Bob Sparks - 4/59 - SaintPetersBlog

Bob Sparks

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

Alabama shows Huskies, nation what great defense is all about

As expected, Alabama advanced to the college football national championship game in Tampa with a 24-7 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl win over the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Atlanta. Running back Bo Scarbrough put up 180 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead his team to the next step.

They did not need anything else from the offense after the vaunted Crimson Tide defense did what they normally do. That means sacks, stuffs, pressures, knock-downs and, oh yes, scoring touchdowns.

Ryan Anderson took the air out of the Huskies with a pick-six with less than three minutes left in the half. With the way the defense was playing, increasing the lead to 17-7 seemed like 47-7.

This defense is among the best that has ever played the college game. They have speed and strength mixed with a high football IQ.

Despite solid play from the Washington defense, they had no chance to stay with Alabama if their offense could not produce points. Despite some false hope early on, the game played out the way the odds makers predicted.

After an eight-play, 64-yard touchdown drive provided a brief 7-0 Husky lead, Washington was put in a vise for the remainder of the game.  Quarterback Jake Browning connected with Dante Pettis for the opening score, but was unable to move the ball thereafter.

Meanwhile, Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for only 57 yards and ran for another 50. Some of his runs came on third down, but Scarborough provided all of the offense the Tide needed. He turned out the lights in the Georgia Dome with a 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that made the score 24-7.

As the game wound down, things got a bit chippy with a number of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on both teams. The frustration for Washington must have been immense.

Despite being dominated by the Tide, the Huskies are a very good football team. They probably are the fourth best team in the land. There is no reason to believe Penn State, Oklahoma or any others ranked below Washington would have done any better.

Alabama is that good.

For all of those frustrated by what at times appears to be an SEC bias, there is no choice but to realize the obvious. Unless Alabama turns the ball over or makes a blunder in coverage, an opponent must play a perfect game to have a chance to beat them.

On September 19, 2015 Alabama committed five turnovers and lost to the Mississippi Rebels 43-37. They have won their last 25 games since that night.

They will be favored to make it 26 on January 9 at Raymond James Stadium.

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

LSU manhandles Louisville in Citrus Bowl

The LSU Tigers made Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson look like an average quarterback on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando. With Jackson unable to create a single touchdown, the Tigers rolled over the Louisville Cardinals 29-9.

With LSU missing NFL-bound running back Leonard Fournette, backup Derrius Guice rumbled for 138 yards and a touchdown to help crush the Cardinals. Fournette sat out the game to avoid injury as he prepares for the NFL draft.

Jackson looked like a shell of the dynamic runner and passer that put up ridiculous numbers on his way to the Heisman. He rushed for only 33 yards on 26 attempts and was 10 for 27 passing for only 153 yards.

With his team leading 16-6 early in the third quarter, Guice put his stamp on the game with a 70-yard touchdown run that seemed to break the will of the Cardinals. Guice also caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Danny Etling in the second quarter.

The LSU defense manhandled the Cardinal offense throughout. They held Louisville to 220 total yards and allowed the Cardinals to convert only two of 17 attempts on third down. Jackson was sacked eight times.

On offense they dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 36 minutes to 24 for Louisville. LSU converted seven of their 17 third down attempts.

LSU finishes the season with an 8-4 record. Saturday’s win was the first for new coach Ed Orgeron, who was elevated from interim coach at the end of the regular season.

Louisville finished the season with three consecutive losses to wind up with a 9-4 record. Coach Bobby Petrino will face numerous offseason questions about the meltdown of a team that defeated Florida State 63-20 during the season.

They will play in Tallahassee next fall.

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Former FSU star EJ Manuel to start for Bills on Sunday

As the calendar turns the page to a new year on Sunday, a familiar face will be back at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Former Florida State star EJ Manuel will lead his team against the New York Jets in the season finale for both teams.

While starter Tyrod Taylor is officially being “benched,” the move is being described as a “business decision,” by sources close to the Bills. Taylor would be owed more than $27 million in guaranteed payments were he to be injured on Sunday and not be able to play in 2017.

“EJ playing is strictly for injury reasons in Tyrod’s deal,” the Bills’ source told ESPN.

Had the Bills won last Sunday and remained in playoff contention, Manuel would not be playing. The loss prompted the firing of Coach Rex Ryan, who had stated he fully intended to play Taylor despite the risks.

Sunday’s game was being billed as a “revenge game” for Ryan. He was New York’s coach from 2009-2014 before being fired.

Manuel was the team’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. While it is not yet time to call him as an NFL bust, it is entirely fair to apply that tag to his time in Buffalo.

Let’s be honest; can anyone name a successful Buffalo quarterback since Jim Kelly? They have missed the playoffs for the last 18 seasons.

At 26, he is young enough to have the chance to succeed somewhere else. With 16 career starts under his belt, Manuel has 19 career touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.

He lost his job to the more mobile Taylor for good in 2015.

While the Bills are in protection mode, this is a big deal for Manuel. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and will have the chance to re-introduce himself to other NFL organizations.

“Teams know what I can do, what we can do as players,” Manuel told the Buffalo News. “People are always going to have their opinions, but the opinion that matters is (management) and around the league.”

Whether or not Manuel stays in Buffalo, he can expect to find a few teams interested in his services. In a couple of places, he could realistically compete for a starting position, but neither are ideal situations.

Cleveland has several holes besides the quarterback position. Robert Griffin III seems to be a physical wreck that may again see him miss significant time in his second year with the Browns. He has played in only four games this season.

With Griffin signed only through next year, Manuel would most likely see some time on the field in 2017 and have the chance to earn the starting job the following season, if not next fall.

San Francisco is another opportunity. The 49ers know Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are not long-term solutions.

Their third-string quarterback is Christian Ponder, the man Manuel succeeded at FSU. Ponder is at rock bottom, unable to get on the field even for one snap for a dreadful 2-13 team that featured terrible play from those ahead of him on the depth chart.

Other teams will be looking for backups or maybe looking to move on from veterans near the end of their careers. San Diego and Phillip Rivers is an example while Chicago is almost certain to part with Jay Cutler.

These teams would be looking for a quarterback with the physical attributes and playing experience of today’s bigger quarterbacks. Manuel (6’5”, 240 lbs.) can check both boxes.

It will be good to see what Manuel does with his chance on Sunday. With the Jets serving as the opponent, things could not have worked out better for him.

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Don Shula, Dolphins have great Christmas memories

Don Shula is known for winning a lot of games as an NFL head coach. For those in need of a reminder of just how many, make a reservation at one of the Shula 347 Grills in Coral Gables, Lake Mary or Tallahassee.

Of those 347 wins, 276 came while he was coaching the Miami Dolphins. Until the Buccaneers came to Tampa and the Jaguars to Jacksonville, the Dolphins were Florida’s team for a decade.

Two of Shula’s career victories came on memorable Christmas Day games. The first is the most legendary sporting event ever contested on December 25 as the NFL played on Christmas Day for the first time ever.

It was on that day in 1971 that Miami and the Kansas City Chiefs played the longest NFL game in history. On their way to the Super Bowl that year, the Dolphins outlasted the Chiefs 27-24 in double overtime.

This struggle between the reigning NFL champions and the up-and-coming Dolphins went back and forth until Santa Claus gave the Dolphins another gift that day. The Chiefs’ reliable kicker, Jan Stenerud, had an easy 31-yarder to give Kansas City the victory.

Inexplicably, he missed, sending the game to overtime. When Garo Yepremian drilled a 37-yarder in the second overtime, Miami and Don Shula had made history in more ways than one.

Three weeks later, the Dolphins were playing in their first Super Bowl. They were pounded by the Dallas Cowboys 24-3 in Super Bowl VI, but that game and that season put Shula and the Dolphins on the path to excellence for years to come.

By being so good for so long, Shula approached the record for most regular season coaching victories held by legendary Chicago Bears’ Coach George Halas. On December 25, 1994 the Dolphins hosted the Detroit Lions in a night game with a playoff berth on the line.

Dan Marino did not throw a single touchdown pass that night, but Bernie Parmalee rushed for three scores and the Dolphins won, 27-20. The victory was the 319th regular season win, putting him first all-time.

Shula had passed Halas the previous season for total combined wins. He would go on to post 328 regular season wins, plus 19 in the post season.

Shula has several off-the-field Christmas memories over his long life (he will be 87 in January). When it comes to football, he also has every reason to smile each December 25.

 

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Jaguars snap losing streak with 38-17 victory

For the first time since October 17, the Jacksonville Jaguars walked off the field as a winner. They 38-17 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans broke a nine-game losing streak and made a winner of interim coach Doug Marrone in his first outing.

Marrone may have had an immediate impact on his quarterback, Blake Bortles, who had a spectacular day. The former Central Florida star threw for 325 yards and a touchdown without an interception.

A good portion of the criticism directed toward former coach Gus Bradley was the lack of improvement coming from Bortles this season. He was actually going downhill.

Whether a cloud was lifted or Bortles just had a good day, the Jaguars will think about that later. All that matters is they saw what they thought they would see from their quarterback on a regular basis.

Marrone also excited the fan base by opening up the offense. A connection between Bortles and wide receiver Marquise Lee for a touchdown should be a common occurrence.

Jacksonville’s first score was a 21-yard connection. In the fourth quarter with the Jags leading only 25-17, it was Lee hitting Bortles for a 20-yard score on a trick play that pushed the lead back to two scores again.

The Jaguars’ defense deserves their share of accolades as well. They harassed Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota all day, limiting him to just 99 yards passing before leaving with a severe leg injury in the second half.

They also held Tennessee to only 58 yards rushing. To cap off the afternoon, Jalen Ramsey picked off a Matt Cassel pass to racing 30 yards to the end zone with a pick-six. It was his first career touchdown.

Any team breaking a losing streak like the Jaguars ended should have them near the top of the sports center highlights. It is their luck that the Cleveland Browns won for the first time on Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.

Jacksonville finishes the regular season on New Years’ Day with a trip to Indianapolis to face the Colts.

Then, the search for a permanent coach will begin in earnest. Former coach Tom Coughlin is said to be interested.

 

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Dolphins escape Buffalo with 34-31 OT victory

It turned out closer than it should have, but the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime on Saturday in upstate New York. Andrew Franks tied the game at the end of regulation with a 55-yard field goal and won it with only 55 seconds left in the extra period.

With the victory, the Dolphins moved to 10-5, the first time they have won that many games since 2008. That is also the last time Miami qualified for the NFL playoffs.

They are on the verge of clinching a wild card spot. A win next week at home over New England or a Denver loss puts Miami in the playoffs.

The Dolphins led 21-7 in the third quarter, but the Bills, who had 589 yards of total offense, came back to eventually take a 31-28 lead with only 1:20 left. Backup quarterback Matt Moore, filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill moved the team down field setting up Franks’ game-tying kick.

Moore finished with 233 yards passing with two touchdowns. The hero of the day was running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 206 yards on 32 carries.

It was the third time this season Ajayi has run for more than 200 yards. No NFL back has done that since 2005 when Tiki Barber of the New York Giants turned the trick.

“It’s about running hard through the whole game and finishing strong,” said Ajayi. “Division rival game, December game, a lot was on the line.”

The Dolphin defense was seemingly out of gas late in the fourth quarter and in overtime, but they made plays when it mattered most. On Buffalo’s first possession in overtime, they were forced to settle for a field goal try after reaching the red zone. Former Dolphin Dan Carpenter’s try from 45 yards out was wide to the right.

On the game-winning drive, Ajayi accounted for 75 of the 77 yards that set up Franks for the deciding kick.

If the Dolphins do need to defeat the Patriots next week, they would like for New England to be in a position to not need the win themselves. They are playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs and held a one game advantage over the Oakland Raiders when the day began.

If the Patriots have clinched home field, they are certain to either rest many of their key players or have them play sparingly. If Miami must face a motivated New England team, they should be expected to be ready.

Everyone is motivated to play the Patriots.

 

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Former Seminole DeAndre Johnson making most of second chance

Joe Mixon and DeAndre Johnson are two very talented football players. They also have something else in common.

Both have punched women with their fists and both have suffered consequences. The severity of those consequences is where the two players traveled different paths.

Mixon is preparing to play in a major bowl game with the Oklahoma Sooners. Johnson, a former prized recruit at Florida State, just finished the season at an obscure community college.

Seventh-ranked Oklahoma and Mixon are preparing for a great matchup against 14th-ranked Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on January 2. Mixon, a vital part of the Oklahoma offense, had more than 1,600 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns this past season.

As the big game approaches, people are not talking about what he did on the field in 2016. The chatter is all about what he did off the field in 2014.

In an ugly episode reminiscent of former NFL running back Ray Rice, Mixon knocked out a female student with one punch. The video is hard to watch, but it shows the victim, Amelia Molitor, shoving Mixon, who responds with a thundering right hand.

The blow broke four bones in her face and her jaw was wired shut for weeks.

Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 season by Coach Bob Stoops and the university. The video was only recently released, which brought the matter front and center again.

Many are outraged that Mixon is being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. Stoops does not defend what Mixon did.

“It was horrible,” said Stoops. “I hated it. I hated it as much as anybody did, absolutely.

He believes the punishment of missing an entire season was severe and thought it was tough enough at the time.

“Two and a half years ago, I thought we had a significant penalty, a strong penalty,” he said. “Now it isn’t enough.”

Stoops made another pertinent observation. Mixon, Stoops pointed out, had not yet played a down for the Sooners as an 18-year-old freshman.

“But in the end, it’s easy to just dismiss it or remove a guy and head on down the road,” he said. “In the end, too, maybe I have too strong a commitment to these guys I recruit.”

By today’s standards, Stoops said, Mixon would have been dismissed. He also lamented the lack of opportunity for players like Mixon (had he been dismissed) to have “a second chance.”

This is the perfect segue into the case of Johnson. He was a highly touted quarterback from Jacksonville, who was recruited to Florida State by Jimbo Fisher.

Like Mixon, Johnson was caught on video punching a woman in 2015 before he had played a down for FSU. Fisher dismissed Johnson from the team.

To his credit, Johnson took responsibility and apologized to the victim, and his mother, on national television. Seeking another chance, he enrolled at East Mississippi Community College, dubbed “Last Chance U” by a Netflix documentary for their history of taking players with issues.

He played in 11 games this year, throwing for 2,646 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushing for five more. Next season he will be back in Florida, playing major college football.

Newly-hired Florida Atlantic Coach Lane Kiffin made Johnson his first recruit last week. He will have three years of eligibility.

In addition to playing football, Johnson will be assisting in efforts to combat a violence prevention program.

Johnson will probably watch Mixon play in the Sugar Bowl. Had he not done what he did, he would likely be leading the Seminoles into the Orange Bowl against Michigan. It is possible Deondre Francois might have beaten him out for the starter’s job, but we’ll never know.

Though Stoops thought a year’s suspension was enough at the time, thankfully Fisher did not feel the same way only a year later. Oklahoma could have cut Mixon loose and forced him to earn his second chance the way Johnson did.

Both, however, have provided a shred of a silver lining with their separate actions. Awareness is growing about violence against women. With awareness there is an increased chance of more prevention.

That’s a good thing.

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Electoral College vote a non-story unless Donald Trump is involved

Just like that, it was over.

In Tallahassee and around the country, 538 electors cast their ballots to officially elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

Of course, they did. There was never going to be a different outcome. Never.

Florida’s 29 electors gathered in the Senate Chamber to do what everyone knew they would do. While protesters gathered in the fourth-floor lobby outside the chamber, all 29 ignored the noise, kept their pledges, and cast their votes for Trump.

I have never felt the desire to attend previous sessions because nothing earth-shattering would occur. Not that anything would be different this time, but I did accept an invitation to sit in the gallery to watch the proceedings.

There was a brief silence when House Republican Leader Ray Rodrigues missed the roll call, but he was in the chamber minutes later.

Every four years the Electoral College goes through the same exercise with little fanfare. The only difference between 2016 and every other cycle was the manufactured fake news surrounding a normally routine one-hour ceremony.

This should not have even risen to the level of a story. Ok, maybe the obligatory interviews for a day or two with those who want no part of Trump.

But the every day, every hour, hysteria of the doomed-to-fail pipe dream of getting 37 Republican electors to flip? Should we mention that Trump led by 74 electoral votes going into Monday and officially won by 77?

While two did not vote for Trump, five Democrats decided Hillary Clinton was not for them. Not even Michael Moore’s offer to pay state fines could turn the trick.

Let us not take cheap shots at those who report the news. Instead, many need to be called out for continuing the charade, thereby giving false hope to those reaching for the unreachable.

Most of this falls in the lap of the major networks and national outlets. They were looking for history by fomenting hysteria.

History tells us that a similar attempt failed 16 years ago, when a Republican lost the popular vote, but had more electoral votes. Many might remember political consultant Bob Beckel trying to find two “faithless” electors to flip from George W. Bush to Al Gore in 2000.

If Beckel could not coax or coerce two souls to “vote their conscience,” then finding 37 this year would be comparable to climbing Mt. Everest in Bermuda shorts.

For this exercise in futility, or fake news, good people were subjected to a barrage of intimidating calls and emails. This includes all 29 of Florida’s electors.

Some in other states received death threats. The national media focus was on flipping the electors, not the tactics used by some of the activists.

When the gambit rose to this level, many wonder why President Barack Obama did not issue a statement that might de-escalate the dangerous rhetoric. With electors’ lives being threatened, where is the Justice Department? Federal crimes were being committed.

The media’s conduct surrounding all things Trump faces continuing bipartisan scrutiny. Republicans backing other candidates in the primary, along with the candidates, were frustrated their message could never break through the haze of all Trump, all the time.

Trump opponents were sick of all of the free media he generated. The New York Times estimated Trump earned nearly $2 billion in free media during the primary season. It was off the charts during the general election.

Trump is a ratings magnet. He was responsible for even MSNBC to draw its best numbers during the fall.

This likely explains the hysteria surrounding faithless electors. There will be plenty of opportunities both before and after January 20, 2017, for other Trump-inspired ratings opportunities.

There is a rumor he wants to climb Mt. Everest in Bermuda shorts.

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Jaguars lose 9th straight in Houston; Gus Bradley fired

Never before had the Jacksonville Jaguars lost nine games in a row. On Sunday in Houston that statement became inoperable when the Houston Texans came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Jacksonville 21-20.

After the game, Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley was fired.

“I thanked Gus Bradley for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons,” said Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan. “As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players everything he had. It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change.”

An interim coach will be named soon.

In his last game as coach, Bradley’s Jaguars led 20-11 going into the fourth quarter before Houston mustered just enough offense to steal the win. Despite having 20 points on the scoreboard, the Jaguars season-long struggle on the offensive side of the ball continued.

They had only 150 yards of total offense all day, including 44 in the second half while they tried to hold off the Texans. Houston had 387 yards.

Texans’ coach Bill O’Brien benched starting quarterback Blake Osweiler in the second quarter after the second of his two interceptions. The latter pick set up the Jaguars on the Houston 37-yard line where they would score their only offensive touchdown of the day to go up 13-0.

Jacksonville’s only other touchdown came on a 100-yard kickoff return in the third quarter by Marquise Lee. They led 20-8 at that point.

Osweiler’s replacement, Tom Savage, threw for 260 yards. Meanwhile, the struggles of Blake Bortles continued as the Jaguars’ quarterback only managed 92 yards on the day with one interception.

He has clearly regressed this year, but perhaps the lack of a running game has led him to try and do more than he is capable of doing under this offensive scheme and with the talent around him. That is a major reason, along with a 2-12 record, why Bradley lost his job. More personnel actions are certain to come in the next two-to-three weeks.

There are pockets of talent for the new coach, whoever that might be, to build upon. Lee is one of those who have shown a high level of ability. So has cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the first-round draft choice from Florida State who had one of the Jaguars’ two interceptions on Sunday.

Jacksonville has only two more opportunities to end the season on a high note. The first comes on Christmas Eve when the Tennessee Titans come to EverBank Field. Tennessee won the previous meeting in Nashville, 36-22.

 

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us

Dolphins clinch winning season; keep playoff hopes alive

For the first time since 2008 the Miami Dolphins will finish the regular season with a winning record. That welcome development was assured after the Dolphins drubbed the New York Jets 34-13 in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday night.

By improving their record to 9-5, Miami also stayed in the playoff hunt in the AFC.

The Jets made a game of it for a half, trailing only 13-10 at intermission, but Miami put up three touchdowns in the third quarter to turn the game into a laugher. Though New York finished the game with more total yards, Miami was far more successful at getting into the end zone.

After spotting New York a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, quarterback Matt Moore, filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill, took over. He threw four touchdown passes on the night, a career high, including a 52-yard strike to Kenny Stills and a 66-yard scoring play to Jarvis Landry that put the game out of reach.

Walt Aiken got the second half going with a blocked punt and a return for a touchdown to make is 20-10.

The Dolphins are catching the Jets at the right time. Right now, New York is a dreadful team.

They are looking for some semblance of respectable quarterback play, but going between Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick has not been the answer. A 4-10 record, including just 1-6 at home, is Exhibit A.

The Dolphin defense knocked Petty out of the game in the second half and harassed Fitzpatrick into a 17.1 quarterback rating the remainder of the game. Things are a bit brighter for the Miami quarterback situation, at least for this week.

Moore was 12 for 18, good for 236 yards and the four touchdowns. He threw one interception.

While these are good numbers against the Jets, he has two more games to win that will hopefully get the Dolphins into the playoffs.  Next up is a winnable game in Buffalo against the fading Bills on Christmas Eve.

Some are saying Tannehill could possibly play in the team’s final game, a showdown with the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. It is more likely that Miami will pin many of their post season hopes on Moore.

The obscure backup quarterback has the chance to make the most significant contribution of his career. His next step comes in one week.

 

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Share On Youtube
Contact us
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons