« Update (4) from Thursday Dolphins OTA | Main | The leadership voices in the Miami locker room »

Clearing things up for the world to understand

Welcome to Friday. Cue TGIF music. Or just play the video below.

Want to take this opportunity to clear up a couple of mistakes, misconceptions and misdeeds:

In my column on Ronnie Brown today, I allowed No. 23 to tell you where he believes he rates among the NFL's top running backs. Brown said he considers himself in the same conversation with Adrian Peterson and others. That's his opinion and I'm cool with it.

I hope to see more from Brown this season. He needs to turn routine runs into jaw-droppers on occasion. We want to see a couple of 4-yard runs turn into 16-yarders where Brown bounces off one tackler, runs over another, and gets to the second level. We also need to see more 50- and 60-yard runs. One per season isn't elite.

Three or four of those is elite.

Of course, the Dolphins need to do their part. They need to give Brown enough opportunities to make big plays. Between 12-15 rushes per game isn't enough. He needs 20-23 rushes per game to make it work.

I would tell you there was an editing mistake in my column and I want to clear it up. When I filed it I wrote that, "Brown wasn't even the best running back on his own team one year ago."

It was inexplicably changed to, "Brown wasn't even the best running back on his own team last season."

The change is significant. In May 2008, Brown was still recovering from his knee surgery, he was unsure in his running and uncertain about his prospects. Ricky Williams, meanwhile, was impressing the heck out of people with his explosion and pop and practice habits. Williams was at that time Miami's best RB.

That obviously changed during the regular-season as Brown healed and got stronger and had a very good season. Speaking of change, the wording has since been changed back by editors so that's appreciated by me. We're all human.

The next thing I'd like to clear up is the notion that Pat White continues to struggle in these OTAs, which I've heard around town from fans and other media.

So you understand, these OTAs are glorified classroom sessions. The team meets in the morning and goes over an "install" for that day's practice. An "install" is when coaches put in a set of plays the team has in its playbook and wants to use.

After two hours or so of that install, the team goes on the practice field at around 10 a.m. and works the install. This work does not include pads, does not include any hitting, is not done "live" or at full speed. There is no tackling.

This is basically flag football using plays the athletes first learned a few minutes ago.

So if Pat White, a rookie quarterback, struggles here and there during one of these practices, so be it. It does not mean he's over his head. It does not mean he's a bust. It means he's a rookie quarterback seeing something on the field for the very first time only minutes before he saw it from coaches for the first time.

Most of the rookies around the NFL right now are easy to pick out. They're the guys with the bulging eyeballs. They're the guys seeing scary things for the first time. They're the guys that seem a bit overmatched.

It's May, people. That's the way it's supposed to be. Get a grip.

Similarly, to suggest a guy is playing well based on what is happening in these OTA practices is a stretch because it's not real football out there. There were a couple of throws across the middle in Thursday's OTA session that seemed nice but really weren't that great because, were it a live game, they would have gotten the tight end or receiver decapitated.

I've also seen far too many players look like Tarzan during these offseason camps and then play like Jane when the real games begin. This doesn't mean offseason camps are a waste of time. They serve their purpose in keeping guys in shape, sharpening the players' minds, and establishing team chemistry.

But please keep perspective otherwise.

And thank God it's Friday!

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2011570af9dd6970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Clearing things up for the world to understand:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

willi chorino the only thing marino ever smoked was defenses and the record books! ronnie may not be elite in some eyes but he is the most complete back in the nfl. he can block decipher who to block catch and run not to mention run the wildcat. kinda hard to be elite when you have no line and no passing game that a defense fears. pennington is the first real qb he has ever had and he had no inside blocking hence the dancing trying to create something out of nothing.

cacajoe is a tool! End of story !

You are absolutely right mando. If the Dolphins want ronnie brown to be elite, they have to treat him that way. They have to give him the rock.
We'll know if they think he's elite by whether they give him a new contract and what kind of contract they give him. Don't see him making $8-$10 mill a year, though. He's not worth that.

By the way, cool video. I was in junior high when that song came out. Great times.

Dear Mr. That Guy


"What's a good beer anybody? I don't drink, but after reading this article on a Friday and seeing the video I was thinking of starting."


For the gentleman I would recommend any 40oz malted beverage wraped in a brown paper bag.

For the Ladies I would recommend a nice Dec. 2008 Boonesfarm or the Jan 2009 Wild Irish Rose.

And maybe some wet naps for when the lady vomits.

Soiled :)

hey come on people any dolphins fans should be recommending landshark beer! it tastes good and you would be supporting the mighty dolphins we all love!

sammo,

land shark is lowest priced beer around but at games will it be the most expensive and dan marino is my hero but what record did he do beside playing 30 years as QB and no ring to show for

I have to agree with sammo, ronnie is the most complete back in nfl, plus he can throw also.

what about alexander keith`s beer?

james adams is best beer

WE WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL WITH MY HERO RONNIE BROWN THE MAN FROM SOME WHERE AND IF PAT WHITE BECOME THE NUMBER 1 QB THIS YEAR HENEE CAN MOVE NUMBER 3 QB AND HAVE A RING

Mad dog 20/20. orange jubilee or grape.

MD 20/20 grape

Landshark is watered down pi$$ water and imitation corona which is nothing special either

You suck Armando>
An elementry student could make better post than you.

I remember when you wrote that Jason Taylor was going to the Patriots and then 2 days later he signed with Miami.(you really have good insight)

Maybe you could find another profession.....Maybe a valet.

Sun Sentinel owns you guys

dolfan4life you should not make fun of someone's job when you are unemployed. Think about it, if your mom didn't let you live in her basement, you would have to actually get job and support yourself.

Shut up chanchito, imean cunan menace or gopats,

Mando you clown show me some respect! I was the biggest scrub TE in the NFL back in the day...

I couldn't care less about whether you think Ricky is better or Brown is better. Your thoughts on the matter don't translate into W's for the Dolphins.

« 1 2

The comments to this entry are closed.