Miami Dolphins Treating Their Players like Children

Reggie Bush and his Miami Dolphin teammates cant surf the internet on their team issued iPads.

NFL players are big, athletic and make millions of dollars a year but sometimes they still get treated like children.

It was reported last week that the Miami Dolphins handed out team-issued iPads in order for players to use them to learn the playbook and NOT to surf on the internet for fun. The team will fine the players $10,000 for looking at "unauthorized websites," with the devices. The no-go sites include Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and you'd have to guess most adult entertainment sites. However, it was unclear if viewing New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish video of his wife would be considered opponent research.

I'm sure the Dolphin players are happy to be rid of the old gigantic playbook book binders, but they can't be happy with the grade school style restrictions on the devices. While it's probably a good rule of thumb (regardless of your profession) to avoid using a work computing device to visit porn sites, there's nothing wrong with checking email or watching a Youtube video. A $10,000 fine for straying from the play book is a little steep, and if you learn the playbook who cares how many tweets you made along the way – why not let the players surf the web like the adults they are and fine those players who haven't learned the playbook. However, NFL players definitely make enough to pay for their own iPads , so on the whole I'm not too concerned

Plus the players seem to really like them. Davone Bess said, "it's convenient. Every day we were getting stacks and stacks of papers with the installs. Now they can just download them on the iPad and it's there — Bam!"

Reggie Bush:said "I love it. It makes it so much simpler, and obviously that's where technology has taken us nowadays. It's amazing, and I'm glad we got it."

What do you think? Is a $10,000 fine too steep?

Why Chad Ochocinco Might be a Surprise Success on the Miami Dolphins

When Chad Ochocinco was released by the New England Patriots few Pats fans were sorry to see him go, after all the big talking and big play-making receiver seemed to have lost the latter ability.

Pats fans had hoped Ochocinco would compliment Wes Welker and provide a deep threat for Tom Brady, instead he was virtually a non factor – as quite on the field as detractors had always wished he'd be off the field. He seemed to have lost his trademark speed and seemed dazed and confused operating in the Pats offense.. However, now that he's signed with the Miami Dolphins I think there's a pretty good chance his tenure in Miami will be a physical and mental improvement over his stint in New England.

As far as the physical goes Ochocinco's new Dolphin teammates have reportedly be impressed with his physical condition and speed. On the mental side a new report has surfaced that says Ochocinco admitted to not understanding the Patriots playbook. An un-identified source with the Dolphins organization told Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe that Ochocinco admitted to not understanding the Patriots playbook when he met with the Dolphins.

"The guy did all but admit that it was a struggle for him mentally, the playbook, all that stuff,'' the source told Bedard. "He didn't deny that it was a problem for him, learning it up there.''

While Patriots fans will be justifiably angered at this admission by Ochocinco I see at as good news for the Dolphins. After all it means that his struggles last year weren't all due to declining physical ability – the Dolphins coaching staff can work to address Ochocinco's mental mistakes a lot easier than it would be for them to will him to reverse the effects of aging on his body. If the Dolphins coaching staff takes his lack of understanding of the Pats offense into consideration and spends time making sure he's grasped their offensive concepts, Ochocinco could play a big a role in Miami's offense.

Initially I thought the signing of Ochocinco by the Fins was a good risk free move, the Dolphins are in need of good receivers. Although he reportedly signed for $2 million, Ochocinco, will have to perform at a high level to earn that. To begin with I thought signing him was worth shot and but that the Dolphins would cut him after paying him only a fraction of that two million, now I'm thinking he might earn all of it and regain some measure of his old form as a playmaker.

What do you think? Was signing Chad Ochocinco a good idea for The Dolphins?

Tom Brady Upset with Gisele Bundchen's Super Bowl Comments AFC East update

29 March 2007: Brazilian Super model Gisele Bundchen on the red carpet before she introduces the new Vogue eyewear collection at Tottem Gardens, Miami, Florida. Photo by:Gary Rothstein/Icon SMI

Evidently, Tom Brady – like most of the wrest of the world – thought his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, talked out of turn when she criticized New England Patriots receivers after the team lost last year's Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

On Friday, Tom Curran of Comcast New England reported about a story told to him by Comcast Bay Area reporter Matt Maiocco.

Curran reported that Brady addressed the incident at a panel a few months ago.

"Just before she goes to bed, she says, 'Yeah, people were following me and I just said something I shouldn't have said,'" Brady recalled, according to Curran.

He replied, "'I don't care really what you said. Just go to bed. I woke up the next morning, I tapped her on the shoulder [and asked], 'Why did you say that?' She was talking about the best player on our team, Wes Welker, yeah. That was my most recent memory."

For those of you who were living under a rock at the time or have somehow managed to forget this tabloid fueled frenzy here's what originally took place. As she was leaving the game (with the wives of other Patriots players) Bundchen offered some harsh criticism of her husband's team mates and she was caught on video doing it.

"I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times," she said. "My husband cannot f—king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."

Now that's cold!

It's no surprise Brady was upset with the comments, having your famous super model wife complain about your teammates is almost as bad as having your mom complain about other kids on the team when you're playing Pop Warner, (though granted she looks better doing it than most moms do).

In addition to the fact that Bundchen shouldn't have spoken in the first place, I have to add that her analysis wasn't really on the money either. As far as I'm concerned the Patriots loss was a quintessential team loss. The Giants defense did a great job of knocking the whole Pats offense out of sync. However, for much of the year Brady did carry the Patriots offense on his shoulders and I wonder if Bundchen was picking up on a sentiment her husband expressed to her in private.

What do you think? Did Bundchen speak out of turn? Was she right that the receivers let the Patriots down in the game?

Why the possibility of a Darrelle Revis holdout shouldn't worry Jets fans

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If you're one of those long suffering, green wearing gluttons for punishment, collectively known as Jets fans you've already heard the news by now – Darrelle Revis might be holding out for a better contract.

But before you rip your newly purchased Tim Tebow jersey off in despair and curse the football Gods that made thee, I have a message for you: don't panic. Despite what the media may make you think in the coming weeks whether or not Revis decides to holdout is not actually a big deal.

Don't misunderstand me, I am not suggesting that Revis not playing for the Jets next year would not be a big deal. Revis is the game's best cornerback and the patron saint of secondary defense everywhere. Rex Ryan's defensive schemes and Revis' unmatched talent have made the Jets defense one of the most potent in the NFL in recent years. Revis' absence from the team next year would be monumental The Jets would have almost no chance against their AFC East rivals. The New England Patriots would laugh at them, the Buffalo Bills would thumb their noses, and even the rebuilding Miami Dolphins would give them a run for their money in the standings.

And that's why Jet fans have nothing to worry about.

Revis' importance to the Jets is precisely why there's no need worry about the possibility of a Revis hold out. The Jets can't afford not to have Revis on the field and they know that. Revis may hold out and there may be a media frenzy, but by the start of next year Revis will be wearing green and creating instant offensive droughts against any receiver in his vicinity.

Revis indicated to reporters last week that he might hold out for an improvement to his contract. If he does, it will be the second time since 2010 that he has done so. On the surface he's behaving like a diva. After his holdout in 2010 he signed a $46 million four-year deal with the Jets. However, the contract Revis and the Jets agreed to, was front-loaded – he was paid $32.5 million over the first two years and if the contract is not changed he will be paid only $13.5 million over the next two years. I know ONLY $13.5 million is a ridiculous sentence. I'd have to write somewhere close to 13.5 million blogs to make that kind of money and $13.5 million is more than most normal human beings can even imagine. However, Revis is not a normal human being, he is one of the best football players in the world and for a player of his skill $13.5 million is actually not all that much. That number would make Revis the 17th highest paid corner in the league. Revis is one of the top 3 or 4 defenders in the game period. He knows he deserves to be more than the 17th highest paid player at his position and more importantly, the Jets know it. Though it might take some time and there might be an ugly holdout, the Jets will ultimately pay Revis enough to satisfy him – they can't afford not to.

For Josh McDaniels the road to redemption begins with his return to the New Engalnd Patriots

New Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in a November 22 2010: while the head coach of Denver Broncos during the NFL regular season game between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA. Photo by: Ric Tapia/NFL.com

At first glance Josh McDaniels new position as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator seems like one of the easiest jobs in the NFL....or the planet for that matter.

The team has Tom Brady one of the game's best quarterbacks and Bill Belichick – who just might be the best coach the NFL has ever seen. The Pats would probably put up massive offensive numbers if Kim Kardashian was their offensive coordinator, Kanye West could double as quarterback coach (a job that on the Patriots require you to be a master of the English language so you can think of hundreds of different ways to tell Tom Brady he's doing a great job in practice).

In one way being the Pats offensive coordinator is akin to being in charge of keeping the ocean moist or supplying sand to the desert, however there is a catch – so much is expected of the Patriots offense that if they perform in a manner that is anything less than mind blowingly phenomenal McDaniels will be viewed as a failure. In a lot of ways being the offensive coordinator of the Patriots is like kicking an extra point – make it and you've done what everyone expected, miss it and the crowd will start screaming for your head French Revolution style.

Fortunately for McDaniels the Patriots offense has a lot going for it next year. As mentioned before they have Brady and Belichick one of the games most lethal duos and barring an injury to Brady or Belichick becoming senile there's no reason they won't continue to dominate the AFC East. In addition, the Patriots already strong receiving corps has been bolstered by the off season addition of Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd will jump start the Pats deep pass game one of the few areas the Pats offense did not excel in last season. Last but not least the Pats offense will benefit from McDaniels skills as a coordinator. Yes, McDaniels was fired by the Denver Broncos after less than two years and yes after he spent one season as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams they were more than happy to release him so he could join the Patriots for the playoffs. However, despite his failures since leaving the Patriots, McDaniels is a shrewd offensive mind. In Denver McDaniels drafted a popular quarterback named Tim Tebow that most people never thought could make an impact in the NFL . He also did a great job running the offense when he wasn't too busy chasing talented players such as Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshal off the team.

Throughout his career McDaniels has had success as a play caller. Returning to the Patriots will be good not only for his future marketability as a head coach again sometime but also for his development as a coach. Let's also not forget that despite his experience in the league McDaniels is still young. He still has time to learn and there's no better teacher than Belichick, although there might be some more cheerful ones. The return to New England is more than a homecoming for McDaniels it's a chance at redemption. He's been given the reins of one of the best offensive units in the history of the game, his job now is not to screw it up.

What do you think of McDaniels? Will he help/hinder the New England Patriots?

Stephen Hill a much needed reciever for the New York Jets AFC East Blog

04 November 10: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson and wide receiver Stephen Hill (5) in action during the Yellow Jackets loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies 28-21 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field in Blacksburg, Virginia. Photo by: Lee Coleman / Icon SMI

The New York Jets added some much needed depth at wide receiver in the draft when they traded up to select Stephen Hill with the No. 43 pick.

Hill is a 6 foot "4" speedy receiver from Georgia Tech who Rex Ryan and the Jets are very high on. According to The Star-Ledger the Jets thought about selecting Hill with their first pick, the 16th pick, before they decided to draft defensive end Quinton Coples.

So far during the rookie mini-camp Hill's play has set him above the rest of the first-year players. Ryan likes the way the athletic young receiver runs dig routes, which are routes where the receiver runs 15 or 20 yards and then cuts in. Ryan also noted that he burned the defense a few times on deep routes during the mini-camp. The Star-Ledger quoted him as saying,

"That's kind of exciting to see. That's what you want. You want that big wide out who presents that target and has that long ball speed as well."

The selection of Hill is a great move for a Jets team that was in desperate need of a big wide receiver to fill the gap left by Plaxico Burress who will not return next year – although Santonio Holmes makes enough headlines for two wide receivers he still only plays like one. It's no secret that the Jets are planning to focus on their run game this year but Jets fans are still hoping the team can open up the offense and establish a deep threat – which is something they were not able to do last season – Hill could be helpful in doing that.

The addition of Hill most likely means the Jets won't attempt to re-sign Braylon Edwards or go after another veteran wide receiver. Although I like Hill I think the team should still take a look at Edwards. Edwards is a talented receiver that the Jets could likely get at a relatively low price. The team missed his deep threat ability and his skill as a blocker last year. In addition Edwards was good friends with Mark Sanchez and despite some off field problems he thrived in the Jets locker room. Edwards has some baggage but I think they'd be able to sign him at a bargain price. Hill, Holmes, Edwards, Dustin Keller, and Jeremy Kerley would make for quite a receiving corps.

What do you think about Stephen Hill? Should the Jets go after Braylon Edwards?

Why Ryan Tannehill should start for the Miami Dolphins AFC East Blog

26 APR 2012: Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins during the 77th NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Photo by: Cliff Welch/Icon SMI

Forget Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets, its time to start a new quarterback controversy in the AFC East—Ryan Tannehill or David Garrard/Matt Moore.

The Miami Dolphins picked Tannehill with the number eighth overall pick in the draft. Though many don't think Tannehill's ready to be the starter for the Fins in 2013 I think the Dolphins should give the rookie the starting job and here's why:

1. Tannehill's got talent

Tannehill started his college career as a wide receiver and therefore has had less experience playing quarterback than many other quarterbacks entering the NFL. While some see this as a weakness I think the fact that he played wide receiver is further proof of Tannehill's raw talent not just as a quarterback but as a football player. He's fast, (he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds), he can throw the long ball and is athletic enough to make big plays, the Dolphins need that.

2. He's played this playbook before.

One thing that makes the transition from college to NFL quarterback difficult for many young players is learning a new highly complex NFL playbook. Tannehill doesn't have to worry about that.

The new Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was the head coach of Tannehill's college team at Texas A&M University. The Miami playbook is basically the same one Tannehill ran for Sherman in Texas. After the first day of the Dolphins mini camp The Miami Herald quoted Tannehill as saying that "80 to 85 percent" of the offense looked familiar to him. Though, a rookie when it comes to running Sherman's offense Tannehill might just be the most veteran player on the Dolphins.

3. Experience is the best teacher.

Critics of Tannehill starting in 2013 say he lacks the necessary experience to start in the NFL. They say he could eventually mature into a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers but that like Rodgers he should spend his first few years on the bench. I say hogwash. Rodgers is a great quarterback and did not play his first three seasons because he was backing up one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time Brett Farve. Whether you love or hate Farve you can't compare him to either Moore or Gerrard. Sitting on the bench didn't make Rodgers a great quarterback, being a great quarterback made him a great quarterback.

If Tannehill needs experience the best and quickest way to get it is by playing in the NFL. Yes they'll be some rookie mistakes and some missteps but the Dolphins can afford that because they have nothing to lose, Garrard is not carrying this team to the Super Bowl.

 4. The Dolphins need more than Moore or Garrard

 Though he was considered the third best quarterback in the draft most analysts and scouts didn't consider Tannehill one of the top ten players in the draft. The fact that the Dolphins drafted Tannehill when there were arguably more talented players available at different positions tells me that the Dolphins have no confidence in their other quarterbacks. The Fins know that to be a true contender they need new blood at quarterback, Tannehill provides that. He might not make them contenders this year, but the sooner he starts the sooner The Dolphins will have a shot at the Super Bowl again.

 5. The Dolphins fans deserve some hope

The Dolphins have suffered through several bad seasons in a row and a miserable off season that saw the departure of star wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The acquisition of Tannehill has been the one bright spot and the fans deserve the chance to see him in action. With or without Tannehill starting I don't see the Dolphins making the playoffs this year, but with him there's a chance, albeit a small one, and it's a chance the Dolphins need to take for their fans and for their team.

What do you think? Should Tannehill start for the Dolphins?

For the Jets and Bills the road to the playoffs runs through each other

27 November 2011: Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) is tackled by New York Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha (91) and New York Jets defensive end Mike DeVito (70) during the AFC East matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Jets defeated the Bills 28-24. Photo by: Rich Kane/Icon SMI

Forget about the New England Patriots, the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills need to focus on each other this year.

The Bills and Gang Green will open and close their seasons against one another. Both games could have huge playoff implications for both teams. I believe that the Bills and the Jets will be playoff contenders this year but I don't see either squad un-throning the Pats and winning the AFC East. Thanks to a relatively easy schedule, the signing of deep threat wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and two upcoming first round draft picks I think the Patriots will be even better in 2012 than they were in 2011. If I'm correct that means the only shot the Bills or Jets have will be for the wild card and if they're both good teams this year their match-ups against one another will be of vital importance.

Of late the New York Jets have consistently beaten the New York state based Buffalo Bills (who ironically are the only NFL team that actually plays in New York). The Jets have won the last five meetings between the two teams and have swept the season series the last two years, but this Bills team has had a productive off season and will be a force to be reckoned with next year. They signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams and made other moves to improve their pass rush which was virtually non existent last year. On offense they were able to keep their starting line-up intact and with strong running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both healthy this year the Bills should have a formidable run game that will help power their offense.

Meanwhile the Jets did little to address the locker room problems between quarterback Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes and have not made significant roster changes other than getting Tim Tebow. However, I think the Jets will be vastly improved this year thanks to the change in offensive culture brought about by Tony Sparano taking over the reins as the team's offense coordinator from Brian Schottenheimer.

I think both teams will be improved in 2012 and they'll likely split their season series however I believe the Jets will hold the slightly better record after week 17 and will go to playoffs.

What do you think? Will the Bills Jets games be as important as both squads games against the Patriots?

 

Why the New England Patriots will take advantage of their easy 2012 schedule

February 5, 2012: Patriots quarterback #12 Tom Brady throws a pass during the New York Giants game versus the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Giants defeated the Patriots, 21-17. Photo by: Anthony J. Causi/Icon SMI

 The New England Patriots have already achieved a victory in the 2012 season – their schedule.

The God's of NFL schedule making have clearly smiled on the Pats. The defending AFC East champs and 2011 Super Bowl runner-ups have been awarded a schedule that is ranked 32nd in strength rankings. That means that the Tom Brady led squad has the easiest schedule in the league (at least according to the rankings).

The Pats play in the AFC East which is considered a weak conference. on top of that the team plays just four games against playoff teams from 2011 and three of those are home games. I think the AFC East will be stronger than expected this year, (the New York Jets are poised for a bounce back season, the Buffalo Bills might just come to life this year and the Miami Dolphins.....while sorry Fins fans but I just don't see any light at the end of the tunnel for you) but even if the Jets and Bills improve this year the Patriots schedule is still easy. The Pats should be a shoe in for another AFC East division win. Barring a major injury Brady and company will be able to sleep walk their way to at least 11 wins.

The Pats players are probably salivating over a Sept. 16 match-up against the Arizona Cardinals, an October 14 game against the Seattle Seahawks, two match-ups against the Dolphins (Dec. 2 and Dec. 30) a Nov. 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts and Dec. 23 game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The biggest challenges for the Pats this year (other than over coming boredom and not getting rusty against bad teams) will come against the Baltimore Ravens, Sept. 16, the Denver Broncos, Oct. 7, Houston Texans, Dec. 10, and the San Francisco 49ers Dec. 16. Even if they lose all four games and split their series with the Jets and Bills that's still only 6 games in the loss column.

2012 prediction: given the ease of their schedule Bill Belichick's squad will win at least 11 games and will hold onto their title as the AFC East champs without breaking much of sweat.

What do you think? What are the hardest games on the Patriots schedule? Will they win the AFC East again this year?

Here's the Pats full 2012 schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, at Tennessee, 1:00 PM

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, Arizona, 1:00 PM

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, at Baltimore, 8:20 PM

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, Denver, 4:15 PM

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, at Seattle, 4:05 PM

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, NY Jets, 4:15 PM

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Louis, 1:00 PM

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, Buffalo, 1:00 PM

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, Indianapolis, 1:00 PM

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 22, at NY Jets, 8:20 PM

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, at Miami, 1:00 PM

Week 14: Monday, Dec. 10, Houston, 8:30 PM

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, San Francisco, 8:20 PM

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, Miami, 1:00 PM

Bill Belichick and the Pats need to look to their defense in the draft

If the Patriots improve their defense Bill Belichick might look happier next Super Bowl than he does in this Feb. 5, 2012 photo. Belichick is watching his team in the first half against the New York Giants during Superbowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by: Zumapress/Icon SMI

Even though the New England Patriots made it to the Super Bowl last year the team has a lot to fix this off season

The Pats offense was great on the whole but the the team lacked a strong deep threat which prevented them from capitalizing fully on the strength of Tom Brady's arm. In addition the team's defense – if you can really call it that – was dreadful. Though the defense improved somewhat in the playoffs it finished the regular season ranked 31st in pass defense. It was one of the worst defensive units to ever play in the playoffs no less the Super Bowl.

So far this off season the Patriots have already moved to add a deep threat on offense by signing wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd will be reunited with Josh McDaniels who is now the Pats OC and who was the head coach of the Denver Broncos the year Lloyd had a career year logging 77 receptions on the way to a league leading 1,448 yards receiving.

Despite the offensive improvements the Pats still need to fill many roster spots on defense. In particular they need to improve their anemic secondary. The Pats have six picks in the upcoming draft and two in the first round. Historically Bill Belichick likes to wheel and deal on draft day and its hard to predict what he'll do. However, whatever he does Belichick will be operating with an eye towards defense. Belichick has a background as a defensive coordinator and he can't be happy with his team's performance last year.

With the addition of wide receiver Lloyd the Pats should have a potent deep threat next year, if they can field a respectable defense they'll be an even more dangerous team than normal in 2012.

What do you think? Who should the Pats pick in the draft?