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Dolphins put Pats in sight, try to forget Cards

The Dolphins are back at practice and preparing for their meeting with the New England Patriots Sunday.

Here is what is happening:

On Monday coach Tony Sparano said no changes were in order at quarterback and along the offensive line, but added he had to think about things when discussing the secondary. That was code for something is about to happen in the secondary.

And it has.

Chris Crocker is apparently out as the starting free safety this week. Renaldo Hill, the starter there the past two seasons before he blew out a knee in 2007, has recaptured the starting job as of today. While that can still change as Crocker recovers from a stinger injury, it doesn't seem to be a change prompted by health.

It seems more prompted by Arizona throwing for 361 yards while the Miami secondary was often out of position and in blown wrong coverages. Hill is obviously a better communicator back there than Crocker and that was one of Miami's problems against Arizona.

It is clear the other area of concern for Miami the receiver spot. Sparano was paying extra attention to the group today and there were no kind words coming out of his mouth. Fact is there were a couple of expletives from the coach directed at the players.

Meanwhile Ted Ginn Jr., who got fewer snaps in the three-wide package last week, is scheduled to be back with the group this week. While this also can change as the week of practice progresses, the early plan is to use Ginn ahead of Derek Hagan in three-wide. The other two are Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo.

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I bet he still puts crocker in instead of Jason Allen.

WR's don't matter if we can't throw more than 8 yrds.

I meant he'll put Crocker in on Nickel package instead of Jason Allen

I'm trying to remain optimistic about this season because I still believe the fins can win 5-6 games this year. What this team really lacks are legit playmakers, especially at WR and the defensive backfield. I guess we'll have to wait until the off season to see if Ireland grabs a couple big same guys. Another good draft wouldn't hurt either. Go Fins!

Sheesh.... the Fins are a bloody mess. I hope Sparano doesn't lose his mind this year.

any thoughts on our first round draft pick next year..we appear set at QB..some gurus have us picking another RB ..Chris Wells mentioned prominently..but I would prefer a REAL playmaker at WR or a stud Defensive end.

Its time to start the other CHAD at less he can move the football down field

The question is would you give up a #1 pick for Boldin? I would ... who is coming out next season in the draft that would be better than Boldin? No one ... I'd give up a #1 and a #3, then start trading people to gain some lower round picks, including Beck, Allen, and Ginn.

What is the deal with Jason Allen? ESPN scouts, Inc. says he is the best saftey on the team, is 2 inches taller than Hill...why can't he make it on the field? The overal lack of talent is depressing, Allen is a 1st rounder that held out...what's the deal Mando?

Please, no more trading draft picks away, especially number ones. you build a team by collecting draft picks, not giving them away.

DC, good question, one that I have been asking for about 6 weeks now...none of the media types want to answer it, or even ask about it in press conferences.

Armando, do you delete "mean" comments that point out how lame your blogs are? I only ask because I refuse to believe that no one else finds your smarmy use of crossing out a word like "blown" to be incredibly petty, like something a nagging wife would do. I read your blogs because somehow you're apparently allowed access to information, and I'm a huge Dolfan. However, the way you constantly seek appreciation for being right about petty, negative things, is ridiculous. You write with this unfounded cockiness, as if we're all here to hear Mando speak, and not because we are just searching for info on the Dolphins. I can not possibly be the only one who feels this way about your blogs, so you must be deleting them as they roll in. It's the only explanation, really.

"ESPN scouts, Inc." are liars! Next time we ask who is the Dolphins' best safety, tell the truth. I will never apologize. Never!

Every receiver is open on every play on the side of his body opposite the defender. Every qb, receiver & db learnes this at age 8.
True there were blown coverages a few times last week but what about the other 25 completions by the Cards?
Those passes were thrown with alacrity to the open side of the receiver.

Thanks for backing me up Tinshaker! Hey Armando, help us out what is Jason Allen's problem?

Anquan boldin is NEVER coming to the Dolphins. Why would he? If you were Anquan where would you go? Denver? SD? Green Bay? NE? NO? Indy?

he sucks!!

Here's a realistic trade: anyone remember Dwayne Jarrett - he broke all of Keyshawns records at USC and went to Carolina in the 2nd round last year. He's stuck at 4th on the depth chart of the Panthers.
Trade wilford and a 5th or 6th rounder for Jarrett and he and Ginn together with camarillo & Bess would be an ass kicking receiving corps.
Mando what say you?

Sparano sucks. Mix this and match that. He does not know what he is doing. How can the young guys learn if they are on the bench? How can people play instinctively if they fear that they will get benched at the slightest mistake? He's also terrible at making adjustments and handling his players. All he knows how to do is yell. We the fans have to suffer this fool. Bill and Jeff will still get their paychecks.

We're giving up a player and a draft pick to get a guy who is 4th on another team? Breaking records and making plays in college doesn't mean a player will do the same thing in the NFL. Derek Hagan set all sorts of school and conference records, too. Mike Williams was a receiving machine at USC. I think this proposal is beyond even silly.

The WRs need to be "blowed up"... it's to the point the Fins should sign Joe Horn, and Chad Jackson and drop Hagan and Wilford.

i wonder if brad childress gets fired from the vikings if these guys would rather have him than sparano. apart from the quarterback , childress has built a good team with the vikings.

Losers find a way to loose and make no mistake, The Dolphins are a loosing team with a loosing coaching staff and a lost front office. Get Jason Allen's butt off the bench and in the game. Randal Hill didn't do any better than Crocker in my opinion. Until Jason Allen falls on his butt in 2 or more consectutive games I will remain his biggest fan and supporter. He is better than anyone we have at safety right now including bell. Go Jason! You the man. Too bad you work for individuals who have no clue about football

What is the surprise that Chris Croker is not doing well at safety? That is why the Falcons let him go, as a matter of fact they even said "his coverage abilities are not good" they didn't hide that fact at all and miami still took him anyway. Another dum personal move along with Wilford,Charlie Anderson,Reggie Tobor,Justin Smiley,Jake Long,Jaleen Parmelee,Lex Hillard,Kieth Davis,and finally letting Zack go without a replacement(Calvin Pace would have looked good)plus Jason Taylor. Merling and Langford are doing crap, and are any of our new rookies are signings showing any impact? Any ESPN highlights? Every time you see a Phins game you never hear the announcer say " Wow! this guy is good or that was a good draft pick he will have a bright future or something to that effect.

DolphanforLife

wow

are you sure you are a dolphin fan

Why am I such an idiot? Plus, wasn't Randall Hill a receiver, not a safety?

I think DolphanforLife and bob are the same guy

Don't feel bad. I am also an idiot.

Labeling Jake Long as a bad move already just shows how little you actually know about football in general.

I bleed aqua and orange. A hugh fan who went to EVERY home game from 1972 - 1983 and grew up with Drew Rosenhaus in N. Miami. Sans Souci right around 125th and Biscayne.

DolphanforLife

Randall Hill was a Reciever

but Renaldo Hill is a safety

Can you say Darren Mcfadden? Boy he would have sure looked better than a 31 year old pot smoker who screwed the phins how many times? Ronnie Brown who is coming off a knee injury? Ronnie was a top pick in the draft who is a good back not a great one. Compare him to Marion Barber who was taken in the 4th round in the same draft. Look at the other backs who were taken way after him in this years draft who are already looking better than him. Felix Jones, Ray Rice, Rashardd Mendal,etc.

I don't have to justify myself to you Finfan in Orlando. This team is crap! it has been crap for years. Only a jackass would chear for crap and lick it like it was icecream. Are you a jackass?

We have to do well enough to get out of the top 5 in the 09 draft or we face the prospect of two players using up 20% of the salary cap. That will limit what we can do with other players and tie our hands to get the type players we need.
What we really need is 3 or 4 2nd rounders and several third rounders that are high quality and more affordable.
Between Ronnie,J Allens, Ginn, and Long we will be severly handicapped especially considering the production of some of these guys compared to the salary. Do you really think Ronnie is worth the $30 plus million he got paid.
Bottom line is I want to know about players for the future but they need to win 5 or 6 games. WE will still need more lineman along with receivers, corners, safety, and two linebackers and possibly a nose tackle. I think we need a faster shiftier running back as well. We only have power backs. Did nayone see who was more effective in Dallas over Philly? Barber or Jones.

Im SOOOOOOOO tired of so called fans bashing the fins after 2 (count them, 1, 2) games.
Every one of these bashers was busy explaining before the season started how this was going to be a several year process. What, 2 games into the season they can now determine that they were all wrong and now the coach is a failure? Give me and every other real fan here a break. What's the old saying? If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything.

Now, as far as putting Henne in over Penne. I agree. Let the rook make his mistakes this year.

As far as Long being a bust. Do us a favor and hide your ignorance by shutting up.

Do we need WRs and DBs? Yes, but that will be taken care of in next years draft. Hopefully we can grab Malleuga (or however you spell his name) the LB from USC.

Now, to be fair, I am a complete idiot, so nothing I say will likely make any sense. I am just a lonely person and come to this site to make new friends. Will any of you be my friend?

Thank goodness the game is in NE this weekend. Were it a home game some of the players might off themselves afterward.
I look for BP to descend from the EVP's box like Moses and take over the team.
Pennington will be driving Tony Soprano to the airport.

Look NC Finfan. I am sooooooooooooo tired of people like you defending these bums. We have had over 64 games of patience and don't intend to make it 80. What we need smartass is a head coach with consistent NFL winning experience and a GM that is not handcuffed and answers to an overbloated overratted Football Czar(Bill Parcels in case you are not smart enough to know who I am talking about).

Bob
So these guys Felix Jones, Ray Rice, Rashardd Mendal,etc. are better than Ronnie do you remember last year when Ronnie was leading the league in all purpose yards and rushing through seven games..you don't even sound like a dolphin fan

DolphanforLife
you are the only jackass around here with your stupid 15 year old girl like comments.

Bob and DolphanforLife
If you don't like what is happening stop watching and going to the games (If that is even true) they have enough Jet fans overthere.

Go Phins

Mark I'd say Barber as for his too touchdowns and his all around game.

Jones has alot of talent but all he did was have a kick return for a touchdown. he is not going to do that every game.

When do Huizenga & Ross intervene and end this madness!?! Joe Bailey must be named interim Head of Football Operations; David Shula,head coach. A return to excellence requires quick action by the owners.

Oh Finfan in Orlando. A true fan is much like a true friend. He doesn't cheer his buddy on in the bar drinking shots when he knows that he is an alcoholic and then says be patient it will take him a few years to kick this habbit. Thats just Dumb. You take the bottle, smash it, yell and cuss at him for being and idiot and hope some sense leaks into him. Bob and I are true fans, not a turd like you.

Finfan, please do not capitalize my name. It is bob, not Bob. You don't have to capitalize common nouns, and bob is a pretty common name. Thank you.

Look, I am an idiot. I just cannot help it.

I'm going to Boston for the game this weekend. Wish me luck

NC Finfan

I agree with everything you said except for Henne

I like Henne and I think he will be a stud but I rather him learn from Penningtons mistakes and from his success.

Keep in mind that Pennington has only been here 5 weeks and does not have much talent to throw too so give him time and a chance he really has not look that bad the Arizona game was a team Failure not a QB failure.

Bob and DolphanforLife
I will not answer your ignorant rants anymore 64 games that is ridiculous only 22 players on the whole roster where here last year so these dolphins you are talking about only have 2 games as phins under there belt. Parcells has more football knowledge under the nail of his pinkie toe than you both have together.So go root for the jets you piece of cr@p fair wheather fans. you don't know cr@p.

Go Phins

Ah Finfan in Orlando. Who is the more stupid the fool(Bill Parcels, Tuna Sparano) or the idiot that cheers for them(YOU!).

Folks, this is going to require patience from all of us. The blue print was to build the team from the inside out and that plan was followed through in the draft... What that means is we picked interior players this year, we will go to second tier players next year. Those are linebackers and safeties unless a great player is there when we pick. In this plan the skill positions will not be addressed until the 3rd draft.

That said, it was surprising how close our secondary was from making plays. The opening throw aside, the DBs were in position, the coverage wasn’t that bad they just didn’t make plays. These guys have to get more aggressive going for the ball and also get their heads around a little quicker. I think those things are correctable.

It doesn’t say much when our starting two receivers are Camarillo and Bess. Nothing against those guys they are showing what hard work can do. Ginn and Hagan are beginning to look like busts and should take some lessons from Camarillo and Bess.

It’s the system that is important and finding players who fit the system. Ginn or Jason Allen my work out somewhere else but they do not fit this system. We can’t scrap another system. We have no choice but to have patience until Parcells and the gang finds the players who fit the system. Scrapping it before 3 years would be a disaster and lead us to 10 more years of losing football.

LMAO!!! You know its bad when the fans start attacking each other!!! What happen to all the optimisim??As someone stated earlier, before the season started everytime I came to this blog folks where preaching about how it's gonna be 2-3 years before we are contending again but we where on the right path. Now 2games into it everyone is giving up................. WTF?!?!?!?

Well us true fans will be here supporting these Dolphins until they get it right, so if that means I'll be attacked at work every Monday( by co-workers who know my team is the Dolphins) SO BE IT!!!

Great blog. After all of the finfan(phan) fun, I forgot what the heck you were writing about.

Right now the team is very dysfuntional. They are trying but it ain't gonna work, right now. They really need to get in synch. Then the wins will start to come. Then you can sign free agents and plug holes here and there. Believe me when I say they could put the best safety the league ever had in and playing and another team would find a way to make him look bad because the rest of the Phins are so out of whack. There is always a hole.

I am not saying that they are bad individuals, just a bad team right now. It will come and I truly believe it.

And don't forget that this is the first year under this administration, meaning we are starting at square one. Last year doesn't count because most of those players are gone or are so bad that they just don't fit.

The point of 2 players taking up a big chunk of the cap is a very scary thought. In our case it might be 3 or 4 players.

Our job is to cheer them on. I will try to save the bitching for the end of the season.

I'm with Finfan in Orlando and J Dizzle. It's ok to not agree with everything the fins do. But Dolphan4life sounds more like JetsFanforlife to me.

If these players would have done well right away you would have been the first to say you knew it all along.

Go cheer for the Patriots and Jets with the rest of the frontrunners and don't come back when the fins are good again!

From reading these responses, I get the impression that someone in Miami's front office said "Mission Accomplished!"

Weren't we told by EVERYONE including the three amigos & every major sports news outlet that this was at least a 2-3 year development?

Calm down everyone...yes, this year will suck for fans. My advice is to follow the Dolphins as if you are monitoring the stock exchange; use a critical eye, not one that is "hopeful" or expecting great things.

Oh...and it will likely get worse before it gets better so if you are a TRUE fan of this team, patience is required.

Hill is a has been too!!! Isn't there any one out there that can help this secondary now??? sorry Bill but you gotta get some talent now, for the future instead of stock piling draft picks because our secondary sucks worse than last year!!! We are lucky that Brady is out with his arm he'd kill us by 50 points or more!!!

LEAVE BOB ALONE HE IS MY LOVER

WE GREW UP ON 125TH ST
DREW,BOB AND RAHN...

DONT FORGET TO PICK UP THE MILK AND BREAD BOBIE POO!!!

One good thing that will come from this season is we will shed all these FAIRWEATHER fans!!! Only the TRUE Dolphin fans will remain when this team does get back up on that high horse!!!

So to all of you who can't find anything improved about this team vs last years laughing stock, just find another team to cheer for. It makes no sense to get upset when more than likely we'll be one of the worst teams this year again. Then what you'll be saying "FIRE" the trifecta?!?!?

GO PHINS!!!!!

Armando-

What DON't the coaches see in Jason Allen?

My opinion of him is that he is a gamer, but not a good practice player. So far, three coaching regimes have had their doubts about him.

However, my impression is that he did not disappoint us at all when he played last year, nor was he bad in the preseason. To my recollection he has not been nearly as poor as Crocker was last week.

Thanks for any explanation.

Matt

KC is starting QB Tyler Thigpen this weekend against Atlanta. Wow Im proud to be a Dolphin!

fairweather fans? I was here last year and his year and very year before....these aren't fair weather years. some of us expect something from a team were are committed to. I do see a worse team than last year save pennington. qb is theonly position that seems to have ben upgraded! injuries plauged us last year. we threw away our last 2 players and replaced them with special teams players...this team is and has been a joke...it doesn't make me less of a fan because im sick of them losing so you optimistic fellows can all eat a ....

fairweather fans? I was here last year and his year and very year before....these aren't fair weather years. some of us expect something from a team were are committed to. I do see a worse team than last year save pennington. qb is theonly position that seems to have ben upgraded! injuries plauged us last year. we threw away our last 2 players and replaced them with special teams players...this team is and has been a joke...it doesn't make me less of a fan because im sick of them losing so you optimistic fellows can all eat a ....

Let me explain to everyone why I am the way I am. I am just a kid and I'm not a very smart kid at that. I sign in under different names and agree with previous posts I have written which not only makes me a stupid kid but it also means I am in love with my own opinions. I have no football knowledge whatsoever and base all my opinions on articles I read. I like to use words like turd, fag, and fat bloated loser to describe people because it makes me feel better about myself. What's wrong with turd anyway? Don't all adults use this word to put people down? I have the mental capacity of a peanut which is why I am the only one in here saying that Parcells is an idiot and Sparano is a loser. Oh yes it may look like other people are saying the same things but those people are actually me posting under different names. You can tell because I constantly use the word turd and repeat the same moronic opinions over and over. I don't blame you all for hating me as I hate myself as well. I live vicariously through my sports teams because my life is a gigantic waste. When my teams don't perform well it makes me look bad so I attack and blame the people in charge.

Let me explain to everyone why I am the way I am. I am just a kid and I'm not a very smart kid at that. I sign in under different names and agree with previous posts I have written which not only makes me a stupid kid but it also means I am in love with my own opinions. I have no football knowledge whatsoever and base all my opinions on articles I read. I like to use phrases and words like turd, and fat bloated loser to describe people because it makes me feel better about myself. What's wrong with turd anyway? Don't all adults use this word to put people down? I have the mental capacity of a peanut which is why I am the only one in here saying that Parcells is an idiot and Sparano is a loser. Oh yes it may look like other people are saying the same things but those people are actually me posting under different names. You can tell because I constantly use the word turd and repeat the same moronic opinions over and over. I don't blame you all for hating me as I hate myself as well. I live vicariously through my sports teams because my life is a gigantic waste. When my teams don't perform well it makes me look bad so I attack and blame the people in charge.

Mando. I think a few of us are waiting to hear from you on Jason Allen. What gives? He certainly didn't seem to play himself out of the rotation this summer. Why is he not mentioned as a possible starter back there. Tell us something when you can.

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