GAME DAY! Dolphins vs. Ravens

Written by Finatic Dave


With Miami's 23-20 win over Atlanta in the preseason opener, the Dolphins look to make it two in a row to start the preseason this Thursday night vs. Baltimore at 7 p.m. The Dolphins haven't won their first two preseason games in the same season since 2011, when they finished the exhibition campaign 3-1. Since Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula retired following the 1995 season, the Dolphins have won their first two preseason games just five times.

The Dolphins and Ravens will meet twice this year - once this Thursday night in the preseason and again in a Week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup in Baltimore on Oct. 26. It's the second team Miami plays in both the preseason and the regular season this year, meeting Atlanta last week and again in Week 6 of the regular season.

Don't Panic Finatics. I Trust Our Leadership

Written by Gino Vitale

Photo Courtesy of SI.comThis year, it is evident that the team has grown in depth due to the combination of Chris Grier, Coach Gase and big Mike Tannenbaum.

Attending Training Camp, and the first preseason game, it is so apparent that the new draft picks, and sophomores look to be real talents.

This team radiates a culture of their head coach, Coach Gase. They love him and love being coached by him. They are becoming true believers together. This, even with key injuries to Ryan, Tony, Ted and Raekwon. Unfortunately, this is the NFL.

Coach Gase was quoted the day after Ryan went down that it was the best practice of training camp to that point. He did not want anyone to hold back. He did not want to see any dialing back of intensity despite their setback with Ryan. He wanted everyone to go out there and “give it their all”! That is exactly what the team did. There were no drops in intensity. That meant a lot.

Every year we get disappointed with injuries. However, I feel that with the leadership of this team it is different. Our leadership is respected; it is rising up and they all believe in the team and the next man up. So despite all of our injuries, I trust our leadership is doing the right things. So, do not panic, Finatics. They got this. GO FINS!

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THANK GOODNESS.. Training Camp is Over

Written by Finatic Dave

TrainingCamp OverThis has been a BRUTAL year for training camp, Finatics. Thank goodness it is now over.

The competition out there is FIERCE. The guys are hitting hard. And the injuries are running wild. Our observations from training camp.. Defense looks great. The defense definitely won at camp. And there is some really hard hitting coming from the defense. So much so that the Dolphins sustained 2 RB concussion at camp..

RB Jay Ajayi. Concussion. Good news is that he is back on the practice field this week, and will see some playing time, possibly as early as the Baltimore game on Thursday.

RB Kenyan Drake. Concussion sustained on the practice field on August 14th.

Camp has been brutal with other injuries on the practice field, and during the Dolphins first preseason game vs. the Falcons at Hard Rock…

CB Tony Lippett – Torn Achilles tendon sustained on the practice field on August 14th.  Out for the season.

QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill reinjured his ACL in a non contact play. Out for the season.

LB Raekwon McMillan. Injured on his first appearance on the field, on the first play during the Falcons preseason game.  Out for the season.

WR Francis Owusu – Despite scoring in preseason vs. Falcons, he injured his knee in camp, and then released.

WR Jordan Westerkamp – sustained hamstring problems in camp, played in Falcons game, released.

OT Kwayde Miller.. Injured and released.

Camp is officially over, but the Dolphins have a joint workout next week with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the game there on Thursday the 24th. We just pray that there is no more injuries to our already thinning team. Debby Downer: Last year, the Dolphins worked out with the Carolina Panthers, where Louis Delmas sustained a season ending ACL.

First Day at Dolphins Training Camp for Jay Cutler

Written by Finatic Dave

Jay Cutler was out on the training camp practice field today.  It was his first full day at camp.  Most visible?  Cutler is wearing his old #6 which was previously occupied by QB Brandon Doughty.  Doughty is now wearing #7.

On the Miami Dolphins playbook, Cutler said, "“It’s kind of a crash course if you already took the course before. Some of the run game stuff has changed. The passing game is kind of relatively the same. The protections are changed up a little bit. I’m just kind of working with (Quarterbacks Coach) Bo (Hardegree) out there and going through the run game and making sure I’m clean on that. It’ll come back quickly.”

Cutler on Suh - "I'm glad he is on my team!"

Jarvis Landry on Jay Cutler – “I finally get a chance to see him out here today and have an opportunity to take a couple of reps with him today. I think he slung it pretty well." On Cutler walking in right before preseason, "Honestly, when you walk into this facility and you’re wearing these colors, you are family. For Jay (Cutler), we welcomed him with opened arms. We’ve extended all of our contacts, all of our resources to him and his family. That’s just what it is.”