Is it just me, or are former NFL powerhouses - with egos aplenty - having problems with teams no one in the media gave much thought to before the season began? In the AFC
Brady, er, I mean "East", the Miami Dolphins were rarely mentioned by anyone in the sports info world. Oh, they had a few Tannehill references due to his membership in the 2012 Rookie Quarterback club, but other than that? Is it just me, or are Dolphin and Rams fans smiling at all they missed? Let's face it, as far as the NFL world at large, both our teams were cannon fodder...
Maybe we're viewed as anarchists? I'm sure the New York media has a Photoshop-ed picture of Che Guevara with a headset standing on the Dolphins sidelines ready for Miami's visit at the end of this month? San Francisco no doubt has a picture of famed St. Louis revolutionary Bubba Van Bibber. For those of you who don't know who he is, his now famous line: "Give me Barbecue, Beer and Cheetos, or give me death!", rings in the hearts of every Rams fan. Many think he was trying to drum up business when he graduated from the University of Togo medical school as a cardiologist, but we Rams fans know he had our best interests at heart.
I'm an editor and writer for Turf Show Times, the SBNation site for the St. Louis Rams. I thought I'd drop by to not only commiserate with a fellow NFL outcast team, but to enlist your knowledge and wit to find the best way to flip them all the bird and shout some version of "Nee-ner-nee-ner" at the Skip Bayless-es of the world.
To be completely honest, I didn't think much of Miami's chances this year, and in my post-NFL Draft power ranking, I placed them rather low. The reason was based on Jeff Ireland more than the players on the Dolphins' roster. Can you really blame me though? With the resurgence of Miami as a team, is Ireland - the person and not the Emerald Isle - getting much love from the fan base?
When Brandon Marshall was shipped off the windier climbs to re-unite with broody Mr. Cutler, were you confident in the wide receivers "left behind" going into the 2012 season? Brian Hartline is one of the great stories at the position so far this year. I personally think Coach Philbin somehow substituted a clone of Jordy Nelson in Green Bay when he left... Tell the truth! Is Hartline actually Jordy? Inquiring minds want to know (insert names of East Coast media here).
Your defense has risen from being a virtual unknown group, to one that sacked Kevin Kolb eight times, and is ranking as one of the best against the rush in the NFL. What key player additions - through the draft or free agency - has helped this unit gel into a great defensive unit? "No Name" Defense 2.0?
The preseason story I found interesting, was the climb from "QB3" of Ryan Tannehill. During training camp, David Garrard was quoted in the media several times as saying the starting quarterback job was between he and Matt Moore? Then David gets a little dinged up, Matt Moore stayed Matt Moore, and Tannehill rose in the ranks to start... Seems kind of like a quarterback shell game doesn't it? How ever it happened, it appears to be working out well. What areas would you like young Ryan improve upon?
I'll be wandering in to answer questions you may have about the St. Louis Rams, and inviting the Turf Show Times crew to drop in to ask and answer questions too. If anyone from TST should forget they are guests on your site, please don't hesitate to let me know. Here's to a great game this coming Sunday, and may injuries steer clear of both our teams!
Interesting fun fact:
Rams - Dolphins Games - Dolphins lead series, 9-2
1971—Dolphins, 20-14 (LA)
1976—Rams, 31-28 (M)
1980—Dolphins, 35-14 (LA)
1983—Dolphins, 30-14 (M)
1986—Dolphins, 37-31 (LA) OT
1992—Dolphins, 26-10 (M)
1995—Dolphins, 41-22 (StL)
1998—Dolphins, 14-0 (M)
2001—Rams, 42-10 (StL)
2004—Dolphins, 31-14 (M)
2008—Dolphins, 16-12 (StL)
(RS Pts.—Dolphins 288, Rams 204)
*Franchise in Los Angeles prior to 1995
Oh, and by the way... I wrote a novel.