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Dolphins weighing quarterback options

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Dolphins weighing quarterback options

INDIANAPOLIS - One of the most intriguing NFL offseasons is going to unfold in South Florida over the next few months. The Dolphins -- after three sub .500 seasons -- need to make headway in the AFC East. And they don't have a quarterback in place to do it. Enter Peyton? That's what the team's owner, Stephen Ross, reportedly wants. And the fans too as this billboard shows. Enter Matt Flynn? New head coach Joe Philbin has been with the career-long backup in Green Bay and knows better than anyone the potential of the promising free agent.

Enter Ryan Tannehill? The Texas A&M product is viewed as a possible first-rounder and he worked under Mike Sherman at A&M, the Dolphins new offensive coordinator. Miami may be - and has been - a quarterback away from success. Asked Thursday morning about his options in general at the position, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland gave a little insight. "I don't think it has to be a long-term solution (at quarterback)," Ireland said, cracking the door to the likelihood of Manning if he is releasedby the Colts. "I think it can be a short-term solution. Obviously, you'd like a long-term solution but you can try to get both. You can certainly try to getboth in that regard. You gotta help this football team win today and build for the future." The fact for Ireland is that he really does need to win sooner rather than later. He's gotten a tremendous amount of rope in Miami. And, while he acknowledged that Thursday, he also went into CYA mode a little bit. "I'm not naive to the fact we've been 7-9, 7-9, 6-10 the past three years and we gotta keep building the process," said Ireland. "When we started building the process four years ago, that was a rebuilding process and we're gonna try to continue to build. Some of our players are getting more established and they've got some years on them so we have to do a pretty good job this year of either retaining some of those guys or replacing some of those guys."The simple truth is, the Dolphins have a good roster that Ireland built. They have more talent than their record has shown. Jettisoning Tony Sparano and hiring Philbin to replace him may have bought everyonesome time but - if Miami doesn't start making good on Ross' investment, the luck of the Ireland may run out.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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