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The Tuna speaks to ME (and others)

Just spent 20 minutes in a one-on-one interview with Bill Parcells. Parcells is doing a promotion for Gatorade in downtown Miami and the PR people for the company set up Parcells with local writers. I represented The Miami Herald.

I already filed an online story for The Herald website. That talks about The Big Tuna leaving the door open for Jason Taylor playing for the team even if he misses this weekend's mandatory minicamp and if he misses parts of training camp.

Other nuggets I'll give quickly before doing in-depth transcription for my print story:

*Parcells said he has no trouble working for new owner Stephen Ross. Ross sat next to him during the draft.

*Parcells said the Dolphins have more needs -- still -- than most teams. "You haven't got enough room in your column if I give you the list," Parcells said. "But I'm never happy."

*Parcells doesn't know what he has at quarterback and says we really won't know until the Dolphins lose a game, "35-7, the quarterback throws four interceptions, maybe his nose is broken, the fans are booing him, the press is on his [butt], and the coaches are looking at him sideways and the players are wondering what the hell he can do, and now it’s Wednesday afternoon and he’s got to get back in the huddle and prove to everybody in the organization he can lead your team."

*Parcells absolutely loves punter Brandon Fields. You read that right. He loves the punter. I'll explain why in my print story. Apparently he's not quite so in love with the kicker. Parcells said incumbent Jay Feely will have a competition on his hands for the job this year.

*Parcells continues to make the point he's not the guy in charge. Basically he's the guy making sure the guys in charge don't mess up.

*Finally, his favorite Gatorade flavor is Red Drive. "Less calories," said the man who took the first-ever Gatorade shower back in 1985-86.

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"Loves the punter and not so much with the kicker".... makes no sense to me based on last years preformance.

How do you get your inflated head through the door? Double wides??

Great stuff, Mando. How many days did Parcells go without talking? Finally, the iron curtain has lifted!

I'm not surprised he's not sure about our quarterbacks. I don't think they're sure about themselves.

And Miltonic, you certainly uncover yourself as a dude who thinks about another man's head. Not surprising.

"35-7 and the quarterback throws four interceptions, and maybe he broke his nose, and the fans are booing, and the press is on his [butt] and the coaches are looking at him sideways, and now it's Wednesday after the game and the time has come for him to walk into the huddle and lead."

Now that's a good quote!

"*Parcells said he has no trouble working for new owner Stephen Ross. Ross sat next to him during the draft."

What was the question?

Also, if he's not 'the guy in charge' how is he making the decision on the kickers? Seems like he's contradicted himself there. Seems to me Feely's the only stand out player from last season. I don't like the guy's name, seems a bit creepy, but what exactly has he done or not done to warrant being on the bubble?

Great tidbits. Love that quote. Armando, this weekends minicamp is open to the media all (3) days, correct?

Feelys kickoffs were atrocious. Do you recall the Baltimore game? Two out of bounds. The Special Teams units were bad, but he certainly didnt help matters with his kicks to the 15 yard line.

Brett, that's cuz Cameron provided no direction!

(RIMSHOT)

The comment about his inflated head was referring to his shameless self promotion and ego. Typical response from a FLPD however. Focus on football. I dont have a broken tail light.

"Loves the punter and not so much with the kicker".... makes no sense to me based on last years preformance.

How do you get your inflated head through the door? Double wides??

Posted by: Miltonic

Umm, lets see. Is it perhaps because the guy sucked on kickoffs last year? How many touchbacks did he have?

miltonic why don't you blow it out you're ass

miltonic or should i call you Brett or the truth or maybe even predictator (Let me know if I forgot one). I don't know if you are a dolphin fan or a Mando stalker but you would get alot less insults directed towards you if you just blogged on the fins and not insulting Mando who is bringing us all this great Information. Why don't you just give it a rest so that us DOLPHIN FANS can discuss the MIAMI DOLPHINS.

Mando thanks for the great work love the info.
I love to see that the fins new management is all about football and not just saying things to make the media and the fans happy. It's probably because they know that if they start to win that speaks for itself and everyone will be happy.

Mando one quick question do you know if any of the training camps will be open to the fans? (June or July)

You're a real class act there Jake.

I'm not miltronic, for what its worth.

Goodness gracious uncle Milt, give it a rest or go kick your dog or whatever it is you do for fun. You come here just to spoil it for everyone else?

Armando's blog is providing a service to all of us. You obviously spend your entire day on here instead of getting a job. So if you spend your day on here, at least give Armando the respect he has earned. There is nothing on this post you should have a problem with.

The problem, as I see it, is you're just envious of someone who has made a success of himself.

Meanwhile, Armando, did BP say anything about staying here the entire four years of his contract?

Yeah ok brett or miltronic you aren't fooling anyone.

"The comment about his inflated head was referring to his shameless self promotion and ego. Typical response from a FLPD however. Focus on football. I dont have a broken tail light.

Posted by: Miltonic | June 05, 2008 at 01:02 PM"

The one who needs to focus on football is you
whatever don't you got homework or something to do. I think your mommy is calling you I think you need to clean your room. Leave us Dolphin fans alone who are more than happy with Mando's hard work.

I was never a Feely fan from the git-go, even though it was time for Mare to move on, and I was kind of mocked by Armando last year when I asked him to look at Feely's touchbacks vs. Mare's, and how the regular starting position for opposing offenses affected our defense.

As much as I despised JJohnson and what he did to our team's foundations and traditions, I still do agree with him that a kicker that puts more balls in the endzone on kickoffs is more valuable than an 87% FGA than an 80% one, simply because it bottles up opposing offenses more often than not. (Thus the reason for Pete Stoyanovich's removal some 14 years ago). God, has it really been that long?


It would be nice to have a kicker that is good at both and maybe that is what BP is refering to.

Feely has trouble opening up his hips.

Now now, children...

Let's focus on the task at hand. Idiots pervade every forum; no need to get involved with them.

Seems like 35-7 would be an issue with the defense not the QB!

Bryan I know what your saying and i can agree to a extent but I'd prefer a non idiot blog that just talks football everyone is welcome here as far as I care I just like the topic to be football you have to understand that to some of us we come to this blog for info and we choose this site over the hundreds of blogs out there because we like this one and after reading this fine blog I also enjoy reading some of the other readers opinions and thoughts on the MIAMI DOLPHINS because in the end this blog is all about opinions and thoughts on the MIAMI DOLPHINS not the writer who is shareing his opinions with us. so when the first comment on this blog is a direct attack on the writer who try's to give us all the info he gets as soon as he can get it to us. It pisses me off

if Milttonic or brett or whatever name he decides to use would just say hes thoughts on the story there would not be a problem but instead he belittles himself to comments like this

"How do you get your inflated head through the door? Double wides??"

and tells another blogger to focus on football who really started what.
Personally I rather insult him until he shuts up so that we can get back to business and talk about my beloved Dolphins.

finfan in orlando you're a nobody here- remember that!

daveo, I think what Parcells meant by losing 35-7 and the QB throwing 4 picks is that he put the defense and the team in a bad spot. The team lost an ugly game, their confidence is low, so can the QB go back out there and lead and make his teammates still believe in him.

whatever that means but just for kicks
your right and you are many people in here (Brett, The Truth, and numerous other names) and all of you are bitches- remember that homeboy!!

You are a person that gets ABSOLUTELY no attention, you have no friends, women don't like you, not even your mommy likes you. So you come on here laying out insults hoping someone will respond to you in a negative manner in a pathetic way to get attention because if not you probably would kill yourself

I'm going to make myself clear once again so that the slow guy can read this

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANYONE ON THIS BLOG I WOULD NOT EVEN HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT YOUR SOUL PURPOSE TO COME TO THIS BLOG IS TO INSULT A VERY HARD WORKING MAN THAT YOU COULD NOT EVEN CARRY HIS JOCK AND THE GREAT BLOGGERS ON THIS SITE IF YOU CAME ON HERE AND JUST WROTE ABOUT YOUR OPINION AND THOUGHTS ON THE DOLPHINS IF YOU TRULY ARE A FAN (I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS) NO ONE WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU SORRY YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.

I've never thought that i'm better than anyone in fact the reason why i read other peoples opinion is to learn and develop my own opinion but you come across as a person that thinks he knows it all just like every other 18 year old(NOW I DON'T MEAN ALL 18 YEAR OLDS JUST EVERY OTHER) out there just remember the only problem i have with you is that you don't even talk about football or the players on the team you just bash Armando so you either have nothing to say because you actually know nothing or have no opinion about football so you belittle yourself to bashing Armando hey I don't want to write these rants but the cuban part of me does not let me ignore it.

So get a opinion or shut up - Remember that homeboy

whatever that means but just for kicks
your right and you are many people in here (Brett, The Truth, and numerous other names) and all of you are b#@*^es- remember that homeboy!!

You are a person that gets ABSOLUTELY no attention, you have no friends, women don't like you, not even your mommy likes you. So you come on here laying out insults hoping someone will respond to you in a negative manner in a pathetic way to get attention because if not you probably would kill yourself

I'm going to make myself clear once again so that the slow guy can read this

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANYONE ON THIS BLOG I WOULD NOT EVEN HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT YOUR SOUL PURPOSE TO COME TO THIS BLOG IS TO INSULT A VERY HARD WORKING MAN THAT YOU COULD NOT EVEN CARRY HIS JOCK AND THE GREAT BLOGGERS ON THIS SITE IF YOU CAME ON HERE AND JUST WROTE ABOUT YOUR OPINION AND THOUGHTS ON THE DOLPHINS IF YOU TRULY ARE A FAN (I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS) NO ONE WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU SORRY YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.

I've never thought that i'm better than anyone in fact the reason why i read other peoples opinion is to learn and develop my own opinion but you come across as a person that thinks he knows it all just like every other 18 year old(NOW I DON'T MEAN ALL 18 YEAR OLDS JUST EVERY OTHER) out there just remember the only problem i have with you is that you don't even talk about football or the players on the team you just bash Armando so you either have nothing to say because you actually know nothing or have no opinion about football so you belittle yourself to bashing Armando hey I don't want to write these rants but the cuban part of me does not let me ignore it.

So get a opinion or shut up - Remember that homeboy

finfan, doesn't adding fuel to the fire just make it burn longer and hotter?

back to the kicker situation, it would be nice to have a kicker who kicks both through the uprights AND into the endzone on KOs. Even better if he kicks it through the uprights on KOs, which I remember seeing Stoyanovich doing several times during pre-game, and I think he did it once during a game, but don't hold me to that. Entertaining if nothing else. Personally I think a punter who can pin the ball is more important than a kicker who can kick it the furthest. I'd rather have an accurate and consistent FG kicker than just one who booms it. I'll take both though. I know of several successful teams who had a separate kicker for FG's and KO's.

I just thought it was odd that BP keeps saying he's not in charge of player personnel but in the same speech will endorse or denounce a player.

It's a bit like me saying, no, dear, you choose what we have for dinner then saying, as long as it's not italian, chinese, or seafood. But it's your choice. Choose turkey. Preferably in a burger. With herbed aoili. But you choose whatever you want because you're in charge. So, turkey burgers it is?

finfan, doesn't adding fuel to the fire just make it burn longer and hotter?

back to the kicker situation, it would be nice to have a kicker who kicks both through the uprights AND into the endzone on KOs. Even better if he kicks it through the uprights on KOs, which I remember seeing Stoyanovich doing several times during pre-game, and I think he did it once during a game, but don't hold me to that. Entertaining if nothing else. Personally I think a punter who can pin the ball is more important than a kicker who can kick it the furthest. I'd rather have an accurate and consistent FG kicker than just one who booms it. I'll take both though. I know of several successful teams who had a separate kicker for FG's and KO's.

I just thought it was odd that BP keeps saying he's not in charge of player personnel but in the same speech will endorse or denounce a player.

It's a bit like me saying, no, dear, you choose what we have for dinner then saying, as long as it's not italian, chinese, or seafood. But it's your choice. Choose turkey. Preferably in a burger. With herbed aoili. But you choose whatever you want because you're in charge. So, turkey burgers it is?

so to get back to some positive thoughts Mando has Sparano or Parcells mentioned if Jason Allen is improve or if they have a preference at what position they will play him (S or CB) or is he out of favor with the new regime

I think both the punting and kicking are important as far as field position is concerned.
but if your losing by two or one and your kicker can't make a field goal that sucks too.
does anyone know if its easier too coach power or acuracy as far as kicking is concerned

your right tinshaker it just upsets me when there is so much hating when we are all rooting for the same team. I just wish we can just blog about the phins thats all and I want to go ahead and apologize to those not involed forced to read my comments its just i cant help it. as a hard working man who does not have much time and when i have some i come here to read whats up and theres all this hate it just drives me crazy so sorry if this guy got the best of me but like said its hard to control the cuban part of me.

I agree with Mr. Bungles opinion
its not about how far you fall but if you can get up again it will be a tough year but I believe we are heading in the right direction

Jay Feeley might be kept for fg's and they use that guy they brought in to so kickoffs....why not our team consists of 65% special teamers, why not add another, lol.
More importantly the lack of confidence in Qb's is kinda scary, I hope one of these guys steps up or we are only gonna kickoff at begining or half !

Well at least this years special teamers will be better than last years....lol

anyway i think that the quaterbacks will be ok the emphasis will be on the run which should keep the presure off who ever ends up playing quaterback

Well at least this years special teamers will be better than last years....lol

anyway i think that the quaterbacks will be ok the emphasis will be on the run which should keep the presure off who ever ends up playing quaterback

I think we already got the jist of it from the Associated Press...

Finfan,

Your writing is well thought out and exquisite. Your ending with, "Remember that homeboy", is journalistic gold. Watch out you, may put Armando out of a job.

TS

That's a great quote on the QB. Too bad he wouldn't share it with the fans until PepsiCo paid him a lot of money to talk to us (through Mando et. al.) for 20 minutes.

Well, not to defend finfan's rant, but he's not a journalist, so don't judge him as one. he's a football fan, and we all know what they're like!

thejuandiggler brings up a good point. if we don't score we won't need to kickoff. we will need a good punter tho....

In order to respect the blog I will keep myself in check from the foolish comments from the D asses

but I agree with Stav on the quote it was definately a great quote but as far as what stage it was on i really don't care it was just nice to hear something from the Tuna if you read between the lines you can see that he knows he has alot of work ahead of him

and as far as feely maybe is not that he dislikes feely but maybe its that the other kicker is pretty good

In order to respect the blog I will keep myself in check from the foolish comments from the idiots

but I agree with Stav on the quote it was definately a great quote but as far as what stage it was on i really don't care it was just nice to hear something from the Tuna if you read between the lines you can see that he knows he has alot of work ahead of him

and as far as feely maybe is not that he dislikes feely but maybe its that the other kicker is pretty good

So Armando I was reading that they where going to try roth at linebacker is that true and if so inside or outside

Glad to see you guys are having fun on here today -- I think.

I appreciate most of your comments. A couple of quickie things:

First, Finfan in Orlando: I reported yesterday that Roth spent some time during individual drills with the LBs and particularly working with Paul Pasquloni. Joey Porter was there as well. They were working on rush moves from a standup position.

Secondly, I was kind of surprised by the love Parcells showed Fields. It is all about field position folks, and the fact Feely needs to improve on some kickoffs is also the reason he didn't get the same amount of love from Parcells.

Finally, I just got finished with my story for print. I will be adding another post here in a couple of minutes detailing what Parcells said about that snub of Taylor way back when. I didn't have enough room in the print story, but I think I can coax the blogmaster here to let me write here what I could not there.

So ... did Parcells take some acting lessons from Jason Armando??

You guys are talking like you can't have length, and accuracy at the same time. Does noone remember that, for a while there, Mare was pushing all time numbers for accuracy? especially from 40+ yards? He fell off the past several seasons, but when he replaced Pete, there was no significant drop off in accuracy(if any at all), but he would kick the ball out of the end zone more than half of the time. Feely was ok, but length was definitely a problem. Maybe if he wins the placekicker job, they will try Fields at KO's.

As for the QB situation, he didn't say we didn't have the guy here, he said no one will truly know until the chips are down.

Now to the people chirping at each other, and Mando more than about the Fins, Please see the post I made a few days ago, on the Ellis Trade Idea. That was as bad as I have seen the chirping, and it was obvious Mando had to delete a TON of the posts. If you don't want to go look at that, remember my main point on the subject. Before you post, ask yourself "Would I say this to the person, if he/she, and their kid were sitting in front of me?" If the answer is no, DON'T POST IT. We are adults, and, except for a couple of visitors, Dolphin fans. No matter what our opinion on any specific subject, we all want the fins to win.

Wow. Bill Parcells spoke to Armando. I'm not sure whether he emphasized that due to his surprise that he wasn't snubbed by him, or whether the ME emphasizes how self-rightous he is.

Truthfully, I'd like to see AS write more information on FOOTBALL, not gossip, "he said, she said" content. Jeff Darlington seems to be the one staff writer that actually writes football related content for this paper.

Oh give it a rest, Armando just wrote more football information in one blog post than Darlington has written in a month.

It is clear Armando is the guy with the sources, not Darlington. It is also clear that Armando gets paid to write opinions and analysis while Darlington gets paid to carry his golf clubs.

Hey Guiseppe, can you please define self-righteous? He put in a ME to say he's self-righteous? Go back to writing in Italian, dude.

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