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All not lost, but changes need to be made

One year ago the Dolphins had an 0-2 record following a depressing loss to Arizona and prospects were dim. Today, the Dolphins have an 0-2 record following a depressing (for different reasons) loss to Indianapolis and prospects are dim.

All was not lost to that 2008 team.

All is not lost to this 2009 team.

The Dolphins made some significant changes following the Arizona game a year ago. They benched safety Chris Crocker because he couldn't communicate well in the deep secondary and it was costing the Dolphins.

I'm sorry, but the Dolphins need to bench Gibril Wilson. His enormous contract lined with $8 million in guaranteed money notwithstanding, Wilson is a liability in the deep secondary. He does not tackle well. He always seems a step slow. And he never makes an important play.

The Dolphins could turn to veteran Renaldo Hill last year. Perhaps it's time to turn to youngster Tyrone Culver this year. Culver covers well and hasn't missed a lot of tackles that I can remember in the last year. He knows the calls. He knows the defense.

[By the way, I said in the last post that Wilson missed the tackle on Dallas Clark to start the game. He did, getting run over at the 50-yard line, costing the Dolphins 50 yards in hidden yardage. But he also got plowed by Donald Brown on that rookie's fourth-quarter TD. Brown just lowered his shoulder and ran right through Wilson at the 5 yard line.]

Make the change.

As for everything else, the parallels to 2008 don't exactly fall into place, but the Dolphins are not without possibilities.

It was on that ride home that coach Tony Sparano ordered his assistants to hatch Wildcat. It was good enough that it surprised the Patriots in the next game and the confidence built from that win carried over to a victory against San Diego.

Well, the Dolphins need another victory over San Diego this week but Wildcat is not available as a surprise.

Here's an idea. Come up with something on defense to tilt the game in Miami's favor. I keep hearing how the Dolphins can get after the passer as well as any team. I haven't seen that yet. I've seen Peyton Manning run into a Joey Porter sack and Jason Taylor have one good game, one invisible game.

Can you say Cameron Wake? Don't tell me the Dolphins can't put Charlie Anderson on the inactive list and substitute Wake. Yes, special teams may suffer a tad. But the Dolphins need to get after Phillip Rivers somehow. Why not unleash a guy that shows pass-rush promise?

Also, the use of Akin Ayodele when he was clearly slowed by that back issue last week cost the Dolphins. Play Reggie Torbor! The guy didn't come cheap. Let him earn his money rather than putting a hobbled player on the field.

The defense needs to do something different because whatever they did Monday night didn't work. Understand that the offense gave Miami the lead four times against the Colts. And the defense gave up that lead all four times.

The Colts had the ball only eight times in the game. But they scored on five of those possessions, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Last season the Dolphins pulled even with a 2-2 record after consecutive upsets of New England and San Diego. I see no reason this team cannot win the next three games. The Chargers are good but not great. Then Miami gets Buffalo and the Jets at home on back-to-back weeks.

With all due respect to the Bills and Jets, they're both beatable. They're not that much more talented than the Dolphins. And they're not coached any better.

I'm not saying the Dolphins will beat those three teams coming up. But neither am I saying it's impossible.

And these next three games before the bye will go a long way in defining this season. The Dolphins must win at least two of those games to hold out any playoff hopes. Lose two and the playoffs hopes disappear. Lose all three and the season is toast.

We'll see what happens.

But this is sure: If the Dolphins don't make changes, it's illogical for them to believe the results will change.

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Between Ginn and Fasano, one of them should have caught a TD in that first half series. Fasano's would have been a sick catch, but Ginn just couldn't read that ball. He was a step behind and you know he has the legs to get that one.

The ball was overthrown and the white line in back of the end zone is out of bounds which he would've been. JEEEZ ! New blog up. So long !

It's amazing how many optimistic Dolphins fans there are that don't realize that the season is over. I'm as optimistic as they come. I put them down for 9 wins last year when everyone was saying 4. I still think they can beat the Cheatriots twice this year, but wake up and smell the coffee. A big part of the reason the Dolphins (and Cheatriots) went 11-5 last year was their schedule. If the Dolphins put the exact same effort in a game last year that they did against Indy, they would have won! Oakland, St.Louis, San Fran, KC...these teams stunk last year. This year, it's Atlanta, Pittsburg, Tennessee. They absolutely cannot start this season 0-2 and make the playoffs. They can play as well as they can against Pitt and Tenn and still lose. Indy is a middle of the pack team without their #2 WR playing in Miami when Miami controlled the ball for 45 minutes and ran for over 200 yards....and they lost!!! This team is just not there year.

Yes, so you start unloading the vets (including Joey Porter). Joey Porter will not be around if the Dolphins are ever consistent competitors. They haven't resigned Pennington which means he's not part of their long term plans.

Last year was an illusion. Brady was hurt, the Bills stunk, Favre was hurt and stunk and the schedule was a joke. The Dolphins are STILL IN REBUILDING mode. It's not being anti-Dolphin to suggest trading vets. It's just common sense. I watched every game in the 1-15 season and I'll watch every game this year and root for the Dolphins, but reality is reality. Their playoff chances are long gone this year.

NJ PHIN FAN HAS NO CLUE .HE LOVES ALL THE F..KING LOSERS LIKE FASANO, MOSSES AND WILSON .HE'S FULL OF HOT AIR.HE SHOULD STICK WITH PLUMBING

The G-Men released (Gerbil)Wilson for good reason-and now the Fins know too. I wish people would stop defending Ted "Big Bust" Ginn--with two endzone passes hitting him in his stoney hands he has to make at least one catch!!!

FINSFAN, CAN YOU TELL ME WHO PLAYED BETTER THAN RONNIE AND TED GINN .THE COACH HE'S THE ONE WHO SCRWED THAT GAME AND MR WILSON THA FUTURE HALL OF FAME MY AZZZZZ

I've been curious why the Fins don't play Wake??? With his pass rushing ability, he could make the defense an even bigger threat!

Ginn can run from here to Texas but if he's not making the catches to score points, he needs to sit on the bench or go. He's had ample time to grow up with the Dolphins. And, Fin fans, when was the last time we had some real big name talent down there? Trying to make silk purses out of sow's ears is not working! Also, why do other teams get no-name players and they turn out to be golden...I haven't seen that with the Dolphins in years...are the scouts not good? I don't get it. Been a fan for many, many years, live in NJ with all these Jet fans that think Sanchez walks on the Hudson now. Disgusting....

Why is everone on Ginns case? Because he is a number 9 pick in the draft. It's his 3rd year and can you tell me how many touchdowns or YAK hes has? Has he ever put a hurt on someone after the catch or does he curl up? the biggest thing is I see receivers every week on the friggen highlights catching that exact pass. He is no Tony Gonzalez but dis you see him stretch out against us in the Atlanta game and on a seperate play make someone miss for a touchdown. I want this guy to succeed as much as anyone...he is weak!

Our team is bullshi t until they prove otherwise

Most of you guys are clueless. I remember for the longest people would say Ronnie was a bust and look at him now. He's one of the highest regarded RB's in the league. Tedd Gin is in his third year. That is the year when many wide recievers bloom and now he's one of the league leaders in receptions. You don't just give away speed like many of you are saying. The true problem Monday was the defense and in general it's the QB. He can't throw the ball down the field.

Wish I could of been there to watch the game with all my other Fin fans. I live in Cali, but someday will make it out to Land Shark:)

I think we have yet to put a whole game together. One week our O Line is awful and our defense is ok. The next week our defense is awful and our O line killed the colts. Will the real Dolphins please stand up?

Big Problems:

1.Wilson can't tackle anyone, and he is our last line of Defense...actuall our whole team can't make a tackle. I don't want to lose faith in him yet, but my dude better step it up.

2.Our LB's can't cover anyone.Crowder continues to do nothing! NOt to mention we aren't getting as much pressure on the QBs as I thought we would.

3.Our coaches failed us in the end.They play to not lose instead of playing to win.Go for seven and grow some balls. If they don't have Faith in our players, then the players won't have faith in themselves.

4.Ginn isn't a number 1 WR.He can't make great catches. He should of had the last one. We have to make that play to become a great team. Ginn has to run for yeard after the catch...come on play with heart.

5.Our Defenst has to step it up.We can play better then we did.We let a team out play us only having the ball 15 min...show some heart and effort.

6.I agree that CP doesn't have the arm strength, but he's a good QB. We know what we get with him. I don't know if Henne is the answer. If we put Henne in to make the great pass then who catches it?

Ronnie Brown played like a champ...I know how hard it is to come back from Knee surgery. Much luv to Ronnie.

yep you are right. Bench wilson. Teach him a lesson. He is a good player who is not giving his all. Put Wake in there to rush the passer. He has something to prove. I think our staff lives off the philosophy that young hungry players make a team work.

Ronnie fan, its great you are a fan and thats admirable but I could name you 15 RB at least that are way better than Ronnie Brown many of them not #1 picks....... Once again he is mediocre at best and has not developed into anything...... just wait till next week when he ends up with 30 or less yards again...... he has one or two good games a year the rest are below average for a #1 pick starting RB in the NFL. I and most of the other bloggers here wish he would be as good as you make him out to be.......

Joeywatts, When Ronnie has below average games it's because the team only gives him 10 to 15 carries in the game. Not even Adrian Peterson will do much for you with that amount of carries. Blame the coachiung staff for that, not Ronnie. He shows what he can do everytime he gets 20+ carries in a game. If you listen to people who work in football for a living thay will tell you how good Ronnie is and it's why his peers voted him into the probowl. Just because some clueless fans thinks he horrible doesn't mean a thing. It's what people in the know say and they say he's good. In 2007 he was tearing up the league until he got hurt and before you mention the injury, it happened trying to make a tackle after an interception. On top of that he is such a team guy. Never complains when he doesn't get enough touches which he should since he's so much better than Ricky at this point in their carreers. You fans don't know a thing about football and it show when when I hear people calling for Ricky to start over Ronnie. Remember if you only get 10 carries a game and average 4 yards a carry you will only end up with 40 yards. Ronnie's carreer average is well above 4 yards a carry. Not his fault if the coaches don't use him. When he gets 16 or more carries he averages more than 5 yards per carry. That sound pretty good to me.

With a little over three minutes left, the Dolphins are the first team I have ever seen try to run out the clock when they are behind.

Dolphins rock!

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