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. Most of the season centered around what was happening off the field instead of what they were doing on it. Offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin were involved in a bullying scandal that surely distracted the team to no end, made national headlines and redefined how we view the culture of NFL locker rooms. According to Martin, due to a slew of text messages and mean-spirited acts from Incognito, he had no choice but to leave the team on Oct. 28 to receive help for his emotional issues. A little over a week later Incognito was suspended for misconduct related to the mistreatment of a teammate and never returned. The national media ate the story up and regularly attended practices to get the latest scoop on the Dolphins dilemma. Despite all the distractions, Miami were in the thick of things late in the season. Thanks to a pair of three-game winning streaks, they had a chance at grabbing the AFCs second Wild Card spot with a victory in one of the last two games. They proceeded to be shut out in Buffalo by the Bills and then were trounced at home by the New York Jets in the final week. Miami finished with an 8-8 record and missed the postseason for the fifth consecutive campaign. But that was then and this is now. Both Incognito and Martin have gone their separate ways and the Dolphins, for the time being, are distraction-free going into 2014. Ironically, not only were members of the offensive line the biggest problem off the field for Miami last season, but they were equally destructive on it. The South Beach club led the league in sacks allowed with 58 and were tied for fifth in quarterback hits with 100. New General Manager Dennis Hickey made that a priority in the off-season and Miami could have up to four new starters when Week 1 rolls around. The biggest addition is Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert who they signed to a five-year, $47 million contract. The 29-year-old will be expected to defend Ryan Tannehills blind side. They also picked up promising guard Shelley Smith, right tackle Jason Fox and former Green Bay Packer Daryn Colledge. The 32-year-old Colledge has appeared in all 128 career games over his eight-year career and could prove to be instrumental in helping to defend the quarterback. Miami selected, to the surprise of some, offensive tackles JaWuan James in the first round (19th overall) out of Tennessee and Billy Turner out of North Dakota State in the third round of the 2014 Draft. The only returning starter is Pro Bowl centre Mike Pouncey, but hell be out for at least the first month of the season due to off-season hip surgery. Right guard Dallas Thomas - who appeared in six games in 2013 - is back in Miami colours this season and could be used in a more important role. Either way, the Fins o-line should be much better with these additions and it might even add a few Ws to the win column. All in all, like last year, the Miami Dolphins will probably be a fringe playoff team at best in 2014. However, with the Incognito fiasco in the rear-view mirror, Miami might be able to surprise some people. Notes Tannehills New Boss How good can Ryan Tannehill be? The 26-year-old Texan is entering his third-year in the NFL after a solid sophomore campaign where he threw for close to 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns with 17 interceptions and an 81.7 QB rating. Things will be different for Tannehill this year though. For the first time since his second year at Texas A&M, Tannehill wont have Mike Sherman calling him the plays. The Dolphins fired Sherman, who also coached Tannehill in college from 2008-2011, after two seasons as offensive coordinator in January. After being ranked 27th in the league in total offence and a dismal end to the season where they scored seven points over two games, change was inevitably in the air. In comes 42-year-old Bill Lazor with a new playbook and a new mindset that will hopefully, for the Dolphins sake, make Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace one of the most dangerous tandems in the NFL. The progression of that combo is a major storyline to follow for Miami in 2014. Second round pick Jarvis Landry, out of LSU, has impressed many at camp and could be a viable option for Tannehill as the season progresses. The Fins running game should see improvement as well with the addition of Knowshon Moreno. The Replacement The Dolphins werent great at preventing the run last year, allowing 124.9 yards per game on the ground. To make matters worse, they lost former Pro Bowl nose tackle Paul Soliai to the Atlanta Falcons after he spent the first seven years of his career in South Beach. Miami signed Earl Mitchell to a four-year contract in free agency and re-signed Pro Bowler Randy Starks to a two-year deal. Theyll both be trusted to fill the void up the middle left by Soliais departure. Strength of Schedule Miami has the 12th toughest schedule this year according to an opponents winning percentage of .508 from last season. Big tests include Week 1 and Week 15 against the New England Patriots, Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, Week 12 against the Denver Broncos and Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins finish off the regular season with winnable home games against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets over the final two weeks. If the Dolphins are on the verge of clinching, it will be interesting to see if they learned their lesson from the collapse in 2013. Puma Rihanna Scarpe
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. Hi Kerry, I was watching the Montreal-Buffalo game last night and there was a nasty hit by Canadiens winger Jiri Sekac on Sabres defenceman Nikita Zadorov. The broadcasters say Zadorov got caught right between the numbers and were expecting about five and a game. But the officials called two minutes for boarding. Was this the right call? Alex Jones, Toronto Alex: The right call was made based on the actions of Nikita Zadorov, who was the recipient of a boarding infraction committed by Jiri Sekac of Montreal. The call made by young referee T.J. Luxmore is clearly spelled out in rule 41.1 - Boarding: There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenceless position and if so, he must avoid or minimize contact. However, in determining whether such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule. It boggles my mind and defies traditional hockey logic when players turn and face the boards squarely; especially knowing that they are going to be hit. Nikita Zadorov was in the process of doing everything correct when he was first man on the puck. Zadorov attacked the puck from an angle (versus straight on) and took a good look over his shoulder some twenty feet from the end boards to observe Jiri Sekac fighting through minimal detainment offered by Zemgus Girgensons. As such, he had to expect an impending hit to be delivered by Sekac. At the goal line Zadorov rotated his body square to the boards and initiated a side-slide stopping motion as he focused on the puck that was rolling around from the corner toward the end boards. This setup placed Zadorov in perfect position to play the puck and then safely take body contact from Sekac; also with the knowledge that he had 2nd man puck support from Sabres teammate Girgensons. This relatively safe play immediately turned bad for Zadorov when he took a second peek at Sekac as the Montreal attacker approached the goal line with speed. Zadorovs momentary shift in focus resulted in an inability to play the puck in front of his body that was still positioned squarely to the end boards. Once the puck slid past his center line Zadorov placed himself in a vulnerable position by reaching back for the puck; thereby turning his body and face square to the boards just prior to receiving body contact by Sekac. Referee T.J. Luxmore was in absolutely perfect position in the corner to observe Zadorovs turn toward the boards immediately prior to the check. Luxmore then correctly applied a shared onus of responsibility between Zadorov and Sekac to only assess a minor penalty on the play. A Lesson Shared From Old Schooll Wisdom On Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers were in town to play the Philadelphia Flyers. Puma Creepers Rosa
. The night before the game my wife and I took our good friend, Oilers assistant coach Craig Ramsay out for dinner. Andrew Ference had been suspended for three games just that morning; preceded by suspensions imposed by the Player Safety Committee to Anton Vochenkov (four games) and Alex Burrows (three games). I asked Rammer his take on players that not only deliver dangerous hits but those that put themselves in vulnerable positions to be hit? Based on Nikita Zadorovs turn toward the boards, I want to focus our attention on Craigs response to the later part of my query as to why players put themselves in vulnerable positions and dont protect themselves the way players of his era did. He contends that many of todays players just dont expect to be hit and as such are quite often oblivious to their surroundings. This lack of apparent environmental awareness that Ramsay contends, was definitely present when Alex Emelin was caught off guard with a very late, angled head pick by Burrows well after the Montreal defenceman had delivered a pass up ice. It could be easily argued that both Zack Kassian and Michael Ferland demonstrated a lack of awareness and need for self-protection when they were recipients of an illegal check to the head; an awareness that players from other eras understood the need for at an early age and stage in their hockey careers. At a recent Oilers practice, Rammer attempted to impart some old school wisdom on a young Oiler player; wisdom the coach had acquired in the area of self preservation during a lengthy and distinguished NHL playing career. With the baby Oiler standing squarely in front of him, Rammer raised his stick and thumped the player on his helmet. The player instinctively recoiled and backed away, prompting the coach to reinforce his intended lesson that the player really didnt like being struck with a stick! Next, Ramsay called over assistant coach Rocky Thompson who Rammer says in a very intelligent and thoughtful assistant that is a real pleasure to work with. Rocky played most of his career in the AHL. In 25 NHL games he registered no points but 117 penalty minutes! As Rocky got within striking distance, Rammer raised his stick and feigned a swat at Thompsons head. Rocky immediately pulled away and assumed a defensive posture covering his head. Rammer then turned back toward the young Oiler and said, See that, Rockys a tough guy and he pulled back at the thought of confronting my stick! The lesson ended with Rammer not promoting his player thump opponents over the head but instead to be ever aware of the potential to be checked; to be dialed in to his environment at all times; and when necessary to protect himself through reasonable defensive posture and tactics. Hopefully the dramatic lesson attempt from Rammer just might prevent the young Oiler player from being caught off-guard and suffering an injury. The dinner and company was great but we missed seeing Rammers better half, wife Susan who remained in Edmonton. I willingly picked up the tab. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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