The last 10 days or so have been a busy time for the Armando Salguero microsoft Outlook box. She's been full with questions and comments from you, the readers, about all things Dolphin.
So today I'm going to share with you some of the letters and clear out the box in one fell swoop. Thanks (to most of you) for the nice comments you include in those letters, by the way.
I've condensed some of the letters for our purposes here because, well, I don't want to take up so much space on the Internet. Don't want it to get full or something.
The e-mail: Armando, agree [Chad] Pennington has much to offer. However he lost arm strength in his career and it's not coming back. This regime saw something in the loss to the Ravens that all teams will do upon looking at the film. Therefore Parcells will most likely replace Pennington with Henne and White for the wildcat this coming season. Michael Alexander.
The response: Michael, the changing of the guard is indeed coming. But the only way it happens this season is if Pennington doesn't play up to the standards he set in 2008. It would be hard to justify benching Pennington for any other reason. Even if the Dolphins are losing and out of contention, Pennington has to remain in the lineup if he plays well because benching him could cause locker room turmoil. Of course, it is unlikely the Dolphins would be losing a lot with their quarterback playing well. It would require a total collapse by the defense.
The e-mail: " I can tell you Pat White has a loooong way to go before he can compete with Henne. It will be either Henne or White if Bill Parcells' plan is followed. I still believe it will be Henne. Why? He has the superior arm. He has the superior pocket presence. He is not as mobile as White, but neither is he immobile. White? You have to understand I've only seen four practices so this will be a fluid and too-early call on a rookie. But unless he has an arm transplant, it isn't likely to get a whole lot stronger. And unless he's about to get a leg extension, he isn't likely to get a whole lot taller.His arm is good enough, but not great. He sailed quite a few passes during the practices this weekend. His mid-range and short-range throws are excellent. His ability to read and recognize was decent, considering he learned the play only hours before running them. But his deep outs and 9-routes (deep up the sideline) throws were unimpressive to me. They get there, but not with the velocity of a Henne pass. White is behind on both his size (which is important to staying healthy and seeing over the blockers and rushers) and arm strength."
Drew Brees is 6-foot and 209 pounds. They (White and Brees) have similar arm strength. Also, Brees doesn't seem to have a problem throwing the ball past his lineman. My opinion, Pat White has the heart of a lion and could easily be the starting quarterback in 2010. John Williams.
The response: You are entitled to your opinion. And you have a 50-50 chance of being correct. But Drew Brees played in only one game as a rookie and then was terrible as the starter the next two seasons before finally blossoming in 2004 -- a turnaround that suprised even the San Diego braintrust.
The e-mail: Bill Parcells has the chance to make it up to me. I will forgive the draft mishaps IF they pick up recently released Pittsburgh Steelers linbacker Larry Foote. He is a proven NFL linebacker, and he's won two Super Bowls with the Steelers. After all the linebackers that were passed by in the draft, we now have the chance and the cap room to pick up one of the better proven linebackers in the league. He is familiar with playing in a 3-4 and I'm sure Joey Porter would love to have a former Steeler playing beside him. NC Mike.
The response: Foote signed with Detroit. So Parcells apparently isn't too concerned about making things up to you.
The e-mail: One thing about writers like you is that you're always looking for controversy, whether it's there or not. First, there was the Bill Parcells controversy, or lack of one, and now this. Do you remember when Tony Sparano talked about getting Chad Henne more reps? Why do you think he said that? Because it sounded good? No, it's because that's the Dolphins' plan, to slowly ease Henne into the starting job. The Dolphins have something different in mind for Pat White. How do I know this, you ask. I don't have the inside scoop like you do. I look at the history of quarterbacks like Pat White. Names like Kordel Stewart and Antwan Randle-El come to mind. Kordel Stewart was a starter for a time, but in the end, was relegated to the role you see that type of QB in. They are not drafted to be starters. They are drafted to give the offense more versatility, and less predictability. That's the role Pat White was drafted to play. Maybe he'll be a good backup, but, unless Henne goes down, that's all he'll be. Why don't you write about the real Dolphin issues, and how they're being addressed. Like cornerback, wide receiver, pass rush, etc. There is no controversy, or competition at QB. Bet this doesn't get printed. James Janoff.
The response: First, Bill Parcells thought long and hard about whether to stay or leave the Dolphins and required a change to the contract's language to stay. Meanwhile, that was Jeff Ireland saying Pat White was drafted to compete at quarterback. I didn't pluck that out of thin air. That's the Dolphins official stance. Finally, betcha it does get printed.
The e-mail: Hey Mando! I know you probably think I'm stalking you with my contant Dolphins-related e-mails but, then again, not much Dolphins in the news around here. My question this time is do you think the Dolphins should or could go after Foote? I think he would be a big uprgade to Ayodele (not that I have anything against him though) and also what is Matt Roth up to this days? With so many players trying to take his job away (Wake, Anderson, Walden and possibly JT) is he at least trying to prove he should be the starter or is he away on holidays? Anyways Mando, hope everything is ok in sunny Miami! Francisco.
The response: Hey Francisco! Although I have not talked to Roth recently I understand he's in the offseason workout program and not on holiday. This kid is a worker and isn't going to pull back on a competition for his job, regardless of the challenger. This is a contract year for Roth as he is unsigned for 2010. So if he's ever going to play at his peak, 2009 would certainly be a wise time to do that. And yes, sunny Miami is grand!
The e-mail: First I know what a football genius Bill Parcells is. I have read all of his books, respect him, glad to have him here, but I already have a God. CHAD HENNE was 6-foot-2 until he reaches the NFL and was measured standing on the Dolphin playbook. [Now he's] 6-3. I am hostile to Chad Henne only to the extent that it makes Jim Mandich unlistenable. His throwing and ball handling skills (that is what I have seen in 2008 preseason practice) are impressive. But in a big game with it all on the line? Everyone is blinded by Henne's Bowl game performance Michigan vs. Florida. But Florida took the game off, then went on to a National Championship. Michigan took it seriously, then responded with a 3-8 season. The biggest game of Henne's career had to be the last Michigan-Ohio State game. Henne, a 4-year starter, never had beaten Ohio State, etc. So what happened? Henne throws for 69 yards, Michigan losses. On that Michigan team there were two receivers drafted into the NFL., a running back drafted, and the No. 1 left tackle in college ... 69 yards ... Look at the film, Henne appears confused and indecisive. Dolphins offensive coordinator] Dan Henning says that Henne is as good as Matt Ryan & Joe Flacco...I will need to see this in the last quarter of a big Dolphin game. Cheers, Mike.
The response: We all want to see it in the last quarter of a big Dolphins game. We'd like to see it the first three quarters also. But I'm not hung up on a bad performance against Ohio State, or four losses to Ohio State. Peyton Manning never beat Florida and things turned out alright for him. Cheers, Armando.
The e-mail: Good Morning Armando. In the wake of the horrible tragedy to the Dallas Cowboys scouting person, the Fins practice bubble becomes an area of concern now, especially with the nature of our ocassionally violent thunderstorms, during the summer. I believe that league-wide, the structural integrity of these practice bubbles should be reinforced in some manner, especially in South Florida!! Thank you and all the best to you and family, John D. Vega.
The response: Good morning John. The Dolphins assure me they are confident about the structural integrity of the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble. The builder of the Dallas bubble did not build Miami's bubble. The Miami bubble is inflated while the Dallas bubble was held up by metal beams. Furthermore, the Dolphins monitor, via computer, advancing weather systems in real time. So when a particularly harsh one approaches the team facility, practice is stopped and players can exit the bubble. The bubble, meanwhile, is said to be able to withstand hurricane force winds. I pray to God we never have to find out for sure. All the best to you and family.
The e-mail: Do you know when the dolphins tickets go on sale? Not the season holder ones, the normal ones. And also, do you know how much those seats at the floor by the end zone cost? I've never been to a dolphins game and i'm really interested in those seats. Please let me know. Thanks. Unsigned.
The response: The Dolphins say individual game tickets will go on sale sometime in early July. A team spokesman tells me he is not certain what price the tickets will be but they "won't be too different from what the tickets cost on a season-ticket basis."
The e-mail: Armando, I read your blog almost every day and I am troubled by what I see in the comments. I live in Connecticut and I am surrounded by Patriots and Jets fans. I have to pull my weight seeing as how there aren't many Phins fans up this way. But what bothers me is reading some of the so-called Dolphins fans comments about our team. I've been a loyal Phins fan for over 27 years and while I don't always see eye-to-eye with some decisions that have been made by the team, I don't talk poorly about them. Some of these fans don't seem like fans at all. It seems they just happen to live in South Florida and the Dolphins are the local NFL team, so they feel obilgated to root for that team. I say if you don't like the local team and what they do, then ROOT FOR SOME OTHER TEAM!!! Mike Wright.
The response: Mike, what do you mean you read the blog almost every day?