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Hello again, talented but undisciplined Dolphins

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Hello again, talented but undisciplined Dolphins

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
Record: 5-7
Last week: 35-9 win over Broncos
Previous three: Lost at New England and Carolina, lost to Tampa
2016 record: 10-6
Coach: Adam Gase
Offensive coordinator: Clyde Christensen
Defensive coordinator: Matt Burke


 


THE BASICS
Their season was harpooned by the five-game losing streak they just ended Sunday against the even-more disappointing Broncos. Jay Cutler was back for that one and had two TDs and two picks while the Dolphins got a big game on the ground from Kenyan Drake (120 yards on 23 carries). The Patriots took it to Miami pretty good even though they handed the Dolphins a touchdown on a bad snap in the first half. The Dolphins committed to putting Tom Brady down and putting him down hard. It’s the weekly little brother thing we see in the AFC East and the chippiness was a big factor.
 


WHAT'S GOOD
Well, allowing nine points after allowing an average of 34.1 in their previous six games was a stride for Miami. They do have some competent skill-position players in Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas. Drake is a long-ball hitter (three touchdown runs of 40 or more yards) and while everybody gets that Jay Cutler is a mope’s mope confusing him with the quarterbacking dreck at the bottom of the NFL barrel is lazy. He can get hot and make plays. Landry’s got 80 catches but has a measly 8.7 YPC average.


WHAT'S NOT
They are just not a disciplined, focused team and they went in the tank once Ryan Tannehill got hurt, their offensive line coach was taped doing lines off a table and they went to London and got waxed by Baltimore, 40-0. There’s talent there. But the persistent stupidity with penalties that just kneecaps games for them is an indication the culture change is slow in coming. Until Gase can get through to the leaders of that team – and having Ndamukong Suh as a leader makes that hard – the Dolphins will tread water at average to slightly above.

HISTORY
It’s often a pain in the ass for the Pats at SunLife, Hard Rock, Land Shark, Pro Player, Joe Robbie Stadium. The heat, the turf and a Dolphins team with enough pass rush to agitate Brady adds up to making these games competitive. Last season was the first time in four years the Patriots won their at Miami matchup.
 

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?

Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter 

It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"

He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:

Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?

The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date. 

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Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.

Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.

Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30. 

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