I don't know why anybody honestly expected the Miami Dolphins to be competitive against the New England Patriots on Thursday. Just because Dan Campbell got the Dolphins playing up to their potential for a couple games, beating bad teams, doesn't mean they can hang with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. That said, I do like Campbell and while I think everyone was too quick to jump on his hype train after two wins as the interim coach of the Dolphins, I hope the future bodes well for him.
It's almost therapeutic to watch (and write about) football that doesn't include the San Francisco 49ers. It makes me miss the offseason sometimes, but I'm sure when the offseason is in full swing I'd think anybody who wrote those words is an absolute moron. I'm just not sure where this team goes from here, and I have the sneaking suspicion that the only thing that will be different in a couple year's time is that the 49ers screwed themselves out of a very talented defensive line coach.
Onto your 49ers links, everyone. Enjoy.
Boldin limited, Hyde still out for 49ers' Thursday practice (Maiocco)
Practice report: Hyde remains out, Bowman debuts in non-contact jersey (Inman)
Vernon Davis on reported altercations with Joe Staley: 'I don't recall that' (Branch)
49ers' offense unable to overcome 'challenges'(Maiocco)
Chryst says 'no secret' 49ers want to run, must be less predictable to help pass protection (Inman)
Vernon Davis pains idyllic picture of locker room (Barrows)
49ers punter Pinion going through 'growing pains' (Maiocco)
Mangini gives optimistic endorsement for Tartt's first career start (Inman)
It's time for the 49ers to get busy in the trade market (Cohn)
Eric Mangini Confident in Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward (49ers)
Experts Predict the Outcome of 49ers-Rams in St. Louis (49ers)
What to Watch for: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (49ers)