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The good news for Dolfans on tax day

It is tax day and that's quite depressing with all the government spending and mismanagement that's going on. It's enough to cause hundreds of thousands of citizens to take to the streets in grassroots tea parties throughout our nation. Meanwhile NFL fans are sizing up the potential potholes in their teams' recently released schedules while also measuring their teams' weaknesses in anticipation of the coming NFL draft.

It can all be a huge downer if you let it.

So today I offer a lift to you, the hardcore Dolphins fan. You have much to be thankful for because although I've made the point time and again that the Miami roster is flawed, the franchise is nonetheless pointed in the right direction.

So what follows is a list of positive facts about your Miami Dolphins that should take your mind off 1040s and turbo tax and all that schtuff

1. Bill Parcells is running the show. The Big Tuna has brought to the Dolphins a credibility and respect that was lacking since Jimmy Johnson quit the first time, after the 1998 season. The Dolphins are no longer viewed as potential victims in trades because Parcells doesn't get taken to the cleaners. The Dolphins are being molded in the image of a champion that Parcells likes to establish, which is a big, strong, hard-working team that avoids drama. Parcells is so good at what he does he is already thinking of the 2010 season even as we're days from the 2009 draft. He is going into this draft understanding the possible holes in the 2010 roster -- due to free agency -- and he expects to make decisions in this draft, in part, with that season in mind. Pretty awesome for a team that simply tried to survive day-to-day under previous management regimes.

2. The quarterback situation is set. The Dolphins haven't had it this good at the quarterback spot since Dan Marino was in his prime. They have a veteran quarterback in Chad Pennington that doesn't make many mistakes, doesn't make a ton a money to eat up cap space, doesn't complain about his contract situation, is a great leader, and is a great team player. They have an heir to Pennington in Chad Henne, who has a very good arm, played for a long time at a bigtime university, doesn't seem overmatched by anything, and is such a competitor he's intent on displacing Pennington this year rather than waiting for 2010.

3. The coaching staff is set and productive. Yes, there were some hiccups early last season when Tony Sparano and his staff were still getting to know their players. But they figured out very quickly what those players could and could not do and they maximized that ability. The staff was good enough that Todd Bowles and Paul Pasqualoni were considered head coaching candidates elsewhere this offseason and Steve Hoffman was hired away by Kansas City. The good news is the staff only had the Hoffman defection and an offensive line assistant change when Mike Maser was fired. By any NFL standard, that means the Dolphins staff retains its cohesion and constancy.

4. Youth rules. The over-the-hill-gang they definitely aren't. The Dolphins were young last season and will be younger yet this year, believe it or not. They've lost or cut veterans such as Vonnie Holliday, Renaldo Hill and Andre' Goodman and will replace them with younger players. They are about to add a dozen rookies. They are building for tomorrow. “There is no doubt about it, you have to have younger players on your team," General Manager Jeff Ireland said. "You want to build through the draft. That’s a strategy and philosophy that this trio has felt real strongly about as many times as we have been together. Age does make a difference as well as longevity, how many more years a guy can play and if a player is ascending or descending.”

5. The Dolphins know the trenches are important. There is no NFL team that can win despite losing the battles along the line of scrimmage. It is simply impossible. Don Shula recognized this earlier in his career when he sent three offensive linemen to the Hall of Fame. He knew this when tough men such as Manny Fernandez anchored the defensive line. But he went away from that a bit when Dan Marino came on the scene. Yes, that lightning release was rarely sacked, but the Dolphins couldn't run the football to save their lives. And yes, the Dolphins applied pressure, but they struggled stopping the run. It was telling that in 1995, the Dolphins desperately needed to improve their pass rush ... so their signature free agent signing was Eric Green, a tight end. Jimmy Johnson believed offensive linemen weren't a priority, but rather afterthoughts he could find late in the draft or as undrafted free agents and that just wasn't true all the time. By contrast, the Dolphins today have a solid starting offensive line. Jake Long should get better. Justin Smiley is expected to be healthy by training camp. Jake Grove is an upgrade over Samson Satele as long as he stays healthy. Donald Thomas is 100 percent again and has much potential. And Vernon Carey is nothing if not dependable. Defensively, the Miami line is young and improving. Yes, Holliday is gone but he played only 53 percent of the snaps last season and was destined to play less than that this year because Phillip Merling or Randy Starks are going to start. The Dolphins have high, high hopes for Lionel Dotson, who got little attention in 2008. Keep your eyes on him because Parcells is.

6. The draft will not finish Miami's work. The Dolphins have worked out and studied a ton of little-known, little-valued players they believe might not be drafted. The reason for this is the team will sign about a dozen undrafted free agents in hopes that maybe two make the team and one or more can become practice squad players. Last season the Dolphins added K Dan Carpenter and WR Davone Bess as undrafted free agents. I think that speaks for itself.

7. There's more to Miami than meets the eye. While most of us are focused on the starters and the stars, the Dolphins staff and personnel dept. are wise enough to go beyond that. Guess what? They didn't give up on guard Shawn Murphy after he disappointed last season. He came in too fat heavy to be able to compete last training camp. Falling behind day after day, he was of no effect by the time the team needed guard help during the regular-season. That will not be the case now. He is in shape and getting stronger. The Dolphins haven't given up on him simply because he's not a star or starter. The same is true with Dotson, who I mentioned earlier. No, he didn't figure prominently. But this is a 6-4, 290-pound guy who is getting stronger this offseason. He is a project, I grant you, but the project is being improved as we speak. Safety Tyrone Culver is not a name you'll hear most anyplace else. But the Dolphins think he's going to be a stud in the nickel and dime packages. He has coverage and ball skills that allow him to compete at cornerback. And failing that, he's a reliable tackler in the back end. The Dolphins expect much from him. Then there is Joe Cohen. Who, you might ask? He's pushing Paul Soliai to be Miami's backup nose tackle. At 6-2 and 315, Cohen is probably a bit smaller than the Dolphins want anchoring the middle, but University of Florida fans know he's He-Man strong so watch for him. Finally, there is TE Joey Haynos. The fact of the matter is David Martin and Anthony Fasano are both unsigned beyond 2009. Both will not be re-signed. The Dolphins are projecting Haynos to be the next guy up in the rotation. He has great hands. He's 6-8 and 270 pounds, which makes him a HUGE target in the red zone. And the amazing thing is the kid is rather lanky and can run pretty well. He has potential the Dolphins believe will begin to shine in 2009.

So those are some good-news facts you should consider about your team today -- even as tax bills and life's other challenges try to get most of your attention.

Let me know what else you would add to my list.

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it's sad when D4life and soulj think that defeating the Texanes is a big deal,one of the worst team in football today. it shows the frame of mind of fin fans the years of cam,nick and jt 1-15.please people set your hopes high.

fsudolphins13
I feel that we can beat Atlanta because their defense is weak and they give up alot of penalties. Then beat an aging Petton Manning and Colts, Manning has always had problems with the Dolphins when they play in the heat of Miami. If we can get buy the Chargers hey i can see the dolphins starting 3-0. But thats a BIG if against the Chargers they will be up for us for sure and want revenge for last year.

Armando,

Great blog today. And thanks for getting all the liberal losers fired up.

It's your blog...do watcha like.

Viva Bush!

Gort
Its even sadder that the Texans have beaten the Dolphins 3 in a row.
Come on gorty

i like to know if every one on thig has finished high school cause most of them they just write slogans

VP
I totally agree but I refrained from any political comment so as not to add to the proverbial political hog on this, our sacared Dolphins blog.
Go Dolphins!

why is that D4life? today's fins are way better in every way ,good team unit players,good daddy in tuna and a coach his is to coach no to attend to his hair or a coach to his retirment account or a players for themselfs, i am tellin you the dolpins this year they are going to be great in every way as long as no one aboe the team unit.
GO FINS but not agains my daddy tom

VIVabush cuban
Armando can't have it both ways, first when we where debating on this great Dolphins blog about politics he told us to stop or risk being 86 out of this great dolphins blog. Now hes talking about taxation tea partys. Their trendy, way to meet girls and give a piece of your mind to the Governemnt and laugh while having a beer at the local. Yeah man great article Armando but tea bag it somewhere else

cuban is missing in this blog ,we need him to make people feel petter, he always does but if he's not here ,mr bunglito will do

Cuban I mean Gorty did you see the Dolphins at the Texans last year? Remember the last second QB sneak that beat us?
How did that make you feel? Me I just about ripped the flat sceen off the wall!
Come on Gorty

Gordy I mean Gopats
the bigger younger stronger better is just my draft day mantra I let it go later.

Carlito form golfito is in the Hiszzy

d4life, needing a football fix, that game was just on nfl replay a few days ago and like a dumba*# i sat through it again. my dog is still limping

jaksin
I feel your pain man I feel your pain.

i never liked to watch fins for years even though i can see all their games up north but since we send tuna to help you i saw all the games last year and the best one was the mascare when fins won aganist the pats and that was the begining of some thing great for you.i also saw the sneak and it was painful for you not me

Mando, it's your blog and obviously it is very popular from the look of the responses. Just keep doing what it is you do and to heck with all the idiots wanting to tell you what to do and how to do it.

If people like what you write, they'll come here to agree with you. If they don't like what you write, they'll come here to disagree and rant. You've got them by the balls.

Be good.

Discovered this blog today. Good stuff. By the way, fairtax.org. The only real change you can believe in.

d4life, however cobbs did look pretty slick.

Madcow
Go tea bag it.

Gort
If you don't like the lDolphins what are you doing here. Are you hangging out with the Cuban?

Dolphins4life: You are crude. I'm sure you could get a post in the Obama regime. But only as long as you've been a chronic tax cheat in recent years.

Any one loves the old TV show "the golden girls"?if you don't ,what you think of having a victoria secret talk once a week and if it goes well we can have it every day for 20 minutes in honor of nathaniel.

rache madow, why in hell you attacking a good guy like D4life,find some one who wants to talk crap politics like you , he told every one he doesn't want to talk politics.go watch fix news,hannity is on,we are talking victoria secret now.

"It's not that democrats are ignorant. It's just that so much of what they say just isn't so."

all i want to know, is who really was the better driver, cole trickle or russ wheeler?

OJ WAS DRIVING

Madcow
If you have read some of the post in the past you would realize that Armando has kicked people out from arguing on this blog about politics. Now, you talk about rude what you just said about the Obama and tax cheat. Need I say more...you know your begging to sound like another character created by the Menance?
Anyway, thats why I try not to talk politics or debate on this sacred Dolphins and any other sports blog.
Hey its cool to protest and tea bag it, its cool man.

Gort? Be serious. You're not going to engage me with your stupid postings.

I'm not a man, I'm a gal. And your tea bagging comment was CRUDE. No place for that on any blog, sports or otherwise.

Rachel ,do you like men or you like victoria secret better?

Rachel Madcow
Do you look anything like Rachel McAdams?

Where is the Cubiche?

That's it for me. Good night gentlemen. You too dolphins4life and Mario.

madcow, well it can not be your name, so it must describe your look and nature.

rachel, who is better looking ,suggs of ravens or rose ODANOLD

Madcow
prove your just not another character created by the cuban menace, say something smart or maybe just logical. Assemble the frequency from two sources maybe three but don't over think it. LOL

guys,

chill and lay off madcow, she just simply gave mando credit. she didn't say anything offensive, and cuban is on patrol thats why he isn't posting. BTW the Texans have beat us around 8 TIMES IN A ROW!!!! when they did the QB sneak i wanted to lay in a corner and cry myself to sleep, i was bitter for a week, and i still have the paper from the last time we beat baltimore lol

Rachel ,please come back you the only one we have, oky can you send us a photo ?

fsudolphins13
Are you the cuban because if you read her post you would know she did say something offesive. Are you MARIO also? is that another character of yours?
I'm on to you crazy cuban who is on patrol, how did you know that?

VP . Your left wing looney liberal rant is boring. ZZzzzz. Lay off the kool -aid. Also your hypocrite , green boy , nut job Al Gore Lost. Thank god for that and GET OVER IT .

rachel, on be hehalf the entire blog, i am sorry, now my name is marco and i like to talk to you about diet ,would you be able to help me?

Obama is good
Bill go blow smoke up someone else's blog. You need to get over it!LOL

OK,every shoot at me a question,i will be here for 4 hours.

Good nite Cuban Menace!

Obama SUKS like your mama. Now get of this blog and get over it !

GOPATS aka ? . LMAO at your movie. Who's going to play me , Clint Eastwood ?

how long it takes to cook pasta and how you do it? help.

i come to this blog to escape (which every one knows about) the troubled country, econ, and the rest of it. please, again please go preach this crap to some site or blog that wants and cant wait to debate about it. there should be plenty of them. you want to be angry, be angry the dolphins havent won a super bowl. not becuase everyone who voted has anaconda's or your vote didnt seem to count. and tea bagging isnt the answer.

NJ PFIN FAN, cint is old now for that part ,i am thinking of some one strong but scary with grace like suggs from the ravens.any way do you think we should talk about victoria secret once a week?

Boy, Had to do alot of reading to catch up to you guys. Well put Jaksin, with the voice of reason.

assassin, ya you know whats up.

Gopats. I said Clint because of the PUNK Reference. i would love to talk victoria secret.

Ok so all the political talk and Obama haters. Whether you agree on what Obama's done so far or not, the one thing we all can agree on is the economy is awful. Right? With that being said, do you want the man who acknowledged that and is at least attempting to devise a plan to fix it in office? Or do you want the guy who publicly stated "I don't see a problem with the economy." With that being said, Scorpio Babers 2012!!!!!

dolphins4life,

I'm nobody but me, i knew cuban was on patrol because if you read the 1st 2 pages you would see that he said he was gonna go patrol, also I saw nothing offensive in madcow's post, in fact i agree with it, so you can try to argue if you want but all I want it peace at the moment,

Gopats,

who would play me? I was thinking Seth Rogan or maybe Adam Sandler

kevin hates, why are you looking for a political arguement on a football sight? dude, get a grip.

Boldin trade talks have begun in Arizona, and although it would cost a bit to get him, i dont see how you dont at least see what it would take to get him in aqua and orange. Clearly he is a number 1 WR and Arizona will probably want a 1 and 3, but i think the Dolphins might be able to get him for a 1st and Ginn. Davone Bess has way more upside as far as im concerned and this trade might interest Arizona since they would be getting a decent slot option for Warner.

Do i want a man whose attempt to fix it is to increase the deficit 4 times what it was before or spending more money ( 4 trillion dollars ) than every prez combined ? HELL NO ! That's not fixing it . That's destroying it !

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