Fins fans from around the country tonight got their first taste of an unbelievably up-close and intimate look at their team as “Hard Knocks, Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins” premiered and shed immediate light on not only the 2012 Dolphins but on the reality of life in the NFL.
From the moment the show began, with the introduction of wide-eyed undrafted rookie free agent Derek Dennis, who was cut even before the first practice, you could tell that viewers were going to be exposed to things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see and experience.
The NFL Network Insider sits down with The Finsiders at the Owners Meetings in Palm Beach to give his insight on the fallout from the New Orleans Saints “Bounty-gate” sage as well as other hot-button topics at the league meetings. Also, check out La Canfora’s thoughts on the Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez quarterback situation for the Dolphins arch rivals, the New York Jets.
From the Fins:
- Jamaal Westerman joins the Finsiders to give his perspective on the Dolphins-Jets rivalry
- John Congemi chats with former Dolphin John Offerdahl about the Dolphins linebackers heading into the 2012 season
- Dolphins.com’s Andy Kent says David Garrard sees the Dolphins as a perfect fit
From the Fins:
- Jesse Agler goes one-on-one with new Dolphins quarterback David Garrard to get his take on what he believes his role will be
- The Florida Times-Union’s Tania Ganguli joins The Finsiders to talk about David Garrard and the Jaguars’ potential pursuit of Tim Tebow
- Dolphins.com’s Andy Kent introduces you to Phil McGeoghan, the Dolphins’ new assistant wide receivers coach
Tania Ganguli, a Jaguars beat writer for The Florida Times Union, joins the show to give her inside perspective on new Dolphins quarterback David Garrard. Also, get Tania’s thoughts on if the Jaguars will pursue a trade for Broncos QB Tim Tebow.Dolphins.com Podcast More podcasts available on Dolphins.com
The quarterback position is always a hot topic of conversation, especially during this time of the year. The National Football League has become a sport where this position is one of supreme importance, and if you’re a team that dosen’t have a difference maker at the position, your franchise will be left behind! Only one of 12 playoff quarterbacks had a passer rating below 80 (Tim Tebow at 72.9), and the elite single-callers were well over 100 (Aaron Rodgers 122.5, Drew Brees 110.6 and Tom Brady 105.6).
From the Fins:
- Dolphins interview Tim Tebow’s offensive coordinator
- Take a look at Cameron Wake’s 2011 season and see why he is regarded as one of the league’s best pass-rushers
- Mike Rice gives us some insight on Mike McCoy
- Members of the Miami Dolphins family tell us what MLK Day means to them
From the Press:
- Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the Dolphins taking a QB with their first-round pick is no guarantee
- Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel writes the “shot-clock is ticking”
- Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post believes the key for “the Dolphins to make the playoffs in 2012 is to maintain stability this off-season“
Mike Rice, game day host on the Broncos Radio Network, joins the show to provide in-depth analysis on Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who interviewed for the Dolphins Head Coaching position on Monday. Make sure to listen for Rice’s insight on McCoy’s style of coaching and his comments on how McCoy was able to work with Tim Tebow throughout 2011.
From the Fins:
- Andy Kent of Dolphins.com says “Stephen Ross remains optimistic that his search for a new head coach will yield the right man”
- Jeff Darlington of NFL.com tells us if he thinks the Dolphins will pursue a college head coach as a candidate
- Dick Stockton of Fox Sports discusses the “chain of command theory” in an NFL organization
- Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel believes Jeff Fisher did not deserve total control of the Dolphins
- Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post says the Dolphins are not afraid to hire a young coach
- Barry Jackson and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald report the Dolphins will interview Tim Tebow’s offensive coordinator
There are numerous ways to describe the 2011 season but overall the Miami Dolphins fell significantly short of everyone’s expectations. After struggling through the first half of the season (starting 0-7) the Dolphins finally notched their first victory of the year at Kansas City 31-3! The team continued to play with more consistency winning five of there next eight football games, and looked like a team that could compete with anyone in the NFL at the end of the season!