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Fins' Martin, Starks not practicing full today

The Dolphins have begun their preparation for the Baltimore Ravens playoff game with a morning practice and I can tell tight end David Martin and defensive end Randy Starks are not working with the rest of the team.

Both players were off to the side as the rest of the team was practicing.

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Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington is having a very good day today. He has been voted Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Pennington threw 10 TDs and 9 INTs in 2007 and lost his starting job with the New York Jets. This year he threw 19 TDs and 7 INTs in leading Miami to the playoffs as the Dolphins starter. Pennington also won the award in 2006.

Pennington has also been named AFC Offensive player of the week for his game against the New York Jets. Pennington completed 22 of 30 passes for 200 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating was 113.2 in Miami's most important game of the season.

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Meanwhile, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is from ... The U ... spoke to the Miami media today.

I asked Lewis to describe the Baltimore Ravens' No. 2 rated defense.

"Physical," Lewis said. "We play very physical and we have a lot of interchangeable pieces and that's the beauty of [defensive coordinator] Rex Ryan having the personality he does. There's a lot of flexibility in our defense. You can't pick out this or that. You really have to study to deal with it. So it's a physical defense, complex and flexible."

I asked Lewis if any part of that defense's success comes from playing angry.

"Always. Always," he responded. "That's the only way you can play defense. Anybody that tells you they don't play defense angry, they ain't playing defense."

The Baltimore defense was really the first team this season that stuffed Miami's wildcat package. The Ravens limited Miami to four yards on five rushes in the wildcat.

How?

"The only thing is, really, when you slow down film and look at things, we play one way and that's every man to the football," Lewis said. "Whether [the Dolphins] were confusing [teams] or not, there were huge holes. We didn't give them those holes. They can confuse you but if we play our defense, we like to see how it comes out in the end."

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Why do I think that we are going to see some wrinkles in the Wildcat on Sunday designed to exploit the Ravens' forward pressure?

all these canes coming home to ruining the fun. well, we beat em last year.

GO FINS!!!!

I have a feeling its not the wildcat, but the no huddle that we are gonna use to throw the Ravens off just a bit

Tim, I don't know if your still lurking around the MIAMI HERALDS (and Armando Salguero's) MIAMI DOLPHINS IN DEPTH SITE but if you are, first of all thank you for adding to an already popular MIAMI DOLPHINS blog. You are helping the DOLPHINS to become an even more popular team (nation AND world wide) than they already are. Every post adds to the popularity of the team and this site so I sincerely want to thank you for bringing even MORE attention to our team and its supporters,, you're the best! Also, who has the more storied history, the Baltimore Ravens or the MIAMI DOLPHINS? Who has the better overall winning percentage? Who has been too and won more superbowls? Who has more NFL records to it's name? Who has more hall of famers? Who has sold more tickets and merchandise? Lastly if you're asking me why teams in NY (where 9 million people live) and D.C. area teams (close to last number for the region?) and a team in Green Bay who is owned by the fans sell out all of the time than you are incredibly ignorant.

This game isn't about our offense vs their defense. It is our defense vs their offense. We have to cause turnovers, get great field position, and wreck havoc against Joe Flacco. That is how we win. If our team puts up 14 to 17 points, we should have the win. Baltimore's WR's are average (I know they have Mason); their QB is a rookie; and they do have depth at RB. If we can limit their screen passes, we should win.

I'm not a Crowder fan and feel he is maybe slightly better than average; this is the game he can prove me and many others wrong. We need a huge game from him. No missed tackles and needs to make some big plays.

Go Phins!!!

Hopefully Dan Henning will come up with a west coast offense type of game plan that uses the Raven's aggressiveness to the Phin's advantage. "Every man to the football" and an extra linebacker can create opportunities for the offense to use gadget plays out of the wildcat like they attempted against the Jets. I look for some quick slants Ginn, screens to Ronnie and Ricky and seam routes to Fasano to be big.

I don't think they can line up in their base offense or run from the wildcat and just hope to beat the Ravens' defense with the same kind of stuff as the earlier game. If the Phins win it will be because they outcoach the Ravens and the players execute the game plan like in the first game against the Pats.

Take away the pick 6 and the defense held their own in the last meeting and even last year when they held them to 16 points. It all comes down to Dan Henning's game plan for attacking the Raven's D and execution.

Hey NyScott, How long have the Dolphins been around compared to the Ravens organization? I would hope you have more hall of famers, more super bowls, and more records. Jackass. Try comparing apples to apples. But then again you are from NY. Enough said.

Whoever said that the Phins will go with the no huddle and add a new wrinkle to the wildcat might be correct! I can see the Dolphins doing this. Phins by a field goal!

Dolphins need to both run the ball and stop the run to win this game. Plain and simple. I'd say forget about the wildcat. Try it if it doesn't work line up and pound it at them.

they can't play scared. they need to be agressive.

Since the Ravens are technically the old Cleveland Browns, we can throw in the Super Bowls the Browns won, too. So that would be ... zero.

Gawd Ray-Ray scares the crap outta me! Even at 33 he's still a beast. The guy broke rashard mendenhall's shoulder when he laid him out in that steelers game. But as I said earlier this week that D is human! This will be a back and forth game turnovers WILL be the diffrence. And I wouldn't trust a rookie QB in the playoffs (sorry falcon fans). First to 17 wins...

MIA:17 BAL:14

GO PHINS!!!!!

It's amazing that people still don't realize that the wildcat is just a formation. The Ravens stopped it because they have a great defense. They stop empty backfield sets. They stop two tight-end sets. They're just a good defense.

I agree with beating the hell out of Ray Lexis all day long. Make him so tired that he is dragging his ass 20 yards behind him by the third quarter. That is the key to shutting that defense down. Cut off the head of the snake and the body dies with it.

Can't wait for this weeks playoff game at home! When was the last time Miami had a home playoff game? It would be nice to see Miami come out of the gate in a big set punch in the mouth domain establishing formation, pounding the ball repeatedly towards Ray Lewis until Ronnie(the BEAST-CAT) runs through the heart and soul of their defense! You know the saying "pick a fight with the biggest guy in the bunch"! it's true, not only will this earn respect, but it will also destroy their desire to play! I hope David Martin is healthy and in a bulldozer mentality! Let's wear our orange jerseys, and take the fight right to Ray! GO DOLPHINS!!!!

We gotaa jump on this team early...that is the key...Make Flaccito have to bring his team from behind.
SEE YALL AT THE GAME...GO FISH !

Do I smell flee flickers and play actions? Maybe a few screens to set them back. Quick snaps, quick counts, long drawn out counts, draws, everything under the sun to disrupt timing. If we are going to disrupt their game we have to do little things that get them off their timing. I am sure Coach Sparano has something for them to digest.
Hopefully the d can force some mistakes. I know that we can do it.

Who would you rather have on Sunday Leading the team Chad or Flacco? I think it is a simple as that. Miami will win experience does matter at this stage.

Can anyone name for me a rookie starting quarterback in any previous Superbowl?? I can't think of any??

I always laugh at how people fawn over Ray Lewis.

If Rex Ryan wants to swap put a DB for an extra LB in this one, I think he'd better watch the film from the Jets game and those two passes. More of the same from Henning, I think.

Angry football doesnt mean smart football,,,, we can totally pick them apart

%orange% go phins!

Tricks, gadgets and the no huddle are not going to get it done Sunday. Give the guy that said the wildcat is not a trick formation a cigar. It's actually close to the old single wing.

There are things learned in the playoff that cannot be learned in the regular season. Bill Parcells knows better than anyone that you are what you are as a team.

This team usually survives by Chad managing the game and keeping manageable down and distance. It's also no secret that this team has tendencies (pass on 3rd and more than 2 yards, quick hitter to FB Polite on 3rd and 1). You are not going to make many sustained drives w/ 3rd and long against the Ravens.
Its interesting that this is the personality of the team, given the talent at RB. It has worked so far for the most part.

Strange as it sounds, if Jake and company get a mind to, they might just surprise people, most of all the Ravens, with run power run blocking and change the WHOLE dynamic of this game. The key is Ngata. Ray didn't ask their brain trust to draft him for no reason. You move him and you might have something. You don't and you get nada. They might have better luck this week with Satele at G, since Ngata outweighs him by a ton. However Sparano knows blocking and I'll be really really interested to see how they attack the nose tackle. I would be curious if Parcells gives Sparano advice this week. This game is critical to the growth of the team.

Run the ball and we might be going to Pitt. This is an attitude game, and win or lose its going to change the future mindset of this team. I like it.

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I dislike ray lewis ,he is a criminal ,and should be in prison.
have someone on him all the time ,like teams use to with zack,and eliminate their best player on D.
an aggressive D makes the middle open,fasano should have a big day.

Hey Armando, was today the first time they practiced this week?

god are people dumb in the media,

its not about stuffing or stopping or shutting down the wildcat. its about the wrinkles in the pkg, and even if we are just averaging a 4 yd run, they're positive plays instead of a typical run up the middle for just 2 yards

I agree with some of you, that we should hit them early with the no huddle offense, mix in 2 or 3 new wildcat wrinkles ( ted ginn at qb????) or revisit a wrinkle that we shelved for a while, thats the beauty of the pkg. then hit fasano, and heynos play action downfield.

next thing you know it will be 14-9 mid 4th qtr. and goodman comes up with an int. or porter with a sack and we grind out the remaining 4 minutes and escape with another win and we get to watch all the idiots back pedal on espn and nfl network again! its becoming comical.

I dislike timm13, he doesn't know how to use capitals at the beggining of every sentence. Are any of you losers actually from the state of Florida. Go back to cuba or the mid-west you buttwipes!!! Ravens are gonna stomp you all over. Including Ray-Ray SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go back to Cuba? Bernie I live in Cuba already. Haven't you heard? Miami is better known as the new Republic of Cuba. Oh, by the way, Happy New Year. Please celebrate by playing in expressway traffic.

I am bummed about Parcells leaving.

hey bernie "beggining".can you say e-bonics .what are you in the 1st grade? Check yourself before you make fun of somebody else.The jets suk get over it.

Chris S wrote "I always laugh at how people fawn over Ray Lewis".

Ummm....you mean, fawn over a certain first ballot Hall of Famer? Two-time Defensive POY? Super Bowl MVP? How many of those things did Zach Thomas achieve again? Oh wait, sorry about asking that last one.

The guy has anchored one of the consistently best and most dominant defenses of the last 10 years. He's made more than his share of running backs quit games (Eddie George, Corey Dillon, to name a few), "QB"s a defense that even Payton Manning admits will correctly guess better than 50% what he's going to do.

Yeah, but he's nothing to fawn over. I'm sure you'd just be miserable if he were on your team.

LETS GO RAVENS!

Oh and Parmalee is right. Preach on, brutha.

And when are you guys going to get it that we aren't Jets fans? I hate NY, regardless of sport or conference. I just think its necessary for us to enter the discussion of this week's game, thats all. And how you're gonna get stomped.

Here I thought it was fairly new for fans of the team you're set to play to come on your message boards. I guess I was wrong. You sound weary from the abuse that the Jets fans apparently give to all of you losers on here.

Nice of you guys to finally care now that your team has made the playoffs. There were 8 regular season home games this year too, you know. Doesn't seem like alot of you got the memo. Or maybe you were just all dressed up like orange seats. Yeah, that must be it.

Lets Go Ravens!

dolphins sucks even if you reach the playoff. DOLPHINS SUCKS........DO YOU REMMEBER THE FIRST DEFEAT BY THE RAVENS THIS YEAR.WELL YOUR SECOND FEFEAT COMINC IN FEW DAYS SO GET READY FOR VACATION.DOLPHINS SUCKS. POSTED BY MIKO

I hope the coaching staff reads this blog.

They can learn something...

Simple put by others...

GAME PLAN :HURRY UP...POWER FOOTBALL...WILDCAT WRINKLES...NO TURNOVERS LIKE COACH TONY PREACHES IN PRATICE AND NO PLENATIES
HIT RAY LEWIS LIKE SOMEONE SAID...

THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GREAT OFFENSE...
KEEP OUR D on the bench well rested until late in the game.

and blitz the rookie qb and hit him hard and if you can't hit him or sack him get the hands up and knock down the ball.

AND CONTROLL THE CLOCK.

IF WE WIN 13-10 OR 3-0 OR 44-3 A WIN IS A WIN

GO FINS....I AM TIRED OF HEARING E-A-G-L-E-S

KICK RAVEN BUTT...

watch there fake hand offs and deep throws.

so safeties don't be suckered in.
WATCH ED REED..

Are you serious? You hope the coaching staff reads this blog for insight? WOW...Delusional, table for 1!!!

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