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Brian Bulcke
Dolphins OC Loggains interviewing for HC gig
Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 8:59 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains will interview for the team's head-coaching vacancy on Friday.
Analysis: Loggains is expected to follow ex-coach Adam Gase to the Jets to serve as his offensive coordinator. Nobody really expects him to get the Miami head job, but wilder things have happened. Loggains has zero head coaching experience and proved to be a lackluster offensive mind in previous stops as the OC for the Titans (2012-13) and Bears (2016-17) before landing with Gase this past season. Miami is also interviewing STs coach Darren Rizzi on Friday.
Brian Bulcke
Rizzi to interview for Dolphins head job
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 11:22 AM
Albert Breer on Twitter
Dolphins associate coach/ST coordinator Darren Rizzi will interview for the team's head coaching vacancy.
Analysis: That interview should take place later in the week. Rizzi has been with the organization since 2009, beginning his Dolphins tenure as an assistant special teams coach before working his way up to special teams coordinator and eventually associate head coach, a position he's held for the last two seasons. Despite his familiarity with the Dolphins' inner workings, Miami's sit-down with Rizzi is likely just a courtesy interview. The Dolphins are also known to be courting Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Bears DC Vic Fangio, Patriots DC Brian Flores, Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak and Dallas DBs coach/passing-game coordinator Kris Richard.
Brian Bulcke
Mike Tannenbaum being 'reassigned'
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 10:11 AM
Dolphins EVP Mike Tannenbaum is being "reassigned."
Analysis: Tannenbaum had run football operations for the Dolphins, but GM Chris Grier will take over those duties. It seems like there was something of a power struggle going on behind the scenes in Miami, and both Tannenbaum and Adam Gase lost.
Brian Bulcke
Chris Grier taking over football ops in Miami
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 10:06 AM
Dolphins GM Chris Grier is taking over control of football operations.
Analysis: Mike Tannenbaum previously had final say in the front office, but he is being reassigned. With Adam Gase also out, Grier looks like he has won something of a power struggle in Miami. Grier's first order of business will be finding a new coach, but he will also have to make a big decision about Ryan Tannehill this offseason.
Mike Gesicki
Gesicki totals just one catch to end 2018
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:45 PM
Mike Gesicki caught 1-of-2 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Taken with the 42nd pick overall in the second-round of this year's draft, Gesicki hardly made an impact on the field in his first season. A workout all-star at the combine, Gesicki managed to catch just 22-of-32 targets for 202 yards with zero touchdowns in 2018. Despite the lackluster rookie campaign, there's still no shortage of optimism for Gesicki moving forward. The tight end position is a historically slow burn position in the NFL and the Dolphins coaching staff left a lot to be desired in terms placing their playmakers in a position to max out potential. Gesicki still won't be on the fantasy radar quite yet as someone to target in drafts, but the door is still open for him to greatly exceed his rookie season in year two.
Danny Amendola
Amendola posts 26 yards to end 2018 season
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:43 PM
Danny Amendola caught 4-of-5 targets for 26 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: At age 33, Amendola led the Dolphins with 59 receptions, 79 targets and 575 receiving yards in 2018. It probably says all you need to know about the 2018 Dolphins' offense that they were led in receiving by a 33-year old slot receiver and led in rushing by a 35-year old running back. Despite his totals being the best on the team, Amendola's best stretch of the season came with Brock Osweiler under center. With Osweiler throwing passes, Amendola caught 31-of-41 targets for 305 yards and his lone touchdown of the season. Amendola still has one year remaining on his contract with the Dolphins but has no guaranteed money on the books for 2019.
DeVante Parker
End of an era? Parker goes catchless vs BUF
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:41 PM
DeVante Parker failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: The 2018 season placed a stained-colored feather in the cap for Parker's flop status with the Dolphins. After throwing countless coins in the fountain of eternal wishing with mid-summer praise, even the organization finally soured on Parker this season, even admitting they were phasing him out of the offense a few weeks ago. The former 14th overall selection in 2015 managed to tally just 24 receptions for 309 yards and one touchdown in his fourth NFL season. The Dolphins did pick up Parker's fifth-year option last offseason, but they are almost assuredly going to rescind that this offseason and pull the plug on Parker.
Kenny Stills
Stills has 27 yards, throws TD to end 2018
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:39 PM
Kenny Stills caught 3-of-7 targets for 27 yards while throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: After a strong 2017 season in which he caught 58 passes for 847 yards on 105 targets, Stills took a major step backwards, catching 37-of-64 targets for 553 yards in 2018. His 36.9 receiving yards per game were his fewest since his first season with the Dolphins in 2015. Despite the decline in overall production, Stills managed to showcase his play-making ability, averaging 15.5 yards per receptions and still finding the end zone for six touchdown receptions. The Dolphins have a potential out year in Stills' contract despite him having two seasons left, but it's hard to see the team moving on from him. Entering the 2019 season at just 27-years old, Stills is still an effective NFL flanker and a consistent deep threat to an offense, even if he is not lead-receiver material. For fantasy purposes, Stills hits the offseason as a boom-or-bust WR4.
Kalen Ballage
Ballage totals 13 touches for 48 yards vs MIA
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:35 PM
Kalen Ballage rushed 12 times for 47 yards while catching one pass for one yard in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: The fourth-round rookie barely touched the field in his rookie season, carrying the ball just eight times for 11 yards through 13 games prior to Frank Gore going down with a season-ending injury. Even after Gore was lost for the season, he managed just 19 touches for 97 yards over the final two weeks of the season. Finishing the season with 36 carries for 191 yards and a touchdown while catching nine passes for 56 yards, Ballage's lone highlight on the season came on a 75-yard touchdown jaunt in Week 15 against the Vikings. A speed and size tower of athleticism, Ballage was never quite able to elevate himself above committee back status at Arizona State and his rookie season provided no clarity on that being a potential outcome for him at the NFL level, though a potentially new coaching staff could feel differently moving forward.
Kenyan Drake
Drake posts 95 yards in regular-season finale
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:33 PM
Kenyan Drake rushed 11 times for 43 yards while catching five passes for 52 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Despite closing the 2017 season on a tear and proving that he could produce as a starting running back, the Dolphins coaching staff had other plans for Drake in 2018. Reducing him to merely a change of pace, ancillary option, choosing to cite Drake's inefficiencies in pass protection as a cop-out for reducing his role in an offense that was apparently flush with enough play-making talent in their eyes. After 165 touches in 2017, Drake was expected to be used more this season, but managed just 173 offensive touches in 2018. Despite barely receiving any more usage, Drake's talent still managed to show up as he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 8.9 yards per receptions, amassing 1,012 yards from scrimmage and leading the team with nine total touchdowns. With a potential coaching and roster shakeup looming for the Dolphins this offseason, Drake's fantasy outlook is ambiguous at best, but should remain a part of the team's plans moving forward as he's proven he can be a tangible playmaker
Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill fizzles in possible 'Fins finale
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:29 PM
Ryan Tannehill completed 18-of-31 passes for 147 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Tannehill did catch a 3-yard touchdown in the game while also losing a fumble. After missing the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL, Tannehill turned in a mixed-bag performance in 2018. Finishing the season with 17 touchdown passes to nine interceptions, Tannehill set a career-high in touchdown rate (7.0 percent), but also set a career-low in passing yards per game (183.2 yards). He also missed five games in the middle of the season due to a shoulder injury. At the close of his age 30 season, Tannehill has still yet to convince not only the general public that he can be a franchise passer, but also the Dolphins. With a potential overhaul coming from top to bottom from within the Miami organization, sticking with Tannehill will be a major decision that has to be made. Tannehill still has two years left on his current deal but would cost Miami $13.4M in dead money (while saving them $13.2M in the process) if the current or potentially new regime would prefer to move on.
Xavien Howard
Xavien Howard (knee) out again in Week 17
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 10:41 AM
Dolphins declared CB Xavien Howard, QB David Fales, S T.J. McDonald, G Isaac Asiata, T Zach Sterup, DT Kendrick Norton, and WR Isaiah Ford inactive for Sunday's Week 17 game versus the Bills.
Analysis: Howard was a limited participant in practice this week, but the Dolphins chose to wisely play things cautiously with their 25-year old Pro-Bowl cornerback. Despite missing the final four games with this injury, Howard still managed to intercept seven passes with 12 pass breakups. With his absence, Bills' rookie wideout Robert Foster receives an improved fantasy outlook.
Brian Bulcke
RapSheet: Adam Gase's job 'in real doubt'
Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 5:19 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Adam Gase's future with the Dolphins is "in real doubt."
Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola not on Week 17 injury report
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 5:36 PM
Danny Amendola (knee) was left off the Week 17 injury report.
Analysis: He's good to go after practcing fully the last two days. Amendola should be avoided for a matchup with Buffalo's league-best secondary.
Xavien Howard
Howard (knee) questionable to face Buffalo
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 1:06 PM
Armando Salguero on Twitter
Xavien Howard (knee) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bills.
Analysis: Howard was a limited participant at all three practices this week. The Dolphins seem to be leaning towards sitting him as coach Adam Gase remarked earlier this week that Howard would only play if he was completely pain-free. The Pro Bowl corner hasn't suited up for the Dolphins since injuring his meniscus in Week 13.
Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola back to full work Thursday
Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 2:58 PM
Sal Cappaccio on Twitter
Danny Amendola (knee) returned to full participation at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Amendola was absent for Wednesday's session, but he was just getting a breather. The veteran slot man leads the Fins in both catches (55) and receiving yards (549) this year, though it hasn't translated to much fantasy success.
Ryan Tannehill
Report: Fins to move on from Tannehill in '19
Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 7:41 PM
Miami Herald
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are prepared to move on from Ryan Tannehill after this season rather than pay him the $19 million he's owed over the next two years.
Analysis: None of Tannehill's 2019-2020 scheduled pay is guaranteed, so it will be an easy cord to cut. By releasing or trading Tannehill, the Fins would save $13.2 million under the 2019 salary cap, or $18.7 million if he's designated a post-June 1 cut. Amid reports the front office will also be cleaned out, the Dolphins' organization appears headed for a near-full overhaul this offseason.
Xavien Howard
Xavien Howard (knee) limited again Wednesday
Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 4:15 PM
Miami Herald
Xavien Howard (knee) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that Howard, who has sat out the last three games with a meniscus injury, won't suit up for Sunday's finale at Buffalo unless he is completely pain-free. "We need to be smart with that," he added. The first-time Pro Bowler will be eligible for a contract extension this offseason.
Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola held out Wednesday
Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 3:11 PM
Danny Amendola (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: This has been Amendola's routine the last two weeks. He should see his normal snaps in Week 17 against Buffalo.
Brian Bulcke
Dolphins expected to fire EVP Mike Tannenbaum
Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 9:12 AM
Miami Herald
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins are "all but certain" to fire EVP Mike Tannenbaum.
Analysis: But according to Salguero, "barring some unexpected circumstance", coach Adam Gase and GM Chris Grier are expected to remain in place. Tannenbaum, the ex-Jets GM, has been in Miami since 2014 and was part of the group that hired Gase and Grier. Tannenbaum doesn't have much power in the organization, since Gase has all of the personnel decision-making powers and has full control of the 53-man roster, offense, defense, and special teams. Gase is on very shaky ground.