[11/07/17] -- Halfway There
The Dolphins are now halfway through the 2017 regular season and I think it's fair to say that things are about as confusing as they ever get down in South Florida for our team. To take a closer look at where we are so far this season, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty examines the state of the team in his latest column: Culture War.
[08/01/17] -- Training Camp is Underway
Training Camp 2017 started last week and while the team has a lot to work on, the biggest weakness the team had last year was the defense. Recognizing this, 5 of Miami's 7 draft picks were on defense. The Dolphins also switched defensive coordinators, adding Matt Burke to replace the departed Vance Joseph.
So, with that in mind, it isn't difficult to see that Miami's defense must have a good training camp, if the Dolphins are to improve their play in the 2017 season. With that in mind, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty gives us his latest thoughts here: Top Priority in Training Camp: Defense
[05/03/17] -- Drafting for the future
Last week, the Dolphins spent most of their draft picks on improving the defense, which makes sense, given the poor overall performance of the defense last year. Also, the offense is a very young and up-and-coming group, whereas key areas of the defense are aging and need upgrades. Following the draft, I heard an interview with Dolphins' General Manager Chris Grier who said that the thing that impressed them most about Charles Harris was how much Harris loved football. And he went on to say that a key characteristic of all the players they drafted was that all the players loved to play football - which sounds like it would be an obvious trait, but often isn't. So more important than 40 times or other amazing stats, the Dolphins drafted blue collar guys - guys who come to work every day to work as hard as they can and who are not as concerned with how many sacks they get as they are in helping the team win. Or, as Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty puts it in his latest column, Dolphins Opt for Dirty over Sexy.
[12/26/16] -- Getting Ready for the Playoffs
This weekend marks the first time in 8 years that the Dolphins have been to the playoffs and the fans couldn't be happier. That's a far cry from the glory days when anything less than a Super Bowl win was a disappointing season. But times change and even though the Dolphins won 10 games this year with a rookie head coach, they aren't getting the respect they deserve. The pundits have them as an extreme long shot to beat the Steelers on Sunday, despite their 30-15 domination earlier in the year. But, as Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty tells us, the Dolphins certainly can beat the Steelers, especially if they fulfill the Five Keys for a Dolphins' Playoff Win.
[12/26/16] -- For the First Time in 8 Years...
the Miami Dolphins have made it to the NFL playoffs. For a year that has been noteworthy for all the bad things that have happened, the Dolphins, under first year head coach Adam Gase, have been a bright spot in a dark time. Following a miserable 1-4 start, the Dolphins found their footing and have won 9 of the last 10 games. The national media, for the most part, has not shared in the Dolphins' fans' enthusiasm, but that is fine with me. The more the sports world underestimates the team, the more likely they are to surprise people and continue their winning streak. This week, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty gives us his take on the 2016 Dolphins with his latest column Dolphins Punch Postseason Ticket.
[12/09/16] -- The Rollar Coaster Continues..
This season has - so far - been probably the biggest rollar coaster season we've seen in a long time. The team started off 1-4 and only the Browns' incompetence kept it from being 0-5. However, the Dolphins then ran off a 6 game winning streak that hadn't been seen in Miami since the 80s. But that all came crashing to the ground hard when Miami laid a big egg in Baltimore. Now, of course, the question is whether or not the team will get back on the winning track or will continue its downhill slide. With that in mind, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty gives us his take on what it will take for the Dolphins to rebound from the Ravens' defeat and get back on the winning track in his latest article Still in the Fight.
[11/07/16] -- So - tired of it?
This season started off in what has become a hallmark of Dolphins' play over the last 15 years or so. They came close to beating Seattle and New England, but they just couldn't quite get it done. They were one play away in both games, but the NFL doesn't give you any points for effort and in the long run, it doesn't matter if you lose by 1 point or 21. The standings are the same.
Then they barely squeaked by the Browns in a win that actually made me feel worse than the losses from the previous 2 weeks. They got hammered by the Bengals and Titans and with the Steelers coming to town, it looked as if the season was already over.
Then a miracle happened. The gods of football smiled on Miami and Miami's offensive line suddenly looked like they were channeling Wayne Moore, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Bob Kutchenberg, and Norm Evans. They opened holes big enough to drive a truck through and Jay Ajayi ran behind them as though he were the love child of Larry Czonka and Mercury Morris. It was a blast from the past - and I do mean blast - a return to the dominating running games of past championship teams. And guess what? The Dolphins began winning. And not just against anyone - they beat 2 division rivals over the last 2 games, which is something they haven't done for far too long.
It's difficult to know how to feel about this - are the Dolphins just teasing us again or is this the start of something real? Well, this week, Phins.com Columnist Chris Shashaty is going to give us his take on this resurrection with his article Coming Back.