Welcome to Ask Mike – Week 28




From Rob Hyde


Q –  Mike


The unfounded bitch flavor of the day seems to be Vernon and his perceived suckiness. Can that be refuted with stats?


I don’t subscribe to the mighty, and all powerful Pro Football Focus *PFF*, thankfully, because ALL they give us is what they think, and personally, I couldn’t give a flying fuck what they think!!  I’d like PFF to just quietly go away, and then football fans can watch the games and enjoy them, without the taint of blindly devouring whatever they write as the gospel.  Glad I got that off my chest, but that doesn’t answer your question.


Now, as far as LEGITIMATE NFL STATS, Olivier Vernon through 4 games, which he started all of them, has 6 tackles, 3 assists, and 1.5 sacks  The stats don’t say much here, and it’s a small sample.  I’m sure PFF has him rated as the 68th DE in the NFL with a -3.6 grade, or something along those lines, which then rightfully gives any reader to boast about how much he sucks.  Get it?


Vernon may be starting for 2 reasons.  He’s good enough to get the job done, and they want to bring rookie Dion Jordan along slowly, without overwhelming him physically, due to his shoulder injury, and mentally, due to the fact that he’s a rookie.  I think we will likely see more of Jordan incrementally as we get further along in the season.  I personally, do not think Vernon sucks, but I think he needs to get better, and learn more pass rush moves.  I think he’s a big, strong kid, with talent, but he needs to learn how to rush the passer.  I think he’ll improve, but we’ll have to wait and see.




From O Rob


Q – Mike, what’s the difference between a homer a hater and an over reactor? is an over reactor a polite term used on haters?


 LMAO!!!  It’s very complicated Rob, and I think it’s even more difficult than trying to walk on rice paper (Kung Fu) and not disturb it, to answer this question, and not disturb anyone.  Ahhhhhh WTF! – Here goes!


Disclaimer:  These are MY definitions of these terms, and I do not wish to influence anyone else on how they perceive these terms.


hater – (Hay-tuhr)  A fan, blogger who specifically goes out of their way to disparage a player, coach or GM, or any official, including the Owner on the team they claim they are a fan of.  They usually have little logic in their hatred, and often sound childish and immature with their complaints.


homer – (Ho-muhr) A fan, blogger who specifically goes out of their way to defend any player on the team they claim they are a fan of, whether or not that player is good, bad, or indifferent.  Due to their extreme loyalty to the team, they can’t really see deficiencies in any player or coach, or official, including the owner, or at least they won’t admit to such.  They usually have little logic, other than the fierce allegiance to their team


overreactor – (Ovuh-ree-ack-tuhr)  A fan, blogger who loses all logic and sanity, and temporarily, behaves like a hater. (see definition of hater above)  They lash out violently, and the players that they hate most feel the harshest wrath.  They seek homers (see definition of homer above) to engage them with their anger, which is twofold.  They are angry their team lost, and they are angry that the homers will defend their team after losing, which infuriates the overreactor (see definition of overreactor a few lines up dummy!)  An example of an overreactor (Sorry M!) is calling for a trade to get Branden Albert, moments after losing 38-17 to the Saints, and LT Jonathan Martin, (according to PFF) allowed 2 sacks.


I hope this clears things up for you Rob!




From Piggy


Q – Dear Human:


Monday night was squeal worthy.  


People have suggested Mike Wallace disappeared.  Currently Wallace is 4th on the Dolphins with 15 catches.  I’m sure no one expected him to be 4th.


But that draws my attention to a positive stat.  The fact that 3 other Phins have 20 or more catches.  


That means 3 guys are on pace for 80 catches and 1 is in pace for 60.  Can you recall the last time the Dolphins distributed the ball so well?  Must have been Dan Marino era…


Also if Wallace turns it up a little and has 80 catches, is that a successful season for him?  In my view it is.  I don’t want a 100 catch guy no matter how much he is paid.  


Oinks to you!


Wallace is best when used for the home run.  He’s not a possession type receiver, he’s the big play guy.  In his best years with the Steelers, Wallace caught 39, 60 and 72 passes, averaging 19.4, 21.0, and 16.6 YPR.  He had 6, 10 and 8 TD’s in those seasons.  That’s the type of guy he is.  We have Hartline and Gibson, and the TE’s to move the chains.  That’s why it’s imperative that Tannehill and Wallace develop a connection.  They need to get on the same page, where T-hill is very comfortable, and is familiar with Wallace’s speed.  We discussed ad nauseum the slight underthrow on MNF, but both guys need to do better.  Wallace must catch that, but if T-Hill throws it a couple of yards further, it’s a TD.


Wallace doesn’t have the best hands on the team, Hartline does.  Gibson is uncanny getting open, so keep using him in the middle of the field.  Gibson and Hartline seem to have a rapport with T-Hill, so it makes sense that they will be getting the ball.  It’s about time though, that Tannehill and Wallace become comfortable, and start hitting some big plays.  With Wallace, a short crossing pattern can be a big play if he gets a little separation.  Let’s hope this connection starts against the Ravens on Sunday!




From OD


Q – Our offensive line remains a “work in progress.” –They are NOT, in my estimation, a Top 15 offensive line at this time. –Is it time to consider replacing at least one of our 5 starters or should we simply stick it out with the players who are now starting?–AND, do you believe Miami will take an O-Lineman in the top 3 rounds of the next draft


It depends on who you want to replace, and with whom you want to replace them.  I think our best 5 are out there playing right now.  If the coaches felt otherwise, they would change it.  John Jerry was injured, missed a lot of time, and is still getting back into game shape.  Jonathan Martin (despite what PFF spews) has not been so bad.  I (the homer) recall at least 3 sacks that Tannehill should have gotten rid of the ball, but of course, PFF doesn’t account for that.  I think the coaches are happy with Martin’s play so far. Tyson Clabo is a bit disappointing, because he’s a solid veteran player, and I expected a little better from him.


My guess is we stay pat with what we have, and hope that they improve.  I definitely believe the O-line will be a focus in next years draft.  I would expect at least 1 or 2 early picks on the O-line, and then possibly a 3rd a bit later on in the draft.  We need to upgrade both the starters, and the depth.  I would expect a T, and maybe 2 G’s, or vice-versa.  We’re set at C for the next 10+ years hopefully.




From GDP


Q – Mike E,


I can’t understand why Wallace hasn’t been moved around. Didn’t Philbin say he wants all his receivers to be versatile, play in different spots.


Monday Nite’s game the announcers, I think Gruden said that he saw that Wallace has been exclusively lined up on the left/weak side of the line and Hartline on the right/strong side since week 1.


Don’t you think Wallace needs to be moved around to confuse opposing DC’s & the Defenses on the field.


I want to see Wallace in the slot, on the right, in a reverse, even some bubble screens. He needs to move and create better mismatches for himself and others subsequently don’t you think?


That’s an excellent point GDP, and I hadn’t really thought about that.  My best guess is, they’re happy with what Brandon Gibson gives them in the middle of the field, and that’s why they have been hesitant to change that.  Gibson has 20 receptions, for 208 yards.  They like the physical presence Gibson has, he fights for the ball, and that’s not a trait Mr. Wallace is known for.


I can’t say I know enough about our offensive schemes, but before the season, they definitely declared that all WR’s would be interchangeable.  Maybe losing Keller had a lot to do with it as well.  With Keller running patterns in the seam, he was a big target that ate up the middle, and perhaps with Keller out, they feel Gibson is the next best thing, but doesn’t draw the attention that Keller would have.  I wish I had a direct line to Sherman, I would ask him that question.  Good thinking GDP!




From David


Q – Hello Mike, hope this finds You well,  what do You think of our coaches? they seem to be much better than what we had, but are they better than what the NFL has?  where would You rank them? 


Thanks, David


I really like Philbin David.  I know we got beat down, and I also think Philbin got a beat down of his own.  So did Sherman, and Coyle.  We were unprepared for what they did, and on the flip side, Payton had his team quite ready for anything we did.  Sometimes you just need to tip your cap to the better man, and the Saints, and Payton were the better team and Payton was the better man.  I would say most of us knew that we had a tough assignment going into the Superdome on MNF, but I also think most of us thought we’d hang with the Saints.  It didn’t happen.  Important that we don’t lose perspective though, as we’re still 3-1, despite the stinging loss to the Saints.


I expect our team to be much better prepared against the Ravens, and I expect us to be 4-1 going into the BYE week.  At 4-1, there isn’t a heck of a lot to complain about, is there?  I think Philbin has created a culture, a player type, and I really like the players, and type of players he has brought in.  It’s much more about team, than any one individual.  I think that’s the way to win in the NFL today.  He’s an intelligent guy, and he, along with Sherman and Coyle will adjust.  I expect to see more of Dion Jordan as the season progresses, and I hope he’s up to the task.  Our defensive backfield will be healthier after the BYE week, and that’s something I’m really looking forward to seeing.  I want to see Jamar Taylor, Will davis, and I want to see the Reshad Jones from last year.  Where is that guy?  Overall, I’m happy with the coaches, and I’m not going to kill Sherman over one game.  Look at how Tannehill has developed, and I think Sherman deserves credit for that.




And now for the babe of the week . . .  




593 Responses to Welcome to Ask Mike – Week 28

  • Mike E. says:

    I got out of my car, and it was 10-3 BUF. WTF happened?

  • Marinofan13 says:

    Motorcyclists have this sense of entitlement and usually (not always) run in gangs. That generally doesn’t end very well.

  • Krishna says:

    Nice answers Mike and good questions, too.
    Had to laugh about the hater, homer, overreactor definitions. I guess I’m not really a homer and thought I was. I think I’m critical in my assessments of players and the team and…if you’re bad, I’ll say you’re bad and need to be fired. Columbo was bad, for example.
    I wanted to be a homer and now I feel left out. :-(

  • Walker says:

    Strafing a motorcyclist isn’t that difficult, especially if he took the passenger side mirror and the left the driver’s side. With the right hand on the steering wheel, place left hand with firearm on driver side mirror, aim, fire, adjust if you miss. I don’t carry hand cannons in the vehicle so it’s really not that hard to do, lol. You may have to chamber a round while driving with your knees

    • Tim Knight says:

      My cousin is a sick rider. You’d have to be an elite sniper. He’d be gone in a flash, take the shoulder or even off-road if he had too and distance himself from you that you couldn’t do anything except shoot innocent people. Seriously! He’s smart, a mechanic and a racer. He knows his shit. Would he have died some day if he didn’t grow up? Probably.
      Good thing he didn’t engage you Mr. Warrior man. LOL

  • TwiceTheThe says:

    Tim – agreed for the most part – to clarify I was suggesting that if this guy hadn’t been running with this particular bike crowd, he wouldn’t be in a hospital today.
    I do ride my bicycle on some streets sometimes – I try to avoid it as many drivers suck (texting, not paying attention in general) and I’m thus putting my life in their hands, but sometimes there is no other option. But when I do I always follow the road rules, as for one it drives me @#$% crazy when someone else on a bike is doing stupid sheet when I happen to be behind the wheel. I can appreciate both sides. But what this guy and his gang did was completely in the wrong.

  • Tim Knight says:

    I don’t know about some of you who are between 46-50, but I was one of those moped dudes back in the day. It was our source of communication. Before beepers and well before cell phones. We had home phones, pay phones, bicycles and mopeds back in the late 70s and early 80s to travel, communicate and get shit done. LOL
    I would ride with no helmet on mopeds 35-40 MPH all over town speeding around and being all crazy. I knew then there were a lot of bad drivers. We couldn’t go on highways. But main and side roads we were all over. I think it was between 14-16 years old. Seemed like a long time but it really wasn’t. It was such a different time. People drove around with beers between their legs, no seat belts and multiple people in the back of pickups.
    Those days are long gone.

  • Tim Knight says:

    I’ve conformed to the NWO of seat belts and feel insecure without it on. But that’s just me. ;)

  • Krishna says:

    Bicycles in Austin have sense of entitlement big time. Dude, your going 10-20 and I’m doing 30-40 in a 30-40 mile zone. You need to stay right or shoulder and not believe you can and do break every road rule AND then ride down the middle of the road at your speed. Seriously?

    • TwiceTheThe says:

      Yeah I totally agree – I don’t do those things when I ride because it’s douchy.
      That, and also because I value my life lol

      • Krishna says:

        Lot’s of white crosses all over Austin. We have a huge bicycling community and I respect that, but…… When, your on a 4 lane divided hill-country road with 55-60MPH speed limit riding the shoulder on the white line when you have a 5-6 foot shoulder to cruise you’re asking for trouble. They love to ride on the white line rather than to the right of it.

        • TwiceTheThe says:

          In their defense there’s often a lot of crap on the shoulder (broken glass, hubcaps, metal bits, rocks, etc.) and it’s often cracked/potholed and poorly maintained.
          In your defense they are insane to be riding on a road with a 44-60MPH speed limit. That’s just plain stupid on that part and they have no business being on that road.

          • Krishna says:

            I agree to some extent, but it’s a Lance Armstrong town….most feel entitled to the road under EVERY circumstance.

  • The Flying Pig says:

    Just landed and boy are my wings tired

  • Tim Knight says:

    Twice, I got the Sol reference. I started it. LOL
    “I would ride with no helmet on mopeds 35-40 MPH all over town speeding around and being all crazy.” LOL

    • TwiceTheThe says:

      Ah I must have not gotten it after the concussion I got riding in in the sidecar when it crashed into the pole. But no one was hurt badly.

  • Mike E. says:

    You should sue Tim! Punitive damages!

  • Mike E. says:

    I’m tired people – Goodnight all! Catch ya tomorrow!

  • TwiceTheThe says:

    Sweet – looks like the Bills have lost this one…

  • Jahndoh says:

    Starting to look like 3 quality wins with one bad loss. I guess I don’t know who we are for certain, but the next game is an opportunity to show me. Nice work Cleveland. Stanger, any change of heart yet on them or you need more time? I’ll be patient. ;-)

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