Posts Tagged ‘Dolphins’

Chad Johnson may have changed his name but he still won a shiny new P45

So it came to pass that the weekly peek inside the psyche of Chad Johnson was over almost as soon as it began.

After one week where Chad looked like a joker that coaches were able to wryly grin at but deal with, the former Pro-Bowl wideout allegedly assaulted his new wife and was swiftly cut, like a ham hock in a bacon slicer.

Watching Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin skirt around the firing as Chad attempted to deliver his ‘I know I’ve been an idiot but please keep me on the team’ speech was pretty painful.

It was all over the moment he drove into the Dolphins training camp, got out his car and had his image given the old ‘slo-mo’ treatment with the dramatic music in the background.

Now to many that cut was the most significant part of the second episode of Hard Knocks 2012, but to me it was Coach Philbin just looking completely underwhelmed as offensive guard Josh Samuda was asked to do a ‘spin’ to show his colleagues the rather extensive cock and balls shaved into his head.

After episode one saw the rookies getting spots of bleach rubbed into their heads to end up looking like manky leopards, the giant black penis was a sight to behold.

Now there is rookie hazing and then there is just an ability to look – well like a dick head – and Samuda is indeed the chief.

The Dolphins have not exactly looked good in the Pre-Season – two losses and absolutely no clarity on a starting quarterback.

Now the biggest dick has left the Dolphins organisation, its time to shave the giant cock and balls of everyone’s heads and get down to business, as the REAL football season is only a few short weeks away.

Fantasy hint – Don’t draft Dolphins wideouts – unless you have a 26 man offensive roster.

Chad Henne now has a quality target

I had the pleasure of travelling with my wife to Miami in October last year, to see the Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills.

One of the players I was looking forward to seeing live was Dolphins WR Ted Ginn Jr, a guy I drafted in one of my 55 man roster fantasy drafts a few years ago.

Thing is Ginn was awful, finishing with a pathetic 1 catch for 4 yards.

The ‘Fins stomped all over the Bills 38-10 thanks in no part to the former Buckeye.

With that in mind I was happy for both Chad Henne and the Miami fans that they bought in Brandon Marshall WR from the Broncos, and a few days later made sure Ginn Jr made a quick and painless exit to the West Coast.

For all the prima donna attributes displayed by Marshall, he sure knows how to grab a pigskin, and that is nothing but good news for the Tuna and the rest of the Dolphins staff.

As for Ginn Jr – a former 1st round pick, yes 1st round, he today went to the San Francisco 49ers for a 5th round pick. Now there is sometimes a need to swallow your pride, but this must have taken a bigger gulp than a mutant gannet by Ginn to be moved for a pick that is gonna be over 100 pick down the pecking order.

I do hope Mike Singletary can get the most out of Ginn Jr, but aside from a few electric return tds, I doubt even ‘ol steel stare’ himself will get Ted to become a 70 catch 1,000 yard wideout.

My predictions for 2010

Brandon Marshall WR Dolphins – 83 catches 1189 yards 8 touchdowns

Tedd Ginn Jr WR 49ers – 41 catches 637 yards 5 touchdowns and one return touchdown

Am I selling either short or overestimating what these guys can do? Let me know your thoughts…….

Having not seen NFL football live since last October (New Orleans Saints v San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium) it was with an overwhelming feeling of enthusiasm and anticipation that I (and my lovely wife) settled into our seats in section 107 of the lower tier of Land Shark Stadium to see the Miami Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills.

With the Bills at 1-2 and the Dolphins at 0-3 AND with 2nd year QB Chad Henne making his first start ever in the NFL I did think this could be a rather ugly festival of field goals – ending something to the tune of 9-6.

Well after my wife shelled out for the tickets for my birthday I thought regardless of the score it would be an amazing experience, and after all the sun was shining and I was in Florida in October, not in the wet and cold West Midlands.

Out came the giant inflatable and the smoke - no this was not as seedy as it sounds

Out came the giant inflatable and the smoke - no this was not as seedy as it sounds

The game began with a short¬† pass from Bills QB Trent Edwards to Terrell ‘TO’ Owens,¬† one game too late, as he had his huge consecutive catch in a game streak snapped in Week 3.

That pretty much was the highlight of the first quarter, as a side from a Rian Lindell missed field goal it was a battle of field  position, as the two division rivals poked and  prodded each other but no-one managed to throw a proverbial connecting punch.

Rookie CB Vontae Davis scored the first td on an INT return

Rookie CB Vontae Davis scored the first td on an INT return

Thankfully the  second quarter saw some early fireworks, and following  an opening  field goal for the Dolphins Trent Edwards did what he does best and threw an interception.

Rookie Miami CB Vontae Davis took the pick to da house and in the blink of an eye the Dolphins were 10-0 up and the home crowd were rocking.

The Dolphins exuded confidence in the second quarter

The Dolphins exuded confidence in the second quarter

It sure was fun seeing the 2008 overall #1 pick in the draft Jake Long #77 (far left of my picture above).

I always take time to follow individual players in games as well as following the ball. Seeing some of the key matchups in the flesh is terrific fun, and watching Jake block anyone who gets near him proves that not every team’s superstar is a¬†QB or a gobby WR.

Ronnie Brown scores his first TD of the day ........just !

Ronnie Brown scores his first TD of the day ........just !

The Bills did pull back with a fg in the second but the Dolphins running game was beginning to dominate and Ronnie Brown went in from a yard out to establish a 14 point lead.Miami again had the lions share of possession with over ten minutes of ball control in the second quarter.

Halftime РDolphins 17-03 Bills. 

During week 4 players and coaches wore pink items to promote breast cancer awareness  the NFL supported  a campaign to  get women to have breast cancer screenings.

If you look closely at my pictures you will see the players gloves, shoes and sweat bands feature the colour pink.In this world of commercial greed this was one advertising campaign that had universal approval.

The cheerleaders also wore pink to raise awareness of the¬† screening programme, and the giant HD screens promoted the initiative too.The screens also had some fun videos from the likes of Fegie from the Black Eyed Peas telling the fans to ‘Fin up’ and give it some boom boom pow.

With Fred Jackson continuing to get most of the snaps at running back in the second half the Bills tried to claw back some of the deficit but Trent Edwards continued to stink as he threw three interceptions in the game and was sacked more than cheetos on a Walmart.

Not that I was lookingat them but the cheerleaders wore pink too

Not that I was looking at them but the cheerleaders wore pink too.

The stadium was not quite full but considering the two teams had combined for one win between them in three weeks it was still a very good crowd of over 65,000.

 

Ronnie Brown scored late to seal the win

Ronnie Brown scored late to seal the win

This game was fun to watch and is the highest amount of points I have seen scored in an NFL game in USA that I have had the honour of attending.

The Dolphins looked far far better than their 1-3 record.
Final score Miami Dolphins 38-10  Buffalo Bills.

Having recovered from seeing J-Lo outside Landshark Stadium the Miami road trip finally reached the pinnacle of the week with a real live NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the travelling TO show – the Buffalo Bills.

With temperatures in excess of 90 degrees I made sure I had a bucket of still lemonade with half a real lemon inside, along with backup bottles of water and even a diet Mountain Dew.

My wife loves the sun but even she had to wait inside the stadium prior to kickoff as I melted taking pictures of the Bills (who were warming up nearest to where I was seated). Below are some warm up pictures…….

My pic of TO warming up at Landshark Stadium - Copyright Lawrence Vos

My pic of TO warming up at Landshark Stadium - Copyright Lawrence Vos

 

2008 4th rd draft pick TE Derek Fine looked fine to me

2008 4th rd draft pick TE Derek Fine looked fine to me

Chad Henne warns up for his first ever Dolphins start

Chad Henne warns up for his first ever Dolphins start

 

Marshawn Lynch was back after his 2009 3 game suspension

Marshawn Lynch was back after his 2009 3 game suspension

Lights Out is heading to Wembley - Pic by Doug Pensinger, Getty Images North America

Lights Out is heading to Wembley - Pic by Doug Pensinger, Getty Images North America

The San Diego Chargers have officially announced this afternoon that Shawne ‘Lights Out’ Merriman, their outstanding linebacker will ‘forego surgery on his knee’ to play in the 2008 NFL season.

This is fantastic news for all the NFL fans in England (and other parts of the UK and in Europe) who will make the annual pilgrimage to Wembley Stadium to see the Chargers take on the New Orleans Saints in London on October 26, in only the second NFL regular season game to take place in Europe.

Lights Out is a beast, a human wrecking machine, and 39.5 sacks in 42 career games is proof that he is a true superstar.

Only Merriman will know if he is kidding himself by saying that he will play through the pain. He does risk blowing his entire career, but with the 2008 NFL season just over a week away, its just too appetising for Shawne to not want to taste success.

The Chargers have a realistic shot at the Superbowl this season, and Merriman is one of the keys to victory, with his high adrenaline play and his ability to frighten the heck out of opposing teams.

It’s no coincidence that Merriman wears #56 after the Hall of Fame stud and former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor. It was Taylor who redefined the game, making left offensive tackles¬†get much bigger salaries.

Look at the #1 pick in the NFL draft this year – offensive lineman Jake Long. He was drafted to protect the quarterback from the likes of Merriman, as much as to clear the lanes for Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown.

Having the NFL circus come to England in 2008 will again be special, waving a torch because Merriman will be looking to turn Drew Brees lights out makes it just that bit more special.

Merriman you are a brave man and NFLFANINENGLAND salutes your decision.

Good or bad idea – let me know……

Shockey warming up at Wembley, London in 2007

Shockey warming up at Wembley, London in 2007

Some people think tight-end Jeremy Shockey was traded to the New Orleans Saints from the New York Giants earlier this week because he wants to start afresh in the Superdome.

Some say he could not cope with the fact Kevin Boss (spot him in the picture above Shockey) was one of the New York Giants stars in the Superbowl (XLII) in February, whilst Shockey sat injured and unable to play.

I can however reveal the real reason that Jeremy Shockey has signed for the Saints Рhe wants to COME BACK to England and strutt his stuff at the second ever NFL International game in Europe.

Taking place again at Wembley Stadium on October 26 2008 Shockey will be once again crossing the pond and getting changed in the London locker room for an England based NFL regular season encounter, this time the Saints against the San Diego Chargers.

it can be exclusively revealed on NFLFANINENGLAND that Shockey asked to be traded to the Saints so he could come back to London, for the following reasons…..

1) Shockey is addicted to the English delicacy of Fish ‘n’ Chips, with mushy peas, a pickled onion, a small pot of curry sauce and a can of Tizer (which is available to buy in England despite Scottish people thinking it is exclusively their drink), this after his first visit to London in 2007 as a New York Giant

2) Shockey in fact likes English women, citing that he has the hots for Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss and after 10 pints of Spitfire Ale a bit of Amy Winehouse

3) Shockey’s family insist that young Jeremy brings back at least four boxes of PG Tips tea, so the Shockey family can experience the full English tea drinking experience back in the land of Uncle Sam

I for one already have my tickets paid for and on their way for the Saints v Chargers game in October.

Maybe this time Shockey can punch one in the end-zone himself, after all just because we had a bit of rain does not excuse the Giants and Dolphins from only managing a total of 23 combined points in 60 minutes.

PS – Shockey is in my BBFL fantasy team roster so I wish him all the best and hope he has a 60 catch 750 yard season in New Orleans, which I think is not beyond the realms of possibility.

So what do YOU think Shockey’s stats will be in 08 as a Saint ? Please post a response

My own pic of the 40ft Jason Taylor outside Wembley Stadium in 2007

My own pic of the 40ft Jason Taylor outside Wembley Stadium in 2007

It was a bizarre enough experience being faced with a 40ft tall Jason Taylor (see the real people standing under umbrellas) when I went to Wembley last year for the first ever NFL regular season game to be played in England.

To find out that Jason Taylor will now be suiting up in the burgundy and gold of the Washington Redskins is possibly even more bizarre.

This means that somewhere someone is in possession of a giant #99 Dolphins shirt that is now as useful as as a marshmallow knife set.

I had a few thoughts………….

1) Maybe the shirt can be unstitched, layed out flat the Fins can reuse the material to make shirts for the 08 season?

2) Maybe the shirt can be be used as a sail on a boat, I know the GB team are good at yachting Olympic style, but do the NFL want to diversify into boat sponsorship ?

3) Get JT to sign the thing and put it on eBay, but dont tell anyone the size, just sell it with normal size shirts, and then sting the winning bidder at the end with the postage cost !

4) Get Mtv to pimp the shirt and get Xzibit (US version) and Tim Westwood (UK version) to fight over who actually gets to do the business (btw Tim Westwood to all you USA based readers is the white son of a vicar who thinks he is a gangsta and runs a nationally syndicated hip hop radio show). 

5) Cut the shirt up and sell it to Topps who can do a Game-Used NFL Jason Taylor card – only problem is the limited edition bit would be a bit lacking as you would likely have over 1,000,000 swatches of shirt.

I’m sure the NFL blogging world will be buzzing with all the cliches about Dan Snyder buying a team, the second coming of the Over the Hill Gang, and the fact both the Skins and the Fins get good deals, but I bet a whole king-size PayDay that no-one has considered the consequence of a 20 ft tall Jason Taylor shirt !!!!!!!

PS – Get well soon Philip Daniels.

Ed Johnson #99 my best DT (not good)

Ed Johnson #99 my best DT (not good)

With just over 2 months to go until the BBFL begins season 3 my Redskins team needs big help at one position for sure, and that is Defensive Tackle.

In the Action PC game all defenders are rated out of 10 against the run, out of 10 against the pass, and can have a pass rush value up to 7 (the likes of Shawne Merriman and DeMarcus Ware).

Exceptional defenders have an overall rating of 10+ (the likes of NFL defensive player of the year in 2007 – Colts safety Bob Sanders).¬† Don’t forget in this league we have 55 man rosters, but its based on the NFL players REAL 2007 NFL stats.

My defensive tackles are rated as (1st number run defense rating, 2nd number pass rush ability rating)

Vonnie Holliday 6 – 1 (12 NFL games played out of 16 for the 1-15 Dolphins)

Ed Johnson 5 -1 (16 NFL games played as a Colt rookie) I picked this guy up in the offseason as a free agent

Michael Myers 4 – 1 (15 NFL games played but 4 is a poor rating)

Dwan Edwards 5 – 1 (16 NFL games played as DL and DE) – I also picked this guy up in the offseason as a free agent

This is without doubt the poorest set of defensive tackles in the whole league (20 total teams). So I have work to do !

I am offering up Plaxico Burres the giraffe like New York Giants wideout for a DT with a 7 rating or above.

Do any of you think any of my 4 defensive tackles have any prospects in 2008 ?

I think in true Princess Leia style ‘my only hope’ is Ed Johnson at the Colts, a man who was not even drafted but had in all respects a very sound rookie outing.

Let’s say at this stage I am nervous about all 19 of my opponents 3rd string running backs, let alome their 3rd down backs and starters.

How important do you rate DT’s in the grand scheme of NFL positions ?

I had a response to my blog on the NFLUK forum making specific reference to former Charger QB Stan Humphries – who is by no means the most famous Chargers QB, but was the only one to take San Diego to a Superbowl (Superbowl XXIX or 29 to those non Romans).

This is further than the Chargers most legendary quarterback, the bearded wizard and Hall of Fame inductee Dan Fouts.

Stan Humpries was originally drafted by the then Superbowl holders the Washington Redskins in the 6th round, in what has to be one of the worst crop of rookie quarterbacks in NFL history. From the QB Class of ’95 Only Chris Chandler managed a half decent NFL career, providing you dont include Tom Tupa, who bizarrely went on to find more fame as a punter than a passer.

Stan rode the pine as a Skin in 1988 not even registering a 4th quarter blowout kneel, and in 1989 he didn’t fair much better, completing 5 of 10 passes and getting sacked 3 times. In that limited game time he did however manage his first NFL td in a loss to the Raiders – a 14¬†yarder – to one of the Posse of Redskins wideoutsRicky Sanders.

By 1990 the Stan Humpries story was looming ominously towards obscurity as a Redskin backup, with 5 starts but an awful 3tds to 10 ints ratio, and a lowly 57.5 rating. 1991 got even worse as Stan didn’t even suit up.

Despite a career that was heading nowhere fast the San Diego Chargers took a gamble on Stan, and rescued him from the Redskins, andover the next six seasons in California he started 76 of the next 96 Chargers games. Not bad for a 6th round draft pick who averaged a td a season for his first four years in the NFL.

Strangely enough the name Stan Humphries is actually in the NFL Record book for a record that can never be broken, only equalled. Confused ? Well the answer to the conundrum is that he threw a 99 yard td pass to Tony Martin in 1994 (in a win over Seattle).

Stan never managed to start all 16 games in a season in his entire career, but in his third 15 game regular season, namely 1995, he passed for a career high 3,381 yards.

The Chargers gained a playoff spot that season, and Humpriesbegan his ’95 playoffs heroics. I doubt anyone remembers his fourth quarter touchdown (his first playoff td ever) that was just about enough to beat Dan Marino’s Dolphins.

In the AFC Championship it was again the arm of STan that prevailed, as Stans two touchdowns were enough to again eek out a victory, this time against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chargersdown 13-3 in the second half were powered to victory by Humphries to reach their first Superbowl Рagain I must repeat, something that the mighty bearded wonder Dan Fouts never managed to achieve.

In Superbowl XXIX it simply wasn’t Stan’s day however, as a highly motivated 49ers QB Steve Young proved to the world that he could finally shine in the spotlight and step out from under the shadow of Joe Montana.

After Steve Young found Jerry Rice for his third td of the game, and San Francisco had a ridiculous 49-19 lead in the fourth quarter, Stan finally did toss a td in the Superbowl, a 30 yarder to Tony Martin. Thats what I call hanging in there till the very end. Stan ended with a respectable 275 yards passing, but was powerless against their fellow West Coast rivals.

Stan played just 21 more games in his career, and left the NFL in 1997 after 81 starts, 17,191 yards, 89 tds and 84 interceptions. Only 103 NFL QBs have managed to pass for more yards, and Stan retired having thrown the 122nd most touchdowns in NFL history.

Not bad for a guy who started for two seasons in college football for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warharks (he in fact took over from Bubby Brister who went on to start for the Pittsburgh Steelers).

I’m not sure any blog in the world has dedicated this much time to Stan Humphries – but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

 

The official NFL International Series Logo

Anyone who honestly expects Florida sunshine at the end of October in England is either a born optimist or slightly dillusional so I fully expect the second NFL regular season game to be played in London in yet more blustery gails and drizzling rain, falling from dark forboding clouds, hovvering menacingly above the new Wembley Stadium.

There is an argument that the New York Giants 13-10 win over the Miami Dolphins was a bit of a damp squib (or is that squid to keep the aquatic animal theme!). As one of the 81,176 fans at the game I frankly did note care if the game finished 2-0 with a long snap sailing over the Fins punter’s helmet before making a deafening squelch at the back of the endzone. The fact was we had a regular season NFL game in England – a game that COUNTS, a game that provided statistics that will be forever included in the summary of the 2007 NFL season, and above all a game where the winning teams big W and the losing teams big L counts in the real regular season standings.

I was there from 1988 right up to 1993 to watch NFL pre-season friendly games played at Wembley. As a teenager in love with the NFL I was in hog heaven being able to see the likes of Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Reggie White, Bruce Smith et al come and play in front of my very eyes, but by the time we got to 1993 the novelty had worn off. The ’93 game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, if memory serves me right, ended with a 13-13 stalemate, and did more damage than good as far as exporting the NFL to a European audience. The starters played in one or two first quarter drives, then got changed and spend the remaining 50 game minutes just joking around like tourists visiting Windsor Castle. By 1993 the real NFL fans (eg – the ones who paid their hard earned money for their tickets and were not on some corporate freebie) were wise to the fact Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith were not going to play more than about 10 plays, and I for one trudged out of Wembley that day thinking 1) that was a waste of money 2) that’s the last time we will see NFL teams in England. Real English NFL fans maybe dreampt of seeing an NFL game at Wembley that really mattered, but even the most optimistic NFL lover could not even dream that almost 15 years later they would be seeing the future Superbowl champions playing a REGULAR SEASON NFL game in front of their very eyes.

Fast forward to 2008 and we are preparing for a game that has my pulse racing.¬†This game – the San Diego Chargers against the New Orleans Saints is an outstanding job by the NFL in the USA and the NFL in the UK to provide a game that is a big thankyou to those fans who grumbled their way home from the American Bowl of 1993, thinking that they would never see an NFL team this side of the pond ever again. Its a perfect game for so many reasons, here are just a few ……..

  • This is an opportunity to create a new NFL fanbase in Europe for the Saints and the Chargers. The 2007 game involving the Giants and the Dolphins was involving two teams with ‘established’ or ‘safe’ UK and European fan bases (the safe teams I would classify as the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins)
  • This game is a ‘risk’ by the NFL as it involves teams that have never won a Superbowl ( and I severely doubt many fairweather fans know the Chargers even played in a Superbowl in the 1990s, let alone had ever heard of Chargers starting quarterback¬†former Redskin Stan Humphries). Everyone loves a risk, and whilst 55,000 tickets have been sold the media coverage I feel will see a marked decline from 2007 by UK journalists
  • This game involves a plethora of incredibly exciting ‘gamebreaker’ type players. From the Saints we have gunslinger QB Drew Brees (add to the mix he is a former Charger dumped by his fomer team for a younger model), wide reciever Marques Colston, who has the same talent as Terrell Owens but less of a media profile and less of a cake hole, and running back Reggie Bush, a former Heisman Trophy winner (best college player in the whole of the country) who is capable of catching 15 passes a game. For the Chargers we have the number one player in his position for the entire NFL in tight end Antonion Gates, a man who can ‘slam dunk’ with the best of em, we also have LT II (the original and only real LT is 80s and 90s outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor – Giants drug abusing legend – and the man who helped left tackles get paid a lot more money than they did 20 years ago) running back Ladanian Tomlinson, the one man touchdown machine
  • Let’s be honest these teams have some defensive studs ( Jonathan Vilma ILB, Antonio Cromartie CB) but we will be expecting fireworks, with quality passing games exploiting weaknesses, and running games that are both innovative and explosive
  • There is the heartwarming New Orleans ‘recovering and rebuilding’ from Hurricane Katrina angle, which will likely see the the impartial fans cheering for a Saints victory
  • Both teams have genuine playoff ambitions in 2008 – The Chargers were just one game away from the Superbowl and the Saints will see the return of running back Deuce McAllister as an inspiring factor

I will now aim to get gossip, opinion and everything inbetween as we build up to the second, yes say it loud and say it proud, second regular season NFL game to be played in England.