The Miami Dolphins surprising, feel-good season took a turn yesterday in the midst of Miami’s 26-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.
Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell hit Tannehill low causing the injury and was very similar to the hit Campbell laid on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton earlier this year. The hit on Newton resulted in Campbell being fined $18, 231.
The Dolphins are bracing for the worst regarding an MRI on Tannehill’s knee is performed on Monday.
The injury to Tannehill, who was enjoying his best season as a pro, forces the Dolphins to hand the reigns of the team, and their playoff chances, to backup quarterback Matt Moore.
“My heart breaks, man,” Moore said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
“I was the one blocking him. It looked like it was illegal to me,” said Dolphins tackle Branden Albert.
“There was a lot going through my head because at the time that was the guy I was blocking,” Albert said. “I was more frustrated for him because I know where he’s at now. I’ve been there. The guy hit him low and I was more frustrated for Ryan, to be honest with you.”
“It’ll be very difficult, “ Albert said. “Very difficult but he’ll get through it. Very difficult. But he’ll be fine.
“That’s what happens when you go low,” said Dolphins guard Jermon Bushrod. “That’s just what happens. … I don’t know, man. We fight to protect quarterbacks. That’s a tough situation.”
Miami was leading 21-9 when Tannehill left the game. Arizona rallied but Miami held them off to improve their record to 8-5 on the season.
Miami was upset with the officiating, as were most people watching the game were. Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry aired his frustrations after the game.
The Dolphins were flagged 14 times for 118 yards Sunday but were incensed about the non-call on Campbell’s hit on Tannehill.
“We’ve had to beat the team, the weather and the refs for a couple of weeks now,” Landry said. “It’s something that’s not my call to make, or anybody else’s call who is wearing jerseys. It’s those guys’ to make, and they didn’t make it.”
Campbell’s it is exactly the type of hit the NFL has tried hard to push out of the game over the years and it has been a heavy focus of officiating, making the non-call in Sunday’s game that much more confusing and aggravating.
Tannehill has been the NFL’s most sacked quarterback over the past 4 years but his toughness has contributed to him never missing a game. Miami’s offensive line improved this season and so did the protection for Tannehill, but the Miami Dolphins need to invest more in the offensive line as it is still an area of concern for the team moving forward.
Albert has had a number of injuries as well as Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. It is unclear if Albert will return to Miami next season as it seems logical that 2016 1st round pick Laremy Tunsil, who played left tackle in college, would move over from left guard to his natural position, thus supplanting Albert.
Regardless, Miami still needs to invest a high draft pick on the offensive line, mainly the guard position.
Arizona Cardinals 2018 Season Preview
Last year in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals were one of three teams fighting for a playoff spot in the wild, wild NFC West. Thinking that with head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer at quarterback the franchise felt like they could go far in 2017.
They finished the 2017 campaign with a record of 8-8 which was third in the NFC West. When the 2018 offseason finally began, veteran quarterback Carson Palmer decided to hang his cleats up after playing 14 seasons with three different teams.
Now, entering the 2018 NFL season the Arizona Cardinals are without Arians and Palmer. Steve Wilks is the Cardinals next head coach. As an NFL head coach, he has no experience but in college, he has a record of 5-6.
As for quarterbacks, they have four players on the quarterback depth chart and of the four quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are the two veteran quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals are looking for Sam Bradford to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl
The Arizona Cardinals begin the 2018 season at home against the Washington Redskins on September 9. As for that game, Here is how I think the Cardinals will do as I predict the 2018 schedule.
|2||At Rams||L||1-1 (0-1)|
|4||Vs. Seahawks||L||1-3 (0-2)|
|5||At 49ers||W||2-3 (1-2)|
|7 (TNF)||Vs. Broncos||L||2-5|
|8||Vs. 49ers||W||3-5 (2-2)|
|16||Vs. Rams||W||9-6 (3-2)|
|17||At Seahawks||L||9-7 (3-3)|
It is unclear if the Cardinals will make the playoffs, we will have to see how the other three teams will do.
Is Kurt Warner Coming Out of Retirement?
Is Kurt Warner coming out of retirement? On the Dan Patrick Show, Kurt called into the show and said that he would consider coming out of retirement and play in the NFL.
Warner talked to his family about returning and even contacted the Arizona Cardinals but at this moment, Arizona has not called back.
Kurt Warner’s football career started when Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League signed him to the team. When he was with the Barnstormers, he won an AFL championship. Then, he became a backup in St. Louis until starting quarterback Trent Green went down. Now as the Rams starting QB, Warner, lead St. Louis to a Super Bowl title.
After spending 6 seasons with the Rams, Warner was the starter in New York with the Giants. However, he got benched in favor of rookie QB Eli Manning. Finally, from 2005-2009 he signed with the Arizona Cardinals where he leads the Cardinals to a Super Bowl birth.
Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season joining the NFL Network as an analyst. With over 124 games played, 3200 yards, and about 200 touchdowns, Kurt Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Would you like to see Kurt Warner back in the NFL?
One of Cowboys Wide Receivers is Going West In 2018
According to multiple sources, Cowboys Wide Receiver Brice Butler will not be with the team in 2018. Why may you ask? Because he was dealt with Arizona Cardinals due to Free Agency.
During the offseason, Butler went on shows like “Undisputed” on FS1 and then on NFL Networks’s “Total Access,” to tell teams (including the Dallas Cowboys) that he is a top wide receiver and if Dallas or whoever wants to pay him like one, then he would certainly play with that team. Well, apparently the Arizona Cardinals did.
At the age of 23, Butler went to the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted college free agent. During his years in Oakland, Butler was targeted 50 times and only completed 30 of the passes. Plus he only scored two touchdowns. Brice also played in 25 games and only started in 2 of them. Then in
Then in 2015, during his first season of free agency, Butler moved from the black and silver to the blue and silver as he signed a three-year deal with The Dallas Cowboys. During those three years, he had 43 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Butler also started more games than he did in Oakland, California. Now, in 2018, Butler is looking to continue to improve and look to take the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl.
No word on how much the signing is but according to James Jones of NFL Network, the new contract with the Cardinals is a 2-year deal.
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