Dolphins. Had this been Cam Wake, Robert Quinn, etc. who got into with Drake, they may have been sent to the locker room. But, not to the waiver wire.

That’s where someone like Gabe Wright has to know their place.

He does now.

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