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By on August 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill made his first career NFL preseason start on Friday against Carolina, playing the entire first half in a 23-17 loss.

Here are my five key takeaways from last night’s game:

  • QB Position Still Undecided: Coach Joe Philbin has reiterated a desire to name a starter by the third week of the preseason, but the Dolphins’ quarterback picture remains murky.
By on July 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

The Miami Dolphins have numerous positions up for grabs when the 2012 Training Camp opens on Friday, July 27, and one area of the team to focus on is the offensive line. Most fans would agree that center and the left side of the line of scrimmage is one of the strengths of this team, but the same cannot be said about the right side where no starters will return to the roster from last season.

By on April 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

For Joe Philbin’s West Coast offense to reach its potential, the Dolphins will need to rethink the way they have evaluated offensive lineman.

In years past, they preferred hulking offensive linemen who could set the tone for a power rushing attack. But now, with the emphasis shifting to the passing game, the Dolphins will move to a zone blocking scheme.

As Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly points out, the Dolphins will need to look at a completely different breed of lineman now.

By on April 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

With voluntary workouts underway, the Dolphins announced they are bringing back two members of last year’s team.

On Tuesday, defensive lineman Phillip Merling and offensive tackle Lydon Murtha signed their restrictive free agent tenders. 

Merling, who is entering his fifth season, all with the Dolphins, will look to compete for playing time on the defensive line. The Dolphins selected Merling the with the 32nd overall selection, the first pick in the second round 0f the 2008 draft.

By on March 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

No matter how much it will fly under a lot of fans’ radar, there’s no question that most teams around the NFL will be looking to upgrade their offensive lines this offseason. There are no official league-kept stats to judge the performance of offensive linemen and a lot of fans overlook the play in the trenches, but there’s no doubt this is a critical part of the formula for any team’s success.

By on September 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Today the Dolphins cut their roster down to 53 players in advance of the start of the regular season. The roster moves were made in three different categories:

-20 players were waived. These are players with less than four years service time and they must pass through the waiver wire.

-Six players had their contracts terminated. These are veterans with four or more years in the league.

By on August 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Earlier in the day, Coach Sparano told the media it takes a while for an offensive line to jell and become a good unit. The Finsiders broke down what Sparano meant and gave fans some reassuring analysis.


By on August 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Reggie Bush is the #1 running back on the first depth chart of 2011.

Coach Tony Sparano released his first depth chart of the 2011 season today and while a LOT will change between now and the regular season opener on September 12th, it’s always fun to see where guys stack up heading into pre-season game number one. Here are my notes and observations:


  • QB: Chad Henne is the starter, with Matt Moore #2.
By on December 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm

With the Dolphins and Patriots getting ready for Sunday’s game at Gilette Stadium, here is the official injury report for the game, as released by the teams on Friday afternoon:


LB Karlos Dansby/OUT/Toe*

TE Anthony Fasano/OUT/Knee

T Lydon Murtha/OUT/Head

CB Nolan Carroll/QUESTIONABLE/Head (limited practice today)

*Late Friday afternoon, the team announced that Dansby has been placed on injured reserve.

By on December 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

The Dolphins were back at practice today as they get ready for Sunday’s season finale at New England. After practice, coach Tony Sparano met with the media and discussed several key issues, including what kind of effort he expects out of the Pats, who already have the #1 seed in the AFC wrapped up. Sparano said that he thinks they’ll try and come out to win their 14th game and  that they are not a team that practices mediocrity.

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