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Super Bowl should teach Dolphins a lesson

The Steelers are the champs.

Why?

Well, in this column that I've written for Monday's Miami Herald, I'm saying that it's because the run-first, defense-intense Steelers, can also throw the football.

Throwing the football is not an option in today's NFL. It is perhaps more important than running. Really. I believe that. How do you think the Cardinals got to the Super Bowl? Yeah, they took to the airways with Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston.

And to be able to pass the ball, you have to have at least one outstanding receiver. You know where I'm going here. I hope the Dolphins soon identify and either draft, sign or acquire in trade a great receiver.

I think it is their greatest need.

I am not saying Miami should use its first-round pick on a receiver, but neither am I saying the Dolphins definitely should not. Receiver is a huge need for the Dolphins and it needs serious addressing. The Miami corps needs a legit star that it lacks now. I don't care how Bill Parcells finds that guy. I just want him to find the guy and bring him to Miami. 

I know there will be talk of upgrading the middle of the line -- again. I know the defense needs attending to as well. But the Dolphins are kidding themselves if they continue to believe Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo and Ted Ginn Jr will be good enough. They are not good enough.

They're OK. But this team cannot win in the playoffs with these guys unless Ginn suddenly becomes a star, which is wish on a star stuff at best. The Dolphins should, must, come out of this offseason with a receiver that can win games for them.

Otherwise the offense will continue to be a popgun in an age when other NFL offenses are using Uzis.

Anyway, tell me what you guys think.

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I think the Dolphins' more pressing needs are on the interior of the offensive line (specifically center) and they need another pass rusher (a pass rushing outside linebacker). Those two things are more important than a WR. This team definetely needs another WR, but I wouldnt be surprised at all if none of their first 3 picks are on a WR. Parcells doesnt believe in drafting receivers early.

Fifth-Of Jack Daniels-O That was not funny.Third turd.That was!!!

What if I were second?

I thought a 2 week sequence this past season was especially telling: The Dolphins gave up 400 yards passing to the Patriots even though the Pats threw on almost every play and the Dolphins knew it was going to be a pass every play. The Dolphins didnt have the horses to get a consistent pass rush. THE VERY NEXT WEEK, the Steelers shut down the Pats b/c unlike the Dolphins, they were in Cassel's face all day and forced him into turnovers. This team needs more pass rushers.

The ability to make a defense play with 6 or 7 in the box, is all the difference in the world for today's NFL. If the cards had played that up-tempo style all game, i think they would have won by 14. The fins have to get a big play receiver! How good would Bess, and Camarillo look with a Boldin or Fitzgerald type as the #1. But this all boils down to CP being able to throw the deep ball. If we had a legit #1 receiver, Brown would rush for 1800 yards next season. I don't care if the line was improved or not. Think about how many times he had to dodge a guy 3 yards deep in the back field! We have to get a legit #1. Our #2-#4 are adequate.

tony got boned.first and second

Did the Steelers win because they could throw?

Did the Giants beat NE last year because they could throw?

I think the answer to both questions is, both teams won because the other team's defense could not stop them when it counted. As much I like offense like any other fan, I hope Parcell's builds the Dolphins into a nasty, dominating defense!

TH

I agree. WR is a glaring need. If we can go 11-5 with what we have now, imagine what s big speedy receiver will do for us. Someone to take attention off Ginn would help. Camarillo and Bess are awesome too, but they are not speesdsters. The wildcat will obviously NOT surprise anyone next year so we also need a strong running game and the starts with the O-Line. We also need another linebacker and a ball-hawk safety and corner.

The REFS made some questionable calls - they couls have gotten Ben for grounding at least twice, and should have thrown the thug out of the game that was throwing punches!
And what was the deal with Principal Rooney thanking Obama? Was HE in the locker room? Gimme a BREAK!!

Tony GETS boned . By your girlfriend and or wife or young teen model.Next.Tony gest boned but I cannot spell.Kotex up yours funny man!!

Please cut the following players:

Pennington
Beck

W. Allen
J. Allen
N. Jones

Thank you!!!

I personally feel that the last play by the Cards 'Warner's fumble' should have been reviewed. I feel it WAS a fumble BUT being that it was the SUPER BOWL, I don't see how that doesn't get reviewed. It wasn't a no brainer; compared to the TD review the relevance was comparable so again I ask, WHY NOT???

Other wise a sleeper till the 4th.

Grats to Steeler Nation, you guys are a very complete team. The parts of the game I enjoyed the most was the smack-mouth hitting that the Steelers D and O brought to the table; when Ben threw that INT the O Line was out there laying the smack down on the D players.

To the Cards, you should have never been in the game to begin with. Be glad you finally made it to one, see you in another 40-50 yrs

Glad I had no money on the game....looked dirty to me:

At the end of the 1st half, Harrison intercepts Warner and returns it upfield, where Steeler #56 blocks #34 at the 50, but seconds later at the 30 yard line, 56 shoves the faster 34 in the back & forces him out of bounds, preventing a good-looking set-up for a tackle that prevents a TD with 3 seconds on the clock. The best the Steelers could've maybe gotten on that would've been a possible field goal for 3 points after a block-in-the-back penalty should've been assessed.

http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80e8325f&filter=cant-miss-plays&categoryId=featured

Additionally Warner was denied any reviews of fumbles where his arm moved forward on the film. You can't throw a red flag on the refs under 2 mins., so no recourse for the Cards there either.

Also, the Cards were penalized twice as much when you could plainly see Steelers taking Raven-like cheap shots that were ignored by the great Madden & Michaels.

Somebody asked the question if the Giants won last year because they could throw? That could be a yes or a no.

But I know they lost three of their final four games this year after Plax Burress shot himself and was gone. That says plenty to me.

I don't want to start the controversy about whether the officials were favoring Pittsburgh, but I do know when Santonio Holmes scored, he used the football as a prop in celebration. That is SUPPOSED to be a 15-yard penalty enforced on the kickoff.

That means the Steelers should have kicked off from the 15 yard line which makes Arizona's chances of getting a tying field goal a whole lot greater. Amazing.

Not to mention the Warner fumble that wasn't reviewed to end the game, and the roughing the passer/unnecessary roughness penalties.
Didn't the Steelers also get a lot of help from the officials when they played the Seahawks? I think I see a trend here.

I see the light! The Dolphins need WR help badly. BADLY!!!! U R Correct Mando.

Armando,
Wide receiver is a huge need - we need a big body receiver that can go over the middle or out leap smaller CB. I keep having flash backs of the first game of the season vs. the Jets and how CP lobbed a pass to Ginn, but he lost that jump ball and the pass was picked off.
However, the top need is pass rush. Joey Porter was a beast and was good in bursts, but championships are built on defense. The Giants were the only team to get to Brady all year and they won. Pittsburgh's defense was able to get to Warner for the first 3 quarters and rushed him into shorter throws (he never went deep during the whole game). Too many times, the opposing team's QB had waaay too much time to throw (e.g. the playoff game vs. the Ravens).
I'd love to get Boldin somehow, but I'm hoping Macklin is available for one of our second round picks. First round should be DE or LB.

The Seattle/Pittsburg SB was one of the worst officiated games I've ever seen. I knew going into the game that the officals were going to favor pittsburg. They even made AZ challenge a lot of the bad on the field calls.

That one drive in this SB was pretty bad. There was that roughing the passing that was awful. The face mask penalty shouldn't have been called because the defender let go of the helmet. That's 30 yards just on one drive in bad calls. Holding can be called on just about any play in the NFL. I noticed that the refs called A LOT of holding on Az until pittsburg had a 2 score lead.

With literally billions of dollars being wagered on the game and the refs making chump change, I can't think that it would be too difficult for someone to buy some calls. Maybe this will come to light in a few years just like it took spygate a few years before everyone knew.

The Dolphins have many needs for an 11-5 team. You can start at right guard and center on offense. On defense we need a OLB to complement Porter, an ILB who can cause mistakes, a good cover corner, NT, and depth along all three areas of the defense who hopefully can make a positive contribution to special teams.

Oh, and yes, a game breaking WR would be a nice addition as well, but hardly their most pressing need. And these needs are assuming they sign their free agents and Henne is capable of playing at this level.

Armando = Matt Millen, you would have us draft a WR in the first round every year. The reason why they were able to throw the ball was not because the Holmes created separation on great route running and speed, it was because Big Ben created additional time for him to get open by avoiding the rush time and time again. It doesn't matter how good your defensive secondary is, you will not be able to cover a WR for more than 3-4 seconds. Until the second half of this year and the playoffs, Holmes has been a good but not great WR on a team that is built similiar to what the dolphins would like, good defense and run game. Holmes has been in this year a year longer than Ginn has. The first year he was a non factor and second year just started to show something. This is also on a team that has another strong wide receiver (Ward) to keep teams honesty and not roll coverage over top of him. Defense wins championships, if we solidify our O-Line we have the pieces in place on a young offense to get it done if we can build a championship caliber defense. Get a clue people.

I think that Ted Ginn, Camarillo, and Davone Bess will be a very good nucleus of receivers and I don't see that need as pressing at all.

They will all be even better next year. Ginn can be a star.

way too many fans who don't have a clue what they are talking about.

1. No we don't use our #1 for a WR, Holmes doesn't make those plays w/out a defense holding the Cards for most of the game, nor a line to give protection. Plus, Ben has a rocket arm who can not only make all the throws but his size and escapablity allow him to buy extra time to give his rec's more time to get open and get seperation.
2. The booth did look at the play. It was a fumble. Doesn't matter if his arm went forward or not, the ball moved when he had the ball cocked. Once that happens, it's considered an empty hand, hence the fumble.
3. As far as the penalties... Arizona should have been called for more, Harrison was held on what seemed like every other play.

Armando, yes Holmes should have been penalized for the "King James" immitation... It wasn't fishy or biased, the Refs just didn't see it, you could see the line judge had his back turned to Holmes.

Bottom line is the Steelers wounldn't be where they were without that Defense or there rush offense. Hell without that play by Harrison before the half, the Steelers probably lose. Besides that, everyone wants a dominate WR ala Fitz but guess what??? they don't grow on f'ing trees. IF they did everyone would have one. Ginn made steps this year, showed big play ability.. but his strengths are still on vertical routes, which is Penningtons weakspot. There aint no way Pennington makes that throw at the end of the game.

Armando (et al),

Is it just me or is it that the minute after a team wins the big game everybody figures that is the blueprint.

Whether they threw or ran is not important, so much as they moved the ball. This is not exciting stuff like saying, we have to be like N.E. , or Indy, NY, or now Pitt simply because they are the Super Bowl team du jour.

Just play consistently good ball, be tough, have unity and luck on the injuries. Do it on a regular basis and chances are you get back to the big game more than a few times like the better teams in this league.

Get over Ted Ginn Jr. He is on the 53 man roster isn't he? His draft position 3 years ago doesn't mean squat now, nor was it his choice nor anybody's currently in this organization. He looked fine for a 2nd yr small but fast receiver in this league.

Idiots. Back to your Super Bowl banter. People are like sheep.

Joe (et al),

I am not advocating the Dolphins find a legit stud receiver based on the Super Bowl and last night's game. Any one who does not understand today's NFL is about being able to throw the football downfield is a clown. Rather than being a blueprint, last night's game was a globally telecast example of my point. That's all. You need at least one solid downfield threat to make hay in the NFL, regardless of whether you are the champion Steelers or the Detroit Lions.

The Dolphins DO NOT have that right now. So the Dolphins MUST find that and soon if they are to close a giant loophole on their roster.


I love the fins and we do need help in all these areas our WR are steady they are not great and they are not bad but if we get a great WR will pinningtons arm be able to get him the ball down the field.He played great last year but we need a WR that can stretch the field.I cant wait till HENNE is uor everydown QB.Ithink he will make ourWRs better.Pinnington arm can not throw over 30-40yards.That tells you the safties dont have to play deep they can crowd the line.Great WR will help but that is only half the solution.Look how deep Pitts Safties had to play. THat would not have been the case with PINNINGTON.

Armando,
Do not get down on Ginn. Santonio Holmes and Ginn have comparable statistics. I don't if Holmes is a number receiver either but he sure looked good yesterday. I agree the Dolphins need another receiver....Just don't agree it is a priority over other needs like strengthing the defense into being dominant...I think that is a more likely priority for Parcells & Co.

Armando, I dont want to bash you like other people here, but here is what you said:

"I don't want to start the controversy about whether the officials were favoring Pittsburgh, but I do know when Santonio Holmes scored, he used the football as a prop in celebration. That is SUPPOSED to be a 15-yard penalty enforced on the kickoff.

That means the Steelers should have kicked off from the 15 yard line which makes Arizona's chances of getting a tying field goal a whole lot greater. Amazing."

The final score was 27-23. A field goal would not have sufficed. :]

Ixxy, you are absolutely correct. I thought about that after I wrote it, but frankly, it was almost 2 in the morning and I wasn't in the mood to go back and edit.

I appreciate the correction, however.

As for the article, I agree with the need for a number 1 reciever. Ive been saying that all year. However, I dont see us trading for Anquan unless Tuna can get him dirt cheap. But do look for Tuna to get us somebody. You heard his remarks about the need for more offensive weapons.

As for the comments about our o-line, I think the only real need their will be a new center. We lost both our starting guards last year and had backups in their along with a backup quality center. Defenses tore through those guys easily.

We aquired the cfl's sack leader of the last 2 years to play mlb, and I believe if we make a trade or get a top notch free agent, it will be for someone like Suggs or a monster NT. Look for Tuna to address the secondary and recievers in the draft. And possibly the D-line.

I think you are correct, that would be the compliment to Camarillo and Bess. Also I dont care what what anyone says, we need that good strong arm to get the ball to that reciever you are talking about specially the deep ball.

Mando, the fact that you get paid to provide and "expert" analysis of football is a miracle and you should be thankful every day that you have a job.

You win in football by doing two things, protecting the passer and rushing the passer. i.e. you win at the line of scrimmage.

The team with the best offensive line and defense always wins - look at yesterday for an example. As a matter of fact the team with the best defense in the Super Bowl almost always wins. The last time I can think of the team with the inferior defense winning was 1999 Titans vs. Rams.

I agree that a great WR makes your team more entertaining but that's about it. And your constant downgrading of the Dolphin WRs is shameful. Ginn and Bess are still very young and should not be judged yet. As a matter of fact, look at yesterday's MVP Holmes. I would say that if you at the end of year 2, Ginn is a better WR than Holmes and Bess is miles ahead of where Holmes was at the end of year one.

Therefore, the greatest need for the Dolphins is to get better at the line of scrimmage. Randy Moss or Larry Fitzgerald or even both would not have made the Dolphins champions.

T.J. Houzyamamma, come on down to Miami! Great fit, and we can still pick up one in the draft.

The problem is, Camarillo, Bess and Ginn are all the same receiver. They are slot receivers. I would love to see what Ginn could do if there was a legit no. 1 receiver on this team. I mean, when you're trying to thow an endzone jump ball to Joey Haynos, I think we might have a need for a big, physical, jump ball receiver.

Armando, with a better running game and more stout defense, Bess, Camarillo and Ginn could be good enough. We also have TEs who make plays.

It would be nice to add a great WR but where is he coming from? Please don't start up the Boldin trade scenarios, the trade compensation will be too expensive. The best WRs in this draft Crabtree and Maclin will be too expensive to trade up for as well.

This team needs to keep building with what is available and when a top WR is available, then we can get him.

One receiver won't do it. The Fins need an entire unit of talented, dynamic receivers.

Think of it this way: let's assume Mando is right and the Fins sign a number one guy- and that guy gets injured- what then? You telling me the team is going to put all of its eggs in one guy... and if that guy goes down so does the season?

Screw that. After watching the Fins this year I learned one thing: it takes a great TEAM to win in the NFL. Not one receiver.

Pitt wins super bowl.... i hate to say it but Pitt is not the best team in the NFL.. Why ?

they win sloppy !
yes they had a hard schedule but the hard teams beat them!!
Super bowl - Cards are not that great !
(really to much to list)

I know Pitt was the last team standing but i cannot and will not give them credit !!

Bungle: Bess and Camarillo and Ginn could be good enough -- good enough to get you to the playoffs and then bounced in the first game.

And Steve G: The Dolphins have their starting guards coming back for next season as both Smiley and Thomas are doing fine with their rehabs. Does Miami need a center? Yes. But you don't add that or help for the defense to the exclusion of the WR position.

Have you guys heard the Dolphins have NINE draft picks coming up? NINE, including THREE in the first two rounds. They can find a receiver in that group. Geez.

mR742.. Must be a JETS fan !

Mark, can you make a point without casting aspersions about a person's job? I've forgotten more football than you've ever learned. I've talked to more scouts than you know exist. I've covered the Dolphins for 16 years and the NFL for 18 and have a good reputation with the people I covered with the exception of Dave Wannstedt -- which I wear as a badge of honor because he was terrible much of his time with Miami and I didn't give him a pass.

We don't have to always agree. But my "expertise" is beyond the reproach of an anonymous poster abroard.

The Fins definitly need a big receiver. They need plenty of other stuff too though. It is one of those situations where if they pull off a trade and they get Boldin or another big receiver I would definitly support it.

Hopefully, that sack-master from the CFL can do half as well in the NFL. We might actually already be set in terms of the pass rush.

If we get a number 1 CB, all of a sudden that shifts all the other CBs to a postion where they are much more likely to succeed. It is exactly the same as what happened to the Special Teams coverage after we signed that stud STer. All of a sudden the coverage wasn't bad. I do not remember any big returns after we signed that guy.

I'm not sure that the interior O-line is as big a need as people think. How many injuries did way have to the guards? It seems like a lot. If any team has to start putting 2nd and 3rd string guards in the line it is not going to be good. Satele looked real good two years ago. Don't forget even after Brown went down, Chatman was still getting pretty good numbers running the ball. You surround a good player with two crappy players and all of a sudden he's got to be super man in the middle of the O-line. No C can do that.

For all you people saying a qb needs to be able to take advantage of a big-play receiver. How many times did Warner throw the deep ball yesterday? All the big plays were caught in the 10-15 yard range and turned into big plays. Don't get me wrong it would be great if CP had a good arm. However, I'll take his brain over a guy with all the talent and no brain anyday.

I do beleive that Parcell's said we need some big plays in games to change the tide so we may see something yet.
In so far as that being a stud receiver, the book is out on the benefits of that acquisition. What do you lose or miss to get a stud receiver?
You can have the greatest receiver on earth but if your qb is on its butt or can't throw the ball, I don't care what your receiver does he won't win any games for you.
And if your offense isn't on the field, a stud reciever can't make plays for you either. You need someone to knock the Lady Brady's on their butts.
This blog reminds of a Detroit manager that was fired. Flip flop, flip flop.
You need a big, smart o-line, a big bad d line, killer linebackers and a good hard hitting secondary. Parcells said, Big, Smart and Fast.

I don't feel the Dolphins can't win the guys they have now (11-5 and the playoffs isn't bad by my count), but you are right Armando. Take for example that playoff game, where the Dolphins had only 3 recievers active. A WR is a big need.

If Harvin drops to the Dolphins in the first round he would be a steal. Ginn is a coward and if he hasn't grown any balls by now I don't see it happening in the future. He isn't tough enough to play the slot and isn't good enough to be the No. 1 receiver. He would be good as a third reciever due to his speed and the matchups he would get. Bess and Camarillo will just get better, but not faster. Harvin has had some injury issues but they have been addressed with successful surgery. Harvin is tougher and faster than Ginn. If Harvin's not available I don't see any other top recievers that would fall that far or be worth that high a pick.

Armando, clearly you must have run out of sugar for your coffee this morning. Its making you a little cranky obviously. You should know after all these years as a writer that no matter what you write there are always going to be people that disagree with you and some that haven't matured fully and write hatefull things. Dont fuel them with a response. In the mean time, keep posting new material, I search Espn, Fox, NFL.com, miamiherald.com and several other newspaper sites daily looking for tidbits of Dolphins news. Its always refreshing to find something new to read, even if I dont agree with the writer.

A day of nothing to read is far worse than a day of something to read that I may not agree with. And a day of something to read that I do agree with is even better. Now go buy some sugar for your coffee. :D

Armando - I agree that we need a "top- flight" WR. But this is only one of several needs. We also need a QB that can utilize this receiver. I persueded that CPs weak arm will neutralize any "great" WR we're able to acquire. In other words: "he'll take a great player and make him a good one". Not to mention the great opportunity cost(Cap Space or Draft Picks) to the organization. There are other needs we can address that bring more reliable improvement. What we really need is Pro-bowl caliber players at almost any position. I've stated on this blog that I think we can draft on the first day of the draft players at OL,DL,DB,LB,or WR. The key is to draft great players; we're not that close to greatness.

Armando,

How bad was your rep with Wanny? Just curious.

I do need SUGAR!!!!!!

I also need sleep. But instead, I'll get to deal with TSA people. And the Miami International Airport. And a cab driver. And a hotel that wants to charge me double for internet service (got that one taken care of earlier). Don't get me wrong, it's fun to cover the Super Bowl. But it's not all fun.

Johnny: My "rep" isn't what was the problem with Wanny. It was that he didn't like to be criticized and I spent all of 2004 doing just that until the day he was told he would be fired at the end of the year and decided to walk out midway through the season instead. So obviously the relationship went from good to awful.

Meanwhile, I still get along great with Shula and Saban. Cameron came and went so fast it was very impersonal so no problems.

Meant to sat I'm Persuaded in previous post

Armando: How you put up with these clowns on here is quite amazing. I agree with lxxy13 wholeheartedly. The fact that you not only have a blog, but also post interesting topics, whether one agrees with the topic or not, for 'supposed' Dolfans to discuss is a credit to you. You also actually contribute to your own blog by offering insight to brain dead commenters. A lot of beatwriters, etc, do not interact with their readers. You do, which makes you not only a very good sportwriter, but also a key contributor to a fan's ongoing need for sports talk regarding their favorite team.

I live in NW PA, which is obviously die hard Steelers country. I read the Herald specifically to learn of any new or interesting developments regarding the Dolphins. Armando does a fantastic job for that. I am appreciative of it. Usually I don't post because one loses brain cells and IQ points by reading what these idiot 'so-called' Dolfans paste to the discussion, if one can even call this a discussion. Would you losers rather Armando not post anything? If not, you would most likely then defame him because he's not active enough for a beat-writer. Get a clue you stupid band-wagon south florida fans. I can't stand the Steelers, but their fans are so much more appreciative of their sportswriters.

Keep doing what you're doing Mando and pay no mind to those clowns who want to turn what you do into a circus.

Sorry, I can't type! I meant to say I'm persuaded in previous post.

Hey IXXY13 cameron wake wasn't signed to play mlb like you stated earlier.the man was called the cfl's sack master because he he had 39 sacks in two years and was a de who will be playing OLB .

What I saw was two QB's that could go down field further then 25-35 yds. Why talk about recievers when their abilities are so limited because of Pennys arm.. We have the same QB in Henne. Give our Wideouts a chance to shine. If we draft a WR that is a standout he won't do any better then what we have. Why spin our wheels when the problem is a QB that doesn't even pretend to look downfield. He will dink and dunk and that won't get us to the bowl

Armando: How you put up with these clowns on here is quite amazing. I agree with lxxy13 wholeheartedly. The fact that you not only have a blog, but also post interesting topics, whether one agrees with the topic or not, for 'supposed' Dolfans to discuss is a credit to you. You also actually contribute to your own blog by offering insight to brain dead commenters. A lot of beatwriters, etc, do not interact with their readers. You do, which makes you not only a very good sportwriter, but also a key contributor to a fan's ongoing need for sports talk regarding their favorite team.

I live in NW PA, which is obviously die hard Steelers country. I read the Herald specifically to learn of any new or interesting developments regarding the Dolphins. Armando does a fantastic job for that. I am appreciative of it. Usually I don't post because one loses brain cells and IQ points by reading what these idiot 'so-called' Dolfans paste to the discussion, if one can even call this a discussion. Would you losers rather Armando not post anything? If not, you would most likely then defame him because he's not active enough for a beat-writer. Get a clue you stupid band-wagon south florida fans. I can't stand the Steelers, but their fans are so much more appreciative of their sportswriters.

Keep doing what you're doing Mando and pay no mind to those clowns who want to turn what you do into a circus.

Armando: How you put up with these clowns on here is quite amazing. I agree with lxxy13 wholeheartedly. The fact that you not only have a blog, but also post interesting topics, whether one agrees with the topic or not, for 'supposed' Dolfans to discuss is a credit to you. You also actually contribute to your own blog by offering insight to brain dead commenters. A lot of beatwriters, etc, do not interact with their readers. You do, which makes you not only a very good sportwriter, but also a key contributor to a fan's ongoing need for sports talk regarding their favorite team.

I live in NW PA, which is obviously die hard Steelers country. I read the Herald specifically to learn of any new or interesting developments regarding the Dolphins. Armando does a fantastic job for that. I am appreciative of it. Usually I don't post because one loses brain cells and IQ points by reading what these 'so-called' Dolfans paste to the discussion, if one can even call this a discussion. Would you losers rather Armando not post anything? If not, you would most likely then defame him because he's not active enough for a beat-writer. Get a clue you stupid band-wagon south florida fans. I can't stand the Steelers, but their fans are so much more appreciative of their sportswriters.

Keep doing what you're doing Mando and pay no mind to those clowns who want to turn what you do into a circus.

The dolphins need to trade their #1 pick for Anquan Boldin.

Mando,

Did the Patriots win all those super bowls with a game changing receiver? A big play WR is not a necesity to win a super bowl.

I couldn't agree more with your assessment Mando. This is why I was begging for Crabtree to fall into our laps before we turned the season around. Not only would a legit #1 receiver add a dangerous down-field passing attack, but it would also help a young QB like Henne's development.

Mando, I apologize if I hurt your feelings but I'm only standing up for my (our) team. Our young WR corps time and again gets beat up on your blog without need. I mean how can you say the absence of a Larry Fitzgerald was the biggest reason the Dolphins didn't succeed? You think Larry Fitzgerald would have made the Dolphins beat the Ravens? I certainly don't. I mean, we all sat here and discussed how it was the Ravens' Haloti Ngata who kept blowing up Dolphin offense play after play.

Time and again, it's proven that the team with the best defense and OL will win the Super Bowl 9 out of 10 times. Prove me otherwise. And you don't need a huge WR to win a Super Bowl. The Patriots won several with small WRs, as did the Rams. And weren't Deion Branch, Hines Ward, and Santonio Holmes all Super Bowl MVPs? None of them are big.

So if you want to sit there and call people who disagree with you a clown, just prove me wrong.

Dirty Sanch-That's a great point. To make it an even stronger point, they have not won the Super Bowl since they got Moss. You could easily argue that they did not win because the D-line of the Giants got pressure on Brady and made him throw the ball before his receivers got open. Earlier a poster made the point that the thing you need most is a D-line to get pressure on the QB and an O-line to protect your QB. In addition, Ben last night was itching to get the Lombardi Trophy down to the O-line. That kind of shows how important they are.

Great points about the NE wr corps.I said before and i'll say again.Super bowls are won in the trenches.

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