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Tony Dungy points out huge pass interference refs missed in Bears game

Chase Claypool gets dragged down by a defender

The Miami Dolphins got away with pass interference late in their win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and Tony Dungy felt the no-call was just the latest example of a major issue across the NFL.

The Bears were trailing 35-32 with 1:35 remaining when Justin Fields unloaded a deep pass to Chase Claypool on 3rd-and-10. The newly acquired receiver had no chance to make the catch because he was wrapped up and dragged to the ground by a Dolphins defender before the ball got there. Had the correct call been made, Chicago would have had first down just outside the red zone.

You can see the play below:

Dungy tweeted a screenshot of the play and said “it is really crazy how Pass Interference is called so inconsistently.”

Dungy also mentioned how the Bears were called for a questionable pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter. Eddie Jackson told reporters after the game that the official who threw the flag told him he was not playing the ball. Replays appeared to show that the Bears safety was tracking the ball in the air.

That certainly is not the first time this season that a defender has gotten away with pass interference. In this case, it may have cost the Bears a win.

Impressive stat shows how good Tua Tagovailoa has been in clutch

Tua Tagovailoa ready to throw

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches prior throwing the football during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has taken a big step forward under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel, and there is one particular area where he is consistently finding ways to beat defenses.

Tagovailoa has been incredibly efficient on third down in his six starts this season. He has completed 36-of-50 passes for 492 yards, 7 touchdowns and no interceptions on third down. His 142.7 passer rating on third down is the highest mark in the NFL since the league began tracking passer rating by down in 1991.

That sample size is big enough to not be a fluke. What it shows is that the Dolphins are designing great plays in situations where they need to complete a pass. It also shows that Tagovailoa has been good at extending plays and making accurate throws in must-have situations.

Tagovauloa has completed an impressive 69.9 percent of his passes this season for 1,678 yards, 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He has benefitted from both the addition of Tyreek Hill and implementation of McDaniels’ scheme, which has all added up to a 5-3 record for the Dolphins. If Tua continues to excel in third-down situations, that will bode well for Miami’s chances of making the playoffs.

Tyreek Hill had great reaction to Bradley Chubb trade

Tyreek Hill runs with the ball

Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill had a great reaction to his Miami Dolphins making a trade for Bradley Chubb on Tuesday.

The Dolphins acquired Chubb in a trade with the Denver Broncos. They sent a 2023 first-round pick, 2024 fourth-round pick and Chase Edmonds to Denver for Chubb and a 2025 fifth-round pick.

Hill couldn’t believe that his Dolphins had made a move for such a big-time pass-rusher.

“Am I reading this right ?” he asked on Twitter after reports of the trade surfaced.

Yes, you were reading that right, Tyreek.

As if that weren’t enough, minutes after Hill sent his tweet, the Dolphins acquired running back Jeff Wilson Jr. in a trade with San Francisco.

Miami is 5-3 this season. More importantly, they’ve gone 5-1 in games Tua Tagovailoa has played (the loss was when Tua suffered a concussion against the Bengals). The Dolphins know that they are a championship contending-team when Tagovailoa is on the field. It’s no surprise then that they’re cashing in their trade chips for some talent that can aid their championship pursuit.

Everyone made the same joke about Dolphins’ trade for new RB

Mike McDaniel at a press conference

Feb 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel speaks during a press conference at Baptist Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins’ latest trade acquisition is looking mighty familiar to one player who is already on their roster.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Dolphins are acquiring veteran running back Jeff Wilson Jr. from the San Francisco 49ers. Miami is sending back a 2023 fifth-round pick as part of the trade.

The Dolphins’ move for Wilson led to everyone making the same joke online — that Wilson is now reunited in the backfield with his old 49ers teammate, Miami running back Raheem Mostert. Here were some of the best tweets.

Of course, there is another prior connection here as well. Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel used to be the offensive coordinator for the 49ers (after serving as their run game coordinator) and coached both Mostert and Wilson in San Francisco. Thus, it is one big reunion party for Miami.

Mostert has been the clear RB1 for the Dolphins this season, rushing for 452 yards and one touchdown in six starts. Earlier in the day on Tuesday as well, the Dolphins traded backup running back Chase Edmonds as part of a deal for a big defensive name. Wilson, who is on an expiring contract, should fit into Edmonds’ backup role pretty nicely, especially given that he is already familiar with both Miami’s starter as well as their head coach.

Broncos trade Bradley Chubb to AFC contender

Bradley Chubb on the sideline

Aug 29, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins made a major move to bolster their pass-rush ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Star linebacker Bradley Chubb has been traded from the Denver Broncos to Miami. ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the full terms of the deal, which also includes veteran running back Chase Edmonds going to Denver.

Chubb, 26, was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is playing under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. The former NC State star is set to become a free agent after the season, but Schefter reports that he is expected to work out a long-term extension with the Dolphins.

Injuries have been an issue for Chubb throughout his career. He missed almost all of 2019 with a torn ACL and was limited to seven games last year due to an ankle injury. Chubb has looked healthy this year and has 5.5 sacks in eight games, proving he is clearly a difference-maker when playing at 100 percent.

The Dolphins have just 15 sacks as a team this season. They may have outbid a rival team for Chubb.

Report: Bradley Chubb drawing serious interest from 2 AFC teams

Bradley Chubb on the sideline

Aug 29, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos finally got back in the win column with their triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday, but teams are hoping they are still interested in trading away at least one star player prior to Tuesday’s deadline.

Peter King of NBC Sports wrote in his weekly column that both the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have inquired about trading for star linebacker Bradley Chubb. The belief is that Broncos general manager George Paton would be willing to part with the former NC State star for a first-round pick, and King says both the Jets and Dolphins may have enough interest to offer one.

Chubb, 26, was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is playing under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. He is set to become a free agent after the season, so any team that acquired him would likely want a long-term extension in place as part of the deal.

Injuries have been an issue for Chubb throughout his career. He missed almost all of 2019 with a torn ACL and was limited to seven games last year due to an ankle injury. Chubb has looked healthy this year and has 5.5 sacks in eight games, proving he is clearly a difference-maker when playing at 100 percent. You can understand why teams would be interested, though it is rare for first-round picks to be traded in the middle of a season.

Dolphins work out former Patriots Super Bowl hero

Malcolm Butler warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.
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The Miami Dolphins worked out a handful of players on Tuesday, including former New England Patriots Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.

Miami worked out five players — two on defense and three on offense. Butler was the biggest name of the group.

In addition to Butler, the Dolphins worked out defensive back Jamal Perry, and wide receivers Dede Westbrook, Calvin Jackson and Alex Bachman.

Miami has dealt with numerous injuries to their secondary. Byron Jones was placed on injured reserve before the season, while Nik Needham and safety Brandon Jones were added to IR this month.

The Dolphins are likely looking to take stock of what players are available since they are digging deep with their defensive backs.

Butler sat out the 2021 season but then signed with the Patriots over the offseason. He was cut by New England in August with an injury settlement.

The 32-year-old had 100 tackles and four interceptions with the Titans in 2020, which was his last NFL game action. Butler is best known for his game-saving interception of Russell Wilson to help the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX.

Dolphins set likely return date for Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa ready to throw

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches prior throwing the football during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have a likely return date for Tua Tagovailoa after the quarterback exited the concussion protocol on Saturday.

Tagovailoa will not play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but is likely to be back for Week 7 against Pittsburgh. Tagovailoa was unanimously cleared by doctors, who observed no signs of any long-term brain injury.

Tagovailoa last played Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he suffered a frightening concussion. That came after the team’s handling of a Week 3 injury was scrutinized, and actually led to changes to the league’s concussion protocol.

Tagovailoa was in the midst of a breakout campaign for the Dolphins, with eight touchdowns in his first three starts of the season. Miami has not won since his injury, so they will be eager to welcome him back.

Mike McDaniel has funny comment on Dolphins’ ping-pong saga

Mike McDaniel at practice

Sep 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel enters the field prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel made some news earlier in the week when he praised Tyreek Hill and other players for removing the ping-pong tables from the locker room. That turned somewhat embarrassing for him when it was revealed that this was done just to get a better table.

On Friday, McDaniel offered a response to the apparent u-turn, and he was definitely good-natured about the whole thing. McDaniel joked that the players had the right to “can taketh away and regiveth” when it came to locker room entertainment.

This is not really a serious issue, but it has turned a bit amusing. Hill had to pretty clearly counter his coach in recent comments, but nobody actually seems to have any real hard feelings about this.

The Dolphins are 3-2 with a stretch of key games coming up starting Sunday against Minnesota. If they win, nobody will care about locker room recreation. If not, expect this to become a bigger story than it ever needed to be.

Tyreek Hill shares real reason he took ping-pong tables out of locker room

Tyreek Hill runs with the ball

Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel this week praised Tyreek Hill for one particular example of great leadership from the star wide receiver, but the story has since taken an interesting turn.

McDaniel told reporters on Wednesday that Hill and some other Dolphins team captains removed the ping-pong tables that used to be in the team’s locker room. The coach said the move was made to emphasize focusing on game preparation. Not so fast, says Tyreek.

Hill said Thursday that the Dolphins will not be without a ping-pong table for long. He is apparently having a better one made.

No one seems to know if Hill was joking. He added that playing ping-pong in no way interferes with the Dolphins’ preparation, which makes it seem like he may have been serious.

Common sense would tell you someone must have been messing around. There is no way McDaniel would have thought Hill took the ping-pong table out of the locker room to remove a distraction, only to later find out the receiver was just ordering a better one … right?

Hill has become quite the jokester in his first season in Miami. Perhaps this whole ping-pong table situation is just another example of that.