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The target should be on Ted Ginn Jr.' back

Thursday night is big for Ted Ginn Jr.

Yes, we'll still be watching a preseason game that will fade in our memory about two seconds after it ends. But the third preseason game is supposed to be something of a dress rehearsal for what we're likely to see from the Dolphins in the regular-season.

And as it pertains to Ginn, I hope the Dolphins find a way to feature him during the game. Because, so far this season, I'm not thrilled with what I've seen -- not necessarily from him, but with the use of him.

The Dolphins have thrown Ginn the football four times so far in the preseason, which means in about one full game's worth of work he's had four opportunities to make a play. Ginn caught two of those passes, was interfered with on another for a long gain, and dropped the fourth pass.

My problem? Three of the passes were thrown to him the first game. Only one was thrown to him versus Carolina.

And that worries me.

It worries me because, Ginn is not an established receiver. It worries me because the Dolphins coaches want to establish Ginn. It worries me because those same coaches aren't doing enough to establish Ginn and give him the opportunity to become, well, established.

While it was pleasing to see the Dolphins come out in the preseason-opener and try to establish Ginn, look for Ginn, throw to Ginn as the primary target, they simply forgot about him in the second game. What's that about?

The coaching staff that demands consistency has to show some consistency of their own and call plays for Ginn, look to feed Ginn, so he can have enough opportunities to provide some big plays.

I can hear the whining now: "Oh, Mando, it's only preseason. They'll throw to him plenty in the regular season."

Really?

Then that would be a change from last year. The bottom line is Ginn led the team in receptions all by himself only three times in 16 games last year. He tied for the team lead one other game. But he led the team in being targetted only once last year -- that in the Oct. 26 game versus Buffalo.

Throughout the season, targetting Ginn was a hit and miss proposition. The Dolphins barely threw to him the first couple of games, found him there for a stretch, then lost him again in three of the final four weeks of the season.

So how does Ginn become consistent if he's not consistently targetted?

The Dolphins might say, "Well, we feature all of our receivers so we target them all to spread the ball around and not be so predictable."

Bunk!

You think if Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald or someone of that ilk was on the team coaches would be trying to spread the wealth?

Spreading the wealth is a euphimism for, "We don't have a No. 1 receiver."

But you can't have a No. 1 receiver until you decide somebody is going to get most of the passes thrown his way and then throw him the ball. The Dolphins haven't done that. Ginn bears some responsibility for that. But Miami quarterbacks and coaches also must answer for that.

We are all hoping for Ginn to have a breakout year. Miami's coaches and quarterbacks would love nothing better. But those same coaches have to give Ginn enough chances to accomplish the feat. Those same quarterback have to feed Ginn the football.

Throwing to him three times in one half of play and then forgetting about him in the next half simply isn't consistent enough. It simply isn't good enough. It toys with the young player's confidence. It leads to inconsistent performance.

Of course, it's on Ginn to get open every play regardless of whether the pass is supposed to come to him or not. But deferring to him in the preseason to build up that confidence and his expectations seems like a smart thing to do.

If the Dolphins keep talking about wanting  a No. 1 receiver but aren't going to go out and get one, they should at least give the most likely in-house candidate the chance to become that No.1 guy.

That guy is Ted Ginn Jr.

And the Dolphins should be throwing him the football more than they throw it to anyone else.

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Ellie May you are an embarassment to all the dolfans here I think you meant to download the NY Jets app

We may not need a #1 wide receiver to get to the playoffs but to get through the playoffs and win a Super Bowl I think we do.

Look a Arizona-how did they get to the Super Bowl? Their steller runnuning attack and swarming defense?

As I recall when the Steelers won it was on a pass play that a receiver made as time was expiring. Point is that it concerns me that as of right now I don't think the Fins have anyone close to SH or HW of the Steelers whether you call them a number 1, 2 or whatever.

Chris and ellie may, 2 reasons why you cant marry your sister or cousin...

Armando, I read in one of your posts the the Patriots went out and got Moss and Welker to win a super bowl. Has that happened yet? Seems the Giants had a response to that. It was viewed as a swarming defense. While I do understand your point, it seems it takes a whole team effort to win any game. Ginn is good down field. Pennington as has been pointed out can't get it deep enough for Ginns' afterburner speed. To bad Ginn can't get up to full speed faster, and take the crossing route and do what good receivers do, run with it after he catches it. Henne isn't proven, although has looked good on occasion. The Patriots and Ravens have won super bowls this decade without true #-1 receivers though. The Ravens did it with Dilfer and an awesome defense. Remember Armando, this is a team game. As good as T.O. is, he didn't take Dallas to the promised land, nor will he take the Bills there either. Chemistry.

Buenos Tardes,

Ted Ginn ready for have breakout year in 09. I remember reading he working on get open faster instead of way down the field on deep routes only. If he do this, he have a good chance. He can go over the middle, he just don't do it often. Remember the Chiefs game in cold weather, he was catching passes in the middle and taking big hits to help us win game we almost lose.

Relax already. I think the Dolphins coaching staff desires the respect and has shown they know what it takes to become a winning team until otherwise proven wrong so there is no reason to shove Ted Ginn down our throats.
Other than the fact that the Dolphins have a bunch of receivers they are trying out, does anybody think Ted Ginn doesn't get targeted because he can't run a route and doesn't get open. He's not Moss, where you can throw to him in triple coverage. It's fundumentals....throw to the open receiver.
What I find unbelievable is the fact that he was the 9th pick of the NFL draft, has been playing football for years in a good program and in his third pro season he is still learning how to run good routes. Really terrible if you think about it. Millions of dollars and at this point still has trouble with route running. Blame is on Ginn not the coaching staff or game plan.

Armando

Oh yeah, relax its just 2 preseason game. They did good with Ginn in game 1, but in game 2 the offense needed to work on running game and o-line and young receivers. If game 3 is really the dress rehearsal for starters like everyone say, we should expect to see more Ginn.

"And the Dolphins should be throwing him the football more than they throw it to anyone else". I disagree for one reason, the Dolphins have a bunch of guys on the team that they need to see so they can make decisions on roster cuts and positioning on the field and on the depth chart. I believe from everything that's been written (by the media) and said (by the coaching staff) about Ginn that he is already their number one and is getting plenty of balls in practice against the likes of Sean Smith, Vontae, and Will Allen. I think they seem to be very pleased with his progress from last year and don't think he needs as much in game practice as the other guys. Or there's the other alternative which is Coach T. and Parcells are completely clueless and don't know how to build a winning football team. My money is on the first scenario.

Also Marcus, you "think" Mando likes to stir the pot? Where the heck were you during the Culpepper fiasco. There was some grade A pot stirring going on the likes of which have never been seen! But the hits on the site were out of control so eventhough he can be a pot stirrer sometimes, Mando definitely knows how to keep the masses coming back for more.

I think Davonne Bess is going to have a huge season.

Sparano and Co. are a smart bunch of guys, I liked the game plan for their scrimmage.

Armando: What Great Coach said " Don't worry about things that you have no control over?"

Your article is just stirring the pot and the Trifectia will not listen to anything you have to say about how they are running their Preseason or their Regular Season or even their Post Season. Ginn will be fine this season and will catch close to 80 balls. Did you see how he did with a end around play in game 1?

Ted Ginn is an All-Pro compared to any receiver on the Jets' roster.

I agree totall. Lets see what were workin with

Menace, thanks for not only proving you're a moron, but also a juvenile moron. Talk about yourself some more in 3rd person. (First go look up what 3rd person means, tool).

T.O. = Toe. Out for season.

chris s dont you know the cuban always talks to himself an uses many aliases like gopats and many more. He suffers from mental issues, kinda like a retard.

That would make sense FPLD. If that's true, then I take back what I said. I don't mind calling stupid stupid, but I won't pick on the handicapped.

forget gin its all about the diesel!

Oh, Mando, it's only preseason. They'll throw to him plenty in the regular season.

CAN YALL DUMB NON FOOTBALL MINDED PEOPLE SHUT DA HELL UP ABOUT CHAD PENNINGTONS ARM JUST SHUT UP PLEASE YALL DON'T KNOW WHAT DA HELL YA TALKIN BOUT 4 REAL PENNINGTON IS A NFL QB FOR A REASON WE GOT HIM FOR A REASON CHAD HENNE IS A BACK UP FOR A REASON HE IS NOT READY YET DAMN YALL PEOPLE ALWAYS RUSHING THINGS U GUYS ARE NEVA PATIENT I AM A JUS FINE WITH PENNINGTON U GUYS ARE JUST ON THIS 1 THING ABOUT HENNE JUS LAUNCHING THE BALL DOWN THE FREAKING FIELD THERE IS MORE THAT GOES INTO ALL THAT SMART 1S N I AM HAPPY WITH 11 WINS RATHER THAN WHAT WUD B LESS IF WE HAD A ROOKIE QB STARING WITH A REBUILDING TEAM JUST CUZ RYAN DID DON'T MEAN EVERY1 WILL DO IT U BUNCH OFF IDIOTS AND PENNINGTON THROWS THE MOST ACCURATE AND SOFT PASSES U WILL EVER SEE HE ALSO CAN SLING IT IN THERE U IDIOTS JUST DON'T KNO THAT YALL WANNA ALLWAYS RUSH A FREAKING PLAYER IN THERE THAT IS STILL TRYNA LEARN FROM A VERY VERY GREAT QB WE HAVE YALL WORRIED ABOUT GINN DEVELOPING YALL IDIOTS MUST NOT REMEMBER PARCELLS DIDNT DRAFT GINN THAT 1-15 TEAM WE HAD DRAFTED HIM WITH THAT HORRIBLE HEAD COACH SO YALL PLEASE SHUT UP ABOUT PENNINGTON AND BE THANKFULL WE HAV AN ESTABLISHED QB AND VERY GOOD BACKUPS SUM OTHER TEAMS ARE WISHING THEY HAD THAT ..IM OUT

I hear one more comment about Ginn not getting the ball because Pennington has a noodle arm and I am going to start shooting (pool) It has nothing to do with it. What?... the only way Ginn gets open is 65 yards down the field?... get real... Chad can complete passes 30 to 45 yards out no problem, it is up to Chad, Ginn and the staff to get Ginn in the game... Chad has to find him, Ginn has to have separation (without having to run a 100 yard dash) and the staff has to call the plays he is likely to get open on... Pennington's arm gave him a very good rating and his accuracy is second to none... Get over the noodle arm trip....

the dolphins need a #1 receiver to be successful?
who was number the 1? Duper or Clayton? i rest my case.
U don't know jack.

It's up to the QB in the game more so than the coaches. There has to be chemistry between Ginn and Pennington. I think it's less about the coaches "targeting" him. If he's in the game, and he is getting open, then it's up to the QB to fin him. Sometimes there's pressure, and he may not be the first outlet that Chad sees or it could be the chemistry or confidence.

Derek, Ginn has gotten a lot better with his route running and it doesn't take him 65 yards to get open. The main reason he doesn't get more balls, is because of Pennington... Yes, some of it is because of Chads arm strength, he doesn't throw many of the deep posts, corners, outs or comebacks. But it's also because Ginn draws saftey help and Chad (for the most part), doesn't throw near safety help. He reads the safety and then goes elsewhere.

Armondo,

I am more worried about how Miami's corners measured up to Carolina's second string receivers. If this team has a serious weakness, that is it.

The day every Dolfan has dreaded has arrived: Mark Sanchez named Jet starting QB. We now become spectators as the Jets begin their ascent and become the new Patriots of this decade.

Armando:

I am curious to know what you think should happen to Tedd Ginn Jr. (and the Ginn family) after this season (during the season, even) if the Dolphins provide him with enough quality opportunities to establish himself and he does not perform. Meaning, set him up to make plays that he *should* make. What do the Dolphins do with him if he just turns out to be the bust that some of us think he is? Will you concede then that he is not #1 WR material? At least in this club? Or is he destined to just be the guy that opens things up for the RB's, TE's and mid-length passing game?

Like Sparano said - This is a crowded bus..
This is pre-season..Sparano knows what Ginn can do allready. He needs to see what Turner, Hartline, etc.. can do...

By the way, the post about Pennington arm's strenght is ?????? No comment...

I think Miami should look at Marvin Harrison. He would help the young guys out and he still has a little left in the tank. Most of all his locker room presence would be great. Chad P teaching Henne and Marvin teaching our young wideouts. Win WIN

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