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Surprise element still a Miami Dolphins friend?

The Dolphins had a very special friend that helped them beat the New England Patriots the first time the teams played Sept. 21. Readers, meet The Element of Surprise. Mr. Surprise, meet my readers.

Mr. Surprise introduced himself to the New England Patriots that game back in September when the Dolphins unveiled the Wildcat Package for the first time. He was there again when the Dolphins went with their unbalanced line. So surprise was on Miami's side in the first game.

And absent new wrinkles this week the Dolphins won't have surprise on their side. So will Miami's assignment be harder because it might not have surprise in the arsenal?

“Yeah, sure," coach Tony Sparano said. "There’s not the element of surprise, but there hasn’t been an element of surprise with the Wildcat since we played the Patriots, honestly. We play another team and we play them for the second time, that’s always the challenge. When you’re playing your division teams and you’re playing them the second time, there really are no secrets. You do what you do, and they know it and we’re sitting here and it’s Week 13 or whatever, Week 12.  There are very few secrets.

"It’s going to come down to execution, it’s going to come down to turnovers, it’s going to come down to those kind of things. Maybe who’s a little bit more physical, all of those good things, and we understand that."

In that regard Dolphins players are comfortable believing surprise wasn't the primary reason they won the first game. The Dolphins say they won the game because of their execution.

“I think [surprise] played in, but at the same time you still have to go in and execute the plays no matter what you’re running," Ronnie Brown said. "Obviously for them to see the package and the lineup, it was a little different for them, but at the same time we still have to execute, people have to make their blocks. [Surprise] may have played a factor, but at the same time it came down to technique and fundamentals also.”

Knowing surprise can be a strong ally, the Dolphins want to make sure it doesn't work against them. They know the Patriots would love to pull something out of Bill Belichick's hoodie to surprise Miami defenders.

"You’ve got to prepare yourself for anything," linebacker Joey Porter said. "It can happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried that. We hit them with the Wildcat the first time we played them and caught them off-guard, so you imagine that they’re going to put some things in there to catch us off guard. They have the extra days to prepare, so they had a long week, so they can do a lot of things that we haven’t seen yet, but we’ll prepare ourselves. We’ll be ready.”

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First!

ugh beat again:(

I think Sparano and Henning still have a few tricks up their sleeves. The element of surprise is still on our side. What about that reverse to Ginn Sunday? That was new.

If we win this game...we're a playoff team. If not, maybe next year. Either way, it's been fun this year to be a Fins fan again!

This pats defence is all BANGED UP. Week in and week out, the fins pull something no ones has seen. And it will contiue this week.

I think it will be a big day for the fins TE'S, the pats really stuggle vs TE'S.

And the fins will attack their corner opposite HOOBS.

NO R. HARRISON,A. THOMAS, TY WARREN,. ITS GOING TO BE A LONG DAY FOR THE PATS!!!!!

27-10 FINS!!!!

Mama McNabb.... we need some HUGE helpings of Chunky Soup this week!!! I agree with the last post. The pats D is banged up and we should attack them with not only our TE's, but stretch their D with Cobbs and Ginn so the Ricky & Ronnie show can finish big! GO PHINS!!!

The "regular" wildcat, the one the Pats saw has not worked in weeks. Its all the new little changes that has been working; reverses, Ricky, etc.

That and the line has been giving Pennington enough time to float duck after duck to the receivers and Fasano. This is a game where Fasano needs to be HUGE, where has he been?

Oh yeah, can the punt and kick off coverage teams please limit them to a reasonable return average? Please?

We do not want to give them the continuous short field we gave the Raiders or the Seahawks. This is not the week 3 Patriots. They will score.

I believe Miami is more of physical team than the Pats are right now. This will come down to the wire again for Miami, but i feel the urgency that Miami is playing with will overcome the pats. Miami will use the Wildcat in some plays, and i believe it will be effective against the Pats defense. I expect a few wrinkles in the Wildcat. Ronnie to have another good day (lets hope a 5 TD day like last time). I hope that Joey Porter gets to Cassel early. Hands down, we are healthier and stronger right now. We will beat them and wear them down. Go Phins!

If you think about it, we match up with the Patriots well. We have more experience, and maybe even more talent. The patiots are really hurting. Along with Adalius thomas, rodney harrison, ty warren and adalius thomas, tyron wheatley is now injured for the season. Miami's Wr's should have the edge against NE's secondary. We definately should have the edge when we run too with big adalius thomas and ty warren out of the lineup! Theres no reason we shouldnt control this game. And we are undefeated when we control the ball more then the opponent... GO FINS!

We're 2 point favorites over the Pats.

Unbelievable.

I too think that the Fins match up well with the Pats and can win this game. The big question is that will the Fins be able to overcome their deficiences (special teams especially, secondary, inability to score TDs during the game). Yeah, they were able to come back against two bad teams in Seattle & Oakland yet those games were way too close. The Fins are going to have play a great team game. The Pats aren't what they were but I will not undersestimate Belicheck....despite that puzzling loss to the Jets AT HOME!

Please cut the following players:

Pennington
Beck
*Ginn (2 more weeks of progress and I will remove him)

W. Allen
J. Allen

Thank you!


I hope deep down inside that the Phins can pull this out, this will be a bigger victory than the one in Sept, in fact may be the biggest one of the year...for years the Pats have skimpped(sp) by on luck of the draw and a couple bombs, no TB = no TD's

Phins in ANOTHER nail biter
30-28

getting the game sealing TO on the final Pats drive

The Phins beat them once...so they shouldn't have any head games playing against them. It's going to take Cassell throwing for 400 yards again to get a W in Dolphin Stadium and against a fired up Defense...I don't think it's possible. A must win for us as it will give us quite an advantage on them in head-to-head comp. This game should be a playoff atmosphere with the crowd's raucous support! Remember they are NOT the same Pats of last year and the Fins are definitely not the same either.

Okay, you all are going to jump my a$$ but I think the party is over… We’ve played two dreg teams in a row very poorly, barely escaping with a win in each. Now we meet a team that knows how to win and will be looking for revenge after the wildcat thumping. A win against NE will take a complete football game without a let down in any phase. To this point in the season we have yet to play a complete game in my opinion. The special team coverage units have been terrible. We had a season high rushing total last week but our pass protection was abysmal. The defense played a great game, but that will not be enough against the Patriots and quite frankly I don’t think these guys are up to the challenge.

Special teams play is governed by one thing more than anything else, HEART. Plain and simple, who wants it more? We can make excuses saying these are the scrubs but when it comes right down to it, which starter is walking into Sparano’s office and saying, “I’m sick of this crap!” Special teams will lose this game and if these guys want it bad enough they will step up and put their nuts on the line to beat the damn Patsies. What else do they have to lose? If we don’t win this game we might as well pack it in for next year because this is the one that means something and if the season is riding on it then I’d like to see who is willing to step and show they want it.

Heart, do you have it fins??? Heart baby!!! Tighten up your chin straps and knock somebody on their butt because everything you’ve accomplished this season comes down to this one defining game and that is all anyone is going to remember. I don’t think you have it and I’m hoping like hell you shut my damn mouth up! Porter, do you hear me? HEART BABY!!!

Okay, you all are going to jump my stuff but I think the party is over… We’ve played two dreg teams in a row very poorly, barely escaping with a win in each. Now we meet a team that knows how to win and will be looking for revenge after the wildcat thumping. A win against NE will take a complete football game without a let down in any phase. To this point in the season we have yet to play a complete game in my opinion. The special team coverage units have been terrible. We had a season high rushing total last week but our pass protection was abysmal. The defense played a great game, but that will not be enough against the Patriots and quite frankly I don’t think these guys are up to the challenge.

Special teams play is governed by one thing more than anything else, HEART. Plain and simple, who wants it more? We can make excuses saying these are the scrubs but when it comes right down to it, which starter is walking into Sparano’s office and saying, “I’m sick of this crap!” Special teams will lose this game and if these guys want it bad enough they will step up and put their nuts on the line to beat the damn Patsies. What else do they have to lose? If we don’t win this game we might as well pack it in for next year because this is the one that means something and if the season is riding on it then I’d like to see who is willing to step and show they want it.

Heart, do you have it fins??? Heart baby!!! Tighten up your chin straps and knock somebody on their butt because everything you’ve accomplished this season comes down to this one defining game and that is all anyone is going to remember. I don’t think you have it and I’m hoping like hell you shut my damn mouth up! Porter, do you hear me? HEART BABY!!!

Our D needs to step up again and put the pressure on Cassel.Ginn is becoming a playmaker so lets get him involved in the wildcat formation of some trick plays.Penny needs to throw the ball to Fasano or Martin and steadily move us down field if this happens then we will most def win.Im just a little scared because we almost blew the last two games both crappy teams
and Cassel is starting to look better.

mR742 you are such an absolute moron. Why in the world would you wanna cut Pennington? He is the clear cut MVP of this team to this point. Im guessing you really dont watch the games or retain any football knowledge from them.

Armando please cut the following bloggers


mR742

mr742, writes the same blog every single time. That dude needs a female in his life.

This game will not be won with the wildcard or any other kind of back-door plays.
This game will be won by the qb with the bigger peni$.

Last!

ugh beat again :( - no wait- I win!

I know it's coming....
Ginn will be used in the wildcat at QB, he ran it at Ohio St. in red zone situations. also im lovin' the fake pitch-hand off inside with cobbs at full back. Ted Ginn is uncoverable on the slant, thats where he gets all his yac yards too.
we all know Belicheat is gonna run the wildcat or some variation on us, thats what he does, he will try to use the dolphin defenses' aggressiveness against them with screens and draws. I hope we give them a thumping again just to remind them of last year when they ran up the score on a demoralized team. if pennington stays between the numbers where he is hall of fame like and doesnt throw into the flat where he throws a pick six almost everytime they we will be fine. we cant let of the pedal, step on their throats and open up the playbook.

Q. What did Tom Brady say to the guy standing next to him at the gay bar?

A. Excuse me, mind if I push in your stool?


You know, at first I wasnt sure if Tony Sparano was "the right guy" or not to turn the sinking ship around but my god, what a difference between him and Cam Cam-moron and Dave Wanstache just in the philosophy and the pragmatic approach to the game. It's like night and day. He has sure made a believer out of me.

The bottom line is this guy and the GM know what they are doing, know how to build a winning PRO team, and know how to get the best out of the talent they have.

Regardless of the playoffs and how many wins they get, it is already a huge turn-around in the right direction and something that we haven't had in this decade until now - an ascending team in all aspects (except special teams) instead of a descending one.

I want to say "great job done" to Coach Sparano and Jeff Ireland.

Kinda worries me how much trouble we had the last two games, BUT, there are good sides to this.
1. Other teams still look at us as an easy win and play with much more intensity.
2. We are doing what we need to to win games. This is HUGE!!!!!
3. Even the mighty pats of '07 dtruggled against the Ravens, the only team we beat.

I don't care if we win by a point every game the rest of the season. Just do what we need to win.

This is going to be a tough game. They ain't fooling around this time. And Bellicheat will do something to challenge the Phins.

How to win? Knock them around. That will be the only way. Rush the qb and give him no time. Hit any back they rush hard and dirty.

No Rodney Harrison. Our turn to be nasty. Pin your ears back and go.

The fins could use some new ideas to surprise the pats this week, how about a surprise 2 point conversion early in the game to put the pats down by TWO whole drives! how about starting Brandon London(a big reciever) utilized more for BLOCKING(at first, with key blocks to spring ricky deep into the secondary) as multiple passes to the running backs become the early theme, then after they catch on, and when we need a crucial first down, the same play but the ball goes to London! then combine the two stategies into one, same basic play but Pennington chooses the open reciever(ricky or London). then when they become focused on that, Ginn catches the Bomb!

Go DOLHINS!!!! I might be going this game!!!

This game is not the "end all be all" of the season. Geez, some of you are such drama queens! It's important, but the sun will come up on Monday morning either way. Enjoy the success and get down off the ledge.

The Fins beat the Patsies WITH BRADY 21-0 by being more physical and knocking the QB around all day. We need a big effort from Landford, Merling and Roth. Joey will draw double teams and these guys need to step up and pound that sissy Cassell. Also, we need a spy as he now likes to run to avoid the hit in the backfield.

This is a trap game i know i know coming from a team that went 1-15 last year and the potential to win the divsion and go to the ply , i think the Dolphins know how serious or important this is , i look for them to take it to the pats remember we are home we beat the pats in their stadium i look for ricky , ronnie and ted ginn to have great day , i think the defense will preform great and special teams to protect the field positon , make the first tackle and that will hold them if you look at the pats cant go deep any more and they dont have a solid running back , take away wes welker and kevin faulk and its a blow out in the fins favor. This game will surprise the nfl and then we wont be under the radar anymore , the phins are the most dangerous team to play right now because they have nothing to lose, win this game and thats a rap fins going far in the playoffs this year.

Run ricky Run wild cat Ronnie Wildcat Completions Completions heart of Gold mind like diamond Pennington , Ted Ginn the Boss Return King (he will return one this Game ) Sack king Porter Pressure man Roth and chrowder , D line mamoths Ferguson , Langford and Merling (he gets a sack and Fumble Recovery ) its good to dream but this is gonna be a great Game For the Fins 08 Super Bowl Champs !!!!!!!

I might be on Patrick's side here--I need the fins to prove something to me. They are a great story and, no matter what, this has been a magical year, but if they lose this game then a 10-6 finish, sans playoffs, is very likely. Which would still be an amazing turnaround, but I'm just nervous. I hope Peezy reads Patrick's comments and goes nuts and we get the w, but I'm worried.

This will be a HOLD your breath game!! Granted this has been a magical season. We finally have a head coach and front office that has a clue...................But the dolphins have barely been getting by the mediocore teams. I truly think they can pull it off but its going to take a flawless game on the FINS part to make that happen!!

What I really like is that no team can focus on just one player on this team, every week someone new steps to the plate and makes some big plays. If the FINS can continue to pass the torch around the locker room ( and a miracle turn around on ST) , this will be our cindrella season!!!!!

The dolphins are the better team. If we execute and hold them on special teams we will be fine. We dont need the element of surprise.

Biggest game in the History of Christendom. Nothing else matters. Victory or Death!

2009 draft choices for Dolphins in order:
Crabtree WR Texas Tech

Terrance Cody NT Alabama

James Laurinaitis ILB The Ohio State University

Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma St

Taylor Mays S USC

all depending on when we pick in the draft.
Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
Rey Maleuega ILB USC
Chris Wells RB OSU
Malcolm Jenkins CB OSU
Percy Harvin WR Florida

Wide Receivers after crabtree:
Kenny Britt Rutgers 6'4
*Ramses Barden Cal Poly 6'6
Marko Mitchell Nevada 6'3
Jaison Williams Oregon 6'4
Brandon Lafell LSU 6'3

also great WRs to draft:
*Brian Robiskie Ohio state 6'2
*Pat White West Virginia 6'0
Jamarco Simmons 6'2
Brandon Gibson Washington St 6'0
Gregory Carr FSU 6'5.5

Hey Armando,

This is off topic but I don't know where else to go. Why in god's name do the Dolphins always wear their dang white jersey's. They are so ugly and we play alot better in the aqua jersey's. Can you talk to someone about this. I thought the football rules were colored jerseys at home. We have wore them twice this year I think. Well either way I hope we wear aqua on Sunday, that white on white gets on my nerves.

Also we gotta break out the orange jersey's sometime this year. Sunday would be a good time, but I think last game of the year for the division against the jets would be better. We are 2-0 in the, and two awesome come back wins. =D

Huge Fins fan and looking forward to a hard fought win on Sunday. My concnern....what surprises will Mr. B through our way? After getting shown up by a rookie coach, I'd have to imagine he has something planned this week. Go FINS!!

This will be a tough one, and I don't think anyone sees the Dolphins as "still a weak team." But, one thing we can hold our hats on is the big wins against the Bills, Pats, and Chargers. Now, while the Bills and Chargers are falling from grace, they were at the top when the Dolphins played them. They have proved they can win, and use Wildcat, trick plays, --whatever-- effectively.

I think the real issue is the Dolphins' mentality. If the team knows the magnitude of the game, as they have recognized in previous tough opponents, then they'll have a chance at winning. If they don't (and I truly believe they overlooked Seattle and Oakland), then they're going to struggle. But, they know who the Patriots are, what kind of team they are, and most importantly, they know they share an identical record in the same division. They know the magnitude of this game.

I wouldnt run the wild cat at first, but in football you run the play until the other team proves they can stop it.

1st - they wear the white at home to force the opponent to wear their dark jerseys to take advantage of the hot sun down there.
2nd - im looking for Fasano & Cobbs to have a big game this week cuz hes been off the radar last few weeks. they always game plan the plays to guys that were invisible the week b4.
3rd - The wildcat isnt dead. there are at least 10-15 plays out of it that havent been seen yet. alot of them being passes out of it.past few weeks (with exception of few wrinkles) they just been running the same basic play with Ronnie running up the middle and its been pretty much shut down. this is all just a set up to see how other teams r defending it and they r designing plays to take advantage of how they defend it. we wont see those plays til they absolutely need them and then we get the element of surprise again.

I wonder if the Patriots plan to give a little payback in the surprise department. I bet they are planing some trick plays. Hope the Phins are preparing for that possibility.

n e one know were i can actually watch this game on the internet... i cant find hte site i usually got to for stream

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