It’s hard to find a week that has turned out to be so detrimental to a NFL team than what the Miami Dolphins just had.
A roller coaster would also be a fitting analogy from how the news was delivered. Ryan Tannehill goes down at practice it’s the same knee and it looks bad. Then the news is no structural damage was done he is the same as he was. Good news right? Wrong! He should go ahead and get the surgery is the general consensus as of now. Even though the top doctors had given their advice not to last season.
And The same thing had happened to Ravens QB Joe Flacco. He was able to play all of last season. He recently suffered a setback but is on the road to starting week one.
That roller coaster analogy also held true to some extent with the pursuit of signing former Bears QB Jay Cutler. The news was the Miami Dolphins contacted him, which turned out to be he reached out first. An early report had stated it was a done deal at $13M. Then the two were in negotiations, followed by Cutler wanting to stay retired. The next report was the deal is close and now he is signed at $10M with $3M more in incentives.
Cutler had leverage with a gig at Fox Sports calling games to fall back on. And the Miami Dolphins had to pony up to get him also with the stipulation that he will be the starter as is now being reported.
Enough with the breaking news back to the detrimental week that was.
It started off with RB Jay Ajayi getting a concussion. Many have pinned it to the hit from SS T.J. McDonald during a two-minute drill in practice. But Jay had shown some nice power running bullied others over that is needed for repeated success this season. Also needed is a better run stopping effort from this remade defense so they were going all out as well. Ajayi was said to miss at least one week and will most likely be limited going ahead.
Next up the already shaky offensive line and a torn biceps for LG Ted Larsen who was reported to be the favorite at starting. A torn biceps can be a season-ending injury but recent news out of the Miami Dolphins camp has him likely to return at some point this season. Undrafted rookie Isame Faciane was signed as a countermeasure, he is a DT convert who is 6-foot-4, 302 pounds.
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With Isaac Asiata reportedly not setting the world on fire catching on at the NFL level and playing mostly on the 2nd or 3rd string in practice. The early odds are on Kraig Urbik or Anthony Steen becoming the starter.
To cap the week off we have Ryan Tannehill rolling to the right then falling out-of-bounds and having an injury to the same knee that most are now saying should have been operated on, whole lot of second guessing going on this week as well. Up to that point everything looked fine and most would say Ryan looked great and ready to advance into a second year offense with many of the same pieces in place with a top-notch coach. Most of these things he had never had the luxury of working with.
There is some breaking news on Ryan Tannehill as well according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. He reports that his left ACL is partially torn again. There is no determination yet what will happen but all signs are now pointing to Ryan getting the surgery and with that being out 8 to 12 months.
So is there a silver lining? Up to now this piece is very Debbie downer. I guess the answer hinges on how much of a Jay Cutler fan you are but let’s not forget that coach Gase has shown to be as advertised with getting the most from QB’s.
Some more roller coaster riding is in store to finish the training camp and in to the preseason where OG Isaac Asiata might catch on fire. But to me that is holding out hope as I am in the dips of this roller coaster overall. One area where I do think should shine is the defense to flip things around. It is always easy to forget there is a good head coach in Adam Gase and that can make a huge difference.