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By on December 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

This week with the Dolphins was a very special one for alumni, as this week revolved around Dolphins from the past. It featured the Alumni Week Golf Classic, and will culiminate with a special moment this weekend, where former defensive tackle Manny Fernandez will be inducted into the Dolphins’ prestigious Honor Roll. Miami will look to cap off the week on a positive note and get back to their winning ways, taking on the (6-8) Minnesota Vikings at home at Sun Life Stadium.

Check out the week that was with the Dolphins from December 15th through December 19th:

Monday, 12/15

Moving Towards Minnesota

  • As part of his weekly show with The Finsiders, Coach Joe Philbin discussed the progress of rookies Jarvis Landry and Ja’Wuan James while also looking ahead to Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
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By on December 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

An NFC opponent awaits the Miami Dolphins this week for the first time in a month, as the Minnesota Vikings are coming to Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. The 6-8 Vikings are out of the postseason picture in the conference, yet pose an interesting test as they’ve won two out of their last three, and were narrowly defeated by the NFC North leading Detroit Lions last week on the road.

Our crew went inside Sunday’s matchup, and broke down what each position needs to do in order for the Dolphins to win on Sunday…

Ryan Tannehill vs. Vikings Defense

Finsiders Analyst John Congemi is looking for Ryan Tannehill to use some tempo this week, hoping to get an aggressive Minnesota defense on their heels.

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By on December 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

The Miami Dolphins return home this week to Sun Life Stadium in hopes of breaking a two game losing streak, taking on the Minnesota Vikings in a must win matchup to keep Miami’s playoff hopes alive. Despite the teams being non-conference foes, connections abound between the two sides, promising a physical and energetic battle in South Florida on Sunday.

In anticipation of this Week 16 matchup, check out what’s being said around the Dolphins’ locker room ahead of Sunday’s game with Minnesota.

Joe Philbin

On what type of progress he’s seen from Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater: “I like his poise. I think he plays with a lot of poise back there. He’s completing almost 64 percent of his passes, which for a young player is very good.…

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By on December 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm

On Thursday, the Dolphins returned to the practice field for the team’s second practice of the week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Vikings. The team practiced outdoors on a beautiful South Florida afternoon in preparation for Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, in which temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 70s. Following practice, Coach Philbin and many of the players spoke with reporters about the mindset of the team heading into the final two regular season games. Also, the Dolphins and the Vikings each issued their second injury update of the week. The Dolphins will return to practice on Friday for their final full on-field session before Sunday’s game.

In case you missed it, here’s an overview of’s coverage of Thursday in Davie:


NOTEBOOK: Robinson Looks To Make The Most Of His Opportunity; Other Notes
INJURY REPORT: Dolphins-Vikings Thursday Injury Updates
Coyle’s Coaching Connection
Clay Not Letting Injuries Slow Him Down
RUMMAGING THROUGH THE ATTIC: Nick & Marc Buoniconti Wheaties Box
AC in the AM: A Weekend To Salute The Dolphins Past
PHOTOS: Dolphins Darkroom: Alumni Week Golf Classic Palm Beach
VIDEO: Philbin Answers Questions From Media
VIDEO: Wake Evaluates State Of Team
VIDEO: Pouncey Eager For Sunday
VIDEO: Grimes Scouts Teddy Bridgewater
VIDEO: Ja’Wuan James Evaluates His Progress
VIDEO: State Of The Team With Andy Cohen
VIDEO: Miller Focused On Team Rather Than Stats
AUDIO: Behind-Enemy-Lines: Paul Allen, Vikings Radio Broadcaster
AUDIO: Finsiders Show, 12/18, Team Coverage

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By on December 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

Injuries are an unfortunate part of football. Sometimes, players can be beset by numerous nagging injuries throughout a season, trying to battle back to get on the field day in and day out. Such was and is the case for Dolphins tight end Charles Clay, who has faced adversity on that front all year long, but it hasn’t been able to stop him.

In an interview with Greg Likens of The Finsiders, Clay talked about how it felt to return to the field against the Patriots after missing two games, and how he would describe his 2014 season so far.

“It feels good, I mean those two weeks were a rough two weeks,” said Clay. “Obviously you like being out there with your guys, and sitting outside on the sideline especially in the cold was rough.…

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By on December 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

On Wednesday, the Dolphins players returned to practice for the first time since Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Coach Philbin switched up the normal schedule of the team having its first practice of the week on Wednesday, instead opting to have the team concentrate on meetings and weight room work on Tuesday. Philbin praised the team’s energy at Wednesday’s practice and the team will return to the Davie practice fields on Thursday. Also following practice, Coach Philbin and Ryan Tannehill held press conferences with reporters while the Dolphins and Vikings each issued their first injury reports of the week in advance of Sunday’s game.

In case you missed it, here’s a rundown of’s coverage of Wednesday at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Davie:


NOTEBOOK: Gibson Recognized For His Comeback; Other Notes
INJURY REPORT: Dolphins-Vikings Wednesday Injury Updates
Vernon Named Dolphins 2014 Walter Payton Man Of The Year Nominee
AC IN THE AM: Landry’s Remarkable Rookie Season
VIDEO: Philbin Speaks As Vikings Week Begins
VIDEO: Tannehill Discusses Deep Ball, Motivation & More
VIDEO: 1-on-1 With Charles Clay On The Finsiders
VIDEO: Alumni Week: Highlights Of The Dolphins Honor Roll
VIDEO: NFL Network Names Wallace TD As #1 Catch Of Week 15
VIDEO: Wallace Holding Out Hope For Playoffs
VIDEO: Rookie Report: Jarvis Landry
VIDEO: Odrick Speaks About Motivation
VIDEO: Dolphins Holiday Toy Drive
AUDIO: Around The NFL With Dick Stockton
AUDIO: Finsiders Show, 12/17, Team Coverage

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By on December 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

A rough loss for the Miami Dolphins to the New England Patriots in Week 15 has the Dolphins hanging on by a thread in the AFC playoff picture. Falling to 7-7 on the year, the team will need to win its final two games, going against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium, and they’ll need help.

Here’s where we stand in the AFC through 15 weeks of games:

1. New England Patriots (11-3) 

The Patriots are tied with Denver for the best record in the AFC, and are the number #1 seed by virtue of their head-to-head win over the Broncos. New England clinched the AFC East with Sunday’s win over Miami. If the season ended today, they would have home field advantage throughout the postseason.…

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By on December 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm

The Miami Dolphins were defeated Sunday afternoon by the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium by the score of 41-13. It was the final regular season road game of the season for Miami, as the Dolphins return home for Weeks 16 and 17, where they will take on the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets, respectively.

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By on December 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

The Miami Dolphins just couldn’t compete with the firepower of the New England Patriots in the second half of today’s game, as a 14-13 halftime deficit turned into a 41-13 final score in Foxborough. Despite hanging tight with the AFC East champs through two quarters, the Pats’ 24 point third quarter, combined with a costly mistakes on both sides of the ball, did the Dolphins in. Going into the AFC East clash, Miami needed to be on their “A” game against an elite team like New England. Unfortunately, they couldn’t execute well enough in the second half to hang close to, or threaten the Patriots.

Here’s a few observations from Sunday’s loss to the Patriots:

1. Disastrous Start

It’s one thing to have a field goal blocked, but a completely different situation when it’s blocked, scooped, and scored, resulting in a touchdown for the opposing team.…

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By on December 14, 2014 at 7:32 am

Here’s the rundown of coverage for today’s Week 15 matchup between the Dolphins and Patriots.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Gillette Stadium.

10:30 a.m.:  Finsiders Final Drive

Watch on WBFS (My TV 33) in South Florida

Host Greg Likens takes you through some of the best Dolphins conversation of the week.

11:00 a.m.:  The Coach Philbin Show

Watch on CBS-4 in South Florida and listen on BIG 105.9, 940-WINZ, and the entire Miami Dolphins Radio Network 

Coach Joe Philbin previews the game with host Kim Bokamper.

11:30 a.m:  The Finsiders Pregame Show (Radio)

Listen on BIG 105.9, 940-WINZ, and the entire Miami Dolphins Radio Network

Host Greg Likens and analysts Sam Madison and O.J. McDuffie preview the game.

11:30 a.m.:  Dolphins Weekly Live

Watch on CBS-4 in South Florida

Host Jim Berry previews the game with analysis from John Congemi and Keith Sims as well as Kim Bokamper from Gillette Stadium.…

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