The NFL Research Center gives good grades to the Miami Dolphins

Six packs of informational notes on Monday:

The 33rd Team – NFL Research Center – graded dolphins According to the center last week.

Here’s how Miami fared in the attack, with excerpts from the comments provided:

b- minus in quarterback (“while [Tua Tagovailoa] It wasn’t bad, his play wasn’t on par with a team looking to compete”)…

B-plus when running backwards (“This set of locations is very reminiscent of a classic Shanahan system backyard, with not a real No. 1 in the back, but a bunch of ball carriers that could be a team maker”)…

Wide receiver (“This group has great star power and speed”)…

B-plus on the tight end (even after Mike Jesicki’s receiving skills, “Between Durham Smith, Adam Shaheen and Hunter Long, Miami has players who can block and catch, where McDaniel can run as many as he likes from two sets of TE”).

Here’s how Miami excels on the defensive:

B for the defensive line and outstanding players (“While there is talent, this is a very heavy group, but the score can be easily improved given a year older than Jaelan Phillips and Emmanuel Ogbah”)..

C- For midfielders (“This group is a clear weakness in the team. While Jerome Becker is good, he is not a star enough to make up for…the shortcomings of this group”)…

A for full back (“At the top, there may be no better CB duo in football” than Xavien Howard and Byron Jones)….

B for safety (“Jevon Holland is coming off a very good junior season and becoming one of the best safety in the entire league. Brandon Jones and Eric Rowe will have to contend for the other spot, but it’s possible that neither of them will be high-level starting-caliber players”)

COVID-19 continues to hamper coverage of the NBA Finals from ABC. Mike Breen missed the first two games – and Jeff Van Gundy missed the opening game – after he tested positive for the virus.

That left South Florida-based Mark Jones, the NBA’s No. 2 play-by-play voice on the grid, taking Bryn’s place in both Game 7 of the Heat Celtics series and Game 1 and 2 of the Celtics Warriors series. ABC says Brin is expected to return for Game 3 on Wednesday.

Information man Adrian Wojnarowski and reporter Kendra Andrews (Malika’s sister) were also sidelined in the early stages of the finals due to the coronavirus.

As expected, former UM and NFL Outstanding Greg Olsen has been promoted to Fox’s leading NFL advertising team, on a temporary basis, until Tom Brady retires and takes over the job in 2023 or at some point.

With Joe Buck and Troy Aikman leaving Fox to join ESPN’s Monday Night Football, the voice of Fox No. 2 former NFL NFL Kevin Burkhardt to Olsen on the Fox major next season, which includes the February 2023 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Olsen will likely return to the second team when Brady retires, while Burckhardt remains on the leading team for the long term.

Fox chose insider promotion because network executives liked the Burckhardt/Olsen tandem; They had a lively and lively conversation relationship. Or, as Fox executive producer Brad Zeiger put it, “an undeniable harmony and the ability to summon elite-level football.”

Olsen told Dan Patrick, “Even if I spend a year on it, I’m going to try to kill him. I’m going to try to make it a fun season, so people can really enjoy the broadcast. And hopefully Tom plays for a few more years.”

Olsen said he would tell Brady there’s a “very nice balance when the games are called. You don’t want to chill out and get rid of the complex nature that makes football so special and so fun. But you also can’t talk on the air like you’re talking to my coach or talking to an existing player.” Or a teammate who understands the language and jargon because you could lose a lot of people.”

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve on a Sunday this year, here’s how it affects the schedules of the NFL and college football:

The NFL will schedule most of its Christmas weekend games on Saturday, December 24, with three games on Christmas Day: Packers-Dolphins (1 p.m. on Fox), Broncos-Rams (4:30 p.m. on CBS), Buccaneers – Cardinals (8:20 p.m. on NBC).

The Jaguars-Jets will be a game Thursday, December 22 on Amazon, with Chargers-Colts the ESPN on Monday night, December 26.

During Week 17, every NFL game will be played on Sunday, January 1 except for the Cowboys-Titans on Thursday, December 29 and Bills-Bengals on ABC and ESPN on Monday night, January 2.

To avoid conflict with NBC’s Rams-Chargers game on Sunday night, January 1, the Sugar Bowl has moved from its traditional prime-time spot on January 1 to noon on December 31. The last time the Sugar Bowl was played before January 1 was 1995.

College football semifinals will take place on December 31 in the late afternoon and evening, in Atlanta and Glendale, Arizona.

No pot games will be played at Christmas or New Year’s, thus avoiding competition with the NFL.

Four ball games are scheduled to begin on Monday, January 2, 2023, starting with the Tampa Bay Bowl at noon on ESPN2.

Also on January 2, the Cotton Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN), Citrus Bowl (1 p.m., ABC), and Rose Bowl (5 p.m., ESPN).

Alonzo Highsmith, who last week started his job as General Manager/Football Operations at UM, told WQAM: “The first thing I’m going to do – when you come in, sit and watch. I want to sit and listen and watch and learn. I can’t come in there and say ‘Do it like this,'” Do it like this.” I want to see how things work and then I’ll step in another time.

“I am coming to the University of Miami in a very humble way. I am not the savior of the school. I want to be part of the program the same way I was as a freshman in college. I want to help build something.”

Among other things, he will rate recruits and players on the online portal and “try to be a mentor to our players, teaching them what it takes to get to the next level.”

Fast things: As the NFL Network reported, former Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is negotiating with Amazon to be a studio analyst for the Thursday night package. Fitzpatrick has the wit, personality, and self-critical sense of humor to thrive on TV….

Former Marlins CEO Derek Jeter – who will be showing his ESPN documentary about his life this summer – Join Twitter He announced his arrival to the social networking service by replying to a tweet from December 9, 2014, two months after his last match as a player.

That tweet read: “Derek Jeter has no excuse for not having a Twitter account right now.” Jeter’s first tweet: “Looks like I’m officially out of excuses.”

Within a week, he had 354,000 followers. Dick Vitale, Pedro Martinez and the Yankees are among the 17 people he’s following, and none of them are related to the Marlins….

Mick Hubert retired after 33 years as radio voice for Florida Gators…

The Arizona Cardinals will be the focus of HBO’s Hard Knocks during bootcamp….

Giving substantive answers in interviews, New Orleans Pelicans guard C.J. McCollum will call NBA Summer League games for ESPN, among other projects of the network….

The Portland Trail Blazers have hired ESPN NBA Project Analyst Mike Schmitz as assistant general manager.

This story was originally published June 6, 2022 5:25 pm.

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Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written a Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.