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The Splash Zone 1/14/22: Did Brian Flores Want To Draft Mac Jones?

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On Monday, Stephen Ross shocked the sports world by firing Brian Flores. Everyone believed Flores was safe heading into the offseason after back to back winning seasons, but no playoffs. But it seems like we’ve been learning something new everyday about things that happened behind the scenes at Dolphins HQ. Yesterday we learned from Michael Lombardi that Flores said something along the lines of: “Should have taken Mac Jones” towards Tua Tagovailoa. Not really saying Flores wanted Jones, but that is a terrible way to motivate a player to do better, if that’s what Flores was trying to do.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.

Brian Flores: The Tua Story That Went Viral; How He Still Might End Up with Deshaun Watson – Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More

The former Miami Dolphins head coach had a rocky relationship with Tua Tagovailoa but now could wind up with Deshaun Watson after all


Dolphins Head Coach Search

Miami Dolphins coaching search calls for fix to offensive game plan

The Dolphins’ offense hasn’t been very good for at least two decades. Often it’s boring and underwhelming. Maybe the next guy can get it right.


Dolphins Offseason

Miami Dolphins Thursday Mailbag: Who Stays, Who Goes; More Flores/Grier Fallout; Tua/Watson; and More – Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More

Tackling various issues on the minds of Miami Dolphins fans


Phinsider News You May Have Missed

Miami Dolphins News 1/13/22: Is Tua Tagovailoa The Dolphins QB Heading Forward? – The Phinsider

Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Dolphins to interview a pair of head coach candidates from Buffalo on Sunday – The Phinsider

The first Sunday of the offseason could be a big one for the Dolphins.

Unpopular Opinion: The Miami Dolphins made the right decision when firing former head coach, Brian Flores – The Phinsider

The Miami Dolphins were right to fire former head coach, Brian Flores.

2022 NFL Head Coaching Odds: Buffalo Bills’ Brian Daboll early favorite to be next head coach of Miami Dolphins – The Phinsider

Here are the latest odds on the Miami Dolphins head coaching search from VEGAS

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Christian Wilkins makes sure refs know he is eligible: Dolphins Best of Mic’d Up 2022

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There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Christian Wilkins is reporting as eligible when he comes in on offense or special teams. The defensive lineman makes sure he gets the referee’s attention, as can be seen in this collection of the best mic’d up moments of the 2022 season from the Miami Dolphins.

The video also features long snapper Blake Ferguson high fiving himself, tight end Mike Gesicki wanting the ball on every third down, linebacker Jerome Baker making an interception while where a microphone, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa running over defenders, defensive lineman Adam Butler wanting to know what Ndaukong Suh eats, cornerback Xavien Howard wanting to get his helmet back, linebacker Elandon Roberts wanting to doubel dip, guard Robert Hunt looking for his water, line judge Sarah Thomas making sure she does not have to throw a flag, and more.

Check out the video. It is a good eight minutes of entertainment:

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Miami Dolphins: What we know about the latest head coach rumors

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Real estate mogul and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, 81, $8.3 billion (up from $7.2 billion), tied in 102nd place.
Maimi Dolphins Vs Los Angeles Chargers

Real estate mogul and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, 81, $8.3 billion (up from $7.2 billion), tied in 102nd place.
Maimi Dolphins Vs Los Angeles Chargers

It still is kind of hard to believe that the Miami Dolphins fired Brian Flores only a few weeks ago and we still haven’t a set clue on who will replace him.

Rumors and speculation are two different things and they both are lighting up the internet over the last few days. On social media, there has been a lot of rumors regarding the Dolphins next head coach and many have come from people who claim to have sources, yet none in the mainstream media are doing more than speculating.

Thus far, we really don’t know what the Dolphins are going to do but here is what we know so far.

Brian Daboll – Daboll has had two interviews with the Giants but many still believe that he is the top choice for the Dolphins and that the interest is mutual. That being said, others are saying that Daboll may not be keen on working again with Tua. That is contradictory to what some others are saying.

Vance Joseph – There is a connection between Joseph and the Dolphins and it is widely being reported that he is held in high regard by Chris Grier. It is also being said that Joseph would be the Dolphins HC now but Ross isn’t 100% sure. Whether this is true or not, is unknown but what we do know is that Joseph has interviewed with only one team, the Dolphins.

Dan Quinn – Quinn interviewed with Miami last week but there has not been any conversations that imply he is the choice for the Dolphins and it doesn’t appear to be heading in that direction.

Mike McDaniel – The 49ers OC is believed to perhaps be the top choice for the Dolphins. If that is true, it would make sense as to why the Dolphins have yet to do anything. The 49ers are still in the playoffs and the Dolphins can’t do anything until they are eliminated. He interviewed last week.

Doug Pederson – Many in the Dolphins circles believed that Miami may go after their own former QB but so far, there has been no indication that he is a target.

Jim Harbaugh – Ross came out and said he would not be the one that takes Harbaugh away from Michigan but another report has said that Harbaugh reached out to Ross. While nothing appears imminent, there is a growing speculation that he very well may be the Dolphins target. This is speculation at its best.

The National Signing Day for the NCAA is February 2nd and Harbaugh has been on the recruiting trail heavily in recent weeks. If the Dolphins were going to sign Harbaugh, it would make sense to wait until after recruits commit to Michigan. It isn’t exactly moral but it would make some sense as to why Miami hasn’t done much after the first round of interviews.

Frontrunners – Depending on who you want to believe, the top four names that are being linked to Miami, in a somewhat rotating manner, are Daboll, Joseph, McDaniel, and Harbaugh. The next HC should be one of those four unless Miami is pulling wool over everyone else’s eyes.

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Florida Panthers Mason Marchment gains confidence with familiar linemates

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This season has not been an easy one for Florida Panthers forward Mason Marchment.

After missing almost two months with what is believed to be a wrist injury, Marchment came back with a three-game point streak spanning from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 — four games if you count the goal he scored on Nov. 8 before getting injured against the New York Rangers.

Marchment did not get to stick around for long.

It certainly was not by the choice of interim coach Andrew Brunette.

On Jan. 3, Marchment was placed on the Covid-19 protocol list and missed the next six games the Panthers played.

He was away from the team for 10 days while recovering from Covid and spent another five days getting back into game shape.

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“You have to pass a certain threshold with the Covid in order to come back and I am feeling good and ready to go,” Marchment said after returning to the team.

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“I have had some bad luck but everything happens for a reason. I’m just trying to get better every day and be ready to play whenever I am in there.”

When he got back into the lineup, things started out a little slow.

Drawing back in when the Panthers started their road trip in Calgary he registered an assist to extend his point streak to five games but did not see the scoresheet for the next three games.

“I’m starting to feel better,’’ Marchment said. “The first couple of games, I felt a little step behind. I was a step behind a play here, a second behind a play there. It’s starting to come.

“But it’s tough coming in and out of the lineup and then Covid and all of these things. But no excuses, got to put my head down and work harder.”

Following a disappointing loss to the Seattle Kraken, Brunette decided to put Marchment with two guys he is familiar with: Anton Lundell and Sam Reinhart.

The trio played together in the early going of the season, including a stretch where they combined for 10 points in a two-game span in wins over the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in October.

“I think we read well off of each other,” Marchment said. “I know me and Lundell have played together quite a bit through the last couple of months and you know Reinhart is a great player and a great passer he sees the ice really well.

“I think we gelled really well together, we had a great start of the season, but got split up, so it feels good to be back together.”

When they were put back together when the Panthers took on the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, they did not miss a beat.

Marchment’s line set the tone for the Panthers, helping them establish play early. Not to mention, they scored three goals during the first period.

Florida ended up finishing off their five-game road trip with a 5-3 win over the Jets.

“They got three goals in the first and they were buzzing right from the start,” Carter Verhaeghe said. “They gave us a spark that we need, especially coming off of a tough loss in Seattle.”

Two of those goals belonged to Marchment.

“It was good to see him get a couple of goals tonight and make some plays and gain some confidence because we’re gonna need him going forward here,” Brunette said.

In the 18 games he played this season, he has been effective, scoring four goals and 14 points.

“He had a great start of the year and then went through some injury things and Covid, it took him a few games to get going, but I thought he showed some signs here and there,” Brunette said.

“Tonight was his best game by far and he’s a unique player for us. He brings a dimension that not a lot of our players have, he creates a lot of different things with his size, his reach, his tenacity, and gives us a little physical presence.”

FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS

  • When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise 
  • Tickets: CLICK HERE
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM, SiriusXM
  • Last season: Did not play
  • All-time regular season series: Vegas leads 4-1-1

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