Dolphin’s 2017 Schedule Breakdown

The 2017 NFL schedule has been released this week. The Dolphins have quite the schedule this year and some great prime time games. We are taking a trip to London once again and our bye week seems to take place at an interesting time. The league finally allowed the Dolphins to open up their season at home for just the second time in six seasons. The excitement for the draft is escalating and so it is for the regular season as well. I’m here to give you a game by game breakdown to have you grow more enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

Week 1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Dolphins are finally hosting at home for the opening of the season. Now Tampa Bay and the Dolphins do not meet often so it should be quite the interesting match up. They have evenly split 10 games dating back to 1976. With Jameis Winston at quarterback it could be a great competition, but we’ll keep a look out on the team. After all, the Buccaneers is the chosen team for the HBO Hard Knocks series this summer. They’re a rising team for the playoffs so it’ll be a great challenge for the Miami Dolphins at the start of the season.

Week 2 – Los Angeles Chargers

That’s right the Chargers did move to Los Angeles if you had forgotten. I am also not sure about why there are two Los Angeles teams for various sports not only in football, but that’s besides the point. The Dolphins have built a great record against the Chargers the past few years. Just last year we beat them in part of our six-game winning streak. The Dolphins will be playing in a soccer stadium just one of our odd venues this season.

Week 3 – New York Jets

New York another great city with various teams in one sport. The Dolphins may be jet lagged in their trip from Los Angeles to New York, but they really shouldn’t have trouble handling the Jets. Miami swept the Jets last season and fortunately the Jets haven’t improved much this off-season so this game gives the Dolphins a reasonable shot at starting the season 3-0.

Week 4 – New Orleans Saints

This game will take place in the wonderful foreign city of London. Now remember when the Dolphins had that great 3-0 start to the 2013 season then they ran into New Orleans and lost 38-17, which caused the downhill effect that ruined their season? Well I certainly do and here we are again Week 4 with the high possibility that the Dolphins have a 3-0 start. We are a much different team than we were in 2013 so my expectations of winning are high against the Saints. New Orleans has also struggled the past couple years even though Drew Bree’s continues to put up crazy numbers.

Week 5 – Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are one of those teams that we can’t seem to get the upper hand on. The result of our last match up was entirely embarrassing and the Titans are another team pushing for a playoff run this season. Both teams are looking to find their way up so it should be a compelling one.

Week 6 – Atlanta Falcons

Although the Falcons blew an enormous lead against the Patriots in the Super Bowl last season, they still did make the Super Bowl. They came off an 11-5 season and are looking to redeem themselves in the 2017 season so the Dolphins will find themselves in a challenge Week 6.

Week 7 – New York Jets

Our second meeting with the Jets this season and another early one too. This game would be reaching around mid-season for the Dolphins so it could either go really well or patheticly bad for them, but I’m looking on the positive side for the Miami boys this week.

Week 8 – Baltimore Ravens

Another organization that gives the Dolphins much trouble. The Dolphins have played the Ravens for five straight seasons and have won only one out of all those meetings. They will have a hard time coming off a short week, but hopefully they will finally be able to pull out that win against the pesky Ravens.

Week 9 – Oakland Raiders

A Sunday Night Football game where the Dolphins can flaunt their stuff and prove how great of a team they are. The Oakland Raiders were a Super Bowl contender last season before future prime time quarterback, Derek Carr was injured. This will be a great game for the Dolphins to prove their competitiveness and add to their winning record.

Week 10 – Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers have disappeared since their appearance at the Super Bowl in 2014. The team has not been able to get it together and with Cam Newton’s poor attitude I don’t think it has gotten any better. Miami faced the Panthers in 2013 and lost. This will be a Monday night game so both teams should bring their all. I do believe the Dolphins have the upper hand in this one.

Week 11 – Bye Week

Miami’s preference was to have the bye week before the London game or more towards the middle of the season, but were not the Patriots so priority position is not the same.

Week 12 – New England Patriots

Although the bye week was preferred at another time, their is a positive in that. We get to prepare for the New England Patriots for two weeks. Some say that doesn’t make a difference and that’s very well true, but it just might. The New England Patriots swept us last year and the season resulted in winning the Super Bowl, but Jarvis Landry believes in his team. His prediction is that the Dolphins sweep the Patriots entirely. Bold move, Landry, but I like that attitude. Let’s get the presumed impossible done.

Week 13 – Denver Broncos

Adam Gase will face his old team for the first time as head coach so I have a strong feeling he’s going to want this one badly. Broncos nearly made the playoffs last season, but they are a mediocre team. They are a very beatable team for the Dolphins if they minimize the errors that were quite relevant last year.

Week 14 – New England Patriots

“Did we not just play them like two weeks ago?” Yes we did, and here we are meeting them again for a Monday night rumble. It’s a perfect spotlight to show we aren’t to be messed with. This will most likely be an extremely important game so let’s hope the Dolphins battle this one out and win. Get Landry that sweep he wants.

Week 15 – Buffalo Bills

Miami ended a four-year winning drought last Christmas Eve. The Buffalo Bills are one big dysfunctional organization, but it’s a division game and things happen. If Miami wants it bad enough, they will get it done.

Week 16 – Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium is a tough one for most opponents, but seems like the Dolphins have kept it under control in recent trips. The Chiefs are a great team in the regular season so the Dolphins will have a rough game if not played to their best abilities.

Week 17 – Buffalo Bills

Another division game for the Dolphins in their last regular season game, but compared to playing the Patriots in their last game I’d say this is a big improvement. This could be a happy or miserable game for the Dolphins depending on how they show up; depending if they’re sitting pretty at the top of the division, struggling to earn a seat in the wild card, or even worse completely out of the playoff run.

My predictions seem to favor Miami naturally since I am a Dolphins fan, but in reality I know my team could potentially lose 5 games if not executed with competitive schemes. The Dolphins also have the sixth most difficult schedule in 2017, but finally it seems Miami is establishing a notable franchise. They’re a different team and I think they proved that towards the end of their 2016 season. Only time will tell, but it’s looking positive.


Miami Dolphins Signings Still Not Enough

The Dolphins have been active in free agency thus far, but nothing like the big contracts signed in years past. The slower approach this year could go either way for the Dolphins since they still have a few holes to fill.

It’s great the organization has gone away from free spending back in the Jeff Ireland and recent Dennis Hickey days. They have become more calculated when it comes to signing, but we are still not strong enough to compare with the champs, the New England Patriots.

With the strong additions of Kony Ealy, Stephen Gillmore, Brandin Cooks, and Dwayne Allen the Dolphins have only been able to match ground with the Patriots rather than gain ground.

Kenny Stills signing and Reshad Jones extension was a big deal, they make key plays in the game that is needed. The addition of Andre Branch was eyebrow-raising to some. He’s a great rotational defensive end, which was also needed.

Ted Larson is a good guard to have for 3 years, but not someone the Dolphins can rely on for long term. The trade of a 6th-round pick for William Hayes was a questionable decision since the trade amounted to a one year rental of Hayes. These are called short term fixes. Dolphins need to seek the long term benefits of signing players. Lawrence Timmons was a great sign, but we caught him at 32 years of age so you have to wonder if he’ll continue playing for another 5 years.

It appears the Miami Dolphins have found veteran players to hold down the fort while they seek rookies to be the next potential starters in the next few seasons to come. This is the typical image of a “rebuild,” which can be both nerve-wracking and exciting to witness. The Miami Dolphins are trying to move forward on a positive term.

Miami still has holes at guard, Larson is not a long term decision. The signing of Nate Allen isn’t that exciting since he does not compliment Reshad Jones too well. That is only a band-aid to a bigger problem. Linebacker is still lacking at outside and if Timmons goes down we need someone who can fill his shoes. Defensive end and defensive tackle is still a big question that might be answered in the 2017 draft.

The remaining cap is $10 million dollars, but the rookies will take up about $6 million of that cap space so we will see what it leaves management to decide. Overall, the Dolphins have made some good adjustments and are finally not free spending as they have in the past seasons. This is a positive step in growth with the Miami Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins Off-Season Update

The 2016 Dolphins season was presumed doomed when there record struck 1-4. They would come back to win 6 straight games and finish their season 10-6. This allowed them to make their first postseason appearance in 8 years. Adam Gase was a nominee for Coach of the Year as well. Miami fans are now looking for the Dolphins to have a strong year in 2017. What will be the necessary adjustments to make that happen? 

What moves have the Dolphins already made this off-season?

To begin the Dolphins cut Mario Williams who turned out to be a waste this past season, who averaged 1.5 sacks for the season. Earl Mitchell was also cut due to his rare contribution with injuries the entire season.

Vance Joseph, the Dolphins defensive coordinator has been hired by the Broncos to be head coach starting the 2017 season. With his departure, Dolphins replaced Joseph with Matt Burke, the Dolphins linebacker coach. 

The biggest move this off-season actually surrounds Brandon Albert and the trade with Julius Thomas.

Brandon Albert had signed a 5 year, $47 million deal with the Dolphins back in 2014. Unfortunately, Albert has missed 13 games in the last three seasons with the Dolphins. Back in February, the Dolphins had discussions with the Jaguars organization on potential deals.

The Dolphins first traded a seventh-round pick for tight end Julius Thomas. Miami had planned on cutting Albert, but did not submit the required paperwork once the Jaguars indicated enthusiasm for Albert. Assuming it was simpler to sign two separate deals since an agreement had already been put in place for Thomas, the Dolphins sent Albert up to Jacksonville in trade for a 2018 seventh-round pick. It will not become official until the open market starting on March 9th at 4 p.m. ET

What are the Dolphins top three needs this coming season?


It would seem Miami needs to rebuild their entire defense due to their poor rankings in the 2016 season. They finished 29th in total defense, 15th in passing, and most the dreadful — they finished 30th in rushing. Although they need work in multiple positions, their biggest hole is in the linebacker position. Most important would be re-signing Kiko, which I’ve discussed in my previous article. Another important return would be Jenkins. It’s important the Dolphins go shopping for linebackers this off-season.

Defensive Tackle:

Ndamukong Suh can’t do the job on his own. He’s in need of another defensive tackle on the line with him. There seems to be lack of depth in defensive end. Jared Odrick hasn’t done much in his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps we can see a renunion at one point if Dolphins decide to give him a chance. A free agent signing, which would “wow” fans in a great way would be Brandon Williams. Time will tell.


As seen in my previous posting of the top free agent guards, this is a very good time to be shopping for guards. Dolphins already have a great guard, Laramy Tunsil, but we’re in need of more. Veterans T.J Lang and Kevin Zeitler are apparently the best two guards hitting the market. Not to mention we have the draft coming up. Dolphins are keeping their eye on a top prospect, Forrest Lamp. He played as a tackle in Western Kentucky and the Dolphins apparently have high hopes for him. They intend to fill both spots this off-season we’ll have to see what they do with the options they possess.

Miami Dolphins new contracts in works for Alonso, Stills, and Jones

Miami Dolphins are working diligently to get at least two of their players to come back by under going longer term deals.

Discussions of Kiko Alonso deserving a better deal is finally in the works. Dolphins have also been in conflict with Kiko in regards of having him move to outside linebacker. Alonso wants to remain in the middle but stated he would do whatever is best for the team. It seems Alonso will remain as middle linebacker after all as he is negotiating a new contract with the Miami Dolphins. 
Alonso is a restricted free agent so if he receives offers, the Dolphins stated they will be matching any offer he gets. They want him to stay. Reports say the Dolphins are aiming to tie the knot before the market opens on March 9th.

Media has reported Thursday that the Dolphins are not letting go of Kenny Stills that easily. Negotiations of a new contract are in the works. It was reported that Stills would receive a contract between $10-12 million, but rumors recently stated it would be closer to $8 million. Stills has openly and privately said he wants to remain in Miami. 

Negotiations with the Dolphins will continue, but other teams may also start negotiating with Kenny starting March 7th. It seems things will get interesting in the coming weeks regarding Mr. Stills.

Rashad Jones is not a rookie when it come to contract negotiations. In 2016 Jones tried to intimidate the Dolphins by saying he would hold out 2 years of his 4 year contract. With one year left on his deal and having a season ending shoulder injury in 2016, a new contract is up for Rashad. Jones feels he is one of the best in the safety position, which is a good argument. Besides this past season, Jones has been a reliable safety for the Dolphins. They will be negotiating a new deal as the Dolphins want to keep Jones.

Nothing has yet been put in stone, but with free agency approaching we will see more of the details in these contracts and whether they will be agreed upon.

Dolphin’s Jarvis Landry Mixtape Tease

We are in the midst of the NFL offseason, where fanatics are desperately waiting for the next season to start and players seem to have too much free time on their hands. Well, our very own Jarvis Landry is making use out of that time. Apparently, he’s been working on a mixtape in which he promised fans last Summer. 

This past season Landry helped the Dolphins finally make the playoffs after an eight year drought. He is also entering the offseason in which he is reckoned to receive a contract extension. I assume Landry’s thoughts are, “what’s a better time to drop a Juice mixtape than right now?” Things have been looking up for Juice this year so we’ll have to see if his Mixtape will match up to all the success.

Jarvis told Billboard, “I like to talk about my life — kind of like Drake does.” He continued, “If you want to know what I’ve been doing or where I’ve been, listen to my lyrics; it’s all in there.” He posted an instagram video this past Sunday with a sneak peek of a song on his mixtape. The video opens, “I just want the life without the commentary, just want the love like it’s February.” I guess we will be hearing of Landry’s deep thoughts, but we will have to stay tuned in order to hear what’s next.

Jarvis says his Mixtape is about “65 to 70 percent done.” Give Landry’s clip a listen and see how he fairs compared to the popular rappers today. 

Best Available Free Agent Guard’s for Dolphins 

With the trade of Brandon Albert to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Dolphins are left with a gap in the guard position. The O-line does have Laremy Tunsil, but that’s not enough to have a strong offensive line. Kraig Urbik is said to be a solid guard, but not enough to provide long term secureness for Ryan Tannehill. 

Both guard positions are in need of an upgrade so we are going to take a look at the top 5 free agents guards the Dolphins could potentially gain from.

Kevin Zeitler, 6’4, 320 lb

The Cincinnati Bengals guard had an impressive 2016 year.

Zeitler started all but one game in his 5-year career. He’s missed 8 games over the course of those 5 years, and he’ll only be age 27 this upcoming year. There’s a reason this guy is gonna get paid. He is a powerful guard when it comes to pass and run blocking. Definitely an anchor you want to have on your team.

T.J. Lang, 6’4, 318 lb

The Green Bay Packers guard will be turning 30 in 2017 and he is considered a great asset to have on a team. He has only missed 5 games of his 6 year career thus far. He’s a player you can count on to get the job done. One of the best in pass blocking and his run blocking is considered above average. His great initial burst of speed off the snap also doesn’t hurt to have.

Ronald Leary, 6’3, 320 lb

Undrafted out of college for fear of a degenerative knee issue, and besides the 2 games early in his rookie season, his injury concerns haven’t included the knee in his 4 years of playing for the Dallas Cowboys. He played every game except 1 in 2013 and 2014. He did have a rough 2015 with a groin injury, missing 12 games. 2016 saw him miss 3 games.

Although he’s had injury issues, he is still a great pass blocker and his run blocking is legit.

Larry Warford, 6’3, 317 lb

The Detroit Lions guard has faced injury troubles over his 4-year career, but he has started in every game that he has played since being drafted. Warford has only missed 7 games over that 4-year span. He will turn 26 before training camp begins.

Warford is a high quality free agent. He is dominant in both pass and run blocking. He is also well known for powerful finishes. A player to keep watch of over this off season.

Chance Warmack, 6’2, 323 lb

The former first round pick of the Tennessee Titans has only missed 2 games in his first 3 years of playing, but this past season he only played 2 games due to a right hand injury that resulted in surgery. 

Warmack has struggled with run blocking, but is impressive when it comes to pass protection. He’s a gamble, but for the Dolphins it might result as a positive one. He has potential to be one powerful guard. 

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