NFL to discuss Bucs-Dolphins game Tuesday as Irma gets stronger

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase said on Monday that he will have his team prepared to play the Buccaneers if the league decides the game has to be moved from a Sunday 1 p.m. ET kickoff due to Hurricane Irma.

Gase and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter should know if they have to activate any contingency plans pretty soon. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the league will have a conference call on Tuesday morning about whether to move the game.

That call comes as Irma gets stronger. The storm is now classified as a Category Five hurricane with winds of 175 m.p.h. as it moves west toward the Caribbean and Florida. Current projections are that the storm could hit South Florida at some point this weekend and that would obviously make playing a game in Miami a dangerous proposition.

The game could be moved forward in an attempt to beat the storm, moved to another venue or it could be postponed and played in Week 11 when both teams are scheduled for a bye. That would require both teams to play 16 straight weeks, which is just one of several unappealing choices that will have to be weighed with Irma on its way.

35 responses to “NFL to discuss Bucs-Dolphins game Tuesday as Irma gets stronger

  1. They might have to play 16 straight weeks? Like every team did every year, prior to the bye week becoming a thing?

    Oh no, the inhumanity! The guys who played 30+ years ago must shake their heads daily.

  2. Should be played on Thursday to allow time to prepare for storm … but I guess ratings are more important

  3. bucingnasty says:

    September 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

    As a close friend to the organization, I expect John Vogel to make a announcement before 1pm today

    BucingNasty I agree whole heartedly. I believe John Vogel’s announcement will come before 1pm today.

  4. DolFan says:
    September 5, 2017 at 9:16 am
    another venue on Sunday night/Monday would be the best option for the Dolphins and the Fans to change plans.
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    Moving the game to Sunday or Monday would be a bad move. Players mind would be on thier family and homes if the storm hits Miami. Best bet would move to to Wednesday or Thursday night. That would give the players and other personel time to go home and prepare for the storm and be with family.

  5. relax…The NFL hired the scientific firm Exponent, the one they hired for deflategate, to study the situation.

    They have determined that hurricanes do not exist.

    It’s all good now.

  6. Thursday night double header (early game). Could possibly start at 6:00PM and lead-into the season kickoff game and home markets stay with the Bucs/Dolphins.
    Gives the Dolphins their home game in the stadium, preserves the bye week, allows enough time for residents and teams to make final preparations and makes.

  7. You don’t mess with a storm of this size and ferociousness. Move it out of state now, so Floridians (and players and their families) can concentrate on preparations/evacuations! Maybe they could play it in Atlanta? The Falcons are away this week, they have plenty of hotel rooms, and the only event scheduled at Mercedes Benz Stadium (which is amazing, btw!) is an Atlanta United soccer game Saturday afternoon…which would give them plenty of time to get the field set up for a 4pm Sunday game.

    It’s either that or push the game to Thursday and try to squeeze it in while half the state is evacuating. Not good choices!

  8. It has to be played Thursday if it’s going to be played at all, since they are saying south Florida will start getting tropical storm force winds Friday.

    Moving the game sounds good in theory, but the latest projection has it going up the middle of the entire state.

    Are you really going to make these guys go play a game in another state while their houses are getting destroyed back home?

  9. Move it to week 11 — both teams have their bye-week. Yes, it is lousy to lose a late in season bye-week but it beats playing early and gives the players, coaches and rest of the organization and opportunity to prepare for the storm.

  10. Whichever day they try to move it to if they plan on playing in Miami is a no win scenario. If they try to on Thursday majority of people are in the process of finishing up their evaluation plans or boarding up to ride out the storm, so a football is the last thing on their mind. If they try to on Friday it wouldn’t be smart at all because majority of the tropical storm wind would have already arrived. So with winds of 40 to 79 mph let alone on how ugly it would affect a football game, but the chaos of traffic getting to and leaving from the game would be horrible.

    Don’t see it being moved anywhere else in the state with the uncertainty of the storm path

  11. I am increasingly of the opinion to put the game back to the bye week. Hurricanes are not to be messed with, especially if you are looking at possible evacuations in the South Florida area. Time is of the essence and a prudent decision based on safety is the key. The Dolphins and Bucs missing their bye week is unfortunate but probably the safe solution.

  12. Could they play it in Atlanta’s new dome on Sunday or Monday? I know this would not be overly appealing to Authur Blank, to have the first NFL game in the stadium not be a Falcons game, but this is a category 5 Hurricane we are talking about and the closest non-FL locale for both teams…

  13. boiler72 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 9:12 am
    They might have to play 16 straight weeks? Like every team did every year, prior to the bye week becoming a thing?

    Oh no, the inhumanity! The guys who played 30+ years ago must shake their heads daily.

    39 actually and please, enough with the caveman stories. Take a look at some of those guys, the ones who can still tie their own shoes. Yeah, they were tough, and abused with no concern for their life after football. Their athletes, not cannon fodder FCS.

  14. Did the NFL not see what happened in Houston? You don’t wait until the hurricane hits to evacuate. You get out now. Moving the game to Thursday is stupid because they should ALREADY be on the move. The new motto of the is NFL “Profits before lives”.

  15. Move it to Thursday,whats the problem.the game can be played,the fans will come,the beer will be cold and the hotdogs and burgers will be hot,the cheerleaders will be gorgeous and the Dolphins will still lose to the Bucs.just giterdone nfl.

  16. If both teams lose their bye week I expect the mass media to be filled with outrage and claim conspiracy, while shouting Goodell has too much power.

    Oh wait, it’s the Bucs and Dolphins, can’t be bothered by that. Quick, who took a knee this week?

  17. billh1947 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Move it to Thursday,whats the problem.the game can be played,the fans will come,the beer will be cold and the hotdogs and burgers will be hot,the cheerleaders will be gorgeous and the Dolphins will still lose to the Bucs.just giterdone nfl.
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    We are looking at the real possibility of a category 5 hurricane hitting South Florida. The risk of a major catastrophe is real and residents need to be preparing to evacuate. The NFL should not just hope that the hurricane changes direction. The days of just having another beer and enjoy a hotdog as you suggest are over. The NFL will make a decision that is geared to public safety.

  18. OK play the game in London as all the fans will be preparing for the Hurricane and not thinking of football,the crowd will be larger and the gate richer if they do play over the pond,problem solved.

  19. Hey that guy who was a close friend of the nice, sweet hot take u had there. You do realize that those season ticket holders welcome letter from the GM is a stamped signature right?

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