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Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Mar 8, 2022.
Camp dates is starting to make the new season feel real.
Who are 3 players that people are hoping standout at camp? (Any of the camps)
you may laugh but my number 1 is TUA. Without him getting confidence we’re going to be in a world of hurt.
mad for rookies I want to see the rib white make the cut he’s got exceptional jukes that would be highlight reels and game energy we need. Also hope the Oline additions actually work out!!
Tua - show a good, live arm with zip on the throws. Show, in some fashion, that the offense is suited to him and that he is learning it at a good rate. Show some chemistry with the WR group.
Austin Jackson - show you can at least be an average OL. I don't care the position. Show that our OL coaching plan is working and that the staff know what they are doing. Salvage SOMETHING from that pick.
I almost want to say Iggy ... but that's probably too much to hope for at this point. Ill say Holland - not that I think he is bad, but I want to see that he has built off a fantastic rookie year, will avoid a sophomore slump and become the all-pro he can be.
I’ll leave Tua out because he obviously is number 1 for obvious reasons.
1) Tyreek Hill.
We’ve had many high profile WR signings that never lived up to the billing. He has to show us it was him, not Pat Mahomes and Andy Reid.
2) I don’t care who, but any one of the OL drafted in.2020 or 2021
Become a solid upper tier starter. Not necessarily a pro bowler but someone we are not looking to replace.
3) I don’t care who but any one of our RBs.
Show us we have a reliable chain mover, a 1,000 yard rusher. Someone who can close out a game by picking up 1st downs in the 4th quarter.
Remember Brandon Marshall and Mike Wallace? Brings back some bad god damn memories.
1) The starting 5 on the offensive line. I don't care what combination we end up with, but we need a competent line that buys Tua some time. If I can only pick one, I'd go w/ Eichenberg at RT. I have a feeling Jackson wins the spot though.
2) Xavien Howard (and Jones as well). Why? If they're still elite, the defense is elite. If they're average or out, we're screwed. So hoping they had a good offseason and return in tip-top shape. The entire defense runs through them.
3) The run game. Pick a back, I don't care who, or maybe we keep with the RB by committee theme. Good blocking and a good run game makes everything else easy for Tua.
Who am I the least worried about? Tua. He can play with a crap offense and look okay, we already know that. But to reach his potential, we have to have a decent offense line in run and pass protection. If we get that, everything else falls into place and I think this is an exciting team to watch in 2022. Not worried about Waddle, Gisecki or the Cheetah either...they'll get their yards and contribute. The goal this season isn't squeaking by though and we've loaded up for a run.
Gosh I hope it all falls into place like I think it will. Haven't been this eager to start a season in decades.
It's seriously too soon for me to be excited about this season. This video didn't help.
Do Waddle's thighs look bigger or is he just flexing?
You can only hope that they can really thrive and succeed there!
Well, if we don't succeed this year, it won't be for lack of bonding. This group looks like it loves being in its own company.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...♪ ♬ ♩ ♩
That was a wounded duck.
These throws are obviously digitally enhanced.
The great John Wooden had this to say about what our coaches are doing:
"The eight laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition."
"The four laws of learning are: The first is demonstration of what you want. The second is criticism of the demonstration. The third is imitation of the correct model. And the fourth is repetition, over and over until it becomes habit where you don't think about it."
"The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning."
It amazes me that so many players at every level don't make the connection that practice is key to performance. Practice in the correct context reinforces good habits, discourages bad habits, and makes doing the correct thing second nature during game action. My brother is a high school basketball coach and it's a constant battle to get his players to realize that when routine things happen, preparation should make decisions automatic. The best example of this principle is how Phil Jackson used Tex Winter's triangle offense to turn the Chicago Bulls into a dynasty. Their offense became a matter of if/then, like a flow chart. Defense, too.
I'm beyond happy to see McDaniel embracing this concept. I knew he was cerebral, but seeing it in action is encouraging. Holding tight to fundamentals is the key to less talented teams being able to beat teams with better players. The Bills still have a talent gap on us, so the only way to catch them this year is going to involve better preparation.
It starts with the role models in those children's lives.
I can say personally my father was a great athlete. Maybe not NFL great, but he could have probably been a really good player in college. His father was also a great athlete. While his father talked a lot about hard work to make it, he didn't really talk about hard work in athletics. Just something that was natural to him. He of course didn't learn that from his father because his father was enslaved.
Growing up my dad didn't put a lot of emphasis on working hard in athletics. Just told me that it was something that was going to happen when I hit puberty. Like when it happened to him and his father.
When people are athletic and generally better at people at things it is more difficult to get them to realize that they need to also work hard on the fundamentals unless they have a role model who gets it to them early then they will have to learn in highschool or after highschool if their highschool coach is a POS. Which also happens a lot.
Also, I am not saying I would be a great athlete if I worked hard. At best I would have been a small college special teamer, maybe back up scout team.
Absolutely. I had a boss who theorized that athletic success is all a process of attrition. He noted that a bunch of 6th grade boys on a football field would all be somewhat competitive, but the best of them would be obvious. Two years later, a lot of those kids will have dropped off because not being the team's star would have discouraged them. Now, the competition is more intense because the best of the 6th graders remain. In two more years, the process will continue and by senior year, the best athletes are those who make it onto the field.
But when those guys go to college, everybody is close to their skill level. That's when the 3-star players can prove themselves better than the 4- and 5-star prospects through fundamental success. Athleticism is huge, but not the end-all. I've seen plenty of guys succeed over their more heavily-recruited teammates. Maybe having to earn your minutes makes you practice better than being naturally gifted.
I'm a North Carolina basketball fan and watching Luke May become one of the greatest Tar Heels this century is a good example. He was a walk-on legacy recruit (his dad was a Tar Heels quarterback). Luke got some game action early on, didn't suck, but wasn't a stud. By his junior season, hard work and application of practice skills on the court paid off.
The greatest players connect skills and fundamentals. But if I had to have either of them, I'd take a fundamentally sound less-talented player over a more talented athlete who doesn't keep his assignments. I'd suggest that McDaniel & Co. are going to rely on this principle to get better production out of our OL.
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"The Dolphins have taken away all the excuses for Tua Tagovailoa in a make-or-break year for the third-year quarterback. Adding Tyreek Hill to pair with Jaylen Waddle gives Miami the fastest one-two punch at wide receiver in the league, and the offensive line was bolstered with the additions of Terron Armstead and Connor Williams on the left side. They’ll let their recent draft investments battle it out on the right side between Robert Hunt, Liam Eichenberg, Austin Jackson and Solomon Kindley.
Miami has the ability to be a pretty diverse offense in terms of the personnel groupings it can throw out under Mike McDaniel. The Alec Ingold addition at fullback gives them the ability to operate out of 21 and 22 personnel — just as San Francisco did with Kyle Juszczyk. They also added some depth at wide receiver with the additions of Cedrick Wilson in free agency and Erik Ezukanma in the draft.
Defensively, the Miami defense doesn’t look all that different from how it looked in 2021. The Dolphins brought back Emmanuel Ogbah on a new deal with Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel joining him on the edge. Zach Sieler will have a role alongside Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis on the defensive line, as well. Next year is a big season for former first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene to take a step in the right direction at cornerback, but he’s buried behind Byron Jones, Xavien Howard and Nik Needham on the depth chart heading into the 2022 season.
Most interesting position battle: Running back
Miami has four running backs on the roster who could realistically emerge as the lead back between Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin and Sony Michel.
The money points to Edmonds as starting the year atop the depth chart after the Dolphins signed him to a two-year, $12.1 million deal this offseason. Mostert has the advantage of familiarity with new head coach Mike McDaniel and his offense, but he’s 30 years old and has struggled to stay healthy. Gaskin (in Miami) and Michel (in Los Angeles) both operated as lead backs for at least stretches of the 2021 season, as well."